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Terrorists can be eliminated from NW in two weeks Operation to be targeted, surgical and tit-for-tat Army to defeat every threat to motherland: Raheel Indian navy chief resigns after sub accident N EW D ELHI — India’s navy chief resigned on Wednesday after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai saw two sailors missing and another seven injured, the defence ministry said. “Taking moral responsibility for the accidents and incidents which have taken place during the past few months, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi today resigned,” a ministry statement said. The seven sailors suffered breathing Continued on Page 7

Taliban commander held OBSERVER REPORT PESHAWAR—Police and sensitive organizations have arrested Taliban commander Qari Anas and his two accomplices wading off planned attempts on the lives of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw Inspector General and other high police officials. Police sources said that Taliban commander Qari Anas alis Abu Musa was holed up near Swabi Inter-

LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —The top civil and military brass has again put their heads together on Wednesday to strategise their thinking on eliminating terrorism from the soil of Pakistan as Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif along with DG ISI Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the progress of the recent air strikes and other related plans at the PM Office here. Initially, the Prime Minister and the Army Chief had one-on-one meeting followed by a larger meeting attended by Director General Military Operations, Maj General Aamer Riaz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, sources said. The meeting discussed threadbare the security environment and particularly threat

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Taliban reject govt’s condition of unilateral ceasefire PESHAWAR—The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban tion of arrested insurgents. Pakistan (TTP) has reportedly rejected government’s condition for unilateral ceasefire, a day after the Federal Cabinet urged militants to renounce terror activities without pre-conditions. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid contacted media persons on Wednesday and rejected the condition. “It’s not acceptable to us, we are serious in talks but government demonstrates that it’s not willing to hold talks in a serious manner. We warn that the government will have to bear more loss than us,” he said, but signaled that the talks could move forward if the government guaranteed protec-

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Beware! terrorists may hit back

from terrorists within the country. The military leadership informed the meeting hideouts of terrorists in North Waziristan can be eliminated in two weeks time as the recent strikes have inflicted heavy damage to them in the jungles and on the mountains, sources said. Their communication network has also been affected. The national security policy presented in the National Assembly on Wednesday also came under discussion. While expressing satisfaction over the on- going strikes, it was decided that operation will be targeted, surgical and tit for tat with utmost care to prevent collateral damage. The handling of IDPs as a result of military action also came under discussion. Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday reiterated the resolve of Armed Forces and said in un-

The Taliban’s statement came an hour after Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan unveiled government’s National Security Policy in the National Assembly under which attacks from militants would be met with an appropriate military response. TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said they are ready to face consequences of military operation in North Waziristan, adding that the tribal people will be at greater loss than the Taliban. According to reports, commenting on the statement of MQM chief, TTP spokes-

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RPP case

Raja Pervez granted exemption from appearance STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad Accountability Court on Wednesday granted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf permanent exemption from appearance before it in the rental power case. Ashraf’s advocate Farooq H. Naek ap-

peared for the hearing and accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir heard the case. During Wednesday’s hearing, the court completed its cross-examination of government witness Yousuf Joya. Meanwhile, Naek on behalf of his client said that due to security concerns, the former

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ISLAMABAD: Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah meeting Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

US intensifies campaign against Haqqanis

Security policy not final word: Nawaz

WASHINGTON—The United

Previous govt under fire for inertia; Taliban attacks to be responded with force: Nisar

States has intensified its drive against the Taliban linked Haqqani network in an attempt to deal a lasting blow to the militants in Afghanistan before foreign combat forces depart this year, according to multiple US officials. The effort is taking on added urgency as the clock ticks down on a NATO combat mission in Afghanistan set to end in December, and as questions persist about whether Pakistan will take action against a group some US officials believe is quietly supported by Pakistani

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Iran fires mortar shells into Balochistan OBSERVER REPORT Q UETTA —Iranian border guards again fired mortar shells into Balochistan on Wednesday morning. No damages were reported as a result of the explosions. Explosions took place thousand yards from Peshuk Checkpost in Panjgur district. “Iranian border guards fired two mortar shells

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SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the National Assembly proceedings on Wednesday during which he said that there was no ambiguity regarding the security policy. Our approach is well thought-out but the policy is not the final word and any good suggestion in this regard would be welcomed. Moreover, Sharif assured the opposition that all matters would be jointly resolved.

Appreciating the earlier speech of Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khurshid Shah, he said the government was not in a state on confusion and the nation had been informed of every progress on the dialogue process between the government and Taliban mediating committees. Sharif also said that the atmosphere in the house today was much better than from 20- 25 years ago. In order to deal with the menace of terrorism, the government has decided on

Shahbaz lauds Chinese role in Pak progress SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that in order to strengthen deeprooted and lasting friendship, Chinese leadership has opened up new avenues of economic prosperity for Pakistan. He was talking to Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong who

called on him on Wednesday. Shahbaz said that besides helping in overcoming energy crisis, Chinese in-

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a major policy shift under which attacks from militants would be met with an appropriate military response, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the National Assembly on Wednesday. Formally unveiling the document of the country’s national security policy in the House, Nisar said the direction was agreed upon unanimously, adding that the government had consulted all political forces for its formulation.

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Crown Prince Salman arrives in New Delhi NEW DELHI–Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, arrived here Wednesday at the head of a high-level delegation for talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee, Defense Minister A.K. Antony and other senior officials. On arrival at airport, the Saudi crown prince was re-

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Secy Housing inaugurates rehabilitation work of Academic Block P E S H AWA R —Khyber

MULTAN: Students wearing traditional colourful dresses during Jashan-e-Baharan celebrations at a local college.

First graduation of Pakistani doctors in Cuba STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Three hundred and eight Pakistani´s students today will receive in Cuba the title of medical doctors, for the first time, after seven years of study of Medicine in the Caribbean Island, which has trained over 23 thousand doctors of 125 countries. The initiative arose after the earthquake of 2005 that affected Pakistan. At that time, more than 2600 Cuban doctors came to Pakistan in order to provide medical assistance in areas of difficult access affected by the disaster. The work in the field revealed the inadequacies in the health of a region with millions of inhabitants and very few doctors. For these reasons, the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz then offered him to the Pakistani government one thousand scholarships free, for young people of humble origin, that they did not have the possibility to afford the career of Medical Sciences in its own country or abroad. In 2007, the first group arrived in Havana and in 2008 the second group. All students on arriving in Cuba spent their first year to learn the Spanish language and the six remaining years to the study of medical career, during which counted with a professor’s team with a high professional quality. In the next few days, the Pakistani people will be able to count with 308 new medical graduates in the Caribbean Island, who have the commitment to return to their origin places to work for 5 years and to put its knowledge, acquired in Cuba, at the service of its people. The graduation ceremony will be held this February 27 at the University Of Medical Sciences Of Villa Clara. This project has become in reality a dream of two nations. The rest of the Pakistanis students will graduate in February 2015, contributing to the strengthening of the bonds of friendship between the peoples of Pakistan and Cuba.

Multan to get Pak Tea House MULTAN—The city is going to get a spacious cafe on a pattern of once operational in Lahore, the Pak Tea House, for intellectuals, poets and writers to promote literary activities. DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal told APP on Wednesday that the two-storey cafe titled ‘Multan Tea House’ would decorate the city landscape inside the boundary walls of the Multan Arts Council (MAC) on an empty space by the side of MAC’s gorgeous edifice. The ground floor would serve as cafe where poets, writers and intellectuals would be able to assemble for literary discussions while enjoying tea and eatables at affordable price.—APP

Staff shortage hampers development work at Gwadar STAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Senate’s Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping uesday said Gwadar Port was a precious asset but shortage of staff was hampering its development projects. Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, who chaired the committee meeting here, said a talented team and better communication infrastructure could improve performance of the port. He said ban on government jobs or adhoc job policy was badly affecting performance of government offices, which were facing problem of staff shortage. He asked the government to provide jobs on merit for improving their performance. The committee discussed issues in detail with regard to handing over of possession of land by Pakistan Navy to the Gwadar

Port Authority (GPA) as recommended by it. The committee also decided to visit the Gwadar Port next month and took up issues regarding fulfillment of electricity requirements for the Gwadar Port. The committee took notice of absence of Secretary Water and Power from the meeting. The committee directed Ministry of Commerce to ensure representation of relevant departments to discuss issues regarding Gwadar Port in next meeting. The committee was also given briefing on import and export through Gwadar Port as decided by the ECC in 2008. The meeting was attended by senators Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Nasir, Nuzhat Sadiq, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Hafiz Hamdullah and Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, and Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Micheal, Chairman Gwadar Port and Additional Secretary Commerce.

QUETTA: Former interim Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Ghous Bux Barozai addressing the Advocacy Seminar on Religious Freedom and Rights of Minorities.

Youth dies in police custody SHER GONDAL

Committee meets to expedite work on PM LIHS

MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Zahid ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for Housing & Works Barrister Imran, a youth of 24 year died in police detention last night. According to details he was caught by residents of Gurha Mohalla while stealing a motorcycle the other day. He was handed over to city police. According to police the accused hanged him to death by hanging from a water pipe in the bath room. On the other hand heirs of the deceased blamed that police subjected him to brutal physical torture that caused his death. Relatives of the deceased refused to receive dead body till their case was not registered in city police station. However after autopsy the dead body was shifted in police vehicle to his native village Chak Basawa, a suburban village of Mandi. On the application of DPO, DSJ had ordered judicial inquiry of the murder case.

Usman Ibrahim Wednesday chaired a meeting of Steering Committee members to expedite the policy framework for Prime Minister’s Low Income Housing Scheme. Discussing the financing matter, the Minister said that loan facility would be extended through House Building Finance Company (HBFC) with 8% mark-up, which would be provided by the government. The meeting was discussed that the housing scheme is completely on Public Private Partnership mode and everything would be finalized according to terms and conditions of the government. The Minister said that incumbent leadership has a clear vision to provide shelter to homeless people. The commitment and sincerity of the government is evident from its announcement of 500,000 housing units for low income groups during the next five years to overcome the housing shortfall,he added. He said that a separate company Apna Ghar Limited (AGL) has already been constituted to accomplish this task. He appreciated that Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) is ready to participate in this task with the objective to build low-income housing units on ‘kacchi Abaadies’in rural areas, causing unemployment and security concerns. The Minister stated that 50 million people will benefit from Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme for low-income sections. He assured that besides gearing up the indigenous industry, the housing scheme will also galvanize the private sector.—APP

Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Housing, Engr. Zahid Arif said that provincial government was utilising all available resources for progress of educational institutions and ensuring congenial environment to facilitate students. Inaugurating rehabilitation work in Academic Bloc of Frontier College for Women (FCW) here Wednesday, he said priorities of KP government in education sector have resulted in upgrading of educational institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Farah Hamid thanked Chief Minister for his all out cooperation in starting rehabilitation work in the college and said that it would facilitate students by providing them best available environment for upgrading educational qualifications. The ceremony among others was attended by Secretary Higher Education, Farah Hamid, Principal FCW, Dur-eShawar and teachers. He said that rehabilitation and revamping of educational institutions would help reviving their old grandeur besides improving working standards.—APP

BISE releases roll number slips FAISALABAD—The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Faisalabad first time uploaded roll number slips of 124,369 candidates on website appearing in annual matric examination-2014 starting from March 01. Now all regular and private candidates appearing in the examination can get print of their roll number slips at their homes from BISE website www.bisefsd.edu.pk, said Malik Zafar Iqbal Controller Examinations BISE while talking to APP here Wednesday. He said the board had also dispatched roll number slips to all candidates at their postal address provided in their admission forms, however, if any candidates fails to receive the roll number slip, he can contact with BISE examination branch. He said 58,402 girls and 65,967 boys both science and arts groups were participating in the examination for which 510 examination centers had been set up at all the four districts Faisalabad, Chiniot, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh, where 510 superintendents and 4,500 other supervisory staff had been deputed to conduct the examination.He said 314 examination centers had been set up in district Faisalabad, 31 in Chiniot, 83 in Jhang and 82 centers in Toba Tek singh.As 50 combined examination centers for boys and girls have also been set up 17 in Faisalabad, nine in Chiniot, 13 in Jhang and 11 in Toba Tek Singh. Malik said written examination will end on April 2 and practical examination for science students would commence from April 05.—APP

KP to launch largest mass awareness drive against hepatitis STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt has decided to launch the largest ever mass awareness campaign of the history in the country against the fatal decease of hepatitis in the next phase of “Sehat Ka Insaf” Programme. More than 12500 Insaf volunteers will participate in this crucial drive besides officials of the heath and other government departments who will distribute awareness materials door to door. Decision to this was taken at a high level meeting with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair on Wedndesday. Similarly, during the campaign besides vaccinating the left over babies against nine fatal diseases, as many as four lac detergents and health kits would be distributed among the masses for which resources have been arranged. Decision has also been taken to make improved and foolproof security arrangements for the next phase of the program. The meeting highly appreciated the role of PTI volunteers and police personnel in the initial phase of the program, and decided to enhance their number and ensure the maximum participation of women folk to make the door to door campaign a real success in the next phase. It also stressed the need to activate the women wing of PTI and female teachers for the purpose.Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Chief Minister said that because of the sub-standard health facilities and deteriorating health of the people, the provincial government had announced health emergency in the province, and as such all the segments of the society needed to fully participate in the campaign. He also announced to launch a motivation campaign through the PTI leaders and to convene their meetings to this effect. The Chief Minister said, “Ensuring the health of the public specially the women and children at homes,

developing hygienic habits in them and prevention of deceases is the need of the hour. In order to realize the dream of a healthy society is must so that the limited financial resources and energies of the poor people are not wasted on the treatment of diseases. He directed the concerned authorities to carry out the Sehat Ka Insaf campaign in the remaining settled areas adjacent to FR on separate days and launch hygiene and sanitation campaign in five union councils per week. He also directed the provincial ministers and MPAs to closely monitor the campaign, check the sanitation in various union councils and take actions against the sanitary workers on poor performance. The Chief Minister further directed to arrange free medical camps for five consecutive days in the union councils lacking sufficient health facilities, and to provide free medical treatment and medicines to the visiting patients therein. Jehangir Tareen highly appreciated the “Sehat Ka Insaf” program and stressed the need to further improve and make it a success story in all respects. He acknowledged that he was really impressed by the program and desired to replicate the same in other provinces including Punjab as well.He said that people from Karachi and Lahore were visiting Peshawar to analyze the program which is a historical achievement of the provincial government.The meeting was attended by Secretary General PTI Jehangir Tareen, while other participants included provincial ministers Shaukat Yousafzai, Shehram Khan Tarkai and Mohammad Atif Khan, IGP Nasir Durrani, focal person of the program and Secretary General PTI Peshawar Younas Zaheer, representatives of WHO, administrative secretaries of health, education and home departments, commissioner and deputy commissioners Peshawar and other relevant quarters.

Tax offices to remain open on Saturday, Sunday

Two injured in separate hand grenade attacks

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PESHAWAR—At least two persons were injured in three separate hand grenade attacks in Bannu, Khyber Agency and North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday. According to official sources, unknown militants hurled a hand grenade outside the house of a police official, Rafiullah on D.I. Khan Road, Bannu and fled from scene. Rafiullah’s father sustained injuries in the blast and was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment. In another incident an explosion took place outside the house of personnel of Khassadar Force Amjad Khan in Keti de Bazar in Tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency..—APP

ABBOTTABAD—Chief Commissioner, Regional Income Tax Office, Abbottabad, Sajjad Haider Khan has decided to keep open all field offices of income tax in Hazara Division on coming Saturday and Sunday to facilitate tax payers and business community in taking benefit of the Prime Minister Amnesty Scheme. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the office bearers and members of Hazara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) and office bearers of Hazara Tax Bar Association on Wednesday.Sajjad Haider said that those tax payers who have obtained National Tax Number (NTN) and but due to some reasons they have not filed their tax returns for last five years can also filed their returns on a one-page application form available on the website of FBR will not any kind of fine or additional tax and will also be exempted from the audit of the respective years but on one conditions of depositing minimum amount of Rs 20,000/-per year on basis of self assessment. He told Regional Tax Office Abbottabad staff is assisting business community and tax payers in Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra and all the field formations will remain open on coming Saturday and Sunday. He said that office and staff of the RTO office will distribute pamphlets regarding the scheme in shopkeepers and general public of Hazara division.

Muqam urges people to vote for PML-N candidate in by-election PESHAWAR—Advisor to Prime Minister and velopment and prosperity of the people of dis-

central senior vice president, PML-N, Engineer trict Swat. Advisor to Prime Minister said that 20/26 Amir Muqaam has urged the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly constituency MVA transformer had been approved for PK-86 Swat to support the candidate of their Khwazakhela Grid Station, which will cost an party for the sake of progress and development amount of Rs.100 million. The completion of the scheme will help reof Swat and keeping above their political affilisolve the overloading problem of electricity in ation. Addressing a meeting of the notables, po- the area. He said that the opening of the offices litical elders and party workers in Sangota, dis- of NADRA have been approved in Charbagh, trict Swat he said that they have served the Sheen, Bahrain and Dandi while work on the people of Swat indiscriminately in past and car- establishment of separate division and sub-division Charbagh and Madiyan grid will start rying the mission today also. The meeting was also addressed by district soon. He said that talks with provincial governpresident, PML-N, Swat Qaimoos Khan, chief of aman jirga, Sultane Room and Haider Ali of ment for the rehabilitation of PMA Charbagh ANP and announced support for the party can- and up-gradation of hospital were continued with provincial government. He said they wished didate in by-election. On this occasion, president, Charbagh Ba- early start of rehabilitation work on PTDC HoMULTAN—Irrigation depart- zaar, Toti Zargar and elders of jirga and other tel, Swat. He said that tenders for improvement ment has recovered a total of organizations announced full support to Amir in Landaki-Kalam Road would be issued Rs 6.4 million special charges Muqaam backed candidates for the sake of de- soon.—APP (Tawan) from water pilferers during the last six months. According to irrigation sources, the irrigation teams raided at various places at four districts included Multan, Lodhran, Vehari and Pakpatttan under Multan zone and recovered Rs 6.4 millions special charges from water pilferers during Ist August 2013 to Jan 31,2014 and deposited the amount with Revenue department. Similarly, Irrigation department also recovered 61.042 millions water rates (abiana) from growers during last six months and deposited it with Revenue department. Owing to higher water theft incidence across south Punjab, the Punjab Government has directed irrigation officials concerned to take strict action against water pilferers without any discrimination, sources SWAT: Engr. Amir Muqam, Advisor to Prime Minister, addressing a gathering of notables concluded.—APP from PK-86.

Rs6.4m special charges recovered from water pilferers


Lack of funds hampering work on drinking water schemes

Uniform policy for load shedding

KP police chief commends BDU personnel

ISLAMABAD —National Assembly was informed Wednes- PESHAWAR —The Inspector P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r day that a uniform program of load shedding from four to General of Police (IGP)

TORKHAM: Heavy loaded trailers parked on road waiting for crossing Pak-Afghan border.

Apex court orders Sindh Govt to submit report of land allotment IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday ordered Sindh government to produce complete report on Land Allotment Policy of Sindh Government in the SCP within 15 days. The SCP heard the case pertaining to allotment of land at Karachi Registry. The hearing was being conducted at the SCP Karachi Registry by a 5-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) as head of the bench and Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, Justice Gulzar Sheikh and Justice Musheer Alam. Counsel for the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the said case had during the hearing enquired the apex court as which authority the ISI should approach for seeking allotment for ISI HOusin Scheme, which Justice Ameer Hani Muslim relied that cops were killed in Karachi every other day but there was no land allotted to them for Housing Scheme and hence how any land could be allotted to ISI for its Housing Scheme. Sindh Government had to adopt a crystal clear policy for the allotment of land and the Sindh

Chief Minister did not have any legal right to allot any land to any individual or an institution. He said that land could be allotted for meeting needs of the state but it would come to allotment of land to an individual, Sindh government should carry a policy. Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani on the occasion asked the counsel for the ISI as why the ISI did not approach the cantonment board for allotment of land for its Housing Scheme. During the hearing, Anti-Encroachment cell of Sindh Government SSP Arif Aziz apprised the apex court that there were 145 cases registered on charges of illegal occupation of land of which 63 were settled while rendering those 63 cases as C Class. He apprised the SCP that the Senior Member Sindh Board of Revenue Lala Fazlur Rehman was sick nowadays due to which he could not appear in the SCP. Justice Ameer Hani Muslim on that statement by SSP Arif Aziz remarked that any officer, who fell sick was posted at Sindh Board of revenue. He said that in past 3 officers were made senior members of Sindh Board of

Revenue and they were all sick. The apex court enquired about C Class on which the Senior Member Board of revenue Counsel Ahmed Pirzada apprised the apex court that case under which land was not located to confirm illegal occupation were settled under C Class. The apex court asked SSP Arif Aziz whether he was aware of the fact that around 60000=acre of land in Karachi had been illegally occupied. SSP Arif Aziz apprised the apex court that he was posted as SSP AntiEncroachment cell 3 months ago and had come to know about illegal occupation of land just a day earlier. He also apprised the apex court that only 3 cases of illegal occupation of land were registered during past 3 months and also said that the Anti-Encroachment Cell was not linked to Police on which Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani asked as why he had worn the Police uniform if the Anti-Encroachment Cell was not linked to Police. The apex court had directed Sindh Government to submit a detailed report on allotment of land within 15 days.

Party workers to be involved in govt committees

Doctor tested positive for Swine Flu

ister for Prisons Punjab Chaudhry Abdul Waheed Arain has said that PML(N) will involve party workers in the government committees to encourage them. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said that steps would be taken to encourage the real party workers. The minister said that party workers are always welcome for any help and added that parties who did not respect its workers always failed and weakened. Former MNA Sheikh Tariq Rasheed said that workers are the real asset of the party, adding that party would be more strengthened by giving representation to the workers.—APP

tested positive for swine flu. NMI sources told APP here on Wednesday, that Dr Saeed was staying at home and added that he was stable. Dr Saeed is the admin registrar of ICU ward where two female patients of Swine flu were being treated in Isolation rooms, he added. Farrah (30), hailing from tehsil Taunsa of Dera Ghazi Khan district as tested positive for swine flu by National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad while report of another suspected patient Rubina (15) of Samijabad was awaited. When contacted, Head of Anaesthesia department and ICU at NMI, Dr Salman Waris confirmed that Dr Saeed was suffering from Swine Flu (HINI). It is pertinent to mention here that Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, made headlines in 2009 when it was declared a pandemic. Pandemics are contagious diseases affecting people throughout the world or on multiple continents at the same time. H1N1 has already been seen in 74 countries across the globe. H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze may cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.—APP

UoP to bring LLM course work at par with M Phil

PESHAWAR—The advanced M U LTA N —Dr Saeed, Admin Registrar at Intensive studies and research board of M ULTAN —Provincial Min- Care Unit of Nishtar Medical Institute (NMI), was also the University of Peshawar in

Int’l Women’s Day programs

its monthly meeting, Wednesday, decided to bring the course work and other requirements for the LLM course work and research proposal at par with the M. Phil degree program.The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan unanimously approved strict observance of 24 credit hours course work for LLM studies.They also directed that all the LLM research proposals should be routed through the Advanced Studies and Research Board for scrutiny before the scholars could start work on the same. The ASRB in its meeting also approved 16 PhD and 23 M.Phil topics after they were presented before the august body by the concerned scholars, who were flanked by their respective supervisors for hands on guidance on the spot.—APP

RAHIM YAR KHAN—International Women’s day would be actively celebrated in the district as various organisations in collaboration with the district gvoernment have arranged elaborate programmes. From March 1 to 8 events such as awareness boosting seminars, walks to highlight issues, rallies to press for rights, declamation contests on rights of women, paintings competitions to highlight plight of women and violence against women would be held in the district in 10 union councils of Rahim Yar Khan. National coordinator Pakistan youth league, Umar Ali Khan Baloch, said that district press club will also collaborate for women’s festival on March 8 which will have cooperation of several district government departments as well.—APP

PESHAWAR: Minister for Science and Technology and Information Technology Shahram Khan Tarakai addressing the mega certificates distribution ceremony for free training to 1000 students under DoST Development Scheme.

Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was informed that out of 204 drinking water schemes 45 schemes were not functional owing to unavailability of funds in district Dir Lower. MPA Bakht Baidar raised a question in KP Assembly during question hour that there were problem of unavailability of drinking water in his district, adding that human beings and animals using drinking water from the same places. The assembly was informed in written documents that total Rs 21, 47,000 have been released for the year 2013-14 to resolve the problem. Parliamentary Secretary Ayesha Naeem informed the house that the provincial government making PC-1 and would start work within a month to solve the problem.—APP

six hours is being observed across the country. Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House in response to a Calling Attention Notice that there is no discrimination in this regard except the areas where power is pilfered or due are not paid. MNAs Nafeesa Shah, Ijaz Jakhrani and Imran Zafar Leghari had mentioned to different areas of Sindh province where they had claimed that power remains suspended for 20 to 22 hours a day.The minister replied that it is not the policy of the government to discriminate but in the areas mentioned by the members, the government is facing severe power pilferage. He explained that in Lakhi area of Larkana sub division of Shikarpur circle there is 100 percent power theft. The situation is the same in Nasarullah feeder and Kandhkot industrial area where 98% power is pilfered. He however reiterated to control power theft and sought cooperation of the member to steer country out of power crisis. “We have also sent FIR reports to Sindh government for an action against those pilfering power from national grid.” When the members contested his stance, Abid Sher Ali said, the government is trying to mend the follies of the past. “It is our mission to mend the situation. But, our efforts are thwarted by kidnapping employees of distributing companies and stealing the transformers.” He assured the members to improve functioning of the departments and bring them to task who assist the consumers in power theft. “We have also offered to provinces to take charge of distributing companies and help us out in discouraging power theft.”—APP

Judicial officials reshuffled

Rain-thunderstorm expected at isolated places

PESHAWAR—The Chief Justice and Judges of Peshawar High Court have ordered posting and transfer of following Judicial Officer in the public interest with immediate effect. According to an official statement, Muhammad Hussain, Additional and Sessions Judge, Izafi Zilla Qazi Booni has been transferred to Chitral as Additional District and Sessions Judge, Izafi Zilla Qazi against the vacant post. The District and Sessions Judge, Zilla Qazi, Chitral would visit Booni seven days in a month to dispose of civil and criminal cases till further orders.—APP

PESCO holds 85th BoD meeting P E S H AWA R — C h a i r m a n PESCO Board of Directors (BoD), Malik Muhammad Asad Khan chaired 85th board meeting in Wapda House here Wednesday. The meeting was also attended by Chief Executive PESCO Brig:Rtd Tariq Saddozai, Sohail Akbar shah, Dr Amjadullah, Lt:Col (Rtd) Alam Zeb Khan, Syed Musawar Shah, Lt:Col (Rtd) Jahanzeb Khan,Nasir Khan Musazai,Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, General Manager Finance PESCO Anwarul Haq Yousafzai, Company Secretary and Senior Management of PESCO. Chief Executive PESCO Tariq Saddozai on the occasion gave a comprehensive presentation to the board regarding efforts to reduce line losses and increase recovery. He vowed that every step would be taken to minimize duration of load shedding. He said that public cooperation can play an important role in this regard as they can help over efforts by avoiding extra and illegal use of electricity. Tariq Saddozai briefed BoD in detail about the ongoing PESCO Campaign against illegal use of electricity throughout the province. He informed that during campaign PESCO teams nabbed hundreds of people who were using electricity through illegal connection. He said that power transformers have been installed in different Grid Stations to improve power stability during forth coming summer. He said that Asian Development Bank is financing PESCO to install 20/26 MVA & 40 MVA power transformers in different grid stations of the province. Similarly a new operation Division of Khawaza Khela and two sub- divisions Alpori and Charbagh sub- divisions have been established, adding that creation of the division and sub-divisions would facilitate local consumers by resolving their electricity related problems.—APP

I SLAMABAD —Rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of the country including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Sahiwal, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during next 24 hours. Met office reported that a westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next two days. Light rain may also occur at one or two places of D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur divisions during next 24 hours while snowfall is also expected at scattered places in Murree, Gallyat during the period, Met office said. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of KPK including Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions during next 24 hours and snowfall is also expected at scattered places of Malakand division during the period. In Sindh and Balochistan mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the province during next 24 hours, however, rain is expected at isolated places of Zhob division. Snowfall is also expected at scattered places of Kashmir during the same time span. The lowest minimum temperature recorded during last 24 hours remained Kalam -05øC, Kalat -04øC, Malamjabba, Astore -02øC. In other Cities recorded minimum temperatures were Islamabad 07øC, Lahore 08øC, Karachi 13øC, Peshawar 07øC, Quetta 01øC, Murree 03øC, Muzaffarabad 08øC, Gilgit 03øC, Faisalabad 09øC, Multan 11øC, Hyderabad 14øC.—APP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani has said that Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) personnel are our real heroes and symbol of pride. He was addressing a cash award and certificates distribution ceremony held at CPO Peshawar Wednesday which was arranged in honour of those BDU jawan who successfully foiled an attempt of terrorist attack by defusing 60 kg vehicle borne IED near Iranian consulate Peshawar the other day. The Police chief informed that had the IED filled vehicle exploded a catastrophe would have happened everywhere. The IGP maintained that Bomb Disposal Unit was performing its duty by putting it lives in extreme dangerous. However, he further went on to say that inspite huge sacrifices and lack of resources the BDU was writing a new history of bravery. The IGP commended the in time action of the BDU and hoped that in future too they would response to the challenges in the same manner and spirit. On this occasion the police chief awarded the jawan with cash prizes and commendation certificates. They included head constables Sajjad Akhtar and Sabir Khan, Constables Iftikhar Ali, Muhammad Zaman, Habib Ullah, Muhammad Ilyas, Naseer Ahmad and Sami Ullah. AIG BDU Shafqat Malik was also present in the ceremony.—APP

Unknown gunmen kill Pashto singer PESHAWAR—A local singer Wazir Khan Afridi was shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate firing in Faqir Killay area, a suburban locality of Peshawar on Wednesday, local police said. Wazir Khan Afridi, was a renowned singer from the Khyber Agency, who has more than 40 albums. Earlier there were reports that Afridi after being displaced from Bara, was facing threats from militants not to sing any more or face death.—APP

HYDERABAD: Residents of Hali Road hold a protest against city police.

