Media accountability hearing
Pak expels Save the Children foreign staff
SC freezes info ministry’s secret funds STAFF R EPORTER Q U E T TA —The Supreme Court Quetta registry ordered that the secret account of the information ministry should be frozen, while hearing an applica-
tion moved by TV anchors Hamid Mir and Absar Alam, on Thursday. The account has been frozen till September 12 which, is the next date of the hearing of the case. During the hearing, the
applicants told the twojudge bench that the funds of the information ministry were Rs2 billion last year which have now been increased to Rs4 billion. They added that the funds were being used for
a “secret agenda” in an incorrect manner by influencing the media. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked that there was no need for a secret account as the budget of the infor-
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PPP, PML-N fail to dump differences SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held talks Thursday on one point agenda of the new accountability law. The proposed accountability bill is pending for the last three and a half years due to reservations of the PMLN. During the talks held at Punjab House, both the parties agreed to continue talks on the bill and address reservations of the opposition. The PPP delegation included Federal Ministers Syed Khursheed Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Farooq
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Krishna due today
Pakistan, India may sign new visa agreement ISLAMABAD —Indian
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will arrive here on a three-day visit today (Friday), Foreign Office spokesman said on Thursday. Krishna will meet his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar and discussed vital issues bedeviling relations between Pakistan and India. The main purpose of the visit is to improve bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. Technical committees to
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I SLAMABAD—The Pakistani government has ordered foreign staff members of Save the Children to leave the country, a spokesman for the international aid group said Thursday. The group has recently come under Pakistani government scrutiny because of reports that it helped facilitate meetings between the US and Dr Shakil Af-ridi, who allegedly helped hunt down Osama bin Laden, a
Defence Day celebrated with simplicity
ISLAMABAD: PPP leaders Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Federal Minister for Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Farooq H. Naik, Syed Naveed Qamar Federal Minister for Defence flanked by PML-N leader Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif talking to media after meeting at Punjab House.
tion alongwith Armed Forces celebrated the Defence Day of Pakistan with simplicity but renewed pledge to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan, at all cost. Defence Day of Pakistan
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Need stressed to follow Quaid’s motto of Unity, Faith and Discipline Measures to overcome religious extremism urged ISLAMABAD—Speakers at a round table conference at Aiwan-i-Quaid Thursday marking defence of Pakistan day agreed that the nation needed to follow motto of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah : Unity, Faith and Discipline. They said, Father of the Nation won struggle for Pakistan in the midst of fierce opposition by the British and the Congress party on the basis of his golden motto. The nation is suffering from inter-
been able to extend the deadline. He did not specify the new date. Save the Children has about 2,000 Pakistani employees across the country, who will continue to work despite the expulsion. He said the ministry gave no reason for the expulsion: “We are working with the government to find out the details for this action.” The ministry
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PPP, MQM reach consensus
hoped that Sindh Governor Dr STAFF REPORTER Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan will sign RAWALPINDI—The entire na- K A R A C H I — P a k i s t a n and promulgate the Ordi-
NPC Round Table Conference on Defence of Pakistan Day
charge which the group has vehemently denied. The expulsion order comes among heightened suspicion of foreigners in Pakistan in the aftermath of the Al-Qaeda leader’s killing. Ghulam Qadri said the Ministry of Interior informed the organisation earlier this week that its six foreign staffers would have to leave the country within two weeks, although they have since
nal disruption and it can come out of the challenge by following the footprints of the great Quaid. The speakers were unanimous in their observation that Pakistan can easily meet any external threat but the real danger comes from within as it suffers from religious extremism and militancy. Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) arranged the round table conference to mark the Defence of Pakistan Day to recall events of the 1965 war, supreme sacrifices of mar-
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Zahid Malik for redefining national security Calls for revival of NSC STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Ob-server, has expressed the view that in view of the new strategic realities emerging in the region, Pakistan needs to revisit its defence plan. Zahid Malik, who is also Chairman of Nazriya Paki-
stan Council, in his inaugural address at the Round Table Conference on ‘Defence of Pakistan — 1965, Today, Tomorrow’ organised by the Council at Aiwan-iQuaid, said the responsibility of defence should not be left only to the armed forces. ‘All institutions and the people have to come on the
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People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have reached a consensus over the provisions of Sindh local government ordinance, said Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon here Thursday night. The provincial Information Minister
nance later tonight. He said the name of the ordinance will be People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012. According to sources, the local government ordinance will be enforceable in five districts of Sindh.
LHC seeks report from NAB against Sharifs cases OBSERVER REPORT RAWALPINDI—The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has given the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a two-week dead-line to submit their reply regarding a request filed by the Sharif brothers to stop all investigations against them. The LHC’s Rawalpindi bench held a hearing on Thursday for the re-
quest filed by Khwaja Haris, the lawyer representing the Sharif brothers, to stop NAB’s investigations against them. While presenting the evidence, Khwaja Haris said that a petition for the discarding of the NAB cases against the Sharif brothers is already being heard at the High Court. Moreover, he added that the high court has also tempo-
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Missing persons case
Apex Court not to compromise Q UETTA —The
Supreme Court of Pakistan has said that it would not compromise on the recovery of missing persons. “We would summon governor to find out a amicable solution to the issue of
Balochistan”. A three-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja,
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Defence of Pakistan Day observed
Navy set to strengthen defence of country: Sandhela STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandhela has said that the neighbouring rival has not taken lesson from history as Pakistan Navy soldiers along with other armed forces forced them to flee whenever they attempted aggression. On the occasion of Defence Day, a dignified flag hoisting ceremony was held at federal capital where well turned out contingent of Pak Navy presented salute and marched. On the occasion message of Naval Chief Asif Sandhela was read off in which he said that 06, September reminds us our gleaming history. He said that today Pakistan faces from both eastern and western borders but Pak Navy possesses ability to defend the national frontiers. Asif Sandhela said that navy has always stood with other armed forces during external aggression and natural disasters. He said that Pak Navy utilizing its professional skills would continue to work for strengthening the defence of country with full commitment. Meanwhile members of
the Senate Standing Committee on Defense and Defense Production led by Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Thursday visited District Swabi and laid wreath on the grave of hero of Kargil War Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed,(Nishan-e-Haider) and offered fateha. The other members of the committee including Senator Sardar Ali Khan, Senator Farhat Ullah Babar, Senator Tahir Hussain Mashadi, Senator Nisar of Malakand, and Senator Sehr Kamran also accompanied the Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed. They also offered fateha for the departed soul and prayed for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Speaking on this occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that September 6 remained us of the indomitable courage and unmatched sacrifices of our gallant soldiers who during the war of 1965 have proved to the world that the defense of Pakistan was impregnable. He said September 6 stands out a symbol of our enduring display of unity, faith and discipline as a nation and it is the day when the nefarious de-
‘Mian brothers befooling masses’
Three die in roof collapse
Rain lashes low-lying areas
B K TAHIR B A H AWA L P U R — Member Punjab Assembly, Shahrukh Malik, has alleged that both brothers Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharifare befooling the people by hollow slogans. He was talking to the journalists here at Bahawalpur Press Club Bahawalpur. He disclosed that Punjab Assembly unanimity passed resolution in favour of Bahawalpur province while president of Pakistan has suggested my name for the commission on Bahawalpur province but the speaker of Punjab Assembly has not forwarded my name to the commission. He said that Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif both have usurp the rights of Bahawalpuri people. He added their wrong policies are only for looting the exchequer of the Punjab government. Danish schools are white elephant while the schools running in villages are without teachers. He said yellow cab scheme was a failure scheme but they have again introduce this scheme for their own benefits. Shahrukh Malik pointed out that Mian Nawaz Sharif was produced in politics by dictator Zia-ul-Haq and Mian Shahbaz Sharif has started revengeful politics against him. On this occasion former candidate for MPA, Shahbaz Safdar Bhora informed the journalists that Bahawalpur State was an independent state which in separate capacity produced better revenue but Punjab government is utilizing our all benefits. He pointed out eight departments have been abolished from S.E college Bahawalpur while its teachers have been shifted to Lahore. Shahbaz Safdar told that in Quaid-e-Azam medical college Bahawalpur only 37 students of Bahawalpuri were given admissions here. He further told that Cholistani land should be distributed among the cholistanies while the water level is going down day by day.
He also paid tribute to the the defense of the country. Khan Shaheed (Nishan-e- construction of museum and signs of the enemy were thwarted by our soldiers with martyred and Ghazis soldiers He also praised the hero of Haider) for his bravery. On library near the tomb of Capwho laid down their life for Kargil Captain Karnal Sher this occasion he announced tain Karnal Sher Khan the support of masses. Shaheed where personal belongings of the Kargil hero would be put on display and preserved. Later on, people from all walks of life visited to the grave of the Shaheed and offered fateha. The people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Thursday observed the Defense day of Pakistan with great enthusiasm and devotion and renew the pledge to render any sacrifices for the stability, solidarity and prosperity of the country. The day was dawned with special prayers in the mosques for the stability, defense and integrity of the country and early success of the Kashmir freedom movement. Special ceremonies were held in various parts of AJK including Mirpur, Muzaffarabaad, Bagh, Rawalakot, Palandri, Kotli, Bhimbher and Neelam valley, the participants paid tribute to the martyrs of the 1965, ghazis and Pak forces.These ceremonies were held under the ausSWABI: Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Produc- pices of various social, politition and members of the committee offering dua after laying floral wreath on grave of Capt. Karnal Sher Khan cal and public representative organizations to highlight the Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider.
P ESHAWAR —At least three persons including a woman and two children were killed and another injured when roof of a house collapsed due to heavy rain here on early Thursday morning. Water accumulated in the streets and entered many houses in the low lying areas of the city. According to details, heavy rains lashed different parts of Peshawar district due to which roof of a dilapidated mud and stone house located in Gulberg area caved in. The residents were buried under the debris of the house resulting in death of three persons while the house owner was injured in the incident. The locals and relatives on self-help basis recovered the bodies and injured and shifted them to hospital. Meanwhile, rainwater entered several houses besides flooding the streets and roads
on University Road, Gulberg, Kohati, Lahori Gate and other areas of the city. The citizens had to face difficulties due to entrance of water in houses, which damaged their households, and accumulation of several feet of water in streets and at roads. They criticized the district government for poor planning of sewerage system and demanded the authorities concerned to mend the situation. Meanwhile, Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO) has restored power supply to most of the heavy rainstorm affected areas. Heavy rains storm in Peshawar and its adjacent areas badly disrupted the electricity distribution system of Pesco. Trees fell on the poles and conductors, resultantly; electricity supply to consumers particularly from 132 KV Peshawar Cantt, Peshawar Industrial,
Peshawar University & Shahi Bagh grid stations was badly disrupted. The PESCO teams immediately started rehabilitation work and despite difficult task they accomplished it within few hours restored power supply to maximum areas and concerned senior officials personally monitored the rehabilitation activities. After the hectic efforts of workers, the company finally succeeded to restore electricity to maximum areas, while efforts are underway for the restoration of electricity to the remaining few areas, by today (Thursday) evening. Meanwhile, consumers have appreciated the efforts of PESCO to restore electricity to the affected areas and have also recognized the difficulties faced by the experts of the company during the process of restoration.—INP
ANP voices reservations on LBs revival STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —ANP leader Shahi Syed expressed his reservations, saying that why the Sindh government had decided to revive local bodies system when the three provinces had rejected it. Speaking on a point of order in Senate, Shahi Syed believed that the PPP-MQM decision was against different communities living in the Sindh province. However, the members belonging to the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said that it was not against any community. Shahi Syed said that the three provinces had rejected the local bodies system introduced by General Pervez
Musharraf in year 2001. Col. (retd) Tahir Mashhadi of the MQM said that the local body elections were the foundation of democracy and their holding was a must under the Constitution. “Let me assure my honorable colleague that no sinister thing is coming due to local body elections. This is actually revival of the fundamental right of the people of Sindh,” he added. He said around the globe, all civic services were handled by the local bodies and the ANP member should see the matter positively. Mukhtar Dhamra of the PPP said that the agreement between PPP and MQM would further strengthen the federation as the PPP was a party to integrate the coun-
try. No question arises of dividing the Sindh province, rather the PPP workers will lay down their lives against any such conspiracy, he added. He said that his party was working to remove hatred among the different communities to strengthen the federation. No effort would be allowed to divide the province of Sindh, he added. Senator Mudassir Sehr Kamran said that she saluted to those soldiers who had laid down their lives while defending the country. Referring to the Defence Day falling on Thursday, Sher Kamran lauded the first report of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and said that Senator Mushahid Hussain had done a great job.
HYDERABAD: Workers of Awami Tehreek performing tableau before departure of Awami Tehreek’s ‘Mohabbat-eSindh’ train march from Karachi to Islamabad from Hyderabad Railway Station.
Abbottabad Radio to start local news in four languages OUR CORRESPONDENT ABBOTTABAD—Radio Pakistan Abbottabad is launching four local news bulletins in Urdu, Hindko, Pashto and Gojri languages by the end of this month. Fulfilling the long standing demand of notable, leaders of public opinion and academia of Hazara Division, Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Murtaza Solangi has directed Sarfaraz Khan, Station Director Radio Pakistan Abbottabad to make necessary arrangements for initiation of bulletins in national language Urdu and three local languages of Hindko, Pashto and Gojri immediately. In this regard, interested graduate male and female candidates fulfilling the required qualifications for news casters and translators have been asked to submit their applications till the 12th of this month.
Scattered heavy rains likely: Met I SLAMABAD —Scattered to fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over Sindh,Kashmir and Punjab’s northern and northeast areas. Meanwhile,during next 24 hours scattered rain with isolated heavy falls is likely in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa,south Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and northeast Balochistan,stated weather forecast report by Met Department on Thursday. All the major rivers are flowing below low flood level. However, there is chance of rise in levels of River Kabul and its tributaries, and Rivers Kurram & Gambila during next 48 hours. Wednesday’s monsoon low over east Madhya Pradesh moved westwards and lies over central Madhya Pradesh.And a trough of westerly wave lies over northern parts of the country —mainly on Kashmir and adjoining areas. Monsoon
current is penetrating upper parts of the country upto 5000 feet. Rainfall recorded,in mm, during past 24 hours: Peshawar (Airport 88 & City 39) Balakot 58, Domel 45, Nawabshah 39, Badin 38, Chattarkallas 37, Sharqpur 36,
Murree, Muzaffarbad & Oghi 35 (each), Garhidopatta & Warsak 34 (each),Karachi (Model Observatory 31, Airport 30, North Karachi 27, Saddar & Nazimabad 21 (each) Masroor 17 & Landhi 08, Kotnaina 28, Thatta 27, Sahiwal 25, Dir 23, Sibbi 22, Rawalakot, Chhor, Lower Dir & Talhatta 21, (each) Sargodha (city 20 & airport 15, Khuzdar, Multan, Moenjo daro.—APP
importance of the day. The speakers vowed to end the Kashmiri freedom movement at logical conclusion. They urged International community to force India for stopping brutal tortures on innocent people in held Kashmir. All the three radio stations of Azad Kashmir including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Tararkheil aired special programs depicting significance of the day in history of the defense of the ideological and geographical boundaries as well as sovereignty of the country. P e o p l e from various parts of AJK also visited the mausoleums of the martyrs of 1965 war at the places close to their respective home stations including in Jhelum, Gujrat, Rawalpindi districts and offered fateha. Three terrorists were killed when a suicide jacket which they were preparing exploded at chak 46-DB, 80 kilometers away from here on Thursday. According to police, some terrorists were making suicide jackets at a deserted place when a jacket suddenly went off.
Sewerage system OUR CORRESPONDENT L A R K A N A —MNA Faryal Talpur presided over a meeting of officers of North Sindh Urban Service Corporation (NSUSC) on Thursday at President Camp Office, Naudero. The meeting reviewed the performance of NSUSC and to make sure the sewerage system in Larkana. Faryal Talpur strictly directed to the NSUSC officers to ameliorate their performance within a month and the problem of drainage system must be resolved in Larkana city. She also emphasized that local people should be included in the Board of Directors formed by NSUSC, so that the performance may be better in their respective areas. She directed to concerned officials to resolve the public problems on priority level and ensure cleanliness and proper sewerage system. She said that a mechanism should be evolved for the alternate of sewerage disposal than Rice Canal.
Doctors beat NMI clerk M ULTAN —A group of doctors hailing to Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) allegedly tortured a senior clerk of NMI fracturing his shoulder and finger here on Thursday. Nishtar Medical Institute (NMI) sources told APP, on the condition of anonymity that a group of doctors allegedly tortured clerk Muhammad Naeem on some administrative issue. The doctors came to admin branch and made him hostage. They took him to office of PA to MS NMI and beat him there too. The sources added that Naeem was also denied treatment at NMI. SIALKOT: Vehicle passing near the electric poll fallen of road in cantt area due to When approached.—APP thunderstorm that hit the city.
12pc police stations without proper buildings I SLAMABAD —A report based on monitoring of 171 police stations in 98 districts across Pakistan during AprilJune 2012 showed that 20 police stations were not housed in proper buildings although alternatives were available, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. The report released Thursday said FAFEN monitors visited 171 police stations in 98 districts. They found up to 70 of them operating in dilapidated buildings. Of these, 27 were in Punjab, 19 in Sindh and seven in Balochistan. Fifty three police stations had unhygienic lockups. However, 159 had lavatories for staff and inmates; 167 had electricity; 159 had fans and 157 had tele-
phones/wireless. As many as 169 police stations had vehicles but 11 did not have fuel to run them. On the other hand 42 were short of stationery and 43 did not have clean drinking water, the report said. The occupancy rate for male and female staff was satisfactory. For men, all the sanctioned posts at the police station monitored in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were filled. Balochistan (91%), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (88%), Sindh (82%) and Punjab (75%) . Sindh (93%) had the highest occupancy rate for female staff, while this was 83% each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and 63% in Balochistan. As for enactment of access to information policy, copies of challans to courts
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were not accessible to public at 65 police stations. Information relating to FIRs was comparatively better - accessible at 102 police stations. Relevant data showed 84 police stations did not receive any request seeking information, indicating a possible lack of awareness about the policy. Moreover, 35 Station House Officers (SHOs) had no idea that such a policy exists although it was adopted by Punjab in 2006 and Sindh the following year. The report said 68 police stations did not have separate registers to record requests seeking information while 64 had no Information Access Officers; 26 were without the draft of Access to Information Policy. Twenty two SHOs showed
dissatisfaction when asked about government’s support. The reasons cited included lack of staff, insufficient logistical support (vehicles/mobile vans and fuel etc), shortage of stationery and scant funding. The reporting quarter saw 111 visits by government officials and elected representatives to the monitored police stations. However, 60 were completely ignored. The District Police Officers (DPOs) made the most visits (67), followed by members’ national and provincial assemblies (four visits each). The government/ elected representatives including Regional Police Officers (RPO), a federal minister and leading area notables made 36 visits.—INP
March a conspiracy to conceal sacrifices of Mehsud tribe: PML-N Defence Day celebrations Our Correspondent
S IALKOT —Defence day of Pakistan was celebrated with national spirit and enthusiasm in the district on Thursday. The day-long programmes started with special prayers for the unity, prosperity and solidarity of the country as well as early liberation of Indian held Kashmir in all mosques of the district. Special Quran Khawani was also held at various places for Shuhada who laid their lives in the defence of their motherland. On this occasion Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag hoisting was held under the auspices of Tehsil Municipal Administration Sialkot, and Station Commander Sialkot Muhammad Saleem along with District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal Sialkot jointly performed Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag hoisting ceremony It is worth mentioning that the Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag was awarded to people of Sialkot on courage they demonstrated during 1965 war. Meanwhile, several educational, cultural and literary bodies are holding colorful programmes in accordance with the significance of the day. A large number people are visiting graves of Shuhada in Chowinda where the biggest tank battle was fought after 2nd world war. Earlier, Federal Minister for National Regulation and Services Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the defence of Pakistan is in strong hands. In her message to mark the Defence Day, she paid tribute to all the martyrs and Ghaazis. She said that the Defence Day of Pakistan reminds us of the courage and unmatched sacrifices of our gallant men, who 47 years ago proved that the country’s defence was invincible. Dr. Firdous said that compared to 1965, Pakistan today has emerged as more resilient and vibrant country with strong conventional and non-conventional power.
Tribesmen to hail PTI’s Waziristan peace march OUR CORRESPONDENTS MIRANSHAH/DERA ISMAIL KHAN—Former president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) North Waziristan Agency (NWA) chapter, Naseem Dawar on Thursday said that only tribal people are waiting for the peace march of Imran Khan and will welcome warmly the PTI’s peace march against the US drone strikes in tribal region. Talking to reporters here at Miranshah Press Club, Naseem Dawar accompanied by senior vice president of PTI Niamat Wazir and scores of activists, said that Imran Khan is the ray of hope
for masses in Pakistan who will bring change and will facilitate the tribal people by providing them their basic rights. He said that tribesmen would warmly welcome the peace march of Imran Khan against the US drone strikes in tribal region and are waiting for the arrival of peace rally. He demanded of the PTI chief Imran Khan to announce construction of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital’s branch in Waziristan to facilitate the locals. He said that PTI will clean sweep the general election in the country including the tribal areas.
Dera Ismail Khan: Condemning the peace march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) towards South Waziristan Agency (SWA) against the US drone strikes in the tribal region, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for NA42 SWA, Dilawar Khan Mehsud blamed Imran Khan as a US agent, saying that Imran is planning to sabotage the sacrifices of the Mehsud tribesmen during the war against terror. Talking to INP on Thursday, Dilawar Khan Mehsud of the N-League said that Mehsud tribesmen are still searching for shelter and liv-
ing in panic in various parts of the country from 2009 when the security forces of Pakistan launched operation against the banned Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters loyal to TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in SWA. The PML-N NA-42 candidate said that the plan to sent Imran Khan’s peace march is a conspiracy against the sacrifices of the locals who offered unparalleled sacrifices in the military operations as most of the tribesmen are still living in very difficult circumstances. He said that Imran Khan’s rally is being scheduled to be held in the peaceful areas of
SWA, adding that Imran Khan should also visit Laddah, Makin, Shaktoai, Badar and Smal Bobar areas of SWA. “Imran is going to the peaceful area close to the settled districts in order to show that tribesmen are living in better condition and conceal the facts,” he said, adding that tribesmen repatriated by the government are living in poor condition in flattened houses besides facing the exchange of mortar shells between the fighters and security forces. Dilawar said that almost 80 percent houses of the Mehsud tribesmen were de-
stroyed during the military operation while the remaining houses were partially destroyed by rainfall as locals were not there to repair the damaged portions of their houses. He said that Mehsud tribesmen suffered numerous losses in terms of lives, education and economy and were also blamed as terrorists in the world, adding that the incumbent government has taken no steps for the employment and education of the tribesmen. Mehsud said that tribesmen are aware of the nefarious designs of the PTI’s peace march and will halt every conspiracy against the Mehsud tribesmen.
UN treaty on domestic workers rights soon ISLAMABAD —A United Nations treaty which provides a set of international standards to improve the lives of millions of domestic workers worldwide has now been ratified by a second member state, the Philippines, allowing it to come into force next year, the world body announced Thursday. The Convention on Domestic Workers, which states that workers around the world who care for families and households must have the same basic labour rights as other employees, was adopted at the annual conference of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) last year in Geneva. To enter into force, however, the Convention required ratification by two countries.
Interfaith harmony Staff Reporter
In June, Uruguay became the first country to ratify it. ‘Today’ ratification by the Philippines sends a powerful signal to the millions of domestic workers who will be protected when the Convention comes into force,” said Geneva-based ILOs DirectorGeneral, Juan Somavia. “I hope it will also send a signal to other Member States and that we will soon see more and more countries committing to protect the rights of domestic workers.” Recent ILO estimates based on national surveys or censuses in 117 countries place the number of domestic workers at a minimum of 53 million, but experts say there could be as many as 100 million across the world. In developing countries.—APP
I SLAMABAD —Minister Incharge for National Harmony, Dr Paul Bhatti has called for promoting interfaith harmony among people of various schools of thoughts to ensure peaceful environment in the country. He expressed these views here late Wednesday at a dinner hosted by the Ministry for providing an opportunity to people of different faiths to sit together in order to promote interfaith relationship and dialogue for forging unity and peace in the country. Dr Paul said Pakistan has a pluralistic society and people of any religion have freedom to practice their faith in Pakistan freely. He also renewed his pledge to continue struggle for the welfare and prosperity of the country. He said that maximum participation of people of different faiths showed that Pakistanis were a united nation and they always respected each others’ faiths. A large number of people of different faiths including parliamentarians, diplomats, religious lead- HYDERABAD: Residents of Manjhand Minority Community chanting slogans against Manjhand police during proers and members of civil society attended the event to test demonstration outside Press Club. show unity among the followers of different faiths, which will lead towards interfaith harmony, prosperity and peace in the country. Promoting interfaith harmony can ensure taminated water may cause peace in the world; hatred breeds nothing except disinteSTAFF REPORTER loose motion, diarrhea, Hepagration and devastation. These views were expressed by speakers at a function held in Islamabad, said a press reH YDERABAD —Chairperson titis A and E. She said that lease issued by Inter-faith Harmony and Peace Society Pediatric Unit of Liquat Uni- the diseases of gastrointesIslamabad. The speakers said people and different societversity of Medical and Health tinal and dehydration are S TAFF REPORTER ies can be brought closer by not interfering or criticizing sciences (LUMHS), Dr. Salma common not only children, OUR CORRESPONDENT ers, including Mehmood Khan SCBA president said, adding others’ religions. Creating and promoting fraternity and Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa the participation of LEAs PESHAWAR—The Home and Shaikh has urged people to but also among the people of harmony among various communities can help ensure Q UETTA —The Supreme Milia Awami Party, Jhanzeb heads would help involve the Tribal Affairs Department, take necessary precautionary adultery age. The diseases peace and prosperity in society. Pastor Hamilton from USA Court Bar Association Jamaldini of BNP (Mengal), Dr law enforcers to be unani- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has measures to avoid water born prevails because of using said that by promoting religious harmony and peace among (SCBA) President Jhanzeb Abdul Malik Baloch of National mous on the findings and asked the Provincial Disaster diseases in view of current unhygienic food and unsafe water, she said and added various region and communities, the tendencies of extrem- Khan Jadoon on Thursday Party, Dr. Abdul Hayee Baloch, resolutions adopted by the Management Authority rainy season. Talking to this ism and hatred can be reduced. said that heads of Dr. Yaseen Baloch, provincial elite gathering on very sen- (PDMA), KP to inform all the scribe, here on Thursday Dr. that if the people adopts precautionary measures includBalochistan nationalist par- presidents of PPP, PML-N, sitive issue. United Nations’ organiza- Salma Shaikh said the virus ties besides representatives PML-Q, PTI and MQM would Jadoon said that the is- tions, and non-governmental and bacteria grow in Rainy ing the use of boil water and Welfare measures of government, heads of law join and share possibilities of sue of Balochistan was very organizations to provide de- season and increasing num- milk and hygienic food, the Bashir Ahmed agencies have taking the insurgency-plague complex and needs immedi- tails of their staff and various ber of patients suffering from prevalence of these diseases H AFIZABAD —Federal Minister for enforcement consented to participate in province of the country toward ate attention of the quarter projects sites in the province. water born diseases includ- could be stopped. She further Works, Ch. Liaquat Abbas Bhatti has said the upcoming seminar on urged that the General pubconcerned to bring the dispeaceful solution. According to a spokes- ing gastroenteritis, food poi- lic is being advised to adopt that present coalition government is tak- the Issue of Balochsitan. soning, vomiting and fever gruntled Balochs in the na“Chief Secretary man of the department, in fuing result-oriented steps for the welfare President SCBA Jhanzeb and other poisonous dis- measures: Avoid open sun of the common men across the country Khan told media persons that Balochistan, Home Secretary, tional mainstream politics. He ture, No-Objection Certifi- eases. specially the children, inurged the leading political Inspector General of Frontier cates (N0Cs) will only be and billion of rupees are being spent for arrangments for the seminar She said that during the crease fluid intake, use drinkparties to set aside their Corps and IG Police would granted to the visiting staff, completing various development has been finalized. The leading water after boiling, also take part in the seminar,” vested interests. if their names are included in rainy season it is expected discrad over ripened fruit schemes for this purpose. Addressing that consumption of conthe requisite list provided. inaugural ceremony of Sui gas scheme in village Bhahooman near Pindi Bhattian, he said that federal government had spent more than one billion rupees to ensure provision of Sui gas facility in Tehsil Pindi Bhattian during the last four and a half years. He said that a sum of Rs.200 million was also being spent for completing sewerage and water supply schemes in the Tehsil Pindi Bhattian. He said that electricity had been provided in all the villages of the constituency MULTAN—For enhancing lit- at the grassroots level. schools. NA-103 and more than 25 thousands families of the con- eracy rate, primary education The United Nations EduHe added at least 7 to 8 stituency were getting financial benefit from Benazir Income should be focused instead of per cent of the total GDP cational, Scientific and CulSupport Programme. Meanwhile, District Development Com- spending millions of rupees should be spent on educa- tural Organization (UNESCO) mittee Hafizabad has accorded approval of starting con- on Danish Schools, sug- tion for the growth of literacy. and its partners promote the struction work on 25 new development schemes of water gested an eduction expert. He claimed Bangladesh was day to underline the signifisupply and sewerage in various villages of the District un- Talking to APP on Interna- spending 10 per cent of its cance of literacy for healthy der Chief Minister’s Special Development Package with the tional Literacy Day to be Gross domestic Product societies, with a strong emcost of Rs.120 million. The meeting was presided over by marked on September 8 glo- (GDP) on education for the phasis on epidemics and District Coordination Officer Hafizabad Muhammad Asif and bally, General Secretary promotion of literacy rate. communicable diseases such pace of work on ongoing schemes was also reviewed in the Punjab Professors and lectur- Prof Tanvir urged the govern- as HIV, tuberculosis and mameeting. He said that the Punjab government has provided ers Association, Prof Tanvir ment to give incentive of Rs laria. In countries all over the Rs.40 million each Member of Provincial Assembly for com- on Thursday said literacy 50 to students per week at world, including the United pleting various development schemes to ensure provision rate could only be increased primary level to avoid drop States and the United Kingdifferent amenities to the people at their doorsteps. He di- by strengthening education out ration from primary dom, the day raises people’s rected concerned officers to start construction work on apawareness of and concern proved schemes immediately. for literacy problems within their own communities. The UN’s International Medical ethics Literacy Day is a global ob- FAISALABAD: Members of District Bar Association holding protest demonstration for Our Correspondent servance. According to the establishment of High Court bench outside Session Court. H YDERABAD —The Vice Chancellor UNESCO, about 774 million Liaquat University of Medical and adults lack the minimum litHealth Sciences Jamshoro Prof. eracy skills. One in five adults Mashoor Alam Shah has said being is still not literate and twomedical professionals, the doctors are thirds of them are women. bound to take care of the community by About 75 million children are educating the people about the prevenout-of-school and many more tive measures for the control of diseases, attend irregularly or drop out. Addressing the students of Final year However, literacy is also a The committee was ap- ment funds and the amount MBBS/BDS at a Lecture on Vision for STAFF REPORTER cause for celebration on the prised by the Secretary Plan- allocated for development the Future here on Thursday, the Vice day because there are nearly Chancellor informed that the university has arranged sevfour billion literate people in I SLAMABAD —The Public ning and Development that funds must be utilized on the eral public awareness seminars while health awareness the world. The UN General Account Committee (PAC) around Rs 360 billion has specified projects of public messages are being relayed through print and electronic Assembly proclaimed a 10- on Thursday directed the been allocated for develop- representatives”, said PAC media. He advised the students to concentrate on their year period beginning on Ministry of Planning and ment projects during current chairman. The PAC also distudies as every minute of their learning phase is precious January 1, 2003, as the United Development to release de- financial year. He said rected that funds must be reand they must take full advantage of the time, so that they velopment funds on time so around 191 projects had been leased to National Highway Nations Literacy Decade. can deliver the best possible services to the community as The assembly also wel- that all identified projects identified for current fiscal Authority so it can complete a responsible individual and cope up with the upcoming comed the International Plan could be completed within while out of those 81 projects work to improve country’s challenges. He said that the students should refrain themof Action for the decade and stipulated time. The Public are scheduled to complete roads network. The committee was apselves from unhealthy activities to keep up the name and decided for UNESCO to take Account Committee met here by this year’s end. He said standard of the First ISO certified Public Sector Medical a coordinating role in activi- under the chair of Chairman the ministry is releasing the prised that huge amount has University. Earlier, the DEANS (Basic Sciences, Medicine ties at an international level Nadeem Afzal Gondal. The development funds without been released for the conand allied, Surgery and allied) and The Director Academwithin the decade’s frame- committee also directed the any delay adding the culture struction of Northern bypass ics also addressed the participants and briefed them rework. On International Lit- ministry to improve financial of holding back development and that 50 percent funds garding several postgraduate courses offered by the Naeracy Day each year, discipline and sought details funds does no more exist in have been released for raising of Mangla Dam. Moretional and International Institutions with possible carrier UNESCO reminds the inter- within 15 days on the foreign the ministry. “We also desire that over, funds have also been opportunities. “We being medical professionals are bound national community of the tours of government officers to take care of the community by educating the people status of literacy and adult and training programmes there should be zero saving released for the construction about the preventive measures for the control of diseases. KOTRI: A statue of Fisherman installed by city government. learning globally.—APP they had attended aboard. in the account of develop- of Lahore Expo Center.
