PM Earmarks RS: 01 Billion for Hazara University


The standard of Hazara University will be raised to the international level, says Nawaz Sharif

ONLINE REPORT: – The Prime Minster of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Hazara University and addressed a large public gathering here at university ground. On this occasion, he announced Rs1 billion for the Hazara University in addition to the amount of Rs: 660 million granted by the federal government for the university. The premier also directed the Higher Education Commission to double the number of laptops for the youth of the area and leave no stone unturned in making Hazara University the best university in the country. The Vice Chancellor Hazara University Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmad thanked the Prime Minster for visiting the university.

The Prime minster Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also inaugurated the completion of leftover work on academic blocks of Hazara University Mansehra. On this occasion he said, “Govt. is taking effective steps to promote higher education. Many educational projects are going on to facilitate the male and female students of the university. Tuition fee, re-embracement and PM laptop schemes are strong examples to show our commitment towards education”. “We must solve the problems of Hazara University. More funds will be provided for the progress and development of the varsity with open heart”, he added.

The Vice Chancellor briefed about Hazara University and said, “Hazara University has been immensely served in the field of education, research and creativeness since 2001. Currently about 11000 thousand students and researchers are quenching their thirst of education in this university. This seat of higher learning is playing a pivotal role in the development of the country from the prospective of higher education. Up till now, Hazara University has produced about 45 Ph.Ds. whereas thousand students of M.phil, masters and graduates have got their degrees”.

The Prime Minister also planted a pine tree in a lawn of new campus of the varsity. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Mohammed Yousaf, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Captain (R) Safdar, prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan were also present on the occasion.

By:- Jamal Afzal


Miss Ayesha Bibi Recieves M.phil Degree

Miss Ayesha Bibi Daughter of Muhammad Alam received M.phil degree in the discipline of Pakistan Studies with distinction from Department of Pakistan studies  Hazara University Mansehra  on  03-05-2016. The topic of her M.Phil  thesis was “PAK CHINA RELATIONS (1999-2008): OPERTUNITIES AND CHALLEGES”. Her supervisor was Dr. Muhammad Rizwan, Head of Departmrnt, Pak Studies, Abbotabad University of Science & Technology. While talking to the website, she stated about her topic and said, “Pak China Relations is one of the most talked about concepts in academic circles. My research is primarily a contribution to the existing literature .My research findings can be utilized by policy makers, political actors and members of civil society to evolve a sustainable democratic process in Pakistan.” her Distinction certificate is as under……certificate

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioral issues. As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years. Once patients reach the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, they may stop eating and become weak and susceptible to infections, Unable to swallow or cough, they are at high risk of choking, aspirating food particles or water into the lungs and developing pneumonia, which is often the immediate cause of death. You see a general decline in the contribution the brain makes, not just in thinking, but in maintaining the body’s homeostasis. Using a feeding tube to nourish patients and hospitalizing them for infections does not significantly extend life at the advanced stages of the disease and is discouraged because it can prolong suffering with no hope of recovery. Alzheimer’s disease lasts six to eight years, on average, from the onset of symptoms until death, While people with Alzheimer’s who have other age-related diseases like heart disease or kidney failure may die from complications of those illnesses, which become harder to manage once someone develops Alzheimer’s, patients who are physically healthy when Alzheimer’s is diagnosed can live for up to 15 or even 20 years. Anyone can get Alzheimer’s disease, rich people or poor famous people and un-famous people. Some of the famous people who have gotten Alzheimer’s disease are former United States President Ronald Reagan and Irish writer Iris Murdoch, both of whom were the subjects of scientific articles examining how their cognitive capacities got worse with the disease. Other cases include the retired footballer Ferenc Puskás, the former Prime Ministers Harold Wilson (United Kingdom) and Adolfo Suárez (Spain), the actress Rita Hayworth, the Nobel Prize-winner Raymond Davis, Jr., the actor Charlton Heston, the novelist Terry Pratchett, politician and activist Sargent Shriver, the Blues musician B.B. King, director Jacques Rivette, Indian politician George Fernandes, and the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient Charles K. Kao. In 2012, Nobel Prize writer Gabriel García Márquez was diagnosed with the disease.

