Another scam to hit Raja Rental and his crony babus
Karachitis asked to pay 8 months’ fuel cost arrears
Sanjay Dutt's absence a huge loss for Policegiri: Prachi
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Drone eliminates deputy chief of Pakistan g
g Pakistan Wali›ur›Rehman among seven killed as US predators target a compound in North Waziristan condemns latest strike
However, casualty figur Myths and Reality in Pakistan targets. . The first of such strikes since the country s League. in killed and three others injured PESHAWAR: A US missile strikewere killed clearly indicate that civilians report accused Washington of refusing US Incoming prime minister NawazMay 11 general elections, after twin missile strikes by US surveillance the number two of the Pakistani main victims. The Pakistani Tali acknowledge that the CIA›led drone drones fired two missiles at atohouse in Sharif, who is preparing to take power plane in Wednesday s wee hours. Taliban, Wali›ur›Rehman, in North are a separate entity allied to campaign undermines efforts to near North called village, the to the government in the first week of June, hasChashma Waziristan region on Wednesday,According three Afghan Taliban. Known as the assess the programme s legality . s Miranshah. drone strikes a "challenge" toWaziristan his sources, the pilotless plane hit with two security officials said in what would be Pakistan (TTP) In the report, the ICG calledTehreek›e›Taliban on the US sovereignty and said Any drone strike is against the missiles a house located near country’s Chashma a major blow in the fight against have launched devastating to establish clearer lines ofthey authority of Washington Bridge close to Miranshah, killing seven must take Pakistaniterritorial integrity and sovereignty militancy. greater against the Pakistani mi Pakistan and we condemn it, aand accountability, including attacks concerns seriously. andtoinjuring few others. The local Wali›ur›Rehman had been poised and civilians. congressional and judicial oversight . ONLINE Foreign Ministry official said Meanwhile, Pakistan condemnedPakistani the people faced hardships in carrying out succeed Hakimullah Mehsud as leader Over the condition of anonymity according to past several years, assassination drone strike,onwhich the relief activities owing toUSthe curfew of the Pakistan Taliban, a senior army Washington has been launching Press TV. claimed the lives of seven people, clamped in the area official based in the South Waziristan On the May US 21, the Brussels›baseddrone attacks on Muslim countries, that the drone attacks by It was the first attack sincesaying historic tribal region, the group’s stronghold, including Pakistan, Somalia, and Crisis Group (ICG) violate Pakistani territorial International integrity. May 11 general elections won by said in December. Yemen, claiming that militants are the a report entitled Drones: the Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim The deadly attack, which was published Reports say at least seven people
PML›N, JUI›F strike deal on power sharing
MQM decides t sit in opposi
ISLAMABAD: All the matters have been settled g on power sharing in Centre Political analysts say that if the M between PML›N and JUI›F KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi and final decision will be Movement (MQM) Wednesday decided to sit on the opposition benches, it w taken during the meeting sit on the opposition benches at give the a tough time to the PPP governmen as PML(Functional), PML›N and PTI are between Nawaz Sharif and federal and provincial level. already Maulana Fazlur Rehman on The Rabita Committee decided this on thein the Provincial Assembly wit reasonable number of seats to make thi this count. directives of parliamentary committee. for the government. Sources said talks were MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari will difficult be the Meanwhile, the MQM has said that held for the second time party s parliamentary leader in the Sindh Balochistan›like situation is being cr between PML›N and JUI›F on Assembly, whereas Sardar Ahmed will in Karachi city. Addressing a press the night between Tuesday participate in the election for chief minister on Wednesday, the MQM and Wednesday after one Sindh. Farooq Sattar will be the conference MQM s leaders condemned the acts of terroris week intermission. Senator parliamentary leader in the National saying Pervez Rashid represented Assembly. According to the Committee s barbarism is ruling the city. Abbas PML›N while Maulana decision, the party will participate inRizvi alleged that plain clothed were kidnapping the MQM workers. The Ghafoor Haideri, JUI›FThursday s election of Chief Minister Sindh secretary general, ledand hisin side this connection nominated MQM Syedstrongly condemned terrorist in the meeting. Sardar Ahmed as its candidate foractivities the slot. and demanded of the KARACHI: Members of Sindh Assembly taking oath during the first session of the new provincial government to arrest culprits the involved Sources said matters Similarly the party decided to contest in such heinous activities. related to power sharing the in election of Speaker and Deputy He demanded that rulers to take noti the federal governmentSpeaker and in Sindh Assembly and party incidents. Rizvi appealed to the political strategy in candidates Khyber filed their nominationsuch papers. theofcity to set up a vigilance comm Pakhtunkhwa featured in In the a meeting, MQM finalized the of name in the city. Rizvi requested Karachiit meeting. Senator Pervez Khawaja Izharul Hassan for the Speaker record videos of cars plying on Karach Rashid held out assurance and Heer Ismail Sohu for Deputy Speaker. roadsofwithout number plates and those that during PML›N Though the PPP has a clear majority suspicious persons and post i government no legislation 86 members in the Sindh Assembly carrying to win QUETTA: Chief Secretary social media websites. The MQM s acti high time to compensate for the mistakes would be enacted contrary to the seats of Speaker and Deputy Speaker Balochistan, Babar Yaqoob ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court judge the past. For God s sake allowQuran the and Sunnah. but the MQM s decision shows thatwere no being targeted in the city which Fateh Muhammad has Justice Jawad S. Khawaja has saidof that actually genocide against the Urdu› country to go in accordance with law. He said the demands Sources agreement has been reached between the refused to make important some black sheep are aligning m Pakistan community, according to the put up by JUI›F were two parties for the formation of speaking a coalition postings and transfersarmy, just and a if someone thinks that said he isthat the army is defending the party s Rabita Committee. country in befitting manner but it should during the government. discussed week before formation above of the law, he would understand ONLINE take care of human rights too. The nation JUI›F was assured meeting. new coalition government in matter gradually. entire armedPML›N was giving a the province. He gave these remarks during thehas lot of expectations from the that serious thought to its Refusal and objectionhearing over of missing persons case forces. Ministry that and JUI›F should demands the transfers of senior including Tasif Ali from Rawalpindi, Umar of Defence told the court Ullah, also demonstrate flexibility. bureaucrats angered interim Hayat, Umar Bakht, Ghulam Sajjad three missing persons including Zakir Ullah and Rashid Gull are in the Sources said that JUI›F Chief Minister Balochistan Ahmed and Noor Bibi from Chakwal Fasih on centre of Military Intelligence demanded it should be given Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Wednesday. He said that time has custodial come at Lakki Marwat. The court ordered two berths in federal cabinet Baroozai on Wednesday.that all the people should stand (MI) up Saeed MinhaS Deputy arrange two of its men be "I have decided to quit courageously for their rights. Now the Attorney General Alizai toand the meeting of these three detainees with ambassadors in appointed since I was bypassed in judiciary would not let wrong practices ISLAMABAD: The chief minister elect of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) govern their parents. The court also sought Muslim countries. On the sending summary for to be continued. Pakistan Tehrik›e›Insaf (PTI), Pervaiz Khattak, is a tax defaulter as report about all the captives, other hand PML›N is notFederal Board of Revenue records, learned The Spokesman. Documents ava convening Balochistan He said that the army has taken detailed the going beyond its stand newspaper point Assembly session," Nawab oath and it could not move beyondlocked this. in the Lucky Marwat centre. reveal that Pervaiz Khattak with an NTN No 2388207›7 has not The bench also instructed DAG toon giving only one berth Baroozai told Dawn.com. He asked that have the heads of army hisinreported income for past two years. As per the records of the FBR, know whereabouts of Brigadier (R)the federal cabinet. Governor Zulfiqar Magsi organizations no heart in their chest that million income for the year 2011 and Rs 3.07 million for the year 2012 court JUI›F while exercisinghas not paid any tax for these two years. However, against an income o convened the assembly they may reunite sons with their Siddiq Khan. One applicant told the Haider in its stance hasKhattak had paid a tax of Rs 44,520. Ironically, Khattak slipped session on June 1st. Hemothers. We came to know lot of that he met an army officer Majorflexibility 2010, at MI office in Mirpur on 7th January this assured PML›N of its however contradicted the factors regarding Balochistan, which filters of the Election Commission of Pakistan during the election scr year, during which he assured to wholehearted release cooperation reports about refusal cannot on the be ignored. We know what is of in the said party had made seven vows to the electorate during his fam Tasif soon, but neither had he kept his government making process part of CS for postings and on in the country. If missing going that he would never lie to the nation. Whether tax default will be con words nor attending telephone. Heinsaid the centre. Sources is said transfers."The Chief persons would not be recovered, then yet to be determined. Despite several attempts, the party s spokesp that he can recognize the Major, Maulana if he Fazlur Rehman could not be reached for her comments. Khattak is an Aitchisonian and Secretary refused to the cases would be registered against comes in front of him. would visit residence of Mian of KP assembly from PK›13 Nowshehra and member of National Asse transfer senior bureaucrats concerned high officials , justice added. member The court expressed sorrow that Nawaz no Sharif at Raiwind5 in a just a week before Justice Khawaja said now no one would bagging 70,000 votes as the candidate PTI. On 13th May 2013, Chairma formation of next go outside the orbit of law. Themeasures securityare being taken for the day or two and the progress Khan nominated Pervaiz as the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, t meeting of the confined persons with achieved so far during province the government", an insider atintegrity of the country depends and where Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik›e›Insaaf (PTI) is the sing their dear ones and adjourned themeetings between the two the meeting between Chief upon rule of law and constitution. It is 35 out of 99 seats.
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Missing persons Baroozai angry at refusal by chief secretary
SC lashes out at
KP’s nominated CM Pervaiz Khattak is a tax defaulter
PPP s 56pc NA candidates govt TahiR niaZ
Jawad Hussain (NA›39); Mustafa Nawaz (NA›219) minister former got 141035 votes; Syed Waseem candidate was fixed at Rs 4000. Though the Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar (NA›105); Hussain votes; (NA›49); former prime minister R federal (NA›of MQM (NA›220) got 135886 Khokhar security deposit is not a big amount but inminister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Mehboob Alam of MQM (NA›242) baggedParvaiz Ashraf (NA›51); Nadeem Afzal Gon 110); Tariq Shabir (NA›129); Mehr Ghulam s politics, one whose security deposit is ISLAMABAD: Around 56 percent of the country PPP s (NA›64); Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi (NA›66); 166836 v Abdul Waseem of MQM (NA› Farid Kathia (NA›161). Interestingly, the otes; PPP forfeited is considered to have been defeated candidates fielded in different national Malik Nawab Sher Wasseer (NA›76); Saeed 243)only got 192638 votes; Syed Asif Hasnain of candidate In total, 4671 candidates werefor NA›40, Khan Daraz bagged assembly constituencies across the humiliatingly. country Iqbal (NA›81); Imtiaz Safdar Warraich (N MQM (NA›255) got 136982 votes and Sajid 1 vote. running national faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of for 272 general seats of the 98); Ch Zulifqar Bhindar (NA›99); Qamar Ahmedfacts of MQM The ECP statistics reveal interesting as (NA›257) got 125405 votes assembly and out of which only 634 (13 their opponents as they got their security Zaman Kaira (NA›106); Nazar Muhammad and in security 8 national assembly constituencies, theall these constituencies, the percent) avert forfeiture of in security deposits forfeited due to getting less than could the Gondal (NA›109); Muhammad Tariq Anees deposits of all the remaining contestants winner got the maximum votes and security deposits. required number of votes. (NA›116); Samina Khalid Ghurki (NA›130); were forfeited due to winners bagging deposits of all the remaining candidates were Prominent According to the ECP statistics, the PPP had among PPP national assembly Chodhadry Manzoor Ahmad (NA›139); Mian of have been In NA›36, Bilal Rehman maximum and losers not crossing 1/8th fielded 234 candidates in differentcandidates national whose security deposits forfeited. Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo (NA›146); Syed Ali the total votes polled in respective (Independent) include former federal minister Arbab stood the winner by bagging assembly constituencies across the forfeited country out Musa Gillani (NA›148); Syed Abdul Qadir constituency. votes and none other amongst the 40 Alamgir Khan (NA›2); Noor Alam Khan9005 (NA›3); of which 131 candidates including former Gillani (NA›151); Syed Ahmad Mujtaba Gil could cross the 6705 votesProminent bar to amongst PPP s national assembly Anwar Saifullah Khan (NA›26); Malakcandidates Azmat federal ministers got their security deposits (NA›152); Ghulam Rabani Khar (NA›177); candidates who could hardly avert forfeiture avert forfeiture of security deposit. In NA›79, forfeited due to their getting lessKhan than(NA›34); 1/8th ofSayed Akhun Zada Chattan their security deposits include Makhdoom Khanzada Shahab Ud Din (NA›194); Javeed PML› (NA›44); Faisal Sakhi Butt (NA›48);Choudhry ZumurradMuhammad Shahbaz Babar of of the total votes polled in respective Iqbal Waraich (NA›196) and Abdul Qadir P N bagged and (NA›11); Waqar Ahmad Khan (NA›24); Khan (NA›54); Shahadat Ali Khan Baloch (NA› the maximum, 118516 votes Khan constituencies. The party had not fielded its (NA›239). By forfeiting security deposit Faisal Karim security deposits of all others including formerKundi (NA›25); Muhammad candidates in 38 national assembly 78); former federal minister Rana Muhammad 4037 national assembly candidates, the Hakeem Khan (NA›32); Najam ud Din Khan PPP federal minister Farooq Saeed Khan were Farooq Saeed Khan (NA›79); Syed Abid constituencies due to multiple reasons. The Lal Muhammad Khan (NA›35);government has earned Rs 16,148,000. forfeited. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui (NA›33); of MQM Hussain Imam (NA›87); former federal security deposit for a national assembly
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Another scam to hit Raja Rental and his crony babus ormer Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is not unlikely to be spared by the courts on corruption charges—along with many Federal Secretaries, including former PSPM and Cabinet Secretary. And this is not just about the infamous power rental case in which former NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari may have helped him by diluting the case. In all likelihood, Raja is set to go to the gallows in the People’s Works Programme-II case. The story goes that Raja got senior government officials allocate him Rs 43 billion in the last leg of his government. Half of this was reallocated from the development funds illegally without seeking concurrence of the relevant Ministries. He also got a an illegal order issued to control the Auditor General’s office through the Controller General Account (CGA) and the Finance Ministry for quick release of the funds. The funds were supposed to be used for the election but in reality it was a big scam as normal procedures were violated to the hilt. The Finance Division issued orders on the instructions that all the officers posted in the Auditor General’s office would be administered by the CGA. This was a gross violation as the AG office exists as a check on the Finance and other Ministries and could not be put under it. The CGA is an accounting office and could not be trusted as the In-charge of the AG office. The Supreme Court has taken up the case while also asking for a special auditing of the PWP-II, which has been found to be dubious. The Courts have given a deadline of two weeks for a report in the reallocation of the funds. Sheshnag has learnt that the auditors have found gross irregularities involving all the government servants who deliberately passed the orders. This includes former PSPM Seerat and former Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethis and the Secretaries of Finance and, Planning and Development. Each one of them was either party to the scam or was guilty of a serious lapse on their part for ignoring the interests of their Ministries. Our moles say the case is about the hit the roof in the coming fortnight.
