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Osama was dead when SEALs arrived: Book W ASHINGTON —Former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was unarmed and already dead with a bullet to his brain when the US Navy SEALs entered his bedroom of his Abbottabad compound, narrated a US Navy SEAL in his first-hand account of the raid. A copy of the book was obtained by The Huffington Post. In the book “No Easy Day”, a SEAL who used the pseudonym Mark Owen team was less than five steps wrote that suppressed gun- away from getting to the top. shots were heard when the When the team members en-

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PA rejects new provinces body SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The Punjab Assembly Wednesday adopted a resolution dismissing the Parliamentary Commission formed for the creation of new provinces amid strong protest of the opposition members. The resolution was passed amid the opposition A HMEDABAD —An Indian protest who raised strong voice against the move. The court on Wednesday Resolution was moved by convicted a former state the Law Minister Rana minister of murder for her involvement in a massacre Sanaullah Khan. Later, the opposition of Muslims during religious riots in Gujarat in 2002, a prosecutor said. Maya Kodnani, who served as a minister in Gujarat’s Hindu nationalist state government from 2007-2009, was found guilty over the killing of 97 Muslims in the Naroda Patiya suburb of the city of SOUTH WAZIRISTAN—Up to Ahmedabad. nine soldiers were killed and Prosecution lawyer another eight sustained injuShamshad Pathan told AFP ries when militants attacked Ziarat check post in the area Continued on Page 7 of Badar in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Wednesday. Official sources said that in retaliation, security forces reportedly killed at least 18 militants. Dozens of militants

Indian politician convicted for Muslims’ massacre

members staged a protest in the premises of Punjab Assembly raising strong voice against the move of treasury benches. They demanded nomination of two members by Speaker Punjab Assembly for the said commission. It may be noted that the commission had been formed on August 16 by National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza in line with the direction of President Zardari after passage of unanimous resolutions by the NA and Punjab As-

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9 soldiers, 18 insurgents dead in SWA clash were injured during the attack while other fled after a strong response by the security forces. Te h r e e k - e - Ta l i b a n spokesman Ehsanullah Eshan claimed responsibility of the attack by the TTP fighters on the security forces check post in SWA’s Badar area.

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tered Bin Laden’s room, they saw his wife wailing over his body, the book added. Owen also denied numerous reports that Bin Laden had a weapon and resisted when the SEALs entered. He wrote that the al Qaeda leader was unarmed and had been fatally wounded with “blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull”. The writer also negated several other reports, and

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Indian SC upholds Kasab’s death penalty N E W D ELHI —India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only survivor of the militant group behind 2008 Mumbai attack that claimed 166 lives. Upholding the death sentence, the apex court stated, “Waging war against the country was the primary and foremost offence committed by him,” our New Delhi correspondent reports. A bench of Justice Aftab Alam and CK Prasad dismissed the plea that challenged the conviction and death sentence of 25-yearold Kasab. Kasab had pleaded that his death sentence be commuted to life Continued on Page 7

NAM summit from today T EHRAN —Iran announced that three kings, 24 presidents along with 80 ministers from across the world will take part in the Non-Aligned Movement summit later this week. The 16th NAM summit will be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Thursday (today) and Friday. Spokesman of the 16th NAM Summit Ramin Mehman-Parast told report-

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Raja felicitates Argentine envoy STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Mr. Rodolfo Jose Martin –Saravia ambassador of Argentine Republic in Pakistan paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday. The Prime Minister welcomed him and also congratulated him on his appointment as dean of Diplomatic Corps in Pakistan.He appreciated the Government of Argentina for various measures taken by President Cristina kirchner for the socio-economic uplift of the peoples of Argentina. The Prime Minister recollected his fond memories when he visited Argentina in the year 2000. He expressed his satisfaction at the close cooperation between Pakistan and Argentina at the UN and other international fora. The ambassador thanked PESHAWAR: Military officials showing the heavy weapons and explosives seized during a raid in Khyber Agency to the Prime Minister and said the media persons at Corps Headquarters. that 63 years relationship

ISI not hurdle in Pak-India dialogue: Gilani M U LTA N —former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the ISI is on board and supports the dialogues with India. “The days of fighting wars are over. The ISI and the army are part of the government and they are regularly consulted on the India-Pakistan dialogue. Everyone is on board, including the opposition,” Gilani said while giving an interview to Indian daily “Hindustan Times” published here on Wednesday. Gilani who had been disqualified for contempt by the country’s apex court has had several rounds of meetings with India counterpart during his premiership Singh. “Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh is an honourable man and has the conviction to normalise ties. I took the initiative and met him and told him that poverty-stricken nations like ours should focus on development and solve core issues. I also told him that if as neighbours we don’t talk, after the Mumbai attacks, then the terrorists will be the only beneficiary,” Gilani told the paper in a telephonic interview, referring to his meetings with Singh in Sharmal Sheikh, Thimpu, New York and in Maldives. Reiterating that confidence building measures between India and Pakistan were the only way forward, Gilani, who led the peace

process till his removal by the court, said, “Manmohan Singh is a genuine person and he wanted us to discuss all core issues including Sir Creek, Siachen, terrorism and Kashmir. We were working on all issues and between us, we had reduced the trust deficit to a level where the two countries can now walk the talk.” Pointing to the fact that the two countries were still engaging at the highest levels, he said that Manmohan Singh’s meeting with President Zardari in Iran would only “enhance the relationship.” Asked if the dialogue process had suffered a set-

Independent judiciary, democracy go hand in hand: Kaira OUR CORRESPONDENT SKARDU—Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira said the government does not believe in confrontation among institutions and we want to see the judiciary independent. He expressed these views while inaugurating FM-93 station of Radio Pakistan at Skardu to meet entertainment and information needs of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Khurshid Shah, Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs,

Manzoor Ahmed Watoo, Chief Minister GilgitBaltistan, Mehdi Shah and Director General PBC, Murtaza Solangi graced the occasion. The Information Minister urged people of Gilgit-Baltistan to unite to foil designs of those who want to destroy peace of the region. “Those disrupting peace of the region are enemies of Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan and it is our duty to identify those elements and foil their attempts” he remarked. He said the government would not allow anyone to

play with the future of our generations and create hurdles in the way of development of the region. He said the recent trouble is not due to sectarian reasons but it is terrorism aimed at destabilizing the area. He said there will be no compromise on peace in Gilgit Baltistan. He said Federal government will extend full cooperation to the GB government in this regard. The Information Minister said the government does not believe in confrontation among institutions rather it believes in restoration.

NA body directs SNGPL for early completion of gas projects STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Tuesday directed the officials of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Ltd (SNGPL) to complete the pending gas projects in various constituencies of parliamentarians at the earliest. These directions were made by the Committee here in a meeting chaired by Engineer Muhammad Tariq Khattak and also attended by Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Re-

sources Dr. Asim Hussain, MNAs Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Asghar Ali Jatt and officials from SNGPL, OGRA. The SNGPL Managing Director told the committee that over million applications regarding gas connections were pending, which would be disposed on merit. The backlog is being cleared and utmost efforts are made to maintain transparency in giving new connections, he

added. Earlier, Thar Coal Project chief Dr Samar Mubarakmand also gave a detailed briefing to the participants regarding the efficiency and progress of the project. He said that Rs 900 million grant had been approved by the Planning Commission while the government had pledged to provide the funds at the earliest. Regarding this project, Dr Asim said that the provincial government was supervising the project the Geological Survey of Pakistan, a Federal Government department, was extending assistance.

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back after his removal as the prime minister, as Manmohan had referred to him as a ‘man of peace’ after their last meeting in Maldives in November last year, Gilani said, “In Pakistan, I’m also referred to as a man of crises but the dialogue will stay on track as it’s the same government with the same President (Zardari). The dialogue now has a level of trust and consistency.” The former prime minister parried a question of why Pakistan was not providing voice samples of terrorists arrested for the Mumbai attack, if the ISI, was on board. “The best person to answer that question would be the interior minister,” Gilani said.—SANA

Dacoits gang busted BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI

ment of Pakistan in discharge of his diplomatic responsibilities. He also invited The Prime Minister to visit Palestine.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf talking to Mr Rodolfo Jose Martin-Sarvia Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan who called on him at Prime Minister’s House.

Rain/thunderstorm likely TESCO operation against defaulters, in Kashmir, GB, Sindh illegal factories Wednesday forecast rain/ thunderstorm for Sindh, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low lies over Northwest Balochistan. A shallow trough of westerly wave still persist over northern parts of the country. Monsoon currents are continuously penetrating in Northeastern parts of the country and southeastern parts of Sindh. In Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, mainly hot and dry weather is expected during the next 24 hours. The chief amount of rainfall during the last 24 hours was Murree 38 mm, Mithi 12, Chorr 10, Noorpurthal 08, Kakul 07, Bhakkar 05, Rawalakot 04, Lahore (PBO) 03, Sukkur & Hunza 02, Bahawalnagar, Kotli and Mianwali 01 mm. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, isolated rain/ thundershower is expected

Pakistanis view China most friendly: Gallup ‘USA is most hostile’

Security for Hyderabad jail tightened

pute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. Dr. Hussein thanked the Prime Minister for the support of govern-

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- in D.I. Khan, Bannu and H AFIZABAD —The Jalalpur teorological Department on Hazara divisions during the

Bhattian police have smashed a gang of dacoits, burglars and cattle lifters and have arrested its four members including its ring leader Nasr alias Nasroo. On a tip of SHO Jalalpur Bhattian Malik Ghulam Abbas Khichi raided the hiding place of the gang and arrested Nasr alias Nasroo, who was notorious proclaimed offender wanted by different police stations in connection with murder, dacoity and cattle lifting cases, without any resistance. The raiding party claims to have arrested Nasroo, Mukhtar, Ansar and Mamma and have seized five heads of stolen cattle, a mare and other articles were million of rupees. Meanwhile SHO Kassoki Rai Muhammad Aslam was suspended by the DPO Hafizabad Waqas Nazir on the charge of corruption and misuse of official powers. STAFF REPORTER The DPO has also susPESHAWAR—In a big devel- pended Sub Inspector Rana opment in Ghazala Javed fa- Zulfiqar. mous Pashto singer, murder case, police has claimed to have arrested the killer of the singer on Wednesday. Police said that they had arrested television artist Jahangir Khan, the killer and ex-husband of the singer, during raid in Khalsa areas of city. Ghazala Javed and her father were shot dead by unSTAFF REPORTER known gunmen in Dabgari area of Peashawar, a metro- ISLAMABAD—According to a politan of Pakistan, on June Gilani Research Foundation 18 this summer. Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, from among key global and regional players, Pakistanis view China as most friendly and USA as most hostile. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four OUR CORRESPONDENT provinces was asked the states listed on HYDERABAD—Security mea- “Among sures for Central Jail, this Round Card which Hyderabad, have been tight- would you consider as Pakistan’s best friend? ened to avoid repetition of an attack similar to one carried (Give one answer)” Reout on Bannu jail. According sponding to this, 67% beto SP (Headquarters), Amjad Sheikh, police and Eagle Squad commandoes/personnel have been deployed over fears of any attack, for which appeals have been made to interior ministry to surround STAFF REPORTER the jail with check posts manned by Rangers. I SLAMABAD —The Senate Armoured Personnel Carrier Standing Committee on For(APC) are also on constant. eign Affairs took a strong notice of the absence of Secretary and Special Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the meeting of the Committee and decided to bring this state of Affairs in to the notice of Chairman Senate. Members of the Committee observed that the matter could also be referred to the Privilege Committee of the Senate if the Secretary and Special Secretary of the Ministry were found absent from the meeting in future. Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel while presiding over the meeting remarked that a proper consultation was earlier done with the ministry of Foreign Affairs to convene meeting of the committee. During the meeting, members of the committee complained against the attitude of diplomatic staff and observed that Pakistani community was facing hardships at the hands of staff posted abroad. The Committee also discussed at length the appointments of non-career diplomats in the Ministry. It was

Killer of Pashto singer Ghazala held

between the two countries is exemplary as both the countries have commonality of views on international issues. Argentina supports Pakistan on Kashmir and Pakistan supports stand of Argentina on Falkland Islands. Dr. Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab, Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan also paid a farewell call on the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister congratulated Dr. Hussein on successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and asked him to convey the best wishes on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan to the government and people of Palestine. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has consistently extended unequivocal support to the cause of Palestine. Pakistan believes that unless the Palestine problem is resolved, peace in Middle East will remain elusive. He said that Pakistan has supported all efforts aimed at resolving the Palestinian dis-

lieve China to be Pakistan’s best friend, 7% believe USA, 4% believe India, 2% believe Russia, 1% believe Afghanistan whereas 14% believe Iran to be Pakistan’s best friend. In a follow up question, the respondents were asked “Among the states listed on this Round Card which would you consider as Pakistan’s biggest enemy? Responding to this, 49% believe USA to be Pakistan’s biggest enemy, 24% believe India, 4% believe Russia, 4% believe Afghanistan, 1% believe Iran whereas 1% believe China to be Pakistan’s biggest enemy.

Senate Committee annoyed over absence of Secretaries informed that there were fifteen non-career diplomats posted in Pakistani missions abroad. The Committee, while expressing deep concerned over the appointments, called for adoption of a transparent procedure in this regard. The Committee also passed a resolution condemning brutal massacre of Muslims in Myanmar. The resolution was presented by Senator Sehar Kamran which was unanimously approved by the committee. Following Resolution was adopted in the Committee meeting held on 29th August, 2012 at Parliament House, Islamabad. “The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan strongly condemns the violence and large scale killings of Muslims in Myanmar. Since it is a matter of deep concern for Pakistanis, the Committee urges the Government of Myanmar to take all possible measures for immediate secession of violence. The Committee appreciates that the matter was taken up by OIC countries at the Summit held at Makkah.

next 24 hours. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. In Kashmir, isolated rain/thundershower is expected in Kashmir during next 24 hours while in GilgitBaltistan, mostly partly cloudy weather conditions will prevail with chances of light rain at one or two places

during next 24 hours. The chief amounts of rainfall during last 24 hours was Mianwali 99mm, Bannu 48, Kohat 32, Muzaffarabad 28, Parachinar 26, Chirat 25, Kakul 24, Peshawar 21, Balakot 19, Noorpurthal 17, Garridupatta 15.—APP

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —Tribal Areas Electricity Supply Company (TESCO) has launched operation against defaulters and illegal industrial, commercial , Government and Tube well consumers in FATA with the cooperation of political administration. According to a press release of the company issued here Wednesday seven factories were disconnected in Shahkass Area Khyber Agency today. Those who were disconnected have got illegal connections from various lines. Those who were disconnected are Sharif Ice factory, Gul Wali Ice Factory, Younas Ice Factory, Kazim Ice Factory, Munir Ice Factory, Kamin Ice Factory and Abdul Haq Ice Factory. It may be recalled that TESCO has huge arrears against these consumers and the operation against such consumers is being carried out through out FATA.


Metro bus service to revolutionize transport sector NWA operation to be disastrous ISLAMABAD—Chairman Steering Committee Pakistan Muslim League Salim Saifullah Khan has warned that military operation in North Waziristan would be disastrous for Pakistan and Pakistan can not afford further military operations. He highlighted that America in Afghanistan had started negotiation with Taliban to settle peace with them and leave this region as soon as possible but on the other hand Pakistani government was expanding their war boundaries which was beyond understanding. He said that more than forty thousand people had lost their lives and above five thousand army jawans had sacrificed their live due to war on terror. He said that Pakistan’s economy had suffered more than 60 Billion dollar loss but despite these military and human sacrifices, Pakistan was alone in the international community. He said that two years had passed after Swat operation, but civilian control was still a question mark over there and similarly same was the situation in Mahmand and Aourakzai agencies where after military operations, situation was worsening with each passing day. He highlighted that Pakistan was passing through critical situation of its history and facing multifaceted problems like load-shedding, price-hiking, political instability, bad governance, corruption, inflation, unemployment etc which should be resolved on priority basis. He said that not war but dialogue was the only solution to bring about normalcy in the country.—DNA

FA certificate found fake

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PHC calls report on 198 The Chief Minister was Director, BRT Sabtain Fazl- Bahawalpur and other big South Asia, is being conmissing person presiding over a high level e-Haleem, Secretaries of Fi- cities of the province. structed.

L A H O R E —Punjab Chief meeting held with regard to nance, Transport and PlanMinister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that revolutionary transformation in the transport sector would come about as a result of completion of metro bus system which is a great public service project in the history of the country. He said that metro bus service would provide speedy, comfortable and affordable transport to the citizens, for which e-ticketing system is being introduced and best possible facilities for passengers at bus stations would be arranged, while the metro bus service project would be exemplary in terms of its quality and transparency.

metro bus service project, during which various matters relating to the project including purchase of escalators and other affairs came under discussion. Project

ning & Development Departments, DG LDA, MD PEMRA and other concerned officers attended the meeting. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of the best and affordable transport facilities to the people is foremost policy of the Punjab government, for which huge resources are being utilized. He said that for the first time in the history of the province, the best air-conditioned bus service has been launched for the poor masses in the provincial metropolis, while air-conditioned buses are also operating in Faisalabad, Rawalpindi,

He said that the government is providing every possible facility to the bus operators. He said that efficient and quality transport is also essential to promote business activities and, by adopting comprehensive strategy for betterment of transport system, positive results are being garnered, while the people have expressed their appreciation over initiation of best airconditioned bus service. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that work of construction of metro bus service over 32-KM long track from Gajumata to Shahdarah is continuing, while an 8-KM long flyover, which is the biggest in

He said that Turkish companies are also working on various development projects in collaboration with the Punjab government, whereas the metro bus project is a shining example of Pak-Turk friendship. He said that not only the citizens would avail the best travelling facilities as a result of the completion of this project, but the relations between Pakistan and Turkey would also be further strengthened. The Chief Minister directed that the best and high quality escalators should be purchased for metro bus service project while the process of purchasing should be expedited.

STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Peshawar High Court directed the provincial Interior Ministry to provide details about 198 missing persons before the court Wednesday. According to details, the Peshawar High Court handed over report of the said missing persons to the provincial interior ministry, whose cases are under hearing in the PHC. The interior ministry has assured the PHC that it would provide details about the missing persons on weekly basis before the court. The PHC would share the details with intelligence agencies. The person involved in minor crimes.

Two minor girls die of measles, dozens infected in North Waziristan

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OUR CORRESPONDENT weeks that are brought to the hospital for treatment and has found the F.A. certificate of twice two minor girls fell prey to M IRANSHAN —The epidemic elected member of the National Assembly from NA-103 Hafizabad of measles in North Waziristan the infection in Danda Chaudhry Liaquat Abbas Bhatti as Agency claimed the lives of Derpakhel area of the tribal fake and sent a letter to the Secretary two minor girls in Danada region,” Dr Mohammad Election Commission of Pakistan for Derpakhel area on Wednes- Sadiq said. He said that necessary action. According to de- day while dozens of infected health department should initails, Federal Minister for Works children are being brought to tiate measures on war footChaudhry Liaquat Abbas Bhatti’s F.A. the Miranshah Headquarters ing in the area to control the spread of measles in the tribal certificate was sent to Lahore Board Hospital for treatment. Talking to INP, Agency region where vaccines of for verification which returned it with remarks that it was fake and not issued by it. Former Naib Nazim of Surgeon Dr Mohammad measles are short. The agency surgeon said Hafizabad Mohammad Afzal had filed an application to Sadiq said that dozens of Commissioner Gujranwala Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and measles infected children that not only from North DCO Gujranwala Chaudhry Amin that when Liaquat have been admitted to the Waziristan but children inHeadquarters fected by measles are being Abbas Bhatti was appointed as Naib Tehsildar in 1989 Miranshah his FC certificate was found to be fake and he had to Hospital for treatment, adding brought from across the borresign from the post. The applicant alleged that the MNA that measles vaccine is not der to Miranshah for treatpassed BA examination in 1990 and on this basis con- available in the tribal region ment, adding that scarcity of vaccines was creating probtested elections in 2003 and 2008. On the basis of the to control the infection. lem in controlling the spread “Around 40 children are application Commissioner Gujranwala asked DCO and Assistant Commissioner and district public prosecutor infected by measles in three of epidemic. Gujranwala for an inquiry. The Lahore Board responded that the roll number and name does not compare with SWAT: Activists of All Swat Akhbar Farosh Union hold a demonstration in support of their demands. their record. After this the Commissioner ordered DPO and DCO Gujranwala for further action and they too away from the scene. ConBK TAHIR confirmed that Liaqat Abbas Bhatti’s FA certificate was sequently police chassed fake but as he is MNA they cannot take any action against him. The applicant was thus told to refer the BAHAWALPUR—Bahawalpur and hold down them. During police by the grace of Allah searching gunpowder, two matter to the Election Commission. Almighty succeeded to save hand grenade, two pistols Bahawalpur from a big de- with magazine and detonator Opposition should ensure fair polls struction by the terrorists’ were received from their cusStaff Reporter activities through heavy tody. FAISAL KHAWER BUTT L AHORE —Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan gunpowder and ammunition. lead to division of Khyber vided which may lead to a They disclosed that this STAFF REPORTER General Secretary Liaquat Baloch has It was disclosed by the Dis- material would be used in ter- S IALKOT —Parween Bibi Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan civil war, he warned. Is it guarsaid that opposition parties should be trict Police Officer (DPO) rorist activity at Bahawalpur. (40), a mother of eight, was L AHORE —The Punjab Fo- and Sindh at a time when anteed that the ruling elite of gathered on one point agenda of ensur- Bahawalpur, Sohail Habib Accused Shabbir and Riaz stabbed to death by her hus- rum said on Wednesday said strong federation is badly South Punjab comprising ing free and fair general elections. Talk- Tajik in a press conference. told the police that they have band, Muhammd Tariq in vil- moves to carve out new prov- needed, he added. feudal lords will be able to ing to journalists at the Idara Noor-e- He told that agencies collected a large number of lage Bounken in the limits of inces can lead to dismemberHow will government deal deliver, he asked? Haq, here on Wednesday, he said that sources He said that renaming of informed weapons, including minor Muradpur Police Station on ment of Pakistan as the issue with the Seraiki people living general elections were the only solution Bahawalpur police regarding anti personal powder for mine Wednesday. The accused is a political stunt aimed at in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, NWFP, as Khyber of the ongoing situations and free and this terrorism plan. (under ground passage) with husband managed to flee af- point-scoring which has Pashtoons living Balochistan Pakhtunkhwa was a mistake, fair elections were impossible without Bahawalpur police ac- material, 23 circuit watches, terwards. It is told that the nothing to do with alleviate and Mohajirs and Punjabis which has given rise to new constitution of interim government with cording to plan established 02 batteries of 12 volt, 06 deceased woman, a resident sufferings of masses. Paki- settled Sindh, he questioned. controversies and triggered national consensus and an autonomous election commis- a check post on Bahawalpur mechanical switch, 06 artifi- of Muhallah Pakka Garha in stan cannot afford such Baig Raj said that resolution the demand of new provinces. sion. He said that this is what on which JI wants to take all Wah bridge jurisdiction of cial batteries, 01 Rocket Sialkot married to the ac- destabilising steps at a time of differences lies in holding More provinces mean wastopposition parties onboard. Talking about the law and or- police station Ahmedpur Launcher number 703558, 04 cused about 18 years ago and when country is facing seri- open debates, making all the age of public money and inder situation in Karachi, he said that the metropolis has East. Two men on motor- rockets 40 millimeter com- after a domestic dispute ous internal and external pros and cons public so that crease in expenditure on VIP been the city of opposition. The formula and philosophy cycle without number plate plete, 03 suicide jackets, gun started living with at her par- challenges, it said. a referendum can be con- protocols of Governors, Chief of resolving issues on the basis of power has been abso- model 2009 came, Police tried powder 40 kg, 04 Rocket ents’ house in Wazirabad. A Division of any province ducted as done in other Ministers, ministers and exlutely failed in Karachi. He said, however, the city was to stop them due to suspi- launcher (big), rifle 222 with- couple of days back Parween on the basis of ethnicity, lan- civilised countries. panses of administrative mableeding due to the so-called reconciliation policy of Presi- cion but the rider not stopped out folding bat, 02 pistol 30 Bibi came to visit her married guage, sect, cast, or region A matter of paramount chinery will add to the woes dent Asif Ali Zardari. He said that owing to provision of the vehicle and tried to run bore. daughter in village Bounken. will trigger a chain reaction importance should not be of our limping economy. Baig synthetic oxygen to his shaking government, Zardari had among identity conscious decided by one man in a Raj said that the government provide all coalition parties with freehand for terrorism and people leading to unending democratic set up; he said has failed to deliver therefore usage of might to rule in their respective dominated areas. demands of new provinces, adding that some politicians it has been trying to divert Relating Arab spring with the domestic situations of the warned Baig Raj, President fanning this issue have failed attention of the people to country, he said that a revolution, on the design of Egypt Punjab Forum. Partitioning to keep national interests as non-issues which has nothand Tunis, was ahead to be surfaced with full swing in Punjab will prompt a political supreme. It is an open secret ing to do with resolving the Pakistan. He said that ideological movements usually used crisis which will eventually that a party wants Sindh di- problems of masses. to take time for achievements, but one day become fruitful. He said that Islamic movements were being welcomed across the world particularly in Islamic block of Middle by obliging party local lead- lions on development SHER GONDAL East. Few years ago none could imagine that idols of dicers at police stations, tehsil schemes in this district. A tators would be knocked down in Egypt in Tunis but now M ANDI B AHAUDDIN —Dis- HQs and revenue offices from network of link roads was the scenario across the world has been changed. Baloch trict Office Bearers of PML (Q) Patwari to DCO level. spread in far flung areas for said that the game of establishment to divide political pow- have criticized PML (N) for NO one can get relief convenience of population ers had been unveiled, he added that democratic powers, using government machinery without recommendation or residing in villages. those seeking change in society and media would have to to promote its political activi- intercession of the PML (N) In addition to that estabplay their due role for betterment in Karachi and across the ties for contesting coming office holders and bribe. He lishing police check posts on country. general elections. Information said it is bad luck of people highways and introducing Secretary PML (Q) Khalid of Mandi Bahauddin that rescue service all over Punjab Parvez Sindhu said PML (N) they have to low down for are great achievements that IUB wins Poster competition meetings of political natures even receiving little relief would make Parvez Elahi to be BK Tahir government officials. remembered beyond his times. B AHAWALPUR—The Audio Video Cell are held under arrangements from Referring to achievement of But present government of district administration at team of the Islamia University, his party when it was in since its coming to power has Bahawalpur has earned distinction in TMA Hall. He said now the power, he said Parvez Elahi not initiated any new develgovernment officials were the Inter-University Video and Poster in his tenure spent Rs 14 bil- opment project.. Competition arranged by the Federal openly supporting the party Ministry of Industries to develop awareness about the Conservation of energy resources and search for alternative resources of Energy in Pakistan. The ViceChancellor, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar has felicitated the Audio Video Cell team of the Media Studies Department of the IUB over achieving the outstanding category in the competition and termed it a big success for the university. He declared the consistent achievement of the IUB audio video cell as an example for other departments of the university to emulate its feat. The theme of the video and poster competition was Conservation of energy resources and search for alternative resources of Energy in Pakistan, which was participated by 42 universities in the preliminary round and ultimately 22 teams of different universities were short listed for the final round. The IUB team got the distinction of being selected in both versions of the competition in the outstanding category. The Advisor to Prime Minister, Raja Basharat Hussein was the Chief Guest of the prize distribution ceremony held at Islamabad a few days ago. The competition was organized under the directive of the Deputy Prime Minister, Ch.Pervez Elahi. The Chief Guest lauded the excellent performance of the IUB team and congratulated Prof.Dr Abdul Wajid Khan and his team for putting up a great show. He also stressed for the individual and combined efforts for enhancement and protection of the available energy resources in Pakistan and advised DERA GHAZI KHAN: Local residents hold a demonstration against Wapda officials, on the university students to offer their services voluntarily. Quetta Road. HAFIZABAD —The Inquiry Committee

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HAR Coal gasification project is classical example of one step forward and two steps backward as controversies continue to sur round this vital project. A latest report says the Planning Commission, which had tried a few months back to scuttle the project, is once again active as its so-called findings term the project not feasible because of per unit initial investment cost and reportedly low BTU energy not enough to generate power from the gas so produced. On the face of it the campaign against the gasification project is reminiscent of the venomous propaganda that some circles spread against the vitally important project of Kalabagh Dam and the project had to be abandoned because of political considerations despite its viability and significance for the national economy. Every time when some project of national importance is undertaken, some circles, at the instance of internal and external lobbies, become active to thwart it. The opposition to gasification project by vested interests is understandable as it would not only help provide the country low cost energy for hundreds of years to meet its energy requirements but also render the nation surplus in diesel, saving billions of dollars, generating huge economic opportunities and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. It is pertinent to mention that in May this year as well a member of the Planning Commission became instrumental in blocking funds for the project quoting questionable and dubious audit report and now again similar tactics are being employed. This is being done despite the fact that the new Prime Minister along with relevant ministers, officials and experts, visited the site after assumption of office and pledged unequivocal support for the project. It is because of the sick mentality of some officials that the project was released just $10 million in three years against the approved cost of $115 million. The Incharge of the Project — Dr Samar Mubarakmand had categorically stated after May episode that the project was 150% feasible and there was no cause for worry. However, in view of the sustained propaganda campaign being launched by some quarters, we would urge the Government to hire local and foreign experts to determine the feasibility and viability of gasification project once for all.