Artical By: – Komal Zulfiqar

Artical on If “Telepathy Worked”

What if telepathy worked? Well before answering this question, I would like to explain the term “Telepathy” to those who don’t know what chaotic concept it really is. Telepathy is a fictional art which is thought to be a way to read minds and communicate thoughts and ideas by means other then known senses. Simply said telepathy is a way to read minds of other and knowing what they are thinking, well thank God it is fictional because if it was real, I for one would get punched often by a lot of people if they knew what my precious thoughts are about them. Just imagine your inner chaotic world displayed to the world and you can understand my point. We all have some dirty secrets and messed up desires which we hid from the whole world, there are things we can’t share with anyone not even with bestest of our friends. For that I would say that human mind is really a freak show! Don’t agree? Let me give you a few examples. There must be a time in your life when you are sitting in your college/university café and you see a guy/girl enter that you hate for no apparent reason (we all hate at least one person for no reason) and you start to wonder about some really bad and sometimes violent things from which that person could get hurt. That example doesn’t apply to you? Let me give you another one and it’s about the secret “crushes” we all had on a person in a certain point in our life, what if they knew you had a crush on them God wouldn’t it be embracing as heck? If that example doesn’t apply to you too (which is impossible by the way) but let assume another one. We all have done or thought of doing things we are now not very much proud of, what if these “things” are out and everyone would know about them? My parent’s would certainly kill me in this case scenario.

On the other hand if we could read peoples mind knew what they are hiding behind those lovely smiles and gestures believe me it would be really hurtful, this is exactly the reason a wise man once said “ignorance is a bliss”. Sometimes and in some cases not knowing is the best thing.

So if telepathy worked life would be really hard (which already is enough hard). But that is what I think. What do you think? I will leave you with this question.

Artical Written by:-  momina nusrat Student of BS Hons 2nd 

India backtracks, says will now try to reclaim Koh-i-Noor from UK

NEW DELHI: A day after India’s solicitor general told the Supreme Court that it won’t request the return of the 106-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels, the government reversed track and said it would work to bring the diamond back.

India’s solicitor general had said Monday that Britain shouldn’t have to give the diamond back, since it was given freely to the British in the mid-19th century by the family of Punjab’s Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and had been “neither stolen nor forcibly taken by British rulers.”

The statement was surprising after decades of demanding the diamond be returned. For many Indians, the loss of the Koh-i-Noor is symbolic of India’s subjugation under British colonial rule, and its return is viewed as partial compensation for centuries of economic exploitation.

But on Tuesday night, the Culture Ministry issued a statement saying it had yet to make its position known, and that India’s government would make all possible efforts to bring back the diamond.

The court was hearing a petition filed by a rights group asking it to order the government to seek the return of the diamond.

The two-judge bench said Monday that it did not want to issue a ruling that might jeopardise a future attempt to bring back the diamond or other treasures that once belonged to India. It told the government to take six weeks to reconsider its position before the court decides whether to dismiss the petition.

The diamond is on display in the Tower of London, set in front of the Queen Mother’s crown.

The Koh-i-Noor, which means “Mountain of Light”, was discovered in the Golconda mines in what is now the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The large, colourless diamond then passed between Mughal princes, Iranian warriors, Afghan rulers and Punjabi Maharajas before it was given in 1849 to the East India Company, which then offered it to the British queen.

India along with Pakistan and Afghanistan have long squabbled over who has the rightful claim to the diamond.

During a 2010 visit to India, British Prime Minister David Cameron told local media that the diamond would stay in Britain.

“If you say yes to one [request], you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty,” Cameron said. “I’m afraid it’s going to have to stay put.”

India says Koh-i-Noor diamond belongs to Britain

NEW DELHI: The priceless Koh-i-Noor, which is a part of Queen Elizabeth’s crown, was given to Britain and not stolen, India’s government on Monday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suit seeking its return.

