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Friday, 16 May, 2014 Rajab 16, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 317 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
Cabinet gives nod to three-year budget strategy ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on his arrival in the National Assembly on Thursday. INP
major feature of the budget strategy paper comprises of five priority areas – investment in mega energy and infrastructure projects including major dams, increasing the tax net, phase-wise removal of sros, reduction in import duty and bringing it down to 25 percent and keeping it in five slabs. story on page 03
thai army afghans go to run-off ‘may elections on June 14 intervene’ after Polio woes bring attack PM, Army on toes! kills 3
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PM directs deployment of army at FATA borders for secure anti-polio drive
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02 NEWS I’M UP AGAINST MIR SHAKIL, NOT GEO JOURNALISTS: IMRAN iSlaMaBad: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that he is not against journalists of Geo channel but vowed to continue his struggle against its owner Mir Shakilur Rehman. Speaking to reporters after visiting Hamid Mir on Thursday, Khan said that Hamid and other journalists working with Geo News have given great sacrifices for the freedom of media and for democracy in the country. “Hamid Mir is my favourite anchor and I wish him a fast recovery,” said Imran, adding that Hamid has played a great role for democracy in Pakistan and demanded that those involved in the attack on Mir be brought to justice. Khan, however, lashed out at Geo News owner, saying that Shakil is working on a foreign agenda and vowed to continue his struggle against those who work for money and personal interest. Khan said the entire nation had lost trust in the present Election Commission of Pakistan and demanded its reconstitution as an “independent and strong” body. ONLINE
PTI WORKER DEAD, FIVE INJURED IN BANNU POWER THEFT CLASH BaNNu: A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) worker was killed and five others injured on Thursday when police and supporters of an accused arrested on charges of power theft clashed near WAPDA Colony in Bannu. According to details, the police and PESCO raiding team apprehended the accused on charges of stealing electricity through direct hooks and brought them to WAPDA Colony. According to police reports, enraged relatives of the accused came to WAPDA Colony and demanded their release. Later, they turned violent and resorted to aerial firing. In order to disperse the protesters, the police retaliated. As a result of the cross firing, a PTI worker Mehar Din died on the spot while five others, including policeman Zainullah, sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to Bannu hospital. INP
US RELEASES 10 PAKISTANIS FROM BAGRAM PRISON iSlaMaBad: US authorities have quietly released 10 Pakistani detainees from Bagram prison in Afghanistan, lawyers said on Thursday, after the men had spent years in prison without trial. One had been held for 10 years after being captured by British forces in Iraq and transferred to Afghanistan, said legal charity Reprieve. US authorities say that the detentions are necessary to keep potentially dangerous men off the battlefield. It was not immediately clear where the 10 released men had been taken. Justice Project Pakistan, which is providing representation to some of the detainees, said the International Committee of the Red Cross had informed their families that the prisoners had been released, but not where they were. Another batch of six prisoners was released in December, only to be secretly transferred to Pakistani prisons and held incommunicado for several weeks. Pakistani authorities did not tell the families the US had freed the six and only acknowledged holding them after Justice Project Pakistan won a series of court orders. Foreign prisoners at Bagram, sometimes dubbed “Afghanistan’s Guantanamo Bay”, face review boards staffed by US military officers but are not allowed to know all evidence against them or be represented by a lawyer of their choice. The boards evaluate the evidence and whether the detainees might pose a future threat to US forces. Sarah Belal, a lawyer at Justice Project Pakistan, said dozens of men remain in the prison under US custody. She said Pakistani government officials needed to tell lawyers and families about releases to avoid putting the men at risk of torture. “Let’s be serious. They (Pakistani forces) have no problem torturing people.AGENCIES
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Geo in trouble aGain SUNNI ITTEHAD COUNCIL DECLARES WATCHING GEO TV ‘HARAAM’, RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS CONDEMN ALLEGED BLASPHEMOUS ACT IN NETWORK’S MORNING SHOW PEMRA SERVES NOTICE TO GEO TV FOR AIRING CONTROVERSIAL CONTENT IN UTHO JAGO PAKISTAN MORNING SHOW
PEMRA MOOT ON GEO DELAYED INDEFINITELY ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has postponed the meeting scheduled to discuss the Geo News issues for an indefinite period. The meeting was due to deliberate upon the opinion from Law Ministry over the complaint filed by Defence Ministry on the issue of Geo News. However, PEMRA member Israr Abbasi, while talking to a private TV channel, said that the meeting was called by PEMRA and it could not be cancelled by a single person. He said that meeting will be held according to the schedule. Abbasi added that the pressure from the government was immense and it appeared as if the government wanted to abolish PEMRA. According to PEMRA sources, the Law Ministry has not yet submitted its opinion to the authority. GEO GOING DOWN: In the meanwhile, according to the UK’s Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), Geo News has witnessed a loss of over 100,000 viewers in the past two weeks. The channel, which usually sits behind ARY News in the UK ratings with a reach of an average 280,000, is now hovering below 200,000 viewers. Surprisingly, at the time of the negative coverage, the channel dropped to 197,000 viewers and 174,000 respectively – lowest in months. In comparison, Geo’s rival ARY News has added on viewership with the latest data (week ending May 4) showing the channel with a weekly reach of 391,000 viewers – making it the most watched Asian news channel in the UK. STAFF REPORT
SHOW HOST DR SHAISTA LODHI APOLOGISES FOR ‘INADVERTENT MISTAKE’, GEO ORDERS ENQUIRY AGAINST SHOW
FTER facing the heat in skinburning limelight for defaming the country’s premier intelligence agency, Geo Television Network has landed itself in thick soup for allegedly blaspheming against the Prophet (PBUH)’s family in its flagship morning show, with the clerics and media regulatory authority making sure that the lid remains closed and steam gathers up. While the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has served notice to Geo TV for airing allegedly controversial content in its morning show, the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) has issued an edict forbidding viewing the channel. While taking notice of the content in morning show “Utho Jago Pakistan” aired on May 14 on Geo TV, PEMRA has sought an immediate explanation from the channel. The notice has been served for airing content in violation of clauses (a), (i) and (p) of PEMRA Code of Conduct contained in Schedule A of PEMRA Rules 2009 which reads, “No programme shall be aired which passes derogatory remarks about any religion, sect or community or uses visuals or words contemptuous of religious sects and ethnic groups or promotes communal and sectarian attitudes or disharmony and/or is against basic cultural values, morality and good manners and/or contains material which is
against ideology of Pakistan or Islamic values.” According to PEMRA, it has also received more than 5,000 public complaints against the programme at the PEMRA Complaints Call Centre and on its website. For deciding the matter, the complaints have been referred to the Council of Complaints in the light of Section 26 of PEMRA Act 2007 to be decided in a week’s time. Geo – the ForBiddeN Fruit: In the meanwhile, SIC on Wednesday declared watching Geo as ‘haraam’ (forbidden), and appealed to the cable operators to stop the channel’s broadcast while religious leaders from across the country have also condemned Geo TV for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims by playing the “Manqabat” in a wrong manner. The SIC has also demanded stern action against the channel and has announced that it will be taking legal action against the channel’s alleged blasphemous action. Addressing a press conference hosted by SIC leader Sahibzada Hamid Raza and former senator Faisal Raza
Abidi, Raza said that Geo TV had hurt the religious sentiments of millions of Muslims by allegedly disrespecting the holy personalities of Islam and therefore, watching the channels of Geo TV Network is ‘haraam’. Raza said that the channel allegedly ridiculed Islamic beliefs, adding that watching any channel disrespecting Islamic beliefs or taking part in any such programme was also against Islam. He demanded that if YouTube could be banned for blasphemy, the same should be done against Geo TV. Moreover, Raza accused Sindh AIG Shahid Hayat along with other personnel of threatening the SIC members against their protest against Geo TV. He also demanded the authorities to either abolish PEMRA or reconstitute it in a way that it is able to “prevent channels from blaspheming”. Raza went on to saying that SIC clerics will take “oath of condemnation” from everyone during Friday prayers today and launch a movement for the closure of Geo TV. Former senator Abidi endorsed Raza’s views and said that playing qawalis and manqabats on weddings
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FIR MAY BE LODGED AGAINST ARMY PERSONNEL: AG JUSTICE KHAWAJA SAYS NO DOUBT ON MATTER OF CASE REGISTRATION BUT IT HAS TO BE DECIDED IF ARMYMEN WILL BE TRIED IN CIVIL COURT OR BY A MILITARY COURT ISLAMABAD APP
Speaking during the hearing of a case involving the disappearance of 35 persons from the Malakand interment centre, the attorney general (AG) informed the Supreme Court (SC) that according to army regulations, a first information report (FIR) may be filed against military personnel. A 3-member SC bench presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing the case Thursday. The apex court sought reply from the AG and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) AG on certain legal and constitutional questions pertaining to powers of civil and military courts about the trial of military personnel. The court inquired about the basis on which the deputy commissioner could decide the application filed by army seeking case transfer. “Can a civil court accept plea from military authorities for transferring the case? Is the civil court authorised to transfer a criminal case to military court?”
Justice Khawaja said, “No shadow of any doubt is there on the matter of registration of case against serving military personnel. Only it has to be decided if they will be tried in civil court or their trial will be conducted by a military court.” “There should be some law of handing over military personnel to army authorities,” he remarked, adding that the magistrate should not consider himself as subordinate to commanding officer as he will have to explain reasons related to handing over military personnel. During the course of proceedings, AG Suleman Aslam Butt submitted his reply pertaining to registration of FIR against security forces personnel. He said that according to the country’s Constitution and Pakistan Army Regulations, FIR may be lodged against armed forces officials. KP AG Latif Yousufzai told in his formulation that a case could be registered against in-service military personnel however it will have to be seen in what court the trial will be conducted. Justice Khawaja remarked, “We want to make some changes in your formulation and this we will do during the intermission after due deliberation.” Justice Khawaja also inquired from Mohabbat Shah, brother of a missing person, if someone had contacted him. Mohabbat Shah replied that only once he was contacted with reference to his brother Yasin Shah. “It is the responsibility of the provincial government to protect the liberties of its citizens. Provincial government should discharge its obligations,” the justice remarked. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 26.
was a norm but the behaviour of the show participants was a clear disrespect of the Islamic personalities. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED: In the morning show, hosted by Dr Shaista Lodhi, a live music band played the Sufi number titled “Ali (AS) Kay Sath Hai Zahra (AS) Ki Shadi” during the wedding re-enactment of controversial actress Veena Malik while the attendants at the event danced to it and continued with conducting Joota Chupai during the manqabat. The renowned manqabat sung by Qawaal Amjad Sabri is about the wedding of Hazrat Fatima Zehra (AS), daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), with Hazrat Ali (AS). In wake of mounting anger against the show, Dr Shaista Lodhi apologised over the “inadvertent mistake” in the programme while Geo has launched an enquiry against the show’s production team. According to Dr Shaista’s statement aired Thursday, the host said that she along with the entire team feels sorry and apologises for the circumstances that were triggered inadvertently due to the content of the programme.
NA RESOLUTION CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF MINORITIES’ HOLY SITES ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Lawmakers in the National Assembly showed a united front on Thursday when they unanimously passed a resolution requesting the government to take measures on “priority basis” to protect the holy places of religious minorities. The resolution also urges the government to deploy special security personnel at these places. The multi-party backed resolution was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and was supported by everyone present in the house. Though passed unanimously, a resolution passed by the parliament is not binding on the government, but it has significance in the parliamentary practice. “This House strongly condemns the attack on holy places of minorities, dharmshalas in Larkana, Hanuman temple Tateh Chok Hyderabad, Parbraham Ashram verijhap district Thar and martyrdom of Shrimad Baghwat Geeta and Shree Guru Granth Sahib at Madeji district Shikarpur,” the resolution stated. “This House resolves that necessary steps be taken on priority basis by the government to safeguard the holy places of minorities. This House urges the government that all holy places must be registered forthwith and special security personnel are deployed there to prevent any such incidents in the future,” the resolution further stated. Solidarity with turkey: The house passed another resolution, presented by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Syed Naveed Qamar, expressing grief over the death of coal mine workers in Turkey.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Cabinet Gives nod to three-year budGet strateGy BUDGET 2014-15 VOLUME PUT AT RS 3.74 TRILLION, PSDP ESTIMATED AT RS 525 BILLION, FIVE PRIORITY AREAS IDENTIFIED FOR NEXT THREE-YEAR FISCAL POLICY ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN Today has learnt that the federal cabinet has accorded approval to the threeyear Budget Strategy Paper ranging between 2014 and 2017 with the ministers suggesting some minimal changes into the actual proposal having a focus on five priority areas and a budget target volume of Rs 3.74 trillion. Responding to the international warnings against the polio emergency, the cabinet also decided to speed up efforts for
PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS GOVT WORKING ON WAR-FOOTING TO MAKE PAKISTAN POLIO-FREE
eradication of polio virus from the country with a special focus on taking over the control from provincial and local administration especially in FATA, parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Karachi. Well-placed sources confided in Pakistan Today that the major feature of the budget strategy paper comprises of five priority areas. The areas include investment on mega energy and infrastructure projects including major dams, increasing the tax net, phase-wise removal of SROs, reduction in import duty and bringing it down to 25 percent and keeping it in five slabs.
NAWAZ SHARIF MAKES RECORD NUMBER OF FOREIGN TRIPS
The cabinet was informed that owing to a number of controversies, the target of foreign funding for Diamer-Bhasha dam could not be achieved, so Pakistan will be generating its own resources. However, World Bank and IMF have agreed to fund Dasu Dam. An official of the Ministry of Finance told Pakistan Today that the government plans to unveil the budget 2014-15 in the National Assembly on June 3. “This budget volume is a mere estimated figure. Till June 2, several amendments might be introduced in the budgetary proposal on the orders of the cabinet and the prime minister,” the official elaborated. It is pertinent to mention that broader parameters of the next year’s budget have already been determined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has already limited the government’s discretion by restricting borrowing for budget financing to Rs 1.4 trillion. The source said that the budget allocation for Public Service Development
Projects (PSDP) has been estimated at Rs 525 billion, while the current expenditures are set at about Rs 3.6 trillion. The budget deficit for next fiscal year is estimated at 4.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) or Rs 1.4 trillion. Experts believe that if the government determines the budget deficit higher than what has been prescribed by the IMF, it could create problems during the fourth review of the $ 6.7 billion IMF programme. riddiNG Polio For Good: Chairing the cabinet meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the government was working on war-footing to eradicate polio from the country and all available resources would be utilised to make Pakistan a polio-free country in the near future. The premier also directed the authorities for launching an extensive awareness campaign to dispel the misconceptions about polio vaccination. The cabinet was also briefed by Na-
tional Coordinator for Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq regarding barriers, challenges faced by the polio program and the way forward for making the program a success. BudGet ProPoSalS: As per an official handout, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Finance Division Secretary Dr Waqar Masood Khan gave a detailed presentation to the Cabinet members on “Budget Strategy Paper 2014-17.” Finance Minister briefed that the government was re-framing the budget structure for the next three years, placing emphasis on major policy objectives. While elaborating the next three years’ budgetary framework, the finance minister told that the government was planning to increase GDP growth rate by 7.2 percent till 2016-17. Moreover, he said that the country’s foreign exchange reserves stood at $ 12.92 billion as on 13th May, 2014 – an indicator of growing economy. The prime minister while explaining his vision directed for taking all possible economic measures to place Pakistan amongst emerging economies of the region while ensuring maximum relief for the people of the country. The premier added that appreciation in the value of Pakistani Rupee against US Dollar and consequent reduction in the petroleum prices was possible because of the pragmatic economic measures of the present government.
POLIO WOES BRING PM, ARMY ON TOES! ONE MORE POLIO CASE DETECTED IN KHYBER AGENCY; POLIO TOLL REACHES 62 PM DIRECTS DEPLOYMENT OF ARMY AT FATA BORDERS FOR SECURE ANTI-POLIO DRIVE
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has set a unique record during his tenure by becoming the first prime minister of Pakistan to make the most amount of foreign visits in less than a year. According to Foreign Office sources, Sharif has been on 14 foreign trip since he assumed office in June last year when his party, PMLN, came into power. He made 13 state visits, first to China, two trips each to UK, Turkey and China, and one private visit to Saudi Arabia. Other countries Sharif visited include Thailand, Holland, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The last visit he made was to Iran from May 11 to 13. Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani made 18 state visits during his tenure of four years and three months, while his successor, Raja Pervez Ashraf, went on six foreign tours in nine months. On Thursday, Sharif arrived at the National Assembly after a gap of around three-and-a-half months. The last time the prime minister attended the National Assembly was on January 29.
