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Delay in supply of furnace oil to plants worsens power crisis SAHTAK BALOCH ISLAMABAD: Growing power crisis seems to worsen amid scorching heat and dry season following technical faults in Chashma Nuclear Power Plants and the delay in the supply of furnace oil to the power plants. Closure of Chashma plants (there are several plans inside the facility) and Muzaffargarh thermal power stations has made lives for southern Punjab residents miserable, as Multan, Muzaffargrh, Bhakar, Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah and Kot Addu have been badly affected due to long
unscheduled loadshedding. The closure is fueling fear that the ongoing load shedding in the region might further increase as total power production on Friday was recorded at 12,500 MW against the demand of 17,500 MW. The power shortfall remained at 5,000 MW. A senior official at water & power ministry told this scribe that the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant had broken down due to technical fault that struck the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant I&II in Mianwali and suspended the generation of 600megawatts of electricity. The concerned staff and officials of CNPP were ostensibly
found ignorant when the faults from the atomic plants would remove and when the atomic plants would start generation of electricity. However, the closure of the CNPP would lead the country to worsening power crisis. With this recent failure of CNPP I & II, load shedding is set to balloon out of control as the closure of the nuclear power plants would further intensify the persistent hours’ long power crisis across the country. The atomic power plants were providing some 600MW electricity to national grid till its closure. Mianwali city and its vicinities would bear the brunt of the power stations closure while the
new schedule of increased load shedding was so far not issued. It is also learnt from reliable sources that supply of furnace oil from Karachi to different power plants had badly halted due to continuous protest demonstrations of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz in urban and interior Sindh province. They also said that around 300mw of electric power production from thermal power plants of Muzaffargarh had been decreased due to reduced supply of furnace oil while furnace oil reserve of Muzaffargarh thermal power plants would dry by tomorrow. And, total 425 MW of
electric power supply from Muzaffargarh thermal power stations to national grid would witness an end only because of non-availability of furnace oil to Muzaffargarh power plant. Interestingly, the incumbent government has paid Rs322 billion to clear circular debt of the power sector. The ‘pro-people government made tall claims that with this heavy installment to the power sector would provide a sigh of relief to masses bearing hours long load shedding and three to four hours power load shedding would decrease in the country soon. However, no mechanism evolved to end power miseries of common man.
Beijing makes vow to back Pak sovereignty
Islamabad will adhere to its one-China policy‚ says Nawaz
BEIJING: Pakistan and China, while recognising the existing opportunities and the challenges, have vowed to promote policies that can advance the cause of peace‚ co-operation‚ and harmony. The leadership of both the countries during first official visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing also reaffirmed their commitment to pursue peoplecentric policies that could mitigate poverty‚ promote social and economic development and diminish the roots of conflict. A joint statement, issued at the end of the talks between the prime ministers of the two countries in Beijing on Friday‚ said the two sides have decided to further deepen cooperation in all sectors and strengthen coordination on international and regional issues. China reaffirmed that its
Premier orders completion of Lahore-Karachi Motorway by 2015 BEIJING: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday ordered the completion of Lahore-Karachi Motorway within two and half years after fin fi nalizing the feasibility study of the project in three months. Talking to Pakistan Television here after an MoU signing ceremony between Pakistan and China for cooperation to construct Lahore-Karachi Motorway, the Prime Minister said the government was committed to provide ffo ordable comfortable and aff transport facilities to its citizens within minimum possible time. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and Chairman China State Construction Engineering Corporation Yi Jun signed the MoU from both sides, respectively. While stressing for expeditious project completion, Nawaz, however, was categorical to state that the government will not compromise on quality of the work.
relationship with Pakistan is a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy‚ and it would continue to strengthen strategic partnership. Chinese leadership appreciated Pakistan's long-term‚ staunch support on issues concerning China's core interests and assured to continue its full support to Pakistan in its efforts to maintain its independence‚ sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leadership said it also supports Pakistan in maintaining social stability and economic development. The Chinese side agreed to support the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in addressing its urgent energy needs. The two sides agreed to hold the third meeting of the ChinaPakistan Joint Energy Working Group at an early date and deepen cooperation in conventional energy‚ renewable energy and other sources of energy. Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed the strong commitment of his government to further promote and deepen the bilateral strategic cooperation between China and Pakistan. He underscored that the recent political transition in Pakistan was a historic development which would create political cohesion‚ social stability‚ and economic growth. Pakistan reiterated that friendship with China was the
cornerstone of its foreign policy‚ enjoying a national consensus. Pakistan appreciated the support and assistance of the Chinese government and people for Pakistan's sovereignty and socioeconomic development. The Pak premier said his country will continue to adhere to its oneChina policy‚ oppose Taiwan and Tibet's independence and support China's efforts in combating the "Three Evils" of extremism‚ terrorism and separatism. Both sides reaffirmed that expanding bilateral economic relations was a matter of high priority. Both sides also decided to further strengthen the ties of pragmatic cooperation between them‚ with a view to translating their high-level political relationship into wider economic dividends. China and Pakistan also reaffirmed their commitment to promoting multilateral arms control‚ disarmament and nonproliferation measures. Both believe that global disarmament measures should not be discriminatory. The two sides agreed that the evolving situation in Afghanistan has great implications for the regional security and stability and emphasized that inclusive political reconciliation is a key step towards unity‚ peace and stability in Afghanistan. –AGENCIES
Eight cooperative agreements, MoUs signed BEIJING: Pakistan and China signed eight documents of cooperation in various areas of economy on Friday for furthering already strong economic and technical ties between two friendly countries. The first pact pertaining to an ambitious long term project approximately costing $18 billion that would include building around 200 kilometres tunnels was Pak-China Economic corridor. The Agreement on Economic and Technical cooperation between the Government of Pakistan and China was also inked. Two letters of exchanges were also signed one on training courses for textile, flood relief and disastrous management and provision of equipment for eradication of Polio. Another MoU was signed for cooperation and exchanges between PML-N and Communist Party of China. Another document was signed between Strategic Communication organization of Pakistan and a Chinese company Huawei for laying optic fibre for setting up communication link between Pakistan and China. Punjab Minister of Energy Chaudhry Sher Ali Khan signed MoU on Local home solar solution project. The Chief of the ZTE signed the documents on Chinese side. –APP
BEIJING: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shaking hand with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqing. — APP
Gwadar may be given special status: Nawaz
Bomber in uniform kills 12 Afghan cops
BEIJING: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said that the government desires to develop Gwadar Port on Hong Kong model and it may be given special status through necessary legislation to ensure speedy execution of the project. In a meeting with President China Overseas Port Holding Company Limited Sun Ziyun, the Prime Minister said there should be no delay in the infrastructural development of Gwadar and assured government's all out cooperation to the companies engaged in Gwadar's development. He said the government wanted to develop an airport of international standard in Gwadar and called for early completion of the repair and rehabilitation works on Karakorum Highway. Nawaz Sharif said KKH was of utmost importance that should be rehabilitated without any delay so that the bilateral trade between Pakistan and China may flourish. He also urged the Chinese company's head to accomplish the rehabilitation work on Attabad Lake and surrounding areas. In response, Sun Ziyun said work on Attabad Lake would be completed by 2016 while the rehabilitation of KKH would complete a year earlier. President of China Overseas Port Holding Company Limited told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that for Gwadar's development, assistance would be sought from China Development Bank. –Agencies
KANDAHAR: A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan police uniform detonated an explosive-laden vest in a police dining room today in the country's volatile south, killing 12 police in an apparent insider attack, local officials said. The bombing took place inside a police reserve unit dining room in Trinkot, in Uruzgan province, this afternoon, when dozens of officers were having lunch ahead of the important Friday prayer session. "Police were having lunch when a man with police uniform detonated his suicide vest, killing 12 police and wounding five. Four of those are in critical condition," said Farid Haeel, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. The Taliban have promised to attack Afghan forces as well as NATO-led forces still in the country, and earlier this year said insider attacks would be a central tactic used over the summer fighting months. Many insider attacks are so-called green-on-blue, in which uniformed Afghan police or soldiers attack Western troops, around 100,000 of which remain in the country ahead of a combat drawdown winding up next year. But most of the attacks are green-on-green, in which members of the 350,000-strong Afghan National Security Forces attack their own comrades. Figures for such attacks are, however, difficult to establish. Two Afghan police shot dead seven officers in May as they
slept in their beds. Haeel said an investigation was underway to find out how the bomber today penetrated past security measures in place to guard against insider attacks. The last month has been a particularly bloody period for Afghan police, with 299 officers killed and 617 wounded between mid-May and mid-June, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Monday. – AFP
Nine killed in Chaman border blast CHAMAN: At least nine people, including six Afghan officials, were killed and 19 others injured on Friday in a suicide attack that took place at the PakAfghan border in the Chaman region of Balochistan. Pakistani security officials, who did not want to be named, told a private channel that the suicide bomber blew himself while targeting the vehicle of Afghan border forces. "Our forces miraculously survived since the blast happened at Friendship Gate at PakAfghan border", the source said. Meanwhile, Afghan security officials told private channel that Afghan border commander Akhtar Muhammad was the intended target of the suicide attack.
People enter assemblies with help of drug dealers: SC
Ex-Russian spy falls for Snowden MOSCOW: The rest of the world may not want him, but NSA leaker Edward Snowden has at least one potential taker: Anna Chapman. The ex-spy tweeted yesterday, “Snowden, will you marry me?!” The former Russian spy may have sympathy for the man who spilled topsecret documents. –AP
CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry questions additional tax on CNG Asks attorney general why is burden being shifted to people?
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked that people enter into assemblies with the help of smugglers. “Future of nation is at stake due to drugs. Cancer has crept into the veins of children. As to why Anti Narcotics Force does not prevent this menace from spreading. It is inability on the part of ANF that wrong people are apprehended and Ayub Afridi is its example”, he gave these remarks while hearing drug smuggling case here Friday. Justice Gulzar Ahmad remarked “transport owners take with them drugs. Drug war is continuing in Layari at present too.
Salman Akram Raja, counsel for ANF, said 90 per cent drug smuggling is being carried out from across Afghanistan and efforts are underway to curb it. Justice Ejaz Chaudhry remarked: “Drug trafficking has increased due to ANF. Had ANF done this job, it could have reined in drug smuggling in collaboration with other force. This poison is spreading in the veins of children now. The court ordered ANF to take stern action against the drug traffickers within two weeks and present report thereof before it. The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked
democratic representatives have not preferred the people on the matter of natural gas despite the fact that the democratic governments are a representative of people. He further remarked “those are sitting in the departments who cannot be taken to task by anyone. Government has inducted these people again so that they keep on fighting with Supreme Court. If it is so then we will fight and will keep on fighting for the sake of public interest. Additional 9 per cent tax is being charged on CNG since 2007. What says the government about it but it is the consumers who pay the additional tax and not the companies. Holy month of
Ramadan is coming. Flood of price hike has also raged. The right to life is being snatched from the poor people. When petroleum products will go expensive then prices of daily use commodities will go skyrocketing.” Justice Ejaz Chaudhry remarked: “If the national kitty is empty owing to corruption then why its burden is being shifted to the shoulders of people. People had not elected their representatives to commit corruption. No proceeding is initiated against the plunderers of billion of rupees. Then government finds only people to shift the burden.” A three-member bench presided over by the CJP took up the case for hearing
Friday. Attorney General Munir A Malik and others appeared in the court. The CJP remarked “government has again slapped 9 per cent additional tax on CNG and people have to pay it in the form of 26 per cent while the real ratio of tax stands at 17 per cent. Why the people should pay 9 per cent additional tax. AG should explain it and present notification of this additional tax in the court. CJP remarked “please satisfy us what is justification behind levying 26 per cent tax to the people while the maximum ratio of tax is 17 per cent. Companies don’t pay tax from their own pockets and they shift this burden to consumers. –ONLINE
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IMF tranche— not so easy he federal government has given the impression as if the IMF has given the goahead for it's latest tranche. Not so easy, we say. A big 'if ' dangles between the IMF and the PML (N) government. The IMF has tagged the tranche with the pre-condition of its approval by the CCI. In simple terms, this means approval by the provinces. Now, two [provinces have governments that are not allies of the PML (N). Sindh is run by the PPP and the KP by the PTI. In fact, the PTI is deadly opposition and the PPP, after the re-opening of the SWiss and other cases, is all set to remove the garb of the 'friendly opposition. The question is: how will the PML (N) get the approval of Sindh and the KP. Now, both the parties have opposed the PML (N) budget by tooth and nail. They have dubbed the budget as, among other things, anti-poor and inflationary. It will be difficult for the parties to give the PML (N) assurance about collecting taxes from their provinces under the guidlines set by the IMF. Both the PTI and the PPP have opposed the PML (N) going to the IMF. In fact, they have ridiculed the PML (N) for violating its eelction bravado of 'breaking the begging bowl.' This issue alone can put the whole IMF deal in jeapardy. Buth there are many other issues yet to be resolved beyween the government and the IMF. The Fund is perturbed over the alleged government 'fudging' of the figures: showing budget deficit at 8.8 per cent of the GDP than actual 7.7; the adjustment of the Rs 300 billion paid to the IPPs in the earlier budget; the open declaration about removing the subsidies as it was not well pronounced in the budget sppech. The IMF wants iron-clad guarantees as the government has already backtracked on several issues already--the ten per cent increase on governt salaries being one example. So we keep our fingers crossed as far as the IMF tranche is concerned.
