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Friday, 7 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 5, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 221 16 Pages Islamabad Edition

Pakistan not content with temporary halt to drones Use of drones spreading as cost falls: think-tank STORIES ON PAGE 03

Govt, TTP representatives chart roadmap for peace talks STORY ON PAGE 03

INDIA EASES VISA RULES FOR 180 COUNTRIES EXCEPT PAKISTAN STORIES ON PAGE 02

INDIA HINTS AT RESOLVING ISSUES WITH PAKISTAN THROUGH TALKS

US tags LeJ’s Malik Ishaq a global terrorist STORY ON PAGE 04

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02 NEWS iNdiA hiNts At resolviNg issues with pAkistAN through tAlks NEW DELHI ONLINE

Indian State Minister for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Thursday said that India was committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan, through a peaceful bilateral dialogue in an environment free from violence and terror. To a question in Lok Sabha, she said that it has also been conveyed to Pakistan that a successful conclusion of the investigation and trial relating to those involved in the Mumbai attacks would be a major confidence-building measure. Kaur said, in the meeting of the commerce ministers of both countries on January 18 in New Delhi on the sidelines of the 5th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave, both ministers reaffirmed the commitment to establish normal trading relations and in this context to provide Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA), on a reciprocal basis. They decided to intensify and accelerate the process of trade normalisation, liberalisation and facilitation and to implement the agreed measures before the end of February.

LoC Ceasefire vioLations substantiaLLy down, says antony

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INDIA EASES VISA RULES NEW DELHI AGENCIES

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OURISTS travelling to India from 180 countries will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced an “historic” overhaul of its strict visa regime. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter India after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors. Under the new scheme, many tourists will be allowed to apply online and then receive the green light within five days, before picking up their visa at the airport on arrival into India. “We have decided to extend the

visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations,” Planning Minister Rajiv Shukla told reporters in the capital late Wednesday. “The facility will provide a major boost to the country’s tourism sector. This is historic,” Shukla said. Visitors from countries which account for the bulk of India’s tourists – such as the United States, Britain and France – that have had to go through the timeconsuming process of applying in person will be among those to benefit from the changes to regulations. Citizens from eight countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Iraq have not been included in the changes for security reasons.

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meeting of top foreign ministry, tourism and other government officials on Wednesday cleared the way for the changes, which were also recently approved by the India’s intelligence agencies. The changes were first mooted last October, although only for 40 countries. The government hopes to have the necessary infrastructure in place, including at the country’s airports, by October in time for the start of the peak tourist season, local media reported Thursday. India currently issues visas on arrival to visitors from 11 foreign nations, including Japan, Finland and Indonesia. D e spite its cultural attractions, beaches and mountains, India attracts relatively few foreign holidaymakers – 6.58 million in 2012, which was about a quarter of Thailand or Malaysia.

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Indian Defence Minister AK Antony has said that ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) have come down over the past two to three months. Talking to reporters at a defence exhibition on Thursday, AK Antony said “There has been substantial reduction in ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC after the Director General of Military Operations-level (DGMO) talks between the two countries but the real test will come in summer.” Antony said though the violations have come down, "we are keeping our fingers crossed”. He claimed that compared to 2012, there was a sudden increase in ceasefire violations last year, but after DGMOs’ meeting, the incidents have "come down substantially".

AGHAN TALIBAN REJECT SECRET PEACE TALKS WITH KARZAI KABUL INP

Afghan Taliban militants have rejected reports which suggest that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is engaged in secret peace talks with the Taliban group. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement, “The New York Times published a false report recently suggesting that any secret talks took place and are ongoing between the Islamic Emirate and the Kabul regime in an undisclosed location”. Mujahid further added, “We reject this report even though we made our stance very clear to media outlets in our direct contact two days earlier”. He also added, “The Islamic Emirate does not believe in holding secret talks at undisclosed locations”. Earlier the New York Times had reported this week that a Taliban group in Afghanistan initiated talks with president Karzai, shortly after the Afghan consultative Loya Jirga approved the draft bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington. On the contrary, officials in presidential palace have confirmed the ongoing talks between the Taliban group and president Hamid Karzai.

Indian FM to visit Afghanistan to discuss Karzai-Taliban talks INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY HAS REPORTEDLY TAKEN NOTICE OF ‘POSITIVE OUTCOME’ OF AFGHAN GOVT-TALIBAN TALKS NEW DELHI INP

Perturbed over reports about Afghan President Hamid Karzai's clandestine engagement with Taliban, Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid will visit the country next week for a meeting with him. While the government in India is yet to react officially to such reports, it is learnt that the Indian External Affairs Ministry has taken note of the confirmation of these by Kabul and its remark that "the last two months have been very positive". The Afghan government did not take the US into confidence before reaching out to the Taliban on its own and it is likely to further antagonise the Americans and create worries in New Delhi. Indian media said Khurshid will also take stock of the progress made in key Indian infrastructure projects like parliament

building, Salma dam and national agricultural university. As the rift between Karzai and the US grows further, jeopardising their proposed bilateral security agreement essential for a residual presence of US forces in the country after the drawdown, India has been forced to do a tough balancing act. India has shown understanding of Karzai's position in not signing the agreement even though it doesn't want US troops to withdraw completely and has refrained from putting any pressure on the president. The Afghan Taliban have felt emboldened enough to respond favourably to Karzai's overtures probably also because they believe Karzai has shown spunk in standing up to the US. Sources here admitted things could get complicated further and that Khurshid will take up the issue in his meeting with the Afghan president. Karzai has been insisting on more military aid from India, including both lethal and non-lethal equipment. India maintains that the demand is being considered taking into account various factors including "two major issues, our ability to supply based on our surpluses and licensing from other countries”.

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NAB Approves 2 refereNces iN psM, oNe iN pr corruptioN cAses ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR

The Executive Board Meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday approved three references in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) case and one in Pakistan Railways case. The meeting was held at the NAB Headquarters with NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the chair. Two reference regarding sale of PSM products at cheaper prices will be filed against accused former PSM chairman, Moin Aftab Sheikh, Sameen Asghar, ex-director commercial and others. The accused are alleged to have given illegal benefits to private firms to the tune of Rs 506.67 million and Rs 311.378 million respectively causing loss to the PSM/national exchequer. In the second reference, accused Sameen Asghar and others are alleged to have extended free credit scheme to private firms and causing loss of Rs 13.66 million to the PSM and national exchequer. In another reference in the Pakistan Railways case against accused Saeed Akhtar, former GM operations, and Ahsan Mahmood, former director planning were accused of causing loss of $3.78 million to the PR/state treasury through acts of corruption and corrupt practices and misuse of authority. The board also authorised investigation into KP police weapon purchase case. The accused include former IG, members of the purchase committee and officials of the Police Department.


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it’s fiNAlly A diAlogue the government mAkes its his point:

tAlibAn’s representAtives hAve their points too:

Talks should be held within the framework of the Constitution Scope of talks will be limited to troubled areas and not the entire country Activities which may hamper the dialogue process should be stopped Jurisdictions of Taliban talks committee and monitoring committee should be made clear Duration of dialogue process should not be long

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HE peace committees constituted by the government and Taliban finally met at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House here on Thursday and charted the roadmap for peace talks. The meeting, which lasted for four hours, discussed apprehensions and reservations covering the dialogue process. Agreeing to keep the scope of

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What is the mandate and power of the government committee? Can the government's committee ensure Taliban’s demands are met? Taliban committee desires to meet prime minister, army chief and ISI DG

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their talks within the framework of the Constitution, both sides agreed on the modus operandi to move the talks forward. From the government’s side, the meeting was attended by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, former ISI official Major (r) Muhammad Amir, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousufzai and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand. Tehreek-e-Talban Pakistan (TTP) was represented by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Prof Mohammad Ibrahim, JUI-S chief

Not indulge in any action which could harm the peace process Hold their next meeting soon Condemn recent attacks in the country

Maulana Samiul Haq and Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz. WITHIN CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK: As the meeting began, the government’s committee demanded that talks be held within the framework of the Constitution and that the scope of the peace talks be limited to only the insurgency-affected areas of Pakistan. The government’s side also asserted that all activities which may affect peace efforts should immediately be stopped and that talks should be smoothly concluded in a short timeframe. Referring to the 10-member Taliban monitoring committee, the government negotiators sought clarification regarding the scope and authority of both TTP teams. The government's committee also accepted the offer of direct talks with the Taliban and agreed to visit any place for

dialogue with the TTP committee without showing any reservations or hesitation. LIFT BAN ON OUTFIT: While the government’s side called for bringing an end to suicide bombings and other terrorist activities, Taliban committee demanded uplifting of ban from the outfits and announcement of ceasefire. The Taliban also urged the government to clarify the mandate and level of authority of its four-member committee and its ability to implement a peace pact. The Taliban team also demanded that their meetings be held with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the army chief and the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The outcome of the meeting was jointly narrated by Maulana Samiul Haq and Irfan Siddiqui during a press conference in which journalists were not allowed to ask questions. AGREEMENT: According to the joint statement issued following the first meeting of the committees, both the sides floated various recommendations during the meeting. Sources said that TTP has agreed to keep first phase of peace dialogue secret. The message was conveyed to the govern-

FO SPOKESWOMAN SAYS PAKISTAN WELCOMES OBAMA'S STATEMENT REGARDING DRONE ATTACKS BUT WANTS PERMANENT END TO SUCH STRIKES ISLAMABAD APP Pakistan on Thursday said it wanted complete halt of US drone attacks in the future. In her weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan's stance over drone strikes was lucid that they were unacceptable as they kill innocent people and were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. She said Pakistan has consistently discussed this issue with the United States and demanded that these

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violations of territory should stop. She said, "Our voice on drones has also been endorsed by the international community." She said Pakistan also welcome US President Obama's statement regarding drone attacks. Regarding the question of UN Security Council's resolutions on Kashmir, the spokeswoman said, "How one country can decide that these resolutions are not valid?" She said at the United Nations, the member states condemned the countries for violating UN resolutions.

ment negotiating body through Taliban’s representative Maulana Haq. The message stated that the decision was taken to avoid involvement of any third party. The committees also agreed to hold next meeting soon. Source further said that both sides agreed not to linger on the peace talks for long time and avoid taking any action marring the process as the nation was anxiously awaiting “good news”. A GLIMPSE OF RECENT PAST: Initial peace talks failed to get underway Tuesday when the government delegation refused to meet the militants’ negotiators, citing confusion about the constitution of their team. The TTP had initially also nominated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan and former Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) lawmaker Mufti Kifayatullah in their committee. However, both later refused to be part of the committee. In a statement Tuesday, the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had said that Mualana Samiul Haq and his two colleagues had their “blessings to go ahead” with the negotiations without Khan or Kifayatullah. The Taliban committee is now expected to travel to Waziristan to convey the progress of the negotiations to the TTP leadership.

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Pakistan not content with temporary halt to drones She said if at some point Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris would reach an agreement on the settlement of Kashmir issue, then they would have to go to UN Security Council to endorse that decisions and bring another resolution to endorse the new procedure. To a question, she said bus service on Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir has been restored while it is expected that truck service would be restored soon. She said Pakistan has accepted Indian proposal of early convening of working group to discuss LoC trade in order to revisit the modalities in this regard. Tasnim said Pakistan wanted to resolve all disputes with India through dialogue for sustainable peace in the region. To a question on visits of Saudi high-ups, she said that Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman would reach Pakistan on Friday (today) on a two-day visit. She said during his stay, he would meet the PM and other officials.

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Regarding Nawaz Sharif's proposed Turkey visit to attend tri-lateral summit, she said details would be announced before the visit. She, however, said if visit took place, the PM would be participating in business meetings beside trilateral talks. To a question on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, she said project still existed, however, there were some technicalities regarding its timeframe and financing which needed to be discussed with Iran. She said realistically Pakistan was seeking new timeframe for the completion of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. Commenting on negotiating with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, she said it was not in the jurisdiction of the Foreign Office as it was an internal issue. On the question of death of Indian fisherman in Landhi jail, Karachi, she said he was ill for quite sometime. She said efforts were being made for repatriation of the body.

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Head of Taliban committee Maulana Samiul Haq telephoned Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed ways to bring peace to the country. Talking to Sami‚ the minister said the government initiated the dialogue process “with all seriousness” because it wanted to normalise the situation in the country. He claimed that the entire nation, including the government, is praying for the success of dialogue between the two committees. Khan said the government will extend full cooperation to its committee in talks with the Taliban’s team and reach a positive conclusion. Sami appreciated the role of interior minister for promoting the dialogue process and hoped it would yield positive results. Both the leaders decided to remain in contact with each other to forward the peace process.

Use of drones spreading as cost falls: think-tank LONDON AGENCIES Drones will become an increasingly common tool of warfare and surveillance as their cost falls, a leading think-tank said, although humans will retain ultimate control over lethal strikes. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) also noted a continuing trend of Asian military spending surging ahead as European defence budgets shrink, in its annual assessment of the world's armies. At the launch of the Military Balance 2014 at the IISS's London headquarters, its military aerospace expert Doug Barrie said the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, would increase, although they would continue to co-exist next to manned aircraft. He said the assumption entering the 21st century had been that autonomous drones would soon completely replace piloted planes. “I think there's been a step back from that to some extent. I think you will see mixed use for quite some time,” Barrie said, but acknowledged that the range of drones' capabilities would increase. “We're going to see more of these things. They will proliferate from the kind of system you can stick in your backpack up to full-blown combat strike,” he added.

'more drones meAns more ethicAl questions': The IISS said the increased use of drones was accompanied by legal and ethical questions, including whether attacks could be justified as self-defence and whether they constitute a proportional response to the status of individuals targeted. There has been particular concern over the potential use of fully autonomous armed UAVs, without humans piloting the devices from the ground. “Machine-based decisionmaking as the basis for lethal action will remain a threshold legislatures and the public will likely be unwilling to cross,” the report said. The report said that drones were once seen almost exclusively in Western armed forces, but the proliferation of smaller systems had reduced costs, enabling greater use by private companies, individuals and countries with limited financial resources.

UAVs have been used overwhelmingly in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, in effectively uncontested airspace, the IISS noted. However, such calculations may change if they were up against active air defence weapons. Russia and China have been developing GPSjamming technology, the think-tank said. In ongoing trends, the report noted the relative shift towards Asia in the balance of military power, with defence budgets in the region rising as Western ones tighten. The United States remained by far the world's biggest defence spender in 2013, with a budget of $600.4 billion, the report said, followed by China ($112.2 billion), Russia ($68.2 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($59.6 billion). In terms of defence budgets as a share of gross

the increased use of drones was accompanied by legal and ethical questions, including whether attacks could be justified as self-defence and whether they constitute a proportional response to the status of individuals targeted

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domestic product, Afghanistan was top on 13.8 per cent, followed by Oman (11.7 per cent), Saudi Arabia (eight per cent) and Iraq (7.2 per cent). But in real terms, Asian defence spending was 11.6 per cent higher in 2013 than in 2010, while it had fallen by 2.5 per cent in Europe. 'nucleAr suicide mission': Experts said maritime drones were lagging behind UAVs but there was now substantial investment. Meanwhile, “we've seen an explosion of unmanned systems on land, with armies having lots of drones, and with small drones, the genie's out of the bottle,” said IISS land warfare expert Ben Barry. In Syria, Barry said neither side had a clear advantage, nearly three years into the civil war. “The rebels are probably hampered as much by the lack of unity between the various groups as the factional infighting,” he said. “I think it's unlikely that we'll see a decisive shift on the battlefield for at least six months.” For North Korea, while its ageing aircraft could not penetrate South Korean or Japanese air defences with a nuclear weapon, “a nuclear suicide mission by a mini-submarine cannot be ruled out”. As Western forces withdraw from Afghanistan this year, NATO faces pressing issues at its September summit in Britain, working out what shape the “postoperational alliance” should take.