MAKE WAY AS PM MAKES HIS WAY TO NA ISLAMABAD APP
As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif graced the National Assembly Thursday after a gap of around three-and-a-half months, he was served with legislators’ appreciation for his efforts in establishing peace in Karachi. The last time the prime minister attended the National Assembly was on January 29. Discussing the motion regarding law and order situation in the country, Member National Assembly (MNA) Qaisar Ahmed Sheikh said he “saluted” the prime minister and interior minister over the high level meeting conducted in this regard in which all the stakeholders were present. Taking part in the discussion, Dr Afzal Khan Dhandla said that in order to resolve issues like Karachi, the resolve like that of the prime minister was required. Dhandla said that all the political parties would have to work collectively to resolve Karachi issue. Col (r) Ameer Marwat of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also welcomed the meeting conducted by the prime minister regarding law and order situation in Karachi, saying that solid steps were needed to curb the menace of terrorism.
HEALTH MINISTRY APOLOGISES TO ARMY FOR FALLING SHORT OF 60,000 POLIO VACCINES IT HAD DEMANDED PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday directed the authorities to engage Pakistan Army to ensure security at all border points of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to regulate ingress of people into settled areas only after polio vaccine has been administered, another polio case was reported in Khyber Agency, taking the total number of polio cases in the country to 62. The latest case reported is of 27-month-old Mir Fayyaz, a resident of Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency. Since January to date, a total of 48 polio cases have been reported in FATA with four cases coming from South Waziristan. While talking to National Coordinator for Polio Eradication MNA Ayesha Raza Farooq, the prime minister directed the coordinator to meet the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to ensure better access and
PESHAWAR: A health worker administers polio drops to a child in the presence of army soldiers at Malak Din Khel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Thursday. INP
coverage of polio workers to masses. health MiNiStry CaN’t deliVer: In the meanwhile, the Health Ministry has apologised to the Pakistan Army for not being able to provide polio vaccines it had demanded. Pakistan Army had sought 60,000 polio vaccines from the ministry in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a letter written by the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) to Health Ministry, it was said that 60,000 oral polio vaccines be provided to army as its personnel were scheduled to travel abroad for UN
Peace Mission, short courses and those on deputation. The letter had demanded issuance of immunisation certificates as well. The letter reads, “50,000 polio vaccines are required for army, followed by 8,000 vaccines for Pakistan Air Force and 2,000 vaccines for Pakistan Navy.” Officials in the Health Ministry said it was impossible to provide number of vaccines sought by army and they could get vaccines from relevant hospitals. It is learnt that Health Ministry would soon inform the GHQ in writing about shortage of vaccines and their inability to provide the same.
SAMI WARNS OF FALLOUT IN CASE PEACE TALKS FAIL HAKIMULLAH GROUP SAYS WILL SUBMIT TO ANY DECISION TAKEN ON PEACE TALKS BY TALIBAN SHURA ISLAMABAD/KARAK AGENCIES
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief and head of the Taliban negotiating committee, Maulana Samiul Haq has warned that if the opportunity of negotiations was not utilised by the government then nobody would be able to control its aftermath. Addressing a public meeting in Karak, Haq criticised JUI-Fazl chief Fazlur Rahman, saying that Fazl was speaking someone else’s words by declaring negotiation committees ineligible.
Haq admitted that the negotiations process had come to a “temporary” halt, however he was not hopeless. He said that Taliban abided by the ceasefire agreement and soon a way of talks between the nominated committees of both the sides will be paved. hakiMullah GrouP to SuBMit to Shura’S deCiSioN: Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Haji Daud, representing the Hakimullah Mehsud group on Thursday said that TTP was serious in talks with the government and their group will accept whatever TTP Shura was negotiating with the government under the leadership of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah. “The government tried to negotiate secretly with some little known militant groups in order to cause split in TTP, specifically in South Waziristan, but failed,” Daud said, adding that the Hakimullah group will only accept a peace deal concluded by the Shura with
the government and under the leadership of Mullah Fazlullah. Replying to a question regarding peace deal, Daud said that Mehsud tribe specifically suffered too much, adding that the Hakimullah group was in favour of peace in South Waziristan.
Daud said that the Hakimullah group accepted Fazlullah’s decision regarding the sacking of TTP South Waziristan commander Khan Syed alias Sajna and the nomination of TTP Deputy Chief Sheikh Khalid Haqqani as interim chief TTP South Waziristan for two months. “Our group will accept and endorse all the decisions of Fazlullah as we accepted the decisions of TTP late chief Hakimullah Mehsud,” Daud said. Commenting on the internal fighting between two TTP Mehsud rival groups in South Waziristan, Daud said, “Our group demanded from central Shura of the TTP to settle the internal dispute according to Sharia.” Daud said that clashes between the two Mehsud rival groups were underway in South Waziristan Agency but he refused sharing details of the clashes. Daud added that Afghan Taliban intervened to settle the dispute between the two groups and made some demands, including ceasefire.
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AfghAns go to run-off polls on June 14 ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICIAL SAYS NO CANDIDATE HAS BEEN ABLE TO WIN MORE THAN 50 PER CENT OF VOTES ABDULLAH SECURED 45 PER CENT OF THE VOTE ON APRIL 5, WITH HIS MAIN RIVAL GHANI BAGGING 31.6 PER CENT KABUL
FGHANISTAN’S presidential election will go to a secondround vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed Thursday. The head-to-head election will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power. Whoever wins will have to oversee the fight against a resilient Taliban insurgency as 51,000 US-led troops depart this year, as well as try to strengthen an economy that relies on declining aid money. “After a thorough review, it is clear that no candidate has been able to win more than 50 per cent and the election goes to a second round,” Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, head of the Independent Election
BANGLADESH FERRY CAPSIZES WITH 200 PASSENGERS ABOARD DHAKA AGENCIES
A Bangladeshi ferry with around 200 passengers on board capsized in a river near the capital Dhaka on Thursday, with police reporting that at least six bodies had been recovered with a rescue vessel still on the way to the site. The MV Miraj-4 ferry capsized in stormy weather in the Meghna river at Rasulpur in Munshiganj district, 27 kilometres from Dhaka. The accident occurred at around 3:30 pm (0930 GMT). The ferry had been going to Shariatpur from Dhaka. “We are heading to the spot with rescue team,” said Saiful Hassan Badal, Deputy Commissioner of Munshiganj district told Reuters. He said the navy and coast guard were sening rescue teams and a ship had been sent from Dhaka.
Commission (IEC), said. Abdullah secured 45 per cent of the vote on April 5, with his main rival Ghani on 31.6 per cent, according to the final results, which came after weeks of deliberation over fraud allegations. The 2009 election, when Karzai retained power, was marred by fraud in a chaotic process that shook confidence in the multinational effort to develop the country, and also marked a sharp decline in relations with the United States. The run-off was originally scheduled for May 28, but ink and other material was damaged in an insurgent attack on the election authorities’ warehouses. “Some sensitive materials that were stocked at IEC headquarters for the second round were destroyed by the Taliban attack — providing those materials again needs time,” Nuristani said. Abdullah said on
Wednesday that his campaign had evidence of fraudulent voting that could have a “significant impact on final results”, but the official results were closely in line with the preliminary figures released late last month. Abdullah this week received a major boost with the endorsement of third-placed Zalmai Rassoul, a close ally of Karzai, who has stayed publicly neutral in the election. Karzai, who has ruled since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, is constitutionally barred from a third term in office. FEARS FOR FUTURE: Another costly, and potentially violent election could be avoided by deal-making in the coming weeks— and Rassoul’s support for Abdullah increased pressure on Ghani to concede. The United Nations’ mission has welcomed Afghanistan’s conduct of the vote, but warned officials that they must address all fraud allegations openly. The first-round election last month was hailed as a success, with turnout far better than in 2009 and the Taliban failing to launch a major attack despite threats to disrupt the vote. Both candidates have pledged to explore peace talks with the Taliban and sign a deal with Washington that could allow up to 10,000 US troops to stay on after this year on a training and counter-terrorism mission.
THAI ARMY ‘MAY INTERVENE’ AFTER ATTACK KILLS THREE BANGKOK AGENCIES
The chief of Thailand’s coup-prone army warned Thursday his troops “may use force” to quell political violence, after three people were killed in a grenade and gun attack on protesters in Bangkok. The rare official statement from General Prayut Chan-Ocha followed a call by Thai election authorities for July polls to be postponed because of the unrest. “I want to warn every group — especially those who use violence and war weapons against innocent civilians — to stop now because if the violence continues the military may be needed to come out… to restore peace and order,” Prayut said in unusually strong comments. He said his troops “may need to use force to resolve the situation,” threatening “decisive measures” if civilians are hurt. Unknown assailants fired two grenades into a rally camp early Thursday at the Democracy Monument — a stone’s throw from the city’s famed backpacker zone — followed by a burst of gunfire. Bangkok’s Erawan emergency centre said three people were killed and 23 wounded. The latest bloodshed comes as demonstrators push for the appointment of an unelected premier in a move that has infuriated government supporters, who last week were dealt a blow after a controversial court ruling ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.
An Indian mattress company has sparked outrage after using illustrations of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the face by the Taliban, in an advertising campaign. The advert for Kurl-on mattresses features a sequence of cartoon images of Malala, tracking her from the moment she was brutally shot at point-blank range, right through to her recovery. But the focal point for this narrative of bravery in the face of violence has proved controversial: Malala is shown falling onto a mattress after being wounded, before springing back to full health - above the tagline “Bounce Back”. The poster is part of a trio created by advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather’s India division. The other two adverts feature Gandhi leaving his career as a barrister to
MINISTER SAYS KBD WOULD HAVE ENDED LOAD SHEDDING WOES STATE MINISTER FOR WATER AND ELECTRICITY SAYS NO CONTROVERSIAL DAM WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED WITHOUT EVOLVING CONSENSUS ISLAMABAD ONLINE
State Minister for Water and Electricity Abid Sher Ali has said that had Kala Bagh Dam been made, the country would not have had to face the menace of power load shedding. Speaking on the floor of the House during question hour, he said that Rs25 billion have been released for the construction of DiamerBhasha Dam. He said the process of land acquisition is about to be completed and the government wants to complete this project from its own resources. However, some
donor agencies have also expressed their interest to finance this project, he said. The minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would perform the ground breaking of DiamerBhasha and Dasu dams in November this year. He assured that no controversial dam would be constructed without evolving consensus. Ali said the government is giving top priority to the construction of dams to produce cheap electricity. “The first phase of Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project will be completed by the end of next year, which will add 253 MW
MALALA IMAGES USED IN CONTROVERSIAL INDIAN MATTRESS ADVERTISEMENT lead India to independence, and Steve Jobs springing back from failure to enjoy huge success with Apple. But it is the Malala one that is attracting the most attention. The adverts were designed by the Chilean illustration firm Lamano Estudio and the company’s head of strategic planning, Patricio Vergara Calderón, said he feared too much emphasis was being placed on the violent aspect of the Malala advert. He told the Huffington Post: “The scene portrays a real event, an example of heroism that is very powerful, especially in Eastern countries, which is what they told us they wanted when we started the graphic.” In a statement describing the campaign Ogilvy India said: “What some of the world’s most successful people have in common is the ability to turn adversities to their advantage in the long run. Effectively,
TURKISH FAMILIES BURY MINERS AS TOLL RISES TO 282 SOMA AGENCIES
Women sang songs about departed miners Thursday over the graves of relatives killed in Turkey’s worst mining accident, even as more hearses pulled up and backhoes dug more graves around them. Rescue teams recovered eight more victims, raising the death toll to 282, with 142 people still unaccounted for. The disaster Tuesday has set off protests around Turkey and thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential ambitions off stride. Blackening his reputation further, one of Erdogan’s aides was accused of attacking a protester on the ground. In the western town of Soma, where coal mining has been the main industry for decades, women wailed and sang songs about their relatives as bodies were taken from coffins and low-
ered into their graves. Pictures of the lost relatives were pinned onto their clothing. No miner has been brought out alive since dawn Wednesday from the coal mine where the explosion and fire took place. Many mourners said they spent their whole lives fearing something like this. Erdogan, who is expected to soon announce his candidacy for Turkey’s presidential election in August, had to take refuge at a supermarket during his visit to the area Wednesday after angry crowds called him a murderer and thief and clashed with police. Turkish newspapers Cumhuriyet, Milliyet and others on Thursday printed photographs they said were of an Erdogan aide kicking a protester who was on the ground and being held by special forces police during the scuffles. The papers identified the aide as Yusuf Yerkel.
of electricity to the national grid,” Abid said, adding that the government also plans to construct Munda Dam, an 800 MW project, which will also help irrigate the barren land. The government has allocated Rs 600 million for this project in the current financial year, he said. “The government is trying to produce cheap electricity in the country,” said Ali, adding that electricity bills are being monitored and 30 million energy savers have been distributed in the whole country. Ali said that to prevent the theft of electricity, an act KABUL: Pakistani and Afghan forces clashed in a gun has been sent for legislation. battle near the two countries’ border that killed at least one He said the Power Min- Afghan border policeman. Zia Durrani, a spokesman for istry has asked the WAPDA the police chief of the southern Afghan province of Kanemployees to provide the de- dahar, claimed that Pakistani forces attacked Afghan potails of their property and “if lice checkpoints on the border, early on Thursday morning. needed we will hand over He said that the gun battle between the two sides in Matheir corruption cases to the roof District was still going on, but that the first hour was National Accountability Bu- very intense. The Pakistanis were using light and heavy machine guns, Durrani said. ONLINE reau (NAB)”.
AFGHAN COP KILLED IN BORDER CLASH WITH PAKISTANI FORCES
they bounce back to life. “To bounce back, as a figure of speech, also lends itself effortlessly to the spring mattress category. The ads were therefore stories about famous personalities bouncing back or reclaiming their lives to become legends.”
SUDANESE WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CONVERTING TO CHRISTIANITY KHARTOUM AGENCIES
A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman to death for converting to Christianity, judicial sources said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim had been ordered to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam. She had also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. Judge Abbas al Khalifa asked Ibrahim whether she would return to Islam. After she said “I am a Christian” the death sentence was handed down, the judicial sources said. Outside the court, about 50 people held up signs that read “Freedom of Religion”, while some Islamists celebrated the ruling, chanting “God is Greatest”. Young Sudanese university students have mounted a series of protests near Khartoum University in recent weeks asking for an end to human rights abuses, more freedoms and better social and economic conditions. Western embassies and Sudanese activists have condemned what they said were human rights abuses and called on the Sudanese government to respect freedom of faith.
