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Balochistan burns as terrorists rule
Ziarat Residency bombed 14 female students killed in varsity bombing Terrorists storm Bolan Medical College 13 killed in gunbattle, including 4 attackers, 4 nurses, 4 FC personnel and DC BLA claims responsibility QUET TA: The insurgency-hit province of Balochistan witnessed another deadly day on Saturday, as the Ziarat Residency famous for housing Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was destroyed in an attack while at least 23 people, including 14 female students and the deputy commissioner, were killed in a twin terror hit in Quetta. The terrorists first blow a bus carrying the students of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University near the varsity on Baruri Road and later stormed the Bolan Medical College where the injured were shifted for treatment. As per details, the Ziarat Residency was destroyed in a militant attack with hand grenades in the wee hours on Saturday. A police constable identified as Muhammad Tahir Jan deployed outside the building was also killed in the attack while another sustained wounds. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the responsibility for the attack. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar revealed that the residency had been attacked by five militants, who had removed the Pakistan flag and raised the BLA flag in its place. Three rocket propelled grenades slammed into the heritage Quaid Azam Residency in the hill town of Ziarat in the early hours of the morning, district commissioner Nadeem Tahir said. A policeman died and the ensuing blaze tore through the two-
story wooden building, damaging several other houses nearby. “It seems that rockets have been fired from nearby mountains,’ a police official said. And in Quetta, at least 14 female students were killed and several others injured when a blast hit the bus. According to police, the bomb was planted inside the bus parked on the premises of the university. Quetta police chief said 30 people had been injured in the blast. An emergency was announced in the Bolan Medical Complex where the dead and injured were shifted after the blast. Later, Deputy Commissioner Quetta Abdul Mansoor Khan Kakar was among killed in a powerful blast and intense firing which took place outside the Emergency Department of Bolan Medical Complex, as terrorists stormed hospital where the injured were being shifted. Assistant Commissioner Anwar Ali Shar, journalists, security personnel and doctors were among several wounded in the blast. Four nurses were also killed in the attack. Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad said that the operation had been completed at the Bolan Medical Complex, resulting in killing of four terrorists and arrest of another one. He said when the people injured in the varsity blast were brought to Bolan Medical
College for treatment‚ 12 to 14 terrorists who had taken position there‚ fired upon law enforcing agencies as a result of which four FC personnel and deputy commissioner were martyred. Nisar told reporters that several parts of the Bolan Medical Complex, taken under siege by terrorists, had now been cleared by security forces. A large number of patients and doctors were trapped inside the complex when heavily armed militants took the hospital under siege. According to security forces, parts of the hospital have been cleared while four gunmen are still believed to be inside the complex. Nisar confirmed that 35 hostages had now been freed by security forces. “According to our official reports, four terrorists have been killed in the operation while one suspect has been arrested from outside the hospital,” said the interior minister, adding that further details of the operation would be announced later. Later, Quetta police chief Mir Zubair told reported that the Bolan Medical Complex had been cleared of terrorists by security forces. The CCPO said that a suicide bomber blew him up inside the hospital, injuring staff, nurses, patients and visitors. Security forces would launch a room-to-room search operation in the hospital, he said. –AGENCIES
Musharraf indicted in judges’ case
OUR STAFF REPORTER
QUETTA: A view of the damaged building of the Quaid-i-Azam’s Residency in Ziarat. The building caught fifirre when rockets hit the wooden structure. –INP
ISLAM ABAD: An antiterrorist court indicted General (r) Pervez Musharraf in the judges’ detention case on Saturday. He was indicted during a hearing of the case at his farmhouse residence in Chak Shahzad by ATC judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi. The charges against Musharraf were read out to him, which the former army strongman refused to accept. Following which, the court summoned prosecution witnesses for the upcoming hearing of the case. The case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman advocate.
10pc raise in salaries OUR STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: Ostensibly succumbing to the rising pressure of opposition parties and civil servants against no raise in salaries, the PML-N government, Saturday, announced a 10% increase in salaries of government employees costing Rs 20 billion to the national kitty in next financial year 2013-2014. Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar, who did not wait for the report of review committee for considering different proposals for raising salaries of 653,000 public sector employees, has announced to increase the pays of civil servants of the federal government by 10 per cent. The decision of increasing pays of government employees came only few minutes before the start of discussion on budget in both houses of parliament. Ishaq Dar informed the National Assembly that government has decided to increase pays of civil servants by 10% on the direction of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. The finance minister assured the house that government would review the Shaikh Rasheed, chief of Awami Muslim League, demand to increase the salary by 20 per cent. The newly formed government had
earlier decided against increasing the salaries of government servants - for the first time in nearly three decades. The decision had also sparked protests by government employees across the country. The budgetary move was denounced with such fervour that the government was forced to reconsider its decision and constituted a committee to review the possibility of increasing civil servants salaries. The finance minister directed the committee to finalise its recommendations and submit its report till June 25 so that the government could make the cost involved in raising salaries part of the budget approving process from Parliament. However, the finance minister announced to increase pays one day after constituting the committee and did not wait for its report. The committee was scheduled to meet on Monday to review the salary proposals. The finance minister apparently took the decision to calm down the opposition parties in parliament and civil servants who already took out to the streets. Talking to media outside the parliament house‚ the finance minister said that he received recommendations of the committee set up for the purpose. He said the committee‚ while keeping in view inflation and economic situation of
the country‚ had recommended 7.5 percent hike in the salary of civil servants. However‚ keeping in view 10 percent rise in the pension‚ the government has decided to increase salary of the civil servants by 10 percent. He said that salaries increased in government employees would be in effect from fist of July 2013. Dar said that revenue collection target has been fixed at Rs 2475 billion for next financial year 20132014 as compare to Rs 2007 billion of the outgoing year 2012-2013 showing an increase of over 23 percent. The government has decided to bring 0.5 million nontaxpayers into the tax net in next fiscal year, he added. "We have been inherited with deteriorated economic situation and mounting circular debt of Rs 503 billion", he maintained. The finance minister said that government has enhanced the volume of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) to Rs 540 billion for next financial year 2013-2014 from Rs 360 billion of the outgoing year with an increase of Rs 180 billion. The government has allocated funds for developmental projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province.
Nisar orders inquiry into Ziarat Residency incident
President, prime minister condemn terror hits
ISLAMABAD: Ordering inquiry into the Ziarat Residency incident, in which miscreants attacked and damaged the national building, Interior Minister, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan Saturday asked the Balochistan government to work out a Restoration Plan for immediate repair and rehabilitation of the damaged historical building. In the wake of the incident, the interior minister chaired a high- level meeting in which senior officers of Ministry of Interior participated. He ordered a high level inquiry into the unfortunate incident and directed that in consultation with the Balochistan government, a Restoration Plan for the Residency should be worked out for immediate repair work and rehabilitation of the historical building, where the Quaid-i-Azam used to reside. The minister also directed traffic officials that while ensuring streamlined traffic and to prevent clogging, proper security should be maintained at the police check posts. He directed that the proposal of RDF-Chip should be studied for implementation. In this process, a Chip is installed in the number plate or on the vehicle screen and with the help of a gadget; it can be detected for identification purpose. Nisar issued instructions for launching a massive crackdown against criminal elements immediately. –STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid tributes to the martyred of Quetta blasts including students and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Mansoor Kakar who sacrificed his life while performing his duty. They also expressed anger over the bombing of Ziarat Residency and termed it a cowardly act. They strongly condemned the bomb blasts that targeted the university bus of Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University and later the emergency department of Bolan Medical Complex followed by firing in the complex. They paid tributes to the martyred DC Abdul Mansoor Kakar who sacrificed his life while performing his duty. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and sought details of security forces’ operation in Quetta after the blasts and firing by militants at Bolan Medical Complex (BMC). Media reports said that PM directed interior minister to extend maximum assistance from the federal government’s law enforcement agencies to the Balochistan government to curb the malicious designs of militants. He also telephoned Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and assured him full support of the federal government to tackle the situation arising out of terrorist attacks in Quetta and Ziarat. –AGENCIES
CMYK SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
A quagmire seeking immediate attention of Khaki and political establishments SAEED MINHAS he honeymoon of the federal government, as predicted earlier seems to have not lived beyond first week. First the onslaught from self-exiled leadership of MQM, then the budget and last but not the least is the terrorism hitting with full vengeance the Pashtoon dominated areas of Pakistan’s largest but poorest province on Friday and Saturday. Almost two dozen causalities, including some top officials, scores of injured and more importantly a well synchronized series of attacks starting from residency of Quaid-e-Azam in Ziarat and then in Quetta’s women university and hospital are raising all the old questions. Some fingers are being pointed in the direction of foreign hands, others are considering it a reaction of the ultra nationalists against their decade old demands of giving them the ownership of their resources, while few others are raising the point that it’s just another episode to prove the existing gap between political and military leadership with regard to the province. Leadership of Nawaz League seems to be still in a fix and besides issuing
A strike in the Pashtun dominated area; namely Ziarat shows that Baloch nationalists have decided to put their signature across Balochistan to give a clear signal to the army establishment and Nawaz government that even a democratic dispensation might not deter them from their goals
cyclostyled statements are still trying to find a way out of this testing situation. Talking to the PML (N) leadership reveals that knowing the complications of the Balochistan issue, Nawaz League had earned the wrath of Sardars and Nawabs by gifting the chief ministership and even Governorship to their allies. They were fully aware of the fact that Mengals and Baloch nationalists are under tremendous pressure from the known separatist groups. Similarly, the Nawaz League had an idea that how sensitive army establishment has grown over the years with regard to this issue. The complication of the issue can be gauged from the fact that Baloch nationalists have been plying in the Baloch dominated areas throughout the election campaign. Most of their strikes and threats were meant for the leaders and voters of the 12 Baloch districts in west, east and south. There was hardly few countable strikes, outside of Quetta reported during the election period in northern parts, mostly dominated by Pashtun population. The result was that few thousands of votes secured a national assembly seats in almost all the Baloch populated areas during the recently held elections. A strike in the Pashtun dominated area; namely Ziarat shows that Baloch nationalists have decided to put their signature across Balochistan to give a clear signal to the army establishment and Nawaz government that even a democratic dispensation might not deter them from their goals. Army establishment has long been trying to establish that these seperatists and even nationalists are being backed by foreign elements. Mainly India is singled out but as the local population reveals that many of our brethren Islamic countries from across the Arabian sea are equally involved in this endeavour of the insurgents. Presences of Quetta Shura have also remained very much at the centre of debate since the last years of Musharraf. US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher even introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self
determination. The motion was cosponsored by other congressmen Louie Gohmert and Steve King, highlighted in detail Balochistan’s troubled past with the centre after the creation of Pakistan. It was the same time when Obama administration was thinking of expaqnding their drone strikes in Balochistan apparetntly to get rid of Quetta Shura but in fact to accelerate the separatist feelings, remembers a Baloch nationalists sitting in the Balochistan Assembly these days. The Chief Minister of Balochistan,
Red Light spots thriving on historic Murree Road Police admits its existence yet fails to stop it
the response is learned to have been that “we know how to deal with the situation.” Army chief has been on record not once but several times asking the political leadership to come up with some workable plans and let the army out of troubled areas. Because Army too believes that guns may not resolve the issue but talks might. But the paradox is that mistrust between the gunners and political leadership as well as administration is not that smooth which can ensure a coordinated action plan, revealed senior Leaguers. The
All religions preach welfare of mankind, says CDA chairman ISLAMABAD: Islam teaches us love, brotherhood, tolerance and peace
and all religions of the world preach about welfare of mankind and respect. This was stated by Capital Development Authority Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz while addressing a ceremony organized by the Christian Unity Forum here on Saturday. He said that we should act upon these golden lessons and demonstrate unity, respect and tolerance irrespective of cast and creed. On this occasion Member Planning and Design, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, Member Administration, Munir Ahmad Chaudhry, General Secretary CDA Mazdoor Union, Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin, Father Rehmat Michael Hakim, workers, office bearers of trade unions from different institutions and a large number of Christian employees of CDA were also present. The CDA chairman said that Christian community played a vital role in the development of the federal capital. The Christian Community deserves appreciation for their services they rendered to keep the city in tidy condition while preserving its green identity. Since the establishment of the Capital City Islamabad, the efforts of Christian Community stood tall and which has been acknowledged at all forums. He said that CDA is the only organization, which pay bonus to Christian employees regularly on the eve of Easter and Christmas. Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that last year on the occasion of Christmas, the Capital Development Authority has organized Christmas Festival to provide maximum entertainment to the Christian community. He said that Christmas Festival would be celebrated every year on permanent basis. The chairman of CDA said that like other government organizations, CDA on its own expenses will also send Christian employees to their Holy Places through a transparent draw. He said that the Authority has always met the demands of Christian community, adding that a plot for church has already been allotted to Full Gospel Assembly. —INP
ALI SAJJAD SHAH
RAWALPINDI: The famous and his-
toric Murree Road has long been a hot spot for various political and social activities and events but now a days it has started earning a repurtation of red light area of the district. It is very easy for frolics to find girls on Murree road from Shamsabad to Benazir Hospital-an area which has become a centre of harlots. We can easily see them prowling and standing alone on the road with heavy make up after 6 p.m till midnight. It has become their daily routine and they are doing their business openly and freely for a paltry 2000 to 3000 per night with a tacit support and understanding of the local police. A common person is aware of these activities but our innocent police specially Police Stations Sadiqabad, New Town are totally unconscious of these activities. Slowly and steadily, Murree Road, especially its section between Moti Mehal and Mareer Chowk, is turning into a hot spot for flesh trade as girls and women, belonging to gypsy families, are seen negotiating with their ‘clients’ openly without any fear. Throughout the day, especially just before sunset, men of all ages, who come to the ‘spot’ in cars, taxicabs and sometimes on foot, are seen negotiating about the amount of money they would be charged with these girls and women posing as beggars. Sometimes young ‘customers’ fight over these women and girls. On Wednesday night, two groups of young men clashed with each other under Mareer Bridge as they both wanted to book a particular girl. SP Headquarters Syed Ashfaq Anwar, when contacted by ‘Spokesman’ admitted the fact and said that police took action against such ‘professional’ women, but unfortunately they somehow got bails from courts and started their ‘business’ again. “It is a sensitive issue. It is destroying our young generation. The civil society and NGOs must cooperate with police in checking this activity,” he said. He said that police would continue action against such women. He warned
Dr Malik has already come on record asking the army establishment to coordinate its efforts to purge the insurgents with political leadership. Finding no response from the Khaki establishment, insider believe, Dr Malik was left with no option but to rush to federal capital and inform the prime minister of the simmering tensions in his province. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has had detailed meetings with all the services chiefs soon after the budget and sources believe that the issue was brought up during his meetings. But
that if any police official was found involved in protecting prostitutes, action will be taken against them. There should be proper institutions for the rehabilitation of prostitutes, he asserted. Spokesman learnt that more than 100 ‘bastis’ are present in the city in which more than 20,000 professional beggar families are living. The oldest beggar ‘basti’ is situated along railway lines near Mareer Chowk in which more than 300 families are settled for years. All family members, including men, women and children, are professional beggars. The majority of women living in this slum are involved in prostitution. These women used to do ‘business’ secretly, but now they could be seen fixing rates with their ‘customers’ in the open without any fear along Murree Road, particularly between Moti Mehal and Mareer Chowk. Young girls, with the backing of their mothers and other family members, bring clients to their huts or go with them.
