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CONTENTS ===================================================================
NATIONAL NEWS + Dialogue to ensure peace, says UNSC + Meeting in NY with Musharraf confirmed: Vajpayee + Normal relations linked to Kashmir: Sattar + Islamabad rejects Delhi claims + Washington allegations groundless, says Beijing + Curbs: US MPs urge fairness + New curbs on missile technology transfer + Provinces give consent to offer: ADB loan for judicial reforms + C'wealth calls for monitoring of timetable: Return to democracy + Provinces, AJK fail to implement CE's orders: Mineral exploration + FO asks British HC to revamp visa system + Benazir says she will run for premiership + No underhand deal with government, says PPP + Benazir not to be PM if PPP wins polls: Deal with govt likely + Benazir to return before polls, says PPP + PPP demands NAB chief's dismissal, trial + Ownership of artifacts yet to be established, says PPP + PPP rejects NAB allegation + Order on Benazir's plea put off till 11th + PPP denies charge against Asif + Murtaza murder case restarts after 6 months + SHC gives split order on Sajjad's petition + Sattar warns against isolation of Taliban + Foreign aid workers trial resumes today + Interstate company in the offing: Regional gas pipeline options + PHC chief justice asks govt to set up ATCs + 13 injured in three Karachi blasts --------------------------------- BUSINESS & ECONOMY + Revenue target cut + IMF conditionalities lead to 'coercive relationship' + IMF wants tax dept revamped + NFC has failed to work with consensus, says World Bank report + NBP to get money for NDFC + NDFC asks for funds to lay off officials + Islamabad to seek 100 items' protection + Stocks finish weekend session on mixed note --------------------------------------- EDITORIALS & FEATURES + Justice � II Ardeshir Cowasjee + Getting smaller things right Ayaz Amir + Just say no to DoCoMo Irfan Husain ----------- SPORTS + Shahid Zaman remains unbeaten + Shock defeat for Mansoor Zaman + Shahid and Shams almost secure berths + Moin vows to win back his place + Lahore may host ATC final

Dialogue to ensure peace, says UNSC
By Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 7: The President of the United Nations
Security Council, Jean-David Levitte expressed the hope that the
continuation of high-level dialogue between India and Pakistan
would culminate in durable peace between the two countries.

Ambassador Shamshad told the President of the Security Council that
Pakistan had always sought good neighbourly and tension-free
relations with India on the basis of a final settlement of the
Kashmir dispute which remained at the heart of all problems and
conflicts in South Asia. He recalled Pakistan's consistent efforts
for a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue with India and
emphasized that a just and honourable settlement of the Kashmir
dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir
would usher in an era of lasting peace and stability in the region.

Shamshad also apprised him of the recent India-Pakistan Summit in
Agra as well as the prospects for further discussions between the
leaders of the two countries when they meet in New York later this
month on the sidelines of the General Assembly session.

He expressed the hope that the international community in general
and the Security Council in particular would encourage and support
the dialogue process. Shamshad also briefed the Council President
on the situation in Afghanistan. While reaffirming Pakistan's
commitment to abide by the UN Security Council resolutions, the
Pakistan Ambassador emphasized the need for the international
community to evolve a fresh and constructive approach for dealing
with the situation in Afghanistan in all its aspects rather than
relying on punitive measures.

Meeting in NY with Musharraf confirmed: Vajpayee
By Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI, Sept 6: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
emphatically distanced himself from critics of peace talks with
Pakistan, reaffirming that he would indeed meet President Pervez
Musharraf in New York later this month with the hope that they both
could build on the dialogue they had begun in Agra.

Mr Vajpayee's remarks came significantly in an address to the
police and intelligence chiefs and in the presence of Home Minister
Lal Krishan Advani.

"Our efforts have not yielded the desired results so far. Yet, a
definite step has been taken in the quest for peace. We will
continue the process set in motion in Agra," Mr Vajpayee said. "It
remains our hope that dialogue alone can build mutual trust and
understanding and help us arrive at a negotiated settlement over
various outstanding bilateral issues, including Kashmir."

The premier told the police and intelligence chiefs that the
situation in Jammu and Kashmir continued to cause "serious concern"
and that a six-month unilateral ceasefire by New Delhi in the war-
torn Himalayan region, called off before the Agra summit, had not
enthused pro-freedom militant groups. "We did so in the hope that
good sense will prevail among the various terrorist groups and
their mentors to begin a meaningful dialogue for peace in the
area," the prime minister said.

Normal relations linked to Kashmir: Sattar
KARACHI, Sept 4: Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar made it clear that
for normal, peaceful and good neighbourly relations between
Pakistan and India, the Kashmir issue should be resolved in
accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris.

Speaking at a news conference on his return from Durban, South
Africa, where he attended the UN conference against racism, the
foreign minister said that Kashmir was the core issue that had
obstructed the normalization of bilateral relations.

He pointed out that President Pervez Musharraf would meet Indian
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New York on Sept 25 for
talks on Kashmir. He said they would try to pick up the threads
where it were left at the Agra summit and carry forward the
process. The minister reiterated Pakistan's commitment to abide by
the United Nations sanction against Taliban, and assured the safety
of the UN monitoring teams expected to be deployed in neighbouring

"It is the obligation of any country to provide security to foreign
dignitaries, observers, and there is nothing special about it," he
said. "We have been saying that we never supplied weapons to
Afghanistan, but we will implement the UN resolution."

KASHMIR STRUGGLE: The minister stated that it would be reasonable
to say that "we do not expect the finalization of the (Agra summit)
draft in New York."  He, however, expressed the hope that this
declaration would be consummated during Mr Vajpayee's visit to
Pakistan. "In the meantime, the two leaders can decide how to
proceed further."

The minister made it clear that even in Agra, Pakistan never said
it would only talk on Kashmir. "This was never stated by Pakistan.
We are willing to talk about other issues".

In fact, Mr Sattar said, in discussions at Agra both sides
understood that after the conclusion of Agra declaration there
would be a structured dialogue process in which there would be
certain priority issues.

He said the priority issues were identified as Jammu and Kashmir,
peace and security, nuclear and conventional arms, confidence-
building measures, drug trafficking and terrorism. There were many
other issues as well, he added.

The minister said that the Kashmiri freedom struggle was
indigenous. In 1989, he pointed out, the Kashmiri people,
frustrated by delay in the implementation of the Security Council
resolutions allowing them to exercise their right to self-
determination, launched the freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir.

Mr Sattar said that the Indian response to this uprising was not
political and peaceful, but brutal repression. He stated that over
a period of time India had concentrated 700,000 police,
paramilitary and military personnel in Kashmir who had let loose a
reign of terror, making it impossible for the people of Kashmir to
carry on their peaceful political struggle and therefore, the
struggle went underground into channels of militancy.

"On every grave there is a tombstone which identifies the person
who is buried there and it should not be difficult for anyone to
see that these people are Kashmiris from the Indian occupied
Kashmir," the minister maintained.

Instead of recognizing the legitimacy and the indigenous nature of
the freedom struggle, India sought through its propaganda to mis-
project this problem; it projects the Kashmiris as secessionists,
fundamentalists and terrorists.

Mr Sattar said that India had tried to exploit the prejudices that
had been projected by some people in the West against Islam. He
called the attempt an artificial one, saying such an attempt would
die a natural death because objective observers would see and
verify the facts that the struggle in Kashmir had been waged by the
Kashmiri people.

He stated that according to the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference,
more than 75,000 Kashmiris had been killed in the freedom struggle
since 1989.-Agencies

Islamabad rejects Delhi claims
ISLAMABAD, Sept 4: Pakistan refuted Indian claims that Islamabad
had given assurance at Agra that it would not raise the Kashmir
issue at the international fora. In a statement, a Foreign Office
spokesman described all such assertions as "pure fabrication and a
figment of someone's fertile imagination."

"At no stage was such an assurance given to anybody," he said. The
spokesman said the Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally
recognized disputed territory and Pakistan would continue to raise
this issue at international fora till a resolution of the dispute
in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.-APP

Washington allegations groundless, says Beijing
BEIJING, Sept 4: The Chinese government on Tuesday described US
accusations that a leading state enterprise exported missile
technology to Pakistan as "totally groundless".

"The so-called allegations are totally groundless," foreign
ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said. "As of now, I haven't heard of
the official announcement (on the sanctions) from the US... (but)
China all along opposes US sanctions on other countries in
accordance with its domestic law," Zhu said.

A spokesman at the China Metallurgical Equipment Company also
vigorously denied the US accusations. "It's a completely groundless
accusation. Our company's business with Pakistan is limited to
metallurgical equipment and mechanical and electrical products," he
said "It's all for civil use."-AFP

Curbs: US MPs urge fairness
By Tahir Mirza

WASHINGTON, Sept 3: The US Congress reconvenes after its summer
break, with both Pakistan and India hoping that the Bush
administration will soon seek the legislature's concurrence for
lifting nuclear-related sanctions from South Asia.

Pakistan's case to be treated equitably with India when the nuclear
sanctions are lifted has received a boost from separate letters
written to the White House by members of the Senate and the House
of Representatives, representing both sides of the political
divide, that ask for a "fair and balanced approach on sanctions
relief for Pakistan".

The letters have been written by nine senators, including Tim
Johnson (Democrat) and Sam Brownback (Republican), and 15 members
of the House of Representatives who include David Bonior, the
Democratic chief whip in the house, and Joseph Pitts, a Republican
member of the house foreign relations committee.

Using more or less similar arguments and language, the letters urge
that during formulation of the administration's policy towards
India and Pakistan, it is "vitally important" that both nuclear
powers in South Asia are treated "equally and fairly" in order to
further America's non-proliferation objectives.

The letters will be seen by Islamabad as to some extent diluting
the politically stigmatizing effect created by Saturday's new
sanctions applied to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (and a
Chinese entity) for violating guidelines under the Missile
Technology Control Regime.

Lobbyists for Pakistan have been trying hard in the past few weeks
to counter the efforts of some non-proliferationists, enthusiasts
for closer US-India ties and Indian diplomats who propose keeping
sanctions on Pakistan in place while lifting them from India.

The New York Times advanced this view in an editorial on Aug 28,
and the Pakistan ambassador here, in a letter published in the
paper's correspondence on Monday, says: "You stress nuclear
restraint in South Asia, but end up advocating the same double
standard that is mainly responsible for the failure of all non-
proliferation efforts in the region. While you urge American
appeals to India to restrain its nuclear weapons program, you
advise Congress to continue nuclear sanctions on Pakistan, even
though you acknowledge that it was India's nuclear tests in 1998
that forced Pakistan to respond. Selective policing of the non-
proliferation regime is the problem, not the solution."

