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No GST before budget approval 

Finance minister gave proposals, govt loyalists rushed to slap tax: SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has remarked that the imposition of General Sales Tax (GST) without the approval of the parliament is breach of law and constitution. A 3-member SC bench headed by CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry took up the case for hearing. The OGRA chairman and other senior officers also appeared in the court. The CJP remarked: “The finance minister had just given proposals pertaining to finance bill in his speech, but the loyalists of the government rushed to slap GST. Proposals have been given on levying of GST on the food items. It cannot be allowed. The finance bill has not been approved as yet but the recovery of tax has been started. How can the FBR take notice? If this is returnable or otherwise. How can millions of rupees be taken back, which have been collected under the GST? This is a violation of human rights. If the court is not satisfied, the entire notification will be

cancelled.” The chief justice further remarked: “When the OGRA intends to raise the prices of petroleum products, it informs the owners of petrol pumps who are familiar to them and the latter stock the petrol and people have to suffer.” Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik told the court that he would be able to inform the court after seeking directives. The court observed: “Petrol and CNG are sold out and millions of rupees are earned in a day.” The CJP inquired who was the FBR chairman and under what law the notification was issued. Its copy be provided to the court.” The court was told that an additional secretary issued the notification. The CJP remarked: “How you deduced from the speech of the finance minister. You cannot collect a single pie unless GST is slapped.” The AG said tax cannot be collected without the approval of the parliament. The CJP remarked if this act is

above the constitution. The AG said this step is taken when it is required to curb the hoarding of specific goods. The CJP observed: “Hoarding is offence. If the government is so much weak that it cannot stop hoarding, it is a matter of regret. The government took the step above the constitution. The court be told how many billions of rupees were extracted from the pockets of people.” The CJP remarked: “The return of the amount which you have collected in the past be ensured. Proceedings will have to be initiated as per law. Perhaps they don’t want parliamentary form of government or they consider themselves above all. Satisfy the court or return the amount. Tax has been collected on all goods including sugar. People are active now and they cannot be hoodwinked. On the other side, the Ministry of Petroleum has increased the prices of petroleum products. The hearing was adjourned till June 18. –ONLINE


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TODAY’S WEATHER HIGH: 35 LOW: 22 Heavy morning rain; clearing


4 killed in rain-related incidents in Charsadda

Floods affect 400 families in Peshawar CHARSADDA: At least four people were killed and more than three dozen others injured in rain-related incidents in different areas of Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday. Due to strong wind and heavy rain, 5-yearold Raheela and eight-year-old Mahnoor died while 35 others were injured in separate roof and wall collapse incidents in different areas of the Charsadda district. In Geedarrwan area of Hangu, the roof of a dilapidated house caved in resulting in the death of two people including a minor and left three others injured.

Strong wind blew up roofs of various houses, cattle sheds and uprooted trees due to which five people were injured besides massive property losses. The rain and wind gusts also disrupted the power supply and communication links creating difficulties for people. Meanwhile, about 400 families were affected due to floods in Jala Bela‚ Bela Niko Khan‚ Mian Gujar and Islamabad Korona villages in the Peshawar district. Standing crops in the area have also been damaged due to flood in Shah Alam and Naguman Rivers. Official sources say 20 families from Jala

Bela have been shifted to safer places and food items are being provided to them. Protective bunds are being strengthened to protect these villages from further flood devastation. According to the Flood Cell, Peshawar‚ the River Kabul at Warsak and Nowshehra is in high flood. In Charsadda‚ protective bunds at Jamat‚ Dalazak and Garhi Mohkam Shah villages are being strengthened which have been damaged due to the diversion of the Kabul River. A portion of road near Kalam has been washed away by floods. –ONLINE

Import of energy to be explored

Budget debate begins today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Friday, chaired a high level meeting on energy situation at the Prime Minister’s Office Friday morning. The meeting took stock of overall energy situation and examined ways and means to improve it. It was decided in principle to take tangible measures both at increasing generation through energy mix and exploring alternate resources. The meeting also underlined the need to reduce theft, rationalize tariff and minimize line losses. –ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Both houses of the parliament are separately meeting here today at the parliament house to start debate on the federal budget amidst protests against the popular government’s first ‘unpopular’ decision of not increasing salaries of the government servants in the budget. Pakistan Railways’ employees and All Pakistan Clerks Association have already come out to protest against no increase in their salaries in the budget while the employees of other federal government departments have also expressed their resentment against the government’s decision.


Opposition leader in the national assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah is likely to open debate on the proposed budget. As the government has imposed enhanced General Sales Tax (GST) without approval of the parliament, the opposition seems in no good mood to accept the same. The government’s hasty implementation of still proposed GST is likely to meet harsh response from the opposition in the House as the Awami National Party has already submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate to discuss the much important issue. Online adds: The Senate’s standing committee on finance

and economic affairs will meet on Monday June 17 to consider the recommendations of members on Finance Bill 2013-14. The meeting will be held under the chair of Senator Nasreen Jalil to consider and finalize the recommendations of members sent to the committee on the Finance Bill 2013-14 containing the annual budget statement. The committee will prepare its recommendations and after thorough discussion these recommendations will be presented in the Senate. The upper house will debate on finance bill and recommendations of the members of the standing committee on finance.


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Phupos fail to control BB kids

ilawal Bhutto continues to be estranged with his father’s family, particularly his paternal aunts—phupos as we call them. Benazir Bhutto never encouraged Asif ’s sisters to mingle so much with her children. Both Faryal or Azra could not visit Benazir in London or Dubai without an appointment. Benazir’s children remember clearly how their mother kept the intruding aunts at a distance. They were never allowed to stay in the house. The children are not accustomed to interacting much with their father’s family. But after her death the ‘phupos’ have taken over not just the party but the family estate and the guardianship of the children. Both Bilawal and Bakhtawar resent the over indulgence of the aunts. Bakhtawar is known to be quite independent and spoken her mind couple of times when her privacy was disturbed. Bilawal backs her sister. Both of them prefer to live in Dubai or separately from her ‘phupos’ when in Pakistan. Dad Zardari is trying to patch up between the two. Tappi was recently given the task who took Bilawal on Hajj to convince him about the “respect of the elders” in an holier environment. That did not work so much. Sheshnag is told the ‘phopos’ are working on the more impressionable and the youngest Asifa these days. But Benazir’s children will always be her children. They are too smart to be swayed as herds.


Mehr Tarar @MehrTarar

Traditionally,25% of budget of poor #Pakistan allocated 2 defence.I don't knw of any country tht hs actually attacked Pakistan FIRST. So WTH

Ayesha Durrani @AyeshaDurrani24

Govt employees forced Ishaq Dar to reconsider salary raises. It shows #PMLN ‘s disconnect. Pseudo statesmen won’t b able to pretend for long

iftikharahmad @jawabdeyh

kidhar gayy 15 lakh loog jin ko tax net main lana tha ?fbr kay pass kia jawab hay?documentation say avoid kiun kia ja raha hay?

Ijaz Ul Haq @ijazulhaq

The bottom line of the Budget was to meet the the conditions set by IMF. The Government has done a good job to satisfy them and get more.

Faisal Karim Kundi @faisalkkundi

Bijli ban Kar gir gai jo bijli lanay wale thay......

Aamir Nawaz Khan @iaamir_khan

People will see the difference & political maturity of PMLN comparing with last tenure of PPP.

Javed Hashmi @Javed_hashmi1

Increase in sales Tax will increase cost of living of common people and hence inflation. The levish expenditures must be cut immediatly #PTI


"Sarkari Nokaraun" ki mat mar di Takht-e-Lahore k firaun ne. RIP Govt.Servants #Budget2013

PTI Rocks @PTI_tsunami

Nawaz Sharif is a cunning man. He gives the impression of being a soft gentle man. A soft gentle looter who has plundered Pakistan for long.

Abbas Zaidi. @Abbas1214Syed

Increasing the defence budget by 10% was a good move. Food is 2 mainstream anyway, people can eat missiles instead. #budget2013 @FarriRizvi

"No bitter pill for sugar mafia in budget" SAHTAK BALOCH

ISLAMABAD: To benefit the mighty sugar

millers at the cost of national kitty, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government following the track of its predecessors of not charging standard rate of sales tax on sugar has not eliminated the undue tax concession in its federal budget. Since the PML-N led government had not eliminated the irrational favour to influential sugar millers so it would cost Rs15billion to the national exchequer Following the policy of its predecessor to appease the mighty sugar mafia, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government did not eliminate the undue tax concession of not charging standard rate of sales tax from sugar in budget costing Rs 15 billion annually to national kitty in terms of revenue collection. Sales tax on sugar is just 8.5 percent against the standard rate of 17 percent imposed on all other commodities except

The new government has set an ambitious revenue collection target of Rs 2475 billion for the next fiscal year 2013-14, which is 230 per cent higher than the collection target of Rs 1,952 billion of the outgoing financial year 2011-12

sugar. The government is facing Rs 15 billion losses annually in terms of revenue collection. Sources informed The Nation that government has earlier decided to increase GST from eight to 17 per cent in the budget 2013-14 on sugar, however later the proposal was dropped apparently due to appease strong sugar mafia of the country. The specific sector of sugar is

enjoying tax relief from last three years, as government in 2009 decreased GST on sugar when commodity prices had gone beyond Rs 100 per kg level in the country. The commodity price is still higher (around Rs 60 per kg) in the country despite enjoying 50 per cent GST concession from last three years indicating that common people are not being facilitating from this concession. Sources informed that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is already facing loss of Rs 15 billion annually in terms of revenue collection due to reduction of GST on the commodity. However to generate Rs35

billion, the government has increased the standard rate of sales tax from 16 to 17 percent thus fuelling the inflation in the country. While the new government has set an ambitious revenue collection target of Rs 2475 billion for the next fiscal year 201314, which is 230 per cent higher than the collection target of Rs 1,952 billion of the outgoing financial year 2011-12. It is worth mentioning here that the new government would generate Rs 202 billion with new taxation measures, including Rs 167 billion taxation on masses and Rs 35 billion through administrative reforms, in the next fiscal year.

Protests against no increase in salaries

Govt mulling increase in salaries  Dar constitutes committee to look into the possibility TAHIR NIAZ


In view of the strong criticism by opposition parties and protests by the government employees against not increasing their salaries in the proposed budget 2013-14, the newly-elected government is seriously mulling to review its decision, it has been learnt reliably. Sources in PML-N said on Friday that party leadership, keeping in view the backlash over not increasing salaries of government employees, is seriously considering to give but nominal raise in the salaries of all government employees. It might be up to 10 percent of the basic salary, they added. Following the announcement of proposed federal budget, government employees have been protesting for raise in their salaries. Sources said that after sensing countrywide massive protests by government employees, which could be hijacked by the opposition parties, the government is mulling to give 10 percent raise in the salaries.

D.G. KHAN: "Government workers protest the government's decision to not increase their salaries. They are eating grass to symbolize the condition the decision is likely to leave them in, rendering them unable to afford even the basic necessities of life such as food."

