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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

White Tiger Tale.

  • Nawaz Sharif wins near majority, set to form a ‘strong government’
  • Pakistan economy in deep trouble, inflation in double digits, major power shortages, a looming balance of payments crisis
  • Sharif to broach an agriculture tax, but will a landed political lobby agree to it?
  • PML(N) has been soft on jehadis in Punjab, can it rein them in now?
  • Sharif finally a busineessman, wants better ties with India
***It was a scene that caught everyone in Pakistan by surprise. Prime minister-elect Mian Nawaz Sharif walking into Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital with a bouquet of roses for the ailing Imran Khan, now formally leader of the Opposition. “We don’t have any personal rivalry. Pakistan is in trouble and we should work together to give a better Pakistan to the next generations. I have told him that we will play a friendly match once he recovers,” Sharif told the waiting media on his overture. Ties between the two leaders have been quite amenable—days before the polls, Sharif had cancelled canvassing for a day as a seriously injured Imran was rushed to hospital.As Sharif himself admitted, Pakistan is indeed in deep trouble. Growth had stunted at a modest four per cent during the PPP government, with runaway inflation flailing in double figures. Ele­ctricity and gas shortages have clo­sed down dozens of industrial units and Pakistan’s export figures (not cou­nting trade with India) appear dismal. Indeed, US senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, has already warned Nawaz Sharif that “Pakistan may face a balance of payments crisis unless its new leaders take decisive action”.
As he readies for hard ‘reforms’ (a prerequisite for IMF handouts), Sharif has been making noises about an ‘agriculture tax’, something every government, bloated with landed agriculturists, has avoided. Businessman versus landlords, who will give in? With election numbers backing him, Sharif and his experienced team look ready to form a strong government, so is all this “gloom and doom” about to change?The new prime minister, with his conciliatory comments, realises that he has to keep Washington on his side if he hopes for quick bailout packages from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where nothing moves without a nod from Uncle Sam. Already,  through a congratulatory telephone call, US pre­sident Barack Obama has indicated an early meeting. Author and political analyst Ahmed Rashid says Sharif is  on the right tack, “He’ll have to deal with the Americans more adroitly, particularly if he wants their support to gain the loans from the IMF and the World Bank that Pakistan desperately needs.”One indicator of the high hopes inv­olved was the Karachi stock market breaking all previous records and breaching the 20,000 barrier. There was good news on the Indo-Pak trade front as well, with fresh figures indicating that Pakistan’s exports had crossed the $500 million mark.Sharif has indicated that the army will be on board as he awards the sta­l­led MFN status to India. As a businessman himself, he sees improved trade ties with his neighbour softening the way towards other contentious issues. Of course, this is nothing new. In Feb­r­u­ary 1, 1997, a night before he won  ele­c­tions to become prime minister for the second time, he had spoken passi­o­nately about opening up of trade ties with India. When questioned further, he had toldOutlook then, “I am not being soft on India, just realistic.”
The issues that bedevilled relations were not caused by the outgoing PPP government, which had taken several progressive measures, but because of non-state actors and the security establishment. It is too early to predict how Sharif will overcome these predicaments, and—as he has promised—“rein in” the jehadis. Former president Asif Ali Zardari had handed over foreign relations to General HQ on a silver platter as part of a “compromise”. Sharif, with a “heavy mandate”, has no such compulsions as of now.Noting the excitement in New Delhi, especially with the two Punjabi prime ministers shunning protocol and committing in undue haste to meet up, it is noteworthy that nothing really has changed from the time Manmohan Singh declared that “it cannot be business as usual (with Pakistan)”.Luck is also on Sharif’s side for ghq is no longer the sole power centre. An independent media, together with a free judiciary, motivated civil society, and the weight of the legislative and executive has to some extent helped restrain the army. It’s helped that the generals are busy putting out fires that they themselves lit and have little time to indulge in politics. Sharif will also be wat­c­hing closely for any attempts by the defence establishment to tweak foreign policy. A most important factor here— with “hot western borders”, the army would like to see some stability on the east.Indeed, in the initial days itself, Sharif has not been averse to mixing it up with the defence biggies. While army chief General Pervez Kayani has said nothing about the subject directly or indirectly, the PM-elect has come out and stated that Kayani would not be interested in a third term and that the next army chief would be chosen by him.

