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Two arrested after PIA plane forced to land near London L ON DON : British police Friday arrested two passengers on suspicion of endangering the aircraft after forcing Pakistan International Airways (PIA) Flight PK709 to land at Stansted airport following a midair alert, Geo News reported. According to sources both the British nationals of Pakistani origin were arrested after they reportedly had a spat with the crew. According to PIA sources the suspects had allegedly threatened to bomb the plane with explosives. A
panicked stewardess alarmed the pilot, Captain Nadeem Sufi, who sent a stress signal to London control tower triggering the security alert, which led to the force-landing of the plane. There were 297 passengers and 11 crew members were on the plane. Initially Essex Police said that a man namely Mohammad Shafqat, and a woman, Ammara Ashraf were arrested and removed from the plane, which is on an isolated runway at the airport.
Reportedly, it all started after Mohammad Shafqat and Ammara Ashraf, traveling with a number of other family members, engaged in a hot argument, which went out of control forcing the crew to intervene, who were warned to stay out of it. The quarreling family went as far threatening the crew that they were going to blow the plane up, which caused this whole panic. However, they were released after police found out it was a petty domestic
squabble. The incident was not believed to be terrorism-related, the officials said. "There was a family of eight to 10 people on the plane and they were wrangling among each other," the PIA source said. "When PIA staff approached them and asked them to calm down, they told them to go away otherwise they would blow up the plane. "PIA staff became scared and they raised the alarm to avoid any untoward situation." A passenger Nauman Rizvi told
Shortfall over 7,000MW, heat presists
LONDON: More than 300 passengers were forced to disembark from Pakistan International Airlines flfliight PK709 flflyying from Lahore to Manchester on Friday. –ONLINE
ECP criticism CNG for over 1000cc vehicles not based on facts: Ishtiak ISLAMABAD: Secretary Commission Election Ishtiak Ahmad said every humanly possible effort was made to ensure peaceful and fair elections and criticism against ECP is not based on facts. Talking to media in Islamabad on Friday‚ he said every humanly possible effort was made to ensure peaceful and fair elections. The ECP secretary regretted that anchorpersons of two private television channels were engaged in propaganda campaign against general elections. He said positive criticism is welcome but character assassination cannot be allowed. He said the democratic system and the country should not suffer due to undue criticism. He said undue criticism has been made on the commission by some circles but it is not based on facts. He said time had come to respond to the objections of the people. He said Ishaq Khakwani of PTI's stance was fully heard by the commission and it was decided that repolling will not be held in that constituency as he could not satisfy the commission. –ONLINE
Caretaker govt withdraws ban
Law ministry says move unconstitutional Interim setup cannot make key decisions ISLAMABAD: Amid pressure from CNG station owners, the federal government on Friday withdrew its decision to ban supply of CNG for vehicles above 1000CC. According to media reports, the caretaker prime minister decided to withdraw the decision following consultations by the law ministry. Officials of the law ministry maintained that the decision was against basic human rights, according to sources. Moreover, the decision was difficult to implement across the country, they added. It may be pointed out that the caretaker prime minister on Tuesday signed a summary sent by the ministry of petroleum to ban filling of CNG to vehicles above 1000CC citing severe shortage of natural gas. The decision was immediately rejected by the CNG stations owners associations across the country. The move came after the law ministry declared the recent decision of the caretaker PM Minister Hazar Khan Khoso as illegal. Caretakers cannot make key changes, the decision was against the Constitution and that every citizen has right over hydrocarbon resources, the law ministry observed during a critical meeting help here on Friday. The PM on May 21st issued executive orders after which the petroleum ministry
asked OGRA to implement the decision and slap fine from 50 to 100 thousand rupees on the CNG filling stations violating the orders. It also asked ORGA to suspend licenses of CNG outlets if found violating orders and that the CNG pump shall be sealed for a minimum period of six months. However, the law ministry took a firm and just stand that caretakers are exceeding their authority by taking such important policy decisions. Meanwhile, Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA welcomed the decision of the law ministry. He said that decision was discriminatory, which was a result of collusion between the Petroleum Minister Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui and all-powerful captive power lobby. Paracha said that Siddiqui followed footsteps of former adviser petroleum Dr Asim who also tried a ban on 1000CC cars but the then law minister Farooq Naek frustrated his efforts. “The Caretaker minister has been bulldozing all rules, regulations and gas priority provision list to please certain lobbies,” he alleged. The top representative of CNG sector said that following merit will not only issue of unjust distribution of natural resources but can tame load shedding. –ONLINE
LAHORE: People across the country are facing worst ever electricity loadshedding this summer with power shortfall already exceeding 7,000MW and the duration of load shedding rising to 20 hours a day in most areas. Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been especially subjected to prolonged and unscheduled electricity loadshedding varying between 18 to 20 hours a day. Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and other cities in Punjab are experiencing 18 to 20 hours of loadshedding. Continuous power outage has affected domestic life to a great extent and caused water shortage in many areas. Meanwhile, the traders and business outlets have also been hit hard by the load shedding. According to officials, Gaddu power station tripped on Thursday affecting up to 1300 megawatt power generation. At present, the power supply across the country is 9,500 MW with demand around 16,500 MW. Amid countrywide loadshedding, hot weather will continue to prevail as Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) forecast downpour at isolated places of Malakand Division and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 12 hours. According to Media Reports, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Friday. The PMD said rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours. It said Islamabad and areas of upper Punjab are likely to experience rain coupled with gusty winds on Saturday and Sunday. Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday is: Lahore 44, Sukkur 35, Faisalabad 41, Hyderabad 32, Bahawalpur 40, Multan 43 and Larkana 39 degree centigrade. –ONLINE
Geo News that two passengers who had tried to move toward the cockpit during the flight were handcuffed and arrested once the plane landed. Rizvi said that after the men were taken away, the flight crew told passengers there had been a terrorist threat and that the pilot had raised an alarm. Later, there were reports that another couple of men apart from the fussing spouses were also arrested amid the panic. Two men, aged 30 and 41, were held on
suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft, Essex Police said Earlier, Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept the PIA plane, which escorted the Manchester-bound flight to Stansted. Flight PK709 from Lahore was due to land at Manchester Airport in north west England at 1230 GMT. The plane was diverted to Stansted airport, east of central London, according to a Manchester Airport spokesman. –AGENCIES
Outages upset Senate panel
Strict action ordered against those responsible Water and Power officials say Finance Ministry uncooperative
OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISL AM ABAD: A parliamentary panel of Senate on Friday expressed dismay over the misguidance by senior officials of Ministry of Water and Power about the loadshedding schedule and directed the secretary concerned to taken stern action against the responsible. The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power, held with Senator Zahid Khan in the chair, largely resented the power outages in the country. The parliamentary panel recommended the ministry to carry out loadshedding across the board in the country and exempting only hospitals and sensitive military installations from outages. The water and power officials informed the committee that the Finance Ministry was not cooperating with them and it was not releasing funds to purchase fuel for power generation. “We held certain meetings with them after which they have now agreed to provide Rs10 billion on May 28.” Officials added that the current power generation was 9,718 MW while demand stood at 15,000 MW with a shortfall of 5,282 MW. Zahid Khan said that officials of water and power lied with the committee as they told less duration of power outages. Committee asked the officials to carry out loadshedding in President House, Prime Minister House, Parliament House, Supreme Court, Judges Colony, Ministers’ Enclave and Diplomatic Enclave and no one should be given exemption from loadshedding. Senators said that employees of WAPDA should also be not given any relaxation in this regard to provide maximum relief to the masses and the committee will take appropriate action, if any case was reported. Officials of National Power Construction Company (NPCC) told the committee that if this was mechanism adopted, then unannounced loadshedding will be ended from the country. Secretary Water and Power Anwar Khan said loadshedding schedule has been given to each DISCO; however, companies consume more power than their allotted share and the NPCC halts power supply to safeguard the grid stations. The Senate body said that the monitoring system of the power sector has been failed because officials of departments working under the ministry of water and power are giving different statements. The federal secretary admitted that monitoring system
of power sector has been failed however he said that the ministry is signing performance agreement with DISCO to improve their performance. Zahid Khan showed displeasure over the performance of NEPRA by saying that NEPRA takes lot of time for tariff determination and investors flee from the country. From last one year the regulatory body is working without any chairman and not facilitating consumers so why not it should be closed, Zahid Khan commented. Committee also recommended NEPRA to not to include recently approved fuel adjustment charges in the electricity bills and leave this matter to the coming new government. Committee also decided to constitute a committee to check the affairs of NEPRA regarding tariff determination. Legislative body recommended the ministry of water and power to stop supply of 650 megawatt to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) immediately. The standing committee was also annoyed by the unnecessary delay in completion of Golen Gol power project and said that it seems that there was no oversight from the Ministry of Water and Power over this project therefore it is lingering on. They constituted a sub-committee under the convenership of Senator Humayun Mandokhel that will submit its report to the standing committee.
US oﬀers help to tackle energy crisis WASHINGTON: US State Department has offered help to tackle energy crisis in Pakistan. Briefing the media, US State Department acting deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said that a new government is coming into place in Pakistan and we look forward to working with them collaboratively as they get their government set up and have this peaceful, democratic transition of power, which we think is really a historic marker in terms of transitioning from one democratically elected government to another. To a question, he said that we have a wide-ranging relationship with the Government of Pakistan. The issues like counterterrorism and energy are top priorities, but we have a wide range of assistance and a wide-ranging partnership that we have with the Government of Pakistan. –ONLINE
Pakistan welcomes Barack Obama’s drone speech I SL AM ABAD: Pakistan has appreciated president Obama's acknowledgement that force alone cannot make us safer and it has been Islamabad's longstanding stance that a comprehensive strategy was required to address the root causes that foster terrorism and extremism. Foreign Office spokesman‚ while taking note of the counterterrorism strategy outlined by president Obama in his speech yesterday said Pakistan appreciates President Obama's recognition of the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. He said as a frontline state in the
fight against terrorism‚ Pakistani troops have borne the main brunt and offered sacrifices. The spokesman said Islamabad welcomes the resolve expressed by President Obama to continue efforts to rebuild the important bilateral relationship with Pakistan‚ which should be based on the mutual respect and beneficial to each other. On the use of drone strikes‚ the spokesman said Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counterproductive, as they entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have humanitarian implications.
They violate the principles of national sovereignty‚ territorial integrity and international law. The issue is hugely controversial in Pakistan, where parts of the government and military are often accused of ignoring or even condoning some of the drone strikes. According to several estimates, US strikes in Pakistan hit a peak in 2010 when more than 100 drone attacks were reported. Last year, the number was thought to be fewer than 50. Earlier, President Obama gave a nod to his newly articulated drone policy as he addressed the
graduating class of the US Naval Academy on Friday. “We still face threats from al Qaeda affiliates and individuals caught up in its ideology,” Obama said, addressing the academy’s graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md. “Will still need to conduct targeted strikes against terrorists before they kill our citizens.” Obama laid out his drone policies in a speech yesterday seeking to explain why, how, and when the US will decide to kill Americans living abroad. Obama raised the issue as he addressed the graduates on new security challenges. He also made what could be
construed as a mention of the IRS scandal that has dogged his administration over the past two weeks. A major theme in his speech was failing public trust in government institutions, and the president mentioned “civil servants” and “misconduct.” “Every day our civil servants do their jobs with professionalism, protecting our national security and delivering the services that so many Americans expect. But as we’ve seen again in recent days, it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people’s trust in their government. And that’s unacceptable to me, and I know it’s
unacceptable to you,” Obama said. “And against this backdrop, what I said here four years ago remains true today. Our military remains the most trusted institution in America. When others have shirked their responsibilities, our armed forces have met every mission we’ve given them. When others have been distracted by petty arguments, our men and women in uniform come together as one American team,” Obama said. He blasted the “foolish across-theboard budgets cuts known as the sequester, which is threatening our readiness” and pledged to fight for military funding. –AGENCIES
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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
Media beware̶PML (N) coming!
PML (N) government seems bad news for the media—and this does not necessarily constitute as bad news. In the first phase, at least, the operation is just about the ‘bad elements’ in the media. The party has decided in principle to let the investigations against media carry on. Actually, PM L (N) will facilitate the courts and other investigative agencies to look into the ongoing investigations. The party will particularly like to carry through the Supreme Court inquiry against the journalists who had availed secret funds. In the last count, the list included the names of 282 journalists. PML (N) is likely to declassify the remaining list that was kept secret in the name of national security.
