Pakistan Air Force clinched the 38th National Kabaddi Championship beating Wapda in a thrilling final at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Sports Complex on Thursday.

TAXILA: Pakistan Air Force clinched the 38th National Kabaddi Championship beating Wapda in a thrilling final at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Sports Complex on Thursday.

10_04_2015_022_008_001The match started on a fast tempo with both Wapda and PAF offering each other resistance right from the outset. However, after a furious battle the PAF was finally able to beat Wapda with score being 49-39.

Before the start of the match, both teams were introduced to the chief guest POF chief Lt-General Mohammad Ahsan Mahmood who at the end of the final also distributed prizes among players.

Having congratulated the winning team, the POF chief said that the youth could benefit from sports facil-ities available at the POF.

Spealcing on the occasion, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) secretary general Mohammad Sarwar thanked the POF Sports Control Board for making best arrangement for holding the national event.

NNP has learnt that earlier the PKF wanted to hold an international event instead of the current one as they had invited India, Afghanistan and Iran for the showpiece event but participation of international teams could not be ensured due to clearance problems.

In his welcoming remarks, vice-president POF Sports Control Board retired Col Inamullah Khan said that POF Sports Control Board under the guidance of chairman POF Board held numerous sports competitions and it had been immense desire of the POF chairman that healthy environment is provided to POF employees and their children.

MNA from Muzaffargarh Jamshed Dasti, arrived at the main Taxila chowk on GT Road

10_04_2015_151_004_001TAXILA: As MNA from Muzaffargarh Jamshed Dasti, arrived at the main Taxila chowk on GT Road with his bicycle rally, he was given a warm welcome by the people of Taxila and showered with rose petals. The MNA, who is currently not associated with any major political party, stopped in Taxila on Thursday, on his way to Peshawar and talked to news personnel. He said, he is out with his bicycle rally to eradicate corruption from Pakistan and will push for parliamentarians to pass his bill on accountability.

MNA Dasti said he would be presenting three resolutions. One demands putting an end to the rampant corruption in the country, the second demands 68 to be made the age of retirement for parliamentarians and the third demands for lands awarded by the British government to their cronies to be taken back by the government.

The MNA said the bill he intends to table calls for decisions to be made in corruption cases within two months and calls for accountability courts to be set up at the district-level. He called for an end to the VIP culture in the country and parity in the salaries of the president, the prime minister and a labourer to equailise society and remove class based differences.

Mr Dasti said he was leading his cycle march against injustice and corruption. He asked people to his Awami Raj Party, which is the only forum where they would be heard.

He said corrupt people should be punished with the death penalty and his bill demands for a ban on the participation of capitalists and landlords in

launching ceremony of Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) Council held in Islamabd.Chief Minister Baluchistan as Chief Petron , Senator Mohammad Talha nominated Chairman of The PCEC.

unnamedThe official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in coming weeks will mark the beginning of new geo-economic relations between the two countries, said Minister for Planning and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday.

Speaking on the launching ceremony of Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) Council, the minister said that the corridor was not confined to a road or rail alignment.

“The corridor will complement other ports within and outside Pakistan through existing regional infrastructure,” he added.

unnamed (3)The minister said that the project was a win-win for both countries, adding that: “Pakistan will become the hub of business and trade in Asia, and western China will penetrate into Asian and European markets. It will cater to the needs of all federating units of Pakistan through proper rail and road network and multiple projects on energy within the next three years.”

On the occasion, Chief Minister Baluchistan Dr Abdul Malik said, “Gwadar, which means window of air, is now going to turn into window of opportunities.”

The port was for all and anybody could invest in it, he said.

Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong said that the corridor would further cement the relations of two countries. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood also spoke on the occasion. He said, PCEC has priorities to ensure the security of
the  Chainies at this project. Economic corridor   will provide opportunities the Central and North Asia.3Billion Population will be beneficiary of PCEC.Council will be bridge in between local Communities. It will be the platform to chambers of Commerce for Pakistan &China. We have to ensure the progress of this project till anthology.

