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iCC Board clears governance, financial changes The ICC Board has gained the necessary votes to approve a large number of sweeping changes relating to the governance, financing and structure of international cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the PCB were the only two Full Members who abstained when a “comprehensive resolution” was put to vote. The BCCI, in particular... page 14
JUi-F leader confirms death of girls, boys of Kohistan video scandal Leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and former MPA from Kohistan, Maulana Dildar Ahmed on Saturday confirmed the death of all the characters which featured in a video scandal that surfaced in May 2012 from Kohistan. While addressing a press conference, Maulana Ahmad said that all five girls hailing from Azadkhel tribe... page 02
PM says negotiating committee fully empowered to hold dialogue with Taliban
ghazi murder case: Musharraf exempted from court appearance
TALIBAN NEGOTIATORS REACH NWA, MEET TTP SHURA
A session court on Saturday granted the former president Pervez Musharraf exemption from appearing before the court in Lal Masjid Cleric Ghazi Abdur Rasheed murder case. The hearing session, headed by additional session judge Wajid Ali, Mushrraf’s advocate Tariq Asad told the court that advocate Anwar Mansoor had assured... page 02
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JUI-F leader confirms killings of girls, boys of Kohistan video scandal ABBOTTABAD INP
Sindh areas shut down as MQM mourns workers’ killings ALTAF HUSSAIN DEMANDS ENQUIRY INTO EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS OF HIS PARTY WORKERS KARACHI STAFF REPORT
RBAN areas in the Sindh province, including Karachi, shut down as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) mourned the “extra-judicial killings” of its workers allegedly by law enforcement agencies. The MQM called for a strike after Salman Noorudin, a party worker, was found dead after being allegedly picked up by police and tortured. Transportation agencies and traders kept their businesses closed over the
weekend fearing violence. Universities postponed their examinations and schools announced their closure. The cities of Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah, and Sukkur also observed the “mourning period”. However, life returned to normal after the MQM asked the transportation agencies and traders to resume business in the afternoon. Altaf Hussain, the MQM chief in self exile, expressed his gratitude to the people, CNG and petrol stations owners, and transportation agencies for supporting the party in observing the mourning period. He demanded that
Indian spy agencies reject Pakistan proposed roaming plan NEW DELHI INP
Indian intelligence agencies have rejected Pakistan’s proposal seeking roaming services in India for its nationals using their home mobile numbers on visits to the country. According to Indian media, representatives of Indian Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) expressed serious reservations over the proposal at a meeting held at the Home Ministry last week. An official, however, added that the ministry was trying to convince both the agencies to come around and accept the long-pending proposal.
Pakistan has proposed to offer in return roaming services to Indians using their domestic numbers on visits to the country. The Indian commerce ministry and telecom department have been pushing the proposal to allow mobile operators to allow roaming facilities. Roaming is not available for Indians in Pakistan and viceversa while citizens of both countries are allowed the facility in every other country. This puts visitors from both sides at great inconvenience, especially since procuring prepaid SIM cards for Indians in Pakistan and vice-versa was extremely difficult, an official said.
authorities hold an enquiry into the extra-judicial killing of Nooruddin and other innocent MQM workers. In a statement, he said that police and law enforcement officials, under whose instructions the party workers had been allegedly killed, should be brought to book. Hussain also expressed regret that the authorities turned a deaf ear on his calls for remedial actions. In the statement, he said that he personally telephoned the chief minister of the province, the director general of the paramilitary rangers, and other highranking official to inform them about the killings but no one responded.
Earlier, in a press conference, Haider Abbas Rizvi, a party leader, called on authorities to set up a judicial commission to probe the extra judicial killings of MQM workers and activists. He said that MQM workers were being victimised under the pretext of operations against criminals. The MQM leader also raised the issue of the 45 missing party activists, saying no one knew if they were alive or dead. Nasreen Jalil, another senior party leader, demanded that a first information report for Nooruddin’s murder be registered against the city police chief. A police spokesman said in response to the agitation and call for strikes that additional inspector general of police Shahid Hayat had ordered an enquiry into the matter. He said that if any anomaly was found out then severe action would be taken.
Sarkozy to be questioned in Karachi aﬀair corruption scandal INVESTIGATORS CLAIM SARKOZY WAS PART OF A WEB OF CORRUPTION BEHIND THE SALE OF SUBMARINES TO PAKISTAN AND WARSHIPS TO SAUDI ARABIA IN 1994 PARIS ONLINE
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will testifying in front of a special court over alleged kickbacks from French arms sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The corruption could have led to a bombing in Karachi that killed 11 French engineers, according to French Radio RFI. The case, which has become known as the “Karachi affair”, dates back to 1995 when Sarkozy was budget minister and campaign man-
ager for former prime minister Edouard Balladur’s unsuccessful bid to become president. Balladur himself and former defence minister François Léotard are the prime targets of the legal case. Sarkozy will be summoned by the Cour de Justice de la Republique (CJR), which deals with ministerial misconduct cases, as an “assisted witness”, a status that means that he could be charged. Investigators claim Sarkozy was part of a web of corruption behind the sale of submarines to Pakistan and warships to Saudi Arabia, back in 1994, when he
was France’s budget minister. Kickbacks from the awarding of contracts are alleged to have funded Balladur’s campaign. There is also suspicion that a secret fund run by the prime minister’s office was used fraudulently. Investigators are also looking into a 2002 bombing in Karachi that killed 15 people, 11 of them French engineers, and could have been an act of revenge for a failure to pay bribes secretly promised to Pakistani officials. This is one of a number of cases involving Sarkozy, who was questioned last year on accusations of illegal campaign funding for his 2007 presidential bid. The former president lost his immunity when he left office in 2012. He has not ruled out running in 2017’s presidential poll and has denied any wrongdoing, as has Balladur.
Leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and former MPA from Kohistan, Maulana Dildar Ahmed on Saturday confirmed the death of all the characters which featured in a video scandal that surfaced in May 2012 from Kohistan. While addressing a press conference, Maulana Ahmad said that all five girls hailing from Azadkhel tribe shown in the video were killed while the three brothers Shah Faisal, Safiuddin and Sher Wali were also shot dead in revenge. He said that he had informed the then commissioner Hazara and DIG about the reality. He added that the slain girls were buried in a remote mountainous area and he can locate the site if he is provided with a helicopter. He said that the girls who met had met social activist Farzana Bari were relatives of the murdered girls and not those identified in the video. In May 2012, the ulema of the Palas area of Kohistan had issued a decree to murder five girls and three boys, all brothers, who appeared in the controversial video. Afzal Kohistani, brother of the accused boys told media claimed that his brothers and the girls seen in the video were killed on May 30 in accordance with the tribal decree. Upon this revelation, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice and sent a fact-finding mission to the area on June 4 that reported back that the women were alive. The case was abruptly disposed off. Bari had added a dissenting note and had expressed reservations over the findings of the enquiry commission. However, while closing the case, then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry stated in his closing order that if and when Bari can produce additional evidence, the case may be taken up again.
Ghazi murder case: Musharraf exempted from court appearance ISLAMABAD ONLINE
A session court on Saturday granted the former president Pervez Musharraf exemption from appearing before the court in Lal Masjid Cleric Ghazi Abdur Rasheed murder case. The hearing session, headed by additional session judge Wajid Ali, Mushrraf’s advocate Tariq Asad told the court that advocate Anwar Mansoor had assured special court of Musharraf’s attendance on February 18, adding that a debate on exemption plea wasn’t required then. He said the session court should wait till Musharraf’s appearance before special court in treason case. Accepting the plea, the court granted exemption to the retired general and adjourned the hearing till February 15.
Indian Navy arrests 16 Pakistani fishermen THATTA INP
At least 16 Pakistani fishermen were held on Saturday by Indian Navy for mistakenly violating the maritime limits. According to sources, the 16 fishermen hailing from Atherki area of district Thatta were fishing near Sir Creek and Kajhar Creek Islands when they mistakenly crossed into the Indian sea limits. Indian naval authorities arrived at the location and arrested the fishermen along with their boats. The detained fishermen included Ameen, Razzaq, Akram, Khadano, Yousaf, Hussain, Nawaz and others.
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Nawaz warns against politicking on national issues PM BLAMES PREVIOUS REGIMES FOR CRIPPLING ECONOMY OF COUNTRY
SAYS TERRORISM INCREASED BECAUSE OF ILL-CONCEIVED POLICIES
and people’s prosperity. Nawaz recalled that in his recent visit to the United States, he had communicated to US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials for provision of trade to Pakistan, instead of aid. He said the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government has always encouraged the private sector, adding that it was very unfortunate for Pakistan that a number of profit-earning institutions were nationalized in the past just to oblige cronies and workers. “Had the institutions not been nationalised, Pakistan would not have been facing problems like poverty, ignorance and a crippled economy today and the nation is still paying the price of that drastic mistake,” he added. The premier said that the rulers who had tarnished Pakistan’s image, cannot escape by talking of state and non-state actors, as the monster of terrorism has gone stronger due to their ill-conceived policies. Utter seriousness is needed to eliminate this years-old menace, he said, adding that the PML-N government was committed to improving law and order by weeding out terror-
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday stressed that Pakistan’s grave issues of terrorism, law and order and economy must not be used for political mileage. He was addressing the 37th FPCCI (Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Export Awards distribution ceremony at a local hotel. Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, Federal Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, FPCCI President-Elect Zakria Usman and others were also present. The prime minister said the government was striving to tap all resources to overcome energy shortage, which was the very basic need to keep the industry operational; jack up exports through increased production; ensure economic development
SAYS NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE FULLY EMPOWERED TO HOLD DIALOGUE WITH TALIBAN ism. Nawaz said that the government inherited a number of problems including energy shortage from its predecessors and soon after coming into power, it had to pay off Rs500 billion in circular debts to the power sector. “The PML-N government is fully aware of its responsibilities. We are using all avenues from where we can get electricity, as I believe in actions and not in mere promises,” he said. “The government is focusing on speedy completion of all energy projects including Gaddani Power Project, Diamir Bhasha Dam, Bunji Dam and Dasu Dam, civil nuclear power projects, Neelum Jehlum Hydro-power Project and more,” he added. The prime minister said that the gas shortage should have ended during last five years but unfortunately, it continued to persist till the PML-N government came to power. He, however, added that his government was working on the issue and gas shortage would be bridged within next one and a half years. In addition to power generation, he said the government was also paying full attention to road infrastructure projects, especially the Lahore-Karachi Motorway to improve trade activities in the country.
“If motorway projects in the previous PML-N tenures had started, today there would have been a huge network of motorways up to Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and hence trade and business activities would have increased substantially in Pakistan,” he added. The prime minister said that directions for establishment of an executive committee, comprising of business and trade representatives, have been issued. It would meet with government officials at least after every three months, while he and the relevant minister would also sit along with them and all business related matters would be sorted out, besides taking policy decisions on the spot, he added. “I think this is the fastest mean to improve trade, exports and industry,” he observed. Nawaz also called upon the industrialists and traders to give their recommendations to the government for doubling the country’s export volume. He said that Khujrab-Gwadar trade corridor would bring about development and prosperity in the entire region of GilgitBaltistan and the country. The premier said that the government initiated the Youth Business Loan Scheme to make the Pakistani youth independent by starting or expanding their own businesses. During the ceremony, he gave away FPCCI export awards while the FPCCI president presented a souvenir to him. TALKS COMMITTEE EMPOW-
Taliban negotiators reach NWA, meet TTP shura PESHAWAR: Member of the Talibannominated committee Professor Ibrahim and coordinator Yousuf Shah on Saturday reached North Waziristan Agency and apprised the Taliban leadership about their first meeting with the government’s committee. According to sources, Ibrahim and Shah, flanked by a political agent, met the Taliban political shura at an undisclosed location. According to media reports, the Interior Ministry provided two helicopters for the visit. Earlier, Shah had said that the government had assured of providing helicopter, but it was no more needed as the talks could be held at any nearest place. He had also said that the things would be clear in two or three days. “[Lal Masjid cleric] Abdul Aziz is a member of the Taliban committee and will remain so,” he said. STAFF REPORT
ERED: Talking to reporters after the event, the prime minister said the nation has been taken into confidence on holding talks with Taliban, adding that the government-nominated committee had been fully empowered to conduct negotiations with the terrorists.
