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Tappi – the real CM?

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Shah becomes Sindh CM for third time  

Durrani, Shehla take oath as speaker, deputy PTI’s Asad Qaiser sworn in as KP Assembly speaker

KARACHI/PESHAWAR: Veteran politician and senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday has been elected the chief minister in Sindh province for record third occasion. Earlier during the ongoing session of the provincial assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani of PPP was sworn in as speaker of 16th Sindh Assembly whereas Shehla Raza took oath as the deputy speaker. Shah secured 86 votes in the secret ballot. Durrani congratulated the veteran politician for completing “hat-trick” of becoming Sindh chief minister after announcing the ballot results. Sardar Ahmed – the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate – bagged 48 votes while Imtiaz Sheikh of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) managed to secure18 votes. Shah has held the post previously in 1988 and 2008. In Peshawar, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf ’s Asad Qaiser was elected the speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly

unopposed and taken oath for his office. The ongoing speaker Karamatullah Chagharmati administered the oath to Asad Qaiser. Later on, the newly elected speaker took seat of the august house. Later, he administered the oath to his second-in-command Shahid Qureshi who was also elected as deputy speaker unopposed by the house. Asad Qaiser earlier emerged as a strong contender for the slot of KP chief minister. However, Pervez Khattak was later nominated as future CM of the province. The PTI has claimed to run a model government in the province to develop a “Naya KP” for people. A wave of terrorism, power crisis, corruption and mismanagement are some of the big issues which the new KP government has to face in the upcoming days. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has nominated Pervez Khattak as Leader of the House in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The election for Chief Minister would be held today (Friday). –ONLINE

Imran wants Nawaz to decide on drones

Punjab, Balochistan assemblies meet tomorrow LAHORE/QUETTA: The governors of Punjab and Balochistan have summoned maiden sessions of provincial assemblies on Saturday for swearing-in of newly-elected MPAs. Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood and Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi have signed summaries this regard. During this sessioné newly elected MPAs will take oath of their membership after which elections of Assemblies' Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be held. Outgoing speakers will be administering the oath to the members-elect. –ONLINE

Caretaker PM withdraws transfers, postings I SL AM A BA D: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has withdrawn orders of postings and transfers of 20 senior officers in various ministries and departments. The caretaker PM has filed his reply with regard to a contempt of court notice issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan with reference to transfers of bureaucrats. The reply said the caretaker PM has withdrawn orders issued by him in respect of transfers and appointments. Surely the Election Commission of Pakistan had issued orders on April 2, 2013 under which transfers and appointments were made. Committing the contempt of court was not the motive of prime minister, the reply stated. The PM holds the judiciary in high esteem and believes in supremacy of judiciary, the reply said. Withdrawing

KARACHI: Offi fficcials counting votes after voting for the new Speaker of the Sindh Provincial Assembly on Thursday. –ONLINE

the orders of transfers and appointments is tantamount to accepting the orders of judiciary, the reply said. This way he has got court’s verdict implemented in Aneesa Tarab case, the reply said. –ONLINE

Ogra suggests raise, decrease in POL prices 

Ogra makes mixed recommendations on oil prices


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan has demanded of the next prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif that after assuming office the latter’s first decision should be to either stop or shoot down drones executing assaults within Pakistani territory. “Drone attacks will not be tolerated inside Pakistan,” the PTI Chief maintained in a statement issued Thursday. He said the people had voted those parties to power which promoted anti-drone policies. Imran Khan said people had rejected the policies adopted and pursued by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Imran has been advocating dialogue with the Taliban and going back of the Allied forces in Afghanistan. He pleads Pakistan dissociating itself from ‘war on terr’. He believes ‘its there war’. –AGENICES

ISLAM ABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has dispatched a summary to Petroleum & Natural Resources Ministry seeking its nod to notify the future prices of petroleum products (POL), reliable sources told TheSpokesman on Thursday. "Oil ministry, under the monthly oil price mechanism, is likely to give go ahead to Ogra to notify the prices of petroleum products today (Friday) after getting the nod of finance ministry," sources said, adding," The regulator (Ogra) has also asked the ministry to maintain the per liter price of petrol at current level by making adjustments in the petroleum levy (PL). The next

month POL prices will be effective at12midnight of 31st June, 2013 " As per Ogra summary, a mix trend of oil prices is obvious in the determination of next month prices of petroleum products where proposed increase up to Rs2/litre while decrease up to Rs1.46/litre has been recommended for next month per litre prices of Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL). Similarly, an increase of Rs2/litre in petrol price, while Re0.84/litre in the price of high-octane blended component (HOBC) has been suggested. And, a decrease of Rs1.46/litre in the price of high speed diesel (HSD) oil, while Re0.38/litre in the price of Kerosene oil, Re0.7/litre cut in the price of light diesel oil (LDO) has also been recommended for next

17 militants killed in Kurram airstrike PESH AWAR : At least 17 militants were killed and several others were injured when Pakistani jets bombed militant hideouts in the Kurram tribal region during a security forces operation on Thursday. According to media reports, the militants were killed when four insurgent hideouts were destroyed in the action in central Kurram s Tabay area. Moreover, several militants were also injured. A military operation has been ongoing in central Kurram for past three weeks. Reportedly, at least 100 militants have been

killed and several insurgent hideouts have been destroyed during this time. Kurram, which is close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Pakistani Taliban plagues the region while the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda, Taliban and several other armed organisations. A day earlier Taliban deputy Wali was killed in a drone attack. –ONLINE

month oil prices, sources added. If the ministry of petroleum & natural resources (MPNR) and finance ministries gives their approval to the proposed prices of petroleum products then with effect to this fresh mixed upward and downward trend in oil prices, new price of petrol after Rs2/litre increase is likely to stand at Rs99.59/litre, while HOBC after a hike of Re0.84/litre is expected to be available at Rs94.55/litre. However, per litre price of diesel after a proposed decrease of Rs1.46/litre is likely to stand at Rs104.6 while light diesel oil (LDO) after a proposed cut is likely to stand at Rs 88.99/litre during next month of June. However, proposed POL prices will be effective after the issuance of next month oil prices notification.

PML-N to ensure uniform education system: Nawaz LAHORE: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has said education would be one of the top priorities of his government, ensuring a uniform system of education in the country. He was talking to British education expert Michael Barbar who called on him here on Thursday. Nawaz Sharif said education of international standard would be introduced in the country. He said Pakistani students are ranked high in the field of education and the provision of quality education would further enhance their capabilities. –ONLINE

Drones will continue raining bombs, US envoy tells Pak leaders SAEED MINHAS

ISLAMABAD: Following the new drone policy of Obama administration, civil and military leadership of Pakistan has again pitched the idea of either shutting down the operations within Pakistan or at least synchronizing it with the Pak army but without any success, learned The Spokesman on good authority. After listening to all the reservations from the newly elected leadership of Pakistan and military janta, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins is

learned to have conveyed his government’s resolve to continue pounding the safe heavens within Pakistan by using drones. Nawaz Sharif and his party leaders had a detailed meeting with Ambassador Dobbins during his first ever two-day visit after assuming the charge of his new diplomatic assignment. “Talks have been fruitful in the sense that at least PML (N) leadership put across their point of view which in fact has become a consensus official standpoint of Pakistan since Salala check post attack of 2011. However, party leaders were reluctant to say that besides getting a nod and shake of heads from

the Americans, nothing concrete has been promised during this meeting. Interestingly, during the first visit of Obama’s new emissary for the most difficult war-game zone of the world, a drone attack reported to have killed a top TTP leader Waliur Rehman in North Waziristan. Obama’s envoy was heard by many during his recent visit to Pakistan quoting President Obama’s address at the National Defence University last week that drones would have to continue in Pakistan in the run up to the end of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, supposedly by 2014. Dobbins was heard saying in his meetings with the foreign secretary

Jalil Abbass Jilani that drones were needed to eliminate hard targets of alQaida leaders and also against those who plan, execute and harbor terrorists for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. Foreign office in Pakistan had issued, what has become a cyclostyled ceremonial statement condemning this attack just hour after security officials had confirmed that drones successfully targeted TTP leadership. “Drones in other words will continue to rain in hellfire, malign the sovereignty and cross the international borders to hit assigned targets in lawless federally tribal areas known as FATA,” observed a senior

diplomat while interacting with Daily The Spokesman. Meanwhile, a customary handout from the US embassy in Islamabad read that U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins traveled to Pakistan May 29-30, his first trip to the country in his new capacity. Ambassador Dobbins met with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and President of the PML-N Nawaz Sharif. Ambassador Dobbins spoke by phone with President Asif Ali Zardari who was in Karachi. Ambassador Dobbins offered congratulations to

the people of Pakistan on the historic May 11 elections and underscored the United States' commitment to working with the next democratically-elected government to build a strong, mutually beneficial bilateral relationship. During his engagements, Ambassador Dobbins and his interlocutors discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including advancing shared counterterrorism objectives; increasing economic opportunity; strengthening civilian democracy and civil society; and supporting an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process.


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Tappi̶the real CM ?

aim Ali Shah was always figurehead Chief Minister. The key to his survival was that he never said ‘no’ to key PPP players as Agha Sajjad Durrani, the families of Zulfiqar Mirza and Asif Ali Zardari. But this time it’s even more symbolic job for Shah Sahb. Everybody knows that the real CM is Muzaffar Tappi. He was effective even in the last tenure but this time he is an MPA, which makes all the difference. In any case, the PPP government is out of Islamabad so the Sindh government is all they have. Also, Asif Zardari will be himself overlording the government after his presidential tenure—if he does not land in jail or runs away to Dubai that is. But a few obstacles exist in the great reign of Tappi the royal half-brother. First, the courts are after him and the cases of land-grabbing against him are serious. A big chance exists that he might be jailed. Two, the PPP stalwarts are giving rebellious vibes after being booted out of Islamabad. Many think that the party should mend its ways and beginning to make noises. Many already openly opposed the appointment of Tappi as the Sindh CM. Finally, Bilawal Bhutto is believed to have developed anathema to dad’s best pal and wants a cleaner government this time around. Master Bilwal is believed to be returning any day this week to have final words with his dad.


11-day CNG strike

Mafias opens stations to welcome Nawaz League ISLAMABAD:

After facing eleven days of closure ostensibly due to the emergence of difference between gas company and government, All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Thursday announced to open CNG filling stations for four days in a week. Representatives of APCNGA after conducting series of important meeting with caretaker petroleum and natural resources minister, secretary petroleum and Manging director of Sui Northern Gas Pipleines (SNGPL) have finally decided to open their Compressed Natural Gas filling stations located in Punjab province. The CNG stations were closed from last eleven days while masses, and entire CNG sector had bear its heavy brunt. Ghiyas Abdullah Parcha leader of the CNG association on Thursday said that during meeting with the minister and secretary no justification about forced closure was presented so the association being representative of CNG sector ghas decided to open their outlets located in Punjab province for four days in a week as per schedule. He said now Zamzama and Qadirpur gas fields have been restored and gas pressure in transmission lines is up to the mark so there is left no justification of closing CNG filling stations. In a statement Paracha has deplored that CNG stations remained close without any order from the ministry and when the association has asked about gas suspension the ministry and gas company (SNGPL) could not provide any logical justification. “We demand from the authorities to pay the losses appeared after the closure of CNG stations and expose all those involve in depriving millions of CNG consumers from cheap fuel, Paracha said, adding, “ We had open CNG outlets in Lahore, Sheikhopura, Sahiwal, Okara, Sialkot and Gujranwalla regions.” -SAHTAK BALOCH

Bilawal likely to jump in political waters soon ALI SAJJAD SHAH ilawal Bhutto, turning 25 in September is likely to contest elections from NA 207 Larkana to eventually become Opposition Leader in the National Assembly as his aunt Faryal Talpur has been asked to resign from that seat, a reliable source in PPP told spokesman. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is expected to nominate Syed Khurshid Shah as leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. A belated decision to recall the young lad from abroad has been taken at the


core committee meeting of the party. The purpose is to salvage some of the pride and give party a new and younger look, informed the sources. They were sure that in the presence of all the uncles and aunts, young Bilawal will play an active role in the country’s politics. NA207 Larkana is a family seat of Bhutto’s for generations, as first Bilawal’s grandfather then her own mother used to contest from the same seat. However, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the seat was given to President Zardari’s sister and Bilawal’s aunt Faryal Talpur.