A selective approach is also visible in the US decision to first
sanction a Chinese entity for transferring nuclear missile
technology to Pakistan and then on Sunday sending out signals that
while Washington did not condone Beijing's nuclear build-up, it had
no way of stopping it. It was suggested that the US was willing to
turn a blind eye to China's nuclear and missile program if Beijing
was willing to go along with the Bush nuclear missile defence

Reports suggested that the administration was attempting to dilute
this impression and an official was quoted as saying if the Chinese
continued with their plans for a build-up, it would have to be
taken into account in America's own military planning.

The letters by Congressmen backing Pakistan's case on sanctions
have asked for expanded American engagement with both India and
Pakistan, and expressed the hope that expeditious removal of
sanctions against both nations would be part of that effort. They
say sanctions discourage trade, and it is important for the US to
take immediate steps to increase foreign investment and growth in
the region. The National Foreign Trade Council and the National
Association of Wheat Growers have also urged the administration to
remove sanctions and to do so simultaneously in the case of both
Pakistan and India.

New curbs on missile technology transfer
Staff Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Sept 1: The United States announced sanctions under the
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on Pakistan's National
Defence Complex and a Chinese entity, China Metallurgical Equipment
Corporation, on charges of collaborating on the transfer of
sensitive missile technology.

The State Department said the new sanctions - which follow the ones
imposed on the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and the space
organization Suparco last year - are under Category 2 of the MTCR
that refers to transfer of missile constituent parts and technology
as opposed to transfer of whole missiles under Category 1.

They come in the wake of leaked intelligence reports that a
shipment of Chinese missile parts to Pakistan was detected by
satellite on May 1 and inconclusive talks held in Beijing last week
between the US and Chinese officials.

Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, who was informed of the move in
advance by the State Department, described the sanctions as
"unwarranted and unjustified" and pointed out that both Pakistan
and China had already denied the charges at the highest level.

The ambassador stressed that Pakistan was already facing several
layers of sanctions, and the new measure against one particular
entity would have no effect on the country's indigenous missile
defence program.

Provinces give consent to offer: ADB loan for judicial reforms
By Rafaqat Ali

ISLAMABAD, Sept 3: All the provinces have agreed, in principle,
that the Asian Development Bank's offer for a $130 million soft
loan to bring about judicial reforms should be accepted.

Federal law ministry officials told Dawn that an ADB appraisal
mission had met the four governors and they had, in principle,
agreed that the loan should be accepted. The provinces, however,
have not communicated, in writing, to the federal government about
their consent to the offer.

The federal government had sought a written commitment from the
provinces, for ultimately it would be the responsibility of the
provinces to repay the loan.

Sources said that after the opposition of all the high courts that
the office of the proposed 'judicial ombudsman' should not be
created, the ADB had decided that the appointment of
'administrative judge' would serve the purpose.

If the ADB offer is accepted, it would be mandatory for the
government to enact the 'freedom of information law' to allow
citizens to have access to public information.

The loan will be spent in phases on the Access to Justice Program
(AJP). The main components of the AJP are judicial, police and
administrative reforms.

Under the AJP, more women judges would be inducted into service and
within five years, their strength would be raised to 30 per cent of
the total strength of the subordinate judiciary.

The major component of the loan will be spent on the judicial
reforms. A national body would be set up which would frame policies
for the judiciary; complete the separation of judiciary from
executive; introduce small cause courts and alternative dispute
resolution mechanism; translate important laws into Urdu; and bring
improvement in legal education.

Under the AJP, emphasis would be laid on the provision of
inexpensive and efficient justice.

C'wealth calls for monitoring of timetable: Return to democracy
LONDON, Sept 4: Foreign ministers from Britain and other
Commonwealth countries called for monitoring of Pakistan's
timetable for return to civilian rule, saying it should remain
suspended from the Commonwealth until "restoration of democracy".

A statement said the ministers also "expressed concern over the
continuation of non-democratic government in Pakistan in violation
of the Commonwealth's fundamental political values". "Ministers
decided to recommend to heads of government that the Commonwealth
Secretary-General should have an active monitoring role in the
period leading to the restoration of democracy as announced by Gen
Musharraf on Aug 14," the ministers added.

They also proposed the deployment of Commonwealth observers to
monitor the planned elections.-Reuters

Provinces, AJK fail to implement CE's orders: Mineral exploration
Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 2: President Gen Pervez Musharraf has reprimanded
the provincial governments and the government of Azad Kashmir for
non-implementation of his directives which required introduction of
a regulatory regime for $1 billion mineral exploration and

Sources in the ministry of petroleum and natural resources told
Dawn that the chief executive had asked the provincial and Azad
Kashmir governments on June 2, to implement within one month the
National Mineral Policy.

This required institutional framework at the provincial level,
including establishment of a department of mining and mineral and
introduction of a regulatory regime.

FO asks British HC to revamp visa system
By M. Arshad Sharif

ISLAMABAD, Sept 4: Pakistan has asked the British High Commission
in Islamabad to reorganize its visa service system following last
week's clashes between the police and the visa seekers.

Foreign Office and the capital police chief have conveyed, both
verbally and in writing, to the high commission authorities to
revamp their visa service system to avoid any law and order
situation in future, official sources told Dawn.

Deputy Superintendent Police (Foreign Missions Security), Malik
Islam, told Dawn that the matter was taken up with the Chief
Security Officer (CSO) of the British High Commission after a law
and order situation was created last week outside the high

He said that the CSO, refused to take responsibility for the crowd
outside the embassy premises.

The police official said that the matter was brought to the notice
of the Foreign Office, which has asked the high commission to
revamp its visa system.

Meanwhile, First Secretary of the British High Commission, Mr
Nicholas Cannon, blamed the local administration and visa seekers
for anything happening outside the high commission.

Benazir says she will run for premiership
KARACHI, Sept 7: Former prime minister Ms Benazir Bhutto said she
would lead PPP in next year's federal elections with a view to
becoming prime minister for a third time.

"The people and party want my leadership and what goes with it -
freedom and economic opportunity," Ms Bhutto told AFP in an e-mail
interview from London. "I will contest the polls and will be a
candidate for premiership a third time."

The PPP has already nominated Ms Bhutto to lead the party in
elections due in early October, 2002.

Bhutto said "negotiations is the wrong word" to describe a series
of talks between PPP leaders and Musharraf in recent weeks which
have sparked rumours of a deal.

"I believe my leadership can change the regional, political and
economic situation for the better. That's why I intend contesting,"
she said. "The generals want a puppet prime minister that the
president controls while we want a sovereign parliament and we
strongly oppose the power to dismiss the premier and cabinet
resting with the president."

She said she wanted to see a "negotiated exit strategy (for the
army) so that the transition from military rule to democracy can
take place smoothly."-AFP

No underhand deal with government, says PPP
By Ahmad Hasan Alvi

ISLAMABAD, Sept 6: Mian Raza Rabbani Acting Secretary-General of
the PPP has categorically denied press reports about an underhand
deal of the PPP with the military regime based on the twin-
conditions that the party would support the package of
constitutional amendments now being worked out and that Benazir
Bhutto would not be made the prime minister if the party returns to

"Calculated media leaks and deliberate disinformation on the one
hand and character assassination of the party chairperson in a
shameless manner on the other are the ammunition used by the dirty
tricks brigade of the regime to achieve its political agenda of
discrediting popular public leaders and perpetuating themselves in

"Those in the regime who think they have answers to all questions
must realize that political parties and popular political leaders
reside in the hearts of the masses and they can neither be
commanded nor commandeered like the troops in a unit", Mian Raza
Rabbani said.

The acting Secretary-General said that the PPP believes that more
than anybody else it is the generals, stuck as they are in a blind
alley, who need a safe exit from the mess they have created for
themselves, the army, the people and the country. Popular leaders
of the masses and the political parties have already been so much
battered unjustly that the law of diminishing returns has already
come into play for the regime.

He said that in the past as will now some elements, incapable of
overcoming their congenital opposition to the daughter of Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto, have been making attempts to engineer a change of
political leadership in the country. The devices employed have
ranged from the eighth amendment to judicial abuse, from
intimidation to blackmail and from imprisonment to downright
character assassination.

The unity in the party and the faith of the people of Pakistan in
the leadership of Ms Bhutto has thwarted such designs in the past.
"Let there be no doubt or mistake that this time around also the
scheming against the people will fail".

Debunking claims through calculated press leaks that the names of
Aftab Shaban Meerani or Hamid Nasir Chattha, proposed by the PPP
leadership for caretaker prime ministership were rejected by the
regime Mian Raza Rabbani said, "neither the party authorised any
such nomination nor was any response given to the PPP that the
military had rejected such nominations if made by any".

Mian Raza Rabbani asked the regime to disclose the names of their
representatives who it is claimed met the chairperson or the vice-
chairperson to convey the ruling junta's desire that the
chairperson step out of politics and be replaced by the vice-
chairperson. "Those elements in the regime who are playing this
game of bluff to derail the process of return to democracy are
doomed to fail", he said.

Benazir not to be PM if PPP wins polls: Deal with govt likely
Special Correspondent

ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: The Pakistan People's Party and the government
are said to be negotiating a 'deal' under which the government
would allow the party's unhindered participation in the next
general elections in return for a guarantee that the party would
cooperate with the government in its efforts to establish by
October 2002 what it perceives as 'genuine' democracy.

The proposed deal, if reached, is likely to entail the PPP agreeing
to a number of constitutional amendments and also accepting the
condition that Benazir Bhutto would not contest for the office of
the leader of the house in case the PPP won the majority.

The proposed PPP deal, unlike the Nawaz deal, is not expected to
make the on-going corruption cases against the PPP leaders and its
chairperson and her husband a part of the bargain. The cases will
continue until they reach their logical conclusion with the
guarantee, however, that the government would not try to influence
their outcome in any way.

The results of the recently held local government polls are said to
have brought about a change of heart in both the military
government and the PPP towards each other and nudged them into
opening a dialogue for reaching an understanding on basic issues
before the country embarked upon President Gen Musharraf's roadmap
to democracy.

The government is said to have come to appreciate the fact that
unlike the PML(N) the PPP was too solidly united behind Benazir
Bhutto to break up under pressure. On the other hand the PPP is
said to have likewise come to appreciate the fact that continued
confrontation with the military government would only delay the
resumption of democratic process in the country and cause further
damage to the national economy.

The party leadership is said to have also realized that any attempt
to seek relief for those of its leaders facing corruption cases in
the bargain would not only seriously cheapen the proposed 'deal'
but would also cause the party to lose its credibility like the
PML(N) did after Nawaz Sharif made an out of court settlement with
the regime and went into exile.

