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Emaar launches Alma Town sales

KARACHI: Emaar Pakistan is launching the sale of Alma Townhomes within Canyon Views with on-line registration for customers, commencing from May 25, 2008.

According to a press release Saturday, managing director Emaar Pakistan, Steve McCartt said, “Canyon Views is redefining the property sector of Pakistan with its focus on creating an integrated lifestyle neighbourhood”.

Canyon Views is an exclusive gated community with villas in a wide range of architectural styles and amenities such as retail outlets, community clubhouses, parks, schools and mosques. staff report

Bijli from our own backyard?

By Irfan Aligi

KARACHI: Wouldn’t it be better if we first considered using the resources in Pakistan before importing technology for the electricity crisis? This would seem like the obvious choice but one energy expert, Mian Suhail Hussain of Gresham’s (Pvt) Ltd, argues that the government seems bent on the opposite. Sixty percent of the total energy produced in the country is hydel. But the capacity of reservoirs is shrinking and we don’t have enough dams.

According to Hussain, the government has several plans of action. The first is working towards agreements with foreign investors, including Japan Power, Sepcol and Attock Power Company, for combined-cycle fuel oil engines worth US$1 billion.

However, the basic cost of such electricity production would be Rs 12 per unit with these engines and the consumer will pay more. These combined-cycle fuel oil engines have a capacity of 48 percent and a waste rate of 52 percent. This means that these engines would use 100 percent fuel but produ…

Coal power generation in Pakistan

Tipoo Sultan

Coal is presently world’s fastest growing fuel particularly in the developing countries. Coal’s importance can be judged from the fact that it provides 26 % of primary energy and 40 % of world electricity supply. Coal has gained special importance due to growing concerns for energy security prompted by the abnormal surge in world oil prices to over $120 per barrel of oil, mounting tensions of the western countries with Iran, interruptions in the international supply network of gas from Iran and Russia and ongoing stand off in the Arabian Gulf. Coal offers a solution which is still found in abundance locally in most parts of the world. World coal consumption is expected to increase by 74 % from 2004 to 2030. World trade of coal is expected to increase about 40 %, from 800 million tons in 2007 to 1122 million Tons in 2030. Coal share in world energy consumption is expected to increase to 28 % by 2030 but its share in power generation is expected to remain 41 % roughly at th…

Nokia customer care centre inaugurated in Pakistan

Nokia, the world leader in telecommunication technologies, announced the launch of NOKIA CARE - customer care centre in Karachi at a glittering event today at the Ebrahim Trade Towers.

The briefing, which served to introduce Nokia's customer care centre initiative was addressed by Nokia's key regional officials, Imran Khalid Mahmood Country General Manager Nokia Pakistan and Afghanistan, Ian Stewart, Care Director Nokia Middle East & North Africa and Zoff Khan, Managing Director of Global Customer Care, a Koohiji Group Company.

The Nokia care centre has been established to facilitate consumers and is a global initiative, which is the first of its kind in Pakistan. Nokia care was launched in Lahore last month and is now being launched in Karachi, with many more to come. The Nokia care will provide customers with the required help and assistance needed to ensure optimal performance of their Nokia devices, with easy access to expert maintenance services and purchase enhancement…

Zong to invest 7 million dollars in Pakistan

Zong, a Chinese mobile company, Chief Executive Officer Qian Li has said that the Chinese mobile company has invested $721 million in telecom sector in Pakistan during 2007 and it would further invest $7 million in Pakistan this year.

He disclosed this at meeting with Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer here on Saturday, says an official. Zong Chief Operating Officer Zafar Usmani besides telecommunication experts Li Ludang, Babar Ali Sayed and Nasir Khan were also present on this occasion. The head of the delegation Qian Li informed the Governor that 2000 transmission towers of China mobile are already working in Pakistan whereas 350 new transmission towers of China mobile will be installed in Pakistan this year.

