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Stricter nomination paper sent to president
No place for dual nationals, defaulters of loan, tax, utility bills Details of criminal cases during last six months sought
ZEESHAN JAVAID ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday sent a copy of a stricter nomination form to the President for approval, which includes details about nationality and the criminal cases pending against the candidates six months prior to the ﬁlling of the nomination. The copy of nomination form obtained by The Spokesman shows
that every nominee ﬁlling the paper would have binding to fulﬁll the qualiﬁcation speciﬁed in Article 62 of the Constitution. Every Nominee will state on oath that he has not ceased to be a citizen of Pakistan nor has acquired or applied for the citizenship of a foreign state. The paper of any nominee could be rejected, if the nominee is found to be a defaulter of any ﬁnancial institution as every nominee would solemnly declare that no loan for an amount of Rs. 2
million or more obtained from any bank, ﬁnancial institution, cooperative society or corporate body in his own name or in the name of his spouse or any of his dependents, or any business concern mainly owned by him stood unpaid for more than one year from the due date, or has got such loan written off. Every nominee would declare that he or his spouse or any dependants or a business concern mainly owned by him or the aforesaid, is not in default in payment of government dues or utility
charges, including telephone, electricity, gas and water charges of an amount in excess of Rs. 10,000, for over six months at the time of ﬁlling of nomination paper. Every nominee would disclose the names and numbers of his spouse and dependants without playing the game of hide-and-seek. Limiting the expenditures on election campaigns, ECP made it a binding on every nominee to submit the details of his bank account along with the deposit amount as proposed
by ECP. The nominee will declare that he will not make any transaction towards the election expenses through any other account. Every nominee would bound while ﬁlling the nomination form to provide the details of his educational qualiﬁcation, his present occupation, NIC, National tax Number (NTN), the statements of assets and liabilities of his own, spouse(s), dependants as on 30th June, , total Income, source of income, income tax details for last
three years. The nominee would also be liable to share his travel history along with cost incurred during last three years. The nominees associated with agriculture business would be liable to disclose the details of agriculture income tax paid during last three years, land holding and income. All nominees will also provide the complete details of immoveable and immovable assets held inside or outside Pakistan held by him or his spouse and dependent on 30th June of ongoing and previous ﬁscal years.
ʻGuarantorsʼ to hold talks with grand jirga
APC seeks early talks with TTP
ʻSougen No Isuʼ showcases devastating earthquake The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, organised a special premiere of “Sougen no Isu’ (A Chair on the Plains), a Japanese film, at the National Art Gallery on Thursday. Masahiko Nishimura, a prominent Japanese actor in the film, attended the premiere as a special guest. Page 02
Declaration demands trust for martyrs’ families PTI stays away PPP backs efforts, calls for decision within boundaries
Zardari assures Hazaras of all-out support On return from his visit to Iran, President Asif Zardari held a series of meetings in Quetta with the parliamentarians the religious leaders and the elders of Hazara community during which he called upon them to augment the efforts of the government. He reassured that the government would undertake every possible effort to bring culprits involved in the attack on Hazaras to justice. Page 04
4,235 killed since Jan 2012 More than 4,235 people have lost their lives in the ongoing war on terrorism and anti-state violence in Pakistan from January 2012 to February 22, 2013, while 3,879 people had lost their lives in the previous year. Page 05
Fiscal crisis engulfs Neelum-Jehlum project Having already lost position over controversial Kishanganga Hydropower project, the federal government now seems like failing to even boost up the work to complete the lifeline of the country in time. Page 09
Meera wants to revive her Bollywood career Pakistani actress Meera who so far had duds in BTown is now hoping to revive her career essaying Meena Kumari on the big screen. ‘Pakeezah’ remake feels divine feeling. Pakistani actress Meera, who made her Bollywood debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s “Nazar”, will step into the shoes of legendary Meena Kumari for the “Pakeezah” remake. Page 10
Djokovic and Federer move closer to Dubai Open ﬁnal Novak Djokovic, the world number one, and Roger Federer, the defending champion, moved nearer to a showdown in Saturday's final when both raced into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open. Federer set the pace by getting there in only 71 minutes against Marcel Granollers, the world number 34 from Spain, with Djokovic taking just 90 minutes to get past another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut, the world number 55. Page 11
QUETTA: President Asif Ali Zardari meeting a delegation led by Chairman Hazara Democratic Party Abdul Khalik Hazara and Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi sits beside the president. –ONLINE (STORY ON PAGE 4)
People must shoulder PARCO burden
Petrol prices soar again SAHTAK BALOCH ISLAMABAD: On the pretext that oil prices in the international market had risen, the outgoing PPP government — while steeply raising the prices of petroleum products (POL) under the monthly oil price review mechanism — has now also passed on the additional burden of PARCO’s dues to the consumers. Though the outgoing ruling coalition was expected to take pity on the emptied pockets of common man already staggering under sky-high prices of petroleum products coupled with inflated prices of essential commodities for a long time, the PPP-led coalition government's ‘farewell gift’ to the common man of the country has added to people's woes. The government has increased the prices of petroleum products (POL) up to Rs4.35/litre, which will be in effect for a month from the 1st of March. This colossal hike will ensurethat the people remember the PPP government in golden words, added to such blessings as long hoursof load shedding blackouts, imposition of new and strange high taxes on fuel oil, gas and changing electricity tariff on account of fuel price adjustment (FPA), inﬂated
prices of essential commodities. According to petroleum ministry notification on POL prices for March, the per litre price of petrol up by Rs3.53/litrewill take the rate from the existing Rs103.07/litre to Rs106.60/litre. High Speed Diesel (HSD), mostly used in transport and agriculture sectors, up by a historic Rs4.35/litre per litre,takes the rate from the existing Rs109.21/litre to a high Rs113.56 per litre, a sky high price. Kerosene oil has increasedby Rs3.79/litre toRs103.69/litre from Rs99.90/litre. Light Diesel Oil (LDO), used for industrial purposes, also posted an increase of Rs3.93 per litre, going up from its current rate of Rs94.33/litre to Rs98.26 per litre. On Wednesday, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in its summary dubbed as a working paper proposed future prices of petroleum products to the ministry of petroleum & natural resources for consideration. Under the working paper, OGRA had calculated an increase of Rs3.53/litre in the price of petrol, Rs4.35/litre on high-speed diesel (HSD), Rs3.79/litre in Kerosen oil while Rs Rs3.93/litre in the price of LDO sent to Petroleum ministry.
Tauqir Sadiq brought back
OUR STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: Former OGRA chief Tauqir Sadiq, the main accused in Rs 82 billion corruption case, was brought back to Pakistan through Interpol. He was brought back by a three member team which included a CID officer of the Punjab police. He landed in Islamabad from Dubai on PIA plane 212. He will be presented before the court either today or day after tomorrow. The Supreme Court taking a suo motu notice had ordered that he be arrested and brought back to the country. A reference was also filed against Tauqir Sadiq by the Rawalpindi Accountability Court.
STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Supported the peace efforts of grand jirga in FATA, the JUIF led All Parties Conference (APC) has urged the government to respond positively to the Taliban’s talks offer. The APC was convened on Thursday to prepare a roadmap for peace restoration in the country in which all the major parties except PTI participated. According to the declaration issued at the end of APC, practical measures should be taken to eliminate terrorism and a trust should be established for the families of the victims of terror. It recommended that without wasting further time, the government should consult all the stakeholders to form a strategy for talks with the Taliban. The APC made it clear that the current and upcoming government will be responsible for implementation of the APC decision. The declaration said leaders of parties at the APC will hold talks with the members of the grand jirga and the number of members in the existing grand jirga should be increased. Earlier, representatives of political parties called upon the government to give a positive response to the Taliban’s talks offer. PML-N President Nawaz Sharif said peace is achieved through dialogue not war. In his address, Nawaz Sharif said that the dialogue offer made by the Taliban should be taken seriously for bringing peace. He fully supported dialogue with the Taliban and urged the government to respond this offer positively. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the law and order situation was
IHC tells Bahria to vacate land
Petition against CDA thrown out Court says charity doesn’t mean encroachment
SALMAN ABBAS ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday dismissed Bahria Town's petition against the notice sent to it by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to vacate a plot of land Bahria had occupied on the pretext of running a charity service. The court remarked that there were many other ways to do good deeds and running a charity service did not mean filling the federal capital with encroachments. “If you really want to do something for poor people than buy a piece of land to
run the charity,” the court said. During the tenure of former CDA chairman ImtiazInayatElahi, CDA directorate of DMA issued a one year license to Bahria management to establish a makeshift podium in front of PIMS to run a charity providing free food to poor people and attendants, but the management did not renew the license after it, due to which the land is now said to be in illegal occupation of Bahriamanagement. A single-member bench of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique was hearing the case filed by Begum AkhtarRukhsana
Memorial Trust, which named after property tycoon Malik Riaz's mother, contending that it had got a license from the civic body to establish ‘BahriaDastarkhwan’ at the said place. Counsel for the petitioner, Barrister AmmarHussain, contended that the license was still valid while some CDA officials were claiming it had expired. On February 18, the
same courtwas chagrined by the rapid encroachments in the city and directed the CDA Enforcement director to take action against all illegal setups, including land being used by the administration of the Bahria Town in the name of ‘BahriaDastarkhwan’, after which the authority sent notice to the Bahria management to vacate the plot of land.
disappointing but this should not be a deterrent. He lamented that the government did not implement parliamentary resolutions. PPP President Makhdoom Amin Fahim said all efforts for peace would be supported but a decision should be made which is within the writ of the government, law and constitution. He said the PPP itself is a victim of terrorism. He said the government will support each effort to bring peace in the country and curb the menace of terrorism. JI Ameer, Syed Munawar Hasan lamented that a positive response from the government regarding the Taliban’s offer for peace talks had not come forward. Hassan pointed out Indian interference in Balochistan. He said his party fully supports efforts for peace. Addressing APC‚ head of Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Khan Sherpao said without any condition‚ we should invite Taliban on dialogue table. However, he said talks should be held after the Taliban lay down their arms. MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar said peace in Karachi and Balochistan was linked to FATA and there was a need to unite on the national agenda. PML-Q Chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain stressed the need for exploring all options to bring peace. He said no one should have doubt on the loyalties of tribal people. ANP leader Afrasiab Khattak encouraged APC to take a step forward other than declarations for the sake of peace in the country. Earlier in his opening remarks the Chief of Waziristan‚ Malik Qadir Khan showed his concerns and said tribals are wrongly connected with terrorism. He demanded of the government to ﬁnd a way-out‚ so they could get some relief.
HEC not ECP to pursue degrees’ issue STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Parliamentary Committee‚ constituted by the Speaker to negotiate with the ECP on election procedure and degree issue, on Thursday agreed that the ECP will not directly write letters to the candidates for verification of the degrees rather it will ask HEC to write letters to the concerned universities for the verification of the degrees. The Parliamentary Committee headed by Law Minister, Farooq H Naek held a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner. Chairman Higher Education Commission was also present on the occasion. The committee apprised the ECP high-ups about their reservations saying they were not opposed to the exercise but its procedure.
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PM directs NADRA to give CNICs before elections ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik to issue Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) to unregistered population on priority basis and ensure that nobody remains disenfranchised in the upcoming general elections. Malik briefed the prime minister about the initiatives taken to register the population and engaging political parties to motivate citizens for their registration. He also said that NADRA has been focusing on Sindh and Balochistan keeping in view the low registration as compared to other provinces; while they have moved ahead in FATA. In order to facilitate women in acquiring CNIC, NADRA has established 12 women-only centres where only women staff has been deployed across the country. Prime Minister Ashraf directed the NADRA chairman to initiate an awareness campaign to persuade people to get CNIC. INP
3,831 cases of illegal arms registered in ﬁve years HOMER BALOCH
ISLAMABAD: When the country is facing treacherous law and order situation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik looks satisﬁed with the steps taken by government towards prevention of illegal activities in the federal capital. According to a document that laid in National Assembly on Thursday, it was told that 3.831 cases had been registered against the illegal arms during the last ﬁve years in Islamabad. Replying to a question asked by Shaheen Ishfaq, Rehman Malik revealed that the Islamabad Police had succeeded in
arresting 4,037 accused and recovered 4311 arms and 146874 rounds of ammunition during the last ﬁve years. The arms were including 98 Kalashnikovs, 385 riﬂes, 376 guns, 3368 pistols and revolvers, and 48 ‘carbines’ of prohibited bore. He said during the calendar year 2008, the law enforcement agencies active in ICT recovered heavy and small arms from hundreds of accused allegedly involved in various criminal activities, adding the document reveal that law enforcement department registered 640 cases and arrested 678 accused by which the police has recovered
680 arms including 04 Kalashnikovs, 79 riﬂes, 38 other guns of heavy bore, 541 pistols and revolvers, and 18 ‘carbine’ of prohibited bore, and 32869 rounds of ammunition. In 2009, the police has recovered highest amount of arms the last ﬁve years, by recovering 981 illegal arms including 18 Kalashnikovs, 146 riﬂes, 144 heavy bore guns, 663 pistols/revolvers, carbines and 34498 rounds of ammunition. However in 2010, 784 accused were arrested on 731 FIRs while 771 arms and 14985 rounds of ammunition recovered including 35 Kalashnikovs, 62 riﬂes, 73 guns, 599 pistols
and revolvers and 02 carbines. The law enforcement agencies registered 876 FIRs and arrested 963 accused in 2011, including 20 Kalashnikovs, 69 riﬂes and 69 guns, 801 pistols and revolvers, 11 carbine, and 56384 rounds of ammunition. While last year, the Islamabad Police have succeeded to arrest 935 accused on 918 registered cases in police stations of Islamabad Capital Territory limits, and recovered 870 arms including 21 Kalashnikovs, 26 riﬂes, 52 guns, 764 pistols and revolvers, and 07 carbine. The recovery also included 8174 rounds of ammunition.
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UAE envoy delivers FMʼs letter to Hina ISLAMABAD: UAE Ambassador Essa Abdullah Albasha Al-Noaimi delivered a letter from UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al Nahyan to Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during a meeting on Thursday. Hina Khar thanked the ambassador for bringing the letter and asked him to convey her warm greetings and best wishes to Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah. She said that Pakistan attached immense importance to its strategic ties with the UAE. Both the personalities expressed satisfaction at the current state of bilateral relations and hoped that the existing relations would further be strengthened. Hina also said that UAE hosts one of the largest Pakistani communities abroad which is playing an important role in the development of that country. ONLINE
English Language Laboratory established ISLAMABAD: An English Language Laboratory is being established at SOS village with the help of small grants and ambassador’s fund of USAID to provide language coaching classes for students from playgroup to Grade 10. The program, utilising specialised English language software, would also be used by existing SOS staff (12 in number) and 11 mothers to improve their language skills. SOS Children’s Village Chairperson Naznin Murtaza and Director Shama Khan informed journalists that the SOS Village was striving to provide the best education opportunities to all its children. Rosetta Stone Software will be used in this lab, which is quite useful for fast learning language techniques all over the world, since it kept individual records and students can progress at their own level. ONLINE
Seven-day world traveling expo from today ISLAMABAD: An international traveling expo with the title of ‘energies for a sustainable world’ is going to start from Friday (March 1) under the aegis of the Pakistan Science Foundation and would be continued till March 7. The exhibition will travel from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit, Abbottabad, Gujrat and Larkana during March-April 2013 and will be concluded at Quetta. The expo will provide a great opportunity to the students of all age groups, faculty members, researchers and general public to get ﬁrsthand knowledge about various forms of energy, ways to enhance the energy resources and their proper uses for the national development. The foundation started arranging travel expos in 2008 in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Centre Sciences, Orelans, France. ONLINE
PSF, NHA sign MoU for technical cooperation ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and the National Highway Authority (NHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the technical collaboration at the Highway Research and Training Centre (HRTC) in Burhan. Under the MoU, PSF will extend its full support to NHA in the establishment of Highway Research and Training Centre through its network of experts, engineers and members of the technical committees. Both the partners will identify areas of research under joint ventures for mutual benefits and also exchange information relating to promotion of research for indigenous technology development. PSF will help NHA to conduct seminars, conferences and exhibitions to promote and popularize issues related to the highway research. Both the organisations will also launch joint research projects relating to industry. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Fariba Thomson, wife of British high commissioner in Pakistan, viewing the work of Rajab Ali Sayed and Zahrah Ehsan at an exhibition ‘New Romantic’ at Rohtas Gallery. INP
Tolerance vital for vibrant democracy: Danish envoy Moesby stresses debate, exchange of opinions and argument Kundi says politics becomes ancestral profession under dictatorships
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Jogezai and PILDAT President Ahmed Bilal Mehboob also spoke on the occasion. The strengthening of democratic processes was discussed as the new batch was welcomed. The ﬁfth batch was attended by 61 elected youth representatives. The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) is supporting the Youth Parliament as part of its two-year programme on support to democracy. Facilitated by PILDAT, the Youth Parliament is patterned after the National Assembly. Its membership is drawn from young Pakistanis aged between 18-29 years from Punjab, Balochistan, Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and Azad Kashmir. During the ﬁfth batch, the Youth Parliament has elected Anum Asif as its ﬁrst female prime minister who serves as a symbol of gender equality and tolerance in the youth. The Danish ambassador applauded the brimming energy of the elected youth
ISLAMABAD: Danish Ambassador Ole E Moesby on Thursday said that democracy and freedom consisted of discipline and selﬂess service to others, embracing the ethics of compassion and respect. He said that a culture of tolerance includes debate and dynamic exchanges of opinions and arguments, which is to be seen as an opportunity to learn from others and seek the truth. “Developing a culture of tolerance is a long term undertaking that removes roots of intolerance and is necessary for any democratic process,” he said while speaking at the inaugural session of the ﬁfth batch of the Youth Parliament. The session was also addressed by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, also the patron of the Youth Parliament, Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Youth Parliament Speaker Wazir Ahmed
representatives and said that Denmark extends its full support to the youth. MNA Nadeem Gondal said that about 28 departments of the state still do not have any audit; however the Public Accounts Committee has managed to recover 23 million rupees and has submitted it back into the national kitty. Faisal Kundi congratulated the elected members and wished them success in their endeavors in making Pakistan a more democratic state. He criticised the dictatorships that have lead to strengthening of personalities and weakening of the institutions. “This strengthening of personalities has caused politics to become an ancestral profession and has decreased the representation of the middle class,” he said. However, he expressed hope in the youth’s potential and encouraged them to view politics and the system of the government holistically rather than relying on cynical narratives that are prevalent in society.
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Russia’s Federal Assembly led by Valentina Matvienko, chairperson of the Council of Federation, has called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar separately along with Russian Ambassador Andrey Bundnik. Welcoming the delegation, Prime Minister Ashraf said that Russia was a source of peace and stability at both regional and global level and its growing power a positive development for the multi-polar world of today. He said that there has been a visible expansion in the bilateral relations as well as economic cooperation between the two countries and Pakistan greatly values Russia’s interest to invest in the energy sector. “There is a national consensus in Pakistan on building strong relationship with the Russian Federation and we attach great importance to our relations with Russia,” he said, adding that both the countries have initiated a process of building a broad-based long term partnership. “We greatly value support and assistance of Russian Federation in the war against terrorism,” he said. Valentina Matvienko said that Pakistan was an important partner of Russia and plays an important role in international relations. She said that the exchange of visits of the parliamentary delegations of both the countries would help in further strengthening the bilateral relations. Some 2000 students from Pakistan have graduated from Russian universities and Russia would welcome more students from Pakistan, she said. The delegation conveyed the best wishes of Russian President Viladimir Putin to the prime minister. Earlier, Valentina Matvienko also called on Foreign Minister Hina Khar at the Foreign Office where the two leaders exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues including the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East. There was complete unanimity of views on enhancing bilateral cooperation, collaboration and coordination not only for the sake of mutual benefit but also with the aim of building stability, peace and prosperity in the broader region.
MPs annoyed at poor maintenance of Parliament Lodges
Lawmakers criticise CDA performance
ISLAMABAD: Besides creating hardships for the common citizens, slackness of the Capital Development Authority officials also put the parliamentarians into dilemma who expressed their concerns over the poor maintenance and cleanliness conditions in the Parliament Lodges. During the meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on House & Library which was met here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, parliamentarians complained that the CDA staff deputed in the Parliament Lodges often remain absent from their duties and no one can be present to address the complaints of the members. The committee members pointed out that the CCTV cameras installed in the lodges were not
functioning properly and lifts of various blocks were also out of order. They expressed annoyance over the poor quality of maintenance work carried out by CDA in the lodges. The deputy speaker directed the CDA director to submit a report about the CCTV cameras, lifts and wastage of water from the ﬁltration plant. He also directed the CDA to take prompt action to address the grievances of the parliamentarians and strictly monitor the quality of cleanliness and maintenance work in the Parliament Lodges. He also summoned CDA Chairman and the Islamabad Police chief in the next meeting of the committee. Regarding the issue of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society, the committee decided to accommodate the retired employees, widows of the deceased employees and the members who had deposited full payment of the plot on priority basis.
