Pakistan wins hearts of millions of Sikhs at Kartarpur border

Pakistan government’s strategy about facilitating Sikhs yatrees at Kartarpur border leaves Indian government and media high and dry. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wins laurels from all over the world


Corporate Ambassador/Kartarpur (Narowal): Prime Minister Imran Khan today inaugurated the stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor that won hearts of millions of Sikhs all across the world while Pakistanis also appreciated this goodwill gesture.

Kartarpur corridor would facilitate thousands of the followers of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who is buried at Kartarpur, a border point between Pakistan and India. The birth place of the spiritual leader of Sikhs, Baba Guru Nanak is located in Nankana Sahib near Lahore. Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu openly stated that PM Imran Khan has resolved the long-standing issues of Sikhs that remained unresolved for 71 years.

“Mera Yaar, Mera Dildar Imran Khan” (My Friend, My Favorite Khan) had done a great favor for the Sikh community today _ a statement of Sidhu that proved embarassing for the Hindu fundamentalists and extremists.

A large number of Sikh yatris ─ both local and Indian ─ along with Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister for Housing Hardeep S. Puri, Indian Punjab Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Indian journalists and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony.


Sikhs were demanding the opening of Kartarpur borders since partition, but Prime Minister Imran Khan materilised this dream of Sikhs. On the invitation of Pakistan government, Indian former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other Sikhs also participated in this wonderful ceremony. Tears also roll down from the eyes of some Sikhs participants who witnessed the corridor’s foundation-stone laying ceremony with great happiness. Kartarpur border will be functional from 2019 and Sikh Yatrees will be allowed visa-free entry to pay homage to their spiritual leader, Baba Guru Nanak, who is respected the world over.

Top civil and military leaders – including General Qamar Javed Bajwa – foreign diplomats and a large number of Sikh pilgrims turned up at the groundbreaking ceremony where popular Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were also present.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan flanked by the Indian guests unveiled the plague as Harsimrat Kaur sprinkled Amrat Jal, holy water from the Golden Temple shrine, on the foundation amid applause of a euphoric crowd. Prime minister Khan called for improvements in trade and other cross-border interaction with India and urged ending poverty through cooperation.

He said Kashmir is the only dispute between the two countries which could be resolved, as there is not a single issue under the sun which could not be amicably settled.

Premier Imran stressed upon the Indian leadership to exhibit its ability to take decisions. “A genuine leadership could move ahead if it had dreams and strong resolve to achieve them,” he added. He said both Pakistan and India are nuclear-armed nations, so war is not a possibility between them.


Charanjeet Singh’s family seeks relief from govt


By Said Rasool Betani/PESHAWAR: Family of Charanjeet Singh, who was assassinated in targeted killing in Peshawar has appealed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to grant them immediate relief package as they have shifted from Peshawar to Nankana Sahib in Punjab.


The family members said they do not have any source of income after the killing of Charanjeet Singh and they are facing severe financial crisis. Charanjeet Singh was the only source of income of their family to run his shop in scheme Chowk Badhaber in Peshawar.


They said that we are waiting for government financial package for migration to Nankana Sahib a religious place of the Sikh Community because Peshawar is very expensive and we do not afford the city’s expenses that’s why we are hopeful that the Provincial government will release 0.5 million rupees death package for the family of Charanjeet Singh.


Source added that after his killing, family members met Police and Civil administration several times in which government issued directives to provide five lakh rupees as financial support for the family of Charanjeet, but, so far, neither the government had provided money nor arrested the killers even after a lapse of many months.


Family members have appealed to Chief Minister of KP Mehmood Khan, Governor Shah Farman and other high officials to release the amount to family of Charanjeet in order to shift their family to Nankana Sahib.


It is to pertinent to mention here that Charanjeet Singh was killed by two unknown motorcycle riders on 29th May 2018 at Scheme Chowk Kohat Road when he was busy at his shop in dealing with customers.


Charanjeet Singh was the community leader and he was taking part in religious functions to promote the interfaith harmony among the communities and to resolve the community issues. His family had migrated from Tribal district Kurram to Peshawar several years ago.

CCP moves against PTCL 6 years after issuing Show-Cause in 2012


Corporate Ambassador/ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has passed an order assuming its jurisdiction in the matter of Show Cause Notice issued to Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) forprima facie abusing its dominant position in violation of Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2010.

