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Sunday, 4 May, 2014 Rajab 4, 1435 Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 305 100 Pages Karachi Edition

Kashmir remains an issue but we’ll worK with modi anyway, says aziz PM’s adviser on foreign affairs sartaj aziz says Kashmir is an issue that both india and Pakistan need to negotiate and keep on the dialogue table, but if statements are made during the course of indian elections about Kashmir being an integral part of india, there will be reactions and responses. STORY ON PAGE 03

PM deterMined to end outages but can’t say when! STORY ON PAGE 03

NOT QUITE A DEAD END!

ParliaMent right foruM to discuss Poll fraud, rashid tells iMran

OVER 2,100 DEAD IN AFGHAN LANDSLIDE

MusliM death toll hits 32 in indian assaM violence

COURT ORDERS FIR AGAINST GEO, AMIR MIR

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Parliament right forum to discuss poll fraud, Rashid tells Imran INFORMATION MINISTER ASKS PTI CHIEF TO BRING PROOF OF ELECTION RIGGING IN PARLIAMENT, SAYS COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD POLITICS OF CONFRONTATION LAHORE

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HILE asking Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to furnish evidence of poll rigging in the parliament, Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the country could not afford politics of confrontation. In an interview, the information minister said that Khan would “suffer a lot” if he proceeded on the path of politics of agitation with the backing of Pakistan Awami Tehkreek (PAT)’s Tahirul Qadri

and Awami Muslim League (AML)’s Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. The information minister said there was Parliament in the country, an independent judiciary and all the institutions were gaining strength. “Instead of agitating on the roads, Khan should bring his case in the Parliament.” Pervaiz Rashid said that if elections were rigged then PTI’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was also a product of rigging. In this situation, he said, Imran Khan and his party had no right to sit in the assemblies or run the KP government. He asked Khan to resign from the KP government and assemblies

Nawaz to leave for Iran on 11th ISLAMABAD: Amid rapid geo-political developments taking place in the region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to embark on a visit to Iran. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Iran from 11th to 12th of the current month,” a diplomatic source said. He added that during the two-day official visit, Nawaz would hold official talks with Iranian president Hasan Rouhani at the President’s office on May 11. Bilateral relations, the regional political situation and various protocols would come under discussion, he said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected to pay a call on Iranian grand spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei on May 12. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir and Adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz are also expected to accompany the premier on his visit. Sources said both sides are expected to discuss the Pak-Iran gas pipeline during official level talks. Furthermore, the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Middle East would also be discussed between the Pakistani and Iranian leadership. STAFF REPORT

and then “show his love for protests on roads”. The minister was confident that Khan would lose his case in the court of the people as he lost in the apex court. He said Khan lost the rigging case in the court and his party’s candidate lost the seat to PML-N candidate. In this way, the rigging was done against the PML-N and not the PTI, he argued. Rashid said Khan has been pursuing the “politics of negative tactics” and that is why people rejected him in general elections. He asked the PTI chief to wait for the appropriate time. He said the PML-N government has been formed with the backing of the people and not with the support of PTI. JI to support ptI protest agaInst polls rIggIng: Jamaate-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Saturday decided to support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) protest on May 11 against rigging in general elections

FAFEN challenges Imran Khan’s claim against Geo, Jang network ISLAMABAD: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) Chief Executive Mudassir Rizvi has challenged the claim of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan that Geo TV was allegedly involved in rigging the May 11, 2013 general elections. Rizvi said that no TV channel was involved in rigging polls in the elections, adding that only organisations with authority can have the power over elections in a country. However, he clarified that TV channels can play a vital role in shaping public opinion. Imran Khan, on Friday, announced to boycott Geo and Jang as he believed that they were involved in poll rigging in 2012 general election. Khan also gave proof about his allegations to media in his press conference. STAFF REPORT

2013 which will be started. PTI Chairman Imran Khan telephoned Haq and invited to become part of the protest movement. The JI chief accepted the invitation and said that his

party leaders and workers would participate in the rallies of PTI. Haq said that his party delegation from Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA will take part in the protest.

Terrorism to be reined in soon: Shahbaz AZIZ HOPES THAT NAWAZ-LED GOVERNMENT WILL CURB TERRORISM LONDON ONLINE

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said rooting out terrorism is a challenge but they will overcome this menace soon. Talking to BBC, Shahbaz said, “Terrorism is an ailment. It took time to arrive here and it will take time too to depart.” “Question marks are still there in perspective of security despite our redoubled efforts. This perception is beyond doubt. Punjab is included therein. But it is a challenge and we have accepted it. But the real thing which one has to see that we are com-

FORMER ISI CHIEF SAYS REFORMS IN SECURITY INSTITUTIONS WILL YIELD GOOD RESULTS mitted to eliminate it or defeat it. We will not rest unless we eradicate this disease,” he remarked. He said that killing of 40,000 Pakistanis in terror-related incidents during the last several years was not an ordinary thing. “We are fully focused on it. The things will not improve till law and order situation improves. This is our top priority,” he added. Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz said they were doing what no one had done before to counter terrorism. He asserted, “I am upbeat over reining in terrorism soon.” “To my view Nawaz government

has done work to deal with securityrelated matters in decisive manner during the last nine months. First, in Karachi and then national security policy has been put in place. NECTA is taking shape and rapid deployment force is in the making. What is being done now to counter terrorism has never been done before,” he said this while talking to BBC. Former ISI chief Gen (r) Ehsanul Haq said, “The government has taken several positive measures. Reforms in national security institutions will yield good results,” he hoped. He, however, said, “Saying this that we are starting from zero level is not correct in my opinion. There is need to ascertain facts on this count. The system of coordination among intelligence agencies and counterterrorism was already in place. Certain reforms were introduced

in 2002 when we had to face the challenge of terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11 incident. A counterterrorism centre was established.” He said that earlier a special taskforce was set up under the army and there was a counterterrorism force too. The former ISI chief said, “When the government talks of such type of force then it should capitalise on the experiments of this force. Dynamics of terrorism has undergone a change after 2007 therefore, dynamics of these institutions should also be changed,” he stressed.

Government makes a hasty retreat NEWS ANALYSIS NADEEM SYED The government has seemingly retreated from its stance it took against the army on several issues, including high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf and talks with the Taliban. The recent Hamid Mir episode has also contributed in deteriorating the already fragile ties between the government and army. The military leadership has come in the open to assert itself and check onslaught on its credibility. People from all walks of life are taking to streets to show their love and support for the army. There is a perception in the power corridors that the government with its conduct has hurt an ordinary military man.

Before departing for the United Kingdom on a five-day tour, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with the military top brass in a damage-control measure. But the meeting also failed to bear fruits. Nawaz praised the ISI, but fell short of mentioning Geo group or appeasing the angry military. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was absent from the meeting. Likewise, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid too was out of picture after his statement suggesting that the government would stand by the Geo/Jang group in the ensuing fight. The only minister seen in the meeting was Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. He is the only minister who came clean out of the crisis by issuing balanced statements. With civil-military rift widening, conspiracy theories are floating across the country. Interestingly, there is a lot of buzz going around in the political cir-

cles about the PM’s visit. The visit is taking place at the time when the civilian leadership and media figures expect the prime minister to take lead and defuse tension between Geo and the military establishment which is becoming a “neverending” issue. The government has also changed its stance on talks with the Taliban which the army never supported. The government, however, claimed to be on the same page with the army. Military analysts say that the army will not even bother to seek the government’s permission when it chooses to attack the militant hideouts. Columnist-turned-politician Irfan Siddiqui, who persuaded Nawaz to engage the Taliban in the first place and later spearheaded the talks, is missing from the scene. Maj (r) Amir has already withdrawn from the committee, showing

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that talks have no future in the coming days. Rest of the Taliban negotiators want to meet military top brass before proceeding further. Meanwhile, Nisar has hinted at the futility of the talks. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah too believes that talks have no future. The recent speech delivered by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has made it clear to the Taliban that they have no option but to accept the constitution. Ironically, the government has so far refrained from delivering the same message to the Taliban. It is learnt that the army would not wait for the outcome of the talks this summer and would pursue its strategy with or without the government’s support. On Musharraf’s issue, all the hype has gone. There is hardly any urgency on the part of the government or judiciary to

punish the former president under Article 6 of the constitution. Interestingly, the shifting of Musharraf from Islamabad to Karachi has gone unnoticed. During a meeting last month, former president Asif Zardari had advised the prime minister against picking up a fight with the army. When Nawaz shared his problems with Zardari, sources said the latter offered him his services and asked to allow Musharraf to come to Karachi. Political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said that it seemed that the government had been trying to defuse situation on all fronts involving the army. “Reason being that there are new fronts opening up. We have power crisis. We see Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri exploiting the weakness of the government. So the government would like to put its house in order to focus more on these fronts,” he commented.


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Kashmir remains an issue but we’ll work with Modi anyway, says Aziz PM’S ADVISER DENIES GEN SHARIF’S REMARKS ON KASHMIR BEING PAKISTAN’S ‘JUGULAR VEIN’ WERE A SIGNAL BY THE ARMY TO THE CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP NEW DELHI

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AKISTAN is ready to talk to any government elected by Indian voters, including one headed by Narendra Modi, Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Indian media on Saturday. “We are ready to do business with any leader, including Modi,’’ Aziz told Hindustan Times in an interview. Aziz’s comments have come a day after Pakistan

Army Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s remarks citing Kashmir as Pakistan’s “jugular vein”. The general’s comments were viewed by Indian strategic experts as a signal by the army to the civilian leadership on the Kashmir issue, but Aziz denied the claim. “That is our standing position. Kashmir is an issue that both India and Pakistan need to negotiate and keep on the dialogue table but if statements are made during the course of Indian elections about Kashmir being an integral part of India, there will be reactions and responses,” Aziz said. Sartaj emphasised that previously any real

progress between the two neighbours was under a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led

government with Vajpayee as PM. In 1999, Vajpaye had undertaken a bus journey across the Wagah border to Lahore when Nawaz Sharif was the PM of Pakistan. The two had signed the Lahore Declaration in which both countries committed themselves to ‘intensify their efforts to resolve all issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir’. In the declaration, both also agreed to enhance confidence-building measures in the nuclear and conventional military fields. Reiterating his government’s desire to normalise ties with India, Aziz said that peace with India was Nawaz’s poll plank and he launched his peace mission immediately after becoming PM. “We had a good start with Manmohan Singh and now look forward to restarting the dialogue once a new government assumes power in New Delhi,” he said.

“Kashmir is an issue that both India and Pakistan need to negotiate and keep on the dialogue table but if statements are made during the course of Indian elections about Kashmir being an integral part of India, there will be reactions and responses.”

Not quItE A dEAd ENd Prof Ibrahim says Taliban ready to sustain peace talks in spite of Chaudhry Nisar’s ‘extraordinary’ statement TTP provides list of 765 noncombatant prisoners for release PESHAWAR/ MULTAN: While terming Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s recent statement “extraordinary”, Professor Mohammad Ibrahim, member of Taliban negotiating team, has said that Taliban were ready to sustain peace talks in the prevailing situation. Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said earlier in his statement that government could not continue talks with Taliban in the present situation. “We are serious people and are holding talks with all seriousness. There are certain hiccups on the way to talks but these will be removed soon,” he said while speaking to journalists in Peshawar on Saturday. About disbandment of government’s negotiation team, the professor said that government negotiation team’s power rested with the government. “Earlier, a committee was formed and abolished later. However, Taliban committee will continue to strive and talks will bear fruits in this situation too.” Taliban interlocutor said that timing and venue for the next meeting has not been decided set, however Taliban leadership was being contacted in this regard. SAMIUL HAQ TRUSTS GOVERNMENT: Meanwhile, the chairman of Taliban committee, Maulana Samiul Haq expressed his confidence on the government while addressing a press conference in Canal Rest House, Khanpur. “We believe that government is serious in peace talks with Taliban. Those who believe that solution to the issue lies in military operation actually want to unleash blood frenzy.” He held that government and army were on the same page. “The root cause of evil is US which does not want peace to prevail in Pakistan.” TTP WANTS PRISONERS RELEASED: Moreover, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has given a list of 765 non-combatant prisoners they want to be released, said TTP liaison committee member Maulana Yousaf Shah during a press briefing in Multan on Saturday. Talking to the journalists, Shah said that military operation was not a solution to the problem. “What was the outcome of engaging war machines in those areas for the last 12 years? None of the tribal region was cleared ever,” he said. Shah added that the advocates of military action were actually the enemies of the people of Pakistan. He said that they would urge the Taliban and government to reconsider ceasefire. AGENCIES

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the Pakistani diaspora on Saturday. INP

PM determined to end outages but can’t say when! NAWAZ TELLS EXPATRIATES HIS GOVT IS WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO OVERCOME ENERGY CRISIS BUT REFUSES TO GIVE A TIMEFRAME LONDON ONLINE

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan will completely overcome power and gas crises within a couple of years. Addressing Pakistanis in London, he said that the government was working day and night to overcome energy crisis and will get rid of power shortage. He however said that he could not give a timeframe for resolving the crisis. The prime minister said that another 21,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be added to the national grid

within the next eight to 10 years. He said that Diamer Bhasha and Dassu dams will contribute around 9,000 MW of electricity. The government will construct Diamer Bhasha Dam from its own resources if it does not receive foreign assistance, he added. The premier said that effective economic policies of the government had restored investors’ confidence in Pakistan. Sharif said that government’s expenditures have been slashed by 30 per cent, tax recovery has been increased by 16 percent while the remittances have witnessed a 12-percent surge. He

said that the country’s growth ratio will be doubled within the next three years. The prime minister said that tolerance was inevitable for national politics as Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) had also adopted the same policy during last five years. For the first time, a democratic transition has been successfully completed that should continue in future as well, he added. Referring to his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Sharif said that Britain had offered cooperation to Pakistan in various fields including energy and counterterrorism.

