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Seven gunned down in Quetta Q UETTA — Gunmen

shot dead seven Shias in two separate incidents in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta on Saturday, police said. The incidents took place in the Hazarganji area of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province. Senior local police official Wazir Khan Nasir told AFP that “four gunmen riding two motorbikes intercepted a bus” and “pulled five Shia vegetable sellers off the vehicle and shot

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dent. People of the Hazara community came out on roads and protested the killings. They blocked the Barwari road along with the Western bypass. Hazara Democratic Party showed its outrage and said that these kinds of incidents were leading the province towards anarchy. The party demanded that those involved in the incident should be arrested. Balochistan Shia

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2 US troops killed in Afghanistan

4 extremists arrested BARA—At least 4 extremists were arrested and huge cache of arms and explosives was recovered from their possession here on Saturday. QUETTA: An ethnic Hazara man is comforted by his relative after he arrived at the local According to details, the hospital, on Saturday, to find a family member shot dead. security forces conducted search operation in Zakhakhel area of Landikotal in Khyber Agency. During operation, four extremists were arrested and 46 mortar shells, others arms and explosives were recovered from their possession. The nabbed extremists were shifted to Landikotal FC intelligence officials, speak- in Pakistan. Many call it an Cantt for further interrogaSTAFF REPORTER ing on condition of anonym- infringement on the nation’s tion.—INP PESHAWAR—US drones fired ity, said US drones fired sovereignty and maintain it a barrage of missiles at a ve- seven missiles at targets in causes a high number of cihicle and a house in a Paki- the village of Degan in an vilian casualties, a charge the stani tribal area bordering area of North Waziristan close US denies. A drone strike a week ago in North Waziristan Afghanistan, killing at least to the Afghan border. They said the area is domi- killed Badruddin Haqqani, five suspected militants. Officials say the strikes, on Sat- nated by anti-American militant one of the sons of the urday in North Waziristan, commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur founder of the Haqqani netISLAMABAD —Pakistan Railways has increased the were the first since news that but they did not know whether work. The US has blamed the a top commander of the pow- the men killed belonged to his group for a number of high fare by five percent. The railways officials erful Haqqani militant net- group. Bahadur’s faction is al- profile attacks in Afghanistan work was killed in a drone leged to have been involved in and considers it one of the told the media that the strike there late last month. frequent attacks on US troops key factors in undermining five percent increase is The strikes came also as in Afghanistan but generally security there. Badruddin made not only in the considered the a group of gunmen on mo- shies away from carrying out was fares of economy class, AC lower, AC Parlor and torcycles in Afghanistan’s operations inside Pakistan. Sev- organisation’s day today AC Sleeper of all passen- south western Baluchistan eral drone strikes have killed operations commander and province killed seven Shi’ite militants affiliated with he was labelled as a terrorist ger trains but also the by the US State Department, rent of cargo trains is also Muslims in the latest escala- Bahadur’s group. The CIArun drone along with his father and two tion of violence against the enhanced with the same country’s minority sect. Two programme is controversial of his brothers. ratio. He said that the department would have to face the loss of Rs 50 million every month due to recent price hike of petroleum products. He said that railways has just introW AH C ANTT —Opposition R AWALPINDI —Chief of the had already clarified his duced the round figure Leader in the National As- Army Staff (COAS), General stance in his statement system of accounting and that can also affect the rail sembly Chaudhry Nisar Al Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, while given with regard to the opfare by 10 percent. —Online Khan has said that PTI would ruling out a joint operation eration in the North not secure more than 10 in sync with the foreign Waziristan, saying, “We will seats in the next general elec- forces, has said Pakistan’s undertake the operation in armed forces will conduct North Waziristan on lines to tions. in North be set by us.” While addressing a pub- operation “Also, it is we who will lic gathering here on Satur- Waziristan Agency (NWA) day Nisar Ali Khan said PTI according to their own will specify the operation’s other details including time,” he would face worse kind of de- and manner. LAHORE—Former prime Talking to media after at- maintained. General Kayani feat in the country including minister and the Senior Vice tending a ceremony held asserted the assumptiondistrict Rawalpindi. Chairman of the Pakistan here in connection with the based reports being churned He said that people are People’s Party (PPP), Defence Day here on Satur- out by the foreign media, canunder the suppression of Yousuf Raza Gilani on day, Gen Kayani noted he not be relied upon. —INP Continued on Page 7 Saturday said that the party would do its utmost to introduce the Accountability Bill in the forthcoming session of the National Assembly. He expressed his hope that the other political parties in the house would CANBERRA—Australia calls and Indonesian officials said. Pacific atoll of Nauru or to also demonstrate keen nearest it a “closing down sale” for The captain of one rescue Australia’s interest to make it the law people smugglers: Asylum vessel believes he saw bod- neighbour, Papua New so important for ensuring seekers in rickety boats are ies in the water. The emer- Guinea. The government transparency and account- reaching its shores in record gency was the latest created says they will be held in tent ability in the society as a numbers ahead of a tougher by a growing human smug- camps for as long as they whole. deportation policy starting gling trade in which thou- would spend in refugee While speaking to APP, in September. For many mi- sands of would be refugees camps if they had not paid Gilani said that the PPP was grants, the price of haste from countries including Af- people smugglers to take committed to ensue transpar- may be death. About 150 ghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka them to Australia. ency and accountability as people were aboard an over- attempt dangerous sea voyThe new approach will per its manifesto and Charter crowded, wooden fishing ages from Indonesia to Aus- begin when the Nauru camp of Democracy (CoD) and boat that sank off the Indo- tralia. opens in September, but Continued on Page 7 Australia’s center left La- meanwhile the rush is on. nesia coast as it headed for a remote Australian island. bor Party government an- More than 1,900 people have More than 50 people had nounced plans this month to arrived in Australia in August been rescued by Friday deter future arrivals by de- — the highest monthly total morning, and one body had porting new asylum seekers on record — in hopes of acbeen recovered, Australian who arrive by boat to the celerating a refugee claims

Seven missiles fired in Degan village

US drone kills five suspects

Railways fares increased by 5pc

‘Imran would’t secure more than 10 seats in polls’

PPP will do utmost to introduce Accountability Bill

them dead”. He said in a secThe dead bodies were shifted to ond incident, two motorbike riders the Bolan sprayed bullets at Medical two Shias in College hospital. All Hazarganji area, on the outskirts of seven deQuetta, killing ceased beboth of them. Anlonged to other local police Q U E T T A — B a l o c h i s t a n Hazara comofficial Mukhtar government has given pow- munity. SituMusakhel con- ers of Police to Frontier ation in the firmed the inci- Corps for a period of two area became dents and casual- months in Quetta to deal tense after Continued on Page 7 ties. the inci-

Kayani rules out joint operation in NWA

K ABUL —At least two US troops were killed following militants attack in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Saturday. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement on Saturday announced, “Two U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service members died following an insurgent attack in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.” The statement did not disclose further information regarding identities of the two deceased US troops saying, “It is USFOR-A policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the U.S. Department of Defense.” This comes as two suicide bombers attacked a US military base and district compound in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan early Saturday morning. At least 319 NATO service members including 243 US troops, 31 British troops and 45 soldiers from the other countries have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2012.—INP

CS calls on PM

Raja for implementing of SC verdict on Balochistan ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Chief Secretary Balochsitan to implement the orders of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit regarding the Balochsitan law and order situation. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf met Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad at Prime Minister’s House on Saturday to take stock of the situation in Balochistan with special reference to the prevailing law and order situa-

tion in the province. The Chief Secretary Balochistan apprised the Prime Minister in detail about the law and order situation in Balochistan and the steps being taken by the provincial government to improve it. Prime Minister said that the federal government would extend every possible assistance to the Balochistan government for the improvement of the law and order situation in the province and directed the Chief Secretary Balochistan to take all pos-

NA, Senate meet tomorrow Roadmap for Strategic Dialogue I SLAMABAD —Sessions of both upper and lower houses of parliament would start tomorrow (Monday) in the Parliament House at 5:00 pm. Sources from National Assembly’s secretariat told that besides routine proceedings matters of national importance would be discussed. The opposition is likely to discuss the issue of new provinces, electricity load shedding and the subjudiced matters in Supreme Court. Prior to the NA session, House Business Advisory Committee would meet to approve the schedule and agenda of the session.—Online

Hina to visit Germany I SLAMABAD —Foreign Min- Pakistan-Germany Strategic ister Hina Rabbani Khar will pay an official visit to Germany on 03-5 September 2012 at the invitation of her German counterpart, Mr. Guido Westerwelle. During her visit, the Foreign Minister will hold intensive talks with the Foreign Minister of Germany on bilateral relations and ways and means to further strengthen them to the mutual benefit of the two countries. They would also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. The two Foreign Ministers will also sign “Roadmap for

Dialogue”, providing for a multi-sectoral cooperation framework between the two countries. Soon after arrival in Berlin, the Foreign Minister will deliver a keynote address at the German Council on Foreign Relations on “Changing Regional and Global Environment: Pakistan’s Perspective”. The Foreign Minister will also meet the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag, Mr. Ruprecht Polenz, German Defence Minister, Dr. Tho-

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Asylum seekers rush before Australian crackdown process that can take years. The numbers have been steadily climbing: More than 9,800 asylum seekers have arrived this year, more than double the total for all of 2011. “People smugglers are running a closing down sale,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said. He predicts asylum seekers will stop paying people smugglers $10,000 or more to transport them more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Indonesia or Malaysia by boat if they are not guaranteed that they will be accepted by Australia. A previous conservative govern-

ment established camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea a decade ago as part of a policy that slowed boat arrivals to a trickle but was condemned by human rights groups as cruel. A Labor government closed the camps after winning elections in 2007, a year when only 339 asylum seekers arrived by boat. As the numbers have grown, the influx, and the deaths of would be migrants at sea, have angered many Australians. No asylumseeker deaths have been confirmed since the policy change was an-

nounced, but more than 300 have lost their lives making the perilous journey across the Sunda Strait between Indonesia and the Australian territory of Christmas Island since December. More than 90 of them died in two boat accidents that occurred within a week of each other in June. Authorities also fear the worst for 67 asylum seekers who have not contacted family or friends since they left Indonesia on an Australiabound boat in late June. In the latest incident,

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sible measures for further improving the situation so that people can feel the difference in their daily lives. Prime minister said that all law and enforcement agencies should keep close contact to ensure the security of the masses of the province, adding that such steps be taken after which people could feel difference in their lives. Prime minister said that the activities of the anti-province people should be monitored closely. —SANA

MQM, ANP, PML-Q reject increase in POL prices ISLAMABAD—Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), and Pakistan Muslim League-Q all allies of the government have rejected increase in POL prices declaring that they can no more accept injustice to the people of Pakistan. ANP has demanded immediate resignation of the Advisor on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain while MM has called for closure of OGRA. Condemning the increase in POL prices for the second time in a week, ANP spokesman Senator Zahid Khan said Saturday that if Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has no role in POL prices, then this ministry should be dissolved. He said POL prices bomb on the people of Pakistan as no more bearable as it increase prices of very commodity. He said the ANP has already filed an adjournment motion in the Senate about adjustment in POL prices every month and the party would also protest inside the House on the issue. MQM Parliamentary leader in the Senate, Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi also strongly condemned another increase in POL prices and said people were already bearing the brunt of unemployment and price hike and they

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‘No decision of NWA operation’ STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Saturday said that no decision regarding operation in NorthWaziristan has been taken yet and the federal government would take KP government into confidence in this regard. He was addressing to oath taking ceremony of the newly elected cabinet of Bannu Press Club. Mian Iftikhar Hussain also announced special grant besides approving media colony for journalists in Bannu Township. The ceremony among other was also attended by Provincial Minister for Labour, Sher Azam Wazir, Provincial Secretary Information, Azmat Hanif Orakzai, ANP President Lakki Marwat, Sadaruddin. Mian Iftikhar said that development and progress

Bid to smuggle 830kg hashish foiled STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The police foiled a bid to smuggle huge quantity of hashish from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to Punjab and arrested one accused here on Saturday. According to details, the police during search of a vehicle at Karkhano Market check post recovered 830kg of hashish hidden in secret chambers of the vehicle. The police arrested the smuggler identified as Nazar Ali, hailing from Peshawar. In the preliminary interrogation, the culprit said that the hashish was being smuggled to Punjab where it had to be supplied to different districts of the province. It is reported from Bannu that a bomb blast outside a house in Basiakhel police station jurisdiction destroyed a house but no human loss was reported. According to police, unknown miscreants targeted a house located in Kotkey Asad Khan area of Bannu with remote controlled explosive device.

cannot be made without eliminating militancy from our social edifice and urged upon the civil society to forge unity among their ranks against this menace. He said tribesmen are patriots who have played a significant role in the development and defense of the country, adding that they have the potential to prove their excellence in any field of the society. He said that government would utilize all available resources for the welfare of journalists and for this purpose the government has initiated various media colonies all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide shelter to the media persons. He said the government has spent billions of funds for the developmental projects in order to address the problems of the masses and the process would continue till the resolution of their basic issues. Earlier, taking notice of the media report, the chief minister

professor also took photo graphs of his house and met several residents to conclude his query report about the student. He said he would compile his report in a day or two after which it would be sent to the CM secretariat for further necessary action. He said he was sure the chief minister would support the student as he deserved it. It merits to mentioning that Siraj’s father Rahman Gul had published a report in media on aug, 14 asking the government for financial help. The student had secured 834 marks in SSC, 897 in F.Sc and 523 in the Khyber Medical College entry test this year. His father had demanded of the government to help his son admitted in the Khyber Medical College. Meanwhile Siraj Khan told that a Pakistani origin doctor at London had also promised to support him after he read QUETTA: Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan Sobia Kiran addressing the polio workshop organized by Rotary his father appeal in the press. International at a local hotel.

Govt, coalition partners equally responsible for energy crises: JI NAZIR SIYAL LARKANA—Central General Secretary Jamait Islami (JI) Liaqat Baloch has said that four coalition partners of present government sucking the blood of masses, so that they equally responsible in prevailing energy crises. Speaking to the Eid Milan gathering here in Larkana, JI central leader Liaqat Baloch said that since the 65 years of Pakistan independence over 65 billion dollars foreign debts were taken from IMF, World Bank on hard term policies,

which led the country to the crises. There is no any change the fate of nation even rulers failed to provide the better health facilities, quality education and other basic facilities despite being a Nuclear power country he said. He further said during past 12 years politicians have made corruption of Rs 95 billions and looted the national exchequer by both hands he claimed. Liaqat Baloch said US is killing the innocent civilians and violating the sovergnty by drone attacks, but rulers

are calm and reluctant to raise voice more than 42000 Pakistani civilians have been killed by US drone attacks he said. He said the present rulers and coalition partners have put the country to the danger and playing in the hands of US, they violating the sovereignty and security of country. He said preparations are under way to initiate the operation of south Wazirstan by present government but it will not be fruitful for country. He appealed to the Army Chief General Ashfaque Pervaiz Kayani to not start

All rivers flowing normal I SLAMABAD —The Federal pared to last year’s 11.707 Southeastern Sindh during the

Flood Commission (FFC) on Saturday said that all main rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej were flowing normal. According to daily FFC report, the reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1539.38 feet and 1181.65 feet respectively, which are 10.62 feet and 60.35 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet. OUR CORRESPONDENT The combined live storage position of Tarbela, F AISALABAD —Government Chashma and Mangla reserof Pakistan has announced voirs is 9.527 MAF as comSitara-e-Imtiaz award for Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq (T.I.,Q.A. Gold Medalist, Scientist of the Islamic World, OUR CORRESPONDENT O.I.C) in recognition to his meritorious research achievements and services R ENALA K HURD —State to the humanity. Dr. Ashfaq Minister for Information and is a veteran agricultural sci- Broadcasting Syed Sumsam entist of the country, pres- Bukhari has said the PPP-led ently working as Dean, Fac- government is utilising all ulty of Agriculture, Univer- possible resources to prosity of Agriculture Faisalabad vide basic facilities of life to people, especially the poor. (UAF). He has been declared for Talking to various delegaa prestigious civil award tions here on Saturday, he ‘SITARA-I-IMTIAZ’ by said the government had Government of Pakistan and started a large number of deTehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Paki- velopment projects in backstan Council (Regd.), Paki- ward areas on a war footing stan has awarded ‘NA- so that the living standard of TIONAL NOBEL AWARD’ the masses could be raised. “Many projects have in recognition to his meritorious research achievements been completed while the work on others are in on 14th August, 2012.

Sitara-e-Imtiaz for UAF Professor

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti has directed the directorate of Elementary & Secondary Education department to furnish financial position of the poor student Siraj Khan, son of a roadside vendor who has hot a medical seat in the Khyber Medical University. The education department through the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Malakand Chakdara has assigned the task to principal Post Graduate College Dargai Prof. Dr Fazli Subhani. He visited Talash area on Saturday and collected information about the student Siraj and his family. Talking to this reporter at Talash Prof Subhani said that chief minister KPK had taken notice of the media report and wanted to financially support the student in his medical education. He said the student really belonged to very poor family which lived in a single room house at Ziarat Talash. The visiting

MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, weak Seasonal Low contains to prevail over Northern Balochistan. Yesterday’s westerly wave over Northern parts of Iran today lies over North of Afghanistan. Monsoon current is penetrating into Lower Sindh upto 4000 feet. A Low Pressure Area lies over Northern Madhya Pradesh (India). The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore predicted scattered thunderstorm/rain with moderate falls at one or two places over Southern and

next 24 hours. Isolated thunderstorm/rain may also occur over Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore and Bahawalpur Divisions), Northeastern Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan including upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the same period. Significant rainfall events reported during the past 24 hours include; Mithi = 20 mm, Lahore (Misri Shah =19 mm, Upper Mall and Airport = 12 mm each),Chakwal = 15 mm & Barkhan = 04 mm.—APP

Backward areas uplift on war footings progress as per vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto”, he added. The state minister said “the PPP believes in serving the people, therefore, it was taking all-out measures to resolve problems of the masses.” Sumsam Bukhari said a large number of people would benefit from the development projects which were being completed rapidly in far flung areas to facilitate the masses. He said the work on Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Road was in progress which would be an important milestone in the development and progress of the city. Earlier, talking to re-

porters after attending a seminar on growing use of social media, its impact and possibilities, organized by Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan at its auditorium, Bukhari said the commission was formed after the adoption of PML-N’s resolution in favor of new provinces by the Punjab Assembly. He said the PPP would welcome the PML-N whenever it gave the names of nominees for the commission and it would be discussed in the commission whether it wanted referendum or any other option for new provinces.

operation against the own people. He said Karachi is burning, people are insecure in their city and houses extortionists, target killers, terrorists have gripped the Karachi and receiving the extortion from traders and citizens on gun point but government has turned its eyes due to reconciliation policy, added that national institutions including PIA, Pakistan Railway, WAPDA and all institutions are at verge of destruction. He said masses can change the system and get rid from the corrupt politicians by vote.

BISE Larkana announces HSCPart-II results OUR CORRESPONDENT L ARKANA —The Board of

Govt working dedicatedly STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Kiramat Ullah Khan Saturday said that despite tough challenges of law and order the government served the masses dedicatedly. This he said while talking to a group of delegation at his Hujra. Kiramat Ullah said that the public representative without any political affiliation served the masses by addressing their problems being comforted to them since long. He said currently work under way on many mega projects like provision of Sui Gas, electricity facilities to different villages all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa besides construction of roads, bridges, pavement of streets and providing of clean drinking waters were included in the priorities of the government. He said despite tough challenges like earth quake, militancy, insurgency, flood, the public representatives completed projects worth millions of rupees. He said works on many ongoing projects in different villages are still continued and soon it would be completed. He said in his native village demand notices have been released for the gas connection and soon people would get the facility.

Rains at scattered places likely: Met ISLAMABAD—Rain and thundershower at scattered places of upper Punjab and Kashmir, Hazara Division while at isolated places of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw and Bahawalpur division is likely during next 24 hours. According to meteorological department, seasonal low lies over Balochistan. Monsoon currents are penetrating in upper parts of the country. Isolated rain-thundershower occurred in Central Punjab, KP, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan occurred during the last 24 hours. Chief amounts of rainfall last 24 hours: Islamabad 45, Kotli 42, Balakot 40, Muzaffarabad 37, Parachinar 25, Kakul and Murree 16, Rawalkot 14, Lahore 11, Kalam 08, Islamabad, Jhelum, Chakwal and Peshawar 06mm. Dalbandin was the warmest place during last 24 hours with temperature soars to 42 degrees C. However, other parts of the country would mainly bear hot and dry weather. During last 24 hours, isolated rain and thundershower occurred in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hyderabad, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur, Sibbi divisions and Kashmir.

During last 24 hours, Sialkot received 43mm rain, Gujranwala 33, Mangla 28, Sibbi 27, Badin 20, Mithi 20, Bainazirabad 14, Chakwal 14, Jhelum 13, Nagar Parker 12, Lahore 12 and Mirpur Khas 10mm. Maximum temperature during last 24 hours was recorded in Dalbadin that bore 43 centigrade. Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast a partly cloudy weather with chances of thunderstorm/ rain in the metropolis for next

24 hours. The maximum temperature will remain in the range of 33 to 35 degrees celsius. The pleasant weather prevailing in the twin cities continues to attract picnickers and fun lovers at popular recreational spots of federal capital. The intermittent rains started, compelling people to come out and enjoy the beauty of nature at Margalla Hills, Rawal Dam, parks and other recreational spots.—APP

Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Larkana announced the result of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-II Annual Examinations-2012 (Pre-Engineering) Group here. The pass percentage remained 74.59% percent in Pre-Engineering Group. The BISE Larkana covers Larkana, KamberShahdadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and KashmoreKandhkot districts and two talukas of Dadu District, that is,Taluka Khairpur Nathan Shah and Taluka Maher. According to the statistical data issued by Controller BISE Larkana Fakhuruddin Ahmed Babar Abro, out of 8620 (boy and girl) registered candidates, 8616 boy/ girl candidates appeared in the annual examinations-2012 in Pre-Engineering Group. The total number of candidates who passed the HSC Part-II Examination-2012 was 6430 (6065 boys and 365 girls) candidates in Pre-Engineering Group. In Pre-Engineering, 471 boys and girls candidates secured A-1 grade, A- grade was secured by 1004 (919 boys and 85 girls); B- grade was secured by 2333 candi- PESHAWAR: Shazia Aurangzeb Khan, General Secretary Ladies Wing PML-N cutting dates (2178 boys. the cake during Eid Milan Party.

Life on the ‘wrong side’ of forty! A

S everyone knows, it is not considered po lite to ask a lady her age. Even when somebody has the temerity to pose the question, it is the generally recognized privilege of a member of the ‘fair sex’ to hedge the question; or, if obliged to answer, to resort to a white lie. Ladies, as a rule, prefer to keep their age under wraps (pun intended). The same can be said about a certain class of gentlemen. Has the gentle reader noticed that, up to a certain age bracket, youngsters have a tendency to brag that they are ‘older’ than they really are? This applies generally to the early teens or thereabouts. After crossing twenty the situation is often reversed and most persons start pretending to be younger than they really are. There is a certain point in MULTAN: A woman showing placard with test ‘need blood’ age the crossing of which, for her beloved in front of Fatimid Foundation at Shah most persons instinctively feel, is not in the interest of Rukan-e-Alam Colony.

their ‘image’. So they often try their damnedest to hold on to that ‘age barrier’ for the longest possible. Observation (research?) tells one that this age barrier is thirty years for the fair sex and forty years for the masculine gender. Once people reach this stage in age, they are most reluctant to let go, clinging on to it as if their very lives depended on it. There is a class of ladies who, when in company, go out of their way to announce the ‘fact’ that having attained the age of thirty’ does not affect their life style at all. It is a different matter that they had in reality crossed that age-barrier quite a few summers before. The case of gentlemen though is somewhat different. They often take pains to work it into their conversation that being on the ‘wrong side of forty’ makes then feel ‘middleaged’. The fact of how far on the wrong side of forty they happen to be is skillfully camouflaged from the multitude.

Ladies of fashion, characteristically, pre-empt the ravages of nature. Much before nature turns their hair gray, they

make-up products to preserve that ‘school-girl’ appearance as long as possible. Strict dieting and a strenuous exer-

have already altered it to a garish hue so that when the time comes the transition is hardly noticeable. There are, in addition, a surfeit of antiwrinkle creams and sundry

cise regime help too. The rub comes in when the gentleman and lady in question happen to be husband and wife. In this circumstance, the pretence has to be

what may be termed as ‘double-edged’, for want of a better word. In some cases, where vanity is equally strong on either side, each complements the other’s efforts in their pretence to appear young(er). The couple turn up at social do’s in apparel that would suit younger people. To complete the charade, they try to ‘act young’. If they happen to have children, they lie about the latter’s ages too. Take the lady who declares confidently to all within ear range: “Ahmad (the husband) turned forty the other day; makes me feel ancient”. Ahmad, suave, bald but suitably dolled up, smiles weakly. What the lady conveniently omits to mention is that they have a thirty-plus son working in Canada! There is another type of couple; one in which the husband has no qualms about his true age and refuses to go along with the charade. Here the ambitious wife, put in a tight spot, starts

the whispering campaign that she happens to be way younger than her husband. “I was in my teens when I got married, while my husband was of mature age. Arranged match, you know!” The husband squirms, dying to blurt out the truth, but wisely opts for discretion. The lady’s hangers on give him a withering look, while the wife basks in her ‘acquired’ glory. In some extreme cases, certain ladies even go so far as to actually pretend to be ‘second wives’. Then there is the other side of the coin. There are a lucky few who grow old so gracefully that they feel no need for pretence or subterfuge. They are the ones to be envied and looked up to. There are several such on the silver screen. Sean Connery is one outstanding example; Katherine Hepburn another. Both look so dignified in their old age that it would have been a shame if they had tried to camouflage it.


PML-N majority supports South Punjab province Focus on 3 Es MULTAN—Pakistan Muslim League (N) Central leader, Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N would focus on three Es -Energy, Economy and Education in order to steer the country out of crisis. Talking to media person here on Friday, Ahsan Iqbal stated that the manifesto committee would finalise the policy on Energy, Economy and Education. He said the PML N had focused on promotion of education by establishing Danish school for kids of the poor in South Punjab. The Punjab government also introduced 4,500 IT labs in schools as it thinks that IT sector is key to progress and prosperity, he added. About PTI, he said Imran Khan was himself defaming the party by his action. He said alliance with Shiekh Rasheed was like issuance of white-paper by PTI itself. Ahsan Iqbal clarified that PML-N is not against establishment of new provinces and it only opposed the commission as it was constituted without consensus of the PML-N. Earlier, addressing a reporters in Islamabad, Ahsan Iqbal said that his party had moved a resolution for forming Southern Punjab, Bhawalpur, Hazara and Fata provinces. He further said that Hazara province was removed in the parliamentary commission. He said People’s Party government wants to divide Sindh under the guise of division of Southern Punjab but they will not let that happen.—APP

Governor for better edu system Staff Reporter

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PPP contacts JUI, ANP to merge DIK, Tank in Saraiki province OUR CORRESPONDENTS ISLAMABAD\LAHORE—Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) leadership has accelerated the contacts with coalition political parties to include Dera Ismail Khan and Tank in Saraiki province. According to reliable sources, PPP leaders assuming top slots have made contact with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman and Awami National Party (ANP) leadership with proposal to make DI Khan and Tank part of Saraiki province as most of the population of the two dis-

OUR CORRESPONDENT S ARGODHA —Five gunmen on Saturday morning attacked a police van and set free two accused in Satellite Town police limits. Police were carrying accused Muhammad Bilal and Umer Draz for presenting them before a magistrate when five armed people attacked the police van in front of the telephone exchange near Satellite Town police station. They fled after setting the accused free and snatching a rifle from a constable. SSP Dr Muhammad Rizwan along with police reached the spot and took the five police officials in custody and started investigation. Police have cordoned off all entry and exit points. Meanwhile, anti-corruption officials on Saturday ar-

Predictions in vain

least eleven persons including four school going children were injured in a collision among three vehicles at Mangat, a village situated on Mandi Bahauddin – Phalia road. According to details four school going children were going on a car that collided head on with a vehicle coming from opposite direction. In the mean time a vehicle coming from behind hit the car carrying the children. The injured were moved to District HQs Hospital where no doctor was available to administer first medical aid. On report, DCO Ch Tariq reached the hospital and arranged treatment of the injured persons at emergent basis. Earlier, Major Sher Gondal, President Ex-Servicemen Society Mandi Bahauddin said that lawyers, retired judges and politicians have no experience in administration as such caretaker PM if appointed from them would not be able to control powerful and wealthy candidates from rig-

HYDERABAD—The Federal Minister for Political Affairs Senator Moula Bux Chandio has said that all predictions of the political fortune tellers went in vain as Pakistan Peoples Party remained in power and striving for the welfare of the countrymen. The present PPP government will complete its constitutional tenure and after that it will fully take part in the next general elections on the basis of its performance, the minister said and added that the PPP never escaped from the general elections nor came to power through backdoors. Senator Moula Bux Chandio expressed these remarks while speaking as chief guest at a reception, which was organized in his honour on his nomination as the Vice President PPP Sindh here at Daud Khan Ground Hali Road late Friday night. He praised the democratic role of the coalition partners for extending full cooperation to party in strengthening the democratic norms in the country. The party has still not started its election campaign, but the participation of large number of people in its public gatherings and other events can prove that the party has deep roots in the masses, the minister said. Sindh Minister for Fisheries Zahid Bhurgari speaking on the occasion said that despite unfavourable circumstances, the PPP government has resolved a number of issues which included the provision of job opportunities to thousands of unemployed youth, technical training and financial assistance to deserving people and distribution of thousands acres of land to peasants particularly the women peasants. Among others, Vice Presidents PPP Hyderabad District Abdul Jabbar Khan and Jam Khan Shoro, General Secretary Syed Fayaz Shah.

bly. He expressed his hope that the other political Parties in the House would also demonstrate keen interest to make it law so important for ensuring transparency and accountability in the society as a whole. While talking to APP, he said that the PPP was committed to ensue transparency and accountability as per its manifesto and CoD and therefore had decided to spearhead the move to table the Bill in the National Assembly. To another question, the former Prime Minister said that the PPP considered the minorities of Pakistan as its constitu-

ency and therefore had created a Ministry of Interfaith Harmony headed by Paul Bhatti as Advisor to the Prime Minister and Akram Gill as Minister of State, both of them belong to the minority community. The Senior Vice Chairman of the PPP said that the PPP and its coalition partners were contemplating for the enactment of 21st amendment in the Constitution which would increase seats for the Minorities in the National Assembly based on the principle of representation on the basis of the population. It may be mentioned that

this government has already increased four seats for the minorities in the Senate. PPP would do everything possible for the protection of their fundamental rights as equal citizens of the country and the question of discrimination in this regard was not in the genesis of the ideology of the Party, he asserted. To another question about the setting of One Man Commission to probe Dr. Arslan case, the former Prime Minister said that the PPP, its leadership including himself were the victims of NAB because they were subject to witch hunting.