As the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and the US made a beeline to Sharif’s Raiwind palace in Jati Umra on the outskirts of Lahore, what no one in his camp was committing to was whether the PML(N) would withstand the pressure to abandon the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline (which both the US and Saudi had failed to convince Zardari to give up).
Tariq Fatimi, foreign policy advisor to Sharif, puts in a word of caution. “A failure to recognise that foreign policy by itself cannot confront external cha­llenges, unless reinforced by an effective and credible domestic policy, would result in continuing the drift that has already damaged us badly. Moreover, the concessions accorded to foreign actors—both state and non-state—till now ­have left us exposed and subject to external pressure and internal blackmail,” he says. Also worrying for many is how Sharif and Imran, both Lahorites, might tread gently while dealing with the Pakistani Taliban. Unlike the army, which is in no mood to solve militancy though talks, Sharif has compromised several times with the Punjabi jehadis (who are today the footsoldiers for the Taliban and Al Qaeda) and even awa­rded party tickets to some of them.The Dawn daily has already asked searching questions on these “very grey areas” and how Sharif intends to deal with it. Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz Sharif was lording over Punjab for five years while these jehadis were left free to operate. It was from here that Ajmal Kasab’s group planned and executed the ghastly Mumbai attacks.At election rallies—between the caged tiger shows and other tamashas—Shahbaz had publicly pleaded with the Taliban, asking them to spare Punjab saying they too were against US policies, (they had even stopped all USAID projects). Indeed, it was one province where the Taliban did not carry out its bloody strikes during electioneering.The PML(N)’s links with Islamist organisations and their militant wings has set up a potentially explosive problem. As the Dawn asks: will these gro­ups, who have so far avoided training their violent attentions on the PML(N), expect more space for themselves in Punjab and the country’s troubled spots?Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf too has advocated talks rather than military strikes to tackle the militants. It will be interesting to see how the three Punjabi leaders (including Gen­eral Pervez Kayani) now deal with militancy and terrorism. Will Imran, who is expected to form the government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, and Sharif be able to convince Kayani to go for a non-military strategy?The year 2014 will see not only a new PM, but also have new occupants in the offices of the president, chief justice of the supreme court and the army chief. It is anyone’s guess how the country will fare in the coming year, if the dream of a ‘Naya Pakistan’ will come true.

Government to try Pervez Musharraf for treason,

The incoming PML-N government is ready to hold the trial of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf over charges of treason, a party leader said today.
The caretaker government that conducted the May 11 polls had refused to initiate proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution for treason because of its limited mandate, but the PML-N has decided not to spare the former army chief who had overthrown the government of Nawaz Sharif in 1999.
"Yes we have decided to try Musharraf for treason in the Supreme Court. Musharraf had violated the Constitution and he should face the music," PML-N parliamentarian Tariq Azeem said.
Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif was very clear about trying Musharraf for violating the Constitution, he said.

"Sharif has made it clear that he has no personal issue with Musharraf but he should be tried for breaking the law and violating the Constitution," Azeem said.
The caretaker government recently informed the Supreme court of its inability to conduct the trial of Musharraf.
It told the apex court it could not take any controversial step that would be irreversible for the incoming elected government.
The PML-N won the general election and Sharif is set to become premier for a record third term.
Musharraf is currently being held at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad, which has been declared a "sub-jail".
He is facing charges over the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation and the detention of dozens of judges during the 2007 emergency.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Eyeliner Design.

You can do a lot with eyeliner. You can subtly enhance your lashes or go full-on colorful and wild. A collection of eyeliner design photos can demonstrate what a difference the flick of a brush can make.
Eyeliner can be the focus of your whole eye makeup look. Simply choose a bold color with glitter and create a cat eye. Finish with mascara, and that's all you need for a fun party look.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is natural liner, done to enhance the lash line rather than make a creative statement. Use a pencil or gel to trace a line close to the lash line. Those with lighter hair may prefer brown, brunettes may use brown or black, and redheads will look most natural in a brown or auburn eyeliner shade.

