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India to cut list of negative items to zero in five years 

Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal visits APTMA office, hopes Pakistan will import 500MW electricity from his country


L AH OR E: The outgoing Indian High Commissioner, Mr Sharat Sabharwal on Sunday said that New Delhi would reduce the list of 600 negative items to 100 items with a minor tariff of 5 percent. “And this [new] list of 100 items will also be removed in next five years,” he promised. Sharat Sabharwal, however,

expressed the hope that in return Pakistan will import 500MW electricity from his country. Speaking during a farewell call to All Pakistan Textile Mills Association's leadership at the APTMA office here, Mr. Sabharwal also appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his approach on Pak-India relations. The people of India and Pakistan are looking for economic gains

despite ups and downs in mutual relationships and generating employment through cooperation is a top most agenda of the two governments and the textile industry of two countries can make this dream come true, he added. The Indian high commissioner said, "The mutual cooperation is improving fast over the last two years and he is visiting the APTMA before departing for good to

reassure you the continuation of facilities in future." Sabharwal said the two countries had already ironed out visa issue as India had lifted restrictions on investment. Ahsan Bashir, the leader of the Pakistani side during the meeting, said that he was proud of the support and trust extended by India embassy to APTMA members during the tenure of Mr Sabharwal

especially the visa facility. He pointed out that lot of infrastructure relating problems were yet common on the Wagha Border but admitted in the same breath that the expectations multiply fast when a huge potential to grow was visible. He hoped that all trade impediments would be removed gradually, adding that Pakistan and India should avail each other's

efficiencies while acknowledging their comparative advantages. Shahzad Ali Khan, another APTMA leader, hoped that peace and prosperity would go together in future as well. Eulogising efforts of Mr Sabharwal in promoting bilateral ties successfully. He said, "Pakistan and India are now on the right track and one can hope that this journey of peace will continue unhindered.’’

Terrorists target two cities, kill 39 

Quetta’s Hazara Town and Peshawar’s forces convoy attacked


ISLAMABAD: Thirty-nine people lost their lives and close to one-hundred others sustained injuries as terrorists targeted the cities of Quetta and Peshawar, the provincial capitals of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, respectively, on Sunday. Twenty-two people were killed while over 60 sustained injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up near Imambargah Abu Talib in Aliabad area of Hazara Town, in Quetta. Those killed include two women. Police said militants had targeted a security forces convoy in this attack. A number of houses and shops were also damaged in the attack. The Quetta attack once again targeted the Hazara Town, despite the presence of heavy security. Majlis Wahdatul

Nawaz seeks British help for access to EU market ISLAMABAD: Prime Muhammad Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan considers the United Kingdom as its close friend and genuine development partner and expressed the hope that like in the past, it would continue advocating Pakistan's cause in the European Union market. "The United Kingdom has a strong voice in the EU. We are especially grateful to PM Cameron for his personal efforts to secure trade concessions for Pakistan in the EU," he said while addressing a joint press conference with visiting British PM David Cameron. He said the lead taken by the UK in campaigning for Autonomous Trade Preferences for Pakistan is invaluable and added that he has shared with Prime Minister Cameron his desire to be included in the GSP Plus Scheme in 2014, and expects the support and cooperation that the UK has always extended to Pakistan. He said realization of the GSP Plus would promote cherished goal of creating gainful employment opportunities for Pakistani youth. "Pakistan and the UK have strong historic and cultural affinities. The two countries have shared objectives of peace and stability in our region and beyond. We greatly appreciate the UK's economic, education and social development assistance," he added. – INP

Muslimeen has announced three-day mourning across the country while Hazara Democratic Party has called a shutter-down strike in Quetta. In Peshawar, at least 17 people including a child were killed and 32 others sustained injuries in a powerful blast near Badaber police station. Bomb Disposal Squad said that at least 40 kg explosive material was used in the attack. Ten nearby shops and vehicles were badly damaged. "The car bomb was parked in a market packed with the general public. When the FC convoy comprising three vehicles passed by, the bomb exploded and hit a vehicle in the convoy," police official Shafiullah Khan said. "But many civilians were killed and wounded in the attack because there was a big rush in the market at the time," he added.

"So far, we have reports that two Frontier Corps soldiers have been injured. We don't know about any other losses," a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Peshawar and suicide hit in Quetta that have resulted into loss of precious lives. Expressing heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families, the president prayed for the departed souls and also for the courage of the bereaved families to bear their losses with fortitude. While expressing grief and shock, Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks. He prayed to Almighty Allah to bless the departed souls and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

UK differs with US, supports Pak stand on drones 

Our enemies are common, say premiers

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that his country supports Pakistan's point of view on drone attacks and said Pakistan and United States should talk on this issue and the United Kingdom will facilitate for the resolution of this problem. British Prime Minister said his government will support FATA people for the promotion of education and concrete steps would be taken in this regard. He said this is a wrong approach to associate terrorism and violence with Islam. He said this is fact that Muslims are the biggest affected by the menace of terrorism. He said UK is committed to dissolve this wrong perception. Referring to Quran‚ he said it teaches peace lessons. He said Muslims themselves have to struggle to improve the wrong perception of Islam. He also met the volunteers of Active Citizen Program from all over the country who had gathered at the Monument and discussed

PESHAWAR: A view of damages after a blast near security forces convey. — APP

CNG in full race with oil prices

Govt says yes to POL prices suggested by oil companies


SLAMABAD: The CNG consumers, already bearing heavy brunt of gas shortages since long, would now face another blow in the prices of the commodity as the PMLN government has jacked up CNG prices up to Rs2.55/kg. A notification to this effect has also been issued. Interestingly, 3.7 million vehicles are running with CNG fuel. The once robust entire CNG sector is now bearing high taxes due to worsening energy crisis in the country that had ballooned out of control. Frequent complaints of gas shortages, gas tariff hike coupled with suspension of gas supply to the CNG filling stations has become routine feature of country’s daily life which had so far added miseries to the over burdened common man who was already bearing the brunt of hours long power outages, high power tariff hike, sky rocketing prices of petroleum products (POL) for a long time. Official sources said since the rise in rate of GST up to Rs2.55/kg hike had to be made.

New ex-depot petrol price is Rs102.43/litre, high speed diesel Rs108.26/litre, light diesel oil Rs92.17/litre, high octane Rs126.77, kerosene Rs96.29 from today


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan League-Nawaz Muslim government has dropped another ‘fuel bomb’ on the povertystricken masses by jacking up the prices of petroleum products (POL) up to Rs3.66 a litre, as recommended by the country’s oil marketing companies. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), after consulting the oil marketing companies, had recommended up to Rs3.66 a litre hike in the POL prices on June 28. The new price would be effective across the country from July 1 (today), ahead of holy Ramazan, sources said on Sunday. The new prices have been set following trends of fluctuations in global oil prices, increase in the rate of General Sales Tax (GST), and depreciation of rupee against the US dollar. The regulator (OGRA) in its summary had recommended massive raise in prices to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources under a monthly price

educational‚ women and other developmental projects in Pakistan. He took keen interest in the artifacts at the monument building. Cameron declared that Pakistan's enemies were enemies of Britain. He said that the people and the governments' of both the countries have strong ties and the democracies in the two countries have further strengthened it. Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif on this occasion said that global and regional issues were discussed in the meeting. He added that Britain was a close friend of Pakistan and the economic ties between the two countries would be further strengthened. Sharif further added, that while reviewing strategic ties between the two countries, the menace of terrorism also came under discussion. He expressed his desire that the existing three million Afghan  refugees could return to their homes. Pakistan wanted Afghan peace talks ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf to make headway. –AGENCIES Chairman Imran Khan has called for formulation of a policy by the prime minister in consultation with the army chief and PTI to deal with terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Addressing a party convention here on Sunday, Imran Khan said there were different forms of terrorism in FATA, KP, Karachi and Balochistan and will have to be dealt with through different means. He said he has written a letter to the Prime Minister for formulation of a national policy in consultation with political and military leadership to deal with terrorism. He said in KPK terrorism cannot be overcome unless the Prime Minister, the COAS and the KPK government do not sit together and arrive at a consensus formula. He said they will have to hold dialogue with Taliban at political level. ISLAMABAD: Prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and David Cameron coming to address a joint press conference. — APP He said intra party elections of the PTI were

review mechanism. Sources, citing the ministry’s notification on monthly POL prices, said that during the month of July new ex-depot petrol price will stand at Rs102.43/litre, with a raise of Rs2.66/litre, and high speed diesel (HSD) at Rs108.26/litre, after a hike of Rs3.66/litre, light diesel oil (LDO) would reach Rs92.17/litre, with a raise of Rs3.04/litre, and per litre price of high octane blended component (HOBC) would be Rs126.77, with a raise of Rs Rs2.36/litre across the country. Similarly, OGRA in its notification pertaining per litre price of kerosene oil has fixed Rs96.29/ the price of the oil after a raise of Rs2.50/litre. The new price hike would cause further inflation in the prices of essential, especially kitchen items during Ramazan, adding to the woes of the over-burdened masses. This smart raise in the POL prices is because of the fluctuating trends of oil prices in the global oil market, imposition of 17 per cent GST, and the sinking rupee, a senior official at finance ministry

said. Similarly, an official at the Petroleum Ministry said that though the regulator to provide relief to consumers had also asked the petroleum and finance ministries to adjust the rate of Petroleum Levy on petroleum products instead of increasing prices, yet owing to unknown reasons the PML-N government did not adjust the PL on petroleum products while fixing oil prices to be effective during the month of July. He also said though OGRA in its summary had included only one per cent GST while determining oil prices and also recommending up to Rs3.66/litre hike in the oil prices for July, yet the oil marketing companies (OMCs) had started charging 19 per cent GST from non-registered petroleum dealers over the sale of POL products, which would cause panic, exchange of harsh words and fights between the consumers and clients over difference of prices on non-registered filling stations especially.

‘Terrorism in KP different from rest of country’ Imran Khan demands meeting of PM, COAS and PTI to formulate anti-terrorism policy the major success. He said they would learn lesson from the mistakes of the 2013 general elections and assured the party workers that the future lies with the PTI. He said they had no polling agents at many polling stations and three commissions are working to identify the past shortcomings. Imran Khan said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be made a role model for other provinces in development. He said the PTI would make the KP surplus in power generation which would be exported to other provinces. He said various projects of power generation would be announced in the coming weeks. The PTI chief said that Local government system would also be taken to the village level where people themselves would identify projects that would be implemented by the provincial government. He announced that a model accountability body would also be

formed in the province which would be different from NAB. Khan announced no party will be able to challenge his party in future. “The PTI is the only party in the country that has brought 80 percent new leadership in the election.” Commenting upon intra party and general elections, he said, “Nations learn from mistakes.” The PTI chief admitted that mistakes have been taken place in intra party elections, adding he assured that real leadership would come forward after next party elections. Khan said PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a test case which will hopefully meet the expectations of the masses. Imran Khan announced to constitute ‘Independent Accountability Cell’ in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa just like National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that would be free from the government influence.– INP


Dr Imran Farooq Murder case

Altaf welcomes David Cameron with his Karachi Card SAEED MINHAS nvestigations by New Scotland Yard into the murder of MQM founder member Dr Imran Farooq seems to be giving cold feet to many not only in Britain but also in Pakistan as some of the associates of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has put the name of former interior minister Rehman Malik for giving millions of dollars and UK currency to their party chief which somehow remained stashed under the floor and inside the walls of the party office when police raided the party’s offices and some houses back in 2010. Sources further revealed that besides the recent 55 hour search of Altaf Hussain and another flat, which allegedly belong to Raza Haroon— another MQM stalwart who was raised under the shadows of his mentor and party chief Altaf Hussain in London—British Police had raided some other properties including some purported offices of MQM in 2010 as well. They believe that during those searches, British police had found bundles of cash stashed under the floor and in the walls. Upon investigations, British police was informed that the money was sent from time to time by party workers. One of the close associate of Altaf Hussain even disclosed to the police in the heat of moment that money was brought in by the visiting interior minister of that time Rehman Malik. The one who disclosed this was recently thrown out of the party’s coordination committee but only after receiving good thrashing from the


party workers, revealed Pakistani officials. Pakistani authorities working on this case believe that the 52 year British national of Pakistani origin arrested recently is believed to be the mastermind behind the murder of Dr Imran. British Police, however, has not yet framed any of these charges against him as of today. But Pakistan officials who are familiar with the case revealed to The Spokesman that British police was led to the arrest of this man by Pakistani authorities. “We gleaned this information from the two suspects arrested last year from Karachi and instead of handing them over to Britain asked the British police to investigate to nab the real culprits not the scapegoats from Pakistan,” they added.

Illegal constructions in the govt. residential quarters go unchecked in capital NAJEEB ULLAH KHAN ncreasing illegal constructions in the government residential quarters goes unchecked in G6 and G7 By CDA. The authority’s neglect has ruined the beauty of the government quarters in the capital. The government quarters holders have made the government assets as a source of earning by constructing upper portions and given for rent. This practice increase security risk in the federal capital as everyone can rent a room or portion of the house at any government residential area of Islamabad. The spokesman has learnt that this illegal practice can be accomplished only by the help of the black sheep’s in the CDA. Streets vendors have rented room for rent in the government quarters which they use as stores for safe keeping of their goods. This unnoticed encroachment is creating irk for the residence of the area. Talking to spokesman Ashraf Khan Resident of G6 quarters said “either these law violators use their connection with the big wigs of CDA or their political affiliation. Talking to spokesman resident violated the government rule by constructing illegal upper portion said “fulfilling our daily expenses went almost impossible for the government employs, daily expenses are increasing very rapidly, giving good education for our children turned dream for us. Such practices are done for fulfilling our daily expenses. The Spokesperson CDA was confident of talking notice about the illegal construction in the government quarters of G6 and G7 but half dozens of new constructions were completed by the last 2 months and many new constructions are in progress.