ISLAMABAD: Time for some leisure amid a terroised environment - Ustad Fateh Ali Khan Hyderabadi of Gawaliyar Gharana performing at ‘Classical Music Night’ at PNCA Auditorium. INP
‘Sougen No Isu’ showcases devastating earthquake
Special premiere of Japanese movie held at National Art Gallery
ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Japan and TOEI Company of Japan, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts organised a special premiere of “Sougen no Isu’ (A Chair on the Plains), a Japanese Masahiko Nishimura film, here at the National Art Gallery on Thursday. Masahiko Nishimura, a prominent Japanese actor in the ﬁlm, came attended the premiere
as a special guest. Sougen no Isu, based on a novel written by a prize-winning Japanese writer Teru Miyamoto, is the ﬁrst ever Japanese ﬁlm shot in Hunza Valley and Skardu in August 2012. The ﬁlm is directed by Izuru Naushaba, whose most recent ﬁlm Rebirth won 10 awards in the Japan Academy Awards last year. The ﬁlm features a middle-aged Japanese man’s quest for hope after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake through his journey to Hunza with his close friends of the same generation; his client but close friend, a divorced woman and a boy who is mentally wounded after being abused by his mother. The
ﬁlm aims to encourage people to go forward in their own way, not giving up in today’s Japan. Speaking on the occasion, Akira Kono, Charge’ d Affaires of Japan Embassy, said that this ﬁlm was a fruit of the friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan for which the two countries celebrated 60th anniversary last year, and the mutual cooperation between the two nations was eternalized in the form of this movie. The Pakistani crew members who contributed in the making of this movie were also invited to this premiere. Kono also said that this movie was special because it had been released in Japan only ﬁve
days earlier and today being screened in Pakistan. “At this very moment, there are thousands of Japanese movie-goers watching the same movie at the theaters in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and all over Japan.” He appreciated the cooperation of the TOEI Company, the distributor of the ﬁlm, for making this possible. Kono extended warm welcome to Masahiko Nishimura, one of the main characters in the ﬁlm, for travelling all the way to Islamabad from Japan to join the audience at this special premiere of the ﬁlm at the National Art Gallery. The ﬁlm will also be screened at the PNCA in the morning on March 1. ONLINE
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enom Inc. This should not be held against me in a court of law as I solemnly declare that these are absolute lies, dirty whispers and wild speculation that I have heard while crawling in the dark power corridors of the creepy Capital. You will believe them at your own risk Shh...If you have venom to spill please don’t hesitate to share with us on our blog at www.thespokesman.pk
Generous Butt at it again
he Eff Generous Butt seems almost certain to get the ticket for Islamabad’s urban seat. Sheshnag is told he has been given a go-ahead to start working on his canvassing. But the big obstacle remains the several cases that keep hanging on his head. He is accused of half of the CDA scandals that are being investigated by the Islamabad High Court.
A lot of questions linger about his fate: What if he is indicted right in the middle of his campaign? The PPP may lose the seat without contesting if this happened too late in the race. And considering the number of the cases and the evidence against him, the possibility is huge. Also remember that the prosecution, once there is a caretaker government, will be different from now. Islamabad top cop is already marked for being absolutely partial towards the PPP stalwarts and is sure to be changed. Moreover, the Generous Butt can’t help not making quick bucks wherever he can. He is all set to give the contract of a marquee at the Club of which he is the President to a friend—and not without his cut. Some people simply can’t change. But then what did you expect from the person whose mentor is you know who.
Uncle unhappy over engagement? hen Sheshnag hinted about the engagement of Sharmila Farooqui and Hasham Riaz, we were criticized for being mischievous. No sir, we were not. When it comes to love and romance, Sheshnag is always big-hearted. It’s always good to see couples venturing into a new life together.
Sharmila looked great in a black dress. Hasham was in heavens. Rahat was at his music best. Everything and everybody was hunky-dory, except, Sheshnag can’t help not being cynical. Uncle Salman, for some reason, is not happy over this. We don’t want to spoil the fun by saying why? Happy new life-- Sharmila and Hasham.
The saga of loot and plunder in EOBI
Twitteratti on APC of JUI Faizan Lakhani @faizanlakhani APC after APC, political parties are sitting together just before election, once again to fool the voters. APC = All Parties Chawalain. Asif Shahzad @asiffshahzad APC is Aalu Paratha Chai. & byebye. Nilofer Afridi Qazi @ninoqazi Smart phone app which let's u see television! Cricket and talk shows 24/7....heaven or nightmare? Hahahaha @Maria_Aziz How lucky Talibans r , sab un k payon parey Han . Ab be na Mano gey to kab Mano gey zalam. Ayla Malik @AylaMalikPTI
Only #PTI are interested in #Pakistan and it's People! the rest are interested in gaining Power. #APC = All Pupits Conference. Raza Rumi @Razarumi If the PPP and PMLN think that due to elections, they need to pander to powers-that-be they are mistaken. Both not liked or wanted by them! Zardari visits Iran & then Quetta. APC is calling for dialogue with#TTP. Has #Pakistan gone rogue? Hagel tried. What would John Kerry do? Ahmad Shakil Mian @mukabbar It is right but naive of Munawar Hasan to compare Taliban with Yasir Arfaat. Yasir was a WATAN FAROSH and so are Taliban
ISLAMABAD: The greatest power of bureaucracies is to make the smart act stupid and the good act evil. For this purpose they can even amend the inter-departmental rules and get these rules approved by using any means. In a recent move, the Chairman of Employees Old Age Beneﬁts Institutions (EOBI), Zafar Iqbal Gondal, who is very inﬂuential as one of his brother holds a key Federal Ministry and one of his nephews is the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has managed to get approved the illegal appointments from the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Regularization who approved their regularizations despite the Board of Trustees (BoT) opposing it and gave their dissent notes. Not only this but the people who were appointed on such key posts have no prior experience. To avoid the clause of experience, the Chairman got relaxation from the Board of Trustees. The Chairman EOBI appointed almost 448 people across the country in his own institution despite the clear cut order of ban on recruitment by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Out of these 448 people 59 people were appointed from Grade 16 to 18 on the posts of Director General, Deputy Director, Assistant Director and Assistant. All of them have the domicile of Punjab and are from his own district. A copy of the details of these
employees, and the minutes of the BoT’s 101st meeting which was held on January 25, 2012 available with the Spokesman clearly mentions that the approval of relaxation in experience for the post of Deputy Directors was not on the agenda of the meeting but the Chairman put it on. However, the BoT directed that the matter be referred to the Human Resource (HR) Committee of the BoT of EOBI. The HR committee then held a deliberation on it and many of the members of the HR committee and
The Chairman EOBI appointed almost 448 people across the country in his own institution despite the clear cut order of ban on recruitment by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Out of these 448 people 59 people were appointed from Grade 16 to 18. All of them have the domicile of Punjab and are from his own district.
BoT of EOBI opposed this proposal as there is no such provision in government rules to give relaxation in experience for any government job. Again, the ﬁndings of the HR committee were brought to the BoT in its 102nd meeting held on April 05, 2012. Chaudhry Muhammad Tufail, Employers’ Representative, who is also a member of the BoT opposed this proposal. The Chairman of BoT observed that the Board should ensure the compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the ban on new appointments in EOBI. The Secretary Labour, Punjab stated that the recommendations of the HR committee may not be approved as in the government the minimum required experience for the post of BS-18 is ﬁve years and the same is for BS 17. But the Chairman EOBI stated that there were many government organizations where the required experience for the said posts is less than three years. This is an autonomous body and the government rules are not applicable to the autonomous bodies. However, after detailed discussions this proposal was deferred and no other BoT meeting was held after this. After rejection from the BoT, the Chairman EOBI sent the list of his appointed employees for getting them regularized by the Cabinet SubCommittee on Regularization which approved their regularizations.
” Multan NA 149: Baghi Marked by Sharifs AAMIR HUSSAINI awaz League seems to have marked roaring baghi from Multan, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi for the upcoming general elections and is weighing the option of either developing Jamaat-eIslami’s Liaqat Baloch or one of the traditional old horses of Syeds (Fakhr Imam or Faisal Saleh Hayat) to ensure that anyone but the Makhdoom should win from NA-149 (Multan) in the forthcoming general elections. The importance of NA149, therefore, stands high in Multan, because lots of wheeling and dealing is being done, especially by Nawaz League under the direct supervision of party leadership from Model Town, Lahore. This urban constituency spans across the heart of the historical city and houses a potential 4.27 lakh voters with casts like Ansaris, Sheikhs, Bhuttas, Dogars, Khakwanis, Khawajas, Gillanis and Qureshis ruling the roost for quite some time. Interestingly, Baghi does not live in
this constituency, rather he lives in his newly built palace Multan Cantt (NA 151), but since he won from this area in 2008 elections against PPP candidate Malik Liaqat Dogar, he is bent upon trying his luck from the same constituency again. Whereas both Yusuf Raza Gilani and Shah Mehmood Qureshi have their ancestral homes in this constituency and collect all the alms from their mureeds from Baghi’s constituency, he never contested from here. Hashmi had to vacate this seat after quitting Nawaz league over his differences with the Sharifs in 2012 to join Imran Khan’s Tsunami and did not contest the by-polls, which were easily won by Nawaz League by pitching in brother of a PTI turn-coat Tariq Rasheed in Februray 2012. The drama does not stop here because the constituency has another erstwhile candidate, the former Speaker of the National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam, who has been wandering in the political wilderness for at least two decades. Fakhar’s daughter, Sughra Imam, who managed to earn a reserve seat for women on PPP quota in National Assembly, is believed to have tried every trick in order to purchase some political fortunes for the dwindling fate of her father and even her mother, but so far the party insiders claim that Mr. Zardari—of course, since the courts are
reading these lines—through Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has shown no interest in buying these forsaken political horses. Yet, the Syeds believe that Fakhar Imam is very much in the run because some of his family connections have tried to ﬁle a case in the Raiwind courts of the Sharifs by assuring them that “Imams can teach a lesson to Hashmi.” Upon being contacted the former Speaker of Junejo Assembly during Zia ul Haq days talked at length about his political ambitions and clout to prove that all the political parties are after him to contest elections without even once denying that either PPP or Nawaz League have turned down his bargain pleas for a political revival. Instead, his conﬁdants insisted that though sitting Nawaz League MNA Tariq Rasheed claims to be still the candidate of the party but “we are hearing that central leadership of PML (N) wants to bring a more strong and national level personality in this constituency to bring down PTI stalwart Hashmi.” They also conﬁrmed that some common friends of both the Syed family and Mian Nawaz Sharif are mediating between them by posing that “Fakhar sain is yet to make up his ﬁnal mind, because after all he is still in PPP.” The third factor which is making rounds in this constituency is another Makhdoom from Shah Jewna (Faisal Saleh Hayat) who seems to
The third factor which is making rounds in this constituency is another Makhdoom from Shah Jewna (Faisal Saleh Hayat) who seems to have lately developed serious differences with Chaudhrys of Que League and is showing some interest in jumping ship to join Nawaz League, only if he is assured a conﬁrmed seat not only from his ancestral village but also from Multan. However, political pundits believe that due to this maddening run for political assurances and bargaining, both Jewna and Fakhar houses are conﬁrming that only one of them can join Nawaz League, not both.
have lately developed serious differences with Chaudhrys of Que League and is showing some interest in jumping ship to join Nawaz League, only if he is assured a conﬁrmed seat not only from his ancestral village but also from Multan. However, political pundits believe that due to this maddening run for political assurances and bargaining, both Jewna and Fakhar houses are conﬁrming that only one of them can join Nawaz League not both. So both sides are non-committed for the time being to any side, therefore keeping the bird in hand intact while vying for the other controlled by the Sharifs. Imams, meanwhile, are learnt to have even buried their family feud with Dr Khawar Shah, though family sources on both sides denied conﬁrming this, and are conﬁdent that even if Peoples Party sticks with Dogars they can pull up a favourable deal from Raiwind. Dr Khawar is considered to be the link between Sharifs and Imams at this point in time, conﬁrmed Nawaz Leaguers because they consider that a joint venture of both Syeds can help them
defeat Hashmi from NA 149. Fourth entrant into this race, Jamaat-eIslami’s Liaqat Baloch, who is busy doing pre-election corner meetings in the same constituency these days, is also claiming to have earned the nod from Raiwind to become their consensus candidate against Hashmi, thus making the forecast even murkier. Peoples Party on the other side is watching all these developments from the fence, as Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, the claimant of the Southern Punjab terrain has asked the Presidency—please read Bilawal—to retain the twice defeated Dogars and hope that the tussle between Sharifs and Hashmi might give them a chance to win this seat. Nevertheless, keeping a second option open, Gilani has kept Amir Dogar as a strong replacement for the Dogars. Local political analyst Mr. Musadiq Mehdi Jaffri says that it is very difficult to predict anything about result of this constituency. It will be question of life and death for PML (N) and PTI in coming election, says Jaffri.
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Verdict reserved on appeals in Musharraf attack case ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on Thursday on the appeals of two convicts, convicted on the charges of attacking former president Pervez Musharraf in 2003, seeking reduction in their sentences. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed reserved the verdict after hearing counsels of both the sides. The appeals were ﬁled by two convicts – Rana Muhammad Naveed and Aamir Sohail – against enhancement in their sentences by the military court. During the hearing, Defence Ministry’s counsel Mujeebur Rehman submitted that under Section 133/P of the Army Act, only the deﬁned courts could reduce or enhance the sentences of the convicts. Citing various case laws, he said the appeals were beyond the limitations. Hashmat Ali Habib, counsel for the appellants, argued that one of his clients had never moved any appeals before the military court for reduction in his sentence, however his sentence was enhanced. He said only Rana Naveed had moved an application seeking reduction in his sentence. He said neither Aamir Sohail nor the state had ﬁled an appeal against his (Sohail) sentence, thus his sentence could not be enhanced in any manner. On March 31, 2011, the Supreme Court had rejected the review appeals of 10 convicts sentenced to death for their involvement in twin attacks on the former president in 2003. STAFF REPORT
Zardari assures Hazaras of ‘all-out’ assistance
President returns, spends busy day in Quetta; says no rest till enemyʼs defeat
QUETTA: President Asif Zardari Thursday held a series of meetings here on return from his visit to Tehran with the parliamentarians, the religious leaders and the elders of the Hazara community during which he also called upon them to augment the efforts of the government. The ﬁrst meeting in the series was held with the parliamentarians of Balochistan belonging to various political parties. The meeting was attended among others by Governor Balochistan Nawab Zuﬁqar Ali Magsi, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir
Changez Jamali, Dr. Asim Hussain, Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum, former Deputy Chairman Senate Mir Jan Jamali, some Senators and parliamentarians belonging to Balochistan. The meeting with the parliamentarians was followed by meeting with the Ulemas representing various schools of thought. Those who were present during the meeting included among others Maulana Abdullah Khilji, Abdul Qudoos Sasoli, Moulana Shehzad Attari, Mufti Ghulam Mohammad, Allama Mohammad Jumma Asadi, Allama Sheikh Ghulam Mehdi
Najaﬁ, Allama Maqsood Ali Domki, Allama Mohammad Hashim Mosoli and others. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zuﬁqar Ali Magsi was also present. During the meeting, the President called upon the ulema to strengthen the efforts of the law enforcing agencies in bringing to justice those who misuse religion. The President said Islam was a religion of peace and enjoins upon its followers to thwart attempts to victimize vulnerable sections of society. The President called upon the need to collectively ﬁght against the forces that breed
hatred and promote militancy and sectarian killings. Later, the President also had a meeting with a delegation of the Hazara community headed by MPA Dr. Mrs. Ruqayya Saeed Hashmi. The delegation included among others Syed Ashraf Zaidi, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, M. Tahir Advocate, Sardar Saadat Ali Hazara, Maj Nadir Ali, Col. Younas Changezai and others. The president expressed his profound sympathies over the great loss that the community had to suffer recently at the hands of extremists and fanatics. AGENCIES
Airport project on Pakistan’s request: US OUR STAFF REPORTER
NAB recovers Rs185.2m in Tawana Pakistan scam ISLAMABAD: The regional office of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered, Rs 185.2 million from Tanveer Hussain Manji, the director of Vita Pakistan Ltd and an accused in the Tawana Pakistan scam. The NAB had arrested the accused on January 31, 2013 from Lahore and produced before the accountability court the next day to get his physical remand. He remained in NAB’s custody for 14 days. During the course of physical remand, Manji submitted an application for plea-bargain amounting to Rs 185.2 million, which was accepted by the NAB chairman. It is important to mention that the NAB (Rawalpindi) has started a separate inquiry against M/s Maaza Pakistan Ltd and M/s Baz Creation, where the accused parties are alleged in fraudulent activities relating to the purchase and other expenditures on different items in the Tawana Pakistan project, launched by the PML-Q government of Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi in Punjab. AGENCIES
SC wants ﬂood commission report implemented ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court directed the federal and provincial governments on Thursday to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the Flood Commission report and submit a certiﬁcate pertaining to implementation till March 5. A threemember bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed, while hearing a case pertaining to implementation of the report, directed the federal government and all provincial chief secretaries to ensure implementation of every recommendation made by the Flood Commission in its report. The court expressed dismay over not making the report public and directed that the report be made public. PML-N leader Marvi Memon had requested the court in September 2011 to order revival of the Flood Commission with a view to determining if the government had failed to carry out its recommendations. STAFF REPORT
Global drug facility lauds TB control in Sindh KARACHI: A visiting Global Drug Facility Mission, headed by Dr Mauro Occhi, during a meeting with Health Services Director General Dr Ashfaque Hussain G Memon has appreciated the performance of the TB Control in Sindh. Dr Occhi pointed out with an increasing case detection rate and a treatment success rate of over 90%, the program would surely achieve its objectives given the enabling environment and resources. Established in 2001, the Global Drug Facility has been providing anti-TB drugs as a grant to Pakistan in order to expand access to and availability of, high-quality TB drugs to facilitate DOTS expansion. The GDF has been performing annual reviews in Pakistan in order to ascertain the quality control, standardization, medicines' storage, regulation and transparency in supply management. INP
ISLAMABAD: Students surf at a Meena Bazaar stall at IMCG F-7/2. ONLINE
Punjab, TIP sign MoU
TIP to look into mega Metro Bus project besides laptop, Ujala schemes
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LAHORE: The Punjab government and the Transparency International Pakistan, an anticorruption network, have signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to look into the projects of the provincial government including the Metro Bus, Laptop and Ujala schemes. Under this MoU, the Transparency would review rules and regulations and transparency of laptop scheme, Ujala programme and Metro Bus project and would present its report before the end of the constitutional tenure of the present government. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that the report of TIP would be brought before the people in its totality and if any irregularity was found, those responsible would not be spared and strict action would be taken against them.
China military hails Gwadar port takeover BEIJING: China's takeover of the Gwadar port in Pakistan represents an economic maneuver that is in line with the interests of the two countries, a military spokesman said Thursday. Pakistan handed the management of the port over to China Overseas Holdings Limited on Feb. 18, leading some foreign media to speculate that the port could be used by the Chinese military. "These comments have distorted the facts and disturbed relations between China and surrounding countries," Ministry of National Defense spokesman Geng Yansheng said at a press brieﬁng. Luo Zhaohui, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also said the takeover has highlighted the progress made by both sides and will be conducive to building mutually beneﬁcial cooperation. ONLINE
On behalf of the Punjab government, Energy Secretary Jehanzeb Khan, Higher Education Secretary Ijaz Munir and LDA Director General Ahad Cheema signed the MoU, while on behalf of TIP, the document was signed by its Chairman Sohail Muzaffar and Executive Director Saad Rashid. Adviser Zaeem Qadri, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Nasira Javed Iqbal of the Transparency International and others were present at the signing ceremony. Talking to journalists, Shahbaz Sharif said that today was a historic day in the history of Pakistan as the Punjab government has signed an MoU with TIP to review implementation and transparency of its three mega projects. He said that the Punjab government has promoted transparency and a corruption-free culture in the province. He said all development projects have
been completed in a transparent manner during the last ﬁve years and if corruption of even a single penny was proved, he was answerable to Allah Almighty and the people. He said that the Punjab government has established a high example of accountability by presenting its three mega projects worth Rs.36 billion to TIP. He said no one has taken such a historic step before in Pakistan and presented himself for accountability. He said if, God forbid, any corruption or irregularity was found in the projects, then those responsible would not be spared and strict action would be taken against them. He said the TIP report would also unmask the reality of those who are accusing metro bus project of costing Rs 70 billion or Rs 90 billion, besides clarifying the factual position regarding any corruption or violation of PPRA rules in the implementation of the project.