SWMC facing shortage of 500 sanitary staff

Plant clinics to become operational today

M ULTAN —Solid Waste Management Company (SWMC) MULTAN—Plant Clinics will is facing shortage of about 500 sanitary staff to run the work of the company smoothly. According to SWMC sources, about 2100 sanitary workers were deputed at three sectors and six zones of the city to collect the garbage at daily basis. The company had signed agreement with DG Khan plant for the provision of 600 ton waste on daily basis while about 400 ton waste being provided to them daily. The SWMC had sought applications for recruitment of 300 sanitary workers few days back but owing to nonavailability of regular MD of the company, the recruitment was not completed so far, sources added. About 200 sanitary workers at urban UCs and 300 at newly populated areas of the city were needed to collect the waste from every nook and corner of the city, sources concluded. When approached Chairman Solid Waste Management Company, Rai Mansab Ali, said that initiatives were being taken to tackle the problems and to run the work effectively. He said that sanitary workers would be recruited after the appointment of MD as interview for recruitment of new MD would be conducted in first week of March. He said that they were extending area by including 10 union councils for collecting extra waste and to provide 600 ton garbage to the DG Khan plant. Mansab Ali said that negotiations were continued with Turkish company to generate energy through garbage of the city.—APP

start functioning in eight districts of Punjab including Multan from Thursday, February 27, under a pilot project launched by provincial government for scientific diagnosis and treatment against crop diseases and maximize agriculture production at lower cost. EDO agriculture Shafqat Hussain told APP that plant doctors at Multan plant clinic would start providing consultative services to growers from February 27 at its office located near new fruit and vegetables market. The initiative was launched as pilot project with the assistance of Cabi International which has trained a dozen of officers of agriculture extension, pest warning and adaptive research from all over Punjab as master trainers who would train more officers to run the plant clinics as plant doctors, the EDO said.—APP


Beware! terrorists may hit back

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HE first-ever National Security Policy has been approved by the Cabi net with special focus on eliminating all terrorist networks through a combination of measures, including counter-insurgency, intelligencegathering, policing and prosecution. One expects that once put into practice, it would prove to be more deterrent sending a message very clearly that the government is committed to crush terrorists and others who are working against the interests of the motherland. As detailed by the Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, the policy has a multi-layered approach to dismantle, to contain and prevent acts of terrorism. The policy calls for enhancing the capacity of civilian law enforcement agencies with an effective check on terror financing, protecting assets, buildings and other potential targets and improving the judicial system and anti-terror laws. To counter terrorism and extremism, a coordinated approach will be ensured at all Federal, Provincial and District levels under the supervision of the Counter-Terrorism Authority for proper implementation of the Policy. The Policy also takes care of plugging terrorist financing through creation of counter-terrorist financing units at the provincial level and ensuring implementation of the anti-money laundering laws. Otherwise too a selective weeding out of terrorists is being done successfully. According to reports, PAF fighter jets and helicopters, in the current surgical strikes against the militants, targeted their hideouts after gathering precise data and information through its own indigenous drones. With reported killing of more than a hundred militants and destruction of their IED making factories and hideouts, the militants could be in disarray. However, in our view the security agencies and concerned authorities must remain at high alert as there are some signals that after regrouping the terrorists may hit back with vengeance. Therefore, there should be no complacency in maintaining the highest level of preparedness to meet any emergency. The other day there was a report that Taliban had planned a major attack on Central Jail Peshawar, like the one that took place in D I Khan last year, to free key Taliban prisoners. Even there is more danger for attacks on soft targets and therefore the authorities should be more vigilant as the country is in a state of war for over a decade and every one has to contribute a bit for the security and safety of Pakistan.

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QM chief Altaf Hussain is known for periodically coming out with ideas and propositions that raise eye-brows country-side, as, more often, these are detached from ground realities and mainstream thinking. On a number of occasions in the past, he floated certain notions and made astonishing remarks, which he had to take back due to extremely adverse political reaction and fall out but he continues with the tendency, perhaps, to serve immediate party interests. Altaf Hussain, who is otherwise a seasoned and shrewd politician, made an astounding statement on Tuesday suggesting to the Armed forces to take over if the Government does not render support for elimination of terrorism. In an interview with a private television channel, he also pleaded that Pakistan is more important than democracy and that we cannot imperil the country for the sake of democracy. Such a call by a party that claims to be the voice of the people is really shocking and difficult to digest. In the first place, one fails to understand what caused Altaf Hussain to make such a farfetched request, as ground situation is quite the opposite and he is, perhaps, the lone voice supporting martial law in the country. A targeted operation is continuing against terrorists and it is understood that the policy has the full approval and support of the present Government. Both the Government and the military leadership are on the same page as for as fight against terror is considered and in fact, appeals are being made to all segments of the society to extend cooperation for success of the campaign. In this backdrop, it is intriguing on the part of MQM chief to suggest that there were differences between the civilian and military leadership on this crucial issue. Secondly, even if there are differences of opinion then how can these justify military takeover in the country. There is consensus in the country that solution of the problems of the country is in democracy and if problems persist then the answer is more democracy. Democratic system, in its present form, might have some drawbacks but it doesn’t warrant its pack up. The major political parties, the judiciary and the Army leadership all are supportive of the process and that is why the PPP Government completed its five year term. Therefore, a politician of the stature and size of Altaf Hussain is not supposed to issue distracting statement, rather he should use his good offices and influence to strengthen unity and democratic process in the country.

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IFE in Pakistan has almost lost its meaning and worth as daily dozens of people are either brutally killed in terror-related incidents or on roads and at homes and hospitals for want of necessary medical care and treatment. But the news report that a million newborns die within 24 hours in the world every year, of which, 200,000 or 20% in Pakistan is really shameful for the country. The investigative report by ‘Save the Children’ should be an eye opener as Pakistan has highest rate of stillbirths globally as one in twenty-five babies die during childbirth or on the day of birth. This is, indeed, a big tragedy for families and parents but it is also a blot on the good name of Pakistan, as despite potential and resources we have miserably failed to improve health standards for our people and have left them to the mercy of the circumstances. Poverty, malnutrition, ignorance, lack of health awareness, inadequate and below standard health facilities, purely commercial attitude towards the problem by the private sector health institutions, negligence on the part of health workers and officials at public sector facilities and non-availability of genuinely trained lady health workers are some of the causes leading to this catastrophic and shameful situation. Despite all this, experts say that the lives of most of these babies could have been saved if they had access to some basic health-care services. It is really shocking that we never get tired of making tall claims about increasing spending for health and education and taking steps to meet MDGs but on ground the situation has not changed much, which should be a cause for concern for policy-makers, federal and provincial governments, NGOs and the civil society as a whole.

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Time to save Pakistan served always. That is the task of the state, but it is also the of the families and Ali Ashraf Khan task schools to teach the children Email:balti1551@gmail.com and for us grown-ups to live by it. But nobody realized his or her responsibility towards NE central problem of orga the state, Supreme Court which is renizing human society is to sponsible to interpret law, when inprovide justice to all its terpreted a law that did not suit the members. Tribal societies or states rulers they refused to accept those – all have the main task of provid- judgment and acted otherwise in ing justice. If justice is denied or which even a former Attorney Genonly delayed people feel wronged eral and former federal law secretary and lose their peace of mind. That were the culprits acting against the is why the main purpose of the un- interest of country, which damaged written rules of tribal societies and the national fabric that we see today the written rules and laws of a state, a free for all. have the main aim of providing jusLaw and order in Pakistan is in a tice to all members of the respec- bad shape and not all of this situative societies living therein. But tion can be blamed on terrorism. One written law if not implemented is could even say that terrorism is an dead letter only. That is, unfortu- outcome of decades of injustice and nately, the situation in Pakistan. We negligence of law and order. When a do have laws for each and every situ- state doesn’t fulfill its responsibility ation but we don’t implement them to provide justice by implementing or we implement them haphazardly. the laws of the land it loses creditThe basis of equal application ability and people think this state of law is that there is an acceptance does not suit us. One example is the in society that all people have the situation in former princely states of same rights and all should be treated Dir and Swat. While the Waali equal in front of the law without dis- (Ruler) of Swat was there law and crimination. This is a basic rule for order was strong, justice was quick a modern western society and it is and affordable for the people. Girls also a basic rule for a society based and Boys primary schools were there on Islam. But as a matter of fact this in every Tehsil/Village. Then Waali basic rule is not accepted by those stepped down and the territory was who matter in our country – by rul- included into Pakistan as PATA. But ing elite and quite a large part of the Pakistani state was unable or unsociety. Starting from the traffic willing to provide law and order and rules up to the constitution – the affordable justice to the people and prime law of land- most of us think that was when dissatisfaction rose. that those apply to the others but not People remembered the rule of to me because I am so special. the Waali and said we want that back. We don’t understand that law Then the mullah came and said that and order is a high good that can be was rule according to the shariah and only achieved if and when all rules the Sufi Muhammad started his and laws are implemented and ob- movement for the implementation of

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justice according to shariah. That was in eighties and it was a peaceful movement except once or twice when they blocked Karakoram Highway in protest. Later with deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan militancy and terrorism took over and captured this and all other movements that actually just wanted law and order implemented and access to justice. The Pakistani state has promoted an understanding of being an Islamic state with an Islamic constitution but given its negligence of laws it never bothered to implement it. Today we hear that the Taliban’s demand of implementation of the shariah is not valid because we already have a constitution that guaranteed in its preamble by inserting Objective Resolution that no law will be framed which is repugnant to Quran and Sunnah. Yes, but is it implemented? We just know that the reports of the Council of Islamic Ideology have successively been disregarded and never implemented. We also know that many of our parliamentarian do not fulfil the demands of article 62 of the constitution because they are corrupt, don’t pay taxes, are involved in shady deals and lie with regard to their formal education, submit false declaration of Assets. Some even can’t recite basic prayers properly. Article 37 of the constitution demands the implementation of social justice in Pakistan, also a direly neglected part of it. One good outcome of the peace talks with the Taliban would be to agree to start implementing the constitution of Pakistan, to bring FATA finally under the law of the land and to make sure that fast and affordable justice is delivered. Are we aware of the consequences of this operation we are choosing and have we planned for

any contingencies requirement to provide relief to the IDP’s of this operation that will further generate inflation and scarcity of resources. There is another Islamic principle also that could help us if implemented: the fanning of hatred against people who do hold different views. Pakistan Council of Islamic Ideology Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani said while addressing a two day Seerat conference that Islam does not give the lesson of fanning differences for achieving nefarious motives as the Holy Quran terms all the human beings as one Ummah. If this wise word was implemented all problems regarding the situation of non-Muslims and the sectarian strife would be done away with. And secondly, an army operation wouldn’t be able to solve the problems we are facing we will ultimately have to resolve these issues through dialogue. Absence of rule of law is the biggest curse and our country is worse example, our successive rulers have indulged in massive corruption that has led to present chaos, non availability of healthcare, education at village level by the state and smooth functioning of economic and industrial infrastructure, which is jammed because of load shedding of gas and electricity, clean water supply is another dream for the common men. As we can see real problem in this country is absence of law and order and even the refusal of our rulers to implement the law. As long as this doesn’t change we will continue suffering and Pakistan might go down in history. A military operation won’t stop it. God bless Pakistan. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

West’s intrigue behind Ukraine crises Mujtaba Haider Zaidi Email: mzaidi@yandex.ru

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HE political crises originat ing country-wide turbulence and turmoil in Ukraine for the last three months, ended at last on February 22, 2014, at least for the time being, with the victory of the pro-western Euromaidan led by the opposition parties of the country, and defeat of the pro-Russia Ukraine government. Consequently, the President Viktor Yanukovych had found no alternative other than leaving the presidential palace, and seeking shelter in the eastern city of Kharkiv eventually. The crises, as per the chronicle of events demonstrates, commenced in the wake of the decision taken by the former President Yanukovych with regards to dissociating his country from the Free Trade Agreement to be signed with the European Union in November 2013; due to the very reality that entering into that agreement with the European Union (EU) appeared to be certain to bring opposition on the part of Russia. The Ukrainian political and economic inclinations towards the west would not only invite the Russian displeasure and disapproval, but also entering into the economic agreement with the EU would lead to tarnish the high hopes of retaining strong ties with Ukraine’s great and traditional eastern neighbour and patron, with which the country has developed strong and deep-rooted reciprocal social, cultural, financial and strategic relations. In addition, Russia serves as one of the most dominant trade and commerce ally of Ukraine, where both state and individuals maintain strong corporate bonds with the Russians at all scales. As a result, putting aside

these ground realities, erected on concrete evident grounds, could be excessively fatal for the integral and intact corporate ventures and diplomatic relationships between Ukraine and Russia essential for the survival and growth of the Ukraine economy and defence system as well. Moreover, Russia has always offered extraordinary favours to Ukraine in multiple fields, from agricultural to industrial, from export and import to health and education, and from energy crisis to national security plans, which endorse the very fact that all individual and collective areas of the Ukrainian socio-economic spheres have sought support from Russia even after its disintegration from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Consequently, it was really challenging for Ukraine to afford the suspension of colossal economic and strategic contacts with Russia, which would put the hope of obtaining enormous export revenues, inexpensive gas supply and other advantages of grave concern at stake, which were optimistically expected to be granted to Ukraine by Russia provided the former kept on maintaining its political, social and economic links with the latter instead of dissociating itself from Russia by signing the trade agreement with the EU. In addition, the future of nearly half million jobs, to be offered by the Russian government to the Ukrainians against various positions in multiple public sector departments, could also be in jeopardy subsequent to the decision made by the Ukraine authorities with regards to entering into the US-led EU economic canopy. At such a precarious state of affairs, the ousted President Yanukovych appeared to be prudent while deciding to retain strong relations with Russia, instead of shaking hand with the EU out of the instigations made by the country’s

western neighbour Poland, economy of which is still dependent of central European states to a great extent. Hence, the former Ukraine president could not be blamed to be demonstrating the absolute irresponsibility or betrayal towards his country or nation by retaining unabated and unflinching association with the Russian Federation. Somehow, the western media, and its agents involved into administering some newspapers in English language at national level launched a hatred campaign both against Yanukovych and the Russian authorities in order to defame them to such a condemnable extent that the country could turn out to be the victim of anarchy and disorder eventually. The western media and its agents involved into print and electronic media businesses in Ukraine carried out propaganda campaign against the former President, so that the grounds could be prepared for the ouster of the proRussia government at any cost. Hence, the pace of disturbance was accelerated all over the country with the intention that some pro-western government could be installed in Ukraine, economy of which would remain entirely reliant on the aid and/ or trade to be made and granted by the western powers in the same manner as the west has been providing the aid to all poor and pauper states belonging to third world as charity. In other terms, the US and its European allies appear to be determined to introduce and implement the neocolonial western imperialism in the eastern part of Europe in the same pattern that has been being witnessed by them in most areas and regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America since 17th and 18th centuries onward. Consequently, the attempts being made for bringing Ukraine under the western sway look carrying a secret agenda of weakening its economic

and socio-political fabrics on the one side, and rendering support to its masses and government to stand firm against the Russians on the other, who serve to be the closest ethno-racial and religious brethren of the Ukrainians; because of their belonging the similar roots and ethno-racial, regional and spiritual backgrounds as well. By this, the US could rise to the occasion to invade Russia in order to tame the only state existing on the face of the earth that looks resolute to challenge the cruel military and expansion campaigns has been being launched by America against various sovereign states of the world. Thus, capturing the control of the Ukrainian media, as well as its social and political spheres, simply stands for deterioration of the economy of the country on the one side, and enforcing a powerful barricade on the way to the Russian resurgence as the world superpower once again, on the other. The Ukraine subjects and statesmen must smell the US conspiracy and intrigue behind the chaos and political instability in the country, which means nothing other than destabilising the Ukraine economy, as well as dividing the nation on the foundations of ethnic and racial differences in the same lines the Soviet Union was led to its ultimate disintegration by 1990-91. The rise of a pro-US government in Ukraine, appears to be designed and articulated by the west, would result into the partition of the country in the same manner as Germany, North Korea and other strong sovereign states were divided and weakened in past just for preventing them to become powerful, prosperous, privileged, stabilised and self-reliant nations at the international arena. — The writer is researcher and author.

N a spectacular public health coup, India recently declared it self polio-free, celebrating three years without a single case. Neighbouring Pakistan, unfortunately, is a much grimmer story. It is the only country in the world where polio is on the rise. To rid itself of this scourge, Pakistan needs to rid itself of another: The legacy of Osama bin Laden continues to haunt the country’s efforts to save its children from the crippling disease. The bin Laden-polio connection dates back to 2011, when American troops gunned down the terrorist leader at his hideout in the city of Abbottabad. The CIA operation had the assistance of a Pakistani physician. Dr. Shakil Afridi had attempted to help track down bin Laden and his associates by collecting DNA samples, using a vaccination program as a cover. Afridi was arrested and jailed. Pakistani media followed every twist in his case. TV news reports typically showed images of the doctor at work administering polio vaccinations in public settings. Public exposure of his involvement in the vaccination ruse has sown suspicion among Pakistanis. Islamic militants have banned the health program in parts of the country they dominate, leaving 350,000 children unvaccinated in one area alone. They have attacked health workers and security forces that protect them, killing at least 40 and injuring dozens more. The predictable outcome: more polio, which in turn threatens to spread the virus elsewhere, undoing the good work that has come this close to stamping out the disease worldwide. That deplorable state of affairs cannot continue. The Pakistani government ought to forcefully confront the militants who carry out attacks on health workers and accompanying police. It should follow a script written in India, which overcame huge obstacles to inoculate more than 170 million children. Defeating polio demanded an all-out commitment from the government of India — the same commitment required from the government of Pakistan. The organizations that helped India eliminate this scourge now stand ready to help the Pakistanis. India didn’t have to confront the legacy of bin Laden, but its challenges arguably were even tougher. Its vaccination program had to operate in some of the world’s most densely populated and impoverished urban areas, which made it difficult to keep track of children that polio workers had immunized. India had to reach remote villages made inaccessible by monsoon seasons. It had to cover a population of 1.2 billion, seven times that of Pakistan, across a land mass with every extreme of climate and terrain. Add to those hurdles India’s poor health-care infrastructure, lack of public awareness, variety of religious beliefs, and it’s no wonder experts thought India would be the last nation to whip the virus: Barely 30 years ago, 150,000 cases were being diagnosed in India every year. India partnered with nongovernmental organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International. More than 2 million vaccinators were trained and deployed. Celebrities backed the campaign, including Bollywood stars and cricket champions. One of the slogans that made a big impression on the populace: “We Should Be Ashamed.” India and its partners took a data-driven approach. They mapped cases, cut off transmission pathways and developed sophisticated systems to continually monitor progress. By accepted global standards, India officially became polio-free Jan. 13, three years to the day after diagnosis of the last known case: a 4-year-old in West Bengal. Polio still survives in rare cases reported in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Syria, but Pakistan is the only country where its incidence is thought to be rising. The Pakistani government has to get serious about wiping out this terrible paralytic disease. Once polio is finished, we look forward to the day when the same commitment and hard-won lessons will eradicate the similarly beatable scourge of malaria. — Chicago Tribune The nice thing about having relatives’ kids around is that they go home. Cliff Richard —British pop singer.


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AKISTAN has been a target of violence, particularly sectarian strife since last two decades. The violent incidents have intensified with time. While security forces are proving to be no match for the terrorists, the relatively prosperous, educated and intellectual class of Pakistan is fleeing the country. Pervasive chaos and spread of extremists has brought a bad name to country and now Pakistan is called a country of terrorists. Human Rights Watch report released last month clearly states that terrorist groups are operating in Pakistan with absolute immunity. Law enforcement agencies and officials have either closed their eyes to the terrorist activities or they are incapable of firmly dealing with the terrorists. Concerns are being expressed that there is highly likelihood of terrorists soon taking over Karachi, just like the cities of Iraq and Syria. It is to be seen how the democratically elected government of Nawaz Sharif and Army chief Rahil Sharif handle the situation, check the falling morale of security forces and deal sternly with the terrorists. Murders

and assassinations are now a common practice in Pakistan. However, in last few days, the violent incidents have intensified and increased attacks by the active Sunni militant groups and the Taliban suggest that the only motive of these forces is to create anarchy in Pakistan and grab power by committing bloodshed. In Pakistan, these powers are trying to replicate the ouster of Najib in Afghanistan by the Taliban. This is reason that Pak-based Taliban are now specifically targeting army bases, security checkposts and defence-related establishments. Carrying out suicide attacks at religious places, processions and crowded markets is like a common practice for these terrorists. Moreover, these illiterate extremists also look with suspicion, a noble drive like Polio eradication mission. They see it as an American conspiracy. During the last days, they have targeted many Polio workers in which many women and children were killed. In last two years, about 30 Polio workers have been killed in Pakistan. Perturbed by these attacks, Bill Gates recently indicated that the financial assistance being provided by his NGO towards the polio eradication in Pakistan might be stopped. Expressing the growing desperation of

Pakistani people, Bilawal Bhutto, the son of Late Benazir Bhutto, said that there was an urgent need to take military action against the terrorists. Bilawal said that people like Osama Bin Laden or any other terrorist, who kill thousands of people, could not become the face of Pakistan. Instead the country’s faces should be those who take a stand against them and bring some hope to the people of the country. Meanwhile, Pakistani Taliban’s top negotiator said that “Islamic sharia law was necessary for peace as the government, martial law and democracy had failed to solve the country’s problems”. Maulana Samiul-Haq, the head of the TTP’s threeman committee set up for peace talks with the government, said “Taliban are fighting the war for the implementation of the Constitution which has been violated by the leadership” The question arises whether there will be any decline in terrorist attacks after the constitution of this committee? Will the Taliban take the proposals of Nawaz Sharif govt. seriously? Will the Pakistani Army keep waiting for the directions from the government, even after losing many of its personnel in Talibani strikes? Do the Nawaz Sharif govt. and General Rahil Sharif have any idea about how deeper the extremists have infiltrated

their ranks? Have the Pakistani policymakers learnt any lesson from the attack on Pak Airbase and the assassination of Governor Salman Taseer? Don’t these incidents provide enough evidence of the extent of intrusion of extremists in all the areas of Pakistani system? It can’t be denied that Nawaz Sharif govt. also feels threatened by the Taliban. Probably, that’s why Nawaz Sharif himself is going slow on his poll promise of talking with the Taliban. It is also being said that that the decision to constitute a fourmember committee for talks was also taken keeping in view the growing desperation within the Army. It seems Pakistan Army is in no mood to tolerate more bloodshed of its personnel and more attacks on its establishments. No need to mention that it was during the regime of General Parvez Musharraf that the army launched an operation on Lal Masjid. The terrorists don’t understand the language of talks once they take the path of violence. In these circumstances, what is essentially required is a big, continuous and decisive assault on the Taliban by the Army. Otherwise, it won’t take much long before Pakistan become another Afghanistan. —The writer is Haryana, Indiabased freelance columnist.

RTI laws at Federal level M Shafiq Anjum Email:m.shafiq@crcp.org.pk

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T international level, Right to Information (RTI) is regarded as a fundamental right of every citizen. RTI laws not only open doors of information to the public at large but also empower citizens to seek any information and record held by the public bodies. Strong RTI laws establish clear procedures for requesters and have strong oversight bodies which, ensures greater transparency, efficiency, good governance, reduction in corruption and enhanced accountability, which are prerequisites for smooth running of a democratic system. Study of RTI best practices in various countries like Mexico, India, and Slovenia shows that strong laws can lead to strong protections for the public’s right to know. The RTI Bill, 2014 also has some inherent weaknesses which were highlighted during a roundtable discussion on “Federal Right to Infor-

mation Bill, 2014 and Role of Ombudsmen” held by Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan recently. The participants which included civil society representatives, officials from Ombudsman Office and Information Ministry, Media and academia, observed that preamble of a good RTI law talk about good governance. To improve and to bring the proposed Federal Legislation, in conformity with the KP and Punjab laws, and in the light of participant’s various useful observations, CRCP recommends following immediate and prompt changes in the proposed Federal Legislation. Firstly, either the institution of ombudsmen should be given more powers and its mandate should be clearly defined in Federal RTI Bill or independent Information Commission may be established to deal with RTI as an effective implementation body. Secondly, parliament and presidency should also be included in the list of public bodies responsible to provide information. Thirdly, the legacy of the colonial secrecy laws should be discouraged

and public bodies should be mandated and encouraged for proactive disclosure of information especially in the area of finance and budget. Fourthly, the list of exceptions should be cut short and should be narrowly defined. Fifthly, provision of public interest override test may also be included in Federal RTI Bill. Sixthly, there should be a provision of punishment for those officials who omit information by design, give false information, fabricate the information or provide irrelevant information. Seventhly, federal RTI Bill should clearly define the mandate for trainings of Ombudsmen staff and awareness campaigns for common people on RTI. There is a great need to mandate public bodies to conduct awareness raising activities, maintain official record, train their staff and publish annual reports. For this purposes allocation of funds should also be mentioned. Lastly, there should be legal protection for whistleblowers, who expose corruption in their respective departments. Critical analysis of Federal RTI

Bill shows that it is a weak law and needs improvement. In its present shape, Federal RTI Bill would do little to improve the access to information regime in Pakistan. Federal RTI Bill is even weaker than the Freedom of Information Ordinance, 2002. This shows lack of interest at policy level on one hand and demand by citizens on the other to have strong RTI laws at federal level. It is concluded that if we are serious and want to eradicate nuisance of corruption from our society and to enhance government transparency and accountability, then we have to enforce strong RTI laws along with strong implementation mechanism. In this backdrop, there is a great need to make Federal RTI Bill more comprehensive where ombudsmen should be given more powers concerning promotion and implementation of RTI laws and generating requisite demand amongst masses. —The writer works at Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP), Islamabad.

