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MQM to launch protests against Imran’s allegations
Farooq Sattar says making allegations against his party chief without any proof is highly irresponsible
KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced that it will hold protests in Pakistan and in other countries against statements made by Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf chairman Imran Khan. Speaking at a press conference at Nine-Zero, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar spoke out strongly and contemned the statements made by the PTI chief against MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Imran Khan had said that he held the MQM leader directly responsible for
the killing of PTI Sindh Vice President Zahra Shahid Hussain. The MQM has rejected the allegations and have condemned the PTI chief for making the accusations. Farooq Sattar said that making allegations against his party chief without any evidence or proof was highly irresponsible and showed a lack of political maturity by Imran Khan. He said that the protests against the PTI chief ’s statement will be held in a peaceful manner. During the press conference, Farooq
Sattar said that the low turnout in repolling of NA-250 proves that the people have rejected the process. He said that the residents of Defence have shown their love for Altaf Hussain by rejecting the polling process in NA250. Agencies Separately, MQM workers on Sunday staged protest rallies in Karachi and Hyderabad against Imran Khan over his remarks against Altaf Hussain following the murder of PTI leader Zahra Shahid. Participants of the rallies staged a
sit-in before the press club. MQM workers staged rallies in Latifabad, Paka Qila, Station Road and Heerabad. They condemned Khan’s statement in which he blamed Altaf Hussain and British government for the murder of Zahra Shahid. Zahra was shot dead on Saturday night in front of her house in Defence area of Karachi. In his first reaction, the PTI chairman, who has been admitted to a Lahore hospital, said MQM chief Altaf Hussain was responsible for this murder. –ONLINE
‘Zahra’s sacriﬁce will not go in vain’ LAHORE: Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday appealed to his party workers to stand firm against the brutalities, come what may. "Zahra Shahid Hussain did not lay down her life for nothing. Her sacrifice will not go in vain", said Khan in a latest video message to PTI workers from the hospital where he is recovering from the injuries received in a fall at a pre-poll rally. Going forward, an adamant PTI chief said the city of Karachi was being controlled by mongering fear among people. Khan announced that PTI would launch a protest movement against the cold-blooded murder of PTI leader, Zahra Shahid Hussain, tomorrow (Monday), adding he himself would lead the demos in Karachi as soon as he was out of the hospital. "I regret that I would not be able to join the protest demonstrations in Karachi right now," he said addressing his workers. –AGENCIES
Shahbaz unable to finalise Balochistan CM
Says he and Achakzai have decided to form a three-party alliance
QU E T TA: The future ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has failed to develop consensus regarding nomination of leader of the house in the Balochistan Assembly. Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif failed to break the deadlock over the nomination of the future chief executive of Balochistan, which is under the grip of violence for the last 12 years. Shahbaz Sharif held a onehour meeting with Pashtun nationalist leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai to discuss ways and means for formation of future coalition government in the violence-stricken province on Sunday evening. "We have decided in principle to form a three-party alliance in Balochistan," Sharif told a crowd of reporters at a local hotel. He said the alliance comprises PML-N, Pakhtunkhwa (PkMAP) Milli Awami Party and National Party. Sharif also had a detailed meeting with NP Chief Dr Malik Baloch and Senator Hasil Bizenjo regarding the government formation in Balochistan. The PML-N had nominated
ECP to notify candidates on May 22 ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will issue official notification of returning candidates in the general elections on May 22. ECP has asked the independent candidates, who remained successful in the elections to submit a certificate to concerned District Returning Officer regarding their affiliation with any political party till May.25, whereas all the newly elected MNAs and MPAs are also directed to present their details of elections’ expenditures till May 21, failing which their notification would not be issued. According to the Constitution, a candidate would submit his detail of expenditure to Election Commission within 10 days after elections , whereas the independent candidates are either required to be joined any political party in the parliament or retain his independent status after three days after issuance of notification. Meanwhile, the ECP Sunday unfrozen voters list across the country and restored clause 18 of electoral rules. –ONLINE
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri as the parliamentary leader in Balochistan Assembly the other day. He is considered to be a strong candidate for the slot of chief minister. However, Nawabzada Jangaiz Marri, an elected MPA from Kohlu, former Deputy Chairman Senate Jan Muhammad Jamali and the NP Chief Dr Malik Baloch are also strong candidates for the CM slot. Nawab Zehri was able to get the support of around 20 MPAs to become the future chief executive of the province. However, the central command of the PML-N directed him to ignore previous allies including the JUI-F, BNP (Awami) and Pakistan Muslim
League (Q). Mian Nawaz Sharif has given clear instructions to the provincial chapter of the party to take National Party and PkMAP on board regarding the future set up. The two Baloch and Pashtun nationalist parties currently have 17 members out of 51 general seats in the Balochistan Assembly. They appear to be in a stronger position to form a government with the PML-N. Sources inside NP said the future chief minister would be nominated after consultation with Mehmood Achakzai and Dr Malik Baloch. "Nawaz Sharif has directed his party to take us on board in all affairs regarding formation of the government," they said. –AGENCIES
Khoso to chair important meeting on loadshedding ISLAM ABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar khan Khoso is to chair an important meeting regarding load shedding crisis, today (Monday). The meeting, also to be participated by higher authorities of ministry of water and power, has been summoned in the wake of heavy protests by masses over continuous rise in load shedding along with rise in summer’s mercury. Ministry of Petroleum has already warned of paucity of any further revenue with PSO (Pakistan State Oil) to pay for furnace oil, reserves of which have touched low. PSO has been known to have demanded an immediate payment of Rs 15 billion from Finance ministry to enable purchase of oil. Masses would be eyeing the meeting with fervent hopes that this meeting would be helpful in resolving some long standing solutions, while various steps regarding preservation of electricity could also be mulled. –ONLINE
KARACHI: Women wait for their turn to cast their ballots at a polling station in DHA during NA-250 re-polling. — ONLINE
Alvi leads in NA-250 KARACHI: According to unofficial results received from a number of polling stations of NA-250 where a partial reelection was held Sunday, PTI leader Arif Alvi is leading. On the other hand PTI candidates vying for provincial constituencies, PS-112-113, are also ahead of their rivals with a sizable margin. The counting of ballots was currently in progress after re-voting at 43 polling stations of NA-250 (Karachi) concluded peacefully with a turnout comparatively lower than what was seen on May 11. Troops, police and paramilitary rangers backed up by armoured personnel carriers guarded the 43 polling stations in the NA250 constituency, following claims of ballot-stuffing there during the May 11 general election. About 86,000 registered voters were expected to cast ballots in the repolling. There are two provincial constituencies --PS-112113-- in NA-250. –AGENCIES
PML-N wants Mush’s ‘foreign trip’
Tells Gen Kayani that former dictator must leave Pakistan before new govt takes charge
LAHORE: Sources have claimed that modalities for an honourable exit of Musharraf were being discussed by the officials concerned of state and his international guarantors, reports The Daily News and Analysis (DNA). The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is set to lead the government at the Centre, has reportedly told Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani that Pervez Musharraf should leave Pakistan before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers. The PML-N, which has reportedly pardoned the former president under the pressure of international guarantors now desires that Musharraf should not be on the issues' list of the country when they take charge to avoid the public pressure over Musharraf 's alleged
directives, reports The Nation. Meanwhile, insiders in Musharraf 's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), maintained that international guarantors had intensified their efforts to rescue Musharraf and he was likely to land in Dubai after leaving the country. They claimed that modalities for an honourable exit of Musharraf were being discussed by the officials concerned of state and his international guarantors. They added Musharraf was most likely to fly from Pakistan a little earlier before the new rulers took charge from the caretakers. PML-Zia chief Ijazul-Haq has also claimed that Musharraf will leave the country before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers, adding that those who wanted to stop Musharraf from leaving the country might have a little time at hand to take action.
Meeting between Nawaz, Zardari likely on 22nd ISLAMABAD: PML-N president and possible future prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has accepted President Asif Ali Zardari’s May 22 invitation to attend the reception hosted for visiting Chinese Premier. This acceptance would be marking the already auspicious event, with another memorable occasion of first informal, meeting between two, after the elections. PML-N sources have indicated that despite being informal, the talks would still entail deliberations over important National matters, which would definitely include the most impending issue of transfer of power. Nawaz Sharif would also be raising the issue of high-level appointments, during which he would be stressing over resignation of NAB (National Accountability Bureau’s) head, Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari, over Fasih’s indictment in sub-judice case of Contempt of Court; since Nawaz would like to make a new appointment. –ONLINE
Education budget up to 4 per cent by 2018: PML-N ISLAMABAD: All the political parties in their manifestos have focused on reforms in education sector to a larger extent for the first time in the history with commitments to enhance education budget up to 4 per cent of GDP by 2018 and strengthen autonomous position of HEC which is a good sign. The political parties especially PML-N, PTI, PPPP, PML-F and PML-Q have given special focus on educational reforms this time. Rozina Alam Khan of PML-N said her party has prioritized changing destiny of nation through initiating reforms in education system of the country. She said her party's manifesto clearly speaks of its commitment toward uplift of higher education sector in the country
especially through strengthening Higher Education Commission (HEC) that has achieved tremendous success during the previous years. She said HEC was given tough time during the last few years, however the commission continued its efforts toward promotion of higher education, bringing countries universities at par with international institutions which is commendable. The way youth has expressed confidence over PML-N, it would definitely remove the financial constraints being faced by HEC during the previous regime, giving it complete autonomy, she said. Meanwhile, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed
R Leghari said it is a good omen that for the first time in the history of the country, leading political parties have given that much importance to education in their manifestos. It is quite welcoming step that the political forces have realized that no nation can achieve progress without educating its youth", he said. He said PML-N has expressed its commitment to increase spending on education up to 4 percent of GDP till the year 2018, gradually. It was conveyed through many interactive forums at universities, students and Vice Chancellors level that HEC has suffered from financial constraints due to low budgetary allocations and the leading political party
PML-N has given it so much importance, he said. He said PML-N has enjoyed the support of youth as the over whelming majority of youth with all their intellectual and emotional sentiments has supported the party through giving their votes, hoping for the better future. According to the PML-N manifesto, it would enhance education budget upto 4 percent of GDP by 2018, give greater autonomy to HEC and promote vocational and technical education. PTI has committed to make the HEC fully autonomous, make universities a hub for research and autonomous by delinking these from government, increase university enrolment by establishing new
universities and enlarging existing capacity and focus on university education in sciences and encourage collaboration with foreign universities. PML-Q committed to give HEC autonomy and encourage to improve quality of universities. PPPP promised to enhance education budget more than 4.5 per cent of GDP by the end of their next term, create a National Scholarship Programme, and provide 10,000 scholarships for higher education and specialized technical education for students in FATA and Balochistan. PML-F focused on making HEC a free and independent organization through ensuring the representation of all provinces in it. –AGENCIES
CMYK MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Karachi Card slipping out of MQM's hands? SAEED MINHAS
enom Inc. This should not be held against me in a court of law aˇ I solemnly declare that these a˘e absolute lies, dirty whispers and wild speculation that I have heard while crawling in the dark power corridors of the creepy Capital. You will believe them aˆ your own risk Shh...If you have venom to spill please don’ˆ hesitate to share with ˙ˇ on our blog aˆ ˛˛˛ .thespokesman.pk
Balochistan CM ̶ Jan or Jangaiz ? ML (N) seems inclined to change Sanaullah Baloch as its nominee for Chief Ministership. The toss is now between former Balochistan Chief Minister and Deputy Chairman Senate, Jan Jamali and Nawaz Khair Bux Marri’s son Jangaiz Marri. Jan Jamali also brings in his sister, Rahat Jamali, who may be the second women in Balochistan to be ever elected through direct elections. Jan was Nawaz Sharif ’s Chief Minister in 1998. He later switched to PML (Q) as most others did in Balochistan. But he returned to PML (N) before the elections and won despite the opposition of his cousin, former Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali, who also won on the national seat. Jan and his sister won both provincial seats of Naseerabad. He brings in political and administrative experience and is known to be a moderate acceptable to most groups. In comparison, Jangaiz, though a twotime Provincial Minister is known to be a reserve person. His nomination is being largely pushed because he is Hairbiar Marri’s brother. But this may send a mixed message. While he is a trophy for the establishment—as Khair Bux Marri’s son who stands for federation—but a red rag for the insurgents. But then even Mengals and Bugtis play the same game. Attaullah Mengal has got one son Javed working with the insurgents while Akhtar represents the moderates. Nawab Bugti’s grandson, Mir Dostain Domki, who got elected from Dera Bugti also joined PML (N), while his cousin Brahmadagh Bugti continues to fight the establishment. But the big news is that the PML (N) seems to have changed its mind. This happened largely because of immense reservations being expressed by political allies. Mahmood Khan Achakzai’s PMAP and Dr Maalick Baloch’s National Party were quite open about expressing their concerns on Sanaullah Zehri. Both the parties conceded the PML (N) right for the selection of the PML (N) but advised them to be careful, which means anybody but Sanaullah. So far, Jan had more chances than Jangaiz but it remains anybody’s game.