TalKS’ TeaMS ShoUld be GIveN chaNce To worK For Peace: raShId LAHORE: Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Saturday said that dialogue committees should be given an opportunity to work for peace in the country. Talking to reporters at Aiwan-eIqbal, he said that interference in peace talks, through questions in the media, was not appropriate at this stage. To a question about any impasse in the dialogue, he said the government was capable of tackling any deadlock as it wanted peace and it was a major goal. The minister said that Pakistan had never interfered in the affairs of any other country and it was time to resolve its own issues. He said that enemies of law and the constitution should never be spared and they should be taken to courts. To another question about the issue of big three of cricket, he said that Pakistan’s stance was absolutely clear on the issue. APP
balochistan lhws say won’t fight polio without pay QUETTA: Lady health workers (LHW) on Saturday announced to boycott the anti-polio campaign in Balochistan from Monday in protest against non-payment of salaries for the last five months. The LHWs also staged a protest demonstration in Civil Hospital Quetta and demanded the government immediately clear their dues. They warned that if their salaries were not paid immediately, they would not partake in the upcoming polio vaccination campaign. INP
another polio case reported in Nwa MIRANSHAH: Another polio case was reported in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Saturday taking the total toll to nine. The Health Department said that 16-month-old Umer Gul from tehsil Miranshah was found affected with polio virus. Since January 1, nine polio cases have been reported across the country and all affected children belong to NWA. Polio vaccination could not be carried out in the tribal areas due to security threats. Recent report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has exposed alarming situation regarding spread of polio virus in Peshawar. INP
LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 37th FPCCI Export Awards ceremony on Saturday. INP
Eying Taliban, military moves into strategic Swat Valley SWAT AGENCIES
As the government determines whether to push forward on talks with the country’s Taliban, its military is shoring up its strength in at least one strategic location. The military plans on constructing a permanent base in Swat valley, best known abroad as the location where a Taliban gunman shot Malala Yousafzai on her way to school. It’s also the former home of new Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah – whose forces ruled the valley for two years before the Army chased them out in 2009 – and is close to the border with Afghanistan. For now, the government’s focus appears to be on talks. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif campaigned last year on a pledge to seek a truce with the Pakistan Taliban (a loosely organized group that is affiliated with, but distinct from the Taliban in Afghanistan) and the United States has reportedly limited its drone strikes in order to give the government space to pursue talks. But analysts say that whatever the
outcome of the talks, the military is taking steps to ensure a position of strength – whether the threat is from the Taliban, or from spillover conflict after the US withdraws from Afghanistan, both of which are considered danger points. “With the Afghanistan pull out this year and the expected chaos there following that, it [conflict] will definitely spill into Pakistan and therefore currently there are concerns and hence the military base fits in that scenario,” says Professor Sarfaraz Khan, a native of Swat Valley who heads the Area Study Center at Peshawar University. Shaikh Rohail Asghar, a member of Sharif’s ruling party and chairman of a parliamentary defence committee, says it is prudent to construct the base because of remaining concerns over militancy in the area and its proximity to Afghanistan. “We need [the military] to stay since we do not believe it is completely peaceful in the valley yet,” he says. “Secondly, the area is strategically located with Afghanistan and other [northern] border areas nearby, and therefore it makes sense for the military to be based permanently there.” The military has not
announced when it plans to open the base, which was approved by Sharif last month, but it has cordoned off about 44 acres with barbed wire. Several locals have backlashed against the Army’s plans and are vowing to protest in capital city Islamabad if their demands for the base to move off agricultural lands are not met. “We are unable to attend to our farms, because the army keeps talking about security concerns,” says Zahir Shah, who owns around an acre of land in the area. Mr. Shah says he supported the military’s operation that drove the Taliban out in 2009, but now believes that the valley will not fall under Taliban rule again. “They have all escaped to other areas and there is no need for the military to stay. Their job is done.” Hassan Askari, a political scientist and defence analyst, says that locals “will have to bear with the consequences” since there are “no credible security alternatives.” “It is a catch-22 situation,” he says. “On one side the locals are getting annoyed, but on the other, [the villagers] have to rely on the military for security” because the police have not proved able to maintain law and order in the past.
Pakistani woman donates liver to infant son NEWS DESK A Pakistani woman risked her own life to save her infant son with the help of a doctor at a hospital, according to media reports. According to reports, Rabia Anjum, who lives with her husband Zuhaib in Bronx, New York, donated a segment of her liver to her eightmonth-old son, Jahanzaib, in December after his own organ was failing from a rare congenital disease. “I didn’t have a choice,” the courageous 26-year-old mother said. “I had to be brave for my son.” Jahanzaib’s suffered from a hereditary disease that causes rapid liver failure. It affects only one in 100,000 children, said the reports. To complicate matters, the baby was born with an abnormality in which where the organs are on opposite sides of the body. Doctors at Montefiore’s Moses campus admitted the infant and placed him on a children’s transplant list. But the longer the couple waited for a liver for Jahanzaib, the worse he got – his eyes were jaundiced and he was crying yellow tears. The couple decided not to wait any longer – little Jahanzaib was failing fast and Rabia was a perfect match, though donating part of her liver to her son meant she would spend weeks recovering, leaving the primary caretaking to her husband. “It was the worst time in my life,” he said, referring Dec 4, the day his wife and son were both on the operating table. Both surgeries went well, and Jahanzaib was discharged two weeks later.
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Civilian casualties rise in Afghanistan as foreign troops exit closes in: UN report KABUL AGENCIES
NITED Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported on Saturday the number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war rose 14 percent in 2013, with deaths almost reaching the record of 2011. Civilians killed or wounded in the crossfire of fighting between government and Taliban-led insurgent forces was a marked new trend in 2013, UNAMA has said in its annual report. UNAMA put this down to the reduction of ground and air operations by the USled NATO force as it withdraws after more than a decade of war. Afghan forces have been taking an increasing role in the fight against the Taliban as the coalition withdraws by the end of 2014. About 58,000 NATO-led combat troops who are still in Afghanistan are due to
leave by the end of the year. The UN report voiced concern at civilians suffering beatings, looting and even summary executions at the hands of Afghan forces. A total of 8,615 civilian casualties were recorded in 2013 — 2,959 killed and 5,656 wounded — up 14 percent from 2012. The rise in deaths, up seven percent from 2012, and injuries, up 17 percent, reverses the decline recorded last year. The death toll almost matches the peak figure of 3,133 recorded in 2011. The
Twitter notes 22% jump in account information requests from govts NEWS DESK As social media network Twitter reported a year on year 26 per cent growth in timeline views, it noted that governments were increasingly requesting Twitter for information on accounts. In its half yearly transparency report of June – December 2013 notes that information requests jumped 22 per cent to 1,410 requests from the corresponding time period last year. Pakistan is among the 10 new countries who requisitioned information pertaining to Twitter accounts, bringing the total number of countries seeking information to 46. Pakistan made no removal requests in the period under review. Twitter said it only releases an indicative range of the information requests it receives if the requests are fewer than 10. From Pakistan, the social media reported it had received requests about
less than 10 accounts. Of these, Twitter said it complied with none of the requests. In comparison, India made 19 information requests about 27 accounts and Twitter complied with only 32 per cent of the requests. It also received two court orders for removal of defamatory content. They received six requests from the government and 54 accounts were specified of which Twitter complied with 13 per cent of requests. Twitter also withheld 13 tweets in India. Eight countries including Saudi Arabia requested emergency closure requests only. United States remained the top requester with 69 per cent requests followed by Japan 23 per cent and Saudi Arabia five per cent. However, it was France with the highest removal requests with 306 with 146 accounts specified about illegal discriminatory content. Twitter said it complied with 35 per cent of the requests and withheld 133 tweets.
Magazine burnt over Hindu terror claims NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Protesters burned copies of an Indian magazine on Friday in protest of an article that linked a string of deadly attacks on Muslims to a Hindu nationalist leader close to India’s main opposition party. The Caravan, a monthly that covers politics and culture, published the article in its February edition based on interviews with Swami Aseemanand from the jail where he is awaiting trial for militant attacks around India that killed more than 100 people between 2006 and 2008. In the interviews, Aseemanand said Mohan Bhagwat, who leads Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India’s largest Hindu nationalist
conflict has claimed the lives of 14,064 civilians in the past five years. UNAMA attributed the vast majority — 74 percent — of civilian deaths and injuries to “anti-government elements” led by the Taliban. The number of civilians killed or wounded in crossfire during ground battles rose 43 percent on 2012, with 534 dead and 1,793 wounded. Only improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Taliban’s weapon of choice, caused more civilian casualties, the report said. UNAMA said the new trend reflected the “changing dynamics of the conflict” as NATO handed over security duties to the Afghans. “The fifth and final transfer of security responsibility from international military forces to Afghan security forces began in June 2013 and left security gaps in some areas that Afghan forces had not yet filled,” the report said. “As a result, certain areas were
REPORT VOICES CONCERN AT CIVILIANS SUFFERING BEATINGS, LOOTING AND EVEN SUMMARY EXECUTIONS AT THE HANDS OF AFGHAN FORCES
organisation, which has close ties to the Bharatiya Janata Party, sanctioned the attacks. Most BJP leaders have been members of the RSS – considered the ideological incubator for Hindu nationalism. The RSS has denied the allegations against Bhagwat and said the interviews were fake. Since the magazine’s publication, Aseemanand has denied making the comments. A senior editor at the magazine said over 100 protesters gathered outside its offices and staffers were facing disruptions. Hindu hardliners accused the magazine of working with the Congress party government. “We’re protesting because the magazine is hand-in-hand with Congress,” said Vishnu Gupta, president of a group called Hindu Sena.
vulnerable to attack by anti-government elements which often led to civilian casualties.” The trend highlights the challenges faced by local forces as their better-equipped foreign partners leave and comes as Washington and Kabul squabble over a proposed security deal that would allow some US forces to stay on beyond 2014. Washington is proposing that 5,000 to 10,000 US soldiers are deployed from 2015 to train and assist Afghan security forces in their battle against the Taliban militants. But President Hamid Karzai has said that before he signs the so-called Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the US must stop military operations and bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. LOcAL fORcES: Karzai, who has ruled the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, has suggested that a decision on whether to sign the BSA would fall to his successor, to be chosen in elections due on April 5.
Five-member bench to hear petition on LPG quota next week ISLAMABAD APP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Saturday constituted seven benches and a larger bench for hearing a number of important cases during the next week, includinhg a five member bench to hear the a case on the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) quota allocations. The five member bench com-
prising Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Iqbal Hameeur Rahman and Justice Mushir Alam will hear constitutional petitions under Article 184 regarding allocation of quotas for LPG. In early December the Supreme Court had declared the 2003 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) quota agreement between the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) ‘null and void’.
In its detailed verdict on the LPG quota case, the court termed the deal ‘non-transparent’ and ordered the recovery of all losses incurred. It directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct a thorough probe and submit a report within a month. “The report shall identify all those who are responsible for the failings, including the acts of criminal negligence, corruption, corrupt practices or other offences,” read the court order.
DG Khan shootout: Four policemen, suspect killed DERA GHAZI KHAN: Four policemen and a suspect were killed in a shootout on Saturday. On receiving a tip-off police troops arrived at the location and surrounded the house in Yaro locality of Dera Ghazi Khan, asking the suspect to surrender. The suspect fired shots from his hideout, leading to a shootout that lasted for over an hour. SHO Muhammad Shafiq and three other policemen were killed in the crossfire while suspect, identified as Haider alias Haidri, was also killed. ONLINE
Man throws acid on wife’s face OKARA: A woman has suffered with severe burns after her husband threw acid in her face on suspicion of having an affair with a neighbour. According to police sources, Muhammad Basharat threw acid in Bushra’s face when she was asleep at home. She was rushed to a hospital in Okara, where doctors advised her relatives to move her to Lahore. Officials described her condition as serious, saying that she had severe burns on her face and body. A case was registered against Basharat on her father’s complaint, but no arrest has been made so far. INP
Female student killed, 14 injured as bus falls into ravine PAKPATTAN: A female student was killed and 14 others wounded when a bus fell into a ravine in Pakpattan on Saturday. According to details, a private college bus plunged into a ravine while on its way to the college. As a result, one student lost her life while 14 others were injured. The injured have been shifted to a hospital where six are said to be in a critical condition. STAFF REPORT
EIGHT-YEARS-OLD ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Blaze kills 12, injures 130 IHK minister resigns pilgrims in Medina hotel over sexual
HUNZA: An eight-year-old Pakistani boy set a new world record by climbing the summit of a 6,050 meter high mountain in Hunza. Mohsin Ali, hailing from a small town of Shimshal in the Hunza valley, became the world’s youngest mountaineer to achieve this amazing feat of climbing the Minglik Sar peak. He was accompanied by his father, Fazal Ali and fellow mountaineers Rehmat Nazar and Khushdul Karim. Mohsin Ali is the grandson of Pakistan’s noted climber Rajab Ali. INP
MEDINA: A fire killed 12 people and injured 130 others in a pilgrim hotel in the Saudi holy city of Medina Saturday, the state-run SPA news agency reported. Officials did not identify the victims but said around 700 pilgrims were staying at the hotel in Medina, in western Saudi Arabia, to perform the Umrah pilgrimage. However according to a separate report on Egypt’s state television station, all killed were Egyptians and the blaze was started by an electrical short circuit. Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze. AGENCIES
Spanish princess faces court in historic fraud scandal PALMA AGENCIES
Spain’s Princess Cristina gave testimony before a judge on Saturday in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over graft among the ruling class and discontent with the royal family. Long thought untouchable as a royal, Cristina now faces public scrutiny over accusations that she was complicit in the business dealings of her husband, who is also under investigation. Neither Cristina nor her husband, former
Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, has yet been formally charged with any crime and both deny wrongdoing. Investigating Judge Jose Castro has more than two years probing allegations that Urdangarin and a former business partner embezzled six million euros ($8 million) in public funds via a charitable foundation. Cristina was a member of the foundation’s board and with her husband jointly owned another company, Aizoon, which investigators suspect served as a front for laundering embezzled money.