Dr Shakil Afridi to be US hero
SC accepts plea to keep IB's reply secret in Rs 270m scam MASOOD REHMAN
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a request made by Attorney General Irfan Qadir seeking to keep secret a reply submitted by him on behalf of Intelligence Bureau’s Director General Akhtar Hussain Gorchani over the withdrawal and utilization of Rs 270 million in secret funds by the incumbent Pakistan People’s Party government in 2009. A three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, was hearing a case pertaining to withdrawal of large sums of money from IB’s secret accounts by the PPP governments to buy loyalty of politicians in Punjab and other provinces in 2008-9 and 1988-1990. In compliance with the Wednesday's orders, Irfan Qadir resubmitted the reply earlier rejected by the court for being inappropriate, dissatisfactory and carrying derogatory language. He requested the court to keep the reply secret, which the court accepted, holding that it would be examined in the chamber and then orders would be issued. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing for two weeks. The reply rejected by the court on Wednesday stated that the court could not lay its hands on information relating to IB’s internal working. It said, Article 175(2) of the Constitution restrained the Supreme Court from interfering in such matters. The article explains that the court has no jurisdiction, except on matters conferred on it by the Constitution or any
ISLAMABAD: The US Department of Defence, on the request of the Customs Drug Enforcement Cell, is funding the construction of a Customs Tactical Command and Operations Centre based at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, says a press release of the US Embassy on Thursday. This project, in accordance with the Government of Pakistan’s requested speciﬁcations, consists of the design and construction of two new buildings for the Pakistani Customs' Drug Enforcement Cell. It includes an administrative building that will serve as an operations center for Pakistani Customs personnel to exchange information concerning drug smuggling activity and six guard posts to help screen cargo at the airport tarmac entrance gates. The US Army Corps of Engineers’ recently announced an intent to solicit a Request for Proposals for the project using the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website. Private construction ﬁrms or joint ventures working in this region, including Pakistani companies, are eligible to submit proposals. “The award for the project, which will be offered to an eligible private construction ﬁrm or a joint venture, is expected this summer, and our hope is that the project will be completed in the summer of 2014,” says the press release. The US Army Corps of Engineers’ only role is to oversee the award of the contract for the project to a private construction ﬁrm and supervise its implementation. No US military or other USG personnel will be involved in the actual construction, operation, or staffing of this center, which will be exclusively owned and operated by the Government of Pakistan, says the handout. This project will enable the Government of Pakistan to coordinate rapid response to narcotics and contraband smuggling and is a tangible representation of the joint United States - Pakistan commitment to address this important issue.
law. The court had sought the reply of IB’s chief following the testimonies of two former heads of IB, who conﬁrmed that the large sums were indeed withdrawn from the bureau’s secret fund, but maintained that they were not used against the Punjab government. The court had taken suo motu notice of a report which appeared in an English newspaper on March 14, alleging that Rs 270 million had been withdrawn by the PPP government to dislodge the Punjab government in 2008-09. The news report also claimed that in addition to Rs 270-million, Rs360 million had also been withdrawn by the PPP government in 1988-1990 to buy the loyalty of parliamentarians to offset a No-Conﬁdence Motion, win elections in Azad Kashmir and remove the government in the NWFP and install Aftab Sherpao as chief minister. According to the report, IB’s former Director General Dr Shoaib Suddle conﬁrmed that money had been withdrawn from the bureau’s secret funds and that when he brought the matter to the notice of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani he kept quiet for political considerations. At the last hearing, IB’s former chief Masood Sharif Khattak had submitted a statement defending the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s decision to increase secret service funds and then draw it in 1988-90 from the accounts of the civilian intelligence outﬁt. Tariq A. Lodhi, another former IB chief during whose tenure Rs 270 million was allegedly withdrawn by the PPP government, had also submitted a reply, claiming it to be privileged.
WASHINGTON: A Congressional resolution has been introduced in the US House of Representatives to recognize a Pakistani doctor, who helped CIA trace Osama bin Laden, as an American hero. Dr Shakil Afridi was arrested by Pakistan government three weeks after Laden was killed in the United States raid for accessing the al Qaeda leader's compound and helping the US identify who was hiding in Abbottabad. The resolution also seeks his release from the jail. Dana Rohrabacher, congressman from California along with nine other congressmen introduced the resolution seeking to recognize Afridi as an American hero and that he be immediately released from custody by Pakistan. "All Americans owe Dr Afridi a gratitude for what he did to help us ﬁnd Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice. He and his family have paid a terrible price at the hands of our so-called allies, the Pakistani government," Rohrabacher said in a statement. "We cannot continue to turn our back on Dr Afridi. He risked his life to provide the intel our forces needed to locate and eliminate Osama bin Laden and he now languishes in a Pakistani prison serving a 33year sentence," Rohrabacher said. ONLINE
SC asks, “Who is Owais Tappi?” KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued notice Owais Muzaffar Tappi and Senior Member Revenue Shazar Shamon and summoned them to the next hearing of the implementation of court's verdict in the Karachi unrest case. The Supreme Court issued these orders at its Karachi registry. The court, led by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali and consisting of Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Athar Saeed took up the case for hearing. Tappi is considered one of President Asif Zardari’s closest aides and has been widely known as being a key power player in the Lyari
gang wars. Justice Sarmad Usmani was visibly frustrated as he remarked, “who is this Tappi and why has no one ﬁled an FIR against him yet?” Petitioner Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi told the court during the hearing that Owais Muzaffar Tappi actually ruled Sindh through the senior member of the board of revenue, was like a brother to President Asif Zardari and de facto chief minister of Sindh. The petitioner accused 'these people' of selling lands and inﬂicting a crippling loss on the government. Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani asked Senior Member Revenue Shazar Shamon if he knew Tappi, to which Shamon replied he did not, but
that he had heard Tappi's name in the media. Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi told the court that there were more than 150 cases registered against Tappi, Shazar Shamon and others and in several cases. He took the plea Owais Muzaffar Tappi has unleashed 'loot and plunder' in connivance with revenue officers Yar Muhammad Bozdar, Hammad Chachar, Manzoor Ali, Aftab Pathan and Shazar Shamon. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked “every one has one’s dignity and prestige" and asked Naqvi if he had evidence against these people. Naqvi said he could prove the allegations. Owais Tappi and Yar
Muhammad Bozdar were minting money by using fake State Bank of Pakistan stamps. He said "These people manipulated the price land at the rate of Rs 10000 per acre on the National Highway, which actually cost Rs 30 million per acre. Yawar Farooqui, counsel for the revenue board, told the court that the revenue record of 874 out of 6000 villages of Sindh was burnt following the killing of Benazir Bhutto and the record was being reconstructed. Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani remarked that land was being leased out for the period of 99 years without auction. The court adjourned the hearing till the next session. ONLINE
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Neelum Valley DC dies in landslide MUZAFFARABAD: Neelum Deputy Commissioner (Azad Kashmir) Raja Saqib Muneer died when landslide buried his vehicle on Thursday. According to details, Raja Saqib, who was on his way to Muzaffarabad from Neelum valley, was trapped under landslide in the Gamsar area. As a result, he died on the spot. The officials in assistance with local people pulled out the body and shifted to hospital for post-mortem. The driver, Iqbal Shah, and the gunman, who were accompanying Raja Saqib, had a narrow escape in the accident. The president and prime minister of Azad Kashmir have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sudden and sad demise of Raja Saqib. They condoled with the bereaved family and prayed for departed soul to rest in eternal peace. It merits mentioning that the land sliding is occurring frequently in the area but no safety measures have so far not been taken to tackle the issue. Meanwhile, various roads in Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been closed for traffic due to land-sliding as a result of heavy rains and snowfall in the region. AGENCIES
It isn’t so safe while ﬂying with national ﬂag carrier Passenger loses her jewellery during a Karachi-Islamabad flight OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: Delays and cancellation of ﬂights is routine for the national ﬂag carrier, forcing people to opt to other domestic and international airlines. But it seems advisable to now that one should reduce the luggage to the minimum and avoid carrying valuables. This advice is made plausible by the experience of a woman passenger Tasneem who lost her jewellery while during a Karachi-Islamabad ﬂight. “I boarded PK-364 on Monday (February 25) from Karachi to Islamabad, and checked in one soft
bag and a carton. After reaching Islamabad, when the porter put my bag on the trolley I saw that the zip of my bag was broken as was the lock. Instead, the bag was tied with a brown string. I was immediately alarmed as the bag contained a pouch with my gold and silver jewellery.” Tasneem says when she lodged complaint with the PIA staff present at the lounge, she was asked to open the bag and check the contents. “As feared, my jewellery pouch was missing. A formal complaint was lodged with PIA and they gave me a receipt. It has been more than 24 hours and I haven’t
heard anything from anyone.” She says they can catch the culprits easily. “The ASF guy sitting at the scanner as you enter the lounge is the only one to see through the scanner what each bag contains. He must then be sending a word to his partners at the loading side where they had the time to identify my bag, break the lock and the zip, take the pouch out without disturbing any other items, and then tie the bag with a string.” According to Tasneem, it would have taken at least ﬁve minutes. “The footage of my bag being scanned would be at the entry point.
NADRA seeks KP CMʼs help with CNICs PESHAWAR: NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti at his office and discussed matters pertaining to NADRA’s miscellaneous services rendered to the province. Tariq Malik discussed the security situation with the chief minister and informed him about the attacks on the NADRA registration centres. Hoti assured the NADRA chairman that he would direct the Home Department to ensure fool-proof security to the NADRA centres in the sensitive areas of the province. The NADRA chairman requested Hoti to direct the DCOs to help authority identify areas and pockets of province where CNIC registration was low so that NADRA could send its mobile teams to register people. AGENCIES
Bad liquor kills ﬁve in Bhakkar DARYA KHAN: Five persons died after they consumed poisonous liquor in the Darya Khan area of Bhakkar on Thursday. The incident occurred at Meharabad Colony of Farooqabad, where at least ﬁve persons died while six others were rushed to a hospital where their condition is reportedly critical. AGENCIES
HRCP slams newsmanʼs killing LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the murder of Malik Mumtaz, a journalist based at Miranshah, South Waziristan. In a statement issued on Thursday the HRCP stated that the murder is a continuation of the disturbing trend of increasing violence against journalists. “The fact that Mumtaz is the ﬁfth journalist to be killed in the ﬁrst two months of 2013 highlights the vulnerability and the threats those in the journalism profession face. At least 10 journalists were killed in the year 2012. The HRCP terms the murder and the past episodes as direct attacks on freedom of the media.” The HRCP has urged the government to take measures to guarantee the safety of journalists. INP
the best: ‘You should not carry valuables in check-in baggage.’ “I think they should put up written instructions as well as make it known to all passengers travelling by PIA that please do not carry any valuables in your bags as our staff is most untrustworthy or rather we have thieves as employees.” Tasneem has every right to be so distressed. “I am very disturbed; the feeling that your baggage is so unsafe and can be stolen within the airport area is actually very distressing. Who can one approach? This is a big game with big players. Can anybody do something to catch the thieves?”
4,235 killed since Jan 2012 Militants carried out more than 400 attacks MUZAMMIL HUSSAIN SYED
UK to give £160m educational aid to Punjab MULTAN: The Department of International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom has agreed to provide a sum of 160 million pounds as educational aid to the Punjab government to promote education in the impecunious strata during the next ﬁve years. Under the plan, 90 million pounds will be given to the school education department while another sum of 70 billion has been earmarked for the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) to arrange education of out of school children in the province through public private partnership model. The PEF has envisaged using this amount for the gratis education of four million deserving children in the province by 2017. This was stated by PEF Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar while addressing the District Coordination Meeting of PEF Partner School of the district at Raza Hall on Thursday. Addressing the function, Raja Anwar maintained that the selection of PEF for the promotion of education of out of school children was a clear manifestation of international trust and conﬁdence. AGENCIES
The timing was between 3 to 3:30 p.m. They could identify the guy who was on duty and get to the gang. But this takes efforts and willingness to catch a thief.” “If the whole system is involved (which seems to be the case as nobody has responded on the issue despite that the case was referred to the highest authorities), then there is no hope for me to get my valuables back.” The dejected victim of the PIA’s service says this apparently is not the ﬁrst case, as many similar cases of bags being opened and stuff stolen have been reported. “The response of PIA staff at the Islamabad airport was
FAISALABAD: The boiler of a textile factory after it exploded and killed four workers late on Wednesday night. Poor safety measures at workplaces is a matter of serious concern, but nothing has been done to address the issue. INP
IHC stays PTA chief ’s appointment
Boiler explosion kills four labourers
Petitioner argued process is a violation of FAISALABAD: At least four were killed when a rules aimed at inducting handpicked labourers persons OUR STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued stay order on the issuance of any notiﬁcation regarding the appointment of chairman and members of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique heard the petition ﬁled by Wahajus-Siraj against the appointment of PTA chairman and its members. Advocate Afnan Kundi, counsel for the petitioner, submitted before the court that the process adopted by the Ministry of Information Technology for the appointment of PTA chairman and its members was illegal and in sheer violations of rules. The petitioner cited secretaries of Cabinet Division, Ministry of Information Technology, Establishment Division and Council of Common Interests besides the PTA chairman as respondents. He submitted that the appointment process of the chairman and members of PTA that had been kick-off through a notification and publication of an advertisement dated 14.02.2013 were in violation of the Telecom Act and an attempt to induct hand-picked serving civil servants as Members of PTA without participating in open competition with others even though the provisions of the Telecom Act do not permit a serving civil servant's appointment on deputation on these posts. He stated that the illegal acts of
the respondents would cause irreparable loss to the telecom industry. He prayed before the court that till the ﬁnal disposal of the main writ petition, stay may be granted over the appointment of Chairman and Members of PTA and to restrain the government from implementing or acting in pursuance of the advertisement dated 14.02.2013 for the appointment of Chairman/Members of PTA. He said that previously on January 29th 2013 PTA advertised the posts of PTA Members and on February 14th 2013, issued another advertisement for the same posts. He said that the criteria set for the appointments on senior most posts in PTA were different in advertisement of January 29, 2013 and February 14, 2013 which raised suspicion about the move. He pointed out that the entire process relating to the appointment of Chairman and Members of PTA was drastically and dramatically altered in order to make a backdoor entry for the governmental bureaucracy to be directly appointed as PTA chairman and members. After hearing the arguments, the court issued conditional stay on the notification for appointment on senior most posts in PTA and directed the authorities concerned to continue the recruitment process but not to issue the final appointment letter of Chairman and Members PTA till the disposal of writ petition.
boiler at factory exploded in Faisalabad. According to details, the boiler of a textile factory, located in the congested Mansoorabad area of Faisalabad, exploded with a big bang, killing four labourers and wounding several others. The explosion was so severe that the roof of the factory was blown away while a portion of the factory also caught ﬁre. Rescue teams reached the area, brought the ﬁre under control and rescued the labourers trapped under the debris. The dead were identiﬁed as Faizan, Zahoor Ahmad and Ali. INP
ISLAMABAD: More than 4,235 people have lost their lives in the ongoing war on terrorism and anti-state violence in Pakistan from January 2012 to February 22, 2013, while 3,879 people had lost their lives in the previous year. The militants, including TTP, al Qaeda and Baloch rebels carried out 1,485 attacks during 2012 while the security forces conducted 570 operations against them, which included 44 major and 285 minor ones in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Majority of the militant attacks took place in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. 1,114 civilians were killed and 2,313 injured during militant attacks while 197 civilians lost their lives and 340 wounded during actions initiated by the security forces. According to the available details, security forces also apprehended 1,138 militants while the extremists kidnapped 185 people. Highest number of kidnapping incidents (72) took place in Balochistan followed by FATA and KP where the number of abducted persons stood at 61 and 51 respectively. On the other hand, the military lost 350 of its personnel in FATA and KP alone while 1,165 were also wounded. Progovernment peace militias also lost 148 members during the year. The Conﬂict Monitoring Centre’s data shows that in 2011, the militants carried out 246 attacks in KP while, in 2012, the number of attacks crossed the 400 mark. Sindh also witnessed unprecedented escalation in militant attacks as 21 incidents were recorded by CMC in 2011 while the ﬁgure was 34 in 2012. According to details, violence in the country claimed the lives of 163 people in 37 incidents between February 16 and 22, 2013, up from preceding week's 106 and 89 the week before. From 16 February to 22 February, violence occurred in 12 districts, up from the preceding week's eight. Quetta was the most violent district followed by Karachi and Peshawar.
The sectarian and ethnic violence claimed most lives this week, leaving 106 people dead and 183 injured in 10 incidents. Of these, eight occurred in Sindh and one incident each in Balochistan and Punjab. Several bombings took place in the south-western Quetta and in the northern Swat valley on January 10, killing a total of 130 people and injuring at least 270. Incidents of January 10 were responsible for the ﬁrst deaths of journalists in Pakistan in 2013. Pakistan has ranked among the deadliest of countries for journalists over the past several years, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Three journalists were killed and at least two other journalists were seriously injured by the second blast in Quetta. An explosion in a Tableeghi Jamaat’s seminary in the Swat valley, outside Saidu Sharif, killed 22 people, with 60 injured. On February 16, at least 84 people were killed and 190 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market in Hazara Town on the outskirts of Quetta. Most of the victims were members of the Hazara Community. The Lashkar-eJhangvi group claimed responsibility for the blast, the second major attack against the Shia Hazaras in a month. One of the masterminds of the attack has been arrested and taken into custody along with 170 suspects on 19 February, and four high-proﬁle militants accused of killing Shia civilians were killed during an operation by security forces. Weapons, ammunition and bomb-making material were seized by security officials during the operation In Karachi, 25 people were killed and eight injured in targeted attacks, sectarian violence and attacks on political party workers, while eight others lost their lives and 22 injured in two attacks on the public and an attack on security forces. As the government has remained unable to tackle the challenge, various circles are now openly demanding talks with the Taliban. Some circles suggest the government’s failure is encouraging the extremist elements in the country.
PTI backs Gwadar deal ISLAMABAD: PTI leader Ayla Malik has said that his party fully supports the government’s decision of handing over Gwadar Port to China, as the decision would beneﬁt the country. Addressing a press conference along with newly-elected officebearers of PTI Mianwali District at the party's secretariat, Ayla said the PTI’s revolution would start from District Mianwali and the PTI Chairman Imran Khan would be the ﬁrst prime minister from Mianwali. ONLINE
KARACHI: Residents of the Gulbai area protest against the land maﬁa by blocking Mauripur Road. Land grabbing has become a lucrative business, but the government seems indifferent. ONLINE
Growers can earn more by ‘ignored’ floriculture
There are only three research stations Fort in Punjab Munro is one of the most suitable for flowers prod ATHAR LASHARI
BAHAWALPUR: The ﬂoriculture sector needs government’s attention in Fort Munro and other areas of south Punjab. There are three ﬂoriculture research stations in Punjab - Murree, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad, while Multan has a substation which covers the entire south Punjab. In 2009, a project was announced for Punjab to make the province a basket of ﬂowers and fruits. But the project is still pending. According to Syed Fayyaz Husain Shah, assistant horticulturist Multan, south Punjab has a great potential. “We can grow a verity of cut ﬂowers, especially
gladiolus, in Fort Munro.” He added that Multan must be upgraded as full research station. “We have already requested the higher authorities to upgrade the Multan substation but there is no improvement so far.” According to Fayyaz, they don’t have enough budget to expand the research. “For the last many years, I am the lone person here, as the research officer’s position is still vacant,” he added. Fort Munro is a beautiful and cold tourist place in District Dera Ghazi Khan’s tribal area. Even in the summer, the temperature never crosses the 28 degree Celsius. According to the researchers, Fort Munro is a most suitable area for the
production of ﬂowers. On the other hand, the growers in south Punjab blame the Punjab government for ignoring the ﬂoriculture sector. “Floriculture is practiced on two thousand acres of land in south Punjab but we have no market in Multan,” a progressive grower Mian Shehzad Maral says. He added that they requested the officials on several occasions for a ﬂower market at the historical Multan Fort but the Punjab government was ignoring their demand.” “If the government gives us a ﬂower market in Multan, then we can also export them to the Gulf countries” he added. In south Punjab, the districts of
Multan, Vehari, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Muzaffargarh are growing a variety of roses but a huge chunk of the produce is wasted during transporting it to Lahore. For the last ﬁve years, the Punjab government has repeatedly announced launching a project in Fort Munro but there is no progress on the ground. According to Ahmed Ali Aulakh, the provincial agriculture minister, they have a plan to start a project in Fort Manro soon. “We have a suggestion to upgrade the Multan substation as a full-ﬂedged research station, but I cannot give the timeframe,” the minister said. The retailers are also demanding a
market in south Punjab. ”We are forced to purchase the ﬂowers from Pattoki and Lahore. It will be better for us if we have a market in Multan or Bahawalpur,” Mureed Hussain, a ﬂower seller, said. Although, the provincial government set up the Punjab Horticulture Authority (PHA) for the development of ﬂoriculture and horticulture sector, but there is no development in south Punjab yet. The local production of cut ﬂowers is estimated around 10,000–12,000 tonnes per annum, while the country can added to the already substantial foreign exchange by exporting roses to the Middle East and European countries.