nother attempt on Karachi card is underway these days and as usual Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to use all its available ‘resources’ to resist this latest assault to uproot them from their claimed lands by none other than youth of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI). Boycott of re-polling on 43 polling stations in NA 250—a posh locality of Karachi and a murder of an elderly founder member of PTI on the eve of this event seem to have little impact on anyone. The constituency has 137 total polling stations, out of which Election Commission of Pakistan cancelled polling on May 11 after receiving the reports of massive rigging as well as delayed start to vote-casting. Apart from these 43 polling stations, Khush Bakht Shujaat of MQM is considered to have huge majority. Results from rest of uncontroversial polling stations were officially sealed by ECP but MQM party source claimed that they have got clear majority against PTI on the rest of polling stations. A murder on the eve of re-polling, continuous sit-ins across the city and accusation against Altaf Hussain by Imran Khan are cited as reasons for MQM’s boycott. Interestingly, Peoples Party, a former ally of MQM during 2008-2013 government have also boycotted this re-polling on the pretext that they were demanding re election in the whole constituency instead of partial re-polling. Secretary of Election Commission of Pakistan, Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan when contacted believes that law books are silent when it comes to boycott of elections by two major political parties. “We will have to go by the book and as per the written requests of PTI contenders from NA 250, we are holding re-polling only on 43 stations,” he contended. “We will compile the re-
sults after the re-polling and announce a final result as soon as we get the record from the returning officers,” he added. Even the leadership of Pakistan Peoples party and MQM know this but as some of them agreed in off-the-record talks that “it’s not about polling; it’s about principles of equal play.” Elaborating their concept of equal play, leadership of both the parties unanimously point the fingers towards Lahore’s NA 125 and NA 122 seats from where PTI Chief
terming it as just a lame excuse to save the engineered mandate of Nawaz League. Therefore, prompted by an emotionally charged Pir of MQM, Altaf Hussain, Rabita Committee has announced to hold world-wide and of course including Karachi and other parts of Pakistan, protests to curb this fresh wave of criticism and serious accusations against their self-exiled party chief. Chief of PTI, Imran Khan was prompt to level murder charges on
Imran Khan and his party stalwart Hamid Khan have lost. They argue that why ECP has been so prompt in responding to a complaint about Karachi and that too for partial re-polling while totally ignoring dozens of complaints of massive rigging across Punjab. Secretary ECP, when asked, said that “we have just received some complaints about Lahore and other constituencies of Punjab and are reviewing them before taking any decision on them. But leadership of PPP and MQM brush this aside by
Altaf Hussain for killing of his party’s senior lady through twitter which was enough to prompt all sort of sleazy comments across various platforms of social media. A cringing and howling Altaf later addressed his party’s core committee, known as Rabita Committee and deplored them for not reacting to Imran Khan’s accusations promptly and in a manner befitting their strength and control over the only operational port city of the country. PML (N) of Mian Nawaz Sharif set to form a
All set for first Face-off between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan SALMAN ABBAS
ISLAMABAD: Stage has again been
set to test the popularity of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan in one of the federal capital's vacated seat initially bagged by Makhdoom Javed Hashmi of PTI on May 11.Though, PML (N) leadership has hinted at pitching its old horse police-encounterfamed Anjum Aqeel Khan from this constieucny despite losing on May 11 and PTI has announced to field a former corporate sector executive Asad Umer from NA 48, but for all practical purposes it will be the first test between Naya Pakistan and Roshan Pakistan in the post May 11 scenario. On May 11th 2013, PTI candidate Makhdoom Javed Hashmi won from both two constituencies he contested including NA-48 Islamabad and NA149 Multan. However, Hashmi has decided to keep the seat of his hometown constituency NA-149 from Multan and to vacate the NA-48 seat of Islamabad. According to the results of May 11
elections, Javed Hashmi had secured 73,692 votes whereas PML-N candidate Anjum Aqeel Khan remained runner-up by getting 52,171 votes. Sources in the PTI told The Spokesman that after making thorough consultations, PTI Chairman Imran Khan decided to nominate Asad Umar to contest on Javed Hashmi’s vacant seat from the NA48. The main reason behind the move was to pave the ways for Asad Umar to reach in parliament. “As Asad has strong grip on economy related issues and the PTI is in need of a person who can raise voice on economic policies of the country, so the party leadership decided to nominate him on NA-48 seat,” said the source. On the other hand, Anjum Aqeel Khan has started his campaign from the same constituency while claiming that PML-N leadership has decided to once again award him the party ticket. Whereas, other expected candidates of PML-N have dispelled the rumors that Anjum will once again get the party ticket.
One of the PML-N expected candidate told The Spokesman that it would be a fatal decision to once again award the party ticket to Anjum Aqeel as neither was he enjoying good reputation in the constituency nor he got succeeded to win from NA-48 on May 11. He said that NA-48 comprised of 80% urban population and 20% rural. “So, the party leadership should award the ticket to a candidate having urban background,” he added. Involvement
of Anjum in numerous controversies, including that of National Police Foundation (NPF) land scam, has damaged his repute and also makes his position weaker. However, in view of political observers, this time the situation is also not going much in favor of PTI. As on one hand PML-N has now become the ruling party by getting majority of national assembly seats and on the other PTI’s decision of awarding the party ticket to Asad Umar has
ICAI Audit Report
desperate the expected candidates of party from same constituency. PTI’s candidates including Dr Shahzad Wasim, Syed Israr Shah, Hassan Ayub and Faisal Javed Khan were in a race for getting party ticket from this constituency. A party source said that all these leaders have run the campaign of Javed Hashmi with full commitment so that they could get the ticket after Hashmi’s vacation from this constituency. “But all of sudden, the party flouted the proposal to award this ticket to Asad Umar and also made announcement in this regard,” said the source, adding that there was no likelihood that these leaders would once again run the campaign of Asad Umar from NA-48. However, after general elections 2013, PTI has its strong hold in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and this fact will go in favor of Asad Umar. Most of the urban popularity in Islamabad has also casted vote in favor of PTI on May 11 in both the constituencies of federal capital including NA-48 and NA-49.
Imran Khan @iopyne6h
DFID lacks strategy and openness in Pakistan After irregularities and misappropriations in American tax payers’ money by United States Agency for International Development-Pakistan (USAID/Pak), the credibility of another international donor agency, UK based Department for International Development (DFID) become under question after thorough performance review of DFID conducted by International watchdog agency, Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). Recently ICAI conducted a thorough review of DFID performance as study the DFID’s general procurement Group (PrG) and five sample case studies in least developed countries including Yemen, Bangladesh and Nigeria with accumulated contract value of £264 million with different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to run the ongoing programmes in these particular regions. The numbers of civil society organizations (CSOs) including Aurat Foundation (AF), Strengthening participatory Organization (SPO), South Asia partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK), Sungi Foundation, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) have been working in Pakistan on different projects of livelihood, education, health and
government with 124 seats and Imran Khan’s PTI emerging as third largest parliamentary party at national level with its tally of 27, one seat of Karachi will hardly make any difference to the laid out equation. But given the importance of Karachi and symbolic posture of challenging the 'Bhai Logs' in their own backyard is what makes this re-polling all the more significant. “It’s not about winning or losing one seat, it’s about freeing Karachities of MQM’s terror,” was a common echo emerging from an unending sit-in staged by PTI youth across a city considered to be the financial hub of the country. Farooq Sattar, MNA-elect and leader of MQM, however, consider it differently. He believes that yet another conspiracy is being hatched against his party by national and international establishments. Though he did not name any particular institution of the country or any international actor but his party leadership point fingers towards Khakis in Pakistan and America as a global actor interested in pushing their party against the wall. It was the damning telephonic speech of Altaf Hussain on the night of polling in which he proposed to the Pakistan establishment to dismember Karachi, if they cannot digest MQM’s mandate and presence of Urdu speaking community in the city— known also as birthplace of founder of the country. Pundits strongly believe that with a split mandate in Karachi, situation has become very delicate. Especially when MQM announces to hold protest rallies and sit-ins across the city. They believe that no matter how much they assure to the Karachities that these protests will remain peaceful, if new government failed to keep Karachi running, MQM will stamp its authority for good. Then it does not matter that how many political parties are technically holding seats from Karachi, they will not be able to match MQM’s ‘resources’.
rehabilitation of effetees from conflicted areas of the country under huge funding of DFID, as well one of the huge funded projects named Awaz Voice and Accountibility Programme (AVAP) having accumulated cost £34.8 million will be implemented by five CSOs including Aurat Foundation (AF) also. Surprisingly, DFID selected the one AF organization amongst the other four for heavy funded AVAP five-year project, despite the fact that Aurat Foundation already under scrutiny by Washington based Office of Inspector General (OIG), an US watchdog for USAID funded projects. The transparency of criteria for awarding projects to CSOs by DFID could be observed that the AF was one of the organizations, which were shut down for a long period
Surprisingly, DFID selected the one AF organization amongst the other four for heavy funded AVAP five-year project, despite the fact that Aurat Foundation already under scrutiny by Washington based Office of Inspector General (OIG), an US watchdog for USAID funded projects. The transparency of criteria for awarding projects to CSOs by DFID could be observed that the AF was one of the organizations, which were shut down for a long period during last decade due to misappropriations and irregularities in spending tax money for foreign community
during last decade due to misappropriations and irregularities in spending tax money for foreign community. The Watchdog agency for international aid ICAI similarly observed that DFID over all performing its functions in smooth and transparent manners, however in some areas the agency seemed down to implement the rules of business in awarding the contracts to right individuals or consultancy firms, resultantly reluctant to achieve the set targets. ICAI clearly mentioned in its latest assessment report that aid agency DFID should improved its transactions with contractors and agreements with civil society organizations to achieve the set targets and smooth running of business. The copy of assessment report, which is available with daily “The Spokesman”, revealed that uncertainties over agreements with CSOs and disproportionate monitoring system have mired DFID’s partnership plan. Like all other government aid agencies and large private aid groups and foundations, DFID taps private contractors to deliver assistance. For every $10 spent on aid in 2011-2012, $1 went to contractors, “DFID’s choices to use contractors were appropriate,” ICAI said. The department sets clear project objectives, but however “lacks a strategic plan for when to consider using contractors in delivery and when to take advantage of a particular contractor’s strengths,” the report points out. The document further disclosed that the
anonymous survey conducted by ICAI observed a clear difference of opinion between DFID and its contractors about the details relating to the objectives. The agency ICAI observed a key weakness in DFID managerial business that the donor itself does not have sufficient informed buyers within its ranks who understand the capacities of the potential players. “If DFID decided to continue with programme Partnership Arrangements (PPAs), or a similar grant-making instrument, it should use the intervening period to develop a more strategic, transparent and fair process for selecting CSOs and allocating funding”, ICAI recommended DFID in its final report. The watchdog agency also recommended that DFID should assign a technical counterpart to each PPA to ensure that both it and CSOs obtain full value from the partnership, adding the recommendation for re-designing the monitoring and evaluation system for PPAs so that it will less cumbersome and better suited to the longterm strategic nature of this funding. ICAI was also of view after the detailed scrutiny of biggest donor agency that DFID should strengthen the role of the Learning Groups, in order to ensure that lessons learned are shared more widely within DFID and with civil society partners. In a recent audit conducted by the undercover OIG officials, USAID-Pakistan has been asked to explain that why they have to spend US taxpayers $ 0.715 million for international training trips of it employees without prior approval of competent authority. Sources in USAID-Pakistan informed this scribe that a re- cent review about the International training practices of USAID-Pakistan conducted by OIG senior officials revealed that mission already had an individual development plan in place which had the approval of supervisors and deputy mission director. Yet, the inspectors could not find any justification or any approval for sending 16 of 20 employees for attending training events worldwide.