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HE situation of Pakistan Railways, lifeline of the country, continues to deteriorate, as overhauled locomotives are breaking down midway due to poor maintenance, corruption and mismanagement. Despite allocation of Rs 22.8 billion in the current budget, it appears that funds have not been released to purchase new engines and the much-needed spare parts to keep the Railways on track. The other day passengers of Pakistan Express went on a rampage at Multan Railway station against 16-hour delay and damaged railway engine and other assets. It is a tragedy that while protesting on some issues, we damage public and private properties without realizing that we are causing huge losses to the nation. Naturally when the trains are too late and passengers have to wait for long hours at the platforms without any facility they get irritated. It is responsibility of the Railways officials to pacify the passengers instead of ignoring their complaints to avoid such happenings. The Multan incident indicates that the agitations are pulling down the already tattering railways and this trend needs to be checked. No doubt locomotives breakdown midway and a number of trains lack facility of light at nights because of the failure of the generators but this is due to inefficiency of the management and the concerned officials least bother for the national losses because they know that they would continue to enjoy their perks and privileges and get salary at the beginning of the month. This is height of insensitivity on the part every one from top to bottom in the railways as they don’t feel pain that the organization is going down the drain. We therefore believe that time has come for a complete shake-up in Railways and those not delivering must be shown the door as that is the only way if this important source of travel and symbol of federation is to be put back on track.

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RESIDENT Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Abrar Ahmad has made an impassioned appeal to the Government to differentiate between the export oriented sector and must understand the competition in the world market where even one American cent matters. He pointed out that Bangladesh — our archrival in textile, is providing gas to its industry at more than fifty percent difference and with zero-rated customs regime in European Union as a result of which its textile exports have crossed $19 billion mark. It is a pity that while BD is eyeing at $25 billion textile exports by 2015, our textile exports declined by about $2 billion last year as compared to previous year. This was inevitable result of the crippling energy shortages forcing our industry to close down for two to five days. There are reports that our exporters are unable to meet the deadlines and as a consequences export orders are now going elsewhere in the world. It is a gory state of affairs that on the one hand we are begging for more market access and looking for new markets but on the other hand we are losing the existing ones because of our inability to meet orders on time. Energy shortage is only one aspect as rates of electricity are going up every now and then pushing cost of production and rendering our exports uncompetitive. Same is the case with other inputs and raw material the cost of which has gone up due to imposition of duties of various sorts and abolition of subsidies. Again, despite strong protests by businessmen the rate of interest has remained considerably on the higher side during the last four years, which also badly impacted upon our industries. Fortunately, we have before us success models and there is no point in not emulating them if it suits our national interests as well.

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Govt hindering in equal justice authority to enforce its decisions by itself. responsiShaukat M Zafar That bility falls to the Email: smzafar101@gmail.com E x e c u t i v e branch, which is lead by the President Zardari. This has the potential he issue with the rulers is to create problems when the that they are in habit of evad branch responsible for administering all laws and look for to- ing a decision is required to act tal immunity, and enforcement of against its perceived best interests. Like in today’s situation, presilaw is confined only to the poor. This is no less than the worst dic- dent, prime minister and some of tatorship. President Zardari and his ministers are entrenched to his cronies have set new records thwart the Supreme Court’s deciof corruption. Peoples Party’s sions and rulings that involve such government gave nothing to the of their close kith and even thempeople except price-hike, unem- selves. Even if the apex court conployment, load-shedding and cor- victs those who are the main playruption. Tales of corruption and ers of the government and awards plundering of ministers and advi- heavy sentence to them there is sors of Peoples Party are known likelihood that they will be parto everyone within and outside the doned by the President which is country. The main players of this bestowed on him by the constituGovernment are skilled in corrup- tion. Our constitution clearly states tion and fond of getting more and that no legislation can be imposed more rich by looting the wealth repugnant to the Quran and the of the nation even the sacred Sunnah – how does executive imscheme of hajj has not been spared munity stack up to the standards by them. The rulers are pushing set by the Quran, exemplified by the masses into darkness and de- the Sunnah and subsequently pracpriving them of their livelihood. ticed by the Caliphs? The success and efficiency of The Apex court under the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Hazrat Umar‘s (RA) administrawith a fame of absolute propri- tion mainly depended on his strict ety is determined to uphold the compliance over the staff. When a rule of law. It has no army to governor was appointed, his letter fight, it is confronted by one of appointment which detailed his worst ever rulers, shrewd bureau- duties and privileges was publicly cracy and arrogant establishment, read, so that people could know the but still has emerged as a great terms of appointment and could agent of change. Although the hold him responsible for abusing Constitution vests the Supreme his power. Addressing a group of Court with the highest judicial governors once he said, Remempower, it doesn’t grant the Court ber, I have not appointed you to

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rule over your people, but to serve them. You should set an example with your good conduct, so that people may follow you. Give the Muslims their rights and do not beat them lest they become abused. Do not praise them unduly, lest they fall into the error of conceit. Do not keep your doors shut in their faces, lest the more powerful of them eat up the weaker ones. And do not behave as if you were superior to them, for that is tyranny over them. I would quote another event from history of Islam; a theft took place in the house of a Muslim in Madina. Two persons, a Muslim and a Jew were charged with theft. Both of them were brought before the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Muslims of Madina became worried that if the Muslim was proved guilty of the theft they will be humiliated in the eyes of Jews. Thus the people came to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and humbly requested that the honor of the Muslims was at stake and hence it was desirable the Muslim might be acquitted of the charge. But the Holy Prophet (PBUH) considered an unjust decision a disgrace for Islam. The people further argued that since the Jews had perpetrated cruelties on them, it was of no significance if one of their men was unjustly punished for the crime. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “Justice and honest decision have nothing to do with past sufferings”. At last the Holy Prophet (PBUH) examined the case impartially and against the wishes of the Muslims set the Jew free. This example of justice humiliated the Muslims of that time but in reality it immortalized the justice and high ideals of Islam. We should therefore, adhere to our prin-

ciples and should not make innovations in them for the sake of pleasing others. Now consider the situation in Pakistan: Today, out of the aforesaid examples, can any ruler of Pakistan present such an example? The pillars of the state are failing again and again to deliver justice to the common and poor people of Pakistan. The most important organ of the country “Judiciary “ is constantly kept under pressure with state machinery turning into the survival force and shield for the feudal lords, corrupt politicians, extremist forces and oppressors. If PPP delays, defies, sidetracks or hinders smooth compliance of the Supreme Court orders, there is going to be a real problematic situation. If such a standoff takes place and the government keeps sacking the bureaucrats obeying the court’s orders as has been in various cases, then who is going to ensure the respectability for and compliance of the court’s orders? The PPP and its over clever defenders have been arguing that the Supreme Court is against their government. These imaginary suspicions, which in any case are impossible to prove, do not provide license to ignore the court’s orders. They are bound to follow the rule of law and obey the orders of the courts. Islam has laid great emphasis on justice and it is the basis on which all problems of the society, be it personal, social or economical are decided. The establishment of justice for all citizens of the state, Muslim and nonMuslim alike, is one of the major purposes of the Islamic system of government.

Police apathy & people’s fury their own hands. G h u l a m Muhammad was lynched to death by Ayesha Zee Khan an angry mob while two friends of his Email:ayeshazeekhan@live.com were seriously injured for allegedly brining a woman into a house for illicit relations in olice in any country is Tando Adam Khan area of Sindh. thought to be there to pro According to local people they tect the citizens, lock the locked the suspects inside the suspects so that peace & har- house & informed police but it mony prevail. Unfortunately in took no action. Son of the deceased Pakistan, it has been doing totally says mob killed his father in the the reverse of what their duty presence of police which remained calls for. When lone incidents indifferent to what was happening. occur in any part of the country Seven people have already been arpolice stays silent, unless you rested and a six member investihand in some bribes here and gation team formed by Sindh Chief there. Mostly incidents occur in Minister to probe the incident. Refront of the policemen but their currence of such mob violence is silence drives people of that area alarming as it speaks volumes with rage, revenge and fury. about apathy of the administration This in turn becomes a situa- towards what is happening in the tion which becomes incontrol- society and lack of confidence lable, resulting in public lynch- people have on this system. Sialkot ing and mob attacks who deliver incident where two brothers were justice in their own way on the lynched by the mob when some spot! Protection of citizens is one people dubbed them as dacoits of the primary responsibilities of stays fresh in the memory still. the state. The police system Reports have come from other working in Pakistan, prior to the parts of the country where people Police Order, 2002, was a 140 caught thieves and dacoits redyears old colonial legacy, as it handed, stoned or burnt them to was based on the Police Act, death at the scene. Suspects were 1861. In the absence of a proper arrested but released later due to system of public oversight to lack of sufficient evidence. check the excesses, police could There are genuine complaints not be turned from a ‘force’ into in most cases but police doesn’t a ‘public service’. Powers were bother to arrest criminals, prefers concentrated at the upper levels underhand deals with them or if in the police hierarchy. someone gets arrested they reIncidents of mob justice leased due to absence of reliable clearly show that the system is evidence. Fear of police and secunot working that is why people rity officials has damaged the sohave started taking the law into cial fabric of our society. Repeated

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complaints by people are that in many cases Police officers out rightly refuse to file the complaint, for reasons known only to them. Lethargy and inactivity of the police has become a daily occurrence in Pakistan. In some cases, even judges do not award sentence to culprits for fear of reprisals as some judges have been targeted by criminals in different parts of the country. Political interference and appointments in police have also played havoc with the system besides bruised psyche of the people due to day-to-day problems. Mob rule seems to be the rule of the day and it is time for the executive, the legislature and the judiciary to take remedial measures, otherwise the system is bound to collapse soon. Incompetency, contributes 70% and corruption contributes 30% of the 100% failure of today’s government and the rest of the institutions that it heads. The worse people who got themselves elected with fake degrees in basic graduation are the sole fathers of all the departments today. Corruption is at peak level. What elaborate starting from any department and ending on any sector anything and everything is dependent upon give and take of money. The Current government is concentrating for 5 years in power and making as much money as they can, to take care of the next four generations, they know that they will not be elected next time, they are not bothered and as the track record shows maybe after 10 years of cycle they will return to power again. Everyday life is based on ad hoc decisions and personalized dealings. How can we take actions for a better society? The solutions lie

within if we apply good governance to the existing institutions. Rule of law must be made supreme for all irrespective of what background one comes from. More than 80% of the problems faced by the oppressed can be resolved this way. The police should be well paid and under no institutional interference. Catching and apprehending a culprit becomes more efficient this way. Police transfers and appointments should be done by the institution itself with no recommendations taken either by the President or the Prime Minister of the country. Feudalism should be abolished in Pakistan with immediate effect. 90% of the problems will be resolved once this system is collapsed by the Government. Education should be a top priority for all the citizens of the country. The meager 2.2% of the GDP is totally not sufficient for the nation. System of education should be one in the country and till the 10thgrade it should be made compulsory on all. Students and young people should be encouraged and given the chance to enroll in classes that teach skilled trades such as construction, welding and plumbing. Child labor should ban and the ones found guilty in this heinous crime should be punished severely. Health facilities need to be improved on war footing. With the 75% deprived of medical cure the Government needs to spend more on this sector for the betterment of the citizens. Hospitals should be better equipped with proper medical care and staff in uniformity throughout the country. Increase in minimum wage and unemployment allowances should be set up for the poor and labor class.

he Pakistani public is not likely to get respite from the ludicrous game of hide and seek that the judiciary and the parliament are playing. On Monday, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf finally appeared before the Supreme Court for the hearing of the notorious NRO case. And guess what? He has managed to evade the axe dangling over his dead— but just for three more weeks. The prime minister faced the five-member judicial bench for 60 minutes, as the entire country watched and speculated with bated breath. During that tense hour, the beleaguered prime minister assured the judges that he will take steps to “end the uncertainty in the country”. But for that, Ashraf said, he needed more time since his trip to China is due in a few days. The court subsequently heeded the PM’s request and gave him more time— the new deadline is September 18. The PPP might be thumping their fists in the air at being able to buy more time, but what will this actually accomplish? It is painfully obvious that the Pakistani government is desperate for a brilliant idea (not like they ever had any in the first place) to expunge itself from this mess. Since there’s none in sight as usual, it’s just decided to dawdle to its downfall. But does the fate of a convict, whose death penalty has been delayed by a few days, actually change? Not really. When the gallows await, no amount of grace period can turn tables. What good will dillydallying actually do? Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also strived long and hard to defy the court by not writing the letter to Swiss authorities for reopening the graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. And now the wrath of Pakistan’s activist judiciary will soon be unleashed on PM Ashraf. Earlier this month, the ill-thought contempt of court bill, hastily passed in the parliament with the intention to protect the new premier, was annulled by the apex court. And Gilani’s ghost looms large as Ashraf gears up for his fall. The entire scenario seems like a complete farce. The judiciary is hiding its gung ho mission to punish the country’s awry elected representatives, behind the garb of ‘justice’ and ‘impartiality’. While the representatives are feigning respect for the judiciary and vowing to mitigate the uncertainty that plagues the country— Ashraf, for instance, assured the bench that he will “resolve the issue”. But, it’s obvious that both parties deep down know that they are gearing for a head-on collision that will only create more uncertainty and instability to the country. Another high drama awaits Pakistan. — Khaleej Times

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ith the Syrian conflict not seeing a foreseeable end, the suffering of innocent civilians is expected to continue and worsen. Hence, an appropriate plan needs to be set in motion in order to address the needs and requirements of the civilian population. The United Nations on Monday appealed for $54 million (Dh198 million) to aid the growing number of Syrian refugees who have been flocking to Jordan. The UN Children’s Fund Unicef has also noted the urgent needs and the amount sought is for the provision of health services, protection, water and sanitation for the rising number of Syrian refugees. Jordan alone is hosting around 200,000 refugees and it is expected to receive around 70,000 more. Jordan is only one country. Turkey is also being flooded by refugees and the authorities have acted strict about allowing a bigger influx. No less than 9,000 refugees are waiting on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey awaiting the setting up of accommodation. Given the scale of the violence in the conflict, more Syrian nationals will turn into refugees. The most gruesome fact is the severity of the casualties, especially among children. And as the world community ponders the next steps to be taken to end the fighting, it is the innocent civilians that will pay the price with their lives. It is high time that the humanitarian suffering is addressed. — Gulf News

The pleasure of criticising robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things. Jean de La Bruyere —French satirist


Religious intolerance on the rise Voice of the People Just during the recent month of Ramadan which should have been a Ali Ashraf Khan month of peaceful fasting and contemEmail:balti@super.net.pk plation media dinned in our ears the stories about abductions and forced conversions to Islam of Hindu girls he Eid holidays — as our me though Islam is prohibiting any use dia and the rulers wanted to of force in this matter. make us believe-were spent in We have heard about another religious fervor by our population, but accusation of blasphemy by an eleven the number of dead bodies recovered year old Christian girl who was first during and after Eid can not divert reported to be mentally retarded but our attention from the failure of gov- now reports are that a counter FIR ernment to protect the life and prop- has been registered against some 10 erty of its people. The deterioration dozen people for instigating the of law & order at the one hand and simple villagers to take out protest the rise of religious intolerance in Pa- rallies and attack on the alleged kistan even during Ramazan at the minor’s family, no arrest of these other has been visible all over. The people has so far been made. media has been reporting incidents of Ahmadis have also been targets of religiously motivated violence every violence and there is a growing killday, because the government machin- ing spree against Shias going on in ery appears to be oblivious of its ba- Balochistan where the Hazara comsic responsibility to provide security munity is living a life of persecution and justice to its people without any and in Gilgit Balitistan where last discrimination on the basis of colour, week another twenty two Shias were cast and creed. And this not only true killed when a bus was intercepted and with regard to religious minorities the Shias picked out and executed like Hindus or Christians but regard- there and then who were returning ing sectarian violence within the home to celebrate Eid with their famiMuslim community as well. lies. This has again enraged anger and

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people in Skardu and Gilgit did not celebrate Eid and are demonstrating for last few days against failure of government in protecting life and property of people. These incidents are frightening. They disturb whatsoever peace and security is left in our country. The social fabric of our cities and towns, villages and neighborhoods is damaged. Here people of different religions and sects have been living side by side for centuries. Pakistan was created in order to give Muslims a state where they could be in a majority and arrange their lives according to the tenets of Islam. There is no fear now that Hindus would overpower Muslims or that Christianity would grow to outnumber Muslims. Muslims are the fastest growing community in Pakistan and worldwide. So where does the violence come from? It can’t be fear, it has to be frustration due to economic disparity and intolerance, the inability to accept different opinions, religious believes, ideologies. Our Holy Book Quran teaches us to respect all the Prophets and divine religions prior to the finality of religion and Prophet hood. But the promotion of this attitude of intolerance and violence under the patronage of vested interest groups and state institutions in Pakistan is a dangerous development.

Intolerance is the trade mark of Taliban mindset and looking at the facts from this angle it seems that Taliban mindset is spreading fast because of the one sided propaganda and killing of innocent children, men and women by drones attacks and use of the fire arms through killing machines. One reason for this rising intolerance in Pakistan can easily be found in the ongoing war of terror in Afghanistan, in the porous border with our neighbor and in the creation of a Pakistani Taliban movement since. Growing intolerance against the occupation forces can also be seen in Afghanistan itself where Afghan army is found involved in killing of US and NATO soldiers and vis-aversa on which President Obama has expressed his anger. But the seeds of intolerance growing fast in Pakistan can be blamed also on the previous and the sitting government who joined the war on terror for their own reasons and under the pressure of US and NATO. The interpretation of Islam in our country has been used for political purposes and shaped according to the political needs and understanding of ruling political elite that was interested in clinging to power more than in the welfare of the people and the promotion of an Islamic society.

India’s terror fanaticism Dr Abdul Ruff Email: abdulruff@gmail.com

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anaticism and terrorism have survived in India despite sev eral regimes ruling the nation primarily because the media have stayed hard core fanatic, cold towards Muslims. Obviously, it is extremely difficult for the right wing hard line Hindu terrorist organizations and their allies to survive in Indian politics without using hatred against Islam and Pakistan. Communal political outs like RSS, VHP, Sivasena, and BJP etc, are the major culprits in spreading hate and anger amongst Indians against Islam and Pakistan and after the ghastly destruction of Babri Mosque in Uttar Pradesh in order to gain political mileage in polls now they want to escape punishment for their crimes and the ruling Congress and allies try to protect the Hindutuva crimes because that is their agenda too. The anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan and similar hate sites in India are fueling Hindu hatred towards Muslims only to promote fanatic Hinduva vote

bank for the Hindu communal parties. Indian Hindutva agencies produce doctored images and videos against Muslims and they are placed all over the social media Internet, such as Face book and in other blogs owned by these organizations. These images and videos are obviously then used for blame game against false allegations of atrocities against Muslims to earn cheap popularity in the country. The fanatic idea behind such mischief is to make Hindutva look a victim of colonialism and a suffering religion. Hindu organization perpetrate terrorism in many parts of India and place the blame on Muslims whch the regime and intelligences and even courts readily endorse to protect common Hinduva interests. A recent input from Bangalore about three women planning to bomb a train turned out to be a red herring. Later, the input was traced to an activist of Bajrang Dal. When Hindu majority murdered so many Muslims in Assam, the communal Hindu organizations and their media tried to find fault with the so-called migrant Muslims against local Assam Hindus. The anti-Muslim images by

the Hindu internet network showing fake atrocities of Muslims against Bodos tribals are to support the Congress regime in Assam. The images are captioned with provocative remarks to fan tensions on communal basis. Obviously, the target is minorities, especially the Muslim community in India. Hindu organization have successfully used the Assam conflict and crimes agianst Muslims for their own parochial and political gains. So is the Congress party. Anonymous SMS to hundreds of thousands of Indians across India is also found the work of these Hindu fundamental organisations but they know that the regime, and its media nuts quickly blame Pakistan or Bangladesh. And India did that as well to “promote” the Hindutva national interests. India media generated plenty of panic that led to a mass exodus of people from the north-east from several cities, including Pune, Bangalore and Chennai.. Both soft communal Congress and hardcore BJP led communal wings have been able diver the popular attention by “instigating” terror attacks and joint cricketism exer-

cises. They think they can survive as long as these fake operations are promoted and protected secretly. The BJP led Hindu communal parties and organizations trying every possible method to expand its mass base to come back to power. Unless the judiciary come forward to punish the Hindu criminals who killed Muslims in the country and destroyed the Babri Mosque Indian will remain a hard core communal country with a biased juridical, based intelligence, biased military, biased police and biased dirty media. That is undoubtedly devastating for Muslims. But will that be good for the nation which loudly clams to be the largest secular democracy? Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies like USA and India have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims.

Views From Abroad

Flawed US democracy & China Daniel A Bell

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olitical meritocracy is the idea that a political system is de signed with the aim of selecting political leaders with above-average ability to make morally informed political judgments. That is, political meritocracy has two key components: 1) The political leaders have above-average ability and virtue; and 2) the selection mechanism is designed to choose such leaders. Political meritocracy has been largely eclipsed from political theorizing in the modern world, but there are three important reasons for reviving and reinterpreting this political ideal, particularly in a Chinese context. First, political meritocracy has been, and continues to be, central to Chinese political culture. Second, democracy is a flawed political system and meritocracy can help to remedy some of its flaws. Third, the Chinese Communist Party itself has become a more meritocratic organization over the last three decades or so. Let us

discuss each of these factors. Political meritocracy is a key theme in the history of Chinese political culture. The idea of “elevating the worthy” emerged in the wake of the disintegration of the pedigree-based aristocratic order of the Spring and Autumn period. This idea was shared by the vast majority of known thinkers in the Warring States period, and political thinkers debated how to define merit and how to develop political practices and institutions based on merit. For Confucius, political meritocracy starts from the assumption that everybody should be educated. However, not everybody will emerge from this process with an equal ability to make morally informed political judgments. Hence, an important task of the political system is to select leaders with an aboveaverage ability to make morally informed political judgments, as well as to encourage as many people of talent as possible to participate in politics.The idea of political meritocracy is also central to Western political theory and practice. Plato famously defended a meritocratic

political ideal in “The Republic”: The best political regime is composed of political leaders selected on the basis of their superior ability to make morally informed political judgments and granted power to rule over the community. US Founding Fathers and 19th century “liberal elitists” such as John Stuart Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville put forward political ideas that tried to combine meritocracy and democracy. Capitalist interests have disproportionate power in the political process, especially in the American political system, which has been described, perhaps not unfairly, as “one dollar, one vote” rather than “one person, one vote.” Political theorists have raised questions about the voting system itself. Part of the problem is that voters are often selfishly concerned with their narrow material interest, and ignore the interest of future generations and people living outside national boundaries. Certainly there are some issues where the pursuit of narrow economic self-interest at the voting booth could lead to disastrous consequences for non-voters who lack representation

(consider global warming). Just as worrisome, perhaps, voters often misunderstand their own interests. Of course, such proposals are nonstarters in liberal democracies. The principle of political equality expressed in the form of one person, one vote has assumed quasi-sacred status today. In its early days, Communist China under Mao explicitly rejected Confucian-inspired ideas of political meritocracy. Understandably, perhaps, the main task was rewarding revolution energy and securing military strength for the state to put an end to abuse and bullying by foreign powers. But now, the establishment of a relatively secure and strong Chinese state under the leadership of the CCP means that China is less concerned about security than it is about political community. Hence, the emphasis has shifted to the task of good governance led by able and virtuous political leaders, and the selection and promotion mechanisms of the CCP have become more meritocratic. — Christian Science Monitor

Mother’s love..!

