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Musharraf ICA allows India to construct Kishanganga Dam challenges special Islamabad to get half of dam’s water; Pakistan achieves significant victory: Asif court’s authority

T HE H AGUE —International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has allowed India to build Kishanganga Dam in the occupied Kashmir, however, the neighnouring country has been ordered to provide half of the dam’s water to Pakistan. Pakistan has received the verdict of ICA over

Petrol prices likely to increase from Jan 1 OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Prices of

Kishanganga hydroelectric project would affect Pakistan’s 969 MW NeelumJhelum hydroelectric project. The International Court of Arbitration announced its verdict on Kishanganga hydroelectric project after nine months. Pakistan had objected to the design of the dam and

approached the ICA arguing that the Indian government had been violating Indus Water Treaty 1960. According to Pakistani officials, the construction of the Kishanganga project by India in Jammu and Kashmir would result in 14 percent decrease in the flow of water for Pakistan’s Neelum-

No letup in attacks on polio workers, one more killed

Terrorist attacks will not be tolerated: Gen Raheel

TARIQ SAEED

Visits Peshawar Corps Hqrs, pays tributes to martyrs

P ESHAWAR — There was no

petroleum products are expected to increase by up to Rs5 per litre across the country starting from January 1, 2014. The government is expected to announce the new prices of the petroleum products on Dec 31, 2013, sources said. According to the sources, an increase in

letup in attacks on the Polio volunteers in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and the adjoining tribal areas as another Polio worker was shot dead in Khyber agency on Saturday morning thus causing serious blow to the already weakening Polio eradication campaign in the region. Hardly a week elapsed when the militants had Continued on Page 7 launched two attacks on the Polio teams in Swabi and Khyber agency leaving two policemen and a Polio volunteer dead. That had forced the Polio volunteers in Khyber agency suspend campaign in the agency owing to life threats. ISLAMABAD—Turkish Prime Reports reaching here Minister Recep Tayyip from Khyber agency said a Erdogan is scheduled to polio vaccinator namely pay a two-day official visit Ghalib came under the milito Pakistan on Dec. 23 to 24 tants attack at Tehsil Jamrud to discuss economic where he was showered with cooperation between the bullets by the unknown militwo countries. tants in Ghanndi area of Erdogan will hold Tehsil Jamrod Khyber official talks with Prime agency. As the miscreants Minister Nawaz Sharif on fled from the scene, the vicways and means to tim was immediately rushed strengthen bilateral ties and to the local hospital where he enhance cooperation in succumbed to his injuries. various fields. There were conflicting reThe Turkish Prime ports about the identity of the

Erdogan due tomorrow on 2-day visit

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Kishanganga Hydroelectric project case. The court also ruled that India cannot take the water on a very low level in the dam. Pakistan had objected to the construction of the Kishanganga project, which is called Neelum River in Pakistan. India’s 330 MW

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effectively, said a statement

PESHAWAR—Two days after the army went on a retaliatory blitz in North Waziristan where a checkpost had been attacked by a truck bomb, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Saturday reaffirmed that the military will not tolerate terror attacks and effective response will be given to them. During his visit to the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, he emphasised that terrorist attacks will not be tolerated and will be responded issued by the ISPR.

Ruling out military action against proscribed Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan as its first preference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has promised to persuade insurgents to lay down their weapons through peace negotiations. Chief of the Army Staff Gen Sharif laid a flower wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada (martyrs’ monument) on his arrival in the capital of Khyber Pakthunkhwa province. “He paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their

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Nawaz: No room for religious discrimination in Govt policies Governor House. He said “the prevailing L AHORE —Prime Minister crises in Pakistan have hit us Nawaz Sharif Saturday said equally. Terrorism has not that the government was en- affected the believers of any suring to provide equal opPicture on Back Page portunities to citizens regardless of their religious association. particular religion. Poverty The Prime Minister was and illiteracy do not strike on addressing a ceremony held basis of religion”. in connection with the The event was attended Christmas celebrations at the by Governor Punjab

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Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar, federal and Punjab Cabinet members and religious leaders of Christian, Hindu and Sikh communities. The Prime Minister congratulated the Christian community ahead of the Christmas celebrations. He said that the government had recently launched

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Jhelum hydroelectric project. The officials said that the Indian project would reduce energy generation of Pakistan’s hydroelectric project by 13 percent or 700 million units. The gross capacity of the reservoir is 18.80 mil-

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3 US military aircraft hit in South Sudan

Nov 3 action taken as COAS, trial only possible under Army Act OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD —Former President General (retd) Pervez

NAIROBI — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region Musharraf challenged the where gunfire downed a U.N. authority of the special court helicopter the day before. in the Islamabad High Court The U.S. military aircraft

on Saturday. The government’s action against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution is being done with malicious intent, a request submitted by Musharraf ’s advocate, Khalid Ranjha, stated. It also stated that the government is pursuing Musharraf’s cases to further a political agenda. Ranjha said that the trial cannot be held in a special court and Musharraf should be tried in a military court under the Army Act. Musharraf had been summoned at a special court for the treason case on December 24 under Article 6. Interior Secretary Shahid Khan had said that

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PR poses razor-sharp questions to Imran

Military operations will increase militancy: Imran

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minis-

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ter for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday asked Chairman of Pakistan Tehriki-Insaf Imran Khan to tell the nation whether he took any step to stop corruption and profiteering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In a statement, the minister said Imran Khan should tell how many tax evaders of revenue department and excise had been arrested by the provincial government. Pervaiz Rashid asked how many cases of corruption by previous governments of

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e-Insaf chairman, Imran Khan has said an incremental increase in military action will lead to a large scale military operation with revenge attacks and ensuing increase in chaos, militancy and terrorism. In a statement, Khan said if the government wanted to launch an operation in North Waziristan it should take the people into confidence. According to the PTI chairman, civilians especially women and children had become the target of drone strikes and military action would increase the suffering of people in the tribal region.

“We cannot regard our women and children of FATA with the callousness and unconcern that is presently being displayed towards them by the state of which they are citizens.” Imran Khan reminded that since FATA is directly under the President, it is unfathomable why he remains silent on the plight of the people of FATA. The PTI chairman demanded the President act to alleviate the suffering of the women and children especially by providing immediate food supplies and medical assistance as well as protection against military action.

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Operational readiness is Standardized syllabi in all KP hallmark of PAF: Air Chief institutions from next session ABDUL KHALIQ QURESHI ABBOTTABAD—Advisor for

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, reviewing the parade during his inspection visit to an Operational Air Base of Southern Air Command.

I SLAMABAD —Chief of Air on Saturday. Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt has said that operational readiness is the hallmark of Pakistan Air Force (PAF). He expressed these views while visiting an operational air base of southern air command

Data Sahib Urs from today LAHORE—The 970th three-day Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Hajveri known as Data Ganj Bakhsh will start on Sunday (December 22). Provincial Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Mian Ata Muhammad Manika said this while giving briefing regarding the Urs here on Saturday. He said about 500 Mashikh, religious scholars and Naat Khawans had been invited for spiritual Mahafils during the Urs. As 200 spiritual leaders from Pakistan and India will participate in the Urs. The minister said the auqaf department had allocated 8 million for holding urs in the best way. Regarding security arrangements, he said 100 close circuit cameras had been installed and 1,700 policemen had been deputed to ensure security of visitors. About 12 walk through gates and metal detectors had been provided to check visitors at entrances of the darbar. The bomb disposal squad will remain alert during the urs, he added.—APP

Dead body found

He was presented guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of PAF upon his arrival at the Base. The visit was undertaken with a purpose to assess the operational assets and facilities at the various Squad-

rons and installations at the Base. “We must remain focused and make dedicated efforts as a team to keep the Pakistan Air Force in high state of operational readiness,” he highlighted. The Air Chief emphasized that Allah Almighty rewards

PPP opposes mid-term polls: Khurshid SUKKUR—Opposition leader in posed to midterm polls in the the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah on Saturday rejected demand of midterm elections in the country and said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party wanted continuation of democracy. Talking to media persons here the opposition leader said that it was right of PTI chief Imran Khan to hold protest against the government because in democratic system every one has right of protest. Khurshid Shah said that interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should take back his word ‘Tamasha” which he uttered during National Assembly Session, adding that Ch.Nisar had performed same action in the Assembly for many times in the past. He said that Kishanganga dam is very important for Pakistan and this dam has become issue of life and dead for people of the country. He said that PPP was op-

country, adding that continuation of democratic government would strengthen the democratic system in the country. Meanwhile, Online reported that Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has said Pakistan People’s Party does not demand mid-term poll in the country. Talking to newsmen in Sukkur on Saturday, he said the Parliament should complete its constitutional tenure, as it is necessary for the strengthening of democracy in the country. Replying to a question about the protest rally being organized by Pakistan Tehrik-eInsaf in Lahore tomorrow, Khurshid Shah said every party has a right to lodge peaceful protest on any issue in democracy. He hailed the judgment of the International Court of Arbitration on Kishanganga Dam.—Agencies

those, both in this life and in the life hereafter, who make sincere efforts for the betterment and glory of their motherland. Earlier, the Air Chief was received by Base Com- I SLAMABAD —The creator of mander Air Commodore the country’s national anthem Hafeez Usaid-Ur-Rehman.—Online Abu-Al-Asar Jalandhari remembered on his death anniversary on Saturday. Hafeez Jalandhari was born in Jalandhar, Indian Punjab on January 14, 1900 and died on December 21, 1982 at the age of 82. He was a writer, poet and above all, the creator of the naanthem of Pakistan that CHINIOT—Violence broke out tional between two sectarian groups in was composed by SG Chhagla. Chiniot on Saturday over pro- Hafeez Jalandhari’s father, vocative wall-chalking, wound- Shams-ud-din, was a ‘Hafiz-eing 10 people from both sides, Quran’. After the independence in media reports said. According to reports, un- 1947, Hafeez moved to known miscreants chalked city Lahore and was privileged to walls with offensive and hate- be advised by the great Perfilled slogans, leading to a clash sian poet, Maulana Ghulam Qadir Bilgrami. His dedicain the morning. Both sides resorted to fir- tion, hard work and advice ing, leaving 10 people from such a learned person wounded. They were shifted to carved his place in the poetic Allied Hospital. According to pantheon. From 1922 to 1929, he redoctors, two of those injured are in critical condition. Fol- mained the editor of a few lowing the clash, heavy police monthly magazines,namely contingent reached the scene ‘Nonehal, ‘Hazar Dastaan’, and and tried to control the situa- ‘Tehzeeb-e-Niswan’ ‘Makhzin’. His first collection tion. Police teams are patrolling the city while all markets and of poems ‘Naghma-e-Zar’ was shops are lying closed due to published in 1935. Hafeez Jalandhari actively tense situation. People say that a deliberate attempt is being participated in the Pakistan made to create unrest in the Movement and used his writings to propagate the cause of Pakicity.—Online stan. In the early period of 1948, he joined the forces for the freedom of Kashmir and got wounded. Hafeez Jalandhari also wrote the Kashmiri anthem ‘Watan Hamara Azad Kashmir’. He wrote many patriotic songs during the Pak-India war in ber 2011 and presently 448 ca- 1965. dets are enrolled in the college. His poetry generally deals It is the only institute whose two with romantic, religious, patrith cadets namely Umer of class 8 otic and natural themes. He and Sultan of 9th class are get- chose his themes, images and ting education under Youth Ex- tunes from the subcontinent and change Study Program in USA. his language is a fine blend of He said that the college has been Hindi and Urdu diction, reflectestablished for 600 students. He ing the composite culture of said there was shortage of hostel South Asia. and other facilities in the college. His notable works was the The Principal demanded Lyrics of the National Anthem construction of auditorium, pro- of Pakistan, poem Shahnamavision of bus and ambulance and e-Islam & Hymn of Kashmir. other facilities for the college. He was awarded by ‘Pride of Rs 20 million expenditures have Performance’ and Hilal-ebeen estimated for the college up Imtiaz. He died on December to 2016, therefore the KP Gov- 21, 1982 at the age of eighty ernment should provide the two years. He was buried in funds to ensure smooth function- Model Town, Lahore but later ing of the college, he con- on his body was re-buried in cluded.—APP the tomb near Minar-e-Pakistan.—APP

Hafeez Jalandhari remembered

Provocative wall chalking triggers sectarian tension, 10 injured

or to put the country on the route of advancement by adopting such a comprehensive but bright circumvention, that’s why we are facing large scaled vacuum pertaining to advancement of our lives in the entire KP province together with on various parts of our remaining beloved country. He lamented that it is an admitted fact that former rulers had stressed upon the advancement of education among rich class children, but did nothing for the poor class children they were also belonging to major class of our civil society, keeping in view that a child of poor cannot compete child of rich, thereafter to get higher status as compared to them in our civil society. He pointed out that it was first and foremost duty of our previous rulers to eliminate such duel system of education entirely from the society, but they hadn’t considered or implemented such strategy by using their policy of farsightedness

CJP takes notice of molestation cases STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took notice of news Item appeared in section of media on Saturday that a 12 years old girl was raped by neighbourers in Karachi. According to a press release issued by the Supreme Court, the Press report further stated that the girl was subjected to rape when she was standing outside her house during power failure and was abducted and raped. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani taking the notice has, issued following direction: “Report be called from the Inspector General of Police Sindh as to the progress made in the FIR registered with regard to the rape of a 12-year

old girl. The report should be submitted within 48 hours.” Meanwhile, the Chief Justice took also notice on news item published in section of media on Saturday regarding the non arrest of the culprits of minor girl Sumbel in Lahore city despite of lapse of 100 days. The news item further stated that police have neither identified nor arrested the culprits. Moreover, it is pertinent to mention here that the above case of rape had already been registered in Human Right Cell of the Supreme Court. Therefore, after going through the record/reports of police submitted in this HRC case. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani passed following order: “IGP Punjab be directed to appear in court on 24.12.2013”.—APP

which was compulsorily most essential to them as a Muslim. He said same strategy is continuing so far, despite a longest span of time has gone. Advisor to CM, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said that various legislatures have been passed on the flour of KP assembly by the PTI legislative assembly, within the short ambit of 6 month rule within the province, to shut down entire doors of robbers. He said that when the PTI government could control over the worst type of corruption, it will reflect over the corrupt politicians automatically in the future as well, he warned. Meanwhile, advisor to CM has also announced funding to various incomplete school buildings, along with for the purchase of furniture for various schools of the whole region, and assured full support to the educational institutions on behalf of the KP, PTI’s government.

Farewell to outgoing judges SHER GONDAL MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Lawyers and judges gathered at a local hotel on a lunch to bid farewell to two outgoing judges. Senior Civil Judge Tariq Saleem was promoted and posted to Muzafargarh as Additional Sessions Judge while Civil Judge Iftikhar un Nabi was posted on his promotion to Tobatek Singh as Senior Civil Judge. Addressing the event, District Sessions Judge Sohail Ikraam paid tribute to the outgoing judges and wished them further advancement in their career. He said both the judges during their tenure loved the work and did as much as possible to promote justice and dignity of law. Speaking on the occasion out going judges thanked lawyers to arrange farewell luncheon in their honor.

Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College a great KP asset

elected representatives BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI SWABI—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa dents, and elites of the area. Minister for Information Tech-

H AFIZABAD —The mystery nology and Agriculture, shrouding the disappearance of a youngman was resolved following the recovery of his dead body from Jhang Branch Canal near Wachhoke Bridge on Saturday. Some villagers spotted the body of a 20-year-old boy floating in the canal, who was later identified as Sarfraz Ahmad of Madhrianwala Bypass. According to police source, Sarfraz Ahmad was kidnapped by unidentified accused on December 14 and a case was got registered by his parents at Saddar Police station. Since then his parents went from pillar to post to trace him but to no purpose. There was visible signs of violence on the body and it is suspected that the unknown accused after kidnapping him had murdered him and thrown the dead body in the canal. The dead body has been shifted to city morgue for autopsy. No arrest has been made as yet.

higher education to Khyber Pakhtrunkhwa (KP), Chief Minister, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani has said that the only way leading towards advancement was hidden in seeking vast knowledge of education san which we cannot achieve the perfect route to follow and found our true destination in practical field of our lives. If we wouldn’t furnish our Childs with better ornaments of education, we cannot found our dreams true. He was addressing parents’ day, and prize distribution ceremonies held at Government High School No.1, and Government JECCA High School Dhamtor, Satruday. Beside, Director COMSATS University, Khan Gul Khan Jadoon, high rank-

ing officials belonging to educational institutions, a large number of parents, elites of the area, dignitaries, and workers amongst many other were also present on the occasion. He said that the same syllabus would be introduced in every educational institution from next year which is being equally taught in superior educational institutions of the country. He said that PTI chief, Imran Khan has already decided, as well as chalked out a comprehensive advancement of educational strategy since its beginning. He said that promises and the commitments already announced by the PTI have been completed unto 50 percent since taking reigns of KP province so far. He said that within the ambit of 66 long year’s span of time, soon after country’s independence till today, each coming government had adopted legging behind of the advancement of education for trying one’s luck

Shahram Khan Tarakai Saturday said that the KP government was taking practical steps for the promotion of IT and modern education and decleared Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College as a great asset of the province for achieving goals in this regard. The KP Government would take more practical steps to develop the great asset of the province on sound footings. He expressed these views while addressing 2nd annual parent day of Karnal Sher Khan Cadet College here. The event was largely attended by the parents of the stu-

The Minister said that Captain Karnal Sher Khan Nishan e Haider promoted name of the country among comity of nations, therefore, the KP Government keeping in view his services for the cause of the country would certainly promote the cadet college named after him. It’s a great asset and the provincial government would provide sufficient grant to it. On this occasion the students presented various items of athletics. The Provincial Minister distributed awards among the cadets. Principal of the College in his welcome address said, the college start functioning in Septem-

*** A carvan of five thousands activists of PTI led by Ch. Aman Ullah Sandhu President District, Former Provincial Minister Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Wasim-ulHassan Naqvi and Qasim Tarar will depart Hafizabad on Sunday morning to participate in the public meeting to be addressed by PTI Chief Imran Khan in Lahore on Sunday. Ch. Aman Ullah Sandhu has told the local newsmen that the HYDERABAD: Children, victim of Thalassaemia disease with founder president of Make A Carvan will consist of two hun- Wish Ishtiaq Baig and Consul General Yemen, Ikhtiar Baig during a ceremony in their dred vehicles. honour.

Woman killed, four injured in Bajaur road accident

PESHAWAR: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of the Army Staff offering fateha after laying floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada during his visit to Corps Headquarters.

GIT finds majority of staff absent at Bajaur colleges BAJAUR AGENCY—The offi- staff at government educational post graduate college Khar and cials of Governor’s Inspection Team (GIT) on Saturday conducted surprise raids at the government post graduate College and government college of management science in Khar and found most staff absent. An Official of the governor’s inspection team told reporters here, that the raids were conducted on the special directives of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after he received repeated public complaints regarding the absence of

institutions in the agency. The official said that most of staff members at these colleges including its principal and other senior teachers were found absent during the raids. The members of inspection team also inspected the class rooms and other parts of the colleges during the raids and showed their dissatisfaction over the situation. On this occasion, the students informed the inspection team about the lack of facilities and absence of teaching staff at the government

Government College of management sciences. They said that most of teachers and others staffs at the colleges had been absent from duty since long due to poor management and lack of monitoring system in the agency. The official said that the inspection team would inform the governor and other officials of the education department about the outcome of the raid and will recommend disciplinary action against the management and staff for their absentees.—APP

Quality edu strengthens base of students

BAJAUR—A woman was killed HYDERABAD —Sindh Senior enhance the ranking and standard so expensive as in other parts of and four others injured when an over speeding vehicle fell into a deep gorge here on Saturday. Police said that a Bajaur Arang bound pickup coming from Timergarah got out of control of driver and plunged into the ravine. A woman identified as Zakia died on the spot in the accident while four others sustained wounds. The injured were shifted to Timergarah Hospital where according to hospital sources their condition was also serious.—INP

Minister for Education and ProChancellor of Sindh University, Nisar Ahmed Khuharo has said that ensuring quality education alone would be the way to strengthen the base of every student which could help the institutions to create more professionals here to make Sindh and its people prosperous. He said this, while speaking on the occasion of Convocation 2012 of University of Sindh held here on Saturday. “Besides this, the quality education in Sindh also enables us to

of our education in the country and even abroad,” he said. Despite having a strength of 150,000 teachers there is a huge droppage of students at primary, middle, higher and even college level due to financial problems, he said. About 700 students were receiving their degree at this convocation today (Saturday) and it could be possible due to quality education of some schools existing in Sindh, he said. The Senior Minister said that education in Sindh was not

the country and even other countries. This factor also helped us to create more professionals from Universities in Sindh, he said. We cannot do better, until unless we do not know our weakness, he said adding this could be possible only making all efforts. Khuhro said that University of Sindh was opening its 7th campus in NosheroFeroz. Earlier, he conferred the degrees of PhD, M-Phil, Masters and Bachelors to the students of the University.—APP


Naran-Saiful Maluk chairlift to reduce 18km distance

Sufism can help eliminate terrorism H YDERABAD —Sindh Chief Minister,

Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the message of Sufism given by poet Shah was held in Peshawar with STAFF REPORTER Abdul Latif Bhittai could be useful for Chief Minister Pervez eliminating terrorism and intolerance P ESHAWAR —On the special Khattak in the chair. The from all over the world. This he said while speaking at Shah Awards ceremony directives of Chief Minister meeting reviewed in detail held here at Bhitshah on the occasion Khyber Pakhtunkhwa various matters relating to of 270th Urs of Shah Abdul Bhittai. “The Pervez Khattak, it has been make the climatic hill stations issue of different definitions of religions decided to install a modern and spots more attractive for and other related religious issues could and sophisticated chairlift tourists as well as promote be resolved by understanding the message of Shah,” he between Naran Valley and sports activities at Tehsil said adding if we follow the message of Shah, it would Lake Saiful Maluk to reduce level while a number of decimake us successful in every walk of life. Because of this, the 18 km distance between sions were made to this efthe then President Asif Ali Zardari decided to establish a the two tourist spots and fect. The meeting was atSufi University at Bhitshah so that the philosophy of sufism make it more accessible and tended by provincial minisshould be promoted across the world and the existing exattractive for local and for- ter for sports and tourism tremism and intolerance could be eliminated from all over eign tourists. With installa- Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairworld, he said. Chief Minister said that the PPP-led govtion of chairlift the distance man Investment Board ernment always prioritised to resolve the issues of young of one hour drive will be re- Mohsin Aziz, Advisor to CM Economic Affairs people of Sindh and in addition to this we are trying to do duced to just 5-6 minutes on the best to resolve their other issues also. Qaim Ali Shah that it will also enable the RafaqatUllah Babar, Secresaid that the culture of Sindh was 7000 years old and it was tourists to have a broad tary Sports and Tourism also a rich culture. Due to this, Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto view of the scenic and at- Ahmad Hassan Khan, MD started his political career with a Chinese cultural activity. tractive landscapes. Simi- Tourism Cooperation K-P We are proud of our culture and also proud of all other larly, it has also been de- (TCKP) Mushtaq Khan and cultures of our country, he said. Chief Minister said that QUETTA: Residents of Kali Khili and Kali Qambrani block the Western Bypass during protest against gas cided to install chairlift in other high ranking officers of many groups were being formed in Sindh but they would loadshedding. Malamjabba valley of Swat Sports, Tourism, local govnot be able to defeat us because of wisdom and leadership and another from Shogran to ernment and other concerned of Asif Ali Zardari.—APP Seripaye in Tehsil Balakot departments. The Chief Minister diwhereas the concerned quarters have been directed rected the authorities to alAyaz lauds Lankan govt terror combating efforts to review the prospects of ways set a deadline for the ISLAMABAD—Speaker National Assemlaunching helicopter service completion of each task and bly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq lauded efforts of to important tourist resorts attend meetings with results the Sri Lankan government in defeating of the province including oriented reports adding that, the menace of terrorism from its soil. In “We have talked too much Malamjabba. a courtesy call on with Sri Lankan Presigovt and bringing about the people of K-P and Af- their education here. He deSTAFF REPORTER To this effect a meeting about policies and strategies. dent Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, positive changes in all sec- ghanistan besides having plored that no proper heed the Speaker said Pakistan and Sri Lanka PESHAWAR—Afghan Consul tors of life saying that like strong linguistic, cultural, was given to education of are historically bonded in a relationship General Syed Muhammad locals, the Afghan citizens religious and trade links, Afghan refugees in the past of trust, mutual respect and deep friend- Ibrahimkhel called on the staying here are also liking even enjoyed close family to enable them join reconship which is manifest at all the phases Chief Minister Khyber such good governance in relations on both sides”, he struction of their homeland of their histories. He said the meeting Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. maintained and underlined on repatriation. He said lack between the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Sri Lankan here and discussed with him CM’s Advisor on Economic the need of further cement- of education coupled with President has given a boost to the bilateral relations be- matters of mutual interest. Affairs RafaqatUllah Babar ing such mutual cordial re- poverty and employment I SLAMABAD —Partly cloudy Balochistan very cold and tween the two countries. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also commended He thanked the provin- and other authorities were lations on govts and were the core reasons be- weather conditions with light dry weather is expected in the arrangements made by the Sri Lankan government for cial govt for facilitating stay also present. peoples sides by providing hind the current issues of rain is expected at isolated most parts of the province. successfully organizing the Commonwealth Heads of gov- of million of Afghan refuPervez Khattak while maximum facilities to each unrest and terrorism on places of federal capital, upHowever, partly cloudy ernment meeting (CHoGM), said a news release received from gees in this province de- thanking Aghan missionary other. He assured that our both sides. per parts of the country while weather conditions with light Sri Lanka. During the meeting, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq conveyed spite enough financial and for the compliments said govt would provide all posHe said though these cold and partly cloudy rain and light snow all over the appreciation of Pakistani government for the hospitality other internal problems of that Pak Afghan people sible facilitation to the Af- were not addressed in the weather is likely in other parts hills is expected at isolated extended by the people and Government of Sri Lanka to- the provincial govt. He also shared centuries old trade ghan refugees in camps past but even then positive during next 24 hours. places of North Balochistan wards the Pakistani delegation. President Mahinda lauded comprehensive re- and cultural relations. “Be- here but it would be so good changes were expected if we Met office reported including Quetta, Kalat and Rajapaksa acknowledged the support extended by the gov- forms agenda of the K-P ing neighboring country, if Afghan govt arrange for took it seriously. here on Saturday a shallow Zhob divisions during same ernment of Pakistan during Sri Lankan war against terrorism westerly trough is affecting time of span. In Kashmir very and said that Pakistan’s unflinching support during the three and upper parts of cold and partly cloudy weather decade internal conflict, has immensely helped in the elimi39 held in crackdown western the country and likely to conditions with chances of nation of terrorism from Sri Lanka. He further said that Sri persist during next 24-36 light rain and snowfall over the Lanka would not have eliminated the scourge of terrorism hills is expected at isolated hours. without the help and support of Pakistan. He said Pakistan In Punjab rain is expected places of Kashmir during next has proved to be a true friend of Sri Lanka and the Sri at Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, 24 hours. Lankan government as well as public has deep affection Lahore, Sahiwal, Sargodha F A I S A L A B A D — N i g e r i a n dollar. Efforts are afoot to ity and uplift. He hoped that for Pakistan.—APP divisions while dense foggy High Commissioner Dauda raise it to 1000 million dollars. graduating professionals by He appreciated efforts of virtue of their expertise will Danladi on Saturday said NiBAHAWALPUR—Bahawalpur conditions are likely to abate IGP seeks Ulema role to help end polio geria would help Pakistan to the UAF students for arrang- make their contribution in Police here on Saturday ap- in most parts of Punjab. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa I SLAMABAD —IG Police Khyber cope with energy crisis as it ing the flowers in the beauti- streamlining our agriculture in prehended three culprits for line with international stanpartly cloudy to cloudy Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Nasir Durrani has had natural gas reserves of ful ways. Meanwhile, the agricul- dards to ensure food security. Grey Trafficking. weather conditions with said if religious leaders and Ulema take 184 trillion cubic feet. District Police Officer light rain and light snowfall ture sector being an essential He said education had He along with Vice Chanthe responsibility then polio problem Bahawalpur Dr Sohail Habib can be overcome. He said while talking cellor University of Agricul- component of economy has power to implant ethos of a Tajik told APP that police has over the hills is expected at In Gilgit-Baltistan very to BBC Saturday. He held that services ture Faisalabad (UAF) Prof full potential to devise strate- nation through the reinforce- recovered laptops, NADRA isolated places of Upper KP Malakand, cold and cloudy weather of Ulema were obtained in connection Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan inau- gies and play a dynamic role ment of the national goals. He voters list, 500 Telenor sims, including was of the view that newspaHazara, Peshawar, Kohat conditions with chances of with family planning program in gurated the flower exhibition for alleviating poverty. This was stated by Punjab pers, mobile phones, TVs, 5 Evo Cloud devices, 5 mo- divisions during the next 24 light rain (snowfall over the Bangladesh and this project met suc- held by Institute of Horticulbile phones, 5 USB drives, 5 hills) is expected at isolated cess due to cooperation of religious tural Sciences at the Univer- Governor Muhammad Sarwar internet and other information TP-Link devices and 15 mo- hours. Dense foggy conditions places of Gilgit-Baltistan durleaders. This can be done here, he sity of Agriculture Faisalabad in a message which was read technologies gained immense bile sim readers from their by Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, importance, influencing the are likely to abate in ing next 24 hours. added. “I have to deploy 50 percent police force for pro- here. possession. DPO told that the The lowest minimum temHe also called for increas- Vice Chancellor University of opinions of the people. The culprits had issued non-acti- Peshawar division. In Sindh viding protection to polio teams and on the other hand Faisalabad effective use of these techdry weather is expected in perature recorded during next police is undermanned and is lacking resources”, he said. ing trade among the both Agriculture vated Sims of Telenor ComUlema and people from all school of thoughts are being countries in order to get ben- (UAF), on the 20th convoca- nologies for agriculture pur- pany and used NADRA voter most parts of the province, 24 hours remained Skarduintegrated into the campaign besides providing security efit from each other experi- tion of the university as nomi- pose can help the country list database to activate these however, temperature are ex- 08øC, Parachinar -07øC, to the teams so that they could work in better way”, he ence. He said “We will import nee of the governor here on uplift the agricultural sector. sims and used to divert inter- pected to decrease during Hunza -06øC, Astore, Gupis He also said the knowlnext 24 hours while in -05øC.—APP remarked. “Our force provides protection to anti polio goods from Faisalabad, Saturday. The governor, in his mes- edge is generating with the national calls to local numbers teams but the attackers ambush on them. This is not face Sialkot and Lahore.” which caused huge loss of He said trade volume sage, said innovation and large pace that must be com- revenue to PTA and governto face encounter but the militants launch attack at such modern agriculture hold a key municated to the farmers.— time when the polio teams workers return from duty places among the both countries ment of Pakistan.—APP or they plant the bomb any where when the vehicle takes was standing at 500 million for the development, prosper- APP the workers to the duty place”, he held. He said that government has been asked to hammer out better planning. Police is already engaged on different fronts. As this proC HAKDARA —Commandant great pleasure for him to see cess will continue on permanent basis, therefore, there Operation Dir, Colonel Nasar children studying and asshould be a lasting solution to this problem. He proposed L ARKANA —A man selling Umer Hayat Lalika while eu- sume that a unit of the socithat services of retired police personnel can be hired for vegetables and fruits was logizing the importance of ety was heading in accurate this purpose as deploying police on this duty will be injuskilled and another injured education in human life has direction where he or she will tice with other people to whom it is providing protection when unknown gunmen said that acquiring knowl- get the fruits of endeavours already. When asked what the role is being played by the opened fire in vegetable mar- edge and education was the and serve the humanity with police at present he said police is discharging its duties ket here on Saturday. Police legacy of the Messengers of dignity. and planning is being fine tuned. “We should integrate said that the firing incident Allah and without education Lalika stressed upon the Ulema and people from other segments of society into anti took place in Ratodero fruits there was no true meaning of parents to ensure the prespolio campaign and work together with them on this count, and vegetable market in the life. ence of their children in he underlined. A seminary has given a decree in connecLarkana where armed men Addressing a gathering schools as education not tion with polio campaign. It is a better thing and more opened indiscriminate fire. after inaugurating Govern- only provides employment efforts are needed in this respect, he stressed.—Online A local dealing in fruits ment Maktab Primary but also improve the personand vegetables was killed and School Tarai at Badwan in ality of the kids. another sustained wounds, as Lower Dir area, Lalika said The Commandant on this Legislation to stop corporal punishment a result of firing while the ac- our Prophet Muhammad occasion also distributed QUETTA—Society for the Protection of cused managed to escape (Peace Be Upon Him) said lunch boxes and medicines the Rights of the Child (SPARC) stressed from the scene after the mur- in His message “ Acquiring for prevention from seasonal to move a bill regarding Probation of Corporal Punishment at Schools and es- FAISALABAD: High Commissioner of Nigeria in Pakistan Dauda Danladi, awarding der. Police said that the shoot- education was prerequisite diseases among children. Later, he inaugurated the tablishment of special court to decide degrees to students during the 23rd Convocation of Faisalabad Agriculture University. ing incident could be an out- for every man and woman” come of personal enmity or and from that aspect it also school building where cases pertaining to juvenile prisoners, financial dispute. A case has become our religious obli- among others Lieutenant in the Balochistan assembly. This was been registered against un- gation to learn and teach Colonel Nawaz and large demanded in a seminar organized by nonknown killers and investiga- our children. numbers of area people were governmental organization, Society for tion was in progress.—INP He said it was a matter of present.—APP the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) here on Saturday. Delivering his speech, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), MPA, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar said that a large number of government teachers did not go to schools to impart education to children while they were receiving their sala- C H A K D A R A —Interuniver- mentorship of Mr Fast University, Air Univerries every month regularly. He said that a number of teach- sity declamation and Imdadullah, Assistant Pro- sity, Bahria University, and ers were recruited in Education Department due to political videography competitions fessor in English and faculty Comsats University interference and they have neither required qualification were held at the University organizer of NYA. Islamabad participated in the nor capabilities to impart education at schools, adding there- of Malakand the other day in Directorate Students So- declamation contest: Univerfore, it was need of the hour to arrange professional and the Convocation Hall of the cieties, Offices of the Pro- sity of Swat, University of technical trainings for the teachers so that they could teach university. vost and Chief Proctor pro- Malakand and Post-graduate students properly. He opined that during last six decades, Title of the event was vided practical support and Jahanzeb College Saidu the government stakeholders did not pay attention to bring ‘Great Teachers Do Not logistic assistance. Sharif also participated in improvement in education sector.Politicians and bureaucrats Teach, They Inspire’ while The event was spon- declamation contest. remained indulged in blame game of leveling accusation topic for declamation was sored by Innovative Youth Entries in the against each others of negligence and corruption and for- “Asaatza Or Pakistan Ka Forum (IYF) in collaboration videography category came got their due role for education sector and protection of the Mustaqbil” while with AlifAilaan, Pakistan. from the University of child rights. He said that several programmes to spread edu- videography contest was on Apart from speeches and Malakand, IYF, and LUMS cation were launched at government level during last few the theme of “Taleem Roshni videography, the event was Islamabad. Arifullah from the years, adding that but all they could not get results due to Hai”. also embellished with beau- University of Malakand corruption in funds allocated for them. He appreciated the Prof. Dr Johar Ali, Vice tiful national songs and clinched first position in the SPARC’s drafted bill on probation of corporal punishment Chancellor University of comic skits. The hall was en- declamation contest, while at schools and said that he would take step to move it in the Malakand was the chief tertained with various items, Shahbaz Yaseem Ahmad Balochistan Assembly. Regional Manager, SPARC guest. The event was orga- which received hearty ap- from the same university Balochistan, Muhammad Hanif Khan Panezai stressed the nized by student members of preciation from the partici- stood second. Saifuddin, need that the Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik National Youth Assembly pants. student in University of Baloch and other legislators should table the Probation of (NYA), Contestants from differ- Swat, secured third posi- QUETTA: People sitting around bonfire to get themselves warmed up during cold weather University of Corporal Punishment Bill in the provincial assembly.—APP Malakand in the provincial capital. under the ent universities including tion.—APP