Nationalist parties for solution to Balochistan issue
KP asks UN, NGOs to provide staffers details
Measures against water borne diseases urged
Primary eduction vital for literacy rate
PAC directs P&D for release of development funds
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Put in place 2014 defence plan
Staying out of Syria
VERY segment of the society, in one way or other, observed De fence of Pakistan Day on September 6 in a befitting manner, re newing pledge to render every sacrifice to guard frontiers of the country. The day assumed greater significance and relevance as Pakistan is currently facing enormous security and defence related challenges that require of the nation to remain firmly united to foil conspiracies being hatched by internal and external elements. No doubt, the day is necessarily observed in relation to 1965 war when Pakistan’s valiant Armed forces and the entire nation stood united to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy. Things have changed a lot since then and as a consequence there is need to review the entire defence plan to ensure effective safeguarding of the frontiers of the country against multiple threats. Though a composite dialogue is continuing with India and the two countries are moving towards closer economic and trade collaboration but despite all this the threat from the East is not over yet and it would remain so until and unless the root causes of tension and disputes are not resolved especially the problem of Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot close our eyes to the reality that after 1965, we witnessed 1971 when the country was dismembered and the same strategy is being employed by India even now to foment trouble in Balochistan, albeit the modus operandi has changed from direct military intervention to sponsoring of acts of terrorism and disruption as well as sectarian divide to destabilize the province and ultimately Pakistan. But apart from traditional threat from the East, the changed regional situation has created perils on the Western front as well. It was because of the emerging ground realities caused by war on terror and the great game being played on the Western side of the country that Pakistan was forced to even shift some of troops from the Eastern to the Western border to defend the cause of the country. The security scenario emerging out of proposed 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan requires of the military and civil planners and decision-makers to undertake a comprehensive review of the overall defence plan of the country and update it to meet the present-day realities and emerging threats.
Corruption fast eroding Manmohan too I
NDIAN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who played the role of an architect and put his country on the path of modernity and prosperity is coming under increasing criticism for keeping silence over corruption in the government. Corruption in India like Pakistan has seeped in and become a major issue and the two Houses of Parliament could not transact any business throughout the current session with opposition Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding resignation from Dr Manmohan Singh. No one can question the honesty and integrity of the Indian Prime Minister but accusations that he looked the other way and remained silent as his cabinet colleagues filled their own pockets is fast eroding his reputation. All this is being described as weakness of the Indian leader and political pundits are predicting that things would horribly go out of control and get worse for him and his government in the coming days and months because the opposition is cashing on his decision not to respond to harsh criticism. While Washington Post says the silent Indian PM has become a tragic figure, a recent Time Magazine article described him as an under achiever. It is evident that, corruption cancer, which is common in the two sub-continental nations, has spread to such an extent that it is beyond the capacity of Manmohan Singh to control it because he cannot sack the politically heavy weight crocodiles involved in the muchmaligned practice. Also as the country’s economy has slowed, the rupee has collapsed and its reputation for rampant corruption has reasserted itself, the idea that the country was on an inexorable road to becoming a global power has increasingly come into question. Therefore, the lesson for the political leadership in Pakistan and India is that there is no other way out but to eradicate the menace of corruption and give exemplary punishment to those involved in the heinous crime.
Network of small dams is the answer A
S hurdles being created by vested interests who exploit almost every irrigation and hydel generation project for the sake of political considerations, Punjab is focusing more on construction of small dams that offer solution to the growing water shortage. According to Provincial Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, 52 small dams have been completed in Potohar alone making irrigation water available for thousands of acres of land. In Potohar area, two third of the total annual rain precipitates during July, August and September, while the remaining nine months are nearly dry and get only one-third of rainfall. Average yearly run-off in the area is 1.88 MAF, out of which only a fraction has so far been tapped through construction of small dams. Same is true of other rainfed areas of the country where either no dams have been initiated or those built have not the capacity to store the available water. There is, therefore, need for other provinces to follow the footsteps of Punjab to fully store and utilize the rain water for irrigation and other purposes. We are sure that by doing so we can significantly increase the agriculture production. In fact, we believe, small dams are the answer to the water scarcity being faced by the country as we have politicized major dams. Unfortunately, Kalabagh dam has been abandoned unilaterally and whimsically by the present government while no worthwhile progress has been made towards construction of Diamer-Bhasha and other dams on which so-called consensus is there. This is criminal negligence and we are allowing substantial quantities of water to drain out to sea whereas different parts of the country face drought-like conditions. This myopic approach needs to be shunned and concrete planning and execution put in place to utilize every drop of available water.
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Indo-Pak moderate majority and began a cycle of segregation that most hoped had been laid to permanent rest after the events of 1947 Whether Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Sikh, all are chilM D Nalapat dren of the Almighty, and all need Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to be treated with compassion and respect in order to earn the merit that results in entry into n most discourses, it is the a glorious rather than a cursed afterextremes that draw the most life. Several commentators from attention. As has often been countries that are members of NATO pointed out, the majority is usually talk about “Hindu nationalists”, forsilent, while a tiny number of people getting that a true nationalist is neimake almost all the noise, thereby ther Hindu nor Muslim but Indian. This columnist defines himself giving a false impression of the overall society. As a faith, Muslims as a Secular Nationalist, which is the have been the worst sufferers of this only true form of love for one’s countrend. While the overwhelming try and all its people. Those who hate majority follow the command of the one section cannot be said to love the Holy Qur’an to emulate the other, for their narrow-minded vision Almighty in showing Mercy, will make the country hell very soon. Compassion and Beneficence to The only path to prosperity is through all. Across India, Muslims have social harmony. Countries where shown that they are Good there is sectarian tension suffer falls Samaritans, helping people of all in lifestyle while those with an inclufaiths and promoting the moderate sive vision prosper. Although small, values that define civilisation. such a broad vision can be seen in However, even in a country that tiny Singapore, where Chinese, Indihas the second-biggest Muslim ans and Malays live and work topopulation on the globe, those in gether in harmony. Within India, the power ignore the overwhelming state of Gujarat has been among the majority of Muslims who are best performers in economic terms, moderate, and frame policy on the while for the past ten years, there has not been a single dictates of the few who are not. In 1986,Rajiv Gandhi intro- communal riot in the state, the same duced a law that in the opinion of state that saw an eruption of violence this columnist placed Muslim in 2002 that took the lives of two women at a disadvantage in matters thousand innocents, mainly Muslims. Ten years later, a judge has senof divorce, when compared to their sisters of other faiths. The “Shah tenced one of the perpetrators to 28 Bano Law” ( passed to deny an age- years in jail and another to jail for ing Shah Bano adequate compensa- the duration of his life. Both the contion after she was divorced by her victs are Hindus, and they have been husband) sparked off competitive found guilty of atrocities against radicalism in the Hindu community, Muslims Although legal experts are
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critical of such steep sentences, the fact is that the Judge Yagnik (a Hindu) has set a Gold Standard for the punishment of those guilty of crimes against other communities. For too long, those who have engaged in violence against those of another faith have been given lenient sentences, if they have been punished at all. It is a sad reality that not one of those who killed more than 400 Kashmiri Pundits during 1990 and drove three hundred thousand out of the state have been brought to justice. It is a reality that no important politician has been prosecuted for the killing of four thousand Sikhs in Delhi in 1984,even though they orchestrated the carnage in fury after the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31 that year. In contrast, those found guilty of the killings in Gujarat have faced the courts within months of the horrible events of 2002,and many are now in prison as a result. Unless harsh - and swift - punishment is meted out to those guilty of communal violence, such incidents will grow and pose a risk to social stability. Which is why it is not possible to agree with those who say that a 28yeat sentence or a sentence that lasts the whole of a convict’s life is excessive. For the punishment fits the crime Last week, this columnist was invited to a live program on the Gujarat verdicts hosted by NDTV. There, he was very moved when he listened to Professor J S Bandukwala, a Muslim educationist who, along with his daughter, suffered assault during the 2002 riots. Professor Bandukwala expressed sympathy for the dependents of the poorer among the dozens who have been jailed for their role in the riots, pointing out that many are poor, and are in danger of starvation now that their breadwinner is in jail. It is this compassion that makes Professor Bandukwala a true believer in the Holy Qur’an, in contrast to those who daily call for bloodshed and vengeance beyond the Rule of Law. However, the
fact is that although the overwhelming majority share his moderate views, yet it is the extremists that are listened to and indulged, not the silent and moderate majority. Unless this cycle – of giving too much emphasis to the extremists and thereby encouraging them - be broken, social stability will suffer. Societies where the fringe rules are societies in decline It is in the context of the Gujarat verdict that External Affairs Minister S M Krishna is visiting Pakistan. In India, the overwhelming majority of people seek peace and friendship with Pakistan. They are opposed to war. Although the “hawks” fill the television studios, drowning out other voices, the fact is that it is the “doves” who are in a majority. To them, it would be an immense tragedy were India and Pakistan to go to war again, thereby placing at risk their common economic future. S M Krishna comes to Pakistan in the knowledge that the people of his country want peace and not war. He knows that similarly, the people of Pakistan similarly want a peaceful future with India, that only a small segment are looking for war. Both Krishna and Hina Rabbani Khar, his attractive and assertive counterpart in Islamabad, know that the people of India and Pakistan want a better life. They want good jobs and education. They seek adequate housing and healthcare. Above all, they want the or children to have a better future than they themselves have had. All this needs peace and reconciliation. When Krishna and Rabbani meet over the next 48 hours, hopefully they will remember the Silent Majority and not once again genuflect before the Extremist Fringe. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.
HR abuses in IHK cluding the killing of security personnel as well as civilians, and of engaging Sultan M Hali in widespread torture, rape, Email: email@example.com beheadings, kidnapping, and extortion. It cites an incident rima facie, the title would known as the 2000 Amarnath pilappear to be one of the nu grimage massacre in August 2000, merous reports regarding in which armed groups killed 30 the sad plight of Kashmiri Mus- Hindu pilgrims. The Indian government lims engaged in their struggle for their right of self determination blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba for the promised by the UN Resolutions killings. The thrust of the article on Kashmir. Alas, it was shock- is on the claim that during the ing to read an article at eruption of armed rebellion, the IsWikipedia, titled: ‘Human rights lamic insurgency has claimed to abuses in Jammu and Kashmir’ have specifically targeted the detail the alleged torture of Hindu Kashmiri Pundits minority Kashmiri Hindu Pundits and and violating their human rights. forcing them to flee the Valley in It quotes the Indian government an attempt of ethnic cleansing. that 219 Kashmiri pundits were Quoting reports from Amnesty killed and around 1, 40,000 miInternational, Human Rights grated due to militancy while over Watch and the International 3000 stayed in the valley. The arCommission of Jurists, the article ticle informs that the violence was claims reports systematic human condemned and labeled as ‘ethnic rights violations by militants cleansing’ in a 2006 resolution which claim Jammu and Kashmir passed by the United States Congress. It stated that the Islamic terto be part of Pakistan. Naming the Jammu Kashmir rorists infiltrated the region in Liberation Front (JKLF) to be re- 1989 and began an ethnic cleanssponsible for carrying out human ing campaign to convert Kashmir rights violations, ranging from to a Muslim state. Since then kidnapping to ethnic cleansing of nearly 400,000 Pundits were either several hundred thousand Hindu murdered or forced to leave their Kashmiri Pundits, the article re- ancestral homes. According to a fers to a 2010 US state depart- Hindu American Foundation rement report blaming separatist port, the rights and religious freeinsurgents in Kashmir and other dom of Kashmiri Hindus have parts of the country of commit- been severely curtailed since 1989, ting several serious abuses, in- when there was an organized and
systematic campaign by “Islamic Militants” to cleanse Hindus from Kashmir. Less than 4,000 Kashmiri Hindus remain in the valley, reportedly living with daily threats of violence and terrorism. It is appalling that the gross human rights abuse conducted by the Indian security forces on the Kashmiri Muslims has not only been downplayed but their just struggle for freedom has been labeled as terrorism and insurgency. The story does mention a December 2010 The Guardian account by Jason Burke, titled: ‘WikiLeaks cables: India accused of systematic use of torture in Kashmir’. According to the Guardian disclosure, WikiLeaks quote US Embassy classified cables reporting that US diplomats in Delhi were informed by ICRC that “Beatings and electric shocks were inflicted on hundreds of civilians detained in Kashmir.” In 1989, disillusioned by broken promises, the Kashmiris took up arms in a just struggle for freedom from Indian oppression. This right too is guaranteed under the UN Charter. In retaliation, Indian forces were launched into the Valley of Kashmir to crush the freedom movement with full force. Their systemic human rights abuses have been well documented as Indian journalists and, human rights activists Arundhati Roy, Praful Bidwai, Kuldip Nayar et-al have spoken out against the naked aggression of the Indian forces in Kashmir. The havoc wreaked by Indian forces have caused the death of over 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims, the rape of thousands of
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Kashmiri women and the incarceration of thousands of Kashmiri youth. To add insult to injury, their just struggle for liberation has been labeled as acts of terrorism and Pakistan has been accused of abetting and aiding the Kashmiris, while Pakistan offers only diplomatic and moral support to the downtrodden Kashmiris. Indian forces have installed an electronic fence along the Line of Control in Kashmir, patrol it with armed guards and dogs and preclude the chances of infiltration or cross border terrorism as the Indians allege. Draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 that gives protection to Indian Armed Forces personnel from being prosecuted have enabled the Indian forces to continue their reign of terror in the Valley with impunity. This law is widely condemned by human rights groups. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, in her visit in June 2012, has urged India to repeal AFSPA and to investigate the disappearances in Kashmir. The discovery of mass graves of Kashmiri Muslims has aggravated the number of Kashmiri Muslims slaughtered and speaks volumes for the gravity of the situation. In reality it is the Kashmiri Muslims who need support and justice to rid them of India’s illegal occupation. —The author, a retired PAF Group Captain, served as Air & Naval attaché at Riyadh and is currently a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.
ismay over the continued violence in Syria is under standable and should impel the United States, other “friends of Syria” and the United Nations to support relief measures including, if necessary, the creation of safe havens for refugees. But the Obama administration is right to stop short of either arming Syrian rebels — who, according to US intelligence officials, have been infiltrated by Islamic extremists from outside the country — or engaging in direct military intervention. Advocates of military involvement exaggerate the ease with which the US could shape events in Syria and underestimate the dangers. The civil war in Syria, an echo of the Arab Spring but also increasingly a sectarian struggle and a proxy battle between Sunni and Shiite Muslim nations, is a humanitarian disaster. In August as many as 5,000 people were killed, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that more than 100,000 Syrians fled their country during that month, doubling the number of refugees to 235,000. More than 1 million Syrians may need emergency food aid. Advocates of arming the Syrian rebels or imposing a Libya-style “no-fly zone” — which, given Syria’s air defences, would probably require a major bombing campaign to be effective — suggest that altering the military equation is the best way to end the suffering of the Syrian people. To be sure, some advocates of intervention have geopolitical motives for assisting the rebels, notably undermining the position of Iran, Assad’s ally and patron. Still, the humanitarian argument for intervention is a serious one. The key questions are whether the threat to civilians has become dire enough to merit US involvement in a war of choice on the other side of the globe, or whether other steps could be taken to minimize the loss of life without arming the rebels or attacking the regime. One alternative to war is to increase pressure on Assad — and here Russia might be supportive — to accede to requests by the International Committee of the Red Cross for measures to protect civilians (and thus slow and even reverse the tide of refugees). If necessary, civilian areas could be placed under the protection of international peacekeepers. — Los Angeles Times
Act with caution
he southeast Asian region is an economic hot spot — an area which presents enormous possibilities to superpowers like the US and China to gain commercial leverage in these economically trying times. The US has been battling economic drought and seeks to gain a foothold in an area which is prosperous and seen as one of the fastest growing in the world. China merely wants to bulldoze its way through in a quest towards opening up more and more trading outposts all across the world. This spot, however, is a little closer to home and presents an ideal opportunity to increase its growing influence, thanks to the presence of huge gas reserves in the South China Sea. In the light of this scenario US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plea for Asean unity against China in dealing with territorial disputes — namely the South China Sea issue — comes across as duplicitous. As Clinton urges the stakeholders to work towards a meaningful and result-oriented process, without coercion and show of force, she is tacitly playing her cards and revealing her hand: That the US wants to be a major player in the region. Clinton’s support for a regionally endorsed six-point plan to ease tensions, by implementing a code of conduct for all claimants to disputed islands, will not come without Washington getting a reasonable slice of the cake for its services. Such a move will be seen as a red flag by China and the region will in time could potentially become a platform for a US-China political and economic confrontation. This is why the situation presents Asean countries with an opportunity to realise their true potential and function with an independent, but cautious, mindset without being influenced by either Beijing, or Washington. — Gulf News
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigree of nations. Samuel Johnson British lexicographer
Religion of peace T
he “root” of the word “Islam” in Arabic is SALAMA which is the origin of the words Peace and Submission, a submission to Allah the almighty and peace to all humanity. It is, thus, no wonder why the salutation in Islam is: “Al-Salamu Alaikum or Peace on You.” In this regard, Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) ordered his fellow Muslims to salute others Muslims or non-Muslims with peace when he said: “Peace Before Speech” It is a Rule in Islam that during war time, an enemy warrior who pronounces the word peace is totally immune. The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam is what the word “Islam” itself means. The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of Christianity which was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gotama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius, and Marxism after Karl Marx. Nor was it named after a tribe like Judaism after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus. Islam is the true religion of Allah the almighty and as such, its name represents the central principle of Allah’s “God’s” religion; the total submission to the will of Allah the almighty. The Arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to Allah the almighty and anyone who does so is termed a Muslim, The word also implies Peace
which is the natural consequence of Allah saying to Prophet Moses’ total submission to the will of Allah people or their descendants that their the almighty. Hence, it was not a new religion is Judaism, nor to the followreligion brought by ers of Christ that their Prophet Muhammad The Spirit Of Islam religion is Christian(PBUH) I in Arabia in ity. In fact, Christ was the seventh century, not even his name, but only the true relinor was it Jesus! The gion of Allah re-exname “Christ” comes pressed in its final from the Greek word form. Islam is the reChristos which ligion which was means the annointed. given to Adam, the That is, Christ is a first man and the first Greek translation of prophet of Allah, and the Hebrew title it was the religion of “Messiah”. The name all the prophets sent “Jesus” on the other by Allah to mankind. hand, is a latinized The name of God’s Atif Noor Khan version of the Hereligion lslam was not brew name Esau. decided upon by later generations of Since the total submission of man. It was chosen by Allah Himself one’s will to Allah represents the esand clearly mentioned in His final sence of worship, the basic message revelation to man. of Allah’s divine religion, Islam is the In the final book of divine rev- worship of Allah alone and the avoidelation, the Qur’aan, Allah states ance of worship directed to any per“This day have I perfected your reli- son, place or thing other than gion for you, completed My favour Allah.Since everything other than upon you, and have chosen for you Allah, the Creator of all things, is Islam as your religion”. (Soorah Al- Allah’s creation; it may be said that Maa’idah 5:3). “If anyone desires a Islam, in essence calls man away religion other than Islam (submission from the worship of creation and into Allah (God) never will It be ac- vites him to worship only its Creator. cepted of Him” (Soorah Aal’imraan He is the only one deserving man’s 3:85). “Abraham was not a Jew nor worship as it is only by His will that Christian; but an upright prayers are answered. Muslim.”(Soorah Aal’imraan 3:67). If man prays to a tree and his Nowhere in the Bible will you find prayers are answered, it was not the
tree which answered his prayers but Allah who allowed the circumstances prayed for to take place. One might say, “That is obvious,” however, to tree-worshippers it might not be. Similarly, prayers to Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna, to Saint Christopher, or Saint Jude or even to Muhammad, are not answered by them but are answered by Allah. Jesus did nottell his followers to worship him but to worship Allah. As the Qur’aan states: “And behold Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary Did you say to men, Worship me and my mother as gods besides Allah He will say-”Glory to you I could never say what I had no right (to say’)” (Soorah AlMaa’idah- 5:116). Nor did he worship himself when he worshipped but rather he worshipped Allah. This basic principle is enshrined in the opening chapter of the Qur’aan, known as Soorah Al-Faatihah, verse 4: “You alone do we worship and from you alone do we seek help”. It consists in the submission to Allah as one God, yielding to Him by obeying His commandments, and the denial of polytheism and polytheists. Prophets were sent, as was earlier mentioned, to every nation and tribe to support man’s natural belief in Allah and man’s inborn inclination to worship Him as well as to reinforce the divine truth.
The verbal Pakistani society on interrupting the other speakers that may not agree to his earlier version. Can blame a technolDr Zafar Altaf one ogy for what is hapEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org pening? Pakistanis are anything but supportive of anything but their own selfish ends. Technology users are he TV is a disaster by all no better. There is very little in it for counts. In other countries it the consumers everything from the has created criminal activities policy makers and the owners. Why are we tongue wagers? The but in Pakistan it has given rise to, besides criminal activities, a shout- answer probably lies in the lazy ating match between self styled ana- titudes that we have developed over the years where the hard working lysts and political pundits. This shouting match usually efficient and meritorious are left out starts with ‘he said this.. and I said and relatives and cronies of the pothis and then a regular mismatch of litical system are brought in. uncivilized behavior is witnessed. Pakistan’s book trade is one of the The shouting goes on and on and worst in the world, not in Asia, but opinions and opinions are passed on in the world. Countries like Nepal to the captive audience. The first and even Central Asian Republics speaker having had his say then keeps are better off. The book trade has
always been a preferred baby of the SBP. His is so be use the book trade is given a preferential exchange rate so that they can enhance their profits. Despite nearly three and a half decades of independence we have not been able to handle the situation in any of the social sectors. Anyone of the powerful can get away with murder. The laws and the institutions of law are so construed and given the police investigation the anti-corruption laws in vogue there is nothing that the ordinary citizen can shout about. The institution of the anti corruption was at its worst during the Kala Bagh[KB] times and the present Punjab regime wants to catch up with the KB so that they are made to look as fierce as him. The director Anti-corruption of the time was Mohammad Hussain who used to say quite openly that he was the bulldog of KB and that it was his duty to bark. I do not know who the current Director is but he cer-
tainly is emulating the KB’s director of the 1960s. The Anti corruption establishment [ACE] then and now are similar. They relish in lying and they relish in being sadistic of nature. For the first time one realized that they have their own boot house where they carry out all kinds of atrocities. They act as if they were not son[s] of their father[s]. How can they demonize themselves is beyond me. Why should they act on behalf of the then KB and why now on the direction of an MNA and an MPA. Is that what is required in this independent country. Or are we really independent or do we have a blood curdling ability to be vindictive. All this is done verbally so that no record is available should the tables turn on their current political bosses. Eunuchs. But there ia another side to the verbal system. The liability for what one said does not emerge unlike in a document in print.