Sheshnag is told that the party is hell-bent to not just make the list public but also get the ‘dirty elements’ charge-sheeted. One reason is that most of that ‘dirty work’ was used against PML (N). Two, the party is determined not to carry the burden further. Twice, Nawaz Sharif carried along such media elements using them for his own benefit but is now convinced that it is bad news in the long-term. An almost revolutionary zeal exists to purge the Information Ministry of its secret agenda and funds. We keep our fingers crossed because the party backed out from such commitments in earlier governments. Normally, the agenda changes when the party comes to power and is found using the state institutions for its own propaganda. However, PML (N) stalwarts insist that it’s going to be different this time as the party suffered from this policy. Nawaz Sharif has also resolved to carry on the investigation against most media houses, particularly TV channels, for tax evasion. This may be easier said than done. The party is also determined to take to task a particular media company that already owed the Punjab government Rs 430 million from the 2008 election campaign. And yet it was again used this time. The Audit Department has stopped the payment of roughly Rs 930 million for the same company for violation of many rules. The biggest objection was that a company that was already in default and charged of several accusations could not be given any business. The effort is on to make the payment through before the PML (N) government takes over. Sheshnag is watching!
Raza Rumi @Razarumi6m
A few yrs ago TTP was an uncircumcised Hindu group planted by RAW. Now we find out that they are real Pakistani Muslims&we shud talk to them
Mosharraf Zaidi @mosharrafzaidi11m
so proud of PIA crew. jobs for life, AND on-call RAF escorts because they're incompetent to the point of rendering planes unsafe.
Saqlain Imam @imam115m
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was much Bengali as Khan Abdus Sabur Khan was! Now #Pakhtuns have got a borrowed a Punjabi Taliban as their leader.
Moulana Fazal Rahman @Moulanasahib18m
I also reject proposed GST & price rise in electricity in the mini budget. I urge President Zardari not 2 issue Ordinance. #JUI
PIA gained unprecedented publicity by this incident. Now all weird people will prefer traveling on PIA just to have a midair fight.
Uzair F. Butt @UzairfButt20m
#PIA is one of the most over-staffed airlines in the world but still has some of the longest queues for various services. #Pathetic
Panic of US official kills another pedestrian in Islamabad HOMER BALOCH
ISLAMABAD: In yet another incident
of rash driving by a US diplomat, a poor old man on Friday lost his life after being hit by a vehicle of US embassy official here at 7th Avenue of the federal capital. According to the details of incident, Zahoor Ahmad, 70, a resident of Kotli Sattian, was hit by a US diplomatic BMW vehicle, when he was crossing the 7th avenue in the early hours of Friday. Immediately after the incident, he was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where he succumbed to death. The vehicle (PE214) was driven by Monica, who works as management secretary at US embassy. The deceased was later taken to his native town Kotli Sattian for burial by his relatives. Sub Inspector Khalid Mahmood, the concerned Investigation Officer told The Spokesman that
Aabpara police took the vehicle under their custody. “The FIR of the case has not been registered up till now as the victim family is busy in deceased’s burial. The FIR will be lodged after his son submits the application. He will be returning from village within two days”, said SI Khalid. While an eye witness of the incident said that the accident occurred due to no proper pedestrian bridge over the avenue in the area. He said the only pedestrian bridge nearby was previously occupied by a secret agency due
to some security reasons. “Though now it is partially opened for the pedestrians but normally the citizens do not know about it and used to cross the road by passing through it. The deceased in his ignorance, did the same and tried to cross it but was hit by the vehicle”, said the witness. Rian Harris, the spokesperson of US embassy in her official statement expressed their deepest regret for the incident. “We extend our heartfelt condolences
to the family affected by this tragedy. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the appropriate Pakistani authorities on the investigation. We will work through our local insurance company to address financial questions or concerns of those affected”, she stated. It was the second incident of its kind during the last four months as on February 15th, two CDA officials namely Muzammil Shah 34 and Shozab Raza 30, both working as lift operators were hit a non-diplomatic SUV driven by Lupersio Perez, administrative assistant at US Embassy. The victims received several serious injuries during the incident and were shifted to Poly Clinic hospital where Muzammil Shah lost his life, while Shozab received a fracture in his leg. The FIR (15/2013) was also registered in Secretariat police station against Lupersio Perez.
Steep downward plunge of the PML-Q
Shujaat Hussain moves ECP against independents joining PML-N TAHIR NIAZ
Once the spinal column of former dictator General Pervez Musharraf ’s rule in the country, the Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q) now seems to be struggling for its survival. The party which secured 118 seats in the 2002 general elections under the umbrella of former dictator, in a house of 342 by bagging 6898587 votes (26.63 percent of total valid votes) was the leading party in the lower house of the parliament. On average, the Shujaatled party had won every third general seat of the national assembly and Chaudhary Shujaat had emerged as a kingmaker. But with the former dictator leaving the country in 2008, the party started shrinking. The party has had the leading electable in its fold till 2008 but the fear of party’s ‘extinction’ led almost all of them jump out of what now can be well described as a sinking ship. Many stalwarts left the party
soon after 2008 and the rest of the lot found no better than the pre-election 2013 time to switch over to the other parties, virtually turning the party into a family affair. The party could win two national assembly seats only
in the general elections 2013. Tariq Bashir Cheema won NA-187 and Ch. Pervaiz Ellahi secured NA-105 for the PML-Q. The PML-Q gave birth to the Likeminded, a splinter group which continued causing embarrassment and trouble to the party President Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain. Shujaat approached the chairman senate against the party senators at the time of election to the opposition leader in Senate when they decided to differ with party leadership on the occasion of count. Though elected on the party ticket, the like-minded senators formed their separate group in the upper house of the parliament and Shujaat continued ‘chasing’ them but to no avail. The same situation has arisen again with Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain writing to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against what he claimed his men, for their joining the PML-N after winning election. According to the reports, Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, through a letter, has
asked the ECP not to notify the independent returned candidates to the national and provincial assembly of Punjab as they had already announced their affiliation with the PML-Q. He pleaded that the elected members contested the elections after abandoning the party but after election they expressed their willingness to rejoin the party. The members against whom Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain has written to the ECP include Ch. Tahir Iqbal from NA-169, Raza Hayat Hiraj from NA-156, Ashiq Hussain from NA-180, Amir Inayat Shahani from PP-50 and Amir Talal from PP261. All these independent returned candidates have joined the PML-N. Under the law, an independent member can, within 3 days of his success notification can join any political party if he desired so. The move on part of PML-Q president speaks a lot about his frustration to keep the party alive. Let’s see if the party succeeds in breathing till the next general elections.
Turn on the Air Conditioners: Who Cares about Khoso?
#PiA embarrassing episode reminds one of the 'shepherd and the lion' story.
#Pakistan's most disliked country in the world. Foreign Office Babu's needs to be sacked - we need to kick-off a serious marketing campaign
Asad Munir @asadmunir384m
#CTPM please unblock Youtube,you don't have to get votes,your posting/transfers indicate that u are not much concerned about public opinion
Nilofer Afridi Qazi @ninoqazi4m
from was a false alarm to they were trying to take over the cockpit; 2 males or a couple;we really know our facts before sharing publicly
Asad Munir @asadmunir383m
Now drones can not violate our sovereignty because PTI KPK has decided to table its first resolution in Assembly against drone attacks.
Tahafuz e Pakistan @DrAQ_Khan33s
They blocked mobile phone services from 1 to 6pm at Rwp Isb! Good going, America on job, wants our people to pray that Chinese PM goes
Dr Shahid Masood @Shahidmasooddr22 May
Zardari sb has Decided to nominate Syed Khurshid shah (NOT Imran Khan) as "Leader of Opposition"(ANP and MQM)to support the decision!
aretaker prime minister Khoso had ordered auterity measures a couple of weeks back and had asked the federal bureaucracy to turn off their air condtioners, wear shalwar kameez for office and sandals without socks. You can caretaker interior minister Malik Habib openly flouting the orders of his interim chief with airconditioner (top left corner of the picture) running full throttle to keep all the suite wearing babus cool.
Faisal Sakhi Butt: Presidency’s gift left CDA reeling under more debts SALMAN ABBAS
ISLAMABAD: The unjust acts of former CDA
virtual lord Faisal Sakhi Butt might have provided him some financial benefits but all such moves has ultimately resulted in his miserable defeat from NA-48 constituency of the federal capital and, due to this fact, he is also not taking any kind of interest in byeelections of the same constituency. Butt, who is said to be the close aide of President Zardari, succeeded to get the PPP ticket from NA-48 after conducting a long winding campaign around the Presidency during the lead up to elections. Yet he failed miserably to make any impact in the recently held general elections in which could only bagged 9177 votes and remain on fourth position. Sources close to Butt told that he seems nowhere in the race to win the NA-48 seat during bye-elections which has been vacated by PTI’s candidate Javed Hashmi. Off the record conversations with the local PPP leader revealed that besides the downfall of Pakistan Peoples Party, the unlawful moves of Butt had also played an important role in his defeat.
After launching his political campaign in NA-48 during 2011, Butt took some surprising steps which backfired as he could only bag 9178 votes against the winning candidate Makhdoom Javed Hashmi’s 73878 votes. Instead of using his own resources for welfare of public or making social groups through SMS campaigning and advertising, Butt is learnt to have forced the cash starved CDA to spend millions on placing his hoardings and pole-banners across the city throughout 2012. While publicizing his ownself at the cost of CDA, senior officials of the civic agency reveal that Butt got deeply involved in the affairs of most politicized government department, CDA, thus plunging it further down the financial woes. Due to his close relations with power corridors, Butt was appointed as the chairman of Task Force on Islamabad—an entity created for the first time on the orders of the Presidency to accommodate one his jailtime buddy. The CDA which was declared as an autonomous body by the stake-holders came under control of a PPP leader and he took each and every step for his vested interests. Whether it was awarding of contracts to favorite firms
or the appointment of PPP supporters in CDA, Butt could be seen everywhere on the helm of affairs, disclosed a number of senior officials. Sources in the CDA told The Spokesman that to have complete grip over the CDA affairs, Faisal Butt paved the ways for appointment of his blue eyed bureaucrat, Farkhand Iqbal, as
Chairman CDA. Zero Point Interchange was the first project in which the interference of Butt was started and later many of the contracts including contract of D-12, I-11 and Park Enclave were also awarded on the recommendations of same personality. CDA sources alleged that Faisal Butt had also tried to sale the precious plots of CDA in Blue Area by extending the commercial hub of capital city. However, his plan could not be implemented as former PM Raja Ashraf took notice of plots sale in Blue area at low costs and removed the CDA chairman and all board members due to their alleged involvement in said scam. It was through his favoured CDA chairman, that Faisal Butt later accommodated at least 400 of his supporters in the civic body by ignoring all the merits and laws. Judicial Commission formed by the Islamabad High Court to probe the malpractices in CDA had also declared most of the appointments made in CDA during tenure of PPP as illegal. The commission had scrutinized hundred of appointments made in the CDA during the PPP government and, after scrutiny, found most of them illegal. CDA sources told that most of the appointments were made in CDA
after the PPP leader had started intervening in affairs of the civic body. CDA sources said that, though, the Butt has failed to achieve his main goal even after all his shenanigans, CDA is still struggling to come out of the crisis inflicted upon the civic body by faisal Butt during his stay as unofficial top man of the organization. He said that a number of projects were awarded to the favorite contractors of Butt and incompetent people were appointed in CDA on recommendations of the same person. All these decisions have badly affected the civic body’s performance. They said that project of Park Enclave Housing Scheme is still hanging in balance as serious steps were not taken during previous years for its success. Development of sector D-12 can also not be completed so far. However, the results of May 11 elections showed that it is difficult for any candidate to muster public support by just favoring a specific group of people. And Faisal Butt might have also realized this fact due to which he has now not been lobbying much to once again get the party ticket from NA-48. Despite repeated attempts made by this correspondent, Butt was not available for his comments.
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013
Despite enormous power load-shedding
CPPA seeks Rs 0.75 per unit increase ZEESHAN JAVAID
ISLAMABAD: Despite the fact that the country has been facing enormous power load shedding, the Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) has sought increase of Rs 0.75 per unit in consumer tariff under the head of fuel adjustment charges for April 2013. Recently, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) increased the power tariff up to Rs 5.64 per unit against the fuel adjustment charges for eight months from August 2012 to March 2013. It was rejected and protested by all forums including a Senate standing committee. Sources informed that the CPPA filed a petition in NEPRA, requesting an increase of Rs 0.75 per unit, which once approved would enable power distribution companies to shift the burden of Rs 4.702 billion directly to electricity consumers. The CPPA sold 6.132 billion units to power firms whereas the fuel cost was Rs 51.726 billion in April 2013. The CPPA had demanded increase in tariff by Rs. 0.75 per unit. According to a document available with The Spokesman, the CCPA
submitted to tariff determination authority that 1.872 billion units were generated during April 2013 at a cost of Rs 161.96 million. Similarly 2.454 billion units were generated at a cost of Rs 40.108 billion as shown per unit cost of Rs 16.48 through RFO fuel, 1.504 billion through gas fuel at a cost of Rs 7.259 billion and Rs 4.82 per unit, 222.25 million units costing Rs 319.41 million showing Rs 1.43 per unit through nuclear resources were generated during April 2013. The CPPA said 29.04 million units were imported from Iran at a cost of Rs 290.42 million as shown per unit cost Rs 10, 97.41 million through mixed resources at cost of Rs 829.56 million as Rs 8.51 per unit. Once NEPRA approves the request submitted by CPPA, ex-Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) power distribution companies excluding the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) would be able to generate revenue of Rs 4.702 billion from common electricity consumers, while the impact of the proposed increase would be experienced in the billing of November 2013. NEPRA chief Justice (retd) Ahmad
Khan Lashari appointed by the caretaker premier Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on May 16 in his verdict allowed power distribution companies to charge hefty amount from electricity consumers against fuel adjustment cost for last eight months from June to October 2013. Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on October 24, 2012 had declared the FPA illegal, due to which the issuance of notification pertaining to FPA collection from electric power consumers was stopped. However, the IHC division bench on March 21, 2013 heard an appeal by the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) against the said order, and temporarily allowed them to charge FPA. The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) claimed that that accumulated actual power generation capacity of the country has been recorded up to 21,000 MW, however the ministry strongly denied its own subsidiary body and showed a foggy picture of power generation capacity not more than 15,000 MW to 16,000 MW besides utilization of all means and resources.
