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Sugar skips Package as USC stores to open for 12 hours
Bilour says when military has not accessed whole of FATA how has USC established its branches there?
ISLAM ABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Industries and Production was informed on Thursday that to facilitate the masses the Ramazan Programme of the Utility Stores Corporation would be launched on July 7 and its stores will remain open from 10 am to 10 pm. The meeting of the committee was held here with Senator Zafarul Haq in the chair. During the meeting, Federal Secretary for
has given a subsidy of Rs 5 per kg on sugar to facilitate the citizens,” Naghmi told the meeting. Naghmi said the ministry had written letters to the chief secretaries of the provinces to direct DCOs to monitor the Ramazan packages in their areas. Utility Stores Corporation Managing Director Sultan Mehmood informed the committee that Rs 27 billion taxes have been deposited by the USC this year. He said that the USC has 800 franchises in the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Industries and Production Shafqat Naghmi told the members that the ministry would take stern action against those who would be involved in smuggling of essential commodities during the holy month of Ramazan. He said that hoarding would not be tolerated at any cost and quality of products will also be ensured, adding that sugar has not been included in the items of the Ramazan Package. “Despite the fact that it has skipped the Package list, the government
and FATA. Senator Ilyas Bilor, not satisfied with Sultan’s assertion, said, “When in FATA the military has not been able to access many areas, how has then USC established its branches there?” Sultan Mehmood said the USC was going to launch the Ramazan Programme from July 7 and during this time separate lines will be established for sugar and flour to avert rush of people. He said the USC administration would establish separate lines for elders and women.
Drones may result in standoff, US told
Nisar says Altaf case being dealt by Britain on its own COAS to be invited to attend meeting regarding security policy
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has once again hinted at serious repercussions for the United States if it did not bring an end to drone warfare within Pakistani territories. “This [issue] could lead to direct standoff between our two countries,” Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. In order to curb the free movement of foreigners and international agencies in the country, the minister has announced to slap a strict ban on all government officials and agencies to abstain from any direct contact with foreigners or international agencies without seeking prior permission from his ministry. The move is aimed at curtailing the free movement of foreign ambassadors and their clandestine operatives within the country, informed the ministry officials. Talking to media at his office here on Thursday, federal minister said:"We have categorically conveyed to the US authorities through ambassador that this standoff could have
serious implications on withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as well as postwithdrawal scenario." The minister reiterated Pakistan's oft-repeated stance that drone attacks were not only the violation of country's sovereignty but were also resulting in collateral damage that was not acceptable at any cost. Issuing a categoric warning to the leader of war on terror, Ch Nisar said: "The US must imagine whether such attacks would be affordable for them. They will have to mend their ways they have been pursuing since last seven years." Nisar said British government has not yet officially sought any input from Pakistan's government regarding the case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain. Nisar said the case against Altaf Hussain was being dealt by British authorities and Pakistan's government was being updated by the authorities concerned. Regarding the initiation of Pervez Musharraf 's trial under Article 6, Nisar said the special committee has started its work and the report would be produced
before the Supreme Court. Lauding the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Army during fight against terrorism, he said there was no conflict between political government and the armed forces. To a question, Chaudhry Nisar said government has decided to convene a meeting of heads of all political parties in the Parliament on proposed date of July 12 to formulate a comprehensive National Security Policy to bring peace and overcome menace of terrorism. The minister said that he would telephone all the leadership and announce a final schedule of the meeting, adding that all the chief ministers, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and heads of all law enforcement agencies would also be invited to the meeting. However, he said the formulation of national security policy was a complicated task and it may take sometime to finalize it. The minister said that three task forces have been formed to look into the issues of national security, missing persons and return of Dr. Afia Siddiqi which would submit their reports within two weeks.
Premier wants to have Chinese tube system Kenyan parents oppose laptops NAIROBI: An ambitious plan by Kenya s government to give laptops to schoolchildren has been opposed by parents who say the money for the computers should instead go toward raising teachers salaries. The programme is bound to fail in a country that lacks enough teachers, Musau Ndunda of the Kenya National Association of Parents said Thursday. –AP
Five security men martyred MIRANSHAH: At least five security personnel were killed and three were injured in a suicide attack on Bowia Check Post in North Waziristan, lawless tribal belt of the country, officials said on Thursday. According to the security officials, the suicide bomber hit explosive laden vehicle to the security check post leaving five security officials dead. At least three personnel at the check post got serious injuries, they added. Few days back, terrorists targeted security forces convoy in same agency, killing four security personnel. –ONLINE
BEI J I N G : Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that his government is committed to providing low-cost comfortable journey to the masses. Talking to newsmen here on Thursday morning after taking a ride on Beijing subway system, he said, “I was impressed with the underground railway system”. He added, ‘We want to have such facilities for people of Pakistan as well. Nawaz Sharif started his first foreign visit since his May election in China Thursday looking to secure infrastructure projects to tackle a chronic energy crisis and economic malaise. Since his victory in the polls, Sharif has sought to strengthen economic ties with close ally Beijing as he bids to tackle weak
growth, inflation and power cuts of up to 20 hours a day. His first meetings in the Chinese capital included appointments with leaders from state-owned heavyweights the China Investment Corporation sovereign wealth fund, China Development Bank and China Power Investment Corporation. Over the weekend he will attend a ChinaPakistan Energy Forum in Shanghai and meet with a power company in the southern city of Guangzhou, before flying home on Monday. Pakistan, where Sharif won praise for pulling off highimpact infrastructure projects such as a motorway during his two previous tenures in office, has opened its arms to Chinese investment. –AGENCIES
BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2nd L) pose for a group photo during their meeting here. –WIRE SERVICE
‘Aid cut call not to de-friend US, Pakistan’ WASHINGTON: The US has sought to insulate its request to the Congress for a cut in economic and security aid to Pakistan from its relationship with the country, asserting that it has no intention to lower ties with Islamabad. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki rubbished any such impression and noted that America recognises the important relationship it has with Pakistan. According to a latest Congressional report, the Obama Administration has requested to the US Congress for a steep decline in its economic and security aid to Pakistan for the year 2014. The request, if accepted, will see this aid coming down by more than onethird against that given in 2012. When asked whether it should be seen as an indication of possible lowering of US relationship with Pakistan, Psaki said, "Absolutely not. The Secretary (of State) is looking forward to visiting Pakistan. He would like to be able to spend some time on the ground. He recognises the important relationship we have with Pakistan." "As you know, he has spoken with the Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif ) several times since he was elected. That further confirms the importance of the relationship," Psaki said, adding that she has not yet seen the Congressional report. Kerry is soon scheduled to visit Pakistan, the dates of which are yet to be announced. –ONLINE
Nawaz, Xi pledge to deepen friendship BEIJING: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping and both the leaders pledged to carry forward their all weather friendship to new heights. During their meeting both the leaders have had discussion on bilateral and other issues of concern to their countries. Nawaz Sharif said that in fact Premier Li Keqiang when visited Pakistan expressed the desire that he should first visit China as a prime minister. Nawaz Sharif said that he has fulfilled the desire of Premier Li as it is an honour for him to visit the friendly country, a source of strength for Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif told President Xi that Pakistan is faced with numerous challenges and it has an uphill task to pull the economy out from the current economic difficulties. Prime Minister said that this is a difficult time, yet he
Gallows get ready for next neck ISLAMABAD: The new has ended a government moratorium on executions, an official said on Thursday, despite Amnesty International’s call for immediate suspension on capital punishment. A presidential order imposing a moratorium on the death penalty, issued in 2008, expired on June 30. In Pakistan, all executions must be approved by the president. “The new government has decided to deal with all cases of execution on merit,” said interior ministry spokesman Umer Hameed. “The government has given clear
instructions to see all such cases on a case-by-case basis and there will be no general amnesty for the convicts waiting for execution,” he told a foreign news agency. London-based rights group Amnesty International had called for an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty. “Any government green light to resume executions in Pakistan would be a shocking and retrograde step, putting thousands of people’s lives at risk,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty’s deputy Asia Pacific director. Amnesty estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have
exhausted the appeals process and could now be facing execution. “The sheer number of people at risk makes the new government policy of turning back to the death penalty even more horrendous,” said Truscott. The interior ministry
spokesman said up to 450 convicts are awaiting execution and their cases will be examined. The government will show sympathy towards convicts who fall into a “special category” such as women and the elderly, he said. –ONLINE
FIA begins Musharraf treason case probe ISLAMABAD: A four-member investigation committee consisting of officials from Federal Investigation Agency, formally began its work in connection with treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf. It should be mentioned here that the team was constituted to interrogate Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. According to sources, the probe team readied the terms of reference for the case. Team will prepare an elaborate report over events and orders involving Nov 3 emergency. –ONLINE
is committed and determined to surmount all these challenges. Nawaz Sharif said that he was fully cognizant of the internal security situation in parts of the country and the government was working out a strategy to improve it. He pointed out that his country has to address the economic challenges in tandem with internal and regional security issues. Mian Nawaz Sharif said that failure to address these issues
was not an option for him and Pakistan believes that China will stand by it in hard times. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was warmly welcomed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping who recalled his earlier meeting with him in 2010. President Xi said that he has great and happy memories of that meeting and the issues discussed at that time. "I have great liking for you and your brother," said Xi in lighter tone.–ONLINE
Chinese investors assured of foolproof security ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‚ who arrived in Beijing Wednesday on a five-day visit to China‚ was talking to Exim Bank of China President Li Ruogu‚ who called on him in the Chinese capital. Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan values China’s assistance and cooperation in various fields. He urged the Exim Bank president to provide capital to the Chinese firms interested in executing various development projects in Pakistan. The prime minister assured that his government would provide foolproof security to the Chinese firms engaged in carrying out various projects in the country. –ONLINE
More crisis for cricket as chief selector resigns LAHORE: Chief selector for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Iqbal Qasim resigned from his post on Thursday. Qasim resigned after his work tenure ended, saying he doesn’t want to continue working as the chief selector. The former chief selector had recently announced the national squad for the West Indies tour on July 3. Soon after the resignation, the PCB dissolved the selection committee. On March 1, 2012, Qasim was appointed as chief selector after former chief selector Mohammad Illyas resigned from the post. The appointment was made by the then PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. Recently, the PCB team management and selection committee were severely criticised for team’s performance at the ICC Champions Trophy in the UK. Calls for the resignation were accompanied by demands to overhaul the squad. –CORRESPONDENT
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Top law enforcer involved in murder?
ISLAMABAD: The restricted former
The three member bench of Supreme Court has said that the Islamabad Police as well as the KPK police are involved in hiding the evidences of the murder case of IG Islamabad’s daughter in law. This was said during the hearing of the suo motto hearing of the case, according to the court sources. According to details on Thursday, the three member bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary has said the Islamabad Police as well as the KPK police are involved in hiding the important evidences of the murder case of Waheed, the daughter in law of IG Islamabad Bani Amin Khan, and wife of Ali Amin Khan. The court during the hearing said that the case was not handled according to the law. The court said that the incident was occurred in Peshawar while its FIR was registered in Islamabad surprisingly. SSP Operations Yaseen Farooque during the hearing stated that the FIR was registered in Shalimar police station on the direction of IG Islamabad. SSP Yaseen Farooq further stated that on the orders of IG Bani Amin Khan, the capital police guarded the grave of Waheed in Islamabad for six days. The Court issued notices to eight police officers including the chiefs of Islamabad and KPK police to appear before the court along with their lawyers in next hearing. The court further said that the according to law, tempering or hiding the evidences are serious for which the responsible should be ready to face the consequences. Next hearing of the case will be on 10th of July. On 19th May, the daughter-in-law of Inspector General of Islamabad (IGP) Bani Amin Khan was found dead mysteriously in her house, while the sister’s of the deceased alleged IGP’s son Ali for murdering Waheeda. The deceased’s sisters submitted an application against IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan, his wife, and Son Ali Amin for allegedly murdering Waheeda by stating that Waheeda was given poison, and Ali Amin Khan along with his father and mother is allegedly involved in murdering his wife, according to Town Police Peshawar. Inspector Sardar Hussain, the SHO of Town Police Station Peshawar had stated that the FIR of the case will be registered
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as after the final report of post mortem arrives. He further stated that however Waheeda’s death was not a murder. In his confusion, SHO Sardar Hussain while providing details of the initial report to The Spokesman had stated that the report also mentions that Waheeda died of falling ‘from the stairs’, but at the next moment he said there were no wound marks on her body, according to the report. This contradiction also exposes the Town Police’s tactics to save the highly influential chief of federal police from the case by hiding the causes of the incident. SHO Sardar further stated that according to application registered by Waheeda’s family members, she was an open minded lady and was not obeying the restrictions made by her husband and his family to adopt ‘Parda’, so according to them, it was an honor killing (allegedly). On the other hand, some sources insisted that deceased Waheeda was having some issues with her husband and his family regarding inheritance. In 2012, deceased Waheeda had also submitted an application in Women Police station in which she alleged her husband and father in law for assaulting her physically. The women police station although registered the application, no FIR was registered later.