Pearls of Wisdom "The mind of a wise man is the safest custody of secrets; cheerfulness is the key to friendship; patience and forbearance will conceal many defects." Hazrat Ali (K.A.W)
Tauqir Sadiq to come home amid heavy security ZEESHAN JAVAID ISLAMABAD: One of the most wanted men these days, former chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Tauqir Sadiq is finally ready to become a paying guest of the country’s watchdog agency National Accountability Bureau (NAB), as inter-state law enforcement agency Interpol on Thursday handed over former chairman OGRA, accused in Rs.124 billion mega scam. Sources in NAB informed daily “The Spokesman” that after the final hearing of former chairman in federal court of UAE on July 03, Interpol handed over Sadiq to NAB officials, who will return back as per schedule on July 7. It was also learnt that NAB authority wrote a letter to Interior ministry, Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad and Director General (DG) Airport Security Force (ASF) to ask for fool proof security on arrival of accused former chairman OGRA. AS per schedule, NAB team would arrive back to Islamabad International Airport accompanied with multi-billion former chairman OGRA on Sunday July 7 by PIA flight
No PK-262 at 7:10 in the morning; however the spokesman of NAB Rawalpindi regional office Bilal Khan avoided informing the exact schedule due to security concerns. A senior official of NAB also disclosed that there are life threats to former chairman OGRA, therefore NAB authority asked law enforcement agencies including Islamabad Police, ASF as well as ministry of interior to ensure the security of the accused. An interrogation cell in G-6 has also been arranged by NAB, where the former OGRA chief will reside as a paying guest of country’s watchdog agency; however, NAB has decided to cordon off the surrounding area of the interrogation cell located in G-6. The NAB has collected enough proof and witnesses are ready to testify in this serious irregularities’ case (appointment of Sadiq as OGRA chairman and contribution of billions of rupees to the gas companies). The NAB also produced a list of accused persons in the multi-billion scam, who face the wrath of the law, including Security Exchange Commission Pakistan’s (SECP) former commissioner Imtiaz Haider and former chairman SECP Muhammad Ali, besides the bigwigs
of politics and business worlds including former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Dr. Asim Hussain, former federal minister for water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani and stock market tycoon Aqeel Karim Dhedhi. The NAB had told the Supreme Court in August 2012 that the two prime ministers were directly involved in the illegal
appointment. The NAB decided to cuff the hands of big shots involved in the multibillion OGRA scam of stock market manipulation of Sui Southern Gas Company and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited shares. The NAB has collected enough evidence to prove inside trading and market manipulation in the SSGCL and SNGPL scripts as an effect of change in UFG benchmark by Tauqir Sadiq.
Tribe to return to Dera Bugti hills if deceased not handed over HOMER BALOCH Islamabad: The anger simmering in the internally displaced persons (IDP)’s of Dera Bugti, already on a hunger strike in front of Al Shifa hospital, may lead them to hold guns again after the government seems not ‘interested’ in handing over the dead body of the Baloch youth who died days before while protesting their no-entry in Dera Bugti. Nawabzada Gwahram Bugti, a leader of Jamhuri Watan Party (JWP) and leading the protest told The Spokesman that there are around 150 IDPs of Bugti tribe who came to the federal capital demanding to enter their native town Dera Bugti, from where they were self exiled to many cities
The deceased Gulsher was suff ffeering from fever for the last 20 days at the camp set up by protesting IDPs of Dera Bugti at Constitution Avenue. When his condition deteriorated he was taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment where he breathed his last breath. But the hospital administration refused to hand over the body to the heirs.
nearby including Sukkur, Sibbi, Chaghi, Sadiqabad and Rahimyar Khan etc on different occasions due to the unsafe situation prevalent in the area. He said the IDP’s demonstrated peacefully in different locations of Islamabad for more than two months until a displaced youth, Gulsher Bugti, died during the protest on 3rd June. He said now neither the government authorities are taking interest in shifting them to their native town, which is their basic right, nor the dead body of Gulsher Bugti is handed over to them. “The authorities told us that except Islamabad and Dera Bugti, deceased Gulsher Bugti can be buried at any other city of Pakistan but under the observation of the government authorities, only three relatives of the deceased will be allowed to attend the
burial of deceased Gulsher, which is not acceptable for us”, said Gwahram Bugti. He further said that this attitude of the government authorities may lead them to the mountains of Dera Bugti as they do not see any other possible solution. “When we were visiting Islamabad, our people brought positive expectations with them as well as the new democratic government but when we will return empty handed, it will mark a very negative impression of the IDPs of Bugti tribe, who have already lost so much due to the situation in Dera Bugti”, said Gwahram Bugti. He said currently there are only 600 people from Kalpar Bugti tribe who are resisting the 200,000 IDP’s, which is not possible without getting support from powerful forces. The deceased Gulsher was suffering from fever for the last 20 days at the camp set up by protesting IDPs of Dera Bugti at Constitution Avenue. When his condition deteriorated he was taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment where he breathed his last breath. But the hospital administration refused to hand over the body to the heirs. The protesters demanded of the hospital administration to hand over the dead body, so that they could bury him in his ancestral graveyard at Dera Bugti. The protesters staged a protest sit-in at Shifa International Hospital and threatened that they will continue protest until the body was handed over to them.
Head Constable running a brothel? ALI SAJJAD SHAH ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police took seriously the instruction of their new boss, Ch Nisar Ali Khan, the Interior Minister regarding providing facilities to citizens – but in its own way. A police official, namely Mansoor Ahmed, a head constable working for Central Investigation Cell I-9 of Capital Police has been running a brothel in main road of G9 sector with the full connivance of Police Station Margalla, it has been learnt. A brothel situated in House number 587, main Ibne-Sina road G-9/3, is hardly two kilometers away from the F-8 Kachehri, where the office of SSP Islamabad and Police Station Margalla are having their offices. According to a source, the guest house is owned and run by Mansoor Ahmed for prostitution and others atrocious purposes since the last one and half years and he got the nod of his seniors as well as Margalla Police Station. Muhammad Rizwan, Jawad Ahmed and Naseer Ahmed Baloch, neighbors living on same road of G-9/3 told “The Spokesman”, |we are sick and tired of late night movements of suspicious peoples and girls outside the main road of that house. We lodged complaint verbally so many times to P.S Margalla but police never showed up. It is the hot summer and our ladies cannot even walk on the adjacent streets near that house in evening or night because of that brothel and the movement of call girls and other suspicious peoples.” A reliable source in Police Station Margalla told this correspondent that there are approximately over 100 guest houses, massage centers and brothels running in the jurisdiction of Margalla Police Station
The earlier inquiry into the scripts of SNGPL and SSGCL by Shahzia Baig, a senior official of Security Exchange Commission Pakistan, noted that the share price of SSGC was at a level of Rs 19.95 at the start of the month September 2010 and thereafter continuously moved upwards and reached its maximum price at Rs30.28 on September 30, 2011. During the price hike, the National Bank of Pakistan was the top buyer with approximately 4 million shares of SSGCL amounting to Rs 104 million and AKD securities was the top seller with more than 2 million shares amounting to Rs 63 million. According to the report, similar effects of change in UFG benchmark caused hyper activity in the script of SNGPL in the last four months of 2010. It was observed that an unusual turnover of more than 9 million shares took place in the script in a single day’s session. It was revealed that this volume was mainly distributed among clients i.e. IGI, Finex and NIT State Enterprise Fund as major buyers and AKD Securities and Hussain Dawood as major sellers.
but this particular guest house cum brothel is one of the first in Islamabad owned and run by a police official himself. “Previously Station House Officer Ashraf Kahut and newly appointed SHO Tanveer Abbasi have had full awareness of this guest house cum brothel run by head constable of CIA Police, he added.”
It is pertinent to mention here that since the last two years, prostitution is on the rise in the federal capital as around 300 new brothels have been opened, in addition to illegal pubs. According to sources, these brothels are operating in sector G-10, G-11, Shahzad Town, Burma Town, Alipur, Ghauri
Town, Pakistan Town, the adjoining locality of Khanna Bridge, Shakerial and Pak PWD Colony. The police stations that cover the areas also including Ghauri Town had in the past made a strategy to eliminate all the brothels operating in the area without the distinction of old and new ones. Police had begun action against the old prostitution-houses in F-8 sector, Shahzad Town, leaving aside the newly established brothel. But after receiving the criticism from elite, the then Interior Minister Rehman Malik issued new SOPs for Islamabad Police directing that Police are not allowed to enter any premises purported to be brothels, without obtaining special search warrant from Judicial Magistrate. The SOPs made it almost impossible for Islamabad Capital Police to raid any brothel house well in time upon receiving solid information. Mr Tanveer Abbasi, the SHO, Margalla Police Station wascontacted for his point of view but he did not pick the call on his cell number. Two visits were also paid to the Police Station for his version, but he was not available in the station. Head Constable, Mansoor Ahmed, owner of the said brothel, who is serving Islamabad Police since last 22 years, when contacted for his point of view told “The Spokesman” that house number 587, IbneSina Road, G-9/3 is a guest house that is owned by his friend. I used to go sometimes there just to look after the administrative matter, he defended. A spokesperson of the federal police, Malik Naeem has said that we will look into the matter and if found that Mr. Mansoor Ahmed, Head Constable, is involved in any heinous activity, stern disciplinary action will be taken against him.
Govt misses deadline for forming standing committees TAHIR NIAZ ISLAMABAD: The government has failed to meet the July 5 deadline for constituting standing committees of the National Assembly as under the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the National Assembly, each committee shall be elected within thirty days after the ascertainment of the Leader of the House. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken oath as premier of the country on June 5 and the committees were supposed to be formed by July 5 but so far there has been no development on the subject except the ministry of parliamentary affairs asking the parliamentary leaders of the political parties represented in the House to submit choices of their members for being member of the committees, the sources told ‘The Spokesman’ on Friday. Under the rules, there shall be a Standing Committee of the Assembly for each ministry of the government. Each committee shall consist of not more than twenty members and the minister concerned shall be an ex-officio member of the committee. According to the sources, the delayed start of the process led to delay in formation of the committees. The Committees play a vital role in legislation as a committee shall examine a bill, subject or matter referred to it by the Assembly and shall submit its report to the House with such recommendations including suggestions for legislation as it may deem necessary. In the absence of the standing committees, the process of legislation also seems to be taking a late start.