Afghan CG thanks KP for handling refugees

Light rain expected at isolated places

Nigeria to help Pakistan cope with energy crisis: Dauda Danladi

Three culprits apprehended for grey trafficking

Vegetable, fruit seller shot dead

UoM organizes declamation, videography competitions

Commandant opens school at Lower Dir


Turn culture into a cohesive force, Mr PR!

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Saudi-US ties must return to normality

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INISTER for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid has made very pertinent observation that there is beauty all around us and this needs to be highlighted through artistic work and creativity. Talking to newsmen after inauguration of a painting exhibition in the Capital on Friday, he expressed resolve of the Government to promote art and culture as this could help project Pakistan’s soft image. The Minister surely has a point and we are confident he would take practical steps for sustainable development of art and culture in the country. This is because, in Pakistan, unfortunately, culture is perceived as a source of just entertainment while the fact remains that it has inherent strength to gel the nation. Pervaiz Rashid is heading two vital Divisions of the Federal Government, ie Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage (culture) and in our view these two Ministries are, in many ways, much more important than other Ministries, as these have the potential to strengthen the national cohesion and harmony, which is prerequisite for progress and development of a nation. The task assumes more significance in our context as the country is on the global radar because of mindless pursuits of some elements who want to impose their will on the nation through extremism, violence and terrorism, denting image of the country. Diplomatic efforts alone cannot disseminate the required message to the outside world until and unless all segments of the civil society join their hands in carrying out the noble task of projecting positive and soft image of the country through sports, cultural activities and creative pursuits. Culture is expressed in many ways—through our stories, the way we live, speak, conduct public life, relate to others, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves and imagine the future. Experts say that there’s a social dividend in investing in the cultural sectors with the return in strengthening our underlying values of inclusiveness, openness and democratic practice. The Minister himself is soft spoken and gentle mannered beaming out positive signals all around and we hope he would succeed in his mission to promote art and culture and thereby strengthening national solidarity and improving image of the country.

Undesirable dragging of UN in Musharraf case I

N a move that would surely pollute the overall perception about former President General Pervez Musharraf, his London-based lawyers have urged the United Nations to intervene to stop what they called a ‘politically motivated show trial’ in the treason case against him. These lawyers have also written letters to UN human rights chief Navi Pillay and UN special rapporteurs on the issue and made requests to USA, Britain and Saudi Arabia to pay back to Musharraf for his support in the war against terror. No one would disagree that the former ruler is fully entitled to a fair and transparent trial and that is why a three member court consisting of honourable judges of three high courts has been established to hear the case. His lawyers in Islamabad are flexing their muscles to defend Musharraf against charges that have attracted high treason trial. But to attribute motives to the case even before beginning of the trial and seeking indulgence of the world body is nothing but politicising the case. Pakistan is an independent and sovereign country with vibrant and efficient institutions capable of investigating cases and deliver justice. There is, therefore, absolutely no justification to invite UN or some other countries to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign country. Musharraf himself held similar views when demands were made for UN investigations into BB murder case but now his lawyers are proceeding in the same direction. The tendency of inviting others to meddle into our internal affairs is fraught with serious implications and consequences and therefore, must be discouraged. In case of Musharraf, he was Army Chief and President of the country who rightly claims to have inborn leadership qualities and courage and therefore, should face the case with dignity and honour without making supplications to others at the cost of national interests. The approach of his lawyers is humiliating and unbecoming and we hope Musharraf would give a shut up call to them.

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ROSPERITY in a country brings with it pomp, show and extrava ganza displayed by the affluent people in various types of functions to highlight their wealth and influence in the society. Realizing the consequences of extravagant ceremonies on the society, especially the younger generation, China, which has emerged as world’s second largest economy, has banned the members of the ruling Communist Party from holding lavish funerals for relatives as part of its austerity drive to avoid wasteful expenses. The ban was announced in a party circular carried by state media that said party members were forbidden from using funerals to collect condolence money from attendees. The new order comes close on the heels of the government banning exotic and expensive dishes in state banquets. According to reports, large, lavish and well-attended funerals are often seen as a sign of the family’s wealth and connections in China. Funeral parlours are often set up in public spaces and it is assumed that larger the number of mourners, the better connections the family has. Funerals in the country have increasingly become a platform to show off wealth and connections, with the degree of opulence and number of mourners symbolising the achievements of the dead, and setting a benchmark for competition among the living. Services of professional mourners are hired with uniformed marching bands and motorcades of limousines. According to Chinese media reports, the directive was the latest in an austerity campaign spearheaded by President, Xi Jinping, to cut through luxury, formality and waste among party and government officials. The party has already issued a five-year moratorium on the construction of new government buildings and banned the use of public funds for lavish banquets and expensive gifts such as moon cakes. In this context one can say that small things matter a lot and the decision will have a psychological impact on the Chinese society. We believe that the decision by the Chinese leadership is worth emulation in Pakistan, where wealthy people spend millions of rupees on wedding parties and other functions to display their status in the society.

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Youth Programme scheme’s promise the abilities of the emerging youth entrepreneurs. entrepreneurs are Dr Zafar Altaf toCreative be selected and for that the Email: dr_altaf@hotmail.com personality traits that may be responsible have to be determined. It cannot be done by S I revisited my PhD the a simple form filling and for that sis on “Entrepreneurship the managers of Banks must dein Pakistan” [1982-pub- velop the ability to determine lished by Croom Helm-London], where the benefit of such loans is I realized that the suggestions that to be provided. The demand for had been made were finally being creative innovators will always be implemented in Pakistan and the in short supply. In fact many of the Youth of this country were finally likely successful entrepreneurs coming to grips with the system. will be the people with diverse exThere might invariably be some periences and some who have failures and some loss of capital taken the risky route. Why then do provided as loans but that should some people succeed while others not deter us from implementing fail? The fact has to do with inthe programme in real interest. nate abilities or is the family traCouple of caveats are in order, be dition also important and the culin trade, in the manufacturing sec- ture of the family has a bearing on tor or in the service sector and if exponential experience. Routine so, we should provide them not and cumulative experience is not only feasibility [SMEDA says it going to work. The unfinished nature-nurture has done so] but also whether here is a viable market for the product argument is still on. Then the abiland what is the demand structure; ity to play a market with the right whether the infrastructure for the kind of technology, comes in to industries and the shops is avail- play. They can be an asset to the able and if so what is the basis for economy if the right selection is selection. In all such ventures that made. That is what the entrepreneur involve the poor youth and the has basically to have. The economy ability to perform some aspects of has to provide certain infrastructure the personality, are always under and that is now the weakest link in our policy. By way of illustration, consideration. There are two distinct classes let me give the example of Indian that are capable of seeing new op- Gujarat, the most industrialized portunities. The artists and the en- state in India. It has 5% of India’s gineers, the ones who delight in population, 6% of its geographical seeing new possibilities and work- area but it has 3 lac small scale ing these. The second class that is manufacturing units, 182 industrial of a different kind is the one in estates and 33 special economic which the marketer, the trend set- zones [2010 figures] and this has ter, who can identify opportunities allowed the current explosion of in a market place. Both are needed large corporate sector. The state has in a personality that has to be suc- 16.2% share in Industrial produccessful. I do not think the bank tion of India. Its labour strike rate managers have this ability to asses is the lowest in the country being

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merely .5% of man days. It produces 54% of offshore oil and fifty per cent of gas production in the country. So energy is available. What is our culture? Do we encourage hard work and do we place the success of others as an example for others to follow. One of my teachers recently stated that in Pakistan if you become a government servant for one day and pass five orders on different files you are likely to be prosecuted after ten to fifteen years and would be asked to explain as to what has you done. The level of intolerance is already available to us where any one riding a high horse is brought down once that power be ripped off him. The rest is done by the anchors that tear everyone apart. These are the saints that keep on marching to a tune rendering everything to the person desirous of doing something for the country. The reverse of intolerance is never considered. The accuser can run amuck and tear the reputation apart of any one but the false accuser is never brought to book. What are the consequences of this for the youth? Well it means that those who have received loans and are the kith and kin of the decision makers in the bank will have their loans written off and the rest will be dealt with severely. Look at the banks as they operate at the moment. Their policies are anything but reasonable. There is a need for reforms in the banking sector but not of the kind that Shaukat Aziz foisted on to us. What skills does the banker require for promotion is only the ability to get accounts? That is the basis for promotion. What other skills? The only senior banker that has many diverse kinds of experiences is Shaukat Tareen and that is it. There are all money lenders and like the prover-

bial Hindu Money lender who will peel off the hides of the entrepreneurs. As we take these basic steps and find that there is a degree of success the competition will grow much stronger and over time there will be a basis for some losing out in their venture. So the task is not of starting but of persevering in the market place. To all this must be added the ability to tolerate another’s success and not to undermine him with hate and intolerance. Pakistan has to learn how to create social architects. Engineers life is rather simple-stone upon stone. A social architect plays the mind. There can be no right or wrong in it. But since it is conceptual, it is therefore, much more difficult to drive home. Imagination plays a large part in linking various concepts together. Knowledge in this country has no value. The PM must set up a team of thinkers and knowledgeable or what I call eminent people to continuously guide and help all those that need this help. The youth of this country cannot be given some financial resources and left between the devil and the deep blue sea. Should this happen the youth will be disillusioned. So an opportunity will become a catastrophe. The chances of NAB taking on some cannot be precluded. When we become regressive we become regressively stupid and forget the context in which certain things do happen. In short one cannot be wise after the event. The new lots of investigators are not experienced. The interesting comparison between India’s Lokpal bill and NAB ordinance would afford some lessons to us. —The writer is a retired Federal Secretary.

PM’s mission: Good governance S Rahman Email:pio47pid@gmail.com

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OOD governance one must learn from Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who takes personal interest in each and every dimension of governance aimed at bringing relief in the lives of ordinary people as it is his utmost desire to provide an environment of economic and social security to the people of Pakistan with complete transparency and fairness. This fairness factor is in fact the hallmark of PML-N leadership in general and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in particular. It is not just the statistics released by Transparency International that stand testimony to this fact about Sharif’s transparent and honest ways of doing things, it is rather a fact widely acknowledged in the public. The fact is that the people from all walks of life trust Sharif on his words and on his commitments. And this trust owes to the practical demonstration of honest governance by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government whose track record so far has remained unblemished. Although the government is in place for a period of few months, it can be said with authenticity that given its direction in which the government is moving forward with faith in its destiny, there is no likelihood of repetition of the corrupt practices of the past. Those who know Mian Nawaz Sharif well, opine that corruption is an anathema to PM Sharif meaning thereby that he detests corruption as a curse. So, if Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report reveals that there has been

marked improvement in Pakistan’s system of governance with considerable reduction in corrupt practices as well as in the perception of corruption, nothing wrong has been said in this report. The CPI report says that Pakistan has improved by 13 points in the Corruption Perception Index in 2013 which means during the incumbency of Nawaz Sharif’s government. Previously, it stood at the position of 42nd most corrupt country in 2011 and then gone to the 33rd position in 2012. The actual facts relevant to PML-N government and PM Sharif speak volumes of their dedication to evolving a system free from outlets of corruption because focus is on delivering for which purpose the government has adopted pragmatic planning in keeping with the ground realities but at the same time not at all succumbing to external pressures to which Pakistan had been subjected to its (Pakistan’s) detriment obviously due to the obsequious (or their servile ) conduct of former regimes vis-a-vis the foreign masters. This is no easy task to accomplish but the Sharif government stands determined to take up this daunting challenge, drawing strength from and relying fully on the people’s mandate that it always values as a sacred trust entrusted upon the PMLN by the people of Pakistan. The government’s good intentions and good direction can also be confirmed from its excellent performance that too in a very brief period of time. Its sustained fight against energy crisis has yielded positive results and now the loadshedding has gone. There are strong indications that it would remain at the lowest ebb even during the next summer when energy consumption is at its all-time high level. The rea-

sons for this optimism are quite sound since the diplomatic missions undertaken with exceptional speed in different directions by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, are strong indicators of an early end to load-shedding. Almost every technologically advanced country of world is either being visited by two dignitaries or agreements and memoranda of understanding signed with them for increasing country’s energy capacity. Some recent measures undertaken in this area are talks with European countries, Turkey, China and lately with United States for generating power through all available means that include generation through hydel power, solar energy, coal, wind and through alternate, renewable sources (including the solid waste). The government is also serious about early completion of Diamer Basha, Dasu and Bonji dams and, on PM’s instructions, work on transmission lines for Neelum Jhelum hydel project has already begun (in the previous/original blueprint the transmission lines would have taken additional two to three years after the project’s commissioning. The PM intervened to make this project welfare-oriented in practice for the public). The prime goal before the government is producing affordable energy-mix so that the people/ordinary consumers were not burdened further with heavy electricity bills. This people-friendly approach has two-pronged positive effects. On one hand, it has strengthened the leader-led bond and on the other, it is adding to the self-confidence of Nawaz Sharif government to take up yet bigger challenges without getting unnerved with the enormity of

these challenges. It has a third positive dimension, as well. And that is the foreign collaboration factor. Given these accomplishments, the country is able to get yet greater cooperation from foreign governments and companies that are already willing to invest in Pakistan besides launching joint ventures in different sectors including the power sector. Even at home, the industrial concerns generating captive power are being given incentives as recently announced by the Prime Minister. Most inspiring of the announcements made by Prime Minister is about the empowerment of youth through self-sustaining schemes that will ensure expansion of self-employment sector through easy loans and technical guidelines for youth. This is going to bring about an economic revolution, not merely economic turnaround because youth constitute more than 40/ 50 per cent of the national populace. Well done Prime Minister! Not a single area of public welfare has been ignored at any level. Even the most neglected area of anti-terror laws has been taken up with the result that the country would soon be rid of those legal lacunae that have been contributing to violence and social rift. The challenge of sectarianism has also been taken by the horns as the government appears fully determined to do fire-fighting in all directions without surrendering before the bad guys. All these steps point out towards one thing that Sharif government knows the true meaning of representative democracy that is the main platform of delivering social justice, equality, prosperity and service to the masses with transparency free from the scourge of corruption.

T is dangerous that Saudi Arabia and the US are continuing to dis agree so profoundly on the basics of their mutual foreign policy interests. The two states are very different, but have managed to find mutual commonalities for more than 60 years. It will be to the benefit of all if their alliance can be restored to the working partnership that has existed for so long, although that may need some adjustment on the part of America. The whole Arab world has had to endure America’s blind support for Israel and its Zionist policies. However, new concerns were triggered by the revelation of secret US talks with the Iranians over the latter’s controversial nuclear programme, which could see America relax sanctions without addressing Iranian political interference across the region. In addition, the West has refused to intervene in Syria for some years and refused again after the Bashar Al Assad government’s use of gas despite America’s public “red line”. The Saudis are convinced that the collapse of Syria and the rise of its Islamist militias could have been avoided had the West been willing to intervene to support the secular opposition and the Saudis see the spread of violence from the Syrian civil war as a major threat to the entire region. Therefore, when a senior Saudi diplomat describes the West’s policies in Iran and Syria as a “dangerous gamble” and says that Saudi Arabia is willing to act on its own to safeguard the security of the region, it is important that the Americans take note. Prince Mohammad Bin Nawaf Bin Abdul Aziz is the Saudi Ambassador to Britain and he used the New York Times to outline his concerns at the West’s random choices of whether it should join in or ignore events in the Arab world. His measured critique of western policies follows many recent statements by senior Saudi ministers and thinkers and he is not alone in arguing that “Al Qaida’s activities in Syria are a symptom of international community’s failure to intervene. They should not become a justification for inaction”. — Gulf News

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Another glasnost in Russia?

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ITH the inauguration of the Sochi Olympics less than two months away, it is not a huge surprise that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a pardon for jailed Yukos oil corporation founder and once Russia’s richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky on humanitarian grounds. With the Games facing a tumult of protests over Kremlin’s human rights records, much as Beijing had in 2008 over the repression of Tibetans, an end to Khodorkovsky’s imprisonment after a decade looks more like eyewash than a real humanitarian gesture, especially as the former tycoon would have been due for release in August 2014 anyway. His arrest at gun-point from his private plane and lengthened imprisonment, courtesy a second trial, have been decried as political vendetta against the man who was a vocal critic of Putin. The incident left its mark on Russian economy, leaving foreign investors jittery. However, on the principle of better late than never, Khodorkovsky’s pardon and the decision to drop a third trial against him would still be regarded as a welcome gesture and testament that Moscow, despite its iron will, does give some heed to world opinion. The tycoon’s release would be coinciding with an amnesty given to 20,000 prisoners, including the two activists of punk band Pussy Riot and over two dozen Greenpeace protesters. In the euphoria over those who have been pardoned, rights organisations should not forget those who have not and whose punishment has been far more severe than their “crimes”. Still, all things said and done, the gesture is a welcome one and it is hoped would find an echo among Putin’s allies. Like in Ukraine, where former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko still remains in prison despite international calls for her release. — Khaleej Times He can run, but he can’t hide. — Joe Louis US boxer


New Actor in Afghanistan’s Drama Voice of the People Afshain Afzal Email:afshain@hotmail.com

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ASHINGTON is in real fix as the bloody war on terror in Afghanistan and pockets of Pakistan has only earned insult and humiliating defeat to US and allies at the hands of handful of Mujahideen. It has also attracted a lot of criticism back home. The people of United States want to inquire from their generals and intelligence heads where the piles of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction in Afghanistan are, which still remained undiscovered? Over 12 years of illegal intrusion in Afghanistan, which resulted in killing of over 1.5 million men, women and children in Afghanistan and pockets of Pakistan, still uncertainty prevails over strength of Al-Qaeda. On the basis of Islamic traditions, Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, their guest in asylum, to the enemies. Afghanistan’s Ameer ul Momineen Mullah Muhammad Umar had announced that even if the last person in Afghanistan is killed and whole country is turned upside down, they will never handover their guest to enemies. Even today the

where about of Osama bin Laden are not know and on the basis of French input in 2006 that Osama died due to prolong illness, US staged a drama in Abbottabad (Pakistan) about hunting of Osama Bin Laden. Had this been the case, where is his dead body or video of operation. The world knows well that statement of one controversial lady who claims to be Osama’s wife and has eyes on his assets is not sufficient evidence. In 2011, US and allies pulled out bulk of their forces from Afghanistan, leaving behind security personnel and engineers in fortified bases, involved in multi-billion project. However, they bluffed the world about their presence to justify hard earned taxes of American and allies. Today when for face-saving US and NATO forces have announced complete withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, they fear that the Taliban who have already formed the government at provincial and local level will emerge as single party to control the affairs of Afghanistan. There is no doubt in the fact that if fair and transparent elections are held in Afghanistan, Taliban would bag 92% of seats. In the same regard, understanding with parties other Hizb-e-Wahadat has already been reached. The latest interim agreement “Joint Plan of Action”

signed between Iran and P5+1 is aimed to put Tehran on the negotiations table in Afghan peace process. Iranian backed Hizb-e-Wahadat has announced that they are ready to accept Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Umar, as Commander in Chief of Afghan forces but not as Ameer ul Momineen. Washington is well aware about the dirty game it has played in Afghanistan by inducting thousands of minority elements and moderates in mainstream military, security forces, government services, education and health sectors; ironically these so called faithful are even sure about their religions, culture and traditions. The unnatural and unrealistic composition cannot sustain without foreign intervention as it would invite bloodbath. In a recent development, Washington has threatened Kabul that in case US and allies are not permitted to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Afghanistan will lose out billions of dollars of military and other international aid. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is blackmailing “Their own puppet,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) deal that will allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014. Interestingly, Afghan Defence Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi has given assurance to Washington that

BSA would be signed while Afghan government’s official spokesman has clarified that deal cannot be signed because “We don’t want our people to get killed by US troops again and again” . The NATO is also in haste and concluding agreements with neighbouring India, Pakistan and Iran to stall rule of majority on democratic lines to return in Afghanistan. A foreign diplomat in Afghanistan, disclosed on the condition of anonymity, that US and NATO are not interested to let anyone following orthodox Islam to come into power and would ensure West inclined moderates. He added that Tehran is being aided to upset the balance in favour of pro-Iran-US broad-based government and in same regard US has agreed to sell missile defence and other weapons systems to Iran, Bahrain and Qatar, with an aim to open new theatre of war. One wonders why human right organizations including Amnesty International and United Nations are silent on recent development. Does that Charter of United Nations support genocide of 1.5 million orthodox Muslims in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan? If not why action is not being taken and US and allies are not tried for war crimes and abuse of human rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Power struggle in Syria Ammara Fatima Email:manofatima99@yahoo.com

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RITICAL civil war over the military and political domi nance of Syria which began back in march 2011 has now taken serious situation, in the region starting from Tunisia and extendingto Egypt, Libya and Syria. In Syria it started from a minor incident in the small village of Dera. Syrian people wanted to overthrow the Bashar ul Assad’s regime which had taken the country over as a continuation of Hafiz ul Assad regime, who was known for suppressing political activities and social activities by military might and thus killed many people, but no public wants to establish a democratic government in place of a military government. This civil war covering most of the Syrian territory has given a window to the western states as well. Iran, being the biggest supporter alongwith the Hezbollah, a Lebanon’s Islamist group is on the side which is continuously offering support to the regime i.e. militarily and politically. This Trio of Iran, Hezbollah and Syria is formed

as they have a common enemy Israel. Hezbollah has been directly engaged in war with Israel and was able to defeat for the first time; now goal for Hezbollah is to gain sympathy of the Bashar al Assad regime which will give them the land to launch their attack on Israel. Iran on the other hand is a known rival of Israel on the religious divide. Whereas Syrian public has gained support from Saudi Arabia and an important Islamist group called Al Qaeda. Both the warring sides, the KSA backed Syrian public and Al Qaeda and on the other hand Assad’s regime alongwith Iran and Hezbollah, are fully equipped with weapons and incidents of cross firing takes place every day. Supremacy combat between Iran and KSA has left no window to exploit the scenario. The country has been made battle ground between two rivals over political power. This conflict is leading country to a chaotic and disastrous situation as hundreds and thousands of Syrians are losing their lives and another thousand are adding to the number every day. People are killed, injured and displaced. Tired of ruthless fight, people have started to take refuge in the neighboring coun-

tries. Syria’s refugee problem is one of the severe cases of the recent decades. Refugees have now started fleeing to Europe particularly Italy and France but still there are no favorable conditions for them. Focusing on the regional arena, it is more a tug of war for the dominance in the Middle East as it would tilt the balance of power. Iran is the important regional power which is increasing its influence in the region through Syria’s politics whereas Saudi Arabia, the old rival of Iran on the opposite side, wants to get the supremacy of regional politics. Apart from this rivalry, there is a sectarian divide in the region as well i.e. Sunni Shia divide that has been a one of the linked issue. KSA is the major exploiter of the ongoing civil war and is giving it hype on the sectarian bases, claiming that this war can also spill into entire region which would probably result in a more furious bloodshed among the two groups. But it is not likely to happen because it is more of a political issue within a region and over international stage as well than a sectarian riot. Taking the war on the international scenario, Iran from the post-cold war era is in pro soviet block and in the

civil war of Syria, Russia and china is also taking a big part opposing US and Israel, as both former have vetoed three resolutions to isolate Syria in the UN. USA is backing Syrian public because it wants to defeat Assad’s regime as it is threat to security of Israel in the region, which is under the security umbrella of US. America’s reluctance to engage in Syria is known to all, instead of getting involved in the war it want to wind down its policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. If either side wins it is in loss of US because if Assad’s regime emerges as a victor then it would form a hostile government against US and Israel, posing security threats to Israel. No tranquility would be expected on the northern border towards Israel. If the extremist group wins, then weapons will fall into the hands of extremists and it would be a threatening scenario in the region or across the world because it may launch terrorist activities in a larger scale. Israel being the neighbor will be able to further weaken the state and interfere in internal matter and also have ground to attack it.