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employee of Air University and sitting chief of Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Dr. Bisharat, who was appointed by favourite advisor of PML-N government Dr. Musadik Malik, embezzled the amount of Rs. 24 million as withdrawing without approval of competent authority. Sources informed daily “The Spokesman” that the appointee as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AEDB Dr. Bisharat by former caretaker minister for water and power was rusticated from Air University due to his alleged involvement in financial embezzlement. The proclaimed consultant Dr. Bisharat (neither was the DG, nor is a regular employee of AEDB) had under his own approval withdrawn about Rs.15 million as “arrears” and to top it, he withdrew another Rs. 1million as “interest” on his so called “arrears”. Dr.Basharat was planned to draw another Rs. 8 million as “interest free” house building advance, Needles to say that in both cases there is no provision for such payments in the budget approved by the Board for 2012-2013. During thorough investigation in this particular case, it was revealed that sitting CEO drew this amount by misus-
ing his powers, which didn’t authorize him for such practice from the AEF based on investor’s deposit, and endowment fund provided by Government for AEDB’s financial sustainability. A letter written by director AEDB, Naveed.H.Bukhari to secretary ministry for water and power claimed that there were no arrears which the sitting CEO claimed, while the claims for arrears already turned down/ not accepted by the former chairmen and CEOs including Air Marshal ® Shahid Hamid in 2006-2007, Yousaf Mammon in 2008, Arif Alaudin during 2008-2013 and Ministry of Water and Power 2008- 2013. Yet as soon as he appointed as CEO, approved at his own by misusing his power unprecedented about Rs. 15 million as “arrears” involving the Finance and Administration department of board. The document disclosed that sitting CEO replaced the pay scales of his favourite allies in finance and administration department that had been approved by the AEDB Board despite knowing the rules of service that changing pay scale and structure can only be considered by the Board and CEO in not competent to do so under the Act). To please the administration and fi-
nance, - he made payments to the signatory of the cheque (issued to him) and all those processing the payment, such as Deputy Director ( Administration), Deputy Director (finance) assistant Director (HR), and related assistant. He will need these people in other irregularities he has promised to deliver as CEO. CEO’s even if regularly appointed, by the competent authority, do not have the powers to unilaterally change pay and service structure approved by the
AEDB Board. Particularly he can’t regularize himself, upgrade himself, and draw unreasonable amount of money without the approval of the board or other competent authorities. Director AEDB while speaking with this scribe said that the service structure was approved by the board in 2007, and since then more than 5 CEOs and 11 Board meeting have taken place. If there was an anomaly, it had to be taken to the board, or a committee set by the board for this purpose. However these beneficiaries of Dr.Basharat (particularly the signatories of the check of Dr.Basharat) had never pointed out any anomaly nor made any application / petitions in this regard. No such case was put to the board- the only competent authority to consider and decide on this. Yet, within a week of Dr. Basharart’s appointment the whole of Administration and finance section (and not technical person ) got their “anomalies removed “ and received the arrears since 2007. He further maintained that another payment he is pressurizing staff for is to allow him another Rs. 10 Million as house building advance. Bisharat threatened that he would form a new committee (constituting of beneficiaries), who would recommend this amount for himself.
War starts as APCNGA accuses OGRA of witch hunt SAHTAK BALOCH
ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association
(APCNGA) on Thursday said that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has become part of a well-orchestrated conspiracy against CNG sector and it has issued illegal show cause notices to over 1000 CNG operators. Orga has started dancing on the tune of influential lobbies to destroy world’s No 1 CNG industry by violating its own rules and regulations, it said. All the petrol pumps and CNG operators had taken NOC from twelve different departments under the policy of ministry of petroleum before commencing commercial operations. These departments include Ogra, Explosives Department, Traffic Police, TMA, Environmental Protection Agency, electricity and gas distribution companies, district administration, national and provincial highway authorities, and Civil Aviation Authority, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA. Moreover all CNG operators have also ensured NOC from neighbours before establishing business,
he said. In a statement issued here today, he said that all the government agencies are responsible for it if supposedly any wrongdoing has taken place during the said process. Similarly, Ghiyas Paracha said, all these depart-
ments would be responsible for harassing masses as well as investors who have invested around Rs 400 billion in the vibrant CNG sector. He said that Ogra has allowed construction of all CNG outlets on their current locations but the regulator work up to the so called reality after 23 long years which is amazing. Why rest of the departments have not initiated any action so far if something is wrong about locations of CNG outlets, he questioned. Paracha said that targeting CNG stations on the pretext of residential areas is a conspiracy as all the business in the residential areas are established on commercial patches after permission from authorities. Shifting CNG outlets out of city is simply an unworkable idea, which will add to the sufferings of masses, he said. The leader of the CNG sector said that CNG sector lacks lobby in the corridors of power therefore it is held responsible for everything and harassed on one pretext or other. He asked the Chief Justice Pakistan and the Prime Minister to take note of the situation, as CNG operators have not violated any law.
Atleast 14 trans-national militant organisations have linkages in Pakistan-III ARSHAD SHARIF LASHKAR I JHANGVI Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on January 30, 2003, Lashkar I Jhangvi (LJ) is the militant offshoot of the Sunni Deobandi sectarian group Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan. LJ focuses primarily on antiShia attacks and other attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and was banned by Pakistan in August 2001, as part of an effort to rein in sectarian violence. LJ works closely with Tehrike Taliban Pakistan. Activities: LJ specializes in armed attacks and bombings and has admitted responsibility for numerous killings of Shia religious and community leaders in Pakistan. In January 1999, the group attempted to assassinate former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shabaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Province. Media reports linked LJ to attacks on Christian targets in Pakistan, including a March 2002 grenade assault on the Protestant International Church in Islamabad that killed two U.S. citizens. LJ was active in 2011 and 2012. The most notable 2011 attack occurred in December, when an LJ suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in a crowd of Shia mourners in Kabul, killing 48 civilians – including 12 children – and wounding 193. LJ attacks in 2012 ranged from suicide bombings to targeted shootings of ethnic Hazaras. In April, LJ members committed a series of shootings that killed 27 ethnic Hazaras over a two-week period. In June, a suicide bombing on a bus of pilgrims travelling from Iran to Pakistan left 14 dead, and 30 wounded. In September, LJ claimed responsibility for killing seven Shia in Hazarganji, and LJ members were arrested by Pakistani authorities when two explosions in Karachi killed seven, including two children, and wounded another 22. Strength: Assessed in the low hundreds. Location/Area of Operation: LJ is active primarily in Punjab, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Karachi, and Baluchistan. Funding and External Aid: Funding comes from wealthy donors in Pakistan, as well as the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. The group engages in criminal activity to fund its activities, including extortion and protection money.
AL-QA’IDA Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1999, alQa’ida (AQ) was established by Usama bin Laden in 1988. Many AQ leaders have been killed in recent years, including bin Laden and then secondin-command Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, in May and August 2011, respectively. Al-Rahman’s replacement, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in June 2012. Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri remained at large. Activities: AQ and its supporters conducted three bombings that targeted U.S. troops in Aden in December 1992, and claim to have shot down U.S. helicopters and killed U.S. servicemen in Somalia in 1993. On September 11, 2001, 19 AQ members hijacked and crashed four U.S. commercial jets – two into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon near Washington, DC; and the last into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – leaving over 3,000 individuals dead or missing. In a December 2011 video, new AQ leader al-Zawahiri claimed AQ was behind the August kidnapping of American aid worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. As conditions for his release, al-Zawahiri demanded the end of U.S. air strikes and the release of all terrorist suspects in U.S. custody. Weinstein remained in AQ custody throughout 2012. Strength: In South Asia, AQ’s core has been seriously degraded. The death or arrest of dozens of mid- and senior-level AQ operatives – including bin Laden in May 2011 – have disrupted communication, financial, facilitation nodes, and a number of terrorist plots. AQ serves as a focal point of “inspiration” for a worldwide network of affiliated groups – alQa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), alQa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al- Shabaab – and other Sunni Islamic extremist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Islamic Jihad Union, Lashkar i Jhangvi, Harakat ulMujahadin, and Jemaah Islamiya. Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Haqqani Network also have ties to AQ. Location/Area of Operation: AQ was based in Afghanistan until Coalition Forces removed the Taliban from power in late 2001. Since then, they have resided in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. AQ’s regional affiliates – AQI, AQAP,
Strength: Estimates of total JI members vary from 500 to several thousand. Location/Area of Operation: JI is based in Indonesia and is believed to have elements in Malaysia and the Philippines. Funding and External Aid: Investigations have indicated that JI is fully capable of its own fundraising through membership donations and criminal and business activities. It has received financial, ideological, and logistical support from Middle Eastern contacts and NGOs.
AQIM, and al-Shabaab – work in Iraq and Syria, Yemen, the Trans-Sahara, and Somalia, respectively. Funding and External Aid: AQ primarily depends on donations from like-minded supporters as well as from individuals who believe that their money is supporting a humanitarian cause. Some funds are diverted from Islamic charitable organizations. TEHRIK-E TALIBAN PAKISTAN Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 1, 2010, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a Pakistan-based terrorist organization formed in 2007 in opposition to Pakistani military efforts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. TTP’s goals include waging a terrorist campaign against the Pakistani military, as well as against NATO forces in Afghanistan, and overthrowing the Government of Pakistan. TTP draws ideological guidance from AQ, while AQ relies on TTP for safe haven in the Pashtun areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border. This arrangement gives TTP access to both AQ’s global terrorist network and the operational experience of its members. Activities: TTP has carried out and claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and U.S. interests, including a December 2009 suicide attack on a U.S. military base in Khowst, Afghanistan, which killed seven U.S. citizens. Strength: Several thousand. Location/Area of Operation: Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
Funding and External Aid: TTP is believed to raise most of its funds through kidnapping for ransom and operations that target Afghanistanbound military transport trucks for robbery. Such operations allow TTP to steal military equipment, which it sells in Afghan and Pakistani markets. JEMAAH ISLAMIYA Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 23, 2002, Jemaah Islamiya (JI) is a Southeast Asia-based terrorist group co-founded by Abu Bakar Ba’asyir and Abdullah Sungkar that seeks the establishment of an Islamic caliphate spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and the southern Philippines. More than 400 JI operatives have been captured since 2002, including operations chief and al-Qa’ida associate Hambali. In January 2011, JI member Umar Patek was captured in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and put on trial in Indonesia, where he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in June 2012 for his role in the Bali bombing. Activities: In December 2001, Singaporean authorities uncovered a JI plot to attack U.S., Israeli, British, and Australian diplomatic facilities in Singapore. Other significant JI attacks include the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200, including seven U.S. citizens; the August 2003 bombing of the J. W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta; the September 2004 bombing outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta; and JI’s October 2005 suicide bombing in Bali, which killed 26, including the three suicide bombers.