Sharif family at it again? he name of Sharif family in shady business deal has come up days before Nawaz Sharif plans to become the Prime Minister. Journalist Rauf Klasra hints at Salman Shahbaz, who is the younger son of Shahbaz Sharif, as the person who may have been involved in the controversy over a milk plant. Klasra writes that Former Federal Secretary Dr Zafar Altaf faces a case in court because he resisted the business interests of Salman. The young Sharif was earlier named by Malik Riaz in his infamous interview on Dunya TV as his favourite whiz kid. He seems to develop fondness for limelight lately, coming on TV talk shows to defend the party. Now, he is believed to be in the business of milk supply. His politician brother, Hamza Shahbaz is believed to be a big boy in the business of poultry. No harm in politicians doing business and particularly when the Sharifs come from business family. But it’s about time the family gives details of its assets and businesses. This should not just be a random figure of their asses but the details of what else they are doing and the worth of their projects. Otherwise, it will be a repeat of the 1990s when the family was accused of adding their business during their time in government. We see a huge conflict of interests here and the PML (N) should come clean on this.
Gujrat tragedy — OGRA mulls ban on CNG use in public transport SAHTAK BALOCH ISLAMABAD: Following the tragic incident of a school van CNG cylinder blast happened in Gujrat, the OGRA has sought from the federal and provincial governments to clamp immediate ban on the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in public transport vehicles (PSVs) to prevent deadly accidents. Reiterating its earlier stance of complete ban on filling of CNG in PSVs as it is a continuous source of loss of precious human lives, the regulator through a letter to Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources has asked to take action against Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) related accidents in PSVs as most top priority. Recently, at least 18 children out of 24 and a teacher were reportedly killed when a private school bus caught fire in Gujrat on Saturday (May 25). The blaze was apparently caused by a spark when the driver of the dual-fuel van switched from gas to petrol. However, Available copy of OGRA’s letter pertaining CNG fire related accidents in public service vehicles dated 29 May disclosed that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has asked the Secretary Petroleum that ‘CNG fire related accidents are on the rise despite the fact that extensive time and energy has been spent on formulation of Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs). The chief justice of Lahore High Court has taken serious notice of loss of precious human life and property in such accidents and that case is pending in the learned court’. “The Authority vide its various letters
addressed to Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources, Chief Secretaries Transport/Inspector Generals of Police and a recent letter dated 10th May, 2013 had been requested to immediately take action against the uncertified Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) with CNG cylinder installed beneath the seats and those installed with un-certified CNG kits and fittings. No worthwhile results of this exercise have been achieved and the recent incident of Gujrat dated May 25, 2013 is an eye opener for all stake holders,” OGRA letter said, adding,” It is therefore proposed that all the Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs) may be requested to launch a massive Campaign against the PSVs plying on the roads in collaboration with National
Highway & Motorway Police and seal all the un-authorised/uncertified vehicles with CNG cylinders fitted beneath the seats/passengers compartment.” Earlier, OGRA Chairman Sabir Hussain in a meeting - which was also attended by representatives of APCNGA, relevant officials of Hydrocarbon Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), OGRA and the Explosives Department to discuss various preventive measures to avoid occurrence of fire incidents in CNG fitted public transport - had directed All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) to immediately stop refuelling vehicles buses, cars and wagons with cylinders installed beneath the passenger seats or on roof tops as such installation is in violation of the Safety Code.
During the meeting APCNGA submitted its plan for certification of vehicles at authorised workshops/CNG Stations to eliminate refuelling of unauthorised/substandard CNG converted public transport vehicles ie buses, mini-buses, vans, mini-vans, etc. The meeting also decided that APA, OGRA, HDIP and the Explosives Department would continue to conduct surprise inspections of the CNG Stations for strict compliance of the conditions of the licence to ensure public safety. And, in case of non-compliance, the defaulter CNG stations will be disconnected and punitive action shall be taken against the violators under the law. However when contacted with Chairman All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, he chanted a very different mantra and denied tragic happening of CNG cylinder blast. He categorically declared that so far no accident of CNG cylinder blast reported. Even no clue found against CNG cylinder blast in recent Gujrat school van, he added. A senior leader of CNG association (APCNGA) also deplored that OGRA had wasted their hard earned money worth in million rupees in the establishment of workshops in the name of training to the staff involved in CNG industry. However, there is no use of spending million rupees on these workshops as no training and education was ever given by the concerned government officials. He also made it clear that OGRA being a regulator has no authority to close CNG business.
AG Buland Rana accused of corruption SAHTAK BALOCH ISLAMABAD : All Pakistan Audit and Accounts Welfare Organisation (APAAWO) has allegedly blamed the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP), Muhammad Akhtar Buland Rana, for misuse of power, promotion of corruption, and appointing junior officers on senior posts with known weak financial and moral integrity during his two years tenure. All Pakistan Audit and Accounts Welfare Organisation has also blamed that Rana has secured illegally multiple passports including a Canadian passport and travel in and outside Pakistan on those passports without according approval of the competent authority and without securing an NOC from the government of Pakistan. However, spokesperson to the Auditor General of Pakistan has denied all the allegations charged against Rana. All Pakistan Audit and Accounts Welfare Organisation has said that Auditor General of Pakistan has purchased land, houses and property of million of rupees in Lahore, Multan and his native town through bribery, corruption and misuse of power during the last two years. They also blamed that Rana has supported his brother Rana Afsar in his election at Jalalpur Pirwala (his native town) and compelled his subordinate officers and staff to provide vehicles, petrol and money to him and influence other departments through audit officers. All Pakistan Audit and Accounts Welfare Organisation also said a reference filed by ex-minister of state for information Sumsam Bokhari, for removal of Rana through the Supreme Judicial Council and initiation of investigation by the NAB, was based on plausible and reliable evidence which unequivocally proves that AGP has been involved in corruption, misconduct, willful misuse of authority and repeated violation of oath of the office.
The organisation said Rana is accused of sexually harassing a female officer, who was her colleague, and later after his appointment as auditor general he harassed her and witnesses who have appeared against him in the said case. The same was also confirmed from the August 2010 letter of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) under the subject of "undesirable activities of ExCMA officer" and it has also been revealed that in 2007, the officer was involved in a sexual harassment case against a grade-19 officer of Karachi and the inquiry ordered into the incident confirmed the alleged moral turpitude of the officer. Faced with the option of either open inquiry or to proceed on long leave, Rana accepted to go on one-year leave. When the inquiry against him was pending, he tried in vain to settle in Canada. Therefore, he curtailed his long leaves and initiated a campaign of vilification and defamation against the then Auditor General of Pakistan and other officers including victim lady officer in the court of Senior Civil Judge and
session judge Islamabad. The organisation also accused Rana of appointing/posting junior officers on senior posts with known weak financial and moral integrity and thereby causing huge loss to the public exchequer ranging millions of rupees. Moreover, he ignored the complaints filed against them by various sources including CGA Islamabad. The organisation also said that promotion of Rana to grade-22 was not in accordance with rules and the policy guidelines given by the Supreme Courts as much as he had not completed a mandatory period of two years in grade 21. Hence he was not entitled to be placed in the panel of officers who were considered for appointment as Auditor General of Pakistan. The organisation quoted a letter of ISI of August 2010 stating Rana has been found traveling abroad on four different passports (3 Pakistan and one Canadian) and using two National Identity Cards between the period of April 2004 and December 2009, there exits 15 entries as per immigration recorded with five departure entries endorsed on a Canadian passport. While denying all the allegations, the Spokesperson to Auditor General of Pakistan has said that Rana did not purchase any property in Lahore/ Multan and Jalalpur Pirwala and also there is no truth in supporting his brother in election. The spokesperson said that reference filed by Sumsam Bokhari for removal of the Auditor General of Pakistan, Rana Buland Akhtar is sub judice matter therefore he could not comment on it. The spokesperson also termed the securing illegal multiple passports a baseless story. He also said that transferring/postings are routine matters and added that government of Pakistan has promoted Rana to grade-22 from 21 and he personally has no role in it. Similarly, the spokesperson also rejected the allegations of sexual harassment.
TMA Rawalpindi Scandal
Abbassi, Awan crippled Khadem-a-ala's governance in Pindi ALI SAJJAD SHAH RAWALPINDI: Political influence of the former MNAs of PML (N), Hanif Abbassi and Shakeel Awan has crippled Tehsil Munciple Administration (TMA) operations to the extent that embezzlements, recruitment in violation of rules and blatant grease palming has become norm of the day. Encroachments, illegal buildings, mismanagement, misappropriation in development funds remain the hallmark of the days when both the former MNAs were ruling the TMA through their hand-picked appointees. Officers of TMA are openly charging 5 to 10 per cent ‘commission’ on every contract claiming that “we are giving ‘monthly’ to both the political bosses.” Punjab government earlier provided Rs1 billion annually to TMA out of which a sum of Rs520 million is meant for infrastructure and development of town. This is to be used for repair of nullahs and streets, for covering manholes, installing and maintaining streetlights and to cover nullahs in 46 union councils of the town. But, unfortunately only 15 per cent work has been done in 11 months of the current financial year. TMA Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa while confirming all these facts and figures told Spokesman
that he could not do anything because of political appointments to major posts in the department. Town Officer (Infrastructure and Development) Wasiqullah Qureshi admitted that political pressure did not allow him to do anything. He admitted allegation of giving ‘monthly’ to higher authorities. He also admitted that majority of streetlights were out of order but repairs are going on. However, he declined to name the high-ups to whom he gave monthly and requested that such a question may not be put to him. Citizens have addressed several applications to higher authorities against bad governance in TMA. They complained against rising encroachments which are one of the main reasons of the worst traffic jams in the city which have almost become a permanent nuisance. They also said staff of the building department was behaving like silent spectator to illegal constructions. A number of high-rise buildings, plazas and marriage halls are spurting all around. However, they suffer from many deficiencies. They have no emergency exists and no adequate fire safety measures which negate the tall claims of the city district government that their directives in this connection are being followed strictly. Moreover, around 21,000 streetlights out of total 32,000 are out of order while majority
of manholes and nullahs are uncovered. The officials on key posts allow mohallah streets to be dug upside down with shovel machines and they are left unattended for weeks if not months. The repair work is mostly done after the commission is settled. Similarly, encroachment mafia has spread its fangs almost everywhere. Encroachments are galore particularly in Raja Bazaar, Bara Bazaar, Narankari Bazaar, Namak Mandi, Trunk Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Ganjmandi, Kohati Bazaar, Commercial Market, Sadiqabad Bazaar, Muslim Town
Bazaar and several other bazaars in town. The encroachment mafia not only occupies roads but footpaths too, depriving pedestrians of their right to use footpaths. The mafia continues encroaching with impunity and without any fear. The officials of TMA who could check them allegedly receive Rs2.5 to 3 million as ‘monthly’ from encroachers. Citizens also pointed out the civic body orders of 29 April, 2013, appointing three junior clerks and a security supervisor as inspectors in anti-encroachment department. They complained that the appointments were made on political basis.
