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Enters PM’s House after 14 years  Gets two-thirds majority with 244 votes  Takes oath from President Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Newly elected Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inspecting guard of honour, presented to him by a smartly turned out contingent representing three armed forces, at the Prime Minister’s House. –INP PHOTO ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif became the first politician in the country’s parliamentary history to make it to the office of prime minister for a third time, as he took oath of the office at the Presidency on Wednesday. President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath to Nawaz Sharif at the impressive ceremony which was attended by top politicians, civil and military officials and foreign

diplomats. However, the only exception was the PTI whose leadership decided against visiting the President House. Afterwards, a smart contingent of armed forces presented a guard of honour to the prime minister, which made the occasion symbolic given the fact he was ousted, arrested, jailed and later exile by military dictator Pervez Musharraf. Earlier, Nawaz Sharif beat his competitors by receiving a total of 244 votes, whereas Makhdoom Amin

Fahim of PPPP bagged 42 votes with 31 for PTI’s Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. The parties including JUI-F, JI, MQM, PkMAP and QWP supported Nawaz in the voting. Later, the newly-elected prime minister in his first speech from the floor of the National Assembly, before taking oath of the office, called for an end to drone strikes, saying, ‘the daily business of drones must come to an end’. Nawaz Sharif said that other countries must respect the sovereignty of Pakistan

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and also address the concerns of the country. He thanked Allah for giving him the opportunity to serve the country again and assured the house that he would not disappoint the people and said by voting in the May 11 elections, the people had made their support clear for democracy. “The people have decided and proven that they believe in democracy.” Nawaz pointed to dictatorships’ weakening the federation and giving rise to terrorism and sectarianism. “The abrogation of the constitution will not be tolerated.” Accepting the challenges being faced by the country, Nawaz said his government had concrete plans and would not tolerate any corruption. “There will be swift accountability and cronyism will not be tolerated.” On the issue of the power crisis, he said the PML-N had plans to deal with the power outages and the results would become apparent soon. The PM added that his government would also concentrate on good governance, protection of minorities and called for the parliaments support. “These problems cannot be solved by one party and all need to be on the same page.” Nawaz said his party respected the mandate of others and did not interfere with the formation of the PTI government in

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and offered the PKMAP to name the next Governor of Balochistan. “This is the first time that Baloch leadership will govern the province.” The prime minister also spoke of the situation in Karachi calling the city dear to them and those who live there. He added that the federal government would cooperate with the Sindh government. Nawaz said that all parties had to work together to improve the law and order situation in the country. On relations with China, Sharif praised the move of the previous government to hand over management of the Gwadar port.“A plan has been agreed upon with the Chinese PM to make a railway and road system for Chinese goods to reach Gwadar and Karachi.” He added that flow of Chinese goods would be beneficial for Pakistan. Towards the end of his speech, Nawaz thanked former National Assembly speaker Fehmida Mirza for conducting herself in a graceful manner. He also stressed the need for the process of democracy to continue. “The previous government completed its full term and credit goes to all parties.” Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani called on Nawaz Sharif and congratulated him on assuming the office of PM. –AGENCIES

Musharraf ready to face high treason case: APML LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf will be ready to face any court if newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif supports a high treason case against him, said the former dictator’s political advisor on Wednesday. “Musharraf is ready to face any court in order to defend himself against the politically motivated cases… [and] a Pakistani soldier never feels threatened by anyone,” said Chauhdry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon of Musharraf ’s party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). Speaking to the media, Kahlon cautioned the incoming government “to exercise political maturity and to think twice before pursuing the emotional path of personal revenge which would ultimately benefit Pakistan’s adversaries”. He added that the pursuit of politically motivated cases will only serve to set off a dangerous chain of events which has the potential to weaken national institutions and is not in the best interest of the country. Kahlon also refuted media reports about Musharraf leaving the country. “There is no exit strategy or secret deal to leave the country… [and] Musharraf will continue to reside in the country he has fought for,” he stated. –ONLINE


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The tiger dangles NA 48 as bait to Fauzia Kasuri

efore she formally announced her resignation from Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf, Fauzia Kasuri was visited in Islamabad by two of Imran Khan’s sisters in a last ditch attempt by the party to settle matters with the woman know as the ‘Mother of PTI’. Probably the most interesting fact was her revelation that PML-N had offered her the ticket for bye-elections in NA-48 Islamabad, the seat to be vacated by Javed Hashmi. She was still undecided on whether to join her new suitors. In a poetic nod to the general atmosphere of animosity harboured recently by Kasuri towards her party, the environment at her house was hot and chaotic as the absence of electricity and the large number of visitors present meant that the conditions were extremely uncomfortable for all those present. The culmination of the mood was the mother figure herself as she was on the verge of a breakdown, wailing and crying, leaving her family seriously worried about her. Her husband and son had enough of all the crying and refused the intervention of the chairman’s sisters, citing their wish that they simply wanted all the drama to end. Even a call from Imran Khan himself was not enough to alleviate the situation and stop her from leaving the party. Kasuri complained that she was badly mistreated and for the last couple of months she had not been called to any meeting and had been completely sidelined, laying her years of sacrifice and struggle to waste. It is also learned that it is quite likely that her next move will be to head an NGO.


Tiger’s roar must have set Nawaz musing on big cat’s future TAHIR NIAZ

ISLAMABAD: It was ‘Sher’ (tiger) all over the

parliament house on Wednesday. Let it be the main entrance of the parliament house or the visitors’ galleries, tiger roared everywhere with full voice, ‘terrifying’ every other creature around as the House elected Mian Nawaz Sharif as its leader for the third term. The leaguers, some of them wearing partycolour attire and having imprints of party flag on their faces proved that they are in no way lesser jiyalas once having tasted the power. The hustle and bustle in the parliament house on the occasion of the election of the prime minister was worth observing. It was all leaguers’ day. They reached the parliament house in groups from different cities, particularly from Lahore to watch what is said to be smooth transition of power from one elected government to the other. The PML-N workers occupied the main entrance of the parliament house as they danced there on the arrival of their leaders with tiger’s replica on their shoulders. “Long live Nawaz Sharif… Sher aya sher aya”, they shouted every time a main party leader arrived there to take part in the PM’s election. Situation in the visitors’ gallery and press gallery was quite similar to what was going on outside. The PML-N workers occupied seats in the press gallery leading to exchange of harsh words between the security staff and them. Some of the enthusiastic workers even

threatened to see them later when some journalists asked them to behave. The Speaker himself has had to visit the press gallery to pacify the PML-N workers. The PML-N workers chanted slogans every time they deemed ‘fit’ while sitting in the visitors’ galleries. The hardly observed decorum of the house, rather excitement on their part turned into nuisance for the others. So much so the Speaker has had to make a request to the ‘roaring tiger’ to keep quite so that he could proceed further as he was interrupted in midst of the oath-taking of the new members by the PML-N workers who started shouting slogans — Long Live Nawaz Sharif — as their leader showed up in the house. Later, while presiding over the session, the Speaker took responsibility of what happened in the press gallery, saying that the staff issued more cards to the visitors than the capacity. PTI leader Javed Hashmi also pointed out what he observed as the behavior against the decorum of the house. Former PML-N members of the House including Anjum Aqeel Khan, Naseer Bhutta, Rana Mahmoodul Hassan and Mehtab Abbasi looked at disappointedly from the visitors’ gallery as the party members entered the lobby particularly set up for election of the prime minister. Younger brother of Mian Nawaz Sharif and CM-designate, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Raja Zafrul Haq and Senator Ishaq Dar were also present in the visitors’ gallery. As the main leaders congratulated Mian

Nawaz Sharif for his successful election as prime minister, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Sheikh Rashid also approached Nawaz in goodwill gesture. Though it seemed quite symbolic but both hugged with their former leader. Sheikh Rashid left Nawaz with a naughty smile on his

face. Nawaz Sharif watched the proceedings calmly which continued amidst party workers’ sloganeering but the tiger’s roar must have set Nawaz Sharif musing on the big cat’s future as his government’s legacy includes multiple challenges.

NESPAK adventures

MD continue to flout Supreme Court Orders ZEESHAN JAVAID


Brushing aside the directions of superior courts, managing director National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) Asad.I.A.Khan with the help of top bureaucrats in ministry water and power, has stick to the chair of MDship despite completing his tenure on April 5, 2013. The fate of NESPAK, which is one of the largest multinational private limited consultancy companies, seemed dark due to the malpractices adopted by the sitting MD Asad.I.A Khan to strengthen his power with the help of the cartel of some vice presidents of the company as well as the top bureaucrats in ministry water and power to provide him a shield against bad governance in the company. The sitting MD, who was appointed in 2009 as backing of former minister water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was replaced with most senior VP Tahir Shamshad at the eleventh hour of natural demise of former PPP government onmarch 16, however after intervention of superior courts including Supreme and Islamabad High Court (IHC), the MD NESPAK with help of his close associates including legal consultant Ms

Shumaila Mehmood and additional secretary Arshad Mirza very trickily was restored but till completing his tenure on April 5, 2013. A senior official in NESPAK on condition not to be name informed daily “The Spokesman” that MD NESPAK Asad.I.A.Khan awarded his companions with hefty perks and privileges, as MD NESPAK awarded a lavish furnished executive office to Ms Shumaila Mehmood in NESPAK regional office Islamabad, despite knowing the fact that she hired on the disposal of federal government not on private limited company. He further informed that outgoing

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had replaced Asad I.A Khan with Tahir Shamshad due to bad governance in the company and was not ready to approve one year superannuation to Asad.I.A.Khan. However, in its judgment passed on March 28, 3013, the Supreme Court ordered that Asad I. A. Khan shall resume the office of chief executive/MD NESPAK until the expiry of his tenure and Tahir Shamshad shall not act as MD. However MD NESPAK with the help of bureaucratic regime has stick the chair of MD despite the further directions of Apex court, which states

that The board of directors (BoD) of NESPAK shall proceed in accordance with the Companies Ordinance 1984 for the purpose of appointing the chief executive/MD of the company. The chief executive NESPAK, who is all and all in the company, influenced the board and intentionally delayed the board meeting; however sources in the company revealed that the board of the company has been divided over the said controversy and the meeting of board would likely to hold in couple of weeks. The revelation made by the sources also maintained that setting aside another order of Lahore High Court (LHC), MD NESPAK on Wednesday misusing his power merged the very important two divisions of the company including Monitoring and Information Technology (M&IT) and Quality Management divisions to accommodate his favourite Abrar Ahmed Khan as head of newly created division Monitoring and Quality Management (MQM), adding “The merger of divisions or creation of new divisions without the approval of Board is an illegal practice”, he maintained. Interestingly, VP Qazi Iftikhar who was amongst the one of runner ups in the race of MDship, was not eligible

because of his remaining service tenure lesser than three years, however Asad.I.A.Khan trickily put his name in the summary sent to former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf despite knowing the completion date of his tenure as October 2015. According to the official communication between ministry water and power and NESPAK disclosed The MD NESPAK in his personal capacity played Vitol role in the extension of service contract of Ms Shumaila against the hefty amount of Rs. 450,000 per months despite knowing the fact that she didn’t posses required qualification and expertise besides she claims having served as civil Judge in Azad Kashmir. Ms Shumaila have also awarded by the vehicle no. LZK-1336 (Toyota Corrola) with the facilities including Rs. 10,000 per month as driver pay along with the hefty volume of Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) as per agreement. It was also disclosed by reliable resources that MD NESPAK as accommodating his allies including VPs Qazi Iftikhar, Mansoor Hashmi and Tahir Hayat were awarded luxury vehicles “Toyota Fortuner” costing Rs. 15.6 million without taking the Board of the company into confidence.