Pakistani authorities have also asked the British Police to give proper protection to the widow of Dr Imran Farooq besides proposing them to give asylum to her entire family living still in Karachi. “If they are serious than they have to protect her and her family to get the real picture of the murder case, otherwise, she has effectively been silenced since murder of her husband,” disclosed the Pakistani investigators. Meanwhile, Self-exiled chief of Mutehida Qaumi Movement, a British national of Pakistani origin, Altaf Hussain has once again turned to his power cluster in Karachi for thwarting another attempt on his fiefdom. This time his outcry was neither against a military operation nor against any Pakistani political

opponent but was aimed to stun his protectors; Britain. To avoid another commotion and even thrashing, Altaf Hussain’s party leaders have already started calling the recent surge in investigations and raids on the house of Altaf Hussain a media trial. “They all know if they can face kicks and punches from party workers for merely not reacting in a timely fashion over Imran Khan’s statement against their party chief after the May elections than they better raise their voices now in time before it’s too late for them,” revealed a former MQM leader who calls himself lucky to be alive even after quitting the party. Keeping calm over a raid by the British Police on his house situated at Edgware Road in central London for almost a week, Altaf Hussain chose the appropriate moment to register his reaction and show of power, observed many pundits here. British Prime Minister, David Cameron was in Pakistan and there could not have been a better opportunity than this to show him that any independent inquiry into Dr Imran Farooq’s case would force him to use Karachi Card even against British interests, revealed some diplomatic sources to this scribe. Pakistani security officials who have long been dealing with the MQM factor inside Pakistan believe that recent moves of New Scotland Yard with regard to murder investigations of Dr Imran Farooq are fishy. Informed sources seeking anonymity revealed that Pakistan had arrested two suspects, whom British intelli-

gence has been watching since the murder took place in September 2010. Pakistani authorities nabbed both the suspects upon their arrival in Karachi but after initial investigations found out that both of them were not involved in the murder conspiracy or act. Therefore, sources revealed that they had informed the British authorities that these two would not be handed over to them. Finding consistent calls from the British Police officials, Pakistan had to sight them that there was no extradition treaty under which two suspects could be handed over to Britain. However, Pakistani officials privy to the developments believe that there was a time during these demands and refusals period when Pakistan had to tell some British officials in private that these two could not be handed over as scapegoats and instead British Police should look for the real culprit. “We had informed them about all the information gleaned from these two suspects who revealed that the real suspect is either in Canada or in South Africa,” confided a highly placed source involved with the investigations. They believe that the 52 year old British national of Pakistani origin arrested on June 24 by British Metropolitan police is considered the real man in this case. “Now we are looking forward that how Police in Britain would extract the information from him to get hold of all those involved in murder of Dr Imran Farooq,” he added with a visible question mark in his eyes.

ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA


A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital. Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) thinktanks and ''finally did it.'' ''The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,'' Siddiqa continued, adding, ''non-PhDs'' without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital. She also named Moeed Yusuf, a senior Pakistan expert at the US Institute of Peace and Arif Rafique, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, in her tweets. Rafique countered her charges by initially saying, "I respect you and your work. Please don't make false insinuations about me.'' But when Siqqiqa shot back with ''False? DC humming with your name,'' he fired back with, ''Sad that an intelligent person like yourself has become a miserable conspiracy theorist. You should be ashamed of your lies.'' Siddiqa maintained that her ''only concern is if they have 2 do it then send ppl with capacity or grow ppl inside the system'' and said the ''current plan is flop.'' For thinktanks, ''the main issue is money, whoever can put down a grant gets the slot,'' she said, explaining how Pakistan was making inroads into think tanks. There has indeed been a perceptible increase in Pakistani experts in US thinktanks and universities over the past decade, particularly after the country's association with the so-called war on terror, including its reputation as the haven for terrorists. Among the prominent Pakistani scholars in Washington DC are Shuja Nawaz, director of the South AsiaCenter at Atlantic Council (who incidentally is the brother of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua) and several former Pakistani diplomats who have rotated in an out of the city. Former Pakistan ambassadors to US such as Hussain Haqqani and Maleeha Lodhi have done stints at thinktanks, as have former generals-turned-diplomats, notably Jehangir Karamat and

95 bikes and cars impounded; 859 law violators fined in last 24 hrs ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP)

Sunday fined 859 road users for violating traffic rules and also impounded 95 motorbikes and cars in various police stations of the city for involvement in rash driving and risky stunts on roads. Special squads and teams of ITP remained patrolling in their respective assigned areas and Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood monitored operation against traffic laws violators. ITP earlier launched 7-day campaign to educate road users about traffic rules and 8202 motorists were given safety tips for careful driving on roads. The main focus of this campaign was enhancing awareness against the demerits of underage driving, observing lane discipline while driving heavy vehicles, driving vehicle or motorcycle without license, imparting observance of rules before driving applied for vehicles. After maturity of this awareness campaign, ITP have started vigorous campaign to ensure safe road environment in the city and fined 859 motorists over violating of traffic rules. Similarly, 95 motorcyclists and cars were impounded in various police stations as most of the motorcyclists were involved in one wheeling and others driving without licenses and registration and by amateur drivers. ITP teams are continuously performing their duties on various points in Capital including Koral Chowk, KRL Chowk, Islamabad Club, Best Western police post, Rawal Dam Chowk, Aabpara Chowk and are also educating road users for better traffic sense among them. APP

Waseem Ahmad Shah @waseemdawn

"We left Tirah for safety but did not know death wil chase us here," said father of GulJanan,15 year laborer killed at Badabher.

Khalid Munir @Khalid_Munir

Why did Punjab CM attend the official meeting with British PM? No other CM was seen in the meeting or i missed it? #AyeTaaere-Lahori

zahid Hussain @hidhussain

Disgusting. KP information minister justifies the killing by Taliban of 16 people in Peshawar as a result of the US war in Afghanistan.

Salman Sikandar @SALSIKandar

Dear PMLN, Put a NawazSharif tax on more than one marriages.

ASY @chaandbeti

Dear PTI how can TTP be our own people? Own people don't kill their own people, no? Or go about doing bomb blasts in their own land.

Nidaqureshi @q_nida

If you put the #PMLN government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand...:P

Mehr Tarar @MehrTarar

I voted 4 PTI.That does not or will not mean tht I do not praise any good deed done by any other party or condemn PTI 4 any of its blah work

Saqlain Imam @imam1

Terrorism in #Balochistan & #KPK, killings of #Chinese in Himalaya, #Karachi crisis are schemes to undermine democratic govt of Nawaz Sharif Mahmud Ali Durrani. Siddiqa herself served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, Pakistanis helped raise money for a Pakistan studies ''chair'' at the University of Texas in Austin, named after a US Congressman who was a great fan and supporter of the country's role in the 1980s Afghan conflict, although he was disillusioned about the whole affair when he died in 2010. "While Hollywood may profit from valorizing Wilson's role in the Soviet-Afghan war, the concerns of a flagship, state-funded academic institution should be to maintain high scholarly standards and to avoid participating in historical caricature," the scholars wrote, referring to the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," and adding, "Wilson's central involvement in the cold war in South Asia does not warrant the honor of establishing a University chair in his name." Nothing further has been heard about the Chair since then and the University website does not list any incumbent scholar. The ISI has already gotten into trouble before for subverting U.S political process when it was accused of funding Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri separatist in Washington who was eventually convicted of illegal lobbying after receiving slush funds from Pakistani intelligence agency. The Obama administration cut some slack to the notorious outfit that is often said to work against U.S interests because it thinks it needs its cooperation on various fronts. —Courtesy TOI

Abbas Nasir @abbasnasir59

So far 17 dead in Hazara Town blasts. The IG FC should be sacked and heads of intel changed now. Let's see what the Sharif govt does

Sana BALOCH @Senator_Baloch

#Balochistan bleeds while #Islamabad sleeps

Mutazalzaluzzaman T @M_Tarar

dozens dead in Quetta and Peshawar. yet the state won't do anything. fking incompetent, heartless bozos.

Wasay Jalil @WasayJalil

These terrorists in #Pakistan lives in Euphoria "Hussainiat" can't be eliminated

Pearls of Wisdom "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." (John Milton)

9.6 mln children in Pakistan obese with diabetes chronic condition: Ambassador

91 food outlets fined in Capital ISLAMABAD: District Health Department Islamabad has

fined 91 food outlets under the Hygiene and Sanitation Rules during the on-going drive against adulterated food items. The sanitary inspectors headed by the DHO Islamabad, Dr. Amirzada Khan conducted inspection of food outlets including hotels and bakeries in Bhara Kau, Tarlai, Sihala, Rawat, Shah Allah Ditta and urban areas and issued notices to 98 food outlets for failing to comply with sanitary rules and directed to improve the sanitary conditions immediately. The teams also took samples of various food items from the hotels and bakeries and sent them to the laboratory for quality test. Besides this, the sanitary inspectors also conducted 165 sessions with the community at various places from June 17 and they educated them about the importance of hygiene and sanitation. The drive against sub-standard food items would be continued. Dr. Amirzada said. APP

ISLAMABAD: Danish Ambassa-

dor, H.E. Ole E. Moesby said almost 9.6 million children in Pakistan are either overweight or obese out of which diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions to affect these children. He said early childhood behaviours become habits, which are difficult to change later and it is imperative to raise awareness of the risk of diabetes and related communicable diseases among children is quite imperative. Talking to teachers, families and children of SOS Children's Village, the ambassador said it is estimated that in Pakistan, obesity has tripled and blood pressure had doubled since 2009.

He also spoke about general health issues among children and the importance of establishing collaboration between teachers, parents and organizations in creating awareness on primary prevention of diabetes and issues of childhood obesity in particular. "With more than seven million diabetic patients in Pakistan, around five per cent of them are young children", he stated. However, these figures may be much higher, since many children, especially from poor and rural areas remain undiagnosed, as their parents or teachers often misdiagnose it as the flu and do not seek doctor's advice for a proper diagnosis, which creates a


lot of health issues and impacts the quality of life for these children. Type-2 diabetes can be prevented through increasing physical activities and having a good diet plan, so a few preventive measures can help curb such a fatal disease. Awareness and education are they key words for prevention and cure", said Ambassador Moesby. SOS Village Chairperson, Nasim Muzaffar appreciated Am-

bassador Moesby's commitment to advocating for awareness on healthcare. Muzaffar stated that SOS Village was providing a home and social environment for orphaned children across Pakistan but required the support of donors from both public and private sector to continue giving these children access to quality education, health and a 'fair start' in life. The Ambassador also met with Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President's Coordinator on Social Sectors to acknowledge the significant activities, which have been initiated to improve healthcare systems in Pakistan. The Ambassador appreciated

that Pakistan has been focusing on a public health system that places a high priority on communicable diseases and maternal and child health services and a private health system driven by curative medicine. He however, emphasized that there was also need for a comprehensive health response to diabetes that addresses prevention, treatment, care and support needs for people with diabetes. Ambassador Moesby highlighted that there was need for more advocacy and partnership with different agencies that can bring in the desired changes in the life of every person living with diabetes. APP

MONDAY, JULY 01, 2013

Experts discuss Somalia crisis in roundtable ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad-base research think-thank, Muslim Institute on Sunday organised a roundtable discussion on ‘independence day of Somalia: A question of socio, economic and political independence.’ Former ambassador to Kenya Shafqat KakaKhel and Muslim Institute Research Associate Usman Hassan were speakers for the discussion. Representatives from various organisations, universities and media participated in the discussion. The research associate made a presentation on the history and current state of crisis of Somalia. He said that Somalia forged better relations with US in 1980s after having differences with Soviet Union. The US supported Somalia in defence and also provided financial support despite the fact that Barre's dictatorship was against people's will. Therefore civil war started in 1980s and Barre's regime ended in 1991. Since then, no strong central government has been established in the country. As a result of weak government and civil war, infrastructure and agriculture were destroyed, causing outbreak of famine in 1992, that killed about 0.2 million people. UN and USA sent peacekeeping missions in Somalia. Shafqat KakaKhel speaking on the occasion said that Somalia was facing severe human crisis. He said that its solution was very necessary and no one would come to solve that issue from outside. “Muslims are responsible to solve this problem,” he said. “Somalia has trade potential and it was trade centre historically. Somalia was a hub of trade between Asia and Africa in the middle ages. People of Somalia played vital role to promote Islam in Africa,” he said. He opined that external interference and patronage of warlords has to be checked to control situation in Somalia. Further, leading Muslim countries should play vibrant role in bringing warring factions to negotiation table to evolve a national consensus for restoration of peace and stability in the country and for formation of effective central government, he said. APP

E-money order service at all GPOs ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post has extended Electronic Money Order (EMO) service to all 83 General Post Offices across the country. Pakistan Post Director General Ghulam Panjtan Rizvi said that the customers were able to transfer money up to Rs 100,000 instantly through EMO service at very nominal charges ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 600. He said that Pakistan Post was in the process of computerizing of its services to ensure that best possible quality services to the customers. He said that measures have been taken to streamline the post office system on modern lines and priority is given to information technology. APP

Cameron visits Pakistan Monument, interacts with youth 

British Council-trained volunteers brief visiting dignitary about gigantic structure and its importance

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on two-day visit to Pakistan, Sunday visited the Pakistan Monument and held interaction with a number of youth. The visiting dignitary took round of the monument where he was briefed by the two youths trained under the Active Citizens