Marvi Memon @marvi_memon I raised issue in asmbly abt acid attak on bushra nowshera.Waitin 4update from concerned. Its r joint fight. There is no govt vs oppo on ths Saroor Ijaz @SaroorIjaz A friendship 'deeper than oceans' and 'taller than mountains' obviously needs a shortest route tunnel to move forward. Javed Ahmad Ghamidi @JavedGhamidi In Arabia, when horses were kept hungry to train & instruct them, the Arabs called this state the of the horses Naveed Ikram @naveed_ikram When Zia was lashing poets and artists, when political workers were hanged, America was supporting Zia. Babar Awan @DrBabarAwan Way forward..Chalo k chal keh siyasi mukamiron sy kahein/K hum ko jang o jadal k chalan sy nafrat hai... Murtaza Ali Shah @MurtazaGeoNews PIA loses in London High Court ovr fake 'MoU oath', total costs to reach half a million Pounds. And the case continues! #PIA #Pakistan Javed I. Sheikh @sjikram In politics Mr. Jinnah was Dilip Kumar, Bhutto emerged as Amitabh Bachan. Imran Khan tried to emerge as Shah Rukh & failed @ box office Babar Awan @DrBabarAwan Over 4 crore mostly middle class professionals are badly hit by excessive tax on cell load.Why government of people is silent??? Murtaza Solangi @murtazasolangi Trouble with Jamaat-e- Islami is that they supported military regimes of Yahya, Zia and Mush but remember democracy when Morsi is removed! sad Munir @asadmunir3 #5thJuly1977 :Col DP Gilani wrote a letter to Zia to hold elections,he was sent home
SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2013
‘Mapping Digital Media in Pakistan’ launched ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has great potential for media to grow, inform and play an important democratizing role in the age of digital convergence. However, the media's potential could be undermined by the industry's infrastructure, regulatory weaknesses, and an overall lack of awareness of the media's role in a democratic set-up. This was stated by Huma Yusuf, a senior journalist and lead author of the report "Mapping Digital Media in Pakistan" launched here Friday. She hoped that the stakeholders in Pakistan will greatly benefit from this extensive research. The first-ever report on Mapping Digital Media described Pakistan's evolving media landscape, with focus on key areas, including changes in media consumption patterns; the role of public service media; growing internet access and online engagement; the impact of new media technologies on journalism practices; spectrum utilization and media licensing; the media industry's financial model; and existing media policies and regulations. The event was attended by leading journalists, media practitioners and representatives from the regulatory bodies, civil society and researchers from academia. The launch of the report on Pakistan was part of the global Mapping Digital Media project, which examines the changes indepth, aims to build bridges between researchers and policymakers, activists, academics and standard-setters across the world. It also builds policy capacity in countries where this is less developed, encouraging stakeholders to participate in and influence change. At the same time, this research creates a knowledge base, laying foundations for advocacy work, building capacity and enhancing debate. On the occasion, Marius Dragomir, senior manager and global publications editor for the media programme at the Open Society Foundations, said the Pakistan Report completes the 44th segment in the global mapping digital media project. “As such it offers a unique opportunity for comparative research that puts Pakistan's media evolution in an international context." He further said the media program of the Open Society Foundations has seen how changes and continuity affect the media in different places, redefining the way they can operate sustainably while staying true to values of pluralism and diversity, transparency and accountability, editorial independence, freedom of expression and information, public service, and high professional standards. APP
Weak oversight of boys’ primary schools: report ISLAMABAD: Only 37 per cent of the monitored 163 schools received visits by the government authorities during December 2012-February 2013 quarter, said a Free and Fair Election Network report released on Friday. The governance monitors who visited government boys' primary schools in 90 districts reported 65 visits by government official/elected representatives to 61 schoolsignoring 102 schools altogether. Negligence by the concerned authorities can be considered one of the factors leading to the lack of basic facilities and services observed in the monitored schools. A sanitary worker was not available in 96 pc schools, 83 pc had no peon and 56 pc did not have a security guard. Though 99 pc schools were operating out of buildings, 77pc did not have staffrooms for teachers and 54 pc were without playgrounds. Desks and benches for students were missing in classrooms of 36 per cent schools where as eight per cent did not have this facility for teachers. One-fourth of the monitored schools did not have electricity connection while fans were not available in classrooms of 31 pc schools. As for occupancy rate of sanctioned staff, 800 teachers were appointed against 876 posts – 91 per cent occupancy rate, while it was 93 per cent for non-teaching positions – 109 seats were filled against the total 117. The average number of students per teacher was 37 in the monitored schools. APP
IIRO to distribute relief among needy ISLAMABAD: International Islamic Relief Organisation is set to distribute Ramazan relief package among the 8000 deserving and needy people. Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and Saudi Ambassador Dr Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghudair will send 25 trucks loaded with edibles and other essential items to 25 places of the country on Saturday. The Ramazan packages would be distributed among 8000 needy and deserving people of 25 cities, towns and tehsils of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hazara and Azad Kashmir. AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan will supervise the distribution of the packages among the deserving in the state. IIRO Regional Director Abda Bin Muhammad Ateen vowed to continue the service of the needy and deserving people of the country. He said that Saudi Arabia would continue helping their needy Pakistan brothers and sisters. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are enjoying excellent relations. APP
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HEC announcement covers general, engineering/technology, business education and medical categories
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ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission on Friday announced ranking of universities on the basis of quality and research. The ranking 2013 was based on the year 2011-12 data provided by the higher education institutions. The sector-wise sorting had not been done to provide equal reflection to both the public and private sector institutions. The universities could only be comparable within the assigned category. HEC Quality Assurance Director General Zia Batool informed the media that the universities had been ranked specifically by category/area of specialization to make it logical. In general universities (large), National University of Sciences and Technology-Islamabad, University of the Punjab-Lahore, University of Karachi, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology-Islamabad, Govt College University-Faisalabad, University of Peshawar, Shah Abdul Latif University-Khairpur, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The general universities (medium) include Quaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabad, Govt College University-Lahore, National
Ranking to improve quality, research: Dr Laghari
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ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission Chairperson Dr Javaid R Laghari has said that the primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to drive the higher education institutions towards improved quality, research and promote a culture among these institutions for participation in the world rankings. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Dr Laghari said HEC has taken various initiatives to bring the higher education institutions at par with international standards to strengthen the quality of higher education in Pakistan. “Ranking is one of the measures to scale the success of efforts of the institutions to achieve the international competitiveness in education, research and innovation,” he said. “It will also provide a transparent mechanism to universities on how they compare against their peers, and will inculcate a spirit of competition to raise the standard of education. The recent inclusion of our 10 universities among top world and Asian universities is the result of regular efforts by HEC. This activity also promoted a culture of participation in the world University of Computer and Emerging Sciences-Islamabad, Fatima Jinnah Women UniversityRawalpindi, Gomal University-Dera Ismail Khan and University of Azad Jammu Kashmir-Muzaffarabad. The general universities (small)
university rankings which led to significant reflection of higher education development at the international level," he remarked. HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and vice chancellors of top ranker universities were also present on the occasion. The ranking criteria for the universities revolve around three main parameters including implementation status of quality assurance criteria, teaching quality and research. The higher education institutions established after December 2008 and the distance education like Allama Iqbal Open University and the Virtual University were excluded from the ranking lists. Keeping in view the national context and problems faced by the universities in Pakistan, the primarily identified QS world ranking criteria was amended as per feedback received from the higher education institutions. In spite of the difficulties associated with ranking, HEC is the first one in the Islamic world that has done rankings twice, first time in 2006 and second time in 2011, however the criteria over the period amended to respond to feedback by HEIs and to make HEC's ranking more compatible with global rankings.
include the University of Faisalabad, Beaconhouse National UniversityLahore, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics-Islamabad, University of Science and TechnologyBannu, Isra University of Hyderabad and Foundation University of
Islamabad. In agriculture/veterinary category, top five universities announced by the HEC include University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences Lahore, the University of Agriculture Peshawar and Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam and Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences. In engineering and technology category, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology Swabi, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro and Institute of Space Technology Islamabad. In business education category, Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore, Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Institute of Business Administration Sukkar, Shaheed Zulifikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Karachi and Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar as the top universities. In medical category, Aga Khan University Karachi, University of Health Sciences Lahore, Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, Khyber Medical University Peshawar and King Edward Medical University Lahore were declared top universities by the HEC.
95 students to be in US for studies
US Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland congratulating Pakistani students traveling for undergraduate study as part of the US-funded Global Undergraduate programme. APP
Naseer's writings make great impact on people’s lives: Sartaj
PAL arranges seminar on ﬁrst death anniversary of poet, intellectual
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ISLAMABAD: Adviser to prime minister for National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Friday said that Naseer Shah through his poetry, fiction, religious thoughts made a great impact on the life of people and his writings regarding Islam and society would be remembered for long. He expressed these views while addressing Naseer Shah National Literary Seminar organised by the Pakistan Academy of Letters on the occasion of the first death anniversary of famous poet intellectual and editor Syed Naseer Shah. Sartaj Aziz said that Syed Naseer Shah penned the tragedies of lives of common people and appreciated efforts to promote human welfare. The adviser said that Naseer Shah was the person who needs more critical appreciation by the scholars for his writings and thoughts. PAL Chairman Abdul
Hameed said that Syed Naseer Shah was well versed in a number of languages and was a symbol of honor for the land of Mianwali. He was fluent in Urdu, Arabic, Persian, English, Punjabi, Sindhi and Saraiki and he contributed a lot in different genres of literature. He informed the participants that PAL has published a critical book on the life and works of Naseer Shah. He was also a good Ghazal poet who mixed flavor of tradition and modernity in poetry, Abdul Hameed said. He said that the common topics of
his poetry are progressive thinking, sense of loss, compassion and resistance against violations of civic rights. Parto Roheela said Naseer Shah has an interesting style in poetry and of thought and variety of subject. Hameed Akhtar Niazi said poetry of Naseer Shah has content of religious issues and simplicity has given it a natural flavor. Asad Mustafa said that poetry of Naseer Shah contributed in a number of genres of literature. Shoaib Adil termed Naseer Shah a progressive and liberal poet.
US govt funds students under Global UGRAD fellowship
ISLAMABAD: About 95 students will soon depart for a semester of study at US colleges and universities under the Global UGRAD fellowship programme, an initiative of the US State Department. The American government fully funds these fellowships for the entire period of the study. The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) administers the programme. Speaking as chief guest at the predeparture orientation here on Friday, US Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland congratulated the selected students travelling for undergraduate study. "We have a tradition of embracing international students and celebrating diversity that they bring to our campuses and country, which is why we receive more foreign students than any other country in the world,” he said. "We welcome more than 1,000 Pakistanis in the US each year through our many exchange programmes, which clearly demonstrates the depth of our commitment to Pakistan's young people,” he said. “The really exciting thing about this group of undergraduates is that so many of these students come from remote
Students selected for undergraduate study. APP or economically disadvantaged areas,” said Rita Akhtar, the executive director of the USEFP, at the pre-departure orientation aimed to help students prepare to study in the US. Rita Akhtar noted that this year's group includes 25 students from Punjab, 19 from Sindh, 17 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14 from Gilgit Baltistan, 10 from Balochistan, four from Azad Kashmir, three from FATA, and two from Islamabad Capital Territory. About 55 per cent of the students are women. The students will pursue degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, including humanities and social sciences, engineering, basic sciences, law, art and design, economics and business administration. The students will be
attending more than 50 different colleges and universities located throughout the US. The Global UGRAD programme was launched in the fall of 2010 when the first batch of around 50 students departed for the US. More than 600 students have participated in the programme to date. USEFP is a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the US. The USEFP's mission is to promote understanding between the people through educational and cultural exchange. Since its inception 63 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 US nationals have participated in the USEFPadministered exchange programme. APP
Jamshed, Sohail promoted as Air Marshals ISLAMABAD: Air Vice Marshal Muhmmad Jamshed Khan and Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman have been promoted to the rank of air marshal on Friday. According to the Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Jamshed was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force on April, 1979 in GD (P) Branch. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, a fighter wing and an Operational Air Base. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders' School and Air War College. He has also served as Director General
at Air Headquarters Islamabad. He is a recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Marshal Sohail was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on November, 1980 in GD (P) Branch. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, a fighter wing and an Operational Air Base. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders' School, Air War College and Kings College (London). He has also served as Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training) at Air Headquarters Islamabad. He is a recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military). APP
Richard Boyum, head of the University Partnership Programme in Washington, having interaction with NUML faculty members who are attending training sessions under NUML-UNT programme. INP
Terror war struck trading potential of Middle East
Zeenia says economic performance lags behind in terms of GDP, per capita income, employment and economic diversiﬁcation
ISLAMABAD: Political analyst and former teaching fellow at Harvard University Zeenia Satti while talking about the war on terror's impact on the trading potential has said that the US-led war has struck the trading potential of Middle Eastern states. She expressed these views in a public talk on WOT's impact on the trading potential of the Middle Eastern states, organised by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. Zeenia Satti shed light on several aspects of trade in the region
and how the insurgencies and wars in the region have affected the trading potential of many states and continues to do so. ISSI Chairman Gul Haneef chaired the session. Zeenia Satti said that several Middle Eastern countries were major producers of oil and natural gas, economic performance in the Middle East as a whole lags behind other regions in the world in terms of GDP, per capita income, employment and economic diversification.