Sindh demands Rs 25b for Karachi operation in next budget KARACHI: The Sindh government on Saturday demanded that the federal government allocate Rs 25 billion in financial year 2014-15 budget for the targeted operation in Karachi. In a letter to the federal government, it has been said that the Sindh government had borne all expenses of the targeted operation until now. In order to continue the operation, hefty amount of money is needed to purchase modern weapons as well as vehicles, therefore an extra Rs25 billion should be allocated for the targeted operation. The letter also read that the Sindh government should also be provided its due share as per the National Finance Commission (NFC) award. INP

COURT ORDERS FIR AGAINST GEO, AMIR MIR ISLAMABAD ONLINE

A sessions court in Islamabad on Saturday ordered registration of a case against Geo and Jang Group and Amir Mir for leveling allegations against in-

telligence agencies. Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Jehangir Awan ordered the registration of FIR against the owner of Geo News Mir Shakilur Rehman and journalist Hamid Mir’s brother Amir Mir under Section 6-B and C of

the Anti-Terrorism Act for leveling allegations against Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Petitioner Arshad Butt through his lawyer had filed a plea under Section 154 Cr PC seeking registration of case against Mir Shakilur Rehman and

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Amir Mir. Amir had leveled allegations against ISI after his brother Hamid Mir was attacked in Karachi on April 19. On the other hand, the counsel for Geo/Jang Group Faisal Khan argued that the petitioner was not an aggrieved

party in the case while Islamabad High Court had already dismissed a plea on the same stance. However, the court in its orders directed the Margalla Police Station SHO to register FIR against those involved in defamation of army and ISI.


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FGHAN officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as rescuers turned their attention to helping the over 4,000 people displaced. Officials expressed concern the unstable hillside above the site of the disaster may cave in again, threatening the homeless as well as the UN and local rescue teams that have arrived in Badakhshan province, which borders Tajikistan. “More than 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, said. Villagers and a few dozen police, equipped with only basic digging tools, resumed their search when daylight broke but it soon became clear there was no hope of finding survivors buried in up to 100 meters of mud. “Seven members of my family were here, four or five of them were killed ... I am also half alive, what can I do?” said an elderly woman, her hair covered in a pink shawl. The UN mission in Afghanistan said the focus was now on the more than 4,000 people displaced, either directly as a result of Friday’s landslide or as a precau-

VILLAGERS AND A FEW DOZEN POLICEMEN EQUIPPED WITH ONLY BASIC DIGGING TOOLS RESUMED THEIR SEARCH ON SATURDAY BUT IT SOON BECAME CLEAR THERE WAS NO HOPE OF FINDING SURVIVORS BURIED IN UP TO 100 METERS OF MUD.

tionary measure from villages assessed to be at risk. Their main needs are water, medicine, food and emergency shelter, said Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The impoverished area, dotted with villages of mudbrick homes nestled in valleys beside bare slopes, has been hit by several landslides in recent years.

PLEA FOR HELP: The side of the mountain above Ab Barak collapsed at around 11am (0630 GMT) on Friday as people were trying to recover belongings and livestock after a smaller landslip hit a few hours earlier. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in the landslides that were triggered by torrential rain. Officials worry another section of the mountainside could collapse at any time.

The Afghan military flew rescue teams to the area on Saturday, as the remote mountain region is served by only narrow, poor roads which have themselves been damaged by more than a week of heavy rain. “We have managed to get one excavator into the area, but digging looks hopeless,” Colonel Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan, said. He said the sheer size of the area

FORMER WARLORD JOINS ABDULLAH IN AFGHAN ELECTION

MUSLIM DEATH TOLL HITS 32 IN INDIAN ASSAM VIOLENCE

KABUL: A former Afghan warlord nicknamed “the bulldozer” joined frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah’s presidential campaign on Saturday, as deal-making hots up before the decisive run-off vote next month. Gul Agha Sherzai, from Kandahar, won less than two per cent of the vote in the April 5 election, but is seen as able to deliver some support from Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group. Abdullah, whose support is strongest in Tajik ethnic areas, came first by a large margin in the election, though he fell short of the 50 per cent threshold needed for outright victory, according to preliminary results. “I, as a representative of my team, join Dr. Abdullah’s team to bring security and welfare to the people of Afghanistan,” Sherzai told a press conference with Abdullah. AGENCIES

Victims of the attacks were Muslim migrants who have been locked for years in land disputes with indigenous Bodo tribes in the tea-growing state that borders Bhutan and Bangladesh

MORE WOMEN ACCUSE MAX CLIFFORD OF SEXUAL ASSAULT LONDON: Troubles could be far from over for disgraced public relations guru Max Clifford who spent his first day in prison on Friday. Though a London Court found him guilty for eight counts of indecent sexual assault involving girls and young women aged 15 years, Scotland Yard has now said that other women had since come forward with allegations of sexual assault. Following sentencing, a spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed “We have received further information and this is currently subject to review.” The Court earlier said that the 71-year-old considered himself “untouchable by law”. AGENCIES

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Police found nine more bodies Saturday after a deadly rampage by tribal separatists in India’s remote northeastern Assam state, taking the death toll to 32 following two days of violence. The latest fighting in the area, a site of frequent ethnic clashes, began on Thursday with the killing of 11 Bengalispeaking Muslim villagers, followed by more bloodshed Friday when 12 others were slain. Police said it was not immediately known when the nine villagers whose bodies were recovered Saturday had been killed. “The death toll has gone up to 32,” police inspector general SN Singh said. “Se-

curity has been further tightened with police and paramilitary troopers deployed in strength.” The nine bodies, including those of women and children, were recovered from Narayanguri village in Baksa district, 200 kilometres west of Assam’s main city of Guwahati. This week’s attacks come as India votes in a multi-phased general election that began on April 7. Polling winds up on May 12, with results to be announced four days later. Voting in Assam has ended, with April 24 the last day of polling. Police blamed the attacks on the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which has been demanding a separate homeland for decades.

Investigators said they arrested around 20 suspects on Saturday in the violencehit districts of Baksa and its neighbour, Kokrajhar. “So far we have arrested about 20 people,” said a senior police official, who did not want to be named. Witnesses said some of the victims were killed as attackers opened fire on them while they slept in their homes. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday to “restore normalcy” in the area, while condemning the attacks. “(My) heart reaches out and grieves for all those who lost their near and dear ones,” Singh said in a statement.

affected, and the depth of the mud, meant that only modern machinery could help. NATO-led coalition troops are on standby to assist but on Saturday said the Afghan government had not asked for help. “I call on the government to come and help our people, to take the bodies out,” said a middle-aged man, standing on a hill overlooking the river of mud where his village once stood. “We managed to take out only 10-15 people, the rest of our villagers here are trapped.” FREEZING: Hundreds of people camped out overnight in near freezing conditions, although some were given tents. Officials distributed food and water. At least 100 people were being treated for injuries, most of them by medics who set up facilities in a stable building. Seasonal rains and spring snow melt have caused devastation across large swathes of northern Afghanistan, killing more than 100 people before this latest disaster. US President Barack Obama said American forces were on standby to help. “Just as the United States has stood with the people of Afghanistan through a difficult decade, we stand ready to help our Afghan partners as they respond to this disaster, for even as our war there comes to an end this year, our commitment to Afghanistan and its people will endure,” he said.

OVER 30 DIE IN ODESSA BLAZE AS UKRAINE VIOLENCE ESCALATES SLAVYANSK AGENCIES

More than 30 people were killed in a “criminal” blaze in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa, as violence spread across the country on Friday during the bloodiest day since Kiev’s Western-backed government took power. Ukraine’s interior ministry said at least 31 people had died in the fire with local media reporting that proRussian militants were believed to have been in the building at the time. Most of those who were killed died from smoke inhalation, while others perished trying to escape by jumping out of windows. News of the deaths came after a day of violent clashes between pro-Russian and

pro-Ukrainian militants, with reports of renewed fighting in Slavyansk late on Friday leading to the death of two more Ukrainian soldiers, meaning at least nine people had been killed in clashes in the flashpoint town throughout the day. The diplomatic war of words also intensified as the United States threatened to hit Russia with new sanctions within three weeks over what Washington called its continued “destabilisation” of Ukraine. President Barack Obama threatened to expand punitive sanctions to broad sections of the Russian economy if Moscow continued to foment chaos in the former Soviet republic ahead of planned May 25 presidential elections.

EGYPT COURT JAILS 102 MORSI SUPPORTERS FOR 10 YEARS CAIRO AGENCIES

An Egyptian court sentenced 102 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison Saturday over protest violence, state television reported. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on mass trials since overthrowing him in July. The Cairo court sentenced two others to seven years in prison. Last week, a court in the southern city of Minya sentenced 683 people, including the leader of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, to death in an initial ruling.

AL QAEDA CHIEF ORDERS SYRIAN REBELS TO STOP INFIGHTING LONDON AGENCIES

The al Qaeda chief has reportedly urged members of the group’s Syrian branch, the al Nusra Front to put an end to the ongoing fighting against their jihadist rivals. Ayman al Zawahiri ordered all soldiers of the front immediately cease fighting one another in an audiotape posted online. According to Sky News, al Nusra’s leader Abu Mohammed al Jolani was told to “devote himself to combat the enemies of Islam, specifically Baathists, Shiites and their allies”. Al Nusra has been locked in fierce fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since the start of the year. He said ISIL’s presence had hindered the fighting against forces loyal to the Syrian president because it had created divisions which had proved to be “a gift to Assad,” the report added. Zawahiri repeatedly ordered ISIL leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to devote himself to wounded Iraq, which required the group to redouble its efforts.

FORMER POSTAL SERVICES SECY DID NOT RETURN ‘THE FAVOUR’ FINANCE DIVISION ILLEGALLY GRANTS RS 3.8M AS HBA, EQUIVALENT TO 36-MONTH PAY, TO POSTAL SERVICES SECRETARY WHO WAS JUST NINE MONTHS SHORT OF RETIREMENT FINANCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAYS RAJA IKRAM WAS PAID BY AGPR ON GROUNDS THAT HE WILL RETURN MONEY BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT ACCORDING TO FEDERAL AUDIT DEPARTMENT, IRREGULARITY WAS COMMITTED BY FINANCE DIVISION IN COLLUSION WITH AGPR

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Pakistan Today has found out Finance Division’s involvement in doling out millions of rupees to their “blue-eyed” in violation of rules and regulations. According to sources in the Finance Division, an unauthorised payment of Rs 3.879 million was made to Postal Services Division Federal Secretary Raja Ikram under the head of House Building Advance (HBA). The secretary, who is actually the principal accounting officer of his own ministry, was more than 59 years old when he got the payment. According to the Federal Audit Department, the basic irregularity has been committed by the Finance Division in collusion with Accountant General Pakistan Revenues (AGPR). WHAT RULES SAY: Note 1 of Para 253(2)(iv) of GFR Volume-I stated that the full amount of HBA will be admissible only to those who are less than 47 years of age. In the case of those who are above the age of 47 years, the amount of advance should be so reduced as would enable the recovery at the rate of not more

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than 1/4th of the government servant pay in any one month of the total amount advanced, including interest, possible before the retirement of the government servant. The matter is likely to be taken up by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Syed Khurshid Shah. It is however ironic that the irregularity was committed while PPP and its allies were ruling the country. HOW DID SECRETARY HAVE ILLEGAL AMOUNT APPROVED? According to the Audit Department, the management of the Ministry of Postal Services sanctioned HBA to the Postal Services Division secretary, amounting Rs 3.879 million during March, 2011 equivalent to 36-month pay. The audit observed that the age of the officer was more than 59 years as his date of birth was December 2, 1952. At the time of HBA’s withdrawal, only nine-month service of the secretary was remaining. The officer was granted HBA equal to 36-month pay although under the rules, he was eligible to draw HBA equal to two month pay only i.e. Rs 215,476. The HBA was paid on the instructions of Finance Division contained in letter No

F.7(4)PF-III/2011-2012/303 dated March 12, 2012. As the payment of HBA and subsequent was not indicated in the pay slip, therefore, the possibility remains that the advance may not be recovered at all. Moreover, the formalities; mortgage deed of Plot No 188-D, Sector D-12/4, Islamabad valuing Rs 1,687,500 were not fulfilled. According to the audit, the payment of HBA to the officer was irregular and unauthorised and the Finance Division did not have any authority to violate the provisions of the General Financial Rules. WHAT FINANCE DIVISION SAYS: The management replied that the Postal Services secretary applied for HBA under the scheme for construction of 5,000 houses for federal government employees on ownership basis. Since his retirement was due on December 3, 2012, he provided an undertaking that total amount sanctioned against HBA would be returned before his retirement and also authorised AGPR to deduct the balance amount, if any, from his commutation/GPF. The Finance Division sanctioned the HBA and AGPR paid the amount on these grounds.