Police van attacked, two accused got freed

Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa on Saturday said that introducing modern and quality education system in the country can bring improvement in all fields of life. Talking to a private television channel program, he said that a modern vision was given to the vice chancellors (VCs) of the universities for improving the education system and to get better results for the progress and prosperity of the people. He said a modern idea of education had given to the VCs for bringing improvement in this sector. He was of the view that education system as envisioned by Quaid e Azam and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto should be implemented in the country to meet the challenges of the world. Replying to a question, he said “All the bills and matters pass on to my office are being done on merit.” Latif Khosa said that results of good governance can be achieved with the cooperation and coordination of the concerned stakeholders. He said that there are lot of matters in the Punjab province which need consultation, coordination and cooperation. Governor said that there is need to promote democratic behavior to improve the system in the Punjab province. Replying to another question, he said that a huge financial resources were being utilized on Danish schools, Ashiyana scheme, Nasheman, laptops and road networks which needed consultation. To a question, he said that Punjab government should streamline the affairs including managing funds for education and some other institutions. Earlier, Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa on Saturday said that PPP believed in policy of reconciliation and resolved many issues owing to the policy. Our Correspondent

tricts speak Saraiki language. that he would be able to give Sources said that Fazal ur final version in this regard after consultation with party leadership. However, ANP leadership has expressed hesitation for including DI Khan and Tank in Saraiki province but it has agreed to make FATA part of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP). Meanwhile F o r m e r Prime Minister and the Senior Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that the PPP would do its utmost to introduce the Accountability Rehman has showed flexibil- Bill in the forthcoming sesity over the option but said sion of the National Assem-

rested six accused involved in transferring government land to their names through fake papers. According to police, former Deputy Director Housing Khushab Javaid Iqbal and clerk Mushtaq in collaboration with Abdul Sattar, Abdul Aziz, Ata Muhammad, Muhammad Nisar, Naeem Ahmed and Abdul Jabbar had transferred two acre government land worth Rs 20 million to their names through fake documents. During an inquiry, charges proved and a case was lodged against the accused. Police arrested Abdul Sattar, Abdul Aziz, Ata Muhammad, Muhammad Nisar, Naeem Ahmed and Abdul Jabbar while former Deputy Director Javaid Iqbal and clerk Mushtaq are still at HYDERABAD: People enjoying nap on the rail tracks under bridge shade. large.

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ging elections. He said all politicians in power are well known to people for using dirty tactics during polling. Every political party has its own standard to measure neutrality and suitability of a person for caretaker prime minister. According to ex-servicemen, he said Lt Gen (retd) Faiz Ali Chishti is the most impartial and neutral person and suitable to head care taker government to conduct polls; he has vast experience in administration with clean past. Referring to statement Opposition leader Ch Nisar made to media that PML (N) would not consider any general and bureaucrat for appointment as caretaker PM, Maj Sher said this statement is regrettable. Bureaucrats and Generals worked with dedication to keep the country in tact. These are politicians and other forces that work to disintegrate the country in the name of religion and parochialism. He said Generals and Bureaucrats are outstanding administrators and have the capabilities to do the job entrusted to them in efficient and transparent manner.

ASI fined over innocent citizen detention OUR CORRESPONDENT

F AISALABAD —District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Rasheed Qamar fined an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) over detaining innocent citizen illegally. Muhammad Ramzan resident of Bhai Wala filed a petition in the court, contending that his brother Muhammad Rehman was arrested by Millat Town police and detained illegally. On this habeas corpus, the court appointed a bailiff Hajji Shahid who raided and recovered detainee Muhammad Rehman from the illegal custody of ASI Muhammad Saleem who was also an Investigation Officer of the police station. The bailiff produced the detainee before the court which released him after realizing that he was not involved in any crime or wanted to the police in any case. Taking serious notice over illegal detention of a citizen, the learned judge awarded two days imprisonment or a fine of Rs 5,000 to ASI Muhammad Saleem. The ASI immediately paid fine of Rs 5,000 and made an excuse before the court that he will never detain any innocent citizen in future.

Speedy justice to masses stressed STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Saturday said that all judges of the country should provide fast justice to the people without accepting any pressure because successful justice system is a sign for improving the society in the country. Addressing the participants of concluding ceremony of training course for judicial officials, the PHC chief justice said that delay provision of justice to masses creates various

troubles in the society therefore all judges without any fear should write their decisions on cases. He said that protection of people’s fundamental rights should be the top priority of the judges, adding that burden of cases on judiciary had increased due to failure of administration in the country. The chief justice said that competent and honest people should be elected in the next general elections. He said that bar and bench are two wheels of justice system in the country, therefore relations between both should

be better. The chief justice said the prime object of the dinner was to take all judicial officers onboard. “I am working on many projects for betterment of your service structure, raise in salaries, provision of conveyance facility, conducive working environment through establishment of judicial complexes and much more,” the chief justice told the subordinate court judges. Judges of the Peshawar High Court, districts and sessions’ judges, judges of special courts and tribunals, additional district.

Educated youth can bring revolution in society: VC B K TAHIR BAHAWALPUR—Islamia University, Bahawalpur in collaboration with the Punjab government is trying its best to provide different technical and vocational training short courses to the people of the South Punjab to make them earning hand. IUB has started various technical courses of short duration for the youth including the In-

formation Technology, Art and Design, Agriculture, Engineering and the Veterinary and Dairy development that will surely produce positive results and the unemployed people will be in better position to start their own business without any trouble. It was told by the ViceChancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar while addressing the certificate dis-

tribution ceremony of the Short IT Course here at IUB that was arranged under the auspices of the Punjab Skill Development Fund. He said the educated and skilled youth could bring revolution in the society to make country strong, progressive and prosperous so the IUB would continue its prime task to educate and train the youth in right direction for their bright future.

Law and order situation and posting of federal officers in Balochistan Situationer GHULAM TAHIR

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RIME Minister of Paki stan Raja Pervez Ashraf has recently issued directives on the policy of posting bureaucrats in Balochistan to improve Law and Order in the province. The announcement is outcome of his short visit to Quetta a month back, when a complaint was made regarding acute shortage of Federal Officers, which has ultimately weakened the write of Government, especially in the interior of Balochistan. Shortage of DMG and PSP Officers in the province, although may be one of the reasons, but no one can ensure that even if the policy is implemented would it bring some positive change? One thing is rest assured, that, if the provincial Government itself is not serious to bring a positive change, this effort will also go astray, since so many strategies have already been evolved and many steps have already been taken in

this regard without some positive results, eg Chief Justice of Pakistan in his last hearing in Quetta, strictly ordered that those Federal Officers, whose transfer orders to Balochistan have been issued, must report to the province within 24 hours. The logic behind these orders was, that whenever Officers from other provinces are transferred to Balochistan, they immediately manage its cancellation on one pretext or the other. In the first instance only those Officers are transferred to Balochistan who are disgruntled / unwanted by the other provinces, and are sent as a punishment to Quetta. Among these Officers, those who have Godfather, manage to get it cancelled (in many cases by specially opening the Office of establishment division late night or on holyday for the purpose), creating sense of deprivation and hard burning amongst those unfortunate fellows who ultimately land in Quetta with long faces. They come with negative thoughts, bleak picture of law and order in back of their mind, target killing and hatered for

non-Balochies, in the province. One can imagine in such state of mind, what can be expected and what will be there out put, when posted in the field. Following facts will further support this viewpoint: 1. In 2000, President Musharraf regime, similar Inter Provincial Policy was announced, where all those officers who remained for a long time in their own Provinces were ordered to be displaced and to be sent to other Provinces according to sprite of Federal Services to create harmony among the people of the Provinces. A survey would show that those officers who were serving in Punjab, either got their orders cancelled or adjusted themselves in other units like FIA, IB, Motorway, ANF, Railways and other such agencies, again ensuring that they remain in their Provinces of origin and vacuum in Balochistan remained there, partly filling by officer from Sindh and few from KPK. It is the nuisance of Punjab Police, which doesn’t allow its officers to be deprived of the fruits from com-

paratively rich Provinces. Civic amenities and facilities might be another reason. 2. In 2004 another policy was announced, when the officers who were domiciled from Balochistan were ordered to go back to their province of origin and to serve there. Only 5% of the officers complied with the orders and remaining mange to escape. Let us see that what happens to the officers who ultimately become “prey” to such decisions. Those officers who are already posted in the field / districts of Balochistan i.e Does or DCOs are from the province with the “blessing” of provincial Government. It is hard to displace them, since they are in the field not only with the blessing of provincial Government, but under the umbrella of local political leader of the area concerned. Resultantly the new comers (DMG or PSP officers) enjoy the good weather of Quetta city only by impounding themselves in Quetta Cantonment area. One is taken-a-back when comes to know that out of a

total number 55 PSP officers available in Balochistan, only three officers are posted in the district, remaining 52 are very comfortable by getting positing as staff officers to IGP, in special branch, in Balochistan constabulary headquarter, telecommunication, MT and other such Quetta based post enjoying the perks and privileges, availing foreign visits / training and so their 2/3 years ‘punishment period’ in Balochistan, is covered comfortably. In the above circumstances, what will make the difference if more and more officers are collected by the establishment division and are pooled in Quetta, as per previous practice, since out of 30 districts of Balochistan only three districts have PSP officers, these too in Pashtoon area eg Loralai, Zhob and one in suburb in Quetta i.e Mastung, rest 27 districts are being managed by the provincial officers or by the DSPs on shoulder promotion, despite clear orders of Supreme Court against shoulder promotions. A survey to explore the

matter in detail will reveal that few officers from Punjab enjoyed 6/7 foreign trips / training each, adding burden on the exchequer of poor economy of Provincial Government. Many of them completed their Master Degrees and M.Phil programs during ‘their tenure of punishment’ i.e. during posting in Balochistan. (I would call it R.I – Rigorous imprisonment) Luxurious / comfortable stay in secure area of Cantonment, fleet of impressive transport, protocol with the Elite Force, foreign trips they enjoy in additions:i) One step promotion or double salary, while posting in Balochistan. ii) 50% discount for them and for their families during their punishment period and lot more in addition to be blue eyed chap. Police Headquarters also feel comfortable for not fighting with the Provincial Secretariat and the Government for replacing their Provincial selected lot with these newcomers, hence this new arrival feels comfortable enjoys and spend most of their time in Lahore or

Islamabad getting pardon for their previous conduct and assuring loyalties to the Godfathers requesting for they’re early return to their homeland. They can frequently be seen wondering in the lobbies of Ministry of Interior or in the Establishment Division. In the above circumstances one is afraid, what will be the outcome, of Prime Minister’s recent directives. 1) There is no fun in recommending those officers who already came for some period and have not completed their 3 years tenure and are being resent to Balochistan. Why this repeated ‘punishment’ (since in the eyes of law, punishment once give to a person can not be repeated again). There are hundred and thousands of officers, who have never been posted in Balochistan, why not the news lot? 2) The experience of Balochistan domiciled officers serving in other provinces has already been failed, 95% of them had managed to cancel their orders, and if Government is bent upon to implement, it

should be implemented in letter and spirit, BUT These orders should be implemented with the conditions:1) Not a single of them will be posted in Quetta, but will be sent in the Interior of the province, where law and order situation is worse and such steps are needed. 2) Although difficult, but Provincial Government is serious in improvement of law and order in the Province, no political interference should be done in their posting and transfers, and Chief Secretary as well as the Inspector General of Police be given free hand. No interference at all, even on lower level i.e Assistant Commissioner, DSPs and SHO’s should also be posted by their respected officers instead of Political leaders. A very serious attitude is required if one is serious to improve law & order situation in Balochistan. Some positive result can only be achieved if the above facts are kept in view after the Prime Minister’s recent directives issued recently.


Zardari on NAM’s new role

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HILE addressing the NAM Summit in Teheran President Asif Ali Zardari has proposed the establishment of an Ad-hoc Work ing Group to come out with a common vision of new challenges and the role of NAM in the 21st Century. The proposal given by the President deserves serious consideration because with the passage of time the world is fast changing and new challenges are emerging on the global scene, which could be addressed with collective wisdom instead of use of force. The founding fathers of the NAM made the organisation advocate of a middle course for states in the developing world between the Western and Eastern blocs in the Cold War era but after the dismemberment of USSR and emergence of the unipolar world, NAM has become a lacklustre body. Most of its 120 members including India and Pakistan are no more non-aligned. They are aligned in one way or the other by entering into some bilateral agreements. As the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two thirds of the United Nations’ members and consist of 55% of the total world population, they could be a strong voice in international affairs if they adopt a consensus position on new challenges. Though it would be a difficult task to achieve consensus of all states on major issues but being a major grouping, it is time that NAM must chart out a new role for itself. Therefore the proposal made by President Zardari, if implemented and a think tank is formed to brainstorm and carve out a vision for the future, it would be extremely useful to help in dealing with the emerging challenges. We hope the NAM Chair, in consultation with other members would chart out a strategy for this purpose and as stated by the President, Pakistan would be happy to actively contribute towards the strengthening of the Movement.

Government adds more to woes of people T

OTALLY forgetting its oft-repeated commitment to bring the infla tion to single digit, the Government on Friday added to the woes of the people by resorting to massive hike in the prices of POL products and CNG that would surely trigger a fresh wave of price-hike. With 8.3% increase, the oil prices have touched the peak in the history of the country and prices of all major products — petrol, diesel, kerosene and high octane have gone beyond Rs 100 a litre mark while CNG prices have also been jacked up by Rs 7.11 per kilogram. The most deplorable aspect of the decision is that it has been taken ignoring recommendations of both OGRA and the Ministry of Petroleum that wanted the Government to pass on 50% burden to the consumers. As recommended by OGRA, the Government could have absorbed the difference by reducing the rate of petroleum levy but the way it opted otherwise is reflective of the callous approach of a Government that claims to represent aspirations of the people. There are no two opinions that frequent upward adjustments in the prices of POL products and rates of electricity and gas are the major contributors to the price-hike in the country but rulers have lent deaf ear to the plight of the people during their entire tenure. It shows that the Government is least concerned to the plight of consumer, who is the real victim of the new pricing mechanism, which benefits industries and businesses that pocket the difference. It was in this backdrop that standing committees of both National Assembly and Senate had recommended to the Government to go for monthly or quarterly review of prices but Dr Asim-led Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has shown scant respect for this demand of the representatives of the people. No doubt, the Government is facing financial crunch but instead of going for the easiest option of increasing prices of POL products every now and then, it should go for other measures to shore up its income by making those to pay who have the capacity to pay. Otherwise, the apathy being shown by the Government towards the miseries of the people would cost it dearly in the forthcoming elections.

Bhagwandas speaks for forgotten Urdu C

HAIRMAN Federal Public Service Commission retired Justice Rana Bhagwandas has urged the democratic Government to play its role to make Urdu language as medium of CSS examination. Addressing launching ceremony of a book in Islamabad he indicated that it was not mere his demand but a formal recommendation has been made to the Government in this regard as well. Rana Bhagwandas is known for his pure Pakistani and nationalistic approach to issues and he has demonstrated this on various occasions. Only recently, when there were reports of some members of Hindu community from Sindh migrating to India, he cautioned them not to play into hands of others and struggle for improvement of their conditions while remaining loyal to their homeland. His forthright, sincere and honest ideas to address ills of the society have earned him great respect among masses. He surely deserves kudos for advocating the cause of forgotten Urdu and we hope those at the helm of affairs would pay heed to his just demand. It is a universal truth that mental faculties can be galvanized to the optimum level only through use of mother tongue or national language. Experts agree that for real and genuine progresses at a higher pace one must adopt own language. In English we can merely be good followers but we will be lacking originality of ideas and projects. This has also been proved beyond any doubt by countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Germany and France that have reached zenith of progress and prosperity by putting right emphasis on their national languages. In Azad Kashmir as well, Urdu is being used successfully as official language but regrettably despite constitutional obligations to do so the successive Governments of Pakistan paid only lip service to Urdu. It is time we take pride in our own language and accord it the place it deserves.

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Sindh’s tragic development their faces. Why should listen to me and think that something can be done. can be done Dr Zafar Altaf Much but it will take some Email: dr_altaf@hotmail.com doings. It does not require lies or ego trips in to no man’s land. Sindh needs what I call a plan ‘B’ y visits to the province of that is a well thought out plan to reSindhh have convinced move neglect and waste material that me of the fact that the is indicative of massive mistakes province had raw deal just as the made in the past. Agriculture is not East Pakistanis have had in the the only area that has been neglected. past. This was all too apparent Things other than this productive when I travelled extensively inside sector are just as bad if not worse. the province. Why this kind of de- So a new look at things was required. velopment? Why this kind of ac- Water in Sindh is short and will be tions by the federal government? so in the rest of the country. Water Have the Feds been here ever? I starvation is there for the poor. So know that the unrepresentative the choice is between water short governments of the recent past and water starved. Starvation would have never been there and have not increase tension levels between the seen the issues critically. What farmers of the various provinces bedoes that entail? It entails a differ- cause the jugular is at stake. If the ent capacity to understand and to main artery is cut there will be notheffectively work the sums that ef- ing but desolation. The West you would recall sent fect human happiness and not what they have on their table when sit- us developing during Ayub’s time. Massive academics turned up here. ting in Islamabad. So I went from one ‘Tando’ to So we started work on almost all the another and at all odd times. It was productive things that matter and a shame that after over six decades ended up doing more of the same. of independence we have not been That is not how I see development able to fulfill any of the promises and this is not how I see wellbeing. that we made to our brethren. Why Why should the west develop us have we followed the tyranny that when we ourselves are not helping was and is imposed on us from to ourselves? I am given to more rigtime? Development is not consti- orous work and more rigorous mentuted by the GNP or by any arith- tal exercises that involve people in metic means. It means winning at the effort. Why people for I feel that something different, some things if something has to be tangible the that touch humanity and its well locals must take advantages from it. being. Dust and waste all round Employment was never considered and as I spoke to the farmers of an important element and no policy Sindh they had disbelief written on package has come from anywhere.

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The poor are everywhere in Pakistan and nothing has been done for them. Much of the desk type work can be attributed to the west and the ethics that have been developed as a result of the given wisdom from the west. West was known for its pragmatism and wisdom normally was spoken off as an eastern aspect. So the plan was to look at the lands that had not been utilized and wonder of wonders there was massive areas that could be brought under cultivation and that too with water that had never been used. The sea water is now a precious source of water and the provinces that can benefit from this are the Sindh and Baluchistan. They have a massive coastline. There are now genetic materials available that can be used for the production of vegetables, fodder and indeed the first production system has already been started. Salicornia is now well in to its own. The effort of the 1994 was reduced by the Musharaf government. Talk of opportunity cost that the country had to bear because of the intolerance of the economic advisors to the President of the time. What a way to go. We would have saved precious time, resources, foreign exchange and provided hope to millions living on the coastline. The sensitive aspect and the needs of others are not well received by our policy makers, who are not only desk bound but also town and mind bound. They do not want to suffer the consequences of the visits to these intolerable places and would want a life of comfort and ease. The coastline is the new frontier. The productive capacity of the area is being worked out and if one has anything to do with the development process then this is going to

be the area where from the new dimensions have to be launched. Now virtually everything under the sun can be grown with sea water. Why was this not done earlier. The populated countries like China and India should have done something about removal of poverty? India like Pakistan was in the realm of doing everything that the west had done and not do anything that would upset the apple cart and the wise from the productive scene. We now have material that can be sown in the areas for the betterment of the people and remove them from starvation. The first option has been launched albeit somewhat late. The effort is there nevertheless. Edible oil will be the first target. Then will be fodder and then vegetables. The coastline will be made organically green. The challenge is there and it has to be taken up. The work of a nation is not only in terms of food security but also aesthetics and that is going to come our way and make it possible for the people of the area to work and be happy. Not only do more with less but do anything with anything. The definition of resource base has changed. It will be different and it will be differently organized. So let us realize that nations that can change the way they live and work and meet the demands of the many deserve to survive and the others are all waste material. Yes they may have many products and goods that you and I may not have but do they have the goodwill of the people? Take care life in rare atmospheres can kill. Take a chance-yes? After all a life committed is important and useful and if one dies in the process what is the problem one has to do so one day. The sooner the better.

Terrorism never defined Global War on Terror (GWOT) against Muslim countries opposing its imperialist policies or reAsif Haroon Raja fusing to tow its Email: asifharoon7751@yahoo.com line. Threat of Communism was replaced with Islamic terrorism. The word ‘Muslim fundamenhen George W Bush de talism’ was first coined for Imam cided to invade Afghani Khomeini led Islamic revolution in stan, outwardly he pre- Iran in 1978 to divide Muslims. Prior tended that the purpose was to to that, this term was normally used avenge 9/11 attacks allegedly per- within the Christian and Jewish competrated by Osama bin Laden led munities. al-Qaeda based in Afghanistan and The Taliban in Afghanistan were to free the world from the menace also projected as fundamentalists. In of terrorism and to prevent 9/11 like the aftermath of 9/11, new rules attacks to recur. The US hidden mo- framed on terrorism confined terrortives were however altogether dif- ism to Muslim world only while nonferent. After regime change, Af- Muslim world was given a clean chit. ghanistan was to be converted into Apart from nominated groups, couna permanent military base so as to tries harboring terrorists or abetting conduct covert and overt operations terrorism were also to be punished. against regional countries. So much so that even the subtle difPakistan and Iran were to be tar- ference between freedom movement geted covertly, Russia and China legitimized by the UN and terrorism were to be kept under pressure, and was removed and all were dubbed as influence over Central Asian Re- terrorists. Except for North Korea, all publics was to be enhanced with a other States that were declared as view to gaining control over min- ‘evil’ were Muslim. eral resources. India was to be In Islam, there is no such divistrengthened and made the most sion within its ranks since all Muspowerful regional power in Asia- lims are required to follow certain Pacific so that it could counter fundamentals and obligations of reChina. Iraq, Libya and Syria were ligion that are mostly altruistic. This to be subjugated, boundaries of is common to all religions of the Middle East altered and its oil re- world. However, the vested groups sources harnessed. Saudi Arabia have bracketed Islamic fundamenwas the ultimate objective to give a talism with obscurantism, fanatideathblow to Islam. Islam loving cism, extremism and terrorism. Muslims dubbed as extremists were These traits are outside the realm and to be bashed by pro-American secu- teachings of Islam since it preaches lar governments so as to sharpen equality, brotherhood, peace, justice secular Muslims-practicing Mus- and fair play. lims divide. Among the targets Pakistan beTerrorism was in actuality a ing nuclear was a priority target ploy to legitimize waging prolonged which had to be subdued and turned

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into a compliant state through deceptive friendship. FATA in the northwest and Balochistan in the southwest, the two extreme flanks of Pakistan were selected to be inflamed initially and gradually the flames of terrorism were to be spread inwards towards major cities to destabilize the country. Reason for selecting these two regions was their contiguity with Afghanistan which enabled the subversive forces to conduct covert war with ease. Involvement of Pak security forces in FATA helped in reducing the weight of war in Afghanistan and also in pulling forces from east to west. Balochistan’s geostrategic location and richness in mineral resources were added reasons to evince interest in this region. While ISAF has started packing its baggage to quit Afghanistan and US leadership is continuously trying to woo the Taliban to arrive at a political settlement, Pakistan is being pushed to launch another major operation in North Waziristan. The US forbids Pakistan to hold peace talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or to maintain contacts with Afghan Taliban. 11 years have gone by fighting GWOT but terrorism instead of getting eliminated or curbed has spread further and has become uncontrollable. The reason that the US and its allies couldn’t bottle the genie of terrorism is that their intentions were insincere. None made any effort to identify the root causes of terrorism and finding remedies to doctor this disease. Pakistan has been suggesting this course but no heed was paid since the originators of war were not interested in curing it. Moreover, the US having earned the reputation of being the biggest terrorist state of the world had no moral right to paint others as terrorists and kill them. A German scholar answering a

question about terrorism lucidly explained this dichotomy. He said: “Did the Muslims start the First World War? Did the Muslims trigger the Second World War? Did the Muslims kill about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia? Did the Muslims drop the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities of Japan at the termination of 2nd World War when Japan had agreed to surrender? Did the Muslims kill over 100 millions of Indians in North America? Who killed more than 50 millions of Indians in South America? Muslims? Who forcibly abducted about 180 millions of African people as slaves and 88% of them died in ships and were thrown in Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?” He added, “No they weren’t Muslims!! First of all you have to define terrorism properly. If a non-Muslim do something bad, it is crime. But if a Muslim commits the same, he is a terrorist. So first remove this double standard and then come to the point”. One wishes Pakistan and 49 other countries fighting GWOT as well as the UN should have asked the US to define terrorism rather than blindly fighting the senseless war against terrorism which has made the world unsafe. The two countries most notorious for state terrorism and repression are Israel and India, but the two are blue eyed boys of USA. Their terrorism is ignored. Aren’t CIA, Mossad and RAW, the three strategic partners infamous for kidnapping, torturing and murdering their enemies and detractors? The trio applies state terrorism, indulges in false flag operations and false propaganda war, destabilizes and topples democratic governments by creating strife and unrest or instigating insurgencies. —The writer is a retired Brig and a defence analyst.

n Hollywood movies, the terror ist usually dies a gruesome death. Either he is cornered by the cops and shot dead as he tries to run for his life or he meets his terrible end directly battling with the forces of good. But when the quintessential terrorist of real life, Osama bin Laden, was killed, it was a completely anti-climactic show. One day out of the blue, we were given the shocking news that a CIA-led operation killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan. While many Americans were quick to run to the streets and raucously celebrate the death of the world’s most wanted man, others were perplexed by the mystery surrounding his death. So how did he actually die? Why was his body disposed off in the sea so soon? Where is the photographic evidence of the operation? The official information relayed by the White House to the media was scant, contradictory and left many questions unanswered. All we got to know was that the Saudi-born terrorist was shot dead when he apparently tried to get hold of a weapon. And after he died, his body was disposed off in the ocean according to Islamic rituals. However, a forthcoming book written by a US Navy SEAL, Matt Bissonnette, who has directly involved in the operation, contradicts even these scant details about the terrorist’s death. In his book titled No Easy Day, Bissonette under the pseudonym Mark Owen, reveals that the Al Qaeda leader did not pose a direct threat to the SEALs, when he was shot dead. In fact, the account implies that he was shot in his head, when he peeked outside the door of his bedroom. Bissonnette also divulges that one of the SEALs was sitting on bin Laden’s chest in the cramped helicopter that carried his dead body to the sea— a claim that implies that the body was not disposed off according to Islamic rites. The book is generating a great buzz in the media and has been scheduled for early release due to a spate of orders online. Bissonnette’s account is sure to create more doubts about the events surrounding bin Laden’s death. He might even get into trouble if there’s classified information in the book, since the publishers did not get it cleared from the Pentagon. The book might prove to be as embarrassing as the Wikileaks for the US government. But that’s the price it will have to pay for deliberately being unclear about such an important operation. After all, when the spectators are kept away from the climax of a real life terrorist’s killing, curiosity is sure to breed controversies. — Khaleej Times

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ver the decades, medical sci ence has taken great strides forward to improve the quality of human life and reduce suffering caused by disease and illnesses. However, people’s increasing desire for quick-fixes for their aches and pains has had an unfortunate sideeffect: antibiotics, one of the main weapons in the fight against diseasecausing pathogens, have become increasingly ineffective because they are not being properly used. Over prescription by doctors and patients not completing their course of medicine has resulted in pathogens developing resistance to the drugs. As a result, it is becoming more difficult to cure infections, like tuberculosis, as bacteria have become immune to the medication. This creates the danger that more virulent forms of the disease can spread more easily and existing treatments will become less effective. As a result, doctors and scientists have to develop more treatments at great cost in time and money. In the meantime, lives are in danger. All medication must be treated with great care and respect and doctors and patients must ensure that they are properly prescribed and used at all times. — Gulf News

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on Earth. Charles Kingsley —British writer


America and Israel need change Voice of the People Mahboob A Khwaja Email: kmaboob@yahoo.com

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here are the times that try men’s soul, noted Thomas Paine in his famous “Common Sense”, the lifeline to American independence. In situations of adversity and crises, competent leaders represent hope and optimism for change, not egoistic political agenda and animosity. Peace requires new thinking and new visions that American President and Israeli PM do not have except the war agenda. Both are victims of egomaniac politics. Would Peace and Security grow out of the nowhere? Threatening rhetoric of pre-emptive war strikes on Iran nuclear’s centers and the nuisance of individualistic political indoctrination do not articulate rational and responsible opportunities for rational and intelligent leaders to engage in peaceful dialogue or conflict resolution. Obama appeared confused instead of pragmatic and visionary leaders, his face and body language did not seem to correspond to his movements of lips and the air he was breathing at the AIPAC stage. There is no scarcity of proactive Jewish intellectuals and scholars in Israel and America enriched with political

imagination and strong sense of interests of the global humanity and people who love peace and harmony with the Arabs and Palestinians, and likewise, American thinkers and political visionaries who could do a better job than Netanyahu and Obama’s warrior mindsets. Conflicts are not the outcome of rational thinking but of sadistic and cruel mindsets. Those who plan wars and drive the mankind to the animalistic thinking and killing of each other are often fearful of the unknown. They view the humanity just in numbers, not an object of precious life and value in the larger universal context. Most often, these people are disconnected with the annals of normal human thinking and affairs, suspicious and paranoid and they see success to be achieved at the cost of ruthlessness, hatred, degeneration and viciousness - all part of their inborn value system, making politics a dreadful game of egomaniac mind, deceptions and strategic priorities. Zars and other Russian dictators, Hitler, Mussolini, George Bush, Cheney, Blair and now Obama are all the by-products of the same philosophy, policies and behaviors. In a knowledge-driven global culture of enhanced human communications and proactive visions for sustainable futuristic co-existence

between Man and the encompassed Universe and divergent civilizations, we the educators and learners are to exercise rational capacity of thoughts, universal ideals and continuous intelligent foresights to change and adaptability to the future-making. This requires intelligent commitment to principles of international peace and security for all, non-aggression in the working of global systems, protection of life and a balanced ecological culture of co-existence within the encompassed Universe -Man and the Humanity. America, a leading industrialized power is indifferent to these pertinent factors of life. Across the United States, the presidential elections are dominating the 2012 political culture and the world is watching nervously when and where the perpetuated insanity would hit next. It is predictably unpredictable curiosity of the unknown impulse; otherwise, the news media and war profiteering lobbyists would go bankrupt. Recently, Obama spoke to the politically influential AIPAC Israeli lobby group in Washington. Global peace, humanity and security of the Middle East region are the net causality of Obama’s egomaniac rhetoric. War of words and hasty and conveniently arrived personalized hypothesis of the few sadistic intellect on complex global issues are draining out the time,

opportunities for dialogue and positive THINKING of the whole of the mankind. The Iran war hysteria is heightened with immense fear-mongering as was the case of the false flag of the Iraqi WMD and the continued bogus Wars of Terrorism were planned and launched against Iraq and Afghanistan. What did the present or the former US political leadership achieve out of the insanity of the Wars? One factor of leadership failure strikes the thinking people most. To launch political campaigns and get elected, most of these politicians rely on consultants and strategic advisors. Once in office, these dummies cannot distinguish between the role of a leader and a political campaigner. Often they lack moral and intellectual leadership visions, traits and proactive know-how. They flunk and always seek advisory opinions rather than having their own capability for change and adaptability to the new role-play. People and nations lose precious time and opportunities for change because of the folly of the so-called leaders. Modern democratic norms are fast becoming obsolete in relations to the interests of the masses. —The writer is specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution.

