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Latest drone attack

FO summons US diplomat, lodges protest SAEED MINHAS ISLAMABAD: A new chapter of diplomatic relations has kick-started between newlyelected Nawaz government in Islamabad and Obama administration as Pakistan recorded a strong worded protest on CIAoperated drone strike in North Waziristan by summoning the US Charge d’ Affaires Richard Hoagland on Saturday. The first strike after Nawaz Sharif ’s 25member cabinet took oath of their offices on June 07 happened on the same day and is reported to have killed seven people in one of the most notorious tribal agencies in FATA, the North Waziristan. Confirming the news, a deputy spokesman of US Embassy in Islamabad Matt Boland said: “Our Charge d’ Affairs has met with senior Pakistani officials and received a demarche from them.” However, when asked about any response from US administration he said that “we have nothing to share anything further on this matter.” Amidst talks of shooting down the drones, move is considered significant because it will determine the relationship between the two countries living and fighting together under simmering mistrust since long. It was over all 370th drone strike inside Pakistani territories focusing seven FATA agencies since 2004. Differing accounts exist about the number of causalities as one investigative survey reveals that more than 3100 people including 170 children have been killed in these strikes across FATA region. Number of injured is estimated around 1200. Whereas the high profile targets of Al Qaeda and TTP hit by these predators also vary considerably as one of the monitor believes that are target There is confusion in the air regarding the US Pakistan tacit understanding on these strikes. Pakistan has publicly been condemning these attacks, but has secretly shared intelligence with the United States and also allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011, when 150 Americans were ordered to leave when relations between the two countries had turned acrimonious due to infamous KLB Bill and OBL killing. Wikileaks also surfaced the issue through leaked cables

that Pakistan's Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani tacitly agreed to the drone flights, rather had asked Americans to increase them in 2008. Drone strikes were halted in November 2011 after NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the Salala incident. Shamsi Airfield was completely evacuated of Americans and taken over by the Pakistanis in December 2011. Drones did not appear in Pakistani skies for almost two months and resumed on 10 January 2012. In March 2013, Ben Emmerson, United Nations Special Rapporteur, led a UN team assigned to look into civilian casualties from drone strikes had termed the attacks a violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan. US administration, however contradicted this by claiming these strikes as preemptive ones aimed at safeguarding their interests and that too with tacit understanding of Pakistan. On Saturday as the federal ministers were entering their offices for the first time, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instructed his Special Assistant and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi to lodge an official complaint with US. Eventually, US Charge d’ Affaires, Ambassador Richard Hoagland was summoned in the Foreign Office by Fatemi to lodge a strong protest on the US drone strike carried out in North Waziristan on 07 June 2013. The US official was handed a demarche in this regard. Foreign ministry officials confirmed that “It was conveyed to the US Charge d’ Affairs that the Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes which are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” They said that US was asked for an immediate end to drone strikes. It was also pointed out that the Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counterproductive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Negative impact of drone strikes was stressed upon by Fatemi by telling the US envoy that they are having a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

It will take years to end power loadshedding: Asif ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif has declined to give a deadline to end power load-shedding and said it might take years. However, the PML-N government would try to decrease power outages in the upcoming holy month of Ramazan, he added. Talking to media persons here on Saturday after assuming the charge of his office, Khwaja Asif minced no words in making the government stance clear on electricity load shedding which had added miseries to citizens’ agonies. He said clearing up the mess left by the previous governments during the last 13-14 years would take not weeks or months but years. He expressed deep concerns over high power theft and soaring line losses. He advised the power distributing companies to do equal load-shedding across the country. He also instructed the DISCOs to immediately submit a report on sky-high power theft, heavy line losses and collection of outstanding dues. Sharing PML-N government's strategy to address the issue of electricity shortage, he said a plan consisting immediate‚ medium and long-term relief for the consumers has been prepared to decrease the miseries of common man. He said: “Our first priority is to reduce the duration of load shedding and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will himself make public the contents of this strategy soon under which domestic consumers will be given preference followed by the industrial units.” Replying to a question, he said he would be making utmost efforts to end the unscheduled power load-shedding. –SAHTAK BALOCH

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shaking hands with German Foreign Minister Dr Gulido Westerwelle. –ONLINE

Drones, energy Malik elected Balochistan CM unopposed discussed with German FM OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of illegal drone strikes within Pakistani territory by US with the visiting German Foreign Minister Dr Guldo Westerwelle here on Saturday. The German minister, after finishing a visit to Kabul stopped in Pakistan with a six-member delegation and called on the prime minister at PM House this afternoon. Official spokesperson of the PM House revealed that the visiting foreign minister was briefed about the negative impact of drone strikes in Pakistan. Drone attacks, Nawaz said, are violating our sovereignty as well as international laws. Drone attacks must stop, he emphasized. “We have protested many a time. This is simply unacceptable.” “Pakistan is ready to facilitate the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan and hopes that Afghan army and security forces would be able to manage the situation after the withdrawal of coalition troops from the country.” He hoped that Pakistan would benefit from the technological advancement and economic development of Germany. He said Pakistan welcomes that German investors set up thermal power plants which can be run on coal and gas and offered to facilitate the setting up of their plants near coal mines in Pakistan.

Malik vows to talk to estranged leaders

QUETTA: President of National Party, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was elected Chief Minister Balochistan unopposed, here on Saturday, reports APP. According to unofficial results, No other candidate submitted his nomination forms for the post of chief minister. Assembly Secretariat sources told APP that National Party MPA Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani was first proposer of Dr Abdul Malik and the Rehmat Baloch was seconder. Earlier, Dr Abdul Malik visited the house of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl

parliamentary leader Maulana Abdul Wasey and held meeting with him. Maulana Abdul Wasey announced to support Dr Abdul Malik and that JUIF would not field candidate for the top slot of the Balochistan government. The Chief Minister-elect Dr Abdul Malik would take oath in a ceremony to be held at Governor House on June 9 at 6 pm. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi will administer oath to him. Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif had nominated Dr Abdul Malik as

consensus candidate for the post of chief minister. Online adds: Newlyelected Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik has vowed to gather all political forces to improve situation in the province. “We would speak to our estranged brothers to bring them on the negotiations table”, Dr. Abdul Malik said. Talking to media here on Saturday, the Balochistan chief minister pledged to take every possible step to restore peace and to uplift the lot of people of the province. –AGENCIES

JUI-F announces to sit on treasury benches ISLAMABAD: The JUI-F has announced to sit on treasury benches after a successful meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman here on Saturday. During a meeting held at the PM’s house, matters related to overall political situation, inclusion of the JUI-F in the central government, law and order among other issues were discussed at length. According to an official handout, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated that the enormity of the challenges faced by the country demanded unity among the people and cooperation among political parties. He said he would be open to any advice beneficial to the greater good of the people. However, according to reliable sources, Fazl congratulated the PM on his election and exchanged views on his priorities.

The PM said: “We are considering the wish-list and soon we would respond positively.” The sources told Online that Maulana Fazl also sought federal ministries as well as chairmanship of a National Assembly Standing Committee. The sources said the PML-N leadership is considering granting chairmanship to the JUI-F of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the first phase and then in the second phase, ministries would be considered. When Online contacted JUI-F spokesperson Jan Achakzai in this regard, he claimed that matters of ministries did not crop up in the meeting between the PM and Maulana Fazl. He said that his party is unconditionally supporting the PML-N for strengthening the democracy. He said that no government post is being given to the JUI-F as yet. –ONLINE

2 ANP men among 3 killed in Karachi KA R A CH I : Unknown gunmen shot dead three people on the Nishtar Road near Lasbela Chowk here on Saturday. Four unidentified armed men riding on two motorcycles opened fire at Lasbela Chowk, injuring three people. The injured were rushed to hospital, but they died on the way to hospital. The Awami National Party (ANP) spokesman has claimed that among the dead two were their party office-bearers and one policeman. Panic gripped the area after the incident. Shops were closed and vehicular traffic was suspended. –INP

June 12 budget to focus on revival of economy, says Dar TAHIR NIAZ ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government will present budget for the upcoming financial year 2013-14 before the National Assembly on Wednesday, June 12 after its approval from federal cabinet. The upcoming budget would mainly focus on revival of economy with special concentration on overcoming circular debt to resolve the prevailing energy crisis in the country, Ishaq Dar said while talking

to media after assuming the office of Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs and Statistics here. Ishaq Dar said that the government has already devised a strategy to overcome the prevailing challenges at economic front including energy crisis. Before the presentation of the budget in the National Assembly, the meeting of National Economic Council (NEC) is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 10 to consider and approve funding for Public Sector Development Programme

(PSDP) (2013-14). Senator Ishaq Dar said that the circular debt has expanded to Rs.500 billion and for resolving energy crisis there is dire need to get rid of this burden adding that the upcoming budget would be devised in a way to come out of this vicious circle. He was of the view that country was facing several challenges however, added that the government would try its best to overcome these and help economic development. He said that inflation was also one of

the pressing issues but it could not be brought down overnight and would take some time to provide relief to masses. The federal minister said that the debt on government has surged from Rs.3000 billion up to Rs.14000 billion and the government is not only bound to pay back the loans but also pay interests according to the schedule. The government would definitely opt for a better mechanism to pay back these loans adding that it was already engaged to devise a proper strategy in this regard adding that

some payment are due till December. The federal minister said that the country also have to spend on its defence, infrastructure and other social sector programmes. He said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) post-monitoring programme missions is scheduled to visit Pakistan in the third week of June. On revenues, the federal minister said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been directed to achieve its revised tax collection target well in time. The FBR had revised the revenue target from

Rs.2301 to Rs.2193 and then to Rs.2116. The minister said that the government would try to achieve the revenue targets it would set for the upcoming fiscal year (2013-14). He said there is dire need to enhance income and resources to help improve economy and lead the country towards progress and prosperity. He stressed the need for striking balance between income and expenditures and informed the media persons that austerity measures will be taken to reduce the expenditures.


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Perks, privileges to be cut


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Railway Ministry measures unpopular with Railway of SAHTAK BALOCH

ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq, on his first day after assuming charge, ordered the withdrawal of perks and privileges especially vehicles above the entitlement of Pakistan Railways (PR) officials. This little action would not prove enough to put on track the sinking ship (Pakistan Railway), as much more is required to meet challenges to cater plethora of problem in PR. Officials termed this first action of Minister for Railways as insignificant, saying that the after the initiation of policy for monetization of transport facility for Civil Servants on January 1, 2012, almost all the officials have their own vehicles. A senior official at Railways should also be devised in the bes wellalso as the government. Freight They said concrete steps should Ministry, on the condition ofhowever, from now onwards no interests of PR. trains of be taken to overcome losses of the are not operating because official would enjoy more vehicles anonymity, told this scribe that When connected with a spokesman of locomotive engines national entity, adding thatmalfunctioning corruption other of than his or her entitlement with following the strict instructions of great the Railways Ministry, he conf and mismanagement should notover be last three years, causing effect to this decision of the Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja the information and said a notifi loss to the Pakistan Railways. tolerated at any cost. minister." Saad Rafiq, the Railways Ministry on has been issued as per instructio When asked to recommend Saturday issued a notificationSome of retired officials when Ironically, the government at the of federal minister. Over a ques measures to overcome the losses present contacted to get their viewpoint on is financing the railway withdrawal of perks and privileges and drop facility bein Pakistan Railways, they saidabout firstpick of all department for payment of salaries the federal minister s action termed especially vehicles above the to the ministry s staff, he in order to meet the overallgiven deficit andby pensions to the serving and the a fruitless effort entitlement of its officials. Hemeasure also thoseawho use to deduct conveyanc minister should now come up with retired employees. Otherwise, the saying it is simply beating the air not said that the minister has also would, however, enjoy t planto to overcome the soaringallowance losses more than this. They said ifdepartment the PML› has lost all sources instructed to deposit extra vehicles instead of increasing fares pick and drop facility. generate income. Even the Pakistan N led government is sincere to assigned on federal minister’s It isalso worth mentioning here that excessively. Railway fares should Railways has been facing shortage of improve the performance of Pakistan protocol to the respective offices. ian Mansha’s presence at Nawaz minister Saad Rafiq has a rationalized according tofederal the fuel for operating passengerbe trains, Railways then it must leave no stone "Though the ministry has issued Sharif’s oath›taking has raised the restoration of Vigi distance and to root out theannounced menace which are only 12 all over the unturned to revamp the PR and as per minister’s many eyebrows. Mian Sahb had notification his Cell andPR said work has to be done of corruption. They also said since are all out efforts to makecountry. PakistanThe railway authorities instruction yet this measuremade would jet plain at his disposal throughout the war footing to improve the affair owns vast lands located in prime unable to run even a single freight Railways not bear fruits and is not enough to a profit›earning organization campaign and Mansha is also believed Pakistan Railways and said servic locations in various parts of the train, which is the major source of in accordance with the vision of Prime have contributed heavily in party steer fund. the He corporation from ongoing country, a policy to auctionagencies the landand Army personnel would income, both for the department as Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. crisis , he said, adding, is known to already have develped financial close relations with the key Kashmiri members of the Federal Cabinet and is believed to be focused on his agenda. Mansha has his eyes on privatizations of Imran Khan @ImranKhanPTI energy›related projects. He is deeply I have met Fauzia & will get her ba interest in PSO, SNGPL, OGDC etal. soon. PTI mbrs should know that her Mansha was disheartened when services for PTI r immense. Petroleum was not merged with Water Aadi @keen_aadil &Power Ministries as one Ministry of Javed Hashmi Sb should clear the Energy under a minister of his choice. He confusion by saying, at my age and condition you also wants his man appointed as Head of expect a slip of tongue simple :) not big issue the Competition Commission of Pakistan Jury @JuryGmail (CCP) so that the cement cartel can #PTI supports TERRORIST former SIPAH SAHABA, continue to control output to maximize #ASWJ Orangzaib Farooqi in #PS128Rigging by voti profits and rob the general public. They Favor of Establishment Puppet cartel was caught red handed by the CCP Shehwish Couple @shehwish_couple when Khalid Mirza aas Chairman and fined ISB: Wazir›e›Azam Nawaz Sharif Se Germany Ke Waz it heavily. The cartel of cement and sugar Kharja Ki Mulaqat, Pakistan Ko Tawanai Ke Lye 93 got the Law changed also. Euro Imdad Ka Elan. By faraz And why is Asif Zardari’s Finance Aamir Nawaz Khan @iaamir_khan Minister and his business manager When I was teenager I always thought BJP of Indi Anwer Majid’s Samdhi Shaukat Tareen MQM of Pakistan are same in nature :p being so actively promoted in PML N Moon Zohra @moon_zohra and by whom. Is it to protect the RT @HaiderRizviMQM Congratulation #Pakistan and criminal acts of his Son in Law, his Pakistanis for PS 128 and Thanku #Karachi for al father and Brothers who are one of the YES TO #MQM no TO Sectarianism. biggest robbers of NBP (22 billions) all Jury @JuryGmail Paks ( Pak investment Banks in #PTI’s supports DeenFarosh former SIPAH Partnership with many Muslim Countries SAHABA,#ASWJ Orangzaib Farooqi in #PS128Rigging Kakar FGEHF purchased 3,000 kanals of in Favor of Establishment Puppet #Pakista and one with China) Sindh Bank, Silk voting of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. However, it was ALI SAJJAD SHAH land at the rate of Rs 950,000 per Bank in Rental Power and IPP projects Gemkanal Tweets @GladYAYtor finally decided by the PML (N) leadership in Bharato Kahu, Islamabad. The application and acquisition of Sugar and Cement Dear #India & #pakistan u ppl always have this l that ISLAMABAD: PML (N) are said to be in only one Ministry shall be granted stated that the present rate of land was during summers, we in #kashmir never ha Plants from Dewans through Black Mail. shedding (F) apart from Chairmanship of agreement with JUI (F) to revealJUI Akram RsIslamic 40,000 to 400,000 per kanal and Shaukat Tareen also needs some solid Anyitrelation ? Not even electrical Committee and Council for Khan Durrani as Federal MinisterKashmir for appeared that corruption was doneChris in the patronage to save the already Bankrupt Silk Lewis @usconsfreepress Ideology. Housing and Works. A reliable source in Bank. 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The corruption Zaid deliberately laid down by last government. after he signed the NA Roll was Mansha Afghan Taliban, LeT & pro›Pakistan tribals join and was allegedly implicated Federal Minister for Housing andgovernment Works Pakistan Muslim League (N) MNA Usman standing across in the visitors’ gallery. attack TTP, the CIA/RAW backed terrorists. Great in dishonesty in allotment of government portfolio to one of JUI (F) nominees, Ibrahim took oath as Minister forAli State for Is this govt agent of the Rich? Ten Abunimah @AliAbunimah which is likely to be Akram Khanaccommodations. Durrani, business groups from Karachi also apaid Rs. Chief Minister KPK, he said. Barack Obama murders 7 unidentified persons, ser He was also held responsible inHousing a mega and Works and Federal Minister former portfolio who are 4, in northwest Pakistan. 100 each for election fund of PML. Earlier Will this scam in Housing and Works Ministry which being given to JUI (F) injures party chief JUI (F) Maulana Fazlur likely to as govt not protect their interests? Rehman was insisting for his party Tehreek›e›Insaf FATA @PTI_FATA involved innominate Akram Khan Durrani to get1.95 billion rupees corruption Federal Minister. It is feared that oldSharif stories Mian Sahib is all set to fall into trap Nawaz ’protests’ against Drone Strike tha thethe chairmanship of the Kashmir Federal Government Employees Housing laid by Mansha. He has already recovered tribesmen yesterday. Will u protest if drones hi Committee of parliament and the Foundation (FGEHF). Ex›Minister of mega corruption can also be repeated in this his contribution to PML by highestministries gains in of Religious Affairs and Shahbaz Zahid @shahbazzahid Housing and Works Faisal Saleh Hayat hadterm. Housing escalation of prices of his stocksand since PML Maulana also demandedfiled Imran Khan didn’t become Prime Minister #Pakista Works. the an application with the Supreme N victory. opposition leader. I suggest a post for him: he Court pointing out that during the tenure portfolio of senior minister in the become head of #TTP after today of former Federal Minister Rehmat ullah Balochistan government and governorship Ali Dayan Hasan @AliDayan Opposition to drones is no excuse for supporting killers of 50,000 citizens who want to destroy c & take over #Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif News @SSNewsFeedPMLN The prime minister of Pakistan has summoned the ambassador in anger after an American drone atta nine... Umar Cheema @UmarCheema1 suicide bombing, the Frontier’ was a short decimating story hough I do not know him Javed Hashmi’s Malala Yousafzai moment: She face carried out by a misled local that appeared in the British well›enough to talk about criticism for calling Obama "my ideal." Hashmi s literary magazine Granta’steenager that killed more than a his ’undesirable activities’, for "Nawaz Sharif my leader." 2010. people and injured as but what I have gathered Pakistan›specific issue inhundred Mahad Azam Sandhu @MahadAzamSandhu many. It’s the story of how locals of Most of those who died through his articles and common GUYS BE ATTENTIVE :› NAYA PAKISTAN (PTI) IS THE were sportsmen from nearby Lakki Marwat, a town bordering acquaintances is that expelled OFFICIAL WELCOMING SONG OF PAKISTAN IN THE LAST villages, including a step›brother Waziristan, defied the Taliban s New York Times Pakistan Bureau EDITION OF ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY YEAH of the bomber. The Marwat tribe Chief, Declan Walsh was assuppression of their culture, Dr. Arif Alvi @ArifAlvi vowed retribution, but the Taliban including banning girls education much, if not more, Pakistani as With 2nd drone strike pressure on PTI in KP.I su had was been victorious already as and volleyball, a sport that any of us. He may or may not formally communicate with PMLN govt and put issu the sports grounds were empty have been involved in the next said to religion there. NATO supply blockage on the table thereafter. Challenging Baitullah Mehsud s ’activities’, although a few more Khalid Khattak @Khalid_Khattak It s an enlightening read that the locals, following sentences in his expulsionedicts, note Why #Pakistan #PMHouse needs a renovation each t how the Taliban forced celebrated the explains New would’ve really helped to tradition, explain, an incumbent comes. Certainly there must be regu themselves into settled areas and Year his with the popular annual but I wish those that decided renovation too. #pmln #pakpolitics. volleyball tournament. Thehow locals stood up in defiance. fate had kept this one particular Asim Saeed @asimsaeed14 Taliban responded with a It can be made into such an story of his in front. ’Arithmetic on Good step of not taking protocol by federal mini interesting and inspiring movie. It #PMLN #RoshanPakistan was ’undesirable’ Declan who Regardless of the positive reports Rehman H Khalil @a_r_h_k This warped mindset needs a ’ingress’ he had made in that ventured to the area and such as this, ’they’ weren’t happy with #IranPakPipeline, #drones missing in foreign pol major overhaul, Karachi to Khyber a unearthed the story behindtime. the But then what good is him having been in Pakistan for headlines. guidelines. go home #PMLN you’re drunk! type, to truly grasp the concept of journalist who doesn’t have almost a decade, wary of the ’contacts’ Regardless and Khan @AKF1 what ’good’ or ’bad’ for Abdullah the ’contacts’ and ’ingress’ in hisishost of the positive ’ingress’ he had made in that time. Butreports such as this, ’they’ station? 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Mansha at his game again?


Akram Khan Durrani to get Housing and Works ministry

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SUNDAY, JUNE 09, 2013

Intel launches new micro-architecture

NAB asks SBP, SECP to clarify position on JSBL ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau has asked the State Bank of Pakistan to clarify its position on insider trading offence committed by M/s JS Bank. According to the NAB, as per inquiry report received by it from the SECP, the JS bank has clearly been implicated in the crime but contrary to it, the State Bank maintained the position quite opposite to it. NAB has also sought an explanation from the SECP for omitting M/s JS Bank in its writ petition filed in the court of Karachi South session judge. SECP has also been asked to explain why it misguided the State Bank by making a false statement that the bank was not involved in insider trading. The NAB believed that the SECP report to NAB contradicts the letter SECP sent to the State Bank on the subject. In its report to the NAB, the SECP clearly indicated involvement of M/s JS Bank in inside trading but in its letter sent to the SBP, it exonerated M/s JS Bank, obviously making a false assertion. NAB has sought an explanation from SECP in this regard. STAFF REPORT

Minister seeks housing survey report, list of illegal occupants ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Housing and Works Barrister Usman Ibrahim Saturday said that the government has come with objective to deliver on merit as there would be no tolerance against any corrupt elements. He was given an introductory briefing about working of the ministry and its attached departments by Housing and Works Secretary Nasar Hayat. The minister directed the secretary to provide a complete and updated survey report, submitted in Supreme Court regarding status of all government housing units in Islamabad. He also directed to prepare a complete list of all illegally occupied government houses which need to be vacated immediately. The attached departments of the ministry will give detailed and formal briefing to the minister in the coming week. APP

Training for junior school teachers initiated ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) in collaboration with the federal and provincial education organisations and departments is initiating training programme for junior school teachers. In the initial phase, master trainers will be trained at the education departments of the national universities by national and foreign resource persons. In the second phase, the master trainers will be assigned the responsibilities to train the school teachers at the district level. The training will be open to all junior school teachers and will be mandatory. In schools, students will be encouraged to participate in the creative activities relevant to science and their work will be displayed in the class rooms to give them confidence. APP