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Chuck Hagel’s nuclear exemption Doyle McManus

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HE headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest US Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armoured vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and benefits. But one category of military spending largely escaped the budget ax: nuclear weapons. The United States has about 1,600 long-range nuclear weapons on active duty — more than any other country, including Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Under the 2010 New START treaty, the United States and Russia agreed to reduce their arsenals to no more than 1,550 warheads apiece by 2018. The Russians are already below the treaty ceiling after taking missiles out of service as part of a modernization program. But the US doesn’t appear to be in any hurry. Maintaining and modernizing our giant arsenal, which, happily, seems increasingly unlikely to ever be used, is expensive. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that

US nuclear forces will cost $355 billion over the next 10 years. About $89 billion of that will go to replacing aging missiles, submarines and bombers, and those costs will grow much larger after 2023, the CBO warned in a recent report. Worst of all, much of that spending is unnecessary. Almost every expert on nuclear weapons agrees that the United States has a far larger nuclear force than it needs to deter attacks. Last year, for example, when President Obama proposed reducing US and Russian nuclear forces by about one-third to 1,100 warheads each, the Joint Chiefs of Staff embraced the idea. A year earlier, an independent panel convened by Global Zero, a disarmament group, concluded that 450 deployed warheads would be enough; one of its members was a retired senator named Chuck Hagel. But since then, Hagel has been virtually mute about reducing nuclear arms. “If there was ever a time to start resetting this institution and restructuring … it’s now,” he said Tuesday as he pitched his budget to a roomful of defence experts. But when I asked him whether he still harboured the goal of shrinking the nuclear force,

he ducked the question, saying his only goal was to leave the military stronger than he found it. The reason officials don’t like to talk about reducing nuclear arsenals is simple, and it applies in both Washington and Moscow: The weapons may have a diminishing role, but they are protected by political sponsors — sometimes based on honest disagreements over strategy, sometimes because of the jobs they provide. It would be easier to argue for more nuclear cuts if Russia were eager to join in the reductions, but Putin rebuffed Obama’s most recent proposal for another round of disarmament. “The Russians seem to have glommed onto the idea that their status as a great power depends on their nuclear weapons,” said Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine who is now at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It’s also about jobs. There are a lot of one-factory towns in Russia producing military hardware, and they’re part of Putin’s political base.” Even so, Pifer notes, there are unilateral steps the administration could take to reduce the size and cost of the US arsenal. For starters, some missile warheads could be taken off

active duty, to match the Russians’ lower number and meet the START treaty ceiling now. “It’s a reversible step,” Pifer noted. “It seems to me to be a no-brainer.” The costliest items, though, aren’t the nuclear warheads but the vehicles that carry them: missiles, submarines and bombers. Over the next 20 years, the Pentagon plans to spend billions to modernize all three legs of that nuclear triad. “A new submarine, a new penetrating bomber, a new ICBM — that pretty much breaks the bank,” Pifer said. Unless, that is, we decide to live with fewer vehicles. It might even be possible to close one of the country’s three nuclear missile bases, although closing any military base is politically thorny. So why is Hagel’s budget, for all its cost-cutting, silent on those issues? “It’s an argument we don’t need to have this year,” one Pentagon official told me. The cost of building those new subs, bombers and missiles won’t balloon until 2020 or so. Until then, it’s a problem both sides can ignore. And what president wouldn’t choose to avoid a nuclear war — even a rhetorical one with Congress — if he could? — Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

Trust and the net..!

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VERYday on opening my email I find kindly souls from Russia, sometimes South America offering me vast sums of money if I hide the wealth some dictator has siphoned out of their country. I’ve learned from the Internet that I also have extremely wealthy acquaintances in Africa who have enormous amounts of money they need to transfer into someone’s name; mine! They contact me literally every day! And if I will only help, they

will gladly share a portion of their bounty with me and I’ll become an instant multi-millionaire. Others promise me wealth beyond my wildest dreams if only I invest in an up-and-coming business venture. Daily, the net reminds me that greed can lead to disaster; that not everybody has my best interest in mind and I must be sensibly cautious. Their letters are well written and some even have spiritual greetings; all to win you over. Behind those innocent letters are conmen, thieves and robbers! Many of us also use the anonymity of the net to hide who we really are: One woman describes herself as “five feet, three inches tall and pleasingly plump.” After she had a minor accident, her mother accompanied her

to the emergency room. The nurse on duty asked for her height and weight, and she blurted out, “Fivefoot-eight, 125 pounds.” While the nurse pondered over this information, the woman’s mother leaned over to her. “Sweetheart, “ she said gently, “this is not the Internet!” “So what do I do Bob?” asked a friend the other day, “Do I stop trusting people? Do we stop believing in others because of such untruths on the net?” I would rather trust than shut others out. I would rather be taken advantage off by a few than isolate myself from everybody. Perhaps not everybody should be trusted, but I would hate to experience life without that trust. Ralph Waldo Emerson put it well: “Trust men and they will be true to

you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” People will more often live up to our high expectations than not if they feel they are being trusted and you’ll find friends and colleagues showing themselves to be dependable when they feel your trust. The net may be invaded by conmen but the world we live in is a good world, inhabited by mostly good people who can still be counted on. If you feel cynical, don’t give up on trust, I feel its awful leading a suspicious life, wary of just about everyone and anyone; believe you me, trust people and they will somehow come through. There’s only one way to build up trust; by trusting..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People CNG problem and its solution ZAIN YASEEN

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ost of the vehicles in Pakistan run on CNG nowadays. Pakistan has the greatest number of CNG refill stations and CNG vehicles. However, Pakistan in passing through the CNG crisis now a days. It has become a common sight that the vehicles are seen in long queues to fill their CNG tanks for hours and hours; they waste a lot of time and are getting mentally sick. The phenomenon is adding frustration and psychic problems in the nation while the government is least bothered to address this aspect of the nation’s health which is losing its self-esteem also. What should we do?? In my opinion and research, Government should immediately wake up as there is nothing more precious than mental health and self esteem of the people. The installation of new CNG stations and new CNG kits in the vehicles be immediately banned. Wagons and buses which were not designed to run on CNG should not be allowed to run on CNG as these public transport vehicles are more hazardous than exploding bombs and hence are dangerous for the passengers. If you restrict the provision of CNG only to cars, there will be no need to go for CNG load shedding or suspension of weekly gas supplies to these stations. Enough gas will also be available for industry provided a proer management of available gas resource is done. Government should take serious steps to solve this problem otherwise this problem will go out of proportions. —Karachi

KU buses for evening students ZAIN YASEEN There are various issues which the evening students have to face at Karachi University. One of the most crucial issue is unavailability of point (KU Buses). Though the students of evening programme pay the fees more than morning students, they bag no facilities. The evening students are worst affectees of the KU management’s apathy and unjust decisions. I want to highlight this major problem because a lot of students live far away from the university and at night it is often very dangerous for female student to wait at bus stop owing the volatile situation of the city. As a student, I appeal and urge the concerned people to increase the buses and provide comfort to students. Students and education are our assets and the future of this nation. —Karachi

Game changer JAVAID BASHIR It is the third consecutive day that our valiant pilots of the Pakistan Air Force have struck the terrorists and their enclaves. They have destroyed their safe havens and hideouts. Many wanted militants have been eliminated or injured. The surgical operation is being carried out in a vast territory of North Waziristan. Hangu and Kohat have also witnessed casualties of the militants. Our tormentors are on the run and slipping into Afghan territory unnoticed. They are shiffting from place to place and are being chased in the mountains by the forces. Serious efforts are being made to avoid civilian areas from damage. Khurshid Shah the Opposition Leader from PPP has said, if the action is not taken against the terrorists, then the country would suffer severely. Our security and intelligence agencies have traced out their operating places. The terrorism is on the rise in Sindh and Balochistan. We should not waste time on talks with the Taliban. Pakistan’s Constitution is based on Islam and no law can be enacted against the teachings of Quran and Sunnah of the holy Prophet, PBUH. No more amendments are needed in the Constitution. If the military action is not taken against them, it will be dangerous for the rulers too. The politicians should at least act in their own interest. The spokesperson of the ISPR has said, there are no women and children in the custody of the Army. Taliban are raising hue and cry to divert attention of the world from their terrorist activities. The terrorism and talks cannot go together. It is the decisive and a game changer moment. —Via email

The Syrian cauldron AKBAR JAN MARWAT Apprehensions are being expressed by certain sections of Pakistani intelligence and some political leaders, that Islamabad on Saudi bidding, may get involved in the Syrian cauldron. In a recently signed joint communique with a visiting Saudi dignitary, Pakistan called for “the formation of a transitional governing body in Syria with full executive powers”. This statement clearly asks for the ouster of Asad’s regime and supports the Saudi position, who are actively supporting the anti-Asad regime rebels, most of whom are openly affiliated with Al- Qaida. Pakistan with its own immense problems and a history of unhappy experiences of interfering in other countries, cannot afford to get involved in the Syrian quagmire; which besides other characteristics, has clear sectarian overtones. There are rumours that on Saudi prodding, Pakistan has agreed, might be indirectly, to support the Syrian rebels, are indeed very disturbing; especially when Pakistan is involved in an existential struggle against our own religious

militants having nexus with Al Qaida. The Sharif’s may feel obligated to the Saudis for doing them a personal favour and may thus not be in a position to deny their wishes. It should, however, be remembered that a favour done at a personal level, should be returned at the same level only, and not at the expense of the long term interest of the Pakistani state. —Islamabad

Street lights in KU ROMMAN ELIAS Karachi University is the 2nd largest university of Pakistan as well as it is mentioned in the Asia’s top ten universities. It covers a very major area of Karachi and produces 33000 students in 52 different fields per year. Therefore, it consists of Two shifts - Morning and Evening. Morning fee is less as compare to the Evening shift but there is a big problem for the students of evening shift ‘Shortage of Street Light’. After Maghreb, there is too much darkness inside the university so it feels difficult to walk or drive a vehicle or even it is also scary. So I want to bring the issue to the notice of the university high-ups who generally attend the university during day-time office hours and are unaware of the campus needs after the sunset. This is a genuine problems and may be solved please. —Karachi

***** M ANAS KHAN We are thankful to the Government of Sindh which established such a large university for Karachi in which the students of all over the country come and study but during the construction care was not properly taken for the provision of lamp posts in Karachi university. In Karachi university evening shift is also thronged with the students paying comparatively more fees than morning shift. Generally the most of the students remain at jobs in the day and attend their classes in evening so they need to be facilitated with street lights lest any mishaps occur. Some of the students attending their classes and have to move from one department to other during night hours on their two wheels or four wheels and a number of students have to walk so their is always a danger of accident due shortage of street lights and when in the dark night no street lights are available, it looks like an area completely possessed and dreadful. So it is an urgent need to provide street light network in Karachi university. —Via email

***** KANZA ZAFAR I want to draw an attentions to the higher authorities towards the lack of street light in karachi university , As i am the student of evening batch and i face the problem of going from one department to another for classes with few lights ,At some places street lights are planted but are not switched on . In the evening the university seems like a haunted place without a proper street lights .Students of the morning batch are not facing such a problem but the evening students face many problems even after paying double the fees comparing to the morning batch . I request the authorities to please pay attention towards the serious matter. This is our basic need and i request you on behalf of every student of evening batch to please deprive us from this very basic necessity . —Via email

Deception of death

arrives one day and releases our soul from the body and we are pronounced dead, not living any more. Dust to the dust. We return to our creator. On the Doomsday, our ultimate fate will be decided. The hereafter, the unknown world would be opened to us. We would be committed to either Heaven or the Hell. The visa will be stamped on our passport to Heaven or Hell. The signs of death give us some indication of its arrival, in advance. We beg, beseech, but it does not listen to any things, and takes us away on an unknown journey into the other world. We are kept out of the loop till the end. We find it out that our invitation has arrived. We fall ill or some mishap occurs. When we die, people mourn and later bury us in the grave dug for us. Life and death are opposite of each other and is the greatest mystery. We deceive death, and death deceives us. They cannot save our loved ones. They pass away in their sleep, without any notice or warning. It is beyond our powers to save someone. It is all deception of death. Life starts after death. Finally we deceive death to live again. The life flutters for the last time in the clutches of the angel of death, who has come to claim us. Death is as real as life, both are facts and we should be prepared to face death as we are keen to live. —Via email

Social media ROMMAN ELIAS We live in the modern digital world of inter-personal communicative options such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype etc. which we call social media in modern connotation. Social media has been around since humans began to communicate; these applications make people from all over the world to communicate with each other whereas these solicitations have a negative impact also. According to the research of University of Poland, the people on Facebook have entered into a psychological state of self-mental harassment, for example people has started feeling guilty for themselves, if a guy has less ‘likes’ as compared to his relative, he falls into an arena of selfdefeat and inferiority complex. So social applications should be used in a limited way to avoid social complexities and problems. —Karachi

Lack of awareness KANZA ZAFAR It is disappointing to see that people in Pakistan usually lack the civic sense to give way to an ambulance on the road. Every time there is an ambulance with the emergency lights and siren on, one sees drivers trying to take over the ambulance and breaking traffic rules instead of letting the ambulance pass. This behaviour clearly indicates that such drivers are only concerned with their own way out of the traffic and not with the lives that are hanging by a thread in the ambulance. Further, such reckless motoring creates traffic jams, with some decent people trying to give way with most others trying to squeeze into the extra space created. For patients that are being transported by ambulances, every second is valuable and could prove to be the difference between life and death. If we want to become a genuinely progressive and humane society, we should not only be concerned with our well being but also with the well being and safety of others. And one way to start is by being considerate enough to allow an ambulance to pass instead of creating more problems. By being just a little more considerate, we can save many lives. —Via email

JAVAID BASHIR We are subservient to fate. We do not know much about the secrets of this great Universe. We are only given a small portion of knowledge and the rest we learn through our experience, mistakes and curiosity. Man has been gifted with the power to conquer the Universe, i.e. the secrets of life. We can not get away from our fate. Death comes to all. It creeps upon us without warning. The day and time of death has been preordained, and cannot be changed. The angel of death

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South Sudan: Patients shot dead in hospital beds

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JUBA—Sick patients in South look at the safety situation of Sudan have been shot to death in their beds and medical facilities have been looted and burned to the ground, a dangerous level of disrespect for the country’s strained health care system that is forcing the aid group Doctors Without Borders to examine its operations here. Doctors Without Border said Wednesday that the extreme violence and lack of respect for health care workers shown by warring sides has made the group’s work almost impossible. Members of the aid group, which is known by its French initials MSF, discovered at least 14 dead bodies in a hospital in the contested city of Malakal over the weekend. Several of the dead bodies had been shot while lying in their beds, the group said. Rebels have been fighting government forces for control of the city, the capital of an oil-producing state. Group leader Raphael Gorgeu said Doctors Without Borders’ facilities in the towns of Leer and Bentiu have been looted and completely destroyed. He said Doctors Without Borders does not want to leave South Sudan but must

its workers. The men carrying out the fighting have shown “absolutely no respect for health care workers,” he said. “How do you want us to stay to the very last moment with the guarantee that our staff and patients will not be targeted?” he said. Goregeu said MSF was not planning on pulling out of South Sudan, where 800,000 people are displaced and 3.2 million in immediate need of food due to fighting that broke out in mid-December. Thousands have died in the violence. At the end of January thousands of residents fled as fighting broke out in Leer, the home town of rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar. MSF, which has worked in Leer for 25 years, evacuated staff while 240 others fled into the bush. They returned this week to find their hospital — a facility that serves 300,000 people — destroyed. “We don’t want to leave South Sudan, definitely not, but we have to look at things very carefully now,” he said. “It is not the investment we put in but the trust and the respect we put in that is actually put into question.”—AP

Hong Kong editor stabbed at centre of protests HONG KONG—The former editor of a liberal Hong Kong newspaper, whose sidelining triggered protests over media freedom and Beijing’s influence in the territory, is in a critical condition after being stabbed, authorities said. Kevin Lau, former editor of the Ming Pao newspaper, was attacked in broad daylight by an unknown number of assailants who escaped on a motorbike in the Wan Chai district where the newspaper’s headquarters is located, police said. “He was conscious, but had injuries to his back and was then sent to hospital,” a police spokeswoman told. A government spokesman said Lau was in a critical condition. Lau was replaced in January by a proBeijing editor from Malaysia, prompting protests by staff who feared the move was an attempt to stifle the paper’s strong track record of investigative reporting. The attack comes at a time of growing unease over freedom of the press in the southern Chinese city, with mounting concerns that Beijing is seeking to tighten control over the semi-autonomous region. Protestors took to the streets again on the weekend over what they said was the erosion of press freedom, and earlier this month two reports from international

media watchdogs said selfcensorship was becoming commonplace. Media groups, which have raised concern over a series of sackings of high-profile media figures, called on the police to pursue Lau’s attackers. “We strongly condemn violence and urge the police to take action,” Hong Kong Journalists Association chairman Sham Yee-lan told AFP. Lau edited the Ming Pao newspaper for two years but was reassigned in January, spurring criticism from staff members at a paper celebrated for its investigative journalism and analysis. Some suspected Lau’s sidelining was politically motivated as the city undergoes a key debate over the future of a political system that was subject to numerous investigations under his leadership. Top Hong Kong officials condemned the attack on Lau. The territory’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told reporters that she was “shocked and saddened” by the assault. “Hong Kong is a city with rule of law. All of society should condemn violence,” she said. Hong Kong was returned from Britain to China in 1997 under a “One Country Two Systems” arrangement that enshrined the right to press freedom among other guarantees-—AFP

Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicines in a besieged Palestinian district of Damascus.

NATO head: No Afghan deal means no troops past ‘14 BRUSSELS—If Afghan leaders and the 2014 if the pact isn’t signed. White House can’t agree on a key security pact, the U.S.-led alliance will pull all of its troops and equipment out of Afghanistan by December, NATO’s secretary general said Wednesday. The announcement from Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the start of a NATO defense ministers meeting ratchets up the pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to strike a deal. On Tuesday, President Obama threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of

The U.S. and Afghanistan had agreed the details of a security pact last year, and the agreement was also endorsed by a council of 3,000 Afghan tribal elders known as the Loya Jirga. But Karzai caught Western officials off guard by then declaring he wanted his successor to sign the agreement. Without that agreement, Rasmussen said, forces from other alliance member nations cannot stay either. There are roughly 19,000 non-U.S. forces now in Afghanistan, along with 33,000 Ameri-

cans. “Let me stress, this is not our preferred option,” Rasmussen said. “But these are the facts — the facts that we need to take into account in our planning.” NATO’s preference is to remain and shift in 2015 to a mission of training, assisting and advising Afghan security forces. “But if we don’t have the legal framework in place, we will have to withdraw everything by the end of the year,” said Rasmussen. “Each of those countries are likely to have a different answer to that question what’s the drop dead date,” Dempsey said.—AP

Hezbollah vows response to ‘Israeli air strike’ BEIRUT—Hezbollah said that Israel carried out the border was initially met with silence by an airstrike targeting one of its positions near the border with Syria earlier this week, and vowed to retaliate. The attack, which Israel has not officially acknowledged, is the Jewish state’s first reported air attack inside Lebanese territory since the start of the Syrian conflict three years ago. The airstrike which occurred Monday night caused material damage but no casualties, according to a statement issued by Hezbollah. Israel has fired artillery across the border, and carried out similar airstrikes inside Syria targeting suspected weapons shipments believed to be bound from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah, allied to President Bashar Assad in Syria, has been battling alongside his troops in areas near the border and has lost at least several hundred fighters. The reported airstrike near

Lebanese and Hezbollah officials who declined to confirm if or where it had happened. But on Wednesday, Hezbollah said the attack took place near the eastern Lebanese village of Janta. It denied media reports that any artillery or rocket positions had been hit or any casualties had resulted from the attack. The porous border is frequently used by fighters and smugglers to move people and weapons between Lebanon and Syria. The area is a bastion of Hezbollah support and the group is known to have several outposts and training camps there. Arab media reports said Hezbollah had suffered casualties. Hezbollah said. The Israeli military has declined to comment on Hezbollah’s accusations. But senior defense officials confirmed that Israel had indeed carried out an airstrike late Monday.—AP

Turkish president OKs bill on judiciary powers ANKARA—Turkey’s president this week with the emergence has approved a controversial bill that limits the powers of the judiciary as the government grapples with new corruption allegations that have directly implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The legislation, endorsed Wednesday, gives the Justice Ministry increased control over a council that oversees judges and prosecutors. A scandal that forced Erdogan to dismiss four government ministers deepened

of alleged wiretapped audio recordings purported to be of Erdogan speaking with his son about ways to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid the graft probe. Erdogan says the recordings are fabricated. Some 1,000 opposition party supporters protested in central Istanbul. Earlier, parliament approved revisions to a controversial law which critics say aims to increase government controls over the Internet.—AP

Anti-government supporters hold portraits of children killed in recent blast attacks during a memorial outside the police headquarters in Bangkok. Violence spread to another antigovernment protest site in Thailand’s capital following weekend explosions that left five people dead, including four children, security officials said.

Tunisia expects political stability will enable record high tourism T UNIS —Tunisia expects a record high 7 million tourists to visit this year as the country that inspired the Arab Spring revolts enjoys political stability for the first time since the uprising three years ago, the tourism minister said. After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia has adopted a new constitution and a ruling Islamist party has stepped down to allow a caretaker government to take over until elections later this year. Tunisia’s new charter and its compromise to reach the final steps to full democracy have been praised as a model in a region still widely unstable since popular revolts in 2011 that ousted long-standing rulers in Egypt, Yemen and Libya. “I tell Western tourists, come to Tunisia, the first democracy in the Arab world, to share this historic moment and support a democratic transition and also enjoy its sun, beaches, desert and culture,” tourism minister Amel Karboul told Reuters in an interview in her office. “If everything goes well, our forecasts indicate that we could receive 7 million tourists in 2014.” The small North African country, looking for its economy to stabilize from the turmoil since the 2011 uprising, relies heavily on European tourism to its Mediterranean beaches. Tourism accounts for 8 percent of gross domestic product. The threat of Islamist militant attacks also casts a shadow over the country’s tourism industry. A suicide bomber killed himself on a popular beach resort at the end of last year - the first such attack in a decade.—Reuters

Zakat is the only way to effectively fight poverty ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM

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overty in the simplest terms can be de fined as a lack of basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter. In other words, it is the absence of the means, of course money, to fulfill those needs. It is a matter of great concern that poverty is rampant in the Muslim world. What is the reason behind that and how to eradicate poverty? Muslim intelligentsia must think about this issue. As a matter of fact, poverty among Muslims should have been nonexistent because Islam strongly advocates helping others and encourages philanthropy. There are five pillars of Islam. Of them, four deal with one’s relationship with Allah. The fifth, which unfortunately Muslims tend to forget, deals with ties between fellow Muslims. In numerical order, it is third in number. It is Zakat. Although, it is also between Allah and His servant but directly impacts others. As a matter of fact, Islam has created this institution to

fight poverty. This is why Allah has put Zakat after Shahadah and prayer but before Fasting and Haj. As all of us know the five pillars of Islam are: l Shahadah: There is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God. l Salah: The five daily prayers. l Zakat: Social responsibility is considered part of one’s service to God; the obligatory act of Zakat enshrines this duty. Zakat prescribes payment of fixed proportions of a Muslim’s possessions for the welfare of the entire community and in particular for its neediest members. It is equal to 2.5 percent of an individual’s total net worth, excluding obligations and family expenses. l Sawm: Fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. l Haj: A once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Makkah if one can afford it. After understanding the concept of Zakat a bit, the question arises as to why then there is poverty among Muslims. Despite being rich in

all kinds of natural resources and with a fairly large number of billionaires, majority of Muslims are living in poverty. Zakat on one billion dollars is around $25 million and this amount can go a long way in helping many to manage for food, clothing and shelter. Zakat can eradicate poverty and when you eradicate poverty, you can eradicate corruption, social injustice, human trafficking, reduce crimes and and most important is that you save the dignity of a human being. There are many countries in the Muslim world that are rich in resources but poverty is beyond imagination. Somalia and Yemen are examples of how poverty is destroying the social fabric. In the past, these two countries were the main food and livestock exporters of the region. We can also cite the examples of Iraq and Libya, which are two of the richest countries in natural resources and still people are suffering from poverty. Poverty can be eradicated from the Muslim world if all Muslims start taking the institution of Zakat seriously, which is mandatory. It would

be pertinent to mention here that Sadaqah is not obligatory but a form of charity that even the poor can give the poorer. Muslims around the world have simply forgotten the third pillar of Islam. Zakat and Saqdah cannot only help eradicate poverty but can also bring people closer — not only Muslims but also even people from other faiths. Omar Bin Khattab, one of the rightly guided caliphs of Islam, helped an old Jew from the Bait Al-Mal. Omar Bin AlKhattab once said: If poverty were a man, I would have killed him. It is a shame to see many cities across the Muslim World full of beggars. And I am not talking about the organized phony beggars. I am talking about those who are left with no other choice. The Muslim world is full of resources and has many rich people but it is very important to be part of society and pay our dues. It is our responsibility to fight poverty and Zakat is the Islamic solution to this problem. —Courtesy Arab News

henever government representatives from around the world meet, they’re often able to make progress in many areas of common interest: combating climate change, poverty, the drug trade, Islamic extremism, human trafficking and modern-day slavery, even cybercrime — the list is long. What these officials often fail to dwell upon is corruption. All of their nations suffer from it; they agree it’s a cancer of our age and should be stamped out. But they do precious little about it. This is bizarre, when you consider the scale of the problem. What is corruption? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power.” And “by those in power” I would include those working for corporations and institutions that are part of the ruling elite. According to the Tax Justice Network, an independent group promoting efforts to curb tax avoidance, crooked business people, working with corrupt officials, have embezzled $30 trillion over the last 15 years — or half of the world’s annual gross domestic product. From Russia, the figure is close to $1 trillion. In the European Union, the total is put at $1.2 trillion. In the West, the best-known figures linked to high-level fraud include Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford, Jérôme Kerviel of Société Générale, Kweku Adoboli of UBS. And everyone knows of the subprime debt scandal and the criminal rigging of the Libor rate. In my country, Russia, there have been similar scams: the theft of $5 billion from Bank of Moscow; $4 billion from BTA Bank and AMT Bank; $4 billion from Rosukrenergo; $3 billion from Globex and Sviaz Bank; $2 billion from Russian Agricultural Bank; $1 billion from Rosagroleasing; and $1 billion from VEFK Bank. Many of the perpetrators of these scams have been able to move abroad, where they draw upon the expertise of what I term the “financial services oligarchy” of international banks, law firms and accountants to ensure they can continue to live off the proceeds of their crimes. Some, like Andrei Borodin, former chief executive of Bank of Moscow, have been granted political asylum (Mr. Borodin, in Britain). Sergei Pugachev, owner of the bankrupt Mezhprombank; Viktor Khrapunov, former mayor of Almaty, Kazakhstan; and the wife of Yuri Luzhkov, former mayor of Moscow, have all settled freely in the European Union or Switzerland, where they enjoy super-rich lifestyles. They contend that in their home countries they would be persecuted for their political views — though not much was known about their politics until they moved overseas; even if they were involved in politics at all, they tended to align themselves with the ruling powers. Various nations have launched initiatives to tackle corruption. But these moves ignore the international, cross-border nature of the problem: Recovering stolen assets inevitably involves some degree of cooperation with another jurisdiction. But countering this is an entire industry devoted to helping people hide their wealth overseas, far from the prying eyes of the authorities. If governments want to have any chance of recovering what has been lost, they must join together to create an international anticorruption force, along the lines of Interpol, to defeat these financial oligarchs. The new organization should have wide powers. It would not, however, be expensive to run (my estimate is about $70 million a year). Its remit would be to raise awareness about corruption; explain why it matters; and cross national borders to seize suspects and assets. To lead the force, I would appoint a person of global credibility and stature. (Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown would be an excellent choice.) The leader’s mandate would be straightforward: to tackle corruption in the hopes that those planning to deceive their countrymen, to purloin valuable funds, would desist. Without such a body, it is difficult to see how the battle against corruption can be won. Ranged against national police forces and investigators is an entire corps of professional advisory firms well-versed in assisting those who want to put their wealth beyond the authorities’ reach. Aiding and abetting those who have committed fraud are offshore tax havens that structure their laws to help those seeking total secrecy and security. This oligarchy can be broken only if governments fight like with like — by creating a well-equipped sleuthing agency that is not afraid of anybody or aligned with any particular nation. We need to put a stop to this. Governments around the world are struggling to raise funds to counter the global downturn, but they can’t simply keep increasing taxes on the middle- and higherincome brackets. Rather, they must pursue cash anywhere they can — and one source has to be the proceeds of corruption. (After all, in many cases, it’s government money that was spirited away in the first place.) I propose a relatively cheap, effective solution to one of the world’s most pressing issues: an international body to police corruption. And we must have it now, not at some date far into the future. It’s our money — and we want it back. —Courtesy The New York Times