The 108-carat Koh-i-Noor gem, which came into British hands during the colonial era, is the subject of a historic ownership dispute and has been claimed by at least four countries including Pakistan and India.

But India’s Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said the 19th-century Sikh king Ranjit Singh had given the stone to the British.

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“It was given voluntarily by Ranjit Singh to the British as compensation for help in the Sikh Wars. The Koh-i-Noor is not a stolen object,” he told the Supreme Court.

The court was hearing a suit filed by the All India Human Rights & Social Justice Front, a non-governmental organisation, seeking the diamond’s return.

It asked the solicitor general to file an affidavit giving the government’s stance on the issue.

The stone was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 after the Anglo-Sikh wars in which Britain gained control of the Sikh empire of the Punjab, which is now split between Pakistan and India.

Singh in turn had taken it from an Afghan king who had sought sanctuary in India.

The diamond had been an heirloom of the Afghan monarchy and before then was in Persian royal hands, but its true origins remain a mystery.

Its name translates as “Mountain of Light” and it is traditionally worn by a queen – it is said to bring bad luck to any man who wears it.

In 1976 Britain refused a request to cede the diamond, citing the terms of the Anglo-Sikh peace treaty.

“I could not advise Her Majesty the Queen that it should be surrendered,” said Jim Callaghan, prime minister at the time.

It must be mentioned here that Pakistan has never backtracked from its claim over the gem and the Lahore High Court is regularly hearing a petition filed by a lawyer, who maintains that Queen Elizabeth has no right to have the Koh-i-Noor diamond as it was a cultural heritage of Punjab and its citizens owned it.

Earlier this month, LHC reserved its verdict on the case and maintainability of the petition.

PTI chief accused of ‘misappropriating’ party funds

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan faced an embarrassing situation outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) here on Monday when an unofficial spokesmen for PML-N and one of Mr Khan’s estranged comrades accused him of misappropriating foreign funds.

Former PTI office-bearer Akbar S. Babar and a delegation of the PML-N had reached the ECP office to attend the hearing of a case against Mr Khan pertaining to misappropriation of the party funds. But the hearing was deferred to April 28 as the PTI counsel failed to turn up.

Meanwhile PML legislator Daniyal Aziz had a talk with reporters and accused the PTI of ‘running away from the commission over the issue of fake affidavits’.

He also alleged that the commission as well as the Islamabad High Court were too lenient with the PTI.

“Possibly it is because the party is a bunch of ill-mannered persons and, therefore, no judge will like to take up this case,” he said.

On the other hand, he added, the PTI too was shy of appearing in courts.

“If there is no mala fide intention behind Mr Khan’s shying away from courts and clarifying his position, he should not run away and face courts,” the PML member of the National Assembly said.

Replying a question, he claimed that the report on Panama Papers was false and it had diverted public attention from ‘foreign funding’ of the PTI, and called for an investigation into the matter.

It was a twin attack on Imran Khan as his detractor Akbar S. Babar also talked to reporters and accused his former leader of misappropriating huge amounts of PTI funds.

He challenged Imran Khan to grant ECP the permission to conduct a forensic audit of the party accounts.

“I have written a letter to the (federal) interior minister on March 31 requesting him to order the Federal Investigation Agency to conduct an investigation into PTI funds,” he said.

Mr Babar alleged that PTI had transferred millions of rupees in the accounts of employees of its secretariat ranging from telephone operators to those who prepared tea.

Published in Dawn, April 19th, 2016


PM hints at probe into funds collected by Imran

KARACHI: In what appears to be a tit-for-tat move against the PTI chief, who is demanding a probe commission headed by the chief justice of Pakistan over Panama Papers leak, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that an inquiry should also be held into Rs4 billion collected by the Imran Khan Foundation (IKF) in 2010 for flood-affected people.