Beggars have set up ‘bastis’ in different localities of the city, including Mareer Hassan, Dhoke Mangtal, Pirwadhai, Rehmatabad, Raheemabad, Misrial Road, Dhoke Ratta, Nadeem Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhoke Syedan and along Tipu Road, Railway Road and Adiala Road. A curtain businessman near Mareer Chowk, Sheikh Muhammad Saleem, complained that all shopkeepers in the market were facing difficulties due to prostitutes. “Our business is greatly affected because of the presence of prostitutes,” he said. Mehboob Alam, another shopkeeper, said that young men in luxury cars come to the spot to lift ‘professional’ women every day, but no action is taken against them by the concerned authorities. Wajid Hussain, a second-year student, said that two beggar girls deprived him of Rs400 after threatening him that they would blame him for teasing them and hand him over to police.
Rashidi presides over meeting of Workers Welfare Fund ISLAMABAD:
Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi presided over a high-level meeting of Workers Welfare Fund, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, on Saturday in Islamabad. The decisions taken during the meeting include the consultation with Prime Minister and Finance Minister for achieving the funds for Development Projects, to speed up ongoing Welfare Projects in Federation and in Provinces, up to 80% funds allocation for the children of the labourers/workers for scholarships purposes, to prepare a list of all the deputationists in the organization in the light of the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to formulate an effective monitoring system in the regions where Workers Welfare Boards are providing Welfare activities to the labourers and workers and effective progress in the sectors of education, housing facilities scholarships and hospitals. Today’s meeting was in line with the decisions taken on 8 June in his first high level meeting with the heads of EOBI, OPF, BE&OE, WWF, OEC and NIRC. The minister also assured of his cooperation and commitment for the development of the ministry and welfare of the workers all over Pakistan. —PR
ball has always been in the federal government’s court. The Baloch package seems to have failed to quell this separatist trend and now the sacrifice of Nawaz League to allow nationalist parties form the government is not bringing in the desired results, agreed the Leaguers. Therefore, entire political leadership have to join hands to bring Khakis on the table to find a workable and less cumbersome solutions to issues like resource allocations, missing persons and even the sense of ownership to the Baloch people, they argue.
Nadia Mirza @nadia_a_mirza
After 3 hrs of Quetta incident_ CNBC took Lt Gen rtd Abdul Qadir Baloch on line. Says "this news is new for me as I was in budget session"
Nadeem F. @NadeemfParacha
Inviting hate-mongering "analysts" on TV is NOT freedom of the media. It's the exploitation of it. Stop creating asses for the masses.
ISF Karachi @ISFKarachi
Sorry Quaid-e-Azam! You gave us homeland and we were failed to save your home.
Shahid Qazi @ShahidQazi1
Can anybody show me a flag of Pakistan on Ziarat residency ON NORMAL DAYS at 5:00am? Ch Nisar is a relative of Army Generals so.........
farahnaz ispahani @fispahani
Pak Media: #Quetta is abt ppl being traitors to "Jinnah's #Pakistan" - have heard that line before. Situation critical. Stop cover-up.
Junaid Qaiser @JunaidQaiser
Ch. Nisar expects from Taliban to abide by the Geneve Convention, who don't even ready to accept the constitution of Pakistan.
Riaz Ali Turi @RiazToori
Quetta Kay Shaheedo ko Salam - curse upon terrorists, their apologists & those who call these killers of humanity as Friends.
Ali Salman Alvi @alisalmanalvi
Thoughts and prayers with the martyrs of #Quetta. With the families of university students, nurses, security personnel and civil servants.
Bakhtawar Bhutto Z @BakhtawarBZ
There r no words. Not enough 2 condemn +not nearly enough 2console. My heart aches 4the families who have lost their loved ones 2day #Quetta
Aziz Akhmad @azizakhmad
Normally, a self confession is enough to convict and punish a murderer. What evidence do we need to punish LeJ, TTP etc for mass murders.?
Samar Minallah @SamarMinallahKh
Quaid's Residency was not just bricks and mortar but a heritage site symbolizing an era, an icon. #heritageunderattack #Ziarat
Raza Rumi @Razarumi10m
Seems certain forces are giving a 'warm' welcome to the new administrations in Islamabad & Quetta. Powerful [non]state actors keeping check!
Imran Khan @ImranKhanPTI
Am shocked & strongly condemn the attacks in Quetta on women students' & at Bolan Medical Complex.Balochistan needs immediate attention.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
Conference on massacre of Myanmar Muslims ISLAMABAD: The roundtable conference titled "Massacre of Muslims in Myanmar" was arranged by the Nazriya Pakistan Council in Islamabad. The conference adopted a resolutioné demanding of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to immediately visit blood-soaked areas of Myanmar to have first-hand knowledge of the plight of Muslims. The resolution also demanded West and the European Union to come out with their condemnation of the killing of Muslims and rush urgent humanitarian aid to the affected areas. ONLINE
FIA returns services of 34 oﬃcers on deputation ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency has returned the services of 34 officers on deputation to their parent departments. All these officers were working on important posts in grade 16 to 19. Grade 19 officers included Jameel Ahmed Khan, Tahir Jameel, Amir Ali Khan, Babar Shafiq and Moazzam Bhutto; grade 18 officials included Navid Tareen, Zahid Bhatti, Noor Khan, Sadat Ali, Yaseen, Mazhar Hussain Shah, Roshan Mustafa Gilani, Agha Ali Abbas and others. ONLINE
CDA to hire generators ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority will hire 8 generators to run tube wells during load shedding hours. Proposal was placed before the chairman CDA to purchase 16 generators but the chairman did not agree to this proposal describing it the breach of rules. ONLINE
AIOU re-scedules exams ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University has rescheduled final exams for the papers of Matric, FA, BA and Post-graduate programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2012 on June 22 at exams centers No.74,75 (Karachi) and center No.233 (Hyderabad). Controller of Exams Dr Hamid Khan Niazi said these exams were earlier scheduled for June 6 and were postponed due to law and order situation in Karachi and Hyderabad. ONLINE
Senate debate opens with different views on budget ISLAM ABAD: Pakistan People’s Party lawmaker Raza Rabbani Saturday termed the budget 2013-14 anti-people and said that it was against the spirit of federation and an attack on provincial autonomy. Opening debate on the Finance Bill, 2013, containing Annual Budget Statement, on behalf of the leader of Opposition in the Senate, he said that the budget was pro-elite class and would promote capitalism. He said that it would directly hit workers and middle class and new taxes worth Rs 168 billion would further burden the common people. Rabbani said that enhancing one per cent General Sales Tax would have rolling effect on everything resulting in price hike. He said that prices of automobiles, education expenses, cost of marriage ceremonies, cold drinks and electricity tariff would surge resulting in more miseries to masses. Rabbani claimed that 10 per cent increase in salaries and pensions of
government employees would be insufficient keeping in view inflation in the country. "Increase in minimum wages of workers is a part of PML-N manifesto, however, the budget document lacks such incentives to them," he said. Regarding circular debt, Rabbani said it was a positive step of the government to end it. He claimed that sales tax on services was given to the provinces under 18th Amendment and imposition of excise duty on services was a new thing and against the spirit of the amendment. Rabbani said that hefty allocation was made for health and education sectors despite devolution of these ministries to the provinces. He also criticised the move to withdraw package given to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas by the past government. He also criticised government's step to give Federal Board of Revenue access to people's bank accounts and suggested that tax network should be
Rs100b notice to HEC ISLAMABAD: South Asian Stability Institute Strategic University has initiated legal proceedings against the Higher Education Commission for Rs100 billion. This is in response to the notice published by the HEC on 17.03.2013, where it deliberately obliterated the fact that SASSI Charter was given by the Parliament of Pakistan rather than what they called respective authorities. SASSI has slapped a legal notice on the HEC for correcting the damage or be liable for Rs100 billion as criminal proceeding against the institution may be initiated considering it is binding on all the individuals and institutions to abide by the Constitution of Pakistan. The allegation and perception created in the story that SASSI is an illegal university is baseless as South Asian Strategic Stability Institute is a corporate body having perpetual succession. SASSI University was established through the act of Parliament bearing No. VI of 2013
and was asserted to by the President of Pakistan on 13.3.2013 and published in the Gazette on 2013. The aim, purpose and objective of the university is to further higher education and to promote and disseminate knowledge, training, research and development in the fields of social sciences, natural sciences and emerging technologies. The notices published by HEC are therefore “illegal” as it challenges the authority of the Parliament to legislate. They are in fact mala fide and ill intentioned considering the fact as per the constitution of Pakistan Article 5 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 which read as “Loyalty to the State and Obedience to the Constitution and Law”: Obedience to the Constitution and law is the inviolable obligation of every citizen wherever he may be and of every other person for the time being in Pakistan. This notice and subsequent news stories published through the HEC were therefore unwarranted. INP
broadened. He also strongly condemned bomb blast in the university bus and extensive damage to Quaid-i-Azam's Residency in Ziarat and said that this situation could not be handled by a single party. He said it was need of the hour to join hands and tackle such issues. Meanwhile, taking part in the Senate proceedings, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz legislator Jaffar Iqbal on Saturday said that the government presented a balanced and propeople budget despite various challenges. He said that it was a historic moment that the people reposed confidence in Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and elected Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister for the third time. He said that the PML-N set a target to pay off over Rs 500 billion circular debt within 60 days to cope with energy crisis and give respite to the people from hours long power load-shedding. He said that the government had allocated additional
Qureshi for national policy on terrorism ISLAM ABAD: Pakistan leader Tehreek-e-Insaf Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday urged the government to devise a national policy against terrorism. Talking to media outside the Parliament House, he said: "The whole nation is united against terrorism and it is the responsibility of the government to take provincial governments on board for devising national policy on terrorism." He also condemned terrorist attacks in Ziarat and Bolan Medical Complex. He said national policy be devised on drone attacks before arrival of the US Secretary of State. APP
Rs 212 billion for power sector to bring improvement in load-shedding. Jaffar Iqbal said that the past government did nothing to address the power crisis and completely neglected power projects including Nandipur Power, whose cost now had surged to Rs 57 billion from Rs 23 billion. He said that the government would auction 3G technology through transparent bidding besides recovering $ 800m from Etisalat Company. He said that hefty amount was also allocated for construction of road and infrastructure which would usher in new era of development and prosperity in the country. He said that Rs 75 billion was also specified for income support programme to provide prompt relief to the poor people. Jaffar Iqbal said that Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills were all running in losses and the government had decided to revive all these state entities. APP