Runway Eye Makeup,

Sharp and Smoky

Ranging from highly artistic and unusual to sophisticated and subtle, runway eye makeup looks can provide new ideas for playing up your eyes.Although some runway eye art won't work for everyday, toning down a style from the catwalk often allows it to work in the real world.Take a cue from these fashion models' makeup, and don't be afraid to experiment with color, design, and application for an innovative eye look that's all your own.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Saree Salwar ...

Indian Fashion Designers List
There are many Indian Fashion Designer, you can find around the Internet, the best and well known Indian Fashion Designers are Indian Fashion designer Manish malhotra, Indian Fashion designer Tarun tahiliani.

Indian Fashion Blogs
Blogging on the Internet about the Fashion, is rises up a casual fun to exchange knowledge of fashion and other concepts within Fashion.

Indian Fashion Shows
Fashion Shows in Indian took in the Famous cities of India like Mumbai, Kolkata and other famous cities.

Indian Fashion Brands
Almost all International Fashion Brands has made presence in India cause of its population and having a huge market.

Indian Fashion Magazines
Printed Fashion magazine are decreased and online on Internet Fashion Magazine trends has been rised.

Indian Fashion Industry
Its work in the billions, whole Fashion Industry, work with the millions of people which make a good role in the Indian Economy.

Indian Fashion Photographers
All other countries, India has too great Photographers, which are famous and settled in famous cities of India.

Indian Fashion dresses
Fashion Dresses of India are famous too, cause of investment around the world, and then hiring own talented peoples make a venture in the culture.

Indian Fashion week
Fashion weeks are also held in the public for the peoples and then its work for the peoples, which lead by the peoples and then its go to the second shift of polars of life and big mega cities are known for having Fashion Weeks, Like Mumbai Fashion Week.

Indian Fashion 2011
As Per the latest year, Fashion 2011 has been rised within the public, Like Every year, its full of creative things and new look to dresses, clothing and dressings.

Indian Sari fashion
Saree or Sari is a Traditional trend of India and its great for the people to have the best wearing, Indian Saree have large export around the world all Indian back families use to wear it.

Traditional Indian Fashion
Its old and cultural Fashion of India, where its the old, which you see on the TV, the old Fashion designes.

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Indian Fashion Games
for the latest Indian Fashion Games, you may crawl the blog.

Pakistani Salwar And Kameez is may be came in to being by the Pakistani Fashion's Elders, but its a fact its journey to getting publicly is by the hands of Indian peoples, Indian Salwar Kameez is more look like Pakistanis, Its Just cause of Muslim from the south asia more wear the Salwar Kameez that's why its become a symbol for Pakistan as its become the term Pakistani Salwar And Kameez, Which is famous and for the people of art and loving, who go throug it by the way and then fit on their self. for the latest trends in the way of styles, its important to know the Trendy Styles, Pakistani Salwar Suit is awesome to have in the public and go with the way.

The Worked or Latest Salwar And Kameez is filled with decoration things such as zari, moti and stones work, which is qualify for the beautiful looking and smartness within the subject to the trend of latest time. For the great peoples who seek the quality in everything such as here too, i will refer them the basic Beautiful Designed Salwar And Kameez and this work is go into the suits. Pakistani Market of clothing is also very good in other fabrics clothes, sush as Silk, Organza, Katan and others, who go passage of time and lay on the market trends and seasons too.

Sothasian Salwar And Kameez Designs are famous around the world, where people like to buy Pakistani Salwar And Kameez Designs or Indian Salwar Kameez And Designs, cause, its a trend of people, who are livener of the Pakistan and they like the way to run and this system is go with them and feel living in class system.

Sometimes its also become a term in Fashion, where the Long Salwar And Kameez become Fashion in the way to living and its go by the paths of trends, where everything set to have with the life and its system which build one to live and yup, sometime there have long Salwar And Kameez Fashion too.