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do remember from my child hood, the taste of rich plum cake: My mother during the evenings worked as a secretary to an American author, and as her duties happened during tea time, she was served tea and a slice of plum cake. This plum cake was quickly put into her purse and brought home, where my brother and I greedily devoured the piece every day! Victor Hugo tells the story of a French mother who after the Revo-

lution was driven from her home with her two children. She had wandered through the woods for several days living on roots and leaves. On the third morning they hid in some bushes on the approach of two soldiers, a captain and a sergeant. The captain ordered the sergeant to find out what was stirring in the bushes, and he prodded the trembling mother and her two children out. They were brought to the captain’s side and he saw in an instant that they were starving: He immediately gave them a long loaf of brown French bread. The mother grabbed the loaf from the captains hand, like a famished animal, and then to the surprise of both the soldiers broke it into two pieces, giving one piece to one child and the

other to the second. Whether it was a flying cockroach or labour pains, the first word that came from her lips was always “mama!” It still is. I wish I could sing you the words that have been sung so expressively by Johnny Cash and Shirley Caesar, the song ‘No Charge’ in which: A little boy came up to his mum in the kitchen this evenin’ While she was fixin’ supper. And he handed her a piece of paper that he’d been writin’ on And after wipin’ her hands on her apron She read it- and this is what it said: For mowin the lawn-five dollars For makin’ my own bed this week- one dollar An’ playin’with little brother while you went shopping Twenty five cents. Well as his mum looked at him standin’ there ex-

pectantly I could see mem’ries flashing through her mind And so she picked up the pen and turnin’ the paper over This is what she wrote. For the nine months I carried you, growin’ inside me No charge For the nights I’ve sat up with you, doctored you, prayed for you No charge. For the time and the tears, that you’ve caused through the years, there’s. No charge And when you add it all up. The full cost of my love is No charge..! I dedicate this piece today on Mothers day to my beloved mother, to the mother of my two children and to all the mothers in the world. The cost of their love— No Charge..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Famine in Thar HASHIM ABRO

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he largest desert of Pakistan in Sindh province called “ Thar” is facing a devastating drought nowadays. A ruthlessly slow response of the relevant provincial and federal government departments and agencies have kept more than 2.5 million people to extreme hunger and thirst. It is reported that hundreds of thousands of people have migrated to other parts of the province and dozens of their livestock are killed due to ongoing drought in the area. The hungry and thirsty 2.5 million people in Thar in Sindh province and around 3.5 million domestic animals including cows, camels, goats, sheep, and also wild animals such as horses, deer and birds like peacocks, hens, partridges, parrots etc. Urgently need food aid, medical supplies and fodder so as to save their lives. In this dismal scenario, the humanity and animal caring national and international NGOs are appealed to come forward to their rescue in the drought –hit Thar. Similarly, the provincial government is requested to construct water canals, channels and dams in this area as it was planned and designed by the British Irrigation Engineers before partition so that this part of the province which always remains in the grip of drought and famine may not suffer in the future. —Islamabad

After NATO quits!

and former MD of PIA. This incident involving this lady proves glaring flaws in choice of staff deputed to carry out tasks assigned to them inspite of SOP that define what they KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ are supposed to do. According to media news NATO —Lahore has closed more than 200 bases in Afghanistan and transferred nearly 300 others to local forces. Now HIRA TARIQ NATO is ready to handing over security responsibility to Afghan Transportation system is considered forces. Due to worst financial crito be the backbone of any country’s ses in Euro Zone and US itself sevdevelopment. The world mostly deeral countries can’t afford US war pends on railways for their land travadventures in different countries and eling. Many countries took improveno country wants to spend its taxment of railway system as their first payers money on useless wars. step towards their journey of develNewzeland just pulled out its forces opment, which resulted in not only a after killing of four of its soldiers better economy, but a high level of including one female soldiers. Spain satisfaction among the people and an and Australia also pulled out their increase in the popularity of their forces from Afghanistan. Now begovernments. fore NATO exit Pakistan is facing Unfortunately, in Pakistan, only worse sectarian violence these days. higher claims have been made in the Horrible incident of sectarian killname of development yet, and the ing took place in the North where railway system here along with nonunknown assailants killed fifty three availability of some basic necessipassengers after identification. ties and amenities of life has reached Trying to spread more hate they the brink of destruction. In 1947, make a video of all incident. Same during the partition of subcontinent, week twenty more people were the state of railway system was alkilled in different sectarian related most same and equal in Pakistan and violence in different parts of social India. However, if the existing sysand political hub Karachi. Incident tem of Pakistan and India is comof target killing also increased in pared, it will be enough for eye volatile Balochistan province. Now opening to know that India is far Pakistan situation is becoming very ahead of us in this regard. Though similar like Iraq after withdrawal of Pakistan Railways has been providUS forces as the country has been ing people cheap traveling and low divided in different sectarian and cost cargo services for a long time, ethnic armed groups and now Iraq but the system has been robbed inis seeing worst bloodshed and killstead of being updated with the pasing of innocent civilians. Before sage of time. As a result, the train’s withdrawal of NATO forces from journey towards each corner of the Afghanistan some sources are playcountry has been paralyzed due to ing same game in Pakistan. Present lack of engines. worse peace situation and increasThe question is how this orgaing sectarian and ethnic violence is nization will be able to stand on its enough to open eyes of concerned own feet? When the notice of this authorities in Pakistan. Only indedisruption and the action against pendent policies according to counthose who are destroying it will be try own interest can bring positive taken? Shall we see the underchange in the region after withground metro running in Pakistan drawal of NATO forces from Afin our life, like in India? And if not, ghanistan. then should we expect our future —Jeddah,KSA generations to see it?? —Via email

Railway situation

Saga of PIA Paris flight A MALIK

Irresponsible speech

PIA Chairman has a herculean task to clean the mess that he has inherited. A PIA flight from Lahore to Paris via Milan somehow forgot to note, that a lady passenger who was supposed to get off at Charles De Gaulle Airport, slept through 2 hour transit stop over and all systems failed to take notice of this. When an aircraft lands at any airport, cabin crew purser hands over a list of passengers which includes their passport numbers and nationality, alongwith cargo manifest carrying details and tag numbers of cargo to be offloaded at station plus details of those in transit. In addition local traffic staff at Paris is required to count number of passengers disembarking at Paris and match it with numbers on Load Sheet/ Trim Sheet. The fact that all these systems failed only proves that PIA staff deputed at Paris are incompetent. This is what happens when foreign postings are done on political recommendations instead of merit. During past few years, especially during tenures of MD namely Aijaz Haroon and Nadeem Yusuafzai, irregularities, bribes, nepotism and political recommendations were sole criterion for postings and recruitment. In fact those holding Pakistani nationality are discriminated against for foreign postings and instead these postings or recruitment as local employees at PIA’s international hubs in Europe, Canada and USA are done to facilitate individuals for immigration and welfare rather than being beneficial for PIA. Their foreign nationality gives them immunity from accountability by PIA rules, and they can seek refuge as foreign nationals. The most glaring abuses of power were postings of a Pakistani immigrants in Toronto who had never worked either in an airline, or in the capacity of work to be handled singularly in Canada, when a PIA stewardess and brother in law of a director were appointed at Toronto by the former Chairman

Javed Hashmi took a bold stand against Musharraf and was sent to prison, but before that he has a long history of contradictions and controversies till better sense prevailed. There was a time when he was part of the group called “ Saheb, Bibi , Aur Ghulam”. He is respected only because of singular act of defying Musharraf. He should show some grace. His resort to unparliamentarily language and reference to marriages, of his former political partners, who are now his adversaries is in bad taste. If in his opinion marrying more than once is a sin, then this sin was committed while he was part and parcel of PML(N). He must remember that he has still not given a satisfactory reply to outstanding claim of Advocate Yusuf Memon for Rs 50 million. In any case the party that he now belongs to is headed by a man whose personal history as far as relationship with women, and partying is not all that well and so those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others. People of Pakistan inspite of personal flaws of Imran Khan look up to him because they want a change. Unfortunately instead of this expected change what they see are men like Javed Hashmi who start foaming from their lips while they make personal attacks against members of a party which he was part and parcel of for three decades. From Musharraf’s Foreign Minister, his Information Minister, Minister for Industry, Minister for IT etc to Zardari’s former head of Planning Commission, there are many with controversial backgrounds that have joined PTI today. If we are to dig into the personal lives viz a viz marriages and affairs of our political leadership, than none from the PPP, PML(N), MQM, PML(Q), ANP, PTI, JUI(F), PML(F) etc is above board. Let us move forward. Declaring assets by PTI was good move, inspite

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of their gross under value and claims of gifts, which previously were shown either as benami transaction or bought after selling London flat. People expect the PTI to start addressing real issues, provide a blue print for remedy of these ills, instead of this blame game that is consuming their energy. —Faisalabad

Apologise to the anchor DR IRFAN ZAFAR Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs in a talk show on the electronic media aired on 18th of August, 2012 used suggestive remarks against the lady TV anchor which fall under lowest level of morality considering the fact that he is also heading the Ministry of Religious Affairs. When the anchor asked him “Shah Sahib can you listen to me”, he replied “Yes I can listen to you but can’t see you”. Then when the lady asked him if he has seen the Eid Moon, he said “As I have not seen you, so in the same way I have not seen the Eid Moon” (suggestive remark). It is in utter bad taste for which he should apologize to the lady anchor. —Islamabad

Why sympathy with terrorists? BILAL SHAHID Terrorists are playing havoc, extremists are on killing spree and target killing is continuing unabated. More than forty thousand innocent people including women children and men in uniform have been killed but not even a single terrorist or killer hanged since 2008. Its irony of fate that thousands of these people who have been awarded death punishment are lying or enjoying their life in the prisons with the courtesy of the government. I fail to understand that why such sympathy is shown with these criminals. They are the accused who have been convicted by the courts and of were arrested after lot of struggle by the police or security forces. These dangerous and merciless killers are taken out by their companions and again they become the force multiplayer of the terrorists groups. Take the example of Bannu Jail attack due to which hundreds of these people were taken away by the terrorists and as per media reports one of them who was an ex Pakistan Air Force employee could be behind the Kamra Base attack. This is the price of not punishing the criminals. No country on earth can survive without the implementation of justice; even almighty Allah had to make a hell to create fear. I don’t know what novel idea is behind the decision of holding the death penalty and why the human right champions have sympathy with these killers. As per reports, only in Punjab more than 6000 prisoners on death penalty have not been executed since 2008 and thousands would be more in other parts of the country. Why the government doesn’t listens to the cry of the victim’s families and why no one is raising the issue of dealing with iron hand with the terrorists and executing those who have been convicted. The fear of capital punishment can deter these people and somewhat heal the wounds of bereaved families. Similarly, we need to have special laws to deal with terrorists and no more time should be wasted. There have been no terrorist’s attacks in those countries which made special laws, tightened the security, improved the capacity of the law enforcement agencies and above all united their people against the common enemy or threat. —Osia, Murree

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Myanmar: Asia’s next rising star STEPHEN P. GROFF

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UST last month I made my first visit to Myanmar, a place Rudyard Kipling referred to as “quite un like any land you know about”. While decades of isolation have helped this century-old observation hold true, on arrival in July I was immediately struck by the vibrancy and a palpable sense of change in the air. The country’s immense potential is reflected in the Asian Development Bank’s most recent analysis, which shows that Myanmar has the potential to follow Asia’s fast growing economies and expand at 7 per cent to 8 per cent if it continues on the path of across-the-board reforms initiated earlier this year. If Myanmar stays true to these reforms - and I was impressed by the resolve of many officials I met last month - the country should become a middle-income nation, and could more than triple per capita income by 2030. Half a century ago Myanmar was the pearl of Asia, one of the region’s leading economies with a per capita income more than twice that of its neighbour, Thailand. While most other regional economies have skyrocketed since that time, Myanmar has languished, and today has Southeast Asia’s lowest per capita gorss domestic product (GDP). After decades of stagnation, Myanmar has an enormous amount of catching up to do on almost every imaginable front. The recent experiences of Asia’s fastgrowing economies are instructive. For Myanmar to effectively capitalise on its potential, the country will need to maintain low inflation - under 6 per cent - and better ensure sustainable budgets. It will also need to encourage greater savings, dramatically bolster the skills of its people, invest heavily in infrastructure, modernise its financial sector, foster job creation, and continue with its reform of the foreign exchange regime. No small order, to be sure, but Myanmar’s neighbours have shown dramatic economic transformations are possible in relatively short amounts of time if reforms remain on track. Nearly everyone I spoke with in July emphasised that maintaining social stability will be crucial as Myanmar embarks on this new course. While economic growth has been the most effective tool for reducing poverty in Asia, it has become less equitable in many fast-growing regional economies in recent decades. As the economy grows it will be essential for the country to ensure that its poorest and most vulnerable share the benefits of Myanmar’s growing prosperity. Such inclusiveness will enhance and help maintain growth by strengthening social cohesion and contributing to human capital development. Investment in education, healthcare and other social services is fundamental for building Myanmar ’s human capital. Today, one in four primary school children never move on to middle school, limiting their prospects as the country’s next generation of workers. Encouragingly, the government has already increased its social sector spending, with the country’s nominal education budget doubling for 2012/13. It is critical that this trend continue. More opportunities also need to be created for people living in rural areas, where 84 per cent of the country’s poor reside. NGOs I met last month highlighted that rural isolation is exacerbated by poor access to electricity, water and transportation. Only one in four people have electricity access, and the country’s core road network is limited. Bringing rural communities into the fold and providing them with better transportation, electricity, and telecommunications will give Myanmar’s poorest a better chance at grasping the opportunities that recent economic reforms can bring. Myanmar’s economic potential is immense given its rich endowments and geographic advantages. To maximise this potential, however, businesspeople I met with stressed the need for more freedom to create jobs and innovate. A further reduction of government ownership and control over certain economic sectors will help level the playing field, spurring competition and bolstering investment. This is particularly important, as Myanmar is uniquely positioned to tap into Asia’s growing economic strength and prosperity. Better connectivity with other South and Southeast Asian nations will also unleash incredible opportunities for trade and commerce. With the region’s consumption expected to reach US$32 trillion by 2030, accounting for 43 per cent of the global total, Myanmar’s affluent neighbours offer vast new markets for a country with abundant natural assets, agricultural resources and low-cost manufacturing potential. Integration with global and regional markets will also help promote accountability, transparency and respect for the rule of law, fostering an enabling environment for business and foreign investment as the nation finds its place in the Asian Century. Myanmar’s growth will not come without risks, and it is important for the country not to repeat the mistakes of other resource-rich developing nations - allowing resource revenues to exacerbate inflation and impact international competitiveness through effects on the exchange rates - a vicious cycle that can hinder the country’s development in other productive sectors. Sound macroeconomic management, economic diversification, greater transparency, the development of capable institutions, and a strong political commitment to equitably distributing benefits will all be needed to ensure Myanmar avoids the “resource curse”. While Kipling’s sentiment may still be accurate, there is much Myanmar can learn from its neighbours lessons that could make the country Asia’s next rising star. There will be countless challenges along the way, but if the country makes the right moves at the right times, and maintains its strong commitment to reforms, a more prosperous future undoubtedly awaits Myanmar’s people. The writer is the ADB’s Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.—Courtesy - Daily Star.

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AS summer ever here? Or were summers here? Of course, it was, as everyone still remem bers the scorching heat in the first two weeks of August and the continuing humidity despite the typhoon. What I meant to say is that the definition for summer has changed for Koreans. The going formula of summer had been flashes of heat in June, followed by a rather tedious and tepid monsoon season to be wrapped up with grilling heat of August. Global warming, however, has changed that. There is no formula anymore. The two months of July and August have been a kaleidoscope of summers akin to those in Southeast Asia and Korea combined. Did we imagine few decades

Iran is a threat in Latin America? REP ALLEN B WEST

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S we enter into a campaign season wholeheartedly fo cused on our economic se curity, let us not forget our national security. Right here, under our noses, a strategic alliance is being formed between Iran and Venezuela. More than 150 Iranian diplomats are accredited in Caracas — a disproportionate number by any count — demonstrating the Tehran regime’s unusual involvement in Latin America. Over the past few years, this honeymoon between Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given birth to increased military involvement between the two countries, a complex financial web to bypass international sanctions against the ayatollahs and an operational infrastructure for carrying out terrorism against the nations of the free world, especially the United States and Israel. This growing alliance between their respective military establishments allows Iran to extend its strategic coordination deep into the Western Hemisphere, enabling conventional, nuclear and terrorist capabilities well beyond Tehran’s geographic vicinity. It was revealed recently that Venezuela is building military drones for Iran and has supplied Iran with an unknown number of F-16 warplanes for countermeasure training and radar calibration. Also, the top Venezuelan diplomat in Florida, Consul General Livia Acosta, was expelled in January by the State Department because of her well-documented involvement with an Iranian cyberterrorism plot against American nuclear facilities. The unholy alliance also has enabled Iran to skirt United Nations‘ and other international economic sanctions meant to slow Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. Venezuela has publicly declared its support for Iran’s nuclear aspirations, and an economic and financial web of joint ventures, accounts and agreements makes it easy for Iran to bypass arms embargoes, banking freezes, oil boycotts and other economic steps taken to slow the theocracy’s nuclear policy of proliferation. For instance, Venezuela provides front companies and facilities to Iran’s petrochemical and arms

industries, uses its banking system to middle-man oil payments, and extends political support for Tehran in the international arena in order to bypass international sanctions. This Venezuelan support constitutes a vital lifeline, nurturing the ayatollahs’ bomb, and en-

ables Iran’s nuclear program to grow and strengthen. Yet the Iranian infiltration of Latin America goes beyond Venezuela. Tehran has funded the establishment of a paramilitary facility in Bolivia for the training of operatives from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi (wanted by Interpol for his involvement in terrorist bombings in Argentina) personally presided over the academy’s inauguration, and as many as 300 Iranian “trainers” from the blacklisted Iranian Revolutionary Guards are reported to be involved in the center’s operation. Iran also is active in what is known as the “triple frontier” region, a lawless zone between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is a hotbed of extremism, black marketing, smuggling and narco-terrorist funding, mostly under the direction of a very large radical Shiite diaspora living in the area. In addition, Iranian embassies and consulates throughout the continent contain large contingents of “attaches,” members of the Qods Force whose mission is to engender clandestine support for Iranian covert operations. In his latest threat assessment, National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper warned the Senate Intelligence Committee that Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are more willing to conduct an attack in

the United States. Furthermore, “Iran has methodically cultivated a network of sponsored terrorist surrogates capable of conducting effective, plausibly deniable attacks against Israel and the United States,” reports the Pentagon’s latest assessment of Iran’s military power. A case in point is last year’s complex attempted terrorist attack carried out in the heart of Washington by an Iranian operative, Mansour Arbabsiar. It was directed against Saudi Ambassador Adel A. alJubeir and included an attempt to blow up another foreign embassy, most recently identified as that of Israel. Iran’s rogue and dangerous behavior is of great concern not just for Israel, but to the Middle East as a region and the international community as a whole. Iran has proved its willingness to perpetrate terrorist attacks around the world by repeatedly targeting Iranian opposition members, foreign diplomats and ordinary civilians. The Iranian regime has introduced into the modern Middle East the concept of religiously sanctioned suicide terrorism. According to this extremist viewpoint, suicide is blessed and will be rewarded by Allah if it entails the killing of the enemies of Islam, be it soldiers or civilians. This suicide terrorism, combined with Tehran’s growing nuclear program and reckless mindset, should be taken very seriously. So too, Venezuela’s assistance to the ayatollah regime is gravely irresponsible and dangerous and should not simply be dismissed. The citizens of the United States, and especially South Florida, should be aware of this growing, ominous alliance and take proactive measures to prevent this very clear and present danger to America’s vital interests. This is yet another reason why the insidious Obama defense cuts known as sequestration, which promote the hollowing of our military capacity and capability, are ill-conceived, dangerous and unconscionable. Our economic interests are protected by a strong military, which we need now more than ever. —Courtesy - Washington Times. [Rep. Allen B. West is a Florida Republican and member of the House Armed Services Committee].

The politics of massacre GWYNNE DYER

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ORTY-eight hours after South African police killed 34 striking miners on Aug. 16, Julius Malema showed up at the Lonmin platinum mine north of Johannesburg to assign the blame. “President Zuma said to the police they must act with maximum force,” Malema told a crowd of thousands of miners. “He presided over the murder of our people and therefore he must step down... From today, when you are asked ‘Who is your president?’, you must say ‘I don’t have a president.’” President Jacob Zuma was in Mozambique when the slaughter happened, and is unlikely to have given the police instructions on dealing with a local strike. But professional demagogues don’t have to worry about the details, and Malema was fundamentally right in what he said next. “Zuma doesn’t care about the mineworkers, he came here last night and met with whites,” Malema said. “It’s not the white British (mine-owners) who were killed. It was you.” And in a final slap at the governing African National Congress (from which he was recently expelled): “They only come to you when it’s time for elections. Once you put that cross, they disappear.” Julius Malema fills the same role in today’s South Africa that Winnie Mandela did in the dying days of apartheid in the early 1990s: the radical demagogue who uses violent, often anti-white invective to articulate the rage of the impoverished black majority. This terrifies South Africans who have something to lose, black and white alike. Malema preaches hatred of the rich and hints at social revolution. The fact that he has become mysteriously rich himself at the age of 31, although his

only jobs were as an official of the ANC Youth League, doesn’t bother his millions of admirers at all. They just want to see a real redistribution of the country’s wealth in their favor, and they think Malema is their best bet. They are probably wrong. Malema is ruthless and cunning enough to have a chance at winning power some time toward the end of this decade, when the ANC’s political near-monopoly finally collapses. But he is not skilled enough,

and perhaps not even clever enough, to push through that sort of redistribution without destroying South Africa’s industrial economy in the process. Nevertheless, many of the poor feel they have nowhere else to turn. It is now 18 years since the fall of apartheid, and a substantial class of prosperous middle-class blacks has emerged (together with a small group of very rich people with close links to the ANC). However, the poor majority remains desperately poor, and they no longer trust the ANC to bring positive change in their lives. They are starting to defect politically, and the main battle is being fought on the territory of the trade unions. Mining is South Africa’s biggest industry, and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is the country’s biggest union. It is closely tied to the ANC, but many believe that it is

also in bed with the bosses. Cyril Ramaphosa (who chaired the ANC’s disciplinary appeals committee that expelled Malema from the ANC early this year) was the founder of the NUM 30 years ago, but now he is on Lonmin’s board. The Lonmin strike is actually a turf war. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (ACMU), a new, radical union, has been stealing the members of the National Union of Mineworkers, including three or four thousand of the 26,000 men working in Lonmin’s platinum mine. ACMU promised to triple the workers’ wages, and the violence began when it tried to stop NUM members from going to work. Ten people were killed in clashes between the two unions in mid-August, including two police who were hacked to death with pangas (machetes). So the police were understandably nervous last week when they faced an angry mob of about 3,000 workers armed with pangas, spears and clubs. Unleashing a torrent of automatic fire that killed 34 strikers and wounded 78 was an act of gross indiscipline, but frightened men, even if they have far better weapons, will not always respond in a measured and disciplined way when they are under attack. The reflex, unfortunately, is to hold the trigger down and spray the threat with bullets. Nobody wanted this tragedy to occur, and it is unlikely to happen again in the same way. Jacob Zuma will still probably be re-elected as the leader of the ANC in December and go on to a second term as president. There will be a commission of inquiry, and judges will reach conclusions and make recommendations. But the main political beneficiaries of the incident are the forces that are trying to loosen the grip of the ANC’s old guard on the unions and the country. —Courtesy - Korean Times.

Vagaries of summer back that the summer we knew might not be the same? Such are the vagaries of the climate that prompted me to think about how other vagaries currently in motion will invariably shape a new Korea. This summer, I saw groups speaking a mixture of Korean and English, going to and fro near the famous SAT-cram hagwon in representative middle-class and upper-middle-class areas of Apgujeong, Seoul, and the satellite cities of Bundang. These are middle and high school students with the means — the “tuition” for these hagwon can add up to $10,000 per student for the intensive two-month programs. The fee is exorbitant for these schools that all but guarantee a rise in SAT scores. Albeit, it’s a small and privileged group whose families can afford to send their children to schools in the United States. If they are successful, they will graduate from a four-year college, land a decent job and most importantly aspire to a certain quality of life. The image of these kids overlaps with the secondary school students who attend local schools. For some reason, they all look alike — in

school uniform, with black-rimmed glasses, walking with air of edginess and irritation. Why not? Their load at both school and after-school hagwon is enormous, especially as the promise of the future isn’t all that rosy for Korea Inc. The rumor mill of Korean parents is that unless your child gets into a special high school with emphasis on foreign language or otherwise, the chances of the child entering a prestigious four-year college in Korea are low. The job prospects for college graduates are dismal at the moment, and worsen if there are other competitors with higher-flying degrees and certificates. Teenage angst is a universal thing and add to it the Korean combination of a work overload, parental and peer pressure and an obscure future, it will invariably double if not triple. Thus, it’s not surprising that there are increasing bullying incidents that can mentally harm and even kill these schoolchildren. Admittedly, these may be two extremes of student groups in the nation. There are bound to be well-adjusted, happy academic achievers who are learning to deal with pressure

The real culprits behind the violence in Rakhine state MAUNG ZARNI

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T’S great that US Ambassador to Myanmar, Derek Mitchell, has finally spoken out on the ethno-reli gious riots between Rohingyas and Buddhist people in the Rakhine state. He points out racism in Myanmar society at large, something some of us have been saying for so long. But the problem with shifting the new focus onto popular racism is that it lets the real culprits - the generals and their troops - off the hook. The Myanmar regime has a direct and immediate hand in the recent communal riots between the Rakhines and the Rohingya - who it only refers to as “Bengali Muslims” - by sending the message that these people do not belong in Myanmar, even though they were born on Rakhine soil and have been in the country for generations. For the record, I place the ultimate responsibility for the outbreak of ethno-racial violence squarely on the Thein Sein government. Successive military regimes since Ne Win’s reign (1962-1988) have used the tactic of ethnic and religious divide and rule. Precedents and contemporary cases abound. In 1967, Ne Win reportedly diverted attention from the failings of his socialist economy - which resulted in rice shortages across the country - by blaming “greedy Chinese merchants”. That sparked anti-Chinese riots. When the mob in Yangon stormed the Chinese Consulate, the generally trigger-happy Burmese troops (when it comes to “restoring law and order”) simply stood by and watched the mob kill the deputy chief of mission on the Chinese Consulate’s premises. The regime is pursuing a scorched-earth military operation against the Kachins in the north while offering ceasefire deals to the other armed ethnic resistance groups. This is the regime that has specialised in “law and order” for the past 50 years, since 1962. It deliberately let all hell break loose in western Myanmar because it suited the regime in multiple ways for the Rakhine and the Rohingyas to slaughter one another. Burmese generals have never liked the Rakhines people, especially those who are ethno-nationalistic and want to push for genuine political autonomy for the Rakhine state. Troops and all other security units stationed in western Myanmar, on the other hand, have turned all kinds of severe restrictions - in place for at least 30-40 years - into the basis for extorting and abusing the Rohingyas. For instance, the Rohingyas’ physical movements and their ability to marry and have children were restricted, requiring permission from the authorities and security units. In effect, the Rohingyas were turned into cash cows by the local security units in western Myanmar. For their part, the Rakhine people felt angry that the government security troops and authorities were benefitting economically from the Rohingya. (The Rohingya population in general are very poor, while there are a handful of wealthy Rohingya business families. Many Rohingyas who work abroad, however, remit money back to their families in western Myanmar.) Also, forced labour among the Rohingya population is disproportionately higher than in any other ethnic community including those in Myanmar’s active war zones in the eastern and northern regions of the country. So, the authorities extract both cash and labour from the captive Rohingya population. But the Rakhine people felt powerless in the face of the overwhelming might of the security forces on their soil, despite their perception of the regime’s favouritism to the Rohingyas, whom the Rakhine have come to consider as “animals” on their soil. So, naturally, the Rakhine people grew more hateful of the Rohingyas and the state security apparatus, and finally took it out on the weaker of the two - the Rohingyas. When violence broke out, not only did the security forces not intervene to keep order and nip the initial violence in the bud, but troops - some Burmese and some Rakhine themselves - in places like Maungdaw decided to turn against their cash cows and forced labourers - the Rohingyas. This time it wasn’t the greed of the troops, who had long milked the Rohingyas for their money and extracted labour that led them to directly participate in the slaughter of the Rohingyas. Rather it was the Burmese and Rakhine people’s general dislike of Muslims that finally compelled the troops in Maungdaw to machine-gun the Rohingyas in large numbers. Evidence of the attacks keeps surfacing from various independent eyewitnesses. According to one local researcher in the country - whose account of the Rohingya slaughter at the hands of the Burmese and Rakhine security forces was published in Al Jazeera English (“Mass graves for Myanmar’s Rohingya”, August 9) - the troops that he interviewed openly talked about “how much they hate Muslims” and described coldly the manner in which they machine-gunned down the Rohingya. This directly corresponds with the policies of Nay Pyi Daw. This is not simply troops in local areas shooting without orders from above and getting away with mass murder. In fact, the widespread view within the military is: “the bottom line is, we do not want more Muslims in our country”. So there is not simply popular racism but vertical and official hatred of Muslims in general and the Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar in particular. To deny this is to add insult to injury. The focus of the current riot inquiry by the presidential commission and the international media coverage needs to focus on this direct connection between popular racism and the regime’s racist and violent policies and practices of the last 40 years since Operation Snake King (or Nagamin) killed hundreds, if not thousands, of Rohingyas and drove hundreds of thousands more out of western Myanmar into Bangladesh in the 1970s, under the Ne Win-Sein Lwin regime. Ne Win was the godfather, and Sein Lwin was the butcher. —Courtesy - The Nation, USA. [Muang Zarni is a visiting fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, the London School of Economics. A veteran founder of the Free Burma Coalition, Zarni advocated “principled and strategic engagement” with the regime as early as 2003] under the guidance of teachers and parents. Compared to some tiger moms in fast-growing China as recently televised on a local television program, the pressure on Korean students may not be that harsh. But, all in all, these students will grow up to, in their respective ways, shape the next Korea. How they grew up, where they grew up and what they grew up with will stay with them, so it might be useful to imagine what these teenagers might be like as leaders as we live side by side with them. And the parents who invest or pour everything into providing for their children in this super-competitive era without a bona-fide social safety net, where will they be in a few decades? And how about the group that largely lives away or aside from these pressures? Small and once-poor, Korea is destined to be a competitive society but the dynamics of the competition have surely changed. It’s tougher and cruder. The stakes are fewer and higher. The vagaries of summer, I hope, will be replaced by the calm of fall, a good season to ruminate on things at large. But as biggest vagary of the year — the Dec. 19 presidential election — looms on our calendar, why not put some strategic ruminations on your radar.— Courtesy - Korean Times.