Views From Abroad
Syria’s parallel to 1980s Afghanistan ministration, to its credit, recognizes the dangers ahead. That’s one reason Obama’s approach to this war David Ignatius has been cautious and, according to critics, half-hearted and ineffective. Because the way forward is so uncertain, the administrahe United States and its allies tion has been taking baby steps. What does history teach us about are moving in Syria toward a programme of covert support such interventions that may be usefor the rebels that, for better or ful in the Syrian case? Here are sevworse, looks very much like what eral points to keep in mind as the America and its friends did in Af- covert war against Syrian President ghanistan in the 1980s. The paral- Bashar al-Assad ripens: (1) The lels are spooky. In Syria, as in Af- United States should be wary of supghanistan, CIA officers are operat- porting a Saudi strategy that ineviing at the borders (in this case, tably is self-interested. The Saudis mostly in Jordan and Turkey), help- understandably would prefer that ing Sunni insurgents improve their Sunnis who oppose autocratic rule command and control and engaging should wage their fight far from the kingdom; Damascus is a far safer in other activities. Weapons are coming from third venue than Riyadh. (2) The United States should be parties (in Afghanistan, they came mostly from China and Egypt; in cautious about embracing the SunniSyria, they’re mainly bought on the vs-Shiite dynamic of the Syrian war. black market). And finally, a major Rage against Shiites and their Irafinancier for both insurgencies has nian patrons has been a useful prop been Saudi Arabia. The Obama ad- for the United States and Israel in
mobilizing Sunni opposition against Assad, who as an Alawite is seen as part of the Shiite crescent. But this is a poisonous and potentially ruinous sectarian battle, the kind that nearly destroyed Iraq and Lebanon and is now plunging Syria into the inferno. The Saudis want to fight Shiites, yes, and further from home than in Bahrain, or in Qatif in the kingdom’s eastern province. (3) The United States should work hard (if secretly) to help the more sensible elements of the Syrian opposition and to limit the influence of extremists. This policy was ignored in Afghanistan, where the United States allowed Pakistan (aided by Saudi money) to back the fighters it liked — who turned out to be among the most extreme and dangerous. America is still trying to undo the mess caused by that exercise in realpolitik. Don’t do it again. (4) Finally, the United States should subtly play the tribal card, which may be as crucial in Syria as it was in Iraq. The leaders of many Syrian tribes have sworn a blood oath of vengeance against Assad, and their power is one reason the engine of this insurgency is rural,
conservative and Sunni. But Iraq showed that the tribal leaders can be the best bulwark against the growth of al-Qaeda and other extremists. What’s scary about Syria is that al-Qaeda is already fighting there, in the hundreds. Cells in Mosul and other parts of northern Iraq are sending fighters across the Syria-Iraq border, with the jihadist pipeline now operating in reverse. Arab intelligence sources tell me that the Syrian opposition is laudably battling al-Qaeda’s influence: The opposition killed an al-Qaeda fighter named Walid Boustani, who tried to declare an “emirate” in a town near the Lebanese border; they also demolished a cell that raised al-Qaeda’s black flag near Bab al-Salameh, along the Turkish border. Sunni opposition fighters aren’t necessarily al-Qaeda fanatics, in other words. The rebels fighting Assad deserve limited US support, just as the anti-Soviet mujahedeen did. But be careful: This way lies chaos and extremism that can take a generation to undo if the United States and its allies aren’t prudent. Courtesy: The Washington Post
The torch passes on..!
t was my mother’s call this morning from Baltimore where she lives. “How are you Bob?” “I’m fine,” I said, “why?” “Nothing!” she said, “ I was just worried about you.” I smiled and not for a moment did I wonder what it was she worried about. I knew mothers always worry about their children. There is nothing I can do to stop my mother worrying about me and as I pondered over this thought, I recalled an article written by a young mother: “Is there a magic cutoff period when offspring become account-
able for their own actions? Is there a wonderful moment when parents can become detached spectators in the lives of their children and shrug and say, “It’s their life,” and feel nothing?” “When I was in my twenties and a young mother, I stood in a hospital corridor waiting for doctors to put a few stitches on my son’s head. I asked, “When do you stop worrying?” The nurse said, “When they get out of the accident stage.” My mother, standing nearby, just smiled faintly and said nothing. “When I was in my thirties, I sat on a little chair in a classroom and heard how one of my children talked incessantly, disrupted the class, and was headed for a career making license plates. As if to read my mind, a teacher said, “Don’t worry, they all go
through this stage and then you can sit back, relax and enjoy them.” My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.” “When I was in my forties, I spent a lifetime waiting for the phone to ring, the bikes to come home, the front door to open. A friend said, “They’re trying to find themselves. Don’t worry, in a few years, you can stop worrying. They’ll be adults.” My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.” “By the time I was 50, I was sick and tired of being vulnerable. I was still worrying over my children, but there was a new thought; that there was nothing I could do about it My mother still smiled faintly and said nothing. I continued to anguish over their failures, be tormented by their frustrations and absorbed in their disappointments.” “My friends said that
when my kids got married I could stop worrying and lead my own life. I wanted to believe that, but I was haunted by my mother’s warm smile and her occasional, “You look pale. Are you all right? Call me the minute you get home. Are you depressed about something?” “Can it be that mothers are sentenced to a lifetime of worry? Is concern for one another handed down like a torch to blaze the trail of human frailties and the fears of the unknown? Is concern a curse or is it a virtue that elevates us to the highest form of life?” “My daughter became quite irritable recently, saying to me, “I was so worried the other night when my little one came home late..!” I smiled a warm smile. The torch had passed on..! —Email: email@example.com
Voice of the People Why book reading is must? HADIA MUKHTAR SINGAPURI
outh nowadays have lost their charm in reading books. If we take a stroll at the city we see book stores either closing down or are vacant even when they put up 70% discount to sell their stock. The Urdu bazaar, which rendered a life blood of literature and education equipment has now, become a place people scorn upon. The place is heavily stagnated with filth and awful odor, there is no place to park the cars, people get robbed, the books are in extremely pitiable condition and there are no records or proper categorization of books according to subjects and fields of interest. The buyers come back home almost empty handed, distraught and disappointed. “A room without books is like a body without a soul” and if that is true then we have ceased to live a meaningful life. We have traded our soul, our capability to think avidly and a critical lens by which we view the world with cheap and detrimental compensation of technology. The fact that we have lost our interest in reading academic books and essays by famous philosophers and accomplished writers has made us susceptible to fall prey to the professional “spin doctors” of media industry who now control our strings. What we now perceive as reality, is a partial depiction of the picture; the reality is distorted and once we have lost interest in seeing what shimmers beneath the mirage, we have fallen easily in their trap. With our mind closed, our vision narrowed and our eyes blinded to reality we have turned our backs to change not the world but ourselves entirely. —Karachi
Solar parking lots MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Recently while surfing on the internet I found a very interesting and effective concept of Solar Power Plants. There are many parking lots all over country (parking plazas are still very few). Parking lots take up lots of underutilized space. However, thanks to recent structural innovations, the solar power industry has put increasing amounts of that underutilized space to productive use. Vast swaths of asphalt nationwide are being covered by structures fitted with photovoltaic panels that generate electricity – while also providing shade for parked vehicles. Installations of parking lot canopies (PLCs) have become an economically viable choice for businesses and institutions weighing renewable energy options. But the biggest problem which Pakistan will face in this type of parking lots is law and order situation of any place which can affect these parking lots as angry mob can damage it. But if this type of parking lot is built in Pakistan then it can help a lot in reducing energy crisis. —Karachi
Introducing reforms in Police MUHAMMAD UZAIR NIAZI At present the world is facing different problems on the societal level. These problems are of different natures, and are being controlled by different institutions. The institution of police has the duty to control different problems of the society, and make the security of the society their utmost priority. In Pakistan the police department has been neglected face long. The government has failed to introduce new reforms in this department, making it more outdated. Right after, Pakistan decided to plunge in the war against terrorism, crime rate through out the country mounted up tremendously. This unrest has played a key role in disturbing the over all fragment of the society. The over all structure of Pakistani police is not well planned to reward good behavior, as the merit based opportunities for the professional progression are scarce. The less pay factor is also playing a vibrant role in this department, by compelling the police officers to do corruption. The government must give proper attention to this department by providing them training, equipment, etc to make it more effective. The intervention of politics in police department must be eliminated on emergency basis, so that the police officers can perform their duty efficiently and properly. Induction of more women police officers is also an important element of police reforms, as this strategy will help in safeguarding the rights of women in society. Such reforms will generate positive results, and will help in maintaining peace and harmony in the society. —Mianwali
form of Assistance. Secondly this fund could not be withdrawn by the Information Minister or Secretary Information without each other’s willingness, so there is a proper method of Check and Balance regarding this fund. Kind of false perception is being created that the government uses this Secret fund to bribe and oblige the journalists, rather, as we all know that there isn’t any proper institute for the journalists which could take care of them in case of any disaster or death, the government distributes this fund among the Survivor or the Widows of those Journalists who die, the fund is also used to provide the journalists with the medical facilities, for educational and Marriage expenses of the Children of the journalists after the recommendation of Journalist organizations or Press Club. —Islamabad
BJP and partition RANA ABDUL BAQI The anti-Pakistan lobby continued to malign Quaid e Azam in controversies even after his death, the latest being the book on “Jinnah, India, Independence and Partition” published in India 62 years after the Partition, by Jaswant Singh, a former External Affairs Minister of hard line Bharatia Janata Party. The book was written with a purpose to give vent to the contrast feelings about united India, describing Nehru as the main architect of the partition and Jinnah a Secularist guarding the frontiers of United India. In fact, BJP was always determined to encourage a public debate in Pakistan for re-uniting India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with equally hard line stand of Congress to undo Pakistan. A former BJP Chief, L K Advani is on record clamouring for such a public debate in Pakistan for re-uniting the three countries, by carving out a program of United India with a so called innocent beginning in the guise of Confederation. To make Jaswant Singh’s thesis acceptable in Pakistan, BJP party workers agitated against the publication of this book and Mr. Singh was subsequently expelled from BJP before visiting Pakistan to introduce his book. However, when he failed to attract the Pakistani public opinion, his membership of BJP was restored on return to India. It is strange that where Jaswant Singh had failed, a Pakistani Federal Minister of ANP Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has now taken up the cause of the so called Confederation of Pakistan with India. Strangely enough, Mr. Altaf Hussain too, selected the current difficult time period for Pakistan, ostensibly to make the personality of the Creator of Pakistan disputed and controversial which may further increase the gulf between the already hostile sectarian groups. It is the duty of the government to curb these tendencies with iron-hand. Pakistan is now an Atomic State and people of Pakistan shall never allow any self seeking person to make it a subservient State to any foreign power. —Islamabad
Energy crisis and solution NOSHEEN AKBAR
SAMINA AMIR MALIK PML-N’s leader Ch Nisar who has accused the federal government of using secret funds to buy the loyalty of journalists but has stopped short of naming the beneficiaries of this benevolent scheme or spelling out how an aspirant could enroll for the dole-out. I hereby disagree with what Ch Nisar has stated. Firstly the secret Fund is not an amount of Billions of Rs it is a small amount that is not more than 40 to 50 millions, the ministry uses this amount for different purposes in different ways. This fund is an auditable fund the cabinet division audits it, and releases the Annual report of how it has been spent. This fund is always given in the form of Cheque either for the Advertisement purposes or in the
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The economic engine and wheels of industry, agriculture and business need energy to move forward. In the age of science and technology our country has been engulfed by darkness. At time when our neighbor India is aiming to become super power of the world, the Pakistanis are left to beat the merciless heat of summers. One can hardly defend undemocratic rolling off of civilian governments by non-democratic forces time and again, however, when got chance civilian governments, too, disappointed their people. If one ponders that how we fell into this trap, it is quite evident that democratic governments wrangling have cost Pakistan a great deal. None of the governments have planned proactively, if one started a particular project, its successor dumped it
merely on political basis regardless of its usefulness. The power sector has also suffered because of powerful oil trading lobbies and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. For example, in 1995 government of Pakistan announced its hydroelectricity policy for private sector developers offering a tariff per unit of 4.7 US cents. Around 30 companies from all over the world turned up to set up hydel projects in the private sector comprising 3000MW. But the policy was shamelessly dumped by the then chairman WAPADA Gen(r) Zulfiqar Ali Khan and finance minister Ishaq Dar, who found the tariff of 4.7 US cents very high. The energy crisis has crippled our economy which was already on decline because of our participation in war on terror and political instability. Pakistan’s economy is all-times low, investors are not interested to invest here owing to energy shortage. Even local investors are fleeing out of Pakistan. Now, question arises what is the possible way out of this. Apparently, there are three solutions to end this crisis. These are; short term solution, medium term solution and long term solution. In short term government must improve the governance of the power sector this includes, circular debt, system losses and theft, failure to collect full bills, corruption and provide gas and oil to the more efficient producers. In the medium term the government has to speed up work on underconstruction hydel projects and allocate maximum funds for starting work on ready to launch projects in the public sector. Update the outdated technology of Gencos and replace, where possible, oil based generation with coal based generation. In the long term government change the energy mix by encouraging coal based and hydel generation. Currently in Pakistan over 60 per cent generation is oil based. In the rest of the world including the US, Europe, China and India coal constitutes 4070 per cent of the energy mix. —Muzaffarabad
Scientist or criminal? DAUD BUTT More or less we all know about Agha Waqar who got over-night fame due to his invention that is being called “Water Kit”. Before discussing Agha Waqar we must discuss the role of media in his fame that fist introduced him a patriot scientist who invented a water kit for his country fellows but later on the same media was introducing him as a criminal. I agree this is media’s responsibly to bring the facts before the people but I am wondering why our media do not do proper investigation before spreading words on-air. Now come to Agha Waqar who, right from the beginning, was called “Fraud, Cheater, etc.” by our senior scientist and now he was declared as a criminal. Let us suppose for a moment that he is a fraud and he had a criminal record, so what?? In our country where from President to a federal minister are allegation or charges against corruption or criminal activities but still enjoying the fruits of their post. Agha Waqar has not done such blunder rather he is trying to help our nation out with invention. This is another issue whether this invention will work or not, will be expensive or cheep? This can be discussed later, but at least we should give him a chance to prove his ability. Let him do his work first if his invention would not be as useful as he said then we would have right to call him “Fraud” or criminal” but it’s not fair to degrade or discourage someone who want to do something for this desperate-nation —Dubai-UAE
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What’s not wrong with drones?
The wildly overblown case against remote-controlled war ROSA BROOKS
OR many on the political left, and more than a few in the middle, drone strikes are the paradigmatic example of U.S. militarism run amok. I’m not crazy about the way the United States has been using drone strikes myself, but many of the most common objections to drones don’t hold up well under scrutiny. Let’s review the case against the drones. 1. Drone strikes kill innocent civilians. This is undoubtedly true, but it’s not an argument against drone strikes as such. War kills innocent civilians, period. But some means and methods of warfare tend to cause more unintended civilian deaths than others. “Drones scout over [Afghanistan and Pakistan] launching Hellfire missiles into the region missing their intended targets, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people,” trumpets the website for Code Pink, a women’s peace group. Similarly, the Anti-War Committee asserts that “the physical distance between the drone and its shooter makes lack of precision unavoidable.” But to paraphrase the NRA, “Drones don’t kill people, people kill people.” At any rate, drone strikes kill civilians at no higher a rate, and almost certainly at a lower rate, than most other common means of warfare. Drones actually permit far greater precision in targeting. Today’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can carry small bombs that do less widespread damage, and there’s no human pilot whose fatigue might limit flight time. Their low profile and relative fuel efficiency combines with this to permit them to spend more “time on target” than any manned aircraft. Drones can engage in “persistent surveillance.-” That means they don’t just swoop in, fire missiles and swoop out: they may spend hours, days, or even months monitoring a potential target. Equipped with imaging technologies that enable operators even thousands of miles away to see details as fine as individual faces, modern drone technologies allow their operators to distinguish between civilians and combatants far
more effectively than most other weapons systems. That doesn’t mean civilians don’t get killed in drone strikes. They do. How many civilians? It depends how you count. The British Bureau of Investigative Journalism analyzed reports by “government, military and intelligence officials, and by credible media, academic and other sources” and came up with a range: the 344 known drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and 2012 killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people, of whom between 474 and 881 were civilians. (The numbers for Yemen and Somalia are much squishier.) The New America Foundation, at which I’m a fellow, came up with slightly lower numbers: somewhere between 1,873 and 3,171 people killed overall in Pakistan, of whom between 282 and 459 were civilians. That means somewhere between 8 percent and 47 percent of Pakistan drone strike victims were probably civilians. Work out the civilian deaths per drone strike ratio for the last eight years, and on average, each drone strike seems to have killed between 0.8 and 2.5 civilians. These are gruesome calculations: behind the numbers, regardless of which data set is right, lie the mangled bodies of human beings. But whether drones strikes cause “a lot” or “only a few” civilian casualties depends what we regard as the right point of comparison. A study by the International Committee for the Red Cross found that on average, 10 civilians died for every combatant killed during the armed conflicts of the 20th century. For the Iraq War, estimates vary widely; different studies place the ratio of civilian deaths to combatant deaths anywhere between 10 to 1 and 2 to 1. Compared to the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, drone strikes look pretty good. Compared to world peace, not so much. The most meaningful point of comparison is probably manned aircraft. It’s difficult to get solid numbers here, but one analysis published in the Small Wars Journal suggested that in 2007 the ratio of civilian
CCORDING to the UN’s 2012 report on MDGs, over 70% of the burden of collecting water for households in Sub-Saharan Africa falls on women and girls. Education is crucial to promoting health and hygiene, but the fact that girls are sent to fetch water instead of attending school is proving to be damaging for the future. While women do most of the farm work, their role in decisions related to water, agriculture and food management is very limited. Women have held a restricted number of positions in government min-
istries dealing with agriculture and natural resources. Most African states are parties to international conventions protecting rights of women, and even have national laws that prevent gender based discrimination; however there is a clearly perceived gap between policy and implementation. As the weeklong international conference on water concluded Friday, it was left to one of the keynote speakers from the United Nations to focus on a much neglected perspective on water and food security: the role of women. Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of U.N. Women, told delegates that development can be neither sustainable nor inclusive if it does not free women and girls from “carrying heavy buckets of water every day”. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 71 percent of the burden of collecting water for households falls on women and girls, says the U.N.’s 2012 report on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Currently, women in Africa spend an estimated 200 million hours per day collecting water. Worldwide, it’s a whopping 40 billion hours per year. “And that’s a billion with a B,” Puri emphasised to IPS hours after she made an impassioned plea for gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to food and water security. Speaking at the closing session of the conference, she pointed out that although women carry, literally and metaphorically, most water-related tasks – playing a key role in food production, especially in subsistence farming, and performing most of the unpaid care work -their participation in decision-making processes on water and food management remains very low. “This does not only result in biased and misinformed decision-making, it jeopardises the achievement of women’s human rights,” she added. The annual conference, one of the world’s largest gathering of water experts, drew over 2,000 delegates to the Swedish capital this year. Rita Colwell, the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, said women in Bangladesh were using their saris to filter contaminated water, resourcefulness that has helped reduce cholera by nearly 50 percent. “The key area of empowerment is in empowering women,” she added. ”In educating women on the value of safe water, we are then educating the household, and through that the entire country, to change their behaviour.” At a side event, “Why African Women Matter in Sustainable Food Production”, it was pointed out that women do much of the farm work, and also grow most of the food crops, yet men control most of the land, farming inputs and equipment and agricultural markets. The bottom line: women are key actors in agricultural activities but they are not key decision makers. There are few or no women in national water boards governing the management and distribution of water, and fewer still holding decision-making jobs at ministries for gender affairs. In 2012, women held less than six percent of all ministerial positions in the field of environment, natural resources and energy, according to the United Nations. Agriculture has not fared any better. “Only five percent of women in Kenya own land registered in their own names,” said Dr. Akinyi Nzioki of the Centre for Land, Economy and Rights of Women (CLEAR) based in Kenya.—IPS
But drone strikes have also gotten far less lethal for civilians in the last few years: the New America Foundation concludes that only three to nine civilians were killed during 72 U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan in 2011, and the 2012 number — so far — is zero civilians killed in 36 strikes. In part, this is due to technological advances over the last decade, but it’s also due to far more stringent rules for when drones can release weapons. 2. Drones strikes are bad because killing at a distance is unsavory. Really? If killing from a safe distance (say, Creech Air Force Base in Nevada) is somehow “wrong,” what’s should be our preferred alternative — stripping troops of body armor, or taking away their guns and requiring them to engage in hand-to-hand combat? If drone strikes enable us to kill enemies without exposing our own personnel, this is presumably a good thing, not a bad thing. Maybe we shouldn’t kill anyone, or maybe we’re killing the wrong people — but these are assertions about ethics, intelligence and strategy, not about drones. Drones don’t present any “new” issues not already presented by aerial bombing — or by any previous historical method of
killing from a distance. In the early 1600s, Cervantes called artillery a “devilish invention” allowing “a base cowardly hand to take the life of the bravest gentleman,” with bullets “coming nobody knows how or from whence.” (Much like drones.) The longbow and cross bow were also once considered immoral, for that matter: in 1139, the Second Lateran Council of Pope Innocent II is said to have “prohibit[ed] under anathema that murderous art of crossbowmen and archers, which is hateful to God” — at least when used against Christians. 3. Drones Turn Killing into a Video Game. Writing in the Guardian, Phillip Allston (the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions) and Hina Shamsi of the ACLU decry “the PlayStation mentality” created by drone technologies. “Young military personnel raised on a diet of video games now kill real people remotely using joysticks. Far removed from the human consequences of their actions, how will this generation of fighters value the right to life?” But are drones more “video game-like” than, say, having cameras in the noses of cruise missiles? Those old enough to remember the first Gulf War will recall the shocking novelty of images taken by cameras inside U.S. Tomahawk missiles, the jolting, grainy images in the crosshairs before everything went ominously black. Regardless, there’s little evidence that drone technologies “reduce” their operators’ awareness of human suffering. If anything, drone operators may be far more keenly aware of the suffering they help inflict than any distant sniper or bomber pilot could be. Journalist Daniel Klaidman reports the words of one CIA drone operator, a former Air Force pilot: “I used to fly my own air missions.... I dropped bombs, hit my target load, but had no idea who I hit. [With drones], I can look at their faces... see these guys playing with their kids and wives.... After the strike, I see the bodies being carried out of the house. I see the women weeping and in positions of mourning. That’s not
PlayStation; that’s real.” Increasingly, there’s evidence that drone pilots, just like combat troops, can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder: watching a man play with his children, then seeing his mangled body takes a psychological toll. A recent Air Force study found that 29 percent of drone pilots suffered from “burnout,” with 17 percent “clinically distressed.” 4. Targeted killings are creepy. Many critics of drone strikes are also broadly uncomfortable with targeted killings, viewing them as little more than assassinations or simple murder. In targeted killings, lethal force is aimed at specific, named individuals. (Not all targeted killings involve drone strikes, just as not all drone strikes are targeted killings.) Last week, I wrote that whether targeted killings are lawful depends entirely on whether you think the law of war applies in a given situation. But assuming it does apply — which is surely true in Afghanistan, at least-- it’s hard to see the problem with targeted killing. Should we prefer untargeted killing? Going after a named, specifically identifiable individual we know to be a bad guy may make us uncomfortable, but it’s surely better — assuming our intelligence is solid — than, say, lobbing grenades into a compound filled with unnamed probable bad guys. None of this means we should feel sanguine about the way drone strikes are used by the United States. In next week’s column, I’ll focus on reasons we should worry about drone strikes. Current U.S. practice presents glaring rule of law problems, and unmanned technologies also provide the executive branch with a new means of circumventing the War Powers Act, increasing the temptation to use force. Perhaps even more ominously, the increased use of drones by the U.S. also risks completely unsettling the precarious collective security structures created by the U.N. Charter.There’s plenty not to like about drone warfare.—FP
The corporate scramble for Africa
Women spend 40 billion hours collecting water THALIF DEEN
deaths due to coalition air attacks in Afghanistan may have been as high as 15 to 1. More recent UN figures suggest a far lower rate, with as few as one civilian killed for every ten airstrikes in Afghanistan.
OLLOWING the Marikana mine kill ings in South Africa, this Al Jazeera article examines the struggle be tween local communities and western corporate firms in Africa. The World Bank has portrayed the mining industry as the key to Africa’s future economic growth. But this new corporate scramble for Africa’s natural resources has affected local communities and their respective hierarchies. This article suggests three things: governments need to renegotiate mining contracts and increase mining royalties, companies need to invest in using the skills of the local population, and finally governments need to commit to full transparency. The Marikana mine massacre last week may be the ANC’s Sharpeville moment, but the struggle we are witnessing - workers and local communities against corporate giants and in some cases their own governments - is not just unfolding in South Africa. There is a new corporate scramble for Africa’s natural resources. You’d think it should play differently this time. After all, it’s a half century since political independence and decades since the first waves of resource nationalism resulted in the nationalisation of extractive industries across the continent. Since then, both sides have come to realise they need the other, and there’s this new buzzword of sustainable development. In fact, the stage is set for Resource Conflict 2.0. The World Bank and others continue to flag the mining industry in particular as the engine of Africa’s future economic growth - the auditor Ernst & Young issued a report last year entitled “Africa: A Golden Opportunity”. Pundits predict that foreign investment in mining across the continent is set to increase by an astonishing 40 per cent this year and the top 40 mining companies in the world achieved record profits last year of $133
billion between them. Some 17 African countries already register high dependence on extractives for hard currency and export earnings and meanwhile up to a dozen countries - Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Liberia, Mauritania, perhaps even Somalia - are about to start producing oil or gas. Conflict exists at two levels. Across the continent governments are stirring, feeling that now is the time to increase their take. Ghana has said it will renegotiate mining contracts, as has Nigeria with its offshore oil contracts. Zambia just doubled its royalty take from copper, and other countries are beginning to insert state-owned companies as sleeping partners in ventures. Despite Eurogloom, the global economy stepped back from the precipice of 2009 - for the moment - and Africa’s leaders and functionaries are getting assertive. So far so classic. But it’s the community level where the conflict is more explosive. Two decades of unchallenged neo-liberal consensus have morphed old nationalisms into Animal Farm-like hierarchies where some are more equal than others. Cyril Ramaphosa built South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers under apartheid and became secretary-general of the ANC during the vital transition period. Then he turned into a businessman with a string of companies and took a seat on the board of Lonmin, the company running the Marikana mine. The workers’ demands for higher wages thus bring them into conflict with their own elites. The Chinese too - in Zambia, where China Inc has invested over a billion dollars in the copper mining industry, workers killed a Chinese mine manager earlier in the month while protesting for the right to the minimum wage the government just announced nationwide. Something has changed in the equation. Local communities are more assertive and more connected - mobile phone
penetration is expected to top 70 per cent across the continent by the end of the year, and even casual visitors cannot but be struck by their ubiquity. The companies have noticed this too. Surveys consistently show resource nationalism is their biggest concern, and their literature now makes much of obtaining a “social license to operate” and the need to get the message of all their community activities out there. But the typical big extractive company’s view of corporate citizenship is about as evolved as a Victorian gentlewoman’s programme of good works. For many, corporate social responsibility departments are window dressing and, deeper in the bowels of the company, closer to its real power centres, the view persists that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and the more they can fly under the radar the better. But that just won’t work any more, any more than the photo-op at the whitewashed health care clinic that closes a few months later because nobody thought to figure out how it was going to be staffed. Three things are needed: levelling up the playing field when African governments negotiate with Big Oil or Big Mining so that agreements are fairer; commitment by the companies to radical growth of the local skills base; and by governments to radical transparency, of a kind not seen before. All over Africa the negotiation process is still largely random. I know a bloke who ended up writing the entire regulatory regime for Somalia’s oil sector pretty much by accident - he’d originally gone there for a week to do something else. Companies employ legions of world class lawyers and know every trick in the trade. Governments are often reduced to asking for pro bono advice, sometimes even from their adversary across the table. If you’re in this game, the more stories you hear the more frightening it is. Contracts which determine billions of dollars and millions of jobs deter-
mined by things as trivial as a phone call never returned, or one key term left unexplained by advisors. Lack of negotiating capacity is part of the reason for the next problem - the failure of all these capital-rich industries to reach into the rest of the economy and create inclusive growth and jobs. Half a million South Africans work in the mining industry but there are massive skills shortages. In theory contracts should address this issue through “local content” clauses which oblige companies to train, hire and procure locally. In practice, companies succeed in watering down these clauses until they are meaningless. Without positive discrimination to build local skills and participation, extractives will remain a largely neo-colonial activity in Africa. Brazil has built its own skills base, some of the Middle Eastern states have done it. Why not Africa? Finally, transparency. It’s a nice buzzword and companies now have well groomed representatives ready to tell all kind of “multistakeholder initiatives” and TV channels how committed they are to sustainability. But there’s precious little for anyone to get hold of, a few impenetrable 80-page reports publishing figures so selective they always make you wonder where the rest are. How about radical transparency? Massive screens in every Nigerian city clocking in real-time how much oil is leaving the export terminals for Europe and the United States? And how many petrodollars the Central Bank has received so far this year. Why doesn’t the South African government publish the terms of the contract it signed with Lonmin? If it is business as usual, there will be more Marikanas. In fact, with the blogosphere, expectations raised by the Arab Spring, and the promise of mobile phone ubiquity, business as usual no longer exists.—GPF
Russia’s stake in Asia-Pacific DMITRI TRENIN
OLDING the Asia-Pacific Eco nomic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok will give Russia a chance to remind the world that two-thirds of its vast territory is in Asia and that it has a longer stretch of the Pacific coastline than any other country. After the break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Russia has all but vanished from the Asia-Pacific horizon.The name of the game has changed: Ideological confrontation and military stand-offs have been succeeded by economic competition under globalisation. Russia, a champion of the former, is yet to prove itself a modern economic power. Merely playing host to a score of APEC leaders will not do the job, really, because Russia needs to upgrade its economy to make its presence genuinely felt in Asia and the Pacific. Can an opening to Asia-Pacific help? It surely can. Some of the Russian regions most hit by de-industrialisation and falling population are East Siberia and the Far East. These territories physically abut some of Asia-Pacific’s most dynamic or most advanced economies: China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Once an industrial power itself, Russia has now turned into a raw materials’ base for its neighbours. Can Russia do better? It must, if it wants to stay in one piece. To modernise, it needs capital investments and technology transfers from the neighbouring countries, which it should treat as its own modernisation resources. To be able to attract and then absorb those
transfers, it needs to improve its business environment. Again, Asian countries’ experience would be useful. Russian President Vladimir Putin evidently understands that. Long accustomed to viewing Siberia as its backyard and the Far East as its bulwark, Moscow is now visibly rebalancing toward Asia and the Pacific. Holding this year’s APEC summit in Vladivostok - and not, as some suggested, in St. Petersburg or Moscow - is one way of building elements of modern infrastructure in the far-flung outpost; the establishment of a special ministry for the Far East in Khabarovsk is another. Putin, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and their ministers log long hours visiting the region. These are too traditional and probably not the most effective ways of spurring regional development, but they suggest that the problem is certainly understood, even if the solution still looks rather distant. An additional factor pushing Moscow eastward is the eurozone debt crisis. The European Union, Russia’s most important economic partner by far (it accounts for
just more than 50 percent of Moscow’s overall foreign trade), is likely to spend a decade without economic growth. In contrast, China, even if its economy is slowing down, is still growing at a rate that most other countries can only envy. The Sino-Russian economic interaction does have its share of problems. Energy cooperation, in particular, has fallen short of either country’s expectations, primarily in the natural gas area. The plans developed three years ago for close crossborder ties between the Russian Far East and China’s Northeast, have so far failed to materialise. There are concerns in Russia, including in the government, over labour immigration from China, and the government itself is occasionally accused by its domestic opponents of turning the country, beginning from the Far East, into an economic appendage of the Chinese colossus. However, China has remained important for Russia since 2000 and overtook Germany as Russia’s largest trading partner in 2011. And Russians are thinking hard about ways to both expand bilateral trade and improve the structure of its exports, dominated by
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natural resources. There are problems with others as well. For a long time, Russians have been stymied in their outreach to Japan by the continuing territorial dispute over four relatively small islands, which they call the Southern Kurils, and the Japanese refer to as their Northern Territories. The dispute does not prevent Russo-Japanese trade, of course, but it does not allow Tokyo to use public funds to stimulate economic relations. Russia’s plans of laying a gas pipeline to the Republic of Korea via the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and similar plans of building a Trans-Korean railroad, and connecting it to the Trans-Siberian, have been stalled by the continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Gazprom’s drilling for gas and oil off Vietnam’s coast in the South China Sea is too close for Beijing’s comfort. Yet the Russians are clearly rediscovering Asia - including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, India and Australia - as an economic rather than a strategic field. Even if Asians still do not see much of them, the Russians are there to do business. Unnoticed by virtually everyone in the region, they are working on a free trade area agreement with New Zealand: a test case, one should hope, for more and larger deals. Putin and other leaders in Russia recognise that economic power is the new hard currency in the international arena. After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia has just joined the World Trade Organisation. —Courtesy - China Daily. The author is director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.