Silence over Rohingya persecution? Saman Zulfqar Email: samanz.pk@gmail.com

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thnic or religious minorities are being discriminated and perse cuted all over the world. Methods of persecution are different in developed and developing countries. Developed countries ban wearing of Hijabs or construction of minarets while in developing countries minorities face hostility and discrimination and acts of violence are committed against them by the majority population. If we specifically talk about South Asian region that is home to 1/5th of world’s population, the issue of minorities has remained neglected and has not been given such importance as it deserves. Close at home persecution of minorities is growing and the victims include not only Hindus and Christians but religious sects also. The recent killing of Muslims in Myanmar has once again raised the concerns about insecurity of minorities. Buddhism is the dominant religion professed and practiced by 89 percent of Myanmar’s population. As far Muslims comprise 4 percent of

the population but unofficial data puts the Muslim population at least around 10-12 percent. Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had the legal status of minority till 1970 but they were denied citizenship rights through constitutional amendment by the military rulers in 1982. The government claims that their ancestors were not residing there at the start of British colonial rule, as required by 1982 Citizenship Law, therefore these Muslims are seen as foreigners and illegal settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh. While Rohingyas assert that their entry into the state predates the British colonial rule and can be traced back to late 1000 A.D when Muslim traders, travelers and sailors arrived there. Today’s Muslims are descendants of those early settlers. As a matter of fact, Burma was annexed by the British and was made a part of India. The Arakan region of Myanmar extends along the coastal areas of Bay of Bengal and is described as an expansion of East Bengal separated by a chain of hills. There might have been Bengali immigrants but after living there generation after generation these immigrants have become part of the Bur-

mese population and deserve to be treated as legal settlers. The unrest started in June 2012 with a clash between Muslims and Buddhists. Violence got intensified when Myanmar’s President Thein Sein declared that Muslims should be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the UN. The government declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to quell unrest but killing of innocent Muslims continued. It is reported that along with Bhuddist extremists, security forces in Myanmar were also involved in the killing of Muslims. It is not the first time that state machinery has been used against its own people while supporting the extremists from majority population. We saw similar brutality in India in the Gujarat Pogrom of 2002 that has shocked the world community. It is ironical that International Human Rights Groups have maintained silence over the Rohingya issue. Western governments are deliberately ignoring the human rights violations in Myanmar. Political or religious parties in some Muslim states have been raising their voices against the Burmese Muslims plight but state

representatives are silent. It is only the Iranian government that has taken a firm stand by writing to UN Secretary General Ban Ki –Moon and asked him to take adequate measures to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar. In case of Myanmar, the prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who stands for democracy, has not condemned the Muslim massacre which is odd. Democracy ensures the protection of human rights, by remaining indifferent to massive human rights violations Aung San Suu Kyi, weaken her own cause for restoration of democracy. Why do western governments only apply ‘Responsibility to Protect’ rules in selected countries as was done in Libya by NATO. Questions can be raised about the efficacy of international human rights standards. It doesn’t seem these are applied equally in all cases. There is a strong feeling that Muslim persecution in Myanmar and elsewhere is being deliberately ignored by the West generally and international organizations particularly. —The writer works for Islamabad Policy Research Institute.

Views From Abroad

US build-up in the Middle East Walter Pincus

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ere are some facts that should be considered by those who criticize the Barack Obama administration for “leading from behind” in the troubled Middle East. A steady build-up in the number of US ships and aircraft available for possible new military action in the Middle East has been under way for months, and the Pentagon has done little to hide it from the leaders of Iran and Syria. While American officials say the US-generated land-air-sea military exercise Eager Lion 2012, held in Jordan in May, was an annual event not related to developments in Damascus or Tehran, CNN was allowed to show parts of the action. Moreover, the US and Jordanian generals running the program held a May 15 news conference that publicized the start of the main parts of the expanded exercise, involving 11,000 troops from 19 countries. Army Maj. Gen. Ken Tovo, who is head of Special Operations for US Central Command and who was in

charge of the American forces taking part, told reporters that the exercise was the largest since the Iraq invasion. One purpose, he said, was to apply “the skills that we have developed over the last weeks in an irregular-warfare scenario.” On another level, US intelligence agencies are also at work. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton referred indirectly to this at her recent news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul. “We are providing $25 million in non-lethal aid, mostly communications, to civil society and activists,” she said. “And I don’t want to go into any further details as to how we are helping people, at the risk of endangering them at this time.” In an analysis published last Thursday on al-Jazeera’s website, Robert Grenier, a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, gave this authoritative view of the assistance: “Such [communications] equipment would have the dual benefit not only of improving intelligence flow to, and tactical coordination among the armed rebel units, but also of facilitating the flow of information from

inside Syria to the providers of this assistance.” Grenier, who worked in the White House on Iraq and was later chief of the CIA’s counter-terrorism centre, also referred to an earlier “leaked” presidential finding that authorized the agency to assist the Syrian opposition. Some of that activity, he wrote, reportedly takes place at a joint operations centre in Adana, Turkey, 60 miles from the Syrian border. Adana is “also home to Incirlik, a US airbase where US military and intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence,” Grenier noted in an earlier article. Incirlik, an important American installation since the Cold War, serves as a forward base for NATO deployments. Most recently, it handled transports during the Iraq war and certainly would play a role in any Syrian or Iranian operations. “Our intelligence services, our military, have very important responsibilities and roles to play,” Clinton said, “so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that.” A basic part of such planning requires that the forces to carry out agreed-upon missions be in place. Along with the units

already mentioned, two US Navy carriers, the USS Enterprise and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, with more than 100 aircraft plus their strike groups, are operating in the area to help in Afghanistan. But they could be used in any other regional role. They include five destroyers and two cruisers. In Bahrain, the US 5th Fleet’s five minesweepers were augmented recently by the arrival of four more. While Syria’s Bashar Assad and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are fully aware of the growing US land, sea and air forces they face, White House critics refuse to recognize what’s going on. It’s easy to speak or write about no-fly zones or surgical strikes if you cavalierly overlook the weight on President Obama. The president, acting from the safety of the White House, must consider sending more Americans — husbands and wives, sons and daughters — into another war knowing that their lives will be endangered or even lost. It’s even easier if you have never been to war yourself. Courtesy: The Washington Post

Look for the treasure..!

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young girl was sobbing in a bus, none of the passen gers took notice, till at the next bus stop a lady got in who seeing the girl crying walked over and put an arm around, “Are you okay?” she asked. “I am useless,” said the weeping girl, “Nobody loves me!” “To God you are a treasure,” said the lady and continued sitting by the girl till she stopped crying. A man was exploring caves by the

seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone. Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20

or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away. It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find

the treasure hidden inside that person by God. There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth. May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them. Yes, let us be like the lady who got into the bus and saw treasure where others hadn’t..! —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Banks & dacoits MUHAMMAD JAVED

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commercial bank branch in Shireen Jinnah Colony Karachi was deprived of by Rs. 4.7 million by five bandits. Before fleeing the bank, the suspects also damaged the CCTV camera and “took away” the footage of the episode. Our history of Banks CCTVs is “Mashallah” very interesting and we have created unique examples in the world. In one incident it was revealed after public hours the victim Bank used to switch off the CCTV operation (to save electricity or it thought dacoits don’t dare coming darkness). In an incident last month in Islamabad, the law enforcement agencies, the Bank Management and the so called brilliant Media showered flowers on the “intelligent” move of the cashier who pretended having lost the strong room key thus letting the dacoits only to take away cash available on counter. No one including the media talked about what should have been the top most point that as to why CCTV was not working since “many days” but all talked about and appreciated that only less money could walk out of the bank. In one such case the culprits took away with them the CCTV camera as well as the “server”. Having 30 year long excellent security related government service abroad I wonder when today all our Branches are interlinked through the computers, their data is on one main server in their Headquarters main servers, why the CCTV footings are not on the same servers instead of the present stand-alone individual server. It may perhaps be for the same reason as a few months back a spokesman of the private security companies association in the backdrop of increasing criticism revealed that under an “unwritten” directive of the Banks they are under strict instructions not to fire at culprits since the potential looted money was safe insured and that such incidents cost the bank reputation. —Karachi

Let Arafat rest in peace ALI ASHRAF KHAN A French murder probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat prompted by an Israeli denial of responsibility for his death raises suspicion on the purpose to investigate the death of late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat who died on 11th, November 2004 in a Paris hospital, as another ploy to detract attention of the Palestinians and the world from the real problem – Israeli atrocities against the native Arab population and their unwillingness to solve the longstanding crisis in the Near East. Yasir Arafat is dead and whatsoever is the outcome of this obscure investigation will not change the facts that by the time of his death he had outlived his role as a leader of a Palestinian intefada and had become complacent. That would have happened probably to anybody who was at the helm of a movement for such a long time. He had wished for some personal peace and happiness but he had no luck in choosing his partner. As it is said there is always a woman behind success and fall of a Leader. Today it is much more important to realize that the Palestinian movement has become complacent as a result of Arafat’s long leadership which can be seen from the silence that surrounds the matter of a Palestinian state. One of the strong supporters of Palestinians - the Soviet Union and second world countries- have collapsed and without that support it may have been difficult to sustain the movement. But now after a long break some new factors have come up: Russia is on its way back into the international arena and NAM with Iran as its new leader seems to see a revival of its former strength. The changes in Egypt may also promote a revival of the Palestinian movement - with a new and young generation of leaders. Let Yasir Arafat rest in Peace. —Karachi

Save Indus delta MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL The Indus delta is already internationally recognized as “Ramsar site” and it is bound duty of Pakistan government to protect it on priority basis but sorry to say under pressure of one province, Pakistan government is showing criminal negligence towards it and is unable to take effective measures to protect it for more than the last 22 years. The ruination of Indus delta has resulted in: 1) Mass migration of people 2) Increasing level of poverty 3) Sea intrusion inundating 2.7 million acres of land in Thatta and Badin districts 4) Leaving 2.6 million people to die in hunger and thirst living in area stretching from Kotri to Arabian Sea in Sindh 5) Emerging environmental tragedy in Indus delta. It is very sad that Punjab is opposing the release of water downstream Kotri despite all parties had already agreed in Water Accord – 1991 for release of limited water downstream Kotri. There is no justification to say that the water is not available in system to release for Indus delta. The release of water is mandatory in order to save Indus delta and the lives of 2.6 million people . I appeal to UN and countries who are members of Ramsar site to come forward to play their role in saving Ramsar site like Indus delta and pressurize Pakistan government to realize its duty to save Indus delta by releasing limited water as envisaged in Water Accord – 1991 immediately. —Karachi

across the globe for the last one century or so. We have faced hefty economic, ruling, educational, moral and social loss. The biggest defeat that we still face after the demolition of Caliphate in 1924 is the intellectual decline that has dominated our minds. If we speak on materialistc grounds, the loss is not that huge as it can be gained over again through uncomplicated efforts, but the thing that matters most is the intellectual revival that will lead us to ultimate glory. The sense of inferiority in the Muslim Ummah spread like a wildfire after World War 1 when we lost the Ottoman Caliphate which created confusion and disorder in the roots of Muslims. The Muslims began thinking if they follow Islam as a complete code of life, they would be left far behind the World competition of Science, Technology and prosperity. They found no hitch in adopting Western concepts of Secularism, Civil government, Democracy and believed the freedoms provided by the Capitalist notion as their only way to survival and revival. Meanwhile, the Western world began its propaganda campaign against the Muslims, using their intellect, taking advantage from the rational decline of the Muslims. They spoke openly against the Muslims declaring them Militants, terrorists and extremists burning Quran and making fun of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Salallaho Aliyhe Wa’Aalihe Wasallam. The West started slaughtering Muslims on a broader level, resulting in the genocide of Muslims of Bosnia, Kashmir, India, Burma and others. They invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, in other words waging an indirect war against the Muslims in the name of War Against Terror. The Western media tagged Muslims as an uneducated, theocratic and utopian nation. They spread terrorism in actual but declared Muslims as the real culprits. —Karachi

‘Convince the Taliban to Talk’ FAROOQ ADIL Amazing! The headline “Convince Taliban to talk, US asks Pakistan” of a leading English daily that is believed to be well informed, speaks volumes. This is what the high powered delegation of Hillary Clinton had in their kitty? Then why the Americans who had been holding talks with the Taliban – even they got arranged those talks in Dubai, and Ms Clinton admitted she used ISI for establishing contacts with Haqqanis – have been blocking Islamabad from holding talks with the Pakistani Taliban? This is what the saner elements have been calling for, in Pakistan. Imran Khan has for long been advising the government to adopt policy of talks with the Taliban since long and now the army chief has given his NOC for these talks. Why, just because the Americans want it? A section of press has also dedicated itself to plead for reviewing the policy of blindly following the Americans and go for a policy in accordance with the national interest. Nobody paid heed to it unless now the Hillary wants it. There has to be some indigenous thinking and following. The issue has to be solved politically, through negotiations, by engaging all stakeholders, taking all sections of society into confidence and keeping the tribal people’s interest in mind. It means America is ready to endorse it. —Islamabad

Poor health services

International Hijab Day SARA EHSAN An International Hijab Day was observed in many places of the world under “Assembly for Protection of Hijab”, an organization formed as a result of conference, held on Jan 2004 at London, under the supervision of Allama Yousaf Al Qarzawi. This conference was attended by more than 300 scholars from all over the world and decided to call for observance of International Hijab Day on 4th September, of every year, as a day of solidarity with all women around the world who face racism and religious intolerance by being prevented from wearing their Hijab/religious dress as they freely choose to do. This day is also celebrated to commemorate the shocking crime against Marwa Shirbini and to defend the right of Muslim Women to wear the Hijab/ religious dress everywhere in the world. It will also be an opportunity to present the beauty of Islamic teachings and the pride of Muslim women as positive shapers of their communities. Since many years some western countries have started propaganda against Hijab. They banned Hijab due to which Muslim women suffer in countries like France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Turkey. But in reality they fears from an increase numbers of people to take interest to Islam and converting in Islam. These fears become double after the incident of 11th Sep. They also start closing the doors of seeking knowledge, getting jobs and other opportunities for women wearing hijab. A problem came when an elected parliament leader took oath with wearing Hijab in Belgium. A Muslim woman from Turkey, Mahnoor Razmeer claimed that she must wear Hijab while taking oath in an oath ceremony in parliament. In History, under the influence of Western civilization, King Amanullah of Afghanistan, Shah of Iran, Mustafa Kamal of Turkish state tried to eradicate Hijab but they failed. Other attempts were made in Iraq, Syria and Indonesia by some rulers but all failed. In modern era some people argue that women cannot become move or survive until and unless she removes the Hijab. No economic and social activities take place without uncovering the women. But the truth is that Hijab and veil is not only a sign of chastity, and parity, it also guards women against dirty looks and acts like a fort. —Via email

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Public health services, indeed, reduce people’s exposed to various fatal diseases through such measures as sanitation and vector control but unfortunately it has been neglected in Sindh province. Like the past rulers, SYED HASSAM AHMED the present rulers have not evinced The Muslims around the world have even an iota of interest in the develwitnessed unbearable loss in terms opment of public health infrastrucof dignity, supremacy and respect ture. The public funds for health ser-

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vices in the province have been focused largely on medical services, and public health services have been neglected. There is virtual absence of public health regulations and systematic planning and delivery of public health services in the province, especially, There is capacity at all among the personnel of existing organizations to deal with outbreaks when they occur, but not to prevent them from occurring. This is why, my home district Larkano, which used to have classic public health engineering infrastructure during the ZAB and also even before the partition because historic site of Indus valley civilization, Mohan Jo Daro exists there. But unfortunately now due to decrepit public health engineering infrastructure because the much –touted PM’s Larkano Development Package funds have been notoriously misused by a chosen corrupt few and Larkano has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other epidemic and endemic diseases. —Islamabad

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How not to reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan - or the US PETER VAN BUREN

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HE US government largely justified its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as “liberating” missions aimed at build ing a more viable future for these two states. Peter Van Buren, a career US Foreign Service Officer who served in Iraq, offers an interesting insider perspective on the poor track-record of American “state-building”. Van Buren asks: “Why has the United States spent so much money and time so disastrously trying to rebuild occupied nations abroad, while allowing its own infrastructure to crumble untended?”While other observers have questioned whether the US was “really trying” to rebuild these two countries – or doing the opposite – Van Buren’s insight ultimately brings a more fundamental query to the table: can a State really “build” another one? Some images remain like scars on my memory. One of the last things I saw in Iraq, where I spent a year with the Department of State helping squander some of the $44bn American taxpayers put up to “reconstruct” that country, were horses living semi-wild among the muck and garbage of Baghdad. Those horses had once raced for Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein and seven years after their “liberation” by the American invasion of 2003, they were still wandering that unraveling, unreconstructed urban landscape looking, like many other Iraqis, for food. I flew home that same day, a too-rapid change of worlds, to a country in which the schools of my hometown in Ohio could not afford to pay teachers a decent wage. Once great cities were rotting away as certainly as if they were in Iraq, where those horses were scrabbling to get by. To this day, I’m left pondering these questions: Why has the United States spent so much money and time so disastrously trying to rebuild occupied nations abroad, while allowing its own infrastructure to crumble untended? Why do we even think of that as “policy”? With the success of the post-World War II Marshall Plan in Europe and the economic miracle in Japan, rebuilding other countries

gained a certain imperial patina. Both took relatively little money and time. The reconstruction of Germany and Japan cost only $32bn and $17bn, respectively (in 2010 dollars), in large part because both had been highly educated, industrialised powerhouses before their wartime destruction. In 2003, still tumescent with post9/11 rage a n d dreams of g l o b a l glory, anyt h i n g seemed possible to the men and women of the Bush administration, who would cite the German and Japanese examples of just what the US could do as they entered Iraq. Following what seemed like a swift military defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the plan had gotten big and gone long. It was nothing less than this: remake the entire Middle East in the American image. The country’s mighty military was to sweep through Iraq, then Syria - Marines I knew told me personally that they were issued maps of Syria in March 2003 - then Iran, quickly set up military bases and garrisons (“enduring camps”), create Washington-friendly governments, pour in American technology and culture, bring in the crony corporations under the rubric of “reconstruction”, privatise everything, stand up new proxy militaries under the rubric of regime change and forever transform the region. Once upon a time, the defeated Japanese and Germans had become allies and, better yet, consumers. Now, almost six decades later, no one in the Bush administration had a doubt the same would happen in Iraq - and the Middle East would follow suit at minimal cost,

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creating the greatest leap forward for a Pax Americana since the Spanish-American War. Added bonus: a “sea of oil”. By 2010, when I wrote We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the possibility that some level of success might be close by still occupied some official minds. American boots remained on the ground in Mesopotamia and looked likely to stay on for years in at least a few of the massive permanent bases we had built there. A sort-of elected government was more or less in place, and in the press interviews I did in response to my book I was regularly required to defend its thesis that reconstruction in Iraq had failed almost totally, and that the same process was going down in Afghanistan as well. It was sometimes a tough sell. After all, how could we truly fail, being plucky Americans, historically equipped like no one else with plenty of bootstraps and know-how and gumption. Now, it’s definitive. Reconstruction in Iraq has failed. Dismally. The US couldn’t even restore the country’s electric system or give a majority of its people potable water. The accounts of that failure still pour out. Choose your favourites; here are just two recent ones of mine: a report that a $200m yearlong State Department police training programme had shown no results (none, nada), in part because the Iraqis had been completely uninterested in it; and a long official list of major reconstruction projects uncompleted, with billions of taxpayer dollars wasted, all carefully catalogued by the now-defunct Special Inspector for Iraq Reconstruction. Failure, in fact, was the name of the game when it came to

Can the International Atomic Energy Agency stop a war with Iran?

VICTOR DAVIS HANSAN

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HITE House hopes for engagement lie shat tered The United States is backing off from the Middle East — and the Middle East from the United States. America is in the midst of the greatest domestic gas and oil revolution since the early 20th century. If even guarded predictions about new North American reserves are accurate, over the next decade, the entire continent may become energy-independent, without much need of petroleum imports from the Middle East. America’s diminishing reliance on the Persian Gulf coincides with mounting Chinese dependency on Middle Eastern oil and gas. So as the Persian Gulf becomes less important to us, it grows even more critical to the oil-hungry, cash-laden — and opportunistic — Chinese. After two wars in the Middle East, Americans are as tired of our forces being sent over there as Middle Easterners are of having us there. The usual Arab complaint against the United States during the Cold War was that it supported anti-communist authoritarians in the oil-rich Gulf and ignored democratic reform. After the 1991 Gulf War, the next charge was that America fought Saddam Hussein only to free an oil-rich, pro-American monarchy in Kuwait, without any interest in helping reformists in either Kuwait or Iraq. After the Gulf War of 2003, there was widespread new anger about the use of American arms to force democracy down Iraq’s throat. Finally, during the 2011 Arab Spring, the Arab world charged that the United States was too tardy in offering political support for insurgents in Egypt and Tunisia and again was late in “leading from behind” in helping European nations remove Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Now the Arab world is hectoring America to help overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria. Let’s get this all straight. America has been damned for its Machiavellian shenanigans in supporting authoritarian governments, for its naive idealism in using force to implant democracies, for its ambivalence in not using force to protect democratic protesters and for its recent isolationism in ignoring ongoing Arab violence. Why, then, bother? There are other growing fault lines. The old conventional wisdom was that Sunni Muslims shared Israeli fears of a Persian bomb on the horizon. The new conventional wisdom is that the Arab masses who are propelling the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt prefer the idea of a nuked Israel to the danger of a nuclear Iran. The subtext of Middle Eastern anti-Americanism is that the region, if given a chance, will embrace its own brand of freedom. But that does not appear to be happening in Egypt or Libya. For now, democracy does not seem to be the common glue that holds together various Syrians fighting to overthrow the odious Assad dictatorship. Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood attended college and later taught classes in California. Apparently, Mr. Morsi once came here to enjoy American freedom and for his family to be protected by our tolerance and security. Is that why he is crushing liberal opponents and the Egyptian media — to ensure that they never enjoy the protections and opportunities that were offered to him while a guest in the United States? Note that anti-Americanism often was attributed to the unique unpopularity of President George W. Bush, who invaded two Middle Eastern countries, tried to foster democracies and institutionalized a number of tough anti-terrorism security policies. In turn, Barack Obama was supposed to be the antidote — a Muslim family on his father’s side, his middle name Hussein, early schooling in Muslim Indonesia, a number of proIslamic speeches and interviews, apologies abroad and a post-racial personal story. Yet recent polls show that President Obama is even less popular in the Middle East than Mr. Bush was. Staggering U.S. debt also explains the impending divorce. With $5 trillion in new American borrowing in just the past four years, and talk of slashing $1 trillion from the defense budget over the next 10 years, America’s options abroad may be narrowing. Mr. Obama also envisions a more multilateral world in which former American responsibilities in the Middle East are outsourced to collective interests such as the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab League. Perhaps soon the problem will be that we simply will not have enough power to use it for much of anything — and would have to ask the U.N. for permission if we did.—Courtesy - Washington Times

month ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Iran that it was time for a sit-down. It sought a meeting for two reasons. First, talks with Tehran to negotiate a so-called “structured approach” to wind down the IAEA’s investigation and determine whether Iran had been working on nuclear weapons — following evidence raised by Yukiya Amano, the agency’s director general, back in November — had ground to a halt in early June. Second, unless Iran made a significant goodwill gesture by the end of August, Amano would have to report to the agency’s Board of Governors that, for nine months, Iran had refused to cooperate — even as Israeli officials were signaling that they might attack Iran’s nuclear installations without warning and soon because diplomacy had failed. Now, Amano has done just that. Iran and the IAEA had a fruitless encounter in Vienna on August 24, and so six days later Amano filed his report to the IAEA governors. With war drums beating in Jerusalem, the report’s language is sober and muted. The IAEA doesn’t want to see a war in Iran. But the message of the report is clear: Iran continues to enrich uranium in violation of Security Council resolutions, and it continues to obstruct the IAEA investigation expressly mandated by those resolutions. There are five salient points in the IAEA’s 14-page document: Fordow Centrifuge Installation: Beginning late last year, Israeli officials have warned U.S. counterparts that an expansion of uranium enrichment activity at the underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant was their main concern in part because the plant’s product is uranium enriched to 20 percent — much closer to bomb-grade product than the 3.5 percent enriched material Iran produces elsewhere. In the teeth of Israeli threats, earlier this summer, Iranian media reports citing Presi-

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the American mission. Just tote up the score: the Iraqi government is moving ever closer to Iran; the US occupation, which built 505 bases in the country with the thought that US troops might remain garrisoned there for generations, ended without a single base in US hands (none, nada); no gushers of cheap oil leapt USAwards nor did profits from the above leap into the coffers of American oil companies; and there was a net loss of US prestige and influence across the region. And that would just be the beginning of the list from hell. Even former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, George W Bush’s accomplice in the invasion of Iraq and the woman after whom Chevron Oil once named a double-hulled oil tanker, now admits that “we didn’t understand how broken Iraq was as a society and we tried to rebuild Iraq from Baghdad out. And we really should have rebuilt Iraq outside Baghdad in. We should have worked with the tribes. We should have worked with the provinces. We should have had smaller projects than the large ones that we had”. Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask “Did we succeed in Iraq?” or “Will reconstruction pay off?” The question du jour has finally shifted to: “Why did we fail?” Corruption and vanity projects Why exactly did we fail to reconstruct Iraq, and why are we failing in Afghanistan? (Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, is the Afghan version of We Meant Well in detailing the catastrophic outcomes of reconstruction in that never-ending war.) No doubt more books, and not a few theses, will be written, noting the massive corruption, the overkill of pouring billions of dollars into poor, occupied countries, the disorganisation behind the effort, the pointlessly self-serving vanity projects - internet classes in towns without electricity and the abysmal quality of the greedy contractors, on-the-make corporations and lame bureaucrats sent in to do the job. Serious lessons will be extracted, inevitable comparisons will be made to post-World War II Germany

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dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserted that about 1,000 new centrifuges had been set up at Fordow. The math behind the new IAEA document confirms that Iranian claim. Of the nearly 3,000 centrifuges Iran has told the IAEA it

intends to set up at Fordow, about twothirds are now installed. However, so far none of the new machines is enriching uranium. Iran continues to produce 20 percent-enriched uranium with about 700 centrifuges it installed previously. If intensified enrichment activity at Fordow is an Israeli red line, the IAEA report says it hasn’t been crossed. Uranium Enrichment Continues Unabated: Charts at the back of the report show that in the three months since the IAEA’s last report, and indeed for several years, Iran has steadily added to its inventory of enriched uranium at all three of its declared centrifuge plants. Iran’s total stockpile of 20 percent-enriched uranium, including from the Fordow plant, is now nearly 200 kilograms, about 50 kilograms more than three months ago. Iran’s biggest enrichment plant, at Natanz, has now put out just under 7,000 kilograms of uranium enriched to 3.5 percent, compared to about 3,500 kilograms at the beginning of 2011 and 1,000 kilograms at the beginning of 2010. If cyber warfare and sabotage attacks launched by Iran’s adversaries over the last three years were meant to cripple Iran’s enrichment plant output, they did not succeed. No Iranian Cooperation on Weapons Allegations: In a report to the

board last November, Amano aired detailed evidence suggesting that, since the late 1980s, Iran had carried out nuclear weapons-related research and development activities. The new IAEA report spells out that Iran has persistently refused to comply with IAEA requests to address these allegations: “Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, no concrete results have been achieved in resolving the outstanding issues. Given the nature and extent of credible information available... [i]n the absence of such engagement, the Agency will not be able to resolve concerns... which need to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.” The report also says that the IAEA has obtained new information which supports Amano’s earlier allegations. It’s anyone guess if and when Iran will answer the IAEA’s questions, but many observers believe Iran is holding its cooperation hostage to advances in its negotiations with the P5 states and Germany. So far, that track has made little progress. Cover-up at Parchin: During a meeting in Tehran in May, Amano asked Iran to let the IAEA inspect a specific location at a military installation at Parchin, after a former scientist working in the Soviet nuclear weapons complex, Vyacheslav Danilenko, told the IAEA he had helped Iran set up apparatus there which the IAEA suspects may have been used to conduct high-explosive testing for a nuclear weapons program. Iran told Amano that, unless the IAEA would agree to a new “work plan” that would terminate the investigation step by step, it would refuse.Uninterrupted Reactor Construction at Arak: In addition to Iran’s enrichment plants, Security Council resolutions have ordered Iran to suspend construction at Arak of a heavy-water reactor typically used to generate weapons-grade plutonium.—GFP

and Japan and think tanks will sprout like mushrooms on rotted wood to try to map out how to do it better next time. For the near term a reluctant acknowledgment of our failing economy may keep the US out of major reconstruction efforts abroad. Robert Gates, who succeeded Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, told a group of West Point cadets that “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined’, as General MacArthur so delicately put it”. Still, the desire to remake other countries - could Syria be next? - hovers in the background of American foreign policy, just waiting for the chance to rise again. The standard theme of counter-insurgency theory (COIN in the trade) is “terrorists take advantage of hunger and poverty”. Foreigners building stuff is, of course, the answer, if only we could get it right. Such is part of the justification for the onrushing militarisation of Africa, which carries with it a reconstruction component (even if on a desperately reduced scale, thanks to the tightening finances of the moment). There are few historical examples of COIN ever really working and many in which failed, but the idea is too attractive and its support industry too well established for it to simply go away. Then there’s that other why question: Why, in our zeal to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, we never considered spending a fraction as much to rebuild Detroit, New Orleans, or Cleveland (projects that, unlike Afghanistan and Iraq in their heyday, have never enjoyed widespread support)? I use the term “reconstruction” for convenience, but it is important to understand what the US means by it. Once corruption and pure greed are strained out (most projects in Iraq and Afghanistan were simply vehicles for contractors to suck money out of the government) and the vanity projects crossed off (building things and naming them after the sitting ambassador was a popular suck-up technique), what’s left is our desire for them to be like us. While, dollar-for-dollar, corruption and contractor greed account for almost all the money wasted, the idea that, deep down, we want the people we conquer to become mini-versions of us accounts for the rest of the drive and motivation.—GPF

The deterrence works fantasy CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

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HERE are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that “deter rence works.” It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn’t work over North Vietnam . It’s like saying city-bombing works. It worked in Japan 1945 ( Tokyo through Nagasaki ). It didn’t in the London blitz. The idea that some military technique “works” is meaningless. It depends on the time, the circumstances, the nature of the adversaries. The longbow worked for Henry V. At El Alamein , however, Montgomery chose tanks. Yet a significant school of American “realists” remains absolutist on deterrence and is increasingly annoyed with those troublesome Israelis who are sowing fear, rattling world markets and risking regional war by threatening a preemptive strike to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Don’t they understand that their fears are grossly exaggerated? After all, didn’t deterrence work during 40 years of Cold War? Indeed, a few months ago, columnist Fareed Zakaria made that case by citing me writing in defense of deterrence in the early 1980s at the time of the nuclear freeze movement. And yet now, writes Zakaria, Krauthammer (and others on the right) “has decided that deterrence is a lie.” Nonsense. What I have decided is that deterring Iran is fundamentally different from deterring the Soviet Union . You could rely on the latter but not on the former. Did the Soviet Union in its 70 years ever deploy a suicide bomber? For Iran , as for other jihadists, suicide bombing is routine. Hence the trail of self-immolation, from the 1983 Marine barracks attack in Beirut to the Bulgaria bombing of July 2012. Iran ’s clerical regime rules in the name of a fundamentalist religion for whom the hereafter offers the ultimate rewards. For Soviet communists — thoroughly, militantly atheistic — such thinking was an opiate-laced fairy tale. For all its global aspirations, the Soviet Union was intensely nationalist. The Islamic Republic sees itself as an instrument of its own brand of Shiite millenarianism — the messianic return of the “hidden Imam.” It’s one thing to live in a state of mutual assured destruction with Stalin or Brezhnev, leaders of a philosophically materialist, historically grounded, deeply here-and-now regime. It’s quite another to be in a situation of mutual destruction with apocalyptic clerics who believe in the imminent advent of the Mahdi, the supremacy of the afterlife and holy war as the ultimate avenue to achieving it. The classic formulation comes from Tehran ’s fellow (and rival Sunni) jihadist al-Qaeda: “You love life and we love death.” Try deterring that. (2) The nature of the grievance. The Soviet quarrel with America was ideological. Iran ’s quarrel with Israel is existential. The Soviets never proclaimed a desire to annihilate the American people. For Iran , the very existence of a Jewish state on Muslim land is a crime, an abomination, a cancer with which no negotiation, no coexistence, no accommodation is possible.—Courtesy – The Washington Post

Artificial retina to restore normal vision?