After halting its anti-encroachment campaign due to alleged lack of cooperation by higher officials, RTA has started legalising the status of illegally constructed plazas. Spokesman also learnt that plans to demolish the illegal buildings were abandoned because of political pressure. Former MNA Malik Shakeel Awan of PML-N however rejected the impression saying that no party member has ever used political pressure. However he admitted that, “We did suggest that they (administration) may consider legalising the plazas that had already been constructed instead of putting the investment to waste.” The majority of the illegally constructed plazas had been built in violation of building codes and bylaws. During its anti-encroachment drive, the provincial government razed several such commercial plazas in Lahore, later extending the effort to other cities, including Rawalpindi. Earlier, former Rawal Town Administrator Arshad Warraich sealed 12 multi-storey plazas and other commercial buildings that had violated approved building plans with floors and basements being in excess of prescribed limits. After sealing, the investors were told not to hire shops in these plazas. For this bold action to enforce law, Arshad Warraich was
made an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) allegedly by former MNA Hanif Abbasi. This effectively relieved him of the responsibility to seal and prosecute illegal plazas. The sealed buildings were located in Raja Bazaar, Bara Market, Benazir Bhutto Road, Iqbal Road, Liaquat Road, Saidpur Road, City Saddar Road and Mochi Bazaar. Town Officer (Regulation) Aftab Chohan said that the machinery and equipment required for demolition were not provided to the administration. “Despite numerous requests, the higher authorities did not provide us with the required police force to take action against the big guns,” he complained. When this correspondent contacted TMA Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa, he confirmed all facts and figures, and said that he could not do anything due to political appointments to major posts. He said, “I cannot even transfer a corrupt official to some other seat. If I transfer him, the corrupt officer would again come to his earlier position,” he claimed. He also admitted that key post officers including Town Officer (Infrastructure and Development) takes 5 to 10 per cent commission on every contract. They cannot put everything straight because they do not have political backup, he said.
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Peshawar’s man travels to capital to seek CJ’s help
SHO says police not to take action against killers unless SSP orders to do so
ISLAMABAD: In order to achieve justice, a man has travelled from Peshawar to Islamabad where he has appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudary to provide him justice in the murders of his father and brother, who were gunned down on October 20, 2010 in the limits of GulBakht police station in Peshawar. Muhammad Fayyaz, 28, while talking to The
Spokesman said that his father along with his brother Nasrullah were killed in broad daylight by Ghulam Siddique and his son Abid Ali in front of NADRA. He said he registered an FIR, but the case proceedings have been slowed down since the criminals happen to be connected with highly influential people of the province. “I registered the FIR in GulBakht Police Station and has enlightened the Station house officer Abdul Hameed Khan about the hideout
of the criminals but he didn’t take action against them as they were connected with SHO, and as such the police had deliberately slowed down the case proceedings,” he said. He said he had come from Mardan to inform the media about the mistreatment of the Peshawar police. He said that instead of providing him justice his house has been seized by culprits who alleged that they were connected with some highly influential people.
Fayyaz told media persons that he has given detailed accounts of the murders to KP’s IG of police but no action has been taken against the culprits. "The main reason I came to Islamabad is to inform the media about injustice meted out to us by the Peshawar police, with the help of a feudal lord. My father was the only bread earner of the family. He was killed in broad daylight. Later on our house was occupied by the killers.” Now the victim family has no place to live and
its members have been protesting against injustice for the last several months by staging sit-ins in front of Peshawar Press Club. When contacted, SHO Abdul Hmeed Khan of the relevant station said the police would not take any action against the killers unless the Peshawar SSP ordered them to do so. Despite making several attempts to contact the SSP for his version by calling on his telephone number, he did not pick the call.
PM directs protection to polio teams
Outages schedule for Islamabad areas ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Electric Supply Company on Wednesday issued a power suspension programme for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to the IESCO spokesman, due to electricity maintenance/development work, the power supply from the following feeders/grid stations would remain suspended: On Thursday (May 30th) and on Tuesday (June 4), there will no power supply from 9am to 1pm to H-8 feeder, WAPDA Staff College, Al-Shifa Hospital, Federal Judicial Academy and Federal Board, National Language. On Sunday (June 2) from 9am to 1pm, the supply from 132KV NPF Grid Station, the following feeders and areas will be affected: Koral feeder, Lohi Bher, Ghouri Town Phase-IV and surrounding areas. ONLINE
PIMA rejects MBBS evening courses ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association has said that MBBS evening course at Chandka Medical College is not recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. It is a violation of PMDC Ordinance 1962 and Medical and Dental Amendment Act 2012. The doctors’ community strongly condemns the entry tests for admission to SMBBMU Larkana for evening medical college. PIMA President Dr Misbahul Aziz termed the start of evening medical colleges a commercial venture and the ‘death’ of medical education in the country. “This is a racket for making money and destroying medical education. PMDC should clarify its stance on evening education,” he said. ONLINE
21 families of missing persons visit ICED ISLAM ABAD: Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances Wednesday said that 21 families of missing persons visited the commission, according to a press release issued here. The commission said that ICED President Javed Iqbal and member Muhammad Sharif Virk facilitated and heard the families of the missing persons and passed orders on their applications to the authorities concerned for registration of the case and for redressal of their grievances. The aggrieved families expressed full satisfaction over the working and processing of cases by the commission. ONLINE
Orders inquiry into killings
Vehicles standing in a long queue to get CNG from a CNG station in Islamabad. ONLINE
PM approves national policy for expatriates
First-ever policy to encourage investment, to facilitate deals through legal channels
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has approved first-ever national policy for overseas Pakistanis aimed to protect, conserve and provide sustainable tools to encourage investment, to facilitate foreign investment through legal channels, to facilitate their welfare and protection to their assets. The decision was taken when Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Feroz Jamal Shah Kakakhel called on Prime Minister Khoso and briefed him about the salient features of the national policy at the PM’s House. The approval was granted in wake of the principle approval of the policy by the cabinet in its meeting held on May 9, 2013. Dilating on the salient features of the policy, the minister said that it has been made though a consultative process with all stakeholders including different ministries, Board of Investment, Federal Board of Revenue, Overseas Employment Foundation beside holding seminar. The policy also provides for a selfcontributory pension scheme which has already been launched and would be made more attractive by enhancing facilities.
USAID Entrepreneurs Project Chief of Party Suzi Slumback speaking during an MoU-signing ceremony with Shakarganj Food Products and Hashoo Foundation at a local hotel. ONLINE
Dr. Aishath Shehenaz Adam, High Commissioner of the Maldives meeting Federal Minister for Interior Malik Habib Khan at Ministry of Interior. ONLINE
Visitors posing for a photo during the launch of ‘Pappa Roti’ at Centaurus. ONLINE
The national policy envisages increase in the existing grant of financial assistance to the destitute families in the event of sudden death or disability. The increase in grant would also be reviewed periodically. The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis would also facilitate free transportation of bodies of expatriates where PIA service is not available including transportation from airport to the deceased’s native town/village. The policy encourages increase liaison with foreign governments in matters of recruitment, assistance to resolve difficulties and disputes between employers and workers, simplification of procedure to acquire Computerised National Identity Cards, passports and foreign remittance cards. The government would appoint special focal persons in regional polices offices and in the district/city government offices to look into and resolve the issues of the expatriates. The government will also support activities undertaken by members of Pakistani Diaspora to promote art, culture, music, literature and crafts as well as festivals in host countries. The policy
for overseas Pakistanis also provides for establishment of a database of overseas Pakistanis for updated information, analysis, policy intervention and welfare initiatives. Under the policy, an Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council (OPAC) would be established with objective of welfare and participation in the national development. The policy stipulates consideration of looking into the means to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis’ right of vote. To encourage remittances and investment, the policy provides to expand duty credit to other household items to encourage remittances through banking channels. The State Bank of Pakistan will initiate schemes with attractive profit rates for foreign currency deposits and would draw a mechanism to eliminate difference between market and official rate of exchange for increasing inflow of remittance. The State Bank would also introduce National Award for leading remitters. Special investment fund trust and schemes would be established to offer loans to overseas Pakistanis at attractive interest rates. ONLINE
I SL AM ABAD: Condemning killing of a polio worker in Peshawar and attacks on polio teams in the strongest possible words, Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed authorities concerned to give complete protection to the polio teams. He said that those responsible for the attacks cannot weaken the resolve of the government. The government was committed to a polio-free Pakistan and no hurdle would be allowed to stand in the way of this mission, he said. Terming those martyred during the anti-polio campaigns as national heroes, he said that polio eradication was a national goal which was being nurtured by the sacrifices of the masses. Khoso said that it was regrettable that Pakistan was among the few countries where polio still existed, vowing that no effort would be spared to eradicate polio from the country. He said that polio eradication campaign enjoyed national consensus, adding that no cause that had a national ownership and complete political backing behind it could be defeated by a handful of misguided elements. The prime minister urged the need of co-opting religious scholars, local khateebs, lawmakers and media for sensitising the masses about imperative of polio vaccination. He said that polio was a dangerous virus which played havoc with the future of children. “We are not ready to allow it free run as it was the question of our future,” he said. He said that the government’s antipolio strategy was characterised by a combination of political ownership, strong oversight arrangements and strict accountability system. Highlighting the importance of community outreach programmes, he said that the community ownership was a key to defeat all such elements who were opposed to polio campaigns. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in peace who laid down her life for a national cause. ONLINE
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Nawaz Sharif ’s pragmatism PML-N emerged as a single majority party securing 126 seats in May elections. After 18 independents having joined the PML-N, and an addition of 35 women seats and 6 minority seats, its numerical strength in the national assembly is 185, against 172 seats required to form the government. Before elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif had appealed to the people to vote for PML-N to make it a majority party, because in case of hung parliament or split mandate he will not be able to implement the party agenda. People gave him more than what he had asked for, and now they expect of him to take steps to make their lives livable. Before elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif made promises that if PML-N came into power, it would solve the problems of load shedding, unemployment, inflation and terrorism. Such promises had raised the expectations of the people, and now people expect of the PML-N to at least show the direction and resolve that those promises would be fulfilled. As regards load shedding, Nawaz says there is no quick fix. Addressing the Yaum-i-Takbeer function at Lahore, Nawaz Sharif said his government would make all-out efforts to tackle Pakistan's energy crisis, but warned people that they should not expect solutions in days and months. He pledged that the incoming PML-N government would make efforts to overcome the problem as soon as possible. He said: “It could take years to overcome the crisis, as new coal-based plants would need up to three-and-half years to start producing power while bagassebased plants proposed to be set up in sugar mills would require up to 18 months to begin operations”. In fact, he should not have raised expectations in the first place; however, now he should tell the people that PML-N experts’ teams are working on a plan for first 100 days, so they should wait till that time. He should not tell the people to wait for years to see his economic miracle, as it can backfire. Of course, the PMLN government has a difficult task ahead. And now pragmatism seems to have replaced the rhetoric. For example, he was opposed to going around with the begging bowl, and also against IMF loans with harsh conditionalities. But he would have to seek help from friendly countries and also approach the IMF for loans to pay back the earlier loans to escape the default. The PML-N in its manifesto is resolved to address the problems of terrorism, inflation, load-shedding, and one would know the direction of the government only after it is installed within one week when it will unveil its plan for first 100 days. Nawaz Sharif hit the nail on its head when he said the government would control electricity theft, line losses and corrupt practices in distribution companies. However, there should be zerotolerance to tax evasion and corruption. He should immediately replace the inept and incompetent heads of public sector organizations with the competent and honest personnel, to avert the losses of hundreds of billions to the exchequer. By bringing informal economy in the tax net, the revenue can be increased by at least Rs.1500 billion. Given the will and determination, this is achievable.
