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NA to meet on June 1
PM to be elected on June 5 Budget on June 7 KP, Sindh assemblies to meet on 29th, Punjab on June 1 OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAM ABAD: The first session of the newly-elected National Assembly will be held on June 1. The session was summoned after Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khoso sent advice to President Asif Ali Zardari who gave approval on Monday. Soon after the house convenes on June 1, the newly-elected members will take oath. According to parliamentary sources, the formal election of the new prime minister will be held on June 5 and PMLN chief Mian Nawaz Sharif is all set to become the prime minister for an unprecedented third term. His party has already nominated him for the top post. The party has attained a majority in the 342-member lower house of the parliament. The election to the prime minister’s position will be a mere formality as the party has the required strength in the house. Nawaz Sharif had earlier served as premier from 1990 to 1993 and from 1997 to 1999.
Imran ‘highly unlikely’ to attend ﬁrst session LAH ORE: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is “highly unlikely” to attend the oath taking ceremony during the National Assembly session, which was summoned for June 1 after approval from President Asif Ali Zardari, said PTI leader Asad Umar. Speaking to journalists on Monday night, he said that doctors have recommended a further week-long bed-rest to Khan, who had sustained severe injuries to his head and back when he fell from a fork-lift during an election rally earlier in the month. Umar said the PTI chief will take his MNA oath after full recovery. Commenting on the prevailing power crisis in the country, he said national issues such as the electricity shortages should not be politicised. “We will extend an all out support to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) if it asks for the PTI help on the issue,” said Umar. –MONITORING DESK
The sources said that nomination papers for the posts of speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly will be submitted on June 2 and elections will be held the next day. The nomination papers for the post of prime minister will be submitted on June 4 and the election will be held the following day. Moreover, the annual budget session would take place on June 7 in the National Assembly. Online add s: Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami said that the caretaker cabinet will relinquish his responsibilities on the 5th of next month. Talking to newsmen at National Press Club in Islamabad on Monday afternoon‚ he said it is for the first time that a caretaker set up conducted free‚ fair and transparent elections in the presence of independent judiciary and media. Arif Nizami said there are complaints about rigging in the elections and the Election Commission is busy in addressing these complaints. To another question‚ the Minister said there should not be any secret fund. Another report from Lahore adds: The first session of newly elected provincial assembly of Punjab is likely to be held on June 1 and Shahbaz Sharif is all set to resume his duties as chief minister. The interim government of Punjab has sent a summary to provincial governor in this regard, official sources said. After the approval of the governor, the session will be held in which newly elected members of assembly would take oath. With an overwhelming majority in the assembly, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz will form the government while Pakistan Tehrik-iInsaf with about two dozen members would be serving as opposition. Meanwhile, sessions of KhyberPakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Sindh assemblies have been summoned on Wednesday (May 29) in Peshawar and Karachi respectively. As per media reports, meanwhile‚ Punjab Governor‚ Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood has summoned the session of new Punjab Assembly on Saturday, the first of June. Newly elected Members will take oath followed by election of Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the three Houses. Sources say that the decision to convene the Balochistan Assembly will be taken in the coming days.
SC asks BoP to give details of re-scheduled loans ISL AM ABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has sought the details of rescheduled loans worth Rs 38 billion from the Bank of Punjab and turned down the request of the bank to postpone the case proceedings for six months. On Monday, a three-member bench of the apex court started hearing the case. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said in his remarks that the case is in the court and on the other hand, the Bank of Punjab is busy making deals. The court’s time is very precious and the
bench would not allow misusing it. The bank lawyer, Anwar Mansoor, told the court that the Bank of Punjab has rescheduled loans worth Rs 38 billion. He said the court might allow the bank time period of six months for better results in this connection. The CJP said the court could not give so much time. The legal team of the bank should complete its arguments as early as possible so that the court may give its decision in the case. The court adjourned the hearing till today (Tuesday). –ONLINE
MIRPUR: Policemen chase people demonstrating against prolonged loadshedding on Monday. –WIRE SERVICE
Lal Masjid operation
IHC moved for FIR against Musharraf SALMAN ABBAS
ISLAMABAD: Amid rumours of former president Gen (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf ’s departure from the country, a misalliance petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday requesting an early hearing of a case filed in May 2013 to seek an FIR against Musharraf for ordering a military operation at Lal Masjid which claimed more than 150 lives. The petitioner, Haroonur Rashid, son of late Ghazi Abdul Rashid, filed the misalliance petition seeking early hearing of his plea he had filed on May 7, 2013. In his application, the petitioner said that according to media reports, Musharraf is trying to leave the country, so his petition should be heard on a priority bases. During the last hearing, Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi had issued a notice to the Aabpara Police Station SHO. Haroon moved the court through his counsel M Tariq Asad Advocate and made the SHO and Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf as respondents. In his petition, he mentioned an order of the Supreme Court dated 2-102007 in which it was stated by the IGP Police that after recording the statements of all concerned, the police would proceed in the matter strictly in accordance with law.
Mirpur exempted from outages after violent protests
Power shortfall drops to 3,900MW
MIRPUR: After street violence all over the city, federal authorities have exempted Mirpur district, Kashmir, from power load-shedding. Since Monday morning, mobs had taken to the streets and paralyzed the whole city against power outages reaching 10 to 18 hours a day. During violent protests and clashes with police dozens of people were injured who were marching towards Mangla dam. Taking notice of the situation, federal officials asked Water and Power Development Authority to exempt Mirpur district from the load-shedding. Pakistan, a home to over 180 million, has been facing a spiralling power crisis with officials themselves accepting up to 18 hours power outages in rural areas while nine to 14 hours outages in
urban parts of the country. Meanwhile, the total power shortfall faced by the country has declined to 3900MW with the improvement in weather, leading to reduction in power outages. The total demand for power has come down after the recent rains in various parts of the country. According to latest statistics, the total power supply is 10,900 MW
against a total demand of 14,800 MW, hence the gap has shrunk to 3,900 MW. However, the loadshedding is still being carried out on alternate hours in urban areas. According to officials, the power shortage will further slide in the next few days which will ultimately reduce the duration of loadshedding. –ONLINE
Power crisis: Rs 10b released on PM’s orders ISLAMABAD: The Finance Ministry has released Rs 10 billion for procurement of oil in a bid to overcome crippling energy crisis gripping the country, Geo News reported Monday. A spokesman for the Prime Minister House said that PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso chaired a high level meeting to review power crisis. The PM was apprised that Rs 10 billion had been released on his directives. The prime minister directed authorities to link 56.4 megawatt Wind Power Project to the national grid within 48 hours. The HESCO chief told the prime minister that transmission lines had been laid to link the project to the national grid. –MONITORING DESK
MQM declares current power crisis in Karachi as ‘artificial’ KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – the party with the major mandate in Karachi – on Monday declared the current power crisis in the city as ‘artificial,’ DawnNews reported. Speaking to a news conference, newly appointed member of the party’s Rabita (Coordination) Committee Haider Abbas Rizvi demanded a probe over the apparent financial dispute between Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). Karachiites, who have been bearing the brunt of announced as well as unannounced loadshedding for the past many days, had to suffer the power utility’s wrath on Sunday when they were deprived of electricity supply
for nine to 11 hours in different areas. Sources told Dawn that KESC is pointing its finger at SSGC for short supply of gas which has led to less electricity generation. Hence, long spells of loadshedding during which the SSGC has accused KESC of not clearing its arrears amounting to over Rs48 billion. Rizvi alleged that supply of around 90 million MMCFD gas to Sui Northern Gas Company (SNGC) by the SSGC has led to the current electricity and water crisis in Karachi – the financial and economic hub of Pakistan. He said not even a quarter of the required water is being pumped in the system due to lack of power supply at pumping stations. –MONITORING DESK
DSP among five killed in Shangla attack SHANGLA: The DSP Puran Tehsil Khan Bahadar Khan has been killed along with four other police officials in Paryana village of Shangla district, as his vehicle was targeted with a roadside bomb. DIG Malakand Range Abdullah Khan confirmed that five policemen, including Bahadar died in the attack. The police force was on a routine patrol when the DSP’s vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled IED which destroyed the vehicle. –MONITORING DESK
Parliament can’t clip Supreme Court’s powers: Justice Khosa ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has remarked the parliament can enhance the powers of the supreme court but it is not authorised to clip its powers as per constitution. A 5-member bench of the SC led by Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani took up the NAB chairman’s appointment case for hearing on Monday. Akram Sheikh advocate appeared in the court on behalf of former opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He took the plea that the formality of consultation with the opposition leader had not been met while appointing the NAB chairman. A letter was sent asking him to propose a name which
was not a consultation in any way, he added. The opposition leader’s reply to this letter was declared illogical. The consultative process has been devised in several courts decisions. The president should have called the opposition leader to make consultation with him. Justice Tassadaq inquired from Akram Sheikh what was consultation in his views. Akram Sheikh replied: “If it is meaningful, purposeful and with a view to developing consensus, it can be called consultation.” Justice Khosa remarked: “If there is no consensus in the consultation process, how will chairman be appointed?” Akram Sheikh said: “The matter is
then referred to the chief justice of Pakistan. The role of chief justice has been given in connection with the appointment of the chief justice in the Asfand Yar Wali case. The role of president is ceremonial in the matter of appointment.” Justice Jillani remarked: “The purpose behind the consultation with the chief justice with regard to the appointment of the NAB chairman is to make the appointment non-controversial. In the parliamentary system, the president is bound to accept the advice of the prime minister.” Justice Khosa remarked: “The president has written in his letter that the opposition leader had not opposed the
name recommended by the prime minister.” Akram Sheikh said the proposal in connection with consultations with the chief justice was given in the Deedar Shah case. Justice Khosa remarked: “This proposal was given in the light of proposals of larger benches. The parliament can enhance the powers of the supreme court under the constitution but it cannot curtail its powers.” Justice Jillani observed: “The president wrote a letter to the opposition leader for consultation.” Upon this, the court was told that no such letter was available in the record. On summoning by the court, Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir presented the original notification on
the appointment of NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari in the court. Akram Sheikh said the role of chief justice in the appointment of the NAB chairman is mentioned in four decisions by the court. Justice Khosa said: “Implementation of court directives is essential as per the Constitution of Pakistan.” Akram Sheikh said the supreme court’s remarks cannot be ignored. Justice Khosa remarked: “The chief justice has been given the role of arbitrator in the decisions which have been cited by you. The opposition leader raised no objection on Fasih Bokhari in his letter. It is a centuriesold tradition that silence is considered
yes.” Concluding his arguments, Akram Sheikh said the opposition leaders stressed consultation in the light of court decisions. Latif Khosa, counsel for Fasih Bokhari, argued that the opposition leader had raised objection to former chairman Deedar Shah but he did not raise any objection over Fasih Bokhari. He said whether he wants to bring back the era of Saifur Rehman when the NAB chairman influenced judges. Justice Jillani remarked: “Now the era has changed and no illegal work can be done.” Latif Khosa said the man who is going to become prime minister had attacked the supreme court. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today. –ONLINE
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Caretakers took care of themselves
ow that the Assembly session has been called for June 1, it is a given that the oldy goldy presently at the helm of affairs will be going into overdrive with getting his last wishes fulfilled. It's also a given now that the only 'caretaking' he did was to further his own interests, or those of his well-wishers. The two new districts in Balochistan, securing a plum, and probably illegal, job for his next of kin, the completely random postings in the bureaucracy and the blanket hands-free approach over matters of governance are only the tip of the iceberg we hear. It is most likely that someone, or an influential behind the scenes group, orchestrated this whole affair of getting a muchcelebrated 'consensus' caretaker setup, only to call the shots from behind them. The presence of these puppet masters, it's only a matter of time till we know who they were exactly, can be ascertained by looking at how well the elderly man did the job he was appointed for; not at all! He was totally absent from the scene of the elections, the allegations of rigging, the law and order problems, and even simple governance issues. In fact he was busy approving postings
and promotions of the executive, launching failing schemes like the CNG ban on cars only to reverse it later, and mini-budgets. Would it have been too much to go on national television and just talk to the people, taking them into confidence about the issues of the country on election eve? Too many people are disappointed. Not only with the caretakers but with the election commission too. It was just too much of a mess, the entire thing. Despite all the time and money that Fakhru bhai had on his hands. It was the age thing, not the intention, that was the issue. Why couldn't he push the army to ensure their presence inside the polling booths everywhere. And do they not see how fair the ballot casting process was in Balochistan? Or even Punjab for that matter. Someone made sure these gentlemen were not of the upright and stout kind which was the need of the hour. Despite all the hue and cry over loan defaulters and tax evaders being disallowed to run this time, nothing of the sort happened. So wasn't it all a big farce then? There's a lesson to learn from all of this, i.e., even the best can be misused sometimes.