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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Spring is in bloom and flowers aren’t the only things blooming-new fashion trends and spring wardrobes are busting out as well!!
When it comes to spring/summer essentials, shorts are a fashion must. By simply swapping a t-shirt for a lace tank top you can instantly transition your look from backyard barbeque to super chic dinner date.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Overcoming energy crisis..

LAHORE: While the PML-N said on Friday that its government would take difficult decisions to overcome the energy crisis, the PPP criticised the caretaker government for not releasing Rs22 billion for electricity generation “which could have provided some relief” from prolonged loadshedding of electricity.
A PML-N meeting, presided over by incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his Raiwind residence, discussed measures to overcome the crisis, proposals for the next budget and the formation of Balochistan government.
The meeting reportedly expressed concern over the caretakers’ proposal to increase GST in the mini-budget of Rs152 billion.
Nawaz Sharif said the PML-N government would take measures to overcome the energy crisis, adding that his party would not disappoint the nation and fulfil its promises. “After coming to power we will take difficult decisions and steer the country out of crises.”
The PML-N chief vowed to provide relief to people in the first federal budget to be presented by his government next month.
Punjab’s incoming chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said the caretaker government should take immediate steps to overcome loadshedding. “Up to 20 hours of loadshedding a day has made the lives of people miserable,” he said.
The younger Sharif criticised the caretaker government for making a major reshuffle in the bureaucracy.
He said soon after winning the May 11 elections his party started consultations for overcoming the energy crisis.
Caretaker Minister for Water and Power Dr Musadiq Malik briefed the meeting about energy crisis.
Senator Ishaq Dar, Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Mehtab Rashdi and Sanaullah Zehri attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, the PPP has criticised the caretaker government for not releasing Rs22 billion for electricity generation.
The party’s information secretary, Qamar Zaman Kaira, called upon Nawaz Sharif to persuade the caretakers to take immediate measures for reducing loadshedding hours.
He said the PML-N chief could do it as he did in the case of mini-budget which proposed increase in the GST and other taxes.
Mr Kaira alleged that in the case of mini-budget the caretaker prime minister had apparently “served the purpose of someone else” and crossed his constitutional mandate.
The water and power minister had admitted that he could not reduce duration of loadshedding because the finance minister had not released Rs22 billion as per the directive of the caretaker prime minister for making payment to oil companies, and therefore power plants could not generate more electricity for want of fuel.

Nawaz Sharif to visit.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday invited Pakistan’s incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Beijing and reiterated a promise to strengthen economic ties.
Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party secured a convincing victory in the May 11 general election but who has yet to take office, said it would be a “personal honour” to accept Li’s invitation.
Li, on the final day of a short visit to China’s neighbour and long-time ally, told the Senate Beijing was ready to speed up work to improve the Karakorum Highway, which links the two countries.
“We want to not only expand our trade relations but also achieve dynamic balance in our trade,” he told senators after holding talks with Sharif and senior PML-N leaders.
On Wednesday Li linked Pakistani development with that in China’s restive western region and said he wanted to create an “economic corridor” between the two countries.
China took charge of the southwestern Pakistani port of Gwadar earlier this year, which would give it access to the Arabian Sea and provide a shorter transit route for Gulf oil in one direction and Chinese goods in the other.
But any route to Gwadar lies through the province of Baluchistan, which is plagued by separatist and religious violence.
The region’s precarious security situation was thrown into sharp relief yesterday as a rickshaw bomb targeting security forces in the Baluchistan capital Quetta killed at least 12 people as Li prepared to make his senate address.
Aside from Pakistan’s ongoing problems with violent Islamist militants, the new PML-N government also faces major challenges as it seeks to revitalise the ailing economy.
Weak growth, inflation, dwindling foreign exchange reserves and a crippling energy crisis are all pressing concerns for Sharif, who is expected to assume office in early June.
Li said China was keen to “launch major projects of co-operation, enhance financial and investment co-operation” with Pakistan.
Trade between China and Pakistan hit an annual $12bn for the first time last year, according to Islamabad’s foreign ministry, and the two sides plan to raise this to $15bn in the next two to three years.
Not everyone is convinced China has Pakistan interests totally at heart.
Some observers have expressed doubts at the prospects of such an economic miracle.
“Pakistan’s leaders love using laughably outrageous metaphors in describing the country’s relationship with China, yet the truth is that this so-called alliance means almost nothing positive for the Pakistani economy,” the Express Tribune newspaper said.
“The fact of the matter is that China will give Pakistan almost nothing, and this two-day trip is really only being made by the Chinese premier to avoid slapping Islamabad in the face completely, after having made his first trip abroad a three-day visit to India, in a key signal about the real shifts in Chinese foreign policy.”
Li this week offered India a “handshake across the Himalayas” and said the two old rivals, the world’s two most populous nations, could become a new engine for the global economy - if they could avoid friction.
“The sooner Pakistan wakes up from the ‘China is our friend’ delusion, the sooner we will stop giving control of the country’s economic resources for almost nothing in return,” the newspaper said.