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India walking tricky tightrope on diplomacy Nilofar Suhrawardy

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NDIA has always been diplomati cally overenthusiastic in display ing its support for Afghanistan. However, it is not keen to help Afghanistan beyond a certain limit, particularly where the nation’s defense is concerned. New Delhi is likely to continue helping Afghanistan in sectors in which it has already heavily invested. But at present, prospects of India moving further, especially where military aid is concerned, may be viewed as practically impossible. The recent visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to New Delhi has stirred debate on the subject. Karzai reportedly wants India to extend its military aid to include supply of heavy weaponry, including artillery guns, tanks and mortars. As of now, India is ready to supply only non-lethal military hardware like helicopters, trucks and jeeps to Afghanistan. Karzai is apparently turning to India owing to the eventual US withdrawal from Afghanistan by next year. Politically, with India heading

for parliamentary elections within less than six months, it cannot afford to take the risk of aiding Afghanistan in sectors, which may not be welcomed by the Indian public. This also explains Indian Army’s training of Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel within its different establishments in India. They are being trained in counterterrorism operations, military field-craft, information technology, battlefield nursing assistance and other such programs. Recently, around 100 ANA personnel were trained at a specialized counterinsurgency and jungle warfare school at Vairengte in Mizoram. Besides, the fact cannot be ignored that after withdrawal of coalition forces, around 8,000 US troops will stay in Afghanistan to train, advise and also equip around 350,000 Afghan personnel, including soldiers, police and airmen. This also implies that till US retains this stand toward Afghanistan; diplomatically it would be wise of India not to tread on military terrain in this country. Apart from that, Pakistan is not likely to welcome strengthening of military ties between India and Af-

ghanistan. Of late, Pakistan’s diplomatic gestures have been suggestive of it being keen on improving relations with India. During his recent visit to India, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother, who is also Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif called on the Indian premier. He also invited Singh on behalf of the Pakistani premier to visit Islamabad. Besides, Pakistan has also outlined several proposals to revive the stalled peace process between the two countries. Though Singh has accepted Sharif’s invitation, it is not yet clear whether he would be visiting Pakistan in the near future. Perhaps, if Indian parliamentary elections were not around the corner, the Indian government might have taken a more assertive stand toward Pakistan’s diplomatic gestures. At the same time, the fact that India has at least responded positively cannot be ignored. Interestingly, Bollywood movies and stars are as popular in Afghanistan as they are in Pakistan. At the same time, culturally India and Pakistan are close to each other, while diplomatically this can be said of

New Delhi and Kabul. Regional diplomatic considerations may be viewed as a major challenge for India at present. Some may also view this as a diplomatic dilemma for India. How far can it really respond to Afghanistan’s desire for more military assistance? Diplomatically and politically, India may be expected to tread only on the path that it has already stepped on without taking the risk of moving further into the military terrain. Pakistan must be keeping a close watch on these developments. It can pat itself for making diplomatic gestures seeking more cordial ties with India. Where India is concerned, the scheduled parliamentary elections may witness a change of Indian government within a few months from now. The present Indian government has no option but to wait till the elections are over and thus cannot jump into taking quick diplomatic decisions on crucial issues concerning both these countries. Caught in a diplomatic dilemma, at present, India can afford to play only safe diplomatic cards toward both Pakistan and Afghanistan.— Courtesy: Arab News

Don’t write off people..!

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ANY years ago while do ing my masters in litera ture, we had a lecturer by the name of Robert Burns, yes named after the same eighteenth century English poet . Now Burns, the lecturer I mean loved to dissect poetry, and I didn’t. One day while taking away the joy of a poem by Keats, ‘Ode to a Grecian Urn’ I stood up and told him I didn’t agree with him. “You won’t come to anything in life!” he said with a sneer

while the class laughed. “And why do you say that sir?” I asked. “Because you don’t understand what I’m doing!” Many times we do the same. We write off somebody who doesn’t follow our way of thinking or who doesn’t follow the parameters laid down by society. But before you do write off people read this: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three were deaf, two were blind, one mentally handicapped, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read Question No: 2 before responding to this question. Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates. Candidate A. Asso-

ciates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologers. Had two mistresses. Also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day. Candidate B. He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening. Candidate C. He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife. Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response. Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Candidate B is Winston Churchill. Candidate C is Adolph Hitler. And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: If you

said YES, you just killed Beethoven! I know Mr Burns will not read this piece because he’s emigrated to Australia, and had to spend much of his first years there, as a gardener, they don’t appreciate Indian lecturers there I guess or maybe they didn’t like the way he taught Keats! But never ever write off people: I have learnt some bitter lessons in life when I’ve written off competition and found same competition beating my company because I didn’t think much of somebody’s business skills. Obviously his customers did not think like me. Search for the good in people, and you’ll never write off anybody..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Responsibility of media SANA SHAFIQ

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edia, especially, electronic media is the biggest weapon to promote positive pursuits in society. But ironically, our TV channels, especially the ones in the private sector, are continuing in a race to highlight sensationalism, crime, social evils and other negative trends under the pretext that they are showing the real picture of the society. This argument in itself is a defeatist trend and the portrayal of obscene, rape, ransom, fraud and other offensive programmes are spreading negativity in the society. This shows that media is ill-prepared and incapable of bringing a positive change in the portrayed negative trends. A sensible and mature media manager sees ahead, plans ahead and foresees the net outcome of any action, like a move in the game of chess which might be wrong apparently but leads to the targeted objective. The treatment and the way an incident is portrayed telltales the competence of the media manager, the anchorperson or the desk incharge. But alas! our media managers are myopic and are following a rate race of taking leads in breaking news and showing the art of crime to glorify the techniques of crime. This all leads to negative journalism and thus counterproductive to peace and harmony in society. A large number of channels are showing programmes which create violence, depression and evil ideas for youth; even the talks shows are instrumental in creating depression, frustration, extremism and partisan attributes. There is little to bring national cohesion, harmony, communal fraternity, patriotism and national approach – this is the root cause of all the ills surrounding us. It is beyond the capacity of PEMRA, apparently a regulatory body but subservient to the wishes of the political masters in the government, to give a sense of direction to electronic media in Pakistan, more because of the total indiscipline among the ranks of the organization who are just a cluster of individuals coming from here and there to get attractive pay packages in this inflation ridden society. Hence, it remains the responsibility of the saner and patriotic media managers to rise above the petty personal or vested interests and serve, for a while, for the future of Pakistan, its survival and its future generations. —Karachi

Recruitments in EOBI SARA ZAKI SHAH During the era of previous PPP Government, many national organizations have devastated by massive corruption and illegal appointments, because PPP Government has very generously provided jobs to their favourite “jialas” in different Federal, Provincial and Autonomous Departments. No such example of massive corruption and illegal appointments have ever seen before. Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) is also one of those national welfare organizations for poor labour class, where a politically appointedt Chairman Zafar Iqbal Gondal ( a brother of then Federal Minister for Food and agriculture, Mr. Nazar Muhammad Gondal) has illegally provided nearly 400 jobs from grade 1 to 20 on the basis of nepotism, cronyism and political influence, without lawful authority and in violation of prescribed recruitment procedure by neglecting thousands of eligible and deserving candidates. Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) under Ministry of Human Resource Development, was founded by Qauid-e-Awam Shaheed Z.A.Bhutto in 1976 for the purpose of providing insurable old age benefits to the persons employed in different industrial commercial Establishments. The EOB Act 1976 was promulgated for extending benefits of old age pension, widow pension, invalidity pension and old age grant to the registered workers. According to EOBI Recruitment Procedure framed under Regulations 10 of the EOBI (Employees Service) Regulations, 1980, which deals with Recruitment Procedure of Human Resource Management, specifically provides that: “Advertisement of all the posts including regular, contract, daily wages etc. written test, interview, Regional quota “ But during last three years more than 400, unlawful and illegal appointments from grade 1 to 20 (which forms almost 40% of total strength of the Institution) have been made on the basis of political influence, nepotism and cronyism under former Prime Ministers Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf (whose son-in-law Raja Azeem ul Haq Minhas has been appointed directly in Grade 20 as Deputy Director General), Federal Minister for Labour Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah and former Chairman EOBI, Zafar Iqbal Gondal (also involved in absconding in Rs. 44 Billion, Multibillion Mega land scandal), in violation of prescribed recruitment procedure, Resolutions / decisions of the Governing Board as well as in deceitful, dishonest and non transparent manner. Most of the appointments have been made from the Constituencies of former Minister for Labour (Sukkur Division) and Mr.Nazar Mohammad Gondal, the then Federal Minister for Food & Agriculture (Mandi Bahauddin). It is pertinent to mention that even after the lapse of three years of their appointments, these blue eyed newly recruited officers have failed to submit or even show their educational Testimonials, which were compulsory to be attached with their applications against the relevant posts, then to be produced at the time of interview. There are many such unlawful appointees who did not hold their academic qualification at the time of applying but they secured the favourite posts thereon. A large number of impugned appointees were allowed to join the service of EOBI, even before passing Medical Test in sheer violation of mandatory condition as per EOBI Service Regulations/Recruitment Procedure and was clearly mentioned in their impugned appointment letters. Even they were given higher salaries and fringe benefits from the date of unlawful join-

ing. The Education Testimonials/Degrees of the impugned appointees have not been verified from Higher Education Commission before alleged six month training at Hamdard University with hostel facility, (but these blue-eyed appointees were placed in the hostel only for one month and the trainees were accommodated in a posh hotel for remaining months, on millions of rupees additional cost) which cost Rs. 33 million to EOBI in sheer violation explicit resolution of EOBI Board of Trustees made in its 91st meeting. The whole Drama of Training was staged because the then Deputy Director General, Mirza Imtiaz Ahmed - a Grade 19 deputationist, occupying the post of Financial Advisor/Director General in Grade 21 wanted to secure his immigration of USA which was subject to providing a certificate of appreciation from a reputable University on any book authored by him, so that his scholar status may be verified. He managed the same on a fake book at the cost of about Rs.50.00 million out of poor workers’ Pension Fund Trust. These people are a burdon on the national exchequer. Recently, a high level Fact Finding Committee constituted by new Chairman EOBI Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, has thoroughly examined the said controversial recruitments process and observed that: “Scrutiny of the records, relevant files and data submitted by I. T. Department during the process of recruitment, the Committee observed that a number of discrepancies/irregularities in the process of recruitment were carried out in these appointments. Defective short-listing owing to which candidates having unmatched / irrelevant qualification, acquiring qualification after appointment, deficient post qualification experience, over age and without required domiciles were entertained”. The Fact Finding Committee, in its report, concluded that prescribed rules and procedures were not followed while making the above recruitment / appointment in EOBI. Equal opportunities were not provided to all aspirants for the appointments in EOBI by not holding written test, not constituting appropriate selection committees and making compromises on qualifications etc. Thus, principles of fairplay, transparency and rules of natural justice / equity were compromised. In light of fore-going, we draw kind attention of Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan and other high-ups to declare all the impugned appointments as unlawful, illegal and null and void ab initio, immediately and remove all political appointees from EOBI, so that this national welfare organization may survive in the best interest of poorest working class. —Via email

Contribution of Descartes AROOJ SHABBIR Renee Descartes, a French philosopher, exploded another bomb of his ingenuity. He discovered his new formula for mechanical engineers and inventors to work with kinetic energy and energy conversion phenomenon. In 1649, while working with his formulation of Snell’s law and force of motion in his laboratory, he discovered the energy rule; energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, it takes one form to another. He had been living in France for decades and detained to his laboratory. Though he could not give his work an exhibition during his life, but his death brought out the facts. Descartes believed that God created the universe as a perfect clockwork mechanism of vertical motion that functioned deterministically thereafter without intervention. Descartes said that the fundamental force of motion was mass times velocity (today known as momentum), not the quantity which

Leibniz called vis viva. Although this formulation was correct, Leibniz nonetheless, maintained that the measure of a body’s “force” was not given simply by the product of mass times velocity, but instead by the product of mass times velocity squared (which is proportional to what is now called kinetic energy). He proposed, since matter is in effect the same as extension there can be no empty space or void; since there is no empty space motion is not a question of occupying previously empty space, but is to be thought of in terms of vortices (like the motion of a liquid). Descartes being a philosopher and a natural scientist had been previously working on natural philosophy. The only thing that he believed he could be certain of, was that he was doubt, leading to his famous phrase “Cogito ergo sum,” (I think, therefore I am). From this one phrase, he derived the rest of philosophy, including the existence of God. Descartes’ theory of knowledge starts with the quest for certainty, for an indubitable starting-point or foundation on the basis alone of which progress is possible. Although his theory of matter have been rejected many times, his relentless exposure of the hardest issues, his exemplary clarity and even their initial plausibility, all contrive to make him the central point of reference for modern philosophy. His work is an emblem of this technological era, his wisdom is entity of natural philosophy and his proposals open a gateway to deal with energy realm. Today, his theories are used for inventions, such as kinetic missiles, kinetic chargers (mechanical chargers), cold storage carriers, roller coaster and even refrigerators. However, his name is often seen in the pages of history, but his works were a giant to stand on the shoulders of, and his proposals were already a stand on Newtonians based ideas. For a simple go through even brings his work, as an answer to erstwhile energy crisis. For an energy nomenclature, nature’s energy can prevail to be in other forms of energy. —Rawalpindi

Game changer HIRA LAST The success of China’s moon mission landing is to be greeted as a scientific victory. Placing a platform of instruments safely on the planetary surface has been achieved by only two other nations, the US and the former Soviet Union. As an illustration of its booming technological expertise, China could not have done better; however, the vast investment indispensable to accomplish this goal raises a noticeable question: why travel to the moon at all? There are numerous answers. For a start, the moon is rich in minerals that could one day provide us with key ingredients that have become depleted on Earth. The moon’s surface can also function as perfect place to test technologies needed to explore other, more distant worlds. These are both good reasons to make lunar missions, though neither was central to China’s incentives. Its prime goal was far simpler. It has shown the world and Asia in particular, that it is now an inclusive technological power. For a nation that has initiated to stretch its military muscles, its presence on another world perfectly unveils its national aptitude. —Via email

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Egypt refers ousted Morsi to third trial CAIRO—Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred ousted President Mohammed Morsi to a third trial, on charges of organizing prison breaks during the 2011 uprising, spreading chaos in the country and abducting policemen in collaboration with foreign militants. The new charges against Morsi and 129 others widen the legal crackdown on the ousted Islamist president and his group, the Muslim Brotherhood, leveling sweeping accusations, most of which carry the death penalty. Egypt’s new, militarybacked authorities have sought to portray the Brotherhood as largely responsible for violence and militant attacks that engulfed the country following the 2011 ouster of Morsi’s predecessor, longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The violence has surged in the aftermath of a popularly-backed military coup that deposed Morsi in July. The latest case against

Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, is rooted in events during the 2011 uprising. Days after major protests erupted against Mubarak, the government arrested dozens of Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi. Then, amid the turmoil and collapsing security, more than 20,000 inmates escaped in a series of jailbreaks, including Morsi and other Brotherhood members. Authorities said the jailbreaks were part of an organized effort to destabilize the country. Investigative Judge Hassan Samir on Saturday said other Brotherhood suspects in the case include the group’s leader Mohammed Badie, his deputy Mahmoud Ezzat, who is still at large, former Parliament Speaker Saad el-Katatni and others. Also charged are members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah group. —AP Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold his poster as they raise their hands with four fingers which has become a symbol of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo.

At least 18 Iraqi army officers killed in ambush R AMADI— At least 18 Iraqi among the officers,” a military military officers were killed in an ambush in the Sunni Muslimdominated province of Anbar, military sources said. The commander of the army’s Seventh Division as well as the commander of its 28th Brigade and several other highranking officers were among those killed in the attack, the sources said. Another 32 soldiers were wounded. It was not immediately clear why so many senior officers were in an area controlled largely by Sunni militants linked to al Qaeda, but some sources suggested they had come to document a recent military victory nearby. Multiple sources said three suicide bombers wearing explosive belts detonated themselves among the officers inside a deserted house in the western town of Rutba, 360 km (225 miles) west of Baghdad. “All that we know so far is three suicide bombers wearing explosive vests came from nowhere and detonated themselves

officer who was at the scene told Reuters by phone. Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki ordered troops in the area to launch an operation to pursue the militants who carried out the attack, the sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suicide bombing is the trademark of al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate, which merged this year with its Syrian counterpart to form the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al Qaeda-linked militants have intensified attacks on the security forces, civilians and anyone seen as supporting the Shi’ite-led government, tipping Iraq back into its deadliest levels of violence in five years. In a separate incident, the commander-in-chief of the police force in Shirqat, 300 km north of Baghdad, was killed and four of his officers were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded by his convoy, police and medical sources said.—Reuters

Iran’s air defence on full alert at borders during wargames TEHRAN—Iran’s Air Defense System has been on full alert during the Iranian Air Force wargames over the Persian Gulf in a bid to shoo away any possible enemy threat or approaching vessels and aircraft of the trans-regional forces in the region. The Iranian Air Force started two-day massive air drills codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harime Vellayat IV over the county’s Southern waters. “During the Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV wargames, the movements of regional and trans-regional forces are fully monitored,” Commander of the Air Defense Unit in Southeastern Iran Colonel Mohammad Reza Farzan told FNA on Saturday. Colonel Farzan said his unit is tasked with controlling, directing and supplementing the offensive missions of the Air Force during the aerial drills underway in Southern Iran.

Earlier this month, Iran inaugurated several important air defense systems in a ceremony attended by Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli. Commander of Iran’s Air Defense Zone in the East Malek Ali Asadifar said the projects enhanced the operational level of the country’s air defense systems in the Eastern zone. General Esmayeeli had announced in early September that Iran is mulling plans to develop its air defense systems based on the possible threats which might be posed to the country in the next five years. “Today, the air defense is moving forward concurrently with new threats and what is going on around us shows that we should make the air defense ready to confront the threats not only of the present time but of

the next five years,” Esmayeeli said in a ceremony in Tehran at the time. He downplayed the effects of the western sanctions on the progress of Iran’s defense industry, and announced that Iran’s air defense is implementing 15 operational projects now. Also at the same time, Assadifar underlined the country’s high level of military deterrence, and said Iran’s air defense is making rapid progress in accordance with the advancements made in enemy’s hi-tech fighter jets. “The more advanced enemy fighters grow, the more sophisticated and advanced the Iranian air defense will be,” he said. In relevant remarks in midMay, Esmayeeli said his forces are fully prepared to defend the country against threats in the region. Speaking during a visit to the country’s Southwestern Air De-

fense Zone at the time, he pointed to Iran’s eye-catching growth in air defense systems in recent years, and stated that Iran’s air defense capability is so advanced that it is not comparable to what it could do during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s. “At present, the air defense unit’s capability, capacity and expertise can defuse any threat existing in the region,” Esmayeeli stressed, adding that the air defense forces enjoy a “desirable” level of preparedness. The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.—FNA

Syrian govt air Thai opposition party to Fragile Greek coalition’s raids ‘wreaking majority shrinks boycott general elections disaster’ on Aleppo

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ATHENS—The Greek coalition enacted austerity policies under government’s majority in parliament shrank to just three seats after a lawmaker rebelled over a controversial new law to extend property taxes to farmland. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s majority of more than 20 seats after last year’s election has dwindled to the point where it raises the risk of political instability that could hamper recovery and Greece’s ability to meet targets for its international bailout. Samaras expelled lawmaker Byron Polydoras from the conservatives’ parliamentary group after he refused to back the new tax law demanded by Greece’s lenders. His expulsion reduces the parliamentary group of Samaras’s conservative-Socialist coalition government to 153 in the 300-seat parliament. The new legislation, which passed on Saturday, replaces a deeply unpopular property levy collected through electricity bills with a broader real estate tax, including land holdings. Polydoras had argued that the new tax amounted to confiscation. Greece has suffered six years of recession and record unemployment of about 27 percent as it has

terms of its 240-billion euro bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The government projects the new property tax will bring in about 2.65 billion euros ($3.62 billion) annually, less than the 2.9 billion euros it collected under the previous regime. To offset the shortfall, it will cut its investment program by 200 million euros next year. The new legislation also reduces the property transfer tax to 3 percent from a previous 8 to 10 percent, to help boost transactions in the moribund market. Apartment prices have plunged by 32 percent since their peak in 2008. Property accounts for a large chunk of household wealth as Greece has one of the highest home ownership rates in western Europe - 80 percent versus a European Union average of 70 percent - according to European Mortgage Federation data. Inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund troika agreed to the new tax, even though they had raised concerns on whether Greece can collect it effectively.—Reuters

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BANGKOK—Thailand’s main Party has a history of clearly sup- claiming they want to reform be- killing hundreds in air strikes on opposition Democrat Party said Saturday that it would boycott February’s general election, deepening a weekslong political crisis over protesters’ efforts to oust the government and force political reforms. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, announced the boycott after a meeting of party executives. He said the decision was made in order to ensure that Thailand’s government will “represent the people once again.” The party’s position reflects the stand taken by street protesters demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down ahead of the elections. The demonstrators want an appointed interim government to institute reforms before any new polls are held. The Democrats, who are closely allied with the protest movement, also led an election boycott in 2006 that helped destabilize the government and paved the way for a military coup that ousted then- Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s older brother. “Even though the Democrat

porting reform, today I have to accept the truth that the people believe that even if the Democrat Party runs in this election, they believe they will be not be able to reform the country,” Abhisit said at a news conference. “We are choosing the harder path, making the long-term decision to represent the people once again,” he said. The protest movement, led by a former senior member of the Democrat Party, Suthep Thaugsuban, has said it will insist that the Feb. 2 elections not be held if Yingluck stays on as caretaker prime minister. Abhisit, however, distanced his party from the position of the socalled People’s Democratic Reform Committee, saying the party respected the concept of elections. Promphong Nopparit, a spokesman for Yingluck’s ruling Pheu Thai Party, said that the Democrats’ action was not unexpected, and that it was taken because they knew they would lose. “I believe that what Mr. Suthep has done in the name of the PDRC in the past two months,

fore the election it’s more like Mr. Suthep wants a revolution to take power,” Promphong said. “It is a political game. In the end, they have the same objective, which is to overthrow Yingluck’s government and overthrow the democratic system,” he said. Earlier Saturday, Yingluck formally proposed a plan for making political reforms following the election. It included having election candidates take an oath to support the creation of a reform council immediately after taking office; having the council’s representatives come from all walks of life at local and national levels; and mandating that the council finish its work of organizing and setting up reform mechanisms within two years. Thailand has been wracked by sometimes violent political conflict since the coup that toppled billionaire Thaksin, who was accused of corruption and abuse of power. The protesters say Thai politics are hopelessly corrupt under Thaksin’s continuing influence, and that he buys his electoral support from the country’s urban and rural poor.—AP

the city, Human Rights Watch, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Iran’s foreign minister. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), meanwhile, said the body of Abbas Khan, a British doctor who died in a Syrian jail, was to be transported to Beirut. “Government forces have really been wreaking disaster on Aleppo in the last month, killing men, women, and children alike,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW). “The Syrian air force is either criminally incompetent, doesn’t care whether it kills scores of civilians -– or deliberately targets civilian areas,” Solvang added. The HRW statement comes six days after the launch of a massive aerial campaign against oppositionheld areas of Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial capital, involving dozens of warplane strikes and helicopter attacks using TNT-packed barrels. The New York-based organisation cited the Syrian Network for Human Rights as saying 232 civilians were killed from December 15 to 18 in and around the northern city.—AFP

Tunisia: The old is dying, the new is yet to be born YOUSSEF CHERIF

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S with landmark events which caught scholars of Interna tional Relations and political analysts off guard, the Arab Spring has been one such phenomenon, provoking countless heated debates as to why it happened, how to deal with it and where it is heading. Three years later, Tunisia, where everything started, is still struggling. However, it looks like that country will be the last glimpse of hope in the region. “Work, freedom, and national dignity!” have not yet been attained. Although not dead and not even on hold.The process is as slow as the constitution-writing, it, however, remains work-in-progress. The ancien regime did not collapse entirely, but counterrevolution is not succeeding either. The “Islamist Winter” appears to be an all-seasons mixture. And as the country enters its fourth year in the age of revolution, a new government is taking office, imposed by civil society and political compromise rather than by police or the army. Revolution is in transition. By the end of 2011, as the “Jasmine Revolution” - a mushy orientalist concept which denotes the Tunisian contribution to the Arab Spring - was blowing its first candle, it was common to hear statements such as “Nothing has changed”. In late 2013, “It was better before” became the mantra of the street. A grim assessment of the situation today would suggest that three years on; the economy is collapsing, commodity prices are going up, unemployment is rising, while the tourism industry is facing uncertainty. Strikes and workers’ demonstrations are also a common occurance in all institutions. Many state-owned factories are subject to sabotage by former regime employees. Meanwhile, the rulingTroika (The ruling coalition of al-Nahda, the Congress Party for the Republic (CPR), and the centre-left party Ettakatol) was busy allocating more state positions to its sympathizers than to competent people. Security situation continues to deteriorate. Terrorism-related news is a daily routine by now, with a series of attacks on the police and the military, as well as a number of (failed) bombings targeting civilians. Horrific crimes rates are reported on TV while robbery and burglary became more frequent and it is widely advised to avoid certain roads after dark. But those nagging about such issues do not consider the global economic crisis, the Euro crisis and the regional political and security conditions. They tend to forget that there was a time, not long ago, when reporting the tiniest issue in the media was a risky business under the former regime. They fail to realise that workers are finally able to reject the injustices imposed on them and demand their rights. They skip the fact that they have moved from a police state to an embryonic democracy. Nevertheless, economy and security were Ben Ali’s two success stories; losing them for freedom is not what the average citizen wants. Their regression marks the failure of all the governments brought by the revolution. They should be the next prime minister’s priorities. Freedom is the highest reward of the Arab Spring. Tunisians can speak now about anything, anywhere, to anyone. They can also widen the scope of their dreams, think of projects without fearing the bullying of the “ruling family”, and have the opportunity to apply them on the ground as restrictions relaxed. This is what Al Bawsala, and Tunisia Live, are doing. Both are youth-led initiatives; while the first is an NGO monitoring the Constituent Assembly and its irregularities, the second is an independent e-journal also created and managed by young people. Scores of Tunisians, especially students and young adults, participate in civil society actions or have a very active (socially committed) Facebook life. This reclaiming of the public space will usher in the birth of Tunisia’s civil society, the direct consequence of freedom and the fulfilment of national dignity. Moreover, there is a growing interest in the country’s history and more willingness to discuss politics. In fact, the assassination of culture and the depoliticisation of society were among Ben Ali’s deeds: archaeological lootings, censorship, propagandistic forms of art, sports as quasi-religion, etc. So It may be a “youth revolution hijacked by the older generation” until now, but it is up to the younger generation to act and push.By learning his/her past and discussing politics or organising community service, a leader of his/her own destiny, if the economic and security situation improves, is born. The period following al-Nahda party victory in the October 2011 election, and the emerging of fundamentalist Salafist groups, were dubbed the most sensitive time in the post-revolution setting. The way the Islamist party appointed its affiliates in different positions, how its associates - the Leagues to Protect the Revolution (LPR) - crushed their opponents, the different attacks and killings, presumably perpetrated by Jihadi Salafists, were factors that contributed to creating a culture of legitimate fear among segements of society. As time went by, however, al-Nahda was isolated and weakened, internally because of the economic situation, and internationally due to the regional transformations climaxing in Egypt’s July 3 putsch. Its leaders also understood that flirting with Salafists was a dangerous game. The US Embassy incident served as a grim reminder of that reality. Therefore, a conflict emerged between the government and Ansar al-Sharia, the main Salafi movement in Tunisia. The LPR, on the other hand, are keeping a low profile recently. The several compromises that al-Nahda accepted to make - willingly or under pressure - by refraining from including Sharia, the Islamic law, in the constitution to having its officials resign and handing over power, are all indicators that the Spring is still shining: Arab, Islamists, secularist and Universal. While the trumpets of counterrevolution announce the triumph of its forces in Egypt, Libya and Syria, Tunisian revolutionaries continue their advances slow, but steady. Its transitional process seems to work, its institutions function against all odds. If the “Tunisian scenario” succeeds, it can become the trigger of another revolution. Tiny Cuba was, after all, the (non-democratic) launchpad of a socialist revolution which thrived decades later. Democratic Tunisia can similarly become the locomotive of the greatest Arab Revolution, giving Arabs their freedom and dignity as citizens, allowing them to become the makers of their own history and future. —Courtesy Aljazeera