The party leadership believes that given a fair chance by the
courts most of its leaders facing corruption charges could prove
their innocence and therefore there was no need to buy an out of
court settlement and suffer the attendant political damage in the

However, the question of who will be the next prime minister, in
case the PPP won the majority in the coming election, is said to
have become very vital for the regime as it has made it plain that
it would not agree to Benazir Bhutto getting elected the leader of
the house for the third time. The regime, therefore, wants the PPP
to include in the negotiating package a short list of probable
candidates for the post of PM before the deal could be signed and

The PPP, on the other hand, is said to be trying to convince the
regime that the party simply could not countenance entering into an
election fray without Benazir Bhutto at its head as it feared that
the party might even lose the elections in that case as there is no
national figure other than Ms Benazir in the PPP who could present
a unified national face to the voters which is what has been the
strongest point of the party compared to other major parties
including PML(N), PML(LM), MQM and ANP which at best are no more
than regional groupings.

The PPP, therefore, is said to have counter-proposed to the regime
that the matter of the next prime minister be postponed until after
the elections implying at the same time, however, that Benazir
Bhutto in the interest of democracy would not perhaps be averse to
nominating one of her party members for the post herself after the
newly elected houses are convened.

The regime, the sources said, does not, however, want to take any
risk by allowing Benazir Bhutto to contest the elections and enter
the parliament. Once inside, they fear, nobody would be able to
stop her from getting elected to the coveted office for the third

Benazir to return before polls, says PPP
Bureau Report

HYDERABAD, Sept 1: The central executive committee of the Pakistan
People's Party (PPP) has resolved that Benazir Bhutto will return
to Pakistan anytime before the general elections, provincial
president of the Party, Nisar Khuhro, and the central executive
member of the party, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, said while
answering newsmen's questions at a local hotel.

Syed Khursheed Shah said that fresh cases were being prepared
against Ms Bhutto to prevent her from returning to Pakistan before
the elections. He said it was often asked that the PPP was in the
habit of using the Sindh card and added that his party had never
done so as it believed in a strong federation. He, however,
maintained that there were some elements who wanted to oust Ms
Bhutto from politics to bring in some malleable leadership which,
he said, would be very dangerous.

The PPP leaders made it clear that the president had no right to
amend the Constitution under which, they observed, it was difficult
to bring about amendments even by the lawmakers themselves because
two third majority of an elected parliament was required to carry
out the exercise.

PPP demands NAB chief's dismissal, trial
Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: Pakistan People's Party has asked President Gen
Pervez Musharraf to dismiss from the armed forces NAB Chairman Lt-
Gen Maqbool and try him in a court after his confession to dealing
in stolen goods.

"The NAB Chairman deserves the same fate as Justice Qayyum, whose
bias prejudiced the conduct of a fair trial," a PPP spokesman said
in a statement and condemned the display of some personal affects
by NAB to malign former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The spokesman said that the bias against the PPP and Bhutto, shown
by the NAB chairman had damaged the reputation of the armed forces
and made a mockery of the law. He said the former premier Nawaz
Sharif, whose conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court for
corruption, was pardoned and allowed to go into exile. In contrast,
Benazir Bhutto whose conviction was set aside by the Supreme Court
and condemned by foreign jurists as "redolent of bias" was the
continued target of the anti-democratic forces, he said.

Her husband was held in violation of all norms due to the bias and
prejudice of Gen Khalid Maqbool, his predecessor and Farooq Adam,
who had confessed to have ordered accountability courts to behave,
he alleged.

The spokesman alleged that if the goods belonged to Ms Bhutto, then
NAB had committed a crime against the former prime minister. The
spokesman said that he did not know who Paul Keating was but noted
that in the Unar case a British citizen claimed before British and
Pakistani authorities that he had been kidnapped by Zardari. The
court threw out his allegations after it was shown that he was
twice convicted and that his wife had received a plot awarded by
Punjab chief minister, he said.

He said that no individual called Keating was ever hired by Asif
Zardari, nor had any proof of contract been produced.

The PPP demanded to know how much Keating was paid to make the
allegations, the spokesman said. He said the PPP hoped that the
military regime would end one sided accountability and take action
against members of the armed forces who broke the law.

He said that people are wondering whether the accountability was
only for the PPP and Pakistan Navy or it was also for the members
of the army, none of whose senior members had been tried, although
the army got the bulk of Pakistani budget.

"In Bhutto case, a serving army officer has admitted to dealing in
stolen artifacts belonging to Islam's first woman prime minister.
This is a serious offence and we demand that the military regime
must act to prove its fairness. We also call for an end to the one
sided accountability and demand that the NAB chairman be dismissed,
tried and replaced with a judge of the Supreme Court to restore
impartiality to a prejudiced and poisoned process," the PPP said.

Ownership of artifacts yet to be established, says PPP

LONDON, Sept 2: The Pakistan People's Party has said that the
ownership of the artifacts, which were found in the Surrey Mansion,
has yet to be established.

Referring to a claim by the Pakistan High Commission here that it
had received artifacts belonging to Ms Bhutto and her husband
Senator Asif Zardari, her spokesperson, Bashir Riaz, said in a
statement here that the authenticity of the artifacts needed to be

Refuting the charge, Mr Riaz said: "Whilst the Senator is in prison
and his wife is in exile, their home (in Pakistan) was broken into
and an investigation was held in the matter and some members of the
house were dismissed. If the artefacts, indeed, belong to Ms Bhutto
and Zardari, then they will be filing a criminal suit against the
National Accountability Bureau for being in possession of stolen

Mr Riaz, however, said: "It is not known who is Keating. It is
shocking that the regime could stoop so low to handle stolen goods
with a view to furthering the politically-motivated trumped up
charges," he said, adding "if the majesty of law is triumph then
handlers of stolen goods must be proceeded against."-PPI

PPP rejects NAB allegation
Staff Correspondent

ISLAMABAD, Sept 1: The Pakistan People's Party has dismissed the
allegation of the National Accountability Bureau about the
ownership of Rockwood House in England, linking it to the PPP

In a statement issued here, a spokesman for the PPP described the
allegation as motivated propaganda by desperate elements in the
regime. "The Pakistan People's Party is convinced that the people
of Pakistan who are politically conscious, have already rejected
the motivated campaign," the spokesman said.

"It is reiterated categorically that not a single document has been
produced to support the allegation that the property is owned by Ms
Bhutto or Mr Asif Ali Zardari. Even if the prosecution story is
accepted, which Senator Zardari has repeatedly denied, the mere
purchase of a house would have nothing to do with corruption," he

Order on Benazir's plea put off till 11th
KARACHI, Sept 1: Judge Muhammad Javed Alam of the AC-IV, put off
announcement of order till Sept 11, 2001, earlier reserved on an
application of the counsel of former premier, Benazir Bhutto,
seeking her acquittal from a reference pertaining to 1,393 illegal
appointments in Pakistan International Airlines, during her tenure
as prime minister.

Abdul Hafeez Lakho moved an application on Aug 11, 2001, before the
court praying to acquit his client in the case, as there was no
documentary evidence available on record against her.

Besides Benazir Bhutto, the other accused booked in this reference
are ex-PIA chief, Air Vice Marshall (retd) Umar Farooq; Benazir's
political secretary, Naheed Khan; Director Administration PIA,
Ghulam Qadir Jamote; Siraj Shamsuddin and Najamul Hasan.

The court would take up the matter on the next date. -PPI

PPP denies charge against Asif
Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 4: The Pakistan People's Party has demanded of the
government to invite the United Nations rapporteur on torture to
investigate whether Arif Baloach and Shorang Khan had not been
tortured to implicate Asif Ali Zardari in a narcotics case.

A statement issued by the party secretariat alleged that Arif
Baloch and Shorang Khan had been tortured to prevent the course of
justice to wrongly claim that narcotics proceeds were used in
purchase of a property in Britain.

"The regime runs away from inviting the UN rapporteurs because it
knows that its flimsy charges cannot bear independent scrutiny," a
PPP spokesman said.

The spokesman debunked what it termed insinuations that any
property owned by the Bhutto or Zardari families was brought
through ill-gotten money. "Both Bhutto and Zardari belong to well-
known and privileged families who conducted themselves honestly and
in keeping with the law and regretted the dirty tricks to tarnish
their reputations," he added.

He said that those sentenced by the Supreme Court for corruption
were released because they agreed to quit politics whereas those
who refused to quit politics were being persecuted.

Murtaza murder case restarts after 6 months
Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 1: After a pause of about six months, the trial of
Mir Murtaza Bhutto murder case was restarted by the district and
sessions judge, East, who fixed Oct 6 for the hearing with the
production of Asif Ali Zardari, the prime accused.

Judge Ali Sain Dino Matilo issued the notice to the home secretary
and the Inspector General of Prisons, Sindh, to produce the spouse
of the former premier, Benazir Bhutto, on the next date of hearing.

The case, being tried on the premises of the Central Prison, was
transferred to the district and session judge, East, after Judge
Yasmin Abbasi of the Small Cause Court refused to try the case some
six months ago due to the 'non-cooperation of the prosecution and
defence lawyers'.

SHC gives split order on Sajjad's petition
Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 3: A division bench of the Sindh High Court handed
down a split judgment in the petition of a former chief justice of
Pakistan, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, pertaining to his grievance with
regard to pension after his removal from the office of the chief

The bench comprised Chief Justice of the SHC Justice Saiyed Saeed
Ashhad and Justice Zahid Kurban Alavi. While the chief justice did
not provide the relief sought by Justice Shah, Justice Alavi
allowed the petition.

The grievance of the petitioner was that after his removal from the
office of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he was entitled to pension
as CJ because he was appointed in permanent capacity for a period
of three and a half years. The petitioner had prayed for declaring
the restrictions contained, vide clause 9, in the impugned order of
October 30, 1998 illegal, unlawful, mala fide and arbitrary.

His contention was also that the respondent were neither competent
nor entitled to deduct or recover an amount of Rs80,380 from his
pension or his GP Fund being medical loan converted by the
competent authority into medical grant.

He had, among other things, also sought to declare the release of
payment of pension to him per his entitlement as he had remained
judge of the Supreme Court, and such payment should not be withheld
on account of discrimination.

In its comments the respondent had contended that the appointment
of the petitioner as chief justice had been struck down by the
Supreme Court and even his review petition was dismissed. Only a
limited validity was granted to his acts on the basis of the
defacto doctrine. He, therefore, now could not claim his pension as
Chief Justice of Pakistan, which could only be done if he was held
to be the dejure Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Justice Alavi in his judgment held that the petitioner could not be
denied pension as chief justice because as required under article
176 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court should be complete only
when there was Chief Justice and so many other judges as might be
determined by an Act of parliament or until so determined, as might
be fixed by the president.