Helipad construction in Gojar Khan

Raja Rental found doling out Rs. 12 million to his own brother for merrymaking ALI SAJJAD SHAH

RAWALPINDI: Last prime minister

of Peoples Party government, Raja Pervez Ashraf has scripted yet another corruption during his last days in office by doling out Rs 12 million from his discretionary funds to his own brother Raja Imran Ashraf for developing a helipad in his native town of Gojar Khan. Apparently there was nothing wrong with that move because Raja sahib, known commonly as Raja Rental, wanted to avoid any problems for the commuters while visiting his constituency--from where he eventually bagged a humiliating defeat in recently held general elections. Neither there is anything wrong in awarding a contract to his own brother from his own discretionary funds because conflict of interest is hardly something which our ruling elite consider a crime. What was wrong though was that Raja Rental’s brother never utulised a single penny out of those 12 million rupees rather asked the provincial government of Shahbaz Sharif to build the helipad from their own pocket. May be to avoid any political confrontation, Shahbaz Sharif—who was chief minister at that time as he is now after the general elections, issued verbal orders to develop a helipad on urgent basis without caring for the PPRA rules or

any transparency. What followed his verbal orders was all but handy work of Chief Engineer of Highway Department, his private contractor brother, Xen of the department and so on and so forth. This babucracy, like Raja Rental’s brother took full advantage of the urgency and not only escalated the cost of helipad from mere four million to 12 million rupees but Chief Engineer without any care for conflict of interest awarded the same to his own brother to develop something like helipad without any quality. Investigative work of daily The Spokesman reveals that though couple of million was actually spent to develop a substandard helipad, Highway department at least shared the booty amongst four people. But Raja Rental’s brother Raja Imran got richer by another 12 million rupees without even raising an eyebrow. Reliable sources while handing over the documentary evidence to this scribe revealed that the then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf masterminded this siphoning off when he visited his home town Gujar Khan on 11thNovember 2012. Raja rental immediately asked his Secretariat staff to ask the Punjab Government to build a Helipad for Prime Minister in front of his house so that his chopper could land as he does not like to use road due to some security measures.

Punjab Government after obtaining verbal approval from Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, directed provincial Highway department to construct the helipad for Raja sahb before his next visit to Gojar Khan. Superintendent of Engineering, Highway department of Rawalpindi Division, Farhat Munir without inviting any bids through newspapers which is obligatory under PPRA rules for any construction work, awarded tender of construction of said helipad to the company of his own brother M/S GNK Construction Ltd, sources

told Spokesman. The estimated cost calculated by engineering wing of highway department for construction of helipad was 4.5 million whereas Farhat Munir is learnt to have influenced the increase this to 12million. Superintendent did this because his own brother Azmat Munir, proprietor of GNK Construction Ltd was involved, sources revealed. They further divulged the information that to fully fecilitate his brother, Farhat Munir, deputed his trusted Sub Divisional Officer, Saad


Mehmood Abbasi to administer the work without questioning the quality of M/S GNK Construction Ltd. According to source concerned SubEngineer Asghar Chaudhry, Sub-Division Officer Saad Mehmood Abbasi and the then Xen Iftikhar Ahmed took 10 percent cut each from the contractor to ignore the quality of helipad and over estimated expenditure of construction. Saad Mehmood Abbasi, the SDO who supervised construction of helipad refused to admit when contacted that the cost of the project was escalated at any stage. SE, Highway Rawalpindi Division, Farhat Munir admitted that he acted on the verbal orders of the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He, however, defended the charges of massive violations of rules and substandard construction of helipad by saying that he was instructed by Chief Minister’s office to built helipad for Prime Minister on urgent basis. There was no time to take proper procedure; i.e. publishing tenders in newspaper and inviting contractors so we decided to take shortcut just to steer clear of any embarrassment, he said. The cost of helipad was 12 million as proposed by my engineering department and I had nothing to do with increase in the estimated cost, he added. Farhat Munir also defended by awarding tenders to the company whom his own

brother is running. He said it was solely power of Xen to award contract to anyone who has the capacity to finish the project well in time and Xen decide in favour of his brother’s company. “The company of my brother is duly registered with Highway department for the last seven years whereas I joined highway department as SE just two years back,” he asserted. Iftikhar Ahmed, XEN Highway Department told Spokesman that his department has not done anything against the rules. “Rules permit us to shun customary processes and grant contract to any suitable contractor when there is a hurry to complete the scheme,” he said. Malik Sajjad, a senior lawyer and member of Islamabad High Court Bar Association told Spokesman that this is a grave dishonesty and infringement of rules, one project cannot be funded by both Federal and Provincial Government at same time. The whole procedure was violated in this helipad construction, he said. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has billions of rupees in his own discretion and if he awarded project to his own brother to built him helipad then there were no need to ask Punjab Government to built helipad, it is unethical and cannot be justified. Federal and Punjab Government should probe the matter, he asserted.


How UN stimulates awareness via World Environment Day SHANEL KHALIQ

ISLAMABAD: The World Environment Day celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and gains political attention and action. The day brings people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter environmental outlook for themselves and future generations. Keeping in view the theme for this

year’s World Environment Day celebrations “Think.Eat.Save” the Islamabad Serena Hotel celebrated the World Environment Day 2013 in collaboration with the UN Habitat yesterday. “Think.Eat.Save” is an antifood waste and food loss campaign that encourages us to reduce our foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of subSaharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000

children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions. While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is

an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts. This year’s campaign rallies to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimize the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient. Ms. Bella Evidente, Country Programme Manager for the UN Habitat Pakistan while addressing the occasion said that the UN Habitat

has collaborated with the Islamabad Serena Hotel with several Environment awareness projects in the past and has been a great support to the hotel’s SEED program (Serena Educational & Environmental Development). A documentary on Food Wastage Reduction was also screened to give a wider picture through images. Dr. Moin Uddin, Corporate Director Business Strategy for Tourism Promotion Services (Serena Hotels) gave his insight about the topic and Mr. Omer Khalil, Health & Safety Manager; Islamabad Serena Hotel

Goldsmith, two guards shot dead

Light rain likely at isolated places ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department Wednesday forecast dust thunderstorm with light rain for isolated places of Upper Punjab, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South East Sindh, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A shallow westerly trough is present over northern parts of the country. The weather will remain hot and dry in plain areas of Punjab, most parts of Sindh and Balochistan during next 24 hours with rising temperatures. The maximum temperatures recorded in the main cities during the last 24 hours were Islamabad 40C, Rawalpindi 41C, Lahore 45C, Karachi 36C, Peshawar 42C, Quetta 36C, Murree 29C, Muzzafarabad 40C, Gilgit 35C and Faisalabad 45C. While the highest maximum temperature recorded in Jaccobabad was 49C. APP

Govt to take steps to steer country out of crises: Hamza ISLAMABAD: MNA Hamza Shehbaz Wednesday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N government would take urgent steps to resolve the issues confronting the country. Energy crisis, economic issues and terrorism would be tackled on priority to accelerate socio-economic development, he said while talking to the state-run television. Hamza said that his party's leadership was capable of bringing out country from the quagmire. PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan was on the same note and said that only his party could resolve the challenges. He appreciated the smooth transition of democratic power and said that his leadership was sincere to lead the country towards prosperity. APP

IHC voids appointment of FBR chairman ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared the appointment of chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Ali Arshad Hakeem as illegal and unconstitutional. A single bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, announced the verdict on a petition filed by FBR member in Land Revenue M Ashfaq Ahmed. Complainant Mohammad Ashfaq, member Land Revenue, had prayed in his petition that the vacancy of Chairman was not advertised, and due process was never adopted to make appointment on the post. ONLINE

gave a well-informed presentation on organic food recycling method. The General Manager of the Islamabad Serena Hotel Mr. Michel A. Galopin while giving the closing remarks said that the Islamabad Serena Hotel was committed to its Social Corporate Responsibility Program. “As the leader in the hospitality industry in Islamabad we want to set pace in promoting environmental initiatives under the banner of the Serena Environmental and Educational Development. We have the resources and manpower to achieve green initiatives,” he said.


A dummy tiger, PML-N election symbol, sits on a water cooler as a man takes water from it. ONLINE

Report reveals high levels of mercury pollution in air 

Experts strongly recommend developing and implementing mercury specific policies, legislation and licensing protocols for private mercury utilising institutions OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAM ABAD: On the eve of World Environment Day on Wednesday, Sustainable Development Policy Institute has launched its new research report, which reveals extremely high levels of mercury pollution in the air at some sites that exceed permissible limits of 300 ng/m3. The SDPI report was a culmination of research study conducted in collaboration with European Environmental Bureau and Zero Mercury Working Group with support of The Sigrid Rausing Trust, to assess Mercury emission in various cities of Pakistan to protect environment and human health. Mercury is a hazardous substance widely used in dentistry as well as in various other industries. Early this year, 140 countries signed Minimata Convention on Mercury, in Geneva to reduce mercury use and control its emission and releases by end of 2020. Presenting the report, Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor, SDPI disclosed

startling revelations that indoor mercury levels at 15 out of 17 ‘dental teaching institutions’ were found to be above the permissible level, whereas 5 out 7 general hospitals’ and all 9 out of 9 ‘private dental clinics’, were found to have Mercury levels above the safety limit. However, the outdoor air around testing sites showed lower level of mercury as compared to inside air of the institutions. Commenting on mercury release from industrial units, Dr Khwaja stated that one mercury based ‘chlor-alkali’ unit and some ‘light products’ manufacturing plants operating in the country were found to have higher level of mercury, as compared to the permissible limits. However it is satisfying that the only Mercury based ‘chlor-alkali’ plant has committed to phase out mercury by the end of next year. Light manufacturing companies are now resorting to increased imports of light products such as energy saving tubes and bulbs from China and other countries. “So our main area of concern with regard to Mercury pollution now mostly lies in dental

hospitals, cement plants and the proposed coal based power plants,” he added. Giving recommendation, Dr Khawaja suggested that best preventive approach is to reduce mercury at source and adopt in-house best environmental practices such as improved cross ventilation, use of exhaust fans and proper mercury waste management. He also recommended the use of ‘capsulated mercury amalgam’ for dental filling which is the best alternate of traditional practice of manual mercury amalgam mixing and which reduces more than 80 percent of the Mercury contaminated wastages. He also strongly recommended developing and implementing mercury specific policies, legislations and licensing protocols for private Mercury utilising institutions in the country. Eng. Asif Shuja Khan, Director General, Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) chaired the proceedings and informed that government of Pakistan is going to sign Minamata Convention on Mercury this year for protection of environment and human health.

ISLAMABAD: A goldsmith and his two guards were shot dead by unidentified assailants near Pind Bhagwal on Wednesday. Three of his sons fortunately remained safe in the attack. Police said Gulrez, 55, a resident of Jagyot village, was running a jewellery shop in the Bhara Kahu area. The guards who were shot dead were identified as Mushtaq and Tufail. Bani Gala police station SHO Fayyaz Ranjha told The Spokesman that deceased Gulrez along with his two guards and three sons was heading towards his shop in Bhara Kahu from his village in his SUV (Swat-1081). “When his vehicle reached Pind Bhagwal precints, some unidentified men forcibly stopped his vehicle and then opened fire which resulted in the death of Gulrez and his two guards,” said SHO Ranjha. He further said that deceased’s three sons namely Shahzaib, Jahanzaib and Gul Fasih remained safe in the incident while the attackers managed to escape successfully. He further added that the deceased’s son has submitted an application to register an FIR on the incident. “The incident may have occurred due to any sort of rivalry of the deceased with someone, but the true facts will emerge after the investigation,” the SHO further said. He further said that the post mortem of the three victims has been conducted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences while the dead bodies have been handed over to their relatives.

