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PPP cheated SC in Swiss letter ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed Attorney General Munir A Malik to submit all record regarding the letter written to the Swiss authorities in money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari. During hearing of NRO implementation case on Wednesday‚ the attorney general informed the court that two letters were written to Swiss authorities out of which one was written on the directive of the court while the other was written by

the government on its own. He said that former law secretary Yasmin Abbasi had sent second letter to Swiss authorities on November 22, 2012, stating that the government was not interested in pursuing cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and urged the Swiss authorities to close the cases. The first letter was sent to Swiss authorities on November 5, 2012, the draft of which was seen and approved by the apex court. The attorney general informed the


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Govt to cancel PPP’s LNG projects

apex court that the cases were closed by Swiss authorities on February 4 this year. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered an inquiry into the second letter which, according to him had rendered the first letter redundant. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry remarked that those responsible should be held accountable and would face contempt proceedings. On this AG Munir Malik told the court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry of the incident. –ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government has decided to revoke two LNG import projects initiated by previous regime of PPP to meet the burgeoning energy needs of the country, reliable sources said on Wednesday. “Following the decision of the new federal government to cancel the tenders issued by the PPPled coalition government for the import of LNG to the country, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources is now set to get the ECC approval to cancel the two tenders,” the sources further said. “A meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet is scheduled to meet today (Thursday) to take up various items on its agenda, including issue of new tenders for imported LNG, Nandipur Power Project, etc.” The previous PPP regime,

after four years’ working, had designed two LNG import projects to meet growing energy needs of the country. One tender was issued to bring 200mmcfd of LNG while the second one was planned to bring 400mmcfd of imported LNG to the country despite the fact that transparency and PPRA rules were set aside. However, on finding violation and irregularities, the PML-N government has now decided to end those projects by cancelling the tenders. Following the decision, the ministry of petroleum & natural resources has decided to contact the highest economic forum (ECC) of the country to get its approval for issuing new tenders and cancellation of previous tenders issued for the import of LNG, a senior official at petroleum ministry said while talking to this scribe. – SAHTAK BALOCH

Taliban target judge in Karachi, 9 killed 

15 injured as Justice Maqbool Baqir’s convoy bombed by a remote-controlled device  Five cops, Ranger among victims

KARACHI: A senior judge was on Wednesday critically injured while nine people were killed after the Taliban in an assassination attempt targeted him with a motorcycle bomb during morning rush hour. Justice Maqbool Baqar, senior judge of Sindh High Court, was heading to the court when the bomb believed to be attached to a motorbike exploded near his motorcade on Burns Road. At least 15 people, including Baqar, were also injured in the blast, a police officer said. The injured include four police personnel and a paramilitary Rangers officer. Baqar was shifted to a private hospital for treatment. Police said that driver of the judge was among the dead besides four security personnel. "The bomb was apparently set off by a remote device and the explosion

PTI, PAT, MQM may back Mush LAHORE: Lawmakers belonging to PTI and MQM besides PAT leaders approached the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and assured their extensive support for party head Pervez Musharraf — to be extended at the “right time.” Details of the meeting were disclosed by political advisor and close aide of Musharraf, Chaudhry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon, reported a private TV Channel. Kahlon said that several senior lawmakers including representatives of PTI and MQM had privately conveyed their dismay over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s stance on Musharraf. –INP

injured bystanders and damaged vehicles and bikes in the security convoy," Senior Superintendent of Police South Aamir said. "The convoy included police mobiles and rangers and those killed include four security officials and the injured two females who were bystanders when the explosion took place," he said. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon confirmed seven people died in the blast. A police mobile van and two motorbikes were damaged in the blast. DIG Ami Shaikh said that six teams have been formed to investigate the attack. TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed the responsibility for the attack and said that they also carried out attacks on the local peace council chief in Bannu and a police officer in Peshawar.

“We claim responsibility for the attack on the Sindh High Court judge as he had delivered verdicts against Muslims and particularly the Mujahideen,” the TTP spokesman told media outlets via phone. He said the judge was also part of the “secular system” and the attack was completely in line with the Taliban policy to target all those who are part of the system. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, around eight kg of explosive was used in the bombing. The hospital sources say Justice Maqbool’s condition is satisfactory as he has received minor injuries in the blast. Meanwhile, the Sindh Bar Council boycotted courts in protest against the dastardly bomb attack, while Pakistan Bar Council has called for nationawise boycott today (Thursday). –AGENCIES

Govt initiates high treason case process 

PM orders FIA to probe Mush 2007 actions

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has initiated the process of filing a high treason case against former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the interior secretary in writing to ask the FIA director general to conduct an inquiry on an emergency basis into the acts of Musharraf on November 3, 2007, when he held the constitution in abeyance, declared emergency and sacked judges of the superior courts. In a written reply to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Attorney General Munir Malik detailed the federal government’s line of action in filing a complaint against Musharraf for his “unconstitutional actions”.

A three member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, had asked the federal government to specify what steps it would take to file a complaint against Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. –AGENCIES

KARACHI: Security offi fficcials inspect the site of a bomb blast targeting the convoy of Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqar, at Burns Road. –INP

SHO with NATO convoy shot dead PESHAWAR: A police officer was killed and two other wounded in firing by unknown miscreants in Peshawar, officials said on Wednesday. According to police officials, SHO Meera Jan with his driver and gunman was escorting a NATO convoy which was passing through his police station’s limits when miscreants opened fire on his vehicle at Karkhano Market near Hayatabad area of Peshawar. SHO Jan died on spot while his driver and gunman, both police constable, sustained bullet injuries. Gunmen, who were pedestrians, after firing succeed to flee in the market, which famous for carpets. Meanwhile, unidentified armed men abducted eight members of Tableeghi Jama’at in Awaran on Wednesday. The victims are said to hail from Peshawar and Bannu. According to eye witnesses, unidentified armed men surrounded the mosque and kidnapped eight persons who were on their mission. –MONITORING DESK

Govt mulls unbelievable fuel prices parity plan 

CNG to be Rs134/kg as rulers set to deprive masses of cheaper fuel facility by fixing its price at 90pc of petrol’s in new price parity plan


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan League (Nawaz) Muslim government is mulling to deprive the masses of cheaper fuel (CNG) facility by fixing the price of Compressed Natural Gas at 90 percent parity with the price of petrol, sources said on Wednesday. “If the government links the price of CNG at 90pc parity with the price of petrol then per kilogramme of compressed natural gas would go up by Rs63, the sources said, adding, “initially this proposal was discussed in the Energy Working Group meeting and later the Petroleum Ministry gave its nod to link the price of the cheaper fuel (CNG) to petrol price.” At present, the CNG price is 51 percent cheaper than the petrol price. However, if the government goes with the recommendations of the Energy Working Group and the Petroleum Ministry then only 10 percent difference of prices between both fuels would be left and the CNG price will stand at Rs134 per kg, the sources said. The

sources were of the opinion that the incumbent regime had decided to end the use of CNG in vehicles by jacking up its price as no other respite is in its hands. They said the PML-N government through its much-touted Energy Policy would get the approval of CCI to fleece the masses using cheaper fuel of CNG. Besides this Ghiyas Abdullah Parcaha of All Pakistan CNG Association when contacted outrightly rejected the proposed gas parity plan and urged the PMLN government and the CCI not to approve it. He said that in the world many countries are promoting CNG as it is environment friendly but surprisingly our government is going against this mechanism. Gas

is our local product therefore government should provide it on cheap rates and listen to the voices of 3.7 million CNG users. “We were hoping that the PMLN government would provide relief to the masses by ensuring CNG for vehicles as they had promised during the election campaign,” Paracha said. It is to be noted that earlier the SC had directed the PPP government to remove the gas parity between CNG and petrol by stating it unlawful and stated that since CNG is produced locally and has no connection to the international market, operating costs and present profit on CNG prices is against the law.

CNG prices likely to go up on July 1 ISLAMABAD: The CNG prices are likely to go up on July 1 as 39 paisas per kilogram increase will take place in Regio-1 and 46 paisas in Region-2 after one percent addition in GST. It is expected that the CNG prices will mount up on first day of July, after approval of Finance Bill-2013-14 from the National Assembly and Senate. One percent increase in GST will mount CNG prices by 39 paisas in Region-1 comprising KPK, Potohar and Balochistan. –ONLINE

Supreme Court for imposing energy emergency ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that there was a need to impose energy emergency in the country to fulfill the electricity demands of people. The bench also observed that while using the fast track for the establishment of power projects the energy situation could improve. The directions came by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed during the hearing of a suo-motu case regarding prolonged load-shedding in the country. "There are always two approaches to deal a matter. One is shortterm and the other is long-term. We should go for the long-term power generation projects but in the meantime work should be accelerated on short-term projects," remarked the chief justice. He further maintained that the nation

had high hopes from the institutions and these power distribution and generating institutions must come up to their expectations. The bench reiterated for the enforcement of equitable power distribution to all and sundry. The chief justice questioned whether the court’s orders were followed in full letter and spirit for the distribution of electricity or not. Pakistan Electric Power Company Managing Director Zargham Khan replied that he had taken written reports from all the power distribution companies. However, the bench directed him to prepare a detailed chart describing the district-wise details of the power distribution. The bench was apprised that many of the factories in Punjab had established their own power plants to meet the needs of electricity. The PEPCO MD told that there were 29 Captive Power Plants functioning in

different factories in Punjab that could generate some 1100 MW of electricity. On a bench's query, he apprised that these plants could generate the full capacity on the provision of gas to them. On Submitting Compliance report before the court, PEPCO MD stated that Punjab was being given 66 per cent of total power generation. He further added that KPK had 16 per cent, Sindh 12 and Balochistan had 6 per cent share in the energy. Attorney General Munir A. Malik

apprised to the court that the current elected government would clear circular debt of around Rs. 300 billion until June 30 adding that the remaining circular debt would be cleared in 60 days. He further stated that the government believes in generating money at its own so that it should not borrow money from anyone. Malik while responding to the bench's query stated that the government was generating money through bonds. He categorically stated that there were no

more discretionary funds of the Prime Minister which was praised by the bench. Later, the court directed the MD PEPCO to put up details of all the districts including Islamabad and Azad Kashmir regarding the power distribution before the bench. All the Chief Executive Officers of power distribution companies were also directed to help out MD PEPCO in that regard and also ensure their presence during the next date of hearing and adjourned further hearing until July 1. –APP

IG level officers involved in land occupation: CJP ISLAMABAD: The IG level police officers are involved in occupation of land. Police vans are sent overnight and land is occupied. Who will compensate for the mistake committed by CDA board if SC issues an order. Will the government find any solution to it, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday while stoping operation by Capital Development Authority against constructions made on agriculture farms having more than 4500 square feet area. The court directed Attorney General Munir A Malik to obtain directives from the federal government in connection with tempering of master plan and utilization of agriculture farm for residential purpose and file the reply with it. –ONLINE

Kerry wants to visit Pakistan WASHINGTON: The States on United Wednesday said Secretary of State John Kerry "very much" wants to visit Pakistan to engage with the government and civil society leaders on wideranging areas of cooperation. The State Department said the Secretary looks forward to spending enough time in Pakistan on the broadranging relationship. "Secretary Kerry was not able to make it (to Pakistan) on this (continuing) trip (to Asia). He very much wants to go there. –APP


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Govt woos media owners for energy policy win he government is overly sensitive about its upcoming energy policy and is working overtime to handle its media strategy. It is talking to media people, more owners than working journalists, about its positive coverage. Not only is it the first government initiative, the budget being less important, this is the make-or-break move for the PML (N). It is on this platform that the PPP largely lost its popularity and it is on this issue that the PML (N) will be judged. The party is disturbed over negative publicity of some aspects of the policy before it has been announced. One of the reservations is about some beneficiaries being also involved as advisors. Another is about the bad practices of some IPPs who are being paid large sums of money without proper accountability. Then there is the presence of a dubious pharmacist-turneddevelopment guru-turned energy aspect. It was surprising that he was included in the caretaker set-up because he had a lot of answers to give about Nasim Ashraf ’s infamous National Commission of Human Development. It is more surprising that he continues to sit in the official meetings of the Prime Minister as the advisor. In any case, it is conflict of interest that a caretaker Minister should be part of the succeeding government. So the government is not taking any chances. Media managers are meeting and talking to owners of major media houses. The PML (N) government continues to follow the strategy of Pervaiz Musharraf by focusing on the owners rather than the working journalists. The APNS and PBA are given more importance than the working journalists. Whether this gives the same results as Musharraf got out of the media is another thing though.