Friday, 16 May, 2014
Modi on course to be new Indian PM: exit polls BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY (BJP) AND ITS ALLIES ARE FORECAST TO WIN 279 SEATS IN INDIA’S LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT NEW DELHI
INDu nationalist Narendra Modi is set to become India’s next prime minister, according to a major exit poll released
late on Wednesday, following others forecasting that his opposition party and its allies could win a parliamentary majority. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are forecast to win 279 seats in the lower house of parliament, the poll conducted by Hansa Research for the NDTV news channel showed. A majority of 272 seats is needed to form a government. Modi has electrified India’s general election, the world’s largest ever democratic exercise, with a media-savvy campaign that has hinged on promises to kickstart a slowing economy and create jobs. Yet he is seen as a polarizing figure, described by critics as an auto-
crat with Hindu supremacist views. Indian elections are notoriously hard to predict and polls conducted both before and after voting have a patchy record. The country’s five weeks of staggered voting ended on Monday and results are due on Friday. Six exit polls released earlier this week forecast results ranging from 249 to 340 seats for the BJPled alliance. The group will be in a strong position to lure regional parties to form a coalition government even if its seat tally comes in at the bottom end of that range, political analysts say. Several exit polls over-estimated the BJP’s seat share in the last two general elections in 2004 and 2009. The ruling Congress
party fell short of a majority but went on to form coalition governments on both occasions. Congress faces an uphill struggle to stay in power this year because of public anger over the economic slowdown and a string of corruption scandals. The ruling party and its allies were forecast to pick up 103 seats in the NDTV poll. Congress alone was projected winning just 79 seats, which would be the worst showing ever for the party led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
In Modi’s India, a case of rule and divide NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Ali Husain is a prosperous young Muslim businessman. He recently bought a Mercedes and lives in a suburban-style gated community that itself sits inside a ghetto. In Gujarat, it is so difficult for Muslims to buy property in areas dominated by Hindus even the community’s fast-growing urban middle class is confined to cramped and decrepit corners of cities. Husain embodies the paradox of Gujarat: the state’s pro-business leadership has created opportunities for entrepreneurs of all creeds; yet religious prejudice and segregation are deeply, and even legally, engrained. If a Muslim enquires about a property in a new development, often the response is: “Why are you even asking?” said Husain, speaking at his home in the Muslim neighbourhood of Juhapura, where filthy slum streets rub against smart new apartment blocks and enclaves. Separation of communities is common across India. Nowhere is it as systematised as it has become in Gujarat. That matters because the state’s chief minister, Narendra Modi, could soon run the country. Exit polls show that when results of a general election are announced on May 16, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies will win a majority in parliament, almost certainly making him the next prime minister. The 63-year-old Hindu nationalist has ruled Gujarat since 2001. He has surrounded himself with technocrats - and also ministers and advisers who promote “Hindutva”, a belief in the supremacy of Hinduism. As prime minister, Modi would lead not just 975 million Hindus but 175 million Muslims, around 15 percent of India’s population and the third-largest Muslim population in the world. Modi’s record in his state is clouded by riots in 2002, when 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died in a frenzy of mob violence. Modi still struggles to shake off the perception he did not do enough to stop the bloodshed, despite a Supreme Court investigation that found no case against him and his own insistence he did all he could to keep the peace. Even some Hindus connect Modi to the riots. Pradeep Shukla, a prominent Hindu businessman and former member of the BJP in the Gujarati town of Bhavnagar said Hindus “believe that, somewhere, indirectly, Modi had a hand in it because he supports Hindus. This is why they vote for him.” On the campaign trail, Modi has tried to project a moderate image with a platform that downplays hot-button Hindu issues and emphasises growth and “development for all”. But in Gujarat’s neighbourhoods and cities, people tell a different story. HISTORY SCARRED BY VIOLENCE Husain is one of roughly 400,000 people living in Juhapura, a teeming Muslim township within Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city. Many of them moved there after the 2002 riots. Local Hindus jokingly refer to it as “Little Pakistan”. India’s history is scarred by episodes of horrific Hindu-Muslim violence. At least 200,000 people were killed in the months after the country was divided into India and Pakistan at independence from Britain in 1947. The destruction of an ancient mosque in 1992 by Hindu zealots in
Ayodhya triggered religious rioting across India. Modi visited Ayodhya on May 5, repeatedly invoking the name of Lord Ram. Memories of the 2002 rioting have not faded for the many residents of Juhapura who lost relatives, homes and businesses. And its legacy has been increasing segregation. In particular, a property law unique to Gujarat has perpetuated segregation, creating ghettos such as Juhapura and a sense of apartheid in some urban areas. The “Disturbed Areas Act”, a law that restricts Muslims and Hindus from selling property to each other in “sensitive” areas, was introduced in 1991 to avert an exodus or distress sales in neighbourhoods hit by inter-religious unrest. Modi’s government amended the law in 2009 to give local officials greater power to decide on property sales. It also extended the reach of the law, most recently in 2013 - 11 years after the last major religious riots. The state government says the law is meant to protect Muslims, who account for just under 10 percent of the state’s 60 million people. “It prevents ethnic cleansing and people being forced out,” a senior government official who requested anonymity told Reuters. Critics say the act’s continued enforcement and the addition of new districts covered by it - about 40 percent of Ahmedabad is now governed by the law - means it is effectively being applied as a tool of social engineering. The Gujarat High Court in a 2012 case questioned the state government’s use of the act to block the sale of properties by Hindus to Muslims. The Indian Express newspaper said in a recent editorial: “More Muslims and Hindus have moved into separate spaces in Gujarat, finding trust and assurance only among neighbours of their own community, and it has ended up entrenching segregation and shutting Muslims out of the mainstream.” “SPIT ON HIM” Among those pressing hardest for the law to be maintained and extended to other parts of Gujarat are Hindu nationalists, such as Pravin Togadia. One evening in April, Togadia sat before a crowd of neighbours in a tranquil residential street of Bhavnagar, an otherwise bustling town three hours drive from Ahmedabad. To bursts of applause, he railed against a Muslim scrap dealer, Ali Asghar Zaveri, who had dared to purchase a property there. His forehead smeared with vermillion, a mark of piety, Togadia told his audience they should break open their new neighbour’s padlocked gates and take over the two houses behind them before Zaveri could get a chance to move in. “When he comes out onto the street, you should spit on him,” he told the gathering. “Get 10-15 children to stand around and ... throw tomatoes at him.” Togadia added that if Zaveri did not give up the property, which he reportedly bought for $250,000, they should go in their thousands to his scrap shop and surround it. “Take stones with you, burn tyres,” he said, according to a video of the meeting, which concluded with women in the crowd of around 100 people chanting a Hindu hymn. The video was posted on YouTube (click here to see). Local police, who acquired a copy, have filed a case of “hate speech” against Togadia. Togadia is president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a pugnacious group in a family of
The 63-year-old Hindu nationalist has ruled Gujarat since 2001. He has surrounded himself with technocrats - and also ministers and advisers who promote “Hindutva”, a belief in the supremacy of Hinduism. As prime minister, Modi would lead not just 975 million Hindus but 175 million Muslims, around 15 percent of India’s population and the third-largest Muslim population in the world Hindu nationalist organisations that includes Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Togadia did not respond to questions from Reuters. According to local media reports, he said news articles about the incident were “fabricated and written with malicious intention to malign” both him and his organisation. Modi did not comment directly on the VHP leader’s outburst. But in a tweet widely interpreted as condemnation, he said he disapproved of “petty statements by those claiming to be the BJP’s well-wishers”. Modi was not available to comment for this story. ESCALATING PROPERTY PRICES Bhavnagar is not covered by the Disturbed Areas Act. But in one district of the town, Hindus have effectively imposed it, raising a banner at the entry to a narrow lane that reads: “In this area, locality or bylane no property or building can be sold or rented to people who are not of this religion.” Reuters interviewed two local VHP leaders who said they have made repeated requests since 2004 for Bhavnagar to be put under the Disturbed Areas Act. One of the two, S.D. Jani, said Hindus object to Muslims living among them because they are not vegetarian and many have committed acts of terrorism abroad. His colleague, Kirit Mistry, complained that Muslims slaughter cows, which are sacred to Hindus, and that the Muslim population is growing faster than Hindus because they have more children. Several Hindus who declined to be named for this story said if Muslims buy property in their areas, the value of their own homes falls. One said the stigma of living alongside Muslims can make it difficult for Hindus to marry off their daughters. One consequence of the segregation: land and home prices in Juhapura and other Muslim areas have escalated more than in Hindu areas as the community finds its ability to expand and build more properties limited. “Prices have increased so much because the expansion of Juhapura has been contained, not only by walls but also by the building of Hindu colonies ...at the periphery of the locality,” Christophe Jaffrelot, a scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote in a recent column in the Indian Express. MUSLIMS FOR MODI At the same time, some Muslims in Gujarat have been lifted on a tide of rising prosperity. The state has long been a model of economic success in India given
its coastal location, large ports and industrialisation. According to National Survey Sample Office figures, for instance, Gujarat is one of the top states for Muslim employment. The national unemployment rate among Muslims was almost double that of Gujarati Muslims in 2009-10. But the picture is far from clear. Data from the same source showed nearly one in three Gujarati Hindus had a secondary education or higher in 2009-10, against one in five for Muslims - roughly in line with the average for Muslims across the country. Zafar Sareshwala is among those who have prospered. One of Gujarat’s wealthiest Muslims, he owns a chain of BMW showrooms. Sareshwala supports Modi even though his family was financially ruined by the 2002 unrest. His view changed overnight the following year, he said, after a meeting with Modi. “He was deeply anguished. He was apologetic about the scale of the damage,” Sareshwala recalled. “Modi promised justice would be delivered and said he would never discriminate against Muslims.” Sareshwala estimated that 30 percent of Gujarat’s Muslims now back the BJP thanks to urban development and access to services that Modi has brought. Opinion polls have not projected the Muslim vote in Gujarat. “People call him a dictator, I call him decisive,” he said. Even much poorer Muslims back Modi. In a dirt-poor Ahmedabad riverside slum of about 150 families, most of them Muslim, five of eight women who spoke with Reuters said they had voted for the BJP, even though Modi’s government bulldozed their rickety homes two years ago, forcing them to rebuild away from the waterfront. “Modi has done some good work. Our children can get scholarships and school meals. Women feel protected, and widows get compensation,” said 48year-old Shabnam Banu, sitting on the floor with her friends in a simple room where a slow-moving ceiling fan did little to alleviate the pre-monsoon heat. Still, Banu herself couldn’t bring herself to vote for Modi, selecting the “none of the above” option on election day. “Our main fear is he will throw us out of the country,” she said. “What if some of his people come and attack us?” PEOPLE ARE AFRAID In Juhapura, businessman Ali Husain has made it his mission to break down barriers between the state’s communities. Two years ago he persuaded a major developer to sell homes to Muslims in luxury townships on the edge of Ahmedabad, and he is now working with a Hindu company to produce Halal food. Other initiatives have flopped. In February, Husain organised a Hindu-Muslim business conclave, sponsored by the state government and addressed by Modi. Few Muslims turned up. “Truly speaking, the Muslims, they are not with Modi,” he said. Husain has bought a house in a Hindu area of Ahmedabad, and wants to move out of Juhapura. But his parents are too scared to leave. He is too nervous to even take the sheet off his Mercedes because neighbours might think, after his recent meeting with Modi, he has sold out for money. “I encourage Muslims to come out of Muslim areas and live everywhere, to end ghettoization,” Husain said. “But ... people are afraid that if they come out the violence could happen again.”
Indian police clueless after attack on Pakistani student NEW DELHI: Indian police are interrogating students and security personnel in relation to a violent attack on Ali Hasan Raza — a Pakistani student at Pondicherry University, according to Indian media. Cases have also been registered under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections including 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 448 (punishment for house trespass), according to police. According to some reports, police believe the attack may have been the result of mistaken identity. “We suspect that the attackers might have mistaken him for someone,” investigating officer and sub-inspector V Sivakumar said. The police said most students had vacated the hostel as their exams were over. They however added that the attack was likely carried out by those who stayed on in the hostel. THE ATTACK: On Tuesday, Raza was assaulted by three unidentified men in his room at the Sir CV Raman Hostel. The group of men reportedly crept up on him while he was sleeping and then beat him with iron rods and liquor bottles. Raza sustained injuries on his head, neck and back. The 24year-old was severely wounded and is being treated at the Puducherry Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer). During treatment, Raza said the attackers were his age and may be students of the university. Raza was doing a post-graduate course in South Asian studies. He is the first and only Pakistani student in Pondicherry University. In response to the attack, the Student Federation of India (SFI) secretary voiced concern over the incident and said the university must take all measures to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. The university also issued new restrictions on entries to the boys hostel. AGENCIES
Indian forces violate LoC ceasefire at Batal Sector MUZAFFARABAD: Indian troops have started unprovoked firing at Batal Sector along the Line of Control since Wednesday night. According to military sources, the Indian army also carried out mortar shelling at Batal sector, creating panic among the locals. The Pakistan Army also responded to the firing from time to time. According to reports, no loss of human life was reported yet but the continuous violation of the ceasefire has terrorised the locals. India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but in recent weeks skirmishes have flared across the heavily-militarised LoC, the de facto border in Kashmir, with both sides blaming each other for violating the agreement. ONLINE
Friday, 16 May 2014
‘treat Both pakistaN aNd iNdia at par’ ISLAMABAD INP
Islamabad: Senator Rehman Malik addresses the concluding session of the International Conference on Nuclear Deterrence on Thursday. SASSI Director General Dr Maria Sultan was also there. INP
New furNace for hospital sooN, Na told ISLAMABAD APP State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed on Thursday informed the National Assembly that a new furnace would be installed within 45 days in Polyclinic Hospital, Islamabad, for the disposal of waste material. To a calling attention notice moved by MNA Rida Khan regarding non-existence/adoption of proper procedure for the disposal of waste in government and private hospitals, the minister admitted that the old incinerator in Poly Clinic was out of order since 2013. He said there were three major state-run hospitals in the capital, including Polyclinic, PIMS and NIRM, of which, NIRM had its own furnace while the waste of PIMS and Poly Clinic was being sent to Morgah for disposal. "Shifa International hospital and other private hospitals also have their own incinerators to burn the waste material," Sheikh Aftab added. He said the installation of a new incinerator at PIMS in the upcoming fiscal year was also under consideration.
NaB helps get moNey Back from swiNdlers ISLAMABAD APP The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi on Thursday distributed cheques worth Rs 139 million of recovered embezzled amount among 63 affected persons and government departments concerned. The cheques were distributed among M/s Capital Builders Pvt Ltd, Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Capital Development Authority (CDA) Manawan Park Towers and National Fertilizers Marketing Company Ltd (NFML) at a ceremony held at NAB Regional Headquarters. Addressing the ceremony, NAB Deputy Chairman Saeed Ahmed Sargana said the bureau is making all-out efforts to recover the looted money from the swindlers. However, this practice to invest in the unauthorised schemes in greed of more interest and returns on investments must be ended and discouraged, he added. He urged the people to invest only in the government approved banking system and investment companies. He said that the bureau is proactively pursuing corruption cases to clear the backlog and taking concrete measures to discourage and eradicate corruption from society.
SPARC TELLS SORRY TALE OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ISLAMABAD APP
ociety for the Protection of the Rights of the child (SPARc) launched its annual State of Pakistan's children 2013 report on thursday highlights the dismal state of children’s rights and child protection in the country. the report provided an annual overview of developments in sector that are of special importance to children including; child rights, juvenile justice, education, health, violence against children and child labour. According to the report Pakistan is far from reaching its health-related Millennium Development Goals 2015 and education related education for All (eFA) goals. throughout 2013, both the education and health sectors remained marred by inadequate resources, corruption and a dismal state of service delivery. the report findings, presented by SPARc's Research and communication officers Zohair Waheed, Ali Nabi Nur and Maheen Shaiq, stated that in 201314, the situation was further compounded with the outbreak of the polio virus in the conflict affected areas of the country and subsequent attacks on health workers who were tasked with administering anti-polio vaccination to the children. Furthermore, latest estimates reveal that approximately 25 million children of school going age are out of schools. Poor and vulnerable, a large number of these children often end up providing
cheap labour to the burgeoning informal sector of the economy in Pakistan. According to the latest estimates by leading international organizations, there are more than ten million child labourers in Pakistan. the report highlighted that in spite of these shocking figures, successive governments have done little to effectively address the growing menace of underage employment in the country, the report said. throughout 2013, no provincial laws on child and bonded labour were passed and the administrative set up to deal with the employment of underage workers remained severely hampered by under staffing, lack of knowledge of child labour legislation and inadequate resources. the report also revealed that children in Pakistan continued to face institutionalised and criminal forms of violence whereby they were subjected to corporal punishment in homes, schools and places of work, sexual abuse, acid attacks, harmful traditional practices, and involvement in armed conflict. the report calls for immediate action, both at the levels of government and civil society to address the multifaceted problems that afflict the children in Pakistan. there is also dire need to apprise children of their rights and to mobilise parents and relevant stakeholders to act as a pressure group overseeing the implementation of laws, policies and programs pertaining to child rights and child protection.
STAMP PAPER SELLERS FLEECING CITIZENS ISLAMABAD APP Stamp paper sellers are overcharging the people in Islamabad district court and due to an artificial shortage. The paper is a requirement for a plethora of official documents and an artificial shortage has allegedly been created by those aiming to profit off black marketing the document. Instead of selling it for the face value of Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 at the city district courts, stamp paper is being for Rs 50 to Rs 100 from nearby black marketers. Every day hundreds of people come to district courts to get documents such as domicile forms, sale deeds, undertaking for
school and college certificates, birth and death certificates, marriage certificates (nikahnama), Zakat declarations and various affidavits, all of these now have to face black marketing. Stamp papers of denominations of up to Rs 20 were found completely absent from the market in a recent survey. Vendors are selling the papers at 30 percent to 100 percent higher price. "There is not a single stamp paper valued between Rs 5 and Rs 20 available. I need them for the undertaking for my educational certificate," said Hassan Ahmed, a student at Arid Agriculture University. He complained there were no checks and balances on the stamp vendors, most of whom only have
stamps available for those willing to pay a premium. Muhammad Yasir was overcharged while getting his father's death certificate. "I came in the morning to get stamp paper for a death certificate, but after two hours here, I have not found one person willing to sell it on the face value of Rs 50. All of them are demanding Rs 80," he said. An official of the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration assured that the action would be taken against offending vendors. He said that part of the problem is that people who are being fleeced don't complain to the proper authorities, which allows unscrupulous vendors to continue their practices unhindered.