To ensure health of mother, newborn
Ulema Council supports birth spacing
Ashraﬁ clearly says birth prevention not forbidden in Islam, Sharia Says only a healthy baby and a healthy mother can build a nation OUR STAFF REPORTER
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai addresses a press conference at the National Press Club. ONLINE
Lake View Park turns into no-go area for visitors ISLAMABAD: Lake view park has turned into no go area for visitors due to inflated fee and heap of garbage because of free movement of animals. Beautiful park of Islamabad on which Capital Development Authority has invested millions of rupees on its walking tracks, flowers, trees and other important things for the attraction for citizens, has worn dirty looks due to lack of interest by the concern authorities. Cattle continue to roam the whole day long inside the park spitting their waste. The unrestrained movement of buffalos and cows has made the park a home to animals rather than picnic spot for human beings. The visitors have complained overcharging of entry and parking fee. This is the only picnic park provided by the government for the residents of the area but now it is being considered as no go area due to inflated increase in the entry fee. ONLINE
PTCL introduces new models of EVO, Nitro Cloud devices ISLAMABAD: PTCL has introduced new models of its EVO and Nitro Cloud devices, which offer enhanced and upgraded features for a rich on-the-go broadband experience. The pocket-sized EVO and EVO Nitro Cloud devices are easy-to-manage portable Wi-Fi routers that create a powerful Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling users to share hyper fast broadband speeds of up to 9.3Mbps in over 200 cities and 3.1Mbps in more than 250 cities nationwide. Both the device models come with slightly varying features, and can connect upto 5 and 8 Wi-Fi enabled gadgets like tablets, notebooks and smart phones, through a simple touch all at the same time. PTCL Wireless Service Executive Vice President Omar Khalid said that “Our EVO product portfolio is opening up a new world of opportunities for on-the-go broadband internet connectivity while removing barriers for improved growth and development of wireless broadband internet in the country”. ONLINE
Daily dose of calcium helps women live longer ISLAMABAD: Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer. The study conducted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, found that daily use of calcium supplements in women was associated with a lower risk of death, irrespective of cause. Prof David Goltzman said that the benefit was seen for women who took doses of up to 1,000 mg per day, regardless of whether the supplement contained vitamin D. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Chairman Hafiz Council Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi Friday lamented that maternal and newborn health remains an ignored state agenda in Pakistan and he also extended his support for the use of birth spacing as it ensures health of the mother and the newborn. In a statement issued here, Hafiz Ashrafi said that Pakistan’s maternal mortality rate was the highest in South Asia where about 12,000 mothers die during childbirth each year. Stressing upon the importance of birth spacing as a way to prevent maternal and newborn deaths, he said, “I think this is not correct to believe that birth prevention is completely forbidden in Islam and Sharia.” He said that Islamic scholars have explored many conditions in this
regard, which need attention because only a healthy baby and a healthy mother can build a nation. While the acts of terrorism get more media coverage and national attention, no value was assigned to the millions of mothers and newborns who lose their lives every year. He said that Pakistan has one of the highest neonatal deaths in the region – an estimated 298,000 newborns dying annually. Babies who survive the crucial 40 days after birth often remain in poor health. Many die before their fifth birthday (Pakistan’s under five mortality was 424,377 in 2010). “We need to think that either we want a weak and disabled nation or a healthy one. Our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) directed us to build a strong nation and to become a strong Muslim Ummah as well,” the Ulema Council chairman said.
Federal Law Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofifi,, Holland ambassador and other dignitaries sitting during Children’s Literary Festival, held at the Pak-China Friendship Centre in the federal capital. ONLINE
Mush approaches IHC against bail plea dismissal OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAM ABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf Friday filed a bail application before the Islamabad High Court in which he also challenged the earlier decision of the Anti-Terrorism Court of Islamabad. On May 22, the Anti-Terrorism Court had rejected the bail plea of the former president in the judges detention case. The application was filed by Musharraf ’s lawyer Illyas Siddique. The counsel submitted before the court that ATC had rejected the bail of his client in view of IHC previous decision. He said that the section of terrorism was also added in the case filed against Musharraf despite the fact that he remained president and army chief. “My client remained the army chief and president so how could he be the terrorist,” stated the counsel. Judges detention case is one of three cases Musharraf is fighting in the courts since returning home last month after four years in self-imposed exile. However, the counsel for Musharraf adopted that no evidences were available against Musharraf for detaining the judges. He prayed before the court to grant bail to the former president.
USAID donates pre-fabricated building to AJK governments of Pakistan and AJK for the advancement of education in general and education for girls in particular,” she added. This prefabricated structure was earlier being used by USAID’s Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction Programme, which is due to close down after successful completion of 77 public service buildings. They included schools and healthcare facilities in AJK and KP and were part of the US government’s humanitarian assistance after the devastating earthquake of 2005. This assistance for the women university is just one part of a comprehensive US education assistance program, which includes a scholarship program for teacher education in Azad Kashmir. Meanwhile, building or rehabilitating nearly 800 schools across Pakistan; launching new degree programmes in education at 90 teacher colleges and universities; providing scholarships for 12,000 students to study in Pakistan; and operating the largest full bright academic exchange program in the world. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: The US government through the US Agency for International Development has donated a pre-fabricated building to the newly-announced first-ever women university in Bagh city of Azad Kashmir on Friday. Continuing with its commitment to the advancement of education in Pakistan, USAID has denoted a prefabricated building while the Azad Kashmir government intends to start 4-6 departments in this newly chartered university from September 2013. This prefabricated building will be used to house the university until the new permanent building is completed by the AJK government. “US government puts a lot of emphasis on advancement of education at all levels in Pakistan. Donation of this prefabricated building for immediate start of the first women university in Azad Kashmir is another proof of this commitment,” said Catherine M Moore, deputy mission director of the USAID Pakistan. “US is pleased to be working with the people, institutions, and
PTI objects to planned mini budget
CIA arrest woman among three POs
Criminals allegedly dump body at a nullah
ISLAMABAD: The Crime Investigation Agency Friday arrested three proclaimed offenders including a female for alleged involvement in assassinating a man over family dispute, according to a handout of the police. Golra police registered a case against three persons namely Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Arif and Shagufta Bibi under Section 302/34 for allegedly murdering Zafar Mehmood and then dumping his body at a nullah. On the special directives of senior police officers, SP Investigation Mustansar Feroze prepared special team to trace the absconding killers. The special team including Crime Investigation Agency DSP Zubair Sheikh, sub inspectors Saleemullah and Muhammad Azam succeeded to arrest the absconders. SSP Yaseen Farooq appreciated this performance and directed all investigation officers to focus on resolving the crime case of heinous nature.
Nine outlaws arrested in capital ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police have arrested nine outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered 1.10 kilogram hashish, 53 bottles wine and weapons from them. SI Yar Muhammad arrested a drug pusher Ali Meer and recovered 1.10 kilogram hashish from him. ASI Ali Asghar apprehended Ali Ahmed and recovered one 30 bore pistol and eight bullets from him. ASI Muhammad Azam nabbed Naik Awaz Khan and Umer Zaman besides recovering two pistols from them. ASI Shakeel Ahmed arrested two bootleggers in possession of 53 wine bottles. SI Abdul Sattar arrested Ali Akram, Nadia and Chanda for their involvement in immoral activities. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. Online
Book donation ceremony at NUML ISLAMABAD: Former Foreign Affairs minister Sahibzada Yaqoob Ali Khan while emphasising over the importance of learning of other languages said that a language does not mean knowing morphology and syntax; it involves thought process and spirit of a language. He expressed these views as a chief guest in a book donation ceremony at the National University of Modern Languages here Friday. Yaqoob suggested that students of the languages should not only have the knowledge of basic culture, literature and source of the language but also the true spirit in it as it actually animates the language. At the end, Rector Masood Hassan presented souvenir to Sahibzada Yaqoob. Online
Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf taking part in a sit-in against alleged rigging in the election, at D Chowk. ONLINE ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari Friday strongly objected to the caretaker government’s attempts to impose a mini budget on the people, through GST, excise duties, raised electricity charges and so on – all indirect taxes aimed at burdening the common citizen even further. She stated that PTI categorically
rejected this attempt by the caretakers as it was not within their mandate to do so, especially when elections have been held and the parliament was about to meet. It will be the job of the new government to assess taxes, GST etc and the caretakers have no right to hamstring a new government before it has been sworn into office. Dr Mazari called on the president to
desist from signing any such ordinance which seeks to impose a covert mini budget just before the parliament meets and a new elected government takes over. PTI does not accept such actions and would raise its voice in the parliament if such measures were imposed by the caretakers through the presidential ordinances, Dr Mazari concluded. ONLINE
CAPDI elects Mushahid as secretary general
Appointment of BDS director challenged
ISLAMABAD: The general assembly of the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International Friday elected Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed as secretary general for a term of four years. CAPDI is an Asia-wide organisation that brings together parliamentarians, political parties and civil society on one platform with a focus on peace and reconciliation and combating climate change. The two-day conference was held in Jakarta, Indonesia and carried the theme of mobilizing governments, political parties and civil societies to promote peace and reconciliation and to fight climate change in Asia. The event consists of 130 political leaders from 19 countries; including 25 CAPDI
ISLAMABAD: Appointment of Omar Amin, son of the inspector general of the Islamabad Police, as director of the Bomb Disposal Squad has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court. The petition has been filed by former Bomb Disposal Squad director Tabbassum, a retired army major. The petitioner said that the post of the director was of highly sensitive nature. Interior secretary has no authority to appoint any person on this important post while he has committed an illegal act by appointing son of a police chief as director. He requested the court to nullify the appointment. ONLINE
members, 48 special guests, and 39 delegates from Cambodia and 12 delegates from the Philippines. Senator Mushahid, who is also secretary general of the Pakistan Muslim League and chairman of the Senate’s Defence Committee, represented Pakistan. Signing off on the Makassar Declaration, which canvassed political, economic, environmental, social, educative and cultural matters, as well as defence and security, concluded the CAPDI conference. The participants also called on governments, civilians and academics to develop conservation programmes to tackle climate change. Political leaders and former heads of state also attended the event. ONLINE
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Obama’s dilemma In a major foreign policy speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama outlined plans to limit the use of US drone strikes against extremists abroad, and more control of drones by the Defense Department instead of the CIA. The guideline includes requirements that a target must pose an “imminent” threat, and deadly action can be used only if a suspect cannot feasibly be captured. He defended controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counterterrorism policy. In the same breadth he says that the targeted strikes are no “cure-all”, adding “he is haunted by the civilians unintentionally killed”. President Obama warned that “a perpetual US war on terror, whether through drone strikes, Special Forces or troop deployments, would be self-defeating”. Obama’s speech is a jumble and self-contradictory. He seems to be facing a dilemma. If he does not use drones and deploy forces on foreign lands, he won’t be able to control the world resources. If he does so, his heart ‘bleeds’ for the killings of the innocent people. In Pakistan, people of FATA are the worst victims of drone attacks where a few thousand people have been killed in drone strikes during the last ten years. Since joining the war on terror, Pakistan has lost 40,000 people and more than 6,000 military personnel. Pakistan has been asking the CIA to provide information to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies about the suspect, and they will arrest or kill him; but to no avail. After all, Pakistan had arrested scores of Al Qaeda operatives including high profile members and handed over to the US. The problem is that the CIA or for that matter the US is not willing to understand that drone attacks unpopular in Pakistan; they are creating hatred against the US, and alienating and radicalizing local populations. President Barack Obama in the past was reported to be unhappy and disturbed when innocents were killed in the drone attacks, and he has resorted to similar rhetoric again. If he is sincere, he should stop drone strikes and withdraw American troops and Special Forces deployed in other countries. In the same speech, President Obama acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices, but at the same time tried to create confusion by stating that Pakistan had contributed to the operation at Abbottabad compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed. US politicians and military commanders have also been trying to convey an impression that drone strikes are made with the nod from Pakistan, which Pakistan denies. Anyhow, Pakistan has repeatedly asserted that unilateral drone strikes have proved counter-productive and result in stoking anti-American feelings on one hand, and tend to create sympathy for the terrorists on the other. These attacks are in violation of international law; they undermine Pakistan’s sovereignty and tarnish the image of Armed Forces of Pakistan. However, Pakistan is carefully treading the risky road, as some pro-American analysts warn that it is not a matter of dealing with the super power but with 49 NATO countries. Having that said, the US and NATO forces should understand that they need Pakistan’s support for their safe and smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Fear factor in Karachi politics CH FARAKH SHAHZAD MQM is in the eye of the storm, following the political assassination of a PTI activist. The daggers have been pulled out of scabbards once again by MQM and PTI over the election results of Karachi. Both sides have issued fire brand statements against each other and the tide of mistrust is unlikely to be stemmed in coming weeks. Under the prevailing circumstances as the both sides are ditched in a political war zone, any small incident may trigger the rivals into a blind alley. Politically speaking, since the rise of MQM, Karachi has surfaced as a new Island on the mainstream political horizon of Pakistan. Even after contesting and winning eight consecutive elections since 1985, MQM politics remained as outlandish as it was during the time of Mohajir Qaumi Movement. MQM’s long journey from Mohajir to Muthida has not taken any significant turn in terms of image building. In poll politics the elections are usually won and lost on political, economic, social, domestic, international or national agendas or manifestos of the parties. A general state of health, education, employment, community development, welfare, gender, youth, pensions, human rights and a plethora of other relevant factors are taken as a criterion to gauge the credibility and performance of the parties running for power. Incumbency has also played a pivotal role in the rise and fall of various governments in Pakistan. But all these things are reduced to mere academics and stand next to meaningless in Karachi where rules of game are quite different. The MQM power grids at Karachi and Hyderabad are unfamiliar with all these issues having relevance in the other parts of Pakistan. There is a painful reality ruling supreme; the FEAR-factor (Fear with capital F). Fear is the near opposite of the freedom of choice. In the domain of democracy voting out of fear and intimidation is in fact the voting at