Mush trial talk: a good decision but is it a good recipe? BASHIR A. TARIQ

LAHORE: Finally (and in the due

course of time) former dictator general-turned president, Pervez Musharraf, is to be tried for violating the constitution of the country and illegally ruling its subjects for over eight years. Until Sunday, the air was foggy as to whether the new government of the Pakistan Muslim League will initiate a high treason case against Mr. Musharraf or not, thought there were feelers about his impending fate. But Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s announcement in the National Assembly on Monday has cleared a path toward a precise political weather forecast for the upcoming weeks, if not months, as the nation is going to stick to this high-profile case, if it really comes, only to forget its other urgencies and grievances, including the everincreasing menace (and/or demon) of terrorism that is shaking the very foundation of the country. Did we not witness it when 10 innocent foreign mountaineers and their Pakistani female guide came under a volley of bullets from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan gunmen while they were asleep in their Nanga Parbat base camp on Sunday night? The first bad news of the day, after PM Nawaz announced his decision to try Musharraf, was that Karachi Stock Exchange crashed with a bang. The same KSE, one can note, had risen up sharply after the PML-N win in the May 11general elections. That apart, there are many questions people may ask following Nawaz’s ‘bold’ step. These include, why only Musharraf? What will happen to all

those decrees by the Dogar-led Supreme Court, including the ruling that had validated all Musharraf acts, including the November 3, 2007 abrogation of the Constitution? Had not Nawaz himself pardoned all his ‘enemies’ during his mosque-roof election victory speech on the night of May 11 (elections day)? Have all the people of Pakistan forgotten that speech of the then would-be premier? Why has he now changed his mind? Is somebody and/or some institution behind his National Assembly decision of today? Was Musharraf alone when he struck on the fateful day of November 3, 2007? Don’t we all remember how political parties (please try to remember the flag-hoisting ‘volunteers’ of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek of Dr Tahirul Qadri fluttering their arms in the air when the then Army General, Pervez Musharraf, had come to address the people of Lahore at Minar-e-Pakistan) backed the dictator to rule the land? Do we not know that many of Mush’s righthand men are today sitting in the present National Assembly and can raise a storm anytime? Will all the institutions of the country support Mian Sahib to go ahead with the Mush trial? And, last but not the least, what will be the consequences in case Nawaz Sharif fails or is failed in his bid to take sweet revenge from the ex-General? Also, people will hardly fail to recall the days of Gen Ziaul Haq, another dictator whose ‘good deeds’ are giving us tasteless and fruitless results even today. One does not need to apply rocket science or scratch their heads to come to terms with the reality that

it was the same dictator (Zia) who, in a stream of emotions back in the eighties, had wished Nawaz Sharif a long life (Ya Allah meri zindagi bhee Nawaz Sharif ko laga de. God I wish my remaining life is added to Nawaz’s). If the dictator of the yester years was acceptable to our Prime Minister with all his good and bad deeds, why can’t he forgive our ‘younger dictator’? And he has already forgiven him, as I earlier said. There is a saying in Punjabi. It states that no house can be broken

without a pointer, the one who abets thieves. If Musharraf broke into the house called Pakistan, he had had the assistance of someone, beyond doubt. Why is there no call for the trials of those who had acted in his league? Why have they become honourable dignitaries and he a pariah? Will the assemblies which worked under his able guidance be spared and why? Musharraf spent a good deal of time in self exile in the UK. Remaining away from home is a sort

Fata Research Center launches detailed study on election violence in KP and FATA NAZAR ISLAM

Malik Zameer Hassan @zameer0201 Again and again give attention to Swiss cases is like hoping Six from Misbah on every 2nd ball.

javed ahmed qazi @jvqazi

Treason case against Mushraf will be filed in pindi or islamabad court of session judge in shape of criminal complaint

Asif Shahzad @asiffshahzad

Msg: hate us MT "@Razarumi: The only place where #tourism continued now closed 4 international visitors. What is the message to the world?"

Saqlain Imam @imam1

@asiffshahzad : it's not tourism or image which is at stake, it's the existence of human society in #Pakistan which is under threat!

Asad Munir @asadmunir38

Thinking is guaranteed to every human being,but clear thinking is not.

Nusrat Javeed @javeednusrat Protected account Thank God we have another issue to rub: writing a different letter to the Swiss government by the former law secretary.

of punishment itself. The best way for the government would be to start working on its election agenda, e.g., alleviate poverty, end illiteracy, lower power load shedding (if at all it can’t be dealt with in totality), join hands with all other representative parties to do something to counter-attack terrorism, and give Pakistanis a happy future. All in all, no matter how hard you try you can’t cook the fat out of your cauldron. It will only melt. So please avoid the old recipe.

ata Research Center convened a seminar on ‘study on electoral violence’ in KP & FATA at a local hotel in Islamabad,on Wednesday afternoon. The basic theme of the seminar was to highlight the violence during the first quarter of 2013 that killed hundreds of innocent civilians, police and security forces. Elections in Pakistan have always been a matter of great controversy. The general elections 2013 in Pakistan didn’t turn out to be any different. Despite the grave security threats from militants, the electorate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA enthusiastically participated in the May 11 elections and if provided a peaceful environment, the people of the two most-affected regions due to the ongoing unprecedented wave of religious extremism and terrorism, could democratically choose their priorities and leaderships. Speaking to the participants the president of the Fata Research Center, Dr. Ashraf Ali, said, “The foremost aim of the study was to gauge the scale and nature of violence during elections and its implications for the transparency, impartiality and reliability of the electoral process and political system.” A number of existing studies have also discovered that the insurgents groups had got supporters and sympathizers in these regions due to the weak


political institutions. The Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had warned people not to participate in the processions and election campaign of Awami National Party, Pakistan People’s Party and Muttiahida Qoumi Movement and that is why there was a fear of massive violence. Despite the militants’ threats, these elections will be remembered for some other aspects as

well. This time in the elections there was a record turnout among the voters. The female turnout also increased in the elections. As many as 147 women candidates contested elections 2013 on 105 National Assembly and 301 women on 203 provincial assembly constituencies on general seats. There were 14 women for 10 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa seats, while a woman, Badam Zari, also took part in

elections from FATA. Member of National Assembly from Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI), Ms Ayesha Gulalai, who herself hails from the violence plagued region of South Waziristan, while addressing the audience said, “The last election in KPK and FATA had set in a process of change which was motivated by party Chairman, Imran Khan and driven by the youth of the two regions.” Pakistan Army has conducted various military operations in South Waziristan and flushed out the militants from the region. Pakistan Army has started development work in the Mehsud belt and after clearing the areas from the reach of militants they are gradually bringing back the displaced people to their homes. So far around fifty thousand displaced people have been brought back. Gulalai further added that, “The world should know that the people of FATA are peace and democracy loving and want to bring change in the rusty system through the ballot instead of bullet.” The study found that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the most severely hit province during the elections due to the militant attacks while defying apprehensions, FATA remained quite calm; the attacks and threats of attacks by the insurgents also infused an acute sense of insecurity among the residents of the KPK and FATA.

USAID and PEC to draft NESC to prevent deaths of linemen ZEESHAN JAVED


After the failure of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Power distribution companies in protecting the lives of linemen, who put their lives on risk during their job, the regulatory body Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) with the collaboration of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has initiated to chalk out the National Electric Safety Code (NESC). It was learnt through reliable resources that due to bad governance in WAPDA and DISCOs, more than 200 workmen of power sector lost their lives due to non-availability of any safety code during the last fiscal year (FY) 2011-12 and more than 250 people were injured and faced physical disability due to electricity sparks during their job. The PEC, which dealt with regulations of engineering, works and communication, civil and energy sector, decided to introduce NESC aiming to protect the lives of workers who dealt with non-retrievable risks during their job, particularly working on high-tension electricity transmission lines or poles of electricity. In this particular regard, a workshop of all stakeholders was organized by PEC aimed at acquiring the input of power experts over the safety codes to provide a safe working environment

for the technical staff of WAPDA and power distribution companies in future. “In order to curtail the losses of infrastructure and human lives including employees and general public, a National Electric Safety Code

(NESC) is to be developed, which would be applicable to power sector, communication companies, operation & maintenance companies, and their relevant contractors and manufacturers “, the Chairman of the Pakistan Engineering Council Syed

Abdul Qadir Shah Remarked. He also praised the efforts of the USAID Power Distribution Program in helping build capacity of government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) and identifying issues of national significance, such as


safety codes that still remain elusive despite the intervening years. He expressed optimism that the safety code would soon be completed with the help of experts and the biggest challenge would lie in its implementation, which would start reducing the number of casualties with immediate effect. A senior official of PEC informed this scribe that the basic aim in introducing NESC is the safety of personnel dur¬ing the field operations and maintenance of electrical & communica¬tion equipment. He said that by developing safety related awareness among the employer, employees and the general public, the accidents related to human lives and machinery could be reduced, adding that analysis of the accidents clearly indicates that the majority of accidents are due to non-adherence of safety procedures/ unavailability of safety code at national level and that more than 90% of accidents are not due to defective equipment but due to failure on the part of workmen and those in authority to observe safety rules. The USIAD and PEC, in a joint effort to draft the document will collect the data and information from different public and private forums and compile as per international safety standards. Once the proposed docu-

ment is approved, it will then be on the part of federal government to implement the safety codes in all related ministries and departments including DISCOs, GENCO’s and NTDC as well as all the entities under the financial/administrative control of MoWP and Ministry of Communication. While addressing participants, Senior Advisor Engineering for USAID Power Distribution Program Dick Dumford praised the initiative of the NESC. ”NESC will go a long way in reducing the number of casualties as well as serious injuries that in the past could not be avoided due to an absence of a comprehensive safety code,” he said. “Such a high accident rate suggests not only are our linemen and technical field staff at very high risk, but infrastructure and the public at large are also indirectly at risk,” Robert Kolling, Senior Distribution Adviser of the USAID Power Distribution Program said on the occasion.

Quips and Quotes “Political power does not rest with those who cast the votes, but with those who count the votes.” Stalin


Danish envoy visits SOS Children’s Village 

Moesby puts special focus on health, especially for diabetic children

ISLAMABAD: Danish Ambassador Ole E Moesby Wednesday said that increased level of obesity and blood pressure had made 9.6 million children in Pakistan overweight and obese. During his visit to SOS Children’s Village here, Ambassador Moesby also spoke about general health issues among children and the importance of establishing collaboration between teachers, parents and organisations in creating awareness on primary prevention of diabetes and issues of childhood obesity in particular. He also met with teachers, families and children and speaks to them about how to

POA Interim Committee Chairman Asif Bajwa inaugurates logo of 32nd National Games at Sports Complex in Islamabad. INP

improve life quality through good healthcare. With more than seven million diabetic patients in Pakistan, around five per cent of them are young children. SOS Village Chairperson Nasim Muzaffar appreciated the

private sector to continue giving these children access to quality education, health and a fair start in life. The Danish ambassador also met with Shahnaz Wazir Ali, president's coordinator on social sectors. ONLINE

ambassador’s commitment to advocating for awareness on healthcare. She said SOS Village was providing a home and social environment for orphaned children but required the support from public and

Mauritania’s high-level delegation calls on CJ IESCO starts customer care centres 