The Show Cause Notice was issued to PTCL in 2012 after the conclusion of the enquiry on the complaint filed by Micronet Broadband Limited, LinkDotNet Telecom Limited, and Nexlinx Limited (Complainants). It was brought to the notice of CCP that PTCL had abused its dominant position in the market for the provision of DSL services through the practices of predatory pricing and refusal to deal. CCP’s enquiry determined that PTCL being a dominant player in the upstream market for access to copper infrastructure was restricting competition through the practice of margin squeeze, which forced five out of 11 of PTCL’s competitors out of market and discouraged the entry of new players. This anti-competitive practice prima facie constitutes the abuse of dominant position and violation of Section 3 of the Competition Act.


Meanwhile, after the initiation of enquiry the Complainant withdrew the complaint, however, the CCP continued with the conclusion of the enquiry as per law. Upon issuance of Show Cause Notice, PTCL filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging CCP’s jurisdiction in the matter and the proceedings before the Commission were suspended on 28 June 2012. While, PTCL was successful in delaying the proceedings before the CCP through the stay order, however, with the persistent follow up by the CCP, Islamabad High Court vide its Order dated 22 November 2017 allowed the CCP to proceed in the matter, but not to pass any final order. Later on the Honorable Islamabad High Court vide its Order 22 January 2018 mandated the CCP to decide the issue of maintainability in terms of the jurisdictional objections raised by PTCL. In fact the Honorable Islamabad High Court recognized the jurisdiction of CCP subject to determination of maintainability by CCP through an Order.

After hearing the parties, the CCP’s bench passed the order addressing the questions of its jurisdiction in the matter and the maintainability of the show cause notice.

CCP held that although Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (Re-organisation) Act, 1996 has a general provision of regulation of competition, which was inserted in 2006, however, no specific provision is available which provides for prohibition of any anti-competitive behaviour or a remedy against an anti-competitive situation. On the other hand the legislature in all its wisdom has deliberately entrusted the CCP with the exclusive mandate of regulating anti-competitive conduct and not only provided for prohibitions of anti-competitive conducts under Chapter II of the Act but also provided for remedies against such conduct.

It is important that while determining the maintainability of the matter, CCP in its Order observed that the CCP is entrusted with the responsibility of looking after the interest of general public vis-à-vis anti-competitive conduct and to create a level playing field in order to enhance economic efficiency in all spheres of commercial and economic activity and that too in the public interest, such like the one alleged against PTCL in the instant matter. Hence, the unilateral withdrawal of the complaint by the Complainants does not prejudice the proceedings against PTCL pending before the Commission.

CCP further observed that public interest matters have an impact on the wider society. It held that ‘The compulsions for the judicial innovation of the technique of a public interest action is the constitutional promise of a social and economic transformation to usher-in an egalitarian social order and a welfare-State.’  Once CCP recognizes its jurisdiction over a public interest matter, the Complainant was not entitled to halt the proceedings by unilateral withdrawal, since the interest of the public at large is now at stake independent of the Complaint and its withdrawal in the matter. It was held that the Complainant may withdrew itself from the proceedings, however, the proceedings against PTCL are maintainable and would continue.


CCP will now proceed in the matter of show cause notice issued to PTCL for prima facie abuse of dominant position. This is the first time the Honorable High Court allowed CCP to decide the maintainability of the proceedings pending before CCP.

Record 7,579 incidents of wildfire occur in California in 2018

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Corporate Ambassador Report

The year 2018 is the most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of 7,579 fires burning an area of 1,667,855 acres (674,957 ha), the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), as of November 11. The fires caused more than $2.975 billion (2018 USD) in damages, including $1.366 billion in fire suppression costs. Through the end of August 2018, Cal Fire alone spent $432 million on operations.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire burned more than 459,000 acres (186,000 ha), becoming the largest complex fire in the state’s history, with the complex’s Ranch Fire surpassing the Thomas Fire and the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889 to become California’s single-largest recorded wildfire. In mid-July to August 2018, a series of large wildfires erupted across California, mostly in the northern part of the state, including the destructive Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire. On August 4, 2018, a national disaster was declared in Northern California, due to the extensive wildfires burning there.

In November 2018,  winds caused another round of large, destructive fires to erupt across the state. This new batch of wildfires includes the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire, the latter of which has thus far killed 94 people and destroyed more than 10,321 structures, becoming both California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record.

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Many different factors led to the 2018 California wildfire season becoming so destructive. A combination of an increased amount of natural fuel and compounding atmospheric conditions linked to global warming led to a series of destructive fires. Recent research on wildfires in California, published in August 2018, predicted an increase in the number of wildfires as a consequence of climate change.