IAEA establishes Iran Task Force

9 soldiers, 18 insurgents dead in SWA clash From Page 1 “TTP fighters have killed over dozens soldiers in the attack and also beheaded some of the soldiers,” he said. The attack took place in the most beautiful and green Badar valley of SWA previously inhabited by the Mehsud tribe of SWA but after the military operation against the TTP fighters, Mehsud families fled from the area and are still living in makeshift camps or in rented houses in neighboring settled districts. It is pertinent to be mentioned here that government has started repatriation process of the registered Mehsuds Internally Displaced Families (IDPs) to some cleared areas of SWA and repatriated several families back to the tribal region but such incidents of fighting could mar the process of LAHORE: President PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with Acting US Ambassador Richard E Hoagland who called repatriation and also shows on with him at his residence. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in Senate Muhammad that the militants are still ac- Ishaq Dar are also present. tive in the agency and not eliminated.—INP

Indian SC upholds Kasab’s death penalty

Syria rebels destroy 5 military copters

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BEIRUT —Syrian rebels said 14 casualties in Taftanaz, four civilians in Zamalka, us-

imprisonment. “We are left with no option but to uphold the death sentence of Kasab,” stated the Supreme Court. “The government not providing him a counsel at pre-trial stage did not vitiate his trial,” stated the apex court in a reply to Kasab’s plea that said he was not given a fair trial in the case. The bench also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he had retracted during the trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion. Kasab and his nine fellow Pakistani terrorists had attacked Mumbai on the night of November 26, 2008 after travelling from Karachi by sea and went on a shooting spree at various city landmarks. While Kasab was captured alive, the others were killed by Indian security forces during the counter-terror operations. Kasab had moved to the Supreme Court on February 14 this year after the High Court, in October last year, upheld a trial court order sentencing Kasab to death. The lower court had pronounced its judgment on May 6, 2010, 18 months after he was captured. —APP

Indian politician From Page 1 that, as well as murder, Kodnani was also convicted of conspiracy. Out of 61 people facing charges including murder, criminal conspiracy and causing grievous hurt with deadly weapons, 32 had been found guilty and 29 acquitted, he added.Kodnani, who served as child and human development minister under Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi until her arrest in 2009, broke down in tears, the lawyer said.The violence in Gujarat was triggered by the deaths of nearly 60 Hindu pilgrims in a February 2002 train fire that was at first blamed on a mob. Hindus hungry for revenge rampaged through Muslim neighbourhoods across Gujarat in an orgy of violence that marked some of India’s worst religious riots since independence from Britain in 1947.Human rights groups say more than 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, were hacked, beaten or burned to death. Modi — a prominent figure in the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and a possible future candidate for prime minister — was widely criticised for failing to stop the riots.He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. An inquiry by Modi’s Gujarat government concluded that the train burning which sparked the clashes was a conspiracy, but a federal probe later said it was an accident.Wednesday’s verdicts came after final arguments in April following a trial that saw 327 witnesses called to give evidence. In 2008, the Supreme Court ordered the re-investigation of nine of the most sensitive incidents during the riots, including the initial train fire and the violence in Naroda Patiya.—AFP

they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib on Wednesday, while state television said the attack was repelled. Abu Mossab, a rebel who said he took part in the attack, told AFP via Skype that rebels shelled Taftanaz military airport with two tanks captured from the army and destroyed five helicopters. “We destroyed five helicopters as well as buildings in the airport,” Abu Mossab said, although the facility remained in army hands after the raid in which the rebels lost two men before pulling back. “The regime’s MiG planes continue to bomb houses in Taftanaz, which has been emptied of its inhabitants,” the rebel added. Syrian state television said the military repelled the attack with the airport suffering “no material damage.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier reported fierce fighting near the airport and helicopter raids on the nearby town of Taftanaz. Initial reports indicated government troops suffered

while two rebels and a civilian were killed elsewhere in Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Observatory. The airport has been the target of several attacks in past weeks by insurgents entrenched in Aleppo and Idlib, which have come under daily shelling by government forces. In Aleppo city, where the army and rebels have battled for over a month for control, fierce clashes broke out between the two sides in several districts, according to the watchdog. And in Damascus, activists reported a third straight day of army attacks on rebel strongholds in the eastern outer belt of the city, collectively referred to as East Ghuta. The Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists on the ground, said warplanes and helicopters bombed and strafed all the East Ghuta suburbs. The Observatory reported attacks by combat helicopters on the eastern suburb of Saqba as well as shelling further inside the city in Zamalka district. State media said “terrorist mercenaries” had killed

ing its term for rebels fighting government forces since Syria’s anti-regime uprising broke out in March 2011. They had “murdered citizens, including women and men, under the eyes of inhabitants ... The terrorists then gathered the bodies of the victims and put them in a mosque in Qadi Askar” district, state news agency SANA said. It said the assailants had planned to blow up the mosque and then blame the attack on government forces. Clashes also broke out on Wednesday between rebels and government troops in the eastern Damascus neighbourhood of Qaboon and five civilians were killed in nearby Jubar, the Observatory said. And in the city of Homs, several districts came under army bombardment, while one person was killed in shelling of Rastan, elsewhere in central Syria, according to the monitoring group. Violence on Tuesday cost 189 lives: 143 civilians, 14 rebels and 32 soldiers, the Observatory said. It says a total of more than 25,000 people have been killed in the 17-month-long revolt.— AFP

Japan opposition censures PM T O K Y O —Japan’s

upper house on Wednesday slapped Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda with a censure motion that effectively stalls parliament and heaps pressure on the premier to call snap elections. The non-binding motion, a symbolic wrist slap signalling the opposition’s refusal to work with Noda’s cabinet, would all but end the legislative session as it threatens to gridlock the passage of any new law. The move would likely nix a proposed debt financing bill and force the government to adjust its budget for the year to March 2013. Opposition parties boycotted passage of the bill

— which would help finance about 40 percent of public spending in this fiscal year — in the lower house of parliament on Tu e s d a y. Public support ratings for Noda’s cabinet were down to 30 percent in recent surveys and the opposition have demanded that he call a general election as they move to oust his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) from power. This month Noda was forced to promise the leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that he would call elections in return for their support for a bill that would double Japan’s sales tax to 10 percent by 2015 — seen as key to chopping the country’s

massive public debt. The legislation, which at the same time makes provision to revamp Japan’s precarious social security system, has been the main focus of Noda’s premiership. Its passage was a rare tangible achievement in the revolving-door world of Japanese leaders that has seen six prime ministers in as many years, but could cost Noda, who has only been in office for 11 months, his job. Observers say the ruling DPJ is likely to suffer at the hands of voters disappointed by their lacklustre three years in office, after five decades of almost unbroken LDP rule.—AFP

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said that the SEALs were not fired at outside the compound nor was there a 40minute firefight. Owen wrote that the raid ‘was being reported like a bad action movie’. “At first, it was funny because it was so wrong,” he added. Pentagon says reviewing Bin Laden book The Pentagon on Wednesday said it has obtained a copy of a soon-tobe-published book by a former Navy commando who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and is reviewing it. The book was not cleared by US defence officials in advance, raising the possibility that the author could face an investigation and possible criminal prosecution.“We have obtained a copy and are reviewing it,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told Reuters. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden” was written under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and was to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Its publication has been moved up to September 4, according to reports by some media outlets. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor on Wednesday had no comment on the book, but said: “As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, ‘We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.’”The former SEAL is now facing threats against his life in addition to possible charges. Officials have said the military would take legal action against anyone who exposed sensitive information that could harm fellow forces. Earlier this month US officials said they were surprised by the book, which was not vetted by government agencies to ensure that no secrets were revealed.—AP

V IENNA—The U.N. nuclear agency has created a special Iran Task Force of nuclear weapons experts, intelligence analysts and other specialists focused on probing allegations that Tehran has been — or is — secretly working on developing atomic arms, according to an internal document shared with The Associated Press. The announcement from the International Atomic Energy Agency says the elite squad started work Aug. 10. Dated Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency statement says the unit will concentrate on implementing IAEA agreements with Iran, allowing it to monitor its nuclear activities as mandated by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It also says it will focus on “relevant” IAEA and U.N Security Council resolutions on Iran. Both have demanded that Tehran stop activities that could be used to make nuclear weapons and cooperate with the agency’s investigation of suspicions Tehran worked on nuclear weapons. But while drawing together its best experts, the new task force will have no more power regarding inspections of Iran’s known or suspected nuclear sites than previous IAEA inspectors did.

Agency attempts to visit a site at Iran’s Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran have documented IAEA limitations. For months, satellite images have recorded what the International Atomic Energy Agency suspects is an attempt to sanitize the site of suspected work on explosive charges used to detonate a warhead. At the same time, Iran has repeatedly rebuffed agency efforts for access — including last Friday. The most recent satellite images now show what diplomats last week said appears to be pink material shrouding buildings apparently linked to the alleged experiments, effectively blinding agency attempts to monitor a site that they have been kept from visiting. The diplomats demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the IAEA’s Iran investigation. Iran says such allegations are based on evidence fabricated by the United States and Israel and insists its nuclear program is meant only for making reactor fuel, medical isotopes and peaceful research. But it refuses to give up uranium enrichment, which can produce both reactor fuel and the core of nuclear warheads, despite offers of fuel from abroad.

And it has stonewalled an IAEA probe into its alleged weapons work for more than four years, increasing concerns that it has something to hide. Creating a unit focused on only one country is an unusual move for the IAEA, reflecting the urgency the U.N. nuclear watchdog is attaching to Iran amid fears that it is moving closer to the ability to make nuclear weapons, despite its denial. With diplomatic efforts to engage Tehran on its nuclear activities stalemated — and Israel warning that it will not tolerate an Iran armed with atomic arms — concerns are growing that time is running short to defuse tensions peacefully Israel is particularly worried about a fortified bunker at Fordo, where Iran has begun producing uranium enriched to a level closer to the grade used in nuclear weapons than its main stockpile of fuel-grade material. About 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Tehran, Fordo has about 800 centrifuges operating so far, enriching to a 20-percent level, and continues assembling others without operating them — diplomats say that close to 3,000 are now fully or partially screwed together, including hundreds over the past three month.—AP

Indian woman confined in Karachi for 12 years A HMEDABAD —An Indian woman, who married a Pakistani man, has claimed that her husband has locked her up in a room in their house in Karachi for the past 12 years. “It’s been 12 years since I am here, but have always been confined to this house and never stepped out. I have not seen even a tiny part of Karachi. My neighbours have not seen my face and all they know about me is that I am from India. I want to come back. I am scared for the life of my daughters,” Shirley Ann Hodges turned Shabnam Khan (39) told The Indian Express over phone from Karachi on Tuesday. She married Gul Mohammad Khan in 1998 in Ahmedabad, converted to Islam, and changed her name. In 2000, she was taken to Pakistan with her husband assuring that she will be brought back in six months. Shabnam

claims to have been living in confinement since then. “I trusted my husband, that’s why I married him defying my family, and agreed to come here. He claimed that he is an Indian and had an Indian passport. He fooled me. I found out that he was from here where his family lives. Before he brought me here. he had visited Pakistan twice,” Shabnam said. Her biggest worry is her daughters Chandani (12) and Sanjana (8). Shabnam said her daughters are not allowed to attend school. In Ahmedabad, Shabnam’s family has made frantic efforts for her release. Her brother Noel Hodges, who runs a restaurant here, has been running from pillar to post to get in touch with her. Letters have been written to the Indian Home Secretary, the Indian High Com-

PA rejects new provinces body From Page 1 sembly for creation of southern Punjab province and revival of provincial status of Bahawalpur. Earlier, the Punjab Assembly session started an hour and 20 minutes behind schedule. The opposition members staged a protest for

not making nominations for the federal commission on new provinces. Nine Points of Order were raised during the sitting which consumed 45 minutes. None of the Points of Order raised attracted the Chair’s formal ruling.

missioner in Islamabad and Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir. “Help came from rights activist Gagan Sethi,” he said, adding that last year after his uncle from the US went to Pakistan, met Shabnam and gifted her a laptop, Noel could finally get in touch with his sister through the Internet.—INP

NAM summit from today From Page 1 ers on the sidelines of NAM ministerial meeting here in Tehran on Wednesday that 50 foreign ministers and five other ministers are currently in Iran, adding that the number of senior world officials to participate in the NAM summit later this week will grow to 80 after 24 presidents. “That is another indication of the high-level of the summit,” Mehman-Parast stated. NAM is comprised of some 120 member states and 17 observer countries. NAM is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. NAM is the largest grouping of countries outside of the United Nations. NAM member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and comprise 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World.— NNI

All out preventive measures agasinst hepatitis activated: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that hepatitis is a fatal and serious issue, while Punjab government is taking all out precautionary measures for prevention and cure of this disease. He said that greater awareness would be created among the people regarding preventive measures against hepatitis in order to check the spread of this disease. He said the Punjab government would take similar steps against hepatitis as are being taken against dengue virus. He expressed these views while talking to the Managing Director of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North

America, Dr. Maqbool Arshad, who called on him, here today. Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretaries of Health, Environment, and Social Welfare departments were also present. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said all segments of the society would have to come into the field to combat hepatitis effectively. He vowed, Inshallah, a vigorous campaign against hepatitis would be launched under a coordinated and effective strategy. He directed that a comprehensive plan for prevention against hepatitis, precautionary measures and creating greater awareness against this disease should be chalked out and a detailed

briefing be given to him in this regard within four days. He said that this deadly disease can also be controlled through proper and safe disposal of hospital waste. The Chief Minister directed that screening of blood for transfusion in private laboratories should be ensured at all cost in order to control spread of hepatitis. He further directed to evolve an effective programme to control infection in hospitals and all surgical instruments should be properly sterilized so that hepatitis virus is not transmitted from one patient to another. He said that adoption of preventive measures is of utmost significance in order to control hepatitis for which effective public awareness campaign would be KARACHI: President Allama Rasheed Turabi Foundation and Trust and scholar Dr Allama Salman Turabi distributlaunched. ing the various food items amongst the deserving families under Tanzeem-e-Karwan-e-Najaf.


Sectarian killings

NA body to launch fact-finding mission STAFF REPORTER

Petitions in SC

ISLAMABAD—Taking notice of a recent rise in targeted sectarian killings, a human rights’ committee of the National Assembly has decided to launch a fact-finding mission to probe the murders of members of the Shia community. The National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Human Rights held a session here at the Parliament House on Wednesday, which decided to send the fact-finding mission to Quetta, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan to investigate recent incidents of violence targeting members of the Shia community. Committee chairman Riaz TEHRAN: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Saleh having a meeting on the Fatyana said that the Babusar insidelines of the NAM Conference. cident where a group of Shias were murdered was shameful. He added that it was the responsibil-

ISLAMABAD—Two senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Marvi Memon have filed two separate constitutional petitions in the Supreme Court about mismanagement in PIA, failure in flood relief and corruption. In the petitions, former Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar, present Defence Ministry Syed Naveed Qamar, R AWALPINDI —Commander civil aviation authority. —INP International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) General John Allen is expected to visit Details sought Pakistan on today (Thursday). ISLAMABAD—The Election According to the ISPR, Commission has asked the General Allen will hold meeting public at large to provide with Chief of Army Staff concrete information, if any, to (COAS), General Ashfaq the ECP regarding dual Parvez Kayani. nationality of any Senator, The interaction will focus on MNA or MPA. In this reviewing the progress made in connection, the Election the implementation of recently Commission of Pakistan has evolved border coordination written a letter to the Secretar- measures/standing operating ies; National Assembly, procedures. Senate, Ministry of Interior, Cross border cooperation, Ministry of Overseas Pakisecurity and bilateral relations stanis, Ministry of Foreign will be discussed during the Affairs, Provincial Assemblies meeting.—INP of Punjab, Sindh.—NNI

Gen Allen arrives today

Military operation ISLAMABAD—Chairman Steering Committee All Pakistan Muslim League Salim Saifullah Khan has warned that military operation in North Waziristan would be disastrous for Pakistan and Pakistan can not afford further military operations. In a statement issued on Wednesday, he said that America in Afghanistan had started negotiations with Taliban to settle peace with them and leave this region.—NNI

Dual nationality ISLAMABAD—The Election Commission has asked the public at large to provide concrete information, if any, to the ECP regarding dual nationality of any Senator, MNA or MPA. In this connection, the Election Commission of Pakistan has written a letter to the Secretaries; National Assembly, Senate, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Provincial Assemblies of Punjab.— NNI

Recovered LANDIKOTAL—Security forces raided different areas of Khyber Agency and recovered a huge cache of arms while a man was also arrested on Wednesday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security forces carried out search operation in Madokhel area of Landikotal and seized arms and ammunition in bulk. The ammunition was hidden underground and was brought from Afghanistan, ISPR said. One man was also arrested during raids. —INP

Claim rejected LAHORE—Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has termed as ridiculous President Zardari’s claim of having served the cause of democracy during his present tenure, and said no body would be deceived by such statements. Commenting on President’s assertion in this regard, the JI Ameer said that instead of serving democracy, corruption-smeared Zardari had driven democracy out of the country as his four and a half years rule had been a period of worst dictatorship.—INP

ICRC halts most of aid due to deteriorating security

Pak looks forward to ZardariManmohan talks: Hina

TEHRAN—Foreign Minister same spirit would continue in ing the NAM summit in IraHina Rabbani Khar has said Pakistan looks forward to the upcoming talks between President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the NAM Summit to resolve their most important issues. Talking to newsmen in Tehran‚ she said environment between the two countries is now moving towards trust building. She said all previous talks between the two leaders have been very useful particularly in New Delhi and we hope the

Tehran. She said both the sides need to show commitment to move forward. As far as Pakistan is concerned it is committed to moving forward beyond any other issues that might arise between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has already reached Tehran on a four-day visit to attend the 16th Summit of the NonAligned Movement (NAM). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold a bilateral meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari dur-

nian capital. It is pertinent to mention here that Singh and Zardari earlier met in New Delhi in April when the Pakistan President paid a private visit to India.Zardari and Singh met on April 8 for talks and lunch ahead of the former’s visit to Ajmer for a pilgrimage. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has had a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran. They discussed regional situation including Pak-Iran ties.—NNI

SC rejects Riaz’s exemption plea in contempt case

ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court that his client was sick, while a evidences. Attorney General GENEVA –The International of Pakistan has rejected business medical certificate was also sub- Irfan Quadir told the court that Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was halting most of its aid programmes in Pakistan due to deteriorating security and the beheading of a British staff doctor in April blamed on Taliban insurgents. The independent agency, which had already suspended operations in three of Pakistan’s four provinces in May pending a security assessment, said it would carry on working in the country “but on a reduced scale”. “All relief and protection activities are being stopped. All projects of rehabilitation, economic projects, have been terminated,” said Jacques de Maio, head of ICRC operations in South Asia, on one of the organisation’s blog. “We have closed a number of offices. We are also terminating all visits to detainees in Pakistan,” he added. The agency, which rarely suspends its operations even in war zones, has worked in the country since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. It was providing mainly health services and physical rehabilitation for victims of violence and natural disasters, many of whom have lost limbs.—Reuters

tycoon Malik Riaz’s exemption from appearance plea in contempt of court case, meanwhile apex court has called for the list of witnesses and evidences within three days from the Attorney General being prosecutor in this case, while the petitioner lawyers have also been allowed to submit such list. A division bench of apex court comprising of Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Ijaz Chaudhry heard the contempt case against Malik Riaz on Wednesday. During the course of hearing Malik Riaz’s attorney made a plea for calling Arsalan Iftikhar as a witness. Malik Riaz didn’t appear in the court and his lawyer Dr Basit informed the court

mitted for seeking his exemption from appearance. One petitioner lawyer Ashraf Gujar objecting to it said that Malik Riaz’s said ailment was not so serious that he has to go abroad for treatment. Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that this was the right of the patient to get treatment from wherever he wanted. The court allowed one-day exemption. Dr Basit said that the role of the petitioners in this case has ended, as prosecution work now rests with the Attorney General and sought Malik Riaz’s exemption until the decision of the case, which the court didn’t approve. Dr. Basit further pointed out that the prosecution has still not submitted the list of witnesses and

ISLAMABAD—A special bench of the Supreme Court will announce verdict in Dr Arsalan’s case today. The bench consisted of Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. Earlier on Tuesday, the court had reserved the judgement. The bench had stopped the joint investigation team (JIT)

from investigating Arsalan Iftikhar’s case on August 2. Arsalan’s counsel Sardar Muhammad Ishaq completed the arguments on Tuesday after which Zahid Bukhari, the counsel for Malik Riaz Hussain, gave counter arguments. Zahid Bukhari expressed serious reservations over a press note against the record of the Supreme Court’s registrar in

T AMPA —Republicans formally nominated Mitt Romney on Tuesday to challenge President Barack Obama for the White House, kicking off their storm-delayed convention with a barrage of sharp attacks on Obama’s economic leadership. The nomination sets up a two-month dash to the November 6 election, with polls showing Romney running even or slightly behind the Democrat president. Finally opening the festivities after a storm threat delayed the convention by a day, Republicans condemned Obama’s economic record and reminded voters of the country’s stubbornly high unemployment rate and ballooning budget deficit. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned that reelecting Obama would mean “four more years of failure.” “We have a message for America: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and they’ll get America working again,” he said to loud cheers. “We must send America’s comeback team to Washington.”

he would submit the list of witnesses and evidences within three days. Dr Basit said that Arsalan Iftikhar was the ‘Ghanta Ghar’ of Faisalabad in this case and added that call him for 15 minutes interrogation, the case would be decided as to whether he took the money or not. The court told him that it was the duty of the prosecution to present the witness and asked him (Dr Basit) not to interfere in this matter. On this occasion petitioner Ashraf said that Arslan Iftikhar has nothing to do with this case. The court permitted the petitioners and Attorney General to present evidences and witnesses R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi bench of Lahore High Court in the case.—SANA reserved its verdict on Ali Musa Gillani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin’s bail plea on Wednesday. Former PM’s son Ali Musa which he (the registrar) had Gillani and Former Federal stated that investigation against Minister Makhdoom Arsalan Iftikhar had not been Shahabuddin had submitted stopped. He said the statement the bail plea in Lahore High given by the registrar was Court Rawalpindi bench, against the facts. whose hearing has completed The special bench on Au- today. gust 2 had stopped the JIT from It is pertinent to mention investigating the case until fur- here that both of them are acther orders, while the investi- cused of involvement for imgation team was due to go to porting a huge amount of London. Ephedrine illegally.—INP

Verdict on Musa, Shahab bail plea reserved

Nawaz calls for end to drone strike US Acting Envoy meets PML-N chief LAHORE—Acting United State Ambassador Richard Hoagland and US Counsel General Nina Marya called on chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif here on Wednesday. Nawaz Sharif informed the US acting Ambassador Richard Hoagland about the Picture on Page 7 disadvantages of US drone strikes in the tribal region and demanded of the US government to stop the US drone strikes immediatly which is the major source of spreading antiAmericanSentiments in Pakistan. The N-League leadership

ISLAMABAD—Leader of the Op- ernment. In this context opposition position in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has recommended the names of veteran nationalist leaders Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Sardar Attaullah Khan Mengal for caretaker Prime Minster of Pakistan. He has started the contacts with political, religious, and nationalist parties inside and outside the parliament about the consultation for caretaker gov-

British Muslims approach Cameron for emergency response LONDON—The United Kingdom (UK) based Muslim charity organizations, working for international emergency relief and disasters have approached the Prime Minister David Cameron to take a stronger stance over the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The Muslim charity leaders have also urged the British government that killing of Rohingya Muslims was a matter of basic human rights which should not be ignored. Chairman Al Mustafa Welfare Trust (AMWT) Abdul Razzaq Sajid said in a

statement on Wednesday that Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), an umbrella of leading Muslim charity organization in UK, has written a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron and requested him to end the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma and Bangladesh. Mr. Sajid said that plight of the Burmese Rohingya has taken a significant turn for the worse following violent clashes with the Rakhan community in western Burma. Government restrictions on humanitarian access to the Rohingya community have left over 100,000 displaced people in desperate need of food, shelter and medical aid.

Malnutrition rates in the northern Arakan state where some 800,000 Rohingya live are far above the global indicator for a health crisis and are likely to further deteriorate as international NGOs have been forced to leave the area. Meanwhile, the tens of thousands of Rohingya that have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape the brutal attacks have ended up as unregistered refugees with little access to aid or assistance. The Bangladesh authorities have refused to help the refugees and have ordered several international charity organizations to cease essential humanitarian

aid operations. Conditions in campsites where Rohingya are stationed are atrocious, with disease rampant and standard of living extremely poor. He further said that all affected people have a right to receive protection and assistance under International Humanitarian Law. While, appreciating the efforts of British government to contact Burma authorities to stop the violence against Rohingya population, Chairman AMWT said that Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell has encouraged Prime Minister of Bangla Desh Sheikh Hasina for allowing

humanitarian assistance to continue uninterrupted to the Rohingyas. He urged the British government to take a stronger public stance on this matter and bring pressure from the international media and public opinion circles to bear upon the Burma and Bangladesh authorities to prevent human rights abuses and ensure that British NGOs active in the area have free access to assist the suffering Rohingya population. He said that British government has an opportunity to demonstrate to the international community that it will

and the US diplomats discussed various current major issues including the war on terror and Pak-US relationship. Nawaz Sharif demanded of the US to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan. Nawaz informed the US envoy that US drone strikes are spreading hatred among the Pakistani nationals against the US, demanding that US drone strikes must be ended in the bordering areas of Pakistan. Appreciating the sacrifices of the Pakistani security forces and nationals in the war on terror, the US envoy said that US will extend complete help to Pakistan in war on terror, adding that US will support the democratic system in Pakistan.—INP

Nisar suggests names of Achakzai, Mengal for caretaker PM

Humanitarian relief for Burma

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try are being targeted. Therefore, to solve the problem of sectarianism and extremism, this ideology must be eradicated. Pakistan has been plagued by a recent growing trend of sectarian attacks targeting religious minorities. On Wednesday, three people of the Hazara community were killed when gunmen opened fire on a taxi in Quetta. In another targeted incident earlier on August 16, gunmen dragged at least 20 Shia Muslim travelers off a bus, killing them at point blank range in the hills of Babusar top in Gilgil-Baltistan’s Mansehra district. The past few months have witnessed an alarming rise in incidents where the Shia community has come under attack and their members have been killed, especially in northern Pakistan.

US Republicans nominate Romney as presidential candidate

Dr Arsalan’s case verdict today STAFF REPORTER

ity of the state to provide protection to its citizens. Fatyana said that if the government is unable to provide protection to the country’s minorities, then it cannot expect other countries to provide protection to their minority Muslim groups. He added that it is wrong to assert that external powers are at work in regard to these acts of sectarianism. Moreover, he also informed the committee that a priest belonging to the Christian faith had been forced to leave the city by the extremists, adding that if Islamabad is in such a bad state, then the situation in the other cities and towns is bound to be worse. A member of the committee, Jamila Gilani also said that sectarianism is an ideology within Pakistan, due to which, minority sects in the coun-

not stand aside while gross human rights violations are committed unabated and without opposition. This is a matter of basic human rights for the Rohingya population and one that we must not ignore.It was stated here that British Muslim charity organizations were playing an active role to highlight the massacre in Burma and they are ready to start the emergency relief operation in affected areas and they have sufficient funds for this purpose but Burma government is not ready for issuing visas and give a safe access to Muslim organizations.

leader has also contacted with Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Sardar Akhtar Mengal; meanwhile he has also sent his message to PTI chairman Imran Khan. Source has said that the opposition leader has suggested the names of Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Sardar Attaullah Mengal for the caretaker prime Minstar. —SANA

Fazl calls for end to govt, judiciary confrontation H AZRO —Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday said that conflict between government and judiciary should come to an end. Addressing a gathering and media persons at Madrassa Ashaat-ul-Quran after condolence to Maulana Zaiul Islam and Maulana Qamarul Islam on death of their father Maulana Abdul Islam, he said that US drone attacks inside territory of Pakistan was a violation of international law. He said that militants’ attacks at GHQ, Naval headquarters and Kamra Air Base has revealed that these three institutions of the armed forces are not secure, adding that these institutions should not be so weak that terrorists could enter there. —INP


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RICLOSAN, a high production vol ume ingredient used as a bactericide in personal care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soap, has been linked to heart disease and heart failure in a new study. Yet the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that “Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans.” What this means is that until action is taken to get this common additive out of your toiletries, you could be applying a chemical with proven toxicity to your body multiple times a day. Tricolsan impairs muscle function and skeletal muscle contractility, researchers report in a new study done at the University of California Davis. Although the study was done in mice, researchers said the effects of the chemical on cardiac function were “really dramatic.” After mice were exposed to one dose of triclosan, heart muscle function was reduced by 25 percent, and grip strength was reduced by 18 percent. Fish were also exposed to triclosan – about the equivalent dose as would be accumulated in a week in the wild – and this led to poorer swimming performance. Researchers also exposed individual human muscle cells (from heart and skeletal muscles) to a triclosan dose similar to everyday-life exposure, and this, too, disrupted muscle function and caused both heart and skeletal muscles to fail. “Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment. These findings provide

strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.” Triclosan May Also Alter Hormone Regulation This ubiquitous chemical is a chlorinated aromatic compound and is used to help reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It’s commonly added to many antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes and certain cosmetics, as well as furniture, kitchenware, clothing and toys. It would be wise to seriously question purchasing ANY product that contains triclosan as an ingredient on the label, not only because of the new muscle function finding discussed above, but also because of its potential impact on hormones. A Toxicological Sciences study found that triclosan affected estrogenmediated responses, and many chemicals that imitate estrogen are known to increase breast cancer risk.3 Triclosan also suppressed thyroid hormone in rats, and this is only one study in an accumulating body of research showing this chemical to be a potent endocrine disrupter. Even the FDA states that “animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation” and that “other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”6 Although they still maintain that triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans, they are conducting a review of the chemical, the results of which they expect to release to the public in the winter of 2012.