JUNDALLAH Jundallah was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on November 4, 2010. Jundallah’s stated goals are to secure recognition of Balochi cultural, economic, and political rights from the Government of Iran, and to spread awareness of the plight of the Baloch situation through violent and nonviolent means. Activities: An October 2009 suicide bomb attack in a marketplace in the city of Pishin in the Sistan va Balochistan province, which killed more than 40 people, was reportedly the deadliest terrorist attack in Iran since the 1980s. In a statement on its website, Jundallah claimed responsibility for the December 15, 2010 suicide bomb attack inside the Iman Hussein Mosque in Chabahar, which killed an estimated 35 to 40 civilians and wounded 60 to 100. In July 2010, Jundallah attacked the Grand Mosque in Zahedan, killing approximately 30 and injuring an estimated 300. Strength: Reports of Jundallah membership vary from 500 to 2,000. Location/Area of Operation: Throughout Sistan va Balochistan province in southeastern Iran and the greater Balochistan area of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Funding and External Aid: Unknown HARAKAT UL-JIHAD-IISLAMI/BANGLADESH Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on March 5, 2008, Harakat ulJihad-iIslami/Bangladesh (HUJI-B) was formed in April 1992 by a group of former Bangladeshi Afghan veterans to establish Islamic rule in Bangladesh. In October 2005, Bangladeshi authorities banned the group. HUJIB has connections to Pakistani terrorist groups such as Lashkar e-
Tayyiba, which advocate similar objectives. The leaders of HUJI-B signed the February 1998 fatwa sponsored by Usama bin Laden that declared American civilians legitimate targets. Strength: HUJI-B leaders claim that up to 400 of its members are Afghan war veterans, but its total membership is unknown. Funding and External Aid: HUJI-B funding comes from a variety of sources. Several international Muslim NGOs may have funneled money to HUJI-B and other Bangladeshi militant groups. INDIAN MUJAHEDEEN The Indian Mujahedeen (IM) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 19, 2011. An India-based terrorist group with significant links to Pakistani-based terrorist organizations, IM has been responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of civilians. IM maintains close ties to other U.S.-designated terrorist entities including Pakistan-based Lashkar eTayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e- Mohammed, and Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HUJI). IM’s stated goal is to carry out terrorist actions against non-Muslims in furtherance of its ultimate objective, an Islamic Caliphate across South Asia. Activities: IM’s primary method of attack is multiple coordinated bombings in crowded areas against economic and civilian targets to maximize terror and casualties. In 2008, an IM attack in Delhi killed 30 people; that same year, IM was responsible for 16 synchronized bomb blasts in crowded urban centers and a local hospital in Ahmedabad that killed 38 and injured more than 100. IM also played a facilitative role in the 2008 Mumbai attack carried out by LeT that killed approximately 170 people, including six Americans. Strength: Estimated to have several thousand supporters and members. Location/Area of Operation: India Funding and External Aid: Suspected to obtain funding and support from other terrorist organizations, such as LeT and HUJI, and from sources in Pakistan and the Middle East. Concluded
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Saudi Ambassador calls on deputy speaker
Bukhari appointed vice chief of air staďŹ€ ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal Syed Athar Hussain Bukhari has been appointed vice chief of the air staff, Pakistan Air Force, according to a notification issued by the government here on Thursday. Air Marshal Athar Bukhari was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force in 1978 in GD (P) Branch. He is an accomplished fighter pilot, a qualified flying instructor and a graduate of Combat Commanders' School. His career has encompassed a wide-range of operational, training and command assignments. He has commanded a fighter squadron, a fighter wing and an operational PAF Base. He holds Master's Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defence University, Washington, US, and a Master's Degree in War Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad. He has also qualified Air Command and Staff Course from Iran. During his long and illustrious career in PAF, Air Marshal Athar Bukhari remained on various important command and staff appointments which include director general of the Joint Operations at the GHQ, deputy chief of the air staff (training) and the deputy chief of the air staff (personnel) at the Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He is recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat. APP
HEC to announce university rankings today ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission would announce the ranking of universities 2013 on the basis of quality and research on Friday (today). HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid R Laghari would share the ranking at a press conference to be held at the HEC Secretariat at 2:15pm. The primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to drive the higher education institutions HEIs towards improved quality & research and promote a culture among HEIs of Pakistan for participation in the world rankings. Quality of higher education has become a primary agenda of the countries worldwide, as education is one of the prerequisites of progress for any nation. HEIs are considered to be the originators of social change through the generation and dissemination of knowledge and new ideas especially in the context of globalization. Ranking is one of the measures to scale the success of efforts of the HEIs to achieve the competitiveness in education, research and innovation. ONLINE
President felicitates Badr on getting PhD degree ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday felicitated Senator Jahangir Badr on the award of Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Pakistan Studies for his research thesis on the late Benazir Bhutto as an iconic political leader. In his message, the president paid tributes to Jahangir Badr for his decadelong struggle for democracy under the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. A notification issued by the Punjab University declared Jahangir Badr to have passed the examination of the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy in Pakistan Studies after approval of his thesis titled 'Political leaders: A case study of Benazir Bhutto.' The president said the hallmark of an extra-ordinarily towering leader was that everyone who came in touch with them also became extraordinary. Jahangir Badr has become extraordinary because of his association with and following in the footsteps of the most extraordinary leaders, he said. APP
Pakistan team leaves for China for expedition
Visitors taking keen interest in artwork by Arjumand Faisel, Ashkals, SM Mansoor, Samina Arjumand, Shahida Mansoor, Riaz Rafifi,, Rabia Dawood and Abid Khan during a group exhibition at Gallery-6. APP
Zero tolerance against plagiarism at IIUI
Dr Al-Draiweesh asks students for research work in a creative way
ISLAMABAD: International Islamic University Islamabad President Dr Ahmad Yousif AlDraiweesh Thursday said that students should conduct research work in a creative way, to make research more original; university would launch zero tolerance policy against plagiarism. He said this during his address in a workshop, titled â€˜Higher Education Commission policy of plagiarism and its software Turnitin," organised by the Quality Enhancement Cell of the university at the central library. HEC Quality Assurance Division Deputy Director Munir Ahmed, a focal person for all universities regarding plagiarism, was guest speaker while workshop was also attended by QEC Director Dr
Irshahd Ahmad Arshad, deans, directors, faculty members and large number of the students. Dr Al-Draiweesh said that plagiarism was kind of theft which was strictly prohibited in Islam and actor was to be punished. "Ethically and morally, plagiarism is worst thing that spoils the originality of work,â€? the president said. He urged participants to adopt a way of creativity in research work rather to copy others. Dr Al-Draiweesh assured that IIUI would follow the policy of HEC on plagiarism strictly. Currently, the university was giving research incentives to the researcher and also considering for enhancing these incentives in future, he said. Earlier, Munir Ahmed gave a detailed presentation on HEC plagiarism
policy and briefed about complete roadmap of plagiarism prevention. He said that HEC was providing maximum support to the universities for doing proper research. In the second session, he briefly elaborated about plagiarism software Turnitin and discussed all the different ways of checking and usage of software for doing proper research. He stressed that all faculty members must create Turnitin accounts to assist student for result-oriented research. Dr Irshahd Ahmad Arshad also briefed the participants about scholarships provided by HEC for PhD. In future, HEC will continue cooperation for improving quality of education in universities, he said. APP
Arsalan wins â€˜Quiz on Koreaâ€™ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is a country which has so many things to be cherished and it is a country where good news spread all around. This was stated by Ambassador Jong Hwan Song of Republic of Korea while addressing a prize distribution ceremony of a quiz competition â€œQuiz on Korea 2013â€? contest in context of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Pakistan at the National University of Modern Languages. The ambassador said that Pakistan was blessed with a wonderful people, geography, climate, physical and human resources, culture and that all reflected there was much good that could be highlighted. The language skills demonstrated by the participants of the quiz competition were worth praising and it was assured that this language learning would provide the students to live another world of opportunities, he added. Applications of the interested
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Management has invited nomination for Management Training and Development Programme courses started from August to Jan 2014. Courses are scheduled for Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta. PIM has asked to send the nomination at least one week before the course begins while nomination can be sent through letter or fax and email addressing PIM. Nomination for the Lahore based courses should approach directly to Lahore office. APP
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy unique cordial relations and Pakistan wanted to further expand the existing bilateral relations by enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. He expressed these views while talking to Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Bin Salih AlGhadeer who called on him in the Parliament House, said a press release issued here on Thursday. Ambassador Al-Ghadeer assured his government's all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He said that Saudi Shoora was also keen to enhance its cooperation with the National Assembly and in
persons were received by the Korean Embassy from throughout Pakistan. In this regard, the first test was taken place on June 17 in Islamabad. This was the final round test/interview at NUML. Hafiz Muhammad Arsalan got the first position, Hafiz Waseem Iqbal got 2nd position while the third position was won by
Nadeem Iqbal and Naveed Ahmed in the quiz competition. Hafiz Arsalan will now be visiting to Korea to participate in a final round in Seoul and will be provided with a round-trip airfare and accommodation during his stay there. NUML Rector Masood Hasan presented bouquet and university shield to the envoy. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said if the law colleges would not impart quality education, then neither good lawyers nor best judges could be produced. â€œEducation should not be made business,â€? he said during the hearing of the case regarding law colleges on Thursday. Justice Iftikhar said that mushroom growth of law universities and colleges has endangered the future of students. He said that these colleges were making great money but they do not provide required standard of education. He said that political influence was behind these colleges, some of them have not their own buildings but universities were giving affiliation to them. The court was informed that 20 private universities were allowed to give education of law, on which there is not any control of the government. These included Zakria University, Bahawalpur University and Gujrat University are allowing charter status
I S L A MA B A D : State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that suggestions of all ministries should be incorporated in the Cyber Crimes Bill. She was chairing a meeting to deliberate on the Cyber Crimes Bill and Cyber Space Security here. The meeting was attended by the representatives of stakeholders and law enforcement agencies. Speaking on the occasionâ€š the state minister said that the ministry should issue policy directives for the enforcement of type approval of handsets. â€”ONLINE
NHA chairman visits dual carriageway ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority Chairman Hamid Ali Khan Thursday expressed the determination to solve the problems being faced by the tourists who visit Murree. He expressed these views while talking to the construction experts, project director and consultants during his visit to Islamabad-Murree Dual Carriageway. The NHA chairman launched programme to further improve Islamabad-Muzaffarabad Highway. He said that all modern facilities will be provided on Islamabad-Murree Expressway. The chairman said that Murree being the most important tourist
this connection Saudi-Pak friendship group has been established in Saudi Shoora. The ambassador was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further cemented by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries. While appreciating the services of Pakistani community residing in Saudi Arabia, he said that a large number of Pakistanis' residing in Saudi Arabia were playing an important role in progress and development of Saudi Arabia. He also extended invitation to deputy speaker to visit Saudi Arabia. The deputy speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia
since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood, history and culture. He said that people of Pakistan have great attachment with Saudi Arabia and every year a large number of Pakistanis visit Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah. He said that both the countries have similar perceptions on important regional and global issues and Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan's stand at every forum. Murtaza appreciated the unwavering support of the Saudi government to Pakistan. He underlined the need to enhance interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries to further expand relations between the two brotherly countries. APP
Law colleges should abide by PBC rules: chief justice
Anusha holds meeting on cyber crimes
destination of the country all resources will be brought into use to make it more attractive. The tourist lodging facilities will also be modernized, the chairman added. He directed the high ups of Islamabad-Murree Expressway to keep an eye on axle-load traffic; to install fluorescent traffic signals and concave mirrors on steep turns along the highway and to increase police patrolling to avoid accidents. He further directed that the new Murree Development Plan should take into account with the administrative and technical aspects as well with regard to support system. STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: A three-member Pakistan team departed to China on Thursday for participation in the Joint Pak-China Friendship Expedition to Muztagh Ata (7,546 m) which will last till July 28. The expedition is being organised by Alpine Club of Pakistan in collaboration with Chinese Mountaineering Association. Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada met the team here at the Pakistan Sports Complex and presented a national flag. APP
PIM invites nomination
Al-Ghadeer invites Murtaza Abbasi to visit Saudi Arabia
to the colleges, which are not giving quality education. In these law colleges, the rules and regulations made by Pakistan Bar Council were not observed. Justice Iftikhar said that if some colleges were not giving proper law education, then their students should not be allowed to start practice as a lawyer, despite they have degrees. The lawyer of the Punjab University told the court that registrar of the university has written a letter to HEC, in which he asked authorities concerned to stop the substandard education. He said that if court wants to maintain the reverence of law profession, then it has to expel out black sheep, who are only making big money from the pockets of the students and they have nothing to do with the quality education. The court asked the Pakistan Bar Council to review its rules and regulations regarding law colleges and a report may be submitted to the court and adjourned the hearing till last week of August. ONLINE
Standard Chartered officials in Pakistan
British High Commission celebrates 150 years of bankâ€™s operation
ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission hosted a reception in the federal capital to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Standard Chartered, the largest and longest-serving international bank, in Pakistan. British High Commissioner Adam Thomson and Standard Chartered CEO Mohsin Ali Nathani welcomed Standard Chartered Global Chief Executive Peter Sands and its Executive Director Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, V Shankar to Pakistan. They were joined by business leaders, diplomats and members of the media to celebrate the banks momentous anniversary and its enduring connections with Pakistan. UK Trade and Investment have worked with the Standard
Chartered across its 121 branches in 24 cities of Pakistan. The British bank employs over 4,500 employees. Speaking to the guests, the British high commissioner said that the trade between the UK and Pakistan was an important, vibrant example of the strength and depth of bilateral relationship. And the Standard Chartered was a great example of how a prestigious British brand can create jobs back in the UK, but also here in Pakistan, he said. The partnerships such as this will contribute towards achieving new goal of increasing trade between two countries every year to ÂŁ3 billion by 2015, as announced by British prime minister during his recent visit to Pakistan, Thomson said. STAFF REPORT
IHC nullifies posting of CDA town planner ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday declared the posting of Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu as the deputy director general planning of the Capital Development Authority as null and void. The court also relinquished the additional charge of the Housing Societies director from Sandhu ordering the CDA to appoint new deputy director general and director by adopting set rules and regulation of the authority. A single member bench comprising Justice Noorul-Haq N Qureshi resumed hearing of a plea filed by Muhammad Qasim challenging the posting of Ghulam Sarwar
Sandhu to the post of deputy director general, also enjoying the current charge of DG Planning, a BPS-20 post. During the course of hearing, Hafiz Arfat Ahmad, counsel for the petitioner, apprised the bench that the entire process starting from creation of post till the appointment of the Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu against the said post was completed in an extreme haste under extraneous considerations. Therefore, the appointment of the respondent against the post of Housing Societies director is illegal and without lawful authority. He said appointment was also in blatant negation to provisions of
General Clauses Act 1897 which made it obligatory upon all public functionaries to act fairly, justly and strictly in accordance with law. The appointment of Sandhu as Director Housing Societies and his subsequent elevation to DDG (Planning) has been made in patent violation of Article 4, 9 and 25 of the Constitution, he argued. No advertisement was ever published by CDA conveying to all eligible aspirants about vacancy of Director Housing Societies thereby depriving all of them to compete for the said post, he added. He contended that due to Sandhu's illegal appointment, some honest and credible officers
who were on the top of seniority list were forced to serve under the subordination of their junior that was not conducive for any organization. Counsel argued that as per CDA Service Regulations, all appointments in BPS-18 and above in various cadres need to be filled in through promotion. Thus there is no provision of law for making direct recruitment to the post of Director in BPS-19 as CDA has done in the case of Sandhu. Therefore, this act of the CDA was liable to be reversed by this court in exercise of its constitutional jurisdiction. As the very first order of his appointment is illegal, subsequent orders would have no legal effect, he added. APP
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Pakistan concedes to IMF’s demands Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a press conference said that Pakistan and the IMF have reached an agreement for $5.3 billion Extended Fund Facility. Pakistan has conceded to almost all demands of the IMF vis-à-vis withdrawal of subsidies on electricity, enhancing electricity tariff, withdrawal of tax exemptions, restructuring and privatization of the public sector enterprises. Ishaq Dar tried to convey an impression that there were no harsh conditions of the IMF, as these points were enshrined in the PMLN manifesto. The problem is that our leaders do not want to tell the truth to the people. Ishaq Dar should have explained that foreign reserves of $ 6 billion are not enough for six weeks imports; and that installments have to be paid for previous loans. And that there was no choice but to accept the conditions attached to the loan. In the budget for the fiscal year 2013-14, the government has already levied Rs. 207 billion new taxes, yet the IMF considered this additional burden on the people insufficient to qualify for the loan. It has to be mentioned that in November 1998, then Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had negotiated with the IMF for loan facility. In 2008, he was once again Finance Minister in PPP-PML-N coalition government and spirit behind the policy to approach the IMF for the rescue package, and had completed the groundwork for IMF loan facility for $7.6 billion. Pakistan was required to reduce its budget deficit to 4.2, increase bank rate as well as increase its capacity to generate revenue, which was indeed a tall order. Anyhow in November 2008, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund had approved a $7.6 billion loan for Pakistan. It was agreed at that time that the reduction in fiscal deficit would be achieved primarily by phasing out energy subsidies, better-prioritising development-spending and implementing tax policy and tax administration reforms. Anyhow, by enhancing electricity tariff coupled with increase in the prices of materials the cost of production goes up, which results in cost-push inflation. From the words used by the IMF i.e. ‘better-prioritising development-spending’, one can infer that the IMF meant to cut the development spending, which results in further increasing unemployment. During 1990s, independent analysts and economists had been telling the PPP and the PML-N governments that accepting the IMF’s programme meant abdication of sovereignty in the new era of colonialism, but to no avail. The present policy of Ishaq Dar as finance minister is the replay of 1998 and 2008 IMF loan facility and the conditions attached. Although the PML-N had earlier vowed not to take loans on the conditions of the IMF, yet it has conceded all major demands of the IMF. Our leaders do not understand that till the time fiscal deficit, trade deficit and current account deficit are not controlled and brought within manageable limits, Pakistan would continue piling up foreign and domestic debt. In fact, the cause of increase in foreign debt is trade and current account deficits; whereas domestic debt is accumulated mainly due to fiscal deficit. The government should eliminate corruption and adopt better management practices, and Pakistan then would neither need IMF loan nor begging bowl.