The MQM has gone into a state of shock over these results and the intensity of the blow is apparent from the highly provocative speeches of Altaf Hussain. People have voted against them because of their utter failure to do anything in the last five years. gun point just to save your skins. It is because an immediate threat to life is far graver than a simple threat to democracy. Therefore, a mandate arising out of fear is the worst kind of tyranny in the name of democracy. The preachers of fear and coercion know very well that it is a self-driven and ongoing phenomenon; if you are bitten once by a snake you dread even rope for the rest of your life. There is a German proverb that fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. So, you block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. There is so much in Karachi to make us afraid pushing us to obey in fear leading to suffering in silence. Some of the fruits of fear include kidnapping for ransom, extortion, target killing, criminal economy of drugs, land grabbing, rampant stories of body bags and all sorts of underworld mafias operating in the port city that is the biggest revenue generating district of Pakistan. This is the occasion to remember Wikileaks author Julian Assange who said, “Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love". One can interpret Julian theory to an extent that Karachites are not the victims but the co-creator of this dilemma. There are signs of change on the horizons of Karachi as three decades of iron rule is cracked by PTI. The election results of NA 250 prove only one thing. Take out fear factor from the lives of Karachites giving them a sense of security and equal level playing and you will see the amazing results of balloting. The silver lining is that this is the first drop of rain that will go a long way to minimize the
biting effects of suffocation that lasted too long. The result of NA 250 is the biggest upset of elections; it has sown healthy seeds of change in the politically monopolized region of the country. MQM’s all the hue and cry in this context is clearly understandable. They are losing grip and the trend can gradually roll back this ethnic party to the status of a pressure group reaping huge benefits from politics and militancy. The MQM has gone into a state of shock over these results and the intensity of the blow is apparent from the highly provocative speeches of Altaf Hussain. People have voted against them because of their utter failure to do anything in the last five years. In retrospect, the PTI could have done even better if they had put more effort into Karachi. The prospect of the MQM having much-reduced political influence in Islamabad has raised fears it could once again resort to the sort of violence and intimidation that party officials have claimed they have been trying to put behind them. For almost three decades MQM has ruled the city of Karachi with an iron fist. The MQM head, Mr. Altaf Hussain who is more like a cult leader than a politician, can call for paralyzing strikes that shut down the entire city at a moment’s notice. Business owners, transportation companies and average citizens are compelled into submission; the consequences of non-compliance are grave. All of this is usually done via a single phone call from his comfortable perch in London. These dangerous developments in Karachi have not gone unnoticed in England as the voices of dissent are echoing from the House of British Parliament. A prominent British Member of Parliament Mr. George
Galloway has led calls for Mr. Altaf Hussain to be prosecuted on grounds that Altaf being a British National is a “procurer of terrorism” in a foreign country. The call is followed by another House of Lords member Lord Nazir Ahmed. London's Metropolitan Police has confirmed in the British press that an investigation had been launched "following complaints concerning comments made in a broadcast" by Mr Hussain.The British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Adam Thomson, told a news conference that the UK took allegations of inciting hatred very seriously. It is an irony of fate that for the first time in its political history the party is not becoming the part of the new government in Islamabad. They need the power clout that may help them relieve the pains of political isolation and loosening popularity. The mystery shrouding the murder of a former party leader Imran Farooq is haunting MQM after a number of raids at UK headquarter of the party whose accounts are also under scrutiny. There is stifling news of imminent defections in the party – a rare phenomenon in MQM so far. If it is true, it will be taken as a last straw to break the back of camel. The misfortunes don’t come alone; they come in battalions. MQM has multi-faceted challenges to tackle and multi-layered questions to answer if they want to stay on the pitch. They have to learn that not rhetoric and grandstanding but diplomacy and political maturity can only bail out them from the mess. A party having won eight elections in Karachi must learn how not to spread hate and disaffection among the people who vote for them. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCER
Zardari , Nawaz Battle ground turning into Common ground PPP and PML-N are two major parties of Pakistan. They differ in their mission statement and ideologies. They have marked differences over governance and developmental priorities and spending matters. PML-N favors
The electioneering centered on a number of issues but imposition of Taliban-style Islamic Shariah was not one. Osama bin Laden’s killing and hoardings of his ‘heroism’ was nowhere to be seen. Looking at Pakistan with western lens, the chaotic country seemed to be a place brimming with passion for democracy. He did not call for shariah but departure from the past. Khan’s manifesto and style resembled Obama’s to an extent. His mainstream and social media campaigns too had parallels with the US president instead of Mulla Omar. Nawaz Sharif, the other heavy weight, emerging as the victor of election 2013, too is a clean-shaven man from moderate Punjab province. His head-covering wife and daughter also held separate rallies to seek vote from men and women. His manifesto promised economic revival and betterment in standard of living. From the balcony of Presidency, Asif Ali Zardari – Benazir Bhutto’s widower and her Peoples’ Party leader – oversaw his rivals’ struggle for premier’s slot. He knows people will vote him out owing to his party’s poor performance on challenges in spheres of security, economy and social service delivery. All this sounds too much like a western democracy, right! Aren’t we talking about Pakistan, which is seen as conjoined twin of Afghanistan i.e. AfPak? Where did the Islamists go, after all? The hard-line Islamists have been very much around. Detached from the political landscape of Pakistan right-wing Jama’at-iIslami and other religio-political parties like Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Pakistan did not enter into a coalition with each other, this splitting their 7 to 10 per cent vote bank.
businesses and is soft on taxes. They want to benefit the rich and make the poor poorer. PPP believes in creating social we;fare State and most og its programs were geared towards that goal. PNL policies are business class friendly wants to establish tax free trade zones. PPP is a progressive, liberal, leftist party, whereas PML can be labelled as conservative, fiscally tight and rightist party. It promotes dialogue with the terrorist group Taliban, but PPP believes in their surrendering to the writ of the state before any dialogue can ensue, a sane view on this issue and mature policy. Both these ideological divides are not that sharp or non-conducive to keep them apart. Instead of battling for their ground or turf, they can find common ground to work on the national agenda. The leadership of both the parties is willing and able to come together and work in the greater national interest of the nation. No more fighting on the petty issues and unfounded, baseless allegations
They demanded strict Islamic laws and reversal of some liberal legislation but miserably lost the election. In a parliament of 342 members, total seat of Islamists won’t be more than 10 reserved slots for
lives in Pakistan since 9/11 but failed to scare the Pakistani people away from right to self-determination. To match their warnings against electoral process, Taliban carried out various terrorist
Nawaz Sharif, the other heavy weight, emerging as the victor of election 2013, too is a clean-shaven man from moderate Punjab province. His head-covering wife and daughter also held separate rallies to seek vote from men and women. His manifesto promised economic revival and betterment in standard of living. From the balcony of Presidency, Asif Ali Zardari – Benazir Bhutto’s widower and her Peoples’ Party leader – oversaw his rivals’ struggle for premier’s slot. He knows people will vote him out owing to his party’s poor performance on challenges in spheres of security, economy and social service delivery. All this sounds too much like a western democracy, right! Aren’t we talking about Pakistan, which is seen as conjoined twin of Afghanistan i.e. AfPak? Where did the Islamists go, after all? non-Muslims. Taliban or whatever name you may give to these radicals have claimed over 60,000
and smear campaign against each other. We must encourage and appreciate such a move and decision to work together for building Pakistan strong economically and stable politically. Let us find common ground for better prospects and progress of the nation. JAVED BASHIR ISLAMABAD
NGO and army in active politics It is really a joke that many NGOs have been working on the issues of democracy and governance but they literally hate politics and politicians. Some of them during May 11 elections supported publicly certain political parties and candidates. Unfortunately Donors keep their eyes closed or those NGOs are smart enough to dodge/deceive them. If someone hates politics and politicians then he/she should have no right to work with an NGO/donor agency, that is working on
attacks and claimed over 170 lives besides injuring dozens. May 11 remained rather peaceful and festive.
Now that moderate political parties dominate the parliament and Nawaz Sharif, who was twice prime minister till October 1999, begins his third term, the parliament has a heavy agenda to address. Owing to incompetence and alleged corruption of the Zardari-led coalition government, the country is facing its worst energy crisis. The 188-million strong nation is looking at its representative to chalk out and implement a counter-terror strategy instead of blaming its failures on Taliban or their predecessors. The third and equally daunting is the task of revitalizing the economy by improving governance and oversight mechanism, thus attracting foreign investment and cooperation. Youth have a great stake in today’s democracy than ever before. Politicized and inspired by Imran Khan’s charisma and struggle, the youth have a voice in almost every affair of the state. Pakistan might not be ready for Imran Khan’s activist agenda of change at the moment but the nation’s 36million voters (below 35-year age) have reclaimed ownership of their country through May 11 general elections. Your stereotypes and armchair analyses aside, Taliban are a 1000-year away from taking over Pakistan and assuming control of its nuclear arsenal. GLOBAL EXPERTS: WRITER IS A JOURNALIST AND ACADEMIC.
in the history of the world. It was certainly historic event. It was his destiny to become the ruler of India one day. Humayun kept his promise and made him the king for a day. It was recorded as the shortest span of rule. The great Mughal dynasty survived with his timely help. They owed a great debt to this water carrier. His first edict as the ruler was to issue leather coins as the currency. This move Nizam Sakka a great brought a revolution in the economic reformer economic thought, and paved the way for paper currency. The modern History of mankind has forgotten a day economics has flourished due to great economic reformer of 16th his genius. century. He was an illiterate and J.BASHIR ordinary man. He was a water carrier in a remote village of India. He was ISLAMABAD instrumental of saving the life of Humayun, the emperor of India at a Heat wave persists time when he was looking for shelter. It must have been a devastating The sun has become the red hot and horrific experience for the king. ball of fire, and scorching everything The risk to his life was great, and including earth and water bodies. escaping sure death was no less than The Ozone layer gas depleted to a miracle. Nizam was an intelligent great extent triggering climatic man who had a date with the history changes. Its rays are penetrating the that enabled him to record his name body and burning the skin. democracy/governance and electoral reforms etc. I had suggested FAFEN as well to collect data on such NGOs, journalists as they did for bureaucrats, who supporting candidates publicly. There should be check and balance for everyone. LALA HASSAN LAHORE
Human beings and animals are suffering from heat exhaustion alike. There is no respite from weather. Many of them have lost the battle of life and perished. We must drink plenty of fluids and cold water, and dip in the cool water to keep ourselves alive and well. We must eat summer fruits and vegetables to build resistance to heat loss. The fresh juices help in restoring energy. We must not over exercise in this weather. Stay at home and in the shade, and use umbrella for protection against heat stroke that can be fatal. The excessive load shedding has intensified the weather. The weatherman brings plenty of bad news and sunshine is killing the humans. He reports that heatwave will persist for sometime testing and teasing us all. HAMMAD RAZA LAHORE Please email your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our address in Islamabad.