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ambodia’s government has been getting away with mur der. Not the kind of genocidal slaughter conducted by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s. Nor the scale of killing that has been roiling Syria, or that has put Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, and Bangladesh in the global headlines of late. But murder nonetheless, with Cambodian citizens deliberately targeted by their country’s security forces. On January 3, five striking garment workers were shot dead in Phnom Penh while peacefully demanding a minimum livable wage. Many others were severely injured by gunfire and beatings. More than 20 have been detained without trial. This followed deadly violence against unarmed demonstrators protesting last year’s deeply flawed national election, won, yet again, by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party, which has dominated political life for more than three decades. The recent killings repeat a pattern of political violence that has recurred all too often at crucial moments in Cambodia’s history – even after the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, which were intended to bring not only peace, but also democracy and humanrights protection to the country’s long-suffering people. No country in the world deserved all three more, ravaged as it was for two decades by massive United States bombing, civil war, a genocidal reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge, invasion by Vietnam, and more civil war – with some two million dead as a result. Hopes were high that Cambodia had been set on a transformative path by the success of the United Nations peace plan, the huge peacekeeping operation that followed, and the remarkably peaceful election of 1993 (in all of which Australia played a leading role during my time as Foreign Minister). In some respects, those hopes have been realized. The Khmer Rouge did wither away, and with it the lingering threat of renewed civil war. The Cambodian economy – strongly supported in recent years by aid and investment from China – has grown steadily (though it lags behind most of its regional neighbors, and concerns about corruption and political instability are preventing it from reaching its full potential). Australia’s new foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has talked, as foreign ministers often do, of the need to avoid unproductive “megaphone diplomacy” and to “engage, not enrage” her counterparts. But, it seems that no robust critique was delivered when she met privately with Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on February 22 – even though Australia’s high standing in Cambodia (not least owing to its historical role in the peace process) means that its voice certainly would have been listened to. There is a place for quiet diplomacy that relies on genuine engagement to encourage significant behavioral change. But when states behave badly enough for long enough, loud megaphones can also be in order. I know Hun Sen and worked well with him in the past. I have resisted strong public criticism until now, because I thought there was hope for both him and his government. But their behavior has now moved beyond the civilized pale. It is time for Cambodia’s political leaders to be named, shamed, investigated, and sanctioned by the international community. —Courtesy: Project Syndicate


Security policy not final word From Page 1 The Minister regretted that despite serious situation the previous governments did not bother to formulate a focused national security policy. He said that national security is the matter of the existence and future of the country and for this reason the government made untiring efforts to furnish a comprehensive policy. The minister said only the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had assisted the government in policy formation and thanked the party for its recommendations. Nisar further said that none of the provinces had contributed to policy formation. Nisar said developing a political consensus was imperative to deal with terrorism, adding that it was not appropriate to score points on the issue when it was not just peace but the state’s existence at stake. Emphasising that the country’s political forces should be wary of developing differences on the issue, Nisar said if the state failed to establish peace, little else would matter. Saying the issue was complicated and its resolution not easy, Nisar said the Parliament should have a single opinion on terrorism. He said instead of being critical of the government, political forces should assist the government in dealing with the issue

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Iran fires mortar From Page 1 which landed and exploded near Peshuk checkpost in Pangur,” an official in Panjgur confirmed and said it has become a common practice by Iranian guards even after the issue was taken up with the Iranian foreign mission in Pakistan.

Indian navy chief From Page 1 problems after trying to contain the smoke which filled the living quarters of the INS Sindhuratna during a training exercise, according to the navy. Another two crew members have not yet been found on the Russian-built submarine, which was still seaworthy after the incident and was returning to port in Mumbai, the statement said. The incident comes after 18 naval crew were killed in August last year when the fully-armed Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak exploded in flames and sank in a military shipyard in Mumbai. The disaster was thought to be the Indian Navy’s worst since the sinking of a frigate by a Pakistani submarine during a war with its neighbour in 1971. Last month another submarine, INS Sindhughosh ran aground while returning to Mumbai harbour. No loss of life or damage was reported.—AFP

Taliban From Page 1 change, when on a tip-off the police party and men from the sensitive organizations conducting a raid arrested him and his two accomplices. Modern weapons were recovered from the possession of the accused, police said. Sources said that the accused were planning to target the KP IG, Nasir Durrani and other high police officials passing through the Swabi Interchange.

Ban on gold import extended From Back Page to mills. The total reported stock of sugar stood at 2.3 million tons and the stock of various POL products average of 20 days supply on February 24, 2014. ECC was further informed that workers’ remittances have reached to $9,033 million in July 2013January 2014 against $8,206 million during corresponding period in 2012-13 showing an increase of 10.1%. The ECC was also informed that during July-January 2013-14, FBR tax collection stood at Rs.1,197 billion as compared to Rs.1,022 billion in the same period last year, thereby posting an increase of 17.2%. During this period inflow of Foreign Direct Investment stood at $1,116 million. ECC was informed that on 24th February 2014 foreign exchange reserves stood at $8.6 billion. Finance Minister observed that the foreign exchange reserves are stable and improving gradually, which is a healthy sign for the economy.

Taliban reject govt’s condition of unilateral ceasefire From Page 1 person said Altaf Hussain plans a new strategy against Taliban every morning. Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Tuesday called upon the Pakistan army to take control of the country if govt doesn’t support operation against Taliban. Shahidullah Shahid said the war would go on as long as the recommendations of politicians like Altaf Hussain would get implemented. TTP spokesperson said the Taliban were forced to take action after government allied with the US. Maulana Samiul Haq, coordinator of the Taliban’s committee for peace talks with the government, contacted the TTP shura on Wednesday to convey some requests on behalf of the committee. According to reports Sami met with the TTP shura today and conveyed some requests for the TTP committee. Meanwhile, another member of the committee Maulana Yousuf Shah said that Taliban have hinted at continuing the negotiations and expressed the hope that they would respond positively to the requests. He moreover said the public would be apprised of the TTP’s decision. Shah added that in order to ensure suc-

cessful peace talks, it was imperative that the government and the TTP should enter a ceasefire. Earlier on Tuesday, the TTP had rejected the government’s call for an unconditional ceasefire. “If this is what we have to do, we would have done it 10 years ago,” TTP’s spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had said. “It is the government which has waged a war against us and it is for the government to end it now. Let the government hold fire and we shall follow suit,” he had said. Meanwhile, Coordinator of the Talibanappointed negotiation committee, Yousuf Shah contacted the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shura and conveyed government’s conditions. Shah clearly told the shura that the government would not accept anything but unconditional announcement for ceasefire. He said that the Taliban leadership asked to give them time for consultation. It is to be mentioned here that the peace talks between the Taliban and government faced deadlock after some terror attacks.—INP

Terrorists can be eliminated from NW in two weeks equivocal terms that with the backing of the nation, they would accomplish their mission of defeating every threat to the motherland in accordance with the expectation of the people. During his visit to Kotri Ranges to witness Field Firing and Battle Inoculation Exercise of Karachi Corps, he commended the standard of training of the participating troops and lauded their skills, precision and accuracy in engaging the targets. The COAS said that strenuous training and highest standard of pre-

From Page 1 paredness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace. Perpetual quest for modern techniques, seizing initiative from the enemy and mastery in battle procedures are essential for success in all kinds of military operations, whether conventional or unconventional, he added. The COAS emphasized on all ranks to continue to focus on training and combat preparedness to respond to full spectrum of

threat with speed and effectiveness. According to ISPR here, these exercises are aimed at training troops in various tactical operations under battlefield environment. Fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force and armoured fighting vehicles of Mechanized Division also participated in live firing maneuvres as part of the field firing. Earlier, on arrival at Kotri, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani, Corps Commander Karachi.—APP

PM warns against delays, over costing and escalations for putting together the first ever holistic National Power Policy goes to the present democratic government which has been prepared in consultation of federating units and other stakeholders. He further said that the government is very clear that the country cannot be put on the trajectory of socio economic development unless we develop most efficient and consumer-centric low-cost power generation. Prime Minister said that in order to resolve the crisis, the Ministry of Water and Power through WAPDA is working on a number of water and hydropower projects under medium and long-term plans. On completion, these projects will not only contribute thousands of megawatt of low-cost electricity but also store millions of acres feet of water. The phased induction of hydel power into the system would reduce our dependence on costly thermal power which will provide a substantial relief to the masses, PM added.

From Back Page Talking about the other major hydel power initiatives of the government he mentioned Diamer-Basha Dam (4500 MW), Dasu (4320 MW) and Bunji (7100 MW) and stated that he has already directed the Ministry of Water and Power and other concerned organizations to accelerate these projects. Earlier Chairman WAPDA Syed Raghib Ali Shah gave a detailed briefing on the project to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister was told that the capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station would increase from existing 3478 MW to 4888 MW after the completion of the 4th Extension. The project, thus, would add 1410 MW of cheap hydel electricity of the national grid. On this occasion he appreciated the World Bank for financial assistance of $ 840 million for construction of this project. PM was informed that the Tarbela 4th Extension Project will contribute about

4 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national power system every year. Annual monetary benefit of the project has been estimated to be Rs.30 billion and it will pay back the cost incurred on its construction in a short span of three years. He was told that the project will be completed in a period of three and a half years. Prime Minister said that the delays, over costing and escalations would not be tolerated in the project. The Prime Minister was told that as per initial study, Tarbela- V Extension Project will generate 1320 MW electricity and Austrian Government has shown its keen interest to finance the project. Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Water & Power to take up feasibility of Tarbela- V Extension Project and both Tarbela IV & V projects be started simultaneously. Later Secretary Interprovincial Coordination (IPC) Mr. Ijaz Chaudhry also gave a briefing to Prime Minister on development of Tourist site in Tarbela.

which had assumed huge proportions. Nisar said statements issued by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan should not be accorded much importance, adding that it was not a good idea to give space to the TTP’s points of view on each and every issue. He said the policy document would be handed out to the parliamentarians and appealed them to stand by the government in ensuring security across the country. He said the policy would be improved step by step and its implementation and effectiveness would be reviewed during the next six months. The minister said the 100page policy document comprised three parts, one of which was secret. The Leader Opposition, Syed Khurshid Shah of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had said that all political parties supported the government over the issue of tackling terrorism and asked the government to announce a clear-cut policy over the matter. He further said that although the decision to hold talks with the Taliban was taken in the All Party Conference (APC), no one was taken into confidence during the negotiation process. However, Shah also said that no step that may compromise the country’s territorial integrity would be taken.

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premier could not appear before the court and requested that he be granted permanent exemption from appearance. The court subsequently accepted the plea and adjourned the case to March 7. Speaking to media representatives after the hearing, Naek said although granted permanent exemption by the court, the former prime minister would appear before it whenever pertinent. Ashraf, a PPP politician who served as premier between June 22, 2012 and March 25, 2013, was accused of receiving kickbacks and commissions from nine rental power project firms for awarding contracts for setting up their projects in 2008 to overcome electricity crisis in the country. He was subsequently indicted in the case, along with six others, by the accountability court in Islamabad on Jan 17. Moreover, on Feb 4, the court had recorded the statements of four prosecution witnesses, including the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) technical director.

preciate the spirit of sincere friendship and cooperation of China and Pakistani leadership will emulate the example of China and spare no effort for bringing about a development revolution in Pakistan. The Chief Minister said that Chinese political leadership and people of China are very sincere to Pakistan and just as a number of mega projects have been com-

pleted successfully in Pakistan with Chinese cooperation under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, similarly, the new projects are being executed speedily for further cementing of bilateral relations. The Chief Minister further said that regular high level meetings are ushering in a new era of Pak-China friendship and cooperation. The Chief Minister said that

Police submit report From Back Page Police stations in Karachi of which 119 cases were finalised by courts. Police report claimed to have executed 46 criminals in encounters with Police and 3 were under Police’s custody under Police remand. Courts had so far implicated 437 accused for their crimes and the ATCs had also awarded punishments to 37 accused. Police report claimed they had arrested 7325 accused during past 6 months of targeted operation and

299 accused were still being locked up in different Police stations in Karachi. As total, Police submitted 6677 challans against the accused in courts of law and courts had awarded variety of punishments to 242 accused while 8 had ben released due to lack of evidences and 503 accused were in jails on Judicial remand. Police report mentioned that 94 cops were killed during targeted operation.

US intensifies campaign From Page 1 intelligence. The Obama administration has created a special new unit based in Kabul to coordinate efforts against the militant group, according to officials familiar with the matter. It was set up late last year, as part of a new strategy that involves multiple government agencies, The unit, headed by a colonel and known in military parlance as a “fusion cell,” brings together special forces, conventional forces, intelligence personnel, and some civilians to improve targeting of Haqqani members and to heighten the focus on the group, the officials said. “Things are coming together in terms of the more comprehensive approach against the Haqqanis. So, there’s a lot of focus - there’s a lot of energy behind it right now,” said a US defense official, who asked not to be identified. It was not imme-

diately clear whether the intensified focus on the Haqqanis has led to increased strikes on the group by the US military or the CIA, which operates drones over Pakistan’s tribal areas. Some US lawmakers have complained that the Obama administration has dragged its feet in cracking down on the group after designating it a “foreign terrorist organization” in September 2012. The Pentagon has regarded the Haqqanis, seen as more skilled in attacks on foreign targets than other militants in Afghanistan, as an acute threat to its soldiers for years. US General Joe Dunford, who commands US and allied forces in Afghanistan, told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of his concern about the state of the current US effort against the group in a private letter last November,

sources familiar with the matter said. During a recent visit to Washington, Dunford told senior White House officials that the group was a top priority for him, the sources said. Some Afghan and US officials remain skeptical that the United States can seriously weaken militant groups such as the Haqqanis unless Pakistan cracks down on them from within or better controls its borders. “Until the Pakistanis do something about the safe havens, that’s going to be a problem. (Militants) can recruit and train and equip and prepare to launch in Pakistan,” said Major General Stephen Townsend, who commands US and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. Townsend was speaking about the array of militants who infiltrate the border with Pakistan, not just the Haqqanis.—INP

China has expressed deep interest in investment in Punjab while the government is also extending maximum facilities to Chinese investors in Pakistan. He said that in order to resolve energy crisis, new projects are being launched with the financial and technical assistance of China which will result in substantial increase in electricity production in Pakistan.

Crown Prince Salman arrives in New Delhi From Page 1 ceived by Vice President Hamid Ansari, State Minister for External Affairs E. Ahamed and other top officials. The crown prince came from Tokyo on the third leg of his four-nation Asian tour, which will also take him to Maldives. He has already visited Pakistan and Japan. Mridul Kumar, joint secretary (Gulf) to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, has highlighted the significance of the crown prince’s visit to India, saying it will witness the signing of a number of agreements and boost cooperation in defense, trade, investment and energy.—Agencies


Tarbela-IV Project

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Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Tarbela IV Extension Hydropower Project heralds the beginning of a new era of socio economic development in the country. He said that it is also a manifestation of the present government’s resolve to provide relief to the common man and boost economic development through addition of low-cost electricity. Prime Minister said this at ground breaking ceremony of Tarbela -IV extension Hy-

Shahbaz, Fazl discuss issues Salim Ahmed LAHORE—Leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Member National Assembly Maulana Fazal-urRehman called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday. Political situation of the country, law and order and matters of national solidarity were discussed on the occasion. Shahbaz Sharif said that leading political and religious personalities of the country should play their due role for ensuring national solidarity and peace in the country.

Man’s death in Police custody Staff Reporter LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell on Wednesday took notice of a press report on administrative side regarding death of a 65-year-old man in police custody. The Cell has directed the District & Sessions Judge, Sialkot to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by police along with his own comments within a week. According to details, police raided at a house to arrest an alleged criminal, Rashid alias Bhola, wanted in double murder case but could not find him.

Women Development Week Observer Report LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Cooperatives, Malik Iqbal Channar during meeting with delegations of girl students of different colleges said that women development week will be observed in the first week of March in connection with International Women Day. He said that seminars would be conducted in government colleges and private and public sector universities of province for improving social status of women and including them in decision making process at national level.

dropower project in Tarbela. PM stated that the worst energy outages that the people of Pakistan have faced for last many years are the result of sustained policy neglect. He said that the successive governments could not address the imperative of increasing power generation in view of escalating needs of economy and population growth. He said that the credit

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KOTRI: Soldiers of Pakistan Army listening to the address of Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif during his visit to Kotri Ranges to witness Field Firing and Battle Inoculation Exercise of Karachi Corps.

Police submit report on targeted operation in SC IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Police authorities had on Wednesday presented a detailed report on ongoing targeted operation in Karachi city during hearing of Karachi Lawlessness Case under the suo motto notice that the SC had taken some two and a half years ago. The hearing was being conducted at the SC Karachi Registry by a 5-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) as head of the bench and Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, Justice Gulzar Sheikh and Justice Musheer Alam. The Police report claimed there was a 56 percent decline in target killings and 30 percent decline in routine murder cases while the street crimes rate had also reduced by 3 percent. However, incidents of extortion were escalated and incidents of terrorism were also increased as a reaction to the action taken against the terrorists. The Police report claimed to have arrested 601 accused of crimes during past 171 days of the ongoing targeted operation of which 213 were proclaimed offenders. None of 153 target killer arrested during ongoing targeted operation was released on bail. Police reports also claimed to have arrested 71 extortionists and 158

India releases 20 Pakistani prisoners LAHORE—Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday handed over 20 Pakistani prisoners to the Pakistani Rangers at the Wagah joint check post. The prisoners were logged in various jails of India and were released after the completion of the sentences as per the Indian law, Indian media reported.Most of them were arrested in India on the charges of inadvertent crossing. Out of 20 Pakistani prisoners, some of them were fishermen who had been lodged in a jail in Indian state of Gujarat—Online

challans of 206 accused of murders were submitted in courts of law while challans of 7524 of total arrested accused 9195 were submitted in courts of law. Police report also carried description of other activities such as it stated that 79 of 115 accused of target killings were brought to courts of law while 37 challans of 40 held on charges of carrying explosive, 48 challans of arrested 67 on charges of kidnappings for ransom, 90 challans of arrested 122 on charges of extortion, 208 challans of arrested 270 on charges of robbery, 266 challans of arrested 235 on charges of street crimes, 2480 challans of arrested 278 on charges of carrying illegal weapons, 1309 challans of arrested 1725 on charges of carrying narcotics and 2489 challans were submitted in courts of law against 3618 accused arrested on charges of different crimes. Police report mentioned that 393 cases were referred to anti-terrorist courts of which 92 were in ATC1, 54 in ATC-2, 47 in ATC-3. Further, Police claimed to have arrested 1990 absconders during targeted operation. Police report mentioned Police had received 975 complaints about extortion and 150 were arrested on charges of extortion and 308 cases of extortion were registered at different Continued on Page 7

Indian court orders arrest of Sahara group boss N EW D ELHI —India’s top court Wednes- Roy’s request for an exemption from apday ordered the arrest of the head of the giant Sahara business group for failing to appear in a case involving repayment of billions of dollars illegally collected from small investors. The Supreme Court issued the order after Subrata Roy’s lawyer said the flamboyant billionaire could not appear because his elderly mother was ill, the latest twist in the 18-month-long case. “The arms of this court are very long. We can get him, we are issuing a warrant against him,” said Judge K S Radhakrishnan, rejecting the lawyer’s argument and ordering Roy to appear on March 4. On Tuesday the court rejected

pearing in person over delays in repaying money collected from rural savers through bond sales. Sahara, a famous name in India through its former sponsorship of the national cricket team, raised around 200 billion rupees ($3.2 billion) from millions of savers in a process judged by authorities in 2012 to be against the law. The court then ordered the group to hand over money to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the securities regulator, which is overseeing the repayment process. In February last year Sebi ordered the bank accounts of two of Sahara’s companies to be frozen.—AFP

Pakistan Navy fire power demonstration at Arabian sea STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —In an impressive display of naval fire power, front line combat units of Pakistan Navy Fleet conducted Live Weapon Firing in North Arabian Sea on Wednesday. Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Chief of the Naval Staff along with Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique witnessed the firings onboard PNS NASR. The demonstration included firing of anti surface missiles from Fast Attack Craft (Missile) and Seaking helicopter. The missiles successfully engaged the targets thus reasserting the offensive punch of Pakistan Navy’s Fleet. Operational efficiency of surface and aerial attack capability ushers in a new era and a quantum increase in combat potential of Pakistan Navy. Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila expressed his satisfaction on the combat readiness of PN Fleet and appreciated display of professionalism by the participating squadrons. He praised the Fleet’s personnel for their commitment and hard work to protect the maritime interests of Pakistan.

Ban on gold import extended till March 20 SHARAFAT KAZMI I SLAMABAD —The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has extended temporary suspension on import of gold till 20th of next month. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar chaired the meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday. The Finance Minister directed Ministry of Commerce‚ Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank

Picture on Page 7 to hold a meeting with all the stakeholders and bring proposals and recommendations to ensure export of gold jewellery to the extent of the gold imported for value addition. The ECC was informed that there are positive trends in the key economic indicators. The Finance Secretary presented a review of the

key economic indicators. The ECC was informed that there are positive trend in the key economic indicators. The large scale manufacturing sector has witnessed a growth of 6.8% as compared to 2.3% of corresponding period of the last fiscal year. Fertilizer sector has shown a growth of 28.5%, food beverages 18%, paper and board 17%, electronic 12% and leather products 9.61%. The ECC was informed that year-on-year inflation rate based on Consumer Price Index (CPI), Whole Price Index (WPI) and Sensitive Price Index (SPI) for the month of January 2014 remained at 7.9%, 8.1% and 7.7% respectively. He informed ECC that the reported stock of wheat as on February 2014 is 2.7 million tons showing sufficient quantity of local wheat available for daily releases

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Pakistan plans military operation in NWA: WP WASHINGTON—The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region after brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants, according to a senior Pakistani official. “It could be any day,” said the official, adding that military plans have been shared with top U.S. officials, who have long urged an offensive, according to The Washington Post. Planning for the operation comes amid a Pakistan-requested pause in U.S. drone strikes that is entering its third month - the longest period without such an attack in more than two years - and high-level bilateral meetings. Pakistan’s defense secretary, Asif Yasin Malik, is

heading a delegation of security officials in Washington. CIA Director John Brennan quietly visited Pakistan last week, days after Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, head of the U.S. Central Command, held meetings at military headquarters in Rawalpindi. With 150,000 troops already based in the tribal regions, the senior Pakistani official said the government is prepared to begin a fullfledged clearing operation. “We really don’t have to start from scratch,” the official said. He said an official evacuation had yet to begin but noted that tens of thousands of residents, who he said were “spooked” by reports of an imminent government attack, had left on their own. U.S. officials, while hailing the current

level of cooperation and saying that they are encouraged by Pakistan’s apparent determination, noted that they have been frequently disappointed in the past. “We’ll believe it when we see it,” said one U.S. official, who like other American and Pakistani officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic contacts and military plans. “We’re not doing it for their happiness,” the senior Pakistani official said of the United States’ urging. Instead, he said, the execution last week of 23 Pakistani soldiers held by the Pakistani Taliban since 2010, along with several recent attacks, including one that killed 19 at a Karachi police station, have turned public opinion against the militants and the sput-

tering peace talks. That has opened new political space for military action. The senior Pakistani official cautioned that the government has not formally declared the talks a failure and said that “it’s politically important for the government to take this to its logical conclusion.” At least one round of talks had taken place, with no discernible results, when the execution of the Pakistani soldiers occurred. In recent days, the government has carried out several retaliatory airstrikes that it says killed dozens of militants in North Waziristan. The official said government targeting would “not discriminate” among the TTP, the Haqqani network and other militant groups in North Waziristan, including al-Qaeda.—Agencies

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif offering sweets to Ambassador of China Sun Weidong to celebrate the Chinese large investment package for Punjab.