‘State-sponsored’ corruption in police CH FARAKH SHAHZAD Police in Pakistan has a terrible reputation. It is often considered as a public service which often refuses to reform itself in accordance with the dynamic demands of today. When the Police Order of 2002 sprang into action, a decade ago, it was anticipated with a greater degree of hope and optimism. It was a wishful thinking that the new charter, being a panacea of all policing problems, will surely address overnight all the injustice of history with the click of a button. But after a lapse of more than a decade, the reality is as elusive as it was at the time of Police Ordinance of 1860. The things might have taken a different course only if the angels had been descended from sky to operate in letter and spirit the Police Order 2002. This article is not intended to defend Police but it is imperative to have a full picture of our social landscape where police has to operate within its framework. As a crimefighting body, Police is always blamed for inefficiency in every country. We need to understand the fact that police is the last line of defense to preserve society from the harmful tendencies of a smaller group of deviated and misguided people. The role of police is similar to that of a goal keeper in a foot ball team. When the attackers of the rival team beat all the defenders; nothing happen but if the goal keeper is beaten everybody shouts at him for failure. If our other social organizations such as family, school and clergy are working properly; the society does not need police. The role of Police starts when these institutions fail to have their due impact on society. Police is the last resort to pose deterrence because in keeping people straight, morality and principles are not as powerful as a policeman. It is beyond any figment of doubt that a fair, responsible, ethical and efficient criminal justice system is an important factor in the promotion of economic and social development
and of human security. Police is just one of the three components of the criminal justice system; judiciary and prisons are the other elements. Whenever we talk about the flaws of the criminal justice, we deliberately or otherwise, single out police as responsible for all evils. Poverty is mother of all the crimes as a hungry man is always an angry man. In a society where more than 50 million people (and still increasing) live below the bread-line, the shooting up of crime data is an obvious outcome. It is under these circumstances that law and order crisis in Pakistan has continued to deepen over time, and in recent years the police have been increasingly unable to cope with its increased responsibilities, particularly with regard to combating serious crime. The law enforcement experts say that a number of factors are considered as the serious constraints undermining the police system of Pakistan. Firstly, we have an outdated legal and institutional framework devised for nineteenth century India consisting of isolated villages with hardly any urbanization or industrialization. Moral decadence and declining values had not reached to a present day level. Secondly, arbitrary and whimsical running of police by the executive authority of the state at every level is a contributory factor. Police officers are taught to disobey the unlawful orders of their superiors but this is an academic issue only. Thirdly, policemen are recruited, trained, promoted and posted without regard to merit and mainly for their subservience to people with influence and power. There are other equally important issues including inadequate accountability, poor incentive systems, widespread corruption and severe underresourcing of law and order. Each of these factors needs a detailed study under separate heads. Bringing up fresh reports or carrying out new studies is not the answer. It is rather a waste of time and energies. The universal truths about police are
like an open secret. The problem is with the implementation to root out the menace. A crucial point is where to start the reform process. The other day, I was sitting with a young, energetic and diligent police officer of Punjab Police who termed police officers as ‘Mazloom Zalim’ (the oppressed tormentors). His argument was based on the ironical fact that they are dubbed as tormentors but quite contrary to that they are the oppressed victims of the police system put in place by the state. Having spent best part of my life in a foreign police force I was perplexed to hear the other side of the story from this gentleman overflowing with a strong urge and initiative but bound by the dictates of his SOPs. Some of the eye-opening realities of day to day work of an SHO reveal that state itself is the cause of all the corruption in police at Thana level. The system instigates the SHO to violate all norms to offset the daily expenses of Thana in the discharge of his duties. In fact, the state impliedly grants a tacit approval to SHO for extortion and bribery through the threats of false registration of criminal cases whatsoever. One can be surprised to note that it cost around Rs. 30,000/- in the entire police proceedings in a murder case. It ranges from transportation charges, chemical examination fees, postmortem charges etc. The SHO is bound to expend this money from his own pocket until he got a refund from the state exchequer. It is important to note that he receives only one third of the actual expenses after a lapse of six months to one year. There is no allotment of stationery in Thana. An FIR registration procedure needs 10 copies of each document that is multi paged in some case for distribution to all concerned. If an average 20 FIRs are registered in a Thana, SHO will spend more than Rs. 500/- daily without any chance of refund. There are an average 8 to 10 detainees in the lock up of a Thana and it is the responsibility of SHO to
provide them meals. Some of them have access to their next of kin who provide food but a certain number of them have no visitor. There is one police mobile in each Thana which has a daily allowance of 10 liters petrol that is not enough for the rigorous patrolling in the jurisdiction of Thana. The jeep runs out of fuel at about 4.00 pm and the remaining period have to be covered by petrol purchased from personal account of the SHO. It is because he has to respond all emergencies such as accidents, robberies and public disturbances.Here the million dollars question is that how will an employee having monthly salary of Rs. 30,000/afford to spend more than Rs. 1000,000/- each month just to keep his house in proper order. He will definitely cover the cost from complainants or accused parties against illegal favours. These points are often over looked by senior law enforcement authorities as petty issues but they have to wake up to realize that a small leak if unchecked for years is enough to sink a heavy ship. The plight of aggrieved citizens on non-registration of FIRs has an interesting interpretation. The crime registration data of the last year is always taken as a benchmark for comparative analysis. This key performance indicator is established regardless of the other indicators like increase in population and poverty in the area is road block to efficient policing. No attention is given to the potential cost of this scheme (the human cost). SHOs conscious of their ‘paper-performance’ are turning away the victims to keep their crime rates at lowest edge. The police culture, as it stands today, cannot be transformed overnight. But the challenge for the new government is to take immediate remedial measures to reverse these trends. It is heartening to hear that the leadership of the PMLN is determined to “change the system” and other political forces like PTI seem to be in agreement. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCER
Political Self SHOUKAT ALI The elections in the world are contested based on ideologies as it decides the ruler. There are many political wings based on ideologies which bifurcate humankind. The well-known are the Left and the Right. Colors are the symbols of ideologies. Most favorite amongst are red and green. Green brings the metaphysics into the realm of politics while red declines metaphysics. Red is an egalitarian color and represents oppressed social classes. Its scope is wide as the humanity is its subject matter. Exploiting the colors, both wings contest the elections. The leaders bring their manifestos in front of public and beg their support in the form of balloting. Public keenly goes through the given manifestos and decides the future of country. It is always remarkable to engage public in political matters and is beneficial for the state. Political leaders endeavor to win the heart and trust of the people that best serves the interests of their country. Situation however in Pakistan is totally different. There are no live debates based on ideologies instead vulgar language is often heard. Political leaders are often afraid to own school of thoughts which they bracket themselves to. Instead they are sometimes apologetic towards their chosen ideologies. It is because they are mostly opportunists. To name few left wing political parties in
Judicial rape of the executive ! This decision of the SC reminds me of the great epic poem "The Rape of the Lock. It has rendered many controversies; decision in the past. It has made the mockery of Justice. All phrases like Justice is blind. All are equal before law. No one is above law, Justice delayed is justice denied, justice should not only be done but appear to be done. The heap of controversial decisions has been piled up. The decisions are rendered in a haste to punish the executive and make it paralyzed. Mukhtaran Mai case decision
Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Mutahidda Quomi Movement (MQM) are known as leftists. Every party wants to translate its mob into ballot papers. Ironically educated class in Pakistan has been indifferent to the elections and never took part in. On one hand illiterate people have been casting votes for years while on the other hand there have been frequent military interventions in the affairs of the state. The remains of Pakistan are the reminiscent of both the factors. As a result, Pakistan has become a failing State. We do not see any political ‘self ’ in the past. Instead money and might have been deciding the fate of Pakistan. However, the people of Pakistan have learnt the lesson from the history and they have played a decisive role in the current general elections. They might have lost the elections but found political self and conscience. No one is happy (neither the winners nor the losers) except the people of Pakistan .They came out from their luxury houses and showed their political self to the world against realpolitik. They have engaged themselves in political talks and kept themselves associated with their respective party’s manifesto. In Pakistan, people are emotional to the extent of craze. Surprisingly twins born in Lahore on elections day were named after the winning horses. In the past, practices were
speaks volumes about the performance and denial of justice. Maulvi Tamiz-ud-Din Khan case was denial of justice as well as misinterpretation of the constitution. Bhutto case was declared judicial murder. How many more such decisions will there be in its archery. The recent decision in NAB’s Chairman case has topped all the rest. It can be rightly declared the Rape of the executive. The concept of the separation of powers has been crucified by the activism of the unbridled SC. The people do not realize the devastating effects of these unpopular decisions. One day they will mourn the death of justice system and the blood will be on their hands, that will not be cleaned by the water of seven seas. Javed Bashir Islamabad
Hidden charges and fees We are facing this cheating of overcharging and inclusion of hidden charges and fees in the name of service charges by the telecom sector. Since the mobile service has become a necessity of modern day living. We cannot think of abandoning the mobile use. The fees are regularly increased and added to the bills of
different. Sixty percent of total population never voted while in the current general elections sixty percent have cast their votes in the elections. The Election Commission of
have pushed the public with the hope that these elections may bring some relief for them. The fading political colours and slogans have not been the matter of interests for the peoples of Pakistan but their ‘selves’ only. Therefore the intellectuals from all over the world are showing their displeasure. Political forces have not pleased the public of Pakistan. Therefore the post election situation of Pakistan has become worse. Most of them see the dark future of the country. As Noam Chomsky says, “Under corrupt and regressive Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan has no future.” On the other hand, evergreen ruler of Pakistan is not at ease while seeing the GOVT of PTI in KPK. He has tried and still is striving to outclass PTI. But PTI, JI and Watan Party have joined hand in KPK. This trica has been successful in pushing JUI F back. In short, the people are opining that no matter which party or colour has won, the only matter of interest for them is that people of Pakistan have been successful in winning the elections and they have defeated realpolitik to the great extent for their country election commission of Pakistan, nor the political parties. The only visible change in the sake barring their leaders aside. May the people of Pakistan be benefited and their recent elections has taken place that sixty voting bring some relief for them and their percent of the total registered voters have political selves may shine. exercised the power of their vote. It is all because of the problems like energy crisis, THE WRITER IS A FREELANCER economic recession, inflation, and many more have played a significant role in the urban areas of Pakistan. Rural areas have almost played on the traditional harp. So the credit of sixty percent turnout neither goes to the
No one is happy (neither the winners nor the losers) except the people of Pakistan .They came out from their luxury houses and showed their political self to the world against realpolitik. They have engaged themselves in political talks and kept themselves associated with their respective party’s manifesto. In Pakistan, people are emotional to the extent of craze. Surprisingly twins born in Lahore on elections day were named after the winning horses. In the past, practices were diﬀerent. Sixty percent of total population never voted while in the current general elections sixty percent have cast their votes in the elections Pakistan has been successful by telling the people that there would be deployment of army outside as well inside the sensitive and the most sensitive polling stations. It not only attracted the people to vote, but also erased the threats of terrorism from their minds. Manifestos and the institutions of the state
non - suspecting customers. Apart from these hidden charges, extra profit is made by introducing marketing gimmicks. We usually receive a message to call a certain number and get information to claim 5 million that we have won courtesy U-fone or some other mobile company. Some uncanny operatives are taking advantage of the people by exploiting them in the name of giving them prize money promised over the SNS or by calling on the phone. This cheating must be stopped by the close monitoring of these mobile companies by the PTA, the regulating authority for the mobile and phone services. These sleezy tactics should be banned and companies debarred for offering such false deals. My good friend Mr. Awais joins me in this non- violent protest. I am grateful to your esteemed Newspaper service for publishing our opinions and concerns on major issues We appreciate this free service. J.Bashir Islamabad
KPK and Sindu assemblies sworn In Today in the opening sessions of KPK and Sindh Assemblies 123 members and 155 members were sworn in simple ceremonies respectively. This
was a historic moment for our democracy and electoral process. The results of the elections have been accepted by the major parties. The massive rigging finally was ignored in the national interest. We must protest against rigging, but employ constitutional means to rectify the situation. We cannot derail the entire system for a small percentage of rigging and irregularities observed in the elections at different polling stations. The protest must continue peacefully for the demands to rectify the outcome. Both the assemblies started their sessions by the recitation of Quranic verses. 123 and 155 members took collective oath in an impressive ceremony. All the members were sworn in. Their election will be held tomorrow all the members voting in the houses of assemblies. KPK would be governed by the PTI, whereas Sindh by PPP since they have majority in the provinces respectively. The next step will be to elect the speakers and, deputy speakers and chief ministers. The parties have already nominated their candidates for the slots. They will be comfortably elected. The real task starts with the induction of the new governments in both these provinces. They will meet
new challenges as per their promises, and do the undo able in quick time. We have no time to waste. They should gear up to developmental work and bring in the structural changes to improve the quality of life. First they should formulate the economic policy to stop the decline in economy and revive it in record time by plunging into deep waters. It would not be easy to accomplish this task, but they must strive their best and leave the rest to Allah the Almighty. They have the real mandate to effect the desired change in the system. Welcome to the jungle. I would advise their leaders to read the novel, "The Atlas Shrugged". Do not get discouraged looking at 1056 pages. No one can leave the interesting and riveting story unfolding in the pages without finishing the great novel. J.BASHIR ISLAMABAD
Rape of Zarina in the bushes Zarina Bibi a resident of village Samejo district Thatta was gang raped by Bilawal Samejo and other accused. She was dragged into bushes of the nearby grazing grounds where they tortured her and then gang
raped her, and left her unconscious. She was found by the searching parents since she was reported missing. This is the usual tragic story of the girl victims. The rapist do not care what age the victim is or can she handle such brutality physically. On top of this the attitude of police is the same negligent response that helps the accused to escape. I am naturally perturbed over these news items, narrating the stories of rape victim day in and day out. The rape is on the rise in Indo-Pak subcontinent since we share the same geographical boundaries with different cultures. The religion does not have any impact on these rapists. Their Psyche is different from other normal human beings . Is this a genetic order ? I wonder these persons are areligious , immoral , uncouth and depraved to the extent that they can even rape their own sisters and mothers. They are raised in immoral environment of their houses. They have no self respect and respect for the women and girl foks of their own villages, They put the whole human race to utter shame. JAVAID BASIR LAHORE Please email your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our address in Islamabad.