Fazal seeks bye-elections in August instead of July Constitution says bye-election shall be held within sixty days
from the occurrence of the vacancy
ISLAMABAD: Chief Jamiat Ulema-i-
Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold bye-elections in August instead of July, due to coming month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarik and scorching summer heat. According to the sources, Fazal has written a letter to the ECP demanding bye-elections in the month of August. The constitution says “When, except by dissolution of the National Assembly or a Provincial Assembly, a general seat in any such Assembly has become vacant not later than one hundred and twenty days before the term of that Assembly is due to expire, an election to fill the seat shall be held within sixty days from the occurrence of the vacancy”. JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman has won three national assembly seats
including NA-24 (Dera Ismail Khan), NA-25 (D.I.Khan-Cum-Tank) and NA27 (Lakki Marwat) in the May 11 elections. Article 223 of the constitution puts a bar against double membership. No person shall, at the same time, be a member of both Houses; or a House and a Provincial Assembly; or the Assemblies of two or more Provinces; or a House or a Provincial Assembly in respect of more than one seat. Nothing in the constitution prevents a person from being a candidate for two or more seats at the same time, whether in the same body or in different bodies, but if he is elected to more than one seat he shall, within a period of thirty days after the declaration of the result for the last such seat, resign all but one of his seats, and if he does not so resign, all the seats to which he has been elected shall become vacant at the expiration
Article 223 of the constitution puts a bar against double membership. No person shall, at the same time, be a member of both Houses; or a House and a Provincial Assembly; or the Assemblies of two or more Provinces; or a House or a Provincial Assembly in respect of more than one seat. Nothing in the constitution prevents a person from being a candidate for two or more seats at the same time
of the said period of thirty days except the seat to which he has been elected last or, if he has been elected to more than one seat on the same day, the seat for election to which his nomination was filed last. Some other politicians including PTI chairman Imran Khan has been elected on more than one seat. All of them have to resign from all but one seat and subsequently the ECP would announce bye-elections in the vacant constituencies. The demand of Fazalur Rehman who heads the religio-political party is incomprehensible as the constitution clearly says that election on a vacant seat would be held within
60 days. As the national assembly and all the four provincial assemblies are meeting in June and the members elected on more than one seats are likely to attend respective sessions, they will have to leave all but one seat, otherwise they would not be able to take seat in the house. In case, all those elected on more than one seats leave rest of the constituencies, the byeelections, under the constitution, is likely to be held maximum by first week of August. However, the month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarik will go beyond second week of August. Under the circumstances, Fazal’s demand is unlikely to be met by the ECP.
Not leading from the front
Sara Taseer @sarataseer16m
Farooq Leghari shot himself in the foot, dismissing BB Shaheed, son Jamal Leghari shoots himself in the arm after joining #PMLN Allah Kair
Riaz Ali Turi @RiazToori20m
Agree, even 17 innocent children died in van cylinder blast that day & our nation was busier in bashing political opponents @FarriRizvi
Fawad Khalid @FawadKhalid30m
Ayla Malik to contest from NA 71 seat vacated by Imran Khan , Cant we see the obvious ? Why Imran Khan is doing so much favours for her ?
Liaqat Baloch @liaqatbalochji6m
Brave teacher Samia Nazir is a role model for whole country, she saved children by sacrificing her life,she should be given best civil award
Khurram Dastgir-Khan @kdastgirkhan4m
Challenges deepening for #PMLN >Life-distorting, livelihood-destroying loadshedding continues in Gujranwala & rest of the country
Bushra Gohar @BushraGohar22 May
TTP delivered elections results & gone into hybernation until further orders.CJ too on a break. Switch on Switch off terrorism & justice??
#PPP can not call themselves second biggest party of #Pakistan. They slipped down to third due to tsunami
I understand there is a 'Rabita Committee' of MQM in Karachi. But why do you need one more in London. Who are they serving.
2 Ex.PMs Gillani and Raja refuse 2 apear before NAB claiming in Tauqir Sadiq controvercial appointment case.Claim imunity under article 248
#MQM made fun of PTI's slogan of 'Change' but these days welcoming change in their own party. On your face hypocrites
Dr. Arif Alvi @ArifAlvi7s
Whatever a person does, there nay-sayers who say 'But you didn't do this'. I have learnt to appreciate rather than doubt every small effort
Shabbir Hussain Imam @peshavar13m
FORMATION: Altaf Hussain announces 23-member new Co-ordination Committee of the MQM. Is he try to teach old parrot NEW tricks?
Zaid Hamid @ZaidZamanHamid16m
Formation of federal & provincial assemblies are still mission impossibles. Fazlu is working secretly with NS to stage a coup against PTI !!
Ayesha Durrani @AyeshaDurrani219m
Mubashar Lucman: If KSA gives oil grants to curb load shedding, is Pakistan ready for more proxy wars? There are no free lunches.
Nadeem F. Paracha @NadeemfParacha31m
Darwinism and religion may always be at loggerheads, but when both are mixed with politics, they become dangerous in equal proportions.
Nassim N. Taleb @nntaleb41m
My point is that one does not judge a model on whether it is wrong, rather how costly the error, period.
Babar Awan @DrBabarAwan39m
...Q dast e nagar ho k jeeyain barsar e aalam/Zeeaql hain,zeeilm hain,beemaar nahi hum...
farrukh saleem @SaleemFarrukh44m
the Foreign Office paid British Labour party MP George Galloway 135,000 Pounds from its secret funds
Ayla Malik @AylaMalikPTI7m
It's amazing how one word from the right person can make you feel better in a second.
M. R@fique @rafique_suriya25m
@KamranShafi46 Protocols of caretakers must stop. Saw an ambulance today on M. A. Jinnah road stuck in traffic as CM Sindh Alvi was passing.
he care taker PM can be seen in a gross violation of his laid down dress code for the season. His way of running things is quite evident. The dress code issued by the pm was white or light colored (beige, light gray, sky blue, off-white, cream) shirt/bush shirt (full-sleeved or half sleeved) with light colored (as prescribed for shirt) trouser or shalwar kameez with waist coat. The dress code includes Moccasins (shoes without laces) or sandals (shoes with straps) without socks.
Favoritism in PIMS
Lower ranks employees enjoying the higher posts HOMER BALOCH
apparently, it has became a fashion in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) that employees appointed at lower ranks are enjoying the higher posts due to the favoritism of the hospital authorities. More than 150 officials in the hospital were appointed on lower ranks but are now transferred to the posts above the required qualifications, The Spokesman has learned. A reliable source within the hospital disclosed that there are many cases in which the employees appointed as ward boy are later requested to be transferred to their desired technical section, however neither the have the required qualification nor the
Operation Theater Technician has also been transferred as anesthesia technician, which required more experience, qualification and proficiency as compared to the OT Technician but the administration of the institute has closed their eyes over the issue
experience for the post according to the hospital rules. By quoting an example, he further stated that recently an employee named Sheeraz Khan, who was basically appointed as a ward boy, was transferred to the Liver Operation Theater as a technician on his own request. Later he again requested to be transferred to Children Operation Theater (OT) for the same post, where the head nurse under
his influence also recommended his transfer by stating that the OT required technical staff. The source further said that Sheeraz had basically done a short course of OT technician on the basis of which he requested for the post, but actually the post requires at least 4 to 5 years of experience. While another reliable source disclosed that an employee named Atif, previously working as Operation
Theater Technician has also been transferred as anesthesia technician, which required more experience, qualification and proficiency as compared to the OT Technician but the administration of the institute has closed their eyes over the issue. However Dr. Iqbal Memon, the administrator of PIMS did not respond the call when he was tried to contact to get his version.
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
IHC asks ZTBL about lavish expenses of BoD
Senate body opposes giving any post to dual nationals ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has directed the Foreign Ministry to avoid giving any post to dual nationals in the Ministry. Presiding over the committee meeting in Islamabad its Chairman Senator Haji Muhammad Adil said it should be mandatory for all posts in Foreign Affairs that they are only filled with Pakistani nationals. The Committee also directed the Ministry to provide best possible facilities for the Pakistani prisoners in India and ensure the release of those who have completed their sentence. The Ministry informed the committee that 469 Pakistanis are in different jails of India of which thirty have completed their sentence but are still in jails for different reasons. It said 197 Pakistani prisoners have not been provided consular access by India despite several requests. ONLINE
NH &MP to launch FM radio service
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has postponed the hearing of financial irregularities regarding in Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd until June 12. On Monday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui started the hearing regarding the appointment and of President ZTBL and other misdeeds in the bank. Barrister Afzal Hussain, the lawyer of the applicants, told the court that the management of the bank carries out huge expenses on the meetings of Board of Directors of ZTBL. Justice Siddiqi said in his remarks that ZTBL owns a magnificent headquarters building but the arranging BoD’s meetings at five-star hotels is just the luxuriousness of the high-ups. The court asked for the detailed record of expenditure incurred on the meetings of the board of directors, which were held during the tenures of former chief of the bank Zaka Ashraf, acting president Rohi Raees Khan and incumbent head Ihsan-ul-Haq on next date of hearing. ONLINE
10 outlaws including 3 female thieves arrested
Workers decorating the model of Chaghai Hill in connection to Pakistan Solidarity Day alongside Islamabad Highway. — ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: National Highway and Motorway Police (NH &MP) are launching FM-95 radio service to create awareness among the citizen regarding road discipline. In this regard the Assistant General Manager (Licensing) Mr. Iqbal Hussain presented the License of NH &MP of FM - 95-radio service to Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police Zafar Abbas Lak here on Sunday. IG, NH &MP Zafar Abbas Lak said that NH &MP is striving to create awareness on road discipline among the road users and the masses. He said that initially the radio station will be setup at Islamabad which would be extended to all parts of the country later on, adding that NH &MP FM radio will also be available on telephone so that the users could get information on their cell phones. He said that NH &MP installed LED boards on Motorway, which would also be a milestone to provide road safety measures to the masses. He thanked the PEMRA authority to giving the radio license to NH &MP. ONLINE
Masses should get rid of elitist leadership: Qadri ISLAMABAD/TORONTO: Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran head Dr Tahir-ulQadri has said that unless masses took to streets against corrupt system, ‘elitist leadership’ would keep its discriminations against masses. During an interview with a Canadian private TV channel, he regretted that ever since the 80s and right up to 2008, retired judges were never appointed for election tribunals. “Why the practice was carried out with such fanfare now?” he asked. Reacting to “PRA theory”, Qadri was skeptical about reputation of representing judges in Punjab ECP tribunal, since these judges had not been approved by the High Court, “who rather preferred promotion of many junior judges as High Court Judges over their good record”. ONLINE
CDA issues Rs 6 million for maintenance of water tankers SALMAN ABBAS
ISLAMABAD: After ignoring for long the issues pertaining to reparation of water bowsers, the Capital Development Authority has finally allocated six million rupees for maintenance and reparation of the out-of-order water tankers so that the smooth water supply can be ensured in the capital city. With the arrival of peak summer season, the civic body is being confronted by a major challenge of ensuring smooth supply of water to the residents of federal capital. Whereas, a large number of CDA water bowsers are lying out of order for last couple of years due to which it had almost become impossible to ensure smooth water supply in the city.
A CDA official said that the engineering wing of the CDA, headed by Member Engineering Sanaullah Aman, failed to sort out the problems related to water supply due to which the CDA Chief took notice of public complaints in this regard. "And, in order to cope up with the situation, the CDA chief has allocated special funds of six millions for engineering wing to repair off the road water tankers and for procurement of new tyres so that the water shortage issue can be resolved on priority basis," said the official. He said that around 30 water bowsers were also standing out order in CDA complaint office in sector G/10. "Due to the negligence of concerned officials, the timely reparation of
water bowsers could not be carried out and now many of them have become beauty of garages," he added. An official of CDA water management wing said that in past the authority was mulling to sale out off the road water bowsers in open auction because a great amount was needed for their repairing. he added that the allocated amount of six million may also be not enough for water bowsers reparation. In this regard, Chairman CDA Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that in addition to allocation of funds CDA will not only purchase new generators but will also shift generators installed at different CDA offices to tube wells for smooth supply of water in several sectors of the city.