Need stressed to follow Quaid’s motto of Unity, Faith and Discipline
LHC calls report from NAB against Sharifs cases
From Pag 1 tyrs, heroism of the armed rarily barred the accountabilforces as well as exemplary ity court from hearing the unity and patriotism of Pakicase. stani people without any disEarlier in July, NAB Chairtinction of caste or creed. man Admiral (retd) Fasih Former prime minister Bokhari had re-quested an acof Azad Kashmir, Sardar countability court to reopen Attique Ahmad Khan said, pending cases against PMLwe must safeN leaders Nawaz Sharif and g u a r d his brother Shahbaz Sharif. P a k i s t a n ’s The three cases included the identity and Hudaibiya Paper Mills, Asabstain from sets Beyond Known Sources apologetic atof Income and the Ittefaq titude while Foundry (Wilful Loan Dedealing with fault) cases. Proceedings in other counthe cases were adjourned sine tries espedie by the account-ability cially India. court in 2001 when the brothHe said, Pakistan has all ers were in exile. potential to protect itself and After their return to the make progress. What we country, NAB filed an applicaneed is commitment to the tion in 2007 re-opening the ideals of the founders of the cases. The application was accountry. cepted but in 2010 the cases He supported the prowere adjourned sine die by the th accountability court which di- LAHORE: Rangers paying tribute to the martyrs of 6 September 1965 war after laying floral wreath on the cess of normalization with India but underlined the need rected that the trial could be monument on Defence Day of Pakistan. not to compromise on nacommenced if an application tional interests. He explained signed by NAB’s chair-man that Pakistan cannot afford was submitted before the court. abandoning the Kashmir cause and it should also stick to its nuclear programme, maintaining deterrence. He observed that the nation From Pag 1 should overcome the probgiven the government all the could not be reached for back of the Armed Forces,’ lems caused by mismanageFrom Pag 1 information it has asked for as he emphasised. comment. ment and corruption. In the wake of Afridi’s ar- part of its investigation. After the May 2011 AmeriMr Malik was of the view Former Speaker NaFrom Back Page Qadri said he expects that that US-backed India’s growcan raid that killed bin Laden, rest Pakistani officials have Pakistan arrested Afridi, who become increasingly suspi- the foreign staffers will have ing in-terest in Afghanistan tional Assembly and ex-foreign minister, Gohar Ayub home countries. UK min- allegedly helped the United cious of groups with interna- to leave but said they may K h a n isters launched new guid- States track down the Al-Qaeda tional ties, and many aid be able to re-turn at a future had given a new dimension brought into ance to British local authori- leader. Afridi was said to have groups have reported that it date. The expulsion was first to the imperatives of the security of Pakistan, there-fore, focus varities which makes clear those run a fake vaccination program is becoming more difficult to reported by the British newsthere was a need to draft a ous aspects authorities’ wide range of for the CIA to collect DNA and obtain visas. paper The Guardian. Save the new programme and futurisof the 1965 powers to shut down “beds try to verify bin Laden’s presA lawyer for the doctor, Children is an international tic defence policy. The new and 1971 in sheds” and to take action ence at the com-pound in Samiullah Khan, said Paki- aid group with operations in wars against against landlords on issues Abbottabad where US com- stani investigators in a report more than 50 countries defence policy may taken into considera-tion basic reIndia. He such as overcrowding and mandos found and killed him. concluded that Afridi met with around the world that aims quirements of the de-fence said, Pakipoor maintenance. Afridi was later convicted and some foreigners in connection to improve the lives of chil- forces of Pakistan in next 20 stan never Commenting on the guid- sentenced to 33 years for high with the vaccination drive, dren. The group has been wanted wars with India and ance, the Acting High Com- treason. The US has been push- including someone from Save working in Pakistan since years. Similarly, he said the it fought back in defence. He missioner Alison Blake said: ing for his release and praised the Children in Islamabad. 1979, according to its webinstitu-tion of the National paid glowing tributes to the “It’s simply unacceptable his actions but in Pakistan he Khan says his client denies site. Recently it has been that migrants are living in is viewed with disdain by many the charges and that he is in- helping some of the roughly Security Council should be martyrs of the two wars who squalid, unsafe accommoda- in-cluding security officials for nocent. Qadri said there’s no 250,000 people who have fled revived so that the civilian sacrificed their lives for the leadership and the top com- life of their beloved land. tion provided by landlords helping a foreign intelligence evidence suggesting that it fighting in Pakistan’s Khyber He said, Pakistan should more interested in a quick agency operate within its bor- worked with Afridi and that agency, a tribal area that bor- manders of the Armed Forces periodically meet and re-view not ignore external danger while profit rather than their basic ders. the aid group has already ders Afghanistan.—AP the emerging threats. He was focusing on internal chalresponsibilities. of the view that the vital in- lenges. Turning to political situ“The actions of these put of the Strategic Planning ation of the country he revealed rogue landlords are helping Di-vision was absolutely that the Quaid-i-Azam in his prifuel illegal working and bennecessary. He said like the vate diary had written that Paefit fraud and creates a Arab Spring in Arab coun- kistan needed presidential form shadow housing market that tries, an Ajam Spring was of government to achieve betcarries dangers to people’s likely to emerge in Pakistan, ter results from democracy. health as well as community which would explode the staFormer relations. From Pag 1 Punjab, adding it was beyond tus quo once for all. H. Naek while the PML-N foreign mintheir mandate as the PPP side was represented by Mr Malik opined that ister, Abdul leader of the opposition in review it first and then we team came Thursday on a hitherto Pakistan had been S a t t a r decide whether this can be single-point agenda. the Senate Ishaq Dar, haphazardly prioritising one analysed the PPP leader Syed sector or the other while Khawaja Mohammad Asif passed unanimously before scenarios of the end of present governKhursheed Shah said that there was a need of focusand Senator Pervez Rashid. 1965, 1971 the government wants to en- sing on 4 Ds simultaneously The law minister gave a ment tenure,” Dar said. and present Ishaq Dar said they act the new accountability detailed briefing on the acie Democracy, Development day, saying would discuss the draft with law with consensus. He said De-fence and Deterrence. countability bill while the the nation the party leadership, Central From Back Page earlier the government held ‘Ideology of Pakistan would PML-N once again openly expressed its reservations Executive Committee and dialogue with the PML-N on be a cementing force for the insurgents. Abu Saif was during the two hours of ex- those members who were as- 18th,19th and 20th amend- Federation and an impetus for sociated in the draft prepara- ment in the constitution and also a known associate of al- change of views. the country to take a leap forQaeda leader Hanzallah, who Talking to the media after tion of the bill. He said the those were passed with con- ward,’ the NPC Chairman said PPP delegation told them that was killed along with several the conclusion of the meetsensus. He said now they emphatically. was hearing the petition at of his fighters in July 1 op- ing, PML-N leader Ishaq Dar they would also discuss the were holding talks on the acthe court’s Quetta registry draft with other political pareration in Kunar, the state- said the meeting was held countability bill and a draft filed by the Balochistan Bar ties. ment further said. has been handed over to under a single-point agenda Association on the law and He said there is unanim- PML-N. He said it is endeavA post-strike assessment which only discussed the order. determined no civilian prop- proposed accountability bill. ity of views between the two our of the PPP that all the Chief Justice of Pakistan parties that the Accountabilerty was damaged and no ciimportant legislation in the He said that the PPP leadIftikhar Muhammad ity Bill needs to be replaced vilians were harmed, the ers have provided them a parliament is done with conChaudhary said that they ISAF statement contended. copy of the amended law, as there was consensus in sensus. Farooq H Naek said would not tolerate violation From Pag 1 Taliban militatns whose adding the PML-N leadership Charter of Democracy to re- his ministry has proposed a dawned with prayers in Army of constitution and law. regime was overthrown by will first review the document place the black law of comprehensive accountabil- Units, Naval Establishments “Balochistan Government the U.S.-led military and then propose amend- Musharraf. ity bill. He said instead of should give in black and Dar said that no discus- making one person powerful, and Air Force Bases for the white that it could not resolve compaign in late 2001 for har- ments, if there are any. progress and prosperity of boring al-Qaida’s leader “It is a lengthy 200 page sions were held on the gov- there is need to make the in- the country. Special Dua was the issues faced by people Osama Bin Laden are yet to document which cannot be ernment-backed commission stitution of accountability offered for the eternal peace of Balochistan” CJ adcomment.—NNI read in two hours. We will on creating new provinces in strong and powerful. of the Shuhada, who laid dressed Chief Secretary down their lives in defence of Balochistan. CJ said we would sumthe country. The special messages of the Services Chiefs mon Governor Balochistan were read out to the troops of because he is the constituArmy, Navy and Air Force. tional head of the province Wreath Laying ceremonies to resolve the issue of misswere held at the Graves and ing persons. Apex court adMonuments of the recipients dressing IGFC Balochistan From Pag 1 of the Nishan-e-Haider, the Major General Obaidullah country’s, highest gallantry Kattak said that we had a lot discuss each of the individual subjects will award. A large number of people of expectation from you that meet in Islamabad ahead of belonging to various walks of progress would be made in Krishna’s arrival on Friday and life attended the ceremonies to missing persons case but provide inputs for the commis- pay homage to the brave sons your force had been failed in sion that will be co-chaired by of soil who demonstrated in- this regard. “I would take acKrishna and Pakistan’s For- domitable courage and valour tion if I knew somebody in eign Minister Hina Rabbani in defence of the motherland. my department is involved in Brigadier Muhammad Asif, wrong doings” CJ remarked. Khar. The aim of the joint comCiting a kidnapping of a Brigade Commander laid a flomission is to improve the “nuts and bolts” of the relationship ral wreath and offered fateha at boy, IGFC said that FC carwhile keeping discussions go- the grave of Captain ried out 7 raids for his recoving on contentious issues such Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, as Kashmir, which sparked the first recipient of the coveted three of the four wars between Nishan-e-Haider who emFrom Pag 1 braced Shahadat at Tilpatri the two neighbours. Trade has been the main (Azad Kashmir) in 1948. Briga- mation ministry should be driver of relations between dier Khalid Mukhtar Farani, Sta- o p e n . He further asked the India and Pakistan since last tion Commander Okara, laid a floFebruary when the two coun- ral wreath and offered Fateha at ministry to inform the court tries resumed dialogue that the Mazar of Major Tufail of its budget and mandate. had been stalled by the Muhammad Shaheed, at The bench maintained that Tufailabad in Tehsil Arifwala. it was compelled to pass an Mumbai attacks in 2008. Since the resumption of the Major Tufail Muhammad em- interim order in the case as dialogue, India has relaxed braced Shahadat at Lakshmi the ministry, even after berules to allow Pakistani invest- Bridge in East Pakistan in 1958. ing given so much time, Lieutenant General has not provided the court ment into India and both sides are working on ways to allow Raheel Shareef, Commander with any information. The petition prays to their banks to operate in the Gujranwala Corps laid a floother country. Besides his ral wreath at the Grave of the Supreme Court (SC) to meeting with Khar, Krishna’s Major Aziz Bhatti, Shaheed, form a commission that will engagements include meetings in Ladian near Gujrat and of- be responsible for inquirwith Pakistan president Asif Ali fered fateha. Major Raja Aziz ing about the source of inZardari, Prime Minister Raja Bhatti Shaheed embraced come of TV channel ownPervez Ashraf and leaders of Shahdat in 1965 at Burki, ers, advertising agencies and anchorpersons. political parties.—Agencies Lahore. —NNI
Pak expels Save the Children foreign staff
UK sparks clamp down on illegal migrants
Zahid Malik for redefining national security
PPP, PML-N fail to dump differences
Al-Qaeda operative killed in Afghanistan
From Page 1 was at its best during the 1965 war when it was fully united against foreign aggression and supported its arm forces with all means. But in 1971 Pakistan came to trouble because the rulers denied people of East Pakistan their rights. He said, Pakistan must overcome militancy and religious extremism to ensure its security and make progress. Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aziz said there are contradictions in systems of the country. He regretted that Pakistan has yet to develop real dem o c r a c y which would ensure equal rights to all people of Pakistan. He said, Pakistan’s armed forces are strong and capable of safeguarding the country. He said, Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence has worked and there is no danger from outside . “Pakistan even has second strike capability”, he said. Editor in Chief daily AlAkhbar , Ghulam Akbar in his passionate speech touched on various challenges being faced by Pakistan and said they can be overcome by establishing a stable government based on true democracy. He proposed that Pakistan’s president should be directly elected by the people. Lt. Gen.( Retd), Abdul Qayyum said Pakistan is p a s s i n g through a very critical period of its history. “Dangers to our national security are both internal and external” he said. Defecne day reminds us of our duty to make contribution to overcoming of the challenges. Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim said, the nation must show its devotion to the Quaid-
i-Azam and follow his example in every field of activity. He urged the government to take measures against prevailing internal disruption being promoted in the name of religion. Former federal minister, Col. S.K Tressler said, there are certain elements in the country who are trying to cause disunity in the nation, exploiting religion. He said, all people of Pakistan, whatever their religion or sect are Pakistanis entitled to equal treatment. He pointed out that during 1965 war the non Muslims rendered heroic sacrifices along with their Muslim brothers to defend Pakistan. B r i g . Tariq Khalil, veteran of 1965,1971 wars said we should try to know real causes of terrorism and root them out. He said Pakistan should overcome disruption being caused by religious extremism and exploitation. He said the national media should play a positive role in promoting national unity and Pakistan’s well being. Professor Riaz Ahmad said the younger gene r a t i o n should be made aware of realities of 1965 and 1971 wars so that they do not fall prey to propaganda of Pakistan’s enemies. Executive Secretary K a n w a r Dilshad said the nation must fight back the elements who are trying to malign armed forces of Pakistan. He said the brave soldiers of the country made heroic sacrifices for its defence. He recalled the historic speech made by President Ayub Khan after Indian attack on Pakistan in 1965, saying his speech reflected iron will of the nation and its faith in Almighty.
Apex Court not to compromise
Defence Day celebrated with simplicity
Pakistan, India may sign new visa agreement
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From Pag 1 ery but now it had been learned that he had been shifted to Afghanistan. He said that most of cases against FC were aimed at defame the force because
those people who were deteriorating the law and order wanted that this force should be discredited. He said that there were more than 100 websites working against FC.—APP
Pak blamed for Afghan spy agents deployment KABUL—Local authorities in areas in Kamdish districts and dinating with the militants eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan have expressed concern regarding the infiltration of Pakistani intelligence officers among the anti-government armed militant groups in the province. Nuristan provincial security chief Gen. Ghulamullah said around 50 Pakistani intelligence officers armed with heavy and light weapons have entered Kamdish and Barg-e-Matal districts.Mr. Ghulamullah further added based on the preliminary investigation reports the ISI agents have been based in Mehrdish, Bazgul and Batigul
5 Afghans arrested HAZRU —Security has been stepped up in the suburbs of Kamra Cantt following the suicide attack on airbase. Hazru police has arrested and registered cases against 5 foreign nationals and recovered arms from their possession during its search operation in the civil area of Kamra. These foreigners were settled therein illegally. Those arrested include Saad Rahim, Sher Zaman, Khan Zaman, Naeem and Muhammad Yusuf while they all are Afghan nationals hailing from Kabul. Search operation which was participated by over 100 policemen continued for 3 hours. More than 200 people were checked and 20 suspected persons were taken into custody during the operation. 15 persons were later released after preliminary investigation. During the operation police found that dozens of Afghan nationals were settled illegally in the area and they had obtained Pakistan nationa identity cards from NADRA.— Online
Three terrorists killed in blast BHAKKAR—Three terrorists were killed in explosion while preparing suicide jackets here on Thursday. According to details, three terrorists were busy in making suicide jackets in a house located in Alikhel Chak 47 of Bhakkar, when the explosives blasted due to unknown reasons. As a result of blast the house was destroyed and all the three terrorists were killed on the spot. The intelligence sources confirmed the blast and killing of terrorists but police earlier expressed ignorance about the incident. The security forces took the dead bodies of terrorists killed in the blast in its custody. A case has been registered into the incident and investigations have started as to which group was supporting them.—INP
Police arrest 5 suspects ATTOCK—Police conducted a search operation in surrounding areas of Kamra and arrested five suspects here on Thursday. According to police, the search operation was conducted in Saidal, Chatyal and Katba areas in which five suspected militants were arrested Four of the suspects were identified as Afghan citizen, police source added. Police also recovered weapons from possession of the suspects.—INP
ISLAMABAD: A view of NPC Round Table Conference held at Aiwan-i-Quaid marking Defence of Pakistan Day. Seated on dais (from L to R) are Executive Secretary NPC, Kanwar Dilshad, former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer, Zahid Malik and former Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan.
PM assures transparency in use of public money SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that this government has not only been successful in carrying out land mark legislation but also formulated people oriented policies which will not only bring in change but also help improve the standard of living of people of Pakistan. The government, he assured, will ensure that public money is transparently utilized for the welfare of the people. The Prime Minister was talking to Parliamentarians who called on him separately at the PM’s House on Thursday. Raja Pervez Ashraf said that giving to the poor their due is only possible through good governance for which this government is striving to set highest standards.“Tolerance is essential for smooth functioning of democracy, and our four and half years is a testimony that we have shown patience and restraint as part of a policy of reconciliation” said the Prime Minister.
Gilani to be investigated in ephedrine case ISLAMABAD —Former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will be included in the ongoing investigations by the AntiNarcotics Force in connection with the ephedrine quota case. According to the sources in the ANF, a decision was made to interrogate Gilani for illegally appointing Zafar Iqbal Lak as the anti-narcotics secretary. It should be mentioned here that Gilani promoted Zafar Iqbal from grade 21 to 22 as anti-narcotics secretary after ephedrine quota scandal had surfaced. Later on, Lak tried to influence the investigations. Zafar Lak, in his bid to protect Ali Musa Gilani, former PM Gilani’s son, kept on meddling into the ANF affairs. According to sources, the ANF, formally nominating Zafar Iqbal as an accused in the case, has obtained the sanction for his arrest.—INP
Hanif gets bail in Ephedrine case R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday granted interim bail to Hanif Abbasi, MNA associated with Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) who was accused of being involved in misuse of controlled chemical ephedrine, till Sept 12, 2012.— INP
Train derails Staff Reporter
G UJJAR K HAN —Oil train coming from Lahore to Rawalpindi derailed at Ghungriala Railway Station near here on Thursday suspending train traffic for several hours. Railways sources said that after several hours of hectic efforts the track was restored. They said an alternative engine was dispatched from Rawalpindi to bring the oil coaches to the city.
Degrees of eight MPs declared fake STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The University of Punjab has sent a final report to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday declaring degrees of eight parliamentarians fake. The university said that it had no reports of eight parliamentarians, including Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid’s (PMLQ) Muhabbat Khan Marri, Seemal Kamran and Amna Ulfat. PML-Nawaz’s Afshaan Farooq, Farah Deeba and Shumaila Rana as well as Awami National Party’s (ANP) Syed Aqil Shah were also included in the list. Naseer Akhtar’s degree was also declared fake. The HEC had earlier sent 376 degrees to the university for verification. In the final report,
the university also declared six other degrees “suspicious” and gave a final warning to the respondents to present their matric and intermediate certificates for verification. These include National Assembly member Noman Iqbal and Punjab Assembly members Abdul Hanif, Mohammad Nawaz, Neelum Chaudhry and Mohammad Arqaan. According to sources, cases of two fake degrees are still in courts, while Mubashir Iqbal and Mohammad Rizwan have taken back their cases. Earlier, the Balochistan High Court had disqualified Syed Ehsan Shah from his post of industries minister for possessing and using a forged degree.
Ghuari orders probe into sheep scandal STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minster for Ports and Shipping Babar Ghauri has ordered an investigation into how Australian sheep infected with scabby mouth disease were allowed to be unloaded in Karachi. DG Ports and Shipping will head the inquiry and has been directed by Ghauri to submit a report within three days. An Australian ship had unloaded 22,000 sheep at Port
HRW concerned over sectarian killings in Pakistan NEW Y ORK—Human Rights Watch has urged the Pakistani government to urgently act to protect the minority Shia Muslim community from sectarian attacks by militant groups. The government should hold accountable those responsible for ordering and participating in deadly attacks targeting Shia, the annual report stated. While sectarian violence is a longstanding problem in Pakistan, attacks against ordinary Shias have increased dramatically in recent years, Human Rights Watch said. In 2012, at least 320 members of the Shia population were killed in targeted attacks. Over 100 were killed in Balochistan province, the majority from the Hazara community. “Deadly attacks on Shia communities across Pakistan are escalating,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government’s persistent failure to apprehend attackers or prosecute the extremist groups organizing the attacks suggests that it is indifferent to this carnage.”—Intime
Qasim, Karachi. The ship, which was not even scheduled to travel to Pakistan, unloaded the infected sheep in the country because it was not allowed to do so in Bahrain, which was its original destination. Authorities in Bahrain had discovered traces of scabby mouth disease and had refused the ship to unload the sheep. Prior to Bahrain 53,000 sheep STAFF REPORTER were unloaded in Qatar and Oman. ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) spokesperson has denied the media reports regarding threats to Pakistan’s atomic program and beefing up security of atomic installations. Talking to a media on Thursing a precision airstrike in day, PAEC spokesman said that Watahpur district, Kunar prov- there was strong mechanism of ince, Friday,” the statement security of nuclear installations noted.Abu Saif, also known as and no threat has been received Haidar Baba, according to the in this regard. He said that he was ignorant statement had worked with Kunar al-Qaida leaders Yusuf of any threat from the terrorists and Mufti Assad, was killed by and in the presence of well-built Afghan and coalition forces on defence system there was no inAugust 31, along with two timidation to nuclear installations.
No threat to nuclear installations: PAEC
Al-Qaeda operative killed in Afghanistan KABUL—The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday announced that the security forces had killed an al-Qaeda operative namely Abu Saif in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar, a statement of the alliance released here said. “Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of an al-Qaida operative follow-
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KARACHI—Pervez Musharraf, ternal foreign-elements and this assured all of you that this criformer President and Head of APML has asked 60 percent youth (out of total population) of the country to come forward and cast their votes in next general election in order to change the fate of Pakistan. This he said while addressing (through video software from Dubai) an event held at FAST University main campus here on Thursday on the eve of Defense Day (September 6, 2012). A large number of students, teachers and people from every walk of life were present during his address. He said that our country is facing war and terror situation with a lot of threats by the ex-
is the need of an hour that youth should come forward and play its vital role for the saving and real development of country. He said that Pakistani youth is well-educated and they are also well-aware about the existing leadership so that they should elect dynamic leadership through their votes, he advised. Giving the examples of recent incidents of terrorism reported in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan, Pervez Musharraf said that sectarian terrorism is enhancing day by day and foreign elements are clearly involved in these heinous activities.He said that country is facing economic crisis but I
US will continue to target Haqqani network WASHINGTON—The US administration has made clear that it will continue to target Haqqani network. Acting deputy spokesperson of the US State Department, Patrick Ventrell, during a briefing Wednesday, said that the US was clear about its objectives against Haqqani network. “We’ve been pretty clear for a long time to put pressure on the Haqqani Network. That includes both the sanctions that we’ve put on individuals, but also military pressure as well”, he said while referring to the steps taken by ISAF forces on the AfPak border. He was also asked about the possibility of a decision to designate Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization and whether this could have a nega-
broader than previously acknowledged,” she said. The report comes days after the Justice Department announced it would not bring criminal charges against any CIA personnel over severe interrogation methods used in the detention and rendition program. Investigators said they could not prove any interrogators went beyond guidelines authorized by the Bush administration. Rights activists and some Obama administration officials say even the authorized techniques constituted torture, though the CIA and Bush administration argue they do not. Any new instances of waterboarding, however, would go beyond the three that the CIA has said were authorized. Former President George W.
Cheney and the CIA have said that the method was used on only three senior al-Qaida suspects at secret CIA black sites in Thailand and Poland — Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, Aby Zubayda and Abd alRahman al-Nashiri, all currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The technique involves pouring water on a hooded detainee’s nose and mouth until he feels he is drowning. The 14 Libyans interviewed by Human Rights Watch were swept up in the American hunt for Islamic militants and alQaida figures around the world after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. They were mostly members of the anti-Gadhafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group who fled in the 1980s and 1990s to Pakistan, Afghanistan and African coun-
MQM to welcome PML-N in Nine Zero: Sattar
ISLAMABAD—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) deputy convener and federal minister Dr Farooq Sattar on Thursday said his party would warmly welcome the leadership of PML-N in Nine Zero. Talking to INP here, he appreciated the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the PML-N would visit to Nine Zero in Karachi. He said that his party wanted to build better working relation with PML-N for the best interest of the nation and the country. Farooq Sattar said that the a delegation of MQM had sincerely called on PML-N’s leadership for resolving crises being faced by the country and Shahbaz Sharif welcomed them. He said that whenever Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif or other leadership of PML-N would visit Nine Zero, MQM would warmly welcome them. The MQM leader said that them extortionate rents to all political parties would join live in cramped and squalid hands for steering the country conditions. from all challenges.—INP These ‘tenants’ are often forced to live in appalling conditions in these illegal sheds, or on the streets, after they have destroyed their documents in order to make it difficult to return them to their
UK sparks clamp down on illegal migrants OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —UK ministers have launched a clampdown against the rogue landlords who rent out illegal sheds to migrants. Thousands of illegal sheds are being rented out illegally to vulnerable migrants by ruthless landlords who charge
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C AIRO — Human Rights and several of them were sub- ministration abuse appears far Bush, his Vice President Dick tries. The group ran training Shoroeiya was held for 16 sequently tortured in prison, Human Rights Watch said. The 154-page report features interviews by the New York-based group with 14 Libyan dissident exiles. They describe systematic abuses while they were held in U.S.-led detention centers in Afghanistan — some as long as two years — or in U.S.-led interrogations in Pakistan, Morocco, Thailand, Sudan and elsewhere before the Americans handed them over to Libya. “Not only did the U.S. deliver (Gadhafi) his enemies on a silver platter, but it seems the CIA tortured many of them first, said Laura Pitter, counterterrorism adviser at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The scope of the Bush ad-
sis could be resolved as there are huge resources available in country which should be utilized in proper way. He added that non-utilization of existing resources is the main reason behind this all bundle of crisis, his team had utilized all resources in right way that’s why his era was prosper period of the country. Head of APML made it clear that all crises create due to lack of visionary leadership in all over the world and same case is with Pakistan. Current leaders are not recognizing their rich resources and country goes to financial crisis, he added.—NNI
tive impact on the US-Pakistan relations. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is set to submit a report before the Congress by September 9th (Sunday) as to why the Haqqani network should not be designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Mr. Ventrell, however, refused to divulge details of the report to be submitted by Secretary Clinton. “Well, as you know – the Secretary does have a Congressional requirement to report to Congress, which she’ll meet. I don’t want to preview or prejudge what that might be. We’ll continue to target the Haqqani Network, but beyond that I don’t have anything to announce or preview at this time”, he argued.—AP
US widens detainees waterboarding brute treatment Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects. The report also paints a more complete picture of Washington’s close cooperation with the regime of Libya’s former dictator Moammar Gadhafi in the wake of the 9/ 11 attacks. The U.S. handed over to Libya the Islamist opponents of Gadhafi that it detained abroad with only thin “diplomatic assurances” that they would not be mistreated,
groups in Kamdish and Barg-eMatal districts. Nuristan province is located in eastern Afghanistan which borders volatile regions of Pakistan bordering regions specifically Chitral. Ghulamullah said Pakistani intelligence agents are commuting in Kamdish district during the past 2 months. He said Afghan security forces are prepared to defend militants attacks however he urged that more security forces should be deployed in the area in order to prevent major attacks by militants.—AP
Musharraf urges youth to change nation’s destiny through ballot
camps in Afghanistan at the same time al-Qaida was based there but it largely shunned Osama bin Laden and his campaign against the United States, focusing instead on fighting Gadhafi. Ironically, the U.S. turned around and helped the Libyan opposition overthrow Gadhafi in 2011. Now several of the 14 former detainees hold positions in the new Libyan government. The accounts of new uses of simulated drowning came from two former detainees, Mohammed al-Shoroeiya and Khaled al-Sharif, who also described a gamut of abuses they went through. The two were seized in Pakistan in April 2003 and taken to U.S.-run prisons in Afghanistan, where al-
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are in negotiations with the antigovernment armed militant groups in order to launch deadly coordinated attacks in the areas which are under the control of the Afghan government. He said majority of the Pakistani intelligence agents have disguised themselves in local clothings. Majority of the Pakistani intelligence agents who have entered Kamdish district belong to Pakistani military intelligence known as Markali based in Chitral, Ghulamulah provincial security chief said adding that the intelligence agents are coor-
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months and al-Sharif for two years before they were handed over to Libya. In Afghanistan, they were shackled in cells for months in variety of positions, often naked in almost total darkness with music blaring continuously, left to defecate and urinate on themselves. For example, alSharif spent three weeks seated on the ground in his cell with his ankles and wrists chained to a ring in the wall, forcing him to keep his arms and legs elevated. He said he was taken out of his shackles once a day for a half-hour to eat. For the first three months, they were not allowed to bathe. “We looked like monsters,” alShoroeiya said.—AP
GENEVA /I SLAMABAD —The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will undertake its first visit to Pakistan from 10 to 20 September 2012, at the invitation of the Government. During the mission, the UN experts will gather information on cases of enforced disappearances pending before the Working Group. They will also study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances. The Working Group will visit various parts of the country and meet with State officials, both at the federal and provincial levels, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations, relatives of disappeared persons and representatives of relevant UN agencies.—INP
After a stroke: First days to weeks
FTER a patient moves from the ER to the hospital, doctors will deal with any complications and help prevent future strokes. Here’s what to expect during his hospital stay, and how to prepare for his care and recovery after he gets out. Once a patient’s stroke has been evaluated and his condition has been stabilized, he’ll be transferred out of the ER and into a hospital bed. How long he spends in the hospital depends on a number of factors, including the type and severity of his stroke, what medical complications arise, and the extent of his disability. But it’s unlikely that he’ll be in the hospital for long. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average length of hospitalization for stroke in 2005 was 5.2 days. Even though the person you’re caring for is out of the ER, serious complications may still arise. An estimated one out of five stroke patients dies during his hospital stay. The patient’s treatment team has two main goals: To prevent another stroke from occurring and to minimize and respond to any complications. To this end, the person you’re caring for will undergo more testing to determine the cause of this stroke. Although the doctors should know what type of stroke he had, they’ll still need to pinpoint the exact cause. They may perform one or more of the following tests: Carotid ultrasound to determine if either carotid artery is narrowed or blocked. This test is noninvasive and painless: A technician applies jelly to the patient’s neck, then slides an ultrasound
wand over the skin covering his carotid artery. Transcranial Doppler test for blockages in the large brain arteries. This test is similar to the carotid ultrasound, although the sound waves go through the patient’s skull instead of his neck. Cerebral angiogram to look for atherosclerosis or a brain aneurysm. The patient will be sedated to minimize his anxiety and discomfort during this procedure. A long, thin catheter, or tube, is inserted into a large artery in his groin, then maneuvered all the way through blood vessels into his chest. Once the tube reaches his carotid artery, dye is injected, which travels through the artery into the brain. Then a series of X-rays is taken to spot any abnormalities in the blood vessels of the brain. Because this procedure carries a slight risk of causing another stroke, it will be performed only if other tests are inconclusive. Depending on the patient’s test results, his doctors will treat him to reduce his risk of having another stroke: For an ischemic stroke, he may be given anticlotting drugs, have a procedure known as a carotid endarectomy, or both. Figure out how much care he will need. The extent of his stroke-related disability may not be immediately obvious, but it will become clearer as his recovery progresses. Talk to his rehabilitation team about how much care he’ll need immediately after discharge, then discuss options for his care with his family or friends. Will he be able to return to his own home or to a family member’s home?