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Remembering Malak Mumtaz
Chief Editor: Huma Ali Executive Editor: Atif Mateen Resident Editor: Saeed Minhas Consulting Editors: Jalees Hazir Samina Choonara
Malak Mumtaz was the 13th journalist killed in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, the killers of journalists have never been brought to justice
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Consensus on caretakers Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf has initiated the process of appointing the caretaker prime minister under the Constitution. He sent a letter to the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Nisar Ali Khan, on Wednesday, asking him to forward his nominations for the post. The prime minister couldn’t have said it better when he wrote that ‘the people of Pakistan rightly expect us to rise to the occasion and agree upon the most suitable person as caretaker prime minister and pave the way for holding general elections in an impartial, fair and transparent manner.’ The main opposition party, PML-N, has been consulting other opposition parties in the parliament and even those outside it, and should be ready to forward the names to the prime minster through the Leader of the Opposition. It is important that the two sides reach a consensus on the caretaker prime minister without falling prey to partisan interests. Any shortcoming on their part will trigger a process that can only end up in controversy and impact the upcoming elections negatively. It was decided in the 18th Amendment that the caretaker prime minister and caretaker chief ministers will be appointed by the president and governors after consultation with the leaders of the house and leaders of the opposition in the national and provincial assemblies, respectively. The 20th Amendment reﬁned the process further and created a back-up mechanism in case the outgoing leaders of the house and leaders of the opposition could not reach consensus on the caretaker prime minister and chief ministers within three days of the dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies. They are then supposed to forward two names each to a parliamentary committee to be immediately constituted by the speaker of the concerned assembly with equal number of members from the treasury and the opposition. If the committee is unable to decide on a name within three days, these names will be referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is bound to make the ﬁnal decision within the next two days. Though the process provides a mechanism to handle a situation arising out of a lack of consensus, any disagreement will muddy the political environment. The parliamentary committee will naturally reﬂect the same disagreement, and in case the ball is thrown in the court of ECP, it will eventually have to pick up one name, either one of the two sent by the leader of the house or one of the two sent by the leader of the opposition. In either case, it will attract criticism from the side whose nominees are rejected. The ECP has already come under attack from various political parties on different counts and it should not be pushed into a corner where it is likely to attract further criticism. In his letter to the leader of the opposition, the prime minister rightly said, ‘Let us enable the people of Pakistan to express their will in an exemplary environment and ensure a smooth transition of power to the next elected government.’ It is now up to the two leaders and the parties they directly and indirectly represent, to work towards achieving this worthwhile goal.
‘Don’t touch sensitive issues like AlQaeda and the Taliban. You are young and new in this ﬁeld and don’t know the actual game behind the scene. Surely your writings will be discussed and you will feel proud for the moment but don’t go for such short-lived fame. Being an elder, I advise you not to visit tribal areas again. Many tribal journalists have lost their lives for nothing. I know the feelings of the families of killed journalists,” Malak Mumtaz advised me when I ﬁrst visited North Waziristan during the 2006 military operation. It was the beginning of my journalistic career. The military operation was underway in North Waziristan. Homegrown Taliban were ﬁghting against the security forces. Haﬁz Gul Bahadar, the current head of Miranshah-based Taliban, was not as prominent a leader as he is today. There were two prominent names amongst the Taliban commanders; Abdul Khaliq Wazir of Miranshah and Maulana Sadiq Noor of Khati Kilay. Haﬁz Gul Bahadar emerged on the scene after he signed the famous government-militants peace agreement in September 2006. Due to the curfew, the BannuMiranshah road was closed for traffic. I was anxiously waiting in Bannu for the curfew to be lifted. Finally, I got an opportunity and entered North Waziristan. After crossing Mir Ali town, I ﬁnally reached Miranshah, the headquarters of the agency. I was looking for some local journalists. A man told me about Malak Mumtaz who was residing in Miranshah Kilay, one kilometer outside of the main Miranshah Town. I rushed to his village and ﬁnally found his house. I knocked at his door. A man with an average height and spectacles on his nose came out. He was wearing a Pakool (a typical tribesmen cap) and was dressed in a white shalwar qameez. Malak welcomed me in the typical tribesmen style. He was a soft spoken humble man. He took me to his Hujra, located next to his home. I told him about the purpose of my visit: to cover the
ongoing military operation. He briefed me about the current situation of North Waziristan but at the same time advised me not to touch such sensitive issues. He said that there were numerous risks to journalists in tribal areas. ‘They are at risk from intelligence agencies, militants and criminals,’ Malak said. According to Malak Mumtaz, many local journalists had shifted to other parts of the country due to these risks. He said he could afford to live there because he did not report on sensitive matters like the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) and AlQaeda. He never favored any of the warring parties and focused on social issues. Despite playing safe, Malak Mumtaz did not survive to work as a journalist in North Waziristan and was
Ullah was killed in June 2001. The case of Malak Mumtaz is a complete mystery. He had no enmities. Neither the militants nor any other party had threatened him. He reported on issues like water, electricity, education and developmental projects. Being a careful man, he never ventured to investigate issues related to the TTP or the security forces. He took up the issues of corruption and mismanagement in political administration, which are not sensitive. The tribesmen highly admired his work, especially his reporting on the non-payment of compensation to the victims of military operations. Instead of distributing the money to the victims, the high officials of the
He was not only a journalist but also a dignified Malak (elder) who represented the Bar Dawar of North Waziristan. Since the launch of “war on terror”, more than one thousand malaks (elders) have been killed all over FATA
brutally murdered by unidentiﬁed gunmen on Wednesday. Malak Mumtaz, 48, was associated with the Jang Group and Khyber News. A graduate from Gomal University in Dera Ismail Khan, Malak Mumtaz was associated with the ﬁeld of journalism for the last 18 years. He belonged to a respectable and noncontroversial family of the Dawar tribe who had no rivalry with anyone. He has left behind two sons, a daughter and a widow. At the time of his murder, he was serving as the president of the Miranshah Press Club. Malak Mumtaz was the 13th journalist killed in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) since 2002, and the third one from North Waziristan Agency. Hayat Ullah was killed in June 2006 and Shaﬁ
political administration had deposited the amount in banks to get interest on it. Earlier this month, the FATA secretariat recovered an amount of seven million rupees from the officials of the political administration of North Waziristan that had been received by them as interest over the amount meant for the victims. It was all due to the reporting by Malak Mumtaz. The Killing of Malak Mumtaz is a real setback to the entire North Waziristan agency. Even the TTP has praised his reporting. When I asked TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan for his comments on his murder, he said, ‘We strongly condemn the killing of Malak Mumtaz. He was a true and brave journalist who served the local people. He was a messenger of peace. We extend our support to his family in
ﬁnding the killers.’ Malak Mumtaz was not only a journalist but he was also a digniﬁed Malak (elder) who represented the Bar Dawar of North Waziristan. Since the launch of “war on terror”, more than one thousand malaks (elders) have been killed all over FATA. The progovernment malaks were targeted by the militants and the pro-militants were targeted by some other “enemies”. The remaining malaks are noncontroversial elders and Malak Mumtaz was one of them. The militants don’t hesitate to claim the killing of pro-government malaks. They claim it with a touch of pride if they eliminate a pro-government malak. The statement of Ihsanullah Ihsan further complicates the issue. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has also condemned the killing of Malak Mumtaz. ‘We strongly condemn the killing of senior journalist Malak Mumtaz Khan and consider it an act of terrorism,’ reads ISPR statement. Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah, while condemning the killing of Malak Mumtaz, has said that the murderers would be brought to justice. All such condemnations are mere statements for media consumption. Neither any action will be taken against the murderers nor is it possible. The TTP and the Governor Pukhtunkhwa both can’t ﬁnd Malak Mumtaz’s killers. In Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, the killers of journalists have never been brought to justice. The high proﬁle cases of Syed Saleem Shahzad and Wali Babar are good examples. Malak Mumtaz will remain in the headlines for a few days; some seminars will be arranged; the journalists’ unions will stage protests; but then he will be forgotten and no one will talk about him. Only his children and widow will miss him. As I write this, the words of Malak Mumtaz echo in my mind, ‘I know the feelings of the families of killed journalists.’ TAHIR ALI IS A JOURNALIST BASED IN PESHAWAR AND TRAVELS EXTENSIVELY IN FATA
Financial inclusion in Pakistan Banks and telecom companies are sharing the branchless banking space with a few insignificant innovations in the payments sector, largely copying the first mover’s business model. This in turn will pose a hard-hitting challenge for this industry, especially for those who are all bent on copying business models AHMED SALEEMI Financial inclusion rate of Pakistan is close to 15 percent, according to a research by World Bank. The ﬁnancial sector in Pakistan has always been conservative and limited in its outreach as majority of the population cannot afford ﬁnancial services or want them for that matter. First of all, let’s see, what ﬁnancial inclusion means. Financial inclusion is the access of appropriate ﬁnancial services at an affordable price to low income and marginalised segments of the society. Availability of credit, insurance and saving products for the majority of the population without discrimination should be considered a prime area of development for the government. Not being able to have access to the ﬁnancial services, results in a large majority being deprived of access to affordable credit. It also results in ﬁnancial risk because of unexpected expense shocks and future uncertainty owing to the lack of access to savings and insurance products. Due to the lack of a supporting environment by the regulator and government, banks have historically not touched the long trail of unbanked customers and under banked customers. Banks primarily go for customers with large deposits or who have a sound ﬁnancial background. This has certainly created a vacuum with respect to targeting a
signiﬁcant chunk of available customers. Perceptibly, whenever there is a vacuum, someone has to ﬁll it. This time the telecom sector has taken the ﬁrst mover’s advantage in tapping the unbanked sector. A popular cellular company’s plan for easy money transfer has been a huge success in providing ﬁnancial services to the poor and low-income segments of the society. Looking at the success, Pakistan’s largest banks and other telecom competitors are now sharing the branchless banking space with a few insigniﬁcant innovations in the payments sector, largely copying the ﬁrst mover’s business model. This in turn will pose a hard-hitting challenge for this industry in the near future, especially for those who are all bent on copying business models. It is important that product development and innovation be made an important aspect of branchless banking so that the right mix of ﬁnancial products, tailored to the needs of the people, is provided in this huge untapped customer segment space. The recent past has witnessed a few developments in the microﬁnance sector to enhance the process of ﬁnancial inclusion in Pakistan. However, the microﬁnance sector saw slow and stagnant deposit mobilisation which they termed as a major challenge to the sector’s growth. The aforementioned cellular company and its partner bank instantly
will reward you for such a genuine and public welfare investigative journalism. This Malik Bahria Riaz must be kicked and exposed to the public. Love and peace for you Amir Mateen bhai. Hats off! MAYNOSH MALANG
realised that the main challenge is to provide alternate delivery channels to the customers which will in turn bring a bigger customer base as well diversify the deposits. For the same purpose the company launched its plan with the partner bank, which is an easily accessible branchless banking solution at an affordable price. With these types of initiatives, microﬁnance sector has a promising future and will surely grow. Sectors generating the major economic revenue, for instance agriculture, have always been neglected due to massive setup costs of physical banking branches in rural and remote areas of Pakistan. The time for change has arrived. The increasing alternate delivery channels, agent and mobile banking, can surely expect the majority of the population grid coming under the ﬁnancial space. The key advantages of establishing an agent network and mobile banking accounts have been highlighted as: ease of access; relaxation of strict account opening rules; very little minimum balance requirements; use of the rapidly increasing mobilecommunication sector and relaxing rules for verifying the customers. The regulator must now take steps for increasing awareness in the industry as well as in the consumers by promoting the message of ﬁnancial inclusion of the unbanked population which will in turn result in the growth of the economy and
doings of Malik Riaz and company; rather everyone is busy praising the lot. I would suggest everyone to kindly see the Shoib Suddle report as well. IT might help unravel the role of FBR, Auditors of Bahria Town and SECP.
increase in social beneﬁts. This certainly signiﬁes that the government needs to put in more resources in the research and development sector especially in the payments space to enhance ﬁnancial inclusion in the country. Mobile and agent banking are the new key innovative process breakthroughs in the country’s legacy affected ﬁnancial sector. The government is supporting the cause by increasing societal awareness about ﬁnancial services by Issuing debit cards to the unbanked population under its scheme “Benazir Income Support Programme” (BISP). I certainly do know that the programme is extremely ill planned with lots of loopholes. I am sure the government does not even realise the hidden awareness they have created through debit cards which ultimately results in use of alternate channels like ATM, Point-of-Sale Machines by the rural, low income segments. BISP has also set a path for government to person (G2P) social cash transfers which can be a standard for future. This will build smooth processes and due to automation, corruption and process loopholes will also be controlled. Besides this, BISP has also given us another hidden advantage which even the corporate industry has over looked. They have created signiﬁcant customer awareness of ﬁnancial products and their use among women, who are an active player in savings and expenses of
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Nightmares of Malik Riaz Super outstanding work sir! But the tragedy is this that you are alone in the struggle ,rest of media geese and goose are always there to protect him. God
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Amazing story of Pakistani Villains! Great Work Amir mateen. SAFDAR ABBAS SYEDSAFDARABBAS@HOTMAIL.COM
Dear Amir Sahib, I appreciate your bold step as no other media person is ready to write against the wrong
Amir Sahib, hats off to you! After reading all this, I am speechless. No wonder the country's entire system has been hijacked by one and only Malik. I wonder why even Supreme Court is unable to take suo moto notice even on such news published with documentary evidences. May Almighty Allah guide and help our country! MA KHOKHAR ENERGYJURISTS@GMAIL.COM
their households. Women in Pakistan do contribute to household income through the informal sector and in agriculture, cotton and small businesses industry. Majority of the female population run houses and manage savings for monthly and daily expenses. If customer awareness in this segment is created in terms of mobile banking and its advantage of privacy and security, (privacy and security being the primary concerns of low income segments), I am sure this segment of consumers can also be targeted very efficiently. A proposed way of achieving this is by designing tailored products and services for women. With new entrants making their presence in the market, it looks like that the regulator is playing a supporting role now. The need for enhancing ﬁnancial inclusion has been realised and customer awareness is increasing with every passing day. However, banks still look largely conservative in their approach, with the exception of a few. But if the behaviour doesn’t change then only banks will look tiny and telcos will go big, changing the entire industry landscape. Ideally Pakistan should create a roadmap to become a cash lite society, with vast majority of people using digital ﬁnancial services for transactions.
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Sir, no one mentions what was the real motive behind appointment of Mandwivala as ﬁnance minister. After becoming ﬁnance minister, he held a meeting of ECC on Thursday last in which twenty summaries were tabled which were all related to scandalous deals. He held another meeting on Tuesday to give the go ahead to some other scandals, which included a raise in margins of OMCs and dealers. During last meeting of ECC, Byco reﬁnery was given special treatment to put billion of rupees burden on the consumers. You know why, many power corridors say that Ibraj group is the ﬁnance manager of big boss and the share holders of Byco and KESC. Now, judge why Mandwivala is up. ZAFAR ZAFARIQBAL43@GMAIL.COM
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Zoom in, zoom out If a merit list of the top hundred film industries is made, the joke named ‘Lollywood’ is not going to find any slot Indian ﬁlm industry consists of several regional cinemas and not only Bollywood, aka Bombay’s industry. The regional cinema industries make superb low-cost but super-hit ﬁlms. Indian cinema has not conquered the place overnight. This giant sequoia SOHAIL PARWAZ was a tiny sprout planted by Hareesh Chand Bhatwadikar about a century back. Every year the Indian cinema My ‘restless youth’ was desperately industry produces about 900 ﬁlms trying to ﬁnd an asylum in Pakistani and its yearly earnings come to about ﬁlms during my college days. If Lala Sudheer, Habib, Mazhar Shah, Sawan Rs 80 billion. This is an industry where Salman Khan and Shah Rukh and Alauddin were popular among Khan demand nothing less than Rs the ‘Bara Anna’ (front) rows of any 40 million for one ﬁlm. At least six cinema house in those days, then the million people are affiliated with it viewers of First Class and the Dress and earn their bread and butter from Circle would go crazy about it. Contrary to that, let’s have a look at Muhammad Ali, Waheed Murad, our industry (which is more like an Nadeem, Santosh, Mustafa Qureshi, apology for the word cinema). etc. Same was the case for the What a single leading Indian feminine ﬂair. The front row viewers celebrity gets for one ﬁlm, we make at would scream and screech while least two average ﬁlms on. And when watching Firdaus, Naghma and few the celluloid is ready to roll, of the heavy-weight hoppers, while distributors are begged to buy those the gentry would have a crush on Zeba, Deeba, Neelo, Sabeeha, Nayyer ﬁlms. Modern cinema is using Arricam ST cameras and generations Sultana and Shamim Ara. beyond that, while we are still After dreaming about myself as a clutching seventy years old vintage ‘hero’, I seriously thought about German ArriFlex. No doubt Javed taking a crack at it as I didn’t lack ‘anything’. Furthermore, my hairstyle Sheikh and Shahzad Gul tried to break existing barriers by using was more or less like Ali Bhai’s. digital equipment, but unfortunately Ultimately my prayers were that was nothing more than a storm answered, when father’s best friend in a tea cup. Modern cinema talks of and renowned poet Qateel Shifai techniques like achromatic doublet, decided to make a feature ﬁlm titled, “Ik Lardki Meray Gauon Ki”. Without angle plus angle, colour gel, digital visual interface and evangelion shots, wasting any time I wrote a letter to while our ABC hasn’t yet crossed long Chacha Jee and expressed my shots, tight frames, zoom in and zoom craving. Surprisingly I got a reply out. Contemporary cinema, despite without any lull or lag, and that too, having a good script, still needs a was very encouraging. ‘script doctor’ (no joke) to make the Since I had a ‘bright career’ script ‘healthy’, whereas here the story suddenly knocking at my door, I decided to shelve my studies. One day runs in the director’s mind and he father called me and asked whether I writes scenes right there on the ﬂoor. Lollywood’s cream of the crop had written to Uncle Qateel. complains that the government Reluctantly I nodded. He asked me doesn’t patronise them. It is said that about my option in case I was ‘God helps those who help ditched, and when I showed a mind themselves’. My friends should tell us of reverting back to the pavilion, he immediately showed me the red light, about the contribution they have made for the betterment of the saying that there is no coming back when one walks out into practical life. Pakistani ﬁlm business. If my honest That’s how I got an early ﬁssure in my estimation is asked then I would say would-be ﬁlm career. Nevertheless, it that our ﬁlm industry is declining with every passing day. Had that not was a couple of decades later, when I been the case, neither our artists, was more apt in playing character singers, nor other talent would have roles, that my friend Syed Noor converged on Bollywood. Nor would exploited my talent in a couple of movies. It was certainly an education our distributors have exercised their inﬂuence to exhibit Indian movies in for me to observe the in and outs of Pakistan. The bottom-line is that our the Pakistani ﬁlm industry. These days Hollywood is believed to ﬁlm industry needs an educated lot. We are at a crossroads where we have be the largest ﬁlm industry in the to make a choice: either bring a world. In Pakistan we don’t have as ‘Chinese Revolution’, or bow to Indian many mills and factories as cinema forever. If the choice is the Hollywood has studios and latter, the nation will never forgive the academies. In the top ranking ﬁlm Pakistani Steven Spielbergs. industries of the world Australian, That ﬁlm industry will never prosper French, German, Italian, Russian, whose godfathers are self-centred and Polish, Turkish, British, Indian and American cinema could be termed as consider themselves ‘Mr. All in One’. the top ten. Rest assured that even if a Have these Aristotles of Lollywood ever thought why the professionals are merit list of the top ninety or even reluctant to write for Pakistani cinema hundred ﬁlm industries is made, the or why the father of the Pakistani ﬁlm joke named ‘Lollywood’ is not going industry, Ali Suﬁan Afaqi (I pray he is to ﬁnd any slot. And no one else can alive), is in hibernation? The time has be blamed for it except the come that instead of accusing the godfathers of this captive and caged government we should rather analyze industry. Given the constraints and our own attitudes. The industry whose the talent available, any creative intellectual level doesn’t rise above ‘Jat writer, director, producer or cameraman who has earned a name, da Kharrak, Sharif Badmash, and Athra Gujjar’ and that borrows titles would have been at least nominated for the Oscar, had he been associated from the neighbouring country’s movies will certainly not take time to with any foreign ﬁlm industry. get cascaded. If Bollywood has adapted its name THE WRITER IS A MEDIA STRATEGIST, from Hollywood, being a grand ﬁlm industry they are justiﬁed in doing so. BILINGUAL COLUMNIST, PLAYWRIGHT Very few people would know that the AND AUTHOR
The other side of the story The good news is that because the water management has changed, the metaphors have changed as well. Hopefully this new metaphor will provide every Dutchman and woman with a tool to find a way to accept Islamic people in their society GERALD VAN WILGEN
Of course there were many conflicts between the For my generation, freedom, both autochthonous and the in my native home, the allochthonous on many different Netherlands, and in my current issues, one of them being that the home, the US, is a given. It's allochthonous were comfortable something I take for granted and being separate, while enjoying the an issue I'm not concerned with benefits of the generous, at the every day. Freedom is like the time, Dutch welfare state. World dikes we have built in the class schools, excellent healthcare, Netherlands to protect ourselves reliable public transportation, and from the sea; we know they're the aforementioned dikes, were there, but they have become part part of the physical and social of the landscape, something that is landscape. Autochthones felt that normal. The dikes separate salt the immigrants didn't deserve to water from sweet water. share in the wealth, especially if Interestingly, the building of dikes they didn't want to work or adapt to prevent the occurrence of to the Dutch culture. problems with rising water has These feelings were bottled up become a metaphor integral to because, since World War II, we Dutch thinking. For instance, were careful not to talk about when we talk about immigrants, minorities in a way that might lead we use terms like, "rise", to another genocide. In the 1990s "overflow", "flooding", or "full," for that reservoir burst, and antiexample, some people say that the immigrant - especially country is "full". anti-Muslim immigrant On top of that in the sentiments manifested in the Netherlands, we don't just say creation of new political parties "immigrants" like we do here in and the rise of Pim Fortuyn. I the US, but instead we make a always considered him a friendly clear distinction between demagogue. He didn't mean any autochthonous (from the soil) and harm, but, he believed that if you share the same water, you had to allochthonous (from a distant obey the rules of those who place) people. Or, if you will, maintained the facilities, or else between sweet water and salt leave. I met Fortuyn once at a water. Sweet water and salt water, birthday party of a mutual friend. by the way, do not mix. They stay He was a very kind gentleman but, separate. at the same time, a witty and fierce In the 1960s and 1970s migrant debater. Unfortunately, he was workers from Mediterranean assassinated by a political activist countries were recruited by the in 2002. Dutch to do menial jobs. Some of We are more than ten years them came for a short while, others further now, and Fortuyn's legacy stayed and brought their families. is in the hands of Geert Wilders. These mostly uneducated workers He is becoming the international didn't have the tools to learn figurehead in the "cold war against another language or adapt to the Islam", as Pim Fortuyn called it. peculiar Dutch culture. They convened at the mosque and Wilders is a politician who runs his shopped at their own stores, just own political party in the like for instance the Chinese do all Netherlands, but has speaking over the world. engagements all over the world.