They said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday constituted a committee comprising officials of Establishment Division,

Cabinet Division and Finance Division to furnish its recommendations on increase in salaries after examining current salaries of gov-

ernment employees. While announcing the budget, the PML-N took a plea that under current economic situa-

tion, it could not give raise in salaries. But at the same time, it announced to enhance General Sales Tax (GST) up to 17 percent. Following one percent increase in the GST, the prices of petroleum products, CNG, electricity, natural gas and other consumer items went up, directly affecting the budget of common man. The PPP government during its five-year tenure gave maximum increase in salaries. In first three year in government, PPP gave over 100 percent increase and during the last two years it gave 50 percent increase. Opposition parties including PPP, PTI and MQM are in favour of increasing salaries of government employees. Leader of Opposition in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah speaking to media after the announcement of the budget had said that around 80 lak families were waiting for annual traditional raise in salaries, but PML-N, not only disappointed them but also raised GST, which would increase their hardships.

Not a good start either

PML-N imposes enhanced GST even before parliament's approval ZEESHAN JAVAID

ISLAMABAD: It was not a good start.

The newly elected PML-N government imposed the proposed enhanced General Sales Tax (GST) without the approval of the parliament, only to earn the wrath of the apex court, which remarked that no tax shall be levied for the purposes of the Federation except by or under the authority of Act of Parliament. The act on part of the government is contradictory to its claims of introducing good governance in the country in the coming days. With one percent increase in GST a sharp hike in essential commodities is on the cards. Already prices of petrol and CNG have been increased with a compound effect of masses bracing for more inflation. The PML-N led federal government on Wednesday in its first budget had announced increase in the General Sales Tax (GST) by one percent as a result of which the over burdened masses, already bearing the heavy brunt of high prices of fuel, would witness further miseries in the coming days. Following the announcement made by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar while presenting new federal budget

of fiscal year 2013-14 in the lower house of the parliament, the federal board of revenue (FBR) and Ministry of Finance, in mutual consultation and without wasting a single moment, documented the increase in GST effective from June 13 instead of waiting for the parliament’s decision, which ultimately caused the increase the prices of essential commodities for daily use, fuel prices and electricity price. Sources said that upon finding the raise in GST, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) immediately dispatched a summary recommending POL price hike to the ministry of petroleum & natural resources (MPNR) while the ministry on Thursday issued a notification of raise of up to Rs1.35/litre in the per litre prices of petroleum products (POL), which would be effective immediately across the country. As per the ministry's notification, with the raise of Rs0.86/litre, the price of petrol had gone up to Rs100.63 from an earlier price of Rs 99.77. The price of diesel (high speed diesel) was increased by 90 paisas to Rs 105.50 while earlier it was Rs 104.60/litre. The price of light diesel oil (LDO) after a hike of Rs0.65 paisas shot up to Rs

89.90/litre and price of Kerosene oil was raised to Rs 94.49/litre from Rs 93.79/litre. Similarly, the per litre price of high octane blended component (HOBC) had witnessed a price hike of Rs1.35/litre. The new price of HOBC stood at Rs126.30/litre. While the per kilogram price of compressed natural gas (CNG) had also witnessed a hike up to Rs0.47/kg immediately following the new government decision of jacking up the GST by one per cent. Due to the raise in sales tax, there was Rs0.47/kg hike in the CNG price for Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Potohar and Balochistan region while Rs 0.40/kg increase for Punjab and Sindh region has been approved. The new price of CNG for consumers of Region-I after a hike of Rs0.47/kg, is now Rs 74.91/kg while the price of commodity (CNG) after a raise of Rs0.41/kg stood at Rs66.18/kg in Region-II with immediate effect. According to the sources in water and power ministry, the PML-N led government has also devised a plan to end the tariff subsidy of electricity in phase wise besides slashing subsidy of power sector by 37per cent in the federal budget if compare it with previous year's allocation.

Under the plan, the already skyrocketing power tariff would further witness a hike ranging between Rs2/unit to Rs2.50/unit from July. In the first phase, power consumers would be benefited with a tariff subsidy of Rs100 billion while there is a fear that there would be no subsidy for those


electricity consumers using above 500 units in a month. However, there would be no additional burden on domestic lifeline consumers of electricity. It is also likely that a limit of 50 units of lifeline consumers would be increased to 100units in one month. The Financial constraints are there

but the PML-N government should make a good start by following the constitution in letter and spirit that will guarantee its success in future. However the question remains that even if the government withdrew the tax, who would return the money to the people who had already paid additionally?


Fears about crop biotechnology mere misinformation ISLAMABAD: Regulators and scientific community should come forward and address the apprehensions and misperceptions about biotech crops so that Pakistan can benefit from modern crop biotechnology, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said. He was speaking as chief guest on the occasion of PARC-CLP Showcasing GM Corn Technology at NARC. He said that Private Sector should also play pivotal role for the promotion of agriculture in the country. The government in general and the regulatory authorities in particular will have to come forward and create more awareness about genetically modified/biotech crops so that all the stakeholders, especially farmers and public,

could get the answers to all their questions regarding crop biotechnology. Most fears associated with biotechnology are based on misinformation and once the public gets the right information from the right people including regulators, scientists and experts, concerns are usually addressed and resolved. More needs to be done on the communications side, especially by the regulators, academia, scientist and the industry, so that the public is more informed about biotech crops and can differentiate between facts and misperceptions. The government should support the adoption of latest agricultural technologies in the country by taking decisions that are based on science so that the productivity of agriculture sector can be enhanced. These observations were made by

agricultural experts/scientists during their visit to the field trial sites of agricultural technology providers - Monsanto Pakistan and DuPont Pioneer Pakistan – in the premises of National Agricultural Research Centre in Islamabad where both the companies are showcasing their genetically modified corn products to provide all the stakeholders especially regulators and policy makers an opportunity to practically witness the latest agricultural technologies and innovations. The visit was organized by CropLife Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council. Prominent among those who visited the GM corn field trial sites of both the companies included Chairman, PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Director General, NARC Dr

Muhammad Azeem, Food Security Commissioner Dr. Muhammad Aslam Gill, Member Plant Sciences (PARC) Dr Shahid Masood, Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah, NIBGE Director Dr Sohail Hameed and other senior officials of NARC, PARC and FSC&RD. The visitors unanimously said that that agriculture was the backbone of country’s economy so bringing improvement in this sector was imperative for development, adding that latest technologies would certainly play a key role in this regard. On the occasion, Director General FSC&RD, Nasir Ali Shah urged the need for more debate on biotechnology in Pakistan to highlight the benefits and develop understanding among farmers about biotech crops. Food Security

Commissioner Dr Muhammad Aslam Gill, while supporting the early adoption of biotech crops in Pakistan said, everything has negative and positive sides and biotechnology is no exception. On the occasion, biotech industry representatives said that crop technology is capable of ensuring sufficient food for growing population. They informed the visitors that increasing global adoption of biotech crops by farmers, especially small ones, is a testimony of the fact that these crops are benefiting them. “Today, the developing countries especially Pakistan desperately needs innovations like biotechnology to address challenges in agriculture. The agriculture industry is here to help,” said Monsanto Pakistan Country Lead Aamir Mahmood Mirza. INP

Police Foundation a big failure: CJ

Minister takes steps for timely auction of 3G tech ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology Ms Anusha Rahman has held series of meetings in the present week with Frequency Allocation Board in order to review the availability of spectrum auction for next generation of technology. He said the government intended to auction the spectrum at the earliest. ONLINE

AIOU’s post-graduate admissions continue ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University has started its MS/M.Phill and PhD admissions for the Semester Autumn, 2013 around the country simultaneously. Prospectus and admission forms have been placed on the University’s website Last date for submission of admission form is 12th July 2013. ONLINE

Budget leaves IWCCI disappointed ISLAMABAD: Samina Fazil, founder president, Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday said budget has left women entrepreneurs highly disappointed and added to the miseries of man on the street. Masses were anticipating some relief in the first budget of the new government but it proved to be a major destabilising factor as far as budget of households is concerned. Speaking to female entrepreneurs, she said that budget is according to wishes and aspirations of the FBR whose negative impact has starting engulfing whole country. ONLINE

Fasih Bokhari re-files review petition in SC ISLAMABAD: Former Chairman National Accountability Bureau Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari on Friday filed a review petition again with the Supreme Court against its impugned order of May 28, declaring his appointment without lawful authority. The registrar office had returned Fasih Bokhari’s review petition after raising objections. After addressing and removing the objections, he filed the petition again requesting to halt the implementation of the earlier decision until the court issues judgment on his review petition. Earlier, he had filed a review petition and prayed to the apex court to review its decision and set aside its order of May 28. ONLINE

Qureshi raps increased GST before Finance Bill ISLAMABAD: PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the illegal enforcement of increased GST before the Finance Bill has even been discussed or voted upon. In a meeting of PTI parliamentarians, he put the issue before them and there was unanimity in condemning this premature and illegal act. ONLINE

Internships sought ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged YKK Corporation to offer internships to young Pakistani graduates at its Japan Headquarters so they can learn from successful Japanese corporate experience. ONLINE

Motorway police stopping devotees from attending the Urs of Baba Lal Badshah. INP

ICCI urges Kazakhstan to help Pakistan end electricity crisis ISLAMABAD: President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Zafar Bakhtawari has said that Kazakhstan should support Pakistan in energy sector which will help us in promoting industrial activities. Zafar Bakhtawari stated this during a meeting with H.E. Bakhitbek Shabarbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to discuss ways and means to further improve bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries. Bakhtawari said Pakistan and Kazakhstan enjoy good historical, cultural and political relations and these relations should be translated into thriving commercial and economic opportunities for the benefit of both countries. He said both countries have good potential to enhance cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture, joint ventures in manufacturing/SMEs, petroleum and natural resources, banking and finance, science and education, information technology, health and tourism. However, for this to happen, direct connectivity between both countries is the key.