Party sources confirmed in very categorical terms that even without MQM or PTI, on the basis of its seats, Peoples Party would never let the seat of Opposition leader slip out of its hands in the national assembly. The party will continue to hold majority in the upper house of the parliament for another two years

Party sources confirmed in very categorical terms that even without MQM or PTI, on the basis of its seats, Peoples Party would never let the seat of Opposition leader slip out of its hands in the national assembly. The party will continue to hold majority in the upper house of the parliament for another two years. They said Khurshid Shah, who was party’s chief whip in the last National Assembly, is the most favorite at the moment. However, party leaders have deliberated ypon the name of Makhdoom of Hala, Amin Fahim for the slot. But since it will be a temporary occupancy, therefore, Makhdoom is likely to let Khusheed Shah take the honour of holding a makeshift seat until the little master becomes eligible to contest elections. Some insiders believe that party leaders believed that Amin Fahim has the reputation of being laidback and normally keeps himself away from controversies, therefore, they might opt for Khusheed Shah. The PPP wants an energetic leader to safeguard its interests inside the lower house of the parliament, now dominated by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), they argued. “Khurshid Shah is very

active. He also has developed good rapport with the PML-N. He would keep the opposition intact and make sure his party is not hounded as part of political victimization,” a senior PPP leader remarked. They further said, if Bilawal Bhutto become opposition leader in NA after winning NA-207 slot

IHC bans multiple cylinders in public transport

Javed Hashmi @Javed_hashmi119m 42 old faces and 81 New Faces in KPK assembly.will it be beneficial for the People of KPK?

Salman @salman297910m

#PPP can at least introduce some new faces to new Sindh government. They lack vision, progress, leadership and evolution.



The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday restricted the installation of multiple cylinders in public transport and school vans while seeking reply from secretary interior, secretary transport and other respondents over the matter. A single member bench comprising Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi was hearing the case filed by Advocate Waqas Malik in which he contended that due to the installation of multiple cylinders, a CNG cylinder blast took place in a school bus of Gujrat and resulted in the loss of 18 innocent lives. The petitioner submitted before the court that the innocent lives were on stake due to the installation of multiple cylinders in the public transports whereas the concerned authorities were paying no heed towards the issue. He prayed before the court to restrict installation of more than one cylinder in school vans and public transport. On May 25, 17 children and a school teacher were killed when a school van caught fire in Gujrat due to the leakage of gas from cylinder installed in it. The

from Larkana, it will help us to revive PPP in whole country. Our workers will be pleased to have their own young and energetic leader defending his Party in the assembly, which is likely to help party win back its lost vote bank across the country and especially so in Punjab.

Fawad Hussain @fawadchaudhry2h

Millions of Rs r nw sanctioned to renovate punjb house isl as MNS has decided nt to stay in PM house he believes PMhouse is MANHOOS,,

Ali Dayan Hasan @AliDayan5h

Dear #PTI, if the Taliban are our friends, why do they want our children to get Polio? #Pakistan

Imaan Z Hazir Mazari @ImaanHMazari1m

When you become an MNA's daughter, you read 105 pages of the NA's rules of procedure+conduct to brief your mother...

Farooq Tariq @Farooqtariq32m

Taliban announce to stop contact with Pakistan govt, no negotiations, TTP says after killing of Wali, strategy of IK & MNS suffer a blow incident rang alarm bells for the district administrations which has thrown deaf ear over the issue despite increasing incident of CNG cylinder blast in the country. In December 2011, Advocate Waqas had also filed a similar petition in IHC against the installation of multiple cylinders in public transport after at least fifteen people were burnt alive when one of the five CNG cylinders installed in a bus exploded on Islamabad Express

Highway during July 2011. The petitioner contended before the court that the deadly accidents have been occurring to the criminal negligence of concerned authorities. He said that Islamabad chief commissioner and the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) secretary were negligently allowing the installation of the gas cylinders in the public transport despite the fact that it was not provided in the original specification of the vehicles.

Osama Yawar Khawaja @osamayawar4m

#TTP withdraws its offer for peace talks with the government of #Pakistan - Welcome to Roshan & Naya #Pakistan and whose war is this now?

Aziz Akhmad @azizakhmad19m

If NS is serious about cutting costs, do away with CII & Sharia Court, among others. They are duplicating the work of parliament & judciary.

Asad Munir @asadmunir3841s

Taliban,cordon off the drone strike area,so that Tribal should not see the dead bodies of innocent women and childern,don't think of revenge

Fraud case

Islamabad police arrested son-in-law of former FM Gohar Ayob HOMER BALOCH


The Margalla police have arrested the son-in-law of former federal foreign minister Gohar Ayub regarding two fraud cases, according to police sources. As per the details, the Margallah police on Wednesday have arrested Omer Shahzad, son of Abdul Latif and son-in-law of former foreign minister and PML-N’s senior leader Gohar Ayub from his residence in Sector F-

8/1. Accused Omar Shahzad was wanted for two cases regarding fraud and bogus Cheque. According to police, in 2009 Dr Khizar had submitted an application against accused Omar Shahzad for fraud of bogus cheque worth 2 million rupees, for which, the police registered FIR (510/2009) against him. Dr. Khizar, the applicant in his application had stated that in a car bargain, he paid 2 million rupees to the accused but neither the car was given to him, nor the amount retransferred.

A police officer requesting anonymity told that accused Omar Shahzad was declared wanted by the police as he did to present him to the police, however on Wednesday police raided on his residence. The officer further revealed that during the raid, accused Omar Shahzad resisted to the police and even attacked on a police officer resulting damaging his uniform, but was arrested successfully by the police. It has also been learnt that after the first FIR lodged in 2009, accused was succeeded to

obtain a pre arrest bail for it and also delivered 14 lakh rupees to the applicant Dr. Khizar at outside the court, but later the cheque bounced. Dr. Khizar submitted another application along with the bounced cheque, for which FIR (283/10) was registered. On Thursday, the police presented accused to the area magistrate where he was ordered to be sent to Adiala jail on judicial remand of 14 days. He will be presented to court on 12 June for case hearing.

Presidency, PM House and Supreme Court

Its time for the big Guns to taste Loadshedding SAHTAK BALOCH

ISLAMABAD: It’s turn of govt organizations to face the

music as water & power ministry has finally made an end to the exemption from hours long power load shedding which has added miseries to the common man. After this long awaited principle decision, the Presidency, Prime Minister House, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Parliament Lodges, Judges Colony, Minister Enclave etc would now face the brunt of hours long loadshedding while the weather is too hot and scorching heat is unbearable, reliable sources also told this scribe in the wee hours ofThursday. “Following the recommendations of Senate Standing Committee on Water & Power, the ministry has taken this historic decision ostensibly to control spiralling up electricity load shedding, a senior official of water and power ministry said, adding, “The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) has started load shedding in govt organizations located in its jurisdictions.” They said the ministry of water & power in its recent landmark decision has given pathetic shoulders to the culture of enjoying exemption from deadly load shedding

while the masses are bearing heavy brunt of it coupled with sky high power tariff. The ministry has also ordered all power distributing companies (DISCOs) to end immunity of provincial level govt organizations from power load shedding. However, this decision will not apply on defence bodies, defence installations and govt hospitals, sources added. Interestingly, Water and Power Ministry on Thursday said that total power generation remained at 12000mw while demand stood at 15900mw and shortfall at3900mw despite the fact that urban areas of the country are facing up to 14hours unscheduled load shedding while rural areas are facing up to 18 hours long power load shedding for a long time due to different reasons. It is interesting to note that Public Relation Officer at water and power ministry despite repeated attempts via phone calls and dropping sms in his inbox to get the stance of the ministry over giving an end to exemption of govt institutes from load shedding did not bother to response and tried his level best to hide the facts in a typical bossy way, stealing the truth no matter even if the information is of public interest.


FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

PHA starts summer plantation, landscaping of Rawalpindi Five arrested in connection with Gilani's kidnapping MULTAN: In the ongoing search operation to recover former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son, Ali Haider Gilani, police have arrested at least five members of a banned outfit on Thursday. According to media reports the arrested suspects identified as Ghulam Mujtaba, Nazir Ahmed, Zahid Anwar, Ghulam Murtaza and Amar Yasir were arrested during raids in different areas of Multan. They were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation. However, no breakthrough has been made as yet. ONLINE


RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Horticulture Authority has started summer plantation and landscaping to make Rawalpindi presentable. All main roads and squares in the city will get a new look after completion of the beautification drive. The statues of horses and horsemen installed on Rashid Minhas Road and Marirr Chowk are giving an attractive look to the areas. The authority has also started landscaping along the Benazir Bhutto Road, Liaquat Road, Double Road and at the squares from

Marirr Chowk to Faizabad. It also made flower beds along the railway line from Nogazza Road to Marirr Chowk. In the past, the area was known for heaps of garbage, waste construction material and broken footpaths. The authority 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 Kashmir from the next month. Similar work has already been done at the Committee Chowk and the overhead railway bridge at the Marirr Chowk. The square at the centre of

the main road has been widened and shed for the traffic warden also installed there. Besides, zebra crossings have been painted anew on the road. Some commuters said the civic agencies should add new decoration pieces at the main squares. PHA Director Akram Sobhan told The Spokesman that the authority had started the beautification drive in phases. “We have completed landscaping at some green belts and main roads in the city.” He said the authority was working to install statues of horsemen and horses on many roads to present the local

culture in the Potohar region. He said seasonal flower beds had also been constructed and saplings planted along the main roads. To a question, he said there was no proposal for rehabilitation of the Fawara Chowk at the Raja Bazaar. However, he said the authority would chalk out a plan to improve the historical square in the next phase. “The installation of cultural pieces at main square of busiest Marirr Chowk is like a visual treat and the civic agencies should also improve the historical Fawara Chowk which is in a

No check and balance in SECP’s routine work

FBR seeks traders’ help to broaden tax base

ISLAMABAD: Role of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as a regulator is to ensure compliance with corporate laws by the companies in order to bring about transparency in the corporate sector. It has observed that certain unlisted companies revise their annual audited accounts already filed with the registrar and file these as ‘revised annual audited accounts’ for the same financial year. This results into filing of more than one set of accounts in the record of the registrar for the financial year. Any document required to be filed with the registrar can only be revised if the registrar requires so. It has been noted that certain unlisted companies file revised set of their annual audited accounts even though not required by the registrar. This practice is against the provisions of law and the accounting standards. The revision of annual audited accounts, on discovery of errors, can only be rectified in subsequent period accounts according to the provisions of accounting standards. STAFF REPORT Senator Najma Hameed alongwith others visiting closing ceremony of Wood Lay Exhibition at Rawalpindi Arts Council. THE SPOKESMAN