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PPo gets four-month extension T ISLAMABAD

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HE National Assembly on Thursday granted 120-day extension to the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) and Anti-Terrorism Ordinance. The bill seeking extension for the ordinances was presented by Federal Minister Zahid Hamid Khan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) principally opposed the move as both MQM and PTI believe PPO to be a “draconian law carved out to crush political parties” and which gives agencies “license to kill”. Independent

MNA Jamshed Dasti and the Pakistan People’s Party also opposed the move. If the PPO is implemented, missing persons would be considered under custody and a petition of abduction could not be filed against intelligence agencies. The ordinance also abolishes the 90 days detention bracket for producing the detainee in court. ReseRves sTand aT $8.31 billion, na Told: The National Assembly was informed Thursday that the total reserves held by the country stand at 8.31 billion dollars. Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House during that of these, 3.46 billion dollars are held by State Bank of Pakistan and 4.84 by commercial banks.

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He said the decline in foreign reserves can be attributed to many factors including pressure on exports‚ increase in import bill and low FDS among others. However‚ he said‚ the government is taking a number of steps to increase overall balance of payment position of the country and building foreign exchange reserves. These include efforts to realise inflows from different sources including Coalition Support Fund money‚ 3-G license fee and receipts of Euro Bonds. On another question‚ he said the government has so far issued 4,134 exemption certificates to importers and manufacturers during the current fiscal year‚ amounting to 21 billion rupees. He said these certificates do not af-

US warns citizens of non-essential travel to Pakistan STATE DEPT SAYS PRESENCE OF TERRORIST GROUPS POSES POTENTIAL DANGER TO US CITIZENS ACROSS PAKISTAN WASHINGTON ONLINE

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The Taliban say they have captured a dog belonging to the US military following a raid in eastern Afghanistan late last year. A video posted on the insurgents’ website on Wednesday and later on Facebook shows the animal, named by the Taliban as “Colonel,” being held on a leash in a small, well-lit courtyard surrounded by five men holding guns and grenades. Wearing a black vest with pouches for equipment, the dark brown canine wags its tail and later perks up its ears as the militants begin chanting “Allah hu Akbar” (God is greatest). The video’s narrator says three guns, one pistol and other equipment including a GPS and a torch were seized from the dog, which was captured after a US operation in Alingar, a volatile district in Afghanistan's Laghman province. A spokesman for the International Security Assis-

tance Force (ISAF) in Kabul said they were aware of the reports, but declined to comment. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Thursday: “The Americans conducted an operation on the positions of Mujahideen in Alingar district (of Laghman province).” “The Mujahideen put up fierce resistance and repelled the attack...The Mujahideen seized some weapons and also a dog which we later learnt the Americans called 'Colonel'.” The Taliban spokesman said that “Colonel” is alive and well, adding his fate would be determined later. Hundreds of canines have been deployed by US forces in Afghanistan for tasks such as seeking out improvised explosive devices (IED) responsible for the vast majority of both military and civilian casualties in the war-torn country. The bravest among them are awarded medals and wounded animals are airlifted from the front line to be taken for treatment.

fect the budgetary estimates. Rana Muhammad Afzal said the government has issued tax return notices to over 60,000 potential tax payers during the current financial year and in resonse, more than 3000 persons have registered voluntarily and some 3500 have filed returns. The parliamentary finance secretary said the government aims to bring 100,000 new tax payers in the net during the current financial year and additional 100,000 in each of the following two years. He said in order to expand the tax base‚ the government is making use of economic activities of significant value that are important in asset creation or consumption by persons not on tax roll.

The US has issued a fresh travel alert, asking its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan in the wake of threats from several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups across the country. At the same time, the US State Department has lifted ordered departure status of nonemergency US government personnel from its consulate in Lahore. Consular services at the US consulate in Lahore will remain

Five miners die as mine caves-in QILA SAIFULLAH INP

Five miners were killed when a portion of a chromite-mine caved-in on Thursday. Levies sources said a big land mass fell over the labourers working in a chromite mine in Qila Saifullah area of Balochistan. Five miners hailing from Muslim Bagh and Qila Saifullah were buried under the rubble and died due to it. Other labourers retrieved the bodies from the debris and shifted them to the hospital where they were handed over to heirs after postmortem.

unavailable but the US Embassy in Islamabad and the US consulate general in Karachi will continue to provide routine consular services for American citizens. "The Department of State warns US citizens to defer all nonessential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 6, 2013, to remind US citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan," the State Department said. Noting that the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan, it said across the

country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government and foreign targets. Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities to attack locations where US citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit. Terrorists and criminal groups regularly resort to kidnapping for ransom, it said.

10,000 Syrian children killed, says UN UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES

In an elegiac account of plight of children, a UN report states that “unspeakable” atrocities have been meted out to the youngsters in the war-stricken country since the uprising began to topple President Assad. In the first ever report on children presented to the UN Security council by the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, it has been found that out of more than 100,000 people killed in the civil war so far, over 10,000 were children. The report portrays the misery suffered by the children from March 1, 2011 to November 15, 2013. The report reveals that on one hand, if Assad's forces were responsible for the arrest, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and torture of children, even the armed opposition groups didn't spare the country's youngsters and recruited them for both combat and sup-

port roles. The report has also thrown light on the disappearance of children as well as the grave amount of anguish and emotional trauma suffered by them when they had to witness the bloodshed of their own kin. Documenting the torture faced by the children of Syria as “unspeakable and unacceptable”, the report has detailed how children were detained along with adults in large numbers in 2011 and 2012. The children were arrested for their or their kin’s actual or suspected participation in protests or support to armed opposition groups. Children as young as 10 have been detained by the authorities on suspicion of having links with armed groups, the report said, citing the arrest of a large number of boys and girls, mainly between the ages of 10 and 12 in August 2012 in Kfarzita village in Hama province by Syrian troops, who the report says used them as human shields.

Saudi religious police chief vows crackdown on extremists RIYADH AGENCIES

The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police admitted the presence of extremists within its ranks, labelling them "advocates of sedition" and vowing to remove them, local media reported Tuesday. Sheikh Abdullatif alSheikh's comments come the day after King Abdullah decreed jail terms of up to 20 years for citizens who travel to fight abroad, as the kingdom struggles to deter young

Saudis from becoming jihadists. "There are advocates of sedition within the Commission" for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the local Okaz daily quoted Sheikh as saying. "We will eliminate whoever urges sedition in this country," he warned, describing calls for jihad as "void". "It is forbidden to disobey the ruler" by sending young Saudis to join "sedition in neighbouring countries," Sheikh said.

The king's decree, published by state news agency SPA, stipulates jail terms of between three and twenty years for those belonging to "extremist religious and ideological groups, or those classified as terrorist organisations". Supporting such groups, adopting their ideology or promoting them "through speech or writing" would also incur prison sentences, the decree added. Saudi officials have issued increasingly stern warnings against volunteers

from the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom heading to fight alongside the mainly Sunni rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Riyadh set up specialised terrorism courts in 2011 to try dozens of Saudis and foreigners accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda or of being involved in a wave of bloody attacks that swept the country from 2003. Scores of Saudis are believed to have joined Islamist extremists fighting in Syria. The kingdom has been

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a key backer of the nearly three-year rebellion against Assad's regime, which is dominated by the Alawite offshoot of Shia Islam. Members of the religious police, who are frequently accused of abusing their powers, enforce the kingdom?s rule of strict segregation between sexes, and have traditionally forced women to cover from head to toe when in public. They also make sure shops and businesses are shuttered during prayer times.

us tags lej’s malik ishaq a global terrorist WASHINGTON AGENCIES

The US State Department added the name of Malik Ishaq, the leader of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists on Thursday. Ishaq's group, which is also a designated terrorist organisation, has been linked to numerous attacks on Pakistani and US citizens over the years and is reportedly closely tied to al Qaeda. The State Department designation provided few details on Ishaq in yesterday’s designation however noted that he was a founding member and current leader of the terror group. Previous designations of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leaders have directly linked the group to al Qaeda. Lashkar-eJhangvi is an anti-Shia terror group that has integrated with al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan's tribal areas. The outfit has an extensive network in Pakistan and its members often serve as al Qaeda's muscle for terror attacks. The group has conducted numerous suicide and other terror attacks inside Pakistan. In particular, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is well known for carrying out sectarian terror attacks against minority Shia, Ahmadis, Sufis and Christians in Pakistan. The group has released videos of executions of captured Shia prisoners.

5 terrorists among 7 killed in Fata PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

At least seven people, including five terrorists, were killed in separate incidents in Tank and North Waziristan Agency. The officials in Tank reported that security forces and members of peace lashkar jointly raided a suspected hideout of terrorists in village Garhi Haider on Thursday. The militants opened fire on the raiding team. According to officials, two peace committee members were killed. They also claimed to have killed a terrorist. The body of the terrorist was taken into custody. However, the body has not been identified so far. Separately, four terrorists were shot dead by unidentified men in village Peer Keley on Mirali-Miranshah road late on Wednesday night. The tribal sources said that terrorist commander Shafiqu alias Sargardan and his three bodyguards were present in their hideout. Attackers arrived there in a car with tinted windows and open fire on the terrorists. All the four terrorists died on the spot. Panic gripped the area after the killing. Vehicles with tinted windows had been used in target killing of around 800 tribal elders, including clerics in both NWA and South Waziristan Agency.

Power tariFF increased again ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The federal government on Thursday increased electricity price Rs 1.01 per unit. According to media reports, the government has raised rate of fuel adjustment in December and would start collecting the amount from consumers in bills from February. However, new electricity rate will not be applied on consumers using up to 50 units of electricity per month.

sc says no judge holds dual nationality ISLAMABAD APP

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has clarified that no judge of the apex court holds dual nationality. After some media reports in respect of proceedings in the Senate regarding dual nationality of the judges of the SC, the matter was discussed informally in the full court meeting of the SC. Following the meeting, a press release said it was noticed during the meeting that none of the judges of the SC holds dual nationality. The press release said neither the constitution nor the code of conduct for judges of the superior courts place bar on judges having dual nationality.


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Corruption iS not pardonaBLe: JuStiCe MuLk isLAmABAd: Justice Nasirul Mulk on Thursday said corruption was not pardonable. He gave these remarks while presiding over a Supreme Court (SC) bench during the hearing of plea filed against objections raised by the registrar in illegal appointments in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) case. The appeal plea was filed by petitioner Akram Chaudhry. Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam while describing the petition as non-maintainable said that the petitioner was not aggrieved party; therefore it should be dismissed. Arif Chaudhry, counsel for the petitioner, argued that the matter of public interest and fundamental rights has been raised in the petition and the judiciary was protector of fundamental rights. Judiciary can be called independent judiciary when its credibility was at such level that no one could raise fingers on it. The court admitted the petition for hearing and sought para-wise comments from the IHC registrar within two weeks. The court has also summoned the AG for assistance. ONLINE

MaLaLa noMinated for 'ChiLdren'S noBeL' shAngLA: People try to push a car which got stuck in the snow at Poran Qilasar after heavy snow fall in the area on Thursday. onLine

Conducting LB polls in cantonments is legal: SC CJP SAYS RESPONSIBILITY FOR HOLDING LB POLLS IN CANTONMENT BOARDS RESTS WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISLAMABAD

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hief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq hussain Jillani on Thursday said that conducting local bodies (LB) polls in cantonment boards was legal. he gave these remarks while presiding over a twomember bench during the hearing of appeal plea filed by the government against high court orders on annulment of delimitation of constituencies in Punjab. he also said, “Delay in holding elections is breach of law and its consequences will not be good. The government had said it was legislating but legislation has not been enacted so far. People cannot be kept deprived of their rights for long time. The government should tell when it would hold elections.” he said, “Responsibility for holding LB polls in cantonment boards rests with federal government. Defence secretary is facing contempt of court case for this reason. We will hear this case separately.” he further observed, “enough is enough. LB polls have not been held in cantonment boards so far since 1998. if government can not make amendment then we will order for conducting LB

ECP SECRETARY SAYS SCHEDULE FOR LB POLLS WOULD BE ANNOUNCED AFTER COMPLETION OF DELIMITATION BY PROVINCES polls under old and the existing laws. When amendment is made then we will get hold elections afresh under new laws. We have waited for government amendments to all possible limits and we will not allow more delay now. This is legal formality that government should hold LB polls in cantonment boards.” The attorney general (AG), Akram Sheikh, election Commission of Pakistan Secretary ishtiaq Ahmad Khan and eCP DG Sher Afgan appeared in the court. The court asked from them the reason for not holding LB polls so far in cantonment boards. Sheikh said, “The reasons of the decision have also come. i have applied for the decision. We will file the reply within next two days. The matters related to delimitations have been declared null and void in two provinces. Then how can the elections be conducted. high court has nullified delimitations in Sindh and Punjab.” The CJP said, “We will serve you notice that you should file reply within a week for providing assistance to us.” The court order read, “We had summoned AG for extending us assistance with reference to LB polls in cantonment boards. elections have not been

held in cantonment areas since 1998. The government has given reasons now that the cause leading to the delay is this that government is going to amend Cantonment Local Government Ordinance 1998. it is constitutional obligation of the government to hold local governments’ election under article 140 of the constitution. Policy has been laid down in article 32 as well. We want AG to assist us in the prevailing situation.” The court sought reply until february 20 from the federal government on holding or not holding elections. The court also directed the AG to assist it on the matters. “Delay in holding elections by the government in cantonment board will lead to what outcome in the perspective of constitution and holding elections under old laws.” The hearing of the case was adjourned until february 20. Separately, ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said that schedule for local body elections would be announced after completion of the process of delimitation by the provinces. Talking to media outside the SC, the eCP secretary said that the commission was aware of their duties for holding local body elections and would take all necessary steps related to this. he said, “Two high courts have dismissed the delimitations in Sindh and Punjab therefore delimitations would be held again and until they are not completed we cannot announce the schedule of local body elections.” To a question, he said action was being taken against fake degree holders and so far 60 to 70 cases have sent to the court so far.