PML-N assures cooperation to PTI in KP ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz senior leader Sardar Mehtab Abbasi on Wednesday said that his party leadership has assured Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) its full cooperation to run the affairs of the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. Talking to APP outside the Parliament House, Sardar Mehtab said that peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa was directly linked with peace in the country that was also important for the economy. He urged all political forces, provincial government and federal government to join hands to maintain law and order in the country and rid it of the menace of terrorism. APP

Dr Kiani regains charge as director ISLAMABAD: Dr Shaukat Kiani Wednesday took over the charge of executive director of the Federal Government Polyclinic after the Supreme Court's order. “I restarted my work as executive director of Polyclinic after Supreme Court's suspension order of transfers, postings, deputations and termination of contracts made by the caretaker government,” Dr Kiani confirmed. He assured that he would do his utmost to provide best healthcare services to patients. On-going projects will be completed in time while new development projects will be launched in the hospital for its uplift, he said. Meanwhile, medical and paramedical staff of the hospital welcomed the executive director on reassuming his charge and assured him their full support. They expressed the hope that Dr Kiani will continue efforts he had started for provision of better medical care services to patients. They said that Dr Kiani will also work for completion of extension plan of the hospital which was started under his supervision as early as possible. ONLINE

Defense of Human Rights Chairperson Amina Masood Janjua along with the relatives of missing persons demonstrating in front of Parliament House. ONLINE

Chronological order of prime ministers

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to challenger, PTI stalwart and former colleague Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on the National Assembly flflooor. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Mian Nawaz Sharif Wednesday became the country's 27th prime minister following a long list of heads of the government in the country's 66-year history. Following is the list of prime ministers in the chronological order: 1 Liaquat Ali Khan 15-08-1947 To 16-10-1951 2 Khawaja Na zimuddin 17-10-1951 To 17-041953 3 Mohammad Ali Bogra 17-04-1953 To 11-081955 4 Ch. Mohammed Ali 11-08-1955 To 12-09-1956 5 Hussain Shaheed Suharwardi 12-09-1956 To 18-10-1957 6 Ibrahim Ismail Chaundrigar 18-10-1957 To 1612-1957 7 Malik Feroz Khan Noon 16-12-1957 To 07-101958

8 Noor-ul-Amin 07-12-1971 To 20-12-1971 9 Zulfi fik kar Ali Bhutto 14-08-1973 To 05-07-1977 10 Muhammad Khan Junejo 23-03-1985 To 2905-1988 11 Benazir Bhutto 02-12-1988 To 06-08-1990 12 Ghulam Mustafa Khan Jatoi (caretaker) 0608-1990 To 06-11-1990 13 Mian Muhammed Nawaz Sharif 06-11-1990 To 18-04-1993 14 Mir Balakh Sher Ma zari (caretaker) 18-041993 To 26-05-1993 15 Mian Nawaz Sharif 26-05-1993 To 08-071993 16 Moin Qureshi (caretaker) 08-07-1993 To 1910-1993 17 Benazir Bhutto 19-10-1993 To 05-11-1996 18 Malik Meraj Khalid (caretaker) 06-10-1996

To 17-02-1997 19 Mian Muhammed Nawaz Sharif 17-02-1997 To 12-10-1999 20 Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali 23-11-2002 To 26-06-2004 21 Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain 30-06-2004 To 26-08-2004 22 Shaukat Aziz 28-08-2004 To 15-11-2007 23 Muhammadmian Soomro (caretaker) 16-112007 To 24-03-2008 24 Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani 25-03-2008 To 2504-2012 25 Raja Per vez Ashra f 22-06-2012 To 24-032013 26 Mir Haza r Khan Khoso (caretaker) 25-032013 To 01-01-1970 27 Mian Nawaz Sharif 05-06-2013.


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History is made The transition from the previous to the newly elected government is in itself a unique happening, as this is the first time that assemblies and governments have completed their tenures in a democratic dispensation. With the election of prime minister of Pakistan, the transition is complete now, and Mian Nawaz Sharif has made history after being elected third-time to the office of prime minister. While addressing the National Assembly he vowed to fulfill the promises made by him, and pledged to serve the country in the best, most efficient possible manner, adding that there would be no nepotism or favouritism. He said his government’s priority would be to give the country a solid infrastructure, introduce economic reforms and take measures to stop corruption and corrupt practices. Nawaz Sharif sought support of all the parties in his efforts to change the destiny of the nation, which is reflective of his desire to take along all the parties. He praised the outgoing Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza for her conduct in smooth transition by holding election to the new speaker. PPP candidate Amin Fahim and PTI’s candidate Javed Hashmi also addressed the National Assembly. They pledged that they would not oppose the government for the sake of opposition but on principles. The most significant speech was made by Chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Mahmood Khan Achakzai; it was all pearls of wisdom. He opposed the role of army in Pakistan’s politics; he however called for leaving the past behind, and a pledge not to repeat them in future. He said: “If action is to be taken against Pervez Musharraf then it should be across the board. Not only the dictator, but his collaborators also should be held accountable”. He is right in saying that chief of the army staff or one General did not impose the Martial Law and abrogated the Constitution. As regards General Pervez Musharraf, he said that he was airborne when other Generals had paved the way for imposing military dispensation. Of course, Article 6 of the Constitution states that those who aid and abet the dictators have to be indicted, which means politicians and judges also. That said; Mian Nawaz Sharif ’s decision to accept the mandate of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf in forming Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is laudable, as Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehaman of JUI-F wanted coalition with the PML-N to form the government there. Nawaz Sharif ’s other act of magnanimity is nomination of Abdul Malik Baloch of National Party as Balochistan chief minister, though the PML-N is a majority party and with other parties’ support he would have nominated his party man and got him elected. Of course, the new dispensation is yet to embark on history making project. But history does not become at its own; it has to be made. And Nawaz Sharif would need support of all the arms of the state including legislative branch of the state, both at the federal as well as the provincial level. However, a legislature is not adjudged by the number of legislative measures it has enacted or amount of legislative business it has transacted. What makes the difference is the contribution of the legislators to make a proposed legislative measure really meaningful, practicable and efficacious.

A hope amidst gloom MOHAMMAD JAMIL N its first session of the National Assembly, newly elected members from across the political divide vowed to protect the Constitution and resist any move by any usurper to abrogate the sacred document and derail democracy. Mahmood Khan Achakzai referred to the oath which makes obligatory for them to protect the Constitution. He said one way was that the Members of the House should make a commitment not to join the forces that cooperate with the dictators and asked all parties to refuse accepting any person who remained part of violator of the Constitution in the past. This is indeed a laudable objective, but the nation has in the past listened to such vows after restoration of democracy after the long spell of military dispensations. And how many time they have broken their vows. If this resolve is translated into action, most of the members would have to leave the house. Judiciary had also legitimized the dictators’ rule more than once in the past. The fact remains that the august chamber is thronged even with the eminences who had the honour of having served the last outgoing military dictator Pervez Musharraf for pretty long time. There are some home truths that must be told, even at the risk of earning some mighty angers. Even the stars that had shone in the limelight of dictator Zia-ul-Haq are gracing the legislative hall. In fact, some of the most prominent political careers in Pakistan took off from the praetorian springboards. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto cut his political teeth in the autocracy of a military ruler General Ayub Khan. PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif was one of General Zia’s staunchest loyalists and a creature of a Punjab satrapgeneral, who dealt a shattering blow to Muslim League (J) headed by Mohammad Khan Junejo by sacking him from the office of prime minister. The PML-J got split, with a splinter group under the name and style of PML-N acted as Zia’s front organisation. Another faction of the PML led by the Chaudhrys of Gujarat fell in the lap of military ruler Pervez Musharraf after Nawaz government was overthrown by the


military dictator. For quite a while, Jamaat-e-Islami was Zia government’s part and Majlis-eShura; and so was Pakistan Democratic Party of late Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan. The Chaudhrys of Gujarat were also part of Zia’s Majlis Shura and his government. Even Pakhtun and Baloch leaders including Khan Abdul Wali Khan and Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo were too ingratiated to him, after he quashed the case of sedition and released them. Late Abdul Wali Khan had demanded accountability first and then elections. Of course, it is heartening to note that history has been made in that assemblies and the governments have completed their terms during democratic dispensation. Secondly, Mian Nawaz Sharif has been elected third-time prime minister of Pakistan. Even before taking over as prime minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif has taken certain decisions such as accepting the mandate of the Pakistan Tehrik-eInsaf in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and nominating Dr. Abdul Malik as chief minister of Balochistan, despite the fact the PML-N being the largest party in Balochistan could have installed chief minister from his party by forming a coalition. Coming back to the vow to defend democracy and protect the Constitution by the newly elected members of national assembly, it has to be said that they feel insecure and still have some fear of the unknown. It is partly due to three Martial Laws in the past that they fear it can happen again. But to forestall any such eventuality, politicians and political parties have to deliver, as the protective shield comes to them from the people’s power. And this power comes to them only when they stay relevant to the people’s lives. The situation is that the people are crying for food, for jobs, for healthcare for their families and schooling for their children, but the leaderships in the past had nothing to offer them except populist slogans, as they are preoccupied with their political squabbles. There was nobody to listen to the impoverished, disenfranchised and enslaved humanity especially in rural areas. Verily, the signals coming from the street are very

ominous and very troubling. There is a storm in the making. The newly elected leadership must change the course to preempt this storm; otherwise it will blow all of us and hurt the country as well. As the people’s distresses snowballed over the period, our leaders did not find time to ponder what democracy actually meant and what place did the common citizenry occupy in that scheme of things. It is heartening to note that our political eminences, military top brass and judiciary admit having made mistakes in the past, and it is hoped that they will not repeat those mistakes again. Of course, there are fascist tendencies in some parties, which they must shun. Arundhati Roy, in her article titled ‘The end of imagination’, wrote: “Fascism is as in the people as it is in the governments. It starts in the drawing rooms, bed rooms and becomes national psyche”. In Pakistan also we see tendencies of fascism in so-called democratic, religious and liberal parties. Their leaders are devoid of clarity of vision, sense of proportion and statesmanship. In statesmanship personal self-restraint in the search for and exercise of power is a key lesson to teach. As earlier mentioned, the nation has witnessed some qualities of statesman in Mian Nawaz Sharif. It is hoped that he will defy the predictions of his detractors who say that he is vindictive and will not change. They must bear in mind that nonperformance or inaction is just no option at all in the given conditions. The electorate has made it more than evident in the poll that it no more has any stomach for official insouciance, inaction, incompetence and graft, and expects the new leaders to perform and deliver. The federal and provincial government face myriad of similar problems and need united efforts to grapple with. Without overcoming energy crisis, the revival of national economy will remain a pipedream. Both the federal and provincial governments have to fight out the vile forces of lawlessness, criminality, terrorism and militancy to motivate the local and foreign investors to invest. Given the will and determination, they can overcome the problems and challenges faced by the nation.

Gender mainstreaming: just a myth or a reality? DR RAKHSHINDA PERVEEN

or immediate communities what was noticed is the vim and valor of Pashtun women. These women brought sighs of relief among the T was indeed a liberals and progressives and mere sighs to the pleasant surprise to otherwise at least for a few days prior to the see NA 44 FATA Elections 2013. appearing as the As someone who was specifically interested in "breaking news" on knowing the degree of inclusion of women and March 31, 2013, and the their issues in the election with a special focus reason behind this first on conflict zones of Pakistan( though these are time privilege was none not officially declared as the conflict zones) I other Badam Zari, the 38 began to see my own optimism being gradually year old Bajour Agency's resident, home maker replaced by taints of cynicism if not pure turned independent electoral candidate who wanted to work for the women of FATA with the disillusionment. The catalyst to this response conviction that "Men in Bajour generally respect was the open threat of Taliban to three mainstream political parties-thus depriving women". Then followed a 70 year old but them of the level playing field before election. enthusiastic widow Gulana Bibi, who vowed to put up a fight with a MQM party ticket, in Tank It was therefore not at all surprising to read that Gulana Bibi withdrew her nomination the home of Maulna Fazlur Rehman,. Nusrat Bibi from lower Dir, originally a member of PTI, and ANP decided to hold corner meeting disappointed on not getting a party ticket dared instead of jalsa to save lives. What was to contest as an independent candidate. Another surprising is the absence of articulation of women's' issue and promises for their Nusrat Begum stood up as n independent advancement among right and left or candidate in Mardan against mighty Hotis. perceived right and left political parties. This all was coming from tribal belt and KP. In some of the heavily donor funded five star Most of Pakistanis know rather too well that how world looks at these regions. KP stands out hotels based pre election seminars that I attended I failed to understand the failure of the in some other respects as well. For instance it concerned ones to rehabilitate inhabitants of has the worst record in centre-province Jallozai camp, protection of the resident women relationship, law and order situation, and girls of this camp and at least acceptance of unemployment rate since the creation of the fact that inhumane conditions leading to Pakistan. Therefore, irrespective of the psychosomatic disorders are prevalent there. underlying reasons, whether these women Similar I noticed with shock the absence of decided their political pathways independently voices on the need to provide enabling or were influenced by men in their families and