Programme of the British Council about the gigantic structure and its significance. The UK premier evinced keen interest in the marvelous engraved artifacts on the walls of the monument. The students explained to him the historical background of the engravings with reference to

the Pakistan Movement and the significance of the role played by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other leaders. Later, he met with a group of youth gathered on the spot and briefly discussed wide range of topics relating to national and international issues. This group of youth selected from the far-flung

areas of all provinces and FATA have been engaged in a series of social works in their respective areas. They are undertaking social works by motivating their communities over a host of issues related to education, training in handicrafts, women's role in the national development, environment etc. APP

Disturbing figures of healthcare 

In 93 districts, 39pc BHUs have no maternity beds, 22pc without delivery kits and 31pc lacks labour rooms OUR STAFF REPORTER

British Prime Minister David Cameron talking with students during his visit to the Pakistan Monument at Shakarparian. APP

Nepal envoy asks investors to explore investment prospect 

Paudyal points out potential in tourism, hydropower, agriculture, mines and mineral


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Nepal have great potential to increase bilateral trade and commerce and they should focus on promoting direct connectivity and linkages between their private sectors to tap trade opportunities up to full potential. Nepal Ambassador Bharat Raj Paudyal made these remarks during his visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He said that agriculture was an area of good mutual cooperation and both should explore products of comparative advantages favoured by their specific climatic zones. Pakistan’s know-how in agro-processing industries should be expanded to Nepal through establishment of joint ventures. He said that Nepal produces best quality coffee products and Pakistani entrepreneurs should take advantage of Nepali’s geographic proximity to enhance import of these products at competitive price. The Nepal envoy said that the

entrepreneurs in collaboration with their Nepalese counterparts successfully organised three consecutive single country exhibitions in Kathmandu in 2010, 2011 and 2012. They should now reciprocate by hosting similar trade fairs of Nepalese products in Pakistan which will contribute to improving bilateral trade. He said Nepal offers great investment potential in tourism, hydropower, agriculture, mines and mineral sectors and investors should explore Nepal for investment. He assured that the Nepal Embassy would facilitate exchange of business delegations to further enhance trade and investment between both countries. In his welcome address, ICCI President Zafar Bakhtawari said that Pakistan and Nepal enjoy cordial relations, but these were not matched in trade and economic relations as Pak-Nepal bilateral trade of just $4.8 million was hopeless. He stressed that Nepal should focus on textile products, clothes, sports goods, oil seeds, surgical instruments

and leather products, which are known for their good quality in the world. He said that hydro power could also be an attractive area of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Nepal. He said that solid institutional and legal foundations for business collaboration exist between the two countries including Pak-Nepal Joint Business Council, Pak-Nepal Joint Economic Commissions & SAFTA while Pak-Nepal Bilateral Trade Agreement provides MFN treatment with respect to customs duties, taxes, fees and charges of any kind levied on export and import of goods and commodities. There is a need to encourage the businessmen of both countries to fully avail these platforms and concessions for promoting trade, investment and joint ventures. He said that ICCI was planning to host SAARC Capital Chambers Conference in September this year and Nepal Embassy should support this initiative as the purpose of this conference was to promote regional integration and trade in SAARC region.

ISLAMABAD: Another good example of governance has just sprung up as a consortium of nongovernment organisations has released the disturbing figures about worsening maternity child healthcare across the country by 39 per cent of basic health units (BHUs) in 93 districts don’t have maternity beds, 22% are without any delivery kits and another 31 per cent have no labour rooms. The organisation's governance monitors visited 152 basic health units in 93 districts and reported that 25 per cent of the units were not offering advisory services to breast feeding mothers while seven per cent were even without female staff to attend to female patients. Lack of such facilities at primary healthcare level should be addressed so that incidents of maternal and child mortality can be prevented. Lack of seriousness was observed in implementing disease control programmes as well. About 39 per cent BHUs did not have staff to run Control of Diarrheal Disease Programme, Malaria Control Programme (32 per cent), and Extended Programme on Immunization (11 per cent). Medical facilities including

wheel chairs (57 per cent), stretchers (38 per cent), oxygen tents (35 per cent), sterilizers (25 per cent) and syringe cutters (13 per cent) were also not available in the monitored BHUs. About infrastructure, more than four-fifth of the monitored health units were housed in proper building, had boundary walls and proper roads leading to them. Electricity connections were also available in 89 per cent BHU. However, a generator for power backup was missing in 88 per cent health units and 93 per cent did not have a gas connection. About 72 per cent health units were without a landline telephone connection. As for human resources at the BHU, more than fourfifth of the sanctioned positions were filled for each post; doctors (80 per cent occupancy rate), male technicians (95 per cent), female technicians (86 per cent), birth attendants (89 per cent), peons (97 per cent), gardeners (84 per cent), and sanitary workers (93 per cent). The government oversight was not very significant during the quarter November 2012-January 2013. Out of 94 visits made to the monitored BHUs, 59 were made by government officials, 33 by EDO/Health and two by elected representatives.

Army’s Kiran wins three more gold medals Workshop on refugees concludes ISLAMABAD: A six-day microentrepreneurship development training for registered nonAfghan refugees concluded here Sunday to help them start small businesses and earn respectable livelihood. The workshop was jointly organised by UN Refugees Agency and Struggle for Change, a non-government organisation. A total of 21 participants took part in the training who have been selected from families receiving financial assistance, as well as those having business background or interest and need to start small enterprise to become self reliant. Speaking on the occasion, expert trainer from

Empowerment through Creative Integration Arbeela explained the market-base skills and the systematic way of running small businesses at initial stage to earn suitable profit. The participants were also informed that a small grant would also be given to them after suitable assessment for setting-up small scale business activity and proper monitoring of each person has been done to get positive results. "This grant would help them to run their own businesses at small scale", the trainer informed. However, refugees already doing some businesses or having some experience are also considered for

the grant without any obligation of attending the microentrepreneurship development training, she further said. A representative of SACH in her remarks said the organisation operates with a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach, and was working not only for the nationals but also for the refugees living in the country. The programme caters to Somali, Iraqi, Iranian, Russian and Afghan refugees among many other nationalities, she said. The representative said SACH Advice and Legal Aid Centre has been working since August 2002 and providing legal aid support to registered Afghans. APP

Parents’ day at PAF Public School 

Former air chief lauds students and faculty for exceptional results


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army's swimmers continued their dominance in National Games 2013 by clinching ten gold medals on Sunday here at Pakistan Sports Complex. The medal table indicated that Army's Kiran Khan was again in full command as she grabbed three gold medals, one each in 200m backstroke, 200m

freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay, thus taking her overall individual tally of gold medals to six. Army's Hoor Isran won gold medal in 200m breaststroke, while Bisma of Pakistan Navy and Simra Nasir of Army clinched silver and gold medals, respectively. In men's events, Pakistan Army's Nisar won 400m IM. He was

followed by Army's Waqar and Navy's Manazir, who finished second and third respectively. Army's Israr and Waqar won gold and sliver medals respectively in 400m freestyle, while Manzair of Navy got bronze medal. The 4x100m freestyle relay was won by Pakistan Army, while Navy remained second and Islamabad finished third. APP

ISLAMABAD: The annual parents' day of the Pakistan Air Force Public School was held in Lower Topa at Murree on Sunday. Former chief of air staff Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing at the occasion, Tanvir Mahmood lauded the students and faculty members for producing exceptional results in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Earlier presenting annual report, Principal Air Vice Marshal (retd) Syed Imtiaz Hyder highlighted the significant achievements of the institute. Later, the chief guest awarded prizes to the winners of different events. Amongst the key award winners, Nabeel Javaid was awarded with Topian Tiger trophy (best in sports), while Muhammad Yaqoob won the Topian Scholar trophy (best result in HSSC exam), Sajjad Ali Haidar clinched the Topian Eagle trophy (overall best), whereas, Ismail Zafar and Umer Iftikhar shared

Former Chief of Air Staff Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed awarding the Quaid-e-Azam Shield to Sir Syed House, the champion house for the year 2013. the Top Boy trophy (best result in matriculation). The Quaid-i-Azam shield for the best all round performance was awarded to Sir Syed House, the Champion House for the year 2013. Later, the students presented an impressive gymnastics and martial art display and a wellsynchronized PT show. The school also put up an attractive aero modeling display in which young boys manoeuvred radio-controlled aircraft models in the air. The guests and the parents

applauded the young Topians for displaying such an impressive performance in all these fields. The PAF Public School is situated in the midst of pine laden mountains of Murree. The school inducts young boys of grade eight and they study here till the completion of their FSc. After graduating from this institution, these students either join PAF Academy, Risalpur, or complete their higher education from different universities and excel in various walks of life.

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Altaf Hussain’s gimmicks Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Altaf Hussain announced the other day to voluntarily relinquish the party leadership henceforth. Talking to a private TV channel, he said: “London Metropolitan Police raided my house and took away many things. When the home of a person, who also happens to be the political leader of millions, is subjected to such an investigatory action, then it becomes imperative for him to step down on moral grounds”. But it proved one of his usual gimmicks, as he withdrew his decision on the demand from the MQM leaders, workers and people at large. Earlier, it looked like as if Altaf Hussain felt the heat of intensive investigations into the murder of Dr. Imran Farooq, who was stabbed to death outside his home on 16th September 2010, and he decided to relinquish the party leadership. The UK police are investigating the murder of Dr. Farooq case on multiple lines, including the one that Dr. Farooq was in discussions with his colleagues and members of the public to start his own independent political career. The way the New Scotland Yard is moving this time, Altaf Hussain seems to be in real soup. British authorities have made a fresh demand on Pakistan to access key suspects in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case. The suspects are in custody of Pakistani authorities. Sources privy to the development informed that request was made at the top level and very few people were in knowledge of it. “Both sides are keeping it secret given the sensitivity of the issue. Pakistan government has not yet responded to the request,” a senior official revealed. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tightlipped over the issue. He neither denied nor confirmed whether the government would entertain any such request. The police had a 55hour search in two North West London residential addresses one of them reportedly belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and another allegedly to Raza Haroon. The NSY is learned to have confiscated many documents. It is yet to be seen, if it could find any incontrovertible evidence. Coincidentally, British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Pakistan when Altaf Hussain announced his decision first to relinquish his party leadership and then to withdraw the decision. During his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif he declared that enemies of Pakistan are enemies of Britain. He certainly did not mean India; but meant those who wish to see break up of Pakistan. A few days ago, UK High Commissioner to Pakistan had said: “Under British laws promoting hatred and violence is liable to punishment and Altaf Hussain’s statements must be taken seriously.” Rising from the pedestal of Muhajir Students Organization, Altaf Hussain had formed Muhajir Qaumi Movement during Zia era which was later renamed as Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to erase the stigma of an ethnic group. Since its inceptions the party had to confront strong Sindhi nationalists but after prevailing over them, the movement had ultimately locked horns with Punjabis and Pashtuns from 1990s onwards. He thus made many enemies. Even some of his supporters do not condone his style of politics and his outbursts against Pakistan. It appears that Altaf Hussain’s halo is disappearing.

Weighing life against the Himalayas

Horror on the roof of the world UZMA ALSAM KHAN Among the many casualties of the War on Terror, one of the most unmourned is the human impulse to revere beauty. Where does it come from, that sense of wonder upon witnessing the migration of butterflies, or a vast, kaleidoscopic sea, or a mountain too tall and steep for snow to stick, giving it the name of Nanga Parbat, Naked Mountain? The sense is a gift, perhaps from God: a reminder that we are tiny, so tiny. Nanga Parbat is, at 8,126 meters, the ninth tallest mountain in the world. In Pakistan it is also known as King of the Mountains, and as Killer Mountain, for the number of climbers to perish while trying to summit the peak. In the Gilgit-Baltistan region and beyond, the mountain is absolutely revered, as indeed are all the mountains of the north. Many are graced by multiple names and personalities, folkloric tales, and spiritual devotion. Their presence dominates the physical and imaginary landscape of the tough and tolerant men and women who inhabit the valleys, and this relationship is monumentally old, older than Pakistan, the United States, or any nation-state. On the night of Saturday, June 22, 11 men were slaughtered on Nanga Parbat’s base camp by a group of militants. In order to reach the camp at 4300m, the militants forced two local men to guide them. Even the trek to the camp is a treacherous one; it has one of the fastest elevation gains in the world, is encased in melting glaciers that hide deep crevices, requires crossing streams that can be high and bitterly cold, and maneuvering narrow paths bordered by giant boulders and ice walls. It is not a walk that can be taken without somber awareness of the smallness of human size. Unless you think your mission is greater. So great that local men with a level of skill and expertise that is in fact a kind of greatness should be threatened into playing a part in it. Before Saturday night, never had a murder been committed against foreigners here, let alone one in which local inhabitants had been made complicit. In bloodying their mountain, and their hands, an entire history and culture has been defiled. According to most sources, one of the two local guides, Sawal Faqir, was

able to hide a satellite phone and eventually call the police. The other guide and 10 climbers were blindfolded and shot, in the lap of the insurmountable mountain. A few steps away lay a monument in honour of the first foreigners to die here: four climbers and six guides in 1934 of altitude sickness and frostbite, and seven climbers and nine guides buried under an avalanche in 1937. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban called Jundul Hafsa says it carried out

the north dominate not only the physical and imaginary panorama of the valleys, but also the financial one. Many families in Gilgit-Baltistan depend largely on the summer tourist trade to survive during the rest of the thinner-than-skin year. The trade had already been suffering since 9/11, due both to the violence spreading elsewhere in the country, as well as the earthquake of 2005, which killed 100,000 people, and displaced over 3 million. Many of the displaced