ISLAMABAD: Executive Director CCE Zafarullah Khan speaks during a Press conference on key reforms needed for general elections to ensure free and fair polls, organized by Democracy Reporting International, at a local hotel. DRI’s Country Director Vladimir Pran, Nasreen Azhar, Wasim Wagha and others are also seen in the picture.—PO photo
Rahat’s live performance enthrall Islooites I SLAMABAD —Maestro
of classical singing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan enthralled the audience of federal capital here late Wednesday in a live concert at a local hotel. The event was arranged by Miradore Productions to entertain the fun lovers with some melodies of classical music by the internationally acclaimed singer. Rahat Fateh Ali presented some of his popular tracks to mesmerize the audience with the soft melodies entitled “Sada-e-Dil” that highlighted the musical heritage of the country. The country’s living legend having various Bollywood hits to his credit, is popular for romantic and soft melodious tracks that are ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Algeria, Dr Ahmad Benflis, Secretary General PML (Q), always admired by his fans of Mushahid Hussain Syed, Ambassador of Palestine, Hazem Hussein Abu Shanab, Ambas- every age at home and sador of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, abroad.—APP Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan at a farewell dinner hosted by Algerian Ambassador in honour of Ambassador of Palestine at a local hotel.—PO photo Sultan Bashir
HEC holds students send-off ceremony ISLAMABAD —The contribution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is really commendable and government shall continue to support and back various useful initiatives of HEC. It was stated by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Pakistan Dr. Nadeem-ulHaq at the send-off ceremony of Pakistan scholars proceeding for higher education at Cambridge University, UK. He emphasized over the selected scholars to take maximum advantage of their stud-
ies at the best and renowned institutions of academically advanced countries of the world and apply the knowledge and expertise to address the various socio-economic problems being confronted by Pakistani society. While presenting the overview of the programme, Executive Director HEC Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi informed that under joint collaboration between HEC and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust UK, each year five scholarships are being awarded to tal-
ented Pakistani students to acquire doctoral degree at Cambridge University, UK and undertake research on the issues directly related to Pakistani society. It is hoped that these scholars would also contribute in assisting “Universities building economies, leadership and communities”, he added. She hoped that the selected scholars would contribute for the betterment of the society. She also congratulated the selected Pakistani scholars. —APP
Lectures on Pakistani art
CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Renowned literary figures paid rich tribute to the services of famous poet Safdar Shahid Malik and highlighted salient features of his personality in a condolence reference held here at Pakistan Academy of letters. Safdar was author of several books and also founded a literary ‘Dhnadara’, which organized this event today to recall his services and apprise the younger generation about his countless services for the promotion of literature through his versatile poetry.
Key reforms needed before general elections CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Soon general elections will be held but urgent reforms are outstanding, namely reliable and inclusive electoral rolls, transparent management of the process by the ECP, an effective system of election dispute resolution, guarantees for the participation of women voters and efforts to reduce political violence. These have been identified as key areas of reform by prominent Pakistani and international organizations at a news conference held here. The organizations presenting the joint briefing paper “Key Reforms for General Elections in Pakistan” in-
cluded Aurat Foundation (AF), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCE), Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN) and Democracy Reporting International (DRI). They emphasised that to achieve the reforms parliament should immediately begin an inclusive process of stakeholder consultation based on constitutional requirements and international law commitments. In addition, the ECP should establish transparency mechanisms, including full access of observers to results aggregation and immediate publication of all polling station
results. “The electoral issues identified in the briefing paper require renewed focus and reform interventions before the next general elections” highlighted the senior representative of HRCP Nasreen Azhar at the news conference. DRI’s Country Director Vladimir Pran pointed out that “most of the recommendations in this paper are based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by Pakistan in 2010”. He explained that the reforms identified in this paper are in line with Pakistan’s international obligations for free, fair and transparent elections.
Fullbright Scholar’s workshop at NUML CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—”It is not nec-
essary to put a load of hard work in making students understand what you teach rather a little more creativity, addition of non-verbal communication, mime and performance can make your class room more interesting, alive and informative”, said Kathleen Mulligan, a Fulbright scholar and Assistant Professor at Department of Theatre Arts, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. She stated this while talking at a workshop which was arranged by the department of Research and Publication Cell at National University of Modern Languages, (NUML), for faculty members of English and Mass Communications departments. Ms Mulligan used informal conversation as ice-breaker before launching into a fullfledged workshop on speech, voice and the theater. Head and faculty memISLAMABAD: High Commissioner of Malaysia Dr Hasrul Sani Mujtabar, CEO Waqas bers from the Mass Comm Travels Waqas Ahmad, Naeem Jan, Khair-ul-Nizam Umer, Mustafa Arif, Salim Ahsan and department, HoD Russian others, cutting cake during a ceremony to celebrate Pak-Malaysia relations.—PO photo and PhD enrolled students of English Literature participated in the interactive session, during which Mulligan involved faculty members and students alike.
Exploring Brazil through Artistic Lens
CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Satrang Gallery presented the first in a series of Artist Talks. These lectures are a new educational venture that SerenArts has organized as part of its programme in Art Education. SerenArts is promoting Pakistani arts and crafts. It is the vision of the Serena Group and their CEO Mr Aziz Boolani to establish a platform to showcase and promote Pakistan’s vibrant art scene. It happens to be the only institution in the country that has offered an internship scholarship with a stipend to two deserving students from the NCA.
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SANA JAMAL ISLAMABAD—It was a surprising moment for a large number of Pakistani art lovers who explored Brazil as a culturally vibrant country and not just as home to great football players. This disclosure was made in a fascinating slideshow lecture “The Art Scene of Brazil Today”, presented by the Brazilian art connoisseur and promoter, Roberto Padilla, who is on his first visit to Pakistan. Brazil came into sight as an art-influenced society at
the art talk, as every succeeding image on the slideshow signified the cultural exuberance of the country reflected in its contemporary art scene and modern architecture. Brazilian Ambassador Alfredo Leoni, also present at the occasion, hoped that the artistic interaction would strengthen the increasing cultural ties between the two countries and foster future bilateral activities. The art talk, arranged at Kuch Khaas by the Embassy of Brazil, was part of the celebrations being held in the capital to mark Bra-
zilian National Day. It was attended by artists, art lovers as well as embassy officials. “Vibrant works of art by Brazilian artists reflecting nature with plenty of colours and light also remind of the colours of Pakistan” remarked Roberto Padilla at one instance. Padilla let the audience glimpse some of the significant artworks by prominent Brazilian artists including Angelo Venosa, Walter Goldfarb, Hilal Sami, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Ligia Clark, Tomie Ohtake. However the art work that inspired most was
a series of monumental photographic portraits made from garbage. Called “Pictures of Garbage,” they were created by Vik Muniz, an artist born into working-class family, who worked with the garbage pickers at an open-air dump to give them a new perspective on the world through art. To incorporate art in everyday life, few Brazilian artists have produced art to feel and to wear. Hélio Oiticica is famous for his series of wearable multi-coloured textile-creations called “Parangolés” that is related to activities of dance. Roberto Padilla, emi-
nent art expert, is in Pakistan to present the broad panorama of the arts in Brazil. Since the last 25 years, Padilla has been promoting Brazilian artists and art exhibition in the most important museums and art institutions around the globe. Sharing some of the connections between Pakistan and Brazil, he recalled that the “cities of Brasilia and Islamabad were planned and designed to become capital in the same year in 1960.” Discussing various aspects of the art scene of Brazil today, he enlightened that
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Sao Paulo has 111 museums which receive more than 5 million visitors per year. Contemporary art in Brazil evolved from Modernism and incorporated subsequent trends, focusing mainly on city life in early 21st century and displaying a huge diversity of styles accustomed with global artistic trends. Brazil’s spectacular modern architecture, designed by urbanist Lúcio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer, is one of the most potent expressions of its 20th century artistic confidence.
Body fished out from Korang nullah I SLAMABAD —A three-dayold body of a young man was fished out from Korang nullah. According to police, Saleem Khan son of Bacha khan who was 18 years old drowned in Korang nullah while swimming. His body was fished out after three days search operation. Police took the dead body into custody and shifted it to hospital for autopsy. Later on, it was handed over to his family after completing legal formalities.—Online
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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. Sept 10 PAK Institute for Peace Studies will hold Radicalisation in Pakistan: Perspectives and Resolution at Hotel Crown Plaza, Blue Area at 3 pm to 6 pm.
PM approves establishment of six special courts in Islamabad ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has approved the establishment of the six special courts in the federal capital. Moreover, the Law Ministry was issued formal notification regarding the establishment of special courts. The special courts include anti-terrorism, drug, banking, accountability, consumer court and special judge central. These courts would work under the Islamabad High Court. Special judge central court has already been operating in Rawalpindi which would be shifted to Islamabad. IHC is given the task of appointment of judges in these courts.—INP
PIMA condemns raise in tuition fee I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has strongly condemned the decision of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) to allow the private medical colleges to raise their tuition fee by 20 percent thus raising it to 600,00 Rs per annum. This is highly objectionable as the private medical colleges were already charging exorbitant fees. The medical community has serious reservations about the dissolution of PMDC and considers it malafide as it seems that the purpose of this has been to look after the interests of private medical colleges and not the doctor’s community as general. This has now become evident by this permission. PIMA called upon the PMDC to immediately take back this decision and urgeed the fed Govt. to stop the transitional ex committee of PMDC from taking important decisions in such an arbitrary fashion and leave such matters to the properly elected council.—INP
AIOU’s foundation on the anvil: VC STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—AIOU will set up its own foundation or trust, through which not only many projects for progress of the nation and country would be started but job opportunities would also be created for the University’s academician, officers and employees on their retirement. Rules and regulation are being prepared for the establishment of AIOU Foundation. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi at the Eid-Millan get together party arranged by representative of University’s employees from BPS 1 to 16.Dr. Sangi said that he has already started giving awards to the hard-workers who render extra duties to facilitate the students.
ISLAMABAD—A group of 13 Pakistani professionals working on gender-based violence gathered Thursday to share lessons learned during their recent study tour to Kenya. The study tour was funded by the U.S. government through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of Pakistan’s first country-wide strategy to end genderbased violence. “Violence against anyone, anywhere, is neither a private matter nor a local issue. While the blows may fall on an individual woman, it is the entire community that is degraded,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Karen Freeman. “The United
States is proud to support Pakistani institutions and communities working to address gender-based violence issues.” Participants in the tour came from the judiciary, crisis centers, civil society organizations, and the USAIDfunded Gender Equity Program. These specialists will now serve as Master Trainers and work to introduce best practices across Pakistan in handling cases of gender-based violence. “This USAID-funded study tour has helped us understand how to build effective systems for helping the survivors of gender-based violence,” said Madiha Latif,
Incharge Panah Shelter. “We also saw how important it is to combine the efforts of all the organizations working to end gender-based violence.” During the study tour, Pakistani specialists visited the ministries of Public Health and Medical Services, hospitals, violence recovery centers, and safe houses to learn how these institutions organize and coordinate their services for the victims of gender-based violence. The tour also included a series of meetings and discussions with gender-based violence survivors, community elders, judiciary, police officers, and other professionals working on genderbased violence issues.—INP
Muslims urged to truly follow teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—By truly following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and Holy Quran and making Medina Munawwara the centre of gravity, the Muslim Ummah can not only reclaim its lost status in the comity of nations but can also overcome all problems and hardships. Pir Muhammad Naqib-urRehman, custodian of Eidgah shrine, stated this while addressing a large congregation in connection with the 22nd annual Urs of prominent spiritual figure Sheikhul Muhadditheen Al-Mufsareen Hafiz Pir Muhammad Habibur-Rehman Lasani at Eidgah Sharif here on Thursday. “This is the only way to turn the society into a cradle of peace, harmony and affection,” he added. The custodian of Eidgah shrine said that the Muslim spiritual figures taught their
followers the lesson of unity, peace, harmony and love. He said Hafiz Pir Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman Lasani had devoted his whole life to promote the teachings of the Holy Quran and Hadith, further the great mission of the spiritual figures and reform the society. “Hafiz Pir Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman Lasani reestablished the relationship of hundreds of thousand strayed people with Almighty Allah and lit of the light of the love with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in their hearts because of which his last abode is a fountainhead of guidance and advice for people even today,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Member National Assembly Muhammad Hanif Abbasi said that abodes of the Muslim saints are a source of guidance and the lesson of peace and love is taught there. He said that the
society could be turned into a hub of peace and tranquillity through abidance by the teachings of the spiritual figures. Addressing the congregation of thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad, Mufti Saqib Shami from the UK said that the lesson of love with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) being taught at Eidgah Sharif because it is the only way to please Almighty Allah. Mufti Akmal (Karachi), Allama Sher Muhammad Naqshbandi (Lahore), Allama Sajjad Ahmed Sajid, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Suleman Rizvi, Maulana Mahmood Ahmed Rizvi, Maulana Iqbal Rizvi, Allama Ghulam Ali Qamar, Allama Mateen Ahmed, Maulana Rana Zameer Ahmed, Allama Syed Arif Shah Gilani and Member Punjab Assembly Ziaullah Shah also spoke on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD: USAID Deputy Mission Director Karen Freeman speaks during roundtable discussion with participants of USAID-funded study tour to Kenya on Gender-Based Violence at local hotel.
9th class registration
Faulty website troubles students R AWA L P I N D I — S t u d e n t s have appreciated extension in deadline of ninth class registration till Sept 12, but flayed online system as the website could not open despite multiple attempts causing unease among them. On the other hand, education quarters have already rejected online system for the registration and demanded to restore old manual process. Students talking to INP said that they went to internet cafes for online registration of ninth class but the website could not open despite multiple attempts. They demanded high-ups of Education Department to ensure smooth function of the website so as the students could register before the deadline expires.—INP
CDA completing stalled projects, launching new as well I S L A M A B A D — C h a i r m a n , on the plea of shortage of time payment of federal secCapital Development Authority (CDA) Engineer Farkhand Iqbal has said that despite financial hardships in the Authority, a new era of development has been launched. Under this era, not only held / stalled development projects are being completed but also new projects have also been started as well. While presiding over a review meeting regarding development activities the Chairman CDA informed the gathering that the Authority did not make hindrance in resolving citizen’s problem
retariat electricity bills out of CDA funds put us further into financial crunch. However as and when federal government’ funds are received the situation will get better. He said presently financial management is controlled by slashing non-developmental expenditure drastically. Chairman said we are striving vigorously to dig out a comprehensive plan for sustainable ways and means of funds generation. The existing policy of sale of plots to meet the expenditure is being discouraged.—INP
Pirwadhai flyover project to be launched next month
Police arrest 24 outlaws R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi Police in its ongoing drive against anti-social elements arrested 24 outlaws including 10 gamblers from different areas of the district. Police recovered 1300 grams charras, 11 bottles of liquor, six 30 bore pistols with 20 rounds, three daggers, cash worth Rs 52,400, mobile phones and other gadgets. Civil Line Police arrested Robina on recovery of 1100 grams charras, R.A Police held Farhan for having 200 grams charras while other accused namely Shahdab, Ghulam Nabi, Badar, Asad, Amjad, Nadeem, Masood, Khurram, ISLAMABAD: Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman, custodian of Eidgah shrine, address- Bilal, Adil, Imran and Ashfaq ing a congregation in connection with 22nd annual Urs of prominent spiritual figure were sent behind the bars on Sheikhul Muhadditheen Al-Mufsareen Hafiz Pir Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman Lasani recovery of liquor and illegal at Eidgah Sharif on Thursday. weapons. Meanwhile 10 gamblers were held and police recovered stake money, mobile phones and gadgets.—APP
funds. Chairman further said CDA is working hard to improve the service delivery of the various Directorates of Authority. However huge electricity arrears are a burden on the Authority’ kitty but still we are making headway in maintaining the city as well as started mega development projects. Addressing the delegation of journalists who came to see him in his camp office CDA Chairman said that arrears of I.E.S.C.O are due to heavy bills of street lights and drinking water Tube Wells. He further said this
CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —In order to ease traffic load and ensure smooth flow of traffic, Punjab government has approved Pirwadhai More Flyover and Underpass project which would be launched during next month. Flyover and underpass project would be constructed in phases and will be completed in 120 days each. Moreover, Planning & Development Department Punjab has approved the project costing Rs1,617 million. A meeting in this regard was chaired by P&D Chair-
man Aslam Javed and attended by Superintendent Engineer C&W Farhat Munir, SDO Navid Ashraf, Brigadier Shahid Manzoor of National Logistics Cell (NLC) and other officials. Engineers believe that traffic between RawalpindiPeshawar would become signal free with the completion of the project and it will significantly resolve traffic issues besides adding to the beauty of the city. The construction work on 567-meter long bridge, Pirwadhai More Flyover, and 445-meter long underpass is expected to start in the month
of October. The NLC, armyrun contractor, would build the project that has already constructed Chandni Chowk Flyover. Traffic coming from Peshawar to Rawalpindi will use flyover while traffic heading towards IJP Road from the city would use underpass which would significantly reduce the traffic mess. Meanwhile, P&D has increased estimation cost of Sixth Road Flyover project to Rs1,050 million and gave deadline of Sept 15 for initiation of construction work on the project.
IHC commission report will help accelerate G-14 uplift work
PBC special programmes on State for Housing Malik tics of land mafia would be National Construction Company Limited for different Nauman Ahmad Langrial on dealt with an iron hand. Langrial warned the ele- development projects in the President’s 4 years Thursday hoped that the commission, established by ments for demanding unfair sector. He expressed the confithe Islamabad High Court charges from the allottees and in office (IHC) to probe the illegally expessed concern over the dence that the commission I SLAMABAD —Minister of ter said that the delaying tac- 14 million contract with the
constructed houses in Sector G-14, would complete its work within stipulated time, which would help accelerate the development work in the sector. Speaking at a briefing on the development work in the Sector G-14 here, the minis-
construction of artificial shaded houses in G-14 by land mafia, which was clear violation of Section 144 imposed by the district management. The minister was informed that the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation had signed a Rs
appointed by the IHC would help accelerate the development works. He said that he would visit the sector to monitor the progress of development work on site so that possession of plots could be handed over to the allottees within two years.—APP
ISLAMABAD—Radio Pakistan has chalked out comprehensive programmes to highlight the achievements of the PPP government under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari to mark completion of four year in office by him on September 9. Views of people belonging to different walks of life, journalists, intellectuals and analysts will be broadcast during the four-day programmes from Friday to Monday. Interviews of the federal ministers, PPP leaders, members of National Assembly, Senate, and provincial assemblies will also be aired by different radio stations all over the country. Start of giving political and economic rights to people of Seraiki region, measures to improve Pakistan’s image at world level, President Zardari’s visits to different countries and relations with world community, courageous steps for integrity and sovereignty of the country, measures for pleasant relations with neighborly countries and establishment RAWALPINDI: A motorcyclist stuck-up in an open manhole under Gawalmandi Bridge of peace in region will also be after heavy rain. highlighted.—APP
ISLAMABAD: Artists performing during a ceremony on Defence Day organised by PML-Q Women Cultural Wing at its Secretariat.
Pak, Lanka for closer coop in defence production I SLAMABAD —Pakistan and efits of the two countries. Sri Lanka have underscored the need for maintaining and promoting closer cooperation, particularly in the area of defence production. This was noted at a meeting between Secretary Defence Production Lt Gen (R) Shahid Iqbal and the visiting Sri Lankan Brig TN Jayasooriya USP who called on him at the Ministry of Defence Production here. The meeting emphasized the need for developing military to military cooperation at all levels. The Secretary Defence Production informed the Sri Lankan delegation that there existed a wide scope of cooperation between the two sides, which needed to be further enhanced for mutual ben-
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He said Pakistan would continue to provide support to Sri Lanka in all the fields. The meeting agreed to enhance cooperation in the area of military training, exercises and intelligence sharing so as to contain and counter the growing threat of terrorism. The Sri Lankan Defence delegation stressed the need for closer interaction between the armed forces of the two countries. He thanked the government of Pakistan for its continued support to the Sri Lankan armed Forces. The visiting delegation also discussed the potential of defence industry of Pakistan and showed keen interest in the thriving Pakistani defence industry.—APP
100 Adiyala jail personnel to get training R AWALPINDI —Special Services Group would train jail staff of Punjab in order to enable them to cop with any terror act in the wake of threats to from militants. Sources said that the training to jail staff would be initiated from Adiyala jail where a large number of high profile criminals were kept. The decision was made in a meeting held in the office of 111 Brigade located in Chaklala garrison. Initially, 100 personnel of Adyala jail would be given training by SSPs of Special Services Group. Moreover, schedule and timings of the training would be arranged by superintendent jail and related army officials.—INP
Debate over Kashmir held 3,000 times in UK parliament since 1988 LONDON—More than 3000 parliamentary debates have been held in the Britain’s House of Commons on the long-pending Kashmir issue and human rights abuses in the territory over the past 24 years, since the onset of uprising. The lower house of the British Parliament, House of Commons has passed more than 3,000 motions on the Kashmir dispute and its solution since 1988, says the official website of the House.
The House of Commons on October 26, 2010, passed an early day motion 905 during the session 2010-12. The motion, signed by six British MPs, states that people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a chance to determine their own future. Earlier on July 15, 2010, an early-day motion 528 tilted ‘Martyrs Day’ was passed during the Session 2010-12. Supported by 50 MPs, the House condemned
the violence meted to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and called for an end to the brutalities and implementation of the UN Resolutions on Kashmir. The House in 2010-12 Session, passed an early day motion 1340 tilled ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on January 1, 2011. The motion expressed regret on continued loss of life in Kashmir. The motion called for a meaningful dialogue between India
and Paki-stan to reaffirm the right of the people of Kashmir to determine their own future. On September 15, 2011, the House again passed an early day motion- 2189- over the human rights abuses in Kashmir during the session 2010-12. Signed by 18 MPs, the motion called for an international investigation into the human rights abuses in the territory. “That this House notes with
concern the reports of human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir; believes that a key element in working towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue is the cessation of human rights abuses” and called on the British government “to use its influence with the United Nations to encourage an international investigation into the human rights abuses in Kashmir.” Recently, on January 17 this
SRINAGAR—The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for prioritising the Kashmir dispute in the Pak-India dialogue process to make negotiations more meaningful and resultoriented. Muhammad Yasin Malik in a media interview in Srinagar, today, urged the two neighbouring countries to involve the genuine Kashmiri leadership in the process for
JKSM stresses Kashmir settlement through talks S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt has stressed resolution of the Kashmir dispute through talks. Addressing different public gatherings at Watalkadal, Safakadal and Baghat Barzla in Srinagar said that his party had always supported the negotiated solution of Kashmir dispute but the talks should be meaningful and result-oriented. The APHC leader urged India to give up its traditional rigid stance towards the Kashmir dispute and settle it in accordance with aspirations of Kashmiri people. He also demanded the inclusion of genuine leadership of the people of Kashmir in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India so that permanent solution of the dispute could be evolved.—Online
finding out a solution to the dispute as per wishes of the Kashmiris. APHC leader, Ghulam Ahmed Mir in a statement issued in Jammu urged the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India to take bold initiatives for creating a conducive atmosphere for the resolution of Kashmir dispute. On the other hand, Indian troops continued their violent military operations for the sixth consecutive day, today, in
Gandarbal district. Many areas remained under siege and people were subjected to torture. The puppet regime in occupied Kashmir in a report released by its Home Department rejected wide-scale DNA testing of bodies buried in thousands of unmarked graves despite recommendations by the Human Rights Commission of the territory and pleas by the families of those who disappeared during the last two decades.—KMS
Exploitation of natural resources resulted leaders’ into environmental degradation: Mufti Kashmiris to accept nothing short of Hurriyat visit to Pakistan right to self-determination: Rehmani on the cards SRINAGAR—The Chairman of abuses for decades. Jammu and Kashmir People Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has said that nothing can be a substitute to right to self-determination, without which no Pak-India agreement can guarantee peace and reconciliation in occupied Kashmir. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, addressing a meeting of his party activists from Islamabad via telephone, pointed out that whatever Pakistan and India were doing for trade and travel, had not brought peace, prosperity and security to the inhabitants of occupied Kashmir, who were groaning under tyranny and human rights
He said that there was no democracy, no civilised rule of law and no human rights; and now teenagers were being tried under very harsh laws, and detained under the black law, Public Safety Act (PSA), he observed. He said peace and security couldn’t be a prerogative of capitalists and rulers only; it was equally the right of a common citizen and a political worker. He hailed devotion and enthusiasm of youths for freedom and paid tribute to martyrs of Kashmir. General Secretary, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai apprised the meeting of the current political, economic, social
and cultural conditions of the territory. It was pointed out that a deep-rooted conspiracy had been hatched to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory and in this regard unprecedented yatrainflux from northern India aimed at harassing the Muslim inhabitants was quoted, which had nothing to do with the religious rituals of the minority community. Expressing grave concern over these developments, it was pointed out that the age-old communal harmony was under threat, and all the religious communities of the territory should counter the conspiracies of outsiders by their unity and solidarity.—KMS
SRINAGAR—After failing to visit
Pakistan for the past several years, a delegation of Hurriyat Conference (M) is likely to visit Pakistan in next few months. Highly placed sources in Hurriyat Conference (M) revealed that the faction has already got invitation from Pakistan foreign Ministry in the beginning of this year, However they failed to fix the date with Ministry. Sources said that now the Hurriyat delegations will be visiting Pakistan in next month of this year and the visiting delegation will be headed by Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirvaiz Umar Farooq, who will be accompanied by Muslim Conference Chairman, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and other top leaders of Hurriyat Conference (M). They said that visit of Hurriyat delegation is on cards and all the process related to the visit has been completed. “However, Hurriyat Confrence Chairman (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Democratic Freedom Party, chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah may skip the rested two persons affiliated with visit,” sources said.—INP Indian troops in connection with the killing of Hilal Ahmed Dar. They were stated to be informers of Indian armed forces. Meanwhile, a local court has extended police remand of two persons including a policeman by a week in connection with their involvement in recent shootouts in the Srinagar city. The duo, Abdul Rashid BANDIPORA—Hindustan ConShigan (constable Security Wing struction Company (HCC) has of J&K Police) and a civilian, suspended the work at main tunImtiyaz Ahmad Gojri was pro- nel of 330 Megawatt Kishen duced before Sub-Registrar Ganga Hydro Electric Power Srinagar, Manzoor Ahmad Project site at Kralpora in this Zargar, who extended their re- north Kashmir district. mand till September 10.—Online Sources told Greater Kashmir that work was suspended after 20000 volt transformer exploded inside the tunnel feeding Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), a vital and costly machinery. They said the mishandling of the machinery led to the explosion. “The TBM is being operated by the untrained workers rather than the specialized mechanics,” they added. “We are facing hardships as the management has failed to get the experts who can handle the machinery. We are being forced to work on heavy machines,” said an engineer pleading anonymity. Meanwhile, residents of Gurez area staged a massive protest at Kanzalwan demandand Education Minister Mian ing employment in the HCC and NHPC projects.—NNI
DODA—Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured to formulate a comprehensive action plan for the socio-economic growth of the people of Chenab Valley. Party further assured that backwardness and underdevelopment of this region would be removed by implementing this comprehensive action plan. Addressing an impressive public meeting, which was organized in connection with the foundation day function of the party, patron of PDP Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that Chenab Valley area was economically as well as strategically important region in the whole South Asia due to avail-
ability of huge natural resources in the form of wa-ter and forest in this belt. He, however, regretted that instead of improving socio-economic conditions of the local people of Chenab Valley, the exploitation of water and forest resources has resulted into ecological degradation and destabilization of geological features and a disruption in peaceful lives of common citizens. He strongly demanded that services of international experts should be utilized to maintain ecological balance in this belt. “Instead of giving benefits to the available resources to the residents of Chenab Valley, the rulers only
bartered away the forest and water resources for their personal power”, Mr Sayeed said, while mentioning to-wards grossly discriminatory agreements singed by the successive National Conference regimes. Demanding proper rehabilitation of the people whose land has been acquired for developmental activities, he said that residents of this belt have been facing displacement as well as ecological disaster due to construction of mega hydoelectric projects and other developmental activities in their areas. He said that besides giving adequate compensation, the affected people must be properly rehabilitated.—INP
AK-47 does not belong to victim Hilal Dar Police officer belies Indian army claim S RINAGAR —In occupied Ashok Prasad told media men in Kashmir, the police have acknowledged that a weapon which the Indian Army had claimed to recover from Hilal Ahmad Dar who was killed in a fake encounter by Indian troops in Bandipore, did not belong to the victim boy. The police after a probe into the killing of Hilal Ahmad Dar revealed that the AK-47 rifle, recovered from the incident spot, did not belong to the martyred boy. “So far the investigations have revealed that the weapon did not belong to Hilal. The finger prints did not match,” the Director General of Police
Srinagar. Soon after Hilal’s killing, an AK-47 rifle was recovered from the site of encounter. On July 25 Indian Army’s 27 Rashtriya Rifles made a claim that they have killed an unidentified militant during an ambush. Later police recovered an identity card from the pocket of the deceased and informed the locals who identified the body as of Hilal Ahmed Dar of Astengoo in Bandipora. The killing sparked off massive protest demonstrations. The residents said that the victim was tortured to death by troops. After continued protests, police ar-
NEELUM: AJK Health Minister Sardar Qamar-uz-Zaman
S RINAGAR —In occupied Abdul Waheed grouped with PPP activists.
graves so that relatives may finally know the fate of loved ones.” The House of Commons had on March 27, 1996, during the session 1995-96, held an early day mo-tion 678 titled ‘Kashmir,’ calling Kashmir issue the most dangerous conflict in the world. “That this House believes the conflict in Kashmir is potentially the most dangerous conflict in the world,” the House had observed.—NNI
ISLAMABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed called on President Sardar Yaqoob Khan at Kashmir House.