Welcoming the Chinese investment in telecom sector, the Governor said at present 61 million people in Pakistan are taking benefit from mobile technology of telecommunication. He also said Peoples Republic of China is one of our best friends and promotion of relationship in every wal…

Riddle of ‘Cross Border Terrorism’

Momin Iftikhar

In the post 9/11 environment the Indian establishment and agencies have acquired considerable expertise in improvising bloody charades for conducting foreign policy affairs in the context of terrorism. Such shenanigans, notwithstanding the loss of considerable life and framing of innocents, have acquired sickening frequency in the post 9/11 environment. Invariably dovetailed into the overall conduct of foreign policy vis-à-vis Pakistan, such episodes are supported by a widespread propaganda tirade spewed out by a mammoth media infrastructure and minutely timed for maximum effect. The murder of 35 Sikhs in the Kashmiri hamlet of Chattisinghpura, coinciding with the visit of President Clinton to India and attack on the Indian Parliament before mobilizing for Operation Parkaram, being archetype of such fake yet grisly productions. This ingrained trend was eminently evident as the fourth round of the Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) approached culmination in the third week o…

Azad Jammu Kashmir government to turn Azad Kashmir into model welfare state

The President of Azad Jammu Kashmir Raja Zulqarnain Khan here on Monday said that the government was fully committed to raise the life style of the common man across Azad Jammu Kashmir equally both in urban and country side areas with special focus to turn the liberated territory a true model welfare state.

He declared that the liberated state government has already released development funds of millions of rupees for various mega public welfare projects of Mirpur district including this city under the spirit of the Mangla dam raising project and it was now the responsibility of the nation-building departments to execute and complete new and ongoing development projects respectively in the district.

The President expressed these views while talking to Mirpur city Administrator Alhaj Abdul Qayyum Qamar who called on him at the PWD Rest House on Monday. The Administrator briefed the President of the ongoing mass development plans launched for the speedy progress of the city. He said that …

Strike in Held-Kashmir to protest against visit of Indian President

SRINAGAR (IHK): There was complete shut down in occupied Kashmir on Saturday to protest against visit of Indian President Prathiba Patil to the state. The strike call was given by APHC led by Syed Ali Shah Gilani.

Educational institutions, commercial establishments and government offices remained closed while traffic remained off the road.

Syed Ali Gilani said there was no justification of her visit as human rights violations by Indian security forces were going on in IHK.

Through this strike, Kashmiris want to tell the world that they do not endorse policies of Delhi government. Kashmiris want their right of self-determination denied to them by the Indian government, Syed Ali Gilani said.

According to reports pouring in from different districts of the India held-Kashmir, complete strike was observed to protest against the visit of the Indian President, media reports said. Prathiba Patil reached Srinagar on Friday for a five-day visit to IHK.

UK defence team arrives Pakistan Today

ISLAMABAD: A nine member United Kingdom (UK) defence delegation is arriving Islamabad today, Sunday on a three days visit.

The team is to be led by UK Secretary of State for Defence Rt Hon Des Browne MP.

During its stay in Pakistan, the delegation will hold meetings with Minister for Defence Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar and senior military and defence officials.

The visit of the defence delegation will help in further expanding and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Azad Kashmir

Physically scythe-shaped, the territory of Azad Kashmir is dotted with a vast chain of scenic and natural beauty spots amidst flowing streams, gushing out springs and flowering plants. The mountain tops over the valley look like circular and rectangular caps. The panorama is really enchanting.
The valley rivals those of Kaghan and Swat in beauty and boasts of remarkable alpine scenery. It is bounded to the east by the line of control or (ceasefire line) with Indian held Kashmir and travel to foreigners is rather restricted.