Islamabad students protest against lack of text books ISLAMABAD: Millions of students have not been provided text books, so far due to non provision of funds by government to National Books Foundation. Ministry of CAD, Federal Directorate of Education and AGPR have not released funds so far to NBF; despite several assurances. Summer vacations are going to start from 1st of June but students from Federal Capital and private schools still stand deprived of textbooks facilities. Sources said Rs 60 million have not been still released to national book foundation however sitting DG directorate has assured
NPC to set up summer camp for children of journalists ISLAMABAD: The National Press Club has decided to set up summer camp for the children of council members of the club during the summer vacations. Football, swimming and cricket camps will be organized for the children. Kids gala will also be one of the leading features of the camp. ONLINE
Water crisis aggravates in Adiala Jail RAWALPINDI: Acute shortage of water has multiplied the miseries of inmates in Adiala Jail. Adiala jail has the capacity to accommodate 2200 prisoners while currently 4380 prisoners are being kept there. Because of over population generators have stopped working and acute shortage of water is persisting inside jail and jail colony. The jail authorities said load-shedding duration continues for hours, and due to this reason electric water motors do not function. The social organizations and civil society members have demanded of authorities to insure water supply to the inmates. ONLINE
The CDA chief said that the CDA has sufficient stock of water in its reservoirs but due to power outages those sectors were facing water shortage where water was supplied through tube wells. He said that repair maintenance of water tankers and installation of generators at tube wells would help in reduction of water complaints. He said that he has directed water management wing to monitor the situation on daily basis and to install generators within week time. He said that in addition to these steps he has also directed Water Management Wing to increase the supply from 26 million gallons per day to 29 million gallons per day from Simlly Dam.
ISLAMABAD: The police have arrested 10 persons including three females and recovered tampered car, weapons, hashish and valuables from their possession, a police spokesman said on Monday. ASI Mian Imran from Bhara Kahu police station arrested Ehtesham Ali and Farman Mustafa besides recovering two 30-bore pistols from them. ASI Javed Iqbal from anti car lifting Cell of Islamabad police recovered a tampered car (LRN-0769) from Zeeshan Ayub. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ali from CIA police apprehended Iftikhar Ahmed, Azad and recovered 115 gram hashish and one 30 bore pistol from them respectively. ASI Shakeel Ahmed from Aabpara police station arrested three thieves namely Imtiaz Ali, Fida Hussain and Afsar Ali involved in theft. ASI Zafar Iqbal from Loi Bher police station along with police team arrested three women Farzand Bibi, Ghulam Qadeer and Rahila Bibi besides recovering stolen electronic equipment from them. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials to ensure effective vigilance and patrolling in their respective areas. ONLINE
Raja Zafarul Haq addressing lawyers of Islamabad Bar Association during a ceremony at Islamabad Bar. — ONLINE
Strong opposition needed, says Awan ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Babar Awan on Monday said the incoming government needed a strong opposition to reinforce the narrative of maintaining good governance. Speaking to media personnel outside the Supreme Court, Awan said it was the right of the new government to complete its stipulated term; however, the opposition should not be of the government’s choice. He added that the role of the opposition would now be determined in accordance with the Constitution and the rules of business as opposed to via any reconciliatory formula. Moreover, Awan said the government as well as the friendly opposition was responsible for the issues confronting the country which could not be resolved in the past five years. He said the new opposition could ensure check and balance with regard to the actions of the government, adding that there should be no underhanded dealings in the name of reconciliation. The PPP leader said the number of suo motu notices should increase in the new government’s tenure and hoped that action would be taken against those responsible in cases relating to the Punjab Flood Commission and the Asghar Khan case in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution. Talking to media on Monday, he said it was due right of the new government to complete its term, but the opposition should not act as per government’s wishes. Replying to a question, he said ‘friendly opposition’ was equally responsible alongside bad governance for the failure during last five years. ONLINE
to release Rs 100 million. NBF administration said books, which were published by their press, were provided before the start of classes. Rs 50 million are required to get publish the books from other boards. This way a million of students will not be able to obtain books before summer vacations and they will suffer heavily in terms of studies during the vacations. Students and the parents have demanded of the government to make arrangement for supply of books before summer vacations. ONLINE
IHC orders submission of appointment letter of IG's son IS LA MA BA D: Islamabad High Court resumed hearing of a petition filed against the appointment of Islamabad IG Binyamin’s son, Umar Amin, as director of the Bomb Disposal Squad. According to media reports, the court has ordered to submit the appointment letter of Umar Amin. IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Kasi conducted hearing of the petition filed by former director Bomb Disposal Squad Major (rtd) Tabassam who claimed in his petition that IG Islamabad has violated
departmental rules and regulations while appointing his son Umar Ameen as Director Bomb Disposal Squad. The court was told that the petitioner, Major (rtd) Tabassam, was replaced by Umar Ameen, the accused, despite the former was entitled to enjoy the same office till 2014 according to the contract. After hearing preliminary discussion, the court ordered the petitioner to attach the suspension notification of the petitioner and appointment letter of the accused before the court. ONLINE
HEC to train teachers from FATA ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission has agreed to train primary and college teachers from FATA at the request of Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah Khan which was agreed decided during the visit of Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah Khan to HEC Islamabad. The Governor appreciated the decade long contribution of HEC for brining higher education sector of Pakistan at par with international standards and
especially for initiating special programs/projects to increase access to higher education in remote areas of the country. He was of the view that we need to expand the programs of this role model organization. He also suggested that HEC should also provide technical assistance for undertaking special programs to improve quality of teaching at other tiers of education. Earlier, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari welcomed the Governor and apprised him about the working, functions and role of
HEC for strengthening higher education sector in Pakistan. He informed that the establishment of the HEC in 2002 has heralded a revolution in higher education in Pakistan. He said that all the federal units have effective representation in 17 members’ governing board of HEC and National Scholarship Management Committee, the main decision making body. For effective coordination with provincial governments, HEC has its regional centres at all the provincial capitals, where a large
number of HEC activities for the province takes place as well as brings HEC to the doorsteps in the provinces. Through the Steering Committee, which comprises of all provincial secretaries of education, HEC is closely working with the provincial governments to evolve joint strategy for promotion of higher education in Pakistan. As an outcome of decade long useful initiatives by HEC, enrollment at the universities of KhyberPakhtunkhwa have increased from 30,000 to 76,000. ONLINE
A vendor is selling walnut tree bark which is used as teeth whitener. — ONLINE
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Altaf revamps committee MQM chief Altaf Hussain has restructured his party’s central decision-making Rabita Committee, and relieved some senior leaders with a view to strengthening his control over the party. There is a perception that this action has been taken to punish those who failed to defend him. He announced the names of 23 members of the new central coordination committee and 10 members of Karachi Tanzimi Committee. In his telephonic address to general workers meeting held at Jinnah Ground in Azizabad area, Altaf said: “I will not allow anyone to run an unjustified parallel system within the party in my presence…There is no place for the corrupt and the land grabbers in the party”. It appears to be a belated realization. Had he cleansed the party of criminals a few months before elections when bhattamafia was active and there were target killings, his act would have been appreciated. The fact remains that MQM chief Altaf Hussain had himself unilaterally formed the previous Rabita Committee, and he has once again nominated his loyalists in the committee. Earlier, in his address at MQM headquarters Altaf Hussain had incited his workers by complaining that the Rabita Committee members were not defending him. The question is how could they defend the indefensible? After the May 11 elections, Altaf Hussain in his address asked the establishment to separate Karachi from the rest of Pakistan if they did not like the public mandate of his party. Later in a telephonic address to MQM activists staging a sit-in before the Election Office in Karachi, he said that anchorpersons may criticise MQM but should stop accusations against the descendents of those who created Pakistan. “If somebody loses his head and fatally hit them, they should not blame the MQM”. In a pointed reference to the media men he said ‘dogs continue barking and the convoy passes’. People of Karachi in general were not happy over Altaf Hussain’s outbursts. It appears that by losing one national assembly seat in Karachi, and PTI candidates securing thousands of votes in many constituencies, Altaf Hussain feels Karachi is slipping out of his hands. During the last twenty years, the MQM has been in coalition with elected as well as military governments. The MQM was in coalition government with the PPP at the centre and also in Sindh, but it could not prove if its members ever moved resolutions for housing, education, hospitals or better transport system for the people of Karachi. However, the MQM cut deals for power sharing and lucrative ministries. Starting from land mafias and turf wars to target killings, the city remained in the grip of mafias that pinpointed traders, industrialists and businessmen who were facing serious threats from extortionists and receiving bullets for non-payment of extortion money. Perceptibly the underworld, with which they have their links, is gaining upper-hand in the city, making them irrelevant considerably. People of Karachi were fed up with the bloodshed in Karachi and they wanted peace. PTI candidates and workers challenged the MQM’s writ and gave hope and courage to the people. Altaf Hussain should do a bit of introspection, and look for the reasons for people’s change of hearts rather than blaming others.