Senate’s Defence Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain has said that Australia should treat India and Pakistan at par without any double standards on nuclear issue so that regional peace and stability could be ensured and the region may prosper. He expressed these views in a meeting with Peter Varghese, Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs and trade, Commonwealth of Australia. He said that Pakistan values its relationship with Australia and desires to further strengthen the multidimensional bilateral cooperation in different fields including trade, agriculture, education, energy and security. During the meeting, Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production Chairwoman Dr Saeeda Iqbal, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar, MQM Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, PPP Senator Sehar Kamran and PkMAP Senator Abdul Rauf were also present. The senators expressed their concern over Australian government deal with India on uranium and termed it a violation of previous pledges to promote non-proliferation, while treating Pakistan differently. “It seems that politics has won over the principles”, Mushahid remarked. Varghese said, “Pakistan is an important country for Australia and we keenly desire to enhance trade and economic links with Pakistan for mutual benefit of the two sides.” He also offered that Australia can assist Pakistan in coal sector to meet the energy demands. He agreed that education is a key factor in Pakistan and Australian relationship and promised to further explore new avenues of cooperation for mutual benefit. He expressed his satisfaction to visit Pakistan and said that such interactions would provide impetus to our bilateral cooperation in future.
7 walk free iN ephedriNe case RAWALPINDI ONLINE The Rawalpindi Anti-Narcotics Court (ANC) has acquitted seven accused persons of private pharmaceutical companies in ephedrine quota case due to lack of evidence. Ephedrine quota case was heard on Thursday by Judge Akhtar Bahadur. The accused were charged with smuggling 500 kilogram ephedrine to Afghanistan and Iran. They were arrested by Anti Narcotics Force and were kept in jail since the last one year. Those who have been exonerated are Syed Seraj, Abouzar, Faizi, Hamid Raza and Nadeem.
presideNt vows to develop aJk ISLAMABAD APP President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday reiterated the government’s commitment to developing Azad Jammu and Kashmir and said all possible steps were being taken for the socio-economic development of AJK. The president during his meeting with Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Yaqoob Khan at the Presidency discussed overall situation in AJK and stressed the need for early completion of the various ongoing developmental projects in the area. He assured that the federal government would provide all possible assistance to the AJK Government in completion of development projects aimed at the welfare and uplift of the Kashmiris. Khan thanked the president for his keen interest in the development of AJK and progress and prosperity of the Kashmir.
Friday, 16 May 2014
dams filled, more raiN oN the way ISLAMABAD APP
eceNt heavy rains in most parts of the country have not only turned the weather pleasant but also improved water provision to the capital city, which gets most of its water from Rawal, Khanpur and Simly dams. the rains, which lashed several parts of the country, including
Rawalpindi and islamabad, have improved the overall situation of water in Rawal, Simly and Khanpur dams thus ending the threat of water crisis to the twin cities which was earlier feared due to relatively dry winter season this year. An official of the capital Development Authority (cDA) said on thursday that the water level has increased to almost full in Khanpur dam which was a good omen for the residents of twin cities who get most of their share from
the dam. Giving statistics, he said, the top level of the dam is 1982 feet while the dead level is 1914 feet, adding that the dam authorities open spill ways after the water in the dam touches the top level of 1982 feet. He termed the condition satisfactory, saying that the current water level in the dam would be sufficient till the monsoon rains in July and there is no fear of any water shortage. Research Assistant at Khanpur dam,
Twin cities running without gas ISLAMABAD INP
the dwellers of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and islamabad are facing acute gas shortage for the last few days and there has been no explanation from the authorities of SNGPL in this connection. According to reports, residents of Sector G-9 have been facing severe shortage of gas for last many days which has badly disturbed their routine life. the residents said that several localities in the sector are receiving very low gas pressure, making it impossible for them to cook. they said that children and office goers have to go to their educational institutions and offices respectively often without eating breakfast. they said that gas shortage in summer is beyond understanding as it is not used in heaters and water geysers in the season, reducing con-
sumption and demand. Sadique Hussain, a resident of the sector, said that domestic consumers should be provided uninterrupted gas supply and the shortfall should be accommodated in cNG sector. He said that patrol could be used in vehicles as alternative but there is no alternative of gas to burn in stoves. Residents of Khayaban-e-Sir Syed Rawalpindi are without gas in the morning and evening hours for the last three days creating immense problems for housewives. the residents said it is surprising that the gas load shedding is being applied to domestic consumers despite commitment by the Prime Minister that domestic consumers would get the much needed fuel round the year. the residents demanded the higher authorities of the gas supply company and the Minister for Petroleum and Natural resources to take serious notice of this disturbing situation.
Muhammad Hanif, said that at the moment the capital city was receiving 70 cusecs per day or in other words it is 35 million gallons per day. He categorically stated that there was no gap in supply and demand of water to the capital as the Khanpur dam was full to its capacity. to a question about the inlet and outlet of water in the dam, Hanif said the water inlet in the dam was 343.78 cusecs while outlet was 285.74 cusecs, adding that the water has
solidarity protest for Bso-azad today ISLAMABAD ONLINE
the National Students Federation will hold a protest demonstration on Friday in front of the National Press club islamabad for expressing solidarity with BSo-Azad hunger strike until death. Students will express solidarity with the BSo-Azad. the protest will be led by university student Latif Johar outside the Karachi Press club for the release of BSoAzad chairman Zahid Baloch and all other missing students and activists. the BSo hunger strike in front of Karachi Press club, which began on April 22, has entered the 23rd day, and the condition of Latif Johar is now critical. the Friday protest will be staged by students from various institutions of Rawalpindi and islamabad, and will be joined by left-wing political workers of the twin cities. the protest will demand recovery of Baloch students and missing persons, an end to enforced disappearances in Balochistan, and lifting of the ban on the student organisation BSo-Azad.
increased 0.04 percent in the dam during the last 24 hours. if rains had continued, the spillways of Khanpur dam would have to be opened, he added. According to the Met office, usually May is the month in which the weather remains dry most of the times, but this year torrential rains occurred in this month which raised the water level and thus the water shortage fear has also come to an end resulting in a sigh of relief for the people.
More areas to enjoy â€˜fruitsâ€™ of Metro Bus Service ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA) has decided to conduct a new survey to extend the scope of Rawalpindi-islamabad Metro Bus Service (RiMBS). Work will be stated on four new sections of MBS with the completion of the survey. Sources said work on the second section of RiMBS will begin after the work is accomplished on Rawalpindi-islamabad Metro Bus Service one project. the MBS-2 will be extended from Rawat to taxila, MBS-3 from Faizabad to Rawat and MBS-4 from taxila to islamabad and MBS-5 from Peshawar More to 9th Avenue. A modern bus terminal will be
constructed in Rawat in connection with this bus service. Bus stations at section-2 will be constructed at Ayub Park, Kutchery, flashman, race course park, chohar chowk, Golra More, tarnol and taxila, at section 3 bus stations will be built at Swan, Khanna, chatri chowk, Karal, Lohi Bher zoo, PWD, Media town and Rawat chowk, at phase-4 stations will be erected at taxila and tarnol and at Phase -5 Peshawar More vegetable market, Khiabab-e-Sir Syed Panora Mor and 9th Avenue. Special funds will be allocated in the upcoming budget for completion of these projects. Sources said Metro Bus stations will be named after the eminent personalities with the approval of chief minister Punjab.
wasa shocks thieves with fiBre-made maNhole lids RaWalPINdI: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has started placing fibre- made lids on all manholes in Rawalpindi city to eliminate all chances of their stealing. These lids are made in China which can neither be stolen nor can be broken. These cannot be recycled to manufacture some other product out of it. In the first phase these lids are being placed on the open manholes on Murree Road and other important roads. Following the completion of work on Murree Road, the old lids of manholes will be replaced with fibre lids on all the roads of Rawalpindi city. ONLINE
08 COMMENT Cloud and cuckoo land of PML-N The way the N League runs government requires much
Friday, 16 May, 2014
Pakistan’s relations with Iran A new era in Pak-Iran ties?
N Thursday Nawaz Sharif attended the proceedings of the National Assembly for an eighth time in 11 months. His last attendance was on January 27 when he announced the four-member government team he had appointed to hold talks with the TTP. The prime minister could have taken the House into confidence regarding the successes achieved, if any, since the formation of the peace committee four months back. Similarly, he could have shared with the house the progress made in the ongoing Karachi operation that was approved in September last year and has remained undiscussed in the house. This was all the more needed since only a day before the prime minister had presided over a meeting of the topmost civil and military leaders in Karachi on security issues. Nawaz Sharif’s failure to speak on the two matters that concern many raises questions. Does the prime minister have nothing to tell the House because he thinks there has been no worthwhile development vis a vis TTP talks or security situation in the country’s financial capital? His continued enthusiasm for the talks and his unending commitment to the Karachi operation would suggest otherwise. Does he then think it is not worthwhile to take the House into confidence?
A new factor was added to the tensions between the army and the civilian administration caused by Musharraf’s trial and the government’s policy to placate the TTP when the government failed to intervene to stop the Geo-ISI tussle. The prime minister came to the house at a time when the government is facing several domestic challenges. A new factor was added to the tensions between the army and the civilian administration caused by musharraf’s trial and the government’s policy to placate the TTP when the government failed to intervene to stop the Geo-iSi tussle. The subsequent rallies by the PTi and PAT were seen by many as an offshoot of the bitterness between civil-military relations. The new PTi-PmL-Q understanding has been referred to by some as an attempt to create another iJi. While Sharif remained tightlipped, ishaq Dar presented a rosy picture of the economy. Foreign exchange reserves had crossed $15bn in July, inflation rate stood at 8.6 per cent, GDP growth rate at 3.4 percent and tax collection had recorded a growth of 15.6 percent. exports had meanwhile risen to $19 billion. in other words with PmL-N in power, everything is honky dory. The cabinet meeting held in the afternoon was no different. Two major briefings concerned with the national economy and the polio threat. The economy was in safe hands and on the right track. As there were problems with polio that could not be papered over, the Pm wants to deal with the issue on a war footing.
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rime minister mian muhammad Nawaz Sharif undertook a twoday official visit to the islamic republic of iran on 11-12 may. He met with iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan rouhani. earlier Prime minister Sharif first visited iran in 1999. The visit aims to build trust between the two nations by removing misunderstandings created by the differences on the iran-Pakistan (iP) gas pipeline project. Both nations have not finally resolved the issue. The visit would improve fractured, strained, and lukewarm ties owing to geo-strategic, political, and economic reasoning. The history of Pakistan-iran relations have witnessed upward and downward trends depending upon regional and global politics. The relations remained extremely warm up to the end of the Shahensha muhammad reza Shah Pahlavi’s rule. in the latter
part, relations witnessed new realities but marred by political and strategic differences. iran saw Pakistan a proAmerican satellite in the region that greatly aligned with Saudi Arabia to oppose iranian revolution and interests. Prime minister Sharif’s visit tended to shun many of these negative perceptions rightly or wrongly attributed. Pakistan needs to re-balance its middle east policy at a time when the whole region is in turmoil and Pakistan’s needs not to tilt towards any country. Syria is a case in point. While Saudi Arabia wants to dethrone the Bashar al-Assad regime, iran supports the sitting government in Damascus. Speculation also surrounds Pakistan’s supply of arms to Gulf kingdoms at this critical hour. Some suggest that Pakistan should act as abalancer between Saudi Arabia and iran. Some border incidents also took place between Pakistan and iran recently. Chief minister of Balochistan, Dr Abdul malik Baloch, Governor of Balochistan, mahmood Khan Achakzai, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi, Finance minister, ishaq Dar, and minister for Petroleum and Natural resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, accompanied the prime minister. enhancing bilateral cooperation, both sides signed as many as nine moUs. The outcome of the stalled iP pipeline is the most crucial and one has to see how the matter would be finally settled and how Pakistan would avoid penalty under the agreement as repeatedly pointed out by the iranian side. During the visit, both sides agreed to continue discussions on the pipeline and to some extent, at least, diplomatically eased anxiety spanning over the past many months. it also means that
the project is not scraped yet and both sides would try to address concerns and sought out issues surrounding the project including the pricing. Under the agreement Pakistan was to pay $3 million per day if it failed to build the pipeline by December 2014. iran has already built 900km long pipeline up to Pakistan’s border. Pakistan has not constructed its 781 km pipeline for strategic and economic reasons. iran then withdrew its $500 million aid package to Pakistan for violating the agreement. many speculated that the Saudi aid of $1.5 billion was only offered to Pakistan to abandon the iP project. On the other hand, energy experts say that the cost of the iran gas is extraordinary high and it would cost rs 23 per unit to generate electricity that cannot be supplied to the consumers. So they do not favour this costly project. Now many issues will be re-address and hope both countries would find a suitable outcome. iran also does not care about USled geopolitics surrounding the project. Tension has already eased between iran and the United States. The improvement of iran’s ties with the United States on the nuclear issue would also improve bilateral ties between Pakistan and iran. Under these circumstances one has to see which way the project would be decided. The common border of 805 km between Pakistan and iran must be streamlined. Both leaders also discussed border security matters and agreed that better border management and improved security measures should be taken into account. much serious joint counter-terrorism efforts should be beefed up to ensure border security that often results in sectarian terror incidents inside Pakistan and also to pre-
vent militancy. recently, both countries staged a joint naval drill in the Persian Gulf to promote maritime cooperation. This sent a good message and terminated speculation of negative trajectory of relations. Both countries also agreed to increase bilateral trade up to US$5 billion. iran is a good market for Pakistani agricultural produce. A Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) was inked between the two countries on 1 September 2006 but trade could not achieve desired results because of sanctions on iran. Human trafficking, goods smuggling, and narcotics also are serious security and economic issues between the two governments and many committees have been formed to tackle them. iranian petrol and petroleum products are smuggled in big quantities into Balochistan and then moved to other parts of the country, thus giving a loss to national exchequer. Pakistan wishes to improve ties with both iran and Afghanistan. The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan this year significantly influences ties between islamabad and Tehran. islamabad’s non-interference in Kabul would also satisfy Tehran but much more trusted-building is needed on the issue. The cordial ties with China and improved ties with iran and Afghanistan would allow the Pakistani government to pursue its strategic and economic agenda in the next four years. Hope this ‘new chapter’ of Pakistan’s relations with iran would cement strategic and economic ties as wished by Prime minister Sharif. Dr. Ahmad Rashid Malik is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad. He specialises in East Asian affairs.
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The Karachi Operation According to Supreme Court Pakistan, Karachi’s main political parties are responsible for patronizing criminal mafia style gangs. Yet in the choice of iG Sindh, political parties have been consulted and their consent obtained. How is it possible to restore law and order in Karachi, nab target killers, extortion racketeers, and those involved in heinous crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, when working of police and their scrutiny itself is subject to powerful criminal mafia supposedly enjoying patronage of political parties?. if a crime has been committed, law enforcement is required to nab those it considers guilty, interrogate them and present them before judiciary for prosecution. Pakistan is undergoing is terrorism from within, supported and financed in many cases by our external enemies, who would like to destroy this country economically, so that it is reduced to a weak satellite state of regional and international powers. We face a crisis which threatens our very existence and survival as a sovereign responsible state, which is ruled by laws, not by individuals or groups, irrespective of whether they are elected or armed to teeth. The whole purpose of maintaining an armed uniformed security service comes to a naught, if the state is subjected to blackmail and dictated by groups, who would require law enforcers to seek their consent, before proceeding against criminals. in the words of T roosevelt, “No man is above the law and no man is below it, nor do we ask any man’s permission, when we ask him to obey it.” Can anybody imagine a Senator in USA, a member of Lok Sabha in india, or a parliamentarian in UK threatening to bring to a standstill a major financial hub such as Karachi, if his demands are not met?. What would have been response of establishment in Pakistan, if an angry Baloch leader threatened to do something similar, or a Congressman made a similar threat to grind to a halt New York or Chicago?. if we are to restore sanity in this country, enforce supremacy of constitutional rule, than police, paramilitary forces or judiciary must not be slave to whims of individual power brokers, erring politicians or bureaucrats. MALIK TARIQ Lahore (II) Prime minister Nawaz Sharif has taken a tough stance on the issue of targeted operations in Karachi.