Rising tennis star Ushna becomes FFC team member ISLAMABAD: Miss Ushna Suhail, an upcoming tennis player, was welcomed by Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi HI(M) (Retd), in the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme in a simple but graceful ceremony held at FFC Head Office, Sona Tower, Rawalpindi. The driving force behind FFC’s CSR programme is to align company policy practices and business operations with globally recognized standards. The prime interventions of the company’s CSR programme include education, health, poverty alleviation, sports and promotion of environmental protection, disaster relief, rehabilitation and empowerment of person with functional limitation (disabled). FFC is one of the major facilitator in organizing of sports events in under developed areas close to its plants and providing an opportunity to the young talent. The CSR project of the company now takes a leap into the national tennis and welcomes Miss Ushna Suhail as member of
FFC team. She started her professional tennis career at age of 13 years. She hails from a well-known tennis family of Pakistan. She is granddaughter of Khawaja Iftikhar, the tennis legend of sub-continent and first cousin of our national hero Aisamul Haq. Ushna has represented Pakistan at 57 international Tennis Federation matches in almost 23 countries. On national circuit, Ushna stands unbeaten national champion for 7 times which reflects her potential to become an outstanding woman tennis player of Pakistan at international level. PR
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Aftermath of budget Basking in the glow of electoral victory more than it anticipated, the PML-N leadership perhaps miscalculated the public mood that there would be no protest if it effected an increase in general sales tax from 16 to 17 per cent, and/or if it did not increase the salaries of government employees. Country-wide protests and rallies against the government’s decision for not increasing government employees’ salaries and increase in general sales tax by one per cent have been held. Objections have also been raised against an immediate increase in POL products prices, as this step does not have legal cover since the Finance Bill has yet to be passed by Parliament. After its passage, the increase should take effect from 1st July 2013. Though this was the practice in the past, this is the first time that the matter has been challenged by all opposition parties. The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday also questioned the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products through implementation of the hiked general sales tax without the approval of the Parliament. Another increase, which has not been highlighted, is an increase in GST by 6 per cent to make it 22 percent for those businesses that have an electricity connection but are not registered income tax filers. And they are quite a few. Irrespective of the objective behind this move, the fact remains that this is an inflationary step, as it will increase the cost of production. After increase in the prices of POL products, the price of edibles and daily use items have also shown upward trend. Inter-city fares have also increased, as happens in case of any indirect tax, which is passed on to the consumers. Any across the board increase in an indirect tax such as GST is bound to give rise to increase in the prices of essentials and even non-essential items. Indirect taxes are indeed regressive, and hit the poor harder than the opulent. Income tax on the other hand is a social equalizer, by which rich people are taxed to provide social services like health and education to the impoverished sections of society. Anyhow, the PPP, Jama’at-e-Islami and the MQM are pondering over a united line of action against the budget proposals that hit the poor and lower-middle class hard. After facing severe criticism from all and sundry, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar formed a committee to look into the matter of pay raise for civil servants in annual budget 2013-14. The committee will report to the minister within one week after calculating financial impact of increase in salary. However, the argument advanced by the finance minister is not valid when he said that three months ago the civil servants were given allowances, therefore the government cannot give increase after every three months. Meanwhile, rejecting the new budget that has nothing to offer for lower grade employees, the non-teaching staff of schools and colleges and postal office employees have sought either 100 per cent raise in their salaries or unified pay scales for the employees of all organisations. That said, the government should increase salaries of those employees who draw less than Rs.25000 per month; bureaucrats with fat salaries could wait till the next budget.
Justice for civil servants of such violations of rules and regulations, it was not difficult for them to move the lawmakers in the assemblies to enact laws suitable to them. First the Ordinance and then the Act of 2011, contrary to orders of the SCP, gave blanket cover to these AKBAR NASIR KHAN promotions and inductions by awarding unrestraint powers to the Supreme Court of Pakistan deserves Chief Minister to authorize such full credit, once again, for putting its absorptions. These 179 beneficiaries foot down to end the arbitrary and at the cost of 153,745 and the rule of politically motivated appointments, law were trying to hide behind the absorptions of under-serving claimants in the most crucial spheres nascent democratic institution for their personal, mundane gains of life of citizens; i.e. dispensation of justice. The land mark decision by the besides testing the nerves of the affected officers. Only hope for such SCP on Petition no. 89 of 2011 has police officials remained none other once for all, declared that ‘The Civil than judiciary. Thanks to work of Servants under the mandate of the media and growing trust of the Constitution have been guaranteed people on the judiciary, many affected the fundamental rights of being officers resorted to service tribunals, citizens. Article 4(1) provides that all high court and the SCP. citizens are entitled to enjoy equal Fundamentally, two issues came protection of law and have inalienable right to be treated in accordance with under discussion. First, is it the power of the court to challenge or review the the law. These rights have been trampled upon by government of Sindh in last few years and also such violations took place in KP to permanently absorb government employees in the police and other departments. The modus operandi was simple. As step one, those with political connections but no relevance to law enforcement, were appointed on deputation to police departments. Step two was absorbing them in the police department. And step three, some were granted ante dated seniority or completely undeserved promotions in their new departments. This politically-driven injustice led to change the status of the non-cadre officers to be appointed against the authority of the provincial assembly? cadre posts, seniors were forced to Secondly, are civil servants’ service accept junior position while nonprofessionals kept rising and roaming related matter fall under the domain of fundamental rights in the absence in the power corridors with no of the constitutional cover provided to respect for rule of law and fair play. such services? It is important to This marred the morale of the police mention that in 1973 civil servants force, particularly in Sindh and to were deprived of their constitutional some extent in KP. Since 2008 and guarantees to work without fear and even before this had become a norm favor of the incumbent governments. for the interested aspirants to find The aforesaid judgment of the SCP someone who can render this service has resolved both the issues once for and get the ranks of SP or even a all. The three member bench of SCP superior position in police comprising of Mr. Justice Tassaduq department. Hussain Jillani Mr. Justice Asif Saeed As almost all of the beneficiaries of Khan Khosa and Mr. Justice Amir these unlawful promotions were connected to political bosses in Sindh. Hani Muslim declared that ‘The impugned Ordinance and Act of 2011 Therefore, when the SCP took notice
validating absorption by the Sindh Government are ultra vires of Articles 240 and 242 of the Constitution…The validating instruments allowed absorption of a non Civil Servant conferring on him status of a Civil Servant and likewise absorption of a Civil Servant from non cadre post to cadre post without undertaking the competitive process under the recruitment rules. We may further observe that the Provincial Assembly can promulgate law relating to service matters pursuant to the parameters defined under Articles 240 and 242 of the Constitution read with Act of 1973 but, in no way, the Provincial Assembly can introduce any validation Act in the nature of multiple or parallel legislation on the subject of service law’. A very brief additional note by the Honorable Justice Asif Saeed Khosa used his classical brevity to establish the writ of law and answered the argument of the unlawful
The discretion of the chief minister to absorb any employee from any part of Pakistan to any cadre with backdated seniority directly aﬀects the fundamental rights of all the civil servants in Sindh being violative of the Article 4 which provides equal protection of law to every citizen to be treated in accordance with law, which is an inalienable right of a citizen’ beneficiaries in these words: “It is true that the judicial precedent available thus far declares that mala fide cannot be attributed to the legislature but if a legislature deliberately and repeatedly embarks upon a venture to nullify considered judicial verdicts in an unlawful manner, trample the constitutional mandate and violate the law in the manner it was done in the present case then it is difficult to attribute bona fide to it either”. On the issue of rights of the civil servants, Para 118 and 119 of the judgment are very clear. ‘Article 9 of the Constitution provides protection to every citizen of life and liberty. The
term “life and liberty”, used in this Article is very significant as it covers all facets of human existence…The inhibition against its deprivation extends to all those limbs and faculties by which life is enjoyed. The term “life” includes ‘reputation’ ‘status’ and all other ancillary privileges which the law confers on the citizen. A civil servant is fully protected under Article 9 and cannot be deprived of his right of reputation and status. Under the impugned instruments a person, who without competing through the recruitment process is conferred status of a civil servant. The impugned legislation has amended service laws in a manner to deprive the civil servants from their rights to status and reputation under Article 9 of the Constitution. The discretion of the Chief Minister to absorb any employee from any part of Pakistan to any cadre with backdated seniority directly affects the fundamental rights of all the civil servants in Sindh being violative of the Article 4 which provides equal protection of law to every citizen to be treated in accordance with law, which is an inalienable right of a citizen’. The court declared that absorption of the officers was based upon political favoritism and against the constitutional scheme of law. The violation of article 25 of equal treatment before law was also noticed by the superior judiciary as it directed the Establishment division and the provincial government to take all necessary steps to make amends for. This judgment has set the tone for a new era of rule of law for the civil servants. The constitutional cover is partly restored. If implemented in letter and spirit, it will help in resorting the reputation and status of the civil servants in a way which will contribute to the improvement in the policy development as well as service delivery. It is unto the police officers and the civil servants to respond positively to a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. They should rise to the occasion to help the judiciary by upholding the rule of law, in their day to day affairs, as the apex court has done for them. This will be best contribution by them for making Pakistan a stable democratic state. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCER
Lashkar-e-Taiba capable of threatening US Homeland STEPHEN TANKEL