Last week he was in Australia. Everywhere he goes, he is followed by controversy and protests. Last week, for instance, the website of the Australian Broadcast Company was hacked because they aired an interview with Wilders. “I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam,” Wilders stated in the British daily, The Observer (16-208). His views are well-known and shared all over Europe. His antiIslamic rhetoric is oftentimes scolding, and sometimes very insulting. It's his prerogative to be that way because, as I said, we Dutch live in a free country. Not everybody agrees with this statement, though, and now the Dutch taxpayer provides Mr. Wilders with 24-hour security, because his life is being threatened constantly. The example of the dikes, and solving a problem by "damming" it in, is something typically Dutch. In our Western world a comparative metaphor from the unconscious is the battle between the Romans and the Barbarians. We in the west consider ourselves the legacy of the Roman empire. The Romans gave us our alphabet, literature, science, democracy, infrastructure, taxes, and so forth. Although my ancestors were considered Barbarians, I identify unconsciously with the Romans; whenever I read about what happened after Rome fell, I feel the deepest sympathy for those poor Romans. This archetypal image of the proper cultivated group, "us," being threatened by the uncivilized "them," is purported by Wilders and his like. They present their case in a similar fashion, but give it a horrendous twist; it is an attack from within. Wilders keeps repeating how many mosques there are in Europe and how little
we know about what is said inside. As an interesting side note, the English word for "barbarian" comes from the Greek, “barbaros,” which is an antonym for the term, citizen. The word barbaros is onomatopoetic because it evokes the babbling sound of a language one doesn't understand. We have these patterns in our brains, certain preconceived structures. If I would tell you horrendous stories about how Muslims are being discriminated against, you might think that I am right, because you may expect Muslims in the Western world to be treated badly (I hope this is not the case). As human beings, who continuously strive to improve circumstances, we have to be aware of our own deficiencies and our own limitations. That means we have to be creative in finding new solutions to old problems. Back in the day, we used to build dikes to keep the water out. But we forgot that the water that streams down river from Germany and France threatens the country from within. We tried to contain the Rhine and Meuse Rivers, but to no avail. The contrary happened, the water had nowhere to go and found its lowest points in urban areas. Our cites were flooded. We have since learned to remove the dikes, so certain areas can flood, relieving the cities and replenishing the fields. The good news is that because the water management has changed, the metaphors have changed as well. Hopefully this new metaphor will provide every Dutchman and woman with a tool to find a way to accept Islamic people in their society. GERALD VAN WILGEN IS A DUTCH WRITER WHO LIVES AND WORKS IN THE
One nation, under Monsanto PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS In the United States everything is polluted Democracy is polluted with special interests and corrupt politicians Accountability is polluted with executive branch exemptions from law and the Constitution and with special legal privileges for corporations, such as the Supreme Court given right to corporations to purchase American elections. The Constitution is polluted with corrupt legal interpretations from the Bush and Obama regimes that have turned constitutional prohibitions into executive branch rights, transforming law from a shield of the people into a weapon in the hands of government. Waters are polluted with toxic waste spills, oil spills, chemical fertilizer run-off with resulting red tides and dead zones, acid discharges from mining with resulting destructive algae such as prymnesium parvum, from toxic chemicals used in fracking and with methane that fracking releases into wells and aquifers, resulting in warnings to homeowners near to fracking operations to open their windows when showering. The soil’s fertility is damaged, and crops require large quantities of chemical fertilizers. The soil is polluted with an endless array of toxic substances and now with glyphosate, the main element in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide with which GMO crops are sprayed. Glyphosate now shows up in wells, streams and in rain. Air is polluted with a variety of
From politics to the streets, from the drinking water to the air, there is pollution everywhere in the US substances, and there are many large cities in which there are days when the young, the elderly, and those suffering with asthma are warned to remain indoors. Our food itself is polluted with antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, and glyphosate. Glyphosate might be the most dangerous development to date. Some scientists believe that glyphosate has the potential to wipe out our main grain crops and now that Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, has approved genetically modiﬁed Roundup Ready alfalfa, maintaining sustainable animal herds for milk and meat could become impossible. On January 17, 2011, Dr. Don Huber outlined the dangers of approving Roundup Ready alfalfa in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack. Huber requested that approval be delayed until independent research could evaluate the risks. Vilsack ignored the letter and accommodated Monsanto’s desire for monopoly proﬁts that come from the company’s drive to control the seed supply of US and world agriculture by approving Roundup Ready alfalfa. Who is Don Huber, and why is his letter important? Huber is professor emeritus at Purdue University. He has been a plant pathologist and soil microbiologist for a half century. He has an international reputation as a leading authority.
Glyphosate is a powerful biocide. It harms beneﬁcial soil organisms, altering the natural balance in the soil and reducing the disease resistance of crops, thus unleashing diseases that devastate corn, soybean, and wheat crops, and giving rise to a new pathogen associated with premature animal aging and infertility. These developments, Huber told the Agriculture Secretary, “are threatening the economic viability of both crop and animal producers.” The evidence seems to be real that genetically modiﬁed crops have lost their genetic resistance to diseases that never previously were threats. There is evidence that the new pathogen is related to a rise in human infertility and is likely having adverse effects on human health of which we are still uninformed. Monsanto disputes Huber’s claims and got support for its position from the agricultural extension services of Iowa State and Ohio State universities. However, the question is whether these are independently funded services or corporate supported, and there is always the element of professional rivalry, especially for funding, which comes mainly from agribusiness. The Purdue University extension service was more circumspect. On the one hand it admits that there is evidence that supports Huber’s claims: “The claim that herbicides, such as glyphosate, can make plants more susceptible
to disease is not entirely without merit. Research has indicated that plants sprayed with glyphosate or other herbicides are more susceptible to many biological and physiological disorders. Although some research indicates there is an increase in disease severity on plants in the presence of glyphosate, it does NOT necessarily mean that there is an impact on yield.” On the other hand, the Purdue extension service maintains its recommendation for “judicious glyphosate use for weed control.” However, one of Huber’s points is that weeds are developing Roundup resistance. Use has gone beyond the “judicious” level and as glyphosate builds up in soil, its adverse effects increase. A submission to the Environmental Protection Agency by 26 university entomologists describes the constraints that agribusiness has put on the ability of independent scientists to conduct objective research. The submission, in which the scientists are afraid to reveal their names because of the threat of funding cutoffs, is included as an item in one of the bibliographical references below. Here is the statement: “The names of the scientists have been withheld from the public docket because virtually all of us require cooperation from
industry at some level to conduct our research. Statement: Technology/stewardship agreements required for the purchase of genetically modiﬁed seed explicitly prohibit research. These agreements inhibit public scientists from pursuing their mandated role on behalf of the public good unless the research is approved by industry. As a result of restricted access, no truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions regarding the technology, its performance, its management implications, IRM, and its interactions with insect biology. Consequently, data ﬂowing to an EPA Scientiﬁc Advisory Panel from the public sector is unduly limited.” Monsanto is not only sufficiently powerful to prevent any research other than that which it purchases with its funding, but also Monsanto succeeded last year in blocking with money and propaganda the GMO labeling law in California. I would tell you to be careful what you eat as it can make you ill and infertile, but you can’t even ﬁnd out what you are eating. You live in America, which has “freedom and democracy” and “accountable” government and ”accountable” corporations. You don’t need to worry. The government and responsible corporations are taking good care of you. Especially Obama, Vilsack, and Monsanto. (COUNTERPUNCH)
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US-based hackers targeting websites: China BEIJING: China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost twothirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng follows accusations last week by American cybersecurity company Mandiant that Chinese military-backed cyberspies inﬁltrated overseas networks and stole massive amounts of data from US companies and other entities. –AGENCIES
B’desh war crimes tribunal sentences third JI leader DHAKA: A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced a Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader to death on Thursday, the third verdict by the court set up to investigate abuses during the country’s independence war. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the JI, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said. The religious party, known as Jamaat, called for a day-long countrywide strike in anticipation of
the verdict against Sayedee, the third senior party member convicted by the tribunal. The strike call was largely ignored. “The verdict has appropriately demonstrated justice. We are happy,” state prosecutor Haider Ali told reporters. Jamaat officials were not immediately available for comment. They condemned the two earlier convictions. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the tribunal in 2010 to investigate abuses during the independence war that claimed about 3 million lives and during which thousands of women were
raped. The tribunal has been criticised by rights groups for failing to adhere to international standards of due process. Human Rights Watch cited defence lawyers, witnesses and investigators as saying they had been threatened. Critics say the tribunal is being used by the prime minister as an instrument against her opponents in the two biggest opposition parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the JI. Begum Khaleda Zia, Hasina’s arch rival and leader of the BNP, has called the tribunal a “farce”. Hasina’s party has denied allegations of bias. –AGENCIES
Bangladesh violence toll rises to 19, paramilitary troops called up DHAKA: Paramilitary troops were called up in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka and other violence-ridden cities and towns in the country Thursday after ﬁerce clashes following a war- crime trial verdict left at least 19 people dead and dozens wounded. The law enforcers and the activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e- Islami party armed with lethal weapons clashed for hours in about a dozen Bangladesh districts when the anti-riot police reportedly ﬁred scores of gunshots and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. Local TV channels reported that at least "19 people" were dead in the incidents of clashes in 10 Bangladesh districts. "Five died in Thakurgaon district, four in Rangpur, two in Sirajganj, one in Dinajpur, two in Cox's Bazaar and Chittagong, one in Natore, two in Noakhali, one in Moulvibazar and one in Satkhira," the BANGLA VISION television reported. –AGENCIES
US pledges $60 million to Syrian Opp
ʻSyria refugees threaten Lebanonʼs stabilityʼ BEIRUT: Lebanon's interior minister said on Thursday that refugees who have ﬂed from the war in neighboring Syria have become a threat to Lebanon's security because of the suspicion that many are in fact rebel ﬁghters. Residents in northern Lebanon say that rebels pose as refugees to cross the border, and are arming members of the refugee community in Lebanon to ﬁght in Syria. The minister, Marwan Charbel, has said Syrian rebels have set up training camps in Lebanon. –AGENCIES
Horsemeat traces found in beef products in Greece ATHENS: Tests on samples of frozen beef products sold in Greece originating from Romania have shown traces of undeclared horsemeat, Greek authorities said here on Thursday. According to the EFET, the samples come from frozen meat products distributed across Greece from the Zikoudi Vassiliki company. It is the ﬁrst time that the Greek Food Authority (EFET) veriﬁed the presence of horsemeat traces in products in Greece since the start of the scandal across Europe.
Bulgaria elections set for May 12 SOFIA: Bulgaria's president said Thursday that early elections would take place on May 12 following Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's surprise resignation last week after the biggest nationwide protests in 16 years. "In the current dead-end situation, it is most responsible and most honest to go for early elections ... The vote will be held on the ﬁrst suitable date -May 12," Rosen Plevneliev told parliament. Borisov quit after two weeks of sometimes violent protests against high electricity prices, corruption, low salaries and rising unemployment in the European Union's poorest member. –AGENCIES
ATHENS: Greek presidential Evzoni Guards perform at the monument of the Unknown Soldier during the visit by French defence minister. –ONLINE
Sri Lanka renews talks offer to Tamil party COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government renewed a call for the main Tamil party to join a parliamentary select committee to discuss minority issues on Thursday amid the island' s human rights record being criticized at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. "We have invited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to participate in a Parliamentary Select Committee comprised of all political parties belonging to different ethnicities to discuss an inclusive power sharing mechanism but they have so far refused to do so. We are prepared for discussions so all we can do is ask them to participate again," said government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. The call comes as the United States prepares to pass a second resolution on Sri Lanka at the on-going UNHRC
sessions in Geneva. The main reason given by the United States is that the government has not done enough to promote human rights and foster reconciliation with the Tamil minority. Rambukwella rejected criticism voiced by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay on Monday in Geneva that the government had not pushed ahead with finding a political solution despite the end of a three decade war in 2009. He also vehemently rejected a Human Rights Watch report accusing the military of using sexual violence against the Tamil minority. In a 141-page report titled "We Will Teach You a Lesson: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces," the New york-based Human Rights Watch details the personal accounts of 75 alleged cases of rapes and assaults occurred since 2006. –AGENCIES
Thailand govt signs deal with Muslims KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand’s government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the ﬁrst time ever Thursday, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of violence in the country’s southern provinces that has killed more than 5,000 people. The agreement was announced in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur between Thai authorities and the militant National Revolution Front, also known by its Malaylanguage name, Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Pattani. It is seen as a positive step,
but it is unlikely to end the conﬂict because several other shadowy guerrilla movements are also ﬁghting in southern Thailand and they have yet to agree to talks. ”God-willing, we’ll do our best to solve the problem. We will tell our people to work together,” Hassan Taib, a Malaysian-based senior representative of National Revolution Front, said after a brief signing ceremony with Paradorn Pattanathabutr, secretary general of Thailand’s National Security Council. Later Thursday, Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak was expected to discuss the agreement in Kuala Lumpur with his Thai counterpart, Yingluck Shinawatra. No schedule was given for future talks between the two sides, and no other details were available. Violence has occurred nearly every day in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces since the insurgency erupted in 2004. Security forces as well as teachers have been targeted by insurgents because they are seen as representatives of the government of the Buddhist-dominated nation. –AGENCIES
Republicans, Democrats ‘staging’ a showdown WASHINGTON: Acrossthe-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services. The two parties drafted alternative measures to replace the cuts, but officials conceded in advance the rival measures were doomed. At the White House, Barack Obama invited congressional leaders to discuss the issue with him on Friday — deadline day for averting the cuts, which would slash $85 billion from the military and domestic programs alike. Democrats controlling the Senate are pushing a $110 billion plan that would block the cuts through the end of the year. They would carve 5pc from domestic agencies and 8pc from the Pentagon but would leave several major programs alone, while limiting the cuts to Medicare to a 2pc reduction to health care providers like doctors and hospitals. –AGENCIES
ROME: The United States, stepping up its support for the Syrian opposition, announced on Thursday an additional $60 million in assistance to help the opposition provide basic services in areas they control. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would also provide food rations and medical supplies to the Free Syrian Army, the armed wing of the opposition, the ﬁrst such American aid to the opposition’s military. Mr. Kerry made the announcement after a meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in Rome. On Wednesday, senior administration officials said that a training mission for the rebels at a base in the region, which is already under way, represented the deepest American involvement yet in the Syrian conﬂict, though the size and scope of the mission is not clear, nor is its host country. Before arriving in Rome, Mr. Kerry said in Paris that the Syrian opposition needed additional assistance and indicated that the United States and its partners planned to provide some. One major goal of the administration is to help the opposition build up its credibility within Syria by providing traditional government services to the civilian population. Since the conﬂict erupted two years ago, the United
States has sent $365 million in humanitarian aid to Syrians. American officials have been increasingly worried that extremist members of the resistance against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, notably the Al Nusra Front, which the United States has asserted is affiliated with Al Qaeda, will take control of portions of Syria and cement its authority by providing public services, much as Hezbollah has done in Lebanon. “Some folks on the ground that we don’t support and whose interests do not align with ours are delivering some of that help,” Mr. Kerry said. To blunt the power of extremist groups, the United States wants to help the Syrian Opposition Council, the coalition of Syrian resistance leaders it backs and helped organize, deliver basic services in areas that have been wrested from the control of the Assad government. The aid package announced on Thursday is intended to support civilian efforts such as sanitation projects, education, and security. Another major goal in providing assistance is to jump-start negotiations over a political transition by sending a message to Mr. Assad that the rebels would ultimately prevail on the ground. –AGENCIES
Benedict promises obedience to successor VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI promised his “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor in his ﬁnal words to his cardinals on Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the ﬁrst pope in 600 years to resign. The pontiff appeared to be trying to defuse concerns about possible conﬂicts arising from the peculiar situation of having a reigning pope and a retired one. Delivering an unexpected speech, Benedict also urged the “princes” of the church to set aside their differences as they elect the next pope, urging them to be uniﬁed so that the College of Cardinals works “like an orchestra” where “agreement and harmony” can be reached despite diversity. “Among you is also the future pope, whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience,” Benedict said in his ﬁnal audience. Benedict’s decision to live at the Vatican in retirement, be called “emeritus pope” and “Your Holiness” and to wear the white cassock associated with the papacy has deepened concerns about the shadow he will cast over the next papacy. But Benedict has tried to address those worries, saying that once retired he would be “hidden from the world.” –AGENCIES
Libya’s nightmarish winter and the west’s hypocrisy It was Gaddaﬁ’s African nationalism that really had the western governments worried. He was seriously messing with capitalism’s international institutions and threatening the US dollar as the global currency MURRAY DOBBIN HE West’s hypocrisy and oil-greed are coming home to roost with a vengeance in Libya as the Arab spring in that country turns into a nightmarish winter characterized by armed gangs, economic collapse, a decline in services by an incompetent government and increasing political domination by radical Islamists. Whether or not the Libyan people think this is better than living under the autocratic and bizarre Muammar Gaddaﬁ is obviously for them to decide. But the notion that getting rid of Gaddaﬁ was somehow going to bring liberal democracy to this oil-rich country was never believed by the Western powers who brought about his downfall. We will never know if a civil war in that country without the West’s intervention on one side would have seen Gaddaﬁ ousted. It seems unlikely. Gaddaﬁ would also still be alive without US intelligence provided to the rebels on his attempted escape. But Western powers knew the risk they were taking and took it anyway. They are no doubt busy doing their own calculations – a cost beneﬁt
analysis of regime change and its grotesque blowback. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of Gaddaﬁ’s brutal, summary execution: “We came, we saw, he died.” Then she laughed. It was a repulsive performance (perhaps she was trying to outdo another Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright who when asked if half a million dead children was too high a price for sanctions on Iraq replied “We think the price was worth it.”) The US is not so sanguine now about the results of their spurious ‘no ﬂy zone’ war on the Libyan regime. And talk about bad Karma. Clinton’s not laughing now as her political career has been severely damaged by the subsequent murder of the US ambassador by her cherished freedom ﬁghters. She was responsible for the level of security at the US embassy and she will wear that responsibility for the rest of her career – including her run for the democratic nomination. It’s hard to know if the arrogance of the West is rooted in willful ignorance or hubris but the governments involved in regime change should have known the inevitable outcome of their actions. The poison pill of regimes like Gaddaﬁ’s and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak is that the disappearance of a dictator
leaves an enormous power vacuum that gets ﬁlled quickly. Democracy – and all the things that underpin it like tolerance, human rights, civil liberties, the rule of law, and pluralism – doesn’t suddenly appear just because you hold elections – even “fair” ones. It grows out of decades of robust civil society organizations through which virtually all citizens, to varying degrees, absorb the values and attitudes critical to a functioning democracy. None of the Arab Spring nations exhibited diverse, strong civil society groups before their rebellions because such organizations were a threat to the regimes and thus ruthlessly suppressed. The result in Egypt was that secular forces – responsible for Mubarak’s overthrow – were unable agree on a single candidate to defeat the Islamists and their religious agenda. If Egypt’s spring is a huge disappointment, Libya’s is a catastrophe. Ansar al-Sharia (allegedly tied to Al Qaeda), the Islamist militia widely accused of being responsible for the murderous assault on the US embassy, along with three other militias have divided up Benghazi. The new government is so inept and has so little moral authority that it is said to be actually signing “co-operation”
agreements with Ansar al-Sharia to receive detainees arrested at its checkpoints. The collapse of the former regime’s police and military means the central government is increasingly dependent on the militias for security. Ansar al-Sharia is also taking advantage of the collapse of central government services by setting up its own humanitarian services. Throughout the country both militias and armed criminal gangs operate with impunity and kidnappings, killings, armed robberies and the destruction of Suﬁ shrines and Christian graves go completely unpunished. Rigid enforcement of religious rules have many people terriﬁed. The combination of government incompetence, the politics of revenge and the Islamist suspicion of any kind of secular governance means that the economy is in a downward spiral as well. Gaddaﬁ’s huge infrastructure projects – including the largest irrigation project on the planet – have virtually all ground to a halt. There is nothing on the horizon to suggest they will be restarted soon. Many of the workers who were key to their completion have ﬂed the country out of fear of the militias. Obsessed with religion and purifying Libyan society
the last thing on the Islamists minds is a functioning economy. So, if Western governments knew that the “revolution” would result in chaos and another Islamist state what could possibly make such a result worthwhile? Was it just oil? The West already had access to Libya’s oil but the proceeds went to Libya. What few people in Western countries realise is that it was Gaddaﬁ’s African nationalism that really had them worried. Gaddaﬁ – the socalled lunatic – was seriously messing with capitalism’s international institutions and threatening the US dollar as the global currency. That threat was serious enough that even his major compromises with the West – ending support for terrorism, dropping his pursuit of nuclear technology, working with the US military and intelligence services – were not enough to protect him. One of the few African nations with independent wealth, Gaddaﬁ had plans to make the continent independent of Western institutions like the IMF, and World Bank. Gaddaﬁ was the force behind the creation of the African Investment Bank, and in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde, Libya with a US$42 billion
capital fund and the African Central Bank based in Abuja, in Nigeria. The IMF, whose economic blackmail has resulted in social devastation throughout the developing world, was headed for irrelevance. The same countries that bombed Libya tried for years to undermine these efforts but failed. Faced with the severe damage caused to the global ﬁnancial system by the 2008 meltdown, getting rid of Gaddaﬁ was even more important. Gaddaﬁ’s longer term plans for a single African currency backed by gold – and no longer accepting US dollars in payment for oil – was an even greater threat as it would have weakened an already weakened US dollar. It seems virtually certain that Gaddaﬁ’s projects aimed at freeing Africa from the ravages of Western banks will not be completed. They relied for their fruition on the billions Gaddaﬁ had earmarked for them. The radical Islamists who will ultimately control Libya’s government have no interest in assisting any part of Africa that is not Islamist. African nations will now slip back under the pernicious inﬂuence of the IMF and the World Bank knowing that if they dare get out of line NATO may ﬁnd a ‘no ﬂy zone’ excuse to bring them back.