The ICCI president stressed both countries should seriously consider establishing direct air links as lack of direct flights and transportation links between Pakistan and Kazakhstan are the major hindrances in improving bilateral trade. The Pakistani businessmen have to go to Kazakhstan via Dubai or Urumqi, which is very expensive and time consuming while direct flights can greatly facilitate in connecting private sectors of both countries. He said Turkey is giving visa on arrival to those Pakistanis who hold valid visa of UK, USA or Shenzhen countries and Kazakhstan should also extend similar facility to Pakistani businessmen which will greatly help in exploring new areas of mutual cooperation. He assured the Ambassador that ICCI would cooperate with Kazakhstan Embassy in organizing a Pak-Kazak Business Forum in the last week of Aug: 2013 or in Sep: 2013 and would take a business delegation to Kazakhstan soon. Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Bakhitbek Shabarbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan said

that his Embassy plans to organize a PakKazak Business Forum in August 2-013 and sought the cooperation of ICCI for making this event a successful one. He proposed the establishment of a Pak-Kazak Business Council on permanent basis to bring both countries further closer in commercial and economic fields. He greatly appreciated the proposal of Mr. Bakhtawari for visa on arrival to Pakistanis in Kazakhstan and ensured that he would take up this matter with his government to make visa procedures easier for Pakistani entrepreneurs. He said ICCI should take a business delegation to Kazakhstan to explore potential areas of mutual collaboration. He informed that both countries had signed an agreement to enhance economic & technical cooperation, promote market research, develop commercial relations and expand projects between the two countries. It is time to take practical measures to realize true objectives of said agreement. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday remarked that Police Foundation was aimed at providing roof to the poor police employees but it was not done so practically. He further remarked had there been transparency then PF would have held billion of rupees and poor policemen would have been prosperous. A three-member bench of the SC headed by the CJ took up the PF case for hearing earlier. Counsels of all the parties and senior officers of police appeared in the case. The CJ remarked, “We had asked repeatedly from you but no one was ready to give us reply. Now letter dated June, 26, 1984 has come to open.” Ali Zafar advocate said Abdul Hye Baloch had written letter that letter was written to secretary housing. The CJP remarked that people were not told anything with reference to public scheme. Ali Zafar said plot was provided to Arshid Shaheen. There were two types of people who reaped such benefit. First were those who are working in police force and were retired and dependents including wife and other members of family were also among beneficiaries of this foundation. The CJP remarked that resolution was adopted in the meeting of the foundation on why the scheme was being launched. This scheme was aimed at creating competitive atmosphere through publicity so that maximum amount could be collected for the poor and plots should be sold as per market rate. “This way million of rupees have come to it.” The court while summoning all the necessary record in the Police Foundation case adjourned the hearing until June 26. ONLINE

Changing BISP name difficult: Shah I SL AM ABAD : Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that it would be very difficult for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme. Speaking to media outside the Parliament House here on Friday, he opposed the new taxes imposed by the PML-N government and said that new budget would bring unbeatable price hike in the country. He termed the new budget as anti-people. Talking about the BISP, he said that it would not be an easy for the PML-N government to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme. ONLINE

Condemned colonel’s son held in FIA man’s murder 

Abadullah arrested from a hospital during treatment for bullet wounds

ISLAMABAD: The Inspector General Police of Islamabad has informed the Supreme Court that the killer of FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar has been arrested. Zulfiqar was the prosecutor in the Benazir Bhutto murder and the Mumbai attacks cases. The IGP further said that the killer was a member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and was also behind a blast in the federal capital. A three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry was hearing the suo moto case for the arrest of the killer of former Attorney General Sardar Muhammad Khan. During proceedings the IGP informed the court

that the accused Abadullah opened fire on Chaudhry Zulfiqar’s car and the FC Guard in the car opened retaliatory fire. Abadullah was injured in the firing and dropped his mobile and pistol while his accomplishes helped him flee from the scene in a taxi. The taxi was later recovered from Sabzi Mandi (Vegetable Market). The IGP told the apex court that fingerprints from the taxi matched Abadullah’s. Abadullah was arrested from a hospital where he had been receiving treatment for his bullet wounds. It was discovered that he is the son of a former colonel, who was court martialled and sentenced to six years. INP

A man displaying used construction material on a road. INP

USAID to develop power safety code

USAID Power Distribution Programme Chief of Party Mr Craig and Pakistan Engineering Council representative Eng Abdul Qadir Shah posing for a group photo after signing an MoU for development of National Electric Safety Code. ONLINE

IS LA MA BA D: In order to curtail the losses of infrastructure and human lives Pakistan Engineering Council with the support of USAIDPower Distribution Program is starting to develop a National Electric Safety Code. The National Electric Safety Code would be applicable to power sector, communication companies, operation & maintenance companies, and their relevant contractors and manufacturers. The main purpose is to safeguard the public, utility workers, utility facilities, electric supply and communication equipment and

premises adjacent to utility, by providing proper safety equipment, standards and procedures. Presently, the people of Pakistan are experiencing the most difficult and crucial phase of their history. It is my firm belief that Government and People of America are willing to cooperate with Pakistan to overcome its difficulties in all aspects. History has proved that America has always come forward to assist Pakistan in its difficult times, may be economic cooperation, earthquake rehabilitation or war against terrorism. It is pleasure for

me to announce that today we have entered into an agreement with USAID Power Distribution Program, for development of “National Electric Safety Code”. Notwithstanding PEC has already developed and progressed with the Seismic Code, Building Energy Code and Fire safety Provisions. It is pertinent to mention here that more than 200 employees and public personnel have lost their lives in 2011-12 and equal number seriously injured or disabled. Most of accidents including fires are due to non-adherence of safety codes at the National level. ONLINE


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Erdogan’s last warning Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued the final warning to the protestors camped in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to vacate the venue within 24 hours. At the same time, he rejected the European Parliament's resolution condemning the excessive use of force by riot police against demonstrators. The protestors have meanwhile rejected the warning from the prime minister as well as offer for referendum over the issue, and look set to continue their protest. According to media report, 4000 people were injured, 600 arrested and five dead, as police moved in to clear the square on Tuesday afternoon, firing volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. The protests by the environmentalists and civil society were sparked on the government’s plan to redevelop Gezi Park by cutting 600 trees, but have been joined by those who resent authoritarianism of the prime minister. President Abdullah Gul, Cofounder of the Justice and Development Party (AK), has also taken exception to prime minister’s attitude, but simultaneously lashed out at the protestors for challenging the writ of the state. Erdogan is head of the AK, which has won three consecutive electoral victories including the one in June 2011, and now he feels that he can do anything after the people have given him the verdict. Of course, AK government has pushed through many reforms to qualify for membership of the European Union. It filled the posts of the judges and has majority in the judiciary. No wonder it was able to defang the army with secular bent of mind. Turkey’s role during Gaza’s blocked was commendable, and Muslim leaders had rallied round Turkey on its call for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza immediately and face international community’s reprisal for its deadly raid on an aid ship. Many countries had condemned Israel for blatant violations of international law by attacking a ship of flotilla carrying aid for Palestinians. Earlier, Turkey has had excellent relations with Israel for decades, and was involved in creating a bridge between Syria and Israel to end hostilities. But in the ongoing Syrian civil war, Turkey supports the Syrian opposition. Turkey was instrumental in providing arms and logistics support to opposition forces in Syria at the behest of the US and EU. But what is happening now between Damascus and Ankara is a cold war in which the conflicting parties rely on incitement and support the opposition of the other party. Turkey had explicitly stressed the need for the Assad regime to go; it supported the Syrian opposition, received generals and soldiers defecting from the Syrian army and even helped the opposition take over Syrian border crossings with Turkey. Syrian forces, with the help of Hezbollah, recaptured the crossing next day. Bashar al-Assad, in a quid pro quo, is now inciting Alawite sect in Turkey to overthrow Erdogan government. In Turkey, the CHP is the largest opposition party, and includes in its ranks the largest proportion of Turkey’s Alawites a sub-sect of shiites. Assad belongs to the Alawite sect, and it is estimated that there are between 13 million and 20 million Alawites in Turkey. To avert disaster, Syria and Turkey should reconsider and review their policies to avert the disaster.

Ominous similarities between Syria and Iraq

History lessons the West refuses to learn PATRICK COCKBURN

priorities and was never implemented abandon isolated outposts so they can as such. The British promise to give concentrate forces in defensible Mosul to France became void with the positions. Iraqi government control in In the aftermath of the First World Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and the the northern half of the country is War, Britain and France famously Bolsheviks’ unsporting publication of becoming ever more tenuous. created the modern Middle East by Russia’s secret agreements with its carving up what had been the Ottoman Does it really matter to the rest of the former French and British allies. But in world who fights whom in the Empire. The borders of new states negotiations in 1918-19 leading up to impoverished country towns of the such as Iraq and Syria were the Treaty of Versailles, only the most Syrian interior or in the plains and determined in keeping with British mountains of Kurdistan? The lesson of perfunctory attention was given to the and French needs and interests. The long-term effect of the distribution of wishes of local inhabitants were largely the last few thousand years is that it the spoils. matters a great deal. The region ignored. Discussing Mesopotamia and Palestine Now, for the first time in over 90 years, between Syria’s Mediterranean coast with David Lloyd George, Georges and the western frontier of Iran has the whole postwar settlement in the Clemenceau, the French Prime traditionally been a zone where region is coming unstuck. External Minister, who was not very interested empires collide. Maps of the area are frontiers are no longer the impassable in the Middle East, said: “Tell me what barriers they were until recently, while littered with the names of battlefields you want.” Lloyd George: “I want internal dividing lines are becoming as where Romans fought against Mosul.” Clemenceau: “You shall have it. Parthians, Ottomans against Safavids, complicated to cross as international Anything else?” Lloyd George: “Yes, I and British against Turks. frontiers. want Jerusalem too.” Clemenceau It is interesting but chilling to see the In Syria, the government no longer carelessness with which the British and agreed with alacrity to this as well, controls many crossing points into though he warned there might be Turkey and Iraq. Syrian rebels advance French divided up this area under the and retreat without hindrance across their country’s international borders, while Shia and Sunni fighters from US, British and French recipes for Syria’s Lebanon increasingly fight on opposing sides in Syria. The Israelis future seem as fraught with potential for bomb Syria at will. Of course, the disaster as their plans in 1916 or 2003. In movements of guerrilla bands in the midst of a civil war do not necessarily saying that Assad can play no role in a future mean that the state is finally Syrian government, the US Secretary of State, disintegrating. But the permeability of its borders suggests that whoever John Kerry, speaks of the leader of a comes out as the winner of the Syrian civil war will rule a weak state scarcely government that has still only lost one capable of defending itself. provincial capital to the rebels. Such terms can The same process is at work in Iraq. The so-called trigger line dividing only be imposed on the defeated or those near Kurdish-controlled territory in the defeat. This will only happen in Syria if north from the rest of Iraq is more and more like a frontier defended on both Western powers intervene militarily on behalf sides by armed force. Baghdad of the insurgents, as they did in Libya, but the infuriated the Kurds last year by setting up the Dijla (Tigris) Operations long-term results might be equally dismal Command, which threatened to enforce central military control over trouble over Mosul, which even then Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916. The areas disputed between Kurds and British were to control the provinces of was suspected to contain oil. Arabs. Dividing lines got more complicated in Baghdad and Basra and have influence Those negotiations have a fascination further north. The French were to hold because so many of the issues Iraq after the Hawaijah massacre on supposedly settled then are still in south-east Turkey and northern Syria 23 April left at least 44 Sunni Arab dispute. Worse, agreements reached and the province of Mosul, believed to protesters dead. This came after four contain oil. It turned out, however, that then laid the basis for so many future months of massive but peaceful Sunni disputes and wars that still continue, or British generosity over Mosul was due protests against discrimination and are yet to come. Arguments made at to Britain having promised eastern persecution. The result of this everTurkey to Tsarist Russia and thinking it that time are still being made. deeper rift between the Sunni and the Not surprisingly, the leaders of the 30 would be useful to have a French Shia-dominated government in million Kurds are the most jubilant at cordon sanitaire between themselves Baghdad is that Iraqi troops in Sunnithe discrediting of agreements of and the Russian army. majority areas behave like an which they, along with the Palestinians, Sykes-Picot reflected wartime occupation army. At night, they

were to be the greatest victims. After being divided between Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria, they sense their moment has finally come. In Iraq, they enjoy autonomy close to independence, and in Syria they have seized control of their own towns and villages. In Turkey, as the PKK Turkish Kurd guerrillas begin to trek back to the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq under a peace deal, the Kurds have shown that, in 30 years of war, the Turkish state has failed to crush them. But as the 20th century settlement of the Middle East collapses, the outcome is unlikely to be peace and prosperity. It is easy to see what is wrong with the governments in present-day Iraq and Syria, but not what would replace them. Look at the almost unanimous applause among foreign politicians and media at the fall of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, then look at Libya now, its government permanently besieged or on the run from militia gunmen. If President Bashar al-Assad did fall in Syria, who would replace him? Does anybody really think that peace would automatically follow? Is it not far more likely that there would be continued and even intensified war, as happened in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003? The Syrian rebels and their supporters downplay the similarities between the crises in Iraq and Syria, but they have ominous similarities. Saddam may have been unpopular in Iraq, but those who supported him or worked for him could not be excluded from power and turned into second-class citizens without a fight. US, British and French recipes for Syria’s future seem as fraught with potential for disaster as their plans in 1916 or 2003. In saying that Assad can play no role in a future Syrian government, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, speaks of the leader of a government that has still only lost one provincial capital to the rebels. Such terms can only be imposed on the defeated or those near defeat. This will only happen in Syria if Western powers intervene militarily on behalf of the insurgents, as they did in Libya, but the long-term results might be equally dismal. Mr COCKBURN is the author of “Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq


Do Americans realise their privacy rights have been obliterated?