bureaucracy and feudal lords. The rulers of Pakistan adopted the ways of their predecessors and sold their people into American slavery. They stood with their masters against the Socialist bloc. The Indians had kingship and they ruled the land through the courtiers appointed by the ruler to administer vast territories and collect taxes and excise duties for their luxurious living. They never cared for the masses The evolution of democratic culture has been stopped by the evil forces and imperialists in the modern day. They kept the public Evolutionary trends in opinion out of the loop to make any the political incline difference. The people in general of the nation were Unable to find the right direction to thwart the designs of these powers. After the inception of E have been slaves to the American imperialism due Pakistan we followed the path of destruction and serving the interest to our rulers compromise of British imperialism and their and wish to earn dollars. They have right to govern the rest of the world. sold our souls and the future of our kids to the x dollar amount for their Britishers brought the bureaucracy in place of the courtiers of Mughal luxuries. They have stilted the period, and thus enabled the present natural growth of the political institutions of democracy. They have rulers to continue on their merry ways. done so through conscienceless


environment to women voters and women in media in harsh geographical and cultural terrains of FCR and FATA and the casual responses of intelligent media" men" and many renowned cso representatives ( operating from Islamabad). A day before the election I came to know through my sources that an agreement had been materialized in lower Dir to bar women from casting vote. I also noticed an email on the same issue by renowned activist. While I was thinking of sharing my information with a group of human and women rights activists I came across a long e mail from a Pashtun woman rights activist , a politician as well as the head of an NGO suggesting effectively that this news is baseless. Knowing in the light of my past experiences that Pashtun nationalism is very strong and perhaps some of their firebrand activists do not like a non Pashtun like me to talk about them I remained silent. I knew it would be fatal for me to act as more loyal than the king. On 12 May '13, I finally got hold of the copy of the written agreement ( my colleague and journalist Kahar Zalmay did it) which I shared with key networks if CSOs and rights based activist. Geo TV "broke" the news that very evening (without acknowledging Zalmay) and in the following days almost all TV channels and newspapers talked about it. As expected a majority of the frontline activists and networks of CSOs become suddenly active. Soon another agreement of similar nature was found from upper Dir. Civil society mainly donor driven has limited

The feudal system was not prevalent in Indo-Pak subcontinent. The Britishers brought weapons and loans to coerce the colonial subjects into slavery. In 1951 the Rawalpindi Conspiracy case, the liberals, journalists, writers, poets and intellectuals were incarcerated in the jail. The leftist movement was strangulated in AfroAsian countries. The CPP was banned and leadership thrown in jail at the behest of America. The British colonists created pockets of traitors who helped them this class of people supported Britishers against the local independent fighter of 1857 War. They were lavishly bestowed titles and lands crating feudal lords. this way feudalism found favor in the British Raj. Two World wars were fought to counter the rise of Nazi Power. They were weakened by the sruggle against Hitler. The Soviet Union and China became Socialist powers and the west turned against them to stop the spread of the communism. The British Imperialism was replaced by the American Neo-

capacity of looking at the problems with its own lens and it chooses its battles carefullyhence I was neither shocked nor surprised at the response ,non response and reaction of the mainstream NGOs and renowned activists. Anti women practices, policies and preaching are prevalent in Pakistan despite some pro women activism, legislation and advocacy. As if all this was not enough to damage the interests of a vast majority of ordinary women across the country in general and in conflict areas of tribal belt and KP all of a sudden the magic recipe for peace was discovered. In this post election 2013 "new Pakistan" the talk of the town is talk with Taliban. Both PTI and PML-N want to give peace a chance through negotiations with these terrorists. I am neither a popular TV anchor nor an expensive consultant political analyst therefore I refrain from commenting on the selective naivety of the "new leadership" in Pakistan and making any intelligent or unintelligent guesses about the outcomes of this negotiation. However, being a non elite self made Pakistani woman I am a qualified non specialist to put forward a suggestion. If you all mighty men are determined to talk with Talibans kindly include at least two ordinary women-two mothers who are still surviving the loss of their loved ones and seeing amputees around on daily basis with no place to seek hope. WRITER IS A GENDER SPECIALIST AND RESEARCHER BASED IN ISLAMABAD

Does promoting Green Environment include you? SYMA ASGHAR

eing super creation as human being on this planet earth we are enjoying all the facilities supporting by this planet. This gratification could be in form of basic necessity of life or just for the sake of pleasure. But in the end what we are giving to this world. Every one of us knows about environment’s current situation which is going on nastiest condition day by day. Today the earth environment is in a sorry state. Wherever we look, one encounters pollution. Forests are disappearing. The green patches in the city are being reinstated by concrete buildings. Waste products are being dumped indiscriminately. Water is too toxic to drink. The air is flabby to breathe. Global warming has become a menacing issue. There is a question mark over the continued existence of life on Planet Earth. The human race is at edge of a self created disaster. Truly there is a surplus of environmental problem today. There was a time when people thought of the environment, they thought of its exquisiteness; but now as the natural beauty of the earth that disappears, many people around the world have awoken to the realities of just how fragile our earth actually is. Central to this issue is pollution, which involves the introduction of harmful substances into the air, land, and water. Although pollution has been occurring throughout the earth’s history, the rate by which the human species have contributed to the amount of pollution that has entered our environment over the past several hundred years far exceeds the earth’s inherent ability to heal itself. Pollution can be of different types and forms. One of the major causes of pollution is use of plastic. Every house is 60-75% a plastic user. Fourteen billion pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean every year. The amount of plastic waste has been increasing about 10% each year for the past 20 years. Plastic bag wastes pose serious environmental pollutions and health problems in humans and animals. The results indicated that the larger proportion (176, 76.52%) of the respondents used plastic bags more frequently than any other plastic products regardless of their age, occupation, and economic and educational status. Low price (159, 69.13%) and easy availability (152, 66.08%) were the main reasons for the widespread utilization of these products. Among the practices used for disposal of plastic bag wastes, open dumping to surrounding areas (137, 59.56%) was a practice widely used by almost all the residents of the city. Some of the major problems were animal death (167, 72.60%), blockage of sewage lines (162, 70.43%), deterioration of natural beauty of an environment (144, 62.60%) and human health problems (119, 51.73%). There are other technologies also available like photodegradable, hydro-degradable and starch based but they are costly. Almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists today. It takes 400 – 1000 year for a normal plastic to degrade and the depressing fact is that almost 3% is recycled. The rest is lingering the environment but by using Oxobiodegradable plastic it takes 1-4 years for a plastic to degrade. National level legislation is also highly recommended against indiscriminate use of normal plastic and serious actions are being taken place. Many top leading companies in Pakistan have adopted the usage of Oxobiodegradable plastics. We want all of us to unite and think about it not for us but for the sake of our future generation and make this evil plastic environmental friendly and move towards sustainability foot prints. If Bangladesh and Nigeria can do…… why not Pakistan!! Let’s make our country get rid of malevolence PLASTIC and use Oxo-biodegradable plastic. Who says world environment day is on 5th June….. It’s everyday!! Think out of the box and let us all as separate souls bring a change!! “Happy every environment day to all the Pakistanis”.


colonialism. America is selling country. weapons and loans to the Now we are faced with the same developing countries titanic situation. Let us see who will JAVAID BASHIR ISLAMABAD knock out or survive and hang out without the necessity to knock out the other party. We should welcome the healthy competition in the Power politics politics. They are shocked at PPP round 1 and 2 win in the Sindh province but has to accept the people’s mandate. Incoming government will be hard In the year of Lord 2007 first pressed to deliver on its promises. It round of the democracy was initiated. Now it is the second round has tremendous administrative which will be inaugurated soon. We mismanagement to deal with. It must initiate a program to revamp withessed the clash of institutions and reform the system at the earliest earlier during the first round but possible date and time. Presently none of them was able to knock out the energy crisis and loadshedding the other participant. According to political analysts and tops the agenda of the things to be pundits PPP completes its five years done. The priority list must be drawn to reflect the will of the in the office due to this continuing government. tussle of the institutions, Zardari’s The incoming government has to politicalaka chankia style political game did not matter at all. Even the face difficult challenges and if the people pose confidence in it and the bad performance did not help the international establishment does revolutionary party. not create hurdles it will succeed. Both the federal and provincial governments will reap the benefit in The government is capable of handling big crises. People will wait, diversity of interest represented by otherwise they will send it packing these parties. This new trend will cement the democratic values, in the fast. Its track record will decide its

fate in quick time. The PML-N has got at least fifteen extra seats over the estimate of analysts. It must feel comfortable and do its best in the office to solve the crisis. They also played their cards well in the south Punjab and did well to get some seats from there too. In the second round PML-N has won the power and a basket full of eggs. How do they mix the eggs by bearing them or eating them. It won't be easy. PM has not only got to fulfill its promises, but also that of his rival Imran Khan too. The people want them to deliver, and are ready to give them time. The theories of international conspiracies must be shelved for now because these are counter-productive. It will be quite interesting to watch the performance of the next set-up. We must help the government in doing its job. JB, LAHORE Please email your letters to or post them to our address in Islamabad.


Iran’s nuclear plans ‘deeply troubling’: US

France will not intervene unilaterally in Syria PARIS: France will not intervene unilaterally in Syria, the government said on Wednesday after Paris stated there was “no doubt” that the regime in the war-torn country had used deadly sarin gas. “France will take no unilateral and isolated decision... It is now up to the international community,” government spokeswoman Najat VallaudBelkacem told reporters in response to a question on a possible military intervention in Syria. –AGENCIES

Gunmen in Iraq ambush, shoot dead 14 travellers BAGHDAD: Iraqi intelligence officials say gunmen have ambushed a group of travelers at a fake checkpoint in the western Anbar province, killing at least 14 people execution-style. The four officials say the travelers included several soldiers as well as residents of the overwhelmingly Shiite-dominated province of Karbala. The officials say the travelers were stopped and killed on Wednesday near the remote town of Nukhaib, the site of a desert crossroads west of Karbala in the Sunni-dominated Anbar. The area around the town was the site of a deadly September 2011 attack on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims. –AGENCIES

Incoming Palestinian PM calls for unity govt RAMALLAH: Incoming Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah on Wednesday urged rival groups to agree on forming a national unity government. Hamdallah, who was named by President Mahmoud Abbas as premier on Sunday, directed his call mainly at Hamas, the Islamic movement that routed pro-Abbas forces and took over Gaza in 2007. In an interview with Voice of Palestine radio, Hamdallah urged Hamas to reach an understanding with Abbas, who heads Fatah party, to form a transitional government ruling the Palestinian territories until elections. –AGENCIES

DPRK accuses South Korea of bid to kidnap 9 youths SEOUL: North Korea accused South Korean activists on Wednesday of trying to kidnap nine young people who the United Nations and South Korea believe were forced back to their homeland by China last week. The United Nations said last week it was concerned about China's return of the nine to North Korea, where they face severe punishment, possibly execution, for having fled. The nine were first sent back to China after crossing into Laos. Hundreds of North Koreans attempt to flee from their country every year, often first crossing into China and then making their way to Southeast Asia. Many end up at a reception centre in Bangkok from where they are flown to South Korea. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the nine had been "forcibly deported to the North" after they were picked up by North Korean agents in Laos as they tried to make their way to South Korea. –AGENCIES

SEOUL: People holding umbrellas take part in a flflaash mob against drunk driving at Namsan Hanok Village in Seoul. –WIRE SERVICE