Municipal effluent deteriorates aquatic habitat at Margalla Hills ISLAMABAD: Deteriorated aquatic habitat at Margalla Hills due to municipal and industrial effluent from Rawalpindi and Islamabad are a potential threat for upstream migration and breeding of Fish 'Tor Putitora'. Large scale extraction of truck loads of sand, gravel and stones from the Margalla Hills have destroyed the natural breeding grounds of this famous sports fish. The Margalla Hills area of River Soan has been a natural breeding ground for this fish, which breeds in cool waters with gravely and stone bed. This fish has been a great natural asset of the Potowar Plateau over the ages. The areas of Margalla, Murree, Kahuta and Lehtrar provide natural habitat for the breeding of this fish, said Dr Muhammad Rafique, director of the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH). He said that Fingerlings and fries of this fish were, however, observed in the areas above the Rawal dam, which shows that the fish is still breeding in this area in spite of construction of dams and pollution in River Soan below Rawalpindi. Dr Rafique said the population of this fish is very low and it seems as if small population is surviving in the area. The fish fauna however is mostly represented in Rawal lake and Shahdara valley nullah. The major commercial fish are only represented in Rawal lake area which forms a buffer zone of Margalla Hills National Park, he said. "The problems like diversion of water bodies, fast pace of construction work, urbanization, population influx, habitat fragmentation, physical and ecological barriers in migration of fish and pollution due to municipal garbage is very severe in this area." Due to this, the area of River Soan and its tributaries upstream Rawalpindi has been highly disturbed and ecologically changed, Dr Rafique said. APP

Silvermont will have high performance


Youngsters fifisshing at Rawal Lake. APP

CDA under scrutiny – FIA confiscates D-12’s record 

Civic body fails to develop sector despite lapse of several years  Investigation agency asks officials to provide payment details SALMAN ABBAS

ISLAMABAD: The failure of Capital Development Authority to develop the Sector D-12 despite a lapse of several years, finally came under the scrutiny of Federal Investigation Agency which has confiscated the record related to D-12 development and payments made to the contractor concerned in this regard, The Spokesman has learnt. Due to laxity of some officials, the project of Sector D-12 development could not be completed so far and even the basic necessities like gas and water were also not provided in the area, said an official, seeking anonymity. The contractor of the project also failed to deliver up to the mark, he said. “Even after the failure of contractor to complete the development work, huge payments were made by CDA

officials just because of the political influence,” a source said. He also said that the issue related to payments made to the contractor compelled the investigative agency to intervene into the matter which has now asked the officials of the CDA to provide relevant evidences. According to the sources, the development of D-12 was started in 2005 which was to be completed within the period of two years. However, even after the lapse of eight years, the CDA has yet failed to complete the development of the sector. Besides, mobilisation advance, the extra advance was also paid to the contractor allegedly due to the political influence. The source said that the amount was to be adjusted in the bills of development cost. “But the officials did not show any interest to save the civic body from loss and paid a huge amount to the

contractor in advance,” he said. Now, the FIA has started inquiry into such payments, he said. The source said that some senior officials of the authority were also likely to be found guilty, if any corruption proved in the project. An official of the CDA Engineering Wing said that even the sewerage lines have also not completely been laid down in the sector whereas the contractor submitted lame excuse of occupation before the CDA. He said that the contractor has also failed to show his performance even in that areas which were in occupation of CDA. Due to such delay in development, the cost of the project has been increased up to three per cent, he said. “Officials of the civic body are responsible for such increase in cost which has directly cost a huge loss to the authority,” he said.

Honest officials to be inducted into Islamabad Police: Nisar 

Minister says IGP, other officials to be appointed on merit  Interior Ministry to arrange competition among police stations ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said that the Islamabad Police would be made a role model by inducting honest and committed officials while the Inspector General of Police and other officials would be appointed on merit. Taking to media persons at the ministry, he said that their only criteria of appointment would be honesty and integrity. “We will try our level best to resolve the problems of the Islamabad Police on priority and provide them conducive working environment," he said while responding to a question. To another question, he said that no employee would be sacked but the officers who are honest and committed in their work would be promoted on priority. Nisar said that the ministry would arrange a competition among the police stations of the capital – the visitors would be asked to note down their experience of the visit of police station whether they had faced any problem or otherwise. For the purpose, a complaint book would be placed at every police station in which every visitor will write his comments regarding police dealing with him. “An impartial officer belonging to other department would be deputed to note these complaints. The police station against whom minimum complaints are received would be awarded first, second and third prizes,” he added. The minister said that justice would be done to all without caring their party affiliation. “There will be no PML-N, PPP and other political parties, my concern will be to ensure across the board implementation of the law.” Nisar said that he would not use official vehicles,

Cash prize for honest constable

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday awarded cash prize to a police constable Nisar Ahmed for his act of honesty. After assuming charge, he called the constable to the ministry and awarded prize. He also directed the Inspector General of the Islamabad Police to issue an appreciation letter to the constable. The minister took cognizance of the matter after going through a news story telling that Nisar handed over a lost mobile to its owner Noor Aftab. The minister said that he was really impressed by the honesty of the policeman and had decided to award prize and issue appreciation letter once he holds charge of the ministry. Constable Nisar thanked the minister for the prize and appreciation. APP helicopter and aero-planes of the ministry for personal use. He said that transparency would be ensured at all the attached departments of the ministry including Federal Investigation Agency, passports and immigration department and others. The minister sought media's cooperation and urged it to pin point mistakes, adding that he will avoid self exposure and soon appoint a senior officer

as a spokesman with the mandate to provide information to media. He said Islamabad would be brought under full surveillance network, adding that the task regarding law and order was challenging but the government was determined to address the situation effectively. He said emphasis would be laid on improvement in areas including cleanliness, crime and traffic. APP

Margalla Festival 2013 in full swing ISLAMABAD: Celebrations of the Margalla Festival 2013, organised by the Capital Development Authority here at the Art and Craft Village are in full swing. Artist from four provinces including Gilgit Batistan and Kashmir received great appreciation from the residents of the twin cities. Addressing the gathering, CDA Administration Member Munir Ahmed Chaudhry appreciated the participation of the residents of the twin cities in Margalla Festival and said that on the directions of CDA chairman Tahir Shahbaz this mega cultural event was being organised for the entertainment of the residents.

The artists from all over Pakistan have provided complete entertainment to the visitors. After the conclusion of Mragalla

Festival, CDA will organise different sports competitions and these competitions will help provide opportunity to youth to

exhibit their talent. He said that Sports and Culture Directorate will arrange different sports and cultural activities round the year to provide healthy recreational facilities to the residents of Islamabad. People from the twin cities and other surrounding areas enjoyed performance of the renowned artist from Punjab Nadeem Abbas Looney Wala, who presented Punjabi and Seraiki songs. Whereas Kailash dance group and Jhooley Laal group also performed and received great appreciation from the audience. Concluding ceremony of the festival will be held on Sunday. INP

ISLAMABAD: Intel Pakistan Corporation Country Manager Naveed Siraj at the launch of Intel’s new low-power and highperformance micro-architecture named Silvermont has said that technological devices are becoming more popular in Pakistan in contrast to popular perception. Speaking on the role of information technology and social media in the contemporary context, he said that the general election 2013 saw an increased and revolutionary role of technology as millions registered their vote by sending a mobile text message. “Today many of us have more than one technological device in comparison to a couple of years earlier when this was unimaginable,” he said. Silvermont is aimed at low power requirements in market from smartphones to the data centre. Silvermont will be the

foundation for a range of innovative products beginning to come to the market later this year. “As a company, we are passionate about coming up with devices that do not require to be charged frequently as this is one of the conveniences that consumers are looking for nowadays,” he said. Intel’s new product claims to deliver a new outof-order execution engine that will enable best-inclass single threaded performance. Moreover, the device also focuses on enhanced power management capabilities including new intelligent burst technology. Traditionally, Intel has been associated with manufacturing of PCs, however, Siraj mentioned that with the advent of smartphones they realised that it was important to cater to this community as well. “We do not directly create smartphones but enable a design that is later developed by these partner companies,” he added.

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Syrian conflict spills over In March 2011, when fighting in Syria began, the backers of the rebels had predicted an imminent overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. Now more than two years on, Syrian government has survived despite many groups and forces inimical to Assad are fighting Syrian forces. Since August 2012, the rebels have been in and out of Aleppo, a commercial hub. They had taken control of strategically important border town Qusayr for a couple of days, but Assad’s forces with the support of Hezbollah fighters recaptured Qusayr from rebels on Wednesday, and are heading towards Aleppo. The Syrian army also retook control of the UN-monitored crossing at Quneitra in the Golan Heights that had been overrun by rebel forces on Thursday. While anxious not to get involved, knowing Hezbollah’s prowess and fighting abilities, Israel remains deeply concerned about what is going on in and around Quneitra. The involvement of Hezbollah and the upsurge of fighting near the ceasefire line with Israel in the Golan have both raised fears that the conflict could spread across Syria's borders. In August 2006, during the war between Israel and Hezbollah the latter had proved all predictions wrong that Israel will destroy Hezbollah’s capacity to retaliate with lightning speed within a week or so. But the war went on for about one month, and in one day Hezbollah fired 200 rockets, which was a record number since the start of war. One of these rockets had reached as far as West Bank, which had shocked the Israeli leadership. Israel certainly does not wish to go through the same trauma once again. Meanwhile, Ayman al Zwahiri has urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar al-Assad, and at the same time thwart, what he said, US plans to set up a client state in Syria to safeguard Israel’s security. After the news that Al Qaeda militants have joined the rebels, Europe had slammed embargo, but on 27th May 2013 it dropped the embargo on arms deliveries to the rebels, which prompted Russia to supply missiles to Syria that would make a nofly zone over Syria rather problematic. France is considering arming the Syrian rebels with weapons that have built-in tracking and deactivation devices to ensure they don't fall into the wrong hands; but 100 percent accuracy is just not possible. A major fear of the U.S. and its allies is that terrorists could get hold of any missiles delivered to the rebels and use them to target commercial planes. America seems to be nonplussed, as by supplying arms to the rebels having affiliation with Al Qaeda, it could be in trouble, as it happened in Libya where American ambassador was killed. If it does not support the rebels to avoid the risk of empowering the violent extremists, it can never achieve the objective of Assad’s ouster. Anyhow, the US, western countries and Israel are using every subterfuge for regime change in Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had visited China to strengthen trade ties, but pressed for tougher action against Syria and Iran. But China's President Xi Jinping urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restart peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible. Uncertainties abound, further spill over of Syrian crisis might not bode well for regional as well as international players involved herein. A UN brokered talks should be initiated sooner rather than later to find a negotiated settlement.

Four wildcards that could make or break Pakistan’s new government MICHAEL KUGELMAN

Sharif, who has made a fortune in the sugar industry, push back against entrenched agricultural interests that Pundits point to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) resounding resist tax reform? Recent comments by Sartaj Aziz, a election victory on May 11, and suggest former finance minister and top PMLit will use this mandate to implement N official, raise additional questions. critically necessary policy reforms. Aziz said the PML-N isn't yet ready to Presumptive PM Nawaz Sharif, approach the IMF, and will instead observers insist, is more mellow and focus on its own economic recovery mature than he was during his previous terms as prime minister. They efforts. Optimists may interpret this to mean the government will use the next cite his post-election conciliatory few months to implement reforms moves-from a visit to the hospital bed before going to the Fund. Pessimists, of political rival Imran Khan to an however, may conclude that Islamabad invitation to Indian Prime Minister simply wants to go it alone-a troubling Manmohan Singh to attend Sharif's prospect for a country with dwindling swearing-in ceremony. Some of this optimism is warranted. reserves that, if needed, could cover But let's be realistic: despite Pakistan's only five weeks of imports. Wildcard-2: Pervez Musharraf political transition, the nation's The man who overthrew Sharif in a troubling structural realities-from reform-resistant vested interests to 1999 military coup is now under house state-sponsored support for militancy- arrest outside Islamabad. What Sharif remain entrenched. We should chooses to do with Musharraf will help therefore keep our expectations in shape the trajectory of the premier's check, and hope for relatively modest volatile relationship with the achievements from Islamabad's new institution that once ousted him. leadership. These include improving In 1997, Sharif won an election by a the economy, stabilizing civil-military wide margin-and promptly used this ties, and maintaining adequate mandate to challenge the military's relations with India and the United authority. Some may fear he'll use his States. Success, however, will hinge on latest large mandate to again undercut four unpredictable factors. the military-not necessarily by Wildcard-1: Tax reform challenging its authority directly, but Sharif appears determined to address by taking a sharply anti-military position on a key policy issue. One Pakistan's sinking economy and debtpossibility could be pushing for more driven energy crisis. The PML-N's reconciliation with India than the election manifesto depicts "economic military is willing to sanction. revival" as a chief concern, and in However, early indications suggest recent days PML-N officials have said they hope to phase out costly subsidies the two sides are ready to bury the hatchet. Sharif is blaming Musharraf and institute energy pricing reforms. personally, not the military as a whole, The question, however, is if the party can truly engineer an economic for the events of 1999. One week after recovery. The answer will depend on the election, Sharif held a three-hour meeting with General Ashfaq KayaniPakistan's ability to secure new and the army chief pledged full revenue sources-and expanding the cooperation on all of the issues that national tax base is a much-needed step (according to one recent report, Sharif wants to tackle. So does this all portend smooth only 768,000 Pakistanis-0.57 sailing for civil-military relations? Not percent of the population-paid necessarily. The army wants Musharraf income tax last year). out of Pakistan, and Sharif has Given its dire economic straits, Pakistan is likely to request a fresh loan reportedly informed Kayani that he'd from the International Monetary Fund like Musharraf gone before taking office. However, the PML-N (IMF)-and the IMF will probably condition future lending on tax reform. announced last week that it plans to try Musharraf for treason-a prospect that How much political capital is Sharif willing to expend to produce this long- would anger the army, which is already displeased about its former leader's elusive outcome? How hard will