Accompanied by PML-N workers, he was talking to reporters in London before leaving for Pakistan. In reply to a question about the funds collected by the IKF, the premier said this issue “should also come to the surface”.

Last week, Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif proposed that an investigation should be held into IKF’s fund-raising campaign.

Sharif returns home after medical check-up in London
“Khawaja Asif has not shared any random or baseless thoughts,” Mr Sharif said. “He [Khawaja Asif] has studied that subject deeply. He has even briefed me about that issue. So I think things should be made clear and it should also come to the surface. These thoughts were highlighted when floods were there so I think one should look into details of these things as well and one should know about the facts.”

Mr Asif a few days ago turned to social media to question the IKF’s credibility about collection of funds.

“The commission [for investigation into Panama Papers leak] would be set up,” the prime minister said in reply to a question about the fate of the government’s proposal for inquiry under a retired judge.

“Chaudhry Nisar would have told you recently which people have been contacted in this regard. You would also be aware of the Supreme Court’s views about that subject. Despite all things happening I hope that commission would be set up for the inquiry.”

Without naming Imran Khan, the PM criticised the PTI and its leaders for “pulling legs” and said that some elements wanted to revive politics of 1990s because of their “political immaturity.”

“We are far behind among other nations of the world which is very unfortunate,” he said. “But at the time when we are catching up other countries through development and prosperity, I think the people within Pakistan should not create hurdles in this process of development. They should not stop progress of Pakistan.”

Mohammad Asghar adds from Rawalpindi: Brushing aside rumours about the possibility of his replacement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to the country on Tuesday night after a week-long ‘medical visit’ to London.

His special aircraft landed at Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad from where he went to his official residence in the capital.

The prime minister was received by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the PM’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi.

A week ago, Nawaz Sharif, accompanied by his wife, had left for London from Lahore on a ‘personal and medical visit’. During his stay in the United Kingdom, he had visited private hospital for his medical tests.

The premier’s presence in London, alongside PPP leader Asif Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, had raised eyebrows among political circles.

Nawaz Sharif and some members of his family are facing serious allegations in the wake of appearance of Panama Papers. Opposition parties are demanding formation of a judicial commission headed by the chief justice of Pakistan to investigate into off shore companies and assets allegedly owned by the Sharifs as exposed by the leaks.

PM Sharif phones Modi, expresses shock over deaths in temple explosions

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his shock and grief over the death of 100 people as a result of explosions at a temple in Kerala, India.

Reuters adds: A fire and explosions during a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year killed 100 people and injured more than 380 at a temple in India´s southern Kerala state on Sunday.

Thousands of devotees had packed into the Puttingal Devi temple, about 70 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in the coastal district of Kollam, to watch the display that started at midnight and went on four hours.

The blaze started when a cracker fell onto a shed where the fireworks were stored, sparking a string of powerful explosions that blew the roof of the administrative block of the temple and caused another building to collapse, residents said.

“There were body parts on the floor and on the roof there was an arm,” Anita Prakash, a resident said. “In the past, there´s been fireworks but not on this scale.”

Kerala is studded with temples managed by rich and powerful trusts that often flout local regulations. Each year temples hold fireworks displays, often competing to stage the most spectacular ones, with judges who decide the winners.

Kollam district magistrate A. Shainamol said people living in the area near the temple had complained about the danger of these fireworks in the past.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Kollam with a team of doctors to help state authorities cope with the large number of injured, moving swiftly to head off criticism of a lack of public safety.

“The fire at the temple in Kollam is heart-rending and shocking beyond words,” he said in a Twitter post. ” My thoughts are with families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.”

Modi has faced public criticism in the past for failing to respond quickly to disasters such as the floods in Chennai late last year.

Large parts of the metropolis were under water for days before government help arrived.
Earlier this month, a flyover under construction in the eastern city of Kolkata for years collapsed killing 27 people, prompting allegations that shoddy material was used and that the metal parts had corroded during the years of delay. (Geo/Reuters)

Smoking dead scorpions is KP’s latest dangerous addiction

PESHAWAR: “I started scorpion smoking in the mid 60s,” recalls 74-year-old Sohbat Khan.