SC adjourns PIA corruption case for 10 days ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has postponed hearing of the PIA corruption case for 10 days by accepting the request of Attorney General Irfan Qadir. On Thursday, three-member bench re-started the hearing under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary. The Attorney General said that the new government has not taken oath yet and the tenure of the caretaker setup has been finished. He appealed to the court that the proceeding of the case may be adjourned until the new government starts functioning. Chief Justice Iftikhar asked the Attorney General to prepare important questions regarding the case and court would respond on the next date of hearing. ONLINE

UK, LUMS to provide 400 poor students good future LAHORE: The UK government and the Lahore University of Management and Sciences will work together to help nearly 400 of the brightest students from disadvantaged households in Pakistan to attain quality higher education. LUMS and the UK government’s Department for International Development agreed on Thursday to launch the Empowerment through Education Initiative, which aims to help alleviate poverty through quality education, allowing these young people to go on to earn more money through better jobs and so lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The five-year programmeme will be managed by LUMS, who will identify and support students who would otherwise be unable to afford quality higher education, for undergraduate and graduate degrees. The programmeme will target

impoverished regions of the country. It will also have a special focus on girls to increase their access to higher education. George Turkington, the head of DFID in Pakistan, said: “Entrenched poverty is denying opportunities to millions of people and undermining Pakistan’s long term stability and prosperity. This is an opportunity to help remove some financial barriers and allow more bright young minds to pursue their dreams and lift themselves out of poverty. “The UK believes education is the key to transforming Pakistan’s future. That is why education is the UK’s top priority and why we will work to support some four million children in school in Pakistan by 2015. We look forward to working closely with LUMS over the coming years.” Dr. Adil Najam, the Vice Chancellor of LUMS,

said: “This is a truly strategic investment because it will directly impact the lives of the best and brightest of Pakistan, not only in terms of the students who are supported, but also all the others around them. Our existing financial aid offerings have already been transforming lives all across Pakistan, and this partnership with the UK will allow LUMS to scale up these activities at a level where the transformation can be national and not just individual, helping more young people lift themselves and their families out of poverty.” Education is the UK’s top priority in Pakistan. Over the coming years, the UK will work in partnership with Pakistan to support four million children in school, recruit and train tens of thousands of new teachers, construct or rebuild more than 20,000 classrooms and improve test results in core subjects. ONLINE

Ogra swings into action against CNG vehicles after deaths LAHORE: School girls bringing water to home while returning from school. Many people have to fifinnd water from nearby areas due to nonsupply of water because of electricity loadshedding. ONLINE

IHC stops entry fee at Benazir Airport LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench on Thursday has ordered the Civil Aviation Authority to stop receiving entry fee from passengers at Benazir International Airport. The petition had been moved by Advocate Raja Saimul Haque Sati who made Director General Civil Aviation, Chairman NAB, Manager Logistic Park, Chairman Competition Commission and Lessee as parties. ONLINE

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 government agencies 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,” said Mehar Majeed, a resident of Dhoke Chiraghdin.

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has instructed all transport secretaries to launch a massive campaign against public service vehicles and seal all unauthorised/uncertified vehicles with dual fuel cylinders (CNG & LPG) and CNG cylinders fitted beneath the seats/passenger compartment. In a statement, the Ogra said keeping in view the increasing accidents related to CNG in PSVs, causing unfortunate loss of precious human lives as well as damage to public property due to bursting of uncertified CNG cylinders fitted beneath passenger seats/nonobservance to CNG Rules, 1992, standard Code of Practice appended to the rules and the instructions of certification from Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan authorized conversion centers / workshops. “In order to curb the said menace and to address these ever increasing accidents on account of the violations of rules and regulations by owners/drivers of

PSVs, all Transport Secretaries have been instructed by OGRA to launch a massive campaign against PSVs plying on the roads in collaboration with National Highways & Motorway Police and seal all unauthorised/uncertified vehicles with dual fuel cylinders and CNG cylinders fitted beneath the seats/passenger compartment of PSVs, Ogra said. “Moreover, the CNG station owners have been directed not to fill CNG in uncertified PSVs otherwise stern action against the violating CNG stations would also be initiated which may include imposition of penalty, suspension of gas supply and revocation of licence.” ONLINE

Wood Lay expo ends at RAC OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo J. Martin presenting souvenirs to High Commissioner of India, Ambassadors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Korea and the Netherlands during a reception-cum-farewell party in their honour hosted by Argentinean Ambassador. ONLINE

RAWALPINDI: Senator Najma Hameed Thursday said that artists were the beautiful image of any country where he/she introduces the culture of his country in other countries. She was addressing the closing ceremony of the Wood Lay Exhibition of the late legendry artisan Khalifa Irshad Baig’s work arranged by the Rawalpindi Arts Council here. National Assembly Member Tahira Aurangzeb, Naheed Manzoor, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed and Khalifa Iqbal Baig were also present on the occasion. Senator Najma said that the late Khalifa was a great asset of the country and his services were unforgettable. Paying tributes to the great artist, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said that the art was not a legacy to anyone but also a Godgifted ability. The Rawalpindi Arts Council has done a great job by paying tribute to legendary artist. Naheed Mnazoor said that RAC always facilitated and highly praised Khalifa’s art work. His family will be cooperated in future also, she added. The resident director thanked all the honourable guests and visitors.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Ansar Javed Thursday said that Pakistan’s future is linked to promotion of tax culture and the board was determined to improve tax-to-GDP ratio to make the country a respectable and self-sustaining nation. “We have chalked out a plan to promote tax culture for which many steps have been initiated including establishment of a data warehouse which will boost the number of taxpayers from existing 1.3 million to 20 million,” he said while speaking at a prebudget seminar organised by FPCCI. FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik, FBR members Muhammad Riaz and Raza Baqir, SAARC Chambers of Commerce & Industry Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, FPCCI Budget Committee Chairman Zakria Usman, FPCCI vice presidents Azhar Saeed Butt, Muhammad Ali, Khawaja Iqbal, ICCI President Zafar Bakhtawri and others were also present on the occasion. The FBR chairman said that meeting the business community help the FBR to get first-hand knowledge and reaction of the stakeholders which will help them improve performance and ensure a level playing field. “We are seriously vetting budget proposals to facilitate business community and we need support of FPCCI to expand the tax base,” he said. “We are employing latest technology alter to local needs, to facilitate taxpayers and discourage misuse of authority by field staff,” the chief of apex tax agency said. Assuring all support to the business community, Ansar Javed said that FBR was not supposed to collect taxes only but to take care of economic direction of the country and play its role in development of society. Earlier, FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik told the FBR chairman said that Pakistan was passing through difficult situation due to mismanagement, bad governance, deteriorating law and order and energy crunch which have increased the unemployment and revenue loss. However, he said FPCCI would support all the positive steps of FBR to put economy back on tract, he said. ONLINE

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CIA thwarts polio vaccination campaign KEN KLIPPENSTEIN

Return of tranquility The process of transfer of power to the newly elected leadership has commenced. Members of Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies in their inaugural sessions have taken oath, and meanwhile elections for speaker and deputy speakers have been held. Balochistan and Punjab assemblies have to pass through similar rituals. On 1st June, National Assembly will meet and members will take oath, followed by elections for Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition. On 5th June, prime minister will be elected to complete the process of transfer of power. Tranquility and calm must now come to the political waters. The reservations and grouses being harboured by certain political quarters about the May 11 poll may not be all devoid of substance, yet the redeeming feature is that election results have been accepted, barring a few complaints of foul play. However, prescribed legal avenues must be explored for remedying electoral grouse. Anyhow, measure of normality and mutual accommodation must return to the national politics. It is true that half a decade of inept, corrupt and incompetent rule of the outgoing ruling clique has left this nation so badly crippled that it can hardly afford yet another half a decade of political turmoil. It needs political stability for the incoming rulers to attend to the stupendous task of clearing up the wreckage of the misrule of the last five years and put the country on the road to progress and prosperity. It needs no reminding that the nation is at present entangled in a very difficult and precarious condition. It is in the lap of a multifaceted monstrosity of terrorism and low intensity insurgency. And no lesser worryingly it is in the grip of dire energy crisis while its economy is in tatters. With the world caught up in deep recession and fiscal crises, there are no donors out there ready with open arms to bail us out. The incoming rulers thus have a lot on their plates to contend with, requiring of them to tackle this daunting task by uniting the nation. Of course, the task of creating cohesion in the starkly polarized polity and knit it together into a harmonious one whole is nerve-wrecking, too demanding and no easy to carry out. As regards dealing with militants, a far more imaginative, pragmatic and realistic strategy involving political initiatives like dialogue, and at the same time keeping the option open for powerful military action is called for. It would also require painful, bitter and drastic reforms to revive the sagging national economy and tide over the huge energy crisis through creative planning, and not by looking outwards like import of oil through deferred payments. In short, the incomers are in for gigantic challenges internally and domestically. Therefore, the opposition should give some time to the incomers so that they do not say that they were not allowed to work for nation’s well-being and good by their political rivals. But they should not forget, that the people are yearning despairingly for a bit of relief to their unbearably difficult predicament and do not have patience to wait for the next half a decade for relief.

A polio vaccination campaign worker was shot to death in Pakistan on Tuesday, which The New York Times wasted no time in reporting. What the Times article neglected to mention was that the killing followed a CIA operation in which agents orchestrated a fake vaccination program in order to gain entry to Osama Bin Laden’s home. (The plot was based on knowledge that health workers had previously managed to enter Bin Laden’s home to administer polio drops to the children.) The importance of such background information apparently eluded the Times, whose motto is ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’. It’s easy to see why the details of the CIA operation were unfit for print: first, it’s embarrassing to the US, which the paper is greatly biased toward; and second, Pakistan is an official enemy of the US, so it’s an exercise in patriotism to imply that Pakistan is a home to Muslim extremists who don’t believe in vaccines or science, and therefore murder polio vaccine volunteers for sport. The nearest the Times article gets to mentioning the CIA’s bogus vaccine program is a vague reference to “the Pakistani Taliban, who have criticized vaccination efforts as a cover for Western espionage.” Not only does the NYT lack the integrity to recognize that “vaccination efforts” were in fact cover for Western espionage; they also imply that such notions are the result of some kind of sinister Taliban disinformation campaign. Like some kind of Billy Mays infomercial—‘But wait, there’s more!’—theTimes’ shameful coverage doesn’t end there. They go on to say that, “Also [in addition to the Taliban], religious extremists claim that the real aim of vaccination campaigns is to sterilize Pakistan’s Muslim

population.” The implication is again that Pakistan is populated with menacing religious zealots whose fundamentalism stands in the way of scientific progress. Characterizations such as these conform very nicely to the view that clashes between the West (i.e. NATO) and the Middle East are not rooted in any sort of real economic or political grievances (e.g., the US’ installation of dictators like the Shah in Iran; or

establishment media’s studied obliviousness. And it’s not as though they were oblivious to some marginal issue with the vaccine story. As a recent article in Scientific American states, “The CIA’s fake vaccination campaign endangers us all” by impeding the distribution of polio vaccines. Incidentally, Pakistan is one of the last few countries on the planet in which polio persists.

vaccination campaigns, Pakistanis would be suspicious. The cowardice of The New York Times is at times difficult to fathom. Another recent example of the paper’s servility to power would be its coverage of Obama’s speech about his terrorism policies. As Glenn Greenwald’s helpful article about the speech points out, the NYT’s response to it was posted online literally minutes after the speech ended.

