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PARC making radical changes to develop agriculture sector.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said that the council was making radical changes to develop agricultural sector of the country. According to PARC press statement issued here Wednesday, the PARC Chairman was speaking at an international meeting organized by the Agriculture Department Sindh, in collaboration with Donor agencies in Karachi. He said that after the 18th constitutional amendment, agriculture is the responsibility of the provincial governments. He said, PARC is collaborating with the international donor agencies like IWMI, CIMMYT, IFPRI, ICARDA, USAID and provincial research institutes for development of agricultural research together with livestock sector. Speaking on the occasion M. Sohail Ahmad, Secretary, Agriculture Sindh said that Sindh government will provide all possible assistance to agricultural experts and institutions. On the occasion, Dr. Kingsley Bash, representative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) gave an over view of agricultural science, technology and innovation in Pakistan Challenges, Ideas and Opportunities. Dr. Rick Ward, Representative of the CIMMYT also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the objectives of meeting. The participants of the meeting finalized recommendations which included the creation of a PARC coordination mechanism with the provincial research systems. The recommendation also included mechanisms for each of PARCs main divisions; prioritization of research wherein PARC would work on selected areas and support the provinces in other areas as well as role of PARC in awarding research projects. It was also observed that increased involvement of different stakeholders can contribute in developing the final output of a technology. The meeting also provided detailed recommendations for research priorities within PARCs main divisions. It is to be noted that keeping in view the devolution of agriculture and livestock to the provinces, PARC initiated an intensive process of internal review in August 2011. The purpose of this practice was to reprioritize and integrate all the activities of the Council and focus these on enhancing the resource productivity and overall efficiency of the agricultural sector in Pakistan. ZCZC PM directs Commerce Ministry to ensure intl standards for fruit, vegetable export ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to focus on the export of fruits and vegetables by improving supply chain and meeting quality standards as per international regulations. The Prime Minister said this during a presentation by TDAP on Export Promotion Strategy of Fruit and Vegetables and related issues, at the PM House. The Prime Minister appreciated the fact that export of fruits had doubled while export of vegetables registered a four-fold increase during the last four years as compared to the previous four years (2004-2008). However he observed that the export was still short of potential. The Prime Minister urged the Ministry of Commerce and TDAP to set up cold storage facilities in Sargodha and Bhalwal for Kinnows, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan and Mirpur Khas to increase the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables. He appreciated the efforts being made by the Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, adding these organizations should reach out to research institutions. He called upon the provinces for maximizing export potential and come up with a comprehensive plan for enhancing productivity, reducing post-harvest losses and enhancing competitiveness for achieving higher prices. The Prime Minister directed that the strategy should be evolved to boost exports of fruits and vegetables following the principles of public-private partnership. Gilani directed the TDAP to organize an exhibition of quality products in Qatar where the government promised during his visit to extend all-out assistance for holding such an exhibition to create demand for Pakistani fruits and vegetables. The Secretary Commerce said that Pakistan has a great potential for export of fruits and vegetables and Ministry of Commerce has plans to increase export to the World market. Though we are the fourth largest producer of Dates, we stand at 6th place among the Date exporting countries on value-basis, the Secretary said. The Secretary said the government had planned to establish Mango Pack House and Cold Storage common facility centres at Multan and Nawabshah, Dates Processing Institute at Khairpur, Agro Food Technology Institute at Lahore, Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) Plant common facility centre at Karachi. Value addition is an integral part of the strategy, the Secretary said. The Ministry of Commerce apprised the meeting about the new markets for Pakistani mangoes and kinnows in Japan, USA, Mauritius, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and Iran. Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Secretary Commerce, Secretary Planning and Development Division, Secretary National Food Security and Research, Chairman FBR, Chief Executive TDAP and other senior officers were present in the meeting. ZCZC COMSATS to hold Pak-China business forum in April ISLAMABAD: China Study Center established at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad is organizing Pak-China Business forum from April 15-18 here in federal capital. This forum will include seminars,workshops and exhibition of products,processes and technological ideas developed in COMSATS. Senior Research Officer COMSATS,M Raza Ahmad Khan said this while addressing ceremony of new year celebrations at Chinese center, here today at COMSATS. He said the China Study Center is facilitating promotion of business between Pakistan and China He said that the theme of the forum includes renewable energy technologies,new energy technologies,Water conservation and Biomedical materials. Representative of Pak-China Center,Tanvir Abbas Jafferi said the basic purpose of this center is to explore Pakistani private and public sector interests in China. It will also help to produce economic and business managers capable of emulating Chinese best practices and capitalizing upon opportunities available in the Chinese,Pakistani and other markets utilizing their special skills. On the occasion,Senior Vice President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Raja Iqbal said We will support and cooperate with COMSATS in organizing this business forum. He said such forums are very important and must be continued on the regular basis as potential of Pak-China business community is very high. On this occasion,Cake cutting ceremony was also held to welcome the new year according to Chinese calendar. ZCZC Pias maintenance, repair and overhaul(pk-mro) business gains momentum Karachi: PIA MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Business is now in the expansion phase with an increase in the number of customers from 14 to 40; PIA has earned Rs. 1.1 billion in the year 2011 through MRO business while the revenue set for the year 2012 is Rs. 1.4 billion. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMS) like Boeing Company, Airbus and General Electric have shown keen interest in PK-MRO Business. This was stated by Deputy Managing Director PIA, Mr. Salim Sayani while briefing a delegation from US Embassy in Pakistan at the airlines Head Office. Recognizing the great potential in PIAs Maintenance Repair and Overhaul capabilities, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has granted PIA Rs. 58 million (US$864,000) to conduct a thorough feasibility for this business. The joint initiative taken underscores the confidence and trust in PIAs engineering capabilities to create state of the art MRO facility in the region that will generate revenue of US $ 100 million and around 5,000 jobs in Pakistan by the year 2020. The South Asian and Middle Eastern MRO Markets are expected to grow into US $ 9 billion market. Six member team from Embassy of United States in Pakistan led by Mr. William Martin, Consul General, Karachi visited PIA Head Office and PIA Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility (PK-MRO). The US delegation showed keen interest in airlines engineering capabilities including Avionics Overhaul, Base Maintenance Division, Engine Shop Welding, Heat Treatment Shop, APU Test Facility and Ispahani Hanger where D check of a Boeing 777 was in progress. The delegation also visited Precision Engineering Complex where parts are manufactured for airline Industry such as Airbus, Boeing and General Electric. The delegation also visited the flight simulators of Boeing 747, 737 and the latest flight simulator of Boeing 777 recently installed. PIAs Deputy Managing Director said that PIAs five Year Business plan is focused on turning cost centres into revenue centres and focused approach will greatly help PIA return to profitability. With PIA Engineering capabilities and vast infrastructure would serve as a solid foundation for the growth of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Business in Pakistan. The US delegation showed confidence and satisfaction over PIA and its Engineering potentials. The delegation was given a warm welcome by PIAs Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Salim Sayani, Director Engineering PIA, Mr. Maqsood Ahmed, Chief Engineers and senior officials of the airline. The US team included Mr. Richard Albright, Senior Coordinator for Economic Assistance US Embassy Islamabad, Mr. Robert Ewing, Chief of Economic Affairs for Pakistan US Embassy Islamabad, Ms. Rebecca Seweryn, Economic Officer, US Consulate Karachi, Mr. Fahd Zaidi, Economist, US Consulate Karachi and Mr. Reid Creedon, Chief of Staff US Embassy Islamabad. PK MRO is in the second phase of expansion to become One Stop Shop Premier MRO Service Provider in the region by providing, Quality & Value for money, excellent Turn Around Time, Competitive Labor Price through total Maintenance Support of domestic airlines. ZCZC CPI recorded at 10.7 pc during last seven months: Dr. Hafeez ISLAMABAD: The country has witnessed decrease in Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 10.7 percent during the first seven-month of current financial year as compared to 14.3 percent recorded in corresponding period of last year fiscal year. This was informed at a meeting held here which reviewed the overall economic and fiscal situation, federal revenues, external flows and development budget in the country. The meeting was chaired by Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue(FBR), Secretary Finance, Secretary Economic Affairs Division and officials of the Finance Ministry. Dr. Hafeez speaking on the occasion emphasized the importance of continued efforts to maintain fiscal austerity, revenue mobilization reforms and focus on completion of development projects. The meeting was informed that food inflation dropped from 19.3 percent to 11.5 percent during the period under review, while exports from the country increased by 7.2 percent during the period from July-January 2012. It was also informed that foreign remittances registered a growth of 21 percent and recorded at US$ 16.8 billion resulting stability in foreign exchange reserves. The Finance Secretary apprised the meeting that the fiscal deficit was contained at 3.1 percent of GDP from July 2011 to Jan 2012 which shows a decline from 3.4 percent in the corresponding period of last year. He said that revenues registered growth of 27 percent during July- January, 2012 and reached Rs 975 billion as against 770 billion collected last year. Total federal expenditure was limited to 53 percent of the budget as against proportionate budget target of 58 percent demonstrating federal governments austerity drive and resulting in the savings of 5 percent of the budget, he added. He informed that total federal development releases during the period under review amounted to Rs 202 billion including the foreign project aid disbursement of Rs 60 billion. The government is committed to maintain the Public Sector Development Programme annual target of Rs 300 billion which is an increase of about 30 percent over the last fiscal years actual spending. ZCZC Over 150 businessmen set to attend Pak Malaysia Business & Investment Forum ISLAMABAD: More than 150 businessmen, including 120 from Malaysia, are set to attend the Pakistan Malaysia Business and Investment Forum being held in the Malaysian capital. The forum will be held on February 28 aiming to explore avenues for joint investments and business opportunities in Pakistan, said a statement received here on Wednesday from the High Commission of Pakistan in Malaysia. The day-long event being organized jointly by the High Commission of Pakistan to Malaysia and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). The event is likely to serve as an ideal opportunity for businessmen from Pakistan and Malaysia to identify key areas of economic cooperation and forge joint ventures in major sectors, including textile and clothing, rice, fruits, vegetables, sea food, leather, leather products and electronics. Malaysias Minister for International Trade and Industry (MITI) YB Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed will attend and chair the inaugural session of the forum. While Dato Mohd Nasir Ahmad, President of MIA, Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chairman of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Masood Khalid, Pakistans High Commissioner to Malaysia, will also speak on the occasion. During the visit, the Pakistani delegation headed by the TDAP Chairman is also scheduled to attend the joint meeting of the Council besides holding separate meetings with key government officials and ministers. Commenting on the Forum, Pakistan High Commissioner Masood Khalid said around 150 businessmen and captains of industry from both sides had confirmed their participation in the forum, including a 30-member business delegation from Pakistan. He hoped the forum would help spur up the already burgeoning bilateral trade which crossed $2.5 billion mark last year, reflecting an upward trend in commercial cooperation following the signing and implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries in 2008. Pakistans exports to Malaysia had risen considerably in recent months, registering an impressive 56.16 per cent increase, according to latest trade figures available as of November 2011. ZCZC IMC announces 80 % dividend KARACHI: Indus Motors Company (IMC)) has posted a higher profit after tax of Rs 1.766 billion during the half year ending December 31, 2011 and declared a cash dividend of Rs 8 per share. According to the results despatched to Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) here Wednesday, pre-tax profit of the company has surged to Rs 2.604 billion against Rs 1.429 billion in 2010. Similarly, as earning per share also improved to Rs 22.48 compared to Rs 11.55 last year. Companys net sales jumped to Rs 32.999 billion during the period under review as against Rs 26.828 billion same period last year. ZCZC Tax offices, designated bank branches to remain open on Feb 25, 29 ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Wednesday ordered all its field units to remain open on Saturday the 25 February, 2012, as normal working day in order to facilitate the taxpayers in submission of returns and taxes. All FBR field units would also remain open late till 10.00 P.M on Wednesday 29 February, 2012 (being the last day of the month). The State Bank of Pakistan and National Bank of Pakistan will provide banking facility by the designated branches on Saturday 25 February, 2012 and keep the designated branches open till 10.00 PM on Wednesday the 29 February, 2012 to accept payment of duty and taxes. Taxpayers can therefore, also avail banks facilities to deposit taxes on 25 and 29 February, 2012, it added. ZCZC Shipping activity at Port Qasim KARACHI: Two ships C.V MSC Reunion and M.V Lion scheduled to load/offload containers and rice were berthed at Qasim International Container Terminal and Grain & Fertilizer Terminal respectively on Tuesday, February 21. Meanwhile two More ships C.V CMA CGM Puccini and M.V Topoz-II carrying containers and iron ore also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was maintained at the Port at forty six percent on Tuesday where a total of six ships namely C.Y MSC Reunion, M.V Florida-II, M.V Lion, M.V Arriiah-I, M.T Ever Shining and M.T Karachi are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, cement, rice. urea, coal and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours. Cargo throughput during last 24 hours stood at 107,407 tonnes comprises 76.443 tonnes imports and 30,964 tonnes exports inclusive containerized cargo carried in 2,022 containers (TEUs) was handled at the Port. Two ships container vessel MSC Reunion and Bulk cargo carrier Ever Shining sailed out to sea on Wednesday morning, while oil tanker Karachi is expected to sail on same day afternoon. Three ships CMA CGM Puccini. C.V Alexander and M.V Topaz-II carrying containers and iron ore are expected to take berths at QICT and IOCB respectively on Wednesday, February 22, while four more ships C.V Nysted Maersk, C.V Safmarine Ngami, C.V Dubai Express and C.V Hanjin Elizabeth are due to arrive at Port Qasim on Thursday, February 23. ZCZC Facilitation Desk to be set up SIALKOT: Chief Collector of Customs (North) Nisar Muhammad Khan said adequate efforts were being made for accelerating pace of clearance of pending duty drawback claims to facilitate the business community. Addressing the members of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Wednesday, he said Facilitation Desk would be set up at collectorate level to address problems of the business community on a top priority basis and to furnish information pertaining to duty back claims. The chief collector of Customs, on this occasion, directed high-ups of customs to activate advisory committee for resolving problems being confronted by the business community. He said steps were being taken for improving functioning of input output co-efficiency, adding that due to lack of staff it was not functioning properly. In his welcome address, SCCI president Naeem Anwar Qureshi said members of the business community were facing problems in clearance of their duty back claims from Custom Department. He added that Duty Drawback claims were right of the exporters as these duties already paid by the exporters at the time of imported of raw materials and semi-finished goods. ZCZC Hina Khar meets UK Trade Minister ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar had a bilateral meeting with Lord Stephen Green, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this morning. He briefed her on his recent visit to Pakistan and discussed the way forward. As a result of his visit, he said he was very keen to formulate a UK-Pakistan business forum which would work for strengthening of the existing Forum i.e. Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum (PBTIF) and also take the Pakistani Diaspora into account. The Foreign Minister welcomed Lord Greens feedback from his Pakistans visit and agreed that a road map to the Pakistan Britain bilateral trade and investment relations was essential. Lord Green mentioned that in the coming weeks, he would work with the Pakistani business community here in the UK and British companies to showcase effective trading opportunities targeted especially for the burgeoning middle class in Pakistan. Lord Green informed that the roadmap for trade and investment would cover an annual Pakistan British Business Conference and sector specific delegations from UK to Pakistan and vice versa. Khar reiterated that as a policy Pakistan was not seeking aid, however, it would welcome any assistance offered by a country. Pakistan was actively seeking trade which is transformative, she said. She informed that in the last three years tax collection in Pakistan had arisen from Rs 1100 billion to Rs 1900 billion. She noted that the energy sector in Pakistan had space for expansion and an appetite for growth & investment. She said that British business in Pakistan were Pakistans constituency and the Government was keen to resolve any obstacle in the way to British businesses growth in Pakistan. Regarding the privatization programme in Pakistan, the Foreign Minister noted that the Government would try to look for a better time off- load, whereas at present the emphasis was to increase the tax base. The Foreign Minister also explained Pakistans discussion for gas pipeline from Qatar which should be in Pakistans system with next one year. She also noted that the international community must understand that Pakistan seeks to live in peace and harmony and to the mutual benefits of all its neighbours especially for its own interest. In this regard, the discussion on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline are underway and we are hopeful that the gas from this pipeline would being be in our system in the next two years. Both the Ministers agreed that two business delegations in the near future would be arranged from UK to Pakistan covering sectors of mutual interests i.e. retail and energy. Both sides agreed to immediately develop a medium term trade and investment engagement road map. ZCZC LSE witnesses bearish trend LAHORE: The Lahore Stock Exchange on Wednesday witnessed bearish trend with loosing 30.07 points, following the LSE-25 index opened with 3339.71 and closed at 3309.64 points. The markets overall situation also did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 750,417 shares to close against previous turnover of 1.087 million shares, showing a downward slide of 237,299 shares. While, out of the total 97 active scrips 20 moved up, 51 remained equal with 26 shed values. Habib Bank Limited, Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited, and United Bank Limited were Major Gainer of the day by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 5.01, Rs 2.30 and Rs 2.23 respectively. Fauji Fertilizer Company, MCB Bank Limited and Engro Foods Limited lost their per share value by Rs 1.72, Rs 1.62 and Rs 1.43 respectively. The Volume Leader of the day included The Bank of Punjab Limited with 2.849 million shares, Lafarge Pakistan Cement with 1.237 million shares, and Silk Bank Limited (Saudi) with 415,900 shares. ZCZC ABL regional chief calls on KPCCI President PESHAWAR: Allied Bank Limited (ABL) Regional Head (CRBG), Abdul Rehman made a courtesy call on President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI), Afan Aziz on Wednesday. KPCCI vice presidents, Ziaul Haq Sarhadi and Abdul Salam and KPCCI executive committee member, Ghulam Sabir Saraf were present at the meeting while ABL GT Road branch manager, Gohar Rafiq Khattak represented the bank during the meeting that took place at the Chamber. Rehman briefed the chamber members on the banks policy and loan schemes. The ABL regional chief told the KPCCI officials that there were 830 bank branches providing facilities to customers. Aziz underscored the need for development of the regional network of the bank to generate jobs for the youth. He urged the ABL to come forward and provide banking facilities to those industries that left in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to some reasons. ZCZC Agri credit disbursement up by 20% to Rs 149.658 bn KARACHI: Agricultural credit disbursement by banks surged by 20 percent on year-on-year basis to Rs 149.658 billion in the first seven months (July-January) of the current fiscal year (2011-12). In absolute terms, disbursement of credit to the agriculture sector increased by over Rs 24.772 billion in July-January, 2012 when compared with total disbursement of Rs 124.886 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year, said a data released by State Bank of Pakistan here Wednesday. The overall credit disbursement by five major commercial banks including Allied Bank Limited, Habib Bank Limited, MCB Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan and United Bank Limited stood at Rs 82.462 billion in July-January, 2012 compared with Rs 68.481 billion disbursement in July-January, 2011 depicting an increase of Rs 13.981 billion or 20.42 percent. Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, the largest specialized bank, disbursed a total of Rs 26.361 billion in July-January, 2012, down by 0.03 percent when compared with Rs 26.369 billion disbursement in the same period of the last fiscal year. Punjab Provincial Co-operative Bank Limited disbursed Rs 4.980 billion in July- January, 2012 up by 28.49 percent when compared with Rs 3.876 billion disbursement in the same period of the last fiscal year. Fourteen domestic private banks also loaned a combined amount of Rs 28.996 billion in July-January, 2012 up by 10.84 percent compared with Rs 26.160 billion disbursement in the same period of the last fiscal year. Five microfinance banks including Khushhali Bank Ltd., NRSP Microfinance Bank Ltd., The First Microfinance Bank Ltd., Pak Oman Microfinance Bank Ltd. and Tameer Microfinance Bank Ltd. disbursed a total of Rs 6.858 billion in July-January, 2012 period. It may be pointed out that the State Bank of Pakistan for the first time has given an indicative target of Rs 12.20 billion to microfinance banks for disbursement of credit to agriculture sector during the current fiscal year. It may be recalled that the State Bank has set an indicative agricultural credit disbursement target of Rs 285 billion for the current fiscal year. ZCZC Gilani for social safety net for vulnerable ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday stressed that the next budget should focus on protection of vulnerable groups through control of inflation and social safety net programme. The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting where he was briefed by Advisor on Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on the preparation of upcoming budget. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr. Nadeem ul Haq and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development Division and the FBR were also present. Gilani appreciated the efforts of finance team and asked them to make a budget focusing economic stability, prudent fiscal policy and generation of economic opportunities for the youth. Despite global recession, the countrys economy has registered positive indicators as the exports have raised more than 7 percent, remittances more then one billion dollars per month and revenue collection by FBR during the first seven months remained about 26 percent more than the corresponding period of the last financial year. The meeting focused on four basic areas: overall state of the economy, expenditure management, revenue expansion and the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). It was highlighted that the projected growth rate in GDP is 3.6 percent. This will be attained despite the floods this year in the province of Sindh, increased transfers of revenue to provinces and challenges arising out of the global situation. On inflation, the Prime Minister was apprised that due to the right mix of policies inflation will be lower than the budgetary projection of 12 percent and the three prices index i.e. CPI, WPI and SPI are approaching single digit. Due to austerity measures and aggressive expenditure management, expenditures in the first seven months of the current fiscal year have been 53 percent as compared to the target of 58 percent which is 5 percent low. Overall position of the exports sectors shows that exports in the first seven months have been 14 billion dollars thus registering an increase of 7 percent as compared to the corresponding period of the previous financial year. The Prime Minister was briefed that remittances by the overseas Pakistanis remained at 7.4 billion dollars in the first seven months registering 21 percent increase. The briefing on revenue side highlighted the strong revenue collection so far amounting to Rs. 975 billion with an increase of 26 percent as compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. The target of Rs. 1952 billion for the current financial year is likely to be met due to the continuous expansion of the tax net and administrative efforts. The Prime Minister was apprised that PSDP of Rs. 300 billion will be met in its entirety and 100 percent utilization will be achieved. In the first seven months, Rs.221 billion have already been released to ensure continuity of development programme on the projects. The remaining amount will be released as per the law. The PSDP cover important projects such as Diamer-Basha Dam, Mangla Dam Raising Project, Neelum-Jhelum Project, Lowari Tunnel Project, several National Highways and vertical programmes in the social sector under the federal government which remained with the federation after the devolution process. ZCZC Senators express support for democracy ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Senators led by Leader of the Opposition in Senate, Senator Maulana Ghafoor Haidri, called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday and reiterated their support for democracy. In a meeting held at the Prime Minister House, the Senators appreciated the Prime Minister for his role in the passage of 20th Constitutional Amendment with overwhelming majority which would ensure free, fair and impartial elections in the country. The Senators also commended the Prime Minister for taking initiative on calling All Parties Conference on Balochistan to evolve consensus though collective wisdom aimed at bringing the estranged people to the mainstream politics in the country. The Prime Minister thanked the Senators for their support for the resolution of problems faced by the province of Balochistan. Other member of the delegation included, Senator and President of FPCCI, Haji Ghulam Ali and Senators Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah, Dr. Ismail Buledi and Abdul Rasheed. ZCZC Talks necessary for permanent, solid Pak-India ties: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday said talks are necessary for permanent and solid relations between India and Pakistan. Speaking at a reception in honour of Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar here at Prime Minister House, Gilani hoped that ongoing dialogue process with India will prove productive. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted his suggestion for initiation of peace talks, Gilani said adding, I respect Dr Manmohan Singh from the bottom of my heart and I share his desire for peace. The reception was attended by Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza and members of various political parties in the parliaments of Pakistan and India. The Prime Minister said that his government is committed to result oriented, constructive and productive engagement with India. He urged that India and Pakistan should work together for the poor people and against hunger, disease and poverty in the two countries. We should think about future of the people so they should have drinking water, health and education, he said adding relations between parliaments of the two countries can prove to be more strong. He stressed on more people to people contacts and exchange of parliamentary delegations. Governments come and go but love of people remains and your visit will pave way for strengthening relations between the people, he added. He said the present Pakistani parliament carried out a lot of legislation and the parliaments of the two countries can learn and exchange experiences with each other. The parliaments of the two countries share a lot of history, values and traditions, he added. The Prime Minister said he had also visited India as Speaker of National Assembly and Tourism Minister. He recalled his visit to India when he along with late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto attended the funeral of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said during his visits to India he developed friendship with a lot of Indian politicians. We dont forget old friends and keep in touch with them. Gilani reminisced about political struggle of his forefathers for the independence of India from Britain. He asked the Speaker Lok Sabha to convey his regards to Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Congress Party Sonia Gandhi. Speaking on the occasion, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza said the parliamentary groups of the two countries should frankly discuss all issues and work for alleviation of poverty and prosperity of people. We should divert resources for reduction in poverty and development and welfare of the people, she added. She said the importance of parliamentary diplomacy has increased and friendship groups of parliaments of the two countries should hold meetings twice a year to increase mutual understanding. Speaker Indian Lok Sabha Meira Kumar said she has brought a message of good wishes for the people of Pakistan from the people and the parliament of India. She said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilanis visit to India for watching cricket match in Mohali was a beautiful message of friendship for her country. She recalled the visit of Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza to India and said both of them could work together and build up their parliaments. Meira Kumar said the parliaments of Pakistan and India, in which different parties have representation, reflect will of more than a billion people. Parliament is the best forum to bring people of India and Pakistan together so that they can live in peace and harmony, she added. She said people of India desire a strong friendship with people of Pakistan. I will tell people of India that people of Pakistan reciprocate their desire for friendship, she remarked. She said the parliamentary groups of the two countries should meet frequently so that parliamentarians can learn from each other, share ideas and exchange experiences. She said the parliaments of Pakistan and India are not just buildings but have souls that reverberate. ZCZC Indian, Pakistani MPs agree to enhance regional cooperation ISLAMABAD: Indian and Pakistani parliamentarians on Wednesday agreed to work for ensuring the peace process and enhancing greater regional cooperation. Regional peace and cooperation was discussed during a meeting between the members of Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and visiting Indian parliamentarians, here at WPC Secretariat. Ten-member Indian delegation headed by Speaker of Lok Sabah, Smt. Meira Kumar, also visited the WPC secretariat, followed by the meeting with the members of Womens Parliamentary Caucus. The aim of the meeting was to provide greater opportunities of interaction between women parliamentarians of both countries and exchange experiences, expertise and good practices and advocate women empowerment. Speaker, Smt. Meira Kumar appreciated efforts of the WPC and its role in building consensus amongst all the stakeholders in legislation concerning the women. She was of the view that women of Pakistan and India have similar issues but over the past few years there has been a silent revolution where more women have been educated to empowers them and ensure better rights and opportunities. Dr. Nafisa Shah, Secretary WPC stated that women of both the countries should act as agents of change and play their role in transforming the dialogue process into reality. Trade and Visa opportunities for women of both the countries were the major points of discussion as a way forward. It was also agreed that exchange programs of parliamentarians, students, women entrepreneurs and researchers should be promoted to boost economic and social ties between both the countries. ZCZC PFGs vital for Pak-India bilateral ties ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) met with Indian parliamentary delegation on Wednesday at National Assembly Secretariat, parliamentarians of both sides agreed that the enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians could boost bilateral friendly ties. This was the first bilateral meeting of Pakistan-India PFG with the Indian Parliamentarians jointly chaired by MNA Qamar Zaman Kaira and MS. Meira Kumar, Speaker Indian Lok Sabha, said a press release issued by National Assembly Secretariat here on Wednesday. It is pertinent to note that Speaker National Assembly is the President of Pak-India friendship group in the National Assembly, who has nominated Qamar Zaman Kaira PFG as Convener. It was agreed that dialogue was the only way forward in addressing the contentious issues between both the countries and peace is the only way to regional prosperity and harmony. Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Pakistan and India not only share boundaries but were intertwined in bonds of culture, history and heritage. He said that both the countries shared common problems, therefore, a common strategy needed to be forged to address those problems. He said that regular interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries was the only way forward for normalizing bilateral relations. Qamar Zaman Kaira further said that Pakistan has been victim of terrorism and the terrorism which pose threat to the region. Parliamentary Friendship group can play a key role in the promotion of peace, progress and prosperity of both the countries, Qamar Zaman Kaira added. Speaker Lok Sabha, Mrs. Meira Kumar reciprocating to the remarks of the Convener PFG, said that it was indeed a pleasure to visit Pakistan and she had brought with her message of good-will, friendship, peace and prosperity for the people of Pakistan. She said that relationship between both the countries was not confined to politics and trade alone; rather these were based on emotional and cultural grounds. She agreed that regular interaction between parliamentarians and people of both the countries would remove misperceptions against each other and create better understanding. She said that people of India wish to see cordial relations between both the countries. She said that all the contentious issues needed to be resolved through dialogue. Members of the meeting from either side expressed satisfaction over the recent developments in the relations between Pakistan and India. Referring to the economic and commercial ties between Pakistan and India, Parliamentarians said that immense economical potential exists in both the countries, which needed to be exploited for mutual benefit of both the nations. The parliamentarians insisted on more trade between Pakistan and India. The meeting was first of its kind in which parliamentarians of both the countries met together and discussed areas of concerns existing between the two countries on the invitation of the Speaker National Assembly. The meeting held between the two countries in a very friendly and soft environment. Qamar Zaman Kaira on behalf of Pakistan-India PFG group extended invitation to the members of India-Pakistan friendship group. The Lok Sabha Speaker was presented with souvenir by Qamar Zaman Kaira. The Meeting was attended by MNAs Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari, Hamayun Saifullah Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Nawab Yousaf Talpur, Nadeem Afzal Chand, Shakeela Khanam Rashid, Sabeen Rizvi and Pir Aftab Shah Jeelani. ZCZC Magsi hails political leaders role for polio eradication QUETTA: Balochistan minister and member National Task Force on polio Begum Shama Perveen Magsi welcomed the role of political parties leaders to eradicate dreaded polio virus from Balochistan. All-out efforts were being made to ensure complete eradication of polio virus from the province till the end of 2012, she said while addressing a high level meeting held at Civil Secretariat to review the government endeavors against the crippling disease here on Wednesday. Balochistan health secretary, Commissioners Quetta, Sibi, Zhob and Naseerabad, representatives of UNICEF, Rotary Club, WHO, DGPR and political leaders including Usman Kakar of PkMAP and Dr Ishaq Baloch of National Party were present on the occasion.She deplored that polio situation in Pakistan mainly in Balochistan had been worst during the 2011. It is appreciable that the leaders of political parties are playing their pivotal role to sensitize the masses about the menace of polio, she added. She said that it was our combine responsibility to educate people in our circle and apprised them about the hazards of polio virus. Usman Kakar and Dr Ishaq called for taking stern action against those parents who are reluctant to administer anti-polio drops to their children below the age of five. Opinion leaders of the society including scholars, tribal elders and teachers should come forward and educate people about the crippling disease which can affect any child in any area, they maintained. ZCZC Vice Chancellor UoB stresses need for promotion of local languages QUETTA: Vice Chancellor University of Balochistan Professor Dr Abdul Nabbi on Wednesday stressed need for promotion of local languages and said that Balochistan had ample unexplored opportunities for scholars about local languages. Addressing a seminar organized by Pashto Department to mark International Mother Language Day, the VC underlined the role of Balochistan University in various spheres of life especially local languages and urged the students to take advantage of available resources and facilities for the promotion of local culture and languages.He also emphasized on continuation of such activities which would prove helpful for students in research and studies. Dr Naseebullah, Professor Manzoor Baloch, Professor Khaleel Bawar and