OPEC crude oil further drops to below $65/barrel __ A Good News

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Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI: Finally, the OPEC crude oil has further dropped to below US$64 on Nov 15, 2018, showing a decrease of over US$15 per barrel in last few weeks in the wake of the US President Trump’s threat OPEC members of ‘consequences’ if the oil prices were not brought down. US President gave this threat in his Tweet, issued on Sept 20, 2018 and at a public speech later on when the OPEC crude oil price was hovering around US$80/barrel. Below of the tweet of the US President about oil prices and his threat to OPEC members.

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In simple words, the US President’s threat to OPEC oil exporters has worked well and the international price of the crude oil has dropped by more than US$15 per barrel in few weeks.

The PTI government has increased domestic petroleum prices with effect from 1st of Nov 2018, at a time when the crude oil prices were declining in the international markets. Keeping in view US$15/barrel decline in OPEC crude oil, the PTI government must pass on this benefit to the consumers in the country in the shape of around 15 rupees per liter decrease in domestic oil prices as early as possible.


Alibaba’s mid-day sales hit record $24b, higher than annual exports of Pakistan


Corporate Ambassador/ISLAMABAD:

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s sales hit the record of US$24.3 billion in the world’s biggest ever mid-day sale on Sunday during annual online shopping fiesta. The mid-day sales of ecommerce giant of China is much higher than annual exports of Pakistan which have gradually fallen from $25 billion a year a few years ago to around $22 billion.

Various platforms of Alibaba Group broke the 10 billion yuan (US$1.44 billion) sales within first two minutes as the ecommerce giant launched the 10th year of its iconic Double 11 shopping gala. Last year Alibaba group surpassed the single day sale record with more than eight hours to go before end of its 24-hour shopping festival that strengthened its position as the world’s biggest retail event and assuaging concerns that Chinese consumer sentiments is softening. Similarly, within half an hour of single day, 30 brands including Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Procter & Gamble, Ziaomi and Apple crossed 100 million yuan in sales. In just one second, 3,700 single’s day special edition MAC lipsticks were sold out.

In addition to this, Alibaba Group expects to price its initial public offering (IPO) at between US$60 and US$66 a share, it said in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

It will sell more than 320 million American depositary shares (ADS) – meaning it could raise US$21.1 billion at the top end of the price range.

The underwriters have the right to purchase 48 million additional shares, which could take the total to US$24.3 billion. That would value the company at about US$163 billion.

Even if Alibaba is eventually priced at the bottom end of the range, and the option for additional shares is not exercised, it could raise at least US$19.2 billion – surpassing Visa, which raised US$17.9 billion in 2008 to become the largest IPO in the US.

Priced at the top end, and with the additional shares sold, it could beat the record US$22.1 billion raised in 2010 by Agricultural Bank of China.

Alibaba is expected to conduct IPO roadshows in Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco in the coming two weeks.

Ricky Lai, an analyst at Guotai Junan International, said Alibaba’s price range was about 13 per cent lower than expected. He attributed that to recent negative news about the company.

The company last month said it was selling its small-business lending arm to the parent company of Alipay, Small and Micro Financial Services. The move was seen as a bid to reduce exposure to loan risks ahead of the IPO.

“Alibaba has been the focus of the market. Its robust growth is expected to continue,” said Lai. “However, there has been some negative news recently. For example, China may impose a tax on online shopping.”

Chinese media reported last month that the State Administration of Taxation was studying a plan to bring in a tax on online stores. The move would have a huge impact on Alibaba’s Taobao – one of the most popular customer-to-customer platforms in China.

What comes by will go by

Syed Ali Zulquarnain Naqvi

Ali Zulquarnain


What comes by will go by


What comes by will go by

What stays ahead is try


Going up might take strength

But staying up is actual high


Keeping it good is a tough call

But putting it right is a swift fly


How hard the dealing was

A smiley face will shed dry


Let’s all just focus it out

Put heads up and don’t shout

Let the act says it all

Just stay firm and be tall

Writer if a creative poet and banker, based in Multan.


Prisoners of Fate


By Syed Ali Zulquarnain Naqvi/MULTAN: Sometimes, one detained himself in so called prisons of fate that he is unable to seek freedom from it. For him his world is limited, his vision is short and his life a blind spot. Even though he is able to look at the comforts but unable to enjoy them, one for being passive and second for being not so aggressive.

Aggression being on the lower side is not because of innate nature rather because of inequalities, harsh realities, painful dualities and lifelong cruelties. He had faced so much odds that to strive for evens seemed fraud. Once like others dreams of flying high and catching the blue sky is worth of a try but now keeping the same flow and pleading  life to glow is just a mere show.