CJs discuss legal system, working of courts in both countries

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan is a democratic state but unfortunately it was ruled by the military dictators for quite some time. However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan through its judgments has blocked the way for such extra constitutional acts in future, he said on Wednesday. He expressed these views while meeting with a Mauritanian delegation headed by Chief Justice of Mauritania Justice Sidi Yahefdhou and comprising two judges Justice Sheikh Ahmed Mehmood and Justice Ba Moukhtar and others Wednesday in the Supreme Court. Welcoming the delegation, Chief Justice Iftikhar said that it was an honour to receive such a high-level judicial delegation from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. “Exchange

of delegations is always a good tradition to benefit from each other’s experience and knowledge,” he said. The chief justice introduced to the delegation the judicial system of Pakistan. He stated that the laws of Pakistan have Islamic premise and content in as much as the Constitution provides that no law shall be made which is repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam. The chief justice added that the Federal Shariat Court has been established to adjudge as to whether or not a particular provision of law was repugnant to the injunctions of Islam and appeal against the decision of the Shariat Court was filed before the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court. Furthermore, there is Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises the legislature, whether or not a certain law

is repugnant to the injunctions of Islam. The chief justice stated that the system of administration of justice should be effective as the prime purpose of judiciary was to redress the grievances of public at large and to dispense justice at their doorstep. Chief Justice Sidi Yahefdhou reciprocated the sentiments expressed by Chief Justice Iftikhar and explained judicial system of his country and the working of the Supreme Court of Mauritania. He pointed out the similarities between the legal systems of both the countries and stated that Islamic laws were enforced in both the countries; therefore it was a good opportunity to share each other’s experiences and reforms and improve respective judicial systems. Later, the chief justice presented a shield and gifts to the delegates as a token of respect and a gesture of goodwill. AGENCIES

Army chief on 3-day official visit to Sri Lanka from today ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is due to undertake a three day visit to Sri Lanka starting from Thursday. This will be his second visit as he previously visited Sri Lanka in January 2011. According to ISPR, during his stay in Sri Lanka, General Kayani will meet the top military leadership of the country. He will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with Defence Secretary Hon Gotabaya Rajapaksa. General Kayani will review the

passing out parade at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa on June 28as chief guest. The visit of the army chief will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen this relationship. A get together of Pakistan Staff College and National Defence University’s qualified officers is being arranged during visit of General Kayani to provide opportunity to the Sri Lankan alumni of these prestigious Pakistani institutions to interact

ADB to boost investment in energy ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will boost investment in end-user energy efficiency to help Asia and the Pacific tackle surging power demand and growing environmental threats from greenhouse gas emissions. ADB Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bindu N Lohani has said that there was huge potential for saving energy by making buildings, vehicles, machinery, and water

pumps more energy efficient to the benefit of consumers and the environment, and the time is right for ADB to do more in this area. He said that they want to promote demand-side energy efficiency through public and private sector partnership, with ADB taking a lead role in providing customized policy advisory services, technical assistance, and innovative financing support in developing member countries. ONLINE

Minister supports open-schooling system ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi met State Minister for Education and Training Baleegh-urRehman here on Wednesday. Dr Nazir Sangi informed him about the performance and achievements of the university in promoting education in the country. The minister apprised him about the university’s recent initiatives to ensure education to all through distance-learning system. He assured his support to

the University for promoting primarysecondary level education through the open-schooling system. He accepted the vicechancellor’s invitation to visit the university soon to further discuss the University’s leading role and working in the education sector. Academic Staff Association President Dr Zafar Ilyas and Institute of Communication Technology Director Asif Qazi were also present during the meeting. ONLINE

with the army chief. General Kayani is Pakistan's 14th army chief and is noted for his patience, diligence, intelligence and determination. He was commissioned in an Infantry Battalion on August 29, 1971 and joined the famed Baloch Regiment. He has been holding the appointment of the Chief of Army Staff since November 2007. Since independence, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations especially in the field of defence. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: In order to provide better facilities to its valued customers, Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) has launched new state-of-the-art customer care centres in the federal capital, which would remain open for 24 hours. IESCO’s qualified/trained staff deployed in this centre that would that will provide guidance to the customers under one shelter. According to the details, IESCO adopting a customer-friendly company logo has opened the Customer Care Centres at F-6 China Chowk and

G-9 Karachi Company. These centres are equipped with latest technology, where facilities like restoration of electricity, issuance of duplicate electricity bills. Other facilities includes three equal installments of electricity bills amounting to Rs 25000 and correction of bills up to 500 units on consumer’s complaint are being provided. Valued consumers of Islamabad circle may contact on following numbers to redress their complaints on immediate basis. The centre at F-6 China Chowk contact numbers: 0519244301-2, 111-309-309, 118 and toll free number 0800-25251 & the centre at G-9: 051-2285931-2.

NHA chairman presiding over a high-level meeting regarding establishment of Emergency Flood Relief Cell.

ANF ready to fight against drugs: DG ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotic Force Director General Major General Malik Zafar Iqbal on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of the government to fight against the menace of drugs. To commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking, a drug burning ceremony by the Anti Narcotic Force was held on Wednesday at Islamabad. General Malik Zafar Iqbal, high ranking official from law enforcement agencies, civil administration, diplomats, drug liaison officers of number of

countries, social workers and representatives of NGOs were also present on the occasion. While addressing the gathering, ANF director general reiterated the commitment of the government to fight against the menace of drugs. Malik Zafar Iqbal said that drug burning ceremony was in relation with the international day and main aim of celebrating this day in an organized manner was to create public awareness on dangers of drug abuse and highlight efforts being put in by law enforcement agencies

in fight against drugs. He stated the use of drugs play key role in jolting the nations badly. “Pakistan is fully aware of its harmfulness and we are determined to clean our country from this menace. Especially we are committed to keep our youth, which is our future away from drug abuse. Fight against drug is a shared responsibility; therefore we need definite cooperation of whole nation, under the guidance and assistance of federal and provincial governments. Also drug free Pakistan is only possible with Joint

Cooperation of each citizen of Pakistan,” he said. Zafar said that ANF was the leading anti narcotic law enforcement agency, which is though small in size, but it executes the assigned mission with commitment, dedication and conviction in the country. Fighting it out with well organized, appropriately equipped and delicately netted drug traffickers both at the national and international level is undoubtedly an uphill task and a challenge for ANF. Growth of poppy in Pakistan has been drastically reduced over the years. ONLINE


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US-Taliban talks back on track

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Much ado about nothing! Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had radiated an aura of optimism before the US-Pakistan business Opportunities Conference was held in Dubai. But what transpired in the muchtouted conference is that USAID would mobilize a paltry sum of $150 million in private equity investment, which he believed would play a useful role in reviving the flow of foreign investment in the country. It is true that the government is facing enormous challenges vis-à-vis energy shortfall leading to massive load shedding, fiscal, trade and current account deficits. But terrorism and deteriorating law and order situation are indeed the major impediments to the foreign direct investment. When foreign businessmen are not willing to attend the conference in Pakistan out of fear, how they would come to Pakistan to invest and take long positions. The government should, therefore, give top priority to end the spectre of terrorism, be it through dialogue or by use of force, because unless the writ of the state is established, it is not possible to create climate conducive to investment by giving incentives or privatization of public sector enterprises. As regards talks with the IMF, Ishaq Dar has recently said that Pakistan would take loan from the IMF on our own conditions, and not to be dictated by the IMF. Even those who do not have much knowledge about the international financial institutions know the fact that they have their conditions on which they advance loans. The visiting IMF mission, headed by Jaffrey Franks, has raised questions over the government’s tax collection target, reduction of discount rate by 50 basis points in the new policy of the State Bank, projections for foreign inflows in the budget and the steps to achieve macroeconomic targets in the medium-term. The government, particularly Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, has been claiming that fiscal and economic policy measures announced in the budget for 2013-14 are sufficient to secure a fresh extended fund facility (EFF) on Pakistan’s terms to repay the IMF’s outstanding loan. In the talks, the IMF has reportedly asked to increase electricity tariff, increase discount rate, and expedite the privatization of public sector enterprises. The IMF mission also raised objections to the government’s projected revenue collection at Rs. 2,007 billion by the Federal Bureau of Revenue against the budgetary target of Rs. 2,381bn for the current fiscal year. According to IMF’s baseline assessment, the current year’s tax collection could touch Rs. 1,980bn at the most. It expressed doubt about the FBR’s ability to achieve the next year’s target of Rs. 2,475bn. The IMF also had doubts about some of the foreign inflows envisaged in the budget and asked how the government could expect over $2bn inflows from the IMF and other multilaterals before reaching an agreement on a new package. The outgoing PPP-led government had already held several rounds of talks with the IMF on a new loan arrangement, but the lending agency seemed unhappy with Islamabad’s response to suggested economic reforms, particularly for the lowering of fiscal deficit and improving tax-to-GDP ratio. Anyhow, the government should take measures for the revival of the economy, but should not buckle under pressure for privatization of prime assets at throw away prices.

MOHAMMAD JAMIL US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was ready for engaging with the Taliban leadership and it was for the Taliban to decide whether it wanted to hold talks. The opening of the Taliban office last week, where the group raised a flag and put up a plaque inscribed with ‘Political office of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’, drew criticism from Kabul, and President Karzai immediately cancelled plans for an Afghan peace delegation to travel to Qatar. In what could be described as blackmailing, he also suspended talks with the US over a bilateral security pact. The US in a bid to appease him made the Qatari government agree to remove both controversial signs, and James Dobbins went to Kabul to explain that flag as well as the plaque have been removed. Last week, the White House had announced that America and the Taliban would hold direct talks, but senior administration officials also emphasized that “this is a negotiation that will have to be led by the Afghans.” Senior administration officials also praised Pakistan as being “particularly helpful in urging the other side - the Taliban - to come to the peace process.” Perhaps, Hamid Karzai could not stomach the words of appreciation for Pakistan, as he is always on the look out to appease India and denigrate Pakistan and its establishment. It was in this backdrop that President Hamid Karzai had said on last Wednesday that his government would not join US peace talks with the Taliban until they were led by Afghans and would suspend negotiations with the US on a troop pact after the war winds down in Afghanistan. He does not realize that the Taliban are not willing to hold talks with President Karzai because it believes that he is a puppet in the hands of the US, and if at all there has to be talks that should be with the US. The fact remains that after its failure to achieve the desired results in the war on terror, Washington has been signaling for a negotiated political settlement of the Afghan imbroglio

since 2011. The US had expressed the desire to talk peace with Taliban or other militant groups, of course with certain preconditions. The Taliban on their part had always insisted that it would not hold talks with Hamid Karzai, and would directly talk with the US provided the occupiers leave Afghanistan. But when the US made their intent known to leave Afghanistan, the Taliban agreed to hold talks with the US. Earlier, peace prospects looked bleak in view of

broad contours of the new constitution. The Obama administration hopes that the talks will lead to a negotiated end to the protracted war in Afghanistan. There is a perception that Northern Alliance conglomerate would be averse to the Taliban presence in an Afghan government after the withdrawal of the occupation armies, which its leaders often said publicly. They are likely to accept some compromised Pashtuns who have made fortunes out of the

There is a perception that Northern Alliance conglomerate would be averse to the Taliban presence in an Afghan government after the withdrawal of the occupation armies, which its leaders often said publicly. They are likely to accept some compromised Pashtuns who have made fortunes out of the occupation to give a wider national character to a postwithdrawal regime, but they do not seem to accept the Taliban in any case. The Taliban, however, have been making overtures to accommodate their opponents in any settlement. extreme positions taken by the US and the Taliban. The US had been insisting that Taliban should first renounce violence, abandon Al Qaeda and abide by the constitution. Whereas, the Taliban insisted on withdrawal of all foreign troops before talks commence. Now both sides have dropped some preconditions. The Taliban may renounce violence and abandon Al Qaeda but is not likely to accept the Constitution in its present form or the existing Afghan army set up, which is composed of mainly Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks. Having that said, there is certain amount of optimism that peace talks will lead to a let up in violence; however there is bumpy road ahead and it would take quite a while before both sides agree on the

occupation to give a wider national character to a post-withdrawal regime, but they do not seem to accept the Taliban in any case. The Taliban, however, have been making overtures to accommodate their opponents in any settlement. In his message on last Eid, Mullah Omer had stated that the Taliban did not intend to monopolize power in postwithdrawal Afghanistan, thus opening up a window on possible rendezvous with the Northern alliance entities. Indeed, the success of talks hinges on a just powersharing formula that gives the Pashtuns due share in governance. But despite these gestures, and Pakistan’s cooperation, President Karzai, during his interview with a private TV channel, criticized

Pakistan and its establishment. His outbursts have disappointed the people of Pakistan because Pakistan has made tremendous sacrifices during Afghan jihad and war on terror. Throughout his interview, Hamid Karzai was critical of Pakistan’s establishment, and did not mince his words to say that by establishment he meant armed forces and intelligence agencies. Just to give a soothing effect, he added that he had no complaint whatsoever with the political government and people of Pakistan. To an answer, he admitted that TTP leader Maulvi Faqir Muhammad was in Afghan prison, and Fazlullah and others are in Kunar in Afghanistan. It has to be mentioned that President Karzai on one hand accuses Pakistan of providing sanctuaries to militants belonging to Haqqani group. One the other hand, he turns a blind eye to TTP elements that operate from Afghanistan to attack Pakistani check posts and villages bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pakistan has so far freed 26 mid-level Afghan Taliban leaders on the request of the Afghan government. In a recent meeting US special envoy James Dobbins had with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the latter had demanded of the US to strop drone strikes, and also hand over Fazlullah and his thugs to Pakistan. The American movers and shakers must be ruing in their hearts for being so disrespectful to Afghanistan’s ground realities since their invasion and occupation that has now become such an Achilles heel for a respectable end-game for them. They had taken the Taliban lightly, and did not put enough boots on the ground at the time of invading Afghanistan 12 years ago. President Hamid Karzai has to share the blame for ignoring Pashtun ethnicity by the occupiers and arrogantly kept the whole of the community as an outcast from the power dispensation. Afghan minorities were inducted in Afghan army, intelligence, police and administration with Hamid Karzai sitting at the head virtually as a lame duck and mere showpiece. The community of erstwhile kings and king-makers was surely not to take kindly to the raw deal dealt to it. On top of that, President Karzai, disregarding Pakistan’s security concerns, signed strategic pacts with India and the US. Naturally, Pakistan has to take measures to secure its western border.