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of UAE Eisa Abdullah Al Basha Al-Nuaimi, Ambassador of the State of Palestine Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab, Federal Minister for Water & Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer Zahid Malik, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo J Martin Sarawia, Ambassador of Indonesia Ishak Latuconsina, Ambassador of Iraq Dr Rushdi Al-Ani, Ambassador of Morocco Mohammed Rida El Fassi, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Pehin Col (Retd) Abdul Jalil Ahmad and Chief Executive Roots & Herbs Omar Zahid Malik posing for a group photo at a farewell reception hosted by the Ambassador of UAE Eisa Abdullah Al Basha Al-Nuaimi in the honor of Ambassador of the State of Palestine Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab at UAE Embassy.—PO photo Sultan Bashir

Palestinian envoy pays farewell call on PM I SLAMABAD —Dr

ISLAMABAD: Artists perform during a cultural show in connection with Independence Day celebrations at PNCA.—PO photo

FJWU enters partnership with American University I SLAMABAD —The first of will concentrates on the pro- focus on initiatives aimed to eight University Partnerships between American and Pakistani Universities was initiated Wednesday at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University (FJWU). The partnership between Fatima Jinnah Women’s University and the University of Texas at Austin

fessional development of FJWU faculty members, who will travel to Austin to work directly with their American counterparts. In her remarks, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow underscored the U.S. Embassy’s

improve the quality of education in Pakistan at all levels. “Our goal is to unlock Pakistan’s extraordinary potential,” said Schalow, who also noted the significance of beginning the first partnership agreement with a top-tier women’s university. —INP

Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab, Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at Prime Minister’s House Wednesday. The Prime Minister congratulated Dr. Hussein on successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and asked him to convey the best wishes on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan to the government and people of Palestine. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has consistently extended unequivocal support to the cause of Palestine. Pakistan believes that unless the Palstine problem is resolved, peace in Middle East will remain elusive. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has supported all efforts aimed at resolving the Palestinian dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. The Prime Minister recalled the visit of President Mahmoud Abbas to Pakistan in 2010 that highlighted strong bilateral relations between both the countries. He also invited The Prime Minister to visit Palestine.—DNA

Strengthening Parliament, requires strengthening MPs ISLAMABAD—Chairman Sen- oversight functions. On ini- both national and provincial ate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has said that Parliament and democracy will be strengthened when Parliamentarians are strengthened through provision of state of the art training facility and staff support. He was expressing these views chairing a meeting at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) here Wednesday. PIPS was conceived and established in December 2008 through an act of Parliament with a mission to equip Parliamentarians with contemporary strategies and tools to perform their representative, legislative and

tiatives of Parliamentarians a legislative development steering committee (LDSC) comprising of four Senators and four MNAs each and headed by Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly on rotation basis looked after the whole project. This was briefed by Mr. Khan Ahmed Gouraya, Executive Director PIPS to the Chairman Senate explaining the role and function of PIPS. The Chairman Senate emphasized the need to upgrade facilities and services provided by PIPS to Parliamentarians belonging to

legislature. The Chairman said that new board of governors should be constituted as early as possible after the expiry of the previous board on 29th June, 2012 in order to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the Parliamentarians by the PIPS. While highlighting the importance of legislative work undertaken by national and provincial legislatures, the Chairman said that PIPS should have excellent staff as legislative draftsmen under a secretary draftsman having exhaustive experience in legislative drafting. —NNI

Over 5,000 flats to be constructed in Capital I SLAMABAD —Minister

of State for Housing Nouman Ahmad Langrial has directed Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) to locate feasible land for the construction of five thousands more flats in Islamabad as soon as possible to give relief to the people. He

chaired a meeting here on Tuesday to discuss proposals to resolve emerging demand of accommodation in the Federal Capital. The Minister inquired from the PHA officials about the strength of current flats, residential condition, demand

of new allottees and vacating status of old flats by retiring officers. Federal Minister said that providing all basic facilities to government officials is the responsibility of the Federal Government; striving to redress the complaints of deserving people.—DNA

Lust for Freedom

Farewell to man of excellence from land of Palestine Palestine is in hearts of Pakistanis and Pakistan is in hearts of Palestinians: Hazem Abu Shanab L IAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—Saying goodbye to anybody is always a moment of sadness. But, when it comes a lovely heart fired with lust for freedom for his homeland, gloom always pervade in the atmosphere. The same situation is happening in Islamabad as with mixed feelings of sadness and happiness Dr. Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab, Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan is busy in attending farewell meetings with Pakistani leaders, elites, members of diplomatic corps, mediamen, businessmen and with his vast constituency of friends. Dr Hazem Abu Shanab, who landed in Pakistan in June 2009, will leave Pakistan soon to take up his new assignments to be given by

Palestinian authority. He has already called on Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf on Wednesday and attended several farewell dinners/ lunches hosted by ambassadors including UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi and businessmen. More and more such events are waiting him in coming days including farewell reception by Argentine Ambassador and Dean of Diplomatic Corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia. On Tuesday evening Hazem Abu Shanab was a guest of honour at a farewell dinner hosted by businessman Ch. Iftikhar Ahmed Barsa at a local hotel. Politicians, including Raja Zafarul Haq, Ministers Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Lt. Gen. (retd) Hamid

Gul, Pir Naqib ur Rehman, of diplomatic corps and attended. occasion, emotional Hazem parliamentarians, members friends of the Ambassador Briefly speaking on the Abu Shanab said Palestine is in the hearts of Pakistanis and Pakistan is in the hearts of Palestinians. Thanking Pakistan for wholehearted support to Palestinian cause, he said it will never be forgotten by their brothers in Palestinian. Days are not far off when Palestinians will get their home land liberated. “I have found Pakistanis excitedly linked up with Palestinian cause”, he said adding Pakistan is his home land dearest to his heart. Tonight I am emotional as he is leaving his best friends and brothers in Pakistan. “Everything has its start and everything has its end. He is going back as it is call of his duty. He is going back with satisfaction,” he said. A PakistanPalestine Friendship ParliaISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan Dr Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab mentary group will be set up addressing a farewell reception given in his honour.—PO photo in a few days to promote Pal-

estinian cause and brotherhood. Malik Amad Khan said Pakistan will continue to support the cause of Palestine. Makhdoom Shahabuddin hoped one day Palestinians get their due rights. Raja Zafarul Haq said he has no doubt in his mind that Palestine will be liberated soon. Hazem Abu Shanab, a highly educated, witty and prolific personality has left memorable imprints in the minds of people of Pakistan. His tenure is a success story as he is succeeded in promoting cause of his homeland, particularly among youths of Pakistan. He did not spare any opportunity to truly represent his land in Pakistan where he found the people responsive with brotherly feelings. Goodbye Hazem Abu Shanab, a friend of Pakistan.

Rs97 million released for Mareer Railway tunnel CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Punjab government has released Rs97 million for Mareer Chwok Railway tunnel project. The first grant of Rs77 million has already been released for the project. Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) officials said that railway line diversion for the construction of Mareer Chowk Railway tunnel would be started next week and work would be initiated after receiving design of the project from consultant.

FUMC students leave for Malaysia STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) team has departed for Malaysia to participate in 10th International Medical School Physiology Quiz (IMSPQ). The Quiz is being organized by University of Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur. 70 medical colleges from 17 countries are participating in the contest. FUMC team is headed by Dr. Saadat Ali Khan, Director Academics FUMC. MBBS students, Habib-urRehman, Dujahan Siddique Bhatti, Faiqa Nasrullah and Rehma Ahmed, are the team members. Earlier, FUMC has secured the top position in the First-Inter Medical Colleges Physiology Quiz organized by the Islamic International Medical College of Riphah International University, Islamabad.


Monsoon tree planting campaign

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August 30 UNIVERSITY Staff Welfare Association (USWA) of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) will hold an Eid Millan get-together. The get together will be arranged at Auditorium of Faculty Block-II of the University.Ch Muhammad Nazir, President USWA and Sardar Hussain Khan, Secretary General, USWA and other staff members of the university will participate in the event. ***** SEMINAR on ‘Corporate Reporting-New challenges, organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, at ICAP, Mauve Area, Sector G-10/4, Islamabad, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ***** SEMINAR on Corporate Reporting - New Challenges, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, at the ICAO, Mauve ARea, Sector G-10/4, Islamabad, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Greener environment vital for a healthy nation: PM ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf inaugurated the monsoon tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling at Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday morning. He prayed for the security and solidarity of the country and welfare of the people of Pakistan, after planting the sapling. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that a greener environment is vital for a healthy nation. He maintained that indigenous, fast growing and environment friendly varities must be preferred for plantation to ensure a pollution free environment. The Prime Minister directed CDA to devise an effective strategy to involve general public apart from NGOs and civil society in this campaign. He further said that an awareness campaign should also be launched to motivate the people in this regard. The Prime Minister said that Ministry of Environment, Ministry of food and Agriculture and CDA should work in unison for the improvement of environment in the country and plantation of trees can play a very important role to achieve this objective. Pakistan is blessed with plenty of rains and fertile soil, and therefore we should plant trees which are fast growing, said the Prime Minister. The Chairman CDA, Eng. Farkhund Iqbal briefed the Prime Minister that CDA

***** TWO-DAY Comedy Show ‘Laugh Out Load - Part Deux’, by the comedians group ‘Room for improvement, at the Kuch Khaas, House No. 1, Street No. 2, Sector F-6/3, Islamabad. September 4 CONFERENCE on ‘Pakistan’s Internal Challenges and Response’ organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute’ (IPRI), at House No 6, Street 63, Ismail Zabeeh Road, Sector F8/4, Islamabad, 10 a.m.12:25 p.m.

Qul of poet Safdar Shahid today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf planting a sapling to inaugurate monsoon plantation campaign at PM House. plans to plant one million The Chairman CDA in- cal species, pines, amaltas and Agriculture Mir Israr plants this year out of which formed the Prime Minister that and jamun would be com- Ullah Zehri and Advisor to 500,000 saplings will be saplings are produced indig- pleted by 30th of September, Prime Minister on Human planted during this campaign. enously in CDA nurseries and he added. Minister for Envi- Rights Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Change Rana khokhar were also present on It had already planted 250,000 provided to the people. The ronment saplings so far, he added. plantation of saplings of lo- Farooq, Minister for Food the occasion.—NNI

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Qul of renowned poet and founding chairman of literary organisation ‘Dhandara’ and Media Advisor of Anjumane-Faizul Islam, Safdar Shahid Malik will be offered at village Chak Koka, District Chakwal, at 11:30am today (Thursday). He breathed his last in Islamabad, the other day. He was 49. He was author of several books and a popular figure in literary circles of the twin cities.Malik has left behind a widow, three sons and a daughter to mourn his death. His funeral prayer was offered at his native village. Chairman National Language Authority (NLA) Dr Anwarul Haq while commenting on Malik’s death said that it was really a great loss for the country.

stan Children’s Television (PCTV) in a case where RPTW and PCTV were alleged of fraud, forgery and embezzlement of around $ 01 million from USAID funded projects in Pakistan while procuring video, sound, designed and animation equipment etc. It also decided to carry on prevention study under its A&P Division for workable recommendations to streamline the existing systems of the said Theatre in terms of running such projects. In another case against Bashir Ahmad Dahar, ex-Secretary of Irrigation Department Govt of Sindh, the board decided to close investigation as allegations of assets beyond known sources of income levelled against the concerned official were proved false.—Online

forms for the examination is 7th September, 2012 and the examination would start from 2nd October. He said if immediate hearing was not held, it would be a great injustice with the students. The spokesman said that the students have been protesting in Peshawar and Islamabad in support of their demand but no body had paid any heed to their sufferings. He pointed out that after the passage of 18th amendment; education has been handed over to the Provinces. He also asked the Chief Minister, KPK Amir Haider

R AWALPINDI —Water and

lim League (N) spokesman Siddiqul Farooq has appealed the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to save the future of 68 students of Al Razi medical college, Peshawar. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday along the affected students, the PML-N spokesman asked the Chief Justice to order immediate start of hearing appeal 1040/2011 filed by ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister of State for Interfaith the students because it apHarmony Akram Gill, Hanif Jalandhri and Izhar Bukhari raising their hands to show parently concerns with the solidarity during a seminar organised by World Council of Religions at a local hotel.— Human Rights. PO photo Sultan Bashir He pointed out that the last date for filing admission

ISLAMABAD—Interior Minis- seminar adopted a resolution

pledging to dedicate their lives for religious harmony and resolution of economic and social problems. They also committed themselves to working for betterment of the future of the mankind irrespective of their religious belief. The Interior Minister appealed Taliban to lay down their arms and work for development of Pakistan and the Islamic Ummah. He asked Ulema to work for peace and bring the extremist elements to the path of peace and righteousness. Rehman Malik said that foreign countries are promoting terrorism in Pakistan to destabilize the country and prove that it cannot protect its nuclear assets. However‚ he said if we have manufactured nuclear weapons we also know how to protect them. —NNI

Portuguese classes offered at Brazil’s Embassy STAFF REPORTER

16 outlaws, 10 suspects arrested

ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Po- scribed place and arrested I SLAMABAD —The Embassy lice have arrested sixteen out- four persons for their involveof Brazil in Islamabad will offer a course of Portuguese language from the 2nd week of September 2012. The classes, which will take place at the Embassy, will be free of cost, starting right after the country’s national day celebrations. People of all ages are eligible to attend the three month long course to become Portuguese speakers. This initiative is in the scope of the increase on educational cooperation between Brazil and Pakistan, which includes the offer of placements in Brazilian universities for Pakistani students, announced by the Embassy in last May. Classes will take place at the Embassy i.e. St. 72, House # 01, F-8/3, Islamabad, every day from 5:00-6:00 pm.

RAWALPINDI: Girls looking at posters displayed during an exhibition on the eve of prevention of dengue day at Arts Council Shamsabad.—PO photo

Public Instruction (Colleges) Dr Jalil Tariq visited various institutes to check cleanliness and expressed satisfaction over the hygiene condition. He said that anti-dengue spray would be conducted in education department offices and institutes like other departments. Director (colleges) Rawalpindi Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Deputy Director Colleges Javed Rana, APCA General Secretary Malik Jamil Awan and others were also present on the occasion.—INP

WASA to take practical steps to resolve water crisis

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Malik urges forging unity, religous peace

R AWALPINDI —In order to make students and staff aware about Dengue virus, City District Government Rawalpindi has started special drive under which anti-dengue sprays were started in and around educational institutes in the garrison city. Moreover, educational institutes have been instructed to ensure strict measure of cleanliness as antidengue drive was underway in full swing. On the directives of the Punjab government, Director

CJP appealed for hearing students’ appeal STAFF REPORTER

ter Rehman Malik has urged all communities living in Pakistan to forge unity in their ranks to foil designs of those who want to destroy peace of the country. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Wednesday he said all religions preach peace and tolerance but some elements are indulging in negative activities for their own vested interests. The Minister said the example of developed countries is clear manifestation of the fact that peace leads towards prosperity and we should also contribute our share for establishment of durable peace. Rehman Malik thanked Ulema and religious leaders representing different schools of thought and faiths for their support for the cause of peace and harmony. The participants of the

I SLAMABAD –The Executive Board of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) decided to accelerate the process of investigation second against officials of CDA in LED light project case. The NAB Executive Board met with Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari in chair was told that the CDA officials were accused of embezzlement in funds, loss to national exchequer and misuse of authority in terms of awarding contract worth Rs 8 billion to an international firm for replacing 65,000 conventional street lights with LED. The market cost of these LEDs was around Rs 1.27 billion. The board also decided to authorise two inquiries; first against Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW) and Paki-

Anti-dengue drive in educational institutes

***** LAUNCH of a book ‘Sufi Shah Inayat’ by Kadim Hussain Soomro, at the National Language Authority (Muqtadra Qaumi Zaban), Pitras Bokhari Road, Sector F-8/4, Islamabad, 5.30 p.m.

NAB to start inquiry against LED light project

laws and recovered 1550 liter diesel, weapons and looted items from their possession, police said on Wednesday. On a tip off regarding illegal sale of diesel at Kahuta road and Sihala Bagha, Station House Officer of Sihala police station Inspector Basheer Ahmed along with police team raided at the de-

ment in this illegal practice. They were identified as Aamir Shehzad, Muhammad Musa, Mudassar Hussain, Hashim Ali and police also recovered 1550 liter diesel from them. Another Sihala police team conducted search operation in the areas of Rawat, Banghrel, Dhawak Awan and arrested ten suspects.—INP

Khan Hoti and the Provincial Education Minister to look into the grievances of the students who are running from pillar to post but nobody was ready to listen and redress their problem. Replying to a question, he said that the students have made payments ranging from Rs5,75,000 to Rs 11,50,000 to the college as fee. He said they did so after the Islamabad High Court in July 2011 gave its verdict in favour of Al Razi college and allowed one hundred students to take admission. He said after the court order these students cannot be denied of appearing in the examination but because of red tapeism certain officials have made it an issue of their ego.

Sanitation Agency (WASA) has decided to install new tube wells and upgrade old ones in addition to installing water filtration plants to lessen water-crisis. Under the plan, water pipelines will also be spread in different areas of the city. The project has been started on the demands of the people’s representatives of Punjab government and bears a total cost of Rs 13 million. The plan is to make the provision of clean drinking water to several Union Councils in an effective and efficient way. WASA has demanded tenders for the project and the selected company will have to complete the project within 30 days after the acceptance of the tenders.—Online


Indian troops martyr Kashmiri youth in IHK

Removal of AFSPA in my tenure, says Omar S RINAGAR —Puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah repeated his rhetoric that the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) would be revoked from the territory dur-ing his tenure. “The state would witness revocation of AFSPA during my government’s tenure and the benefits of peace would percolate all across,” Omar told a public gathering at Rajpora in Pulwama district. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister asserted that the State will witness revocation of AF-SPA during the time of his government. This is in striking contrast to his statement, a fort-night back that time was not right for even partial AFSPA revocation, even though he had publicly been taking in favour of its ‘partial withdrawal’ since the last two years. Today, he again reverted back to his original stand, in fact, going further by stating that it will happen during his tenure. “The benefits of peace will be circulated all across,” he added. Omar admitted that NC made many mistakes in the past. “Due to our certain mistakes in the past people of south Kashmir stayed away from us and with the result the region became the strong hold of the PDP. But by now we will try to rectify our mistakes and will focus on the development of the region,” he said gathering. Meanwhile, he rejected the media reports about the scheduled visit of India-appointed interlocutors to valley and said that they were not coming here. However he refused to comment on the question about the alleged intrusion of China in Ladakh region saying “Let us talk about it next time”.—INP

AJK govt and UNO sign MoU on Women empowerment I SLAMABAD —The Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)for empowerment of women in AJK. The MoU was signed on Wednesday by the Secretary of Women Development Department AJK, Mahmood Ahmad Khan and the Country Director UN Women,. Alice H. Shackelford. The MoU follows the recent notification of the State Policy Framework for Empowerment of Women and the establishment of the independent Women Development Department in AJK. The purpose of this MoU is to maximize the technical assistance, cooperation and coordination between the Government of AJK and UN Women to ensure the commitment by both these parties to work effectively towards the empowerment of women in AJK. The Chief Guest, Prime Minister of AJK, Mr. Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, appreciated UN Women for keeping to its commitment to the Government of AJK and the technical support that it has been providing in moving forward the agenda of gender equality and women’s empowerment in AJK, particularly its support to the Women’s Development Department and Social Welfare Department. The Prime Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to improving the lives of women and girls in AJK. While recognizing that women make up half the population and continue to lag behind men in almost all walks of life, he stated that the Government of AJK will continue to take equitable measures to ensure women’s participation in the economic, social and political spheres demonstrable commitments, passage of pro-women legislation and the development of policy measures to prevent all forms of discrimination against women. Ms. Alice Shackelford, Country Director for UN Women, recognized the great strides that the Government of AJK has taken recently, particularly the formulation of the State Policy Framework for Empowerment of Women, the segregation of the Women’s Development Department and the Social Welfare Department, and notification of the State Commission on Women and the Women Parliamentary Caucus.—Online

S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one youth during a siege and search operation at Lamer in Kulgam. The operation was continuing till last reports came in. A similar military action was launched in Kupwara. APHC leader Zafar Akbar Butt addressing his party meeting in Srinagar urged India to withdraw its troops from Kashmir to create conducive atmosphere for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. ISLAMABAD: AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed called on President Asif Ali Zardari. Senior AJK Minister The Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin was also present in the meeting. Liberation Front-R and Peoples Freedom League in their separate statements said that India would not be able to suppress

No rest till materialization of APDP to observe International martyrs mission: Sardar Yaqub Disappearance OBSERVER REPORT

DOTHAN (Rawalakot)—AlHaj Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has declared here on Wednesday that the people of Jammu and Kashmir would not rest till full materialization of the mission of martyrs of Dothan who initiated the antiDogra jehad and laid down their lives that sparkle across the pages of history. The President with AJK Speakers Assembly Haji Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan, Electricity Minister Ch Rasheed, Social Welfare Minister Ms Farzana Yaqub, Chairman PAC Sardar Abid Hussain, Muslim Conference leaders Sardar M Yusuf and

Dr Abduyl Haleem was addressing a mammoth gathering of public gathered here to pay homage to the martyrs of Dothan and of occupied Kashmir whose sacrifices made possible liberation of a part of Jammu and Kashmir State called now AJK. The AJK President stressed the need to rectify the history of struggle of Kashmir reminding that Dothan was the starting point. In this connection he recounted the details to the audience. The brave Poonch mujahideen not only liberated part of Pooch but also Mirpur, he reminded. Rich tributes were paid to Shaheed Capt Hussain Khan and Brig Ashraf Khan for their fighting valor and will. Sardar Yaqub Khan said that the armed forces

of Pakistan are our souls and hearts. They are our pride. He assured the people of occupied Kashmir their AJK brethren stand unswervingly with them in their just struggle. We will continue raising your voice at all levels, he assured. From early morning the people had started streaming towards the venue of the public meeting recalling stories of valour of 1947-48 jehad. The process of sacrifices continues, the President said as many resolute jawans of AJK laid down their lives in Gioyari and elsewhere in the sacred defence of Pakistan. Social Welfare Minister Ms Farzana Yaqub recalled that well before the actual emergence of Pakistan on world,

Kashmiris in the Srinagar House of veteran Kashmiri leader Ghazi-e-Millat Sardar Muhamad Ibrahim had passed Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan resolution. That is a magna carta in our struggle, she told the thunderous audience. The AJK President on the occasion accorded sanction to vital local developmental projects including widening, metalling of Khaigala-Dothan link road, construction of Dothan memorial to martyrs, dispensary and several schools. On reaching the spot the President was given big ovation by the people. Dothan and adjoining areas like Bunjunsa are the attractive tourists zones, especially nearby Tolipir Heights.

Day tomorrow SRINAGAR—The Association of Parents of Disappeared in occupied Kashmir has announced to stage sit-in protest in the territory on International Disappearance Day, tomorrow, on August 30. The organization in a statement issued here said, “To commemorate the International Day of Disappeared Persons, the APDP is organizing a sit-in programme in Kashmir, at 10 a.m. onwards.” “The APDP takes this opportunity to call for solidarity messages to commemorate the day, from the people who do care for those who have been victimized,” the statement said.—NNI

the people’s freedom sentiment through use of brute force. The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League leader, Abdul Ahad Para addressing a party meeting in Kupwara demanded immediate release of party leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt and said that the Indian establishment was upset by the popularity of the leader. An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside his camp in Baramulla. This has raised the number of such deaths among Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 250 since January 2007. In New Delhi, the Working Group on Human Rights, a group of civil society

organisations and independent experts in India, has called upon New Delhi to withdraw draconian law Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the country and from occupied Kashmir. The Group in a report prepared for the United Nations said that the prolonged application of the Act had institutionalized militarism and a climate of impunity. The statement added that the fundamental rights such as the right to life, the right to a fair trial, the right against torture and the right against arbitrary detention had been consistently violated in the disturbed areas. The report maintained that even young boys of 10-year old were being detained in occupied Kashmir.

14 more sarpanchs quit in Kashmir S R I N A G A R — F o l l o w i n g sarpanch in Tral, inflicting se“poster threats,” more than a dozen elected panchayat leaders have announced their resignations in South Kashmir over the past week, even an unknown assailants shot and injured a sarpanch in Tral. Seven elected panchayat members have announced resignations in the Rathsoona area, five in Dadsar, and one each in Laam and Sher Bazaar. The spate of resignations comes in the wake of posters appearing in various localities threatening dire consequences for rural representatives in case they failed to give up their posts. On Tuesday night, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a

rious injuries on the target. The attack was carried out at around 9 p.m. in the Gulab Bagh locality of the Tral township outside the sarpanch’s home. Qutub-ud-Din Shah suffered gunshot wounds in the leg, and was rushed to the local hospital by neighbours. Doctors later referred the sarpanch to the SKIMS where he was said to be out of danger. A former serviceman, Shah had been temporarily employed as a Special Police Officer, and later joined the PDP with whose support he contested the panchayat polls. He is also said to be a halqa president of the opposition party.—NNI

Geelani talks Hurriyat (G) decries CRPF top WGHR asks India again to tough on ‘outside’ official’s views repeal AFSPA from IHK influence minor’s detention Kashmir trigger row

S RINAGAR —The Hurriyat SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Confer- said, adding that “the police are (G) on Tuesday termed the registering false cases against NEW DELHI—With just few climate of impunity, but has also Ministry’s Committee to Re- Conference (G) Chairman Syed ence arrest a 12-year old student the children to make their ca-

weeks left for India to respond to the Universal Periodic Review recommendations, the Working Group on Human Rights (WGHR) of the United Nations has demanded re-peal of the black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from occupied Kashmir and Indian states. The Working Group in a statement posted on its website said, “The prolonged application of the Act has not only institutionalized militarism and a

alienated the public and fuelled a cycle of violence…” The statement added that the fundamental rights such as the right to life, the right to a fair trial, the right to remedy and reparation, the right against torture and the right against arbitrary detention had been consistently violated in the areas. It said the resistance against AFSPA was no longer confined to opposition parties or civil society, “but many official bodies including the Union Home

view the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (2005), the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2007) and the Working Group on ConfidenceBuilding Measures in Jammu and Kashmir (2007) have all recommended its re-peal.” The WGHR has strongly urged upon New Delhi to utilize the opportunity of the UPR process at the UN Human Rights Council to repeal AFSPA as recommended by numerous countries.—NNI

846 Indian soldiers died in Siachen since 1984 N EW D ELHI —For the first time ever, the Indian government has announced the number of its soldiers who died in the Siachen sector, ever since the Indian army occupied that strategic area in the summer of 1984. Defence Minister A K Antony, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, stated that a total of 846 armed personnel fell prey to the Siachen glaciers since 1984.” This includes deaths due to the extreme climate and terrain conditions, which causes more casualties in that sector than battle. Hypoxia, high altitude pul-

monary oedema (or “altitude sickness” in mountaineering lexicon), avalanches and crevasses have taken a heavy toll on Indian lives. Early in this high-altitude war, New Delhi decided not to differentiate between those who died in combat and those who were swept to their deaths in an avalanche. “(Environment-related) death during the course of duty on Siachen glaciers is treated as a ‘battle casualty’, Antony told the House. “Operation Meghdoot”, the military nickname for operations in Siachen, began on April 13, 1984, when the Indian Air Force helicopters

airlifted a platoon of hardy hillmen from the Kumaon Regiment onto the Saltoro Ridge, which overlooks the Siachen Glacier from the west. Building up quickly, more Indian troops moved onto the three main passes on the Saltoro Ridge — Bilafond La; Sia La; and Gyong La. According to Lt Gen (Retd) V R Raghavan, a respected authority on Siachen, the Pakistan army had planned a similar operation to occupy the Saltoro Ridge that summer. But they arrived on the Saltoro a month after the Indians, only to find most of the key heights on the ridge already occupied.—Online

Govt approach to development lopsided: Mehbooba SRINAGAR—Taking a strong exception to the “developmental deficit” in J&K, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti has alleged that the present government is “pursuing only those developmental schemes wherein the money allocated goes into the

pockets of ruling politicians and their favourite contractors.” Mehbooba said that PDP’s assertions have been vindicated by the latest CAG report “which has indicted the National Conference led government for its failure to implement the centrally sponsored schemes in the state.”