"One cannot imagine a Supreme Court without the Chief Justice. It
would be an anomaly in law if any assertion is made that there was
no CJ for 3 1/2 years because CJ so appointed had by-passed some
junior judges," he observed.

"The case of the petitioner can be considered on the ground of
discrimination as is in the case of one of the retired judges,
namely, Justice Saad Saood Jan, who acted as Chief Justice. As
against this the petitioner was lawfully appointed as Chief Justice
of Pakistan and all his actions during the tenure have been upheld
to be acts of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. His photograph is also
placed in the courtroom No 1 of the Supreme Court, whereas
photograph of Justice Saad Saeed Jan does no find a place in that

Justice Alavi held that "the grant of pension to Mr Justice Saad
Saood Jan as a retired Chief Justice of Pakistan and denial of
pension to the petitioner as CJP would, therefore, be highly
discriminatory and unconstitutional."

While allowing the petition he also directed the respondent to
release the pension and other benefits of the petitioner without
any delay.

The Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court, Justice Saiyed Saeed
Ashhad, did not agree with the observations and conclusions arrived
at by Justice Alavi, and referred to the order of the Quetta Bench
and another bench of the Supreme Court, the cumulative effect of
which was that the appointment of the petitioner as Chief Justice
of Pakistan was held to be unconstitutional, illegal and contrary
to the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of the Al Jihad
Trust vs the Federation of Pakistan.

Accordingly the same was declared invalid, unconstitutional, and it
was also held that orders passed by the petitioner on or after 26.
11. 1997 in his capacity as CJ were without lawful authority and of
no legal effect, the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court

With regard to the comparison of Justice Saad Saood Jan, he
observed that one of the reasons which weighed with the government
in allowing pensionary and retiring benefits to him was that he was
appointed CJP and had not been superseded by the appointment of the
petitioner as CJ, then he would have retired as Chief Justice of
Pakistan. Such could not be said of the petitioner as he, at the
time of his retirement, was not the CJ, observed Justice Ashhad.

After taking into consideration various arguments, Justice Ashhad
differed with Justice Alavi, and held that the petitioner "is
entitled to the relief or being allowed the pensionary and retiring
benefits as the Chief Justice. He will, however, be entitled to the
benefit of extra pension at the rate of five per cent of the salary
of the Chief Justice which he had drawn during the period he
performed the duties and worked as Chief Justice."

Syed Zaki Mohammed, DAG, represented the government.

Sattar warns against isolation of Taliban
ISLAMABAD, Sept 7: The Taliban should be engaged rather than
shunned if the world community wants to help bring peace and
stability to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Abdus sattar said.

"They (Afghans) jealously guard their own independence, and they
will, therefore, resent any interference or intervention in their
affairs," Abdul Sattar said in an interview with Reuters
Television. "It has been our view that a policy of engagement with
the government of Afghanistan is better than a policy that seeks to
isolate them and push them against a wall," he added.

Mr Sattar said it was wrong to assume that Pakistan had any
influence with the Taliban. He also said the sanctions were flawed
because the arms embargo did not apply to the Northern Alliance,
commanded by Ahmad Shah Masood. "The sanctions that are imposed are
one-sided...This policy needs to be reviewed in our view so that it
is both a constraint and an incentive for all parties within
Afghanistan to engage in peaceful settlements."-Reuters

Foreign aid workers trial resumes today
KABUL, Sept 7: The trial of eight foreign aid workers detained in
Afghanistan on charges of preaching Christianity went into recess
for a weekly holiday, prolonging the agonizing wait for families
and diplomats.

The Supreme Court is due to resume the trial behind closed doors on
Saturday but it is still unclear when the two Americans, two
Australians and four Germans will be asked to appear.

They have not been officially informed of the proceedings, which
began on Tuesday, or given legal representation to help defend
themselves against charges which may carry a maximum penalty of

The diplomats and family members were holed up at a United Nations
guesthouse in Kabul, while government offices were closed.

US CALL: Washington issued a new call on the Taliban to permit
legal representation and provide interpreters for the aid workers.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin joined her counterparts
from Australia and Germany in making the request, which has been a
consistent US demand, by letter. "The letter asked for a commitment
from the Taliban that the detainees would have legal representation
and interpreters at the trial and that consular access would be
resumed," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher. "So far
there's been no response."

Diplomats said the relatives, parents of the two American women and
a cousin of the Australian man, were allowed to meet the prisoners
at an undisclosed location on Thursday. "The parents held an hour-
long meeting with their daughters and also saw other detainees and
passed on to them whatever they knew about the beginning of the
trial," US consul David Donahue told AFP on Friday.

United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan Francesc Vendrell on
Thursday met Taliban Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Jalil and
requested the prisoners be allowed more frequent visits from
doctors and relatives, UN officials said.

Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Mutawakel said the foreigners
would appear in court during the "second phase" of the trial, when
diplomats, relatives and journalists would also be allowed to
attend. But Taliban Chief Justice Mawlawi Noor Mohammad Saqib told
state-run Radio Shariat that no decision had been taken regarding
permission for diplomats to observe the trial.

Interstate company in the offing: Regional gas pipeline options
Staff Correspondent

ISLAMABAD, Sept 3: Pakistan has decided to formally launch an
independent Interstate Gas Company Limited (IGCL) with a full-time
chief executive and other professionals to actively pursue regional
pipeline options for gas imports.

Official sources told Dawn that the company has already been
registered under the Companies Ordinance of 1984 and the government
was in the process of inducting a full-time managing director and
his team from the private sector.

With an authorized capital of Rs10 million, the IGCL would be owned
by two gas utilities - Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)
and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) - on the basis of 51
and 49 per cent shareholding respectively.

The company's head office would be in Islamabad and would carry out
all gas-related activities like import, export, sale, processing,
purifying, buying storing supplying, transportation and
transmission of natural gas for any purpose, including lighting,
heating, motive power, power generation or any other related

Pakistan expected natural gas shortfalls of more than 500 MMCFD
(million cubic feet per day) by the year 2005-06 and had taken in
hand four multi-billion dollar gas pipeline options that could pass
through its territories to India. These included import projects
from Iran, Qatar, Turkmenistan and the UAE.

Iran has been very actively pursuing the US$3.2 billion trans-
Pakistan gas pipeline from Iran to India. Pakistan could earn over
US$500 million every year or around US$14 billion in around 30-year
period besides other savings through cheaper gas use instead of
fuel oil.

Pakistan, having issued full assurances to Iran for the project,
would like to pursue Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline as a "Peace
Pipeline", for greater peace in the region, a government official

India has already agreed to the joint commissioning and financing
of the feasibility study relating to the overland route through
Pakistan, these sources said, though it wanted further guarantees.
The 2,670km pipeline that is to run 1,115km in Iran, 700km in
Pakistan and 850 km in India, with a capacity of 3,260 MMCFD.

Pakistan has also received a draft agreement from Sharjah- based
Crescent Petroleum to lay a 1,610km Qatar-Pakistan Gas Pipeline at
an estimated cost of US$3.2 billion and is currently evaluating the

Pakistan and Crescent signed a revised memorandum of understanding
(MoU) last year for laying 1,610km 44 inch dia pipeline offshore
along the Iran-Pakistan coastal line upto Jiwani, near Karachi to
transport 1.6 BCF (billion cubic feet) natural gas.

Under the MoU, Crescent was required to submit a formal proposal
before July 2001 to the petroleum ministry in Islamabad as it
indicated to gas off-take of 1,000 MMCFD from the year 2005 onward.

The consortium of Crescent, Total, Trans-Canada Pipelines Limited
and Brown & Roots International had failed in the mid-90s to sign a
formal agreement with Pakistan due to a deadlock with Qatar Gas
Petroleum Corporation (QGPC) over gas pricing.

Market sources here said that Crescent has since been able to bring
QGPC at a price level; it now seems all parties would benefit.

Although, nothing has so far been disclosed about the gas price,
Pakistan wanted it to be in the range it had earlier agreed upon
with the CENTGAS consortium for Turkmenistan-Pakistan Pipeline.

Under the CENTGAS MOU, the price of gas for delivery at Multan was
agreed at 75 per cent of the border price of fuel oil but not less
than US$1.65 per MMBTU and not more than US$2.05 per MMBTU.

The pipeline gas tariff, proposed by Iran for trans-Pakistan gas
pipeline to India, starts from US$0.80 to US$1.60 per MMBTU in
Iran, going upto US$1.48 to US$2.28 per MMBTU in Pakistan and reach
US$2.26 to US$3.06 per MMBTU in India. The import of gas from
Turkmenistan seemed slim in view of the continued unrest in
neighbouring Afghanistan.

The UAE-based Offset Group (UOG) that was now pursuing a multi-
billion dollar Dolphin project in the Gulf states had also offered
Pakistan to extend a pipeline from somewhere near Dubai. However, a
serious proposal was still awaited.

PHC chief justice asks govt to set up ATCs
Bureau Report

PESHAWAR, Sept 1: The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Mr
Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, has asked the provincial government
to establish anti-terrorism courts under the Anti-Terrorism Act,
1997, in the province.

The chief justice said that after the latest amendments to the ATA,
1997, it had become legally imperative on the government to
establish special courts under the said law. He added that for the
time being at least seven special courts, one each at the
headquarters of the erstwhile divisions, should be established.

Till now in the NWFP the respective district and sessions judges
have been enjoying powers of special courts under the Suppression
of Terrorist Activities (Special Courts) Act, 1975, and no separate
special courts have been established under the ATA 1997. The ATA
courts have only been functioning in Punjab and Sindh.

According to an official handout, the chief justice also asked the
government to enhance the number of judicial officers to
effectively cope with the situation emerging in the wake of the
introduction of the new system after Aug 14.

13 injured in three Karachi blasts
Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 5: Thirteen people were injured in three separate
blasts, two of them critically, in Saddar and Jamshed Quarters.

The first explosion occurred in a minibus carrying some 20
passengers. Ten of them were injured in the blast. Three others
were injured when a firecracker exploded near Saddar Dawakhana, the
police said. The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital and
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. The doctors described the
conditions of the two patients as critical.

Revenue target cut
Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 6: Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz confirmed a Rs13.7
billion reduction in the current year's revenue target and hinted
at fresh adjustments to maintain the budget deficit at 4.9 per cent
of the GDP.

The minister told a press conference that the revenue target had
been decreased to Rs444 billion from the original Rs457.7 billion
but, he added, the development budget and the fiscal deficit would
remain the same.

The revision, he said, had to be made due to "re-analysis" of the
base. However, he explained that while the base figures were the
same, adjustments had been made in the overall targets. There would
be no cut in the social sector allocations, he assured.

The minister pointed out that there was a lot of room for an
increase in the non-CBR revenue and for reduction in the non-
essential expenditure.