As a recent article in Scientific American states, “The CIA’s fake vaccination campaign endangers us all” by impeding the distribution of polio vaccines. Incidentally, Pakistan is one of the last few countries on the planet in which polio persists. In fact, the US was such a leading pioneer in eugenics practices, including forced sterilization, that Nazi Germany derived many of its eugenics projects from the US So it shouldn’t be surprising that, following CIA involvement in vaccination campaigns, Pakistanis would be suspicious the US’ theft of oil resources), but rather “a clash of civilizations”, as Foreign Affairs once put it. The view that there are irrevocable religious differences between the West and the Middle East is very useful to Western leaders seeking to justify acts of aggression, like the invasion of Iraq. The Times can’t plead ignorance of the CIA’s false vaccination program. Just last year they published an article titled, “CIA. Vaccine Ruse May Have Harmed the War on Polio.” How NYT’s own coverage didn’t figure into another article on essentially the same topic is a fine illustration of the

I’ll be generous with the Times and not fault them for overlooking the West’s—particularly the US and Germany’s—past experimentation with eugenics, which would help explain the apparent superstition that vaccination campaigns might be sterilization campaigns in disguise. In fact, the US was such a leading pioneer in eugenics practices, including forced sterilization, that Nazi Germany derived many of its eugenics projects from the US So it shouldn’t be surprising that, following CIA involvement in

This means, of course, that they received a copy of it in advance. Small surprise that they gave the oration such an embarrassingly glowing review: wouldn’t want to bite the hand that’s feeding you advanced copies. What does surprise me is that the speech the Times chose to gush over was one that was designed to justify Obama’s unprecedented prosecution of journalists. Obama is selling the NYT the noose they’ll be hanged from, and the Times is only too thrilled to be buying it from such a swell guy. COUNTERPUNCH.COM

Pakistanis don’t want to be pawns in international politics DR S AMJAD HUSSAIN Recent elections in Pakistan reaffirmed that Pakistanis, like people elsewhere in the world, are democratically inclined and wish to live a life free of poverty and violence. They do not want to be pawns in a global game of chess. Voters rejected the ruling Pakistan People Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari, which had ruled the country for the past five years. His rule brought the country to the brink of financial disaster and made it a client state of the United States. Voters also rejected the PPP’s coalition partner, the Awami National Party (ANP), which has its power base in the turbulent Khyber Pukhtun Khwa province. Educated Pakistanis and young people pinned their hopes on Imran Khan, a former cricket hero, to win a decisive victory to form the government. His promise of tackling corruption, violence, and foreign interference in Pakistan resonated among voters, but not to the extent that they gave him a majority in the parliament. Instead, Pakistanis voted for Nawaz

Social and economic equality In order to create social and economic equality we need to build the nation and revive the economy. We must create individual competence and skills to develop the products, we must provide equal opportunity to all. If we do not formulate a new economic policy with the emphasis to create an egalitarian society we will fail as a nation. In our polity we have no proper planning and developmental programme to expand the industrial sector. This sector provides opportunities for

Sharif, who had two previous, mostly lackluster, stints as prime minister. But his message of stability, economic revival, and addressing the issue of communal and religious violence was enough to put his party on top. Mr. Sharif may be in a better position than others to effect positive change. As a businessman, he is likely to help stabilize the economy. As prime minister, he built most of

campaigning. Taliban fury was mostly targeted against the PPP and its allies. What concessions Mr. Sharif has promised the Taliban are not known. But within the constraints of the parliamentary system and the wishes of the voters, there is not much wiggle room for him to implement Islamic law, even if he were so inclined. His relations with the powerful Pakistani army will be crucial. Pervez Musharraf, as

Voters rejected the ruling Pakistan People Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari, which had ruled the country for the past five years. His rule brought the country to the brink of financial disaster and made it a client state of the United States the superhighways in Pakistan. And then there is the issue of Pakistani Taliban. They have been wreaking havoc with random attacks of violence. Mr. Sharif seems to have an understanding with the Taliban, who gave him and Mr. Khan a free pass during

employment and creates wealth for the nation. This also earns foreign exchange and builds the foreign reserves. We have been devaluing our currency in order to cover the decline in the exports of goods, thus increasing the burden of foreign loans and borrowings. This leaves us to spend more money to pay the loan installments. Now we are forced to borrow more money to make installment payments on the existing loans. This trend has continued even during the interim government's term. The growing burden of loans has weakened our fragile economy to such an extent that we will have to devalue our currency once again. This is done at the behest of the IMF and World Bank's advise to lessen the gap between the real value of the currency and inflated value. Millions of dollars were deposited to Qarz Utharo scheme, which included 75 5 of loans borrowed from international banks at increased rate of interest costing us extra money to pay the loans. Prof Michael Porter of Harvard Business School has indicated that if economic solution lies in the devaluation than the economic policy is flawed. It becomes necessary to bring changes in the Policy to provide protection from further devaluation of currency. A group of local investors is

army chief, staged a coup against him in 1999. To placate the powerful brass, Mr. Sharif has said that coup was the doing of one individual: Mr. Musharraf. Mr. Musharraf returned to Pakistan after living in exile for five years to take part in

enthusiastic and hopeful to find the solution regarding this matter. if we can create local level industrial revolt than we can bring in the prosperity . Japanese have done this and brought the economic revolution in the society. The cooperation is an important factor. we must create conducive environment to the desired change in Pakistan. We are rich in natural resources, cheap man power , population size, and armed power , but our strength lies in economic production and The prosperity can be achieved through increasing the value of the product. The three basic principles of management are the decrease in cost of production, increased performance and effective manageability Individual creativity is extremely important Business environment can be improved by creating atmosphere for competition and improved quality of goods and products. Thus we can provide better standard of living to our people. We have to concentrate on the advancement of technical skills, technology and development of skills. At present we lag behind advancement. Pakistan is rich in manpower, but has to create the spirit of competition and individual creativity. Our businessmen have excelled in the foreign lands why cannot they

the election. Instead, he was barred from running for office and put under house arrest for dismissing Supreme Court judges during his rule. According to the Pakistani constitution, Mr. Musharraf also could be charged with treason for dismissing a democratically elected government. But the army would not allow that. The army most likely would protect its former chief on another charge. In May, 1999, unbeknownst to his civilian bosses, Mr. Musharraf invaded part of Indian Kashmir while Mr. Sharif and his Indian counterpart, Atal Bihari Vajpaee, were close to reaching an agreement over the thorny issue. The misadventure destroyed that opportunity. In the Pakistani army’s Indiacentric policy, there is no room for compromise. But perhaps the most important challenge for Mr. Sharif is to find accommodation with the United States. While President Zardari signed on to everything the United States demanded, Mr. Sharif may not be that pliant. He and Mr. Khan opposed American

perform the miracle here. They must return home to contribute in building a prosperous Pakistan. We should get rid of loans culture through prosperity and free ourselves of international menace of loans and exorbitant interest. We must create atmosphere conducive for the return of experts and skulled labor for our prosperous future. The investors look for local opportunities to invest in the local industry. We must create an egalitarian society fit for providing social and economic equality.

drone attacks on Pakistani territory. Mr Sharif, however, has promised to assist the United States in its withdrawal from Afghanistan next year. While Mr. Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaaf Party could not win a majority in parliament, it did stage an upset victory in Khyber Pukhtun Khwa province. In doing so, it delivered a severe blow to the deeply entrenched Pashtun national organization, the Awami National Party. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Khan’s party rules the restive and violence-prone province where Taliban are dominant. Mr. Sharif is not a visionary leader. But he has shown in his previous stints that he can be pragmatic. It is a tall order for anyone to tackle the myriad problems facing Pakistan. If Mr. Sharif can improve the economy, stop religious violence, and keep the powerful army at bay, he will accomplish what his predecessors failed to do. WRITER IS A RETIRED TOLEDO SURGEON WHOSE COLUMN APPEARS EVERY OTHER WEEK

of the momentary beauty. And at the point one says, a thing of a beauty is a jot for ever its loveliness increases ever. It will pass into nothingness never. Camping in the desert, eating in the park, seeing an art exhibition and meeting a beautiful sexy women and loving her are all satisfying pursuits. One gets immense enjoyment out of these activities and energizes the being mentally and physically. Afterall pleasures and pains are derived from the same act. The land of the pure has become JAVED BASHIR the land of the criminals. Different ISLAMABAD mafias and syndicates rule the country and operated dens of prostitution and corruption and Sliding into scum immoral means becomt the tool of choice in their hands. they commit heinous crimes without remorse of Either one can ride or slide the any kind. how can we describe them surfaces or objects. When one is riding, he is gaining something, like , may be scum of the earth ,or worms in the filth would be aot riding the horse or a lift chair, one description of them. gains speed or height. As this The sensitive people feel about it phrase indicates. He was riding while the scum’s love it. They enjoy high on his horse back. No one could save him, as he slides into the the acquiring worm's living. The land mafia comprising of land ditch. Thus the idiom indicates the grabbers is the strongest of them plight if one does not act timely. A all. They create opportunities from stitch in time saves nine. nowhere, and occupy illegally The wind soar one high. The storm government’s land lying vacant. Any flies objects in all direction. The tidal waves rising high and die on the shore vacant plot would be an eye sore for them , and they will not rest till the after hitting the banks of the Sea. All these visual give us the essence grab it, The sale of this land is no



problem for these clever operatives. The lust and greed never ends. Money making becomes obsession with them. They defy all laws and enjoy relations at high level of bureaucracy. They hob nob with the high echelons of power opening all closed doors without knocking. They have Talismani mantra that opens the doors to the corridors of power and authority. They get their work done by the baboos for bibis. The money makes marry go round. JB LAHORE

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Syria gets first shipment of Russia's S-300 missiles: Assad 64 killed in fresh tribal clashes in South Darfur KHARTOUM: At least 64 people were killed and dozens injured in renewed clashes between Al-Gimir and Bani Halba tribes in Sudan's South Darfur State, Khartoum's Alahram Alyoum daily reported Thursday. The paper said South Darfur State has affirmed that around 64 people were killed from the two parties and dozens injured. Meanwhile, the paper quoted Abbaker Al-Toam, a native administration leader in the state, as saying that "a group from Bani Halba tribe, onboard 30 vehicles equipped with heavy arms, attacked Intakaina locality and burned a number of areas," The clashes between the two tribes have started since last March due to disputes over lands. –AGENCIES

500 foreign tourists stranded in Egypt's Aswan

DAMASCUS: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said his country has already received a shipment of the Russia's long-range S-300 antiaircraft missiles, Lebanese al-Manar TV released Thursday. Assad made the remarks during an interview with the Lebanese alManar TV, whose excerpts were released Thursday morning as the entire interview will be fully aired Thursday night. Assad said the Syrian army received the first shipment of the anti-aircraft missiles, adding that other shipments will be delivered soon. His remarks came couple of days after Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that sending Russian long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria constitutes "a stability factor" and prevents foreign forces from

interfering in the country, adding that the shipment is being carried out according to a contract that was signed between Syria and Russia five years ago. On Tuesday, a senior Israeli defense official warned that Russia's plan to send the S-300 missiles to Syria was a "threat" and signaled that Israel could take some form of unspecified action in response. Moscow has also declared its weapons shipment at a time when the European Union (EU) said it will lift arms embargo on the Syrian rebels. In the interview, Assad said his army was fighting more than 100,000 combatants of various nationalities. Regarding Israel's latest airstrikes against Syria's army positions in the capital Damascus, Assad said the