Russian missiles a pawn in diplomatic game: Wikileaks GENEVA: Russia's pledge to deliver antiaircraft missiles to Damascus at a time when world powers are trying to end Syria's civil war is consistent with a pattern of using the weapons system as a bargaining chip in its power struggle with the West. Russia has said it is committed to selling the S-300 surface-to-air missiles as a deterrent against foreign military intervention under a contract struck in 2010 with Syrian President Bashar Assad. But Western powers who are trying, along with Russia, to organize an international conference to end the 26month-old conflict say such a delivery would be hugely counter-productive. "No one knows if this conference will become a success, but it is the wrong message which has been sent by Russia to the world and to the region by delivering S300 or other weapons," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday. Secret WikiLeaks cables show that Russia has played this game before, in particular with the long-range S-300 that Israel, for one, sees as a "red line" threat to its airspace. Russia's determination to supply Syria mirrors an earlier commitment to Iran, though it long assured diplomats it had no intention of sending S300s to either country, the cables show. Russia was well aware of the "destabilizing" effect of supplying weapons like the S-300 to the Middle East, one September 2008 cable quoted Viktor Simakov, counselor for Israel and Palestine in Russia's Foreign Ministry, as saying. "Simakov reiterated that Russia understood very well Israel's concern about either Syria or Iran obtaining the Iskander or S-300 missile systems," the cable said. Syria had upset Russia by allowing an earlier delivery of anti-tank missiles to fall into the hands of militant Islamist group Hezbollah, and Russia promised tighter "end-user controls" in future. Syria tried to obtain missiles in 2008 by

offering to host Russia's own missile defenses on its territory, matching US missile defenses in Europe that Russia objects to. Although Russia did sign a contract in 2010, it did not then agree; Israel's promise not to sell arms to Georgia during the Georgia-Russia war that August may have outweighed Syria's offer. Speculation was mounting in late 2008 that Russia was planning to honor its 2005 contract to supply S-300s to Iran. But Russian officials assured the US charge d'affaires in Moscow that the transfer would not be completed until Iran complied with its nuclear obligations, according to one cable. But by early 2009, the sale looked like it was going to take place, and Washington asked six allied Middle Eastern countries to raise the issue immediately with Russia. The move appeared to pay off, although then-US Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle expected Russia to keep pressing the issue, for financial, political and foreign policy reasons. The Iran sale was merely "frozen," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told US Senator Carl Levin in 2009, and hinted that Russia did not want to be challenged again. "The less we hear from Washington about this, the better," an April 2009 cable quoted Ryabkov as saying. Russian officials told Amos Gilad, at that time head of the political-military bureau in Israel's Ministry of Defense, that the missiles to Iran would not be delivered for political reasons. "However, Gilad said the Russians would reassess this political calculation should the United States continue to pursue missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic," said a cable dated July 30, 2009. In the end, Russia scrapped the sale in 2010, and in what may have been a quid pro quo, the Israelis agreed to sell Russia surveillance drones that would narrow its technological military gap with Georgia.–AGENCIES

Main steps in Japan’s growth strategy


RIME Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to raise incomes by 3 percent annually and set up special economic zones to attract foreign businesses in the third tranche of measures aimed at boosting growth in the world's third-biggest economy. Abe is also considering a push for public pensions and other public funds a pool of $2 trillion - to increase returns by raising investment in equities, a government draft growth strategy showed, confirming a Reuters report. The following are main steps in the growth program, including those already announced by Abe or his advisors, to be approved by the cabinet next week.



Targets annual gains of 3 percent or more in gross national income per capita, which would be an increase of 1.5 million yen ($15,000) over 10 years from around 3.84 million yen in 2012. PRIVATE SECTOR/INVESTMENT

Set up special economic zones to attract foreign businesses. Review regulations and tax systems and take necessary action in the zones to create an international business environment. Aim to boost the total value of infrastructure projects that involve private finance initiatives (PFIs) and public-private partnership (PPP) by 3 times to 12 trillion yen ($120.5 billion) over the next 10 years by steps. Focus on boosting domestic private investment over the next


three years and target for privatesector investment of 70 trillion yen annually, the level before the 2008 financial crisis and up about 10 percent from current levels. Promote business start-ups and consider steps to boost investment in them. Pledge to minimize investment of government funds in firms to avoid bailouts of "zombie" companies that are failing. FREE TRADE

Double the balance of inward foreign direct investment to 35 trillion yen by 2020. Hit a target of 70 percent of exports covered by free trade deals by 2018, compared with around 19 percent, by pushing the US-led TransPacific Economic Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals with the European Union, China and South Korea, and aim to create an Asia-Pacific free trade area. Triple infrastructure exports to 30 trillion yen by 2020.

an average of 40 percent in next 10 years. 


Promote the smooth shift of workers to growth sectors from mature business areas without creating unemployment. Review criteria for approval of permanent residency to encourage high-skilled foreigners to keep working in the country. AGRICULTURE

Double farm, fisheries and marine exports to 1 trillion yen by 2020. Reduce rice production cost by


Set a goal of reducing the waiting list at day care centers to zero by 2017 to make it easier for women to work and raise children. Promote extending periods of childcare leave to last up to three years. Increase the employment rate of females aged 25 to 44 to 73 percent by 2020 from 68 percent. HEALTH CARE

Create a system similar to the National Institutes of Health in the United States to develop cutting-edge medical technologies. Submit legislation to revise the pharmaceutical law to shorten examination periods. Implement bold regulatory easing to speed up the examination process of medical technologies by allowing certification by third party private institutions, except for risky technologies such as cardiac pacemakers. Allow the sale over the Internet of most over-the-counter drugs as part of efforts to mobilize the Internet for growth. ENERGY

Boost power-related investment one and a half times to 30 trillion yen over the next decade. Speed up the process of making environment assessments of coal-fired electricity generating plants.

Man accused of assaulting Irish woman arrested KOLKATA: Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata. The suspect, a local businessman, had attended a party the woman hosted to celebrate her 21st birthday on Friday, said a police official who declined to be identified because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters. The woman told police that she later went to the man's house, where she drank a cup of tea and passed out and then was raped. Few other details were immediately available. The reported assault comes as other attacks against women have heightened concerns about sexual violence in India. On Tuesday, police reported that an American tourist was gangraped in Manali. Three men picked her up in a truck while she was hitchhiking, then drove to a secluded spot and raped her. –AGENCIES

VIENNA: The United States said on Wednesday it was "deeply troubled" by Iran's plans to start a reactor in 2014 that could yield nuclear bomb material while failing to give U.N.inspectors necessary design information about the plant. The comments by a US envoy to a board meeting of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighted deepening Western concern about the heavy water reactor which Iran is building near the town of Arak. Tension over Iran's nuclear course is rising with talks between Tehran and six powers stalled. Israel, widely assumed to be the Middle East's only nuclear-armed state, sees Iran as the most serious risk to it and has threatened to bomb its nuclear sites if diplomacy and sanctions fail to restrain Tehran. Iran says the Arak plant will make isotopes for medical and agricultural use. But analysts say this type of facility can also produce plutonium for weapons if the spent fuel is reprocessed - something Iran says it has no intention of doing. Tasked with ensuring that nuclear material is not diverted for military

purposes, the IAEA says Iran must urgently give it design data about Arak, warning that it would otherwise restrict its ability to monitor the site effectively. "We are deeply troubled that Iran claims that the IR-40 heavy water reactor at Arak could be commissioned as soon as early 2014, but still refuses to provide the requisite design information for the reactor," Joseph Macmanus, the US ambassador to the IAEA, told the 35-nation Board of Governors. He cited IAEA rules that a member state must inform the Vienna-based U.N. agency about a nuclear plant, and give design details, as soon as it has decided to build one. Iran says it must only do so before loading nuclear fuel into the reactor. "Iran's refusal to fulfill this basic obligation must necessarily cause one to ask whether Iran is again pursuing covert nuclear activities," Macmanus said, according to a copy of his speech to the closeddoor gathering. The West suspects Iran is seeking the capability to develop nuclear weapons behind the facade of an atomic energy program. –AGENCIES

HRW condemns Egypt NGO verdict GENEVA: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Tuesday's conviction of 43 non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers as a violation of basic internationally protected rights and the rule of law. The convictions were for working illegally in Egypt and receiving foreign funding without permission. "These are unjust convictions based on an unjust law," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at HRW. A court in Cairo sentenced twentyseven defendants tried in absentia, including 15 US citizens, to five-year jail sentences. Eleven received one-

year suspended sentences, and five received two-year sentences. Robert Becker of the National Democratic Institute, the only American defendant to stay in Egypt until the trial, was given a two-year sentence. He left Egypt after the verdict on his lawyers' advice. The court also ordered the closure of five foreign NGOs involved in the case and the seizure of their funds. These are the USbased Freedom House, the International Republican Institute, the NDI, the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), and Germany's KAS. –AGENCIES

Germany faces worsening floods BERLIN: The eastern part of Germany, including states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, faced worsening floods on Wednesday even as conditions improved as water level fell in southern Germany. In Saxony state capital Dresden, over 600 people have been evacuated and bridges been shut down as the river Elbe's water level is rising to dangerous levels and the flood peak is expected to hit the city. Part of Dresden was flooded in 2002 when the Elbe burst its banks. Other cities in eastern part of the country, including Halle, Dessau and Magdeburg, have also been on full alert as regional rivers have reached critically high levels. In the city of Passau, which has seen the worst flooding in 500 years, situation has eased as the water level of the Danube River dropped three meters overnight. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 100 million euros (130 million US dollars) in fast and "unbureaucratic" aid to help flood-hit regions to rebuild as she visited some of the worse affected areas on Tuesday. More than 1,700 soldiers have been deployed to help the rescue work. At least two people have died in Germany due to the flooding, which has also affected central European countries including Austria and the Czech Republic. –AGENCIES

‘D2w making heavy investment in Pakistan to end plastic pollution’


AKISTAN is an important country of 180 million people, and has taken practical steps to protect its environment from plastic pollution by requiring all short-life plastic products and packaging to be made with oxo-biodegradable technology. Pakistan is now a world leader in this field thanks to the efforts of the Business Dynamics team and the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association in explaining the benefits of the technology to the Government. He said Pakistan cannot remain aloof to environment related issues as global warming and industrial pollution are affecting the region, very much visible through alarming changes in weather and soil erosion. He said the d2w was a granular chemical which not only makes the plastic environment friendly but also decreases the life of plastic from hundreds of years to some months. The d2w additive is added in the plastic during the preparation in the proportion of one per cent, which makes plastic degradable as it dissolves with Oxygen. He said plastic waste recycling and treatment has emerged as a challenging task in recent years due to ascending trends in use of plastic products and lack of proper disposal system. Plastic residue, particularly the used polythene bags, was one of the major contributors to solid waste and resulted in environmental pollution, choked drains and worsening sanitation network due to its hard-to-perish composition, she added. She said it was


also hazardous for health due to usage of chemicals in its production process and caused harmful emissions when burnt with the solid waste. He said in Pakistan, 47 percent of solid waste remained uncollected and that the mixing of polythene bags with human, animal and industrial residues worsened the problem. He said, ‘We need a mass awareness campaign and cooperation of the people to control the use of polythene bags. Symphony’s d2w technology controls the life of normal plastic materials through a process of oxo-biodegradation so that at the end of the required service life it will convert into a biodegradable material which does NOT leave fragments of plastic in the environment. It would then harmlessly biodegrade to Co2, H2O and natural biomass. For more details of this process including a video, please look at Symphony has invested more than US$30 million in the development of the d2w technology and brand, and we are proud of the service that our UK and global support teams provide to customers in more than 90 countries. Symphony is the only oxo-bio

masterbatch supplier that has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, and we are proud to be founder-members of the Oxo Biodegradable Plastics Association Symphony’s d2w logo can be found on millions of tonnes of plastic products around the world and in some of the biggest brands. Companies choose d2w technology for its ability to perform in the manner needed, and also for the free technical and Q/C support services. Part of this process is covered by the d2detector with which producers and users can confirm whether a product has the right amount of d2w inside or not. Our customers can relax when using d2w as they know their products have become smart, predictable, and more environmentally responsible. Congratulations to the Government of Pakistan, to Dawn Bread, KFC, Bareeze, McDonalds, Hyper Star Pakistan, Metro Habib Cash & Carry, , Defence Housing Authority Lahore, Junaid Jamshed, Utility Stores Corporation, 14thStreet Pizza, Saeed and Ghani and to all those have all had the foresight and responsibility to recognize the importance of plastic with d2w inside. It is so easy to use as no one needs to change the raw materials, specifications, or suppliers. We look forward to many successful years ahead for d2w in Pakistan, and we have no doubt that other countries in Asia and around the world will follow the example of Pakistan, the UAE, and other countries in Africa and the Middle East who have introduced similar legislation.