It was Ayub Khan’s era, and Sohbat was only 20 years old. He would frequent the famous Jalil Kabab house, which is how he met the vendor who sold scorpions worth Rs1 or Rs2 right next to the eatery. The men got their supply from Peshawar’s Matani area, which is rich in scorpions because of its insufferably hot weather.

Sohbat says he has quit smoking scorpions. His eyes are sunken from years of addiction, and his pale face and hollow cheeks betray a dependence on opium. “Nasha pa nasha khatmege,” he says, smiling— drugs are beaten by other drugs.

A dead scorpion is first dried in the sunlight or burnt on coal. The coal is kept on a traditional stove, and the scorpion is allowed to cook until it burns to death.

His addiction to opium doesn’t bother him as much; Sohbat says opium’s affects are far safer than scorpion smoking. He knows his body is too old to bear the high, but there are days he still feels the pull.

“Chars aw powder kho asi gup dai,” Sohbat says in way of explanation—“Hashish and heroin’s so-called relief is nothing in front of scorpion.”

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Inhaling the fire

During his years of addiction, Sohbat remembers madly roaming around his house and village, hunting for scorpions. Often, when the need was too overwhelming and there was no scorpion in sight, he would make his way to Peshawar. “It’s a worst form of addiction,” he says in Pashto.

The arrangements take up a lot of time and energy, explains Sohbat. A dead scorpion is first dried in the sunlight or burnt on coal. The coal is kept on a traditional stove, and the scorpion is allowed to cook until it burns to death.

“I would inhale the smoke coming out of the fire,” Sohbat says, although it is the tail that addicts really want—its poisonous venom makes for dangerous addiction.

In India, where the use is common in a few states, the method is quicker, and more expensive. People holding scorpions in their hands park themselves in specific spots, and addicts come to have a ‘sting of pleasure’. They pay between 100 to 150 Indian rupees for each sting.

In KP, some people mix the burnt tail with hashish and tobacco to smoke it in a cigarette. Sohbat’s method varies— he would use a ‘nacha’, which is a small pipe used to inhale drugs.

The high lasts for almost 10 hours. The first six hours are more painful, as the body adjusts to the high. Slowly, Sohbat says, the feeling eases into enjoyment. “Everything appears like it is dancing,” he calls. “The roads, the vehicles, everything in front of me.”

More harmful than other drugs

Experts say that scorpion venom is dangerous for the human brain when inhaled. Among the 1,750 described species of scorpions, 25 are fatal to humans. The rest do not kill when they sting, but according to Dr Azaz Jamal, their venom is far more harmful than other drugs.

“Scorpion smoking causes short and long term memory loss,” says Jamal, who is a medical officer at the Khyber Teaching Hospital. The person addicted to scorpion smoking also develops sleeping and appetite disorders, and starts living in a constant state of delusion.

“Smoking causes hallucination, the state where person have perception of something which is not present,” he explains.

He goes on to explain that there is little research available on scorpion addiction because its users cannot be identified as easily. For one, scorpion smoking is practiced in secret places, and secondly, no data is yet available on an official level. The United Nation Drug’s office has not investigated the addiction in its reports.

Killing scorpions

The menace of scorpion smoking is gaining popularity in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Although there are no exact statistics that reveal the users’ percentage, research has been carried out to find the prevalence of scorpion smoking addiction.

Azeemullah, a former service man at KP’s narcotics control department, who has traveled around the province for many years, has found addicts in the districts of Bannu, Kohat, Karak, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Charsadda and Batkhela. He cannot cite numbers, but his results show that the drug is not a rare indulgence.

Azeem comments on the lack of laws for scorpion smoking in Pakistan. “We need laws in place to stop the killing of scorpions,” he says. Azeem adds that scorpions are used in medicines for diseases like cancer and AIDS. Unless their use is regulated, scorpion addiction poses a threat to the availability of scorpions for medical purposes.

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