SRINAGAR: A government minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment of a female doctor. According to officials, State Minister for Health Shabir Ahmed Khan has quit the office after he was alleged to have “made sexual advances” towards a senior gynaecologist. The doctor alleged the incident happened a few days earlier in the minister’s office. Reports of the event have caused fury among civil society groups and doctors who called for a strike on Saturday to protest against the minister. Khan is a member of the Congress party which is in power in the state in alliance with the National Conference party. In 2006, several top ministers and officials of Kashmir were jailed after some girls revealed in court that they were sexually exploited after they were promised jobs in the government. Most of the accused are now out on bail and have resumed their positions in the government. ONLINE
Obama envoy says Guantanamo jail’s days numbered WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The United States is in engaged in discussions with a wide range of countries to move “as aggressively as we can” to accelerate the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners, the State Department’s envoy has said. Seven months after his appointment, high-powered Washington attorney Clifford Sloan said in a interview that the administration is in its best position in years to negotiate the repatriation of detainees, including to chaotic destinations like Yemen, or arrange their resettlement in countries
other than the their homeland. Major obstacles remain, but Sloan said lawmakers had loosened restrictions enough to open the way for “significant progress” toward emptying the jail and achieving Obama’s new goal of closing it by the end of the year. Most prisoners held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba have languished for a decade or more without being charged or given a trial. “We are talking to a wide range of countries and we are moving forward as aggressively as we can. I expect that you’ll be seeing action on that front,” Sloan told a foreign news
agency this week. Obama promised at the start of his presidency in 2009 to shut the Guantanamo detention center, but failed to do so, largely due to opposition from the U.S. Congress. In his annual State of the Union address last week, Obama told Americans “this needs to be the year” that Guantanamo is finally shut down and urged Congress to help him do it. But he offered no new prescription for removing the camp’s remaining 155 prisoners. Human rights groups welcomed the rhetoric, but some remain skeptical after years of delays.
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Iran ready to broaden tIes wIth PakIstan: rouhanI IRANIAN PRESIDENT HOPES COOPERATION WOULD FURTHER BOOST IN LIGHT OF INCREASED STABILITY IN PAKISTAN TEHRAN ONLINE
RANIAN President Hassan Rouhani underlined Tehran’s enthusiasm for increasing development of the relations and cooperation with Pakistan, especially in political and economic fields. “Iran is ready to expand political and economic relations with Pakistan in a move to further promote and develop the
level of economic cooperation between the two countries,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Islamabad’s incoming Ambassador to Tehran Nourmohammad Jadmani in Tehran on Saturday. He hailed the age-old and historical relations with Pakistan, and expressed the hope that cooperation between the two countries would further enhance in light of increased security and stability in Pakistan. Jadmani, for his part, announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to visit Iran in the near future, and said, “In addition to its serious will to develop economic relations and cooperation with Iran, Pakistan is determined to try to fight terrorism”, which has been a major concern for both states. Iran has been hit by several terrorist groups which escape to Pakistan after conducting operations in Iran and has repeatedly asked Pakistan to put more
effort in joint anti-terrorism efforts. Iran and Pakistan already enjoy good economic cooperation. The two countries
officially inaugurated the construction phase of a gas pipeline project in March 2013 which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to the energy-hungry South Asian nation. The project kicked off in a ceremony attended by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at the two countries’ shared border region in Iran’s Southeastern city of Chabahar. Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its soil and Iranian contractors will also construct the pipeline in Pakistan. Tehran-based Tadbir Energy Development Group will undertake all engineering procurement and construction work for the first segment of the project, which starts from IranPakistan joint border line. The Iranian firm will also carry out the
second segment of the project, while the remaining amount is expected to be generated by Pakistan through Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC). Tehran has agreed to lend Islamabad $500 million, or a third of the estimated $1.5 billion cost of the 750 km Pakistani section of the pipeline. The 2700-kilometer long pipeline was to supply gas for Pakistan and India which are suffering a lack of energy sources, but India has evaded talks. In 2011, Iran and Pakistan declared they would finalize the agreement bilaterally if India continued to be absent in the meeting. According to the project proposal, the pipeline will begin from Iran’s Assalouyeh Energy Zone in the south and stretch over 1,100 km through Iran. In Pakistan, it will pass through Balochistan and Sindh but officials now say the route may be changed if China agrees to the project.
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Iran-Pakistan ties: Boosting bilateral cooperation for improved trade, security NEWS DESK A delegation from an Iranian think tank exchanged views on bilateral cooperation with their Pakistani counterparts at the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS) Islamabad earlier this week. The three-member delegation from the Institute of Political and International Studies (IPIS), Tehran, which is affiliated with the ministry of foreign affairs, discussed emerging regional and global scenarios at a bilateral dialogue, the eleventh in the series. ISS Director Najam Rafique highlighted the fact that despite our geographical location, commonality of heritage, and the potential to cater to each other’s needs, trade relations between the two countries remain underdeveloped. There are reports that Iran plans to
completely seal off its eastern border with Pakistan and Afghanistan by 2015, he said. Mentioning, a report by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, the speaker stated that data on the patterns of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran from 2008-2011 reveals that exports decreased from $399 million in 2008-09 to $161 million in 2010-11, indicating a decrease of 59.4%. This indicates the absence of meaningful economic cooperation which testifies to the absence of political will. ISS Research Fellow Qasim Mustafa reiterated that, in South Asia, terrorism has disrupted regional cooperation. He expressed the concern that terrorism had emerged as a regional challenge by exploiting internal weaknesses of regional sates, especially when key states are engaged in pursuing its conflicting geo-
political interests and are busy in fighting proxies of their powerful global masters through other means. Furthermore, due to conflicting geopolitical approaches the states fail to utilise their common regional framework of cooperation against terrorism, he stated. “As a result, terrorism expands its outreach and impact, and emerges as a major internal as well as regional stability and security challenge.” Mustafa also highlighted the fact that terrorists do not recognise borders. “They only collaborate for shared ideologies, exploit social, economic and political inequalities and fight against certain governing systems or ways of life.” He proposed that common human security policies at the national and regional level should be developed, bilateral relations to build trust where
regional states, do not use terrorist elements for geo-strategic interests need to be improved and an effective regional cooperative framework to fight terrorism should be implemented. IPIS Director General Dr Mostafa Tork Zahrani stated that many problems that we face today in the region can be traced back to the 9/11 incident. “Social movements get violent when other nonstate actors step in and radicalise it for their ends.” Social movements are born when the government does not value its people and their issues are not addressed, he added. ISS Director General Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais pointed out the dangers of extremism and emphasised that Afghanistan has always been internally divided and this weakness created space for outside intervention.
Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Saturday the United States would overthrow the Iranian government if it could, adding Washington had a “controlling and meddlesome” attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported. In a speech to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, added that officials seeking to revive the economy should not rely on an eventual lifting of sanctions but rather on home-grown innovation. “American officials publicly say they do not seek regime change in Iran. That’s a lie. They wouldn’t hesitate a moment if they could do it,” he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency. Khamenei made no mention of talks between Iran and world powers intended to settle a decade-old dispute about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme. But he reiterated that in dealing with “enemies”, Iran should be prepared to change tactics but not compromise on its main principles. Khamenei added: “The solution to our economic problems is not looking out and having the sanctions lifted … My advice to our officials, as ever, is to rely on infinite indigenous potentials.” He added: “Our (hostile) stance toward the United States is due to its controlling and meddlesome attitude.” Khamenei’s comments about hostility reflect his long standing animosity towards the United States, seen as the arch-enemy by Iranian authorities. The United States and Iran have had no official ties since 1980 after Iranian students occupied the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 diplomats hostage in protest against Washington’s admission of the former Shah after he was toppled by the Islamic revolution. But Khamenei has given his guarded support to the nuclear negotiations being led by the new reformist government of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it is Israel’s assumed atomic arsenal that threatens peace. Western powers suspect that the programme is a cover for pursuing a nuclear weapons capability.
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kAbuL weLcomes peAce tALks in pAkistAn KABUL
HE government of Afghanistan has welcomed the initiation of dialogue between the Pakistani government and Taliban mediators, and expressed hope that Islamabad would extend its help in the Afghan reconciliation process. Negotiators nominated by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met in Islamabad on Thursday for the first time and emphasised that “both sides should halt activities which could damage peace talks.” Both sides also agreed to hold talks within the parameters of the
Constitution of Pakistan. Afghan Foreign Ministry’s acting spokesman, Ahmed Shakib Mustaghni told reporters in Kabul, “We welcome the peace process and beginning of talks in Pakistan.” He added his country was hopeful that Pakistan will also cooperate with Afghanistan to initiate its peace talks with the Afghan Taliban as well. “We have always insisted that for peace to prevail in the region it is not only important for Pakistan to start talks with the Taliban but it is also important for Afghanistan that Pakistan extends sincere cooperation in beginning talks in Afghanistan,” Shakib said. Meanwhile, the Afghan High
Peace Council also welcomed talks between Pakistan and TTP and urged the Afghan Taliban to follow in the footsteps of Pakistani Taliban and start talks with Afghan peace negotiators. “We welcome the beginning of the peace process and wish for its success,” senior member of the High Peace Council, Habibullah Fauzi said. “The peace council wants Afghan Taliban to come to the negotiation table and resolve differences through dialogue as Afghans are fed up with the war and bloodshed,” maintained Fauzi, who served as a senior Afghan diplomat in Islamabad during the Taliban rule. Fauzi added peace in both countries is in the interest of the
region especially when foreign troops are working on an exit from Afghanistan. In response to a question about Pakistan’s role in the Afghan reconciliation process, Fauzi said Afghans believe Pakistan has a very important role in the matter. “President Hamid Karzai and the High Peace Council have always attached importance to Pakistan’s key role in Afghan peace,” he stated. The peace council’s spokesperson, Shahzada Shahed, also reiterated his government’s stance and urged the Afghan Taliban to take heed from the Pakistani Taliban. “The Afghan Taliban should have courage and show readiness
for talks with the Afghan government and the High Peace Council,” he told the country’s media personnel. Afghan Taliban have so far refused to talk to President Karzai’s government stating he has no power to take independent decisions. On Thursday, they rejected a New York Times report which suggested talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Kabul regime have begun and are currently under way in an undisclosed location. “We reject the false New York Times report and believe it to be a propaganda effort to malign the Islamic Emirate,” Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
Lt Gen Joseph Anderson tAkes chArGe of nAto forces in AfGhAnistAn
In Afghanistan‚ new United States (US) commander Lt General Joseph Anderson has taken the command of NATO-led forces. At a ceremony in Kabul, Lt Gen Mark Milley handed over International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) joint command to Lt Gen Joseph Anderson — the last such handover, as the mandate for the US-led International Security Assistance Force expires at the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delayed signing a deal that will allow a small number of US troops to stay in the country after the NATO combat troops withdraw, creating friction with Washington. The military has been pushing to keep up to 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014 but the White House says US President Barack Obama won’t leave any American in Afghanistan unless Karzai signs the deal. Gen Joseph Dunford, the US’s top commander in Afghanistan, noted, “The difficult political challenges,” saying in remarks at the change of command ceremony that the coalition’s commitment to Afghanistan’s success is “unwavering”. Anderson — who will run the day-to-day coalition campaign — acknowledged that the uncertainty around the security deal gives him a “little bit of pause” but is ultimately a “longer term issue.” “Right now the immediacy is supporting the elections and earlier fighting season and getting through all that through the summer,” he said. “Then based on whatever number we have to deal with, we will adjust,” he said, adding that they’d deal with each step along the way, he added. Afghanistan’s presidential election is slated for April 5, and there are fears the Taliban will ramp up violence to sow fear in an attempt to disrupt voting.
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Election coverage shows growth of new Afghan media KABUL AGENCIES
In a crowded room overlooking a gleaming television studio, Tolo TV’s election team is strategising for Afghanistan’s presidential debate when the room suddenly goes dark. The staff doesn’t miss a beat. The 13 men and three women just keep on talking about soundboards, cameras and the taking of questions via Twitter until the station’s generator kicks in and the overhead lights flicker back on. “It’s just technical difficulties,” explains Mujahid Kakar, the Tolo anchor and moderator of the upcoming debate among six of the main contenders vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. The moment is a reminder of the difficulties of reporting in an impoverished country torn by war. Yet, in many ways, Afghan media coverage of the crucial campaign that kicked off this week resembles what you would see in any other modern democracy, with newspaper candidate profiles and political talk shows on numerous TV and radio stations.