Upward of 49,000 Pakistanis have died in the past decade, a figure that includes attacks by the Pakistan army in the seven Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and in Swat, includes bomb blasts by militants across the country, and includes suicide attacks. It does not include deaths caused by US drone strikes. Both Pakistani and American newspapers have reported that the drone war is resulting in 50 civilian deaths for every 1 “suspected terrorist” killed. Though the total number of civilian deaths since the start of the drone war is never reported, estimates are anywhere from 1,000-3,000 the attack to avenge the death of their deputy leader, Waliur Rehman, in a US drone attack on May 29. It is threatening to continue targeting foreigners unless the drone attacks stop. What it is not saying and what no self-appointed avenger of the USled war has ever said is that these attacks primarily hurt Pakistanis. And on every level: through murder, the sacrilege of a land, the dishonoring of a culture that for centuries has survived peacefully on the land, as well as through the destruction of a tenuous economy. The mountains of

families have still not returned; those who have, or those who stayed, had very gingerly been recreating a home, and a sense of hope. This year 50 groups had applied for climbing permits; a modest improvement. After Saturday’s attack, most groups have cancelled. Local families will be forced to look elsewhere, further jeopardizing their relationship to each other, and to their land. Add to this the toll the war has taken on other parts of the country, and the numbers look like this. Upward of 49,000 Pakistanis have

died in the past decade, a figure that includes attacks by the Pakistan army in the seven Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and in Swat, includes bomb blasts by militants across the country, and includes suicide attacks. It does not include deaths caused by US drone strikes. Both Pakistani and American newspapers have reported that the drone war is resulting in 50 civilian deaths for every 1 “suspected terrorist” killed. Though the total number of civilian deaths since the start of the drone war is never reported, estimates are anywhere from 1,000-3,000. So we are looking at around 52,000 Pakistanis killed since 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11. Or 17. 3 Pakistani corpses for every 1 American corpse. The Jundul Hafsa has not only created itself to avenge the death of one man by US drone attacks, but also to further imbalance the above ratio. To them, everyone else is as worthless as “bug splats,” a phrase coined by those who activate the drones, “since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.” In the words of President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel, “You’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back.” How many more have to die before the lawn is mowed enough? Of those who survive, how many more must leave their homes, their work, and their mountains? And for how many more will reverence of the beautiful and ancient become as rare as life itself? While the Taliban use the strikes as a pretext to kill, the US uses the killings as a pretext to conduct more strikes, into more parts of the country, and into more countries. There are more Taliban factions today than in 2001, or in 2008 when President Obama first expanded the use of drones. (Bush ordered 50 drone strikes in eight years; in only his fifth year, Obama has already ordered 400.) If the purpose is to kill militants, it can’t be said enough: the strategy isn’t working. If it is to ensure the war never ends, it is. But just how far will the war expand? One wonders if even the naked slopes of Nanga Parbat have got to be mowed. COUNTERPUNCH. VISIT HER AT HTTP://UZMAASLAMKHAN.BLOGSPOT.COM

Department of dirty tricks Why the United States needs to sabotage, undermine, and expose its enemies in the Middle East MICHAEL DORAN Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. So said Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Part III. He was complaining about the impossibility of leaving the mafia behind, but the quote undoubtedly expresses the feelings of President Barack Obama as he contemplates the difficulty of extricating the United States from the Middle East. He is eager to pivot to Asia and sees bringing soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan as one of his most important legacies. Like the mafia, however, the Middle East has a way of pulling the United States back in. First in Afghanistan, then in Libya, and now in Syria, events on the ground and pressure from allies convinced a reluctant president to make new military commitments.But if the United States wants to exert influence over events in this turbulent region, it will have to do more than provide military assistance. Rival factions will compete for power, and American-backed forces under Gen. Salim Idriss and allied figures could easily lose out to the al-Nusrah Front and other Islamist extremists. Look at what's happened in Libya, where in the aftermath of Qaddafi's ouster,

Trial of General (R) Pervez Musharaaf

It will be the trial of the century and a new trend setter for the rulers’ accountability. It is a grave matter and sensitive issue, better left unwound. It will certainly open the Pandora’s box

militias and militants exercise more authority than the central government. Or consider Egypt, where the downfall of a dictator has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist organization hostile to the United States and Israel, to consolidate authority in an increasingly authoritarian manner. Clearly, the president needs options between military intervention and complete nonintervention ways to influence developments in the Middle East without deploying Reaper drones or sending US ground forces. To give Obama the tools he needs, the U.S. government should reinvigorate its capacity to wage "political warfare," defined in 1948 by George Kennan, then the State Department's director of policy planning, as "the employment of all the means at a nation's command, short of war, to achieve its national objectives." Such measures, Kennan noted, were "both overt and covert" and ranged from "political alliances, economic measures (as ERP the Marshall Plan), and 'white' propaganda to such covert operations as clandestine support of 'friendly' foreign elements, 'black' psychological warfare and even encouragement of underground resistance in hostile states."

Thus, during the 1980s, the U.S. government did not limit its involvement in Afghanistan to having the CIA arm the mujahidin. Today, the president has very few tools at his disposal, other than statements from the podium that allow him to direct the flow of information in a competitive manner. Consider, for example, the intervention by Hezbollah in Syria today. The number of fighters lost in that conflict, the brutality of their activities, and the cost to the treasury of Iran are all pieces of information if delivered to the right audiences in the Middle East which could help the United States to undermine the morale of rivals. But whose job is it in the United States government to collect such information and place it on a defined target? With the end of the Cold War, America's tradition of political warfare all but died. Covert action was revived after the 9/11 attacks, but it has been primarily kinetic consisting of drone strikes, renditions, and commando raids. In fact, the lack of a complementary political strategy makes it impossible to undermine persistent foes, and forces us to rely more than we should on direct military action, which often does not

achieve any lasting effect. Fortunately, a model already exists for this kind of organizational innovation. The counterterrorism apparatus created in the wake of 9/11 provides a good example of what must be built or, rather, expanded. This involved creating the National Counterterrorism Center, an intelligence community organization which brings together experts from the military, the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other agencies, and which works closely with other agencies and counterterrorism on the White House staff. As a first step, Obama should appoint a highly respected coordinator for political warfare to the National Security Staff, where most foreign policy decisions are made. Without the personal support of the president, this initiative will fail. Second, the president should create a strategic operational hub an interagency coordinating body like the National Counterterrorism Center that pulls all of the government's efforts together housed within the State Department. Under an executive order signed by Obama in 2011, the State Department has already created a Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications

that is designed to "coordinate, orient, and inform government-wide foreign communications activities targeted against terrorism and violent extremism." This is a step in the right direction, but it does not go nearly far enough. Tactically, this should involve much more than simple overt messaging directly from the U.S. government. It should comprise efforts to build up rival groups in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere and to destroying the reputation of those organizations by using the profound informationgathering capabilities of the United States in ways that have become unfamiliar to today's generation of intelligence professionals and diplomats. Third, the president should direct top-level government officials especially the secretary of state, secretary of defense, CIA director, and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development to create political warfare career tracks, which would result in the training and promotion of specialists in this area. Without separate career tracks, the bureaucracies will stigmatize and ostracize individuals who find political warfare rewarding and attractive.

Political warfare is an alien even sinister-sounding concept in 2013. But the United States will never be able to extricate itself from the Middle East until a more stable order arises and the current pendulum swing between military involvement and military withdrawal is unlikely to prove sustainable. In places like Libya and Syria, we must build up, through steady, painstaking engagement, political forces that share the strategic interests of the United States. There is admittedly a danger of American machinations blowing up in our faces, but current trends, if left unchanged, carry even greater dangers. If we do nothing and cede the Middle East to malign actors such as Iran, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood, groups which have no qualms about doing whatever it takes to seize power, we risk creating a situation that will require, at some point in the future another massive military intervention by the United States.

whose lid will be difficult to screw back on its top. What exactly is his crime? Is it the crime of passion or the service of the country. Do we wish to show our dirty laundry to the whole wide world? Presidents are not disposable commodity or trash that can be discarded at will. We must cautiously proceed in this matter of grave importance to the nation. It could be seen by the world. We must observe impartiality and give fair trial to him. We should take action against all the usurpers of power. We must broaden the base of traitors and include all the abettors and supporters of the dictators too. This natter must be properly assessed and investigated before we take any action to hang him. The national pride must be protected and preserved. Right now the court is focusing on this matter and its direction can be misinterpreted. The government has the sole responsibility

to take up this matter. It is its prerogative and domain to decide the issue one way or the other. It can delay the action instead of hurrying into it. This has become an academic debate and futile exercise to discuss if any further. The court seems to be interested to settle the score for its own humiliation by this general when they were prevented from working and were under house arrest. They were later restored due to lawyer’s movement. The government must exercise its power to try any traitor in the Court if it deems fit to do so, We must avoid Victor's justice in this case. The trial must be fair and transparent. A committee has been formed to investigate the matter in detail and it should present the charge before the court to try these traitors. The sanctity of the legal process must be preserved and protected. The Parliament has not approved any of the actions of the traitor. It cannot give

sanctity to any criminal act. The law will take us due course. How can they justify this trial? JAVAID BASHIR ISLAMABAD

prices have jumped manifold the previous rate. The shortage of meat has been created artificially and borders on the criminal intent. The government must control the prices of meat products at least. The prices of the commodities are never decreased even if the market becomes saturated with the food supplies. JB LAHORE

CBMS to promote better understanding between the two nations. The solution of the problem is extremely important. The relations cannot be improved without solving this problem and other ancillary issues. We must try our best diplomatic efforts to raise this issue at all international forums to keep it alive. The Committee on Kashmir issue has done nothing except politicizing and complicating the matters. It must ensure the support of intellectuals for the cause of Kashmir. Most of the writers in Pakistan write articles on Palestine issue, but they have failed to even write a word about Kashmir. I fail to understand this strange phenomenon. JAVAID BASHIR LAHORE

Unjustified increase in poultry rates! We are witnessing unjustified increase in Poultry rates by the owners and retailers. They defy all the economic principles and set the prices based on their greed to earn profit. Maximizing the profit is the only consideration for them. It is true that market rates fluctuate according to demand and supply, but in our markets this principle does not apply and no cares about such things. We are governed by greed and thus our yardstick is different from market. Due to the increase of prices in the poultry products even the chicken has become out of reach of the common man. The

Kashmir dispute! In the 2013 elections none of the national political parties, mentioned the dispute of Kashmir. It has perhaps become a non issue and shelved. In fact they have ignored it completely. The sentiments of 25 million people have been criminally neglected. The tacit agreement has been flouted by all the parties for their own interests. We are attaching more importance to the bilateral ties with India and presenting



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Egypt: Protesters gather to demand Morsi's ouster CAIRO: Tens of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in cities around the country Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. Waving Egyptian flags, crowds packed Tahrir, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and chants of "erhal!", or "leave!" rang out. On the other side of Cairo, thousands of Islamists gathered in a show of support for Morsi outside the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque near the Ittihadiya presidential palace, which the opposition planned to march on in the evening. Some Morsi backers wore homemade body armor and construction helmets and carried shields and clubs — precautions, they said, against possible violence. –AGENCIES

SE Asia diplomats hope for DPRK talks at summit BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Southeast Asian diplomats have not abandoned hope that this week's annual Asian security summit will provide a chance for North Korea and its neighbors to discuss restarting long-dormant disarmament talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, according to a joint statement released Sunday. The top diplomats from North Korea and the five other nations involved in the now-stalled nuclear disarmament talks are gathering in Brunei for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation Regional Forum. The international standoff

over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is expected to take center stage, along with other regional issues, including South China Sea territorial disputes. In the last six months, North Korea has launched a long-range rocket and conducted an atomic test in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions banning the regime from nuclear and missile activity. Pyongyang calls the weapons buildup the core of its defense against US aggression, and has vowed to push ahead in constructing the arsenal as long as it feels threatened by the US

recommended that the (regional forum), where all six members to the six-party talks are also participants, could contribute to forging a conducive atmosphere for the resumption of the six-party talks." Still, it's not clear whether North Korea will hold informal talks with the US or South Korea on the sidelines of the forum. The governments in Seoul and Washington have said they have no immediate plans to meet privately with Pyongyang. In recent weeks, North Korea has proposed restarting the talks, which once provided Pyongyang with

Top diplomats from the 10 ASEAN countries urged the six nations involved in past disarmament negotiations — North Korea, South Korea, the US, Japan, Russia and China — to restart the talks. The disarmament-for-aid talks hosted by Beijing were last held in 2008. "We emphasized the importance of dialogue aimed at promoting mutual understanding and confidence among all parties concerned with ensuring peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula," they said in a joint statement. "In this regard, we

US risking ties with EU over bugging saga

Syrian army pounds Homs, kills 3 civilians DAMASCUS: The Syrian army launched an aerial bombardment on the central city of Homs on Sunday and killed three civilians as regime forces redouble their efforts to secure rebelcontrolled districts, activists said. "Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on the Old City of Homs a little while ago, destroying a house and causing three deaths," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. "Regime forces also carried out heavy shelling of the districts of Khaldiyeh and the Old City, and the sound of explosions could be heard," the group noted. According to the Observatory, which uses a network of professionals inside Syria for its information, at least three civilians, a woman and two children, were killed during regime airstrike targeting the Old City. –AGENCIES

China agrees to CoC talks amid territorial dispute BRUNEI: China has agreed to move on official negotiations for a code of conduct (COC) with ASEAN to manage tensions in the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Thai counterpart Surapong Tovichakchaikul announced this at a joint media conference in Brunei on Sunday after an ASEAN-China ministerial meeting. Speaking in Mandarin, Mr Wang said China is prepared to work with ASEAN and remove any "disturbance" or "interference" in their cooperation on the COC. China has until now been wary to agree to a legally-binding code to govern states' actions in the disputed waters.This is Mr Wang's first showing at an ASEAN ministerial meeting since he became foreign minister in March. –AGENCIES