Bhai's performance that is fit for the Oscars. Apparently Rabita Committee got a beating after this. #MQM #PTI
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri @TahirulQadri18h
We strongly condemn brutal killing of #PTI leader Zahra Hussain in #Karachi #Pakistan
Dr. Arif Alvi @ArifAlvi22h
Army has accompanied ALL Presiding officers ballot boxes & papers to all Polling stations - will stay overnight #NA250 re-poll under Army
Faizan Lakhani @faizanlakhani9h
Volunteers distributing water bottles to voters, media and security personnel at Polling stations in DA Model High School, DHA IV. #NA250
Anjum Kiani @AnjumKiani12 May
#MQM must not in way threaten or intimidate the Teen Talwar protestors. Karachi belongs to everyone & not just Altaf Bhai! #Pakvotes #NA250
akchishti @akchishti11 May
#MQM Shusbakht Shujaat remains one of the most unpopular candidate in her constituency. She had nothing for #NA250
Ali Bin Arif @AliArif2345m
Altaf says sorry to workers,rabtaa committee says sorry to Altaf and now workers will say sorry to Rabtaa committee. #TeenMafian #Pakistan
Mubasher Lucman @MubasherLucman9h
People of DHA and Clifton if you really feel sad about Zara Hussain then get up and go to cast your vote now and be counted.
Samad Khurram @SamadK17h
Seems that Farooq Sattar is more upset at the naming of Altaf Hussain by Imran Khan than the murder of Zara Hussain.
Umar Cheema @UmarCheema142m
Like Arab Spring, we are witnessing #Karachi Spring. 'Silence through violence' policy can't last longer.
Marium Chaudhry @MariumCh6h
Women at DHA girls college in phase 8 not being allowed to vote: female voter #Karachi
Talat Aslam @titojourno18 Mar
Just when I thought the commando had faded away, Musharraf could soon end up becoming my MNA. Gulp #NA250
Arshad Sharif @arsched13 May
How #PTI held the electronic media hostage in preelection campaign is a big scandal waiting to be revealed.
Khawaja Izhar Hassan @IzharulHassan18h
Some leaders were silent on bomb blasts in our election compaign but we wont silent on Zara Hussain murder. #CondemnByMQM
Zahi Aly @ZahiAly20h
Pakistan Muslim League N demands judicial enquiry into the murder of PTI leader Zara Hussain (via @khalidkhan787)
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Rising mercury level compels residents to remain indoors OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAM ABAD: Due to the extremely hot weather conditions, a low rush of visitors was witnessed at the weekly bazaars spread across the federal capital on Sunday. Most of the stalls in the main weekly bazaars of G-6 and Peshawar Morr presented a deserted look as the mercury level compelled the residents of capital city to remain in-doors. â€œThis Sunday appeared to be most lenient
for our business as very few customers visited my stall,â€? said Junaid Azam, a stall holder in sector G-6. He said that the rush of people would remain low in weekly bazaars during month of May and June. â€œWe considered the May and June as most difficult months for us as the number of customers during these months always remain very low,â€? he added. The factor which worsens the situation was that the Capital Development Authority has
also not provided facility of clean drinking water for the visitors of weekly bazaars. â€œWe have received many complaints from the visitors regarding non provision of drinking water facility in bazaar but our bosses are not paying any heed towards this issue,â€? said a concerned staffer of CDA, seeking anonymity. He said that the only filtration plant of bazaar was also out of order and the concerned high-up of the authority have not made any arrangements for its reparation.
CDA to infuse life in disasters management directorate
Ambush venue Vegetable Market turns a haven for criminals again ISLAMABAD: Illegal fruit market running in the area of Khanna Pull has turned into safe haven for criminals and murderers. This market is located alongside Expressway, which has now become a security risk. The alleged murderers are sitting there in the guise of owners of hand driven carts. They have killed at least 3 people so far including a lawyer and his brother. VVP and VVIP traffic moves on this road. Obliviousness of police and administration towards these killings of people in vegetable market may lead to some terror act on expressway. Former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and Mian Nawaz Sharif were also attacked at a small distance from this market. Intensified encroachments in the market have posed traffic jams as no one can even breathe at the time of closing hours of offices due to increased traffic jam. Citizens complained that the criminals have been let loose in this market because they extort money from stall holders and hand pushed carts owners and give a major chunk of this extorted money to police and CDA. The social and religious circles and civil society members demanded immediate removal of this market. ONLINE
Capital residents demand cleanliness ISLAMABAD: Residents of sectors G-7, G-10, G-9, I-8, I-9 and I-10 are facing a lot of problems as the authorities concerned seem least interested to clean these areas. They alleged that Capital Development Authority did not bother about ensuring proper maintenance of parks and there was no place for public gatherings in these sectors. The residents of I-10 said the issue had been brought to the notice of the CDA time and again. Even roads and streetlights were in poor shape while wild growth of grass was another problem, he said. Heaps of garbage, scattered construction material attracted immediate attention of the authorities concerned, said others. They said pedestrians avoided footpaths due to wild bush and traffic on roads was messy. Besides cleanliness, they also complained of growing encroachments in these sectors. ONLINE
Rising number of criminal hits point to police futility ISLAMABAD: It seems as if the capital police have failed to ensure safety and security of the citizens as during the last week, the city witnessed 103 crime incidents. These incidents included murder, abduction, robbery and other serious crimes, The Spokesman has learnt. According to details, 103 FIR were registered in 18 police stations of the capital, in which Margalla police have registered 12 FIRs. The trend indicates towards leading crime ratio in the area. Eleven cases were registered in Kohsar and Sabzi Mandi police stations, while 9 FIRs were registered in Tarnol police station. During the past week, murder cases of two people including a girl were lodged in Secretariat and Golra police station while a girl was abducted from Garden Town, under the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town police station. While citizen were deprived of their cash and jewelry in many crime incident which not only raised fear and curiosity among the citizen but also a question mark on the planning and initiatives taken by Islamabad police to prevent the crime. STAFF REPORT
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The Sunday bazaar presents a dreary look as customers choose to stay home because of scorching heat on Sunday. DNA
Punishing mercury colludes with outages SALMAN ABBAS
ISLAMABAD: The lives of people residing in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have become miserable due to prevailing hot and humid weather conditions, coupled with unscheduled prolonged power outages. For last one week, the mercury level in the twin cities has reached to 40 degrees Celsius. Ironic is the fact that duration of power-load shedding has also been increased to more than 16 hours in Rawalpindi and 10 hours in Islamabad. However, Director General Met Arif Mahmood told The Spokesman that such hot summer season was not unprecedented in the twin cities and the mercury level would start decreasing after three or four days. He predicted that there were no signs of rain in upcoming days but the weather was likely to become pleasant after couple of days, adding that the spell of monsoon rains would also be started from July. The factors that worsen the situation further for people include heat-related diseases and unchecked sale of unhygienic beverages. People are facing acute power cuts during the
daytime when the average temperature is around 40 degrees Celsius. The overloaded grid stations are also said to be one of the main cause of the power suspension in these days. An SDO at the IESCOâ€™s local compliant cell, Umair, told The Spokesman that the electricity feeders trip when the power usage increases during hot conditions. He said power suspension is bound to occur wherever a large number of air conditioners are being used. â€œHopefully, the new government will come up with a proper strategy to end the power loads-shedding from the country,â€? he added. Fahim Akhtar, a resident of sector G/6-3, said that so far the present summer has been worst for them as they were facing eight to ten hours of power loadshedding amid extremely hot weather. Bushra Seher, a housewife, said that power outages have disrupted routine of every household. She said repeated breakdowns and voltage fluctuation damage electrical appliances every other day. Rana Omair, a resident of Shamsabad, blamed the previous government for the prevalent energy crisis while pinning hopes with the new government for bringing an end
to this curse of load-shedding. Jamil Mirza, a resident of G/10 said the power authorities could at least overcome their line losses by overhauling infrastructure. Loadshedding duration has increased without any formal announcement from Saturday in various localities of the twin cities. Various localities of Rawalpindi city plunged into darkness between Saturday and Sunday night, which included Dhok Khabba, Dhok Ilahi Box, Dhok Farman, Qasimabad, Tahmasab Abad, Sultan Khoh and Aria Bazaar. On the other hand in Islamabad, where loadshedding observed unscheduled on prolong basis, were included F-7 and F-8 areas. Residents of twin cities alleged that they were being punished for not casting their votes for PML-N candidates in the areas because the candidates of PML-N were failed from NA-48 Islamabad and NA-56 Rawalpindi. Residents of the twin cities also alleged that the PML-N was emerged victorious from Lahore that was why that there were no complaints regarding loadshedding. They demanded the caretaker government to take notice of the issue and indiscriminative loadshedding be observed in the areas.
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority would take effective measures to make the Directorate of Emergency and Disasters Management fully functional in line with modern techniques to prevent and mitigate effects of disasters, natural calamities and emergencies, especially in case of fire. This was stated by CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz while chairing a meeting here at CDA Headquarters. On this occasion Member Environment Ahsan Ali Mangi who is heading the Directorate of Emergency and Disasters Management, Director General (Civic Management) and officers of concerned formations of the authority were also present. Member Environment, Ahsan Ali Mangi apprised the Chairman CDA that the Government of Pakistan has approved and notified the CDA Building Standards for Fire Prevention and Life Safety 2010â€? and â€œThe Islamabad Fire Prevention and Life Safety Regulations 2010â€? for taking precautionary measures to prevent and control the fire accordingly. He informed that the purpose of Safety Regulations 2010 is to cope with any untoward incident in case of fire and to control damage and casualties. Member Environment informed that before the formal approval of the Safety Regulations 2010, the Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management conducted a detailed survey of government offices and high-rise building of the federal capital. During the survey it was found that fire extinguish devices and other fire safety tools have not been installed and were mostly missing in these buildings. In the light of survey, the Capital Development Authority compiled detailed safety regulations as per international standard, which was approved by the CDA Board. The Safety Regulations 2010 was submitted to the Government of Pakistan for formal approval, said Member Environment. The Building Standards have been divided into three clauses: fire prevention, life safety and fire protection. The fire prevention covers the aspects pertaining to design and construction of buildings on passive fire protection measures, describing various types of building material and their fire safety rating. The life safety provision deals with events of fire and similar emergencies, addressing construction and occupancy features that are necessary to minimize danger to life from fire, smoke, fumes or panic.
Wild boars play havoc in capital ISLAMABAD: Wild boars have played havoc in several areas of federal capital including Rawal Town, Rawal Dam, Shahzad Town and Morian due to nonconducting of any operation against them. The dense forests located in the rural areas of federal capital are infesting with these wild boars and they continue to roam freely in the populated areas and towns of Islamabad day in day out in search for their sustenance. They flock on the roads generally but park road crossing particularly
has turned into their safe passage due to initiation of no action for their elimination by the concerned authorities. Due to their thick presence and roaming on the roads, road accidents have become a common phenomenon and a phenomenal rise has been witnessed in such accidents stemming from unbridled movement of these savages. â€œMy father who is elderly person was driving his car on Park road and all of a sudden a flock of wild boards emerged from one side of the road and blocked it. ONLINE
Vendor holds umbrella while dealing with customers near Aabpara during scorching weather in the capital on Sunday. ONLINE
Police give damn as 152 commit suicide
Traffi fficc SSP Dr Moeen Masood addressing a ceremony held in connection with the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Global Foundation, a human rights network, has disclosed that nearly 152 people have committed suicide in country during the last month April; while police registered only six FIRs. In an investigation report released the other day, Executive Director Ulfat Kazmi said that out of these 152 suicides, 40 women committed suicide during last month on account of societyâ€™s injunctions, poverty, unemployment, household problems family disputes, rejection in love and others. He further deliberated that 124 suicides were committed from
Punjab province 32 from Sindh and 6 from KPK during April; while Balochistan report was not collected in time. Most of suicide cases, of which 119 were married and 33 were single, have been reported to have committed suicide on account of financial problems, unemployment, Thirty committed the ghastly act due to domestic problems, six to mental agony, eleven failure in love or marry seven to poverty, three disheartened over their fatherâ€™s death, one from their sonâ€™s and one from their husbandâ€™s death, the report stated.