For a generation of Americans, it is hard to imagine a tragedy more gut-wrenching than the slow-motion horrors we watched on the morning of September 11, 2001. The violation and shock of the planes' impact into the twin towers. The spreading flames and smoke and the desperate souls who plummeted to their deaths rather than face an even more horrifying end in the offices in which they were trapped. And then the crumbling of the towers themselves. Yet despite the fact that this nightmare still haunts many of us, we have come to learn that the violence done by terrorists that day to the United States and to the world would subsequently be compounded and in many ways exceeded as a consequence of our own responses to the attacks. Because in reaction to the disaster were wrought new disasters, each of which touched more lives and cut us again to the quick, eviscerating crucial elements of who we were or aspired to be. The invasion of Iraq. The violation of international laws and the public trust that were the prerequisites for that catastrophe. Guantanamo. Government-sanctioned

torture. Abu Ghraib. Kill lists. The serial violation of the sovereignty of foreign states in the name of self-defense. Atrocities.

into South Asia. Each has amplified the initial losses of 9/11. Each has reaffirmed that the greatest ally of

surveillance techniques that the U.S. government has embraced in the past decade, we discover yet another casualty of

Democrats and Republicans, Bush and Obama, the public sector and its apparently willing partners in the private sector (some very well compensated, if apparently not well equipped to do their job in the secure manner that was required), all joined together to rationalize away centuries of laws and hard-won personal freedoms. It is popular among certain cool, tough policy realists to shrug off these recent revelations about the National Security Agency as "old news," "the kind of thing we need to do to protect ourselves," a "cost of doing business in the modern world." How else, they ask, are we to protect ourselves from future attacks? Wasted resources. Literally hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded falling in a bloody swath across the Middle East and

tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How Taxation system could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair explained share? The bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each Budget and tax time is here again. man’s bill by a higher percentage the The following episode that I came poorer he was, to follow the across might be of interest to the principle of the tax system they had readers. been using, and he proceeded to Suppose that every day, ten men go work out the amounts he suggested out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill that each should now pay. And so the fifth man, like the first the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this - the first four four, now paid nothing (100% saving), he sixth now paid $2 men (the poorest) would pay instead of $3 (33% saving), the nothing, the fifth would pay $1, the seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 sixth would pay $3, he seventh would pay $7, he eighth would pay (28% saving), he eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving), he $12, he ninth would pay $18, he

the terrorist is the terrorized victim who becomes a victimizer. Now, yet again, with the revelations of the

ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving), he tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ”but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls,

9/11, yet another piece of stark evidence that those wounds cut so deep that they led us to take leave of our senses and our values

journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier. ZAHIR-UD-DIN KHAN, RAWALPINDI

and that which is best about America -indeed, that which is essential to the very ideas on which this country was established. Democrats and Republicans, Bush and Obama, the public sector and its apparently willing partners in the private sector (some very well compensated, if apparently not well equipped to do their job in the secure manner that was required), all joined together to rationalize away centuries of laws and hard-won personal freedoms. It is popular among certain cool, tough policy realists to shrug off these recent revelations about the National Security Agency as "old news," "the kind of thing we need to do to protect ourselves," a "cost of doing business in the modern world." How else, they ask, are we to protect ourselves from future attacks? That such attacks seldom come is not relevant to them. That there are many other and better ways to stop or impede or detect such attacks seems not to matter. Nor apparently do the more important elements of the proper cost-benefit analysis that should have been conducted before the executive branch sought and the Congress approved these intrusive, over-reaching programs.

it is devoid of any budgetary sense and no relief has been provided. At the end of the day, they proved worse than the previous regime. The increase in taxes has caused the jump in the prices of the basic necessities. Who will lessen our dependency on indirect taxes? The way to progress is to add direct taxes. On the one hand they want to reduce circular debt, a worthy task but what will be the impact of that on the economy. The question must be asked, where is the money? The First budget soaked the finance minister has been talking people with taxes! about the empty coffers of the treasury. From what source he will The people of Pakistan got a raw deal and the financial wizard soaked fund all this mess. them in taxes. Those who rejoiced in Every item has been at the mercy of businessmen's discretion to increase the victory of PML-N are now its price manifold. The real estate cursing these cruel and callous leaders. Some of them said that lion taxes have been increased to stifle the new construction that boosts the has eaten the lamb. They had promised to give a balanced budget, economy and employment. This is and look what they have done to the ill- advised tax. The housing starts giving impetus and boosts the people. The people do not have the economy. This is too bad as it is means of subsistence and they have killing the first time owners of the been burdened with more taxes. houses. Where is the social justice and Is there anything left that they have prosperity promised by them? How not taxed. Around Rs 107 million long the people will be required to have been allocated for the energy present sacrifices? They have given no breathing space, sector. Good move we appreciate it.

How long the people have to suffer at the hands of load shedding and power shortages? Do they have serious plan for its reduction? No relief has been given to government servants that include lower staff too. They are protesting against this discrimination and deliberate attempt to drown them in poverty. Neither any relief has been given to minimum wage earners nor the labour. All subsidies have been kept intact against the logic and fiscal discipline. We would love to see this hand out fade away and real tariff be imposed on the utilities for the transparency. Eliminate all line losses and theft of electricity and gas. End the ‘Kunda’ culture prevalent in the society. We are looking forward to prosperity and growth of economy and culture of taxation based on representation and corruption-free FBR. Hang some corrupt officials. The budget taxes are the talk of the town and people have expressed resentment over this treatment. JAVAID BASHIR, LAHORE Please email your letters to or post them to our address in Islamabad.


US prepares military options for Syria

Zimbabwe elections set for July 31: Mugabe HARARE: Zimbabwe's president officially announced Friday that elections will go ahead next month despite opposition from the prime minister, setting the stage for a political standoff between the longtime rivals. President Robert Mugabe said that he was empowered to set the presidential election for July 31. Legislative and local elections will also take place that day, and a presidential runoff will be held Sept. 11 if necessary, the notice said. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has strongly objected to holding elections next month, accusing Mugabe of choosing the date unilaterally and saying that he will not accept Mugabe's decision. "I appeal to fellow Zimbabweans to remain calm and vigilant in the face of this provocation and illegality," Tsvangirai said earlier Thursday before the notice was officially released. He said he had received a letter from Mugabe informing him of the decision. –AGENCIES

WASHINGTON: The US must now determine how it would arm the Syrian opposition movement after concluding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has crossed the "red line" by using chemical weapons against rebel forces in the war-torn state. A new US intelligence assessment shows the Assad regime has dispatched its cache of weaponized sarin gas on a limited basis against rebel fighters, top White House official Ben Rhodes told reporters Thursday afternoon. The opposition has not attained or used chemical weapons itself, Rhodes added, despite assertions from Assad to the contrary. President Barack Obama is now considering military, diplomatic, financial or legal responses, said Rhodes. He stopped short of specifying the US would give specific weapons to the opposition

movement, opting instead for consulting the U.N. as well as G-8 nations leading up to the summit later in June. The Assad regime should know that its actions have led us to increase the scope and scale of assistance that we provide to the opposition," the White House said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "These efforts will increase going forward." Obama has stated that the use of chemical weapons would amount to crossing a "red line," though he has never outlined specific repercussions. Rhodes said US support would focus on strengthening the Supreme Military Council – the chief military organization of the opposition – and increasing cohesion among the many factions of rebel fighters in Syria, which now include groups linked to al-Qaida. –AGENCIES

America’s claims unconvincing: Russia

Britain agrees with US on C-arms use in Syria

US force needed to curb Assad: Syria rebels

MOSCOW: Information that the United States has given Russia about suspected use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces "does not look convincing", President Vladimir Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said on Friday. Yuri Ushakov said more US military support for Assad's opponents would undermine joint efforts to bring together Syrian government and opposition representatives for peace talks. But he said Russia was "not yet" considering sending Assad advanced missiles in response and voiced hope for constructive talks between Putin and Western leaders. –AGENCIES

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday he agreed with an assessment by the United States that chemical weapons including sarin had been used in Syria by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. "The United Kingdom has presented evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria to the UN investigation, and we have been working with our allies to get more and better information about the situation on the ground," Hague said in a statement. "We condemn the deplorable failure of the Assad regime to cooperate with the investigative mission." –AGENCIES

AMMAN: Syrian rebels and activists say they fear President Bashar al-Assad's troops could resort to wider use of chemical weapons, unless the United States follows up on its pledge of military support with firm and swift action. After months of equivocating, President Barack Obama's administration said on Thursday it would arm rebels, having obtained proof the Syrian government used chemical weapons against fighters trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Western diplomats said the United States is considering imposing a no-fly zone in Syria. –AGENCIES

Cooling off protesters

Hungary rejects democracy criticism as EC meets

Erdogan leaves it to the court

BUDAPEST: Hungary’s government rejected criticism of its new constitution even before European legal experts met today to approve an opinion that the European Union executive said Prime Minister Viktor Orban must respect. The government published a 17-page rebuttal of what it said was a draft report by the Venice Commission, an independent advisory body on constitutional matters of the 47-nation Council of Europe. The commission meets today in Venice, Italy, to adopt an opinion on Hungary. The European Commission, the EU executive, is stepping up pressure on Orban’s consolidation of power, calling on the government to heed its warnings about the erosion of the rule of law. –AGENCIES

Iran voters draw spirit in showdown atmosphere TEHRAN: Iranian voters appeared to heed calls to cast ballots Friday in a presidential election that has suddenly become a showdown across Iran's political divide: Hard-liners looking to cement their control and re-energized reformists backing the lone moderate left in the race. The balloting kicked off with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a salty rebuke to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest , telling Washington "the hell with you" after casting his ballot in a race widely criticized in the West as rigged in favor of Tehran's ruling system. Later, long lines snaked outside some voting stations in Tehran and elsewhere. The enthusiasm suggests an election that was once viewed as a pre-engineered victory for Iran's ruling establishment has become a chance for reform-minded voters re-exert their voices after years of withering crackdowns. –AGENCIES