An art of balancing fear and greed BY MIRZA ABRAR UN NABI BAIG No matter what the market participants say about volatility i.e. a good thing because it shows that the market is “normal”, a healthy sign for markets to correct themselves and thus trade in a choppy manner after major bull or bear spells, or that volatility signifies lack of artificial strength! All these and many more such supportive statements for excessive market volatility are mere statements in my opinion. Why? Because if such events are left unattended, they could come back and haunt the market players due to lack of liquidity. Excessive volatility means, 50-50 odds of “majority” of the investors being on the right side of the market is driven sharply lower. Once, this balance shifts the moves could be even more severe thus further pushing the odds lower to 1090 and in extreme cases to sub whole figures. Trading is not as difficult as one might take it to be. As I have noted before in my previous articles that trading is more to do with “risk assessment” then the actual buying and selling. As far as the buying and selling is concerned, it is something which can easily be carried out by our
“Brain’s” lower functions. But when our “Brain’s” have to make a decision based on “loss” and “gain” that is where things become complicated. Our brains are [HARD WIRED] to process such information differently and these functions are dealt with higher brain functions. So, in a nutshell our brains are tuned towards survivability and not towards taking risk which could “HARM” us! This natural instinct is what puts the “common” investor at losing odds from the get go. Secondly, due to this very nature, majority of the first time investors after having tried one investment strategy and failing at it would “seldom” ever try it again. If they hit a treasure pot the first time, they’d consider themselves a genius but if not then, something was working “against” them. On the contrary, daredevils who look in the eyes of death make for better investors. They have trained their brains to bypass the escape strategies; it [their brain] keeps shooting out when one finds oneself in a sticky situation. Nevertheless, being brave is one thing and then having an eye for making profits is the 2nd most important thing. Without a goal in sight, being brave alone can lead to out of proportion losses.
Once the common man overrides the signals its brain is sending to escape, the production of adrenaline starts to slow down. This slow release of adrenaline into the blood stream chokes the motor response i.e. no action is taken thereon to avert the situation. In terms of trading, when a loss goes beyond a predetermined figure prior to opening the trade, it then results in further losses as the “do or die” hormone isn’t present anymore. Similarly, as one gets older the propensity to try “new” thing becomes less, because things are then weighted by the “fear index”. Casinos play with fear of loss by engaging one’s mind into something which it cannot resist; free giveaways in a form of [Drinks, hors doeuvres and much more] and secondly a shot at grand life. Basically, a Casino sells this which the brain cannot easily turn down. The saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” is overruled and regardless of the “known fact” that the Casino would win, it doesn’t deter one from gambling. Side note to explain casino and brokerage working; A casino is always a winner because their “keeps” is in the spread of bets just as a broker will always make money regardless of the fact if ones trade is winning or
losing because their “keeps” is in the bid and offer price. Trading firms work in the same manner but instead of working on creature comfort as noted above they are never shy to explain what happened which caused the “crash” and forced ones portfolio to be liquidated at their own expense [The statements pertinent to market volatility noted at top]. It is funny how it works, and has been working for as long as it has. Well, maybe it isn’t as comical but rather sad because this is what I am trying to explain that our brains are rigged in such a fashion. One part of our brains says do it; while the other says do not [The brain parts which are responsible for these behaviors are “Nucleus Accumbens and Anterior Insula” if someone wants to specifically read about them]. The only way to break the cycle or to improve odds of winning is by vigorous training. Instead of being stern, being flexible and most of all, resorting to several strategies and not just one. More than often “only” one strategy is employed which happens to be an instinctive one and thus has no theoretical backing. They say ignorance is a bliss but isn’t so in the world of trading.
Agents of the stAtus quo
Who is an objective journalist? BY ANN ROBERTSON AND BILL LEUMER In a recent New York Times article David Carr questioned whether someone could be both a journalist and an activist, a question that was prompted by the role of Glenn Greenwald, a writer for The Guardian and a political activist, in reporting on Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks. As Carr put it, “The question of who is a journalist and who is an activist and whether they can be one and the same continues to roar along, most recently in the instance of Glenn Greenwald’s reporting for The Guardian on the secrets revealed by Edward J. Snowden.” Carr also framed the question as “a fight between objectivity and subjectivity.” Carr initially seemed to concede that one and the same person could be both an activist and a journalist, even though the activists are “driven
by an agenda.” In fact, the title of his article conveyed exactly that point: “Journalism, Even When It’s Tilted.” And, as Carr noted, this is an important concession since journalists are afforded special legal protections in the case of reporting leaks. Mr. Greenwald needs this protection because there are some government officials who would like to see him prosecuted. However, towards the end of his article Carr began to raise caveats. Activism, he concluded, does not prevent someone from being a journalist; it rather tends to make them bad journalists: “But I think activism which is admittedly accompanied by the kind of determination that can prompt discovery can also impair vision.” And he added: ‘the tendentiousness of ideology creates its own narrative.” In other words, activism can on rare occasions be helpful in unearthing the truth, but usually it is a barrier. But perhaps Mr. Carr has failed to
grasp the larger picture, possibly due to his own unspoken commitments. Yet there is a superficial difference between the two: those who want to change society do stand out. Accordingly, they might seem as if they have an agenda that uniquely distinguishes them, but that is only from the perspective of people like Mr. Carr, whose agenda ties him to the status quo but who has not sufficiently reflected on his own social commitments and therefore is unable to acknowledge them. To his credit, Carr elicited Greenwald’s response to the counterpoising of activism and journalism, and this was Greenwald’s response: “It is not a matter of being an activist or a journalist; it’s a false dichotomy. It is a matter of being honest or dishonest. All activists are not journalists, but all real journalists are activists. Journalism has a value, a purpose to serve as a check on power.” And Greenwald added: “I
have seen all sorts of so-called objective journalists who have all kinds of assumptions in every sentence they write. That is a classic case of a certain kind of activism.” Greenwald’s rejection of the purported dichotomy between activism and journalism is, of course, entirely correct. Everyone is an activist of one kind or another. The distinction should rather be drawn between those who are conscious activists and those who, like Mr. Carr and Mr. Gregory, are unconscious activists. Those who fail to reflect on their own commitments are sometimes the most vicious. ANN ROBERTSON IS A LECTURER AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY AND A MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION.
that was lit to burn our sports knocked at the doors of Pakistan’s finest sportsman. So, whenever someone mentions them in history, there is something negative to go with their unique achievements? But thanks to the blessing of memory, Akram’s 916 international wickets remain unforgettable triumphs! As the sporting greats of various arenas saw the sun set on their careers, each one tumbled before calling it a day. It seems that apart from Imran Khan, no one had the right time in mind to seal it properly. In Pakistan, sportsmen often prolong their careers in search of a heroic end. So far it has not worked. This insecurity propels for a number of reasons. The change of governments means sports boards would automatically see new faces at the top. Thus, players stay in a constant state of confusion given to this inconsistency. Political inductions in respective boards result in the selection of favourites in the teams. Hence, not all players get to deliver up to their full potential and so they try to extend their professional lives to fill the vacuum that is created in them. A drop in performance of seniors is often regarded as the end of their careers. An unsupportive rather negative media coverage adds fuel to the fire. Not selecting players on the basis of poor form is justified; however, ridiculing them down to the shoe, calling them names and treating them like traitors is a norm on our mainstream media. Players are
advised to retire and their disgrace is celebrated by those sportsmen of the late who could never make it to the top. Then there are such repulsive personalities conducting hour long sports shows as sports analysts to pass verdicts against national heroes. As justification, examples of countries like India that treats its stars worse in bad times are placed on the table. Reactions from most frustrated downtown crowds are filmed and filth plunged at players is highlighted on our TV screens. From men holding most sensitive positions to politicians in the opposition, from former players on job-hunts to bureaucrats on unknown agendas all become stakeholders in such matters deciding the fate of this sad subject. Then there is a competition of glitz and glamour taking on sports the world over. In Pakistan, there are no academies to guide the sportsmen. Some good souls in the face of current and former senior players assign themselves to build confidence of young pumped up blood, ready to take on the world with their raw talent. This too is mostly seen in the circles of cricket only. Other sports are way behind and completely neglected. In fact, there exists no such concept of player grooming. Not all players are natural at staying socially active, attending charity programs, school sports days etc. Even experienced players are seen hiding in their shell due to hopeless conditions around them. I wonder where all the money
allocated in every yearly budget for sports vanishes! After all international sports was stolen from this beautiful land through an insane episode of violence on a guest team, the local performers were detained to poor quality game only. Poor standard of sport programs, low fitness levels of young players and lack of basic training has stopped producing and polishing new talent. National stars would now be playing all year round away from home and on their return disinterested in poorly organized local competitions. Yet, they would still try to chip in for the sake of the survival of sports in the country. Worst come, players are kept chained to stay isolated from the world as foreign leagues are often banned on them. A case in point is how Pakistan’s biggest current sports star Shahid Afridi had to struggle through court of law demanding for his right to play county cricket in England. A Pakistani sportsman has to live it all - and this is not all. Pakistan has suffered not just massive brain-drain in recent years, also enormous talent-drain. My memories of magic-boy Saqlain Mushtaq and super all-rounder Azhar Mehmood beat the history that will be written about their services for Pakistan Cricket. How could we lose these two gems and how the world till date honours the services they render for places they go to? As a nation we need to think of acknowledging the best of the best talent among us, the sons and
daughters of this land, our ambassadors and our positive face. No wonder sports in Pakistan are battling against many forces working day and night to scoop it out of our system. But aye, they have not been successful for it runs in our blood. But if we keep neglecting our best players, we will discourage them from rising again or simply push them far away. Watching Australia’s Glen McGrath’s farewell, I wish our sports ministers also had the sight or heart to honour legends of recent past at least like Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Inzamamul-Haq, Ramiz Raja, Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahbaz Senior, Mohammad Yousuf (snooker), Aisam-ul-Haq and many more names who made it big because they had it in them. My fear is losing another batch of fine talent who have served this country selflessly for many years and as they now march towards the twilight of their glorious struggle, they seem to be forgotten just like the previous faculty of greats. So I question the people of Pakistan how we plan to handle the precious journeys of Mohammad Yousuf (cricketer), Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Abbas, Salman Akbar, Rehan Butt, Aisam-ul-Haq and other valuable assets of Pakistan. Will a false history be written again in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth or will these worthy careers meet respectable closures?
their own little enclave to enjoy the effects of drugs. In the early hours of the morning they assembled at USIS library conveniently located near Fatima Jinnah Medical College. They had secret lady doctor lovers. These women were attracted to them by their outward demeanor and intellect. Shah ji as he was affectionately called by his close friends, used to drink strong Kava with lemon to repel the effects of drugs. One day the news broke that Shah Ji has landed at the New York airport to try his luck in the land of opportunity. He was quite friendly with Mahmood the owner of the Cafe. I later found out that he was also a drug addict. He lost interest in his business and became a destitute. He met a tragic end. He lost
the battle of life due to a drug over dose. We should learn from their end and stop all kind of drug habit. Once a druggie always a druggie. I have not heard anything about Zafar Ali Shah sine his departure to America. JAVAID BASHIR ISLAMABAD
and villages. How long this will continue? No one knows the answer, perhaps never. The governments pace has further slowed us down. Our economic recovery has become a dream. The industrial sector has dwindled beyond recovery and any glimmer of hope. Sometimes the clouds and mist of darkness thickens to the extent that we cannot recognise We are Muslims yet we steal from our own resources. This pilferage cannot be condoned or tolerated. Lack of vigilance has shut down everything. People have become extremely sick. Nervous disorders and physical fatigue are caused by this load shedding, it is the gift of the new government. All the promises have been evaporated in the thin air like straws of broom stick.