Government of the politicians, by the military, for the corporations JOHN WHITEHEAD
constitutional law, President Obama, like many of his predecessors, has routinely disregarded the Constitution "[F]orce alone cannot make us safe. We cannot use force everywhere that a when it has suited his purposes, radical ideology takes root; and in the operating largely above the law and behind a veil of secrecy and specious absence of a strategy that reduces the well-spring of extremism, a perpetual legal justifications. Drone strikes on American citizens: war -- through drones or Special For almost two years, the United Forces or troop deployments -- will States government has been targeting prove self-defeating, and alter our American citizens abroad for death by country in troubling ways."--Barack drone, with at least four American Obama, May 23, 2013 President Obama's declaration that citizens assassinated by drones outside the battlefields of Afghanistan "America is at a crossroads" in the and Iraq. These assassinations of fight against terror, a fight that is individuals entitled to the full increasingly turning inwards, setting protection of the Constitution have its sights on homegrown extremists, been carried out without any due should give every American pause. process whatsoever--no charges We have indeed reached a detailing their alleged wrongdoings crossroads. History may show that were brought before them, no trial from this point forward, we will have was conducted to determine their left behind any semblance of guilt or innocence, and no convictions constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where of guilt were found. Obama has also gone to great lengths to give the all citizens are suspects and security impression that the drone trumps freedom. Certainly, this is a assassination program is a carefully time when government officials operate off their own inscrutable, self- controlled, highly selective process, serving playbook with little in the way within the bounds of the rule of law. Yet when hundreds of individuals, of checks and balances, while innocent women and children among American citizens are subjected to all them, are being killed as a result of manner of indignities and violations these drone strikes, clearly the process with little hope of defending is far from controlled or selective. themselves. We have moved beyond These "signature strikes," which the era of representative government involve targeting groups of unknown and entered a new age, let's call it the men who resemble al-Qaeda age of authoritarianism. members, are the equivalent of Even with its constantly shifting terrain, this topsy-turvy travesty of law bombing a fraternity house because there are young men inside who may and government has become be up to no good. It is a practice that is America's new normal. Don't believe me? Let me take you on a brief guided inhumane, immoral and illegal, and no amount of legal parsing or political tour, but prepare yourself: the whitewashing will remove this landscape is particularly particular stain. disheartening to anyone who Expanding the war on terror: remembers what America used to be. Although Obama insists that he has The executive branch: Whether it's no intention of continuing the wars in the Obama administration's which the United States is embroiled crackdown on whistleblowers, the but the administration officials are systematic surveillance of journalists sending an altogether different and regular citizens, the continued message - namely that America's operation of Guantanamo Bay, or the engagement in the ongoing war on occupation of Afghanistan, Barack terror spans the entire globe. At a Obama has surpassed his recent congressional hearing, Michael predecessors in terms of his abuse of Sheehan, the assistant secretary of the Constitution and the rule of law. Despite his prior stint as a professor of defense for special operations, cited
the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) law as justification for the administration's ability to send American troops to places such as Yemen and the Congo without first seeking congressional authorization. Sheehan also asserted that the United States conflict with al-Qaeda will last for another ten or twenty years. As Senator Angus King (I-Maine) remarked to Sheehan: "You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution here today... I don't disagree that we need to fight terrorism. But we need to do it in a constitutionally sound way." Law enforcement: By and large the term "law enforcement" encompasses all agents within a militarized police state, including the military, the police, and the various agencies such as the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. Having been given the green light to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts, America's law enforcement officials, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, are part of an elite ruling class dependent on keeping the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens. The legislative branch: It is not overstating matters to say that Congress may well be the most selfserving, semi-corrupt institution in America. Abuses of office run the gamut from elected representatives neglecting their constituencies to engaging in self-serving practices, including the misuse of eminent domain, earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracting in return for personal gain and campaign contributions, having inappropriate ties to lobbyist groups and incorrectly or incompletely disclosing financial information. Pork barrel spending, hastily passed legislation, partisan bickering, a skewed work ethic, graft and moral turpitude have all contributed to the public's increasing dissatisfaction with congressional
leadership. Thus, it is little wonder that a recent Gallup poll shows Congress with a 79 percent disapproval rating. The judicial branch: The Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet through their deference to police power, preference for security over freedom, and evisceration of our most basic rights for the sake of order and expediency, the justices of the United States Supreme Court have become the architects of the American police state in which we now live. As a result, sound judgment and justice have largely taken a back seat to legalism, statism and elitism, while preserving the rights of the people has been deprioritized and made to play second fiddle to both governmental and corporate interests. A suspect society: Due in large part to rapid advances in technology and a heightened surveillance culture, the burden of proof has been shifted so that the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty has been usurped by a new norm in which all citizens are suspects. TLOs report back to "fusion centers," which are a driving force behind the government's quest to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on American citizens. I haven't even touched on the corporate state, the military industrial complex, SWAT team raids, invasive surveillance technology, zero tolerance policies in the schools, overcriminalization, or privatized prisons, to name just a few, but what I have touched on should be enough to show that the landscape of our freedoms has already changed dramatically from what it once was and will no doubt continue to deteriorate, unless Americans can find a way to wrest back control of their government and reclaim their freedoms. OPEDNEWS.COM
Lahore: The Mecca of politics FARAKH SHAHZAD It is said that you can't meet a tiger without going into the tiger's den. Occupancy in Lahore hotels has been increased these days as long convoys of big limousines from all parts of the country are making a bee line on the road to Raiwind. Some of them have to wait for days to have a glimpse of their prince charming who has become a dream of every politician. Sometimes the delays are further prolonged due to the sudden arrival of military top brass or bigwigs from diplomatic core. They know that his magic touch can catapult them to new heights of pelf, power and prestige. What else they want from life. Prince charming is in great demand because by a simple touch of hand (handshake), he can turn a rough rod of iron into a 22 carat gold. A hand shake is always extra-ordinary when there is prince charming at the other end.Therefore, such handshakes these days
have particular meaning because the exercise can turn a newly elected independent into a party man which is a miracle even much smaller than turning iron into gold. No independent parliamentarian can afford to miss this opportunity except Jamshed Dasti who attached many strings to this handshake and was turned down. It might be good for both sides in their own rights. The above foreword graphically depicts the crystal clear outcome of election 2013. Since the birth of PPP in 1967, Larkana (the city of Bhuttos) was once politically worshipped as the Mecca of politics. It is no longer the case. Moving on the wheels of change, a new paradigm of politics is taking shape in the country. In the new picture, Lahore has fast emerged as the Mecca of politics as increasing number of players are converting to PMLN pledging their unflinching allegiance to Nawaz Sharif the man who outplayed PPP for the third time. It goes to his character that his longest political rival in PPP has been marginalized to Sindh only. PPP had foresighted the imminent advent of the new paradigm much earlier and instead of rebuilding the collapsed bridges between the party and estranged voters they come out
the tiger who is faster than them. This fox hunt will never end. The success of his defense depends on innumerable facts and evidence presented in the cases. The luck, the push and the pull of the khaaki will come to rescue him. It is a perturbing matter and ugly sight to see the commando behind the bars. This is the first real witch hunt of its kind, involving a high-ranking general. Although he has become a civilian politician, still technically he belongs to elite armed forces of Pakistan, and he must be treated well and fairly. The justice must be done not muzzled by the hostile courts. He is quite popular with a section of the society and they pray for his acquittal Witch hunt in all the frivolous cases. His only mistake was to mishandle General Parvaiz Musharraf has been pushed against the wall for not reading the reference case against the CJP, and bring the wrath of lawyers upon the writing on the wall. General is a him. Those who started the smart man and can defend himself in any court of law and equity of the land. restoration of judiciary movement were misled by the stand of the CJP But right now he finds himself mired who was able to portray himself as in criminal cases and charges of all the hero of some sort standing up to sorts. This is just the beginning of a the generals in the President’s long fight and endless road less House. One must ask this question, traveled by him. He has been plagued what was he doing in the President by the conspiracies and threats to his House. Was he summoned by the life by terrorist groups. The mushroom growth of allegations president or it was a courtesy call. The real story begins from a letter and accusations is horrible in nature. which was written by our lawyer What will be the outcome of these friend Naeem Bokhari which cases, no one knows, considering the became a basis of the reference odds against him. The hunters are on the prowl and trying their best to hunt against the sitting chief justice who
with an easier alternate. They drifted away with the flow and refused to revisit the style of their governance. Accepting Lahore as the Mecca of politics (accepting to live under the domination of Raiwind), PPP got a turn-key 300 kanals Bilawal House at Lahore’s Bahria Town thanks to the generosity of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz who has something for everyone in Pakistan. Everybody has a price. I never had a luck and luxury to have privilege to enter the Pakistan’s Whitehouse at Raiwind. But my sense of curiosity has heard a lot about it. There is flock of peacocks roaming in the lush green lands of the resort. A pair of stuffed tigers at the entrance of the building greets the visitors. A portrait of Nawaz Sharif with his longtime friend and mentor Bill Clinton is one of the most important features of Raiwind palace. The message: Hum doston ko bhooltay nhi. The friend who caused angels to descend via Jeddah to open the jail gates for Sharifs deserves this compliment. PMLN must understand a thin line between politics and popularity. Voting for PMLN is one thing while voting against PPP is quite another. These are two different elements although their impact might be same. They
was clearly in the wrong. That reference became the bone of contention and an attack on the independence of the judiciary. The lawyers community became active and initiated country wide movement for the restoration of the imprisoned judges. The reference was shelved conveniently. This reference must be investigated by the Supreme Judicial Council after his last day in the court. President Musharraf acted on the advice of the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz who had sent the reference drafted by the law minister after checking the evidence on record. Where is the President's fault? It is incomprehensible that the intelligencia was misled and they never bothered to find the truth. Our PM became the loser in all this and now he is fighting for his life against the forces of evil. This nightmarish Witch Hunt must end and he be freed. JAVED BASHIR ISLAMABAD
National elections: The nation rises to the occasion A very important and encouraging factor that has emerged from the national elections of May 11, 2013 is that for first time in the country’s
are fortunate this time that a No vote to PPP was bagged in their boxes. The process may have all the tendencies to reverse next time. There is a lesson for PMLN third time Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf in the story of PPP. The father of modern day PPP Asif Ali Zardari have followed the doctrine that pledges and promises are made of plastic that meltdown in heat. Therefore, they should not be written with indelible ink. The analysts say that the doctrine contributed to the fall of the party which had been shatter proof during Shaheed BB era despite all odds. The new doctrine sealed the fate of party’s great fall from grace. Humpty dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty dumpty had a great fall. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men Could not put Humpty together again. The other day, Nawaz Sharif told his parliamentary party that he will not give a time line for ending load shedding in the country. What a speedy back out. Referring Shahbaz Sharif’s pre-poll speeches of two years deadline, he meant that it was an election rhetoric carried in the heavy winds of emotions and excitement. Mian sahib cleverly insulated himself and PMLN from Shahbaz Sharif statement. It raised many eye-brows in the length and
history the people have not only realized but also practically proved that the destiny of this country lies in their hands. They ultimately rose from the slumber they have been in for decades and have unequivocally demonstrated that the power to place people in positions of authority and dislodge them, if they do not perform, lies with them. The massive turnout of the voters, young and old, in the recently concluded elections was indeed a dream come true. The seriousness of the Pakistani nation to resolve the highly depressing state of affairs of the country could be vividly seen on their glowing faces on the electionday. They were determined to completely change the political scenario of the country, and, to a great extent, they succeeded in doing so. Now the responsibility to come up to the expectations of the politically rejuvenated nation heavily falls on the shoulders of those who have been voted by them to the citadel of power. People in whom the nation has vested its trust must bear in mind that no more games can or should be played. If they make any attempt to do so they will have to face the wrath of the people like those who did in the May 11, 2013 elections. They must remember that intensity of the people’s verdict in the next elections could, in fact, be far greater than
breadth of the country. Are the promises and pledges are really made of plastic? All the serious questions are never answered. Apart from energy crisis, the worse is yet to come from many other directions. While the pummeling of northern Pakistan by unmanned US drones continues to fan the flames of extremism, the debt crisis provides the public with further evidence that their lives are expendable. In a country where 50 million people live below the poverty line and 35 million are undernourished, the debt squeeze is tantamount to economic torture, more so considering how these debts were run up. Moreover, the IMF's loans have made Pakistan a more unequal country. One condition the IMF imposed was to increase sales tax and cut trade taxes. Over the 1980s and 1990s, as a result, taxes on the poorest households increased by 7%, while falling by 15% for the richest. Nobody knows this fact more than Nawaz Sharif that running the affairs of a country is a totally different phenomenon from running a private corporation. In governance you have to put people before the profit. When you are in politics, the pledges are made of steel not plastic.
what it has been this time. Those who will now be in the driving seat will have to address all major issues confronting Pakistantoday with utmost integrity, sincerity and urgency. A solo flight in dealing with major national issues could, perhaps, prove to be totally ineffective. In order to succeed, the incoming governments at the federal and provincial level will have to take all the stake holders along, particularly in dealing with critical national issues. This, in fact, is the appropriate way forward. An approach contrary to this will yield negative results. It may actually lead to further chaos and anarchy that this nation cannot endure any longer.
milk and honey flowed in the water canals. But the life was pure and there was plenty to give to the poor sections of the society. The Urban, suburban, and shanty town dewellers enjoyed the fruits of their toil and oil. No loadshedding, low crime and less pollution were some of its attributes. There are localities and areas that contain criminals and contaminate the city’s serenity. Kemari, Katie Bunder, Lari, Malir, Orangi and New Karachi show the dark side of the city in full blast. The crime syndicates proliferate in these areas. Prostitution dens can be found openly operating in posh areas of Defense and Nazimabad. The war of control over the turf M FAZAL ELAHI, has been going fiercely for a long ISLAMABAD time. The political party wings are supporting this criminal activity. The character of the city as the Dark side of Karachi cultural center and economic hub has been seriously challenged and Karachi once was the city of lights and damaged. The life has become cheap and death and burial rites expensive, economic hub of the land of the pure and the brave. There was plenty to feed we have to live by all these vices and ills that plague the city. and cloth the whole country. The pluralistic society was proud of its diversity and beauty. Nature was JB, helping its people towards progress ISLAMABAD and prosperity. Then it started to decline as a cultural city and its moral fiber sank Please email your letters to email@example.com or post to all time lowest ebb. Though its streets were not paved by gold or no them to our address in Islamabad.