He is doing the right thing, for it is high time that the people terrorizing Karachi are brought to justice. Karachi and its people have suffered enough. The prime minister said that the targeted operation in Karachi will continue and the administration would have full powers to bring terrorists to justice. The prime minister took all political parties into confidence and rightly so for this issue is about the security of Pakistan. He also announced formation of two committees, one will address the grievances of people and the other will look into issues of ban if illegal mobile Sims and enforcement of biometric system for issuance of new Sims. The prime minister said, “We want cooperation from all stakeholders as everybody wants to see improvement in law and order in Karachi.” He emphasised upon capacity building of police and appreciated the hiring of retired army personnel. He said that there would be retaliation for the operation but the federal government would provide all possible support to law enforcement agencies. The Pakistan government has implemented the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) to deal with terrorism and to bring criminals to justice and it is high time it is put into effect. Amid this assurance from the prime minister that the safety of Karachi’s citizens is paramount General raheel Sharif also said that army was ready to extend every support. Let us hope that this operation is a success and Karachi and its people may soon be able to live peacefully without any fear for their lives or their honour. AMJAD KHAN Lahore (III) Karachi makes one’s heart bleed, particularly of a woman who is weak and still calls it home. Death rate is increasing day by day and criminals are at ease. Courts don’t function properly, let alone police and government. The Supreme Court listed three parties and none of them are at fault. When all the country is under attack, it is Karachi who has the reputation of being full of weapons and criminals. An operation might soon be underway to clean the city from weapons and criminals. Abdul rasheed Godil, an mQm leader, says that weapons are just like gold for Karachi. This gold is neither saving the people from criminals nor is justice being delivered. To surrender weapons would be like a bride giving up all her jewellery. mQm says the operation is targeting their workers. What’s left in the end is
‘Karachi’, a city infested with weapons. You could ask what the city means to a mother who lost her son in Karachi when he refused to give away the phone and wallet. A life ended for such a little insignificant thing. We should accept the operation positively since that’s our only hope if we want to see Karachi safe and stable. SYEDA AMINA MUKHTAR Lahore
Talibanisation increases with delayed justice When i was little, i had studied in my school that the Pakistan’s legal system was the third pillar of our governance. The legal system was established to provide justice to the common man and to stop the government or army from imposing illegal acts on the public. While growing up i witnessed the inhumane way the Pakistan court systems treated common man’s problems. Legal proceedings in the court would only end when one of the disputing parties died. We have all witnessed the suo motu actions of the ex-CJ in the past few years. Although the ex-CJ utilised his authority to take suo motu actions against various people, including the government, it is interesting to note that it was only a very small percentage of the cases, all the rest are either still pending or thrown out of court after a few years. interestingly, quick justice was provided only in the suo motu action of the CJ against the sitting Pm of Pakistan, when the CJ’s son, Arsalan, was implicated in a case. The perfect example of the failure of the suo motu actions of the CJ can be explained by the case of mukhtaran mai. She was gang-raped by four villagers in Punjab. The Fir was registered after the CJ took suo motu action, and although the legal proceeding went on in the court for three years, the case was eventually thrown out of the court on the pretext that the initial Fir was registered incorrectly. ironically, the Fir was registered on the suo motu notice of the CJ. i think it is a very good initiative of the PTi government, the KP Cm and now of the KP Police, to have started the Conflict resolution Centres, where a common person can resolve his dispute, without going to the courts or meeting a lawyer or judge. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
WORLD VIEW 09
Friday, 16 May, 2014
IndIa’s top army brass at war wIth Itself Tribune, CHandigarH DInesH KUMAR
disturbing trend of politicisation and polarisation is at play in the armed forces, more specifically in the Indian Army, which in turn is adversely affecting the inner health of its officer cadre. Beginning 2005, either the appointment or tenure or both in the case of four successive Army chiefs, starting with General Joginder Jaswant Singh, have been fraught with unpleasant controversies. Controversy has similarly dogged the present Army Chiefdesignate making him the fifth chief in succession to be figuring in the news for the wrong reasons. Civilian Control: On May 13, the government named Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag, an Infantry officer, as the country's 28th Army Chief. In recent years, however, the appointment of Army chiefs has begun to invite considerable attention, all of it unsavoury. This unnecessary development is reflective of an increasing dysfunction within the Army. It is also reflective of a paradoxical mix of a dubious complicity of the Defence Ministry and a growing strain in civil-military relations. Critical attention, unfortunately, is beginning to focus on the appointment of Army chiefs in India. The latest is the appointment of Lt General Suhag. The outgoing UPA-II government's decision to appoint Lt General Suhag on the well-established principle of seniority invited objections from the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to win the elections and form the government at the Centre this month. The BJP advised the outgoing Manmohan Singh government to desist from appointing the next Army chief in view of the election results being announced, which is two-and-a-half months prior to the present chief retiring. Prima facie, the BJP's objection is uncalled for considering that it is not unusual for the government to name a successor to a service chief in the midst of elections and up to three months in advance. A well-cited example is that of the BJP-led NDA government announcing the appointment of Admiral Arun Prakash as Chief of Naval Staff on May 11, 2004, just two days before the Lok Sabha election results were declared
on May 13 and 11 days before the UPA-I government took charge on May 22, 2004. However, Admiral Arun Prakash had not figured in any controversy prior to his appointment. Nor did the then opposition Congress have an issue with the Navy officer. Lt General Suhag, on the other hand, has been in the news for the wrong reasons with a section of the main opposition party, the BJP, having issues with him for reasons that figure later in the article. In the absence of any transparency by the Ministry of Defence and the Army Headquarters, the truth in Lt General Suhag's case remains a matter of much speculation which is both cause and fuel for an unpleasant controversy involving the office of an Army chief. seeds of Controversy: The controversy involving Lt General Suhag dates back to 2012 when General Vijay Kumar Singh was Army chief. On May 19, which was 12 days before his retirement on May 31, 2012, General VK Singh had ordered an inquiry against Lt General Suhag and imposed a discipline and vigilance (DV) ban on him, preventing his further elevation on charges of "abdicating responsibility" in handling an intelligence and surveillance unit in Assam in a "most unprofessional and lackadaisical manner" that was under his command when he was General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Dimapur (Nagaland) headquartered III Corps. Earlier, in March that year, General Singh recommended a CBI inquiry against Lt General Suhag for his alleged involve-
ment in a scam in the Cabinet Secretariat but was overruled by the government. Lt General Suhag was then with the Special Frontier Force, a secret Special Forces unit of the Research and Analysis Wing that is officered and trained by the Army. General Bikram Singh, who took over as the COAS on May 31, took the extraordinary decision of not filling the post of GOC-in-C of the Army's Eastern Command which became vacant on June 1, 2012, and a week later, lifting the DV ban on Lt General Suhag. A fortnight after taking over as Army chief, General Bikram Singh posted Lt General Suhag as GOC-in-C of the Eastern Command, which is entrusted with defending India's borders with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan and quelling insurgency and political violence in the security sensitive north east. Although the ban on Lt General Suhag was lifted, the general court martial against several concerned Armymen had continued. Towards the end of 2013, which was a year-and-a-half after the inquiry had been ordered, 15 Armymen that had comprised the intelligence unit's raiding party were found guilty. Yet, they were let off with little punishment, leaving the Gauhati High Court to ask for details of the quantum of punishment. This invited criticism of a cover up by the Army which affected its credibility and image in a sensitive part of the country. reversing the ban: Meanwhile, in an extraordinary development, the post of GOC-in-C Eastern Command was kept vacant for a fortnight. It was clear that General Bikram Singh favoured giving Lt General Suhag a chance to head the Eastern Command and had kept pending his recommendation to the government for an appointment to this top post until the officer's name had been cleared. Neither did the government appear to have shown concern for allowing an operational Army command to remain headless for half a month. The swiftness with which the ban on Lt General Suhag was first imposed and later revoked gives rise to speculation that considerations other than professional and biases may have been at play. In the process, Lt General Ravi Dastane, who was in the running for becoming GOCin-C, became a "casualty". He was denied the opportunity of becoming an Army Commander and took the government to the
Supreme Court on August 6, 2012, saying he was not assigned the Army's Eastern Command even though the post of GOC-inC had been vacant and a DV ban was then in force against Lt General Suhag disqualifying him as of then from becoming an Army Commander. The BJP's objection to the UPA-II government naming General Bikram Singh's successor again lies in intense rivalry and probable prejudice. General (retd) VK Singh, who spearheaded the BJP's protest, is the BJP's candidate from Ghaziabad. It is widely known that General VK Singh's daughter's father-in-law, Lt General Ashok Singh, who is currently GOC-in-C of the Army's Pune-headquartered Southern Command, is the second senior-most lieutenant general after Lt General Suhag who can be considered for the Army's top post. Yet, interestingly, had Lt General Dastane been made GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, he would have been in the reckoning to become Army chief with Lt General Ashok Singh not necessarily figuring on the list. Part of the recent politicisation in the Army arguably dates back to when General Joginder Jaswant Singh was Army Chief. It is alleged that during his tenure, he had altered the seniority-based succession line for the post of Army chief. His own appointment as Army chief had evoked some lobbying, including most infamously from Tarlochan Singh, then chairman of the Minorities Commission, who wrote to then defence minister George Fernandes in January, 2004 eulogising the possibility of General JJ Singh becoming the first-ever Sikh Army chief. General JJ Singh, however, was appointed strictly on the seniority principle. Critics, however, allege that General JJ Singh's “succession plan” included General Bikram Singh's elevation to the post of Army chief. General VK Singh's supporters allege that in 2006 his year of birth was deliberately fixed as 1950 instead of 1951 so as to give General Bikram Singh the opportunity to become Army Chief. Else, the line of succession would have changed with Lt General Kaiwalya Trivikran Parnaik becoming the senior most lieutenant general in the reckoning for the top post. the pil: Whether or not the above is true, the fact is that General Bikram Singh
too had found himself at the receiving end prior to his appointment as Army chief. A group of seven persons comprising two retired lieutenant generals and a major general among others and led by Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, a former Navy chief who had earlier retired in September 1993, filed a PIL in the Supreme Court against General Bikram Singh's appointment alleging that he has been involved in a fake encounter in 2001 when posted in Indian-held Kashmir and Indian troops misconduct, including rape, during a UN peacekeeping mission in Congo under his command in 2008. The PIL, which was subsequently dismissed, unfortunately ended up dragging both a senior lieutenant general and the office of the Army chief into unnecessary spotlight. It is not known what was the motive of the petitioners. General Bikram Singh's predecessor, General Deepak Kapur, had similarly faced insinuations from Lt General Hargobind Singh Panag. General Kapur had been GOC-in-C of the Army's Udhampurheadquartered Northern Command prior to his taking over. He was succeeded in Udhampur by Lt General Panag who had ordered a string of inquiries relating to questionable financial transactions made during General Kapur's tenure as Army Commander. A year later, in 2008, Lt General Panag found himself being controversially posted out of Northern Command to the Army's relatively less important Lucknow-based Central Command. Clearly, the top Army brass seems to be at war amongst themselves. Such controversies, manoeuvring and manipulation does not augur well for the Army which has long, undefined and troublesome borders to defend, asymmetric warfare to handle and is required to be in a state of constant preparedness in a complicated and adversarial, if not hostile, neighbourhood. The next government that comes to power must not attempt to reverse the decision on the Army chief's appointment taken by the outgoing UPA-II government. At the same time it is time to take corrective measures and put a stop to such manipulations and manoeuvring. The Army’s senior leadership must introspect, reflect character and put an end to cliques and cronyism while the civilian-run Ministry of Defence must play honest broker.
A ‘LONGER VIEW’ NO LONGER Hindu AMIT BARUAH
It was 16 years ago, almost to the day, when India and Pakistan engaged in titfor-tat nuclear tests. As a new government readies to take power in New Delhi and relations with Islamabad enter another uncertain phase, it would be appropriate to recall the reverberations of that summer of 1998. Commonality of approaCh: I was in Islamabad as The Hindu’s correspondent in the 17 days between the Indian nuclear tests of May 11, 1998, and Pakistan’s retaliatory tests of May 28, 1998. The tension was palpable. The hostility on the streets and in the many press conferences in the interim period was clear and direct. It was only after the Pakistani nuclear test that the tension abated somewhat and one could breathe a sigh of personal relief. The memory of those tests and their strategic impact may be dimming, but the changes they brought about in India’s global standing were decisive and profound. Leading the change was New Delhi’s enduring strategic waltz with Washington. There were many missteps along the way, but there’s little doubt that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had signalled to the
world that India was ready to make public the decades-old privately held nuclear option. In one stroke, the NDA government also altered regional equations, indicating that it had the muscle and intention to counter an already rising China and engage with others toward this end as well. Pakistan, it may be remembered, was the only country that took very seriously the NDA’s announcement in March 1998 that it would “exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons.” Even the United States had been lulled into a false sense of complacency. More than a decade and a half later, another non-Congress Prime Minister, most likely the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Narendra Modi, seems set to take power. The chance of a Congress-led coalition is remote, so even if the NDA does not get the numbers, it appears that the region and the world will have to deal with a non-Congress (even if there’s a third front nominee) Prime Minister. This is important for several reasons. Since 1998, India’s Prime Ministers have been from the old school: in key ways, both Mr. Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh have displayed considerable commonality of approach. When, in May 1999, the Pakistanis shot down two Indian MiG aircraft during the Kargil war, the pressure on Mr.
Vajpayee to retaliate in kind was intense. One suggestion was a counter-strike on Pakistani air bases. Mercifully, nothing of the kind happened and India and Pakistan, helped by the United States, negotiated an end to the Kargil hostilities. Fast forward to the November 26, 2008 terror strike on Mumbai. Again, the hawkish community, whose ranks have multiplied on television screens over the years, piled on the pressure. Anything other than striking terrorist camps across the border would be seen as a weak response. Dr. Singh did nothing of the sort. In 2008, government functionaries told Western interlocutors time and again that India would have no choice but to hit back at terrorist elements in Pakistan if any further attacks took place. Mercifully, Indians were spared any major attacks in the aftermath of Mumbai. Mr. Vajpayee in Kargil and Dr. Singh in Mumbai demonstrated a strategic restraint that was evident to all. At the cost of being called “weak,” the two leaders projected to the world at large that India was willing to take a “longer view” of the obvious threats that it faced. Given that it’s extremely difficult to identify terrorist bases, and the fact that Pakistan’s tolerance threshold to any Indian action is a near-permanent zero, any such action by Delhi would have certainly led to a dangerous war with Islam-
abad. Both Prime Ministers exhibited the “longer view” in the face of extreme provocation. They extended the hand of peace to Pakistan where other leaders would have withdrawn it; both also faced intense criticism for keeping the door open to Islamabad. At another juncture, in another context, Indira Gandhi also demonstrated why India did not and could not “fix Pakistan” once and for all and “resolve” the Kashmir issue. In his insightful book, “1971 – A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh,” Srinath Raghavan brings out in dramatic detail the intense pressure that India was under, from allies and foes alike, as it prosecuted the 1971 war. Not just the United States, but the Soviet Union, too, was pressing India hard to end the war. “Mrs. Gandhi, however, believed that a punitive settlement would only prepare the ground for further conflict with Pakistan. Such a settlement would not only stoke the revanchist tendencies in Pakistan but also destabilize its prospects for a democracy,” Mr. Raghavan wrote. “Had India rammed through a final settlement on Kashmir [in 1972], it is quite likely that the Pakistan army would have deposed Bhutto even earlier than it
did. The Simla accord gave Bhutto an opportunity to introduce a new constitution in 1973 — a constitution for all the tribulation visited upon it remains a beacon of hope for Pakistani democrats,” he added. I recount this only to point out that the realm of possibility, in hindsight, differs greatly with the parameters of opportunity in a situation that is often defined by the clout and play of other powers. a generational shift: After May 16, a generational shift, a change of gears in the type of Indian leader who will occupy the Prime Minister’s office in South Block, is on the cards. Both Mr. Modi (and Rahul Gandhi, howsoever remote his chances) will have a more direct, robust approach to Pakistan than that adopted by Dr. Singh and Mr. Vajpayee. The “longer view” is likely to be missing in both the leaders. India’s is a difficult patch of geography. This complicated neighbourhood needs engagement, dialogue and understanding to ensure that peace and tranquility is maintained. Despite raising hopes, both Mr. Vajpayee and Dr. Singh failed to deliver on the many promises of a better relationship with Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif. It’s unlikely that Dr. Singh’s successor will fare much better.