Punjab caretakers okey over Rs 6 billion uplift schemes Ranger suspended for killing youth KARACHI: The Director General of Sindh Rangers has taken notice of the Shah Faisal Colony firing incident that killed a man when he failed to pull his car over on Tuesday. According to Rangers spokesman, the DG Rangers has ordered a court of inquiry and suspended the individual involved. Meanwhile, police have also registered a case against the Rangers allegedly involved in the killing. Police said that no criminal record of Haider was found in any police station and no weapons were recovered from him. ONLINE

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday approved eleven development schemes of various sectors of the economy with an estimated cost of Rs 6036.381 million. The schemes were approved in the 34th meeting of Provincial Development working Party of current fiscal year 2012-13 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Sohail Ahmad. Punjab Secretary P&D Arif Anwar Baloch, all members of the Planning & Development Board,

provincial secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting. The approved development schemes included: urban sewerage/drainage scheme Kamoke, District Gujranwala (Revised) at a cost of Rs 317.524 million; Punjab Youth Internship Programme (Revised) at a cost of Rs 861.001 million; development and upgradation of Lahore Museum building and conservation

facilities, at a cost of Rs 408.207 million; construction of 60-beds THQ Hospital Sarai Alamgir, District Gujrat (Revised) at a cost of Rs 220.324 million; widening/ improvement of Nowshera Virkan to Hafizabad Road length 30.90 km in District Gujranwala & Hafizabad at a cost of Rs 444.497 million; widening/improvement of Gujranwala Alipur Qadirabad Chak Mano, Mandi Bahauddin Road (Section from Gujranwala to Mano Chak L=67.50) in

District Gujranwala and Mandi Bahauddin at a cost of Rs 459.196 million; widening/improvement of Katha Sagral Lilla Road length 42 kms District Khushab/Jhelum at a cost of Rs 611.743 million; widening/improvement of road from Harnoli to Wan Bhachran to Musa Khel length 49.13 km in District Mianwali at a cost of Rs 539.418 million; widening/ improvement of road from Rangpur Chowk Munda Daira Din Pannah to Taunsa Morh up to Pull Qamber, length 72.50 kms

Lahore police extorting three meals a day

Aman Committee behind kidnappings, alleges Rizvi KARACHI: Member of Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Haider Abbas Rizvi on Wednesday lashed Sindh government over alleged involvement of ‘People’s Aman Committee’ workers in the assassination of four MQM workers after kidnapping them. In a press conference, Rizvi said that the terrorists of People’s Amman Committee (PAC) after identification kidnapped MQM workers and killed them later in Salar Goth area of Malir. ONLINE

British Pakistani wins championship LONDON: Aadam Hussain, a 12-yearold British Pakistani, has won Europe’s prestigious Junior European Golf Championship for the second time. The championship organised by US Kids Golf was played at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland, with Aadam finishing on 8under for the three-round competition. Last year he became the first British Asian champion of the event and in 2013 has managed the unprecedented feat of a second consecutive victory. The golf scholar at Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey has shown diversity in junior golf is strengthening, especially considering Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods are the only senior major winners that are not caucasian or South East Asian orientation. ONLINE

NA Speaker orders inquiry into media gallery chaos

CHINIOT: Farmers have completely taken over a road by spread corn on it near Chiniot Bridge. ONLINE

Maulana asks parents to guide children through puberty stages 

ISLAMABAD: The speaker of National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq has ordered an inquiry into chaos in media gallery as supporters of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) occupied spaces in media gallery during the session for election of next premier. As Wednesday session stated, supporters of PML-N raised slogans and occupied media gallery of the assembly. As situation got worst, a delegation of media persons met the speaker who later went to media gallery and requested supporters to vacate the gallery. ONLINE

Illegal power consumers in Peshawar remove kundas PESHAWAR: The residents of Urmar, a suburban area of Peshawar, have voluntarily removed direct hooks (kundas) for electricity purposes and applied for new electricity meters, in the wake of a meeting between Ishtiaq Urmar and PESCO Chief Executive Tariq Saddoazai. The MPA assured the CEO PESCO that if the company addresses the issues of masses and provide them electricity connection without undue delay the inhabitants of the area would not only remove direct hooks but also submit their outstanding dues. On the assurance of the MPA, CEO PESCO visited the area on Wednesday and issued necessary instructions for redressal of the complaints of the public on the spot. APP

Two magistrates abducted JACOBABAD: Two magistrates Abdul Karim Bugti and Bahadur Ali Khosa were abducted along their security from Jacobabad in Balochistan. Both of them were on way from Sukkur to Jaferabad that unknown armed men abducted them on gun point and shifted to some secret hideout. According to police, abductors have demanded heavy amount of money for the recovery of both of the victims. ONLINE

Religious scholar urges parents to overcome communication gap with kids

KARACHI: A vast majority of adolescent population in the country lack correct information and adequate knowledge about puberty and hygiene mainly due to communication gap between parents and children. Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Wednesday regretted that most Pakistani parents are uneasy discussing sensitive but vital health issues with their growing up children. "This communication gap makes children vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and life threatening diseases," he said. The cleric also referred to a recently conducted survey showing that only 29% girls and 41% boys have access to correct information about puberty and hygiene in Pakistan. Reiterating the importance of communication between parents and children about intimate health issues, he said it has become more important with the passage of time that families should guide their children in a friendly manner about the matters and problems related to adulthood. Referring to the findings of a survey,

"Understanding of Puberty and Related Health Problems Among Female Adolescents in Karachi, published in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, he said this too has showed that majority of the 150 girls, aged between 10 to 19 years, had limited knowledge about puberty and sexual health. Seventy two percent of these girls believed that they should be given proper information about puberty and the changes of adolescence so they can deal with it in a better manner. The survey showed that instead of opting for sanity, people guide the

AT TOCK : Every year, June 5 is celebrated as the International Environment Day with full preparation so that international attitude may be raised. For the last few years, this day is celebrated on a topic associated. This year, the United Nations announced a theme ‘think, eat and save.’ This time, the theme was chosen as due to the changed weather natural disasters lead to food deficiency. Although, Pakistan is agricultural country but people

children in a wrong direction, which could lead to many other serious problems, Hafiz Ashrafi said. He said that absence of right information from right quarters on puberty and related issues misleads the adolescents and exposes them to wrong, illegitimate, immoral, exploitative and abusive sources of information and misconduct. He said medical experts have repeatedly advised that boys and girls of reproductive age should be taught about HIV and AIDS as well as other Sexually Transmitted Infections with focus on high risk behaviour as well as available preventive and precautionary measures to safeguard against any pandemic. Adolescents should be provided education, self-awareness and confidence to handle their new health and hygiene needs during puberty. "Here comes the major responsibility of parents that while following certain limitations, a father shall guide his son and mother shall guide her daughter about these issues in such a manner that the child doesn't feel a need to ask anyone else about it," said Ashrafi. APP

LAHORE: The Shadman police of Lahore have started exploitation of hapless fruit vendors, shopkeepers and hotel owners by extorting fruits, vegetables, and other food, three times a day. “Policemen daily come to us and forcibly extort expensive food items including Mutton, Beef, chicken and “biryani” etc, a hotel owner, Amir Khan,” said. He said that if they refuse any food to these policemen they threaten shopkeepers with legal action against them. Another hotel owner, Usman, cited an ugly incident of last week, whence he had refused the policemen some chicken roast. As a result of his ‘no’, four policemen took him to the police station where they insulted him and treated him roughly. “We have no option of going against them but to feed them with the food of their choice, he bewailed. Fruit owners who run their cart-mobile business were equally disturbed by Shadman Police Station, since they allege that police officials threaten to lock them up if shopkeepers refuse not give them costly fruits including watermelons, bananas, apples, and oranges. The fruits vendors said that ASI Nasir Gill comes in his Toyota vehicle to collect fruits from the vendors and those who refuse him end up facing his wrath, as he takes them to the police station and locks them up illegally. However, ASI Nasir Gill denied these allegations. ONLINE

Moody International merges with TUV Austria Holdings L AHORE: The business industry has witnessed the recent merger of the Moody International (pvt) Limited with the TUV Austria Holding AG, a company established since 1872, said Rashid Mehr, CEO of a leading certification and inspection company. He elaborated the name change from the Moody International to the TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection and Certification (pvt) Limited – Pakistan. Starting its journey in 1997, the Moody International is the foremost company and brand in the field of certification and inspection and ranked as a market leader in this type of industry. Being an independent company, the Moody International recently decided amicably and concluded with the Intertek Moody Group to part ways for the sake of good order. As a result of the negotiation with the management of the Intertek

TUV AUSTRIA Bureau of Inspection and Certifificcation (Pvt.) Limited – Pakistan General Manager Rashid Mehr and director Dr. Reinhard Preiss at a meeting. Moody Group, the Moody International Pakistan became 100% independent and subsequently TUV Austria Group AG, acquired shareholding in the Moody International. The board of directors of the company approved the name change to TUV Austria

Do eat but save too… RASHID ALI

in District Muzaffargarh (Revised) at a cost of Rs 581.837 million. Dualization of Sahiwal-Arifwala Road length 42.12 km in District Sahiwal/Pakpattan at a cost of Rs 1346.275 million and hiring of consultancy services for feasibilities studies, tender design, procurement documents and supervision of 50 MW Coal Thermal Power Projects on EPC at Industrial Estates (i) Sunder Lahore (ii) M-3 Industrial City Faisalabad (Revised) at a cost of Rs 246.359 million. APP

don’t have two times meal a day. Due to terrorism and increase in prices for the last five years, 40 percent of people have food deficiency and the number increases every day. The people are living below poverty line and the social attitude of the society is also painful. Everyone can observer the overall attitude in this society during marriage ceremonies and other functions. The food is wasted rather eaten in different public gatherings or functions especially marriage ceremonies. Our hunger increases

five times and one man puts more food in his plate while seeing food in front side. Even when we go to hotels with friends, we order double food and eat half and rest gets wasted. Like other parts of the world, inflation is also affecting Pakistan. This is a golden chance for the new government to solve all problems and should take steps for better future. Like others, this nation should unite to deal with all issues especially weather changes that are affecting the whole world.

Bureau of Inspection and Certification with immediate effect. As they say experience does matter, the TUV Austria Group AG, the parent company, is an internationally renowned brand established since 1872 with its headquarters in Vienna, providing

high end technical and engineering services internationally. Dr Reinhard Preiss, a PHD in mechanical engineering and International Main Board Director of TUV Austria Holding AG and a director in the newly-formed company in Pakistan, further said that they were very pleased with this investment as this was one of the major investments they as a group have done in the recent years in expanding TUV Austria Brand. “After visiting Pakistan a few times I and my other Austrian colleagues felt that Pakistan is really a nice country but unfortunately a victim of perception and the reality is different from what you hear through international media. I really like Pakistan, its people and the unmatched hospitality and encourage all investors to make use of this opportunity and invest in Pakistan especially if they want to

complete their business portfolio,” he said. “We are also pleased with the smooth transition from one democratic government to another in Pakistan, and the people of Pakistan have chosen the leader of their choice. He congratulated the new government under the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif who is known to have businessfriendly policies and a very sincere to change the perception and overall situation of the country. We regard this invest in Pakistan very important to our future expansion plans and brand loyalty in South Asia and Middle East,” he said. Rashid Mehr said the motto of the company was quality not quantity with HSE being paramount factor in the business. From our initial experience with them we can tell you they inhale quality and exhale quality only.” PR

RCA displays 111 paintings by 24 artists OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi Arts Council organised a group painting exhibition here on Wednesday, showcasing the work of 24 artists from the RAC painting class. More than 111 paintings featuring landscape, calligraphy, portrait, sketches, and pictorial life were put on display, while oil on canvas, water colour and pencil work were the mediums used. Naheed Manzoor inaugurated the exhibition flanked by renowned painter Nasreen Aurangzeb, Waqar Ahmed, Resident Director RAC and

instructor of painting class Khurram Babari. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Naheed Manzoor said that young talent can play a pivotal role in highlighting social issues through their work. The young artist who was trained at the RAC will play an important role in the field of fine arts, Naheed Manzoor added. Renowned painter Nasreen Aurangzeb congratulated Rawalpindi Arts Council who enabled these students to step forward in practical life. She said if they adopt a professional approach, they will touch the zenith of

recognition.RAC is imparting training in 25 courses according to a new methodology. The students whose works were showcased included Younis Roomi, Arwa Khalid, Lubna Khurshid, Amira Khalid, Madiha Saeed, Nabeela Rashid, Noreen Fatima, Samad Bin Ramzan, Nida Habib, Farkhanda Najam, Hamid Shahzad, Kashif Abbas Hasmi,Rufia Siddiqui, Sher Ali, Salman Iqbal, Iram Saleem, Sadaf Zeeshan, Faryal Masood, Farrukh Jamil, Sidra Mehmood, Nouman Shahzad, Salma Bibi, Memoona Noushad and Zia ul Qamar.