SC rejects report about lawyer’s detention ISLAMABAD ONLINE The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday rejected the federal government’s report about Zahir Gondal being in the custody of Punjabi Taliban in Miranshah. The court observed, “We are showing leniency at present and we expect we will not need to take stern action. In the intelligence report presented earlier it was said he is held by Muhammad Farooq al Qaeda group in the training centre of Punjabi Taliban at Miranshah. While in a new report of the police it is said that the lawyer is in the custody of ISI. The AG should talk to the authorities concerned and ensure recovery of this lawyer.” A two-member bench, presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, took up

for hearing lawyers kidnapping and violence case. The CJP said, “No case is registered against Zahir Gondal. If there is any case against him then the court be informed in this respect. Disappearance of the lawyers this way is matter of grave concern. There is too much contradiction between the reports of police and intelligence agencies which have been filed so far. Police will have to take action and present progress report.” The court was told that Gondal was in the custody of ISI. The court expressed surprise over it remarking that earlier it was told that he was in the custody of some group of Al-Qaeda in Miranshah and this new report is strange. AG should look into the matter personally and present report. The court rejected the report filed by police in

Muhammad Khan murder case and ordered the Rawalpindi RPO to appear on February 13. Former, sitting FiA LAhore directors summoned in missing person cAse: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday summoned former and sitting FIA Lahore directors in connection with Mudassar Iqbal missing person case. Amna Masood Janjua had told the court that Iqbal was kept in FIA Lahore office which was verified by other persons who were picked along with him. The court summoned former director Qudratullah Marawat and sitting Director Dr Usman Anwar on February 7. The attorney general’s office has issued reminders to both through Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar and has informed them about the court’s orders.

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stocKhoLm: Teen education activist Malala Yousafzai has been nominated for World Children's Nobel Prize in Sweden for championing education rights for girls. "She is a child herself and she stands up for girls' rights to education in Pakistan, but also in the world as a whole," Liv Kjellberg, 15, a member of the international prize jury said. Malala was nominated last year for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the European Union's Sakharov human rights prize for her crusade for the right of all children to an education. The 16-year-old, who now lives in Britain following extensive medical treatment, was shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012 over her outspoken views on education in her home region in northwest Pakistan. The World Children's Prize -- also known as the "Children's Nobel Prize" -- was founded in 2000 and aims to raise awareness of children's rights in 60,000 schools in 110 countries through educational programs which include studying champions of human rights and voting for the prize winners. The two other nominees for this year's award are John Wood, founder of the US-based education charity Room to Read, and Indira Ramanagar, a Nepali activist who helps prisoners' children. All three nominees will receive a share of the $100,000 (74,000-euro) prize money, intended to go towards further activism -- at an award ceremony outside Stockholm in October 2014. AGENCIES

ShakiL afridi’S aSSiStantS reStored on JoB peshAWAr: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday restored the services of two lady health workers (LHW) who were suspended for assisting Dr Shakil Afridi. A division bench of the Peshawar High Court heard the writ petition of the two suspended lady health workers, Amna and Bakhtu, in which they had challenged the government's decision of suspending their services. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, ran a vaccination campaign to help the United States (US) to gain access to Osama Bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad. STAFF REPORT


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HIEF JUSTICE of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked country will continue to remain breeding ground of problems unless the problems facing the common man are addressed. He further remarked “national kitty is empty, the burners are not burning and people after stealing the gas say their bail pleas be accepted.” He gave these remarks while presiding over a two member’s bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of bail application of an accused in gas stealing case here Thursday. The court directed the accused that it will grant him bail after he pays 50 percent of the amount of penalty slapped on him. “The court cannot do so that it

UNESCO TO SPEND a fortune on girls’ education ISLAMABAD aPP

UNESCO would spend US$ 7 million to expand access to education, improve quality and make educational environments safe for children, especially girls in the remote and backward regions of the country during the next five years. This was revealed by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in a joint press briefing with State Minister for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education held on Thursday. UNESCO would provide this amount under Malala Fund for Girls' right for expanding access for girls to primary and secondary education, increasing employment of female teachers in girls’ schools, training teachers, activating Parent-Teachers Associations, community awareness programmes and gender responsive budgeting and resource allocations, she said. The provision of missing facilities and equipping students and teachers with peace education and conflict management resolution would also be covered under the programme. She emphasized on investing in girls education and said "educating the masses is the best way of achieving economic success, justice and equity.” Irina Bokova said the country comprises over sixty percent population of youth which is a huge asset and giving them education can

help revitalize the whole economy. Speaking on the occasion, Balighur Rehman reiterated the government' pledge to increase the spending on education from two percent of GDP up to four gradually. He said investment in education is prerequisite for peace in the country and if there is no peace, poverty will intensify. He said the government has formulated a plan of action for education and this is high time to implement that plan and enrol more children to the schools. The minister said many girls are deprived of their fundamental right to education and there is need to educate and convince their families and communities about importance of education. The plan of action, he said, has targeted ending gender disparity from 10 percent to five percent. The agreement to provide US$ seven million was signed, in a meeting held earlier, by the Irina Bokova and Muhammad Balighur Rehman. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the ministry and UNESCO. The activities under the programme will be implemented by UNESCO in close coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education and the Provincial departments. A steering committee comprising the representatives of the government and UNESCO will monitor and coordinate the overall implementation of the programme.

Drugs to be transporteD in air-conDitioneD vans ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has directed pharmaceutical distributors to supply drugs through air conditioned vans till March 30 so as to ensure their storage conditions. These directions were made in a meeting of pharmaceutical distributors of multinational and leading local pharmaceutical manufacturers operating in Islamabad held in the office of the Secretary, Quality Control Board Islamabad/ Drug Inspector, Islamabad, Sardar Shabbir Ahmed. The participants of the meeting discussed in detail various issues relating to the implementation of the ICT Drug Rules, 2013. The distributors were apprised of the new requirements under the newly notified drug rules. They were directed to ensure proper storage conditions of the drugs being distributed by them so as to maintain the quality of drugs. The appointment of full time graduate pharmacist by the distributors who were operating with pharmacy assistant was also discussed. A deadline of 30 days was given to such distributors for appointment of Cat-A pharmacist in line with the legal requirement under the new rules. Maintaining of data of the licensed chemists and supply of drugs to only license premises was also discussed and decided to ensure compliance of rules. All the distributors were agreed to lay maximum emphasis to this issue and ensure that no drug is supplied to any premises operating without license or in-valid license. Existence of such premises, if any, will also be brought to the notice of the drug inspector for action under the law. aPP

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accepts your bail plea when you continue to steal gas and don’t make payment. First of all pay the amount on account of

fine imposed on you and then give arguments for your bail,” court remarked. The hearing of the case was adjourned.


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PAUCITY OF FUNDS DELAYS PMNH’S CONSTRUCTION ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) is facing space shortage due to paucity of funds, as out of eight blocks of the Museum building, only two blocks have been completed yet and work on the remaining blocks is pending. "Out of huge collection, PMNH have displayed very few specimens due to shortage of space and funds," official sources said. Museum has unique displays including life size replica of Balochitherium and unique display of huge whale shark specimen, he said, adding no other museum of the world has such a big specimen. He said Museum is attracting over 100,000 visitors annually and playing very important role in imparting formal and informal education. “More than 33 scientists are working in the museum and they have collected over 600,000 natural history specimens.” He said PMNH is looking for funds to complete the remaining blocks of the building. Official said PMNH is working for the promotion of scientific research in the universities and other R&D institutions, popularization of science and science centers and museums through attractive displays and establishment of comprehensive scientific and technological information dissemination centers. aPP

LOW-PACED CARTS A MENACE ISLAMABAD: Rising number of carts in the capital is causing problems for the residents besides disrupting smooth traffic on the roads. Residents of various sectors complained that shopkeepers, push-cart vendors, horse and donkey cart owners have established their permanent setups near waste collection spots on both sides of the roads. It seems that encroachment 'mafia' is strong in certain parts including I-9,I-10,I-11, Peshawar Mor, Aabpara and Melody areas. "Now you can occasionally see horse and donkey carts running on any road in broad day light," said Mushtaq, a van driver. He said that the drivers of these carts do not bother for traffic signals which may cause accident. Another resident of the G-7/2, Asad Ali said that at Sitara Market garbage spots, some Afghanis come with their horse and donkey carts to collect the waste items in the mid of the city. A senior citizen of G6/1 sector, Abdul Rehman said that these donkey-horse cart owners have settled down along Nullahs and Katchi Abadis in the capital. A horse cart owner, Gulsher Khan said that he daily managed to cross the barrier to enter the city. When contacted, a senior official of Islamabad traffic police said that a comprehensive policy was being finalised to check the entry in the capital. aPP

PAKISTAN FEELING THE LOVE FOR ITS ONLY MUSLIM NEIGHBOUR ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Iranian scholars and diplomats have stressed the need to focus on promoting cooperation and exploring avenues for strengthening bilateral relations. They were speaking at the 11th bilateral dialogue in Islamabad between the Pakistani Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad and the Institute of Political and International Studies of Iran. They underlined the importance of holding bilateral dialogue between the two brotherly countries to update each other about developments in the region. OnLine

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EAvY rains had lashed the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad early morning on Thursday, and water had accumulated at various areas especially near the Airport Road,

where three feet of water had pooled at the Gulzar e Quaid Chowk a few yards from the Islamabad Expressway. Traffic was blocked at the venue and most vehicles opted for an alternate route via the Fizaia Colony. On the other hand, the Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB) failed to clear Tipu Road, Chaklala

Scheme-I, II and III, Jhanda Chichi, Lalazar Colony and other areas, and local residents and shopkeepers were seen trying to remove obstacles from the sewerage system. The heavy rains in the wee hours of Thursday raised the water level in rain streams, the Met Department has forecasted moderate rain in the next 24 hours.

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Shortage of proper hostel facilities force a large number of single working women opt for private accommodations in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The women employed in different government and private organisations are facing accommodation problem as the few private hostels in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are not only overcrowded but also very expensive. These working women and young girls came from far-flung villages in search of jobs and for studying in better educational institutions but the first problem they encounter is how to find a suitable shelter for living. Farhat Fatima, a single working lady at zero point while lamenting this situation said that more often, they have to manage in an unfurnished tiny rooms as it is quite difficult for a girl to find an affordable living place. Asima, who came to Rawalpindi from southern Punjab for a job said that she found it was a gigantic

TWIN CITIES GET 20 WELL-EQUIPPED AMBULANCES ISLAMABAD aPP

Muslim Hands, a UK based international NGO has launched a first-of-itskind ambulance service for the residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. "The service which will also be available to the residents of adjoining areas of the two cities will provide round the clock prehospital emergency transportation care to the people," Muslim Hands Pakistan Country Director Syed Ziaul Noor. He said that the ambulance project was consisted of 20 wellequipped ambulances and was aimed at improving medical and healthcare services to the people in twin cities and adjoining areas.

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task especially for girls to find a suitable place for living, adding that away from home, working women have to face many social problems. "Living in hostel, one has to adjust in changed atmosphere and find hosts of problems like unwelcome room mates, unhygienic food and substandard accommodation," said Nazia Mehmoob student of Private Law College. Irum Ikram, student of a college in F-6, told that she failed to get space in her college hostel. "It is quite difficult for a student to find a reasonable living place at affordable rates as the private hostels have been charging Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 for a single bed accommodation," she added. When contacted to Pakistan Youth hostels Association (PYHA) official said, with the progressive change in the socio-economic fabric of the country more and more women are leaving their homes in search of employment in big cities as well as urban and rural industrial clusters. One of the main difficulties faced by such women is lack of safe and conveniently located accommodation.

Human rigHts centres to be establisHeD ISLAMABAD aPP

The Ministry for Law, justice and Human Rights has evolving a comprehensive Strategy on Development Programs, Projects and Initiatives for establishing Human Rights Centers in selected districts across the country. These offices will coordinate with the relevant stakeholders for protection and promotion of Human Rights in their respective regions. An official of ministry said on Thursday that the centres would be established on the pattern of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Human Rights Centers for Women (SBBHRCWs). He also informed that a plan for creating Human Rights Defenders Corporation at District level by including voluntary Lawyers or by paying small honorarium from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 is also under consideration. Establishment of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, the official added, would also be setup which would be actively under process of the federal government.


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day before talks with the TTP nominated committee started, Peshawar chapter Taliban chief owned the attacks in the city that had killed nine besides targeting a shia leader on Tuesday. This despite an earlier denial by TTP spokesman shahidullh shahid of the network’s involvement in the killings. The government needs to realise that it would be a folly to rely on any statement or promise of the militant organisation. The more so in the case of the TTP nominated committee which is no more than a dummy. Its members have no power to act independently or persuade the TTP to take a moderate position. On Wednesday committee member Maulana abdul aziz told media that Taliban wanted to have a meeting with their nominated committee and committee members were deliberating to visit Waziristan or call Taliban near Peshawar for a meeting. a report in a national daily claimed that abdul aziz had asked the government to provide a helicopter to the TTP monitoring group. Why waste time on a committee which cannot take decisions independently. In fact there is little sense in holding talks with either the a team or B team. samiur rehman has let the cat out of the bag. he has claimed the Pakistani Taliban were fighting war for the implementation of constitution which, according to him, has been violated by Pakistan’s leadership. further that it was “everyone’s demand” for sharia to be enforced. The real issue according to him is to bring Pakistan out of the us war. Thus in one stroke the self-styled “father of the Taliban” has endorsed the TTP’s demand for sharia as well as the militants’ method of armed struggle to achieve the end. In other words we are required to congratulate the TTP for attacks on innocent civilians, minorities and army which it is supposedly conducting to enforce the sharia. One wonders what is left to talk about after that. The first round of talks between the government committee and the TTP committee has ended. Both sides have put up demands. The government side insists that talks be held within the framework of the constitution and their scope be limited to the insurgency hit areas of Pakistan. further that that all activities which may affect peace efforts should immediately be stopped, and that talks should be smoothly concluded in a short timeframe. The government negotiators also sought clarification regarding the scope and authority of both the TTP teams. The TTP team urged the government to clarify the mandate and level of authority of its fourmember committee and its ability to implement a peace pact. The Taliban team also demanded that their meetings be held with Prime Minister Nawaz sharif, the army chief and the DG IsI. The Taliban team is now expected to travel to Waziristan to convey the progress of the negotiations to the TTP leadership. a tough message is likely to come from Waziristan. That should provide the government an opportunity to call off the exercise.