Report cites different modes of suicide by people, as 66 by devouring poison, 28 hanging themselves, 12 drowning themselves, four from self-immolation, 36 by shooting themselves, two jumped from building, one from selfelectrocution and six by lying in front of speeding trains. Ulfat Kazmi stressed on other human rights organizations to play their due collective role, as this notorious, un-Islamic practice was increasing significantly and, its ratio must decrease significantly, otherwise the society would fall into dark ages. ONLINE
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Rejoinder to Hussain Haqqani
Chief Editor: Huma Ali Resident Editor: Saeed Minhas
It was unfortunate that Hussain Haqqani was appointed as an ambassador to the US when everybody knew about his dubious character, and his views in his book titled ‘Pakistan between mosque and military’
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Nawaz-Kayani meeting Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani met with prime minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif at their Model Town residence. General Kayani, who arrived in his private car in plain clothes and without a formal protocol, spent about three hours with Sharif brothers and had lunch with them. PML-N sources said they discussed matters of national security, war on terror, regional peace and other relevant issues. General Kayani also briefed Nawaz Sharif on the security situation, and shared views with him on Pakistan ties with US, Afghanistan, India and other regional states in the context of war on terror and foreign troops’ pullout from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Mian Nawaz Sharif has always held the view that the issue should be resolved by means of dialogue, but there should no confusion that in the event militants refuse to accept the writ of the state, he will have to resort to other means, as no government worth the name would allow anybody to challenge the writ of the state. It has transpired that the civil and military sides will jointly frame a strategy to end the scourge of terrorism and ensure peace in the country and the region, and would not compromise on the issues of sovereignty and integrity of the country. General Kayani must have briefed Mian Nawaz Sharif about India-Afghanistan nexus for destabilizing Pakistan. Of course, Mian Nawaz Sharif is on record having said that he will start dialogue with India from where he left in 1999. But he has to realize that there has been a dramatic change in the situation after 9/11, and in view of withdrawal of NATO forces next year, countries of the region are preparing their strategies. On Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is arriving in New Delhi on a three-day visit to work out with his Indian hosts a military collaboration between their two countries. The move is not just to the supply of Indian lethal military hardware for the Afghan security forces but even the deployment of Indian troops in Afghanistan. Having good relations with all the countries of the world and especially with the neighbouring countries is a laudable objective, but Pakistan cannot afford to ignore the ground realities and the menacing clouds on its western border. Pakistan and India had many rounds of talks including Nawaz Sharif ’s bonhomie with former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but no progress seemed to have been made on Siachen, violations of Indus Water Treaty by India, Sir Creek and on the core issue of Kashmir. Whereas Vajpayee’s visit to Minar-i-Pakistan was a commendable gesture, but the true test of Indian leadership’s desire for peace is in resolving the outstanding disputes. Anyhow, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Mian Nawaz Sharif seem to be on the same page so far as security matters are concerned, and their meeting has laid all rumours to rest. So far as, General Kayani is concerned, he has more than once said that he is supportive of democracy and would obey the elected government. Given his past conduct before, during and after 2008 and 2013 elections, there is no reason to disbelieve him.
The Foreign Affairs magazine for March and April 2013 has carried a lengthy treatise by former Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the US, in which he has painted Pakistan in poor light while dwelling on Pak-US relations during the last 63 years. In the very first para he writes: “For decades, the United States has sought to change Pakistan's strategic focus from competing with India and seeking more influence in Afghanistan to protecting its own internal stability and economic development. But even though Pakistan has continued to depend on U.S. military and economic support, it has not changed its behavior much”. One can infer from the above that the US had done a lot for Pakistan, but Pakistan is an ungrateful ally. Of course, he did mention the perceptions of both the US and Pakistan how they felt about each other; but his insinuations are reflective of his allegiance to the US and hatred for Pakistan. Downplaying Pakistan’s role during Afghan resistance to former Soviet Union when Pakistan and US had best of relations, he wrote that after 2nd May US Marines attack on Abbottabad compound, the Pak-US relations were at the lowest ebb. He concluded his article in these words: “The new coolness between the two countries will eventually provoke a reckoning. The United States will continue to do what it feels it has to do in the region for its own security, such as pressing ahead with drone strikes on terrorist suspects….Pakistani military leaders might make noise about shooting down U.S. drones, but they will think long and hard before actually doing so, in light of the potential escalation of hostilities that could follow. Given its weak hand, Pakistan will probably refrain from directly confronting the United States”. It has to be
mentioned that he in cahoots with the US had pushed President Zardari to place the ISI under interior ministry, and tried to create rift between the government and the military. It was unfortunate that Hussain Haqqani was appointed as an ambassador to the US when everybody knew about his dubious character, and especially his views in his book titled ‘Pakistan between mosque and military’ in which he had analysed and traced the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and military, thus disparaging Pakistan and its army.
On the eve of Nawaz Sharif ’s dismissal by the then president under 58-2(B) on 18 April 1993, he jumped out of the sinking ship and joined President Ghulam Ishaq Khan’s bandwagon. Immediately, he was rewarded and made special assistant to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari with the rank of Minister of State. He was a turncoat having no parallel in at least Pakistan’s history. There is a perception that during his stint as Ambassador to the US he did not care for the prime minister and president of Pakistan. He disowned his role in the memo written to
The tirade against the ISI had been started when former president General Pervez Musharraf visited US and Britain in 2008. It was alleged that ISI was involved in helping the Taliban; Pervez Musharraf, however, had defended ISI stating that it was a disciplined force, thus dispelling the impression that the ISI had some agenda different to that of the government He conveniently forgot that the US is responsible in equal measure for supporting jihadis in 1980s. Here it would be of interest for the readers to know some facts about Hussain Haqqani former ambassador to the US, and how he managed to reach the corridors of power. He was once correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review; then he was media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif when Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan during her first stint in 1988-1990. He opted to serve caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, and then switched back again to serve Sharif when he was elected Prime Minister. In 1992, he was sent to Sri Lanka as Pakistan’s High Commissioner showing utter disregard to the merit.
former chairman chiefs of joint staff Mike Mullen, and accused Mansoor Ijaz of writing the said memo. Even if one believed him that had had no part in the memo, he deserved to be put in the dock for having written the above book and various articles. He acted more as spokesman of America instead of promoting Pakistan’s interest as an ambassador. The tirade against the ISI had been started when former president General Pervez Musharraf visited US and Britain in 2008. It was alleged that ISI was involved in helping the Taliban; Pervez Musharraf, however, had defended ISI stating that it was a disciplined force, thus dispelling the impression that the ISI had some agenda different to that of the government. Anyhow, the firm positions that the Pakistan military
leadership took on certain issues from 2009 onwards vis-à-vis KerryLugar Law, Raymond Davis episode and particularly resistance to a military operation in North Waziristan, had put Washington in a huff, as it expected unarguably not defiance but obedience from Pakistan’s every state arm. During former President Pervez Musharraf ’s visit to London, the BBC had cited a leaked paper written by a senior military official linked to Britain’s foreign intelligence service M16. There was also a suggestion in the said report that ISI be dismantled. The fact remains that almost all countries of the world have the armies to protect their borders and to ensure stability of the country. Invariably, all countries have intelligence agencies; however, CIA, KGB, RAW, ISI, Mosad and few others are well known in the world. The primary function of such agencies is to watch the country’s interest by keeping an eye on the enemy agencies and subversive elements that are out to harm the country. After American commandos raid in Abbottabad on 2nd May 2011, efforts were made to lower the prestige of the armed forces and the ISI in the eyes of public. When the NATO planes bombed Salala check posts killing scores of security personnel, the palmed off media men and intellectuals started a tirade against Pakistan army. Doubts were raised about the capability of the armed forces to protect the frontiers of the country. Of course, the investigations were held and one would know about the details when the report will be made public. It should be borne in mind that by weakening the armed forces, creating doubts about their capacity and capability is the first stage people could lose faith in the country and its armed forces. And this could make task of enemies of Pakistan easier in destabilizing Pakistan.
Pak-China relations: a shaking diplomacy CH .FARAKH SHAHZAD Diplomacy is all about hiding the true emotions behind sparkling smiles, handshakes instead of head shakes, pleasant photo shoots and splendid joint statements. Pakistan has always termed China as its ‘all weather friend’ but there are two significant aspects of the upcoming visit and the diplomatic community and foreign affairs analysts can easily read between the lines indicating a shaking level of confidence between the two close allies of Asia having a half century of bilateral friendship. Firstly, India (not Pakistan) is the first port-of-call to the new Chinese premiere that will spend three days in Pakistan’s arch rival India before crossing over the other side of the Indo-Pakistan border. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid commented that the new government in Beijing had decided to make India her first port of call after “careful thought,” to reflect the leadership’s intent to boost strategic ties with India (instead of Pakistan). Secondly, on the heels of this visit, China has expressed its concerns to the Pakistani authorities over covert US presence in Pakistan, as the two countries are engaged in consultations over the two bilateral agreements including “Sino-Pak Border Ports and their Management System” and “Boundary Management System between China’s Xinxiang Province and Contiguous Areas” the Defence of which is under the Actual Control of Pakistan. Chinese premier will patronize the signing ceremony of these agreements in Islamabad during the visit. Chinese premier’s likely focus of attention
Pakistan is waiting to roll out a red carpet and a traditional gun salute to new Chinese premier Li Keqiang who is scheduled to visit Pakistan on a two days official visit as a part of his four nation visit to India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany during his stay in India will be how best to promote the bilateral trade whereas on the other side of the border (in Pakistan) he will be more interested to settle the boundaries issues to avoid cross border threats than to deliberate on strategic partnership. Here it is a case in point to compare China’s volume of trade with Indian and Pakistan. Last year, China and India had a hefty trade volume of US$ 75 billion whereas the figures of trade volume between China and Pakistan are standing at a much humble level of mere US$ 5 billion. Perhaps China cannot continue to ignore in India a consumer market of 1000 million people just for the sake of Pakistan which is always at sixes and sevens to choose between China and America.It is reasonable to assume that ‘We have the same enemy’ type of phrases has phased out from the pages of Chinese blue book. The history of China’s foreign policy is testimony to the fact that it doesn’t want to become a party in the affairs of other UN member states and has maintained its neutrality in the serious global disputes. People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China has reiterated the following policy contours on the current tour of their leader. It says, “More than three decades of reform and opening-up have shown that China's development is
shock and awe. Already under unbearable inflationary pressures, they simply do not know how they would cope with the recent unwarranted increase in the electricity tariff which is going to have a chain effect on all items of daily consumption. The people sincerely expect that the incoming government will overrule this nerve-racking and consumerunfriendly decision of NEPRA, and immediately withdraw this hike in electricity tariff. M. FAZAL ELAHI ISLAMABAD
Sharif’s mandate Power tariﬀ hike
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has increased the electricity tariff by Rs.5.8 per unit for the domestic as well as commercial consumers. The increase is massive. The people are in a state of
The people of Pakistan have spoken on the expected lines by electing Nawaz Sharif, who is all set to don the official apron for the third time as prime minister. The two-time prime minister is taking the reins of power at a time when Pakistan is faced with a plethora
inseparable with the rest of the world and that a more prosperous world is increasingly associated with China. China and the world are becoming a community of shared destiny”. It goes on saying coming at a time when China is playing a more prominent role on the world stage and carries increasing economic significance, Li's visits would illustrate the idea of shared destiny and China's belief in common development. It clearly shows that the paradigm of China’s foreign policy is based on different parameters. China has no friends or enemies in the world; it rather has trade partners and trade rivals only. “Pak-China friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey”. This age-old slogan has turned out to be a cultural fad which was minted in Pakistan for the domestic audience to reinforce the public confidence amidst the Indo-Pak rivalry. There is no doubt that China took over management of the Gawadar port on the Arabian Sea recently to finance more than 80 percent of the $248 million development cost of the port. This agreement is part of a plan to open up an energy and trade corridor from the Gulf, across Pakistan to western China. The crux of the matter is that China will be the main beneficiary in this transaction as this is a trade agreement
