Sep 212017
Miranshah hosts cricket Peace Cup 2017 as UK Media plays Pakistan XI

The headquarters of the restive North Waziristan Agency hosted a cricket match on Thursday as part of the Peace Cup 2017 in which the UK Media team XI is playing Pakistan XI.The UK Media team XI is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics aged between 21-62 which is touring Pakistan's with the aim to improve its image as a sporting nation. Of the 18, 14 are players, one is an umpire while the rest, including two women, are the organisers.A day earlier, the military promoted the event on its social media accounts to announce the match at Miranshah's Younas Khan Stadium. The match is being played in collaboration with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Peshawar Zalmi. The match was fixed at Miranshah on the Special instructions of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Javed Qamar Bajwa who dubbed it as a gift to the residents of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata).The match is being telecast live via the state-run sports channel. Players of both teams marched onto the pitch wearing turbans along with their respective kits. Army officials came onto the field to greet the foreigners playing for UK media.Prominent players on the Pakistan team include Inzimamul Haq, Shahid Afridi, younas Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gull, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhat ullah Wasti. Inzimamul Haq, younas Khan, Shahid Afridi and other Pak XI players, wearing traditional turbans, take a round of the stadium.—Courtesy: SabukAfridi This picture shows local students in traditional attire [Read More…]

Sep 202017
Pakistan's relationship with US not defined by Afghanistan: PM Abbasi

Action will be taken against Hafiz Saeed backed-candidate: PM Pakistan's nuclear command system 'very secure' Abbasi's 'icebreaker' meeting with Pence Pakistan's relationship with the United States is 70 years strong and it is not defined by the conflict in Afghanistan alone, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking at Washington's Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank on Wednesday. Abbasi's visit to New York to attend the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly comes at a time when tensions between US and Pakistan are running high in the wake of Trump's Afghan and South Asia policy.Speaking during an hour-long session at CFR with David Sanger, the national security correspondent for The New York Times, Abbasi said that Pakistan intends to remain engaged and partner with the US in order to defeat terror in the region and find lasting peace in Afghanistan. "We have engaged with the US. We continue to engage with them to resolve any differences that come up and move forward," he said.See: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: not so sovereign Once again denying President Donald Trump's assertion that Pakistan provides sanctuaries to terrorists, the prime minister said, "nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".He said that Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to provide coordinates for any terrorist sanctuary that it alleges exists in Pakistan and "we will take action against that sanctuary".Pakistan has suffered $120 billion worth of economic losses due to the "vicious" war the country has been involved in to rout the militants, said the [Read More…]

Sep 202017
Nepra allows 48-paisa hike in power tariff

SARGODHA: In this file photo, a worker is fixing electric line at Sashan Road.—APP ISLAMABAD: Amidst a divided house, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Wednesday allowed an increase of 48 paisa per unit in the average electricity tariff for ex-Wapda distribution companies (Discos) for 2015-16.However, Nepra unanimously rejected a series of demands by the government that would have an additional burden of more than Rs225 billion on consumers or additional revenue for Discos on account of higher losses, non-recovery of bills, late payment surcharge etc.Member Tariff Himayatullah Khan, however, gave a dissenting note on a majority decision of Nepra, which allowed about Rs24.34bn to the distribution companies on account of the write-off of unrecovered amounts from chronic defaulters. The majority decision translates into the increase of 48 paisa per unit in the tariff even though its applicability on consumers would be subject to the government’s decision on subsidy. Private receivables of ex-Wapda Discos were over Rs318bn in 2016 Mr Khan opined that even if write-offs were allowed, this should be first approved by Discos’ boards of directors, which resisted waiving non-recoveries on the premise that the move would encourage further defaults. Mr Khan said the write-offs would further facilitate and reinforce the rampant inefficiencies within the system and put an upfront burden on consumers.These write-offs included Rs15.75bn by Peshawar Electric Supply Company, Rs2.85bn by Lahore Electric, Rs2.06bn by Hyderabad Electric, Rs2.01bn by Sukkur Electric and Rs1.37bn by Multan Electric. Such write-offs by Gujranwala Electric and Faisalabad Electric [Read More…]

Sep 202017
Garbage in the city

It is quite common in Karachi that heaps of garbage are dumped and then burnt near an electricity pole. This practice is both destructive and harmful. First, this practice tramples with the beauty and cleanliness of the city. Second, heaps of garbage around electrical installations do not only pose safety hazards, but they also act like a hindrance for utility companies when they are carrying out repair work. The situation becomes even more critical when the same garbage is burnt beneath the transformers or nearby other power installations in different areas. This is extremely dangerous as there is a risk that the pole may catch fire. It is important that the local authorities take necessary action to create awareness and to establish proper waste management system for the collection of garbage. Karachi is a huge city with a population of around 15 million. In such a huge city, it is important that proper waste collection system is implemented to keep the city clean. Much smaller cities around the world are giving better facilities to residents than what the local authorities in Karachi have been offering. It is time we set our priorities and got them straight. Umair Jaffer Karachi Click for detailed story

Sep 202017
Give peace a chance

September 21 is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. World peace is defined as freedom, peace and happiness among and within all nations and people. Today, peace has predominantly become political work towards settlement of issues between the nations through military involvement, cessation of arms and weapons and dialogue on less-violent, civilian matters. Peace has also included some humanitarian efforts that stretch its helping hands to the calamity-hit regions in the world. Today, the world is in chaos. World powers are threatening each other and are hinting at the possibility of a nuclear war. Under such situation, the desire for peace is supreme in the hearts of the people. Powerful countries should give up the race of arming themselves and their friendly countries to the teeth. Peace and prosperity can be attained by giving freedom to people anywhere in the world. They are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment, and freedom from fear. Peace is the mother of progress. Without peace, a nation cannot make any progress. So peace is ever desirable. World peace is absolutely necessary. It is said ‘Peace begins with a smile.’ A smile can light up a room, so imagine what a world of smiles can do. If every day, someone does something kind for someone, it will create a ripple effect. Peace is certainly something we must seek. History is a record of wars. Peace is still a dream. People talk of peace but [Read More…]

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