She said this after ending her two-day tour to Islamabad (Anantnag) and Wachi constituencies in South Kashmir. Mehbooba said there is “complete neglect and increasing developmental deficit that is causing tremendous miseries to the people.”—NNI

BSF, CRPF troops frustrated, suffer sleeplessness: Study N E W D ELHI —Troops of for which it was applied.” India’s two largest paramilitary forces — CRPF and BSF — are suffering from acute shortage of sleep and are highly dissatisfied as they are deprived of leave and medical care benefits, a government-sponsored study said. The study done by Professor Dheeraj Sharma of IIMAhmedabad said, “The personnel complained they were not granted leave on time. This was a cause of great dissatisfaction among them. The procedure of granting leave took a long time and at times, the leave was granted after the period is over

The 11-page summary of the report said, “Personnel at these paramilitary forces suffer from acute short-age of sleep. The working duties need them to work over long, stretched hours. The deprivation of sleep reduces the energy levels and causes discontentment among the workforce,” PTI reported. Sharma was tasked to undertake the on field survey of the personnel after complaints of growing discontent among troops by paramilitaries’ headquarters. Professor Sharma compiled the findings after talking to both

CRPF and BSF across various locations including Jammu and Kashmir. A major cause of concern for the troops, according to the study, “is the number of duties they are re-quired to perform. At times, even after getting a promotion to a higher rank, they are required to perform duties of lower rank as well.” The report also states that the personnel have to work for “long, stretched hours, which is quite tiring for them”. Discrepancies in salary and flow of command instructions were also stated by the troops as problem areas for them.—NNI

Ali Shah Geelani has described sectarianism, increase in number of yatris and influx of Bihari labourers to the Valley as move to change demography of the State. He asked people to remain united and said if people fail to comprehend seriousness of the issue they were bound to suffer. “When we talk about yatra they call us anti-yatra and communalists. They forget Godhra, they forget Babri mosque, and they forget Assam. Alone under Congress government rule, 40,000 anti-Muslim riots have taken place. They cannot preach us secularism,” Geelani said, addressing Eid Milan at his Hyderpora residence here. Unlike India, Geelani said, Jammu and Kashmir was not facing any economic problem. “Here no one is without house. We all eat food. Our only problem is occupation. Army is occupying land in Kupwara, Shopian and South Kashmir. Land is shrinking for us. Earlier only hundred yatris would visit Amarnath Cave. Now their number has increased to 6.30 lakh. Yatris are pushed to Kashmir to boost morale of Army and to consolidate occupation of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said. “Recently BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that India’s rich would raise infrastructure around the cave and enroute the cave. This is the BJP plan. Congress designs are also similar. They want to impose Hindutva on us,” Geelani said. Apparently referring to Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, the Hurriyat chairman said that people talking about change were misleading the masses. “They were talking about change when Hari Singh was ruler and when circumstances forced Hari Singh to leave Kashmir and they became rulers, they subjected people to worst kind of atrocities and torture. What we didn’t see in Hari Singh’s rule we saw it in their rule,” he said. Tehreek Hurriyat chairman said some police officers achieved notoriety in subjecting people to torture. He alleged that Army has occupied 28 lakh kanals of land and they are “occupying forest land in several other districts.” “Army has occupied land in Bijbehara. They have informed the State Government that land was transferred to them in 1980. In 1980 Sheikh Abdullah was the Chief Minister of the State,” he said. On the occasion, Misaki Ukwat (charter of brotherhood) was released. The charter is signed by all Ulema and Muslim scholars of the State. They have taken pledge that they will work for unity of Muslims. The charter reads that the Ulema will not raise sectarian issues from pulpits of mosques and outside.—NNI

Fiazan Bashir and his shifting to jail as the worst example of ‘state terrorism’. In a statement a spokesman of the conglomerate appealed UNICEF and Amnesty International (AI) to take a serious note of the ‘worsening situation’ in JK and exert pressure on New Delhi to release all the detained minors lodged in different jails. The spokesman also termed as ridiculous the filing of attempt to murder case against the 12- year old Fiazan Bashir. “There is no constitutional and moral justification in it,” he

reer uncertain. The spokesman said, “The stone pelting is not a new thing and it is not confined to JK only. In all parts of the world, people resort to throwing stones and brickbats to register their anger and protest. This practice is going on since centuries. In the pre-sent day world we see people resorting to hurling stones in all democratic societies. People are not booked under the charge of attempt to murder any-where in world for indulging in stone pelting.”—INP

Bhim Singh challenges Faizan’s detention SRINAGAR—The State Legal Faizan is a 6th class student Aid Committee headed by Prof. Bhim Singh filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India seeking its direction to the government of J&K for immediate release of 12-year-old Faizan Sofi presented before a court in Srinagar on the other day. The petition was filed through the Office Secretary, State Legal Aid Committee seeking release as well as compensation of Rs10 lakhs to the family of the minor boy who was arrested by the police “to demonstrate their authoritarianism.” The PIL has raised a constitutional point that “no juvenile board or shelter has been constituted in J&K and several minor children are sulking disgracefully in the so-called destitute shelters manned by the police,” said the SLAC in a statement issued to press. The petition has argued that

studying in a local school and is 12 years old—born on 1 November 1999. “He is a minor fully protected under the protection of the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Rules, 2007. He being a citizen of India is fully entitled to the protection of his basic rights as minor guaranteed in Article 15(3), 21, 21A(1)(2), 22, 23 & 24 of the Constitution of India. He is also protected under the provisions of Article 39, 39A, 45, 47 and 51A(k) also,” the petition reads. The PIL has stated that the petitioner was kept in police station without being providing any bedding or food on the night of 25th August 2012. “He was kept inside a police lock up which is meant for the habitual criminal inside Safakadal police station for the whole day of 26th August, 2012 and whole night.—Online

NEW DELHI—CRPF top official, Dr NC Asthana was at the centre of a controversy over his remarks that there was a “strong undercurrent against India” in Kashmir, prompting the Home Ministry to take action, if required. 52-year-old Asthana, a 1986 batch IPS officer from Kerala, has penned down a book “India’s Internal Security: The Actual Concerns” along with his wife Anjali Nirmal, who holds a doctorate in police administration, which speaks about his tenure in the Valley during 2010 unrest. In an interview to a weekly, Asthana had said “there is a strong undercurrent against India” and that heavy turnout in elections or flow of tourists should not be read as return of normalcy in the territory. When contacted, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “MHA is siezed of the matter. We are examining the content of the book. If required, action will be taken.” Asthana, who is at present posted as Inspector General of CRPF, looking after antinaxal unit COBRA, refused to answer any questions saying that he has written whatever he had, in the book. Asthana, according to officials, had given an under-taking that there was no malafide intention in writing the book. According to Section 6 of All India Services rules, no official shall publish anonymously, synonymously or in his own name or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which is against the interests of the Centre or State Government.—Online

MUZAFFARABAD: Federal Textile Minister Rana Muhammad Saeed with visitors at Pir Chenasi.


KAPCO dividend K ARACHI —Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO) has posted a lower profit after tax of Rs 6.071 billion for the year ending June 30, 2012 and announced a final cash dividend of Rs 3.15 per share. According to financial results of the bank despatched to Karachi Stock Exchange here Wednesday, the profit before tax dropped to Rs 8.635 billion due to higher financial cost as against Rs 9.907 billion in 2011. The earning per share (EPS) of the company slipped to Rs 6.90 during the period under review compared to Rs 7.41 same period last year.—APP

JVs in Pakistan LAHORE—Malaysian businessmen should explore the avenue of Pakistani market and enter in joint ventures with their Pakistani counterparts. This was stated by business expert and the CEO Harvest Trading, Ahmad Jawad while talking to APP here on Wednesday. He said that trade between Pakistan and Malaysia has reached to $2.8 billion. It has impressive 14 percent increase over last year, but Pakistan’s share in bilateral trade is only $ 257 million indicating the balance of trade heavily in favour of Malaysia. He added that this gap could be covered by increasing export of rice, fruit and Halal Meat to Malaysia. “It is our responsibility to increase our volumes in the near future and there is need to aware the Pakistan business community about the opportunities in the private sector of both countries”, he stressed. Ahmad Jawad said that Malaysia was one of the important regional markets for Pakistan agricultural products and we regard Malaysia as a market with good prospects.—APP

PPIB directed to complete hydropwer projects STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) has been asked to undertake 665 MW Lower Pallas Valley and 496 MW Lower Spat Gah hydropower projects in a Public Private Partnership mode and complete the formalities to execute the projects within minimum possible time frame. This was decided in a meeting held here today with Minister for Water and Power Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar in the chair. The meeting was participated by Special Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power, Additional Chief Secretary KPK, Chairman

Wapda, MD PPIB, DG BOI, MD Shydo KPK, and senior officials of Ministry, PPIB, Wapda, Planning Commission and Finance division. The Minister in his opening remarks stated that the government was now focusing on hydel power to generate cheaper and affordable electricity for the consumers. Both the projects would help to meet the future demand. He said that the government is also taking initiatives to develop indigenous resources because the future power generation would be based on hydel, solar, wind and coal resources. The investors would be facilitated and extend full cooperation in order to attract the investment in the

power sector. The Minister also asked PPIB to complete the formalities for signing of Joint Development Agreement (JDA) among the sponsors of the projects as early as possible so that the projects could be started. Earlier, the meeting was given a briefing by the MD PPIB and was informed that the feasibility studies of the projects were executed by WAPDA and Korean companies were selected to implement these projects through PPP mode after inviting EOIs through press. The KPK, Wapda and Korean Companies would be the sponsors of these projects, it was further informed.

Askari Bank records 56pc increase in post-tax profit STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The profit before taxation of Askari Bank Limited has increased by 48 percent to Rs 1,576.014 million in the half year period ended June 30, 2012 as compared to Rs 1,066.317 million in the same period in 2011. The bank’s profit after taxation has registered an increase of 56 percent to Rs 1,098.765 million in the period under review against Rs 703.578 million in the same period last year. The board of directors of the bank in its meeting on Tuesday declared that the bank’s earning per share has increased

to Rs 1.35 in the half year period ended June 30, 2012 against Re 0.87 in the same period last year. The growth is mainly attributable to the decline in provision against non-performing assets by 39 percent over the same period last year. During the period under review, net mark-up income declined by 3 percent, however, this decline was largely offset by 31 percent increase in non-markup income also reflecting change in revenue streams due to certain re-composition of our investment portfolio made during the period under review, the bank in a statement. Administrative

expenses increased by 7 percent mainly due to additional expenses incurred on expansion of branch network that reached 245 at the close of the half year from 235 as on June 30, 2011, besides inflationary upsurge. At half year end 2012, customer deposits stood at Rs 294.5 billion against Rs 291.5 billion at year end 2011. On the asset side, net advances increased by 3 percent, to Rs 155.3 billion compared with Rs 150.7 billion as at December 31, 2011 while net investments at Rs 133.7 billion remained almost unchanged from the position at the year end 2011.

Fatima Fertilizer posts profit OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited has posted Rs 2,593.766 million as profit after tax in the half year period ended June 30, 2012 as compared to after tax loss of Rs 152.716 million recorded in the corresponding period in 2011. The board of directors of the company in its meeting held on August 27, 2012 at Copenhagen, Denmark declared that the company’s earning per share stood at Rs 1.28 in the period under review against per share loss of Re 0.08 in the same period last year. According to the financial results sent to Karachi Stock Exchange, the company’s sales stood at Rs 12.608 billion in the first half of 2012 while cost of sales at Rs 4.428 billion.

LPG Prices to increase by Rs. 19,000 per ton

Serco profit L ONDON —Outsourcing group Serco said recent contract wins would help it deliver a strong full-year performance, after reorganisation costs and delays in the award of U.S. federal work pushed first half profit down 17 percent. The British firm, which runs services from London’s light rail to prisons and air traffic control centres around the world, on Wednesday reported an adjusted pretax profit of 102.1 million pounds ($161.62 million) for the six months to the end of June, in line with analyst forecasts. Serco said it had won 4.2 billion pounds worth of work in the period, compared with 2.5 billion a year ago, and had increased its order book - the value of future revenues based on all existing signed contracts - to 19.4 billion.—AFP

Federal Minister for privatisation Ghous Bux Khan and Nadeem Siddiqui, |Regional Head IFC signing an MoU in Privatisation Commission.

SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Following an in-

Senior Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim meeting with Vietnam Deputy Minister for Industries and Trade Le Duong Quang.

US to sign liberal BIT with Pak I S L A M A B A D —Washington tiations on the bid were final,

has accelerated negotiations with Islamabad for signing of a ‘liberal’ as well as ‘holistic’ bilateral investment treaty (BIT) to boost existing $5 billions’ two-way trade. Senior negotiating officials are currently in Islamabad holding Shares steady T OKYO —The euro, Asian meetings with not just the counterparts but also with shares and commodities held steady on Wednesday other local stakeholders including the investors, tradas investors awaited U.S. ers, and the media. AccordFederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech to ing to the visiting officials who gave a background international central briefing to a select group of bankers gathering in Jackson Hole on Friday and journalists, neither the negoa European Central Bank meeting next week. Eyes are locked on both events for any signs of further monetary easing to come from Europe and the United States. The euro traded at $1.2557 against the U.S. STAFF REPORTER dollar, hovering near a seven-week high of $1.2590 K A R A C H I —Horticulture and livestock, the most nehit last week, and touched glected sectors, if properly an eight-week high against upgraded could turn the the Australian dollar at tables and fetch billions of A$1.2123.—AFP dollars to meet the foreign exchange requirements. Horticulture needs improvement in quality, post-harvest care and cold chain infrastructure, while liveSuccess or failure in stock suffers from lack of business is caused global food safety stanmore by the mental dards, cohesive supply attitude even than by chains and marketing sysmental capacities. tem. —Walter Scott Stakeholders explained

nor were they facing any major impediments. They insisted that it would be unfair to write that the BIT signing was hitting the snags. Asked whether the BIT would cover the defense sector as such, the officials hoodwinked the question saying “we are up to negotiate and sign a treaty with a holistic approach. And it is too early to decide about these specifics. So to say the agreement would cover entire of the services as well as manufacturing sectors.”

The US negotiators were of the view that the treaty would provide independence to the American investors to appoint the Board of Governors of their companies here independent of any restrictions. They were asked with reference to sensitive agencies’ No Objection Certificate (NOC) required for persons to be appointed as members of foreign companies’ BoGs. “In general terms, under the treaty, there would be no restriction on any country’s national to be members of an American investor’s BoG,” one of the officials said.—Online

crease in the international Saudi Aramco Contract Price, local LPG Producer prices are expected to increase by Rs. 19,000 per ton with effect from 3rd September 2012 said Belal Jabbar the spokesman for the LPG Assocoation of Pakistan. The new Saudi CP for September announced at USD 946 per ton represnets an increase of USD 171 per ton over the CP for August. The hike in price has been primarily due to the recent surge in oil prices and stockpiling of LPG by energy hungry China and other developing countries. The impact of the increase in prices is expected to increase retail prices by Rs. 19 per kilo, and the price of domestic and commercial cylinders by Rs. 224 and Rs 863 respectively. Retail prices per kilo are expected to increase to as follows in different partsof the country: Sindh and Balochistan Rs 129, Punjab Rs. 139, AJK and Northern Areas Rs. 145. The Government is the largest Producer of LPG in the country and the most direct and immediate beneficiary of the increase in prices.

Standard Chartered H1 profit increases 45pc STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited has announced its H1 2012 Results. The Bank has successfully executed its strategy of focused growth, improved cost discipline and prudent credit expansion resulting in improved financial performance with steady revenue and decreasing loan impairments. The Bank’s Profit (before tax) has grown by 45 per cent to PKR 3,900 billion PKR 3.9 billion in H1 2012, with earnings per share up at PKR 0.65 per share from PKR 0.44 per share in H1 2011. Administrative costs have again re-

mained more or less flat despite continuing double digit inflation. Deposits have increased by 6% to PKR 249 billion from PKR 236 billion, while advances (net of provisions) have grown by 4% to PKR 135 billion from PKR 130 billion in December 2011. Assets quality remains good with a high coverage ratio of 82 per cent for non-performing loans. The Bank thus remains well capitalised and highly liquid with surplus funds continue to be deployed in Government Securities. Interim cash dividend of 7.50% (Re. 0.75/- per share) in respect of the half year ended June 30, 2012 has been declared by the Board of Di-

PSO receivables rise to Rs246b

rectors in their meeting held on August 28, 2012. Commenting on the results Mohsin Nathani, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited, said, “The Bank continues to deliver a strong set of results for the first half of 2012. The growth in revenue is encouraging, while we continuously endeavour to keep cost growth at moderate levels, ensuring necessary investment in our businesses to keep the momentum rolling. The Bank is dedicated to continuing to grow our business here and to provide the high quality of service and products to our customers.”

PIA clears EU safety audit KHALID BUTT

STAFF REPORTER

lion, to NRL Rs 10.040 billion, to ARL Rs 32.879 billion, L A H O R E —By setting priK ARACHI —Pakistan State Bosicor Rs 3.736 billion and orities right and making Oil (PSO) is facing turbulent to others Rs 1.116 billion funds available for most critical functions first, PIA situation as its receivables has improved its safety have once again rose to the record and cleared all time alarming level of Rs 246 bilcritical safety audit of its lion as on August 28, 2012, engineering facilities while sources said. They said the its aircraft managed to imcountry’s largest oil marketpress the SAFA inspecing company is in trouble to tions at different European run its businesses due to destinations. Quite conshortage of cash. trary to its track record of According to the current last 2 -3 years the national figures, the PSO’s receivables flag carrier has surprised from Wapda have increased to Rs 64.314 million as on Au- while LC payments to KPC the aviation circles by gust 28, 2012 and from Hubco and Fuel Oil Suppliers have passing with flying colors this figure is higher at Rs increased to Rs 98.642 bil- a Basic Aviation Risk Assessment audit of the air110.326 billion. The PSO’s re- lion. The PSO’s receivables are line which was carried out ceivables from Kapco have increased to Rs 38.303 billion, continuously increasing and by the European Union From PIA Rs 2.170 billion, from on the other hand, being the aviation audit team. The EU inspectors have KESC Rs 10.738 billion, from state-run company, the PSO IPPs Rs 6.612 billion and from has to continue its supplies cleared the airline with nil Pakistan Railways Rs 1.377 to power generation plants findings/ objections in its and public sector companies operations vz safety of billion. Due to increasing receiv- such as PIA and Pakistan Rail- passengers and aircraft. It ables, PSO is unable to make ways, sources added. During is to be noted that this autimely payments to refineries the period of last two months dit is a mandatory requireand apparently its payables (July-August 2012), PSO had ment for the aircraft operhave also increased to Rs supplied 1.16 million MTs fur- ating in or even overflying 193.354 billion as on the nace oil to the power sector. Europe, and since PIA is above mentioned date. The The furnace oil supplies made also having more and more PSO’s payables to Parco by PSO during last two charter business from UN have increased to Rs 29.073 months were worth Rs 91.81 etc, these days it was a must thing for the airline. billion, to PRL Rs 17.868 bil- billion, sources said.

Livestock exports can fetch billions of dollars that these two sectors which have unlimited potential need to be addressed as follows: Challenges which are increasing for horticulture, one of the most vibrant sub-sectors of agriculture, relate to the quality of produce. Unfortunately we have been riveted to increasing production and not so much on improving quality. They are unhappy with the performance of Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) which carries the mandate to develop this sector. For all practical purposes

it looks a dormant body as it has nothing worthwhile to claim what it has contributed towards the development of this sector which has big potential of expanding and earning much needed foreign exchange for the country. Attempts made from time to time to seek information about its plans to enhance exports always remained unanswered and unattended. Pakistan needs to broaden its export horizons, and shipping higher volumes. The broader export strategy has helped boost significantly Pakistan’s ex-

port earnings. Foreign exchange earnings through fruit and horticulture exports have risen every year but a lack of post-harvest and cold chain infrastructure is seriously hampering Pakistan’s horticulture export potential. Similarly, lack of awareness among Pakistani exporters about global food safety standards, cohesive supply chains and marketing systems are to be blamed for keeping the country’s produce export volumes low. Ahmad Jawad, member, export committee, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce says

if we take a look for a while, Pakistan is the 13th largest producer of citrus in the world. This crop has potential up to $ 400 million but currently it stands at around $ 100 million. At present, there is little or no government intervention and assistance to alter the situation. Since 2006/07 Australia is assisting Pakistan under the Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) to overcome certain constraints in Pakistan’s agriculture exports sector but, surprisingly no fruitful progress is seen till date towards betterment of

this crop. If we take the case of dates, Pakistan is one of 4th largest producer in the world and its exports could be enhanced up to $200 million with proper processing and packaging. Annual production of dates in Pakistan is estimated at around 535,000 tons, of which only 86,000 tons is exported and the rest is either consumed locally, or perishes for want of proper facilities. Since 1999, per acre yield of dates in Pakistan has not much increased, whereas the worldwide production has increased by 166 per-

cent. Stakeholders demand that the government needs to pay urgent attention towards production, processing and quality enhancement, preservation, research and marketing facilities to save and ensure growth of this potent source of foreign exchange. They emphasized that this fruit is potent to make many more millions of dollars if care is taken and due attention is paid towards value-addition. Similarly Pakistan is the second largest country in Guava production after India.


Double-digit earnings of SAP STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) announced their best-ever second quarter results with 25% growth in Non-IFRS Software Revenue. Speaking on the occasion of the announcement, Rushworth said, “The APJ region continues to deliver outstanding results for Q2 2012, making it the tenth consecutive quarter of exceptional growth. Our key regional markets led the way once again with solid doubledigit growth and particularly strong growth in key developing markets like Pakistan.” In Q2 2012, SAP APJ’s Non-IFRS Software and Software Related Services Revenue grew 23% while NonIFRS Total Revenue saw a corresponding 25% growth. Commenting on SAP APJ’s performance and Pakistan’s growing market, Hassan Jamal, Country Liaison Manager, SAP Pakistan said, “Pakistan’s part in driving SAP APJ’s growth is momentous. It fills our hopes with optimism about the oncoming year as we continually invest in our future success by providing top quality and innovative solutions in Mobility, In-memory and Cloud. These solutions bring unrivaled competency to all the industries in Pakistan. Our customers continue to tell us that they see value in what SAP does for them – they gain better business insights and speed their decision making to drive growth and operational efficiency.”

TESCO operation against defaulters STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —Tribal Areas Electricity Supply Company (TESCO) has launched operation against defaulters and illegal industrial, commercial , Government and Tube well consumers in FATA with the cooperation of political administration. According to a press release of the company issued here Wednesday seven factories were disconnected in Shahkass Area Khyber Agency today. Those who were disconnected have got illegal connections from various lines. Those who were disconnected are Sharif Ice factory, Gul Wali Ice Factory, Younas Ice Factory, Kazim Ice Factory, Munir Ice Factory, Kamin Ice Factory and Abdul Haq Ice Factory. It may be recalled that TESCO has huge arrears against these consumers and the operation against such consumers is being carried out through out FATA. Meanwhile TESCO Khyber Sub Division staff has also recovered Rs.5,75,000/- as arrears from defaulting consumers during the operation. Chief Executive Officer TESCO Pervez Khankhel Swati has directed all field formations to continue the operation till recovery of all outstanding arrears from defaulting Industrial, Commercial, Irrigation and Govt connections. He has lauded the cooperation of Political Administration Khyber Agency for making the campaign a success.

Euro mixed in Asian trade TOKYO—The euro was mixed in Asia on Wednesday after two eurozone bond auctions buoyed the embattled unit amid rising speculation that the European Central Bank (ECB) would restart a bondbuying programme. The European common currency bought $1.2556 and 98.69 yen in Tokyo morning trade, against $1.2565 and 98.68 yen in New York on Tuesday. The dollar was at 78.60 yen from 78.49 yen in US trade. Weak German business confidence data had weighed on the euro earlier this week, but the currency won some support after two debt auctions on Tuesday saw hardhit Spain and Italy pay sharply lower borrowing rates. The results came as currency traders become increasingly convinced that the ECB would restart purchases of debt issued by hard-hit eurozone countries, part of a bid to help bring down their sky-high borrowing costs.—AFP

‘Greater incentives to attract int’l investment’ AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —The government is well set to offer biddings for 36 exploration licences in different concession blocks early September with a target of increasing 50%/20% oil and gas respectively by June 2013, sources told Pakistan Observers. The incentives offered under the new exploration policy recently announced by the government are quite lucrative to attract international players in the field of oil and gas exploration besides reactivating the existing or producing wells in the country. It may be noted that the new E&P policy has provided improved oil & gas pricing

terms, favorable conversion option, incentives for increasing production from producing fields and potential lower development cost for new finds. These incentives must have been offered at least a decade earlier to catch up the growing demand for oil and gas on the back of economic growth which had once touched the level of 7-8 percent in Pakistan. It was a criminal negligence on the part of the then governments to cap the generation capacity of Karachi Electric Supply Company prior to its privatization while increasing demand for electricity was ignored. The attractive well head prices offered in the new policy would definitely work in accel-

erating energy production provided the responsible ministry ensured an effective follow up of the decisions taken in the policy, sources said. That provision approved for direct gas supply by E&P firms to the gas starved fertilizer sector under the new policy is an exciting aspects especially for 4 Urea Units which are out of production for quite sometimes for want of gas supplies. Though the government has not removed the ceiling on oil prices, base price for windfall levy has been pushed to US$40/bbl from US$30/bbl with the reduced windfall levy of 40%, resulting in up to 26% higher oil prices over the 2009 pricing.

‘Pakistan, Vietnam 2nd biz session fruitful’ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The 2nd Session of the Joint Trade Commission (JTC) between Pakistan and Vietnam was held in Islamabad on 28-29 August, 2012. Pakistan’s delegation was led by Mr. Tahir Raza Naqvi Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while the Vietnamese delegation was led by Mr. Le Duong Quang Deputy Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam. The JTC deliberated on the measures to enhance and promote bilateral trade between the two countries including simplification of visa procedures for businessmen, exchange of trade and com-

mercial information between the trade promotion agencies and institutionalizing cooperation among the state trading corporations of both the countries. The Vietnamese side assured that the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam will facilitate Pakistani businessmen in getting visa. Vietnam also assured Pakistan to consider waiving off the requirement of a Vietnamese sponsor. However, for the time being if Pakistani businessmen do not have a sponsor in Vietnam, the Commercial Section of Vietnam at Karachi will forward the case to Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam. If the Ministry is satisfied, it will become the spon-

sor for Pakistani businessmen. During the meeting, an MOU was signed wherein Pakistan recognized Vietnam as Full Market Economy. Vietnam assured Pakistan of its full support in its bid to become the Full Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. A target of US$500 million bilateral trade was set to be achieved by December 2013. The selected product sectors for special promotional measures include Leather and Leather products, Pharmaceuticals and Sea foods from Pakistan side, while the Vietnam authorities would launch promotional campaign to increase export of Tea, Cotton and Synthetic Fiber and Fisheries to Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Anwer Ali Cheema Minister for Production presenting an album to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. Dr. Asim Hussain Minister for Petroleum and Dr. Hafeez Shaikh Minister for Finance are also present on the occasion.

Pak traders hold fruitful meetings with Indians STAFF REPORTER

5000 more flats to be constructed in Islamabad STAFF REPORTER

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of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) delegation, currently on a 6-day visit to India, had a number of fruitful meetings with their Indian counterparts besides visiting various industrial units including Khanna Paper Mills. According to the LCCI spokesman, the Lahore Chamber’s former Senior Vice President Sohail Lashari is leading the delegation while Khamis Saeed Butt is the deputy leader of the delegation. During the meetings with Indian counterparts, Lashari expressed his dismay over the low volume of trade between India and Pakistan. He said India and Pakistan should promote regional trade on the pattern of Asean, EU and Nafta to boost bilateral trade. He said promotion of trade is the only way to minimize political tension in the region. The two neighboring countries should not mix trade with politics and business community should be allowed to carry on trade without hurdles. If we would have strong trade relations the political relations would get better automatically, he said. 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The “reversion to the mean” prediction is a reference to the belief that stocks will always move back to their long-term avLAHORE: Chairperson TEVTA with the principals of Govt. Technical Training Insti- erages, whether lower or tutes. General Manager (Operations) Retired Col. Hamid Ghani Anjum, Zonal Manager higher from their present positions.—Newswire (North) Muhammad Usman, TEVTA Officers and Principals are also present.