others also expressed their views on the subject. Provincial President Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Sardar Osman Kakar, Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai and other dignitaries attended the seminar. ZCZC Kalat-Quetta-Chaman, Quetta-Zhob highways to complete in 2012 QUETTA: Project Director National Highways Authority Noorul Hassan Mandokhail on Wednesday said that work on Kalat-Quetta -Chaman and Quetta-Zhob highways would be completed till June and December 2012 respectively. Mandokhail said that work on the 220 kilometers long international highway stretched between Kalat and Chaman via Quetta was launched in 2006 which was stopped due to worsening law and order situation and lack of funds. He however, said that work on the highway which links Afghanistan with Pakistan at Chaman would be completed till June 2012 after the federal government promised uninterrupted funds.To another question Mandokhail said that work on construction of Quetta-Zhob highway was underway on full swing which is expected to complete by end of 2012. The construction of Quetta-Zhob highway would on one side provide better travel facility to the people of district Qila Saifullah, Zhob and Sherani and on the hand would also connect Khyber Pashtunkhwa with Balochistan. It is worth mentioning that early completion of work on Kalat-Quetta-Chaman National Highway would considerably promote trade and travel opportunities between Pakistan and Afghanistan. ZCZC Committee formed to resolve regularization of employees issue in NADRA : Rehman ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik on Wednesday said a committee has been constituted to resolve matter regarding regularization of contract employees in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Secretary Interior is heading the committee while other members of the committee are Chairman NADRA, Deputy Chairman of NADRA and General Manager, Human Resource of the Authority. The committee would review issues in NADRA, prepare its recommendations and submit its report within fifteen days, he said. He was chairing a meeting held here to review performance of NADRA, problems of its employees and projects of the Authority. Rehman Malik said hard work of NADRA employees has made the organization one of the best in the world and added the government realizes problems of employees and it would utilize all its resources to resolve them at the earliest. He said regularization of contract employees is part of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)s manifesto and asked the employees to work with more dedication for further improvement of their organization. The Minister said he has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take action against those, who are sitting outside NADRA offices and creating problems. ZCZC verdict against Dost Khosa reserved LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad on Wednesday reserved verdict on an application seeking directions for registration of a forgery case against Dost Muhammad Khosa for submitting a fake birth certificate of his ex-wife, Sapna khan, to police. The application was filed by Missal Khan, father of Sapna Khan, submitting that Dost Khosa produced a fake birth certificate of his ex-wife, Sapna khan, to police to establish that complainant Missal Khan was not the her real father. It was pleaded in the petition that Sapnas passport, computerised identity card and property documents were enough to prove that Missal was her father. It said many applications were submitted to police to lodge a case against Khosa for filing fake documents but to no avail. The petitioner pleaded that directions be issued to register a forgery case against Dost Khosa. On Wednesday, the court after hearing arguments of both the parties reserved verdict on the application. ZCZC Man injured in Nushki firing NUSHKI: Unknown armed men shot and injured a man when he resisted bid of snatching his motorbike here on Tuesday night. According to police, the victim identified as Shair Jan Badeni was on his way home riding a motorcycle when armed bandits intercepted and opened fire at him as he offered resistance bid of looting his bike. Later, armed robbers took away his bike, cash, mobile phone and valuables. The injured was rushed to the nearby hospital for medical aid. Police registered a case and started investigation. ZCZC All options open: Saleem Saifullah LAHORE: PML (like minded) chief Senator Saleem Saifullah made it clear that if Nawaz Sharif did not give a final shape to alliance, they might consider other options, including electoral alliance with the PPP, Q-League or the PTI. Talking to reporters, he said a process of dialogue with the PML-N had been in progress for the last six months,but no positive development had so far been achieved for alliance. Our members are joining other parties and we can not wait anymore, he said. Replying to a question, he said a final round of talks with the PML-N leadership would be held in the next week. ZCZC Empowerment of women key to national development: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the government is committed to empowerment of women in line with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto. He said that the various pro-women legislative enactments passed by the present Parliament would not only improve the lot of women but also make them stakeholders in the political process of the country. The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to Ms. Faryal Talpur, MNA, who met him at the PM House on Wednesday. The Prime Minister said that the women were 51 percent component of the entire population and their effective participation in national affairs would accelerate the process of development in the country. The Prime Minister further said that it was during the dispensation of the present democratic government that the Pakistani expatriates got the right to vote. Their participation in the political process would ensure their effective and meaningful say in the matters of national importance. Ms. Faryal Talpur MNA appreciated the Prime Minister on passage of the 20th Amendment with overwhelming majority by the Senate as well. She said that the Amendment would bring much-needed political stability in the country and also strengthen democratic system. She also applauded the Prime Minister for his successful endeavour which led the 3.7 million strong Pakistani expatriates to get the right of vote by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Remittances by the overseas Pakistanis amounting to $ 1 billion a month is a great source of strength for the countrys economy, the Prime Minister acknowledged. ZCZC Relationship with US critical for democracy in Pakistan: Sherry Rehman ISLAMABAD: Pakistans ambassador to United States Sherry Rehman said Pakistan and United States need a mature relationship, critical for democracy in her country. In an article in the latest issue of Newsweek, Sherry Rehman was quoted as saying, It is time that this (Pakistan-US) relationship matured. The writeup says Pakistans new ambassador brings glamour to her critical post, along with a willingness to play hardball. Sherry Rehman embodies the beauty and the boldness of her friend and mentor, Benazir Bhutto. Rehman acknowledges that the U.S. relationship is critical to democracy and the new Pakistan she hopes to build. I for one am known for speaking truth to power, she says, a quality that has gotten her where she is, and that will be tested not only in Washington but also in Islamabad. And if anyone can bridge what she called the cognitive dissonance between these two nations, it might be Rehman, the magazine said. And while its not her intention to bring a victim narrative to Washington, Rehman served notice that her embassy will make public a weekly scorecard on Pakistani casualties, civilian and military, suffered in the effort to combat terrorism. They are quite shocking, she said, and the staggering numbers should lower expectations about her countrys ability to degrade, defeat, and destroy terrorists, and generate some understanding on the part of its U.S. ally, about what the first democratically elected government elected in some years is facing. The article said Rehman arrives in Washington at a time when the relationship between the two capitals is especially strained. U.S. military aid to Pakistan has been suspended, and the Pakistani Parliament is conducting a review of relations with the U.S. and NATO in the wake of a deadly cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. It was indeed shocking to see the flag-draped bodies martyred in the line of active duty at the hands of our allies, Rehman told an audience last Wednesday at the Institute of Peace in Washington. In the absence of an immediate apology, the tragic event caused widespread protests in Pakistan. While the incident left a strong mark, Rehman contended it was not the sole motive for Pakistans call for a strategic rethink. A reset was needed. The relationship, she said, has been freighted on both sides with too much hyperbole, with the marriage metaphor and its extremes of love and hate, and divorce, no longer useful. Educated in the U.S. at Smith College, Rehman started her career in journalism and is the former editor of Pakistans leading news magazine, The Herald. She was a close adviser and protege of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while campaigning for prime minister, a post she had held twice before. Like Bhutto, Rehman is an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of women and the rights of minorities. The womens power grid is very strong, and I intend to work that to my advantage, she told the audience of diplomats and foreign-policy professionals. Noting that she has a rather unusual profile for an ambassador to the U.S. from her country, former Bush national-security adviser Stephen Hadley asked Rehman whether what shes doing, and the risks shes taking, are worth it or a hopeless task, given the fact that the trend seems to be running so clearly against the issues she is most identified with. He recalled meeting with her in Karachi, where for a time she couldnt leave her house for fear of losing her life. She calls her new post a red-eye job, given our time difference and the predilection for crisis. But she wants people to understand Pakistan is not just about bombs and bullets. It is the sixth-most populous country in the world, with the largest youth population anywhere. It is a hugely diverse country ethnically, linguistically, and religiously, and most of us live in peace with each other, she said. The last good and lasting positive memory of the U.S. was the humanitarian aid airlifted into the country after a devastating earthquake in 2005. She pointed out that the European Union, with its far more complex structure of laws, has granted Pakistan favored trade status, while the U.S. imposes $ 360 million in tariffs on Pakistani textiles each year. The question is, what is our biggest ally doing for us as we stand on the front lines? she says. ZCZC FM Khar lauds UKs help being provided for establishing laboratories ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar appreciated the help and assistance being provided by UK to Pakistan for the forensic facilities, in establishing laboratories and helping to upgrade as well as enhance the criminal investigation and justice system. The Minister was talking to the British home Secretary Ms. Theresa May here late this afternoon. Ms. Theresa May said that she had visited Pakistan twice in the last two years and believes that UK-Pakistan partnership is unique and has been successful in strengthening the bilateral ties best described as mutually constructive relations. The Foreign Minister also briefed the British Home Secretary about the efforts being made by Pakistan for counter terrorism and anti-narcotic drive. They also reviewed the progress being made with the framework of Enhanced Strategic Dialogue, particularly in the field of security. They further expressed satisfaction over the ongoing cooperation for capacity building of the Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies.The meeting was attended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK and other concerned senior officials from both the sides. ZCZC FM Khar holds talks with British Secretary of State for Intl Development ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said that Pakistan is pursuing its structural economic reforms despite economic and security challenges to achieve desired economic stability. The Foreign Minister was talking to British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell in London, according to a message received here from London. While briefing the British Minister, she highlighted the difficulties Pakistan is facing because of the energy crisis that is directly impacting the economic growth and development. The Foreign Minister expressed the confidence that both friendly countries will be able to explore the possibilities to devise plan to help in meeting the energy needs of Pakistan. She appreciated the support extended by UK in the European Union for the GSP Plus status to Pakistan. British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said he will visit Pakistan next month and would discuss all the development related issues in detail both with the federal and provincial governments. He assured that Pakistan can count on UK for complete support on the international fora to help minimize its socio-economic challenges. He also expressed confidence that economic ties established between the two friendly countries would greatly facilitate in achieving the trade target of 2.5 billion Pounds by the year 2015. The Secretary of State for International Development appreciated the efforts made by the Government of Pakistan for tax reforms as well as structural economic reforms to further improve its economy despite numerous challenges. He hoped that Pakistan will continue to focus on social sector development, particularly, the education. The meeting was attended by High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK Wajid Shamsul Hassan and senior officials from both the sides. ZCZC Ghee and edible oil prices QUETTA: Prices of Ghee and edible oil has been enhanced in the country following suspension of the above products by mills in protest over the attitude of oil tanker owners. Some 60 oil and Ghee mills located in different parts of the country have stopped functioning from Saturday afternoon. Following suspension of oil and Ghee wholesalers and retailers have enhanced the prices between the range of rupees five to 10 per liter/kilogram. ZCZC PIA planes consume 21% additional fuel ISLAMABAD: Planes of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) consume 21 percent more fuel than average planes of any well reputed airline and this problem would overcome after acquisition of new aircraft. According to official sources, the national flag carrier has signed an agreement with US Boeing Company to acquire five Boeing 777-300-ER aircraft to enhance its performance. Each aircraft is not only US$ 150 million cheaper in price than PIAs old aircraft but also consumes less fuel. Average life span of a plane is 24 years and most of the PIA planes have completed their life. This is resulting in extra maintenance and extra fuel charges. Most of Pakistani planes consume 21 percent additional fuel during flight and the Airline has to bear 16 percent additional maintenance charges. When the planes complete their life, their efficiency affects and prospects of loss increase. According to a senior officials of PIA, with signing of the purchase agreement, PIA would start implementing its plan to replace the airline with new aircraft. He hoped that first of the five aircraft would be handed over to PIA by year 2015. PIA is able to successfully negotiate the deal with Boeing Company at a price 13.5 percent lower than the prices of aircraft delivered in 2008, he said. ZCZC Nur Khan paid glowing tributes at reference held at PAF Headquarters ISLAMABAD: Former Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshal (Retd) Nur Khan (Late) was paid rich and glowing tributes at a ceremony held to mark his birth anniversary at PAF Headquarters here on Wednesday. Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, former PAF Air Chiefs, Air Marshals (Retd), Asghar Khan, Pervaiz Mehdi Qureshi, Farooq Feroz Khan, Abbass Khattak, Hakim Ullah, Mrs. Farhat Nur Khan, relatives, friends and senior officials attended. Rao Qamar Suleman also unveiled a commemorative postage stamp of Rs.8 denomination launched by Pakistan Post to acknowledge the services of great national hero who born on February 22, 1923, at Tamman, District Attock. Speaking on the occasion, Rao Qamar Suleman paid glowing tributes to Late Nur Khan and declared him as an ace fighter pilot and a visionary commander of Pakistan Air Force. He said that Air Marshal Nur Khan showed his true colour, when he was given the prestigious command of PAF on July 23, 1965. As Commander-in-Chief of PAF, Nur Khan established the foundation of aggressive tactics, construed the time according to situation and adopted ways and means that were in the best interest of the service, he added. Nur Khan was a statuesque man, who commanded the PAF during the countrys first real test since independence, during Indo-Pak war in 1965. Rao Qamar Suleman informed the audience that the legendary Nur Khan also fully equipped the PAF with modern aircraft, equipments and training facilities and replaced old fighter jets with modern aircraft like F-6 and Mirages. He also mentioned the efforts of Nur Khan for bringing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) at par with other international airlines by acquiring modern planes. Nur Khan also rendered great services for the uplift of national sports of Hockey, Cricket and Squash and enabled Pakistan to reach the pinnacle. He said the services rendered by Air Marshal Nur Khan were acknowledged both at national and international levels and he became a highly decorated officer of PAF. Sharing life experience with the legendary hero, Air Marshal (Retd) Asghar Khan said that he was a very proud, patriotic, devoted and a decorated son of Pakistan. He said that Nur Khan served the country brilliantly and led the PAF from the front in 1965 war. Asghar Khan said that the country and PAF would remember him for a very long time. His long distinguished and illustrious services in diverse fields earned him a name that would be surely remembered till the end of times. H was the man with Midas touch, whatever he touched became gold, whatever he envisaged became reality, whatever he pursued became exemplary: truly Giant among Men. A documentary covering life and achievements of late Nur Khan, produced by Pakistan television was shown on the occasion. It may be mentioned here that Air Marshal Nur Khans decorations included Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Hilal-e-Jurat, Hilal-e-Shujat, Sitara-e-Pakistan and Sitata-e-Quaid-e-Azam. The saga of epic quests and achievements ended when the legend expired on December 15, 2011, leaving behind a trail of courage, professionalism and dedication for the nation to cherish and follow. The PAF Auditorium was also renamed as Nur Khan auditorium. Chief of Air Staff, Rao Qamar Suleman also presented a crest to begum Farhat Nur Khan. ZCZC Fazl urges world community to stop brutal killings in IHK ISLAMABAD: Chairman Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday urged the world community to play its role in stoping brutal killings by Indian Forces in Occupied valley. Appreciating the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights Margaret Sekaggyas report, he appealed to the international community and the United Nations to play their role for ending the barbarism being committed against the Kashmiri people. He also urged for resolving the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, said a news release issued here. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said UNs Rapporteurs report confirmed the Indian brutalities and criticised Indian Army on violating human rights in war-torn Kashmir valley, adding that the fundamental human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir are being denied since 1947. He said India should fulfil its promise for the effective exercise of Kashmiris rights, as envisaged in the relevant United Nations resolutions. He said concepts of talks, mediation and military strategies should be defined on the dialogue table and added that the Kashmir valley can play the role of a bridge for endorsing peace between two South Asian nuclear neighbors. We support the Kashmiris cause but dont support terrorism in the region, he said. He said that according to international laws Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed terrority but Balochistan is a integral part of the Pakistan and debate on Balochistan in US senate is absolutely wrong. He said this is an internal matter of Pakistan and any interference into it is illegal and not fair, adding that Pakistan is a free country and its people would not bear this negative move by the US. Fazulur Rehman said other countries should stop interfering into affairs of Balochistan and termed the case registerd against Ghulam Nabi Fai by US meant to please India. He said Ghulam Nabi Fai was highlighting the issue of Kashmir in US and that was why he was implicated in a case. Chairman Kashmir Committee said UN report on Kashmir is a test case, adding that the report of UN experts is an authentic document, so the UN and the International community should utilize their influence to stop brutalities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. ZCZC Pak, Afghan media cooperation can help improve bilateral ties Islamabad: The Pakistani and Afghan media can play a significant role in challenging myths, removing misconceptions and bringing the two people closer, said journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan said here on Wednesday, adding that the two governments and media organisations can make this process more effective by facilitating journalists efforts. The journalists were speaking at a public session organised by Pak Institute for Peace (PIPS). The event held at National Press Club, Islamabad was titled Pak-Afghan Media Cooperation & Impact on Bilateral Relations. It was chaired by senior journalist Ashfaq Saleem Mirza. The journalists speaking at the session were Cyril Almeida, and Amir Hashim Khakwani from Pakistan and Habibullah Rafi, Sami Yusufzai and Danish Karokhel from Afghanistan. The journalists said that the humanitarian and human angle has largely remained missing in one-dimensional reporting in both Pakistan and Afghanistan on the other countries and there is a need to give a complete picture of the sentiments and suffering in the neighbouring countries. The media in the two countries should not buy into the misconceptions fuelled by ignorance and prejudices and focus on positive reporting, rather than looking for negatives. The media should focus on problems and critically analyse policies that are not in the interest of the people or the region and say what the state is doing and what would be the consequences of that. The speakers said that access to information was difficult for journalists in the other country. The two governments facilitating each others journalists by giving them hassle-free visas and the main media houses stationing permanent correspondents in the other country would go some way in confronting and exposing propaganda, help put things in perspective and deepen understanding. Besides visa, media groups and journalists organisations in both countries need to reach out to each other and exchange visits and ideas. The speakers said that peace would be determined not by states and military, but by the people and the collaboration and role of the media, social media included, was indispensible for that. The civil society should also support and promote alternative media, blogs and websites. The objectives of peace, improved relations, ending conflict and building bridges can be pursued through this media without a steep financial cost and would have extensive impact. The speakers said that Pakistan and Afghanistan had a shared future and peace in one country could be guaranteed only by peace in the other. The media cooperation on news and information sharing can be a step towards peace in the region, which will benefit both states. Greater media focus and cooperation would lead to greater interaction between the two people, the speakers said. The public opinion being shaped by the media can lead to addressing the trust deficit between the two countries. The Pakistani media should pay attention to how coverage of issues regarding Afghanistan in segments of the Pakistani media such as painting Taliban as heroes is perceived in Afghanistan. The Afghan media should also pay attention to Pakistan-specific coverage in the same vein. They said a robust and unbiased reporting on issues can lead to positives, particularly in the Urdu media because of its greater outreach They said that the fact that the Pakistani and Afghan media got news of conflict in the other country through western wire services highlighted the distances. The session was part of efforts initiated by PIPS last year to increase collaboration between Pakistani and Afghan media organizations and journalists with a view to improve the quality and quantity of reporting on complex cross-border and regional issues. ZCZC Another POL price hike on cards ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary committee formed for making recommendations for slashing prices of petroleum products has been told that another hike in POL prices would be made this week, it was reported Wednesday. A meeting of the committee was held with Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the chair in Islamabad. Tanvir Hussain, one of the members of the committee, suggested that rate of sales tax be fixed for petroleum products while price diesel be brought down. He said it is time for the government to slash, even if symbolically, the rates of petroleum products. Secretary Petroloeum, Ijaz Chaudhry, however said the POL prices would be raised yet again in the next 7 days, citing 121 dollars per barrel rate of the commodity in international market. A rise in local POL prices is inevitable, he added. Minister for Finance, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said the rate of inflation had been brought within a single digit and would not want it be spoiled through flawed policies. He said the government had only succeeded in collecting Rs31 billion as levy against the target of Rs75 billion while Rs45 billion were provided as subsidy to the people. ZCZC Nawaz attaches conditions to Balochistan APC LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday put conditions for participating in an All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss the crisis in Balochistan. In a statement PML-N said its President Nawaz Sharif had associated his participation in the APC with the arrest of Nawab Akbar Bugtis killers and the recovery of missing persons. The PML-N would not be part in the conference if these demands were not met. On Feb 16, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that the government would soon convene an APC to discuss and address issues of Balochistan, particularly the law and order situation. ZCZC Govt. has failed to protect masses: BVMP QUETTA: Baloch Voice for Missing Persons (BVMP) Chairman, Nasrullah Baloch has stated that government has utterly failed to protect masses, which is evident from unabated incidents of target killings, forced disappearances and dumped dead bodies. He asserted that such a government has no right to remain in power therefore it shall resign forthwith. He was addressing a rally for Baloch missing persons here in front of Quetta Press Club on Wednesday. He observed that there is absolutely no difference in the military rule and incumbent so called democratic government rather cruelties on Balochs have increased under the PPP regime. ZCZC Our nation needs a system overhaul: Lashkari QUETTA: PPP leader, Senator Mir Haji Lashkari Raisani has stated that it is the top most duty of politicians, intellectuals, statesmen and social workers to save their societal system from complete destruction. He further said that our weakening system has become a time bomb therefore a complete system overhaul is required. He further said that continuation of obsolete system is not an option anymore therefore a new system based on principles of truth and reality must be put in place. ZCZC Rauf condemns abusive languages against Talal Bugti QUETTA: Rauf Babar, Spokesman for JWP Provincial President Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, has strongly condemned the use of abusive language against JWP President Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti by APML representative Barrister Saif in a private TV channel program the other day. He said that Nawabzada Talal Bugti is a prominent and respectable tribal and political leader of Balochistan therefore such abusive language against him is violations of tribal and social values and totally unacceptable. He demanded that media persons should not invite such ill mannered persons to their programs. ZCZC PPP rally condemns US resolution on Balochistan QUETTA: PPP took out a rally here on Wednesday to protest against the US congressional resolution on Balochistan. The rally was led by provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak and Abdul Qadir Sasoli whereas a large number of activists participated in the rally. The participants of the rally chanted slogans against America. They also carried banners and placards on which slogans against US and in favor of Pakistan were inscribed. The rally turned into a demonstration in front of Quetta Press Club where addressing the demonstrators, PPP leaders condemned the US congressional resolution and termed it direct interference in Pakistans internal matters. They also said that the resolution is an insult to the elected representatives of Balochistan. ZCZC Brahamdagh Bugti welcomes US resolution on Balochistan QUETTA:Supporting the US congressional bill on Balochistan, Baloch Republican Partys self-exiled chief Brahamdagh Bugti has welcomed all foreign intervention in the province whether it is by the US, NATO or India. America must intervene in Balochistan and stop the ethnic cleansing of Baloch people, said Brahamdagh, 30, as reporters listened with rapt attention to his telephonic address on Wednesday at the Quetta Press Club. We know that foreign countries have their personal interest but we must think of our greater interest. A resolution was introduced on February 17 by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and co-sponsored by two other congressmen in the US House of Representatives, calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch peoples right to self determination. The bill has outraged Pakistan and leaders and lawmakers have called it against the countrys sovereignty and an unwelcome intervention by the US. Baloch women, political leaders, activists, students, writers, poets, professors and intellectuals are being subjected to enforced disappearances and undergoing torture for years. Their mutilated bodies turn up daily. Under such circumstances, we will welcome the support of foreign countries, he said. We have been accused of getting support from India but the Baloch movement does not have any foreign support. However, we will welcome any support for independence. Balochistan, Pakistans least developed but largest province by area, has undergone a separatist insurgency since the countrys inception. The insurgency escalated into rampant violence after the 2006 murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the grandfather of Brahamdagh Bugti. The American resolution and committee formed for Balochistan is not against the sovereignty of Pakistan. Every country has the right to interfere or intervene [in anothers affairs] if there are state-sponsored human rights violations, he said. Sceptical of mainstream politicians and media attention to Balochistans affairs, Brahamdagh said the change of heart was rooted in apprehensions over Punjabs sovereignty. Pakistani politicians like Nawaz Sharif are now visiting Balochistan and inquiring about the plight of Baloch people. There are discussions and talks on TV channels and print media in recent days about Balochistan. Because they are now worried about the sovereignty of Punjab and [want] to protect Punjabs interest. If they were sincere, he said, they should have raised the issue of enforced disappearances, mutilated bodies of Baloch youth and leaders earlier. Reiterating his stance that there is violation of human rights in Balochistan by security forces and agencies, Brahamdagh said that Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had said that there was no military operation in the province and must stop denying the truth now. Brahamdagh pointed out that if the lawmakers believe that the situation in Dera Bugti, Kohlu and adjoining areas is normal, they should allow free access to the region for journalists, international humanitarian organisations and citizens. No negotiations When asked about an all-parties conference that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had announced over the crisis in Balochistan, Brahamdagh said that Baloch nationalist leaders will not join negotiations. One the one hand, they are calling an APC while on the other, they are brutally killing Baloch people and throwing their bullet-riddled, mutilated bodies, he said. Brahamdagh called on Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani to also join the Baloch movement, leaving behind their temporary and personal interest as they will not achieve anything but humiliation from supporting the Pakistani government. If they do not want to join the movement, they should resign from office and sit quietly because the Baloch movement is nearing its destination. Efforts are being made to unify the rank of Baloch leaders. When asked about the recent killing of his sister and niece in Karachi, Brahamdagh said that such brutalities will not compel him to withdraw or surrender from the struggle. He also lashed out at the ultra-conservative Difa-e-Pakistan Council, which has announced a public gathering on February 27 in solidarity with the Baloch people. Where were they when Baloch women, children and youth were being picked up and brutally killed by security forces? There is no influence of Jihadi elements in Balochistan. These religious parties are backed by security agencies, he said. ZCZC US resolution is interference in our internal matters: CM QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani has condemned the resolution tabled in US Congress in support of separatists in Balochistan and termed it as grave interference in Pakistans internal matters, violation of international laws and insult to Balochistans elected representatives. According to an official handout released here on Wednesday, Chief Minister expressed the hope that the resolution will be rejected by US congress with overwhelming majority because it has no legal or moral ground. He also demanded from US Administration to bar anti-Pakistan Senators and Congressmen from anti-Pakistan campaign and ask them to reject this resolution at the first place. He said a representative and elected government already exists in Balochistan and all the members were chosen by the people of their respective areas across the province. The resolution tabled in Congress is not only against the sovereignty of Pakistan but also it is an insult to the mandate of the people of Balochistan who sent their representatives after electing them during polls, he added. Chief Minster said he believes that parliamentary struggle is the only way of achieving national goals therefore all those who oppose parliamentary politics are not sincere with Baloch people rather they are misleading the common Balochs. He said target killing and destruction of educational institutions has inflicted irreparable loss to the province for which the anti-progress elements are responsible. ZCZC Gilani for social safety net for vulnerable ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday stressed that the next budget should focus on protection of vulnerable groups through control of inflation and social safety net programme. The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting where he was briefed by Advisor on Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on the preparation of upcoming budget. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr. Nadeem ul Haq and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development Division and the FBR were also present. Gilani appreciated the efforts of finance team and asked them to make a budget focusing economic stability, prudent fiscal policy and generation of economic opportunities for the youth. Despite global recession, the countrys economy has registered positive indicators as the exports have raised more than 7 percent, remittances more then one billion dollars per month and revenue collection by FBR during the first seven months remained about 26 percent more than the corresponding period of the last financial year. The meeting focused on four basic areas: overall state of the economy, expenditure management, revenue expansion and the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). It was highlighted that the projected growth rate in GDP is 3.6 percent. This will be attained despite the floods this year in the province of Sindh, increased transfers of revenue to provinces and challenges arising out of the global situation. On inflation, the Prime Minister was apprised that due to the right mix of policies inflation will be lower than the budgetary projection of 12 percent and the three prices index i.e. CPI, WPI and SPI are approaching single digit. Due to austerity measures and aggressive expenditure management, expenditures in the first seven months of the current fiscal year have been 53 percent as compared to the target of 58 percent which is 5 percent low. Overall position of the exports sectors shows that exports in the first seven months have been 14 billion dollars thus registering an increase of 7 percent as compared to the corresponding period of the previous financial year. The Prime Minister was briefed that remittances by the overseas Pakistanis remained at 7.4 billion dollars in the first seven months registering 21 percent increase. The briefing on revenue side highlighted the strong revenue collection so far amounting to Rs. 975 billion with an increase of 26 percent as compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. The target of Rs. 1952 billion for the current financial year is likely to be met due to the continuous expansion of the tax net and administrative efforts. The Prime Minister was apprised that PSDP of Rs. 300 billion will be met in its entirety and 100 percent utilization will be achieved. In the first seven months, Rs.221 billion have already been released to ensure continuity of development programme on the projects. The remaining amount will be released as per the law. The PSDP cover important projects such as Diamer-Basha Dam, Mangla Dam Raising Project, Neelum-Jhelum Project, Lowari Tunnel Project, several National Highways and vertical programmes in the social sector under the federal government which remained with the federation after the devolution process. ZCZC Senators express support for democracy ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Senators led by Leader of the Opposition in Senate, Senator Maulana Ghafoor Haidri, called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday and reiterated their support for democracy. In a meeting held at the Prime Minister House, the Senators appreciated the Prime Minister for his role in the passage of 20th Constitutional Amendment with overwhelming majority which would ensure free, fair and impartial elections in the country. The Senators also commended the Prime Minister for taking initiative on calling All Parties Conference on Balochistan to evolve consensus though collective wisdom aimed at bringing the estranged people to the mainstream politics in the country. The Prime Minister thanked the Senators for their support for the resolution of problems faced by the province of Balochistan. Other member of the delegation included, Senator and President of FPCCI, Haji Ghulam Ali and Senators Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah, Dr. Ismail Buledi and Abdul Rasheed. ZCZC Talks necessary for permanent, solid Pak-India ties: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday said talks are necessary for permanent and solid relations between India and Pakistan. Speaking at a reception in honour of Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar here at Prime Minister House, Gilani hoped that ongoing dialogue process with India will prove productive. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted his suggestion for initiation of peace talks, Gilani said adding, I respect Dr Manmohan Singh from the bottom of my heart and I share his desire for peace. The reception was attended by Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza and members of various political parties in the parliaments of Pakistan and India. The Prime Minister said that his government is committed to result oriented, constructive and productive engagement with India. He urged that India and Pakistan should work together for the poor people and against hunger, disease and poverty in the two countries. We should think about future of the people so they should have drinking water, health and education, he said adding relations between parliaments of the two countries can prove to be more strong. He stressed on more people to people contacts and exchange of parliamentary delegations. Governments come and go but love of people remains and your visit will pave way for strengthening relations between the people, he added. He said the present Pakistani parliament carried out a lot of legislation and the parliaments of the two countries can learn and exchange experiences with each other. The parliaments of the two countries share a lot of history, values and traditions, he added. The Prime Minister said he had also visited India as Speaker of National Assembly and Tourism Minister. He recalled his visit to India when he along with late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto attended the funeral of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said during his visits to India he developed friendship with a lot of Indian politicians. We dont forget old friends and keep in touch with them. Gilani reminisced about political struggle of his forefathers for the independence of India from Britain. He asked the Speaker Lok Sabha to convey his regards to Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Congress Party Sonia Gandhi. Speaking on the occasion, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza said the parliamentary groups of the two countries should frankly discuss all issues and work for alleviation of poverty and prosperity of people. We should divert resources for reduction in poverty and development and welfare of the people, she added. She said the importance of parliamentary diplomacy has increased and friendship groups of parliaments of the two countries should hold meetings twice a year to increase mutual understanding. Speaker Indian Lok Sabha Meira Kumar said she has brought a message of good wishes for the people of Pakistan from the people and the parliament of India. She said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilanis visit to India for watching cricket match in Mohali was a beautiful message of friendship for her country. She recalled the visit of Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza to India and said both of them could work together and build up their parliaments. Meira Kumar said the parliaments of Pakistan and India, in which different parties have representation, reflect will of more than a billion people. Parliament is the best forum to bring people of India and Pakistan together so that they can live in peace and harmony, she added. She said people of India desire a strong friendship with people of Pakistan. I will tell people of India that people of Pakistan reciprocate their desire for friendship, she remarked. She said the parliamentary groups of the two countries should meet frequently so that parliamentarians can learn from each other, share ideas and exchange experiences. She said the parliaments of Pakistan and India are not just buildings but have souls that reverberate. ZCZC Indian, Pakistani MPs agree to enhance regional cooperation ISLAMABAD: Indian and Pakistani parliamentarians on Wednesday agreed to work for ensuring the peace process and enhancing greater regional cooperation. Regional peace and cooperation was discussed during a meeting between the members of Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and visiting Indian parliamentarians, here at WPC Secretariat. Ten-member Indian delegation headed by Speaker of Lok Sabah, Smt. Meira Kumar, also visited the WPC secretariat, followed by the meeting with the members of Womens Parliamentary Caucus. The aim of the meeting was to provide greater opportunities of interaction between women parliamentarians of both countries and exchange experiences, expertise and good practices and advocate women empowerment. Speaker, Smt. Meira Kumar appreciated efforts of the WPC and its role in building consensus amongst all the stakeholders in legislation concerning the women. She was of the view that women of Pakistan and India have similar issues but over the past few years there has been a silent revolution where more women have been educated to empowers them and ensure better rights and opportunities. Dr. Nafisa Shah, Secretary WPC stated that women of both the countries should act as agents of change and play their role in transforming the dialogue process into reality. Trade and Visa opportunities for women of both the countries were the major points of discussion as a way forward. It was also agreed that exchange programs of parliamentarians, students, women entrepreneurs and researchers should be promoted to boost economic and social ties between both the countries. ZCZC PFGs vital for Pak-India bilateral ties ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) met with Indian parliamentary delegation on Wednesday at National Assembly Secretariat, parliamentarians of both sides agreed that the enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians could boost bilateral friendly ties. This was the first bilateral meeting of Pakistan-India PFG with the Indian Parliamentarians jointly chaired by MNA Qamar Zaman Kaira and MS. Meira Kumar, Speaker Indian Lok Sabha, said a press release issued by National Assembly Secretariat here on Wednesday. It is pertinent to note that Speaker National Assembly is the President of Pak-India friendship group in the National Assembly, who has nominated Qamar Zaman Kaira PFG as Convener. It was agreed that dialogue was the only way forward in addressing the contentious issues between both the countries and peace is the only way to regional prosperity and harmony. Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Pakistan and India not only share boundaries but were intertwined in bonds of culture, history and heritage. He said that both the countries shared common problems, therefore, a common strategy needed to be forged to address those problems. He said that regular interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries was the only way forward for normalizing bilateral relations. Qamar Zaman Kaira further said that Pakistan has been victim of terrorism and the terrorism which pose threat to the region. Parliamentary Friendship group can play a key role in the promotion of peace, progress and prosperity of both the countries, Qamar Zaman Kaira added. Speaker Lok Sabha, Mrs. Meira Kumar reciprocating to the remarks of the Convener PFG, said that it was indeed a pleasure to visit Pakistan and she had brought with her message of good-will, friendship, peace and prosperity for the people of Pakistan. She said that relationship between both the countries was not confined to politics and trade alone; rather these were based on emotional and cultural grounds. She agreed that regular interaction between parliamentarians and people of both the countries would remove misperceptions against each other and create better understanding. She said that people of India wish to see cordial relations between both the countries. She said that all the contentious issues needed to be resolved through dialogue. Members of the meeting from either side expressed satisfaction over the recent developments in the relations between Pakistan and India. Referring to the economic and commercial ties between Pakistan and India, Parliamentarians said that immense economical potential exists in both the countries, which needed to be exploited for mutual benefit of both the nations. The parliamentarians insisted on more trade between Pakistan and India. The meeting was first of its kind in which parliamentarians of both the countries met together and discussed areas of concerns existing between the two countries on the invitation of the Speaker National Assembly. The meeting held between the two countries in a very friendly and soft environment. Qamar Zaman Kaira on behalf of Pakistan-India PFG group extended invitation to the members of India-Pakistan friendship group. The Lok Sabha Speaker was presented with souvenir by Qamar Zaman Kaira. The Meeting was attended by MNAs Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari, Hamayun Saifullah Khan, Kashmala Tariq, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Nawab Yousaf Talpur, Nadeem Afzal Chand, Shakeela Khanam Rashid, Sabeen Rizvi and Pir Aftab Shah Jeelani. ZCZC Magsi hails political leaders role for polio eradication QUETTA: Balochistan minister and member National Task Force on polio Begum Shama Perveen Magsi welcomed the role of political parties leaders to eradicate dreaded polio virus from Balochistan. All-out efforts were being made to ensure complete eradication of polio virus from the province till the end of 2012, she said while addressing a high level meeting held at Civil Secretariat to review the government endeavors against the crippling disease here on Wednesday. Balochistan health secretary, Commissioners Quetta, Sibi, Zhob and Naseerabad, representatives of UNICEF, Rotary Club, WHO, DGPR and political leaders including Usman Kakar of PkMAP and Dr Ishaq Baloch of National Party were present on the occasion.She deplored that polio situation in Pakistan mainly in Balochistan had been worst during the 2011. It is appreciable that the leaders of political parties are playing their pivotal role to sensitize the masses about the menace of polio, she added. She said that it was our combine responsibility to educate people in our circle and apprised them about the hazards of polio virus. Usman Kakar and Dr Ishaq called for taking stern action against those parents who are reluctant to administer anti-polio drops to their children below the age of five. Opinion leaders of the society including scholars, tribal elders and teachers should come forward and educate people about the crippling disease which can affect any child in any area, they maintained. ZCZC Vice Chancellor UoB stresses need for promotion of local languages QUETTA: Vice Chancellor University of Balochistan Professor Dr Abdul Nabbi on Wednesday stressed need for promotion of local languages and said that Balochistan had ample unexplored opportunities for scholars about local languages. Addressing a seminar organized by Pashto Department to mark International Mother Language Day, the VC underlined the role of Balochistan University in various spheres of life especially local languages and urged the students to take advantage of available resources and facilities for the promotion of local culture and languages.He also emphasized on continuation of such activities which would prove helpful for students in research and studies. Dr Naseebullah, Professor Manzoor Baloch, Professor Khaleel Bawar and others also expressed their views on the subject. Provincial President Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Sardar Osman Kakar, Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai and other dignitaries attended the seminar. ZCZC Man injured in Nushki firing NUSHKI: Unknown armed men shot and injured a man when he resisted bid of snatching his motorbike here on Tuesday night. According to police, the victim identified as Shair Jan Badeni was on his way home riding a motorcycle when armed bandits intercepted and opened fire at him as he offered resistance bid of looting his bike. Later, armed robbers took away his bike, cash, mobile phone and valuables. The injured was rushed to the nearby hospital for medical aid. Police registered a case and started investigation. ZCZC All options open: Saifullah LAHORE: PML (like minded) chief Senator Saleem Saifullah made it clear that if Nawaz Sharif did not give a final shape to alliance, they might consider other options, including electoral alliance with the PPP, Q-League or the PTI. Talking to reporters, he said a process of dialogue with the PML-N had been in progress for the last six months,but no positive development had so far been achieved for alliance. Our members are joining other parties and we can not wait anymore, he said. Replying to a question, he said a final round of talks with the PML-N leadership would be held in the next week. ZCZC Empowerment of women key to national development: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the government is committed to empowerment of women in line with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto. He said that the various pro-women legislative enactments passed by the present Parliament would not only improve the lot of women but also make them stakeholders in the political process of the country. The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to Ms. Faryal Talpur, MNA, who met him at the PM House on Wednesday. The Prime Minister said that the women were 51 percent component of the entire population and their effective participation in national affairs would accelerate the process of development in the country. The Prime Minister further said that it was during the dispensation of the present democratic government that the Pakistani expatriates got the right to vote. Their participation in the political process would ensure their effective and meaningful say in the matters of national importance. Ms. Faryal Talpur MNA appreciated the Prime Minister on passage of the 20th Amendment with overwhelming majority by the Senate as well. She said that the Amendment would bring much-needed political stability in the country and also strengthen democratic system. She also applauded the Prime Minister for his successful endeavour which led the 3.7 million strong Pakistani expatriates to get the right of vote by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Remittances by the overseas Pakistanis amounting to $ 1 billion a month is a great source of strength for the countrys economy, the Prime Minister acknowledged. ZCZC Relationship with US critical for democracy in Pakistan: Sherry Rehman ISLAMABAD: Pakistans ambassador to United States Sherry Rehman said Pakistan and United States need a mature relationship, critical for democracy in her country. In an article in the latest issue of Newsweek, Sherry Rehman was quoted as saying, It is time that this (Pakistan-US) relationship matured. The writeup says Pakistans new ambassador brings glamour to her critical post, along with a willingness to play hardball. Sherry Rehman embodies the beauty and the boldness of her friend and mentor, Benazir Bhutto. Rehman acknowledges that the U.S. relationship is critical to democracy and the new Pakistan she hopes to build. I for one am known for speaking truth to power, she says, a quality that has gotten her where she is, and that will be tested not only in Washington but also in Islamabad. And if anyone can bridge what she called the cognitive dissonance between these two nations, it might be Rehman, the magazine said. And while its not her intention to bring a victim narrative to Washington, Rehman served notice that her embassy will make public a weekly scorecard on Pakistani casualties, civilian and military, suffered in the effort to combat terrorism. They are quite shocking, she said, and the staggering numbers should lower expectations about her countrys ability to degrade, defeat, and destroy terrorists, and generate some understanding on the part of its U.S. ally, about what the first democratically elected government elected in some years is facing. The article said Rehman arrives in Washington at a time when the relationship between the two capitals is especially strained. U.S. military aid to Pakistan has been suspended, and the Pakistani Parliament is conducting a review of relations with the U.S. and NATO in the wake of a deadly cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. It was indeed shocking to see the flag-draped bodies martyred in the line of active duty at the hands of our allies, Rehman told an audience last Wednesday at the Institute of Peace in Washington. In the absence of an immediate apology, the tragic event caused widespread protests in Pakistan. While the incident left a strong mark, Rehman contended it was not the sole motive for Pakistans call for a strategic rethink. A reset was needed. The relationship, she said, has been freighted on both sides with too much hyperbole, with the marriage metaphor and its extremes of love and hate, and divorce, no longer useful. Educated in the U.S. at Smith College, Rehman started her career in journalism and is the former editor of Pakistans leading news magazine, The Herald. She was a close adviser and protege of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while campaigning for prime minister, a post she had held twice before. Like Bhutto, Rehman is an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of women and the rights of minorities. The womens power grid is very strong, and I intend to work that to my advantage, she told the audience of diplomats and foreign-policy professionals. Noting that she has a rather unusual profile for an ambassador to the U.S. from her country, former Bush national-security adviser Stephen Hadley asked Rehman whether what shes doing, and the risks shes taking, are worth it or a hopeless task, given the fact that the trend seems to be running so clearly against the issues she is most identified with. He recalled meeting with her in Karachi, where for a time she couldnt leave her house for fear of losing her life. She calls her new post a red-eye job, given our time difference and the predilection for crisis. But she wants people to understand Pakistan is not just about bombs and bullets. It is the sixth-most populous country in the world, with the largest youth population anywhere. It is a hugely diverse country ethnically, linguistically, and religiously, and most of us live in peace with each other, she said. The last good and lasting positive memory of the U.S. was the humanitarian aid airlifted into the country after a devastating earthquake in 2005. She pointed out that the European Union, with its far more complex structure of laws, has granted Pakistan favored trade status, while the U.S. imposes $ 360 million in tariffs on Pakistani textiles each year. The question is, what is our biggest ally doing for us as we stand on the front lines? she says. ZCZC Memo Commission records initial testimony of Ijaz's via video link ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission probing the Memo Issue on Wednesday recorded the initial testimony of Mansoor Ijaz via video link at Pakistan High Commission in London and adjourned its further proceedings till Thursday. The commission also directed Ijaz to produce correspondence between Research in Motions Company (RIM) and him about the waving of privacy right for retrieving data of Black Berry messages (BBMS). The commission headed by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Issa and comprising Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and Sindh High Court Chief Justice Musheer Alam, conducted the proceedings of the memo issue at Islamabad High Court. During proceedings, Ijaz told the commission about the memo that how it was conveyed to him and sent to former National Security Advisor of United States, General James Jones. He also showed his black berry set which was used in the conversation between Haqqani and him (Mansoor). Mansoor Ijaz told the commission that according to his understanding RIM used to remove data of BBMS after every three months and data would not be available even after authorization. However, Attorney General for Pakistan, Molvi Anwarul Haq apprised the commission that without verification of forensic expert the evidence of electronic devices is not admissible under the law of evidence. He also informed the commission that Canadian Blackberry Company Research in Motions (RIM), has refused to provide details of communication between Mansoor Ijaz and Hussain Haqqani. The Commission would hear the applications of Zahid Hussain Bokhari Counsel for Husain Haqqani on Thursday regarding cross examination of Mansoor's testimony in London and forensic verification of evidences. It is pertinent to mention here that Secretary Memo Commission Raja Jawad Abbas was present at Pakistan High Commission in London and verified every document which was produced by Mansoor Ijaz during the proceedings. ZCZC Pak-China friendship based on mutual trust: Naek ISLAMABAD: Acting President Farooq H. Naek on Wednesday said that Pakistan-China friendship is based on complete mutual trust and respect, it is an all-weather and time-tested relationship. Talking to a high level delegation of former chinese Envoys to Pakistan at Parliament House, he said Pakistan and China enjoy complete convergence of views on all bilateral, regional and international issues. Talking about Pakistan's level of commitment to China, Naek said that Pakistan fully supports China on all its core issues including Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang and we are firmly opposed to any attempts to undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "We unequivocally condemn the ETIM (East Turkmenistan Independence Movement) and assure China of our fullest cooperation in countering and defeating it," he reaffirmed. Expressing his sentiments regarding China's support to Pakistan said, "we are grateful for China's steadfast support for Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity". The former Chinese Ambassador Zhou Gang leading the delegation said: "We consider Pakistan as our second home and we Chinese are fond of trustworthy and reliable relation that exist between China and Pakistan," Naek said that all former Chinese diplomats to Pakistan are our old friends and we warmly welcome you here once again. Deliberating on Pakistan's support to China, Chinese Ambassador added "China's cause is Pakistan's cause and likewise is also true. This shows the level of our friendship, engagement and commitment, Pakistan acted as a bridge for reaching to the west after 1989 incident when China was ostracized as well as development of good relations with Saudi Arabia. Our old brotherly relation is unique and exemplary in the sense that in International arena having such relation existing between the two countries is rare and unforeseen". He also expressed his best wishes for Ex-Chairman Senate Waseem Sajjad and appreciated his role for strengthening Pak-China relation. The Acting President while talking about Afghanistan and our region". Naek emphasized the need that both Pakistan and China should continue to consult on matters relating to Afghanistan. He told the former Ambassador that we are cooperating with Afghanistan in counter terrorism efforts, drug and border management responding the Chines Envoy said, "At this very crucial juncture for attaining peace in Afghanistan and beyond by 2014, Pakistan should play due important role in the whole process keeping in view its national interest as well. Long lasting Afghan solution can only be reached with Pakistan's assistance and support". Talking about Pakistan's sacrifices in eradication of terrorism and extremism for regional and international peace,Naek said that Pakistan has offered great sacrifices as our great leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed lost her life to an act of terrorism. Likewise our minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Governor Salman Taseer gave their lives alongwith 30000 innocent civilians and 5000 army and law enforcing agencies personnel. Chinese delegation appreciated Pakistan's sacrifices for the sake of regional and world peace. The Acting President appreciated China's support for Pakistan's socio- economic development and stressed the need to further enhance our cooperation in energy sector, infrastructure, agriculture and water management and other fields in order to generate employment and increase growth rate of Pakistan and bolster the economy. Naek also stressed the need for enhancing people to people contacts to generate better understanding on matters of mutual interest for ultimate peace and prosperity of people of the two nations. Ambassador Zhou Gang assured the Acting President further new avenues of cooperation for deepening our engagements is indeed need of the hour and both sides must take our strategic relationship to new heights. Naek expressed his satisfaction that our bilateral trade crossed the US $ 10 billion mark last year and there is dire need to fully exploit the existing trade potential between two countries to the benefit of people of both the countries. While talking about Pak-China friendly ties, he said that we are extremely satisfied with our interaction last year when we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties. The seven member delegation of former Chinese Envoys to Pakistan included former Chinese Ambassador Zhou Gang (leader) Prof. Tang Mengsheng, Ambassador Lu Shulin, Mr. An Qiguang, Ms. Bingjum, Mr. Pang Rongqian and Ms. Tian Yan. ZCZC KP Assembly condemns US Congress resolution PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has strongly condemned the recent resolution of American Congress regarding Balochistan, declaring it as a conspiracy against sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. Tabling the condemnation resolution senior Provincial ministers Bashir Bilour and Rahimdad Khan and MPAs Javed Abassi Mufti Kafayatullah, Hafiz Akhtar Ali, Akram Khan Durrani, Hajji Qalandar Lodhi Sikandar Sherpao and Abdul Sattar Khan, strongly condemned use of such poisonous , objectionable and controversial words in the US Congress resolution like extra-judicial murders of Baloch, and ethnic discrimination of Baloch. Declaring the resolution as an open interference in Pakistans affairs, they said that it was USAs retaliation for their forced vacating of Shamsi Airbase and barring NATO/ISAF supplies by Pakistani government. Earlier, supporting the KP resolution, PML-Ns Javed Abassi expressed great displeasure over the discriminating American Congressional resolution and termed it nothing short of American conspiracy to harm nuclear assets. JUIs Kafayatullah said that the entire nation was paying for misdeeds of former president Musharraf, and said that despite the fact that USA and Afghan were the only party to war against terrorism, yet Pakistan with 40,000 martyred and losses worth $ 70 billion was the only one to suffer immensely. Among others PML-Qs Qalandar Lodhi, and senior Provincial minister Bashir Bilour also lambasted American Congressional resolution. ZCZC Foreign hand behind Balochistan situation: Haideri Islamabad: Opposition leader in Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has said that foreign hand is involved in deteriorating the condition in Baluchistan, if federation would not take serious and correct measures, then the affairs would be further declined. He was speaking to a luncheon hosted by JUI-F to newly elected office bearers of National Press Club here on Wednesday. He said that the briefing of Interior Minister Rehman Malik to Sindh Assembly was based on assumptions whereas he should disclose the sensitive issues. Nobody believes that Benazir was killed for only few million rupees. He said that a favorable ground may be prepared before inviting the Baluch leadership on negotiation table to resolve the Baluchistan issue politically. The political parties of Baluchistan do not desire independence but want the compensation of injustice done to them. There is not any division between Baluch and Pakhtuns in Baluchistan. He said that the continuous visits of the US ambassador to Baluchistan is the matter of concern for the whole nation. The JUI-F would continue its efforts for the independence of the media, Haidri added. ZCZC Govt boosting peoples living standard: Shahbaz LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that government is pursuing the policy of raising the living standard of masses through information technology whereas communication technology has greatly helped in good governance in various sectors. He disclosed that Daanish Technical University is being started from April 02 in the provincial metropolis for the promotion of information technology. He was talking to Director of Microsoft Jeffrey Avina, here on Wednesday. Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Secretary Higher Education and representatives of Microsoft Pakistan were also present on the occasion. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that provincial government has connected the youth with the digital world through its comprehensive steps. He said that computer labs have been set up in government schools. He said that free laptops are being provided to the students so that the knowledge of the Pakistani youth could be broadened and they could gain information about latest developments in the world. He said that present government is endeavoring for improving its services by utilizing digital technology so that maximum people could be benefited. Terming the Punjab IT lab project as a milestone, the Chief Minister said that the desire for acquisition of knowledge by the students belonging to poor families has enhanced due to access to Internet and now these students are keeping themselves abreast with the changes happening in the world. He said that the education of international standard in information technology and computer sciences as well as latest technologies will be imparted in Daanish Technical University for producing experts in different sectors in Pakistan. Director of Microsoft Jeffrey Avina, while talking on this occasion said that there is a great potential in Punjab province and its youth are talented who can be empowered through computer technology. Secretary Higher Education informed that Punjab government is distributing one lakh ten thousand laptops among talented students so that Pakistani students could be helpful in setting up a knowledge-based society. ZCZC Excessive use of lipstick harmful ISLAMABAD: Excessive use of lipstick is harmful and may cause many skin related problems including cancer in women. According to a report of a private television channel,a women consumes aproximately three kgs of lipstick while drinking and eating in their daily routine and these dangerous chemicals cause cancer while entering the human body. Lipsticks contain chemicals such as Coaltar and lead which makes human body vulnerable different diseases particularly cancer,it added. Coaltar is a carcinogen that is linked to fertility issues as well as to allergies and skin irritations while health problems associated with lead ingestion are brain damage and behavior abnormalities to new borns. Lead is very dangerous for pregnant women and children under the age of six years old. Major sources of lead, such as lead based paints and solder, have been restricted since the awareness of the effects of lead has increased. Some red lipsticks contain lead at very low levels as a red colour additive. Very high lead exposure has been linked to impaired reproduction and behavioural, learning and language difficulties, the report concluded. ZCZC Bill to declare provincial languages as national demanded ISLAMABAD: Participants of National Language Conference emphasized on early passage of a bill to declare provincial languages as national languages. The conference was arranged by Sindhi Adabi Sangat (SAS) in collaboration with National Language Authority (NLA) to mark International Mother Language Day. The participants demanded for conducting official work of provincial assemblies in local languages besides declaring mother languages study must till primary level in private educational institutes and upto matric in government institutes. Member National Assembly, Nawab Yousaf Talpur as chief guest on the occasion said that the local languages after getting the status of national language would help bring progress and prosperity in the country. He said a bill to give provincial languages a status of national language will be passed soon. Highlighting the importance of mother language in history and culture of people, Jami Chandio from Sindh stressed the need for preserving endangered languages as they are best vehicles of mutual understanding and tolerance which ensure peaceful coexistence. Many countries have more than one national language, he said while citing the example of Othopia where more than one languages were declared as national languages and it has become very stable country economically. Presiding over the conference, Secretary General Sindhi Adabi Sangat, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Phull shared his view points for promotion of mother languages at national level and asked for introducing the concept of early education in the mother tongue. Secretary SAS, Sarwan Chandio in his welcome address said the conference was arranged for the first time in the history of the country where intellectuals and politicians has come to highlight the issues related to mother languages. He said that mother languages should be given the status of national languages whether its speakers are only one or two in numbers because when a language dies, it results in a death of a culture. Another member SAS, Ali Qazi said that Sindhi community has always come forward for preservation of mother languages as a child learn it from his mother and starts talking in his mother tongue when he utters first word. According to the UNSECO Half of the 6,800 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing before the century ends, a process that can be slowed only if urgent action is taken by governments and speaker communities. The mother language, in which the first words are uttered and individual thought expressed, is the foundation for the history and culture of each individual. Moreover, it has been proven that children learn best when they are instructed in their mother language during their first years at school, UNESCO said. There are 250 languages whose speakers are less than one million, however, 3000 languages also exist which have less than 250 speakers. One language dies after every 10 days, the UNESCO report said. Speaking on the occasion, Zai-ur-Rehman Baloch said a child learns his native language (mother language) with ease and children are more fluent in their native languages. He said mother language must be taught at primary level to increase literacy rate because english is the language of science and technology which can be learned at later stage. Another speaker, Wahid Buzdar said all the local languages should be given equal status and not be discriminated on the basis of the numbers of speakers and popularity. The best way to preserve a language is to associate with a business, authority or make it common among all as its comprehension would help survive in the communities, he said. Renowned Punjabi writer, Hameed-ul-allah Hashmi and Sarang Chandio also shared their views on the occasion. The participants adopted a joint resolution for declaring all provincial languages as national language and making mother language studies compulsory at primary level. They also called for establishing universities and colleges at federal level following the pattern of Federal Urdu University. ZCZC Drink coffee to cut diabetes risk ISLAMABAD: Previous researches suggested that drinking coffee cuts diabetes risk but there were conflicting results on whether it protects or promotes chronic diseases such as cancer. Now, a team in Europe claims to have found that moderate consumption of coffee everyday may lower a persons chances of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those drinking it occasionally or not at all. In fact, drinking coffee can cut the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 30 per cent, says the study which has also revealed that the drink does not increase the risk of heart disease or cancer, the Daily Mail reported. For their study, the researchers recruited 42,659 people. The volunteers, who took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Germany, were followed up for almost nine years on average. During that time, there were 1,432 cases of type 2 diabetes diagnosed, 394 heart attacks, 310 strokes cases and 1,801 cancer cases. Drinking more than four cups of coffee a day: caffeinated and decaffeinated: compared with less than one cup was not linked to a higher risk of developing a chronic disease, the findings revealed. A lower risk of 20-30 per cent of developing type 2 diabetes was linked to moderate consumption of both kinds of coffee, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Ten countries contribute to the EPIC study, including two centres in Germany which carried out the latest analysis. Euan Paul of British Coffee Association said: This study adds to the growing scientific data that suggests moderate coffee consumption, four to five cups of coffee per day, is safe and does not increase risk of chronic diseases. ZCZC PNCA holds Mehfil-e-Milad for females ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organized Mehfil-e-Milad for females here Wednesday in connection with in connection with Holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal. PNCA and Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, invited renowned Naat Khawan from TV and Radio to present Naat-e-Rasool-e-Maqbool (PBUH) and Darood-o-Salam while intellectual women also spoke on Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH). They highlighted the significance of the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal and its importance for Muslims and prayed for progress, peace and prosperity of the country. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stressed on tolerance, understanding and respect for humanity and such occasions give an opportunity to the Muslims for recalling the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH), they said. They said the entire life of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is a beacon and worthy of emulation as His personality is characterized by attributes of sympathy, generosity, bravery, mercifulness and hospitality which brought about a social and spiritual revolution in the world. Among Naat Khawan females, Noor Fatima, Aqsa Kanwal, Aroosa, Mehjabeen, Rizwana Khan, Amna, Asma, Ruqaiyyah, Memoona Mushtaq, Tanveer Zahra and others presented Naat and Darood-o-Salam. While students of Margalla College, Hummak College Model Town Sihala, Islamabad Model College for Girls F, 6-1 nd F 6-2, and Bahria College also participated. An official of PNCA said that PNCA keeping its traditions alive, organize various programmes to mark the Holy months throughout the year and seek blessings and peace for mankind, solidarity among Muslim Ummah and prosperity of the country. ZCZC National Skill Strategy to help effectively arrest menace of unemployment ISLAMABAD: National Skill Strategy will help mitigate the unemployment burden on the economy as well as society in a substantial manner besides opening up new avenues of economic headway for the country. The strategy devised by putting in concerted efforts and diligence, is aimed at earning foreign exchange by sending skilled labor against the demand from diverse countries, revealed documents of NAVTEC. The National Skill Strategy has been developed within a short span of 18 months with the cooperation and extensive consultation of assorted stakeholders including local and international experts, relevant ministries, and provincial governments, training providers, private sector associations and chambers of commerce. The National Skill Strategy has been carved out for the first time in the nations history by NAVTEC under the dynamic leadership of its Chairman Adnan A Khawaja. The National Vocational and Technical Education Commission is the countrys apex body which offers policy direction and regulate and coordinate Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector. Youth aging from 15 to 40 years, are virtually a gold mine and precious asset which should be exploited properly to achieve raison detre of economic prosperity and fast economic development. National Skill Strategy 2009-13 will help retrieve the country out of woods by imparting skill and vocational training to the unemployed youth. In keeping with the present democratic dispensations policy, NAVTEC is giving heed to the youth and neglected populace by offering short term skill development project under the Prime Ministers Hunarmand Pakistan Programme, and the Presidents Funni Maharrat Progamme for uncovered Tehsils across the country with the cooperation of the provincial governments. As many as 1,00,000 youth were imparted training during the tenure of Adnan A Khawaja as chairman. National Skill strategy proposes a paradigm shift from curricula based education to competency based training besides envisioning provision of relevant skill for industrial and economic development improvement of access, equity and employability and assurance of quality through an integrated approach. The strategy has proposed 21 strategic initiatives to translate this vision into viable reforms, gradually transforming the sluggish economic regime into vibrant and buoyant economic system. Soon after assuming charge Adnan A Khawaja reconstituted NAVTEC board of directors, having powers to approve development projects. He took members from private sector. He also established institutional linkages with international organization of repute for producing quality manpower. He was instrumental in twinning of seven Pakistani institutes with seven institutions of United Kingdom and also expanded to facilitate the unemployed youth. ZCZC Renowned poet Josh Maliahabadi remembered ISLAMABAD: Renowned Pakistani poet Josh Malihabadi, who is termed as poet of revolution, was remembered remembered on his death anniversary on Wednesday. Josh Malihabadi was born as Shabbir Hasan Khan on 5th December 1898 in