Limitless load shedding has become major irritant and a curse of the century. Long hours have been stretched to 18 to 20 in major cities. The citizens are bearing the unbearable heat and darkness. PML(N) has disappointed the masses. They have not lived up it their expectations. These have withered away. What is wrong with our rulers? Have they forgotten all decency and morality? There are big question marks on their performance. Their tall claims have fizzled out. JB LAHORE
BILL LEUMER IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, LOCAL 853 (RET.). BOTH ARE WRITERS FOR WORKERS ACTION
Hail the heroes HAFSA SIDDIQUE There was a beautiful narration differentiating memory from history in one of the episodes of the classic Hollywood TV series of the 90s ‘TheX-Files’: Narration: There is an ancient (Red) Indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous themselves and unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth. It is always a pleasure to go through the thick, glossy sheets of a pictorial book on world renowned English soccer player David Beckham. Lying on a bookshelf in my brother’s room, it proudly stands out among many other coffee-table editions on sports a welldeserved trophy for a player of Beckham’s calibre and charisma. To a Pakistani sports follower, growing up in the nineties was incredible. I am a huge soccer fan only
on the eve of World Cup finals every four years. My familiarity with a few household names from the world of football is no big deal. I love sports for many reasons and soccer is undoubtedly a great field game. Nevertheless, the sport that is attached to my soul is Cricket. In early nineties Pakistan carried four world sports titles. My memory takes me back to the proud moments of winning the lustrous crystal cup of Cricket World Cup 1992 under the enigmatic leadership of Imran Khan; Mohammad Yousuf winning the World Snooker Championship in Johannesburg in 1994; Jansher Khan in Barcelona in 1994 again crowned World Squash Champion; and then finally lofting the Hockey World Cup 1994 the national sport of Pakistan. Grabbing all these laurels despite any proper sports structure or system was a phenomenal achievement for any country. The turbulent political situation soon engulfed the entire country and sports were no exception. The next decade or so would have its share of enthralling ups and embarrassing lows, surprise packages, unique finds, stellar performers and super-stars. Yet, political interference in sports, murder of meritocracy and planned destruction of what is the last straw of hope for a nation that is sports fanatic by default was sadly to be deprived from it by design. Sportsman of Wasim Akram’s class was now remembered for his follies and not favours. One by one, the fire
Zafar Ali shah: A proﬁle of an intellectual and drug addict Zafar Ali Shah, a resident of Davis Road, Lahore was our great friend. He was a decent man in his mid-Thirties educated and visionary. He was quite witty and intelligent. He did lot of Social work and pro bono advocacy .He was friend's friend. He always helped the needy persons. He was an intellectual, but he was a drug addict too. He tried all sorts of drugs. He was close friend of a group of drug addicts. They all used to assemble in a restaurant located on the Mall road. They used to do drugs there. They all smoked Hash and cocaine in pure form. They created
scheduled and unscheduled load shedding continues We are facing the worst kind of electricity shortages. The scheduled and unscheduled load shedding has disturbed the life of people in Pakistan. We live in 21st Century yet it seems we are living in the dark ages. The darkness has engulfed the cities, towns
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Fresh US sanctions to complicate N-issue: Iran
Afghani roadside bombs kill six children
KABUL: Roadside bombs have killed four young girls and two schoolboys in Afghanistan while a police inspector has been gunned down on her way to work. The girls, aged 10 to 12, had been sent by their families to a river to fetch water for a wedding being held in a home on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand governor's spokesman Ummar Zawaq said on Thursday. The bomb went off alongside a footpath through a field the girls had taken to make their way back home, Zawaq said. Also in Lashkar Gah on Thursday morning, two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a female police inspector being taken to work by her son-in-law on his motorcycle, he said. –AGENCIES
TEHRAN: Iran denounced a new round of US economic sanctions as complicating the dispute on the country's nuclear program that the West suspects of aiming at military purposes, Tehran Times reported Thursday. "There is no doubt that the imposition of the new sanctions is a failed policy, and we are surprised to see that the US government and its allies repeated the wrong and failed measure," said Iranian foreign
ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi. Banning trades in gold with the Islamic republic and putting further embargo on its shipping and automobile industries, the fresh US sanctions, which came into effect Monday, aimed to put more pressure on Iran to give up its controversial nuclear program. Circumventing Western sanctions that restrict money return for energy exports, Iran is believed to have received gold from its natural gas and
aim at weapon-grade activities while Iran insists that it is only for civilian use. "It is time for Iran and the West to enter serious negotiations and take confidence-building measures to settle the long-running dispute over Tehran's alleged nuclear activities," Tehran Times quoted Iran's former nuclear chief, Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh, as saying. "Increasing and intensifying sanctions does not solve any
oil customers, including Turkey. "The intensification of sanctions is not a solution to Iran's nuclear issue and will not help settle it," said the Iranian spokesman, asserting "lifting sanctions can help break the stalemate and serve as a confidence-building measure." The Islamic Republic's energy and financial sectors are under intensive pressure from the United States and its allies, who suspect that Iran's nuclear program might
Obama, Merkel agree to talks on US spying
Portugal politicians try to save government LISBON: The leaders of Portugal's governing coalition parties remained locked in negotiations Thursday as they attempted to repair differences that threatened to pitch the bailed-out country into turmoil and reignite concerns over Europe's debt crisis. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, head of the senior coalition partner, and the leader of the junior partner, Popular Party chief Paulo Portas, met for the second time in 24 hours in an attempt to avoid the government's collapse in a dispute over austerity measures and other reported grievances concerning the relative standings of the two parties within the coalition. Portugal's political stability, certainly compared with turmoil in Greece, has helped ease investor concerns over the country's financial fates since a 78 billion euros ($101 billion) international rescue two years ago — the relatively calm backdrop helped lower Portugal's borrowing costs and allowed a raft of economic reforms to be enacted. –AGENCIES
EU ‘committed’ to transatlantic partnership BERLIN: The European Union (EU) is "committed to the transatlantic partnership" but wants working groups to be set up to probe the US spying scandal, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday on the free trade talks between the EU and theUnited States. "There can't be opening of trade negotiations without there being at the same time... an opening of discussions with the US on the activity of the intelligence services in our countries and protection of private data," Barroso was quoted by AFP as saying. Last Saturday, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website that the US National Security Agency had tapped EU offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks. The magazine said its report was based on confidential documents.
UN condemns continuous bloodshed across Iraq BAGHDAD: The UN special envoy to Iraq condemned Thursday a wave of attacks that claimed dozens of lives across Iraq on Tuesday, urging Iraqi leaders to take measures to protect people. In a press release posted on the internet, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Martin Kobler "condemned in the strongest possible terms the wave of attacks that claimed dozens of lives across Iraq yesterday." "These devastating terrorist attacks once again targeted innocent citizens struggling to build a more hopeful future for themselves and their children in a highly volatile environment," the UN envoy said. –AGENCIES
N the fall of 1954, the Muslim Brotherhood put its faith in the revolutionary transition in place after the 1952 military coup, backing the wrong horse in General Muhammad Naguib, and was ultimately outmaneuvered by Nasser. In one fell swoop, the organisation was outlawed, its offices burned down by angry mobs, its newspapers shut down, and its leaders imprisoned, executed, or exiled. For the next two decades, the group was virtually absent from society and subjected to an intensive vilification campaign that portrayed it as an alien, subversive, and violent force within Egypt that had to be eradicated. It was only after his suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood that Nasser consolidated his control of the Egyptian state and society. The group re-emerged in the mid1970s, rebuilt its organisational structure, recruited a new generation of Islamic activists, and steadily reclaimed its mantle as the country’s leading social organisation. It
problem, and the West has done whatever they could," Aqazadeh said. "They have to find practical solutions, and it is time for them to consider conciliatory and practical fixes instead of issuing threats." Stressing the "consensus" among Iranian politicians on preserving the nuclear rights, the former official said, "The Western powers are aware of the fact that Iran would never relinquish its nuclear program." –AGENCIES
CALCUTTA: Indian youth take part in a silent protest against the recent gang rapes and murder in Calcutta. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, West Bengal accounted for 12.67 per cent of the total crimes committed against women in the country while Calcutta ranked the third most unsafe metropolis for women, behind Delhi and Bangalore. —WIRE SERVICE
Koreas to hold talks on Kaesong complex SEOUL: Pyongyang has agreed to South Korea's offer for working-level talks on reopening the suspended joint industrial complex at Kaesong, the South Korean Unification Ministry said. The talks are scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (9 p.m. Friday ET) at Tongilgak, an administrative building on the North Korean side of the neutral border village of Panmunjom. Kaesong, which is a bellwether of North-South ties, was closed this spring -- a casualty of increasing tensions between the two Koreas after the North warned that war could erupt. Each side will have three-member delegations, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, citing the Seoul government. "The agreement came after North Korea, revising its earlier stance, did not insist that South Korean businessmen should be allowed to visit their plants in Kaesong at the same time or ahead of the government contact," Yonhap reported. "South Korea maintained that government contact should precede any visit to Kaesong by South Korean
businessmen." The North wanted the talks to be held at Kaesong and with South Korean businessmen permitted to accompany the delegation, proposals the South rejected. Seoul's proposal for talks came a day after North Korea invited businessmen from South Korean companies to return to the zone to check on their facilities and equipment. The talks "were in consideration of the damages to the companies operating in Kaesong after three months of suspension and the beginning of monsoon season," Kim Hyung-suk, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman, said in a briefing. "The Kaesong issue can only be resolved through dialogue by government authorities." The operation was completely shut down in May when the last remaining South Korean workers left the facilities, but work had been winding down for about a month amid heightened tensions. In April, North Korea restricted South Korean workers' access to the zone. –AGENCIES
Russia flays EU for delaying Morales’ plane MOSCOW: Russia has criticized France, Spain, and Portugal for delaying the Bolivian president's flight home from Moscow over suspicions that fugitive former US intelligence employee Edward Snowden was on board. President Evo Morales was able to fly home on July 3 only after a forced stopover in Austria because of the airspace flap. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the actions of the three countries "could hardly be considered friendly actions towards Bolivia." The Bolivian government has claimed the US government was behind the incident. Morales told supporters gathered at the airport upon his return home that some European countries should free themselves from the United States. Heads of state in the 12-nation South American bloc Unasur denounced the "unfriendly and unjustifiable acts" and called a summit in Bolivia to discuss the matter. President Barack Obama has warned giving Snowden asylum would carry serious costs. –AGENCIES
Turkey calls Mursi’s removal ‘unacceptable’ ISTANBUL: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said the army's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi was a "military coup", and "unacceptable". "The removal of President Mohamed Mursi, who came to power through a democratic election, by the intervention of the Egyptian army is an extremely worrying situation," Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul. "Leaders who come to power with open and transparent elections reflecting the will of the people can only be removed by elections, that is, the will of the nation,"
he said. "It is unacceptable for a government that has come to power through democratic elections to be toppled through illicit means and, even more, a military coup." The response by Turkey's govt, which like Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has Islamist roots, appeared to be the strongest foreign reaction so far to Mursi's overthrow. The United Nations, the United States and other powers have stopped short of denouncing the move as a military coup; to do so might trigger automatic sanctions. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the coup had destroyed
Egypt's fledgling democracy and national will, and hit out at the responses from Western capitals. "There are no opposing statements from the West ... which always advocates democracy, national will, human honor and freedoms. Where is the sincerity?" Bozdag tweeted. Turkey was rocked by weeks of its own protests last month when a small effort to save an Istanbul park from redevelopment mushroomed into a mass demonstration by tens of thousands of people opposed to what they see as Erdogan's authoritarian rule. –AGENCIES
WASHINGTON: The United States, Germany, and probably other nations will soon hold talks on American surveillance tactics that include alleged spying on European allies. Amid reports that the US has bugged various embassies and missions, President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had what sounds like an uncomfortable discussion by phone on Wednesday, the White House reported. "The President assured the Chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and partners," said a White House statement on the call. The White House said Obama and Merkel agreed to "a high-level meeting of US and German security officials in the coming days" to discuss surveillance issues disclosed in news leaks by former government contractor Edward Snowden. The two leaders also support a United States-European Union "dialogue" on the "collection and oversight of intelligence and questions of privacy and data protection," said the White House. EU officials have expressed outrage over news reports on the activities of the National Security Agency. Obama and Merkel "reaffirmed the importance of continued close cooperation between our respective intelligence services in the fight against terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States, Germany, and our allies," the White House said. The leaders also
Syria’s Assad brags opponents failed to oust him BEIRUT: Syria's President Bashar Assad claimed in an interview published Thursday that countries conspiring against Syria have "used up all their tools" in their campaign to overthrow his regime. The remarks came as Western-backed Syrian opposition figures gathered in Turkey for talks on electing a new leadership. In comments to the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper, Assad rejected the idea that what has been happening in Syria since more than two years is a revolution. Instead, he insisted it is a conspiracy by Western and some Arab states to destabilize his country. In the same interview, Assad praised this week's massive protests by Egyptians against their Islamist leader and said the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi meant the end of "political Islam." In Syria, more than 93,000 people have been killed since the crisis erupted in March 2011. The conflict began as peaceful protests against Assad's rule, then turned into civil war after some opposition supporters took up arms to fight a brutal government crackdown on dissent. Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. Throughout the crisis, Assad has insisted that his government is not faced with a popular rebellion, but a Western-backed conspiracy against Syria, accusing the rebels fighting to topple his regime of being terrorists, Islamic extremists and mercenaries of the oil-rich Arab Gulf states that are allies of the United States. "The countries that conspire against Syria have used up all their tools ... and they have nothing left except direct (military) intervention," Assad said in the interview, adding that such an intervention would not happen. –AGENCIES
Egypt’s Democratic outlaws It’s deja vu for the Muslim Brotherhood and a failure of the democratic process for Egypt
continued to thrive in spite of major periodic crackdowns and the emergence of anti-state violence by rival Islamist groups into the mid1990s. Given its propensity for accommodation rather than confrontation, and occasional engagement with the regime, the Muslim Brotherhood was well positioned to play a significant role in a post-authoritarian political order. As such, it was not much of a surprise that Egypt’s first democratically elected president came out of the nation’s longest standing and best-organised oppositional force. But if Mohamed Morsi’s rise to the presidency was a remarkable achievement for a once outlawed opposition movement, his sudden fall at the hands of a military coup backed by a mass revolt in some ways signifies an unprecedented low point in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood. Not only does it face the prospect of enduring banishment at the hands of a cold and calculating military regime yet
again, it will do so to the thunderous applause of millions of Egyptians. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are undoubtedly responsible for much of the unpopularity they generated over the course of the post-Mubarak transition. There is something to be said, however, of the ways in which large swaths of the Egyptian public seem to have internalised decades of demonisation of the group by the former regime and its propaganda arms, which continued to operate unabated throughout Morsi’s term in office. It is now clear that the Muslim Brotherhood, which judged its own reputation solely by its ability to win at the ballot box, underestimated the extent to which a significant number of Egyptians had developed a healthy reserve of revulsion for the group, irrespective of its political performance. The visceral and disproportionate reaction with which many of Morsi’s admittedly imprudent policies were met should have alerted him early on that his presidency would be held to a
far higher standard than if any of his political rivals had won. The intense presidential race against Mubarak-era remnant Ahmed Shafiq, which Morsi won only by a slim margin, was a clear sign that there were millions of Egyptians who preferred a symbol of the former regime over its chief victims. Of course the opposition did none of these things, passing up multiple opportunities to put the Muslim Brotherhood on its heels through mutually accepted means that the group would have no choice but to accept. Perhaps one of the many tragedies of these latest events is that we have lost, possibly forever, the opportunity to witness the Muslim Brotherhood humbled through its preferred method of political contestation. In sharp contrast to the present scenario, that development would have come with numerous advantages, not the least of which is the continued affirmation of democracy as the governing principle among all of Egypt’s political factions,
discussed trade issues and the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona. The White House readout: "President Obama spoke by phone today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who offered condolences on the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona. "The President and the Chancellor discussed the recent reports of surveillance activities allegedly conducted by the US National Security Agency. The President assured the Chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and partners. "The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of continued close cooperation between our respective intelligence services in the fight against terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States, Germany, and our allies. "The leaders agreed to hold a highlevel meeting of US and German security officials in the coming days to discuss these matters in greater detail. "They also looked forward to the initiation of a US-EU/EU Member State dialogue on the collection and oversight of intelligence and questions of privacy and data protection, as proposed by Attorney General Eric Holder, as early as July 8. "Finally, the leaders reiterated their strong support for the launch of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations and welcomed the upcoming first round of discussions." –AGENCIES
and the continued semblance of unity, however fractious, in the face of relentless efforts to subvert the nation’s transition from authoritarianism. If contending with a fierce and unyielding counter-revolution was already a seemingly insurmountable task for a revolutionary movement representing virtually all segments of Egyptian society, it will be doubly so with the impending exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood. Contrary to the wishful thinking on the part of the anti-Morsi opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters and sympathizers will not be boarding a spacecraft and departing for some alien planet anytime soon. Despite all attempts to paint them as foreign invaders, they are part and parcel of Egyptian society and their marginalisation will only serve the interests of those wishing a return to the repressive politics of the old order. Moreover, the ruling military council’s decision to suspend the constitution and rule by decree after Mubarak’s overthrow was one of its
most widely detested decisions and served as a battle cry for protests against it. Yet it was cheers that greeted the defence minister’s announcement Wednesday that Egypt would be once again without a constitution until further notice. It is quite a thing to see Mohamed ElBaradei reject popular elections conducted under military rule, only to accept a direct appointment to a governing body by none other than the military rulers. Among the lessons of the first transitional period was that people power, while potentially the ultimate arbiter of the revolution, is also mercurial. When the dust settles on a mass protest movement, it is the political entities whose democratic credentials are very much in doubt that are poised to determine the shape of the Egyptian state. With the previous process now entirely undone, the same movement that cast out a crucial member of Egypt’s post-authoritarian order now stands tasked with ensuring a future that secures the rights of all to shape their country’s future. It is not off to the best of starts.