The Daughter Of Pakistan...

Maryam Nawaz Sharif (Urduمريم نواز شريف‎, Maryam Nawāz Šarīf,pronounced [ˈmər.jəm nəˈʋɑːz ʃəˈriːf]; Born 28 October 1973) is the daughter of formerPrime minister Nawaz Sharif and the former first lady of Pakistan, Kalsom Nawaz. She is active in national politics and is a political central figure in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).[1][2]
She was born in Lahore, Punjab province, during her father leading the steel conglomerate. After graduating from Convent of Jesus and Mary school, she pursued her undergraduate studies at Punjab University, and also earned a master's degree from the same institution. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Cambridge University. She has worked vital role in the establishment of higher education in Punjab and serves as the chairman of the board of the Sharif Medical and Dental College. In 2011, she took active part in the national politics, while assisting her father's image in the country which was already totally destroyed because of her father's massive corruption and attack on Lahore court in 1997, where Chief Justice of Pakistan was beaten with shoes by Sharif brother and their goons. This court attack was covered by international media BBC and CNN and world criticized this act of tyranny.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

‘fly out’

Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf should leave the country before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers, PML-N has stressed the army chief,  
Sources privy to the details of the meeting between General Kayani and Nawaz Sharif claimed the party-in-waiting to lead the government at Centre, Punjab and Balochistan told the army chief that Pervez Musharraf should leave the country before they were sworn in.
PML-N which has reportedly pardoned the ex-president under the pressure of international guarantors now desires that Musharraf should not be on the issues’ list of the country when they take charge to avoid the public pressure over the former president’s alleged directives, involving some shocking incidents in Pakistan. 
Barrister Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a close aide of Musharraf and his lead counsel, avoided a direct comment and said, “Many prominent politicians have their homes in Dubai and London and go abroad from time to time. Musharraf also owns residences abroad and can go there.”
However, he said, “Leaving the country for good in any case will end the political career of Musharraf as well as APML the party he founded from abroad, but came back to strengthen its roots in the country.” 
“Musharraf has faced a tough time at home after his arrival and he should thank his international friends,” Kasuri said, adding he did not need to leave the country.” 
Meanwhile, insiders in the APML, revealing the details of Musharraf’s flight from Pakistan, maintained that international guarantors had intensified their efforts to rescue the former president and he was likely to land in Dubai after leaving the country. 
They claimed that modalities for an honourable exit of Musharraf were being discussed by the officials concerned of state and international guarantors of the former president. They added Musharraf was most likely to fly from Pakistan a little earlier before the new rulers took charge from the caretakers. 
However, they refused to divulge the details of the modalities being discussed or finalised so far by the international guarantors of Musharraf and the state’s quarters concerned. 
PML-Zia chief Ijaz-ul-Haq, who is believed to be close to the real establishment in the country, has also claimed in a press conference that Pervez Musharraf will leave the country before the elected government takes charge from the caretakers. 
When this correspondent asked him about some details supporting his claim, Ijaz said Musharraf would leave and that had been decided. He added those who wanted to stop Musharraf from leaving the country might have a little time at hand to take action.

Nawaz approves installing..