of challenges. From energy crisis to economic meltdown to militancy to unemployment, Sharif ’s cup of woes is full to the brim. On the positive side, Sharif brings with him a groundswell of political experience to tackle myriad of issues besetting Pakistan for years some because of their own doings, and some because of outside magnanimity, so selfishly foisted on Pakistan in the form of aid. Given Pakistan’s chequered political history, not to mention the proactive role its armed forces play, especially in foreign policy, Nawaz’s patience and manoeuvring would be tested when dealing with the military establishment. Pakistani voters have already shown in defiance of militants’ threats, their resolve, resilience and enthusiasm, by turning out in large numbers at polling booths to cast their ballots. They should carry on with their resolve in their country’s march towards peace and prosperity, irrespective of
which has nothing to do with defence or military collaboration in times of conflict with India or America. This agreement was signed and sealed at the tail-end of outgoing PPP government’s tenure just to rebalance America who had declined to confirm the proposed official visit of President Asif Ali Zardari. Our history is that whenever our foreign office is thrown into hot water by American estrangements, we always turn to China and Saudi Arabia to show America our other available options. But this act of rebalancing never goes beyond the formal visits and photo shoots. In last 66 years we have played diplomacy of reactions and rebalancing. In our quest for friendships, we are India-centric on one hand and Americacentric on the other. The truth is that China is a big country, setting itself on a trajectory to outstrip the United States. It pays far less attention to India than India does to China, let alone becoming as obsessed with Pakistan’s problems as Pakistan is with casting China in the role of saviour. Pakistan has consistently over-estimated the support it is likely to get from China for decades. As far back as its 1965 and 1971 wars with India it was misjudged on China’s willingness to intervene on its behalf. China had just inflicted a humiliating defeat on India in a 1962 border war. Yet during the
intimidation from insurgents. S. MOHD HASAN, LAHORE
Beckham’s call A celebrity on and off the field, fashion icon, father of four, and celebrated husband of another celebrated artist, Posh Spice, Britain’s best-known footballer, in following in the footsteps of another legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, leaves the beautiful game after a career interspersed with multiple trophies. His contracts with the USA and France, and a film dedicated to his kicking skills, simply titled Bend it like Beckham are other talked about issues. Once red-carded for kicking an opponent, he redeemed himself by a ruthless display of skilled footwork that saw him become the first English player to win domestic titles in four different countries. The departure of Becks and Sir Alex within two weeks of
1965 war, Pakistan’s expectations of Chinese help were proved disastrously wrong. The war with India in 1971 was a much bigger crisis than the one faced by Pakistan today at the hands of Taliban militancy as the country was cut into two pieces. Unfortunately, China gave no military support at the critical moments of history. Only recently in 2008, China rebuffed Pakistan’s request for financial support forcing Pakistan to fall back upon IMF dominated by US. One can flip across to the website of China’s official newspaper People’s Daily to see what is there to comment on Pakistan Elections. There is a very brief statement just saying "China is glad to see that Pakistan's general election has been smoothly held," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing. It is heartening to note that PML-N, which is set to form government in Pakistan, will revisit the foreign policy including all covert and overt agreements with the US while ties with India will be picked up from where they were left off in 1999, according to a media report. If this breakthrough takes shape in the Indian and American chapters of our foreign policy, the country might not need frequent rebalancing. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCER
each other, leaves a vacuum in UK, and world soccer. MUHAMMAD SHAFIQ KARACHI
Conspiracies against us What is the real problem of the Muslim mind and mentality? Why cannot we behave as normal human beings do? Where are we going wrong or where did we go wrong, as one wrong turn at a crucial moment of history has led us to our present position, which obviously is as if we were peeping into a volcano. My knowledge of psychology accompanies me no further so I cannot suggest any therapy but somehow I can trace those elements which aggravated this to a mountain. It has greatly to do with the philosophy which has been repeatedly hammered into our bones and which accompanies us like our shadows. That is philosophy of a hawk, that we are
created to rule the world, we are denizens of upper skies. That picking spiritual progress is a trait of a hawk and picking material progress is that of a vulture. Now when we see all the rest of the world making progress and definitely enjoying the fruits of their labor we are at a loss to understand why have the world treated us like this. The problem is that we have questions, no answers. This leads us to a paranoid conspiracy theory i.e the whole world is conspiring against us, that the world wants to persecute us at any rate and whatever the achievements of the rest of the world civilizations are boil down to nothing when compared to our spiritual progress. There is nothing as falsifying as this that we can determine our position in the world on our own. IMRAN MUHAMMAD LAHORE Please email your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our address in Islamabad.
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Netanyahu takes aim at weapons 'leakage' in Syria Israel to return settlement's land to Palestinian owners JERUSALEM: The state of Israel announced on court last week that it would return the lands of a settlement evacuated in 2005 back to its original Palestinian owners, local media reported on Sunday. The announcement came after a petition filed by the Palestinian land owners in a Supreme Court. Homesh, a 0.7 square km settlement, was established in 1980 on lands belonging to residents of the nearby Palestinian village of Burka. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have taken over the land for "military purposes" shortly before. In 2005, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon executed the " disengagement" plan in which Israel evacuated settlements in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Homesh was among the settlements that were evicted. However, the land was still in the hands of the Israeli military. In 2011, several Palestinians from the village of Burka petitioned to the Supreme Court, with the help of Israeli human rights groups, requesting to overturn the IDF's seizure of the land and hand the land over to its original owners. "It's sad that so many years had to pass until the state decided to uphold the law and return the robbed land to its owners, " attorney Shlomo Zharia, who submitted the appeal on behalf of the Yesh Din advocacy group, told the Ha'aretz daily on Sunday. Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been at a deadlock as far as the peace process is concerned since 2010 due to Israel's construction of settlements. –AGENCIES
JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Sunday of further Israeli strikes inside Syria, pledging to act to prevent advanced weapons from reachingHezbollah and other militant groups. Although Israel has not publicly taken sides in the civil war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assadand rebels trying to topple him, Western and Israeli sources say it has launched air strikes in Syria to destroy weapons it believed were destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah. In public remarks at the weekly meeting of his cabinet, Netanyahu made no direct mention of those attacks, but made clear Israel was prepared to take action in the future and said it was "preparing for every scenario" in the Syrian conflict. Israel had set a policy "to prevent, as much as possible, the leakage of advanced weapons to Hezbollah and terror elements", he said. –AGENCIES
Syrian army, Hezbollah attack rebels in border town: opposition
Syrian army pushes assault on rebel-held town
International meeting on Syria to be held soon
AMMAN: Syrian troops supported by Hezbollah militants launched an offensive to retake a major town near Lebanon from rebels on Sunday, the heaviest fighting yet involving Lebanese armed group, opposition activists said. At least 32 people were killed when rebel fighters clashed with mechanized Syrian army units and Hezbollah guerillas in nine points in and around the town of Qusair, 10 km (six miles) from the border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, they said. Speaking from Qusair, activist Hadi Abdallah said Syrian warplanes bombed Qusair in the morning and shells were hitting the town at a rate of up to 50 a minute. "The army is hitting Qusair with tanks and artillery form the north and east while Hezbollah is firing mortar rounds and multiple rocket launchers from the south and west," he said. "Most of the dead are civilians killed by the shelling." The region near the Orontos River has been segregated into Sunni and Shi'ite villages in the civil war that grew out of protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is vital for Assad, who belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, to keep open a route from Shi'ite Hezbollah's strongholds in the Bekaa to areas near Syria's Mediterranean coast inhabited by co-religionist Alawites. Opposition sources say Syria's coastal region could serve as an Alawite statelet in case Assad falls in Damascus, in a potential fragmentation of Syria along ethnic and sectarian lines that raises the prospect of many more deaths. –AGENCIES
AMMAN: Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes launched an assault Sunday on a strategic rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, pounding the area with airstrikes and artillery salvos that killed at least 30 people and forced residents to scramble for cover in basements and makeshift bunkers, activists said. The town of Qusair has been besieged for weeks by regime troops and progovernment gunmen backed by the Lebanese militantHezbollah group. The siege is part of a withering offensives forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushing in recent weeks to regain control of the towns and villages along the Lebanese frontier. –AGENCIES
MOSCOW: An international conference on Syria will be held soon following consultations with the UN Security Council permanent members, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday. Ban "has been actively consulting" with all relative parties to the Syria issue, including the US, China, Russia, Britain, France as well as others, he told the RIA Novosti news agency during his visit here. "We are still trying to look at a window possibility in early June but this is a matter of still further consultations," said the UN chief. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed recently that Moscow and Washington would push Damascus and the opposition to discuss a political solution. –AGENCIES
Chinese premier visits India to boost ties
10,000 in Taiwan protest nuclear power project TAIPEI: About 10,000 people took to the street in Taipei on Sunday to protest against further development of nuclear power on the island. The demonstration was launched by an environmental protection organization to protest the construction of a new nuclear power plant, which will be the fourth plant on the island. Protestors held banners and flags that read such as "No Nuclear Power" and "We Don't Want Another Fukushima" in the demonstration. Taiwan currently has three nuclear power plants in operation. The construction of the fourth one was decided by the Taiwan Power Company during the 1980s, but the project has been controversial among the public. –AGENCIES
France in talks with US, Israel to buy drones PARIS: France is in talks with the United States and Israel to buy intelligence-gatheringdrones to build up a modern fleet, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday. France's existing hardware is outdated and its military intervention in Mali this year has exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. The United States provided French commanders with intelligence from its drones based in Niger. "We need this capacity in the short term. There are currently two countries in the world that build drones, the United States and Israel," Le Drian said on TV channel iTele. "We are in discussions with each to buy some straight away," he said. Le Monde newspaper reported on Saturday that France had received approval from the US Pentagon to buy two Reaper drones, and that the deal only needed backing from Congress. The newspaper said France was looking at eventually buying a total of five or seven Reapers, built by privately held General Atomics, for 300 million euros ($384.72 million). The aim was to deploy the two US-made drones in Mali before the end of the year, Le Monde said. –AGENCIES
Attacks kill 10 police in Afghanistan KABUL: Taliban attacks killed at least ten Afghan police on Sunday, officials said, in the latest violence against the force which is due to take more security responsibility from NATO troops before their withdrawal next year. In one of the incidents, Taliban fighters attacked a security check post in the Muqur district of Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan, killing six police, according to district governor. "Six of our local police were martyred after hours of clash with Taliban when they attacked their post early today," he said. He added a second attack on a local police check post in Muqur wounded four police. The victims were members of the 18,000-strong Afghan Local Police, a village-level force formed in 2010 to provide security in areas where the bettertrained national police and army are scarce. –AGENCIES
BRUSSELS: People take part in the 18th edition of the Belgian Pride on Sunday. — AGENCIES
UN chief urges DPRK to return to negotiating table M OSC OW: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the negotiating table with international mediators. Ban was concerned over the DPRK's latest short-range missile launches and urged the country "to refrain from further such acts," Ban told the RIA Novosti news agency. The DPRK launched three shortrange missiles into the Sea of Japan Saturday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. The United Nations was prepared to help Pyongyang come back to the sixparty talks over its nuclear program and ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, Ban added. The UN chief also expressed hopes that Russia could continue its efforts in reducing tensions and strengthening its contacts with the DPRK. Tensions have been running high on the Korean Peninsula since the DPRK conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12 as a countermeasure against USSouth Korean military drills. Pyongyang shut down an interKorean industrial complex in Kaesong in early April and pulled out 53,000 DPRK workers. South Korea also withdrew its workers starting on April 26 after Pyongyang rejected Seoul's proposal for working-level talks. –AGENCIES