IMF conditionalities lead to 'coercive relationship'
By Jawaid Bokhari

KARACHI, Sept 7: Pakistan has been initiated into an informal
dialogue with the IMF as part of the Fund's worldwide consultations
to adjust its increasing conditionalities to 'new realities'.

The informal dialogue was kick started in London by the Governor,
State Bank, Dr Ishrat Husain at a seminar organized jointly by the
IMF, World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat recently. The
topic of the seminar was: "Conditionality and Ownership" of the IMF
supported program.

In case of Pakistan, the IMF has shifted its strategy from policy
guidance to micro managing both the State Bank and Ministry of
Finance, indicating complete lack of confidence in the ability of
the authorities to deliver. This is straining the administrative
capacity of the two entities, a source, close to the Ministry of
Finance in Islamabad, said. To quote Dr Ishrat: "The distortions
caused by such acute micromanagement by the IMF are quite severe,
and, paradoxically, they retard the progress in meeting performance

At least two more seminars, in addition to the ones held in Europe,
are on agenda of the IMF to provide opportunity for country
officials, academic experts, representatives of international
organizations, donor groups and NGOs to contribute to IMF review of
conditionalities. These are planned for the second half of this
year, and may be conducted on the internet from IMF office in

Dr Ishrat Husain told the seminar: "the IMF specified
conditionalities" lead to "mistrust" and "coercive relationship."
Whereas for ownership, he said, this kind of relationship should
give way to a continuous and collaborative relationship in which
the policy dialogue guides the process of conditionality design and
specification. He was invited by the organizers to address the
seminar in his individual capacity as an economist and scholar.

The IMF is addressing concerns that the Fund supported programs
often short-circuit national decision-making process and fail to
recognize the authorities ability to enlist public support for
program envisaged and administrative capacity to implement
policies. The IMF directors want to avoid "ill-focused or unduly
intrusive conditionality that could detract from ownership," says
an IMF report.

Excessively broad and detailed conditionality has raised a number
of issues, says the IMF report, and "may undermine the national
ownership of a policy program, which is essential for successful

Until 1980s, policy conditions were primarily limited to
macroeconomic variables such as domestic credit creation and fiscal
deficit. But starting in late 1980s, there was a broadening of the
scope of conditionality. The Fund conditionality came increasingly
to be attached to structural reforms, including those intended to
strengthen the financial institutions, to build a sound financial
sector and to increase the efficiency of the economy. The current
IMF managing director is giving high priority to streamlining and
focusing the IMF conditionality and strengthening national
ownership. The stated aim is to leave the maximum possible scope
for countries to make their own policy choices.

Economists feel that the IMF does not have a complete picture of
Pakistan's economic problems, and is still imposing theoretical
solutions. IMF prescriptions suffer from inconsistency. For
example, poverty reduction and strong economic growth are to be
achieved under a strict stabilization program under PRGF.

Interim steps like rescheduling Pakistan's external debt and
balance of payments support from IFIs are short-term measures that
are not tackling the structural imbalances. The country is barely
managing current account convertibility and a market- driven
exchange rate. Furthermore, meeting quarterly targets remains the
primary preoccupation, and, virtually, does not allow economic
managers enough time and fiscal space to focus on the real

Addressing the English Speaking Union on July 5 with particular
reference to SBA, the State Bank governor observed: "The timing,
sequencing and phase of these reforms were not necessarily those
the Pakistani authorities would have preferred, had they complete
say in the matter."

He adds: "Once we have attained the stage where our fiscal and
external accounts are no longer in such a state of chronic
imbalances, as they are today, we will be able to attain our
economic sovereignty."

At the London seminar Dr Ishrat candidly told the participants:
"The IMF enjoys excessive concentration of power and has a virtual
monopoly of knowledge and ideas in prescribing as to what are the
right policies a country ought to follow. It has disproportionately
large influence on financing provided by other players -
development banks, fund managers, debt relief by Paris and London
Clubs and syndicate lending by commercial banks."

"A negative assessment by the IMF or even a failure to complete
review on time places the reputational capital of the borrowing
country at great risk, erodes its creditability in the financial
markets and reduces financial flows into the country. There are
instances where this created a snowball effect amplifying the
disequilibrium in macro-economic balances as the IMF and other
financiers collectively withheld their assistance."

Dr Ishrat cautions: "Monopoly of any kind is undesirable and
therefore the monopoly of prescribed policies and economic ideas by
the IMF combined with the helplessness of the borrowing country is
harmful and inimical to a sustained and mutually beneficial

Dwelling on the experiences of borrowing countries Dr Ishrat said:
"the more constraints are placed on the degrees of freedom and
action of authorities and the more their hands are tied, the higher
is the probability of failure, deviations and slippages."

The IMF move to streamline its conditionality, some IMF directors
have stressed, should aim at ensuring that conditionalities are
appropriately targeted in the light of circumstances in the
borrowing country.

In a world of volatile global capital markets and a weakening
international financial system, it has become difficult to specify
macroeconomic performance criteria for more than a brief period and
a review of the IMF program and conditionality has become
inevitable, say IMF researchers.

IMF wants tax dept revamped
By A Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 3: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
recommended to the government to discard the existing circle
management system in the income tax department and replace it with
the functional based system for the facilitation of the taxpayers.

Under the new system, the existing five regions including the
corporate region, be constituted as the nuclei of the organization,
management and systems of the reformed income tax organization.
Each would be headed by a regional commissioner, responsible for
all operational aspects of the administration of income tax in the
region, official sources told Dawn.

Under each RCIT, there would be six divisions headed by CITs, which
include Management Information System; Operations and Audit; Survey
and Research; Customer Service, enforcement and collection and
inspection and internal audit.

The IMF officials, however, appreciated the existing system of
Sales Tax, but they recommended to the government for revamping of
customs procedures and their simplification, they said. The IMF
team also endorsed the recommendations of the task force of raising
the pay scale of the employees of tax administration, however, it
was not yet decided that how much raise will be given, the sources

NFC has failed to work with consensus, says World Bank report
By Sabihuddin Ghausi

KARACHI, Sept 5: A World Bank-sponsored study has found the
functioning of the National Finance Commission "less by consensus
than by the federal government's power to prevail over the
provinces. This is an unhealthy situation," the report has made
observation about the functioning and the award given by the 1996

The report has been prepared by Dr Arshad Zaman, a well-known
economic and financial consultant who was chief economist a few
years ago. He was assigned the "Sindh-fiscal resource study" by the
World Bank in which he pleads "an effort should, therefore, be made
to evolve a more consensual decision through the NFC process."

The NFC is holding its second meeting when Sindh is under
tremendous financial strain. In July, the federal government was
reported to have arbitrarily deducted at source Rs1 billion from
Sindh's share in federal taxes. The deduction was made on a demand
of WAPDA. Such a deduction is against the 1996 NFC award which
clearly stipulates the drawing up of a new procedure "instead of at
source deductions". The provision was incorporated in the award to
save Sindh from the excessive and presumptive billing by WAPDA. A
former Supreme Court judge arbitrated in the matter and gave a
verdict against the WAPDA's demand. But a hand-picked Sindh
administration has surrendered.

Also, the federal government is not providing the promised share of
2.5 per cent sales tax collection to Sindh. In 1999, when octroi
and Zila tax was abolished, it was substituted by the levy of
additional sales tax of 2.5pc. The rate of sales tax was increased
from 12.5pc to 15pc.

The federal government had promised to keep this collection of
additional 2.5pc sales tax in a separate account from where the
losses suffered by the provinces on account of the abolition of
octroi and Zila tax had to be compensated. Since Sindh was the
biggest generator of sales tax, it is also the biggest loser. The
federal government cut down compensatory allocation to the province
with the result that the staff of the Karachi Metropolitan
Corporation and other local bodies are not getting their salaries.

In 1996 too, a military-backed caretaker setup had inflicted same
financial scars on Sindh. The then prime minister, Malik Meraj
Khalid, also held the portfolio of finance but the powers were
actually exercised by a World Bank wizard who was adviser to the
government. He constituted a NFC which finalized the resource
distribution award between the federation and the provinces, and
among the provinces within a few weeks. Then the provincial
administrations were hand-picked. The Sindh representatives moaned
and groaned on the unjust and unfair award, but could not help
putting their signatures on it.

The 1996 award was based on deceptive and highly inflated revenue
collection figures. According to these projections, total tax
collections in the current year should be about Rs830 billion. They
indicated total tax collection of Rs427 billion in 1997-98, Rs504
billion in 1998-99 and Rs702 billion in the last fiscal year.

But the fact is that the total tax collection during the last
fiscal year was hardly Rs380 billion which is even nowhere near the
1997-98 projections. Officials say the actual allocation to Sindh
during the last five years was almost Rs60 billion less than
promised by the 1996 NFC award.

The Sindh administration has apparently reconciled with this
situation and is pursuing a three-pronged approach. It has
drastically cut down the expenditure, current as well as
development. Hardly development funds worth Rs3 billion was
released last year and situation is almost the same in the current
fiscal. Current expenditures were restricted to payment of salaries
and pensions. Maintenance of stocks has suffered a lot. Government
buildings are in a bad shape. There is hardly any stationery worth
the name in government offices. Machines and computers remain
unrepaired for months and years. It has affected the efficiency of
the government offices.

Secondly, the Sindh government is relying heavily on the provincial
revenue base. Urban population is a virtual hostage. People in
Karachi are being asked to pay almost twice the property tax, a
higher motor vehicle tax, infrastructure fee is being collected
from importers, and the net of stamp duty is being widened. The per
capita provincial tax incidence has suddenly gone up in Sindh by at
least 60 to 70pc.

Thirdly, the Privatization Commission is eying the vast real estate
in Karachi and Hyderabad. Reports suggest that the PC has set up
its office and is recruiting staff for the purpose.

NBP to get money for NDFC
By Jawaid Bokhari

KARACHI, Sept 1: The government is planning to give a Rs16.5
billion grant to the National Bank of Pakistan to compensate it for
the losses it is set to incur on account of its merger with the

The NDFC's balance sheet has a hole of Rs16.5 billion which would
be passed on to the NBP when the former is merged with the latter.
The government loans and deposits stuck up with the NDFC amount to
about Rs14-15 billion.

Official sources said the grant would come in the form of write-off
of government loans to the NDFC amounting to Rs4-5 billion and
deposits amounting to Rs11 billion. The difference between write-
off amount and the total losses may be adjusted with budgetary

With the liquidation of the NDFC, the government officials say the
write-off would be a mere book entry. Such a decision would also
facilitate return of money to individual and institutional
depositors in the private sector.