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Kerry urges hard decisions for ME peace talks TEL AVIV: John Kerry, US secretary of state, has urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take "hard decisions" to revive the Middle East peace process. Kerry has been pressing Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks that broke down in September 2010. "We're getting toward a time now when hard decisions need to be made," he said in Tel Aviv on Friday at the end of his fourth visit to the region since he took office in February. The Palestinians have repeatedly said they will only resume negotiations if Israel halts construction on land seized in the 1967 war. The Israeli government has said there should be no preconditions and prompted anger earlier this month when
it moved to legalise four unauthorised West Bank settler outposts. Kerry said he had raised the issue with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister. "I made clear in my discussions that the parties should be focused on making progress toward ... direct negotiations," Kerry said, adding that each side needed to "refrain from provocative rhetoric or actions ... that take us backwards". Meeting Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president, in Ramallah in the West Bank and Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday, Kerry admitted there was scepticism and cynicism about his bid to broker new talks. "I know this region well enough to know there is scepticism, in some
quarters there is cynicism, and there are reasons for it. There have been bitter years of disappointment," he said. But he insisted: "It is our hope that by being methodical, careful, patient, but detailed and tenacious, that we can lay on a path ahead that can conceivably surprise people and certainly exhaust the possibilities for peace." And in a powerful message to Palestinians, who are used to just seeing American motorcades sweep by into Abbas's headquarters compound, Kerry went for a stroll along a Ramallah street. Despite public pronouncements of support, there is growing frustration that there has been little sign of a shift in the long-held positions of the two sides. Complicating efforts is the new Israeli
government, which has moved more towards the right and includes some ministers who oppose a two-state solution. –AGENCIES
Suicide bomber kills 7 soldiers in northern Syria DAMASCUS: A total of seven Syrian soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded Friday when a suicide car bomber rammed his booby-trapped vehicle at a military post in the northwestern province of Idlib, the progovernment Sham FM reported. The bomber detonated his car at a Syrian military post in the Sheikh Sindian town in Idlib, the report said, adding that huge property losses were caused. The report spelled no further details but offered more insight about the violence in Idlib. It said that a rebel commander and 20 of his fighters were killed during a fight with another rebel battalion in Marat Musrin area in Idlib on Friday. Another 54 rebels were separately killed Friday in the towns of Sarmin, Dabsa and Ariha in Idlib during battles with the Syrian army, the report said. In the northern city of Aleppo, clashes in the vicinity of the city's central prison continued Friday as the rebels showed unwavering resolve to storm the facility. –AGENCIES
Earthquakes hit Russia and California MOSCOW: A major earthquake hit Russia’s fareast Friday, its tremors spreading as far as Moscow—7,000 kilometers west of the epicenter in the Sea of Okhotsk. A spokeswoman for the Russian Academy of Science’s seismic station told the AP that the quake had a magnitude of 8.0, while the U.S. Geological Survey reported that it registered 8.2. According to Russian news agencies, schools on the Kamchatka peninsula in the Okhotsk Sea—a hotbed for seismic activity— were evacuated as residents felt about five minutes' worth of tremors. Meanwhile, residents of the small Northern California towns of Greenville and Canyondam felt the tremors of a magnitude 5.7 quake late Thursday night. –AGENCIES
Putin’s letter to Obama covers all hot issues: Kremlin MOSCOW: Nearly all hot topics on Russia-U.S. relations have been mentioned in a letter sent by President Vladimir Putin to his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, the Kremlin said Friday. According to presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Putin stressed in his letter that Moscow's vision on issues concerning the missile defense, Syria, Iran and the Korean Peninsula differed from Washington's stance. "Naturally, our estimations of the U.S. plans on missile defense are different from the U.S. vision in many aspects," Ushakov told reporters. Putin mentioned virtually all hot topics of the Russia-U.S. relations in his message, including cooperation in such areas as security and humanitarian relief. "Certain decisions that could be announced at Lough Erne (venue of the upcoming G8 summit) are being discussed. Formats of further political, trade and economic cooperation are being discussed as well," Putin's aide said. –AGENCIES
Annan urges pluralism, diversity in global peace OTTAWA: All countries must play a role in managing pluralism and diversity to deliver peace, security and prosperity in the 21st century, says former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. Delivering the annual lecture at the Global Center for Pluralism, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said Thursday that diversity is a key source of strength for societies in a globalized world, helping them become healthier, more stable and more prosperous. "My long experience has taught me that, whatever our background, what unites us is far greater than what divides us. We have to learn from each other, making our different traditions and cultures a source of harmony and strength, not discord and weakness," Annan said. Annan warned that a failure to manage pluralism and diversity could create a real risk of increasing social tension and division, which, he said, could lead to violence and conflict or even genocide and ethnic cleansing. –AGENCIES
BARCELONA: Animal rights activists pretending to be bulls lie on the ground covered with mock blood during a protest against bullfifigghting in Barcelona. The activists collected signatures to present to the government in protest against a draft law currently in parliament that would protect bullfifigghting as part of Spain's heritage and national interest. –WIRE SERVICE
‘Syria may take part in peace talks’ BEIRUT: The Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend a conference proposed by Russia and the United States on ending the country's civil war, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday, the first confirmation that President Bashar Assad's regime would be willing to take part in the talks with the opposition. Despite the announcement from Moscow, one of Assad's staunchest allies, Damascus has not issued a definitive statement of its own on the proposed talks. Russia and the U.S. joined efforts earlier this month to convene an international conference to bring representatives of Assad's regime and the opposition to the negotiating table. The aim of the talks would be to establish the outlines of a transitional government as a way out of the crisis. More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011 and escalated into a civil war. The main opposition Syrian National Coalition has not yet said whether it will attend the conference in Geneva, expected within two weeks, and is currently discussing its position at a gathering in the Turkish capital Istanbul. But members have said they want guarantees that Assad's departure is foremost on the agenda. The U.S.-Russia plan, similar to the one set out last year in Geneva, calls for talks on a transitional government and an open-ended cease-fire. Washington, along with key European and Arab supporters of Syria's opposition, said Wednesday that Assad must relinquish power at the start of a transition period. Russia, however, has not committed to Assad's departure and the Syrian leader has said he will not step down before his term ends next year. The Moscow announcement Friday came after days of talks there between Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad and Russian officials. Russia's Foreign
Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in televised remarks that the Syrian government has "agreed in principle" to participate in the conference. "We note with satisfaction that we have received an agreement in principle from the Syrian government in Damascus to participate in the international conference, in the interest of Syrians themselves, to find a political solution," Lukashevich said. But he said it is impossible to set the date for the conference at this point because there is "no clarity about who will speak on behalf of the opposition and what powers they will have." Lukashevich also said Moscow "was not encouraged" by the results of recent meetings of members of the Syrian National Coalition. In the Syrian capital of Damascus, legislator Sharif Shehadeh confirmed the government intends to attend, though no official statement has been issued yet. "The expectations and the opinion within the Syrian leadership is that it will most definitely attend the conference," Shehadeh told The Associated Press. He said there should be no preconditions by the opposition or the regime because "if we start off with preconditions, we will end up in failure and this is something Russia is making clear to the opposition." "The success of the conference lies with the opposition, not the government," he said. At the Syrian National Coalition's three-day gathering in Istanbul, an opposition figure expressed doubts over Moscow's announcement, questioning why Damascus has said nothing. "We are very supportive of the (U.S.Russian) initiative. Our fear is that the regime is not going to negotiate in good faith. We would like to hear enough (from Damascus) to know that they are serious about these negotiations," said Louay Safi. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday acknowledged the difficulties of launching peace talks. –AGENCIES
Taliban launch attack in Kabul KABUL: Explosions and gunfire rocked central Kabul Friday as the Taliban launched an attack close to an Afghan intelligence facility and the headquarters of a government force that protects foreign firms. The attack comes a week after a suicide car bomb targeting a foreign military convoy killed 15 people including five Americans in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for nearly a year. The Taliban announced their annual “spring offensive” on April 27, opening a crucial period as local security forces take the lead in the fight against the insurgents. At least two blasts hit the centre of Kabul at about 4:00 pm on Friday, the second day of the Afghan weekend, and gunfire erupted as security forces rushed to the scene. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told AFP the initial blast came close to a hospital run by the NDS intelligence agency and the headquarters of the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF), a government force that provides security for clients including international firms, supply convoys and aid groups. He said gunmen had occupied a building in the attack, which is ongoing. Jawed Kazem, a local shopkeeper, said: “I was sitting in my shop when the explosion happened. –AGENCIES
DPRK ready to take ‘positive steps’ for peace BEIJING: A North Korean envoy told China's president on Friday that his reclusive country was willing to take "positive actions" to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as China steps up diplomatic efforts to bring Pyongyang back to talks. Choe Ryong-hae, a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jongun, met Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, in the highest-ranking visit by an official from Pyongyang in about six months. But Choe made no new offer to abandon the North Korea's nuclear program. Chinese state media said Choe presented a hand-written letter from Kim to Xi at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Media provided no details of its contents. "North Korea is willing to make joint efforts with all parties to appropriately resolve related issues through multilateral dialogue and consultations like the six-party talks, and maintain peace and stability on the peninsula," the official Xinhua news service cited Choe as telling Xi. "To this end, North Korea is willing to take positive actions," Choe added. Xi told Choe that the denuclearization of the peninsula was an aspiration of all peoples and an inevitable trend, saying problems should be resolved through talks. "China hopes all sides exercise calm and restraint, push for a lessening of tensions, restart the sixparty talks process and make unremitting efforts ... for longlasting peace and stability," Xi said. China has repeatedly urged North Korea to return to the so-called six party talks process, aimed at denuclearization. The United States and its allies believe the North violated a 2005 aid-for-denuclearization deal by conducting a nuclear test in 2006 and pursuing a uranium enrichment program that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon in addition
to its plutonium-based program. The six-party aid-fordisarmament talks, involving the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and host China, collapsed in 2008 when the North walked away from the deal. China, North Korea's only real ally, has been pushing for a return to talks after weeks of bellicose words from Pyongyang following new United Nations sanctions after the North's third nuclear test in February. However, without an offer from North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, talks with South Korea and the United States look unlikely. The United States insists North Korea must take meaningful steps on denuclearization before there can be talks. China has looked on nervously at the ratcheting up of tension, fearful a misstep could plunge the peninsula into war which could envelop northeastern China. –AGENCIES
Russia welcomes North Korea’s readiness for dialogue M OSCOW: Russia welcomes North Korea's declaration of readiness to return to talks with world powers, a senior Russian diplomat was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying on Friday. "The fact that Pyongyang has declared its readiness and desire to return to the negotiating table... deserves a positive assessment," Interfax quoted Russian Foreign Ministry special envoy Grigory Logvinov as saying. A North Korean envoy told China's president on Friday that his reclusive country was willing to take "positive actions", including returning to sixparty nuclear talks with world powers. –AGENCIES
Japan mayor apologises to ‘comfort women’ OSAKA: A Japanese politician on Friday apologised to women forcibly drafted into military brothels during World War II after his comments about them being a military necessity sparked outrage. Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto issued the apology hours after he was due to meet two former “comfort women”, but the elderly South Korean women cancelled over fears of becoming political pawns in a long-running row that has stoked tensions between Tokyo and Seoul. “It is a shame that I couldn't meet them – I wanted to tell them I am sorry for this misunderstanding,” Hashimoto told a press conference. “I hurt them with my words so it's natural that I want to apologise,” he said. Earlier on Friday, supporters of the women, both in their eighties, said they were concerned Hashimoto would not retract his controversial comments. “He has to retract his past comments if he wants to apologise and make us believe it is genuine,” supporter Pang Chung-Ja told a hastily arranged press briefing in Osaka. She added there were fears the pair could be “politically exploited”. Earlier this month the mayor said wartime sex slavery served a “necessary” role keeping battle-stressed soldiers in line, setting off a volley of criticism from countries under Japan's rule in the 1930s and 1940s as well as from the US. He later pledged to apologise for his comments, while insisting Japan's soldiers were not unique in brutalising women. On Friday, Hashimoto said his original remarks were misinterpreted. “I happen to have used the word 'necessity' but it doesn't mean I personally meant it was necessary,” he said. “I mean that it is a historical truth that soldiers were using women. Was it not necessary for them?” Sex slavery is a particularly sensitive issue in Korea, a former Japanese colony whose people made up many of the up to 200,000 “comfort women” forcibly drafted into brothels for the Japanese military during World War II. In the days since his original comments, Hashimoto, the co-leader of the national Japan Restoration Party, has continued to fan the flames with new pronouncements, many of which have been on Twitter where he has over one million followers. Hashimoto said in a comment reported Tuesday that the South Korean military used women for sex during the Vietnam War, inviting a sharp response from Seoul. “Japan was bad,” he told a party meeting on Monday, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. “It is true that we used women to solve the problem of sex on the battlefield. –AGENCIES
UPA completes four years in power amid scams UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi firmly backed the Prime Minister, rubbishing reports of a rift between Singh and Congress
NDIA'S ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has completed four years in its second consecutive five-year term in power amid allegations of corruption scandals and a sharp slowdown in economic growth. In his report card presented to the people late Wednesday evening, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that those involved in corruption scams would be dealt with strictly and pledged to bring the economy back on track by ensuring at least eight per cent growth rate if the coalition was returned to power in the general elections slated for next year.