North Korea ﬁres projectile into eastern waters SEOUL: North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said. N. Korea routinely test-launches shortrange missiles. But the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing recent tension, including near-daily threats by N. Korea to attack S. Korea and the US earlier this year. North Korea protested annual joint military drills by Seoul and Washington and UN sanctions imposed over its February nuclear test. The fourth launch occurred Sunday afternoon, according to officials at Seoul's Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules, refused to say whether it was a missile or artillery round. On Saturday, N. Korea fired two short-range missiles in the morning and another in the afternoon. The US responded by saying threats or provocations would only further deepen North Korea's international isolation, while South Korea called the launches a provocation and urged the North to take responsible actions. –AGENCIES
US role in Mideast peace lacks credibility RAMALLAH: The role of the United States in reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations lacks credibility, a Palestinian official said Sunday. The administration of Barack Obama "recruits itself to spare Israel any kind of accountability and give the priority to Israel at the expense of peace chances and the implementation of international law," said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee. Ashrawi was commenting on the European Union (EU)'s decision to delay labeling products from Jewish settlements in the West Bank upon a request from Washington. The aim of the labels is to make easier for people to boycott the goods produced in settlements built on occupied lands, as most of the international community recognizes the settlements as illegal. The PLO official said the US role "encourages Israel to go ahead in its settlement program and steal the land without any deterrent." The peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis stopped in 2010 over a dispute on the construction of settlements on lands the Palestinians want for a future state. –AGENCIES
NEW DELHI: Just weeks after a tense border standoff,China's new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. China says Premier Li Keqiang's choice of India for his first trip abroad since taking office in March shows the importance Beijing attaches to improving relations with New Delhi. "We think very highly of this gesture because it is our view that high-level political exchanges between our two countries are an important aspect and vehicle for our expanded cooperation," said India's external affairs ministry spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin. Jasjit Singh, a defense analyst and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in New Delhi, said last month's border standoff was unlikely to overshadow Li's three-day visit, the first stop of a foreign tour in which he will also visit Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany. Singh said Indian and Chinese leaders are likely to review border talks that have failed to produce a breakthrough despite 15 rounds of discussions over the past 10 years. The two sides also will probably discuss working together in Afghanistan after next year's US pullout and cooperation with Southeast Asian countries, he said. But tensions run high between the two nations. China already sees itself as Asia's great power, while India hopes its increasing economic and
military might — though still far below its neighbor's — will eventually put it in the same league. While China has worked to shore up relationships with Nepal and Sri Lanka in India's traditional South Asian sphere of influence, India has been venturing into partnerships with Southeast Asian nations. Other irritants remain in the bilateral relationship. China is a longtime ally and weapons supplier to Pakistan, India's bitter rival. Also, the presence in India of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile is a source of tension. China accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting to split Tibet off from the rest of China, but he says he seeks more autonomy for Tibetans, not independence. Unresolved border issues between the two nations have flared as well. In last month's incident, India said Chinese troops crossed the countries' de facto border on April 15 and pitched camp in the Depsang valley in the Ladakh region of eastern Kashmir. New Delhi responded with diplomatic protests and then moved its soldiers just 300 meters (yards) from the Chinese position. The two sides negotiated a peaceful end to the standoff by withdrawing troops to their original positions in the Ladakh area. Gautam Bambawale, a senior external affairs ministry official, said Saturday that India and China are negotiating a Border Defense Cooperation Agreement, but declined to give details. –AGENCIES
Two Mossad, CIA ‘spies’ executed in Iran: state TV TEHRAN: Two Iranian spies working for the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad were hanged in Iran on Sunday morning, the state IRIB TV said. Mohammad Heidari, one of the executed men, had prepared information in a number of security issues of the country and had given them to the Israeli Mossad in several meetings outside of the country, said the report. Heidari received money in return for the information he had availed to the Israeli Mossad, according to IRIB. Another convicted man was, reportedly, Kourosh Ahmadi, who also had links with the CIA elements, collected information about Iran in a number of areas and gave them to the CIA. In the past years, Iranian security and judiciary officials occasionally said that they had arrested locals and non-locals linked to several Israeli and US spying networks. In 2009, Iran detained three US hikers for illegally entering Iran and espionage charges. The female hiker, Sarah Shourd, was freed in 2010 on a bail of 500,000 US dollars, and the other two, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were released in September 2011, also on a bail of 500,000 US dollars each. In May 2012, an Iranian court sentenced 13 people found guilty of involvement in espionage activities for the Israeli intelligence agency, said Iranian media. –AGENCIES
White House scandals: could Obama lose his mojo? A tsunami of scandals threatens to distract Barack Obama from his second-term agenda MATTHEW RUSLING
WASHINGTON: A tsunami of scandals threatens to distract Barack Obama from his second-term agenda as U.S. media and Republicans turn up the heat on the embattled U.S. president. "The recent rash of scandals does complicate the life of the administration. It takes them offmessage and distracts from the broader narrative of an improving economy,"Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, told Xinhua. In a major brouhaha that has pundits and politicians spitting with rage, it was revealed in recent days
that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has targeted conservative groups as far back as 2010, subjecting them to unfair scrutiny based on their political views. At the same time, journalists and lawmakers alike expressed outrage over reports earlier this week that the Justice Department had been snooping on Associated Press journalists, secretly obtaining two months of reporters' phone records, including home phones and cell phones. And in a third and ongoing controversy, Republicans continue to push for more information on the administration's handling of September's terrorist attack on the
U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which ended in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While the White House has called the push a partisan "side show, " Republicans maintain there are many unanswered questions, and some are calling for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear again before a Congressional hearing. The Obama administration, prior to the scandals, had been working on issues including the hot button topic of immigration reform, but the trifecta of controversies threatens to tie up the administration in knots, experts said. Still, the GOP, a party searching for relevance after losing the
November elections amid a changing demographic landscape that favors Democrats, cannot yet count the scandals as manna from the heavens. "I don't think this changes the political calculus yet," American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Karlyn Bowman told Xinhua, adding that the GOP has serious brand damage. Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua that Republicans must be careful not to overreach and must avoid being seen as a party desperate to attack Obama no matter what the issue. For Democrats, keeping the public's eye on the slowly improving economy
is key to not getting bogged down in the scandals, experts said. "The administration has to make sure people understand unemployment is coming down and things are getting better on the economy," West said. Some experts said the crises are unlikely to cripple the administration on immigration reform, an issue that many GOP lawmakers are also keen to solve. Meanwhile, Steven Miller, who stepped down as IRS commissioner this week over the scandal, told Congress that incompetence was to blame for the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, arguing that there was no evidence of political motivation.
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Asad Qaiser nominated as KP speaker PESHAWAR: Asad Qaiser, formerly a front-runner for the seat of chief minister, has been nominated as speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. According to party officials, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has nominated Asad as the next speaker of the assembly. PTI is all set to form its provincial government after it has finalised matters with the Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party. Parvaiz Khattak, who was earlier a prominent leader of the Qaumi Watan Party, has been nominated as the chief minister of the province. ONLINE
Govt asked to set up small dams, Kalabagh LAHORE: Pakistan Economy Watch President Dr Murtaza Mughal said that delay in construction of Kalabagh dam is a crime as it will suspend economic revival of Pakistan. Talking to Tehreek-e-Istaqlal President Rehmat Khan Wardag, he said that it was now responsibility of the new government to make an example out of them so that masses can take a sigh of relief otherwise it would risk losing credibility and fail the uphill task of revamping the country’s economy. Holding politicians responsible for price
He said that most parties have promised to eliminate corruption therefore those who made it to corridors of power should walk their talk. “Corruption has been the proverb of the PPP-led coalition government during which the president spent much of his time dodging the Supreme Court’s efforts to reopen corruption cases against him,” he added. Misuse of secret funds, missing containers case, Hajj and ephedrine scams, mysterious suicides by officials probing scams,
hike, unemployment, lawlessness and plunder of national exchequer, he said that situation merits immediate accountability process. On the occasion, Wardag said that in order to bridge the demand and supply gap of electricity, the government should set up small dams. “Pakistan is an agricultural state but our farmers are being exploited economically,” he observed. He said that the new government should implement all recommendations of Water Vision 2016 to thwart threat of a failed state.
controversial energy projects, investment deals, public procurement and natural resource exploration must be probed, he demanded. The government must act before masses start questioning the merits of a system that cannot deliver, he warned. He said plunderers of national wealth should not be spared so that no opportunist could follow their suit in future. He said that masses have voted out incompetent political band known for dysfunction, negligence and mismanagement. ONLINE
FIA to probe irregularities in city traﬃc challans RAWALPINDI: Growing incidents of irregularities have been reported in traffic challans by city traffic police, while the issue has been handed over to Federal Investigation Agency for further inquiries. The vigilance team of the City Traffic Police had discovered massive frauds in challans’ account in a local bank located at district courts, and had provided proofs in its report. The inquiry report submitted to IPO was handed over to FIA by CTO Ishtiaq Shah. ONLINE
Building & Construction Material Exhibition on 24th LAHORE: Inaugural ceremony of second international building construction and material exhibition, titled ‘Build Tech Pakistan 2013’ would be held on May 24 at the Expo Centre here in Lahore. The event is organised by STONICA, which is a platform for the stone refiners, architects, interior designers, machinery and equipment manufacturers, landscapers, contractors, cement producers, builders & developers and all other industries that are the main drivers of the building & construction industry. The event is meant to support industry growth by creating an enabling environment for the business networking, product and equipment display and business development. The construction industry in Pakistan is an ever-growing sector, which propels the economy towards designing a better infrastructure and even better investment possibilities. ONLINE
Protest against traﬃc wardens LAHORE: Residents of Ichra, Fazlia Colony and Shah Jamal Sunday held protest demonstration against inappropriate attitude of traffic wardens. The demonstrators were chanting slogans against the traffic officials. They were saying that the wardens were insulting and misbehaving with the citizens. They demanded immediate removal of Ichra circle DSP, Metro Bus Stop and restoration of old crossing ways from anywhere between Muslim Town to Shama Cinema bus stop on Ferozpur Road. ONLINE
LAHORE: A lion drinking water from a pond in Lahore Zoo during hot weather. ONLINE
HYDERABAD: A man injured in a police encounter being shifted to Civil Hospital. ONLINE
LAHORE: PTI activists protesting at Liberty Chowk to condemn the death of senior leader Zahra Shahid, who was killed in Karachi. ONLINE
Majeed says Kashmiris to get their goal soon MU ZAFFARABAD: Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has said that the blood of martyrs would not go waste and they would achieve the right to self determination successfully under the banner of All Parties Hurriyat Conference. He was addressing a function which was held in connection with the martyrs week. The state premier said that Kashmiri people would not compromise on their right to self determination and would continue their efforts till they achieve this basic right. He said Indian troops deployed in Jammu Kashmir could not intimidate the Kashmiri people from their path. Abdul Majeed reiterated that Pakistan and Kashmir were correlative to each other and
Pakistan was their destination. He said no power in the world could stop them to achieve their goal. Kashmiri people were owed to the armed forces of Pakistan for safeguarding frontiers of the liberated territory, he said, adding that Kashmiri people pay homage to all those jawans who sacrificed their lives while defending them. The Kashmiri prime minister said that a strong political and economic system was necessary for a strong country and a stable democracy was imperative for the liberation of Jammu Kashmir from Indian occupation. He expressed the hope that the new elected government in Pakistan would take into confidence the Kashmiri leadership in connection with resolving the Kashmir issue.