Pandering to the privileged

The prairie fire that swept Brazil BY LAURA CARLSEN With a million people demonstrating in the streets of cities throughout Brazil, everyone’s scrambling to understand how a twenty-cent bus fare hike turned into a social revolt. Government officials are the most surprised. President Dilma Rousseff hastily cancelled a long-planned trip to Japan and has called an emergency meeting of her cabinet. Her first response was to herald the protests as a sign of participatory democracy. Now that response seems to be evolving as she recognizes the significance of the unexpected grassroots movement. Taking a harder line on Saturday she stated, “We will not live with a violence that shames Brazil; with balance and calmness—but also with firmness—we will guarantee rights and liberty.” At stake for the government are two things that they care deeply about: the millions in foreign revenue that will supposedly pour in during the mega-events and the image of Brazil as a modern, upcoming leader in a multipolar world. No one expected the prairiefire spread of the protests over the past few weeks. It’s been a wake-up

Strategic position of Pakistan After 9/11 the World order changed and, Pakistan became the front state against the "War on terror". Due to its Geo- Strategic position, President Bush spear headed the war against the terrorism, and opened the war theater

call for leaders in federal government and for local governments in the major cities, some of the ruling Labor Party (PT), such as the capital Sao Paulo where it started, and others of opposition parties. But government officials are scratching their heads over what exactly it is they are waking up to. The Free Fare Movement started the ball rolling on June 7, when it called the demonstrations to protests the fare hikes. This is nothing new—protesting fare hikes and demanding free and quality public transportation is what the movement does. What’s the situation in the cities that led people into the streets? Brazil has among the most expensive public transportation systems in the world, as well as being aggravatingly inefficient. Privatized years ago, the buses get stuck in traffic and take up inordinate amounts of people’s time and money. Demonstrations started in Sao Paulo, the usually staid capital and financial center of the country. There the contrast between the majority of the population and the elite shows in their way of getting around. The rich fly in private helicopters that buzz through the airways over the

congested streets below. That sense of being stuck below, with the wealthy few above, has played a huge role in igniting protests. The PT government beginning with President Lula da Silva initiated social programs that greatly reduced poverty and hunger throughout the nation. But the strict adherence to neoliberal growth places a priority on maintaining the privileges of the wealthy and some widely publicized corruption scandals have created an image of at least part of the political elite partaking of those privileges—all at the expense of the majority. Inequality continues to plague Brazil and recent increases in the cost of living have gouged the middle class. The second image that sparked indignation in the protests also reflects the pandering to a privileged few. Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 have syphoned away billions of dollars of public funds. The new mega-stadiums, airports and hotels will not be shared by the masses of the soccer-loving public. They will accommodate an international elite that can afford to pay the high ticket prices for far fewer

but more luxury seats. Not only do the poor receive little benefits from this expenditure, but the infrastructure projects have led todisplacement of poor families, especially around the stadiums. FIFA head Joseph Blatter attempted to wash his hands of the conflict and instead inflamed it, stating to Brazil’s Globo TV, “Brazil asked to host the World Cup. We did not impose the World Cup on Brazil. They knew that to host a good World Cup they would naturally have to build stadiums.” The promise that the massive public investment in infrastructure would serve the people is not working out, and instead the poor are paying a heavy price international sporting events for the elite. The military police are a sore point for many Brazilians, a remnant of the dictatorship, trained in putting down popular uprisings and other mechanisms of social control. Although small groups of demonstrators have turned violent, with acts of vandalism reported in some places, the police’s extensive use of tear gas, rubber bullets and beatings have enraged the public.

Watching the videos, perhaps the most impressive characteristic of the protests is the highly energized presence of youth. While this is relatively common in other Latin American nations, especially in the past few years, it’s new in Brazil. Brazilian youth now join other young people throughout the world who feel hemmed into a bleak future and are ready to do something about it. As protests have progressed, more people from the favelas have joined the primarily middle class demonstrations. Overall, it’ has become a broad-based mix of interests and people, with polls showing that the majority of Brazilians support the protests. The city governments rescinded the fare hikes in an attempt to quell protests, but the demonstrations continued over the weekend, especially in Salvador de Bahia and Belo Horizonte. Broader demands to remove public transportation from the private sector, to fund schools and hospitals, and against the FIFA and corruption in general, among others, keep people in the streets. The movement originally under the

umbrella of the Free Fare Movement is so broad and amorphous that there isn’t a formal petition. The protests now are the public space to express discontent with a society that has seen its economy and the aspirations of its population grow, while generating a sense that the majority is not seeing the benefits it’s entitled to. The movement’s lack of leadership and coordination is seem by some as a risk factor and by others as an encouraging sign of citizens acting for a better society. Even as protesters launched offensives on government buildings in Brasilia, the demonstrations are not directed at specific parties or politicians, nor is it likely they will be appeased by solutions brokered by a political elite. As one of the signs confiscated near the Fonte Nova Stadium as the Brazilian team faced off with the Italians —in normal times, a ritual of nationalist pride—said: “We’re in the street to change Brazil.” No more, no less.

in Afghan territory. We are facing the consequences of these actions. The rugged mountainous terrain has been bombed by the cluster bombs. Finally the chief culprit was caught and assassinated at his Abbottabad hide out. The intelligence failure has its own dimensions. The Abbottabad commission report should be published immediately. The Americans dug a deep hole for themselves in this region. After a decade long war and suffering casualties it has decided to stage pull out after a humiliating defeat. Meanwhile with our entry in the war as a strategic partner of America. Pakistan has been transformed into battle field from a peaceful State. TTP the illegitimate child was born out of wed lock and became a monster of great sorts. It is a multiple headed monster that grows a new head when its one head is caught. Certain elements in the present administration and Punjab government ministers have

supported these terrorists. We must weed out such elements. There are religious faction in our politics that believe that they the fighting Holy War and presented as heroes. Political leaders like Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Munnawar Hassan, Fazal ur Rehman are supporting the terrorists, They need to change their mind and out look to combat the terrorism. TTP has escalated the terrorist activities and broadened their circle to include women, children and judges. They want to spread chaos and confusion and fear, in order to eliminate this menace we must deploy army and order shoot at sight any miscreant with weapons. A national security plan has to be formulated and executed. The counter terrorism policy must delineate the action plan. All the parties should come together and decide what they want to do with this problem. A unanimous stand must be taken to dispel any misgivings. We must formulate a progressive and

dynamic policy. Our economy has been adversely affected. We must launch a vigorous effort to eliminate the terrorists. JAVAID BASHIR ISLAMABAD

set standards of excellence. We celebrate their lives as a great gift of God, May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and tranquility., and give patience to Mrs. Biliquis Edhi to bear this irreparable loss. JB LAHORE

venture, and she has proposed me to help her in this investment. She had made inquiries about my credentials and has trusted me. She has offered me 15% fee for the work. The Capital will be provided by her immediately on acceptance of the offer, she was in tears when she wrote all this remembering her family and the country. She has sent some pictures of her, she is pretty girl, and she wants to settle in Pakistan. I am impressed by her openness and ambition to survive in this world full of miseries, I have not yet replied as I want to consider all the details of the proposal. I have no doubt about her narrative, The truth and veracity of her woeful narrative cannot be ascertained unless I move forward and accept the offer, I have written this story JAVAID BASHIR LAHORE

Abdul Sattar Edhi: An iconic social worker! After Mother Theresa the great social and human leader the only name that comes to mind is that of Abdul Sattar Edhi. Both the husband and wife team has dedicated their live for the sake of humanity. They have worked on the projects of welfare and social services. Mr. Edhi was honored by international and national organizations. We all appreciate their services to the humanity. Mr. Edhi has worked incessantly over the years to save the humanity and to alleviate the sufferings of the distressed people. He has worked zealously with a great purpose to serve the humanity. He has

Anita Abdullah's narrative I have recently received an SOS e-mail from a young Spanish Muslim girl .she is in distress sue to her situation She was a University student and pursuing her education seriously, but then everything changed,. She had to leave her country because there was trouble and turmoil in the land. Now she is living as a refugee in another country. Her father was a wealthy businessman and was doing business in gold and jewelry. He has left lot of money and she has inherited all of it. This amounts to millions of dollars. Now she wants to invest this money in some business

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No deadlines for peace process: Kerry

South Africans pray for Mandela

JOHANNESBURG: As South Africa's anti- apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital, many interviewed by Xinhua say they are hoping for the best. "We all love him but there is nothing we can do. Look at what is happening (at the hospital). We are expressing our love to him. We can't stop anything, but nothing can stop us to love him," Pheko Mawewe, a member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) youth League, told Xinhua. People are ready to accept "what ever doctors will say," he said. Mandela's health continued to make headlines on Wednesday. –AGENCIES

KUWAIT: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he did not want to set any deadlines for the peace process but added that there needed to be progress before the UN General Assembly in September. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Kuwait with Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled alSabah Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, but he acknowledged that progress on the long-stalled negotiations would be difficult. Mistrust needed to be overcome, he said, to "avoid the disappointment

and failures of the past". Kerry, who held separate talks with both sides in May, said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wanted the peace process to move forward. "I believe they believe the peace process is bigger than any one day or one moment, or certainly more important to their countries than some of their current political challenges," he told a news conference in Kuwait with Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled alSabah. "That is why both of them have

There has been no public indication from the Palestinians that Abbas is prepared to drop his longstanding demand for a freeze in settlement construction before resuming peace talks. Abbas poured cold water Tuesday on rising expectations thatrestarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was just around the corner, reiterating his demand for a full settlement construction freeze and the release of Palestinian prisoners. During a meeting with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Torgeir Larsen in Ramallah, the Palestinian leader said peace talks with Israel should be

indicated a seriousness of purpose. I would not be here now if I didn't have the belief this is possible," he said. The US leader was scheduled to arrive to the region on Thursday for his fifth visit in four months, in an effort to push the sides back into talks, which broke down in late 2010. In an apparent bid to support Kerry's efforts, Netanyahu has quietly halted housing starts in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem since his new government came to power in March, Housing Minister Uri Ariel said earlier this month, but projects already under way are continuing.