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Hydopower project seeks funds amidst rumours of tunnel boring machines breaking down Chief executive Zubair says ﬁnancial division not ready to release money
ISLAMABAD: Having already lost position over controversial Kishanganga Hydropower project, the federal government now seems like failing to even boost up the work to complete the lifeline of the country in time. The hydel power generating 969MW Neelum-Jehlum hydropower (NJHP) project looks like heading towards oblivion as NJHP Company has been seeking funds for Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) in operation. Senior official privy the development informed “The Spokesman” that the two TBMs stopped working during its test phase manages in 1st half of February because of interrupted supply of electricity. The chief executive of NJHPC, Lt. Gen (Ret) Zubair although categorically rejected the information regarding the stoppage of TBMs, however he was of the view that ﬁnance division was not ready to release the
sufficient funds to purchase the four generators 4MW each for supply of uninterrupted supply to TBMs. He further maintained utilising the company’s own ﬁnancial resources; two generators have been in assembling phase, while the 3rd generator had arrived day before yesterday. Responding to a query about the actual cost of all these four generators, he added that the cost of single generator having capacity of 4MW surfaced at $15 million each. Furthermore, he added that the last meeting of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved the accumulated ﬁnance of Rs. 24 billion in three different phases including Rs. 2.5 billion in 1st tranche, Rs. 1.5 billion in 2nd phase, and funds of Rs. 20 billion in the head of WAPDA scoop bonds. Commenting over the recently partial decision surfaced by Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) over controversial 330MW
Kishanganga hydropower project, Gen (Ret) Zubair was of the view that diversion of water by Indian authorities could cause a loss of 10% water in Neelum River followed loss of 499GWh electricity and annual ﬁnancial deﬁcit of $141.3 million. The work on 969 MW NJHP, the strategically important and only major ongoing water sector initiative, is facing delay due to dearth of funds for TBMs, which were inaugurated by premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on August 6, 2012 following their installation at one of the sites of the 969 MW NJHP near Thotha Majoi in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). These two TBMs were procured at a cost of about Rs 19.5 billion. This cost also included the expenditure incurred on their shipment to and installation at the site. NJHP Company claimed that the cost of these two machines would be recovered in three years, adding these machines would be used for other such
projects in the future. The project has been facing shortage of funds for the last couple of months due to delay in delivery of funds from the Finance Ministry, despite the claim made by NJHPC as 40 percent of work has been completed. Once the machines became fully functional, TBMs would be able to make one kilometer every month, while these TBMs with the required modiﬁcations, could also be used for construction of the other water and hydropower projects that involve tunneling in their implementation. Annual beneﬁts of the project have been calculated at around Rs 45 billion, while the project will pay back its cost in about seven years, while deployment of TBMs would reduce construction period by about 18 months. This will result in an estimated beneﬁt of Rs 67 billion and would be completed during the estimated period of next four years.
Finance ministry notiﬁes audit and accounts allowance ISLAMABAD: The ﬁnance division (regulation wing) has issued the notiﬁcation regarding audit and accounts allowance to the staff working under Controller General of Accounts and Auditor General of Pakistan. The Accounts and Audit Allowance will be admissible @ 20 percent of the basic pay of the civil servants performing their duties in the accounts and audit departments with effect from 1 March 2013. The allowance will be admissible to the employees working under CGA and AGP during leave and leave preparatory to retirement(LPR). It would not treated as the part of pension , which means that it would be allowed to serving persons only. Earlier, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf approved the summary of audit and accounts allowance this week on the long protest by the employees of AGPR. –AGENCIES
Punjab mills produce 2m metric tonnes of sugar LAHORE: Punjab Cane Commissioner Ahmer Malik has said that over two million metric tons of sugar (2,096,064) has been produced by Sugar Mills in Punjab during the current season and a total of 1,872,522 metric ton sugar is available in the stocks. The Cane Commissioner said that sugar mills purchased 21,239,399 metric tons of sugarcane from the sugarcane growers by February 26, during the current season. The total cost of this sugarcane is Rs.90.17 billion and sugar mills have made payment of over Rs.77.179 billion which is 86 percent of total amount. He said outstanding amount of Rs.12.99 billion with the sugar mills will be paid to the farmers by March 15. –INP
Traveling expo ʻEnergy for a Sustainable Worldʼ ISLAMABAD: An International Traveling Expo titled “Energies, for a Sustainable World” is going to start from today March 01 under the aegis of Pakistan Science foundation and would be continued till March 07. The exhibition in Pakistan will travel from Islamabad to Muzzafarabad (AJK), Gilgit, Abbottabad, Gujrat, Larkana during March-April, 2013 and will be concluded at Quetta (Balochistan). The Expo will provide a great opportunity to the students of all age groups, faculty members, researchers and general public to get ﬁrsthand knowledge about various forms of Energy, ways to enhance the Energy Resources and their proper uses for the national development. Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), as part of its science popularization activities holds S&T Fairs and Exhibitions for creating science awareness among the students and general public. In this regard, so far more than 2 million students, teachers and general visitors have participated in these expositions, which mainly include ﬁve National S&T Fairs, four International traveling Expos and a large number of science caravan exhibitions. –AGENCIES
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Fiscal crisis engulfs Neelum-Jehlum project
Raihan Ali Merchant ‒ a leading consultant and brand specialist SHANEL KHALIQ
he concept of media planning and buying in the country was the brainchild of none other than Raihan Ali Merchant. He has developed a name for himself in the market as one of the best media consultants and brand specialists. He is also the Chief Executive Officer at M. Holding Private Ltd. He has also received the Tamgha e Imtiaz for his services rendered to the media industry. The recent boom in the media industry witnessed in the last decade, particularly in electronic media, has provided media campaigns with a new platform. The growth in the production and consumption of consumer durables creates a big niche for advertising. Similarly the rise in the business of telecom companies is also providing a chance for placement of advertisements in newspapers and on channels. Merchant feels this provides a rise in opportunities to the print media as well which usually gets overshadowed by electronic media. However in 2007 the media industry stagnated, due to lack of proper planning and ﬁnancial management. Therefore he mentions that it is imperative to scale down costs and work with a proper ﬁnancial management strategy in order to fully gain the bounties in this industry. He feels that media outlets in order to achieve optimal revenue need to train and invest in their human capital. Human resource is crucial in saving costs and taking a company to rising proﬁtability. He emphasizes that the print media particularly needs to beneﬁt from such cost cutting strategies. The media industry in the country is still growing and has immense potential. However there are not as many qualiﬁed personnel in the ﬁeld as regards the digital media. Merchant feels that there is a need to hire young personnel as they are brimming with fresh ideas, all they need is some guidance. He also mentioned the potential in the area of performing arts particularly theatre.
Stocks, oil rise on US data, central bank hope VIENNA: Othmar Karas, delegate of the European Parliament and member of Austria's Peoples Party (OeVP), Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Green Party member Johannes Vogenhuber (L) pose for photographers before a discussion about European Union issues.
EU gives Pakistani seafood the green signal STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: The European Union today decided to resume imports of Pakistani seafood to its market, taking another step forward in EU-Pakistan relations. The decision puts an end to a six year long voluntary ban of exports of fishery products to the EU by the Maritime Fisheries Department of Pakistan. The voluntary ban imposed by the competent Pakistani authority in Pakistan was the result of the EU Food and Veterinary Office identifying serious deficiencies in the official control system for seafood, including the traceability and hygiene at various stages of the industrial process. As of 12 March, the resumption will apply to the two major companies which have been approved by the Marine Fisheries Department. Other Pakistani companies may then seek to be certified to export seafood to the EU, which is Pakistan's largest trading partner. "This is a real breakthrough that should also inspire other industries in Pakistan to increase their exports to EU markets, said the EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark. It is the result of the EU's and Pakistan's joint efforts to facilitate increased trade by meeting EU product standards. Resuming Pakistani seafood
exports to the EU will further promote our already strong bilateral trade relations and support job creation in Pakistan." Ambassador Wigemark noted that when the ban was introduced in 2007 Pakistani seafood exports to EU markets stood at 50 million euro (6.5 billion rupees) per year, adding that there is clearly a potential for an increase beyond this figure. Trade in fisheries products will also promote trade diversification – exports to Europe have so far remained focused on textiles. Under the EU funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) programme and in cooperation with UNIDO, the EU has supported the upgrading of the K1 and K2 auction halls at the Karachi Fish Harbour and the training of over 1500 fishermen and official inspectors in line with the EU standards. More than 300 fishing boats have been revamped and two laboratories for microbiology and chemical testing accredited. All these steps to address the shortcomings identified in 2007 led to the positive decision announced in Brussels today. The EU has extended trade related assistance in other areas as well and has so far spent 15 million euro to promote trade with Pakistan during the past three years.
Commerce chamber for sustainability of agriculture ISLAMABAD: Chief Executive Officer Harvest Tradings, Ahmad Jawad has called upon the chambers of commerce to create a workable strategy unanimously for our agri sector and submit it their recommendations to the “Cabinet Committee on Agriculture and the respective political parties”. As Pakistan needs a sustainable agricultural policy to improve the balance of trade and put the economy back on the track. It is unfortunate that till to-date we have failed to computerise our land revenue information system." Leading Chambers may come forward for the implementation, said Jawad in a statement. As the farming community is keeping its ﬁngers crossed in the hope that the election year would bring relief for the neglected tillers of the soil. Prices of fertiliser, pesticide, diesel and labour cost has increased manifold but the prices paid to the farmers have not increased proportionately. Pakistan could multiply, several times; exports of fruits and vegetable by introducing structural changes in agriculture sector, he said He said Australia is an outstanding example, which by maximising the ﬂow of beneﬁts from investments in irrigation projects, exported 80 per cent of its mangoes production while Pakistan exported only 2.5 per cent. Similarly Farmers were facing difficulties due to government policies, as surplus agriculture produce had become a problem for them due to inadequate storage facilities, He said. Jawad underlined the need to focus on seed development, which was not costly after the WTO regime. Currently China produces double the cotton and wheat per hectare as compared to Pakistan. –AGENCIES
NEW YORK: Global equity markets and crude oil rose on Wednesday, pulled higher by encouraging U.S. economic data and renewed confidence that major central banks will keep taking steps to support the global economy. Wall Street opened mostly higher, following gains in European stocks as fresh signs of central bank support led to a recovery of losses caused by Italy's post-election political deadlock. Strong domestic demand for Italian debt on Wednesday reduced worries about the deadlock and helped boost the appetite for riskier assets such stocks, oil and other commodities. The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest rose to its highest in nearly a year in February as new orders increased, while a drop in new claims for unemployment benefits last week added recent data suggesting an improving economy. The U.S. Commerce Department said gross domestic product rose 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, up from a previous reading showing a contraction, but less than a 0.5 percent gain forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. "The jobless claims continue to show further signs of improvement in the labor market. It's encouraging," said Andrew Wilkinson, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. LLC in New York. Wilkinson said the GDP report was largely history, and that the data was unlikely to impact investor sentiment. "We knew that it was a bad quarter and we knew that there was a confluence of negative inputs such as from government inventories. We don't expect this to continue in 2013," he said. The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was up 11.07 points, or 0.08 percent, at 14,086.44. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX was up 2.73 points, or 0.18 percent, at 1,518.72. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC was up 12.24 points, or 0.39 percent, at 3,174.49. In Europe, the FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 of leading regional shares was up by 0.7 percent at 1,168.90. MSCI's all-country world equity index .MIWD00000PUS rose 0.49 percent to 354.56. In oil markets, Brent crude for April delivery gained 57 cents to $112.44 a barrel. U.S. oil slid 5 cents to $92.71 a barrel. The dollar rose against the euro and yen as investors embraced its safety against the backdrop of the Italian stalemate and less than 24 hours before automatic spending cuts are enacted in the United States. While month-end flows should translate into choppy flows during the session, the euro's upside is seen as limited by concerns political instability will stall Italian economic reforms and reignite the euro zone debt crisis. The euro last traded at $1.3088, down 0.38 percent on the day. –AGENCIES
EU clinches deal to cap bankers' bonuses BRUSSELS: A new cap on bankers' bonuses agreed overnight in Brussels was hailed by its supporters as a breakthrough to rein in the financial sector, but dismissed by critics as a reckless move that would drive bankers abroad or force up their base pay. Bankers in Europe could be barred from receiving bonuses equal to more than their base salaries as soon as next year, following agreement in Brussels on Thursday. Shareholders would be allowed to vote to raise the cap to double base pay, but no higher. The cap has been somewhat softened by allowing banks to discount future values of shares, options, bonds or other non-cash payments paid out over a number of years, but nevertheless amounts to the toughest limit of its kind in the world. The rules would apply to Europe-based employees of any bank, as well as to staff of
European banks wherever they are based. That means a Deutsche Bank employee working in New York or Tokyo would be subject to the limits, as would a Goldman Sachs banker posted to London, although that provision may later be reviewed. "There will be no exceptions," said Othmar Karas, the Austrian lawmaker who helped negotiate the deal. "It goes for all banks inside and outside the European Union and for all foreign banks inside the European Union." The cap addresses public anger at what many European politicians describe as rampant greed in the financial sector. Many people on the continent blame huge bonuses for encouraging bankers to take outsized risks that caused the 2008 financial crisis, when banks had to be bailed out with public funds. Banks argue that without big bonuses they
will be forced to increase base pay to keep staff, raising their fixed costs and making it more difficult to manage their businesses. "If the cap is implemented, it could result in significantly more complex pay structures within banks as they try to fall outside the restrictions to remain competitive globally," said Alex Beidas, a pay specialist with the law firm Linklaters. The cap could also deepen the rift between Britain - home to the EU's financial capital and the EU at a time when Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Brussels of meddling too much in domestic affairs and promised a referendum on Britain's membership in the 27-member bloc. The backing of a majority of EU states is needed for the deal to be finalized, so Britain would not be able to block it alone. Still, one member of the European Parliament privately
signaled that the deal could yet change, pointing to the "reservations" of some EU countries. The limit on bankers' pay, set to enter EU law as part of a wider overhaul of capital rules aimed at making banks more stable, will be popular on a continent struggling to emerge from the ruins of the financial crisis. But it represents a setback for the British government, which had long argued against such absolute limits. The City of London, with 144,000 banking staff and 700,000 people working in financial and professional services, will be hit hardest. "The United Kingdom is not happy," one European parliament lawmaker said privately. British officials did not immediately comment. In London's Canary Wharf, where many of the globe's biggest banks have offices, finance professionals were skeptical. –REUTERS
FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2013
Seth MacFarlane will not host the Oscars again
Salman Khan vs Ranbir Kapoor at the box oﬀce
LOS ANGELES: Having garnered a mixed reaction to his performance as the Oscars host this year, comic Seth MacFarlane has said he won't take up the daunting task again. The 'Ted' helmer who tackled the prestigious duty last Sunday, would say "no way" if he's offered the job again, reported Aceshowbiz. "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though," the 39-year-old 'Family Guy' creator tweeted when a fan asked, "Would you host the Oscars again if asked?" MacFarlane's Oscars hosting stint was not free from criticism. Some TV critics slammed him for making risky jokes about female nudity, zingers, gays and Jews. In the opening sketch, MacFarlane poked fun at himself by letting 'Star Trek' actor William Shatner blast him for being "the worst Oscar host ever." The latest group of people who criticized MacFarlane were a handful of top female lawmakers in the California. -SHOWBIZ DESK
NEW DELHI: After missing out on his perennial Eid release this year, Dabangg Salman Khan is now eyeing another important weekend in October. Salman plans to release his Mental, directed by younger brother Sohail Khan, on the ocassion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. Here's a catch, Salman's Mental will then clash with his Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam featuring Ranbir Kapoor, which also releases on the same day. Salman and his brother Arbaaz had a fall-out with Abhinav after he refused to direct Dabangg 2. Salman is also upset with Ranbir Kapoor, who is reportedly dating Tiger's ex-ﬂame Katrina. This is not the ﬁrst time that there will be a Ranbir-Salman clash at the box office. In the past as well, Salman's God Tussi Great Ho had released with Ranbir's Bachna Ae Haseeno on August 15, 2008. -SHOWBIZ DESK
Meera wants to revive her Bollywood career At launching of Music SHOWBIZ DESK LAHORE: Pakistani actress Meera who so far had duds in B-Town is now hoping to revive her career essaying Meena Kumari on the big screen. ‘Pakeezah’ remake feels divine feeling. Pakistani actress Meera, who made her Bollywood debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s “Nazar”, will step into the shoes of legendary Meena Kumari for the “Pakeezah” remake. The ﬁlm was ﬁrst made in 1972 by late director Kamal Amrohi and now his son Tajdar Amrohi is producing the remake. “It is a divine feeling. I cannot deﬁne it in words, ” Meera said in a statment. “I simply loved Meena Kumariji in the ﬁlm. It has always played again and again in my mind.