attacks in Pakistan’s heartland, the security establishment does not want to take any action to change this calculus. LeT has built a robust Lashkar-e-Taiba (the Army of the Pure or LeT) social welfare apparatus via its above-ground is one of Pakistan’s oldest and most powerful wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and assorted militant groups. India has been its primary other legitimate relief organizations. As a result, enemy since the early 1990s and the group has concerns also exist regarding its capability to never considered itself to be an al-Qaeda affiliate, but the U.S. is clearly on its enemies list. provoke social unrest in strongholds such as Lahore. Moreover, LeT actually provides Since 9/11, the group’s anti-American rhetoric assistance at times against some of the groups has turned into action. LeT has been actively involved in anti-state violence. This assistance attacking U.S. and Coalition forces in includes challenging the ideological Afghanistan since 2004-2005, its presence underpinnings of waging jihad against a there increased in the last several years and it Muslim government, providing intelligence deployed a small number of fighters to Iraq regarding anti-state militants’ activities, and in following the U.S. invasion of that country. LeT has also killed Americans and other Westerners some instances even targeting anti-state militants directly. LeT has provided similar in terrorist attacks in India and contributed to intelligence and direct action assistance against other plots targeting them as well. The group separatists in Balochistan as well. In short, the has the capabilities to launch terrorist attacks group has utility both externally and internally. outside of South Asia, including against the Third, some of LeT’s members enjoy strong U.S., and is likely working to augment those personal relationships with members of capabilities. However, the question of LeT’s Pakistan’s armed forces. intent to engage in a unilateral attack against The safe haven LeT enjoys within Pakistan has the U.S. homeland remains hotly debated. Before turning to LeT’s capabilities and intent, provided it the freedom of movement necessary to develop capabilities and capacity that enable it is important to recognize why Pakistan is unlikely to attempt dismantling the group in the it to threaten the United States. At the same time, its integration with the Pakistani state near term. First, the Pakistani military and its raises questions as to whether LeT leaders Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) would risk their group’s position to execute such have long considered LeT to be the country’s most reliable proxy against India and the group an attack. The following focuses on a LeT-led operation against the U.S. homeland. It is still provides utility in this regard. Second, important to note, however, that the primary Pakistan is facing a serious jihadist insurgency. threat to U.S. citizens from LeT terrorist attacks LeT remains one of the few militant outfits whose policy is to refrain from launching attacks remains in South Asia, either unilaterally as was the case with the 2008 Mumbai attacks or via against the Pakistani state. Fearing LeT’s operations executed in concert with the Indian capability to execute or assist with terrorist
Energy crisis in Pakistan When the acute energy crisis in Pakistan is posing a serious predicament for its feeble economy and the volatile national security environment, the PLM-N selected a pharmacist having specialization
erectile dysfunction. This is happening in Pakistan. Why Sharif brothers opt for Dr Musadik Malik as Adviser Energy? His CV speaks volumes, yet raising eyebrows on the seriousness of the current regime toward energy crisis. When the PPP regime had completed her five year tenure, President Zardari, accepted the request of King - to include Dr. Musadik Malik as interim Minister Water & Power. Although, he was introduced as “Doctor of Power“, a candidate for Ministry of health but the ill-conceived message by Zardari had led Musadik as Minister Water & Power. (his CV is posted below) By profession, Musadik is a Pharmacist, Graduated from Pharmacy Department, Punjab University, worked with PfizerPakistan. The Same Pharmaceutical Company in 1990, initiated Pfizer Sandwich Research in UK to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). After three years, a group of pharmaceutical chemists able to
Mujahideen. Further, LeT could act as part of a consortium, meaning it need not take the lead role in an attack in order for its capabilities to be used against the U.S. homeland. LeT’s training camps in Pakistan remain open and the group boasts a stable of men who can provide instruction in small-unit commando tactics, reconnaissance, counter-intelligence and the construction and use of explosive devices. The group has transnational networks stretching across South Asia, the Persian Gulf and Europe, with a particularly strong connection to the United Kingdom, and reach into the U.S. and Canada. LeT operates a robust above-ground infrastructure that, combined with investments in legitimate enterprises in Pakistan and fundraising networks abroad, has enabled it to operate independent of direct ISI financial support. While it continues to enjoy reach-back capability into the Pakistani military and ISI, LeT also has leveraged its financial resources and operational freedom to develop an educated cadre among its membership. Collectively, these individuals amplify technical, training, and planning capabilities. Soldiers on assignment from the military trained many of LeT’s trainers, and some of them took early retirement to join the group. As a result, LeT militants and trainers are considered to be among the most tactically adept and its bomb-makers to be among the best in the region. Its own camps continue to operate in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Mansehra, and elsewhere in Pakistan. As LeT has deepened its collaboration with other outfits, cross-pollination among trainers and trainees has occurred. At the same time, LeT
market the famous medicine- the Viagra. Musadik's contribution though in research was not significant, yet he got the chance to work with top researchers in the area of pharmacy. Nevertheless, he succeeded to include local herbal and some organic ingredients in the main formula of Sildenafil citrate ( Viagra) which is considered more effective in hot climate, especially in the desert. His friends and colleagues describing him as an opportunist and ambitious, but his smart cookie and with his own Desi-Viagra, he had been managed to sell the same in male members of Royal families of Bahrain, Qatar and UAE. He was honoured with title ‘Doctor of Power’ as he had reinstated erectile dysfunction inability of elderly members of the royal families. On his desire, he was financially sponsored to acquire MBA and PhD at the University of Illinois, where he learned the art to impress the audience for fifteen minutes. This skill, coupled with personal
does not enjoy historically strong ties with other groups in the region and actually suffers from a deficit of trust with some of them. This should not discount the possibility that LeT trainers or camps might be used to prepare militants from another group for attacks against the U.S. However, the focus here is on the group’s capabilities to plan, prepare, and execute a unilateral terrorist attack. LeT’s own training traditionally begins with the Daura-e-Suffa, which focuses on imbuing religious principles, including the obligatory nature of jihad, as well as proselytizing. It lasts approximately three weeks, is often conducted at the group’s compound in Muridke and includes lectures by senior leaders. This is followed by the Daura-e-Aama, which consists of lectures, additional religious indoctrination and prayer, physical training, and some introductory weapons drills. It also lasts about three weeks and is typically conducted in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. A small number of those who go through the Daura-eSuffa and Daura-e-Aama advance to the Daura-e-Khasa, which takes place at a higher elevation in Mansehra. This lasts approximately two to three months and includes physical training, guerrilla warfare tactics, survival techniques, firing different types of light weapons, and instruction on the use of hand grenades, rocket launchers, and mortars. These time frames are not fixed and militants may train for considerably longer as well as skipping the initial Daura-e-Suffa and Daura-e-Amma in some instances. LeT also runs a bevy of specialized programs providing instruction on a range of skills. In
attention womanizers’ in power corridor opened all avenues in Pakistan. In the last days of Musharraf Regime, he was entrusted to establish a pharmaceutical company to manufacture, and markets Viagra in Pakistan. Now, using his influence, though the Royals family of the Gulf, has managed the portfolio of the Adviser. Because of his undue pressure Nawaz Sharif has to ignore the offer of Work-Bank, ADB to send their Pakistani Engineers and Experts working in North America and Europe for decades. Musadik Malik, can differentiate between Megawatt and Kilowatt Hours is interfering all affairs of Ministry of Water & Power and Petroleum for his own hidden agenda. Please wake up and raise your voice and send a message to Gulf countries don’t back you ‘man of power’ to play life of 180 Millions Pakistanis. MUMTAZ LASHARI ISLAMABAD
addition to maritime training for those who operate at sea and commando training for individuals who will undertake fidayeen attacks, these include instruction on counterintelligence, IED construction, sabotage and surveillance, conducting reconnaissance, communicating in code, and the use of sophisticated communication technologies. The focus on support activities such as reconnaissance and communication is crucial to LeT’s capability to execute complex operations abroad, as evidenced by the 2008 Mumbai attacks. LeT is a patient organization, known to perform surveillance of targets for the purpose of creating target packages that it could use in the future. For example, the 2008 Mumbai attacks began with surveillance of the Taj Mahal Hotel conducted two years prior and with no immediate attack in mind. David Headley, the Pakistani-American who undertook reconnaissance for the attacks, made multiple trips to Mumbai, conducting extensive surveillance of multiple targets. This included taking photographs and making video recordings. He was taught how to use a GPS and plotted out the future terrorists’ movements around Mumbai, bringing that GPS with the coordinates back to Pakistan so the attackers could practice. LeT’s close relationship with the Pakistani military enabled it to pull in a member of the navy to help plan the maritime insertion. The final operation also revealed several smart tactical decisions. Splitting the attackers into small teams made it more difficult to intercept all of them and also created the sense of a larger attack force. TO BE CONTINUED
Gwadar Port: a gateway to east Gwadar Port is located at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, west of Karachi - the city of ports and shipping, 75 km of Pakistan border with Iran and 360 km nearest point to the state of Oman. It is situated on the eastern bay of a natural hammer shaped peninsula protruding into the Arabian Sea from the coast line. Gwadar Port's strategic importance cannot be over emphasized. The strait of Hurmuz shipping and the surrounding region is home to oil rich resources. It is also the nearest warm waters to land locked region of central Asian countries which will benefit from Gwadar Port. Pakistan identified Gwadar as a sea port as early as 1954, when a feasibility survey was conducted by US geological survey. No work or construction was started till 1988. The Government of Pakistan built a small port at Gwadar from 1988-1992. It has been
completed in two phases by a Chinese construction firm starting in 2002 and completion of phase 1 in 2006. The second phase completed in 2012. It is an under-developed area, and comprises of few thousand people. They are poor people. Their lot will also improve with the development of the port. A huge sum in millions of dollars has been spent on its construction. Once operational it will earn foreign exchange for us. Chinese firm has been given the rights to manage this gigantic enterprise. We will earn 8% from handling of cargo and maritime services and 15.5 from fees and duty free zone. Thus we can start earning as soon as its completed. Pakistan’s economy would be strengthened once it is operational.