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Musharraf’s ordeal Of his own doing Scheherazade Sultan

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usharraf is in the news again. The once fearsome ssG general who toppled the takht of Lahore and shooed away the so-called Lion of Punjab into exile is struggling to gain some political traction. Just how low can his fortunes have fallen can be deduced from the fact that he is hiding away like a coward in aIfC, trying to dodge the judicial proceedings against him. If there is anyone responsible for his downfall, it is the man himself. I always thought that Musharraf had too much arrogance in him. Yes, arrogance and not swagger – these are two different things. recall his naked threat to Bugti? Or his cruel indifference and barely concealed warning to BB about him holding the reins of her security? Not to forget his strategic fiasco called Kargil, which almost lead to a full blown war between the two nuclear powers. In

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gotten a true dictator or a democrat. Every dictator which comes to rule this country ends up trying to be a democrat. May be it is because we as a diverse nation are too temperamental in nature to bear a fearsome dictator like some other countries. Musharraf had a chance to make history, especially after the golden opportunity which was served up post 9/11. he could have shelved the jihadi legacy of Zia and sorted his generals out to ditch the bankrupt strategic depth doctrine and solidify a strategic partnership with the americans for economic development. Instead, he went on to play double games. running with the hare and hunting with the hounds can get you only so far. as the world watched, Pakistan’s Talibanisation began with a blood fest. The faTa tribal areas fell to the influence of Taliban, followed by the formation of the fearsome TTP that went on to capture and rule swat – inside Pakistan proper. The mere fact that the cancerous spread of Taliban and the jihadi ideology may blowback never stirred the imagina-

Americans and the world US public and foreign policy elites agree – the nation should mind its own business

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hE global image of the united states as an advocate for development, multilateralism, liberty and democracy – typified by the catalytic role the nation played in creation of the united Nations, the Marshall Plan that rebuilt war-torn Europe, President Jimmy Carter’s championing of human rights and President George W. Bush’s promise to support democratic movements around the world – has never had the unanimous support of the american public. and now, at a time of americans’ war weariness and widespread concern about the domestic economy, both the public and the us foreign policy establishment are particularly wary of such idealistic foreign policy endeavours. In 2013 there is an unprecedented lack of support for american engagement with the rest of the world. The public suggests that the nation does too much to solve world problems: about half of americans, 51 percent, tell interviewers that the united states is overextended abroad, according to a new survey by the Pew research Centre. and when those who say the us does “too much” internationally are asked to describe in their own words why they feel this way, 47 percent say problems at home, including the economy, should get more attention.

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the end, the country paid the price for his poor judgments. The litany of his blunders makes for a somber reading. Musharraf’s crimes are many. Top of the list is his sheer incompetence. It makes one shudder that this is the type of generalship that runs the world’s fifth biggest nuclear armed military. from the Kargil disaster to the loss of territory to Taliban and from his double dealings in afghanistan to his delayed action on Laal Masjid, Musharraf has left an indelible mark of sheer incompetence in his wake. This is the man who was at the top of his game prior to the summer of 2007. he held all the cards, yet barely a year later he was out of office and his chief nemesis were running the country and calling the shots. If there ever is a book titled ‘How Not to Run a Country for Dummies’, then Musharraf would star in it with his many follies. The problem with Musharraf was exactly what had inflicted his khaki predecessors; they all wanted to feel legitimised. May be Pakistan should have

The public’s scepticism about us international engagement has increased. Currently, 52 percent say the united states “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” Just 38 percent disagree with that statement. This is the most lopsided balance in favour of the us “minding its own business” in the nearly 50-year history of pollsters asking this question. When it comes to working with the united Nations, the embodiment of the ideal of nations working together, 56 percent of the american public agrees that the united states should cooperate fully with the international organization. But that support is down from 77 percent in 1991 and 67 percent in 2002. and only 37 percent say strengthening the uN should be a top us policy priority. There is partisan divide on this issue among americans: Democrats, at 69 percent, are more likely than republicans, 46 percent, to say the us should cooperate fully with the united Nations. and republicans or independents who sympathize with the Tea Party are even less likely to want the us to work closely with the uN. Looking forward, 50 percent of Democrats want to strengthen the uN, but only 25 percent of republicans agree and just 12 percent of Tea Party adherents would strengthen the multilateral body. Championing human rights abroad, helping improve living standards in developing countries and promoting democracy also rate as relatively low priorities for the american public. Promoting human rights in other countries is a top foreign policy goal for just 33 percent of the american public. While low, this support is actually up from the 24 percent who prioritized human rights in 2011. again there is a partisan divide: 41 percent of Democrats, but just 27 percent of republicans and 19 percent of Tea Party adherents see human rights as a top priority. helping boost economies in low-income countries has never been high on americans’ to-do list. Nor is it today. Only

23 percent make helping improve the living standards in developing nations a high priority. This includes 32 percent of Democrats, 13 percent of republicans and just 6 percent of Tea Party sympathizers. Despite a long history of official us democracy promotion in other nations, an official commitment that goes back at least to President Woodrow Wilson, americans have never viewed this as very important: In september 1993, just 22 percent saw it as a top foreign policy priority. In early september 2001, 29 percent said it should be a very important priority. and today just 18 percent of americans rate this as a high us policy objective. again, there is a partisan difference: 27 percent of Democrats, but just 16 percent of republicans and 15 percent of Tea Partiers rank democracy promotion as an important goal. Nearly three years after the enthusiasm surrounding the wave of revolutions known as the arab spring, 63 percent of the polled americans say stable governments are more important in the region, even if there is less democracy. fewer chose stability over democracy earlier – 52 percent in 2011 and 54 percent in 2012. Just 28 percent say democracy is more important than stability in the Middle East. While the balance of opinion among all partisan groups is in favour of stable governments, Democrats are more likely than republicans and independents to endorse democracy over stability; 39 percent of Democrats say democratic governments are more important, compared with 25 percent of republicans and 23 percent of Tea Party sympathizers. american foreign policy experts, at least those who belong to the Council on foreign relations, a nonpartisan membership organization and think tank specializing in us foreign policy, are generally no more committed than the public to strengthening the united Nations, improving living standards in developing countries, or promoting human rights and democracy. Just 17 percent of Cfr members say bolstering the uN should be a top foreign policy priority of the united states, down

tion of our strategic geniuses in rawalpindi. During all this Musharraf continued to believe his own rhetoric and the ultimate lie which he made into a slogan – Pakistan first. It was anything but Pakistan first. his experiment with sham democracy is another miserable tale. Musharraf left in his wake a country in a near civil war. The Baloch insurgency, the most potent in years due to his making a martyr out of Bugti and ceding the control of North West Pakistan to Taliban are some of the highlights of his misrule. There are many others such as covering up the whole abdul Qadir Khan nuclear fiasco. This is his legacy yet he still has the gall to blame the politicians. Today Musharraf is nothing but an old man: still living in the fantasy of his imagined importance. he continues to rely on the army as pressure on him to be tried piles up. at most he is nothing but an embarrassment for the all-powerful army. Scheherazade Sultan is a freelance writer.

from 45 percent in 1993. Only 12 percent of the foreign policy experts surveyed say promoting democracy in other nations is a major priority for american foreign policy, compared with 44 percent in 2001. Most Cfr members, like the general public, prioritize stability over democracy in the Middle East: 64 percent say stable governments are more important, even if there is less democracy in the region, while 32 percent say democratic governments are more important, even if there is less stability. and foreign policy experts are reluctant to see the united states become more deeply involved in changes in political leadership in the region. Just 24 percent say the us should be more involved in changes in political leadership in Middle East countries such as Egypt or Libya. This may be, in part, because Cfr members are pessimistic about the potential for increased democracy in countries such as Egypt and saudi arabia. Cfr members, like the american public, view improving living standards in developing countries, at 25 percent, and the promotion of human rights, at 19 percent, as lower foreign policy priorities. Bolstering the economies of developing countries is viewed as a less important long-range policy than in previous Pew research Centre surveys. Just 25 percent of Cfr members say it should be a top priority, as compared with 48 percent in 2001 and 47 percent in 2005. Just 19 percent of Cfr members see the promotion of human rights as a top policy goal. These opinions are little changed from recent years, but in 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, 43 percent rated human rights as a top policy priority. americans have long prided themselves as a benevolent society, a nation committed to working with others through a foreign policy rooted in fundamental values of democracy and human liberty. and other nations have looked to the united states to be a promoter of development, democracy and human rights. But in the wake of two costly wars and a prolonged economic slowdown, the american people and foreign policy elites are less committed to those ideals than they have been for some time. Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Centre.

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Scientists unveiled the DNA code of Pakistani pigeons and parrots Genetic Ornithology is a new emerging biological science which is related to the study of birds at molecular level. It facilities the wildlife researchers, veterinarians, zoologists, animal scientist, evolutionary biologists and ornithologists to better understand the taxonomy, habitat, genetic characters and evolution of birds. Birds are essential component of an ecosystem and play an important role in maintance of biological niche. They are valuable global assets as they are symbols of freedom, beauty, spirituality and wisdom. Pakistan is bestowed with a diversified array of avian fauna due to variety of habitats. Climate variations and different biotopes in different territories support diverse ecological zone and provide abode for healthy avian fauna. In previous decades birds were studied using conventional

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and traditional methods but now with the advent of Molecular Biology and Geneticstudies it has become possible to reveal the birds’ DNa code of life. Pakistani scientists have now been gaining capabilities and skills to study the birds for knowing their molecular classification, genetic makeup and evolutionary hierarchy. recently scientists at Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, university of Veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore have revealed the mitochondrial genome of Pakistani pigeons and parrots which has helped to unveil the genetic code of these species. These species are very popular and beloved in Pakistani population especially for those who are fond of bird-caging and pet-keeping. These scientific developments have paved the way to better understand Pakistani birds’ species, subspecies and breeds. This kind of study will also be helpful for other scientists to develop more genetic markers that will ultimately support the activities to conserve the biodiversity of the ecosystem and to study wildlife and indigenous avian fauna. DR SEHRISH FIRYAL and DR ALI RAZA AWAN IBB, UVAS, Lahore


Friday, 7 February, 2014

Top Ten misTakes Us made in afghanisTan

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in 2004 was an ill-conceived misstep. It created a highly centralized state that ignored Afghan traditions of local autonomy and gave the president too much formal power. The new government was supposed to run the entire country from Kabul and appoint all the key local officials, but the Karzai regime lacked enough competent civil servants and the new structure created irresistible opportunities for patronage and corruption.

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MERICA'S long war in Afghanistan isn't likely to end well, and the American people seem to know it. Despite a wholly predictable effort to portray the war as an American victory, the United States isn't going to defeat the Taliban between now and the scheduled departure of most U.S. troops later this year. Meanwhile, relations between the United States and the Karzai government are going from bad to worse. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not only refusing to sign a security agreement that would allow the United States to leave a residual force in country, he is also making increasingly strident accusations that the United States is to blame for recent civilian deaths. This depressing outcome is not what most Americans expected following the rapid toppling of the Taliban back in 2001. It is therefore important that we draw the right lessons from the experience, if only to partly redeem the sacrifices made by the soldiers who fought there. In that spirit, here is a list of the top 10 mistakes made in America's Afghan War. 1. Trying To go iT Alone After 9/11, America's NATO allies invoked the mutual defense clause of the NATO treaty and offered to help the United States go after the Taliban and al Qaeda. Convinced that the job would be easy and that allies would simply make things harder, the Rumsfeld Pentagon responded with a brusque "No, thanks." Instead of making Afghanistan a collective project from the start, the Bush administration wanted to show it could do the job all by itself, with an assist from the Afghan Northern Alliance. That decision seemed justified when the Taliban fell quickly, but when Bush & Co. marched off to Iraq there was hardly anybody left to keep the Taliban from coming back. By the time NATO got involved big-time, a new civil war was underway and the best opportunity to build a stable Afghanistan had been squandered. 2. Blowing iT AT TorA BorA The United States invaded Afghanistan for one reason: to get Osama bin Laden and as many of his followers as possible. Unfortunately, poor coordination with local Afghan forces and a reluctance to commit sufficient U.S. troops at the Battle of Tora Bora allowed bin Laden to escape into Pakistan, where he remained at large for another eight years. Had we caught him then and there, al Qaeda might have been dealt a fatal blow and the United States could have declared victory in the "war on terror" instead of watching al Qaeda morph into a global franchise. Yet despite this costly failure, the U.S. commander at Tora Bora -- Army Gen. Tommy Franks -- was later chosen to command the invasion of Iraq. 3. The AfghAn ConsTiTuTion The Bonn Agreement in December 2001 established an interim government for post-Taliban Afghanistan and was, in many ways, an impressive diplomatic achievement. Unfortunately, the Constitution adopted

The Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq was not just a disaster for Iraq and for the United States, it also diverted military and intelligence resources from Afghanistan and allowed the Taliban to regroup and resume the war. 5. The 2009 surge In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama burnished his national security street cred by declaring that he was going to end the war in Iraq so that he could focus on the "real war" in Afghanistan. He then succumbed to military pressure and sent additional U.S. troops, starting with 17,000 shortly after taking office and adding another 30,000 in the fall of 2009. But the decision to escalate was fatally flawed, because the Taliban still had sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan and were never going to be defeated by military force alone. To succeed, the surge would have had to be far larger and much longer in duration, and Afghanistan simply wasn't worth that level of effort. The surge also led to a sharp uptick in Afghan and American casualties, which gradually undermined support for the war back home. 6. seTTing A Time limiT The mistaken decision to escalate was compounded by a second error: Obama made it clear from the start that the surge would be a temporary measure and gave the Taliban a pretty good idea when the United States would begin to get out. As critics noted at the time, telling your adversary exactly when you were going to quit was hardly the best way to persuade them to give up the fight. Instead, it told the enemy exactly how long they needed to hang on in order to wait us out. 7. DowngrADing DiplomACy Ending the war and building a functioning Afghan government required a reconciliation process that would integrate the more moderate elements of the Taliban back into the Afghan political community. Unfortunately, the United States didn't get serious about a peace process until it was too late. As U.S. special envoy James Dobbins acknowledged last year, "it was probably a mistake to delay a serious effort at reconciliation until 2011." Washington should have pushed hard for serious discussions while the surge was at its peak, instead of waiting until its role (and therefore its leverage) was declining. The United States also failed to engage regional powers that might have helped put together a stabilization deal, in part because it wasn't even talking to some of them (e.g., Iran). 8. losing puBliC supporT When the Taliban refused to give up bin Laden, the United States had no choice but to go after the man who had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. The American public signed up for that war with enthusiasm, but not to an open-ended effort to transform an impoverished, landlocked, and ethnically divided Muslim country that had never been a vital U.S. strategic interest before. And neither Bush nor Obama ever managed to persuade them that the war was worth the cost, mostly because the American people aren't completely gullible. By 2008, the war was costing the American taxpayers an

amount several times larger than Afghanistan's entire GDP, and neither Bush nor Obama could come up with a convincing rationale for continuing to pour money and lives into distant strategic backwater. To be sure, Obama tried to justify the war as necessary to prevent al Qaeda from establishing a "safe haven" again, but al Qaeda already had better havens by 2009 and was barely in Afghanistan by that point. Moreover, a long and costly war against the Taliban was increasingly a distraction from the broader campaign against al Qaeda itself. 9. fAilure To mAnAge unruly Allies Winning the war in Afghanistan depended on getting at least two foreign governments to play ball. The first was the Afghan government itself, which was corrupt, inefficient, and increasingly unwilling to listen to well-intentioned U.S. advice. The second was Pakistan, which continued to play footsie with the Taliban and sometimes put roadblocks (literal ones) in the way of the U.S. military. Unfortunately, U.S. leaders never fully appreciated that the war could not be won if we didn't get more cooperation from these supposed allies, and that we wouldn't get that support as long as they were convinced that Washington would never call their bluff. 10. sTrATegiC ConTrADiCTions Finally, the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan was bedeviled by strategic contradictions that were never fully recognized or resolved. Although many American soldiers fought with skill and heroism, achieving our stated war aims was an uphill battle from the get-go. For starters, the United States and NATO couldn't win without a much larger investment of resources over a much longer period, but it just wasn't worth that level of investment. And for all the talk about COIN, Army Field Manual 3-24, and supposedly brilliant commanders like David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. Army was never designed for or adept at this kind of operation and isn't likely to get much better at it with practice. And finally, building a new Afghan state and fighting a counterinsurgency war required outsiders to pour billions of dollars into an impoverished country, but the flood of poorly managed money merely fueled corruption and ensured that much of the aid money was wasted. No one should take any pleasure in contemplating these (and other) mistakes, especially when one considers how long the United States fought there and how shallow its learning curve was. One at least hopes that some larger lessons have been learned, and that U.S. presidents will be a lot warier of this sort of quagmire in the future. Or as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in 2011: "In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have 'his head examined.'" Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