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Syrian Opp urges EU to send arms to rebels
New Bulgaria govt may struggle to govern SOFIA: Bulgaria's new Socialist-led government won a parliamentary vote of confidence on Wednesday, ending months of political impasse but lacking the broad backing that may be required to keep finances under control. The European Union's poorest member has been without a permanent administration since February, when street protests against low living standards toppled a government led by the center-right GERB party. –AGENCIES
‘29 militants killed in Afghan raids within 24 hours’ KABUL: Afghan army and police supported by the NATO-led coalition forces have eliminated 29 armed Taliban militants and detained 45 others during different operations started on Tuesday, the country's Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "Afghan National Police (ANP), army and the coalition forces conducted several clearance operations over the past 24 hours, killing 29 armed Taliban and detaining 45 other armed suspects," the ministry said in a statement. Eight other militants were wounded during the operations conducted in Baghlan, Kapisa, Badakhshan, Sari Pul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces, it noted. –AGENCIES
BEIRUT: Syria's main Westernbacked opposition bloc urged the European Union to quickly supply rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's forces with sophisticated weapons as activist groups inside the country accused the opposition leadership failing to fulfill its obligations to the Syrian people. The Revolutionary Movement in Syria, an umbrella organization of activist groups from across the country, threatened to withdraw its backing for the Syrian National Coalition if the notoriously fractured opposition leadership in exile doesn't come up with a strategy that will represent millions of Syrians caught up in the country's bloody civil war. While the loss of support would have little practical effect, it would deal a sharp symbolic blow to theCoalition, which has long been accused of being out of touch with those on the ground in Syria. The Coalition has been meeting for days in Istanbul, but has failed to agree on several key points, including on whether to attend
international peace talks in Geneva with representatives of Assad's regime aimed at finding a resolution to the more than 2-year-old conflict. The Revolutionary Movement said the Coalition is "unable to fulfill its obligations due to the ongoing discord" among its different parties and said the statement Wednesday was its "last warning" before they
withdraw their support. "We have waited in vain for many months for the National Coalition to take concrete steps, and offered its leadership multiple chances to do so," the statement said. "The reality is that there is no doubt that the ... leadership has failed to fulfill its responsibility to represent the great Syrian people's revolution at the
organizational, political, and humanitarian levels." The opposition coalition has yet to decide whether to attend the US-Russia sponsored peace talks. The deeply divided umbrella group that is backed by the United States and its European allies insists Assad must relinquish power before any talks with Damascus can take place. Damascus previously said
Pillay urges halt of arms ﬂow to Syria
Int'l conference on Syria kicks oﬀ in Iran
GENEVA: The United Nations' human rights chief urged countries on Wednesday not to supply Syria with weapons and to press both sides to find a political end to the war, to prevent more massacres and the threat to regional stability. "If the current situation persists, or deteriorates further, increased inter-communal massacres are a certainty, rather than a risk," Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council. Referring to efforts to convene a peace conference in Geneva in coming weeks, she said: "This is an extremely important opportunity for states with influence to pull the parties back from the brink of catastrophe ... The flow of arms must stop and the process of national dialogue must begin now." Pillay spoke after the European Union decided to let an EU arms embargo on Syria expire and Russia said it would deliver an advanced S300 air defence system to the Damascus government despite US, French and Israeli objections. –AGENCIES
TEHRAN: An international conference on the Syria crisis kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday with the participation of more than 40 representatives from countries and international organizations across the globle. Addressing the opening ceremony of the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Minster Ali-Akbar Salehi expressed hope that the meeting would help find a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Salehi said that the recent aggression of Israel against Syria has complicated the situation in Syria, which requires " constructive and effective participation of all friendly countries " to settle the Syrian conflict. Syria is strategically one of the important countries in the Middle East and "the continuation of crisis in the country can create challenges to the stability and tranquility of the whole region," said Salehi. Iran has stressed on stopping bloodshed in Syrian and adopting political means to restore peace in the country, so that political reforms can be carried out, he added. –AGENCIES
Japan, India vow strategic partnership
EU tells Slovenia to move swiftly on privatization BRUSSELS: The European Commission said on Wednesday Slovenia should swiftly prepare for planned privatization of state assets as part of the euro zone country's efforts to avoid needing international financial aid. Slovenia is pushing ahead with large-scale privatization plans, the clean-up of a debt-heavy banking sector and other structural reforms to fend off the risk of becoming the next euro zone country requiring a bailout. The Commission gave Slovenia two more years to cut its budget deficit below the EU ceiling of 3 percent of gross domestic product and said it should hire independent external advisers to conduct a system-wide bank asset quality review. –AGENCIES
Venezuelan Opp TV tones down, angers Capriles CARAC AS: A flagship Venezuelan TV channel known for its militant opposition to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez has toned down under new owners, depriving the opposition of a favored platform as it fights a new government. During Chavez's tumultuous 14-year rule, Globovision played a controversial and high-profile role: it was derided by officials as a pro-U.S., lawbreaking broadcaster but feted in the opposition as a beacon of free speech. –AGENCIES
NKorea curbs squeeze cash for aid groups PYONGYANG: New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside. At the same time, some restrictions are meant to sting the country's elite by crippling the import of luxury goods, such as yachts, fancy cars and jewelry. But they do not appear to be stopping the well-heeled from living large in the capital Pyongyang. –AGENCIES
that it would "in principle" attend the Geneva talks. The Geneva talks, though seen as a long shot, are the international community's only plan for ending the conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people and force more than five million people from their homes to seek refuge in neighboring countries and in other parts of Syria. –AGENCIES
tripoli: Citizens from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia sit behind bars during their appeal trial at the Military High Court in Tripoli. They were accused of serving as mercenaries for the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafifi.. –WIRE SERIVCE
Kiwis mark anniversary of Mount Everest conquest WELLINGTON: New Zealanders Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's highest peak by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay with a sense of modesty in keeping with Hillary's character. It was the first major anniversary of the scaling of Mount Everest (Qomolangma) since the death of Hillary, who became arguably New Zealand's most revered national hero and a philanthropist of international standing. Staff from the Antarctica New Zealand research institute placed a New Zealand flag on top Crater Hill near Scott Base in temperatures of minus 42 degrees centigrade to mark the anniversary, Radio New Zealand reported. The two staff took with them an ice axe that the man popularly known as Sir Ed had signed and placed the flag at the summit to honor his achievement. Hillary's son, Peter Hillary, who was speaking at anniversary celebrations at the Royal Geographical Society in London Wednesday along with the son of Tenzing Norgay, said the climb was seen as one of the great hallmarks of humanity, by pushing the envelope of what people can achieve, according to the report.His daughter, Sarah
Hillary, spoke at the Auckland Museum about her father and the family's enduring links to Nepal, where Hillary helped initiate a wide range of education, health and social programs for the local people through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded in 1960. "Ed really liked people and nature.
That's why he kept going back (to Nepal), it wasn't just about climbing mountains. He did like adventures but a big part of the enjoyment was the connections with other people, having a good time, pushing yourself and doing something useful on the way," Sarah Hillary said in a statement before the
talk. The national Film Archive in Wellington was screening the acclaimed 1954 British-made documentary "The Conquest of Everest," which was filmed by members of the ascent team. Hillary's 1953 climb is also to be depicted in a 3D film, " Beyond the Edge," which is currently under production in New Zealand. Born in July 1919 and a beekeeper by trade, Hillary was famously modest about his achievements, and declined to have his photo taken on the summit in 1953 after taking a series of snaps of Tenzing Norgay. After the historic ascent, he went on to other adventures including an epic journey cross the Antarctic in 1957-1958. His life was marred by tragedy in 1975 when his wife, Louise, and youngest daughter, Belinda, were killed in a plane crash in Nepal. He later served as New Zealand High Commissioner to India from 1985 to 1989. Thousands of New Zealanders turned out for his state funeral in 2008 as they did for his return home after his historic climb. His name lives on in many natural features and monuments at home and abroad and he became the first living person to be featured on New Zealand currency. His face still adorns the New Zealand 5-dollar note. –AGENCIES
T OK Y O : Japan and India on Wednesday vowed to further promote their strategic and global partnership by enhancing bilateral cooperation in a great number of areas. In a joint statement released after the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, the two countries agreed to intensify political exchanges through various bilateral mechanisms such as the Foreign Ministers ' Strategic Dialogue and the "two-plus-two" meeting between foreign and defense chiefs. The two countries will deepen their defense relations and maritime cooperation, said the statement, adding that they decided to "conduct joint exercises on a regular basis with increased frequency." They also decided to establish a joint work group to explore modality for the cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft, it said. Abe said his country will "continue its official development assistance at a substantial level to encourage India's efforts towards social and economic development." Japan will extend an up to 71 billion yen (about 700 million U. S. dollars) loan to India for a subway project in Mumbai and the yen loan of the fiscal year 2012 worth 353.1 billion yen (about 3. 48 billion dollars) for eight other projects, according to the paper. Japan and India also agreed to improve cooperation in civil nuclear programs, liquefied natural gas and other energy projects. Abe said Japan will invite about 1,200 Indian youth to visit Japan, in an effort to boost bilateral people-to-people and educational exchanges. They also emphasized the importance of international regimes such as the East Asia Summit, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus to maintain regional peace, stability and prosperity. –AGENCIES
20 people killed in overnight attack in Iraq BAGH DAD: Bomb attacks in Iraq overnight killed 20 people and wounded 47, raising the casualties for the day to 38 killed and 91 wounded, the police said on Wednesday. In central Iraq, a car bomb and a roadside bomb struck the popular Shalal market in Shaab district in the northeastern part of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 12, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. In a separate incident, a car bomb and a roadside bomb ripped through a marketplace in Baghdad's southern district of Doura, killing nine people and wounding 34. In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, seven people were killed and 11 wounded when a bomb went off at a popular coffee shop in the town of Hibhib, near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad. –AGENCIES
The role of faith in family planning PAUL BRANDEIS RAUSHENBUSH PPROXIMATELY 800 women a day die during pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, approximately 20 more experience infection, disability, or injuries. The rate of mortality and injury of women during pregnancy and childbirth varies hugely between women living rich countries and poor countries, with the bottom being Afghanistan where one in 11 women will die during pregnancy and childbirth. One in three women are married by the age of 18, one in nine by the age of 15, meaning that we are not just talking about women, but often about young girls. An estimated 200 million women want to delay or avoid pregnancy but don't use effective family planning and the demand is expected to rise 40 percent by 2025. Of the 210 million pregnancies occurring each year, nearly 33 million are unintended. These lead to approximately 21.6 million unsafe
abortions, causing some 47,000 deaths annually. I learned these challenging figures when I was invited to moderate a panel called Faith and Family Planning at the Women Deliver conference that is happening right now in Kuala Lumpur. The goal of the conference is to advocate for the health and well being of women and girls across the globe in all areas of society, but especially in the area of pregnancy and birth. It is crucial to talk about the role religion can play in the effort to empower girls and women in the area of family planning -- especially given that close to 90 percent of all people alive adhere to some religious belief, and that in rural areas of many developing countries health care is provided by religious organizations, or not at all, However, the role of religion in the reproductive lives of women is also fraught and touches on many of the flash points that religious communities are grappling with today. These include the problem of gender inequity --
specifically in leadership roles; the authority of science within the religious worldview; and the agency of individuals, especially women, to develop and exercise individual conscience as weighed against the often mandated expectations of the community. There is no question that religious influence can often seem adverse to those of us who believe that women's reproductive health is a fundamental human right. But what is also true is that this is a question about which there is an active debate within religious communities and that there is no one religious point of view. It is also true that even the most conservative religious communities can play a part in improving the health of women and girls. Speaking to a packed room at the Faith and Family Planning panel, Dr. Pauline Muchina, who is a theologian and works at UNAIDS, helped clarify the question that often plagues any conversation on religion and family planning. "Almost everybody believes
in family planning," Dr. Muchina explained, "but what we argue about is the method." For instance, the Catholic Church hierarchy believes in 'natural' family planning that will help the couple to avoid pregnancy, but does not believe in contraception devices or pills. (Although what the people in the pews believe is an entirely different matter). Dr. Muchina admitted that faith communities have both empowered and undermined the power of women and girls and emphasized that we need to talk about human sexuality along with faith and family planning: "We are all created in the image of God and we know that sex is a gift from God, yet sex can be dangerous or fulfilling depending on access to information and health services and things like contraception and condoms." "My primary concern is to save lives. God has give us knowledge and technology to improve our lives through science. Are we going to throw condoms out? We are resistant to science in questions of sexuality, but
when you you have a heart attack you go to the operation room -- you are willing to accept science then." The Christian ethicist Dr. David Gushee explained that the evangelical Christian community has both deficits and strengths to offer the effort for comprehensive family planning for women and girls. The strength is that in the Christian view every life is infinitely sacred -- and that includes the lives of women. However, that ethical framework has been used largely in opposition to abortion instead of empowering women. That said, Gushee informed the room that evangelicals are not against contraception per say, as long as they are used inside of marriage. For Middle East women's right activist Dr. Wajeeha Al-Baharna, sharing decision about family planning between husband and wife is a fundamental place to start. Dr. Baharna, a Muslim, insisted that Islam says that women and men should have equal say in the size of their families and timing of having children.