Bahrain: A small but fascinating country FAROUK LUQMAN

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EARS ago I flew to Bahrain from my birth place in Aden, where I was still living at the time, while both countries were ruled by the British government. Aden was a crown colony under the Taj while Bahrain was a protectorate under some old treaties just like other Arab sheikhdoms that were too poor and weak to fend for themselves. They were content to be protected as long as they were left alone. At that time the British Overseas Airways Corporation which later became British Airways established a small but efficient airline called Aden Airways that served as a link between

Aden, Somalia, Bahrain, Kuwait and East African countries such as Kenya, the present Tanzania, and Zanzibar then ruled by the Sultan of Oman, whose ancestors had conquered and occupied the island for many years. Although the planes were small, largely DC-3 aircraft, the distances were not too long even between Aden and Cairo. Shortly afterwards the airline bought DC-6 aircraft. I remember well the luxury of the new aircraft, which were bigger and served food. The food was cooked in Aden so it had a distinct Adeni flavor that was originally a copy of Indian food complete with curry and masala. The visit to Bahrain, which was often compared with Aden, was disappointing although the

country was greener. It was just as liberal as Aden with boys and girls schools, clubs and associations of mixed membership, movie houses, tennis courts, and even nightclubs run primarily for the British and European communities. Arabic newspapers, followed by English weeklies, were first established in Aden by my father before they became dailies. Aden was more developed than Bahrain with a free international transit port, a fairly good airport and a diverse community of Arabs and Europeans, with Yemenis and Somalis forming the biggest worker communities in the country. However, while Bahrain evolved into a modern city under the Khalifa family, which is still ruling it, Aden soon degenerated after independence

from Britain when the Sovietaligned Marxist party seized it after crushing other groups including those allied with President Nasser of Egypt. The Suez Canal that had linked East and West via Aden closed down after the 1967 war in the Middle East and Aden was no longer of importance to anyone except as a base of doubtful value for the Soviet Union. At the same time, Bahrain leaped ahead and soon became a flourishing island of great promise. Its population grew rapidly and Saudi Arabia made the historic decision to build a bridge linking the two countries. Currently nearly 20 million people a year cross the bridge to Bahrain to shop and holiday for the weekends, and return home in their own cars

with no need to fly as was the case in the past. I traveled repeatedly to Bahrain in my years as editor of Arab News and then Malayalam News, which was distributed in Bahrain in the early morning hours to members of the huge south Indian community. It is now one of the most densely populated countries in the world with 1.35 million people on an area of 765 square kilometers. There is no place to expand in any direction. But its importance cannot be exaggerated because it is linked to Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the region. In fact, it was ruled by Iran until 1783. So when the British decided to hand back the island to its people in August 1971 the then Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi

threatened to seize it claiming that it was part of his country. There were tense moments then and only the protective power of Britain prevented a war in the region. Iran then attacked and annexed three little islands in the Gulf that are still under its control. Britain allowed the annexation that at present constitutes a vexing problem between the Gulf nations and Iran, although neither side appears anxious to go to war over them. Perhaps now that there is a moderate government in Tehran following the exit of the former regime led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who antagonized all Iran’s neighbors, it may be possible to expect some peaceful settlement. In my first few trips, I stayed at the five-star Sheraton

hotel at a reasonable rate. Like all hotels, it was close to the airport and took only 15 minutes either way. I later moved to the Gulf Hotel, which was rated higher but cost a little more because it belonged to the national airline, Gulf Air, a government-run entity. It had better food I thought because of its greater variety including Lebanese and Indian dishes, and the excellent 24hour buffet and coffee shop common to all big hotels on the island. Over the past year, more modern and cheaper hotels have sprung up. Traveling by car to Bahrain is easier and cheaper across the bridge, compared to the high cost of traveling by air to other countries including the UAE and Qatar. The latter has opened up with amazing gusto and is

trying to compete with Dubai in many ways since the change of leadership. This year its ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, surprised everyone by handing over the helm to his young son Tamim, who is one of the tallest royals in the Gulf. Bahrain had previously made headlines for all the wrong reasons, largely due to the flagrant interference from the former Iranian president. However, with increasing rapport between the new Iranian leadership and Western governments that support Bahrain, and would not tolerate either aggression or interference, there is hope that peace will prevail and the country can grow its tourism industry and economy. —Courtesy Arabnews


Terrorist attacks From Page 1 lives for the defence of motherland,” said the statement. Later, he was briefed in detail at the Corps Headquarters about various operational, training and administrative matters. The army chief appreciated the resolve displayed by the officers and men during fight against terrorism and bringing stability to the militancy hit areas. The clashes between militants and Pakistani security forces, erupted following a suicide attack on a military checkpoint which killed at least five soldiers and wounded 34 others Wednesday night, have seen at least 53 people dead in North Waziristan. Appreciating the infrastructure building and reconstruction work being undertaken by the Pakistan Army for socio-economic benefit of the local population of FATA and Malakand, the army chief instructed all concerned to ensure quality and timely completion of these projects. Earlier, on his arrival in Peshawar, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani.

PR poses From Page 1 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been unearthed and how many officers were prosecuted in the province for corruption.He asked how many hoarders and profiteers were brought to book by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.He inquired whether Imran Khan had introduced the system of elected Station House Officer system in the province as was promised by him. “How much revenue Imran Khan has increased in the province and did he computerise land record in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa?” the Minister asked adding Imran should also tell whether police reforms were undertaken and police was depoliticized in the province.—APP

CPNE From Back Page Malik is author of a dozen books with over 2000 articles and comments to his credit. He has delivered over 100 lectures abroad on varied subjects to various groups and associations in and outside Pakistan. One of his books is on Public Relations, which got the Writers Guild First Prize in 1970 and it is being taught in all the Mass Communications Departments of the Universities of Pakistan.

Intense cold grips entire country I SLAMABAD /Q UETTA —Intense cold weather has gripped the entire country as mercury falls further and Quetta receives first snowfall of the winter season on Saturday. Due to snowfall in Quetta the mercury slid down to minus seven degree centigrade and the resultant cold waves reaching Karachi also suddenly took the city in its grip, as the temperature went down to 8.7 degree Celsius. Gilgit-Baltistan was witnessing chilled weather after receiving light rain and snowfall on the mountains, while the sky remains clouded in upper parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. Several cities of Punjab including Multan, Muzaffargarh, Gujranawala and Sargodha remained blanketed by fogs. Cold wave has also increase the demand for gas cylinders and woods that people generally use for keeping them warm in the chill weather. The gas and fuel wood prices have shot up beyond reach of common man causing much immense inconvenience to the poor citizens living in the hills and valleys. Meanwhile, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted mostly cloudy weather conditions with light rain (light snowfall over the hills) at isolated places of North Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions), Upper KP ( Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat divisions), Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sahiwal, Sargodha divisions), Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during next 24 hours. Dense foggy conditions are likely to reduce in plain areas of the country.—INP

Protest sit-in against SLGO-2013 today

MQM may engage in dialogue if reservations addressed: Sabzwari I RFAN A LIGI KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement said the party had launched a protest programme across the Sindh province against the passage of Sindh Local Government Ordinance-2013 (Amended) by Sindh assembly. The party would stage a sit-in today at the Fountain Chowk located in between Sindh High Court and Sindh Assembly building. Leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Syed Faisal Sabzwari said this while addressing a press briefing at the Fountain Chowk Saturday. Members provincial assembly belonging to the MQM and local office-bearers including Haider Abbas Rizvi, Wasay Jalil, Syed Amin Ul Haque, Parliamentary

leader of the MQM in Sindh assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed and other MPAs were present. Sabzwari said that the Sindh provincial government had passed an obsolete ordinance for governing the local government system in the province, which was in violation to the Article 140 of the Constitution of Pakistan because the ordinance thus passed had deprived the to-be elected representatives for the local governments of administrative, political and financial powers. The MQM had been on protest on that ordinance and also moved court for justice, which the party believed would be done in the vast interest of the people. He said that the MQM would be ready to get en-

gaged in political dialogue provide that the reservations on the local government law and ongoing targeted operation were addressed. The MQM was a political party and always believed in dialogue and had never closed its doors for political talks. The MQM had demanded that the to-be elected representatives of the local government should be given administrative and financial powers and that the Provincial Election Commission, Sindh should ensure the local body polls would be held in free, fair and transparent manner. The delimitations by the deputy commissioners that followed the promulgation of the SLGO were highly disputed and union

No letup in attacks on polio workers From Page 1 victim but Assistant Political Agent, Jehangir Azam Wazir said that Dr. Sameen was shot dead in the incident. Official sources said that gunmen threw a pamphlet next to the polio worker, after opening fire on him, warning that all those who were part of any polio vaccination campaign or found working for any non-governmental organization would be targeted the same manner The recent wave of attacks is coming despite a fatwa by a prominent religious scholar and chief of his own faction of Jamiat-eUlema-e-Islam (JUI) Maulana Sami ul Haq who is known as the spiritual leader of Taliban. He had asked the parents to immunize their children against polio and other life-threatening dis-

eases saying vaccinations were compliant with the Sharia. The recent wave of assaults on Polio volunteers has added to worst apprehensions that the international bodies including the WHO may withdraw support to the Polio eradication campaign in Pakistan that has already been declared a high risk with regard to Polio cases and India even announced a couple of weeks back it would require citizens from Pakistan and other polio-affected nations travelling to India to take a mandatory polio vaccination at least six weeks prior to their departure Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI) Chief Imran has also extended full support to the Polio eradication campaign and asked the Taliban

leadership to stop their tirade against the Polio volunteers who have selflessly been carrying out the crusade to wipe out the deadly epidemic from the region, the Militants have also threatened the legendary cricketer of dire consequence due to his active support to Polio campaign forcing the PTI leadership to ask the government for enhanced security for Mr. Khan. In the meanwhile the IG Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Police had urged the government to adopt an effective strategy and a permanent solution for the security of Polio vaccinators saying the KP Police that was already short of strength and resources, was sparing fifty percent of its force for the Polio teams security. He also called for involving the clergy to play its role in this direction.

ICA allows India to construct Kishanganga Dam From Page 1 lion cubic metres or 14,900 acre feet with dead storage of 8,755 acre feet. The dispute was on the design and operations of the dam, which Pakistan said were in violation of the Indus Water Treaty. Pakistan had also submitted facts and figures regarding water flow in the court. During case proceedings, Indus Water Commissioner Asif Baig and international lawyers including James Crawford and Simpson Woodsworth presented their arguments. They were of the view that diversion of Kishanganga near Bandipurah area in Occupied Kashmir and installation of power house gates on lower level was violation of Indus Water Treaty and demanded that the project should be closed or its design must be changed. They told the court that this project will affect 30%

production of Pakistan’s Neelum-Jhelum power house and cause shortage of 2,000 cusecs of water in Neelum Valley.. Meanwhile, the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has allowed India to build 330MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project in the Occupied Kashmir, however, the neighnouring country has been ordered to provide half of the dam’s water to Pakistan. The court also ruled that India can not take the water on a very low level in the dam. In 2010 Pakistan protested to the altered design and took up the issue with the World Bank. A sevenmember team, appointed by UN Secretary General, after surveying the site and listening to the arguments of both Pakistan and India finally decided settle the dispute. The first hearing was held at The Hague on January 14, 2011 when it was de-

cided that Pakistan would submit its case to the ICA in May, 2011. In September last year, the ICA in its interim decision had restricted India from any permanent work on the Kishanganga project. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Saturday that Pakistan has achieved a significant victory in the International Court of Arbitration(ICA) in Kishin Ganga Dam Case. According to a press release which issued here, the minister said that Pakistan has achieved a big victory in terms that ICA has accepted Pakistan’s right to the water as riparian state on waters of Kishin Ganga. Similarly Pakistan’s right over the waters of Jhelum and Chenab rivers is also established, the miniter informed. “The decision will safeguard our water rights in future also” the minister further said.—INP/APP

Military operations will increase militancy: Imran From Page 1 Meanwhile, addressing a press conference on Saturday, Khan said that the government should take the nation into confidence if it wanted an operation and should evacuate women and children from the areas. He said that the women and children were already being targeted in drone attacks and the proposed

operation would further add to their miseries. Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that masses would take onto street of Lahore today not for him or PTI but for themselves as high prices and inflation makes life of common man miserable. Khan warned Punjab authorities not to obstruct

their rally saying that their rally would be peaceful. He said Mall Road is not property of anybody adding that PTI supporters would reach the Mall to stage protest which is democratic right of every citizen. Khan has said that the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has failed to control price hike.

Syria views Saudi as number one enemy D AMASCUS —Syria now views Saudi Arabia as its number one enemy and accuses it of trying to destroy the country by arming jihadists and other rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told AFP this week that Saudi Arabia was providing unfettered support for “terrorist groups” in Syria, while other

nations had reviewed their positions. “I think that all those who supported these terrorist groups have the feeling now that they have made big mistakes,” Muqdad said in an interview on Thursday, referring to the rebels seeking to topple Assad. “The only party who is declaring the full support to the terrorist groups, to AlQaeda, is Saudi Arabia,” he

said. Muqdad urged the world to press Saudi Arabia to halt its support for the rebels, to prevent what he said was “another 11 September incident”. “I think that if the world wants to avoid another 11 September incident, they must start telling Saudi Arabia ‘enough is enough’,” he said, referring to Al-Qaeda’s 2001 attacks on the US.— AFP

committees in areas in the city where the MQM had overwhelming dominance were redefined with a limit of 50, 000 votes while in areas where the PPPP had dominance were redefined with a limit of just 1200 votes. In reply to a question, Sabzwari said that efforts were being made to render the ongoing targeted operation as disputed. The MQM Chief Altaf Husain had already said that the peace and tranquility should at all cost be maintained in the metropolis whether it would be the Pak Army to take the operation in its hands. The ongoing targeted operation could never be undisputed unless it was assured that the innocent workers of the MQM were released.

Petrol prices From Page 1 petrol prices has been recorded in the Middle East oil market, precipitating a likely corresponding increase in the fuel prices in Pakistan. The price of petrol is projected to increase by Rs3.30 per litre. The prices of hispeed diesel and hi-octane are expected to increase by Rs4.70 and Rs5 per litre respectively. Prices of light diesel and kerosene are to rise by Rs3.75 and Rs3.25 per litre respectively. If the government decides to increase the fuel prices in accordance with the current trend in the global oil market, new petrol prices in Pakistan will exceed Rs117 per litre, while the new prices for hi-speed diesel and hioctane would top Rs121 and Rs150 per litre. The Oil and Gas Regulation Authority would be assessing the delivery expenses on December 26 and submit a summary to the government on December 27. Furthermore, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Finance to prepare a summary on whether the petroleum prices would be increased or would there be a decrease in the petroleum levy. Sources said the new prices of petroleum products would be announced after the prime minister has approved the summary submitted by the finance ministry.

Erdogan From Page 1 Minister will be leading a delegation comprising ministers, business people and entrepreneurs to explore investment avenues in various fields in Pakistan. The two countries would also sign MoUs to extend cooperation in various sectors.The Turkish PM will land in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday and attend a cultural event at a local college. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will host a luncheon in honor of the visiting dignitary at his residence at Raiwind near Lahore that would follow a Business Forum and the signing of MoUs in Lahore. The Turkish PM would move to Islamabad on Tuesday and meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, followed by delegation level talks.The Foreign Ministry said the visit of the Turkish PM is part of a regular exchange of High Level visits between the two countries.— NNI

Nawaz: No room for religious From Page 1 a Rs 100 billion loan scheme for youngsters in which the religious discrimination had been negated strictly. “I call upon Christian, Hindu and Sikh youth to benefit from this scheme confidently and support their families,” he said adding that the Punjab government had also allocated Rs 200 million for the uplift of non-Muslim communities, besides specifying Rs 150 million to grant scholarships to deserving students of the minorities. The Prime Minister stressed the need for forging unity and promoting interfaith harmony to eliminate religious hatred, terrorism and extremism. Nawaz Sharif said that all religions, including Islam and Christianity, aimed at purification of the soul, adding that Muslims also have faith in Hazrat Essa (AS) (Jesus Christ) as the prophet of Allah Almighty and the Muslim’s belief could not be completed until and unless they believe in all holy books including the Bible as well as all prophets. The prime minister said that exploitation of religion created hatred among follow-

ers of various faiths that ultimately disturbed social peace, adding that a handful of elements were hellbent upon spreading religious hatred and creating sectarianism by exploiting religion and unfortunately such elements also existed in Pakistan. “The elements attacking churches and mosques and other worship places do not have belief/faith or respect for holy places. We must have to obstruct the way of the elements by forging unity in our ranks and promote interfaith harmony,” he maintained. He said the birth of Hazrat Essa (AS) was a clear message of peace and security for humanity and his teachings were a beacon of light that enlightened the world. “Islam also advocates love, peace, harmony, fraternity and tolerance,” he said, asserting that interfaith harmony could be promoted by taking forward religious commonalities.The prime minister said that Christians and other minorities had been playing an active role in the development of Pakistan and prosperity of the peopple since its inception. “The Constitution of Pa-

kistan provides equal opportunities to minorities living in Pakistan,” he said and cited that Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Pakistan Resolution also emphasized equal rights to minorities. The prime minister said the PML-N government was formulating and implementing policies to ensure equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their colour, caste and creed. “The government also discouraged discrimination on the basis of religion, caste and colour in its recently launched PM’s Youth Programme,” he said and advised the minority youth to benefit from the opportunity. “Terrorism, poverty and ignorance have no religion and are affecting people across Pakistan, therefore, peace and prosperity must be for all citizens irrespective of their caste, colour and creed. We have to provide access to education, ensure peace and bring about prosperity to all Pakistanis without any discrimination,” he added. At the end, the prime minister along with other distinguished guests cut a Christmas cake.

Musharraf challenges From Page 1 Musharraf had violated the constitution by imposing emergency rule in the country in November 2007. On December 20, lawyers for the former president had said that a treason charge levied against him was politically motivated and that he would face a “show trial”, urging the United Nations to intervene. Musharraf will be the first military dictator in Pakistan’s history to face a trial for treason. His lawyers have already contended that the treason charge levied against him is politically motivated and that proceedings would be a “show trial”. In a fresh application filed in the Islamabad High Court on Saturday through counsel Advocate Khalid Ranjha, the former president stated that the emergency imposed on

Nov 3 was not an arbitrary act, and that it had the support of all relevant stakeholders.The application moreover said that Musharraf could not be tried in court without including those who had taken part in the act. The petition added that the Nov 3 emergency was imposed while he was serving as a military general and therefore investigation against him could only be carried out under the Army Act. It furthermore said that the federal government should be prevented from conducting investigation against Musharraf in a special court.The defence secretary and law secretary were made parties in the application. In the November 3, 2007 proclamation of emergency, Musharraf, had declared: “I, General Pervez Musharraf,

Chief of the Army Staff, proclaim emergency throughout Pakistan. I hereby order and proclaim that the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan shall remain in abeyance.” The proclamation also mentioned that the emergency was imposed “in pursuance of the deliberations and decisions” of a meeting which was attended by the then “prime minister, governors of all the four provinces, and with chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, chiefs of the armed forces, vice chief of army staff and corps commanders of the Pakistan Army.” The IHC has accepted Musharraf ’s application against his treason trial being conducted in a civilian court and the first hearing would be on Dec 23.The hearing would be heard by Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan.

3 US military aircraft hit From Page 1 were about to land in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation’s worst violence over the last week, when they were hit. The military said the four wounded troops were in stable condition. The U.S. military said three CV-22 Ospreys — the kind of aircraft that can fly like a helicopter and plane — were “participating in a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor.” A South Sudan official said violence against civilians there has resulted in bodies “sprinkled all over town.” “After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission,” the statement said. “The injured troops are being treated for their wounds.” It was not known how many U.S. civilians are in Bor. After the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and flew to Entebbe, Uganda. From there the service members were flown to Nairobi, Kenya aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 for medical treatment, the statement said. An official in the region who insisted on anonymity to share information not made public said the Americans did not tell the top commander in Bor — Gen. Peter Gadet, who defected from the South

Sudan military this week — that they were coming in, which may have led to the attack. The U.S. statements said the gunfire was from unknown forces.The U.S. Embassy in Juba said it has evacuated at least 450 Americans and other foreign nationals from Juba this week and had hoped to begin evacuations from Bor. The U.S. Ospreys were hit one day af-

ter small arms fire downed a U.N. helicopter in the same state.The U.N. on Friday sent four helicopters to extract 40 U.N. peacekeepers from a base in Yuai, also in Jonglei, U.N. information officer Joe Contreras said. One helicopter was fired upon and executed an emergency landing in Upper Nile state, he said. No casualties occurred during the incident.—AP


Sindh not getting share as per 18th amendment: Qaim duced in Sindh to the policy of reconciliation with IRFAN ALIGI Council of Common Inter- the Muttahida Qaumi K A R A C H I – Sindh Chief est. There was no ambigu- Movement and all other po-

Smugglers kidnap Customs officer ISLAMABAD —Smugglers attacked Customs authorities on Islamabad Motorway after they busted a smuggling attempt and kidnapped a deputy superintendent while they released their aide and fled from the scene on Saturday. Islamabad Customs with the help of motorway police had arrested four smugglers and seized a container carrying smuggled fabric and electronics items near Kalar Kahar. Following the arrest, the other accomplices of culprits attacked the Custom officials near Islamabad toll plaza and freed their companions while they also took Deputy Superintendent Chaudhry Iftikhar with them. —Online

Alliance in Kalat QUETTA —Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-and Pakistan Muslim League-N on Saturday announced making an alliance in local government elections. Naimatullah Zehri will be a joint candidate of three parties for the post of Chairman District Council. JUI-F’s Ibrahim Lehri will be the Deputy Chaimran. BNP-M will get the post of Chairman of Muncipal Committee.—Online

Saad advises Imran to avoid blame game L A H O R E —Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that PTI Chief Imran Khan should act like a mature man and advised him to avoid blame game politics.Addressing press conference here on Saturday, Minister strongly criticized the PTI’s proposed sitin against price hike and said the issue of price hike cannot be controlled in a wink of an eye rather it will take time. He said the price hike cannot be ended in sit-ins, however, a strong and comprehensive strategy can end price hike issue. Saad asked the PTI Chief to use forum of Parliament to raise issues and their solutions, adding that Parliament is the best forum for redressal of issues.—APP

Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Saturday that provinces were being deprived of its due share after the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the draft of which was prepared by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani and nothing was clear regarding devolution of powers to the province. He was addressing a 2day conference in a local hotel Saturday. The conference is being held on the topic of “Mutual Ownership of Gas and Oil Reserves and Implementation on Article 172 of the Constitution”. He said that Sindh was LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif cutting the cake during a function to mark the Christmas producing 70 percent of tocelebrations at Governor House. tal amount of natural gas in the country and had reservations on gas distribution procedures. He said that Sindh government had submitted its case on the issue of royalty for natural gas being proSTAFF REPORT ter visiting the hill station. to be in critical condition. OBSERVER REPORT Shah claimed that 30 L AHORE —The process of I SLAMABAD —A child was people had been rescued local bodies elections has killed as a passenger bus and have been shifted to begun across the Punjab with at least 30 people on an Islamabad hospital, and province from Saturday and board, fell into a 100 ft ra- that there were no casualthe candidates can receive vine near Aaro Khas, ties so far. the nomination papers till Islamabad on Saturday The assistant commisDecember 27. evening. The bus was trav- sioner of Rawalpindi said According to Election elling back from Murree to that all of the 30 injured Commissioner Punjab Islamabad when it fell into have been shifted to the Mehboob Anwar, 691 re- a ravine. PIMS hospital in turning officers including A four-year old child Islamabad. 36 district returning officers pulled from the wreckage He added that they across the province have was pronounced as dead by have requisitioned a crane been provided with the doctors on arrival at the from Rawalpindi to pull out nomination forms. hospital. the wreckage. Meanwhile, Election Chief Traffic Police ofTwenty-five memCommission of Pakistan ficer Ishtiaq Shah claimed bers of a family including will start receiving nomina- that the bus was full of va- men, women and children tion papers from those con- cationers from Lahore who belonging to Lahore were testing in Sindh Local Bod- had decided to visit Murree also among others on ies lections from Dec 26 to after paying their respects board. Dec 29, 2013. at Golra Sharif. There are four men, 21 According to the ECP, The accident, he said, women, and five children. scrutiny of nomination pa- took place when they were Of those injured, five pers would be carried out returning to Islamabad af- women and a child are said from January 1 to 5.

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CPNE congratulates Zahid Malik KARACHI—The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) President Mujib-urRehman Shami and Secretary General Dr. Jabbar Khattak have congratulated Editor in Chief of Daily Pakistan Observer on Conferment of honorary degree of PhD in Philosophy by Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi. Mr. Zahid Malik’s who has rendered remarkable services for Pakistani press during last forty years, did his Masters in Mass Communications in 1960 and launched his own Publication House in 1978. Zahid

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Asghar Khan case

Interior Ministry requests record from ISI STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD—Interior Ministry has written a letter to the defence ministry requesting investigation records of the Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan case, from the Inter Services Intelligence on Saturday. The letter stated that the records are either with the ISI or at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, as both are associated with the case. Also, the interior ministry ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to record statements of politicians as well as

the former chief Younus Habib and present a report within three months. It may be mentioned here that on October 19, 2012, the apex court had issued a 141page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against Gen Beg and Lt Gen Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by Asghar Khan. Asghar Khan had made an impassioned plea on December 20 for an investigation into the role of two senior military officers over doling out millions of rupees among several politicians ahead of the 1990 polls.

India transfers diplomat to UN in bid to defuse row with US NEW DELHI— India said on 39-year-old diplomat’s trans- diplomatic protection from U.S. matic protection from arrest. Saturday that it had transferred the diplomat at the center of a row with the United States to its U.N. delegation, a move that it hopes will give her protection from prosecution for visa fraud and underpaying a maid. Whether the accreditation of Devyani Khobragade as a member of India’s U.N. mission leads to a way out of the dispute could depend on the U.S. State Department approving her transfer. Asoke Mukherji, India’s ambassador to the United Nations, said he had written to Secretary-General Ban Kimoon informing him of the

fer. The world’s two largest democracies have been at loggerheads for the past week, amid mounting outrage in India over the arrest of Khobragade, who was stripsearched and handcuffed while in custody. Khobragade was arrested on December 12 and released on $250,000 bail after giving up her passport and pleading not guilty to charges of visa fraud and making false statements about how much she paid her housekeeper, also an Indian. At the time of her arrest Khobragade was serving as deputy consul general in New York, a role which affords less

law. She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted of both counts. In an unusual move, the United States has flown the family of the housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard, out of India. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Wednesday Richard’s family had been brought to the United States after legal efforts had begun in India “to silence her, and attempts were made to compel her to return to India.”Mukherji said that once Khobragade receives her diplomatic card at the U.N. she would be eligible for greater privileges, including diplo-

“We have welcomed her into our team here at the U.N. I have had a meeting with her,” Mukherji said. “As soon as she is accredited, we hope she will be able to discharge her responsibilities.”State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to offer any opinion on whether the change in diplomatic status could prevent Khobragade from being re-arrested or enable her to leave the United States. “I don’t want to speculate on that,” Psaki told reported. But she added that a change in status would not provide a “clean slate from past charges.”—Reuters

ity in the 18th Constitutional Amendment and there was no reason to defy the same. He said that the attack on police had caused the valour of police to escalate and the action against the criminals would be further intensified. The criminals would die of their own provided the courts would take them to task for their heinous crimes. Sindh government was fully determined to fully eliminate the criminals from the metropolis and the government never claimed it would take 3 or 4 months to completely eliminate the crimes from the metropolis. He said that the Sindh provincial government was angry with none but there were some friends that were angry with the government. However, the Sindh provincial government would continue with its

litical parties. While responding to another question, he said that the Sindh government would be ready to take the Pakistan Steel Mills in its custody.

In reply to a question, he said that Abdul Rehman Malik would be in a better position to give details about MQM’s consent for joining the Sindh provincial government.While responding to another question, he said that the Sindh provincial government would be ready to take the Pakistan Steel Mills in its custody. He also said that attack on SHO Shafiq Tanoli would not cause any decline in government’s or police’s moral and determination and that the SHO was an important member of the team that was investigating the murder of Wali Khan Babar.