And this week, for the first time, major contenders for the presidency will introduce themselves to the nation in a televised debate. The proliferation of Afghan media in the past 12 years is one of the most visible bright spots of the fraught project to foster a stable democracy, even as the Nato military mission in Afghanistan nears its end with the country still riven by war with Taliban insurgents and mired in corruption and poverty. Given that the Taliban banned television as sinful and allowed only one religious radio station before they were driven from power in 2001, the sheer number of media outlets — dozens of TV channels, more than 100 radio stations and hundreds of newspapers — is stunning. That they are mostly free to set their own agenda is even more so. “It goes against some of that common wisdom that it’s all doomed,” says Nader Nadery, chairman of the Free and Fair Election Foundation, an Afghan prodemocracy group. Where the Taliban banned sports, Afghans can now watch soccer matches on
television. Where music aside from religious hymns was forbidden, there are American Idol-style singing competitions. Women were once erased from public life; now some host television shows. What’s less clear is what the future holds for all these media outlets after this year, when most foreign troops will go home and much of the billions in aid dollars is expected to be reduced. Tolo TV is touting the debate as the first in the country to pit all the major presidential candidates against one another. State television hosted a debate between Karzai and two challengers during the last election, in 2009, but it excluded Karzai’s main challenger Abdullah Abdullah, who is running again this year.“It’s a historic debate for the country and for the people,” says Kakar, 42, a former refugee who studied journalism in Pakistan and returned home after the US-led military intervention. “This is a process of democracy. We prove to the people that these candidates, they have the responsibility toward the people.” With Afghanistan’s low literacy levels, radio and television dominate the media landscape, with 63 per cent of all
Afghans listening to radio regularly and 48 per cent watching television. Tolo TV is by far the most popular channel, with an estimated 10 million viewers tuning in to its mixture of news, sports and light entertainment. Other television outlets included Ariana and YakTV, which air a mixture of cooking shows, games and Afghan cultural fare. The government is still a major player, with a state television station and more than 30 government-linked radio stations. While most of Afghanistan’s television fare is tame by Western standards — female reporters wear headscarves, and imported Turkish soap operas are pixelated to mask any show of skin by women — the flourishing entertainment and news have drawn the ire of many religious conservatives. Sadaf Amiri, 23, anchor of a political talk show on Tolo, knows that firsthand from the threats and the cold shoulders from some of the more conservative politicians she has interviewed. “For a woman, working in the media is a threat in itself, whether someone threatens us personally or not,” Amiri says. “But I
have been threatened.” Whether the relatively free press will remain in Afghanistan is not certain. Even if the election goes smoothly, Afghanistan’s religious conservatives still wield tremendous power, and there is no guarantee that future governments will be able to resist pressure to curtail the press. A greater threat might be financial. Many of the newly minted stations and newspapers are dependent on foreign funding, and the few profitable private outlets, like Tolo, get much of their advertising revenue from businesses that rely on the coalition. Still, Nadery argues that this year’s unprecedented level of campaign coverage illustrates that Afghanistan has changed in fundamental ways in the past 12 years. Taking a more optimistic view than many, he says Afghans have become accustomed to the new, relatively freewheeling media and won’t give it up easily. The same may also go for elections. “Societal transformation here is a direct result of the free media,” Nadery says. “The media also changed the way politics have been done in this country.”
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‘Incompetent revenue officials to be taken to task’ LAHORE: The Punjab Revenue Department here on Saturday directed the officers concerned to take action against irresponsible, incompetent and unskilled employees of the department. In this connection, Chief Inspector Stamp Qaiser Hayyat has been suspended for not accomplishing duty targets and on power abuse during the action. Addressing a department meeting, Senior Member of Board of Revenue Punjab Nadeem Ashraf said the promotions of officers/employees had been associated with their performances. He said there was no room for corrupt and dishonest officers in the department, and such like officers would be sacked. He directed the revenue officers to resolve pending cases of lands to provide timely justice to the people. APP
NESPAK conducts feasibility for Gadani Power Park
Pakistan‚ KSA enjoy deep cultural relations: Shahbaz LAHORE Online
UNjAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy deep cultural and economic relations which will further expand with the visit of Saudi leaders. He was speaking at a reception hosted in the honour of visiting Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud here on Saturday. Shahbaz Sharif said Saudi Arabia had always supported and helped Pakistan in times of flood‚ earthquake and disasters. Speaking on the occasion‚ Saudi Prince said his country was determined to strengthen Pakistan in political and economic fields. He said Saudi Arabia was ready to help Pakistan to overcome the crises it was facing today. Recalling his past visit to the city‚ Saudi Prince said Lahore had become more beautiful and developed. Earlier‚ Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz called on Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar. During the meeting held at the Governor’s House‚ matters of mutual interest and
ways to further strengthen bilateral relations were also discussed.
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The Punjab chief minister on Saturday extended a warm welcome to Chairman Commission on Tourism, Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz at the Lahore Airport. Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan, provincial ministers, chief secretary and senior officers were also present at the airport. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said Saudi Arabia was a great friend of Pakistan and the recent visit of Saudi Prince and his delegation to Pakistan would further strengthen the relations between the two countries. Later, the chief minister, Saudi Prince
Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and members of his delegation went to Badshahi Mosque and visited various sections of the mosque. The Saudi Prince and his delegation also offered Nawafil at Badshahi Mosque. The Saudi delegation also saw a manuscript of the Holy Quran written in gold and also visited Lahore Museum and expressed keen interest in the historical artifacts and relics placed at the museum. Members of Saudi delegation also visited Gandhara gallery and various sections of the museum. Later, the Saudi delegation was accorded a warm welcome by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, speaker Punjab Assembly and provincial ministers after he reached the Governor’s House. The Saudi crown prince and his delegation also witnessed a splendid display of tentpegging. Later, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Saudi delegation went to the polo ground and watched a polo match. Souvenirs were also presented to the Saudi prince and the chief minister on the occasion. Saudi delegation Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz was seen off by the chief minister at the airport.
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addressed the luncheon held in the honour of Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz in fluent Arabic for 20 minutes at the Governor’s House. Members of the Saudi delegation appreciated the chief minister’s command over Arabic. The members of the delegation and the ulema also lauded the address of chief minister in Arabic. The delegation saw a cultural show at the Governor’s House. The Saudi prince and members of his delegation were also served with traditional dishes of Pakistan.
Punjab govt fears LB polls: PTI LAHORE stAff rePOrt
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) provincial head Ejaz Ch has said that the party supports the high court’s decision to hold local body elections as early as possible in view of Punjab government’s efforts for delaying these elections. Addressing a local bodies’ workers convection in Sargodha, Ejaz Ch said that reason for the Punjab government to delay the polls was
nothing but its pathetic performance. “They know with their present performance they will lose the elections. The constant economic pressures on a common man and the constant concessions to traders and the rich have proved that the PML-N is basically a party of the business class which only comes into power to make money and enrich their family and friends” Ejaz said. He said recent increase in electricity prices at a time when massive load shedding was taking place even in
the winter showed the government intentions to further crush a common man in the coming summer. PTI leader Dr Yasmin Rashid said the federal government was now planning to hold a census mainly because it wanted the local body elections to be delayed so that the poor performance was not exposed in the elections results. He said the very fact that the government had insisted on holding non-party elections was a confirmation of the wrong intentions of the government.
PTI Punjab Secretary Information Andleeb Abbas said the KPK govt had done all the experiments to hold local bodies’ elections through biometrics but the government appointed wrong people in NADRA who were refusing to hold biometric elections while giving reasons which were not valid at all. She said the PTI would protest against this attitude of NADRA’s and she demanded that elections based on biometrics be allowed in KPK and be made mandatory in all provinces.
LAHORE: National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) is preparing master plan and feasibility study for establishment of coal-based Power Park at Gadani. Official sources say surveys regarding the site‚ revenue and topography of the project have already been completed. NEPRA is already working on upfront tariff of power projects at Gadani. The sources said approximately 20 million tons of coal would be imported per annum after commissioning of this 6600 megawatt power park. Online
ANF foils bid to smuggle 0.4 kg heroin to London LAHORE: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to a foreign country through air cargo here on Saturday. The ANF officials said during search of parcels booked for London through air cargo at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, 400 gram of high quality heroin was recovered. The drug was hidden in utensil carton parcel which was seized by the ANF. As case has been registered against the accused who booked the parcel and further investigations are in progress. TwO dRug pEddLERs ARREsTEd: Factory Area police have arrested two drug peddlers and recovered 1 kg heroin and half kg hashish worth millions of rupees from their possession on Saturday. On a tip off, police arrested Saleem and Nawab Din and recovered drugs. Police have registered a case and further investigations are underway. stAff rePOrt
Robbers gun down trader on resistance LAHORE: Robbers gunned down a trader upon resistance here on Saturday. Police said some armed men barged into a shop located at Ravi Road of Lahore and started looting cash and other valuables at gun point. Upon resistance, the robbers gunned down the shop owner and fled with the robbed cash and other valuables. The traders held protest against the incident and demanded arrest of the culprits. They said police had failed to provide security to the people’s lives and property. stAff rePOrt
Prof Abbas injured in gun attack LAHORE: Prof Syed Namwar Abbas was injured in a murderous attack by unidentified persons outside the Central College, Naseerabad, on Saturday. Police said the professor was returning from the college when two motorcyclists opened fire at him. As a result, he and a student, Umer, received serious bullet injuries and they were rushed to General Hospital. After the incident, the assailants fled the scene. On information, the police concerned reached the spot and started investigation. stAff rePOrt
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LAHORE: Students enjoy a donkey cart ride at the annual funfair of Home Economics College. Online
ShARIA ALREAdy INcoRPoRAtEd IN coNStItutIoN: JI LAHORE inP
AMAAT-E-ISLAMI (jI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said nobody should be worried over the demand for Shariah as it is the divine law for the guidance and betterment of humanity. While addressing an education conference at Mansoora on Saturday, Munawar Hassan said the Shariah was neither something to be afraid of nor the demand for the Shariah was something new or unconstitutional. He said the 1973 constitution already accepted the Quran and the Sunnah as the supreme law of the land. Besides, it had also been laid down in the constitution that no law repugnant to the Quran and the Sunnah would be enacted in the country. The jI chief said those who got irritated over the mention of Shariah were in fact rejecting the constitution and those talking against Mullah-ism and Talibanization were giving simply vent to their anger against Islam. Hasan said if the rulers enforced the 1973 constitution in its true spirit,
the country would get rid of all the crises, the objective of the creation of this country would be realised and the image of the country would also be restored. It was unfortunate that despite having tried different man-made systems and following aliens philosophies for national development and public welfare, they were not yet ready to revert to Allah. The educationists, writers and intellectuals from all the provinces attended the moot. The jI chief criticised the English language as medium of instruction and said this was a clear violation of the constitution. The 1973 constitution had laid down that Urdu would be made the official language as also the medium of instruction within a period of 15 years. However, even after 40 years, the national language had not been given its status as official language nor it was made the medium of instruction. The educationists all over the world, he said, were of the considered view that the children should be imparted education in their mother language but the Pakistani rulers’ policy makers had their own views.
Besides, he said, there were different education systems for the rich and the poor, and the youth from poor families did not get jobs even after getting degrees. On the other hand, the children of the affluent were even elected to the assemblies though they had fake degrees. He said nothing better could be expected unless a uniform education system was introduced with Urdu as the medium of instruction at the lower level. Syed Munawar Hasan remarked that those criticising the Taliban for not accepting the constitution had themselves been violating the constitution for the last 66 years on one form or the other. Those crying hoarse for democracy did not allow democracy to flourish or to allow the democratic institution to strengthen. The military dictators had ridiculed the constitution and the judiciary. Pervez Musharraf who abrogated the constitution twice was not ready to appear before the court despite repeated issuance of warrants. Hasan said those who had sacrificed thousands of lives for an Islamic Pakistan were still in search of the state they had visualised.