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A Frontier Corps (FC) trooper was killed and another was injured in a bomb explosion in Balochistan province’s Bolan district on Saturday, a security official said. Khan Wasey, a spokesman for the FC, said that a security forces’ vehicle was on routine patrolling when it was attacked in Bolan’s Dhadar area in the morning. "A loud and powerful explosion was heard in the area. It appeared to be a remote-controlled blast,” Wasey said. He said two FC personnel inside the vehicle were seriously wounded as a result. Subsequently, one of the two wounded succumbed to his injuries on way to a hospital. The bomb also damaged the security forces’ vehicle. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, Wasey said he suspected that the attack was the work of Baloch separatists operating in the area. Bolan is considered to be among the sensitive districts of the southwestern province where separatist militants have been targeting power pylons, gas pipelines and other vital installations.

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mark the International Press Freedom Day. The journalists were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding the arrest of journalists’ killers and compensation to the affected families. The BUJ demanded functioning of the judicial commission already formed by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch to probe the killings of journalists in Balochistan, Pakistan’s volatile and least developed province. “We want the commission to probe the murder of our colleagues,” Shehzada Zulfiqar, a senior official of the BUJ said. More than 30 journalists have been killed in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochistan during last more than seven years. “The murderers are still at large, de-

spite our repeated appeals,” Zulfiqar said. The protesters chanted full-throated slogans for freedom of expression and speech and demanded an end to impunity in the province, plagued by violent attacks by militants. The rally turned into a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club where senior journalists addressed the protesting media men. They lashed out at law enforcers for their inability to bring the perpetrators of journalists’ killings to book. “We stand for freedom of expression, despite all odds,” Khaliq Baloch, the Secretary General of QPC said. Apart from working journalists, a large number of hawkers also participated in the rally to mark the Interna-

tional Press Freedom Day. The journalists demanded protection and expressed concerned voice over increasing polarisation in the media. “We will not bow down our heads before any pressure,” Khudai Noor Nasar, a young journalist who works for Radio Mashaal said. Nasar urged upon the journalists to bury their hatchet and struggle for common cause of freedom of expression and speech. Balochistan is considered to be the most dangerous province in Pakistan for journalists. With New York size population of 8 million people, more than 30 journalists have lost their lives in their struggle to inform, educate the people about the unfolding stories in Pakistan's geographically largest province.

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The Sessions Court exempted former president Pervez Musharraf from the hearing of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case on Saturday and summoned the former military dictator on May 22. Additional Sessions Judge Wajid Ali heard the plea of Musharraf for permanent exemption from appearing in the court and a petition for his acquittal from the case. The court issued notices to the parties over the pleas of the former military ruler. Defence Counsel Abdul Haq Malik said that it is the responsibility of the prosecution to present Musharraf in the court. He added that the petitioner will be held responsible if anything happens to his client. The court adjourned the hearing till 22nd May and remarked that no excuse will be accepted if Musharraf does not appear in the next hearing.

A former aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who fled to Pakistan while awaiting sentencing in the United States on corruption convictions has been arrested in Pakistan and authorities there are deciding whether to hand him over to the United States, Pakistani officials said. Amer Ahmad was detained on fraud allegations four days ago when he tried to enter Pakistan at the airport in Lahore carrying large amounts of cash, an airport official said. "We recovered $170,000 and 124,000 euros from him," an airport official said on condition of anonymity. "We had already been alerted about his arrival and fraud allegations. He is still in Lahore but may be moved to Islamabad in the coming days." Ahmad faces up to 15 years in federal prison in the United States after pleading guilty in December to conspiracy to commit money laundering, wire fraud and bribery. He was accused of conspiring with others from about January 2009 through January 2011 to use his role as deputy treasurer for the state of Ohio to direct official state of Ohio broker services business to a securities broker in exchange for payments from that broker. A sentencing date has not been set.

ali dayan hasan departs huMan riGhts WatCh NEWS DESK Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director of Human Rights Watch, has stepped down from his position after 11 years with the organisation. Hasan joined Human Rights Watch in 2003. Over the past decade, he has been a pioneering figure in the organisation’s internationalisation efforts, providing inspiration to replicate the process more broadly across the international human rights movement. With his background as a journalist, Hasan has shown what a gifted writer, tireless advocate, and constant media presence can accomplish in the most challenging of circumstances. In the face of public threats and at risk to himself, Hasan has been a powerful and relentless voice against abuses by government authorities and militant groups, and against complicity in such abuses by the US and British authorities, said a statement by HRW. “Ali Hasan has been a constant and courageous defender of human rights in Pakistan over the past decade with Human Rights Watch,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “We will miss him greatly as he embarks on the next chapters of his professional life.”

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Ahmad, 39, had gone on to become a comptroller for the City of Chicago, where he lived with his wife and children while awaiting sentencing. He resigned as Chicago comptroller before his indictment in August on the Ohio charges. A federal judge issued an arrest warrant for him last week for violating the terms of his bail agreement. His wife, Samar Ahmad, 35, had sought an order of protection against him in Chicago on April 24, accusing him of verbal abuse, threatening to take their children and asking her to get him a fake birth certificate from

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Pakistan for a passport. "He believes that (he) is not guilty and deserves a life with the children and repeatedly gets very angry if I say anything," she said in the court document. Mobasher Tirmizi, deputy director at the Federal Investigation Agency said Ahmad has dual nationality, Pakistani and American. "It is premature to say whether we will hand him over to the US," Tirmizi said. "For now we will produce him before the court. It's for higher officials to decide if he will be handed over to the Americans."

People are afraid of Pakistan’s take-off and also of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivering, claimed Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali during a press conference in Faisalabad. He was referring to the development of the country and the work the premier was doing for its progress including the construction of new power projects throughout the country. Ali added that Pakistan was facing several issues including terrorism, unstable law and order, energy crisis as well as economic problems. The minister claimed that they had done the work of 12 years in 10 months. He also stated that the electricity generation had increased from 8,000 megawatts (MW) last year to 10,056MW this year. Referring to improvement in the energy crisis faced by the country today, Ali further remarked that load shedding had decreased from 16-hours a day last year to just eight hours per day this year, adding that more work was being done to improve the situation.


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ViolenCe aGainst WoMen politiCians risinG in pakistan, india: study WHILE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, VERBAL ABUSE AND THREAT OF VIOLENCE ARE HIGHER IN INDIA, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION IS REGARDED AS A BIGGER THREAT IN PAKISTAN AND NEPAL

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recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal. Factors responsible for violence include inadequate implementation of laws, insufficient support from police and judiciary, the stark socio-economic divide and the existing power structure. The research also indicated that "reli-

gious extremism, and its interconnection with social divisions and power relations, cannot be ignored when understanding VAWIP, particularly in Pakistan." The study 'Violence against Women in Politics' was conducted in the aforesaid countries and analyses incidents of violence that took place from 2003-2013. It was conducted with the purpose of addressing the nature, extent and factors of violence that deter women from actively participating in politics. Approximately 800 respondents were interviewed, including election

commission officials, police, contestants and families in urban and rural areas. The findings revealed that although women candidates and females voters fielded by political parties had increased considerably in all the three countries, the ratio of female representatives in national bodies had declined. The study revealed that the number of female voters and contestants have increased in Pakistan in the last two elections. The 2013 election in Pakistan witnessed an extraordinary voter turnout of 40 per cent for women. Despite more participation of women in 2013, only 3.75 per cent of women won in 2013 from 12.8 per cent in 2008. Ever since its inception, Pakistan has been the victim of massive violence in its political area. Notable women politicians

have lost their lives in this cycle of violence, including former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and minister as well as activist Ms Zille Huma Usman. Both were assassinated in full public view. Notwithstanding the fact that women’s rights have been addressed in the legislative framework of Pakistan, India and Nepal, violence against women is still rampant. Ninety per cent of women in these countries have disclosed that this impedes this from joining politics. In the study, more than one in every three respondents in Pakistan (36 per cent) maintained that keeping "politics as a male domain" is a key reason for VAWIP. All respondents in KP (Pakistan) quoted purdah as one of the main impediments to women participating in politics. More than half the respondents in India (53 per cent) closely followed by those in Pakistan (45 per cent) felt the family should decide whether female members could participate in politics. A large percentage of respondents (87 per cent in India, 80 per cent in Pakistan and 92 per cent in Nepal) felt that a supportive husband was needed to prevent VAWIP. Seventy per cent of the respondents in India, 78 per cent in Pakistan and 92 per cent in Nepal felt that women should not ignore their domestic responsibilities even after being elected. The review of laws on violence against women has revealed that none of these countries have appropriate legislation to punish those perpetuating violence against women in politics. Approximately two in every three respondents in Pakistan (65 per cent) and every second person in India (54 per cent) believed police do not respect a woman's right to participate in violencefree politics. Further, 63 per cent of respondents in India and 70 per cent in Pakistan feel that the high incidence of

The findings revealed that although women candidates and females voters fielded by political parties had increased considerably in all the three countries, the ratio of female representatives in national bodies had declined

VAWIP results from most cases of VAWIP going unreported. The study has confirmed that current cycle of violence is perpetuated by gender discrimination and current power structure. While physical violence, verbal abuse and threat of violence are higher in India, character assassination is regarded as a bigger threat in Pakistan and Nepal. The characters of women politicians in Pakistan, namely Hina Rabbani Khar, Sherry Rehman and Nilofar Bakhtyar, have been questioned while being high in the political sphere. Furthermore, no official statement was ever issued by the parties these women represent to support them or condemn this form of violence against them. Moreover, first generation women politicians face discrimination at all levels in politics and are not allowed to make decisions while being side-lined within political parties as it was perceived that they would be able to win less political seats. The study recommends that election commissions in these South Asian countries should take steps to recognise and promote women while institutionalising their participation in politics. It moreover proposes that law-influencing agencies should form positive pressure groups for political funding and create awareness among women voters.

