Pakistan has no future sans Iran gas
Govt delaying gas import to please US
India cannot ignore nearest gas reserves
PTI asked to keep energy top priority

Islamabad: [Dec 27]
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said government has been purposely delaying import of Iranian gas to please America which is damaging Pakistan's economy.

Pleasing US on the cost of country is unfortunate; it suggests that government is dominated by incompetent and apathetic officials, it said.

Pakistan cannot secure its future without Iranian gas, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President of the PEW.

Controversial measures like banning use of CNG kits in new and old cars and plans to cut supply to CNG filling stations for months in a country with world's highest consumption make no sense, he added.

He said that protests across the country will force the government to take back the policy decisions which can only increase transportation costs for masses.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that Iran has brought pipeline to border and now Islamabad should immediately start building remaining portion of the pipeline.

Decades have already been wasted in discussions and modifications, further wastage of time will jack up costs and leave the industry uncompetitive in the international market, he warned.

Iran produces 5.5 trillion cubic feet of gas per year; it will sell 740 million cubic feet of gas per year which will address around 30 per cent of our gas deficit, he said.

The 42 inch diameter pipeline has the capacity to deliver one Bcf per day, he informed.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that rulers seems unconcerned about over 2 per cent yearly fall in the GDP, over 25000 crumbling industrial enterprises, and untold miseries to the masses.

He observed that the performance of local exploration sector remained dismal despite knowing that our gas fields will be exhausted by 2025.

Interests of the foreign companies that continue to work in the restive regions prove that the business is still profitable for foreigner investors, he said.

American will continue to oppose gas pipeline and do nothing to resolve chronic shortages except offering economically unviable alternatives, Dr. Mughal noted.

Despite sanctions, Iran is India's second major source of crude; it could be Pakistan's major source of gas, he opined.

He asked India to take bold decision of joining the project after getting MFN status as it cannot ignore its nearest gas reserves for long.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal asked Imran Khan to keep energy security top priority.  


"Modern Thug".
(Daily Aaj, Peshawar. Tuesday, December 27, 2011.)
How to identify a Modern Thug who regularly visits various offices and agencies to grind his own axe. Please read Mr. Fasihuddin (PSP) column published in Daily Aaj, Peshawar today if this is of interest to you. You may find the column on the following online link
With Best Wishes.


 بندر سری بیگوان[        ] معلوم ھوا ہے کہ برونائی دارلسلام اور ملیشیاء سے گزشتہ ایک سال کے دوران کئ ارب ڈالرزپاکستانی طالبان تنظیموں کو بحھجوائے گئے ہیں، سفارتی ذرائع کے مطابق برونائی اور ملیشیاء میں اس وقت لاکھوں ایسے 
پاکستانی ھیں جو ہاکستان اور افغانستان میں دھشت گرد تنظیموں کی مالی مدد کر رھے ھیں، ان میں برانائی اور ملیشین نیشنلٹی رکھنے والے افراد بھی شامل ھیں، ذرائع نے بتایا کہ گزشتہ سال 2011 کے دوران کئی ارب ڈالرز تحریک طالبان پاکستان کو بذریعہ حوالہ \ھنڈی کے ذریعے/ بھجوائے گئے ہیں، یہ بھی معلوم ہوا ھے کہ گزشتہ ماہ قبل برونائی اور ملیشین سیکورٹی 
ادروں نے ایسے افراد کی فہرستیں تیار کی ھیں جو بھاری رقوم ان ممالک کو ارسال کرتے رھے ھیں جبکہ ان میں کئی افراد کو گرفتار کر لیا گیا ھے جن میں پاکستانیوں کی اکثریت بحی شامل ھے اور ان افراد کو خفیہ مقامات پر زیر تفتیش رکھا گیا 
ھے، جبکہ ملیشیاء اور برونائی حکومتوں کی طرف سے پاکستان میں رقم وصول کرنے والے افراد کے متعلق معلومات 
پاکستانی وزارت داخلہ اور خارجہ کو بھی ارسال کی جا چکی ھے ، مگر پاکستان میں ایسے کسی شخص کی گرفتاری عمل میں نہیں لائی گئی مذید انکشافات کی توقع ھے۔

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Press Release
Att: Sports Reporters/Bureau Chiefs

Pakistan, Lahore, Monday, December 26, 2011

            In conformity with the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) constitution, Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Congress in its recent meeting held on 17th September, 2011 has unanimously approved the amendments in relevant provisions of PFF constitution.
According to the press release issued here by PFF, Women Wing has been dissolved. PFF has constituted 21 standing committees including Women Football Committee to perform special tasks for the improvement and development of football in Pakistan. Each committee is headed by Chairman who is directly responsible for its business and assists President PFF.

Women Football Committee has five women members and Rubina Irfan has been elected as its Chairperson.


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26 December 2011

"New Growth Strategy, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Misquoted"
Islamabad, Monday, 26 December 2011: This is with reference to the news item published in "The News" today regarding the lecture of Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque Deputy Chairman Planning Commission said to be delivered at National Defence University on Growth Strategy.
The news item totally misquoted the contents of the presentation of Dr. Haque, it has nothing to do with the "Nuclear Aspect", the presentation was focused on "The New Growth Strategy" which was approved by "National Economic Council". The same lecture was delivered to the participants of National Security Workshop at the NDU last week.
The message of Dr. Haque in conversatiom with the reporter was that we should focus on growth and development keeping it independent of defense and strategic issues.
Planning Commission of Pakistan has organized a series of workshops on New Growth Strategy which is part of the stakeholders dialogue organized already at 20 universities in 8 cities across the country and the workshop in the National Defence Unviersity was part of this series.
This Workshop was part of a consultation process involving all stakeholders for creating economic literacy and local ownership of the economic reforms under the Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan formulated by the Planning Commission.
The Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan formulated by the Planning Commission provides for a strategy that seeks accelerated and sustained growth and development. It comes at a time when the global recession, war on terror and other factors arising out of rampant corruption and governance issues have severely constrained the economic growth in Pakistan. An unintended consequence of our policies has been the stifling of internal markets, cities and communities, which play a critical role in fostering productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship and ultimately promote growth, prosperity and development. Productivity is declining and there is no comprehensive and integrated mechanism available for increasing the competitiveness and good governance. Under these environments Pakistan has been facing new challenges in this 21st century. All stakeholders have to deal with the issues of cultural change and with the more informed masses address the uncertainty present in social, economic and political issues. Media is now more vibrant and liberal for facilitating this process
The focus of workshop was to ascertain stakeholders' views, create societal awareness and local ownership of economic reform to facilitate implementation of new growth framework in the context of following themes of the growth strategy:
  1. Role of Government /result based management in public sector/Civil service reform
  2. Energy
  3. Market Reforms & Entrepreneurship
  4. Urban Management & Connectivity
  5. Youth & Community Engagement
The workshop at National Defence University has been deferred and the new date will be announced as soon as possible
The transcript of the presentation/lecture of the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Agenda of the workshop is enclosed herewith for the record and reference. 

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