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HILDREN who are teased while playing sports tend to have a worse quality of life than their nonteased peers, a new study suggests. Some of them may also become less active over time. “Teasing not only influences psychological functioning but may reduce physical activity and lead to poorer physical, social, and emotional functioning for children,” Chad D. Jensen told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The link between teasing and less physical activity is particularly concerning considering most children are already not exercising as much as they should. Previous research shows less than one in 10 children meets the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to participate in at least one hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity every day. Jensen and his colleagues surveyed 108 kids, aged nine to 12, in 2010 and again in 2011. They asked kids about their participation in 21 different types of physical activity before, during and after school and how often they had been teased while playing sports or exercising since kindergarten. The researchers also asked the kids how well they functioned physically, emotionally, with friends and at school. Together those measures were used to determine children’s health-re-

lated quality of life. Children who were teased reported a worse quality of life than those who were not. In particular, overweight and obese kids who reported being teased on the first survey had a poorer quality of life both initially and again one year later, the researchers write in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. “Negative effects of teasing appear to be persistent, affecting important outcomes one year after teasing is reported,” Jensen said. Normalweight kids who reported being teased on the first survey were more likely to become less active over the next year. For overweight and obese children, teasing reported in year two was linked to less physical activity the same year. “School policy makers are encouraged to think of this form of peer victimization as a direct threat to children’s health outcomes,” write Jensen and his co-authors. “These findings provide support for comprehensive bullying prevention programs and suggest that efforts to reduce peer victimization in the context of physical activity participation may be helpful in promoting physical activity participation and children’s quality of life,” Jensen said. David Palmiter, a psychologist at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said the findings are not surprising.

Education key to resolve national issues Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister awarded honorary Ph.D degree CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday said that despite numerous challenges confronting Pakistan, education remained one of the main contributing factors to help resolve national issues and give a better future to young generation. Speaking at the 8th convocation of Riphah International University here, the President said that it is a matter of great satisfaction to note that the democratic Government is fully committed towards the cause of education in the country and is undertaking all possible measures to make education affordable and accessible to all people of the country. “The promotion of education has been a key priority of the present government and my presence here signifies commitment of the Government towards education. It also reflects my own passion and interest in this noble cause,” he added. The President said he has no doubt that Pakistan is a nation of talented people where majority of the population comprises of youth, adding that over 60 percent of the population is between 17-25 years old, which indeed is a rich human resource. He said that the country’s youth have the required potential and capability to bring about constructive change in the society and added that this great potential needs to be channelized and tapped in a proper manner. He said that

Police official arrested for stealing wireless set STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Capital police Saturday arrested wireless operator of SSP Islamabad for stealing wireAir Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, PAF being briefed about various less set and its negative use. A case was also regisequipments during his inspection visit to an operational Base of Pakistan Air Force. tered against him in Kohsar Police Station. According to police sources, the accused was working as wireless operator at the residence of SSP Islamabad. He stole the wireless set and kept using it for criminal purposes. and make dedicated efforts gent. OBSERVER REPORT The visit was under- as a team to keep the PakiI SLAMABAD —“Operational taken with a purpose to as- stan Air Force in high state readiness is the hallmark of sess the operational assets of operational readiness. The Air Chief emphasized PAF”, said the Air Chief while and facilities at the various visiting an Operational Air Squadrons and installations that Allah Almighty rewards those, both in this life and in Base of Southern Air Com- at the Base. While interacting with the the life hereafter, who make mand Saturday. Upon his arSTAFF REPORTER rival at the Base, Air Chief airmen, the Air Chief appre- sincere efforts for the betterMarshal Tahir Rafique Butt, ciated their level of motiva- ment and glory of their mothChief of The Air Staff, Paki- tion in performing the as- erland. Earlier, the Air Chief I S L A M A B A D — C h a i r m a n was received by Base Com- Benazir Income Support stan Air Force was presented signed tasks. The Air Chief highlighted mander Air Commodore Programme with Guard of Honour by a (BISP) smartly turned out contin- that we must remain focused Usaid ur Rehman. Muhammad Enver Baig has said the institution is in the process of re-visiting and redesigning its graduation schemes. He said that he is looking forward for a long term relaRAWALPINDI—The police on programmes enable the tionship with USAID in imSaturday arrested 10 outlaws STAFF REPORTER teachers to understand the proving BISP and address and recovered drugs, arms, bottles of liquor and dagger ISLAMABAD—Over 150 pri- best practices adopted in the some critical structural issues mary teachers were imparted developed world. The teach- that have been highlighted from their possession. According to police skill development training in ers would replicate the best over the period of last four spokesman, Naseerabad po- a two-day training workshop practices to transfer the skill years by various donors lice arrested Tauqeer and re- by internationally acclaimed to young students of aged agencies. between 3-6 years. In a meeting with Mission covered 155 charas from his education trainers. Considering in mind the Director of USAID in PakiThe seminar was focused possession while Race Course police held on introduction to the sub- limited exposure of teachers stan Gregory C. Gottlieb, they Muhammad Arshad and re- ject, scope, division of the about the international Edu- shared their future plans with covered 6 bottles of liquor syllabus, schemes of work, cation methods, Edexcel regards to respective organieffective teaching ap- launched these training zations. from their possession. The Chairman BISP Gujar Khan police nabbed proaches, and optimum use programmes which will enAmeer Dad Khan and recov- of resources, exam prepara- able teachers to deliver lec- lauded the contribution of ered 2 bottles of liquor from tion, understanding scheme tures in a friendly atmo- USAID in helping the poorest of the poor segments in his possession. Taxila police and helpful exam tips for stu- sphere. Edexcel primary curricu- Pakistan and also appreciated recovered a 30 bore pistol dents. The workshop was orga- lum gives pupils a well- its collaboration in the Unfrom Gulfraz. Saddar Barooni police held Gulshan and re- nized by Edexcel Interna- rounded education, whilst conditional Cash Transfer inicovered a 30 bore pistol from tional to equip the teachers enabling their teachers and tiative of BISP. He further his possession. Gujar Khan with international trends of parents to easily monitor their stated that BISP will continue police arrested Muhammad primary education. Trainers progress. With a focus on to provide support through Asif and recovered 30 bore from UK, Chandani Deepika English, Mathematics and un-conditional cash transfer pistol with 4 round from his Peris, De Silva Wijewickrama Science subjects, the trainers to its beneficiaries with the possession, the same police Ekanayake and Gebalange focused on hands-on training key objective to graduate as arrested Muhammad Qadeer Priyani Jayasekera con- to the teachers to implement many families out of the povframework for a full, engaging erty trap and make them stand and recovered a dagger ducted the workshop. on their own feet. Such training and inspiring curriculum. from him.—APP

Operational readiness hallmark of PAF: Air Chief

BISP revisiting, redesigning graduation schemes

10 outlaws arrested

Edexcel to introduce modern trends in education

President Mamnoon Hussain awarding honorary PhD degree to Dr. Ahmed Rashid BeeBeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, given by RIPHA International University during its 8th Convocation. the youth should be groomed in such a way so that they could become the most productive asset for the society and this is only possible through quality education. The President said the 21st century is a century of knowledge and innovation and it requires a creative problem solving approach, adding that the universities and institutes of higher learning therefore need to become the hub of generating innovative ideas and inventions. He appreciated the hard

work and leadership of Maj. Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali Khan, the Founder Chancellor, Hassan Muhammad Khan, Pro-Chancellor and Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, the founder Vice Chancellor, the management team, the faculty and staff who are totally committed to the cause of knowledge and education. Congratulating the graduating students, the President urged them to establish their credentials by virtue of their discipline, professional competence, honesty and

integrity. The President concluded his speech by quoting Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s saying, “You must concentrate on gaining knowledge and education. It is your foremost responsibility. Political awareness of the era is also part of your education. You must be aware of international events and environment. Education is a matter of life and death for our country.” Earlier, the President awarded a honourary Ph.D degree to Dr. Ahmed Rashid

BeeBeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy and Public Utilities, Republic of Mauritius and a Ph.D degree to Salim Ahmed Khan. The President also awarded degrees and gold medals to the graduating students in various disciplines. The ceremony was also attended by Maj. Gen. (R) Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Chancellor,Hassan Muhammad Khan, Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Dr.Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, members of the Board of Governors and Academic Council.

Capital police chalk out security plan for Chehlum C ITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police have chalked out an elaborate security plan for Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and strict patrolling as well as heavy deployment will be ensured on the routes of procession and places of religious gatherings in the city. According to police plan, around 2000 personnel of Islamabad police including Rangers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies will perform patrolling and security duties on this occasion and all procession will be completely cordoned off through heavy deployment. Fifty QRF teams will maintain high vigilance through patrolling while policemen will be deputed along with sophisticated weapons at rooftops. Route checking will be made with the sniffers dogs and bomb disposal squad will clear the route of the procession.

The main procession will start from Imambargah Asnae-Ashri in sector G6/2 and will culminate at the same place after passing through traditional route. Following the directions of Inspector General of Police Islamabad Sikandar Hayat and Senior Superintendent of Islamabad Police Muhammad Rizwan, all SPs, SDPOs, SHOs and other police officials will visit the route of procession and ensure effective coordination among the security personnel performing duties. Police officials will guide the cops and boost their morale in accomplishing duties in a responsible manner. The police officers including SPs will visit various police posts lying in the route of procession, check security duties and brief cops as how to ensure effective security. The route area has been divided into three sectors and officer of SP

rank will supervise each sector. These Sectors are further divided into subsectors and police official of ASP/DSP rank will be incharge of it. In these subsectors, there will be separate in-charges for roof-top duty and police pickets while personnel of Special Branch, CID and Islamabad Traffic Police will also perform duties. ITP staff would divert traffic on alternate routes to avoid inconvenience to the road users and SP Traffic Asmat Ulla Junejo will himself monitor traffic related issues. Parking areas for the participants of the procession will be specified quite away from the route. Close liaison will be maintained with organizers of procession. Cooperation of organizers will be ensured with the police and law enforcing officials. Special arrangements will be made for checking of all participants in a respectable way and metal detectors will be used for checking of participants.

Better environment for working women

I SLAMABAD —Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Khawar Mumtaz has said lack of awareness about Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 is the biggest hurdle in its effective implementation. Sharing her views on the eve of National Working Women Day to be observed every year on December, 22, she eulogized the services of working women rendered for the country. The day, declared on December 22, 2010 to acknowledge the struggle of working women to secure a dignified and respectful working environment. It is also celebrated to acknowledge the economic contributions made by women to the country as women are increasingly joining the ranks of doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, journalists, armed forces, scientists and business administrators. In a statement issued here on Saturday Khawar said, NCSW collaborated with the Pakistan government and other civil society organizations to facilitate the women who have entered the mainstream society and are practically Children viewing the displayed stuff during an exhibition of art work by the students of contributing in national Global System of Integrated Studies and College. economy.—APP


Art drama ‘Bol, Mat Bol’ staged at RAC Zohr

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December 22 BOOK Launch by Dr. fouzia Saeed on National Working Women’s Day will be held at 1:30 p.m., 22nd December, 2013 at Auditorium-Pakistan National Council of Arts, F-5/1, Islamabad. December 23 ‘COLOURS of the north night’ and folk music dance of Northern Area, organized by the Sir Syed Memorial society in collaboration with ‘Mosikar,’ at Dr. A.Q. Khan Auditorium, Aiwan-e-Sir Syed, 19Ataturk Avenue, Sector G5/1, Islamabad , 7 p.m. December 26 NATIONAL Press Club (NPC) has announced to conduct the polls for different designations of club on December 26, 2013. List of candidates will be displayed on December 20, 2013. Continuing PAINTING exhibition titled: ‘Four Seasons’ by Swedenbased artist Ubaid Syed, at Tanzara Gallery, House No 14, Street 12, F7/2, Islamabad, continuing up to December 27.

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Filipino woman smuggler nabbed, 2.5kg heroin recovered

I SLAMABAD —An art play

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titled Bol, Mat Bol’ was staged by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in collaboration with Q Communication on Saturday. The theme of the drama was that love and harmony is the core for a peaceful society. The drama was written by Noor Elahi Muhammad Umer and directed by Salman Sunny. Senator Najma Hameed flanked by Naheed Manzoor and RD RAC Waqar Ahmed was guest of honor at the occasion. Addressing at the end of drama, Senator Najma Hameed said that neat and clean entertainment is the need of the time. She said RAC is the sole cultural organization where people along with their families felt proud to visit here. Naheed Manzoor said that purpose of the drama was to attract families towards stage play and reAIG Islamabad Police Sultan Azam Temoori and others cutting the cake during a ceremony to celebrate Christmas at G-7 Church. store its image.

Sahulat Bazars providing relief to citizens CITY REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I — ’ S a s t a Sahulat Bazars’ have been set up here with an aim to provide relief to the citizens and ensure smooth supply of food stuff of good quality at subsidized rates said Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar. He directed the authorities concerned that the availability of quality food stuff should be ensured at fixed rates and negligence on part of the district administration officials will not be tolerated. Punjab government is trying hard to control inflation and ‘Sahulat Bazars’

Trader, son shot dead in robbery Complaints of R —A trader was shot dead along with his son sub-standard atta AWALPINDI

in Millatabad and the robbers managed to escape with looted goods. According to the report, four armed robbers entered in the house of Malik Shafiq-ur-Rehman and held the family on gun point. On offering resistance the robbers killed Malik Shafiq-ur Rehman and his son and fled with the valuables, police said. Race Course Police have registered a murder case but no arrest has been made so far. The funeral prayer of the deceased was held at Race Course graveyard. Meanwhile, the Markazi Anjuman Tajraan held an emergency meeting and gave a seven day deadline to police to arrest the robbers.—APP

4th Urs of Pir Naser-ud-Din STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Two-day ceremonies of fourth Urs of Pir Nasee-ud-Din Shah started on Saturday at Golra Sharif in the federal capital. The Urs started on 10:00 am with recitation of Naat and Qawalis by famous Naatkhwans and Qawals. A large number of devotees from across the country are participating in the Urs. People distributed different eatables including rice and sweets. The ceremony will continue today (Sunday) as well and end in the evening with dua.

NUML to hold 8th Sales Gala CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD —National University of Modern Languages (NUML) will hold 8th Sales Gala today (Sunday, December 22) at 10:00 am in a local hotel. The Gala will be opened at 10:00 am and will continue till 10:00 pm. Students of MBA and BBA (Marketing) will display different commodities and products including garments, jewelry, handicrafts, antiques and paintings for open sale and will qualify their raw and armature entrepreneurial skills to market their products. A large number of students and teachers of the university will participate and attend the event.

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have provided relief to the masses, he said adding, special attention should be paid on cleanliness in the Bazars and in case of any complaint about quality or prices of the vegetables and fruits, swift action should be taken by the officers concerned. He expressed these views while visiting Sahulat Bazars set up at Chungi No. 22 and Nawaz Sharif Park, Murree Road. MPA Raja Hanif Advocate, DCO Rawalpindi Sajid Zafar Daal, EDO Agriculture Rawalpindi Dr. Sajjad Shahid, AC City, Qurat-ul Ain Malik and AC Cantt. Nazia Perven Sudhan were present on this occasion.

Summary for acquisition of Argentina park sent to PM CITY REPORTER

RAWALPINDI—The people of I SLAMABAD—Assistant Exrural areas of the city while complaining of the supply of sub-standard atta said that the inhabitants are suffering from stomach related diseases. Some flour mills held responsible the supply of substandard wheat from government’s warehouses to mills, saying the imported wheat is also not in good quality. They said that 70 percent local and 30percent-imported wheat is being given to them, resulting the poor quality of wheat. Some flour owners have also refused to take the sub-standard wheat.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar visited all stalls at Sahulat Bazars and checked prices and quality of vegetables, fruits and meat available there. He ordered the authorities to increase the size of price list and ensure its display at all stalls at prominent places. He said that presence of the staff should be ensured in complaint cells set up in the Sahulat Bazars. While visiting the Sahulat Bazars, the Minister inquired from the citizens about the quality and prices of food items. On this occasion, the citizens lauded the step of the government and said that vegetables and fruits are being sold here at subsidized rates.

ecutive Director Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital Islamabad has said summary on acquisition of Argentina Park in connection with expansion of the hospital has been sent to PM for his approval. As soon as approval is accorded, the park will become part of hospital and hospital administration will be able to ensure provision of all medical facilities to the citizens under one roof by setting up all its departments in one building. It is next to impossible to expand the existing building of hospital and on the other

hand population of federal capital is on rise day by day. The hospital is not only providing medical facilities to the citizens of Islamabad but also it is extending facilities to the government employees. With the existing building infrastructure it has become difficult for the hospital management to accommodate citizens as well as government employees. Emergency facility has been set up in a rented private house due to non availability of space for this ward in the existing building of the hospital. This factor is causing embarrassment among the patients and their attendants.

Fault in RBISE website CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The candidates from private schools are facing problems in downloading admission forms for Matric examination due to some fault in the website of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE). The candidates said that the board has set December 23 as last date to submit the admission form with single fee but they are unable to download it. They said that they might have to pay double or triple fee just because of the negligence of the board authorities. All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, President, Ibrar Ahmed Khan said that online system of the board has failed and it site goes dysfunctional after every two hours during admission days. He said that the RBISE authorities were not even responding the complaints now. The students and private schools administrations have demanded of the chairman RBISE to repair the website immediately.

I SLAMABAD —The custom officials Saturday foiled a smuggling bid as it recovered 2.5kg heroin and arrested a foreigner woman. Sources said that during search of baggage of a Philippine national identified as Buttey Marlena Foulenty, heroin packed in small sachets, weighing 2.5kg hidden in the secret chambers of the bag were recovered. Custom officials said that the detained woman belonged to Philippines and she arrived in Pakistan through private airline flight via Dubai. The Anti Narcotics Forces (ANF) seized the recovered drug, arrested the accused and shifted her to undisclosed location for further investigation.

14,000 mothers die every year due to childbirth complications STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —As many as 14,000 mothers die every year due to childbirth complications that translates into 35 women daily, one woman every 40 minutes raising the child mortality rate to 4th highest in the world. These views were expressed by participants of a seminar of ‘Role of Media in Social Change’, organized by Population Council of Pakistan (PC) under its national advocacy and media campaign on population-related development issues titled, “Sochain, Badlain, Amal Karain”. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, former Senator and Federal Minister Javed Jabbar said role of media was multifaceted in social change. “It’s not only a source of spreading old and new information but it is also reassuring society not to get bewil-

dered by change”, he added. Media is a custodian of public interest and was not like any other business, Javed Jabbar said. “It could actually save life of many women who are murdered by their husbands just because they could not produce a male heir,” he stated. Director Programme, PCP Dr. Ali said there is need to opt for cost-effective ways of reducing maternal mortality . “Pakistan can meet its Millennium Development Goal commitment by reducing its fertility by one child”, he said. Deputy Director Program PCP, Seemin Ashfaq said Pakistan was the sixth most populous country of the world and its population was estimated to be 180m now and projected to be over 300m by 2050. She said our research showed that lack of access to family planning services was a major

hurdle in population management as 25pc women in reproductive age had expressed the desire to make use of such services if available. Another representative of PCP, Dr. Asif Wazir said the opportunity depends on many important decisions that have to be taken immediately to determine whether the changes in age structure contribute to a dividend or a disaster. Punjab will need to address its extremely youthful age structure and high fertility through investment in development, education, health and family planning strategies, he opined. During the seminar, journalists, anchors from Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Abbottabad region and TV officials shared their viewpoints on family planning and discussed as to how the media could advocate the cause.

Women only ‘pink public transport’ in twin cities soon CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —A project of

introducing special local transport for women has been prepared to facilitate female students and working women of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Initially, 12 buses will ply on different routes of the twin cities under the project named ‘Pink Ride Project’ and more buses will be added to the fleet if the project proved to be successful. A private firm has been hired to complete home work and planning, and national and international organizations have been asked for their cooperation. A meeting of Regional Transport Authority was held to discuss the project, which was presided over the DCO Sajid Zafar. The DCO directed the concerned officials to expedite the work on the project. He also directed Artist briefing the visitors about the art pieces during a group show by several artists the officials to review in“As We Roll Along from Morning to Night” curated by Zahra Khan, at Satrang Gal- clusion of special persons lery.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir in the transport project.

Activists of Railway Workers Prem Union holding a demonstration in support of their demands outside Rawalpindi Railway Station.

345 road traffic accidents during 24 hours R AWALPINDI —As many as drivers, 48 pedestrians and were affected by road traf345 road traffic accidents were reported in Rescue 1122’s Provincial Monitoring Cell in all 36 Districts of Punjab during last 24 hours in which four persons lost their lives and 241 sustained serious injuries who were shifted to different hospitals. However, some 145 victims with minor injuries were provided first aid by Rescue 1122 on the spot. According to data 134 drivers, nine underage

208 passengers were among the victims of these road accidents. The statistics show 65 RTAs were reported in Lahore Control Room, which affected 71 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 33 RTAs in Faisalabad with 42 victims and Multan at third position with 26 RTAs and 29 victims. The details further show that total 390 victims

fic crashes including 317 males and 73 females, while age group of the victims show that 47 were under 18 year of age, 243 were between 18 and 40 year and rest of the 100 victims were reported above 40 years. According to the data, 272 motorbikes, 34 auto rickshaws, 36 motorcars, 15 vans, one passenger bus, 17 trucks and 42 other vehicles and slow moving carts were involved in aforesaid road traffic accidents.—APP

Official briefings for ministers’ blue eyed boys... ZUBAIR QURESHI I S L A M A B A D —Relatives and friends of the ministers, Federal Minister and the Minister of the State for Religious Affairs and National Harmony have been persistently attending the official briefings which make the officials of the ministry uneasy. But few have the courage to raise their voice against the presence of outsiders in the official

meetings, an insider told Pakistan Observer Friday. Requesting anonymity the official of the ministry referred to a recently held meeting in which the then Senior Joint Secretary gave a briefing on various projects of the Ministry. In the said meeting, political adviser to the Federal Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and a retired army officer who is a relative of the Minister of State Pir Aminul Hasanat Shah, were present.

According to the source, the officials of the Ministry were taken aback when the Federal Minister asked them to start the briefing without asking the private persons to leave the room. “Official meetings and briefings are meant for internal review and the participants, senior officials of the minister frankly discuss the government’s treatment to their ministry, promotions, conduct of officers, funding,

non-funding etc. Presence of outsiders is not only against the normal protocol but it also exposes the secrets of the ministry as well as the government,” said the source. It may be mentioned here that Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has been actively pursuing the Hazara Province Movement cause these days. He has been addressing press conferences, public meetings in this regard and seldom pays attention

to the ministry’s affairs. On Thursday and Friday, Pakistan Observer repeatedly contacted the Minister for his comments on interference of the private persons in his ministry, but each time his cell phone was switched off. When the ministry’s PRO was contacted, he said the Minister is on a visit to Mansehra and will be available next week. The source further said very often it happened that Federal Minister holds a

meeting or calls his officers to his room in the presence of the activists of the Hazara movement. “The minister’s attention has been drawn to the fact but he did not take it seriously,” an officer of the Ministry when contacted confirmed. Likewise, Minister of State Pir Aminul Hasanat’s relative Maj (Retd) Ibrahim is an integral part of the official meetings and seems to have influence on him. Ministry of Reli-

gious Affairs and National Harmony has been entrusted with the task to ensure religious harmony among followers of various religions in the country. Smooth Haj operation and constitution and monitoring of the Islamic Ideological Council also come under the purview of the ministry. This non-serious attitude on the part of the ministers may disturb the affairs of the ministry, said the official.


India, Pakistan can’t decide Kashmir’s destiny: Geelani Islamabad should leave us on our fate S RINAGAR —Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has said Kashmir is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan and maintained that any bilateral solution of the vexed issue by the two countries would be rejected by Kashmiris. “I had asked the former Pakistan foreign minister, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, that instead of harping about Kashmir resolution, Pakistan should leave us on our fate and Kashmiris will themselves carry forward the movement,” Geelani said addressing a seminar ‘Cultural aggression and its remedy’ organized by Tehreeke-Hurriyat here. “I want to make it clear to the Government of Pakistan that unless Kashmiris are given their inalienable right to self determination and the longstanding dispute is resolved according to their aspirations and wishes, we won’t end the ongoing movement on anybody’s instance,”

Father of Dr Abdul Ahad Guru passes away SRINAGAR—Haji Abdul Sattar, father of Shaheed Abdul Ahad Guru passed away in Srinagar, Saturday. Haji Abdul Sattar was laid to rest in his ancestral village Doaabgah in Sopore in presence of a large number of his relatives, friends and people from different walks of life. Besides others, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with party leaders, advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi, Mir Mohammad Zaman, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Mohammad Sideeq Shah attended the funeral prayers of the deceased. Muhammad Yasin Malik and other leaders speaking after the funeral prayers paid rich tributes to the entire family members of Haji Abdul Sattar for their contribution in the liberation movement. They reiterated that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs including Dr Abdul Ahad Guru would not be allowed to go waste.—KMS

Indian police installs CCTVs in Poonch, other areas SRINAGAR—The Indian police have started installing a network of Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Poonch and other areas of the territory to keep a watch on the movement of Kashmiri people. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Poonch district, Shamsher Hussain, in a media interview said that 16 CCTV towers had been erected in Poonch and other areas and cameras would be installed within two months.—KMS

Geelani said. However, in the same breath Geelani said people of Pakistan have rendered unflinching sacrifices for cause of Kashmiris. “Government of Pakistan must respect sentiments of its people and keep up with its traditional policy on Kashmir. The Government of Pakistan must avoid short-cuts to resolve the dispute and focus on UN resolutions on Kashmir,” he said. On the internal situation in Pakistan, Geelani said, “the activities of Pakistan Tehreek-eTaliban have no religious or moral justification.” “Instead of using force on its people, Pakistan must amicably resolve all issues with them. I had told this to Parvez Musharraf and also want to convey the same Nawaz Sharif. Violence leads to violence not resolution of issues,” he said. Geelani said “cultural aggression” has emerged as a major threat to Kashmiri society. “Cultural aggression is more

dangerous than Army’s control of Kashmir. It (cultural aggression) cannot be controlled by power or gun. For this we need to impart religious and moral education to our young generation. We need to set up such educational institutions which don’t only produce doctors and engineers but religious scholars,” he said. Elaborating, Geelani said Kashmir dispute is not only a political issue. “It has different contours. Besides political, it is religious, human and economic issue and has to be resolved accordingly,” he said. The Hurriyat (G) chairman accused New Delhi of using different tactics to “weaken” the ongoing movement. “People at helm of affairs in India must bear in mind that till its last trooper leaves Kashmir, the ongoing movement will continue.” Geelani hit out at mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir saying they

have been propagating New Delhi’s cause in the state. “ProIndia parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress are responsible for plight of Kashmiris and hindering resolution of the Kashmir dispute.” Geelani termed a media report which had stated that he favors gun as “handiwork of agencies.” “I am not fighting with gun for the right to selfdetermination, however a group of Kashmiris who picked up gun were forced by India by denying them political space to pursue the ongoing movement. Advising youth not to make stone pelting their habit, Geelani however said they have a right to use it as self-defence. Among others, general sec- Army Person harassing women protesters at Bemina in Srinagr. retary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, columnist Hassan Zainagaree, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Maulana Altaf Ahmad Nadvi also addressed the seminar.—NNI

PDP: Kashmir dispute resolution is inevitable SRINAGAR—Endorsing profreedom camp, National Conference said that the resolutions adopted by the United Nations in past seeking plebiscite in Kashmir have relevance. “The UN resolutions are still relevant and that is the reason that we see the office of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOG) here in valley since last six decades. The resolutions adopted by UN about Kashmir cannot be termed obsolete,” said Kamal, adding that the Kashmir issue has become the bone of contention between India and Pakistan and its resolution has become inevitable. He further stated that it is because of the UN resolutions that India cannot move inside Pakistan administered Kashmir (PAK) and vice-versa. “It is UN that has prevented both the courtiers to enter into confrontation against each other about Kashmir.” He further added that both

the countries must come forward and prioritize their respective efforts so that Kashmir issue could be resolved at the earliest. “We see how may wars have been fought between the two countries over Kashmir and at present the need of the hour is to resolve it on table otherwise the things could get worse.” “Had the Pakistan restrained from sending rebels here, Kashmir would have been the independent country with sovereign powers and full authority but as the Kabailis landed into valley, Hari Singh sought help from India to safeguard his country and people,” Senior NC leader said. However he further added that the viable option at present for Kashmir resolution is Shimla agreement and that both the countries must respect the same to make peace in the region sustainable. Reacting to the recent statement of Peoples’ Democratic

Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti wherein she has stated that NC facilitated Kashmir’s accession to India because Jinnah didn’t offer any chair to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Kamal said that the PDP president has issued historically incorrect statement. Kamal added that PDP has launched the tirade of accusations against NC on baseless grounds and that the party’s rhetoric is sans credibility. “The history stands witness to the fact that Shiekh sahib along with other colleagues went to Pakistan and Jinnah didn’t even bother to meet them. This revealed the mindset of the Pakistani leadership vis-à-vis Kashmir. ” Kamal added that historical records are available and that people can themselves analyze the veracity of the statements being issued from the desk of certain quarters about Kashmir’s accession to India.—KMS

Lawyers have role in safeguarding Kashmir’s identity: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR—Chairman

Hurriyat Conference (M) S RINAGAR —All Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called upon the intellectuals, lawyers and students to actively play their role in safeguarding the historical and political identity of Kashmir. “They should also play their role in dealing with the issues concerning Kashmir on social, economic, and cultural levels,” said Mirwaiz while talking to lawyers who called on him at Hurriyat headquarters, Rajbagh, here. The lawyers’ delegation comprised Advocate Aijaz, Advocate Shahid Rashid, Advocate Bilal, Advocate Tabasum, Advocate Adfar, Advocate Tawseef Shah, Advocate Muneeb, and Advocate Murtaza.—NNI

‘Chillai-Kalan’ begins in occupied Kashmir SRINAGAR—The 40-day period

of harshest winter in the territory known as ‘Chillai-Kalan’, began, today, with a cold morning.Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius. The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius. The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, settled at a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius. Leh remained the coldest place in the territory and registered a temperature of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius. Kargil recorded the minimum temperature of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius. Chillai-Kalan, which begins on December 21, is the period when the chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent. The winter games at the MUZAFFARABAD: Additional Chief Secretary, Muhammad Akram Sohail, Secretary skiing resort of Gulmarg are also held during this period.—KMS Farhat Ali Mir briefing delegation of National Defence University.