As US draws down, Afghan opium production thrives MARJAH AGENCIES Pink-and-white poppy blooms stretch toward the horizon in this field in southern Afghanistan as labourers slice open the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The opium from Marjah, a district in southern Helmand province, likely will make its way to drug addicts in the region and the world. Helmand's harvest this year is expected to be one of the largest ever, mirroring trends in the rest of Afghanistan. This year's bumper crop, after the US has spent $7.5 billion trying to eradicate opium in Afghanistan, represents one of the most tangible and visible failures as the Americanled military force prepares to withdraw by the end of this year. And with Afghanistan's emerging antinarcotics forces vastly outnumbered both by Taliban brokers and corrupt officials involved in the trade, the opium trade likely will only grow. "Poppy is like a virus that is already embedded in a sick body," said Ashita Mittal, acting country director for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Kabul. "It is going to impact the whole economy of this country. We do believe that in the absence of the growth of the licit economy, the illicit economy will take over." Last year, 209,000 hectares (806 square miles) of poppy were planted across Afghanistan, up 36 percent over the year before and producing an estimated 5,500 metric tons (6,062 tons) of opium, according to the UN drug agency. By comparison, only a little over 7,000 hectares (27 square miles) of poppy field were eradicated. The 2014 harvest is expected to match or even exceed last year's record. In coming years, opium will grab an even larger share of Afghanistan's already troubled

CHAMAN: An armed security personnel stands guard as government workers destroy a poppy field in the Gulistan area of Chaman along the Pak-Afghan border on Saturday. INP economy, as money from US military contracts and aid work dries up. The UN estimates that some 200,000 families in Afghanistan are involved in opium production already and that the country has some 1 million addicts. As a share of Afghanistan's economy, opium looms large: The UN estimates the potential gross value of Afghan opiates last year was around $3 billion — equal to 15 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Throughout the US-led mission in Afghanistan, it has worked with Afghan forces to try to eradicate opium — a major source of funding for the Taliban insurgency. At first, that meant hacking down and burning fields, though later troops sought to

persuade farmers to plant alternative crops. A report to US Congress this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Washington has spent $7.5 billion on the effort. For a few years, opium production dropped, but as the NATO withdrawal looms, more farmers are turning back to poppies. For Marjah farmer Mohammad Ayub, the choice is easy. Opium poppies are easier to grow than other crops, they are easy to convert into quick cash and far more profitable. He says he can earn 80,000 Afghanis ($7,000) growing poppies for opium on his land, while he can barely break even planting cotton. "Opium has a good income, and that

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is why people are cultivating it with all its problems," Ayub said. "We are not scared from the government, because most of the officials have their share in the harvesting." In Marjah, the resurgence of opium is particularly striking because the Helmand district was touted in 2009 as a showcase of the US military's "surge" strategy of driving Taliban from the area. At the time, the American coalition flew journalists to newly liberated Marjah to see efforts to convert poppy fields to wheat, grapes and other crops and install a clean, competent local administration, memorably described at the time as a "government in a box." In 2009, opium cultivation in Helmand

— by far Afghanistan's largest producer — dropped by 33 percent to about 70,000 hectares (270 square miles). It continued to fall before ticking back up in 2012. Last year, though, poppy cultivation surged to more than 100,000 hectares (386 square miles), almost the same level as before the big US push into Helmand. The Taliban have not regained the same level of dominance they once had in Marjah, but they are active enough to make the area too insecure for many government activities, including poppy eradication. In an interview with a foreign news agency, Helmand Gov. Mohammad Naeem blamed the rise of opium cultivation on a resurgent Taliban. "In the areas under the control of the government the cultivation has decreased dramatically, but in areas where there are Taliban the cultivation still exists because the Taliban are persuading people to get more money," Naeem said. The governor also said there is resistance from local people in eradicating opium because they are dependent on its income. While government officials generally blame the Taliban for opium production, poppy fields can be found all over the country, even in areas where the government has full control. Mittal, the UN official, concedes the current level of production would not be possible without corruption and collusion at all levels of government. "It is not exactly an invisible crop," she said. After most international forces are gone, Afghanistan's government will face an uphill battle in stemming the resurgent opium economy — especially since so many influential Afghans are profiting from the trade. "What will be the most important thing is the political will," Mittal said.


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When a baby doesn’t fit the bill! 99 PERCENT OF ABANDONED BABIES ARE GIRLS

DOWRY, POVERTY TERMED MAIN CAUSE OF ABANDONING OF FEMALE CHILDREN

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he civilised world today condemns the pre-Islamic Arab practice of burying female children alive. however, the same crime against humanity is being carried out with impunity in today’s developing society of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. human Rights Commission of Pakistan (hRCP) Chairperson Zohra Yusuf opines that the society does not value girls and prefers male children over them. every year, local rescue organisations collect hundreds of dead bodies of perceived “illegitimate” newborns, 99 percent of which are girls, from garbage dumps. Officials at the Bilquees edhi Foundation claim to have found over 1,100 corpses of newborn babies dumped in garbage tanks in the year 2012-2013. In the present year 2013-14, rescuers have so far recovered 380 bodies of neonates from garbage. Bilquees edhi Foundation has embarked on a mass media campaign urging the merciless killers not to dispose illegitimate children to hide their own sin. “Don’t kill innocent children, put them in Bilquees edhi’s cradles,” reads an advertisement by the foundation. The advert goes on to say, “Thousands of babies are strangled to death every year to hide a sin,” and urges that instead of killing these illegitimate newborns, they should be placed in edhi’s cradles “silently”. According to Jamia Binori Town Mufti Muhammad Naeem, “In Islamic Shariah the killing of children, legal or illicit, is an unjustifiable crime against humanity.” he said the illegitimate babies should not to be punished for a crime committed by adults. The religious scholar, however, criticised edhi Foundation for ‘inducing’ people to commit a sin by setting up cradles outside its welfare centres. “We go by the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions,” he said, adding that there is no evidence of provision of such cradles throughout the history of Islam. "These cradles are unIslamic," he said.

Kazmi, a personal assistant and companion of internationally-acclaimed philanthropist Abdus Sattar edhi, says at least 335 cradles have been installed throughout Pakistan outside edhi centres. The placement of cradles has proved fruitful as some couples are now brushing up the courage to “silently” abandon their illegitimate babies by placing them in the edhi cradles. Kazmi claimed edhi foundation had so far found at least 54 such infants alive in these cradles during the present year. In the previous year, as many as 152 abandoned newborns were recovered by the foundations’ officials. “Majority of the abandoned children were recovered alive from Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala, the edhi official said. “Most of the dead were found in Karachi,” he added. According to Kazmi, in the past, there were many occasions when the rescuers had found dead bodies of infants with ropes fastened around their necks. “We have even found completely charred bodies of infants,” he lamented. Kazmi cites two primary reasons for this inhumane behaviour- illicit relationships and poverty. “It is generally perceived that these in-

fants were a consequence of illicit relationships,” he said. According to officials, girls constitute a majority of these strangled or abandoned children. “Almost 99 percent of them are girls,” says Kazmi. This makes Faisal edhi, a trustee of edhi Foundation, doubt the widely perceived notion that extra-marital relationships are the cause of abandonment/killing of these infants. To Faisal, the predominant dumping of female babies reflects the fact that our society considers girls a burden. “Dowry is their prime source of concern,” he opined. A centuries-old wedding custom in the subcontinent, dowry has made it almost impossible for poor and middle-class parents to wed their daughters respectably and therefore, girls are considered a burden. Jewellery, furniture and food served on wedding ceremonies are the three highly costly expenditures that break the backs of parents when it comes to wedding off daughters. According to All Sindh Sarafa Jewelers Association President haji haroon Chand, the current price of 12 ounces of gold is Rs 45,000. “even a poor family has to buy gold worth at least Rs 1 lac for weddings,” he said.

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All Karachi Tajir Ittihad (AKTI) Chairman Atiq Mir, who owns a shop at the city’s main furniture market, said philanthropists are increasingly gifting furniture for dowry as a part of charity. A standard five-item furniture set costs parents at least Rs 40,000 to Rs 0.5 million. “Affluent people are now frequently coming to us to buy furniture for some deserving girls they know,” the AKTI chairman said, adding that the custom of dowry is rigidly upheld by some ignorant people and comes hard on those unable to afford all the associated expenses. Terming dowry as a deeply-routed traditional practice, the hRCP chairperson ascertains that it has led certain Pakistani parents to consider girls as a less valuable human commodity than boys. Shedding light on the Islamic perspective of the back-breaking custom, Mufti Naeem says Islam considers girls a blessing. “Regardless of the financial status of parents, Islam does not consider female children as a liability,” he reiterated. “The volume of dowry should be in accordance with one's financial capacity,” the cleric said. The hRCP chairperson believes dowry is not the sole reason why girls are considered a burden. “Unfortunately, people do not value girls as much as their male children.” “People consider boys as useful even if they are illegitimate,” says Kazmi. The hRCP chairwoman proposes social enlightenment, particularly women’s education, as a remedy to the menace. “A government-induced ban on dowry would not work as the same is in place in India but still women are being killed there,” Zohra said. “Restrictions lead to violations,” she added. Though the edhi Foundation has found and offered for adoption at least 22,000 abandoned children since 1950, the actual number of abandoned children may be higher. The present economy-driven government does not seem to consider the welfare of these would-be builders of the nation. however, Faisal says, technological advancement has lowered the incidence of cold-blooded murders of infants. “Ultrasound has now enabled parents to know the sex of the unborn child,” he said, adding, “If the fetus is a girl, they abort it!”

KARACHI: Iran's flotilla of warships berthed at the Karachi port to expand naval cooperation between the two friendly nations. Commander of Iranian fleet, First Captain Ali Jahanbakhsh, said the flotilla, comprising of four naval ships and a submarine, arrived at the city port and was warmly welcomed by the Pakistan Navy officers. “The mission is aimed at enhancing defensive cooperation and interaction with the regional countries, particularly neighbouring Pakistan,” Jahanbakhsh was quoted as saying by FARS news agency. He also noted that the Iranian fleet and Pakistani warships would conduct joint naval drills at the end of the mission. According to the senior Iranian commander, the two navies had recently held similar drills in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas. By dispatching the fleet, the Iranian Navy pursues its defensive policies and displays its military might in the region and the world, the commander said, adding that one of the objectives of the naval trip was to train young officers and prepare them to counter any possible threat. Early in April, Iran and Pakistan started their joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. Online

husband kills Wife SUKKUR: A man on Saturday killed his wife for honour in Tetroi village of Sukkur. According to police, the man identified as Gul Muhammad Abro opened fire at his wife named Hanifan on charges of elicit relations with another man, and killed her on the spot. The man managed to flee the scene soon after the incident. Police handed over the woman's body to her heirs after post-mortem. inP


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principal, son among five killed in violence area of North Karachi. Police arrested 15 suspects, including six criminals, in raids at Badia Town and Orangi Town. According to West SSP Irfan Baloch, ammunition, drugs and bullets were recovered from the criminals. One of the criminals had fired upon a police mobile at Ittehad Town few days ago. The Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) per-

sonnel nabbed two extortionist after receiving information of criminals, involved in ransom cases, present in the area. however, their two accomplices managed to flee. CPLC Chief Ahmad Chinoy said the extortionists had demanded Rs 1 million from a person living in Gizri area. A watchman of the house was also involved in the crime.

Rangers form special unit to probe MQM charges

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S many as five persons, including a school headmaster and his son, were killed by firing while dozens of suspects were arrested by law enforcement agencies from different areas of Karachi. A headmaster and his son were killed when an

KARACHI Online Taking the allegations levelled by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement into account, the Sindh Rangers has tasked a special unit to probe the party's claims that personnel from the paramilitary force were involved in the ‘extrajudicial killing’ of four MQM workers. A spokesman of Sindh Rangers said that the para-military force was working within the law and had taken the allegations of the Muttahida Qaumi

armed man opened fire at a school in Metroville area of SITe. The attacker was arrested in an injured state after encounter with police. A lawyer, Chaudhry Idrees, and his driver were gunned down at Orangi Town. According to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the two persons were the party's sympathisers. Another person was killed in a firing incident at Anda More

Movement (MQM) Raabta Committee (RC) seriously. In a statement issued by a spokesperson of Sindh Rangers, it has been stated that the law enforcement agency supports the legal demands of political parties. It was further said that the committee, formed by the chief minister to investigate the extra-judicial killings of the MQM workers, is looking into the case closely and has been given the task to resolve the issue. The para-military force has requested the citizens to report such incidents on its

emergency number 1101. Legal action will be taken against the uniformed personnel found guilty in such crimes, the spokesman said. The spokesman added that a group, wearing the uniforms of the paramilitary force, was recently arrested. They used to demand money after kidnapping the people. On Friday, the MQM accused Rangers of being involved in the “extrajudicial killing” of four party workers and warned of staging demonstrations on highways in Sindh if the killers were not arrested within 72 hours.

KARACHI sTaff rePOrT Chairman Businessmen Group and former president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Siraj Kassam Teli has said that Karachi continues to be the largest city of Pakistan as it contributes more than 60 percent to the national exchequer. “Karachi deserves to be respected and must get its rightful share keeping in view the massive revenue being generated by this mega city which is spreading over a massive land of 3500 sq kilometres and holds a population of more than 20 million,” he added. Speaking as chief guest at a dinner reception hosted by KCCI in the honour of Karachi-based diplomats, Siraj Teli said, “We are not saying that the entire revenue should be spent on us and we don’t mind if we have to feed the entire country but Karachi city, which is the financial hub of Pakistan, deserves to be treated accordingly.” Diplomats from US, Russia, Japan, Germany, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) attended the reception whereas MNA Dr Farooq Sattar, MQM’s parliamentary leader in National Assembly, Rasheed Godil, PPP central leader and former minister Syed Owais Muzaffar along with provincial ministers Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, Adil Siddiqui, Waqar Mehdi and Rashid Rabbani were also present on the occasion. Vice Chairmen BMG, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar A Malik, Vice President Muhammad Idrees and KCCI managing committee members were also present at the ceremony to give a warm welcome to the dignitaries. Welcoming the dignitaries, Siraj Kassam Teli pointed out KCCI had been hosting this event every year with a view to not only promote trade and businesses ties with various countries but also to acknowledge the untiring efforts and relentless support being extended by Karachi-based diplomats to KCCI since 2004 when Karachi Chamber started My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony exhibition.