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Syria's army pounds rebels awaiting promised US weapons
AU seeks to ease tension between Khartoum, Juba
KHARTOUM: The African Union has started new moves to ease recent tension between Khartoum and Juba, hoping to push the two sides to continue the implementation of bilateral agreements. The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan ( AUHIP) is holding consultations to bring together Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his Southern Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit before June 25 to settle the ongoing crisis between the two neighbors, local Sudanese media reported Saturday. To this end, a Sudanese daily on Saturday said that the head of the AUHIP, Thabo Mbeki, is expected to arrive in Khartoum within the coming two days to meet with al-Bashir on the standoff between Khartoum and Juba. –AGENCIES
BEIRUT: Syrian artillery and warplanes pounded rebel areas in Damascus on Saturday as President Bashar al-Assad's foes pleaded for advanced weapons from the United States, which has promised them unspecified military aid. Western powers have been reluctant in the past to arm Syrian insurgents, let alone give them sophisticated antiaircraft missiles that might fall into the hands of Sunni Islamist insurgents in rebel ranks who have pledged loyalty to al Qaeda. Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Salim Idriss told Reuters on Friday that rebels, who have suffered setbacks at the hands of
Assad's forces in recent weeks, urgently needed anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, as well as a protective no-fly zone. "But our friends in United States, they haven't told us yet that they are going to support us with weapons and ammunition," he said after meeting US and European officials in Turkey. A source in the Middle East familiar with US dealings with the rebels has said planned arms supplies would include automatic weapons, light mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Russia, an ally of Damascus and fierce opponent of outside military intervention, warned on Saturday
against any attempt to enforce a nofly zone over Syria using F-16 fighter jets and Patriot air defence missile systems from Jordan. "You don't have to be a great expert to understand that this will violate international law," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference with his Italian counterpart in Moscow. Western diplomats said on Friday the United States was considering a no-fly zone over Syria, but the White House said later that it would be far harder and costlier to set up one up there than it was in Libya, stressing that the United States had no national interest in pursuing that option. –AGENCIES
US, Japan, ROK to hold three-way meeting on Korean Peninsula WASHIN GTON: The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will hold a trilateral meeting regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula next week, State Department announced in a statement Friday. US Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Glyn Davies will host the trilateral meeting with representatives from Japan and ROK in Washington Wednesday to exchange views on a wide range of issues related to the DPRK, said the statement. The delegation from ROK will be led by the country's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Cho Tae-yong, while the Japanese delegation will be headed by Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama, according to the statement. –AGENCIES
Protesters vow to continue fight in Turkey
Bloodbath fears for Benghazi BENGHAZI: At least three soldiers were killed as Libyan special forces clashed with armed activists in the eastern port city of Benghazi, the army has said. The interim leader of Libya's army warned of the danger of a ''bloodbath'' as the unrest in the city flared up again a week after clashes there killed more than 30 people. Gunfire and explosions could be heard near the headquarters of the special forces, not far from the city centre, about 4am, witnesses said. The special forces were exchanging light arms and rocket fire with an ''outlaw'' group and reported that two of its fighters had been wounded. –AGENCIES
Protest kicks oﬀ ahead of G8 event BELFAST: A mass anti-G8 protest rally has begun in Belfast. The march, ahead of next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland, left the city's Custom House square amid a major security presence. An estimated 1,500 protesters, advocating a variety of causes, braved torrential rain as they walked through streets. Spirits were high and there were initially no signs of the disorder that some in Belfast had feared. Many shops front have been boarded up in case the protest turned ugly. Hundreds of public order police officers flanked the route with scores of fortified Land Rover-type vehicles also parked up, while police helicopters circled overhead. Environmentalists, trade unionists and other civil society activists are parading through city ahead of rally at Belfast City Hall later. The G8 leaders are arriving at the Lough Erne golf resort in Fermanagh for the two-day meeting starting on Monday. –AGENCIES
US, Israeli defence chiefs meet on Iran WASHINGTON: US and Israeli defence chiefs on Saturday reaffirmed cooperation to counter threats from Iran and condemned the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart Moshe Yaalon reiterated during a meeting that the two allies "will continue to work together to counter threats posed by Iran and remain prepared for a range of contingencies," said Pentagon spokesman George Little in a statement. Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president on Friday, with prospects unclear whether the country will continue hardline diplomacy especially with the West on nuclear issues. "Secretary Hagel and Minister Yaalon also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria and condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime," Little said. Recent US intelligence assessments claimed that Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels, crossing a "red line" set by US President Barack Obama for deeper US involvement to end the prolonged war in Syria. –AGENCIES
TEHRAN: Iranian voters display their identity cards before casting their ballots at a polling station in northern Tehran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his vote in the country's presidential election and opened the poll. —WIRE SERVICE
Partial vote count gives Rowhani lead
Whistleblower 'banned from flying to UK'
TEHRAN: Iran's reformist-backed presidential candidate surged to a wide lead in a partial vote count Saturday, a top official said, suggesting a flurry of late support could have swayed a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran's ruling clerics. The powerful showing by former nuclear negotiator Hasan Rowhani, which may be enough to give him an outright victory and avoid a two-person runoff next Friday, demonstrated the strength of opposition sentiment even in a system that is gamed against it. The ruling clerics barred from the race reform candidates seen as too prominent, allowing a list of hopefuls who were mainly staunch loyalists of the supreme leader. But the opposition settled on Rowhani as the least objectionable of the bunch, making him the de facto reform candidate. While Iran's presidential elections offer a window into the political pecking orders and security grip inside the country — particularly since the chaos from a disputed outcome in 2009 — they lack the drama of truly high stakes as the country's ruling clerics and their military guardians remain the ultimate powers. Security forces also are in firm control after waves of arrests and relentless pressures since the last presidential election in 2009, which unleashed massive protests over claims the outcome was rigged to keep the combative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power for a second and final term. He is barred from seeking a third consecutive run. However the lastmoment surge around Rowhani injected some excitement in the race. Rowhani had just over 50 percent of the more than 27 million votes tallied
LONDON: Britain has asked airlines worldwide to block American Edward Snowden, who leaked details of US Government internet and telephone surveillance operations, from boarding any plane heading for the UK. A report said British officials had confirmed the alert, issued on Monday, telling airlines to stop Mr Snowden from boarding because "the individual is likely to be refused entry to the UK." Mr Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor who travelled to Hong Kong before the details were made public, revealed on Sunday that he was behind the leaked information describing the surveillance programmes. Various airlines in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore confirmed the alert, according to the Associated Press, which said it learned of the British letter to airlines from a photograph of the request seen at an airport in Thailand. A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Airport Authority said it had not received any notice from British authorities requesting that airlines block Mr Snowden. Mr Snowden said he planned to stay in Hong Kong and would fight any effort to bring him back to the US to face charges. A spokesman for the UK Home Office declined to comment on the report, as did a spokesman for PM David Cameron. US officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Cathay Pacific Airways declined to confirm the British request, saying it was "inappropriate" to discuss government communications. –AGENCIES
by mid-afternoon, the Interior Ministry reported, well ahead of Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf with about 15.8 percent. Conservative Mohsen Rezaei and hard-line nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili were running neck and neck at third place. Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the final result would be announced by late Saturday. Iran has more than 50 million eligible voters, and turnout in Friday's election was believed to be high. Election officials began the ballot count after voters waited on line for hours in wilting heat Friday at some polling stations in downtown Tehran and other cities, while others cast ballots across the vast country from desert outposts to Gulf seaports and nomad pastures. Voting was extended by five hours to meet demand, but also as possible political stagecraft to showcase the participation. The apparent strong turnout — estimated at 75 percent by the hard-line newspaper Kayhan — suggested liberals and others abandoned a planned boycott as the election was transformed into a showdown across the Islamic Republic's political divide. On one side were hard-liners looking to cement their control behind candidates such as Jalili, who says he is "100 percent" against detente with Iran's foes, or Qalibaf, who was boosted by a reputation as a steady hand for Iran's sanctions-wracked economy. Opposing them were reformists and others rallying behind the "purple wave" campaign of Rowhani, the lone relative moderate left in the race. Many reform-minded Iranians who have faced years of crackdowns looked to Rowhani's rising fortunes as a chance to claw back a bit of ground. –AGENCIES
ISTANBUL: Taksim Square is mostly back to normal: the taxicabs line up in front of fancy hotels, where the doormen no longer clutch gas masks, and outdoor cafes are bustling. But Gezi Park — the green corner of the square — remains occupied by defiant protesters who on Saturday pledged that they would continue with their demonstrations, disavowing a compromise between their self-declared leaders and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end a political crisis that has caused severe damage to Turkey’s image and its economy. Protesters and Taksim Solidarity, an umbrella group of protest organizers, “continued to guard the park and the city for all the living beings in them, our trees, living spaces, private lives, liberties and future,” the group said a statement issued Saturday. The resistance encompasses “citizens’ anger that accumulated over 11 years of AKP. government,” the statement said, using the acronym of the governing Justice and Development Party. The statement added that the movement would continue to spread. The protesters’ decision puts the two sides on the path to confrontation, raising the specter of a police raid to flush out the demonstrators still there.
Turkey’s president, Abdullah Gul, urged the protesters to end their action, saying in a Twitter posting on Saturday that “everyone should now return home.” It was ignored. “Open channels for meetings and dialogue is a sign of democratic maturity. I believe this period will produce good results,” Mr. Gul added. Officials from the pro-Islamic Justice and Development Party continued to criticize the protests as an internationally backed plot and an effort by the main opposition party to hurt the government. “If the issue is about the environmental concerns, respect to the green, all of these messages have been taken, necessary assessments have been made,” Huseyin Celik, a government representative, said in a televised statement on Saturday. “From now on, prolonging this any longer just spoils it.” The protesters remained defiant after organizers walked out of Mr. Erdogan’s home in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in the early morning hours on Friday with a tentative deal to end the demonstrations. But the rank and file did not go along. “Cowards! Liars! Sheep!” some of the protesters shouted as members from Taksim Solidarity tried to deliver details of their meeting with Mr. Erdogan. –AGENCIES
N Korea in fresh vow to build up nuclear deterrent SEOUL: North Korea made a fresh vow to build up its nuclear deterrent in the face of "threats of war" from the United States and a "policy of confrontation" from the South. An editorial in Pyongyang's ruling party daily, the Rodong Sinmun, said "reckless" war exercises by the US and South Korea could spark a nuclear war at any moment. "As long as the United States and South Korean puppets continue with nuclear threats and threats of war against us, we will... strengthen nuclear deterrence through every possible means," it said. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was no different from her predecessor in taking up a policy of confrontation, the editorial said, accusing the South of deliberately sabotaging planned high-level talks. "Unless there is a fundamental switchover in the policy of confrontation of the South's ruling forces, dialogue and improvement in relations between the North and the South cannot be realised forever," it said. The two Koreas had agreed to hold their first high-level talks in six years in Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday, but they were called off at the last minute following a dispute over protocol. The talks initiative had been seen as a step forward after months of soaing military tensions, with the North conducting its third nuclear test in February, but its collapse has instead resulted in a sizeable backwards stride. The editorial was dedicated in commemoration of a landmark summit between the two Koreas on June 15, 2000, which led to a short-lived reconciliation and exchanges between the two Koreas. Glyn Davies, the US pointman on North Korea policy, said Friday that the United States was exasperated with Pyongyang after it snubbed attempts by President Barack Obama's administration to reach out in 2009 and again in 2012. –AGENCIES
Kerry's peace eﬀorts raise doubts over two-state solution
HE stern stances of the Palestinians and the Israelis as well as the delay of US Secretary of State John Kerry to put forward his peace initiative have greatly hindered the US top diplomat's efforts to revive the stalled Mideast peace talks, local observers say. The current stalemate aroused the doubts over the two-state solution as a basic initiative to end the historic conflicts in the region. Palestinian and Israeli officials are cautious to give a prejudgment on Kerry's efforts, however, a senior Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that Kerry "is still hesitant to present his peace plan to the two sides in fear of failure." "The reason behind the US hesitation is the negative response of the Israeli government to the Palestinian requirements, mainly the issue of halting settlement building in
the Palestinian territories and recognizing the principle of the twostate solution," the official said. According to other senior Palestinian officials, Kerry was supposed to officially present the outlines of his peace plan on June 8, but he requested more time and indefinitely postponed his visit to the region, which was scheduled this week. When Kerry started his efforts to bring the two sides back to the negotiation table on March 20, he asked for an eight-week period to present his initiative. But after five rounds of marathon meetings and contacts, he has failed to present the initiative so far. "All what Kerry has done was calling on the Arabs to urge the Palestinians to unconditionally accept the principle of resuming the peace talks, accept the swap of territories and immediately go for normalization with Israel," Hani alMasri, a West Bank-based political analyst said.
"Kerry reassured Israel and encouraged it to make peace because after the Arab unrest brought changes to the region, Israel's fears on the future of its existence in the region have mounted," al-Masri, also the head of Badil Center for Studies and Researches, told Xinhua.
"(But) Kerry wasn't able to achieve any breakthrough in accepting the Palestinian demands. His efforts were limited only on pressuring the weak Palestinian side to achieve his efforts," he asserted. In order to resume the talks with Israel, the Palestinians demand a halt of Israeli settlement construction, an Israeli commitment to the two-state principle in accordance to the 1967 borders as well as the release of prisoners imprisoned in Israel before 1993. The Palestinian officials say these are not conditions, but merits that were included in former IsraeliPalestinian peace treaties and understandings reached in 1993 and 1995. On the other hand, the Israeli officials claimed that they are willing to resume the talks with no preconditions. However, based on the declared positions and stances of the Israeli and
Palestinian officials, "I can say that the entire process of negotiations between the two sides had reached a deadlock and this has been going on for several years," Hani Habib, a Gaza-based political analyst told Xinhua. "The Israeli declaration of accepting an unconditioned resumption of talks is an attempt to blame the Palestinians for obstructing the resumption of the talks," Habib contended. "Israel has no intentions to halt settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories." During his meetings and contacts, Kerry tried to plant the seeds of confidence between Israel and the Palestinians as well as calling on the leaders of the two sides to make brave and important decisions to make an everlasting peace in the region. He also promoted a 4-billion-US dollar plan to boost the immature Palestinian economy by encouraging a series of investment projects, in order to revive the peace talks, but the
Palestinians were not so enthusiastic about it, saying as long as the political process is stuck, any economic measures would be with no value. Aatef Abu Seif, a Gaza-based political analyst told Xinhua "I believe that the two-state principle has become impossible amid the ongoing Israeli measures." The Palestinian officials are still refrained from defining alternative strategies for the long run in case the efforts of reviving the peace process fail. However, they believe that if they go for legal measures and gain a full membership in the United Nations, it will help them to gain their independent state. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator has earlier said in a statement that being a full UN member "would help the Palestinians establish their independent state and ask for international protection to the Palestinian people who are living under the Israeli occupation."