Syria rebels plead for aid in strategic Qusair, Damascus

Syrian army will retaliate against any Israeli attack and won't stop Arab factions trying to liberate the Israelioccupied Golan Heights. The president also said that his government would take part in the international conference on Syria's issue slated for mid-June, lambasting the exiled opposition's remarks that they want his resignation ahead of any political settlement to Syria's 26-month- old crisis. On Wednesday night, the oppositional Syria's National Coalition (SNC) stressed commitment to its bases that President Bashar alAssad and his security and military subordinates should be overthrown and excluded from any political process, failing yet to reach a unified decision on attending the Geneva conference. –AGENCIES

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels pleaded for military and medical aid in the embattled border town of Qusair on Thursday, saying they were unable to evacuate hundreds of wounded under an onslaught from government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive to capture Qusair two weeks ago in what many see as a bid to link territory from the capital Damascus up to his Alawite community heartland on the Mediterranean coast. "We have 700 people wounded in Qusair and 100 of them are being given oxygen. The town is surrounded and there's no way to bring in medical aid," said Malek Ammar, an opposition activist in the besieged town. Assad is widely believed to be making a push to cement his hold on the critical centers of Syria to strengthen his hand in a planned US- and Russia-led peace conference. Qusair, a small town sitting near critical supply lines for both Assad's allies and the rebels seeking to topple him, and the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus have been focal points for the army. Local opposition councils on the outskirts of Damascus issued their own plea for support, saying suburbs around the capital that have been besieged for 7 months now face a heavy onslaught from Assad forces supported by Iraqi and Lebanese militias. –AGENCIES

20 killed in Iraq’s wave of bombings

ASWAN: Some 500 foreign tourists were stranded Thursday on their way back from a tour at Abu Simbel Temple in Upper Egypt's Aswan governorate, as local farmers blocked the road in protest of meager irrigation water, a security source told Xinhua. He added that the tourists are from different countries including France, Britain, Germany, and China. "They are all safe and they will complete their tours in the governorate after resolving the issue and reopening the road," the official added. The source noted that there are ongoing discussions between security officials and the residents to end the unrest and reopen the road. –AGENCIES

‘Woolwich murder falls under UK terrorism act’ LONDON: A young man charged with killing a British soldier last week has made his first court appearance, with the prosecution saying his trial will take place under the UK's terrorism act. Michael Adebowale, 22, looked dazed in the courtroom as the charges against him were read out during the brief hearing. Adebowale, along with 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, was arrested at the scene of the attack on Drummer Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death on a busy street in the suburb of Woolwich. Both suspects were shot by police and taken to hospital where they stayed under armed guard. Adebowale answered only "yes" when asked in court to confirm his name and address in London. –AGENCIES

‘US tops 2013 world competitiveness ranking’ GENEVA: The US topped the 2013 world competitiveness ranking of 60 economies, followed by Switzerland and China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, according to the IMD business school in Switzerland. The US regained the top spot this year after having ranked the second in 2012 due to a rebounding financial sector, an abundance of technological innovation and successful companies, IMD business school said on Thursday in an annual report. Switzerland rose to the second place this year from last year's third, outranking the rest of Europe and surpassing Hong Kong which fell to the third place. In Asia, the Chinese mainland and Japan also saw their competitiveness ranking rise by two and three notches to the 21st and 24th place respectively. In Europe, against the context of a stalled eurozone, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany were the most competitive, whose success was built on export-oriented manufacturing, diversified economies, strong small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fiscal discipline, according to the report. –AGENCIES

BUENOS AIRES: Members of trade unions and social organizations that integrate the Central of Argentine Workers (CTA, by its acronym in Spanish) participate in a work stoppage, in Buenos Aires.

Hollande defiance sparks German anger PARIS: President Francois Hollande’s insistence that the EU executive can’t “dictate” reforms to France has outraged Angela Merkel’s conservatives, hours before the German leader was due in Paris for talks. Unveiling reform recommendations for the 27-nation European Union on Wednesday, the European Commission urged Hollande to rein in public spending, revamp pensions and cut labor costs in return for a two-year reprieve on budget deficit cuts. French officials broadly welcomed the recommendations as being in line with reform plans already sent to Brussels. But Hollande, who was on a trip through rural France with reporters, warned the Commission not to overstep itself. “The European Commission cannot dictate what we should do, it can only say that France must balance its public finances,” said Hollande, who later returned to Paris to prepare for Merkel’s visit to the French capital on Thursday. With concern growing in EU economic powerhouse Germany that the euro zone’s second largest economy is slipping deeper into decline, Merkel allies immediately warned that France’s attitude could undermine efforts to bolster the euro zone economy. “It can’t work when a big country like France said it can do what it wants to do,” Michael Fuchs, deputy parliamentary leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats. “If a country in the EU and euro zone thinks it needn’t keep promises, that is

worrying,” he added. Norbert Barthle, the party’s spokesman on budgetary matters, accused Hollande, whose poll ratings have fallen faster than for any modern French president as the economy has slid into recession, of playing to a domestic audience. He said the EU Commission had already been too generous in giving France a further two years to bring its budget deficit below the bloc’s 3 percent ceiling after Paris conceded it would miss the target this year. “France won’t be able to bank on such indulgence again,” he said. Paris says it expects to bring its deficit back under the upper limit well in time for the new 2015 deadline and is already preparing to reform France’s generous pension system. Hollande, who is particularly wary of upsetting negotiations on the issue, said earlier this month the French should expect to have to work “a bit longer”. He is looking more towards a possible increase in the period of pension contributions that French workers must make rather than any increase in the statutory retirement age. Yet the Commission specifically listed an increase in the retirement age as a measure that France should examine, and warned it not to do anything which would increase the cost to its companies – remarks which had French officials bristling privately after they emerged. –AGENCIES

Fearful Myanmar Muslims shelter in monastery LASHIO: More than 1,000 Muslims who fled Myanmar's latest bout of sectarian violence huddled Thursday in a Buddhist monastery guarded by army soldiers as calm returned to this northeastern city, though burnt out buildings leveled by Buddhist rioters still smoldered. The army transported terrified Muslim families by the truckload out of a neighborhood in Lashio where overturned cars and motorcycles that had been charred a day earlier left black scars on the red earth. "We heard things could get worse, so we waved down soldiers and asked them for help," said 59-yearold Khin Than, who arrived at the monastery Thursday morning with her four children and sacks of luggage along with several hundred other Muslims. "We left because we're afraid of being attacked." The violence in Lashio this week highlights how anti-Muslim unrest has slowly spread across Myanmar since starting last year in western Rakhine state and hitting the central city of Meikhtila in March. President Thein Sein's government, which inherited power from the military two years ago, has been heavily criticized for failing to contain the violence. In Lashio on Thursday, Buddhist monks organized meals for the newly arrived refugees, who huddled together in several buildings in the monastery compound. –AGENCIES

BAGHDAD: At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a series of bombings in Iraq. Police said a parked car bomb went off next to an army patrol in Baghdad's eastern Shia Ur neighbourhood, killing four and injuring 17. Car bombs also killed four in the north-eastern Shia neighborhood of Binouq and three died in a bombing at a market selling spare car parts in central Baghdad, according to police. Officials also said that a roadside bomb exploded on a police patrol in the largely Shia central commercial district of Karradah, killing three people. In the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah in the capital's north, a car bomb struck near a military convoy, killing three people, including two soldiers, according to police. Another 14 people were injured in the attack. In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide bomber killed three when he blew himself up on a federal police checkpoint. Mosul is a former insurgent stronghold, located about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. The attacks came hours after bomb blasts tore through two Baghdad neighborhoods on Wednesday evening, killing at least 30 people. Police officials also said that a

roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in the largely Shia central commercial district of Karradah, killing three people there. The Karradah blast shattered glass and twisted metal signs on several storefronts, and left the stricken police unit's modified Ford pickup truck charred and mangled. "What have these innocent people done to deserve this?" asked witness Sinan Ali. "So many people were hurt. Who is responsible?" In the largely Sunni neighbourhood of Azamiyah in the capital's north, a car bomb struck near a military convoy, killing three people, including two soldiers, according to police. Another 14 people were wounded in that attack. Another police patrol was struck in the southern neighbourhood of Saydiyah, injuring six. Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. In Anbar province, the provincial governor escaped an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into his convoy, his deputy Dhari Arkan said. The governor escaped unharmed, but four of his guards were wounded, Arkan said. Anbar is a vast Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad that has been the centre for months of protests against the Shia-led government. –AGENCIES

‘French kiss’ finally enters French dictionary PARIS: For centuries, there's been no official French wordfor the sloppy Gallic export "to French kiss" — though that certainly hasn't stopped any citizen from doing so. Now the oversight has been rectified. The one-word verb "galocher" — to kiss with tongues — is among new entries added to the "Petit Robert" 2014 French dictionary, which hit the shops Thursday. It may surprise many that France — a country famed for its amorous exploits and which gave the world sexsymbol Brigitte Bardot, romantic photographer Robert Doiseau and even scandal-hit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn — is only just linguistically embracing the popular pastime. Yet Laurence Laporte of the Robert publishing house says that it's just the way language evolves. "We always had many expressions to describe 'French-kissing,' like 'kissing at length in the mouth,' but it's true, we've never had one single word," she said. The term "French kiss" — once also called a "Florentine kiss" — is popularly considered to have been brought back to the English-speaking world by soldiers returning from Europe after World War I. At the time, the French had a reputation for more adventurous sexual practices. Laporte said "galocher" was a slang term that's been around for a while "but only now is it being officially recognized in a French dictionary." –AGENCIES

Hungary hails victory of 'Orbanomics' but there's a cost KRISZTINA THAN AND MICHAEL WINFREY

HE leaflets dropping into Hungarians' mailboxes this month told citizens the economy has turned a corner, whatever foreign critics might think. Emblazoned with the red, white and green of the national flag, the government-funded brochure hailed the steps conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban had taken. "Hungary is doing better," it read. Orban can point to two significant developments to back up the leaflets' claims, and justify his rejection of orthodox austerity policies which have helped to push euro zone countries such as Greece into downward economic spirals. First, the state statistics office announced that the economy grew 0.7 percent in the first three months of this year from the previous quarter, taking Hungary out of its second recession in the past few years. Then, to complete what may be Orban's best month since he took power in 2010, the European Commission ruled this week that Hungary can leave the Excessive


Deficit Procedure, a kind of sin bin for EU countries deemed to be spending beyond their means. For Orban, these developments are a political triumph, and a vindication after Brussels, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and legions of analysts had predicted for years that his idiosyncratic policies would ruin the country. "I say this quietly," Orban said after the news of economic growth earlier this month. "I think what we are doing is successful." Yet there is a cost. The data showed the economy had still shrunk 0.9 percent from the first three months of 2012, and many economists believe Orban's policies may consign Hungary to years of bumping along with very low growth. This, they say, is because he has scared off some of the foreign direct investors whose cash is needed to fund a stronger recovery. "Orbanomics", broadly speaking, has involved transferring money from the private sector to consumers and to the public sector, in the hope that this will reduce the budget deficit and get the economy growing. Measures have included forcing power companies to cut customers'

energy bills, imposing Europe's highest tax on banks, effectively nationalizing private pension funds, and levying "crisis taxes" on telecom, energy and supermarket companies all sectors where foreigners are major players. Any short-term benefit from these steps "is at the expense of crushing potential growth from probably around 3.5-4.0 percent when he came into office to only around 1.0 percent now," said Peter Attard Montalto, an economist at Nomura. Many economists say it is too early to declare a recovery in Hungary. Nevertheless, exports are up, led by high-end carmakers - one of the few sectors where foreigners escaped unscathed when Orban targeted investors with heavy taxes. Daimler has ploughed 800 million euros ($1 billion) into its Hungarian Mercedes factory, opened last year. Fellow German carmaker Audi has created a new production line at its plant that is expected to run close to full capacity in the second half of this year. Hungarian farmers expect a better harvest this year than the poor crop in 2012, which should also lift growth.