Azad Kashmir extends from the plains of Mirpur at the northern edge of the Punjab through the outlying foothills of the Himalayas, to the mountains in the north at 6,000 meters above sea level. It is drained by three major rivers, the Jhelum, the Neelam and the Poonch whose valleys are very beautiful.
There are four districts of Azad Kashmir namely Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Kotli and Mirpur. These districts abound in natural beauty and rivers and streams flow throughou…

Winter in Ziarat City in Balochistan Province of Pakistan

It is situated 133 kms (3 hours by car) from Quetta in the province of Baluchistan at an altitude of 2449m (8200 feet) above the sea level. Ziarat is a holiday resort in the Sibi district amidst one of the largest and oldest juniper forests in the world. It is said that some of the juniper trees are as old as 5,000 years. Ziarat is also known as the Juniper Valley.

The name Ziarat means 'shrine'. A local saint, Kharwari Baba is believed to have rested in the valley and blessed it. After his death, he was buried here. People visit the saint's shrine, which is 10 kms by jeep from Ziarat town.

Ziarat is a hill station in the Sibi district of the province of Baluchistan. It remains quite cool during summer and receives enough snowfall during the winter. Light woollen clothing for the summer and heavy for the winter are recommended.

Ziarat and the Juniper valleys around offer good opportunity of hiking and trekking. Various gorges also offer adventure and fun during the summer. It…

Sindh, A Southern Province Of Pakistan

Sindh (Sindhī: سنڌ, Urdū: سندھ) is one of the four provinces of Pakistan and historically is home to the Sindhis. Different cultural and ethnic groups also reside in Sindh including Urdu speaking people who migrated from India at the time of independence as well as the people migrated from other provinces after independence. Neighbouring regions are Balochistan to the west and north, Punjab in the north, the border with (India) to the east, and the Arabian Sea to the south. The main languages are Sindhi and Siraiki. In Sanskrit, the province was dubbed Sindhu meaning "ocean". The Assyrians (as early as the seventh century BCE) knew the region as Sinda, the Persians Abisind, the Greeks Sinthus, the Romans Sindus, the Chinese Sintow, while the Arabs dubbed it Sind. It is mentioned to be a part of Abhirrdesh (Abhira Kingdom) in Srimad Bhagavatam.[2] Historically it was also known as Aparanta.[3] Sindh was the first place where Islam spread in South Asia. As a result, it is ofte…

Pakhtunkhwa, A Province Of Pakistan

Pakhtunkhwa is home to the majority Pakhtuns (Pashtuns) as well as other smaller ethnic groups. The province borders Afghanistan to the northwest, the Northern Areas to the northeast, Azad Kashmir to the east, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south, and Pakistani Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory to the southeast. The principal language is Pashto and the provincial capital is Peshawar.

Pakhtunkhwa is largely located on the Iranian plateau and Eurasian landplate, while peripheral eastern regions are located near the Indian subcontinent and this has led to seismic activity in the past. The famous Khyber Pass links the province to Afghanistan, while the Kohalla Bridge in Circle Bakote is a major crossing point over the Jhelum river in the east. The province has an area of (28,773 square miles) or 74,521 km² of Pakistani territory and its districts include Hazara Division, home to the town of Havelian, the western starting point of the Karakoram High…

Gilgit - Capital City Of Northern Pakistan

Gilgit (Urdu: گلگت) is the capital city of the Northern Areas, Pakistan and a tehsil (headquarters) of Gilgit District.

Its ancient name was Sargin which later on came to be known as Gilit and it is still called Gilit or Sargin-Gilit by local people, it was the Sikh and Dogra conquerors who gave it the name of Gilgit, in the Burushaski language, it is named Geelt.

Ghallata is considered its name in ancient Sanskrit literature. Gilgit city is one of the two major hubs on the Northern Areas for all mountaineering expeditions of Karakoram to the peaks of the Himalayas, the other hub being Skardu.

Gilgit has an area of 14,680 square miles (38,021 km²). The region is significantly mountainous, lying on the foothills of the Karakoram mountains, and has an average altitude of 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).

