Muharram 13 China takes control of an area of 1,000 square kilometres in Ladakh -Warns that if India wants to compete, it will have to bear more military losses than in the past NEW DELHI, September 1: The Indian newspaper The Hindu has revealed that according to the intelligence received by the central government, an area of about one thousand square kilometers of Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control is currently under Chinese control. On the other hand, China has warned that if India wants to compete, it will have to bear more military losses than in the past. According to the newspaper, China has been consolidating its presence since April by mobilizing troops along the Line of Actual Control. An official told The Hindu that Chinese troops had been moving along the indefinite Line of Actual Control from the Dipsang plain to Choshal. He revealed that about 900 square kilometers of Indian part of the Line of Actual Control from Patrol Point 10 to 13 in Dipsang Plain area is under Chinese control. Of these, 20 sq km in the Gulwan Valley and 12 sq km in Hot Springs are completely Continuedonpage7 More Democracy Or More Authoritarianism? PM Imran Khan chairing a meeting of the Federal Cabinet in Islamabad on Tuesday. Nawaz asked to surrender, appear in court by Sept 10 Peace in Karachi vital for national security and stability The lacklustre performance of the political parties in actively opposing the Musharraf-backed incumbent government has been a cause of great concern in those circles of the civil society which had hoped that an effectively strong public pressure would act as a powerful deterrent to the authoritarian longings of the rulers. It clearly has not happened. Whatever pressure that has been built on the visibly unconcerned regime has come either from the embattled and battling media or from the democracies abroad. Not till the Chairperson of the PPP Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto entered the arena after the break-down of her behind-the-scene talks, was there any visible sign of any meaningful street challenge to the state power being exercised with no-holds-barred absolutism by the Musharraf Administration. The PPP was slow to organize itself for a show of popular defiance, because it was seen till the 9th of November 2007 as a 'party-in-parleys'. By the time it woke up to the challenge, its activists were beginning to find themselves behind the bar in increasing numbers. The long march was successful only in the sense that it created a worldwide media hype. It also helped in 'balancing' the impression that the masses have been totally depoliticised, or are so disenchanted with the quality and the character of their political leadership that they simply are in no mood to offer their backs, heads, arms and legs to the fully 'unleashed' savagery of the baton-wielding power of the state. A massive and impressive show of popular discontent and street power has yet to come. And till that happens, the power of the state is going to feel secure in the belief that not a Herculean effort is required to ward off the challenge of fire-breathing oratory. Democracy in its truest sense cannot run in the absence of populist public pressure of reasonable strength. Autocratic and authoritarian systems prosper when they feel secure in the knowledge that they cannot be confronted. I personally believe that it is in the best interests of President Pervez Musharraf too, to be made aware of the presence of an effective popular challenge to those of his policies which are recognized as counterproductive. Ironically such a challenge when at last rose, rose not from the ranks of the political parties, but the whitecollared legal community - not known for its willingness to invite the wrath of the baton-wielding state power. Both the Bar and the Bench seemed to suddenly explode into an open and active defiance of authoritarianism. This happened in March this year. And at this point of time, most of the Bench that reached out for defiant independence finds itself besieged and marginalized. As far as the Bar is concerned it is virtually in a state of war with the government. The number of lawyers who have ended up either in hospitals or jails is larger than of all the political activists combined, before of course the recent crackdown on the PPP. What does this scenario spell for the country? More democracy? Or More authoritarianism? Depends largely on the capability of General Pervez Musharraf to get away with his extra-constitutional and illegal moves - as well as on the willingness of our political community to do some soul-searching and selfappraisal. People need to be led. ISLAMABAD, September 1: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif the opportunity "to surrender" and present himself before the court by September 10. A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard appeals filed by NAB against the former prime minister's acquittal in the Flagship reference as well as appeals against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference. Nawaz's counsel contended that the court had suspended the sentence handed down in the Avenfield reference and had granted the former premier bail for a period of Zardari, Faryal, others to be indicted on 9th in money laundering case ARMY CHIEF -Says issue is not non-availability of resources but setting priorities right Continuedonpage7 Imran Khan to personally monitor supply of flour, sugar and prices KARACHI, September 1: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that peace in the national economic hub Karachi is vital for security and stability of Pakistan and all efforts will continue to maintain normalcy in Karachi and Sindh. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) said this on Tuesday at Karachi Corps Headquarters, said InterServices Public Relations (ISPR). The Army Chief reached Karachi on a twoday long visit. ISLAMABAD, September 1: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that a large consignment of wheat has arrived while sugar is also being imported, adding that he would personally monitor the supply and price. Wheat and sugar should be ISLAMABAD, September 1: An accountability court on Tuesday decided to indict former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others in the mega-money laundering reference on September 9. The accountability court Judge Muhammad Azam conducted hearing in the mega money laundering case and decided to indict Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur, others on September 9. The court accepted exemption pleas of Asif Zardari and his supplied within country through Pakistan Railways. Prime Minister Imran Khan said this while presiding over a meeting of