TIME FOR ISRAEL TO BURY THE HATCHET WITH TURKEY Haaretz It looks as if a compensation agreement with Turkey is on the verge of being signed. If so, it is expected to bring the superfluous three-and-a-half-year rift between the two countries to an end and offer an opportunity to turn over a new leaf in bilateral relations. Looking back, one can’t help but criticize the Israeli government’s conduct throughout the whole affair, from the decision in late May 2010 to attack the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, which it saw as undermining Israeli sovereignty, through the way the raid on the Mavi Marmara was conducted, resulting in the death of nine Turkish nationals, and ending with the arrogant shirking of responsibility for the incident and the rejection of all demands for an apology and compensation. The Mavi Marmara affair, whose failures were sharply criticized by the Turkel Committee that investigated it, evolved from the brutal blockade that Israel had

imposed on Gaza four years earlier. This blockade provoked international criticism, not just from Turkey. Overnight, the incident dissolved the excellent relations that had prevailed between the two countries for decades, including during the first years that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development party was in power. In addition to undermining the close military and security cooperation between the two countries, the incident also caused a deep rift between the two peoples. Turkey, though it was critical of Israeli policy in the territories even before Erdogan came to power, knew how to distinguish between diplomatic disputes and the firm infrastructure on which its ties with Israel were based. But it could not restrain itself when confronted with the killing of its citizens, certainly not when faced with Israel’s dismissive attitude and refusal to apologize for fear that that would undermine the legitimacy of its attack on the Marmara. It’s doubtful that any country, including Israel, would have responded differently if it

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had been in Turkey’s position. Still, it took more than two years before Israel would agree to admit to “mistakes that could have led to the loss of human life,” and even that only came after heavy pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama. Another year was needed to bargain about the level of compensation Israel was to pay, while in the meantime Israel also agreed to ease the Gaza blockade. During those three-and-a-half years, Israel spent a great deal of time demonizing Turkey. Turkey is the only Muslim country that has close ties with Israel, and it is of great strategic importance to the region. Israel cannot afford to give up its good relations with Ankara. A reconciliation agreement, the reappointment of ambassadors and reopening a channel of formal engagement would mark the end of the mutual settling of accounts. The State of Israel will also have to work to rehabilitate its relations with the Turkish people.

Secretary of State Kerry held talks earlier this week with interfaith leaders and his chief Israel-Palestine negotiator Martin Indyk talked on the phone with Jewish leaders. What emerged from those discussions was an outline of what the United States is going to propose to Israeli and Palestinian negotiators as a framework for a two-state solution. Some details of the Indyk’s talk appeared in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. I can add a few more. When Kerry first announced the negotiations last summer, he proposed that by April the two sides come to a “final status agreement” for the two states. He rejected another “framework” or “transitional” agreement. But by last December, he had backed away from this timetable and was beginning to talk of another “framework” agreement that would leave the final details open. That’s indeed what has happened. In several weeks, Kerry hopes to win the backing of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to another “framework” agreement. The Israeli and Palestinian leaders will also be able to accept the agreement with specific reservations, but the United States will at the same say what it thinks the outcome of negotiations on these reservations should be. And the framework agreement will specify that the negotiators have to reach a “final status” agreement by the year’s end. Here is how it will deal with some of the most contentious issues. The agreement would permit between 75 and 80 percent of Israeli settlers in the West Bank through land swaps. What settlements would remain, and what Israel would cede was not discussed in the briefings, but it’s likely that large settlements like Maale Adumim, where the controversial Soda Stream is produced, will become part of Israel under the agreement. A security zone would be established along the Jordan River. That’s different from a security zone inside the Jordan Valley. A security zone along the river could be a mile or two wide, and would consist of electrified fences and unmanned aerial vehicles of some kind. The Israel Defense Force would be part of the armed forces policing this zone, but only for a specified time. Abbas has mentioned three years. The Israelis have talked about ten years. Palestinian refugees would receive some kind of compensation, but so would Jewish refugees who fled, and in many cases were forced to flee, places like Iraq Syria, and Egypt after 1947. (Estimates are that about 500,000 of these refugees settled in Israel between 1947 and 1972.) That provision, one of the Jewish leaders commented, was meant as a “sweetener” to the Israelis. The Palestinians would recognize Israel as the nation of the Jewish people, and the Israelis would recognize Palestine as the nation of the Palestinian people. But one critical issue was left vague and unresolved. The framework will not propose a way of dealing with the future of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine. “That’s the biggie,” one person involved in the calls commented. Indyk warned that for the United States the deal would be extremely expensive. The United States would have to help pay for refugee resettlement, the redeployment of the Israeli Defense Forces, the security zone itself, the new Palestinian state. “You name it,” Indyk said. Kerry and his staff have reportedly briefed some members of Congress on these details. People who have followed these negotiations believe that Abbas would accept with reservations this kind of framework agreement, but that Netanyahu will have difficulty doing so. Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party and part of Netanyahu’s own Likud party would likely leave the government. Netanyahu would have to reconstitute his majority by bringing in the Labor Party and probably the ultraorthodox Shas party. If he does that, Netanyahu will have hitched his future to the framework proposals and to the provision that the Israelis and Palestinians reach a final status agreement. It would not appear to make sense for Netanyahu to blow up his stable majority in order spend the rest of the year equivocating over details and throwing up new obstacles. So a big decision from the Israeli prime minister is in the offing, one that could determine whether there will be a two-state solution.


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Friday, 7 February, 2014

FDI TO TOUCH 20PC OF GDP IN 5 YEARS: BOI CHAIRMAN ISLAMABAD

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PECIAl assistant to the prime minister and Chairman Board of Investment (BoI), Dr Miftah Ismail, Thursday said that investments in the country would reach 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in next five years which would promote sustainable economic development in the country. "Our target is to bring investment level to 20 percent of GDP in five years. Currently, the foreign investment in country is about 14 percent of GDP, so we will be increasing it by 1 percent of GDP per year," Miftah said in an interview with APP. He said investments could be enhanced by attracting private sector and the government was motivated to get private investment in by providing lucrative incentives and through the process of privatization. The private sector brings with it higher international competitiveness, he added. He said the current fiscal year (2013-14) may be tight in terms of attracting investors as framework for investments would be set during this current year. However, there would be tangible developments in terms of investment inflows in the country during the years to follow, he remarked. The BoI chairman said due to investment-friendly policies of the government,

goreign companies executing in Pakistan had been grooming rapidly and making huge profits which, he said, had been becoming motivation for other companies to get in and invest in Pakistan for better benefits. Talking about the overall law and order situation that was considered important for investments, he said investors mainly invested in Punjab and parts of Sindh and both these areas were safe as far as security point of view was concerned. He said although there were some problems in Karachi, but the government had taken comprehensive measures to ensure law and order situation in this financial hub to ensure inflows of foreign investment. He said there were lots of investment opportunities in Pakistan particularly in infrastructure and energy sector and keeping in view the lucrative investment opportunities, foreign companies were interested in coming in. Given to liberal economic policies, they were able to attract considerable investment from Japan, Chinese, European Union and North America. Talking about the Japan External Trade Organisation's (JETRO) recent business growth survey which ranked Pakistan as second in the world in terms of business growth, he said it was not surprising as Pakistan was providing huge incentives as compared to the other countries of the world.

PIA MAKING EFFORTS TO INDUCT 20 AIRCRAFT IN FLEET ISLAMABAD APP

COMPANY Bata (Pak) Colgate Palmoliv Service Ind.Ltd Murree Brewery Millat Tractors

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The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is making all out efforts to induct at least 20 aircraft with long, medium and short range in its fleet. The management of the national flag carrier is making efforts to persuade the government to induct 20 fuel efficient aircraft in its fleet. "These aircraft will be inducted in PIA fleet starting from April 2014 and all 10 aircraft will be inducted within a time frame of six to 10 months," official sources said Thursday. According to the sources, the national flag carrier needs at least 45 aircraft. Meanwhile, the officials deputed at airports have been directed to take care of passengers. They have been asked to take care of PIA passengers on the ground as well as on board. At a high-level meeting chaired by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem, it was decided that the employees of all cadres will be rewarded for their efficiency but slackness and corruption will not be tolerated at any cost and punitive actions will be taken against those found guilty. The special assistant to prime minister made it clear that there will be zero tolerance towards corruption. He said that PIA flight kitchen, training centre and engineering are doing a very good job and have the experience, capability and capacity to become Strategic Business Units.

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22 SOLAR POWER PROJECTS TO BE FUNCTIONAL BY 2016 ISLAMABAD

IHC ORDERS GAS SUPPLY TO CNG STATIONS 3 DAYS A WEEK ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday allowed 77 CNG stations of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to operate three days a week. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the case in the IHC. The court in its written order suspended the government order to shut down CNG stations in the twin cities for three months, stating that the CNG stations will remain open for three days a week in all areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The IHC issued the order after the 77 CNG station owners challenged the government decision. The court directed the government to restore the previous schedule of supplying gas to the petitioners for three days a week. The court also ordered the owners of CNG stations to submit their case in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in 90 days. Qamar Afzal, counsel for the petitioners, argued that the government had not issued any formal notification and unilaterally suspended the gas supply. However, an official of the gas distribution company, said the relief would disturb the supply of natural gas to the domestic consumers and the government would file an appeal against the ruling next week. It may be noted that in November 2011, the IHC had granted a similar relief to the CNG stations but later withdrew it after the government challenged the verdict. On December 02, 2013, the government suspended the supply of gas to the CNG stations in the Pothohar region for three months citing shortage of gas to meet the rising domestic demand in the winter. INP

Major Gainers

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Around 22 solar power projects having a cumulative capacity of 772.99 MW under different stages of development will achieve commercial operation DeCOD by 2015-16 subject to availability of grid by the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) and announcement of tariff by NEPRA. The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is promoting the use of solar technology at domestic level for electricity generation. The private sector was already using solar energy for domestic use for self consumption as there was no restriction or licensing requirement, official sources told APP. Sources said the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) was pursuing and facilitating the development of Alternative and Renewable Energy (ARE) based power projects through the private sector under the Renewable Energy (RE) Policy 2006. Official said the RE power projects based on wind and solar energy were being

developed by private sector on IPP mode. Besides solar, three wind power projects of 150 MW capacities in total are under construction and will be completed in 2014, he said. Another 13 wind projects having a cumulative capacity of 680 MW were at advance stages, ready to achieve financial closing in 2014. In total, 33 wind power projects are in different stages of development, while two wind power projects of 49.5 MW and 56.4 MW capacities respectively are operational. Sources said the RE Policy 2006 allows consumers to avail features like Net-Metering and Wheeling of Energy which require interconnection with the grid. "The implementation of such schemes, however, requires regulatory framework enabling the domestic, commercial and industrial users to carry out net-metering, wheeling using solar energy". Sources said AEDB has prepared draft rules for distributed generation, covering electricity generation from solar at domestic level, and submitted the same to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority NEPRA for announcement.

CORPORATE CORNER Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils major renovation plan for Karachi hotel

Coca-Cola to support Karachi Literature Festival for second consecutive year LAHORE: Coca-Cola Pakistan has signed an agreement with the organizers of the Karachi Literature Festival whereby the Company will be supporting the prestigious Festival again this year, after its sponsorship support to KLF in 2013. The highlight of the sponsorship package is the Coca-Cola Karachi Literature Festival Prize for the Best Non-fiction Work in English in 2013 by a Pakistani author, with an enhanced value over last year. Honorariums will also be given to the 3 judges of this Prize. Speaking about the Company’s support to KLF, General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan, Rizwan U. Khan stated, “The Karachi Literature Festival is a beacon of enlightenment in the unsettled times we are living in, and we at Coca-Cola deem it both a duty and an honour to extend support to this great initiative. It has always been our policy to extend support to such events that aim to inspire people, spread education and knowledge and work towards creating harmony and understanding in society.” PRESS RELEASE

LAHORE: Author Mahmood Akbar seen with Haseeb Gardezi, Kamran Lashari, Waqar Ilyas and Kamran Sheikh at the launch of his book ‘Salt N Pepper Village Recipes’ on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO

Zong takes on Pakistan Cricket KARACHI: China Mobile Pakistan-Zong, Pakistan’s fastest growing telecom network, announced its sponsorship of the National T20 Cup 2014 (Regional Cup). The tournament will be starting from 6th February, 2014 and includes a total of seventeen teams from all regions of Pakistan. Apart from being the major sponsor of the tournament, Zong has also committed itself to sponsoring five major teams, which are representing four provinces; Lahore Eagles, Karachi Zebras, Peshawar Panthers, Quetta Bears, and a federal team; Islamabad Leopards. PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today announced and unveiled a major renovation and refurbishment plan for the Karachi property which was reflagged as Mövenpick Hotel Karachi on January 1, 2014. The announcement was made at a press conference addressed by Mr. Andreas Matmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts along with Mr. Sikander Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Arabian Sea Enterprises Limited, the owning company, and Mr. Mirza Mansoor Ahmad, General Manager of the hotel. “We are delighted to have entered Pakistan with the Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and understand the legacy of this hotel which goes back to 32 years. The renovation plan will usher a new and exciting phase of the hotel and will add value to the service and product quality while preserving the soul of the property,” said Mr. Matmüller. PRESS RELEASE


LEISURE 11

Friday, 7 February, 2014

HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE

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Think of all the ways you can save time today -- and then file them away for some other day. You need to dawdle and move slowly for now, if only to let your big ideas percolate for a little longer.

You can easily get along with people today, even those who may not usually fit into your typical profile. Just make sure that you're listening to them as much as you're telling them what's what.

Avoid the temptation to just flit through the day without a care in the world. Your energy is a bit flighty, but if you can pull it together, you can get a lot done.

cancer

leo

virgo

Turn on the charm today -- otherwise, things are sure to get weird. Your energy is driving you a little crazy, but it's all in a good way. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Your stubbornness is legendary, and today brings it out in a new way. You may need to check in with people who are usually on your side to make sure you're not pushing them too hard.