It is drained by the Indus River, which rises in the neighbouring regions of Ladakh and Baltistan.


Gilgit ValleOnly a part of the basin of the Gilgit River is included within the politica…

Pakistan - Awe-inspiring mountains, time-honoured traditions and a warm people

In recent years Pakistan has emerged as a strategic player on the world stage—both as a state armed with nuclear weapons and as an American ally in the war against terrorism.

Most of Pakistan's population lives along the Indus. West of the Indus the land becomes increasingly arid and mountainous. To the north the land rises to the great mountains of the Hindu Kush and Karakoram—including K2, the world's second highest mountain after Everest, at 8,611 meters (28,250 feet).

Pakistan is the site of some of the earliest human settlements, home to an ancient civilisation rivalling those of Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the crucible of two of the world's major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, both of which have their roots in the subcontinent.

The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Ar…

PEMRA grants 14 FM radio licence

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) here Saturday decided to grant 14 FM radio licenses for various cities.

The decision was taken in a meeting held here under the chair of Chairman PEMRA, Mushtaq Malik.

In addition, education purpose FM radio licenses to SZABIST Larkana campus was also approved. With the award of these licenses, the number of licensed FM radios in Pakistan would reach to 120 while raising the number of Radio licenses for education purpose to (14) fourteen.

FM radio license have been approved for Bahawalpur, Tando Allah Yar Khan, Kashmore, Bolan, Loralai, Qilla Saifullah, Attock, Upper Dir, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, Tando Muhammad Khan, Umerkot, Kharan and Mastung cities areas.

Chairman PEMRA said these licenses are being issued pursuant to Authority’s objective to penetrate healthy and accessible media in every hook and corner of the country.

The Chairman said PEMRA is constantly striving to adopt latest electronic media techno…

Pakistan Balochi Music

Bugti’s grandson Shahzain freed

QUETTA, May 23: Mir Shahzain Bugti, son of Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, was released from the Mach jail on Friday.

Shahzain disappeared in May 2007 and it was announced in June that he had been detained.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zafar Zehri went to the Mach central jail to welcome him.

A procession of leaders and workers of the Jamhoori Watan Party brought him to the Bugti House in Quetta.

Talking to newsmen, the home minister said the provincial government wanted to release all political detainees.

He said that Shahzain and before him Sardar Akhtar Mengal had been freed under Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s policy of reconciliation.

JWP chief Talal Akbar Bugti said his son’s release was a victory of democratic forces and a blow to dictatorship.

He said his party would continue its struggle for accomplishing the mission of Nawab Akbar Bugti to secure the national rights for Balochistan. He said the JWP and other Baloch parties had rendered sacrifices in the struggle against dictato…

Balochistan lawyers to join long march

QUETTA, May 22: Lawyers boycotted courts on Thursday in response to a call given by a national conference of lawyers to press for reinstatement of the deposed judges.

A meeting of lawyers, presided over by Baz Mohammad Kakar, president of the Balochistan Bar Association, decided to join the long march scheduled to start from Multan on June 10.

The meeting decided that disciplinary action would be taken against any member of the bar attending courts in violation of the general body’s decision.

The meeting emphasised that the judicial crisis could not end without the reinstatement of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and all other deposed judges.

More funds for Balochistan in budget

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Population Welfare, Mir Hamayun Aziz Kurd here on Saturday hosted a reception in the honour of Privatization and Finance Minister Naveed Qamar and Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raesani here at a local hotel.

During the reception, they discussed matters of mutual interest with special reference to enhance allocations for the province in the forthcoming budget 2008-09, says a statement issued here today.

The representatives of Balochistan were assured that in the National Budget 2008-09 more allocations be made to the province budget with special focus on its development for the welfare of the people.

The Provincial Finance Minister Asim Kurd and Secretary Finance of the Province Mehfooz Ali Khan were also present on the occasion who appraised the Federal Finance Minister of their proposal and suggestions with regard to the budget.