While these positions might not seem radical to a secular mindset, even small advances in how religious communities view reproductive health issues can have huge positive effects on the lives of women and girls on the ground. Perhaps nobody is better able to speak about this than Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. When I asked him about how faith is playing a positive role in his work at UNFPA, he told me a story that happened when he was running the HIV program in Nigeria. They started with a 10 percent knowledge base about HIV, everyone was in denial and they tried everything -- TV, radio, theatre, and the knowledge just wasn't coming up at all. Then he went up and spoke to the head of the Muslim community who about have the population who agreed to go on camera and talk about HIV and the results were dramatic. Suddenly everyone wanted to get involved.
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Tens of thousands studying under open skies, in tents LHC seeks report of steps taken against measles LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ordered the Punjab Health Department to submit a report regarding the steps taken by the government to curb the epidemic of measles during the last three years. The LHC remarked that innocent children were expiring while the government and the Health Department were sleeping. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood was hearing the case on Wednesday here. The Health director general informed the court that more 12 million children have been vaccinated throughout the country. The court asked that if vaccination and doctors were working properly then why children were expiring. The Health director general said the vaccine imports from UNICEF and it would be administered to patients after the verification of the National Institute of Health, Islamabad. Moreover, he told the court that vaccination was controlling 85 per cent of the disease and ratio of children deaths was five per cent in the globe and it was just 0.8 per cent in Pakistan. ONLINE
MUZAFFARABAD: The non-rebuilding of 1,600 quake-hit schools have forced 150,000 children to learn either under open sky or in tents and shelters in AJK. “The reconstruction of 1,152 educational institutions could have been completed so far out of total 2,792 wreaked by the disastrous earthquake of October 2008,” said Sardar Raheem, chief of Sate Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (SERRA) on Wednesday. “Construction work on 700 schools could not be started while 941 have been under reconstruction but work has been impeded due to shortage of funds,” he said, adding that new donors are being sought to complete the remaining schools. The most of the non rebuild schools are primary level and situated in remote areas of
earthquake devastated district Bagh, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Hattian Bala where tens of thousands of kids have been forced study under either under open sky, or in tents of tin shelters which are prone to chilling weathers, biting cold of winter and scorching heats of summer. The work on most under construction schools has been suspended due to non provision of funds by federal government donated to it for the reconstruction of quake hit areas. Even thousands of children have been learning under open skies, in shred tents and tin shelters during the sweltering summer heat in state capital Muzaffarabad. The lack of buildings has been making students progress imperfect with decline in annual results. There are a dozen quakewreaked schools alone in the state capital still awaiting reconstruction, scaring the face of more than half of the rebuilt capital even after the passage of eight years since the earthquake
struck AJK and some parts of KP, despite provision of billions for rebuilding. “We are facing a challenge in imparting proper education to 450 enrolled girls in various sections due to non reconstruction of school building,” said Shahmeem Akhtar, principal of Government Higher Secondary in Gojra, in the heart of state capital, Muzaffarabad. “Some classes are in shattered tents, some in caged-like shelters and a few in a quake-rattled rented building,” Akhtar told The Spokesman while expressing disappoint over the indifference of the authorities towards the schools. School’s construction could not restart even after the visit of Muhammad Ishfaq Zaffar, chairman of Prime Minister Implementation Commission. He had assured the completion. “Some countries, including the UK, US, KSA, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Qatar, UAE, and relief organizations had directly sponsored the construction of hundreds of schools in the
quake-stricken areas and they have completed all most all them,” SERRA chief Sardar Raheem said. The government of Pakistan had to provide funds for reconstruction of 1,824 schools but only 274 could be completed, he added. “Work on another 684 could not start due to nonprovision of funds from Islamabad. We required 16 billions of rupees for annual work plan of 2013 but we were provided only Rs 1.073 billion,” he complained. Small children have been suffering big as most of the non rebuild schools are primary level where adolescences are educated either under open skies, in shattered tents and shelters prone to diseases. “Some children are got sick and depressed due to studying under these conditions during harsh weathers affecting their progress while teacher also cannot teach properly without building,” Akhtar said. He however rekindled the hope by saying that a donor has pledged to build some left-over schools in the quake-affected areas.
Roads to get new look as PHA launches campaign
LHC takes notice of acid throwing incident LAHORE: Lahore High Court Wednesday took notice of the news published in press about a man who attacked and threw acid on relative woman in Toba Tek Singh. The court directed District & Sessions Judge in Toba Tek Singh to probe into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his comments. Asma Azeem, resident of Nawaz Town, told the city police that she had come to see her parents when Mujahid Hussain and his three accomplices entered the house and threw acid on her and escaped. She received serious injuries and was admitted to the district headquarters hospital. The LHC Complaint Cell took serious notice of the news and directed the District & Sessions Judge to look into the matter and submit report within a week positively. ONLINE
New govt to address energy crisis on priority: Ahsan LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N leader MNA-elect Ahsan Iqbal has said that the top priority of the new government would be to address the energy crisis in the country. Talking to media‚ he said that the electricity theft would be dealt with iron hand. He expressed the hope that the PML-N would succeed to reduce the duration of the electricity load-shedding to the minimum level. He said that the electricity theft was the basic reason of load-shedding and it would be dealt with iron hand. ONLINE
Shahbaz asks expatriates to play role in country’s uplift LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Shahbaz Sharif has asked the overseas Pakistanis to play their due role in the development and prosperity of the country. Speaking in London on Wednesday‚ he said that his party has the ability to resolve all issues including electricity load-shedding. He thanked the overseas Pakistanis for extending support to PML-N, adding that his party would continue to work for their welfare. Shahbaz said that international institutions have lauded the development work carried-out by the Punjab government during his last tenure. ONLINE
Umpire Asad Rauf denies allegation in IPL spot-ﬁxing LAHORE: Umpire Asad Rauf Wednesday denied spot-fixing allegations levelled against him during the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition, saying he was ready to face any inquiry. Rauf, a serving elite-level international umpire, was withdrawn by the International Cricket Council from the next month's Champions Trophy in England after media reports that he was under police investigation. “I vehemently deny allegations of match-fixing, spotfixing, taking gifts (from bookmakers) and any illegal money,” said Rauf, 57, in his first public statement since returning from India. “I am ready to face any inquiry if the ICC's anti-corruption unit wants to conduct any.” The investigations started on May 16 when Delhi police arrested three Indian cricketers. ONLINE
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RAWALPINDI: People trying to extinguish the fifirre which erupted in a car near Mareer Chowk. ONLINE
Karachitis asked to pay 8 months’ fuel cost arrears
Islamabad High Court had on October 24, 2012 declared FPA illegal and restricted power companies from revising tariff upwards SAHTAK BALOCH
ISLAMABAD: The Karachitis will have to get ready to bear a jolt as NEPRA has allowed Karcahi Electric Supply Company to resume recovery of past eight months’ fuel cost changes from the already over-burdened consumers. NEPRA took the step after a division bench of the Islamabad High Court on March 21, in an appeal filed by power distribution companies against the court’s previous order, temporarily allowed them to pass the changes in fuel cost on to consumers. Earlier, Islamabad High Court’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had on October 24, 2012 declared the FPA illegal, restricting the power companies from revising tariff upwards as a result of higher fuel cost. After this order, the issuance of a notification pertaining to FPA collection from electricity consumers was stopped. Since National Electric Power Regulatory
Asma urges army to respect elected representatives L AHORE: Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jahangir Wednesday urged the military leadership to respect and follow the elected representatives of the country. Talking to media here, she identified that there were blunders in the system and management of the Election Commission. “No any institution inferred in the general election, those who have lost should accept it patiently as it is a decision of the nation,” she mentioned. Asma hoped that the Pakistan People’s Party should play an effective role in opposition as the Pakistan Muslim League-N did in the past so that the problems should be redressed. “There is no rift between government and judiciary and the judiciary is superior to any government institution,” she said. ONLINE
Authority has issued notifications to collect fuel price adjustments of eight months from the consumers so now with the issuance of notification, power rates would rise up to Rs1.33 per unit that would be reflected in consumer bills of June, an official of the water and power ministry said while talking to this scribe. As per the regulator’s notifications, power tariff on account of fuel price adjustment mechanism was increased by 0.17 per unit for June 2012, while a decrease worth Rs0.7/unit for July and Rs0.37/unit decrease for August. Similarly, the regulator has given decrease worth Rs0.40/unit over generation of electricity during September 2012. However, the regulatory authority (NEPRA) has jacked up power price by Rs0.35/unit for October and Rs0.10/unit for November, Rs0.2/unit for December and Rs1.13/unit for January 2013. Again, with effect to NEPRA’s notifications, the KESC has also been allowed to recover past month’s fuel price adjustments in next month’s
bills as result to which consumers will have to bear a jolt instead of any relief. However, NEPRA’s decision will not apply on power consumers use 50units in one month. Sources in water and power ministry told this scribe that as per devised formula over burdened domestic consumers would have to bear extra burden of Rs0.93/unit in next month’s bills. They said as this decision would pave the way for power distribution company (KESC) to recover fuel price adjustment of past eight months from consumers in one go so is an unpopular move that might spell trouble for the incoming PMLN government. “This can lead to severe criticism of incoming PML-N government by the Karcahitis who are already bearing prolonged unannounced power outages for a long time, a source said, adding, “With the regulator’s decision, collection of fuel price adjustment for the period June 2012 to January 2013 from consumers will be made in monthly bills of next month of June.”
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Horticulture Agency has started summer plantation and landscaping in Rawalpindi to make city presentable. The main roads and squares in the city will get a new look as the PHA has launched a beautification drive installing statues and decoration pieces along the busy arteries. The statues of horses and horsemen installed on Rashid Minhas Road and Marir Chowk are giving an attractive look to the areas. The agency has also started landscaping along Benazir Bhutto Road, Liaquat Road, Double Road and at the squares from Marir Chowk to Faizabad. It also made flower beds along the railway line from Nogaza Road to Marir Chowk. In the past, the area was known for heaps of garbage, waste construction material and broken footpaths. The agency also plans to carve out sculptures at the commissioner office to present the cultures of the four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir from the next month. Similar work has already been done at Committee Chowk and the overhead railway bridge at Marir Chowk. The square at the centre of the main road has been widened and shed for traffic warden also installed there. Besides, zebra crossings have been painted anew on the road. ork drew mixed reactions. Some commuters said the civic agencies should add new decoration pieces at main squares. “The installation of cultural pieces at main square of busiest Marir Chowk is like a visual treat and the civic agencies should also improve the historical Fawara Chowk which is in a pathetic condition and needs rehabilitation on an urgent basis,” said Naeem Ahmed, a resident of Chaklala Scheme-III. On the other hand, some people said the agencies concerned should improve civic facilities like covering open manholes, constructing broken roads, footpaths, sewerage system and repairing water supply lines in the most neglected areas of the city. “It is shameful and wastage of money that PHA has started a beautification drive ignoring the real issues in the city. There are encroachment, water logging, broken footpaths and uncovered manholes which require urgent attention,” said Mehar Majeed, a local resident.
Nawaz’s statement is racism, says Khosa ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party condemned the statement of Pakistan Muslim League-N President Nawaz Sharif and declared it tantamount to provincial racism and prejudice. “How would Nawaz Sharif keep the nation together after becoming prime minister who stole PPP mandate under conspiracy and kept the foundation to divide Pakistan. The elected members and people should keep vigilant eye on policies of the newly-elected government so that the government willingly or unwillingly may not become a part of external conspiracies,” PPP General Secretary Latif Khosa told a news conference here on Wednesday. He said that the statement of the PML-N president was seemed to be an external plot wherein he (Nawaz) said that the people of Punjab had cast their vote according to political maturity; people of Pakhtunkhwa had cast their vote on emotional basis while Sindh province experienced the traditional way of vote casting and the people in Balochistan were mixed in connection with casting their votes. He said it seems that PPP was being targeted against signing Gawadar port and IranPak Gas pipeline accords. ONLINE
PESHAWAR: Newly-elected woman members of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly arriving for the oathtaking ceremony at the assembly building. ONLINE
Govt should regulate tobacco industry to discourage smuggling STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: The federal government should make strenuous efforts to regulate the tobacco industry in order to discourage the smuggled and counterfeiting cigarettes in domestic market, industry sources said. According to the industry sources, World no Tobacco Day is traditionally marked on May 31st and it generally sees many groups joining forces under a campaign banner every year to reduce the level of tobacco consumption.