detention. It's still possible a deal will be brokered that sends Musharraf back into exile-and perhaps one is already in the works: This week, rumors abounded that he will visit his ailing mother in Dubai. Yet if a trial does take place, Sharif 's relations with the military could again be plunged into crisis. Wildcard-3: Extremism in Punjab Militancy in Pakistan's most populous province threatens prospects for better ties with India-and the economic benefits that would arise from rapprochement. Sharif desires improved relations with New Delhi-and trade normalization is a prime objective. Economists estimate that normalization would increase bilateral trade from less than $3 billion to $40 billion. It would also bring much-needed relief to Pakistan's free-falling, revenuestarved economy by placing at Pakistan's disposal, literally next door, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing markets. Neither Sharif nor his brother Shahbaz-the last chief minister of Punjab's provincial government, which the PML-N has run for years-has dealt with this problem. During the recent election season, the PML-N chose cooperation over confrontation. Punjab's law minister campaigned with the leader of one sectarian extremist group, while rumors abounded of a PML-N electoral alliance with another. Encouragingly, Sharif promises to be tough on anti-India militants-he hasvowed to ban speeches that "incite jihad" against India, and specifically singled out Saeed's. Yet questions remain about his actual willingness to target these actors (some Indian analysts allegewithout elaboration-family"links" to the LeT), much less his ability to do so (Pakistan's security establishment has long regarded these anti-India groups as strategic assets). Ultimately, Sharif 's ability to boost ties with India will depend on the extent to which he confronts the militants who wish to destroy it. Wildcard-4: Th e provincial government of K hyber

Pakhtunkhwa (KP) This province, which abuts the militancy-ravaged tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, will be governed by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. The PTI stridently opposes US drone strikes, and favors non-military solutions to extremism, including peace negotiations with the Pakistan Taliban (TTP). The PTI's ability to stabilize this volatile region, just across the border from where the United States is fighting a war, will bear heavily on Islamabad's relations with Washington. Last week, during an appearance with James Dobbins, the new US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sharif said the two nations would work "in complete cooperation to curb terrorism." KP's PTI-led government, however, could jeopardize this goodwill. If it engages the TTP, the latter could enjoy more freedom of movement in KP-affording it greater opportunities to target the NATO supply vehicles that pass through the province, and to intensify its cross-border attacks on US troops in Afghanistan. Such a prospect would pose a conundrum for Sharif, who wants a workable relationship with Washington yet also shares the PTI's desire to talk to the Taliban. Would Sharif, to protect his relations with Washington, pressure the PTI to change course? There's reason to believe Pakistan's new government can kickstart the economy, peacefully coexist with the military, improve relations with New Delhi, and cooperate with Washington. Yet it's important to acknowledge the spoilers that could sabotage each of these prospective success stories. Pakistan, after all, remains a troubled country where soaring hopes are often sorely dashed. Ultimately, by keeping our expectations about Islamabad's new leadership in check, we set ourselves up for less disappointment-while also allowing for the possibility of being pleasantly surprised. FOREIGN POLICY

Erdogan’s dilemma SINAN ÜLGEN The demonstrations started in Istanbul a few days ago. The initial objective was to protect the park in Taksim, Istanbul's central square, from being demolished and replaced by a shopping mall. But the police intervened with excessive force against a peaceful assembly, liberally using tear gas to disperse protesters. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the project will go ahead regardless of the "few" people that oppose it. As a result, this local dispute was unexpectedly transformed into a city and then a nation-wide mass demonstration against his polarizing style. The mass protests should be seen as a reaction against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Erdogan's style of majoritarian governance. By cementing a pro-government majority and avoiding consensus on sensitive issues, Erdogan's political strategy has polarized Turkish society. This majoritarian approach to decisionmaking has worked well for him so far. He not only succeeded in setting the agenda for the country, but he also increased his popular support over three successive elections. But it now seems that this style of governance has reached the limit of Turkish society's tolerance. The recent adoption of a law on alcohol that significantly impedes the marketing, sales, and consumption of alcoholic drinks had already

Stray thoughts Bill Gates has offered Imran Khan his support to eradicate polio from Pakistan. Bill is a great philanthropist of our time and concerned with human sufferings, and wants to make his contribution towards these causes, where ever these may be. We have to build the confidence of the investors to invite foreign investments. We have to consider the growth of formal sector instead of placing reliance on informal sector. This way we will create jobs and

stirred a debate in Turkey about the government's negligence to take into account the sensitivities of Turkey's non-conservatives. Moreover, Erdogan's defense of the law by referencing religious principles only served to provoke the law's secular opponents. Instead the decision to transform a public park in the central square of Istanbul into a shopping mall became the rallying theme for many Turks to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with Erdogan's leadership. Compared to past rallies in Turkey's democratic history, this week's events stand out for a number of reasons. First, the mass demonstrations are against the nonparticipatory style of decision-making adopted by the Erdogan government, but they are not ideological. They have not been hijacked or led by any single political party or ideology, as the protesters hail from disparate backgrounds and represent the rich diversity of Turkish society. They are composed of youth, women, football club supporters, trade unionists, college students, NGO activists, and urban professionals. Second, there is for the first time a sense of empowerment against a government that has dominated the political scene for the past decade. This sense of popular empowerment stands in stark contrast with the dismal performance of Turkey's parliamentary opposition. The oft-made comparisons to the

expand our industrial base, which has been eroded due to energy crisis of worst kind. We have to create employment opportunities in the local market and stabilize the economy. Keep the promise to increase the minimum pay to Rs 15000 for the labour. End the VIP culture and expenses on the security of dignitaries. All are equal citizens of this country. Imran Khan in a press conference said that Fauzia Qasuri's allegations against party were baseless and he further stated that she was not the Founding member of the party. He in his autocratic style ignored her services for the party. Fauzia had resigned from the party over difference with the party leadership, but has not leveled any charges against the party or its leadership. The feud smells rat. PTI leadership is facing a snag and according to JUI-F leader Hafiz Husain Ahmad, PTI’s leader has been forced to follow on. Ms Qasuri will be appointed an adviser by the PML-N. She was conspicuously seated at the oath-taking ceremony. Is it not a royal treatment that she deserved. She will be a great purchase for PML-N. Enough of bad news for Imran Khan in a day. More will follow. Now

Tahrir demonstrations are not correct. Turkey is a democracy and there is no call for regime change like in Egypt. The only overlap with Tahrir remains this immense sense of empowerment and emancipation by the ordinary citizens that have seen the impact they can have on the political system if they act in unison. And then there is the media. Turkey's mainstream media has become the laughing stock of the country. While Istanbul was burning with tear gas, Turkish TV channels were busy broadcasting documentaries, cooking shows, or soap operas. The Saturday edition of the pro-government major daily Sabah has not mentioned the events. The government imposed a blackout and the widespread self-censorship further discredited the mainstream media in the eyes of the Turkish public, which turned to international media outlets or to social media to follow the events on their streets. Indeed, one clear winner has been social media. Many Turks rushed to Twitter and the like to witness the rallies in real time. According to a study conducted by New York University's Social Media and Political Participation Laboratory, the social media response to and the role of social media in the protests has been phenomenal. Within a window of 24 hours, at least two million tweets related to the protest, have been posted. Even after midnight on

moving on to some other subject, the Sindh government has become active and Qaim is moving on quickly to mend fences and else. The central government would like to help him in restoring the law and order in Sindh. The economists have urged the federal government to streamline the collection of taxes and eliminate corruption in the FBR, the sooner it does it better it would be. All power plants be converted on coal, PM’s directive. Not easy to do it, the equipment will have to be replaced by new machinery. It will take 3 years at least to accomplish this task. Not so easy as said than done. Theft of electricity and gas be plugged and rates be cut drastically to give relief to the consumers. President Zardari administered the oath and all the new cabinet ministers were sworn in. The task of forming the government has been completed. Munir A Malik has been appointed the Attorney General of Pakistan. He will have to fill the big shoes of Irfan Qadir. and prosecute the cases for the federation. JAVAID BASHIR LAHORE

Friday, more than 3,000 tweets about the protest were published every minute. The way forward is, however, unclear. Erdogan conceded a small victory on Saturday to the protesters by withdrawing the police forces from Taksim square and admitting to their excessive use of force. But more defiantly, he reiterated his willingness to proceed with the disputed Taksim square reconstruction project. Yet regardless of how the events unfold in the coming days, there are two conclusions that can be drawn even now from this episode of unplanned and yet massive protest movements that shook one of Europe's largest cities: one is the glaring need to fundamentally restructure the media in Turkey; and the other the urgency of behavioral change in Erdogan's leadership style. The blatant failure of the Turkish press to fulfill, even minimally, its role to report events harms the progress of democracy in Turkey. Consequently, new measures should be legislated, such as forcing media companies to shed their non-media activities, to ensure that the independence of the media can be reestablished and maintained. Another set of rules should focus on safeguarding media pluralism. Although they do not represent an immediate threat to Erdogan's rule in Turkey, these mass protests should nonetheless be taken seriously by the Turkish prime minister. Many Turks have grown increasingly

If I were Fauzia Kasuri

disaffected with the top-down, non-inclusive style of decision-making that has characterized the later years of the Erdogan government. They are tired of polarization and strive for more consensual politics. Erdogan needs to understand this yearning and adopt a more conciliatory mode of leadership. But possibly even more important for Turkey's future political stability is the increasingly visible gap on the acceptable forms of dissent between the Turkish leadership and society. Erdogan seems genuinely to believe that mass protests have no place in a country administered by a strong, stable, and economically successful government. He emphasizes the ballot box as the venue for social and political stakeholders to show their disaffection with the government. "Every four years we hold elections and this nation makes its choice," he said on Saturday. "Those who have a problem with government's policies can express their opinions within the framework of law and democracy." But with its maturing and increasingly pluralistic civil society, Turkey has moved beyond this more limited definition of democratic freedoms. The Turkish political leadership, including the parliamentary opposition, have to readjust their outlook. Otherwise with the newly found sense of empowerment of its citizenry, public turbulence in Turkey will become much more common. CARNEGIE EUROPE

chance to take a jibe at PTI for ignoring the old guard like her in the party. Fauzia Kasuri lost her otherwise The beast called electronic media very strong case in my eyes the way has an insatiable hunger for she chose to quit. No one but she panicking issues. Here was one herself is to be blamed for the unceremonious exit that it came to (non) issue that with a sprinkling of some masala provided for a be at the end. perfect talk show. She no longer is part of Pakistan Many anchors on private Tehreek e Insaf- a party that she channels blew it out of proportions co-founded, 17 years ago, with its and made an issue out of it. They chairman Imran Khan. Why she has resigned is no secret sympathized with Kasuri for even sacrificing the green card for the by now. The opinion looks divided party, something that every second on whether she did the right thing by resigning from the party that she Pakistani consides as something like a ticket to heaven, a big so vociferously campaigned for far sacrifice by any standards. too long. That she has been a great support But that's not what this piece is to the party is acknowledged by about. This is rather about the Imran Khan himself and others like how-she-resigned part that makes Shah Mehmood Qureshi. But that me think - she couldn't get quite wasn't obviously enough for Kasuri right. who deservedly was waiting to be She wailed about it on the social awarded a ticket on the reserved media and particularly television channels to the extent that Shafqat seats for women. Humiliated as she felt by being Mehmood, the PTI Information constantly kept out of the party secretary, had to say to her not to inner circles, If I were her, I would publicly do it. She made so much of it like it felt simply have written a resignation letter in the name of the party it was the end of life for her which chairman. should not be the case considering And simple two-lines to the her resume. media to the effect that I have Political opponents got the

resigned. Reasons are personal and I would not like to talk about it any further. That would have left chances of return alive for her to the party fold in case someone in the party had realised their mistake of not listening to a party worker as old (not in years but in terms of association with party) as her. She may get a chance in other parties as some reports suggest that she has been approached by the PML-N but it might be a little too difficult for her to adjust too quickly with a new narrative. That won't be possible at least before a couple of months of weaning away from the old ideology and getting to know the new one. After all the mudslinging even if she makes a return to PTI like Shireen Mazari did, it will take a while for her and party to wipe the bad taste left from the acrimonious comments off their palates. TARIQ MASOOD MALIK ISLAMABAD