The Prime Minister highlighted 12 major themes of the government's priority -- economic resurgence, internal security, education, health, child rights, food security, women empowerment, weaker sections and minorities, rural renewal and foreign relations. He also said the government's determination to fight terrorism and deal with left-wing extremism "firmly" while addressing developmental issues. Claiming the government was determined to fight the scourge of communalism, he said, "We will ensure that this great, liberal and plural nation of ours is not weakened by hatred and bigotry." UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi firmly backed the Prime Minister,
rubbishing reports of a rift between Singh and the Congress party. "The government has the greatest respect for the Prime Minister who is carrying out his responsibilities with greatest dignity in the face of unrelenting hostility," she said. Gandhi also came down heavily on the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for disrupting Parliament proceedings under the garb of protests against scams. "We are disappointed that Parliament is not allowed to function. We are unable to fulfill our duties due to the obstructionist approach of the opposition. There has to be a calculative approach to control the spread of innuendos and misinformation," she added.
However, the BJP was not at all impressed. "The government has manipulated things to be in power. People are tired of this corruption and misgovernance," senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Political analysts say that the photo session at the UPA's meet in the national capital was there, but the spirit was missing. "It was clearly visibly. It was like a defeated UPA meeting. One of its coalition partners, the ruling Samajwadi Party of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, skipped the meet. This also shows that all may not be that well among the alliance partners," Delhi- based political expert Prof Ajay Sharma said. The general elections are due next
year and the analysts predict that it would be hard for the UPA to come back to power for the third time in a row. "The government is entangled in a series of corruption scandals like the Commonwealth Games scam, telecom scam, coal-gate and rail- gate. Some of its Ministers had to resign for their alleged involvement in the scams. It's tough time for the UPA," Prof S.K. Gupta, a political analyst, said. He added, "Moreover, the UPA has failed to rein in rising food prices. It has only enriched the lives of the rich and impoverished the poor. Despite its recent media campaign to showcase the achievements of the government, the people of this country would be finally decide its fate in 2014." xinhua
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013
Shahbaz wants immediate cut in outages
Media played vital role in May 11 election: Khoso ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso applauded media’s role for inculcating political awareness among the masses. “Huge turnout on election day is the vivid proof of the fact that media played a tremendous role in creating awareness regarding elections among the citizens,” he said this while talking with Information Minister Arif Nizami who met him at the PM House here on Friday. Khoso said that the freedom of media would be preserved to encourage and protect democratic system in the country. During the meeting, Arif Nizami informed the prime minister about the steps taken for the well-being of journalists. ONLINE
HearingofETPBoccupation caseadjourned ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has adjourned till June 7 hearing of the Evacuee Trust Property occupation case. A 3-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the case for hearing Friday. During the course of hearing of the case, concerned officers of FIA, Lahore and Islamabad, counsel for DHA and counsel for Asif Hashmi appeared in the court. The court was told on behalf of DHA that reply had been filed in SC Lahore registry branch under the orders of the court. Former Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman Asif Hashmi was in Dubai and he had also filed application in connection with performance of Umrah. The court issued the notices to Asif Hashmi. ONLINE
LAHORE: People standing inside the Measles Ward, in Ganga Ram Hospital, where a fifirre broke out on Friday. —ONLINE
Chinese resume work at largest hydro project
PML-N MNA-elect Saira Afzal Tarar addressing a press conference against alleged rigging in elections, at Lahore Press Club. ONLINE
KOH LU: The Frontier Constabulary foiled a terrorism bid during search operation while also recovered a huge cache of mines and weapons from them on Friday. The Mewand riffle staff of FC launched search operation in Grissini situated in the area of Kohlu and recovered anti Tank mines, Kalashnikovs, pistol and weapons. However, no arrest has been made as yet. ONLINE
MehdicallsonZardari ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah on Friday discussed the ongoing development projects in Gilgit Baltistan. As per details, they discussed matters pertaining to development of the region. Moreover, the chief minister invited the president to visit Gilgit Baltistan and address to the joint session of the Gilgit Baltistan Council and the Legislative Assembly which was accepted by the president. ONLINE
ANFseize5934kghashish RAWALPINDI: Anti-Narcotics Force in continuation of its war against drug traffickers recovered 5934 kilograms hashish on Friday. The ANF received secret information that some international drug traffickers have brought huge quantity of narcotics from Afghanistan and will try to smuggle to abroad at some appropriate time. On confirmation of the information, the ANF intercepted a truck near Killi Shamsu Zai, tehsil Gulistan in district Qilla Abdullah. When they started search, they recovered 5580kg Chars (garda) while one accused namely Muhammad Zahoor has been arrested on the spot. In another operation, ANF seized 354kg Chars from Gwadar. The value of recovered narcotics in international market is in billions. Cases under CNS Act-1997 have been registered against the accused persons. PR
MUZAFFARABAD: Thousands of Chinese resumed the construction of Pakistan’s largest hydro electric project in Azad Kashmir after seeking a foolproof security assurance from the authorities. Some five thousand Chinese building 969 megawatt Neelum Jhelum Hydro Electric project rotationally had suspended the work after one of their colleagues named Lee Ping was beaten up and injured by mob comprised of mostly local workers on an alleged desecration of the Holy Quran last Friday. A doctor serving with the project hailing from district Kotli alleged Lee of throwing the Holy Quran out during the removal of former’s luggage. According to the police, labourers working at project and locals enraged after the doctor spread the rumour of desecration. They beaten up Chinese
severely and pelted stones on police who shot in the air to disperse the crowd to rescue the foreign worker. Enraged crowd smashed Chinese residences and damaged number of vehicle while blocking near roads for hours. The incident led to suspension of work on Nauseri, and Chattar Klass sites of the project where violent protests were also staged against the alleged desecration of the holy book where vehicles and other projects were partially damaged by the protesting workers. The district administration while sensing sensitivity of the issue declared a three days work offs for local labourers. Fearing a further backlash, Chinese had suspended the work demanding a strict security environment to resume work. Meanwhile, the district administration, police and high officials of the intelligence agencies had taken over the Majohi site of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Electric project and the Azad
Biodiversity Day celebrated at school RAWALPINDI: AM Anglo Montessori School & College celebrated Water and Biodiversity Day which was aimed to create awareness among the children about biodiversity and water. District Environment Officer Malik Shaukat Hayat and team of the National Cleaner Production was invited as a guest to deliver lecture on importance of water and biodiversity and to bring the change among the citizens’ lifestyle to be more healthy to lead the life in clean, green and healthier atmosphere. He said that the theme water and biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the international year of water cooperation. While addressing the gathering, Malik Shaukat Hayat laid emphasis on conserving water, life and species. He said that the District Office Environment and National Cleaner Production were striving very hard to create awareness about biodiversity duly coordinating with the school management for active participation of the students so that they can change their lifestyle to be healthier in pollution free environment and to protect the water in the planet. The goal of this interactive session was to raise awareness and promote the conservation of water and biodiversity on a local and global level. PR
Kashmir government constituted a highlevel committee comprising ministers, leaders of religious parties and officials of the police and the administration to probe the incident and ascertain the reasons behind. The government had to bring in leaders of various religious groups to cool down the protesters who were demanding death to Chinese. Communication and Works Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Rasheed while addressing the workers at under construction project near Muzaffarabad where local labourers were also on strike against the incident, stated there has been no desecration of the Holy Quran by Chinese and incident was totally based on a rumour spread by a doctor who had developed differences with a Chinese over shifting of the room. A Chinese company was building the largest hydro power project in the state which will be completed by 2016.
LAHORE: Nominated Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has demanded of the caretaker government to take pertinent steps to cut electricity crisis and provide relief to the common man. In his statement on Friday, he expressed strong indignation over palpable suffering of masses who were literally being roasted in fiery summer heat due to intermittently severe load shedding of electricity. “I strongly demand that the caretaker government try to comprehend the sensitivity of the situation and try to render due services to masses, regarding the issue,” he stated. “The masses are unbelievably surprised that despite having trillions worth of rupees to spend upon its discretion, of which it dish out billion for various
developmental projects, make appointments of its choice, and has one of the richest mineral resources in world, is least bothered about masses being victimized by a horrific load shedding,” he said. Shahbaz said that if the caretaker government failed to realise its responsibilities, its name would be inscribed in one of the worst and cruel governments. He also disclosed that right after May 11 (election), PML-N had started working on its strategy, recommendations to alleviate the masses of the curse of load shedding, implementation of which would be started right after PML-N assumed power. He also warned that his party would have zero tolerance for impracticability of caretaker to resolve the serious issue of load shedding. ONLINE
PML-N faces challenge of holding joint session ISLAMABAD: Section 3 of the Article 56 makes it mandatory for the new government to summon a joint session of the parliament after taking oath, to be addressed by the president. Analysts are keenly observing as to how and when PML-N does succeed in this endeavor, which would be no less than a serious challenge for it; since any dallying over the matter by the PML-N could seriously compromise its adherence to democratic values. Constitutionally, it is mandatory to summon the meeting before the presentation of the budget and if it held, President Asif Ali Zardari would be the first President to address the joint sessions of the parliament for six times. Sources have also said that the PML-N would be starting intra-consensus over the issue soon.