The liquidation of NDFC was one of the pre-conditions for a $300
million World Bank loan for structural reforms in the banking

NDFC asks for funds to lay off officials
Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 4: The National Development Finance Corporation, now
in the process of being merged with the NBP, has asked for money
from the ministry of finance to make severance pay to 800

After approving the scheme of payment, the ministry will advise the
State Bank to release the funds and adjust the amount as part of
the $300 million World Bank loan for banking sector reforms.

Senior NDFC officials say the corporation may get money within this
month but they are not sure about the amount. Initially the NDFC
had asked for Rs1.4 billion to finance the payment scheme, but as
the ministry wants some changes in its costing the final amount
could be different.

That will depend on which parts of the proposed pay scheme are
approved by the ministry. The NDFC employees say they are expecting
to get a generous golden handshake like the one offered to Habib
Bank employees who opted for voluntary separation. But sources
close to the ministry of finance said the NDFC employees are not
going to get a voluntary separation scheme. "They will get
severance pay...and as the term suggests it should be much less
generous than a golden handshake."

The World Bank loan for banking sector reforms is yet to come, but
Pakistan has already taken several steps to meet the 'ifs' and
'buts' attached to it. A key condition is closure of commercially
unviable financial institutions including the NDFC and
privatization of state-run banks.

Last month, the government first placed a six-month moratorium on
the NDFC operations and later on the State Bank announced that the
corporation was being merged with the NBP. The merger announcement
said that the NDFC employees will get severance pay admissible
under the rules.

Since the merger announcement came along with the news that small
investors of the NDFC were being allowed to make limited
withdrawals, it raised the hopes that the NDFC employees might get
a fair treatment. That explains why the employees union has so far
made no hue and cry over the issue. But President of NDFC CBA Syed
Nasir Ali on Tuesday urged the government to finalize the severance
pay issue at the earliest.

"You call it severance pay or whatever...we are expecting a
financial package that we have negotiated with the management," he
said when reached by Dawn over telephone.

Officials say once the employees get severance pay it will set the
stage for the NDFC-NBP merger that has to be completed within six

Islamabad to seek 100 items' protection
By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD, Sept 2: Pakistan will submit in November a list of over
100 items to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it wanted to
protect from trade liberalization on the pretext of national and
geographical identification.

Commerce ministry sources told Dawn that the list of such items was
in the process of compilation in a coordinated effort across the
country through provincial governments, cultural organizations,
non-governmental organizations and various regional forums.

These sources said protections to these geographical indicators
would be provided through "Geographical Indicators Ordinance,
2001," under the international copyrights and patent laws. The law
would be put in place before the end of October because the list
will then be submitted to the WTO during the Doha ministerial moot
in November.

Pakistan and India were currently working simultaneously on a
similar law because the law would have the provision of sharing the
identification of the items like Basmati rice and Alphanso mango
which have their origin in both the countries, the sources said.

The two sides have already agreed to counter repeated moves by
Ricetech of USA to sell Basmati by artificially adding the aroma to

Businessmen and commerce ministries in the two countries believed
that they could lose billions of dollars in foreign exchange in
view of export decline like in Basmati, a product farmers in the
subcontinent produced for centuries.

The two countries have now decided to make efforts that Basmati and
other geographical items were internationally accepted as
geographical indicators and no one outside the region was allowed
to use their trademark name or product.

Stocks finish weekend session on mixed note
Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 7: Stocks finished the weekend session on a mixed
note. The weakness of the textile and investment sectors weighed
heavily against the sentiment though its total negative impact was
partially neutralized by the improved performance of the blue chip
counters, notably the pharma shares amid market talk of official
permission to raise drug prices. Both Abbott Lab and Aventis
Pharma, which rose by Rs.5.00 and Rs.3.55 respectively followed by
Knoll were leading among them.

A good part of short-covering was also confined to the energy
shares where both Pakistan Refinery and National Refinery were
traded actively on the higher side.

The KSE 100-share index rose by 1.18 points to close at 1,246.80 as
compared to 1,245.62 a day earlier as both PTCL and Hub-Power,
having 45 per cent weightage in it, maintained their recovery

Echoes of the National Development Finance Corporation (NDFC)
collapse and its merger with the National Bank were heard in the
market for the first time after about a week but there was no
negative comment from the analysts as small depositors are allowed
to withdraw their money.

Minus signs managed to hold a modest edge over the plus ones but
most of the fall were fractional with the exception of Wyeth
Pakistan, which eroded a good part of gains netted during the last
couple of weeks, off Rs16.00.

Other losers were led by Hussein Industries, Ellcot Textiles, Bilal
Fibre, Glaxo- Wellcome, Pakistan Oil Fields, Lakson Tobacco and New
Jubilee Insurance, falling by one rupee to Rs.2.85.

Atlas Honda, Lever Brothers,Millat Tractors, Abbas Engineering,
Pakistan Refinery and National Refinery were among the other good
gainers, which posted gains ranging from one rupee to Rs.2.00.

Trading volume was maintained at the overnight level of 42m shares
but losers managed to force a modest edge over the gainers at 74 to
62, out of the 180 actives. Hub-Power topped the list of most
actives, firm by five paisa at Rs.15.90 on 16m shares followed by
PTCL also up five paisa at Rs.15.60 on 10m shares, PSO, higher 10
paisa at Rs.129.60 on 4m shares, Adamjee Insurance, off 75 paisa at
Rs.31.50 also on 4m shares and WorldCall Payphones, higher 40 paisa
at Rs.13.85 on 3m shares.

Other actives were led by MCB, firm by five paisa at Rs.23.00 on
1.483m shares, Knoll Pharma, up Rs.4.20 on 1.030m shares, Telecard,
lower 40 paisa on 0.712m shares, FFC-Jordan Fertilizer, easy five
paisa on 0.647m shares, and Nishat Mills, lower 10 paisa on 0.321m

FORWARD COUNTER: Trading on this counter was featured by a bullish
hella in hereto inactive Ibrahim Fibre, which rose by Rs.1.75 at
Rs.14.00 on 500 shares. Trading in its shares was temporarily
suspended to settle the dues as the rise was above the daily
ceiling rate of Rs.1.50 or 7.5 per cent. Hub-Power was, however, an
exception, which rose further by five paisa at Rs.16.05 on 1.438m
shares, remaining the most active issue. MCB followed it, easy,
five paisa at Rs.22.00 on 0.842m shares and PTCL, also off by the
same amount at Rs. 15.65 on 0.813m shares. Others were ended on a
mixed note.

DEFAULTER COMPANIES: Crescent Board led the list of most actives,
sharply higher by Rs.1.15 at Rs.3.00 on 27,000 shares apparently on
insider buying followed by Apex Fabrics and Colony Textiles, up 20
paisa and lower 15 paisa at Rs.0.45 and Rs9.10 respectively on
2,000 shares each.

Back to the top
Justice - II
By Ardeshir Cowasjee

"The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so
that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are
fully protected by the state," said Mohammad Ali Jinnah on August
11 1947. Thousands may exclaim, "Does the man not know that
Jinnah's Pakistan died with him one year later?"

The chehlum of Shaukat Raza Mirza, so brutally murdered, was held
two days ago. During the period since he was killed, there has been
speculation as to the reason. Half of officialdom maintains that it
was on account of his being a high-profile Shia high executive; the
other half says it was because he was doing too good a job heading
the Pakistan State Oil, the premier oil company of this country and
had unearthed humongous scams. He was gunned down in broad
daylight, in the middle of a public thoroughfare. His murderers
have not yet been identified or found and brought to justice.

During this past week two Shia surgeons have closed their clinics
and are going abroad, taking with them their knowledge in their
heads and hands, and justifiably so as they do not wish to be
killed merely because they happen to be Shias. So much for life in
Pakistan. My first column on justice dealt with life. We now deal
with property.

Again, I say, lest someone should hasten to deem otherwise, I am
not writing this column in this newspaper of record with any intent
to commit contempt of the chief justice of Pakistan, or of any
other honourable justice of the Supreme Court, or of any other
court of Pakistan.

The chief justice of China visited Islamabad this summer. During
his discussions with our own chief justice, Justice Irshad Hasan
Khan, Justice Khan expressed a desire to visit China and meet other
Chinese judges of the superior courts and explain how well Justice
was dispensed in Pakistan. The inscrutable Chinese, ever wanting to
learn, have now invited him to visit his country. Justice Khan is
leaving for Beijing on September 3 for a ten-day visit, and so that
other judges may also not only benefit from the Chinese experience
but aid him in expounding how our justice system works.

He is taking with him Supreme Court Justices Sheikh Riaz Ahmed,
Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Qazi Mohammad Farooq, Syed Deedar
Hussain Shah, law secretary Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokar and
secretary of the Law Commission Justice Faqir Hussain. They should
all be back with us by Monday, September 17, so that the Supreme
Court will be fully functional again, having reconvened on
September 5 following its three months summer vacation.

The cause of justice in Pakistan will suffer for a fortnight and
the visit will cost our exchequer some million rupees, and the
Chinese some more millions - all worthwhile taking into account the
benefits to be had by the Chinese and our own judges.

All for the better. In China they may meet a pupil of the Great
Master who may convey to our men one of the foremost thoughts of
their old Sage : "He who knows what he knows, and knows what he
knows not, is the one who knows"

Now to property, and a tale which should neither shock nor surprise
anyone familiar with the administration of justice in Pakistan. My
grandfather, Fakirjee Cowasjee, held and possessed what the family
considered to be among the best properties of Karachi - a
rectangular plot admeasuring some 8,500 square yards of prime
vacant land situated in the centre of the city, to the west of
where the Marriot Hotel and the American consulate now stand. In
1939, soon after war was declared in Europe and before his plans to
develop the plot could be executed, he died.

The British government requisitioned the property for the duration
of World War II and some temporary structures were constructed on
it. After the war, the British asked for time to wind up their
affairs and before they could derequisition it, Karachi became the
capital of Pakistan and the land was requisitioned by the
government of Pakistan. It remained so until 1985 when it was
acquired by the government.

We claimed compensation, as provided for in law, Rs 6,000 per sq
yd, the requisitioning commissioner awarded us Rs.3,000 per sq yd.
The government has so far paid us Rs.1,100 per square yard.

We appealed, we filed a reference in the High Court. In the
meantime my father Rustom died at the age of 91 in 1992. The matter
is still pending settlement. When it is decided the loser will file
an appeal before a division bench of the High Court, and when that
is decided a further appeal will be made to the Supreme Court.

My brothers and I are now in our mid-seventies, and the eldest of
the next generation is 50. By the time the case is finally decided
the fourth generation may also have departed to meet their maker.
Seventy years?