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China, US agree to build new type of relations

Merkel urges more EU structural reforms

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel urged European Union countries on Saturday to carry out further structural reforms, saying Germany could only remain in good shape if the European economy recovers. "That's why it's very much in Germany's interest to do everything it can to ensure other states implement structural reforms, that budgets are made solid and that economic activity is stimulated in this way," she said in a video podcast. Merkel, who will seek a third four-year term in an election due in September, praised progress made by the region so far, saying EU states had already implemented a lot of structural reforms and that the continent had generally improved. Europe's economic health is crucial to Germany, the continent's largest economy. –AGENCIES

SUNNYLANDS: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, agreed on Friday to build a new type of relations between China and the United States which could avoid the traditional path of confrontations and conflicts between major countries. The two leaders made the commitment at a joint press conference following their first faceto-face meeting at Sunnylands, a 200-acre (81-hectare) Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

Xi said he had an in-depth, sincere and candid discussion and reached important consensus with Obama on the domestic and foreign policies of China and the United States, the construction of a new type of relations between major countries, and international and regional issues of common concern. "I stated very clearly to Obama that China will be firmly committed to the path of peaceful development and will unswervingly deepen reform and open up the country," Xi said, adding

He said Obama and he believed that as the economic globalization develops rapidly and all countries need to sail in the same boat when faced with difficulties, China and the United States should find a new type of relationship between major countries that is different from the past one featuring inevitable confrontation and conflicts. Both sides agreed to expand all levels of dialogues and communications and keep increasing mutual understanding and trust, Xi said. "I look forward to maintaining

that China will work hard to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation and to promote the noble cause of peace and development for mankind. "By the Chinese dream, we seek to have economic prosperity, national renewal and people's well-beings. The Chinese dream is about peace, development, cooperation and winwin results, and it is connected to the American dream and beautiful dreams of people in other countries," the Chinese president said.

Syrian forces seize entire Qusair region

3 US troops die in insider attack in Afghanistan KABUL: A man wearing an Afghan uniform shot dead three US soldiers in the east of the country, officials said, in the latest apparent example of an 'insider attack'. The strike came on the same day that one Italian soldier was killed and three others were wounded when a grenade was thrown into their armoured vehicle in the western province of Farah. Scores of foreign soldiers have been killed in insider attacks, breeding fierce mistrust and threatening to derail the process of training Afghan forces to take over security duties ahead of NATO's withdrawal next year. The threat has become so serious that foreign soldiers working with Afghan forces are regularly watched over by so-called 'guardian angel' troops to provide protection from their supposed allies. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but NATO officials say that most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than Taliban insurgent plots.

Four killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad BAGHDAD: At least four people have been killed in a car bomb blast in a majority Shia area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. The medical sources and security official announced on Saturday that the explosion took place near a clinic in Al-Amin District in southeast Baghdad. At least 20 people, including four children, were also injured in the attack. Another car bomb explosion hit a police convoy in the northern city of Mosul, killing one policeman and injuring two others. On Friday, 16 Iranian pilgrims were killed after a bomb attack hit their convoy near the city of Baquba. There has recently been an upsurge in violence across Iraq, and the authorities say Qatar and Saudi Arabia have had a hand in some of the incidents. On June 1, the United Nations said a total of 1,045 people were killed and 2,397 injured in violent incidents in Iraq in the month of May. –AGENCIES

Judge delays Mubarak retrial until Monday CAIRO: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial has been adjourned until Monday for the judge to review the prosecution's evidence against him, the semi-official AlAhram newspaper reported Saturday. The ousted autocratic leader is being retried in the killings of hundreds of civilian protesters who took to the streets for two weeks in early 2011 to demand his removal from office after three decades of rule. Mubarak, who stepped down on February 11, 2011, and his former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison last year on charges that they were complicit in the protesters' killings. Mubarak's sons, his interior minister and six of his security aides also face trial. The defendants were granted a retrial after appealing their convictions. The six security aides last year were acquitted of charges related to the killings, and Mubarak's two sons -- Gamal and Alaa -- were acquitted of corruption charges. –AGENCIES

close exchanges with Obama through mutual visits, bilateral meetings, exchange of phone calls and letters." "I invite Obama to come to China at a proper time for a similar meeting like this and we will exchange visits as early as possible," Xi said. The two sides will closely cooperate to ensure positive outcomes at a new round of the strategic and economic dialogue, people-to-people exchanges and highlevel consultations between China and the United States, the Chinese president said. –AGENCIES

CALIFORNIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Barack Obama meet the press after their meeting at the Annenberg Retreat, California. –AGENCIES

Koreas agree to talk for easing tension SEOUL: North and South Korea will meet Sunday in a village straddling their heavily armed border for the first government-level talks on the peninsula in more than two years as they try to lower tension and restore stalled projects that once symbolized their rapprochement. The North on Saturday delivered its agreement to talk in Panmunjom through a Red Cross line restored a day earlier, theUnification Ministry said in a text message. Pyongyang had earlier favored its border city of Kaesong, which contains the industrial park emptied in May after tensions peaked. Representatives of the rival Koreas met on the peninsula in February 2011 and their nuclear envoys met in Beijing later that year, but government officials from both sides have not met since. Sunday's meeting would be clearest sign of eased tensions since Pyongyang threatened to attack South Korea and the United States with nuclear missiles earlier this year, and the South made counter-threats. It also comes as their top allies are meeting. President Barack Obama opened a weekend summit Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California to discuss several topics, including North Korea's nuclear

programs. China provides the lifeline for North Korea struggling with energy and other economic needs and views stability in Pyongyang as crucial for its own economy and border security. But after Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February, China tightened its cross-border trade inspections and banned its state banks from dealing with North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un late last month sent China his special envoy, who reportedly told Xi that Pyongyang was willing to return to dialogue. South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to Beijing to meet Xi later this month. The talks between the Koreas on Sunday could represent a change in North Korea's approach, analysts said, or could simply be an effort to ease international demands that it end its development of nuclear weapons, a topic crucial to Washington but initially not a part of the envisioned interKorean meetings. The Unification Ministry, which handles cross-border relations, said the talks at Panmunjom are aimed at setting up higher-level talks. No other details on possible topics were released. –AGENCIES

Turkish standoff spills onto Twitter ANKARA: Protests in Turkey have taken Twitter by storm, with activists and government supporters battling it out on the social network. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan claimed the most violent protests in a decade are caused by extremists and foreign provocateurs. While Turkish press were slow to cover the anti-government protests that have gripped the country for the past week, Twitter users wasted no time sounding off. Several hashtags relating to the violent upheaval have popped up on the social network and trended worldwide. After Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan returned from North Africa and gave a speech to the cheering supporters who

greeted him at Istanbul’s airport, the hashtag The hashtag pools together Twitter users who are echoing Erdogan’s accusation that the protests are motivated by extremists and foreign provocateurs. The Turkish leader said that the protest should stop immediately, condemned activists as “vandals” and defended the use of force to suppress them A large proportion of those using the hashtag are members of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its youth branch. RT source Beyza Burcak said she was inclined to believe the hashtag“appeared arbitrarily,” while it was possible that the AKP created it to discredit the protesters. –AGENCIES

Mandela in 'serious' condition in hospital JOH AN NESBURG : Former South African president and antiapartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition on Saturday after being taken to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said. The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa's biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for a few days, the government said in a statement. "This morning at about 1:30 a.m. (2330 GMT) his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition," it said. The government's choice of words, in particular the use of "serious", was clear cause for concern to South Africa's 53 million people, for whom Mandela remains a potent symbol of the struggle against decades of white-minority rule. "It's such painful news but I pray for him that he can get better and better and better as he is the best man in this country," said Pretoria resident Khodani Mulwena. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said he was optimistic about the health of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. "What I am told by doctors is that he is breathing on his own and I think that is a positive sign," he said. "Madiba is a fighter and at his age, as long as he is fighting he will be fine," Maharaj said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, accompanied him to the hospital, the South African Press Associationreported. Machel had been scheduled to speak on Saturday at a conference on hunger in London but canceled the engagement, SAPA reported. –AGENCIES

BEIRUT: Syrian government troops backed by Hezbollah guerrillas seized the western village of Buwayda on Saturday, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the town of Qusair in a fresh success for President Bashar al-Assad. The swift fall of Buwayda came just three days after rebels were swept out of Qusair, denying them a previously important supply route into neighboring Lebanon and giving renewed momentum to Assad's forces battling a two-year civil war. Activist sources said dozens of rebels, including a number of foreigner fighters, were captured alive in Buwayda, but there was no immediate word of their fate. "We can now declare Qusair and the surrounding area to be a fully liberated area. We will go after the terrorists wherever they are," an unnamed, senior Syrian army officer told state television from the rubblefilled streets of Buwayda. Fighting flared elsewhere in Syria, including close to the capital Damascus and in the northern Aleppo province, which is expected to be the focus of renewed attack by Assad's forces following the collapse of the Qusair front. Video posted on YouTube showed what activists said was a twin missile strike on the village of Kfarhamra, near Aleppo, sending a huge cloud of smoke billowing into the blue sky. There was no immediate word on casualties. The United Nations estimates at least 80,000 people have died in the conflict. U.N. humanitarian agencies launched a $5 billion appeal on Friday, the biggest in their history, to cope with the fallout from the fighting that has sent some 1.6 million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. Syrian state television broadcast live from the deserted streets of Buwayda, 13-km (eight miles) northeast of Qusair, showing destroyed buildings, debris-strewn roads and large numbers of boxes full of unused ammunition. "We sacrifice our blood and souls

for you Syria," a group of soldiers chanted in the background. Rebel groups from across Syria had sent hundreds of men into the Qusair area to try to stave off the assault by the Syrian army and well-trained Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, but they were rapidly overwhelmed, with activists complaining of a lack of arms and poor coordination. "We want weapons, we want ammunition and advanced weapons," he told Al Arabiya television via Skype. A Lebanese security source said at least 28 wounded fighters from Syria had been evacuated to hospitals in Western Bekaa and Rashaya. Hezbollah's role has proved decisive, but it has also fueled sectarian tensions that have inflamed the region. Hezbollah and its Iranian backers both follow the Shi'ite strand of Islam, while most of the rebels are Sunni Muslims. Assad himself is from the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. Sunni Muslim preachers across the Middle East condemned Iran and its "Satanic" Shi'ite allies in sermons on Friday. –AGENCIES

Deadly blast in Syria's Homs kills 7 DAMASCUS: At least seven people were killed and another five wounded when an explosion rocked Syria's central city of Homs on Saturday, local media said. The blast shook the Adawieh district, the report said, spelling no further details about the target of the blast. No one claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion but the Syrian government has for long accused the radical al-Nusra Front of being behind the deadly blasts that have been rattling Syria over the past two years. Also in Homs province Saturday, the state media said the army wrested back control over the town of Buaida in the countryside of alQussair city. –AGENCIES