Kremlin not to decide Snowden's future MOSCOW: As Edward Snowden has been perching at an international airport of Moscow for a week, Kremlin said Sunday the former CIA contractor's future was not yet on its agenda. "The President (Vladimir Putin) said he is not dealing with this issue and prefers that corresponding services do this job. Thus, the subject is not on the agenda of the Kremlin," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a local radio station. He reminded that Putin said, on a visit to Finland earlier, that Snowden did not cross the border into Russia. "As long as this is not our issue, I do not know what variants of developments can be and what legal and other aspects of this theme exist," the ItarTass news agency quoted Peskov as saying. –AGENCIES

IVE years ago, Africans were thrilled about Obama's election to the American presidency. The premise of the jubilation was the reasonable expectation that the new administration might pursue an Africa-friendly policy, a depature from previous regimes. On the eve of his visit to three African countries, African optimists and the President's supporters in America argue that things will be different during the second term. In 2008, I took exception to the celebratory atmosphere that engulfed the African world and others of good will who had hoped for assistance in development and democracy in Africa. My skepticism did not underestimate the importance of the Obama victory, since it marked a historic break with America's deeply race-driven politics. It was a victory for all those who wished that racial and other forms of inequality in the country were finally in the past. However, I was only too mindful of the deep moorings of the American power structure and the limited purchase of racial politics. The assessment of those had hoped for a different policy in 2008 was speculative, but we now have the experience of the past four years to help


crucial fuel and other aid in exchange for disarmament. But the US and South Korea say North Korea first must demonstrate its sincerity on nuclear disarmament with concrete action. "Recently, North Korea suddenly started a charm offensive. (South Korea) has always been open to a dialogue, but it will not have a dialogue for the sake of dialogue itself," South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said during a meeting with his counterparts from ASEAN countries, China and Japan, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. –AGENCIES

LIMA: Members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) community participate in the celebration of the International Day of Gay Pride, in Lima. —WIRE SERVICE

Progress made in peace talks: Kerry TEL AVIV: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday wrapped up four days of shuttle diplomacy on a positive note, saying he had considerably narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and that the resumption of negotiations could be “within reach.” Kerry delivered the assessment after a final, frantic day of diplomacy that included a late-night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a last-minute meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I … know progress when I see it, and we are making progress,” Kerry told reporters at Israel’s international airport before departing to Brunei for an Asian security summit. He would not elaborate, but said he would leave a team of aides in the region to continue the mediation efforts. He also said that at the request of both sides, he would return in the near future. “We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably,” Kerry said. “We have some specific details and work to pursue but I am absolutely confident that we are on the right track and all of the parties are working in very good faith in order to get to the right place.” Since taking office early this year, Kerry has been shuttling between Israel and the Palestinians in search of a formula to restart negotiations aimed at forging a final peace agreement. The talks seek to establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Kerry’s visit was his fifth to the region as secretary of state, and the lack of any apparent progress has begun to generate skepticism on all sides. But

Kerry said he was convinced that both sides are serious about restarting peace efforts. Kerry extended his stay, canceling a visit to Abu Dhabi, in order to continue his peace efforts in Jerusalem, the West Bank and neighboring Jordan. “I am pleased to tell you that we have made real progress on this trip and I believe with a little more work, the start of final status negotiations could be within reach,” he said. “I believe their request to me to return to the area soon is a sign that they share cautious optimism.” The last substantial round of peace talks broke down in late 2008, and with the exception of a brief attempt at restarting negotiations in 2010, efforts have remained at a standstill. The Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, territories that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians have said they will not resume talks unless Israel stops building Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, or accepts its pre-1967 frontiers as the basis for a future border. The Palestinians are also pressing Israel to release more than 100 of the longestserving Palestinian prisoners it is holding. Kerry is believed to be pursuing a package of incentives to both sides that would include economic aid to the Palestinians, some sort of slowdown in Israeli settlement construction, a prisoner release, security guarantees to Israel and assurances to the Palestinians that talks on borders will take place quickly. Kerry declined to discuss what ideas were being discussed, saying that secrecy was needed for negotiations to take place in good faith. –AGENCIES

Malaysia urges Myanmar to stem anti-Muslim violence KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia urged Myanmar on Sunday to take stronger action to prevent persecution of Muslims and bring the perpetrators to justice, the latest sign that the inter communal violence is straining ties in Southeast Asia. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to escape the violence and worsening living conditions, many of them making their way by boat or overland to Muslim-majority Malaysia. Anti-Muslim violence in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar erupted in western Rakhine State last year and has spread into the central heartlands and areas near the old capital, Yangon. "Myanmar has to address the problem," Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told reporters at a meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers in Brunei, making a rare intervention in another member's internal affairs. "I know it's complex but they have to address the problem in a transparent manner so that we can see what actions had been taken ... I think the perpetrators have to be brought to justice and so that it does not occur again." Anifah said he had been satisfied by his Myanmar counterpart's response that the government was taking the issue seriously. –AGENCIES

WASHINGTON: Washington targeted EU offices in Brussels and the US, a report said on Sunday, in new spying allegations attributed to US fugitive Edward Snowden. The story, the latest in a series of allegations about US intelligence activity, is likely to further strain relations with its European partners. European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement he was shocked at the allegations and demanded full clarification from Washington. Der Spiegel said its report was based on confidential documents, some of which it had been able to consult via Snowden. It was former intelligence analyst Snowden who earlier this month revealed details of the so-called Prism programme operated by the US National Security Agency (NSA). He is currently in the transit area at Moscow airport, seeking a country that will accept his request for asylum. One document, dated September 2010 and classed as "strictly confidential", describes how the NSA kept tabs on the European Union's diplomatic mission in Washington, Der Spiegel said. Microphones were installed in the building and the computer network infiltrated, giving the agency access to emails and internal documents. The EU delegation at the United Nations was subject to similar surveillance, Der Spiegel said: the leaked documents referred to the Europeans as "targets". And the spying also extended to the 27-member bloc's Brussels headquarters. Der Spiegel referred to an incident "more than five years ago" when EU security experts discovered telephone and online bugging devices at the Justus Lipsius building. In 2003, the EU announced it had

Iran detains Slovak hang-glider group PRAGUE: A group of five or six Slovak hang-glider enthusiasts has been detained in Iran on suspicion of espionage, the Slovak news website said on Friday. The Slovak foreign ministry said it knew of the case but refused to confirm any details or the number of detainees. There was no immediate comment from Iranian authorities. "We are aware of this case and I assure you that we are taking all necessary steps," Slovak foreign ministry spokesman Boris Gandel said. "There has been no decision on this so far." said the group had traveled to Iran in late May for a "planned expedition" and were detained some three weeks ago. They were accused of taking photographs, including of military installations, from a hang glider, said. In 2011, Iran freed two US citizens - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer - who had been sentenced to eight years in jail for spying after being arrested while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border in 2009. They denied being spies. Neighboring Oman helped secure their release by posting bail of $1 million. A third person detained with them, Sarah Shourd, was freed in 2010, also by way of Oman. –AGENCIES

Obama’s Africa rhetoric: Beware!

us better gauge what to expect in his second term. More recently, analysts of the administration and well wishers have argued that the Obama administration's ability to effect meaningful changes to its Africa policy in its first term was severely constrained by two interrelated challenges. First, the President inherited the worst economic recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, which required urgent and sustained action. And second, the administration came to power at a time whenAmerica's global public image was in ruins due to the excesses of the War on Terror. Logically and legitimately, the President and his team had to give absolute priority to these two top objectives, and this had the unfortunate effect of depriving oxygen to progressive new foreign policies. Obama's victory in November 2012, rather than opening a new page in American Middle East policy and giving the President courage to embark on a more balanced and just course of action, appears to have

intensified his pro-Israel stance. For Africans and their American supporters who dream about secondterm transformation, the President's remarks about Palestine should be a rude awakening. It is possible that in Obama's second term his agenda might be unchained from old anchors through a miracle; however, all the signs point to the unlikelihood of meaningful progressive change. The impact on Africa of any US regime change should be guided by three fundamental realities: (1) the general American interest in Africa and the individuals who are its key drivers; (2) the quality of the new President's policy team on Africa; and (3) the nature of African interests and the identities of its leading champions. Systemically and critically analysing these issues would require several volumes and go well beyond the scope of this commentary. But I will try to suggest a number of key points to keep in mind when examining what Obama's second term is likely to look like. American interest in Africa: Oil and terror: US interest in Africa

faded a bit in the 1990s with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the demise of the Cold War. However, this decline has been reversed with the development of two factors: (1) the emergence of China as an economic competitor, and (2) the country's concerns about terrorism since the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the events of 9/11 . The need for imported oil in the US, along with China's determination to secure energy sources for its super-hot economy, has elevated interest in Africa. China appears to be winning this game because of its "pragmatic" approach of not "interfering" in the domestic affairs of countries. Analytically, our assessment of US policy toward Africa must take a leaf from US policy toward the Middle East, which has remained unchanged despite the fall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. Similarly, the prospect of America's becoming more energy independent should not suggest that its interest in African resources, or Africa's geopolitical importance to

found phone taps in the building targeting the offices of several countries, including Britain, France and Germany. It was not immediately clear if Der Spiegel was referring to this case. 'Out of control' Schulz, in his statement, said: "I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices. "If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations." He demanded full and speedy clarification from the US authorities. US spying was "out of control", said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. "The US would do better to monitor its intelligence services instead of its allies," he added. Even before the latest allegations, the EU's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to US attorney general Eric Holder earlier this month calling for answers about its internet spy programme. "Fundamentally, this is a question of trust," Reding said in a June 14 speech. "Trust of citizens towards their governments and to the governments of partner nations." The top-secret Prism programme collects and analyses information from internet and phone users around the world, with access to data from Google, Yahoo! and other internet firms. US officials say the information gathered is vital in the fight against global terrorism. The diplomatic squabbling over the fate of Snowden continued, meanwhile. President Rafael Correa said that US Vice-President Joe Biden had, in a telephone conversation on Saturday, asked Ecuador to reject any asylum request from Snowden. –AFP

the US, will fade any time soon. China's strategic growth in Africa will remain a key factor for the US government, and that is why the American military presence in Africa since Obama came to power has increased. 'War on Terror': Neither the Obama administration nor his predecessors have considered the horrific impact that the War on Terror has had on African people. We all understand that the US President has to protect American citizens from those who want to visit terror on the US, such as Al Qaeda, but there is little appreciation in the Washington halls of power that America's fight against this scourge must not be conducted at the expense of the African people. Who is minding the African shop?: With the exception of very few countries, mostly in southern Africa, the continent is not blessed with high-quality leadership that can mind African interests and promote the continent's long-term development while also addressing the needs of others. There are three types of African

leaders: those who want to be on the "right" side of Washington in order to have US support for their particularistic (and often nondevelopmental or non-democratic) agenda; those who engage with Washington but who part company with the US when fundamental interests are at stake; and those who refuse to deal with Washington either because their national interests are at loggerheads with the US agenda or because their country has been unduly targeted with sanctions by the US Collectively, there are very few leaders who have their people's interest at heart and who are able to negotiate with America and others on the basis of that agenda. The other institution that has the potential to negotiate on Africa's behalf is the African Union , but unfortunately, it has been significantly weakened by factionalism and opportunism. Wh at now?: The more things change, the more they remain the same. Given the actors and interests involved in defining Africa's relations with the US, I do not expect Obama's second term or his visit to Africa to produce any progressive change of Africa policy. ALJAZEERA

MONDAY, JULY 01, 2013

Climate change behind high temperature: expert

CHAMAN: Children below fifivve years of age are being given anti-polio drops at Pak-Afghan border. ONLINE

RBISE to launch SMS service to facilitate students RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has decided to launch SMS service to facilitate students. The board will send roll number slips, registration numbers, date sheet and other details to the candidates appearing in matriculation and intermediate examinations through SMS. This system will help eliminate the complaints of the candidates. The system will be introduced from the next matric supplementary exams to take place in September. RBISE Chairman Dr Ashraf said that all the preparations to launch the service have been completed. He said the SMS service would be provided free of cost and the replies from the candidates regarding their complaints would also be received through SMS so that their grievances could be redressed within shortest possible time. APP

Licences of 9 tour operators cancelled LAHORE: Punjab Department of Tourist Services has cancelled nine licenses of travel agents and tour operators for violations of rules and regulation. Tourist Services chief Muhammad Nasim Laber said Sunday that all defaulters were reminded several times to pay the renewal fee but no positive response was received. There was no other option except to cancel it. He said the licences were cancelled in a transparent manner and in line with government policy across the Punjab province except Rawalpindi Division. Laber said that nearly 1000 travel agents and tour operators are registered, of which 75 percent are engaged in conducting tours for Umra and Hajj while the remaining are concerned with air ticketing. He said that a special counter has been established to facilitate travel agents and tour operators through one window operation. APP

Crackdown against drug pushers LAHORE: Police on Sunday started a crackdown against drug pushers at Shah Jamal and its surroundings on complaints of residents. The residents said Ichra, Shadaman and Ahata Mul Chand were also in the grip of drug peddlers. They said locals had launched an anti-narcotics move against criminals, including drug dealers and it got success but, unfortunately, the henious crime had been increased in the last three months. When SHO Ichra Nasir Khan contacted, he said police were taking measures to arrest culprits and policemen had been deployed in various locations to end the crime. APP

133 new measles cases reported LAHORE: With 133 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, the number of measles cases reported in Punjab in the last six months has reached 20,422. According to health department officials, at least 181 deaths have been reported so far while most deaths occurred in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Sialkot. During the last 24 hours, around 133 cases of measles were reported from Punjab, including 16 from city hospitals on Sunday. APP

Rain-fed area farmers stressed to store water LAHORE: It is very important for farmers of rain-fed areas to store rainwater as it is essential for good growth and production of crops. Punjab Agriculture Director General Dr Anjum Ali said that farmers should adopt all necessary measures to store rainwater and try their best not to let it go waste. He said that farmers should follow the weather forecast. APP