Pellet guns turn 12 blind SRINAGAR—The records pro- 53 suffered bullet injuries while Manan Bukhari had sought infor- Hospital Srinagar with pellet persons had pellet injuries while vided by the two major hospitals of the Valley, under Right to Information Act (RTI) revealed that more than 165 people were seriously injured including 12 who lost eye sight due to pellet gun injuries during last four years. According to Department of General Surgery SKIMS Medical College Bemina has stated that from the year 2010 to 2013,

the number of people who were injured by pellet guns has been shown as 118. According to Deputy Medical Superintendent 7 people were admitted in the hospital who had received injuries in different blasts. The maximum number of injuries suffered by people through bullet and pellets were reported in 2010. A prominent citizen Abdul

mation from GMC and its Associated Hospitals under Right to Information Act about the total number of patients admitted in the SMHS Hospital Srinagar and the total number of deaths observed due to the excessive use of cluster of pellets by pellet guns used by the police and CRPF from 2010 to 2013. About the total number of patients admitted in the SMHS

gun injuries from 2010 to 2013, the Hospital authorities has stated that there were in 2010 36 persons were admitted in JVC Bemina for bullet injuries while 100 people had suffered pellet injuries. “in 2011 only one person was admitted in the Hospital for his bullet injuries while 13 persons suffered bullet injuries and 7 people were injured during blasts during 2012. 18

World needs to be sensitised about Kashmir: Javaid

3 persons injured with bullets during the year 2013,” the Hospital Authorities maintain. Department of General Surgery SKIMS Medical College Bemina to a query has maintained that from January 2010 to October 2013, nineteen (19) patients were in Ophthalmology department out of which 15 patients required surgery.—CNS

Parties Hurriyat Conference Senior Leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Javaid Ahmad Mir while addressing a public gathering at old city Safa Kadal Srinagar said by sidelining the long pending Kashmir Dispute the India and the World Communities will be responsible any untoward situation in South Asia. “Although the India government for their political interests had nominated many so called committees for the settlement of Kashmir Issue but unfortunately right from 1947 the India and the other world Communities have always showed frivolous behaviour towards the solution of Kashmir which is associated with the billions of People living in subcontinent,” said Mir. Javaid Ahmad Mir said Government have been making tall claims on demilitarization of Bunkers from Srinagar but on the other hand under a well planned con-

spiracy on account of Goodwill and a gift to Indian Government the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved 20 Bunkers in Srinagar. He said the new bunkers, every day additional construction material is dumped at these bunkers and the CRPF personnel are seen working hard to make them “more solid and comfortable. Javaid Mir stressed World Communities and the Indian Government to create conducive atmosphere for meaningful and result-oriented talks on Kashmir. He said that permanent peace in South Asia was impossible without the settlement of the longpending dispute over Kashmir. Meanwhile Javaid Ahmad Mir today visited the residence of senior member of Awami Action Committee Feroz Ahmad Bhat, who lost his father Jenab Ghulam Nabi Bhat. While expressing sympathies with the bereaved family Javaid Ahmad Mir prayed the eternal peace for the departed soul.—NNI

Pak incomplete without Kashmir: Shirani OKARA—Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani has said that the Kashmir issue is very important for the Pakistan because the rivers’ water is a matter of life and death for the lands of Punjab and Sindh. He was addressing a press conference during a stopover at the residence of Syed Ihsanul Haq and Ihteshamul Haq Gilani, sons of the late Maulana Syed Amir Hussain Gilani, here on Friday. He said that Pakistan was incomplete without Kashmir. To a query, Shirani said that grouping could be ended through unity and concerted efforts of Ulema and politicians. He said that the CII would look into the people’s demand for a code of conduct for different school of thought when it would reach the CII. Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan also accompanied Maulana Shirani.—Agencies

Kashmir dispute purely political, human in nature: Nayeem SRINAGAR—Hurriyet Conference leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan has stated that Kashmir dispute is purely a political and human in nature and India can be compelled to resolve it only by exhibiting steadfastness and taking forward the ongoing

movement. Nayeem Ahmad Khan addressing a public meeting at Bugam, Kulgam, comprehensively deliberated on the prevailing political situation and said that new and more forceful conspiracies were being hatched against the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people.

“A notion is being created as if Kashmir dispute is related to unemployment and the law and order,” Khan said, adding “We are neither against the development nor peace but it is a fact that unless and until political uncertainty prevails there can be no progress and no peace.”—NNI

NC could’ve agreed to joining Pak for power lust: Mehbooba JAMMU—In a jibe at National targeted PDP’s erstwhile partner could not fulfill throughout its Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has stated had Mohammed Ali Jinnah offered to hand over power in J&K to Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah in 1947, NC leadership, given its power lust, would have agreed to join even Pakistan then. She said, “So strong is its hunger for power that National Conference would not mind to go with China even if the latter offers it power.” According to party handout, Mehbooba made this statement while addressing a public meeting amid a light snowfall in Budhal area of Rajouri district. In the same breath, she even

Congress stating that Congress-NC always proved disastrous for the state. “For the past five years, National Conference and Congress were busy looting the state. Kashmir was being looted by National Conference while plundering in Jammu was being done at the behest of Congress,” she added. She said the current foundation stone laying spree, by a government that declared a financial crisis, was only to hoodwink public opinion in the run up to elections. PDP president said if the National Conference could not make the state self-reliant in 40 years, how Omar Abdullah wanted another term on the same promise which his party

history. Mehbooba said NC still was under a wrong impression that people of the state could be taken in by foundation stones of fake projects and tall claims of economic self-reliance. She said the party had nothing to show by way of performance and it was now resorting to gimmicks and familiar electoral tricks that it always enacted. Even the projects started five years ago were still incomplete, where the reason was given that there were no funds to complete them, she said adding the contractors were not getting their bills paid as the treasuries were running dry.—NNI

The forgotten holocaust of Jammu SYEDA QUDSIA MASHHADI INDIA has always covertly conspired and sometimes overtly orchestrated pogroms in the Muslim majority regions of India, but not many people, not even in Pakistan, know that on 6th of November 1947, the Mahraja Hari Singh’s army, Sikh militants and Hindu terrorist organization RSS had k killed nearly 500,000 Muslims in Jammu and forced more than one million to migrate to Pakistan. India has always cried wolf and accused Pakistan for interven-

tion in Kashmir through tribal militants in 1947 in a bid to cover Indian aggression and interference in Jammu and Kashmir. But the anti-Muslim violence that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on this horrific day was nothing short of an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jammu’s Muslims. India takes an unflinching and aggressive stance regarding Kashmir in international community and never fails to project Pakistan as a rogue nation which exports terrorism in the region. Reality is far from this propaganda by India. One only has to look at historical facts of pre-partition of Indo-

Pak subcontinent and what transpired after the partition to realize how Indian state has been actively propagating its rule through terrorism and ruthless culture of rape and massacre. Millions of Muslims in Hyderabad, Gujarat and Kashmir have been killed, tortured and raped to date and India’s treatment of minorities is increasingly becoming an alarming issue for the international community. In September and October 1948,soon after independence from the British Empire, around 40,000 people were brutally slaughtered in Hyderabad, Central India. Huge as this number is,

it is nothing compared to the heinous massacre systematically carried out at the hands of extremist Hindus on 6th November 1947, during the great Jammu killings. It is one of the least known genocides in modern history. One million Kashmiri Muslim refugees were uprooted and an estimated 2,500,00 - 300,000 were massacred in the Jammu region alone in August-October 1947. Due to Indian state’s connivance, it is difficult to find records of this genocide, except in the memories of the survivors, and the tales of horror they passed on to their next

generations. Around 500,000 Muslims were killed with military precision. The targeted killing had already started in Jammu around mid-July 1947, and the operation got a boost immediately after a fleeing Maharaja Hari Singh reached Jammu on 26 October 1947. An organized carnage was orchestrated to kill Muslims, wherever found or spotted in Jammu. The Dogra state troops were at the fore front of attacks on Muslims. The Indian state authorities were also reported to be issuing weapons not only to local volunteer organizations such as RSS, but to those in sur-

rounding East Punjab districts such as Gurdaspur. British daily ‘The London Times’ quoting its special correspondent in India, stated that the Maharaja, under his own supervision, assassinated 2,37,000 Muslims using military forces in the Jammu area. The editor of ‘Statesman’, Ian Stephen, in his book ‘Horned Moon’ writes that till the end of Autumn 1947, more than 200,000 Muslims were murdered in one go. Horace Alexander wrote in the ‘Spectator’ (16 January 1948) that the killings had “the tacit consent of State authority” and put the figure at 2,00,000. All this butchery was de-

signed to change the demographics of Jammu valley. Both documentary and oral sources suggest that this blood bath was nothing less than an organized holocaust of Muslims. The worst carnage took place on 6 November when Muslims in mohalla Talab Khatikan were asked to surrender, which they did. They were shifted to the police lines at Jogi Gate and encouraged to go to Pakistan. The first batch of several thousand was loaded in about sixty lorries escorted by troops. When the convoy came close to Chattha on theJ ammuSialkot road, waiting RSS men and Sikhs attacked it. People were pulled out of the vehicles

and killed mercilessly. Women were abducted and raped. Some managed to escape to reach Sialkot. This holocaust was not possible without the collaboration of the Indian state. Today, on 6th November, we remember those souls who suffered at the hands of Indian imperialism and Hindu extremists. We pay tribute to the brave sons and daughters of Jammu and Kashmir and promise them that their blood will not go to waste. We vow that we will not rest till the oppressed Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir breathe the air of freedom, insha’Allah. That’s a promise.


6m downloads on SMEDA website ISLAMABAD—SMEDA website has recorded more than 6 million downloads since inception of Prime Minister Youth Business Loan Scheme. The youth are enthusiastic to know about the details of the youth business loan scheme, which is evident from the huge traffic on SMEDA Website. So far, 59,443 loan guidelines and 161,739 financial guidelines, 208,874 Urdu prefeasibilities, while 3,574,752 English pre-feasibilities were downloaded. While 99,303 business plans were downloaded in Urdu and 102,679 business plans in English were downloaded. The download trends further reveal that 1,695,966 service sector feasibilities were downloaded followed by 1,443,996 livestock sector and 564,447 engineering and manufacturing sector feasibilities.—APP

LCCI for more strong public-private sectors ties LAHORE—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry here Saturday called for a mechanism to strengthen relations between public and private sector institutions to pave way for economic growth at a faster pace and for a longer period. LCCI President, Engineer Sohail Lashari stated this in a seminar on ‘National Outreach Programme’ organized by the LCCI Standing Committee. Sohail Lashari said the Lahore Chamber was making all out efforts for bringing public, private sectors institutions on the same page to ensure consistency of economic policies, and stressed need for bring sector specialists at one platform to utilize their expertise for the country’s economic growth. This seminar aimed at developing strong linkages among various public and private institutions through partnerships, he said, citing, “This relationship will allow us to lay grounds to hold conferences, trainings and workshops which ultimately provide good learning platforms to the newcomers, who are keen to know and learn through the experience of successful professionals.” On this occasion, LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar said that education was the only solution to multiple internal and external problems being faced by Pakistan. Committee Chairman Awais Saeed Pircha called for further education of young professional so that they could excel in their respective fields.—APP

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything. —Napoleon Hill

Ahsan for integrated efforts to utilize energy resources I S L A M A B A D —Minister of ciencies. Planing, Development and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal here on Saturday stressed the need for making integrated efforts to utilize available energy resources of South Asia for sustainable development in the region. Addressing the concluding session of the 29th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society for Development Economists (PSDE), the minister said that despite the abundant natural and human resources, the region was suffering. The three-day event was organized by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) to share international best practices in energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, sustainable energy development, energy and household economics. The minister said that South Asia has the lowest per capita energy consumption as compared to other countries and it has the highest poverty ratio, poor human life index and nutrient defi-

Dry fruit prices keep going up STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The prices of dry fruits are increasing in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Prices of dry fruits including almond, Pinenut and pistachio are skyrocketing as these things are the peak selling items in winter. The dry fruits are now beyond the reach of a common man. Pine-nut (chilgoza) is being sold in the city market at Rs 2,500 to 3,000 per kilogram, pistachio with and without shell at Rs 1,200 and 1,800 per kg, respectively, variety of almond at Rs 350, Rs 470 and Rs 560 per kg, walnuts at Rs 300 to 350 per kg, grams at Rs 170 to 200 per kg, variety of kernel at Rs 750, Rs 850 and Rs 950 per kg, dried dates at Rs 200 to Rs 250 per kg and peanuts at Rs 200 per kg.

He asked for harnessing the full energy potential and utilizing the alternative energy resources like solar,

vide affordable electricity for sustainable economic development. Ahsan Iqbal urged the policymakers for devising viable policies to get

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Prof Ahsan Iqbal addressing the 29th Annual General Meeting and Conference of Pakistan Society of Development Economists ‘Energy Security and Economic Sustainability. wind, coal and other renew- maximum benefits of alternaable energy sources to pro- tive energy and capacity

FWBL to give due consideration to grant loans STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —The women entrepreneurs who have been trained by Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC), will be given due consideration by the First Women Bank Limited (FWBL) for granting loans under Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan Scheme. The statement was issued after the conclusion of a meeting held between President First Women Bank Ltd (FWBL) Charmaine H. Hidayatullah and CEO PGJDC Bakhtiar Khan at PGJDC’s head of-

fice, here in Karachi. It was also decided that multiple seminars would be organised jointly by FWBL and PGJDC to create awareness among the women entrepreneurs specially who were trained by PGJDC’s training institutes. Both the organizations had previously worked together on several projects for the empowerment and development of women. “We are very excited that the women entrepreneurs, who have trained at our centres and have acquired skills to design and manufacture of jewellery.

Fiscal adjustment remains key problem STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The effective sales tax rate is 3.6 percent which is very low because of exemptions, and huge input adjustments. This has been specifically noted in a paper prepared by Umar Wahid, Chief (SPR&S) FBR and Zafar-ul-Hassan, Chief Planning Commission on ‘Structural Reforms to Boost Economic Growth’ contained in the FBR’s quarterly report. It said that fiscal adjustment remained the key problem area for the last five years as the fiscal deficit averaged 6.6 percent of GDP per annum. Half-hearted reforms in tax administration and policy, power sector, restructuring

PSEs and governance remained major bottlenecks towards improving fiscal situation. Tax and expenditure slippages and problems in financing the deficit remained the hallmark of fiscal situation and as a result tax-toGDP ratio fell from 11.1 per cent in 2007-08 to 9.3 per cent in 2012-13. Provincial tax collection stagnated at around 0.5pc of GDP. FBR Tax-toGDP ratio actually fell from 10.3 per cent in 2007-08 to 8.5 per cent in 2012-13. Pakistan yields one of the world’s lowest tax-to-GDP ratios (ranks 115th out of 179 countries). The tax administration and structure is planned to be reformed to contribute adjustment to the tune of 0.7

percentage points each year by reforming existing tax system. The multiple rates are applied on sales tax – (0, 5pc, 7pc, 16pc, 19.5pc, & 3pc additional tax on commercial importers). Effective Sales Tax rate is 3.6pc which is very low because of exemptions, and huge input adjustments. With lopsided structure, almost one-fourth of the entire tax collection or more than 25pc comes from POL at various stages. In customs tariff, 54pc of tariff lines have different tariff rates for different importers through SROs. Around 86pc of tariff lines are affected by an SRO in one way or the other and 44pc of the value of imports affected by SROs.

building to produce environment friendly power generation. The minister also called for energy conservation and creating linkages between engineers, economists and environmentalists to overcome the energy challenges besides environment hazards which were also putting negative affects on the economy. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive The Energy Institute (TERI), New Delhi, Dr. R.K Pachauri said that ample opportunities existed in energy sector development. He asked for enhancing dependence on alternative and renewable resources like wind, solar for electrification of rural areas where a majority of villages were deprived of electricity. He said that about 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity adding that agriculture residual and other alternative resources having huge potential must be used to produce electricity for sustainable development.—APP

Project Management Unit established in FBR STAFF REPORTER

Tax collection rises 25 pc STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar

a meeting to review I SLAMABAD —The Federal chaired the implementation and Board of Revenue (FBR) has established Project Management Unit (PMU) at the FBR House to coordinate with the development partners and donors for effective implementation of the Integrated Transit Trade Management System. It is learnt that the FBR has appointed Dr Muhammad Zubair Yousfani, Chief Customs FBR as head of the PMU. The PMU would coordinate with the development partners and donor agencies for smooth working of the Integrated Transit Trade Management System. The PMU would make coordinated efforts with stakeholders to ensure implementation of the said project. The PMU would ensure that the duplication of work should not be take place.

progress made so far on the reforms and economic targets set by the government. Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Tariq Bajwa informed the finance minister that the number of tax returns filed this year were 814,981 as compared to 744,866 last year. The chairman further informed Dar that on December 20, 2012 the revenue collected was Rs 91.5 billion whereas an amount of Rs 114 billion has been collected in the corresponding period this year, which shows an increase of 25 percent. He also informed Dar that the necessary Statutory Revision Orders (SROs) relating to the incentives scheme announced by Prime Minister

APTPMA lauds govt for restoring gas supply STAFF CORRESPONDENT F AISALABAD —All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) lauded and quite satisfied over the recent decision of government to restore the gas supply of textile industry of Punjab with immediate effect and deemed it a right step in the right direction. While thanking the PM for this prudent decision, APTPMA hoped that the step would go a long way towards ameliorating the lot of the masses besides revival of the textile industry and to obtain the benefits of GSP plus status recently granted to our country. These views were expressed by Sheikh Muhammad Ayub, APTPMA Central Chairman. He said there was no doubt that textile industry had the status of backbone in the economy of the country and the textile industry of Punjab had more than 60 percent share in total exports of textile products of Pakistan. He said for more than previous 10 days, the SNGPL had disconnected the supply of gas to the textile industry of Punjab for indefinite period. Due to this, textile processing units situated in Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala were closed and thousands of its labourers and wage earners were becoming out of jobs, but due to timely and prudent decision of PM, the industry and all its relevant departments/ business have been saved from complete collapse. Before concluding, Sheikh Muhammad Ayub, APTPMA Chief argued that if uninterrupted and complete supply of gas and electricity was provided to textile processing industry.

KARACHI: Salh Gary, Country Manager Saudi Air, Ameen Ullah, Taha Alsyed, Bashar Almeman and others during the ceremony of Dar-ul-Eiman top selling agent award.— PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Punjab govt trying to improve farmers lot STAFF CORRESPONDENT LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed has said that the Punjab government was striving to improve the standard of living of farmers, adding that the Supply Chain Improvement Project would help lowering the cost of agriculture and livestock products and reducing post-harvest losses. He was presiding over

Executive Officer Mumtaz Khan Manais, Agriculture Additional Secretary Amir Khatak, Agricultural Information, Punjab Director M Rafiq Akhtar, Chief Coordinator Kashif Jamshed and representatives of Punjab Board of Investment and Trade, Finance, Planning and Development and Livestock departments. Project’s Chief Coordinator Kashif Jamshed told the committee that under the

the 14th meeting of the steering committee to review Supply Chain Management Project. The meeting was attended by Agriculture Secretary, Punjab Dr Ijaz Munir, Agriculture Special Secretary (Marketing) Syed Rizwan Mehboob, PAMCO Chief

project export of 12 containers per month of traceable potato and kinnow to Malaysia is being started. He told that total 11 clusters - two of rice, eight of potato and one of watermelon comprising 163 farms of agriculture and livestock have been estab-

Mauritius keen to develop trade relations with Pak, sign FTA ISLAMABAD—Deputy Prime Minister Mauritius, Dr. Ahmad Rashid Beebeejaun Saturday said that his country was keen to develop trade relations with Pakistan and enter into the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to tap the trade potential existing between the two countries. Dr. Ahmed who is also holding post of Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities of his country, stated this in an exclusive interview with APP here at the sidelines of International Riphah University convocation.

Pakistan and Mauritius had signed Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), during July 2007 in Mauritius, which became operational since 30th November 2007. Under the Agreement, Pakistan offered concessions to Mauritius on 130 items, whereas Mauritius has given concession on 102 items. The ultimate objective of this PTA was to pave the way for FTA encompassing almost all products, trade and services, however this agreement is yet to be materialized. Dr. Ahmad Rashid said

that on his return to his country he would take up the issue of FTA to help make progress in this regard for the sake of trade development. Talking about the overall trade, he pointed out that communication connectivity was the main hurdle in boosting the trade between the two countries, highlighting the importance of addressing this issue to boost the trade. He said that currently, there is not direct air connectivity between the two countries and the flights are running through Dubai. He said

that the bilateral trade between the two countries was in favour of Pakistan and added that Pakistan has great potential to enhance its food exports to Mauritius. He said that Pakistan was producing best mangoes, however again the issue would be how to transport these mangoes to Mauritian markets as these are perishable commodities and could not resist transportation. Talking about the investment opportunities, the Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister said that both the countries pro-

Nawaz Sharif have been issued. Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood gave an update on the austerity measures and savings made to date. Finance Ministry Adviser Rana Asad Amin briefed Dar on the progress made so far on the issue of sovereign bonds, efforts being made to streamline and increase remittances and that the foreign exchange reserves are likely to improve which will have a favourable impact on the value of rupee. Dar directed the Commerce Ministry to ensure that the recent concession of GSP Plus by the European Union is utilised optimally and the exporters are facilitated and provided all necessary assistance in this regard. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of implementation of reforms and urged the officials to redouble their efforts to achieve the targets.

vide lucrative investment opportunities. He said that Pakistan needs to come to Mauritius and educate the businessmen about the investment opportunities available there which would help bring Mauritian investment. “If we are investing in Africa, why not in Pakistan,” he remarked, however said that somebody has to come to brief Mauritian investors about the investment opportunities available in Pakistan. He said that there are

also lucrative and friendly investment opportunities in Mauritius adding that his government aims to build the country as hub for health and education facilities. He said that Mauritius Prime Minister and his government was aiming to transform the island state of Mauritius into an ocean state, adding “we qualify for that” as we have long continental shelf to set up ocean economy. He said the country’s economy was based on tourism, manufacturing and sug-

arcane industry which would be transformed into ocean state. Giving background details about his country, Dr. Ahmad said that all the population of Mauritius comprised of immigrants who have come from different parts of the world to live there. He said that although the people of Mauritius belong to different regions, ethnicities, cultures and religions, but they live peacefully, hence presenting a best example of harmony.—APP

lished and further applications are being scrutinised on priority basis. He said for Global Gap Certification nine rice growers, 11 potato, nine tomato and watermelon, two mango growers and three producers of beef and mutton have been finalised after fulfilling all necessary documentation. He also said that 22 applicants have been selected for International Featured Standard (Food) Certification and four applicants for International Featured Standard (Broker) Certification. He said that in addition to four already existing capacity-building firms more are being engaged for better results. Dr Javed said that under the supply chain management project, the Punjab government was extending financial assistance for acquiring Global Gap and IFS certifications, which will help the farmers introduce their livestock and agriculture products in the international market. The minister for agriculture informed the meeting that Punjab government is taking priority-based steps for the development of post-harvest technology.

Korean firm to help convert tube-wells to solar energy STAFF CORRESPONDENT PESHAWAR —A Korean company in solar energy sector CK Solar Company Ltd has expressed its interest to invest in converting tube-wells on solar energy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Conversion of tub-wells on solar energy is sustainable saving of electricity in the province. In this regard a delegation of the company called on the head of investment promotion cell and Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rafaqatullah Baber at his office in Peshawar.


Currency

Selling

Buying

USA

106.00

105.80

UK

173.51

173.18

Euro

144.63

144.35

Canada

99.36

99.18

Switzerland

117.99

117.76

Australia

94.04

93.87

Sweden

16.09

16.06

Japan

1.0152

1.0133

Norway

17.22

17.19

Singapore

83.67

83.51

Denmark

19.39

19.35

Saudi Arabia

28.26

28.21

Hong Kong

13.67

13.64

Kuwait

374.76

374.05

Malaysia

32.29

32.23

Newzealand

87.00

86.84

Qatar

29.11

29.06

UAE

28.86

28.80

KR. WON

0.0999

0.0997

Thailand

3.262

3.255

Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezabi Silver Tezabi

44,485.00 702.85

Govt’s decision to help textile sector realise $3b exports STAFF CORRESPONDENT

LHC reserves decision on Railways regularisation case STAFF REPORTER

PTCL eyeing Warid STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Pakistan Telecommunications

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Limited finally announced that generate one million jobs, would be functional. He said LAHORE —The Lahore High the company has submitted a Court has reserved decision

thus two million jobs would the government has sent a petitions moved by Paki- binding offer to acquire 100 M U L T A N — K h a w a j a now be added only because positive signal to foreign buy- on stan Railways employees percent shares of Warid Muhammad Usman Presi- of the GSP Plus. Almost one ers by taking this decision. dent of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has hailed the government’s decision to provide uninterrupted power supply and two-day gas supply and said the step would help the textile sector in adding three billion dollars exports this fiscal year and create three million new jobs “This is a golden day for the textile industry of Pakistan,” Khawaja Usman said, while talking to media persons. “For the first time in the last five years, the Punjab industry has been assured of uninterrupted power supply during winter,” added the textile industry in Punjab was sitting on huge idle capacities because of gas and power shortages. Benefits from the GSP Plus status, said Usman, were only possible if the industry ran round-theclock. “Rule of thumb is that one billion dollars exports

dollar billion exports and one million more jobs would be added as many closed mills would start full operations,” he said. “The entire textile chain is ecstatic after the Economic Coordination Committee took the decision to provide staggered gas supplies of 48 hours a week, besides assuring that power outages would take place only when gas is available for industries.” He added the government had also assured that the industries that have no gas-run generators would be supplied power for 24 hours a day. Muhammad Anees Khawaja of Aptma south Punjab chapter said that the textile sector would create most of the new jobs. “We are expecting huge investment in this sector for the first time in more than a decade,” he said, adding that most of the closed capacities

“The ruling party has again proved its business-friendly credentials,” he added. “We are the most competitive and efficient producers of value-added textiles,” he claimed, adding that the hands of the exporters were tied due to chronic power shortages in the country. “It is heartening that the government has realised that creating jobs and increasing exports is more important for sustained growth and poverty alleviation,” Aptma leader said. “For the first time, the industry has been given priority after domestic consumers,” he said. “The government has gone extra length to accommodate the industry. Businessmen now feel immense pressure to deliver beyond the promises they made. If we add value to our textiles, our potential is above $50 billion.”

seeking regularising their contract services. Abid Hussain and other petitioners submitted through their counsels that they were working in the department for 18 years on the contract basis but despite that their services were not being regularised. They contended that nonregularising their services were creating disappointment among the employees due to which the performance of the department was affecting. They pointed out that at least 20 thousands posts were still vacant in the department, and some quarters were planning to fill them on political basis. On a court query, a law officer of the Railways confirmed in the court that the petitioner employees were working in the department for the 18 years. The court recorded the contentions of all sides and reserved the judgment.

Telecom. According to a notice sent to Karachi Stock Exchange, the company has submitted a binding offer to acquire 100 percent shares of Warid Telecom after getting approval from board of directors. Etisalat, a parent company of PTCL, recently denied giving due payment of $800 million to the government of Pakistan, however, the telecom giant is ready to invest more in Pakistan by acquiring Warid. According to a source, Abu Dhabi Group, which is the sponsor of Warid Telecom has set $500 million base price for bidding. It is to recall here that China Mobile, a parent company of Zong, earlier backed out from the Warid acquiring race terming

the base price overpriced. It is important to mention here that a binding offer is an agreement that is considered legally binding if an offer is made and accepted between the involved parties. It contains elements such as offer, acceptance and intention to create legal relations. Any breach of contract can be disputed in the court of law. Meanwhile, Etisalat is the only company, which legitimately announced its interest to acquire Warid. On the other hand, reportedly, VimpelCom, which owns Mobilink Pakistan, is the other contender of Warid bidding. However, whether VimpelCom has submitted a binding offer or not, has not yet been disclosed by the any party. Moreover, the Warid Telecom is expecting more than $1 billion offer from aspirants for all of its assets and installations in Pakistan.

Cotton trading builds up STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Trade turnover of cotton further improved 17,600 bales (of 155 kilogram each) from a mere 7,600 bales traded a day ago, Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) reported. “A continuous increase in cotton trading has taken place as ginners refused to lower the price of the commodity as per the demand of spinning millowners,” a broker at Karachi Cotton Exchange, said. He said that spinning millowners could not have stopped buying the commodity for a long time on the hopes of a decline in prices since the European Union approved the GSP Plus status for Pakistan. “Textile exporters are the major beneficiaries of the status,” he said. Traders exchanged a total of 17,600 bales at Rs6,500 to Rs6,900 per maund (37.324 kilogram) as compared to 7,600 bales traded at Rs6,450 to Rs6,950 per maund a day ago, KCA said.