Rishi Kapoor to tell his story after 40 years SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: Rishi Kapoor, the eternal romantic hero, would have a lot to tell about his life and times so far. 40 years after the release of Bobby (1973), his debut ﬁlm as a romantic lead, Rishi Kapoor would be bringing out his biography. What's more, the event may just take place in September this year when he turns 61. "It was a closely guarded secret, but the fact remains that work on his biography has been on for quite some time now. The book would be covering the entire aspect of his personal as well as professional life. It would be pretty much a chronicle of the kind of career he has enjoyed not just during last 40 years but also much before that when he had started as a child artist," said a source. Not many are aware that he had won a National Award for his work in his debut ﬁlm Mera Naam Joker (1970) where he had played the much younger version of his father Raj Kapoor. The source continues, "Rishiji would be talking in detail about his early entry into the ﬁlm industry as well as being a part of
the First family of Bollywood, the Kapoors. There would also be focus on his reign as the King of romantic ﬁlm hero for 25 years straight and then his subsequent transition to playing senior characters. Moreover, he also holds the record for introducing over 20 heroines and he would be bringing that to the fore as well." It is also expected that Ranbir Kapoor and his rise as a star actor would ﬁnd a mention as well. However, the book would stay away from using any controversial elements from the senior actor's life to be used as a selling point. "He has been one of the most noncontroversial actors to have been around for over four decades now. He hardly had any ﬂings, he married the woman whom he fell in love with (Neetu Singh) and hasn't had any war with his peers or contemporaries. His biography is going to be centered on him, his love for ﬁlms and his association with industry friends and colleagues", the source adds. When contacted, the Senior Kapoor conﬁrmed that work on his biography is on and it would deﬁnitely release this year.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
AT PARIS FASHION WEEK PARIS: Dries always ﬁnds a way of turning pre-conceived perceptions on their head, and for his autumn/winter 2013-14 collection he has tacked that popular of sartorial references: boy meets girl. But this wasn’t the usual androgynous chic that we’re used to seeing. Rather than aspire to inject femininity with a masculine sensibility, he has done it the other way around, introducing feminine accents to manly separates by way of decorative Asian inﬂuence, vibrant shots of colour and a clever manipulation of texture. Opulent embroidered paisley motifs featured heavily on everything from coats, to shirts, to dresses, imbuing feminine ﬂair; skirts were layered over trousers and when they weren’t wrapped and belted to render a kimono silhouette, oversized peak-lapelled coats had all-over Bindi embellishment. -SHOWBIZ DESK
I came to India with the dream of wanting to essay the same immortal role some day. And when Tajdar saab gave the nod, I was simply too overwhelmed, ” she added. The movie is still in conception stage, said Tajdar and added: “Meera had spoken to me about ‘Pakeezah’ about three-and-half years ago. She is very passionate about doing it. She is like a little child with a dream, so I gave her the nod. “It is not an easy ﬁlm to make. It is a challenge for Meera. To re-erect the same sets, it would cost 20 times more. The kind of costumes, dialogue, the aura, there are several uphill tasks. It will be a huge thing, ” he added. Once the director for the movie will is be ﬁnalised, the rest of the cast and crew will be put in place.
Priyanka Chopra sparkles Vogue cover MUMBAI: Bollywood actress and singer Priyanka Chopra looks chic in black and white hotpants and a bustier on the cover page of Vogue India for March issue. The 30-year-old looks half her age in the picture. Post her single In My City, the actress maintains a rock star avatar which is evident in this photoshoot. Priyanka is seen in a rugged hairdo and highlighted eyes which gives her a carefree look. Priyanka Chopra has graced Vogue cover for a couple of times in the past as well. The actress has become quite a style symbol. -SHOWBIZ DESK
video‘Hamesha’ by Soch band
SHOWBIZ DESK LONDON: The wait is ﬁnally over. For all the fans ‘Soch’ The band has launched of their much anticipated music video, ‘Hamesha’ by Raj and Pablo at the BBC Club. The video is directed by the critically acclaimed Adnan Qazi. The event was attended by hundreds of people and fans of Soch at the BBC club last Saturday, The director and actors of Hamesha graced the Red carpet at the club where celebrities like Raj and Pablo, Rocky S, Bally Sagoo, Sadia Siddiqui and others were present too. On the Launch of the video Soch said “we are very glad to have such a great product under our belt, everyone worked really hard and by what we hear by people who attended the Launch loved it, so we guess the hard work paid off ”. Brian Thomas who were the sponsors of the video were also Present at the event and they also stated “it’s great to see such talented people like Adnan Qazi and Soch the band working towards the softer image of Pakistan and we will always support causes like these” Kubra Khanam spotted wearing a Zaheer Abbass gown glowed at the red carpet, she was very glad that everyone was appreciating her acting in the video. Last but not the least Adnan Qazi who directed the video said “As the launch was coming closer I was getting really nervous for it, but to see it happen and loved by the audience is magical”. All the major Pakistani media supported the event, and as for the public release date Murtza Niaz Manager/Publicist at “SOCH” said that ﬁrst the video will be airing in the UK and after two weeks it will be launched in Pakistan and on Internet.
Maheen Karim on high street fashion SHOWBIZ DESK KARACHI: Maheen Karim entered the fashion world in 2006, but had decided she would become a fashion designer much earlier on. “Since I was 13, I wanted to design. From a relatively young age, I wanted to enter this ﬁeld. So I opted for Saint Martins College of Art and Design and pursued a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing,” she said, in an interview that took place at her Clifton residence. Karim said she was never interested in men’s wear. “For me, women’s wear has a lot to do with timeless elegance, something that you can call ‘mature fashion’. Women’s wear has to have a very sophisticated style.” Her design philosophy, according to her, is largely deﬁned by her idea of femininity. “I have never followed trends per se. I would rather choose an elegant woman over a trendy one,” said the designer. “She should sport a
feminine and sophisticated look. I design in a way that makes women feel very feminine.” Karim, who has a successful career to boast, had a story to tell when asked why Oscarwinning ﬁlm-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy preferred to wear an
outﬁt designed by her at the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema at the 69th Venice International Film Festival last year. “We are childhood friends and went to Karachi Grammar School together. Since our school days,
Brangelina wedding to have ponies, elephants
SHOWBIZ DESK NEW YORK: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's upcoming wedding ceremony will reportedly include "leaping Shetland ponies" and eight elephants, according to their party planner. The superstars' ﬂorist revealed the couple will ﬁnally seal the deal a week after the Cannes Film Festival in May, reported Grazia magazine. Lucille Michel claimed the animals will welcome the wedding party before the pair exchange vows at a small chapel on their Chateau Miraval estate in the South of France. "Guests will travel past water fountains and Shetland ponies leaping as they go up the two-mile long drive to the house,"
Michel said. Along with the ponies, the couple's kids have nagged them to ship in eight elephants to represent each member of the famous Brangelina clan. "When the guests park, they'll see the family of elephants. Brad hopes it will make them smile. Apparently, the elephants were the children's idea," Michel said. "They want the wedding to take place just before sunset, so that as they say their vows the church will ﬁll with fabulous red, orange and yellow light. The lawns have all got new sprinkler systems in, so they'll be green and lush for the big day." Pitt has already been back at his family's French home to make sure the grounds are given the perfect make over.
both of us were termed as ambitious,” recalled Karim. “It’s very kind of her to remember me and to take me along this path. I styled the outﬁt she wore at the Venice Film Festival, and also wore a tailcoat that I designed when she was receiving an award from the president of Pakistan,” added Karim adding that ObaidChinoy owns the largest collection of her outﬁts. All set for launching her prêt collection in collaboration with Bonanza, Karim said, “I believe that runway clothes should be on the shelf, where they are available for everyone. Zahir Rahimtoola said he was sure his wife Sheherzad would love to wear my clothes too,” she said, referring to the CEO of Labels. The designer revealed that Shezray and Shehrnaz Husain of The House of Ensemble also encouraged her to step into the high street market and said they would love to wear her clothes from the runway.
Sonam wants to play modern girl NEW DELHI: Sonam Kapoor, whose ﬁrst ﬁlm Saawariya was loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky' short story White Nights, has bought the ﬁlm rights of one of Anuja Chauhan's novels for the sheer love of its female characters. Kapoor, who describes herself as someone who lives to eat and read in that order, says the book has characters that exit in reality and that's what prompted her to buy the ﬁlm rights. If the story gets translated onscreen, it would be Kapoor's third movie based on a novel after Aisha, which was a modern interpretation of Jane Austen's Emma and saw the actress playing a posh Delhi girl. "The idea of taking a book and turning the pages I remember have been the biggest high for me. So, it was imperative for me to play something like this before I get too old. It is about modern Indian women who exist in reality but not in Hindi cinema," Kapoor said. The actress was in the city recently to launch Chauhan's third novel Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Harper Collins. The actress declined to name the book that her father Anil Kapoor's production company has acquired from Chauhan's other two novels -- The Zoya Factor and Battle for Bittora. Kapoor says she is proud to have played some real women on celluloid in her short career in Bollywood. "I could play a little bit of modern Indian girl in Delhi 6 and Aisha. Both were Delhi girls. One was from Chandni Chowk while the other was from Defence colony and both girls exist." The actress believes that reading helps her to imagine new characters and places which in turn helps her as an actor. - SHOWBIZ DESK
FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2013
First Twenty20 international in Durban today
Pakistan look for vengeance against South Africa DURBAN: Pakistan have a chance to hit back after a trouncing in the Test series when they meet South Africa in the ﬁrst of two Twenty20 internationals at Kingsmead on Friday (today). The tourists were outclassed in the Tests, losing all three matches, but can be reasonably optimistic about their prospects in the shorter forms of the game with the Twenty20 games followed by ﬁve ODIs. Only ﬁve of South Africa's current Test players are in the T20 squad – Faf du Plessis, who has been appointed captain in the shortest format, AB de Villiers, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt and fast bowling discovery Kyle Abbott. The change of emphasis in South Africa's approach is underlined by the fact that national coach Gary Kirsten handed the T20 reins to Russell Domingo, his assistant coach, before a three-match series against New
Zealand earlier in the season. South Africa won that series 2-1. Pakistan will be boosted by the inclusion of the experienced duo of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez takes over as T20 captain, although Test skipper Misbah-ulHaq will resume the leadership for the one-day internationals, which start in Bloemfontein on March 10. The Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, who were not part of the Test squad, are others who could add impetus to the T20 side. Whereas South Africa's greatest strength is in their number one-ranked Test team, Pakistan are likely to be lifted by the infusion of new players after a moralesapping experience in the Test series. "It will be good to have some new players for the one-day games... the new players will come with fresh minds and a positive
attitude," Misbah said after the ﬁnal Test ended in three days on Sunday. By contrast, Domingo said South Africa faced a ‘much tougher’ challenge in the T20s, describing his team as ‘a work in progress’ with young players being tried out with a view to the next World T20 in Bangladesh next year. Probable XIs: South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock (wkt), AB de Villiers (wkt), Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Capt), Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Zulﬁqar Babar, Asad Ali, Junaid Khan. AGENCIES
‘Smart’ Gilani ﬁnally noticed for ﬁnancial mismanagement BY MIRZA KHURRAM SHAHZAD
ISLAMABAD: Despite the ouster of his patron Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, also known as the ‘smart’ Gilani, has ﬁnally been noticed for some wrongdoings by the concerned authorities. Sources close to Hamza Gilani have revealed that a high proﬁle investigation committee of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) has named him responsible in the embezzlement of funds worth millions of rupees. The committee has said in its report that the PSB DG is directly responsible in the sub-standard work and ﬁnancial mismanagements in various projects of the
PSB across the country. The inquiry committee has noticed mismanagement in a project of construction of residential ﬂats for the staff at PSB Coaching Centre in Karachi. The scheme was approved for Rs.13.034 millions for three blocks containing 12 residential ﬂats. However, the whole funds were consumed but the project could not be completed. Only the structure of two residential blocks could be built while third block and its ﬂats are not there. The ﬂats, which have been built, are not ﬁnished and there are no doors, windows and ﬂoors in the building. The facility also lacks electricity, water supply and gas. The DG has also been found guilty for consuming Rs.30 million from the reserved ‘saver funds’ without the formal approval of
the Prime Minister for the construction of Gama Sports Stadium and Shaheed Zulﬁqar Ali Bhutto Sports Complex at Mirpurkhas. The committee has also noticed wrongdoings in laying of synthetic hockey turf in Gilgit as an amount of Rs.3.2 million was paid to contractor by the PSB on account of earth ﬁlling but no earth is available for such amount. The DG also allotted a contract to one of his favourite contractors for the construction of sports hall at Bahawalpur against a ﬁnancial grant Rs.21 million, but the hall could not be completed and only four walls stand on the ground in the name of this new sports facility. The whole grant, however, has been consumed. Gilani was contacted for his views but he did not attend his cell phone while the numbers of his spokesman were also switched off.
Djokovic and Federer move closer to Dubai Open final DUBAI: Novak Djokovic, the world number one, and Roger Federer, the defending champion, moved nearer to a showdown in Saturday's ﬁnal when both raced into the quarterﬁnals of the Dubai Open. Federer set the pace by getting there in only 71 minutes against Marcel Granollers, the world number 34 from Spain, with Djokovic taking just 90 minutes to get past another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut, the world number 55. Djokovic applied constant pressure with his speedy court coverage and the weight and angles of his ground strokes, and might have won in under an hour had he not lapsed brieﬂy in the second set, letting Bautista Agut back into it. This enabled the man nicknamed "Bati" to launch some hard blows, come from 2-5 down, and save four match points in a 24point ninth game before going down 6-1, 7-6 (7/4). Federer mixed phases where he appeared to be coasting, with moments when he suddenly switched two gears to deliver stunning winners, in a 6-3, 6-4 success. He was also tactically unpredictable. Encouraged by the fast court and perhaps by his opponent's frequent charges into the forecourt, Federer came to the net more often than usual. But he was curiously unclear about why he did not attempt this more often. "It's something I have been trying my whole life, to be more aggressive," he said. "I would like to servevolley more – but I'm winning, so it's okay. "I don't know why I don't do it more. Perhaps because courts around the world are on the slower side, and you come to the quicker courts like this and you don't dare. It's a habit." Later he explained it as an outcome of his bright new pink shoes, about which he was questioned. "That's the problem: I come to the net and the guy knows," Federer grinned. "It ain't good, you know. Deﬁnitely not camouﬂage." Djokovic's match conﬁrmed the importance, even for the best player in the world, to keep his mind pinned down till the
Group photo of winners Karachi Blues with PCB director general Javed Miandad at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.
Karachi Blues claim Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for tenth time OUR STAFF REPORTER
LAHORE: Karachi Blues defeated Sialkot Region by nine wickets to win the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the tenth time at the Gaddaﬁ Stadium here on Thursday. Karachi, led by Khurram Manzor, remained unbeaten in this tournament, winning seven matches and drawing three. This win gives Karachi their twentieth Quaid-eAzam title in 59 years, won by teams with different titles – Karachi, Karachi A, Karachi Urban and Karachi Whites. This match was a one-sided contest, as Sialkot never looked in control with the bat or the ball over ﬁve days. On a slower pitch, with rain affecting play on day one and day three, Karachi's domination proved crucial. Sialkot, who were asked to bat ﬁrst, failed to put up a big ﬁrst innings total. Mohammad Ayub was the top scorer with 72 while Majid Jahangir scored 54 as the side was dismissed for 229. Karachi, led by Akbar-urRehman who scored a massive 178, dominated a weak-bowling attack. Fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti picked up four wickets in the ﬁrst innings but none of the Sialkot bowlers failed to check Karachi, who piled up a 199-run lead. In the second innings, a 98run, fourth-wicket stand
between Ayub (69) and Sialkot captain Mansoor Amjad (60) deﬁed Karachi but it was not enough. Once the partnership was broken, the rest of the lineup did not contribute much to the total. Sialkot began the ﬁfth day at 189-5, trailing by 10 runs. Minutes before lunch, they were all out for 248, adding 59 runs in the ﬁrst session. Tariq Haroon picked up ﬁve wickets for 74 runs as Karachi faced a target of 50 runs in 63 overs with two sessions of play left. The chase was brisk as Akbarur-Rehman and Fakhar Zaman went for a 10-wicket win before Mohammad Ayub's splendid catch at gully dismissed Zaman for 20. Rehman then knocked off the remaining runs to take his side to a comfortable victory, ﬁnishing as the tournament's top run-scorer with 986 runs. Karachi were awarded a prize money of Rs.1.5 million while Sialkot won Rs.1 million as runners-up. Summarised scores: Sialkot Region ﬁrst innings 229 in 87.3 overs (Shakeel Ansar 11, Majid Jahangir 54, 120 balls, 10x4s, Faisal Rasheed 0, Faisal Khan 4, Mohammad Ayub 72,136 balls, 10x4s, Mansoor Amjad 13, Ali Khan 22, Bilawal Bhatti 34, 43 balls, 5x4s, Anwar Ali 4-64, Tariq Haroon 2-20, Azam Hussain 2-22, Akbar-ur-
Rehman 1-38, Ruman Raees 133) VS Karachi Blues ﬁrst innings 428 in 128.5 overs (Fakhar Zaman 34, 76 balls, 7x4s, Khurram Manzoor 29, 147 balls 1x4, Wajihuddin 7, Akbarur-Rehman 178, 277 balls, 24x4s, 1x6s, Mohammad Waqas 13, Javed Mansoor 22, Anwar Ali 16, Tariq Haroon 17, Azam Hussain 74*, 90 balls, 10x4s, Bilawal Bhatti 4-119, Ali Khan 250, Faisal Rasheed 2-64, Nayyer Abbas 1-64, Majid Jahangir 1-9 Sualkot Region second innings 248 in 70 overs (Shakeel Ansar 11, Majid Jahangir 37, Faisal Khan 10, Mohammad Ayub 69, 114 balls, 9x4s, Mansoor Amjad 60, 77 balls, 8x4s, 1x6s, Nayyar Abbas 4, Zeeshan Mushtaq 18, Ali Khan 4, Bilawal Bhatti 18, Faisal Rasheed 7*, Mohamamd Abbas 0, Tariq Haroon 5-74, Ruman Raees 1-23, Akbar-urRehman 2-25, Anwar Ali 2-60) Karachi Blues second innings 51-1 in 7.5 overs (Fakhar Zaman 20, Khurram Manzoor 15*, Akbar-ur-Rehman 10*, Ali Khan 1-22) Result: Karachi Blues won by nine wickets Toss: Karachi Blues Umpires: Ahsan Raza and Ghaffar Kazmi TV umpire: Qaisar Waheed Reserve umpire: Saqib Khan Referee: Saadat Ali Scorer: Masood Ahmed.