What happens elsewhere? Say, in London, under the British system of
justice? Let's take a case involving the Mians of Lahore - Shahbaz
Sharif, Mohammad Sharif and Abbas Sharif - and the Hudaibiya Paper
Mills Limited, who borrowed millions of dollars from Investment
Funds Limited, a concern operated by Al-Tawfik Company, and in true
Pakistani fashion did not repay it. Al-Tawfik went to court in
London. On September 4, 1998, a master of the court, Master Rose,
served an order on Hudaibiya and the Mians, who then filed an
application before Justice Buckley of the Queen's Bench Division of
the High Court of Justice of England, seeking that the order and
service of proceedings be set aside.

On February 5, 1999, the judge wrote a one-page order refusing the
application. On March 16, 1999, the court delivered its judgment
ordering the Mians to repay the loan. It was not repaid by November
5, 1999, on which date Master Trench by a one-page order had the
London properties of the Mians attached. The Mians then decided to
pay up and a 'consent order' was signed by the lawyers of the two
parties on January 25, 2000. The entire matter was settled within
16 months.

Again, in London. In the Court of Appeal, on July 29 and 30 1983
Lord Justice Ackner and Justice Oliver sat to hear an appeal in the
matter of Continental Grain Co. of the USA versus Islamic Republic
of Iran Shipping Lines and Government Trading Corporation of Iran.
The opening paragraph of the judgment written by Lord Ackner reads:

"There is a risk that the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal
are providing too good a service for litigants. Last Thursday at 8
am Mr Justice Parker sat to deal with the interlocutory proceedings
which are the subject matter of this appeal. An indication was
given on Friday morning that it was desired to appeal, Friday being
the last day of term. The work of that day having been completed in
separate courts by myself and Lord Justice Oliver, we began again
at 2.15 to consider this case, which was said to be likey to last
three hours. We sat again at 10 o'clock today, Saturday, and it is
now 4.33 when we come to give judgment. I make no apology for
saying that the judgment will lack the detail and the quality which
one would have hoped to put into it but for that recital of the
facts and the pressures which are now brought to bear upon the
courts with a view to getting urgent answers to urgent matters."

The matter had initially come up in the Commercial Court on July 21
before Justice Parker when the plaintiffs, an international
commodity trading concern, sought an injunction to prevent 6000
tons of soya bean oil for which they claimed title, from falling
into the hands of the Iranian Trading Corporation.

Continental Grain had contracted to sell the oil to Interice Ltd
which would sell it to the Iranians. The oil was shipped on an
Iranian Shipping Lines' vessel f.o.b., and payment was to be
effected in cash against documents. Interice failed to pay
Continental, which then applied for an injunction ordering the
Iranian Shipping Lines to divert its vessel to a safe port (Karachi
being the most convenient), discharge it and deliver it to
Continental. The application for injunctive relief was adjourned,
the Iranians gave an undertaking to keep the vessel outside Iranian
waters until July 27, and to enter into negotiations regarding the
disposal of the oil. The second undertaking did not materialize.
The matter came back to Justice Parker on July 29.

The Iranians applied for a stay of the action. Justice Parker
granted an injunction and refused a stay. The Iranians then
appealed. Lord Ackner and Oliver heard the appeal on July 29 and 30
and dismissed it. The entire matter took ten days from start to
finish. The property owners were careful. They had stipulated that
the transactions would be covered by the laws of England. Without
any hesitation and without having been asked to so do, the judges
worked on a holiday, and that too at the start of their vacation.

Moral of the story : wherever possible, have contracts covered by
the laws of England.

Getting smaller things right
By Ayaz Amir

Natural calamities and man-made disasters Pakistan will survive.
But I doubt if the same assurance can be extended to the onslaught
of the plastic shopping bag which is choking every last drain in
the republic and disfiguring its landscape.

There are pests which cannot go into the sea or cross the
Himalayas. No such handicap of climate or geography deters the
plastic shopper whose ubiquitous presence is more deadly than that
of the sectarian outfits which murder in the name of Islam.

When the final cataclysm takes place, of whose occurrence all the
Books assure us, and the mountains roll into the seas and the
waters pour over the land, everything will be flattened but the
shopper will still be there, floating above the waters, clinging to
the trees and giving the angels a hard time.

Granted General Musharraf and his corps commanders are still trying
to get their bearings right. Granted they need at least another ten
years to implement their agenda. But what ingenuity or magical
intuition is required to wake up to the menace of small things? Or
is it that another Task Force must be set up to mull over the
threat of the plastic shopper before the Chief Executive and his
cohorts can be moved to action?

The mutilation of the Constitution will be of concern to any right-
thinking citizen. As will be the freezer in which the carcass of
democracy has been placed for safe keeping. But the country's
ability to master bigger problems would be far more credible if it
could first get around to solving smaller ones. What's the problem
in getting rid of the plastic shoppper? What biblical injunction
prevents its destruction?

Our love of all things plastic almost suggests as if we and not the
Germans were the first to manufacture it. Plastic chairs, crockery,
containers, buckets - the infernal thing has spread faster than any
plague. There is a brand of vegetable ghee which now sells in
plastic buckets encouraging village housewives, who think they are
onto a good thing, to collect them for other uses. The mineral
water scourge is another source for the spread of plastic as is the
curse of the American soft drink whose invasion of the globe
predates the insidious spread of the shopper.

A country like Pakistan should have no place for disposable plastic
bottles or anything plastic that can be thrown away including - the
storm troopers of the women's movement may note - disposable
plastic nappies. The All-powerful, being merciful, will forgive us
our other transgressions, not this one. Did He create the earth for
us to litter it with non-degradable junk?

Even the pristine fastness of our highest mountains are not secure
from the plastic invasion. Mountaineering teams deserve our respect
when they test the limits of human endurance. But they become a
problem when they throw their litter around. Heroism is no excuse
for despoiling our mountains.

Or take the eucalyptus tree. Do we need another Revelation to tell
us that this tree, a fiendish import from Australia, is injurious
to the kind of land we have in the subcontinent? You don't have to
be a forestry specialist to know this. Enormous quantities of water
are required for its fast-rising growth. Even for waterlogged areas
its use has to be watched for what it sucks up is fresh (and
therefore drinkable) water, leaving saline water behind.

But no, being the monkeys that we are, we fell for the World Bank
command that this was a miracle tree. Now it can be seen even on
rain-fed lands where there is a scarcity of sub-soil water. From
British days onwards we planted longer-growing tree varieties along
our highways. Now the fashion is to plant the eucalyptus. Not only
does it injure the soil, it also does not fit into the tone and
texture of our traditional vegetation.

One thing always beats me: why can't we leave the few open spaces
that we have alone? In this context, what about the expected
desecration of the Ayub National Park? Couldn't the army have left
it alone? Must some half-tutored retired army officer - a breed,
come to think of it, as pestilential as the plastic shopper - be
given the run of it to turn it into a heritage museum?

In the Rawalpindi area there are more retired and serving generals,
brigadiers and colonels per square yard of built-up area than
perhaps anywhere else on the planet. These people are always
lecturing us about the higher imperatives of national security
(which often boils down to saying, don't touch our pension nests).
Have they no concern for their environment? Can they not deliver a
petition to GHQ to leave the Ayub Park, the one piece of woodland
near the city, alone? What a city 'Pindi once used to be. What a
traffic and building slum it has now become.

In much of the industrialized North, civic order and the rule of
law arrived much earlier than the trappings of democracy. Even in
the age of absolutism European monarchies were governed by some
system of laws. Even Henry the Eighth had to seek a dispensation
from the Church before marrying his several wives and beheading two
of them. What a contrast with us where right till the coming of the
British the will and whim of emperor, king or local satrap ruled
supreme, unfettered by even a passing reference to any structure of

At times it seems as if the past has not left us and the
intervening years of British rule touched merely the surface of our
existence. In order to better appreciate our failure to master the
problems of governance, no study is more worthwhile than that of
the history of Punjab, and what is now the Frontier province, from
the decline of the Mughal empire to the formation of the Sikh
kingdom under Ranjit Singh. A tale of intrigue, murder, rapine and
pillage so fantastic, and so full of colour, that it would look
strange even in a work of fiction. Given some effort, a few books
on that period can be found but in our collective memory those
years of mayhem and anarchy are a blank and we know less about them
than, say, the Thirty Years' War in Europe or the French
Revolution. It is for native historians to cover this lapse.

The British established their empire to fulfill their imperial
ambitions. Any light spread was not by design but through historic
inevitability. There should be no illusions on this score. When one
culture comes into contact with another, something is bound to rub
off on both sides. So it is that through that interaction we got
certain things about which we knew nothing: the rule of law,
scientific education and, in time, the seedlings of representative

Civilization of course we had before but with the decline of the
Mughals it fell into decay and for a hundred and fifty years
thereafter India was prey to turbulence, a state of affairs ending
only with the consolidation of British rule. A false sense of
national pride should not lead us to deny these things or to
submerge them under the rhetoric of a misleading nationalism.

Colonial legacy: how easily we parrot the phrase without
understanding its import. Of course there was evil in colonialism,
as there would be in any form of foreign rule. But we have had over
half a century to get rid of the evil and preserve the good. We
have done just the reverse. While dismantling the institutions
which constituted the brighter side of colonialism, we have
burdened the country with fresh problems: Kalashnikov Islam,
intolerance and an approach to culture of whose multiple symbols
one of the most widespread is the plastic shopper.

For the foreseeable future our economic situation will remain grim
and tight. There is no easy way out of our debt problem. Nor, even
with the best of intentions, can we scale down defence expenditure
in a hurry. With scarce resources, therefore, we will have to live
for quite some time. All the more reason then to till our garden in
such a manner as to substitute diligence and imagination for money.

Does it cost money to get rid of the shopper, cut down the
eucalyptus tree or preserve the Ayub National Park? It does not
require foreign money to make taxis and rickshaws run on meters or
to ensure that there is no overcrowding in passenger buses or
wagons. The rule of law is an attitude of behaviour and of mind and
has little to do directly with money. Indonesia and Nigeria had no
shortage of oil money. That has not made them into better-run
countries. We had no shortage of money in the eighties. We too blew
it and spent it on consumption.

The challenge therefore is to run the country on better lines, to
get to know how to tackle the smaller problems first, before moving
on to the bigger ones.

Just say no to DoCoMo
By Irfan Husain

According to the Japanese communications giant NTT, its third
generation mobile phone system (which goes under the embarrassingly
infantile name of DoCoMo) is about to be launched. Apparently, by
the end of 2002, this amazing new technology will allow us to
download movies as well as music from the Internet.

I hope the executives of NTT will forgive me for being slightly
under-whelmed by their technical breakthrough: the prospect of
watching films on an approximately one-square inch screen leaves me
entirely cold. It seems that this latest gadget from Japan will be
able to do everything for us except polish our shoes, (but the NTT
boffins are working on it). Cynics will say that as the corporation
has sunk in over eight billion dollars in developing what is known
as third generation mobile telephony, you would expect it to hype
up this project.