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LDER men and women whose part ners died within the past month are at an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found the chance of having a heart attack or stroke doubled within the 30 days after people lost their significant other. “The period after death of a loved one is a time of increased vulnerability to a range of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Sunil Shah said. “It is important that doctors, family and friends understand this risk and offer help and support to bereaved individuals.” Shah is one of the study’s authors from St. George’s University of London. “Although we know that the chance of dying of a heart attack or stroke increases after losing someone close, we had less information on the overall effect of bereavement (on) heart attacks and strokes,” including those that aren’t fatal, he wrote in an email to Reuters Health. “We think ours is the first large study to look at this after death of a partner,” he added. Shah and his colleagues analyzed the records of patients seen at 401 UK primary care offices between February 2005 and September 2012. They compared information on 30,477 people between the ages of 60 and 89 who lost their significant other during that time and 83,588 people who were otherwise similar but did not lose a

partner. The researchers found that within 30 days of their partners’ deaths, 0.16 percent of the bereaved group had a heart attack or stroke. That compared to 0.08 percent of the non-bereaved group that had a heart attack or stroke over an equivalent period. The risks of blood clots in the lungs - known as pulmonary emboli - and severe and sudden blockages in the heart’s arteries were also increased after a partner’s death. Any extra risks appeared to dissipate after 30 days, the researchers write in JAMA Internal Medicine. “We think it is important that doctors, friends and family are aware of this risk so they can ensure care is as good as possible at a time of increased vulnerability before and after loss of a loved one,” Shah wrote. “This can include making sure that bereaved individuals continue with their regular prescribed medication, attend health checks with their doctor or nurse as usual and report any new health problems,” he added. Subu Subramanian, who was not involved with the new research but has studied the so-called widowhood effect at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said the new study’s results jibe with previous research. He also said it’s good to see the increased risks after a partner’s death seem to eventually disappear.

Public-private partnership important to meet challenges of healthcare sector: President CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said providing health care to a large population of the country is a challenging task that can only be met through joint efforts of the government and private sector. Addressing the award ceremony to mark 20 years of services of Shifa International Hospital at the Aiwan-e-Sadr here, the President said providing quality health care to people is the priority of the government. For this purpose, the President said, the government had offered a number of incentives to the private sector to speed up investment in the country. He urged the investors to take advantage of these incentives and invest in the health sector which besides social dividends also offers lucrative economic returns. He said Shifa International Hospital was one such example to follow and reap the vast benefits of investment in this sector. President Mamnoon said the government was following policy of encouraging and facilitating the private sector to invest in provision of quality but affordable health services to the people. In line with its agenda, he said, the government was undertaking measures to improve health services in the country with a special focus on facilitating the less-privileged and poor segments of society to quality medical care. He said the government was also working with its international partners to improve health care system in the country and to enable the people have access to quality health care. The President

Ambassador of the Netherlands Marcel de Vink speaking on the eve of exhibition of works of Nazia Khan at Khaas Art Gallery, held under the aegis of the Netherlands embassy.—PO photo

Polio awareness drive ISLAMABAD—The provinces dren during every national have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio drops to their chil-

drive. According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunization, district health

managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the set strategy. He said they have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during the national anti-polio drive to vaccinate all children.—APP

President Mamnoon Hussain being presented a shield by Dr. Manzoor Qazi, Chief Executive Officer Shifa International during award distribution ceremony of the Shifa International Hospital. mentioned that the Shifa International Hospital - an initiative of Pakistani expatriates in 1993 which was encouraged by the “Qarz Uttaro, Mulk Sanwaro” campaign of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, had now grown into a leading medical facility of the country and was known for its excellence in quality medical care. He said the success of this immaculate health facility is a reflection of the determination, dedication and commitment of its founders. “Manned by highly qualified and committed

professionals and equipped with latest technology, Shifa International Hospital is a success story worthy to be emulated in all parts of the country,” the President said. He said it symbolized the true philanthropic spirit of the country’s people to serve their fellow human beings. He paid tributes to the founders of Shifa International Hospital’s project and to the entire Shifa Family for their meritorious services to the country and also for being trend-setters in the field of quality health care.

Tributes paid to man behind ‘Crow and scarecrow’

‘Munno Bhai’s columns are reflection of our times’ ZUBAIR QURESHI I SLAMABAD—Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Wednesday paid rich tributes to eminent journalist, writer and poet of our times Munno Bhai calling him a trend-setter columnist. “He has a unique flavor in his writings and poetry,” said Pervaiz Rashid. The Minister was expressing these views at a reception in honour of Munno Bhai. “I have always learnt a great deal from the writings of Munno Bhai— his columns, poems, stories or plays,” said Pervaiz Rashid. “In his writings, Munno Bhai discussed a common man’s problems, his dreams, his ambitions and spellbinds his readers with the power of his magical pen,” Pervaiz Rashid further said. Munno Bhai, 81, also read out a number of poems on this occasion and recounted incidents that reflect our rulers’ obsession with critical journalists. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) had hosted the reception

to acknowledge the services of the octogenarian writer, poet, journalist and literary critic. The speakers called him an epoch-making personality and paid tributes to his life-long contributions to print media. They were of the view that a crow and a scarecrow are the trademark of Munno Bhai’s columns and the first thing we do after opening a newspaper is to search for that trademark.” Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said Munno Bhai exposes social, religious, political and economic double standards of our society in his columns which are titled “Gareban”. His writings compel people to pause and think, said PPP stalwart and a longtime friend of Munno Bhai. Munno Bhai is promoter of progressivism in society, a preacher of tolerance, he said. He called upon the authorities to promote Munno Bhai’s writings in order to promote peace and mutual co-existence in society. Noted writer and columnist Masood Ashar delighted the gathering with anecdotes when Munno Bhai worked for

Daily Imroz and once it was because of his columns Imroz became so popular in Multan that its rival newspaper Jasarat had to close down its offices from the city. “Munno Bhai has never been comfortable with Martial Laws and therefore, he always bore the brunt of his criticism of the dictatorship,” said Ashar. Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik called Munno Bhai the distinguished voice of our times. Aga Nasir highlighted Munno Bhai’s enlightened vision that continues to guide youth and grownups alike. Kishwar Naheed lauded Munno Bhai’s perseverance and energy with which he is writing columns even today. Kishwar applauded Munnu Bhai, particularly in the context of his life-long struggle for human rights and against dictatorship in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, said it is important to promote awareness on liberal arts and literature in Pakistan and to honor literary figures like Munno Bhai.

Kuwait National Day

Pakistan, Kuwait enjoy ever growing relationship based on mutual trust Over 1.6 million Pakistanis are strong link between both states; Kuwait is keen to further solidify economic and political ties: Nawaf Abdulaziz Alenezi; Colourful celebrations abuzz with spirit of friendship and brotherhood LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—It was almost an end of harsh winter with Islamabad glowing with beautiful and colourful flowers, when Kuwait National Day sprung up in the aromatic environment on Tuesday evening. Young and energetic Nawaf Abdulaziz Alenezi, Ambassador of Kuwait invited diplomats and Pakistani eminent personalities to celebrate the 53rd Anniversary of the Independence Day and the 23rd Anniversary of the Liberation Day of the State of Kuwait in a local hotel. The jam-packed hall was abuzz with prominent guests including a large number of members of diplomatic corps, politicians, parliamentarians, businessmen, scholars, opinion leaders and mediapersons. Among those who graced the occasion were Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Jam Kamal Khan and Senator Sajid Mir. On arrival of the Chief Guest Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Min-

ister for Information and Broadcasting, national anthems of both the countries were played followed by cake cutting ceremony. A strong sense of friendship and brotherhood was flowing in the celebrations as the guests were entertained with delicious dishes and cozy atmosphere. Screens on corners were screening documentaries on national life of Kuwait. The Ambassador who speaks English language fluently was the moving spirit as he greeted his all guests with smile and enthusiasm. The guests settled in groups and talked about all sorts of subjects including Pak-Kuwait relations and Pakistan’s developing policy on countering terrorism. Pakistan and Kuwait have historic links and at one stage before partition of South Asia, Indian rupee was accepted as currency in Kuwait as trading links were very strong between both the regions. Even today, over 1.6 million Pakistanis are serving the State of

Kuwait which has one of the highest Per Capita Income with sixth largest oil reserves in the world. The ever growing ties between both the states are great hope for the people and the region as political and diplomatic interactions will help to maintain

Ambassador of Kuwait Nawaf Abdulaziz Alenezi, Chief Guest Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid, Ambassador of Qatar Sayar Abdul Rehman Al Mawadah , Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer, Ambassador of Bahrain Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed, Ambassador of Tunisia Mourad Bourehla, Ambassador of the State of Palestine Walid A M Abu Ali and Ambassador of Egypt Said Hindam cutting the cake on the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary of the Independence Day and the 23rd Anniversary of the Liberation Day of the State of Kuwait, at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

peace and tranquility in the region. Kuwait is one of the most attractive destinations of Pakistani job seekers. Kuwait has always come to Pakistan’s rescue in braving humanitarian disasters. The assistance extended to Pakistan during massive earthquake in 2005 and devastating floods in 2010 is glowing example of such cooperation. Kuwait and Pakistan are important countries in the region and their strong associations and cooperation can help economic growth and peace in the area.


AIOU confers awards on its brilliant students S TAFF R EPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Allama Iqbal Open Uni-

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February 27 CONCLUDING ceremony of the first phase of “Clean & Green Islamabad” campaign will be held in Jinnah Super Market, Opposite Hill View Hotel, F-7 Markaz, Islamabad. **** MEETING of the Sub Committee of Public Account Committee under the convenership of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 2, First Floor, Parliament House.

Feb 28 last date to submit forms with triple fee for HSSC annual 2014 exam STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—The last date to submit forms with triple fee for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)annual 2014 examination is Feb 28. According to Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) Spokesman, Arslan Cheema, the intending candidates of HSSC, Part I and Part II could submit their admission forms with triple fees till Feb 28. He said, the candidates who fail to submit the forms with single and tripple fees, could avail the last chance by submitting forms with triple fees till February 28. For obtaining more information about the schedule of forms and fees, the intending candidates could visit BRISE website www.biserwp.edu.pk.

versity (AIOU) arranged award ceremony here on Wednesday,in honour of its students Nazia Mazhar and Ayesha Khalil,who have achieved international awards. While addressing, Chief Guest Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Dr.Mehboob Sardar said success of Pakistani students on international forum is incredible and highly appreciable. He said it is a matter of pride not only for PRCS and AIOU but the whole country feel proud to have such talented students. No doubt, Pakistani students are talented and hard working and only need is to give them opportunity, he added. In his welcome address, Director Information Technology AIOU Muhammad Qasim Haider said “ This is the greatest day in my life and Nazia Mazhar and Ayesha Khalil have provided us opportunity to feel like a proud pakistani”. He said these students are precious

assesst of the country and this success is a manifestation that whenever Pakistanis are given chance,they prove they are talented. The Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi congratulated the students for promoting the University’s good image at the international level. “We are proud of our students for such a great honour”, VC said. In the end,the chief guest conferred awards on the students. Nazia Mazhar,a student of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), has achieved a distinction, winning the international volunteering development award 2011. The award was bestowed upon her on the occasion of international volunteers day 2014. She has been a student of M.Phil in AIOU and is currently working in City School, Islamabad. She has achieved the success on her project healthy, wealthy Pakistan in competition among the 187 countries. While Ayesha Khalil,is a urdu researcher who won first position in competition held recently at Geneva among universities of all Asian countries.

Building by-laws violations in Rawal Town go unchecked R AWALPINDI —Contrary to building inspectors have Road. He said the increasthe policy of Punjab government, violation of building bylaws is being committed in different localities of the city especially in Satellite Town apparently in connivance with the Town Municipal officials and building inspectors. Illegal constructions of four, five and seven marla houses is underway on two, four and six kanal plots, meant for single unit construction, in A,B,C,D, E-Blocks,4th road,5th road and around Holy Family hospital, which is tantamount to sheer violation of the building by-laws. Aashir Bhatti, a resident of E-Block, told APP that houses are being built without seeking approval of maps from the authorities and now they are running into hundreds. He said

turned a blind eye to the illegal activities taking place in the area, which is not possible without backing of the concerned staff. Another resident, Saeed Khan demanded operation against the illegal constructions besides taking stern action against the corrupt. When contacted, Town Municipal Officer (TMO), Sardar Tashfeen told APP that they had issued several notices to the owners of illegal constructions, conducted several raids and formed special squads to demolish the buildings constructed illegally. Recently, he said, the town administration demolished a 36marla plaza on Tipu Road behind Aryana Hotel and Suhaib Plaza at Liaquat

ing trend of violating building by-laws has compelled the administration to take solid steps against illegal constructions. The TMO said the concerned have also been warned to improve their performance else action would be taken against those encouraging the violators. To a question, he said revenue generation has increased considerably after the civic body adoped a prudent policy and now the citizens are submitting their building plans to get formal approval. According to available data, he said, over 30 illegal commercial buildings and over 70 residential buildings have been demolished in Rawal Town jurisdiction during the last six months.—APP

Vehicles on the way during light shower experienced by the Federal Capital City on

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has changed building parameters in respect of all trade centers in federal capital to make prospective plots auction a success. As per changed parameters, the trade of basements in respect of the plots to be auctioned has been declared commercial. Sources said that CDA Planning and Design department has changed the parameters of all business centers in federal capital. The basements of all the plazas to be built in trader centers have been declared commercial. Earlier the basements were allocated for car parking. Sources said that CDA administration has taken this decision to make general auction of commercial plots to be held in March a success.

R AWALPINDI —The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 17 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) and 11 Court Absconders from different areas of the district. According to Police spokesman, a special operation was launched against POs and Court Absconders on the directives of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Akhtar Umar Hayat Lalika in the district, while today City police, Westridge police, Waris Khan police, Sadiqabad police, Taxila police, Gujar Khan, Kalar Syedan police, Saddar Wah police, Bunni police, Cantt police Civil Line police and Airport police conducted raids and netted POs and Court Absconders. The spokesman informed that search operations are also being conducted in different areas of the city under the supervision of Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Operations. Afghan nationals residing illegally in the city and other suspects are being apprehended.—APP

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ISLAMABAD—Male sub in- Wednesday.

CDA changes building parameters

Police net 17 POs

Patients suffer due to PIMS staff strike

Male police officer appointed as SHO at women police station spector has been appointed as Station House Officer (SHO) in women police station in federal capital. SSP Operations has appointed sub inspector Muhammad Azam as SHO of Islamabad women police station. This is second male SHO who has been inducted in women police station within span of 3 months. Male police officers have also been appointed to investigate female accused. Such steps have defeated the very purpose of setting up women police station.—Online

PRCS Secretary General Dr. Mahboob Sardar and AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Nazir Sangi giving away shield to Nazia Mazhar at the award ceremony in honour of AIOU students who have achieved international recognition.

WASA holds dengue virus awareness walk STAFF REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I —Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) on Wednesday held a walk to create awareness among masses about the dengue virus and precautionary measures to prevent the lethal disease. The walk, led by Managing Director of the agency Raja Shaukat Mehmood, started from Rawalpindi Press Club and culminated at the Liaquat Bagh Chowk in which people from all walks of life including students, representatives of civil societies and media participated. Addressing the participants, Raja Shaukat said WASA employees have completed a training session from the Health

Department and now they are imparting training to other staff in phases to minimize the outbreak risk of dengue virus in the upcoming summer season. The trained staff, he said, would be beneficial in anti-dengue drive as they would educate the common man on safety measures to stop dengue larva breeding by keeping their surroundings dry, neat and clean. He said that the civic body has finalized a comprehensive strategy to tackle the dengue virus in its season. The walk organizers distributed pamphlets, containing precautionary measures to avoid dengue fever and get its proper treatment, among the participants, pedestrians and motorists at the Murree road.

Four food outlets challaned for unhygienic kitchens STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Food Department has challaned four food outlets for unhygienic kitchens and violation of hygiene and sanitation rules in the Federal Capital. According to details, Assistant Director, Food, Islamabad, Muhammad Afzal, conducted price checking and inspection of hotels and restaurants in Power Market, G-10/4. He imposed heavy fines on the unhygienic food outlets and profiteers for over charging and not displaying the rate list of fruit, vegetables, chickens, milk and curd. He imposed heavy fines of Rs 16,000 on the profiteers for over charging and not displaying the rate list. The food outlets were directed to immediately improve the hygienic and sanitary conditions failing which strict action would be taken against the violators. He also took samples of milk and curd from shops and sent them laboratory for chemical analysis. He has directed the shopkeepers to ensure the quality of food items and display their rate list.

ISLAMABAD—A large number of patients failed to get treatment at the three outpatient departments (OPD) of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) since the past 2 days due to strike of the hospital staff to voice concerns against turning the hospital into Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Medical University. According to reports, patients face severe difficulties amid the strike. The employees closed down cardiology center, children’s hospital and OPD following which the patients faced severe difficulties. PIMS employees staged a sudden protest and came out after halting work and abandoning patients.

Twin cities police conduct mock exercise on emergency call STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Islamabad and Rawalpindi Police on Tuesday performed rehearsal to tackle any kind of emergency situation after SOS call. Senior officials including Bomb disposal squad, police commandos, rescue 15, Operation Division, Logistic Division, Traffic Division, CDA Fire Brigade and ambulances participated in the rehearsal. According to details, on the special directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Inspector General of Islamabad Police (IGP) Sikandar Hayat has prepared a comprehensive SOP. According SOP, a fake call made that two terrorists had escaped after firing on police picket in sector I-11. The senior officers Police Commandos and other wings

of Islamabad Police reached on the spot within seven minutes. It was mentioned in the SOP to reach the spot within seven minutes and cordon off the area and initiate search operation. All the wings reached on the spot and took their positions within approach time. A Media corner was established on the spot to give the actual version of the police. It is to mention that police officers were not told before that the call is fake and it was just for rehearsal purpose. Soon after the announcement of fake call, strict checking on entry and exit points started. IGP Islamabad has said that such a rehearsals is the essential to prepare for emergency situation and to ensure security in the federal capital.

NHA to install ETTM system to improve toll collection ISLAMABAD—National Highway Authority Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, 18 on (NHA) has planned to install Electronic Toll and Traffic Management (ETTM) system on all toll plazas on the motorways to improve toll collection system. An official of the NHA informed APP that so far, this system has been installed on eight toll plazas, which are linked with the Operations Centre, established at NHA headquarter to monitor traffic and toll revenue collection round-the-clock. The source said that out of a total of 99 toll plazas, 28 are located on Motorways while 71 are situated on National Highways. He said that out of 28 toll plazas on Motorways, seven were located on

Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and three on Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway. Giving break up of toll plazas on National Highways,he said that in Punjab there were 34 toll plazas, 18 are situated in Sindh, seven in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 12 in Balochistan. About annual toll collection, he said that a total of Rs 13,032 million are collected every year out of which Rs 9763 million are collected per year as toll money from national highways while Rs 3466 million are collected from motorways. Besides, Rs 373 million are collected from E-toll system on motorways.

Missing person case

SC orders Maj Haider to appear before police for investigation I S L A M A B A D — S u p r e m e ducted where. Court (SC) has ordered Maj Haider, an officer of Military Intelligence (MI) allegedly involved in Tasif Malik missing person case to appear before the police for investigation. A 2-member bench of SC led by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up Tasif Malik kidnapping case for hearing Wednesday. The court remarked “investigation is domain of police. We will see later the trial of the accused be con-

The court was told by ministry of defence that it is ready for prosecution of MI officer Maj Haider under army act. He will be proceeded against under section-94 of army act. Justice Nasir ul Mulk remarked “ the right to investigation can not be withdrawn from police. As to why the interior secretary be not summoned to explain reason for delay. He reprimanded

Explosion in Rawalpindi

Tree plantation campaign from March 5

STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—: One person

CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will start a tree plantation campaign from March 5 and over 600,000 saplings will be planted during the drive. Different organisations, including NGOs, will collaborate with the CDA during the drive. Talking to media, an official of CDA said that clean and green environment guaranteed healthy and hearty life. He said that trees and shrubs play major role in improving the urban landscape and help protect the city environment.

Ibrahim Satti counsel for defence ministry for repeatedly interfering during the process of issuance of orders and remarked “ This matter does not relate to MI now but it is now the matter of defence ministry. Defence secretary will tell us on March, 10 what he is doing in connection with recovery of Tasif Malik as first of all the missing person will be recovered and then matter of trial will come.—Online

The employees of PIMS hospital continued their protest/strike on the fifth day demanding of the government to separate the PIMS hospital from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University and to maintain its federal status.

was injured as a result of a bomb device explosion near a school in Rawalpindi’s Ratta Amral area on Wednesday morning. According to details, the bomb device exploded near Islamia School No 3 on Babu Lal Hussain Road in Ratta Amral, leaving a pedestrian injured. The injured person was hit with ball bearings on several body parts. On receiving information, police and rescue team personnel reached the site of the incident and shifted the wounded person to a hospital. Meanwhile, Bomb Disposal Squad personnel gathered evidence from the scene as investigation of the incident went underway.


Freedom leaders demand probe by international body into Lolab killings ISLAMABAD—Freedom leaders in the In- a question mark on all encounters that have innocent civilians were first abducted and dian Held Kashmir, demanding the identity of the slain youth in Lolab area of Kupwara, have called for a probe by an international agency into the killings. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Ali Gilani reacting to the gruesome killings in the area , said, “Seven people have been killed in a suspicious manner. Human rights violations by the Indian forces are at peak in Kashmir. We demand an impartial probe by a transparent agency.” He said it was unfortunate that people were being killed in a doubtful manner. “People are being killed first and then incidents are portrayed as encounters,” he said. “After it was proven that Machil and Pathribal encounters were fake, it becomes obligatory for the international bodies to come forward to save the lives of people of Kashmir,” he stressed. He said there is

taken place so far. The veteran leader announced a general strike on Friday against the Lolab incident. He demanded that the War Crime Tribunal of United Nations should probe the veracity of all encounters that have taken place in the territory. “If world bodies won’t play their role at this juncture, the killings of Kashmiri youth would continue,” Gilani warned. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Lolab incident can be another Machil. All encounters that have taken place in Kashmir since 1989 are under cloud. We demand a transparent probe into the incident. We don’t trust army and police claims,” he said. “People still remember encounter like Pathribal, Machil, Ganderbal, Brakpora and many other incidents where

later killed in cold blood,” he said. The personnel of Indian army’s 18 Rashtriya Rifles and other paramilitary forces killed the youth in a fake encounter during a siege and search operation at Dardpora in Lolab area of the district. Joining the chorus, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik commenting on the killings said, “We know the fate of hundreds of probes ordered in past 25 years, so rather than demanding a probe into Lolab incident, we demand identity of all those killed should be revealed forthwith.” APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt paying glowing tributes to Lolab martyrs said that martyrdom of youths was the assets of the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle.—APP

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan chairing a meeting of University of Poonch, Rawalakot.

Cross LoC trade resumes SRINAGAR —Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade on SrinagarMuzaffarabad route resumed on Wednesday after remaining suspended for over five weeks. “The trade between the two sides of Kashmir on SrinagarMuzaffarabad road resumed on Wednesday following agreement between the two sides on Monday to this effect,” officials said. They said 22 trucks carrying goods from the Indian-held side left Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre on Wednesday morning for Azad Kashmir. The AJK authorities suspended the cross-LoC trade on January 17 after 114 packets of brown sugar were recovered from a truck coming from Muzaffarabad and the driver was arrested. The travel on SrinagarMuzaffarabad road was also suspended. Pakistan was demanding release of the arrested driver. Although the officials from the two sides agreed to resume travel services after two weeks, the trade remained suspended till Wednesday.—INP

16,329 PSA cases slapped since 1988 ISLAMABAD—In a shocking disclosure about the rampant use of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have disclosed that 16,329 cases of PSA have been slapped on people since 1988. This is for the first time that the authorities have come up with statistics on the application of the law, termed as a ‘lawless law’ by rights groups including Amnesty International. “It is to inform that 16,329 PSAs have been slapped so far since 1988,” the Home department has disclosed under RTI, reported English daily, Greater Kashmir. Out of the total, almost 95 percent cases of PSA have been slapped on people from Kashmir. Earlier, in 2012, the Home department had disclosed that 4000 PSA cases were slapped between 2002 and 2012.—APP

New Administrative Units only worsen Kashmir melancholic situation S RINAGAR —It was a move aimed at decentralising the state administration. But once the Jammu & Kashmir Cabinet gave its nod to create 659 new administrative units on 1 February, it turned out to be anything but. The exercise came across as a crude attempt by the ruling National Conference-Congress alliance to leverage their electoral fortunes just months before the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Even though the government- appointed committee had just recommended the creation of 223 units, the Cabinet approved thrice that number in its bid to woo more voters. The number was proposed by a Cabinet subcommittee (CSC) constituted for the purpose. Jammu got 334 units and Kashmir 274 units, triggering a public outcry in the Valley that the government had discriminated against the province. Ladakh, which has two districts, got 48 units. That was not all. Jammu got 334 units and Kashmir 274 units, triggering a public outcry in the Valley that the government had discriminated against the province. Ladakh, which has two districts, got 48 units. The exercise also ran afoul of the state’s fledgeling Panchayati Raj by not only recommending the creation of more patwar halqas, the basic revenue unit, but also seeking to make these coterminous with panchayat halqas.

Currently, J&K has 1,602 patwar halqas against 4,184 panchayat halqas. But the CSC headed by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, a Congress leader, has recommended the creation of 2,582 more patwar halqas — 733 halqas already proposed by the original committee and 1849 by the CSC. “The committee is of the opinion that the demand for making patwar halqas coterminous with the panchayat halqas is justified and merits consideration,” says the CSC report. “The committee is unanimous in the creation of more patwar halqas to make it coterminous with panchayat halqas and decided to place the matter with the Cabinet to take an overall view.” Incidentally, Panchayati Raj has been Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s priority democratic project in Kashmir. In recent years, Rahul has set himself up as the champion of the empowerment of around 34,000 panches and sarpanches who were elected in the 2011 panchayat election that saw overwhelming participation. The polls, which were held after a gap of 34 years, had taken place following the five-monthlong summer unrest the previous year in which around 120 youth died. “In the proposed decentralisation, patwaris will now compete for authority with panches with the balance of power weighed in favour of the former,” says PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akhter. —Agencies

Suicides soar in valley; another emotionally hurt ends life SRINAGAR—A villager committed suicide by fold (from 0.5 per 100,000 people two decades consuming some poisonous substance at his home in a remote hamlet of south Kashmir, fifth such case in this month, police said on Wednesday. They said one Nazir Ahmad Saradan consumed some poisonous substance in his house at Dongar Sonabrari, Kokernag, in Anantnag district. He was immediately rushed to local hospital from where he was referred to SMHS hospital in a critical condition. However, he died in hospital, they said adding it was not immediately clear why he took the extreme step. Suicide rate has increased drastically – 40-

ago), according to officials 400 people ended their lives in 2012. Psychiatrists says a declining tolerance level has increased the possibility of people resorting to suicide to ease worries. They say depressed people are more likely to succumb to general factors of suicide like family discords, illnesses and poverty. Among the younger lot, psychiatrists says, failed love affairs are also a common reason. Incidents of suicides, especially in Kashmir, were virtually zero before an armed revolt against New Delhi’s rule broke out in 1989.—Agencies

Court upholds CJM verdict against cops in Wamiq case SRINAGAR—A court has dismissed an appeal against a trial court order seeking execution of non-bailable arrest warrants against two cops found guilty in the Wamiq Farooq killing case of 2010. Wamiq Farooq, a class 7th student, was hit by a teargas shell at Ghani Memorial Stadium in Srinagar during the 2010 uprising in Kashmir. The Court of 2nd Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, Parvaiz Hussain Kachroo, dismissed the appeal by two cops—ASI Abdul Khaliq Sofi and SPO Muhammad Akram—against an order of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar seeking execution of arrest warrants against the duo through IG Police. The court justified the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate on several grounds. The victim family was represented by Advocate Ajaz Ahmad Dar. Meanwhile terming the verdict in the Wamiq Farooq case as a victory of justice, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement said the “murderers of more than 100 youths killed in 2010 are still roaming freely.”—KMS

RAWALAKOT: Director Donors Tariq Mehmood Butt, sponsors Serra, Col (R) Aamir Rauf Kiyani inspecting newly built Girls Inter College.