Helena Bonham hurts on style critics

Struggle is a continuous process in filmdom: Neha Dhupia

LONDON: Actress Helena Bonham Carter gets upset when she reads negative comments about her personal style because she loves dressing up so much. She admitted that she takes it personally when she reads hurtful comments about her gothic-inspired style. "I`m not indelibly confident. I love clothes and I love dressing-up, and I love the way that it makes me feel. So I`m always disillusioned when I see a photo of myself, which I try not to, because I think, `No That`s not what I meant at all`," quoted Carter as saying. "Any insult is hurtful, though, because you always think you look OK. Otherwise you wouldn`t leave the house looking like you do, would you?," she said. The 47-year-old usually wears her favourite designer Vivienne Westwood. She was outraged when she dabbled with the idea of wearing a different label to the Oscars in February, only to be told that another actress had bought the rights. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Former Miss India and actress Neha Dhupia, who made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with 'Qayamat: City Under Threat', says everyone is constantly struggling in Bollywood and adds that "I am not at number one, but struggling to make my way up everyday". The 32-year-old tasted success with her second film 'Julie', in which she played a high-profile call girl. "It's a constant struggle. You get up every day and you are struggling," said Neha when she was asked how much struggle is important to maintain stardom. "The guy sitting at the number one position is struggling to be at number one. The girl, who hasn't got her first job, is struggling to get her first job," the actress told reporters Tuesday at the launch of PETA's new campaign here. "I don't want to give anybody else's example. People like me, I have got my first job, I am not at number one, but I am struggling to make my way up every day. Everybody is struggling," she added. -SHOWBIZ DESK

I turned down 'Die Hard': Al Pacino

Galliano blames alcohol, stress, self-loathing for fall SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Veteran star Al Pacino is convinced he gave Bruce Willis his big break in Hollywood by turning down the lead role in 'Die Hard'. The 'Godfather' star has revealed he was one of the first actors approached to play tough cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster, but he passed on the script, reported Daily Mirror. "I gave that boy a career! You know who else I gave a career to? Harrison Ford in 'Star Wars' that role was mine for the taking but I couldn't understand the script," he said. The 73year-old compared himself to Jennifer Lawrence, who is currently at the height of her career, saying, "I was the one. Things came to me." But he admitted having regrets about some of the roles he had turned down. "I'm not a very good judge of what's good." -SHOWBIZ DESK

Kim, Kris Humphries officially divorced

LOS ANGELES: After months of court hearings, Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' divorce is officially final. E! Online has obtained the final divorce judgment, which was filed late Monday evening in Los Angeles Superior Court. The two filed dissolution of marriage, which states that the couple's marriage is officially terminated and both parties are restored to the status of single persons. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries entered into a written agreement regarding division of assets and spousal support, but specifics were not disclosed. The two reached a final divorce settlement back in April, which served as a final victory for Kardashian as her ex originally requested that the marriage be annulled. The 32-year-old mom-to-be is currently expecting her first child with Kanye West next month. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Pamela Anderson's TV ad banned

LONDON: A TV advertisement starring former 'Baywatch' star Pamela Anderson has been banned for being sexist and degrading to women. The commercial, for web hosting firm Dreamscape Networks, had the actress chairing a meeting of men. One of the men then fantasized about Anderson and her assistant dancing together in bikinis, reported Daily Mirror. Dreamscape argued the ad portrayed Anderson and her assistant as "attractive, dynamic and confident business people." The Advertising Standards Authority said it understood that the ad was intended to be a humorous and lighthearted parody of a mundane business meeting. But it said the female characters were portrayed sexually throughout the ad, not just during the fantasy sequence, noting that their shirts were open to expose. -SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: In a Vanity Fair interview, fashion designer John Galliano tries to explain himself publicly for the first time since Dior fired him as creative director two years ago after several instances came to light of him going on anti-Semitic rants. In his first interview since he fell from grace in 2011, Galliano says he isn't anti-Semitic and didn't mean what he said. "I've been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could." The interview, with Vanity Fair contributing editor Ingrid Sischy, is to be published in the magazine that hits newsstands in Los Angeles and New York on Thursday, but some snippets were released on Tuesday and it looks like it will be a must-read. Among the highlights in a Vanity Fair preview of the piece: Galliano says he has never before given an interview while sober. His drinking and use of pills sometimes was so bad he

had tremors, didn't sleep or wash for days. But he remained in denial. At least twice before he was fired, his bosses at luxury conglomerate LVMH, Dior's parent company, had tried to intervene, suggesting that he needed help. After evidence arose of at least three incidents of anti-Semitic comments, and his dismissal, Galliano went into rehab in Arizona. The only person who came to visit him his

Sting returns to his childhood for new musical album

LONDON: Sting has turned back to his childhood in the shadow of a struggling shipyard in northern England for a musical that will debut on Broadway next year and his first album of original material in 10 years. The musical, "The Last Ship", is based on Sting's experiences of living near the Swan Hunter Shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle, and watching the demise of Britain's shipbuilding industry in the 1980s. A spokeswoman for Sting on Wednesday said the musical had also inspired the rock star to produce his first album of new material in nearly 10 years, also called "The Last Ship", that will be released on September 23. "Guest artists on "The Last Ship" with roots in the northeast (of England) include Brian Johnson, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks, The Wilson Brothers and Kathryn Tickell," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "The Last Ship", released on Universal Music Group's Polydor Records, will feature 12 songs and be produced by Rob Mathes. Sting, 61, has released 10 albums since going solo from the band the Police around 1984. This will be his first album of original material since "Sacred Love" in 2003. As well as his music, Sting has acted in a list of films, including "Quadrophenia" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", and appeared as himself in TV shows like "The Simpsons" but this is the first time he has taken a major role in producing a musical. He spent nearly three years working on the story that is focused on relationships, family, and community, collaborating with Joe Mantello, the director of the hit musical "Wicked" and John Logan, co-writer of the latest James Bond film "Skyfall". -SHOWBIZ DESK

first weekend there was model Linda Evangelista, who says in the article she didn't want "that weekend to go by without anyone reaching out to him." When Kate Moss contacted him a few weeks into his recovery to say she still wanted him to design her wedding gown, he felt it was a gift "My creative rehab," he told Sischy in the interview. He is perversely grateful for his crash.

Victoria Beckham crowned woman of the decade LONDON: Celebrity designer Victoria Beckham was crowned Woman Of The Decade at the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards. Former ‘Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe, 23, was titled as Man of the Year at the ceremony held here Tuesday. "My mother is my woman of the year. She`s here tonight. I really love women but there aren`t enough out there who support other women," quoted Victoria as saying. "That`s what we should do, support each other. That`s why I`m here tonight," said the 39-year-old who came with her 14year-old son Brooklyn. ‘X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger, 34, was named Best TV Personality, while singer Rita Ora, 22, won Best Solo Artist award.Comedian Miranda Hart, 40, won Best Writer award and she received it from 82-year-old comedian Ronnie Corbett. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Bollywood's golden girls Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit, who will be seen together in Gulaab Gang, were spotted at the launch of the believe campaign.

People used to say I can’t make it big in B-town: Madhuri SHWOBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Madhuri Dixit, who ruled the hearts of the audience in 80s and 90s, says when she started her career, people tried to pull her down by saying she won't be able to make her place in Bollywood. "Being a woman you always go through something or the other. When I made my debut in Bollywood, many people told me I can't do, it's not a good place, I can't make my position in this industry. But that time I had faith in myself and worked and proved everyone what can I do," Madhuri said at an event. "When you push yourself you rise up to the challenge and you realise your strength. When adversity comes that's when one stands for themselves," she added. Madhuri made her acting debut with 'Abodh' in 1984 but the film failed at the box office. Her next release 'Awara Baap' (1985) also turned out to be failure. In 1986 Madhuri starred in 'Swati' and 'Manav Hatya', both the films being declared as flops. She had three releases in 1987 ? 'Mohre', 'Hifazat' and 'Uttar Dakshin', which also did not do well. After a series of consecutive flops, she

finally attained stardom with 'Tezaab' in 1988. The film went on to become that year's highest grossing movie. Thereafter she delivered hit films one after the other, including 'Ram Lakhan', 'Prem Pratigyaa', 'Tridev', 'Parinda', 'Dil', 'Saajan', 'Beta', 'Mrityudand', 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai' and others. After her marriage in 1999 to Shriram Nene, a US-based surgeon, she did Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Devdas' in 2002. She then took a break and staged a comeback with Aditya Chopra's home production 'Aaja Nachle' in 2007. Despite missing from the silver screen, the 46-year-old film star was very much present on small screen. She appeared as one of the judges in TV dance reality show, 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa' in season four, five and now six. After marriage, Madhuri relocated to the US for almost a decade. But in 2011, she shifted her base back in Mumbai along with her family. Madhuri will feature in the upcoming film 'Gulab Gang' directed by newcomer Soumik Sen, which also stars Juhi Chawla, Mahie Gill, Shilpa Shukla and others. The other is Vishal Bharadwaj's home production 'Dedh Ishqiya'.

Stewart to star in Camp X-Ray, Sils Maria

I wanted to make Ghayal sequel in the ‘90s: Sunny Deol

LOS ANGELES: Actress Kristen Stewart is all set to star in politically charged drama 'Camp X-Ray' and 'Sils Maria'. In 'Camp XRay', written and directed by Peter Sattler, Stewart will play a young soldier who escapes her suffocating small town by joining the military, only to find that she isn¿t going for a tour of duty in Iraq as she hoped. She's sent to Guantanamo. Met with hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in her charge, she forges an odd friendship with a young man who has been imprisoned at Gitmo for eight years, the Deadline reported. The actress, who recently broke up with boyfriend Robert Pattinson, will then join French star Juliette Binoche and Chloe Moretz in 'Sils Maria', directed by Olivier Assayas. Stewart plays the assistant to Binoche's character, an actress who becomes obsessed with a young actress (Moretz) playing the role that made the older actress famous when she was young. -SHOWBIZ DESK

SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Sunny Deol, who is returning to the big screen with father Dharmendra and brother Bobby for Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, says he wanted to make a sequel of his 1990 film Ghayal soon after its release but did not find enough support at that time. The 56-year-old actor says people back then were not very familiar with the idea of sequels. Finally, Ghayal Returns is in development and Sunny plans to begin shooting it by the end of this year. "I liked the concept of 'Ghayal' and wanted to make a second part of the film but no director or producer was ready at that time. When we started making sequels, I thought Ghayal

should be the first film to have a second part because there was a scope to take the story forward," Sunny Deol told PTI in an interview. There were reports that the production was stalled for sometime because Sunny was not happy with the script and film's previous director Ashwini Chaudhury, who was replaced by Rahul Rawail of 'Arjun Pandit' fame. "We are working on it right now, Earlier we had some problem with the director and the script. But everything is sorted now. 'Ghayal' is such an iconic film and it's a big challenge to satisfy the audience again," Sunny said. The 1990 hit saw Sunny and actress Meenakshi Seshadri in the lead. Though Sunny will reprise the character of Ajay Mehra in the film, the hunt for the lead actress is still on.