Rudd returns as Australia PM, topples Gillard

Decision on Snowden could take months: Ecuador LONDON: Ecuador could take months to decide whether to grant National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asylum, and the country's relations with the US would be one of the factors considered, an official from the Latin American country said Wednesday. Speaking during a visit to Malaysia's main city, Kuala Lumpur, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino compared Snowden's case to that of Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy groupWikiLeaks, who has been given asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. –AGENCIES

Mursi to make his move as Egypt protests loom CAIRO: President Mohamed Mursi will speak to the Egyptian people on Wednesday in a televised address that could determine his political survival as millions prepare to rally to demand his removal this weekend. Fears of a showdown in the streets between Mursi's Islamist supporters and a broad coalition of the disaffected have led people to stock up on food. Long lines of cars outside fuel stations have snarled roads in Cairo and other cities. The army and police are preparing to contain any trouble, adding men and barriers around important public buildings. –AGENCIES

Zuma renews commitment to fighting drug abuse CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called for renewed commitment and action in the fight against drugs and substance abuse, as the world marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In 1987, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme for 2013 is "make health your 'new high' in life, not drugs". –AGENCIES

Iran hopes Qatar's new emir to reconsider Syria policy TEHRAN: Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi on Wednesday expressed hope that Qatar's new Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad alThani will reconsider Qatar's past policy on Syria, semi-official ISNA news agency reported. "We hope, in this new era, our views on hot issues in the region including Syria will get closer," Salehi was quoted as saying. "We hope that Sheikh Tamim pays special attention to the Syrian issue and reviews the country's past policies on Syria seriously" said Salehi, adding that if the regional countries join hands the agonies of Syrian people can be relieved. Sheikh Tamim took over power from his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa alThani, on Tuesday. –AGENCIES

ANKARA: Over 5,000 Turks staged a demonstration in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square to denounce the release of a police offi fficcer suspected of killing a protestor in Ankara. —WIRE SERVICE

Netanyahu warns Syrian combatants not to attack Israel JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, viewing an Israeli military exercise on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, cautioned warring parties in Syria against any attacks onIsrael. "We are not seeking to challenge anyone, but no one will harm the State of Israel without a response - a strong and resolute response," he told soldiers who took part in a Golani infantry brigade exercise. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, and stray mortar bombs and gunfire from the Syrian civil war have occasionally struck inside Israeli lines on the plateau, raising concern the conflict could widen. Israel worries that the Golan could become a springboard for attacks on Israelis by Islamist militants who are among rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu has said repeatedly that Israel has no desire to be drawn into the fighting. But in his remarks to the soldiers he noted they were training for "a variety of possibilities". "The exercise we are carrying out here is not theoretical," Netanyahu said, in comments broadcast on Israeli radio. "The reality around us is changing at a tremendously rapid pace. It is volatile and dynamic and we have to be prepared accordingly." Israel has conducted at least three air strikes on suspected Syrian depots for arms destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters and its forces have occasionally

shelled Syrian positions in response to shooting at the Israeli side of the Golan. Compounding Israeli concerns, fighting erupted three weeks ago between Assad's troops and rebels near the armistice line that was set on the Golan in 1974, prompting Austria to announce it would withdraw from a U.N. observer force on the heights. Austrian troops have long been the core of the force, which has monitored the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire for nearly four decades. U.N. peacekeepers have occasionally been taken hostage by Syrian rebels in recent months, but all have been released. The Israeli military said the exercise had been planned a year in advance and was part of a regular schedule of drills. A military spokeswoman gave no further details about the exercise. But Israel's YNet news site said dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers participated and that the drill was held over several days. –AGENCIES

Riots in China's Xinjiang region kill 27 BEIJING: Riots in China's ethnically divided Xinjiang region on Wednesday left 27 people dead, according to state media which said police opened fire on “knifewielding mobs”. It was the latest spasm of violence to hit the troubled western region, which is about twice the size of Turkey and is home to around nine million members of the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority. Police shot at “mobs” who had attacked police stations, a local government building and a construction site, the Xinhua news agency said, citing local officials. “Seventeen people had been killed... before police opened fire and shot dead 10 rioters,” it said. The mobs were also “stabbing at people and setting fire to police cars”, the report said. Nine police or security guards and eight civilians were killed before police opened fire, the report said, adding that three other people were taken to hospital with injuries. The clashes occurred early Wednesday in an area about 100 kilometres from the desert city of Turpan and about 250 kilometres from the regional capital Urumqi. The reason for the violence was not immediately clear, and police in Turpan refused to comment when contacted by AFP. Many of Xinjiang's Uighur community complain of religious and cultural repression by Chinese authorities, and the region is regularly hit by unrest. –AGENCIES

CANBERRA: Kevin Rudd returned as Australian prime minister on Wednesday, executing a stunning party room coup on Julia Gillard almost three years to the day after being ousted by his former deputy and less than three months out from a general election. The reinstatement of Rudd was a last-ditch effort to shore up support by the governing Labor Party, which opinion polls show faces catastrophic defeat at a poll scheduled for Sept 14. The Mandarin-speaking former diplomat draws strong popular support but has divided and destabilized his party after launching two failed leadership bids in the past 18 months. Analysts said the leadership change could backfire. "I don't think it will help Labor. I think they've dug themselves a deeper grave," said John Wanna, professor of politics at the Australian National University. The return of Rudd could now see Australia go to an election in August in an effort to cash in on his greater popularity with voters and an expected honeymoon period with the electorate. The leadership change followed a series of opinion polls showing Gillard's minority government could lose up to 35 seats, giving the conservative opposition a massive majority in the 150-member parliament. Rudd, who was prime minister from late 2007 until June 2010, gave no indication of whether he would call an early election, or test his support on the floor of Australia's hung parliament. He also made no comment on when he would visit the governorgeneral, Australia's head of state, who will appoint him prime minister if she is confident Rudd can control a majority in parliament.

"In 2007, the Australian people elected me to be their prime minister. This is a task I resume today with humility, with honor, and with an important sense of energy and purpose," he told reporters, adding he wanted to rebuild trust with voters. "In recent years, politics has failed the Australian people. There has just been too much negativity all round." Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, stuck to her promise to quit parliament if she lost the ballot. "I am very proud of what this government has achieved which will endure for the long term," a gracious but business-like Gillard told reporters, congratulating Rudd on his victory. Senior ministers including Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Education Minister Peter Garrett, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Climate Minister Greg Combet announced their ministerial resignations in the wake of the coup. Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was named Rudd's deputy. Gillard struggled to win public support despite economic growth, low unemployment and low interest rates at a time when other developed countries are struggling to keep out of recession. Gillard has also pushed social reforms that pour money into schools and which help disabled people gain access to muchneeded free care, but the changes have done little to shift her dwindling support in opinion polls. Voters have also remained angry that her government, which holds a one-seat majority with support from the Greens and a clutch of independents, introduced a controversial carbon tax in a backflip from her 2010 election promise not to do so. –AGENCIES

‘Obstinacy’ obstacle to solving nuclear issue: Khamenei TEHRAN: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that "obstinacy" of some states is an obstacle to solving Iran's nuclear issue, semi-official Fars news agency reported. If some countries put aside obstinacy, Iran's nuclear issue will be solved "easily," Khamenei was quoted as saying talking to a group of Iran's judiciary staff. In a number of cases, "Iran's nuclear issue was about to be solved, but the United States made new excuses," said the Iranian leader alluding to the past meetings between Iran and the world powers over the country's nuclear program. After the June-14 presidential election, in which moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected as the next president, hopes have been raised about solving Iran's year-long nuclear standoff. The West suspects the Islamic republic's nuclear program might have a military dimension, but Iranian officials insist that the nuclear activities of Iran are for civilian purposes. –AGENCIES

Talks with Taliban The US wants talks with Taliban in order to end the violence in Afghanistan. But experts say Taliban do not exist as a single grouping and that this will hamper the peace process

President Barack Obama and now also his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai are in favor of talks with the Taliban at their office in Doha, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday, June 25. But Washington is hoping for is a designated partner, one that is seen as legitimate by all sides. The Taliban in Doha have shown interest in playing this role. "The Taliban are united," Wahid Mozhda, political analyst in Afghanistan and former employee of the old Taliban regime's foreign ministry, told DW. "There is only one group under the command of the central council [Shura Council] of the Taliban." This is a statement other experts do not agree with. They fear that the talks and the peace process as a whole might fail because not all Taliban groups are represented by the one in Doha.


based on the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state “on the [pre- ]1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.” Netanyahu has consistently rejected calls for a complete settlement freeze and for stating that the pre-1967 lines would be the baseline for the talks. Abbas’ remarks were his first since media reports Monday claiming he had agreed to return to the negotiating table with Israel unconditionally. PA officials in Ramallah described the reports as “test balloons” by Israel to cause “confusion” among Palestinians ahead of Kerry’s arrival in the region. –AGENCIES

"The" Taliban do not exist Taliban experts in Europe and in Afghanistan believe there is a dominant, assertive Taliban group but that it does not speak for all other Islamists, some of whom also loosely call themselves Taliban. "One can assume that the emissaries in Doha are closer to the Quetta Shura, led by Mullah Omar, which claims to be the true leadership of the Taliban," said Afghanistan expert Conrad Schetter. The so-called Shura Council of the Taliban, which is also referred to as the Quetta Shura, as they are based in Quetta, Pakistan, has claimed the sole responsibility for negotiating with the US. But there are quite a few other parties. Schetter, who is a professor of peace and conflict research at the University of Bonn, said that in addition to the Quetta Shura, there were also other Taliban groups based in the northwestern Pakistani city of

Peshawar, near the Afghan border. There were also the Haqqani Network and the Hezb-e-Islami ("Islam Party") as well as a number of other splinter groups near Afghanistan, all of which have their own demands and claims. Abdul Ghafoor Liwal, director of the Regional Studies Center in Kabul, added the Pakistan and Uzbek Taliban as well as international jihadists, especially from Chechnya and Arab countries, to the list. "All of these groups form and break alliances amongst each other. It is impossible to really know the exact connections and the extent of them," he said. "So it would be surprising if this complex network were represented by the office in Doha," said political scientist Jochen Hippler of the University of Duisburg-Essen. He said he did not believe that all Taliban groupings felt represented by the office in Qatar's capital. "There are

many regionally and also locally oriented factions." He said there was therefore no clear chain of command. Doha office and new image The inauguration of the Doha office mid-June was meant to convey political unity, strength and international recognition, said Jawed Kohistani, politician and head of the "Afghan Freedom and Democracy Movement" in Kabul. The Taliban in Doha "do not want to be seen as a terrorist group. They want to be taken seriously as a political power engaging in talks with international players and they want to carry out the talks with their new image." The goal in the end, he said, was to eventually assume power in Kabul and once again call out the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." And those plans do not include sharing power with any other factions or cooperating with the Karzai government, according to Hippler. "The Taliban no

longer think that would be necessary because they believe they have already won the war in political terms." So in addition to Karzai and his government, other Taliban groups and the Haqqani Network along with Hezb-e-Islami have to worry about being marginalized. "Those who cannot speak in Doha will make clear, either openly or behind closed doors, that they have their own demands when it comes to political offices, resources and especially recognition," Schetter told DW. "Talks will not lead to peace" But what is important right now for the US is that there is no longer a terrorist threat in Afghanistan. So, in its search for a peaceful solution to the conflict, it is courting mainly the Afghan Taliban, represented by the Quetta Shura. "In the last two years, Washington has, on the one hand, been signalling that it is distancing itself from Karzai. On the other hand,

it has also clearly distanced itself from portraying the Taliban in its own media coverage as the 'bad' guy," Schetter has observed. Hippler said the war in Afghanistan was already lost because President Karzai was losing support. "NATO was not able to win the war against 30,000 people armed with Kalashnikovs, many of whom are illiterate, and now it is important for the US to keep face. The Taliban has the option to wait and see whether the US offers them a share of power and then try to push Karzai out of office. Or they can just wait." Either way, the Taliban believe they will win in the end, according to Hippler. "The Taliban office in Doha is just one way of allowing NATO forces to leave while political talks in Afghanistan continue. The talks will not lead to war nor to peace." (DW.DE)


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Global financial crisis, early signs in Asia

MULTAN: Haward University Regional Director for Pakistan Maria Nadeem Wednesday said that the international university was reached an agreement with the Bahauddin Zakariya University on promoting research work. Addressing a five-day teachers training workshop here at the university, she said that Vice Chancellor Khawaja AlQama and Distance Education and Institute of Social Sciences Director Dr Ishaq Fani were invited by the Haward University's administration to give final shape to the agreement. She said the visit of Haward’s International Affairs Director Dr Sui Stappel was also due in Pakistan in September this year. Maria said the students who were intended to get education from the Haward University would be offered special scholarships, besides discounts in the wake of tuition fee. APP



roadside blast kills fC official, injures 3 in Awaran

LAHORE: A woman on her way back home after fifillling her pots with drinking water from a bouser. INP