While talking about the region's trade potential, she said that limited integration in the global economy was frequently cited as an obstacle to the region's overall economic development. Similarly, the region's trade with the world was concentrated in a small number of products and the conflicts in the region also raise key questions like what extent should the international community balance a regional approach of increased trade and investment with more tailored
policies to the specific needs of individual countries. The analyst said that the US sanctions on Iran have also affected trade in the region to a great extent as legitimate trade has been halted and greatly affected by the sanctions and has also leaded to illegal trade and smuggling. She said that the Middle East could not handle economic issues. “We have to handle it diplomatically and with political will,” she said. Talking about the law and order in
Gwadar as reported in the international media, Zeenia Satti said that the international media only reports what was happening in Balochistan on the whole and Gwadar alone was not projected. The speaker said that the challenges in the region present opportunities for new governments but at the same time, a regime of shadow economies has also come into existence and the parallel economies were weakening legitimate trade in the region. APP
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Bangladeshi model in Egypt Chief Justice and head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mahmoud Mansour, head of the Supreme Constitutional Court swore in as an interim president after a military coup toppled the country’s first freely elected President Mohammad Morsi. The reasons ascribed to his ouster were economic collapse, enhancing his powers through a decree and anarchic conditions in Egypt due to clashes between pro and anti-Morsi supporters that left 10 dead across the country. After his swearing in, Mansour said the youth-inspired protests that began on 30th June and ended with Morsi’s overthrow corrected the path of the glorious revolution that took place on Jan 25, 2011. General Abdel Fattah Sisi, commander of the armed forces said that religious and civilian leaders have agreed on a road map for the future that includes initial steps to achieve the building of a cohesive Egyptian society by eliminating the state of tension and division. He said: “We are looking forward to parliamentary and presidential elections that represent the true will of the people. This is the only safe way into a brighter tomorrow, freer, more democratic.” The forces behind Arab Spring in Egypt and elsewhere were mainly middle class and disaffected youth, whereas the present military coup and an interim setup in Egypt smacks of Bangladeshi model, where judiciary and military have coalesced to form a technocrats’ government. Following the political unrest and prevalence of massive corruption in Bangladesh, judiciary and military-backed interim government was appointed to hold general election on January 11, 2007. Soon afterwards elections were postponed indefinitely and emergency was imposed in the country on the pretext of the preparation of new voters’ list and a crackdown on corruption. But that system failed and the caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed had to handover the affairs of the government to the same old political leadership of the country after holding election in December 2008. Awami League’s leader Sheikh Hasina was again elected as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Two years were wasted without having any significant and long-lasting impact on the political system of Bangladesh. There are indeed some glaring similarities between Pakistan and Egypt. In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had appointed General Zia-ul-Haq superseding senior generals, who overthrew his government. Mian Nawaz Sharif had appointed General Pervez Musharraf as army chief over senior generals, who overthrew his government, in what he called, a counter-coup. Likewise, General Abdel Fattah Sisi was promoted two-ranks to take the job of army chief. In August 2012, Morsi inducted him in his cabinet as defence minister in a bid to consolidate his power. After the coup, the military in a statement read by army chief General Sisi also suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution and called for new elections. In June last year the Constitutional Court had dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament, saying it was illegally elected. One thing is obvious from the election results when Muslim Brotherhood had won with thin majority and now with the show of strength on the streets that the proand anti-Muslim Brotherhood forces are balanced, and no single party would be able to form the government after the next elections. And this is what suits the establishment.
IPPs and Noora League: the largest scandal yet? BY ATHAR MIAN Our new national leadership comes to power for the 3rd time, much wiser and well-prepared as their media hipsters keep telling us. But this is deja vu all over again- big promises of ‘friendly’ countries giving us billions, one building not only oil cities and a new port but also a super train corridor from Karachi to Kashgar (later revised to a border post); others just handing over vast oil supplies with postponed (or no) payments, another (a rival to the first one) spending billions of dollars itself to build a gas pipeline in no time, yet another providing us with LNG gas shipments for free, and still another providing us a direct route to EU markets skipping several countries in between and magically excusing any duties or taxes (perhaps paying them itself.) On yes, and India now would bury the hatchet and give us thousands of megawatts across from the Lahore border in weeks (and what would they ask for, in exchange?) And then those drone attacks would stop because we made another, but this time ‘pukka’ (solid) request, as if all those dozens of previous ones were jokes. Our power shutdowns, 16 hours daily, would vanish in 30 days, then six months, and now, we are told, only in about 3 years, since such problems are complex. Coal would be imported (for free?) to run our thermal- and gas-based plants because natural gas need be preserved (but why not dig for more gas, a proven resource?) Youth would get jobs as IT specialists immediately (the same ones who, preelections, protested theft of gifted laptops in the Punjab?) In short there would be no problems left once our energy crisis is solved rubbing Aladdin’s Lamp. To quote Muhammad Hanif (“A Case of Exploding Mangoes”) from his The Guardian column May 12th, PML-N won the elections because it promised airports to people who could not afford bicycles. The problem is that our Nawaz League now looks more and more like ‘Noora’ (fake) League. Aladdin’s genie
is still on vacation, likely annoyed by all such tall orders- the poor guy must be dead tired given such frequent rubbings. No aid, not even elections congratulations or half-hearted invitations, have materialized from such friends. IMF still wants its austerity conditions and good governance, and has made no promises yet of the requested $5.8 billion package, most of it to be paid back by August as interest on the previous $11 billion loan that itself
a single question asked by the politicians, so-called civil society, the ever nosy media, and not even an apparent glance by the Supreme Court! It looks like Rs.300 billion have already been paid to the IPP mafia that controls the power lobby (and occupies various energy task forces) while the remaining Rs.200 billion will be paid by August. The above must be the single largest government payment in Pakistan’s history and one that hasn’t
The problem is that our Nawaz League now looks more like ‘Noora League’. Aladdin’s genie is still on vacation, likely annoyed by all such tall orders. No aid, not even elections congratulations have materialised from such friends. IMF has made no promises yet of the requested $5.8 billion package, most of it to be paid back by August as interest on the previous $11 billion loan that itself was suspended for missing targets amidst rampant corruption was suspended for missing targets amidst rampant corruption. Of course the same folks who pledged no more begging came out just in time with their shining new beggar’s bowlexcept that the IMF scolded them for being completely ill-prepared. The sahibs failed again to recognize that the shine on the bowl was only skin deep! But then what else would you expect from a traditional ‘electables’ party which spent $300 million hurriedly starting Lahore Metro Bus on a mere 27 km road stretch out of a $1 billion ADB loan that supposedly was refused by the honorable Khadim-e-Aala? The Sher-e-Aala regime already looks outgunned and running scared, with no roadmap, no team, and no strategy prepared over the last 14 years. But the worst part of all this noora performance is the unquestioned socalled IPP circular debt payment hurried through parliament, with not
even been questioned on merit, least argued about, given the mere fact that it is almost the same amount as the entire IMF aid Pakistan is desperately seeking, with only about $16 billion left with the State Bank (and out of which the IMF discounts $3 billion as regular bank deposits, not to be counted as reserves!) If this is not a conspiracy of silence, in the hoary mafia tradition of omerta, then what is? Regardless of how fair such payments are, why give them out now as a lump sum, when they cannot generate a megawatt extra of new output, being claimed only as previous obligations? But they are not even fair, given some recent letters of accusation detailing how over-invoicing and under-production, along with oil price differentials, have been rampant in the IPP industry. And how about conflict of interest, with energy board members recommending that they
themselves be paid such hundreds of billions of rupees, without any accountability? IPPs and RPPs (independent and rental power plants) are a long story to be covered here. However most likely the circular-debt ‘crisis’ is a cooked up story. Just think about it: IPPs claim that government hasn’t paid them dues for years. But then why did they keep generating beyond a few months of non-payment in the first place? Where did they get all this money to continue operations as claimed? And if they did generate unpaid-for power, where did all this electricity go? Why do we have load shedding that has only increased? Now above questions don’t require you to be a rocket scientist or even technically knowledgeable about industry intricacies. They are plain, old common sense questions that are arguably very uncommon amongst our elite. Time was, our Supreme Court suspended the sale of Karachi Steel Mills (and also of KESC) to foreign interests upon suspicion of wrong doing under Musharraf, and this led to the dictator’s downfall. Now clear conflicts of interest, legitimate national interest concerns and the mere fact of possibly the largest unchecked single payment in our history makes no ripples. Is it already too late not to think of Pakistan as a failed state, with robber barons pillaging a hapless public at will in cahoots with the same old politicians whose first act of parliament is highway robbery on a global scale? Isn’t this why none of our ex-friends want to even hear about us, much less engage in fair trade, development and investment with us? Wednesday I attended a US consular event honoring their 237 years of independence, with all proud faces despite America’s global challenges. Pakistani elite, in the same time period, have once again chosen to remind the world how venal, duplicitous and unworthy of trust they still are. Beggars cannot be choosers, the sahibs always say. THE AUTHOR IS A SILICON VALLEY ENTREPRENEUR WITH AN MS AND MBA FROM COLUMBIA.
My sheroes from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ‘It is we sinful women who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear gowns, who don't sell our bodies, who don't bow our heads, who don't fold our hands together’ BYDR.RAKHSHINDA PERVEEN Today I am going to introduce two girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who have become my heroes since 2012. Those of you who are conversant with them should take my introduction as reintroduction. They did get attention in the press but for a very short period. Neither their magnitude of miseries nor the degree of their resilience was duly acknowledged. Their real strengths were never put in the right perspective. They never caught the attention of the international community and they are not in the limelight for reasons, best known to the movers and shakers in the industry of media, politics, child rights & women rights based non profits and donors including UN agencies. I am sharing their stories with an integration of empathy and facts. My first shero is ‘Wajeeha’. She is living with courage and every day she demonstrates self esteem. She is now 11 years old. She lives in one of the most conservative areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that is known as Tangea, in district Charsaddah and
Tragedy in the Himalyas Yet another heartrending tragedy, that sent a shiver down the spines of everyone who came to learn about it not only in Pakistan, but across the world, is the tragedy that struck ten foreign trekkers and a Pakistani (on
works’ though International laws do not allow her to work. I read about her in esteemed English daily as the country’s first female rickshaw driver implying that she drives a vehicle with six persons aboard. She has to remain culturally correct as well so she drives while wrapping herself in a chaddar/shawl. Is not it ironical that she was showcased as the youngest Pakistani and probably only rickshaw driver (as if she is doing this as a show to be acknowledged by the Guinness book of world record?). Her father a Frontier Core veteran lost his both legs while fighting against militants in Swat and who somehow decided to buy a 3-wheeler rickshaw instead of contacting any foreign and or local media to fight with his new circumstances. She was 9 years old then and she decided on her own to support her father and her family. She goes to school as well and like world renowned Ms.Malala Yosufzai (age 16 years), our girl from Swat, a Nobel peace prize nominee- who has made us all anti Taliban Pakistanis proud, this little wizard too is a lover of education. Her name is ‘Wajeeha’ literally meaning beautiful. Indeed
you are a beautiful person within and without. I hope and pray for a beautiful life for you in future. Following are some verses by renowned feminist Pakistani poet Ms.Kishwar Naheed from her poem ‘we sinful women’. “It is we sinful women who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear gowns, who don't sell our bodies, who don't bow our heads, who don't fold our hands together.” Meet Ms.Uzma Ayub from Krak of Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Karak is said to be the single district in Pakistan which is inhabited by only one tribe of Pashtun, the Khattak. Karak is one of the most literate districts in the province and the Khattaks are considered most literate and most liberal among Pashtuns. I am refraining from drawing any iota of attention towards PTI and its chief Minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as my story is about Uzma. At the tender age of 15, she was abducted and gang- raped allegedly by policemen. She got pregnant and I learnt through e-activism that “she wants to retain the child, pro-life advocates won and instead of
observing a confidential therapeutic abortion, all tycoons of private TV Channels adopted an unwritten policy of turning their cameras to the pregnant victim. A strong imagination is needed to visualise the journey of this girl and her poor family in the given contexts of conservatism, absence of rule of law and culture of victim-bashing. Despite threats she managed to seek legal aid. But it had cost her 24 years old brother got killed in outside premises of the court in 2011 on 10 December (ironically the international human rights day). She gave birth to a girl in 2012 and that time she became camera delight and her nightmare was then newsworthy. Finally she failed to seek justice from the court because the ‘DNA” did not match with the alleged party and it is obvious that Justice is blind and works through evidence. According to a published report by Equality Now, ‘The court found that the DNA test results of Uzma’s baby did not match the men implicated in the gang-rape. In addition, it ordered Uzma to undergo multiple lie detector tests and found the results inconclusive.”
This however is not relevant how evidence is provided, lost and or manipulated. My several queries directed at many concerned human rights activists, ending violence against women and girls forums remain unanswered or the responses were unsatisfactory (at least my limited pragmatism could not accept those answers). Following initial ceremonial gestures from the civil society and public sector no attention is being paid to this courageous but unfortunate girl. This girl is my shero because she is a super “failure.” Mukhtaran Mai of Jatoi, Southern Punjab, Pakistan and the internationally recognized victim turned survivor of gang rape also could not seek justice from the court but at least she made the world wept for her and sought material and monetary support. But my sheroe is…...! My civilian salutes to both of you .You are among the very few genuinely bravest kid girls, I happened to know. Even though, to me courage is something that is within and it does not need support of media, facebook likes, NGOS’
support, street activism and ceremonial gestures etc.etc. I still get puzzled and pessimistic on fathoming your suffering. I have taken a risk of being misjudged by certain liberals by quoting Ms.Malala Yousufzai and Ms. Mukhtaran Mai, but I have done it with the hope to command the attention of those who matter so that my sheroes may get some relief if not compensation, foreign Visas, etc. though I understand that the probability of earning personal attacks is much higher than the former. However, I would not hide my failure to understand the difference in the fate of victims? I do not want to involve God in such matters but does this mean that one has to be “lucky” even in mishaps and tragedies especially if someone is from a society that is characterized by silence on violence and selective activism and a State that has yet to assign priorities to such issues and ensure that adequate laws, effective systems and incessant rule o law are in place?