I am not afraid of political vengeance: Gilani
Former prime minister and senior leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that he was not afraid of political revenge as his hands were clear and he was not guilty. Talking to media persons on Saturday, Gilani said the PPP had been targeted by dictators and democratic governments in the past as it remained outspoken in favour of national interest and public welfare. He said fake references were prepared against him and other leaders of the party
Afghanistan plans to open consulate in city LAHORE
Visual monitoring course of PES concludes LAHORE APP
Advance visual monitoring course for media coordinators of Punjab Emergency Service (PES) on Saturday concluded at Emergency Services Academy. Addressing the participants of the course, Rescue 1122 Director General Rizwan Naseer said the media coordinators had been trained
for monitoring the working of the Rescue staff. He said the course was essential to ensure the working of rescue staff in a professional manner and according to the international standard during the emergencies of medical, fire, building collapse and others. He said the media coordinators had been trained in photo exposure, media relations, pictures reporting, photo framing, photo news value,
public relations, preventive measures during emergency, breaking barriers and others. The director general stressed upon the need for ensuring quality service and uniform standards of emergency services in all districts of Punjab. He added that visual exposure of emergency operations would motivate rescuers to expedite their performance in fire fighting and emergency management.
but he had nothing to worry about as courts would prove him guiltless. Gilani avoided to comment on the performance of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and said that it was not a secret and all were well aware what the NAB was doing. He said that entire nation wanted to get rid of the menace of terrorism and extremism. He said the PPP being representative of common man desires successful peace talks. The PPP leader said the masses were anxiously waiting for outcome of dialogue with the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as it will play a vital role in restoration of peace.
Afghanistan is planning to open a consulate in the city as part of its efforts to further strengthen ties with Pakistan, Kabul’s new Ambassador to Islamabad janan Mosazai said the other day. The new Afghan envoy said the opening of a consulate in Lahore would further promote trade and culture ties between the two countries. Currently, Afghanistan has consulates in three Pakistani cities Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. When contacted, foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Afghanistan had not formally approached the government regarding its plans to open
a consulate in Lahore. “There is no formal request, but the Afghan ambassador mentioned his country’s desire to open a consulate in Lahore. He was asked to make a formal request,” she said. Mosazai, who is due to present his credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain soon, has replaced Omar Daudzai, who has been appointed as Afghanistan’s interior minister. The new Afghan envoy said Islamabad and Kabul shared common history, religion and culture, and hoped that ties between the two countries would further improve in future. Mosazai had been serving as the spokesperson for Afghanistan’s foreign ministry before he was assigned the crucial diplomatic job in Islamabad.
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
Govt likely to miss IMF loan condition ISLAMABAD
HE government has so far failed to raise tax demands against three out of four tax evaders who were served notices but chose to keep themselves out of the tax net, making it likely to miss a key condition of the $6.7 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme, according to media reports. According to one of the IMF’s conditions, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had to serve tax notices to 75,000 tax evaders and send follow-up notices to at least 75 percent of those who failed to provide a satisfactory response to the first notice within two months of its issuance. The exercise is to be completed by the end of March 2014, IMF documents stated. By the end of January, however, the FBR served tax notices to 70,000 tax evaders and received tax returns – along with Rs50 million in taxes – from only 10 percent of them, data compiled by the bureau’s Broadening of Tax Base desk showed. According to the data, the tax machinery was able to issue only 9,400 second notices – less than 15 percent of those who were served the first tax notice. Out of these, the FBR has raised tax demands against over 5,000 people, a bureau official said. He added that the figure would increase significantly in coming months.
According to IMF’s condition, FBR had to serve tax notices to 75,000 tax evaders and send follow-up notices to at least 75 percent of those who failed to provide a satisfactory response to the first notice within two months of its issuance The campaign to raise tax demands was also damaged by FBR’s inability to deliver notices on the addresses of tax evaders, the official said. “Less than half of the total 70,000 first notices could be delivered to potential evaders,” he said. He added that along with using courier services, the bureau headquarters dispatched around 17,000 notices to its field formations for delivery, but officials concerned handed over less than 4,000 of them.
The FBR official said the bureau has contacted the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) to facilitate the delivery of notices. The two bodies, however, are not currently enjoying cordial relations as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar declared NADRA’s data of potential tax evaders ‘flawed’. Some months back, FBR’s Member Facilitation and Taxpayers Education Riffat Shaheen Qazi questioned the authenticity of NADRA’s data as well, but that cost her official spokesperson’s seat. The FBR is so far using its own data, instead of the information available with NADRA, as the base to serve tax notices. But experts are sceptical about the bureau’s databank, which was never reliable and authentic due to deeprooted corruption in the Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited, the FBR subsidiary which handles the data. FBR’s inability to meet one of the key structural benchmarks of the IMF programme highlights both resistance towards broadening the tax base within the tax machinery and the lack of a tax culture in the country. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government’s blanket tax amnesty scheme offered to billionaires has also dented efforts to broaden the tax base. LAWMAKERS’ TAXES: Several lawmakers too, it seems, are least concerned about paying their taxes. Until February 7, over 700 out of the
1,172 members of the National Assembly, Senate and the four provincial assemblies submitted their tax returns, according to FBR’s Senior Member Inland Revenue Police Shahid Hussain Asad. About a third of them did not comply with the deadline. Asad, however, said the FBR HQ was
collecting information from field formations and the figure was expected to go up. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced his ministry will make the tax directory of legislators public by February 15, after criticism against tax evasion by lawmakers mounted.
Mobilink and UNESCO host evening in honour of UNESCO DG Irina Bokova
HYDERABAD: Businesses remained closed in the city due to ‘mourning day’ announced by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement against the killing of its workers. ONLINE
US to support expansion of Indo-Pak commercial ties: Rice WASHINGTON: The US strongly supports efforts by India and Pakistan to expand bilateral trade and commercial ties as it will help in broadening support base for normalisation of their relationship, a top American official said on Saturday. “When it comes to promoting regional stability, the US strongly supports efforts by India and Pakistan to expand their trade and commercial ties,” US National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in her address to the Aspen Institute India- US Dialogue. “With sustained leadership from both governments, this will not only reap real economic rewards, it will help broaden the base of support for normalisation on both sides of the border,” Rice said. India, she said, is also essential to America’s broader engagement with Asia, where many of their national interests converge. “We look forward to enhancing the ways that India’s Look East policy and America’s re-balance to Asia can be mutually reinforcing,” Rice said in her first major policy speech on India. Rice said the two countries need to strengthen their security cooperation to keep the two nations safe and to address global challenges more effectively. “Here we’ve made good progress. Later this year, for the first time, India will join the US and countries throughout Asia to participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii.” ONLINE
BERLIN FINDS PAKISTANI FRUITS TO BE SWEET ISLAMABAD APP
As many as 13 Pakistani companies participated in the world’s leading international fresh produce trade fair Fruit Logistica-2014 in Berlin, Germany which ended on Saturday. The Pakistani exhibitors were optimistic of substantial increase in export of fresh produce from Pakistan as they made good contacts with the international buyers of fruit and vegetable products. Buyers from Russia showed keen interest in Pakistani potatoes whereas Pakistani mangoes have also made inroads into EU market with increase in shelf life through better processing technology and other corrective measures, says a message received here from Pakistan Embassy in Berlin. About 2,566 including 2,311 foreign exhibitors from 84 countries presented a comprehensive overview of all levels of fruit and vegetable production and marketing and
more than 58,000 trade visitors from 130 countries, besides a large number of general public/end consumers visited the venue. Earlier, Pakistan Ambassador to Germany Abdul Basit visited Pakistan pavilion along with commercial counsellor Dr Erfa Iqbal and met Pakistani exhibitors. He also held a meeting with the delegation of mango growers and exporters of Pakistan, who put up their stalls under the umbrella of UNIDO and the USAID. Both the organisations are running projects of increasing income through improvement of quality and better yield and generating additional employments in the major mango-growing areas of south Punjab and northern Sindh. The ambassador said that the world’s leading trade fair provided great opportunity for promotion, development and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetable products. He emphasized the need of intensive interaction between farmers and exporters to up-grade the quality and increase yield of fresh products.
LAHORE: Mobilink and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Pakistan jointly hosted an evening in the Honour of the Global Director General UNESCO, Irina Bokova. Irina Bokova who is visiting Pakistan on a two-day tour was briefed about Mobilink’s SMS Based Literacy Program which won the Global Mobile Award 2013. The networking session was also attended by State Ministers, Secretaries, Ambassador of the United States of America and the Australian High Commissioner. Omar Manuzr, Head of Corporate Communication Mobilink welcomed the DG UNESCO on her visit to Pakistan and briefed the guests about SMS Based Literacy Program. He said, “Education is an important pillar of Mobilink’s Corporate Social Responsibility and we have introduced several campaigns to support education. We are proud to have won GSMA’s Global Mobile Award in 2013 for our SMS Based Literacy Project and will continue to work with UNESCO to further expand its outreach in Pakistan.’’ Irina Bokova, DG UNESCO speaking to the guests said, “The partnership of Corporate and the Social Sector organizations have the potential to make significant difference towards the betterment of the society. I am very pleased to know that Mobilink works for education as a major category of its CSR initiatives and congratulate them on winning the GMA 2013 for their SMS Based Literacy program.’’ PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Models walk on the ramp at the launch ceremony of United Mobiles X5 cellphone at the Avari. STAFF PHOTO
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
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Your people need to hear the word from you -- so compose yourself and then let them know what's going on. Things should start to work a lot more smoothly once you're all on the same page.
You're getting too far ahead of yourself -- which could mean that you have to go back and repeat today's activities to get them done right. Try to pace yourself, and follow along with wise friends.
It's a great day for communication, so if you've got any difficult messages to deliver, now is the time. It's just as good for love notes and cover letters, so don't neglect anyone.
You need to take a walk on the wild side -- if you're not already there, that is. Sometimes you need a break from all the work and responsibilities going on in your life. Just make sure to come back!
If you feel frustrated, now is the time to express yourself. You've got hopes and desires -- and you've also got people who can help you out. All it takes is a little honesty and then a bit of work.
This is not a good day for mushy sentimentality -- you need to make sure that you're rigorously logical, as much as you can be. It's hard when it comes to kids, but you have to stand firm.
You need someone to hear you out -- even if you're not feeling especially frustrated or upset. Your social and emotional energies are in sync, but it's hard to deal without a friendly ear.
Things seem to be chugging along just fine until you're stopped by one crazy detail. It's hard to say what it could be, but once you spot it, you find it hard to focus on anything else.
The situation all comes down to you. What are you willing to do to bring about a happy ending? Your energy is resonant with the situation in a way that makes you the key player.
You need to avoid the temptation to just flit from one person or project to the next. Focus as much as possible -- things aren't going to be easy for you if you lose your discipline.
You've got to take care of a relationship that seems to be heading in a surprising new direction. This may or may not have anything to do with romance, but your great energy can help it become what you want.
This is not a good time for change -- but you may still have to deal with something big. You have to draw on allies and family in order to cope, but that ends up strengthening you in the end.