10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER Jubilee life spreads message of ‘live Free’ through art competition
Friday, 16 May, 2014
Foreign inveStment to Swell beyond $3b in 6 yearS KARACHI
LAHORE: Jubilee Life, the leading life insurance company of the country in the private sector, recently organized ‘Arttastic’ an art competition for art schools in Pakistan. The competition is aimed to encourage students to display their creativity and talent in their respective fields by participating in this contest. The theme of this competition is ‘Live Free’. Jubilee Life strongly believes in ‘Freedom’ as a state of mind and that is what it aims to provide to its customers through its products and services. The competition includes four categories namely Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Digital art. Three leading art schools of Pakistan are participating in this contest which are Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture (Karachi), Karachi School of Arts (Karachi) and Hunner Kada Institute (Islamabad). The jury members for this competition include art enthusiasts such as Anwar Maqsood, who is known for his creativity and interest in art, along with Naheed Raza, Maqsood Ahmed Ansari and the senior management of Jubilee Life. Jubilee Life has been a keen supporter of art and culture for many years and this initiative is a testament to that. Speaking of Arttastic, Mr. Javed Ahmed, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jubilee Life, said “We believe in empowering our customers to live free by enabling them to overcome uncertainty and provide solutions that protect their future. Through this activity, we are giving the students an opportunity to shine by working in their respective field of interests.” PRESS RELEASE
Hbl sponsored diamond trust bank - africa to issue and acquire UnionPay Cards
KARACHI: Habib Bank Limited (HBL) sponsored Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Africa to issue and acquire UnionPay (UPI) cards. Under the arrangement, DTB will avail the affiliate membership of UPI under the principal license of HBL. This will allow DTB to issue Union Pay cards to various segments of its customers, and accept local and international UnionPay cards on its ATM network. A ceremony was held for the signing of an MoU between DTB and UPI in Nairobi, Kenya, at the DTB Head Office. Present at the occasion were Ms. Nasim Devji, CEO - DTB Africa, Mr. David Lee, Chief Cooperation Officer – UPI and Mr. Faiq Sadiq, Head Payment Services – HBL along with other officials of the three organizations. PRESS RELEASE
HE economic managers are all set to see the flow of foreign investment in the economically-troubled country accumulating beyond $ 3 billion, highest during the last six fiscal years. At the same time, however, the outgoing FY14 is likely to see the inflow of muchneeded foreign direct investment (FDI) dipping to the lowest ebb unprecedented in the past five-year rule. Attributed chiefly to lack of investors’ confidence the inflow of foreign investment in the crises-hit Pakistan was recorded at the lowest ebb of $ 2.66 billion in FY09, $ 2.08 billion in FY10, $ 1.97 billion in FY11, $ 707.8 million in FY12 and $ 1.58 billion in FY13. This year, however, the offshore investors are counting on what a central banker said the country’s improving macroeconomic indicators as was indicated by the oversubscription of the government-backed Eurobond issue. Thursday witnessed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reporting that the much-needed in-
flow of foreign investment in the country during the first 10 months of current fiscal year stood at $ 2.97 billion. This shows an encouraging increase of $ 1.702 billion or 133 percent when compared with an investment of $ 1.27 billion the country had received during the last financial year’s corresponding period. The analysts cite a successful issuance of Eurobonds, which fetched the dollar-hungry PMLN led federal government a beyond-the-target $ 2 billion, as a major driving force behind the up tick. “Duly endorsed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank the country’s improving macroeconomic indicators are all the more credible,” a central banker told Pakistan Today. The banker said other positives like attainment of the IMF programme objectives and a substantial recovery in the country’s overall law and order situation had restored the investors’ confidence in the country and its government’s reforms-based policies. The period under review saw the foreign public investment rising to $2.05 billion, up $1.86 billion or 955 percent as against $ 195 million of last year. This includes an inflow of $ 1.99 billion the country received during the month of
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES TO CROSS $15B IN JULY: DAR ISLAMABAD INP
Apprising the National Assembly about the latest economic indicators, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday said foreign exchange reserves will cross $15 billion in July. He said currently the reserves stand at $13 billion. A major increase has been witnessed in the reserves of the State Bank of Pakistan which are now over around $8 billion. The minister said revenues of the Federal Board of Revenue have witnessed a growth of 15.6 percent during the first 10 months of the current financial year. He said Rs 1,745 billion have been collected against Rs 1,509 billion during corresponding period of last year. He said budget deficit stands at four percent against 5.5 percent of the corresponding period last year. Dar said home remittances have also witnessed a growth of 11.4 percent. He said $1289 billion have been received so far under the head of home remittances as against $11.57 billion received against the corresponding period last year. Exports have risen to $19.11 billion showing a growth of 6.1 percent. He said that trade deficit has also been reduced significantly in the first nine months of current financial year. The
paid deficit remained $13.93 billion against $14.74 billion during the corresponding year. On inflation level, the finance minister said that it has been brought down to single digit and is currently stands at 8.6 percent. He said international community was also recognising that the country’s growth is witnessing an upward trend while inflation is on the decline. He said the GDP growth rate is expected to be four percent during the current financial year while it will be enhanced to five percent in the next year.
experts call for long-term plan to reform economy ISLAMABAD: The economists on Thursday urged that the budget for the fiscal year 201415 should be formulated considering long term restructuring of the national economy. "The goals and targets should be set keeping in view the grand national design and with a realization that a single budget alone cannot be enough", the economists unanimously agreed in a pre-budget seminar ‘State of Pakistan's Economy and Federal Budget 201415’, held at the Institute of Policy Studies. The event, which was chaired by former federal secretary Masud Daher, provided an in-depth analysis of the declining economic situation of Pakistan, the reasons behind this ironic state and the recommendations for the future to build upon. In his keynote speech, Sakib Sherani, former economic advisor of ministry of finance stressed that the country need urgent economic structural reforms, especially in the area of tax collection. He said that Pakistan's economy was operating far below its potential mainly because of inefficient tax mechanisms, due to which, the tax revenues of the country have become stagnant and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) captured a very little tax percentage of the total GDP growth. APP
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nib bank expands into new territories with misys KARACHI: Misys, the global leader in treasury and capital markets solutions, has announced today that NIB Bank in Pakistan has implemented Misys Opics Plus and Opics Risk Plus in its Treasury and Risk Department. NIB Bank needed to automate treasury processes for FX, money market, capital market and derivatives in its operations in Karachi, Pakistan. NIB Bank, headquartered in Karachi, is one of the largest banks in Pakistan and also one of the largest corporate entities of the country with a paid up capital of Rs. 103 billion. The advanced risk management and compliance tools from Misys will help NIB Bank to enhance the transparency of its operations. The solution gives a fully integrated treasury and capital markets solution with rich straight-throughprocessing, treasury and back-office functionality. Within the solution, an award-winning risk analytics engine enables risk managers to reduce the total cost of ownership of NIB Bank’s treasury and trading operations. Khurram Agha, CIO at NIB Bank states, "Expanding our collaboration with Misys offers us a full-fledged treasury solution that meets NIB Bank’s requirements. Misys Opics Plus and Opics Risk Plus Solutions will be seamlessly integrated with our core banking back-office system. This will enhance our treasury operations and keep our commitments to our customers and continue to offer them the best experience.” PRESS RELEASE
April under the head of debt securities: Eurobond issue. The central bankers though tend to play safe by not quoting a figure, the country is all set to attract more than $3 billion by the end of this fiscal year. “Let’s hope for the best,” remarked the banker. On the flip side, the foreign private investment inflows in the country contracted by $167 million to $919 million compared to FY13’s $1.08 billion. What may be worrisome is the fact that the economy-driven policies of the PML-N government are yet to attract the foreign direct investment (FDI) that during July-AprilFY14 stood the lowest at $750.9 million. While the outgoing FY14 is to see two more months to go, the FDI inflows seem less likely to match last year’s $862.3 million mark. The FDI inflows were recorded at $3.71 billion in FY09, $2.1 billion in FY10, $1.6 billion in FY11, $820 million in FY12 and $1.4 billion last year in FY13. Even the country’s booming stocks market could manage to receive reduced investment of $ 168.2 million from offshore investors during the months under review. The portfolio investment last year was calculated at $ 219.4 million, down $ 23 percent against this year.
US supports Pakistan’s vegetable farmers ISLAMABAD: The United States, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), showcased the results of Pakistani farmers using new technology to grow high value off-season vegetables at its Vegetable Fair 2014 in Islamabad. Acting Mission Director for USAID Pakistan Nancy Estes underscored the US government’s commitment to develop Pakistan’s agricultural sector: “The produce we see here today marks the introduction of greenhouse technology in Pakistan on a large scale. USAID’s goal is to help farmers establish 1,200 high tunnels and to adopt modern farming practices. These initiatives will significantly transform vegetable farming, increase yields, create more jobs, and help farmers earn higher incomes.” A large number of participants involved in the industry showcased Pakistani grown fruits and vegetables as well as related products and services at the fair. Vegetable Fair 2014 also connected farmers with packing specialists, marketing experts and exporters, helping them integrate into the global economy. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Business confidence in Pakistan has been on the rise almost steadily for a year and a half and is now higher than at any point in the last three years, reveal new findings from ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS). Q1 results for Pakistan show that 43% of respondents reported confidence gains, up from 36% in late 2013, while only 30% reported losses, down from 41% previously. However, for the time being, the fundamentals do not fully support such confidence levels, although they do point to a recovery from the uncertainties of the electoral cycle. The macro-economic outlook is positive, but perceptions of the recovery appear to have reached a ceiling in late 2013. In Q1, a majority of respondents (55%, unchanged from Q4 2013) were optimistic about the state of the economy while 39% were pessimistic (up from 34% in late 2013). PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar photographed with chief executive officers from various companies at the 7th CEO Summit Asia 2014. StAff Photo
Friday, 16 May, 2014
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Friday, 16 May 2014
Part oF brain linked with guilt active in those with ocd: new discovery
scientific breakthrough has offered a glimpse into the vicious circle of negative thinking suffered by people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Researchers have discovered that the part of the brain associated with feelings of guilt is also highly active in people with OCD. The findings, published by British scientists today, could lead to new ways of treating the distressing disorder. A key characteristic of OCD is believing that negative thoughts will become a reality, leading to a spiralling build-up of anxiety and guilt. Celebrities such as David Beckham, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake have spoken of their struggles with OCD, which is one of the least understood mental illnesses. The new study looked at brain wave patterns in people with varying degrees of OCD symptoms. Scientists from Goldsmiths College in London and the University of Winchester found that feelings of anxiety and guilt were associated with increased activity in a brain region called the precuneus. Previous research has linked the precuneus with the process-
ing of self-attribution, responsibility, causal reasoning, and ‘moral transgression’ guilt. Psychopaths, who lack a sense of guilt, have been shown to possess a small precuneus. Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya, from Goldsmiths College, said: ‘OCD sufferers experience more guilt and anxiety out of the kind of negative
thoughts we might all have from time to time. ‘For example they might imagine a loved one dying in a car crash and believe that somehow it increases the chances that it will actually happen. ‘Once they have these thoughts they feel guilty and subsequently make attempts to suppress and neutralise them, but fail, so entering into a vicious
circle.’ Many people with the condition report they cannot stop thoughts and images intruding in the mind. The condition is often marked by obsessive, repetitive behaviour aimed at reducing anxiety. Some of the least disabling forms of the disorder can add an extra hour to the day’s routine, causing distress and interfering with daily life. Some people are so affected that they cannot leave their homes. The study, published in the journal Neuroimage Clinical, found that precuneus activity was greater in individuals with more extreme OCD symptoms. Activity increased when an individual experienced greater ‘thought-action fusion’ - the belief that a negative event will become reality. Co-author Dr Rhiannon Jones, from the University of Winchester, said: ‘These findings could possibly prove to be a significant step towards treating OCD. ‘Our next step is to use brain stimulation methods to attempt to modify thought-action fusion. That will allow us to confirm the causal role of these neural findings, and hopefully find a way to reduce these harmful thought-cycles.’ VIA MAIL ONLINE
Pet cat saves 4year-old boy From dog attack in us
A pet cat in the US is being hailed a hero after it saved its four-year-old owner from a vicious dog attack by launching itself at the canine and chasing it away. The cat's heroic feat was captured by home security cameras which show the boy riding his bicycle in front of his home in Bakersfield, California. While the boy, Jeremy, was riding his bicycle, the neighbour's dog, an 8-monthold labrador/chow mix, sneaked up behind him and bit his leg. The family's cat, named Tara, rushed to Jeremy's rescue and chased the dog away. Erica Triantafilo, Jeremy's mother, was nearby watering a tree when she heard his screams. "I didn't really even realise what had happened until after when my husband showed me the surveillance video," Erica was quoted as saying by TV Station ABC23. Jeremy needed a few stitches after Tuesday's incident but he is doing fine, Erica said. The dog is under observation at Bakersfield Animal Care Center and will be euthanized. AGENCIES
Flawless blue diamond sells For $24 million
POOR SLEEP HAS ‘DRAMATIC’ EFFECTS ON BODY A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers. The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results helped explain how poor sleep damaged health. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and poor brain function have all been linked to substandard sleep.
What missing hours in bed actually does to alter health, however, is unknown. So researchers at the University of Surrey analysed the blood of 26 people after they had had plenty of sleep, up to 10 hours each night for a week, and compared the results with samples after a week of fewer than six hours a night. More than 700 genes were altered by the shift. Each contains the instructions for building a protein, so those that became more active produced more pro-
teins - changing the chemistry of the body. Meanwhile the natural body clock was disturbed - some genes naturally wax and wane in activity through the day, but this effect was dulled by sleep deprivation. Prof Colin Smith, from the University of Surrey, told the BBC: "There was quite a dramatic change in activity in many different kinds of genes." Areas such as the immune system and how the body responds to damage and stress were affected. Prof Smith added: "Clearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the body and maintaining a functional state, all kinds of damage appear to occur - hinting at what may lead to ill health. "If we can't actually replenish and replace new cells, then that's going to lead to degenerative diseases." He said many people may be even more sleep deprived in their daily lives than those in the study - suggesting these changes may be common. Dr Akhilesh Reddy, a specialist in the body clock at the University of Cambridge, said the study was "interesting". He said the key findings were the effects on inflammation and the immune system as it was possible to see a link between those effects and health problems such as diabetes. The findings also tie into research attempting to do away with sleep, such as by finding a drug that could eliminate the effects of sleep deprivation. Dr Reddy said: "We don't know what the switch is that causes all these changes, but theoretically if you could switch it on or off, you might be able to get away without sleep. "But my feeling is that sleep is fundamentally important to regenerating all cells." VIA BBC NEWS HEALTH
A spectacular blue diamond, the largest in its category, fetched a total of $23.79 million (17.35 million euros) at a Christie´s auction in Geneva on Wednesday. The sale of the 13.22 carat rock known simply as "The Blue" came a day after Sotheby´s sold a 100-carat flawless yellow diamond for $16.3 million -- with both sales including commission. When the world´s largest orange diamond went under the hammer last November at Christie´s in Geneva, it raked in $35.5 million. Such marquee sales underline the growing popularity of coloured diamonds. Once considered a curiosity, they are rarer than white diamonds and now attract higher prices per carat than even the most flawless, translucent stone. The US jeweller Harry Winston bought the blue diamond, described by Christie´s as the largest fancy vivid blue diamond in the world, from an anonymous seller. "Fancy vivid" is the top rating for coloured diamonds. The company plans to rename the 13.22-carat pear-shaped rock the "Winston Blue". AGENCIES
SLOW DOWN! EXCESSIVE EXERCISE CAN BE FATAL, SAY NEW STUDIES Too much exercise can be bad for your heart, two new studies have warned Research by German scientists found overdoing high intensity exercise may actually increase the risk of death from a heart attack or stroke in those with existing heart disease. And a Swedish study, also published online in the journal Heart, suggests that young men undertaking endurance exercise for more than five hours a week may increase their risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm in later life. The studies support research released yesterday which showed that young men who run marathons are more likely to need pacemakers in old age. Both sets of new findings indicate that more does not always mean better when it comes to the health benefits of
exercise, and raise questions about the intensity and duration of physical activity at different times of life. In the German study, the researchers tracked the frequency and intensity of physical activity and the survival of more than 1,000 people with stable coronary artery heart disease for 10 years. All the participants, most of whom were in their sixties, had attended a cardiac rehabilitation programme to help them exercise regularly and ward off a further heart attack or stroke. Current guidance recommends that heart disease patients should do up to an hour of moderate intensity aerobic activity at least five times a week. Around 40 per cent were physically
active two to four times weekly, 30 per cent did more and 30 per cent did less. Overall, one in 10 said they rarely or never did any exercise. After taking account of other influential factors, the most physically inactive were around twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as those who were regularly physically active. And they were around four times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease and all other causes. However, surprisingly, researchers found those who did the most strenuous daily exercise were also more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. In the Swedish study, the researchers questioned more than 44,000 45 to 79-year-old men about their leisure
time physical activity patterns at the ages of 15, 30, 50, and during the past year, when their average age was 60. Their heart health was tracked for an average of 12 years from 1997 onwards to gauge how many developed an irregular heartbeat - a known risk factor for stroke. They found that men who had exercised intensively for more than five hours a week were 19 per cent more likely to have developed the condition by the age of 60 than those exercising for less than one hour a week. The level of risk rose to 49 per cent among those who did more than five hours of exercise a week at the age of 30, but who subsequently did less than an hour by the time they were 60. ONLINE
Friday, 16 May, 2014
JOLIE WORKING ON 'EXPERIMENT' WITH BRAD PITT
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JACKIE KENNEDY'S LETTERS TO BE SOLD
Candid letters written by former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy to a priest are set to go under the hammer in Ireland. President John F. Kennedy's wife wrote to Joseph Leonard, a Dublin-based priest, many times between 1950 and 1964 after meeting him on a trip to Europe, and the personal notes give an inside glimpse into her feelings about life and her relationship with the politician. In one of the notes, Kennedy questioned her husband's fidelity and compared him to her own father, writing, "He's like my father in a way - loves the chase and is bored with the conquest and once married needs proof he's still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy." The notes reveal her feelings about marrying a man so fully immersed in the world of politics, insisting she will never be "just a sad little housewife", but she also compared her partner's ambition to that of William Shakespeare's tragic king MACbeth. VIA WENN
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to work on something ''experimental'' together. The couple - who met on the set of 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' in 2005 - are teaming up again for a new big screen outing written by the actress, but the brunette beauty insists it won't be a blockbuster like their previous collaboration. She said: ''I wrote something a few years ago for Brad and me. Just for fun. ''Just an independent little art piece. Because we don't get to do those as much as we'd like. But it's something really small and experimental.'' Brad and Angelina's five-yearold daughter Vivienne appears alongside her mother in new movie 'Maleficent' as the young Princess Aurora but the Hollywood star admits she and her fiance - who also have children Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and Vivienne's twin brother Knox - were reluctant for her to be in the film. However, Angelina felt there was no choice as other children were so terrified of the title character she plays in the film, a reimagining of the 'Sleeping Beauty' story.