More utility stores in Balochistan, says Wattoo

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Industries and Production, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo Wednesday directed officials of the Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan (USC) to expand its existing network in Balochistan.

‘Special arrangements may be made for opening more utility stores in Balochistan so that people may get essential commodities at the subsidized rates’, said Wattoo. Chairing a meeting on the USC performance, he said there was a need to open more utility stores in the urban areas to facilitate poor people, who were affected with rising prices of essential commodities especially, the wheat flour.

Wattoo said role of the USC should be enhanced further so that people could benefit from the relief provided by the government through utility stores network.

Managing director, USC briefed advisor about the structure and working of entity. He said 4500 utility stores were operating through out the country on no profit, no loss basis and during the last two years, a relief of Rs …

Land Transportation Pakistan-Iran-Turkey will Facilitate More Economic CooperationIstanbul, Turkey

Pakistan has announced that a bus service to the Islamic Republic of Iran is to be started in the near future.Pakistan said a bus service to Iran would commence soon and a private company had been entrusted to operate the service. The two countries had decided to start the bus service during a meeting held at Zahidan in Iran in November last year. "The bus service between Pakistan and Iran is expected to commence in the near future," Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a news briefing.

A private Pakistani company had been entrusted to run the service. More than 400 Pakistanis travel to Iran every day and 10 buses would ply daily, he said.

Transport means vital for supporting trade with Iran: Turkey

On the other side, the president of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) and the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) has met with the Iranian transportation minister to discuss how they can strengthen trade between the two countries.

Visiting Teh…

Pakistan central bank issues new monetary policy

Pakistan’s central bank announced a series of measures on Thursday to counter inflation and widening fiscal and current account deficits. The steps announced by Shamshad Akhtar, Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, include the following:

* Discount rate increased by 150 basis points to 12.0 percent with effect May 23.

* Increase in cash reserve requirement for all deposits upto one year maturity by 100 basis points to 9 percent while keeping the CRR for deposits by over one year maturity unchanged at 0 percent.

* Statutory liquidity reserve requirement is increased by 100 basis points to 19 percent of the total time and demand liabilities.

* Effective June 1, all banks are required to pay minimum profit rate of 5 percent on interest bearing checking accounts.

* Effective May 23, Letter or Credit margins on all imports, except for oil and selective food imports, is being imposed at 35 percent. This is in response to the 44 percent growth in imports excluding the oil and food items.

* A…

I want Pakistan government to protect my identity as a Pakistani

Today my concern is more about Pakistan than anything else. I want Pakistan government to protect my identity as Pakistani if that means giving up claim on the Indian part of the Kashmir region. Pakistan foreign policy must move away from the focus on India to other important issues like spreading the word about the true Pakistan which is peace loving and want to work on a live and let live policy.

I want every constituent part of Pakistan to become a stake holder in the development of the nation.

Pakistan must not always be associated with India all the time as it weakens us as nation. We must not worry about India because of the following reasons. There are so many insurgency movements going on in India that if India put one step wrong it will be the start of such communal violence that India will not be able to survive it.

According to US government 2300 people have died in India due to terrorism related instances that is more than Afghanistan and Iraq and given the fact that the…

Red storm rising - India's intractable Maoist insurgency

India's Maoist movement is expanding its operations as its People's War develops along ideological and pragmatic lines. Dr P V Ramana looks at the rise of the rebellion and the country's poorly co-ordinated counter-insurgency strategies.

While discussion of the threat posed to India by radical Islamist violence tends to dominate security assessments, the country's Maoist insurgency has been steadily expanding its areas of influence and building up its military capability. This expansion has been so great that in 2007 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the Maoists as the "single biggest internal security challenge facing India".

The proscribed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was founded on 21 September 2004, following the merging of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War, also known as the People's War Group, and the Maoist Communist Centre of India - two of India's most prominent insurgent groups.