IHK Islamabad bar observes strike Kashmir, the lawyers of Bar Association Islamabad district staged boycott of courts against the harassment of a female lawyer by an Indian policeman in the district court premises. The lawyers while boycotting the district courts demanded action against the erring cop and withdrawal of FIRs against the lawyers. “It is an irony that while the guilty cop is being shielded by police, a case has been registered against the lawyers,” said a senior lawyer. A group of lawyers on Tuesday thrashed the police person who reportedly abused and passed lewd remarks on a female lawyer.—Online
tute a large proportion of the estimated 8,000 to 10,000 who disappeared during the conflict in Kashmir,” the early day motion states. “The House calls on the Government (Britain) to press for co-operation on this matter between the governments of India and Pakistan, and for the early use of forensic and DNA techniques to investigate and establish identify of those in the
Pakistan, India urged to give Kashmir priority in talks
Kashmir main cause of conflict in South Asia: Shah leader and Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah has said the main cause of “confrontation” between India and Pakistan has been the “long pending issue” of Kashmir. “Though India and Pakistan have many issues to be resolved between them like water, Siachin and Sir Creek but the long standing issue of Kashmir has been the major cause of conflict between them. The long standing issue of Kashmir issue has been the major cause of differences between them,” Shabir said in a statement. Shah has welcomed the statement of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in which she has said that the solution of Kashmir lies within the “ambit of the resolutions passed by the United Nations”. “Hurriyat conference is born only for the solution of the independence of Kashmiri’s. The preamble of the Hurriyat is based on the fact that the Kashmir issue has to be resolved as per the resolutions passed by the United Nations for the resolution of the Kashmir issue,” Shah said. “Despite the resolutions passed by the UN the separatist leadership has come forward for the dialogue process,” he said. He said that the Kashmir issue should be accepted as a disputed territory that has to be resolved without any delay. Expressing hope that the September-8 foreign level talks between India and Pakistan will prove fruitful for the resolution of Kashmir and the people of “Kashmir will get Azadi from the tyranny of India’s illegal occupation”.—INP
year, another early day motion 2607 was passed titled ‘Kashmir Graves’ during the session 2010-12. Getting a total number of 15 signatures, the motion expressed sadness and regret over the discovery of over 6,000 unmarked graves near and along the Line of Control. “This House believes that these graves, the majority of which appear to be the bodies of unknown young men, consti-
2000 volt transformer explosion causes suspension of work
ISLAMABAD: AJK ex-Prime Minister Sardar Attique Khan addressing National Youth Assembly.
Mirwaiz asks party leaders to win people’s confidence SRINAGAR—Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq conducted an important meeting of executive council members at the Hurriyat headquarters. The meeting was attended by executive council members Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, Agha-Syed Hassan AlMoosvi, Bilal Gani lone, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad waza, and Musadiq Adil. Mirwaiz stressed the members to assess and analyze the ongoing situation in the context of given political scenario. Apart from that, he said that Hurriyat should win the confidence of people by representing them through their political activities. During the meeting, the executive council members debated extensively on various
party and political issues. They further stressed that hurriyat’ as a forum will be protected at any cost and its political programmes would be taken forward by taking people into confidence. While welcoming the proposed meeting of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers, the participants hoped that meeting should prove fruitful in connection with the solution of all pending issues between the two countries including the vexed dispute of Kashmir. “The meeting also resolved that the Indian foreign minister should shun its traditional political stand on Kashmir and visit Pakistan with an open mind on his upcoming visit to meet his counterpart. It would help in taking a step forward towards solution of issues,” statement said.—INP
Authorities say no to DNA testing of those buried in IHK unmarked graves S RINAGAR —In occupied DNA tests, they would have to and sustain impunity. Kashmir, the authorities have rejected wide-scale DNA testing of bodies in thousands of unmarked graves despite recommendations of the Human Rights Commission of the territory and pleas by the families of those who disappeared during the last two decades. . A report by the Home Department of occupied Kashmir insisted that all those buried in the graves were militants and said that if families wanted
identify both the graveyard and the exact grave where they think their disappeared relative was buried. The random collection of DNA from the graves would be an academic exercise that would hurt the local sentiments, the report said. Khurram Parvez, a noted human rights activist, reacting to the report criticised the report as yet another attempt by the authorities to obfuscate the truth
The report was a response to a three-year investigation by the Human Rights Commission of the territory confirming last year that 38 burial sites in the north of the Himalayan territory contained 2,156 unidentified bodies. The Human Rights Commission said 574 other bodies found in the graves were identified as local residents, and it urged widespread DNA testing. Those findings reversed
India’s long-time insistence that the dead were foreign militants killed in the fight in Held Kashmir. But the new report, filed to the Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir last month but not released publicly, rejected the commission’s investigation and insisted all the bodies in the graves were combatants. Police could not ascertain the identities of the dead because they operated in disguise and in remote regions far away
from their homes, the report said. “The dead bodies were accordingly categorised as unidentified,” it said. “The impression being given to the commission that the unidentified bodies buried in these unmarked graves might be of the persons/civilians who have been reported to be victims of forced disappearance is not correct and is far from truth.” The report said random DNA testing of the graves would take years since only
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about 16 labs in India had the capacity to do it. It could also attract undesired media attention, cause prolonged trauma to the people and can also act as a trigger point/event for causing serious law and order disturbances, it said. Khurram Parvez said it filed a case in December on behalf of 132 families asking for just that. It filed another 507 cases last month, he said. “Nothing has come out so far,” he said.—KMS
VC admits loopholes in Waqaf Board’s functioning SRINAGAR —Admitting that the Waqf Board has failed to canalise the donation money meant for developmental purposes, Vice-Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqf board revealed that “60 percent” of the donation money goes into the pockets of the caretakers of various shrines. Addressing a press conference, Qadri expressed his helplessness over the board’s failure to canalise all the donation money given to shrines and mosques. “This is a big problem. All through these years we aren’t still able to control the care takers of various shrines who swindle the donation money. All most 60 percent of the money goes into their pockets,” Qadri admitted. He said the Waqf board is trying to solve the issue as early as possible. “Like Hazratbal Shrine, we tried to take control over the Maqdoom sahib shrine as well, but these care takers took out protest rallies and pointed fingers towards me. But, in future we will ensure that this money goes into the accounts of the Board and not in the pockets of few people,” Qadri said. He said the Waqf Board receives Rs four crore every year as donation from the shrines spread across the Jammu and Kashmir and that money is spent on the developmental works of various mosques and shrines. All is not well with the Waqf board,” he admitted.—INP
Investor education Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD —The Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) held a seminar on investor education and awareness program here on Thursday in collaboration with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). Salman Hayat, Management Executive of SECP briefed the participants about the investor education program initiated collectively by stock exchanges and SECP. Waris Niazi, Dy. GM of ISE gave a detailed presentation on investments, structure of financial system, role of stock exchanges, CDC and NCCPL and over all procedures of investments. During the question and answer session, the MDISE, Mian Ayyaz Afzal apprised the investors that in order to keep their savings in their own hand, it was necessary that the investors open their own CDC accounts with the CDC.
Forex up Staff Reporter KARACHI —Country’s foreign exchange reserves have improved by $ 58 million to about $ 14.822 billion as on August 31, 2012. According State Bank of Pakistan here Thursday, the foreign exchange reserves held by the Central Bank improved to $ 10.394 billion while reserves held by banks also decreased to about $ 4.428 billion during the week.
PQ shipping activity KARACHI—Three ships carrying containers and diesel oil were allotted berths on Qasim International Containers Terminal and FOTCO Terminal during last 24 hours, a PQA statement issueed here Thursday said. Meanwhile six more ships scheduled to load/offload containers and edible oil are also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the Port on Thursday where total number of eight ships namely Al Sabahia, CGM Rossini.—APP
Rates for conversion KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E.25 deposits) by the State Bank on 7th September, 2012. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 94.6325.—APP
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Tackling energy crisis top priority: Asim STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Dr
Asim Hussain, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum & Natural Resources has said that the Government’s top priority is to solve existing energy crisis, for which a number of steps are underway. An important area is the high Unaccounted-for-Gas (UFG) ratio which has to be brought down. He said this while meeting a delegation of the Asia Pacific Corporation (APC) Consortium that met Dr. Asim Hussain today here in
Islamabad. The meeting was also attended by H.E. Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan, Secretary Petroleum Dr. Waqar Masood Khan and senior officers of the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas Companies. The APC Consortium presented their proposal regarding replacement of existing gas meters with smart meters and gas leakage detection & reduction in the existing gas transmission and distribution system of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Com-
pany Ltd (SSGC) network. APC Consortium in their presentation provided an outline of the feasibility assessments & engineering, project development, financing and risk minimization. The proposed solution will entail complete real-time information about each consumer and meter and its twoway linkage with head-end. It is estimated that potentially 100 bcf gas can be saved from the solution. The consortium also informed that they pro- Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Dean Hon Consular Corps Sindh hosted a dinner reception in honour of US Consul General pose to make investments in Michael Dodman at his residence. Faisal Zahid Malik, Mirza Omair Baig, S M Muneer, CG Indonesia and Malaysia, Nisar Khoro, Michael Dodman, Dr Baig, Muhammad Malik and other present on the occasion. this project.
Garments export soars by 2.15pc STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The export of ready made garments from the country during the month of July 2012 has registered a growth of 2.15 percent as compared to the same month of last year. The export of garments witnessed growth in dollars term as different varieties of garments worth US$ 163.375 million were exported during July 2012 as against the export of US$ 159.93 million of same month last year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), other textile materials
posted positive growth of 50.83 percent in first month of financial year 2012-13 and reached at US$ 33.175 million as compared with to the last year’s US$ 21.99 million. Tents, canvas and trpulin export increased by 63.22 percent during the period under review as the country earned US$ 7.735 million against the last year’s US$ 4.73 million. The export of art, silk and synthetic textile also increased by 112.58 percent during July 2012 as about US$ 36.37 million added in the national exchange reserves against US$ 17.11 million of same period last year.
Meanwhile, the export of cotton yarn grow up by 40.43 percent during the first month of current financial year as about 57,918 metric ton of cotton yarn worth US$ 170.20 million exported. The cotton yarn export was recorded at 31,055 metric tons valued US$ 12262 million during the month of July 2011, it added. According the PBS figures, the export of cotton carded or combed increased by 100 percent as about 105 metric ton of the said commodity worth US$ 0.223 million by the first month of current financial year.
Transit Trade Agreement
PAJCCI demands removal of trade barriers
N EW DELHI—HPCL-Mittal Products and one Petro- Executive, Planet Petrochemicals said that this agreement K A R A C H I —Silkbank has Energy Limited (HMEL), a chemical product. announced half yearly results for the period ended June 30, 2012. The Bank’s profit before tax is Rs. 263 million. The profit announcement reflects a turnaround of Silkbank with continuous earnings for the first two quarters of 2012. The management is confident that strong growth in balance sheet and revenues along with recoveries of nonperforming advances will continue and the Bank will close the full year 2012 on a strong footing. The total deposits of the bank grew by an impressive Rs. 6.8 billion to Rs.70.9 billion. This reflects a growth of 10.66%. Advances increased by Rs. 964 million and accumulated losses declined by Rs. 115 million during the first half of the year. The Bank’s recovery efforts on non-performing loans resulted in significant reversal in provisions for the six month period ended June 30, 2012. Silkbank declared earnings of Re . 0.04 per share for HY12.
for making easy way for money transfer for avoiding illegal ways like Hundi. P E S H AWA R —Pak-Afghan He said the review meetJoint Chamber of Commerce ing is aimed at obtaining feedand Industry (PAJCCI) has back of all the stake holders demanded removal of conin Pakistan-Afghanistan busicerns of business community ness on new Transit Trade on new Afghanistan Pakistan Agreement. The feedback Transit Trade Agreement would be later submitted with (APTTA) and effective meathe quarters concerned for sures for eradicating trade perusal and proper action. barriers so that trade between He said such a meeting Pakistan-Afghanistan and would now be held in Chaman Central Asian Countries (Baluchistan) and Karachi as (CARs) could be enhanced to passage of transit trade is from a satisfactory level. these three cities. During the This demand was made by meeting, Usman said the busiVice President PAJCCI, STAFF REPORTER nessmen expressed much Usman Bilour while addressconcern over demand of origi- ISLAMABAD—The exports of ing a press conference after nal documents by Custom ofchairing a review meeting of ficials from businessmen over Pakistani citrus have regisstakeholders on APTTA here tered an increase of 70 perpayment of rebate. on Thursday. cent in a year, Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim told National Assembly. In a written reply to a question of Ms Nighat Parveen Mir, he said the exports of citrus have been increased up to US $ 162.6 million from July to March in the year 2011-12 as comparing to $US 95.8 million during the corresponding period last year. The country has also exported 247909 metric ton mangoes to various countries from 2008 to 2010-11. In the year 2008-09, as many as 73437 metric ton mangoes were exported, while 84921 metric ton manKARACHI: Arif Balagamwala receiving souvenir from Counsel General of Japan Masa goes were exported in 2009Haru SATO during the reception. Masamichi Abe, Senior Consul also seen in pic- 10, and 89551 MT mangoes were exported in 2010-11. ture.—PO photo Javed Iqbal
Honorary Council General of Tajikistan in KP, Engr Said Mahmood, President KPCCI, Afan Aziz, A Q Khalil, Director PAJCCI, Executive Member PAJCCI, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi, leading businessmen including Rafiq Jaffani MD Sunlight Wood Product, Raza Aziz, Director Osaka Automobile Industries and officials of concerned departments were present on the occasion. Briefing newsmen, Usman Bilour said PAJCCI has demanded issuance of one year multiple visas to businessmen of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that their movement could be made easy between both the countries. Similarly, he stressed on improving banking system in Afghanistan or
HMEL to debut into Pakistani market
Silkbank earns Rs 263m profit
Citrus exports register 70pc increase
joint venture between state run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Mittal Energy Investment Pte Ltd, a Lakshmi N Mittal Group Company has signed an agreement of representation with Planet Petrochemicals (Pvt) Ltd whereby HMEL products will be marketed in Pakistan through Planet Petrochemicals. HMEL has built a 9 million ton grass roots world class Refinery at Bathinda, Punjab in India , which is just 180 km’s from Wagah border. The plant has a capacity to produce all major Petroleum
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Prabh Das, CEO HMEL reiterated that given the deficit of Petroleum products in Pakistan and the proximity of the refinery to the
Picture on Page 14 border, this presents a win win situation for both the countries. He said that the group envisages Pakistan to be a strategic market. We have plans to increase the present capacity to 18 MMTPA as and when required. Khurram Sayeed, Chief
was the result of a long standing perception of the group that regional trade is the key to a sustainable economy and that trade with India is in the interest of Pakistan. He said that there are many investment proposals under consideration and one of them is the Petroleum Pipeline from Bathinda to Wagah (AMAN Pipeline). He thanked Mr. Das and Mr. H.K.Rajora, who he said were instrumental in presenting Pakistan as a significant market for HMEL.—Agencies
‘$25-30b investment chunk to overcome energy crises’ STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Energy crises in Pakistan can be overcome by investing 25-30 billion US dollars while sustainable and long term solution of the issue can be found by seeking investment from overseas Pakistanis and neighbouring countries. Chairman Pak-India Business Council (PIBC) Noor Muhammad Kasuri stated this in a statement here on Thursday. He said that incentives should be offered to overseas Pakistanis while legal
cum constitutional protection should be given to encourage investors from India to the energy sector in Pakistan. He highlighted that people of the two countries have welcomed good neighbourly relations between their states. It may be noted that PIBC has urged that committees comprising public and private sector members be constituted for advancing business ties between the two countries. He said that an open hearted response from each
other, with a view to create a ‘win win’ situation for both the sides need to be adopted. “Both the countries need to focus on poverty, hunger, disease and other socio-economic issues”, he said. He said President Asif Ali Zardari, Federal Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Indian leader Sonia Gandhi,Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others who have played important role in bringing both the countries closer deserve appreciation in this regard.
PIAF Founders Alliance pledges to help resolve economic issues STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —PIAF-Founders Alliance has pledged to work hard for the early solution of issues being faced by the business community and for the betterment of business environment under a well thought-out strategy. While presenting 12month performance report of the PIAF-Founders Alliance on Thursday, leaders of Alliance Media Committee Iftikhar Ali Malik and Sheikh Muhammad Arshad said that PIAF-Founders Alliance had introduced open door policy
in the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry and ended discrimination in small & big traders. Chairman PIAF-Founders Alliance Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman Alliance Steering Committee Mian Anjum Nisar, Alliance candidates for Corporate Class Farooq Iftikhar, Ibrar Ahmad, Mian Tariq Rehman, Chaudhry Iftikhar Bashir, Mumshad Ali, Tanvir Ahmad Sufi, Alliance candidates for Associate Class Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Kashif Anwar, S.M. Tariq, Hassan Amjad, Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Mian
Zahid Javed Ahmad, Mudassar Masood and Muhammad Akram Malik were also present on the occasion. Iftikhar Ali Malik and Sheikh Muhammad Arshad said that for the first time in the history of the country, Alliance leadership convinced the State Bank of Pakistan for a cut in markup and 3.5 per cent cut was made in the Markup rate in the year 2012. That is a big achievement by all means and would a long way in ensuring availability of cheaper money to the business community.
FFCL resolves to uplift underprivileged communities SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFCL), Pakistan’s biggest Urea manufacturer has assured its complete and withstanding commitment to the uplift and well being of underprivileged communities around Pakistan’s 1st Wind Energy Farm based at Jhimpir, district Thatta. The 50 Mega Watt Wind Energy Farm has been completed in a record time by FFC Energy Limited (FFCEL), a subsidiary of FFC established with the vision
to introducing and promoting renewable and environmental friendly energy generation in Pakistan. With the Wind Farm commencing its Commissioning Operations, two objectives stand realized, (a) Renewable and Green Energy based on inexhaustible indigineous resource; and (b) The first step which cuts into the Circular Debt issue as there is nothing to import to run the Project for its lifetime. FFC which is the largest contributor to the national exchequer through its Tax contributions has a self imposed commitment through a
huge and voluntary Self Sustaining Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative all over Pakistan. It has programs which are working for the assistance and uplift of communities since 1982. FFC’s multifaceted CSR program primarily focuses on education, health care, poverty alleviation, sports promotion, environmental protection and disaster relief and rehabilitation. On similar lines FFC CSR has initiated a community uplift and support program at Jhimpir, focusing on villages surrounding FFC Wind En-
ergy Farm. The US$100,000/program equivalent to PKR 9.4 million for 2012 has been launched in partnership with NORDEX, the Wind Turbine manufacturer. FFC will focus on the up gradation and rehabilitation of health facilities at Jhimpir Town BHU, educational infrastructure, provision of clean and safe drinking water, uplift program for native farming community and improvement in road tracks in the surrounding villages. FFC will be constructing a gynecology ward for Jhimpir Town BHU, the sole health facility accommo-
dating 37,000 residents from surrounding communities. The up gradation will also include provision of water supply and storage facility, installation of electric water cooler for patients along with construction of wash rooms at the BHU. Jhimpir residents had a long standing issue with the availability of clean drinking water, which is responsible for various diseases and epidemics among the native population. FFC is installing 4 water filtration plants at Goth Khameeso Shoro, Goth Umer Chang and Goth Suleman Palari to cater the
need for uninterrupted and hygienically clean drinking water. Each filtration plant is equipped with 4000 gallon water storage capacity and has backup generator as well. In the educational sector, FFC will be rehabilitating a Girls Primary School (Goth Suleman Palari) and Boys Primary School (Goth Khamiso Shoro). The rehabilitation will include infrastructure improvement including civil work, installation of water supply (hand pumps), and construction of children’s playing area, provision of furniture for teachers and students and
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renovation of washrooms. Community Mosque at Goth Suleman Palari will also undergo up gradation with necessary civil works and electrical amenities. At Goth Umer Chang, FFC will be upgrading transportation network with the rehabilitation of existing 2km road track. To assist farming communities in the proximity of FFCEL’s wind energy farm, FFC will be distributing 400 Sona Urea Bags among 60 families to assist them in poverty alleviation and overhaul the existing farming practices prevailing in the area.
The Chief Executive& Managing Director FFC Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi visited FFC Wind Energy Farm at Jhimpir on 3rd Sept 2012 and was briefed on the ongoing CSR activities in the area. Expressing FFC’s commitment towards social responsibility, CE & MD assured that FFC believes in with standing relationship with the community around FFCEL’s 50 MW wind farm at Jhimpir and FFC will initiate and sustain more programs for the welfare of the native population.
Over 600 foreign dignitaries to participate in Karachi Expo
Two wheelers reps not consulted AMANULLAH KHAN
Large number of trade buyers visit plastic, the trade visitors while the quality product line for this food exhibition last two days would be show. The stalls booked by
K ARACHI —Although over ISLAMABAD—Over 600 for- opened to the public, so that local producers will have di100 units are producing two wheelers in Pakistan yet on the directives of the ministry of finance only two individual manufacturing units were invited to discuss issues pertaining to two wheeler industry. Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association has taken strong exception to mere fulfilling of formality by Commerce Ministry on the directive of Federal Finance Minister to consult motorcycle manufacturers on its proposal to grant extra ordinary concessions to a Japanese bike manufacturer. In a letter written to Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shiekh Secretary PAMA while appreciating his initiative of at least advising the MOC to address the concerns of the two wheeler industry regarding incentives proposed to be provided to a new entrant. The DG PAMA regretted that the consultation was indeed done as per his directive by inviting only two motorcycle manufacturers for talk. He said there are around 100 bike manufacturers in the country and it was unfair to invite only two out of them. He said that it certainly seems impossible to invite 100 manufacturers but their registered representative body should have been invited for meaningful consultation. He appealed the Finance Minister to initiate a fair and meaningful consultation process by inviting the representative body the PAMA that would plead the point of view of majority of the bike manufacturers and not of only two manufacturers.
Power dips industrial production STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Massive power failures following heavy rains badly affected the industrial production in many trading estates in the city. Industrial activity in North Karachi was completely paralyzed whereas in Site industrial area the activity fell to 50 percent. Many streets were impassable with vehicles stuck into the water. No visible efforts were seen to drain out the accumulated water by the local administration. Heavy rains added to the woes of commuters, who got stuck in traffic logjams. Scores of people were critically injured in rain-related incidents. Many industrialists were either on their way to homes or were stuck up in massive traffic jams, after leaving their premises. North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry (NKATI) Chairman Abdul Rasheed Fodderwala said that with first drop of rain industrial units ceased to function following the power failure. He said the production in almost all the industries came to a grinding halt after first drop of rain on Wednesday. I fear most about the power supply which remained suspended because of Wednesday rains, he added.
eign dignitaries from more than 50 countries representing different sectors will participate in the Expo Pakistan 2012 to be held at the Karachi Expo Centre from October 47. TDAP sources told media that, the event will not only showcase the national potential, before buyers from across the world, but also to manage the business image of the country. The first two days of the event shall be reserved for
people of Karachi could experience the vast variety of products of international standard, produced in the country, they added. They said that while availing this opportunity, the exporters’ community to come forward and participate in this national event, to turn around the business image of Pakistan. The sources added that more than 300 stalls are reserved by different product sectors to showcase the high
versified products on display. The 4-day event, they said will be equally divided for visits by foreign buyers and for general public. Spot sales will also be allowed. “The event will give impetus to allied trades and to hotel industry. In this regard, Government of Sindh and other relevant organisations are providing all possible help in arranging the event in a befitting manner”, they added.
‘Rs 1m PPAF micro loans to curb poverty’ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) plans to extend one million micro loans during this year to combat poverty by providing financial services to the excluded poor which may enable them to become economically active. As per data issued by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), the credit programmes offered a small loan to the beneficiaries for self-employment which may enhance their income streams, and eventually make them
self-reliant. Although microcredit has been the main thrust in the past, today microfinance encompasses a wide range of financial services such as credit, savings, insurance and remittances. The Fund also plans to implement 3,500 small scale water and infrastructure schemes and strengthen over 25,000 new community organizations in order to building livelihood in the most deprived districts. Under the plan, the PPAF would also provide trainings to around 150,000 community
members, establish 50 new community health clinics and 200 new schools, rehabilitate over 6,000 persons with disabilities and train around 3000 staff of partner organizations and over 25,000 community members. About its performance during last year, the data said PPAF disbursed funds in urban and rural areas of 129 districts of the country to more than 0.3 million community organizations through partner organizations of which 12 were focusing exclusively or predominantly on women.
Financial literacy pilot project conducted by PMN BISP beneficiaries attend training STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) launched the pilot of the World Bank’s initiative on “Financial Literacy outcomes for Cash Transfer Beneficiaries through the Banking sector in Pakistan” through a two-day training for BISP beneficiaries at the ECI training centre in Islamabad. The initiative is financed through the Rapid Social Response (RSR) Trust Fund at World Bank and has taken input from the State Bank, participating commercial banks, NADRA, BISP, the Cabinet Division and others. The training was attended by 16 women from ultra poor households near Rawalpindi who are BISP beneficiaries and need to learn how to use the Benazir Debit Card (BDC), to access funds granted to them by the
BISP and better manage money by making a simple household budget, establishing savings and investment goals and understanding how to use financial services. The BDC helps beneficiaries withdraw their BISP payments through the ATM and POS networks across the country. Currently, there are over 4.1 million BISP beneficiaries half of whom are accessing their payments via the debit cards. The group is, however, not comfortable with using financial technology and this training is designed to build their capacity. Shazia Bibi, a participant at the training said, “I want my children to go to college and university, to get good education so that they have better lives. Planning for their education is my main priority in financial goals.” Mr. Abrar Ameen , Head of Branchless Banking, Bank
Alfalah said, commercial banks “recognize the need and rationale for creating a product around the ultra poor target audience and the banks are currently holding collective talks on how to target the ultra poor group in a way that would be feasible, in terms of the expenses incurred by both clients and Banks”. Kabir Kumar, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) Representative from World Bank (DC) said that financial literacy is often neglected, though it can play a crucial role in communicating effective financial management strategies to beneficiaries of G2P payments. Beneficiaries of G2P payments commonly have multiple sources of revenue (besides the G2P payment) and it is found that people in that particular income bracket often have to be better at managing their limited finances.
Jaglot-Skardu road can’t be neglected: Arbab
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A large number of trade visitors thronged on all three days at 10th Plasti & Pack 2012, 9th iftech food + bev Pakistan 2012 and 1st food + hospitality 2012, which concluded at Karachi Expo Centre here Thursday. The exhibition was jointly organized by a leading German exhibition organizer fairtrade Messe and Pegasus Consultancy, where 100 leading foreign exhibitors from 19 countries showcased their latest machinery and technology. Organizers said that the exhibitors are going home with sufficient buying orders. Martin Marz, the managing director of fairtrade Messe said that exhibitors are satisfied with the response at the show. Pakistani food industry has huge potential and the processors wanted to upgrade their production facilities and increase hygiene and quality standards, he added. He said Pakistan is the leading producer of food items including fruits, vegetables, rice and wheat, dairy products and seafood. Pakistan is also the leading exporter of food items on world map and exported food items worth $ 3.5 billion in 2010. Responding to a question, he said it was the desire of our major exhibitors from Italy, Germany and Thailand had to hold exhibition in Pakistan. “This is the reason why we came here. We explored three trade fair organizers in Pakistan and chosen Pegasus Consultancy to join hands with them”, he said.
Federal Minister for Communications Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan meeting Yung Li Shing head of Chinese delegation regarding construction of Jaglot-Skardu road. in a meeting with a delega- offered 94% funding from the STAFF REPORTER tion of China Gazebo Group Chinese side for construcI SLAMABAD—Federal Min- of Company (CGGC) who met tion of the road and told they ister for Communications Dr. him in Islamabad to discuss had capacity to complete the Arbab Alamgir Khan has the Jaglot-Skardu road project within 04 years. Their said that upgradation of project. The delegation was proposal has been placed Jaglot-Skardu road cannot headed by Mr. Yung Li before NHA and Ministry. Federal Minister thanked be neglected due to its pub- Shing, Vice President of the the company for showing inlic needs, economic impor- company. The Chinese delegation terest in investment in Pakitance and strategic locations. Ministry has placed showed interest in construc- stan and told that he would this project in priority tion of the Jaglot-Skardu look into the matter and try projects and it’s in initial project and told they had ex- to resolve the issue so that pertise of road construction work on the project can be stage of planning. Federal Minister said this in such a terrain. They also initiated.