painted portrait depicting Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai doing her homework fetched more than $100,000 at auction in New York -- with the money going to the Malala fund, which is dedicated to promoting girls' education. Christie's auction house said the painting of Malala by noted British artist Jonathan Yeo sold for $102,500 on Wednesday, including the buyer's premium. Yeo, who is famous for lifelike portraits of well-known figures, painted Malala in 2013 after she started attending a school in Birmingham, England, where she now lives. Meanwhile, the Malala fund said the money would be given to Nigerian nonprofits that focus on education for
women and girls in the wake of the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls in that country. Last week, the Malala Fund launched a special fund in response to the crisis in Nigeria. "I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the abduction of more than 200 girls by terrorists in Nigeria. I am very concerned about these innocent girls, my sisters, whose only crime was going to school and learning," Malala said when the special fund was set up. "I believe it is our duty to stand together in solidarity with their parents, families and relatives. We all have a voice and we must speak up and call on the international community and the government of Nigeria to intervene and bring these girls back to their homes safely. Together we can create a world where no child will be out of school and no student will fear for her or his safety."
MICHAEL JACKSON AND JUSTIN BIEBER COLLABORATION IN THE WORKS Music executive L.A. Reid is planning to combine vocals from Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber for a new track. Epic Records Chairman and CEO Reid served as the executive producer of the King of Pop's recently released posthumous album, Xscape, which features neverheard-before songs that Jackson recorded before his death in 2009. Last year (13), a track titled Slave 2 The Rhythm featuring Jackson with additional vocals from Bieber leaked online, but it was quickly removed. Because of the slip-up Reid, who signed the young singer to his first record deal in 2009, decided to scrap Bieber from the record and the track only features Jackson on the final cut of the album. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Reid reveals that he was disappointed he had to take his young protege off the track, but promises a Jackson/Bieber collaboration will come in the future. He said, "I signed Justin, so I feel a loyalty. I feel like I should protect him. That's my relationship with him. But Slave 2 The Rhythm didn't include him per my direction. "If it hadn't been leaked, it would have been featured but it sort of took the wrong turn. But you know what? We're gonna revisit
that. We're going to revisit it and do something really special with Justin Bieber and Michael." Meanwhile, the single from Xscape, Love Never Felt So Good featuring Justin Timberlake, has been
climbing up the U.S. charts, and the accompanying music video debuted on Wednesday (14May14), with new footage of Timberlake intertwined with old video clips of Jackson. BY WENN
Ben Affleck’s first photo As BAtmAn rAises hope for fAns
Remember when Batman fans across the globe wept into their pillows after Ben Affleck was confirmed as the Caped Crusader for Zack Synder's Man of Steel sequel? Well, those same fanboys were dancing around with glee this week when the first photo of the 41year-old in his batsuit was posted online by the filmmaker. Standing next to the Batmobile, Affleck is a brooding presence as the famous superhero and fans gave the thumbs-up to the gritty new suit. Many have suggested that Affleck will play the older Batman from Frank Miller's four-part comic book The Dark Knight Rises and the photo appears to confirm that. The 1986 series "depicted an aged Bruce Wayne at the end of his career," said Bryan Bishop on The Verge. "Since Affleck is rumoured to be playing an older Batman in the upcoming film, it may not be surprising that Snyder would draw on Miller's grittier designs." The new Batsuit is "more sculpted and comic-book-like than the armour-plated version worn by Christian Bale" in those movies, noted Matt McDaniel on Yahoo Movies. Escapist magazine's Ross Lincoln said the "rounder, old fashioned-looking cowl, and smaller ears" made Batman "appear less a demonic personification of justice and more like an actual cartoon bat." BY CONTACT MUSIC
ADELE TOPS ANNUAL LIST OF RICHEST MUSICIANS The Sunday Times has compiled its annual richest musicians list. In a surprise twist, Adele (26) topped the list, despite releasing her last album in 2011. Adele’s list of achievements currently includes several Grammies and an Oscar, as well as £15 million earned since last year’s tally. There are also whispers of a new album coming at the end of this year, so the world will probably see Adele near the top of the 2015 chart as well. The second name on the list is also familiar it’s Calvin Harris, who is currently sitting pretty on top of the singles chart with his track Summer. Harris, aka Adam Richard Wiles, dropped his third studio album 18 Months in 2012 and has been releasing a steady stream of singles since then. No wonder that his net worth is now estimated at £30 million.
And then there’s the third act in the chart which is, big surprise, One Direction. It’s been about six months since the release of 1D’s third studio album Midnight Memories. Harry, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Niall have spent a lot of that time on the road for their third arena tour Take Me Home, which made approximately £31 million. This year, the group are reportedly worth an estimated £14m each, almost triple the amount of 2013's earnings. Collectively that makes One Direction the richest boyband in British music history, with a combined wealth of £70m. Newcommers to the list include X Factor winner Leona Lewis at No 9, sharing the spot with Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and his wife, Carey Mulligan. BY CONTACT MUSIC
Friday, 16 May, 2014
De Villiers ‘ready’ for Test captaincy A
B de Villiers has declared himself “ready” to take over as South Africa’s Test captain but admitted he would prefer to give up the wicket-keeping gloves if entrusted with the role. Having already captained in both the Twenty20 and ODI formats, neither of which he is currently behind the stumps for, de Villiers has realised the dangers of being overburdened and wants to avoid the same at Test level unless absolutely necessary. “Preferably I wouldn’t like to do the keeping job if I am captain,” de Villiers said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo. “It will be very difficult to juggle all of that together. But if I have to do all of it... I have never shied away from a challenge. It will be a great challenge to be a captain and to do whatever they want me to do.” De Villiers is considered the front-runner for the job Graeme Smith vacated in March this year after more than a decade in charge of the national team. If de Villiers is given the job but asked to hand over the gloves, one of Thami Tsolekile or Quinton de Kock will take over behind the stumps. Tsolekile lost his national contract in February but is still considered the official reserve while de Kock, who keeps in ODIs and T20s and has played one Test, is thought of as a longterm successor much like de Villiers was earmarked as Smith’s heir. Although de Villiers had never captained at school, club or franchise level, he was handed the limited-overs captaincy in 2011, when Smith stepped down after the World Cup, and also the Test vice-captaincy. Despite a difficult start in the leadership position, which saw South Africa exit the 2013 Champions Trophy in the semi-finals and lose an ODI series in Sri Lanka 4-1, and handing over the T20 reins
to his school friend Faf du Plessis, de Villiers has grown into the role. South Africa have won two of their last three ODI series and de Villiers regards himself as an improved tactician. “I have led in the
shorter version - it’s been a great ride and I have learnt so much. I am certainly ready to take over the Test captaincy,” de Villiers said. “I would love to do it. It’s up to the people above me to decide who will be the
best guy to do the job. Whoever gets it, I hope he will have full support from the team, from the staff and from the administrators. He will have my support if it’s not me but if it is me I will give it my best
shot and hope to do a good job.” The other main contender for the role is du Plessis, who has shown an aptitude for leadership although he does not have de Villiers’ experience. JP Duminy is considered an outside chance given his status as a relatively senior player across all three formats. The process for appointing the new captain will begin with South Africa’s selectors recommending a candidate for the post after consulting, among others, head coach Russell Domingo. Cricket South Africa’s board will then have to ratify that choice, which is expected to happen at its meeting on June 3. The new captain’s first assignment will be to lead the team on a two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in July before a one-off Test against Zimbabwe in August. Should South Africa achieve satisfactory results in those three matches, they will leapfrog Australia, who do not play Test cricket until October, to reclaim the top Test ranking. While that may sound relatively uncomplicated, South Africa will have to do without the services of Smith and Jacques Kallis, who retired from Tests in December, leaving the side without the experience of a combined 283 Test caps. While the dearth of seasoned players is a concern for some in South Africa, de Villiers did not went to dwell on it too much. “I see opportunity that comes with that. We’ve lost some big names but some new players will get the opportunity to become heroes in the country,” he said. “It’s important for senior guys like myself, Hashim (Amla), Dale (Steyn), JP to move forward and to take that culture that Graeme and Jacques and Mark (Boucher) left behind. We have to show them the way. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking the team forward.” COURTESY CRICINFO
Vincent gives information on ‘widespread fixing’: reports SPORTS DESK
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Clancy ruled out of cup final Tim Clancy has been ruled out of St Johnstone’s William Hill Scottish Cup final against Dundee United at Celtic Park on Saturday. The Saints’ defender picked up a serious Achilles injury at training on Thursday morning which manager Tommy Wright believes will require an operation. Wright said: “Unfortunately Tim Clancy got injured in training this morning. “He has a serious injury to his Achilles tendon which is a disappointment, not only for the squad but for him because he would have been in the 18. “It probably looks as if he needs an operation. “There was nobody near him, it just popped so that’s really bad news for the player and the squad but we will bring someone else in and deal with that and hopefully he will have a speedy recovery. “Other than that, everybody is fully fit and ready to go. I will name the team on Friday and name the substitutes on Saturday morning.” SPORTS DESK
Lou Vincent, the former New Zealand batsman, has reportedly given information to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit detailing attempted spot-fixing in several competitions around the world - including county cricket in England and the Champions League. New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday that some of Auckland Aces’ 2012 Champions League games were being reviewed but reiterated its statement that no matches played in the country or involving the national team were part of the investigation. According to the Telegraph, Vincent has provided information on approaches made during his time with Sussex and Lancashire. Sussex have previously confirmed that a 40-over game against Kent, in which Vincent played, was subject to investigation by the anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU). The reports comes at a time when the role of the ACSU, which acts as an independent watchdog, has been under discussion. Proposals during the April round of ICC meetings suggested that the ACSU may be reviewed by the game’s big three nations, with the body potentially being asked to report directly to the chairman of the board rather than the chief executive of the ICC. The proposals could see the watchdog effectively controlled by three countries: Australia, England and India. Responding to reports of Vincent’s statements to anti-corruption police, David White, NZC’s CEO, stated that none of the current international New Zealand players were being investigated by the ACSU. The Telegraph had reported Vincent has provided information on what it called “widespread fixing across cricket”, involving matches in at least five countries. “Firstly I want to make it clear that this is an ICC investigation and New Zealand Cricket is very limited in what it can say, but we can confirm the following. No games played in New Zealand are being investigated by the ICC. No current Black Caps are being investigated. No matches involving New Zealand national teams are being investigated,” White said. White, however, stated that a few games played by Auckland Aces in the 2012 Champions League T20 in South Africa were under investigation. Vincent had also reportedly told officials of fixing when he played for the Auckland Aces in New Zealand and during the tournament in 2012. “We have been informed by the ICC that
some Auckland Aces matches in the Champions League in South Africa in 2012 are being investigated,” White said. “We would like to stress that we understand that this is very much an isolated incident. Match-fixing is a threat to cricket around the globe, and we remain 100% behind the ICC in their focus of fighting corruption.” In December, Vincent confirmed that he was involved in an ongoing ICC anti-corruption investigation and in February he admitted being approached by an illegal bookmaker during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League season. However, the Telegraph has reported that Vincent has provided the ICC’s anti-corruption unit with other information on matches targeted for spotfixing and the names of players involved. The paper said Vincent had told anti-corruption police of attempted fixing in England’s Twenty20 Cup and CB40 competitions. The Telegraph reported that Vincent had admitted trying to convince one Lancashire team-mate to participate in a fix, but the player reported the approach to authorities. It was also reported that Vincent had provided details of an approach by another player to a current international captain, who turned down the offer and also reported it to anti-corruption officials. The paper also reported that the ICC’s anti-corrup-
tion unit was close to charging a former Pakistan player based on Vincent’s evidence. The investigation, the Telegraph said, is likely to take another 12 to 18 months to complete with Vincent, reportedly, having agreed to a plea bargain in an effort to avoid a criminal prosecution. The ICC would not offer any comment on the particulary ACSU investigation, which appears to revolve around domestic T20 leagues rather than international matches. In the last decade with the growth of domestic T20 leagues around the world, the ACSU has been called upon to work with several home boards, where its role is that of an information-gathering agency rather than an investigative body with powers. The ACSU personnel police the domestic T20 events and once it is done, they hand over information gathered around anticorruption activities to the home boards. It is up to the home boards to take action or ask for further investigation to be carried out. So far only the Bangladesh Cricket Board has asked for an ACSU lead be turned into a full-fledged investigation into corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). By the end of the investigation in February 2014, two cricketers were banned and one BPL team owner was found guilty of corruption.