Nearly 90% weary women suffer from Thyroid SRINAGAR—Nearly 90 percent women in violence-torn Kashmir suffer from sub-clinical hypothyroidism (SCH), commonly known as thyroid, that some doctors link to the effects of living in a conflict zone. Over two-decades of violence has left nothing untouched in Kashmir and women in valley are the worst sufferers of the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. The Tribune newspaper on Wednesday said that the department of biochemistry, Government Medical College, Srinagar, in its study has revealed that the percentage of women suffering from thyroid in Kashmir is much higher as compared to men. “The percentage of SCH among the study sample patients was 21.56, which is much higher as compared to other parts of the world. The percentage of women suffering from SCH was more (81.8%) as compared to males (18.2%),” the research said. The research was conducted by four doctors in the Valley based on 2,550 samples, com-

prising 44.6% males and 56.4% females. The percentage of SCH among the study sample patients was 21.56, which is much higher as compared to other parts of the world. The percentage of women suffering from SCH was more (81.8%) as compared to males (18.2%) The sample size comprised 2,550 patients, who were referred to different departments of biochemistry associated with Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital. Though roar of guns and sound of explosions have nearly disappeared in Kashmir but the fallout of the conflict, particularly on women showing up by the day. “One of the doctors said that conflict in Kashmir could indirectly be the reason of this disease getting more common among women in the Valley,” the newspaper added. The unrelenting violence in the scenic valley famous for its pristine hillsides, forested valleys and soaring snow-covered peaks has strained Kashmir’s traditionally easy- going society.—Agencies

HCJK condemns house detention of Shabir Ahmed, Nayeem Ahmad

Rehmani denounces killings by Indian troops in IHK

ISLAMABAD—The Chairman of Jammu and Indian brutalities and harassment and torture of SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Confer- Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), innocent civilians and pro-movement political

ence Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) has condemned the house arrest its senior leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and arrest of its senior leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Mushtaq-ul-Islam Pantha Chowk here. “Shabir Ahmad Shah, who was scheduled to visit Pulwama where a youth Tawseef Ahmad Dar was recently slain by the armed forces, was placed under house detention. Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Mushtaq-ulIslam were arrested by the police at Pantha Chowk here while they were on way to Pulwama,” said a spokesman of the HCJK in a statement. However, another Hurriyat delegation comprising Shabir Ahmad Dar and Muhammad Yusuf Naqash succeeded in reaching Sheeri, Baramulla, to express solidarity with the family of Shams-ud-Din Fafoo who was critically injured during 2010 mass uprising, left for heavenly abode few days back,” it said. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the HCJK senior leaders Shabir Ahmad Dar said, “History is testimony to the fact that nations who fought for their freedom gained it ultimately. The day is not far when New Delhi too will have to pack its bags from Kashmir. The desecration of the body of Shaheed Tawseef Ahmad Dar is barbaric and extremely inhuman act,” Dar said.—NNI

Curfew continues in Lalpora, clashes in Kupwara SRINAGAR—Curfew continued in Lalpora while in the Kupwara, region security forces burst teargas shells to disperse stone throwers. However, official sources said there were only restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Lalpora, where massive protests broke out yesterday after locals alleged that seven militants killed by the Army at Dardpora on February 24 were locals who had gone to forest area for collecting herbs and hunting. A senior Army officer and Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir dismissed these allegations and said all the seven were foreign militants belonging to Lashkere-Toiba (LeT). Sources said only restrictions continued in Lalpora to maintain peace in the area where local police station was attacked by a violent mob. However, situation on the ground was totally different as people alleged that they were not being allowed to move out of their homes. A large number of security force and police personnel remained deployed, directing people to remain indoor. Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators, including women, at Trehgam. Hundreds of people took to streets this morning, ended raising pro freedom slogans On Tuesday Police fired bullets and tear gas as hundreds of villagers tried to storm a police station a day after troops killed seven suspected rebels. Police said the protesters burned two police bunkers. The protesters shouted pro-independence slogans and demanded that authorities identify the suspected rebels and hand over their bodies for burial. Police later handed over the bodies to villagers. Thousands joined their funeral.—Agencies

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has denounced horrendous killings by Indian troops in Dardpora, Kupwara, and shelling on the peaceful protesters demanding probe into the coldblooded murder of seven people on Tuesday. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that firing on local protesters, killings of civilians, restrictions on civil liberties, harassment and imprisonment of the supporters of plebiscite by the Indian troops and police personnel in Kashmir had gained intensity during the last several months. Hr urged Pakistan to raise the question of

leaders with UN and launch a result-oriented diplomatic drive during the forthcoming session of the United Nation’s Council for Human Rights in Geneva. He said the Kashmiris were feeling insecure day after day owing to India’s intensified military and police tyranny and world’s cool shoulder towards their plight. He expressed the view that the trade-campaign between Pakistan and India during last few years, especially in the foregoing months had not benefited Kashmir and the anti-Pakistan activities by India had become hall-mark of Indian policy around the Eastern and Western borders.—APP

Paramilitary forces of India using brute force against protestors who were demanding to arrest the killers of 7 civilian in Lolab valley of Srinagar.

Curfew is still underway in Lolab SRINAGAR—Curfew and restrictions on the movements of locals at North Kashmir’s Lolab region after the fierce gun battle between alleged outsiders and forces erupted on Monday is still underway. According to the reports the authorities had to impose restrictions in the area after the locals demanded the bodies of seven slain militants for the burial. According to the reports when Police declared that the killed militants were all foreigners, the locals expressed apprehensions over the report. Sarpanch of the area told media that the Curfew was clamped down in the area at 12 noon after the people held massive protests and reportedly attacked the some government buildings. According to the reports eleven people in-

cluding five photojournalists and three policemen have been injured in the protests. The reports maintained further that the bodies of the slain militants who were seven in number were handed over the people for the performance of religious rites. “There was no local among the killed militants,” said one of the residents of the Lalpora. Reports added from Lolab that the slain militants were buried in the martyrs’ graveyard Lolab amid the pro-azadi slogans. The eye witnesses told that more than eight thousand people participated in the funeral procession of the militants. The civil and police administration according to sources held a detailed meet Tuesday evening over the law and order situation pertaining in the area.—NNI

Regime disowns 869 family members of Pak returns to IHK JAMMU—The government continues to disown ber of Kashmiri youth in Pakistan and PaK but 869 persons of 268 families who returned from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) during past three years despite New Delhi’s Return and Rehabilitation Policy in place since November 2010. A total of 268 families comprising of 869 persons including 146 spouses and 455 children have returned during the past three years from PaK through Nepal, Minister Incharge Home, Omar Abdullah said in a written reply to a question of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA, Chaman Lal Gupta. Giving details, he said during 2011, 54 youth, 16 women and 47 children had returned during 2011. He said in 2012, 150 youth, 90 women and 281 children had returned and in 2013, 61 youth, 39 women and 125 children returned. This year, three youth, a woman and two children had returned until January 31. In November 2010, Government of India (GoI) had notified the policy for the return and rehabilitation of such youth. However, the government did not clarify about the legal status of the wives and children of the returning Kashmiri youth who had crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) during the 1990s when militancy was at its peak in Kashmir. GoI drew flak after it arrested one of the returning youth Syed Liyaqat Shah, accusing him of conspiring to attack in Delhi. The charges were not proven and Shah was released later. Omar said presently, the government did not have exact details about the num-

put their reported number at 4132. He said under the Rehabilitation Policy of 2004, the State had received a total of 427 such cases in past 10 years. He said 427 such cases had been received from January 31, 2004 to January 31, 2014 and another 10 had been received under an earlier policy. Omar said as none of these youth in all the 437 cases had returned from the routes identified under the Return and Rehabilitation Policy of 2010, no benefit had been extended to any of them. These youth had returned from Nepal, which is not an identified route under the rehabilitation policy. Under this policy, JCP Wagah, Attari, Salamabad, Chakan-da-Bagh crossing on the LoC and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi had been identified as routes of return of these youth. Omar said the government had rejected 219 of these cases while another eight were under process while a stipend amounting to Rs 2.95 crore had been granted in 210 cases. In addition, six women along with 13 children but without their husbands had returned through Nepal during 2012 and 2013. The government said on January 31, 2104, the government had received 1171 applications who were willing to return under the Return and Rehabilitation Policy of 2010. Omar said there was no reason not to trust youth who were returning after giving up armed means.—NNI


FPCCI lauds Government’s commitment to development

SBP reminds public to exchange decimal coins of paisa

Govt alive to problems of business community: President

ISLAMABAD—The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reminded the general public to exchange the decimal coins of Paisa 1,2,5,10,25 and 50 from the field offices of SBP BSC and commercial / microfinance banks branches by last working day of September 30. For awareness of general public, the SBP has advised the Commercial / Microfinance Banks to display posters/banners at visible places of their branches for exchange of decimal coins. It may be recalled that the federal government has already notified that coins of Paisa 1,2,5,10,25 and 50 will cease to be legal tender on October 1, 2014.—APP

ISE-10 index witnesses bearish trend ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock Exchange witnessed bearish trend here on Wednesday as the ISE-10 index was down by 19.86 points and closed at 4442.96 points. A total of 142,000 shares were traded, which were down by 366,669 shares when compared with previous day’s trading of 508,669 shares. Out of 151 companies, share prices of 48 companies recorded increase while share prices of 103 companies registered decrease where as no company remained stable in today’s trading. The share price of Pakistan Tobacco increased by Rs. 34.6 per share while the share prices of Sanofi Aventis Pakistan decreased by Rs. 33 per share. P.I.A and United Bank remained the top trading companies in Wednesday’s trading with 140,000 and 2,000 shares respectively.—APP

I SLAMABAD —The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Wednesday lauded the commitment of government towards social and economic development of the country. President Mamnoon Hussain’s first 3-day state visit to China will go a long way in ensuring economic revival at a rapid pace and culmination of chronic energy crisis which has resulted in loss of Rs 2 trillion in past five years, said Vice President FPCCI Munawar Mughal. He said this as head of a delegation of leading entrepreneurs at a dinner hosted in their honour by the President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday night. Chairman of the Founder Group of ICCI Abdul Rauf,

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creasing growth rate and getting maximum benefit from GSP while keeping lenders satisfied is evident from international recognition of our policies, he added. The President said that we are trying to reduce prices of essential items and clip borrowings, pushing exports and remittances, reduce unnecessary imports, stabilise the exchange rate and pave way for increased domestic and foreign investment to ensure a better future. Munawar Mughal said that the visit would help further cementing the already close and cordial cooperation between two countries taking time-tested friendship to new heights. Chinese support in addressing our energy deficit by developing wind, solar, hydel and nuclear en-

Dar assures release of funds for projects in FATA I SLAMABAD —The Senators and MNAs stable Afghanistan. from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) met with the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Finance Ministry demanding early release of development funds for FATA region for the third quarter. The Finance Minister said that the development of FATA and other backward areas is the priority of the government and all steps will be taken to ensure smooth release of fund for projects in their agencies. He assured them of his full cooperation in the matter. Senator Ishaq Dar also shared with them the details of his recent visit to Afghanistan for attending the 9th session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission. He informed the Parliamentarians that he had a very useful visit to Afghanistan where he met with the political leadership and shared Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful and

Banks, OGDC profits rise high

Festival to highlight culture of Potohar ISLAMABAD —The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Friday will organize a two-day festival for the residents of twin cities to showcase the rich culture of Potohar region. The event titled “Colours of Potohar” has been arranged in collaboration with TDAP and Punjab Small Industries Corporation to highlight a wide range of history monuments, handicrafts and creative artisans of exquisite skills of Potohar. A number of colorful activities including handicraft display, cultural shows, contest among the universities, Potohar food lounge, artisans.—APP

Mian Mehboob Elahi and Tariq Sadiq former President of ICCI were also present on the occasion. Addressing the leaders of business community, President Mamnoon Hussain said that government is alive to the problems of the business community and masses. He said that we have been focusing on improving power and forex reserves situation, cull circular debt, rebuild economy, cut wasteful expenditure, abolish grants and unjust exemptions, increasing tax revenues and invest heavily in the human and physical infrastructure. Cheap power generation, enhance availability of water, helping poor, provision of loans and laptops to youth, reducing inflation, ensuring peace, in-

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A wide range of performance and profitability was witnessed across many industrial and economic sectors, during the recent round of financial results, ranging from some highly profitable companies like United Bank Ltd. and OGDCL on the top end of the profitability spectrum. Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDC) has reported an astounding profit of more than Rs. 90 Billion, almost 10% higher than that of the previous year. The high profitability of OGDC is attributed to increase in exploration area and in production and shift in exchange rates. Similarly United Bank Limited reported a whopping after-tax profit of more than Rs. 18 billion in 2013, on the back of a substantial 22% quarter-onquarter growth in profit demonstrated by the bank in the last leg of the year. According to analysts, the bank’s high earnings are attributed to its prudent improvement of its deposit mix, strong revenues from its fee and commission sector and exceptional performance of UBL Omni and commission from home remittances.

The Finance Minister briefed the Parliamentarians on his visits to the major under construction developmental projects, undertaken by Pakistan in Afghanistan under its bilateral assistance program including recommencement of works on Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriage way, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali khan Engineering Faculty of Bulkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif. Dar informed the Parliamentarians that Nishtar Kidney Center will soon be equipped with the relevant apparatus on priority basis. The Senators and MNAs from FATA said that with the Finance Minister’s visit to Afghanistan will generate a lot of good will for Pakistan and it will help improve relations between the two countries. The meeting was also attended by senior officials of the Finance Ministry.—INP

Pre IPO/book building awareness session for HPL L AHORE —Lahore Stock Exchange organized a Pre IPO (Initial Public Offer)/Book building awareness session of Hascol Petroleum Limited (HPL) here Tuesday. The Hascol Chairman Mumtaz Khan along with his team shared the company’s financial performance before the TREC (Trading Right Entitlement Certificate) Holders and the investors of the Lahore Stock Exchange. The AKD Securities CEO Farid Alam participated as the HPL financial advisor and Liaqat Ali as lead manager. Liaquat Ali in his presentation covered financial details indicating performance, worth and potential of the company, and said the HPL had applied for listing of its ordinary shares at the LSE and Karachi Stock Exchange. The present issue consists of 25,000,000 ordinary shares (27.59 percent of the post issue paid-up-capital of the Company), out of which 18,750,000 ordinary shares would be offered through book building at a floor price of Rs 20 per share to institutional investors and high net worth individuals and rest of 6,250,000 ordinary shares would be offered to general public at a strike price that would be defined during book building exercise, he maintained. The HPL Lead Manager said the principal purpose of the issue was to inject additional equity into the Company mainly for utilization in the completion of Machike Storage Facility and for setting up new retail outlets across Pakistan. Answering the investors’ queries, the AKD Securities CEO Farid Alam explained the procedure and the pre requisites required in participating in the book building process. On this occasion, the LSE Managing Director Aftab Ahmed Chaudhry appreciated the company and active participation of the investors that build confidence on the Exchange by experiencing the demand and supply present in the capital markets through such events. Besides raising capital, he added, listing had numerous benefits that added on to the overall wealth creation of the company, its employees and subsequently to the economy on the whole.—APP

ergy resources and construction of an economic corridor will go a long way in improving standard of living of masses by reducing poverty and generating job opportunities, he noted. International, regional, economic, social, and strategic cooperation with Beijing must remain top priority of the government as Pakistan’s prosperity and future is tied to China, said Mughal. Capitalism is malfunctioning while China has introduced a superior economic model with lower tax and regulatory burdens which must become a learning model for Pakistan, said Abdul Rauf. Mehboob Ilahi and Tariq Sadiq lauded the government for deepening economic co-operation.—APP

Several projects in progress to enhance water storage capacity I S L A M A B A D — The National Assembly was informed Wednesday that several small, medium and large multipurpose projects are at different stages of execution to enhance capacity of water storage. Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that work on Tarbela four-extension project has been started which will add 1420 megawatt of electricity to the national grid in the next three years. Referring to the steps taken by the government to cope with the electricity crisis, the Minister of State said these steps have resulted in reducing load shedding duration from eighteen hour to six hours. He said a system of smart metering is being introduced to check electricity pilferage. Minister of State for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that the government is pursuing a plan to get registered all the medical instruments. She said a summary in this regard has been forwarded to the Ministry of Law for consideration. She said the government has moved the Supreme Court against eighteen international companies who raised the prices of their medicines. She said that these companies have taken stay order from the court on prices of medicines.—Online

Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmad new MPCL MD OBSERVER REPORT I S L A M A B A D —Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmad HI (M), SE, TBt (Retd) has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Mari Petroleum Company Ltd (MPCL). Lt Gen N a d e e m Ahmad (R) who has replaced Lt Gen Raza Muhammad Khan HI (M) after completion of three years tenure will assume the charge of office from 26th Feb 2014. Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed (Retd) served in the Pakistan Army until his retirement in May 2010. In his 40year career he held prestigious command and staff positions as well as heading several national agencies. He has served as Director Military Operations and later as the Vice Chief of General Staff at General Headquarters. He also played a pivotal role in taking forward the country’s battle against drugs while leading the Anti-Narcotics Force (2003-05). His last military assignment was as Corps Commander of a Strike Corps (2008-10). Lieutenant General Nadeem has unique experience in managing both large-scale natural disasters and a complex emergency through all phases. Following the 2005 earthquake, as Chief Military Coordinator at the Federal Relief Commission, he strategized, supervised and implemented the earthquake relief operations for both civil and military agencies in close synchronization with the donor community, United Nations, humanitarian agencies and foreign militaries. As Deputy Chairman of Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority he was responsible for the entire recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction phases of the earthquake-affected region from inception through planning.

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, Madam Maryam Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting on Prime Minister’s Qarz-e-Hasna Scheme at Prime Minister office.

Export-led growth a key priority ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning opmental Economics (PIDE) was being deDevelopment and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal said here that Pakistan would follow export-led industrial growth to attract international markets. In a meeting with the Senior Advisor of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Professor S. Hirashima, he said there existed immense potential for enhancing exports through export-led growth strategy. He said that for the first time in the country, an extensive research is being conducted for cluster mapping of agricultural and industrial potential areas in order to boost export through value addition. Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan Institute of Devel-

veloped to turn it into a leading think tank for the country. He said that the focus of the government is to identify the opportunities available in the country to produce goods of international standard. “Our way forward is to learn from the experiences of Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Turkey, but develop a Pakistani Model of development”, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Professor S. Hirachima, said that once large companies develop the trend to export their products to international market, it creates room for small and medium industry to focus on domestic needs, giving them opportunity to grow side by side.—APP

World Bank lauds NESPAK services for Port Project in Yemen MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The World Bank (WB) has highly praised the efforts and consultancy services of NESPAK upon successful completion of Al-Khawbah Fishery Port Project in R.O. Yemen. Mrs. Banu Setlur, Head of Mission of the World Bank lauded the professional attitude of NESPAK during a meeting with NESPAK officials in Sana’a, Yemen. This project is located at one of the most remote areas of Al-Hodeidah Governorate, Yemen. The project comprised site preparation and demolition works, construction of south breakwater, new 80 meter long landing quay wall, marine signalization, dredging of port basin, reconversion of existing processing hall into an auction hall, construction of an administration office, a waste collection facil-

ity, washing and disinfection facility for trucks, seawater supply, drinking water supply networks and a water tower, sewage network, pavement works, power supply network – lighting, increased diesel storage capacity, new petrol and diesel station for fishermen, removal of obsolescent and superseded equipment and refurbishment. Being consultants, NESPAK acted as the Engineer in administering civil works contract, reviewing and approving detailed design and construction drawings for project, ensuring that permanent and temporary works were designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of the contracts and international sea port standards and advised the Client on all matters concerning implementation of contracts including quality control.

Confusion over GST reduction on tractors hurting industry: LCCI SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has asked the government to clarify the confusion over reduction in General Sales Tax as early as possible because high tractor prices along with confusion over the reduction of GST on tractors has had a negative impact on the tractor industry which is already finding it hard to sell its tractors in the local market. The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari was talking to a delegation of tractor parts manufacturers led by Engineer Mumshad Ali here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday. The delegation briefed the LCCI President on the past and present tractor volumes and the problems being faced by the tractor parts vendors. They said that the tractor industry has

seen a drop in volumes by 50% in the recent 2 years, and many part makers are considering closing down their units or changing their facilities for the production of other engineering goods. Erratic and low volumes along with high cost of production are the main reasons are forcing tractor vendors to close their factories. They were of the view that the tractor sales are expected to be below 30000 units mark this year compared to 50,000 units last year and 70,000 units in the year 2010-11. As tractor volumes drop so does revenue collection from the farmers, assemblers and part manufacturers. At 70000-tractor production under the 5% GST regime in the year 2011-12 the revenue collection from the industry and farmer was approximately Rs 7.3 billion, this volume dropped to 50,000 units in the year 2012-13 under the 10% GST regime and the revenue

collection from this sector stood at Rs 6.8 Billion. This year government will be collecting around Rs 5 Billion from this sector under the 16% GST regime with tractor production expected not to exceed 30,000 units. The negative impact on the rural/urban economy and unemployment will be in addition to this. Engineer Mumshad Ali criticized the government for ignoring one basic fact about the tractor market, which is the buying power of the Pakistani farmer. Currently the Pakistani farmer is paying over Rs 100,000 as GST on a 50Hp tractor while this amount is over Rs150,000 for a 85 Hp tractor. The tractors are subsidized not just regionally but globally. Mr Ali, added that Pakistan currently produces the cheapest tractor in the world but this advantage has been offset by the high GST rate and now the industry has almost closed due to

government apathy. Hundreds of tractor parts producing factories in and around Lahore and across the country will be shutting down production due to tractor assembly plant closures rendering a massive surge in unemployment. This industry is estimated to employ over 300,000 people in the total supply chain. There seems to be a discord in the government in dealing with this sector. On one hand gst rate has increased by 6% to the current 16% form the previous 10%, while on the other hand provincial and federal subsidy schemes have been withdrawn, namely Benazir tractor scheme of the federal Government, Green Tractor scheme of the Punjab Government and Sindh tractor scheme of the Government of Sindh. Without government support to agriculture this industry with Rs 40 billion contributions to the GNP has dark days ahead.

On the revival of the tractor industry, Engr Mumshad Ali said, a national tractor scheme be launched with an aim to provide 100,000 tractors annually for five years at Rs 100,000 subsidy. A Rs.10 billion annual fund be created from the taxes collected from the industry and farmers. The ZTBL network to be utilized for the disbursement purpose, while the subsidy to be provided to only those farmers who have an NTN number. This will also help document the Agri economy of the country whose contribution to the treasury falls short of its actual pie size in the national economy. This will provide stable demand to the tractor industry by making the tractor more affordable for the farmers. This will not only create employment in urban and rural areas, but also give a boost to the agri economy and help enhance government revenue and tax net.


Currency

Selling

Buying

USA

104.90

104.70

UK

174.93

174.60

Euro

144.14

143.87

Canada

94.58

94.40

Switzerland

118.19

117.97

Australia

94.47

94.29

Sweden

16.14

16.11

Japan

1.0247

1.0227

Norway

17.36

17.32

Singapore

82.95

82.79

Denmark

19.32

19.28

Saudi Arabia

27.97

27.92

Hong Kong

13.52

13.49

Kuwait

372.41

371.70

Malaysia

32.00

31.94

Newzealand

87.40

86.23

Qatar

28.81

28.51

UAE

28.56

28.51

KR. WON

0.0982

0.0980

Thailand

3.221

3.213

Engro successfully concludes first issue of transaction STAFF REPORTER LAHORE —Engro Rupiya Certificate (ERC), Pakistan’s premier retail Term Finance Certificate (TFC) launched in 2010 successfully concluded its first issue of transaction in January 2014. Engro Rupiya Certificate offered investors an attractive annual rate of return in the market of 14.5% for a period of three years, paid semiannually, along with a redemption feature. Engro is a pioneer in establishing the retail corporate debt market of Pakistan, with various other organizations introducing TFCs subsequently to capitalize on market opportunities. ERC was a success right from its launch, with the complete subscription amount of Rs. 4 billion being raised before the end of the subscription period. The company provided a dedicated customer service helpline through an in-house call center, ensuring personalized attention to all subscribers. The final profit payment and initial investment redemption to all subscribers of the first Engro Rupiya issue took place on January 31, 2014. Based on the subscriber feedback and in line with its track record of financial innovation, Engro Corporation is now planning to launch another financial instrument subject to regulatory approvals, this time a Shariah Compliant certificate (Sukuk) called Engro Islamic Rupiya. Similar to the initial Engro Rupiya Certificate, the new issue will offer an attractive rate of profit in the market, whereby investors will get a chance to invest in an institution with an AArating from PACRA, denoting high creditworthiness.

RCCI playing role in promoting sports: Dr Shimail RAWALPINDI—Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) is playing its role in promoting sports events in the city with an aim to provide healthy activities to younger generation, RCCI President Dr Shimail Daud said here Wednesday. Chairing a meeting of the chamber’s Standing Committee on Sports, he said, RCCI had been arranging regional level tournaments of Squash, Badminton and Cricket and now it would expand the scope of sports. Chairman of the committee Rizwan Mashahdi, Vice Chairman Muhammad Haleem Sheraz, RCCI Senior Vice President Malik Shahid Saleem, Vice President Muhammad Alam Chughtai and other members were also present on the occasion. He said Sialkot is the country’s biggest producer of sports products but it is not yielding the desired results due to non-existence of the value addition system. Sports industry, he said, would have to adopt modern techniques to meet the international standards by producing high quality sports items.—APP

Petroleum ministry to recover Rs 97 b as GDS ISLAMABAD —Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources Wednesday reported to Sub-Committee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the ministry has to recover as many as Rs 97 billions in the wake of Gas Development Surcharge (GDS) from various organisations. In the meeting an official of Petroleum Ministry apprised the members of Sub-Committee PAC that Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Pipeline Limited (SSGPL) has to recover the following GDS from Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

IPPs, which has to pay round about Rs 10 billion, had submitted bank guarantees but the ministry could not withdraw them due to pressure of some high-ups in the government. An auditor gave a living example of a company named ‘Tullow Pakistan (Development) Limited’ which has to pay Rs 259.231 million to the ministry adding that though the company had billed and collected the GDS from consumer. The auditor said that the matter is subjudice in Islamabad High Court (IHC) since 2006. The ministry informed that the following company has prize dispute with

the government and its Rs 1 billion funds has been ceased in an account and it would be disbursed after the court’s decision. Additional, it said that on the directive of present minister, the ministry is pursuing the case to settle down it out of the court and in this regard, a meeting has been done with the company. The auditor highlighted 11 similar cases in the report. Convener SubCommittee PAC, MNA Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang and other members showed their dissatisfaction over the report and directed to the ministry to resolve all issues pertaining to outstanding as soon as possible.—APP

Easypaisa shines at Global Mobile Awards 2014 in Barcelona STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Pakistan’s first and leading branchless banking service and a joint venture of Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank, Easypaisa has been announced the winner of Best NFC/Mobile Money Product or Service and Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets at the 19th Annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014 held during Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday.