Drug shortage looms large TARIQ KHATTAK I SLAMABAD—Experts from
AKISTAN is passing through a very diffi cult time, all the institutions are on the verge of collapse, joblessness, industrial closures and resultant massive lay-offs are order of the day. Law and order situation is worst with surge in street crimes and kidnapping for ransom is the biggest curse. Energy situation has stalled entire economic activity in the country besides hitting all other segments of the society. The situation has turned so ugly that both the employer and the employee together are protesting against power outages. Imagine the pain of a daily wager who comes from home in the morning
syrup, Xanax Tablet, Lexotanil Tablet, Ativan Tablet, Betnesol N drops, Betnesol Tablet, Polyfax eye ointment, Hydryllin DM syrup and Arinac Tablet. ‘But the Narcotics Control Board/ DRA is still indifferent to the worries of poor patients, as during the last quota allocation meeting, the board allocated only two multinational pharmaceutical companies 2000 kilogram pseudo ephedrine against their requirements of 29000 Kilogram,’ he added. He further said that that allocation of pseudo ephedrine was just 25% of our requirements, while one pharmaceutical company that makes cough and cold syrups has not been allocated pseudo ephedrine at all.
pharmaceutical sector and medical experts fear that a flood of counterfeit and spurious drugs will hit the market soon owing to the acute shortage of cough and cold medicines. The representatives of pharmaceutical companies said that in the aftermath of the Ephedrine scandal the quotas for raw materials that go into making cough and colds medicines has not been released to the companies ‘Cough and cold season starts in September and due to the fact that there are no quality medicines made locally are available there will be STAFF REPORTER an epidemic, especially in the L AHORE —The Lahore northern areas of the counChamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) Thursday appreciated the federal cabinet for accepting the LCCI longstanding demand by granting approval to Electricity Theft (Amendment) Bill 2012 and declaring Power role of Ministry of National a means of promoting the STAFF REPORTER Theft a non-bailable offence Heritage and Integration in values, brotherhood, unwith increase in penalties and ISLAMABAD—Federal Minis- preserving, documenting derstanding and co-existimprisonment. ence among people of Silk ter for National Heritage and The LCCI President Integration Ms Samina Road countries. This conIrfan Qaiser Sheikh said Khalid Ghurki is going to atference would also be utithat the electricity pilferage tend a conference titled as lized as a platform to prohas become a major cause “Flavours of the Silk Road: mote Pakistani culture on of an acute electricity International Conference on the Silk Road region. shortage and this bill ap- Food, Culture and Tourism” The objective of the conproved by the federal cabi- hosted by The World Tourference is to safeguard and net will help decrease the ism Organization (UNWTO), protect the intangible heriincidence of power theft. in tage of this region for the fucooperation with He said that the line losses Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture generations. Also to exin Peshawar are 35%, in ture and Tourism and the plore the food tourism, that Hyderabad 34%, Quetta Azerbaijan Tourism Associa- and promoting the rich cul- has the potential to contrib18%, Lahore 13%, tion in Baku, Azerbaijan. The ture and heritage of Paki- ute to the development of Gujranwala 12%, conference which is taking stan. As the cultural and sustainable tourism industry Faisalabad 11% and place on 6th – 7th September regional diversity of Paki- on the Silk Road. Another Islamabad 10% and it is 2012 will highlight the huge stan provides an ample op- important objective of the hoped that these line potential of the Silk Road re- portunity to the world to conference is to raise awarelosses would register a gion for food and intangible come and explore, the Min- ness about food culture as considerable cut. ister would utilize this con- powerful vehicle for sustainculture tourism. The LCCI President The Federal Minister as ference as a channel for dia- able tourism and building said that the Lahore Cham- a representative of Paki- logue between diverse cul- strong links among people ber of Commerce & Indus- stan would highlight the tures and civilizations and and countries. try has since long been calling for stringent measures to curb this menace to ensure availability of electricity. But despite all its requests, the line losses 800-900 per maund. However, Chairman Agri Forum said STAFF REPORTER kept on registering an uphe said that input cost and that if basmati paddy is sold ward trend. Irfan Qaiser LAHORE—Agri Forum Paki- other expenses had in- at Rs. 2000 per maund then Sheikh said that it would stan (AFP) Chairman creased manifold and grow- the rice should be made availhave been better if this law Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal ers would not get anything able to the consumer at Rs. 70 was approved a few years has urged the government to out of sowing rice if these per kilogram. While if nonago. basmati paddy is sold at Rs. immediately fix the minimum prices are maintained. He said that the support 1200 per maund then rice of procurement price of basmati paddy at Rs. 2000 per maund price for rice should be even this variety should be availand non-basmati at Rs. 1200 per higher than the prices being able for the consumer at Rs. maund to get maximum produc- demanded by Agri Forum as 45 per kilograms, he added. He said if Pakistan tion which could meet the do- per the estimates of the Punjab cial treatment. After 2nd world mestic requirement as well as government carried out dur- wanted to compete India in war Japan and Germany were help increasing the rice export. ing March 2012. However, the international rice market given a special treatment and Muhammad Ibrahim paddy production might fall then it has to give growers they grew economically so Mughal said that previously 20 to 25 percent throughout their due rights. He said that well that they became world basmati paddy was available the country if the government government must help groweconomic powers. at Rs. 1400-1500 per maund failed to increase the support ers meeting the ever increasSame way Pakistan and non-basmati from Rs. price to a suitable level. ing prices of paddy sowing. should have been treated after Russian war. It is the bad luck and ill Planning of Pakistan that Pakistan could not take advantage of its friendship with the only and very generous super power USA. Otherwise USA has never ever been so cruel with its friends. Here I want to mention to all our NATO friends and especially to our childhood friend USA that they may try everywhere they will never be able to find a stupid friend like Pakistan who KARACHI: PKBFC hosted a dinner in honour of Ambassador of Korea Choong-Joo can destroy himself for his Consul General Nisar Ahmed Khuhro Speaker Sindh Assembly, Ahsan Zubairi, Chairfriends. —The writer is man PKBFC, Iqbal Mangrani President PKBFC and Dewan Yousaf Farooqui are promiformer SVP, LCCI nent in the picture.
Power theft termed as offence hailed
Ghurki to attend Flavours of Silk Road
Int’l Conference on Food, Culture and Tourism
Mughal demands fixed rice price
NEW DELHI: A joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Mittal Energy Investments Pvt Ltd, a Lakshami N Mittal Group Company and Planet Petrochemicals (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan. Seen in the picture is Khurram Sayeed, CE, Planet Petrochemicals signing the agreement with H K Rajora, VP, HMEL, Prab Das, CEO and Harak Banthia, CFO, HMEL are also present on the occasion.
A friend in need is a friend indeed ABDUL BASIT
try,’ said Dr. Mohammad Hadi a Child Specialist. The worst thing, he says, is that this shortage of cough and cold medicines would surely result in the sudden rise of many counterfeit and spurious drugs to increase the number of patients. Some of the medicines which are short in market are Actifed (including Actifed DM syrup, Actifed cold, Actifed P tablet), Sancos cough syrup, and Erythrocin (used for throat infection). Moreover, due to non-allocation of the quota for narcotics ingredients including ephedrine, some more important drugs are also unavailable in the market including Thyroxine Tablet, Vancocin injection, Cardarone Tablet, Inderal Tablet, Benadryl
to his workplace after spending his savings (fare from his home to workplace) and on reaching the destination, he is told that because of loadshedding the factory is not operating so he cannot do his job this day. Imagine the curb through which he passes because he does not have the fare even to go back to his home what to talk of taking some money for the food of his children meaning thereby that the whole family will spend the whole day without food and will sleep without food with small children. The number of such people who are passing through this agony runs into millions. A little attention by the US towards energy situation could do a lot for us. Millions of people have lost their jobs while many millions are in line of losing
their jobs because industries are getting closed. Still we wish that our Tax-to-GDP Ratio should be like other countries. Most of the countries with whom we try to compare, do not know even the meaning of loadshedding. Still whatever the revenue targets are fixed by Finance Ministry and the FBR are achieved. This is not a matter of pride but it is a matter of great concern because the revenue collecting agencies are squeezing the survived industry by using their powers and one day this industry and trade will also close because of this harsh treatment of tax collectors.We have to keep in mind that we are at war for more than a decade. A war which has nothing to do with us, it was simply imposed on us.
Pakistan was asked whether NATO forces start attack from Torkhum or from Karachi. This war has eaten away everything and we could not even convey this fact to the relevant corners for whom we have been destroyed. May be they do not want to understand our problem and why should they, when they are getting their job done free of cost. Rather they are not happy with our performance instead of getting obliged. I would say that when we get beating we do not know how to cry. I would say our friends and allies are very self-centered they want to live happily but they do not let their friend even to survive only. Pakistan has got his arms and legs broken for their comfort and safe tomorrow but they have not even paid the medical bill of Pakistan what to talk of any spe-
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Floods kill 18 in Burkina Faso, leave 21,000 homeless
“Ineffective counsel” tactics in appeal NEW YORK—The attorney for convicted child sex offender Jerry Sandusky said on Thursday he plans to appeal the case, arguing that he was not given sufficient time to prepare for the high-profile trial of the one-time Penn State football coach. Joe Amendola said he plans to tell the appellate court he was an “ineffective counsel” due to lack of time not because his representation was flawed. Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sex abuse charges in a case that rocked U.S. college football and raised awareness of child molestation. The lawyer, widely scrutinized for allowing his client to be interviewed on television ahead of the trial, said the argument would be based on what he described as the defense’s “inability to properly prepare” for the trial that began June 5. Sandusky was arrested in November. “There’s no allegations that what we did at trial was ineffective,” he said. “We’re not saying we did anything, or failed to do something at trial that wasn’t important or significant in Jerry’s defense,” he said. “What we’re referring to is we were ineffective given the timeline that was placed upon us by the court, and our belief that it didn’t give us significant time ... to prepare Jerry’s defense.” Amendola won a three-week delay in early pretrial motions, but was denied subsequent requests for more time to prepare. Amendola said the timeline set by the trial judge could only have been met by a staff of attorneys.— Reuters
Putin defiant on Syria M OSCOW —President Vladimir Putin signalled in an interview aired on Thursday that Russia is not ready to shift its stance on Syria, and suggested Western nations were relying on groups such as al Qaeda to help drive President Bashar al-Assad from power. In wide-ranging remarks to Russia’s RT television, Putin held out hope for an end to a dispute with Washington on missile defence if President Barack Obama is re-elected, calling him “an honest person who really wants to change much for the better”. Putin took aim at Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney, calling his criticism of Russia “mistaken” campaign rhetoric and suggesting that a Romney presidency would widen the rift over the anti-missile shield the United States is deploying in Europe. In some of his most extensive public comments since he started a six-year term in May, Putin dismissed Western criticism on issues ranging from Syria to the conviction of three anti-government protesters from the punk band Pussy Riot. Putin was asked whether Moscow should rethink its stance on Syria after vetoing three Westernbacked U.N. Security Council resolutions designed to pressure Assad to end violence that has killed 20,000 people. “Why should only Russia re-evaluate its position?” he said. “Maybe our partners in the negotiation process should re-evaluate their position.”—Reuters
Guinea’s elections chief to step down CONAKRY—The president of Guinea’s national election commission on Thursday said he will step down amid a political stalemate over parliamentary polls and following months of pressure from opposition supporters. The mineral-rich west African nation has struggled to complete a transition to civilian rule since 2010 because the final step in the process — parliamentary elections — has been repeatedly delayed by disputes between rival political camps. Opponents of Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, who have taken to the streets in a series of protests resulting in violent clashes with security forces, had called for Louceny Camara to be sacked. Speaking on state television, Camara asked his trade union supporters not to back him in a shake-up of the body, known as the CENI, expected to take place in the coming days. “In the superior interest of the nation, I have asked my union who chose me as their delegate not to reelect me in the next restructuring of the CENI,” he said. “I took this decision to allow the electoral process to move forward calmly,” he said, adding that he would continue to perform his functions until a new commission is named. Camara is considered by the opposition to be an ally of Conde. The opposition accuses the president of attempting to consolidate power by prerigging the legislative polls in his favour.—AP
Minister defends austerity MADRID—Spain’s economy minister on Thursday defended the country’s unpopular austerity measures pushed through this year by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, ahead of a key visit to Madrid by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Spain’s government is under pressure to accept a sovereign bailout for its public finances that could come with conditions that would mean more economic pain for a country in a deep recession with unemployment at nearly 25 per cent. But Luis de Guindos said Spain has already made significant progress this year with labour reforms and efforts to reduce a growing deficit through tax hikes and spending cutbacks. “Spain is doing what Germany did 10 years ago,” de Guindos told a gathering of Spanish and German business leaders at the presidential palace ahead of the Rajoy-Merkel meeting. Over the last decade, Germany has raised its retirement age, amended its constitution to require a balanced budget and put in place labour market and welfare reforms. A key round of measures in 2003 reduced job benefits and protections — and was criticized at the time for cutting away at a cherished social welfare system. While Rajoy and Merkel meet, the European Central Bank is expected to announce a plan to buy government bonds from countries like Spain which are struggling with high borrowing costs on their debt.—AP
Youth welfare officials appointed JEDDAH—Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, head of the Youth Welfare Presidency, announced a number of new appointments to strengthen the organization. “During the next phase, we’ll involve the youth in preparing the presidency’s programs,” he said. Prince Nawaf appointed Fahd Al-Bani vice president of the organization; Faisal Al-Nassar vice president for sports affairs; Muhammad Al-Qarnas vice president for youth affairs; and Khaled Al-Muzaini, dean of sports academy, adviser for sports affairs. Other major appointments were: Moin Al-Hafiz, who is minister plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry, adviser for international cooperation in sports and youth welfare; Abdul Elah Al-Dalak director general of administrative and financial affairs; Sultan Al-Suwailem, director general of the Institute for Preparing Leaders; Muhammad Al-Kharboush secretary-general of Youth Hostels; Muhammad Al-Sahli director general of IT; and Abdul Rahman Al-Yamani director of the department for investment and privatization of clubs. Being the president of the Federation of Arab National Olympic Committees, Prince Nawaf appointed Saud Al-Abdul Aziz secretary-general of the federation and Muhammad Al-Mishal secretarygeneral of Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee.—Arab News
O U A G A D O U G O U —Heavy rains and flooding since the start of June have claimed 18 lives in Burkina Faso and made more than 21,000 people homeless, an emergency aid official said Thurday. “Since the beginning of the rainy season in June, we have 10 out of 13 regions that are affected and 17 provinces out of 45 have reported damage to us and asked for help from the state,” said the permanent secretary of the National Council for Emergency Aid (CONASUR), Boubacar Diane. Diane reported a toll of at least 18 deaths in the poor west African country, caused by mudslides and the collapse of buildings. Most of the homeless people have been lodged in schools, but the new school year starts in DAMASCUS: People throw buckets of water on a burning building in Myasar, Aleppo. Government jets bombed the residential area, reducing many of its buildings to rubble.
US asks Iraq to oversee Iran supply flights to Syria B AGHDAD —U.S. officials Washington would be dam- allegation, I think is a legiti- But Iraqi Shi’ite leaders fear a are questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose conflict with rebels threatens to drag his neighbours into a regional struggle. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki’s government is close to the regional Shi’ite power Iran, Assad’s main ally, and he has opposed demands by Sunni Arab Gulf nations that Assad step down to end the escalating conflict over his rule. Three prominent U.S. senators visiting Baghdad told Maliki that ties with
aged if his government permitted Iran to use its airspace to deliver arms to Syria. One U.S. official urged Baghdad to inspect the Iranian flights. “This could really have some impact on Iraqi-U.S. relations if it were true. The fact of the matter is they have the right to order a plane to land if they think they may be violating their airspace,” Sen. John McCain told Reuters. McCain said Maliki told the visiting lawmakers he had still not received evidence of arms supplies that Iraq requested when U.S. officials raised the Iranian flights earlier this year. “If we make the
mate request on his part to see the proof of it,” McCain said. U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Wednesday Iraq had a responsibility to continue with measures to prevent Iran shipping arms through its airspace. “The easiest way, we think, is for them to require these aircraft to land and be inspected in Iraqi territory,” he said. Iraq, fearing any spill over of the Syrian conflict could upset its own fragile balance among Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish parties, says it backs no side in the Syrian crisis.
Israeli forces kill three militants in Gaza Strip GAZA—Israeli forces killed as Homat al-Aqsa. Their bodthree Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday and the Israeli military said they were trying to plant explosives near a border fence when they were attacked. The incident followed the killing a day earlier of three militants in an air strike which the military said foiled their attempt to fire rockets from the central Gaza Strip into Israel. Villagers who knew the men killed in Thursday’s attack said they belonged to a small Islamist militant group known
ies were taken to a local hospital. “Soldiers targeted a terrorist squad that was planting an explosive device near the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement. Hamas, an Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, confirmed their deaths and said one of the men, lying wounded, had used his cellular telephone to summon an ambulance but Israeli fire prevented the vehicle from approaching and he died.
An Israeli military spokesman said the ambulances had arrived at the scene without prior coordination and were kept away for their own safety because troops were still in action. He said they were permitted to proceed after the soldiers left. Hamas is hostile to Israel but has largely refrained in recent years from launching crossborder rocket attacks. Israel has said that as Gaza’s ruler, Hamas bears overall responsibility for any strikes from the territory carried out by other groups.—Reuters
Hasina for using nuke power for faster economic growth S AVAR —Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government intends to utilise nuclear power completely in peaceful purposes and ensure faster economic growth of the country. “We want to use nuclear power only for electricity generation, increasing our industrial and agricultural productivity and putting in place modern medicare facility for people to improve their living condition,” she said. The prime minister was addressing a function marking inauguration of 3MV Tandem Accelerators Facilities and five other highly sensitive scientific installations at Bangladesh Atomic Commis-
sion at Ganakbari in Savar. She said all preparations for construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant have been completed with the support of Russian government and physical work of the project would begin very soon. She announced that another nuclear power plant will be constructed in the southern part of the country. Hasina urged the country’s scientists to give emphasis on utilisation of their research works side by side conducting basic research on different aspects of science and technology. She reminded that roles of scientists and researchers are very crucial in successful implementation of
‘Vision 2021’ for economic prosperity of the country. “The countries showing capacity in research on science and technology are progressing fast,” she said. With State Minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman in the chair, the function was addressed, among others by chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Science and Technology Alhaj Dabirul Islam, local parliament member Talukder Towhid Jang Murad, secretary of the Science and Technology Ministry Rafiqul Islam and chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission ASM Firoz.—BBS
Harbin to be twinned with SL city ZACKI JABAR H ARBIN
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Harbin,the capital city of Heilongjiang province in Northeast China, wants to establish links with a Sister City in Sri Lanka. Chief Director of the Harbin City Council, Zhang Lixin said that they had signed “Sister City” agreements with 20 countries in various parts of the world and would like to have a similar relationship with a city in Sri Lanka. The Chinese central government has identified Harbin as a national base for services outsourcing, biotechnology and civil aviation. The City Council Director said Harbin has long been a major industrial hub in China. It, boasts
of international bases for machinery manufacturing, auto, pharmaceuticals, light alloy materials, regional airplanes, helicopters, antibiotic materials and flax products. Harbin, is also a key food production base with 1.8 million hectares of farmland, The city is at the center of Heilo ngjiang’s politics, economy, culture and technology. It has eight districts and 10 counties and covers an area of 53,000 square kilometers.Harbin was home to ten million people and almost five million of them live in the urban areas,the City Council Director observed. Lixin,said that Harbin has been on a path toward development since construction began in 1898 on the Eastern Chinese Railway,the Chinese section of
the Trans-Siberian Rail. By 1903, when the railway was completed,the city’s urban area had already begun to take shape. In the beginning of the 20th century,18 countries had consular offices in Harbin, and 160,000 foreign nationals from 30 countries settled down here. By the 1930s,it had grown into a famous international trade center in Northeast Asia. Due to its abundant European architecture, Harbin became known as the Eastern Moscow and the Oriental Paris. It,was also a city of the arts and has held the Harbin Summer Music Festival, now a national event, 31 times. A large number of singers and musicians had launched their careers at this event.
hardline Sunni government hostile to Baghdad could follow Assad’s fall. Iraq has had no real air force since the fall of Saddam Hussein and says it cannot defend its airspace. But Iraqi officials say they have no evidence that Iranian flights are carrying weapons or military hardware.“The prime minister confirmed that Iraq’s stance is clear to not allow the passage of anything, of any weapon or anything linked to military activity,” said Ali alMoussawi, Maliki’s media adviser. “He is ready to follow up on any evidence.”— Reuters
58 dead in Turkish boat overtun A NKARA —The number of people who died after a boat carrying migrants sank off western Turkey’s Aegean coast has risen to 58, Turkish news channels reported on Thursday. Tahsin Kurtbe yoglu, the governor of Mend eres, a coastal district in Izmir province, earlier told state television TRT that 39 people had died but that he expected the death toll to rise. Television footage showed small boats searching for survivors close to the shore. Turkey’s location as a bridge from Asia to Europe, as well as its relative wealth compared to neighbouring states, has long made it both a destination and transit point for migrants from as far afield as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. TRT reported that 45 people had been rescued alive and that the boat had sunk around dawn after travelling just 50 metres from the coast. It said two people had been arrested in connection with the incident and that the nationalities of those on board had not yet been established.—Reuters
Nigeria lifts ban on airline after crash killed 159 A BUJA —Nigerian airline Dana Air can fly again three months after one of its jets crashed and killed 159 people, aviation authorities said on Wednesday, even though the cause of the crash has still not been made public. The Dana Air flight, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, collided with an apartment block in a populated Lagos suburb in June, killing everyone on board and six people on the ground. People watch as a crane removes wreckage from the site of a plane crash at IjuIshaga neighbourhood, Lag os June 4, 2012. “The federal government has lifted the suspension of the Operating Licence of Dana Airlines,” Joe Obi, spokesman for the aviation ministry said in a statement. “This follows government’s satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit.” He added that this meant Dana was free to resume commercial flights. Little is yet publicly known about why the airliner crashed.
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October, he added. “We rapidly need to find shelter. We have sent tents to the provinces, but we need to find more,” Diane said. In neighbouring Niger, at least 68 people have lost their lives and almost half a million have been affected by the floods, caused by heavy rain at the beginning of July. Burkina Faso is facing a food shortage due to a bad harvest in 2011 caused by drought. The country is also host to a massive influx of refugees from Mali, who have fled across the border since the north of their homeland fell into the hands of armed Islamist groups. At least 100,000 Malian refugees are registered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.—AFP
Bill Clinton backs Obama WASHINGTON—Former US President Bill Clinton is delivering a prime-time defence of Barack Obama, on the second night of the Democratic convention. Taking the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina, he formally proposed President Obama as Democratic nominee. He launched a fullthroated defence of Obama’s policies, saying his economic record had been a success. Earlier, organisers moved Obama’s acceptance speech from an outdoor stadium, citing poor weather forecasts. They moved Thursday’s speech from Charlotte’s 74,000-seat Bank of America stadium to the 20,000 capacity indoor arena where the rest of the convention is taking place. But the capacity of the Time Warner Cable Arena quickly became a focus of attention as hundreds of people were reportedly locked out of the building because of capacity issues during the evening session. ‘On the job’ Clinton offered a lengthy defence of Obama’s record, attacking
Republicans for blocking further progress on the economic recovery and getting deep into the detail of policy debates. “In order to look like an acceptable, moderate alternative to President Obama, they couldn’t say much about the ideas they have offered over the last two years,” he said, referring to the Republican convention in Florida a week ago. Reminding the crowd that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had revealed that their number one priority was to get Obama out of office, he declared: “We’re going to keep President Obama on the job,” he said. Clinton argued that Obama’s economic policies on taking office had prevented further collapse and begun the recovery, but said he knew that many Americans were not feeling it yet. He compared Obama’s experience to his own first term in office, when “our policies were working and the economy was growing but most people didn’t feel it yet”.—Reuters
US urges fair trial for Libyan ex-spy chief T RIPOLI —The US and hu- international standards for man rights groups have called on Libya to give a fair trial to Col Gaddafi’s ex-intelligence chief after he was deported by Mauritania. The US said Abdullah al-Senussi must be tried “in full compliance with Libya’s international obligations”. Libya’s PM insisted Senussi would face trial “according to international standards for human rights”. Senussi, who is being held in Tripoli, fled Libya after last year’s uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi. Senussi is accused of crimes allegedly committed during Col Gaddafi’s rule and is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court. ‘Rule of law’ Pictures on social media appeared to show Senussi stepping down from a helicopter in Tripoli on Wednesday after news broke that Mauritania had agreed to deport him. Senussi was arrested on his arrival in Mauritania in March, sparking repeated requests to the west African nation from the Libyan government for his return. “Abdullah al-Senussi will have a fair trial according to
human rights, the rights from which Libyans were deprived,” Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib told reporters in Tripoli. Some footage shot at a prison in Tripoli shows a heavily bearded man emerging from a helicopter to a crowd in military uniform chanting: “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.” It is in stark contrast to the clean-shaven, hardened face many Libyans grew accustomed to for decades. Abdullah al-Senussi’s extradition to Libya will set aside fears by many here that he will not face the justice so many are seeking. The Libyan PM has made it clear that Senussi will face trial in Libya, saying it will be fair and will meet international standards. Both his extradition and any future trial are an opportunity for the new authorities to show that they are in control of security matters. Acting US state department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said: “The international community has been very clear that he should be held accountable for his actions. ”—Reuters
Alcohol ads restricted in S Korea S EOUL —South Korea has drafted a new law aimed at restricting alcohol advertising amid mounting concerns over binge drinking and alcohol-related crimes, a government official said Thursday. The draft legislation prohibits TV programmes targeting teenagers from carrying any alcohol commercials, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. It also seeks to ban alcohol advertising on public transport systems including buses, subways, taxi cabs, trains, flights and ferries. “This is a landmark law in this country aimed at changing public consciousness about alcoholism and attitudes toward binge-drinking,” the ministry’s Deputy Director Park Chang-Kyu told AFP. “There have been mounting outcries over alcohol-related crimes these days. There is also a widespread national consensus on the need to change the nation’s indulgent
attitude toward alcoholism,” he said. The new law could be adopted by parliament by the end of this year, he said. It also imposes heavy fines of up to five million won ($4,420) for selling alcohol at schools, and authorises local governments to ban alcohol from public parks and beaches. Many Koreans tend to turn a blind eye to alcohol abuse, with binge-drinking widely accepted as a relatively harmless habit in a stressful society which has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. South Koreans are the world’s heaviest consumers of spirits, guzzling 9.57 litres per head in 2005, according to a World Health Organization report published last year. President Lee MyungBak last month called for tough action against alcoholinduced violence, lamenting “a culture of tolerating misbehaviour by drunk people”.—AFP
Pakistan beat Australia by 7 wickets in 1st T20 D UBAI —Pakistan beat Aus- bowled out for 89 in the 20th two wickets and the regular Michael Hussey chipped a tralia in first T20 after chasing score of 89 for 7 wickets. Australia slumped to their lowest total in a completed T20 innings since 2005 as Pakistan put in an outstanding all-round effort with the ball and in the field, a preivate television channel reported. The Australians were
over, their second-lowest T20 total of all time and their lowest since they were skittled for 79 by England in Southampton seven years ago, in what was the second T20 international ever played. Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and the debutant Raza Hasan each picked up
Australia 1st Innings: Watson lbw b Gul ........... 8 Warner c and b Hafeez . 22 Hussey c Malik b Tanvir 1 Bailey b Hafeez .............. 14 Hussey c Ajmal b Hasan 3 White b Ajmal ................ 15 Wade c Imran b Hasan ... 6 Maxwell c Jamshed b Ajmal4 Cummins c U Akmal b Tanvir ............................ 1 Doherty not out .............. 6 Hilfenhaus c K Akmal b Tanvir ............................ 0 Extras: (3w 6lb) ................ 9 Total: (all out) ................ 89 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Hafeez ................ 4.0-0-24-2 Tanvir ................. 2.3-0-13-3 Gul ....................................... 4.0-0-17-1 Ajmal .................. 4.0-0-13-2 Hasan ................. 4.0-0-15-2
Shoaib Malik ....... 1.0-0-1-0 Fall of wicket: 1-12, 2-13, 346. 4-51, 5-52, 6-72, 7-81, 881, 9-88, 10-89 Pakistan 1st Innings: Hafeez c D Hussey b Cummins ..................... 17 Imran Nazir c White b Watson ........................ 22 Jamshed b Hilfenhaus .. 10 K Akmal not out ............ 31 Shoaib Malik not out ...... 9 Extras: (1w) ....................... 1 Total: (for 3) ................... 90 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Maxwell ............. 2.0-0-25-0 Hilfenhaus ......... 3.0-0-18-1 Cummins ............ 3.0-0-14-1 Doherty ............. 3.0-0-12-0 Watson ................ 2.5-0-9-1 White ................. 1.0-0-12-0 Fall of wicket: 1-30, 2-44, 368
Flintoff aims to become boxer
breakthroughs, combined with the large boundaries, starved Australia of runs. It was the first Australia failed to hit a six in a T20 match since another game against Pakistan in Dubai, back in May 2009, and they managed only three fours, all of which came from the openers Shane Watson and David Warner. Pakistan picked up early wickets and applied pressure throughout the innings, holding their catches and rotating the bowlers to deprive the batsmen of the chance to settle. The Australians had entered the game with a long batting line-up but it did little for their chances in the match as only three men reached double figures. Warner top scored with 22 from 25 balls, an innings that at the time looked scratchy but was solid when compared with the rest of the performances. Warner was the third man to fall when he pushed a catch back to the bowler Hafeez, after the innings had started shakily when Watson was trapped in front by Umar Gul for 8. Promoted to No.3,
catch to cover when he failed to pick Sohail Tanvir s slower ball. Warner and George Bailey provided a slight recovery with a 33-run stand before Warner went, and that was followed soon after by Hasan s first international wicket, which came when David Hussey failed to clear the man at long on. Bailey fell for 14 when he top edged a sweep off Hafeez and was caught at deep backward square leg, and it was up to Cameron White and Matthew Wade to attempt a recovery. But Pakistan s spinners were too good for White and Wade, Ajmal s variations especially deceptive, although it was Hasan who broke the partnership when Wade holed out to deep midwicket for 6 from 13 balls. Glenn Maxwell, who came in at No.8, was caught at deep square leg off Ajmal for 4 and next ball White failed to read Ajmal and was bowled for 15 off 22 balls. Xavier Doherty survived the hat trick ball but that was about all the Australians had to celebrate, as Tanvir fin- DUBAI: Muhammad Hafeez leaps in the air after picking David Warner’s wicket during Pakistan vs Australia, 1st T20I. ished off the tail to end up with 3 for 13.—APP
Saeed tops ICC ODI rankings D UBAI —Pakistan off-spin-
L ONDON —Andrew Flintoff ner Saeed Ajmal is ranked made his name by smashing sixes and taking wickets during a memorable career as English cricket’s premier allrounder and he will get the chance to deliver some more knock-out blows after revealing his plan to become a professional boxer. Flintoff, who was forced to quit cricket due to a series
of injuries, is set to fight in a heavyweight bout at Manchester’s MEN Arena on November 30 and is being trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and McGuigan’s son Shane in preparation for the bout. The 34-year-old’s experiences as a budding fighter are being turned into a two-part television documentary called The Gloves Are Off and he can’t wait to step into the ring after missing the buzz of professional sport since his retirement from cricket in 2010.—AFP
first on the International Cricket Council (ICC) one day international rankings for bowlers. Ajamal secured the top position and is followed by Muhammed Hafeez who ranks second. Ajmal also ranks second on the T20 rankings and third in the test rankings. South African Hashim Amla ranks first and Indian Virat Kohli ranks second on the list of the top ODI batsmen. The highest Pakistani ranked on the list is Umer Akmal at 13. In test batsmen rankings Sri Lankan Kumara Sangakkara ranks first and South Arfican Hashim Amala ranks second. The list also includes three Pakistanis, Younus Khan, Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq in the top 20. England’s E.J.G. Morgan ranks first in the T20 batsmen rankings while Umer Akmal from Pakistan ranks 16. Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he is confident his team will beat Australia in the Twenty20 series and go on to prosper at the World Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka. Pakistan trounced Australia by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 international on Wednesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the threematch series. “Our win will help us in the World Twenty20, we need to carry the winning momentum on into the World Twenty20,” said Hafeez of the World Twenty20 which starts on September 18. Pakistan’s spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hasan Raza and
Hafeez shared six wickets to bowl Australia out for their second lowest Twenty20 total of 89 before the modest target was achieved for the loss of three wickets. The second match will be played here on Friday. Hafeez denied he was
surprised at Australia’s capitulation. “It wasn’t surprising because I am confident that my bowling will come good and this is a good sign for our team ahead of the big event where we want to do well,” said Hafeez.—AFP
L A H O R E — O f f - s p i n n e r , cannot dismiss the possibil- agreed that Ajmal is the governing body’s stance. In
ity to do so. He said that the team would boycott the much-anticipated awards ceremony in Colombo later this month if the ICC stuck to its guns over the issue of keeping Ajmal out of the final list of nominees. Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, minced no words in saying that ICC’s decision to snub Ajmal – one of the world’s best bowlers – was “unfair” and should be “rectified”. “We have once again lodged a strong protest against Amjal’s omission from the shortlist and hope that they (ICC) will review this unfair decision,” stressed Ashraf. “It is universally
LAHORE—Muhammad Afzall and Muhammad Naveed won the defence day badminton championship here on Thursday at Railways Allam Iqbal institute hall. Pakistan Sportsmen Welfare Association organized the event on the occasion of defence day of Pakistan. Afzaal and Naveed beat Muhammad Atiq ur Rehman and Muhammad Tanveer 3-2 in the final match. Kamran Masood Khan and Waqar Ahmad defeated, Muhammad Usman & Mohsin Ali 3-1 for the third place. Chief Guest, known sports organizer, Malik Sarwar Mehmood gave away winner trophy and prizes to the winners.—APP
Ankle injury rules Koo out for two months
PCB may boycott ICC awards over Ajmal omission Saeed Ajmal who recently made Australian batsmen look like amateurs is getting some support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after not being nominated for any International Cricket Council awards. The PCB said on Thursday that if the ICC did not rectify its decision regarding Saeed Ajmal, then the board can boycott the awards. According to the PCB chairman, the board is facing extreme pressure from the fans over Ajmal’s omission and to boycott the ICC awards as a consequence. PCB chairman Zaka Akhraf told that the board has not yet decided about boycotting the awards but
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world’s spinner at the moment and deserves to be in contention for the award,” he added. The ICC has conveyed to PCB in clear words that it is in no mood to review its decision regarding Ajmal’s omission from the shortlist. “We have been told that the (awards) lists are being handled by an independent body and that ICC cannot do anything about it,” said Ashraf. “Personally I believe that it’s (awards process) an ICC business and they should have some say in undoing something that is clearly unjust,” he said. Ashraf said that the PCB has sent a letter to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, asking him to reconsider the
the letter, PCB has raised objections over the awards process. Former Pakistan players on Thursday urged a boycott of the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards ceremony over the omission of spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist for Test player of the year. An independent jury comprising former players, officials and mediamen provoked anger in Pakistan after omitting the wily offspinner from the shortlist of four candidates, which includes Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Australian Michael Clarke and South Africans Vernon Philander and Hashim Amla.—APP
B ERLIN —South Korea midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol is expected to be out for the next six to eight weeks after tearing ankle ligaments while playing for Augbsurg in the Bundesliga. The 23-year-old play maker suffered the injury early in his team’s 3-1 defeat at Schalke 04 on Saturday when he was tackled by Cameroon’s Joel Matip, but the South Korean played on until he was substituted just after the break. Koo has already been ruled out of South Korea’s World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Tuesday with his team top of Asian qualifying Group A after beating Qatar 4-1 and Lebanon 3-0 in June.—AFP
Ganguly wants to coach Team India N E W D ELHI —If given a chance former India captain Sourav Ganguly is ready to take up the coaching job of Indian cricket team in the near future. “Obviously, I have interest in coaching but only time will tell what can happen in future. If the BCCI feels that I can be a good coach, I will be ready. I feel I can create a difference in terms of the ability, form and development of the players. That will be the way for me to repay the game,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by a news channel. Ganguly, once a strong advocate of foreign coaches, feels that it is time an Indian take over the top job.—INP
Berdych sends Federer crashing out of US Open
NEW YORK—Roger Federer Berdych’s first appearance who hadn’t played since Satsaw his dream of becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Opens destroyed by big-swinging Czech Tomas Berdych Wednesday in the Swiss legend’s earliest New York defeat in nine years. The 17-time Grand Slam title winner, bidding to reach his 33rd Grand Slam semi-final and ninth in a row at the US Open, was beaten 7-6 (7/ 1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 by sixthseeded Berdych. “It couldn’t be better,” Berdych said. “There’s no better moment so far than this one.” It was Federer’s worst defeat at the tournament since losing to David Nalbandian in the fourth round in 2003. Berdych, who went into the quarter-final with a 4-11 record against the world number one, will now face British third seed Andy Murray for a place in Sunday’s title match. “I’ll just try to bring something from today and try to add something a little more for my next match,” Berdych said. The 26-year-old Czech has reached the last four in New York for the first time while Saturday will be his first Grand Slam semi-final since he reached the Wimbledon final in 2010. That was the tournament where he also defeated Federer in the quarter-finals. In an extraordinary reversal of fortune, Wednesday’s clash was
in a night match on the main stadium. Wimbledon champion Federer, by contrast, went into the tie with a perfect 21 wins in his night-time outings. There was no sign of the drama to come when Federer,
urday as a result of Mardy Fish’s decision to withdraw from their fourth-round clash, broke to lead in the first game of the quarter-final. But Berdych levelled at 33 before romping through the tie-break, taking the opener with his fifth ace.—AFP
NEW YORK: Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic reacts to a shot against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the quarterfinal round of play at the US Open tennis tournament.