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Sunday, 9 February, 2014
Things you didn’t know about shy kids S
hy toddlers might not want to speak up — but that doesn’t mean they don’t understand what you’re saying to them, according to a new study of the largely misunderstood connections between shyness and language. “Behaviourally inhibited children who may not be speaking much shouldn’t be underestimated,” says study author Soo Rhee, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a press release about the findings. “Parents and teachers should be aware that they may need to be encouraged more in their expressive language development.” The study, published in the journal Child Development, was prompted by a thesis student’s review paper that examined associations between shyness and verbal skills, Rhee tells yahoo Shine. To test those associations, researchers looked at information collected on 816 toddlers — 408 sets of twins — at 14, 20, and 24 months of age, times when children’s language skills are growing rapidly. The researchers recorded observations of each child’s ability to repeat sounds, an-
swer questions, and follow directions, looking for patterns in how the children’s behaviour changed over time, and whether an increase in shyness followed or preceded a delay in speech. Their findings showed that shy toddlers actually understand much
Emoticons are rewiring our brain, say researchers Emoticons such as smiley and sad faces are changing the way our brain works, Australian researchers have claimed. They say the use of the punctuation faces trigger parts of the brain usually reserved for looking at real faces. They believe this may be the key to their popularity - as we process them as a real face. ‘Emoticons are a new form of language that we’re producing,” says Dr Owen Churches of the school of psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide. ‘And to decode that language we’ve produced a new pattern of brain activity.’ The researchers say that we pay more attention to faces than most other things we see as we try to ‘read’ them for emotion. The team wanted to see if this was the case with emoticons. The team showed 20 participants images of real faces, smiley face emoticons (involving the use of a colon, hyphen and parenthesis), and a meaningless string of characters. They used electrophysiology to determine the pattern of electrical activity in the brain when the participants viewed the different images, and found we react to emoticons in the same way. ‘There is no innate neural response to emoticons that babies are born with. ‘Before 1982 there would be no reason that ‘:-)’ would activate face sensitive areas of the cortex but now it does because we’ve learnt that this represents a face,” said Churches. ‘This is an entirely culturally-created neural response. It’s really quite amazing.’ COURTESY DAILY MAIL
Where’s the money? Unemployed villager shows up at BBC Delhi to claim a lottery win
more than their lack of talking might suggest. And so, to help foster value — and understanding — here are four more salient nuggets about shy kids: 1. They are far from alone Shyness is a part of “the great and glo-
rious range of the human normal,” notes Dr. Perri Klass who writes about a study by Kathleen Merikangas, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Mental health, of 10,000 older children ranging from 13 to 18 years old. “We found that about half of kids describe themselves as shy,” Merikangas tells Klass. 2. labelling your child “shy” is noT helpful “On hearing this, a child feels something’s wrong with her, and this will make her feel more shy,” notes Dr. William Sears, who suggests using more accurate terms like “private” or “reserved,” which won’t make your child feel flawed. That belief was echoed by Merikangas, who says that perhaps the worst thing to do is tell your child, “Don’t be shy. Don’t be quiet.” 3. Kids can form sTraTegies for dealing wiTh shyness “The general rule of thumb,” writes psychologist and parenting Coach Dr. Laura Markham, “is to accept the nervousness that comes up as a part of normal life that affects most people, reassure yourself that you’re OK anyway, and focus on oth-
ers rather than yourself.” you can help your child do that, perhaps with a reminder that she doesn’t have to be interesting, just interested, and that asking other kids questions and listening to their answers can be all she needs to try to do. 4. a shy Kid is noT necessarily inTroverTed “Shy people fear negative judgment, while introverts simply prefer less stimulation; shyness is inherently painful, and introversion is not,” Cain has noted, which is helpful when trying to understand the feelings of a shy kid. “But,” she adds, “in a society that prizes the bold and the outspoken, both are perceived as disadvantages.” you can help your timid one to see his quiet power by pointing out that same power in others. “For very different reasons, shy and introverted people might choose to spend their days in behind-thescenes or ‘passive’ pursuits like inventing, or studying, or holding the hands of the dying,” Cain says. “These are not alpha roles, but the people who play them are role models all the same.” COURTESY YAHOO SHINE
Facebook responds to father’s plea for Look Back video of dead son A father’s plea to watch a video based on his dead son’s Facebook page has provoked the network to look again at how families can remember loved ones. Facebook recently launched a Look Back feature that creates a video generated by popular moments on a person’s profile. John Berlin posted a youTube clip asking to see a Look Back video for his son Jesse, who died in 2012 aged 22. After the plea gained support, Facebook told Mr Berlin a video would be made. Mr Berlin, who is from Missouri in the US, was unable to create the video himself as he did not have access to his son’s profile. Facebook said it would create one on his behalf using content
Jesse had posted publicly. “It worked I was just contacted by FB by phone and they’re going to make a vid just for us,” John Berlin wrote in a status update. “They also said they’re going to look at how they can better help families who have lost loved ones.” Following the incident, Facebook has said it is working on implementing further ways to deal with death on the network. “This experience reinforced to us that there’s more Facebook can do to help people celebrate and commemorate the lives of people they have lost,” a spokeswoman told the BBC via email. “We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks and months.” COURTESY BBC
A DREAM COME TRUE! SMART PILLOW DETECTS SNORING AND 'NUDGES' THE NOISY OFFENDER INTO A QUIETER POSITION
South Korea firm to sell ‘bullying insurance’
phone’s sensitivity can be adjusted for light or heavy snoring. The sound-activated air pocket expands and contracts to ensure breathing passages remain open and prevent snoring. It can also be manually inflated to a desired thickness of between four and seven inches. The smart pillow is filled with polyurethane and its shape is designed to cradle the head, while its polyester cover and be removed and washed. It is currently available across USA through online stores. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
One of South Korea’s biggest insurance firms has offered the country’s first policy against bullying. Hyundai Marine and Fire Insurance say it will introduce the new scheme later this year. It will also insure against three other “social evils” - domestic violence, sexual assault and food contamination. There have been several high profile cases of bullying in South Korea in recent years, some of them linked to adolescent suicides. In the event of a successful claim, payments will go towards counselling and medical bills. The policies will be sold to institutions, not individuals. The new insurance policies are linked to a campaign launched by South Korean President Park Geun-hye, to root out the four social problems. ONLINE
Many people suffer a bad night’s sleep because they are woken up by their partner’s snoring. But now a smart pillow could put an end to noisy nights as it can gently push a snorer into a new position to stop their snoring or wake them up gently – leaving their partner to slumber in peace. The ‘snore activated nudging pillow’ is fitted with an integrated microphone that picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring. It then inflates an internal air pocket which makes the pillow three inches
taller, which its creators believe is just enough to make a sleeper move their head or body. Sleeping on your side reduces snoring because the base of the tongue will not collapse into the back of the throat to obstruct breathing. The elevated angle of the pillow similarly opens a person’s airways or prompts them to move into a better sleeping position perhaps by rolling onto their side. The device has a 30minute delay setting to allow the user to fall asleep, without the pillow inflating and the micro-
Residents encage councillor in rubbish pile in India Residents in the north Indian city of Kanpur forced a local councillor onto a heap of trash in protest against overflowing drains and piles of litter had not been cleared for two months in the area. Residents confronted Councillor Manoj Yadav in Patel Nagar, threw him in to a
An unemployed Indian man travelled over 1,000 miles to pick up a lottery win - except it doesn’t exist. Ratan Kumar Malbisoi fell for a phishing text message scam and sent his bank account details to scammers. The 41-year-old believed he was the winner of a bumper windfall from a BBC lottery, some 30 million rupees. Malbisoi apparently conversed with the scammers several times over the past two years urging them to hand over the funds. And after borrowing money from friends he set out on the arduous journey from the village of Orissa to the BBC office in Delhi to claim his win in person. On arrival he was made aware of the scam but refused to believe he had been taken in. “I never felt he was trying to cheat me. I liked speaking with him, he was always very nice,” he told a BBC reporter. ONLINE
heap of rubbish and did not let him leave until he promised to arrange for the authorities to attend to the area. According to media reports, the residents had taken the matters into their own hands and were removing rubbish and cleaning drains them, when Mr
Yadav arrived at the location. “Some people pushed me into the garbage heap, it was wet, and they did not let me come out of it for an hour,” he said. Yadav has decided not to lodge an official complaint against those who pushed him onto the rubbish heap. ONLINE
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
akistani actresses Veena Malik and Meera are among the top five most controversial foreign celebrities in Bollywood. the report, created by indian newspaper “times of india” has three more foreign actresses in the list, who have entered into controversies after controversies since their arrival in B-town. the first in the list is British actress sofia Hayat, 2nd place rests with Mexican Barbara Mori. third in line is our very own Veena Malik she dished out a huge controversy after pictures of her were released in FHM magazine. if the pictures weren’t disputable enough, Veena denied doing the bold photo shoot altogether and slapped Rs 10 crore law-suit against the magazine for morphing her images. FHM reportedly responded back with a Rs 25 crore lawsuit against the actor. the fourth place is sunny Leone. Last but not the least, its Pakistan’s Meera who made her Bollywood debut with Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘nazar’ had a fallout with her once mentor. Meera’s spate of controversies does not stop at this. she went public with her alleged relationship with Pakistani cricketer shoaib akhtar and claimed that he slapped her in public once. Meera kept herself in the news after she called for media interactions to promote her upcoming films and went ‘missing’ from the same again and again. a court case was filed against her by director ajay Yadav after she deserted him during the promotions of their movie ‘Bhadaas’. Meera returned to Mumbai for the promotions only after she received court summons. NEWS DESK
Fawad Khan to star opposite Kareena Kapoor
Simon Cowell returns to The X Factor NEWS DESK Simon Cowell is to return to The X Factor for the new series in 2014, it has been announced. The record label boss will lead the judging panel when the show returns for its 11th series in the autumn. In a statement, he said: “It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar.” He continued, “The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years - including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix.” Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said: “It’s fantastic news that Simon is returning to The X Factor. We are all very much looking forward to him re-joining the judging panel later this year.” Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. It was recently announced that The
turns kabaddi player forTevar NEWS DESK
X Factor had been renewed for another three years, keeping it on television until 2016. Cowell quit the UK panel in order to establish the series in the US, but audiences numbers there have not been as high as he hoped. Viewing figures for recent series have fallen and it has been beaten by BBC rival entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, where once it was way ahead. Cowell said fans will have to “wait and see” who joins him on the judging panel.
Bollywood actor arjun kapoor, who will be seen as a college student and a kabaddi player in his upcoming film ‘tevar’, regrets that the sport is not given much importance in india. tevar, produced by arjun’s father Boney kapoor, is a remake of telugu action film ‘Okkadu’. also starring sonakshi sinha, the film will be directed by debutante amit sharma. “We have made certain alterations to the original film because we have to play to a bigger spectrum of audience here. My character is that of a college student who is also a kabbadi player, he is passionate about the sport. in india, kabbadi is not given too much importance,” arjun kapoor said. “Circumstances lead him to go on a run with a girl. He is mad and eccentric, it is a fun loving character,” arjun kapoor said
elaborating further on his role. “it is completely away from the angry image people seem to have about me. it is an action film, but i am a fun loving boy. it is about an ordinary boy and an extra ordinary situation. it is too early to speak about it,” he said. to get into the skin of the character, arjun kapoor had to learn the sport. “i had a very bad injury…and i was resting a lot in December. But i did a bit of preparation and met a few kabbadi players. they have taught me the basics and essence of the sport. they have a certain body language, they have been teaching me the stuff,” arjun kapoor said. the actor said the film does not revolve around kabbadi, but the element has been infused in his character to make it a bit different. “We have shot for it for only seven days. it is too early to talk about it,” he said.
Heart throbbing Pakistani actor Fawad khan is all done with his shooting of B-town movie khoobsurat in which he is doing lead role opposite sonam kapoor. now the news is that Fawad and the stylish kareena kapoor will be seen together in upcoming Bollywood movie that will be made under Yash Raj Banner. kareena is already famous in both Pakistan and india for her looks more than her acting whereas Fawad khan is a well known actor here in Pakistan who got fame with his lead role in Humsafar. NEWS DESK
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes deny split rumours
‘Deepika holds special significance in my life’ NEWS DESK CTOr ranveer Singh says that co-star Deepika Padukone is special to him, but at the same time maintains that they are “just friends.” “Deepika holds a special significance in my life. She is somebody I respect and admire a lot, somebody whom I have grown close to. She is an awesome person, she is somebody for whom I have great amount of admiration,” ranveer said. Since the time ranveer and
Deepika started working on romantic drama film ‘ram Leela’, they have been often seen together and there are speculations about their relationship. “We are friends. We go out and hang out. I go out and hang out with lot of other people as well, but they are not as famous as her... she is a very cool person to hang out with, I thoroughly enjoy her company. We hang out like any other youngsters who are friendly with each other. I have school friends, Arjun Kapoor... and assistant directors etc with whom I go
out. I am protective about all my friends,” he said. The 28-year-old actor, however, said he is currently single and “ready to mingle.” The actor said he does not want to change himself. “I would be just the way I am. For me if you are a certain way, people are going to pass a judgement, so be the way you are,” he said, adding that “...I don’t like getting serious in any situation, I like to joke, I like to have fun and keep the atmosphere light and make people laugh.”
Celebrity couple Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes has denied reports suggesting that they have ended their relationship. according to a representative of the 39-year-old actress, the break-up reports are mere rumours. Earlier there were reports that the couple, who began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of a movie, had parted ways during the festive season last year due to differences in their perspectives towards life. “they started having problems back in september. they decided to quietly call it off for good around Christmas. there is no ill will,” a source said. NEWS DESK
Zac Efron is limitless
actor Zac Efron says he doesn’t have any limitations when it comes to being in a relationship. the actor added that he is not a person who can govern a relationship with “deal breakers”, reported a Uk news agency. “i don’t think that there are any. i`m not a person that lives with deal breakers in my life,” he said. the actor has been seen in films like “17 again”, “Me and Orson Welles”, “Charlie st. Cloud”, “new Year`s Eve” and “the Lucky One”. NEWS DESK
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
PyF’s divisional level kicks off LAHORE
ith the successful completion of four stages of Punjab Youth Festival 2014, the Divisional level having total prize money of Rs 42,52,950 will start throughout the province today. the divisional level which is fifth in the flow chart of the festival will continue till February 16 and would have the involvement of 23 sectors and 227 events for competition. the nine divisions of the province will have the active participation of general public in individual, family and team events in common events which are about 20 to be contested in while there are nearly 30 sports events general public will compete in. in this level baseball, boxing (three categories), marathon, powerlifting (three categories), rugby, squash, touchball and handball are being introduced for competitions while the regular events like armwrestling (three categories), athletics (eight events), badminton, billiard, cricket tape ball, tug of war, volleyball, bodybuilding (three categories), football, weightlifting (three categories), basketball, chess, cricket hard ball, hockey, kabaddi, mat wrestling and mud wrestling (both three categories),
table tennis, karate (three categories), taekwondo (three categories) and tent pegging will be held. And there is an addition of swimming and gymnastics (both five categories) in education sector. the education sector has lined up male and female students of secondary elementary, schools, colleges for competitions while universities have also been included in this level. Similar to the general category, the education sector competitors will have encounters in sports field and other common categories. the general categories of competitions includes naat khani, qirat, cooking, painting, pet-keeping, photography, poetry/mushaira, millinaghme/songs, calligraphy, dress designing/stitching, handicraft, family dressing, healthy baby, kitchen gardening, handicraft, drama, short film, street art and street art theatre. the education sector apart from the other events also has competitions of debate, essay writing, science models, cultural models and dress show. this level of the festival will also have the participation from engineering and it, sector, skill sector - tevta, special sector while press club, bar association, corporate and departments will show their skills in sports including badminton, cricket hard ball and table tennis. the engineering and it sector participants will show their skills in game devel-
opment like windows phone development (training session), computer software like blended learning teaching competition and project-based learning through Alice. the university students will also show their skills in business entrepreneurship, cultural projects, horticulture and technical projects. in skill sector category, competitions will be in electrical, electronic, mechanical including automobile and architecture. the blind and special persons competitions will be held in athletics (eight events), bench press, cricket and wheel chair race. this level will also like the district level have intake of winners of previous neighbourhood and village, union council, tehsil and district levels to stand among the participant of this fifth stage. For them the competition will be intense while the
new entrants in the festival would do their best too to survive for the next level. HOME ECONOMICS COLLEGE HOST PYF ACTIVITIES: A number of competitions in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 were held here at home Economics College for Women Gulberg. the activity involved tug of war competition, fun fair, athletics and a number of gymkhana events. Mrs Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest of the day and was amused to witness the fighting spirit of the competitors. On the sidelines of the whole activity, various stalls of cloths designed by the students and also of food items were also established. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said that females have been given a unique opportunity to show their skills in the Punjab Youth Festival. “the chief minister Punjab by initiating the sports events in the festival turned the focus of the youngsters towards healthy activity and the participation of females alongside males have given different colour to the festival,” he said. She further said that the festival activity has brought forth fresh talent from the grass root level and the day is not far away when with the continuation of such events, Pakistan women will distinguish themselves also in the international events.