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More chemical attacks reported in Syria fighting Suu slams two-child limit for Muslim families MYAMM AR: Myanmar opposition leader and pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Monday a policy by a district government to limit Muslim Rohingya families to two children in an effort to curb their population growth. The two-child policy dates back to 1994, but it does not appear to have been enforced until recent weeks. "They shouldn't discriminate. This is against human rights," Suu Kyi told journalists. –AGENCIES
BEIRUT: Heavy fighting raged around the strategicSyrian border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus on Monday and further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks byPresident Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel areas. The Syrian military pounded eastern suburbs of Damascus with air strikes and artillery and loud explosions echoed around al-Nabak, 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital, where fighting has cut the highway running north to the central city of Homs, the pro-opposition Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights group said. Syrian government offensives in recent weeks are widely seen as a campaign to strengthen Assad's negotiating position before a proposed international peace conference sponsored by the United States and Russia. Opposition activists said Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters were pressing a sustained assault on Qusair, a town long used by insurgents as a way station for arms and other supplies from Lebanon. For Assad, Qusair is a crucial link
between Damascus and loyalist strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Recapturing the town, in central Homs province, could also sever connections between rebelheld areas in the north and south of Syria. Hezbollah's deepening involvement in Qusair has raised fears of renewed civil war in neighboring Lebanon, where two rockets hit the Shi'ite Muslim movement's stronghold in south Beirut on Sunday and one was fired from south Lebanon towards Israel. –AGENCIES
BAGHDAD: At least two were killed and 16 others wounded in two car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said. The first car bombing occurred in the afternoon in Saadoun Street in downtown Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Another car bomb went off near al-Samarrai mosque in New Baghdad district in the southern part of the capital, killing a civilian and wounding nine, the source said. Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings. –AGENCIES
PARIS: People protest against the France's new gay marriage law in Paris. –WIRE SERVICE
TEH R AN : The aerospace force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps took a delivery of massproduced new long-range missile launchers, Tehran Times daily reported on Monday. The surfaceto-surface missile launchers, manufactured by the Iran Aviation Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry, were delivered in a ceremony held here on Sunday. On the sidelines of the ceremony, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told reporters the mass delivery of the launchers is a manifestation of the might of Iran and its self- sufficiency in designing and manufacturing this strategic system, according to the report. The minister said "Iran is not seeking confrontation with anyone and will not begin a war or a conflict, but it will also not allow any act of aggression and hostility." –AGENCIES
Russian military conducts large-scale exercises MOSCOW: Russia has started largescale military drills involving aerospace defense, transportation and air forces, the Defense Ministry said Monday. About 8,700 servicemen, more than 180 warplanes and 240 combat vehicles are participating in the exercises that started with no advance warning, said Valery Gerasimov, chief of general staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The snap drills are being conducted in line with President Vladimir Putin's remarks to "check the state of combat readiness of troops and their capacity of fulfilling tasks in varying conditions," Gerasimov said. Putin made an unscheduled inspection of troops from the Southern Federal District and Airborne Forces on May 13 and urged the army to be prepared around the clock. Several MIG-31 fighters from the Eastern Military District conducted combat training over the Kamchatka Peninsula and destroyed their targets, the ministry said. "The public must see how the various threats could be countered," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a teleconference with top military commanders. –AGENCIES
Opp vows participation in Geneva moot
BRUSSELS: Britain and Austria clashed on Monday over whether the EU should ease an arms embargo to help Syrian rebels, threatening the unity of the bloc's Syria policy. UK and France are pushing hard for the easing of the arms embargo to support rebels ahead of apeace conference sponsored by the US and Russia expected next month. –AGENCIES
DAMASCUS: Syria's main local opposition group on Monday said it is determined to "positively" partake in the planned international conference on Syria that will be held in Geneva in mid June. Hassan Abdul- Azim, head of the NCB, said "We will exert utmost efforts for the convention of the conference and to render it a success." –AGENCIES
‘Anti-terror measures can backfire’
2 killed, 16 wounded in 2 car bombings in Baghdad
‘Iran’s IRGC receives long range missile launchers’
EU struggles to end deadlock over arms ban
South Korea plays down North’s offer
EU extends police mission in Afghanistan
SEOUL: South Korea on Monday played down North Korea’s apparent interest in a new round of disarmament talks, with its foreign minister saying such dialogue would only be worthwhile if Pyongyang first showed “sincere” intent to denuclearize. “I don’t think it will be easy for them to do that,” the minister, Yun Byung-se, said during his first press briefing since he took the job in March. The South’s skepticism about the talks, shared by the United States, underscores the major stumbling blocks still facing any effort to reboot the six-party talks — the multinational process aimed at coaxing North Korea’s disarmament. China last week tried to revive hopes for those talks during a visit to Beijing by a personal envoy of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. The envoy, Choe Ryong Hae, faced pressure from Chinese officials to resume talks, and was quoted by Chinese state media as saying the North was “willing to accept the suggestion.” That sentiment, though, was never mentioned in the North’s state-media coverage of the visit. The six-party talks — involving the United States, Japan, Russia, China and the two Koreas — have been on hold for more than four years. China remains the strongest backer of the talks, but many analysts say the process has been dormant for good reason: Their very aim — denuclearization — is something the North says will never be achieved. Previous sessions helped the North secure
BRUSSELS: The EU on Monday extended the bloc's police mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2014 and allocated an additional budget of 108 million euros (140.4 million US dollars). The mission, which was set up in 2007, aims to help the Afghan authorities to develop their civilian policing capacities. The mission has approximately 350 international and 200 local staff, coming from 23 EU member states as well as Croatia and Canada. "This civilian mission...is part of the overall EU commitment to Afghanistan. The EU will continue in the coming years its assistance to Afghanistan's development, including in the area of the rule of law," the EU said in a statement. The decision also came as many European countries, together with the United States, are on track to transfer full responsibility for security to Afghan forces and to withdraw all combat troops by the end of 2014. –AGENCIES
energy assistance and food aid in exchange for disarmament pledges, neglected soon after they were made. Since the talks first began in 2003, the North has tested three underground nuclear weapons, built at least one new uranium enrichment facility and declared nuclear technology a fundamental state goal, along with economic development. “Up until now, North Korea has shown a lot of provocations,” Yun said. “I think the six parties, as well as the international community, cannot act as if nothing has happened. We can’t go back to business as unusual.” The meeting last week between Choe and Chinese President Xi Jinping came as the North edged away from weeks of tension-raising threats. But policymakers now face the fresh challenge of engaging North Korea’s leaders without getting embarrassed by them. Over the last several years, US and South Korean officials have called on the North to show substantive signs of denuclearization as a prerequisite to any dialogue. The North, for instance, could allow international atomic inspectors back into the country or dismantle its facilities. Even a statement of interest in denuclearization would be a “very meaningful” first step, Yun said Monday. Some pro-engagement analysts have pressed the United States and others in the region to consider a less ambitious dialogue goal — managing the North Korean nuclear arsenal, for instance, rather than eliminating it. –AGENCIES
‘UN cannot protect civilians in Sudan’ J UBA: The United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan lacks sufficient troops and aircraft to protect civilians affected by fighting in an eastern region, the UN envoy said on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been uprooted by clashes between the army and rebel forces in Jonglei state. Almost all of the 10,000 residents of Pibor town in Jonglei have fled their homes, aid agencies say, following looting by the state security forces and rebel threats to
attack it. The head of the UN mission, Hilde Johnson, said she has doubled the number of peacekeeping troops in Pibor. "We cannot sustain a presence with the logistical capacity that we have, with the problems we have with air transport and by road. So we cannot protect civilians in big, big, big numbers," Johnson told Reuters. The UN mission has 6,560 troops to cover a country the size of France with barely 300 km (200 miles) of paved roads.
Seasonal rains have turned the region, where the government hopes to drill for oil with France's Total, into a swamp, severing road access. On April 9, gunmen ambushed and killed five UN peacekeepers and seven civilian staff in Jonglei. Earlier this month President Salva Kiir said he would punish illdisciplined members of the security forces engaged in acts of violence against civilians in Jonglei and also those who gave the orders. –AGENCIES
GENEVA: United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay told governments on Monday that trying to fight terrorism by limiting personal freedoms and mistreating suspects could only worsen the problem. She spoke as Britain and France were considering tightening antiterror laws and surveillance after the killings of two soldiers in London and Paris, and as US President Barack Obama renewed his efforts to close the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba. Pillay, speaking at the opening of the spring session of the UN's Human Rights Council, said she had received allegations of "very grave violations of human rights that have taken place in the context of counter-terrorist and counterisurgency operations." "Such practices are self-defeating. Measures that violate human rights do not uproot terrorism, they nurture it," she said. Pillay made no direct reference to the killing of an off-duty British soldier in London last Wednesday by two men saying they were acting in the name of Islam and the stabbing of a soldier in the French capital. Many politicians in both countries have called for toughening of antiterror measures in the wake of both incidents and media reports have suggested such moves, including some that could affect free speech, might be in the works. Pillay also said the US failure to close down the Guantanamo detention center was "an example of the struggle against terrorism failing to uphold human rights, among them the right to a fair trial." A total of 166 people from 23 countries, many held for more than a decade without charge, remain the prison set up after the September 11,
2001, attacks in the United States. "The continuing detention of many of these individuals amounts to arbitrary detention, in breach of international law, and the injustice embodied in this detention center has become an ideal recruitment tool for terrorists," Pillay said. She noted Obama's statement last Thursday outlining how he planned to close the center down, a move opposed by many in Congress, but said the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo must conform to international human rights law. Pillay said the regime was using “indiscriminate and disproportionate force in residential areas,” including reports of direct targeting of schools and hospitals. She also decried “wanton human rights violations” by rebel groups, including extrajudicial killings and accounts that some women and girls have been forced to marry combatants. Pillay also voiced alarm over the ongoing battle for control over the strategic town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border, with reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured and thousands may remain trapped. Despite the seemingly hopeless situation, Pillay insisted there was room for the international community to act, reiterating her call for the deadlocked U.N. Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “These war crimes and crimes against humanity cannot be allowed to go unpunished,” she said. Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel said the council had accepted a request by the United States, Turkey and Qatar for an urgent debate on the situation in Syria and especially in Qusayr. –AGENCIES
Jordan, Israel working as one over Syria: report AMMAN: Jordan has allowed the Israeli regime to fly its drones over the Jordanian airspace in order to monitor the situation in Syria, a report says. A high-ranking Jordanian official, close to King Abdullah II, told the London-based newspaper Jewish Chronicle that Amman and Tel Aviv were “working as one over Syria.” The official, whose name was not mentioned in the report, stated that Jordan would “of course… allow Israel to use Jordanian air space for another attack on Syria” if the need arose. On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses inflicted upon al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, the strike hit the Jamraya Research Center which had been targeted in another Israeli airstrike in January. “Syria is a crisis whatever happens. Assad is no longer a force for stability… The Israelis don’t mess about and that’s what we need. We are working as one over Syria,” the Jordanian official said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syria has been gripped by unrest for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy. The Syrian army has conducted successful operations against the militant groups over the past several days. –AGENCIES
Geneva moot could be only starting point to end Syrian crisis DAMASCUS: Geneva international conference on Syrian issue which will be held in mid June, could be only a starting point to pave the way for resolving the long-standing stalemate as deeper hurdles lie ahead, analysts said. The planned conference, which is expected to be attended by representatives from the Syrian government and the opposition groups, will tackle the recent USRussian efforts to revive political options for resolving the Syrian crisis, but experts wonder whether such gathering could achieve hopedfor goals despite the numerous snags facing it. While the long-awaited US-Russian understanding was hailed by the international community, both the government of President Bashar alAssad and several opposition groups
showed some hesitation over participation in the conference before they finally agreed to attend the conference "in principle." In spite of the delayed response from both sides, their approval was expected because Washington and Moscow were behind the latest initiative, analysts said. But the presence of armed radical rebels, the division among the opposition groups and the role of President Bashar al-Assad in the future picture of Syria will loom large during Geneva meeting and after the gathering. Last month, the al-Qaida wing in Iraq declared its merger with the radical Nusra Front in Syria under the banner of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria." The hardline Islamist group has emerged as a main striking force and the most powerful among the
numerous rebels' battalions. The group said it rejects any political solution or an establishment of a democratic and civil state in Syria, calling only for the establishment of an Islamic state in the country. Several political analysts said that the presence of al-Qaida- linked Nusra Front in Syria will be the main hurdle threatening the success of the planned Geneva meeting. "The main dilemma now is the presence of armed radical groups in Syria which has the real weight on the ground and consists of more than 90 percent of the fighting rebel groups," Hmaidi Abdullah, a political analyst, told Xinhua. "They won't accept a cessation of fire or solutions resulted from negotiations between the opposition and the government," Abdullah said. He added that only the Syrian army
is capable of fighting these groups, because even the moderate armed opposition can't stand its ground against the radicals. Maher Morheg, another political expert and head of the oppositional Youth Party, echoed with Abdullah, saying that the radical rebels' existence is the main obstacle of the conference. Wider cracks between liberal opposition figures and Muslim Brotherhood group members appeared during a recent days-long conference of the oppositional National Coalition to broaden its ranks and to name a delegation to the Geneva conference. Analysts said even if the exiled opposition managed to put its differences aside and succeeded to bridge the gap with the government in Syria, it would still have to deal with the fact that they have no real weight
on ground, especially among the Nusra Front fighters. Such issue would put the peace talks at stake because halting violence is key to a political settlement, Abdullah said. The western powers have taken pains to push the opposition to form a united front that could constitute a suitable alternative to the current administration in Syria. However, the Syrian opposition groups seemingly failed to overcome their differences. Assad recently said that the rebel opposition could not implement a ceasefire. "They are not a single entity. They are different groups and bands... They are a mixture and each group has its local leader," he said, asking, "Who can unify thousands of people? We can't discuss a timetable with a party if we don't know who they are?" The final political settlement in Syria
would also have to deal with the role of Assad in the upcoming stage. The Syrian opposition has for long required the departure of Assad as a prelude to any political solution to Syria's deadlocked crisis. However, the Syrian government has totally rejected that condition. In the first Geneva meeting held last year, the superpowers didn't ask for the departure of Assad as a prelude to any negotiations. Abdullah said that "Assad's status of the president shouldn't be a pre-condition to any dialogue but it could be discussed during the negotiations among Syrians themselves and through balloting boxes in the 2014 presidential elections." He said ridding the country off the radical rebels should be done before talking about the destiny of the Assad administration.