LAHORE - PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has said that his government at the Centre would appoint heads of public departments strictly on merit with a view to bolstering the national economy.Addressing a party meeting held in connection with the measures to overcome the energy crisis on Tuesday, Nawaz Sharif said his government would pursue merit to appoint heads of public corporations like PIA, Wapda, Railways, OGDC, Pakistan Steel Mills and others. He said boards would be formed in these departments in a bid to bring these important national institutions at par with the international standards by improving their efficiency and bettering their management.  Nawaz Sharif said that his government would put in the best efforts to revamp the economy and overcome the energy crisis on priority basis. The incoming prime minister also said his government would introduce a programme to use the expertise of Pakistani expatriates for the development and progress of the country. In order to attract the expats, he said, his government would bring a gainful scheme for them. “The PML-N government will also initiate a crash programme not only to end energy shortage but also to create job opportunities for educated youth, skilled people and professionals in addition to providing shelter to the poor families,” Nawaz Sharif said and added he was fully aware that energy shortage was the most serious problem and his government would spare no effort to solve it at the earliest. The concept of economic progress cannot be materialised without energy and the PML-N government would deal with it on war footings. The former two-time prime minister said PML-N had a track record of fulfilling the promises made to the nation and this time, too, the party would not disappoint the masses. The PML-N governments in the past always made the country secure, strong and sovereign and this time also it wanted to serve the country with a renewed determination to set the economy right and take the country forward. Earlier, the meeting, presided over by Nawaz Sharif, was attended by former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, Senator Ishaq Dar, Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Ch Nisar Ali Khan, experts on the energy sector and others. The experts briefed Nawaz Sharif on the measures to provide immediate relief to the masses in the long hours of loadshedding as well as on the long-term planning to solve this problem permanently.A second meeting was also attended by Caretaker Minister for Water and Power Musaddiq Malik who gave briefing on the current situation of electricity generation, its demand in the country and on what measures the government has adopted to minimise loadshedding. The meeting was also briefed on the break-up of the electricity supply to the provinces, industrial and commercial sector and domestic side. Among other decisions, the meeting decided to install a power plant at Cheechoki Mallian and Nandipur which could not be done in the past tenure of the PPP government for non-issuance of an NOC. Ways and means were also discussed to attract foreign investment in the energy sector in addition to producing energy through coal and others sources. Sources in the party said the meeting also discussed the names for future cabinet members at the federal level. They said the meeting reiterated the commitment to cut the government expenditure by 30 per cent and keep size of the cabinet moderate.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Taliban accepted:

Incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that his government is inheriting massive problems from the last government yet it is determined to complete in months the tasks that otherwise would require years.
Without giving any specific deadline to overcome the energy crisis, the PML-N chief said that his government would spare no effort to minimise loadshedding and the nation will see the difference in first 30 days of his government.
There is no money in the national coffer, the debt burden stands at Rs16 trillion, and Rs500billion are needed to meet the circular debts alone so that continuous supply of power could be ensured, he said, adding that his party has started work to deal with all these woes.
Nawaz Sharif was speaking to the newly elected legislators of his party and those who joined them at Al-hamra here on Tuesday. Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, provincial presidents of the party and senators were also present on the occasion.
Alluding to the timeframe given by his brother on ending the loadshedding during the election campaign, Nawaz said Shahbaz had said that in a ‘fit of excitement’. However, he said every means will be explored to solve this problem at the earliest. Nawaz Sharif said he has asked Ishaq Dar to make arrangement to discharge the circular debts and adopt measures to ensure that it does not accumulate again. He said his government would not leave the problems to the next government or generation.
The two-time former PM said his government will serve the people of Sindh and Khyber PK without any discrimination and rising above consideration whether or not they voted for his party. The PML-N government at the Centre, he said, will provide every facility and meet every need of the incoming PPP-MQM government in Sindh for ending terrorism, maintaining law and order, nurturing good governance and ending bloodshed and corruption in that province. But then it will expect results from the Sindh government and that no bloodletting takes place there. He said it is not time to do politics but to drive the country out of the quagmire.
Nawaz Sharif underscored the need for peace for national progress and development and said his government will prefer to use the option of dialogue as offered by Taliban for peace in the country. The dialogue offer from Taliban, he said, should be taken seriously as “we direly need peace” to revamp the economy and take the country forward after it has suffered the losses of 40,000 lives and billions of dollars in material while fighting terror. Bullet and gun should not be the only option to curb this menace, he added.
After formation of the government, Nawaz said, he would take every party inside and outside the parliament on board on a national agenda so that country could be brought out of the problems with collective efforts. It is time to save the country than do mere politics, he added.
Nawaz sounded satisfied over the smooth transfer of power after completion of the tenure of an elected government and over his party’s performance in the elections which he said was a public recognition of their performance and efforts they made to see rule of law and supremacy of the constitution in the country.
While referring to the last government, he said, his party was also prodded to street agitation by quitting the Punjab government and relinquishing NA seats to get rid of the corrupt and inefficient PPP-led central government, but he avoided that course to plug the way of using street power to overthrow a government and to let the public decide through ballot which party deserves to govern.
This policy paid off and the people discarded the PPP in the election notwithstanding the fact that it took to negative media campaign and used abusive language against them. He said May 11 was a day of accountability of the political parties. After completion of tenure, transfer of power through ballot has ranked Pakistan among the civilised nations, he added.
The incoming premier appeared quite satisfied while telling the legislators that after joining of the independents, the PML-N had attained the majority to form government at centre single-handedly although other parties have also extended their support to it, which he welcomes.
He said his party accepts the mandate of other parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh while it was forming a coalition government in Balochistan. He said situation in Balochistan was difficult but the coalition government will put up best efforts to ameliorate it. He said although President Zardari had not greeted on the success of his party, he accepts the mandate of PPP in Sindh.