SCcancelselectionofMPAfromPB29 ISL AM ABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared null and void the election of PML-N MPA Abdul Ghafoor Lehri from PB 29. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry declared him ineligible in a fake degree case. According to his statement, he did his Matriculation in 1983 and BA in 1985. ONLINE
Pakistan releases 45 Indian fishermen KARACHI: At least 45 Indian fishermen have been released from the Landhi Jail on Friday. The released fishermen will be handed over to India through Wagha Border today (Saturday). The decision to release the Indian fishermen was made by Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on humanitarian grounds. Former Human Rights minister Ansar Burney said that the 45 Indian fishermen released have been sent to Lahore in the Ansar Burney Trust's vehicles to hand them over to the Indian authorities at Wagha border. Ansar Burney thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, prime minister-in waiting Nawaz Sharif and Foreign Affairs Ministry for considering the Ansar Burney Trust’s request purely on humanitarian grounds and issuing the release order of 45 Indian prisoners for sending them back to India. Ansar Burney, international ambassador for peace and human rights,
also said that all the expenses to send the Indian fishermen to India were borne by the Ansar Burney Trust on humanitarian
grounds. It is pertinent to mention here that about 496 Pakistanis are still in Indian jails. ONLINE
Sindh gave PPP historic mandate: Qaim
HYDERABAD: Daughter of Aman Ullah Birohi stages a sit-in against non-arrest of the killer of her father, outside Press Club. ONLINE
KARACHI: Former chief minister and Pakistan People’s Party Sindh President Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the people of Sindh have given their historical mandate to the People’s Party during the general election. Qaim Ali Shah said this during press conference in Karachi on Friday. He said that instead of accepting people's mandate‚ attempts are being made by some elements to replace it. He said that the PPP has also some complaints and reservations regarding the polling process and rigging. However‚ even then it has accepted the election results for the cause of democracy. Similarly‚ the PPP's mandate should also have been given a due consideration. ONLINE
JI urges newly elected rulers to reject US pressure
LAHORE: Youngsters cover their faces with cloth to avoid scorching sun during hot weather in the provincial capital. ONLINE
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Munawar Hasan has impressed upon the newly elected rulers to go ahead with the gas pipeline project with Iran and also hand over Gwadar port to China ignoring opposition from US and India. Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he counseled PML-N president Mian Nawaz Sharif to make serious efforts for dialogue with the Taliban and expressed the hope the armed forces wont oppose
the idea. It had become imperative to review the foreign policy and free it from outside pressures in the interest of country’s stability and peace and national sovereignty, he added. The Taliban who had been angry because of Islamabad’s support to the US against Afghanistan Muslims, were our countrymen and Muslim brothers and if we brought them on the table, they would not hesitate, he added. Munawar said that suspending the Pak Iran gas pipeline project
under US pressure was not in national interest as the energy crisis in the country had become serious. If the Muslim brotherly country was willing to help us in overcoming the energy shortage and was also ready to bear its expenses, it would be most unwise to scrap the project only to please Washington. The JI ameer said that the nation’s expression of confidence in Mian Nawaz Sharif also implied a heavy responsibility for the PML(N) leader
who was expected to break the yoke of US slavery by abandoning Pervez Musharraf ’s policies. He expressed the hope that Mian Sahib wont disappoint the nation. Addressing a businessmen’s function in the city on Friday, Jamaate-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said that the newly elected rulers would have to seek the cooperation of the country’s traders and businessmen, farmers, skilled youth, students and the women folk to
improve the country’s economy and free the homeland from IMF and World Bank pressure. He said that the economy had been ruined due to corruption and bad governance. He said that the new government would have the major challenge of reviving the country’s economy. He said that nature had blessed this country with unlimited resources and the rulers would have to utilize these for national development and eradicate corruption. ONLINE
CMYK SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013
i shouldn't remake a classic ﬁlm like Awara: Ranbir
Sonam Kapoor is a sweetheart: Dhanush
MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor has denied reports that he and his family are trying to remake his grandfather Raj Kapoor's 1951 classic film Awara. "I believe that I shouldn't remake such a classic film. Once a film like that is made you can't make it again. I don't think I have enough talent to do such a film," Kapoor told reporters here during a visit to the city. When asked about reports quoting his father Rishi Kapoor saying they would remake 'Awara' with Ranbir in the lead, the 30-year-old actor said, "Even I read in the papers only." Starring the director-actor Raj Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor and Nargis, Awara was included by Time magazine in its All-Time 100 list of the greatest films made since 1923. Ranbir Kapoor, who would be seen with Deepika Padukone in the romantic film Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, said he doesn't have the six-pack abs needed to do an action film. -SHOWBIZ DESK
NEW DELHI: South actor-singer Dhanush, who is paired opposite Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhnaa, says the actress never made him feel uncomfortable and was rather easy to impress. "She is a sweetheart. She made sure I did not feel discomfort. She was quite patient when I was getting my Hindi wrong. She helped me a lot. It is easy to laugh, as I would have lost my confidence," Dhanush told reporters at the promotional event of Raanjhnaa. In the film, the 29-year-old actor is seen having a tough time impressing Sonam, but in real life he says it is quite easy to please her. "It is very difficult to impress Sonam's character Zoya in the film. But in reality its easy to impress Sonam. I think you should just be yourself and be good and nice to her," he said. Currently, Dhanush is dubbing for Raanjhnaa directed by Anand L Rai. "It is weird to hear myself speak in another language. Sometimes I don't understand what I am saying. I am looking forward to see the film on big screen," he said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Psy impersonator crashes Cannes, tricks celebrities Farhan Akhtar’s ’Fukrey’ reminiscent of college life
MUMBAI: Mrigdeep Singh Lambha’s upcoming film ‘Fukrey’ is reportedly inspired by the lives of the film’s producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The story will revolve around the lives of four college boys played by Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma. According to Indian media sources, Mrigdeep Singh, the assistant director of Bollywood blockbuster ‘Don’ shared his idea for the film with director Farhan Akhtar, who allegedly fell in love with the idea as he found it very much relatable to his own life. Allegedly, Farhan himself was a bit of a troublemaker during his college days and was reportedly expelled from college while pursuing his degree in commerce. His ‘aloofness’ to do anything in life was of great concern to his parents, until in 2001 he took the film industry by storm with his directorial debut ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Psy imposter in Cannes
Psy at the Billboard Awards
Cannes auction of space trip with DiCaprio Raises 1.2 million euros for charity
Stephen Hawking now in comic books
SHOWBIZ DESK LONDON: People can now learn about the life and times of famed physicist Stephen Hawking in a comic book. The British scientist is featuring as a comic book character for an illustrated series about his life. The book will cover Hawking’s college days, his work as a researcher at Cambridge and some of his key discoveries, Sky News reported. The series Stephen Hawking: Riddles of Time & Space would provide a glimpse into “the man, the myth and the legend,” writers of the book said. “The very concept of making an engaging comic book where the protagonist is essentially immobile is a pretty tall order,” said artist Zach Bassett. “I think the key to us keeping it exciting was being able to get inside his mind one of the greatest of our time and show some of his most abstract concepts in a visual and dynamic way. “He truly is a living legend and I was honoured to be able to illustrate his life in comic book form. Professor Hawking is perhaps best known for his book A Brief History of Time, which explains the nature of the universe to non-scientists,” said Bassett. “The most surprising thing about Stephen Hawking is his razor wire wit. He maintains a child’s delight in discovery and credits his disability for allowing him to focus his mind,” writers Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Jennifer Aniston plays stripper in new ﬁlm
CANNES: A trip to space with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio raised 1.2 million euros for charity at a glitzy fundraiser at the Cannes film festival on Thursday. At the 20th annual event organized by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, DiCaprio emerged as the mystery guest to accompany the winner on a Virgin Galactic flight into space. DiCaprio stars in the film "The Great Gatsby," which opened the 66th Cannes film festival. Actress Sharon Stone said the winning bidder would spend
three days in training with DiCaprio in New Mexico before blast-off. "You don't get to go to outer space every day with a handsome movie star," said Stone, dressed in a tight-fitting white dress with a gold snake trim down the back. The bidding started at 1 million euros. The auction brochure for the star-studded gala held at the five-star Hotel du Cap-EdenRoc in Antibes, France, near Cannes, said DiCaprio and the winning bidder would be among the first 1,000 people to leave the planet. The winner, Vasily Klyukin, 37, a Russian living in Monaco, said
Amanda Bynes arrested NEW YORK: US actress Amanda Bynes was arrested in New York City on Thursday after she allegedly threw a bong out the window of a midtown Manhattan apartment building, a police official said. New York police received a call on Thursday night from an employee at the 47th Street highrise building where Bynes lives, said NYPD spokesman Detective Brian Sessa. The employee reported that someone was smoking marijuana in the lobby. When police arrived, they were directed to Bynes' apartment, where the actress invited police in, Sessa said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
he had always wanted to go into space. "I want to be a bit daring," Klyukin, who works in real estate, told Reuters. "I will have to give up smoking now for sure!" After the successful bid from Klyukin - who also bought a gold and diamond necklace for 400,000 euros. Stone announced two other tickets were available on the flight. They raised another 1.8 million euros ($2.3 million). The auction raised 25 million euros ($32.3 million), more than double last year's sum of 11 million euros($14.2 million). The amfAR gala is the biggest fundraising event at the world's largest film festival. The benefit was first hosted by Elizabeth Taylor. The list of stars attending Thursday's event included DiCaprio, Cannes jury members Nicole Kidman and Christopher Waltz, singers Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson, and actors Adrien Brody, Jessica Chastain and Goldie Hawn .The evening featured performances by goldclad Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger" and British pop band Duran Duran. Introducing the event, supermodel Heidi Klum said it raised more than 10 million euros ($12.9 million) a year for AIDS research.
Meera announces to build hospital LAHORE: Filmstar Meera who recently visited Imran Khan in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital to inquire his health, is quite inspired of him that she also decided to build her own hospital in Haroonabad, Lahore. While on her fundraising campaign in Toronto, actress Meera disclosed that she is looking forward to make her own hospital in Haroonabad to help mankind just like chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, and for this purpose she has also geared to raise funds. In an interview Meera told that she has received 400 USD fund for her hospital and will also be campaigning more for the same purpose. She wants to be a philanthropist just like Imran Khan. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Las Vegas: Australian singer Kylie Minogue looking gorgeous in a plunging white Roberto Cavalli gown at the annual amfAR Cinema against AIDS benefit gala.
Salman Khan’s ‘Mental’ troubles end!
NEW DELHI: Salman Khan whose most talked about upcoming venture ‘Mental’ seemed to be in troubled waters sometime back has resumed shooting for the film. Sources had earlier revealed that shooting for our very own Chulbul Pandey’s ‘Mental’ had been stalled after action artistes from the southern film industry forced a lockdown on the sets, claiming to be unhappy with the treatment and remuneration received from the filmmakers. However, according to the latest
buzz, ‘Mental’ seems to have overcome this problem and the unprecedented King of Bollywood blockbusters has resumed shooting for the film. In fact, rumour has it that Salman has now taken a decision to terminate the contracts of the peeved artistes and continue filming without them. Furthermore, Salman and his brother Sohail – who is the director of the film - have decided to do away with the film credits for the southern film industry artists since they have hardly shot for the film. Apart from Salman, ‘Mental’ also stars Daisy Shah, Sana Khan, Ashmit Patel, Mukul Dev and Tabu.
Ishkq In Paris — an imperfect love story SHOWBIZ DESK
LONDON: Actress Jennifer Aniston peels off her clothes and performs a sizzling striptease in her new film. The 44-year-old actress plays a lap-dancer called Rose in the comedy film 'We're The Millers' about a marijuana dealer, played by Jason Sudeikis, who puts together a fake family as part of a drug smuggling deal in Mexico, reported Sun online. In the trailer of the film, Aniston is seen in a peroxide blonde wig as she gives Sudeikis' character a lap-dance before he convinces her to be part of the operation. The film, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, also stars Emma Roberts, Ed Helms and Will Poulter. -SHOWBIZ DESK
CANNES: A Psy impostor has been hobnobbing around the French Riviera at the Cannes Film Festival this week, tricking partygoers and organizers into thinking he's the real Korean popstar and gaining access to many of the A-List parties. An onlooker at the famed Torch Beach Club on Wednesday told the New York Post, "He had three security standing with him at all times, surrounding the table in suits and earpieces, scamming free drinks and bottle service, including bottles of Cristal Rose." But Faux-Psy didn't stop at accepting free drinks! Apparently, he even agreed to play an upcoming show at Cannes club VIP Room and another in Monaco. How kind of him! Psy's doppelganger also fooled a few photo agencies including FilmMagic — they labeled the photo above as "Psy being escorted by security to the Martinez hotel on May 21." The captions have since been changed. As for some of the invited Cannes guests themselves, "Skyfall" beauty Naomi Harris thought she was hanging out with Psy. However, the actress later made fun of herself for the mistake, tweeting, "It looks as if we've been fooled, that wasn't the real @psy_oppa! Could anyone else tell from the picture? Or am I just going crazy!’ ccording to reports, the PSY look-alike was 34-year-old Denis Carre who lived in France. -SHOWBIZ DESK
A girl and a guy meet cute on a train going to Paris, spend a night wandering about the city, and come out on the other side with a status that's complicated. This one line brief has resulted in so many engaging love stories that I went in a tad hopeful. This was, after all, Paris and Preity, a city with magic and a girl with sparkle. Who knew what that combo may yield? Sadly, Ishkq In Paris comes off mostly derivative, and wholly predictable. Preity plays Ishkq (yes, that's her name) who lives in Paris with her beautiful French mum (Adjani). She's the kind of girl who thinks nothing of taking off for a weekend to Rome because she 'loves being served by Italian waiters'. She wants to have fun but is commitment phobic. Which seems just such a perfect fit with Akash (Malliek), who
is exactly the same. Their meanderings around dim-lit strangely-empty Parisian cafes and streets, with the mandatory Eiffel Tower moment, are filled with chatter, all very Before Sunrise. Some of that yakkity-yak is dotted with a few funny lines; you smile. And then you stop. Because soon enough, all the clichés that you can think of start popping up, and it all becomes downbeat. Ishkq is the way she is not because that's who she is. The poor thing has daddy issues. Dear old daddy (Kapur, looking grizzled in a tiny cameo) left her and mum, see? Which leads to abandonment issues. If daddy scarpered, so will Akash, won't he? So on and so forth. There's even a cloudburst that accompanies an emotional blow-out between Ishqk and Akash: you know, the kind that used to happen in the movies of yore where the rain-water mingled
with the heroine's tears. Remind me again, we are in 2013, yes? Preity still looks as if she could be on the big screen (not just on TV as a harried IPL team owner defending greedy players), but in a role that lets her be truer. Which she could easily have done, as the screenplay credits her. Malliek has the better lines, but doesn't lift as much as he could have, especially as the second half gets progressively soggier. Getting the gorgeous Adjani to play Preity's mom must have been a coup, but should have had better results: the two look as if they could be mother and daughter, but end up exchanging dialogues, merely. This is Preity Zinta's own production, and she could have created for herself a character that would have hewed closer to where she is right now. There are moments where you feel she was ready for it, and then the desperate-to-come-off-winsome-
yet-vulnerable character takes over. So does the mandatory item
number, featuring the one and only Salman Khan.