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
8 more children die of measles in Punjab LAHORE: Five more children died of measles in Lahore on Monday, bringing the death toll only in this city to 60. According to reports, the deadly disease killed more children, including 10-month-old Atta, 7-month-old Sufyan, 11-month-old Fizza, 10-monthold Shoaib, and one-year-old Muskan. With the death of these five children, the death toll across Punjab has risen to well over 100. Meanwhile, at least three more children succumbed to measles on Monday due to the poor performance of Health Department and sheer negligence of the Faisalabad district administration. Thirty measlesinfected children were getting treatment in Allied Hospital. Their condition worsened due to intense heat and as a result three girls, including 10-year-old Ambreen, Laiba and Amna passed away one after another. Meanwhile, gastro cases have also surfaced due to intensity of the heat. ONLINE
Couple shot dead over marriage of choice TOBA TEK SINGH: A couple, allegedly charged with marrying against the will of families was killed and their bodies recovered from an isolated part of Devidas area. Police discovered the whereabouts of the couple with the help of identity cards, whence it was further revealed that one Ismail had eloped with one, Sumaira, whom he had wed later on. The parents of the female had registered a case against Ismail for kidnapping of the girl in Thana Choobara, while both were missing for 15 days, after which mutilated dead bodies of both, bearing marks of torture before being killed by bullets, were discovered. However, according to latest developments, the kin of boy had arrived in Toba Tek Singh and took custody of his body, while his elder brother said that Ismail had been missing for last 10 days, and had married a consenting girl of adjoining village. ONLINE
Sethi orders more eﬀective measures against measles L AH ORE : Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi, while issuing instructions for more effective steps for controlling measles in the province, has directed that maximum resources should be utilized for saving children from this disease. He said that life of every child is precious and no effort should be spared in the treatment of the affected children. He further directed that best medical facilities should be provided to the patients of measles in hospitals. He said Helpline 0800-99000 has been fully activated for providing information to the people about preventive measures against measles. ONLINE
Van ﬁre: school owner surrenders to police GUJRAT: The owner of Jinnah School has surrendered himself to police after School van fire tragedy that claimed 17 children’s lives, media reports said. On Saturday, at least 17 children died and several others were injured when the gas cylinder of their school van exploded. The fatal accident took place near Kot Fateh area in Gujrat. According to reports, two teachers and 25 children from Grade 1 to 8 were riding the van. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court was moved for taking a sue motto action on Gujrat incident in which almost 19 students and a teacher were killed. Senator Dr. Babar Awan submitted an application in the Supreme Court in which it is pleaded that the court may take a sue motto action on loss of precious human lives and direct police to register FIR of the incident. ONLINE
Gambling becomes rule of the day L A H ORE: Although gambling has become a grave challenge for the city under the new Ichra SHO Hussnain Haider Shah. Parchi (card), billiard, horse race at Shah Jamal and IPL gambling has become rule of the day. The area residents said that they have been spending miserable life due to the gambling of parchi, card, billiard and horse race as it is directly affecting their lives, particularly their children. They said that the new SHO is harboring gambling fearlessly with the assistance of policemen appointed for more than eight to ten years at the place including drivers and other policemen (Ghufran, Salim, Khalil and others) who work in other police stations but use Ichra Police Station as their dwelling place. The open gambling in streets, on roads and in front of our houses has been badly affecting our children. So many times Ichra police has been informed but of no avail, a resident, Ramaza said. “I have been observing that the parchi, card and billiards gambling has been doubled in few days in the area. Police drivers, mohafiz, who are
Traﬃc police starts checking vehicle ﬁtness LAHORE: In a major crackdown to ensure public safety, the traffic police in Punjab are strictly checking vehicle cylinders and fitness certificates. The step was taken in the wake of Gujrat school van tragedy in which 17 children and a teacher died when the van caught fire near Mungowal last Saturday. According to a directive issued to all district police officers, traffic police have been directed to strictly check cans fitted in vehicles instead of regular fuel tanks. ONLINE
Four killed, four injured in ﬁring incident
provided with vine of their choices by the gamblers, visit these gambling points, shake hands with the gamblers and spending some time with them moved away.” He added, “The police mohafiz have good terms with the gamblers due to which they are so powerful that resident don’t dare to complain against them. Anyone who goes against these gamblers police implicates them in false litigations.” “The other day police arrested ten card gamblers from Shah Jamal area the SHO released five while against five the police registered case giving an impression that the police was against the gambles,” another resident, Amanat Ali, said. He said Javed Market where hefty gambling has been underway has again become a source of minting for the police. The police can make as much money as they can. “Gambling cannot flourish without the due cooperation of police, another resident seeking anonymity informing that Ichra police Toyota comes at pardeshi hotel daily collects its share from the gamblers and leave.” ONLINE
LAHORE: Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi is being briefed by Solar and Windmill Company Limited Chairman Tahir Mehmood during the inauguration of Solar System Lighting at Faisal Chowk. — ONLINE
Boy kidnapped after Facebook chat recovered in posh locality
Rangers arrest 3 militants, seize 80 kg explosive in Karachi
KARACHI: The CitizensPolice Liaison Committee and the Anti-Violent Crime Cell on Monday morning carried out a joint operation near Hub Chowki area to recover a 13-year-old boy. The boy, identified as Mustafa, was kidnapped on May 24 when he went to Defence Phase-IV area to meet his Facebook friend Arsalan for the first time. He was kidnapped by Arsalan’s brother, Taimoor for the ransom of Rs 50 million. On Monday night, CPLC and AVCC officials arrested Taimoor during a raid in Defence area. The suspect revealed to police that the boy was kept in a house in Hub Chowki area. Meanwhile, the Sindh Rangers on Monday claimed to have arrested three suspected militant after a brief encounter at PECHS area of Karachi. According to officials, the raid was made on tip-off information provided by
terror activities in the largest city of the country. Rangers officials described the arrest as a major breakthrough in the ongoing efforts of their intelligence
Lyari still tense KARACHI: People of Lyari remained confined into their houses on Monday due to continuous tension between two groups, conflict has turned into bloody clash. Dozen of persons have been shot dead and more than dozens have been injured in this militant clash in last fifteen days, the worst affected areas are Agra Taj Colony, Hangorabad. A nine member committee appointed by the Sindh government under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner south consisting of police, rangers, and respectable of the area has not succeeded yet to end the tension. Sources from the area said that children, businessmen and employers are unable to go to their schools and offices and hundreds of people have migrated to other areas from Lyari. Installments of KESC have been targeted and power supply has been suspended in the area since a week, which has not been reinstated yet. Resultantly acute shortage of water crises has occurred. People of affected area said situation of Lyari has not been under noticed at any level they have demanded from senior authorities to bring peace on priority basis. They said current situation puts the question mark on the performance of police and rangers, checkposts of police and rangers should be established in affected areas, they added. ONLINE
2 Pak prisoners claim lack of consular access ISLAMANAD/KOLKATA: Two Pakistani prisoners now lodged in Alipore Central Jail and implicated by CID in the Khadim abduction case have alleged they've been denied consular access for the over-a-decade they've spend Indian custody, including Tihar Jail. The state government, however, isn't taking this as face value. They've already written to the ministry of external affairs seeking details for it
appears improbable that in spite of their detention in Tihar Jail - and subsequent conviction by a Delhi court - they never had access to Pakistani consulate officials. IGP (Prisons) Ranveer Kumar said, "The MHA has informed us about a May 28-June 2 window to allow all Pakistani prisoners lodged in Bengal prisons to be send to Tihar for the consular access. The claims made by the two prisoners have been brought
to our notice. But we find it intriguing that since the two had spent a prolonged period in Tihar and was convicted, they never got consular access. “We've written to the MHA for further information on these two prisoners. Hinging on it will depend whether we allow them to go there. Consular access is mandatory for all Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails." ONLINE
‘D2w only solution to end plastic pollution’
QUETTA: At least four persons were killed and other four sustained injuries during firing incident erupted between two rival groups here on Monday. According to information reaching here, Piro, Shahi, Gondal and Ayub were died on the spot while Qalandar Box, Waloo, Rehman and Washoo were among injured. The land dispute in Ghot Sher Ramizai area triggered serious clash between two groups and they exchanged indiscriminate firing against each other. ONLINE
LAHORE: Saima Asghar, head of business development of d2w Pakistan, has urged the industries owners to join hands with d2w for elimination of plastic pollution in the country. She was addressing a seminar at Hussain Habib Corporation, Quaid-e-Azam Industrial State (here on Monday. MI Khurram Chaudhry, president, board of management, QIS, Anwaar A Sheikh, Maj (retd) Javed Iqbal, Hakeem Usman, Amir Baari, Tariq Hussain, KT Butt were prominent among the participants. Ms Saima said that the adoption of d2w technology could lead Pakistan towards a greener future. She said that the industries were the back bone of the country’s economy and their owners could bring a technology revolution in Pakistan. She said in order to tackle these challenges, the government should encourage use of environment friendly materials like d2w in
Rs 2.5 for informer in Zohra Shahid case KARACHI: Rs 2.5 million would be awarded to informer who will provide the information about the accused who murdered PTI leader Zohra Shahid. DIG South Dr. Ameer Sheikh said profile of the informer will be kept secret, four people have been arrested and the investigation is under way. ONLINE
militants who were arrested two days earlier. The suspects said to be associated with the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan who reportedly planning to conduct
apparatus to ensure security in the city. Officials said that the team also seized 80 kilograms of explosives, and heavy cache of arms from suspects’ custody. The suspects originally hail from Waziristan Agency and had settled in the city since months. ONLINE
plastic making so that the industrial sector could be made aware of its social and national responsibilities. She said d2w was a leading brand of Symphony Environmental UK in Oxobiodegradable technology which was providing best solution to plastic pollution. She said the d2w was a granular chemical which not only makes the plastic environment friendly but also decreases the life of plastic from hundreds of years to some months. She said that d2w was only brand which was certified from ASTM 6954-04, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Speaking on the occasion, QIS BoM president MI Khurram Chaudhry said that the industries, keeping in view the environmental pollution, would definitely use d2w for making plastic environmentfriendly A shield was also presented to Khurram Chaudhry from d2w. – PR
LAHORE: Students run toward an overload ed rickshaw to hang with it which can cause accident in t he p rovincial cap ital. — ONLINE
Iqbal Block inaugurated at FURC RAWAL P I ND I : The Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal Block was inaugurated at Foundation University’s Rawalpindi Campus by Managing Director, Fauji Foundation and President Foundation University, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Mustafa Khan HI(M) (Retd). Maj. Gen. Gul Muhammad HI (M) (Retd), Rector FUI and Prof. Dr. Aftab Ahmad, Director FURC were also present. While speaking on the occasion, Managing Director Fauji Foundation has said that the 5 storey purpose-built complex of new academic block consists of state-of-the-art classrooms, IT labs, conference room,
videoconference room, faculty work stations, management offices and a seminar hall. He said that the addition of new block at FURC will provide modern infrastructural facilities to the students and faculty. He said, “I am quite optimistic that in the years ahead FUI shall be among the nation’s leading universities recognized for student success, educational attainment, research, cultural enrichment and economic development.” Meanwhile, FURC has organized a Job Fair at its premises. More than 50 national and multinational companies set up their
kiosks to interview and select talented and skilled students. A large number of job seekers, mainly in the fields of banking, economics, marketing, information technology, telecom engineering, software engineering, liberal arts and social sciences attended the Fair. The Open House was also arranged wherein various IT development projects, Business Projects and Software Engineering Projects were displayed by the students. Fine Arts students displayed their creative work while Psychology students presented various techniques of therapy.