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NEW Y ORK —The dollar slipped against the euro and yen Friday after two straight days of solid gains fueled by the Federal Reserve’s decision to cut stimulus for the improving US economy. The euro bought $1.3671 around 2200 GMT, up from $1.3661 at the same time Thursday. The dollar dropped to 104.06 yen from 104.22, while the euro also weakened against the Japanese currency, edging down to 142.31 yen from 142.41. After the dollar’s sharp gains in the past two days, traders “were wanting to leave for the weekend without being too exposed and booked profits,” said Sebastien Galy of Societe Generale. John Kicklighter, chief currency strategist at DailyFX, warned of volatility risks associated with low volumes amid the year-end holiday period, but predicted the dollar would benefit from the Fed’s stimulus taper. “The dollar stands to reap significant benefit from stimulus moderation as we have seen relative monetary policy (a politically-correct name for ‘currency wars’) sets the greenback on a positive track,” Kicklighter said in a research note. “And, should there be a shakeup in risk as investors shed some of their excessive leverage, the dollar stands to only amplify those gains. Between now and the return of full liquidity, beware the high volatility often associated to low liquidity,” he said.—AFP

Pena Nieto signed a controversial law Friday that opens Mexico’s oil industry to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years. The bill, which modifies three articles of Mexico’s constitution, is aimed at attracting foreign investment with profit and production sharing contracts. The measure breaks a monopoly that the state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), has held since 1938. This is “one of the most transcendent bills in the past half-century,” Pena Nieto said, arguing that it has the potential to lead to fast economic growth and create jobs for Mexican engineers and technicians. It will also lead to a drop in the price of natural gas and electricity, and an increase in food production because a strong petrochemical industry will produce more affordable fertilizer, Pena Nieto said. The president signed the measure into law after it was approved in Congress.—AFP

ties to continue giving subsidies to their respective rice growers for another two years, a move likely to affect Pakistan’s rice exportsAyub Mehar, an economist, pointed out that the decision has put Pakistan in a complicated position as Pakistan might not resume providing subsidy to its rice growers under the conditions it agreed with International Monetary Fund (IMF) in recent months. “Pakistani exporters will not be in a position to compete with Indian exporters because the government cannot provide subsidies to its growers – not because of WTO but because of IMF conditions,” he said, adding that the extend fund facility agreement with the IMF does not allow government of Pakistan to provide any subsidy to its farmers or exporters. “The situation will likely help India, a leading competitor of Pakistan in the world rice market, to give a tough

added. Referring to a circular of WTO, dated December 6, 2013, he said that WTO granted the extension after India aggressively lobbied to get legal shelter for subsidy on rice exports to the world market and threatened to leave WTO otherwise. “The subsidy was allowed in the name of food security,” he said. Therefore, Indian farmers will be in a position to supply their products at cheaper prices with the help of government financial support. Consequently, export of rice from India will be available at competitive prices in the international markets, he said. Jawed Ali Ghori, a former chairman of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan, said that the development may result India the edge over Pakistan in world markets. He said Indian rice is costly, approximately $100-150 more expensive per ton than Pakistani rice in world markets.

Weekly inflation decreases STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD—The Sensitive

EU approves plan to put market riggers behind bars LONDON—Traders in the European Union caught rigging market benchmarks like Libor, oil or currencies could be jailed for four years under a deal agreed on Friday. The agreement on toughening up the bloc’s law on stopping market abuse was reached between representatives of the European Parliament and the bloc’s member states, parliament said in a statement. It follows public anger after U.S. and European authorities fined 10 banks and brokerages around $6 billion in connection with rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate or Libor. The revised law, which still needs to be formally approved by parliament and EU states, will take effect from 2016. “The Libor scandal was market manipulation of the worst kind. We are seeing more alleged and potential manipulation of benchmarks in energy markets such as oil and gas.—AFP

HAKS Trading (Pvt.) Ltd, an official said. Saifee Zakiuddin, company secretary of Burshane LPG, said that the board unanimously agreed to proceed further with various aspects of the merger process, which could then be approved by the board of directors after completion of legal and other due formalities. Saifee said that HAKS Trading already possessed majority stakes in the company and had expressed intention to merge with the management of Burshane LPG. “As the board has agreed to proceed with the proposed merger scheme, the valuation of assets and due diligence will be initiated shortly and would be completed in a month, after which the board could approve the merger,” Saifee said. As of June 30, Burshane LPG has shown an increase of 19 percent in turnover, which stands at Rs2.351 billion as compared to Rs1.978 billion last fiscal year. However, due to unprecedented increase in the cost of LPG during the year, the company’s gross profits dropped from Rs216 million to Rs202 million.

KARACHI: President of the KCCI Abdullah Zaki presenting crest to the President of Quetta Chamber.

Oil, gas sector grows STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —The oil and gas sector has witnessed an impressive 43 percent gains in 2013 so far, closely matching the KSE-100 returns of 51 percent during the same period, an analyst said. While the oil and gas returns have been evenly distributed in 2013 so far, performance in the second half of 2013 edged ahead of the first half of 2013 on the back of key macro changes in the sector ’s favour, alongside improving sector dynamics. These include clearance of Rs503 billion circular debt by the government, firmer international crude oil prices, rising oil production, higher domestic oil consumption and depreciation of the ru-

pee against the US dollar, which favours heavyweight exploration and production firms. Within the oil and gas chain, oil marketing companies (OMCs) gained 50 percent and exploration and production firms posted 44 percent gains, while refineries declined by three percent. “Interestingly, exploration and production firms are set to enter 2014 with a greater momentum with 21 percent gains in the second half of 2013 so far, against OMCs increasing by 10 percent and refineries by 11 percent,” said Atif Zafar at JS Global Capital. “We believe exploration and production firms have rallied in the second half of 2013 with 39 percent year-on-year

FY14 earnings growth in sight after a weak finish to FY13. High exploration costs had significantly hammered exploration and production profits in FY13. Since then, profits have increased by 26 percent yearon-year in the first quarter of FY14.” “Oil production has also increased by 11 percent year-on-year in the second half of 2013, while we forecast oil production growth of 20 percent year-on-year in 2014. OMCs’ performance has somewhat tailed off in the second half of 2013 on concerns over exchange rate losses with the rupee depreciating by seven percent in the second half of 2013 against three percent in the first half of 2013,” he added.

Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on December 19 for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000 registered a decrease of 1.02 percent as compared to the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 200.78 points against 202.84 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The weekly SPI has been computed with base 20072008=100, covering 17 urban centres and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group decreased by 0.67 percent as it went down from 211.15 points in the previous week to 209.74 points in the week under review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 11.76 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8,001 to Rs 12,000, Rs 12,001 to Rs 18,000, Rs 18,001 to Rs 35,000 and above Rs 35,000 decreased by 0.88 percent, 0.79 percent, 0.68 percent and 0.48 percent, respectively. During the week under review average prices of 12 items registered decrease, while that of 19 items increase with the remaining 22 items’ prices unchanged. The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tomatoes, potatoes, onions, tea (packet).

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Australia Business Forum Pervez H. Madraswala presenting memento to Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner Ms. Nicola Watkinson. Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward is also seen in the picture.

Current Account deficit up by 175pc STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The country’s current account deficit is deteriorating continuously as it has increased by 175 percent to $1.8 billion mark during the first five months of current fiscal year 2013-14 (FY14), which has primarily been driven by high deficit of trade and services sectors, besides slow foreign inflows. Economists say the deterioration in current account balance is a major threat to the depleting foreign exchange reserves, as every month government is compelled to spend millions of dollars to finance the current account deficit. They said the statistics of the balance of payment clearly reflects that major deficit has been occurred from the goods and services sector. There is an urgent need of some steps to curtail higher goods’ and services’ imports, otherwise the current account deficit will further swell in the near future. The State Bank of Pakistan on Friday revealed that current account balance has posted a massive deficit. The country’s current balance has registered a deficit of

$1.885 billion during JulyNov of FY14 as compared to $684 million in corresponding period of FY13, depicting an increase of 175 percent or $1.2 billion. Statistics showed that cumulative deficit of goods, services and income has gone up by 16 percent during the period under review. With current upsurge, total deficit of goods, services and income sector has surged to $10 billion in the first five months of current fiscal year against $8.6 billion deficit in same period of last fiscal year. The country’s overall goods’ import stood at $17.47 billion and exports at $10.2 billion with trade deficit of $7.2 billion during July-Nov of FY14, while the deficit was $6.6 billion in the corresponding period of last fiscal year. With an increase of 94 percent or $534 million, the deficit of services sector has reached $1.97 billion in first five months of FY14 as compared to $563 million in corresponding period of last fiscal year. Similarly, with $1.93 billion payments and $242 million receipts, income sector deficit has mounted to $204 million during July-Sep of current fiscal year.

Artificial shortage of cement STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has accused cement dealers of hoarding to increase prices in the retail markets and creating artificial shortage. “We believe that dealers are holding cement to increase prices in the retail markets, thus, creating shortage in the market,” Muhammad Ali Tabba, chairman of APCMA, said, while reacting to a report. Tabba categorically denied any artificial shortage of cement for local consumption in the Southern Region, as production is in full swing with dispatches touching 15,000 metric tons. There is no ambiguity or shortage in the market and disinformation is being spread out to harm the welldocumented sector, he said, adding that five cement units are fully operational in the Southern Region and their average dispatches in November was 11,900 metric tons per day, while in December, the cement dispatches are around 15,000 metric tons per day. An expert said that the blame-game between cement manufactures and dealers proves that there is a shortage of cement in the retail markets in Sindh.

Petro products main source of revenue STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Tax revenue depends largely upon the petroleum sector, as almost one-fourth or more than 25 percent of the entire tax collection comes from petroleum products at various stages, the FBR’s quarterly review for July-September 2013 said. Sales tax collection from petroleum products recorded a 30.2 percent growth to Rs51.757 billion in the first quarter as compared to Rs39.744 billion collected in the same period of last year. The input/output ratio declined from 64 percent in the first quarter of 2012-13 to 57.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013-14. The sales tax collection from natural gas plummeted by 32.9 percent due to increased refund payments of around Rs2.0 billion as compared to nil refunds in the first quarter of last fiscal year. A detailed look into the major ten commodities indicates that their share in sales tax domestic collection is 70

percent. In other words, Rs82 billion out of Rs117 billion have been contributed by ten sectors. Among these ten contributors, petroleum products (POL) lead with a 44 percent share, followed by natural gas with five percent share. The base of sales tax is highly skewed towards a few items, as only two items i.e. POL products and natural gas contribute around 50 percent to the sales tax (domestic) revenues. Sectoral analysis indicates that POL products have been the leading revenue source of sales tax during July-September 2013-14 by contributing Rs45.1 billion in the collection of sales tax at import stage. Its collection increased by only 2.7 percent as compared to a 6.9 percent rise in its import value during the first quarter of fiscal year as compared to the same period of last fiscal. The collection of customs duty from petroleum products manifested a robust growth of 27.6 per-

cent against three percent growth in dutiable imports. The growth in the collection of customs from POL products is mainly driven by 33 percent growth in the collection of customs from diesel (HSD). Interestingly, duties are imposed on only 11.9 percent of petroleum product imports, while the remaining chunk is duty-free. All the major energy items of petroleum products, except HSD, are out of the net of customs duty. According to business leaders, gradual and uncontrolled increase in POL prices had put a negative impact on production as industrial production cost, which was already under great pressure due to power outages and increase in POL prices, had deteriorated the business environment. The government has been charging four different taxes/levies on petroleum products, which has proved the inefficiency of economic managers.


Karachi dethrone Sukkur in Sindh Women’s hockey final KARACHI—Karachi dethroned Sukkur to clinch the third edition of NBP Sindh Women’s Hockey Championship after a hardfought 1-0 victory at Hockey

were missed. In the playoff for third spot, Hyderabad defeated Larkana 1-0. Fatima scored the match in first session of the match. Sindh Minister Women’s Development Rubina Qaimkhani distributed the prizes. Mehereen Khan got the highest-scorer award while Benazir was declared the best player of the tournament. President of Pakistan Women’s Hockey Association (PWHA) Khushbakht Shujaat, former captain Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui, Olympian Iftikhtar Syed, KHA Secretary Farooq Khan, Ghulam Muhammad and other officials were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Rubina Qaimkhani said she will speak to Sindh Chief Minister for the laying of turf which is placed in the open in the ground for the past and half year in Mirpurkhas. Chief Guest assured that Sindh Government will sponsor hockey activities in the province. Khushbakht Shujaat announced holding of All Pakistan KARACHI: Players of Karachi and Sukkur, struggle for the ball during the final of Sindh Shaheed Benazir Gold Cup in Karachi next month.—APP Women’s Hockey Championship.

Haris stuns Fahad to annex Sindh Junior Snooker crown KARACHI—Second seed Haris Nadeem clinched the 7th Junior Sindh Cup Snooker Tournament in style when came from behind to shock top seed Fahad Khan 54 in thrilling final. Haris dropped the opening two frames and was tied 4-all before grabbing the decider to emerge winner at Aly’s Snooker Parlor. They way, Fahad started the match it looked he was heading to straight frame victory. But in a dramatic turnaround, Haris showed fighting qualities and after a poor start, he chalked out the break of 72 in third frame and took the fourth to level terms.—APP

Club of Pakistan on Saturday. After the barren opening session, forward Mehereen Khan slammed in the match winning goal in 47th minute of the match.

Lack of experience in playing hockey was clearly evident from both Karachi and defending Sukkur teams during the final. Several easy scoring opportunities

Extra pacer, poor bowling changes cost Pakistan 2nd ODI: Shoaib K ARACHI —Poor bowling changes and inclusion of an extra pace bowler in Pakistan team cost them the second One-Day International in Dubai, former Test fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said on Saturday. “Misbah did not made the right bowling changes in the crucial stage of the match specially in last six overs of the match,” he said while commenting on Pakistan’s two wickets to loss to Sri Lanka which leveled the 5match ODI series 1-1. “I think Junaid and Saeed Ajmal should have been used in the last few overs,” he said.

“In the pressure situation in the last few overs, Misbah should have got the support from the dressing room which is traditional done through messages,” he said. He called for dropping one of the fast bowlers from Sohail Tanvir or Bilal Bhatti. He suggested the inclusion of left arm spinner Abdul Rehman in place one fast bowler. Rawalpindi-express said left arm paceman Junaid Khan really bowled well. However he said using two left arm pacer not a wise decision which means dropping of

Sohail Tanvir. “Sohail is good for T20 cricket but not good enough for ODIs and his performance proved it,” he added. Sohail took one 69 of ten overs in the first ODI and conceded 58 runs in his nine over in the second without taking any wickety. He said even in the first ODI Pakistan pacers proved expensive conceded 161 runs between them which was not up to the mark. He said it was good sign to see Pakistan batting doing well and top order batting performing well. But Pakistan still to rectify in some areas of the game.—APP

LAHORE: MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif inaugurating official logo of Punjab Youth Festival 2014.

Divisional Kabaddi team proceeds to India F A I S A L A B A D —Divisional Kabaddi team proceeded to India here on Saturday for participating in World Cup Kabaddi Tournament to be held in Fareedabad, Haryana, India. Divisional Commissioner Sardar Akram Javaid saw the divisional Kabaddi team off with best wishes and advised them to represent Pakistan in a dignified manner. Assistant Commissioner (AC) General Mehr Shafqat Ullah Mushtaq, Divisional Sports Officer Mian Zubair Anwar, Assistant Commissioner (AC) City Zaheer Anwar Jappa and Chief Coordinator/International Observer Tayyab Gilan were also present on the occasion. The divisional Kabaddi team includes Musharraf Janjoa (captain), Saad Ullah (vice captain), Nawaz Baja, Shehram Sajid Bhutta, Muzammal Boota, Mustafa Bijli, Imran Mani Bijli, Arsalan Bhutto, Ghulam Murtaza, Nawaz Majo, Rashid Malik, Lala Saif Ullah, Nasir Gagga, Kashif Baig and Imran Mani Dogar besides team coach Shehbaz Bandesha, team managers Javaid Kamal & Hajji Khursheed Aalam Sindhu.—APP

Pakistan hockey players stage protest over slump ISLAMABAD—A group of Paki- even to qualify for next year´s at last year´s London Olympics, stani Olympic hockey greats protested in front of parliament in a desperate bid to revive the former world-beating country´s struggling fortunes. About a dozen former players demonstrated in Islamabad in the hope that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will step in and help reverse the team´s decline. Pakistan are three-time Olympic champions and four-time winners of the World Cup, an event they introduced in 1971. They failed

and they were 12th and last at the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi. The future also looks bleak as Pakistan finished ninth in the Junior World Cup in India last week. “The federation officials are politicised... hockey should be free from politics,” said Sami. “It is high time that we save our national game and we request the prime minister to take stringent measures to restore the pride in the game,” said Sami.—AFP

Pak women to host tri-series in Qatar

DUBAI —Pakistan’s women’s cricket team are to use the neutral venue of Qatar to host a triseries with South Africa and Ireland, an official said Saturday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) interim chairman Najam Sethi said the first-ever triangular women’s one-day and Twenty20 tournament will be held in Qatar from Jan 8-25 in Doha, making Pakistan the first country to introduce women’s cricket in this region. “South Africa, Ireland and Pakistan women’s teams are parKARACHI—Imran Ahmed ham- ticipating in this home series of mered a superb unbeaten century Pakistan as we want our women to propel Faisalabad to 249 for the loss of seven wickets in their first innings on the opening day of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy match against Karachi Whites at National Stadium on Saturday. Imran clubbed 14 boundaries in his 113 not out after facing 213-ball after sent to bat first B ARCELONA—Lionel Messi on greenish looking track. Paceman Mir Hamza continued criticized a Barcelona vice presihis fine run in the event by tak- dent on Friday for saying the Argentina forward didn’t deserve ing four wickets for 61 runs. In another match at NBP a better contract. Javier Faus, the vice presiSports Complex Ground. dent in charge of Barcelona’s fiIslamabad Region electing to bat first against Multan was bowled nances, said two weeks ago he out for 237 in 86.1 overs. didn’t see a reason to further exMuhammad Rameez caused the tend Messi’s contract. Last year, main damage in Islamabad bat- the club extended the 26-yearting by snapping-up five wickets old Messi’s contract through for 75 runs. Faisalabad Ist innings 2018. “Mr. Faus is a person that 249-7 in 78.1 overs (Asif Ali 41, doesn’t know anything about Imran Ahmed 113 not out, Faheem Ashraf 49, Mir Hamza football and wants to run 4-61) vs Karachi Whites Barcelona like a business, which Islamabad Ist innings 237 all out it isn’t,” Messi told Catalan rain 86.1 overs (Imad Wasim 53, dio RAC1. “Barcelona is the best team Sajid Ali 45, Raja Khalid 33, Junaid Nadir 33, Muhammad in the world and deserves to be Rameez 5-75, Amir Yameen 2- represented by the best execu25, Kumail Abbas 2-26) Multan tives. “I remind him that neiIst innings 4-0 in 2 overs —APP ther I nor any of my representa-

Imran cracks 113 NO in Faisalabad’s 249-7 in Quaid Trophy

edition. “We thought of staging a protest at the parliament because this is the place where our voices can reach the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif,” said Shahnaz Shaikh, a member of Pakistan´s 1978 World Cup winning team. “We will protest again early next month at the parliament and continue until the prime minister addresses the situation,” he added. Pakistan, winners in 1960, 1968 and 1984, finished seventh

team to play as much cricket as possible,” Sethi told AFP. Pakistan have been forced to play all its home cricket on neutral venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE) since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 suspended all international sports in the country. Pakistan’s men’s team are playing a Twenty20, one-day and Test series against Sri Lanka in UAE. PCB said the tri-series in Qatar will help all three teams to tune up for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh starting in March.

“Both the series in Qatar will be of great significance since these teams are in the same pool in the upcoming World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh,” said the PCB. The triangular one-day tournament will start from January 10 and the final will be played on 17th January. All matches are day and night.The T20 tri-series will be played from January 19-25. “Qatar can be a good venue for our teams in the future and the women series will give us an idea how Qatar can help us in hosting cricket there,” said Sethi.—AFP

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ISLAMABAD: Maj Gen (Retd) Muhammad Ovais Mustafa presents NFRD Champion Trophy to captain of Basketball team from Technical Education and Vocational Training centre of Excellence, Rawat, Islamabad.

Sport restrains youth from indulging in negative activities HYDERABAD—Sport is an activity to prevent the youth from indulging in negative activities and there is need to motivate the students to actively participate in sports disciplines along with their educational activities. This was opined by District Officer Education (Sports) Illyas Bhatti while speaking as chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of Inter Schools Rural Cricket Tournament organised by Education Department, at Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam on Friday. He said sport activities not only keep the young people away from inclining negative activities but foster discipline among the children as well. “A healthy and talented student could became a useful human being of the society,” he said. He congratulated the organisers for holding a magnificent event and lauded the successful teams while on the occasion Tournament Organiser, A.D. Setho, presented the aims and objectives of the tournament. Later, the chief guest distributed the certificates and trophies among the winner and runner teams including Government Boys High School Tando Jam1 and Government Boys High School Tando Jam 2.—APP

Regi Club lift Shad Muhammad Memorial Soccer title PESHAWAR—Regi club lifted time and to get any result of the on which Regi Club scored on the trophy after defeating Shinwari club of Kohat in the All Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shad Muhammad Shaheed Haji Tajdar Memorial Football Tournament played here at Younis Stadium Mardan on Saturday. MPA Abid Ullah Mayar was the chief guest on this occasion. The players of both Regi Club Peshawar and Shinwari club Kohat, organizing Secretary Ali Gohar, Chairman District Football Association Mardan and large number of spectators participated in the final. The final match was locked 1-1 in the stipulated 70-minute

match both the teams were awarded five each penalty kicks. Regi Club Peshawar conceding a goal in the 10th minute through Jan Muhammad on the field attempt while Afzal Khan leveled the tally 1-1 in the 28th minute. At half-time both the teams were tied 1-1. It was the second session in which both Regi Club Peshawar and Shinwari club Kohat raided on each other territory but they were failed to score any goal and thus the match was ended 1-1 draw. To decide the fate of the match both the teams were awarded five each penalty kicks

all five attempts while Shinwari club Kohat missed a target and thus Regi Club won the match by 6-5. DFA Mardan organized the tournament with the collaboration of Welfare Committee Mardan in which a total of 41 clubs, out of 28 registered clubs with District Football Association Mardan took part and 13 other clubs from different districts all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took part. At the end, the chief guest MPA Obaid Ullah Mayar gave away trophies and cash prizes to the winners and runners-up.—APP

Sri Lanka name Englishman Farbrace as coach COLOMBO—Englishman Paul a selection of Sri Lankan candi- later this month. Sri Lanka’s asFarbrace will succeed Graham Ford as Sri Lanka’s head coach from the start of next year, the country’s cricket board said. Farbrace, a former assistant manager of the Sri Lanka side who has been coaching Yorkshire’s second XI, has agreed a two-year contract, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. “The final decision was made after much deliberation as

dates showed commendable credentials as applicants to this post,” the SLC said. “SLC wishes to thank Yorkshire Cricket Club for being generous enough to release Farbrace for duty in Sri Lanka,” it added. Ford, who took over when Australian Geoff Marsh was sacked in January 2012, had decided to step down after the test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting

sistant coach under Trevor Bayliss from 2007 to 2009, the 46-year-old Farbrace will be in charge of the team’s World Cup campaigns both in the Twenty20 (2014) and 50-over (2015) formats. “Paul is an outstanding coach and deserves to take on this role with Sri Lanka Cricket,” said Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon.—Online

knows that very well.” Messi is Barcelona’s alltime leading scorer and a fourtime FIFA world player of the year. He is in Argentina recovering from a hamstring injury and expected to return to Barcelona in January. Messi rarely speaks about the business side of his career. This is the first time he has openly criticized an important board member of the club he joined when he was 13 years old. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said Thursday that he had not spoken to Messi about his contract, while adding “but my door is always open. I have no doubt that the best player in the tives have asked for a contract world deserves to be the highest extension at any moment, and he paid.”—AP

Australia puts emerging stars under pace great Lillee SYDNEY—Australian pace trio James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are in training under Test great Dennis Lillee as they work their way back to full fitness from injury, a report said Thursday. Australia have already wrestled back the Ashes without their services, but plans are in place to gradually return the young quicks to top-level cricket with an eye on the tour to South Africa in February-March. Pattinson, Starc and Cummins, who all had back injuries, went through their paces in the nets in Perth on Wednesday as Australia’s fast-bowling coach Craig McDermott and pace great Lillee watched and advised, The Australian said. Pattinson and Bird would likely be available for the squad that heads to South Africa for three Tests in February and March, the report HYDERABAD: Students of a local school participate in different games during Annual said.—Agencies Games.


New Zealand pace puts Windies on ropes HAMILTON—West Indies had and ended so swiftly that New of the series and cut New

Zealand’s first-innings deficit to 18. Both feats, outstanding as they were, were consigned to the sidelines by the depressingly familiar drama that West Indies served up after tea. Granted New Zealand’s four-man pace attack, three of them left-armers, were relentless with their tight lines and fuller lengths. Granted there was a bit of cloud cover that afforded some swing. Granted New Zealand K Powell b Boult ................ 0 came back from their sloppy West Indies 1st innings 367 catching in the first innings with M Samuels b Anderson ....... 8 some outstanding grabs. But the New Zealand 1st innings P Fulton c Sammy b Narine 11 S Chanderpaul b Wagner ... 20 pitch was still the same slow one H Rutherford c & b Sammy 10 N Deonarine b Wagner ...... 13 on which the sides had scored K Williamson lbw Narine .. 58 D Ramdin lbw Boult ......... 18 367 and 349. R Taylor c Samuels b Best 131 D Sammy b Southee .......... 24 After such scores, it was efB McCullum b Narine ....... 12 S Narine not out .................. 0 fectively a second-innings C Anderson b Permaul ...... 39 V Permaul lbw Southee ....... 0 shootout. West Indies shot themB Watling b Sammy .......... 20 T Best lbw Southee ............. 0 selves in the foot instead. It was T Southee lbw Narine ........ 18 Extras: (lb 12) .................. 12 the same weakness again, an inI Sodhi b Narine .................. 9 Total: (all out) ................ 103 ability to tackle the inswing the N Wagner b Narine ........... 22 Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-13, left-armers were generating. T Boult not out ................... 1 4-40, 5-46, 6-75, 7-91, 8-103, 9Their left-handers kept pok103, 10-103 Extras (b6, lb8 nb 4) 18 ing at deliveries leaving them, Bowling .............. O-M-R-W even Shivnarine Chanderpaul Total (all out) 349 Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-43, 3- Boult ...................... 10-4-23-4 falling prey to the malaise, and 138, 4-174, 5-224, 6-269, 7-306, Southee ................. 8.5-5-12-3 New Zealand kept snapping up Anderson ................. 6-0-22-1 8-317, 9-332, 10-349 sharp catches in the slip cordon, Bowling .............. O-M-R-W Wagner .................... 7-1-34-0 the highlight being Kane Best ....................... 14-1-63-1 New Zealand 2nd innings Williamson’s one-handed blinder Sammy .................. 23-8-69-2 P Fulton not out ................... 4 at gully to send back Permaul ............... 35-6-103-1 H Rutherford not out ........... 0 Chanderpaul for 20 off Neil Narine ............... 42.3-17-91-6 Extras (b2) ......................... 2 Wagner. The right-handers drove Deonarine .................. 3-0-9-0 Total (0 wickets) ................ 6 loosely at inswingers, they prodBowling .............. O-M-R-W West Indies 2nd innings ded at ones going straight across K Brathwaite b Boult .......... 7 Best ........................... 1-0-4-0 them, they even managed to get K Edwards b Boult .............. 1 Sammy ...................... 1-1-0-0 strangled down the leg side.

lost 16 wickets on the third day in Wellington to lose by an innings. If one thought their standards couldn’t plummet any further, one was to be proved wrong on the third day in Hamilton. In far friendlier conditions for batting than Basin Reserve, their entire second innings lasted less than a session. It began after tea,

Life ban imposed in Malaysia for match-fixing

Zealand had time left to face a couple of overs in their second small chase of the series. It was supposed to be a test by spin for New Zealand, and Sunil Narine did as well he could, bowling 42.3 overs, 36 of them on the trot, to take 6 for 91. Ross Taylor batted through that examination to make his third hundred

The longest anyone lasted was Marlon Samuels, who made 8 off 38 deliveries. The most runs anyone made was captain Darren Sammy, who struck six fours in a hopelessly frenetic 24 off 17 to nudge West Indies into three figures. Like in Wellington, Trent Boult did most of the damage, removing the top three within nine overs on his way to 4 for 23. Wagner and Corey Anderson, a terrific second pair of seamers, kept up the pressure to prise out three more, and Boult returned to trap first-innings centurion Denesh Ramdin in front. Having watched the leftarmers take the first seven wickets, Tim Southee helped himself to the final three in one over with his outswingers, also reaching 100 Test victims in the process. West Indies had been blown away for 103 in 31.5 overs, 12 leg-byes helping them scrape past 100. Before tea, Taylor finished with 28 more than 11 West Indies batsmen and the leg-byes put together to pilot New Zealand past 300. Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson gave it away in the morning, aggression causing their downfall, while Taylor ticked along solidly and calmly, at his own pace, never in doubt. West Indies weren’t able to exert pressure to the extent they had on the second evening, when their specialist spinners Narine

Pakistan fined for slow over-rate in second ODI

KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysian DUBAI—Pakistan had salt rubbed football authorities have imposed a lifetime ban on five players and three officials for match-fixing in the domestic league, a senior football official said Saturday. The eight, who represented Kuala Lumpur, were also slapped with a 20,000 ringgit ($6,084) fine each, part of Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) push to fight match-rigging in the Southeast Asian country. Taufek Abdul Razak, FAM disciplinary committee chairman said another seven players from the same football club will face a disciplinary hearing on Friday. “It is a deterrent punishment. We are serious in fighting matchfixing,” he told AFP. “I warn the players—you can fool some people some times but you cannot fool all the people all the time,” he added. After a dire season the Kuala Lumpur team have been relegated to the third-tier FAM Cup competition next season. The non-players banned were Slovak coach Stanislav Lieskovsky, assistant manager Rosli Omar and team official Shaari Jani. The Slovak manager had left Malaysia in July. The five Kuala Lumpur players named were defender Jeremy Danker, right back Hafizi Roslee, centre-back Fadhulah Yunsiar, midfielder Khairul Anuar and goalkeeper Phoo Kai Lun. Fears of match-rigging surfaced in May last year, particularly during the second-tier Malaysian Premier League match between Kuala Lumpur and Sime Darby.—APP

“Match referee David Boon for every over their side fails to into their wounds when they were of Australia imposed the fines bowl in the allotted time, with the fined for their slow over-rate dur- after Pakistan was ruled to be one captain fined double that amount. The penalty was ing a narrow accepted by Patwo-wicket dekistan without feat against Sri contest so there Lanka on Friwas no need for day. Pakistan a hearing, the looked on ICC said. course to win Sri Lanka’s after posting a win on Friday healthy 284 in levelled the fivetheir innings in match series at 1the second one 1 after Pakistan day internahad won the first tional in Dubai, match in Sharjah but the Sri by 11 runs. Lankan tailThe third match will be enders saw their team home with over short of its target, after time allowances were taken into con- played back in Sharjah on Sunjust two balls to spare. And on Saturday the Inter- sideration,” the ICC said in a day followed by the last two in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and national Cricket Council (ICC) statement. In accordance with the ICC Friday. Both teams will also play said Misbah-ul-Haq’s team were one over short during the time code of conduct, players are fined three Tests after the one-day se10 per cent of their match fees ries.—AFP allotted for the 50 overs.