Moin demands coach Whatmore be sacked OUR STAFF REPORTER
World number one Serbia's Novak Djokovic retuns the ball to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during their ATP Dubai Open match. AGENCIES end. "I played a good match for an hour or so, single reason to have this rule. What could be but then I didn't stay committed to every positive on this? What could work? What could point," he admitted. Djokovic now plays be the advantage? "It should be more clear Andrea Seppi, the seventh seeded Italian, what's going on, because the referee has so whose elegance off the ground may punish any much power on you," he reckoned. "He can do further lapses more severely. Federer will whatever he wants. So let's put the clock there, follow Djokovic with a match against Nikolay and then everybody goes by the clock. Simple Davydenko, the former world number three as that." Berdych plays Dmitry Tursunov of who ousted the sixth seeded Janko Tipsarevic, Russia but another Russian, Mikhail Youzhny, and followed it with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory the eighth seed, was beaten. His conqueror was Daniel Brands, six feet ﬁve inches tall, with an over Victor Hanescu, of Romania. Federer has a likely semiﬁnal with Tomas imposing net game, who upset the seedings in Berdych, his Wimbledon conqueror of two the Gulf for the second time this year, having years ago, who overcame jet-lag, an umpire's reached the semis in Doha. Brands now faces warning, and a difficult ﬁrst set against Juan Martin del Potro, the fourth-seeded Germany's Tobias Kamke before calling for former US Open champion, whose 6-4, 6-4 changes to the time limit rule. Berdych win over Somdev Devvarman, the Indian emerged relieved and disgruntled after returning after many months out with injury, surviving 7-5, 6-1 against the world number 90, received rather modest acclaim. However his apparently under pressure from multiple ensuing "match" with his Argentine compatriot sources. One of them was the new 25-second Diego Maradona, the footballing legend who is time rule, which reduces by ﬁve seconds the in the country on ambassadorial duties, was permitted pause between rallies. "I don't like it. received as if del Potro had scored at the I'm not a fan of it," he said. "I don't see any Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires. AGENCIES
LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan Thursday demanded the sacking of national coach Dav Whatmore following the team's 3-0 whitewash by South Africa, saying a local man should replace him. Pakistan ﬂopped miserably against the world number one Test team, losing the ﬁrst Test by 211 runs, the second by four wickets and the last by an innings and 18 runs. Whatmore masterminded Sri Lanka's triumph in the 1996 World Cup and led minnows Bangladesh to their ﬁrst-ever Test series victory and their ﬁrst appearance in the World Cup Super Eights in 2007. But Khan said he was not up to the job. “Whatmore is an overrated coach,” Moin told media. “There is a concept in Pakistan that a foreigner will not get involved in players' politics but Whatmore is now ﬁghting for survival.” Former Australian batsman Whatmore took over in March last year and led Pakistan to the semiﬁnals of the World Twenty20 tournament, but he has come under ﬁre after two successive Test series defeats. Moin, who managed only four wins in his 13 matches as Pakistan captain, said Sri Lanka's World Cup win in 1996 owed more to their players than Whatmore. “Ask any player of that team and he will tell you that in 1996 Sri Lanka had world-class players and their success was due to their players and not because of the coach,” said Moin. He also criticised Test and oneday captain Misbahul Haq. “Both coach and captain are ﬁghting for survival. They should have a plan and a vision with which they should leave the team on a ﬁrm footing but I can't see any plan. Instead, they
keep their interests before the team.” Pakistan has never been short of cricketing talent but the national team have suffered over the years from bickering and inﬁghting. Moin, who played 69 Tests, said a foreign coach could not communicate with the players properly. “When a foreigner is our coach, our players have a communication problem and the coach is also unable to brief the players on their mistakes and it's a big problem,” said Moin, a member of the World Cup-winning team in 1992. He said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had blundered in replacing Mohsin Khan with Whatmore last year. “Pakistan players were happy in Mohsin's coaching," said Khan of the former coach, under whom Pakistan routed the then-world number one Test team England in January last year. If Whatmore doesn't resign himself, then the PCB should sack him,” he added. Pakistan play the ﬁrst of two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa at Durban on Friday. They also play ﬁve one-day internationals on the tour.
Atletico Madrid set up King’s Cup final with Real Madrid
Sevilla's defender Alberto Moreno (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao during the King's Cup semi-final second leg match Sevilla FC vs Atletico de Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Staduim. The match ended in a2-2 draw. AGENCIES
MADRID: Atletico Madrid set up a King's Cup ﬁnal with city rivals Real after Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao scored in a 2-2 second leg draw at Sevilla on Wednesday, to progress 4-3 on aggregate. Costa, who had scored both Atletico goals from the penalty spot in the ﬁrst leg, put the visitors in charge after carving an opening for himself in the sixth minute and ﬁring low into the far corner. His seventh goal in the Cup made him the competition's leading scorer this season, one ahead of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo. The Brazilian striker then broke away down the left and crossed low for Colombia's Falcao, who darted in front of his marker to score in the 29th. Roared on by a noisy home crowd, Sevilla's most dangerous player Jesus
Navas breathed life back in to the tie with a curling shot that went in off the far post just before the break. Sevilla, who beat Atletico 2-0 in the 2010 Cup ﬁnal, pressed hard in the second half but did not ﬁnd a way past Thibaut Courtois again until Ivan Rakitic scored in time added on. By then, Sevilla had lost their cool with Gary Medel being sent off 14 minutes from time, and Geoffrey Kondogbia was red-carded at the end, both for fouls on Costa. Nine-times Cup winners Atletico will meet their neighbours Real in the May 18 ﬁnal after Jose Mourinho's men swept past holders Barcelona on Tuesday to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory. The venue for the match has still to be decided. "To reach a ﬁnal is very important for Atletico," Falcao told Spanish television. "We went in search
of a result from the beginning. We knew they would come at us and leave spaces. We made the most of it and took our chances. On the incidents with Costa, Falcao added: "The end of the game was ugly. These things happen in games with a lot to play for, but we leave it out there on the pitch." Thorn in side: Costa, 24, has muscled his way into Atletico's starting team this year with some outstanding performances in recent weeks. He was a constant thorn in the side for Sevilla with his driving runs, his power in the air, and his ability to get under the skin of his opponents. The ﬁery Medel saw red after picking up two yellow cards in the same incident, the second for appearing to kick Costa while he was on the ground. Kondogbia received a straight red after he committed a foul
on the Brazilian and then stamped on him between his legs. "We know Costa is provocative but we fell for it," Negredo told Spanish television. Reaching the ﬁnal shows the continued improvement of Atletico since Simeone took the helm just over a year ago. The former Argentina captain, who helped the club win their last Cup as a player in 1996, guided the side to the Europa League ﬁnal last season where they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0. They swept aside Champions League winners Chelsea 4-1 in the season-opening European Super Cup, and have surprised many by holding off Real Madrid to hang on to second place in La Liga behind leaders Barcelona for so long. Atletico have not beaten Real in over a decade but Simeone was not prepared to discuss the ﬁnal. AGENCIES
FRIDAY MARCH 01, 2013
THE SPOKESMAN - RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
US advises Pakistan to avoid sanctionable activity
Nisar to propose 2-3 names for caretaker PM
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday confirmed he had received a letter sent by the prime minister for consultations over caretaker setup before the elections. Talking to media persons prior to JUI-F’s All Parties Conference (APC) here, Nisar said he had consulted with the leadership of his party in this connection. Replying to a query, he said the names of two to three persons for the interim prime minister would be forwarded to the prime minister. It should be mentioned that earlier on Wednesday; the prime minister wrote a letter to the opposition leader requesting him to send names for the caretaker setup under Article 224 of the Constitution. –INP
Pakistani section of IP pipeline will take 22 months to build
WASHINGTON: In its latest opposition to the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, the US State Department on Wednesday said it is in Pakistan’s interest to avoid any activity that can hit it with sanctions. The State Department said that it was providing Pakistan with alternatives that would avoid any sanctions violation, INP reported on Thursday. "We recognise that Pakistan has signiﬁcant energy requirements but we really think there are other longterm solutions to Pakistan's energy needs," said deputy acting spokesman Patrick Ventrell. "And so we've been assisting as a government
to contribute to the alleviation of the energy crisis in Pakistan," he said. "It's in their best interests to avoid any sanctionable activity, and we think that we provide and are providing a better way to meet their energy needs in some of the assistance we're providing." Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday urged the visiting Pakistani president to press ahead with a much-delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline project despite US opposition. In 2010, Iran and Pakistan agreed that Tehran would supply between 750 million cubic feet (21 million cubic metres) and one
billion cubic feet per day of natural gas by mid-2015. Islamabad has said it will pursue the project regardless of US pressure, saying the gas is needed to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis that has led to debilitating blackouts and suffocated industry. Iran has almost completed the pipeline work in its territory, but Pakistan has not yet started construction of 780 kilometers (490 miles) of the pipeline on its side, which is said to cost some $1.5 billion. Sanctions-hit Iran ﬁnally agreed to ﬁnance one third of the costs of laying
Shujaat, Mushahid elected PML-Q president, SG ISLAMABAD: Ch. Shujaat Hussain and Mushahid Hussain Syed have been elected unopposed PML-Q President and Secretary General respectively as no one contested their candidature. Ch. Pervez Elahi has been elected as President Punjab chapter while Jaafer Khan Mandokhel, Syed Qasim Shah and Aleem Adil Khan have been elected Presidents of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh chapters respectively. Haji Naeemullah was elected FATA President and Mirza Hussain President of GilgitBaltistan chapter of the PML-Q . Rizwan Sadiq was elected President of Islamabad chapter of the party. –STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Amidst reports that Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Malik Ishaq was planning to leave the country, the government on Thursday decided to seek recommendations from the provinces for putting his name on the ECL. Interior Minister, Rehman Malik chaired a high-powered meeting where the security threats were discussed in detail and necessary measures were ordered to enhance the security, especially in the diplomatic enclave and at entry points of the federal capital. The matter related to LeJ was also
Petitioner tells SC hanging a prisoner after keeping him in jail for 14 years is unjust
ISLAMABAD: PML (N) President Nawaz Sharif, JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan and other political leaders taking part in All Parties Conference at Jinnah Convention Centre. –ONLINE
Malik apologises for court contempt STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik submitted before the Supreme Court on Thursday a written apology over a contempt of court notice issued to him for interfering in the investigation of Rs26 billion corruption in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). In his unconditional apology, Rehman Malik stated that he always respected the court and its judges and could not think to commit contempt of court. He stated that he left himself on the mercy of the court. He stated that changing the investigation of Pakistan Steel Mills was not meant to interfere in the court matters. He contended that forming the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) joint investigation team, for probing the PSM corruption, was meant to enhance the scope of investigation. He requested the court to accept his unconditional apology and withdraw the contempt notice against him.
Later, talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court, Rehman Malik said he wanted to present himself before the court, however the court told him that he would be heard next time. He said he did not agree with some arguments of his lawyer, thus he wanted to contest his case by his own. He said he should not be compared with Dr Tahirul Qadri. He said there was no shame in admitting ones mistake after it is proven in the court. He said, after the passage of 18th constitutional amendment, mainlining law and order was the responsibility of provinces. Rehman Malik’s involvement in the PSM corruption case, involving Rs26 billion corruption, began when he formed FIA’s joint investigation team to investigate the Steel Mills corruption case. His step did not impress the apex court. However, the court issued him a contempt notice for “unnecessary transfers” of officials conducting the probe, on December 17, 2009.
Talks to put Malik Ishaq on ECL STAFF REPORT
Construction of the Pakistani section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, which stretches for 780 kilometers, is expected to take 22 months, a senior Iranian gas industry official said. “The peace pipeline is expected to be constructed in 22 months on Pakistani soil with the participation of Iran,” Javad Owji, managing-director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), was quoted by Tv as saying. Owji
noted that Pakistan has not requested renegotiation or discount on the gas price, which he said, has been finalized. On February 20, an IranianPakistani consortium started the construction of the Pakistani section of the pipeline which stretches from the border between the two countries to Navabshah region in Pakistan. The pipeline, projected to cost about $1.2-1.5 billion, would enable the export of 21.5 million cubic meters of Iran’s natural gas to Pakistan on a daily basis. Iran has already built more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil.
‘President has halted hangings’
4 more schools blown up in Mohmand Agency GHALLANAI: Anti-literacy militants blew up four more schools with explosive material here early Thursday morning but no causality was reported. According to reports, unknown miscreants had planted explosives in two primary and two middle schools located in different localities of militant-infested Mohmand Agency which exploded one after another. As a result of blasts buildings of all schools were badly damaged but fortunately no causality or injury took place as the schools were vacant at the time of explosions and located at a distance from the residential areas. It may be mentioned here that 117 educational institutions, mostly girls’ schools have been blasted in different parts of Mohamand Agency during recent years. People of tribal agencies due to threats of terror attacks avoid sending their children to schools to get education which have further lowered the literacy rate. –INP
the pipeline through Pakistani territory to Nawabshah, north of Karachi, with the work to be carried out by an Iranian company.
discussed at length. The proscribed organizations and their activities under different names were also thoroughly discussed and accordingly the provincial governments were directed to ensure that the members of the proscribed organizations should not be running with any other name different organizations. Interior Minister directed the Secretary Interior to issue reminder to the provincial governments to obtain recommendations for putting Malik Ishaq on the ECL and also identify the hide outs of LeJ. Secretary Interior was further directed to get the detail of every case against Malik Ishaq with its present status. He
directed the Secretary Interior to submit the proposal in the next week in consultation with the provincial governments enabling the federal government to take necessary decision in this regard. He further asked the provinces to put forward proposals to stop the activities of groups who have been involved in terrorist activities throughout the country, many of which are now working under other names after they were banned. Interior Minister also directed the Secretary Interior to ensure that the orders of the Chief Election Commissioner regarding stopping of issuance of arms licenses are followed in letter and spirit.
Ibad sees grave situation in days ahead KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ibad has said he is seeing gravity in the situation in the days to come. “I am perceiving gravity in the situation in the coming days. We will take all possible steps for the uplift of the people. It is my desire that general elections take place on time and in a peaceful manner”, he said while talking to media men at airport here Thursday after his return from Dubai. He went on to say MQM and PPP had their own policies, however, “we will have to work for the stability in the province.” Certain political matters have gone embroiled and there is need to bring improvement therein, he stressed. “I will play my role in bridging the distance between MQM and PPP”, he said. “Altaf Hussain had telephoned me on Wednesday evening and he had asked me to withdraw my resignation and to play role for bringing peace in the province and forging harmony among all the segments of society in Sindh. I have taken back my resignation keeping in view the political scenario of the country and under advice and bidding of Altaf Hussain”, he remarked. –ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench was informed on Thursday that President Asif Ali Zardari had halted implementation of capital punishment under Article 45 of the Constitution. The bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman was hearing a petition ﬁled by Barrister Zafarullah Khan inviting attention of the court to the ordeal and mental tribulation of such inmates who had to undergo execution. Barrister Zafarullah Khan, counsel for prisoners, regretted before the court that for how long these prisoners will be languishing in jails. He said hanging a prisoner after keeping him in jail for 14 years was not just. He pleaded that a number of prisoners were suffering in jails because the government was sitting on a decision to commute pending death sentences to life term. To a court query, he said the president had stayed the execution of the prisoners on death row. He said humanity should be considered. The court then directed the Attorney General Irfan Qadir to provide copy of the report, over prisoners, submitted by the Interior Ministry. According to the Interior
Ministry’s report submitted before the court on Wednesday, as many as 7,046 prisoners on death row were awaiting execution in jails across the country. On Dec 11, 2013, a Supreme Court bench had directed the government to submit details of prisoners on death row since Barrister Zafarullah of the Watan Party had claimed that 6,355 inmates were awaiting execution in Punjab alone. According to the interior ministry’s report, 5,378 appeals against death penalty are pending before the high courts and 1,031 in the Supreme Court. Of the 7,046 prisoners, 4,981 are counting their days in Punjab, 266 in Sindh, 102 in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and 29 in Balochistan, whereas 532 mercy petitions are pending with the president. The Federal Shariat Court is also seized with 21 appeals. According to media reports, the president has halted implementation of capital punishment in 78 cases, while appeals of six military personnel are pending with the GHQ. The PPP government, which had placed a moratorium on executions in November 2008, carried out its ﬁrst execution in November last year when Muhammad Hussain, a soldier, was hanged in Mianwali jail. He had been sentenced to death in 2009 for murdering a colleague.
5pc hike in Indian defence budget NEW DELHI: India Thursday hiked defence spending to over Rs 2 trillion , marking an increase of ﬁve per cent over the outlay of 2012-13 at Rs.1.9 trillion Finance Minister P. Chidambaram announced the hike during his budget speech in Lok Sabha. Of the total defence outlay for 2013-14, he said, Rs. 86,741 crore will be for capital expenditure. Meanwhile Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Finance Minister P.Chidambaram had done a good job in the union budget. He said that considering the overall economic situation, the ﬁnance
minister had been fair to the defence sector in allocating Rs.203,672 crore (over Rs.2 trillion) in 2013-14. "Taking into account the difficult economic situation both at home and abroad, the ﬁnance minister has done a good job. The measures that he has outlined for the rejuvenation of the economy while ensuring inclusive growth are indeed commendable," Antony said. The minister said Chidambaram had said in his budget speech that a positive view will be taken if the need arises for more funds for defence. – ONLINE
Rs 138,622 million loans written off from 2007 to 2011 TAHIR NIAZ
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani banks wrote off loans to the tune of Rs 138,622 million during the ﬁve years starting from 2007 while the government licensed 69473 people with prohibited bore weapons in its ﬁve years at the centre. According to a reply submitted in the national assembly by the ﬁnance minister on Thursday, in 2007, the banks wrote off loans worth Rs 32,322.74 million; in 2008, the ﬁrst year of the PPP government’s ﬁve-year term, another sum of Rs 47,078.59 million was written off by the banks; in 2009 the banks wrote off loans to the tune of Rs 27,305.47 million; in 2010, the banks wrote off loans worth Rs
15,174.49 million and in 2011, the sum of written off loans was Rs 16,740.96 million. Interior minister Rehman Malik told the house in a written reply that the PPP government issued prohibited bore licenses to 69,473 persons. In 2008, 11,776 PB licenses were issued; in 2009 27,551 PB licenses were issued; in 2010 5,789; in 2011, 8,369 and in 2012, the last full year of the PPP government, 15,988 persons were issued PB licenses. The National Assembly was informed that government had taken a number of steps to control the smuggling of luxury vehicles in the country. Finance Minister Saleem H. Mandviwalla told the House during
Government licensed 69,473 persons in five years Question Hour that the vehicles were being smuggled into the country by unauthorized routes and borders with Afghanistan and Iran. He said SMS based Vehicles Veriﬁcation System has been development for spot veriﬁcation of vehicles suspected to be smuggled. He said 5,937 vehicles have been conﬁscated and 80 people apprehended over the last ﬁve years 144 million rupees had also been recovered in this regard. The house passed “The Federal Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms Bill‚ 2013” with amendments, mainly moved by the PML-N lawmaker, Zahid Hamid. The bill provides for making institutional reforms for standardizing
and harmonizing the laws relating to Federal Ombudsmen institution and ancillary or akin matters. Earlier, PMLN and MQM objected to some clauses of the bill, however, the government accepted the amendments moved by the opposition party lawmaker and passed it unanimously. The law was amended in the light of Zahid Hamid’s amendments, says that the President office will decide the representation ﬁled by an aggrieved party against the decision of an ombudsman within 90 days. The Ombudsman shall have full powers to re-appropriate funds from one head of account to another but with the approval of the government. An Ombudsman shall not be given
additional responsibility. He cannot take part in elections before the expiration of two years after he has completed the tenure of his office. The Ombudsman with the approval of the government may make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act. The house unanimously passed “The Capital University of Science and Technology Bill‚ 2012” after accepting an amendment moved by the PML-N lawmaker, Zahid Hamid. Upon his request, clause-3 (5) of the bill was omitted which stated that the government shall have no power to question the policy underlying the allocation of resources approved by the Board in annual budget of the University.
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The bill provides for the establishment of Capital University of Science and Technology. It was moved by Law Minister Farooq H. Naek. Syed Zafar Ali Shah of the PPP, being it a private institution, opposed naming the proposed university as “Capital University” by saying that, under the law, no private party could use the name of “Pakistan”, “Quaid-e-Azam”, “Capital” or “Islamabad”, for personal beneﬁts, however he could not produce the copy of the law before the house. The house also passed “The Pakistan Psychological Council Bill‚ 2013”which provides for the establishment of Pakistan Psychological Council to register psychologists and related institutions in the country. The Bill was moved by MNA Riaz Fatyana.