FRIDAY, JULY 05, 2013
LHC declines request to lift ban on YouTube
â€˜STone-AGeâ€™ reSIdenTS Bidding of Hujjaj quota challenged LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court challenging bidding of 910 Hujjaj quota by Religious Affairs Ministry. The petition was filed by Al Mubbarick Tours and Travels submitting that the ministry wanted to allocate a Haj quota of 910 Hujjaj to few new Haj group organisers through the bidding process wherein only 62 newly enrolled organisers would be allowed to participate. He alleged that the ministry selected the 62 organisers without any criteria as many defaulters were also included in the list. He pleaded the court to set aside the bidding process of 910 Hujjaj quota. The matter will be heard by LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial along other related matters on July 5. APP
LHC judges attend brieďŹ ng on Finance Bill-2013 LAHORE: The Lahore High Court judges including Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial Thursday attended a briefing on Finance Bill, 2013, at the LHC Judge's Lounge. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan, Justice Yawar Ali, Justice Anwar ul Haq, Justice Abdus Sattar Asghar, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Ayesha A Malik, Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, Justice Shoaib Saeed, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh as well as registrar and additional registrars accompanied with members of the Finance Wing of the court were present on the occasion. Income Tax expert Asim Zulfiqar gave an hour-long presentation on the newlypassed Finance Bill by the federal government. During the briefing, the judges raised inquisitive queries which were answered by the expert and he said that by the new Finance Bill will enhance GDP ratio for economic development of the country. The representative also threw light on steps to be taken by the government for broadening the new tax structure for strengthening the economy. APP
FATA players bag 3 bronze medals in national games KHYBER AGENCY: FATA karate players bagged three bronze medals in the on-going 32th national games being played in Islamabad. According to FATA Karate Association, its three players from the Khyber Agency, Ihsanullah Afridi, Sajjad Afridi and Zubair Afridi won bronze medals in -50kg, -55kg and -60kg classes respectively by defeating their opponents. FATA Sports Officer Mohammad Ayub said it was great honouring that despite no proper sports facilities, tribal players competed with well-trained and well-paid players of different departments of Pakistan, who remain in touch with the sport event throughout the year and got the medals. He further said that FATA basket ball team has also qualified for semi-final in the games. Karate coach Farhad Shinwari said that if proper training facilities and financial assistance is extend, the local players cannot only recognise their abilities on national level but also internationally can won fame for the country. It is worth mentioning here that 200 players and officials from tribal belt participated in the national games. STAFF REPORT
Tribesmen demand justice, protection KHYBER AGENCY: Residents of Ghundi area of tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to provide them justice and protection of life. Talking to reporters here, Wahidullah Afridi, resident of Chinar Killey, Ghundi, said that his younger brother Izhar Khan Afridi was brutally stabbed to death on May 30, and his body was dumped in Rigilalma area of Peshawar. He said that his brother was innocent but he was killed without any reason. Afridi said that after the brutal killing of his brother their family was still receiving threats by different means which had made their life terrible. He said their family was a law abiding and peace loving and had no enmity with anyone. Flanked by several other family members, Afridi demanded of the governor to provide them justice and protection of life. STAFF REPORT
â€˜Pakistan needs to exploit chemical industry potentialâ€™ LAHORE: Pakistan needs to exploit chemical industry potential as it can contribute significantly to the economic stability and development of the country. This was the crux of the presentations given at a seminar on â€˜Innovative Chemical Treasures and Vision 2030â€™ arranged by the LCCI Standing Committee on Chemical and Dyes. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar presided over the seminar while other speakers included Mian Abuzar Shad, Nabila Intisar, Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Abid Shirwani, Dr Saqib Nasir, Abrar Ahmad, Dr Muhammad Saleem, Engineer Muhammad Liaquat, Mian Anjum Nisar and Malik Tahir Javed. APP
Court orders PTA, IT Ministry to submit recommendations on unblocking video-sharing website by July 25
SAMBRIAL: The villagers are passing through the low waters of the river Tavi near Saidpur-Bajwat to reach the urban areas of Sialkot. There is a great shortage of the means of communications in Bajwatâ€™s all 85 villages due to which locals had been suffering from great difficulties in their transportation to urban areas. The boating was the only main source of transportation for these people by crossing the rivers Tavi and Chenab. INP
SC seeks all record of Farooqiâ€™s appointment ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday sought all the relevant record and notifications with regard to appointment of Salman Farooqi as federal ombudsman. A threemember bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Ch heard a suo moto case on the appointment of Farooqi. During the course of hearing Chief Justice observed the situation is very clear that Suleman Farooqi visited US in connection with treatment of his wife in the capacity of secretary general. He further remarked, â€œApparently he has been working on the post of secretary general. Payment of salaries was also made which he had returned after receiving them. As per Managing Director Printing
Corporation, the oath taken by Suleman Farooqui as federal ombudsman is not part of gazette.â€? Shah Khawar appeared in the court and told reply has been prepared which will be filed today. The CJP inquired from sitting MD if any summary or orders were available with him with reference to appointment of acting federal ombudsman in 2012. The MD said the court had sought reply which was being filed. The CJP asked him the record be presented before us that up to what period Suleman Farooqui had been receiving salary as federal ombudsman. When you appointed him as federal ombudsman you might have opened new account. Provide the information under password.
FATA Grand Citizen Assembly presents recommendations OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: Representatives of the FATA Citizens Grand Assembly on Thursday presented 19 recommendations for constitutional and regulatory changes aimed at bringing political and social reforms in FATA. Representatives of the FATA Citizens Grand Assembly, convened by the Shaheed Bhutto Foundation (SBF), which consists of some 300 tribal citizens, unanimously adopted a citizens' declaration for reforms to reassert that FATA's political mainstreaming must remain a national priority. While briefing media, the assembly representatives said that the declaration contains some 19 recommendations, encompassing social development as well as essential constitutional and regulatory changes needed to ensure mainstreaming of FATA and political participation of tribal citizens. "The FATA declaration asserts that all tribesmen must be guaranteed the same fundamental rights enjoyed by other citizens of the country and guaranteed by the Constitution," they added. Other proposed changes include a constitutional amendment to provide legislative power over the tribal areas to the National Assembly and Senate, as well as extension of the jurisdiction of the High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan and reserved seats for FATA women in the parliament. The tribal citizens also proposed that the powers of the political administration in FATA be reduced.
The court was told salary for the month of February was also paid to Suleman Farooqi as secretary general which was deposited back by him through a challan on April 22, 2013. Justice Ejaz remarked, â€œThere was no need for taking oath in respect of office of acting federal ombudsman, therefore, he did not take oath.â€? He went up on May 14, 2013 in connection with treatment of his wife but he dealt with all matters as secretary general. The situation has become clear and it is evident from record held by him and he himself is writing that he had relinquished the office of secretary general on February 28, 2013. Contradiction is also there in the matter of oath taking. ONLINE
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday declined request to lift ban on Youtube, a video-sharing website, temporarily. However, the court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Ministry of Information Technology to convene a joint meeting with petitioner and independent experts and submit recommendations on unblocking the website in Pakistan by July 25, next date of hearing. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders on a petition filed by Bytes for All, a non-government organisation, challenging the ban on the video-sharing website and other websites in Pakistan. As proceedings started, the deputy attorney general along with a technical team from the ministry and the PTA appeared before the court. To a query, the deputy attorney general informed the court that Google did not respond to requests and seemingly has no interest in this case. The court observed that it would have been a nice gesture on the part of the Google to present itself in the court. The petitioner's counsel pleaded the court
EU envoy calls on Dar ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has said Pakistan looks forward a key role by the European Union as the government embarks upon a comprehensive economic development plan. Talking to the European Union Ambassador LarsGunnar Wigemark in Islamabadâ€š he said the European Union is the single largest trading partner of Pakistanâ€š accounting twenty percent of its total exports and sixty percent of its imports. They also reviewed the progress of ongoing development projects supported by the European Union. They also explored the possibility of enhancing cooperation especially in the power projects like Neelum Jhelum and Khayal Khawar. Dar appreciated the role of the European Union. Online
Students visit Cambridge LAHORE: Position-holder male and female students, during a study tour of foreign universities under the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif 's special programme, on Thursday visited prestigious Cambridge University and saw various sections of the Trinity Hall College and Kings College of the university and observed academic activities. Dr Murray informed the visiting students that challenging courses were being conducted here for boy and girl students. He said that under graduate and undergraduate courses, students were given education in humanities, science and other subjects whereas performance of the students was monitored regularly. On the occasion, students expressed the view that due to study tour of foreign universities, their knowledge was improving. Question-answer session was also held on the occasion. APP
RAWALPINDI: Traders burn tyres on the road during a demonstration against police torture on President China Market Union Haroon Shah. ONLINE
for directions to lift the ban on Youtube temporarily while PTA was still in discussion with Google's management on removal of sacrilegious content on their platforms. However, the deputy attorney general and PTA's representative opposed the request and said that it was a sensitive issue and could raise the issue of law & order in the country. But, the petitioner's counsel maintained that the PTA had the technical capacity to block individual URLs to keep the rest of the platform accessible. The court after hearing the arguments directed the parties to convene a joint meeting and submit recommendation on unblocking the website by July 25. The petitioner through his petition submitted that the ban imposed on websites were in blatant violation of the civil and political rights, especially to the Freedom of Expression and the Right to Information under the Article-19 and Article-19A of the constitution. The petitioner contended that the ban represent abuse of executive powers, which was unacceptable in a democracy loving society like Pakistan. APP
Coastal areas suitable for wind energy
Govt plans to achieve up to 2,500MW from wind energy by end of 2015 ISLAMABAD: The government is keen to commence wind farm projects in the country to meet some percentage of the national energy requirement through renewable energy technologies, according to an official of the Alternative Energy Development Board on Thursday. The official said that wind energy was cost effective and can become a substitute to thermal power generation with investments from private sector. According to data available with the Alternative Energy Development Board and the Pakistan Meteorological Department, preliminary site surveys carried out in late nineties and early years of this century indicated that coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces and some northern areas possess adequate wind resources. The reports identify that in Sindh province, district Thatta, Karachi, Hyderabad and Badin and in Balochistan district Gwadar and Makran Coastal Belt possess prospective sites for development, installation and commissioning of wind farm projects. The government plans to achieve up to 2,500MW from wind energy by the end of 2015. Wind energy is sustainable, clean, safe, economically competitive and creates jobs. The first energy wind power project in Pakistan started working with a 50MW generation capacity in Jhimpir, Sindh in December 2012. The Alternative Energy Development Board recently approved a New Park Energy Phase-I, 400MW wind project near Port Qasim. Pakistan has the potential of producing
approximately 150,000MW of wind energy, says a recent USAID report. The wind projects can fetch an investment of around two billion dollars. According to another study, Pakistan has identified cumulative potential to generate 3.2 million megawatt from renewable energy resources including 340,000MW from wind, 2.9 million MW from solar, 50,000MW from hydro (large), 3,100MW from hydro (small), 1,800MW from bagasses cogeneration and 500MW from waste. A mean annual wind speed (at 10 m and 30 m above ground) of 18 kmph and 22 kmph respectively is considered as the minimum required for feasible generation of electricity. Knowing the growing energy requirement of the country, and depleting energy resource within the country, the Government of Pakistan deems to diversify its energy mix so that dependency over imported fuel may be reduced and some percentages of power requirement may be met through available renewable energy technologies. During wind mapping of coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan, data from 20 wind monitoring stations have been collected and analyzed. The data indicate that a wind corridor is available in the general area from Hyderabad to Kati Bandar having immense potential to generate electricity. Developing wind power plants in Jhimpir, Gharo, Keti Bandar and Bin Qasim in Sindh will not only reduce electricity shortages but will also ease burden of oil imports of $12 billion annually. APP
A journey from an urban slum to worldâ€™s top university
Anum Fatima will step into Harvard University on scholarship-based student exchange programme
When Anum Fatima was born, twenty-three years ago, her father kept her name after much deliberation and finally picked up directly from the first surah of the Holy Quran â€“ An-amta alay-him â€“ whom thou has favored. Coming from a determined and conscientious set of parents, Anum was an ace student all through her academic years. Destiny, her own hard work and diligence directed her towards The Citizens Foundation (TCF) in 2004 and the rest as they say is history. Finishing her matriculation in a TCF school in Karachi, Anum progressed to do her Bachelors in Business Administration from the College of Business Administration and is now in the process of finishing her Masters. For the next three months, Anum Fatima will be stepping into the Harvard University â€“ one of oldest and well-renowned universities in the world. A journey from an urban slum
to the top university in the world, Anum has leapt far beyond her countryâ€™s borders and expectations. A humble demeanor, a determined pair of twinkling eyes and an unwavering commitment to education and earning, Anum feels
her training in professional English language from Harvard University will compliment her current degree in the Business Administration. â€œI feel that my admission in Harvard is only because of the support I got from TCF,â€? she said. The TCF Alumni has been a source of support and direction for Anum ever since she left the school after her matriculation. They have been instrumental in giving her sound and timely advice, instructing her in her choice of subjects in bachelors and masters degree to the current scholarship-based student exchange programme at Harvard. And Anum will be the first one to achieve such heights in the academic history of TCF. Nasreen Begum feels that education is of prime importance for all individuals, especially girls, a commitment that she passed onto her four children, Anum being the eldest, followed by a younger brother and two sisters. â€œAnum has always been a hardworking daughter, wanting to
help me in the housework, she has always been a very responsible child,â€? said Nasreen as she lovingly looks at her daughter. The Citizens Foundation has been a source of inspiration, commitment and honesty since its inception â€“ qualities that it manages to deeply ingrain in all its students as well. â€œShe (Anum) is pride for all her siblings, relatives and people living in our area, everyone wants to be like her,â€? proudly beams her mother. Determined and resolute Anum wants to return after her English course and a one month internship in Washington DC with an NGO; back to her roots, her country and TCF. â€œI want to work only for TCF, I feel I can contribute very positively with so many hardworking and ambitious children studying in the schools,â€? Anum said. Nasreen Begum, equally determined and committed mother, does not want her child to come under any cultural and societal pressures of marrying daughters at an early age or as soon as she finishes her
education. â€œWe have not even thought about her marriage, she is allowed to finish her studies and work â€“ we will not stop her.â€? Ranging from trips to grocery stores to managing Facebook and Twitter accounts to social conduct with media, TCF is now gearing Anum for independent living in a new advanced world. A huge leap from financial constraints, long and tedious routes to the school and studying long hours with incessant electricity breakdowns. With mixed feelings of excitement, apprehensions and confidence Anum and her family are looking forward to this huge leap that is about to happen in a few days. An exemplary leap of pride, educational advancement, encouragement, determination and above all of faith! Anum rises above all challenges, cautiously spreads her wings, unassumingly sets a precedent for all, makes Pakistan proud beyond belief and unknowingly creates a historic future.