Lillee may not succeed as Online coach: Waqar BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT D UBAI—Waqar Younis, the former Pakistani fast bowler and ex-captain is not sure whether the Australian pace legend, Dennis Lillee will be a successful on-line coach. Lillee, who ran India’s the MRF pace foundation in Chennai for 25 years before handing charge to compatriot Glenn McGrath earlier this week, said he wanted to continue sharing his knowledge with young cricketers. “He might or might not succeed as an on-line
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coach”, Younis, who has been a Ten Sports commentator here for the PakistanAustralia matches, said exclusively. “Lillee is a huge name in fast bowling coaching and may have decided to hire the latest technology and method but I don’t know how far it would work. The game of cricket is played not played on laptops. I have played ample cricket, and learnt a lot from the ground and sitting out on the bench”, the 41year-old Waqar Younis added. Lillee may also use Skype for the paid online coaching service. The software that
Lillee is likely to use will help him analyse problems faced by a bowler after receiving images of his runup, bowling action and delivery stride. Every small detail of the image will be examined and an analysis made, which will then be sent back to the bowler. Lillee grabbed 355 wickets in 70 Tests at an average of 23.92 before ending his 13year career in 1984. He also took 103 wickets in 73 oneday internationals. “The new man, Glenn McGrath is a good choice to head the MRF. One legend has replaced the other, I must say”, Younis concluded.
After a stroke: First days to weeks
FTER a patient moves from the ER to the hospital, doctors will deal with any complications and help prevent future strokes. Here’s what to expect during his hospital stay, and how to prepare for his care and recovery after he gets out. Once a patient’s stroke has been evaluated and his condition has been stabilized, he’ll be transferred out of the ER and into a hospital bed. How long he spends in the hospital depends on a number of factors, including the type and severity of his stroke, what medical complications arise, and the extent of his disability. But it’s unlikely that he’ll be in the hospital for long. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average length of hospitalization for stroke in 2005 was 5.2 days. Even though the person you’re caring for is out of the ER, serious complications may still arise. An estimated one out of five stroke patients dies during his hospital stay. The patient’s treatment team has two main goals: To prevent another stroke from occurring and to minimize and respond to any complications. To this end, the person you’re caring for will undergo more testing to determine the cause of this stroke. Although the doctors should know what type of stroke he had, they’ll still need to pinpoint the exact cause. They may perform one or more of the following tests: Carotid ultrasound to determine if either carotid artery is narrowed or blocked. This test is noninvasive and painless: A technician applies
jelly to the patient’s neck, then slides an ultrasound wand over the skin covering his carotid artery. Transcranial Doppler test for blockages in the large brain arteries. This test is similar to the carotid ultrasound, although the sound waves go through the patient’s skull instead of his neck. Cerebral angiogram to look for atherosclerosis or a brain aneurysm. The patient will be sedated to minimize his anxiety and discomfort during this procedure. A long, thin catheter, or tube, is inserted into a large artery in his groin, then maneuvered all the way through blood vessels into his chest. Once the tube reaches his carotid artery, dye is injected, which travels through the artery into the brain. Then a series of X-rays is taken to spot any abnormalities in the blood vessels of the brain. Because this procedure carries a slight risk of causing another stroke, it will be performed only if other tests are inconclusive. Depending on the patient’s test results, his doctors will treat him to reduce his risk of having another stroke: For an ischemic stroke, he may be given anticlotting drugs, have a procedure known as a carotid endarectomy, or both. For a hemorrhagic stroke, he may need to have a torn brain artery or aneurysm repaired, both of which require major surgery. No matter what type of stroke he had, risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes will be evaluated and treated.
Guard mounting ceremony held at Mazar-i-Quaid KARACHI—In connection with the Defence Day of Pakistan, a guard mounting ceremony took place at the Mazar-e-Quaid in which a smartly turned out contingent of Cadets from PAF Academy Risalpur took over guard duties at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation to commemorate his visit to the PAF Academy Risalpur 65 years ago. A PAF press release on Thursday said that Air Vice Marshal, Rashid Kamal, Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy Risalpur, inspected the honour guard and laid a floral wreath and offered ‘Fateha’ at the Mazar-e-Quaid. The ceremony was keenly witnessed by common people including a large number of students from various schools and colleges who had gathered at the Mazar. The day started with special ‘Dua’ and Quran Khawani for the Shaheeds. The auspicious day was observed with a renewed pledge and determination to make ‘Fazaia’ even stronger KARACHI: PAF cadets parade during Change of Guard ceremony at Mazar-e-Quad on Defence Day. and a potent force to face any challenge.—APP
Ex-income tax commissioner shot dead KARACHI—Unidentified gunmen on Thursday killed a retired income tax commissioner Mumtaz Sheikh outside his residence in Defence area of the city. According to police sources, Sheikh was going somewhere when he was shot dead. Tension prevailed in the area after the incident. The gunmen managed to flee from the scene.—INP
Scholarships granted to 9 students KARACHI—The Department of Botany, University of Karachi, has granted scholarships to nine students on merit-cum-need basis. A University official said on Thursday that these include two M.Sc. students while the remaining ones are studying in the BS First Year. The second semester fee of these students will be paid by the Scholarship ManKARACHI: Chairman Muttahida Bain-ul-Muslimeen Forum Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi ad- agement Committee (SMC). dressing a press conference. According to chairman of the Department, Prof. Dr. Javed Zaki, more scholarships would be extended to the students on merit-cum-need basis.—APP
MQM sees plot behind Mukhtar, son killings Altaf deplores Bajaur beheading tragedy STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI—The Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has deplored the killings of the Chairman of the Islamic Research Centre Trust Mukhtar Azmi and his son Muhammad Baqar Azmi. The party termed the killings part of the conspiracy to fuel sectarian violence and bloodshed. It warned that the killings of innocent Muslims on sectarian grounds were a conspiracy against the existence and security of the country. It called upon
the religious scholars to frustrate this conspiracy by showing exemplary unity. The Co-ordination Committee expressed sympathies to the grieving family members and prayed Almighty Allah to shower His blessings on the departed souls. It demanded of Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of the murders of Mukhtar Azmi and his son Muhammad Baqar Azmi. It further said that the culprits should be arrested and given stern punishments. It also stressed upon
the government to take effective steps for protecting the life and property of the citizens. Meanwhile, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has deplored the brutal killing and beheading of six army personnel that were kidnapped from Bajaur Agency by the militants. Hussain demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik to arrest the barbaric terrorists involved in the beheading of the army personnel.
Imposition of LB system
Awami Tehreek launches train march towards Islamabad STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Awami Tehreek has started its train march towards Islamabad Thursday against alleged imposition of local bodies system in Sindh. According to details, dozens of activists of Awami Tehreek and Sindh Mohabbat reached the Karachi Cantt station on the occasion of Pakistan’s Defence Day. Heavy contingent of police and other law enforcement agencies were present on the occasion to keep a check on any untoward occurrence. They were holding banners
and placards in-scribed with slogans in favour of demands and against local bodies system. Talking to media persons on the occasion the leaders of two organizations struggling for rights of people of Sindh, said that forcefully imposing local bodies system in the province against the desires of masses was an attempt to divide Sindh. The activists of Awami Tehreek and Sindh Mo-habbat later started their march towards federal capital Islamabad where they would stage protest and sitin in favour of their demands.
Erasmus Mundus scholarships
KARACHI—The University of Karachi is providing opportunities to its faculty, students and staff for administrative training and academic degree programmes through Erasmus Mundus scholarships. This was stated by the Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme at Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, on Thursday. She said that quite a number of them are benefitting from this very arrangement. Dr. Shahana said that they are completing their courses at the various universities abroad. She stated that the new applicants can submit their applications through emails by September 15. Dr. Shahana said that Erasmus Mundus is European Union’s fully funded scholarships programme.—APP
Minister seeks concerted efforts for coastal areas development KARACHI—There is a need for undertaking con-certed efforts for the protection and development of the coastal areas. This was stressed by the Sindh Minister for Coastal Development, Zubair Ahmed Khan, here on Thursday. He was presiding over a meeting after as-
suming charge of his new assignment of Coastal Development Authority (CDA), said a statement issued here. The Minister was of the view that the CDA was aimed at protection and development of the coastal areas of districts Thatta and Badin as well as of
Karachi. He said that a summary of the PC-I should be prepared at the earliest so that the development work be taken up and the people benefit as a result. Zubair also called for taking steps for the preparation of a project design.—APP
Water and Sewerage Board chief steps down KARACHI—Managing Director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB), Misbahu-uddin Farid has stepped down. A KW&SB spokesman confirmed Farid’s resignation. Analysts said Farid had most probably bore the brunt of his pulling the curtain on the water-tanker mafia and illegal hydrants rampant in Karachi. It is pertinent to mention that Farid made some startling disclosures on how the authorities concerned had been stonewalling his department’s efforts against the theft of water worth billions of rupees. His revelations also dropped clues of a likely collusion be- KARACHI: A large number of people sitting on rooftop of a passenger bus. tween the power corridors and the water-tanker mafia, analysts said further.—INP
28 held STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI —Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Amir Muhammad Hussain Mehnati has made it clear that any decision on local government’s system would not be accepted, if stakeholders of Karachi were not taken onboard, in this regard. Commenting over the recent developments in dialogue between the Pakistan Peoples Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement on local government system, he said in a statement that Karachi is a diverse city of about 20 million people and stakeholder political parties of the city were still ignored over the issue. He raised the point that still masses and representative parties didn’t know, on which points, MQM and PPP were undergoing through dialogue. Mehnati further said that both the parties didn’t deliver any relief to masses during their outgoing tenure spanning on past four years. He further said that both parties were scuffling over their wasted interests and were blackmailing each other. He said that all the stakeholders of the city should be taken onboard on the issue. He said that only MQM and PPP were not the representatives of Karachi but various other political and religious parties have significant vote bank in the metropolis. He further added that representatives of JI had chaired the local bodies system of the city twice. He said that senior citizens of city had remembered the services of former Mayor Abdul Sattar Afghani.—INP
First 2012 dengue patient dies in city Effective steps taken to control virus
KARACHI—The Karachi police KARACHI—An elderly woman tropolis to 177. SDSC says University of Karachi. in their on-going drive against criminals, arrested 28 accused during the past 24 hours. A police statement on Thursday said that those arrested included six absconders while five accused were ‘caught red-handed’. It said that two gangs of alleged criminals were busted by the police and that two policemen had also lost their lives. In all, 10 pistols and one SMG recovered from the possession of KARACHI: Muslims offering funeral prayers of Mukhtar Azmi and Baqir Azmi who fell the accused, the police statement victim to target-killing near Old Sabzi Mandi. further pointed out.
JI rejects two parties show on LG system
died of dengue fever at a private clinic on Wednesday while 177 reported affected of dengue during this year in different areas of the metropolis. According to the Sindh Dengue Surveillance Cell (SDSC), the 78-year-old had been admitted for last four days. She died of the deadly fever caused by dengue mosquito. Officials said seven more patients were tested positive of dengue virus, bringing the number of total affectees in the me-
about 99 percent dengue cases of Sindh have emerged in Karachi but the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is facing acute financial crunch to run dengue prevention spray campaign in the city. Focal Person of the Dengue Surveillance Cell, Dr. Shakil Malik has said that effective steps have been undertaken for the control of the Dengue virus He was speaking at a youth awareness programme organized at the
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The moot was organized by the Sindh Youth Affairs Department in collaboration with the University of Karachi. Shakil Malik was of the view that concerted efforts were required for controlling the Dengue virus. He said that the government has also taken ef-fective steps to overcome the problem. Secretary of Pakistan Medical Association, Dr. Qaiser Sajjad, highlighted the prevention aspect. He said that there is a need for fos-
tering aware-ness regarding the diseases. Project Director Youth Awareness Programme, Salim Siddiqui, said that seminars would be organized all over the province. Secretary Youth Affairs Department, Sindh, Shoaib Siddiqui, called for the creation of a healthy society. The Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology, University of karachi, and programme organizers, Sumera Mushtaq, also expressed their views on the occasion.—Agencies
Fake Antimalarial Medications Undermine Africa
RAUDULENT and substandard anti malarial drugs could be wrecking the chances of winning the war against malaria in Africa, researchers from the Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Collaboration reported in the Malaria Journal. The authors add that millions of lives could be lost over the next twelve months unless urgent action is taken both within the African continent and elsewhere in the world. Fake medications are coming onto the scene as a result of deliberate criminal activity, while substandard drugs are becoming more common because of poor manufacturing practice. Not only are scores of patients being inadequately treated, but the presence of these undesirable and illegal medications significantly raises the risk of drug resistance among the malaria parasites. Approximately 781,000 people are thought to have died from malaria in 2009, says the World Malaria Report 2010. Artemisinin derivatives are the best antimalarials, experts say. They work faster than other medications, such as chloroquine and mefloquine, and also have fewer sideeffects. These drugs can be used on their own to treat malaria, but are more commonly administered alongside other medications, mainly because of the rising problem of drug resistance. WHO (World Health Organization) recommends that for uncomplicated
falciparum malaria, combination therapies be used. The researchers set out to determine how prevalent counterfeit and substandard antimalarials were in Africa. They gathered data from 11 nations in Africa between 2002 and 2010. They found that some fake drugs contained a combination of erroneous active ingredients, many of which only treated malaria signs and symptoms, but did not cure the disease itself. These unsuitable active ingredients were also found to cause potentially serious side-effects, especially when administered in combination with other medications, such as those used to treat HIV. Some of the fake drugs had small quantities of artemisinin derivatives experts believe this was so that they could be passed off as authentic medications during authenticity tests. They contain such small quantities of artemisinin derivatives that there are useless in ridding the body of malaria parasites, and highly likely to promote their resistance to artemisinin. Put simply, the patient derives no benefit, and the parasite becomes more difficult to eliminate. Scientists managed to trace some of the pollen found in the fake medicines to eastern Asia. In 2001, authorities in Guangshou, China, arrested Chinese and Nigerian men who were accused of producing fake halofantrine, an antimalarial.
LAHORE: Brig Qaiser Shahzad with family of Shaheed offering Fateha after laying floral wreath at the grave of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) at Miani Sahib Graveyard on Defence Day of Pakistan.
Verdict reserved on using ‘My Lord’ for judges LAHORE—The Lahore High rior courts. Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a petition challenging use of expressions like “My Lord or Your Lordship” to address judges of superior courts. Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the petition filed by Malik Allah Yar Khan advocate. The petitioner, in his petition, submitted that the expressions like My Lord or Your Lordship were used to address judges of the supe-
The petitioner contended that it was offense to address anybody as Lord because only God is the Lord and none else. The petitioner pointed out that a president’s order was promulgated in 1980 by then president of Pakistan in pursuance of a meeting attended by chief justices of superior courts in June 1979 which suggested discontinuing the usage of expressions like “My Lord” in courts and
‘Govt to overcome energy crisis soon’ LAHORE —Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali has said the government is taking all-out measures to overcome energy crisis. He was talking to the media after inaugurating an one-day seminar on “Current status of Food Industry in Pakistan, threats and challenges” arranged by Food and Biotechnology centre of the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) on Thursday. He said general elections should be conducted between the next March to May. Responding to a question, he said all political parties should sit together to sort out the issue regarding caretaker set up for the next polls so that transparent and fair election could be held.
The minister said within the next few days some positive changes would be occurred regarding energy problems in the country. Energy crises in Pakistan can be overcome by investing 25-30 billion US dollars while sustainable and long term solution of the issue can be found by seeking investment from overseas Pakistanis and neighbouring countries. Chairman Pak-India Business Council (PIBC) Noor Muhammad Kasuri stated this in a statement here on Thursday. He said that incentives should be offered to overseas Pakistanis while legal cum constitutional protection should be given to encourage investors from India to the energy sector in Pakistan.—APP
use of words like Sir, Jinabe-Wala or Janab-e-Aali for addressing judges. The petitioner said old habits diehard and the word is still is practice and no steps were taken for replacing it with other words. He pleaded the court to issue directions to restrain the use of expressions like “My Lord” or “Your Lordship” to address the judges. The court after hearing the arguments reserved its verdict on the matter.—APP
Muslim scholars urged to play role for religious harmony
DCO pays tribute to martyres L AHORE —DCO
Lahore Noorul Amin Mengal has said great sacrifices rendered by the martyres of September 6, 1965 were unforgettable for the nation and bravery had been shown by the Pakistan army was a golden chapter of countries history. He expressed these views while presiding over a ceremony regarding Defence Day of Pakistan at Town Hall on Thursday. Commodore Akbar Naqvi, Group Captain M.Z Faisal, MNA Pervaiz Malik and students, civil defence volunteers and people belonging to different walks of life were also present. DCO Noorul Amin, MNA Pervaiz Malik, Commodore Akbar Naqvi and Group Captain M.Z Faisal jointly hoisted Hilal-e-Istaqlal Flag. Later, volunteers of the LAHORE: Rangers paying tribute to the martyrs of 6th September 1965 war after laying floral wreath on the Civil Defence department monument on Defence Day of Pakistan. gave guard of honour to the DCO Lahore.—APP
Floral wreath laid at grave of war hero L AHORE —A special ceremony was held here to pay homage to Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-eHaider) and commemorate his sacrifice during the 1965 war. Brigadier Qasim Shahzad, alongwith family members of the martyr, laid floral wreath at the grave and offered Fateha.A smartly turned out contingent of Frontier Force Regiment presented the salute. People from various cross-sections of society kept visiting the grave of Major Shabbir to pay their respect to the war hero. Lahore Garrison Commander Brig Mujhaid Hussain laid a floral wreath on the grave of poet, philosopher Allama Iqbal and offered Fateha, here on Thursday. A smartly turned out contingent of rangers presented salute on the occasion.—APP
PDWP approves Rs 24034m 17 uplift schemes STAFF REPORTER
LAHORE —The Punjab gov-
ernment has approved seventeen development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 24034.410 million. The approval was given in the meetings of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) for current financial year, presided over by Planning and Development Board Chairman, Javaid Aslam, App learnt here on Thursday. The approved schemes include Pakpattan Canal & Sulemanki Barrage Improvement Project (PCSBIP) Tranch-3 of PIAIP at the cost of Rs 9,231.90 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-3C) Construction of Underpass at Karol Ghatti on Ring Road, Lahore at the cost of Rs. 735.111 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-12 A) Construction of Underpass at Bhaini Road on Ring Road, Lahore at the cost of Rs. 533.316 million. Construction of Metro Bus Transit System for Lahore-Ferozepur Road CorErection of Escalators LAHORE—Pakistan People’s ridor, and Platform Screen Doors at Party Women Wing Lahore MTS Stations Package-IX president Faiza Malik has (Revised) at the cost of Rs said the PPP-led government will never write a letter to Swiss authorities as President Asif Ali Zardari enjoys immunity. Talking to a women delegation at her residence here on Thursday, she said the PPP had always respected LAHORE—Punjab Governor the judiciary. She said the PPP had of- Sardar Muhammad Latif fered great sacrifices for the Khan Khosa has said that country but it did not com- Punjab government of Shahbaz Sharif has set aside promise on principles. She urged the party work- Rs 300 billion of CDGL and ers to prepare themselves for this money could be used for the next general elections and election campaign in the next added the PPP would form the general election in the counnext government after win- try by PML-N. Talking to media men at ning the elections with supinauguration of port of the masses. She said the PPP workers and leaders Behavioural Sciences Recould not be blackmailed as search Centre here, he said they did not compromise on that general elections would principles and always offered be held on time and the government would ensure the sacrifices.—APP
Govt not to write letter as President enjoys immunity: Faiza
3,430.905 million, Widening & Improvement of Road from Badiana-Bhagowal-MerajkeCharwa Road (length=27.00 Km) District Sialkot at the cost of Rs. 319.000 million, Feasibility study for Construction of Bridge on River Ravi at Qutab Shahana in District Sahiwal (Topographic Survey, Model Study and Soil Investigation etc at the cost of Rs.9.78 million. Construction of Underpass along Canal at Abdullahpur Chowk, Faisalabad at the cost of Rs 1127.762 million, Surveying, Soil Investigation, Feasibility Study and Detailed Design etc. of proposed Bridge over River Indus in District Layyah at the cost of Rs 17.560 million, Widening/improvement of Qazi Abad MM Road to Nawan Kot and provision of missing links (length 33.07 km) in District Layyah at the cost of Rs 247.294 million. Construction of Bye pass for Khan Pur City from Pakistan Chowk to Grid Station (length=9.50 km) Distirct Rahimyar Khan at the cost of Rs. 301.353 million, Improvement / Rehabilitation of M.M. Alam Road from Hussain Chowk to Main Boulevard,
Gulberg, Lahore at the cost of Rs 404.460 million, Construction of Flyover at Peshawar Road near Pirwadai, Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs. 1617.992 million, Construction of High Level Bridge Over River Jhelum at Langarwala Pattan to Sahiwal in Sargodha/Khushab District (Re-Construction of connecting road L=10 km) at the cost of Rs. 302.810 million. Construction of road from Qadirabad to Pindi Bhattian via Chak Chatta in District Hafizabad length=66.55 kms at the cost of Rs. 715.588 million, Widening/Improvement of Road from Adda Jahan Khan to Kotala Jam via 36 Wala Khokha & Samlan Wala Morr (Length 22.00 km) in District Bhakkar at the cost of Rs 252.406million, Dualization of Road from Arif Wala to Bahawalnagar Road Reach Km No 24.00 to 40.93 km (length:16.93 km) District Bahawalnagar at the cost of Rs 569.239 million and Widening/Improvement of Road from Bahawalpur Bypass to Chungi No.9 Multan length=5.21 Km in Multan City (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 4217.986 million.
Public money to be misused in elections: Khosa conduct of fair and transparent elections at all costs so that the people could use their right to vote in a peaceful manner. To a question, the Punjab Governor said that Local government elections would not hinder the conduct of general elections in the country, adding that earlier conduct of LG elections is better for stability and continuity of the democracy. Regarding the caretaker set-up, Khosa said the caretaker set-up would be se-
L AHORE —Punjab Minister for Labour and Religious Affairs Haji Ehsan-ud-dinQureshi said on Thursday that world peace could be established by following the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH). “We can eliminate extremism and violence from the world by getting guidance from the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH)”, said the minister and asked the ulema and mashaikh to make efforts for religious harmony, tolerance and social equality. He also called for promoting the readership of books on Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH), LAHORE: PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran visiting a book stall after inaugurating especially among the young three-day International Conference on ‘Research Methodology: New Trends and Integenerations.—APP grative Approach from Bench to Beside’ organized by PU College of Pharmacy.
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lected in consultation with all the political parties, and it would comprise impartial and neutral figures who could not affect any electorate. “I have not yet received any response regarding letter to hold LG elections in Punjab and Punjab government’s attitude has been undemocratic”, he responded. Regarding the young doctors issue, the Punjab Governor said that Punjab government has shown insensitivity and lethargy on the young doctors issue, adding that the government should accept rightful demands of the young doctors. “I would play my constitutional role if the young doctors approached me for their rightful demands”, Khosa added.—APP
Demo against Sheesha cafes L AHORE —A good number of people Thursday staged a protest demonstration against reopening of Sheesha cafes in the city. Carrying banners and placards inscribed with different demands, the protesters chanted slogans against Sheesha cafes. They said Sheesha cafes were still operating in various parts of the city despite a ban and urged the DCO to take an action against them.—APP
People urged to cultivate anti dengue plants in houses
LAHORE —District administration has urged people to plant trees which were helpful to eliminate dengue mosquitoes in the lawns and gardens of their houses. Lemon Grass, Tulsi, Niaz Bo and Marry Gold plants are the suitable plants to eliminate dengue mosquitoes. DCO Lahore Noorul Amin Mengal also inaugurated the stalls of such plants at Town Hall on Thursday. Do (Forest) Abdul Jabbar and other Officers were also over there. City District Government Lahore set up these stalls of plants at 8 places of the city including Jail Road, Wapda Town, Mall Road, Nishter Town, Sabza Zar, Thokar Niaz Baig and Town Hall. People may get these plants till 15th September free of cost.—APP
‘Govt giving priority to education sector’ L AHORE —The provincial government is giving priority to education sector and has taken various new initiatives for the promotion of this field. This was stated by Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman while talking to delegations of schools teachers and students. He said the Punjab government had spent Rs 19 billion during the last four years to provide missing facilities in 8,749 schools whereas Rs 5 billion was being spent during current fiscal year for the provision of missing facilities in other 2,000 schools. The minister said Rs one billion stipend was being distributed in girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education. He said that the government had step up endowment fund with Rs 10 billion, talented and deserving students were getting scholarship for higher studies.—APP