Mandela’s condition continues to improve JOHANNESBURG: Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's condition "continues to improve but his condition remains serious," President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking after visiting Mandela who has been hospitalized for a recurring lung infection since Saturday. Zuma, accompanied by African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer- General Zweli Mkhize, visited Mandela in hospital in Pretoria, the presidency said. "We continue to appeal to people to keep Madiba (Mandela) in their prayers and wish him a speedy recovery," said Zuma. Zuma said on Wednesday that Mandela "is responding better to treatment from this morning (Wednesday morning)." –AGENCIES

CALCUTTA: Indian students participate in a protest rally against the recent gang-rape and murder of a 20-year-old college student in Calcutta, West Bengal. –WIRE SERVICE

‘Maoists hitting soft targets in India’ N EW DEL H I : As security forces have stepped up anti-Maoists operations in the last couple of years, the Maoists seem to be attacking the soft targets with little or no security cover in red zone. The recent data show that there is has been significant increase in Maoist attacks on economic activities, railways and panchayat bhawans while damage to roads and forest culverts during 2013 has substantially come down due to increased patrolling and surveillance. Comparison of incidents reported in the first four months of 2012 and 2013 show that the number attacks on economic activities has doubled from only 3 in 2012 to 6 till April end. Maximum of three strikes were recorded in Madhya Pradesh where rural road work under Gramin Sadak Nirman Yojna were targeted. It was equally worse in the case of Maoists attack on railway where it has also double from only 3 in the first four months of 2012 to 6 in the corresponding period this year. While three such attacks were reported from Chhattisgarh, there were two attacks on the railways in Bihar and one in Jharkhand. Attack on another soft target — panchayat bhawans — has quadrupled. In the past four months there were four such attacks — two in Maharashtra and

one each in Jharkhand and Bihar. In the whole of last year there were 5 such incidents. While there was no report of Maoists attack on any power projects across the affected districts, this year they have already struck one such project in Bihar. However, there is little relief for both the Centre and states as Maoists seem to have spared the school buildings so far this year. Similarly, the number of attacks on telephone exchange and towers has come down. Meanwhile, to push the road construction activities, the Centre would hold a meeting with the Maoisthit states on Wednesday. Highways ministry officials said that so far government has awarded over 5,100 km out of the targeted 5,469 km under the first phase of road development programme in these states. Only in Chhattisgarh around 290 km road work is still to be awarded. Sources said that the ministry would seek states' support in adequate deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and close to take up road works in at least seven worst affected districts in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand. It wants monitoring and coordination at both chief secretary level and by divisional commissioner for undertaking construction work. –AGENCIES

Myanmar monks call for peace YANGON: Senior monks in on Friday Myanmar appealed for peace following a surge in religious bloodshed in the former junta-ruled nation, in a joint statement that stopped short of condemning a wave of anti-Muslim attacks. After two days of talks between more than 200 monks at a monastery near Yangon, the Buddhist clerics accused media of tarnishing their image with allegations that monks were at the forefront of the violence. "All Buddhist leaders and Buddhists want to live peacefully, without any conflict," they said in a statement read out by senior monk Dhammapiya. Describing Buddhism as one of the "best religions in the world", he said that "all citizens of Myanmar support policies that encourage living peacefully". Sectarian bloodshed mostly targeting Muslims has laid bare deep divides that were largely suppressed under decades of military rule which ended two years ago in the Buddhistmajority country. –AGENCIES

AN KARA: Turkish activists leading a sit-in were considering a promise Friday by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to let the courts — and a potential referendum — decide the fate of an Istanbul park redevelopment project that has sparked Turkey's biggest protests in decades. In last-ditch negotiations after Erdogan issued a "final warning" to protesters, his ruling party announced early Friday that the government would suspend a controversial construction plan for Istanbul's Gezi Park until courts could rule on its legality. Even if the courts sided with the government, a city referendum would be held to determine the plan's fate, officials said. The unilateral pledge aimed to cajole protesters into ending a two-week standoff that has damaged Erdogan's international reputation and led to repeated clashes with riot police. After initially inflaming tensions by dubbing the protesters "terrorists" and issuing defiant public remarks, Erdogan has moderated his stance in closed-

door talks this week. It remained far from clear, however, whether the overture would work. The park is one of the few green areas left in the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul and many protesters were still seething over the forceful operations by riot police that at times devolved into violent clashes with stone- and firebombthrowing youths. Such scenes prompted the European Parliament on Wednesday to condemn the heavyhanded response by Turkish police and sparked a heated riposte from Erdogan. A May 31 police raid to clear out the park ignited demonstrations that morphed into broader protests against what many say is the prime minister's increasingly authoritarian style of government. Five people — four demonstrators and a police officer —were killed in the protests that spread to dozens of other cities. The protests have centered lately on three cities: Istanbul, Izmir on the Aegean Sea coast, and Ankara, the capital. –AGENCIES

Czech PM fights for survival as top aides indicted PRAGUE: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas was fighting for survival today after his top aides were indicted in a massive anti-graft swoop, with media and opposition alike insisting his era is over. The rightwing premier, who refused to resign and vehemently defended his aides, has been summoned for crisis talks later today by his leftist rival President Milos Zeman. The scandal erupted when police swooped down overnight Wednesday and yesterday on the cabinet office and the defence ministry as well as a bank, a villa and several offices of businessmen with ties to Necas's party. Jana Nagyova, head of Necas's office, was charged with complicity in the "abuse of power and with bribery," deputy chief prosecutor Pavel Komar told reporters today. "Seven people have been charged and the number is not final," he said, without detailing the other charges. He added that prosecutors would ask courts to hold all in police custody. The Czech CTK news agency today quoted a high-profile lawyer as saying Nagyova had asked his client, a former military intelligence head, to tail Necas's wife Radka late last year. Necas announced he was getting divorced earlier this week. Ironically, Necas, a 48-year-old physicist, has made a high-profile anti-corruption drive a centrepiece of his administration, in power since July 2010. –AGENCIES

Palestinians need tough talk from Europe


HE final communiqué of the G8 summit meeting next week in Northern Ireland will invariably mention Middle East peace, perhaps supporting Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to revive peace negotiations. In any case, any statement will be promptly forgotten when the summit ends. Nevertheless, Europe can help Kerry. It’s worth remembering that just before the G-8 meeting two years ago, President Obama delivered a landmark speech on the Middle East, one that included an important expression of tough love. Here was a president of the United States, the traditional patron of Israel, saying that the baseline for territorial negotiations should be land exchanges based on the boundaries that existed before the 1967 war — a call that was echoed earlier this year by an Arab League delegation. Because it delineated territorial terms of a peace accord, Obama’s


speech was not popular with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor was it well-received in the United States, where a leading Republican, Mitt Romney, charged that Obama was “throwing Israel under the bus.” Democrats weren’t very supportive either. Obama won initial plaudits from the Europeans, but then there was silence. Unfortunately, the quartet of Middle East peacemakers — the United States, the European Union, Russia and the secretary general of the U.N. — never adequately backed the president’s speech. After many drafts over the summer of 2011, Moscow helped quash any quartet statement of support due to aspects of the speech that it felt was not sufficiently to the Palestinians’ liking. The quartet has never recovered. It is no longer a diplomatic force, although its special envoy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, has been involved in favorable economic and governance actions supporting the Palestinians. It’s time for a unified European

speech, one that would serve as an analogue to the Obama speech. If the US president told the Israelis things that they didn’t want to hear, the European Union, traditional patron of the Palestinians, needs to tell them what they need to hear. Such a speech would give Kerry a chance to succeed, albeit not a guarantee. It would tell the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, that he doesn’t have a free pass from Europe, that E.U. patience with the Palestinians has its limits. It would also tell the Israelis that the deck isn’t stacked against them in the international community. It’s hard for Europeans to argue that the Palestinians have exhausted negotiations, given that Abbas has agreed to only three weeks of talks in the last four years, and that an offer in September 2008 by Israel’s then-prime minister, Ehud Olmert, never received a reply. Of course, Netanyahu is not blameless: Consider the expansion of Israeli settlements. But the negotiating track has not been tried in many years,

despite the myth to the contrary. The parties only agreed to deal with the final status or core issues one other time apart from 2008 — in 1999 and 2000, during Bill Clinton’s final years in the White House. In order to give Middle East peace talks a new chance, here are some things that a European speech needs to say: •The only way to achieve Palestinian statehood is through direct, unconditional talks with Israel. The European Union’s council of ministers has said as much in a diplomatic communiqué, but it is not stated so directly to the Palestinians. The United Nations would willingly endorse statehood, but the Security Council has blocked this in the past, and joining Unesco will not lift Israeli control of the West Bank. The Palestinians must try negotiations. The road to statehood runs through peace. •Both Jews and Arabs have a historical connection to the land, and therefore, it must be shared. •Any Palestinian refugee can go to

the new state of Palestine, but not to Palestine and Israel. •Israel is not wrong to insist on strict security arrangements. Security is not ancillary to any deal. Just as the world needs to empathize with the Palestinians’ predicament, so too should we see security issues through Israel’s eyes. On the Gaza-Egypt border, tunnels have been used to smuggle rockets into Gaza that have been repeatedly and indiscriminately fired on Israeli cities. It is indisputable that aspects of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 calling for an arms embargo on Hezbollah after the 2006 Lebanon war, were never implemented. Moreover, international peacekeepers cannot be the sole basis of security — as shown by Austria’s recent decision to pull out of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force interposed between Syrian and Israeli forces. In private conversations, many European diplomats agree with many of these points. But no European leader has shown Obama’s courage in

endorsing them publicly. Perhaps it is time for the Europeans to stop complaining about the lack of American success in the Middle East. The point is not the identity of the messenger, but rather that there be a unified message. Europe can and must have an impact. President Obama told the Israelis that they should have no illusions about the territorial price to be paid to end this conflict. The Europeans, no less a supporter of the Palestinians than the United States has been of Israel, need to do the same with the Palestinians. The Europeans need to tell them that E.U. support will no longer be unconditional. Leadership is not about telling your friends what they want to hear; it’s about telling them what they need to hear. Europe needs to reciprocate the Obama speech with one of its own.