CMYK FRIDAY, JULY 05, 2013
Film industry is my surrogate family: Srk
MUMBAI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is happy that despite being an outsider, the film industry has always been generous to him and says it is his surrogate family. "I don't have a struggling period to talk about. I just want to thank everyone. The whole film industry embraced me with open arms. If I may use the word, it gave me a surrogate family when I came here. I have been fortunate," Shah Rukh told reporters here last night at the music launch of Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express. The 47-year-old actor seemed to be fine after his shoulder surgery, as he showed off some dance moves with leading lady Deepika Padukone along with background dancers. Also present on the occasion were South actress Priyamani, Nikitin Dheer, Shekhar Ravjiani of the Vishal-Shekar duo, Singer Neeti Mohan, lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, producer Ronnie Screwala, T-series head Bhushan Kumar and others. "It is memorable moment to release the music, it is a beautiful music. It is nice to have SP Balasubramaniam (noted singer) on board, we are huge fans of him. He is 67, but sounds like a 20-year-old. We had one of the best experiences ever to work with a legend," Shekhar said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Farhad Humayun’s new photo shoot by Porsche SHOWBIZ DESK LAHORE: Porsche Pakistan choose Overload’s Farhad Humayun to participate in a recent photo shoot done by the brand to celebrate fifty years of the iconic Porsche 911. In the words of the Marketing Manager Porsche Pakistan, Ansa Hasan: “In celebration of this renowned car and its performance, style and design over the years Porsche Pakistan collaborated with well-known photographer Faisal Farooqui and Hello! Magazine to put together a series of six shoots called the Porsche Style Diaries. Starting from July 2013 this series will be featured in six different issues of Hello! Pakistan. Overload’s Farhad Humayun Chosen by Porsche The concept behind the shoot was to work with six top professionally trained and qualified stylists in the country styling six different personalities who were selected on the basis of the heights they have reached in their respective fields. The criteria for this selection was based on talent, achievements, the precision in the quality of their work and lastly and most importantlytheir style.” Porsche Pakistan has
showcased six different 911 models from six different years to recognize and associate their brand name with six different personalities that Porsche feels have excelled in their respective fields, Farhad Humayun being one of them. They have placed the Porsche mark of excellence and intelligent performance on these people and their achievements via this series of shoots. Farhad Humayun Chosen by PorscheFarhad comments regarding his experience working with Porsche: “It’s always tricky working with brands because you have to be on the same wavelength in terms of taste and sensibility. With Porsche I had no such concerns. I knew it would be cool and I would appear as
myself, not as an actor or model. It’s great when a brand like that respects your contribution to good energy in the world.” According to Ansa, Porsche Pakistan’s reason for specifically choosing Farhad for the Hello! Pakistan July issue photo shoot is that he has Overload’s Farhad Humayun Chosen by Porsche consistently throughout his life remained focused on his music career.
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50 cent accused of domestic violence
PAriS FAShioN WEEk 2013
LOS ANGELES: American Rapper 50 Cent has been charged with domestic violence and vandalism for allegedly kicking his ex-girlfriend and damaging her property during a dispute at her home. Police officers were called to the property, where the woman claimed she locked herself in bedroom after she got into an altercation with 50 Cent. But the rapper kicked down the door and hit her, resulting in an injury, reported TMZ Online. The rapper, who is facing five charges, including one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanor vandalism, reportedly left the house before police arrived. "During an argument, Jackson allegedly began destroying the female's property. Allegedly when the female locked herself in her bedroom, Jackson kicked-open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing an injury," said Los Angeles City Attorney said in a statement. When police arrived at the house, they found broken chandeliers, furniture, TV set and a lamp all over the place. The bedroom was allegedly ransacked with clothes thrown all over the floor. The rapper was estimated to have caused USD 7,100 in damage during his alleged rage. The alleged victim was identified as a woman who "had previously been in a three-year relationship with Jackson and they have a child in common." If convicted, the award-winning star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, could face up to five years in jail and USD 46,000 in fines. He is set to appear in court on July 22. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Jacqueline to be the face of Bridal Fashion Week
MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been named the brand ambassador of the 4th edition of Amby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week. The 28-year-old Race 2 star will be seen on the runway in Delhi and Mumbai during the current edition. "It is an honour to represent the India Bridal Fashion Week, which is not just a platform to showcase bridal fashion but an event that helps consumers gain access to the best designs that the Indian fashion industry has to offer," the Sri Lankan beauty said in a statement. On the association of Fashion Week with Jacqueline, Vijay Singh, Chairman Fashion One International said, "Jacqueline represents the modern bride who is fashion forward yet demure and traditional and the perfect brand ambassador for AVIBFW." The India Bridal Fashion Week is set to open in the capital for the first time on July 23. -SHOWBIZ DESK
has just gotten better with time, and for Porsche it’s important to identify with someone who fits right in with our slogan “Porsche Intelligent Performance.”As a brand, we identify more with superior performance.” The Porsche model featured with Farhad in the shoot was the 1994 911 Turbo in Speed Yellow. So stay tuned to the Porsche Pakistan page for images from what promises to be an exciting and very chic project.
He started off as a session player and in college he was undoubtedly the best drummer ever heard in Pakistan. As time went on, he did more with his music and his career, taking it to places where the youth followed. He was unique, his talent was incredible and he had style. In regards to having Farhad Humayun as part of this shoot, Ansa (Marketing Manager, Porsche Pakistan) further states: “Farhad
Elie Saab’s royAl Touch crEATES collEcTioN For modErN PriNcESSES
SHOWBIZ DESK PARIS: Lebanese designer Elie Saab has re-emphasised his pride of place as one of the world's most fashionable couturiers, with a stunning performance on the third day of the Paris Fashion Week 2013. The 49-year-old designer produced an Autumn/Winter collection with a royal touch and models displayed richly
embroidered designs in navy blue, red and pale grey. "I tried to present a collection this time around a royal occasion. But in a very modern way, for a modern princess, who likes, who likes to treat her realm in a modern way, and the colours are from precious stones, and from this all the collection is embroidered in a way to show it as though it's jewellery," Saab said after the show. The highlight of the show was a
Egypt unrest aﬀects promotions of Ship of Theseus
stunning, steel-grey, jewel-encrusted bridal gown. The ensemble was completed with a beautiful, sheer, sequined veil and the model was followed by three bridesmaids sporting sequined strapless gowns. Saab and his team of 500 seamstresses managed one of the most spectacular shows at Paris so far, the week for which started with Versace's Autumn/Winter show.
Golden time for singers: Sonu Nigam
KARACHI: The Awards office of the 12th Annual LUX Style Awards announced nominations in 22 categories in the field of television, music and fashion. The three distinct juries that debated and voted for the TV, Music and Fashion nominations had an intensive and challenging task to narrow down to five nominations per category The film Jury refrained from suggesting any 2012 release for nomination this year. The eight TV nominations were divided into satellite and terrestrial for the Best Serial, Best Actor/Actresses categories. The final winner for each of these categories is decided by Viewer’s Choice votes while Nominees for Best Director and Writer Awards will be decided via Jury Votes. Hum Tv’s mega blockbuster hit Humsafar has a presence in all relevant categories as it is now eligible for inclusion this year as against 2011 as per the rules of the LUX Style Awards. The competition in all TV categories is expected to be intense. The LUX Style Awards for excellence in the field of Entertainment and Fashion in Pakistan are held annually and aired throughout the country on several national channels. -SHOWBIZ DESK
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SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Promoting a film can be tiring, and stars come up with multiple reasons, from health issues to foreign travel plans to avoid it. But Egyptian filmmaker-actor Aida El Kashef, who stars in Anand Gandhi’s film Ship Of Theseus, won’t be able to market the venture for a completely unique When Aida was approached by Kiran Rao (who is presenting the film in India) and Anand to be part of the film’s promotional events, she replied saying she won’t be available. “Aida hasn’t been able to make it because she is participating in the revolution currently going on in Egypt. It’s truly an inspirational story for all of us. Although it’s disheartening that one of our cast
members isn’t with us, we’re amazed at what she is doing. She sent us a long email stating why she won’t be able to make it,” confirms the director. In the film, Aida plays a visually impaired but celebrated photographer who is in the process of undergoing a cornea transplant that will restore her vision. “At the site of the protests, she is often called ‘the girl with the camera’. After wrapping up a couple of schedules (of SOT) too, she had gone back to Egypt to protest against the thenpresident (Hosni Mubarak),” says Anand, adding that right before the last schedule also, she had flown back to Egypt. “We couldn’t even reach her. I had to contact her though a friend’s Facebook page,” he says.
Amanda Bynes having cosmetic surgery for wedding WASHINGTON: Amanda Bynes has claimed that she is having cosmetic surgery to look gorgeous for her wedding with a mystery man. The 27-year-old actress revealed via tweeter that she will undergo a series of surgeries to remove ‘webbing’ between her eyes and nose so that she can look good on her wedding day, Contactmusic reported. The actress fourth nose job was rescheduled on Saturday and she hinted that she plans to go under the knife for a few more procedures as part of her dramatic makeover of her face as she loves surgery. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: National award-winning singer Sonu Nigam, who has a career spanning over two decades, says that with the kind of opportunities in the offing for young talent, the music industry is witnessing its "golden" period. "Current time is the golden period for music. In today`s time there is no monopoly of a music composer or a singer. There is so much talent here that people have lots of options and if somebody doesn`t succeed in this time, then it’s his problem," Sonu told reporters at the launch of Bollyboom, a brand new Bollywood dance music property launched by Percept Live, Wednesday. "It’s a very good time as people are open to new voices, new kinds of music and that’s how an ideal world should be," he added. Sonu has collaborated with composer duo c for Bollyboom. -SHOWBIZ DESK
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Veena completes shoot despite injury SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Veena Malik, the Pakistani model-turned-actress who is making her debut in Sandalwood, turned out to be a thorough professional. At the outdoor shoot of a song at Thailand where Veena wrapped up the shoot for the Kannada flick, Silk Sakkath Maga, the actress was injured. She twisted her ankle and broke her toe nail which started bleeding profusely, despite that Veena continued with the shoot after bandaging her feet. The makers of the film are happy with Veena's professional attitude which helped complete the film within schedule. Talking about it, Veena said, "I am very happy that I
completed my song on schedule after getting injured on my foot. It was very difficult for me to shoot as it was a painful movement. It's not a big deal for me as I consider myself to be a super women and nobody can stop
me." The actress is playing the role of southern star, Silk Smitha in the film which is based on a true story. The shoot, which took place in Thailand, had Veena filming intimate scenes with her co-star Akshay in a bikini at the beach.