Shahbaz dissolves 12-member TDCP board of governors 

Govt may appoint experts of domestic tourism

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed to dissolve the 12member Board of Governors of the Tourism Development Corporation of the Punjab. The decision was taken to make room for the experts of domestic tourism who have a passion to enhance charm in archaeological sites of the province and would attract the new generation towards tourism. This was disclosed by Minister for Education and Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan during his presidential address at a seminar on the topic of “development of tourism in Pakistan-status and prospects� held on Sunday. He said that annual goals have been determined for the officers of TDCP. The officers failing in achieving these goals will be taken to task as tourism has such a potential in Pakistan as well as in the province of Punjab that Pakistan can sustain all its expenditure only from tourism if the relevant corporations would focus on good deliverance. The minister hinted the plan of a mega project to be started by the federal government within

next three months in Lahore under the special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Under this pilot project, the water front of Lahore city will be developed into a tourist resort, he said. The minister also informed the audience that the Tourism Department will develop Shahi Qila of Lahore into a living monument for which the building of Attique Stadium and the road lying between Minar-e-Pakistan and Badshahi Masjid will be abolished. This step will be taken to create the original atmosphere of the Mughal Dynasty when the Chobdars use to wear Khilat-eFakhra. A mocked Shahi Court Room will also be staged in the Shahi Qila on daily basis and the great leaders of the Pakistan Movement will also visit Minar-e-Pakistan on well-decorated buggies. The actors performing this role will closely resemble the original leaders as far as their costume is concerned. In this way, people will have a chance to visualise the living atmosphere which prevailed from 1940 to 1947. ONLINE

LAHORE: The climate change could not be avoided totally but its effects can be minimised by adopting modern methodologies, said Dr Arshad Ahmad Khan, a research expert on climate, on Sunday. He said that hazardous alteration in winter period and summer duration, rising sea levels and depletion of ground-water resources were main impacts of the climate change. He stressed upon implementation of the climate change policy in Pakistan, organising climate change monitoring and impact

assessment activities on scientific basis by filling the observational gaps over low elevation plains and glaciers zones and to take practical measures for improvement. About the impact of climate change on water resources, he said that Pakistan ranks fourth in the world with respect to irrigated area which is about seven per cent. “Severe effects of the climate change on water resources could be seen in the shape of changes in precipitation, drastic increasing trends in temperature", he said. Being largely dependent on agriculture, Pakistan could suffer

Hyderabad press club office-bearers

Safety measures advised to avoid rain-related mishaps

HYDERABAD: New body of the Hyderabad Press Club has been elected for the next year starting from July 1, 2013, as 14 members of the governing body including office bearers have been declared elected unopposed while election on only one post of the joint secretary was held on Sunday. The newly-elected body took oath of office at the evening. Those who were elected unopposed included Ishaq Mangrio (daily Sindh Express) as president, Hamid Shaikh of Jang Group was elected as the general secretary, Musawar Shahid of daily Pasban as vice president, Ghulam Hussain Khashkeli of daily Ibrat as treasurer. Followings were elected as governing body members: Ali Hassan (Dawn News), Lala Rehman and Khalid Shaikh of daily Jeejal, Muhammad Hussain Khan of Dawn, Hameed Rehman of Aaj TV, Mahesh Kumar of daily Sindh, Abbas Kassar and Arbab Amin of Mehran TV. Ahmed Jaffery was elected unopposed on seat of governing from associate members. STAFF REPORT

LAHORE: Lahore Electric Supply Company has advised its consumers to observe all safety measures against electricity hazards especially during the monsoon season. LESCO (Development) Chief Engineer Nasim Ahmad said here Sunday that the consumers have been warned repeatedly to immediately inform the nearest complaint office on finding any leakage in a pole or if any electricity wire is fallen on the ground. He said that people particularly children should keep away from such poles or wires till electricity staff reached the site to carry out repairs. The consumers particularly ladies have been warned not to spread clothes for drying on metallic wires, as due to leakage there may be electric current passing through it. He said that similarly animals should not be with the electricity poles to avoid any fatal or non fatal accident. Nasim said that consumers in the larger public

due to climate, Dr Arshad said. "Climate change is posing serious threats to the country's agricultural productivity and water resources and there is a need to take consistent efforts and series of steps to avoid its impact to the extent we could do,� he said. The expert stressed upon developing high temperature tolerant, climate resilient, climate smart and genetically modified crops, saying this could be one of the measures which could help mitigate the varied impacts of climate change on agriculture productivity. APP

interest have been advised to use three pin shoes, properly earthed with electric iron, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners and other precious electric gadgets. He said that they should keep a piece of dry cloth, blanket, wood (the non conductors) under their feet while using iron to press clothes. The uncovered wires in the houses or shops must immediately be repaired or properly taped. All consumers particularly children have been advised not to touch and switch or a wire while their hands, clothes or shoes are wet to avoid any mishap. The chief engineer said that LESCO staff remains on duty round the clock at sub divisional level to provide best possible services to the consumers. He said that all LESCO staff had already been strictly directed to redress the genuine complaints of the consumers on top priority and fully ensure uninterrupted supply to them without any discrimination. APP

Speakers for research on Qalandar’s contributions HYDERABAD: The speakers at a literary conference underscored the need of conducting extensive research about the poetic and philosophical contributions of sufi saint Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalander. The event, which featured the three-day 761st Urs celebrations, was attended by writers, poets, intellectuals and historians besides a large number of people. The conference was organised at the Shahbaz Auditorium in Sehwan. Historian Dr Nawaz Ali Shauq said a great part of the poetic and philosophical works of Qalandar were hard to find. "A majority of his devotees are unaware of it," he added. He said the 400 pages book which was attributed as the work of Qalandar needs research to establish its authenticity. "We also need to do research on his poetry and compile a book on the lines of Shah Jo Risalo," he added. Sindh Culture Secretary Saeed Ahmed Awan shared the Culture Department's endeavours to compile Qalandar's work. He said the department was taking steps to preserve the literary contributions of the sufi saints and in that regard several research teams were already conducting research. Dr Asmat Durrani, a writer from Bahawalpur, reading her paper shared that

Qalandar first arrived in Multan before making Sehwan his home after he migrated from Afghanistan. "His contemporaries urged him to stay in Multan but after getting repeated invitations from Sindh to settle there he shifted to Sehwan and spent all of his life there,� she said. She said that Syed Usman Marvandi (1177-1274) was born in Marvand city of Afghanistan and his ancestors had migrated from Baghdad and Mashhad. Qalandar was a contemporary of Bahauddin Zakariya, Makhdoom Jahanian of Uch Sharif and other great sufi saints. "He was a known philosopher and poet of his time and is said to have been fluent in Persian, Turkish, Sanskrit, Arabic and Sindhi languages," she said. She stated that Qalandar adopted dance as the way of prayer before the Almighty. Dr Arif Noshahi, a scholar from Islamabad, said that Qalandar wrote poetry in three different genres including Raja, Shahbaz and Sabzwari. More than a dozen writers, historians and intellectuals including Culture Department Director General Manzoor Ahmed Kanasro, Aziz Kangrani, Dr Maqbool Bukhari, Hidayat Baloch, Naseer Mirza and others addressed the event. APP

Faulty X-rays machines at hospital LAHORE: Five out of the total seven X-rays machines have been out of order in Service Hospital for the last three month, hospital sources disclosed here. According to hospital sources, one X-ray machine at Outdoor Patients Department and the other at basement were out of order which was repaired after one month. While five out of total seven Xrays machines have been out of order in the hospital for the last three months. One machine at main X-ray block is working which may also go out of order due to an extra burden. At least 250 patients need X-ray every day in hospital and most have to get Xrays from private laboratories where charges are Rs 500 against hospital charges of Rs100 for digital X-ray. Mostly poor and indigent patients visit public sector hospitals which now with the passage of every day are going out of their reach. APP

ATTOCK: Men passing through main road while carrying grass for their animals on donkey carts. ONLINE

ILO launches university research programme on child labour ISLAMABAD: International Labour Organisation launched a university research programme on worst forms of child labour in collaboration with seven universities across the country. The programme was jointly initiated with the European Union under the ILO project ‘Combating Abusive Child Labour II’ in which university students has been involved to conduct case studies on various aspects of child labour. In this connection, ILO is organising an event to launch these media products on July 1 at Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad. The event will include interesting stage and song performances by school children, documentaries produced by students of seven universities across the country. European Union Ambassador Lars-

Gunnar Wigemark would be the chief guest at the event. The federal secretary of the Human Resource Development, provincial secretaries of the labour departments, the president of the Employer Federation of Pakistan and the general secretary of the Pakistan Workers Federation will be guests of honours. The participants will also include heads of various UN organisations working in Pakistan, diplomats, representatives of employers’ and worker’s organisation, members of civil society, media personnel and university students. ILO Program Officer Zaheer Arif said the studies were conducted on worst form of child providing opportunities for the mass communication and media students of selected universities

to do research studies and produce video documentary, short films, etc, to dig out its root causes and bring a behaviour change in the society. “Our focus was to highlight various aspects of child labour including its causes, consequences, and impacts on development issues such as poverty, education, law enforcement, socio-economic development, cultural barriers and social norms trough these production,� he said. Zaheer said the programme was initiated in December 2002 to raise interest and attract the future generation of media personnel at universities to be part of the movement against child labour and to mould them as activists from the students who will then take proactive actions to change. APP

561 convicts granted up to 2-year education remission LAHORE: Inspector General of Punjab Prisons Farooq Nazeer has granted formal and informal education remission from 15 days upto two years to 561 convicts for successfully qualifying various exams, courses and memorising the Holy Quran by heart. Central Jail Kotlakhpat Senior Superintendent Kamran Anjum said Sunday that a total of 4734 convicts undergoing various terms of sentences in various jails appeared in

various examinations from primary to master and informal education of which 2977 could qualify. And special education remission was granted to the convicts who are entitled under the Prisons Act. On the special directive, the services of highly-qualified religious teachers have been acquired who teach the convicts daily and impart religious education to them in Dars-e-Nizami and Quran Nazra classes. He said that a total of 3505 prisoners were housed

in jail against the sanctioned strength of only 1053 of which 849 convicts work daily in different sections of the factory. He said that 65 prisoner teachers were also contributing towards education of the convicts. He said that 307 skilled convicts were engaged in carpet manufacturing and 45 in roll making while 130 were learning the art of carpet weaving. He said that 116 convicts were involved in Niwar manufacturing and eight in cone making process. An educated

convict, who teaches other convicts and under trial prisoners in jail during his confinement, gets eight days special remission in a month. According to jail manual, only highly-qualified convicts showing better behaviour and exhibiting excellent discipline were engaged for imparting basic teaching to illiterate convicts and under trial prisoners, Anjum said. He said that those working in various sections of the jail factory were entitled to five days

remission in a month and those working even on Sunday get six days. The convicts who perform duty at bread plant secured seven days remission. He said that one full-time Jail Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and one Chief Head Warder along with other force have been deployed in the factory. He said that output of each and every convict was monitored daily and any inmate showing zero performance was not entitled to remission. APP


Tom Cruise pays heavy amount for daughter's safety

Mahnoor Baloch criticised for role in Main Hoon Shahid Afridi The story is about a young boy who dreams of becoming the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi

Woman mistakes superglue for cold cream LOS ANGELES: Actor Tom Cruise reportedly pays $50,000 a week to bodyguards to protect his seven-year-old daughter Suri. One of the 'Oblivion' star's main reasons for hiring security is the constant paparazzi that follows Suri and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes, all the time. "Tom is always surrounded by two rings of plainclothed security agents. That goes double for his precious daughter. Katie believes money is no object when it comes to the safety of Suri and insisted Tom handle that side of things," quoted a source as saying. Tom's main reasons for hiring security is the constant paparazzi that follows Suri and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes, all the time. "She'd go broke if she had to pay for it and it's a total necessity with the enormous interest in Suri," the source said. "These guys are highly trained. They legally carry weapons. When in Los Angeles they keep guns in the trunks of Katie's SUV limos. When in New York, they have licenses to carry firearms on their person," the source added. Holmes is appreciative of her former husband's gesture and the security guards give the high profile actress peace of mind. "Katie knows the guys are the best in the world and she can breathe a lot easier with them on the job. Suri has the Rolls Royce of security guys watching out for her," said the source. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Tayyab ali will be a hit among youngsters: Imran Khan

SHOWBIZ DESK KARACHI: The first trailer for the much anticipated movie ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’ was released yesterday night. What stood out the most to people watching the trailer was Mahnoor Baloch. Mahnoor Baloch was shown dancing in a club with barely there clothes. Fans of Mahnoor Baloch are very disappointed in her appearance. If this was some other unknown actress people would not have noticed, but considering Mahnoor Baloch is a senior and well liked actress, it was not expected from her. If you are a true patriot, cricket has to be in your blood. Actor and producer Humayun Saeed is well-aware of that as he is set to release his new film Main Hoon Shahid Afridi on Eidul Fitr this year. From the very beginning of his career, he was determined to make films. And with this new sports film, Saeed feels he would be delivering something to new to the audience. “Film has always been a passion [for me] and this was the reason why I joined this industry,” he says. Over time, Humayun gradually became one of the most successful TV drama producers in Pakistan. He feels this success has granted

him space to experiment and return to his first love, which is film. “It’s important that we make [good] films now. If we do this, then in two to three years, Pakistani films will be a success,” he adds positively. Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is unlike any previous Pakistani film it is commercial but is an underdog story which centers on the game of cricket. The star-studded cast includes Javed Sheikh, Nadeem Baig, Shafqat Cheema, Noman Habib (lead), Mahnoor Baloch and a host of others including Saeed himself. The film has been directed by Syed Ali Raza and is written by Vasay Chaudhry. Saeed is aware that India and other countries have produced films on such subjects before Iqbal, Chak De India and Lagaan. But he feels Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is purely Pakistani and is different from the kind of scripts Humayun Saeed has been known for. “People expect me to produce something which is themed around shaadi, romance and emotion but I was keen on doing something different,” he continues. “In India, several sports films have been made. But in general, it’s quite risky to make these because they come across as dry,” he adds, saying he was dreading that. “But I feel if it’s done intelligently, then it

DoIng ‘a MarIlyn’?