QUET TA: At least one Frontier Corps official was killed and other three injured by a bomb blast in Awaran district of Balochistan on Wednesday. The bomb was exploded through a remote controlled device when Frontier Corps convoy was on routine patrol in the Mashkay area of the district. According to FC sources, the convoy was targeted with a bomb planted near the road by militants while vehicle of the security forces was completely destroyed in the incident. Rescue teams rushed to the area and shifted the injured to Quetta by helicopter while security forces have cordoned off the whole area. ONLINE

Kidney centre to be handed over to Kabul

Woman, paramour among three killed NASEERABAD: At least three persons were killed after being declared Kari in the area of Naseerabad on Wednesday while the criminals managed to escape from the scene successfully. Station House Officer Ghulam Mustafa Jhandial said that an accused namely Rasool Baksh axed to death his wife and her paramour Muhammad Iqbal in the district at Dera Murad Jamali at Haji Khan Jatoi Goth and fled from the scene successfully. Upon receiving information of Iqbal death, the furious relative came and gunned down Rasool cousins namely Karim Baksh and ran away from the scene. After receiving information, police reached on the spot and cordoned off the area and shifted the bodies to hospital for autopsy. ONLINE

six tourists of same family killed near Mansehra MANSEHRA: At least six people of a same family were killed on Wednesday when their vehicle fell into a deep ditch in the Kiwai village of Mansehra district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The accident occurred when car, with six people of same family onboard going for tourism in beautiful valleys of Mansehra district, skidded off the road and plunged into the ditch. The exact cause of the accident was not known but officials said over speeding could be the cause as the road is not very good. Police said four women and a child were among six killed in the accident. The residents rushed to the scene and started rescue work but all family members were already dead when people approached the destroyed car. Bodies were also recovered with the help of the residents. ONLINE

Work in progress on 400-bed Jinnah Hospital in Afghanistan’s capital

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is to hand over a modern kidney centre it has established in Jalalabad city to the Afghan government shortly, according to Ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Sadiq. “Work on the Rs 600 million, 100bedded Nishtar Kidney Centre is complete and it will be handed over anytime soon after being fully furnished and equipped,” he said. The ambassador said that the centre was designed by the National Engineering Services Pakistan Limited and built by the National Logistic Cell. He said the work on the project got underway in January 2006 but took a long time to complete chiefly due to insecurity, visa problems for technical staff, and unavailability of quality

construction materials and skilled manpower on the market. Mohammad Sadiq said that Afghan doctors and paramedics were trained at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi. He said that the kidney centre had 100 beds for indoor patients, outpatient departments, casualty, diagnostic facilities, a blood bank, an administration block and allied facilities, while four electricity generators, overhead water tank and tube well had also been in place. The ambassador said that work on another Pakistan-financed mega health project, Jinnah Hospital, was underway in Kabul. “Almost 80 per cent work on the Rs 2.792 billion project has been

completed, while the rest is in progress,” he said. According to the ambassador, the 400-bedded hospital is designed by NESPAK and being constructed by NLC. He said that work on the project had been delayed by the delicate security situation, problems in securing visa for technical staff, unavailability of quality construction material and skilled manpower, and inclement weather conditions. Sadiq said that the hospital would be a general hospital with facilities for men, women and children. He said that Pakistan had been helping Afghanistan build healthcare infrastructure and would continue doing so. “All this will further strengthen relations between the two countries to the benefit of their people,” he said. ONLINE

Cabinet body formed KP plans to establish model to control measles seminaries 

Punjab health minister to head committee

BAHAWALPUR: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a 26-member Cabinet Committee on Measles Control that will be headed by Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu while MPA Qazi Adnan Farid from Bahawalpur has also been included as its member. According to the notification, the committee would oversee all preparations and measures for measles control. It would hold meetings twice a week. The chief minister will chair these meetings randomly. It has also been stated that the committee would be responsible for monitoring and implementation of the decisions by the chief minister taken in various meetings relating to different departments. The committee would ensure that all arrangements were made and

implemented smoothly. As per the notification, the committee would be fully independent to take decisions on behalf of the chief minister for any action for the control of measles in the province. Besides health minister, the committee consists of Salman Rafique, MPA Mohsin Latif, secretaries of Health, LG&CD, Environment, Higher Education, Schools Education, Information & Culture, Social Welfare and P&D, PITB Chairman, Lahore commissioner, DCO, special Health secretary, KEMU vice chancellor, Children’s Hospital dean, Health Services director general, MPA Ehsanud Din Qureshi, MPA Sheikh Ejaz, MPA Malik Arshad, MPA Adnan Farid, MPA Ijaz Achlana, MPA Nawaz Chihan, MPA Rana Muhammad Hanif and MPA Mukhtar Bharat. ONLINE

PESHAWAR: George Turkinton, who heads the Department for International Development, a UN charity organisation, along with his team called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Religious Affairs Haji Habib-ur-Rahman here on Wednesday. Former provincial minister Hafiz Hashmat and other officials were also present on this occasion. They briefed the minister about the functioning of DFID and sought his suggestions on various projects to be launched in the province. Expressing thanks to visiting DFID head, Habibur-Rahman appreciated the efforts of the donor agency, saying that he wanted to establish model seminaries in the province wherein apart from religious education, social sciences and IT will also be taught to the students. The DFID head proposed that same idea should be incorporated in the developmental strategy of the government. The minister added that the government was focusing special attention on education sector, and coordinated efforts would be ensured at all levels to achieve the desired goal. APP

senior officials suspended over Ziarat tragedy QUET TA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Maalik Baloch Wednesday suspended district police officer and other officials for negligence in protection of the historic residency of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Ziarat. Initial report of the Ziarat Residency was submitted to the chief minister who later on suspended DPO, SHO of the Ziarat police station and two guards deployed on the residency when unidentified militants attack and destroyed it on June 15. Chief Minister Maalik said attack of national heritages would not be tolerated. ONLINE

s we noted several days back in our article that “Central Banks have a snail’s pace when it comes to following the market moves. Just as SNB “Swiss National Bank” was forced to kneel down by the market with its relentless bets which resulted in Swiss Franc being pegged to Euro; other central banks around the world seem to be in a “Damage Control” strategy at present. It seems the brakes that China has slammed on its economy could [word of focus is could] bring about another “Lehman brother” like apocalypse. The overnight rates have been on the rise and it wouldn’t be considered as a hyperbole if we stated they are now officially soaring. Reason, liquidity is rapidly drying up. There’s more to this and in my opinion, the roots of the “mother of all bubbles” [waiting to burst] are in the size of China’s shadow banking system. It stands at roughly $18 trillion or nearly 200% of China’s GDP. Chinese Central bank day before yesterday “assured the markets that there was ample [liquidity]. Market should have reacted to this but it went unnoticed [Odd]. Growing number of “institutions” who were overtly bullish of China have started to reduce their bets and the same could be said about the “smartest of the smartest investors” that the world listens to when “they’ speak. Could the Nikkei collapse spooked the people and as Shanghai dropped the most in 4 years day before which led to statement from People’s Bank of China. Following the Fed’s FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] everything seems to have turned on a dime. Now, two of the Fed’s Presidents [Fisher and Kocherlakota] are speaking out, in efforts to calm the markets. What they are trying to infer is borderline comical as they are now trying to convince investors that the “Market’s” misinterpreted Ben [Ben Bernanke “Fed Chairman”]. If we were to take Mr. Fisher or Mr. Kocherlakota for their words then how would it be that prior to even the FOMC post meeting communique we already noted what might happen? As we noted in our first article that was published in The Spokesman last Thursday that the global markets will collapse and so would KSE [since then KSE has lost over 1,400 points] because a hint would be dropped on ending quantitative easing for the first time. Therefore if markets are spooked it isn’t because of the “speculators” whom try their luck on intraday basis to make a buck but essentially the “Too Big To Fail” which failed earlier on causing the collapse are even bigger now! The amount of leverage which was facilitated by QE’ing is several times more than 2008s. It is for this “single” factor why we have been bearish of Gold and have never been convinced of its “Safe Haven” status which others boldly defended. Ben knows exactly that his “legacy” of QE’ing wouldn’t be remembered in the best of words but until he could keep pushing what he believed or still believes he would. The mixed signals now being aired in subtle and at times quite vaguely by central banks [Fed and ECB chiefly] around the world gives some sense of impending doom. Spinsters [ones who are good at articulating words] are hard at work in trying to play down any and all talks of a “bubble” which seems to have upped a gear and gotten that much closer to the “burst zone”. Last week’s and this week’s market reaction has spoken out loud and given its verdict in black and white. Dare you stop those $85 billion monthly checks which inflated stock markets; markets would react violently and jeopardize any stability that is being touted at present. It is an out of proportioned debt bubble that we all are a part of. 2008 is considered to be a dark time for the financial world; the stage however seems to be set for a “Nuclear Winter”. It isn’t just dark, but cold and something out of a science fiction horror movie clip. As always we do not consider KSE an efficient market or how everyone at times assumes it be something out of the ordinary therefore we’d reiterate that KSE’s future looks bleak at best. It has lost 1,400 points and it could lose another 1,000 to 1,200 points with relative ease. We’d not be surprised to see KSE actually taking a proper “breather” until it traded marginally below 20,000 index level. Only then shall the “dead cat bounce” and again befool the unwary into believing that now that the market has corrected it is a “Good Buy”. It would prove to be a far cry for a good buy. Trading is more of “risk management” then buying and selling or hoping the stars are on your side.

CHINIOT: This is an area near Chiniot city where illegal sand lifting mafifiaa is digging a 25 to 30 feet well. It can help flfloood water enter into city. INP

SCCI sees trade balance in favour of India LAHORE: SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, after reviewing the volume of Pak-India trade, has said that the land balance of trade is five-time in favour of India during the last five year at Wagha border. During the period 2007-2008 to 2012, India exported to Pakistan worth Rs 50,000 million newsprint, vegetables, soyabean, spices etc while Pakistan exported dry fruit, cement, salt, rock salt, raw gypsum, soda ash etc to India only valued at Rs 9000 million. In view of above facts and figures, the balance of trade is straightaway five-time in favour of India, the SCCI vice president said. According to agreement, both the countries can export to each other 137 items at zero duty except 5 per cent custom duty and 16 per cent sale tax on the poly propylene granules. Under Afghan transit trade to India, a total of 2425 trucks load of dry fruits, pulses crossed to India

through Wagha border during the last nine month. Iftikhar said that Pakistan and India, with the support of their private sector, must take historic steps to normalize bilateral trade relations and fully ensure balance of trade. He said that South Asia was the fastest growing region in the world but also one of the least integrated while the region's trade with the rest of the world is growing rapidly, intra-regional trade is merely 5 per cent of its total trade. Despite being natural trade and investment partners, the volume of trade between Pakistan and India has been extremely low. For instance, total trade between Brazil and Argentina amount to $33 billion in 2010, almost 15 times more than the current PakIndia trade of little over $2 billion. He said that it was worth mentioning that Argentina and Brazil too have had similar turbulent past of war and fierce rivalry. APP

HEC scholarship for LUMHS students Scientist hints at mineral resources HYDERABAD: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Mashoor Alam Shah has said that prime objectives of the Higher Education Commission were to provide quality education and scholarships to the outstanding students. He expressed these views while speaking as chief guest at the ceremony of HEC-Need Based Scholarship Awards to 209 eligible students of MBBS, BDS and BS (Nursing) at Jamshoro on Wednesday. The total amount sanctioned for the scholarships which were awarded to students is Rs 19.2 millions.