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JULY 05, 2013
Karachi, Sialkot for cricket voting right for districts, regions
A love story that triggered Tamil Nadu riots ends with suicide CHENNAI: A day after his wife said she would never go back to him, 20year-old Ilavasaran, whose wedding had triggered riots in Tamil Nadu, committed suicide. He threw himself onto a train track in a part of the state not far from where the couple spent eight months living together. The police say a suicide note has been found, but did not disclose its contents. Divya Nagaraj, 21, told the Madras High Court on Monday why her marriage was over. She said she had not been mistreated by her husband or his family, but was tortured by the knowledge that her father committed suicide in protest against her wedding to a Dalit. Her mother had filed a case in court alleging that Divya was being illegally confined and should be produced in court and granted her freedom. Divya eloped to marry Ilavasaran in October last year. Three villages including the one where he lived erupted in riots; nearly 200 huts where Dalit families lived were set on fire, allegedly by the upper caste Vanniar community, to which Divya belonged. At the time, a political party, the PMK, headed by S Ramadoss had campaigned to stop weddings between Dalits and non-Dalits. –ONLINE
KARACHI: Former heads of Karachi and Sialkot cricket associations have called upon the Acting Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi to give voting rights to district cricket association across the country apart from regions and departments. "By granting voting rights to district cricket associations with regions and departments, a democratic chairman of PCB can be elected", ex-president of KCCA Prof Sirajul Islam Bukhari said on
Thursday. He said transparent elections with voting rights to districts can bring in a truly democratically elected chairman of the PCB. Prof Bukhari expressed the confidence that acting chairman will appoint an independent elections commissioner for the PCB elections. He hailed the decision of Islamabad High Court to give 90day to Najam Sethi to streamline the working of the board and hold free and fair elections in PCB.
Ex-president Sialkot Cricket Association Zulfiqar Malik endorsed the views of Prof Bukhari.
Snooker Champion Asif still not paid prize money ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recently tasted success in Snooker, with Mohammad Asif becoming only the second cueist from the country to win the IBSF world championship last year. The World Snooker Champion then triumphed at the Asian 6-Red Ball but is yet to be given the prize money announced by the provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Talking to Online, Mohammad Asif said, “It’s very depressing as I have not been paid the cash award announced by three provincial governments so far.” The governments of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had announced cash award of Rs 1 million each for Mohammad Asif. –ONLINE
key Taliban 'commanders' killed in Peshawar operation PESHAWAR: Two key militant commanders of the Pakistani Taliban were killed in a successful operation by security forces in Peshawar on Thursday, security officials said. Security officials told a private TV channel that security forces were conducting a search operation in the Frontier Region of Peshawar near Mattani when they clashed with the militants, leaving one security personnel and two militants dead in the exchange of gunfire. Officials identified the two key militant commanders as Rooh ul Amin and Adnan alias Hurera, both belonging to the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. –ONLINE
without this process it cannot be called true and transparent elections. –AGENCIES
IHC allows Sethi to work as interim cheif ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Thursday, allowing Najam Sethi to work as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Chairman, directed to hold elections within 90 days after scrutiny of the electoral college as prescribed by the International Cricket Council. The court showing confidence in him for bringing betterment in the PCB affairs also directed him to consult with the Election Commission of Pakistan for holding board's elections. A single bench of the IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued these directives while hearing petition against the appointment of Najam Sethi as interim chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. –INP
IMF demand to increase power tariff accepted
Pakistan, IMF reach staff-level agreement on new 3-year programme of $ 5.3 billion
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Agencies don’t consider themselves accountable before courts, rules PHC PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, while hearing the missing persons’ case, remarked that agencies consider themselves above the judiciary. While hearing the missing persons’ case at PHC Thursday, the Chief Justice ordered the deputy attorney general to present the heads of the intelligence agencies in the court. He remarked that the agencies consider themselves superior than judicial authority and that is why they don’t consider themselves accountable. Moreover, CJ Dost Muhammad Khan said that it is time to issue verdict of the sensitive cases. –ONLINE
He said all the stakeholders of Pakistan cricket may be involved in the elections of the PCB chairman
ISLAMABAD: Players of Army teams celebrate their victory during the closing ceremony of 32nd National Games at Sports Complex. —APP
Chinese general warns India over ‘new trouble’ BEIJING: An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up "new trouble" in a long-running border dispute, just as Defence Minister AK Antony was set to visit Beijing. "The Indian side should not provoke new problems and increase military deployment at the border areas and stir up new trouble," Major General Luo Yuan told reporters. Major General Luo, the deputydirector general of the world military research department at a People's Liberation Army academy, described himself at a briefing as a "reasonable hardliner". He made waves last year with comments questioning the legitimacy of Japanese sovereignty over the Ryukyu Islands, a chain that includes Okinawa and hosts numerous United States military bases. "India is the only country in the world that says that it is developing its military power because of China's military threat," said Major General Luo, who was wearing a business suit.
"So I believe that India should be very cautious in what it does and what it says." A high-altitude frontier dispute between the nuclear-armed giants in the Himalayas has simmered for decades but intensified in May over troop movements in the region. New Delhi alleged Chinese troops intruded nearly 20 kilometres into Indian territory. A three-week standoff ensued and was resolved after talks between local military leaders and a withdrawal of troops from both sides. The border situation was now generally "under control" following a visit to India in May by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Major General Luo said. His comments came as defence minister AK Antony was due to arrive in China later on Thursday for three days of talks, the first such trip in seven years. Mr Antony's visit, on which he is accompanied by top Indian military commanders, coincides with a trip to China by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. – MONITORING DESK
Zardari terms July 5 black day; urges nation to preserve democracy OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari terming July 5 a black day in national calendar, urged the nation to strive for preservation and promotion of democracy and the rule of law. The President in a message denounced the abrogation of the Constitution and take over by a dictator 36 years ago and asked the people to strengthen democracy so that the country continue to progress and prosper. He said July 5, 1977 was the day when a dictator usurped political power through brute force, exploited religion, destroyed the Constitution and state institutions and pushed the country to the abyss of social and political destruction. He said the aftermath of the day starkly reminds us how one dictator spawned extremists for his political survival and how another exploited the same extremists for promoting his political agenda. "Indeed the nation is still reeling under the impact of the dictatorial takeover on this dark day," he said. President Zardari said sectarianism, religious extremism and private jihad were deliberately promoted by the usurper to create an artificial constituency for perpetuating his rule as a reign of terror was let loose. He said the legacy of the dictatorship has unfortunately struck this land repeatedly. "We need to clearly understand this mechanics of dictatorship in the country to be better able to contain forces of militancy and terrorism."
9 lives lost in fresh target killing spree KARACHI: The trade city is full of target killings incidents and as many as nine more including a woman was gunned down in fresh spate of violence on Thursday. The firing and local bomb echoes were heard in separate areas of Liyari and panic situation was scattered in the area due to which the business activities was completely close down. Peerabad Police has also claimed that they have allegedly shot dead two extortionists. The worst hit areas are Pool Patti lean, Agra Taj, Hangorabad and Rahimabad where the bullet and rocket attacks is still continuing unabated. Some unidentified armed assailants opened indiscriminate firing on woman namely Zulikha and she died on the spot while one more man was gunned down in the area of Sarjani. In other incident, one more man shot dead in Garden Usmanabad while some unknown armed personnel riding on motorcycle opened unprovoked firing on Asad Ullah (32) and he died on the spot. Two more dead body of man was recovered in Lee market and Sarjani. A dead body of a peon namely Khalil was found at Board of Revenue building near High court and one more man was killed in firing at Orangi town near Dabba Morr. In the area of Site CID person namely Anwar lost his life in firing while Peerabad police gunned down two extortionists in an encounter. Meanwhile, a heavy contingent of Police launched target operation in Machar Colony and started door-to-door search while also arrested 25 suspected criminals. –ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and International Monetary Fund concluded negotiations on fresh bailout package on Thursday. Spokesman for the finance minister said Pakistan is borrowing on its own conditions, adding they remained firm on their stance in the dialogue with the IMF for not imposing new taxes. Pakistan, however, accepted to raise power tariff in the talks, he said. According to Ministry of Finance‚ negotiations between the two sides continued for two weeks‚ which remained successful. Under the proposed agreement‚ IMF will issue over five billion dollars soft term loan to Pakistan. Minister for Finance, Revenues and Economic Affairs Senator Muhammad Ishaq Day, while addressing a joint press conference with visiting IMF Mission led by Jeffery Franks here at "P" Block Auditorium on Thursday afternoon, said Pakistan and International Monetary Fund have reached an agreement for a 3-year programme of at least $ 5.3 billion under an Extended Fund Facility. The minister said that the Staff Level agreement has paved the way for the programme to be presented to Management and finally to the Board of Executive Directors in the first week of September 2013. Pakistan, he said, has also requested the management to increase the present level of access of 348% of
Quota to 500% of Quota, together with appropriate front loading to match Pakistan's obligations toward the Fund under the previous programme. The minister on the occasion said that nogociated programme with IMF is based on totally home grown and best interest of the country. Dar added that the programme aims at stabilizing Pakistan's economy and creating an enabling environment for revival of economic growth, fiscal consolidation, containing inflation, resolution of energy crisis including settlement of circular debt, promotion of social safety nets, strengthening financial sector and improving business climate. He further said that promoting foreign investment, restructuring of public sector corporations, revival of privatization programme, strengthening of corporate governance and building foreign exchange reserves with exchange rate stability are the major objectives of PML(N) Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif which converges with the programme finalized with IMF. Dar said that he had stated in his budget speech, the Government of PML (N) inherited a broken economy. "Much of this description also applies to the fact that Pakistan has been saddled with huge payment liabilities of the previous government to retire previous loans from the IMF without having adequate foreign exchange reserves."
First mega corruption scandal of Nawaz govt comes to surface ISLAM ABAD: As the newlyelected government is only a one month old, the first mega corruption scandal has emerged involving embezzlement of Rs 25 million, media quoting sources reported on Thursday. According to reports, adviser to Alternate Energy Board Dr Basharat was appointed as chief executive of the board. “Just after taking charge of the seat, Dr. Basharat issued letter of intent to a rejected power plant,” it said. “Even he has taken an interest of Rs 1 million in the case,” sources said. The emergence of the scandal could be a big setback for people waiting to see resolution of power crisis. However, the analysts say that this attitude shows that official, who are ought to resolve the load shedding and power crisis, are not in a mood
to provide relief to the masses. Dr Basharat is never been an employee or part of the board and has been working as the adviser of the board. According to the officials, the project, which is to produce 118 MW energy through alternate energy, was situated in Muzaffargarh. The project was rejected by Dr Musaddiq, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Energy. –ONLINE
Vehicle amnesty scheme used for making money, says Suddle
FTO detects 425 ‘ghost vehicles’ in Amnesty Scheme-2013
ISLAMABAD: Federal Tax Ombudsman Shoaib Suddle has said that the Federal Board of Revenue exempted up to 100pc duty on some smuggled vehicles while SROs of the scheme were also changed time and again. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that the scheme was introduced for three-year-old vehicles but 15 to 20 years old vehicles were also cleared. Suddle said a man belonging to Pashin got clearance of 52 vehicles on his identity card. “Even the vehicles
yet to be imported from Japan were cleared with the connivance of the authorities”, Suddle added. He said the office of Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) has detected 425 `ghost vehicles' during the Vehicle Amnesty Scheme 2013 which had not yet arrived in Pakistan till expiry of the scheme, but have been cleared by the Customs. "As many as 407 vehicles were at auction stage in Tokyo but they were cleared from different cities of the country during the scheme", Shoaib Suddle added.
He said that 18 other vehicles have been traced which were shipped from Japan for Dubai after expiry of the amnesty but were cleared by the Customs even before arrival in the country. "Bill of landing in respect of these 18 vehicles shows the shipment dates between April 16 to 21, 2013, whereas the amnesty expired on April 6", he added. The FTO said according to the scheme, only those vehicles were eligible for amnesty which were physically produced before the
Customs. He said that the office of FTO was trying to detect other such vehicles because this number was only a limited part of the total such `ghost vehicles'. The scheme was launched by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) during the period March 5 to April 6, 2013. According to sources in FBR, total number of vehicles cleared during amnesty scheme was 49,462 whereas about Rs 15.8 billion were collected as taxes and duties from the owners of these vehicles. Dr Shoaib Suddle said that the
amnesty scheme was fundamentally different from the previous such schemes implemented from 1998 to 2007. He said during this scheme big incentives were offered in which a large number of irregularities were found which caused huge loss to the national exchequer. He said overall in 1405 cases 10 or more vehicles were cleared against one CNIC. Dr. Shoaib Suddle said that a sample exercise conducted for 50 vehicles for the FTO office shows that up to 651 percent less duty, taxes
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and fine have been realized if the amnesty vehicles had been imported through normal channel. He said no filter was applied for stolen and tempered vehicles. Massive procedural lapses were committed in every collectorate. "In Lahore collectorate, however no `ghost vehicle was found to have been cleared, based on limited information of auction available at this stage", he added. He said that he iwas totally against such amnesty schemes which are unlawful in nature. –AGENCIES