He said that Kashmiris were an integral part to the composite dialogue process between Pakistan and India. He said that Kashmir problem could not be resolved without including the Kashmiri people in the dialogue process. Under wise policies and dynamic leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan took a number of decisions to strengthen its economy and democracy in the country, he said. Addressing the function, Hurriyat leader Mishsal Malik said that Kashmir was not a military dispute rather was a political issue which should be resolved politically. She warned of another war between two nuclear powers if Kashmir issue was not resolved soon. ONLINE
Murder of Zahra Shahid condemned LAHORE: Abdul Aleem Khan, President, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Lahore chapter, on Sunday condemned murder of Zahra Shahid, Vice President of PTI, Sindh, and demanded immediate arrest of culprits. He said that the state machinery has totally failed to restore peace in Karachi and a gangster party has captured the city that remained in power for the last 25 years. Commenting upon the response of MQM about Imran Khan’s instance over murder of PTI woman leader, Abdul Aleem Khan added that first of all Altaf Hussain should come back and then speak on national issues. PTI leader said that party workers of PTI would continue their agitation against rigging and unanimous strategy would be adopted in this regard. ONLINE
PESA shows KT urges youth to concern over follow teachings election rigging R AWALP I N DI : General Secretary of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association Brig Syed Masud ul Hassan Sunday said the Election Commission of Pakistan is not paying attention to the complaints of rigging. In a statement issued here, he said that what happened in Karachi during the election resulted in global humiliation which proved that the election process was far from being satisfactory after six decades. "Contestants as well as voters have been protesting across the country staging sitins but to no avail,” he added. Masud ul Hassan said that why thumb impressions were taken on ballot papers if ECP lacked means of finger print verifications in the disputed constituencies. Employing proper finger print technology to trace out who were the actual voters and also those who hijacked the polling process was responsibility of the ECP, he said. He said that the top brass of the ECP should accept their failures and take corrective steps. ONLINE
LARK ANA: Chief of Khaksar Tehreek, Dr. Sabhiha Al-Mashriqi asserted the youth of country to follow teaching of Allama Inayatullah Khan Al-Mashriqi in order to bring the country out from plethora of challenges. She expressed these views during a one-day training session for youth of Larkana and Kamber-Shahdadkot districts organized by Khaksar Tehreek here on Sunday. Speaking to the people, she said that dauntless leadership like Allama Inayatullah Khan Al-Mashriqi is the dire need of hour and youth could better play role to change environment by following the teaching of Al-Mashriqi, she added. Dr. Sabiha added the Islam has vast knowledge and true depiction of scientific principles on the natural phenomenon objectives, so that the human being should come forward to achieve their objectives by the human struggle to come out of crises. On the occasion, I.K Zaighum Al-Mashriqi, Karim Bux, Abdul Qayyum Dayo, Nazir Ahmed, Naeem Dhaamra and others addressed the gathering. Ustad Gul Dayo, Qasim Kehar, Baqaullah Buzdar, Ahmed Nawaz Khoso and others were present there. ONLINE
HYDERABAD: People standing around a van which was burnt during a protest called by MQM against PTI chairman Imran Khan. ONLINE
Sindh govt fails to hold transparent polls
RAWALPINDI: People enjoying a ride on an electric swing recently installed at Ayoub National Park. ONLINE
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the Sindh government has failed to hold free and fair elections especially in Karachi. Talking to newsmen outside a polling station of NA-250 in Karachi on Sunday‚ he said tight security measures on May 11‚ should have been taken to avoid any rigging and law and order situation. To a question about the murder of PTI Sindh vice President‚ Zohra Shahid Hussain‚ Shah Mehmood Qureshi said it is a silent message for the party leadership not to pursue their goal of change in the country. However‚ he said that on Sunday's turnout in the re-polling in NA-250 is a big leap towards 'Naya Pakistan'. ONLINE
KARACHI: PTI’s central leader Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi talking to media during his visit to a polling station in Defense during re-polling. ONLINE
CMYK MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Puja Gupta wants to complete her graduation
I don't know how to take compliments: Deepika MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who topped the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2012, says she is not good at fielding compliments and adds that beauty and physical attributes are 'artificial'. "It is a bit embarrassing. I mean, I don't know how to take compliments! I don't know how to react! It must be a good thing only," said the 27-year-old in an interview. Part of hit films like 'Om Shanti Om', 'Cocktail', 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Housefull', she wants people to appreciate her personality traits and not just her looks. "I have always said that people should find me desirable for the person I am - whatever little they know me through my interviews and interactions. I hope it doesn't have much to do with beauty and physical attributes because that, for me, is all artificial. They are superficial things," said Deepika how is part of filmdom since 2006. Her next is Ayan Mukerji's 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and Rohit Shetty's 'Chennai Express'. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Model-actress Puja Gupta says she knows the importance of education in life and wants to be a graduate. The former Miss India Universe was a bright student during her school days. But after her father's death, she somehow managed to take her board examinations and then decided to enter the glamour world. While her film career has started with successful films like Faltu and the recent zombie comedy Go Goa Gone, Puja is sure that she wants to complete her education and acting is not the only thing she is aiming at. "My mother is a doctor and brother an engineer. They wanted me to finish my education and unfortunately I could not complete it. When I decided to enter into glam world, films and modelling, it was a shocker for my family," Puja, who had even got herself enrolled for a course in New York, told PTI. "Though my family is now quite happy with my work, I am sure my mother still wishes for me to finish my graduation," she said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
I have made Pakistan proud: Ali
song is selected for the award of Best Original Sound Track (OST) in 12th Lux Style Awards. Ali Zafar song Zindagi Gulzar Hai of Zindagi Gulzar Hai drama (Hum TV) is nominated in this category. The other songs which are nominated in this category are Hain Yeh Silsilay by Zoe Viccaji for Tanhayan Naye Silsilay Drama (ARY Digital), Matae Jaan by Bilal Khan for Matae Jaan Drama (Hum TV), Roshan Sitara by Qurat ul Ain Baloch for Roshan Sitara (Hum TV), Yaar Ko Humne by Abida Parveen for Shehre-Zaat (Hum TV).
MUMBAI: Ali Zafar has said that wherever I o I made Pakistan proud. I have never brought bad name for Pakistan. Ali Zafar said that in India I travel a lot and only for few hours I get time for rest. He also said that he never forgets Pakistan and Lahore. However some of his critics on Facebook stated that Ali Zafar has also brought bad name for Pakistan and he has done some objectionable scenes (ki scenes) in the Bollywood films. Therefore Ali Zafar claim of making Pakistan proud is not true. Recently singer turned actor Ali Zafar
Dhanush is the most charming hero: Farah Khan
MUMBAI: Bollywood choreographer and director Farah Khan is all praise for Tamil actor Dhanush, who is making his Bollywood debut with Raanjhanaa. "I think Dhanush is one of the most charming, likable and screen friendly hero I have seen in a long time! He is what he is and that makes it cool," Farah tweeted. Raanjhanaa has been directed by Anand L Rai and also stars Sonam Kapoor. Abhay Deol will make a special appearance in the romantic film. The film will hit theatres on June 21. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Justin Bieber violates the style code
Denmark wins Eurovision on ABBA’s turf SHOWBIZ DESK MALMO: Denmark's Emmelie de Forest won Eurovision on Saturday before an international TV audience of around 125 million, clinching the coveted crown of euro-pop with a folksy ballad backed by a wall of fire, flutes and drums. The barefoot 20-year-old blonde stole the show as predicted by bookmakers with "Only Teardrops" in a final that saw 26 countries battle it out in the southern Swedish city of Malmo for the top prize in glitzy European pop music. "I could feel the fans and all the energy in the arena," de Forest said after the event, adding that she was particularly proud to win in Sweden as her late father was Swedish and a Eurovision fan. "It's a once in a lifetime experience. I'm just the happiest girl in the world," she said. Denmark, which has won
the contest twice before - most recently in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers' "Fly on the Wings of Love" was clearly in the lead even after just half of the votes were cast.
ISLAMABAD: Renowned artist Laila Zubair, her husband and others posses for the camera at the launching occasion of a food outlet.
Salman Khan helps Sonakshi Sinha? NEW DELHI: After having helped Sonakshi Sinha in making a blockbuster Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Dabangg’, Salman Khan is now said to be giving the beautiful lady some useful tips to improve her painting skills. According to a leading daily, the 25-year-old actress and her mentor have one thing in common, which is their interest in painting. Sonakshi, who is all set to promote her upcoming movie ‘Lootera’- in which she plays the character of an artist, has decided to paint live at the launch event of one of her songs in the film. “Sonakshi, like Salman, has the same hobby that is painting. She likes a lot of Salman’s works of art, so much so that she calls herself a fan of his paintings. And recently, Sonakshi has been taking advice from Salman about painting live for the media,” a source close to movie crew said. - SHOWBIZ DESK
Creature with scissor-like claws Ranbir took 4 takes to kiss Madhuri named after Johnny Depp SHOWBIZ DESK
LONDON: Justin Bieber got it wrong on so many levels when he popped into a food shop wearing this eyesore of an outfit. The Baby singer combined oversized Nike shorts with a baggy purple hoodie and matching trainers. And he wore his socks pulled up so high it looked as if he was wearing tights. Bieber, 19, accessorised the look with two gold chains around his neck, a backwards baseball cap and huge aviator sunglasses as he browsed for some sweets. He looked ridiculous next to best pal Lil Twist, who wore baggy white trousers and an Aztec-print jumper with a black hat. Maybe the singer’s style confusion was caused by ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez publicly confirming they are well and truly over. She told a radio station that she is single and ready to be asked out on dates. -SHOWBIZ DESK
LOS ANGELES: An obscure, extinct creature that had scissor-like claws is being named after Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who played Edward Scissorhands in the 1990 movie. The actor, known for taking on quirky characters in his movies, had the rare honour after a 505-million-year-old fossil was discovered by the scientists, the People magazine reported. The creature has been named Kooteninchela deppi because of its scissor-like claws, which reminded the scientist who discovered it of Depp's character from 'Edward Scissorhands'. The actor had the rare honour after a 505-million-year-old fossil was discovered by the scientists. "When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help
but think of Edward Scissorhands," the scientist, David Legg, said on the website of London's Imperial College. "Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film, as 'chela' is Latin for claws or scissors. In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan and so what better way to honor the man than to immortalize him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea," Legg said.
INDORE: Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor has confessed that his heart beats for dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, with whom he did a special song for his upcoming film Yeh Jaawani Hain Deewani. The 30-yearold actor, who is often linked with his co-stars, said he considers the actresses in his films as his 'friends'. "My costars are my friends. I work with them in films and perhaps that is the reason why people keep talking about us. My heart only beats for one woman and her name is Madhuri Dixit. Through this film, my childhood dream of dancing with her is fulfilled. I feel very lucky to work with her," he said during the promotion of the film here. Ranbir shared the screen space with Madhuri for an item song 'Ghagra' in the film, which will hit theatres on May 31. The actor also revealed that he was the one who suggested director Ayan Mukherjee to add a kissing
scene at the end of the number. "I do not know if I would get such a chance in life again or not. The kissing scene took four retakes and must say that I have not done these retakes intentionally," he added. Referring to Madhuri as his 'Dream girl', he continued, "When she comes on the screen, light spreads in all the directions." Ranbir, who got maximum fame for portraying a deaf and mute boy in 'Barfi', said he would not like to play a
'Baazigar' sequel not without Shah Rukh: Ratan
MUMBAI: Producer Ratan Jain currently has no plans for 'Baazigar' sequel, but says he may do it after couple of years, but not without Shah Rukh Khan. "Yes, I am contemplating with the idea of the sequel to 'Baazigar', but not right now. I am busy with my other projects. May be three to four years down the line, I will make a sequel to 'Baazigar'," Jain, whose brother Ganesh Jain had produced the crime thriller, told IANS. "However, I will not make the sequel without Shah Rulh. So let's see how things fall in place. It's too early to comment on anything at this point of time," he added. 'Baazigar', the 1993 blockbuster, was Shah Rukh's first blockbuster. Directed by Abbas-Mustan, the film introduced Shah Rukh and Kajol's pair on the screen as well as introduced Shilpa Shetty in filmdom. Meanwhile, Jain is set to roll out the sequel to 'Dhadkan' with a fresh star cast. The 2000 hit love triangle had Suniel Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty. . -SHOWBIZ DESK
similar character like the one he played in Anurag Basu's film. "I want to play new characters now. My wish is to work in action, thrillersuspense and period films," he said. Asked if he would like to reprise any of the character played by his father Rishi Kapoor in his films, Ranbir said, "I am a big fan of my father becuase he is a fine actor. But I don't feel repeating any of his characters. I would not be able to do justice to them."
America Ferrera returning to TV? LONDON: Actress America Ferrera, who first found fame in `Ugly Betty`, is reportedly planning a return to TV. Ferrera will be part of `Pedro & Maria, a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare`s `Romeo and Juliet`, reported Contactmusic. Although Ferrera found fame as the titular character in `Ugly Betty`, earning an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance, she has previously said she nearly quit acting to follow her academic dream until one of her professors gave her some helpful encouragement. The star, who graduated from the University of Southern California earlier this week, said, "I always wanted to go to college and get my education although I always wanted to be an actor. "I never knew how those two things would work with each other and this was revealed to me in my first year of college here."