Sunday, June 23, 2013) who were on their exciting journey to Nanga Parbat, the world’s 9th tallest peak. The innocent souls, who had come to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the most stunning marvels of the world, couldn’t have ever imagined that they would fall prey to the brutal attacks of a handful of ruthless militants and lose their valuable lives in the bargain. News reports published in some of the leading dailies of the country said that the attackers were dressed as Paramilitary Gilgit Scouts (PGS). This clearly indicates that they were attired in PGS gear to conceal their identity and malign PGS for the odious crime that they did not commit. Different terrorist groups have come forward and obdurately claimed responsibility for the murder of the foreign trekkers. Blatant admission of the crime committed by these groups is out-andout Challenge to Pakistan’s security agencies who have so far failed to lay its hands on these volatile groups who continue to audaciously kill innocent people across the country. Their open
threat to continue such attacks in the future should not be taken frivolously. All-out efforts must be made to deal with them with an iron hand. Unambiguously, the terrorist attacks on the foreign trekkers in the Himalayas will have a damaging effect on the already declining tourist industry of Pakistan. It could also take a heavy toll on the abysmally low foreign investment in the country. Above all, it may leave an indelible mark on Pakistan’s excellent bilateral relations with countries whose citizens were killed in the attack. What has happened is indeed tragic and condemnable in the strongest terms. The Prime Minister and the President of Pakistan, the legislators of the country and people from every walk of life has vociferously condemned the brutal killing of the foreign trekkers. Pakistan’s interior minister cogently said on the floor of the Parliament, on the day the incident occurred, that the government would leave no stone unturned to track down the perpetrators of the crime and give
them exemplary punishment. One sincerely hopes and prays the countries affected by this tragic incident would appreciate that Pakistan is an unfortunate victim of terrorism, and it has been resolutely trying to grapple with this menace for more than a decade now. It is valiantly fighting this menace and would do everything that it can to bring a quick end to it, as it firmly believes that in the resolution of this problem lies its own salvation and that of the entire region. M. Fazal Elahi Lahore
of metropolis. His residence was located in Kensington area. His apartment was centrally located and movement was easy from there. We usually traveled by underground lines holding a map in the hand. There were sprawling garden in front of his apartment. I found rare black rose in that garden. We spent late nights enjoying the bounties of Allah there. It was an excellent and memorable trip. We went sightseeing, sun bathing and shopping. We used to eat food at different restaurants that catered to different tastes. We enjoyed Pakistani food available at those places, real spicy and flavored tasty food. We visited Indian Pakistani community hall and interacted with them. They were mostly pleasant people. They mixed well and had kept their traditions alive. One afternoon we visited British Museum. I had always liked these sort of places. We saw different statutes of famous personalities in wax at the Madam Tassad Wax Museum. The visit to Hide Park was
illuminating and refreshing. We watched several speakers talking on different subjects freely. There is no Censorship applied to their speeches. The spectacle of free speech at its best was on display. All the planning of day’s visits was done before hand and thus it reflected in the pleasure of the activity. The days were passed in utter bliss and hilarity. At last it ended as all the good things come to an end. I boarded the Pan AM flight to Washington on 22nd August that took me to Washington DC my destination. I took a bus and traveled to down town lodging myself in Allen Lee Hotel. Later I rented nearby apartment in Riverside Hotel. I stayed there for the next 18 months. I graduated with Masters of Comparative Laws degree. It was great learning experience and hectic life immersed in studies. JAVAID BASHIR ISLAMABAD
Peep show! This is an account of summer travel to London and beyond. I spent my summer of 83' in London sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of London. I stayed with my good cousin named Mazhar Sufi. He had settled there since 1868. He went there as a student to pursue course of studies in chartered accountancy. He lived near Kensington station of the underground rail system
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Pro-Morsi supporters killed as army opens fire
200,000 Yemenis struggle after being forced from Saudi
GEN EVA: Yemen has asked the International Organization for Migration to help some 200,000 Yemenis forced to leave Saudi Arabia in the past three months amid a crackdown on undocumented migrants, the IOM said Friday. Yemen wants the IOM to help provide basic assistance such as shelter, access to water and hygiene kits to vulnerable returnees, the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement. Saudi King Abdullah announced an amnesty on April 3 that grants foreign workers a threemonth grace period to regularise their residency or leave the country to avoid being jailed, fined or placed on a blacklist. –AGENCIES
CAI RO: Security forces shot dead at least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Friday as a crowd of hundreds tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is being held by the military that overthrew him. Thousands of Morsi supporters demonstrated in cities across the country on what his Muslim Brotherhood called a "Friday of rage" against what they describe as a military coup that toppled Egypt's first elected leader a year after he took office. A witness told Reuters he saw several people fall to the ground, wounded by shotgun pellets. Security sources told Reuters at least three
demonstrators were killed when security forces opened fire. Thousands of Islamists also took to the streets of Alexandria and Assiut to protest against the army's ouster of Morsi and reject a planned interim government backed by their liberal opponents. In the Suez city of Ismailia, soldiers fired into the air as Morsi supporters tried to break into the governor's office. The Islamists retreated and there were no casualties, security sources said. Egypt's liberal coalition issued an "urgent call" for its supporters to take to the streets in response to Islamist protests, raising the risk of clashes between the rival groups. In Damanhour, capital of the Beheira
Ghoneimy, manager of the Damanhour general hospital said three people had been wounded
province in the Nile Delta, 21 people were wounded in violence between the factions. Ehab el-
AU suspends Egypt over president ouster ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The African Union is suspending Egypt from membership in the continental body after the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. AU Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told a news conference Friday that the removal of Morsi on Wednesday falls under the AU doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government. AU officials decided Friday to block Egypt from all activities of the continental body until constitutional order is restored in the nation. The decision was taken after deliberations by the AU s peace and security council earlier Friday. The AU usually suspends the membership of countries where the military ousts an elected government. –TV MONITORING
EU envoys meet over US spying of Europeans
'Fake Saudi princess' in £14m fraud case LONDON: The true identity of a mysterious “Saudi princess” is at the centre of a £14 million legal case. A High Court judge has to decide if Sarah Al Amoudi is the daughter of a billionaire sheikh — or “a fraud who lied to investors and banks” to swindle them out of millions of pounds. Property tycoon Amanda Clutterbuck and her partner Ian Paton are suing Ms Al Amoudi, 30, claiming she tricked them into transferring six prime London properties worth millions into her name “at nominal cost”. They claim she posed as the daughter of the Saudi Arabian Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, estimated to be worth £4.5 billion. The court was told Ms Al Amoudi, who denies participating in any joint ventures with the couple, will counterclaim that Mr Paton stole from her and still owes her large sums she loaned him. –AGENCIES
Lanka to hold polls in ex-war zone for ﬁrst time in 25 yrs COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone in September for the first time in 25 years, officials said on Friday, a move long demanded by the United Nations since the end of three decades of conflict in 2009. But Northern Province, which includes the Jaffna peninsula, has been under military control since the end of the war and the government had resisted requests by the West to pull out the army. Ariyaratne Athugala, director general of the Department of Government Information, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had issued the proclamation to hold northern provincial council polls. The Elections Commission said they would probably be held on September 21 or 28. The West is pressuring Sri Lanka to allow an independent investigation of accusations of human rights violations in the final stages of the civil war. –AGENCIES
Bolivia threatens to close US embassy SUCRE, Bolivia: Latin American leaders have blasted the US for rerouting the Bolivian president's plane under suspicion that Edward Snowden was aboard. Bolivian president Evo Morales has threatened to close the US embassy in Bolivia as leftist Latin American leaders joined him in berating Europe and the United States after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions that US fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard. Morales, who has suggested that the United States pressured European nations to deny him their airspace, warned he would consider closing the US embassy in Bolivia. "We don't need a US embassy in Bolivia," he said. "My hand would not shake to close the US embassy. We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically, democratically." Morales arrived home late on Wednesday after a long layover in Vienna, saying his plane was diverted there because it was barred from flying over four European nations, sparking outrage among Latin American leaders. –AGENCIES
with live bullets, others were wounded with birdshot, rocks, or had been hit with rods. –TV MONITORING
CAIRO: Charged pro-Morsi supporters during a protesct on Friday. —WIRE SERVICE
Australian women rally around ousted PM Julia Gillard
Xinjiang calm on riots anniversary URUMQI: Urumqi, the capital of China's far-western Xinjiang Province, was calm but definitely tense Friday, four years after violent clashes left hundreds dead and exposed deep ethnic rifts in the region. In the days leading up to the anniversary, and in the wake of recent attacks that left 35 dead in Xinjiang, Chinese authorities have taken measures to thwart further unrest. Paramilitary police in camouflaged fatigues with automatic weapons and riot gear have been stationed outside key points throughout the capital, including government buildings, banks and major intersections. While it is not unusual for there to be a visible police presence in a city known for past troubles, the number of armed troops on the streets has increased dramatically -- one main street next to a local theater in the city was backed up with a column of police trucks, armored personnel carriers and other riot-control vehicles. According to tourist operators and local residents, the government has also banned all night markets and non-tourist public events to avoid crowds gathering at this sensitive time. Periodic bursts of violence are nothing new in Xinjiang, a resourcerich region of western China where the arrival of waves of Han Chinese
people over the decades has fueled tensions with the Uyghurs, a Turkicspeaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic group. Uyghurs have complained of discrimination and harsh treatment by security forces in Xinjiang, despite official promises of equal rights and ethnic harmony. In China as a whole, Han Chinese account for 92% of the population. They now make up about 40% of the population of Xinjiang, where Uyghurs used to be predominant. The increasing frequency with which these incidents occur illustrates the PRC's reticence to address the root causes of the tensions that are escalating. The violence last Wednesday -when police stations were attacked by a mob in the remote township of Lukqun, about 250 kilometers southeast of Urumqi -- was the worst the region has seen since 2009, when rioting between the two ethnic groups left around 200 people dead and 1,700 injured in Urumqi. This followed clashes in April when 21 people were killed in Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture. The government has blamed recent attacks on "gangsters" and "religious extremists" who they claim have links to foreign jihadi groups. But many scholars and Uyghur diaspora groups dispute this official interpretation. –AGENCIES
KASHGAR: People have tea at an old teahouse near the Id Kah Square in Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. —WIRE SERVICE
SYDNEY: An Australian women's group has defended ousted prime minister Julia Gillard, saying she had battled "gross disrespect" while in office. In large advertisements in major newspapers on Friday, the Victorian Women's Trust said the unwed, atheist Gillard had faced enmity not only from her political opposition, but also from members of her own Labour Party and an often hostile media. "From the outset, and despite its democratic legitimacy, the Gillardled minority government sparked an unheralded series of hostile reactions from different quarters across the country," it said. "Her many achievements went largely unproclaimed, while her mistakes were amplified – and continually referenced." The letter said the toxic political discourse around Gillard gave public licence to "an unprecedented campaign of sexist and chauvinist abuse, denigration, double standards, gross disrespect for the office of prime minister and gross disrespect for her as a person". Torchbearer Gillard became a torchbearer for women around the world with her fiery speech about misogyny on the floor of Parliament in October 2012, even as she was subjected to unrelenting comments on her gender. Placards such as "ditch the witch" were held up at rallies. One radio personality said she should be thrown in the ocean in a chaff bag, and another asked her repeatedly whether her partner Tim Mathieson was gay. In the final weeks of her leadership, it emerged that someone had put together a menu for a Liberal fundraiser with a "Julia Gillard" quail dish which had "small breasts and huge thighs and a big red box". –AGENCIES
BRUSSELS: Allegations that the United States is spying on its European allies topped the agenda for European Union ambassadors who met Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, as the fallout from claims made by US leaker Edward Snowden widened. The meeting of the ambassadors to the European Union came ahead of talks due to begin Monday on a huge American-EU free trade deal. They were expected to discuss the spying allegations as well as revelations about PRISM, the mass US surveillance program, and a proposal to establish an EU-American working group to improve cooperation, EU spokesman Michael Mann said ahead of the meeting. Allegations that the United States has been conducting surveillance on its European allies have prompted wide concern among European nations. Official: NSA spying on EU 'out of control' Snowden documents: US spied on EU The issue dominated a conversation Wednesday between President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "The president assured the chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and partners," a White House statement on the
phone call said. Joint EU-American discussions are to be held on the collection and oversight of intelligence, and questions of privacy and data protection, starting as soon as Monday, it said. The European Parliament voted Thursday in favour of launching an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs, including the alleged bugging of EU premises. In the resolution, approved 48398 with 65 abstentions, European lawmakers expressed concern over PRISM and other surveillance programs, strongly condemned spying on EU representations and called on US authorities to provide full information on the allegations without further delay, according to a statement from the European Parliament. The inquiry by the body's Civil Liberties Committee will gather evidence from US and EU sources and present its results by the end of this year, it said. The lawmakers also urged European authorities to "consider recourse to all levers at their disposal in negotiations" with the United States, including suspending the current deals on air passenger and bank data. EU data protection standards should not be undermined as a result of the EUAmerican trade deal, the resolution warned. –MONITORING DESK
Mandela family rift goes oﬀensive
MTHATHA: A feud between factions of Nelson Mandela s family descended into soap opera farce on Thursday when his grandson and heir, Mandla, accused relatives of adultery and milking the fame of the revered anti-apartheid leader. In a news conference broadcast live on TV that stunned South Africans, Mandla Mandela confirmed rumours that his young son, Zanethemba, was in fact the child of an illicit liaison between his brother Mbuso and Mandla s now ex-wife Anais Grimaud. With Mandela on life-support in a Pretoria hospital, the escalating feud has transfixed and appalled South Africa in equal measure as it contemplates the reality that the father of the post-apartheid "Rainbow Nation" will not be around forever. "Mbuso impregnated my wife," Mandla said in Mvezo, the Eastern Cape village 700 km south of Johannesburg where Mandela - now 94 years old and critically ill - was born and where Mandla serves as the formal chief of the clan. Mandla, 39, first raised questions about his son s paternity last year when he split from French-speaking Grimaud, who has since moved back home to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. He also revealed then that he was unable to have children. His attempts to get the family to address the questions of Zanethemba s paternity had been rebuffed in the interests of preserving a semblance of unity in South Africa s most famous family, Mandla said. "This matter has never been discussed by the so-called members of the family who say that they want to ensure there is harmony in this family," he said. –MONITORING DESK
Removal of Egypt’s Morsi may negatively affect Turkey BY SHI ZHUYING ISTANBUL: The ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a crucial partner of Ankara in the region, would negatively affect Turkey's Middle East policies, local political analysts said Thursday, while the government has begun to evaluate the potential repercussions of the event. Egyptian military removed Morsi on Wednesday after mass protests calling for his step-down, suspending the constitution temporarily and calling for new elections, which was denounced by embattled Morsi as a "complete military coup."