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
Punjab may bring reforms in agriculture sector Two jail wardens arrested for keeping cell phones RAWALPINDI: Two jail wardens were arrested red handed in central Adiala Jail upon recovery of mobile Phone from them during duty. According to sources, the central Jail Adiala Staff was performing duty on routine basis, when two jail wardens having mobile phones in their pocket namely Amir Pehlawan and Kamran Khan were also on duty. Suddenly, the mobile phone rang and the jail staff recovered from them. Later on, they were presented in front of the superident who also asked about mobile phones but they could not give any reply in this regard. ONLINE
Deep water containers port to be ready by end of 2014
FAISALABAD: Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farukh Javed said that Punjab Government intends to introduce reforms and new inventions in the agriculture sector to enhance the productivity. Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farukh Javed was attending a briefing by UAF VC Prof Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan at new syndicate hall of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad on Saturday. Dr. Farukh Javed described the climate change a big challenge that would drive the future dynamics of the country and region at large “Pakistan is more vulnerable than the other country of the region” he added. He said the changing rains, flood, melting glaciers and rising temperature merit research on one hand and adaptive and mitigating measures on the other hand. He appreciated the efforts being made by the
UAF Engineers by designing efficient biogas tube well and vowed to upscale the project at provincial level. Describing the Lyallpur Model an excellent example to follow, he expressed his willingness to establish a vibrant platform to bring all institutions and organizations on table aiming at promoting better coordination and integrating on various projects. He revealed that the Punjab Government had revived the district agricultural advisory committees and looking forward to take all stake holders on board to formulate a progressive policy at district level. He vowed to inspect agricultural fields of small farmers to witness the contributions of extension staff and monitor the professional activities to how they educate the farmer and making suitable interventions in the cropping fashion of the region. Earlier, briefing the visiting minister UAF VC
Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan described the federal higher education budget a fresh air and said that whole academic community expresses happiness on the pro-education initiatives. Referring towards PML (N) manifesto about institutional reforms and agricultural development, Dr. Khan said that a dream of making the country self-sufficient in edible oil, we need to promote oilseed crops in the country to limit the import bill worth 3 billion dollar on edible oil. He said that during the last five years UAF has earned global recognition by QS World University ranking, NTU Ranking and IDB best S&T institution, adding that in advanced countries, ranking distinguishes the universities in funding that needs to be considered in the country. “University intends to open its offshoots in the northern Punjab and rice belt districts to transform its cropping cycles and
bring new interventions of high productivity and profitability,” he added. Spelling out the future agricultural challenges, he urged that we need to produce 29 million ton wheat during the next two years to feed the growing population on one hand and to avert the daunting challenges of food insecurity, and poverty on other hand. Dr. Khan urged the need to intervene in different cropping cycles, and make tangible interventions to enhance the farmers’ profitability and get rid of middle man and market exploiters. Meanwhile, Dr. Ahmad urged the minister to make the students internship a recurring program of the government that would not only help the students to equip themselves by hands on training and on the other end, they would educate the farmers about emerging sowing, irrigating, harvesting, transporting, storage and handling trends. ONLINE
KARACHI: Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael said that Pakistan Deep Water Containers Port adjacent to Karachi Port will be completed by end of next year. Talking to newsmen in Karachi, he said ports play a very important role in economic progress and prosperity of the country. The minister said performance of all subsidiary organizations will be evaluated on quarterly basis. ONLINE
Crackdown on smuggled cigarettes
Mother, two sons amid four killed over enmity in Thatta THATTA: Four persons including a mother with her two sons were killed and two sustained injuries when rival clans over old enmity traded fire at Berani Goth on Saturday here. Police said that some persons from Brohi clan in the wee hours today stormed into the Berani Goth village near Jhirak Site some 50 kilometers away from here and opened fire, which resulted in the death of four persons including Khadeja and her two sons, while two others sustained injuries. The assailants after firing escaped from the scene, police said. The murdered Khadeja Brohi from Jacobabad sometime ago had married by choice Haq Nawaz Magsi and the couple out of fear had taken refuge in Berani Goth. The husband of the deceased is in jail on murder charge. Bodies are being shifted to their native village. ONLINE
Abducted Naseerabad food controller reaches home DERA MURAD JAMALI: Food Controller Naseerabad, Faizullah, who was abducted three days ago from Dera Murad Jamli, has reached his home. According to the police, the abducted food controller reached home in the wee hours of Sunday. ONLINE
Pre-monsoon rains likely to continue for two more days LAHORE: The Metrological Department said that pre-monsoon showers would continue in different parts of the country at least for two more days. It stated that rain and thunderstorms are also expected on Saturday and Sunday in upper Sindh‚ southeastern Balochistan and S Punjab, Kahsmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. ONLINE
Suspension of water supply in Pindi UC protested RAWALPINDI: Suspension of water supply since one month has sparked grave concern among the residents of UC-78 Chaklala. Water supply stands suspended since last one month and the residents are forced to purchase water from tankers at exorbitant rates. “We are low paid government employees and most among us are working on daily wages basis in markets and shops,” said residents. ONLINE
Rain turns weather pleasant LAHORE: The downpour in Lahore and its adjacent areas on Friday night has turned weather pleasant. According to Met Office, the weather in the city will remain cloudy and the rain is expected to continue. Lahorites experienced enormous relief when rain followed by storm turned weather pleasant. The people, agonized by loadshedding, turned pleasant after the rain. ONLINE
PESHAWAR: A videw of water level which rapidly increasing in Sardaryab, a local tourist and picnic spot. INP
Attempts afoot to harass me through SC registrar: Sethi
Former caretaker chief minister allowed review petition in Friday Times defamation case
ISL AM ABAD: District and Sessions Judge Islamabad has granted plea of former caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi to file review petition against decision of this court on dismissal of his earlier plea on jurisdiction of court to hear defamation case beyond Rs 100 million. The damages claim was filed by Dr Faqir Muhammad registrar Supreme Court against editor Friday Times Najam Sethi. Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan district and sessions judge Islamabad took up the petition
for hearing Saturday. Nasir Mehmood advocate counsel for the petitioner Dr Faqir Muhammad appeared in the court while Asma Jahangir represented Najam Sethi. Asma Jahangir took the plea that the court had fixed June 15 for recording the evidence but Supreme Court has issued stay order on all the defamation cases. Citing to Herald Publications case pending hearing with Supreme Court, she told the court the Supreme Court had issued stay order on all the defamation cases
Police arrest TTP man in Kausar Saqlain killing KARACHI: Police in Karachi has reportedly arrested a man suspected to have been involved in the killing of Sindh High Court advocate Kausar Saqlain Abbas and his two sons. The arrested suspect, who is allegedly affiliated with the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, was arrested from Karachi's Hawkes Bay area. Abbas, 40, and his two sons, Aun Abbas, 12, and Mohammad Abbas, 18, were gunned down on May 28 in firing on their car on Karachi’s Mauripur Road in what police at the time called a ‘sectarian’ attack. The advocate was going to drop his children to Sindh Madressatul Islam University school in their car when he was targeted. According to lawyers’ representatives, Abbas was the 12th advocate killed in the city over the past six months and third during May alone. ONLINE
due to Herald Publications case therefore, evidence can not be recorded in this case till the decision of the Herald Publications case. She further argued that her client Najam Sethi had decided to file review petition against dismissal of petition by this court during the previous hearing that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear defamation case. She prayed the court time be allowed to them to file the review petition. The court adjourned the hearing until July 6.
Talking to media men outside the court after hearing of the petition, Najam Sethi said, “I take review during my programme “Aapas Ki Bat” and several people are annoyed with me due to it and tactics are being employed to gag me and harass me.” Sethi alleged that attempts were being made to harass him through registrar Supreme Court Dr Faqir Muhammad and Federal Tax Ombudsman Shoaib Saddal, but he could not be silenced through such tactics. ONLINE
LAHORE: On the instructions of Inspector General of Police, Lahore Police has started operation against illegal trade of smuggled cigarettes and conducted raids on various retailers involved in sale of smuggled cigarettes including PINE and other brands. According to police sources, Inspector General of Police, Punjab has issued instructions to all Regional Police Officers to curb the menace of sale of smuggled cigarettes in their territories. In this regard, Lahore Police has conducted raids in various areas of city and seized huge quantity of smuggled cigarette brands and registered FIRs against persons involved in this illegal trade. In an operation conducted in Allama Iqbal Town, police raided Riaz Cigarette Shop, Moon Market, a known dealer of smuggled cigarettes and seized massive quantities of smuggled cigarettes brands. According to police sources FIR has been registered against Ihsan Ullah. In Township, police conducted raids on Madina Traders and Shera Cigarette and Pan Shop in Madina Market and seized huge quantity of smuggled cigarette including Korean cigarette brand PINE. Police has registered FIR against Muhammad Qasim and Talat Mehmood involved in the trading of smuggled cigarette brands. In another operation in Nawab Town police raided various super stores and seized huge quantity of Shesha flavors, PINE cigarettes and other smuggled cigarette brands. Cases have been registered against Abdul Basir, Naseem Shah and Muhammad Asad under violations of health warning regulations. Similarly in Green Town, police seized smuggled cigarettes PINE and other smuggled cigarette brands and registered FIR against Muhammad Islam involved in sale of smuggled cigarettes. According to a senior police officer, Inspector General of Police Punjab has recently issued strict instructions and directing police officials to take strict action against smuggled cigarettes including the Korean brand Pine, which are being sold openly in the domestic market in open violation of applicable laws. According to laws, the mandatory pictorial and textual health warning in Urdu and English on each pack is mandatory for cigarettes packs. ONLINE
5 die, many injured in rain-related incidents LAHORE/SAHIWAL: At least five persons were killed and several others injured in separate rain-related incidents in various cities of Punjab on Saturday. According to rescue sources, roof of a dilapidated house located at Kamahan Road, Niazi Chowk area of Lahore caved in due to heavy rain. As a result of roof collapse all seven family members were buried under the rubble. The rescue personnel rushed to the scene and dug out the injured from the debris and shifted them to General Hospital where three of them succumbed to their wounds. The victims include head of the house and two children. In yet another incident of roof collapse in the city a man was killed and five others injured. In Gujarwal area of Sahiwal, a man died while three others were injured when roof of their house suddenly came down as the area received heavy rainfall. The locals on self help basis dug out the body and injured from rubble and shifted them to hospital. Meanwhile, more than 20 people were injured in separate incidents of roofs, walls collapse in different cities of the province. The flood inundated different localities in various districts of Punjab prompting the concerned district administrations to declare emergency and allocate beds in hospitals for meeting any emergent situation. INP
HYDERABAD: Ramneez, a resident of Latifabad, holds her one- and a-half-year-old son Rameez in her lap during press conference at HPC. Polioce has registered an FIR against her under terrorist act. INP
Hospitals parking fee of caretakers irks residents
LAHORE: A vender has stocked watermelons on the edge of a rainwater pond in the middle of a road in the provincial metropolis. INP
RAWALPINDI: Residents have protested the parking fee policy introduced by the caretaker government in the hospitals of the province including Rawalpindi. According to the policy introduced by the caretaker government, the residents have to pay double fee after one hour of parking in the parking places of the hospitals, while they have to pay two and a half times of the initial fee after the passage of two hours. Under the policy, the contract of the parking in Holy Family Hospital was awarded in Rs3.3 million for one year. The employees of the contractor write time of the parking on the receipt and the fee is charged according to that time. Now, quarrels between the employees of the
contractor and the residents are very common regarding the parking charges. The residents demanded of the incumbent
government to immediately withdraw the parking policy and re-implement the older policy. INP
Residents protest rising crime rate RAWALPINDI: The residents of Shalley Valley have protested against increasing crime rate in the locality, holding the local police responsible for the situation. The residents said that they have been left on the mercy of the thieves and dacoits as the police officials make different excuses and don’t take action against the criminals. In a recent incident, thieves stole valuables and millions of rupees cash from the house of a professor but the officials of Westridge and Naseerabad police stations could not define their respective jurisdictions. After many efforts, the residents succeed to file a case in Naseerabad police station. The residents said that police officials only do paper work in every case and do not take any practical action. The residents demanded of the RPO to increase the police patrolling in the area and take concrete steps to arrest the criminals. INP
CMYK SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
Commando 2 will not have Akshay Kumar
Ranbir to promote Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in Russia
MUMBAI: Director-producer Vipul Shah, whose last release Commando had Vidyut Jammwal in the lead, is busy scripting the sequel to the action film. While it was reported that Akshay Kumar was a likely choice to play the lead in the film along with Jammwal, Shah, however, refutes such talks. "We are still writing the story. Nothing has been decided as yet. Why should Akshay Kumar be in Commando 2?, he questions. Meanwhile, Shah has announced the sequel to the 2007 romantic-comedy Namastey London which will star Akshay Kumar. While the female lead is yet to be finalised, Shah says that it will be a happy love story. "Nothing has been finalised. I have yet to discuss the nitty-gritty of the project with Akshay. I have only read the script to him and he has agreed to do the film," he said. While the original had a strong message of patriotism woven into the romantic story, what the sequel holds will be unravelled in the days to come. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: His grandfather, late cinema legend Raj Kapoor, continues to be a rage in Russia and now actor Ranbir Kapoor is set to promote his latest release 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' (YJHD) in the country. The youthful entertainer is directed by Ayan Mukerji, and also features Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin. In India, it has turned out to be a blockbuster and managed to cross the Rs.100 crore mark within a week of its release. "YJHD will release in Russia in the coming months. Ranbir will be there for three days before the release so that he has time to engage with the media and market the film," said a source. "Ranbir is excited about this trip and is looking forward to interacting with his fans," the source aded. Raj Kapoor is still adored in Russia. Some of his films including 'Awaara', 'Shree 420' and 'Mera Naam Joker' garnered a huge fan base for the late actor. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Ship of Theseus message will impress audience: Kiran
Jack Johnson replaces Mumford & Sons
The band was forced to cancel show due to bassist Ted Dwane’s illness
MUMBAI: Filmmaker Kiran Rao, who is releasing director Anand Gandhi's critically acclaimed directorial venture 'Ship of Theseus' in association with UTV Motion Pictures in India, says the movie carries an impressive message for the audience. "The film has an interesting and an important message. It has a thought which will impress everyone about how all of us are living our lives and how we can live our lives better," the 39-year-old said here Friday in an interview. Asked if husband-actor Aamir Khan will be present at the promotions of the film, Kiran said: "He won't be there directly in the promotions. But he supports me a lot and if he gets a chance, he will come for the screenings and other promotional activities." A story about human values, 'Ship of Theseus' features three characters - an experimental photographer, ailing intellectual monk and a stock broker. The movie premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and received critical acclaim. It hits theatres in India July 19. -SHOWBIZ DESK
I'm looking forward to Terminator 5: Arnold
SHOWBIZ DESK BANNAROO: Johnson agreed to take last night’s headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival after Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel due to bassist Ted Dwane’s illness. Festival officials announced the move. The Upside Down singer last headlined at Bonnaroo in 2008. “The easy choice was, ‘Hell, yeah, we’ll play,’” Johnson said while leaning in the shade of a tent. “It’s Bonnaroo. It’s my favorite place to play in the world. Then as soon as I hung up it was kind of like, ‘Oh, wait, we haven’t played this set in over a year.’” Pushed to search his
memory, he said the group played a show just once last year, 45 minutes at Farm Aid. Besides a few acoustic sets, that’s been it. “I don’t want to think about it,” he said. “You’re making me nervous.” Mumford & Sons’ decision comes after Dwane received treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain. The band postponed three shows in Dallas and Woodlands, Texas and New Orleans after the blood clot was discovered but hoped to play Bonnaroo. Dwane has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering from the procedure but is not yet ready to play. Rather than perform with a replacement, the London-based, Grammy-award-winning folk
rock band decided to pull out. The band also cancelled appearances at the Telluride Festival in Colorado and a performance in Bonner, Kansas, ending their summer tour early. “The surgery went well and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress,” a band statement said. “He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.” It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for Johnson. The 38-year-old Hawaii-born folk-rock singer was in town to play with friends ALO on Thursday night.