I have little doubt that when the current bugs in the system are
removed, millions of affluent people around the world will buy the
new phones and be even more plugged in than they are now. However,
let me warn NTT that I will not be queuing up for one. As it is, I
have yet to master the capabilities and intricacies of my first
generation mobile phone.

For instance, I know that it can store an amazing amount of names
and telephone numbers, and I only have to scroll down to get the
name I want to call. But the thought of punching in so much
information on the tiny keys is tedious beyond belief. So until I
muster up the enthusiasm and the energy, I will continue using my
phone book. And do you know what? It may not be high-tech, but it
works amazingly well.

Another capability in my mobile phone that remains unused is its
habit of showing who is calling as the number appears on the
screen. And if I hadn't been lazy to program my instrument with
names and their numbers, it would have showed me who is calling as
well. I suppose the idea is to let you decide whether to take the
call or not. The problem is that I can't read the tiny numerals and
letters on the screen without my reading glasses that are in a
case. By the time I have put them on to see who is calling, the
phone has stopped ringing. So I take the call regardless of who is
at the other end.

Another confession I must make is that I regard mobile phones as
intrusive nuisances. For instance, I think it is the height of bad
manners to take or make a call during dinner. Nothing annoys me
more at a restaurant than the shrill beeping of a cell phone, and
the loud and inane conversation carried out over the phone on the
table next to me makes me want to jab the offender with my fish
fork. What can be more important than the enjoyment of good food in
good company? If and when I start my own restaurant, I shall ban
cell phones and well-done steaks.

But I don't want readers to get the impression that I am an anti-
technology Luddite: I only feel that cell phones are convenient
inventions that should not be allowed to take over our lives. Many
young people I know seem to spend half their waking hours either
chatting on their phones or sending and receiving text messages on
them. This last service, while convenient, requires sharp eyes and
nimble fingers. Kids are highly adept at punching the little keys,
but what are the messages they are so busy sending to the ends of
the earth? In most cases, nothing more sensational than "R U OK?"
As it is, our standards of spelling and grammar are plummeting; I
fear that the advent of SMS (or 'short message service') will only
accelerate this trend.

My high-tech son calls me "technologically challenged", but
actually I have managed to keep up with recent developments. I just
don't find them all particularly useful for my purposes. Take the
so-called Personal Digital Assistants (or PDAs) as an example.
These little gadgets can store an amazing amount of information
relating to addresses, telephone numbers and appointments; in
addition, you can tap in text, which can then be transferred, to
your computer.

My son passed on his Psion to me when he was upgrading to a more
sophisticated PDA, and I laboriously punched in scores of names and
numbers into its memory, apart from typing in my appointments with
its tiny keys. Somehow, I managed to erase its memory when I was
changing its battery. That experience so scared me that I returned
the machine to Shakir and have gone back to using my telephone book
and my diary. So far, I have felt only relief at reverting to my
low-tech ways.

While I am on the subject, let me also admit that I have yet to
learn to program my VCR to record from the TV in my absence. I know
it has this capability because it's manual says so, but apart from
never being sure when there will be a power outage, I have never
actually gone through the instruction book. Indeed, I suspect this
to be true for most people of my generation. For me, life is too
short to be fiddling about with tiny buttons and incomprehensible
symbols on the off-chance that there will be electricity when my
favourite TV program is on.

My relationship with computers has been pretty ambivalent as well.
While I have had a succession of them for 15 years and have a
pretty good grasp of the technology, I have basically used them as
glorified typewriters. And while I love e-mail, I only use my
Internet to occasionally and quickly scan newspapers from India,
Israel, France, the United States and the United Kingdom. I never
"surf" or "chat." Even e-mail has its built-in traps: when you hit
the 'delete' key, your messages are not deleted as you would
expect, but moved to another folder. The geeks at Microsoft learned
to their cost that incriminating memos can be retrieved when the
famous trial was going on a couple of years ago.

All this leads me to believe that there are millions of us who do
not use modern technology to anywhere near its full capability.
There are probably trillions of unutilized bits and bytes out there
in all kinds of electronic gadgets that you and I have paid for. My
point is that the technologically challenged should have the option
of buying 'lite' models that do not incorporate the features that
Shakir's generation wants. Why should I have to pay for electronic
memory and processing power I will never use?

Until that happens, let us just say no to DoCoMo.

Shahid Zaman remains unbeaten
KARACHI, Sept 5: Shahid Zaman, Aijaz Azmat and Farrukh Zaman scored
highly contrasting victories in the national squash trials for the
SAF Games and world team championship at PIA's Jahangir Khan Squash

Shahid handed out veteran Zarak Jahan Khan a lesson with a 15-6,
15-7, 7-15, 15-13 victory in just 14 minutes to register his 7th
consecutive win in the competition. In the evening Shahid defeated
cousin Farrukh Zaman 15-11, 15-6, 15-7 to complete eighth win in a

Aijaz Azmat took two minutes more than Shahid in routing talented
Zubair Ali Khan of Pakistan Army in straight games. He won 15-9,15-
8, 15-7.

Farrukh Zaman was stretched to limits by Shams-ul- Islam before
chalking out 3-2 win after a gruelling 73 minutes encounter.
Farrukh staged grand rally from 0-2 down to carve out 7-15, 12-15,
15-9, 15-9, 15-8 triumph.

In other morning matches Mansoor Zaman bt Naveed Atlas (PAF) 15-7,
15-9, 15-7, Muhammad Ilyas bt Majid Khan 7-15, 15-10, 9-15, 15-9,

Evening session: Mansoor Zaman bt Zarak Jahan Khan 15-1, 15-7, 15-
4, Zubair Ali Khan bt Muhammad Ilyas 15-6, 15-10, 13-15, 17-15,
Shams-ul-Islam bt Aijaz Azmat 15-12, 13-15, 17-14, 15-5.

Shock defeat for Mansoor Zaman
Sports Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 3: Mansoor Zaman and Zarak Jahan Khan suffered
defeats on the second day of the squash trials at the PIA Jahangir
Khan squash complex. The trials are being conducted to pick
Pakistan squad for the SAF Games and world team championship.

Shams-ul-Islam recorded a thrilling five-game victory over Mansoor,
a former Asian junior champion, 15-12 15-13 5-15 6-15 15-7 in 54
minutes in the evening session match.

In the morning session, Aijaz Azmat bundled out Zarak 11-15 15-11
15-8 15-8 in 57 minutes. Zarak, however, lifted himself in the
evening program when he defeated a half-fit Naveed Atlas 7-15 15-9
15-10 15-13 in 41 minutes.

Shahid and Shams almost secure berths
Sports Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 4: Mansoor Zaman's hopes of qualifying in the
Pakistan squad for the SAF Games and world team championship
received severe setback after he lost his second match on the third
day of the trials at the PIA Jahangir Khan Squash Complex.

Shahid Zaman and Shams-ul-Islam have almost secured berths after
winning sixth and fifth matches respectively.

Pakistan's top ranked player, Amjad Khan, is not appearing in the
trials because of thigh injury which he suffered in the semifinals
of CNS Squash last week.

Mansoor, who lost to Shams-ul-Islam, lost to Shahid Zaman 15-12 15-
13 4-15 15-11 in 42 minutes. He, however, recovered in the evening
session when he defeated Mohammad Ilyas 15-5 15-10 15-2 in just 19
minutes. But there was gloom for Zarak Jahan Khan who lost both his
matches to take his tally of defeats to five from six matches.

The former Asian champion lost to Majid Khan 10-15 15-12 17-15 13-
15 15-13 in the morning session. In the evening session, Zubair Ali
Khan routed Zarak 15-12 15-10 15-9 in 23 minutes.

Moin vows to win back his place
Sports Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 4: Former captain Moin Khan vowed to win back his
place and emphasized that a lot of cricket was left in him. "It is
not the first time that I am dropped . But I have always fought my
way back into the team and look forward to make it happen again."
the wicketkeeper said.

Moin was first dropped on the 1992 tour to England but reclaimed
his status as No 1 wicketkeeper on the 1996 tour to England before
losing his place on the Bangladesh, South Africa and Zimbabwe tours
in 1997-98.

The gutsy wicketkeeper-batsman last fell out with the Pakistan
Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy this March when he lost captaincy and
place in the team after the tour to New Zealand.

The world record holder in one-day cricket said he would return to
domestic cricket and try to impress the selectors. However, Moin's
average of 111.4 in the one-day tournament for associations in May-
June failed to earn him an opportunity to, at least, show his
limited overs cricket prowess in the tri-nation one-day series in

"My job is to go out there and perform while the selectors job is
to pick the best man available. But I personally feel that at the
age of 29, I still have several years of cricket left in me," he

Moin, in the last five months, has been twice overlooked by the
selectors for the training camp. His ouster from the Pakistan team
also remains a mystery as none of the PCB official has explained
his sacking.

"Frankly speaking, Rashid Latif is doing a great job with the
gloves and with the bat. He is difficult to dislodge but then I
have to wait patiently for my opportunity. "As once Jimmy Connors
said: `Fight till the last point because you never know lightning
might fall on the other side of the court and you win'.

"I am a professional and consider myself mentally strong. It is
disappointing to be out of contention but than that's part of the

Moin said he would like to see Pakistan break its four-series win
drought in the forthcoming series against New Zealand.

"Whether I am in the team or not, I would always like to see
Pakistan win. No one knows better than me how it feels to end up on
the losing side," Moin said with reference to defeats against
Zimbabwe, Australia, Sri Lanka and England in which he

Lahore may host ATC final
Sports Reporter

KARACHI, Sept 4: The Asian Test Championship final, expected
between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is likely to be played at Lahore
next year.

Although the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be deciding the venue
in its meeting at Lahore on Oct 20 and 21, Sri Lanka have conveyed
the event manager that they were willing to play the final in
Pakistan. Gaddafi Stadium is the headquarters of cricket in

ACC secretary Zakir Husain Syed said the final was likely to be
played in March but was unsure of exact dates. "The Pakistan
Cricket Board (PCB) needs to inform us the itinerary of West Indies
series and then we will study the availability of Sri Lanka. But
the tournament in all probablity will conclude by March next year,"
he said.

Sri Lanka are to host Zimbabwe this December but their next
assignment will be in May when they tour England, according to
ICC's 10-year calendar.

He said he had no reasons to believe that Indian delegation would
not attend the summit in October which follows immediately after
the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board meeting.
"The issues pertains to them. Therefore, they should attend the
meeting. We have already requested the High Commission to grant
them visas," he said.

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