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defence residents laud shc decision KARACHI Press release

Residents of Defence and Clifton lauded the decision announced by the Sindh high Court in favour of DhA Karachi against the flyover and underpass project near Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine. The decision of the court will protect the environment from pollution and would keep the area environmental friendly. Unfortunately, the citizens of Karachi are being misguided by the negative propaganda by different sources, which is a clear violation of court’s order. Some prominent personalities are also indulged in misguiding by negative reports which would be considered as interference in the court’s order. The legal formalities were not completed before starting the project and it was started with collude which credit goes to only specified peoples. The residents of the area appeal to the concerned municipal authorities to covert the affected area into its real shape to fulfil their responsibilities. The residents of Defence and Clifton including hindu community who were continuously launching campaigns against the project are happy on the decision given by the honorable court.

2 MQM workers shot dead in Orangi Town KARACHI: An activist and a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were killed in a drive-by shooting incident in Orangi Town area on Saturday. According to media reports, two unknown motorcyclists opened fire on a car killing two passengers on the spot near Islam Chowk, Orangi Town. Police and rescue reached the spot and the dead bodies were shifted to a nearby Qatar Hospital. The deceased were identified as Noman Shah, MQM worker, and Choudhry Idrees Advocate, a party supporter. Member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s Rabita Committee Saif Yar Khan

confirmed that both the men belonged to the MQM. The worker, identified as Noman Shah, was shot six times while the lawyer, identified as Mohammad Idris, was shot four times. Khan also appealed the chief minister and the governor of Sindh to take immediate notice of the attack and said that members of the MQM were being targeted continuously. The MQM was being pushed against the wall, he further said. Two days ago, four MQM workers were allegedly killed extra-judicially by law enforcing agencies which sparked strong protest from the party and a provincewide strike on Friday. Online


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DERA GHAZI KHAN: Workers prepare traditional air coolers as they are in high demand in the summer season. Online

Forex reserves will swell to $15b by Sept 30: Dar ISLAMABAD

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INANCe Minister Senator Ishaq Dar Saturday said that Forex reserves had increased to $12 billion and will reach $15 billion by September 30th, 2014. He was talking to prominent UK fund managers including Chief executive Officer (CeO) London Stock exchange, Xavier Rolet, who called on the minister, according to the press statement issued by finance ministry on Saturday. The minister apprised them that country’s macro-economic indicators had shown steady improvement as a result of

stabilization and structural reforms undertaken by the government. He also informed the delegation that the capital market in Pakistan grew by over 40pc since the government had taken over and apprised them that the country was open to business and offered attractive investment opportunities with high returns. The finance minister said that the response of the international investors was overwhelming and the subscription was 14 times of the amount originally intended. He mentioned that with the launch of the euro Bond Pakistan had returned to the international bond market after seven years absence. Pakistan’s recent dollar bond re-

Pakistan receives $ 400m from ADB ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday received US $ 400 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on account of support to the government’s ongoing reforms to tackle the country’s chronic energy crisis. In recognition of government’s commitment to carry out reforms, particularly those in the energy sector, the ADB on April 24, 2014, had approved the loan worth $400 million for Pakistan and an agreement to this effect was signed on April 28th at the finance ministry. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had already indicated that coal power projects would be set up in different parts of the country with the help of soft loan which was virtually a free loan and reflected the trust of the international community in the government’s efforts to improve the economy. According to a statement issued by the finance ministry, the loan was part of an assistance programme which would underwrite reforms needed to make the energy sector affordable, reliable, sustainable and secure. It will accelerate industrial activity needed to boost economic growth and help create jobs, which are keys to reducing poverty levels. ADB is the lead development organization in Pakistan’s energy sector supporting energy efficiency, transmission, distribution, cross-border natural gas pipelines, power generation, and renewable energy projects. The full programme is expected to total $1.2 billion, with future commitments, the statement added. APP

ceived bids totaling $7 billion, reflecting strong demand for Pakistan’s sovereign paper. The finance minister also informed that Pakistan will issue an Islamic bond denominated in dollars for Islamic banking institutions and funds. He informed the group that after initiating home grown economic reforms with successful implementation, Pakistan’s standing in the international markets has improved considerably. While talking about energy crisis, the minister told the delegation that the government was launching various energy projects and taking necessary steps to add around 10,000 megawatt generation to the national grid which would

eliminate the energy shortfall in the next four years. He informed the delegation that the government had already managed to clear circular debt of Rs 500 billion within 45 days from taking oath. He further added that the World Bank has approved two concessionary loans to Pakistan after a period of five years and will provide $1bn for energy and development reforms. He said the government has secured the necessary financing for the construction of Dasu Hydropower Project. Financing of Diamer-Bhasha Dam is in progress and the government has already started acquisition of land from its own resources for this project.

APCNGA, petroleum minister agree to change CNG schedule ISLAMABAD Online

The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have agreed in principle to alter CNG schedule for Punjab to provide relief to the masses. Details would be hammered out in a meeting between APCNGA delegation and MD SSGC scheduled on Tuesday. In a statement issued on Saturday, Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA, said they had informed the government that the summer was not suitable for the provision of CNG from 10 am to 4 pm and that this schedule would become a problem for the masses during holy month of Ramadan. Moreover, the electric load shedding has forced CNG operators to close their outlets for two to three hours daily which has created difficulties for them and

the masses. Ghiyas Paracha added that they had suggested altering the schedule so that CNG filling station could start providing fuel early in the morning or mater at night so that people working at offices, drivers of school vans and people engaged in business of pick and drop could be facilitated. The APCNGA has also proposed different lines for public transport and private vehicles, provision of CNG to public service and privately owned vehicles on different days or contrasting time. Paracha said that the CNG stations would continue to serve masses during power load shedding if operators were allowed to run diesel

generators which would have a little impact on price of fuel but uninterrupted supply would be ensured during specified hours. Such a move by the government would reduce problems by half, he assured, adding that they would not support opening of CNG stations from 6 pm to 10 pm as demand for electricity is at peak during that time while government also wants to conserve energy during this clock time. He said that masses were getting CNG seven days a week since April 01 which had reduced oil import bill and pollution and that the owners of commercial vehicles had benefitted the most.

The Minister also highlighted the opportunities in the telecommunication sector and informed the group about the recent auction of 3G and 4G licences which has fetched over $1.1 billion recently in a transparent manner. Speaking about the privatization agenda of the government, the minister further informed the delegation that financial advisors have already been appointed through due process for the disinvestment of shares of United Bank Limited, OGDCL and PPL through London as well as Pakistan stock exchanges. On the occasion, the UK fund managers appreciated the positive steps taken by the Pakistani government to put the economy back on track.

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial SAN JOSE: Jurors on Friday ordered Samsung to pay just a fraction of the big-money damages sought by Apple in a high-stakes Silicon Valley case over smartphone patents. The jury in federal court in California found that Samsung violated some patents and ruled that the South Korean consumer electronics giant should pay $119.6 million in damages. Jurors also found credence in counterclaims by Samsung and said Apple should pay its rival $158,400 in damages. The outcome is sharply different from a 2012 patent trial in the same court. Unlike the previous case in which Apple was a clear winner, this time Samsung prevailed in many areas. Apple’s legal team had urged jurors to order the South Korean electronics giant to pay more than $2 billion in damages for flagrantly copying iPhone features. Samsung lawyers maintained that the legal onslaught emerged from a “holy war” Apple declared on Google-made Android software used to power smartphones. In August 2012, a separate jury in the same court decided that Samsung should pay Apple $1.049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features, in one of the biggest patent cases in decades. The damage award was later trimmed to $929 million and is being appealed. Friday’s verdict came after three full days of deliberation in a patent trial that began in early April before US District Judge Lucy Koh in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose. APP


10 LEISURE

Sunday, 4 May, 2014

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gemini

You can get a lot done even if your energy levels are low. You may find that you need to motivate yourself with lots of little rewards or just drink enough coffee to shake up a moose.

You need to focus energy outward and then get ready for it to come back to you -- it should be twice as strong as before! It's a good time to ask people for assistance while you're at it.

Your brainpower is a little dimmer today -- but it's still pretty bright compared to the rest of the world! You should find a way to get others to help you with any intellectual tasks.

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virgo

Can you feel your energy replenishing? That's happening behind the scenes, so you may not even realize until it's late and you're still puttering away at whatever project gives you the most pleasure.

You are showing someone new that you're warming up to them -and they should appreciate the gesture immensely. It's a good time for bonding with new folks, but remember your old friends too.

Your family needs someone to help hold it together -- and that someone is you, at least for the time being. Step up and make the connections that can keep everything flowing for another year.

libra

scorpio

sagittarius

Try to help your friends today -they need your energy more than you do! It's a safe bet that you can help them in small ways that add up to something big and wonderful. Go for it!

Push for your latest ambition today -you can get what you want a little more easily. Of course, you need to close your eyes and use the Force a bit, because control is tough on a day like today.

Your emotions are your best guide to what's real and what's not today -- so make sure that you're in touch with how you really feel and can get the freedom to act on that knowledge. It's worth it!

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GaRFIEld

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capricorn

aquarius

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You're finding it easier than usual to deal with issues that may be causing stress -- in fact, you are likely reducing your stress levels dramatically just by tackling items on your todo list.

You're a little overwhelmed, but that stems mostly from distractions and interruptions. Try to get some perspective on the big picture. Focus is all you need to handle everything that's coming.

Your sweetheart is making life even better -- or if you're single, you may get a new interest in someone you know is compatible. Move forward and enjoy the love buzz that blossoms!

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1 piratical adventurer (9) 8 young deer (4) 9 recommended (9) 10 (have a) strong desire (4) 13 hits with an open hand (5) 15 without concealment (6) 16 business magnate (6) 17 bitterly disappointed (slang) (6) 19 each one (6) 20 capital of western australia (5) 21 engrave (4) 24 in most cases (9) 25 piece of work (4) 26 pastoral symphony composer, d. 1827 (9)

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Sunday, 4 May, 2014

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angry Birds 'holds toddlers BaCk': study

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LAyInG games such as Angry Birds on a mobile can make toddlers slower at learning to talk, experts warn. A study found that children under three who used smartphones and tablets scored lower in verbal tests than those who did not. However, 60 per cent of the parents of the children in the study believed that playing on touchscreen devices helped with toddlers’ learning and development. Study author, Dr Ruth Milanaik from the Cohen Children’s Medical Centre of new york, said: 'It was striking to see that parents were substituting books and general baby toys for smart phones. 'Many parents did not seem to bring any other distraction for their children except the touch screen devices.' While 60 per cent of parents in the study said they believed using touch screen devices was beneficial for their children, the results showed that children playing non-educational games such as Angry Birds or Fruit ninja actually scored lower in verbal tests than children who are not exposed to these games. The research, due to be presented at the Paediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver

on Saturday also found 'no significant difference' in testing scores between children who used educational games on touchscreen devices and children who didn't. The survey found that the average age of the child when starting to use a touch-screen device was about 11 months and children used them for about 36 minutes daily. ninety-seven per cent of the families surveyed owned a touch screen device, however only 26 percent of them had any educational apps on their phones or tablets. The centre conducting the research found that smart-phones were the toy most given to toddlers by their parents. Dr Milanaik noted that the American Academy of Paediatrics 2011 guidelines warned against the use of electronic media by children younger than two. However, following the surge in sales of tablets and smart phones in recent years, the organisation now states the devices can have 'pro-social effects', but it does not cover the effect of touch screens devices on children younger than threeyears-old. Dr Milanaik said: 'Technology can never replace a parent's interaction with his or her child. COURTESY DAILY MAIL

FISHERMEN ACCIDENTALLY NET THE SECOND EVER 'PREHISTORIC' SHARK Shrimpers fishing in the Gulf of Mexico accidentally netted a prehistoric looking goblin shark that is the rarest of all sharks ever to be seen by human eyes. The goblin shark nabbed off Key West, Florida which was 18-feet-long, pink, and has a long snout to conceal it pointy teeth from prey is the second ever of its kind to be seen in the Gulf. The goblin shark is known to live in the deep waters of Japan and a Gulf sighting is so rare that its the first in over 10 years. SF Gate reports that the goblin sighting 10-years-ago was so exciting for researchers that a scientific paper was written. The crew of fisherman who made the latest catch had a net 2,000 feet under water and were shocked to find a massive pink shark among the shrimp they catch on a daily basis. The prehistoric looking creature sometimes called the 'living fossil' thrashed on the deck and had teeth so sharp that the fishermen were too afraid

to pull out the tape measure and hold it up to the mysterious creature. 'I didn't even know what it was,' said fisherman Carl Moore to SF Gate. Instead of keeping the shark to do