Romanians stage gay parade as same-sex marriage ban looms BUCHAREST: Romania's homosexual community takes to the streets for a Gay Pride parade on Saturday but a controversial amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage threatens to overshadow the event. Hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists and sympathisers are expected to join the march in downtown Bucharest, an annual event which in previous years was marred by minor disturbances. Romanian lawmakers are currently discussing a constitutional amendment restricting the legal definition of marriage to a "union between a man and a woman". The article was proposed by the dominant Orthodox Church and accepted by a parliamentary committee tasked with amending the 1991 constitution. Centre-left Prime Minister Victor Ponta has called for a new committee ivote in the committee, saying he does not see the need for a change to the current definition of marriage as "a union between spouses". Ponta pointed to neighbouring Hungary, where a similar amendment by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government triggered sharp criticism from the European Commission, although he said he did not himself back same-sex marriage. –AGENCIES

Does Google have an ethical obligation not to spy? CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE

ANY Americans are outraged at the government for mining user data from Apple, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants. What about the actions of the companies themselves -- have they met their ethical obligations to their customers and society as a whole? Do they even have any? The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency collects data "directly from the servers" of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. While some companies issued carefully


worded denials of involvement, it's hard to imagine they were unaware of the arrangement, however they choose to describe it. Assuming that the companies found the program an infringement on our liberties, could they have declined to provide the government the information it requested? Ultimately, probably not; it seems unlikely they would have met the requests had they not faced a legal obligation to comply. But legal and ethical obligations aren't necessarily the same thing. Take the recent case of Apple's use of Irish subsidiaries with no tax residency to avoid US taxes; the tactics may be legally sound, but

ethically dubious. Now turn that around: If companies are willing to go to such lengths to get around US tax law, is it too much to ask that they apply the same creativity to avoiding the surrender of their customers' private information? In Apple's case, that may have happened. Apple looks to have resisted the government's requests for years. What does that say about other companies, which complied more quickly: Are they better corporate citizens, or worse? The role and obligation of the corporation in American society is an unsettled question. When Mitt Romney proclaimed that

"corporations are people" in 2011, he sparked a combination of ridicule and outrage. But Apple, Facebook and Google occupy an increasing space in popular culture, and they're judged not only for the products they sell or the profits they generate, but also the way they treat their workers, pay their taxes and even design their headquarters. The surveillance debate raises the question of whether our expectations of these companies and their leaders should also extend to the defense of our civil rights. Imagine, for an instant, that Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg had held a press conference in 2007, when the

government first began seeking this access, and said to the public, "The government has asked for your information, and we don't think that's right." Faced with that kind of corporate civil disobedience, what would the government have done? Arrested them? Closed down their operations? Taken the companies over? It seems unlikely. More likely, the government would have backed down, at least temporarily. And the next time Congress tried to co-opt the nation's most prominent companies in its intelligence gathering, it might have thought twice. The point isn't that these companies should have stopped this

program from starting. It is that they probably had the power to do so, when so few others had that power. The line about great power and great responsibility is apt: Does the ethical burden increase with the consequences of a company's decisions? This week's revelations demonstrate the centrality of Silicon Valley to American life, in ways we never imagined. In the face of that expanded role, maybe it's time to revisit what it means for a company to be a good corporate citizen, and whether that includes acting as a check on the government when no one else can. BLOOMBERG

SUNDAY, JUNE 09, 2013

Daily 10 people die due to brain tumor across the globe ISLAMABAD: Head of Neurosurgery Department of Jinnah Hospital Professor Sattar Hashim has said that there are 0.6% chances in every individual to develop brain tumor while 0.5% chances are there to die with that tumor. Talking to a private news channel on World Brain Tumor Day Saturday, he said that almost 10 people die every year due to tumor in brain saying that unfortunately Pakistan does not have any statistics about the ratio of this disease. However, he said that in US 2 million people are diagnosed with the tumor in which 46,000 die every year which clearly tell about the severity of the disease. He said that there are four major types of brain tumor of which grade 1 and grade 2 are the curable, other two types are controlled with the help of medicines and precautions. He said that 40% cases are of those kind in which tumor is not reversed once it is cured while 60% cases can develop a kind cancerous again after treatment. He informed that symptoms of brain tumor include unbearable headache, vomiting, hearing impairment, fits and paralyzed situation. To a question he said that timely diagnosis of the disease can provide better treatment, and "now we have diagnostic center in almost every city which can help locate any kind of tumor in human brain. He said that survival of the patient depends on the location of tumor or cyst in brain. He said that in Pakistan complete treatment of this killer disease is available. To a question about excessive usage of cell phone he informed that these are theories and speculations as Medical Science is still unable to find the exact reason that causes tumor. APP

Performance of judicial officers reviewed 

NJPMC calls applications against DROs, ROs baseless  ECP receives 376 applications against over 800 judicial officers

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) was held here on Saturday at the Supreme Court under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The committee reviewed the performance of judicial officers deputed as district returning officers and returning officers in the backdrop of applications received against them to the Election Commission. The committee expresses its satisfaction on the performance of DROs and ROs and observed that most of applications received against these officials were baseless and

LAHORE: Sikh pilgrims from India arrive at Wagah Railway Station to take part in the celebrations of Guru Arjun Devji’s birth. ONLINE


Ruet-e-Hilal committee to meet today KARACHI: Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday to sight and make decision about the appearance or otherwise of the moon for Islamic calendar month of Shabaan. An official of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in an announcement here Saturday said the meeting will held after Asr prayers at Meteorological Department office, University Road. It will be chaired by committee Chairman Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman and attended by its designated members. APP

Court awards 7-year imprisonment to militant SWAT: A Special Anti-Terrorism Court here Saturday awarded seven years imprisonment to Khurshid Ahmad, a militant belonging to a banned outfit, for his involvement in blast and targeting a police van at Nangolai. An FIR was lodged against the accused in Police Station Kabal for his complicity in a blast that targeted a police van on December 27, 2007. The cases were registered under the sections of attempt to murder, attack on officials and terrorism. After hearing the case, Justice Muhammad Asif Khan of the Anti-terrorism Court No 2 sentenced Khurshid Ahmad of Nangolai for seven years. APP

MULTAN: DCO Gulzar Hussain Shah administering the polio drops to inaugurate the anti-polio campaign at Civil Hospital. INP

rejected out of 248 while Sindh put up 64 applications and 50 were rejected. Thus a total of 292 applications were rejected out of 376. The committee showed its satisfaction that in Balochistan and ICT not a single worth considering application was received against the DROs and ROs. The committee reviewed the performance of district judiciary particularly with reference to old cases. In the last meeting of NJPMC, the chief justice of the Azad Kashmir desired to sign MoU with the judiciary of Pakistan for coordination in the administration of justice. In this regard, the

committee approved draft of MoU to be sign by the judiciaries of Pakistan and AJK. The meeting was attended by Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice High Court of Sindh, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice, Islamabad High Court and Raja Akhlaq Hussain. APP

Sikh pilgrims see better relations

Abbasi takes notice of gas theft, line losses

KARACHI: Religious students solving question paper during Ders-e-Nazami examination under the Wafaq ul Madaris at Jamia Binoria. INP

without substance, therefore, the same were filed by the ECP. As per statistics received from the ECP, more than 800 judicial officers performed duties as DROs and ROs during the general elections across the country. Total 376 applications were received against DROs and ROs and out of them 292 were filled being frivolous and baseless. According to the statistics received by the ECP:4 applications were received from Balochistan, but all were rejected by the committee. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 60 applications were received while 52 were rejected, Punjab 186 were

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while taking serious notice of high gas theft and soaring line losses of natural gas has advised the concerned director generals and state owned gas utilities – SNGPL & SSGCL – to immediately submit report. Sources in the Petroleum Ministry told this scribe Saturday that the minister after assuming the charge has chaired a meeting with senior officials of the ministry to get briefing on the affairs of the ministry. Ministry’s secretary gave a detailed briefing to the minister on assumption of the charge of the ministry about the working, organization, availability of natural resources and their allocation to various sectors of the country. Abbasi said that measures would be taken on war footings to overcome the shortage of oil and gas in the country.

982 centres set up for TB patients 

ISLAMABAD: A total of 982 microscopy centres have been established across the country to provide free of cost diagnostic facility to tuberculosis patients. According to official sources, more than 700,000 tuberculosis patients were treated free of charge while 100 percent coverage of WHOrecommended treatment strategy for detection and cure known as Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) is achieved in the country. They said external quality assurance for sputum microscopy is implemented in 40 districts of the country while five reference laboratories have been established included one at federal level and one each at provincial level. They said training and health education materials have been developed and all health care providers have been trained. Dr Sharif Astori from Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said TB is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. He added the disease is transmitted from

Ambassador Abdul Basit points towards a moderate, progressive and tolerant society I SLAMABAD: has Pakistan always been a potentially rich country. “Now it has the resolve to realize that potential, making Pakistan a regional economic hub sooner than one may imagine. Democracy has begun paying its dividends,” said Ambassador Abdul Basit while addressing the participants of the Pakistan Business Day Post Election Politico-Economic Scene, held at German Foreign Office under the aegis of Asia Pacific Week Berlin2013. The event was organised by the Pakistan Embassy in collaboration with the Pakistan-German Business Forum and the Social Sciences Research Center Berlin. Ambassador Abdul Basit said that Pakistan straddling South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia had the unique geo-economic advantage. The country also was more competitive and offered far better and easier investment regulatory frameworks than other countries in the region. Companies in the West therefore should look at Pakistan as a country serving three sub regions with the population of over close to three billion. Referring to the PakGerman economic and trade relations, he said that roadmap for strategic dialogue between the two countries provided a perfect political framework to move forward in many sectors including economic, trade, and investment and surely these relations would

LAHORE: About 400 Indian Sikh Yatrees arrived here Saturday at the Wagah railway station by a special train to observe the 407th death anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev Jee (Jore Mela). Evacuee Trust Property Board Shrine Secretary Khalid Ali, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Sardar Sham Singh and other officials received them warmly at the border railway station. The government made foolproof security arrangements besides immigration, customs, bank and medical facilities at the Wagha railway station to facilitate the pilgrims. Talking to the media, group leader Sardar Rampal Singh Bhaniwal hoped better relations between Pakistan and India after a new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would improve and hoped that both governments

Dr Astori says tuberculosis most commonly affects lungs

‘Pakistan to become economic hub soon’ OUR STAFF REPORTER

400 yatrees arrive to observe Jore Mela

expand and strengthen in the coming days. Replying to a question during the Q&A session, Abdul Basit said that the civil society, media and the youth had been playing a very positive role to shaping up a moderate, progressive and tolerant society and Pakistan in near future would be different from the one that the world had seen in the last decade. German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Director General Dr Stephan Oswald in his address said that Germany would continue its support to Pakistan in its endeavor to better the lives of people of Pakistan. German Foreign Minister Dr Guido Wester Welle's visit to Pakistan soon after the takeover by the newly elected government was a strong signal that the Germany attaches high importance to its relations with Pakistan. Jan Herff of BASF Group Germany made a presentation on Group's investments and its experiences in Pakistan. He said that the BASF entered into chemical sector of Pakistan in 1969 and witnessed a steady growth touching its revenue to euro 120 million in 2012.Pakistan is a growing economy and entrepreneurships with a favorable demography and culture and provides a lot of opportunities for investment, he added. Adnn Rizvi of KPMG-Taseer Hadi & Co Pakistan made a presentation on Investment Opportunities and Challenges in Pakistan.