You may be inspired to travel far and wide -- so even if you're stuck at home for a while, you can at least make big plans. Your great mental energy is perfect for making dreams come true.

libra

scorpio

sagittarius

Your cultural leanings are making life sweeter and more entertaining -- so make sure that you're busting out with suggestions for others to latch on to. You can show them what's what if you try.

Your enemies are stronger than ever -- but that doesn't have to be a problem for you! Sometimes it's actually easier to win from a position of weakness, as long as you can see the playing field clearly.

You need to analyze this situation before taking action -- even if you have to think all day! It's just a good time for you to take a step back and check out what the rest of the world sees.

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GaRFIEld

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pisces

Your kids bring even more joy than usual today -- or if you don't have kids, then you can more easily see the world through younger eyes. It's a good time to rethink adult responsibilities.

You're a little bored today -- but that boredom is like fertilizer for your creativity! It may not bloom today, but soon you should be filled with great new ideas. Until then, grab a book.

Your love life needs a boost -- and one comes along at just the right time! It's a good day for you to look into what it might take to either get a date with that hottie or sneak away with your sweetie.

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Friday, 7 February, 2014

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Mentally StronG PeoPle: the 13 thinGS they avoid F

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or all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability. However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Here, Forbes shares a list of them: 1. Waste time Feeling sorry For themselves You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. 2. give aWay their PoWer Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond. 3. shy aWay From Change Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

4. Waste energy on things they Can’t Control Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well. 5. Worry about Pleasing others A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someo n e will g e t upset a n d will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace. 6. Fear taking CalCulated risks A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worstcase scenarios before they take action. 7. dWell on the Past

Ugly faces are more memorable, scientists claim

A new study suggests that attractiveness can actually prevent the recognition of faces, unless a pretty face is particularly distinctive. Scientists at the University of Jena, Germany, discovered that photos of unattractive people were more memorable than pretty ones when they showed them to a group of people. However, people were able to easily remember a beautiful face with distinctive features, such as Angelina Jolie’s. Researchers Holger Wiese, Carolin Altmann and Stefan Schweinberger from the university, wrote in their study: ‘We could show that the test subjects were more likely to remember unattractive faces than attractive ones, when the latter didn’t have any particularly noticeable traits.’ For the study, which was published in science magazine Neuropsychologia, the psychologists showed photos of faces to test subjects. Half of the faces were considered to be more attractive and the other half as less attractive - but all of them were being thought of as similarly distinctive looking. The test subjects were shown the faces for just a few seconds to memorise them and were shown them again during the test so that they could decide if they recognised them or not. The scientists were surprised by the result. ‘Until now we assumed that it was generally easier to memorise faces, which are being perceived as attractive just because we prefer looking at beautiful faces,’ Dr Wiese said. But the study showed that such a correlation cannot be easily sustained. He assumes that remembering pretty faces is distorted by emotional influences, which enhance the sense of recognition at a later time. The study also revealed that in the case of attractive faces, considerably more false positive results were detected. In other words, people thought they recognised a face without having seen it before. ‘We obviously tend to believe that we recognise a face just because we find it attractive,’ Dr Wiese said. COURTESY DAIL MAIL

There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future. 8. make the same mistakes over and over We all know the definition of insanity, right? I t ’s

when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs. 9. resent other PeoPle’s suCCess It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take

Smokers really are lazier Study finds they walk less and lack the motivation to improve their lifestyles Brazilian researchers discovered that smokers are less physically active and lack motivation. They also found that people who smoke are more likely to suffer symptoms of anxiety and depression. Scientists at the State University of Londrina, in Brazil, say their research was the first to show that smokers are less physically active than non-smokers. They studied 60 smokers and 50 non-smokers and asked them to wear a pedometer for a minimum of 12 hours a day for six

days. The results revealed that the smokers walked less each day and their lung function was reduced - meaning they were less able to exercise. When they were asked to rate their health-related quality of life, the smokers reported feeling more tired and admitted they lacked the motivation to change their lifestyles. ‘To our knowledge, this is the first study that has demonstrated a reduction in the objectively measured level of physical activity in daily life of adult smokers compared with non-smokers,’ said lead researcher Dr Karina Furlanetto. ‘Besides presenting poorer lung function, exercise capacity, quality of life and symptoms of anxiety and depression, smokers also walked less than non-smokers in daily life.’ ONLINE

Bionic hand allows patient to ‘feel’ Scientists have created a bionic hand which allows the amputee to feel lifelike sensations from their fingers. A Danish man received the hand, which was connected to nerves in his upper arm, following surgery in Italy. Dennis Aabo, who lost his left hand in a firework accident nearly a decade ago, said the hand was “amazing”. In laboratory tests he was able to tell the shape and stiffness of objects he picked up, even when blindfolded. The details were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. An international team carried out the research project, which included robotics experts

from Italy, Switzerland and Germany. The bionic hand is still a prototype, and due to safety restrictions imposed on clinical trials, Mr Aabo required a second op-

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close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts. 10. give uP aFter Failure Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals. 11. Fear alone time Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone. 12. Feel the World oWes them anything Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game. 13. exPeCt immediate results Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time.

Citizens seek cancer cure with ‘Genes in Space’ smartphone game

Gaming enthusiasts across the world have joined the search for cancer cures with a citizen science project using a smartphone game to help researchers analyze vast volumes of genetic data from tumor samples. Called “Play to Cure: Genes in Space”, the spaceship game is designed for smartphones and was launched by the charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which hopes it will speed up the decoding of data to reveal patterns of the genetic faults that cause cancers to grow and spread. Travelling in a world set 800 years in the future, players guide a fast-paced spaceship safely through a hazard-strewn intergalactic assault course, gathering along the way a fictional precious cargo called “Element Alpha”. Each time a player steers the ship to follow the Element Alpha path, they also reveal patterns and, unwittingly, provide analysis of variations in the genetic data, explained Hannah Keartland, who led the project for CRUK and unveiled the game at a London launch on Tuesday. It is this information that will be fed back to CRUK scientists. And to ensure accuracy, each section of gene data will be tracked by several different players. “We want anyone, anywhere, at any age, to download this game and play it,” said Keartland. If everyone around the world were to play the game for even a couple of minutes each, she said, “we could have an absolutely mind-blowing impact in terms of accelerating research”. Scientists will use the information gathered from “Genes in Space” players to work out which genes are faulty in cancer patients. This in turn should help them develop new drugs that target specific genetic faults, and new ways to figure out how to stop cancer developing in the first place. AGENCIES


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The previews of Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma’s appearance on the upcoming episode of filmmaker Karan Johar’s hit chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ has reignited rumours of the actress undergoing the knife once again. Anushka Sharma, who made her debut in 2008 opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Rab Ne Ban Di Jodi’, looks visibly different around her jaw line from her initial days in the B-town. The Twitterati, who is shocked with Anushka’s apparent lip job, has a lot to say on the subject. Someone on the social networking site said, What happened to Anushka Sharma’s lips ? Why do young people make it a point to ruin their faces, intentionally? Another commented, Anushka Sharma used to look so beautiful.. What has she done to herself? Ugliest woman in India today? Another of her fan said, plastic cannot be recycled. It is hazardous waste. It causes long term damage. e.g. Anushka Sharma’s new face. Meanwhile, this is not the first time that the rumours of Anushka Shama getting a lip job done have made it to news. Anushka’s jaw line was visibly different in her film ‘Matroo Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ than when she appeared in ‘Badmash Company’. The rumours further gained prominence in 2012 when Anushka Sharma hosted an awards show with actor Rabir Kapoor. The same year she made several appearances fro brands endorsements which intensified the rumours. Anushka Sharma had said that the worst thing written about her was that she is ugly. Anushka had said, “People said I’m ugly. It used to bother me a lot. Earlier I used to get upset but now I deal with it. When you are happy about yourself then you don’t care.” However, according to reports, Anushka Sharma’s spokesperson has denied the rumours. But, the visual evidence is overwhelming. NEWS DESK

KunAL KAPoor to become AmitAbh bAchAn’s ‘dAmAAd’

One of Bollywood’s most eligible bachelors, Kunal Kapoor, is finally hooked and booked. A couple of days ago he got engaged to longstanding girlfriend Naina Bachchan at a quiet ceremony. Kunal and Ajitabh and Ramola’s daughter, formerly an investment banker, have been dating each other for nearly two years after they were introduced by common friends. The wedding date has been set, we can disclose and Naina, who was earlier settled in Delhi, recently shifted to Mumbai to be closer to Kunal. When we congratulated him, Kunal said, “Naina and I are together, and very happy, and we intend to keep it that way.” Amen. NEWS DESK

sALmAn KhAn turns bArber Salman Khan’s love for charity is well recognised. The actor not only initiates philanthropic events regularly but also supports others’ efforts. Recently, the Dabangg (2010) actor shot for an episode of an upcoming charitybased reality show, Mission Sapne. The format of the show requires celebrities to take on the small jobs for a day. The money earned by the known name is then multiplied and donated back to a person in need. NEWS DESK

miLey cyrus quits smoKing Singer Miley Cyrus has given up smoking. The 21-year-old has not smoked a cigarette since the past two months. “Two months no cigarettes... proud of myself,” Cyrus posted on Twitter recently. The “Wrecking Ball” singer has spoken about her love for the weed in the past and was also known to be addicted to marijuana. Cyrus will be off for her Bangerz Tour, which starts Feb 14. NEWS DESK

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akistani film tamanna will be released on March 23rd, by summit Entertainment. the film, produced by sarah tareen and directed by steven Moore, starring salman shahid, Omair Rana, Mehreen Raheel and Feryal Gauhar, has taken just about three years to complete. the film is set to mark the first major Pakistani film release of 2014, and will follow-up the release of Waar, Zinda Bhaag and Mein Hoon shahid afridi, last year. “My entire experience of making this film was exciting. they say all is well that ends well, but this is just the beginning, it has been a great experience making a film on my home ground, i have high hopes that this film will be successful,” said Mehreen Raheel. For Raheel, this is her follow-up to her debut film Virsa. the cast of the film comprises of a close-knit group of actors who have strong grounds in theatre and television. the charismatic salman shahid, who is fresh-off the release, remarked that he had done some theatre with Omair Rana and has worked with Mehreen Raheel’s mother seemi Raheel. Regardless, the cast and production team of tamanna was relatively new on many levels for old Lollywood film journalists from Lahore, who are now coming to terms with the new faces. One of them was so confused and flabbergasted by the development, he asked producer sarah tareen, “Why have you left our heritage and forgotten our old Lollywood personalities such as noor.” tamanna has been a work in progress for

a long time. it is an initiative by two ambitious young filmmakers, sarah tareen and steven Moore, who are attempting to make a film that would be different. tareen explained that there were different commercial styles of filmmaking and her goal was to bring story-telling on the screen. “People have asked why it took three years. it’s very simple. some countries have a studio system, over here that does not exist, so you have independent filmmaking. all these films that have been made are being done independently, people are raising their own funds and making films,” says tareen. the film is about Rizwan ahmed (Omair Rana) a struggling actor who meets Mian tariq ali played by salman shahid, a relic of the once thriving film industry. the struggling actor is there to convince ali to divorce his wife, and in the process engages in an ordeal which leaves only one of the two men alive. the film incorporates elements of dark humour, melodrama, crime, passion and revenge and is based on anthony shaffer’s play, sleuth. it is written for the screen by steven Moore and ijlal khan. the film has already received considerable acclaim due to its soundtrack. the track, koi Dil Mein, which has been sung by Rahat Fateh ali khan and composed by sahir ali Bagga, won the Best Music talent in Film award in the 14th London south asian Film Festival 2012’s BaFta ceremony. Come Pakistan Day, audiences will be able to determine if it deserves acclaim for the story and acting performances as well. NEWS DESK

ranbir Kapoor takes admission in a school Ranbir Kapoor who was on vacation in New York with lady love Katrina Kaif had enrolled at a leading school in the Big Apple to do a crash course on how to stammer. The actor needs to stammer for a role in one of his upcoming films. And he actually felt it would be beneficial to him if he learnt stammering, so that he could do it more convincingly. Such dedication proves that he is truly a Kapoor scion. Before joining up Bollywood Ranbir had completed his course in film-making at the School of Visual Arts, and he had also learnt acting from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Well such dedication towards his art is truly a sign of great actor. NEWS DESK

tom cruise sued for $1b over plagiarism Hollywood actor Tom Cruise has been sued by screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan for $1 billion, for supposedly plagiarizing the script of his 2011 flick, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which is Tom’s highest-grossing film. According to court documents, McLanahan has claimed that he came up with the concept of the movie when he wrote the screenplay titled Head On in 1998. McLanahan has alleged that after submitting the script to the US Copyright Office, Head On received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author from unauthorised use. McLanahan asserted that he immediately recognised the scripts for the 51-year-old actor’s movie had been illegally written and produced from his 1998 copyright. Along with Cruise, McLanahan has also filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and talent agency William Morris Agency, which supposedly forwarded his script without his knowledge to Cruise’s rep Creative Artist Agency. NEWS DESK

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‘good offer’ from LoLLywood KARACHI: British born Pakistan actor, model and host, Ahsan Khan said that he will surely work in a Pakistani movie, only if he gets a good offer. He said, “I will prefer to do work in good movies. My work in Ishq Khuda is appreciated and if I am offered good scripts than why wouldn’t I work. He further said my identification is film industry and I am proud of it. Whenever I got any offer I will re-manage my schedule to work in movie. With latest technologies, new producers, unique concepts and heavy budgets, not only in Karachi but across Pakistan, our film industry is improving, he added. Ashan said if we see the statistics then we can easily notice that last year Pakistani movies did more business than Indian movies and that’s a great achievement. He continued saying that I have always done good roles in movies. When Shehzad Rafiqu offered me role in Ishq Khuda I accepted the work, he added. NEWS DESK

I became very depressed at the end of 2013: Lady Gaga Pop star Lady Gaga says she battled severe depression late last year realising that the people, who were her so-called friends, had taken advantage of her celebrity status. The 27-year-old singer opened up about her struggle to find happiness and peace in life in an interview. “I went through a rough time last year. I felt very taken advantage of by people I trusted. I became very depressed at the end of 2013. I was exhausted fighting people off. I couldn’t even feel my own heartbeat. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go,” Gaga was quoted saying Harper’s Bazaar. “I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time — to one more person who lied to me.I really felt like I was dying — my light completely out,” she added. The year saw Gaga cancelling her tour to have a hip surgery, parting ways with her longterm manager, Troy Carter, and receiving mixed reviews for her latest album ‘ARTPOP’. However, the ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker forced herself to start focusing on the good things for her love for music. “I said to myself, ‘Whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and your family.’ Depression doesn’t take away your talents – it just makes them harder to find,” she said. NEWS DESK


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HE education sector athletics competitions of boys and girls category of Punjab Youth Festival 2014 drew interesting competitions here at the Punjab Stadium athletics track on Thursday. Saifullah of Jallo Park Boys School turned out to be the fastest athlete when he won the 100 meters race. He was followed by Azhar Ali at second position and Haider Ali was third. In 200 metres race, Usman Ali was first while Jabbar Saddique was second and Azhar Ali was placed third. In 400 metres race, M Ijaz Khan of Islamia High School Khazana Gate won the first position while Jabbar Saddique was second and third place went to Mahboob Ali. In 800 metres race, Attokey Awan