J.Lo sings happy birthday to Turkmen president MUMBAI: Actor Imran Khan feels the classic qawali number Tayyab Ali, which has been recreated in his upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara, will be popular among youngsters. The makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara bought the official rights of the song Tayyab Ali Pyaar Ka Dushman from Manmohan Desai, who directed and produced 1977 film Amar Akbar Anthony. Imran and his co-star Sonakshi Sinha have recreated the magic of the evergreen song, which was originally picturised on Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, in Amar Akbar Anthony. "Tayyab Ali song has been reinvented. It is perfect in the context we have used in the film. Also youngsters would get a chance to listen to the classic song in new style and certainly like it," Imran told reporters here at the song launch. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara has been directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. It is a sequel to the 2010 hit film Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. -SHOWBIZ DESK

not much focus on bro-sis relation in films: Divya

TURKMENISTAN: Singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” in true Marilyn Monroe style, U.S. pop diva Jennifer Lopez on Sunday was called to attend a lavish birthday celebration for a Central Asian leader. Although the president at the receiving end of J.Lo’s birthday wish was not as high profile as President John F. Kennedy, the Latina diva serenaded Turkmenistan leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at a $2-billion Caspian Sea resort. And Jenny, “from the block” of course, is believed to have made history as the first major Western star to visit the isolated former Soviet republic, AFP news agency reported. Dressed in a clingy outfit, the singer danced with half-naked backing dancers in a rare performance for the Muslim country, watched by ministers, ambassadors and chief executives of state-owned companies, all of whom applauded enthusiastically, according to AFP reports. She later appeared in a traditional Turkmen dress to sing “Happy birthday, Mr President” along with stars from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and China. Berdy mukhamedov’s 56th birthday bash at the glitzy resort in Avaza, which means “land of singing waves,” is officially tied to Turkmen cultural week, which culminated on Saturday with the opening of a yacht club at the resort and a firework display which lasted 20 minutes. Ahead of the show, members of Lopez’s entourage were busy on Twitter. “I wonder were all my Turkmenistan followers are!? Hit me up!” her choreographer J.R. Taylor wrote on Twitter account noting that “The Turkmenistan Breeze feels amazing at night.” “Celebrating the birthday of President of Turkmenistan tonight!!” said the account. -SHOWBIZ DESK

could turn out to be an exciting project.” A lot of collective input and effort made this film come to life. “Everyone was tense yet interested in how we could make this film great. You will see that viewers will like this project too,” he says. The film is about a young boy (played by Habib) who dreams of becoming the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi one day. The local club he plays for, however, goes bankrupt and that changes the whole ball game. In order to deal with the hard times, Habib must figure out a way (with a team of misfits) to win a major local tournament in Sialkot. They ultimately seek the help of an excricketer named Akbar Deen (played by Saeed) who has a dark past. “Unfortunately, new actors have the tendency to become commercially-inclined but the people we found for this film, are [genuinely] interested in doing good work,” says Saeed, about the cast. “And I think that is very important.” Speaking about the film’s music, Humayun says it will be released on June 29. The soundtrack has four songs by Shani Arshad Ali and Kamran IsmailKami aka Shani and Kami while the lyrics have been written by Sabir Zafar and Nadeem Asad.

DUNEDIN: Police in New Zealand who feared they were being called by a gagged hostage rushed to a house to find a woman had mistakenly applied superglue instead of cold-sore cream. The woman, in the southern city of Dunedin, could only grunt as she made a midnight emergency call. "Ambulance received a call but, due to the muffled speech, they were unsure whether it was a medical event or whether someone had been gagged," said Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken. It had been a frightening experience for the woman because her breathing was impeded by a heavy cold, he said. Speaking after treatment at Dunedin Hospital, the 64-year-old woman said that while fumbling for a tube of cold-sore cream in the middle of the night, she had mistakenly picked up one that held superglue. "I have all my ointments in a tray in the cupboard, so I got out of bed and I dived into the tray. "And then I got into bed and thought: what have I put on my mouth?" The woman, who spoke to New Zealand's TV3 channel, said she then discovered her mouth was glued shut and dialled the emergency number. "I couldn't speak on the phone, so I couldn't tell them where I lived.”I couldn't tell them my phone number. "The communication was 'Do you live in Dunedin?' and I grunted 'mmm', and then the lady went through all the suburbs and then all the streets. She was very, very patient. "I had to tap on the phone, one tap for no and two taps for yes, and then it took a long time to narrow down the streets and then all the numbers too." Officers first sent a team of police dog handlers to the house in the suburb of St Kilda, fearing the woman had been gagged during a violent attack. Doctors at the hospital used paraffin oil to remove the glue. -SHOWBIZ DESK

abhishek Bachchan completes 13 years in Bollywood Camera that captures MUMBAI:Abhishek took a ride down memory lane and recalled his first release 'Refugee', the buzz around his debut movie and the nervousness that he felt at its premiere 13 years ago. The 37-year-old made his debut with J.P. Dutta's 2000 movie 'Refugee', which also marked Kareena Kapoor's entry into filmdom. "So, it's been 13 years to the day since my 1st film 'Refugee' released - 30th June, 2000. It's been a fun ride so far. Thank you all for the immense love, faith, support and tolerance. I would not be here without you! Big love," Abhishek posted on Twitter. ‘Memories of the premiere of the film are still so vivid. The great Liberty cinema, the media, nervous and hopeful debutants, Kareena and myself. Great memories," he added. -SHOWBIZ DESK

your favourite smells

What if you could recapture the aroma of that freshly baked birthday cake, or the whiff of your lover's shampoo? It may be possible with this new camera! LONDON: Researchers have developed a camera that can capture the scent of your memories, recording smells instead of images. The gadget called Madeleine is the invention of designer Amy Radcliffe at Central Saint Martins, who set out to bring a more meaningful sensory dimension to storing our favourite memories, the 'Guardian' reported. "Sense of smell has a direct link to emotional memory. It is the sense we react to most instinctively, and the furthest away from being stored or replicated digitally," Radcliffe said. In order to use the camera a person needs to place the funnel over the object or environment they wish to capture, then a pump sucks the air across an odour trap made of Tenax - a porous polymer resin which adsorbs the volatile particles that make up the smell. The working prototype can take anything from a few minutes to capture the scent of fresh strawberries, to around 24 hours to store the more subtle aroma of an atmosphere. "It's like a huge electric nose. It processes the particles and produces a graph-like formula that makes up the smell. From this formula you can artificially recreate the precise odour," she said. Users can take their exposed odour traps to the local lab in the same way they would take a 35mm film to be processed - the product being not photos, but delicate vials of the scent, along with a bronze disk of the specific formula, bringing a precious, ritualistic quality to the process. -SHOWBIZ DESK

‘It’s the people in fashion who make fashion ridiculous’

 Designers dress to be portrayed by bloggers and street style. It became a fashion to be outrageous SHOWBIZ DESK

f course, the rational part of you knows that fashion magazine editors aren't all pointy elbows, high heels at dawn and preposterous adages. You suspect that in real life Anna Wintour probably isn't the ice queen of popular legend. And yet still it is thrilling to find that the office of Franca Sozzani, the esteemed and influential editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue , is kind of a mess. Neither does it fail to impress that her hair is damp from the shower because it slipped her mind that she would be having her photograph taken. And when she sits down to chat and slides a box of chocolates towards me before leisurely picking out one her. Well! I mean, she already had me with the messy office. Clichés wiped off the slate immediately, there's something languorous and otherworldly about Sozzani. Or perhaps astute and medieval. I can't decide. Accessories are a gold Cartier watch and dangling antique earrings; her hair is loose, legs bare. As behooves her position, Sozzani has her own style down pat. Unlike other editors, she refuses to wear clothes in the season they're designed for. Designers, she says, 'don't even

O MUMBAI: Actress Divya Dutta feels the brother-sister equation between her and Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will make people take note of the deep emotional bond, rarely captured in Bollywood these days. Divya will be seen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's biopic on the legendary athlete Milkha Singh after working with the filmmaker earlier in Dilli-6. "I am playing Farhan's sister in the film, it is a central role. The brother-sister relation is an integral part of the film. We have not seen much bonding between brother-sister of late. The last one I could remember is that of Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's in Josh," Divya told PTI.-SHOWBIZ DESK

Franca Sozzani, editor-in-cheif of Italian Vogue, in her Milan office. try to dress me like that'. 'I'll buy and wear later,' she says, 'I mix old and new.' She has YSL shirts from the 1970s that she still wears.

Sometimes she'll borrow something from a fashion house for a big event, but the truth is, she says, in her beautifully accented English, 'I like going in the shop to buy. I go shopping. Everywhere. I was in China and I went shopping all the time because I found these young designers who were making something good.' Sozzani, who this month celebrates 25 years at the helm of the most avant-garde of the international Vogue titles, has been quoted as saying that fashion is ridiculous. She clarifies this, smiling. 'It's not that fashion itself is ridiculous. It's the people in fashion who make fashion ridiculous,' she says. 'When you look at the front row. Only at the shows you see those people. When [other] women go out and enjoy their life they want to be beautiful, they don't want to be ridiculous. There is no man who wants to be with a ridiculous woman. It's only the fashion crowd. They dress to be portrayed by bloggers and street style. It became a fashion to be outrageous. 'We are not celebrities,' she says of herself and her sister editors, who are increasingly found in sometimes self-propelled into the spotlight. 'We are people who work as a messenger, to fashion and readers. We should not become our stars. And anyway, if you

become [a star] it is because of what you do, not because you dress this way or you wear these glasses or you have this bag. That's not the point.' During her career Sozzani has certainly done more than work a good look. A former philosophy and literature student, she speaks English, French and a smattering of Russian and German, is a recipient of the Légion d'Honneur and a goodwill ambassador for a UN-linked organisation. With a circulation of 120,000, Italian Vogue may not be the powerhouse of the 1.3 millionstrong American title but under Sozzani's leadership it has gone from conservative Italian trade-pleaser to a visually arresting, risk-taking title that out-fashions the fashionable, and influences the influencers. Vogue Italia's language is photography. Sozzani has championed photographers now considered the best in the world - Steven Meisel ('For me the fashion photographer, you cannot compare him with anyone else'), Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Ellen von Unwerth, Paolo Roversi. She discovered many of them when she was editor of Lei , the Italian version of Glamour , and they were unknowns. Meisel was teaching in an art school and had only two pictures.



JULY 01, 2013


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Protocol on exchange of prisoners inked with UAE ABU DHABI: Pakistan and the UAE have signed the Exchange of Instrument of Ratification document on the bilateral agreement on “Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners”. The signing ceremony was held at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday morning. Arshad Jan Pathan, Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, signed the document on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan whereas the Government of the United Arab Emirates was represented by Mr. Khamis Rashid Al Shumaili, Director, Office of the Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs. The agreement will be effective from 30th July 2013. The Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners between Pakistan and the UAE was signed on 26 February 2012 in Abu Dhabi between the Interior Ministers of the two countries. The two states, in consultation, will draw a mechanism for categorizing the prisoners in accordance with the articles of the agreement after it comes into force. – ONLINE

Surgical tower at mayo Hospital still incomlpete LAHORE: A nine-storey surgical tower at Mayo Hospital is incomplete even after many years of its launch. Hospital sources said the tower cost was estimated at Rs 978.768 million when it was launched in 2006 and it was to complete in 2010 but after six storeys, the construction was stopped. When contacted, Mayo Hospital MS Dr Zahid Pervez said its construction could not be completed for shortage of funds Sources said that in the current budget of fiscal years 2013-14, only Rs 1.8 million has been earmarked for the project which means more delay. Commenting on the situation, PMA General Secretary Dr Izhar Kazmi said projects of public interests should be completed on priority basis. – APP

Tariq Bajwa appointed new FBR chairman ISLAMABAD: Tariq Bajwa has been appointed Chairman Federal Board of Revenue. Earlier‚ he was Secretary Finance of Punjab. The current FBR Chairman‚ Anser Javed has retired on superannuation. – INP

Razzaq blames Zaka for his ouster from team KARACHI: Veteran Test all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has blamed the suspended chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf for his ouster from the national team. He (Zaka) doesn't liked me and instructed the captain Misbahul Haq, Hafeez, coach Whatmore and selectors not to consider me in Pakistan team, he alleged him while talking on private channel on Saturday Night. I had given my best to Pakistan with bat and ball and wanted to serve the team. But certain lobby was against me, the 33year-old Razzaq commented. – APP

SAEED MINHAS RITAIN, Norway and Germany are all making sure that derailed peace talks with the Afghan Taliban resumes sooner than later to chalk out if nothing else than a roadmap for exit of NATO forces from a war torn country and save any further humiliation to the master blaster of the world; the US. Having passed the buck of fighting to half-backed Afghan National Army (ANA) a few weeks back, NATO commanders are already busy overseeing the dismantling and destruction of their immovable structures and even weapons. What no one knows though is that will they be asked to pack up and leave in the middle of night like Russians did in 1989 or can they afford to get a guard of honour send-off— without the chance of any sleeper cell or inside attack. This uncertainty is certainly doing more harm to the morale of the remaining NATO/US forces than any good, remarked one of the senior security officials while talking to this scribe from Kabul. “It’s not only the army but even the general population and almost over a decade-old Karzai government which is equally perturbed over uncertain future especially after the humiliation Afghans and US had to face in Doha,” he commented. “It will be a big lie if we say that Taliban have not gained even from these stalled talks,” he asserted. Adding he said that though President Obama has himself become involved in this process but the fact remains that