Malihabad which was, at that time, part of British India. He adopted the name Josh and later Josh Malihabadi (Josh of Malihabad). He studied at St Peters College in Agra and later at Tagores University. As well as English and Urdu and the other standard subjects of the day he also studied Arabic and Persian. In 1925, he was a translator at Osmania University in Hyderabad but was subsequently exiled for writing against the Nizam of Hyderabad. Following his exile, he became publisher and editor of the Urdu magazine Kaleem in which he openly advocated independence from British rule. His fame soon spread and he became known as Shaayar-e-Inquilaab (Poet of the Revolution). His obvious political ideas earned him the friendship of the leaders of the day, especially Jawaharlal Nehru (later to be the first Prime Minister of India). Following the granting of independence, he edited a magazine Aaj-Kal but he became dissatisfied with the status of the Urdu language in India feeling that it was being swamped by Hindi and he emigrated to Pakistan in 1958 against the protests of Nehru. Josh had a masterful command of Urdu and was quite passionate about its usage. The first collection of his poetry was published in 1921. His books include Shola-o-Shabnam, Junoon-o-Hikmat, Fikr-o-Nishaat, Sunbal-o-Salaasal, Harf-o-Hikaayat, Sarod-o-Kharosh & Irfaniyat-e-Josh (all Urdu titles). Josh died on 22nd February 1982 in Islamabad . ZCZC HEC to announce ranking of universities today ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will announce the ranking of Pakistani universities on the basis of quality teaching and research produced by the higher education institutions from across the country on February 23 (Thursday). The ranking of the universities, specifically done according to categorization of major disciplines, will be announced at a press conference. The primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to share with the general public a comprehensive data on the key issues that determine the state of higher education in a particular institution. Ranking is a quality indicator and this information will help shed light on key indicators of higher education institutions in the country to allow students, parents, potential employers and all other stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding higher education institutions. It will also provide a transparent mechanism to universities on how they compare against their peers, and will inculcate a spirit of competition to raise the standard of education. The activity will also help promote a culture of participation in the world university rankings, which will help significantly in reflection of Pakistans higher education development at the international level. Ranking criteria for the universities include students intake as well as graduates produced at BS, MS and PhD levels, number of qualified faculty members, student-teacher ratio, quality of research produced and published in journals of international repute, physical and technological infrastructure, international collaborations, resource generation and sports facilities. ZCZC Committee formed to resolve regularization of employees issue in NADRA : Rehman ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik on Wednesday said a committee has been constituted to resolve matter regarding regularization of contract employees in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Secretary Interior is heading the committee while other members of the committee are Chairman NADRA, Deputy Chairman of NADRA and General Manager, Human Resource of the Authority. The committee would review issues in NADRA, prepare its recommendations and submit its report within fifteen days, he said. He was chairing a meeting held here to review performance of NADRA, problems of its employees and projects of the Authority. Rehman Malik said hard work of NADRA employees has made the organization one of the best in the world and added the government realizes problems of employees and it would utilize all its resources to resolve them at the earliest. He said regularization of contract employees is part of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)s manifesto and asked the employees to work with more dedication for further improvement of their organization. The Minister said he has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take action against those, who are sitting outside NADRA offices and creating problems. ZCZC Two Pos and nine outlaws arrested ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police have arrested two proclaimed offenders and nine other outlaws for their alleged involvement in bootlegging, theft and keeping fake currency, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ishaq from Aabpara police arrested Yasir Ayaz for having 30 bore pistol and one dagger while ASI Muhammad Usman from Kohsar police arrested two mobile thieves Sadam and Shamashad besides recovering stolen mobiles from them. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ejaz from Tarnol police nabbed Tasneem Bibi for having 420 gram hashish. Sub-Inspector Shafqat Mehmud from Sabzi Mandi police arrested Shahid Yusuf and recovered fake currency worth Rs. 50,000 from him. On a tip off, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ali from CIA police arrested Naveed Ilyas and recovered 30 wine bottles from him while Sub-Inspector Sher Muhammad nabbed a dacoit Sultan Mehmud. Sub-Inspector Muneer Ahmed from Sihala police arrested two thieves Adeel and Nabil. ASI Zafar Iqbal from Kohsar police nabbed a proclaimed offender Imdad Hussain while ASI Zulfiqar Ali from Shalimar police arrested another proclaimed offender Yusuf Zeeshan. Both of them were wanted to police for their involvement in various crime cases of heinous nature. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Yousuf Malik has appreciated this performance and directed all police officials to intensify patrolling and vigilance in their respective areas. ZCZC Improved law & order helps decrease target killings ISLAMABAD: The target and sectarian killings have seen gradual decrease during last one year due to the initiatives taken by the authorities to improve law and order situation in the country. No case of target killing has been registered from January 1 to November 30 last year in Punjab province, says a data available with this Agency. Similarly, in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) no incident of target killing has been reported during the period. The data shows that the situation in Sind has also improved as compared to the previous years of 2010 and 2011. During last two years 284 persons were arrested and 449 were detected and challaned. Of the total arrested 64 persons were arrested during 2010 and 115 were detected and challaned while during 2011, 220 were arrested and 334 were challaned in Sindh. The data said in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, target killing is still continued and the major reason behind killings is Sectarian in nature. The target killings in Balochistan seems to have been adopted as a change of tactics by the terrorists. The data said terrorist incidents seemed to have been carried out more for harassment than causing casualties, consequently, there were bomb blasts on unfrequented roads and streets and rockets landing in open areas or wilderness causing little casualties. From last six months, there is gradual decrease in target and sectarian killings in the province and this is all because of government initiatives for improvement of law and order situation. As per data, at present the target killing in the province has not been ended but is controlled to some extant because of the measures taken by the provincial government. In AJK territory, no target killing case has been reported so far. About the reasons, the data said these were recent demographic changes, ethnicity, sectarianism, and factional in-fighting. The other reasons were clashes between Land and Bhatta Mafia, deep mistrust among the ethnic groups, family enmity, business rivalry, acquisition of land through unfair means, spreading of terrorism within the country by the militants to destabilize law & order situation. ZCZC Contestants may retire a day before polling for Senate elections ISLAMABAD: Contestants, desiring to retire from the upcoming Senate elections, may submit a written notice to the Returning Officer for retirement, till 1200 hours on March 01, 2012. Ishtiak Ahmad Khan, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan has drawn attention of the contesting candidates for Senate Elections to the provision of Rule 7A of the Senate (Election) Rules, 1975. This rule provides,a contesting candidate may, by notice in writing signed by him and delivered to the Returning Officer by 12 Noon on the day immediately preceding the polling day, either in person or by an agent authorized by him in writing in this behalf retire from the election. This rule further provides; a notice under sub-rule (1) shall, in no circumstances, be open to recall or cancellation. On receiving a notice of retirement under sub-rule (1), the Returning Officer shall, if he is satisfied that the signature on the notice is that of the candidate, cause a copy of the notice to be affixed at some conspicuous place in his office and thereupon such candidate shall cease to be a contesting candidate. The Secretary Election Commission has stated that in view of these provisions of law, the candidate for election to Senate from all the four Provinces for all four categories of seats as well as from federal capital for a general seat and a seat reserved for Technocrats including Ulema and FATA for four general seats, can retire from contest within the stipulated period. ZCZC Children folk games of Pakistan documented for future generations ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa here Wednesday launched a documentation of children folk games of Pakistan to preserve the traditional game culture for future generations. The documentation is merged with folk games of Norway and launched with title Children Folk Games of Pakistan and Norway under the Joint Institutional Cooperation (JIC) Programme between the two countries. Lok Virsa in collaboration with Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) published the book that contains twenty four folk games along with description, number of players, preparations, steps and rules required for each game. It also comprises sketches and photographic representations so as to facilitate the readers to understand easily how to play these traditional games. Pakistani folk games include Langri pala (one-legged tiger), Kho kho (go go), Pitho garam (hot potato), Kokla chhapaki (hide the whip), Geetay (pick up pebbles), Chhupan chhupai (hide n seek), Keekli (joy dance), Gulli danda (spindle n stick), Bantay (marbles), Oonch neech (high low), Kona kona (corner corner), Baraf pani (ice water), Laal pari (red fairy), Per patoonay (blind mans buff), Gamoona (long jump), Dast janokai (tab n run), Gitth gitth tappan (obstacles race), Nani re nani (granny o granny), Laatoo (the top), las pa sar (musical chairs), Stapu, Choori gwazi (bangles game), Cheech makro (guessing game) and Topay (snatch the cap). Norwegian games given in the publication are Kick the tin (hide n seek), Bro bro brille, paradise (hop scotch), Klinkekuler (marbles), Hoppe strikk (French skipping) and Hoppe tau (skipping). The introductory part gives the readers an idea that it is primarily a book written for children. However, it can also create interest in grownups, as all people cherish memories of childhood. The games introduced in the book will let children know that they belong to the broad fraternity of the children of the world. A reading of the book provides that games played by Norwegian and Pakistani children are almost the same. The game may have changed its name in case of Norwegian children who play them out in broad well paved streets, or playing fields, yet methods of playing game and its different stages have remain unchanged. Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration, Samina Khalid Ghurki, said This book is a great contribution by Lok Virsa in presenting beautiful memories of childhood of the people from both the friendly countries. This effort will serve to inculcate awareness in the children and the youth community about the indigenous folk games played in Pakistan and Norway. In my view by bringing out this book, Lok Virsa and Norwegian partners have performed the function of a bridge to create better knowledge and understanding of the people and cultures of the two countries, thousands of miles apart, yet sharing the same zeal of helping each other to promote global harmony and peace. Lok Virsa as an important component of the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, is doing a valuable service to the nation by documenting, preserving and promoting the tangible and intangible culture of Pakistan through various initiatives, activities and projects, she added. The democratic government of PPP is determined to support all initiatives that aim to benefit the rural folk and to project Pakistans magnificent cultural heritage at the national and international level, the minister maintained. Ghurki said, Pakistan and Norway enjoy very cordial and friendly relations that are enhancing day by day. The Norwegian contribution in the field of culture in Pakistan is highly praiseworthy. The on-going Joint Institutional Programme between Pakistan and Norway implemented by Lok Virsa and Norwegian Embassy is an example of this mutual cooperation. Addressing the ceremony, Cecilie Landsverk, Norwegian ambassador to Pakistan, said Childrens games represent a genuine culture which proves that we are not so different after all. Norwegian children love to play in the street, and have games suited for it, and so do Pakistani children and the children around the globe. Lok Virsas Executive Director Khalid Javaid, who is also a renowned folklorist and craft expert, said the book is for all ages as it brings back priceless memories of the past. The book is a welcome addition to all that Lok Virsa and Norwegian partners have done to develop better trust and understanding between our two friendly countries, he added. He said this effort would serve a long way in creating awareness among the youth community in understanding the cultural heritage of not only Pakistan and but also Norway where a large number of Pakistani community is residing and contributing to the development of Norway. ZCZC Japan provides US$ 97,210 for construction Vocational Training Centre ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government would provide financial support of US$ 97,210 (approx. Rs 8.2 million) to the Al-Shehbaz Tanzeem Khawateen for the construction of Women Vocational Training Centre in Tehsil Shigar Gilgit-Baltistan. The agreement for the project was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi OE and President of the NGO, Ms. Skina Bi here on Wednesday. The grant will be utilized for the construction of Training Centre and procurement of furniture and other required equipment for vocational training. The purpose of this project is to train women of the project area and its surroundings by offering different vocational training courses including sewing, beauty treatment, knitting, candle making and embroidery. It is expected that approximately 750 female will be trained annually at this center, enabling them to improve their income level and social status in the society with the newly acquired skills. Speaking on the occasion, Japanese Ambassador said that promoting vocational training was one of the priorities in Japans assistance policy for Pakistan. He expressed his hope that this project will provide an opportunity to the women in the area to earn and improve the living standard of their families. It is expected that this project will thus contribute in promoting active participation of women in the society. He said that such assistance by the government and people of Japan will further cement the existing friendly relation between the people of Japan and Pakistan. ZCZC Journalists training workshop on children issues held ISLAMABAD: Media persons from 22 news organizations have attended a day-long training workshop on promoting childrens voices and professional reporting about children issues. The training was organized here by Intermedia, a media development organization, with support of UNICEF. The training was the first one in a series of trainings, to be held in all the provincial capitals, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. Journalist students in different universities will also be provided trainings under this project. The training aimed at developing a thematic expertise over child right and protection issues. The participants were briefed over the Convention of Child Rights. They were encouraged to think outside the box and report in a proactive manner. Child sexual abuse and the medias reporting on abuse issues came under discussion. Reporters agreed that news and print media treat issues of such sensitive nature callously. Media policies, the trend of sensationalism and lack of resources were quoted as the main reasons for not filing stories on such issues. The participants pointed out that stories pertaining to child rights and protection issues are not given priority in the media. The child protection issues and rights that came under discussion included nutrition and health facilities, education, career choice, civil and political rights of children, identity issues for street children, child friendly laws and availability of child friendly places. The participants were encouraged to think about childrens issues proactively and go beyond the usual reactive reporting phase. Supporting material regarding different children rights and issues also distributed amongst the participants to help them report proactively about issues generally ignored by the media. The code of ethics for reporting about children also came under discussion and participants were encouraged to adopt the voluntary code when reporting about children. The code of ethics has been developed after detailed consultation with media managers, editors, journalist associations and related civil society organizations. ZCZC Workshop on Library Automation Package starts at PSF ISLAMABAD: A 5-day National Training Workshop on Library Automation Package KOHA, organized by Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), a subsidiary organization of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), started here on Wednesday at PSF. Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai was the chief guest while PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro presided over the inaugural ceremony of the workshop. Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Dr. Yasinzai stressed the need for a consortium of libraries to work together for up-gradation of library services. He also called for grading of libraries in order to strengthen them. Dr. Yasinzai said there should be follow-up of training programs to fully utilize them and people should not participate in them just to add it in their CVs. He congratulated PASTIC for bringing together library professionals to improve library services. PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro introduced the PSF and its subsidiary organizations PMNH and PASTIC activities for promotion and popularization of science and technology. He assured the participants full institutional support from PSF for libraries automation in the country. He said PSF will provide funding for research in the field of library services. He suggested signing of MoUs by the PASTIC, National Library and Department of Libraries in this regard. National Library DG Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad said the biggest issue of libraries automation was financial support. He said by adopting Koha software, which is an open source package, these financial hindrances could be overcome. He said there was no shortage of funds for libraries at the federal government level, however there was lack of commitment by the library managers. He lauded the efforts of PASTIC for taking up this ignored, but important area of knowledge. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, said Koha package was in the category of open source, which is suitable for financially weak libraries. He said the open source packages market had surpassed the commercial packages market. He said libraries needed institutional support of Higher Education Commission, professional associations, library schools and software houses for pay-for-support model and library consortia. He sought support of the QAU VC and the PSF Chairman for sharing of library resources. PASTIC DG Dr. Khalil Ahmad Ibupoto and Director Ms Nageen Annudin also addressed the session. ZCZC Productive polio awareness drives in provinces urged ISLAMABAD: The provinces have been asked to ensure effective polio awareness drives to educate parents to vaccinate their children against this crippling disease. According to an official of National Polio Eradication Program, district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization campaigns following the set strategy. They have been asked to ensure 100 percent coverage during every national anti-polio drive to administer drops to every child. He added direction has been issued after receiving complaints from the citizens that district health teams mostly miss the children during anti-polio drives. He said that the first three-day nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign of the year 2012 was held on January 30 to administer drops to 33 million children under age of five years. He said around 76,587 trained house to house vaccination teams, 5,184 trained transit teams at markets and bus terminals and 9723 fixed points trained vaccination teams were assigned to achieve the target. He added 20,104 supervisors and 1830 medical officers supervised these teams. He said the main focus of the campaign was administering anti polio drops to children living in high risk areas. He said polio vaccine used in the country is safe and effective and is produced internationally while World Health Organization (WHO) has approved its quality. He said the vaccine is the same used in most parts of the world to eradicate polio including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. He said UN agencies, partners, donor governments, the private sector and foundations are extending all possible support to ensure that the necessary resources are available to ensure making the country polio free. ZCZC Heart attack more fatal for women: study ISLAMABAD: Women are less likely to get immediately treatment for heart attack and more likely to die than men, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers from the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida, the United States, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. By analyzing data from 1.1 million tracked patients at more than 1,000 hospitals, the researchers found that women have 15 percent chance of dying of a heart attack in the hospital compared to mens 10 percent. And among the patients, 42 percent women never experienced the classic symptom of heart attack: the chest pain or discomfort. This may be the main reason for womens treatment delay. Women often present with suddenly feeling tired, fatigue, nausea, reduced exercise tolerance, rather vague, said Dr. Ed Fry, cardiologist at St. Vincent Heart Center. Womens smaller blood vessels compared with men may be one of the reasons of different symptoms, he added. More researches will be done for trying to identify why there are such variations in the way heart disease affects men and women, researchers said. ZCZC Transmission of ITPs FM Radio to be made more attractive: SSP (Traffic) ISLAMABAD: FM Radio 92.4 of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is making significant contribution for a disciplined traffic system in the city with motivation to the road users to follow traffic rules and make traveling on roads more secure. It was stated by SSP (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood on Wednesday while reviewing the progress report of various sections of ITP including its Radio channel. The SSP, who is presently looking after the affairs of this set up while Ayesha Jameel as Program Manager have been making efforts to make the transmission more popular and attain the defined targets. Several informative as well as entertainment programs are aired through this FM channel daily from 6 am to 12 pm. Around 150-200 callers from various age groups call daily on FM Channel (9263184 and 1915) suggesting various opinions, seeking information about traffic situation on various roads during peek hours and desiring to air their favorite entertaining items. Several persons including the officials of ITP and volunteers are working with this set up and its RJs are hosting very popular programs. Dr. Moeen Masood has said that whole team of ITPs FM Radio 92.4 and its Special Coordinator Ms. Ayesha is working well. He said that ITP will further assert itself as model police through effective policing, adding that FM Radio project was need of the hour and it has raised awareness among citizens about traffic rules. ITPs radio channel has obtained popularity among the people due to its quality program, the SSP said adding that high officials of Islamabad police attend various programs themselves to listen public problems and ensure their resolution. He said that a large number of citizens were already benefiting from the radio. It would further help control road accidents and promote the concept of safe driving among the people. SSP (Traffic) Dr Moeen Masood hoped that ITP as well as its radio would further make progress through guidance and cooperation of the citizens. The transmission of FM Radio 92.4 will be made more attractive for audience in future, he maintained. ZCZC Pakistan T20 Cricket Federation team clean sweep series against Afghanistan PESHAWAR: Pakistan Twenty20 Cricket Federation team made a clean sweep after defeating the visitors by 92 runs in the last match of the three-match Twenty20 cricket series Played for Peace against Afghanistan Twenty20 Cricket Federation team here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Provincial Minister for Information, Culture and Transport Mian Iftikhar Hussain was the chief guest on this occasion. Cultural Attache in the Afghanistan Consulate in Peshawar Perveen Malal, officials of both the teams and large number of spectators were also witnessed the thrilling match. The PTV Sports live telecasted all the three matches. Afghanistan team won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan team lost his first four wickets for 46 runs. Riaz Afridi and Asfandiyar, the middle order batsmen guided team to score 170 runs for the loss of all wickets after playing 19.3 overs. Opener Fawad Ali scored 12 runs, Sajid Khan (17), Riaz Afridi made an elegant knock of 67 runs off 43 balls with five fours and five sixes, Asfandiyar made 16 runs off 16 balls and Asif Afridi scored quick fire 30 runs off 12 balls with three boundaries and two sixes. Hasti Gul from Afghanistan took two wickets for 24 runs, Abdul Mazari took two wickets for 28 runs, Muhammad Waqib took two wickets for 13 runs and Khyber Khan got one wicket for 15 runs. In reply to 170 runs target, the Afghanistan Twenty20 Cricket Federation bundled out for just 78 runs with only opener Hasti Gul Abid (11), Sohail (11), Abdullah Mazari (36) with two boundaries and two sixes were the major runs contributors, none of the other batsmen could cross the double figures. The Afghanistan team lost seven wickets for only 45 runs but then Abdullah Mazari hit some cracking shorts, putting the team total of 78 for all after playing 19 overs. For Pakistan Riaz Afridi took two wickets for 6 runs in his three overs spell, Amir Ullah took two wickets for 16 runs in his three overs spell, Fawad Ali, Shahzeb Khan took one wicket each. At the end, the chief guest Mian Iftikhar gave away trophies to the winners and runners-up. Speaking on this occasion, Mian Iftikhar lauded the efforts of the organizers for holding such Series between Pakistan and Afghanistan Twenty20 Cricket Federation. He said peace in Afghanistan is interlinked with peace in Pakistan. He underscored the need for joint efforts in this connection. He said sports is vital tool for bringing the youth of both the countries at one platform. He disclosed that talks continue to have bilateral sports ties between the two countries. He said the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan have offered unmatched sacrifices for the restoration of peace in the region. He said that full security cover would be provided if international matches are played in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SCORECARD Toss: Afghanistan Pakistan innings Fawad Ali b Hasti Gul 12 Gohar Ali c Khyber Khan b Javed 06 Sajid c Mujtaba b Hasti Gul 17 Khyber Khan lbw Abdullah 07 Riaz Afridi b Abdullah 67 Asfandiyar b Waqif 16 Asif Afridi c Ahmad b Waqif 30 Hamayun b Waqif 00 Faraz Ahmad run out (Hussain) 04 Aamir run out (Hasti Gul) 03 Shahzaib not out 00 Extras: (lb 1, nb3, wb2) 6 Total: (for all wickets in 19.3 overs) 170 Fall of wickets: 1/9, 2/27, 3/38, 4/46, 5/82, 6/163, 7/163, 8/170, 9/170, 10/170 Bowling: Hasti Gul 4-0-24-2, Javed Safi 4-0-14-0, Syed Mujtaba 3-0-45-0, Abdullah Mazari 4-0-28-2, Hussain Kotwal 4-0-27-0, Khyber Khan 1.3-0-15-1, M. Waqib 2-0-13-2 Pakistan innings Hasti Gul run out (Khyal) 11 Khyber Khan c Sajid b Riaz 0 Javed Safi c Gohar b Riaz 00 M. Bilal c Riaz b Shazaib 00 M. Naeem c Gohar b Amir 14 Ahmad Ullah run out (Faraz) 00 Syed Mujaba lwb (Faraz) 02 Sohail run out Hamayun 11 Abdullah Mazari st. Gohar 36 M. Waqif lbw Amir 01 Hussain Kotwal not out 01 Extras: (lb2, nb3, b4) 9 Total: (all out in 19 overs) 78 Fall of wickets: 1/1, 2/1, 2/3, 4/11, 5/18,6/37, 7/39,8/45, 9/78, 10/78 Bowling:Riaz Afridi 3-0-6-2, Shahzeb 3-0-12-1, Fawad Ali 3-1-4-1, Asif Afridi 4-0-18-0, Amir Ullah 3-0-18-2, Asif 1-0-3-0 Result: Pakistan won by 92 runs Referees: Iqbal Butt (International), Sajid Afridi, Sohail Khan (TV umpire), Scorer: Nadeem Akhtar. ZCZC Aqeel, Saba wins IC Trophy Ranking Tennis titles KARACHI: As expected top seed Aqeel Khan and Sara Aziz clinched the men and womens singles titles in the IC Trophy National Ranking Tennis Championship after easy victories in the finals at Karachi Gymkhana hard courts here on Wednesday. Pakistan top ranked player Aqeel faced no problem by disposing of his youngest sibling Yasir Khan in straight sets. Playing mostly from the baseline, Aqeel put up a superior game and consistent winners to overcame Yasir. After almost conceding the first set 6-1 to Aqeel without fight. Yasir picked up his game and grabbed four games before going down 6-4. Like the mens singles, ladies singles was also a one sided affair. Sara Aziz of Lahore maintained a consistent baseline play to defeated second seed Sara Mansoor of Islamabad in straight sets. Sindh Sports Minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, who was chief guest presented the trophies and cash prizes. President International Tennis Club Khawaja Saeed Hai and Secretary Saeed Ahmed, STA Secretary Khalid Rehmani were also present on the occasion. Mens singles winner Aqeel got Rs. 40,000 and runner-up Yasir received Rs.18,000. Ladies singles winner Saba Aziz got rs.20,000 and Sara Mansoor was contended with Rs.9000. Adil Kohari got Rs.10,000 for winning the Boys Junior 18 crown and runner-up Ahmed Babar collected Rs.5000. Teenagers Adil Kohari and Ahmed Babar played the best match in the final as the former came from a set down to emerge 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 winner. Fast rising Adil played a smart game and outplayed his opponent with a series of winners in all parts of the court to take the first set 6-1. However it was reversal of fortunes in the second set as Ahmed Babar dominated the play with superb all-round court craft. Following are results of finals: Mens singles: Aqeel Khan bt Yasir Khan 6-1, 6-4. Ladies singles: Saba Aziz bt Sara Mansoor 6-2, 6-3 Junior Boys U18: Adil Kohari bt Ahmed Babar 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Boys U14: Nafil Kalim bt Dawar Rehan 6-3, 6-0. ZCZC Basit, Rashid, Qasim wants different squads for Pakistan team KARACHI: Three top Test cricketers called upon the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its selection committee for the formation of different Pakistan Test, One-day and T20 Internationals. Pakistans 4-0 whitewash against England in One-day International series was the reason of poor selection, former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif said on Wednesday. Not every senior can be accommodated in all brands of cricket. Selectors must adopted rotation policy for Test, One-day and T20 teams, he said. He blamed some senior players, who are trying to force their way into all brands of cricket to cause the trouble. After remarkably whitewashing English 3-0 in Test series, reversal of 4-0 results is shameful for Pakistan team he said. Selectors must learn from their mistakes in selecting the team on the basis of Test performances. They shouldnt have carried away by historic 3-0 Test series win, an expert Analyst on the game, said. Pakistan team needed young blood in ODIs and T20 International with fresh legs and great deal of motivation, he commented. Former hard hitting batsman Basit Ali said he had been vowing for different combinations for all different brands of cricket. However my effort on the idea have gone like deaf ears of the selection committee, he said. He said more aggressive approach was needed from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after Pakistans great triumph in Test matches. We failed to capitalized our Test glory in One-day series which was astounding and surprising, he pointed out. If selectors did not work out plan for different brands of cricket it will trouble Pakistan cricket, Basit Ali said. Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim expressed his disappointment over Pakistans 4-0 loss in One-day series. With Pakistan team morale sky rocketed, we were expecting good results in One-dayers.But it went other way around, he stressed. May be team was overwhelmed by the extra-ordinary praise and lost their way, he said. He expressed the hope that Pakistan team would come up with better show in three-match T20 International series against World Champions England. He said Pakistan team management must use all the young talent available at their disposal for T20 series. ZCZC Khurshid hit ton in Inter school cricket KARACHI: Opener Khurshid Alam smashed the first century in the third Haji Ashraf Inter School T20 Cricket Tournament in the Fahim Schools 61-run victory over Beaconhouse A Level at RLCA Ground Gulberg on Tuesday. Promising right handed batsman Khurshid hammered 14 boundaries and two sixes in his 106 off 58 balls as Fahim School piled up 215 for the loss of three wickets. Beaconhouse in reply was dismissed for 154. Medium pacer Ammar Ahmed snapped-up four wickets for 14 runs to bowl Karachi Public School to four wicket victory over BVS Parsi School. In another match, BSS North Nazimabad whipped Iqra Islamic School by ten wickets in a low-scoring match. Opener Subhan Ahmed cracked an unbeaten 32 off 19 balls with five boundaries. Summarized scores: Karachi Public bt BVS Parsi by four wickets. BVS Parsi 124 all out in 19.5 overs (Asadullah 27,Shahrukh Viqar 25, Babar Zuberi 21, Ammar Ahmed 4-14, Hammad Shahnawaz 2-18, Sarosh Ali 2-2-27) Karachi Public 127-6 in 18.4 overs (Hamza Shahnawaz 34 not out, Hamza Waqar 30, Rana Muttari 24 not out, Asadullah 2-25). BBS bt Iqra Islamic by ten wickets. Iqra Islamic 49 all out in 14.5 overs (Hassan Khan 3-11, Faizan Khan 2-12) BSS 50-0 in 5.1 overs ( Subhan Khan 32 not out, Hassan Khan 11 not out). Fahim School bt Beaconhouse A Level by 61 runs. Fahim School 215-3 in 20 overs (Khurshid Alam 106, Osama Zahid 29 not out, Faizan Sheikh 25, Khizar Shaikh 2-41) Beaconhouse A Level 154 all out in 19 overs (Abdur Hassan Khan 32, Khizar Sheikh 32, Shaukat Paracha 27, Hammad Siddiqui 4-26, Khurshid Alam 2-13). ZCZC Training camp for AFC U-14 Football Festival begins here ISLAMABAD: The training camp for preparation for AFC Under-14 Football Festival kicked off here at Jinnah Stadium of Pakistan Sports Complex on Wednesday. AFC Football Festival will be held at the same venue from April 3 to 17. A total of 37 players are called for the said camp. The players called include Shoaib, Usma, Adnan Ashraf, Faisal Hussain, Safir, Junaid Ahmed, Nasir, Salman, Zain-ul-Abiden, Saeed Babar, Munir, Shahzeb, Junaid Javed, Karam Hussain, Hafeez, Shakeel Ahmed, Majeed Khan, Faraiz, Shahbaz, Ishtiaq Mushtaq, Shoaib Nisar, Shanoo, Luqman, Shehryar Malik, Hussain Mehmood, Rashid Khan, Abdul Qadir Khan, Zohaib, Owais, Wali Khan, Waqar, Danish, Ali Raza, Yamin, Muhammad Yasin, Farrukh, Usman. The officials of training camp comprise Hassan Baloch (coach), Najeeb Ullah Najmi (assistant coach), Zahid Taj (goalkeeper-coach) and Dr. Kamran Mehdi (physio). ZCZC Pak players except Asad Shafiq fall down in Reliance ICC Rankings ISLAMABAD: Pakistan players except Asad Shafiq go down in Reliance International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings released on Wednesday, after the recently concluded four-match ODI series against England. In the batting chart, Umar Akmal has dropped out of the top 10, falling to 13th position, down by three places, captain Misbah-ul-Haq has slipped three places to 29th spot, Shahid Afridi has dropped one place to 38th position, Younus Khan has slipped seven places to 43rd spot and Mohammad Hafeez has fallen five places to 48th position, said in a press release issued by ICC on Wednesday. The only Pakistan batsman to make an upward movement is Asad Shafiq who has gained nine places and now sits in 70th spot. Pakistan bowlers to drop in the bowlers chart include Mohammad Hafeez, who has slipped from second spot to sixth position, Shahid Afridi, who has dropped from 11th to 15th spot, and Umar Gul, who has ended in 35th position after falling 11 places. Saeed Ajmal, who finished with 10 wickets in the series, leads the bowlers table, followed by South Africas Lonwabo Tsotsobe. The left-arm fast bowler trails Saeed by 29 points and will be aiming to move ahead of the Pakistani when he appears in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand which starts on Saturday. In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez has dropped one place to third as Bangladeshs Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead the pack. ZCZC Yasir Hameed deems for int. cricket return, saying that age is no barrier ISLAMABAD: Pakistan right-hand bat Yasir Hameed deems to return to international cricket saying that Misbah-ul-haq has shown that age is no barrier. Speaking to PakPassion.net, Yasir said I have been consistently scoring runs in domestic cricket. I feel I am in good form and of course it is down to the selectors to pick who they want. I still feel that I can perform well in international cricket whenever the opportunity arises. He praised Misbah saying that the Pakistan captain has been playing very well despite his age. Misbah has shown that age is no barrier and I am fit enough for the rigors of international cricket. Yasir also spoke about the fast bowler Rahat Ali from Multan who had an impressive performance in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy last year. Rahat, left armer took 44 wickets at only 17.45 for Khan Research Laboratories in 9 matches despite making his first class debut in 2007. Yasir, who has 15 years of experience in first class cricket, stated that Rahat impressed him so much that he feels that he has the ability to forge an international future. Over the years I have seen Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Akhtar and others and one could tell there was something special about them. I am not comparing Rahat with Amir or Shoaib, but I do think he has all the basics, looks like he has immense talent and could eventually be a star of the future. Yasir said Rahat has impressed everyone with his efforts so far. He just needs to carry on working hard, improving his bowling and continue to keep on learning about the art of fast bowling. Meanwhile, one selector talking to PakPassion.net also stated that Rahat was known to the selection committee and they will be monitoring his progress with interest, but he is competing with several others for a fast bowling spot. ZCZC Pakistan stars to be guest of honour in Dubai ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket team players Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul will be the guests of honour at the presentation ceremony of the inaugural Nesto Double Wicket Cricket Tournament to be played in Dubai, website gulfnews.com. reported on Wednesday. The event will take place on February 28 at the Municipality Play grounds at Jebel Ali Industrial Area 1. Around 32 teams will be in the fray for the one-day event on Friday. The venue of the tournament is located in a labour community with thousands of workers accommodation and support staff accommodation of leading companies in UAE. The tournament offers a unique opportunity to light up the lives of some of them living in abject isolation. The first round of the tournament will see 16 matches between the 32 teams, whittling down the number to 16 in the second round and then the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. ZCZC

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