“Some of the anti-tobacco enthusiasts take it a notch higher and target the tobacco industry, under the assumption these efforts would likely result in eliminating smoking. In effect though, much of these efforts hit only the legal industry, while providing undue advantage to the flourishing illegal tobacco industry,” industry sources revealed. In Pakistan, the legitimate tobacco industry provides employment and livelihoods to more than 1 million people, directly or indirectly. These include thousands of farmer, distributors
and retailers, who are the direct affectees of any blow to the legitimate industry players. The sources said that in the absence of a legal tobacco industry in Pakistan, the smugglers of cigarettes and tax evaders would rule the market place. The smuggled cigarettes that will then be available in the market would escape harsh regulatory restrictions and would come without the mandated health warnings. The prices would of course be much lower as duties would be evaded, bringing these low quality products
within reach of millions of new consumers, mostly youth. “In a world where the legitimate tobacco industry does not exist, a well spread network of criminals would be ready and waiting to step in and take over. The reality is that even in the absence of a legitimate tobacco industry, the adults that have made the conscious decision to smoke will continue to do so. But instead of buying their legal taxed cigarettes, made by legitimate tobacco companies and sold by reputable retailers, consumers will turn to
black market sources to get they want,” sources said. It is unfortunate however the way anti smoking enthusiasts choose to ignore such critical consequences of the ‘cause’ they champion, while ignoring the more grave question. It probably is the time to urge them not to opt for the path of least resistance, which is just about bashing the legal industry players and rather focus on solving tough, on ground problems like lack of enforcement leading to increasing black market, sources added.
CMYK THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Justin Bieber's rash driving bothers his neighbours
Family supporting Lindsay during tough time: Michael Lohan
LOS ANGELES: Teen Pop sensation Justin Bieber's neighbours are infuriated by his reckless driving and are worried that he might hurt someone in the neighbourhood. Bieber's neighbours including former NFL stars Keyshawn Johnson and Eric Dickerson have criticised the 19-year-old singer for his dangerous driving, reported Aceshowbiz. Johnson's agent Jerome Stanley said, "Johnson is very livid after Bieber passed him and his child in dangerous speed. Johnson is taking the situation very seriously. He wants Justin to slow down and be a responsible neighbour. Johnson would do whatever it takes to help the authorities investigate the matters." The authorities responded to the calls and went to the pop star\'s pad, but he reportedly refused to see them. Dickerson shared similar opinion with Johnson. "I've seen (Justin) driving fast around Calabasas before in the Ferrari. It's just not safe. I used to drive fast, but that was on the freeway, and even that wasn't safe," Dickerson said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
LONDON: Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan says his daughter is doing completely fine in the rehab and the family is supporting her during this troubled time. "She is doing phenomenal, I mean awesome. There is a lot of healing going on. This is only the beginning of the process and she has 60 more days. She did say at the beginning of the month that she wants to leave and go to Lukens. I'm going to go and meet Shawn Holley [Lindsay's lawyer] this week and hopefully talk to the City Attorney and get her transferred." "They don't get any trauma therapy here (at Betty Ford), they do no one-on-one whatsoever. They are giving some people in here medication, Valium, and other narcotic medication, you don't do that in rehab. Lukens doesn't treat people like that," said Michael. Lohan's father also said hinted that he had made peace with his ex-wife, Dina Lohan so that they can help their daughter get better, reported Contactmusic. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Fast & Furious 6 is wild ride
LONDON: Buckle up for a wild ride as Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson put the pedal to the metal in this high octane action thriller, directed by Justin Lin of the previous three entries. If you feel that need for speed, “Furious 6” will fill that void. From car chases, to charismatic characters, this movie has something for everyone. The nemesis this time is Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a high power British thief who leads a team of specialized car thieves, looking to get their hands on a super weapon. Agent Hobbs, (Dwayne Johnson), recruits Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team to take the bad guys down. Things don’t quite stand up to “Fast Five,” but believe me the action sequences are bigger and better this time around, including sequences featuring a tank and an oversized aircraft. One thing for certain, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is not running out of gas anytime soon. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Saif Ali Khan to star in Prabhu Deva's next
I’m a big critic of myself: Madhuri SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Madhuri's the dancing diva of Bollywood and the epitome of grace. The petite actress has been receiving rave reviews for her ghagra number in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir. And now, the dhak dhak girl is set to once again co judge a dance reality show on Television. Madhuri will be also be performing with kathak guru Pt. Birju Maharaj for the show. Although she seems to have impressed all, there are a few actors who've impressed Madhuri with her dancing skills. "I love the way Hrithik Roshan dances. I've always said that. From the women I like Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. I'd seen her in Band Baaja Baarat and I thought she danced really well. Everybody gets their own personality and adds their own style to dancing. You have to look at it that way", says Madhuri. But when it comes to her, she's humble in spite of being one of the best dancers and actresses in Bollywood. "I'm a big critic of myself ", she concludes.
John Fogerty enlists friends to rework past hits on new album SHOWBIZ DESK
LOS ANGELES: The new John Fogerty album features the former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer teaming up with top names in country and rock music, along with some R&B flavor, for a fresh take on his most popular songs. Fogerty, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his Creedence band mates in 1993, told Reuters his wife came up with the collaborative concept behind "Wrote a Song for Everyone," which was released Tuesday on Fogerty's 68th birthday. "She suggested getting all my favorite artists to do various songs, and it seemed like a great idea - to do fresh arrangements and interpretations of them," Fogerty said. The 14-track album, Fogerty's ninth solo studio album and first since 2009's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," revamps some of his biggest hits from both Creedence Clearwater Revival and his solo work, along with some new tracks. The album includes collaborations with
Jessica Chastain won't marry a Hollywood actor LONDON: The Help star Jessica Chastain doesn't think she could ever marry an actor because she wouldn't want to "talk shop" at home. The 36-year-old, who is seeing a fashion executive Gian Luca Passi, could never settle down with a fellow thespian because she likes to save her drama for the big screen, reported Contactmusic. "I don't need any drama at home, only on screen! Talking shop, auditions, etcetera when I get home in the evening would be very boring," she said. The actress has been seen in some of Hollywood's biggest films in the last two years, including The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, which she finds amusing as she struggled to get cast for years because of her red hair.
rockers Foo Fighters, country singers Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley and R&B singer Jennifer Hudson, who was accompanied by blues musician Allen Toussaint on one of Fogerty's best known hits, 1969's "Proud Mary." "Wrote a Song for Everyone" took Fogerty, who also served as producer, two years to complete, and he compared the logistics to lining up so many guests to a "military-style operation."
Sanjay Dutt's absence a huge loss for Policegiri: Prachi SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Prabhu Deva will be casting none other than Saif Ali Khan for one of his upcoming ventures. The choreographer turned director is currently busy with Shruti Haasan and Girish Kumar starrer Ramaiya Vastaiya; Shaahid Kapoor-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Rambo Rajkumar and the yet untitled Ajay Devgan. Though he will start work on the film post completing the Ajay Devgn starrer, Prabhu Deva intends on starting the film by March next year. Prabhu Deva made his Bollywood directorial debut with the Akshay Kumar starrer Rowdy Rathore. The film will not be produced by Saif Ali Khan's Illuminati Films but instead by Reliance Entertainment. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Varun Dhawan's football date with Sachin Tendulkar
MUMBAI: Bollywood's newbie Varun Dhawan enjoyed a game of football with his cricket idol Sachin Tendulkar. Varun Dhawan, who made his debut in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year, met master blaster Sachin at the Coca-Cola under-15 football tournament final matcH. Varun Dhawan, who will be seen in his father David Dhawan's next movie, has signed his second film with director and mentor Karan Johar. Karan johar had launched Varun, Alia Bhatt and model Siddharth Malhotra, in his directorial venture Student of the Year last year. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Actress Prachi Desai, who is paired opposite Sanjay Dutt in Policegiri, says that his absence is a huge loss for the film. Sanjay Dutt, 53, has to serve 42 more months in jail following his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case which was upheld by the Supreme Court in March this year. Sanjay Dutt was shifted to the Pune jail last week in the wee hours due to security reasons and to avoid media glare. "It is unfortunate that Dutt is not here. It is a huge loss for all of us. We all were upset and realised that it was a difficult situation and he held his strength," Prachi told PTI in an interview here.
"It is unfortunate. It is his greatness that he completed the project. He is a true superstar. A person of his stature can only do this. It is his this quality that brought him a long way," she said. Prachi saw the original Tamil film (on which Policegiri is based) and liked it despite not understanding the language. "The novelty factor of this film is we love heroes playing police officers, but he (Sanjay Dutt) is not playing a conventionally good guy. He has grey shades and is playing a corrupt police officer. People will not be able to figure out whether he is a 'goonda' or a good guy," Prachi said. As Sanjay Dutt is serving his sentence in jail, Prachi feels it is her duty to promote the film.
MUMBAI: Sri Lankan model-turned-actress Jacqueline Fernandez was trendy in an orange Surendri dress paired with a silver belt and Miu Miu pumps at the media launch of HTC one.
Salman is the biggest thing in Bollywood right now: Jacqueline MUMBAI: Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, who will be seen sharing screen space with Salman Khan in Sajid Nadiadwala's 'Kick', says working with the star is like a 'dream come true' for her. Jacqueline had to face tough competition from her counterparts Deepika Padukone and Sonkashi Sinha, who were also considered to play the lead opposite Salman, 47, in the film. "It will definitely be a dream come true to work with someone like Salman Khan because he is the biggest thing right now in Bollywood," said the 27-year-old actress at the launch of a new mobile phone here Tuesday. The actress, however, refused to divulge any further details about the film. 'Housefull' item number 'Dhanno' was Jacqueline's first outing with Nadiadwala, followed by a full-fledged role in 'Housefull 2'. The actress will next be seen grooving to an item number in 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya', releasing July 19. -SHOWBIZ DESK
We Deols are known to be the tough guys: Dharmendra SHOWBIZ DESK e caught up with Dharmendra at his residence on Monday evening. The newly renovated living room was oozing an old-world charm. The 77-year-old was in a mellow mood and while sipping his tea slipped into the nostalgia of good times spent with fellow actors and good friends—Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor. But, he was gung-ho about the present—his home production Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 set for an August 7 release. Excerpts from the conversation. What made you make YPD 2? Apne evoked an emotional response from the audience - an achievement of sorts for us. We Deols are known to be the tough guys and it was not a kind of cinema people associated with us. After Apne, I told Sunny that we should now venture into an out-and-out comedy. That is how YPD happened. Since nowadays there's a trend of making installments of a film, I thought of doing a part two. However, YPD 2 is not a prequel or a sequel but a new story with Sunny, Bobby and I reprising our characters.
How come Sunny's wife wrote the film? Pooja came up with an idea. We liked it and decided to develop it into a full-blown story. A few dialogues are mine too, but I shall not take credit for those (laughs). Like for one, when I push Bobby to impress a girl and say: "Main teri jagah hota toh ab tak uske panv bhari ho chuke hote." Are you ever extra friendly with Bobby and
Sunny at home? (Laughs) Nooooo! We actors do many things in front of the camera, not in real life. Once away from the set, I am their father. The same applies to how they are with their children as well. We Indians might have become ultramodern in our outfits, but we should never lose our values. It was quite a surprise to see Akshay, Aamir, Hrithik and SRK dancing together at the music launch of YPD2. Whose idea was it to bring them together? Mine. What does promotion mean? Pomp and show, right? But, I didn't invite them for that. They are like my kids. They never say 'No' to me. How is your health now? You were quite unwell for some time... Hmmm...I had a back problem and I got two surgeries done abroad. I am a very sensitive man. There was a time when some of my films didn't do well and that affected me. But I am fine now. I have even made a new gym in my bungalow. It's like a temple for me. Are you telling us that you still work out? Why not? Not to the fullest extent though.
But I still do my dips. I cycle for 40 minutes daily. I know exactly how much my body can take at this age. Moreover, I am particular about my diet. I don't indulge in eating anything that is fattening. I love drinking milk but I go for the skimmed one. Last time we met, you told us that you had quit alcohol. Are you still off it? Temptations don't tempt me. Drinking alcohol robs you of your true personality. With time, I have learnt this lesson. People used to be scared of your temper. Have you mellowed? I will still crush the person who dares to trample on my much-valued self respect. Money, fancy cars, swanky home and fame— these things have never fascinated me. I think I have answered your question. You have many die-hard fans in North India who are even ready to finance your movies... I can't compel you to write that I am universal but this North thing has gone too far. As for people coming forward for business, I think they believe that we are honest and that's why they want get associated with us.