I put music before Kanye West’s family: Miley Cyrus new album leaks online LOS ANGELES: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in 'Terminator 5' and he is reportedly "very happy" about it as well as looking forward to the experience. The 65-year-old will reprise his most iconic role as the killer cyborg for the first time since 2003 film 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines', reports contactmusic.com. During an appearance at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Australia, Schwarzenegger is reported to have said: "I'm very happy that the studios want me to be in 'Terminator 5' and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January. I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I'm looking forward to (it)." The star did not make an appearance in the series' fourth installment, 'Terminator Salvation', because he was working as the Governor of California at the time. -SHOWBIZ DESK
LOS ANGELES: Miley Cyrus, whose on-off engagement with fiance Liam Hemsworth has been hogging much of the limelight, says music is the top priority in her life. The 20year-old singer`s latest single `We Can`t Stop` released recently and though there is a lot of drama going on in the young star`s life, Cyrus says she has great work ethic, Billboard reported. "I never stop working; ever I put my track list together this morning. I want my record to be the biggest record in the world, and I`ve given everything to get here, even down to friends and family and relationships, I`ve just put this music first," said Cyrus, whose parents announced their divorce recently. Another thing that rattles Cyrus is when she is compared to her contemporaries for her looks and music. "A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That`s not what I`m trying to do. I love `hood` music, but my talent is as a singer. I can`t really be told what to do right now. I`m too young to go in and make someone else`s vision come to life. I want to go make my visions," said Cyrus. Though she is often seen partying and clubbing, the young star insists that she has not lost perspective in her life. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Policegiri team gets fans to pen messages for Sanjay
MUMBAI: At the music launch of Sanjay Dutt-starrer 'Policegiri', producer Rahul Aggarwal unveiled a vinyl board on which fans can post their messages for the actor, who is currently in jail. The message board will travel to different cities during the film's promotion. "We will unveil a vinyl (board) on which everyone here will write a message, and we will carry it (the board) to all the cities we are travelling to. There also, people will write a message to Sanjay Dutt, and we will make sure (the board) gets to him," Aggarwal said here Friday. Sanjay is serving his 42-month prison sentence at the Yerawada Central Jail in Pune, in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case. He plays the lead role of a policeman in 'Policegiri', the Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster 'Saamy'. The film's lead actress, Prachi Desai, said it is the responsibility of the film's team to give their best in promoting the project in Sanjay's absence. "It is a huge responsibility because all the people who love him expect him to be around. I am sure if he was here, people would have been looking forward to seeing him a lot more," the 24-year-old said here. Nevertheless, the team's spirits are high. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Race 2 actress Jacqueline Fernandez was ultra-glam in a Dolce & Gabbana LBD at a book launch.
SRK beats Big B, gets voted as most popular father SHOWBIZ DESK
LONDON: Yeezus, the highly anticipated new album from Kanye West, leaked online on Friday morning resulting in immediate Twitter trending and sending less-ethical fans all over the world to various illegal download and mirror sites to get a free copy. The back cover of the CD has also leaked, which shows the many samples and songwriters involved in West’s newest construction. Among those sampled include Nina Simone, whose version of Strange Fruit gets centre stage on Blood on the Leaves. The title takes its name from the lyrics to the song, which describes in horrifying detail the lynching of a black man. Other samples include work by dancehall artists Capleton and Beenie Man, blues artist Latimore, rapper/producer Marley Marl and, most curiously, Hungarian prog rock band Omega on New Slaves. Collaborators also include Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, Justin Vernon, Kid Cudi, Chief Keef and others. -SHOWBIZ DESK
NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a doting dad of Aryan and Suhana, has been voted India's most popular father in a Father's Day poll conducted by a web site. He got more votes than megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a daughter and a son. The results of the poll, conducted among over 11,000 Indian women, by matrimonial site Shaadi.com, were announced a day ahead of Father's Day Sunday. Shah Rukh received 34.83 percent votes while Amitabh was chosen by 31.58
percent of the women surveyed. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took the third spot with 18.61 percent. "The poll showcases some of the most successful Indian men whose love and dedication also makes them popular fathers. This suggests that people are looking at celebrities as real people with real relationships," Gourav Rakshit, COO, Shaadi.com, said. The poll also posed other questions to the respondents. In the survey for the country's most popular father-daughter relationship, Big B took the top spot along with his daughter Shweta, who is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda.
Anil Kapoor readies to change shift gears SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: One of the reasons (for never disappearing from the silver screen) is that I shifted gears at the right time. I didn't give other people a chance to change the gears for me. For me it's about consistently being driven by hard work, no matter which phase of my career I was in I have usually opted for two hero projects. You have to be sensible and go beyond the superficial kind of things. There is no point trying to fit into parts that you have outgrown. I have seen enough people torture themselves in doing so, much to their own detriment All three (Sonam, Rhea and Harshvardhan) are now part of show business, but their journeys will be different. Fact of the matter is that you have to work hard. Despite your talent, you may or may not succeed because luck plays a huge role. Everyone has to go through ups and
downs Anil Kapoor is an actor of many parts comic, romantic, action hero and occasionally, an anti-hero too. But the most talked about role the actor is essaying this season would have to be of Jay Singh Rathore, who heads a special intelligence unit to counter terrorism in the Indian adaptation of 24, a popular American television series that he is co-producing with Abhinay Deo, ad film-maker and director (he is also helming the series). uite a few well recognized names like Deo, Anupam Kher, Mandira Bedi, Tisca Chopra and writerdirector Rensil D'Silva have been roped in for the series, a first of its kind adaptation on an Indian GEC. The last such attempt on Indian television was Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, an adaptation of Ugly Betty, a far cry from the thriller zone that 24 is aiming for. Kapoor admits he is nervous. "Mujhe hi sabse zyada
dande padenge," he says with that famous crinkling of the eyes-smile. But it's evident that he is far from daunted. After all, pulling off the unexpected has been his forte since the very outset and his recent international foray Ghost Protocol
are recent examples of the same. At 50 something, Kapoor could easily pass off as an actor in his forties, given his fitness level. No wonder then that Kapoor is the only one of his generation (of actors) who is not making a comeback. He just made a smart transition from leading romantic roles to second leads while the going was good after Taal opposite Aishwarya Rai. Soon after his romantic films like Armaan and Salaam-E-Ishq met with mixed reactions, he switched to dabbling in genres, drama. He puts it down to smart strategising. "One of the reasons is that I shifted gears at the right time. I didn't give other people a chance to change the gears for me. For me it's about consistently being driven by hard work, no matter which phase of my career I was in," he says. After playing the action as well as romantic parts, he cleverly side-stepped competition from
younger stars like Aamir, Salman or Shah Rukh Khan by accepting comic characters which bolstered his popularity. "That also was very strategic. Comedy mein kya hota hai ki people don't see how old you are. With comedy, you don't have to be a certain age and that can be an advantage. I cannot do a Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani because that category is for young people. If I did it twenty years back then, it would have been different. Keeping all these things in my mind, comedy films are a good bet and they usually become blockbusters." Interestingly Kapoor, though he was never the larger-thanlife hero managed to create a substantial repertoire with several firsts. Mr India, which has been much in news lately what with the possibility of a sequel, was a quasisuperhero Hindi film long before Indian superheroes got themselves a formal uniform and a cape.