Wealthy Chinese mother rents entire mountain for daughter

33-year-old Gan Lin, a former teacher, now spends most of her time dreaming up innovative ways of spending her husband’s money. The family lives in China’s Chongqing municipality, where Yin Gan, the daughter, attends fourth grade at a primary school. Gan recently discovered just how little Yin knew about nature, so she decided to solve the problem by throwing some of her excess money at it. She paid a local council to lease a mountain, including a 1.3-hectare farm located there. Gan is believed to be spending about $5,000 a month for her daughter and her friends to enjoy exclusive access to the mountain. “I just think this is the best and easiest way to get my nine-year-old daughter in touch with nature,” she said. She has generously allowed the farmer to stay on the land for free. In return, he needs to spend time teaching the kids to look after the fruit trees and vegetables every day. AGENCIES

research, Moore decided to snap a quick photo of the fish with his cell phone then release it back into the water. Based on photographs researchers guessed that the shark was a

female and at least 18-feet-long. Even though researchers are relieved that the shark has been set free, they are unhappy that they won’t be able to examine the rare specimen. Scientists know so little about the fish that they can't even determine how old or how big it gets. However, scientists do know that deep underwater the color red appears black making the shark appear almost invisible to predators and prey. Shark Blogger and University of Miami marine biologist David Schiffman didn't even believe that finding a goblin shark in the gulf was possible. 'At first I wasn't sure if it was even possible for this to happen, but then when the photos came through, it is undeniably a goblin shark. It's a shark ... that's pink! For Moore, the shark was a catch of a lifetime and he is happy that he threw the animal back in the water. AGENCIES

AN APP THAT LETS YOU WITHDRAW CASH FROM AN ATM WITHOUT A CARD

As part of its ‘Cardless Cash’ initiative, Australia’s Commonwealth Bank has launched the ‘CommBank app’, an app that allows its customers to withdraw cash from its ATMs without a card. To use the service, customers must log in to the app and specify the amount they want to withdraw, and the account they are withdrawing from. They will receive an 8-digit code displayed on the app and a 4-digit code via a text message sent to their phone. At the ATM, they can select the ‘Withdraw Cardless Cash’ option and enter the codes to withdraw their money. They can also nominate a representative to collect the money on their behalf through the app.

‘Cardless Cash’ withdrawals are limited to a maximum amount of AUD$200 daily and one transaction per day. In addition to the app, CommBank has introduced a ‘Lock and Limit’ feature that lets customers lock specific transaction types, set limits for transactions and unlock them whenever needed. It has also unveiled the ‘CommBank Small Business’ app that caters to customers who run small businesses; the app will help with payments and cash flow management. The ‘CommBank app’ and ‘Limit and Lock’ feature will be available for iOS and Android devices in May 2014, while the ‘CommBank Small Business’ app will be launched in June 2014. AGENCIES

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BaBy Boy saved By a CoW heart A baby boy born with two life-threatening holes in his heart has just celebrated his first birthday - thanks to a cow heart. Ruben Weber-Jackson, from Beverley, Yorkshire, was suffering from restricted breathing because of the holes. Now, during two major operations, they have been repaired - using tissue from a cow's heart - and he can breathe normally. When Ruben was born last year, his parents thought he was a happy and healthy baby. His mother Petra, 29, said: 'He was pink and everything seemed perfect, really. But in hindsight, there were probably a few little signs, but nothing significant that made us think there was a real problem. 'I remember saying he was such an easy baby who sleeps a lot and was very calm. He also had swollen eyes and there is one photo we took where his lips looked slightly purple.' But when he was two weeks and two days old, she noticed his breathing was unusual. She said: 'I just had a niggling feeling something wasn't right. He was breathing funny but I thought I was just being a paranoid parent. But it got worse and I took him to the GP, who sent us to Hull Royal Infirmary.' Hospital scans showed Ruben had two holes in his heart and a narrowing of the aorta. It meant his circulation was severely compromised which explained his unusual breathing and purple lips - and he was rushed in for dangerous open-heart surgery. It was during the second operation where the doctors used tissue from a cow's heart, which has saved his life. The procedure, known as a bovine pericardial patch, has saved Ruben's life and allowed him to live to see his first birthday. His mother said: 'There isn't a day that goes by where I don't think about how different our lives could be now -how very close we came to losing him. 'In some ways, I think he subconsciously knows - he is such a happy baby and he seems to want to make the most out of life.' 'Throughout everything, people kept saying to me "I couldn't be as strong as you are". But the truth is, you don't know how strong you can be until you've not got a choice.' AGENCIES


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Sunday, 4 May, 2014

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CLOONEY BUYS $750,000 ENGAGEMENT RING FOR ALAMUDDIN Actor George Clooney has splurged on an engagement ring for his soon-to-be wife Amal Alamuddin's the seven-carat diamond is reportedly worth $750,000. Jeweler Jean Dousett estimates the emerald-cut diamond, which is set in platinum, to cost around $750,000. It seems Clooney spared no expense when he finally found the one. AGENCIES

BAZ LUHRMANN KEEN TO ROPE IN LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOR ELVIS' BIOPIC Baz Luhrmann is said to be in negotiations to direct the Elvis Presley's biopic project and wants Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the film. An industry source said the 51year-old Australian director, who has films like 'Moulin Rouge', 'Romeo And Juliet' and 'The Great Gatsby' to his credits, has been in talks for several weeks and is expected to close the deal soon. Luhrmann wants the 39-year-old star to play the legendary singer and it is believed that his Oscar winner Catherine Martin, would do the costume designing and possibly production designing as well, added the insider. AGENCIES

VEENA MALIK GETS ‘HEROINE’S’WELCOME AT IN-LAWS VILLAGE KOHAT

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he stunning entertainer, Veena Malik, who now also enjoys the International human Rights Commission Goodwill Ambassadorship, was given a “heroine’s” welcome when she finally reached her husband’s ancestral village to meet her in-laws. As soon as she set foot in Shakar Dara village near Kohat, a reception party danced to the traditional Pushtoon tunes to greet their famous 'Bhabhi'. On her arrival, the overjoyed actress said, "I have never imagined that I will come to such a remote area of Pakistan where I will have a home of my own." earlier this week, she was appointed IhRC’s Goodwill Ambassador. Commenting on the honour

bestowed upon her by the IhRC, Veena said she looked at it as an opportunity to safeguard the human rights in Pakistan as well as across the world. Veena added that she had seen her life changing in so many ways over those past years but it changed for the best after her marriage. “The change I am happiest about was my getting hitched with Assad Bashir Khattak”, she said. Veena and her husband, who is a Dubai-based businessman, arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday. “I’m so excited being back to Pakistan after three years. As absence makes the heart grow fonder so being away from home for so long has only multiplied my love for it,” said Veena Malik, who tied the nuptial knot last year in Dubai. Talking to the press at Islamabad airport, she expressed she'd prefer to work in

Pakistan despite steady offers from India. About her husband's future plans, the actress revealed that he wanted to dedicate all his energies for the social welfare in Pakistan. To a question, Veena said she was looking forward to a positive cooperation with Lollywood. “Veena is free to continue with her showbiz work. I will support her for the sake of our film industry, which is down in the dumps for so very many years,” he said to a question.

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED AGAINST

JAWAD AHMED

DEEPIKA, RANVEER, SANJAY

ENTERS POLITICS WITH HIS OWN POLITICAL PARTY ‘BARABARI’

BEN AFFLECK BANNED FOR COUNTING CARDS Ben Affleck has reportedly been banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino. The 'Argo' director and star was approached by security at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after they spotted the Oscarwinning actor counting cards - a gambling strategy, which involves counting card values to decrease betting risk - during a major game on Tuesday. A source said that the 41-yearold star, who was enjoying a romantic trip with his wife, Jennifer Garner, before he starts shooting 'Man of Steel,' was deemed to be an ''advantaged player'' and then banned from playing the game in the hotel again. Despite the incident, which is frowned upon but isn't illegal, Ben is still welcome to play other games at the casino. Another source said, ''Security said, 'You are too good at the game,' The hotel was really nice about it and told him he could play other games. AGENCIES

A court in Muzaffarpur on Friday issued arrest warrants against Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actors Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh in connection with a case alleging that a few scenes in the movie hurt the religious sentiments of hindus. Warrants were also issued against another producer, Kishore Lulla, as well as the musicians and lyricists of the movie. Issuing the arrest warrants, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) S P Singh directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to arrest the persons concerned and produce them at his court on June 4.

These warrants were issued based on a complaint case under various sections of the IPC filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in November last year alleging the movie hurt religious sentiments of hindus. The Madhya Pradesh high Court had stopped the release of the movie till November 22, 2013 but it was released here on November 12 itself. The CJM took cognisance of the case on February 14 this year and summoned the actors and the director, who did not turn up following which today the warrants were issued. AGENCIES

TRAILER OF FILM ‘MAIN MANTO’ IS SCREENED TO LIMITED AUDIENCE ‘Main Manto’ is a much anticipated film based on the life of famous literary figure and short story writer Saadat hassan Manto. The movie is directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat who is also playing the lead role of Manto, Saba Qamar and Mahira Khan are the other cast members, thats it, lately nothing has been noticed with regards to this film in print, electronic or social media. however at a recently concluded Islamabad Literary Festival, the extended trailer of this film is presented to audience. As per reports, ‘Sharp cinematography and stellar performances really had many counting on the flick to add substantially to the clichéd ‘revival of cinema’ in Pakistan. Apparently, the film had struck quite some chords’. The trailer was praised by audience as well as participants including Faryal Gauhar and Sahira Kazmi. As per same report, the film is lined up to release in July 2014. In between the lines the re-

port also mentions bold subject of this film by saying ‘Main Manto comes out in July this year, hopefully not to a burnt or vandalised cinema’. “But perhaps the best part of this cinematic fervour was the extended trailer of Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming ‘Manto-opus’ called Main Manto. Sharp cinematography and stellar performances really had many counting on the flick to add substantially to the clichéd ‘revival of cinema’ in Pakistan. Apparently, the film had struck quite some chords. Feryal Gauhar stood up at the end of the trailer and said, “Manto tou zinda hai, per main marr gayi thi kya? Mujhe kyun nahen liya iss mein?!” Sahira Kazmi went to Khoosat to congratulate him, and insisted that she be shown the film as soon as possible. Main Manto comes out in July this year, hopefully not to a burnt or vandalised cinema. AGENCIES

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Pakistani singer Jawad Ahmed has announced to enter politics with his own party ‘Barabari’. While addressing an event on the occasion of International Labour Day, Jawad said that labourers are the backbone of Pakistan and he would fight for their rights. he further said that he has established a political party called ‘Barabari’ which will help labourers, students, engineers to rule Pakistan. Jawad Ahmed has not come up with any music album in last couple of years. In fact, he has been away from the music industry for quite a long time. Another popular singer Abrarul haq has also entered politics few years ago in Pakistan. AGENCIES


SPORTS 13

Sunday, 4 May, 2014

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ACK on home turf at Wankhede Stadium, the venue of their unbeaten run the previous year, Mumbai Indians' batsmen held their nerve at the death to give their franchise their first victory of the season in six attempts. Mumbai Indians needed 41 off the last three overs but Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare catapulted their side home with five deliveries to spare and ended Kings XI Punjab's victorious five-game run. The home side lost their openers cheaply before thirties from CM Gautam, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson revived them. The asking-rate climbed again after Rohit and Anderson departed in the 16th and 17th overs, but Pollard and Tare were around to ensure Mumbai Indians were not letting it slip away. It was Tare who wrested back momentum for Mumbai Indians when he lofted L Balaji for four over extra cover and pulled him over deep midwicket for six in the 18th over, which went for 16. Kings XI had Mitchell Johnson for the 19th, and Pollard has often been found wanting against quality pace from the likes of Dale Steyn. But the allrounder never let Johnson get on top, lifting the first ball of the over, a full delivery, for six over long-on. Johnson followed up with a wide down the leg side. Pollard ran twos off the next two deliveries before inside-edging a yorker for four. A pull to deep square leg for four more and a single to keep strike made it 20 off the over. Pollard completed formalities by launching Sandeep Sharma's first ball of the final over for six over long-off. He ended on 28 off 12 while Tare was unbeaten on 16 from 6. Gautam and Rohit had come together at 23 for 2 after the openers departed to Sandeep's swing and added 47 in 41 before Gautam fell to Rishi Dhawan. Rohit