Concrete Road Map for Secure Energy Vision Need of Time: Khawaja Asif

unnamedFederal Minister for Water & Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif has urged to develop a concrete road map for a secure energy vision for the future, adding that the vision must broadly aim at developing indigenous scientific and industrial capacities for exploring domestic energy reserves. He was addressing as Chief Guest at the National Energy Conference on Prospects of Power Generation, organized by South Asian Strategic Institute (SASSI) University, here in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He acknowledged that the geographical position of Pakistan not only makes it a potential energy exporter but also a trade and energy corridor for South and Central Asia and due to this advantage, Pakistan can maneuver itself in a way that significantly increases its bargaining power in the region and beyond.

On the occasion, renowned defence analyst and Chairperson of South Asian Strategic Institute (SASSI) University, Dr. Maria Sultan, during her welcome address, said that economic growth and industrialization in a globalized world today is inextricably linked to the continuous availability, access, diversity and modernization of energy resources.

“Pakistan is subjected to international diplomatic and political pressure, by the select few, over its efforts of diversification of its energy imports,” she said, while quoting the Iran – Pakistan Gas Pipeline issue.  She was of the view that international sanctions on Iran and subsequent diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to be a process of Iranian containment have exacerbated the energy crisis in Pakistan and increased the uncertainty of the economic future.

“Second example is the transfer of civil nuclear technology to India, by the powerful few, circumventing the established international norms of nuclear non-proliferation,” Dr. Maria said, while regretting that the same access is not allowed to Pakistan in the global nuclear energy market which leaves Pakistan with very few options to turn around the energy crisis.

The demographic factor is strength for Pakistan which can significantly be used for tapping and optimizing the energy resources under an alternate economic thought, she concluded.

Mohammad Anwar Habib, Chairman of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), Dr. Ansar Parvez, Advisor on Nuclear Power National Command Authority and other Energy Experts also attended the conference to exchange their views.

Replacing privatization with increased state management of installed power producing units, exploring and distributing natural resources, focus on research and development of renewable alternate energy resources, mandatory energy assessment, less taxation, ending the role of Breton woods institutions in managing the energy crisis were amongst some of the topics that came under-discussion for overcoming the energy crises

Election commissioner seeks Rangers’ deployment for NA-246 by-polls

KARACHI: The Sindh election commissioner has demanded Rangers deployment in the NA-246 constituency with immediate effect till the completion of polling process on April 23 amid fears of ‘violence’ considering the tense situation prevailing in Azizabad between two of the contesting parties.

5523239c9641fA senior official told NNP on Monday that the request for the deployment had been forwarded to the chief election commissioner ‘through a proper channel’ for better security in the constituency to provide free and peaceful environment for electioneering and polling.

“The deployment of troops inside or outside the polling stations is a technical issue that can be addressed later,” said Syed Nadim Haider, returning officer for the NA-246 by-election. He said the recent incidents during the election campaigns convinced the authorities to seek Rangers assistance for security and it would be wise not to wait till the polling day to request for the deployment.

“There are 213 polling stations in the constituency for more than 350,00 registered voters,” said the returning officer. “So we believe that the Rangers deployment for the assistance of local police is essential to ensure peaceful and fair polling on April 23,” he added.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has already demanded Rangers deployment, showing concerns over security situation and transparent election without the Rangers presence.

Kunwar Naveed Jameel, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidate from the constituency, had recently told the media that his party would not have any objection to the deployment of troops for fair and free elections.

However, the Jamaat-i-Islami has expressed concern over the deployment of local body employees as polling staff most of whom the party said were associated with a particular party.

“Also we don’t trust the voters’ list as it was prepared in [MQM] unit and sector offices,” said Karachi JI chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman while addressing a press conference with JI candidate Rashid Nasim outside the Okhai Memon mosque.

“We demand deployment of election staff who have no political affiliation. We also strongly oppose employees of local bodies as election staff and we warn the authorities if they make them part of polling staff that would question your impartiality,” said the Karachi JI chief.

Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman said that the Jamaat-i-Islami had served the city of Karachi twice in the past under the mayorship of Abdul Sattar Afghani and Naimatullah Khan Advocate. He said fair and free polls would ensure that the JI win votes in the Azizabad by-election.