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WO researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York have deciphered a mouse’s retina’s neu ral code and coupled this information to formulate a device to restore sight to blind mice, reports Maryland-based ScienceDaily. The researchers say they have also cracked the code for a monkey retina—which is essentially identical to that of a human—and hope to quickly design and test a device that blind humans can use, the online science news website ScienceDaily reports on August 14. The breakthrough, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), signals a remarkable advance in longstanding efforts to restore vision. Current prosthetics provide blind users with spots and edges of light to help them navigate. This novel device provides the code to restore normal vision. The code is so accurate that it can allow facial features to be discerned and allow animals to track moving images. The lead researcher, Dr Sheila Nirenberg, a computational neuroscientist at Weill Cornell, envisions a day when the blind can choose to wear a visor,

similar to the one used on the television show Star Trek. The visor’s camera will take in light and use a computer chip to turn it into a code that the brain can translate into an image. “It’s an exciting time. We can make a blind mouse’s retinas see, and we’re moving as fast as we can to do the same in humans,” says Dr Nirenberg, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and in the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell. The study’s co-author is Dr Chethan Pandarinath, who was a graduate student with Dr Nirenberg and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. This new approach provides hope for the 25 million people worldwide who suffer from blindness due to diseases of the retina. Because drug therapies help only a small fraction of this population, prosthetic devices are their best option for future sight. “This is the first prosthetic that has the potential to provide normal or near-normal vision because it incorporates the code,” Dr Nirenberg explains. Discovering the Code Normal vision occurs when light falls on photoreceptors in the surface of the retina.

The retinal circuitry then processes the signals from the photoreceptors and converts them into a code of neural impulses. These impulses are then sent up to the brain by the retina’s output cells, called ganglion cells. The brain understands this code of neural pulses and can translate it into meaningful images. Blindness is often caused by diseases of the retina that kill the photoreceptors and destroy the associated circuitry, but typically, in these diseases, the retina’s output cells are spared. Current prosthetics generally work by driving these surviving cells. Electrodes are implanted into a blind patient’s eye, and they stimulate the ganglion cells with current. But this only produces rough visual fields. Many groups are working to improve performance by placing more stimulators into the patient’s eye. The hope is that with more stimulators, more ganglion cells in the damaged tissue will be activated, and image quality will improve. Other research teams are testing use of light-sensitive proteins as an alternate way to stimulate the cells. These proteins are introduced into the retina by gene

therapy. Once in the eye, they can target many ganglion cells at once. But Dr Nirenberg points out that there’s another critical factor. “Not only is it necessary to stimulate large numbers of cells, but they also have to be stimulated with the right code—the code the retina normally uses to communicate with the brain.” This is what the authors discovered— and what they incorporated into a novel prosthetic system. Dr Nirenberg reasoned that any pattern of light falling on to the retina had to be converted into a general code—a set of equations—that turns light patterns into patterns of electrical pulses. “People have been trying to find the code that does this for simple stimuli, but we knew it had to be generalizable, so that it could work for anything—faces, landscapes, anything that a person sees,” Dr Nirenberg says. Vision = Chip Plus Gene Therapy In a eureka moment, while working on the code for a different reason, Dr Nirenberg realized that what she was doing could be directly applied to a prosthetic. She and her student, Dr Pandarinath, immediately went to work on it.—Star


Warsi worries reshuffle in cabinet M A KAISERIMAM L ONDON — Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairperson, has appealed to David Cameron to let her stay in her post so that she could attract a new generation of women, working class and ethnic minority voters. The Prime Minister is expected in his forthcoming reshuffle to replace Lady Warsi with a candidate from the Right wing of the party, who speaks for core Tory supporters. Lady Warsi told The Daily Telegraph that while the Conservative Party was “beginning to change”, it still had more to do to broaden its appeal if it was to win the next election. Speaking in Tampa Bay, Florida, where

LAHORE: A group photograph of 14-member Australian parliamentary delegation led by Senator Hon John Hogg, President of Australian Senate with Governor Punjab Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa at Governor House.

Hina to visit Germany From Page 1 mas de Maiziere, and will have an interactive session with the German representatives of business community, intelligentsia and NGOs organized by the Körber Foundation. She will also meet members of the Pakistan community at the Pakistan Embassy. Germany is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in Europe and also a major source of investment in Pakistan. Over 70,000 strong Pakistan community and more than 2,200 students in German universities serve as an important organic link between the two countries. The Foreign Ministers visit will inject further momentum into bilateral relations.—INP

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U RUMQI —China will en- ing on strengthening of mecourage and promote maxi- dia exchange and cooperamum media exchanges with tion with Pakistan. This arPakistan and other neighbor- rangement was going on ing countries to bring their successfully, he added. The forum was specially people more closer to each other and to work together organized on the occasion of for strengthening mutually 2nd China Eurasia Expo in beneficial cooperative part- order to actively involve the media persons in projecting nership at all levels. This was stated by Wang the common economic interGuoqing, Vice Minister of the est. He hoped that the media State Council Information will play its role in creating office while addressing awareness among the people China-Eurasia Expo Media about excising economic poForum that was held here on tential and opportunities to Saturday. The form was at- enhance trade and investtended by journalists from ment among the respective regional countries including countries. China in recent years has Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, increased its close contacts Tajikistan and Turkey, be- with the relevant counties in sides local Chinese media region in media and cultural representatives. It was also fields, which helped to addressed by Hu Wei, mem- achieve the desired progress. ber of the Standing Commit- Since last year, China has tee of the CPC Xinxiang Au- organized comprehensive cultural exchange activities tonomous Region. Wang noted that the State with its neighboring counFrom Page 1 Council Information Office of tries including Pakistan. He cannot afford any more in- China has recently signed a emphasized that the media crease. memorandum of understand- must have the courage to Meanwhile, member of PML-Q Shaikh Waqas said the nation did not deserve further rise in the rates of fuel. “The government did not take Muslim League-Q into confidence over the From Back Page revision of petroleum products’ prices,” Waqas stances of the killing of the the MI, the IB, the FC, Rangsaid while talking to media Shia people, but now they ers, and other law-enforcing men at a programme were being killed after being agencies. He warned that there identified, and the videos of would be unrest and if these here.—Agencies their gruesome murders were agencies would fail in protectCOURT NOTICE being uploaded on the ing the life and property of the YouTube. Mr Hussain said public. Maintaining the law and In the Court of Ch that slogans were being order in the country was the Mohammad Nawaz raised that the Shias are infi- foremost responsibilities of Additional Session dels. “If the Shias are infi- these agencies. Hussain said Judge Malakwal. dels, then, God forbid, the that if the people were to be left Umar Hayat Vs Mst Quaid-i-Azam was also an at the mercy of the terrorist eleSughran Bibi etc. infidel. I say this because I ments, the law-enforcing agenCivil Appeal . can say with confidence that cies should be dissolved, and Memo. Sughran Bibi (late) D/o the Quaid-i-Azam was the people should be given the freeKhan Mohammad w/o follower of the Twelver Shia dom to protect themselves. Manzoor Ahmad legal hears sect. I will stand by my state- Hussain said that the people of Shamida Bibi , Naveeda Bibi, ment unless someone proves Pakistan should be considered Qaiser Abbas , Faisal Abbas me wrong by coming up with as Pakistanis and everyone Daughters and Sons of Manzoor Ahmad , Manzoor incontrovertible evidence.” should make the effort to save He Hussain said that the Pakistan from disintegrating. Ahmad S/o Ghulam Husain He asked the Shia Ulema Caste Noon R/o Thatha Sunni Ulema had also fallen Noonan Pindi Bhatian Dist victim to the incidents of tar- to exercise restraint in their Hafiz Abad. geted killings but there was no speeches and sermons. He Whereas the services of above mentioned respon- example where Sunni people asked them to preach sectardents is not possible through were killed by the Shia people ian harmony and reach out ordinary means, therefore, he after being taken out of buses to the Sunni Ulema. He asked is directed to attend this court and verifying their identity by the Shia and Sunni people to personally or through his seeing their identity cards. join hands and get united council on 6-9-12. Otherwise Addressing the Ulema Mr against the elements creating the ex party proceedings shall Hussain asked about the ISI, feud among the people. be taken against him.

MQM, ANP, PML-Q reject increase in POL prices

Altaf stresses need for sectarian harmony

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COURT NOTICE In the Court of Ch Mohammad Nawaz Additional Session Judge Malakwal. Lal Khan Vs Mazhar Hussian. Suit for Recovery . Memo. Mahzar Hussian S/o Malak Caste Gondal R/o Badshah Pur Tehsil Malakwal. Whereas the services of above mentioned respondents is not possible through ordinary means, therefore, he is directed to attend this court personally or through his council on 21-9-12. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/Additional Session Judge Malakwal

‘Imran would’t secure more than 10 seats in polls’ From Page 1 PPP government for the last ment of the people of counfour and half years. try. He said that PML-N Nisar said that PTI chief would expose these revolu- Imran Khan is dreaming of tionaries in front of the support from the youth for masses. bringing hurdles in the way Nisar announced the of PML-N. grant of Rs 2.25 billion for the He said that PML-N is development package of the serving the people despite Wah Cantt. sitting on the opposition’s He said that Imran Khan benches, adding that PMLis speaking against the lead- N would restore the integrity ership of the PML-N for of the country after coming strengthening the hands of into power. Asif Ali Zardari. Nisar concluded saying He said that former presi- that it depends on the masses dent Musharaf ’s team has whether they want to bring joined Imran Khan in his PTI. those leaders who are headHe said that Asif Ali ing towards the right direcZardari came in power tion or those who are through the mandate of the befooling the masses with people, but unfortunately he deluded hopes of revolution. did nothing for the better- —SANA

undertake the due social responsibility making effective contribution to safeguarding the development and stability of countries in the region. Wang was of the view that the dissemination of vulgar, violence, terrorism, racial discrimination and other harmful information has formed a serious threat to the health development of new media. China is one of the countries which have seen the rapidest development and penetration of new media, based on internet. He also called for expanding the scope of exchange and cooperation at the media level. This cooperation should be carried out on regular basis and it should help to project the events and development in the region in their true perspective. The media’s role must be beneficial for their people as well as promoting peace and stability in the region as whole.—INP

Seven gunned United the enormous sacrifices made. role in Afghanistan as “utter down in Quetta CStates hasI urged—The “I called Prime Minister stupidity”, while independent Australia not From Page 1 Conference has announced three days of mourning in the provinces and demanded the arrest of the people involved in the brutal killings. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. Earlier on Thursday, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia judge along with his driver and police bodyguard in Quetta in a suspected sectarian attack. The incident took place when the session judge Zulfiqar Naqvi was travelling to his office. Balochistan has been a flashpoint for sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and Shias, who make up around 20 per cent of the population. —AFP

FC given police powers for two months From Page 1

with the worsening law and order situation. According to official sources, with police powers, FC would be able to carry out checking and search operations in Quetta city. It is worth mentioning that Quetta is in the grip of target killings where members of Hazara Shia community are being made target L AHORE —Punjab Univer- constantly.—INP sity Examinations Department has announced results of B.Com Part-II annual examination 2012. A total of 44,309 candidates appeared while pass percentage is 48.65. Boys who appeared were 28446 and girls were 15863 while 12064 boys and 9491 girls passed the examination. Boys pass percentage is 42.41 while girls pass percentage is 59.83.—APP

BCom part-II results announced

Asylum seekers rush before Australian crackdown From Page 1 a boat reportedly carrying 150 asylum seekers sank off the main Indonesian island of Java on Wednesday. The crew of a merchant ship taking part in the search, Liberian flagged APL Bahrain, spotted survivors in the water early Thursday 75 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Java and rescued six, Clare said. The Bahrain’s captain, Manuel Nistorescu, told the Fairfax Media website that he was about to abandon the late night search when he heard whistles and yelling from the dark water. Nistorescu said the six rescued, all Afghan men, appeared to be in good condition and had been in the water for almost 24 hours. There were also women and children aboard the asylum seeker boat when it sank, he said. He added that he believed he saw bodies in the water. “I think I saw some of them dead,” he said. Other merchant ships, Indonesian government ships and Australian military boats and planes also were involved in the search. By Friday, Indonesian search and rescue official Sunarbowo Sandi said that rescuers had pulled a total of 55 survivors and one body from the water.—Agencies

with.” Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi, born 28 March 1971, is a British solicitor and politician of Pakistani origin who was created a life peer in 2007. In May 2010 she was appointed the Co-Chairman, with Lord Feldman, of the Conservative Party, and a Minister without Portfolio in David Cameron’s Cabinet. She is the third Muslim minister and the first female Muslim to serve as a minister in the UK, although she has never won an election. Lady Warsi’s intervention comes as David Cameron and George Osborne, the Chancellor, start a series of high-profile policy initiatives as Parliament returns from the summer break.

Clinton urges Australia to maintain Afghan resolve OOK

China encourages media exchanges with Pakistan

she has been attending the Republican convention, the peer said: “If I genuinely had a choice, I would like to stay doing what I’m doing. “If you look at the demographics, at where we need to be at the next elections, we need more people in the North voting for us, more of what they call here ‘blue collar’ workers and I call the white working class. We need more people from urban areas voting for us, more people who are not white and more women. “I play that back and think: ‘I’m a woman, I’m not white, I’m from an urban area, I’m from the North, I’m working class – I kind of fit the bill. All the groups that we’re aiming for are groups that I’m familiar

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to lose sight of the progress made in Afghanistan after the deaths of five diggers this week. Three Australian soldiers were killed in a shooting attack by a rogue Afghan soldier on Wednesday, the same day two Australian troops died in a helicopter crash in the country. But US secretary of state Hillary Clinton says Australia must remain strong. “We cannot afford to see Afghanistan turn back into a haven for terrorism that threatens us all,” she said from the Cook Islands, where she has been meeting Pacific leaders. She also praised Australian forces for their crucial role in the mission and acknowledged

Gillard to express condolences and exchange views with her,” she said from the Cook Islands, where she has been meeting Pacific leaders. “I’m gratified that despite the challenges we’ve all had, including the losses that we have suffered at the hands of insurgents and turncoats, we are all resolved to see this mission through.” The deaths account for Australia’s single deadliest day of combat since the Vietnam War, and have sparked fresh questions about whether Australian troops should be brought home early. Liberal backbencher Mal Washer has described Australia’s ongoing

MP Andrew Wilkie has said any further deaths will be blood on the hands of the government. But the government has reiterated its commitment to remaining in its base in Uruzgan until a planned security handover in 2014. Prime Minister Julia Gillard says leaving early would hand victory to the Taliban. “I cannot and will not countenance giving a strategic victory to people who have made it their work to kill Australian soldiers,” she said. Australia has about 1,500 troops in Afghanistan, and 39 have been killed in the country since 2002.—INP

PPP will do utmost to introduce Accountability Bill therefore had decided to spearhead the move to table the bill in the National Assembly. Commenting on minorities’ issue, the former PM said that the PPP considered the minorities of the counrty as its constituency and therefore had created a Ministry of Interfaith Harmony headed by Paul Bhatti as Advisor to the prime minister and Akram Gill as minister of state, both of them belong

From Page 1 to the minority community. The senior-vice chairman of the PPP said that the party and its coalition partners were contemplating for the enactment of 21st amendment in the constitution which would increase seats for the minorities in the National Assembly based on the principle of representation on the basis of the population. It may be mentioned that this government has already increased four seats for the

minorities in the Senate. Moreover, the former premier pointed out that the PPP at the first place created consensus on the creation of the Southern Punjab province before taking it up at the appropriate forms in accordance with the constitutional requirements. Such important issues need extensive and serious deliberations prior to its projection leading to the desired culmination, said Gilani.—APP


Urges army to take bold decisions

Altaf stresses need for sectarian harmony K ARACHI —Founder

PTI supporters SKARDU —PTI Chief Imran Khan has claimed on Twitter three hours after landing at Skardu airport that all the youth of GB are PTI supporters. He has also posted a photograph in which he is seen standing at the Skardu airport. It is pertinent to note that Skardu is one of the seven districts of GB and this is Imran Khan’s first visit to the region. Observers believe that the claim is a wishful thinking. The PTI Chief is visiting the region to meet political and social leaders and party workers after several months of unrest and violence triggered by three targeted sectarian attacks on the Karakoram High Way in which around 80 people lost their lives during this year.—Online

3-day polio campaign starts PESHAWAR—Three day anti polio campaign has been launched in tribal and semi- tribal areas in which at least 900,000 children would get benefit from polio administration drops. Deputy Director of (EPI) Fata Doctor Sahibzada Khalid told the private TV that three days polio campaign was in progress in tribal and semi -tribal areas and 3500 teams have been constituted for this campaign respectively. One hundred teams would perform their duties and administered polio vaccine to children under 5 years of age. —Online

Two more held JHANG—Police and Intelligence Agencies’s officials on Saturday arrested two more accused from Jhang, who were allegedly involved in attack on Gujrat army camp. On the interrogation of accused Abdul Waheed S/o Gulzar, Commander of banned outfit, who was arrested three days back the police nabbed two more accused. Police while taking action upon the information of banned outfit Commander, arrested Hafiz Muhammad Waqas of Mohallah Saddhan Shah and another accused from Kot Shakir.—Online

LAHORE: PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to PML-N leader from Sindh Ameer Bakhsh Bhutto.

US Senators write to Zardari, seek Christian girl’s release

Obama admin divided over Haqqani network’s fate

WASHINGTON—As a young WASHINGTON—Just days be- threat to the U.S. goal of exit- Taliban back to the negotiatChristian girl charged with blasphemy continued to be held in a Pakistani jail, a bipartisan group of six US Senators has asked President Asif Ali Zardari to take immediate action to release her and also address the problem of religious intolerance against Hindus.In a letter to Zardari, the Senators said the recent cases of discrimination, including that of Rimsha Masih a Christian girl who has been charged with blasphemy, have underscored the worsening situation for religious minorities in the country. They also expressed concern over the condition of Hindus in the country. “Other religious freedom abuses raise further concerns about the protection of religious minorities. Hundreds of Hindus are fleeing Pakistan due to growing religious intolerance in the country,” they said. “Among the acts alleged by Hindus leaving the country are harassment, theft, rape, kidnapping and forced conversion. Members of the Ahmadi community also continue to experience acts of murder, violence and discrimination, as do Shia Muslims,” the Senators wrote. They called for safety and equitable treatment under the law of all Pakistanis, regardless of their religion. —INP

ANP leader gunned down NOWSHERA—Awami National

Party (ANP) leader Muhammad Ali Khan was shot dead here Saturday. As per media reports Muhammad Ali Khan with his driver and gunman were on their way at Jehangir Road when assailants opened fired at them. As a result, Khan died on Ghazala’s killer the spot while his driver and gunman among four received sent to jail severe wounds. PESHAWAR—A judicial The injured were shifted to magistrate on Saturday sent Lady Reading Hospital Jahangir Khan, an accused of Peshawar where they are said to famous Pashto singer Ghazala Javed murder case, to jail on 15- be in critical condition.Whereas, police have cordoned off the day judicial remand. Police pleaded the magistrate to extend area and started searching for the his physical remand, however, attackers. —Online the court rejected the plea and sent the accused to jail on 15days judicial remand. The police had arrested Jahangir, Ghazala Javed’s ex-husband, during raid in Khalsa areas of Peshawar on August 29.—Online RAROTONGA—Amidst tensions between China and its PM directs smaller neighbours over territorial disputes, US Secretary Finance Ministy ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday announced Raja Pervez Ashraf has that her country would condirected the Finance Minister to ensure that no cuts are made tinue to serve as a counterbalance to domination by any in funds meant for the single world power. development projects in She further pledged reBalochistan and that they are newed American commitment released on time. The Prime to security in the Asia-Pacific. Minister was talking to the Speaking at a meeting of Finance Minister Dr Abdul leaders of South Pacific island Hafeez Sheikh at the PM nations, Hillary played down House on Saturday who the idea that the US was actbriefed him about the overall ing “perhaps as a hedge economic situation of the against particular countries”. country. The Prime Minister She said America wants to appreciated the Finance Minister for releasing requisite cooperate with China in the vast Pacific and encouraged funds for the Kaachi Canal other countries, including Project.— INP

fore a congressional deadline, the Obama administration is deeply divided over whether to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a terrorist group, with some officials worried that doing so could complicate efforts to restart peace talks with the Taliban and undermine already-fraught relations with Pakistan, reported The Washington Post. In early August, Congress gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 30 days to determine whether the Haqqani group, considered the most lethal opponent of US forces in Afghanistan, meets the criteria for designation - a foreign organization engaging in terrorist activity that threatens U.S. citizens or national security. If she says it does not, Clinton must explain her rationale in a report that is due to Congress on Sept. 9. Acknowledgment that the group meets the criteria, however, would probably force the administration to take action, which is strongly advocated by the military but has been resisted by the White House and some in the State Department. Senior officials have repeatedly called the Haqqani network the most significant

ing a relatively peaceful Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and have accused Pakistan of direct support for its leadership. The network has conducted a series of lethal, highprofile attacks against U.S. targets. In recent weeks, the military has reiterated its call for Pakistan to prove its counterterrorism commitment by attacking Haqqani sanctuaries in its North Waziristan tribal area. The CIA has escalated drone attacks on Haqqani targets, including a strike last week that administration officials said killed the son of the network’s founder and its third-ranking official. But just as there are reasons to designate the network a terrorist group, there are several factors weighing against the move, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the administration’s closed-door deliberations. Those factors include a tenuous rapprochement with Pakistan that led in early July to the reopening of vital US military supply lines into Afghanistan; hopes that the autumn end of this year’s Afghan fighting season will bring the

ing table after the suspension of talks in March; and a reconfigured US offer on a prisoner exchange that could lead to the release of the only US service member being held by the militants. After a White House meeting last week in which President Obama’s top national security advisers aired divergent views, Clinton is said to remain undecided as aides prepare a list of options. She has avoided taking action on the issue since assuring lawmakers late last year that she was undertaking a “final” review. US commanders in Afghanistan have long argued that labeling the Haqqani group a Foreign Terrorist Organization - a relatively short list of about four dozen entities that does not include the Taliban - is one of the most important steps the administration could take to win the war. In a series of meetings and video conferences with Washington, Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, has said he “needs more tools” to fight the Haqqanis and asked specifically for the designation, one administration official said.—Online

Senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Walid killed in Afghanistan KABUL—Afghan and coalition forces, particularly in Waygal cell leader Ajmal Mohammad forces have confirmed the death of al-Qaeda senior leader Abu Walid during an operation which occurred Aug. 3 in Watahpur district, Kunar province. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement on Saturday announced, Abu Walid, also known as Amru Mastur alGhamrawi, was a Saudi alQaeda leader and improvised explosive device expert who participated in numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition

district, Nuristan province. The source further added, Abu Walid worked with and trained Taliban insurgents on IED construction. He was killed in an Afghan and coalition force operation along with al-Qaida facilitator Fatah Gul and several other insurgents. In a separate operation in Nawah district, Ghazni province on Thursday, Provincial Response Company Zabul, enabled by coalition forces, confirmed they captured Taliban

Alam, ISAF said following the statement. This Taliban leader is believed to be a facilitator of weapons and improvised explosive devices used for attacks in Shah Joy district, Ghazni province. The insurgent leader had a direct connection with senior Taliban leaders. In the same operation, combined forces found and destroyed 1,250 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in the production of homemade explosive.—INP

and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has said that Pakistan is surrounded by internal and external threats and hence the enemies of Pakistan can take advantage of our disunity and differences. He said that the spirit of religious tolerance and sectarian harmony was equally essential besides the need for forging solidarity among all the linguistic, cultural and ethnic entities in the country. He was addressing a large gathering of prominent religious scholars belonging to various schools of thought at the “Muslim Unity Conference” in Lal Qila Ground, Azizabad on the telephone. Hussain stressed upon the need for the establishing of a

forum for promoting unity and sectarian harmony among Muslims of different schools of thought saying that the killing of an innocent Muslim because of sectarian differences was gross injustice, barbaric and an act of bestiality. He said that the forum should have representation of scholars belonging from every school of thought. Speaking on the occasion Hussain exhorted the Ulema to come forward and play an active role instead of merely delivering sermons from the pulpit. “If we continue to shift our responsibilities without doing anything practical it would be nothing but deception and pretence.” He said that the religious scholars should give up expediency and opportunism and make practical efforts for

stopping the bloodshed of innocent people. Referring to his statement on the religious creed of the Quaid-i-Azam, Hussain said that a number of people had objected as to why he was talking about one particular sect only and what was the need to talk about the religious beliefs of the Quaid-i-Azam. “I have always said not to talk about sects and religious beliefs. If the religious beliefs and particular school of thoughts are mentioned, then the religious beliefs of the Quaid-i-Azam would also come under discussion. However, no one heeded to what I had said.” Hussain said that in the past there used to be isolated in

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Only Zardari knows about next elections, says Mukhtar GUJRAT—Federal minister for water and power, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar Saturday said that only President Asif Ali Zardari knows when general election would be conducted. Talking to media persons here, the minister said leadership would decide whom to give party ticket for NA-105 seat. He said all party decisions are made with consensus within the. He said the government was taking every possible step to overcome energy crisis in the country adding that all resources were being utilized to generate electricity to give relief to common people.—Online

TTP blames ‘US agents’ for Matani car bombing SOUTH W AZIRISTAN —The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied involvement in the Matani blast and blamed that the intelligence agencies were killing civilians to please the US administration. Talking to INP, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that Matanai attack in which around 11 civilians were killed including children was not the work of TTP fighters. He blamed the intelligence agencies. Ehsan said that to defame Taliban and to make the US administration happy the intelligence agencies conduct bombing at public places. “The US agents are responsible for the car bombing at Matani and killing of civilians including children,” Ehsan blamed. He said that TTP fighters only target places like Mehran base and Kamra Air base which are not public places. He blamed the intelligence agencies for the previous bombing at public places in various parts of the country. The TTP spokesman said that if the Taliban fighters wanted to target someone they will hit their target at deserted areas to avoid death of innocent people.—INP

Twin suicide attack kills 12 in Afghanistan KABUL—At least 12 people were killed and 59 others were injured in a twin suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Maidan Wardak province on Saturday, local officials said. The attack took place in the province’s Sayedabad district at about 6:00 AM local time when the suicide boomers targeted the governor compound and a Nato outpost, provincial spokesman Shahiddullah Shahid said. “A suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives near the gate of the base in the district in a bazaar, opening the way for a suicide bomber in a truck that followed him, killing 12 including four policemen and injuring 59 others, alongside seven other police” he said. Most of the victims are evacuated to Kabul, he added. He says no Nato staff were killed, only three Afghan intelligence employees and two Nato soldiers were injured in the attack. Provincial spokesman Abdul Wali said that the number of injured was so high that it could hardly be counted and much of bazaar has been destroyed. Meanwhile the Taliban claimed reasonability for the attack, saying that they killed and injured many Nato soldiers. Insurgents attacked the same Nato outpost last year, killing five Afghans and injuring several American soldiers.