KINGS XI PuNjAb INNINGS CA Pujara c †Gautam b Anderson ....................................19 V Sehwag run out (Sharma) ...............................................1 WP Saha† not out ................................................................59 Gj Maxwell c dunk b Harbhajan Singh ............................45 Gj bailey* c Anderson b Harbhajan Singh ......................15 dA Miller c dunk b Malinga .................................................16 MG johnson not out .............................................................0 EXtrAS: (b 1, lb 6, w 5, nb 1) ..............................................13 totAl: (5 wickets; 20 overs) ..............................................168 dId Not bAt: r dhawan, Ar Patel, l balaji, Sandeep Sharma FAll oF WICKEtS: 1-13 (Sehwag, 2.1 ov), 2-24 (Pujara, 3.3 ov), 3-93 (Maxwell, 11.5 ov), 4-130 (bailey, 15.5 ov), 5-165 (Miller, 19.3 ov) boWlING Z Khan 3.3-0-28-0, jj bumrah 4-0-25-0, Cj Anderson 2-017-1, Sl Malinga 4-0-25-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-34-2, KA Pollard 2.3-0-32-0 MuMbAI INNINGS br dunk c †Saha b Sandeep Sharma ...............................5 CM Gautam† lbw b dhawan ...............................................33 At rayudu lbw b Sandeep Sharma ...................................8 rG Sharma* c †Saha b balaji ............................................39 Cj Anderson c Miller b dhawan .........................................35 KA Pollard not out ................................................................28 AP tare not out .....................................................................16 EXtrAS: (lb 3, w 3) ..............................................................6 totAl: (5 wickets; 19.1 overs) .............................................170 dId Not bAt: Harbhajan Singh, jj bumrah, Z Khan, Sl Malinga FAll oF WICKEtS: 1-6 (dunk, 0.5 ov), 2-23 (rayudu, 2.5 ov), 3-70 (Gautam, 9.4 ov), 4-123 (Sharma, 15.3 ov), 5-126 (Anderson, 16.4 ov) boWlING Sandeep Sharma 3.1-0-29-2, l balaji 4-0-38-1, MG johnson 4-0-37-0, Ar Patel 4-0-40-0, r dhawan 4-0-23-2 MAtCH dEtAIlS toSS: Punjab t20, who chose to bat PoINtS: Mumbai t20 2, Punjab t20 0 PlAyEr oF tHE MAtCH: Cj Anderson (Mumbai t20) uMPIrES: bNj oxenford (Australia) and C Shamshuddin tV uMPIrE: rM deshpande MAtCH rEFErEE: rS Madugalle (Sri lanka) rESErVE uMPIrE: r Pandit

and Anderson took a six each off Dhawan's next over but the real push Mumbai Indians needed came in the 13th over bowled by Akshar Patel. Anderson slogged the left-arm spinner for four consecutive boundaries, and the 20-run over brought down the asking-rate to eightand-a-half from ten. Kings XI fought back as Balaji, Johnson and Dhawan put in four tight overs,

which earned the wickets of Rohit and Anderson. The rate shot up to nearly 14 after Dhawan completed his spell in the 17th, but Mumbai Indians had more ammunition in the form of Pollard and Tare. They also had Lasith Malinga, who gave away just eight runs combined in the 18th and 20th overs of the Kings XI innings. It meant that despite taking 20 off the penultimate over - bowled jointly by

Zaheer Khan and Pollard after the leftarmer left the field midway clutching his shoulder - Kings XI were not able to have the big finish they needed. Their innings went similarly as Mumbai Indians' was to, barring that final surge. The openers could not do much before Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha rebuilt. Even as Saha struggled to rotate the strike, Maxwell kept hitting

fours and sixes with ease. He had motored to 45 off 26 before he mishit Harbhajan Singh to long-on. George Bailey's move to promote himself ahead of David Miller did not work. Saha took over now, moving from 12 off 23 to 59 off 47, sweeping and pulling Pollard for three fours in the 14th over. His acceleration wasn't enough in the end.

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BCB on look-out for new CoaCh SPORTS DESK With Shane Jurgensen set to leave as Bangladesh coach after the proposed ODI series against India in June, the BCB is on the look-out for his replacement, board president Nazmul Hassan has said. "If anyone wants to leave then there is no reason to keep him as he won't be able to give his 100%," Hassan said. "Shane [Jurgensen] is staying until the India series and in the meantime, possibly by next week, we will hold a board meeting. We will take a decision on whether we will try to stick with him or look for an alternative. But surely, we are looking for a new coach." Hassan had opened the debate by saying he "foresaw many changes" after Bangladesh went down to Hong Kong in the first round and lost all their matches in the Super 10s of the World T20. While he did not specify at the time which areas had been marked for change, he has now said the statement was meant for the team and the management. The BCB chief, however, believes that statements made by a few board directors could have influenced Jurgensen to resign. "I had said earlier that there will be a major reshuffle after the World T20, and that includes the team management, for the betterment of the team and everyone is aware of it," Hassan said. "Firstly, the performance of the team was bad, which might have prompted him to resign. On the other hand, he could feel insecure after some comments from our directors. So, he might have felt that it was better for him to leave with some dignity." Hassan also said that the BCB had not given any clear message to Jurgensen about the latter's job being under threat. He did not rule out appointing a Bangladeshi coach, but said that would happen only if the board did not find a foreigner to take the job.

With campaigns that coughed and spluttered about in the UAE, both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will have one big target from Sunday's game: a momentum-granting win. Both teams are in the bottom half of the points table with similar figures of two wins in five games, although Royal Challengers are ahead on better net run rate. At this point, Royal Challengers are also the team with more concerns when compared to Sunrisers. The headliners in their batting line-up have not fired as expected and their last two innings - where they were restricted to 70 and 124 - did not allow a competent bowling attack much room. Royal Challengers also have the problem of their overseas options not firing, with Chris Gayle admittedly not yet 100% and Albie Morkel's lack of impact with the bat and ball. Unless he's injured, Ravi Rampaul may be a better pick in place of Morkel and given the batting-friendly tracks in

India, it may not be a bad idea to give the talented Vijay Zol a chance. David Warner's sprightly 65 aside, one of the biggest gains for Sunrisers in their win against Mumbai Indians was the innings played by KL Rahul. One of the highest run-getters in the Ranji season, his growing ease in the IPL allows Sunrisers the comfort of an anchor. The form of their captain Shikhar Dhawan and their frontline bowler, Amit Mishra, remains a worry for the side. Shikhar Dhawan has gone 13 innings without a fifty-plus score in T20s, his last one coming in the Champions League T20 in September last year. There have been a couple of 30s in this IPL, but against one of the most powerful batting sides in the IPL, he needs to make runs upfront to boost Sunrisers chances of overhauling the hosts. A stat of 73 runs off 76 balls faced in five games is hardly something you'd associate with AB de Villiers in the IPL. Chris Lynn's spectacular catch aside, his dismissals against Royals and Kings XI Punjab have come through bad shots and

Royal Challengers will be hoping a change of form ensues a change of scene. Royal Challengers Bangalore are third on the list of teams with most 100+ partnerships with 13 stands. Only Chennai Super Kings (17) and Kings XI Punjab (15) are ahead of them.

WHICH WAY PAKISTAN HOCKEY IS GOING? KARACHI AGENCIES

The participation of the junior hockey team and the senior team in the Youth Olympic Games and the Asian Games, respectively, is in jeopardy as the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has yet to file the requisite documents. The PHF officials, who were supposed to send the names and complete documentation to Arif Hassan’s Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), have only sent the documents of 15 of the 25 members of the senior team, while even the names of the junior squad have not been filed. The 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place from August 16 to August 28 and the 2014 Asian Games will be

held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4. Meanwhile, according to Hassan, the deadline for entry in both the games was April 30. Hassan is trying his best to get the national teams to compete in the events. “As the vice president of South Asia in the Olympic Council of Asia, I will request the respective event organisers to extend the date of application,” he said. “It is the only chance for the teams to participate in the events. I am not aware when the PHF decides to send the documents. They have not contacted me till now.” Meanwhile, PHF Secretary General Rana Mujahid said that he has asked the new players to bring their documents at the camp starting from May 5. The federation will then send complete documents to the POA by May 8.

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Despite being the leading wickettaker for Sunrisers, Amit Mishra has had two of his worst bowling performances for the side in this IPL - against Mumbai, he conceded 54 without a wicket, while he gave away 56 runs for 2 wickets against Kings XI.

MOHSIN APPLIES FOR PAK'S HEAD COACH POSITION

Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket team coach Mohsin Hasan Khan has reportedly applied to be the head coach of the team. According to a private newspaper, Mohsin confirmed that he had submitted written application for the head coach post. Mohsin said that he has been successful in beating the top teams and if given a chance, he will not let down the team. He added that players are not to be blamed for ordinary results because it is the duty of the coaching staff to get best out of them. He also suggested PCB to hire International fielding coach from Australia, South Africa or New Zealand, as they are best known for their fielding expertise. AGENCIES


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We Will learn from Pain: adkins SPORTS DESK Reading manager Nigel Adkins has vowed that his team will bounce back next season after the last-gasp disappointment of missing out on the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. Although Reading lay in sixth place at the start of the day, Brighton overtook them by winning 2-1 away to Nottingham Forest, meaning the Royals' 2-2 draw at home to promoted Burnley was not enough to keep them in the play-off places. However, Adkins feels his side will learn the lessons from their heartache. "It's important you feel the pain and the hurt because that's what makes you work even harder," he said. "You need to have a negative experience to make you stronger. "We can't change anything now, we've given it a good go, and the future is still very bright at this club. We'll take a couple of days to chill out and then reflect on it. "This was effectively a play-off game and we started brightly. We changed shape in the second half and got a good stranglehold on the game. "We were well aware what was happening at Nottingham. There were a lot of oohs and aahs going on. We were going for everything. We couldn't have done much more." Needing to win against Burnley to definitely rubberstamp their place in the play-offs, Reading were rewarded in the 16th minute when they went ahead, albeit it with a large slice of good fortune. Jobi McAnuff broke clear, after being released by a pass from Adam Le Fondre, and his low cross to the near post was turned into his own net by Kieran Trippier. But Burnley, with only five defeats this season, were quick to respond, scoring twice in the space of eight minutes to take a 2-1 half-time lead. Scott Arfield grabbed the leveller in the 20th minute and, with the Reading rearguard still in disarray, Burnley forged ahead when Danny Ings thundered in his 26th goal of the season from close range. Ings was denied another soon after by a fine save from home keeper Alex McCarthy, but Reading grew steadily more dominant in the second half and equalised through a stunnign volley from Garath McCleary. Try as they did, though, Reading could not add to it and were left at the mercy of Brighton's late winner at the City Ground. Burnley captain Jason Shackell hacked a goalbound shot from Pavel Pogrebnyak off the goal-line and keeper Tom Heaton made fine saves from McCleary, Alex Pearce and Sean Morrison as Reading's luck finally ran out. "That was just about a fair result," Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. "Reading obviously had to go for it but we defended very well. After the own goal, I thought that we were good value. "I was very happy with the team and individual performances. There were so many good things today, good habits and good displays. I'm proud of all the players and all the staff. "We had to focus on just ourselves. That's the marvel of the last day of the season, with all its twists and turns. But Reading will come back. They're a good club."

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AKISTAN has had a proud history of producing fast bowling all-rounders. It is therefore a matter of grave concern to the management and fans alike, that the current allrounder slot in the team has no established player. Ever since the decline in form and eventual omission of Abdul Razzaq, the team has struggled to find a suitable international replacement for this all-important role in modern day cricket. Whilst the all-rounder may not be the crucial cog in the wheel for the Test format, the shorter formats of the game demand as many world-class all-rounders as a team can possibly afford to employ and this is something which Pakistan has dearly missed in its recent appearances in ICC tournaments. Amongst the names mentioned quite often as inheritors of the crown previously worn by the likes of former great Imran Khan as well as Abdul Razzaq and to an extent even Wasim Akram, recent records suggest that Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali are as close as Pakistan will get to filling the slot. However, another name which seems to hover on the fringes is that of the 23 year old Hammad Azam. Hailing from Attock in Punjab province Azam, widely regarded as one of the most promising talents that Pakistan has in its armoury, has already played eight One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for his country. He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against West Indies in 2011 and last played for Pakistan

against Bangladesh in the 2011-12 Asia Cup. In T20Is, he made his debut against England in Dubai in 2012 and last played in this format against the West Indies in Kingstown (2013). Away from International commitments, Azam has also led Pakistan Under-23 to the finals of the Emerging Teams Cup in 2013, where his team lost to India. Whilst his record in both formats of the game in the international arena has shown steady progress, the lack of eye-catching performances may well have contributed to his exclusion from international squads in the recent past. This is a fact that Azam recognizes and he opined to PakPassion.net, “At the moment my sole focus is to concentrate on my cricket and to perform to the best of my abilities. I am trying very hard to make my way back into the Pakistan international side.” The SuperStarsT20 tournament is considered as one of the region’s toptier tournaments with 16 clubs from the UAE taking part. The tournament commenced on 19th April and is being played in a round robin format with four groups comprising of four teams each. After the round-robin matches the knock out stage will be hosted with the qualified teams from the round robin format competing in quarter finals and semi-finals. The tournament comes to an end with the final game being played on 16th of May. Azam, alongside fellow Pakistani Fawad Alam, is making an appearance in this tournament for the Yas Sports Rawalpindi Royals Club, where he made an immediate impression in his first game with his side’s Super Over victory over the Colombo Lions. Azam

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia is already plotting revenge on Derby County as they prepare to face the Rams in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. Oscar Garcia's, right, Brighton have lost twice to play-off opponents Derby this season. Leonardo Ulloa's injury time goal propelled the Seagulls to a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest - and into the top six on a day of high drama at the City Ground. Brighton will now face Derby in the first leg of the semi-final on Thursday,

Pakistan and also mentioned the help of former Pakistan fast bowler and current UAE coach, Aaqib Javed, in his attaining this goal, “I am obviously pleased with my performance last night and am focusing on my batting. I feel that I am in good form at the moment and I am working hard on my bowling as well and trying to take wickets rather than just containing batsmen. I am also thankful to Aaqib Javed for his help.