School’s M Farooq left everyone behind while he was followed Aaqib Afzal of Model Town School was second and Jaffar Ali third. In 1500 metres race, M Shahbaz of Attokey Awan School was the winner, Mazhar Ali was second and Abbas Akbar was third. In long jump, M Azeem was the winner, Hassan Raza was second and Aaqib was third. In javelin thrown, Ibrar Ali was first and was followed by M Farooq and Abbas Ali at second and third positions respectively. In shot-putt, Arslan Mushtaq won the title while Ali Ahmed was second and Waleed Asif was third. In girls competitions, Sabiha Mushtaq was the fastest girl of the meet when she took the 100 metres title, Komal Ishtiaq and Moneeba were second and third in the race. In 200 metres race, Moneeba won the race while Farah and Tahira were second and third. In 400 Fariha Ijaz was the winner

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BANGLADESH'S SECOND BIGGEST STAND IN TESTS s pervez QAiser Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman set up a new record for the second wicket for Bangaldesh in Test cricket by adding 232 runs in Bangladesh's first innings on the third day of the second Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on Thursday (February 6). It was also Bangladesh's second best stand in Test cricket after 267-run partnership for the fifth wicket against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2012-13. Junaid Siddique and Tamim Iqbal's 200-run partnership against India at Dhaka in 200910 was the previous best second wicket stand for Bangladesh. Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman's partnership was the first century partnership for the second wicket for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in Tests. Habibul Bashar and Nafees Iqbal's 72-run stand at Chittagong in 2005-06 was the previous best second wicket stand for Bangaldesh against Sri Lanka. Both Shamsur Rahman (106) and Imrul Kayes (115) hit their maiden hundreds in Tests, in Bangladesh's first innings. It was Shamsur Rahman 's only second Test match, while Imrul Kayes is playing his 17th Test. It is only the fourth instance of two or more Bangladesh batsmen hitting hundreds in the same innings. The last occurrence was against New Zealand at the same venue in October last year. Like the two batsmen in this innings, Mominul Haque and Sohag Gazi also got their maiden hundreds against New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan followed up his five-for in Sri Lanka's innings made a fifty in Bangladesh's innings. It was the eighth instance of a Bangladesh allrounder taking a five-for and hitting a fiftyplus score in the same Test. Including the current Test, Shakib Al Hasan has achieved this six times.

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while Moneeba was second and Fatima was third. In 800 metres race, Khadija Rana was the winner while Maria Hayat was second and Iraj Akhtar was third. In 1500 metres, Komal Zulfiqar was first, Tanzeela Faisal was second and Mariam was third. In long jump, Shanawar Abdullah took the title while Sabeeha Mushtaq and Roma were second and third. In javelin thrown, Amna Azmat was winner, Munaza Shaukat was second and Naureen Aslam was third. In shot-putt, Momena Asrhad was the winner, Rashida Zahoor was second and Faiza Khalid was third. SPEcIaL chILd StEaLS thE ShOW: Special children stole the show when they defied extreme cold and persistent rain to feature in Punjab Youth Festival events on Thursday. As many as 522 special kids took part in athletics (two categories), basketball,

football, bocce ball and motor activity training programme (MATP) events organized with the collaboration of Special Olympic Pakistan at DHA Lahore Cantt. MPAs Mian Naseer Ahmed, Lubna Faisal and Hina Pervaiz Butt, who were present on this occasion, took keen interest in the special children sports events. Aleeza, Suleman and Attequr Rehman of Rising Sun Institute DHA grabbed the top three positions in motor activity training programme (MATP) contest. In young athletics event, Tayyaba of Rising Sun Institute Mughalpura achieved first spot while Hamza Sabir of DHA Campus remained runners-up followed by Amal Saeed of the same campus finished third. The athletics competitions were held in three different categories. The 50m race title went to Habib while the remaining two top positions were taken by Uzair Shaukat and Afzal respectively. Hussain Niaz sprinted to glory in 100m race followed by Saad Ali and Usman Saleem. Saad Yousuf left the rest of the athletes behind in long jump contest whereas Umair Zubair and Faisal finished second and third respectively.

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SIXTEEN MARQUEE PLAYERS IN FINAL IPL AUCTION LIST sports desk Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and Yuvraj Singh are among the 16 marquee players who will be the first set of players to go under the hammer in the IPL auction to be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. The marquee players' list, which has been split into two sets of eight names each, also includes Mahela Jayawardene, Mitchell Johnson, M Vijay, David Warner, George Bailey, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Brendon McCullum, Amit Mishra and Darren Sammy. The final list has been trimmed to 514 from the original 895 names. There are 219 capped players in addition to 295 uncapped players. There are 30 players listed at the maximum base price of Rs 2 crore (US $320,00 approximately) which includes 11 Indians. Australia fast bowler James Pattinson, who was in the original list of players with a base price of Rs 2 crore, is not there in the updated list.

In football championship title clash, Rising Sun Institute DHA thrashed Mughalpura branch soccer team. Rising Sun Institute DHA also took the basketball title. Mughalpura branch and Ameen Maktab bagged the remaining two spots. Rising Sun Institute Mughalpura excelled in bocce ball contest followed by Ameen Maktab and DHA Branch respectively. Divisional Convener Sports Mian Naseer Ahmed, while talking to media, said that sick children, in Punjab Youth Festival, proved that they can also serve their motherland in an excellent manner if given a chance. “Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif set an example by providing youngsters a historic opportunity in different sports events,” he added. PaKIStaN INdIa facE-Off IN INtErNatIONaL SPOrtS fEStIVaL: The Pakistan and Indian teams will lock horns in ten disciplines of the Punjab International Sports Festival 2014 later this month. The international festival, vision of the Punjab government is going to attract around 40 foreign teams will be starting from February 26. Mat wrestling, arm wrestling (men and women) bodybuilding, kabaddi, cricket, weightlifting and tug of war (men and women) events will be held during the Indo-Pak completions. To select the Pakistan teams for various events, the orgnisers have scheduled trials for mat wrestling trials will be held at Punjab College of Commerce on Saturday (Feb 8) while trials of arm-wrestling and bodybuilding will be held at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall.

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sports desk Sachin Tendulkar will captain a team representing Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against a Shane Warne-led Rest of the World in an exhibition match to celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's in July. The 50-over match is one of a number of specially arranged events to mark 200 years since the first game played on the ground. MCC's current president Mike Gatting will be the manager of the team that also includes former India captain Rahul Dravid. Warne will oversee the Rest of the World XI alongside Shaun Pollock in the fixture, which will take place on July 5. "It is an honour to be asked to captain MCC in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept," Tendulkar said. "Lord's is such a special place to play cricket and I am very much looking forward to helping celebrate its bicentenary by taking part in this match. I was delighted to be presented with an MCC Honorary Life Member-

ship in 2010, and it will be a privilege to play at the home of cricket once again." Warne, who retired from international cricket in 2007 but continued to turn out in the Big Bash League until 2013, said: "I always enjoy playing at Lord's and as an Honorary Life Member of MCC I'm really excited about coming back. I'm sure the match will be a lot of fun and it will be a pleasure to be part of the bicentenary celebrations of the most famous cricket ground in the world." An MCC women's team, captained by Charlotte Edwards, will play a Rest of the World XI on May 19. Clare Taylor, a former England captain and the only woman to be named Wisden Cricketer of the Year, will select the Rest of the World team, the first time such a side has been assembled in the women's game. The Bicentenary Festival Weekend will take place over July 20-22 and includes a repeat of the first-ever match at Lord's, between MCC and Hertfordshire in 1814, as well as traditional fixtures between Oxford and Cambridge, and Eton and Harrow.

National Gymkhana Cricket Club beat Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Club by 67 runs and moved in to the final of 2nd Rahber Cup T 20 Club Cricket Tournament which is going on under the supervision of Golden Star Cricket Club. Tournament Committee’s special meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Tournament Committee Chairman Majid Zaman and detail discussion on the matter of 2nd Semi Final of the tournament which was played at Baag-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground. After detailed discussion, committee decided to resolve the matter according to the ICC and PCB rules and regulation of T 20 cricket and National Gymkhana Cricket Club declared winner of the 2nd Semi Final. Match SuMMary NatIONaL GyMKhaNa 247/5 Naik Mohmmad 89 in 32 Balls 9X6s ,4X4s, Waqas ahmad 52 1X6 ,8X4s Shahid aslam 41, Ihsan ali 27, LahOrE GyMKhaNa Salman Malik 2/65 while asim Bucha ,raid Khan & amin Khan took 1 wicket Each LahOrE GyMKhaNa 133/6 hussanin alam 75 in 38 Balls 4X6s, 9X4s, raid Khan 30*, Muneeb Zafar 16 NatIONaL GyMKhaNa habib ur rehman 2/24, While Nisar ahmad ,Waqas ahmad & Shahid aslam took 1 wicket Each.

Pietersen falls victim to a very English revolution sports desk Andy Flower blamed Kevin Pietersen for a players' revolt in Australia against his intense coaching style and, even before he accepted his own resignation was inevitable, became adamant that Pietersen would play no further part in the England side. Flower's determination to rid the team of Pietersen was only partly justified by events and owed much to memories of how Pietersen had already brought down a prev i o u s

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England coach, Peter Moores, five years earlier. The outcome was spectacularly similar. Back in 2009, Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, sacked Moores as coach and Pietersen was forced to stand down from the captaincy he had held for only a few months. On this occasion, Paul Downton, in his first week in the job as Morris' successor, forced a conclusion in which Flower - his views on Pietersen made abundantly clear - resigned with his reputation unimpaired and Pietersen was discarded from the England set-up forever. The ECB hierarchy has always suspected Pietersen as a potential agitator and will protect the authority of senior figures ahead of all other considerations. Pietersen, not for the first time, spectacularly misread the players' mood after Alastair Cook and Matt Prior, England's captain and vice-captain, called a meeting, without the knowledge of the coaching staff, on the redundant final day of the Melbourne Test after England had gone 4-0 down in the series. SWaNN 'BaffLEd' By KP dEcISION: Graeme Swann, the former England offspinner who retired midway through the tour of Australia, has expressed his surprise at the ECB's decision to

cut Kevin Pietersen loose. Swann, who made his Test debut under Pietersen's captaincy, admitted that there had been ill-feeling towards Pietersen during the 2012 texting affair that led to him being dropped but said that the players had successfully put that behind them. Writing in his Sun column, Swann also described Pietersen's attitude during the Ashes as "exceptional". "He made a huge effort to improve his attitude around the dressing room," Swann wrote. "I saw or heard no issues with him in Australia this winter, his approach was exceptional. That's why I was baffled on Tuesday when he was effectively sacked as an England player. "Looking back, I could have understood if Kevin's career with England had finished after 'textgate'. But to go through the reintegration process and then, just 15 months later, discard him for good seems very strange. "Clearly, Kevin must have upset people enough for the England hierarchy to decide he is no longer wanted. Don't forget, we're not talking about a middling player here -we're talking about a batsman of sublime talent. As I say, I saw nothing while I was on the Ashes tour. His approach was spot-on."


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NGLAND have sprung a surprise in the selection for their squad to tour the Caribbean and then travel to the World Twenty20, including an eye-catching batsman who also bowls capable offspin. Moeen Ali is not quite as box-office a name as Kevin Pietersen but, along with the uncapped Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry, his callup was indicative of England's desire to begin a new era. Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer, has also been included an an extra bowler for the West Indies, where England will play three ODIs and three T20s. Otherwise, the group that were crushed 3-0 in Australia has remained largely intact, with Danny Briggs and Boyd Rankin dropped from James Whitaker's first squad as national selector. Whitaker, who met on Wednesday with Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach, and former team director Andy Flower to discuss selection, would not be drawn further on Pietersen's exclusion, referring to a "precarious situation in terms of what we can say" and citing legal reasons for the ECB's continued silence. While Moeen, a former England Under-19s captain, has been tipped to play at international level for some time, Parry's selection will appear straight out of left field to some. However, the 28year-old has built a solid reputation in limited-overs cricket at Lancashire and has 63 T20 wickets to go with an impressive economy of 6.86. England appear to set to enter something of a spin cycle, after the retirement of Graeme Swann, and Parry could become the fifth slow bowler tried in a matter of weeks. Monty Panesar and Scott Borthwick were turned to in the final two Ashes Tests, before James Tredwell and Briggs suffered varying degrees of ignominy during the limited-overs leg of England's dismal tour. The need to find a reliable spin option

is all the more pressing, given the slow pitches expected in Bangladesh for the World T20. Parry has only played six firstclass games, with Gary Keedy and then Simon Kerrigan blocking his way at Lancashire, and missed much of last season after breaking his arm in the nets. He spent the winter playing grade cricket in Perth. "It goes without saying that I was absolutely delighted to have received the call from James Whitaker. I am still in a bit of shock," Parry told the Manchester Evening News. "It's always an ambition to play for your country and being in the squad brings that dream a step closer to reality." Moeen, an elegant, wristy batsman who is currently on tour with the England Lions in Sri Lanka, has experience of T20 in Bangladesh conditions, having previously played in the BPL. In 2013, he scored more than 2000 runs and took 55 wickets in all formats. The fact that he can also bowl the doosra, after instruction from Saeed Ajmal at Worcestershire, will be mentioned in dispatches, though he has so far been reluctant to use it and may stick to more orthodox skills if given a chance. "Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire and both counties and their coaching staffs, must take credit for their continued progress," Whitaker said. "This group has an exciting mix of youth and Twenty20 experience and I am sure with good preparation, desire and determination they will be able to produce an exciting brand of cricket." Moeen's first senior call-up provides Giles with another top-order option as he prepares for an extended chance to work with his first-choice squad - minus the disbarred Pietersen - and attempts to press his case for the vacant England team director role. Giles, who with Alastair Cook and Paul Downton formed the triumvirate that decided Pietersen's future, may have been left questioning the wisdom of that decision when discussions turned to the Caribbean tour and the subsequent World Twenty20.

The preference of Stuart Broad, the T20 captain, is unknown, though he will have been consulted during Downton's review of the Ashes debacle. Broad, who has an official deputy in Eoin Morgan, will also captain in the West Indies ODIs, with Cook rested. Whitaker, Giles and Flower, who remains a selector for the time being, will have considered that their top three in Australia scored just 88 runs between them in eight innings. Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Luke Wright have performed well for England in the past - Lumb and Wright were part of England's 2010 World Twenty20 win, while Hales was previously the No. 1-ranked batsman in the format but none has the reputation and intimidatory qualities of Pietersen. When England lifted their first global limited-overs trophy four years ago, Pietersen was at his exhilarating best, finishing as Man of the Tournament. Now, as in Sri Lanka in 2012, his absence will weigh heavily on those England have chosen in his stead. WOrLd tWENty20 Squad: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, vice-captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex). ENGLaNd Squad tO tOur thE carIBBEaN: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, vice-captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Harry Gurney Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex).