person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease. He said in healthy people, infection with mycobacterium tuberculosis often causes no symptoms, since the person's immune system acts to wall off the bacteria. He said the symptoms of active TB of the lung are coughing, sometimes with sputum or blood, chest pains, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats. He added tuberculosis is treatable with a sixmonth course of antibiotics. Pakistan ranks sixth globally among 22 high tuberculosis burden countries, and contributes 43 per cent of the disease towards the EasternMediterranean region of World Health Organization. According to available data, the incidence of TB per 100,000 population in Pakistan is 181, case notification per 100,000 per year is 150 while the treatment success rate is 85 per cent. An estimated one-third of the world's population is currently infected with TB due to which World Health Organization is working on its plan to cut TB prevalence rates and deaths by half by 2015. APP

would take steps for the welfare of their nations. He appreciated arrangements by ETPB to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan. Soon after arrival, the Sikh pilgrims left for Nankana Sahib where they will stay for two days and perform religious rituals. Then they will leave for Sucha Sauda, Farooqabad, on June 10 and return Nankana Sahib on the same day. On June 11, the Sikh pilgrims will leave for Punja Sahib Hassanabad and stay for three days to perform religious rituals. On June 13, they will go to Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore. On June 15, they will visit Aimanabad and Kirtarpur and return to Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore on the same day. During stay in Gurdwara Dera Sahib, the pilgrims will perform religious ceremonies. The Indian Sikh yatrees will go back to their country on June 17. APP

Measles claims two more lives 

Shahbaz orders inquiry over deaths

LAHORE: Measles on Saturday claimed two more lives, raising the number of deaths to 146 in the province. According to Health Department officials, the deaths were reported one each from Children Hospital Lahore identified as Talha (8 months), and from Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, identified as Zainab (24 months). As many as 201 new cases of measles were reported including 40 from Lahore

hospitals increasing the total number of cases to 16,620 during the last six months. Health Services Director General Dr Tanveer Ahmed said during investigation it was found that a majority of deaths were caused by severe pneumonia and delay in reaching hospitals. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that an independent enquiry has been ordered to enquire about dozens of infant deaths from measles in province. ONLINE


Ajay Devgn takes family for vacation

Ileana has walked into Bollywood with no expectations

LONDON: Singham star Ajay Devgn is on a month-long vacation in London with his actress wife Kajol and two kids. Devgn, 44, who was last seen in Sajid Khan's Himmatwala, recently completed shooting for Prakash Jha's political drama Satyagraha along with Amitabh Bachchan. "Off today to london. The holiday is finally here. See you guys in a month or so!," Devgn posted on Twitter. There are reports that the star couple are planning to buy a property in the UK capital during their holiday. The actor has also started preparing for the sequel of his hit 2011 actioncomedy Singham. "Flew to Chennai wit Rohit for the music of Singham 2. But could not land because of bad weather! So we tried Surya! Really! Let's hear the Singham roar again," he had said. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Southern actress Ileana D'Cruz, who set her Bollywood career in pace starting with the much-acclaimed and awarded 'Barfi!', says she came to the Hindi film industry with "no expectations". "I have actually walked into Bollywood with no expectations whatsoever. I did not expect to be appreciated for my work in 'Barfi!', but when people did, it was very touching and humbling for me," the actress said here at the launch of a shampoo brand here Friday. Ileana, who shared screen space with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in 'Barfi!', is currently shooting for 'Phata Poster Nikla Hero' along with Shahid Kapoor. "I am just taking it as it goes. I am hoping for better stuff to come my way," she said. Nevertheless, she is satisfied. "I am very happy with the projects I have got on hand and I like the way my career is going so far," said Ileana, who forayed into filmdom with Telugu film 'Devadasu' in 2006. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Shaving my head is the highlight of fame: Jessie J

'Sorry Juliet! Paaro loves Romeo'

A message oriented theatre drama

IQRA AZEEM LONDON: Singer Jessie J admits shaving her head has been the highlight of her fame so far. The `Voice` judge cut off all her long hair to raise more than 500,000 pounds for a charity based organisation Comic Relief, reported Daily Star. "Shaving my head was a massive highlight. I`ve been wanting to do it for a long time but I wanted to be famous enough that it would raise a lot of money," the 25-year-old `Price Tag` hitmaker said. Jessie J chose to go bald in March. -SHOWBIZ DESK

ISLAMABAD: Theatre is a valuable mode of expression as well as entertainment. Just like RAZCO's previous productions, "Sorry Juliet! Paaro Loves Romeo" carries a positive and inspiring message for the audience and leaves them feeling amused and light-hearted. The executive director and producer of the play is the talented and well known Raheel Khan Lodhi assisted by Sonia Tiwana. Raheel, the theatre guru has been involved with the

industry for almost a decade and has directed as well as produced extremely successful, leading plays such as, "The Happy Prince" & "Winds of Change". The play is intended as a mouthpiece for the value of love as opposed to non-serious flirting; an unfortunate phenomenon of the times we live in. The concept of love has largely deviated from its conservative perception of being an emotion that takes over one's life. Whereas, the current generation is always concerned with what life has to offer rather than

Aditya and Parineeti teams up for YRF's ďŹ lm

NEW DELHI: Actor Aditya Roy Kapur and the versatile Parineeti Chopra will share screen space in Yash Raj Films' (YRF) new production, to be helmed by 'Ishaqzaade' director Habib Faisal. 'Ishaqzaade', also produced by YRF, won a special mention for Parineeti at the 60th National Film Awards. The new as yet untitled film is also written by Faisal. It will go on floors in September this year, and it is slated for a mid-2014 release. Aditya Roy Kapur has recently been seen in two superhit films. he starred opposite Shraddha Kapoor in 'Aashiqui 2', while he played a supporting character in Ranbir Kapoor starrer 'yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Raj Kundra apologizes to Shilpa on birthday

MUMBAI: Under-fire Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra today wished his Bollywood actress wife Shilpa Shetty a happy birthday and apologised for the disturbing developments in the past few days that saw the two being dragged into the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Businessman Kundra, who is a British national, was caught in the betting net when Police claimed that he has confessed to have placed bets in IPL matches. Writing on Shilpa's twitter page, Kundra left wishes and apologies for the actress. "Wishing my gorgeous wife a very happy birthday, apologies for all this nonsense u have had to deal with. Truth is coming out," he wrote. Kundra, who claims innocence, may lose his small stake in the IPL Franchise if he is found guilty of betting, the team had said yesterday. Kundra also thanked Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan for his wishes for Shilpa. Meanwhile, Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane also wished Shilpa on her 38th birthday. "Wish you many many happy returns of the day madam. May God bless you n gives you all the happiness n love," he wrote. -SHOWBIZ DESK

performing those acts that were regarded as noble and chivalrous back in the day. Disloyalty to ones lover was against the social norm of that time and regarded as the downfall society. "Veera" choreographed the phenomenal dances and the veteran of the theatre industry, "Saqib Sameer" plays the role of "Makhan Singh". Other cast members include Aadi as "Softy" and Nabeel as "Choota Don". The brilliant cast of "Sorry Juliet Paaro Loves Romeo" will blow the minds of their audience with their spectacular performance.

Jiah Khan's mother blames relationship for her death

MUMBAI: It's been five days since the sudden death of Jiah Khan; while reports have been rife in blaming her suicide to her apparent depression due to her slow peaking career, the actress' family has finally decided on breaking their silence. Amidst the barrage of media coverage and rumours, Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan defended Jiah stating that contrary to rumours that Jiah was depressed due to lack of film opportunities and on medication for the same, she was in fact perfectly fine. Further Rabiya adds that it was the deception and lies from the only one Jiah loved the most that upset her, claiming that she fell for a wrong guy. Jiah was dating Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj for a few months now. He was the last person she spoken to before committing suicide. Apart from the statement, the Khan family wants Sooraj to speak up and let them know what exactly happened between him and Jiah on the ill-fated night.

I did my own Salman Khan to return to small screen tattoo with knife: MUMBAI: Earlier, there were reports that arch-rival Shah Rukh Khan might replace Salman as the host of the 7th season, but it was later confirmed that the channel had signed Salman for its next edition. Here is some good news for all the ladies who have been dying to see Salman Khan on the small screen. The Bollywood heartthrob is back as the host of Bigg Boss season 7. According to reports, the King of Blockbusters has been signed to host the upcoming season of Bigg Boss. The actor will take some time off from the shooting of Sajid Nadiadwala`s Kick to shoot for the promo of the reality TV show next month. This will be the fourth time that the 47-year-old superstar will be hosting the show. He also co-hosted the show's fifth season with his friend and actor Sanjay Dutt. Earlier, there were reports that archrival Shah Rukh Khan might replace Salman as the host of the 7th season of one of the most popular reality shows on TV, but it was later confirmed that the channel had signed Salman for its next edition. A source close to Salman Khan said that Shah Rukh was never considered for Bigg Boss as It is only Salman who could get the show amazing TRPs. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Johnny Depp

LONDON: Superstar Johnny Depp has revealed that he did his own tattoos by using a knife. The 49-year-old actor has at least 15 tattoos including three squares and the digit 3 scratched on his hands, reported Sun online. "My skin is a journal, every tattoo means something. Whether you do it yourself with a knife or you get it done by a professional, that doesn't change its meaning," he said. The 49year-old actor has at least 15 tattoos including three squares and the digit 3 scratched on his hands. The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' star has been voted the sexiest actor of the 80s.-SHOWBIZ DESK

No romance for Ranbir in Roy MUMBAI: From Saawariya to his lastest Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ranbir Kapoor has been romantically paired with top Bollywood actresses in all his movies. But now, for the first time, the actor will be seen sans any actress opposite him, in one of his forthcoming films. Titled Roy, besides Kapoor, the movie also stars Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez. Interestingly, while Rampal is cast opposite Fernandez, Kapoor does not get to romance anyone in this film. Confirms a source related to the project, "For most part of the film, Ranbir will be seen solo, but then there is also a twist in the tale! Jacqueline is playing a double role. It's up to your readers now to keep guessing. I cannot reveal all the secrets." A thriller, produced by T-Series, the film depicts Kapoor in a distressed mood as his character is involved in solving a mystery along with the help of cops. -SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI: Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh make a handsome couple as the duo pose on stage for the shutterbugs at the music launch of their upcoming film Lootera.

Helen Mirren turns ferocious in new Monsters movie SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: British actress Helen Mirren had no trouble transforming herself from monarch to menacing creature for the new "Monsters, Inc." animated movie, but said she's not so frightening in real life. The 67year-old veteran of stage and screen made headlines last month when she stormed out of a London theatre dressed as Queen Elizabeth to berate a group of drummers playing noisily outside in an expletiveriddled tirade. She later apologized. However the actress, who lends her voice to the terrifying winged monster heading the School of Scaring in "Monsters University", said she does try not to seem scary after being intimidated by certain actors when her career started. She was even wary she might alienate people when she was made a dame in 2003. "People may look at me and think she is so scary but it is not what you're trying to be," Mirren told a news conference on Friday ahead of the release of 3D "Monsters University". The film is the prequel to Pixar and Disney's hit 2001 children's movie "Monsters, Inc." which made over $550 million at the international box office and is still one of the top 100 best earning movies. The prequel goes back to when the small, green one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) meets the huge, blue-andpurple monster Sulley (John Goodman) at Monsters University and the mismatched monsters can't stand each other. Mirren voices Dean Hardscrabble, a dragon-like monster with a centipede body, who throws Wazowski and Sulley out of the School of Scaring, prompting them to join other

monster misfits to compete in a Scare Games tournament and become best friends. "Monsters University" is one of a list of family films being released this summer that includes 20th Century Fox's "Epic" in which singer Beyonce takes a voice part, "Despicable Me 2," "Turbo" with Ryan Reynolds as a racing snail, and "Smurfs 2". Mirren, whose list of accolades from a career spanning nearly 50 years includes an Oscar for the 2006 film "The Queen", said voicing an animated character was a new challenge for her but she had learned that fear was something to conquer. She said one of the best pieces of advice she was given came from a former headmistress who told her that the worst thing about fear is fear itself. "I have lived by this ever since," said Mirren, stressing that she had had to work hard to get to where she is now.

Need new inspiration for new album: Taylor Swift SHOWBIZ DESK LOS ANGELES: Singer Taylor Swift, who is known for getting inspired by her breakups for writing her own songs, believes a "new inspiration" is needed for her new work. Swift is beginning the creative process of her new album, according to USA Today newspaper. "It’s starting," said Swift, reports "All the anxiety is starting. When the anxiety starts, the writing happens right after, usually," she added. Swift has started penning songs for next album, but it may take some time before they are ready for release.