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THE SPOKESMAN - RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
MAY 20, 2013
Nawaz’ victory a cause for hope and fear: LA Times
Newspaper says Washington should support PML-N chief’s policies to strengthen economy, democratic institutions and gender equality
LOS ANGELES: In a latest article published in ‘The Los Angeles Times’ it has been said that there is reason for hope in Nawaz Sharif 's victory in the recent Pakistani elections. Sharif, who has twice served as Pakistan's prime minister, has said he wants to build a more robust democracy, revive the country's shattered economy and end the military's 40-year domination of its politics. He has also promised to improve relations with India and take on the radical Islamist terrorism
that has tormented Pakistan. The United States should assist him in every way possible to achieve those goals. The newspaper further says there is also ample reason for caution. “The US has a long history of "betting on the come", of unwarranted optimism that the transfer of billions in unconditional aid will influence Pakistan to withdraw its support for the Afghan Taliban insurgency based in Pakistan. With a new Pakistani leader in place, it is time to begin linking Washington's huge military and economic assistance programs
‘President has no role in recent postings, transfers’ ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar has deplored the allegation levelled by former Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the President was involved in making postings and transfers of senior officials in the government as “not only absolutely baseless but also highly irresponsible”. The President has nothing do with any recent postings and transfers in the federal and provincial bureaucracy and all postings and transfers have been made by the caretaker governments without reference to or interference from the Presidency, he said. Farhatullah Babar said that the Presidency completely dissociates itself from any recent posting and transfer in the bureaucracy. If the government in waiting has some reservations with some recent postings and transfers it may ask the caretakers to review its decisions but not malign the President, he said. The Presidency will be as much detached and unmoved if these postings were cancelled or reviewed as it has been when these were first made, Farhatullah Babar said. -ONLINE
US statement on drones a challenge for new rulers: JI LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that Washington’s statement to continue drone attacks is a challenge for the newly-elected rulers. In a statement here on Sunday, he said that the protection of the life of the citizens was the foremost responsibility of the rulers whereas the killing of innocent tribal people in the name of Al Qaida and Taliban only proved the helplessness of the Pakistan government and the armed forces. Syed Munawar Hasan said, the US had been continuously targeting the tribal areas and the drone attacks were making a mockery of Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty. He said, if the newly elected rulers also continued a cowardly policy on this score like Musharraf and Zardari, their popularity would soon change into hatred. Therefore, the new government would have to dissociate itself from the US war and disallow the drone attacks. The JI Ameer impressed upon Mian Nawaz Sharif to pick up courage on the basis of his public mandate and adopt a bold stance in accordance with the nation’s aspirations making it clear to the US that any more drone attacks wont be tolerated. He said, the newly elected rulers would have to get out of the US pressure for safeguarding the country’s solidarity and integrity and to restore its image in the comity of the nations. -ONLINE
PmL-N likely to remove Ibad for strong grip in Sindh LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after getting a simple majority in the national assembly is all set to bring its own set up throughout the country, media quoting sources reported on Sunday. According to sources, the first thing Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and other leaders think important is changing of governors in the provinces. Pakistan Peoples Party’s governor in Punjab, Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmud has already left his seat saying the new government would bring its own governor. Similarly, PML-N is most likely to replace Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan either with former governor Mamnoon Hussain or Senator Mushahidullah Khan. The move is likely aimed at having a strong administrative grip in the province, where Pakistan People’s Party and MQM have emerged as the leading parties. Sources said for Balochistan governor, Abdul Qadir Baloch is a strong contender to serve on the seat.
more directly to US interests, including anti-terrorism and regional stability.” The LA Times says perhaps Sharif's greatest challenge will be ending the Pakistani military's outsized influence on foreign and defence policy, which is implemented largely through its powerful ISI. It also gives the example of Nawaz’ attempt to improve Indo-Pakistani relations, which was followed by an army coup in 1999. This sobering environment makes it incumbent on Washington to conduct its relations with Pakistan patiently,
positively, candidly and in a transactional manner, emphasizing both equality and give-and-take. America's ineffective policy through successive administrations has seemed paralyzed, tolerating Pakistan's phony insistence that it does not support Mullah Mohammed Omar's Afghan Taliban insurgency and the notorious Haqqani network operating from Pakistani territory. With the new prime minister comes an opportunity to change that dynamic. Sharif, for his part, must understand that he will not be
UK government funds poll in Pakistan on US drone attacks LONDON: For the first time, Britain has admitted that it has been funding surveys in Pakistan's restive tribal areas that reveal US drone strikes against al- Qaeda and Taliban militants are causing deep resentment among local people. In an answer to a parliamentary question, Foreign Affairs Minister for Middle East Alistair Bur, confirmed that the Foreign Office had "supported" surveys which showed the proportion of respondents in the tribal areas who believed the CIAoperated drone strikes were "never justified" had risen from 59 per cent in 2010 to 63 per cent in 2011. It appears to be the first time that the government has revealed it has carried out opinion polls on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan - a programme on which it has refused to comment publicly, The Guardian reported. Previously British ministers have said: "Drone strikes are a matter for the United States and Pakistan." However, there have been claims that the British government has been complicit in the programme, sharing locational intelligence with US agencies to help them target the strikes, the report said. The CIA's drone attacks targeting al-Qaeda and other militants in safe havens in the tribal regions have been controversial in Pakistan and became an election issue. The
Peshawar High Court last week declared that drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt were tantamount to a "war crime" and the armed forces would have the right to shoot down the spy planes. The court also directed the Foreign Ministry to move a resolution against the drone attacks in the United Nations. US officials have said the drones target Al-Qaeda and Taliban elements in Pakistan's tribal regions who are blamed for cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan insists that the US spy planes kill innocent people, damage civilian property and are counter-productive to the war on terror. Since 2004, the US has carried out over 350 drone strikes inside Pakistan, killing some of the top alQaeda and Taliban commanders. A number of civilians also died in the attacks. Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif last week said he wanted to strengthen Pakistan's testy ties with the US but insisted that the controversial drone attacks must end as it posed a "challenge" to national sovereignty. "Drones indeed are challenging our sovereignty. Of course we have taken this matter up very seriously. I think this is a very serious issue, and our concern must be understood properly," Sharif said. –AGENCIES
JUI-F constitutes committee to join govt ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) has constituted four-member committee, in the supervision of Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, to mull over either to join the newly elected government or sit on the opposition benches. Sources said that meeting of the executive committee of JUI-F had started at 2 pm but ended without bearing any fruit. The meeting was called on after the formal invitation from PML-N chief Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to join the government. The chief of JUI-F, Maulana Fazal Rehman, constituted the committee to mull over the offer of PML-N chief Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for joining his government. On the other hand, JUI-F’ spokesman Jan Achakzai has rejected all such news and said that his party
has neither decided to join the government nor demanded any ministry from PML-N so far. He further said that definitely his party had constituted the committee for the very purpose to mould strategy for the future course of action and positive development. It is pertinent to mention here that there were reports that JUI-F had demanded headship of Parliament’s Kashmir Committee, Ministry for Religious Affairs and Housing Ministry from the newly elected government of PML-N. The information stated that the conditionalities, which had put by the JUI-F were embedded that JUI-F could help PML-N in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Centre if PML-N fulfilled JUI-F’s pre-requisites, sources added. -ONLINE
able to accomplish any of his goals — including economic prosperity and stability in Pakistan — unless the ISI's radical Islamist infrastructure in Pakistan is dismantled. Another part of the USPakistan relationship that needs resetting is Washington's continuing hope, against much evidence to the contrary, that Pakistan will be useful in guiding Afghan peace talks. “Rather than trying to act as the catalyst for talks between the Taliban and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, the US should step back, encourage
the Afghans to reach agreement on their own and insist that Pakistan also step back. It would be nothing less than foolish to continue to work with Pakistan to convert the ISI's Taliban and Haqqani network proxies into genuine peace negotiators instead of what they are: Al Qaeda-linked terrorists bent on violence to achieve their extremist version of an Afghan Islamist state.” Strategically, Washington should support Sharif 's policies to strengthen the Pakistani economy, democratic institutions, civil society, human
rights and gender equality. American responses to Pakistani requests, including on an upcoming International Money Fund bailout, must be conditioned on the military's cessation of support for its Afghan terrorist proxies operating from Pakistani soil. Concurrently, the US and its allies should urge Pakistan to join a multilateral consensus to revive Afghanistan's classic buffer role in Central Asia between larger powers. The Afghan government, like Austria during the Cold War, would adhere to nonaligned neutrality.
Three more shot dead in Karachi KARACHI: On the polling day in NA-250 constituency, at least three people were killed and as many injured in separate incidents of gun violence here on Sunday, police said. Arshad Hussain, 36, was shot dead near Meeran Naka in Lyari. In another incident, gunmen killed one person near Jona Masjid in Lyari. A woman was gunned down at Lassi Goth in New Karachi. Earlier, last night, PTI leader Zohra Shahid had been shot dead in the Defence area of Karachi. -ONLINE
APHC calls for protest march SRINAG AR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) reiterating the call for march towards Eidgah, Srinagar, on May 21 (Tuesday) has appealed the people to make it successful. The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the occupation authorities for placing the Hurriyat Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest and preventing him from addressing a function in connection with the Martyrdom Week. He said that the authorities had put Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention after his return from attending a function at Islamia Higher Secondary School at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar on Saturday. “The Hurriyat chairman was scheduled to address another function in Khanyar in connection with Martyrdom Week being observed by the Awami Action Committee. But he was informed by police that he is under house arrest,” the spokesman said. Earlier, the Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force sealed a park adjacent to Martyrs’ Graveyard at Khanyar where Mirwaiz was scheduled to address a seminar. The police had also arrested several Hurriyet activists from the area. “The vehicles of AAC were seized while its activists were harassed. The posters and banners of the party at several places in the city were removed,” the APHC spokesman said. He pointed out that the puppet administration had once again resorted to undemocratic and anti-people policies to silence the genuine voices of Kashmir. “By putting Mirwaiz under house arrest, the administration stopped Kashmiris from paying tributes to the martyrs of the liberation movement. It is highly regrettable,” he said, adding that such dictatorial measures would never weaken the spirit of the pro-freedom leadership. -ONLINE
BANNU: A man gives juice to a child who sustained injuries in a bomb blast. — ONLINE
Pakistan may opt for Chinese navigation system BEIJING: Pakistan may become the fourth country to opt for China's Beidou navigation system, a rival to the Global Positioning System developed by the United States. Beidou is set to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with Pakistan expected to become its fourth overseas customer later this month, international business director of Beijing BDStar Navigation Huang Lei, told sate-run China Daily newspaper. Thailand, Laos and Brunei are the existing customers of the system. Lei's company, which promotes Beidou system, will build a network of stations in Pakistan to enhance the location accuracy of Beidou. Chines PM Li will visit Pakistan on 22 May. While industrial experts estimate Beidou can trigger a potential market worth 225 billion yuan (about $37 billion) across China by 2015, Huang believes a huge potential market exists outside the country. He said Pakistan, Thailand and India are major potential Beidou users in the fisheries sector. The system can help fishermen send emergency messages to rescue centres, and also inform their families about the latest conditions aboard vessels through a text message service, he said. China is expected to invest seven billion yuan ($1.13
billion) to support the development of the Beidou satellite navigation system by 2015. "Industries related to the Beidou system are entering a booming development stage," Yang Qiangwen, a senior engineer at the China Satellite Navigation Office, said at the Fourth China Satellite Navigation Conference on Thursday in Wuhan. According to the official figures, the central government has already invested around 3.5 billion yuan to boost industries related to the Beidou system. The system is serving the Asia-Pacific region since December last year and aims to have a global coverage by 2020. The Beidou network has 16 navigation satellites over the region, with 30 more due to join the system by 2020. China National Radio reported that China will build a national remote sensing system based on Beidou in an agreement of around two billion yuan ($317 million) with Thailand, the system's first foreign user. Similar deals were signed with Laos and Brunei in late April. Laos will adopt Beidou in developing the country's agriculture, and to crack down on opium cultivation, while Brunei will use Beidou in building a modern capital, according to China's Ministry of Science and Technology. -ONLINE
‘AIOU has world best rating on quality assurance’ ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) enjoys best rating on quality assurance providing education through distance learning system as compared to other Open Universities in the world. This was stated by Prof Uma Coomaraswamy, former vicechancellor of Open University Sri Lanka who had been appointed by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) as an external verifier on quality assurance. As per the survey conducted by the COL-RIM, the AIOU’s performance indicators on quality assurance were highly
satisfactory and it was noted that the AIOU was moving ahead to achieve the international standard in providing quality education to its students across the country. She was addressing a reception, hosted by AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi at the conclusion of her weeklong visit to Pakistan. She underlined the need of inculcating quality culture within the University’s system. She hoped that the University will successfully undertake self-review exercise to meet the international standard. Prof Uma Coomaraswamy further
said that she found a lot of commitment and enthusiasm among the staff of the University for achieving its targets on quality assurance. She held useful interaction and programreview exercise with the University’s staff during her stay in Pakistan. She called for undertaking necessary exercise to improve the capacity-building of their staff. The AIOU was doing much better work in promoting skill-based and joboriented education, as compared to other Universities in the region. Dr. Nazir Sangi addressing on the occasion highlighted the steps being
taken by the University for Quality Assurance as per the requirement of COL. He also mentioned the incentives being provided to the dropout needy students, helping them to continue their study. The annual allocation in the students support fund was about Rs. eight million three years back which has now been raised to Rs. Fifty five million. Special priority was being given to the students of far-flung and neglected regions. There has been twenty two (22%) increase in the students’ enrolment in each academic semester during the recent years, this
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he added was the result of a welldesigned strategy adopted by the AIOU for improving literacy rate in the country. Latter addressing the concluding session of the five-day long workshop on “Quality Assurance”, Prof Uma Coomaraswamy paid tributes to the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Sangi who provided diligent and vibrant leadership to the University running its all department on scientific basis. She said that everyone in the university has to work hard to do the best in quality assurance. -ONLINE