Another factor is that many of the policies for which Orban has been widely criticized, especially the lower power bills, have left money in ordinary Hungarians' pockets, and kept inflation low, helping consumer confidence. Hungary's GKI-Erste index of consumer and business confidence, produced by an economic think-tank, jumped to a 22-month high in May. "We can feel that our expenses have decreased somewhat," said Etelka Sas, a Budapest resident who has a clerical job. "I can't really save up yet, but there may be a chance to make some savings if the (further energy price) cuts the government promised happen." Hungary's biggest vulnerability now is its government debt, which still stands at about 80 percent of gross domestic product, the highest level in central Europe. Global financial markets are awash with cash pumped out by leading central banks trying to stimulate economic growth. Some of that is flowing into Hungarian financial assets, including government bonds, but they may crumble if the big economies stop printing money furiously.

Underscoring the risk, the forint currency fell 0.9 percent against the euro after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the US central bank might curtail its stimulus program. However, Hungary's debt is proportionately no higher than many western European countries' and a bond sell-off, which economists have warned of for months, has yet to happen. Some people in Hungary say it is time to re-assess who has the best approach - Orban or the policymakers in Brussels and at the IMF who criticized him for so long. "If you look at the southern European countries which carried out the textbook orthodoxy of austerity, they are in a recession spiral," said Takarekbank analyst Gergely Suppan. "So compared to that, we got away with it much better." A recovering economy could help Orban to win next year's parliamentary election. An opinion poll last month showed his Fidesz party has 24 percent support, well ahead of the main opposition, though half of respondents were undecided. Longer-term prospects for the

economy look less rosy due to the effect of Orban's policies on the investment climate. He says they are about making foreign investors carry their fair share of the financial burden. His officials are reassuring businesses that there will be no more drastic measures, but it will take time to restore investors' confidence. The central Europe chief of one multinational said some business people he knew had been turned off by what they perceive as an anti-foreigner atmosphere. "The investors don't want to come," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A real estate executive, who also did not want to be identified, said he had been working with a big European retailer which pulled out of Hungary two years ago, partly because of government policies. An IMF report in March said investment in Hungary had dropped to a 10-year low, behind emerging market peers in Europe. "Unconventional policies, high and uneven tax rates, and heavy regulatory burden have eroded investors' confidence and contributed to a sharp decline in investment," the IMF said. –REUTERS

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

Pakistani journalist injured in London attack LONDON: Some unidentified persons have injured Pakistani journalist in an attack here near Heathrow Airport. Media reports said that two British merchants of Pakistan origin attacked Raza Syed a Pakistani journalist, working in a private TV channel, near Heathrow airport. He was shifted to hospital in wounded condition. Details said he received head and chest injuries. Police have started search of both aggressors. ONLINE

Two criminals killed in Rangers-police operation KARACHI: Two miscreants were killed in an operation by rangers and police in Kunwari Colony, Manghopir. According to SP Chaudhry Asad, two criminals, Usman and Akhtar, were killed in the operation. Hand grenades, Kalashnikov and pistols were also recovered. ONLINE

Juniper forest declared biosphere reserve PARIS/ISLAMABAD: The International CoOrdinating Council of the Man and Biosphere Programme has declared Juniper Forest of Ziarat in Balochistan- Pakistan as the biosphere reserve. The decision was made during the 25th session of MAB ICC at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, making Juniper Forest of Ziarat, the second declared biosphere reserve in Pakistan. Earlier, in 1977, MAB ICC had declared Lal Suhanra, in Cholistan Desert of southern Punjab province as biosphere reserve. Believed to be the second largest Juniper forest of its kind in the world, this Biosphere Reserve of Ziarat is habitat to the largest patch of juniper forests ( juniperus excelsa polycarpos) in Pakistan and measures about 110,000 ha. Juniper tree species of Ziarat has a global significance because of their old age and slow growth rate. The species finds its

place in the list of the oldest living trees on earth. Though no dendrological study has yet been conducted, the age of a mature tree, according to an estimate, exceeds 4000 to 5000 years. Precisely because of this, they are locally termed as “Living Fossils”. The Juniper Forest of Ziarat provides habitat for endangered wildlife species including Suleiman Markhor, Urial, Black Bear and Wolf. The forests also serve as habitat for a number of other species such as Afghan Pica, foxes, jackals and several species of migratory birds. The forest is also rich in diversity of plant species of medicinal significance. Of the 54 available species, more than 50% are of medicinal/ethno-botanic value and are being traditionally used by the local communities as panacea to treat various diseases. Moreover, the forest also provides valuable services of

regulating aquifers, by protecting watersheds in the catchments that conserve and sustain provision of water resources for various production functions that support livelihoods of the local communities. Biosphere reserves provide important areas of study to enrich the knowledge base and generate ideas to maintain a healthy relationship between mankind and nature. Biosphere reserves are not only a habitat for vegetation, but also for animals, insects and mankind as part of one nature reserve. These biosphere reserves provide challenge to researchers to be innovative, creative and adaptive of research approaches that are multidisciplinary in nature. It encompasses diverse fields including policy and management, so that human beings are better equipped with knowledge and ideas that ought to be ecology friendly and sensitive to nature.

Pakistan National MAB Committee submitted the Dossier and Management Plan of Ziarat Juniper Forest to MAB Secretariat for its inclusion in the list of World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Each year since 1970, International Co-Ordinating Council of the Man and Biosphere Programme has been deciding new biosphere reserves to be included in the list of WNBR. The MAB ICC comprises of scientists to evaluate each proposal seeking enlistment in the WNBR, on the basis of ecological importance with respect to flora, fauna and local communities. The MAB Programme promotes interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building with an aim to highlight ecological, social and economic costs of biodiversity loss, and proposes ways to reduce it. The WNBR currently counts 610 biosphere reserves in 117 countries world-wide. PR

Tech education be given priority for employment: PM

PACP to conduct HIV screening in Punjab prisons LAHORE: Punjab AIDS Control Programmeme decided to conduct screening of all prisoners along with staff of prisons in the province to prevent the transmission of HIV and other diseases. The Director Punjab AIDS Control Programmeme, Dr. Salman Shahid announced this while addressing a meeting, here on Thursday. The Director of PACP added that contact of prison staff with the community and return of prisoners to the society after completing their sentences ultimately cause spread of these serious diseases, Therefore, there is need to take steps for the prevention of such diseases. ONLINE

School principal in Orangi Town shot KARACHI: The school principal of AlKhayyam School in Karachi’s Orangi Town was injured after being hit by a single bullet on her ankle, police said on Thursday. According to investigating officer Safdar at Iqbal Market police station, Rehana Rehman, 35, was inside her home in Orangi Town when a bullet “came from outside and hit her.” A resident of Iqbal Market in Chishti Nagar, Rehana’s husband, Attaur Rehman, is an Imam and works at Karachi Port Trust. The police said that no one in the area admitted to having seen anything, including who fired the shot, adding that they were investigating. ONLINE

Poisonous food death toll reaches 8 MUZAFFARGARH : Two more persons including a girl died after consuming poisonous food at Bait Daryai area of Mir Hazar Khan, Jatoi on Tuesday night after which the toll has increased to eight. Two persons are still in critical condition after eating the same poisonous food. Earlier on Tuesday, five children died after consuming poisonous food at Bait Daryai area of Mir Hazar Khan, Tehsil Jatoi. The condition of 10 members of a family deteriorated after taking poisonous food. They were rushed to DHQ Hospital where doctors referred them to Nishtar Hospital, Multan due to their critical condition. Two children died at Nishtar Hospital, while three died at Children Hospital during treatment. The deceased included five-year-old Faraz, seven-year-old Siraj, 11-year-old Shahbaz, 12-year-old Sajid and 15year-old Samia. ONLINE

HYDERABAD: Sisters Sitara and Saira, the residents of Larkana, are talking to newsmen at Hyderabad Press Club. They claimed their father wants to sell them. ONLINE

Two killed in Quetta, 4 terrorists arrested 

Huge cache of weapons also recovered

QUETTA: At least two persons were killed on Thursday in separate incidents in Quetta while police also foiled terrorism bid and arrested four terrorist. In first incident, Muhammad Hassan was killed in the area of Sargesha when he was run over by a fast speedy car resultantly he died on the spot. Upon receiving information, Levies forces reached on the site and removed the dead body to hospital for autopsy. After completing medico legal formalities, the dead body was handed over to his kith and kin. However, levies nabbed the car driver and registered the case against him.

In other incident, one man was gunned down by some unknown armed motorcyclist in Khuzdar. Unidentified armed motorcyclist opened indiscriminate firing on one man namely Muhammad Anwar resultantly he died on the spot and the criminals fled from the scene successfully. Upon receiving information, police reached on the site and shifted the dead body to hospital for autopsy. After completing legal formalities it was handed over to his heirs. Police registered the case and started thorough investigation. In another incident, Police foiled a terrorism

Power shutdown plan ISLAMABAD: According to IESCO spokesman, due to electricity maintenance/development work power supply from the following feeders/grid stations would remain suspended: On Sunday (June 2) from 9am to 1pm, from 132KV NPF Grid Station, the following feeders and areas are affected, including Koral feeder, Lohi Bher and Ghouri Town Phase-IV. On Tuesday (June 4), from 9am to 1pm, H-8 feeder, WAPDA Staff College, Al-Shifa Hospital, Federal Judicial Academy, Federal Board, National Language, and surrounding areas. PR

NA to elect Leader of House on June 5 STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: All is set for transfer of power to the newly elected government at Centre as the 342-member House will elect leader of the house on June 5. According to the tentative schedule issued by the NA Secretariat for the first session of the national assembly after general election, 2013, the newly-elected members will take oath on June 1. The House will be adjourned for June 3 for election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be held under Article 53 (1) of the constitution. The nomination papers by the candidates for the two slots would be submitted with the Secretary national assembly on June 2 by 12 noon. Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker would be held on June 3 through secret ballot. The nomination papers for the slot of leader of the house would be delivered to the Secretary on June 4 by 2pm.