PAKISTAN CRICKET CAN FOLLOW SQUASH’S LEAD: NAWAB Squash becomes first sport to lift ban on overseas players competing in Pakistan Dubai AGENCIES

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) became the first global sports body to lift a ban on international players competing in Pakistan last month. The decision came five years after the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, which prompted the sanction. Syed Razi Nawab, the senior vice-president of the Pakistan Squash Federation, hopes the breakthrough will pave the way for more sports to return to the country. He also believes that the lifting of the ban will see Pakistan regain its status as a squash playing superpower. Before the inception of the World Open in 1976, the British Open served as a de facto world championship. Pakistan won 13 of them in a row from 1951 to 1963, thanks to Hashim Khan (7), Azam Khan (3), Roshan Khan (1) and Mo Khan (1) with another in 1975 from Qamar Zaman. Jahangir Khan then won six World Open titles from 1981 to 1988 before Jansher Khan won eight titles between 1987 and 1996. As a result, Pakistan is the most successful squash playing nation of alltime with 28 world titles. The Green Shirts haven’t won a title in 18 years, but with the recent lifting of the ban, Nawab told

Gulf News that glory could return. Following are the excerpts of an exclusive interview: Syed Razi Nawab: We couldn’t invite overseas seniors for tournaments, but we could invite veterans. So, we hosted the Asian Masters in 2012. This broke the ice and restored confidence. We also hosted six former world champions on the sidelines of the event, which conveyed the message that Pakistan is a safe, sports loving country that knows how to take care of its guests. Pakistan getting representation back in the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) with my election as senior vice-president in 2013 also allowed us to squeeze back into decision making circles. We hosted an Asian junior event with nine Asian countries later that year and invited officials to see for themselves. How was the ban affecting Pakistan Squash? At 11 per cent, Pakistan has one of the highest number of registered squash players with the PSA, but we only host two per cent of tournaments. Players had to travel abroad for tournaments but often have difficulty with obtaining visas. The talents of a whole generation of squash players were being wasted through no fault of their own. Also, due to the international player ban we were being allocated weaker prize-fund and point-value tournaments, because the PSA didn’t want Pakistan players to have an unfair

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stamped his seal of authority on the game with 31 off 31 balls and then followed it up with 2 wickets in four overs. With the 20-over game ending in a tie, it was left to Azam to see his team to victory, as he was chosen to bat and bowl in the decisive Super Over. Clearly overjoyed with his experience so far, Azam agreed that performances like the one in his first game here was what he needs to make his presence known to the selectors in

looking to secure their place at Wembley. And Garcia says they will have extra motivation - having lost twice to Derby already this season. "They have beaten us twice this season. But we will be ready this time, we will be prepared and we will look to beat them this time around," said the Brighton head coach, who credited his players for their never say die attitude. "We knew that our players would never give up; that they would fight until the end and we got the goal we deserved. "It is a special time to score, in injury

time, but I was happy for the players and for the fans, because they deserved this. "The players never gave up, which makes me so happy. Craig Mackail-Smith had been out injured for a long time, so it was great to see him involved in the goal, when he crossed for Ulloa. "It is impossible to get into the playoffs if you are not a team, but we were a team on the pitch." Garcia said that he had not kept track of Reading's progress against Burnley with their draw allowing Brighton to move above them.

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advantage in the rankings, progressing only by virtue of their being no visiting competition. We could only host four US$10,000 tournaments a year, but in our prime we had been holding three US$150,000 events a month. With bigger tournaments, will Pakistan’s players get back up the rankings? With the lifting of this international ban and the return of bigger prize-money and point-value tournaments, I expect Pakistan to break into the Top 20 by the end of the year. We already have Nasir Iqbal who is currently ranked World No.42. This is a realistic prediction. It’s not realistic to believe we will come back and be world champions, yet. We have to regain and retain our lost position and get back to the top, but this will take time. We have seen the zenith and have come down but an ascent is there. When will international players compete in Pakistan and will they be safe? We will host a US$25,000 tournament open to international players in Islamabad from October 18. This is just the first step, as we are expecting bigger tournaments in the future. However, in order to do that we must prove we can put on a safe, conducive and comfortable event in October. It will be safe. I’m making this claim with heavy pressure on myself. We’ve done it with veterans and juniors during the ban so I see no reason why we can’t do it again.


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SPORTS DESK ANAGER Steve McClaren is taking nothing for granted as Derby prepare to meet Brighton in the Sky Bet Championship semi-final play-offs.

The former England coach saw his side battle for a point from a 1-1 draw at Leeds and declared: "The season begins for us now. We have done nothing yet. We've got a ticket for the lottery and we hope it is the lucky one. " McClaren made six changes but Simon Dawkins took just six minutes to shoot the Rams ahead. Matt Smith equalised from Ross McCormack's assist five minutes into the second half, but McClaren said: "We wanted to turn in a performance and be hard to beat and we did that. "They gave us a hard test but we showed tremendous attitude." McClaren confirmed that all his players had come through without injury and added: "The games against Brighton are like two cup ties. "Over the last few weeks we have cemented our place in the play-offs and our level of performance hasn't dropped, but we are taking nothing for granted. "Brighton will be buzzing after defeating Nottingham Forest and qualifying for the play-offs so we will take that into account. "When I took the job I would have said you were mad if you had told me we would finish where we are, but the players have been magnificent, adding consistency to their game." Leeds concluded a disappointing campaign with 10 points out of 15 since the club's ownership was sorted out to finish 15th in the table. Manager

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navarro FINALLY WINS WTA TITLE IN PORTUGAL Brian McDermott said: "Since things have settled down our record equates to 92 points over a season. "We played some really good stuff against Derby who are the team to beat in the play-offs. "There are a lot of reasons for where we finished and they are not excuses. We are not where we want to be yet. We just need a stable environment and with the new ownership situation these are exciting times for Leeds United." McDermott's future as Leeds manager remains to be confirmed but he is upbeat and said: "I have to talk to the owner and take things from there. "I am itching to start planning and preparing for next

season. It drivesy ou on when you see nearly 30,000 supporters in the ground. They don't give up and the Leeds United manager won't give up." After their poor start, Leeds had two penalty claims rejected. Michael Tonge argued that Richard Keogh handled his 20 yard shot as the interval approached and Smith claimed he was impeded as he ran through the penalty box two minutes after scoring. Derby defended manfully at times against the threat of Smith and McCormack - a quality that should stand them in good stead as they reach out for promotion.

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka believes his side will be challenging for promotion to the Premier League next season after an emphatic 4-1 win at relegated Yeovil. Three goals in 15 firsthalf minutes for the north east outfit ensured Boro secured a top-half finish in the Sky Bet Championship and ended the season on a good run of form. On-loan strikers Danny Graham and Lee Tomlin were both on target while Emmanuel Ledesma notched a brace. Karanka said: "I'm very pleased because I said before the game that it's not the same to finish the season winning or finishing the season losing, so I'm happy with my team. "We have finished winning six out of the last eight games and I'm now thinking about next season. "I think today wasn't a real test because it was difficult for Yeovil to play because they were relegated last week and playing at home. But for us it was good as players like Danny [Graham], Tommo [Lee Tomlin] and Manu [Emmanuel Ledesma] finishing the season scoring goals. "The most important thing for me is the team and the team is built. All the players showed me this season they are a good team and are very professional, and with these players and one or two more we can do better next season. "I'm happy because the most important thing is how happy our supporters are. I came here five months ago and they have always been supporting us and helping us. If the people are happy it's because our work is good." Yeovil Town will return to League One next season after a one-year stay in the Championship. Manager Gary Johnson was forced to sit in the stands after being hit with a one-match touchline ban during his side's defeat at Charlton last month.

Carla Suarez Navarro won the first WTA title of her career as she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 3-6 6-4 in Oeiras. Despite being the top seed and one of the most consistent players on the WTA Tour, Navarro had never previously won a WTA title – losing in her previous five finals – including at this venue last year. Despite winning the first set 6-3 against experienced Russian Kuznetsova, Navarro looked set for more disappointment when she fell 6-3 in the second and then found herself 4-1 down in the third. However, she then managed to rally and win five games in a row to take the victory.

TOP SEED FOGNINI TO MEET QUALIFIER KLIZAN IN MUNICH FINAL SPORTS DESK Top seed Fabio Fognini brought German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff crashing down to earth with a 6-3 6-1 victory on Saturday that sent him through to the Munich Open final where he will meet another qualifier in Martin Klizan. Slovak Klizan outclassed defending champion Tommy Haas, back from a six-week injury break, in straight sets to keep his sensational run alive. Clay court specialist Fognini, the world number 15, gave Struff no chance on a cool spring day in Munich. "I did exactly what I had to do," the Italian, chasing his second title of the year, told reporters. "I did exactly what my coach told me. I do not know if it is Struff's first semi-final but he did it well here this week." Klizan, ranked 111, was equally dominant against Haas in his 6-3 6-2 win, booking his second career final after beating Fognini in the St Petersburg decider in 2012. He had also beaten seeds Mikhail Youzhny and Denis Istomin in earlier rounds. "That was a very bitter day for me," said the 36-year-old Haas, with his shoulder injury flaring up again and slowing down his serve considerably. "I am very disappointed because I had played good tennis in the previous days."

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Second day of Chief of Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup ended with the 2nd round of amateurs’ category. On the second day of Golf Cup, three categories participated including 2nd round of amateur, 1st round of seniors and ladies. The second day of the event began with the ladies match followed by seniors and amateur categories. In ladies match, 10 lady golfers participated from across the country. In the second round of amateur category, Tariq Mehmood from the Margalla Greens Golf Club is leading by scoring Gross 147 whereas Nosher Khan from the PAF Golf Club is a way ahead by scoring Net 135. In seniors’ net category first round, Afsar Malik from the Telenor Golf Club is leading by scoring net 70 whereas in gross category Lt Col (R) Shahid Hussain from the Rawalpindi Golf Club is a way ahead by scoring Gross 78. In ladies match, Parkha Ijaz from the MGGC is winner of net category by scoring Net 71 whereas Mrs Saima from the MGGC is winner of Gross category by scoring Gross 94.

FERGUSON UNDECIDED OVER FUTURE SPORTS DESK Blackpool caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson has yet to decide where his future lies after seeing his side secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship for another season despite a 3-0 defeat to Charlton on the final day. The Tangerines began the day 19th in the table but finished the campaign two points above the drop zone as Doncaster lost and Birmingham failed to win. Callum Harriott was the tormentor in chief for the Addicks, the 20-yearold winger bagging a second-half hattrick to secure a third win in four for Jose Riga's side. Ferguson's side, meanwhile, survive thanks to the four points they claimed from their two previous games and the caretaker-boss, who took over when Paul Ince was sacked in January, kept his cards close to his chest regarding his future at Bloomfield Road."I'm getting

an operation soon on my ankle and I don't know whether I am going to play on," said Ferguson. "It probably won't be at Blackpool if I'm going to play on, but I'll make that decision mid-June. "There's no meetings planned with the chairman. We just wanted to get through the game, get to

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the end of the season and keep Blackpool in the Championship. "Now we've done that. Whoever comes in and takes the job, it's a really good club. There's a lot of good things about it and there's a few bad things. If you can get them sorted then you've got every chance.

"There's only four contracted players, whoever gets the job has got the chance to come in and build their own squad and their own team. That's something that me as a young manager would love to do and most managers in Britain would love to do. "I want to be a manager, I've decided that. It's not scared me wanting to be a manager. I've loved it. I'm just thankful for Blackpool giving me the chance. Whether it's here whether it's wherever it might be, you'll see." Harriott struck just after the hour mark for the visitors after the first half had been dominated by Blackpool. The youngster, whose double in their midweek win over Watford helped secure their Championship status, added a second in the final 10 minutes before wrapping up a treble in injury time. And Addicks boss Riga, like Ferguson, would not reveal if he will still be at the club next season.


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