SLC QUESTIONS LEGALITY OF PROPOSALS sports desk Sri Lanka's board president Jayantha Dharmadasa has followed up SLC's publicly stated objection to resolutions for vast changes to cricket's global revenue sharing and governance by openly questioning the legality of the proposal and the manner of its creation in a letter to the ICC. The correspondence, obtained by ESPNcricinfo, was sent to the ICC's head of legal affairs Iain Higgins on February 5, after a special meeting of the Sri Lanka board's stakeholders voted unanimously against the revised proposals presented to the ICC directors. It outlines numerous serious queries about the manner in which the resolutions have been brought to the board table. They are due to be voted on at a meeting of all Full Members in Singapore on Saturday. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa have each raised formal objections to the proposals, with CSA previously describing them as "fundamentally flawed". Dharmadasa has taken a similar tack in his letter, outlining how the draft proposal and subsequent resolutions had contravened the ICC's own constitution. Specific targets include the notion of a "contribution cost" running contrary to the provision for equal revenue stipulated by the ICC's constitution. More than once, Dharmadasa asks whether the ICC is comfortable and confident that the process by which the many changes have arisen is in line with the governing body's regulations, while raising the matter of whether board members had been granted sufficient time to review the sweeping changes that will result from the proposal. "Sri Lanka Cricket has received legal advice from its Legal Advisory Committee to the effect that these purported 'Resolutions' are in fact not valid resolutions in law," Dharmadasa wrote. "Pursuant to your invitation for us to contact you in the event of us having issue with the same, we write to seek clarification from you, as Head of Legal of the ICC. "In any event, as Head of Legal of the ICC, you are duty bound to ensure that any Purported Resolutions that are placed before

the Members are done in accord with the constitutional documents of the ICC, and we would in that context request that you furnish us with the clarifications requested below as a matter of extreme urgency." A major strand of the letter raises the matter of whether or not the new revenue model, based upon a "contribution" calculation defies the ICC constitution's expectation of equal sharing of revenue from ICC events. This element of the proposal was critical to India's agreement to it, after the BCCI repeatedly refused to sign the existing Members Participation Agreement (MPA) for the next television rights period on the basis that it was entitled to a

greater share. The letter states that the ICC's Memorandum of Association features "entrenched provisions" around the distribution of funds to members. These declare that 75% of surplus revenue must be distributed equally among the Full Members, and "the costs payable by the Council out of its revenues shall be allocated as to 75% thereof equally among the Full Members". Under the proposal, this distribution model would be replaced by a "contribution costs" model in which each nation is granted a percentage of revenue based upon numerous factors including on-field

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results, historical contribution to the game and off-field revenue-raising power. This calculation happens to place India, England and Australia, the three countries who devised the proposal, in the top three positions of entitlement. Dharmadasa's objection is based upon the fact that this model is in contravention of the ICC's own constitution. He also noted that the proposed "Test Cricket Fund" designed to help the other seven nations to stage Test matches in circumstances when they might be expected to lose money was similarly flawed. Other matters covered by the letter include the implementation of the ExCo board with three permanent members from India, England and Australia, and the matter of a new FTP agreed upon by a series of bilateral arrangements, rather than the overarching ICC blueprint that currently exists. Dharmadasa raised the question of what was to become of existing deals struck between member nations under the terms of the FTP. "The purported Resolutions seek to impose wide changes to the FTP, essentially by doing away with the current FTP Scheme and permitting the individual Boards to contract with each other," Dharmadasa wrote. "You would be aware that contracts that have already been entered into by individual Members on the basis of the existing ICC Executive Board approved FTP, including Sponsorship Contracts and Broadcasting Contracts for which such Members have committed and already received monies. "We seek confirmation that you have considered the legality of this, and have advised the ICC of its potential liability to indemnify any Members that may be caused loss and damage in this regard." N Srinivasan, the president of the BCCI, and Wally Edwards, the chairman of Cricket Australia, have both defended the proposals, stating that they are designed to end an era of considerable dysfunction at ICC level while also providing better incentives for each cricket-playing nation to improve themselves, rather than relying on the ICC's distributions to stay afloat.

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Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and offspinner Sunil Narine picked up four wickets each to set up Trinidad & Tobago's five-wicket victory against Leeward Islands at Shaw Park in Scarborough. Leeward Islands, choosing to bat, struggled to muster any meaningful partnerships at the top of the order and lost wickets at regular intervals to stumble to 46 for 4 by the 18th over. Devon Thomas and Jahmar Hamilton briefly stopped the slide with a 67-run association for the fifth wicket, but once Thomas fell for 42, the team once again collapsed. From 113 for 4, Leeward Islands were bowled out for just 140, as Rampaul and Narine ran through the remaining batsmen in 43.2 overs. Rampaul ended with 4 for 20, while Narine, the Man of the Match, conceded only 16 runs for his four scalps. Fast bowler Gavin Tonge gave the visitors some hope of snatching an unlikely victory by effecting three dismissals to leave T&T precariously placed at 75 for 4. However, with only a paltry total to defend, those ambitions were quickly quashed as Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin put up a fifth-wicket stand of 65 to seal T&T's first win of the season.


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AIDEN tons for the overnight pair of Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes had energised Bangladesh and their crowd in the morning, but by stumps, Sri Lanka's industrious spinners had extracted enough dismissals to stay on track for victory, despite the visitors' abject fielding. A late Ajantha Mendis double-strike swung the match decisively in Sri Lanka's favour, after the Bangladesh middle-order provided fitful resistance. The hosts are still 178 runs adrift in the first innings, with two wickets in hand. Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah had put on 46 together as the sun began to set, but with only 21 balls remaining until the day's quota was done, a wide ball from Mendis failed to bounce, and Dinesh Chandimal collected what the umpire believed was an under-edge. Bangladesh's last recognised batsman Sohag Gazi was struck in front of middle and off stump next ball, forcing his prompt departure, and Mendis was only denied a hat-trick by unexpected bounce, which may have taken the ball that struck the new batsman's front pad above the stumps. Shamsur and Imrul were ruled by caution, then adventure, in the morning before giving way to impatience when they surrendered after lunch. They had only strayed, though, after having adding 232 runs, the second-highest Test partnership for Bangladesh, which was also the best for the second wicket. The wicketless first session appeared to unlock the spirit Bangladesh had lacked in the first six days of the series, even if the batsmen who followed were occasionally guilty of taking hairbrained options. There were moments of imprudence at the top of the day, but the batsmen largely eschewed ambition and strove to reacclimatise themselves to the surface, in the first hour, dulling Sri Lanka's earnest start in the process. The first 15 overs of the day brought only 45 runs, but after that Imrul and Shamsur took to punishing a quickly-worsening bowling effort. They would advance at 5.4 runs an over for the remainder of the session. The shift in Bangladesh's approach from the first Test was most evident in the way they dealt with Sri Lanka's short balls. Bouncers had been their undoing in Mirpur, but aided by a surface that did not reward short-pitched bowling, both batsmen hooked and pulled judiciously, and often. Shamsur's restraint was as laudably as his aggression. In the 37th over, he hooked consecutive Suranga Lakmal

587 SrI LaNKa 1st INNING baNGLadeSH 1st INNING 106 Shamsur rahman b Mendis Imrul Kayes b Mendis 115 Mominul Haque lbw b Perera 13 50 Shakib al Hasan c Karunaratne b Perera 20 Mushfiqur rahim c Silva b Perera 42 Nasir Hossain c †chandimal b Mendis Mahmudullah not out 30 Sohag Gazi lbw b Mendis 0 3 al-amin Hossain not out 30 eXTraS (b 8, lb 1, nb 21) 409 ToTaL (8 wickets; 115 overs) To baT abdur razzak FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.4 ov), 2-232 (Shamsur rahman, 61.2 ov), 3-252 (Mominul Haque, 67.6 ov), 4-259 (Imrul Kayes, 72.3 ov), 5-319 (Mushfiqur rahim, 89.4 ov), 6-350 (Shakib al Hasan, 97.1 ov), 7-396 (Nasir Hossain, 111.4 ov), 8-396 (Sohag Gazi, 111.5 ov) boWLING raS Lakmal 23-5-68-1, N Pradeep 15-2-96-0, baW Mendis 27-2-84-4, MdK Perera 39-4-119-3, ad Mathews 11-1-33-0 Match details Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to bat Player of the match tba Umpires NJ Llong (england) and Pr reiffel (australia) TV umpire anisur rahman Match referee dc boon (australia) reserve umpire Sharfuddoula

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pitched wide, and offered a gentle topedged lob to Kithuruwan Vithanage who promptly shelled it. Becoming even more fidgety, Imrul was beaten by one that spun away from him next ball, then when he spotted the kind of short, wide delivery that he had imperiously played along the ground all morning, the batsman slapped it in the air to Vithanage, again. At the other end, new-centurion Shamsur swung his bat in frustration at the timidity of his partner's dismissal, when the catch was completed. Only, when Shamsur turned around, the umpire had his arm out for a no-ball. Neither the Sri Lanka fielders nor either batsman quite seemed to believe it. By Mendis' next over, Imrul had girded himself enough to bat more intelligently. He blasted a short-wide Lakmal ball to collect his own hundred. Just as the two should have consolidated their gains however, Shamsur offered an untimely slog to Mendis on 106 and was bowled. He left to a standing ovation, which he had deserved after his morning's work. But his attitude after both he and Kayes reached hundreds perhaps merited some reproach, given Bangladesh were still 355 runs short of Sri Lanka's total. Imrul was less cavalier, but when Sri Lanka strung together several tight overs, the limits of his patience were also soon discovered. On 115, he ran at Mendis and played an almighty, hamstring-twinging slog, and had his off stump pegged back. Worryingly for Bangladesh, he needed to be carried off the field on a stretcher, casting severe doubts on his further participation in the match.

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balls with authority, but when the bowler delivered a third short ball outside off stump, the batsman did not offer the same stroke. Imrul's advances were more on the off side, as he laid into a visibly disorganised Nuwan Pradeep. Width was punished repeatedly and emphatically, in the arc between backward-point and cover, and

the balls at the body only fared slightly better, with Imrul reprising the pull shot that had been profitable for him on the previous evening. If the morning session had made clear the immense talent in Bangladesh cricket, the period after resumption laid out some of its enduring frustrations. Shamsur completed his maiden hundred, in his sec-

ond Test, with a strike through the covers, but seeing his partner exult at triple figures seemed only to make Imrul more nervous. On 95, he faced an over from Mendis replete with both cringe-inducing anxiety and incredible good fortune. Perhaps hoping to bash his way to the ton, Imrul advanced to Mendis, found the ball had

NEW ZEALAND BRINGS INDIA TO ITS KNEES WILLIAMSON, MCCULLUM FLATTEN INDIA AucklAnd aGeNcIeS

When MS Dhoni won his sixth consecutive toss of the tour, in the first Test in Auckland, he smiled sheepishly at his good fortune on an overcast morning. By the end of the first day, though, the smile had disappeared and his greying beard took prominence because India had endured a forgettable day. Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum scored aggressive hundreds during a rapid double-century stand for the fourth wicket, consigning New Zealand's toporder stumble to a distant memory. More than the volume of runs, the manner in which they were scored was remarkable. On a grassy drop-in pitch at Eden Park, India's bowlers applied pressure in the first session and New Zealand lost three wickets for 54 runs before lunch. After the break, though, the stirring riposte from Williamson and McCullum changed everything. They had got together with the score on 30 for 3 in the 18th over and added 221 in 51 overs. Williamson and McCullum launched a counterattack and picked up runs in similar regions but by employing entirely different methods. For every silken Williamson straight drive, McCullum played a powerful punch; for every neat back-foot push through cover from Williamson, McCullum cut violently; for every controlled pull from Williamson, McCullum unleashed full-blooded slaps. In between, there were urgently-run singles as they took on tiring fielders. Williamson was the enforcer early on, using his range of shots to manoeuver the ball into gaps on both sides of the field. Zaheer Khan was driven to the straight boundary, Ravindra Jadeja was lofted to-

wards the sightscreen and Mohammed Shami was punched stylishly through the off side. Williamson, the leading run-scorer in the ODI series, had brought his form to the longer format. The lack of pace from India's bowlers helped McCullum too, as he used his quick hands to punish anything marginally short. And there was plenty of friendly short bowling from India. One such delivery from Ishant caught the top edge of McCullum's bat and sailed over the wicketkeeper to bring up the halfcentury of the partnership, off 73 balls. Another top edge gave Williamson the six that took him to his sixth consecutive half-century against India. They may have been top-edges but the deliveries were worse, and Eden Park's straight boundaries were short. They then unfurled a flurry of straight drives to bring up the century stand. McCullum was the first to reach a hundred, off 135 balls, with a powerful drive over long-on off Jadeja. Two overs later, Williamson completed his majestic hundred - his fifth in Tests - with an inside out drive off the spinner. He was finally dismissed in the 69th over, edging an innocuous Zaheer delivery down the leg side to Dhoni. Corey Anderson, the new batsman, survived nervous moments early on and ensured New Zealand ended the day without any further damage. The morning, however, could not have been more different. Under gloomy skies, Ishant sparked India's attack to life, taking two key wickets, and keeping New Zealand quiet. He accounted for Hamish Rutherford in his first over, the batsmen playing away from the body and falling to a sharp diving catch from Ajinkya Rahane at gully, and then dismissed Ross Taylor via another sharp catch, by Jadeja at short mid-off. India, however, were left to rue a missed chance at a crucial moment. With New Zealand seeking a

Scoreboard NeW ZeaLaNd 1st INNINGS PG Fulton lbw b Khan 13 Hd rutherford c rahane b I Sharma 6 KS Williamson c †dhoni b Khan 113 LrPL Taylor c Jadeja b I Sharma 3 bb Mccullum not out 143 cJ anderson not out 42 eXTraS (b 1, lb 5, w 3) 9 ToTaL (4 wickets; 90 overs) 329 To baT bJ Watling†, IS Sodhi, TG Southee, N Wagner, Ta boult FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-19 (rutherford, 9.5 ov), 2-23 (Fulton, 12.1 ov), 3-30 (Taylor, 17.1 ov), 4-251 (Williamson, 68.1 ov) boWLING Mohammed Shami 22-6-66-0, Z Khan 23-2-98-2, I Sharma 21-462-2, ra Jadeja 20-1-81-0, V Kohli 1-0-4-0, rG Sharma 3-0-12-0 INdIa TeaM M Vijay, S dhawan, ca Pujara, V Kohli, rG Sharma, aM rahane, MS dhoni*†, ra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Z Khan, I Sharma Match details Toss India, who chose to field Player of the match tba Umpires SJ davis (australia) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV umpire GaV baxter Match referee rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reserve umpire bF bowden

way out from their troubled start, Williamson was dropped at first slip by M Vijay off Shami. He went on to score 81 more. Shikhar Dhawan had also dropped Peter Fulton early on in the innings and misjudged a top-edge off McCullum later in the day.

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Ishant, after bowling his first six overs for eight runs, failed to control the run flow, while Jadeja, Zaheer and Shami remained profligate throughout the McCullum-Williamson stand. The bowling and fielding summed up India's day.


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