She wants her work to be different everytime. "Whatever I write in the first year is going to get thrown away. I`m going to like it, but it`s going to sound like the last record. The second year usually sounds like the next project," said the 23-year-old. "I think you need to change up your influences. I think you need to be inspired by different things than you were inspired by before," she added. Swift has earlier dated singers like John Mayer, Joe Jonas and Harry Styles. Her failed relationships with them, reportedly inspired her to write songs.



Flood in kabul River inundates village CHARSADDA: Jamot village in the suburb of Peshawar was inundated due to flood in Kabul River on Saturday. According to media reports, influential person diverted the direction of the water in order to save their agricultural land due to which dozens of acres agricultural land of the poor people inundated. Irrigation and other related departments have warned the area people to evacuate villages as a precautionary measure. While keeping in view the very critical situation, more than 60 families have migrated to secure areas for survival. It is deplorable to say that none of the government official has visited the affected areas in order to assist the stranded people. It has become routine in Pakistan that influential landlords prefer to secure themselves at the cost of poor people. –APP

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1,100 women in jails across the country: HRCP ISLAMABAD: Out of nearly 75,000 prisoners in different jails of the country, around 1,100 were women, reported Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. "The misery of these women prisoner is that their families no longer cared for them or stay in contact with them rather than pursuing their cases due to social stigma", said a official of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan while talking to APP here on Sunday. Quoting figures of latest report of HRCP, `State of Human Rights in

2012' the official stated that the situation is worse particularly for nearly three dozen women who were given death penalty. The women prisoners, he informed, also lacked qualified medical assistance as most of the prisons where women were held did not have full time women doctors and many did not have any doctors, men or women. "Women in prison were the most vulnerable of detainees in Pakistan", he remarked. The women police centre in

Lahore, Jail Road was reported to have a lock-up area exposed to passers by while the bathroom inside had only a four feet wall, he pointed out. These factors caused violation of privacy for women detainees, the official said adding, women were reportedly also kept in lock-up much beyond the stipulated time, while there were no separate juvenile cells for young girls under eighteen. The report mentioned that according to HRCP media monitoring, at least 41 girls and women became victims of acid attack

ISLAMABAD: Mir Mumtaz Ali Khan Bhutto called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s House on Saturday. Mumtaz Bhutto congratulated the prime minister on the assumption of the office of the Prime Minister and discussed the prevailing situation in the country. The prime minister said that his government would do its utmost to solve the problems of the entire country, irrespective of who is in power in the provinces. –INP

ISLAMABAD: The first meeting of the parliamentary leaders will be held on Monday wherein recommendations will be prepared to run the activities of the House Business Advisory Committee and the august House. NA Secretariat sources said the parliamentarians of all political parties will participate in the first meeting of the National Assembly on Monday. The meeting will mull over how to run the House while names will also be sought for the members of the House Advisory Committee. –ONLINE

CHARSADDA: A flfloooded Kabul River destroyed the fifieelds and houses and created havoc in the Gulabad area. –APP

No interference in AJK affairs: Birjees

Racial discrimination hasn’t finished yet: Altaf KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said in his address that racial discrimination is not finished in Pakistan since last 65 years. He said democracy means "rule of the people; for the people, by the people" but only rural population of Sindh is ruling over whole province and half of the population which dwells in urban areas is not the part of government formation and it proves that the racial discrimination is not removed yet. –INP

Pak-US-Afghan meeting discusses coordination RAWALPINDI: A Pak-US-Afghanistan trilateral meeting among military commanders was held here on Saturday. General Joseph F Dunford, Commander International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Afghan National Army (ANA) and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani attended the meeting. According to ISPR, the three commanders discussed matters of mutual interest with particular emphasis on coordination measures at Pak-Afghan border and Standing Operating Procedures put in place to improve the border control. –APP

Nawab Wassan flees from court after bail rejection KHAIRPUR: The PPP MNA Nawab Wassan Khan fled from the court after the rejection of his bail application by an anti terrorism court here on Saturday. Wassan was being tried for the alleged killing of one person and injuring 16 others on the election day. After the case was lodged against him, Wassan got an interim bail from the Sindh High Court and reached the ATC for confirmation of bail on Saturday. After the judgement of the ATC, Nawab Wassan fled from the court room. –INP

Pakistan, US should talk to Taliban; karzai powerless LAHORE: Chief of Pakistan Defence Council Maulana Samiul Haq has said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was powerless and Pakistan and US officials should hold direct talks with the Taliban. In an interview here on Saturday, Maulana Samiul Haq said after the killing of their important leader Waliur Rehman, Taliban confidence has been affected. –APP

Women need to be better accommodated in the socioeconomic sector, through allowing them greater opportunities and safeguarding of their rights at workplace, he commented. The official further said representation of women in the judiciary needs to be improved through the appointment of more of them as judges while there is need to have more female representation in the law enforcement department and for allocating more resources for them. –APP

Pak, Afghan militants may clash anytime

mumtaz Bhutto discusses political situation with Pm

Parliamentary leaders will meet tomorrow

in 2012; 15 women had their limbs amputated, mainly over suspicion of `immorality'; heads of as many as 37 women were shaved to humiliate them and 49 women were set on fire in different incidents across the country. On behalf of HRCP he recommended that implementation of women friendly legislation needs to be carried out well within the stipulated time. He also asked for government proposed plans and policies for women that have been demanding an end to forced conversions of religion.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Birjees Tahir has said that the federal government would not interfere in the political affairs of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and extend all the support in the implementation of development projects. Talking to media after taking over the charge of his ministry on Saturday, Birjees Tahir however made it clear that

no one would be allowed to indulge in wasteful expenditure and financial discipline would be imposed strictly in the Ministry and in AJK. The minister who was given a detailed briefing about the ministry and its attached departments by the secretary, impressed upon the officers to perform their duties honestly and with dedication. He said it is not the era when federal ministers had been deciding about the fate of Kashmiris and said AJK matters could be resolved by the politicians of the state themselves. In reply to a question, Birjees Tahir said it would be his endeavour to establish a better working relationship between the Federal and Azad Kashmir governments. He said Kashmir has a special place for Pakistan and we would continue to support of the rights of Kashmiris for their right to self determination. –INP

Threats of governor’s rule being given, says Memon HYDERABAD: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon Saturday said that the threats of Governor rule imposition are being given to the provincial government soon after its formation. Talking to newsmen here, Memon said that if efforts were made to bulldoze the Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) mandate then they would react, adding that if anybody wanted to join treasury benches in Sindh then they should contact the PPP. Lashing out at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mumtaz Bhutto, he said that Mumtaz's personality doesn't suit with that of governorship. He can only hold the 'dogs and cocks fight', Memon added. Responding to a question, the information minister said that he

didn't want to comment on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief 's statement, adding that he doesn't believe on racism and all the citizen of Sindh are Sindhis. –MONITORING DESK

Sindh to cooperate with Centre: Qaim KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has said that he would like to cooperate with the federal government in a democratic manner as it had got the mandate of people. He was addressing a news conference at the Chief Minister House here on Saturday. The Additional Secretary General of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Senator Raza Rabbani, Provincial Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, and PPP office bearers Rashid Hussain Rabbani and Waqar Medhi were also present on the occasion. Qaim Ali Shah, who is also the provincial chief of the PPP, said that he expected that the mandate of people in the province of Sindh would also be respected. He was optimistic that Centre would also pay attention would to Sindh's issues. "We will vindicate our point of view through the Council of Common Interests (CCI)", Sindh Chief Minister remarked referring to the issue of devolution of education sector to the provinces as per the spirit of the 18th constitutional amendment. He was of the view that there are also some other issues the summary of which would be moved to the CCI. Qaim Ali Shah also spoke of the agenda of the PPP government in the province of Sindh and said that the top priority would be accorded to the law and order. He stated that full attention of the government would be towards the maintenance of law and order in Sindh especially in the city of Karachi for the protection of the lives and property of the people.–APP

PESHAWAR: Several militant groups are likely to face off in a clash as armed fighters have started taking positions inside Afghan territory near Pakistan's Mohmand Agency bordering Afghanistan, reliable sources said on Saturday. Groups of fighters comprising Lashkar-e-Taiba, Ansar-ul-Islam, Afghan Taliban militants and local militia have started taking positions inside Afghan territory, safe havens for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from where they are known to have previously launched attacks inside Pakistan, the sources said. They added that an assault was imminent against the outlawed TTP militants, who have waged a war against the Pakistani state and launched several attacks against its army. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the banned militant group, confirmed an attack was planned against Pakistani Taliban positions inside Afghanistan’s Kunar province bordering Pakistan, but warned it may result in major bloodshed. “We have old enmity with Ansarul-Islam and some other militant groups who want to avenge their own fights and losses now. They are planning a major attack on us in the bordering areas along Mohmand Agency,” he said, speaking via telephone from an undisclosed

location. A Taliban insider said that the clash might be a continuation of the killing of militant commander Shah Sahib, who led another Islamist group engaged in fighting US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan and was based in Mohmand Agency since 2006. TTP militants led by Umar Khalid Khurrasani attacked the training centre of the Shah group on July 19, 2008, killing many, including Shah Sahib. Most of the Shah Sahib loyalist were either kidnapped or killed and the group was eliminated from the Mohmand agency. Most members of the group are presently part of tribal lashkars (local militias), and the attack being planned was part of their strategy to fight the TTP, said the Taliban insider. Former Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand said there were fears of a huge security vacuum following the planned withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan. The Afghan government has effectively no authority over the vast territory along the Pak-Afghan border, turning it into safe havens for militants. Shah called the recent tension "a fight for the territory and resources in the bordering area rather than a big clash." –INP

Fahim opposes CJP’s extension

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) President Makhdoom Ameen Fahim has said if extension is given to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, it will become a custom. Talking to Online here on Saturday, he said the government has entered its initial phase and any criticism against it will be illogical. He said the time will tell how much the government backs up it tall claims made with the people before the general elections. Though the PPP had strong

reservations regarding the transparency of the post-May 11 general elections, the party accepted everything only for the sake of national interests, he maintained. The PPPP president said, “It will be unfair to put all the responsibility of the past five years on the PPP government because the situation of the region was grave and critical when the PPP government assumed the office.” He said the masses gave an opposition mandate to the PPP while the party will not only criticise the government but will also appreciate its positive role. –ONLINE

Country has to bear scorching heat till Tuesday 

Rain spell from Wednesday  Harsh weather leaves four people dead in Sahiwal

ISL AM ABAD, Jun 8 (APP): Citizens from across the country would have to bear scorching heat till Tuesday as according to the weather experts, a rain-spell was likely to start on Wednesday. Scorching heat coupled with unannounced loadshedding left four people dead in Sahiwal. Dozens of people were admitted in District Headquarter hospital Sahiwal when the temperature rose to 46 degree centigrade. Meanwhile, the new government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) faces a formidable challenge in the form of power crisis, which has crippling effect over the economy of the South Asian nation as the gap between the demand and supply of

power has soared to 5700 megawatts. Several major cities suffering an hour power outage after each hour in scorching summer, showing severity of the problem. Johar Town locality of Lahore is undergoing shutdown of power since Friday night. Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is also suffering power outage for last 20 hours causing shortage of water in the city. Talking to APP, an official of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said the heat wave conditions had gripped most parts of the country for the last many days and would persist till Tuesday. A light to moderate intensity rain-spell

was likely from Wednesday to Friday, the official said. The rain-spell would occur in the upper parts of the country and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and it would decrease the temperatures, giving relief to the heat-stricken people. About the synoptic situation, the official said, seasonal low lay over Balochistan and its trough was extending toward eastwards. During the next 24 hours, hot and dry weather conditions would continue to prevail in Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. However, partly cloudy weather would prevail in Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours.

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The rain-spell starting from Wednesday would not be a part of pre-monsoon rains but occur due to moisture flux coming from Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. The premonsoon rains were likely to start during the last decade of June. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Dadu and Bhakkar 48 centigrade; Sibbi, Jacobabad and Nurpur Thal 47 C. While, the temperatures recorded in other cities were Larkana, Bahawalpur, Sukkur, Rohri and Jhang 46 C, Multan 45 C, Faisalabad 44 C, Peshawar and Lahore 43 C, Islamabad 40 C, Gilgit-Baltistan 38 C, Quetta 37 C and Murree 30 C. –AGENCIES