Mirza Abrarun Nabi Baig YPER Inflation dead ahead, denying it will only make matters worse: Of late, inflation has become somewhat of a pass time topic of discussion. Everyone seems to be an expert on it, but more than often the discussions only go in circles, seldom ever touching anything material [Our opinion]. If it were not true than someone explain to us how Pakistan’s State Bank eased the monetary policy. Were the inflationary pressures induced due to increase in gasoline prices this meniscal? We beg to differ. It was nothing more than a political move as interest rates would soar in the future. They could, and we’d not be surprised one bit to see highs interest rate levels last seen in 2009. Surely, it is not a question of whether new highs for interest rates would be made but rather when or how soon? Weeks or month’s maybe, or years? We do not have a crystal ball to precisely predict when, but all the signs are becoming clearer by the day and it doesn’t look good! As our readers would know, our article which was published last Monday suggested gasoline prices to surge by 15 to 20% in the next two quarters, but this too isn’t enough for “Hyper Inflation”. It could really get the ball rolling but this factor alone does not have enough oomph in it. The 2nd factor is the devaluation of the currency, which already lies in the pits but it seems it would not stop until it digs its own grave. Currency will devalue due to IMF pressures and once again prior to start of “high level meetings” between IMF and Pakistan we had already hinted what and what not to expect from the outcome. Inflation, it seems, is the answer of the prayers who aren’t as fortunate. “They”, day in day out pray for better times as rich keep getting richer and the poor become poorer. As inflation weakens the buying power therefore the more “currency” you hold, the bigger loser you would be in the end [hence, the prayers notion for equality]. It seems all too interesting to us that the richer, one becomes the quicker they are in brushing aside worries such as an economic doomsday; for they perhaps believe they are well equipped to ride the storm. But the question is, are they really or anyone for that matter? It may seem like an awkward and inappropriate connection but all religions and chiefly ours repeatedly stresses on being prepared for the doomsday. We would not further delve in this but it teaches us a lesson of being prepared at all times. One can never be “too” or overtly prepared, so to speak. Hyperinflation is like a fire which is so fierce that it could burn down a building before its smoke alarms buzz off the hook at the fire stations for rescue. People have forgotten about “Barter Trade” but when economies fall over the proverbial cliff, it is this forgotten/obsolete way of trading which makes the most sense. For ones who have not heard of “hyperinflation” the best example is that of Yugoslavia. Inflation in early 1990s was relentlessly rising there and almost overnight broke upwards to the stratosphere. It became so chronic and fierce that prices doubled after 1.4 days! Hyperinflation is one such economic reality which is even difficult to conceptualize. When inflation increase, central banks printing presses start printing higher denomination currency. I.e. like in Pakistan Rs. 1000 note is superseded by Rs. 5000. The increase in Pakistan only shows the effect of moderate inflation. In hyperinflationary environment such as Yugoslavia as noted above, the devaluation is unconceivable and I am sure the ones who aren’t familiar with what happened in Yugoslavia; it would come as a complete shock! The 500 billion dinar note at the height of hyperinflation had the same purchasing power as a 500 dinar note barely 20 months earlier. There are two important things here, the extent of devaluation and the time it took to reach such heights! Perhaps a mathematical explanation might help better understand the true extent. Based on the average of 1.4 days for doubling of prices, if one had Rs. 100,000 in 29 days that Rs. 100,000 would be worth less than Rs. 1! Hence, the reason why we noted above that the richer you are the worst hit you’d be as all that money/currency/notes would be rendered worthless. It would only make sense to burn it as fuel to keep ones house warm, as paying for the utility bill to get “natural gas” would be out of question. We all have played the game of “pass the pillow/ball” at some point. The point is to get the pillow/ball out of your hands and into the next person as soon as possible. In hyperinflation, money turns into the pillow/ball which everyone tries to quickly get rid of. The above scenario at present may seem unthinkable or laughable too, but Pakistan’s own history gives no confidence to take it lightly. First it was almost the 100% devaluation of Pak Rs. When East and West Pakistan broke up; then Mr. Bhutto nationalized the industries and to this day the manufacturing industry has not quite taken off [restricted to very specific things, no innovation]. Mr. Nawaz Sharif froze foreign currency accounts to avert the wrath which everyone felt of sanction but all too rarely willfully discusses. If all this seems immaterial then the most recent of the extreme steps were taken by the Cyprus government which froze all “Savings Accounts” up to 100,000 Euros. Why did the Cyprian government have to do what it did? It did to ensure that the “Savings Accounts” wouldn’t be drained clean in the wake of the BAIL OUT DEAL! We criticize the IMF and the politicians can’t stop bragging about the political mastery due to which “They” were able to cut a “GOOD DEAL” but in reality all this is hokum. If push comes to shove, such bailout deals would be harsher and not the other way around. Unless, the people whom are always willing to dish dirt at the “Government” or the corrupt system do not take action, the thought of hyperinflation cannot be discounted, which to us is already a serious concern. Some might disagree but we feel Pakistan’s economy is a classic example of a bubble. The parallel informal economy in our opinion has thus far kept this bubble from bursting. But all bubbles do burst, some sooner than others. And if this one were to go kaput, then the only asset which could provide the much needed liquidity in such dire times would be an asset which is liquid. Gold is not as liquid as it was a year ago and even though individuals are rushing to buy gold because it has tanked so hard but the bottom so far is not in sight. Same could be said about the real-estate market in Pakistan. Though it has been on the rise of late but higher inflationary pressures eventually take its toll on the value of “property” [China and Hong Kong are text books examples of this theory and so is U.S which saw increase in housing prices from 2001 to 2007 while inflation remained rampant for the same period]. So, which asset should one have in order to mitigate higher inflationary pressures? The answer to this question is rather a unique one for it is this very asset that shall make things worse initially. Crude is a liquid asset and is literally “liquid”. If Pakistan were to fall over the cliff it would be due to massive bull rally in Crude oil that [in our opinion and as we have noted now several times in our articles to THESPOKESMAN] is waiting to happen. That, along with devaluation of Pak Rupee, which the State Bank has put aside until the talks on bailout are concluded could be the nail in the coffin.


KARACHI: Ranger personnel standing alert to avert any untoward incident before submitting of memorandum by MQM leaders at British Consulate. — ONLINE

Britain-based MQM chief takes another big U-turn 

Altaf steps down as party head then withdraws his resignation

KARACHI/LONDON: Hours Muttahida Qaumi after Movement Chief Altaf Hussain announced to quit party leadership, he took again a big U-turn: he took back his decision to resign. He announced his latter decision while addressing party workers in Karachi by telephone from London. Altaf demanded that the conspiracy to involve him in Imran Farooq’s murder must stop, arguing that had he not tolerated opponents how could Amir and Afaq remained alive thus far. He said that if a court of law took up Dr Imran Farooq murder case then he would not engage any lawyer,

solicitor, or barrister, rather he would fight his case himself. "I would plead my case personally and Hussain said he is taking back his decision on the strong demand of party workers and supporters. He said he will face the case of Dr Imran Farooq murder and will accept any decision of the court in this regard. Earlier‚ Altaf Hussain announced to resign following his implication in Dr Imran Farooq case by London Police. Altaf warns Britain that his name should not be included in Imran Faruq murder case or else it would be harmful for the country where he is living on asylum. He said UK agencies can kill

him and no body would be aware of it. MQM chief said he is leader of his party workers not leader of British people. Altaf speech comes at a time when UK Premier David Camron was meeting with Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif. Altaf said would face the trial and accept any decision in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case. Meanwhile, MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar said on Sunday that conspiracy is being hatched against the party. Talking to reporters at party headquarters Nine Zero in Karachi‚ he said MQM leader Imran Farooq’s murder was a big tragedy, said that “raiding party chief ’s house and

CM directs ministers to open doors LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed all provincial ministers to open their doors for people and resolve their issues. Addressing a meeting with members of national and provincial assemblies from Sargodha division at CM's house here on Sunday, he said only those ministers could sustain at their offices who would serve the masses. He vowed the Punjab would be made a model province by good governance, writ of law and eradication of corruption and said that historic mandate given by people would be respected. The chief minister said all problems of people, including loadshedding, would be end soon, adding that it was responsibility of elected representatives to

indicate dishonest officers. He said water would be ensured to reach at tails to facilitate farmers by elimination of water theft. He said corruption would never be tolerated and strict action would be taken against corrupt officers, adding that one thousand sub-inspectors would be employed through Public Service Commission for eradication of thana culture. Shahbaz Sharif stressed on representatives to adopt honesty and hard-working for better rule. State Minister Ameenul Hasnat, Provincial Ministers, including Rana Sanaullah, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Tanvir Aslam Malik, Tahir Khalil Sindhu, Begum Zakia Shahnwaz and several provincial officers were also present. – APP

Doha Talks debacle

Britain, Norway and Germany trying to salvage dented US pride

Americans faced a double jeopardy and both coming not from their adversaries but from their puppets; one in Kabul and other one in Qatar. With the Taliban offensive on the rise in Afghanistan and ANA left on its own to deal with the rise in insurgency, dwindling fortunes of peace talks in Doha has put the entire region on high alert. As foreign diplomats in Kabul suggest that the region in itself is alive to all the possible outcomes after the proposed pull out of Americans and NATO forces by mid 2014. To understand what regional countries might be expecting after this much hyped withdrawal of foreign troops from war torn country, this scribe had to talk many diplomats and security analysts in Pakistan and Afghanistan. One thing was for sure that none wanted to say anything on record despite the fact that none had any clue as to what might be in the store for all the regional countries and the departing fighters. “One thing is for sure that Pakistan will no more be able to remote control the country where once ISI used to call the shots between 1979 and 2005,” remarked one European diplomat based in Kabul. He was of the view that if not more countries than at least a troika of China, India and Pakistan will be there to battle it out between themselves to control

an ethnically divided Afghanistan in the post draw down days. “China is a surprise for many but with their heavy investment in copper, precious metals and stones, they are there for sure,” he added. Talking to some operatives working on Pakistani side of the troubled region it revealed that Chinese and Americans are out there like flies in those lands which they otherwise call as lawless section of Pakistan. “They are there with bagful of dollars to buy out any information which can

lead them to any influential TTP man,” he added. Journalists in those areas also endorsed this view because they say that for the first time they are finding Chinese equally engaged in digging out information and informers. Otherwise, they say that it used to be either the plainclothesmen of Pakistani agencies or the bearded Pashto speaking Americans who used to flock the region and pay handsomely to the journalists for any piece of information which they believed was of some value. Though Pakistani operatives chip in to this information hungry atmosphere with their own loaded typical version; Indian

involvement in FATA and beyond. They believe that India is not involved in this region to find out that what next plan is being hatched for their lands and secondly that how many out there are heading to pose them a threat in their held Kashmir. ‘Therefore, Indians are not only pumping in money but also doling out Russian and Chinese Kalashnikovs to their nurtured contacts either to keep these mercenaries away from their lands/Kashmir or use them for their targeted objectives against Pakistan,” added the senior military official. With Cameron in Pakistan posing as harbinger of goodwill and business opportunities, Britain is already out there to actively do what many western analysts call a lap dog service for Americans. But Norwegians and Germans are equally trying their bit to bring the peace talks back on track, even for a photo op. “After all they have done it so many times in the past for Americans by bringing together Palestinians and Israelis and they are hopeful that they will do it again for the Americans. An exasperated American administration, which already has its hands glued deeply in many springs ranging from Tunisia, Egypt to Syria, they want Taliban back on the table at any cost. “Even talks without any pre conditions and outcome will be the first and foremost demand of the Americans

conducting Altaf Hussain’s media trail by the London Metropolitan Police is not acceptable.” Hundreds of MQM workers were gathering at the Nine Zero, chanting slogans in favor of Altaf Hussain calling upon him to take back his decision to quit the party leadership, hours after he announced it. Sattar said that Altaf would continue to be the leader of the party. He said they have a right to take legal action against the London Police. Meanwhile, MQM parliamentarians and members of Coordination Committee staged a protest demonstration outside British Consulate in Karachi on Sunday. Agencies

AQ Khan to contest by-polls SWABI: Tehrik-i-Tahafuz Pakistan chief Dr Abdul Qadir Khan will contest in the by-elections from NA-13 Swabi-II going to be held on August 22. He announced this decision in a meeting with the provincial leadership of the party in Islamabad on Sunday. The seat for the National Assembly was vacated by PTI’s Asad Qaisar before taking oath of as speaker KPK Assembly. Besides candidates of other parties, candidates of JUI-F and PTI are also contesting election from the constituency. – INP right now,” agreed a European diplomat based in Islamabad. “It’s not only the repute but even the safe exit of over 100000 troops from Afghanistan is at stake,” added another Arab diplomat. Just few weeks back, the entire diplomatic corps in Islamabad was talking very highly about these talks considering them the right step in the right direction and that too at the right time. Many of the ambassadors were skeptical about the outcome but still were hopeful that this will help break the ice and kick start a process which eventually might lead to some manageable solutions for the war torn Afghanistan in particular and for the region in general. Usual knee jerk reactions from Afghan president Hamid Karzai was less of a botheration for these foreign emissaries because they believed that Karzai just want to remain relevant to this new transition in a country where after almost a decade of rule he himself has become completely irrelevant to the people, the negotiators and even the NATO and US. Not because he will not be running for the next presidential elections due next April but for the sordid stories of corruption surrounding him and his family members. More so because of his complete failure to give any governance to a country where on average 150 billion dollars were raining from all sides (more from US) throughout the past decade. However, the initial deadlock dampened their hopes a bit but still they believe that talks would resume one way or the other.

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