David Makovsky is a senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Dar proposed us also not to raise salaries of employees, claims former PM Gilani SAHIWAL: Former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Friday, revealed that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had proposed not to increase salaries of the government employees which PPP-led government did not accept. Talking to media, the former Prime Minister said that Ishaq Dar proposed it by making lame excuse of having no sufficient amount in the government’s account (public wealth). However, “We did not accept his proposal and increased the salaries of government employees,” Gilani disclosed. Commenting on the Federal Budget 2013-14, Gilani said that this budget will become source of price hike in the country and the life of the common man will become miserable. He said it is unjust that the government did not raise the salaries of the government employees. Gilani said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will not play role of friendly opposition rather opposition role. The former PM said that PPP government had achieved 85 % democratic targets during last five years. ONLINE

Baloch to avoid being tainted with scandals QU ET TA: Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch has expressed strongest resolves of not getting tainted with accusations and scandals at any cost. Talking to media during his Quetta Press Club meeting, he said that since he was a political entity, he could affect better decisions and set things right by making conducive future decisions. He welcomed media criticism, but also sought its good advice and assistance in leading wherever, whenever necessary; while

expressing his strong dislike for criticism for the sake of it, urged that instead of this nefarious practice one should rather help play one’s part in development and progress of Balochistan Province. On the occasion, he referred to a specific senior journalist who falsely cited his (Abdul Mallick’s) trips to Canada and Chile, which never happened. He cited numerous problems waiting to be tackled, relating to missing persons, massive target killings, education, health and other basic

facilities, and also expressed his concerns at the equally growing incidents of kidnappings for ransom, target killings and dangerous rising trends of sectarianism. Abdul Malik also expressed his exclusive concerns for the issue of missing persons, and as such he justified his visits to the kin of the missing ones, besides raising the issue with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. Replying to a question, he said that there was a general consensus over the fact

that things would have to be tackled for their better resolve, an issue “for which we are serious, having our specific educational facilities and political activists, besides our manifesto”, he declared. “We would be requiring, as we would also be seeking the cooperation of military and political resources of federation, while we would also hold consensus with doctors and teachers,” he deliberated. Replying to yet another question, he

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Plea against appointment of LDA DG approved LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Friday accepted the petition moved by Ahad Cheema against appointment of Director General Lahore Development Authority for hearing. When the court resumed hearing of the case, the petitioner’s lawyer told the court that Ahad Cheema is officer of Grade 19 but he has been appointed on the post which demands officer of Grade 20. He said this step is absolutely illegal and unconstitutional. The petitioner prayed the court this appointment should be declared null and void without any delay. INP

Decanting of gas, sale of petrol in bottles goes on RAWALPINDI: Decanting of gas at shops and sale of petrol and diesel in bottles and cans on petrol pumps continue in the garrison city, while concerned government authorities are not taking any action against the law violators. The Punjab Home Department had banned the sale of petrol and diesel in cans and bottles but some petrol pumps and unregistered petrol agencies have been selling the fuel in bottles and cans openly. Meanwhile, decanting of LGP in thickly populated residential and commercial localities of Rawalpindi goes on unhindered as the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye towards the illegal practice. INP

Cantt boards fail to start desalination of nullahs RAWALPIN DI: Monsoon is fast approaching but Rawalpindi Chaklala Cantonment Boards authorities have failed to start desalination of nullahs in the Cantt areas. The nullahs in the Cantt areas are filled with mud and muck and if it rains heavy in the monsoon, the nullahs many overflow and water may enter the bazaars and houses in various localities. Residents of the areas said that they were sending complaints to the Complaints Cells of the Cantt boards but the authorities were not taking any action in this regard. INP

Police fail to recover four kidnapped doctors LORALAI: The police have failed to rescue the four doctors and a driver kidnapped from Zhob a couple of days earlier, but have recovered the official vehicle on Friday. According to Deputy Commissioner Qila Saifullah, Bashir Ahmed Bangalzai, Levies Force personnel were conducting search operation and raids to recover the abductees. INP

expressed his resolve to try to avoid the negative practices and trends of past. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdul Maalik assured the relatives of missing persons that his government would take every possible step to recover their loved ones. This he said while talking to families of missing persons at a protest camp in Quetta on Friday. Dr. Abdul Maalik has said that efforts are being made to persuade civil and military leadership to resolve the challenges being faced by Balochistan. ONLINE

LAHORE: A view of a massive traffi fficc jam on Canal Road. INP

Punjab labour force grows by 4pc in three years: report OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: The first-ever Provincial Employment Trends report was on Friday launched in Punjab by Minister of Labour and Human Resource Department Raja Ashfaq Sarwar. The Punjab Employment Trends Report 2013 provides a broad assessment of the labour market situation in Punjab. Key findings of the report show that economically active population (labour force) in the province was 34.36 million in 2010-11, up from 30.67 million in 2007-08, showing an annual average growth of 4 percent during this three year period. Only 9.46 million females were in the labour force compared to 24.9 million males in 2010-11. Some 65% of the total population falls in working age from the rural areas of Punjab, whereas more than 70% of the non-agricultural employment in the province falls in the informal sector. The minister lauded the technical assistance of the International Labour Organization. “By analysing the labour markets intensively

decision makers can reduce unemployment, support vulnerable workers, promote youth development, eliminate wastage and develop responsive education and training systems. The Government of Punjab is fully dedicated to labour welfare and will ensure that a pool of talented workforce is created through human resource development which is only possible if the future market needs are assessed when designing interventions,” the report further says. “The unemployment rate increased marginally, both in the population aged 10 years and above as well as 15 years and over, during the period 2007-08 to 2010-11. The change in the age structure of the labour force due to the on-going demographic transition in the country has resulted in a “youth bulge.” Most of this youth has little or no vocational and life skills, there is a need to provide for their health, education, and livelihood, and to engage them in activities which convert their latent energy into positive outcomes for the family, community, state and the global community”,

remarked Mr Francesco d’ Ovidio, Country Director ILO. He said three key areas require attention from relevant stakeholders; youth employment, gender gaps in employment and adult training also reassured ILO’s commitment to provide technical assistance to achieve shared goal of decent work for all. On the same event, a website on Labour Market Information and Labour Inspection has also been launched by the Labour Department, Government of Punjab. The portal is a one stop information base about occupations and labour market trends and outlooks, including skill or labour shortages and surpluses, and statistics on unemployment rates and the working-age population. Speaking on the occasion, Capt. (R) Muhammad Yousaf, Secretary, Department of Labour Punjab, acknowledged the need for updated labour market information for effective employment policies and appreciated ILO’s support in computerizing labour inspection system. He said these were revolutionary steps and Punjab is pioneering this initiative.

I SL AMABAD. Xpress Money, a global money transfer brand, in association with Tameer Bank, has introduced the Door Delivery Service for its customers in Pakistan, at no additional cost to the beneficiary. This service has been launched to encourage remitters residing abroad, to send money through legal transfer channels, that their beneficiaries will receive at their doorstep. This service will initially be available in five major cities of Pakistan namely Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Jhelum, Mirpur and Gujar Khan and the company aims to extend it to 40 cities by the end of 2013. The service will provide convenience to the remitter who only needs to provide the beneficiary’s address and the cash will be delivered to that location. The service also allows the beneficiary a safe, hasslefree remittance processing the comfort of their homes at their convenience. According to the World Bank Report, Pakistan is ranked as the seventh largest recipient of remittances that received USD 13.19 billion in 2012. However, there is yet a significant percentage of remittances coming into the country through illegal channels. If this percentage is converted to legal channels, then the volume of remittances received by the country will increase drastically. “The launch of our Door Deliver Service is thus a part of our longstanding commitment of educating customers about legal and safe channels of remittance.

Police to cost Punjabis Rs 77b annually LAHORE: Punjab police have demanded about Rs 77 billion ahead of Punjab budget. According to sources, Rs 62 billion are required for salaries of employees, Rs 5.5 billion for petrol and Rs 1.20 billion for new uniform of cops and officers. Apart from this, five billion rupees are required for investigation purposes, one billion for utility bills while Rs 1.52 billion for purchase of new vehicles and arms and ammunition. ONLINE

KP forms team to check irregularities at police stations PESHAWAR: In order to check illegal confinement in police stations and review the overall performance of the police there the Inspector General of Police has constituted an inspection team consist of senior police officers of Central Police Office. The team has been tasked to make surprise visit of various police stations through out the province and submit a report to the IGP about the irregularities in these police stations. In this connection eight inspection teams of Central Police Officers paid a surprise visit of various police stations in Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera and Mardan last night and checked its record. The team in light of its finding submitted a

special report to the Inspector General of Police about these police stations. In light of the report departmental action has been initiated against several officials for dereliction of duty. The Inspector General of Police has also strictly directed all Regional and District police officers to pay a surprise visit of the Police Stations by itself in their jurisdiction and strictly discourage the illegal confinement and takes prompt action for solution of other public complaints. They were further directed that those found involved in such practices and irregularities they should be strictly taken to task. They have also been directed to take reformative steps for bringing positive changes in the overall performance of the police stations. INP

LAHORE: Jamaatud Daawa Ameer Hafifizz Muhammad Saeed addressing protesters during a demonstration against killing of Muslims in Myanmar. ONLINE

USAID signs pact with KP hospitals to provide equipment PESH AWAR: The US Agency for International Development, through its Conflict Victims Support Program, signed four grants agreements with Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, and Saidu Hospital in Swat to provide ventilation machines, electric beds, oxi-meters, and x-ray machines, and provide training to over 900 medics and

selected community members on dealing mass emergency situations. Hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are often overwhelmed with masscasualty situations due to militancy in the region. Under such situations, properly trained medics and well equipped wards will provide better emergency care and save many more lives. "Events over the past few years have presented many challenges to the

Govt releases Rs 320m for KP LHWs’ salaries PESHAWAR: Minister for Health and Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has said that Rs. 320 million in respect of salaries of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) of the province has been released by government. Talking to media he said that Chief Minister has released the funds under 18th constitutional amendment. The federal government blocked salaries of LHWs, these LHWs were working under the federal funded program in various healthcare institutions of province. ONLINE

capacities of public health delivery institutions," said Mark Parkison, Acting Deputy Mission Director for USAID (Peshawar). "With this assistance the US Government ensures that medics in KP and FATA have the essential skills and equipment they need to effectively respond to emergencies and save lives." “USAID’s Conflict Victims Support Program provides dynamic support to improve emergency response at hospitals and rehabilitate the conflict victims,” said Mr. Abid Ali, Secretary Health department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “The equipment and training provided under this initiative will enable the partnering hospitals excel in provision of emergency services.” In addition to improving

emergency response in the KP hospitals, USAID’s three-year, $25 million Conflict Victims Support Program is providing immediate

social support to civilian families affected by conflict. This includes quick response with food and nonfood items, ensuring children’s

education through scholarships, and providing skill enhancement trainings to adapt alternative livelihoods. INP