JUNE 06, 2013

Cumbersome journey starts for Sharif SAEED MINHAS ISLAMABAD: A cautiously low-profile start by the third-time prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, a beating about the bush attitude of Makhdoom Amin Fahim and a wise advice from Mahmood Khan Achakzai for his coalition boss remained the highlight of a historic day in National Assembly proceedings on Wednesday. There hardly was any doubt about the election of Mian sahb as prime minister and a division of the house for counting his majority vote was

considered nothing but a formality. The number game was in favour of Nawaz League. Coalition partners of Imran Khan in KP (Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party) along with MQM and solitary member of ANP and independents of FATA had already announced to vote for Mian Sahb. Yet, what concerned many in the League camp was the fact that Mian sahb got only 244 votes as compared to 258 votes for his party-nominated speaker. Symbolic gestures by PTI and a more strategic one by Peoples Party to pitch their respective candidates against Mian Nawaz Sharif was all aimed at scoring some points to mature their claim for an all powerful seat of the Opposition leader in the assembly. Peoples Party, went a bit overboard in its bid as they tried to show off their daggers by scratching upon a sensitive

point of Nawaz League when NICLtainted Makhdoom of Hala Sharif congratulated the agencies in the same breath he felicitated the newly elected prime minister. Passionate and speaking from the heart, Mian Nawaz Sharif tried to touch upon everything under the sun but fell desperately short of all those expectations whereby a policy statement or for that matter a 90-days road map was coming. He, however, hinted at addressing the nation—a 90s technique of using PTV for politicking—to reveal his home-made solutions for economy, loadshedding, lawlessness, drones, foreign policy issues and his three priority areas of agriculture, industry and trading. From the written script to extempore utterances, Mian sahb tried to prove an epitome of reconciliation and

rapprochement. Nevertheless, Mian sahb proved all those wrong—at least for the time being—who were betting their souls to convince every Tom, Dick and Harry that judiciary, media or military will prove one of his first causality. Rather, he avoided all of this and said only few many words for the media that it will be free to not only point out his government’s follies but also show them the directions to improve the governance. A far cry from what has so far been associated with Mian Sahb that he would set the media houses, defiant judges and even un-related faujis in order just like he did in his previous two outings. Instead, he was looking for cooperation, extending a hand out to opposition and more importantly acknowledging PPP government for decisions like Gawadar port. Chief of PkMAP, Mahmood

Achakzai amongst many others also spoke on the role of agencies but then he was quick to caution everyone out there to deal with this delicate matter very tactfully hence prepare for the marching orders. Showing a clear way out of Mushy-saga to his ruling party friends, he almost spelled out the mindset of Nawaz League that let the bygones be bygones and enjoy the new mandate. But as the wise-guys in the Muslim League believe that “Mushy is none of our concern, it’s between him, the courts and the guarantors,” the matter for sure lies with My Lords. As one of our friend from legal fraternity very pertinently mentioned that media-driven my lords have already started making headlines to make their presence felt very loud and clear.” As for the policies are concerned, which Mian sahb has not divulged to

the same house, whose sanctity he wants to uphold, Nawaz Leaguers believe that besides sending many babus between grade 17 and 21 back to educational institutions, investors and bankers have been asked to come up with any loose change they may have. Empty coffers and mere promises are likely to cut not only honeymoon short but the entire journey might become a big question mark. Therefore efforts are afoot by dollar-dar to do the scavenger’s job while Chaudhry Nisar has been asked to come up with a security roadmap which can pave way for secure environment for the investors. Therefore the man from Chakri is not only reviving the contacts with the cantonments to find a workable solution for internal and external negotiations, revealed some insiders.

CJ says land beyond use to be considered property of state

Achakzai for commission to rectify past mistakes

Parliamentary leaders pledge cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked land beyond use will be considered property of the state and this concept of ownership of land is Islamic concept. CJP gave these remarks while presiding over 9-member larger bench of Supreme Court (SC) during course of hearing of land reforms case Wednesday. CJP remarked “land beyond use will be considered land owned by state. Thousands of acres land in Balochistan is held by absentee land owners. It is not being cultivated despite availability of water. In order to save the lands, they were transferred in the names of such persons who were not even born yet. This is matter of human concern and we will issue orders on it”.

ISLAMABAD: The chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai on Wednesday stressed the need to constitute a fact-finding commission to ascertain mistakes of the past and suggest a mechanism to rectify them. Speaking in the National Assembly, he said that those, who had opposed the dictatorial regimes, must be compensated. A large number of people, including judges and lawyers, had opposed the dictators at the cost of their jobs and their services should be recognized. But those, who had supported to the unconstitutional rulers, must be condemned, he said. The judges, who had been sacked from their jobs and endured financial losses, must be compensated now and in case of their death, their children should be provided compensation, he added. He said he had no sympathy with former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf but merely punishing him would not be enough. All his facilitators and supporters must also be punished. Achakzai opposed the role of army in Pakistan’s politics, and called for putting behind the past mistakes. He congratulated Nawaz Sharif and offered his full support and cooperation. –AGENCIES

ISLAMABAD: Almost all Parliamentary parties Wednesday congratulated newly elected Premier Nawaz Sharif and vowed their support in good-work. PPPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim congratulated Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his election as the leader of the house. He said his party will extend full cooperation to the new government to defend the constitution and parliament against any adventurism. Amin Fahim demanded the new government to complete Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline project which he termed is in the best interest of the country. He also said that agencies role in the politics must be discouraged in the future as enough is enough‚ democracy must be given a space. Congratulating the newly elected leader of the house‚ Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said it is a historic day today when supremacy of constitution and democracy has been established. Hashmi suggested the new government to take along the small provinces to bring peace there and ensure their development. He said his party will play constructive role as opposition. However‚ it will extend full cooperation to the government to resolve the problems of the people. Javed Hashmi urged the new government to hold local bodies elections at the earliest which are essential to shift the power to the

CJ hints at taking NRO case to logical end ISLAMABAD: Justice of Ifthikar Pakistan Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday remarked that the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case would be taken to its logical end. The three-member bench headed by the chief justice, resumed hearing of the NRO implementation case. During the course of proceedings, prosecutor for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) K. K. Agha informed the court that he could not find the attested copies of reference filed in NAB courts against Joint Secretary Ministry of Interior Raja Tahir Hussain and former Secretary Establishment Ismail Qureshi. He pleaded for more time to submit the copies of reference in the court. Dr Basit, counsel for Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, informed the court that the NAB had completed the investigation against former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairmen Adnan Khawaja and his client. The court adjourned hearing of the case till June 13. –APP

Abid Hassan advocate argued “Wafaqi Shariat Court had already declared the confiscation of land by state against the Shariat in land reforms case. There are several laws in force in the country which are repugnant to Shariat but they have been accepted,” he added. CJP remarked “in certain constituencies political parties and notables signed the agreements that no woman will cast her vote in these constituencies. In order to save property, it was transferred on false and baseless deeds to such persons who were not born yet. You can resort to parliament that it should legislate to set the limits of land.” Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed “1973 constitution was beautiful confluence of Islam and democracy but the act of investing powers to Federal Shariat court gave rise to such

disturbance that it has not been corrected so far.” CJP remarked the decision of this case will have repercussions on common man. The land reforms should lead to bring about change in the economic and social life of the people. In the meantime, law ministry filed its reply in the SC wherein it was said that SC is authorized to review the matter of land reforms. The parliament can determine the limit of land for an individual under Article 253. If the state confiscates land of any person and this act is not in conflict with Islamic laws then no fundamental constitutional right will be affected and it will not be declared an infringement on fundamental right. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today (Thursday). –ONLINE

No one is above the law, says SC ISLAMABAD: Justice S. Khawaja, the head of a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, hearing the missing persons’ case on Wednesday in his remarks said that no one was above the Constitution and law. Giving last warning to the District Police Officer (DPO) of Chakwal if the missing persons, Omar Hayat and Omar Bakht were not recovered till June 12, then the court would take the decision. Similarly, he said if the families of Zakirullah and Abdul Qayoom were not allowed to meet them in the

detention centre then judges would themselves visit the detention centre and would take action against the officials. The Deputy Attorney General, Dil Muhammad Alizai told the court that the meeting of the families of Zakirullah and Abdul Qayoom would be arranged at the detention centre in Lakki Marwat on June 17. On this the brother of Zakirullah, Nasrullah, expressing reservations, said that he would not be allowed to meet his brother. The court adjourned the hearing till 24 of this month. –ONLINE

Michael Jackson’s daughter attempts suicide LOS ANGELES: Paris Jackson, the 15year-old daughter of late pop star Michael Jackson, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt, her mother, Debbie Rowe, told entertainment TV programme "Entertainment Tonight." Paris, the second of Jackson's three children, had "a lot going on (lately)," Rowe told "Entertainment Tonight." "We appreciate everyone's thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family's privacy," an attorney for Rowe said in a statement. Messages left with representatives of the singer's estate were not immediately returned. –AGENCIES

And Kasuri quits PTI ...

LAHORE: Disgruntled PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri on Wednesday announced her decision to leave the party. “I am announcing with heavy heart that I am leaving Tehreek-e-Insaf,” she said while addressing a news conference. Kasuri, who was a founding member of the PTI, alleged: “A mafia has taken over the party due to which thousands of workers are disappointed.” But she thanked Imran Khan for providing her a platform to do philanthropist and political work across the country. Earlier, Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan met Kasuri at her residence and offered her the post of adviser to PTI chairman. She advised Kasuri not to make any hasty decision about her political career. Kasuri was dejected for not being among those who made it to the Parliament on reserved women seats. –INP

Punjab Assembly to elect new CM today LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly will elect new Leader of the House today (Thursday), reports Online. PML-N's Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and PTI's Mian Mahmood-urRasheed have filed their nomination papers for the Chief Ministership. Talking to newsmen ‚ Shahbaz Sharif said with transition of power‚ a new era of development would start in the country. And talking to media‚ Mian Mahmood-urRasheed said their party will play the role of a genuine opposition in the Assembly.

ISI trying to revive Sikh militancy, alleges India NEW DELHI: India Wednesday accused Pakistan for trying to revive Sikh militancy and alleged that youth are being trained in ISI facilities to carry out terror attacks in the country. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said there have been significant developments on the Sikh militancy front and its commanders based in Pakistan are under pressure from the ISI to further the Pakistani intelligence agency's terror plans not only in Punjab but also other parts of India. "Sikh youth are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan. Interdictions and interrogations have revealed use of jailed cadres, unemployed youth, criminals and smugglers by Pakbased Sikh terror groups for

facilitating terror attacks," he was quoted as saying by PTI while addressing the conference of Chief Ministers on internal security. Shinde said Sikh youth based and settled in Europe and the US were also being motivated towards militancy and a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, including RDX have managed to find its way into Punjab through the borders. He said a significant quantity of RDX has since been recovered in police action in Rajasthan and Punjab in the last one year. The Home Minister said India continues to face serious challenges to its internal security scenario from Jehadi terrorists and terror groups

grass roots level. Mahmoud Khan Achakzai suggested that those judges who did not accept the orders of the dictators should be declared national heroes and they should be paid their salaries. Similarly those judges who supported dictatorship should be condemned. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also expressed his greetings to Nawaz Sharif for becoming third time Prime Minister. Maulana said Pakistan was not a secular country as its foundation was built on Islamic ideology. He said to improve economy, law and order situation of the country would have to be improved. MQM leader Farooq Sattar, on occasion, congratulated Nawaz Sharif saying that it was good gesture of newly elected PM to take all political forces onboard to make a new Pakistan. Sattar said he and his party appreciated Nawaz Sharif ’s concern for Karachi adding that law and order situation of financial hub of the country must be resolved on top priority basis. Sheikh Rasheed, chief of Awami Pakistan Muslim League, also congratulated Nawaz Sharif for Premiership. Sheikh said the leaders who were production of dictatorship were today making speeches against the dictators. He said economy of the country was about to collapse as PIA, railways and steel mills were producing nothing. –ONLINE

were taking advantage of communication channels which have become more sophisticated over a period of time. "From mobile phones, terrorists today have moved on to use of satellite phones, Thuraya sets, use of spoofed IDs and coded transactions over e-mail and chat sessions, besides Voice over Internet Protocol to communicate across the border," he said. The Home Minister said India's long and porous border with Bangladesh and Nepal have been used by Pakbased Jehadi groups to ex-filtrate terrorists out of India for training in Pakistan and induction of terrorist elements, hardware and finance into India. –ONLINE

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The new Leader of the House in the Punjab Assembly will take oath of his office the same day (Thursday). AP P ad ds : No guest or visitor will be allowed on election day of Leader of the House in the Punjab Assembly on June 6. Chief Security Officer Punjab Assembly Sardar Muhammad Akbar Nasir told APP here Wednesday that on special directive of Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, extra-ordinary security arrangements had been made to facilitate the legislators and media.

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