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State for Housing Nouman Ahmad Langrial has directed Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) to locate feasible land for the construction of five thousands more flats in Islamabad as soon as possible to give relief to the people. He chaired a meeting here on Tuesday to discuss proposals to resolve emerging demand of accommodation in the Federal Capital. The Minister inquired from the PHA officials

about the strength of current flats, residential condition, demand of new allottees and vacating status of old flats by retiring officers. Federal Minister said that providing all basic facilities to government officials is the responsibility of the Federal Government; striving to redress the complaints of deserving people. The Minister urged the concerned officials to expedite the process in this respect to ensure efficiency, which is real demand of the time and a remedy of the main

LCCI seeks start of work on IP gas pipeline project SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Wednesday urged the government to start work on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and complete it as early as possible. The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said here Wednesday that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had credible reports that the work on this multi-million dollar project is stalled for unknown reasons but is unable to understand the causes of the delay in this highly beneficial project of national importance when the gas pricing formula had already agreed in

2009 and Tehran and Islamabad had also inked the final agreement to launch the project by spring 2014. According to the project proposal, the pipeline will begin from Iran’s Assalouyeh Energy Zone in the south and stretch over 1,100 km through Iran. In Pakistan, it will pass through Baluchistan and Sindh but officials now say the route may be changed if China agrees to the project. The gas will be supplied from the South Pars field. The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 22 billion cubic meters of natural gas per annum, which is expected to be later raised to 55 billion cubic meters.

problem. “It is very important to get the positive output from our present human resource” he emphasized. The Minister said we all have to work together to eliminate corruption, nepotism and bring a culture of smooth functioning to double the progress pace. He said we will strive hard to make the system transparent and efficient by providing all basic facilities to the deserving people. He said that officials should realize their duties and perform them with commitment and dedication.

Need for exploring new markets stressed STAFF CORRESPONDENT M U LTA N —New markets would have to be explored besides Japan and European countries to boost the country’s exports, Chairman of All Pakistan Bedsheet and Upholstry Manufacturers Association (APBUMA) Syed Muhammad Aasim Shah said on Tuesday. Delivering a speech at a seminar on Emerging trends in home textile serctor jointly organised by APBUMA and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), he said that Japan was the second largest importer of home textile in the world.

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KARACHI: Managing Director Karachi Stock Exchange Nadeem Naqvi addressing a Press conference.

‘Simplify registration to benefit consumer’ STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Pharma Bureau Pakistan is strong proponent of prudent regulation of the pharmaceutical industry, however, it strongly opposes over regulation that is against the interests of both consumers and the industry. In a statement a spokesperson of the Bureau appealed to the government to simplify the registration of new molecules as years of delays deprive the Pakistani patients from benefiting from newly discovered drugs and breakthrough technologies. He suggested a simple and transparent formula in this regard. The government should give approval to the drug that has been approved in two of the three developed

economies that includes United States, European Union and Japan. These countries have highly credible regulatory bodies and drugs approved by them to be used by their citizens undergo rigorous clinical trials and other processes which should give our regulators confidence to introduce them in our market. The spokesperson said that pricing is a crucial issue in drug regulation. He said that availability of a drug is vital. A simple pricing formula, he added, should be to reference prices in Pakistan with the price of the same drug in countries in the South Asian region. This, he added, would ensure sustained supplies of drugs at reasonable rates.

USAID training for meter readers of GEPCO STAFF REPORTER GUJRANWALA—The USAID Power Distribution Program has devised a strategy for further trainings on commercial procedures optimization for meter readers and meter superintendents of power distribution companies (DISCOs). The objective of these trainings is to improve the commercial procedures and efficiency of DISCOs. The key topics under discussion are “Improved Meter Reading” and “Meter Change Process” and finding ways to bring improvements to DISCOs’ existing procedures by streamlining the flow of documents and eliminating redundancies without compromising transparency and accountability.


Military needs time to win Assad DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar alAssad has said the government needs more time to “win the battle” against rebel forces. In an interview with progovernment al-Dunya TV, Assad also dismissed as “unrealistic” the idea of creating humanitarian buffer zones within Syria. Opposition activists say the army has launched offensives across the country to regain control of rebel-held areas. Heavy shelling was reported on Tuesday in the capital, Damascus, Aleppo, and the north-western province of Idlib. Assad said the Syrian government was “fighting a battle both regionally and internationally”. “It definitely needs time to bring it to a decisive end. But I can sum it up in one sentence: we’re heading forward,” he told al-Dunya. “The situation on the ground is better now, but the conclusion is not there yet. That needs some time.” The security forces were “doing a heroic job in every sense”, he added. “Everyone is worried about their country - that is normal. But [the rebels] will not be able to spread fear, they never will,” he said. “I say to Syrians: destiny is in your hands, and not in the hands of others.” The president mocked senior government and military officials who have defected in recent months, saying their departure amounted to a “self-cleansing of the government firstly, and the country generally”. Responding to rumours about his whereabouts since a July bombing in Damascus killed four senior officials, he revealed that he was being interviewed from the presidential palace in the capital.—Reuters

Obama - Don’t Boo the RNC, Vote FORT C OLLINS—As Republicans began their first night of convention speakers, President Obama told supporters his opponents will put on an “entertaining” show in Tampa with lots of glitz, but little substance. “The show in Tampa I’m sure will be very entertaining and I’m sure they’ll have wonderful things to say about me,” Obama jokingly said at Colorado State University. “It will be well-produced. You know, they’ve hired all kinds of fancy TV producers… The only problem is it won’t offer a path forward.” The crowd of roughly 13,000 started to boo as the president mentioned the GOP convention. “Don’t boo. Vote,” he replied, which brought cheers. “That’s the best response. Vote and get some of your friends to vote.” Continuing to woo young voters, the president warned his supporters that Republicans are feeding them a “diet of cynicism,” hoping they get discouraged and don’t show up at the polls. His opponents, Obama said, are “telling you change isn’t possible. You can’t make a difference. You won’t be able to close the gap between life as it is and the life that we imagine for each other.” With 70 days till the election, Obama urged: “Don’t listen to the cynics. Don’t listen to the naysayers.” — Reuters

Public pension reform deal rapped L OS A NGELES —California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers have reached a deal to raise public employees’ retirement ages, have them pay more into their pension accounts, and cap retirement payments in a vast overhaul of the state’s pension system that he says will save $30 billion. Union leaders panned the deal between Brown and fellow Democrats who control the legislature and hope to drum up support for his tax measure on the November ballot by showing voters they can tackle big challenges. California faces a huge liability for funding the nation’s largest public pension system, but other states and cities also have enormous pension funding gaps and will be watching the state closely. Brown did not get everything he wanted from lawmakers, such as a hybrid plan that would funnel some contributions into 401(k)-style accounts, and some of the deal’s measures will not affect current employees. But Brown told a news event in Los Angeles that the changes would ensure the state’s pension system would be sustainable. “We have lived beyond our means,” he said. “The chickens are coming home to roost and this is just one in a series of countermeasures that will be required over the next decade.” The legislature’s Democratic leaders plan for the full state Senate and Assembly to vote on the changes on Friday, the last day of the legislature’s session for this year. Democrats have enough votes on their own to approve the plan, which is based on proposals made by Brown last year.—Reuters

Tymoshenko loses appeal KIEV—A Ukrainian high court rejected an appeal on Wednesday by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her conviction for abuse of office, leaving her in jail and Ukraine’s relations with the West severely strained. Tymoshenko’s defense lawyer said the ruling by a three-judge panel had been steered by President Viktor Yanukovich for political reasons. “These findings have no relation to justice,” Serhiy Vlasenko told journalists after judge Olexander Yelfimov ruled that lower courts had delivered “correct decisions on the crimes of Tymoshenko.” “This is a decision of Yanukovich to keep Tymoshenko in prison,” Vlasenko said. Western leaders condemned the seven-year prison term meted out to the 51-year-old opposition leader in October as political persecution, and blocked strategic agreements on political association and a free-trade zone with the European Union. But despite months of chiding by the EU and the United States, which see Tymoshenko as a victim of selective justice, Yanukovich has refused to act to secure her release. No one had expected her to be released on Wednesday. Tymoshenko, recognizable for her peasantstyle hair braid and known for fiery rhetoric, was not in court because of persistent back trouble which has kept her confined to a state-run hospital in eastern Ukraine.— AP

China defense chief plans India trip NEW DELHI —China’s defense minister is due to visit India next week to seek deeper military ties, in a rare trip seen as a sign Beijing wants to stabilize its heavily fortified Himalayan border as it deals with growing friction in the South China Sea. General Liang Guanglie will be the first Chinese defense minister to visit neighboring India in six years, a period that has seen a buildup of infrastructure and weapons in disputed regions on both sides of the border. Guanglie will arrive in New Delhi on September 2 and leave on September 6, the Indian government said in a statement. Measures to increase “peace and tranquility” along the border are on the agenda. “The two sides will also discuss measures to promote defense cooperation between their armed forces,” the Indian government said. India and China fought a brief war in 1962 over the Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh regions, parts of which both countries claim. Trade between them is soaring but they compete for resources and influence in Asia.—Reuters

Amsterdam airport closed for WWII bomb scare A M S T E R D A M —Authorities closed part of Amsterdam Schiphol airport on Wednesday after discovering what they suspected was a World War Two bomb, the Dutch airport said. “Terminal C has been evacuated as a precautionary measure,” a Schiphol airport spokeswoman said, due to a “serious suspicion” the airport had found a bomb from the war that ended in 1945. “This will have a big impact. We can park planes somewhere else to some extent but at some point it will lead to cancellations or delays,” she said. The terminal handles flights to the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone, which includes most European destinations, including France, Germany, Spain and Italy.—Reuters

Maldives on coup alert

RAMALLAH: Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration.

M ALE —The Maldives has tightened security in the capital Male ahead of the release of a report into this year’s transfer of power on the Indian Ocean islands that former President Mohamed Nasheed labeled a coup, officials said on Wednesday. The Commonwealth-backed Commission of National Inquiry was appointed to look into the circumstances that led to the crisis in the tropical beach paradise on February 7 when Nasheed said he was asked to resign at gunpoint. The report will be made public on Thursday. Police in Male have started searching boats and people arriving in Male, fearing potential unrest. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party nominee on the commission has already said some evidence likely to support Nasheed’s allegations of a coup is missing from the report.—Reuters

Egypt broadens anti-militants Sinai campaign C AIRO —Egypt’s military Mubarak’s overthrow last morning of August 29, in consaid on Wednesday it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armor into the area near its border. After militants attacked and killed 16 border guards on August 5, Egypt launched an operation using the army and police to raid militant hideouts, arrest suspects and seize weapons, including rockets and other arms, that are rife in the area. Disorder has spread in Sinai since President Hosni

year. Analysts say Islamists with possible links to al Qaeda have gained a foothold. This has alarmed Israel. But Israeli officials have also privately voiced concerns about heavy equipment being sent to an area where there are restrictions on weapon deployments under a 1979 peace treaty. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told Reuters on Monday in his first interview with international media that Egypt was committed to all treaties and, without naming Israel, said no other states should worry about its actions in Sinai. “As of the

tinuation of the military operation, there will be a redeployment of forces in various locations in Sinai to complete the hunt for terrorist elements,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. A military source told Reuters this would involve spreading security forces over a wider area to root out militants. The campaign is led by the defence minister and head of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, appointed by Mursi in a shake-up of the military top brass on August 12. The Islamist president has promised to restore order.

Caucasus suicide bomber proved Russian widow MOSCOW—An ethnic Rus- ous husbands, also militants, daily. They are linked to an sian woman, who was both wife and widow of Islamist militants, was named on Wednesday as the suicide bomber who killed a moderate Muslim cleric in the North Caucasus just as President Vladimir Putin was pleading for national unity. Tuesday’s assassination of Said Atsayev, 74, a prominent Sufi sheikh in the troubled province of Dagestan who had spoken out against violent Islam, heightened tensions which Putin, visiting another Muslim region, had been trying to calm. Police said Aminat Kurbanova had posed as a pilgrim to the cleric’s home and detonated an explosive belt packed with nails and ball bearings, killing Atsayev, herself and six others, including an 11-year-old boy visiting with his parents. A security source said the woman, aged either 29 or 30, was born with the ethnic Russian family name Saprykina but converted to Islam and was married to an Islamist militant. Two previ-

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had been killed, the source added. Suicide missions by wives of fallen fighters, dubbed “Black Widows”, has been a feature of guerrilla groups from Chechnya and neighboring Muslim regions in the past decade. The bombing came as Putin was visiting Tatarstan, a Muslim region in central Russia. While there, he made a rousing call for religious and ethnic concord to counter extremism that has raised new concerns about the integrity of a vast nation which is home to a wide mix of faiths and cultures. “In Dagestan, sheikh and peace blown up,” read the front-page headline on Moscow newspaper Kommersant, which said 80,000 people attended the cleric’s funeral after dark in his village. Widely respected, Atsayev had helped broker a pact this year to reconcile some radical Salafist Muslims with the mainstream. His death increased tension in Dagestan in particular, prompting an official day of mourning locally, though attacks occur almost

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T RIPOLI —Libya’s interim A NKARA /B AB interior minister has canceled his resignation, tendered after attacks on Sufi Muslim shrines as police watched, prompting harsh criticism from the country’s newly elected parliament. Fawzi Abdel-Al told reporters Tuesday that he was withdrawing his resignation, calling on his forces to carry out their duties. Parliament questioned Abdel-Al over last weeke nd’s attacks by ultraconservative Muslims against religious shrines across the country. Lawmakers said the forces were infiltrated by backers of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. They blamed Abdel-Al for the worsening security situation in the country, parts of which are controlled by rival groups with arms left over from last year’s civil war. Abdel-Al said his resignation Sunday didn’t improve conditions on the ground. Some security commanders ordered their forces off the streets following criticism from the lawmakers.—AP

Islamist insurgency across the North Caucasus following two post-Soviet wars pitting the Kremlin against separatists in neighboring Chechnya. The province also saw a bloody incident on Tuesday, in which a border guard killed seven fellow soldiers at a frontier post before being shot dead. Some Russian media suggested the killer may have been recruited by Islamist militants, but officials said the matter was still under investigation. Though some ethnic Russians have fought alongside the Islamists in the North Caucasus, the killing of Atsayev, also known as Sheikh Said Afandi al-Chirkavi, appeared to be the first such case of an ethnic Russian suicide bomber. Insurgents in Dagestan frequently attack government and security officials and have also increasingly targeted traditional mainstream Muslim leaders who are backed by the authorities. Atsayev was among the most prominent of these.—Reuters

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refugee exodus is accelerating and up to 200,000 people could settle in Turkey alone if the conflict worsens, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, increasing pressure for creation of a buffer zone inside Syria. Turkey has floated the idea of a “safe zone” to be set up for civilians under foreign protection as fighting has intensified in a 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar alAssad. Up to 5,000 refugees a day have been crossing into Turkey over the past two weeks while the pace of refugees arriving at a camp in northern Jordan has doubled, heralding what could be a much bigger movement there, the U.N. refugee agency said. Although there is no sign divided world powers are ready to back a buffer and nofly zone, as rebels and aid organizations would like, U.N. Security Council foreign ministers are expected to discuss the idea at a meeting on Thursday. While Turkey could in theory create a buffer zone itself, it has said it is reluctant to go it alone. Already hosting more

has warned it could run out of space if the number goes above 100,000. “We are already looking at potentially up to 200,000 and are working with the Turkish government to make the necessary plans,” Sybella Wilkes, spokeswoman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told Reuters in Geneva. Turkey fears the presence of refugees fleeing a conflict with a sectarian dimension could worsen its own tensions as well as straining resources. Turkey will open four new camps for Syrian refugees by next week, bringing its capacity to 120,000 people, its disaster management agency said, but thousands remain stuck inside Syria. “We will be asking the United Nations to be more active in terms of helping the Syrians on their side of the border,” said one Turkish official, who declined to be named. He complained that Turkey had received little help so far. Relations between Turkey and Syria have deteriorated sharply during the uprising—Reuters

Sisi briefed Mursi on the Sinai operation on Monday. The ministry statement on its website said 11 militants had been killed and 23 arrested in the campaign. It said 11 vehicles had been seized, along with ammunition, including five boxes of Israeli-made ammunition, but did not give details. Egypt has not given details of the equipment it has sent to Sinai, but security sources had said aircraft and tanks would be used. Egyptian television has shown images of Sisi speaking to troops in Sinai at a camp with tanks and other heavy weaponry. The unrest has occurred

Burma removes 2, 082 dissidents from blacklist Y ANGON —The

Burmese government has removed 2,082 names from its blacklist that has blocked Burmese dissidents living in foreign countries from entering the country, the Information Ministry’s official website announced on Tuesday. The ban on 2082 blacklisted persons was lifted enabling them to return Burma, said the Information Ministry’s official website. A total of 4,083 people are still blacklisted. The Information Ministry’s webpage said, “In the past, companies and persons from all fields including media were blacklisted and banned by the government in the national interest. But the government is lifting the ban on them in accord with the reforming system.” Meanwhile, among the Burmese dissidents living in foreign countries, Tun Aung Kyaw and Moe Thee Zun, former chairmen of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, and Nyo Ohn Myint, a former member of the now defunct National League for Democracy–Liberated Area, reported plan to return Burma in early September.— MIZZIMA

France’s Hollande spurs action on youth jobs plan P ARIS —France’s Socialist government is fast-tracking the launch a scheme to create 150,000 state-sponsored jobs for youths, moving to tackle rampant unemployment and overturn a slide in President Francois Hollan de’s approval ratings. A cornerstone of Hollande’s plan to stimulate job creation through state subsidies, the “jobs of the future” program will offer mainly public sector contracts to poorly qualified youngsters from city suburbs and rural areas at a cost of around 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) this year and next. Echoing an initiative by a previous left-wing government, the scheme has found little support among labor economists and employers, some of whom argue it is costly and offers few guarantees of long-term employment. But Labour Minister Michel Sapin said the focus would be on creating longterm jobs and professional training.—Reuters

mainly in North Sinai, where many people have guns and where Bedouin tribes have long complained of neglect by central government. They say they have seen no benefits from the expanding Sinai tourist resorts. Mubarak’s military-backed government worked closely with Israel to keep the region under control. Diplomats say security contacts continued after Mubarak’s fall. But Egyptian security sources said Israel should not expect day-to-day reports. The 1979 peace treaty limits the military presence in the desert peninsula though in recent years Israel has

agreed to allow Egypt to deploy more forces there to stem weapons smuggling by Palestinian gunmen and crime. Israeli officials, who say they are in regular contact with Cairo, have encouraged Egypt to take tough action against the gunmen behind the August 5 assault and have previously approved the use of helicopters in the operation. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of the border guards but a Sinai-based Islamist militant organization, the Salafi Jihadi Group, warned the Egyptian army last week that the crackdown would force it to fight back.—Reuters

Lawmakers elect new Somali Speaker M O G A D I S H U —Somalia’s ished nation into chaos. The parliament Tuesday elected former labor minister Mohamed Osman Jawari as the new speaker, a key step toward the election of a president and the country’s transition from a failed state to a nation with an effective government. The process to select Somalia’s next government has been criticized for corruption and threats of violence, international observers say. Nonetheless, some praise it as a watershed moment in the Horn of Africa nation’s road to peace and stability. While Somalia has had transitional administrations since 2004, it has not had a functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other, plunging the impover-

last day of the eight-year U.N.-backed transitional government was Aug. 20 and the U.N. wanted a new president in place by then. But political bickering, violent threats and seat-buying schemes delayed progress toward the selection and seating of 275 members of the new Parliament that will select a president. Jawari was elected the speaker of Parliament on Tuesday by just 228 legislators. A group of Somali elders has been tasked with selecting the full list of 275 parliamentarians, but the election of the speaker went ahead without the complete number. Jawari was challenged by Ali Khalif Galaydh, who had been Somalia’s prime minister in 2000-2001 but led in the first round of voting.—AP

Vietnam war journalist dies LONDON—A journalist who captured an iconic image of a burning South Vietnamese monk in 1963 has died at the age of 81. Associated Press (AP) correspondent Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Vietnam in 1964. But his photograph of Thich Quang Duc, an elderly monk who set himself on fire in Saigon, became one of the first defining images of the escalating conflict. Browne died near his Vermont home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. After spending decades as a globe-trotting reporter, covering conflicts for the New York Times for some 30 years after leaving AP, Browne spent his final years struggling to

move around and using a wheelchair. “Malcolm Browne was a precise and determined journalist who helped set the standard for rigorous reporting in the early days of the Vietnam War,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor and senior vice president. “He was also a genuinely decent and classy man.” Browne’s image of a burning Thich Quang Duc highlighted the disquiet within South Vietnam, then separated from communist North Vietnam and run by a US-backed regime. The image reportedly made it directly to the desk of US President John F Kennedy, who told his newly appointed ambassador to South Vietnam: “We have to do something about that regime.”—BBC

Hasina leaves for Tehran NAM D HAKA —Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka Wednesday morning for Iran on a four-day visit to attend the 16th summit of the NonAligned Movement (NAM). The two-day main summit of the NAM, a grouping of 120 countries, will be held at the OIC Convention Centre in Iran’s capital Tehran on August 30-31. A VVIP flight (BG-1047) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:37am. Cabinet members,

party senior leaders, government high officials saw her off at the VVIP lounge of the airport. On her arrival at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran around 2:30pm, Bangladesh Ambassador to Iran Khandakar Abdus Sattar and representatives of the Iranian government will receive Hasina. After a warm reception at the airport, the Prime Minister will be taken to Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel in the Iranian capital where she will be staying during her visit.—UNB


Cricket: Australia beat Pakistan by 4 wickets in 1st ODI S HARJAH —Mitchell Starc took 5-42 and Michael Clarke and George Bailey hit fifties to help Australia beat Pakistan by four wickets in the first limited overs international here on Tuesday. The lanky left-armer’s best one-day figures helped Australia keep their rivals down to 198 in 45.1 overs before they fought hard against Pakistani spinners to take a 1-0 lead in the threematch series at Sharjah Stadium.

Australia owed their run chase to some responsible batting by skipper Clarke (66), who added an invaluable 54 with Bailey for the fifth wicket before Baily-Glenn Maxwell (38) put on 63 for the sixth to see off the target in 48.2 overs. Pakistan had attacked through their much-vaunted spinning trio of Saeed Ajmal (3-30), Mohammad Hafeez (2-29) and Shahid Afridi (137) but Australian batting was led by Clarke and fin-

Pakistan 1st Innings: Hafeez c D Hussey b Pattinson ....................... 4 Jamshed c Wade b Starc 23 Azhar Ali c Johnson b Pattinson ....................... 5 Shafiq b Starc ................ 56 Misbah b Christian ....... 26 U Akmal c Bailey b Starc . 52 K Akmal c Clarke b Starc 4 Afridi c Clarke b Starc .... 0 Tanvir b Johnson ............ 1 Ajmal b Pattinson ........... 8 Cheema not out ............... 2 Extras: (4w 13lb) ............ 17 Total: (all out) .............. 198 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Pattinson ........... 9.1-0-19-3 Starc ................. 10.0-2-42-5 Clarke ................... 3.0-0-8-0 D Hussey ............ 2.0-0-9-0 Johnson ............. 9.0-0-43-1 Christian ............ 8.0-0-37-1 Maxwell ............. 4.0-0-27-0

Fall of wicket: 1-20, 2-28, 340, 4-99, 5-160, 6-174, 7-175, 8-180, 9-184, 10-198 Australia 1st Innings: Warner b Hafeez .............. 5 Wade c Misbah b Afridi 10 Clarke lbw b Hafeez ...... 66 M Hussey lbw b Ajmal ... 5 Hussey c Misbah b Ajmal .............................. 3 Bailey not out ................ 57 Maxwell lbw b Ajmal ..... 38 Christian not out ............. 3 Extras: (6w 1b 5lb) ......... 12 Total: (for 6) ................. 199 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Tanvir ................. 8.0-0-47-0 Hafeez .............. 10.0-1-29-2 Cheema .............. 7.2-0-38-0 Afridi ................ 10.0-0-37-1 Ajmal ................ 10.0-0-30-3 Azhar Ali ........... 3.0-0-12-0 Fall of wicket: 1-13, 2-42, 357, 4-67, 5-121, 6-184

Strauss retires from cricket LONDON—Andrew Strauss re-

ished by Bailey with an unbeaten 88-ball 57. Clarke hit five boundaries during his 95-ball knock. Ajmal struck with his first ball of the match, trapping a nervous Michael Hussey (five) infront and then had David Hussey (three) caught in the slip off his last ball of the second over. Bailey hit a six in the penultimate over before taking a single to seal the match. Hafeez had dismissed David Warner (five) and Afrridi had Matthew Wade (10). Earlier left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc took a career best 5-42 and James Pattinson (3-19) to derail Pakistan, who won the toss and batted. The 22-year-old Starc, who took 4-47 in Australia’s 66-run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday, helped Australia keep the lengthy rival batting line-up of seven batsmen to a modest total, losing the last six men for just 38. Pakistan were recovering well when the batting powerplay began in the 36th over with the total at 159-4 but lost three wickets in the five overs for just 16 runs with Starc dismissing Asad Shafiq (56), Kamran Akmal (four) and Shahid Afridi (nought) in an incisive bowling display. His previous best of 4-27

came against Sri Lanka at Brisbane two years ago. He also took 4-47 in Australia’s 66-run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday. Starc ended all hopes of Pakistan batting through their 50-overs when he had Umar Akmal (52) in the 41st over. It was Starc’s new-ball partner Pattinson who provided Australia with two early breakthroughs, dismissing Hafeez (four) in the fifth over before getting Azhar Ali (five) in the seventh. Starc forced an edge off a short delivery off opener Nasir Jamshed to wicketkeeper Wade. Shafiq and Misbah-ul Haq added 59 for the fourth wicket before the Pakistani skipper played a rash shot off paceman Dan Christian and was bowled for 26. Shafiq then found an able partner in Umar as both hit out at Australian spinners to the best effect, with both hitting two sixes each. Shafiq also hit two boundaries during his 77-ball knock. Umar also hit two boundaries during his 55-ball knock. SHARJAH: Michael Clarke and George Bailey jog through for a run during their 54-run stand during Pakistan vs The second match will be Australia, 1st ODI. played in Abu Dhabi on August 31 while the third will be here on September 3. Both teams will play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.—AFP

Australia aim to limit Ajmal’s impact SHARJAH—Australia’s bats-

signed as England’s Test captain and announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday in the latest twist to the Kevin Pietersen saga that has rocked the side. “After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain and announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Strauss said in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued ahead of a news conference at Lord’s. Cook, already England’s oneday captain and Strauss’s opening partner in the five-day game, was announced as the new skipper of the Test team.—AFP

men did enough to secure victory in the first ODI in Sharjah on Tuesday, but they know they will need to find a more convincing way to handle Saeed Ajmal throughout the rest of the tour. Ajmal struck with his first ball of the match and again in his second over, which left Australia in trouble at 67 for 4 chasing 199, and he finished with 3 for 30 from his ten overs. George Bailey came to the crease after Ajmal’s first two wickets and helped put Australia back on target with steady half-century, but at no point did any of the batsmen really get on top of Ajmal. He conceded only one boundary and Bailey said Australia would need to find a way to score more freely off Ajmal in the remaining matches to avoid getting bogged down. “We could probably see him off a little better,” Bailey told reporters after the match. “We knew he was going to be a key bowler and I think that’s one of the real focuses we’ll have going in to Abu Dhabi is how we play him, and try to milk him a little bit better and try not to give him his wickets. “His control is good and we know he’s a key bowler. Certainly towards the back end, after he’d taken his wickets, the key was just to see him out. If

SHARJAH: Saeed Ajmal celebrates after removing David Hussey during Pakistan vs Australia 1st ODI. we scored runs off him that was having taken the new ball, it great, if we didn’t, that’s okay, took him less than two overs we’ll just try to target the other to get rid of David Warner, who bowlers. It’s nice to have faced was bowled trying to slog Ajmal a little more, get a better across the line. Neither Warner feel of how to play him. And it nor his opening partner Matwas nice to face all the bowlers thew Wade had any real impact with the bat and Bailey who we haven’t faced.” Mohammad Hafeez also said top-order partnerships proved a difficult customer for would be important for Austhe Australian batsmen and tralia to win the series.—AFP

Misbah rues Pakistan batting failure

Djokovic, Serena cruise, Wozniacki crashes at US Open

SHARJAH—Skipper Misbah- N E W ul Haq Wednesday regretted his team’s long term problems in batting and said he hoped his players learned quickly to avoid another series defeat. Pakistan lost the first limited overs internationals against Australia by four wickets here on Tuesday after another batting collapse saw them bowled out for 198 in 45.1 overs, their last six wickets going for 38 runs. In contrast Australia fought hard through skipper Michael Clarke’s resolute 96-ball 66 and George Bailey’s responsible unbeaten 57 off 88 deliveries, winning in 48.2 overs after Pakistan spinners threatened to spoil the chase. Misbah showed disappointment over not scoring big despite including seven regular batsmen in the side. “I think the strategy (to include seven batsmen) was obvious from the collapse, we are struggling in batting since the England series and then in Sri Lanka so that is why we kept seven batsmen,” said Misbah. Pakistan are now 1-0 down in the three-match series. They have lost their last two one-day series 4-1 against England here and 31 in Sri Lanka.—AFP

ICC World T20 trophies arrive in Sri Lanka

Y ORK —Defending champion Novak Djokovic and triple women’s winner Serena Williams stormed into the US Open second round on a breezy and humid night at Flushing Meadows. World number two Djokovic needed just 73 minutes to finish off an embarrassingly one-sided 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 mauling of hapless Italian Paolo Lorenzi. The second-seeded Serb overcame dropping his serve in the opening game to reel off 18 of the next 19 games, firing seven aces as well as 32 winners against 30-year-old Lorenzi, who has never won a Grand

Slam match. “My game was great from start to finish. It was important to be economical with my time on court. I tried to get to the net and stay focussed,” said Djokovic, who next faces Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva. Williams, the champion in 1999, 2002 and 2008, and twice a runner-up, was just as ruthless in the concluding match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, sweeping past US compatriot Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1. The Wimbledon and Olympic champion, who has 14 Grand Slam titles to her name, next tackles Spain’s

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. “The conditions were really crazy, but, hey, it’s the US Open so you have to be ready for the worst conditions,” said Williams, who has won 37 of her last 39 matches on tour. “I was ready for today and coming here as Olympic champion, I feel so great.” While Djokovic and Williams were enjoying evening strolls, next door on Louis Armstrong court, former world number one and 2009 runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, without a title this year, was crashing to a painful firstround loss.—Agencies

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Paolo Lorenzi, of Italy, during

COLOMBO—The ICC World a match at the US Open tennis tournament. Twenty20 2012 trophies were ceremoniously accepted at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka today. The trophies arrived on board an Emirates flight from Dubai. Emirates, the Official Carrier for the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, delivered the trophies to the host country at the completion of their global tour and the men’s and women’s trophies were met by Ajit Jayasakera, the Sri Lanka Cricket Chief Executive Officer, and ICC World Twenty20 2012 Tournament Director Upekha Nell. Later in the day, the trophies were paraded in true Twenty20 flamboyance and spirit with elephants, dancers and drummers in ‘Perahera’ style through the streets of Colombo to Independence Square where they were formally received by Sri Lanka Sports Minister Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Sri Lanka Cricket President Upali Dharmadasa from IVORYCOAST: Pakistani soldiers and players of Pakbatt-VI and Pak TMU seen playing friendly volleyball match at ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.—AP Bouake city during Peace-Keeping Mission with UN.