KARACHI: PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressing an All Parties Conference held against the alleged rigging in general election. — ONLINE
CMYK TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
Adele wears spanx on the red carpet, says stylists
Can't devote the time reality shows demand: Raveena
LONDON: Adele's stylist has revealed that the singer wears spanx underneath every red carpet outfit, which makes her look slimmer. Her stylist also said that the 25-year-old does not like wearing designer outfits and prefers picking dresses from car boot sales, reported Daily Mirror. "She always wears Spanx on the red carpet and Adele loves vintage. I get clothes for her from Camden Lock. There's one store owner there who goes to car boot sales and picks out stuff that's right for her," Gaelle Paul said. Paul also said the singer's choice of black outfits is not a safe choice but because she loves the colour. "Adele always wants to wear black because she loves Johnny Cash and he wore black. She also loves June Carter Cash because she and Johnny were so much in love and they had this wonderful marriage. Sometimes she'll look at herself in the mirror and say, 'Oh I look like her, Gaelle!'" -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Actress Raveena Tandon, who was earlier associated with reality show 'Chak De Bachche' and has even hosted chat show 'Isi Ka Naam Zindagi', is keen to do a non-fiction show on TV. But she says she cannot devote as much time as such shows demand. In fact, she says she has already rejected two offers due to this. "Many offers have come. Recently I rejected two because they wanted many days (for the shoot). I am the kind of person who wants to work with speed," Raveena said here Sunday on the sidelines of a live concert by Cancer Patients Aids Association. Raveena Tandon says that she has already rejected two offers since she can\'t devote much time to the reality shows. "They (producers) wanted 22 days in a month which I am not ready to give. I can't give that kind of time," she added. Currently, the actress is happy with the pace of her career and said "interesting things are happening" and "I am enjoying it". The 39-year-old said she has finished shooting for her forthcoming film 'Gin Liya Aasman'. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Cannes Film Festival — the prize winners
'Shortcut Romeo' was physically, mentally draining: Ameesha Patel
Tunis-born French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s story of teenage love won the Palme d’Or MUMBAI: Ameesha Patel will be seen playing a dark character in her forthcoming film 'Shortcut Romeo', and says playing the negative role was an exhausting experience for her. Susi Ganeshan directed crime thriller also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh and Puja Gupta. "During shoots I used to get both mentally and physically drained. For every scene, I had to bring the demon in me, which is not my personality in real life," Ameesha said in an statement. Ameesha Patel says playing the negative role was an exhausting experience for her. After reaching home, "I used to be so exhausted that I didn't have the energy to do anything," she added. 'Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai' actress, who played positive roles in hits like 'Gadar Ek Prem Katha' and 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd', found it tough to be bad in front of the camera. "This was the most challenging role for me. This film has a mix of emotions, it has adultery, blackmailing, love and passion," said the 37-year-old. 'Shortcut Romeo' is a remake of Ganeshan's super hit Tamil film 'Thiruttu Payale' and it is slated to release June 21. -SHOWBIZ DESK
CANNES: (From left) Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Vidya Balan, Steven Spielberg, Naomi Kawase, Lynne Ramsay, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Auteuil and Cristian Mungiu arrive for the awards ceremony of the 66th international film festival.
Music concert rocks RAC
LONDON: The 25-year-old singer is said to be loving her time as a single woman, as it makes her feel free, reported Showbizspy. "Being free, free from all the stress that was once in her life makes her feel sexy. She feels free for once and just living it up and getting ready to handle her business and get the out of here on her tour. She's feeling good these days," a source said. Although she is enjoying her lone time the singer hasn't ruled out dating someone in the future. "If someone comes across her path, and they're both feeling it, then she'd make a move," the source added. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Jennifer Lopez to marry Casper Smart?
LONDON: Pop star Jennifer Lopez is reportedly planning to get married to boyfriend Casper Smart because she believes he is the love of her life. The 43year-old actress, who has previously been married to Ojani Noa, Chris Judd and Marc Anthony, has been dating the 25year-old back-up dancer for almost two years, reported OK magazine. "She calls him 'love of my life.' She believes it, she thinks he's the one she's been searching for all these years. He may be younger, but she says he is the most secure man she has ever met. He constantly inspires her and lifts her up. Jennifer knows a lot of people in her life don't approve of her marrying Casper, but she's stopped caring. She wants to be his wife," a source said. Lopez's five-year-old twins, Max and Emmie - who she had with Marc - are also fans of Casper and she insists that he's a better dad than their real father because he devotes his time to the youngsters and is always there for them. "Casper is devoted to her kids. He is a second father to them. Jennifer says he's much more playful and present than their own dad a lot of the time," the source added. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif caught together, again!
NEW DELHI: Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif who have been denying that they are a couple since a long while now, have given wagging tongues yet another chance to gossip about their relationship status. The two extremely good-looking Bollywood A-listers were spotted arriving in the same car for Karan Johar’s 41st birthday bash, and they were even snapped by the paparazzi in the car together. If rumours are anything to go by, the two most sought after actors of Bollywood were seen getting close and also dancing together at Johar`s birthday party. Here’s the picture for you to judge (Image Courtesy: Filmfare. Buzz is that Ranbir and Katrina had a bitter break-up last month. But they patchedup later, and were reportedly spending quality time with each other. Well, it seems the two cautious actors are not ready to spill the beans on their relationship yet! -SHOWBIZ DESK
SHOWBIZ DESK ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) organized a music concert for the encouragement of students of its music class on Sunday. A large number of people were enthralled by performances of professional and amateur singers. Naheed Manzoor flanked by Waqar Ahmed, Resident Director RAC was the guest of honor at the occasion. She said on the occasion, that the music concert, featuring songs of various forms of music, classical, semi-classical, folk and pop is a treat for music lovers of the region.
Rihanna happily single
She said adhering to its old tradition; the RAC has given equal opportunity to students of its music class to perform in front of the public so that they can get confidence and encouragement. Waqar Ahmed Director Resident RAC said that RAC is the hub of cultural activities in the region and playing constructive role in the promotion of art and culture. He said amateur singers have given wonderful performance. The singers who performed at the music concert include:Qurtail Ain, Laraib, Sadia, Haleema, Rameez, Chan Shahzad, Rizwan, Samel Frances, Bina Jamshed, Tasawur, Tariq and Nomi.
CINEFONDATION SELECTION First Prize: 'Needle' by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh SECOND PRIZE: 'Waiting For The Thaw' by Sarah Hirtt THIRD PRIZE EX-AEQUO: 'In Acvariu' (In The Fishbowl) by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu JOINT THIRD PRIZE: 'Pandy' (Pandas) by Matus Vizar
Ben Aﬄeck receives honorary doctorate
SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Pakistani singer-actress Salma Aagha is happy that the audiences have accepted her daughter Sasheh Aagha, who made her Bollywood debut with Yash Raj Films' 'Aurangzeb'. "I appreciated Sasheh (and her work) in the film. Although in the film, her role was not much lengthy, but she was a solo lead and people saw depth in her dialogue delivery, music," Salma, who made an impressive debut with the 1982 film 'Nikaah', said here in an interview. "They loved her song 'Barbaadiyan'. I am grateful to people for giving so much love and appreciation to her," she added. Salma Aagha is happy that the audiences have accepted her daughter Sasheh Aagha. In the Atul Sabbharwal-directed thriller 'Aurangzeb', Sasheh was paired with actor Arjun Kapoor. Set in Gurgaon, the film was about land scam and it also featured Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Amrita Singh. On being asked what tips she gave to her daughter, Salma said: "I told her to be very cooperative with people while production, work very hard, not to worry about the looks so much, to be a performer and come up with some good songs." "She writes music as well, so very soon, she is coming out with her single also and we are very excited about it," added the proud mom.
Beyonce teams up with Rent the Runway LONDON: Earlier this year, it was announced that Beyonce was the new face of H&M’s summer fashion campaign. Now, Beyonce has come up with something of her own in honor of her tour, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The pop queen has teamed up with Rent the Runway to create a fashion line with an abundance of sparkles and strapless minis for a more affordable price. Rent the Runway is a business where women can rent high-end designer dresses, apparel, and accessories for an affordable cost. According to The Huffington Post, Beyonce has now teamed
FEATURE FILMS PALME D'OR: La Vie D'Adele - Chapitre 1 and 2 (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) by Abdellatif Kechiche GRAND PRIX: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen BEST DIRECTOR: Amat Escalante for 'Heli' JURY PRIZE: 'Soshite Chichi Ni Naru' (Like Father, Like Son) by Koreeda Hirokazu BEST SCREENPLAY: Jia Zhangke for 'Tia Zhu Ding' (A Touch of Sin) BEST ACTRESS: Berenice Bejo for 'Le Passe' (The Past) by Asghar Farhadi BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern for 'Nebraska' by Alexander Payne SHORT FILMS PALME D'OR: 'Safe' by Moon Byoung-gon SPECIAL MENTION: 'Hvalfjordur' (White Valley) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson; '37°4 S' by Adriano Valerio PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD: 'The Missing Picture' by Rithy Panh JURY PRIZE: 'Omar' by Hany Abu-Assad DIRECTED PRIZE: Alain Guiraudie for 'Stranger By The Lake' A CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE: For the ensemble cast of 'La Jaula De Oro' by Quemada-Diez AVENIR PRIZE: 'Fruitvale Station' by Ryan Coogler
Grateful to audience for accepting Sasheh: Salma Aagha
CANNES: An intimate lesbian love story by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the top prize in Cannes on Sunday, and the film festival's director immediately urged the large crowds protesting against gay marriage in Paris to go and see it. "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Colour) was chosen from a field of 20 films exploring sex, violence and emotional anguish which were vying for the Palme d'Or, one of the most coveted film awards after the Oscars. Critics picked the three-hour film as a possible winner at the 66th Cannes festival. In an unusual move, Spielberg said the award would be shared between Kechiche and his two lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as they were central to the film's success. Critics had also considered as a forerunner "Inside Llewyn Davis" about a struggling New York folk singer by the American Coen brothers Ethan and Joel, which was named as runner-up. The third prize went to Japanese director Kore-Eda Hirokazu for the baby-swapping drama "Soshite Chichi Ni Naru" (Like Father, Like Son) while the best director award went to Mexico's Amat Escalante for his brutal look at Mexico's drug war, "Heli". American Bruce Dern, 76, won a best actor award in Alexander Payne's road trip film "Nebraska," beating out Michael Douglas, who was widely praised for his performance as flamboyant pianist Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra." French actress Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") won the best actress award in Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's tense domestic drama "Le Passe" (The Past). The awards ended the 2013 edition of the world's largest film festival, where up to 40,000 film professionals also bought and sold titles on the bustling marketplace hidden away from the glitzy promotional circuit of parties and stunts. HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
up with Rent the Runway and created “The Beyonce Boutique.” “Making women feel confident and beautiful is something I’ve always been passionate about,” said by Beyonce in a release, and quoted by The Huffington Post. “That’s why joining forces with Rent the Runway was so organic. It’s more than just access to beautiful clothes; it’s about making women look and feel their best.” You can expect to see sparkles, rompers, Freakum dresses, strapless minis, and beyond, for a much more affordable cost than finding these items in a high-end retail store. And the best part? You can walk out the door knowing your outfit is Beyonce-approved.