The only nominee from Pakistan this year, Easypaisa was nominated in 2 categories and competed against a number of world renowned service providers to bring this honor to the country. Easypaisa was amongst 160 nominees across thirty eight (38) categories, selected from over 680 high-quality entries from across the global mobile ecosystem. More than 175 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in judging of the 2014 awards.

K-Electric wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2014 AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —K-Electric has received Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2014 from the National Forum for Environment and Health in recognition of the utility’s support to education sector and youth platforms through its various Social Investment initiatives. The award ceremony was held at a local hotel which marked the ending of the 6th International CSR Summit. As many as 40 winners received awards including corporate and industrial heavyweights such as Procter & Gamble, Lucky Cement, Nestle and Fauji Fertilizers were awarded for categories like Engagement & Communications; Social Impact; Collaboration & Partnership; and, Business Practices. The day-long summit featured expert speaker sessions, seminars, case studies and panel discussions. Several notable speakers representing diplomatic services and the social, corporate.

Income tax offices to remain open on Mar 1, 2

PESHAWAR: The Bank of Khyber (BoK) and United Insurance Company (UIC) join hands for Insurance Cover for BoK Account Holders. Imran Samad A/Managing Director witnessing the MoU singing ceremony, while Lal Nawaz Khattak BoK Head Business Development and Ch Aslam Feroze, executive Director UIC are signing on behalf ABBOTTABAD—Chief Commissioner, Regional Income of their respective institutions. Tax Office, Abbottabad, Sajjad Haider Khan has decided to keep open all field offices of income tax in Hazara Division on March 1 and 2 (Saturday, Sunday) to facilitate tax payers and business community in taking benefit the Prime Minister AmISLAMABAD—Government is taking all pos- ther said that government has prepared of nesty Scheme. He expressed short, medium and long term strategies to sible steps to promote trade and investment these views while addressing in the country by introducing more liberal tackle the issues being faced by the national a meeting of the office bearinvestment policies and facilitating inter- economy particularly energy challenges. ers and members of Hazara He said that government has started national investors along with providing Chamber of Commerce and enabling environment for local business- work on mega power sector development Industry (HCCI) and office projects and initiated construction of wamen. This was stated by Chairman Board bearers of Hazara Tax Bar of Investment, Miftah Ismail while address- ter reservoirs to further boosting up the agri- Association on Wednesday. ing a seminar on “Agriculture development sector. He invited the private sector to inSajjad Haider said that in Pakistan”, which was organized by Al- vest in different sectors of national economy those tax payers who have ghurair Giga Private limited here on as the country was offering most lucrative obtained National Tax Numinvestment opportunities and returns. Wednesday. He said that BoI will provide every pos- ber (NTN) and but due to The BoI Chairman said that agriculture some reasons they have not sector was playing a significant role in na- sible support and facilitate the local as well filed their tax returns for last as international investors investing in the tional economy by providing raw material five years can also filed their for industrial sector and mployment for country. The BoI Head appreciated the ini- returns on a one-page appliabout 45 percent of labor force in the coun- tiatives of Al-Gurair for organizing such a cation form available on the try. He said that despite an agricultural coun- seminar adding that the event will help to website of FBR. He further try, Pakistan was still importing most of food sort out the problems of farmers. Speaking added that there in not any products and spending its precious forex on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Arid Ag- kind of fine, additional tax and reserves to fulfill the domestic requirements riculture University, Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad said the country was blessed with precious will also be exempted from the which was a matter of concern for all. audit of the respective years He stressed the need for improving the natural resources including four seasons. but on one conditions of deHe said that a lot of work has been done per acre crop out-put by utilizing innovative positing minimum amount of technologies as well as addressing the farm in production side but it was need of time to Rs 20,000/-per year on basis address other co-related issues like crop management issues to alleviate poverty from of self assessment.—APP the farming community. Miftah Ismail fur- management and post harvest losses.—APP

Govt determined to promote investment: Chairman BoI

‘Gear up value addition to harvest GSP Plus opportunity’ MULTAN —Federal Secretary Textiles market particularly after recent move by following free trade agreement with Rukhsana Shah has advised industrialists to gear up value addition and maximize growth in volume of export oriented products if they want to extract maximum benefits out of the GSP Plus opportunity. The GSP Plus status would hardly be useful if manufacturers did not intensify a drive for growth in volume and value addition, she said while addressing a dinner ceremony hosted in her honour by All Pakistan Bed Sheets and Upholstery Manufacturers Association (APBUMA) at a local hotel here late on Tuesday night. Rukhsana Shah also invited chambers of commerce and industry and trade associations to form their committees to discuss what apprehensions they carry in their minds regarding our own business and industrial sectors interests. She said our manufacturing sector must also be prepared for challenges, competition in the European

Indian government which had also applied for the GSP Plus status. Time will tell what way it goes but expedited response from Pakistani industry and manufacturers towards value addition becomes more relevant in this scenario, she says. She added chambers and trade association were also well placed to invite attention of the government towards the dumping issues so that these could be taken up at a proper forum. Explaining, she said products that were produced in foreign countries while enjoying subsidies, could hurt our interests if they fould place or dumped into Pakistani markets at cheaper price, for example the Indian yarn. Rukhsana Shah said while moving forward on initiatives to improve trade relations with India, Pakistan had also to take care of its own interests. She said a lot of Chinese products were finding space in a domestic market

China. Likewise, she added, Pakistan also had a free trade agreement with Malaysia and it was a task of the chambers and trade associations to tell the government where their interests were being affected. She said all industrial and business sectors must opt for modern environment friendly machinery and processes and computerized delivery system. To a question, Rukhsana Shah said the government was withdrawing different SROs to bring sectors availing incentives into the tax net. She also sought feedback from business and industry on the matter. She said the government would keep all stakeholders on board on cotton related issues, including the APTMA, ginners, and growers. She said chambers of commerce and trade associations in South Punjab had to be more active to watch business interests of their own country—APP

LAHORE: Saeed Al-Zuhairi of UAE’s company Royal Energy and Anwar-ul-Haq of Punjab Investment Board signing MoU. PM’s special envoy for Foreign Investment, Javed Malik was also present.

Royal energy partners, PIBIC and PBIT sign MoUs SALIM AHMED LAHORE —A delegation comprising members of Pakistan International Business and Investment Council (PIBIC) and Royal Energy Partners from UAE visited Punjab Board of Investment & Trade (PBIT) and signed two MoUs with PBIT. The delegation was led by Javed Malik, Prime Minister’s special envoy for overseas investment. PBIT and Royal Energy Partners UAE signed MoU according to which PBIT would facilitate Royal Energy Partner to initiate process for the development of 660MW Coal Fired Power Plant in Punjab. UAE based Royal Partner Energy would Invest in Energy Sector of Punjab and PBIT would help investors in execution of this

project. Anwar ul Haq signed from PBIT while Saeed Rashed Al Dhaheri signed the document from Royal Energy Partners. PIBIC also signed a memorandum of understanding with PBIT for establishing goodwill and highlighting the trade and investment opportunities in Punjab, internationally. Javed Malik, Prime Minister’s special envoy for overseas investment and Jalal Hasan Director General PBIT signed this MoU. PBIT team shared and discussed various projects related to Energy, Agriculture and Livestock during the meeting with the delegates. PBIT also facilitated the delegation in arranging meetings with CM Punjab, Governor Punjab and Lahore Chambers of Commerce & Industry (LCCI).

PBM launches economic revival project for poor citizen I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mall (PBM) on Wednesday launched Economic revival project for the poor citizen of the country to extend their financial assistance from Rs.10,000 up-to 50,000 for establishing small businesses. Addressing a press briefing, Managing Director PBM Barrister Abid Wahid Sheikh said that initially Rs. 10 million allocated for the project. He said that deserving people would be provided Rs. 10,000 to 50,000 loan without interest for establishing small businesses. He said that the deserving people are being encouraged to apply for getting loans, adding that professional beggars would also be discouraged. He said that the forms are free of cost available on the website of BPM and can be download. The MD, PBM said that the apply form also available in all the district offices of the department.

He said that the PBM field officers will conduct inquiry after receiving applications from various parts of the country. He said that in future budget would be further increased for the project to help as much people possible. Barrister Abid Wahid said that the aim of the project was to extend financial assistance to the poor section of society. He said that the people who are already getting BISP loan can not apply for this project. “It was 1992, when Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) was established by the then and today’s Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. His visionary leadership intends to enable the marginalized segment of society to break the vicious circle of poverty” he remarked. He said that this organization also reflects the vision of making Pakistan an Islamic Welfare State in a true sense.—APP

Shipping activity at PQ KARACHI—Four ships C.V Sakaka, C.V Safemarine Ngami, M.V Ocean Future and M.T Bung Angsana scheduled to load/offload containers, cement and palm oil were arrange berthing at Qasim International Containers Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal respectively at Port Qasim on Tuesday. Meanwhile another ship with Containers also arrived at out Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was maintained at the port at fifty percent on Tuesday where seven ships namely C.V Sealand Washington, C.V Sakaka, C.V Safemarine Ngami, M.V Ocean Future, M.T Atlantic Glory, M.T Bung Angsana and M.T lahore are currently occupying berths to load / offload containers, cement, chemicals, palm oil and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 152,612 tonnes, comprises 95,755 tonnes imports and 56,857 tonnes exports inclusive containerized cargo carried in 4,828 containers (TEUs) (2,095 imports and 2,733 exports TEUs) were handled at the port during last 24 hours. Four ships C.V Sakaka, C.V Safemarine Ngami, M.T Atlantic Glory and M.T Lahore sailed out to sea on Wednesday morning, while another ship C.V Sealand Washington is expected to sail afternoon. Two ships CMA CGM Belini and M.V Nord Tradition scheduled to load/offload containers and 38,270 tonnes cement are expected to take berths at Container Terminal and Multi Purpose Terminal respectively on Wednesday. While another container vessel ‘Hugo Sochulte’ is due to arrive at Port Qasim on Thursday.—APP

ICT Chamber curbing of business activities in residential areas demanded OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Growth of business activities in residential areas is taking a taking heavy toll on the businesses being run in commercial areas and CDA should take urgent measures to eliminate all such illegal businesses from residential areas, said Khalid Mian, President, ICT Chamber of Small Traders and President, Traders Welfare Association, I-9 Markaz in a statement. He said as per master plan of CDA, business activities in Islamabad can be done only in designated commercial centers and markets, but mushroom growth of such activities in residential areas is badly hurting the business of legal tradersand discouraging the business activities in commercial centers. He appealed to the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and Chairman CDA Mr. Maroof Afzal to take notice of such illegal activities and issue orders for their urgent elimination. Mian Khalid said illegal business activities in residential areas are being done in connivance with CDA’s Building Control Section Inspectors.

German Ambassador to visit PRGMEA today MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —The

Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) will host a reception in honour of German Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Cyrill Jean Nunn, on Thursday (today) at its PRGMEA North Zone office to appreciate the role of Germany for granting GSP Plus status to Pakistan. PRGMEA North Zone senior vice chairman, Jawwad Ch, said that Germany is the biggest supporter of GSP Plus status to Pakistan and the upcoming PRGMEA meeting with the Ambassador will discuss as to how to benefit from this trade relaxation. He said that Pakistan had been experiencing a positive balance of trade with Germany but in 2012, it was not the case. However, optimism is there to get back to the same scenario. Jawwad Ch said that valueadded textile sector is grateful to Germany for supporting Pakistan with regard to GSP plus status. “PRGMEA looks up to Germany to further help us in addressing the energy crisis in Pakistan. “The upcoming trade opportunities under GSP plus scheme can only be availed if we have enough supplies of electricity and other sources of energy,” he added. He said that German government was well aware with the ongoing energy crisis in Pakistan and ready to extend every possible help to this regard. He said that the GSP Plus would give great boost to Pakistan’s business with European countries. He said that both countries have enjoyed good friendly and cordial trade relations.


Rashid looking to build strong team for 2015 World Cup KARACHI—Newly installed chief selector Rashid Latif said that he was looking forward to build a strong Pakistan team for the next year ICC Cricket World Cup being staged jointly in Australia and New Zealand. “ My objectives are loud and clear to be consistent in selection policies to prepare a strong team for World Cup,” he told APP in an interview on Wednesday after being named new chief selector by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He said he will be using all his vast experiences of international and domestic cricket to build and prepare strong team. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif said after accepting the job, he had put his difference with PCB behind to work for the betterment of the game. He said he will be closely collaborating with Pakistan chief coach and ex-captains Moin Khan and Zaheer Abbas for the Pakistan cricket. In the meantime PCB announced the induction of Rashid Latif as Chief Selector. “Rashid, currently serving in Port Qasim Authority, met with Chairman PCB Najam Sethi today to discuss various plans in cricket and agreed to accept the offer to become the Chief Selector with effect from 1st April 2014. Rashid will join PCB on deputation from his parent department,” PCB statement said.

LAHORE: Athletes trying to break Guinness World Record during a ceremony in connection with Punjab Youth Festival Sports.

Army men create Guinness World Records in Punjab Youth Festival

Shoaib wants Misbah to be like Imran ISLAMABAD—Former pacer Shoaib Akthar believes cap-

L AHORE —Pak Army PACES (Physi- ‘fittest of the fittest’. PACES is an ini- dedication of Pakistani Nation until we tain Misbah ul haq should cal Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Team won laurels for the country by creating Guinness world record in various categories of physical fitness competitions under the banner of Punjab Youth Festival here on Wednesday at Punjab Sports Stadium. In the maximum Push ups on one hand with 40 pounds back pack in one minute event. The previous record of 31 push ups in one minute by a British soldier was broken by Captain Arbab of Pak Army by 60 push ups in one minute. In the most push ups on back of hands with 60 pounds back pack in one minute category. The previous record of 38 push ups by a US citizen was set by Sepoy Ali Haider with 52 push ups. Most push with 40 pounds back pack in one minute by a Lebanese national with 73 push ups was shattered by Sepoy Zafar Iqbal with 100 push ups. The Pak Army Officers and Jawans have maintained their supremacy in various physical events by proving

tiative to improve the physical training regime within the Pakistan Army. The programme relies on modern scientific techniques to assist each soldier in achieving requisite fitness standards by concentrating on individual rather than group based development. Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said that with the progress of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF), the passion of the Youth is also increasing rapidly who want to show the world that they are not less than the Youth of any other country. Talking to the reporters at the opening ceremony of the Guinness World Records attempts at the Gymnasium Hall of the Sports Board Punjab (SBP), the Minister said: “The Punjab Youth Festival has provided a platform to the Youth. This time, we will try to attempt around 100 Worlds Records in which Army Men will also take part with great zeal and zest.” “No one can defeat the fervor and

have enthusiastic youngsters like Captain Arbab,” he said and added: “The entire world is observing our Youth creating World Records and PYF will earn good name for the country across the globe.” Mashood elaborated. “The vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is to make the country prosper and developed. They are taking revolutionary steps and are committed to weed out poverty and load-shedding from this country.” “The Youth Festival has been presenting a soft image of the country to the outer world and also helping in increasing its Foreign Investment,” he concluded. Speaking at the occasion, Director General, Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar felicitated the Youth on their attempts of creating new World Records. “This time, our Youth has been provided with more facilities and in future,” it will be enhanced.—APP

ASCC to emerge on PCB domestic map from March 1 K A R A C H I —Arabian Sea

ISLAMABAD: Players participating in long jump competition during Inter-Board Athletics Championship at Jinnah Sports Complex.

Lahore Board victorious in badminton final I SLAMABAD —Defending

Champions Lahore Board retained the title brushing aside Federal Board Islamabad by 3-1 in the All Pakistan Inter Boards boys’ badminton final played here at Rodham Hall. Raja Hasnain (LHR) played first single against Ali Larosh (ISB) and defeated him by 21-14, 21-12. In doubles Raja Hasnain pairing with Ammar confirmed the 2-0 lead for Lahore when they succeeded over Ali Larosh and Uaakeph Khan (ISB) with the score 21-16, 21-11. Kumail Naqvi (ISB) struggled and clinched the second single from Ammar (LHR) by 21-18, 15-21, 21-19. This win went into the favor of Federal Board but soon Rana Inzimam and Ali (LHR) out classed Kumail and Agha Saud (ISB) in second doubles winning it by 18-21, 21- 10, 21- 15. Lahore Board won the tie with 3-1. Earlier in semi finals Lahore Board defeated Peshawar Board by 3-0, while Federal Board eliminated Sahiwal Board by 3-2 to berth in final. Players from 26 educational boards participated in this Sport gala.

On the occasion International Badminton Coach, Raziuddin Ahmad said that the Sajjad who represented Malakand Board is a real talent who do not have badminton hall in his District Timergrah and plays with plastic shuttlecocks. Rana Inzimam (Lahore), Shoaib Raiz (Bannu Board) and Abdullah Rizwan from Jhelum represented Rawalpindi Board played out standing in this tournament. Kahuta Model College, KRL boys Ali Larosh and Uaakeph Khan who represented Federal Board in the final is their big achievement. Muqeet from Cheechawatni represented Sahiwal Board also performed well. He said all players are the real outcome of this tournament and most of them belong to under developing Districts where playing facilities are less common as compare to Islamabad. “They could be the future badminton stars if considered by the PSB, PBF or Sports authorities,” Razi added.—APP

Country Club (ASCC) Ground will emerge on the cricket map of Pakistan when it staged a three-day match of Patrons Cricket Trophy Grade-II between Karachi Electrics and Sindh Police starting from March 1. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have allocated five matches of Patrons Trophy for the first time since the launch of picturesque ground behind Pakistan Steel Mills over a decade ago. “Its definitely will be a good boost for game and players as it join the domestic circuit,” former international and General Manager Operations ASCC Hasan Jamil, commented. “We have prepared quality tracks in a serene environments to allow players to show their potential,” he said.It’s a big occasion for the club. Groundman Atiq-urRehman said that three pitches have been prepared which will be used during the five matches staged at this ground. He expressed the hope that pace bowlers will enjoy bowling on these tracks with got greenish touch. “We are well equipped to hold these matches and looking forward stage these matches in a successful and befitting manner,” Atiq concluded.— APP

induce into the players the belief of winning like Imran Khan, did in the 1992 World Cup. Speaking of the defeat of Pakistan at the hands of Sri Lanka by 12 runs in the opener of the Asia Cup, Shoaib said 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan induced into the players the belief of winning from nowhere, which Misbah needs to do. “Misbah should lead the team like a lion. I remember Imran Khan turning ordinary cricketers into superstars in the 1992 World Cup,” he said while talking to a private news channel. Shoaib, who made his Test debut in November 1997, said Pakistan threw away the match to Sri Lanka when there were no difficulties. “All players including Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq are equally responsible for this defeat. All of them played rash shots and none took responsibility at the right time,” he said. The Rawalpindi Express, who has bowled the fastest delivery officially recorded at a speed of 161.3 kph, said our batsmen don’t have the thing to finish the game off. “Umar Akmal played really well, but when the time was to finish the match, he crumbled,” he said, The Asia Cup is will continue till March 8 in Bangladesh. The event includes teams of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh—APP

In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Selector, Rashid will also assist PCB in imparting training and conducting lectures on Anti-Corruption matters. C o m menting on his meeting today Rashid said “I am excited on getting associated with PCB. I will endeavor to build a strong team keeping in view the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. I will also assist PCB in whatever way I can in Anti-corruption matters,” PCB statement further said. PCB Chairman in his comments said “Rashid is an extremely valuable addition to our team. I have keenly followed his forthright views on cricket in the past and I trust he will be able to bring about positive change in our cricket,” statement concluded.—APP

Tent pegging in Islamabad from March, 8 I SLAMABAD —Capital Development Authority (CDA) will arrange a two-day annual Tent Pegging (Naiza Bazi) in Fatima Jinnah Park, on March 8-9. Talking to APP, CDA Director General (DG) sports and culture Asif Shajhan Javed said, that event was arranged by the civic body annually to entertain the citizens. He said that horsemen and teams from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would participate in the event while colorful stalls, cultural shows and other entertainment oriented festivities would also be arrenged on the occassion. He said that there will be no entry fee for the participating teams. He said that Capital Development Authority would provide all facilities to

the Horsemen and for their horses. DGS ports said that Capital Development Authority would take all measures to organize such splendid event with an aim to highlight the historical and cultural heritage. He said that CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal would be the chief guest on the occasion. He said that all possible measure of security would be taken to make this event joy full. With the heralding of spring in the federal capital, the horse riders participating in tent pegging competition organized by the capital Development Authority (CDA) offered a scintillating ambience for viewers to enjoy the colors of ‘Jashn-e-Baharan’.—APP

Mehreen declared fastest athlete of Pakistan ISLAMABAD —Promising Mehreen has be- got silver medal and Habiba of Gujranwala come the fastest athlete of the Pakistan Inter-Board Athletic Championship being played at Jinnah Sports Complex Islamabad on Wednesday. Mehreen of Gujranwala Board clocked 12.48sec, winning the gold medal in the 100m spring race, followed by another promising athlete Turab of BISE Sahiwal, she clocked 13.54sec and Javeria Kiran of BISE Faisalabad clocked 13.60sec. Zaryab Arif of Sahiwal Board, Hasina of Mardan Board and Maria of Rawalpindi Board got fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively. Athlete Sahib-e-Asra, the National Junior gold medalist, ousted from the competition because of cramps developed during the 100m race and she fell badly on the tartan track. It was the 800m race in which Sahib-e-Asra of Faisalabad Board won the gold medal before ousted from the competition due to injury. She clocked 2.41:50sec while Farhat Bano, also from Faisalabad, got silver medal and Zainab Khan of Rawalpindi Board took the bronze medal. In the Long Jump Mahreen took second gold medal with her distance of 5.16m, followed by Javeria of Faisalabad and Turab Zehro of Sahiwal. In the shot put Mahreen of Gujranwala took third gold with a distance of 9.54m, followed by Saddique Nisa of Rawalpindi

got third position while in the Javelin throw Fatima Hussain of BISE Faisalabad got gold medal with 36.93m distance, followed by Habiba and Hina Arooj of Islamabad. Laila Akbar of Peshawar Board was the only athlete she qualified for the Javelin throw and short-listed in the top eight positions. She recorded a distance of 20.66m. In the Table Tennis Sahiwal, Mardan Khairpur Board, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad,, Islamabad and Peshawar Board won the matches against Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Bannu, Swat, Karachi,Koaht, Gujranwala and DG Khan. Team comprising Sahiwal, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad moved to the semi-finals of the Table Tennis event. In the Hockey, Sahiwal, Larkana, Islamabad and Faisalabad recorded victories in their respective matches against Gujrawala, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Mardan Boards. In the Badminton a total of eight matches were decided wherein Faisalabad Board beat Larkana by 2-0, Abbottabad beat Swat by 2-0, Malakand beat Karachi by 2-0, Sahiwal beat Karachi by 2-0, Islamabad beat Gujranwala 2-0, Mirpur AJK beat Kohat by 2-0, BISE DG Khan beat Mardan by 2-0 and BISE Peshawar beat Rawalpindi by 2-1. In the Volleyball DG Khan beat Hyderabad by 25-14, 25-22 and 25-20. DG Khan beat Lahore 2-0.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Players of local cricket club teams in action during a match played at G-7 cricket ground.


Fortuin, Rabada power South Africa to WC U-19 final D UBAI —Kagiso Rabada’s pace, Australia Under-19s comprehen- South Africa to a very defendable sweeping. After passing fifty, he with speeds touching 90mph, powered South Africa Under-19s to their first World Cup final since 2008, beating Australia Under-19s comprehensively by 80 runs in Dubai.

sively by 80 runs in Dubai. Rabada had earlier jolted West Indies at the same ground nearly two weeks ago, but his six-wicket haul in the semifinal was the standout bowling per-

score on this ground and it meant that Australia would have to match the highest successful chase in the tournament to enter the final. For a change, wickets didn’t fall in a clump at the start of the innings, as had been the case with teams batting first in Dubai. Aiden Markram and Fortuin produced the best start of the tournament at the venue batting first, nullifying Australia’s pace attack by batting positively. There was hardly any deviation to cause trouble and the batsmen were able to hit through the line with ease. Batting sides had struggled to do the same earlier. Australia weren’t very disciplined with the ball either, conceding eight wides and a no-ball in the first 15 overs, during which South Africa had reached a healthy 66 for 0. Spin was introduced as early as the ninth over, as the seamers were ineffec-

DUBAI: Clyde Fortuin of South Africa goes on the attack against Australia in the 2nd semi-final of Under-19 World Cup on Wednesday. Rabada had earlier jolted West Indies at the same ground nearly two weeks ago, but his six-wicket haul in the semi-final was the standout bowling performance till date in the tournament. A target of 231 was always going to test Australia but Rabada’s spell didn’t give them an inch.” target” blank Scorecard and ball-by-ball details Kagiso Rabada’s pace, with speeds touching 90mph, powered South Africa Under-19s to their first World Cup final since 2008, beating

formance till date in the tournament. A target of 231 was always going to test Australia but Rabada’s spell didn’t give them an inch. It was an innings of two halves for South Africa Under-19s. A century opening stand between captain Aiden Markram and Clyde Fortuin put them on the path to a score of 250 and above, but Australia’s spinners did well to pull them back and restrict them to a par score of 230 in the second semi-final. Late hitting by Yaseen Valli took

tive in providing a breakthrough. Fortuin was s t r o n g against anything short and looked at ease against the left-arm spinner Thom a s Andrews, pulling and

clipped the seamer Guy Walker over mid-on before pulling him to fine leg. Markram had scored two centuries prior to this match and had faced 237 balls without being dismissed. He extended that to 300 balls before he was caught brilliantly by Walker at backward point, diving to his left. Markram had made a steady 45 and his drives found the middle of the bat. South Africa had progressed at five an over till the 30th but that’s when their control began to slip. The offspinner Matthew Short struck first ball in his opening spell when he had Fortuin driving straight to extra cover. He then removed Kirwin Christoffels with a leading edge to cover and Andrews claimed another with a return catch, sending back Greg Oldfield. South Africa had suddenly lost 3 for 17 and the Powerplay didn’t change their fortunes either. The Australia spinners kept things tight and conceded just 12 runs in the Powerplay. The seamers ensured South Africa didn’t motor along in the last ten, where they scored 56. Valli played some innovative shots, making room and scooping down to fine leg and clearing the infield. Billy Stanlake’s yorkers were tough to get away for the lower order but Valli’s presence was important for South Africa. He departed in the 49th over, caught at short cover off Stanlake.—AFP

S Africa U-19s innings: Markram c Walker b Bazley ........................ 45 Fortuin c Andrews b Short .......................... 74 Christoffels c Gregory b Short .......................... 20 Oldfield c & b Andrews 9 Bosch b Stanlake ........ 10 Y Valli b Stanlake ......... 31 B Dial b Ashkenazi ........ 4 J Smith not out ............ 11 D Bruwer run out .......... 3 K Rabada b Ashkenazi . 0 Extras: (b2, lb7, w13, nb1)23 Total: (9 wickets) ....... 230 Fall of wickets: 1-105, 2-150, 3-161, 4-167, 5-196, 6-207, 7218, 8-230, 9-230 Bowling: ......... O-M-R-W B Stanlake ........ 10-1-36-2 G Walker ............. 6-0-44-0 B Ashkenazi ....... 9-0-37-2 Andrews ........... 10-0-46-1 Gregory ............... 5-0-25-0

Mayweather rejects Khan for Maidana in May L OS A NGELES —Undefeated welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather celebrated his 37th birthday on Wednesday by announcing he´ll put his 45-0 record on the line on May 3 against Marcos Maidana. The move comes after weeks of speculation as to whether Mayweather would fill his May fight date with Argentina´s Maidana or England´s Amir Khan. The brash American even ran an internet poll in which fans voted for the Khan match-up, but World Boxing Council welterweight champion Mayweather instead will take on World Boxing Association champ Maidana in a unification bout. “Marcos Maidana´s last performance immediately brought him to my attention,” Mayweather said of Maidana´s comprehensive defeat of the previously unbeaten Adrien Broner on December 14.The 30year-old Maidana dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns against the three-time world champion. “He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring,” Mayweather said. “I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him - beat me.” At 45-0 with 26 knockouts, Mayweather is approaching the 46-0 career mark of retired Welsh star Joe Calzaghe and the iconic 49-0 mark of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.Mayweather beat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September in his most recent bout for the WBA and World Boxing Council light middleweight titles. The May 3 bout will be the third in his lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime.