Egyptian judge Adli Mansour was sworn in Thursday as the interim president of the state as well as the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC). Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesperson Huseyin Celik said Wednesday that the Egypt's military coup ousting democratically elected President Morsi is a sign of "backwardness" and the coup is supported by some Western countries. Great loss for turkey: "Morsi's stepdown is a great loss for Turkey since Ankara has supported Morsi from
the very beginning. It brings Ankara into a difficult situation and it also poses great uncertainties to the Turkish-Egyptian relations," said Gokhan Bacik, director of the Middle East Strategic Research Center at Turkey's Zirve University. "Right now there is a huge political gap between Ankara and Cairo created by the coup." According to Bacik, Turkey-Egypt relations would suffer serious damage if Ankara does not recognize the new Egyptian government supported by the military. "There are negative developments for ties between Turkey and Egypt. If Ankara does not
harmonize its relations with Egyptian military, we could not know what will happen next between the two countries," Bacik said. "Turkey should know that it is a domestic issue for Egypt and any statement issued from Ankara should be balanced," Mensur Akgun, director of Global Political Trends Center at Istanbul Culture University, told Xinhua. He suggested that the Turkish government refrain from making emotional comments on the political change in Egypt. However, some observers downplayed the influence of the
transfer of power in Egypt on Turkey. Ahmet Uysal, an international relations professor from Eskisehir Osmangazi University, told Xinhua that "Both the important regional powers, Turkey and Egypt need each other in economic cooperation and political alliance. The emergence of a new leadership in Egypt will not change the dynamics in the TurkishEgyptian relations," Uysal said. Strong ally of tu rkey: Morsi is regarded as a strong ally of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish government established close ties with Muslim
Brotherhood in Egypt. According to local analysts, Erdogan and Morsi used to share similar opinions in regional issues, including supporting the Palestinian cause and demanding the topple of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As a sign of flourishing relations, Morsi even attended a AK Party congress in Ankara last September. "Morsi's leave also influence the ongoing Syrian crisis since Morsi-led Egypt is an important member of anti-Assad block. Now Ankara has to wait and see how the Egyptian military will act toward the Syrian administration," Bacik pointed out.
SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2013
Pakistan urged to assist peace in Afghanistan
LHC seeks govt’s reply in inquiry on measles deaths LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Friday sought reply from the Punjab government on an application seeking formation of a judicial commission on measles-related deaths. Judicial Activism Panel chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique filed the application in an already pending petition against government’s failure to control measles epidemic. The lawyer stated a commission comprising retired judge or judges, along with other independent experts enjoying good reputation, should be constituted to probe into the deaths of innocent children and to fix responsibility. He requested that the health authorities should be directed to file a comprehensive report so that the court might get just and fair findings in the case to enforce fundamental rights. The court heard arguments and issued notice to the government for July 10. ONLINE
Anti-Narcotics Force recovers 390 gram heroin ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force on Friday recovered 390 gram heroin in Karachi, which was to be smuggled to the United Kingdom. According to a press release, the ANF intercepted the consignment containing eight ladies suites at T&T Logistics Courier Services, Karachi. On proper search, 390 gram heroin, which was tactfully concealed in ladies suits, was recovered. A first information report has been lodged against the accused, who belongs to Toba Tek Singh. PR
RAWALPINDI: A view of NLC Motocross Challenge competition held at motocross track established by the National Logistics Cell at Ayub National Park.
Missing Persons Commission incompetent, declares SC
Justice Jawwad Khawaja says police not using powers practically
ISLAMABAD: Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, of the Supreme Court, on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the competency and effectiveness of the Missing Persons Commission regarding handling cases of missing persons. A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja expressed these remarks while hearing case of missing persons. Justice Khawaja said that the commission was not handling cases effectively; therefore, all cases were being heard at the Supreme Court. Justice Khawaja said that police have
powers but unfortunately they were not using their powers practically. The court also directed to take action against the Inspector of an Intelligence Agency Amir and ordered the Superintendent of Police Rawalpindi to take stern action against the said Inspector. In a meeting on Thursday, Advocates General were advised to submit report of persons who are under arrest. During meeting the defence secretary told that there is no bar to visit those who are under arrest. In this regard, the report
was presented by Faisal Saiddiqui to the court on Friday. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that all issues of missing persons would be resolved if reasons of their arrest would be found or identified. In his remarks, Justice Ijaz said that if institutions are allegedly involved in forcible arrest of persons then how is this possible that the officials of these institutions would allow anyone to meet and visit the arrested persons. The court further adjourned the hearing till 9th July. ONLINE
BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called on Pakistan government and army to take further steps to assist Afghanistan peace efforts. While speaking during his monthly press conference in Brussels, Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted that human rights and specifically women’s rights including the Afghan constitutions should be respected during peace process. Rasmussen said, “First of all, let me stress the importance of a positive engagement of Pakistan. That’s been our position right from the outset that we need a positive engagement of Pakistan if we are to ensure long-term peace and stability not only in Afghanistan; but in the whole region. And in that respect, Pakistani authorities, the government, the armed forces to do their utmost to fight extremism and terrorism in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.” He said, “I also think Pakistan can play a crucial role when it comes to facilitating a political process in Afghanistan. As you know, NATO as such is not involved in that political process. But we have a very clear position on that. And
that was expressed at the NATO Summit in Chicago.” Rasmussen also said that to ensure a successful outcome of a political process, three conditions need to be met. “Firstly, that there is a strong Afghan ownership that the process is Afghanled. That’s a first thing. Secondly that those involved in that political process fully respect the democratic constitution of Afghanistan, including full respect for human rights. And that, of course, also includes women’s rights. And thirdly, that those involved in such a political process cut their links with terrorist groups. If these conditions are met, I think there might be a fair chance to see a positive outcome of such a political process. And I think we should give it a chance.” Rasmussen also pointed towards the remarkable progress in Afghanistan security transition and said Afghan security forces are strong, and getting stronger. They are getting support and sustainment not just now, but for years to come. As they stand ready to sustain the progress of the past ten years, the world community will continue to stand with them. He said ISAF will no longer plan, lead or execute combat operations. ONLINE
HRCP urges Punjab to persist PPP for Parliament’s with moratorium on executions approval for IMF loan terms
LAHORE: A visitor taking interest in the dresses displayed during an exhibition. ONLINE
Hot, humid weather to continue untill Sunday ISLAMABAD: Mainly hot and dry weather would continue in most parts of the country for next two days while an isolated rain spell expected in upper parts on the country from Sunday. An official of Met Office told APP here on Friday the rain spell is expected from Sunday evening. He said seasonal low lies over north Balochistan and adjoining areas. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces during next 24 hours. While in Sindh mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the province, however rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places of Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad divisions, while at isolated places of Sukkur division during the same time span. In Balochistan mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the province during next 24 hours while rain-thunderstorm is expected at Kalat division during the period. APP
Govt to provide low-cost houses to poor families LAHORE: The Punjab government will provide low-cost houses to shelter-less families during the current fiscal and spend Rs 500 million on the project. Official sources said the government under the low-cost housing scheme would acquire land and develop threemarla plots in various districts of the province. Under the programme, propoor housing infrastructures will be developed in Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan, Chishtian, Narowal, Haroonabad, Pasrur, Okara, Sheikhupura, Jalalpur Jattan and Kasur. When contacted, Punjab Minister for Housing and Urban Development Malik Tanvir Aslam said the PML-N led government was committed to providing low-cost houses to deserving orphans, widows and the poor. APP
Two killed in Khyber LANDI KOTAL: Two persons were killed and three others were wounded when unknown culprits opened fire on a passenger vehicle in Khyber Agency Friday. According to sources, a passenger pickup van was enroute to a nearby market from Akakhel when unidentified gunmen opened fire, killing two passengers on the spot. Three others were also injured in the firing who were shifted to nearby hospital. The security forces cordoned off the area and started investigation. ONLINE
Province has highest number of death row prisoners
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Friday, called upon the Punjab government to continue with four-year suspension of execution of death row prisoners in the province jails. Earlier this week, HRCP had called upon the president and the prime minister to extend the informal moratorium on executions after a presidential order suspending hangings expired on June 30. HRCP had expressed concern over the presidential order not being reissued after its lapse, unlike the practice since 2008. Punjab has the highest number of death row prisoners in Pakistan. In fact, over 6,000 death penalty convicts in the province are one of the largest death row populations anywhere in the world. In a letter to the Punjab Chief Minister, the HRCP said that apart from more than 6,000 death row prisoners in Punjab’s jails, there were thousands more charged with or being tried for death penalty offences. That meant that if hangings were to resume, nowhere else in Pakistan would there be
more lives at risk of being taken away by the authorities than in Punjab. “We wish to point out that not one of the pressing reasons for HRCP’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty have changed in any way since the federal government decided to put in place an informal moratorium on executions in late 2008. The critical and well-documented deficiencies of the law, administration of justice, police investigation methods, as well as chronic corruption in the country and the province today have not at all improved since the time that the government first decided to suspend executions in 2008. In the circumstances, capital punishment allows for a high probability of miscarriages of justice, which is wholly unacceptable in any civilized society, but even more so when the punishment is irreversible. Contrary to the much vaunted argument of deterrence, the systematic and generalized application of death penalty in the country had not led to an improvement of the situation of law, nor has suspension of executions led to a hike in death penalty offences.” ONLINE
Farheen’s services for Urdu literature recognised OUR STAFF REPORTER
RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Arts Council, in collaboration with Sukhanwar, arranged a special gathering in recognition of the services of famous story, drama writer and poetess Farheen Chaudhary. Renowned poets and writers recognised the incredible services rendered by Farheen Chaudhary in the field of literature. Maqsood Jaffri was the chief guest while Fakhre-e-Alam Nomani and Sarfraz Shahid presided over the function. A Mehfil-e-Mushaira was also arranged at the occasion. Expressing his views, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said that it was an honour for the council as well as for him that a literary and most civilized has
gathered in the council for this sort of literary events. He said that all these talented people were the precious assets of the literature. He also paid tribute to the legend poet Anwar Feroz who has died two days ago. All the poets and audience did Fatiha Khawani for the late poet.
Besides Farheen, the poet who recited their poetry were Maqsood Jaffri, Aftab Zia, Sarfraz Shahid, Wafa Chishti, Khurram Khaliq, Abid Janjua, Saima Naqvi, Ahmed Zahoor, Gul-e-Nazuk, Arshad Malik, Bushra Saeed, Saeed Doshiari, Asma Rahat, Shushma Ufaq and Sohail Ahmed.
ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah has called for obtaining approval from the parliament with respect to terms under which loan has been acquired from International Monitory Fund. Talking to media persons outside the parliament house on Friday he said that PPP led government allowed subsidy of Rs 1400 billion on power while present government has enlarged more burden on public by taking back this subsidy. He said that the PML-N has deviated from its stance by taking the loan from IMF and have also increased the General Sales Tax. Khursheed Shah said that PPP led government returned 3.5 billion dollar loan
71pc people have personal mobile phone ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 71 per cent of Pakistanis say they have a personal mobile phone. Of these, 48 per cent claim they don't use SMS. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked "Do you have a personal mobile phone?" In response, 71 per cent said yes and 29 per cent answered no. Respondents who said "yes" were then asked "Do you avail the SMS?" Responding to this, 51 per cent said yes and 48 per cent said no. However, 1 per cent did not give a response. A comparison between males and females revealed that the number of males (90pc) who own a personal mobile phone far exceeds the number of females (47pc). APP
back to IMF. PML-N government should public the details of loans taken by PPP government. “We left foreign exchange reserves of 4.5 billion dollars for the government, increased the exports from $18 to 36 billion, while took Tax recoveries up to 2000 billion dollars”, he added. He said that consensus should be made on the names of Chairman National Accountability Bureau till July 5, 2013 by following the decision of Supreme Court. Opposition will not give name of any biased or person having affiliation with any party. “We will see how government will work with us in legislation if government neglected us it will have to face difficulties in senate in this regard”, he concluded. ONLINE
PCB imposes ‘life ban’ on Danish Kaneria LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board has announced life time ban on leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Friday. According to PCB officials, Kaneria will not take part in any Cricket activity after this ban. Kaneria, who has repeatedly denied any involvement in trying to engineer particular situations in a game, was banned in June last year after being found guilty of corruption while playing for county side Essex in 2009. The 32-year-old Kaneria, who has played 61 tests, was convicted of "cajoling and pressurising" former team mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting money for conceding a set number of runs in a match. Meanwhile, the PCB is unlikely to release head coach Dav Whatmore from his two-year contract despite the recent string of failures that the national team has endured in South
Africa and England. An official in the board said Whatmore, who joined the team in March 2012, is likely to be given a chance to complete his contract. "The idea is to have some consistency in our decisions and not panic despite the recent poor results," a source said on Friday. Whatmore has come under fire for his failure to lift spirits within the team and has attracted criticism from former players who believe he has played a passive role so far preferring to back captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez in every decision. Even in the selection meeting held Wednesday to pick the squad for the West Indies tour Whatmore supported Misbah and Hafeez who weren't too keen on Shahid Afridi or Umar Akmal making return to the side. ONLINE
France recognises Pakistan Army’s role in peacekeeping OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: French Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud has said that France duly recognises Pakistan Army’s role in international peacekeeping, adding Islamabad has made concerted efforts in war against terrorism. The ambassador made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of National Day reception, held at a local hotel the other day. Philippe Thiebaud further said political transition in Pakistan was a good step. He congratulated the new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and hoped relations between the two countries will further be
strengthened during the tenure of new government. Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud recalled the importance of those values, for the French people and for the world’s population, as they lay at the foundation of universal rights. He conveyed to Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch, and to the audience his congratulations to the people of Pakistan for the successful transition from an elected government to another elected government. He wished the best to the newly elected government and noted France was ready to work along with Pakistan as the French people stood on the side of the Pakistani people in facing
global challenges. Underlining the friendly bilateral relationship, he reminded the audience of its concrete outcomes. One of the result of the French-Pakistani partnership for substantial development is the Jabban Dam, which was inaugurated on the 26th of June after an important restoration effort supported by France. This hydro power plan will now provide energy to a community of around 240,000 persons, demonstrating the positive results that can be achieved through working together. The ambassador concluded his speech inviting his European partners to celebrate the anniversary, celebrated this week all around the
world, of the France-Germany Friendship Treaty which in 1963 put an end to the long lasting acrimony between the two countries. This Treaty, commonly called the Elysée Treaty, defined the mechanisms of cooperation between France and Germany and set the track for European integration. In this spirit of unity, ever increasing ties and positive relationship, Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud thanked the audience for joining the French people in celebrating this important event. “Bastille Day, the 14th of July, is the National Day of France. It was celebrated this year in Islamabad a week earlier, with the aim to
respect the sacred and family time of Ramadan. Bastille Day was declared National Day of France in 1880 by the Assembly of the third Republic of France. It was selected as a symbol of the values of France, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (freedom, equality and brotherhood). The 14th of July encompasses those values as it is the day in 1789 when the people of Paris storm the Bastille, a fort crucial to the power of the oppressive state. It was also the day when, ten year later, in 1790, the same people who had initiated a historical revolution came together in great numbers to celebrate the French Constitution.
CMYK SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2013
I am no one to judge Sridevi's dancing skills: Prabhudeva
12th Lux Style Awards 2013: Celebration of style in Pakistani entertainment industry SHOWBIZ DESK
MACAU: Choreographer-director Prabhudeva, who will shake a leg with dancing diva Sridevi at the ongoing IIFA awards here, hopes that their maiden performance will be liked by the audience. Prabhudeva, 40, is teaming up with the star for the first time and the performance will include some of the hit numbers of Sridevi right from Chalbaz to her comeback movie English Vinglish. "I am no one to judge Sridevi's dance. She has a different level of dance. It's great that I will be sharing that space with the actress. I hope, people will love our performance," Prabhudeva told PTI. Sridevi, 49, is making a comeback on the stage after a long time and her dance-off with Prabhudeva is her debut performance in International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards. The ace choreographer, often termed as India's answer to King of Pop Michael Jackson, had earlier performed with Madhuri Dixit in Pukar and Sonakshi Sinha in Oh My God. After finishing up shooting for Rambo Rajkumar, which also stars Sonakshi in the lead role, Prabhudeva will be teaming up with the actress again in his upcoming untitled film. "I haven't thought of the title yet. It stars Ajay Devgn and there are three actresses opposite him. One of the actresses is Sonakshi. She is a brilliant performer," he said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
12tH lux StylE AwARdS 2013 wINNER’S lISt!
LAHORE: The Lux Style Awards is an award ceremony that is held annually in Pakistan since 2002.The awards are known to celebrate “style” in the Pakistani entertainment industry, and also honour the country’s best talents in film, television, music, and fashion. Around 30 awards are given annually. The Lux Style Awards is considered one of the nation’s premier award show events. The awards are also known as “Pakistan’s Oscars” and described as “‘the’ awards ceremony in Pakistan. These awards are held in Karachi and Lahore. The first awards were presented in 2002 at Expo Centre, Karachi, Pakistan ever since the idea has been kept alive and going. Recently The Lux Style Awards of the year 2013 were held on 4th of July Thursday in Expo Center Lahore. The Event started with a Red Carpet Ceremony. the event lit up as the stars started to walk in with their designers outfits the cameras went crazy to take a one good picture of our actors, singers, models and new talent.
BEST TV PLAY (SATELLITE) HAMSAFAR BEST TV ACTRESS (SATELLITE) MAHIRA KHAN FOR HAMSAFAR BEST TV ACTOR (SATELLITE) FAWAD KHAN FOR HAMSAFAR BEST TV PLAY (TERRESTRIAL) PAAYAT BEST TV ACTRESS (TERRESTRIAL) MAHNOOR BALOCH FOR TILAFI BEST TV ACTOR (TERRESTRIAL) NAUMAN EJAZ FOR QEEMAT BEST TV DIRECTOR SARMAD KHOOSAT FOR HUMSAFAR BEST TV WRITER KHALIL-UR-REHMAN FOR MANJALI
MuSIC BEST ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK (OST) ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI BY ALI ZAFAR FOR ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI BEST ALBUM KHAMOSHI BY AYESHA OMAR SONG OF THE YEAR KATNA NAE BY SAJJAD ALI BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI BY ALI ZAFAR
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tom Cruise relaxed after divorce?
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The 70th Venice film festival, now with added Gravity LOS ANGELES: Actor Tom Cruise is reportedly taking it easy after his separation from Katie Holmes. He is said to be leading a low-key life since. Cruise, who celebrated his 51st birthday Wednesday, has supposedly made few changes in his life post his divorce from Holmes."Tom has definitely made some changes to his life over the past year since the divorce. He's actually a lot more relaxed and more extroverted," femalefirst quoted a source as saying. The source said that Cruise, who was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, wants to enjoy being single and has been on casual dates. "Now that he's single he wants to get out there a bit. He's dated a few girls, but very casually," said the source. Another source said that since the end of his third marriage he's been spending some time reflecting and actually letting go. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Sunny deol to shoot action sequence for next ﬁlm
SHOWBIZ DESK VENICE: Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated foray into sci-fi ‘Gravity’ has been selected to open the 70th Venice Film Festival. The world premiere of the film will be held on 28th August 2013, at the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, after the Festival’s Opening Ceremony. Although it is screening out of competition, it will make history as the first 3D feature ever to open the famous event. Gravity sees Academy Award winners George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as astronauts stranded in space after debris destroys their space station. Directed by Cuaron (Children of Men), the release of the film has been repeatedly delayed since its 2011 shoot. Such delays are often a hint of poor quality, or that a film that has been lost in the editing process, but the fact that Gravity has been allocated the
Babies born on same day as Kate’s child to receive commemorative silver coins
most prestigious slot at Venice for its debut, makes this film even more exciting. The work of Alfonso Cuaron has featured at the Venice Film Festival before, with his 2001 road trip movie, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and his 2006 film Children of Men, which won the Golden Osella for Best
Parineeti Chopra has no time for love
MUMBAI: Filmmaker Anil Sharma says he is all set to shoot the last portion of the action sequence for 'Singh Sahab The Great'(SSTG) with Sunny Deol. "Sunny Deol's action sequence is left to be shot. Last schedule, which will be shot in Mumbai, will get over by July 22. It has some unusual action sequences by Sunny Deol," Sharma, who earlier directed Sunny in 'Gadar - Ek Prem Katha', told IANS. He further added, "The film has shaped up very well and we will be releasing the film this Dussehra on October 11."Sharma, known for making lengthier films, says most blockbusters are lengthy. "If a film can hold back the audience for three hours, then it is a hit. If you go by history, all lengthy films were blockbusters including 'Mughal-EAzam' and 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', among others," he said. 'Singh Sahab The Great' stars Urvashi Rautela as the female lead. -SHOWBIZ DESK
RoyAl BABy Blowout:
MUMBAI: Parineeti Chopra is so busy with her film projects this year that she has no time for romance in real life. Parineeti has been linked to Uday Chopra, Jacky Bhagnani, director Maneesh Sharma and co-star Arjun Kapoor in the past but the actress says she is too busy to worry about link-up rumours. "I am all tied up with work. I am shooting in Bangkok for a film and simultaneously I have to travel to Mumbai for wrapping up another project, I have no time to have food, forget about any relationship with co-stars. But I am enjoying this phase of my life," she told PTI. Apart from her films, Parineeti, 24, will also be performing at the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) with Ayushmann Khurrana. There performance will be a high-octane dance number. "As we are known for our high energy onscreen, therefore we are performing on some songs which will bring out that aspect of ours. There are some romantic numbers as well. Ayushmann is really a good performer," she said. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki – the Director of Photography for Gravity. The rest of the line-up for the Venice Film Festival, which runs from 28th August to 7th September 2013 has yet to be announced. Gravity is to be released in the US on 4th October 2013.
A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair goes for $6,000 at auction
LONDON: Jagger’s ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton had something worth bidding for at a London auction yesterday. A lock of the Rolling Stones front man’s hair was sold off for $6,000 (that’s 4,000 pounds), which was more than double of the original asking price. The auction event also featured such gems as David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for “The Jean Genie” and a guitar owned once by Jimmy Page– that went for 26,250 pounds. -SHOWBIZ DESK
LONDON: The Royal Mint has announced that babies born in Britain on the same day as Kate Middleton and Prince William's little bundle of joy will be eligible to receive a special silver penny. A total of 2,013 coins will be created, each one dated 2013, and will come in either a pink or a blue pouch depending on the child's gender. "The birth of the royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation," said Shane Bissett, director of commemmorative coins at the Royal Mint, in a statement. "It will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new baby, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a lucky penny." In order to claim one of the coins, however, parents must register through the Royal Mint's Facebook page. Of course, the royal couple has already received quite a few presents themselves ahead of their child's arrival. Most recently, the Finnish government sent the duke and duchess a Finnish baby box. The cardboard box, which is distributed to all expectant mothers in Finland and doubles as a sleeping vessel when empty, contains a mattress, mattress cover, undersheet, sleeping bag, duvet cover and blanket, various clothing items, as well as a number of grooming products. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
also knitted a kangaroo for Will and Kate's baby, although she's been widely criticized for the gift. Meanwhile, as the world eagerly awaits the little one's arrival, photographers have already begun lining up outside St. Mary's London Hospital. Middleton is set to give birth in the exclusive Lindo Wing, where Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984.