Norway signs pact for KP’s healthcare

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Norway and the Agha Khan Foundation (Pakistan) on Friday signed an agreement aimed at improving the availability of quality health care services for women and children in rural areas of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The agreement was signed by the Norwegian Ambassador Ms. Cecilie Landsverk and Dr. Karim Alibhai, CEO of AKFP under the presence of leading representatives from both organizations. The Norwegian

support will help to upgrade the THQH- Garamchashma with a significant structural strengthening to ensure seismic resistant measures. Due to difficult weather conditions of the area and without any kind of insulation, the hospital building during winter is too cold for patients to visit and be admitted. This support will also help to improve physical building environment with insulation for the heating arrangements. Dr. Alibhai, CEO AFKP, thanked

the Norwegian Government for its support to the THQH Garamchashma that will benefit more than 45,000 people in the remote areas of Chitral district. “These people depend largely on this hospital for healthcare services; otherwise they have to travel to District Hospital Chitral with implications of cost and delays causing complication. Also, often due to non-availability of transport and road blocks, reaching Chitral is impossible. ONLINE


i won't have cosmetic surgery: Julianne Moore

There's nothing we can do without gadgets: Malaika

LONDON: Actress Julianne Moore will not have cosmetic surgery when she will get old. The 52-year-old actress, whose age has not take a toll on her looks, said cosmetic surgery would have an impact on her career, reported Contactmusic. "Everyone should do what they feel is best for them. Personally, I've not had anything done. My job means too much to me. It's important to be able to play women at all points in their lives and I don't like products that freeze your face in time. I need to show expressions. I'm not crazy about the idea of getting older, but it's part of life," she said. The Kids Are All Right star wants to inspire people to think of beauty at different ages, rather than thinking someone is attractive despite their advancing years. "You often hear, 'She's attractive for her age'. A terribly condescending phrase, I find. The message I want to spread is the opposite. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: To be on par with her gadget-savvy family members, actress Malaika Arora Khan says that over the years she too has become a gadget freak. She keeps herself abreast of new technologies, thanks to her actor-filmmaker husband Arbaaz Khan and other family members. "Over the years, I have become quite a gadget freak. I have become quite knowledgeable about the gadgets," Malaika told reporters Thursday at the Taiwan Excellence campaign press meet here. "I have to be a gadget freak because if I don't then everybody in my house will make fun of me and I will be treated like an outcast. I've to know what is happening in the world outside. So, I think I am pretty much gadget-savvy," added the actress known for hit songs like 'Munni badnam'. She feels gadgets have "made life cool". "Our lives are covered by gadgets, there is nothing we can do without gadgets. Gone are the days, when you would write a diary," she said. -SHOWBIZ DESK

victoria Beckham crowned celebrity shoe idol

Akshay to promote his film at Indo-Pak cricket match today SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Singer-fashion designer Victoria Beckham was named as the nation's celebrity show idol by a new poll. The 39-year-old fashion designer, who once said that she could not concentrate in flat shoes, beat the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Rita Ora to the top spot, reported Daily Express. Other contenders for the best celebrity shoe style were the Duchess of Cambridge, Kelly Brook and Jennifer Lopez. "It's typical stereotype to think that women love their shoes, but our results show just how much women are willing to part with for them- and how many pairs are stashed in wardrobes across the UK. Interestingly, many British women cited Victoria Beckham as their top celebrity shoe icon, beating out Rita Ora and even Sarah Jessica Parker to the top spot, who put Manolo Blahniks on the map during her Sex and the City days," said Mark Pearson, Chairman of the poll. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: In a unique way of promoting a film, the makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara have planned to promote it during the Indo-Pak Champions Trophy match in the UK. Akshay Kumar will travel to Birmingham (UK) to watch the much anticipated India-Pakistan match which will be played tomorrow. Currently, Akshay Kumar is holidaying with his family in New York and he will cut short his vacation for the match. Akshay is known to be an ardent cricket lover in real life and his character (Shoaib) in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara will be seen as a powerful don who wields the power to influence a cricket match. The film, set in the 80s, will see Akshay essay the role of a

cricket-loving gangster and the makers, keeping with the essence of the film and Akshay's role, thought it was a great idea to promote the film during the match. "As a company known for pushing the envelope on marketing, we will have our

At 47, SRK to become a dad for the third time

Rahman infuses spirituality in Raanjhanaa music


MUMBAI: Composer A.R. Rahman has cast a magic spell yet again with ‘Raanjhanaa’ songs and the film`s lead actress Sonam Kapoor says the music maestro has infused spirituality into the film`s music with the track "Tum tak". "`Tum tak` is like a spiritual bhajan. The spirituality that comes through is something that only Rahman sir is capable of doing in this day and age," the 28-year-old said here during the making of the song. It seems ‘Raanjhanaa’ team can`t stop raving about the composer`s work in the movie. Southern star Dhanush, who plays the male lead, too praised the composition of the Oscarwinning music director saying: "It is rooted, you can sense and feel the culture in the song." A romantic tale, ‘Raanjhanaa’ has been directed by Anand L. Rai who said: "Actually, Rahman sir has put `the raanjhanaa` factor completely in `Tum tak’. Coming out June 21, ‘Raanjhanaa’ also stars Abhay Deol and Swara Bhaskar. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Melissa McCarthy is my hottest co-star: Sandra

Shoaib attending the IndiaPakistan match at Edgbaston. Cricket is a perfect fit with his character in the film, as evidenced in the film's first trailer as well," Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg said in a statement.

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri are going to be parents for the third time, according to a report published in Mid-Day paper. SRK and Gauri, who already

have a 15-year-old son Aryan and 13-year-old daughter Suhana, are expecting a baby boy through surrogacy, said the newspaper report. According to the report published in the paper, it was Gauri Khan's decision to have a

baby through surrogacy as she was keen on having a third child. The report further says that Bollywood's IT couple SRK and Gauri consulted the same doctor that Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao had went to during their surrogacy. According to another report published in DNA the child is due in the first week of July. The report also said that Salman Khan's younger brother Sohail and wife Seema had their second child through surrogacy. Shah Rukh and Gauri have been married for the past 22 years even before he made his Bollywood debut with Deewana in 1992. Before making it big in Bollywood, SRK had started working in TV serials including the hit Fauji.

Salman says no to intimate scene in Kick

Shakira does not need make-up artists

NEW DELHI: Salman Khan who had made a nokissing rule when he made his Bollywood debut seems to be a man of his word in following his work ethics. According to a leading daily, Salman who is otherwise a ladies’ man off screen bluntly refused to do an intimate scene with his leading lady Jacqueline Fernandez in Sajid Nadiadwala`s directorial debut ‘Kick’. If rumours are anything to go by, the script required Jacqueline Fernandez to seduce Salman, who passes out on the sofa in one scene, but the most eligible bachelor of Tinsel Town felt that the seduction scene would look cheap. In fact, Salman apparently even called up Sajid and asked him to remove the scene or re-work it. Well. Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan who also followed the no-kiss rule for over two decades in Bollywood made an exception for ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ and locked lips with Katrina Kaif. Apart from the no-kiss rule, Salman seems to be the most indemand actor with producers and directors longing to work with him nowadays. -SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Shakira says she does not need make-up artists. The Colombian beauty, who is currently a mentor on musical reality show The Voice USA, said she is low-key compared to her fellow singing superstars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, reported Contactmusic. "I'm one of the only coaches who doesn't have a make-up artist," she said. The Hips Don't Lie hitmaker also insists that she does her own make-up for all her music videos and photoshoots. "I do my own make-up for my music videos and many of my pictures. I do have a few make-up artists that I like to work with occasionally, but most of the time I am my own make-up artist."-SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are on board Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express, the much-awaited jodi unveiled the first look of their action-comedy.

Bob Dylan to play 33 European tour dates SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Singer Bob Dylan will embark on a 33-date tour of Europe starting in Oslo on October 10 and ending at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 28, a statement on his website said on Friday. The "Blowin in the Wind" singer who is scheduled to finish his "AmericanaramA" tour in Mountain View, California on August 4 said tickets for "Bob Dylan in Europe" would go on sale on Friday. "Bob Dylan and his band will tour Europe this fall," the statement on his website said of the 10-country tour. The announcement follows the September release of Dylan's latest studio

album, "The Tempest", described by Rolling Stone magazine as "one of his weirdest albums ever". Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May this year and awarded the top US civilian honour last year, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Earlier this month, the grand chancellor of the French council which clears nominations for the Legion d'Honneur said Dylan had also been put forward for France's highest award. In a letter to the daily Le Monde, Jean-Louis Georgelin called the singer-songwriter an "exceptional artist" known in the United States and internationally as a "tremendous singer and great poet".

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Fukrey — Fumbling with the 'Dilli' cliché LOS ANGELES: Actress Sandra Bullock thinks actress-comedian Melissa McCarthy is the hottest co-star she has ever worked with. Bullock, 48, and McCarthy, 42, both will be seen in the upcoming film 'The Heat'. Bullock is a huge fan of her co-star and thinks she blows Ryan Reynolds, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper out of the water, reports Asked about the hottest actor she has ever worked with, the actress, who featured opposite Clooney in 'Gravity', Reynolds in 'The Proposal' and Cooper in 'All About Steve', said it was impossible to choose between the three heartthrobs. "I would never compare any of my perfectly hot co-stars, who are equally hot and amazing, to each other." The Oscar-winner then added: "Melissa McCarthy's the hottest co-star of all time! Melissa McCarthy is my hottest co-star." -SHOWBIZ DESK

SHOWBIZ DESK our Fukreys which loosely translates as good-for-nothing waste fellows are let loose in the gallis of Dilli in order to a) save their skins b) earn some ill-gotten moolah c) run miles away from a foul-mouthed female goon. All of which comes down to the first point namely a) save their skins. This may be a new film, but it is certainly not madly novel. Delhi Belly had the same idea with the addition of some excrement and expletives, minus one fukra. Also minus the fun, because this combo of Dilli slackers-using very Dilli slang-doing very Dilli things already feels like a template. Honey, Choocha and Lalli (Pulkit, Varun, Manjot respectively) are


penniless, but that doesn't stop them from rolling the dice to see what's on the other side. Quite literally, as far as the first two go: the well-named Honey and Choocha (these names are very Dilli, very Punjabi) use betting as a sure-shot way to get past their 'phokat jeb' (no money in pocket status). These two are joined by two more. Zafar (Ali), who is the only one amongst the foursome that has a specific talent (he is a struggling musician), and Lalli, who has to get into the college of his choice to 'impress' a girl. That last bit of information would have felt like a spoiler in a more deftly executed film, even if it had a familiar storyline. But given that Fukrey feels so blah most of the time,

it really doesn't matter. Each of these guys has a love interest, and some time and effort have gone into

establishing their romantic tracks, but it mostly comes off as much too familiar. Manjot Singh, the young

boy in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, has a few nice moments. So does Varun Sharma (Choocha is a great moniker). But the rest are plain inert, including the female goon played by Richa Chadda. Her lingo is as colourful and crude as befits her occupation, but how many times can you see someone sneer and mention the rear end of the male body as the part that she will tenderly minister to, if her money is not returned? Chadda is as faux as her part. There are momentary diversions in the shape of the girls (Anand, Singh), but they don't add much to the proceedings. And how many times can we see fumbling fellows with cops hot on their heels running down the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi?