Fit-again Marsh called up for Watson SpORtS DESk Shaun Marsh is to travel to South Africa after all as cover for Shane Watson following the allrounder’s withdrawal from the team for the first test due to a calf strain. in an episode that might well be entitled ‘Sliding Calves’ were it ever to be made into a film, Marsh had himself been momentarily tipped out of contention by a calf problem sustained during the ODi series against England, leading to Philip hughes’ call-up in his place. he recovered swiftly, however, and played a key role in the Perth Scorchers’ first Big Bash League title by playing a fluent innings in the final. the national selector John inverarity said he would now fly to Johannesburg as the tourists prepare for the first test at Centurion Park, which begins on February 12. “Shaun has now recovered from injury,” inverarity said, “and the National Selection Panel has selected him to join the squad in South Africa in light of Shane
Watson not being available for the first test with a calf injury.” Marsh may be nursing a slightly sore head following the
Scorchers’ victory, but he will quickly need to get himself into test-match mode as the selectors weigh up their options for
the first test at Centurion, a venue that has favoured South Africa heavily since their return to international cricket in 1991. Alex Doolan seems certain to bat at No. 3 for the tourists, but Marsh, hughes and Moises henriques will all be in contention for another spot in the batting order as inverarity and the coach Darren Lehmann deliberate over the best balance among their available players. in the aftermath of the BBL final, Marsh had doubted his chances of gaining a call-up to South Africa despite his recovery. “there’s a full squad over there now, so more than likely not,” he said. “But that’s just the way it goes. “i had to make a decision in the best interests of the team, and at that stage i wasn’t fit and we didn’t know how long it would be. it was disappointing to miss out, but i guess this (t20 triumph) is a nice reward. it’s been a long 13 years for me in WA, and it means a lot.” Little did he know that Watson had by then already suffered the injury that would re-open his path to the airport and the highveld.
SPORTS 13 Finally, Onions gets an england call
Graham Onions has finally won a call up to an England squad. Onions, whose exclusion from England’s Ashes squad became the subject of widespread criticism, should not get overly excited yet - he is not about to return the full England side, but has been summoned as extra fastbowling cover to the England Lions squad in Sri Lanka. Onions replaces his Durham county colleague, Mark Wood, who was flying home on Saturday after sustaining a side injury in the first warm-up fixture in Colombo last week. The extent of Wood’s injury is not yet known, but the Lions’ medical team was concerned enough to send him back to England to continue his rehabilitation. James Whitaker, England’s national selector, said: “Mark had a very impressive start to the Lions tour taking five wickets in the first warm up match. However, having been injured, it is very important that he has every chance of starting the season for Durham in the best possible condition, therefore we have agreed with Durham that the best course of action is for Mark to return home.” Onions should be in decent physical shape. He has recently completed a season with the Dolphins franchise in South Africa. His last Test was in a rain-hit Test against West Indies at Edgbaston in 2012. “This presents a good opportunity for Graham to join up with the Lions and play an important role in their series against Sri Lanka,” Whitaker said. “We have been monitoring his progress in South Africa, and now this presents him with a chance to impress ahead of the summer International series.” Wood, a whippy and slender right-arm quick, impressed with 27 wickets at 24.07 runs apiece before injury interrupted his maiden Championship season. SPORTS DESK
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hE withdrawal of Serena Williams and Victoria Aazarenka has jolted the Qatar total Open, the flagship WtA event of the region, which opens in Doha on Monday. this was to be a stellar field with hardly any of the top players missing. the current Australian Open Champion, Li Na is entered along with the entire top twenty ranked players. the withdrawal of Azarenka and Williams will throw a dampener on the entry list but should not overly be a cause for concern for the organizers. Events like the Qatar Open tend to transcend the players. they are, if anything, a celebration of the sport. With easy access to players practicing and strolling around the Khalifa tennis Center, the Qatar Open is a more intimate and friendly way to savour tennis at its highest level than the major events.
india’s Hubris Meanwhile, in the cricketing world, the bid by England, Australia and india to literally hijack the iCC from under the noses of the rest of the cricketing world has caused a storm to erupt as the other countries begin to absorb the implications of this unprecedented move. the proposal, which has been adopted, would allow the three countries to dictate terms to the other seven test playing nations including the number one ranked South Africans. Bangladesh and
the West indies have accepted the proposal after being offered incentives in the form of more tours. Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka had predictably rejected the proposal, but in a surprise shift at the iCC meeting in Singapore, South Africa supported the Big three. Quite plainly a deal had been done. But what stinks in this whole affair is the fact that the three countries are trying to convert their financial clout and earnings into an almost totalitarian control of the sport. the canons of justice, equality and fair play have been conveniently dispensed with at the altar of crass commercialism. it might just be that Australia and England have gotten carried away by the hubris that india is known to display on such occasions, much to the discomfiture of its neighbors in the past. india is the biggest money earner in the sport. the iPL and any test series featuring india, brings in tens of millions of dollars. that is all well and good for the sport. But to try and convert that into political hegemony at the expense of the other less fortunate but equally competitive countries leaves an exceedingly bad taste in the mouth.
PieTersen’s FOrced reTiremenT causes riPPles Rash proposals like these could literally split the cricketing world asunder. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are now the only two major teams opposing the move and unless they also cave in and follow
South Africa’s lead, they risk being completely sidelined in the future scheme of things. Meanwhile, the forced retirement of Kevin Pietersen from the England test team has caused ripples that have even reached the PM’s house in London. A supremely dominant batsman who can render any opposition attack irrelevant, Pietersen has been a magnet for controversy throughout his career. he fell out with Peter Moore, the England coach while captain of his side and had to resign as a result. his relationship with Andy Flower has also been frosty at best and eventually it came down to Flower saying it was either him or me. in the end both had to go. Anyone who has seen Pietersen in full flow with the bat will find it hard to compare him with any other postwar batsman. he had the ability to take the best bowling in the world by the scruff of the neck and make it look helpless. But genius cuts both ways. Players with special talents invariably have flaws in other aspects of their personality and it is up to the team to decide whether this disruptive presence is worth the turmoil in the dressing room. Pietersen had such an attitude problem that rubbed many of his fellow team mates the wrong way. in the past Geoff Boycott had similar issues with his team mates leading him to be dropped after scoring a test hundred. the recent retirements in mid series of Graeme Swann and Jonathan trott may or may not have anything directly to do with KP but it was evident during the Ashes in Australia, that all was not well with the England changing room. Andy Flower’s
coaching was also beginning to seem too claustrophobic. But then when things are not going right for a team, everything starts a downwards spiral. Or is it that apart from the truly great teams like the 1948 Australians or the West indies of the 1980s and the all conquering Aussies of a decade ago, most teams’ performance is cyclic. Cricket is such a mentally stressful sport and the volume of cricket being played is so high that only the very best and mentally toughest can maintain their standards.
aQeel, THe True servanT OF PakisTan Tennis in local tennis, Pakistan resume their Davis Cup campaigns after the horrors of last year’s Myanmar default with a tie against Vietnam. Pakistan have not played Vietnam for about 40 years and the opponents’ standard is not easy to judge. they have no players of any ranking on the AtP computer, but then neither do we. We still rely on the ageing Aqeel Khan and Aisam Qureshi, veterans of the 1998 Davis Cup campaign. the rest, apart from a couple of boys playing in the USA, are simply not up to the mark. Aisam only plays singles in Davis Cup as he is primarily a doubles performer on the AtP tour. Aqeel is still as good as ever and is a talent that, because of economic compulsions, has not had the opportunity to develop to his fullest potential. But he has been an exceptional servant for what is left of Pakistan tennis. One wishes them good hunting and ‘bon chance’.
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
ICC Board clears governance, financial changes
he ICC Board has gained the necessary votes to approve a large number of sweeping changes relating to the governance, financing and structure of international cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the PCB were the only two Full Members who abstained when a “comprehensive resolution” was put to vote. The BCCI, in particular, but also Cricket Australia and the eCB can now anticipate a period of greater wealth and influence in the ICC, although their proposals have been reduced in some areas and the ICC continues to claim that all nations will be better off as a result of the changes adopted. The ICC has presenTed key elemenTs of The resoluTIon as follows: More revenue for all nations because of a programme designed to secure a lucrative new rights deal. Plans to give widespread powers to an executive committee dominated by India, england and Australia have been watered down. Although this committee will still draw up major policy, its decisions will need to be ratified by the full board. BCCI president N Srinivasan will become the ICC chairman from July this year, while CA chairman Wally edwards will head a newly-formed executive Committee, which will report to the ICC Board. The eCB chairman Giles Clarke will continue to be the head of the Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Committee. This will be for an initial two-year transitional period to 2016. The ICC confirmed that at the end of this transitional period “the Chair of the ICC Board will be elected from within the ICC Board with all Full Member Directors entitled to stand for elec-
tion. BCCI, CA and eCB - will be represented on both sub-committees, along with two representatives of the other Full Members (who will be elected by the Board).” An F&CA committee “working group” made up of Srinivasan, Clarke and edwards had first presented the draft of their radical revamp to the rest of the ICC Board at an unscheduled meeting called in Dubai on January 9. Central to the draft was the ICC revenue distribution model which was reformulated to give the BCCI, eCB and CA a graded percentage share of ICC revenue, with a larger chunk going to these three Boards when compared to the rest. Today the ICC said, “Full Members will gain greater financial recognition based on the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats.” The release stated the decision around the new revenue distribution model was, “the outcome of a negotiation between Members that has been required to provide long-term certainty of participation of all Members in both ICC events and bilateral series against other Members.” The absence of any such “certainty” would impact on, “the rights for ICC events, which are to be taken to market this year... and by extension, so would the financial support that has driven the growth of cricket around the world. “The structure of the model will ensure that none of the Full Members will be worse off than they are at present and - if forecasts of revenue generation prove to be correct - all will be significantly better off. The agreement of the model has been an important part of a wider negotiation that will now provide long-term certainty of participation in ICC events by all of the Full Member teams.” The meeting confirmed the end of the FTP in its current
BCCI welcomes approval, confirms talks with CSA for series
SPORTS DESK The BCCI has welcomed the ICC Board’s approval of the new governance, financial and competition structures. “After rounds of discussions over the last three weeks, the proposals were approved without any objection. Two members abstained from voting since they felt it wouldn’t be prudent for them to take a call without the go-ahead of their respective boards,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo from Singapore. “Now that the resolutions are passed, we can move on and the Chief Executives’ Committee and ICC Board can continue to work on strengthening the structure of cricket.” On the eve of the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani had a long meeting with BCCI president N Srinivasan. It is learnt that the meeting resulted in CSA’s change of heart. Patel confirmed that the BCCI and CSA are on the verge of clinching a bilateral agreement from 2015 to 2023. While the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket abstained from voting, CSA, who was the first Full Member to publicly call the proposals “fundamentally flawed”, opted to vote in favour of the changes. “It was nice to see that they (CSA) have realised the need to support the proposal and the BCCI had no role to play in their so-called change of stance,” Patel said. “The BCCI and CSA had fruitful discussions and have almost reached bilateral agreements in the next cycle.” Another official from one of the Full Member countries echoed Patel’s
sentiment: “Historically for the first time everything was approved. It was not a give-and-take situation at all. It was a presumption that some of the Members might not sign anything or they will not play.” Some of the proposed changes, including the conversion of FTP agreements into legally binding bilateral agreements, required two-third majority (seven votes out of ten), while other reforms, like the appointment of a new Executive Committee, needed a three-fourth majority (eight votes). CSA’s decision to side with the Big Three was a turnaround in this context. On the eve of the meeting, CSA had written a “formal response” to ICC president Alan Isaac and, citing their own long history at the ICC, asked for the hosting rights for a major ICC event between 2015 and 2023. The decision by CSA to agree to the revamp, framed by the Big Three, could be an indication that the South African board’s prolonged tussle with BCCI has come to an end. The dispute between the two boards has reportedly centered around the appointment of former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat’s as CSA’s chief executive. The appointment is said to be one of the factors that led to the BCCI curtailing the Indian team’s tour to South Africa last year. Patel, however, denied that a patch-up with CSA, with regard to Lorgat, is in the pipeline. “As for Haroon, it is a matter between CSA and ICC,” Patel said. “The BCCI has nothing to do with it and the matter wasn’t even discussed.” With regard to the PCB and SLC’s decision to abstain from voting, an official in Singapore stated that the Sri Lankan board wanted to understand more details of the new model of revenue distribution. SLC said it needed more time to go back and explain the details to its board members. The official said: “They wanted to understand how the financial calculations were made. The criteria in working out this model was told to them: the historical background, the main contributors to the ICC revenues, the performances of teams in the past and on this basis the (financial) scorecard was made.” PCB’s issue could be related to their stance of wanting a written seal on approval of bilateral agreements, but the PCB was told that until the resolutions were ratified at the annual conference in July, no bilateral agreements could be made binding.