“I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division,” Maidana said. “I just handed a great defensive fighter his first loss and I plan to do the same to Mayweather.” But Khan fans are sure to be riled. Mayweather set in motion a flurry of online polls following a message posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts

earlier this month asking fans to voice their opinion on his next opponent. At least one of the online polls showed Khan had swept past Maidana to get the nod from fans 20,105 votes to 15,474.However, the statement announcing the bout on Monday said that overall opinion expressed on social me-

dia backed a Mayweather-Maidana clash. “Through the accumulation of more than 100,000 votes on the various online polls, more than 100,000 comments on Mayweather´s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as nonstop fan Tweets, Mayweather saw an overwhelming majority favor Maidana,” the promotional statement said. Khan, 28-3 with 19 knockouts, pulled out of a planned December world title

fight for the chance to take the ring with Mayweather and has not fought since last April. The 27-year-old Englishman last week tweeted his frustration at the delays and said he will meet with promoter Golden Boy this week to decide what to do next as his patience wore thin.—AFP

JJ Bazley ............. 3-0-19-1 Short ................... 7-0-14-2 Australia U-19s innings: Short c Fortuin b Rabada 7 J Morgan b Rabada .... 12 D Mortimer b Rabada ... 4 J Doran b Bosch .......... 36 Gregory b Bosch ......... 31 McDermott run out ..... 12 JJ Bazley b Valli ........... 22 Andrews c Valli b Rabada 4 Ashkenazi b Rabada ..... 0 Walker b Rabada ........... 4 Stanlake not out ............ 0 Extras: (b 1, lb 11, w 6) 18 Total: (all out) ............ 150 Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-18, 333, 4-96, 5-114, 6-114, 7-132, 8-143, 9-150, 10-150 Bowling: ......... O-M-R-W K Rabada ......... 8.2-0-25-6 D Bruwer .......... 10-1-32-0 JG Dill .................. 8-2-29-0 C Bosch .............. 8-1-25-2 Y Valli .................. 8-1-27-1

Hull City, Charlton advance to FA Cup quarter-finals L ONDON —Goals from Curtis Davies and United with the ties to be played March 8Robert Koren earned Hull City a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 replay win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion. Charlton Athletic lifted some more of their gloom as the relegation-threatened second-tier side won 2-1 at fellow Championship outfit Sheffield We d n e s d a y to end hopes of a Sheffield derby in the last eight. Davies scored Hull´s opening goal with a looping header from Koren´s corner in the 14th minute as the Premier League team dictated play. Koren then added a second in the 36th minute when his free kick - via a deflection from Keith Andrews - beat Peter Brezovan in the visiting goal. Second tier Brighton managed to halve the deficit in the 68th minute through top scorer Leonardo Ulloa, who also scored in the 1-1 draw in the initial tie last Monday, but they struggled to carve out any more meaningful opportunities. Hull host boss Steve Bruce´s former side Sunderland in the quarter-finals while Charlton face a trip to third tier Sheffield

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Arsenal host Everton and Manchester City welcome holders Wigan Athletic in a repeat of last season´s final in the other matches. Charlton, who sit in the Championship rele g a t i o n zone, beat promotion chasing Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and the momentum that result provided continued on Monday as they dominated the early proceedings at Hillsborough. Callum Herriott opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute when his swerving strike nestled in the top corner. Leon Best equalised for Wednesday in the 57th minute, converting from close range, but Simon Church restored Charlton´s advantage when he nodded home Johnnie Jackson´s free kick eight minutes later. Wednesday had chances to force a replay, with the initial tie postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, but Londoners Charlton held on.—AFP

Nara takes women’s title at Rio Open RIO D E J ANEIRO —In the women´s final want to focus on my game — every game.” at the combined ATP-WTA Rio Open, Kurumi Nara of Japan defeated top-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 61, 4-6, 6-1 to win her first WTA singles title here. Nara, the 22-year-old Japanese, was seeded fifth in the tournament and is Japan´s top-ranked woman at No. 62. She prefers to play on hard courts but has adapted to the heat and clay in Rio. “I love Rio,” Nara said, cracking a huge smile. “I can´t believe I won the tournament,

Nara said she thrived on the hot, humid weather in Rio and said Japanese players are getting better on clay because a new clay-court facility has been built in the country. Maria Bueno, Brazil´s greatest female player who won seven Grand Slam singles titles — her last in the US Open in 1966 — helped hand the winning trophy to Nara. Zakopalova won two WTA titles 10 years ago, but has now lost 12 consecutive singles finals. In parts of the match she

but I am very happy.” The victory is projected to push Nara into the top 50 — probably No. 48 — when the WTA publishes its rankings on Monday. “I don´t want to think too much about being No. 1 in Japan,” Nara said. “I just

seemed unwell, probably bothered by the 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) heat and intense humidity. “I have an asthma problem so I couldn´t breathe,” Zakopalova said. “But it´s not an excuse. Well done to Kurumi. She deserved it. She played really well.”—AP

South Africa dismiss ball tampering claim CAPE TOWN—South Africa dismissed Wednesday an Australian claim that they might have tampered the ball during a 231-run second-Test victory last weekend. Proteas manager Mohammed Moosajee told reporters the allegations were “disappointing” and “discouraging” and “took some gloss off the victory”. Controversial Australia batsman David Warner named South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as a possible suspect during a radio interview. “We were questioning whether or not AB de Villiers would get the ball in his hand and, with his glove, wipe the rough side every ball,” he said. Warner, who punched England batsman Joe Root in a nightclub last year, added that they would bring the issue to the attention of the third-Test umpires. De Villiers dismissed the claim ahead of the seriesdeciding Newlands Test that starts Saturday: “We are not a team that scratches the ball—we do not cheat.” Moosajee added: “Warner is trying to distract our attention ahead of the decisive third Test. We will not pursue the matter—let the ICC study his remarks.” After a 281-run first Test hiding at Centurion, South Africa exacted revenge in Port Elizabeth last weekend thanks to a fourth-day Dale Steyn reverse-swing masterclass.—AFP

India record 6-wicket win against Bangladesh F ATULLAH —India defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in a high-scoring match in the Asia Cup 2014 here at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing an improbable target of 280, India earlier were finding it difficult as they lost both their openers for 54 but captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane came to rescue and repaired the damage. They batted first cautiously and later with ease to put their team on the path of victory. They made 213 runs for the third wicket partnership before Kohli departed after hitting 136, his 19th century in ODI cricket. Just after Kohli’s departure, his partner Rahane also went out after scoring 73, his fourth ODI fifty. Then, India needed only eight runs to win which they made to complete the victory with just one over left.—AFP

England prepare for life without Pietersen LONDON—England will play their first major match since the controversial decision to call time on Kevin Pietersen’s international career when they face West Indies in the first of three one-day internationals in Antigua on Friday. English cricket is still coming to terms with the decision to dispense with the services of the national side’s all-time leading run scorer across all formats. There is a sense that former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton, now the England and Wales Cricket Board’s managing director and Test captain Alastair Cook, rested from the Caribbean series, know they will be judged on the team’s results and so would not be as perverse to ‘cut off their nose to spite their face’ by prematurely ditching a world-class player.—AFP


Partner’s death tied to more heart attacks, strokes

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LDER men and women whose partners died within the past month are at an in creased risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found the chance of having a heart attack or stroke doubled within the 30 days after people lost their significant other. “The period after death of a loved one is a time of increased vulnerability to a range of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Sunil Shah said. “It is important that doctors, family and friends understand this risk and offer help and support to bereaved individuals.” Shah is one of the study’s authors from St. George’s University of London. “Although we know that the chance of dying of a heart attack or stroke increases after losing someone close, we had less information on the overall effect of bereavement (on) heart attacks and strokes,” including those that aren’t fatal, he wrote in an email to Reuters Health. “We think ours is the first large study to look at this after death of a partner,” he added. Shah and his colleagues analyzed the records of patients seen at 401 UK primary care offices between February 2005 and September 2012. They compared information on 30,477 people between the ages of 60 and 89 who lost their significant other during that time and 83,588 people who were otherwise similar but did not lose a partner. The researchers found that within 30 days of their partners’ deaths, 0.16 percent of the

bereaved group had a heart attack or stroke. That compared to 0.08 percent of the nonbereaved group that had a heart attack or stroke over an equivalent period. The risks of blood clots in the lungs - known as pulmonary emboli - and severe and sudden blockages in the heart’s arteries were also increased after a partner’s death. Any extra risks appeared to dissipate after 30 days, the researchers write in JAMA Internal Medicine. “We think it is important that doctors, friends and family are aware of this risk so they can ensure care is as good as possible at a time of increased vulnerability before and after loss of a loved one,” Shah wrote. “This can include making sure that bereaved individuals continue with their regular prescribed medication, attend health checks with their doctor or nurse as usual and report any new health problems,” he added. Subu Subramanian, who was not involved with the new research but has studied the socalled widowhood effect at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said the new study’s results jibe with previous research. He also said it’s good to see the increased risks after a partner’s death seem to eventually disappear. “It’s just that you need to bring in some resources at that time in a very targeted and intense way to alleviate that,” he said. “Even the types of interventions we may think about could vary if you’re only thinking short term,” he added.

Water cannons are being used by Police to disperse the members of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association during a demonstration seeking timescale and promotions, outside Sindh Secretariat.

Ebad approves anti-graffiti Bill IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan Wednesday ascended Provincial Assembly Bill to provide for prevention of defacement of property and prohibition of expression of matters on walls in the Province of Sindh. The Act will be called the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2013, shall extend to the whole of Province of Sindh and shall come into force at once. According to this Act, unless the context otherwise requires would mean “Affixing Material” means any poster, bill, notice, placard, or any other material on property without the prior permission of the owner and “Defacement” or “Deface” would mean without the permission of the owner, impairing or interfering with the appearance or the beauty of Property or damaging, disfiguring, spoiling, or injuring and in any other manner. With the promulgation of the said Act, writing on the property, affixing Material on the

Prof Dr Justice (R) Qazi Khalid Ali Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Law University receiving shielf from Regional Legal Advisor of Intel Committee of Red Cross Charles R Sabga on the occasion of joint seminar of ICRC and S M Law College, Karachi. Principal S M Law College Prof Khalid A Hashmi is also seen in the picture.

KMC Administrator terms focusing on education sector a necessity STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said focusing on education sector was a necessity as this would ensure better future of new generation. All possible steps were being taken for bringing improvement in the education facilities and standard of education in KMC run schools. He said this during a meeting with Director Education Abdul Khaliq. Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Senior Director HRM Shoaib Waqar and Sr. Director Finance Munawwar Imam were also present on this occasion. Administrator Karachi expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of education

department and warned officers to bring improvement in the overall performance of schools without delay. He said to Director Education and Assistant Director to immediately visit all schools in the city and ensure there attendance of teaching and non teaching staff on regular basis and submit a comprehensive report in this connection. He said clear difference must be seen in the performance of KMC run schools. Director Education Abdul Khaliq while giving a briefing said the number of KMC run schools in the city was 637 which include 37 English medium and 58 secondary schools. The total number of staff in these schools was about 8 thousand which include 5 thousand teachers and 3 thousand non teaching staff.

Nadia ensures release of child K ARACHI —Nadia Gabol, Sindh Chief Minister’s Coordinator for Human Rights on Wednesday deposited surety amount of Rs 50,000 and got released Latif Khan, an eight year old inmate of Juvenile and Correction School, Karachi Central Prison. The child reportedly was arrested for murder of a 74 year old man during an attempt to robbery at the latter’s home. Gabol during her visit to Women prison and Juvenile Centre of Karachi Central Prison also announced to pay transportation expenses, including air-fare of a Zambian woman, to help her get back home with her one and a half year old daughter. The Zambian women, jailed under drug smuggling charges, has completed her sentence some three months ago, however, could not manage to arrange the air-fare. The Coordinator also enquired the women and child inmates about their problems and visited technical workshop, gymnasium and arts and music school functional on the prison premises.—APP

Property or including any act which results in the Defacement of Property; According to the Act no person shall Deface any Property, in any manner whatsoever with an intention to attract public attention. Any person found in contravention of any provisions of this Act, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees or with both and if an offence is a continuing one with a further fine which may extend to one thousand rupees for every day after the date of the first commission during which period the offender has persisted an offence. It shall not be an offence under this section, if the owner or possessor of the Property expresses any particulars relating to himself or his business thereon. Within a period of fifteen days of the promulgation of this Act, Government shall constitute an Anti-Property Defacement Task Force which shall assess the scope and nature of the Defacement and

suggest ways to augment enforcement capability, survey the efforts of other jurisdiction to combat Defacement and consider the replication of such programmes, and propose a comprehensive anti-Defacement programme. The Anti-Property Defacement Task Force shall comprise of 6 members including the Chairperson. The Chairperson and members shall be experienced persons of eminence and shall be appointed by Government from the following sectors such as Law, Civil society organization engaged in civic or cultural projects, Education, Electronic or Print Media, Business Community and Engineering or Architecture. According to the said Act, every Council shall within a period of thirty days from the commencement of this Act, cause to be removed all existing Defacement of Property within its Jurisdiction which is prohibited by this Act and the cost of such removal shall be recovered from the persons responsible for such matters.

Steps for restoration of lasting peace in city STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Karachi Ameer Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman demanded of the government to decisive steps against the terrorists, so that lasting peace could be restored in the city. He made this demand during his visit to different offices of the party in District Central. JI Karachi General Secretary Abdul Wahab, Naib Ameers JI Karachi Muzaffar Hashmi, Nasrullah Khan Shajih, Muslim Pervez, deputy secretary JI Karachi Rashid Qureshi, JI District Central Ameer Munim Zafar, Secretary Muhammad Yousuf and others accompanied the JI Karachi Chief. Hafiz Naeem said that the reconciliation policy of the present and previous governments has destroyed the peace of the city and pushed the city into the hands of terrorists. “The city is being under terror for last 25 years and more than 11,000 innocent people have been killed during last six years and the targeted killings are still continued in the city”, he added. He said that the previous government of PPP had made the terrorists part of the coalition government and gave them license to kill innocent people of the city. Commenting on the ongoing targeted operation, Hafiz Naeem said that the government through its targeted operation against the criminal elements is making the people fool, as the government is being freed the criminals. He reiterated that the government should take effective steps towards the elimination of the criminals and their criminal activities for the restoration of pace in the city.

National Health symposium KARACHI—People between the ages of 15 to 45 years are the commonest victims of road traffic accidents that itself account for nearly 30,000 visits to emergency departments each year in Karachi alone, said Dr Junaid Razzak, an expert in Emergency Medicine. In his presentation during 17th National Health Sciences Research Symposium, focussed on Non Communicable Diseases, organized by Aga Khan University on Wednesday he mentioned stroke and trauma/ injuries as the most common causes for disability in country. Local and international experts are part of the two-day event to discuss how best to tackle the growing menace of Noncommunicable Diseases. Dr Jeyaraj Pandian of the World Stroke Organisation, India pointed out that between 1990 and 2010 the incidence of stroke in middle income countries had increased by 12 percent and cited health and demographic transition, a sedentary lifestyle, rise in obesity and a rise in hypertension and diabetes as primary causes.—APP

Govt ordered to present SP Rao’s service record IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday ordered Sindh government to produce complete record pertaining to posting of Rao Anwar as SP of district Malir within a week. The SCP had taken stern notice of posting Rao Anwar as SP Malir, which could be contempt to court as the SCP had suspended the said Police officer and only the SCP could cancel the suspension orders. This was observed during hearing of long standing Karachi Lawlessness Case at SCP Karachi Registry. The hearing was being conducted a 5-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) as head of the bench and Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, Justice Gulzar Sheikh and Justice Musheer Alam. The advocate general Sindh had during the hearing of said case presented a report about SP Rao Anwar and apprised the SCP that the said Police officer was on a VIOP duty at the time of Abbas Town tragedy due to which he could not move to the venue of the said incident. The Bench said that the SCP had taken notice of his absence and ordered for his suspension but in violation to orders of the apex court, said Police officer was posted as SP of Malir.

Acting US CG oversees discussion on results of Pakistan Demographic, Health Survey STAFF REPORTER

Abdul Sattar Edhi leading a peace walk on MA Jinnah Road.

KARACHI—Acting US Consul General Leon S. Waskin joined local government officials, public health experts, and medical professionals at the Provincial Dissemination Seminar of the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013 in Karachi on Wednesday. The seminar was the first such event in Sindh to discuss the survey results, recently unveiled in Islamabad, which present a comprehensive sum-

mary of data on infant and child mortality, reproductive health, family planning, fertility, and nutrition among Pakistan’s women and children. The survey, conducted by the National Institute for Population Studies with financial and technical support from USAID, will enable policymakers and planners to review population welfare and health programs to reduce high mortality among mothers and children. Speaking at the event, Waskin, who is also USAID’s

Deputy Mission Director for programs in Sindh and Balochistan, noted that, when compared to the prior survey conducted in 2006-2007, the new survey showed improvements in some areas, such as a decrease in infant mortality. At the same time, Waskin explained, the survey data shows negative trends in the areas of child nutrition and immunization. To combat these negative trends, Waskin said, “The U.S. Government, through USAID,has implemented a $387 million Maternal and Child

Health Project, most of which is based in Sindh, that will help save the lives of women and children by improving the quality and availability of key family planning, reproductive health, and maternal, neonatal, and child health services.” Also present at the event were: Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh; USAID Office of Health, Deputy Director Randolph Augustin; and Begum ShahnazWazir Ali, President, Population Association of Pakistan.


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LDER men and women whose partners died within the past month are at an in creased risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found the chance of having a heart attack or stroke doubled within the 30 days after people lost their significant other. “The period after death of a loved one is a time of increased vulnerability to a range of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes,” Dr. Sunil Shah said. “It is important that doctors, family and friends understand this risk and offer help and support to bereaved individuals.” Shah is one of the study’s authors from St. George’s University of London. “Although we know that the chance of dying of a heart attack or stroke increases after losing someone close, we had less information on the overall effect of bereavement (on) heart attacks and strokes,” including those that aren’t fatal, he wrote in an email to Reuters Health. “We think ours is the first large study to look at this after death of a partner,” he added. Shah and his colleagues analyzed the records of patients seen at 401 UK primary care offices between February 2005 and September 2012. They compared information on 30,477 people between the ages of 60 and 89 who lost their significant other during that time and 83,588 people who were otherwise similar but did not lose a partner. The researchers found that within 30 days of their partners’ deaths, 0.16 percent of the

bereaved group had a heart attack or stroke. That compared to 0.08 percent of the nonbereaved group that had a heart attack or stroke over an equivalent period. The risks of blood clots in the lungs - known as pulmonary emboli - and severe and sudden blockages in the heart’s arteries were also increased after a partner’s death. Any extra risks appeared to dissipate after 30 days, the researchers write in JAMA Internal Medicine. “We think it is important that doctors, friends and family are aware of this risk so they can ensure care is as good as possible at a time of increased vulnerability before and after loss of a loved one,” Shah wrote. “This can include making sure that bereaved individuals continue with their regular prescribed medication, attend health checks with their doctor or nurse as usual and report any new health problems,” he added. Subu Subramanian, who was not involved with the new research but has studied the socalled widowhood effect at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said the new study’s results jibe with previous research. He also said it’s good to see the increased risks after a partner’s death seem to eventually disappear. “It’s just that you need to bring in some resources at that time in a very targeted and intense way to alleviate that,” he said. “Even the types of interventions we may think about could vary if you’re only thinking short term,” he added.

People taking interest in books displayed at 28th Lahore International Book Festival at Expo Centre.

Energy shortage affecting economy: Shahbaz Special incentives being offered to local, foreign investors SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister

Vice Chancellor Govt College University, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rehman taking keen interest in artworks at annual exhibition of GCU Fine Arts Department.

Women Development Week OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Cooperatives, Malik Iqbal Channar during meeting with delegations of girl students of different colleges said that women development week will be observed in the first week of March in connection with International Women Day. He said that seminars would be conducted in government colleges and private and public sector universities of province for improving social status of women and including them in decision making process at national level. Special functions will be held in the honour of women playing their role in the development of country by rendering invaluable services in different walks of life throughout the province.

LHC takes notice of man’s death in Police custody STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell on Wednesday took notice of a press report on administrative side regarding death of a 65-year-old man in police custody. The Cell has directed the District & Sessions Judge, Sialkot to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by police along with his own comments within a week. According to details, police raided at a house to arrest an alleged criminal, Rashid alias Bhola, wanted in double murder case but could not find him. Instead police picked Mahmood Ahmad, father of Bhola, for allegedly sheltering his son and took him to Pasrur City police station where they tortured the old man to death. Victim’s family staged a demonstration in Pasrur city by placing the body in front of Civil Hospital and demanded a murder case against the policemen. Senior police officials negotiated with the protesting people and assured them of action against the accused police officials. The family told media that the police brutally tortured Mahmood. They said instead of arresting Rashid in a two-year-old double murder case, the police arrested and killed his father.

Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the shortage of energy being faced by Pakistan has affected national economy as well as all sectors of life. He said that controlling of energy crisis is essential for promotion of business activities and stability of economy. He said that government is sincerely endeavouring to cope with the problem of shortage of electricity. He said that special incentives are being offered to local and foreign investors for investment in energy sector. He said that agreements have signed with several foreign companies, which are being implemented expeditiously. He said that there are vast opportunities of investment in energy and other sectors in Punjab and German investors should benefit from them. He was talking to German Ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Nunn who met him, here Wednesday. Matters of mutual

interest as well cooperation in different sectors including energy were discussed on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that there are friendly relations between Pakistan and Germany and Germany is a big trading partner of Pakistan, however, there is a need to further increase the volume of trade between the two countries. He said that Germany can increase bilateral cooperation in energy and other sectors. The Chief Minister said that sincere efforts are being to resolve energy problem being faced by Pakistan. He said that besides federal government, provincial government is also working on hydle, solar, coal-based and other projects of power generation through alternatives sources. He said that work is being carried out on a big project of power generation from coal in Punjab while the project of Quaidi-Azam Solar Park, over a vast area in Bahawalpur, is being implemented speedily. He said that basic infrastructure has been provided in the solar park.

He said that Punjab government is setting up a 100 megawatt solar power project in Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park with its own resources and it will start production from this year. He said that Germany has expertise in solar energy and Punjab government wants to benefit from it. Shahbaz Sharif said that government has taken effective measures for providing complete protection to foreign investors in Punjab. He assured that German investors as well as their capital will be extended full protection in the province. German Ambassador Dr Cyrill Nunn said that there is a vast scope of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Germany and promotion of trade relations can help strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh Ahmed Hassan, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Chairman Punjab Investment Board and Managing Director Punjab Metro Bus Authority were also present on the occasion.

Mayor Cheques Newly appointed civil judges ofLord Manchester distribution for to get pre-service training calls on CM bestac treatment M A O R UZAFFAR

OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Zakat & Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran will distribute cheques for financial assistance among medical superintendents of the hospitals of Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur divisions for the provision of free treatment and medicines to the deserving patients. He will also distribute cheques among principals of vocational training institutes. The Minister will distribute cheques on February 27 among hospitals of Sahiwal Division at 11.00 am at Commissioner Officer Sahiwal and at 4.00 pm at Raza Hall Multan.

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LAHORE—Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Umar Ata Bandial has issued posting orders of newly appointed 175 Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates in the different districts of the Province. The above said judicial officers have been directed to report at Punjab Judicial Academy on 28th of this month for four weeks pre-service training course and, on 1st March, they will be present in Seminar Hall in proper court dress where the Registrar will administer Oath of office to them. The trainee judicial officers shall submit their charge assumption reports to their concerned District & Sessions Judge through the Director General of Academy. According to the notification, newly appointed officers will further receive training in civil/criminal work for fifteen days with the Senior Civil Judge/Judicial Magistrate Section-30 at the District Headquarters in order to acquaint themselves with the practical functioning of the Court. After completion of said training, the judicial officers will be interviewed by the District & Sessions Judge concerned who shall submit assessment reports to Lahore High Court. The officers will also submit their declaration of assets along with documentary proofs to Lahore High Court.

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L AHORE —Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK Naeem-ulHassan and former Lord Mayor Afzal Khan called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here today. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Federal Secretary Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and concerned officers were also present. Speaking on the occasion Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that overseas Pakistanis are playing an important role in the development of the country. He said that government is taking all possible steps for resolution of problems of overseas Pakistanis.

Health workers doing duties despite danger to their lives OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that all resources are being utilized to eliminate polio from the province. He said health workers are performing their duties in the fields, despite danger to their lives, to administer polio drops to the children. He expressed these views while administering polio drops in the houses adjacent to M.A.O College in a Afghan Basti near Sagian Bridge on the 3rd day of Anti-Polio campaign, during which Director General Health Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, Director Health EPI Dr. Munir Ahmed, EDO Health Lahore Dr. Zulfiqar Ali and representative of Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Aslam Chaudhary were also present. Khawaja Salman Rafique informed that more than 39 thousand teams are working to administer polio vaccine drops to 17.5 million children in Punjab. He said that special check posts have been set up at 42 transactional points of the province to ensure polio drops to every travelling children.He said that media has played a significant role in raising awareness against polio disease.

Youth is determined, fully capable to challenge talent of any other country’s youth OBSERVER REPORT

School children washing their traditional writing pad made of wood in a village in suburbs of the provincial capital.

LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said that with the progress of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF), the passion of the Youth is also increasing rapidly who want to show the world that they are not less than the Youth of any other country. Talking to the reporters at the opening ceremony of the Guinness

World Records attempts at the Gymnasium Hall of the Sports Board Punjab (SBP), Mr. Minister said: “The Punjab Youth Festival has provided a platform to the Youth. This time, we will try to attempt around 100 Worlds Records in which Army Men will also take part with great zeal and zest.” “No one can defeat the fervor and dedication of Pakistani Nation until we have enthusiastic youngsters like Captain Arbab,”

he said and added: “The entire world is observing our Youth creating World Records and PYF will earn good name for the country across the globe.” Mr. Minister elaborated: “The vision of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif is to make the country prosper and developed. They are taking revolutionary steps and are committed to weed out

poverty and load-shedding from this country.” “The Youth Festival has been presenting a softer image of the country to the outer world and also helping in increasing its Foreign Investment,” he concluded. Speaking at the occasion, DG SBP Mr. Usman Anwar felicitated the Youth on their attempts of creating new World Records. “This time, our Youth has been provided with more facilities and in future, it will be enhanced.


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