Hope have drowned down but one day out of foul play there will emerge a ray that will vanish the hazardous day. The seed of life will turn full bright and will give birth to shiny sight where flowers will bloom, professions will boom and faces will gloom.

Remember: “Nothing stays long as every dark ended up in dawn”

ali zulqarnain awardWriter is award winner banker-turned-creative writer and poet, based in Multan. He is receiving his award (in blue 2-piece) at 14th Corporate Ambassador Awards, organised in Karachi on August 18, 2018, at Beach Luxury Hotel.


Pakistan ranked 3rd most corrupt country in world in 2018

Ranking the world’s most corrupt nations for 2018

Corporate Ambassador Monitoring Report

Corruption within a country’s government undermines the solidity of its institutions and tends to lead to popular unrest. People just don’t like their officials stealing from them and engaging in cronyism or nepotism. But the phenomenon is as old as human history and isn’t likely to go away soon. Countries large and small have been ensnared in corruption scandals. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil has been jailed since April 7th for money laundering and “passive corruption.” Argentina’s former president Christina Kirchner was in court on September 3rd for a corruption case investigation involving bribes in the millions. The former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been on the run since 2017 after being sentenced in a corruption scandal.

In the United States, cases of corruption have plagued the Republican Party of late, with Rep. Duncan Hunter of California being indicted for illegally using campaign funds for personal enrichment. Meanwhile, Representative Chris Collins was recently arrested for allegedly perpetrating an insider trading scheme. White House administration officials Tom Price, the former Health and Human Services secretary, and Scott Pruitt, the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, both had to resign amidst claims of abusing their government positions and ethics scandalsPresident Trump himself has had to continually answer accusations about his business dealings and was accused recently by his former lawyer Michael Cohen of illegally using campaign funds to pay hush money to mistresses.

While corruption may be hard to root out until more transparent systems of political representation come to pass, shining a light on the scandals helps keep the politicians honest. There are two respected sets of rankings that attempt to gauge how corrupt countries are. Let’s look at both of them to arrive at a fuller picture.

Below are the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world, according to the U.S. News and World Report for 2018. The data was compiled from the 2018 Best Countries rankings, an analysis of 80 countries based on a survey of over 21,000 citizens around the world. The survey gauged how participants perceived the corruption in other countries.

1. Nigeria

2. Colombia

3. Pakistan

4. Iran

5. Mexico

6. Ghana

7. Angola

8. Russia

9. Kenya

10. Guatemala

The United States is 61st on this list, while Australia and Canada are 79th and 80th, making them the least corrupt. One certainly wonders where the U.S. will rank next year, given the swirling corruption allegations of 2018.

Another key ranking, the Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017, compiled by Transparency International, a well-known NGO that fights global corruption, has the United States in 16th place. This list of 180 countries and territories starts with the least corrupt first, which in this case would be the country of New Zealand, followed by Denmark, Finland, and Norway. Courtesy:


Militants’ attacks increase again in Pakistan: PICSS Report

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Militants’ attacks in Pakistan have significantly increased during the month of October 2018. An Islamabad based independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), in its monthly report, has revealed that the number of militant attacks and subsequent deaths have increased more than two times during the last month compared with September 2018.  Militants carried out 24 attacks across the country in October 2018 in which 32 people were killed including 16 security forces personnel, nine civilians and seven militants while 49 people were injured including 29 security forces personnel and 17 civilians.  It is worth noting that in September 2018, the militants had carried out 10 militant attacks in which 14 people were killed.

In October 2018, majority of the attacks took place in FATA followed by Balochistan and KP. PICSS recorded 10 militant attacks in FATA in which 13 people were killed including five security forces personnel and seven militants while 25 people were injured including 15 security forces personnel and seven civilians.

In Balochistan, militants carried out 8 attacks in which 15 people were killed including 10 security forces personnel and five civilians while 16 people injured out of which 13 were security forces personnel and three civilians. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 6 militant attacks were witnessed in which three civilians and one security forces personnel was killed while eight people were injured including seven civilians and one security forces personnel.

No militant attack was recorded in Sindh, Punjab, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The month of October also saw a rise in the deaths of security forces personnel. Balochistan was the deadliest province for security forces as 10 out of 16 deaths took place in the province during last month. Most of the security forces deaths during the month were caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

RangersMeanwhile Pakistani security forces conducted at least 13 actions against the militants in four different provinces in which 11 suspected militant militants were arrested and two were killed. Majority of the arrests took place in the province of Punjab from where at least six suspected militants were arrested. One each suspected militant was killed in Balochistan and KP. Two suspected militants were arrested from Sindh and three from KP.