On the ohther hand,Afghan commanders have refused more than a dozen times within the past two months to act on U.S. intelligence regarding high-level insurgents, arguing that nighttime operations to target the men would result in civilian casualties, Afghan officials say. The defiance highlights the shift underway in Afghanistan as Afghan commanders make use of their newfound power to veto operations proposed by their NATO counterparts. For much of the past decade, NATO commanders have dictated most aspects of the allied war strategy, with Afghan military officers playing a far more marginal role. But with the signing of an agreement last month, Afghans have now inherited responsibility for so-called night raids — a crucial feature of the war effort. To Afghan leaders, the decisions made by their commanders reflect growing Afghan autonomy from Western forces as NATO draws down, and prove that Afghan forces are willing to exercise more caution than foreign troops when civilian lives are at stake, The Washington Post reported. “In the last two months, 14 to 16 [night] operations have been rejected by the Afghans,” said Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the top Afghan army officer. “The U.S. has said, ‘This operation better be conducted. It’s a high-value target.’—AP

Pacific big enough for US, China: Hillary those in the region, to do the same. “The Pacific is big enough for all of us,” she told reporters at a news conference with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, whose country handles defence and foreign relations for the Cook Islands. Yet she pointed out that China’s interests in the region are not necessarily the same as others, a point she also made clear earlier this month on a trip to Africa when she contrasted US goals for that continent as aimed at adding rather than extracting value. The comment was a veiled shot at China, which some complain is using its overseas investments to exploit resources at the expense of local popula-

tions. “Here in the Pacific, we want to see China act in a fair and transparent way,” Hillary said. “We want them to play a positive role in navigation and maritime security issues. We want to see them contribute to sustainable development for the people of the Pacific, to protect the precious environment, including the ocean and to pursue economic activity that will benefit the people.” Earlier, at the meeting, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said China was already engaged with the region in a positive way. “The thrust of China’s policy toward the Pacific is to achieve peace, stability and development,” the Chinese

government’s Xinhua News Agency quoted him as saying. “China has done many concrete things to support the economic and social development of Pacific island countries, always in light of the needs and interests of the countries concerned.” In her speech to the meeting, Hillary said the US would remain a big player in the region and pointed to past accomplishments. “We have underwritten the security that has made it possible for the people of this region to trade and travel freely,” she said, noting nearly a century of American military presence in the Asia-Pacific. “We have consistently protected the Pacific sea lanes through which a great deal of

the world’s commerce passes. And now we look to the Pacific nations in a spirit of partnership for your leadership on some of the most urgent and complex issues of our time.” She noted that hundreds of US naval, Coast Guard and commercial vessels ply the Pacific and called for them to play an enhanced role in maintaining free trade and combating crime, such as human trafficking and illegal fishing. Hillary is the first secretary of state to participate in the Pacific Island Forum and the first to visit the sprawling but sparsely populated Cook Islands. Her visit to the main island, population 10,000, in the remote Cook chain has created a

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buzz of excitement and she was welcomed on arrival by dozens of colourfully clad local traditional dancers and dignitaries amid lots of drumming. Hillary also announced a new contribution of more than USD 32 million for programs throughout the region aimed at boosting economic development while protecting biodiversity in the face of rising waters attributed to climate change. The US already spends USD 330 million a year on development in the Asia-Pacific. Hillary is on the first leg of an 11-day, six-nation tour that keep her half a world away from US politics at the height of the presidential conventions but put her at the centre of maritime disputes between China

and its neighbours. Hillary will visit Beijing at the midpoint of the trip, which will take her from the Cook Islands next to Indonesia, the seat of the secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose members are sharply divided over how to deal with China’s expansion of influence and increasingly aggressive claims on disputed territory. A summit of ASEAN leaders in July failed to reach consensus on how to handle the disputes. Hillary will press them to find common ground and hash out a framework for negotiating with China, US officials said.—Online


Leg pain can mean heart danger, expert says

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AVID Dow thought he was having back problems, and that his legs were hurting as a result. As it turns out, that pain may have saved his life. An otherwise healthy 57-year-old, he figured he just needed to learn some backstrengthening exercises, so he found a personal trainer to help him. But despite the workouts, his leg pain got worse making it hard for him even to walk from the car to the grocery store entrance. He and the trainer suspected something else was wrong and he sought the advice of his doctor. Soon his doctor’s tests revealed the true cause: blockages in the blood vessels of his legs. In fact, the arteries going to his lower extremities were nearly 100 percent blocked. The cause? Years of heavy smoking and high-fat meals, and other factors had caused cholesterol, scar tissue and blood clots to build up inside his blood vessels. Most people think this kind of clogged artery disease, or arteriosclerosis, only happens in the heart. But as Dow’s case shows, it can happen throughout the body. When it does, it’s called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. And in some people, PAD causes leg pain that acts as an ‘early warning’ that someone is at high risk for a heart attack or a stroke, says a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center expert. “This is the hallmark of a disease that’s all over,” says James Stanley, M.D., a director of the U-M CVC and the vascular surgeon who oper-

ated on Dow. “It’s like gray hair you don’t just get it on one side of your head. So if you’ve got this kind of blockage in your leg, you’re going to have it other places.” In fact, nearly a quarter of people who have leg pain due to PAD will be dead in five years, mostly due to heart attacks and other heart problems, Stanley says. For people like Dow, whose leg pain kept them from walking even short distances, the odds are even worse: as many as half will die by five years. Fortunately, Dow got diagnosed and treated before that happened to him. Stanley performed a bypass operation to open his blocked leg arteries, similar to the bypasses that heart patients have. A recent checkup showed he’s doing well. “For sure, it’s a wakeup call,” says Dow, who has quit smoking and changed his eating habits. “You know that old saying, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire’? I’m sure that I not only have the vascular issues in my lower extremities, but I’m sure I have them in other parts of my body.” Dow isn’t alone, says Stanley, who has operated on thousands of patients with severe PAD in his decades as a professor of vascular surgery at the U-M Medical School. Nearly 30 million people in the United States have some form of PAD, though the vast majority are “silent” cases that don’t cause symptoms. Among people over age 70, nearly one person in five has PAD.

ISLAMABAD: A boy dangerously crossing a nullah by walking over a gas pipeline.

Youth Sufi song contest today I SLAMABAD —A youth Sufi Song contest would be held today (Sunday) at Lok Virsa media studios, Garden Avenue, Shakarparian Asaf Ghafoor, Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage & Integration will be the chief guest on the occasion and give away the cash awards to the winning singers. Lok Virsa’s executive director Khalid Javaid informed that the purpose of the initiative is to promote Sufism among youth. —Online

Court adjourns BB murder case ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo J Martin Saravia and Ambassador of RAWALPINDI—The court has Turkey Babur Hizlan call on Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.—PO photo postponed the hearing till 8 September of the application Sultan Bashir filed by Sahba Musharraf against the freezing of assets of former President Pervez Musharraf in Benazir Bhutto murder case. The court also rejects an application submitted by the counsel of Syed Aitzaz Shah R AWALPINDI —As soon as transports. Whereas, Rs and have threatened for an accused in Benazir murmajor hike in Petroleum prices three to five per passenger transport strike if their de- der case requesting the court was notified, transporters have been increased by the mands are not met. to declare him juvenile and Meanwhile, Aurangzeb separate form the case. self raised the fares augment- transports for the route of ing the miseries of the com- Taxila, Wah cant, Kalar Rathore a well-known transThe application said that Syedan, Gujjar Khan and porter said that all transport- when Aitzaz Shah was armuters. ers associations meeting rested , he was less than 18 Transporters increased Kotli Sattian The transporters have have been called, which years , so according to the fares and started receiving RS 15 rupees from stop-to- demanded for new fare lists would determine further law the trial of underage acstop from passengers, which for across Punjab due to re- roadmap pertaining to the re- cused should be transferred led to arguments and fights cent increase in petroleum cent price hike in petroleum to some other court rather between passengers and products and CNG prices products.—Online than special court.—Online

POL price hike

Transport fares go up within hours

Police arrest 25 outlaws RAWALPINDI—City Police on Saturday arrested 25 outlaws and recovered drugs, weapons and bottle of liquor from their possession. According to police spokesman, Pirwadhi police held Abdul Basit and recovered 123 gram charas from his possession while Waris Khan police arrested 120 gram charas from him. Race Course police nabbed Muzmil and recovered 110 gram charas from him. Civil Line police held Raees and recovered 150 gram charas from him. Airport police recovered 110 gram charas from his possession. Saddar Circle police held Zubair and recovered 20 liter liquor while Pirwadhi police arrested Imran and recovered 5 liter liquor from him. Kahuta Police held Irfan and recovered 5 bottles of liquor from him. Kotli Satain police arrested Kashif and recovered 20 bottles of liquor from his possession. New Town police held Aashir and recovered 30 bore pistol along 4 round. —APP

‘Strides by Muslim scientists need to be exploitated’ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minster for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali greeting inclusion of Turkey in COMSATS has said that COMASATS member countries will have the opportunity to learn from the Turkey’s development in science, technology and industrial sectors. He said developing countries should take serious review of their preference in order to achieve stable development because without inclusion of science and technology in planning and economic policies, it is impossible to achieve stable social and economic progress. While addressing the signing ceremony of inclusion of Turkey in COMSATS

Changez Jamali underlined the need for scientific research to cope with the issue of food shortages. He said Pakistan wants to establish contacts with the world educational institutions to find out solutions of different issues facing by the humanity. On this occasion, the Prime Minstar Advisor Begum Shenaz Wazir Ali, Turkesh Ambassador Mustafa Babar Hazaran, COMSATS Chief Executive Dr. Imtanan Elahi Qureshi, Secretary Science and Technology Ikhaq Ahmad Tarad, ambassadors of COMSATS member countries and different scientists participated in ceremony. He said the climate change poses a serious challenge and all the countries should come together to

deal with it. Federal Minister said Turkey and Pakistan have old friendly relations and stance of both countries have been remained same on different regional issues and cooperation will be continued in future. He said due to inclusion of Turkey in COMSATS, the organization will get strengthen and cooperation in science and technology sector will be furnished; meanwhile the member countries will get the opportunity to share their experience with each other. He said Muslims scientists have made many strides in different sciences which we need to fully exploit. Federal Minister said Pakistan will provide complete cooperation for the development of COMSATS.

CDGR launches special drive to fight dengue R AWALPINDI —City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has launched a special cleanliness campaign in different areas aimed at fighting the dengue threat looming in vulnerable areas of the city. Under the initiative and

directives of the Punjab Chief Minister, the district government placed posters and banners at prominent places of the city to create awareness among general public about the deadly virus of dengue. Precautionary measures

have also being suggested to avoid spread of the lethal dengue fever which claimed several lives in last years. The CDGR has started spray in streets of all the union councils to make the city dengue free.—APP

International Pure Mathematics Conference

Mathematics backbone of science subjects: Akram SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Ministry of Education and Training Sheikh Waqas Akram on Saturday announced Rs five million on the behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister Parvez Elahi for Pakistan Mathematical Society for better promotion of Mathematics. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 13th International Pure Mathematics Conference (13th IPMC 2012) on Algebra, Geometry, Analysis, and Mechanics. The 13th IPMC 2012 is organized by, Quaid-i-Azam University and Preston University in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Pakistan Mathematical Society. Waqas Akram said Mathematics is one of the important field and back-

bone of science subjects and there must be proper utilization of this subject in daily life. The government is committed to provide full support for the promotion of mathematical culture in the society, he said. Sheikh Waqas Akram said the government and armed forces are committed to wipe out the menaces of extremism and terrorism from the country Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences QAU and President of Pakistan Mathematical Society, Professor Qaiser Mushtaq briefed the participants about the financial and other issues being faced by the society. He urged the minister to provide maximum support to the society so that it can flourish in a better way and bring laurels in the field of Mathematics. Vice Chancellor QAU, Dr Masoom Yasinzai said QAU is ranked among the

top universities of the world education. serve the country ,adding the Society. and it is focusing on further The university is produc- university will continue its The IPMC series, held improving its standard of ing number of PhDs who will support to the Mathematical annually since the year 2000, was the brainchild of Professor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences (QAU) who founded the Pakistan Mathematical Society. The rationale behind this annual activity was to provide impetus to our mathematicians to do research in all areas of mathematics, research being a global activity and conferences are important in helping our mathematicians to keep abreast with the latest research trends. The conference deliberations are split into two parallel sessions consisting of 9 keynote lectures and 62 short communications. Over 90 well known mathematiISLAMABAD: Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Dr Masoom Yasinzai pre- cians from 26 countries, insenting a shield to chief guest Federal Minister for Education & Training Sheikh cluding the US, China, India, Waqas Akram during inaugural session of 13th International Pure Mathematics Con- Japan, South Korea, Italy, ference 2012 at a local hotel. Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, Ch Qamar Zaman and Dr Abdul Iran and Tajekistan, have this Basit are also seen in the picture.—PO photo Sultan Bashir serial in 10 years.

Pak plays vital role in war on terror: Malik ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik on Saturday said that Pakistan played a vital role in the war on terror and suffered a lot due to this problem. In an interview, here, on Saturday, he said that economy of the country had badly affected while fighting war on terror. He said that International Community must recognize the Pakistan’s efforts and come forward for treating and helping Pakistan as a victim. Malik said that more than 40,000 people had sacrificed their lives in this regard. The Minister urged the International Community to step forward for supporting Pakistan in this difficult situation. He hoped that NonAligned Movement (NAM) conference would provide a great assistance in resolving the problems of the region.—APP

Power suspension programme for Islamabad ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Saturday announced power suspension programme for various areas due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to IESCO Spokesman, power supply of the 11KV Feeder Under 132KV T/Line KTM To I-8 Grid Station Islamabad would remain suspended as under: September 2 (Sunday): From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, PHA-2 Flats Feeder, Carriage Factory Feeder would be effected.—APP


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Sept 03 MEDIA briefing on 5th South Asia Economic Summit will be held on Monday, 03rd September 2012, 03:00 -04:00 pm at SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad. Contact: 0512278134-6. Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Research Fellow/ Head, Economic Growth Unit, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) will speak on the occasion. ***** INTERNATIONAL Centre for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas is to hold an annual workshop on ‘Enhancing Cotton Germplasm, improving resistance to cotton leaf curl virus disease’, at National Agriculture Research Centre, Park Road, Islamabad.

Economic strength determines status of nation ISLAMABAD—The economic strength as well as access to technology and enabling environment for innovation determined the status of a nation in the evolving global World. Without economic strength and knowledge, we would remain vulnerable to external manipulations at the cost of reaching our true and proper position. Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali said this while inaugurating the threeday international moot on Botany at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The 3rd International Conference on Botany is being organized by QAU in collaboration with Pakistan Botanical Society (PBS). The event is aimed at providing a historic opportunity to its scientists and young scholars to meet with distinguished intellectuals and leading experts, exchange ideas and develop strategies in the field of plant sciences. Vice Chancellor Quaid-iAzam University, Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai in his wel-

come address said, the representatives of various countries here in this conference together possess a credible Ssience and Technology potential. Some countries have created basic infrastructure and have achieved a degree of success on certain fronts, but are lacking in capital resources to sustain their Research and Development set up. On the other hand, some states have very weak Science and Technology base and are almost completely dependent on imported technologies but possess huge capital resources to meet these requirements. This forum provides an opportunity to discuss such issues at least for plant sciences and to get benefitted from the research advances made. “Mutual cooperation is the need of the hour. We must forge unity among our ranks and files and demonstrate our commitment for assisting each other in working for the common cause of regaining our lost glory of leadership and

research” said the Vice-Chancellor. He said that Education must be thought of as an essential investment in national development and not as expenditure. “We must first build our people through grooming their minds by a challenging educational system which can suitably prepare them to tackle key national problems”. Earlier Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, head of the Department of Bio Technology and President of Pakistan Botanical Society in his detailed presentation described the history and background of the Botanical Society, scope of Plant Sciences. These scientists in their lectures, poster presentations and panel discussions will elaborate recent trends in their relative fields of expertise including Physiology, Ecology, Eco-physiology, Microbial Interactions, Plant Taxonomy, Economic Botany, Molecular Biology, Plants and Environment, Agriculture Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics.—APP

Sept 4 CONFERENCE on ‘Pakistan’s Internal Challenges and Response’ organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute’ (IPRI), at House No 6, Street 63, Ismail Zabeeh Road, Sector F8/4, Islamabad, 10 a.m.12:25 p.m. Sept 08 ONE-DAY Training Workshop for Young TV Anchors & Hosts will be held at 04:00 to 07:00 pm at Verite Media School, St # 31, sector I-8/2, main service road. For registration contact: 0321-5678733

Anti-dengue campaign by CDA ISLAMABAD—CDA Director-

ISLAMABAD: Visitors looking pieces of art displayed at an exhibition of water colour paintings by Ali Abbas at Gallery 6.—PO photo

1,365 mobile teams formed to vaccinate children R AWALPINDI —As many as Dr. Khalid Randhawa, EDO rules. “The Rawalpindi dis1,365 mobile teams have been constituted to vaccinate children up to five years of age in the five-day polio immunisation drive, said District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar. The meeting was also attended by EDO Health Dr. Zafar Iqbal Gondal, DO Health

ate of Health would hold high level meeting tomorrow (Monday) to devise anti dengue campaign. The meeting would be attended by all stake holders. Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal would presided over the meeting while Blasphemy case World Health Organization (WHO) , UNDP, USD, Private Educational Institute Regulatory Authority , Shifa International Hospital (SIH) , Nescom hospital ,KRL hospital and CDA high official would participate in this meeting.—Online ISLAMABAD—The family of Rimsha Masih, under trail 13year Christian girl in blasphemy charges, on Saturday filed an application in court seeking permission to change their counsel. During hearing of the case, Irshad Bibi, the mother ISLAMABAD—A man stabbed of the girl, requested addisession judge his real brother to death over tional property dispute in the juris- Islamabad to permit them to diction of Koral Police Station hire services of Tahir Naveed Advocate instead here on Saturday. Police said that two real of Anjum Riaz Advocate to brothers quarrelled over the defend the case of her dispute of house in Sharifabad daughter. The judge adjourned the area and elder brother, Nadeem Akthar, after exchange of hearing of the case till Sepharsh words stabbed his tember 3 and sought report younger brother, Raqib of investigation officer.—INP Akthar to death. The culprit fled away after committing the crime.—INP

Family requests court for change of lawyer

Man stabs brother to death over property dispute

Move against illegal water connections ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority has launched operation against illegal water connections in the federal capital. Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal has directed the enforcement team and police to take action against the illegal water connections and cut off all the illegal connections from the city with taking fines. According to CDA water management 150 illegal water connections have been installed in various sectors of the federal capital.—Online

Education Qazi Zahoor ul Haq, EDO F&P Matiullah Jan, EDO Muhammad Azam and DO Agriculture Aman Ullah Shah. The DCO made it clear that the officials, who were found absent from the duty, would be suspended and action would be taken against them according to the E&D

trict was declared polio-free last year and this position must be maintained,” he added. The participants of the meeting were informed that 85 teams have been constituted for monitoring the polio immunisation drive on daily basis to make the campaign a success.—INP

Prices of daily use items increased by 8 % last week I SLAMABAD —Prices of 15 vegetable ghee, energy saver items of daily use have gone up by eight per cent during the week commencing from August 23 to 30, 2012. According to the figures released by the Pakistan Institute of Statistics, prices of 15 items of daily use have gone up in the country during the week ended on August 30, 2012. The burden of this increase in the prices of daily use items fell on the poor who are already pressed under price hike. The prices of items, which increased by eight per cent during the week from August 23 to 30 include wheat, flour, eggs, pulses ( Masoor , Mong & Chana) , wheat, cooking oil,

bulb, fresh milk,rice,’ Gur’ tomato, onion, chicken ,potato, pulses (Mash), ‘Surkh Mirch’, sugar, LPG cylinder and oil of ‘ Surson’. The statistical figures also indicated that increase in the rate of inflation went up by 6.97 per cent during this week. According to the figures, the rate of inflation increased by 8.20 per cent for the people having income Rs. eight thousand, by 10 per cent for the people having income Rs 12 thousand, by 9.50 per cent for the people having income Rs. 18 thousand, by 5.93 per cent for the people having income Rs. 35 thousand and increase in the rate of inflation by 3.89 per cent.—SANA

RAWALPINDI: Students and staff of Govt Islamia Higher Secondary School taking part in dengue awareness walk on Benazir Bhutto Road.

Four hurt in Islamabad bus firing incident ISLAMABAD—At least four passengers sustained injuries in an incident of firing at a bus near Islamabad on late Friday night. According to police sources, five armed attackers riding on three motor-bikes opened fire at a bus in IJP Road in the limit of Sabzi Mandi Police Station, leaving four passengers hurt in the bus coming from Pin Dadan Khan. The police immediately rushed to the firing site and moved the injured to hospital. The police said that the bus was attacked by accomplices of the Secretary, Fayaz Kharal, of PMLN MPA Shams Haider. Police have launched hunt for the culprits after registering a case against them.—INP

Pak-Argentina relations based on mutual beneficial cooperation

I SLAMABAD —Acting President Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has said that Pakistan and Argentina enjoyed cordial bilateral relations which based on mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields. “Both the countries also have similarity of views on international, regional and bilateral matters of common interest” he added while talking to ambassador of Argentina Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia, here at Parliament House underlining the need for enhanced cooperation in trade and commerce. He said that Pakistan offers conducive environment for investment and there was dire need to search new avenues of cooperation for benefit of the people of two countries. He expressed the confidence that Preferential Trade Agreement would be mutually beneficial in facilitating between the two counI SLAMABAD—The incessant trade tries. Nayyer Hussain Bukhari movement of ‘VIPs’ in the city also emphasized more people is playing a bigger role creating traffic chaos in the twin cities and testing the patience of already perturbed commuters. On any given day, the preferential treatment being given out to these ‘important’ personalities is resulting in road blocks and large queues of cars at busy junctions. VIP movements have become a bane for city motorists. Irrespective of the nature of emergencies, commuters are left in a limbo for more than half-an-hour at times and it takes hours for this chaos to clear,” an incensed motorist, Adeel Arshad, complained. VIPs also insist on going through the arterial roads on the pretext that they should be allowed to follow the shortest possible route. “If VIPs have to be given preferential treatment, why don’t they follow the routes that have relatively less traffic? That way they can reach their destinations faster without having to trouble ordinary citizens,” Hina Badr, an office worker opined.—Online

VIP movements irk commuters

AIOU’s admissions continues till September 5

I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is offering admissions for the Semester Autumn, 2012 with late fee charges till September 5. Director Admissions, AIOU Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain said the admission forms alongwith prescribed fee can be deposited in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd., First Women Bank, Bank Alfalah and Allied Bank as well as in the nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank. The admission forms and prospectuses for all programmes from Matric to MA/M.Sc level being offered in Semester Autumn 2012 are available from the sale points at Main Campus, Regional Campuses and Coordinating Offices within the country, he said. The admission forms and prospectus for SSC, HSSC and BA level programmes for Pakistanis in the Middle East can be downloaded from the University website ISLAMABAD: Ecological beauty of the Capital being destroyed by cutting green trees. www.aiou.edu.pk. —APP

to people contacts particularly exchange of delegation at Parliamentary and other levels to promote greater cooperation between two Parliaments. He said that close interaction between the Parliamentarians would help create more understanding and bringing the two countries much closer to each other. He appreciated the MOU on cultural cooperation which is being negotiated between the two countries, saying that such initiatives would help promote greater people to people contacts. He appreciated measures of the government of Argentina to root out corruption besides advocacy of human rights issues. The Acting President also felicitated the ambassador for assuming the charge of dean of diplomatic corps in Islamabad. Ambassador of Argentina Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia agreed with the views of Acting President. He said that

there was huge scope for investment in pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, meat processing, transport and other sectors. He said that we are keenly working to bring investment in these sectors. He also briefed the Acting President about transportation of compressed gas to industrial and other sectors to meet their energy needs. He was of the view that greater people to people contact particularly at the Parliamentary level would help further strengthening the ties and consolidating the bond of friendship between the two countries. He stated that both Pakistan and Argentina enjoy excellent cooperation at International fora. He said that he will not forget the love and affection of people of Pakistan Acting President assured his all out cooperation to further consolidate ties in various fields. He expressed his well wishes to the government and people of Argentina.—Online

Rulers are following foreigner’s agenda: Imran

ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has rejected the rise in the petroleum products and said that those who gained power under the notorious deal of NRO, have nothing to do with the problems of the people. In a statement issued by PTI central office, the Chairman called the new rise in the petroleum prices a cruel

act and said that by doing so rulers were perusing some others’ agenda imported from abroad. “The rise in the petroleum prices would be followed by price hike in the country that would add to the hardships of the common” he stated. According to Mr. Khan the regime had completely failed to provide relief to the

Three-day mourning

Sajid Naqvi condemns Quetta killings STAFF REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I — Q u a i d - e Millat Jaffria Pakistan and senior vice President of Milli Yekjehti Council Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi has strongly condemned the target killing of seven Shittes in Hazar Ganji aea of Quetta and announced a three day of mourning. In a statement here on Saturday, Sajid Naqvi said that while people were grieved over the murdr additional session Judge Syed Zulfikar Hussain Naqvi and his gunman and driver that

two more tragic incidents took place on Saturday. He said the continued killings indicate that the government has totally failed to provide protection to the citizens and regretted that the terrorists and their backers were not being exposed. Allama Sajid Naqvi said that the terrorists were having a free hand in Balochistan and other parts of the country. In this connection he referred to lawlessness in Quetta, Karachi, Parachinar, Gilgit, Chilas, Kohistan and Lolosar.

masses as few people were dying of terrorism while the rest were being plunged into multiple crisis likely to emerge out of inflation and price hike. Encouraging nation for welcoming the change, Chairman PTI said, “We would hold the the culprits responsible as voted to the power and bring in prosperity through rule of law.”—Online

Bhatta Chowk dumping point to be shifted R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to shift Bhatta Chowk dumping point to Chakary Road during current month. Director Military land and cantonments Rawalpindi Region has directed RCB to shift dumping point outside to the residential areas. Sources said that RCB has acquired 180 kanals land at the cost of Rs90,000 per kanal for new garbage dumping point on Chakary Road located at the distance of 18 kilometres from garrison city.Moreover, housing scheme was also approved at the site of current dumping point in the recent Cantt Board meeting.—INP


Civil society joins fight for Kashmir’s missings, rejects CM’s truth panel

Home ministry not to react on IG NC remarks NEW DELHI—The home ministry is unlikely to take any action against CRPF IG N C Asthana for his controversial statement about strong anti-India sentiments in Kashmir. Pro-freedom leaders from Kashmir, including Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have appreciated his statement and asked the government to take note of the ground reality in Kashmir. A home ministry source said, “Neither are we contemplating action against the officer nor is there any such proposal because he has not violated any rule.” A 1986 batch IPS officer from the Kerala cadre, Asthana and his wife Anjali Nirmal have jointly authored a book, ‘India’s Internal Security: Besides Kashmir and the northeast, the two have dealt with a whole range of security concerns, including Maoist problem, handling of terrorism cases by police and persecution of Muslims. Asthana has worked in Jammu & Kashmir at the height of militancy and was awarded police (special duty) medal beside President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service. He also had a long stint in the Intelligence Bureau and was one of the first officers to be sent abroad for anti-espionage training.—NNI

Rs6.5 million goods traded at LoC POONCH—Goods worth Rs 65 lakh were traded through ChakanDa-Bagh in Poonch district. Official reports said that goods worth Rs 65, 10, 150 were traded through 12 trucks between Jammu and Kashmir and Azad Kashmir along Line of Control at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch. Eight trucks rolled out from Trade Centre Ranger nallah to Azad Kashmir and these trucks carried boxes of Banana, Onion, Imli and Dry Grapes worth Rs 24, 35, 550. From Azad Kashmir 4 trucks carrying Herbs and Dry dates came to this side worth Rs 40, 74, 600. Indian traders returned 2 trucks bearing registration number GLT-9388 carrying 35 bags of herbs and one bag of almonds with the plea that the trader did not demanded the same good. Custodian department returned a truck bearing registration number AJKB-1521 carrying 29 bags of Herbs with the plea that the name of the herbs was wrong written in the invoice.—NNI

Indo-Pak talks will yield positive results: Farooq Abdullah

SRINAGAR—Even as families Disappeared Persons.”

ISLAMABAD: ANP Senator Shahi Syed calls on Acting AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin on Saturday.

of victims held yet another silent protest in Srinagar to mark the International Day of Disappeared Persons, civil society members rejected chief minister Omar Abdullah’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, saying this was no remedy for war crimes. The day was observed the world over with vigils and seminars for solidarity with the kin of victims, with activists and campaigners pledging support to unearth the truth about disappearances in Kashmir. In Srinagar, students from within the state and outside held a painting competition to express their sentiments with the Valley’s untold tragedies, and the Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) led by Parvez Imroz organised a seminar on “World Convention for the Protection of

Speakers, which included Dr Altaf Shah, Dr. Abdul Majeed Zargar, Dr. Javed Iqbal, ZG Muhammad, Dr. Mubeen Shah, Shakeel Qalandar, and other prominent civil society members, deplored world silence on the explosive issue of disappearances in Kashmir and demanded that kin be given information about the fate of the victims. Describing chief minister Omar Abdullah’s proposal of a Truth And Reconciliation Commission as rubbing salt into the wounds of victims’ kin, civil society members said that forming such commissions before resolving the Kashmir issue was futile. “Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not act as a remedy for war crimes,” they said. “International conventions and laws are being brazenly flouted in Kashmir for the past two decades, but no steps have

been taken to arrest these violations,” they said. “The Indian constitution empowers the forces deployed here to carry out such acts, and so long as these provisions exist in the constitution, incidents like enforced disappearances will continue to occur,” they said. Deploring the role of Indian media and civil society, the speakers said that they had adopted a criminal silence over this sensitive issue. Another group of the APDP led by Parveen Ahangar held a silent sit-in at central Srinagar to demand the whereabouts of victims of enforced disappearances. Clad in black, families of victims gathered in the Pratap Park holding placards and picture of their sons and brothers who were taken away by government forces during the past two decades, never to be seen again.—NNI

Proud Pakistan suffers due to resource mismanagement: Attique New Kashmir Bar President vows HAMEED SHAHEEN G HAZI T ERBELA — Sardar Attique Ahmed Khab, President of Muslim Conference/ex-Premier AJK has observed that proud Pakistan was suffering not due to paucity of any available resources, whether manmade or natural, but because of mismanagement resources to the extent of despicable depths. He made these remarks while talking to people who had gathered here on his arrival at the residence of spiritual personality of Haji Khan Abdul Hameed Khan Sahib. “It is time to completely transform the politico-social culture of Pakistan to lift the nation

upwards. No system of public life or governance operates like an automatic weapon; that has got to be operated wisely. Pakistan is an ideological nation. The identity of Pakistan is its ideology that needs to be powerfully and sincerely spread like that of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who introduced that ideology to the outside world and brought Pakistan into an independent and sovereign state on world map. Pakistan is our honour. Mismanagement of its resources is bringing dishonour to our proud country, to us as a nation, he warned. He described shameful backtracking of present regime on Kashmir policy and expressed

the resolve that the nation should revert to the ideas of Founder of Pakistan and implement those ideas to line up Pakistan among the highest prioritized honorable nations across the world. I believe in it, I work for it, it is my duty, it is the function and obligations of my party Muslim Conference. Muslim Conference is open to every Pakistani. Every Pakistan man, woman and youth can come speak from this platform any time anywhere within the country or outside of it. Our hearts are one, our minds are one, our future is one, our journey of plain togetherness, he advised the youth present on the occasion. Sardar Attique Khan said

JKTDC begins Food Festival to promote Kashmiri cuisine SRINAGAR—In order to revive and promote the Kashmiri cuisine among locals and tourists, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation has started a Food Festival on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. The food festival began from August 22 at JKTDC restaurants at Cheshmashahi, Nehru Park and at Nun Kun Park of in which food lovers taste the Kashmiri Wazwan and other different varieties of Continental and Chinese foods. The JKTDC officials said that the event had been organized to promote Kashmiri cuisines besides providing different verities of continental and chinese foods to food buffs. “The festival is receiving great response from the people as food lovers are coming in large number to taste these varieties,” said Abdul Hameed, Manager, Nehru Park restaurant.