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Punjab Assembly members to take oath on June 01 LAHORE: The newly elected members of Punjab assembly will take oath in the first session on June 1. Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal would preside over the session while the nomination papers for Speaker and Deputy Speaker would also be submitted. Speaker and Deputy Speaker would be elected through secret balloting on June 02 and nomination papers for Leader of the House would be submitted on the same day. The building has been renovated and seats of press gallery and the house are also polished for the first session. In this regard, the security arrangements have also been finalized to ensure peace and security during the session. –ONLINE
MAY 30, 2013
Sindh, KP assemblies to elect speakers today KARACHI/PESH AWAR: The Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies are going to elect their speakers and deputy speakers today (Thursday) after newly-elected MPAs took oath of their membership Wednesday in inaugural session of the house. Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro administered oath to new members of the august house. In the session, 120 MPAs-elect have sworn in to represent the people of their respective constituencies in the house for the next five years.
Of the 130 general seats, elections were held in 128 constituencies. However, results of 120 lawmakers have been notified. The results of the remaining eight MPAs-elect have been withheld either for repolling or by the high court. According to official figures, the PPPP has 66 members, the MQM 35, the PML-N nine, PML-F seven and the PTI three. According to the order of the day, after administering the oath to the assembly members, the nomination forms for contesting the election of
the speaker and the deputy speaker were collected from the office of the acting secretary of the assembly. And in Peshawar, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 123 newly-elected members took oath. Outgoing Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Chagharmati administered oath to new members of the august house. After taking oath, newly elected law makers signed in register one by one. Another session of the House will be held today (Thursday) during which the speaker and deputy speaker will be
Saudi govt declares 30,000 Pakistanis as illegal RIYADH: Saudi Arabian government declared 30,000 Pakistanis as illegal immigrants here on Wednesday. According to the new law, the Saudi Kingdom has declared that any work or job, which is other than the occupation written on visa, would be considered as illegal. Saudi Arabia has termed the latest move a measure to provide employment to the locals. It is pertinent to mention here that tens of thousands Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia, however, they have been facing problems due to strict rules of employment in the country. –ONLINE
cJP takes suo motu notice on Gujrat tragedy ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday took suo motu notice on Gujrat tragedy where 17 children and their teacher burnt to death in gas cylinder explosion in a school van. Issuing notices to Punjab chief secretary, IG Police, transport secretary and the school administration were summoned by the apex court on June 4. The hearing of case would start on next Tuesday. At least 17 students aged between 3 years to 12 years and their teacher were died on last Saturday when school van carrying 22 students and teacher caught fire by CNG cylinder leakage. –ONLINE
Five children die after taking poisonous food MUZAFFARGARH: Five children of a family died after they took poisonous food here in Beet Dareeyaai near Meer Hazar. On Tuesday, 10 family members used poisonous food after which they were immediately shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in A critical condition. They were later referred to two hospitals of Multan on due to their precarious condition. Two children lost their life in Nishtar Hospital while three died in Children Hospital. Those who died are Faraz (5), Siraj (6), Shehbaz (11), Sajid Mai (12) and Sammiya Bibi (15). –ONLINE
4 children of a family die of measles in Ferozewala LAHORE: Four children of a family died of deadly measles disease in Ferozewala town of Punjab, media reports said. Contrary to tall government’s claims, there is no let up in measles-caused deaths in the Punjab. According to reports, four children, all from one family, succumbed to the disease at a hospital in Ferozewala on Wednesday. Another girl is said to be battling for life despite getting antimeasles vaccination. The number of children killed by the disease so far in Punjab has risen to 124. –ONLINE
nominated KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that law and order as well as unemployment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are the biggest challenges in the province. Speaking to a private TV channel outside the KP Assembly, Asad said that war against terror was not the war of Pakistan and it had paralyzed the country’s economy. “Restoration of peace and elimination of terrorism is the biggest challenge and the PTI government will go to every extent in this regard,” he said. –ONLINE
Nawaz says outages to be minimised
Attack on anti-polio campaigners in Hangu HANGU: Polio female campaigners were injured on Wednesday by stoning from unknown miscreant in Tal district of Hangu town. The incident came a day after two female workers were shot dead in suburb area of Peshawar. Continuation of anti-polio campaign is getting more difficult as various incidents of attacks carried out against the workers around Pakistan. In Wednesday incident, some miscreants threw stones over the campaigners which resulted in injuring a female worker busy in the anti-polio campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s town of Hangu. According to police sources, the campaign is still going on in the area while security has been increased after this embarrassing event. The injured were shifted to the hospital by rescue workers for initial treatment but the campaigners are still working under fear of attacks. Previously, World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Tuesday for cooperation in running polio eradication campaign in Pakistan from the religious circles. –ONLINE
elected. So far the PTI, which is the major party in the KP Assembly, has nominated its provincial President Asad Qaiser for the office of speaker. The PTI has 44 members in the house of 99, but this number is likely to go up to 59 with notification of women and minorities on reserved seats. The JUI-F, the PML-N and the Awami National Party will go to the opposition benches. On the other hand, PTI-
DERA BUGTI: 20 runaway armed men and a commander of a banned organization surrendering their arms. They also swore to show sincerity towards the constitution of the country. — ONLINE Anti-Islam use of social media
Ephedrine quota case
SC requested to proceed against the accused
One of them becomes approver against Shahabuddin
ISL AM ABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Rawalpindi has requested the Supreme Court (SC) to initiate proceedings against Hanif Abbasi, Musa Gilani, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and other five accused in the ephedrine quota case. Hanif Abbasi is former MNA from PML-N, Musa Raza Gilani is son of former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin is former state minister. A two-member bench of SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up ephedrine quota case for hearing Wednesday. The accused including Iftikhar Ahmad Babar, Sheikh Ansar, Nadim Zafar, Hanif Abbasi, Muhammad Nasir Khan and others and counsels for other accused persons appeared in the court. Akbar Qureshi Advocate on the behalf of Dr Khalid Ranjha told the court that the latter could not reach Islamabad due to lack of flight. He requested the court to adjourn the hearing. Counsel for ANF told the court three FIRs had been registered so far and two accused have been named in one FIR
and the remaining 11 accused persons have been named in other FIRs. Some accused have been granted bail before arrest while some have been granted bail after arrest. ANF has filed appeals against grant of bail to these accused. The court remarked that hearing of the case is being adjourned till June, 5 as a senior lawyer has filed application seeking adjournment. The court also directed the five accused persons including Muhammad Nasir Khan, Ghazanfar Ali, Mohsin Khurshid and Siraj Ahmad to hire the services of lawyers so that they could face no difficulty during the hearing of the case. Meanwhile, one of the accused in the high profile ephedrine quota scam, Anjum Shah, has become an approver against another accused in the case Makhdoom Shahabuddin. Anjum Shah in his statement to the court said that Makhdoom Shahabuddin allowed a quota of 2005 kilograms Ephedrine to a pharmaceutical company in return for a bribe amounting to Rs6 million. The hearing was put off till June, 5. –ONLINE
MQM activist among 7 killed in Karachi KARACHI: As many as seven persons, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) unit in-charge and a woman, have been killed in different acts of violence across the city. According to police and rescue sources, Sarfraz, the MQM unit incharge, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists near Baqai Hospital, Nazimabad No 4. Another political activist, Salim Jan, was gunned down in Sector 5-E, New Karachi, while a man was also killed in a firing incident that occurred in Lalaabad, Landhi. In Baldia Town, a woman was killed with sharp pointed knife. On the
other hand, two security personnel were injured in firing by miscreants during search operation by Rangers and police in Kunwari Colony, Manghopir. A youngster was shot dead by the terrorists in Sao Quarter in Korangi area while a tea shop owner Zar Wali was killed in C-1 area in Liaquatabad. Faisal was killed in firing on a shop near Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town while a man Saad was killed in Orangi No-5. A mutilated body of a youth was found near Crown Cinema in Mauripur while dead body of a woman was found near ICI Bridge who could not be identified. –ONLINE
PHC orders removal of controversial content PESHAWAR: Without naming the pages on social media with objectionable content, Peshawar High court on Wednesday ordered to block all such pages which contain defamatory content. Hearing a petition against defamatory content against Islam on Facebook, Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Dost Mohammad Khan said anti-Islam content ignites religious sentiments of all Muslims. After release of a controversial and antiIslam video, YouTube was blocked last year in September in the country, where 98 percent people are Muslims. The judge sought clarification from all concerned institutions till June 20 over the issue. Growing complaints regarding anti-Islam content pages and content on social media have been heard from different circles for last many months. The court also ordered Interior Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority officials and concerned departments to take immediate measures to block all controversial pages on social media. –ONLINE
Two weekly holidays may be cancelled
LAHORE: PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has said the new government will make sincere efforts to improve situation within minimum possible time. Speaking at a consultative meeting on energy crisis here on Wednesday‚ he said that all available resources will be utilized to overcome load shedding with a view to provide relief to the people. He said overcoming energy crisis will be the top most priority of the new government along with revival of economy. He said no development fund will be reduced and steps will be taken to provide relief to the common man. The meeting discussed ways to increase power generation through various means to overcome electricity load shedding. Another report from Peshawar adds: The government has started mulling cancelling two holidays in a week throughout the country. Sources said that the former government while approving two weekly holidays changed the timings of offices that were strongly opposed by former KP and Punjab governments. Sources maintained that the government has demanded details of steps taken by the former government for power saving. It merits mentioning here that despite two weekly holidays the energy crisis could not be controlled.
Political transition may delay IranPakistan gas project: The multi-million-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project is unlikely to be completed by the contractual deadline of December 2014 because of the political transition in Islamabad, officials have said. The project was delayed because important approvals for beginning construction of the pipeline could not be obtained from the caretaker government, Petroleum Secretary Abid Saeed was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times. This delay is expected to aggravate Pakistan’s energy crisis. Work on the project inside Pakistan has been suspended because of the polls and transfer of power, he said. "On certain issues related to the pipeline project, the Petroleum Ministry needs to get approval from the next government," he added. Mobin Solat, Managing Director of Inter-State Gas Company, said Iran had completed 900 km of a 1,150-km pipeline from a gas field to Iranshehr. Iran is working on another 250-km section from Iranshehr to the border at Gabd and about 60 per cent of the work had been completed. Construction on the Pakistani side could not begin because the engineering, procurement and construction firms required sovereign guarantees for mobilising machinery and workforce, Solat said. –ONLINE
CII says no change needed in blasphemy law
DNA can’t be primary evidence in legal affairs
ISLAMABAD: Putting aside all reservation of critics over Blasphemy Law in the country, Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Wednesday said there was no need of amendment in the law. Media quoting sources said, the council members believe that law is fine to deal with the cases. Council of Islamic Ideology is the elite body to regulate religious influence over the law in a country where majority of people favour implementation of religious values. The two-day 191st Islamic Ideological Conference ended here Wednesday, headed by the CII Chairman Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani on Wednesday. The council also observed that human cloning could not be allowed. In the same meeting, the council members observed that
DNA can’t be accepted as evidence in legal affairs. It should be additional evidence and not as the fundamental evidence, he further said. The CII expressed strong reservations over the exclusion of Islamic, national ideology related and religious courses from the educational curriculum of Punjab. The council reviewed the old course of Punjab and said that changes were made against the ideological basis of Pakistan, so they should be taken back the council demanded. The council directed the DG Research and Secretary Council that educational ministries of all the four provinces should be consulted to dispatch course books from play group up to 10th class so that the council can spot out the defects out of the educational courses. –ONLINE
US rep due soon to establish ties with new govt ISLAMABAD: With the United States eager to establish a working relationship with the incoming PMLN government, its special envoy for the region will soon be visiting Islamabad, it is reported. A meeting with Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins would probably be the next government’s first direct, face-toface, and formal engagement with any senior Obama administration functionary. Nawaz Sharif, who has been named by PML-N as the next prime minister, has already met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and talked to a number of world leaders,
including President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Hamid Karzai by phone after his party won the May 11 polls. Informed sources said that during his visit, Mr Dobbins would discuss both bilateral issues and matters related to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Washington’s policy towards the incoming PML-N government has been one of developing a good interactive relationship. US Ambassador Richard Olson has visited Sharif twice at his palatial estate in Raiwind to brief him on the US perspective about the bilateral
relationship. Relations between Islamabad and Washington have always been complicated, but remained particularly tense after 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and the subsequent attack on the Salala border check post. The relationship, however, witnessed some improvement over the past year. Sharif as an opposition leader in the past had been extremely critical of Washington, but soon after his party’s success expressed his desire for improved relations with the US. “There are several factors that do not allow either of us to part,” one of
Sharif ’s foreign policy advisers explained. Pakistan has been depending heavily on economic and military aid from the United States and needs its political support at international forums and lending agencies. The Americans, meanwhile, need Pakistan’s unconditional support for withdrawal from Afghanistan and achieving peace and stability in the war-ravaged country. With Mr Dobbins as the first visitor from Washington, the Obama administration has underscored the fact that Afghanistan will be the determining factor in future of Pak-US ties.
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Many in the Obama administration still have reservations about Mr Sharif because of his rightist leanings and conservative background. The challenges that the incoming prime minister is likely to face in ties with the US would include developing rapport at the leadership level; dealing with hardliners in Washington; and continuation of civilian assistance package after the Kerry-LugarBerman aid package expires next year. The United States would be carefully watching how Sharif approaches foreign policy issues. –ONLINE