He said that HEC has introduced the scheme of the need-based scholarships for deserving students. The federal government is well-aware of the financial problems of students and acknowledges that this problem was the main barrier for the students in getting higher education. A substantial amount of funds have been reserved for the improvement of education sector. LUMHS Academics Director Prof Shafi Jatoi while speaking on the occasion regarding the criteria of the scholarship said that those students who have already made it to the university and were currently enrolled can apply if they

were categorised as needy. Neediness of the applying candidate is determined by the assessment of the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee and financial background of the applicant's family is considered, if candidate is judged as needy, full funding will be provided. The LUMHS has right to dismiss discipline for the eligibility or illegibility keeping in view the grant provided to them, cost of the programme and available seats. He also said that actual tuition fee will be provided by the scholarship and Rs 6,000 stipend per month will additionally be given to the candidates. APP

PESHAWAR: Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, arranged a day-long workshop on the modern techniques of mineral exploration. The moot was arranged to enlighten students' researchers with the Tectonomagmatic Controls on Porphyry and Epithermal Mineralization. Dr Jeremy P Richard, a renowned economic geologist and a professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, was the key note speaker of the day. All the scientific evidence show that Pakistan and the region is abundant with mineral

15 PhD, 20 MPhil scholars to pursue research PESHAWAR: As many as 15 PhD and 20 MPhil scholars were given go ahead to pursue their research topics after approval from the Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) on Wednesday. The meeting of ASRB, chaired by University of Peshawar Vice Chancellor Prof Dr

Muhammad Rasul Jan also gave extension in time to two PhD and five MPhil scholars for completion of their research. The meeting was attended by Admissions Director Prof Dr Hizbullah Khan, Deans of Faculties, scholars and their research supervisors. APP

resources, said the Canadian professor in his address. However, he said there was a need for studying the geology of minerals so as to optimize its potential and prevent use of wastages. Capacity

building of geologists and effective use of the modern technological tools for exploration was need of time, and the same can be achieved through joint efforts and support from experts' geologists, he argued. APP


Salman Khan launches site dedicated to his court cases

Aditi Rao wants to work with Ranbir Kapoor

MUMBAI: Salman Khan has been in the news off late for his 2002 hit and run case. While the media has gone into a tizzy over the entire proceedings, Salman Khan has decided to come out in the open about the same. To curb the inaccurate reports, Salman has decided to put the facts out in public domain via a website. The site will contain all the information pertaining to the case enabling whoever wants to know the progress on the case to garner details of the same. Interestingly the landing page of the site features a statement from the actor saying, "Certain court cases are filed against me. There is widespread media reporting of these cases. The reports are sometimes inaccurate and misleading, and cause damage to my reputation, both personal and professional. I have been advised to put up this website to provide easy accessible information about the ongoing status of these cases." -SHOWBIZ DESK

NEW DELHI: She has done five Hindi films so far and showed her versatility. Now, Aditi Rao Hydari has got a list of people with whom she wants to work Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor feature on her wish list. "I actually have a list of people that I want to work with and I am working towards it," Aditi told IANS. "I would like to work with Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor. It's a long list because there are so many beautiful actors playing such interesting roles and that makes this place more interesting for girls like me to come and work here," she added. The 26-year-old made her Bollywood debut with a small role in 'Delhi 6', but with 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' and 'London, Paris, New York' she graduated to big roles. She also featured in Ranbir-starrer hit musical 'Rockstar' and her career seems to be moving in the right direction. Her next is 'Boss' with Akshay Kumar. Talking about her choice of roles, she said, "I want to work in an epic love story, a piece of literature that is made into a film as well as a dance film." -SHOWBIZ DESK

Ranbir Kapoor works really hard: Javed Jaffrey

MUMBAI: Jaaved Jaffrey, who will share screen space with Ranbir Kapoor in 'Besharam', is impressed with the young actor's dedication and choice of different roles. "I like him (Ranbir Kapoor) as an actor (since) when he started his career. He works really hard and tries to do new characters," Jaaved said here Tuesday in an interview. Born in a family of cinestars, Ranbir made his debut in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Saawariya' and then proved his mettle with a string of movies. Within five years of being active in filmdom, the 30-year-old cemented a secure spot in Bollywood with films like 'Wake Up Sid', 'Raajneeti', 'Rockstar' and 'Barfi!' and latest being 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'. "Ranbir has moved away from the typical 'hero' characters in our films and he tries to do something really different - be it 'Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year' or 'Wake Up Sid'. I like him a lot," said the actor, who has proved his comical skills in films like 'Salaam Namaste', 'Dhamaal','Singh Is Kinng' and 'Double Dhamaal'. Jaaved said Ranbir is a "focused" and "thinking actor", who can mould himself in different roles perfectly. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES: R&B singer Chris Brown has been charged with hit-andrun which may end up putting him in jail for six months. It is the latest in legal troubles for the 25-year-old singer, who is currently on probation for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. According to Los Angeles city prosecutors, Brown has been officially charged with two misdemeanors, driving without a valid license and hit-and-run, relating to a May 21 incident. The news comes a day after Brown was accused of assaulting a woman at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim, the Hollywood Reporter said. -SHOWBIZ DESK

My look in 'Krrish 3' is going to floor all men: Kangana

MUMBAI: Actress Kangana Ranaut, who will be seen in new avatar in 'Krrish 3', has said that the superhero film was quite challenging. In Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Krrish 3', Kangana will be seen as a superwoman. "My look in 'Krrish 3' is going to floor all men. It's alien cum superwoman cum Tomb Raider cum cat-woman sort of a character. It was a very challenging film as it had lot of action sequences. They were choreographed by an action director from China," Kangana told reporters here today during the cover launch of Stardust magazine. "I had a great time doing the film. There is ample masala in this film and I am hopeful it will be loved by all," she said. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. The film, a sequel to 'Koi Mil Gaya' and 'Krrish' is set to hit screens this Diwali. Kangana made a good start this year with 'Shootout at Wadala' and now she has three films releasing this year - 'Krrish 3', 'Queen' and 'Revolver Rani'. 'Krrish 3' took three years to be made, with just the VFX work taking a year. While for 'Queen', they shot in around 140 locations across four countries. Kangana's quote on the magazine (Stardust) cover reads - "I don't want to be eye candy. That's simply depressing." -SHOWBIZ DESK

Oprah tops Forbes most powerful celebrity list

SHOWBIZ DESK LONDON: TV mogul Oprah Winfrey has reclaimed the number one spot on Forbes magazine's annual most powerful celebrities list ahead of Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg and Madonna. The billionaire TV star is said to have made a USD 77 million earnings between June 2012 and June 2013. She was also credited for her

prominence on TV, on social media and in the press. Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz, said, "She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix. She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability." The 59-year-old star, who has topped the list on four previous

occasions, is one of three celebrities who featured on the prestigious list every year since its inception in 1999, along with radio DJ Howard Stern and director Steven Spielberg. However, Winfrey wasn't the highest earning star last year; that honour went to pop icon Madonna, who earned a massive USD 125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Last year's number one, Jennifer Lopez, who topped the chart thanks to her public profile and earnings of USD 52 million, drops to 12 on this year's countdown, while fellow singer Lady Gaga ranks at number two. Despite being forced to cancel numerous dates on her 'Born This Way Ball' tour due to hip surgery earlier this year, the 27year-old star earned USD 80 million from the global jaunt. 'Lincoln' director Spielberg, 'Grown Woman' singer Beyonce and Madonna round out the top five, and Taylor Swift makes her debut on the annual list at number six.

Atif Aslam to sing for Akshay Kumar LAHORE: Atif Aslam has a shining singing career both in Pakistan India and has sung number of songs, his latest venture is to lend his voice to Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar for his upcoming masala flick ‘It’s Entertainment’. Atif Aslam is an award winning Pakistani pop singer who has been singing for both Indian and Pakistani movies and some of his songs also got featured in Hollywood movies. Now after the big hit of title song of Race 2 and many more Bollywood films, he will be singing for Akshay Kumar and Tamanna Bhatia starrer Bollywood film ‘It’s Entertainment’. 'It’s Entertainment’ is being made under the banner of Tips Films and the dialogues of the film are written by Sajid-Farhad, the famous duo who write dialogues for popular comedy films Bol Bachan and Golmaal series. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh looked lovely as they launched the iconic romance fiction series based on their movie.

Michael Jackson's son to testify in singer's wrongful death trial SHOWBIZ DESK

Jackie Chan clears air on online death hoax NEW YORK: While Jackie Chan was in India to celebrate the Chinese Film Festival, he became the victim of online death hoax. The 59-year-old star took to his Facebook to address the rumours on June 21. "Hi everybody! Yesterday, I got on a 3am flight from India to Beijing. I didn't get a chance to sleep and even had to clean my house when I got home. Today, everybody called to congratulate me on my rumored engagement. Afterward, everybody called me to see if I was alive," Chan wrote. "If I died, I would probably tell the world! I took a photo with today's date, just in case you don't believe me! However, thank you all for your concern. And love you all!" said the actor while indicating the date on the morning newspaper. The 'Rush Hour' star made a two day trip to India recently to attend the inaugural China Film Festival which opened with Chandirected 'The Chinese Zodiac'.

LOS ANGELES: Prince Jackson, the eldest son of late pop star Michael Jackson, is expected to testify on Wednesday in the wrongful death suit filed by his family against concert promoter AEG Live, a Jackson family attorney said. Lawyers for the Jackson family will call Prince Jackson, 16, to the stand four years and one day after the King of Pop died from a drug overdose, attorney Perry Sanders said on Tuesday. Prince was 12 when Jackson died from an overdose of surgical anesthetic propofol while the singer rehearsed in Los Angeles for a series of comeback concerts in London in 2009. AEG Live executives, Jackson's personal chef and the choreographer for his aborted "This Is It" concert series, are among those who have testified at the trial, which began in April. Witnesses have painted a picture of the singer's final months. They testified Jackson, 50, had grown so weak he had difficulty executing dance moves and remembering song lyrics. The "Thriller" singer's mother, Katherine, is suing privately held AEG Live, which was promoting Jackson's "This Is It" concerts, for negligence in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray as his personal physician. Murray was caring for the singer as he prepared for the shows. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. Prince will follow expert witness

Gordon Matheson, a physician, who testified that Murray had a conflict of interest while caring for Jackson because Murray's heavy debts and monthly salary from AEG Live would bias his care of the singer. AEG Live has said it did not hire or supervise Murray and argues that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company.

College made Emma realise she was famous Priyanka Chopra to do LOS ANGELES: Former Harry Potter star Emma Waston realised she was famous only when she enrolled in Brown University. The 23-year-old actress said she led a protected life while working on the boy wizard franchise but paparazzi started chasing her once she started attending the college. "I think, in a way, I was much protected during Harry Potter because I was working all the time. I would get in the car, go to the studio, and go home," she told Teen Vogue. Watson, who became famous at the age of six by playing the character of Hermione Granger in Potter movies, said she had to deal with privacy issues for the first time while studying. "It sounds stupid, or completely unbelievable, but that was when I realised that I was famous," she said. Watson says despite being in the limelight since childhood, she finds it difficult to deal with fame. "There are still days when I deal with fame horribly and there are days when I deal with it really well," she told the fashion magazine. -SHOWBIZ DESK

cabaret in Gunday

MUMBAI: Joining the likes of the legendary Helen, Priyanka will soon be seen doing Bollywood's most sensuous style of dancing, cabaret. While Priyanka was seen in a disco avatar in the song Babli Badmaash in Shootout At Wadala, once again it’s time for the diva to adorn some jazzy costumes. Buzz is that the song will be shot in a lavish style using some really expensive props. Also, we hear that the actress' outfit will be inspired from vintage fashion and almost the entire cast will be a part of this song. -SHOWBIZ DESK



Sharapova knocked out of Wimbledon LONDON: Third seed and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of Wimbledon at the second round stage on Wednesday, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher De Brito, the world number 131. Sharapova's defeat came just hours after second seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury. Larcher De Brito goes on to face Karin Knapp of Italy for a place in the last 16. –APP