Budget sessions of kP, Sindh assemblies on Monday KARACHI/PESHAWAR: Sindh Governor Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has summoned the special budget session of the provincial assembly on Monday (June 17) at 3 pm. KhyberPakhtunkhwa Governor has summoned the budget session of the Provincial Assembly in Peshawar on Monday (June 17) at 2 pm. Senior Provincial Minister Sirajul Haq will present the budget for the year 2013-14 in the House. –ONLINE

Mourning day: Activities resume after Friday prayer

JUNE 15, 2013

India to be most populous nation around 2028 UNITED NATIONS: India will surpass China to become world's most populous nation around 2028, with its population crossing the 1.45 billion mark, according to latest report by the United Nations. The report 'World Population Prospects' says the world's population will hit 7.2 billion next month and is projected to reach 10.9 billion by 2100, with the growth mainly occurring in developing countries, with more than half in Africa. But, with the number of future

global dwellers linked to fertility, the number at the end of the century could be as high 16.6 billion or even fall to 6.8 billion, it adds. The report says India is expected to become the world's most populous country, passing China around 2028, when both countries will have populations of 1.45 billion. After that, India's population will continue to grow and that of China is expected to start decreasing. "Although population growth has slowed for the world as a whole, this report reminds us that some

developing countries, especially in Africa, are still growing rapidly," Wu Hongbo, the Under-SecretaryGeneral for Economic and Social Affairs, said while releasing the report. The report notes that the population of developed regions will remain largely unchanged at around 1.3 billion from now until 2050. In contrast, the 49 least developed countries are projected to double in size from around 900 million people in 2013 to 1.8 billion in 2050. Nigeria's population is expected to surpass that of the United States

Three robbers, cop killed in Lahore encounter

US leaker Snowden under criminal investigation: FBI WA SH IN G T ON: The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking "all necessary steps" to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programmes, the FBI director said Thursday. "We are taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these disclosures," Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee, referring to the IT contractor who has admitted to leaking information about National Security Agency spying. –ONLINE

NADRA has data on tax defaulters ISL AM ABAD: Chairman National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA), Tariq Malik on Friday divulged that electoral rigging can be approached. Talking to private TV channel, he said that NADRA can verify 100,000 votes in a day, if Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) orders. “NADRA has identified some 3.6 million tax defaulters across the country and some 100 billion rupees can be collected from these tax thieves.” Talking about agriculture, Malik said that NADRA is ready for documentation of agriculture, adding that if government wants to impose agricultural tax, NADRA has the data. –ONLINE

No loans for clearing circular debt: Ishaq Dar ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the government will not take loans to retire circular debt. In an interview with a private television channel here on Friday‚ he said the government will focus on utilizing natural resources to bring prosperity in the country. He said the government will build up the confidence among international community as they are also analyzing our performance. He assured that PML-N-led government would focus on reducing taxes after the economic growth of the country. –ONLINE

Population Division in the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Overall, life expectancy is projected to increase in developed and developing countries in future years. At the global level, it is projected to reach 76 years in the period 2045-2050 and 82 years in 2095-2100. The report's figures are based on a comprehensive review of available demographic data from 233 countries and areas around the world, including the 2010 round of population censuses. –INP

No new gas schemes for towns, villages

KARACHI: Friday was observed as day of mourning on the appeal of MQM against abductions and killings of its workers. However activities resumed after Friday prayers after MQM announced to end strike. Earlier all business and educational activities came to a standstill in Karachi, with thin traffic on roads. Several examinations scheduled to be held by matriculation board, technical board, Karachi University, Dawood Engineering College and Federal Urdu University, were postponed. The new dates for the papers will be announced later. MQM’s Coordination Committee has thanked traders and transports for their support during the mourning day. –ONLINE

LAH ORE: Three robbers and a police cop were killed in exchange of fire here in the wee hours of Friday. According to DIG operations, Rai Tahir, the police signaled to stop a suspected motorcycle without number plate carrying three persons in Gulshan-e-Ravi area but instead of stopping they opened fire killing sub-inspector Mushtaq and fled. The police chased the robbers and confronted them near Ravi River in Sanda police station jurisdiction. The dacoits seeing the police party started firing which led to an encounter. All the three robbers were killed in the fire exchange. DIG operations said that during 10 days three citizens were killed by robbers upon resistance during various robbery attempts in the wake of which police had installed pickets in different localities of the city to deal with the situation. –INP

before 2050. "While there has been a rapid fall in the average number of children per woman in large developing countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Brazil and South Africa's rapid growth is expected to continue over the next few decades in countries with high levels of fertility such as Nigeria, Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Uganda but also Afghanistan and Timor-Leste, where there are more than five children per woman," said John Wilmoth, the Director of the

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting on energy situation at the Prime Minister’s Offi fficce. –ONLINE

Fight against terrorism

EU lauds Pakistan Army’s commitment ISLAMABAD: Chairman European Union Military Committee General Patrick de Rousiers acknowledging the level of activity and commitment of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism said that there is great potential which needs to be explored which will strengthen relationship between Pakistan and EU. He expressed these views in his meeting with Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik on Friday. General Patrick earlier visited COAS during his first visit to Pakistan. Relations between Pakistan and EU are moving in the right direction, as EU hosted the first bilateral Pak-EU staff talks this year in Brussels. Both Pak and EU expressed hope that the talks would pave way for future cooperation between the two countries.

General Patrick visited Ministry of Defence along with his delegation where he was greeted warmly by the Defence Secretary. On the occasion the Secretary said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with EU. “We have common values and wide-ranging areas of cooperation.” The Secretary stressed that regional stability; peace and security are our common goals. He added that Pakistan is committed to achieve peace and all related goals. He also highlighted the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in war on terror. General Patrick acknowledged the level of activity and commitment of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism. He added that there is great potential which needs to be explored which will strengthen relationship between Pakistan and EU. –ONLINE

Speaker seeks nominations for committee on judges’ appointment ISLAMABAD: Speaker national assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has sought nominations from the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition in the national assembly for restructuring the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment. According to the sources, the Speaker has separately asked Mian Nawaz Sharif and Syed Khurshid Shah to forward two names each from the treasury and opposition benches respectively so as to be nominated members of the committee. Under the constitution, the Parliamentary Committee shall consist of eight members; four members from the Senate; and four members from the national assembly. Out of the eight members of the Committee, four shall be from the Treasury Benches, two from each House and four from the Opposition Benches, two from each House. The nomination of members from the treasury benches shall be made by the Leader of the House and from the opposition benches by the Leader of the Opposition. The Judicial Commission of Pakistan by majority of its total membership shall nominate to the Parliamentary Committee one person, for each vacancy of a Judge in the Supreme Court, a High Court or the Federal Shariat Court, as the case may be. According to Syed Khurshid Shah, being the second largest opposition party, one member will be taken from the PTI to be included in the committee. –STAFF REPORTER

MQM to join Sindh govt soon: Durrani

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani has said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will sit on the government benches soon. Durrani said talks between Pakistan Peoples Party and the MQM are under way and the party would join the government soon. The MQM had earlier decided to sit on the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly. Meanwhile, former interior minister Rehman Malik invited the MQM to join the provincial government of Sindh. Talking to the media at the Karachi airport, Malik said he has arrived in Karachi on the instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari. The former interior minister said Altaf Hussain had given the message that the MQM and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would work together. He said the PPP has nothing to do with Peoples Lyari Aman Committee. Also on Friday, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah met Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and later called on the president and briefed him about his meeting with the governor. –ONLINE

I SL A M A BAD : In the wake of current tight energy crisis in the country, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Friday imposed complete ban on new gas schemes for towns, colonies and villages. Reliable sources in the Oil and Gas Regulator Authority told that authority has directed the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) to ensure availability of gas to their existing consumers and after that they can initiate new projects of gas connections to town and villages. The Source told Sui Northern had requested OGRA that it has to place 4035 km new pipelines to provide gas to new localities in the region and sought permission from OGRA to allow it to charge Rs 10 billion from consumers. Similarly Sui Southern Gas Company has also requested the regulatory body to allow the company to charge Rs 2 billion from consumer for its new projects; however, OGRA has rejected their applications and completely banned development schemes for new town and villages in the country. The source told that OGRA said that both companies have not been able to ensure gas supply to their consumers therefore they cannot be allowed

to initiate new project of gas schemes. In this regard, OGRA has informed the ministry of Petroleum and Natural resources about this decision, the source added. The OGRA official further told Online that this ban will be continued till the new policy guidelines from the federal government. The source further added that OGRA has also refused to allow the gas companies to collect Rs 25 billion for 222 km long project of LNG gas import project. –ONLINE

France investing in 1100MW hydel projects ISLAMABAD: French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud has said that France is investing in 1100 megawatt (MW) hydel power projects in Pakistan. In an interview here on Friday‚ French Ambassador said his country will continue to cooperate with Pakistan in setting up thermal and hydel power generation projects. He said the French Development Agency has already been supporting Pakistan in many sectors‚ including the energy sector. To a question‚ he hailed the transition of power from one government to the other through a democratic process in Pakistan. –ONLINE

It’s time to observe transparency: CJP ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked the days are gone when transparency was not observed in government matters. He said: “No one will be allowed to commit irregularity. Past incidents are a closed transaction now and the country has to be run in line with the law and constitution.” The CJP gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of the LNG quota case on Friday. Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik appeared in the court. Suleman Akram Raja told the court all the matters have been conducted in a transparent manner with the approval of the ECC. They have to decide about E-tendering. We are reviewing it afresh.” Shahid Hamid said: “We will wait for the ECC decision. I am appearing on behalf of a consortium. A whopping amount is involved

therein and 2.8 billion dollars are being earned. If the matter is disposed of, international experts will have to be called because it will become a question mark on the performance of the companies reservations are created with reference to bidding.” The CJP remarked: “Obviously this all has not been done in a transparent manner. We want to review it.” Suleman Akram Raja said: “If the entire process is started afresh, the matter can be controversial. It will not happen so and all will take place in a transparent manner.” The petroleum secretary said if something is done, no one will raise fingers on its transparency. The SC, while disposing of the case, directed the Ministry of Petroleum that quota be sold as per law and constitution and transparency be ensured in all matters. –ONLINE

Polls no substitute to Kashmir solution: Mirwaiz I SL AM ABAD: All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said elections cannot be a substitute to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Kashmir media service reported on Friday. Talking to the media on the sidelines of a Seerat conference, organised by the Anjuman Nusratul-Islam in Islamabad town, he said, "The elections have been taking place since 1947 but these in no way have made any difference and have no bearing on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute." He said elections are no

alternative to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and the fact has been acknowledged by pro-Indian political parties of Kashmir as well. The only solution lies in implementation of UN resolutions, he added. He said New Delhi had never shown any seriousness for the settlement of the dispute. "If the Indian rulers move one step forward, we will move two, but the fact remains they are not ready to budge an inch," Mirwaiz maintained. Rejecting New Delhi's dialogue offer, he said, "We met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

during a roundtable conference seven years back and it yielded nothing. Unless the ground situation in Kashmir improves, black laws are repealed, troops are sent back to the barracks and political prisoners are released, the holding of talks will be a futile exercise." He said pro-India political parties were playing politics over the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act. The pro-India political parties of Kashmir are instrumental in bringing all the black laws to the territory and now they are befooling the masses for vote bank, he maintained.

He asked the pro-India parties to quit power politics and join pro-freedom ranks. "If the proIndia politicians are well-wishers of Kashmiris and respect their aspirations, they should shun power politics and join hands with us and be part of our genuine struggle," said Mirwaiz. He said New Delhi is creating hurdles for the Kashmiris becoming economically self sufficient. "We have plenty of water resources and would have been self-reliable, but New Delhi did not allow international bodies like the World Bank to invest in Kashmir," he said. –APP

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