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11 dengue cases reported in four days KARACHI: Eleven more Dengue Viral Fever cases were detected in Karachi in last four days said Dengue Surveillance Cell here Friday. According to Provincial Focal Person for Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh, total 141 dengue fever cases have been reported in Sindh province, out of them 133 in Karachi, while eight cases in rest of Sindh this year so for. Eight dengue patients were still admitted to hospitals and six new cases were reported in Karachi from 23 to 24 May. They were admitted to hospitals. –AGENCIES
MAY 25, 2013
CDA planning bus rapid transit service OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISL AM ABAD: The Capital Development Authority is planning to launch a bus rapid transit service in the federal capital to facilitate the citizens. Syed Mustafain Kazmi, member (Planning & Development) CDA, said this while addressing the business community at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). He said the
CDA was also planning to develop a national bus terminal in I-11/4 to shift all transport to that terminal. He said the CDA would take priority measures to address all issues of business community. He said the CDA will fully cooperate with the ICCI in developing a new industrial estate in Islamabad and informed that 60 per cent work has been done to develop I-17 sector. He said CDA plans to establish parking plazas in commercial areas and open many
new sectors including I-12 and I-15, etc. He said 52 commercial plots would be developed in I-12 to promote business activities. Syed Mustafain Kazmi said many reforms were underway in CDA including revision of bylaws, computerisation of estate management, land management and other functional areas. These reforms will bring transparency, remove corruption and greatly facilitate the CDA stakeholders. He assured his
KARACHI: Unknown culprits hurled a hand grenade at a school in Orangi Town Friday that injured three children. According to police, unidentified miscreants threw a hand grenade at a private school through a classroom window, injuring three students in the blast caused by the grenade. SSP West Asif Aijaz Shaikh said that two injured children, 7year-old Fatima and 10-year old Izhar Ahmed, were shifted to Qatar Hospital. The in charge of emergency unit Dr Subhash said that the wounded children were out of danger. –ONLINE
Questions why references has not been filed against Ahmad Riaz Sheikh, Adnan Khawaja
Karachi violence claims six more lives
Olson enquires after Imran Khan LAHORE: US Ambassador Richard Olson met Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan in Lahore on Friday. According to media reports, he enquired about his health and expressed best wishes for his early recovery. –ONLINE
3 killed in Peshawar blast PESHAWAR: Three people were killed and two injured in an explosion near a mosque on Pajjagi road in the Saeedabad area of Peshawar. The blast took place outside the gate of a Madrassa. The injured include people inside the Madrassa along with pedestrians on the road. The area surrounding the blast site is a residential area. Windows pans of nearby houses were shattered due to the impact of the blast and residents came out on the streets. Police took control of the area and investigations were under way however it is speculated that a religious scholar was the target. The blast took place 30 minutes after Friday prayers concluded. A car was badly damaged due to the intensity of the blast and initial reports suggest that the bomb was planted in a car. –ONLINE
part in healthy activities. He raised the issue of change of trade and proposed that the CDA should allow change of trade except for negative list that would help promote investment and business activities. He emphasized the CDA to provide car parking facilities in all commercial centers, especially in F-6, F-7, F-10 and Blue Area sectors besides developing all markets according to modern requirements.
Lethargic NAB invites CJP’s anger
Grenade attack on school in Orangi injures three
KARACHI: Terrorists and miscreants gunned down six more people in Karachi on Friday. In the first incident, police recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from Malir Chaman Colony in the area of New Karachi and shifted them to hospital for postmortem and legal formalities. Two men identified as Taj Mani and Musa were shot dead in the city railway colony. Both were from Mansehra. Another incident occurred in the area of Chakewara in Bahar Colony where unidentified armed miscreants gunned down a man and escaped. A body was found on Maripur Road near Dua Hotel. In Pak Colony, two rickshaw drivers Rafiq and Shah Nawaz sustained injuries when unidentified miscreants shot them. Both were shifted to a nearby hospital where their condition is said to be stable. –ONLINE
full support for ICCI representation in the CDA Board. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Zafar Bakhtawari, president of ICCI, appreciated the CDA efforts for initiating various developmental projects in Islamabad and also briefed the Member Planning about various issues faced by the business community. Bakhtawari demanded allocations for a cricket ground so that ICCI members could take
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leaders Sadaqat Abbasi and Sajid Qureshi leading a car rally to D-Chowk to take part in a sit-in. –ONLINE
Change or you lose me, Altaf warns workers
Trade, not aid, Nawaz tells US
Says he never taught MQM members to take bribes MQM to elect new Coordination Committee tomorrrow
LONDON: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Friday said if his party workers did not amend themselves, they would lose their leader forever. In a telephonic address to members of the Interim Rabita (Coordinating) Committee and other party workers, Altaf said he initiated the MQM in Karachi University (KU) to identify the rights of people who migrated during the partition, but over the time, 98 per cent of the party’s population had become the voice of the poor and oppressed citizens in the country. He added that his party was not formed to perpetrate hatred towards any nationality or class, but to work for the rights of marginalized people Moreover, he said the linguistic and regional-based problems that he had to face in his student life were not seen in the history of the region. Altaf denied teaching MQM workers to take bribes or be corrupt. "I never taught party workers to take bribes, be corrupt or put undue pressure on people for favours." Addressing the issue of his stay away from home, Altaf told his party members that his family members went abroad to save their lives. He said his family worked hard while living in a foreign land. Delving more into his family and political affairs, the MQM chief said he never favoured his family with gains from his political movement. “I did not give party tickets to my relatives in elections,” he added. It is pertinent to mention that the MQM’s Rabita (Coordination) Committee was disbanded earlier on Thursday, a decision approved by party chief Altaf
Hussain. The new rabita committee would be formed on Sunday in a general workers’ meeting of the party. In the meantime, administrative affairs of the party would be managed by a seven-member committee which had already been formed. The move came in the wake of Altaf Hussain’s address to MQM workers earlier during which he said he would purge the party of ‘corrupt and unwanted’ elements and that the cleansing process for that purpose had already begun. –AGENCIES
Malik meets Altaf in London L ON DON: Former interior minister Rehman Malik met MQM chief Altaf Hussain here and exchanged views with him on political situation in the country and PPP-MQM relationship. Rehman Malik also conveyed special message from President Asif Ali Zardari to Altaf Hussain. Both the leaders agreed on continuing mutual interest contacts between PPP and MQM. Media reports said Senator Rehman Malik also congratulated Altaf Hussain on success of MQM in elections. Nadeem Nusrat, Mustafa Aziz Abadi, Qasim Ali Raza, Tariq Javed, Saleem Shehzad, Muhmmad Anwar and Tariq Meer were also present in meeting. –ONLINE
L AH ORE: US Ambassador Richard Olson called on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and discussed ways to further improve PakUS relations. According to media reports, Nawaz said Pakistan offered more sacrifices than others in the war on terror. Therefore the sacrifices of Pakistanis should be respected in the world. He said the Pakistani nation wanted trade, not aid, from America. He said the Pak-US relations should be based on equality and US should respect the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. The US envoy vowed that his country would continue to support Islamabad for continuity of democracy in Pakistan. Meanwhile, German ambassador to Pakistan Cyrill Nunn met Shahbaz Sharif in Raiwind. Shahbaz, who is PML-N’s central leader, has been nominated for CM Punjab slot. –ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed displeasure over not filing of references by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and Adnan Khawaja. A three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) headed by the CJP took up NRO implementation case for hearing Friday. Ibrahim Satti and other lawyers appeared before the court on behalf of the accused persons. At the inception of hearing, NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha appeared in the court. He took the plea that NAB was reviewing the matter if any justification existed to initiate proceedings against the persons with respect to whom the court had ordered to file reference. It is a technical matter, he added. CJP inquired as to why NAB had not filed reference against these persons. How this question has come here. KK Agha said Adnan Khawaja was appointed in OGDCL and Ahmad Riaz Sheikh was appointed as
additional DG in FIA. “This court after hearing of the case issued notice to secretary establishment Ismail Qureshi on appointment of Adnan Khawaja and NAB conducted investigation upon it. Ibrahim Satti said NAB in the meantime filed reference against Ahsan Raja instead of Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and Adnan Khawaja. Qamar ul Zaman was also suspended. During this time Ahsan Raja was assigned temporary charge. NAB also did not file reference against the former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani while the real powers to make these appointments rested with him. CJP observed “we will have to see summary worked out by Qamar ul Zaman and then the matter will become clear”. The court summoned the summary evolved by former secretary establishment Qamar ul Zaman with reference to appointment of Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and Adnan Khawaja on May 31. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May, 31.–ONLINE
Contempt case against Khoso
Matters can no more remain conﬁdential: SC
ISLAM ABAD: Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked that the days are gone when the matters were kept confidential. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of contempt of court case against caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso here Friday. The court has allowed him six-day time for filing reply in the case. During the hearing, Principal Secretary to PM Khawaja Siddique Akbar filed reply on behalf of secretary establishment. In this reply, the caretaker PM has dispelled the impression that he has deviated from court’s decision. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked contempt of court case against Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was of individual nature. “Obviously whosoever has committed wrong doings will be proceeded against. The days are gone now when the matters were kept confidential. Court wants corruption and corrupt practices are eliminated at every cost. The court will go to any extent it can go on this count. Civil servants consider them the servant to their senior officers rather than servant of masses.” Inayat Elahi told the court black sheep are found everywhere. Problems are created and complaints of corruption come due to corrupt officers. The court allowed six days to Arif Chaudhry Advocate, counsel for caretaker PM, to file reply. –ONLINE
ECP to publish names of reserved seats’ winners on Monday TAHIR NIAZ ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is likely to publish the names of those elected on reserved seats for women and minorities in the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies on Monday. According to the ECP sources, before doing that the ECP would issue final party position as today (Saturday) is the last day for the independent returned candidates to the national assembly and all the four provincial assemblies to join, if they wanted so, any political party. Under the law, the total number of general seats won by a political party shall include the independent returned candidate or candidates who may duly join such political party within three days of the publication in the official Gazette of the names of the returned candidates. The ECP on May 22 (Wednesday) published in the official Gazette the names of the returned candidates. There are 60 seats reserved for women in the
national assembly. With Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) securing around 125 national assembly seats from Punjab province only, the Nawaz-led party is likely to secure around 30 seats reserved for women from the quota of Punjab out of 35 allocated for the province. The party has won four national assembly seats from the province of KhyberPakhtunkhwa and is likely to secure one seat from the quota of 8 seats reserved for women allocated to the province. PML-N had submitted a list of 23 women with the ECP, to be elected on the seats reserved for women in the national assembly from the quota of Punjab province. As the party is likely to secure 30 out of 35 Punjab quota seats, it would have to add to the list another 7 lucky women it wanted to be elected on reserved seats for women. All of the 23 women on the priority list of the PML-N have already been elected to the national assembly on reserved seats for women from the quota of Punjab. These include Mst. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan,
Mst. Zeb Jaffar, Mst. Tahra Aurangzeb, Mst.Parveen Masood Bhatti, Mst.Ayesha Raza Farooq, Mst. Shaista Pervaiz, Mst.Nighat Parveen, Mst. Majeedan Wyne, Mst. Khalida Mansoor, Mst. Asia Naz Tanoli, Mst. Rida Khan, Mst. Seema Mohiuddin Jameely, Mst. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mst. Laila Khan, Mst. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Mst. Surriya Asghar, Mst. Shahzadi Umar Zadi Tawana, Mst. Maiza Hameed, Mst. Farhana Qamar, Mst. Shaheen Shafique, Mst. Iffat Liaqat, Mst. Shazia Ashfaq Mattu, Mst. Romina Khurshid Alam. Thirty-five, fourteen, eight and three seats have been reserved for women in the national assembly from the province of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan respectively while no seats for women have been reserved from FATAs and the Federal Capital. The seats reserved for women shall be elected through proportional representation system of political parties’ lists of candidates on the basis of total number of general seats secured by each political party from the province concerned in
the National Assembly. As far as Punjab province is concerned, a political party was required to win 4.22 general seats of the National Assembly to secure each seat reserved for women while in Sindh, it needs 4.35 general seats; in KhyberPakhtunkhwa 4.37 general seats and in Balochistan 4.66 general seats to secure each seat reserved for women in the national assembly. Similarly, all other parties would secure women seats in the national assembly on the basis of NA seats won by each party from respective provinces. PTI women candidates for NA from Punjab quota include: Mst. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mst. Munaza Hassan, Mst. Ayla Malik, Mst. Fauzia Danial Kasuri, Dr. Yasmin Rashid and others. However, only few of them are likely to secure their seats in the NA due to limited number of seats won by the PTI from the Punjab province. As the PML-N has gained simple majority in the national assembly, it would be
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securing around five seats out of the ten reserved for non-Muslims in the national assembly. The constituency for seats reserved for non-Muslims is the whole country. Members to the seats reserved for non-Muslims shall be elected through proportional representation system of political parties’ lists of candidates on the basis of total number of general seats won by each political party in the National Assembly. A political party was required to win 27.2 general seats to secure each national assembly seat reserved for nonMuslims. The PML-N had submitted the names of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Tariq Christopher Qaiser, Isphanyar M. Bhindara, Anita Irfan, Khalil and Bahawan Das with the ECP for the reserved seats for minorities in the national assembly and five of them are likely to be elected to the national assembly. PTI and PPP are likely to secure one seat each reserved for minorities in the national assembly.
Published on May 24, 2013