Liverpool star Suarez signs new contract at club L ONDON —Luis Suarez has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new longterm contract, the club confirmed on Friday. It was not immediately clear how long the deal was for, but Suarez told the club website: “I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term.” Suarez, 26, has been in impressive form after a turbulent

summer in which he suggested League. It had been expected that the club had reneged on an agree- talks would continue throughout the season and that the Uruguayan would want to wait and see whether the Reds secured a Champions League place for next season, but the club confirmed he had signed a new deal. Suarez told the official website www.liverpoolfc.tv: “Without doubt the backing I have received from the ment to sell him if they failed to Liverpool fans has influenced qualify for the Champions my decision. —AFP

and Veerasammy Permaul bowled in tandem. Instead, Darren Sammy gave himself a spell of nine overs at the start, bowling alongside Narine as West Indies worked with the old ball throughout the session. Whatever pressure Narine exerted wasn’t maintained for long enough. Taylor carried on from the second evening, unruffled by the odd delivery misbehaving or by what was happening at the other end. Even as Narine jagged the odd straighter one past the bat, Taylor handled the offbreaks superbly, playing late and softly. West Indies took the second new ball in the 99th over, immediately after lunch, and the change earned them the wickets of BJ Watling and Taylor, who departed after taking 20 runs off Sammy in the 105th over. Wagner and Southee cut the deficit further but the tail could not survive too long against Narine, and he spun out the last three to go to 18 wickets from three Tests against New Zealand. The one over he bowled in the evening signalled that the target of 122 wouldn’t be chased down easily. West Indies had stopped New Zealand short of chasing 112 in Dunedin, but that was on the final day with assistance from rain. Narine is now their only hope, however slender, with two days left. For if you can’t bat, you can HAMILTON: Trent Boult is ecstatic after picking up a wicket during New Zealand vs West at least hope. —APP/AFP Indies 3rd Test on Saturday.

Rogers feels pressure even with Ashes won MELBOURNE—The Ashes may be won but Australia opener Chris Rogers said Saturday he goes into next week’s fourth Test against England on Boxing Day feeling under pressure. While Australia locked up an unassailable 3-0 series lead with victory in Perth earlier this week to reclaim the urn surrendered to England in 2009, Rogers admitted his personal contribution has been less than compelling. Rogers has scored a total of 156 runs from six innings with only two half-centuries for a series average of 26. He said that, at age 36, his time at Test level cannot endure too many low scores with players, such as Phil Hughes, pressing for a place in the Australia team. “Every game, I think that’s part and parcel of playing for Australia,” Rogers told reporters. “I’m one of the batsmen who hasn’t got a hundred, so (I’m) under a little bit of pressure and probably haven’t got the runs I had hoped for this series. I haven’t been batting particularly well. “There were a few things technically that haven’t been great, but I did a bit of work with (former Australia opener and batting coach) Justin Langer before the last Test and that was probably as good as I’ve felt. “Hopefully that’s a good sign, but it all comes down to how many runs you get.” Rogers said he also feels daunted about the prospect of facing up to the opening ball of the fourth Test in front of a sell-out Boxing Day crowd at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Thursday. “To play in front of a Boxing Day crowd, it doesn’t get any better. —APP

Dempsey to return to Fulham on loan L ONDON —Striker

Clint Dempsey will return to Fulham on loan from Seattle Sounders, the Premier League club said. The American was a fans’ favourite at Craven Cottage before leaving to join London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2012, scoring 50 goals for the club and helping them reach the Europa League final in 2009-10. Dempsey, 30, will return from the beginning of January and be available until March when the new Major League Soccer season begins. “Clint will be a boost for us,” Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s DENVER: Anthony Randolph, Denver Nuggets forward drives for a shot as Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green and for- home game against Manchester ward Markieff Morris cover in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ 103-99 victory in an NBA basketball game. City.—APP

Pujara, Kohli put India in command JOHANNESBURG—Cheteshwar and Murali Vijay (39) during a Morne Morkel for most of the inPujara and Virat Kohli batted India into a position of dominance on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Pujara hit his sixth century in only his 16th Test as India piled up 284 for two in their second innings, an overall lead of 320, against a depleted South African bowling attack. The foundation was laid by Pujara

watchful second wicket stand of 70. Pujara (135 not out) and first innings century-maker Kohli (77 not out) shared an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 191 on a pitch which for the most part has been difficult for batsmen. But as the South African bowlers wilted the batsmen were able to score freely, adding 175 in 38 overs between tea and the close. South Africa were without

nings after the tall fast bowler suffered a strained right ankle while fielding. The injury is likely to keep Morkel out of the second and final Test starting in Durban on December 26.— Agencies

India 1st innings 280 South Africa 1st innings 244 India 2nd innings S Dhawan b Philander ...... 15 M Vijay b Kallis ............... 39 CA Pujara b Kallis .......... 153 V Kohli b Duminy ............ 96 RG Sharma b Kallis ........... 6 AM Rahane b Duminy ..... 15 MS Dhoni b Philander ...... 29 R Ashwin b Philander ......... 7 Z Khan not out ................. 29 I Sharma b Tahir ................. 4 M Shami Tahir .................... 4 Extras (b 9, lb 7, w 8) ....... 24 Total (all out) ................. 421 Fall of wickets 1-23 2-93, 3315, 4-325, 5-327, 6-358, 7369, 8-384, 9-405, 10-421 Bowling ............. O-M-R-W DW Steyn ........... 30-5-104-0 VD Philander ..... 28-10-68-3 M Morkel ................. 2-1-4-0 JH Kallis .............. 20-5-68-3 Tahir .................. 15.4-1-69-2 AB de Villiers ........... 1-0-5-0 JP Duminy ............ 24-0-87-2 South Africa 2nd innings AN Petersen not out ......... 52 GC Smith not out ............. 17 Extras (nb 1) ....................... 1 Total (0 wickets) .............. 70 Bowling ............. O-M-R-W Z Khan ................... 5-0-19-0 FRISCO: Aaron Blunck lands his last stunt during the World I Sharma ................. 4-0-14-0 Cup US Grand Prix halfpipe freestyle skiing finals in Colo. M Shami ................. 6-1-21-0 R Ashwin ............... 6-0-16-0 Blunck won the event with a score of 92.

Thank you doctors, says Mark Boucher in his new autobiography OBSERVER CORRESPONDENCE BIPIN DANI MUMBAI—Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh may not be the only player who has credited his cancer recovery to the USA-based surgeon (Dr Lawrence Einhorn) in his book-The test of my life. In South Africa’s former wicket-keeper, Mark Boucher’s new autobiography (BouchThrough My Eyes) has reference of both doctors, who treated him for his eye injury. In July last year, Mark Boucher, 36 then, had suffered a serious eye injury after being struck on his left eye by a

bail and had to retire early from the game though he was to retire at the of the England tour. “Two doctors that feature in the book are Dr Jonathan Rossiter (who was the first doctor to see him straight off the field after the accident) and Dr Raoul Scholtz (a retinal surgeon who has performed many of his operations)”, says Andrea Marchesi, Jonathan Ball Publishers, the Publicist. “There is a lot about his eye scattered throughout the book”, Andrea Marchesi added. “He (Mark Boucher) has gone into great deal about his eye injury. There are two forewords – one by Johann Rupert and the other by Jacques Kallis. The book is full

of tribute style contributions from former team mates, friends, family, doctors, coaches etc. It’s an incredibly emotional and inspiring read – a real celebration of Mark’s career and life so far”/ “There is a chapter on his injury but because it had been covered in so much detail at the time of in just it’s not the main theme of the book. But of course there is an excerpt by the Doctor in Taunton as well.”, Lauren Roderick, the official of the company (Big Sports Management) which manages Boucher’s work, says from Cape Town. “The book is an autobiography on Mark Boucher’s Cricket career”, Roderick added.


Teasing tied to less physical activity among kids

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HILDREN who are teased while play ing sports tend to have a worse quality of life than their non-teased peers, a new study suggests. Some of them may also become less active over time. “Teasing not only influences psychological functioning but may reduce physical activity and lead to poorer physical, social, and emotional functioning for children,” Chad D. Jensen told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The link between teasing and less physical activity is particularly concerning considering most children are already not exercising as much as they should. Previous research shows less than one in 10 children meets the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to participate in at least one hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity every day. Jensen and his colleagues surveyed 108 kids, aged nine to 12, in 2010 and again in 2011. They asked kids about their participation in 21 different types of physical activity before, during and after school and how often they had been teased while playing sports or exercising since kindergarten. The researchers also asked the kids how well they functioned physically, emotionally, with friends and at school. Together those measures were used to determine children’s health-related quality of life. Children who were teased reported a

worse quality of life than those who were not. In particular, overweight and obese kids who reported being teased on the first survey had a poorer quality of life both initially and again one year later, the researchers write in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. “Negative effects of teasing appear to be persistent, affecting important outcomes one year after teasing is reported,” Jensen said. Normalweight kids who reported being teased on the first survey were more likely to become less active over the next year. For overweight and obese children, teasing reported in year two was linked to less physical activity the same year. “School policy makers are encouraged to think of this form of peer victimization as a direct threat to children’s health outcomes,” write Jensen and his co-authors. “These findings provide support for comprehensive bullying prevention programs and suggest that efforts to reduce peer victimization in the context of physical activity participation may be helpful in promoting physical activity participation and children’s quality of life,” Jensen said. David Palmiter, a psychologist at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said the findings are not surprising. “Being teased or being bullied in any kind of an ongoing way itself is a symptom . . . and worsens symptoms,” he said. Kids who are teased “often have vulnerabilities,” such as low self-esteem, before the teasing starts.

People gathered at the site of a bomb blast.

Security beefed up for Quaid’s anniversary, Christmas STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Inspector General of Police, has Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch issued instructions for beefing up security measures on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Great Leader, and the Christmas falling on Dec 25. In a written notice to the police officers and departments concerned, the IGP asked them to take up the required security arrange-

ments in consultation with administrations of the churches, residential colonies and Missionary schools. It was further said that Police officers especially the station house officers of areas concerned would ensure frequent inspection and monitoring of the security arrangements, deployment of police posses and interaction with the deployed cops through wireless system. They should submit details about the assigned jobs with the office of the IGP on daily ba-

sis. The IGP asked the officers concerned to ensure heavy deployment of cops inside and outside the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan and also ensure technical sweeping and clearance. It was further asked that police posses would enhance randomized snap checking, police patrolling and collection of intelligencebased information and its sharing with other relevant departments in advance so that pre-emptive measures should be taken to foil any bid of crime or terrorism.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah addressing the inaugural session of conference on ‘Road map for implementation of joint and equal ownership of oil and gas resources—the way forward’ at a local hotel.

Federal Finance Minister meets Governor KARACHI —Federal Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar, on Saturday called on Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan. The meeting held at the Governor House here, financial and other matters came up for discussion. The Governor apprised that several development projects are being carried out in the province of Sindh with the assistance of the Federal Government and that upon completion they will be beneficial for the people. He said that planning is also being undertaken for some more mega projects. Dr Ishrat-ulEbad Khan pointed out that for easing the pressure of traffic in the metropolis, the Karachi Circular Railway project is also in the process and that work on this would soon be initiated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He said that the federal government is extending full support towards the development of the province. The Governor further stated that the Lyari Expressway project would soon be completed and this would help ease flow of traffic and provide travel facility.—APP

KU admission list on Dec 29 KARACHI—The admission list for Karachi University’s BS/ Honours open merit would be announced on December 29. This was stated by the Director Admissions of the University on Saturday. Earlier, this list was scheduled to be put on display on December 22.— APP

57 suspects arrested

Police prepare report on Sabzi Mandi blast KARACHI—Police on Saturday prepared the initial report of the blast that targeted Inspector Shafiq Tanoli near the Pakhtoon Chowk close to Old Sabzi Mandi. According to the report, the attack was carried out through a bomb fixed in a motorcycle and police have found the engine and chassis number of the used bike. The attackers riding the motorcycle had slipped from the bike before the blast due to which it could not collide with the inspector’s vehicle, the report stated. The investigating officials told that due to the possibility that the attackers cold be alive and among the injured persons, investigation from the three injured is underway. The authorities further added that security of ten senior offi-

cials including Chaudhry Aslam, Rao Anwar and Farooq Awan has been beefed up after the incident. It may be mentioned here that Inspector Shafiq Tanoli survived an attack on Friday night when a motorbike carrying an explosive device hit his doublecabin pickup near Old Sabzi Mandi. The explosion, however, killed two people and injured 21 others, including four police personnel. Tanoli was returning to his residence near the Pakhtoon Chowk, Old Sabzi Mandi area, on the University Road along with his guards in his doublecabin vehicle when an explosive device on a motorcycle exploded. Tanoli and three other personnel were injured in the attack but were stable and under-

going treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital. Meanwhile, Rangers and police arrested at least 57 suspects during targeted operations conducted in different areas of the city on Saturday. According to the Rangers’ spokesman, the 37 arrested suspects were involved in several crimes including target killing. Some of the suspects belonged to Lyari gang war, he told. The Rangers also recovered weapons and drugs from the suspects’ custody. West Zone police spokesman told media that the police arrested as many as 20 criminals. It is to be mentioned here that the targeted operations are being carried out on daily basis across the city to eliminate criminals as the government decided to restore peace.—Agencies

JI moves SHC against SLGO STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Jamaat-e Islami (JI) had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against repeated amendments made in the Sindh Local Government Ordinance-2103 and finally passing it as an act. JI Karachi Amir Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman filed the petition in SHC through his counsel, advocate Rasheed A Rizvi. JI Karachi general secretary Abdul Wahab, naib ameers Nasrullah Shaji, Muslim Pervez, joint secretary Rashid Qureshi, information secretary

Zahid Askari, Ishaq Khan, Munian Zaffar, Younus Barai and other leaders were present. While talking to the newsmen outside the SHC, Rehman said the government had committed ‘contempt of people’ by introducing hasty amendments in the SLGO-2103 without any consultations and finally getting it passed into law. He said that the JI had in the petition prayed to the SHC to order the election commission to apply the biometric system in the local government polls and declaring the use of magnetic ink in these elections as mandatory. He said in every union council a seat

Bhitai’s poetry disseminates message of peace & love K ARACHI —The poetry of Sindh’s great sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai disseminates the message of peace and love. This was stated by Special Assistant to the Sindh Chief Minister for Culture, Sharmila Faruqi. She was speaking on the occasion of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Conference 2013. The moot was held at the National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi, under the joint auspices of the Department of Culture and Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Chair of the University of Karachi. Sharmila Faruqi said that it is our duty to foster the teachings of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and others. She stated that it is our effort that more and more students should attend such gatherings. Sharmila Faruqi directed that a conference like this be organised again. A number of prominent writers, poets and intellectuals also expressed their views at the conference.—APP

should be allocated for youth to give them due representation in the local government system. He said the panel system was violation of the basic rights of citizens. The election of chairmen and vice chairmen through councilors was undemocratic process. He said as the citizens directly contacted the chairmen and vice chairmen for solution to their problems the election of those offices should be made through direct votes. He said to hijack the election process had become a hallmark of our society and its recent example was the general election of May 11, 2103.

Goods transporters paid for vehicles torched in 2007 IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The goods transporters had been compensated for the damages done to their expensive vehicles that the rioters had torched in 2007 on the sad occasion of murder of slain Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. The goods transport owners and operators had taken to streets on several occasions, held meeting with federal Ministers, governor, Chief Minister in past but to no avail. The goods transport owners and operators had recently observed a 2 week long strike in the metropolis due to which the supply of goods, essential commodities machineries, grain and medicines, raw material and other stuffs was suspended and the country had

suffered a colossal loss of revenue that had counted in billions. The transporters of goods had agreed to end their strike on assurances they had been given at the levels of federal and provincial government and in that context, Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar had together with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced a package for the compensation to 781 affected owners Saturday. In this regard, a ceremony was held at the CM House where the 23 affected were handed cheques in compensation to their losses. Federal minister for finance Ishaq Dar, while addressing the ceremony said he had received complains of transporters during his last visit to the city and had assured them of addressing their losses before Dec 31, 2013.

He said he was thankful to Sindh government for completing the assessment work on priority basis and enabling him to be here with them to hand them with the cheques in compensation to their losses. Dar said he was thankful to Sindh government for expediting and completing that task and enabling him to fulfill his commitment he had made to the transporters. While talking to the participants of the ceremony, the CM said that since the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto was a great and unbearable loss to the millions of her followers and lovers so they had become so emotional and caused damage to vehicles and other properties in reaction and subsequent to that abrupt reaction, the transporters had fallen victims. He said that the Sindh provincial government had always real-

ized the transporters were the backbone of national and provincial economy and it was because of that realization that his government assigned the Karachi Commissioner to collect, scrutinize and prepare list of real victims for compensation. Despite being a difficult task to accomplish diligently, 781 claims of the transporters had been approved by scrutinizing committee for which an amount of Rs 242.5 million had been made available. Transporters always cooperated with the government and made a manifest of that cooperation in that case. He said that though this amount of compensation could not be proved as substitute of their loss but it would help them remedying their losses to a great extent. The principal Secretary to

CM Sindh Rai Sikandar, who was facilitating cheques distribution ceremony, said that more than 900 claims of transporters for compensation had been received to the Sindh government of which 781 cases had been recommended by scrutiny subcommittee for compensation. He said that cheques of 32 claimants had been made available but 23 were present among them to get compensation cheques. He said administration concerned had been directed to distribute the compensation cheques to the victims that could not attend the ceremony. On the occasion, United Goods Transporters Association President Khalid Khan while expressing his gratitude lauded Sindh government efforts for resolving their problems.

Opposition Leader in provincial Assembly Faisal Sabzwari talking to the media persons. Haider Abbas Rizvi, Sardar Ahmad, Amin-ul-Haq and others are also present.


Teasing tied to less physical activity among kids

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HILDREN who are teased while play ing sports tend to have a worse quality of life than their non-teased peers, a new study suggests. Some of them may also become less active over time. “Teasing not only influences psychological functioning but may reduce physical activity and lead to poorer physical, social, and emotional functioning for children,” Chad D. Jensen told Reuters Health in an email. He led the study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The link between teasing and less physical activity is particularly concerning considering most children are already not exercising as much as they should. Previous research shows less than one in 10 children meets the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to participate in at least one hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity every day. Jensen and his colleagues surveyed 108 kids, aged nine to 12, in 2010 and again in 2011. They asked kids about their participation in 21 different types of physical activity before, during and after school and how often they had been teased while playing sports or exercising since kindergarten. The researchers also asked the kids how well they functioned physically, emotionally, with friends and at school. Together those measures were used to de-

termine children’s health-related quality of life. Children who were teased reported a worse quality of life than those who were not. In particular, overweight and obese kids who reported being teased on the first survey had a poorer quality of life both initially and again one year later, the researchers write in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. “Negative effects of teasing appear to be persistent, affecting important outcomes one year after teasing is reported,” Jensen said. Normal-weight kids who reported being teased on the first survey were more likely to become less active over the next year. For overweight and obese children, teasing reported in year two was linked to less physical activity the same year. “School policy makers are encouraged to think of this form of peer victimization as a direct threat to children’s health outcomes,” write Jensen and his co-authors. “These findings provide support for comprehensive bullying prevention programs and suggest that efforts to reduce peer victimization in the context of physical activity participation may be helpful in promoting physical activity participation and children’s quality of life,” Jensen said. David Palmiter, a psychologist at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said the findings are not surprising.

Members of Christian community decorating a Church as the preparations for Christmas are in full swing.

CJP visits SC registry Lahore L AHORE —Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has visited Supreme Court (SC) registry Lahore and reviewed administrative matters. Stringent security measures were taken on the occasion of his visit and the road intervening between Mall road and AG office was closed on his arrival. This was his second visit to SC registry Lahore after assumption of office of chief justice. He reviewed administrative matters, met SC registry staff and delegations of lawyers and exchanged views with them on administrative matters.—Online

Radio playing effective role in nation building L AHORE —Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that Radio Pakistan was a vibrant media which had been playing an effective role in nation-building. Addressing the Radio Pakistan’s 76th birth anniversary ceremony here at Aiwane-Iqbal, the minister prayed for the progress of Radio Pakistan and desired that its voice would remain alive in the hearts of people of Pakistan and the people of other countries as well.

The minister said our elders used to listen to radio, which created awareness and also entertained them through different programmes.Pervaiz Rashid said generations would come and go but the Radio Pakistan will remain alive. Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Director General Samina Pervaiz said: “Radio Pakistan is a national mother institution that is broadcasting programmes of information, entertainment and education in 21 languages.”—APP

Chairman Doha group Qatar Sheikh Muhammad Bin Falh Bin Jasim Jabar Alsani meeting with Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

Saad advises Imran to avoid blame game L A H O R E —Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that PTI Chief Imran Khan should act like a mature man and advised him to avoid blame game politics. Addressing press conference here on Saturday, the Railways Minister strongly criticized the PTI’s proposed sit-in against price hike and said the issue of price hike cannot be controlled in a wink of an eye rather it will take time. He said the price hike cannot be ended in sit-ins, however, a strong and comprehensive strategy can end price hike issue. Saad asked the PTI Chief to use forum of Parliament to raise issues and their solutions, adding that Parliament is the best forum for redressal of issues. He said that there are some elements who want to derail democratic institutions. The minister while criticizing PTI Chief, said that those who are crying over inflation and high prices first they should take steps to provide relief in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “PML-N also knows, how to stage protest in KP but we will not do like this for the sake of democracy,” he added.—Online

PTI set to hold anti-inflation rally today LAHORE—Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has finalized its plans to take out a rally on Sunday in Lahore against price hike. The PTI has decorated the city with banners inviting people to join their protest against the government’s failure to check soaring prices. PTI Chairman Imran Khan will himself lead the rally and address his supporters in front of Punjab Assembly building. PTI has also set up a welcoming camp while workers are busy in arranging party flags. Prominent PTI leaders will speak to demonstrators from a special truck. Although district administration has allowed the PTI to hold a gathering at Nasir Bagh, it will rally on Mall Road. Meanwhile, the Punjab government has no intention to stop the PTI from staging the rally on Mall Road despite a ban.—Online

injured in road Hardwork guarantee for 15mishaps as fog engulfs Punjab economic development

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LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is passing through critical juncture of its history as it had to deal with multifaceted crises. Addressing a ceremony here on Saturday, Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that crises including terrorism, extremism, energy, corruption, poverty and unemployment were challenges for national stability and sovereignty. However, he said that we should not let down hopes as Pakistan is rich in natural resources and the issue was only their appropriate use in accordance with the demands of various sectors and keeping in view the masses welfare and national interests.

Shahbaz claimed that if we work with sincerity and commitment we can take the country out of the prevailing crises. He also stressed the political leadership to exhibit political maturity, leave the unneeded issues aside, concentrate on the efforts for resolving problems faced by countrymen and putting the country on the path of development and progress. The chief minister said that it is matter of grave concern that some militants groups of are busy in self-initiated war and massacre of others over minor differences. Shahbaz said that government is making all out efforts to normalize bilateral relations with neighbouring countries

Govt not paying heed to masses’ miseries L AHORE —President Pakistan Muslim League (PMLQ) Senator Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and senior party leader Chaudhry Parvez Elahi have said that the govt was not paying any attention to basic issues faced by the people. Both leaders said this while addressing meeting of the PML Punjab Parliamentary Party here on Saturday. PML-Q leaders said that assembly was intentionally being kept in dark and unconcerned about worsening situation of price hike, lawlessness and other important matters. “Govt do not talk on these matters in the assembly, this attitude was against basic principles of democracy and supremacy of the Constitution and law,” party president added. The meeting decided that peoples’ problems and issues would effectively and forcefully be raised in-

side and outside the assembly.The meeting also decided to contact with other members of the opposition so that united efforts would be made for solution of masses problems. Parliamentary party also expressed concern over inappropriate attitude of the govt towards the opposition members and opined that the opposition was also being ignored in the development funds matter. The meeting was attended by MPAs Amir Sultan Cheema, Ahmad Shah Khagga, Dr Muhammad Afzal, Sardar Asif Nakai, Sardar Vickas Hassan Mokal, Baasima Chaudhary and Jayeda Khalid, provincial general secretary Chaudhry Zaheeruddin Khan, senior vice-president Muhammad Basharat Raja and additional general secretary Nasir Mahmood Gill among others.—Online

and the day was not far away when Pakistan will regain its lost grace and soft image abroad. He said that we should not look towards foreign aid organizations and countries but develop the habit of relying on local available resources. The chief minister said that China is a good friend of Pakistan which always stood by it in critical times especially during natural disasters. Bilateral trade with China will be enhanced in the days to be come, he added. Shahbaz also stressed the need of bringing amendments in rules and regulations to lessen the corruption and bound the public servants to perform duty honestly.—INP

Use of mobile phones by jail inmates LAHORE—A special meeting of judges of Anti Terrorism Courts (ATCs) was held here Saturday in Lahore High Court (LHC) to discuss the matters related to early disposal of terror related pending cases and cases of juvenile prisoners. The meeting was presided over by Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, administrative judge of LHC. Judges of ATCs additional prosecutor general Punjab Abdul Samad, regional police officers of the province and other relevant officers attended the meeting. Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik while heading the meeting took strong notice of possession of mobile phones by the inmates of jail and summoned IG Jails in next meeting. Justice Manzoor also expressed displeasure over the pendancy of cases under National Judicial Policy and directed police officers to complete the challan in time and present them in the courts besides ensuring attendance of investigation officers.—Online

LDA promotes 17 junior clerks L AHORE —Lahore Develop-

A CNG Station has been converted into landa Bazaar due to closure of CNG supply.

ment Authority (LDA) has promoted 17 junior clerks in grade 9 as senior clerks on Saturday. The approval of promotion was given during meeting of LDA Departmental Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Promotion Committee.—INP Pervaiz Rashid addressing during the second anniversary of a newspaper.

people were injured in road accidents across Punjab as dense fog engulfed the province on Saturday. The fog disrupted air and land travel while routine life has been disturbed across the province. The Motorway Police said that visibility was low and people should avoid unnecessary traveling visibility. The cities that suffered the most from the foggy condition, included Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sambaryal, Muzzafargarh, Sheikhupura, Jehlum, Gujrat, Faisalabad and Multan. Meanwhile, Motorway Police has set up a Fog Information Center at Islamabad Toll Plaza to provide latest information about fog to the motorway users. The telephone numbers of the Center are 051-4675291 and 051-4675292 and mobile number is 0301-569003.— Online

Domestic consumers face low gas pressure LAHORE—Domestic consumers are facing great inconvenience as cooking and heating has become almost impossible due to low pressure of natural gas in various cities of the province. The problem of low pressure of gas was reported in many cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan, causing immense problem for the house wives. The residents of Rawalpindi said they used liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative but it was not affordable. They said that using wood for cooking and heating has become almost impossible for them as they have designed their kitchen for use of gas only. A group of residents of Lahore said that the weather has turned colder in the city increasing demand of the natural gas. They said most of them have to take bath with cold water in the morning before going to their workplaces due to gas shortage. They said that now that the gas supply to CNG stations has been suspended, the supply company officials have no excuse for the shortage of gas. —INP

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