Friday, 16 May, 2014
Murray ousts Melzer to reach Rome quarters, Haas knocks out Wawrinka McNamara not relishing naming squad Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara knows what it is like to be dropped for a cup final - but insists he will not copy former Celtic mentor Martin O’Neill’s method of breaking bad news. The Tannadice boss has “just about” chosen his team to take on St Johnstone in Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final. But he admits he faces the most difficult day of his short managerial career on Friday when he informs an unlucky group of players that they are not in his starting line-up for the Celtic Park clash. McNamara suffered that same agony 13 years ago when O’Neill left him out of the side that started against Hibernian in the 2001 final only discovering the news 90 minutes before kick-off. The Hoops midfielder was given a reprieve when Lubo Moravcik limped off after barely a quarter of an hour and made the most of his chance by firing the first goal in a 3-0 win. However, the experience of being dropped at the last minute has stayed with the United boss. “Telling the guys who are not in the team that they won’t be playing is going to be the hardest part of this week,” admitted McNamara. “Letting people down is the horrible part of the job. Unfortunately it has to be done. “I’ve experienced it myself as a player when I was left out of the starting XI of the 2001 final. Martin just read out the team an hour and a half before the game and I wasn’t in it. That was it. There is never an easy way but that was his method. “Thankfully I was able to come on during the match and scored the first goal. “But everybody is different. I think the best way to let a player down is to communicate with them. I know they won’t like being told they are not playing but it is better to be honest and explain why. “I’m just doing things the way that I would like to be treated. “I’ve already had to do it in the semi-final when I had to tell a few lads they wouldn’t be starting. Again this week, i t’s a decision I have to make. If it is right or wrong, then it is my head on the block.” McNamara’s preparations for the final were interrupted last week when Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston contacted the Arabs looking to poach their boss. Tannadice chairman Steven Thompson rejected the Seasiders’ offer out of hand while McNamara declined to kick up a fuss as he pledged his commitment to the Tangerines. But even after seeing Gary Locke and Danny Lennon lose their lose their positions at Hearts and St Mirren this week despite doing decent jobs, he insists he has no regrets about his show of loyalty. “It’s not a gamble for me because I’ve not made any decision,” he said. “There was nothing to talk about there. The chairman called me to tell me there had been an offer but it had been turned down, so that was it. SPORTS DESK
SPORTS DESK Former England and Manchester United striker Michael Owen is confident Luke Shaw is ready for the challenge of being a Red Devils player. Reports have suggested United are trying to sign 18-year-old Southampton defender Shaw, who has been included in England boss Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s World Cup. The left-back already has over 50 Barclays Premier League starts and a senior international cap to his name. And when asked about the prospect of Shaw joining United, Owen, who made such a memorable impact at the 1998 World Cup as an 18-year-old, told Press Association Sport: “I think it’s always good to keep progressing up the ladder and to play at the highest standard. “And once you have had the experience that Luke Shaw has had in the Premier League, I think you are certainly ready for that challenge now. “Having
NDY Murray defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-6(1) 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters where he could face world number one Rafa Nadal. Nadal must beat 14th seed Mikhail Youzhny to book a spot a last eight. Murray was forced to battle back in the opening set after immediately surrendering serve, but the British number one drew level at 3-3 before saving a flurry of break points to force a tiebreak which he took comfortably 7-1. And the Wimbledon champion shrugged off a mini second set wobble to progress in one hour and 41 minutes. German veteran Tommy Haas issued a reminder of his claycourt skills with a third-round victory over Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka. Haas recovered after trailing by a set and a break of serve to win 5-7 6-2 6-3 and reach the last eight at the Italian event for the first time since 2002 when he lost to Andre Agassi in the final. In the women’s Italian Open also being played at the Foro Italico, second seed Li Na snapped her career-long jinx against Australia’s Samantha Stosur, winning 6-3 6-1 having lost their previous six meetings. The 36-
year-old Haas, who reached the French Open quarter-finals last year for the first time in his career, produced some inspirational tennis to frustrate Wawrinka. “I just tried to focus on what I was doing well and all of a sudden it clicked,” 15th
seed Haas told Sky Sports. “Once you are in a third set anything can happen.” Third seed Wawrinka, champion in Monte Carlo this year and fancied for a strong run at the French Open later this month, became involved in a dispute with
We won’t freeze, says Worthington SPORTS DESK York manager Nigel Worthington does not think stage fright will be an issue again when his side bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit on Friday in the return leg of their Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final at Fleetwood. The Minstermen forgot their lines in the first leg at Bootham Crescent on Monday night when former York winger Matty Blair returned to haunt his old team-mates with a 50thminute winner. Worthington conceded afterwards that some of his players froze on the big occasion as they tumbled to a first defeat in 18 matches, but the former Northern Ireland and Norwich boss is confident
they will not get caught cold again. “We’ve haven’t got time to worry about things like that now,” Worthington told Press Association Sport. “This is the last chance. There is only one more bite at the cherry. “We know exactly what we’ve got to do and that gives my players some focus. “If we go about our business well we know we can make a real game of it.” Both sides were promoted to the Football League in 2012, Fleetwood for the first time as Conference champions, while York ended an eight-year exile via the play-off final at Wembley - where Blair struck their winner. Graham Alexander’s side just about deserved their slender first-leg advantage, playing the more enter-
prising football before withstanding a late second-half onslaught after York had thrown off their shackles. But Worthington thinks Fleetwood could now have more doubts. “It’s very straightforward for us,” he added. “We have to go and win the game, it’s as simple as that. “That might not be the case for Fleetwood. Do they go out and try and get another goal? “Do they defend what they’ve got and look to pinch one on the counter? “They have more questions to answer, but that’s not my issue. We’ve got to make sure we start the game in the manner we finished on Monday night. “If we do what we do well then we’ve every chance of getting to Wembley.” Fleetwood, in the ninth tier of English football in 2005, are bidding for a sixth promotion in 11 years, but boss Alexander said the job is not yet done. “We were very controlled and professional in the first leg and deservedly took a lead out of the game,” he told his club’s official website. “But like I’ve said in every interview this week, we still have work to do, without a doubt. “They are dangerous opponents, they’re a good team and we have to make sure we’re just as good as we were on Monday night. “We need to play the game as if it’s 0-0 and if we do that, I think come the end of the 90 minutes the one goal will kick in. “But we have to go into the game looking to win. I’m not one for sitting back and trying to defend a lead.”
SHAW READY FOR BIG CLUB: OWEN had the first-team experience he has, and now going to a World Cup, I’d say he is more than ready to join a really big club - if Southampton let him go.” Should the move to United go through this summer, Shaw will be joining at an interesting time for the club. The Red Devils are set to undergo considerable change as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013/14 season following the retirement of boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with a permanent replacement - Louis van Gaal, it seems - for Ferguson’s successor David Moyes coming in and the squad being overhauled. Owen feels the Shaw transfer would be a good one for all parties concerned. “United have obviously had a poor campaign by their standards and we talk about rebuilding, but it has only been one season - there is still an awful lot of
quality there,” the 34-year-old said. “They are a huge club with a huge stadium, and I presume they are going to get a huge manager as well. “I wouldn’t have thought they will be coming seventh again next season, put it that way - I think they will be right back in the mix. “But they are going to have to buy quality players like Luke Shaw, and particularly in defence, because they have lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and there is talk about Patrice Evra as well. “They are going to be hard to replace, but someone like Luke Shaw would go a long way towards that. “So the only losers would be Southampton - but then again, I’m pretty sure there will be a huge fee involved!” Shaw is part of a 23-man England World Cup squad that has plenty more youth in it, with the likes of Ross Barkley
and Raheem Sterling also included. While approving of Hodgson’s selection and pleased it features several younger players, Owen has also been keen to stress he believes those chosen have been on merit, regardless of their age. And he is feeling positive about what the group can achieve at the tournament in Brazil. He said: “I think a lot of the players we will be pinning our hopes on are youngsters - and that is maybe just a coincidence. “They have all come off a great season for their clubs, are full of confidence, and I’m hoping one or two of them will star in this tournament. “I think England are going to surprise a few - I think we could do well.” The future of the national team has been very much on the agenda recently after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke unveiled a set of proposals aimed at
the umpire early in the second set and his form tailed off. Haas next plays Tomas Berdych or Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. Also through is big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic who saw off Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-4.
Schuster confirms Malaga departure Malaga coach Bernd Schuster has confirmed he is leaving the club after their final match of the season tomorrow. The German’s position has been under scrutiny for some time and, speaking at a press conference, the coach revealed he was informed of the inevitable decision to let him go yesterday. “Yesterday they told me that I wouldn’t be continuing,” Schuster told the assembled reporters. “But it wasn’t a great surprise because I had a feeling that was what would happen. “I am leaving very happy because we have done our work and everything is fine. I will look for another job. “That is the decision and I need to respect it. I didn’t sign for five years, that was a lie because there was a clause in the contract that allowed us to part ways. “They didn’t tell me the reason why I wouldn’t be continuing, but it doesn’t matter. “I don’t agree with the decision because I think I was up to the job, but the club have an important responsibility and it is something I need to accept.” Malaga’s final match of the season is at home to Levante on Friday evening. “There is one more match for everyone to assess, but the most important thing is that we have reached our objectives. “Tomorrow we will enjoy the match without tension. We want to finish with a win.” SPORTS DESK
boosting the number of English players at the top of club football. Owen was speaking at St George’s Park, where he was promoting the FA’s ‘Reds v Blues’ initiative, designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to play the game. And the former Liverpool and Newacastle forward feels the key issue in terms of the England debate is ensuring there is decent coaching at grass-roots level. “In the initial stages it is just about enjoyment for youngsters - just getting out and about is key,” Owen said. “Then, later on, into your teens, it really is important to get good coaching, better coaching, and have a pathway through to a first team.” The Reds v Blues weekend of football celebrations starts on June 6 and will see people representing a red or blue team, playing the game in whatever form they wish, ranging from kickabouts in gardens to organised five-a-side and 11a-side matches. Scores from all the games that take place will be combined to create an overall final score at the end.
SPORTS Friday, 16 May, 2014
Grant Flower named Pakistan batting coach
RAnT Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, has been named Pakistan’s batting coach for two years. The appointment comes little more than a week after Waqar Younis returned as the head coach as Pakistan overhauled their national team management. Flower was recommended by the coach selection committee comprising Moin Khan (chief selector), Intikhab Alam (director domestic cricket operations) and Haroon Rashid (director game development). He will start in August, just before the Sri Lanka series. Flower, 43, was Zimbabwe’s batting
Ivanovic stuns Sharapova in Rome Maria Sharapova was sent tumbling out of Rome by Ana Ivanovic, who trounced the Russian 6-1 6-4 in the third round. The Serbian 11th seed beat Sharapova, seeded eighth, for the first time in seven years with a blistering display of power to reach her sixth quarter final of 2014. Ivanovic will face Carla Suarez Navarro in the semis after the Spaniard was granted a walkover against fourthseeded Romanian Simona Halep, who pulled out with an abdominal strain. The last time Ivanovic, 26, beat the Russian was in the semi-finals of the 2007 French Open. She went on to lose the final to Justine Henin. SPORTS DESK
coach for over three years starting October 2010, and was a key player for his country in a lengthy career that included 67 Tests and 221 ODIs. He had applied for the Pakistan batting coach job last year as well but was not appointed. Pakistan’s batting has been one of their major weaknesses in recent years, and the PCB had turned to former greats like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas to bring about improvements. Pakistan had also hired Australian Trent Woodhill for a brief two-month stint last year, but had decided to do away with the post earlier this year when Moin was named head coach. With former fast bowler Waqar now in charge, the PCB decided to appoint a mentor to the batsmen.
Be sensible over Barkley, says Martinez SPORTS DESK Everton manager Roberto Martinez has sounded a warning over Ross Barkley being expected to be England’s matchwinner at the World Cup. The 20-year-old’s inclusion on Roy Hodgson’s squad has excited many with former England striker Gary Lineker the latest in a long line to liken the midfielder to the mercurial Paul Gascoigne. However, Barkley’s club manager believes putting too much pressure on the player, no matter how talented he is, will be detrimental to his development. “You can never get an experience like playing in a World Cup too soon if you are ready and Ross is ready,” Martinez told Press Association Sport. “What is important is, as a nation, we have a responsibility to look after a young man who goes to the World Cup with the only intention of helping England be as good as they can. “He is still
young and we have to protect him. If we protect him well we are talking about a potential world-class talent. “But it is down to us to allow him time and a little bit of a path to fulfil his potential with England. “We shouldn’t expect Ross Barkley, at the age of 20, to go into a World Cup and be someone who has to win games single-handedly. That would be very wrong.” Hodgson’s squad has a significant youthful element to it with Barkley joined by Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 18, Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 19, and 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Their inclusion has added a vibrancy and unpredictability to the national side but Martinez stressed they should not bear the burden of unrealistic expectation. “My message to every English fan and supporter in general is that we should embrace the younger generation - and it is phenomenal to have that - who
have been called up by the England manager,” the Spaniard added. “But we have to understand we carry a responsibility of allowing the young players to have a positive experience, whatever that is. “Then we can allow them to grow and put them in a position where they have (played) 300 to 400 games and can then be tested and pushed to see if they can win a World Cup. “At the moment it is making sure they are protected in their environment, are allowed to enjoy their football and whatever they bring to the occasion is going to be a great learning curve for the future. “Like any job in any line of work you are better by the experience you get and it is having the opportunity to make mistakes and grow and just become better out of that. “Whatever they bring to this World Cup is a bonus. We should be looking further ahead to see the results of these youngsters. “Experience in a World Cup has to be a positive one whatever the
results are. “But it is something we do quite often - we build the expectations and then lose the opportunity of fulfilling that potential and having a special player for the future. “We are not the only ones, there are many nations who build expectations so quickly and then put them on young shoulders and that is unfair. “There is not a written rule of what you should do. You should allow them to enjoy the experience, whatever it is, and then set the next target for them and continually evaluate them and give them an area to improve and focus on.” Reports Chelsea are to offer Romelu Lukaku a new contract could be good news for Everton, for whom he scored 16 goals in 33 appearances in a season-long loan. Martinez is keen to take the Belgium international back to Goodison Park next season but knows a decent World Cup would push the striker’s value beyond what the Toffees could afford should he become available to buy. Chelsea appear keen to retain the 21-year-old for the foreseeable future so at the very least they can make a profit on the £17million they paid Anderlecht in 2011 and that may benefit Everton again next season. Martinez is more hopeful of retaining Gareth Barry, who is out of contract with Manchester City after his loan spell at Goodison, but is relying on the midfielder opting to stay with a club where he was happy and guaranteed a starting place as the Spaniard knows they cannot compete with salaries offered elsewhere. The Everton boss will continue to utilise the loan market - and tap into the club’s youth system - next season as he looks to add two strikers, a right winger, defensive midfielder and a defender to his squad. Striker Apostolos Vellios, who failed to play a first-team game this season, has left the club after his contract expired, however, talks over a new deal have opened with 33-year-old full-back Tony Hibbert who is also out of contract next month.
Italian Open third round results 11-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 8-Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-1 6-4 3-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 6-4 6-1 1 0-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-6(3) 2-Li Na (China) beat Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6-3 6-1 13-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat 4-Simona Halep (Romania) walkover
Celtic coach suffers heart scare
Celtic coach Danny McGrain has suffered a minor heart attack, the club have announced. The 64-year-old former Scotland full-back has been a member of the Hoops’ backroom staff since 1997 and was promoted to firstteam coach by manager Neil Lennon in October 2012. In a statement released on their website, the club said: “Celtic Football Club confirmed today that club legend and current first-team coach Danny McGrain has experienced a minor heart attack. “Danny is recovering well and is scheduled to be released from hospital tomorrow (Friday). Clearly, the thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the club are very much with Danny as we wish him a full and speedy recovery.” McGrain won eight Scottish league titles with the Hoops between 1971 and 1986 and was capped 62 times by Scotland. SPORTS DESK
Football for Karachi’s street children: ‘Real’ deal for slum kids KARACHI AGENCIES
It’s a long way from the Bernabeu, but on a dusty pitch in a Karachi slum, a group of scrawny Pakistani boys in the famous white shirt of Real Madrid tear around after a football. An academy backed by the Real Madrid Foundation opened in March in one of the oldest parts of the country’s sprawling, violent metropolis. For youngsters like 13-year-old Mohammad Ashraf, who endure tough lives, it has brought rare moments of pleasure – and dreams of glory. “I told my mother and then everyone in the house that we played football and everyone is happy for me,” an excited Ashraf recalled of his first day at the academy. Like most inhabitants
of the area Ashraf’s father struggles to make a living from fishing. Many local children are malnourished, few have more than the most basic education and most are expected to start work at an early age, repairing fishing nets. Opportunities for fun are limited and so the football academy – operated by the local charity AmanSports – is a ray of sunshine. The Spanish giants support academies all over the world through their foundation, with the aim of promoting the values of sport and education. AmanSports last year convinced them to open a centre in Karachi, and the Real Madrid Foundation provided equipment and training for coaches. Khowaja Obaid, head of AmanSports, said running an academy linked to one of the world’s
biggest clubs was a big challenge. “There were sceptics who were not sure why we were doing this,” said Obaid, who along with his colleague Myra Khan went to Madrid to get training on coaching. “The idea was to bring the best practice from around the world and give children access to sports, and Real Madrid is the biggest name that is out there in football in the world,” he said. In Pakistan cricket is king, though football is popular in parts of Karachi and Balochistan. Few of the children at the academy were aware of Real’s pedigree when they joined, but all recognised one name – the Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. “I like Ronaldo because he scores fast goals and has done well for his club and country and I am proud of him,”
said 14-year-old Mohammad Afzal. “I hope some day people will say the same for me.” Pakistan, once a power in Asian football until the 1970s, now languishes 159th in the FIFA world rankings – just below Hong Kong and Tahiti. But academy coach Mohsin Shah has hopes the centre will one day produce stars. “I think if this academy goes on this game will spread and one day these kids will make Pakistan’s name in international football,” said Shah, himself a former international player. The city seems to have some promise. In March a team from Karachi represented Pakistan in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, securing third place – and perhaps more importantly a thumping 130 win over arch-rivals India.
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The academy is used as an incentive to get kids to go to school – they must attend class before playing football – and AmanSports hopes to build the 50 playing now to 400, aged from six to 17. They are also keen for the Real Madrid Foundation to send coaches to Karachi to help the scheme improve. “We are hoping that their trainers come here, evaluate our programme, look at us – maybe they can point out some weaknesses,” said Obaid. “We are also using football as a vehicle to make kids better citizens, better human beings and better members of society.” Real take on city rivals Atletico Madrid on May 24 in the Champions League final and while Karachi has produced no “galacticos” yet, perhaps a fire has been lit.