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Time to solve border dispute, china tells India
China hosts Antony, Nawaz in rare diplo
Indian Defence Minister to visit BEIJING: China on Thursday of Contemporary Relations, told CCTV news. "China›India haveChina in seven years, is in Beijing on hosted Pakistan Prime Minister BEIJING:Chinese Premier Li Keqiang a four›day visit. The recent border established strategic cooperative Nawaz Sharif and Defence Minister told Defence Minister AK Antony today incursion by Chinese troops, partnership since 2005. Meanwhile, that the two countries can settle AK a Antony in a rare diplomatic finalisation of the Border Defence China and Pakistan enjoyed an all› tango. As Mr Sharif and Mr Antony long›running border row, state media Agreement (BDSA) to weather partnership for halfCoordination a arrived in Beijing, the country’s reported. Both sides have the political maintain peace at the disputed century. "It means both India and projected it as a rare will to solve their border issues state›television and borders as well as resumption of are important diplomatic event by China › Pakistan which create a peaceful and stable bilateral military exercises top Mr to China. Premier Li both environment, Mr Li told Mr Antony,was hosting top leaders fromdiplomatically visit to both the Antony’s countriesagenda for talks with the the countries › setting off Keqiang’s a new according to the state TV news last month sets a very good Chinese leadership. two broadcast. Mr Antony is making a phase of cordial ties with the The Pakistani Prime Minister, who example," he said. nations. three›day visit to China, the first by a very their visits are a arrived in Beijing on his first foreign defence chief from the South Asian "Both India and Pakistan areThough transport and infrastructurechallenges that Pakistan was face visit after returning to power, met important countries in our coincidence, Mr Sharif and Mr giant in seven years. AGENCIES with, During his meeting, Mr including pulling the econo Chinese President Xi Jinpingprojects. and are not expected to cross neighbourhood," Wang Shida, Antony a out from its current difficulties paths. Mr Antony, who is thesought first assistance in energy,Sharif spoke about the numerous researcher with the China Institute
Ex-Pm Gilani refutes rumours of joining PmL-N
CNG pumps in residenti areas illega
MULTAN: Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has rebutted news regarding his joining the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, a private TV channel reported on Friday. While addressing lawyers in High Court Bar Multan, Yousaf Raza Gilani clarified that he has no differences with President Asifdari Ali and Zar news regarding his meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is false.MONITORING DESK
SC directs OGRA to register cases against issuance of illegal licenc
Sorry! We can’t restore peace in karachi: Qaim
Federal Investigation Agency (FI KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed LAHORE: The Lahore High Court and OGRA Qaim Ali Shah has said that the on Friday declared construction of submitted their reports regarding government alone can t restore peace CNG stations in the residential areas setting up of CNG stat schools, mosques and in the city. All stakeholders including as illegal. The court was near hearing a hospitals. citizens and political parties should play petition challenging construction of Chairman OGRA Saeed the court that their role in order to hit the target. a CNG station in residentialAhmed area informed of OGRA has issued show cause While addressing an exhibition Allama Iqbal Town. notices to CNG station owners wh arranged by the CCI in Karachi, he said Residents of the area had filed the are near schools, mosques and that law and order situation had turned petition and stated that a CNG hospitals. The Chief Justice into chaos after great tragedy of 9/11. station was being constructed on a NEW DELHI: Special Envoy Shaharyar Khan meeting with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singhland after changing its status remarked He made it clear the economic from that gas connections of APP after he delivered a letter from Nawaz Sharif. such said stations should be situation in the country can t become residential to commercial. They disconnected. Justice Ejaz Chaud better until and unless peace and the conversion of the residential tranquility in the city is restored area into commercial by the remarked Lahore that why those people were not summoned who got illega permanently. Development Authority was also AGENCIES licences. illegal. Petitioners requested the He on said that people daily compl court to impose a complete ban about in theft of gas but OGRA has the construction of CNG stations First cricketer from Held failed to arrest the criminals. residential areas. kashmir to earn India call-up Chairman OGRA said that gas During case hearing today, the theft issue was related to Sui presiding judge announced that SRINAGAR: Off›spinner Parvez and the World Bank, the FinanceNEW DELHI: Pakistan hasunder the Lahore DevelopmentNorthern Gas Pipelines Limited a Rasool became the first cricketer ISLAMABAD: from The government under has nothing to do with it. Authority Local Minister of longits sincere desire Jammu & Kashmir to earn a place inthe leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz said, have had a history expressed to Act, 1975, and theOGRA Government Ordinance, 2001 Chief Justice said that gas thef and expressed the move forward on improving the national side. He has been named Sharif is determined to revive association the commercial activities could issue not beis of OGRA, but they are n that this relationship would with India. This in the 15›member squad for the economy of the country. "Under confidence the relations was interested in controlling the me carried out in residential areas. be the mutually beneficial. upcoming ODI tour of Zimbabwe. direction of the Prime Minister, conveyed in a letter delivered PTI Rachid to Benmessaoud said that from Prime Minister NawazMeanwhile, the Supreme CourtHe remarked that gas is being government is utilizing its potential stolen throughout the country, t Oil and Gas Regulatory international community is quite establish financial discipline." Sharif by Shehryar Khan directed the which Authority (OGRA) to register casesChairman OGRA replied that optimistic about the positive This was stated by Minister for Finance special envoy of the prime kerry coming to Pakistan the Authority is issuing show ca against the officials who issued developments in Pakistan after minister the new Senator Ishaq Dar during a meeting to Indian Prime notices licences to the owners of to those involved in gas of PML›N came into power, World Minister Manmohan Singh illegal in ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State with a two›member delegation ofgovernment Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)theft. the World Bank, he said, is ready helpon Friday. Bank Country Director led by Rachid New to Delhi John Kerry will visit Pakistan towards According to FIA report there a stations. in the energy sector asThe well as here letter contained warm the end of this month to discuss Benmessaoud, who called on him Pakistan 16 CNG stations within a a radiu A three›member bench of the revenue mobilization, which areexpressions at the interest of goodwill and bilateral relations, situation in on theFriday. He said that national of 8.5 Kilometer while OGRA in i apex court headed by Chief Justice heart of the new government s good wishes for Indian Prime is the guiding principle and all region and other subjects of mutual Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry report identified 349 CNG statio agenda. Benmessaoud also be engaged Ministerr. Manmohan Singh, interest. Foreign Office spokesmaninternational institutions willeconomic which were situated near schools resumed hearing of the Suo›Moto in of keeping with this objective.floated the idea of regional energy the Government and people Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry giving details hospitals and mosques. The court notice of CNG stations licences Ishaq Dar said that Pakistan cooperation and stressed on theofneed India as well as conveying the visit of John Kerry in his weekly OGRA to submit complete issued two within CentralPakistan Asia ands sincere desire conducted its negotiations withfor IMFconnectivity on to during the tenure of directed press briefing said the exact dates and record former prime ministers Yousuf Raza of CNG stations and also countries so that move the forward on improving terms and conditions which are neighbouring in the agenda of the visit are being finalized sought record of the stations th region can benefit from surpluses. best interest of the country. Pakistan relations with India. Gllani and Raja Pervez Ashraf. by the two countries. AGENCIES were paying taxes to examine how During the course of proceedings, The special envoy also met with National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and $80m India series loss Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. KARACHI: Blaming it on lack of bilateral Meanwhile, India is hoping series with India, the Pakistan Cricket LONDON: Five magical sets, four hours that Pakistan’s new Board claims to have lost approximately and 43 minutes and in the end, Novak government will respond to its $80 million in its broadcasting deal with was the one still standing. Djokovic immediate concerns, suchBEIJING: as the Dubai›based Ten Sports that ended Pushed to the limit and hit with a barrage A Chinese firm has The project was stalled after fixing accountability for the to resume work on Nandipur Chinese engineers left Pakistan last month. A senior official of the board of thunderous groundstrokes by agreed 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. over long delays in arrival of told PTI that since Pakistan didn’t host Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, the Power Project, which has a capacity "It is important to let to them machineries during the previous any home series against India in the four›Serb emerged a bruised, but far elastic generate 450MW of electricity. (new Pakistan gov) settle regime. Chinese officials year broadcasting deal, it lost out this from wounded winner to reach his The decision was made after PPP Chief down, let them take stock of money.ONLINE second Wimbledon final and the 11th Minister Shahbaz Sharif, whoreportedly is part told Sharif that they the situation. And hopefully tolds President Asif Ali Zardari grand slam final of his career. His of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif start giving us signals delegation that outstanding court›coverage, resilience, it seems, knows no champion’s bounds. to China, met thedelay was causing cause a loss. The chief minister assured that nerve and sheer will›power saw they him mean business on those The world No 1 has been on the company and assured his LHc cancels list issues which are of immediate current federal government would through 7›5, 4›6, 7›6, 6›7, 6›3. He will wrong end of a number of epic grand government s full support. The play but the winner of last night’sconcern second to us, and that Chinese company asked its extend every support to the slam encounters over the past year LAHORE : Lahore High Court has accountability engineers for the to reach Pakistan Chinese staffers in Pakistan to semi›final between Andy Murray includes and in what was the longest semi›final in and cancelled the list of 62 tour operators 2008 terror attack on start work on the project. complete the project. Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Wimbledon history, the 2011 who were given quota by the Ministry MONITORING ONLINE
Nawaz conveys to Singh wish for good ties
WB advises regional energy cooperation
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And latest in the flurry of high›profile visitors to Pakistan is
German special envoy for AfPak arrives to cure Do Saeed MinhaS
appreciated Pakistan s role in briefings with several high profile establishment is Khaki establishment been removed from the office by Qatari Pakistan push forward the stalled facilitating the reconciliation pr in an effort to calm down the believes that we are no more officials India police but in the meanwhile Pakistan reconciliation talks between the US and Afghanistan as part of efforts to recent centric but at the same time we just spate of accusations flying and Afghanistan have locked horns Taliban in Doha. ISLAMABAD: Another high profile across Pak Afghan border. The promote meeting regional peace and stabili cannot ignore our strategic interests. were halted because ofover the vital issue of Taliban’s dignitary from the gang of fourTalks (Britain, The Adviser reiterated Pakistan s on display was of Sartaj Aziz, because From strategic depth to strategic Taliban’s use of their emblem presence and flag in Afghan government. German, Norwegian and Americans) to work want closely for consolidation after allby these visiting dignitaries interests is considered a major shift the in deadline for drawdown of in heels their recently opened formalWith office has dropped in Islamabad on the bilateral relations and partnershi show off their love for a democratic many Pakistani observers. But to with NATO forces looming closer, Americans Doha, Qatar on June 20. Though both of British Prime Minister David Germany in all spheres of cooperat government. The meetings not on pushing for an extra mile in arehave finding it hard to find a India reasonable the that flags and emblem of Taliban Cameron’s recent visit to ensure for the expansion of tr display have Afghanistan even these observers fear however are learnt to especially way out. Americans’ mistrust with and investment. taken up the vital issue of talks, that Pakistani establishment might Pakistan seems to have taken a back Despite all these official cyclos withdrawal have to take a turn if this approach is and of course the post seat for the time being but as many statements, the reality is that Ge withdrawal scenarios, informed the not revisited by Afghans and their diplomats believe that the undertones has been one of the few players in sources. mentors four can still be felt all around both the especially the gang of Afghan media was informed thatgame who has been trying to trying to broker a face saving Officially, deal for countries. It s not only Drones strikes bring Taliban on talking table. during Sartaj›Koch meeting, bilateral but it is also about the role Americans India is and their supreme fighting Norwegians have also played some relations and regional situation, force of NATO. trying to grab in the post withdrawal role in this process where in Latest in the flurry of highincluding profile latest developments distant Afghanistan, commented a senior Afghanistan, were discussed. Americans were given options and visitors is the German special official at the ministry of foreign affairs. assessments to decide the drawdown Ambassador Michael Koch was also representative for Afghanistan and Afghan government stuffed with its strategy and post withdrawal quoted by the officials as saying that people from northern alliance Pakistan, seems to Ambassador Michael Koch, scenarios. Britain s back stage ro Germany is fully committed to who a called on the Adviser to Prime have a special liking for India; notion always been there throughout these bilateral relations Minister on National Security strengthening and which Pakistan is unable to digest efforts to ensure that its second despite helping Americans and Foreign other Affairs Sartaj Aziz. particularly economic and trade commandment on the world stage is relations with Pakistan. Our sources confirmed that German members if the reconciliatory gang in not threatened. ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Dr Micheal Koch Sartaj Aziz. APP In the regional context, Koch has orchestrating the Doha talks. ambassador A senior Koch had meetings and
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