Take gradual initiatives:

In the backdrop of Nawaz Sharif's positive remarks on ties with India, powerful Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has suggested Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate to take gradual initiatives with utmost caution for improving relations with New Delhi, a media report said on Sunday.
Kayani made the suggestion when he called on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, set to become Prime Minister for a record third term following his party's victory in the May 11 polls, at his brother Shahbaz Sharif's home in Lahore on Saturday.
The News daily quoted its sources as saying that Kayani wanted the new government to take gradual initiatives with utmost caution to improve relations with India as this alone "may lead to lasting peace in the region".
Kayani ensured that Sharif "knew the exact situation on the ground with regard to Pakistan-India ties in the backdrop of developments over the last decade" as Sharif did not have first-hand experience in view of his absence from power, the report said.
In Kayani's view, the relationship between Pakistan and India "demands a comprehensive strategy for addressing the geopolitical challenges which have cropped up over the years" since Sharif's last tenure as premier.
There was no official word from the PML-N or the army on the meeting.
Before the elections, Sharif had made some surprisingly positive statements on ties with India which many thought may not have gone down well with the Army, the News said.
The PML-N chief had said he is keen on resuming the India-Pakistan peace process that was interrupted in 1999 by then army chief Pervez Musharraf, who ousted Sharif's government in a military coup.
The report said Kayani called on Sharif to congratulate him on the PML-N's success in the general election and informally talked "about all national security issues".
He informed Sharif that the new premier and his Cabinet would be given a briefing on all important internal and external national security challenges after their swearing-in.
The armed forces are "fully behind the democratic government and had worked hard for ensuring democracy", Kayani was quoted as saying.

Taliban for peace talks.......

Pakistan's presumptive prime minister Nawaz Sharif called for peace talks with Taliban militants at war with the government on Monday, potentially charting a course that could put him at odds with the country's powerful army.

Nawaz Sharif said 'terrorism' was one of the most serious problems plaguing the country and any offer by the Pakistani Taliban to talk 'should be taken seriously'.

"All options should be tried, and guns are not a solution to all problems," Sharif said in a speech to newly elected members of his party in the eastern city of Lahore. "Why shouldn't we sit and talk, engage in dialogue?"

The Pakistani Taliban have been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years that has killed thousands of people. The militants say they are fighting to enforce Islamic law in the country and end the government's alliance with the United States.

The Pakistani army has launched multiple operations against the Taliban in their strongholds along the border with Afghanistan, but the militants have proven resilient and continue to carry out near-daily attacks.

Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who met with Sharif on Saturday for the first time since the May 11 election, laid out strict conditions last month for any potential peace deal with the Taliban.

"We sincerely desire that all those who have strayed and have picked up arms against the nation return to the national fold," Kayani said in a rare public speech. "However, this is only possible once they unconditionally submit to the state, its constitution and the rule of law."

It's unclear whether Sharif's concept of peace fits within this framework. Activists have raised concerns that Sharif's government could accept militant demands that would threaten human rights in the country, especially for women.

The Pakistani government has previously struck peace deals with the Taliban, but they haven't held and have been criticized for allowing the militants to regroup.

Sharif has called for peace talks in the past, but Monday's speech was the first time he has done so publicly since his Pakistan Muslim League-N party scored a resounding victory in the election.

The Taliban have shown an inclination to negotiate with Sharif, who is known to be a devout Muslim and whose party has been criticized for not cracking down on Islamic militants in its stronghold of Punjab province.

Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told The Associated Press last week that the group would consider declaring a cease-fire if Sharif seemed serious about holding peace talks.

The Taliban carried out a spate of attacks against candidates and workers from secular parties in the run-up to the election. The violence raised concerns that the group was trying to influence the outcome of the election by making campaigning easier for candidates like Sharif who are perceived to take a softer line toward the militants.

Also Monday, a judge granted bail to Pakistan's former military ruler in a case related to the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, one of his lawyers, Salman Safdar, said.

Despite the bail, retired Gen. Pervez Musharraf will remain under house arrest on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, in connection with two other cases against him, including one related to his decision to sack senior judges while in power.

The roughly $20,000 bail comes days after the lawyer who filed the judges case against Musharraf, Mohammad Aslam Ghumman, said he had decided not to testify against the former military strongman for the sake of "national interest."

Ghumman's decision has fueled speculation that Musharraf may be allowed to leave the country before the new government led by Sharif takes power in early June. The bail in the Bhutto case could intensify that speculation.

Musharraf seized power by toppling Sharif in a military coup in 1999 and ruled for almost decade until he was forced to step down in 2008 because of growing discontent with his rule. He spent years in self-imposed exile and returned in March to compete in the recent election.

But he was disqualified from the election because of his actions while in power, and has faced a raft of legal challenges against him since he arrived. He was placed under house arrest in April, and his name has been placed on the exit control list, preventing him from leaving the country.

Government prosecutors have accused Musharraf of being involved in the gun and suicide attack that killed Bhutto in 2007 when he was in power. They have also blamed him for not providing the former premier with enough security.

Musharraf has denied the allegations and claimed they were politically motivated. He has blamed the Pakistani Taliban for the attack.

Suspected militants killed a policeman who was guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's northwest Bajur tribal area on Monday, said local government administrator Faramosh Khan. It was the latest in a spate of attacks on polio workers in the last six months.

Militants have accused the polio workers of being U.S. spies and claimed the vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile.

Monday, 20 May 2013

No harm in talking to Taliban:

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif in his pre-parliamentary address in Lahore on Monday said that if there was an option to talk to the Taliban with the hope of making the country peaceful, they should take it. 

“We have never bad-mouthed anyone in our election campaign,” Sharif said in a slight to his opponents,Express News reported. “We accepted everyone’s mandate.”

“We will help the provincial governments in whatever way, but then there should be an end to the ongoing violence,” the prime minister-elect said.

Nawaz said holding negotiations is the only way to effectively solve problems.
“We have lost several lives, our economy is deteriorating… If Taliban offers us an option to have dialogue, we should take it seriously. Why can’t we talk to the Taliban to make our country peaceful?”
Working on common agenda
He said that affairs of the country should be given precedence over politics.“All political parties need to work on one common agenda for the betterment of the country and this is what I reiterated when I went to Shaukat Khanum Hospital (to visit Imran Khan),” he added.
PML-N won the highest number of National Assembly seats in the general elections that took place in the country on May 11, establishing a simple majority in the centre. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) who won in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the elections has formed its own government in the province.