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck donned a traditional cap and gown as he was handed an honorary doctorate from one of America's most prestigious universities. The Argo director beamed with pride as he was awarded a fine arts degree from Rhode Island's Brown University in recognition of his acting and filmmaking career, reported E! online. Affleck punched the air with delight as he received the honour and gave a speech to his fellow graduates. Others who received honorary doctorates were author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz, retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan, medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron. Hollywood action star Bruce Willis' daughter Scout, by ex-wife Demi Moore, also graduated from the establishment and the actor's wife Emma Heming-Willis took to her Twitter page to applaud her stepdaughter. In a post, she writes, "Congrats to Scout who graduated from Brown today. Proud day." -SHOWBIZ DESK
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Fatemi, Malik may be envoys to US, UK ISL AM ABAD: Tariq Fatemi and Javed Malik have emerged as front runners for higher diplomatic positions in the US and the UK. According to reliable sources, Tariq Fatemi is expected to be the ambassador to the United Stated. Currently, he is a policy adviser to PML N on foreign affairs. Javed Malik, who is also a foreign relations adviser to Nawaz Sharif, is a front runner for the position of high commissioner to the United Kingdom. The PML-N government in-waiting is expected to make these appointments in the coming days. A well-placed source in the PML-N decision-making apparatus has revealed that various personalities are lobbying for these positions. However, the final decision will be made by Nawaz Sharif. –ALI SAJJAD SHAH
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Saudi King Abdullah clinically dead: report Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is reported to be clinically dead as the monarch is not recently seen in the public, says a report published by Press TV on its website. A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday. He also quoted medical sources in Saudi Arabia as saying that the king’s vital organs, including his heart, kidneys and lungs, have stopped functioning. Doctors are said to have used a defibrillator on him several times. He
is also reported to be alive with the help of a ventilator. The Royal Court has yet to comment on the report of King's death. The aging Saudi monarch has not recently appeared in the public and the country's crown prince is attending official meetings on his behalf. It is the second time in the past months that Asharq Alawsat reports the death of King Abdullah. In November 2012, the daily reported that Saudi king has slipped into coma and was
clinically dead nearly a week after he underwent a 14-hourlong back surgery in a hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The report was later rejected by the Royal Court. The 89-year-old king’s health has declined over the past few years, during which he has been hospitalized several times. Failing health, old age as well as the death of the king’s half-brothers have raised concerns about the future of the oil-rich country in the face of anti-government demonstrations. –MONITORING DESK
66 die in series of car bombs in Baghdad
Jamal Leghari sustains bullet injury while cleaning his gun L AH OR E: Jamal Leghari, son of former president Farooq Leghari, has survived bullet injury in accidental fire by himself in Lahore. Leghari’s sibling Awais Leghari clarified that the gun was mistakenly fired by Jamal himself when he was cleaning it. According to initial reports, Jamal Leghari, received bullets in his arm and has been shifted to a private hospital. According to family sources, Jamal’s condition is out danger as he received medical treatment at the hospital. Jamal has recently won a seat of provincial assembly of Punjab as independent candidate and then he joined victorious MPLN. Awais Leghari denied the reports of miscreants’ attacks, he said that Jamal was injured by his own gun. –ONLINE
Plane threat accused remanded in custody LONDON: Two men accused of endangering a Pakistani airlines plane that had to be diverted to Stansted have been remanded in custody. Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson, Lancashire, appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford. They were arrested after the passenger jet was diverted with an RAF fighter escort to the Essex airport on Friday. –ONLINE
6 Baloch commanders surrender to authorities QU E T TA: Six militant commanders involved in a number of sabotage acts have surrendered to Sibbi authorities. Commander Arzi and five others including Ahmed Khan, Bakht Ali, Sharbat Khan, Bani and Bhaggo Khan surrendered with their families to Sibbi Scouts here on Monday. All of the militants took oath not to indulge in subversive activities and remain loyal to the country. Speaking on this occasion, Col. Afzal Mehmood and DIG Qamarul Hassan expressed gratitude, and provided financial assistance to the former Baloch commanders and their families. –ONLINE
SHC Registrar’s reservations on setting up poll tribunals KARACHI: The Registrar of the Sindh High Court wrote a letter on Monday to the Election Commission of Pakistan expressing reservations over the setting up of election appellate tribunals adding that they (the tribunals) were set up without consulting the Sindh High Court. The letter added that the election tribunals were to be set up with prior consultation with the Chief Justices of the respective provincial High Courts according to the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s orders. The Election Commission had approved formation of 14 election tribunals in the provinces to decide disputes during general elections within 120 days of filing of a petition. –ONLINE
Wind power plant to be connected with national grid ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has directed authorities to connect the wind power project installed by Turkish Zorlu Energy Group at Jhampir with the national grid. The PM presided over the meeting to discuss overall energy situation in the country. During the meeting, he directed that all formalities pertaining to generation and production of 56.4 MW wind power project at Jhampir be completed without delay. –ONLINE
HYDERABAD: Supporters of Arbab Ghulam Rahim dancing to the beat of drum as they celebrate victory of PML-N in elections. –ONLINE
Judges detention case
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Musharraf ’s bail plea put off for four days ISL AM ABAD: A Division Bench of Islamabad High Court adjourned the hearing of bail application of former president Pervez Musharraf in judges’ detention case for four days and demanded entire record of the case. On Monday two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed the hearing of the bail plea of Pervez Musharraf in judges’ detention case. Muhammad Ilyas Siddiqui, the lawyer of Pervez Musharraf submitted an application in the court in which it is stated that the Anti-terrorism Act does not apply in the judges’ detention case. He asked the court that how a person who remained President and Supreme Commander of armed forces of the country could be ascertained a terrorist. He said that the challan was prepared
in the light of statements of those persons, who were not directly affected. There is nothing on the record which can prove that his client gave the orders for house arrest of the judges. The lawyer said that the protester of the case had declared to withdraw the case from the court and not to proceed further in the case during a press conference, whereas there is no any evidence against Pervez Musharraf. The court adjourned the hearing after issuing notices to all concerned parties. Earlier, Haroon Rashid, son of former Principal of Jamia Faridia Lal Masjid Ghazi Abdul Rashid (late) submitted an application in the court through his lawyer Tariq Asad in which he requested the court that case of murder of his father and grandmother against Musharraf is lying pending in the court. –ONLINE
Manmohan’s special envoy meets Nawaz LAHORE: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy SK Lambah on Monday met the president of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif at Lahore. Sharif, the prime minister designate of Pakistan, conveyed his deep appreciation for Singh’s gesture. Lambah’s visit was a follow-up to the telephonic conversation between Singh and Sharif on May 12. “Special envoy Lambah conveyed to mian Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s greetings and good wishes for his tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan,” according to a government statement. Sharif and Lambah took the opportunity to discuss ways to take the dialogue
process forward to address all issues of concern to the two countries and to advance peace, friendship and cooperation between the two South Asian neighbours, the statement added. –MONITORING DESK
JUI-F in talks with PML-N PESHAWAR: Chief of JUI-F Maulana Fazl-urRahman has said his party is engaged with PML-N for formation of new government in the Centre. Addressing a news conference after a meeting of Executive Committee of his party on Monday‚ he said his party has presented its priorities to the PML-N for formation of new government and is waiting for reply. Maulana said parliamentary committee of JUI-F KhyberPakhtunkhwa has been authorized to hold negotiations with other parties in the province and prepare strategy regarding formation of new government. According to media reports, Nawaz is willing to include Maulana Fazl in the cabinet, so that he can bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, he added “however, they are yet to reach a win-win deal.” Post-May 11 elections, JUI-F tried its best to form a provincial government in KhyberPakhtunkhwa with the support of PML-N, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao’s Qaumi Watan Party and successful independent candidates. However, Nawaz Sharif did not give Fazl the go-ahead. In Balochistan too, the party tried to form a coalition government. However, after failing to woo other parties, JUI-F would sit on the opposition benches. –ONLINE
BAGHDAD: A series of car bomb explosions in Baghdad on Monday left at least 66 people dead. Many others were wounded in the attacks that targeted mainly the Shia district of the Iraqi capital. The attacks come amid the growing political and sectarian tension in Iraq, raising fears of the return of the sectarian violence of 2006 and 2007 in which thousands were killed. Iraq has been hit by a wave of bloodshed that has killed more than 350 people in the past two weeks alone. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's bloodshed, but the attacks bore the hallmarks of alQaida's Iraqi arm. The group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, frequently uses car bombs and coordinated blasts in an effort to undermine Iraqis' confidence in the Shiite-led government. The day's deadliest attack happened when two bombs exploded in the eastern Habibiya neighbourhood, which is near the sprawling Shiite district of Sadr City. That attack killed 12 killed and wounded 35, according to police. Twin blasts also struck an openair market in the predominantly Shiite al-Maalif area, killing six and wounding 12 others, two police officers said. Another car bomb exploded in the busy commercial Sadoun Street in central Baghdad. It killed five civilians and wounded 14 others, two other police officers said. Among the wounded were four policemen who were in a nearby checkpoint. The street is one of the major hubs in the capital for clinics, pharmacies and shops. Firefighters were seen struggling to extinguish the flames from the debris of the car bomb as police sealed off the area. Several shops were partially damaged or burned. Elsewhere, police said a car bomb went off in the capital's eastern New Baghdad area as they were waiting for explosives experts to dismantle it,
killing a civilian and wounding nine others. In the northern Sabi al-Boor neighborhood, police said eight civilians were killed and 26 wounded when another car bomb exploded in a market. Meanwhile in the southwestern neighborhood of Bayaa, another car bomb explosion in a market killed six civilians and wounded 16. In northern Baghdad's Kazimiyah district, a car bomb blew up near a bus and taxi stop, killing four and wounding 11 others. And in Baghdad's central Sadria area, a car bomb went off in a market and killed three civilians and wounded 11. In the eastern Jisr Diyala area, a car bomb killed 5 and wounded 12. And in the northern Shaab area, a car bomb killed four and wounded nine. Car bombs also struck the eastern Baladiyat neighborhood, killing four and wounding 11, and the northern neighborhood of Hurriyah, leaving five dead and 14 wounded. In Madain, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of central Baghdad, a car bomb killed three and wounded nine. Medical officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information. Although violence has decreased sharply in Iraq since the height of insurgency, militants are still capable to carry out lethal attacks nationwide. The recent wave of bloodshed has raised tensions between the country's Sunni minority and Shiite-led government. The surge in violence has been reminiscent of the sectarian carnage that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. Alarmed by a nationwide deterioration in the security situation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered a reshuffle in senior military ranks. –AGENCIES
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PML-N seeks resignations from ambassadors accredited to 15 countries ISLAMABAD: The newly elected government of PML-N, before its incumbency has issued notices to Pakistani ambassadors accredited to 15 countries around the world and sought their resignations. Media reports said that the high-ups who were asked to tender their resignations include former secretary and High Commissioner Salman Bashir accredited to India, Masood Khan to United Nations and Jamil Ahmad Khan to UAE. Secretary Foreign Affairs, Jalil Ahmad Abbasi briefed chief of PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif that the abovementioned foreign officers were given the posts only on approach and political basis. PML-N leadership has decided that ambassadors, who were appointed on political basis, will be called to home. Foreign Office has been informed about the decision and the ambassadors should tender their resignations as soon as the tenure of the caretaker government ends, the notice stated. –ONLINE
PTI second largest party in terms of votes I S L AM A BA D: Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan s general election, data released Monday showed, despite finishing third in terms of seats. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) party polled 7.7 million votes in the May 11 election to win 28 national assembly seats, but the Pakistan People s Party (PPP) which led the outgoing government took 32 seats with only 6.9 million ballots. Turnout at the election, which marked the first time a civilian government had completed a five-
year term and handed over power at the ballot box, was 55 percent, the election commission said -- up from 44 percent in the 2008 poll. In total, 46.2 million people voted compared with 36.6 million five years ago, despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations on Election Day. Both PTI and PPP were well behind the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) led by twotime prime minister Nawaz Sharif, which took 126 seats and 14.9 million votes, according to the commission. PML-N officials said they have persuaded 18 independent
lawmakers to join the party, taking them comfortably beyond the 136 seats they need to be sure of a majority in the lower house. In Pakistan s National Assembly, 272 seats are elected directly. A further 70 seats reserved for women and minorities are distributed to parties according to the proportion of general seats they win. Meanwhile, Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has sent a note to President Asif Ali Zardari asking him to convene the National Assembly on Saturday for the swearing-in of new lawmakers. –ONLINE
PTI, coalition parties all set to take power in KP from May 29 PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KP) assembly has been convened on May 29 as Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) is ready to start talks with banned militant organization, Tehrik Taliban Pakistan. The test of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) would start from May 29 as the session of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK) assembly has been summoned on the same day. Governor of KPK has officially convened the session of assembly, where PTI has the largest number of seats. With continuous vows from the party leaders for running a model government in the province, PTI has already finalized matters with Jamaat e Islami and Qaumi Watan Party to form the government. During the first session of the newly elected assembly, the members’ first task will be to elect new Speaker to run the house affairs. PTI’s Asad Qaiser is likely to be elected to Speaker’s office. –ONLINE
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