PIA set to buy 12 narrow- LVS refrigerator laucnhed ISL AM ABAD: As voltage power is as low as 135V these body fuel-efficient planes days, here comes a new refrigerator to deal with the

Two-day rescue training workshop for policemen RAWALPINDI: The Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi training wing conducted two days police officials training on Basic Life Support, First Aid and Fire Safety Orientation on 29th and 30th May, 2013 at Police College Sihala. The purpose of this training was to develop professional approach to first responders in different organisations especially Police Service, so that police officials could provide professional response to the victims of any emergency or mega disaster. ONLINE

bid and apprehended four criminals in the area of Sherani. Upon receiving secret information, Police raided in a house located in the area of Shana Ponga at Zhob and nabbed four terrorists namely Qamar Zaman, Tawi, Lio Jan, and Toor Jan and also recovered a huge cache of weapons, 1 mines, 30 rockets, 7 local bombs, riffles, Pistols Search Lights, microscopes, several rounds, jewelry and cash money from them. Police said that the terrorists are going to use these weapons in terrorism activities. However, police started thorough interrogation from them. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Thursday said that top priority should be given to the technical education so that youth can be productively employed and play a constructive role in progress and development. He was reviewing performance of the ministries of Human Resource Development and the Overseas Pakistanis at the PM House. Human Resource Development Ministry Secretary Abdul Khaliq briefed the prime minister on the functions, objectives and performance of the ministry. He said that one of the functions of the ministry was to work for the welfare of the working class. In this connection, the ministry was running Workers Welfare Fund which finances the establishment of educational, health and housing facilities for the working class. He said unlike other funds, the dispersion of the fund was made on need basis rather than the criteria of population. ONLINE

LAHORE: An elderly and blind man smoking a day before World No-Tobacco Day. ONLINE

KARACHI: PIA Board of Directors Senior Member Hussain Lawai on Thursday presided over the 56th Annual General Meeting of Pakistan International Airlines. PIA Managing Director Muhammad Junaid Yunus and Member Board Javed Akhter were also present. The PIA shareholders appreciated present management’s role in maintaining the airline operations with a fleet constraint and other factors affecting the airline especially inconsistency and frequent change of the management. They demanded consistency and continuity of management to implement their plan effectively to achieve desired results. Earlier, Junaid Yunus in his address said that the airline is in an urgent need to induct new aircraft in its fleet to meet demand and capacity. He said that the airline is in the process to acquire 12 narrow body fuel efficient aircraft in its fleet which will enable the airline to offer better services to its customers and will have savings with regard to fuel costs and maintenance costs, as presently the airline fuel cost is around 60 percent as compared to the industry average of 35 percent. Hussain Lawai in his address said that good news is that very soon in first phase PIA will be getting four newer narrow body aircraft on lease from its own resources. PR

Pakistani lawyer achieves feat KARACHI: A Pakistani lawyer has been declared one of top 10 transportation and aviation finance lawyers in the USA, according to an announcement by chambers. Zarrar Sehgal has also been ranked in the prestigious "Band 1". Zarrar Sehgal is the first Pakistani to enter the category and the first lawyer in the world of any nationality below the age of 40 years to enter the list at Band 1. Zarrar Sehgal is the Global Head of Transport and Logistics and has extensive experience representing underwriters, lenders, lessors and governmental agencies engaged in a wide variety of asset finance transactions, including portfolio securitizations, acquisition financing, leveraged leasing, EETC transactions, secured lending, structured financing and credit enhancement. Zarrar is a Young Global Leader with the World

Economic Forum. He serves as an aviation finance lawyer with strong relationships and strong capital markets skills and is also an advisor to several of the large investment and commercial banks. He is also the President of TCF-USA, a non-profit organization affiliated with The Citizens Foundation in Pakistan. A BA from Boston University and a JD (Juris Doctor) from Georgetown University Law Center, Sehgal is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, which is a global law firm offering a comprehensive and nationally recognized law services, backed by top ranked practices in the world’s major financial and business centres. The firm advises leading international financial institutions. Chambers publishes the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth and objective research since 1990. ONLINE

power crisis. With thicker insulation, the refrigerator is capable of retaining cooling for up to 15 hours without electricity, says Hasan Jameel, head of Sales, Dawlance. He said, “We are expecting our LVS series of refrigerators to become an instant hit among our consumers. PR


J Lo’s raunchy performance slammed by viewers

Neil Patrick Harris to host emmy Awards

LONDON: Jennifer Lopez, who gave an exclusive performance of her new single on Britain`s Got Talent, has drawn complaints from viewers who were shocked by her skimpy outfit and provocative dance moves. The viewers have reacted with fury at the star after her raunchy schedule, the Mirror reported. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom was inundated with complaints on Wednesday after the 43-year-old`s bottom-revealing performance on the ITV show. Lopez wore thigh-high boots and a skin-tight bodysuit that left little to the imagination, as she performed her hit single "Live It Up." As the superstar cavorted around the stage, viewers of the show were left in shock at some of her more risque dance moves, one of which involved an explicit thrust at the front of the stage. -SHOWBIZ DESK

NEW YORK: Television, film and stage actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honors in U.S. television, in September, organizers said on Wednesday. It will be the second time the Emmy Award-winning performer, who stars in the television series "How I Met Your Mother," will host the live broadcast from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on September 22. "Four years ago, Neil was an amazing Emmy host and we are excited to have him back," Bruce Rosenblum, the Television Academy chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "Neil is an extremely gifted and inventive performer, and we look forward to seeing what he has in store this year." Harris, a popular entertainment awards show host, said he "couldn't be more honored and excited" to host the Emmy Awards. He is also hosting the Tony Awards, which honor the best of Broadway, from Radio City Music Hall in New York next month. It will be his fourth stint at the Tony Awards. The actor is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his guest roles on "Glee" and as host of the 2009 and 2011 Tony Awards. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Sam mendes back in talks to direct next 007 film

SRK discharged from hospital, advised rest SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Sam Mendes has resumed talks with the producers of the James Bond films about the possibility of directing the next movie in the series. The 'Skyfall' director, who previously ruled himself out due to other commitments, is believed to be reconsidering, the BBC reported. According to, Mendes' change of heart was encouraged by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who waited for him. Mendes helmed the last instalment, Skyfall, which was an audience-pleasing film that grossed over 1.1 billion dollars worldwide to become the biggest Bond film and the eighthhighest-grossing film of all time. Mendes was invited to direct Skyfall's successor but he turned down the offer because of theatre commitments in London. It is believed that the Bond team is ready to postpone production on the next Bond feature until Mendes is available. Other leading directors, who are rumoured to have been approached, include Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan and Nicolas Winding Refn. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Ranveer took inspiration from Dev Anand for Lootera

MUMBAI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was discharged from suburban Lilavati Hospital on wednesday, a day after he underwent shoulder surgery. The 47-year-old actor had hurt his right shoulder while performing some daring stunts for director Rohit Shetty's action drama Chennai Express. "The actor was discharged from Lilavati Hospital a short while ago. The surgery was successful. He is doing fine and has been asked to take rest," sources close to him told PTI. Despite his injury, the actor had refused to use body doubles for Chennai Express and performed his own stunts. He also performed at the TOIFA awards in Vancouver recently.

Veena’s new film rejected by viewers MUMBAI: Veena Malik’s latest film Zindagi 50-50 failed to impress the Indian audience. According to reports Pakistani controversial actress Veena Malik film Zindagi 50-50 was released on 24th May in India (film was not released in Pakistan). The film failed on Box Office and it was yet another flop from Veena Malik. Veena Malik has failed to give any hit at Indian cinema till now. All her films have failed at Bollywood. It was Veena’s fourth film in India. Veena has featured in item songs ‘Chhanno’ in Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai and in ‘Fann Ban Gayi’ in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya movie. Her item song ‘Chhanno’ made some news but it also not a big hit. Now Indian audience after wich her latest film ‘Zindagi 50-50’ said that Veena is not a good actress and she is only good in showing her skin. Vikram Rathod from Mumbai while commenting on Veena’s acting said that it sucks and she may be a good model and presenter on television but she has failed to impress from her acting. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Shah Rukh's son Aryan, who is studying in London, had also flown down to be by his father's side. The surgery was supposed to have been done earlier this month in London but was postponed due to the actor's busy schedule. This is his eighth surgery, the last one being in 2010 when he injured himself while shooting for his home production RA.One. Once recovered, Shah Rukh will start promoting Chennai Express and begin work on Farah Khan's film Happy New Year. Talking to reporters outside the hospital, Shah Rukh said "I am a soldier and soldier overcomes everything. I am fine. Doctors have advised me rest for six months, I will do it. I am thankful to my director Rohit Shetty for his co-operation."

Daniel Craig wants to play villain? LONDON: Actor Daniel Craig fancies playing a villain a la Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the "James Bond" series of novels and films. Otherwise, Craig plays hero spy James Bond in the popular film franchise. "We could change the plot. I could do it. It is the movies after all and it is fantasy," quoted Craig as saying. The "Skyfall" actor is presently busy with two more Bond films. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha unveiled the first look of their soon-to-release film named Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.

Kim Kardashian child birth to cost $1 million

Emma feels inadequate

MUMBAI: Ranveer Singh, who is known to be a high-on-energy actor, watched veteran star Dev Anand's old classics for his mellowed look in Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera. The 27-year-old made his Bollywood debut with a bubbly character in Band Baja Baarat and was vibrant in his second film Ladies vs Ricky Bahl as well. But Lootera, a period film, demanded the actor to emote with his eyes and Ranveer did so by watching Dev Anand's hits. "Lootera is a tribute to 50s. We have styled our romance on Dev Anand," said a spokesperson for the film. -SHOWBIZ DESK

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LONDON: Actress Emma Watson, who is on a promotional spree for her latest film The Bling Ring, says she sometimes feels unnerved by her success and what it entails. "It's called the impostor syndrome. It's almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I'm just going, 'Any moment, someone's going to find out I'm a total fraud, and that I don't deserve any of what I've achieved. I can't possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone's expectations of me are. It's weird ¿ sometimes success can be incredibly validating, but sometimes it can be incredibly unnerving and throw your balance off a bit, because you're trying to reconcile how you feel about yourself with how the rest of the world perceives you," she said. The 23-year-old also revealed how she loves to write, and hopes to publish her work one day, but feels that she would have to do so under a false name, reported Digital Spy. "I paint and I draw and I write and I do other things too, and recently some people at school were asking if I'd ever publish any of my written work. But I almost feel like I would have to publish it under another name because there's a definition of me out there that feels kind of stuck in the moment when it was formed. I was 15 or 16 then, and I'm now 23." -SHOWBIZ DESK

SHOWBIZ DESK LONDON: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper boyfriend Kanye West are spending a hefty amount on an exclusive birthing suite, a personal photographer to capture their child's first moments and baby products. The total cost of the child birth is estimated at a whopping $1 million, reported Contactmusic. The 32-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star would deliver her first child in a $ 4,000 per day deluxe birthing suite at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. Kardashian's

maternity suite features a full-size bath tub, two beds, a flat-screen TV, as well as a separate sitting room with a sofa and a dining table that will be decorated with dozens of white roses. "This is not going to be just any delivery, even by celebrity standards. Kim has already spent tens of thousands of dollars to make sure things go down without a glitch. Kim had no intention of wearing a plain old hospital gown that's been worn by other women," a source said. The couple are splashing out $ 1,000 a day on a photographer to capture her first week as a mother.