Hameed said that eating habits in Kashmir had witnessed a change as people now eat out in restaurants. The JKTDC has named the restaurants at Cheshmashahi, Nehru Park and other places as ‘Zaika’ while as the one near Dal lake is named ‘Nun Kun’ owing to the availability of Manchurian food. Hameed said JKTDC was trying to innovate and the food festival is a beginning. “We have been getting great response from the non-local foodies as well,” said Hameed. He said that people have appreciated the dishes and food served at these restaurants. “We wish to see our local cuisine as most favorite and preferred in the menu across the world,” he said. JKTDC is also attracting the foodies with lucky draws. Every day JKTDC announces a lucky draw and the winner is served a free lunch or dinner for

two persons. It has also kept a bumper draw which will entitle the customers for two nights stay at any restaurants of the JKTDC in Valley. Hameed said, “Every day there is one winner of the lucky draw. We collect the vouchers of the customers and go for a draw of lots every day. The winner of daily draw will have a lunch or a dinner free of cost for two persons. The winner of the bumper offer can spend two nights in any of the JKTDC owned hotels and restaurants with his family on JKTDC expenses.” Mushtaq Ahmad, Private Secretary to GM JKTDC said the prices of the dishes at their restaurants are reasonable. “I have never tasted such delicious things. I tasted nearly more than six dishes two local and other from outside. All the dishes being served in the festivals are delicious and tasty and are less costly,” said a food lover Javed Ahmad.—NNI

SRINAGAR—Union Minister Farooq Abdullah Saturday expressed hope that the Indo-Pak Foreign Minister level talks will lead to positive developments with regard to easing visa laws and facilitating cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir. “We are hopeful that the September 8 meeting (between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistan counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar) will lead to positive developments...the confidence building measures (with regards to Kashmir) will move forward,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. He said he was expecting progress on easing of visa laws between the two countries and measures for boosting cross-LoC trade, including opening bank branches on either side. The union minister said Ajmal Aamir Kasab, whose death sentence was upheld by Supreme Court, should face the law for killing so many people during the 26/ 11 attack on Mumbai in 2008. “Ask me about Government of India,” he said.—Online MUZAFFARABAD: Construction work in progress at a road in suburbs of city.

that from the ideology of Quaidi-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that Kashmir is the lifeline of Pakistan, 180 million Pakistanis are Kashmiris in spiritual and sociological terms. We defend Pakistan because it is ours, you defend Kashmir because it is of Pakistan, he announced amidst thunderous applause. The people of that area had a major role in the 1947-48 Kashmir wars. Talking to Pakistan Observer he said that in the joint session of the Pakistan parliament should be initiated a month debate over what we achieved, lost thus far; Self-assessment is the habit of wiser peoples the world over.

to pursue Kashmir resolution

S RINAGAR —The newly elected President Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association Zafar Qureshi has vowed to continue the efforts to resolve outstanding Kashmir issue. Soon after the results were announced, Qureshi said Bar would continue to put in its efforts for the resolution of Kashmir issue. “It is a new team and we will work for resolution of Kashmir issue as per the resolutions passed by the J&K Bar Association and the junior

members in the Bar,” he said. Zafar Qureshi was elected president of Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association after defeating Nazir Ahmad Ronga. Qureshi, who was backed by former Bar President, Mian Abdul Qayoom secured 338 votes while Ronga managed 234 votes. Qayoom had not participated in the elections citing personal reasons. As soon as the Election Commission of Bar announced the results,

Qureshi’s rejoicing supporters garlanded him and raised slogans, ‘Shohda Key Waris Zinda Hai, Zinda Hai’ (The heirs of martyrs are alive). Ronga is considered to be close to Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while Qureshi is a confidante of Mian Qayoom who is considered to be close to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani. Eleven candidates were in fray for the general elections of the executive body of Bar Association.—NNI

Indian troops martyr 10 Kashmiris in August S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 10 Kashmiris including a woman during the last month of August. According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, of those martyred 1 youth was killed in custody. The killings by the troops rendered 1 woman widowed and 5 children orphaned. During the month, 90 people were critically injured when Indian police and paramilitary personnel used brute force against peaceful demonstrators in the occupied territory. 42 civilians, mostly youth, were arrested, during the period. The troops also destroyed 1 house during the month.—NNI

Muslim students face religious discrimination JAMMU—A Christian missionary school in summer capital this year has drafted a new admission form in which it has omitted participation from Muslim children by not mentioning Islam as one of the religion for the applicants. Presentation Convent Higher Secondary Srinagar through its admission form issued on 25th of August has omitted Islam as a one of the religion in the forms for LKG (Session 2012-2013) on Para number 09, the students have been asked to choose one out of the four religions; Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist. The omission of Islam has triggered a serious concern among the locals and religious organizations. The school authority should be apologetic for it. There should be immediate need to cancel old forms.—NNI

SLOUGH: Central Vice-President Mulsim Conference Ch Jamil Tabbassum talking to Councilor Ch Iftikhar.

Struggle to be launched for International seminar on Kashmiri language promotion Maulana Rumi’s SRINAGAR—Sahitya Academy gave their critical analysis. The New Delhi in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) held “Kashir Afsana Mehfil”, a special literary event on Kashmiri short story. The event not only drew much needed attention to the early genre of story writing and narration but also provided the literary community with examples of Afsana Nigari from contemporary writers. The event was presided over by Dr. Iqbal Nazki, a veteran writer and educationist while Dr Aziz Hajini, the convener for Kashmiri language in Sahitya Academy and Dr A S Aman, Additional Secretary JKAACL were also present in the presidium. Members of the audience included authors and scholars like Prof Mohammed Zaman Azurda, Inayat Gul, wellknown poet and writer Farooq Nazki, renowned academician and psycho analyst Prof A G Madhosh, Prof M H Zafar, Dr Shad Ramzan, associates from the Academy and students from the Urdu Department of the Central University of Kashmir. Five prominent short story writers of Kashmir including Rahim Rehbar, Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Dr. Mehfooza Jaan, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq and Mohi-u-din Reshi presented their short stories on which prominent literary personalities

first story, titled “Ded Mouj” presented by Rahim Rather was followed by “Kal Naeth” by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash. The third short story and the only one with an English title, “Bloodbath” was brought to the audience by Mushtaq Ahmed Mushtaq. Dr. Mehfooza Jan adopted a male persona in her “Khuda Kare Sahal” and Mohi-u-din Reshi presented his concise story, “Pazaib” Following the oration of all five stories the floor was opened to members of the audience for questions, criticism and constructive thoughts on the work put forth by each author. During the discussion, many contradictory opinions surfaced as the use of English and Urdu words in Kashmiri stories was actively debated. A student from the Central University condemned the considerable use of English by Mushtaq Ahmed Mushtaq, other individuals supported the inclusion of English and Urdu words that are pervasively used. Here eminent writer, Dr Iqbal Nazki, said, “The central point is that only literate people will ever be interested and will read Urdu stories as they know and understand English. For a story to be considered of any merit it must be accessible to the people and thus it is important that it is written in the language or languages that people mostly use.”—NNI

teachings at KU SRINAGAR—On the eve of its Golden Jubilee celebrations, Department of Persian University of Kashmir which was established in 1962, a three-day international seminar was organized on “Moulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and his teachings” to pay tributes to the world famous Sufi poet also known as the “Persian poet of the east.” During the inaugural function which was held at the University’s Gandhi Bhawan auditorium scholars, poets, writers, intellectuals and academicians from different countries including those from Iran and Afghanistan threw light on the immense contribution of Rumi‘s teachings in spreading the values of peace and unity and said that he is universally acknowledged as an institution of knowledge and learning. While presiding over the inaugural function Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad said that Rumi’s moral teachings through his Masnavi left indelible imprints on the world community and by propagating his philosophy and teachings we can redeem our young generation. Prof Talat said that Rumi was a great spiritualist and a great scholar of Islam and his teachings have shaped destinies of those who followed him.—NNI

Pessimism, anger visible in session on Kashmir: Report SRINAGAR—A feedback ses- was badly denting their credibilsion on Interlocutors’ Report was marked by pessimism about the prospects of its recommendations. In the session organized by Delhi Policy Group at SKICC here, members of civil society and representatives from different political parties interacted with two former interlocutors Dileep Padgaonkar and Radha Kumar. Citing the fate of recommendations made by various committees on Kashmir in the past, the speakers told the former interlocutors that nonimplementation of their report

ity in the valley. They suggested that the interlocutors should work for implementation of their recommendations “rather than buy time”. Many speakers on the occasion asked the interlocutors to make a beginning of building confidence by pressing on New Delhi to repeal the controversial AFSPA. Chaotic scenes were witnessed when Independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Rashid tore down a handout enlisting the core recommendations of the interlocutors’ report calling the exercise futile.

“India has a history of breaking promises, but still we trusted you when you came here as interlocutors,” Rashid said while addressing Padgaonkar and Kumar, who were moderating the session. The ten-page handout was distributed among participants to receive feedback from them on the specific recommendations of the interlocutors’ report submitted to the central government in October last year. “This will be another nuisance added to the unfulfilled promises made by New Delhi and we all sitting in this meeting would later feel apologetic

because of no outcome from this type of exercises,” Rashid told the interlocutors. The major recommendations highlighted in the handout included those with regard to the state’s social, cultural, economic and governance issues. Recommendations with regard to human rights and security reforms, media, political roadmap and cross LoC aspects were also highlighted to elicit feedback from the participants. The heated argument between Engineer Rashid and Ashfaq Poswal of the Pahari Forum disrupted the whole meeting for 10 minutes and it was only resolved

after intervention by Kumar. Speaking on the occasion, former chairman of the State Public Service Commission, Muhammad Shafi Pandit said all the recommendations given by the interlocutors are apologetic and bear no clear approach to resolve issues and concerns. “AFSPA should go and I believe the interlocutors should not have recommended its amendment,” he said. Noted academic and political scientist Prof Gul Mohammad Wani said there is a missing link in the recommendations which is to include the external dimension of the conflict.

He said the interlocutors should also have taken into consideration the relationship of Kashmir with Azad Kashmir. Appreciating the efforts made by the interlocutors in preparing the report, G M Mir from Handwara, a contestant of 2008 elections, said before discussing the recommendations as an internal management and governance issue, we need to address the larger issue of the state’s relationship with India Pakistan and Kashmiris. “There is hypocrisy in the state while dealing with the sentiment or grievances of people. If mainstream parties are pro-

India, they should admit it publicly and if separatist are proPakistan or want freedom, they should clearly state that. We need not be critical of the dual face of local political leadership as we are casualty of our own leadership also,” he added. He said the politicians and other stakeholders should tell truth to young generation without exploiting their sentiments. Hamida Nayeem of KSCDS and journalist Rao Farman Ali were also critical of the recommendations carried in the interlocutors’ report. Other participants in the session include Abdul Wahid

Qureshi, Shujaat Bukhari, Javed Iqbal, Shakeel Qalander, Mubeen Shah, Zafar Choudhary, Iqbal Lone (K Ford), Abdul Majid Zargar, Dr Javid Iqbal, Javed Malik, Bilal Ahmad, Parvez Majid, Prof Noor Ahmad Baba, Abdul Ahand Farhad, Bashir Ahmad Dar, K K Raina, Prof Iqbal Faheem, Inayat Jehangir, Dil Afroz Qazi, Roma Wani and Muslim Jan. Meanwhile, the separate session kept for interaction with journalists did not evoke response from the media fraternity as only few journos turned up at the venue.—NNI


Power losses Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD —The government has set a target to reduce the electricity losses to 16 per cent against its existing 33 per cent losses in next four years, said an official, requesting anonymity. The government has also set a target to reduce the losses of gas distribution to 5 per cent in the stipulated period against its existing 10 to 12 per cent losses. The official said at present the losses in electricity (theft, nonpayment of bills, meter and unmetered supply and transmission distribution) is 33 per cent and the government would bring down its losses to 16 per cent till the end of fiscal year 2015-16 by improving governance, reforming energy sector institutions, improve performance and through comprehensive action plan to reduce, losses, control theft and improve efficiency and governance. “The government will increase supply of electricity and gas in efficient, affordable and environment friendly manner to spur and sustain growth,” the official added.

Gas surcharge F AISALABAD —Textile exporters have welcomed the Petroleum Ministry’s recommendation to 50 per cent reduction in gas infrastructure development surcharge, saying that it will help cut the cost of production of exportable goods. These views were expressed by Rana Arif Touseef chairman Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) in a statement here. Commenting on Ministry of Petroleum summary to the Government for 50% cut in gas infrastructure development surcharge, he said that textile industry is the only hope for the revival of country’s economy which is currently jolted by the high cost of doing business. Textile industry has been facing strong competition at international markets from regional competitors where energy cost is lower and manufacturers also enjoying special exemption.—APP

Prize bond draw BAHAWALPUR—The 51st draw for the prize bonds of worth Rs 40,000 will be held in Karachi on September 3. According to the sources of National Saving, first prize of this prize bond is of Rs 75 million, three prizes of Rs 25 million and 1696 prizes of Rs 0.5 million each.—APP

“Failures are divided into two classes – those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” — John Charles Salak

GIDC is not feeding Govt kitty: Asim M M ALAM K ARACHI —Dr.

Asim Hussain Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources has said that Gas Infrastructure Development Cess was not going to the Government’s kitty but was collected to facilitate IranPakistan gas pipeline/LNG Terminals infrastructure & to pay alternative fuels subsidy. He said that other option of borrowing the amount would have further raised the gas rates. He was speaking to the members of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry here at Aiwan-eTijarat on Saturday.

Commenting on Metropolis’ prevailing state of affairs Dr. Asim accused the faulty past policies & derailment of democratic process. He held that all the stakeholders had to unite in order to find a way out. He said that presently the nation was passing through a difficult phase but the resilient nation would come out of this predicament as well. Noting that there were some misconceptions due to ignorance the Minister clarified that in 18th Amendment the 50% share was not for the past commitments but for the future. According to the 2012 polices (that would be notified on

2nd of September, 2012) a code had been created according to which Federal & Provincial governments would be entitled to 50% each lease of the future (not the existing) fields. They will only hold title to the lease/ property but not the gas. However, he said that the requirements of the provinces would be fulfilled before using it elsewhere. He reiterated that the Federal Government was ready to implement the 18th amendment in letter & spirit. Dr. Asim said that a policy was presented apro- Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain seen addressing the KCCI members. pos low btu gasses & pro Federal Minister for Climate Change Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan, Siraj Kassam Teli, Mian Abrar Ahmed, Continued on Page 14 Tahir Khaliq, M. Zubair Motiwala, Anjum Nisar, Younus Muhammad Bashir, Zia Ahmed Khan, A Q Khalil and Muhammad Haroon Agar also seen in the picture.—PO Photo Javed Iqbal

ARL implements Energy Management System OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) has made yet another achievement by implementing Energy Management System ISO 500012011. Implementation of the standard leads to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, energy cost, and other related environmental impacts, through systematic management of energy. This International Standard enables an organization to establish the systems and processes necessary to im-

prove energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. This represents another first for ARL, which is Pakistan’s first Refinery to receive ISO 9001 Certification (in 2001), ISO 14001 (in 2002), OHSAS 18001 Certification (in 2006) and ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation (in 2007). As a responsible corporate entity, ARL is cognizant that natural energy resources are not only scarce, but also very precious and need to be optimally utilized. Besides energy management positively

impacts environment and goes a long way in reducing greenhouse gases and other hazardous emissions. It is pertinent to mention that ARL is a member of the Attock Oil Group of Companies, the only fully integrated Group covering all segments of oil and gas industry from exploration, production and refining to marketing of petroleum products, besides being also engaged in power generation, manufacturing and trading of cement and other entrepreneurial activities.

Customs to settle ZTE case STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Customs Authority has finally decided to take stern action against ZTE Pakistan for massive irregularity in duties in order to settle the longpending dispute once for all. According to available documents, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has disclosed the details of the financial scam of different telecom operators, but ironically the authority did not mention a similar scam by The President ZTBL Roohi R Khan presenting cheque of Continued on Page 14 Rs 4 lac to widow of an employee.

KSE to delist 22 cos STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The

Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) intends to delist 22 listed companies as they have neither rectified the defaults nor complied with the compulsory direction of the Exchange of buy-back of shares from minority shareholders by the sponsors/majority shareholders within stipulated time. The Exchange in the interest of investors protection and in accordance with Listing Regulation No 30(2)(c) intends to now delist these companies, a KSE notice issued said. These companies are (Colony) Thal Textile Mills Limited, Adil Textile Mills

Limited, Dadabhoy Sack Limited, Data Textiles Limited, Genertech Pakistan Limited, Hajra Textile Mills Limited, Kohinoor Industries Limited, Kohinoor Power Company Limited, Mukhtar Textile Mills Limited, (Colony) Sarhad Textile Mills Limited, Annoor Textile Mills Limited, Asim Textile Mills Limited, Central Forest Products Limited, Dadabhoy Construction Technology Limited, Karim Cotton Mills Limited, Khurshid Spinning Mills Limited, Mehr Dastgir Textile Mills Limited, S. S. Oil Mills Limited, Saleem Denim Industries Limited, Service Fabrics Limited, Service Industries Textiles Limited and Taj Textile Mills Limited. The concerned compa-

nies/ managements are hereby notified that, if they have any objection to the proposed delisting, they must inform the Exchange in writing on or before October 01, 2012, otherwise the Exchange in compliance with the above referred regulation, will proceed further and take action of delisting of the companies, the KSE notice said. It is further notified that trading in the shares of the companies will remain suspended in exercise of the powers vested in the Exchange under the Sub-section (7) of Section 9 of the Securities and Exchange Ordinance, 1969 and the Listing Regulations of the Exchange, it added.

Weekly inflation goes down I SLAMABAD—The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) of the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000 for the week ended on August 30, registered a decrease of 0.04 percent as compared to the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 182.28 points against 182.36 points registered in the previous week, according to provisional figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (FBS). The weekly SPI has been computed with base 20072008=100, covering 17 urban centres and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group decreased by 0.48 percent as it went down from 188.49 points in the previous week to 187.58 points in the week under review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 6.97 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8001 - Rs 12,000, Rs

SSGC to recover Rs 39b from KESC AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Senator Dr. Asim Hussain, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources has instructed SSGC Board of Directors and Management to take all possible steps to ensure that KESC starts to settle its dues. The Advisor reiterated that KESC must be told by SSGC in no uncertain terms to sign the Term Sheet with SSGC, failing which the Com-

pany will be entitled to curtail gas and take requisite legal steps. The Advisor was chairing a joint meeting of the Board of Directors of SSGC and SNGPL at SSGC House, Karachi on September 1, 2012. Salim Abbas Jilani, Chairman, SSGC and Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman, Chairman, SNGPL led their respective Boards during the meeting. Some major issues related to both the Companies’ return on assets and nag-

ging problem of mounting KESC’s receivables were discussed in the joint meeting during which the Advisor passed on the spot instructions for implementation. Mr. Arif Hameed, MD, SNGPL and Mr. Azim Iqbal Siddiqui, MD, SSGC actively participated in the meeting by discussing important issues requiring urgent attention. The meeting noted with concern KESC’s inability in clearing past dues to SSGC

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BIT signing with US to multiply investment, help FTA S TAFF REPORTER

man BOI said “We will not sign any treaty with any country which is not in the interest of Pakistan”. He added that present government has taken initiative for concluding a BIT with USA which would attract even more US investments for Pakistan and help also lead to sigh an FTA with USA which would greatly benefit our country. Replying to a question , he said that BOI has sign 47 agreement regarding investments with other countries adding that the investors who want to invest in any sector of the economy are first cleared by the

Country’s security agencies before setting up any industry or company. To another question about BIT with USA , he said that “There is nothing against Pakistan and we will not allow any treaty which is against Pakistan’s interest”. “I will personally not allow any treaty which is against the interest of Pakistan”, he remarked. He welcomed the much awaited BIT and added that this treaty with US would be in the best national interest and benefit Pakistan more than any other country”, he added.

I SLAMABAD —Signing of a much-awaited Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with United States (USA) would not only help multiply investments and exports of Pakistan but also lead to ink a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US. Continued on Page 14 This was stated by Saleem H. Mandviwalla, MOS/Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI) while addressing a press conference here at BOI head office. Dispelling an impression created by some secSAIDU SHARIF—The Bank of tion of media regarding the Khyber (BOK) earned Rs 705 BIT with USA, the ChairContinued on Page 14 Million profit before tax for the period ended 30th June 2012. This was stated by Mr. Bilal Mustafa Managing Director BOK in his key note address at BOK Raast Islamic Banking Branches Operational Performance Review Manager’s Conference held Saturday in Saidu Sharif Swat. The Conference was attended by Mir Javed Hashmat Executive Director BOK, Mr. Imran Samad Group Head Credits, Mr. Kamran Masood Khan Group Head Islamic Banking Muhammad Tariq Nasim Group Head HRD apart from Divisional Heads from Head Office and Chief Managers and Manager of Raast Islamic Banking Branches through the Engr Muhammad Humayun Khan, Minister for Finance, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inaugurating The Bank of Khyber Raast Islamic Banking Branch in Mingora. country.

BoK earns Rs 705m pre tax profit in 6 months

Towards competitiveness of SME sector SAMI BAJWA

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ROWTH and devel opment of the indus trial sector of any country inextricably links with state of the art technology, availability of trained human resources, energy efficiency and productivity improvement. Historically, in Pakistan, many of the industrial sectors have been forthcoming in acquisition of sophisticated technology, but adequate training of human resources and assimilation of efficient production management systems remained relatively unexplored realms, mainly be-

cause of the fact that both the transfer of skills and imitation of the production system are rather much more intricate affairs then mere transfer of technology. This tradition wielded a multi prong consequence on Pakistan’s economic landscape. It hindered the growth potential of individual firms, abated GDP and export growth and nurtured a culture of non-competitive industrial sector, which now in the wake of globalization is posing threats to the survival of many sectors, especially to the small and medium enterprises. SMEs constitute 99% of the total economic establishment in the country,

contribute 40% to the GDP, 35% to manufacturing value added and provide roughly 70% of non-agriculture jobs. By that token, it is .particularly imperative to bolster competitiveness in this significant sector of economy. The course of competitiveness of SMEs’ in Pakistan, however, requires clear understanding at the government level to address this perennial problem through incorporating international expertise for training of manpower and inter-alia developing and propagating best practices for productivity improvement among various industrial sectors. Industry Support Programme (ISP), an

initiative of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Government of Pakistan is a case in point to test this hypothesis. Industry Support Programme (lSP) was launched in 2003 and a dedicated Industry Support Cell was established, initially as a joint project of SMEDA and Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) for productivity improvement of the textile sector of Pakistan. As the project received early recognition, its portfolio expanded in terms of outreach, provision of foreign experts and service delivery. Over the years, ISC partnered with

many other international development agencies including German International Cooperation (GIZ),Training & Development Centers of Bavarian Employers’ Association (bfz, Germany), Senior Experten Services (SES, Germany) and Asian Productivity Organization (APO); and stepped into other sectors including auto parts, foundry, fan, furniture, jute, leather, chemical, dies & molds and food processing. With 26 international and 10 local experts, it rendered services for productivity enhancement, energy efficiency, quality assurance, cost reduction etc. to approximately 350 industrial units, con-

ducted more than 70 technical training workshops, seminars and awareness sessions as well as prepared 5 best practice manuals for different industrial sectors. Out of these 350 units served, I$C provided productivity improvement service to 288 units and gained a sterling average improvement of 15 ‘to 20% in productivity. Whereas in remaining 62 units, energy efficiency service was provided with net improvement in the range of 10 to 20 %, depending upon the sector. The success which ISP earned has rather wider implications. Besides direct facilitation to the industrial units and

quantitative delineation, it essentially is testing of the conviction that transfer of the expertise from industrially advanced countries has a significant role to play in augmenting competitiveness of Pakistan’s industry, The project, in this sense, offers empirical evidence to the proposition that industrial policy of Pakistan should hinge on bringing international expertise to the local industry., Once the outcomes of this program are widely disseminated in terms of productivity improvement & cost reduction, the industry would naturally become more proactive in making efforts for productivity improvement in their own business, creating a ripple

effect, thereby taking a substantial step towards, fostering the culture of competitiveness in Pakistan. To share the benefits of this endeavor across the entire industry spectrum, SMEDA is preparing a case study on its Industry Support Programme. The study aims to share the ISP model for bringing competitiveness to SME sector with other business development agencies in Pakistan, lending them knowledge based aid to replicate in their respective portfolios. (Sami Bajwa is associated with the Policy & Planning Division, SMEDA)


Korean company exploring opportunities in Pakistan

LCCI urges political parties to share economic agenda SALIM AHMED

STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —A

seven member delegation of Wisdom Korea, a JV company, is visiting Pakistan to explore the investment opportunities in agriculture and food sector of the country. They called on the Chairman BOI Saleem H. Mandviwalla. The delegation has interest in agriculture and food sectors and also the cultivation of mangoes and pre-cooked rice. Lee Jae Ho, CEO of GFood Korea, informed the Chairman BOI, that the Korean government extends financial support with its ODI programme to assist developing countries like Pakistan to take advantage of the facility. The Chairman directed the delegation to meet REAP (Rice Exporter Association of Pakistan) and HDEBP (Horticulture Development Export Board of Pakistan), to establish joint ventures for processing of food and agriculture items for export. Mandviwalla welcomed the delegation for its interest in Pakistan and assured the group of complete support and facilitation of BOI. He informed that Pakistan is a good destination for investment and our investment policy is very open. The establishment of SEZ (Special Economic Zones) will further help in attracting investment in Pakistan.

Rio Tinto upbeat on copper amid end of boom fears PARKES—The positive longterm outlook for copper remains intact, the head of Rio Tinto’s (RIO.AX ) (RIO.L) copper division said, adding his voice to a chorus of mining executives reluctant to call time on the resources boom. Debate over whether the decade-long bull run in commodities has ended has ramped up in recent days as China heads for the slowest pace of annual growth in more than a decade, driving down the prices of copper, iron ore and other raw materials. Rio’s larger rival, BHP Billiton, earlier this week shelved tens of billions of dollars in expansion plans due to soaring development costs, a high Australian dollar and an uncertain outlook, prompting Australia’s resources minister to say the boom was over. “The long-term copper outlook remains positive,” Andrew Harding said at Rio’s 55,000 tonnes-per-year Northparkes copper mine in western New South Wales.— Newswire

L AHORE —The

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saturday invited all the political parties to share their respective economic agenda to enable the business community to evaluate their economic acumen. The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher and Vice President Saeeda Nazar said that political debate and economic policy considerations require convergence at this critical juncture when the country is witnessing closure of businesses and resultant lay-offs, sharp decline in all sorts of investment, surge in crime

rate and inflation. The LCCI office-bearers said that Pakistan, at this point in time, is in dire need of stability in policy making and strong institutions and to achieve this very objective, the political parties would have to prepare a well-tailored economic agenda. To compete head-to-head with the great nations of the world, they said, the country needs a selfless and visionary leadership at all tiers who has the ability to think beyond tomorrow to tackle all the governance-related issues and for the sake of future generations. They said that all the political parties should, without

any further delay, visit Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and share their respective economic agenda. The LCCI office-bearers said that the LCCI had already sent invitation letters to PML(N), PPP, PTI,MQM, JI, PML(Q) and ANP leaders. The LCCI office-bearers hoped that the heads of these political parties would spare some time out of their busy schedule to share the economic agenda with the private sector. They said that all areas of the economy needs a threadbare discussion so that the country could be brought out of economic mire and for the sake of future generations.

Corporate role in peace building vital STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Experts from the civil society network, academia, and business community engaged in an active discourse on the role of businesses in bringing peace and preventing community conflicts. The discussion took place as a consultative meeting titled ‘Peace through Profit: Peace-building through Corporate Social Responsibility in Pakistan’, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in partnership with International Alert at Hotel Mehran, Karachi. Dr. Talat Wizarat, from the Institute of Business Administration highlighted how modern business practices exploit resources, in turn leading to alienation of indigenous communities and thereby creating conflicts. Citing examples, she also stated how weapons were distributed by the state to local businesses operating in Nooriabad un-

der the Zia regime, leading to communal conflicts in the area. She stressed that societies should flourish in order for businesses to survive as well, and thus it is in the interest of businesses to ensure peaceful communities in areas where they operate. Tahir Jawaid, Senior Vice President of Engro Corp. presented how Engro took a leading role in rehabilitation efforts after the disastrous floods of 2010. He asserted how businesses can play an important role in preventing conflicts by being more socially responsible. He emphasized that some form of a better regulatory structure might be required in order to prevent businesses from engaging in exploitative practices that lead to conflicts in the community. He also stressed that business practices ought to be more inclusive for the communities where businesses operate in or-

der to ensure peaceful communities with sustainable businesses. Syed Faisal Sabzwari, Minister for Youth Affairs, Govt. of Sindh, drew attention to how the massive amount of charity and philanthropy in Pakistan still lacks a proper structure and clear direction. Continuing with Tahir Jawaid’s opinion on the lack of regulation, he stated that the government does have a proper regulatory structure but still lags behind in proper governance. He emphasized that any measures taken to prevent conflicts in the community should be need-driven and has a clear focus. He also mentioned how international help for conflict prevention in Pakistan has until now been confined to the troubled northern region of the country, while other conflict-stricken areas, such as Karachi have been largely ignored.

APOTOA rejects surge in POL prices S TAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chapter has rejected surge in petroleum products and demanded of the government to withdraw its decision otherwise the association will go on a wheel- jam within 48-hours. In this connection an emergency meeting of APOTOA was held in Taro Jaba Peshawar in which President Nasir Ali Khan and General Secretary Jan Muhammad Khan and other office bearers attended it the meeting termed the recent increase in petroleum products as

cruelty that will directly affect the general public. According to the president of the association that the masses were facing unbearable hike while the surge in petroleum products will further put them in miseries and sufferings owning to the recent increase. During the meeting the association, while outrightly rejecting the recent increase in petroleum products declared it synonymous with hurling bomb on the poor people. The meeting said that government some time for getting cheap popularity cut the prices of petroleum products by Rs.2 to Rs.3

43 candidates file papers to contest LCCI polls STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—A total of 43 candidates Saturday filed their nomination papers to contest the forthcoming LCCI Polls being held on September 19 and 20 respectively. As many as 17 candidates filed papers for Corporate Class, 2 for reserved seat of women entrepreneur and 24 candidates filed papers for Associate Class seats. Secretary General LCCI Syed Muhammad Saqlain received the nomination papers. The candidates of Corporate Class are Khalid Usman, Syed Salman Ali, Muhammad Mushtaq Butt, Hafiz Muhammad Shahbaz, Mooqadas Aleem, Bashir Ahmad Mughal, Iftikhar Ahmad, Ehsan Ullah,Mian Shahzad Aslam, Hamza Farooq, Farooq Iftikhar, Abrar Ahmad, Mian Tariq Rehman, Ch. Iftikhar Bashir, Mumshad Ali, Tasharaf Jawaid and Tanvir Ahmad Sufi. The candidates of Associates Class include Muhammad Nawaz, Mian Shabbir Ahmad,Manzoor Butt, Muhammad Imran Asghar,Raja Abdul Sattar, Kamran Butt, Abdul Wadood Alvi, Engr. M. Waseem Yousaf, Muhammad Yaseen, Muhammad Ajaz, Farhat Majeed Adil, Khalid Mahmood, Waheed Ahmed Sheikh, Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Kashif Anwar, S.M. Tariq, Hassan Amjad, Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Mian Zahid Javed Ahmad, Mudassar Masood, Muhammad Akram Malik, Dr. Shahid Raza, Muhammad Tariq Saadat and Umair Jaleel.

SSGC to recover From Page-13 that has led to receivables mounting to a staggering Rs. 39 billion including late payment surcharge legally due to SSGC. KESC’s failure in settling overdues is making it increasingly difficult for SSGC to make payments to local and foreign E&P companies from which it purchases gas, a scenario that is clearly leading to an imminent default. KESC for the last few months is only paying current bills. SSGC’s directors confirmed to the Advisor that a Term Sheet has already been sent to KESC about two weeks ago.

per litre, but few days later go for 100 per cent increase in the prices of the products, which is tantamount to cruel joke with the people. They said that no increase had been witnessed in the price of oil in international market, but the rulers of Pakistan with aim of pocketing money were increasing it on daily basis. He said that consecutive increase in the prices of petroleum products was not only open cruelty, but also sheer injustice with the From Page-13 people, which could not be tolerated in any circum- Zhongxing Telecom Pakistan stances and would be agi- (Pvt) Ltd. tated on every available foSome foreign companies rum. try to use back door channels with the help of corrupt officials of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to get rebate in taxable profits, despite making millions in From Page-13 profits in Pakistan. The cor12,001 - Rs 18,000, Rs 18001-Rs chillies (loose), sugar, gram rupt officials at the FBR 35,000 and above Rs 35,000 de- pulse (washed), vegetable seemed more loyal to the creased by 0.21, 0.36, 0.52 and ghee (loose), liquefied petro- Telecom Companies rather 0.67, respectively. leum gas (11 kilogrammes to the state. During the week under cylinder) and mustard oil. It was reported that Rs. review, average prices of 12 The items which recorded 149,205,836/- are recoverable items registered decrease, increase in their average prices in the form of custom duties while that of 15 items in- included wheat flour (bag), egg from M/S Zhongxing crease with the remaining 26 hen (farm), garlic, wheat, Telecom Pakistan (it is called items prices unchanged. masoor pulse (washed), wash- as “ZTE Pakistan” in the marThe items which re- ing soap, cooking oil (tin), veg- ket) till May 31, 2012 accordcorded decrease in their av- etable ghee (tin), moong pulse ing to May 3 orders of erage prices included toma- (washed), energy savour (14 Islamabad High Court. Howtoes, onions, chicken live wats), milk fresh, curd, rice ever, despite the court order (farm), potatoes, bananas, IRRI-6, rice basmati (broken) the said amounts are yet to mash pulse (washed), red and gur. recover.