JUNE 27, 2013

Pak-French Jabban hydro power project inaugurated PESHAWAR: Ambassador of France to Pakistan Philippe Thibaud and Vice-President Asia of French Development Agency (AFD) Grégory Clémente Wednesday jointly inaugurated the Jabban Hydropower plant in Dargai tehsil of Malakand disrtrct. According to an official release here a soft loan agreement of 26.5 millions of Euros (nearly 3.5 billion Rupees) was signed in 2010 between the French Development Agency and Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate this plant and to build

capacities in the hydropower sector. Secretary, Ministry Water and Power Muhammad Anwar Khan was also present on the occasion. Jabban Hydropower Project is located on Swat canal in Malakand Division. This run-of-river hydropower plant was built in 1937, and as such it is the oldest large hydropower plant in Pakistan. It discontinued its production after a fire broke out in November 2006. With the participation of highly qualified engineers from WAPDA and NESPAK

the infrastructure was rehabilitated and the capacity increased from 19 MW up to 22 MW. During construction, 200 people were employed at the worksite, directly benefitting local population of Malakand District. After rehabilitation, the plant will employ 50 workers, and will provide electricity to more than 240,000 people. The total cost of the project was estimated at 25 million euro. On July 2009, AFD signed with Govt of Pakistan a soft loan of 26.5 million

LONDON: A new fossilized, cigarshaped creature that lived about 520 million years ago has been unearthed in Morocco. The newfound species, Helicocystis moroccoensis, has "characteristics that place it as the most primitive echinoderm that has fivefold symmetry," said study co-author Andrew Smith, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, referring to the group of animals that includes starfish and sea urchins. Modern echinoderms typically have five-point symmetry, such as the five arms of the starfish or the sand dollar's distinctive pattern. –MONITORING DESK

LAHORE: The clerks and teachers Wednesday staged protest over the increase in salary under the aegis of All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) outside the Punjab assembly here. Punjab Assembly opposition leader, Mahmood-ur-Rashid expressing his solidarity with the struggling clerks also joined in the APCA demonstration outside the Punjab assembly at Chairing Cross, where a large number of agitating clerks and teachers were voicing slogans against the paltry 10 percent raise in salaries. –ONLINE

Royal visit to walima costs heavily to Khattak PESHAWAR: Following his royal visit to a walima ceremony at his friend’s house on official helicopter, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has come under wrath both from party workers and leaders. The PTI prominent leader has proved that ‘austerity’ is only a text book thing by his royal-styled arrival in a walima ceremony. He arrived in Sun Jalila area at Valima ceremony of his contractor friend Haji Siddiq’s son Khatir Siddiq through helicopter along with heavy protocol. But the royal style visit has cost him heavily as PTI chief Imran Khan has banned his usage of helicopter. After viewing pictures of his helicopter visit to the ceremony, Khan has taken immediate action and has banned use of official helicopter for Khattak. PTI before coming to power in the restive KPK announced to adopt simplicity and austerity; however, the move from the CM has damaged the image of the party. –ONLINE

mexico stops contaminated rice shipment from Pakistan MEXICO CITY: Mexican customs officials have quarantined 3,000 tonnes of rice from Pakistan after they discovered that the shipment was contaminated by a tiny beetle that destroys grain products, officials said . A customs official in the Gulf of Mexico port city of Veracruz said the Khapra beetle, or Trogoderma granarium, was found during the inspection of 120 containers from the South Asian nation. –ONLINE

Failed lover stabs woman, her mother to death LAHORE: A man stabbed to death his beloved, her mother and seriously injured her sister at Muslim Chowk, Green Town on Wednesday. According to police, Muhammad Attiq loved Farzana who was working in a local factory. Today, the accused asked Farzana to meet him but she refused. On which, he was infuriated and went to her house, attacked Farzana, her sister Shahida and mother with a sharp-edged weapon. As a result, Farzana and her mother died on the spot while Shahida received injuries and was rushed to the local hospital. The accused fled from the scene after the incident. –APP

reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. As a rehabilitation project, it did not entail negative environmental & social impacts, and no land acquisition or relocation of people was necessary. As a member of the group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP), France is very sensitive to the welfare of the Pakistani population and is committed to implementing sustainable development projects in renewable energy and in water sectors. –APP

TTP under attack from rival groups

500-million-year-old creature unearthed

clerks, teachers stage protest outside Punjab Assembly

euro, out of which 25 million euro is allocated for the Jabban Project, and 1.5 million euro for building capacities on the hydropower sector. This loan is being implemented by WAPDA, AFD’s main partner in the country. The Jabban Project, constructed by a Pakistani company, should deliver its full capacity to the grid by September 2013, without expected over cost or delays. The Jabban Hydropower Project generates renewable energy, and therefore mitigates climate change, by

LAHORE: A vender displaying lanterns to attract customers at a roadside. –INP

PM orders gas supply to thermal power plants 

Says alternative energy key to overcome crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of non-provision of gas supply to thermal power houses. According to the statement released from PM House, Nawaz Sharif ordered to ensure gas supply to power houses on immediate basis and sought report from the concerned authorities. It is important to mention that the generation of electricity was affected due to the non-provision of gas to thermal power houses. Meanwhile, the prime minister on Wednesday said that Pakistan’s huge alternative energy potential hold the key to overcome the acute energy crisis facing the country. “All avenues need to be explored and every effort needs to be put to tap in the alternative energy potential of the country”, Prime Minister emphasized while speaking at a presentation given to him on Solar Energy resources in Pakistan and investment opportunities by a consortium of foreign and local companies. The Prime Minister expressed these views while speaking at a presentation given to him on Solar Energy resources in Pakistan and investment opportunities by a consortium of foreign and local companies. The consortium showed confidence in the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and informed that the proinvestor policies of the present government have attracted them towards investment opportunities in Pakistan. While addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said that his government would go an extra mile to facilitate those

companies and firms which transfer technology through their investments in the alternative energy sector in Pakistan. The Prime Minister observed that Pakistan possesses huge potential of solar and wind energy and reservoir of coal and other fossil fuels to produce electricity and if utilized optimally it would help to improve people’s standards of living. On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif will personally monitor the latest data including availability and consumption from different modes on electricity. In this regard, the Ministry of Water and Power has installed equipment about latest data on electricity generation and its consumption at the Prime Minister Office in Islamabad. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that now the Prime Minister will personally monitor the latest data including availability and consumption from different modes on electricity and will issue directives in accordance to the situation. –ONLINE

65,000MW hydro power potential exists: Tariq ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has the potential to produce up to 65,000 MW hydro power and it produces only 7000 MW, media quoting exofficial reported on Wednesday. This eye opening stats should be a shock for the most of people who have been facing up to 15 hours of power outages. Even in rural areas the time of electricity is hardy around four hours. Vast opportunities exist for investment in energy sector in Pakistan, former member of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Tariq Sardar said. WAPDA is the controlling authority of power related affairs in the country, a home to about 180 million people. “Pakistan has the potential to produce up to 65‚000 megawatt hydropower while it produces only 7‚000 megawatts”, Tariq told state media. He viewed that the country could produce more than 10,000 times energy including wind, coal and solar than the actual required demand of power. Red-tapism and coalesce of local and foreign power firms said to be a major reason for the lack of interest of officials in power generation. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz led government has been facing a tough time after taking charge of the country only a few weeks ago with pressure is mounting up on it to make some measures to provide relief to the people. –ONLINE

PESHAWAR: Clashes between the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and other militant groups erupted in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region as hundreds of fighters attacked TTP bases situated in Kunar and Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Taliban sources said hundreds of armed fighters comprising Lashkari-Taiba, Ansarul Islam, 'Mohmand Force' and other local militias (lashkars) were part of a joint attack on Pakistani Taliban positions in Afghanistan. Earlier, reports had said that the Afghan Taliban were also backing the attacking groups but later the TTP requested Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar to intervene and as a result the clash was averted. Rival groups have now initiated another attack of which the Afghan Taliban are not a part, said TTP commander. Mukarram Khurasani, spokesman for the TTP's Mohmand chapter chief Omar Khaliq, said that hundreds of militants had attacked the Pakistani Taliban positions in Shongrai and the bordering village of Jarobi Darra. Khurasani also accused Lashkar-i-Taiba commander Haji Abdul Rahim of leading the attackers. According to reports, the Taliban's Mohmand chapter chief also claimed that the attack had been repulsed and said that one attacker was killed while three were injured. Meanwhile, Lashkar-i-Taiba spokesperson Mahmud Ghaznavi rejected the allegations that the group was involved in the clashes. Ghaznavi said that the Lashkar-iTaiba is operational only in Kashmir and has nothing to do with the TTP or the Afghan Taliban. The exact number of causalities could not independently be verified as the area is a 'no-man's land' where the Afghan government has no writ and militants exercise control. Most of the militants under attack are believed to be associated with the

TTP who had escaped military operations in Mohmand, Bajaur, Malakand division and Khyber tribal region in neighboring Pakistan. The clash might be a continuation of the killing of militant commander Shah Sahib, who led another Islamist group engaged in fighting US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan and was based in Mohmand Agency since 2006, the reports added. TTP militants led by Umar Khalid Khurasani attacked the training centre of the Shah group on July 19, 2008, killing many, including Shah Sahib. Most of the Shah Sahib loyalists were either kidnapped or killed and the group was eliminated from Mohmand tribal region. Most members of the group are presently part of tribal lashkars (local militias) rivaling the TTP. –INP

Key TTP man gets 27 years imprisonment NOWSHERA: The additional sessions judge has awarded 27 years rigorous imprisonment to a key commander of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on charges of transferring explosive material and suicide jackets to Punjab. Media reports said case was registered against key operational commander of TTP and chief of suicide brigade Abu Habib alias Hamza in Nowshera Cantt Police Station. Additional Sessions Judge Nowshera Haji Sajjad Ahmad Jan convicted and awarded 27 years rigorous imprisonment to him after the offence was proved against him following his admission for involvement therein. The court also ordered for confiscation of the car used in transferring the explosive material to Punjab. –ONLINE

Imran Farooq murder: Widow says he had some political differences LONDON: Police authorities have released on bail Iftikhar Hussain, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq. On the other hand, his widow has confirmed to the police that he had political difference with some people and he was worried about the issue. Iftikhar Hussain was questioned by the UK police for 35 hours at two different police stations, before his bail on a personal warranty. On the other hand, security for Imran Farooq’s family member has been tightened. London police officials also met Shumaila Imran Farooq and briefed her on the developments in the case. According to police sources, Shumaila Imran confirmed that the victim had political differences with some people. He was worried in this regard. Dr Farooq was attacked outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware, on 16 September 2010, police said. He died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. A kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene. Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command are investigating the murder. –MONITORING DESK

Taliban not interested in talks: US State Dept WA SH IN GT ON: The US State Department has cast some doubt as to whether talks would get underway even though the Qataris had helped to resolve the flag and sign issue. “We need to see if we can get it back on track. We don't know whether that's possible or not," spokesman Patrick Ventrell said at a State Department briefing. "It might not." Just one day after the Taliban opened a new office in Qatar, supposedly to help kick-start the peace process, Afghan President

Hamid Karzai abruptly called off all negotiations with the United States -- and with the Taliban -- on any long-term peace deals. An online video showed the Taliban raising their national flag at their office and posting a sign that read "the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," something many of Karzai's supporters considered an insult, saying they should have been raising the Afghan national flag instead. US Secretary of State John Kerry immediately phoned Karzai and assured him the flag was

coming down and that the sign would be replaced with "Bureau of Peace Talks." On Monday Ventrell said he was echoing what Kerry had said, following the Taliban flag situation. “We don't know one way or another. There were some hopeful signs” in the wake of the flag and sign situation, and “we want to see if we can get it back on track, but we'll be clear-eyed and continue to see what can happen,” he said. US representative to the talks James Dobbins was in Kabul on Monday meeting with Afghan

government officials. Ventrell said Dobbins did not meet with Taliban representatives. Ventrell said he did not have any particular terms or conditions to point to that could become potential stumbling blocks. “We've said that if a meeting's possible, there'll be one. But I just don't have one to announce yet.” He reiterated that the US goal has always been to have Afghanto-Afghan talks first, but that the US is ready to meet with the Taliban because it has issues to raise with them, though nothing

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has been scheduled. “We're willing to be there if they want us to be there, but we have to see what happens. The goal is to get the two sides talking together,” Ventrell said, adding that it’s up to the Afghan High Peace Council to determine if they want the U.S. to play a part in separate Afghan-toAfghan talks. The Taliban had claimed responsibility for attacks Monday on the Presidential Palace, the Ariana hotel (the location of the C.I.A. headquarters in Kabul) and the Ministry of Defence. –ONLINE

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