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Yeh jawaani hai deewani — 5 things to watch out for Is the film only about Ranbir and Deepika's crackling chemistry post break up? SHOWBIZ DESK

LOS ANGELES: Singer Taylor Swift will roll out third perfume in June. It has fruity, floral and woody aromas. Taylor by Taylor Swift features notes of fruits like lychee and tangerine, florals including peonies, hydrangeas and vanilla orchids and woodsy aromas. The glass bottle is accented with crystal gems, pearls and bright bold patterns, reports Her previous two fragrances Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted were reportedly top sellers. -SHOWBIZ DESK

NEW DELHI: The film has been making headlines ever since its inception days. After a sensitive coming of age film called 'Wake Up Sid', Ayan Mukerji, Karan Johar and Ranbir Kapoor were teaming up once again for a light frothy romantic film. But 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' made news not only for the trio but also for the selection of the leading lady. While earlier names like Katrina Kaif, Nargis Fakhri were thrown around and perhaps even considered, Karan Johar made a casting coup of sorts when he managed to convince Ranbir's former girlfriend Deepika to join the crew. The news came as a surprise more so because it was the same Deepika Padukone who had made snide comments about her ex boyfriend on Karan Johar's show a

few years back along with actress Sonam Kapoor. But having the buried the hatched, Deepika and

Ranbir perhaps signed the film to start afresh. But is the film only about Ranbir and Deepika's

crackling chemistry post break up? We think there other things as well that might make this film a blockbuster. Here are 5 things to look forward to in most awaited romantic film of this year. AYAN MUKERJI: He proved his mettle in 'Wake Up Sid'. A young director, with filmmaking in his blood (he belongs to veteran producer Sashadhar Mukherjee's family) Ayan showed immense talent in his directorial debut. PRITAM: Since the time the film's teaser trailer came out, the songs have caught the attention of country. Even before the music was released, the song 'Balam Pichkari' became viral. ADITYA ROY KAPUR AND KALKI KOECHLIN: With the stupendous success of 'Aashiqui 2', Aditya Roy Kapur has gained

immense popularity. The actor who was till now seen playing the second lead in films, has established himself as an actor to watch out for. MADHURI DIXIT: She is back and how! Looking absolutely gorgeous in the special appearance that she makes in the film, Madhuri just reminds you how some things never go out of fashion. The actress plays Mohini and dances with an absolutely smitten Ranbir Kapoor in 'Ghagra' song and reminds us that why there is no one like her. KARAN JOHAR: You like him or hate him, but Karan Johar knows what works in Bollywood. He may not be directly involved in the film's making and merely financing the film, but if you observe the stills of 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' closely, you will find Johar's signature style in almost all the frames.



Bazinjo says Nawaz to decide Balochistan CM slot LAHORE: Senior leader of National Party Mir Hasil Bazinjo has said that PML-N chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will decide about the Chief Minister of Balochistan. Talking to newsmen‚ senior leader of National Party Mir Hasil Bazinjo said PML-N‚ National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party will form government in Balochistan. He said there is no deadlock on the issue of nomination of Balochistan Chief Minister. He said his party has given authority to Nawaz Sharif to decide about it. He said he is not aware of any differences within PML-N on this issue. Mir Hasil Bazinjo said that in today's (Thursday) meeting‚ all issues of Balochistan were discussed in detail. –ONLINE

MAY 31, 2013

Pakistan, US agree to continue work for peace ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the US have agreed to continue working for peace and enhancing bilateral ties. The decision was taken at a meeting between US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan James F Dobbins and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani here on Thursday. The US rep was accompanied by Special Assistant to the US President Lt Gen (retd) Doug Lute and Charge d' Affaires US Embassy Islamabad Ambassador Richard Hoagland. During the talks, a discussion on bilateral relations and regional situation including latest developments in Afghanistan took place. The two sides exchanged views

US army prefers confidence building with Pakistan: Pentagon

on several actions to be taken in the realm of bilateral cooperation. The foreign secretary also briefed the new US special representative about the steps taken by Pakistan for peace

and reconciliation in Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan's commitment to remain positively engaged in supporting the peace process. Both sides reaffirmed their desire to work

KARACHI: At least two policemen were injured in multiple hand grenade attacks near Baloch Colony Bridge on Shahrah-e-Faisal on Thursday. Officials said miscreants on motorbikes hurled two grenades at policemen sitting near Baloch Colony Bridge Thursday morning. Two of the cops sustained injuries in the attack and were taken to Jinnah hospital. –ONLINE

KARACHI: People standing outside KESC Police Station after hand grenade attack on Thursday. –ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Thursday vacated the Prime Minister House. Media reports said that President of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N), Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday announced that he would utilise his own residence instead of being staying at the PM House. After the declaration of Nawaz Sharif, the caretaker premier has left official residence after two months and six days stay. Reports said Mir Hazar Khan Khoso shifted to Balochistan House, Islamabad. –ONLINE

Hot‚ dry weather expected today I SL A M ABAD : Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours, the Metrological Department said on Thursday. However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places of Kashmir and its adjoining areas. On Thursday, the hottest temperature was recorded in Dadu at 48 °C followed by Larkana 47 °C, Shaheed Benazirabad and Jacobabad 46 °C. The temperature recorded at 11:00am in Islamabad and Lahore was 35 °C‚ Karachi 33 °C‚ Peshawar 33 °C and Quetta 28 °C. –ONLINE

closely for consolidation of bilateral relations and partnership in all spheres

Ebad for working with unified vision KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has opined that all the political leaders would have to work with a unified vision to overcome the challenges being faced by the country including that of terrorism and extremism. He was talking to participants of Gunnery Officers Staff Course of Pakistan Army who called on Sindh Governor at the Governor House here, says a statement on Thursday. He was of the view that we can successfully face these challenges by working in the right direction. The Governor also lauded the services of Pakistan Army during natural calamities in the country especially during floods in the province of Sindh and said that the nation appreciates these contributions. Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad said that Pakistan is a frontline state in the fight against terror and suffered losses the most. On the occasion, he also appealed to the political

parties that after the culmination of the electoral process they should remove party flags and instead hoist the national flag so that the one identity of the nation should come to the fore. The Governor was of the view that all people should work with a unified vision to overcome the challenges being faced by the country and that we should head in the right direction. He said that during the past five years full attention was paid towards the betterment in the health and education sectors. Dr. Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan said that the performance of the police can be improved by providing them with modern technology and weapons. He also called for fostering the system of community policing in the metropolis. The Incharge of the Course, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Irshad, lauded the services of Dr. Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan. –ONLINE

Extension in CJP service

SC returns petition with objection ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) office has returned with objections a petition seeking extension in the service period of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The petition Abdul Rashid Qureshi took the plea in his petition that CJP remained dysfunctional for 22 months therefore, extension in service be granted to him equal to period he remained dysfunctional. This is constitutional right of CJP as well, he contended. SC registrar office returned this petition raising 5 objections over it. As per registrar office the petitioner is not aggrieved party in this case and the counsel of the petitioner has also not approached the respective forum on this count. –ONLINE

Ice melting between India, Pakistan: Sabharwal

Musharraf files bail in Bugti murder case

N EW D EH LI : Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal has said ice has started melting between India and Pakistan, and Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif will soon meet. According to an Indian media report, Sharat Sabharwal said the leadership of both the countries is very serious in terms of talks and positive efforts are being made on both sides. Both countries have agreed on establishing mutual relations and have asserted their commitment to move forward the dialog process for strengthening bilateral ties and resolving different issues, he said. He said Pakistan’s prospective government led by Nawaz Sharif is serious in holding talks with India. –ONLINE

QUETTA: Former president Pervez Musharraf who is nominated in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case has filed a bail before arrest application in an anti-terrorism court (ATC). Media reports said that Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case came up for hearing before Balochistan ATC Thursday. Counsel for Pervez Musharraf filed the bail before arrest application in the court which was admitted for hearing. It may be recalled that former interior minister who is nominated in this case had taken plea during previous hearing that the prime accused in Akbar Bugti murder case was present in the country therefore, orders be issued for his appearance in the court. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till June 6. –ONLINE

KARACHI: Hours after the Tehreek-eTaliban (TTP) announced its decision to call off a dialogue process, Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Samiul Haq (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq said on Thursday that the killing of TTP Deputy Chief Waliur Rehman had sabotaged the peace process between the militants and the Pakistani government. Haq, in a telephonic interview on Express News, stated that, “Whenever peace talks are proposed, America sabotages the process.” TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed on Thursday that their second-incommand Rehman was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan on Wednesday, along with six other people. This was the second major blow to the militant organisation after the killing of its chief Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in 2009. The JUI-S leader further said that Pakistan must prove to the Taliban that it was not complicit in the killing of Rehman. “The first priority for Pakistan should be to launch an investigation into this incident. And Pakistan must prove that it was not

ISLASMABAD: The alleged involvement of former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Dr. Asim Hussain into the massive irregularities Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) particularly Rs. 44 billion Unaccounted For Gas (UFG) scam put him in trouble, when National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday interrogated him as putting hard facts and questions before him. Sources in NAB informed The Spokesman that former federal minister was summoned on Thursday to appear before NAB to face the charges levelled in corruption and gas theft OGRA

reference case. It was also learnt that Dr. Hussain who arrived in NAB Rawalpindi regional office on his white Mercedes bearing registration number 555, was taken into the office of director NAB Mirza Irfan Baig, while two other Deputy Directors including Waqas Khan who is also Investigation officer in OGRA reference case and his another colleague Deputy Director Fazal-e-Hadi, interrogated former federal minister for over two hours. The investigation team comprising a director and two deputy directors asked four main questions from the former advisor including who recommended the appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as chairman OGRA.

The NAB quizzed him about mega corruption OGRA case, in which Rs44 billion were lost through the manipulation of stocks to benefit an influential stockbroker-cum-tycoon of the Karachi Stock Exchange and others. It was further revealed that NAB investigators inquired him about the appointment of former chairman OGRA Taqueer Sadiq, who escaped to Dubai, when he came to know about the OGRA reference case. Investigators also asked him that who authorized free gas supply to Ziauddin Hospital besides on whose directives gas theft was allowed from Kunar Besakhi gas field in Sindh. Ziauddin Hospital, which comprises of different campuses including cancer hospital, Clifton

complicit in this attack.” He alleged that no facets of the Pakistani government and establishment have given this incidence the importance and the condemnation it deserves. Haq expressed that while this was a major loss for the TTP, it was also a loss for all of Pakistan. “Our entire country is burning in this [TTP] fire.” The TTP announced earlier on Thursday that it has rescinded its dialogue offer to the incoming government. TTP spokesperson Ehsan vowed that the organisation would take revenge for the killing of its deputy chief. –MONITORING DESK

Faryal retains general seat OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday declared Ms Romana Jalil w/o Shakeel Ahmed, resident of Karim Abad, Peshawar, belonging to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), as returned candidate on the seat reserved for women in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has fallen vacant due to resignation of Ms Naeem Akhtar, belonging to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F). Similarly, the ECP declared Mrs Shahida Rehmani w/o M. Abid Rehmani, resident of

NAB investigators grill Dr Asim ZEESHAN JAVAID

of cooperation including peace and stability in the region. –ONLINE

Drone killing hurt talks: Sami

Policemen injured in karachi grenade attack

khoso vacates prime minister house

WASHINGTON: Against the backdrop of a government change in Pakistan, a top Pentagon general has said the US army’s first preference is to build confidence and develop relationship with Islamabad. “Our first attempt is always to build confidence, build capabilities and develop relationships with countries,” General Ray Odierno, US army chief of staff, said at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. “I think I have seen in a lot of cases where the military can begin that. Military-to-military relationships can begin to establish confidence, or at least a bit of trust between nations that allows us to do this. So that's always our first priority,” he said. –ONLINE

campus, Nazimabad campus, North Nazimabad campus and Kemari campus, was facilitated free gas on direction of former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources. Dr. Asim who was appointed on March 16 as appointed as the personal physician of President Asif Ali Zardari retained public office even after the dissolution of former cabinet and continued to enjoy the same prerogatives as that of a minister. The NAB investigators grilled Hussain over free of cost supply of gas to his private hospital as well as gas theft from a gas field. Sources said that NAB investigators would submit their report based on the interrogation with Dr Hussain to the Rawalpindi Accountability Court.

Published by Ahmad Waleed from Yasmeen Majeed Printing Press 69 Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi.

A-78 Sector Z-II Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi, belonging to Pakistan People Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), as returned candidate on the seat reserved for Women in the National Assembly of Pakistan from Province of Sindh, which has fallen vacant due to resignation of Ms Faryal Talpur, belonging to PPPP. Faryal Talpur had won NA-207 seat in the general election 2013. Her name was also included in the list of PPP candidates for the seats reserved for women in the National Assembly from the province of Sindh, however, she opted to retain general seat.