Customs to settle

Weekly inflation

ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif awarding Khadija Mushtaq, Director Roots School System at a ceremony organised by RCCI.

Plan-9 Programme of PITB inaugurated STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Dr. Umer Saif has said that the aim of national progress and development cannot be achieved without imparting modern education and training to the youth. He said that inauguration of Plan-9 Programme of Punjab Information Technology Board is a step towards this direction. He said that PITB will provide all necessary facilities and assistance for promotion of modern business activities and giving a practical shape to the innovative ideas of the youth relating to IT sector. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Plan-9 Programme of PITB at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park. Dr. Umer Saif asked the youth to come forward and become a part of Plan-9. He further said that the youth se-

lected at Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad under Plan-9 talent hunt programme will be provided all facilities free of cost including office for six months as well as assistance in legal, economic and marketing sectors so that they could utilize all their energies in a proper manner for the promotion of small and medium business relating to IT sector in the country. He said that these selected youth after training will be helpful in the development of IT sector in Pakistan. IT experts also highlighted various aspects of Plan-9 Programme and explained the importance of IT for promotion of business in Pakistan. The speakers appreciating this programme of Punjab government, paid rich tributes to the Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and said that the revolutionary progrmames started in Punjab have started yielding encouraging results.

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BIT signing From Page-13 Saleem H Mandiviwala said that the US is the largest investor in Pakistan and conclusion of BIT would further cement economic and investment relations. “The BIT is a commitment to reciprocally promote and protect the investment thereby; Pakistani investment in US will also get the reciprocity under international law and covenants”, he remarked. The MOS/Chairman BOI further added that signing of BIT will lead to Free Trade Agreement(FTA) between the two countries resulting in market access with furtherance of exports to US markets and more investment from US. “This is an investment treaty if there is any concern of the other party we are ready to resolve them”, he remarked. Salaeem H Madiviwala said that if Pakistan wanted to sign an FTA with US its has to seal a BIT with the USA. He further informed that the President would sign Special Economic Zone Bill 2012 on September 10 after that road shows would be organized for the promotion of these SEZs. The road shows would be organized in UK, Huston and Chicago, where as the top US companies are sponsoring these shows in different countries, he added. The Chairman said that last year overseas chamber of commerce has invested about US$ 1 billion in different sectors of national economy and added that foreign Direct investment (FDI) was recorded at US$ 816 million in the wake of international recession.

Ufone offers unlimited calls to Ufone, PTCL, Vfone S TAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —In order to provide economical package to its prepaid customer base of well over 23 million customers, Ufone has now offered unlimited calls to all Ufone and millions of PTCL and Vfone numbers across Pakistan. The offer is perhaps the most economical cellular communication offer and is expected to further swell the growing ranks of Ufone customers Akbar Khan, Chief Marketing Officer Ufone while commenting on the offer said, ‘it is the important

that we keep our customers satisfied with utmost commitment, highest standards of quality service and the most innovative offers,’ adding, ’that’s the reason, why Ufone keeps coming up with offers that are in accordance with customers’ choice and delivers on their needs – just like the new Ufone Din Bhar offer. It merits mentioning here recently Ufone has made elaborate arrangements to optimize its network countrywide and has radically improved its quality since such offers require latest and optimized

Atlas group, DENSO sign JV corporation KHALID B UTT L A H O R E —The Atlas Group and DENSO Corporation (DENSO) announced the agreement to establish a new Joint Venture in Pakistan. The agreement will strengthen the already close co-operation between Atlas Group and DENSO with the goal to manufacture quality competitive motorcycle parts in the country. The new company, Atlas Hitec (Private) Limited will be established in September 2012. The two Groups intend to launch the project with an initial combined equity investment of US $7.2 million. Commercial production is projected to start from October 2013. The motorcycle industry in Pakistan expects a

strong growth. The new company will utilize Atlas Group’s abundant business expertise in the country and DENSO’s technologies for motorcycle parts, to produce products that meet the market needs in Pakistan. The signing ceremony was held at Atlas Group office, Federation House, Karachi where Mr. Yusuf H. Shirazi, Chairman Atlas Group and Mr. Michio Adachi, Senior Executive Director of DENSO Corporation inked the agreement. Both Atlas Group and DENSO are renowned names in the manufacturing and marketing of auto products. Atlas Group is best known for manufacturing and marketing of motorcycles and cars in collaboration with Honda Motor Company, Japan.

network to sustain massive volumes of traffic. So the customers are sure to enjoy uninterrupted and quality service of country’s rapidly expanding Cellular Network. Unlike other Telecom operators that offer only on-net numbers Ufone has extended this offer to millions of Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited and Vfone customers across the length and breadth of the country. The daily charges of Din Bhar offer have been kept at bare minimum, maximizing the benefits for the consumer base.

GIDC is not going From Page-13 ductions of all the standard fields in Sindh would be in pipeline before this winter. Citing various projects he said though this winter would be a bit tough by next winter the crisis would be controlled to a great extent. He assured that there was gas in the country & Government was determined to explore it for the people. He said that Bangladesh had benefited from our past mistakes, instead of providing their limited gas to homes/ CNG stations or unproductive sectors they opted for value addition. He lamented that since we had provided gas to a large part of the populace now it was difficult to refuse gas to new consumers. However, he reminded that present government had banned gas connections to new housing/industrial schemes & CNG stations.

Women empowerment vital for Pakistan’s future M M ALAM KARACHI —Deputy Mission Director U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Edward Birgells maintaining that women empowerment was essential for Pakistan’s brighter future quoted Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who held that countries providing opportunities to women were far more likely to be stable, prosperous & healthy. Birgells was speaking as Chief Guest at Certificate Distribution Ceremony for First Women Bank Limited (FWBL)’s Capacity Building & Skill Development Training Program being implemented under the Gender Equity Program of USAID here Friday evening.

Edward Birgells awarded certificates to some one hundred women who completed (two to four week) training programs in five areas of business entrepreneurship, beauty, computer skills, food (bakery) production & fashion designing. This training is crafted to empower women by providing the economic tools necessary to start their own businesses & seek employment. Birgells, who urged the Paksitani women to come forward & learn the skills that could empower them, reiterated that USAID was assisting Pakistan, particularly its female citizens, in the domains of education, health & economic growth projects for empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Conveying that USAID

was particularly happy to partner with FWBL, Edward Birgells said: “On behalf of American people I would like to congratulate the women who had successfully completed the training”. He hoped that the course would contribute towards more successful future for themselves, their families & communities: “USAID’s Gender Equity Program is designed to empower women & promote gender equality. Thank you for participating in this training program. As you utilize this training to find jobs & start your own businesses, know that you will serve as role models to other women seeking to improve their lives & those of their families.” Edward Birgells informed

that so far 160 women had been trained under this project that was a partnership between USAID’s Gender Equity Program implemented by the Aurat Foundation. The Aurat Foundation subsequently awarded Rs. 13.8 million to FWBL’s Capacity Building & Skill Development Training Program. This pilot project is supporting two FWBL Business Development & Training Centers in Karachi & Lahore for a period of two years. In total, this program will provide training to approximately 640 women. The trained women entrepreneurs will be connected to Women’s Chambers of Commerce/Chambers of Commerce, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Trade De-

velopment Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Pakistan institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (PITHM) & TIP etc. to ensure graduates have every opportunity to start their own businesses & find meaningful employment. Edward Birgells concluded by citing Quaid-eAzam who reckoned women as a power that was stronger than sword & pen. Ms. Charmaine Hidayatullah Executive Vice President/Head Legal Division & Chairperson Women Entrepreneurship Development (in the absence of President FWBL Mrs. Shafqat Sultana) read out her speech in which she had observed that their struggle & that of USAID were identical in many respects.

KARACHI: USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Edward Birgells, US Consulate’s Sr. Economic and Commercial Officer Jonathan Ward, EVP Charmaine Hidayatullah, Chairperson Aurat Foundation Dr. Masuma Hasan, Marketing Head FWBL Shaheen Zamir, Depilex’s Mussarat Misbah and Shagufta Alizai on the occasion of FWBL’s Certificate Distribution Ceremony.—PO Photo Javed Iqbal


UN advises transparency D UBAI —United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon has defended his controversial visit to Iran, saying he had used this week’s trip to push hard for human rights and transparency from Tehran over its nuclear programme. “I believe in the power of diplomacy and I believe in dialogues and I believe in engagement. This is exactly what I did during my visit to Tehran,” Ban told Reuters on a stopover in Dubai before flying back to UN headquarters in New York. While conceding he had not always been satisfied with the responses of Iranian leaders he spoke to this week, he rejected accusations by the United States and Israel that he had been playing into Tehran’s hands by attending an international summit which Iran used to raise its diplomatic profile. “I think that it should not have been controversial,” he said. “As a secretary-general of the United Nations, I have a mandate to engage with all the member states of the United Nations.” Making the first visit by a UN chief to Iran since his predecessor travelled there six years ago, Ban attended the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of 120 mostly developing nations. Among these were senior ministers from Syria’s embattled government who, he said, agreed to consider his request for greater access for international aid workers. Isolated by international economic sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme, and unpopular among many states for its support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war, Iran used the NAM summit to present an image of diplomatic power - to its own people, as well as the rest of the world.— Reuters.

Kyrgyz PM quits BISHKEEK—Kryrgyz acting prime minister Omurbek Babanov has tendered his resignation, the government press service said on Saturday. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev dismissed the government last Friday, following the break-up of the majority coalition in parliament, and entrusted the SocialDemocratic Party faction with forming a new coalition. Babanov said he hoped the new government will continue the reforms that “have laid the groundwork for economic growth, better state governance, minimization of state interference in the business sector, the struggle against corruption and protection of citizens’ rights.” Atambayev has yet to accept his resignation. The coalition, formed in January by Omurbek Babanov, lasted less than eight months. Kyrgyzstan is a parliamentary republic led by the prime minister, nominated by coalitions with a parliamentary majority. Factions join coalitions to form a coalition majority government. Following the 2010 elections, five parties were elected to Zhogorku Kenesha, four of which - the SocialDemocratic Party, Ata Meken, Respublika and Ar Namys formed a coalition with the Ata Zhurt party in opposition.— AFP

US journalist detained in Syria BEIRUT—An American freelance journalist whose whereabouts in Syria were unknown for more than two weeks is being held by the Syrian government, his employers said. The Washington Post, citing diplomatic sources, said that Austin Tice, 31, was detained near the Damascus suburb of Daraya, where activists say forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad massacred hundreds of people last week. Czech Ambassador to Syria Eva Filipi, who has overseen US interests in Syria since the US embassy was closed in February, told a Czech television station on Monday that the reporter was “detained by government forces on the outskirts of Damascus, where the rebels were fighting government troops.” Tice wrote for the Post and McClatchy Newspapers, among other publications, and both outlets called for his prompt release. “We’re investigating reports that Austin Tice is in the custody of Syrian authorities,” Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli said in a statement. “If the reports are true, we urge these authorities to release him promptly, unharmed. Journalists should never be detained for doing their work, even—and especially—in difficult circumstances.” Anders Gyllenhaal, McClatchy vice president for news, said that if Tice “is in fact being held by the Syrian government, we would expect that he is being well cared for and that he will quickly be released.” The US State Department said the Assad government has declined to respond to official inquiries about Tice.—Reuters

Palestine occupation disability J EDDAH —Saudi Arabia said Israeli’s occupation of Palestinian territories is the core issue in the Middle East. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considers the Palestinian cause and the rights of the Palestinian people the core issues, while the continuation of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories is the major reason for instability in the region,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah said while addressing the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran on Thursday. Prince Abdul Aziz represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at the summit. The prince renewed the Kingdom’s firm stance supporting the Palestinian cause and called upon NAM member countries that did not recognize it as such to do so. So far 132 countries have recognized the Palestinian state. “Based on the Kingdom’s conviction and desire to spread peace in the world, it calls on all member countries to resolve their differences through peaceful ways and bilateral negotiations, or through the International Court of Justice,” the prince said, reiterating the Kingdom’s firm support to the ideals of nonalignment. The prince also reminded the summit about the efforts made by King Abdullah to promote world peace through the dialogues of different religions, cultures and civilizations.—Arab News

US committed to Asia-Pacific secretary RAROTONGA—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday pledged renewed American commitment to security in the Asia-Pacific, where tensions are rising between China and its smaller neighbors over territorial disputes and many nations face threats from climate change. Speaking at a meeting of leaders of South Pacific island nations, Clinton said the United States would not abandon its long history of protecting maritime commerce in the region and serving as a counterbalance to domination by any single world power. However, she played down the idea that the U.S was acting “perhaps as a hedge against particular countries.” She said America wants to cooperate with China in the vast Pacific and encouraged other countries, including those in the region, to do the same. “The Pacific is big enough for all of us,” she told reporters at a news conference with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, whose country handles defense and foreign relations for the Cook Islands.—Reuters

Jose party secures 74pc in Angola vote

Fugitive US businessman returnes to Dubai

DUBAI—A spokesman for a fugitive American businessof President Jose Eduardo man fighting fiscal corrupdos Santos took a large lead tion charges in Dubai says in the first returns from this he has been returned to the week’s parliamentary vote, United Arab Emirates after electoral commission spoke fleeing to Yemen. Businessswoman Julia Ferreira said man Zack Shahin was deSaturday. With about 58 pertained by Yemeni authorities cent of ballots counted, the last month as he sought People’s Movement for the American diplomatic assisLiberation of Angola (MPLA) tance to travel onward to the took 74 percent of the ballots, U.S. she said. Shahin was released The main opposition from a Dubai jail in July after Union for the Total Indepenposting a $1.4 million bail. He dence of Angola (Unita) was had been awaiting trial for a distant second with nearly more than four years on 18 percent and the new Casa charges of financial impropriparty in third with 4.5 percent. eties as executive of a DubaiAngolans voted Friday for based development com220 members of parliament, pany. He denies any wron with the leader of the winning gdoing. Spokesman Darren party to become president. Spinck says Yemeni auDos Santos, who has althorities put Shahin on a ready ruled Angola for 33 plane Saturday to be reyears, is tipped to retain turned to the UAE. No power amid demands from the country’s poor for a slice VAHID SALEMI: The President of the Presidium of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong-nam, other details were immedicenter, reviews an honor guard alongside Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ately available.—Reuters of its oil wealth.—AP

LUANDA—The ruling party

US, Israel shorten military drill strength WASHINGTON—A U.S.-Is- ballistic missile defense ex- sign of U.S. mistrust. Miller are within the framework of raeli ballistic missile exercise postponed until this autumn will involve fewer U.S. military personnel than initially planned, the Pentagon said but it rejected a media report portraying the decision as a sign of U.S. mistrust. The exercise is being planned amid rising war talk in the Israeli media and reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are debating a unilateral attack on Iran to knock out its nuclear installations. Washington has cautioned Israel against going it alone. “Austere Challenge-12 remains the largest-ever

ercise between our nations and a significant increase from the previous event in 2009,” said Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller, a Pentagon spokesman. “The exercise has not changed in scope and will include the same types of systems as planned. All deployed systems will be fully operational with associated operators,” Miller said. Time magazine reported on Friday that initially about 5,000 U.S. troops were planned to be involved in Austere Challenge-12 but that the number was being pared back to between 1,500 and 1,200. It quoted an unnamed Israeli military official as saying the change was a

said U.S.-Israeli ties were strong and Austere Challenge “is a tangible sign of our mutual trust.” A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to say how many U.S. personnel would be involved in the exercise but said the reported figures were wrong and the change in scale was far smaller than indicated. An Israeli defense official briefed on the exercise told Reuters the drill “will be held on a similar scale as when it was last held, two years ago.” The Israeli official said the size of the exercise initially was slated to be larger but added that “the changes

Eight Yemenis dead in US drone strike

the drill’s requirements and nothing more.” “These things are planned over a long time and changes are not uncommon,” the official said. Miller said the exercise initially was planned for May but earlier this year Israeli defense officials approached the United States about shifting the date until the late autumn. “When the exercise was moved, the United States notified Israel that due to concurrent operations, the United States would provide a smaller number of personnel and equipment than originally planned. Israel reiterated to postpone until late fall,” Miller said.—WB

Syria repels major rebel air base attack

SAN’A —Eight people were dependently given the re- Preachers of Yemen’s South- DAMASCUS—The Syrian govkilled by a U.S. drone strike in a remote part of Hadramout, a Yemeni official said, the third such strike in the eastern Yemeni province this week. Yemen’s defence ministry said on its website that eight “al Qaeda members” were killed in an air strike on their vehicle in the isolated, desert district of Hawra. The local official, who declined to be named, said it was a drone strike. The men were heavily armed, carrying machineguns and explosives, the ministry said. It was not possible to verify the details in-

Iraq claims drop in deadly attacks I RAQ — The Iraqi government claimed on Saturday that the number of people killed in attacks nearly halved in August compared to the previous month, but AFP figures indicated violence remained largely unchanged. According to figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence, 164 people died last month — 90 civilians, 35 police and 39 soldiers — which is barely half July’s death toll of 325. Government data said 260 people were wounded — 120 civilians, 80 police and 60 soldiers. It also showed that 26 insurgents were killed and 90 arrested. The figures clashed with AFP tallies based on reports from security and medical officials that showed 278 people were killed in attacks in August, including 61 policemen and 38 soldiers, and 590 people wounded, among them 82 police and 52 soldiers. According to the AFP tally, the death toll nationwide has been almost unchanged in the past three months — 282 people were killed in June, 278 in July. Figures released by Iraq’s government are typically lower than those cited by security and hospital officials, although in July the official figures were higher than those given by other sources.—Reuters

moteness of the region. At least six people have been killed in air strikes apparently carried out by drones since Tuesday. In a statement issued on Friday, a group of clerics and preachers from southern Yemen said one of their members had been killed in one of the recent U.S. drone attacks. “Among the four killed in an attack launched by a U.S. aircraft in the al-Qatn district of Hadramout on Wednesday was one of our members, Salem bin Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, who had no link to al Qaeda,” the Union of Clerics and

ern Provinces said in a statement. “He was known for his moderate ... approach that was far from being excessively strict.” The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state has been in turmoil since an uprising last year which eventually forced veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in February. On Thursday, a Yemeni intelligence officer was killed on the street in the capital Sanaa by a gunman shooting from a motorbike. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.—WB

Maldives police disperse pro-Nasheed protesters M ALE —Maldives security Maldives’ first democratically forces wielding batons charged thousands of protesters led by former leader Mohamed Nasheed heading along a road leading to the presidential palace, badly injuring one. More than 3,000 protesters, mostly youths, marched towards the palace along with Nasheed, demanding the government hold an early election and calling on President Mohamed Waheed to resign. Backers of Nashe ed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were protesting for a second day against a report by a Commonwealthbacked commission that found a February 7 power transition in which the former leader resigned did not constitute a coup. After stepping down, Nasheed, in power since 2008, said he had been forced to resign at gunpoint by mutinying police and soldiers. The protest came after Nasheed said the report by the Commission of National Inquiry issued on Thursday had legitimised the toppling of his government. “Now we have a situation, very awkward situation and in many ways very comical situation, where toppling a government by a brutal force is taken in as a reasonable cause of action,” he told reporters. Nasheed, who shot to global prominence by holding a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the risk rising sea-levels present to the low-lying archipelago, was the

elected president until his ouster in February. The protesters were initially stopped by security forces including soldiers carrying riot shields some 30 meters (100 feet) from the presidential palace, but Nasheed’s supporters tried to advance after removing roadblocks. After a warning, security forces comprising mainly police tried to break up the protest with batons and pepper spray. Officials from Nasheed’s party said one protester was badly injured during the clash. As the conflict continued into the early hours of Saturday, police cordoned off the area. They said they had arrested 11 protesters, but officials from Nasheed’s MDP said the number was likely to be much greater. President Mohamed Waheed, who had already left for an official visit to China, earlier told Reuters that he expected the protests to die down as the legitimacy of his government was established by the commission report. Nasheed’s resignation sparked rowdy protests by his supporters, some of whom complained of heavy-handed policing. The report said police brutality should be further investigated. The Maldives, a sultanate in the Indian Ocean for almost nine centuries before becoming a British protectorate, held its first fully democratic elections in 2008.—AP

ernment says it has repelled a major rebel attack on an air base near the northern city of Aleppo. State TV showed vehicles with mounted machine guns and other equipment seized from the Rasm alAbboud base attack. This was one of several air bases which have come under attack in recent days, as opposition fighters try to halt the regime’s use of helicopters and military jets to support ground forces. About 100 people were killed in fighting on Friday, activists said. Battles have continued in Aleppo, in suburbs of Damascus and in other parts of the country. It is impossible to independently verify the claims, as reporting by foreign journalists is severely restricted in Syria. ‘More victories’ State TV has been leading its bulletins with a report from the Rasm alAbboud air force college, which it said had come under heavy attack by rebel fighters. The pro-rebel Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other activists said government troops had been killed and wounded in the attack, the Associated Press reported. There are also reports by activists of prolonged fighting at the Abu Zohur air base in Idlib province. And rebel sources quoted by the Dubai TV channel al-Arabiya said another air base in Deir al-Zour had been seized, its commander killed and 50 soldiers captured. State media, meanwhile, has reported a string of other victories scored over what it called “armed terrorist groups”. However, the BBC’s Jim Muir in neighbouring Lebanon says the government seems no closer to winning control of Aleppo or taming the rebellious suburbs around the capital Damascus. The fighting came as Syrian Prime Minister Wail al-Halqi met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both assured him of Iran’s continuing support in fighting what it agrees is a US and Israeli-backed campaign to undermine Syria because of its resistance to Israel. The meetings came during a summit of the NonAligned Movement in Tehran.—Reuters

Funeral held for Neil Armstrong OHIO , U SA —A private fu- described Armstrong as “a neral service has been held for US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. He died last Saturday aged 82. The funeral in Cincinnati, Ohio, was by invitation only, reflecting Armstong’s own intensely private nature. Hundreds of millions watched Armstrong land on the Moon on July 20, 1969 and describe it as: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The line became one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century. On Friday, Armstrong’s family and friends as well as fellow astronauts gathered at a private golf club for the funeral. “Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon paved the way for others to be the ‘first’ to step foot on another planet,” said Charles Bolden, head of the US space agency Nasa. Flags flew half-mast across America on Friday, following President Barack Obama’s order to mark the funeral. The president earlier

hero not just of his time, but of all time”. A public memorial for the astronaut is planned on September 12 in Washington. Armstrong’s family said last Saturday that he had died from complications after heart surgery. The family statement praised him as a “reluctant American hero” and urged his fans to honour his example of “service, accomplishment and modesty”. Last November, Armstrong received the Congressional Gold Medal - the highest US civilian award. Many of his colleagues and friends have paid tribute to him as a modest man who never sought the limelight. Michael Collins, a pilot on the Apollo 11 Moon mission, said: “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.” In a rare interview with Australian TV this year, he reflected on a moment during his three hours on the Moon when he stopped to commemorate US astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action. —AP

Armenia suspends diplomatic ties with Hungary BAKU—Armenia said it was suspending diplomatic relations with Hungary because it had allowed an Azeri soldier who killed an Armenian officer in 2004 to return home, where he was immediately pardoned and freed. “Hungarian authorities should understand that they have made a grave mistake,” President Serzh Sarksyan told his Security Council in a statement posted on his website. “They de-facto made a deal with the Azeri authorities.” The row erupted after Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Ramil Safarov, who had been sentenced to life in prison for the 2004 killing of Armenian officer Gurgen Markaryan during NATO training in Hungary. Hungary agreed to return Safarov to Azerbaijan, where he arrived on Friday, after it had received assurances he would serve out his sentence. Within hours of the announcement of Safarov’s release, Sarksyan called an emergency meeting of his Security Council. “I officially announce that as of today we cease all diplomatic relations and all ties with Hungary,” Sarksyan said in a

press release distributed by his administration. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at odds since the war between ethnic Azeris and Armenians which erupted in 1991 over Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. A ceasefire was signed in 1994 but relations remain tense. Cross-border clashes this year have prompted worries of a resumption of fighting in a region crisscrossed by energy pipelines to Europe. Nagorno-Karabakh has run its own affairs with the heavy military and financial backing of Armenia since the war, when Armenian-backed forces seized control of the enclave and seven surrounding Azeri districts. Russia, France and the United States have led years of mediation efforts under the auspices of the OSCE. Baku and Yerevan failed to agree at talks in June last year and the angry rhetoric between them has worsened since then. Hungary has been developing economic ties with energy-rich Azerbaijan and gave backing to the Nabucco pipeline project seen as the main route for Azeri gas exports to Europe.—AFP

Thousands return home after tsunami alert M ANILA —Tens of thousands of people on a central Philippine island returned home on Saturday after a tsunami alert was lifted following a 7.6 magnitude undersea quake, as local authorities began work to repair damages to public infrastructure. The earthquake 91 miles (146 km) off the town of Guiuan on Samar island on Friday killed one person and caused only minor damage, but prompted the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issued a tsunami warning. Philippine authorities ordered thousands of people living in coastal villages to evacuate, but on Saturday those that had fled to higher grounds were returning home, said Conrado Nicart, governor

of Eastern Samar province. “We’ve sent out our engineers and repair teams to inspect roads, bridges and public buildings,” Nicart told radio, adding the earthquake caused minor infrastructure damage. “Our people were reporting cracks on roads and municipal gymnasiums, and approaches on a bridge near Mercedes town were also damaged but remained passable to light vehicles.” The tsunami warning was initially issued for the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific including the US state of Hawaii. Small waves of about 16 cm (6 inches) did hit a southern Philippine island, the seismology agency said.—Reuters


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd ODI

Jamshed, Ajmal help Pakistan level series ABU DHABI—Nasir Jamshed batted across two months to deliver Pakistan a series-level150 ling victory in Abu Dhabi, where the extreme humidity left Australia’s players dripping, and in some cases dropping, by the time the match finally finished at 2.27am local time. Despite being confounded by Saeed Ajmal again, Australia’s batsmen posted a reasonable total of 248 for 9, but Jamshed and Azhar Ali helped Pakistan secure a seven-wicket win that meant the series would be decided in the final match. Jamshed fell just short of a century, lobbing a catch to mid-off when he had 97 and Pakistan needed a further 82 runs, but Azhar and the captain Misbah-ul-Haq ensured Jamshed’s fine work was not wasted. Facing Mitchell Johnson after 2am should be a daunting prospect but the humidity appeared to sap Australia’s bowlers of all their energy - at one point Mitchell Starc hunched over and left the field exhausted during his over - and Azhar and Misbah were able to cruise to the target with 38 balls to spare. Azhar finished unbeaten on 59 and Misbah on 35 and for them as well as the Australians, this match, which started at 6pm on August 31 and ended well into September 1, was a feat of endurance. The outfield was so dewy that the Australians all carried large towels in the back of their trousers as if they were off to a ABU DHABI: Nasir Jamshed drives one through the off side during Pakistan vs Aussauna, but in fact they were tralia 2nd ODI.

Australia Innings Scoreboard Wade b Junaid Khan ...... 7 Warner lbw b Ajmal ...... 24 Clarke lbw b Hafeez ...... 37 M Hussey b Ajmal ........ 61 D Hussey lbw b Ajmal .... 0 Bailey c and b Rehman . 39 Maxwell st Akmal b Ajmal28

Christian .......... c Jamshed b Junaid Khan ............... 18 Johnson b Junaid Khan . 2 Pattinson not out ............ 2 Starc not out .................. 11 Extras: 5nb 5w 9lb ........ 19 Total: ......................... 9/248

Bowling: ......... O-M-R-W Tanvir ................. 9.0-0-59-0 Junaid Khan ...... 9.0-0-52-3 Hafeez .............. 10.0-1-28-1 Rehman ............ 10.0-0-54-1 Ajmal ................ 10.0-0-32-4 Azhar Ali ........... 2.0-0-14-0

Fall of wicket: 1-8, 2-74, 386, 4-87, 5-153, 6-211, 7-214, 8-235, 9-235

Pakistan Innings Hafeez c M Hussey b Christian .................................. 23 Jamshed c Starc b Johnson 9 7

Azhar Ali not out .......... 59 Shafiq b Pattinson .......... 9 Misbah-ul-Haq not out 35 Extras: ............................ 26 Total: ......................... 3/249 Bowling: .......... O-M-R-W Pattinson ........... 8.0-0-46-1 Starc ................... 7.5-0-43-0 Johnson ............. 9.0-0-51-1 Christian ............ 8.0-0-40-1 Maxwell ............. 4.4-0-37-0 Clarke ................. 3.1-0-12-0 M Hussey ........... 1.0-0-8-0 D Hussey ............ 2.0-0-6-0 Fall of wicket: 1-66, 2-167, 3-190

already in one. The bowlers struggled to grip the wet balls and Michael Clarke was left wondering why on earth he chose to bat first. But none of that can take away from the performance of Jamshed, who batted in a helmet for 98 balls in those same conditions, and scored at a run a ball. Jamshed found runs all around the ground, forcing off the back foot through the off side, finding the gaps through - or over - the leg-side fieldsman, and later in his innings he sought to drive in the air down the ground. His half-century came up caused problems throughout the top and middle order. Pakistan did not help themselves in the field, dropping catches and missing run outs, and it could have been worse had the Australians capitalised more on the five free hits given

Clarke shares blame for Pakistan loss ABU DHABI—Australia skip- helped Pakistan chase down said Clarke. “We were off (on per Michael Clarke admitted on Saturday that he had been wrong in choosing to bat first against Pakistan in the second one-day international between the two teams in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Pakistan thumped Australia by seven wickets to level the three-match series at 1-1, leaving the propspect of an intriguing third match in Sharjah on Monday. Australia won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah. Clarke said that electing to bat first after winning the toss had backfired. “We trained here and there was nowhere near that much dew, so it was certainly a surprise for all of us once we walked out to field,” Clarke said. “So it was the wrong decision after winning the toss to bat first.” Sparked by a resolute 61 from Michael Hussey, Australia posted a score of 248-9 in their 50 overs withr Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking four wickets for 32 runs. Australia’s bowlers then found the ball hard to grip because of the excessive dew, with the pace pair of Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson in particular struggling. Opener Nasir Jamshed smashed a 98-ball 97 to put Pakistan on track before Azhar Ali (59 not out) and Misbah-ul Haq (39 not out)

the target with 6.2 overs to spare. “I think full credit to Pakistan. I thought they played really well, they bowled really well, then they came out and played really well with the bat, so I don’t want to take anything away from Pakistan, they outplayed us,”

Friday), we didn’t play as well as we’d have liked, no doubt about that, but we beat Pakistan in the first onedayer in conditions we’re about to go back and play in, so we can take a lot of confidence out of that.” Misbah agreed it was a good toss to lose.—FP

up due to no-balls from Sohail Tanvir. It was left largely to Ajmal to keep Australia in check and he was not only dangerous but also economical, slowing the scoring rate towards the end after removing Hussey for 61 and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 28. Ajmal finished with 4 for 32 after he picked up both Hussey and Maxwell in the same over, Hussey bowled attempting a tired slog and Max-

well advancing down the pitch, missing the doosra and finding himself stumped by a matter of metres. But Hussey and Maxwell had done their job, continuing the rebuild started by Hussey and George Bailey after the top order wobbled to 87 for 4. Maxwell launched two consecutive sixes off Abdur Rehman, one a slog sweep and the other a drive over long-on, and that was followed by six more from the next delivery when Hussey pulled a short ball from Junaid Khan. As usual, Hussey was good at finding the gaps and rotating the strike, and he brought up his half-century from 59 balls. Maxwell helped keep the scoreboard ticking over, although he should have been caught on 21 when he topedged a slog sweep off an Ajmal doosra and was put down by Asad Shafiq running in from deep midwicket; the ball had sailed so high the batsmen were able to run two. Maxwell had come to the crease after Bailey departed for 39 from 46 balls when he pushed a catch back to the bowler Rehman. But Bailey, through a calm 66-run stand with Hussey, had played a key role in Australia’s recovery after the top order struggled against the spin of Ajmal and Hafeez. After the early loss of Matthew Wade, Michael Clarke and an unconvincing David Warner moved the score along to 74 for 1 before three quick wickets set back their progress. Warner, who never looked comfortable and had taken 19 deliveries to get off the mark, was lbw playing back to Ajmal and looked almost relieved that his ordeal was over. Clarke followed soon after, lbw to Hafeez for 37 and David Hussey was lbw to Ajmal for a duck shortly afterwards.Junaid returned in the dying overs to pick up two late wickets and finished with 3 for 52, but this night belonged to Ajmal and Jamshed.—AFP

Shafiq is future of Pakistan: Whatmore ABU D HABI —Batsman Assad Shafiq can ensure a bright future for Pakistan, coach Dave Whatmore declared after a practice session at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium. Though disappointed with the first one-day match loss to Australia at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Whatmore believes that the 26-year-old Shafiq and other young guns can help the Pakistanis flourish in years to come. “Shafiq is a very good player and is the future of Pakistan. Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal are also young. So we have some wonderful players,” said

Whatmore, who is known for his ability to groom young talent having moulded inexperienced Sri Lankan players into world champions in 1996. Shafiq and Akmal hit halfcenturies in the Sharjah onedayer earlier this week. However, Whatmore believes that they should also learn to play according to the situation. “Players must be able to read the game properly and, if they can do that, they will be in a much better position to respond with appropriate tactics.”Whatmore cited one of the glaring mistakes during the Sharjah match as an example of this failing.—Online

NEW YORK: Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, serves to Zheng Jie, of China, in the third round of play at the US Open tennis tournament.