the Federal Cabinet. According to details, a meeting of the Federal Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan in which the political and economic situation of the country was reviewed. According to sources, the situation in Karachi and relief work was briefed in the Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Over 200 Chinese airlifted to Pakistan to resume work on power projects Continuedonpage7 SC fixes appeal against SHC verdict in sugar commission report BEIJING, September 1: More than 200 Chinese personnel of the Harbin Electric International (HEI) have been airlifted from Tianjin Binhai International Airport to Pakistan by a chartered flight to resume work on Jamshoro Power Station Construction Project and Binjiasheng Phase III Power Station and Power Transmission and Transformation Project. After the arrival of the charter flights of Harbin Electric International and its partners to Pakistan, they have been quarantined for 14 days in CM KPK Mahmood Khan is being briefed about the performance of Educational Testing & Evaluation Agency in Peshawar. ISLAMABAD, September 1: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has fixed appeal of the federal government against invalidating sugar commission inquiry report for hearing. The federal government had challenged Sindh High Court's (SHC) decision of nullifying the report in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A three-member bench of the SC will take up the plea on Wednesday. The bench includes Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Ijazul Ahsan. On August 17, Sindh High Court (SHC) had nullified the sugar inquiry Japan assures debt relief to Pakistan Lt Gen (R)Asim Saleem Bajwa announces Orange Line Metro Train jobs The ambassador said that after the preliminary work on the debt relief initiative, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be formally signed with Pakistan. He apprised that Japan intends to extend business relations with Pakistan. He informed that Japan wishes to import mangoes, rice, ISLAMABAD, September1: Japan has assured Pakistan of provision of debt relief to help economic stability. This assurance was given to Pakistan on Tuesday when Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Kuninori Matsuda called on Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. LAHORE, September 1: Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, Lt. General retired Asim Saleem Bajwa on Tuesday announced over 250 new jobs of various categories for Lahore's Orange Line Train project. Media player poster frame Orange Line Metro train project in Lahore is likely to be open for the public in the last week of October this year. According to sources, the provincial cabinet will give a final nod for the transportation fare of the metro service. "Technical works on the 25kilometre long route of the Orange Line Metro project has been completed," they said. Continued on page 7 Continuedonpage7 Nawaz Sharif's punishment should be doubled: Continued on page 7 Growing Indian cruelty, tyranny exposes sham claims over religious harmony: Maryam links Sharif's return to improved health conditions Syed Shibli Faraz ISLAMABAD, September 1: Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has said that now the court has also ordered the return of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the punishment of such a person should be doubled. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Shibli Faraz said that Nawaz Sharif was elected as Prime Minister three times and he should respect the law. He claimed that Nawaz Sharif had sent his recent photo from London due to the split in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Talking about the situation in Karachi, he said that problems could not be solved without Foreign Minister ISLAMABAD, September 1: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday said that India was committing worst kind of atrocities, tyranny and violence against the innocent people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), which also exposed its sham claims over religious tolerance. In a press statement, the -Lambasts govt over poor performance ISLAMABAD, September 1: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz Vice-President, Maryam Nawaz Sharif has said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to the country as soon as his health conditions are out of danger. Maryam Nawaz said this while talking to media persons after appearing before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday to attend a hearing of the Avenfield Apartments review petition. She said that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, adding that they [the Sharif family] have been buried under accusations. "Imran Khan used to say if Nawaz went abroad, there Continued on page 7 Continuedonpage7 Continued on page 7 COMMENT foreign cricket teams to play on turning English wicket and nine out of ten times they are upstaged by the host team . Pakistan cricket team is also certainly no exception but let us admit they have performed well as a team in their recent tour of England. If they have lost they have gone down fighting. Shaheen, Naseem and Abbas are bowling sensations who will go places in the time to come. concerned there is little to chose between the rotten apples. Most of them have a lot to live down The man in the street trusted them more than once and they always took him to the cleaners. The electorate is in no mood to change horse in the mid stream The people want to give the rulers full time in power Of course, if they failed to come up to their expectations they are going to get their just deserts at the next polls. POSTSCRIPT: It is always very difficult for Sharif who is in self exile at London on the pretext of medical treatment since long. What transpired between them is not known but given the fact that all those opposition leaders who want to see the back of Imran Khan are those leaders who were shown the door by the electorate in the last general elections and who are still licking their wounds, it is not difficult to fathom what must have been discussed by them amongst themselves. The fact of the matter is that as far as opposition is The opposition leaders have been bracing themselves for a showdown with the government soon after tenth of Muharram. In this connection there has been telephonic contact of PPP and the JUI(F) leaders with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Federal Minister for Energy Mr Omar Ayub Khan meeting H.E Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmed Al-Malki, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his office on Tuesday. Continued on page 7
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