Proud to be on Usain Bolt’s fan-list, says Waqar Younis BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT D UBAI —Former Pakistani pace-bowler, Waqar Younis feels proud to be on a fanlist of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter. Speaking exclusively, he says, “I have heard about Bolt’s statement and respect his opinion about me. I am his fan too, though I have not met him, but would love to see him”. The first sport to interest Bolt was cricket and he said if he was not a sprinter he would be a fast bowler instead. As a child he was a great supporter of the Pakistani cricket team and always admired the bowling

of Waqar Younis. “He may have seen me play in his country (in 1993)”. But now that Bolt — the legendary Jamaican sprinter — is in the limelight for having won a record number of six gold medals in Olympics (including three he claimed in 2012 London Games). “The people should take leaf out out of his career. He is really quick and no. 1 and I equally respect him”, Younis added. Australian cricketer Shane Warne recently said that Bolt would be interested in playing in the Big Bash League. “I don’t know how serious he is (about) playing this game of cricket. Whether he wants to play cricket or is re-

ally asked to do so...but he can be a successful bowler if he really tries hard”, Younis said. During one charity cricket match Usain Bolt clean-bowled Chris Gayle. In this match Bolt also struck a six off Chris Gayle’s bowling. Jamaica island has tradition of producing fast bowlers and the world would be excited to see this 27-year fastest runner on the earth bowling to the great batsmen on field of cricket. Interestingly, Bolt is also a football fan. As a result of his successes in athletics, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2009 and 2010.


Soap you should never use

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RICLOSAN, a high production volume ingredient used as a bactericide in per sonal care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soap, has been linked to heart disease and heart failure in a new study. Yet the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that “Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans.” What this means is that until action is taken to get this common additive out of your toiletries, you could be applying a chemical with proven toxicity to your body multiple times a day. Tricolsan impairs muscle function and skeletal muscle contractility, researchers report in a new study done at the University of California Davis. Although the study was done in mice, researchers said the effects of the chemical on cardiac function were “really dramatic.” After mice were exposed to one dose of triclosan, heart muscle function was reduced by 25 percent, and grip strength was reduced by 18 percent. Fish were also exposed to triclosan – about the equivalent dose as would be accumulated in a week in the wild – and this led to poorer swimming performance. Researchers also exposed individual human muscle cells (from heart and skeletal muscles) to a triclosan dose similar to everyday-life exposure, and this, too, disrupted muscle function and caused both heart and skeletal muscles to fail. “Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment. These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.” Triclosan May Also Alter Hormone Regulation

This ubiquitous chemical is a chlorinated aromatic compound and is used to help reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It’s commonly added to many antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes and certain cosmetics, as well as furniture, kitchenware, clothing and toys. It would be wise to seriously question purchasing ANY product that contains triclosan as an ingredient on the label, not only because of the new muscle function finding discussed above, but also because of its potential impact on hormones. A Toxicological Sciences study found that triclosan affected estrogen-mediated responses, and many chemicals that imitate estrogen are known to increase breast cancer risk.3 Triclosan also suppressed thyroid hormone in rats, and this is only one study in an accumulating body of research showing this chemical to be a potent endocrine disrupter. Exposure to triclosan disrupts thyroid hormone-associated gene expression in frogs, even at low levels (triclosan exposure at 0.15 parts per billion was enough to disrupt a hormonesignaling system in frogs)4Triclosan decreases circulating concentrations of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) in rats5 Even the FDA states that “animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation” and that “other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”6 Although they still maintain that triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans, they are conducting a review of the chemical, the results of which they expect to release to the public in the winter of 2012.

PPP workers directed to limit activities

Political activist among 5 shot dead STAFF REPORTER

ARACHI— At least five perKARACHI—After a fresh wave K sons, including a political ac-

of attacks, targeting activists of all key political parties, including Pakistan Peoples Party and others, in Karachi, the ruling party has directed its worker to halt socio-political activities in the city. At least seven political workers have been killed in recent targeted assaults, with PPP and ANP offices attacked by miscreants in different areas of the metropolis over the past 48 hours. “Feeling the sense of insecurity among party workers, we have directed them to restrain from unnecessary political activities and avoid sitting outside their houses, at hotels and public places,” PPP’s provincial General Secretary, Taj Haider said. He expressed his concerns over the fresh wave of violence in the city. When asked whether the ruling party failed to provide security even to its own workers, Haider said “policemen could not be posted with every single PPP worker.” He said the IG Sindh police has disclosed that 30 percent terrorists and criminals have been recruited in the police force under political influence. Meanwhile, Sindh Minister, Manzoor Wassan said, while speaking to media persons, the government is striving to curb the violence and measures are afoot in this regard.—INP

tivist, were shot dead in different areas of the provincial metropolis on Wednesday. According to police, the political activist was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Mehran Depot stop, Model Colony. A man, Mujahid was gunned down in Martin Quarters. The deceased belonged to a political party. His killing triggered immense panic after the shops were forced closed down around the area

and infuriated people set on fire a bus and an office of another political party. Bursting into action before long, the heavy contingents of the Rangers arrested several people during house-to-house search in flashpoint Martin Quarters. Meantime, local officebearer of Awami National Party (ANP), Amanullah was killed in a firing incident in Orangi Town’s MPR Colony, followed by forced closure of shops and other business activities in the area. In other incidents of violence, a woman lost her life

in gunfire in Baldia-8. The activists of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-Amjad and Tariq, who sustained injuries in a firing incident in Gulshan-eGhazi-succumbed to their wounds at hospital. Two operatives of Sunni Tehreek (ST) namely Munna Qadri and Sohail Qadri, who were hurt two days ago in Saeedabad, expired during medical treatment at a local hospital. Meantime, the ANP’s office located in Kemari came under gunfire attack. Three criminals were killed in a police encounter in Malir. The

killed include Fida alias Fiddu, Khalil Baloch and Imam alias Bail Rafiq. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh police arrested a terrorist hailing from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The arrested Salamuddin used to extract money from traders for Taliban. Police also arrested a criminal, Murtaza Ali alias Sajid from North Karachi for eight killings. The saboteur killed six people some days ago in a gunfire attack at a restaurant located at Disco Morr. Also, five criminals involved in gang-war in the city, have been arrested after exchange of fire in Orangi Town’s Faqir colony.

Let next KARACHI: A bus set on fire by an angry mob in protest against killing of a political worker by unknown person assemblies decide at Jahangir Road. about new provinces: Shaikh K —Provincial Minister policies of President Asif Ali Provincial Minister added,

Polls to be free and fair: Minister ARACHI

KARACHI—Special Advisor to

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over law and order meeting at CM House.

MQM worker laid to rest STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has expressed his deep sense of grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of a worker of unit 56 of the MQM PIB Sector Muhammad Mujahid. He paid tributes to the deceased worker for his services to the party and said that the killers would not be able to escape divine punishment. He condoled with the grieving family members and asked them to bear with patience and perseverance. He assured them that their pain was shared by him and each worker of the MQM. He also prayed Allah to shower his blessings on the soul of Muhammad Mujahid. Meanwhile, the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM has strongly condemned the brutal murder of

Muhammad Mujahid and has termed it a part of the nefarious conspiracy to undermine the law and order situation in Karachi. “Bloodthirsty terrorists are working on a well-planned conspiracy to sabotage peace in Karachi in order to destabilize Pakistan.” “It seems that the law and order ceases to exist in the city, and innocent citizens have been left at the mercy of hardened criminals and terrorists which is highly condemnable.” The Co-ordination Committee sympathized with the bereaved family and prayed for the divine blessings of the departed soul. It also demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take notice

of the killing of Muhammad Mujahid by terrorist elements. It urged them to arrest the terrorists and bring the killers to justice Meanwhile, Muhammad Mujahid, who was killed by the hardened criminals and terrorists, was laid to rest in the Shuhada graveyard in Yasinabad Wednesay. He was the worker of unit 56 of the PIB Sector of the MQM. The funeral prayer was offered at the Moti Masjid in the Martin Quarters Area after Zuhr prayer. Members of the Co-ordination Committee Waseem Aftab and Dr Sagheer Ahmed, MNAs Abdul Rasheed Godial and Abdul Qadir Khanzada, MPAs Muzammil Qureshi, Waseem Ahmed and Aleemur Rehman attended the funeral of the deceased worker. Officebearers and workers of the local units and sectors of the MQM were also present.

for Revenue, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that those who are making fuss for pre-poll rigging are the same who intend to rigging in the coming elections. He added that media and judiciary are free. The allegation regarding distributing of secretariat funds to media men is quite baseless and a part of propaganda campaign against elected democratic government. This he said while talking to media-men here at his office on Wednesday. He said that due to

the Sindh Chief Minister on Education Imtiaz Shaikh has said that is-sue of formation of new provinces has become complex and controversial, adding that it should be left for next assemblies. During a news conference at Sindh Secretariat here on Wednesday, the advisor said that current assemblies should focus on holding elections. Imtiaz Shaikh welcomed the joining of labour leaders in Pakistan Muslim League-Functional. He said that they support formation of new provinces on administrative basis, however added that current situation prevailing in the country is not suitable for it. The advisor to the CM said that rangers and police should be K ARACHI —The Sindh given free hand to overcome law Assembly’s Public Ac-counts and or-der situation in Committee has directed the Karachi—INP Works & Ser-vices Department to recover the outstanding dues from politicians and bureaucrats for their stay at the Sindh House, Islamabad, and issue them notices through advertisements in KARACHI—Fire broke out at a newspapers. The PAC, which met with private bank branch situated at Jodia Bazar area of the city on its chairman Sardar Jam Wednesday. Police sources said Tamachi Unar in the chair at that the fire broke out suddenly the assembly building, disand immediately engulfed the cussed the audit paras of the law, works & ser-vices, forest bank and the building. The building was evacuated and wildlife departments for soon after the fire broke out. Fire the financial years of 2006-07, brigade team was called in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The committee chairman which extinguished the fire. It is believed that short-circuit expressed anger over the nonrecovery of occupancy charges caused the fire.—INP

Zardari, democracy had got strength in the country and strong democracy was a guarantee to the prosperity of the nation and country. He said, ‘Strong democracy is helping in eradicating extremism and terrorism. Waseela-e-Haq and Benazir Income Support Program are reducing poverty in the country’. Replying to a question he said that President Asif Ali Zardari was an undisputed President of the country and he was the president of 18 crore people.

‘Nawaz Sharif has adopted illogical approach towards formation of new provinces. Sharif brothers should pay attention towards plight of Pun-jab and eradication of crimes in Punjab instead of criticizing present democratic government’. He said that all political parities should forget their differences and should work together to eradicate extremism and terrorism in the country. They should prepare for coming elections. Election would be impartial and transparent.—NNI

Security at city PAC orders recovery of Sindh courts tightened House occupancy charges following threats

Private bank gutted in fire

KARACHI—Security has been

of Rs 82,538 from a former provincial minister from the PMLQ and some bureaucrats, who stayed at the Sindh House but did not pay the charges. Although the outstanding amount is a meagre one, it had been pending since 2006-07. As per the documents, PML-Q leader Ali Bux alias Papu Shah has defaulted on some Rs 1,666, Federal Land Commission senior member Muhammad Sharif Baloch on Rs 18,800 while a sum of Rs 62,000 is outstanding against former provincial secretary and Federal Ombudsman Secretariat senior official Munawar Opal. The accountability body directed the Works & Ser-vices Department to issue fresh no-

tices to the defaulters and publish their names in newspapers. The department’s secretary, Atta Muhammad Panhwar, assured the accountability body that the defaulters would be approached for the recovery of the arrears. MPA Shama Mathiani, who is on the accountability body, said that whoever the defaulters were, they ought to pay the outstanding charges, while the department should accelerate its efforts and deposit the recovered money to the public exchequer. A total of 17 audit paras relating to the Works & Services Department and involving Rs 311 million as anomalies came under the discussion.—NNI

beefed up with extra contingent of police deployed at the City Courts. President of Karachi Bar Association Mahmoodul Hassan held meeting with SSP South Karachi Asif Ejaz Sheikh and informed him about association’s concern regarding security. He said the association had received a letter, threatening to carry out attacks on the lawyers, judges and bomb blasts at the courts premises. SSP Sheikh said security was tightened to ensure safety to lawyers, judges and litigants by making extra deployment of policemen. No parking would be allowed around the City Courts premises, while four out of eight entry gates will be permanently closed for visitors, he added.—APP

Diplomatic reception marks Indonesian Independence Day KARACHI—-To mark the 67th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian Consul General in Karachi and Mrs. Rossalis R. Adenan hosted a reception recently at local hotel in Karachi The Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro was the Chief Guest who congratulated the Indonesian Consul General on the auspicious occasion. The reception was also attended by Sindh Government officials, Diplomats, Honorary Consul Generals, businessmen, politicians and representatives from civil society in Karachi.

On the occasion, the Consul General extended the Warmest Regards of the Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan and Mrs. Ishak Latuconsina to those who are attending the function. He also extended warmest and sincerest felicitation to the Government and people of Pakistan, to the Sindh Province in Particular, on the auspicious occasion of the 65th Independence Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which was falling on 14 August 2012, and of the feast of Eid-ulFitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan which was falling on 20 August 2012. The Reception was started by the playing of the national anthems of the two countries and

followed by remarks of the Consul General and the Chief Guests. On his remarks, the Indonesian Consul General among others shortly elaborated the development that has been achieved by Indonesia during the last sixty-seven years, characterized by remarkable progress and significant achievement in political, economic, social and cultural sectors. He said that Indonesia’s economy, which represents 40 percent of ASEAN’s aggregate economy, is projected to grow by 6 to 6.5 per cent this year. He also said that according to the UNCTAD, Indonesia is one of the top ten most attractive FDI

destinations in the 2010-2012 period. He further said that with the population of more than 230 million, 40 million of which are middle-class, Indonesia under the dynamic leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has made steady progress at every front. The Consul General emphasized that Indonesia and Pakistan are brotherly countries that have been enjoying excellent and long standing relations which have been transformed into a multi-facet and mutually rewarding partnership encompassing all field of interests. He mentioned what the Indonesian Consulate General in

Karachi has been carrying out in promoting bilateral economic, trade, social and cultural cooperation, including organizing Indonesian Products Solo Exhibition and Cultural Perform-ance in Karachi and other cites in Sindh Province which he believes to be an important contribution to increase the bilateral trade volume of Indonesia and Pakistan which is recorded as US$ 1.1billion in 2011, but is assumed as still far below the real potential. He reiterated the fact that Pakistan and Indonesia have some similarities and huge potentials, not only in economic and trade but also in socio culture.—Online


How a tick bite made me allergic to meat

Sajid Mir meets Shahbaz STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The

head of Jamiat Al-e-Hadis Sajid Mir Wednesday called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and exchanged views on current political situation in the country, along with other important matters. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is executing a comprehensive programme of welfare and progress of the people, whereas maximum resources are being utilized to solve the problems of the masses. He said, during the last four and a half years, the government of Pakistan Muslim LeagueN has completed developmental projects, worth billions of rupees, from which crores of people are benefitting. He asserted that development projects of Punjab are exemplary in terms of their transparency. He said that all recruitments made in Punjab are based on merit alone, whereas ‘Safarish’ culture has been actively discouraged. He said that special attention is being paid to the uplift of less-developed areas in the province, where development projects with billions of rupees, have been initiated for the betterment of the people. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the people will reject the notorious gang in forthcoming general elections, which has looted billions of rupees from institutions in the name of the people. He said that the incompetent rulers have no right to remain in power as they have prevaricated from the problems of the masses. He said that peoples’ livelihood is being snatched by resorting to long loadshedding in the province. He asserted that unjust and cruel treatment being meted out to the Punjab province, with regard to loadshedding, is simply not acceptable, and he would continue to raise his voice against this highhandedness. Prof. Sajid Mir appreciated the development LAHORE: Students cleaning the premises of Post Graduate Islamia College as they projects launched in Punjab for the uplift and betterment observe Cleanliness Week on Wednesday. of the people.

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HE last time I ate a hamburger, I spent the night in the emergency room. There wasn’t anything wrong with the hamburger itself—aside from being a bit overdone—but it sent me into anaphylactic shock. It wasn’t always this way. Before last July’s “Hamburger Incident,” as I’ve come to think of it, meat and I had a long and happy history together. I grew up in a steak-and-potatoes sort of family, and one of my proudest achievements is chowing down on llama meat when I was on a college trip in South America. At the time of the Hamburger Incident, I had just returned to my native North Carolina after three years’ exile in the West, and I was looking forward to eating proper pulled pork barbecue again almost as much as I was looking forward to seeing my family. Unbeknownst to me, a recent bug bite had squelched my dreams of greasy, vinegar-sauced deliciousness. It turned out, I eventually learned, that thanks to a single nip from Amblyomma americanum, the lone star tick, I was now violently allergic to meat. The fact that tick bites can cause a meat allergy is still relatively unknown. For that matter, the fact that people can develop allergies as adults, rather than having them since childhood, is still relatively unknown, though it’s not unheard of to become allergic to shellfish or walnuts later in life. As a

long-time sufferer of dust-mite allergies myself, I always believed allergies were something I’d grow out of, not into. Unfortunately, I’m not alone in developing a meat allergy. A pile of evidence has amassed over the past several years proving that there are many others. I was hoping for some reassurance when I spoke with Dr. Scott Commins at the University of Virginia about the allergy. “We believe this is becoming an epidemic in the South,” he told me instead. There aren’t any published estimates yet of the prevalence of the allergy, but anecdotal evidence makes it clear that there are a whole lot of us missing out on our barbecue. Commins is one of a few scientists who are starting to tease out some of the details of the allergy. So far, they’ve proven that lone star ticks, a common species in the Southeast, can trigger the allergy, but they suspect other species of ticks can as well. The same allergy has been observed in Australia, for instance, where there are no lone star ticks to spread it. Not every bite from a lone star tick necessarily causes the allergy. The bite I blame for my allergy wasn’t my first tick bite—not by a long shot—or even my first that summer. Having grown up in the woods, I’m so used to tick bites that I don’t even notice them half the time. But I remember this particular bite because it left an itchy welt behind that lasted for weeks after I’d tweezed out the tick itself.

Labour dept to spend Rs4.35b for healthcare STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Minister Auqaf Punjab Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi has said that ulema have deep respect among the masses, therefore, they should communicate protective steps regarding dengue virus to the public in their individual as well as collective contacts. While addressing delegations of doctors, labourers and ulema here today, Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi asked the ulema to teach the people regarding cleanliness of atmosphere

so that to avoid dengue mosquito, fever and other epidemic diseases. He said that ulema can successfully execute the awareness campaign in mosques specially during prayer hours to the society. He said that in present season, with the cooperation of masses, we would be succeeded to control over the dengue virus and all available resources are being utilized for this purpose. Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi said that during last year elected representatives played a commend-

able role in promoting public awareness against dengue, whereas, every effort will be made by the government to prevent dengue virus taking serious proportions during current season, however, all segments of society should create awareness in the people especially labour classes regarding preventive measures against dengue. He said that labour department will spend Rs. 4.35 billion for the provision of state of the art healthcare facilities to the labourers and their families.

15 dengue cases reported

LAHORE: President PML (N) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with Acting US Ambassador Richard E Hoagland who called on with him at his residence. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition leader in Senate Muhammad Ishaq Dar are also present.

All out preventive measures agasinst hepatitis activated: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that hepatitis is a fatal and serious issue, while Punjab government is taking all out precautionary measures for prevention and cure of this disease. He said that greater awareness would be created among the people regarding preventive measures against hepatitis in order to check the spread of this disease. He said the Punjab government would take similar steps against hepatitis as are being taken against dengue virus. He expressed these views while talking to the Managing Director of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Dr. Maqbool Arshad, who called on him, here today. Advisor Khawaja

Salman Rafique, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretaries of Health, Environment, and Social Welfare departments were also present. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said all segments of the society would have to come into the field to combat hepatitis effectively. He vowed, Inshallah, a vigorous campaign against hepatitis would be launched under a coordinated and effective strategy. He directed that a comprehensive plan for prevention against hepatitis, precautionary measures and creating greater awareness against this disease should be chalked out and a detailed briefing be given to him in this regard within four days. He said that this deadly disease can also be controlled through proper and safe disposal of hospital waste.

Zardari’ claim of serving democracy ridiculous: JI

L A H O R E —Ameer, Jamaat statement when he is per- was because of the present L AHORE —Number of den- e Islami, Pakistan, Syed sonally littered with cor- regime that the country gue patients has reached 15 as one new case appeared here on Wednesday. According to Media reports, Dengue virus was confirmed in 22-year-old Azhar of Bilal Ganj area of Lahore who was shifted to Mayo Hospital for treatment. According to doctors, Azhar was brought to hospital after fever and dengue fever was diagnosed in his blood tests. The doctors said that the patient was being treated in a proper way. According to health department, confirmed number of dengue cases so far is 15.—Online

Munawar Hasan, has termed as ridiculous President Zardari’s claim of having served the cause of democracy during his present tenure, and said no body would be deceived by such statements. Commenting on President’s assertion in this regard, the JI Ameer said that instead of serving democracy, corruptionsmeared Zardari had driven democracy out of the country as his four and a half years rule had been a period of worst dictatorship. He wondered whom was Mr Zardari trying to befool through such a

ruption from top to bottom and the long list of his government’s failures included US slavery, abductions for ransom, target killings, load shedding, price spiral, lawlessness, a debt ridden economy and friendly overtures for India, our sworn enemy. In fact, he said, President Zardari considered his rule a US gift and believed that safeguarding US interests also guaranteed his power. Therefore, he was not ready to take any risk by annoying Washington. To him, national interest did not matter at all nor did he consider himself answerable to the people. It

PML-N foresees early general elections STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) is against division of provinces on linguistic basis, but supports division on administrative grounds, said PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif MNA. Hamza said that federal government should take steps on emergent basis for the elimination of loadshedding, inflation, unemployment and corruption as the people are running out of patience. To a query, Hamza said that he foresees general

elections in a short period of time. Talking to reporters, the PML-N leader said that PML-N has constitutional and democratic right to express disagreement over the names included in the Commission formed for the division of provinces. He added that restricting the mandate of the commission to the province of Punjab only, is an act of injustice against Punjab. He said that the commission should have mandate for division of other provinces as well, not only Punjab; however, division

The Chief Minister directed that screening of blood for transfusion in private laboratories should be ensured at all cost in order to control spread of hepatitis. He further directed to evolve an effective programme to control infection in hospitals and all surgical instruments should be properly sterilized so that hepatitis virus is not transmitted from one patient to another. He said that adoption of preventive measures is of utmost significance in order to control hepatitis for which effective public awareness campaign would be launched. Dr. Maqbool Arshad gave a detailed briefing to the Chief Minister about prevention against hepatitis, adoption of precautionary measures and promotion of awareness among the people about hepatitis.

of any province on linguistic basis cannot be supported at all. Hamza said that he has no connection with the poultry business, which is done by his younger brother. If anyone proves he is running poultry business, he would quit politics, he challenged. Hamza said that he has no connection at all with process of fixing poultry rates, because a person who has a share of only 1.001 percent in a business can hardly play any role in determination or fixation of LAHORE: Residents of Muzang stage a demonstration against doctors of Services poultry prices. Hospital allegedly responsible for the death of their relative, outside Press Club.

was facing US aggression and drone attacks. The silence of the government and the armed forces on the drone attacks implied these were being made with the government consent, he added. Syed Munawar Hasan said the situation in the country warranted the rulers to quit and present themselves before the people’s court. He said October would have been the best time for elections but that seemed to be difficult. However, he said, if the Zardari regime got more time, it might refuse to hold elections. He said that an Oppositions’ Grand alliance was the need of the hour to face the rulers’ alliance.—Online

Man caught while dumping dead body L AHORE —Police arrested a rickshaw driver red handed when he was about to dump a dead body of a woman in Bhati area on Wednesday. According to sources, the driver alleged that a policeman had asked him to throw the body in the vicinity of another police station and he was caught while doing so. Police told that investigation is underway to unearth the truth.—INP

PEF launches campaign to fight dengue STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—In the light of the instructions of the Punjab Government, the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has implemented a well-devised plan to fight any possible occurrence of Dengue virus in its offices situated in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi Districts. Similarly, PEF has also provided necessary material to partner schools situated in all the 36 Districts of the Province. A spokesperson of Punjab Education Foundation, said here today that partner schools have been provided with necessary information material about Dengue for their distribution in students and teachers. CDs have been given to the students for motivating them to play their active role in fighting the menace of Dengue in their residential areas. PEF has also arranged special lectures for its partners and their students in a bid to save them from this deadly virus by sensitizing them to actively play their social role at the grassroots, concluded the spokesperson.

Ulema urged to create awareness about dengue L AHORE —Punjab

Auqaf Minister Haji Ehsan- ud-Din Qureshi has urged the ulema to play their role for creating awareness among the people regarding dengue virus. According to a handout issued here on Wednesday, he asked the ulema to teach the people regarding cleanliness of atmosphere in their respective areas to avoid dengue mosquito, fever and other viral diseases. Speaking to delegation of doctors, labourers and ulema, Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi said that during last year elected representatives played a commendable role in promoting public awareness against dengue. He also urged all segment of the society to sensitize the people especially labour classes about preventive measures against dengue.—APP


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