Azarenka moves to 4th round of US Open NEW YORK—For the second time in three matches, topseeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus dropped only a single game, beating No. 28 Zheng Jie of China 6-0, 6-1 on Friday night to move to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Azarenka, who won the Australian Open to start the Grand Slam season, took the court shortly after Andy Roddick’s straight-set victory over Bernard Tomic. She finished in 59 minutes and the fans were headed home by 10:15 p.m. - another early finish at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka won 50 of the 77 points against Zheng, who has never been past the third round at Flushing Meadows. So far, Azarenka has lost only six games in three matches over the first week.

Meanwhile, World number one Roger Federer and Olympic champion Andy Murray face their first stern tests of the U.S. Open on Saturday after cruising through the early rounds. Federer faces dangerous Spaniard Fernando Verdasco inside Arthur Ashe Stadium while Murray plays Verdasco’s countryman Feliciano Lopez in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Federer has not lost to Verdasco in four meetings but they have not played for three years and the 25th seed proved his capabilities this year with a win over 11-times major champion Rafa Nadal in Madrid. Likewise, Murray is unbeaten in six starts against Lopez but the world number 31 is a streaky player who can trouble the elite. Federer and

Murray headline the day session at Flushing Meadows along with American Serena Williams, who will play unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova. At night, Sloane Stephens, the teenage American, will start the prime time session in Arthur Ashe Stadium against 12thseeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic before 16th-seeded Gilles Simon meets American Mardy Fish. Federer said his five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open last year ended up being a blessing in disguise. “I guess so, yes,” he said. “Not right after match point, not three weeks later, but I felt I played a great U.S. Open. I knew I was actually playing really good tennis. “It was just not happening for me.—AP

Murali Kartik not played in right spirit: Saleem Jaffer BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT D UBAI —India’s

Murali Karthik playing for Surrey has stirred up the English County Championship when he ran out a Somerset batsman, Alex Barrow who was at the non-striker end and was out of his ground and had backed up too far down the pitch. Although a legitimate form of dismissal, running out a batsman backing up is widely considered against the spirit of cricket and is rarely seen in first-

class matches. “Yes, it is certainly not in the spirit of the game and Murali Karthik should have avoided doing it”, Saleem Jaffer, the former Pakistani pace bowler and the current selector, now in UAE, said exclusively. Interestingly, Jaffer had “survived” being the victim of Mankading. West Indian pace bowler, Courtney Walsh had refused to Mankad last man Saleem Jaffar of Pakistan for backing up too far in a group match in the World Cup in 1987. “I was let off with the warning by the bowler”, the

50-year-Jaffer recalled. “We went on to win the match while the defeat cost the West Indies a place in the semi-final. But that was the true spirit of the game”, Jaffer added. “The Pakistan government had given him an award in the form of a medal for showing this gesture”, says Jaffer. “In our time it was a front foot landing law and now the law has changed with the new back foot law and Murali should have warned the batsman instead of making him run out”, Jaffer signed off.

In interest of players, we gave away ownership of ICC Awards Event : Tim May OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT

LONDON: Bill Latham of Australia shoots while under pressure from Richard Nortje and Stuart Jellows of South Africa during the Group A Preliminary Men’s Wheelchair Basketball match between Australia and South Africa of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Basketball Arena.

DUBAI—The FICA (Federation of International Cricketers’ Association) has alleged that the Indian cricket board was a barrier for the their players’ attending the ICC’s Annual Awards ceremony. The FICA has been dumped from ICC awards this year. In the chat with this correspondent, the FICA representative, Tm May says, “we don’t have a next line of action here – we accepted an ICC proposal for the ICC to take full ownership of the Event”.

“We decided that it is in the interests of the Awards if all players would be permitted by their Board to attend the Awards – we took the decision in the interests of the Awards and the ability of all players to be able to attend the Awards”. “The BCCI has proved to be a barrier in ensuring that its player attend the Awards” . “We understand that BCCI has an issue that the Awards ( which were developed by FICA and introduced to the ICC by FICA) had some affiliation with a Player Association (FICA)”, May further added.

“They (the BCCI) would prefer that their players not be able to accept Awards that they have deserved , because they have an issue with the world players association – or more specifically that players are able to have access to professional representation”. “The Awards are player awards – its an Event that was constructed , built and introduced to the ICC by FICA”.“Its not a political Event – its about rewarding players for outstanding performances. It’s the ultimate in non political and non industrial recognition”, he signed off.


Leg pain can mean heart danger, expert says

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AVID Dow thought he was having back problems, and that his legs were hurting as a result. As it turns out, that pain may have saved his life. An otherwise healthy 57-year-old, he figured he just needed to learn some back-strengthening exercises, so he found a personal trainer to help him. But despite the workouts, his leg pain got worse making it hard for him even to walk from the car to the grocery store entrance. He and the trainer suspected something else was wrong and he sought the advice of his doctor. Soon his doctor’s tests revealed the true cause: blockages in the blood vessels of his legs. In fact, the arteries going to his lower extremities were nearly 100 percent blocked. The cause? Years of heavy smoking and high-fat meals, and other factors had caused cholesterol, scar tissue and blood clots to build up inside his blood vessels. Most people think this kind of clogged artery disease, or arteriosclerosis, only happens in the heart. But as Dow’s case shows, it can happen throughout the body. When it does, it’s called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. And in some people, PAD causes leg pain that acts as an ‘early warning’ that someone is at high risk for a heart attack or a stroke, says a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center expert. “This is the hallmark of a disease that’s all over,” says James Stanley, M.D., a director of the U-M CVC and the vascular surgeon who

operated on Dow. “It’s like gray hair you don’t just get it on one side of your head. So if you’ve got this kind of blockage in your leg, you’re going to have it other places.” In fact, nearly a quarter of people who have leg pain due to PAD will be dead in five years, mostly due to heart attacks and other heart problems, Stanley says. For people like Dow, whose leg pain kept them from walking even short distances, the odds are even worse: as many as half will die by five years. Fortunately, Dow got diagnosed and treated before that happened to him. Stanley performed a bypass operation to open his blocked leg arteries, similar to the bypasses that heart patients have. A recent checkup showed he’s doing well. “For sure, it’s a wakeup call,” says Dow, who has quit smoking and changed his eating habits. “You know that old saying, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire’? I’m sure that I not only have the vascular issues in my lower extremities, but I’m sure I have them in other parts of my body.” Dow isn’t alone, says Stanley, who has operated on thousands of patients with severe PAD in his decades as a professor of vascular surgery at the U-M Medical School. Nearly 30 million people in the United States have some form of PAD, though the vast majority are “silent” cases that don’t cause symptoms. Among people over age 70, nearly one person in five has PAD.

‘Govt to provide arms licenses to political parties in Karachi’ KARACHI —Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that there is threat of attacks on the offices of political and religious parties in Karachi and government would provide them arms licenses to secure their offices from terrorism. He was speaking to journalists here on Saturday. He said that government has plan to impart training to the private security guards.

He said that media should not direct horses and donkeys with one nod. If the cartoons of politicians could be made then why the sketches of Chief Justice and Chief of Army Staff could not be prepared. He said that Taliban have moved towards Gilgit Baltistan after Karachi but stern action would be taken against them in every nook and corner of the country

.The terrorist elements are evolved in the conspiracies just to make Pakistan a failed state. The government of PPP is neither ignorant from the difficulties faced by the country nor it is sitting idol . The problems could be resolved by sitting together in befitting manner. “I never said that pre paid sims would be finished completely . Only illegal sims would be closed”, he added.—Online

KARACHI: A resident of Mawachh Goth running to protect himself from teargas fired by police.

Altaf sees anti-state plot behind Hazar Ganji mishap KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, while condemning the incident of terrorism that occurred on Saturday morning in Quetta’s area of Hazar Ganji, has termed it a continuity of conspiracies being hatched against the country. In a statement issued from the party’s secretariat here, Altaf Hussain said the anti-state elements, while stoking the sectarian strife amidst critical situation in the country, are spilling blood of innocent people, adding that these terrorists are opposed to the ideology of Quaid-e-Azam. The Muttahida’s chief said his party is against the killing of innocent people in the name of sect, nationality, religion and school of thought. Altaf appealed to Ulema and people belonging to all schools of thought to maintain inter-faith harmony.—INP

Rehmani’s literary contributions lauded KARACHI—Khadmin-e-Millat Pakistan observed an evening with poet Aijaz Rehmani. A statement on Saturday said that the participants of the gathering lauded the literary contributions of the poet. It said that Aijaz Rehmani also recited from his poetic collection on the occasion.—APP

KARACHI: A worker busy repairing traffic signals.

CM chairs PPP, MQM core committee meeting KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah chaired a meeting of the Core Committee of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), at CM House here. The meeting was attended

by PPP leaders Pir Mazhar-ulHaq, Agha Siraj Durrani, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Rafiq Engineer and Rashid Rabbani, and MQM leaders Syed Sardar Ahmed, Raza Haroon and Amir Moin. The leaders of both the par-

ties held a detailed discussion on various matters pertaining to the proposed Sindh Local Government Act-2012. The participants of the meeting agreed on most of the aspects of the proposed Sindh Local Government Act2012.—APP

3 killed, 38 arrested in Rangers crackdown Residents protest against operation KARACHI—At least three per- tion against drugs sellers and sons including a woman were killed in Rangers crackdown against criminals involved in drugs business and gambling dens here late Friday night. The residents of the area staged a protest against the operation and blocked the road by burning tyres. To disperse the protestors, police resorted aerial fire and fired teargas shells. More than three dozen criminals were arrested and drugs were recovered. According to details, ranger launched opera-

gamblers in Muslimabad area of Landhi, Karachi. During operation the criminals resisted and started firing. In retaliatory firing of rangers two drugs sellers and a woman were killed. The rangers also arrested at least 38 persons involved in gambling, drugs selling and other crimes during operation and took huge quantity of drugs and gambling material was recovered. The detainees were shifted to Rangers Headquarters for further interrogation.

KARACHI—Inspector General of Police Sindh Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari has directed the officials concerned to ensure registration of computerised FIRs in all the police stations of the city on completion of computer networking under the e-policing project, said a press release issued here on Saturday. He directed to install complaint boxes at the offices of the district SSPs and divisional SPs. The IG also issued directives for ensuring availability of printed

FIR forms as well as setting up of committees under the supervision of SSPs so that the police officials included in these committees could scrutinise all the complaints and FIR forms dropped by citizens in the complaint boxes and transmute the cognisable complaints into formal FIRs. The IGP asked the Additional Inspector General of Police Karachi to compile a comprehensive report on the suggestions and recommendations

KARACHI—Mazhar Din Tunio has been appointed as the Sindh vice-president of PML-Q. This was announced by the Sindh general secretary of PML-Q, Haleem Adil Shaikh, here on Saturday. Tunio is a senior worker of PML-Q from the district Qambar- Shahdadkot, a party statement said here.—APP

Sindh educational institutions reopen

Zafarullah Khan remembered

KARACHI—Vice Chancellor ment increased POL prices on Friday.

KARACHI—First finance minister of Pakistan, Zafrullah Khan was remembered on his death anniversary on Saturday. Sir Zafrullah Khan was born on February 6, 1893, in Sialkot, Pakistan. He was a Pakistani diplomat, first Asian President of the International Court of Justice, President of the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s first foreign minister and a renowned international jurist. In October 1947, Zafrullah

Biqai Medical University Dr Zahida Biqai has said that 900 prospectus and forms have been issued for 26th batch of MBBS and 24th batch of BDS courses. According to a press release of the university on Saturday some 788 students appeared in the admission test. and the Names of the successful candidates would be posted at the Biqai website as well as on the gates of the Biqai Hospital Lab Nazimabad and University gate on next Monday.—APP

Khan represented Pakistan in United Nations General Assembly as the head of Pakistan’s delegation and advocated the stand of the Muslim world on the Palestinian issue. That year, he was appointed as Pakistan’s (first) Foreign Minister, a post he held for 7 years. In 1948 to 1954, he represented Pakistan at the Security Council (UN) and admirably advocated the case of liberation of the occupied Kashmir, Libya, Northern Ireland, Eritrea, Soma-

lia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Indonesia. In 1954, he became Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which he held until 1961. He became the Vice President of the International Court of Justice, the Hague, in 1958 and remained so until 1961. Then between 1961 to 1964, he was Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN, and in 1962 for two years, was President of the UN General Assembly.—NNI

MQM demands arrest of killers

Police directed to ensure FIR registration, e-policing

Mazhar made PML-Q Sindh vice-president

Admissions in Biqai varsity

Meanwhile, the residents of Moach Goth on Saturday protested against last night’ s targeted operation of rangers and police. During search operation the security personnel also faced armed resistance resulting in the injury of two Rangers personnel. Two armed suspects were also killed in retaliation. According to police, four of the arrested suspects belong to TTP and other banned outfits. Hand grenades, drugs and other arms were also recovered from their KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi possession.—Agencies Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee Member Raza Haroon on Friday called upon authorities concerned to arrest all those involved in the killing of MQM workers. He said the MQM being a peaceful and democratic party made by SSPs through mutual has been struggling for the consultations and submit the country’s stability and progress same to him for his information. as well as for the unity and soliHe warned the SHOs of all darity among all schools of police stations that any delay in thought and it would continue to registration of FIRs will be se- do so. This, he said, while speakriously viewed and they will be ing at a news conference along liable for strict disciplinary ac- with other members of MQM Rabita Committee at Khursheed tion. He said the purpose of in- Begum Secretariat, Azizabad, stallation of complaint boxes at here on Friday. Other members of the SSPs and SPs and provision of FIR forms on Police website Rabita Committee present on the was to restore public confidence occasion included Syed Shoaib Ahmed Bukhari, Kunwar in Police.—APP Khalid Younus, Waseem Aftab, Qasim Ali Raza, Ashfaq Manghi and Gulfraz Khan Khattak. Emphasising the need for unity, Raza Haroon appealed to the people and workers to remain calm and peaceful so that the conspirators might not succeed in their nefarious designs. He said that terrorists had killed four MQM workers in the last three days, adding that the number of the party workers martyred in current year stood over 134.—APP

KARACHI: Motorcyclists getting fuel from a roadside Iranian petrol dealer after govern-

MPA inspects nullahs, sewerage lines KARACHI—Haq Parast Mem- and around Malir River, Shah Faisal colony area along ber provincial Assembly Sindh Nishat Muhammed Zia Qadri has called for removing all encroachments along water courses and nullahs for efficient working of sewerage system so that the rain water could not cause inconvenience to the public. In this regard he directed clearing all encroachments in

Chakora Nullah, Golden Town Nullah, and all other seasonal water courses in Shah Faisal colony area without delay. He also instructed the local bodies and Water and Sewerage Board to mend the flow of rain streams and sewerage lines in the area. The MPA also visited the

with the officials concerned and reviewed the emergency plan for monsoon rains. He appealed to the people not to throw and dump garbage in rain water courses and drains and clear encroachments along them informing the concerned officials disregard of these instructions to check such illegal actions.—APP

KARACHI—Academic activities in all government educational institutions across Sindh province re-started on Saturday after summer vacations. All the government schools and colleges closed in July were reopened on 1st September, however presence of students and staff remained minimum on first day after summer vacations. Secretary Education Mukhtar Soomro said that earlier the department had decided to close educational institutions till mid of August but it had to extend the summer vacations due to Eid and Ramazan-ul-Mubarik. He urged the teaching staff to ensure their presence and also bound the students to attend schools so that the academic activities would become regular.—INP


Alternative treatment options for skin cancer

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F you someday become diagnosed with skin cancer and survive, one of the most worrisome issues you will face will be preventing a recurrence of the cancer. After successful treatment, your doctor will continue to schedule regular follow-up appointments to ensure that you remain skin cancer-free. Even regular medical attention is no substitute for exercising good skin care habits. First, make sure to avoid any kind of prolonged exposure to the sun. This means that you should avoid the prime daylight hours of ten in the morning to two in the afternoon. If you must be out, always wear an appropriate sun block, and avoid direct exposure to the sun by wearing long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and light colors that help reflect the sun away from your body. Most importantly, to prevent a recurrence of skin cancer, you must conduct regular self-examinations, and consult your doctor immediately if you note any discolorations or suspicious moles or lesions. But, that is not always enough and sometimes the unthinkable happens. So, if you are diagnosed with skin cancer you should know what your alternatives are. The most important objective in skin cancer treatment is to eliminate the growth and then contain the spread of the cancer. There are many alternatives that will be used depending on what the diagnosis is. What about other alternatives to ensure

that there will not be a reoccurrence? Some people believe, and studies have shown some evidence to collaborate this belief, that if you use other treatments alongside the standard medical procedures there are potentially better outcomes. Nutrition is believed to be a big factor in recovery. Research shows that using proteins, antioxidants and folic acid that are found in a variety of foods, including fish, carrots and broccoli, a person is able to potentially protect their body from further damage by the cancer cells. Vitamin C is also thought to be a very useful fighter when is comes to skin cancer and its potential spread. Some people faced with the worries of skin cancer choose to get the advice of health care providers who practice medicine differently like naturopathic doctors. Often their advice is on what herbs can be used to treat the cancer. They tell you that green tea is believed by many to be a healthy drink because it contains polyphenois compounds. These are very storing antioxidants. There is research to support this and studies have shown that polyphenois may not only prevent skin cancer but may play an important role in the treatment of diminishing skin growths. Some treatments suggest unusual action be taken like coffee enemas several times daily or castor oil intake, or restricting calories while eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

LAHORE: A girl making painting on the face of a child at Lahore Zone during WWF International Culture Awareness Day.

Anti-Dengue drive

Public, private educational institutions to remain open today STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Higher Education

Posters and banners will be displayed on prominent places in educational institutions and camps and desks will be set up at various places for distributing pamphlets regarding dengue awareness. Moreover, seminars and workshops will be arranged in educational institutions with the help of master trainers and activities of identifying larvae will continue. The spokesman told that camp will be set up in every college for registra-

Department Punjab has devised an action plan regarding anti-dengue day under which all public and private sector educational institutions will remain open on September 2. All subordinate offices will strictly observe the instructions issued by Higher Education Department and S&GAD regarding dengue. A spokesman of the department informed that meetings of parents and teachers will be held in connection with anti-dengue day and walks will be arranged in big cities for creating awareness about dengue in which teachers, STAFF REPORTER volunteers, public representatives and people will particiLAHORE—All senior officers pate. of Health Department Punjab have been directed to visit teaching hospitals in various districts besides District and Tehisl Headquarters Hospitals and other health institutions and monitor the measures and activities regarding anti-dengue day on September 2. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Special Secretary Health Punjab Dawood Muhammad Bareech in which arrangements in connection with creating public awareness and eradication of dengue were reviewed. Additional Secretary Health (Admn) Dr. Sajid Mehmood Chohan, Additional Secretary (Establishment) Asfandyar Khan, Additional Secretary

tion of volunteers. Public representatives and media will be included in dengue awareness campaign and all administrative officers will spend two hours in the field for reviewing the steps taken for protection from dengue. Zero period will be arranged for teachers, volunteers and staff and officers of Agriculture, Health, Environment departments and city district government will be invited for delivering lectures.

Senior officers to visit teaching hospitals Health (Technical) Dr. Anwar Janjua, Deputy Secretary (Admn|) Dr. Bilal Haider, Deputy Secretary (MOs) Rana Saleem Afzal and other officers attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that Secretary Health Punjab Arif Nadeem, Special Secretary Health Dawood Bareech and Director General Health Punjab Dr. Nisar Cheema will visit hospitals and other medical institutions of district Sheikhpura, Kasur and Sialkot respectively whereas Additional Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries have been assigned the responsibility of reviewing arrangements and activities regarding public awareness, cleanliness, eradication of dengue and inspection of teaching, district and tehsil headquarters hospitals of Lahore.

Democracy owes to judiciary, media: Latif Khosa LAHORE —Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa has said democracy has taken strong roots in Pakistan since the country has a vibrant media, sensitive civil society and a vigilant judiciary. Talking to the Australian parliamentarians delegation led by President Australian Senate Senator John Hogg during its meeting with the Punjab governor at the Governor’s House here Saturday, he said the PPP had made great sacrifices for the cause of democracy and democratic institutions in the country, assuring that the upcoming general elections in the country would be fair and transparent while the caretaker set-up will be appointed as amicably as was ensured selection of the chief election commissioner. Senator John Hogg and Latif Khosa stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries in the larger interest of people as well as economic prosperity in the region. The Punjab governor said protection of human rights, freedom of information and women empowerment had been the top-most priorities of the government as per the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, adding that the government had paid special attention to these issues. Khosa urged the Australian government to extend technical expertise to the Pakistani government in its efforts to overcome energy crisis in the country through technical assistance and technology to produce energy through solar, coal, wind-mill and hydel sources. Both the leaders stressed the need to ensure food security for the future generations in the face of constant encroachment of population and erosion of farming regions and disease resistant species.—APP

CCPO pays surprise visit to court L AHORE —CCPO

Muhammad Aslam Tareen on Saturday paid a surprise visit to anti-terrorists court, Dharampura, to review security. He also held a meeting with presiding officers of four anti-terrorists courts of Lahore, Muhammad Rafique, Abdul Rehman, Irfan Saeed and Asif Majeed Awan during which security matters were discussed. Tareen inspected Bakhshi Khana, car park and bunkers etc besides checking the gate room, guard room and judicial guards as well as special branch staff deputed there. He directed the focal person of courts security to repair CCTV cameras immediately and provide separate metal detectors for female staff. He also directed that the Home Department be approached for the provision of generators to ensure uninterrupted power supply to CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates. SP Legal/Focal Person ATA Courts Ijaz Gillani, SP PC Shahid Mehmood, DSP Nazar Abbas and SHO Mustafabad SubInspector Mumtaz Kakar also accompanied the CCPO.—APP

Seminar L AHORE —Women Workers

LAHORE: A group photograph of 14-member Australian parliamentary delegation led by Senator Hon John Hogg, President of Australian Senate with Governor Punjab Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa at Governor House.

LHC CJ advises cutting inordinate delays in dispensation of justice SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Chief

Justice Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial presided over a symposium on the identification of the problems of litigants, their causes and solution in matters arising under section 22-A,22B,497 and 498 Cr.P C as the courts are heavily burdened with these issues. Main purpose of this event was to pinpoint difficulties arising from litigation instituted under the said provisions of law, their causes and the extent to which administrative solutions can be adopted to reduce the backlog of cases.

Speaking on the occasion Lahore High Court Chief Justice said that we are all stakeholders of the system of justice and it was our prime responsibility to make wholehearted efforts to reduce inordinate delay in the dispensation of justice and curtail unnecessary expenses of the litigant public. Hon’ble chief Justice advised the judges to go by the book in all circumstances because at the end of the day we all will be answerable to Allah Almighty. Also write objective ACRs according to the actual work and conduct of the officials. This will help improve the system. Justice Saghir

Ahmad Qadri, Justice Nasir Saeed Shiekh, Justice Shiekh Najm ul Hasan., Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Rauf Ahmad Sheikh, Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu, Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar and Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa also graced the occasion. Registrar Abdul Sattar conducted the proceedings while Sessions Judge Inquiries, Research and Development Javaid Rashid Mahboobi raised some key points regarding registration of cases and its impact on the working of courts. Vice Chairman and Chair-

Punjab govt clarifies FM’s statement STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A spokesman of Punjab government while clarifying about the statement of Federal Minister for Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh “the tax collection in the country increased by 22% except in Punjab and that Punjab government should be asked about lower tax collection” has said that this statement does not reveal actual ground realities. He said that as per the factual position, due to lower transfer of funds to Punjab government during the fiscal year 2011-12, the tax collection ratio was less against the services of Punjab government. If the federal government had transferred the whole amount of sales tax to Punjab government collected on the services of provincial government, a visible increase of tax collection can be witnessed as the tax collection of provincial government is satisfactory. The spokesman said that the estimated tax collection of the provincial tax of Punjab government during the fiscal year 2011-12 was Rs.48,609

million while actual tax collection is recorded Rs.44,625 million which was Rs.35,674 million during the previous fiscal year of 2010-11. Thus the growth rate of tax collection remained 25.1 percent. Likewise, the tax collection through Federal Board of Revenue and Federal Government for the provincial tax was estimated Rs.39,909 million and Rs.26,813 million were collected during the fiscal year 2011-12 while Rs.33,988 million were collected during the year 2010-11 and the growth rate was minus 21.1 percent. The total collection of these two taxes was estimated Rs.88,518 million while the tax collected was Rs.71,438 million in the year 2011-12 and Rs.69,662 million in 2010-11 and the total growth rate was 2.5 percent. Describing the details, the spokesman said that the tax collection by Punjab government has been divided into two major categories. First category comprises the taxes collected by Punjab government primarily through two major tax collect-

ing departments i.e. Board of Revenue and Excise and Taxation Department. The other category comprises Sales Tax on Services which is a provincial tax but was being collected by Federal Board of Revenue upto June 30, 2012. The spokesman said that it can easily be comprehended from the above facts and figures that tax collection by provincial departments during fiscal year 2011-12 exhibited a growth of 25.1% as compared to fiscal year 2010-11. On the other hand, Federal government transferred only Rs.26,813 million to Punjab government during fiscal year 2012-13 as compared to transfer of Rs.33,988 million during fiscal year 2010-11. Hence, the collection on account of sales tax on services recorded a negative growth of 21.1 percent. As a result of lower transfer on account of Sales Tax on Services by Federal government during fiscal year 2012-13, accounts show a modest growth of 2.5%, the spokesman concluded.

man Executive Committee of the Punjab Bar Council, Presidents and General Secretaries of Bar Associations of Lahore High Court Lahore, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur and Multan shared their experiences and knowledge on the said issues. Advocate General, Inspector General Police and Prosecutor General as well as Secretary Prosecution Punjab, District and Sessions Judges as well as Presidents of District Bar Associations of Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, DG Dhan and Bahawalpur attended the symposium.

40,700 emergency victims rescued L AHORE —Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) rescued over 40,700 victims of emergencies in 39,163 operations in August. The emergency calls to which Rescue 1122 responded includes 18,036 traffic accidents, 25,076 medical emergencies, 768 fire incidents, 110 building collapse incidents, 2264 crime, 207 drowning incidents, 188 special rescue operations and 28 explosions, a Rescue 1122 spokesman said on Saturday. These 39,163 rescue operations included 7172 operations in Lahore, 4235 in Faisalabad, 2995 in Multan, 2705 in Gujranwala, 1417 in Bahawalpur, 1147 in Rawalpindi, 1324 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 1264 in Sargodha, 792 in Rahim Yar Khan, 1544 in Sahiwal, 970 in Sialkot, 474 in Murree, 1246 in Jhang, 505 in Toba Tek Singh, 575 in Muzafargarh, 523 in Rajanpur, 454 in Mianwali, 653 in Pakpattan, 668 in Kasur, 472 in Gujrat, 630 in Bahawalnagar, 341 in Jehlum, 660 in Attock, 669 in Khanewal, 451 in Vehari, 323 in Chakwal, 613 in Okara, 467 in Hafizabad, 853 in Sheikhupura, 672 in Lodhran, 336 in Nankana Sahib, 415 in Khushab, 346 in Mandibahaud-din, 491 in Narowal, 283 in Layyah and 478 in Bhakkar.— APP

BCom part-II results announced L AHORE —Punjab Univer-

sity Examinations Department Help Line (WWHL) will orhas announced results of ganize a seminar on “UpcomB.Com Part-II annual examiing General Elections and nation 2012. Role of Women in Democratic A total of 44,309 candiProcess” at Hamdard Hall, dates appeared while pass Litton Road, on September 4. percentage is 48.65. Boys The aim of the seminar is who appeared were 28446 to highlight women’s contriand girls were 15863 while bution to movements in Paki12064 boys and 9491 girls stan and opportunities opened passed the examination. up for them to increase particiBoys pass percentage is pation in political life and deci- LAHORE: Labourers busy in baking encroachments on the way of Rapid Bus Transit 42.41 while girls pass perSystem project near Minar-e-Pakistan. sion-making.—APP centage is 59.83.—APP


E-paper September 02, 2012  

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