THE SPOKESMAN - RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
Iran issues ultimatum to Pakistan on IP Gas Pipeline TEHRAN: Islamabad should expedite the gas pipeline project with Iran or it should wait for impending financial punishments, an Iranian source said. "If Pakistan doesn't revise its behaviour on the construction of the peace pipeline, it will be fined based on the bilateral agreement (with Iran)," an informed source, who asked to remain unnamed, told FNA on Saturday. He further complained about the slow trend of the pipeline construction, lamenting that the project has not had tangible progress in the last four months. "In the same respect, we have decided to issue an ultimatum to Pakistani energy officials warning that if they don't revise the slow trend of the pipeline construction, we will put into effect the paragraph in the agreement which pertains to financial penalties," the informed source said. –ONLINE
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India more resistant to Indo-Pak peace moves: Cohen WASHINGTON: An eminent American expert on South Asia has said that resistance to normalisation of Indo-Pak relations is coming more from New Delhi than Islamabad. "The recent election in Pakistan, as well as the normalising of USPakistan relations, are necessary but not sufficient conditions for the regularising of India-Pakistan relations," noted American scholar Stephen P Cohen has said. "Nawaz Sharif may have his heart in the right place, but there may be more resistance in India than he
expects; this would be tragic, but perhaps likely," Cohen said. "Also welcome are the growth of trade, and other ties, but the opposition to normal relations in both countries, perhaps more in India now than Pakistan, is still substantial," said Cohen during the release of his latest book, Shooting a Century: The India Pakistan Conundrum, which hit the book stores this week. Recommending that the US should favour the resolution of the Kashmir dispute by pushing the two countries
to accept the Line of Control as the international border, Cohen in his remarks at the Brookings Institute, a Washington-based eminent American think-tank, opposed the idea of "de-hyphenation" of India and Pakistan as done by the Obama administration. The US, he said, needs a strategy that sees India-Pakistan as a whole. "While the 'de-hyphenation' was important, it led America away from creative ideas about how these two powers can be aided as they seek normal relations: these are not trivial
CHAMAN: At least 15 people including women and children were killed and 45 others injuried in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck in old Chaman area, here on Saturday. Assistant Commissioner Chaman Mr. Ismail said: A passenger bus carrying commuters including women was on its way from Quetta to Chaman when it collided with a truck coming from opposite site in Old Chaman area, adding that as a result of accident, 15 people among them women and children died and 45 others received injuries. He told the cause of the accidetn delapidated condition of the road. Rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the dead and injured to Civil Hospital Chaman. Later, some of the injured were referred to Quetta due to serious conditon. –APP
QUETTA: The damaged bus of the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University after a powerful bomb blast. –INP
ISLAMABAD: The federal government is likely to spend Rs 50,162 billion for different ongoing and new irrigation projects in the country during 2013-14. It is focused to improve the irrigation system of the country and 87 per cent amount from the total water sector allocation will be spent on small medium dams, canals, lining of irrigating channels and improvement of existing irrigation system of the country. Under this program lining of irrigation channels in saline zones will continue in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to save the seepage and other losses. According the annual plan 2013-14, a sum of Rs 4,010 million will be spent in next year for this program while funds will be allocated for three ongoing projects including Mangla Satpara and Gomal Zam Dam. –ONLINE
Bilawal condemns terrorist attacks KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the barbaric terrorist attacks on the University bus of the Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University and the Bolan Medical Complex resulting in huge loss of human lives including girl students. The PPP patron-in-chief called them inhuman and beastly acts, which the people of Pakistan will never tolerate. In a statement here on Saturday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that such attacks are meant to tear down the civil society and take it hostage at gunpoint to impose darkness. “Terrorists need to be dealt with an iron hand instead of appeasing them to protect Pakistan and its founding ideology,” he added. –ONLINE
civilian nuclear deal with Pakistan on the lines of that with India, so as to recognise Pakistan as a nuclear power. "Washington went part way down this road when it entered into a civilian nuclear deal with India that legitimised New Delhi's nuclear status; it should find a formula that does the same for Pakistan, with the caveat that being a full member of the nuclear club means that Pakistan and India must assume the obligations set forth for nuclear weapons states under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)," Cohen wrote. –ONLINE
Budget fails to impress Opposition
15 killed, 45 injured in road accident
Irrigation projects get Rs 50b in budget
countries, India will be the world's most populous state, Pakistan will be the world's fourth largest, and both have active and growing nuclear weapons programmes aimed at each other," he argued. "From my perspective, it is more important that they have normal relations than they have good relations with the US, the former is a condition for the latter," Cohen said. In his latest book, his 15th so far, Cohen argues for collaboration between India and Pakistan in Afghanistan. He also recommends a
Dar promises not to rename BISP ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday made it clear that the name of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) would never be changed. Speaking during Budget debate in the National Assembly, the Minister said that therefore the protest and objection of opposition members in the House are illogical. He said that according to the law of 1931whenever federal budget is being announced all taxes and levies are being imposed at once. It is matter of routine in Pakistan and our neighbouring countries, Dar added. Therefore, all the objections which were raised by the opposition member of Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi
are baseless, the minister maintained. His reply came as Following Ishaq Dar’s announcement of raising government employees’ salaries up to 10 per cent, JI and PTI members of National Assembly started speaking against General Sales Tax Implementation. “How could FBR impose it without budget approval”, JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah said on point of order. PTI’s Shah Mahmud Qureshi says FBR’s move was a bid to surpass the parliament, which is illegal. Later on, both of the parties held the first ever walk out of the newly elected parliament to raise their voice against GST. –ONLINE
Govt promises additional power as Ramazan gift ISLAMABAD: With a claim of producing 1300 to 1500 MW additional electricity before Ramazan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Saturday said circular debt will be paid as soon as possible to reduce power shortage. He was talking with 28 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to discuss the hot issue of circular debt, which Pakistan Muslim Nawaz thinks as the main cause of prolonged power outages in the country. Scathing heat with hours-long power breakdown in the country has been creating wave of unrest with people calling for immediate steps to end this historic peak of load-shedding. “As Ramazan is fast approaching, the urgency of providing relief to the masses has increased,” Dar said and viewed that the government was aware of common man’s suffering at the hand of power crisis. IPPs representative Abdullah Yousaf said the IPPs will produce additional 1300 to 1500 megawatt electricity before the advent of Ramazan to give relief to the people. –ONLINE
Zulﬁqar murder case
Two more accused held ISLAMABAD: Police have arrested two more aides of detained accused Abdullah allegedly involved in killing of Chaudhry Zulfiqar who was prosecuting in Benazir murder case against expresident Pervez Musharraf. One of the detainees belongs to Mardan while the second one hails from Malakwal. Both of them have been shifted to secret place for further investigation. One of the detained persons Tanveer was driving a car on the day when late Chaudhry Zulfiqar was gunned down. According to reports, the accused Abdullah has been sent on judicial remand due to sickness. The accused is being treated in PIMS. The lower part of his body has paralyzed. Police claimed that more operations were underway for arrest of two aides of accused Abdullah. It is worthy of note that Zulfiqar was the top public prosecutor in high profile cases in which Musharraf and several members of some militant groups are implicated. Musharraf had been accused of failing to provide adequate security for Benazir Bhutto at the time of her death and Zulfiqar initiated the move to arrest him for this after he returned to Pakistan to contest elections earlier this year. –ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties remained unimpressed by the first budget presented by the PML-N government, as they observed that the government has given license to the wealthy to unleash financial terrorism on poor people of the country with ‘immunity and impunity’. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami staged a walkout from the House against collection of enhanced General Sales Tax even before its approval from the parliament as the House started debating the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year here on Saturday. Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah was very much critical of the budgetary proposals but at the same time he also entertained the House by relating the government’s budget decisions with marriage rituals. As Shah criticized the government for not increasing minimum wages up to 15000 per month as was promised in the PML-N manifesto, Finance minister, Ishaq Dar interrupted to assure the House that next budget will bring pleasant news. However, Khurshid Shah responded: “Bridegroom presents gift to the bride in the very first night. You did not fulfill the promise in the first budget and what to talk about the following years”. Syed Khurshid Shah went a bit sarcastic also as he criticized the government. “A Punjab leader used to state in near past that he would lead the protests against loadshedding but I did not see him in Faisalabad when the people came to streets to protest against power outages”, he said while referring to the PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif. Terming it a budget for the elite, Syed Khurshid Shah said the government measures have triggered inflation. He said the new budget envisages no relief measures for the poor‚ farmers and labour class. He said it was the first budget of the PML-N government and it would have been pro-poor and peoplefriendly. He said some of the government measures have triggered wave of inflation‚ curtailed by the previous government of PPP to single digit. He said proposed increase of six rupees in electricity bills will also add to the woes of poor people. Shah said allowing duty free import of hybrid cars is an appreciable steps but it would have
been better had the government also abolished sales tax on cycles‚ used by sixty percent of the poor segment of the society. He hoped the government will abolish seventeen percent GST on cycles. He opposed privatization of state enterprises and also urged the government to continue with Iran Gas Pipeline project. He asked the government to formulate policies keeping in view the interests of the poor people. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) believed that the PML-N government has started committing the same sin which the PPP government repeatedly perpetrated during the previous years, adding common man got no relief with the arrival of new government. Terming imposition of petroleum levy as “Gunda Tax”, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said yesterday the PPP was doing this sin and now the PML-N has started doing the same. He recommended formation of a house committee to negotiate with the defence forces so as to convince them for 50 billion rupees cut in spending to contribute in clearing circular debt. He said the government has given licence to the wealthy, through budget to unleash financial terrorism on poor people. “There is no visible change except the treasury has shifted to opposition benches and vice versa. Honeymoon was yet to be over and the government has shattered the hopes of the people”, he added. He observed that the government has failed in the very first test as it could not give relief to common man in the budget. He criticized increase in GST, recommended imposition on agricultural income exceeding 1.5 million rupees, asked the government to lower cost of business and abolish duty on import of coal to overcome energy crisis. Dr Shireen Mazari of PTI asked the government under which law the US was using drones against Pakistan. She said the budget focuses on indirect taxes rather than widening the net of the direct taxes which is in contravention of the constitution that envisages equality of status and opportunities for all citizens. Opening the debate on behalf of the treasury benches‚ Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said this is not an ordinary budget as the government got only five days after assumption of powers to finalize budgetary proposals.
Governance becomes a nightmare in a media-driven world SAEED MINHAS ISLAMABAD: In a media-driven world, governance has become such a nightmare that if you follow the media, you find yourself dumbfound at some point and if you don’t follow the monstrous small screen, even then you are set to doom. Latest victims of this doom and gloom theory include our newly elected government of PML-N while Peoples Party has just learned that lesson after a humiliating outing in the recently-held general elections. Ever since this mini screen has brought a feisty dictator down and
put a new life in the compromised judiciary, its role in setting the agenda for any political or dictatorial regimes is becoming a permanent headache for the entire ruling elite. As one senior and instrumental parliamentarian from the recent PPP government put it “things are changing so rapidly here because of TV. People are taking their comedians more seriously and the politicians as a joke.” First we saw Gen. Musharraf challenged by the yelling anchors in 2007 for not taking any action against the imposing mullahs of Lal Mosque. When media pushed a commando into action, within 24 hours the same anchors were yelling at the use of brute force by then then corp commander of Rawalpindi Tariq Majeed. Hardly weeks went by when the same media showed chief justice of Pakistan presenting his progress
report to Gen Musharraf in his presidential palace while discussing the role of complacent judiciary in validating the 1999 military coup and subsequent endorsements. Then the same experts even senior analysts were seen criticizing the general for sending a reference against the chief justice for his removal on charges of misuse of power. The commando failed to comprehend the scale of TV’s impact and continued showing his fist which eventually made him sit for hours in front of the same anchors whom he used to call names and do the damage control. But result is there for everyone to see. Peoples Party, riding on the lessons learned from jails and political criminology adopted a unique way of blocking out the media by resorting to boycott the agenda setting anchors and media house. It eventually completed five years despite the fact
that major anchors of a media house were seen jumping on their mini screens to predict the ouster of Zardari government at any given time. But the tight lipped policy only helped PPP to put a question mark on the credibility of all such anchors. But as they say that who cares about credibility when in President Zardari’s own words political actors sitting on screens become holier than the policy makers. Zardari-gimmick worked only to the extent that the party completed its tenure but the common buzz word heard in every goth, village or remotest part of the country was that even if a cow is stolen, the blame would fall on President Zardari or his government. Now comes the Nawaz government which has got more than even it had wished throughout the election campaign of 2013. The federal finance minister was heard joking
about the social media’s outburst against him for not raising salaries of the federal government employees just a say after presenting the budget in the House. “Only few thousand people cannot tell me that what I should do for a country of 180 million,” he told the scalp-hungry media men in his post budget briefing. It hardly took two days for him to realize that even these few thousand coupled with the anchors he used to love just a few weeks back, made him announce a ten per cent raise for the employees. Ziarat and Quetta is just another example where we can see the switching of the roles of opposition and treasury benches. Chaudhry Nisar, known for making lengthy speeches on every single issue for castigating the government, was seen occupying the same seat from where few weeks back Rehman Malik used to assure the nation that “I have
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got everything under control.” Debate on the budget was all but seemed an effort in vain because finance minister Ishaq Dar was hardly listening to the few suggestions hurled at him in between lots of criticism on almost everything under the sun. Hardly anything was new in today’s proceedings, except the faces receiving the pouncing from other side of the House wore a green goblin’s looks while a few months back those yelling at the top of their voices now were sitting on the treasury benches with red rolled sleeves. As for the budgetary deficit is concerned, one of Leaguer sitting with a bureaucrat of the finance ministry just summed up our day by quoting famous remarks of American President Ronald Regan: “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.”