form, with future schedules being dependent on “contractually binding” negotiations between boards. “There was also confirmation that all Full Members will enter into a series of contractually binding bilateral agreements as a matter of urgency so that
they can confirm a comprehensive schedule of matches in a Future Tours Programme that will now be extended to 2023.” “With the ICC Champions Trophy alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 and the formats and
venues already confirmed for all of these events the ICC has a really attractive package for 2015-23 to take to the market.” The ICC claims it has a limited-overs package to make the TV companies drool The ICC Board also paved a clearer path for high-performing Associate nations to gain Test status. “The winner of the next ICC Intercontinental Cup will be entitled to take part in a play-off against the bottom-ranked Full Member and, if successful, obtain Test status,” the ICC said. “This complements the pathways that are already in place for any Member to be able to qualify for the major events in ODI and T20I cricket.” The ICC confirmed that the proposed World Test Championship would be scrapped and replaced with the Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021 to strengthen their commercial property. “It proved impossible to come up with a format for a four-team finals event in Test cricket that fits the culture of Test cricket and preserves the integrity of the format,” its release said. “The most recent ICC Champions Trophy event proved to be very popular with supporters around the world and the future events will build on this success. “With the ICC Champions Trophy alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 and the formats and venues already confirmed for all of these events the ICC has a really attractive package for 2015-23 to take to the market.” At the same time, the governing body announced the introduction of a Test Cricket Fund “to help ensure all of the Test playing teams will be able to sustain a home programme of Test cricket through to 2023.” “The fund will be available to all of the Test playing Members except the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the england and Wales Cricket Board (eCB).”
Changes in resolution forced PCB, SLC to abstain SPORTS DESK The Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket, the only Full Members to abstain from voting in the ICC Board meeting on Saturday, said that they had done so due to changes in the “comprehensive resolution” that required the approval of their respective governing boards and stakeholders. Their decision to abstain from voting, however, did not stop the ICC Board from approving a large number of changes affecting the governance and structure of international cricket. In the lead-up to the meeting, the PCB, SLC and Cricket South Africa had been vocal in their opposition of the proposed changes to the ICC. Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, however, said that the resolution presented to the Full Members for a vote on Saturday was a revised one that differed from the earlier draft. CSA’s decision to vote in favour of the proposal also affected the other two boards. “They got the revised proposal with many things toned down,” Ashraf told eSPNcricinfo, without getting into the details. “Now we need to take our governing board into confidence before returning in April. We had a mandate to oppose the revamp but we were forced to rethink after the present situation and after South Africa opted to vote. Maybe they saw things differently and in their interest.” SLC clarified that the revised resolution presented to the board required a fresh mandate from its executive committee and stakeholders, which the board was unable to obtain at the last minute. “At the ICC Board meeting … the revised resolution relating to the governance, competition and financial models of ICC was presented,” a release from SLC said. “The scope of the resolutions presently proposed was substantially changed, for which SLC required a fresh mandate from the executive committee and stakeholders. “As this was intimated to SLC this morning, the SLC representative at the ICC Board meeting abstained from voting as SLC were unable to obtain such mandate today, and would therefore have to go back to the executive committee and stakeholders before voting on the res-
olutions. We will seek to obtain a fresh mandate based on the above in order to express SLC’s stance at the next ICC Board meeting scheduled in April.” Ashraf stressed that the move to abstain would not have an adverse impact on the PCB and had bought the board some time to think over the proposals before the next ICC Board meeting in April. “We are not a loser in all of this,” Ashraf said. “We and Sri Lanka stood on our principle stance but it’s important to mention that we are not against any board. We want to address the concerns before reaching a consensus. We understand there is a need for change in the ICC structure but it has to be on an equity basis. India is already not playing Pakistan and there is no remedy if any board pulls out of its commitment. There should be a legal course we can pursue being an aggrieved party if any board deviates from their commitment until the new FTP comes into being.” The ICC paved the way for the end of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) in its current form, with future tours being dependent on “contractually binding” ne-
gotiations between boards. The governing body, in its release, also urged members to enter into bilateral agreements “as a matter of urgency” to confirm a schedule of the matches between 2015 and 2023. The ICC Board also approved the “contribution cost” model of revenue distribution and said that Full Members would gain greater financial recognition based on “the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats.” Ashraf said the Pakistan board did not object to the financial model and said the ICC had promised a financial value that would not fluctuate from the present revenue Pakistan was getting. “They didn’t give us a precise figure but asked us to trust them,” Ashraf said. “We are not worried about any repercussion as we are still financially sound, if not the strongest without playing India, as other boards are fulfilling their commitment. Despite the fact that no international cricket is being played in Pakistan, we are not in deficit or debt.”
Sunday, 9 February, 2014
Shami and Jadeja wake India up
UNDER PRESSURE FOR MUCH OF THIS TOUR, INDIA WERE ROUSED BY A SPARKS OF BRILLIANCE FROM TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO AMBUSHED NEW ZEALAND IN THEIR SECOND INNINGS
One of our top spells as a unit: Zaheer AucklAnd: Zaheer Khan has said that dismissing New Zealand for 105 was one of the best collective Indian bowling efforts he has been part of. The performance brought India back from a first-innings deficit of 301, and Zaheer said the visitors had gained the advantage, having ended the day on 87 for 1 in their pursuit of 407. “Definitely one of the top spells we have bowled as a unit,” Zaheer said. “Brilliant performance by the bowlers. As a bowling unit we clicked. It was a collective effort. That is what is crucial when we get teams out for low totals. Last time I remember was in Trinidad in 2001, (when) we had a similar kind of innings where all the bowlers chipped with three wickets. That was a collective effort.” Ishant Sharma was the most successful of the Indian bowlers with a match haul of nine wickets, and Zaheer said it was good to see him convert his experience of 54 Tests into results. “He has come a long way. It is important that he picks up wickets. He has been around for a while. Definitely has the potential to create that impact at this level and happy that he is among the wickets.” Backing up the bowlers were Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane, whose sharp catches accounted for the key wickets of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. India had dropped a few in the first innings, and Zaheer said it was crucial they held them this time. “Important thing was brilliant catching as well in the slip cordon. We held our catches and that really made a difference.” India’s lengths were also different to the ones they bowled in the first innings. Their fast bowlers had overdone the short ball as New Zealand racked up 503 but the lengths were fuller in the second innings. Zaheer said different strategies were at work both times. “That was the plan in the first innings. We wanted to be aggressive as a bowling unit,” he said. “Bowling bouncers was one of our plans. In the second innings we went in with the approach that we have to focus on bowling areas and that really worked for us.” Zaheer said the pressure created by the Indian attack, and not the Eden Park pitch, was the reason for New Zealand’s capitulation. “Pitch is looking good. What really got to them was the pressure I guess and some disciplined bowling by our bowlers. I don’t think the pitch has changed a great deal. In fact, it has got better, if at all.” AGENCIES
AucKlAnD AGENCIES Neil Wagner has said there was no panic in the New Zealand ranks after the hosts were bowled out for 105, stating that they were happy with the eventual 400-plus target they had set India, and confident of getting the remaining nine wickets. “Coming into the change room, we were very positive. Even though we lost a couple of quick wickets earlier, there was never really a panic,” Wagner said. “I think we weren’t worried about the runs. We were still fairly happy with the runs we had on the board. At the start of the game if you had said to us we were going to have a 400-run lead over India, we would have taken it any day.
he New Zealand nightmare was becoming longer and longer for India. Someone had to pinch them hard and rouse them up from this slumber where nothing was going right. Four defeats in the ODIs followed by a 301-run deficit in the first Test is enough to sap confidence. They had bowled 121.4 overs to New Zealand at eden Park and then batted less than half that number. On the third morning, they lost their last six wickets in 16 overs. Usually, a shell-shocked unit turns up to go through the motions in such a scenario, follow-on or not. New Zealand could have bashed a quick 200 or 250, set India an impossible target, and unleashed their four fast bowlers again. Was there a way out of this for India? Cricket is a team game, but teams often need extraordinary individual sparks to come together in
“Especially with our bowling line-up at the moment and the way the guys have been going, I still think we are very confident and it all depends on that first hour tomorrow, how we start. If we put a lot of pressure on India and get a couple of quick wickets, it’s definitely going to set the game up nicely for us. There are still a lot of runs on the board left to get and if we bowl well, we can get the nine wickets if we start off well tomorrow morning.” New Zealand ran through India in the morning, taking the last six wickets in only 16 overs to earn a 301-run lead. But they survived only 41.2 overs with the bat themselves, as India, led by Mohammed Shami’s early strikes, rolled them over for 105. Wagner credited India
seemingly hopeless circumstances. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja answered that call for India. The pair had gone for a combined 2 for 215 in the first innings, but in the second they were so intense that New Zealand were forced to live the nightmare, slumping to 25 for 5 in startlingly quick time. To remain hopeful in dire circumstances requires optimism, but to back that up by playing with so much conviction takes immense self-belief. From the first ball of the second innings, Shami went at New Zealand with all he had, sprinting in and hurling down one testing delivery after another. his run-up of long strides is usually energetic but throughout his spell of 10-1-30-3, Shami was like a high-power locomotive that had been unhinged from its load of wagons. Shami seemed like making something happen almost every ball. No other Indian fast bowler - not even a New Zealand one - appeared so menacing through an entire spell, and that
for their fightback, but did not think New Zealand had batted badly. “It’s a bit of a bitter-sweet day. I thought we started off really well with the ball this morning and a great result to get them out for the score we did. Obviously the batting really wasn’t ideal stuff but at the end of the day, I think still we are pretty happy at where we are at. “India bowled very well today. Shami in particular started them off very well. They bowled a better length on that wicket than they did in the first innings, so I think they were very patient and definitely asked very good questions at the start. That’s why they got rewards for it. I don’t think we batted poorly or badly. I think it’s just the nature of the game. Sometimes the bowlers are
allowed to bowl well and so they did.” New Zealand could have enforced the follow-on, but Wagner said the side was comfortable with Brendon McCullum’s decision to bat again. “Everybody was very happy with that. It’s a bit of time for the bowlers to freshen up a little bit, have a quick ice bath and have the legs ready enough for the second innings,” he said. “It gave us a little bit of time to get reset and refocus on what we needed to do.” When their chance to bowl came again, Wagner said New Zealand did not begin well. The new ball has been crucial in the first three innings this match, and New Zealand could strike only once with it, but Wagner was hopeful some inconsistent bounce would come into play later.
too an extended one. his length was fuller, but he did not overpitch, making it hard for batsmen to come forward. Shami struck in each of his first two overs, and New Zealand were unable to recover from that shock. his delivery to trap hamish Rutherford lbw for a golden duck was a peach - fast, pitched-up, moving in. Peter Fulton played a poor shot in Shami’s second over, but you could argue it was the bowler who had made the batsman play without moving his feet, having pegged him back with a short at the body the previous delivery. Shami could have had three wickets in three overs, including that of Ross Taylor for a golden duck, had an outside edge travelled to gully. he did add a third scalp, though, by bowling Corey Anderson soon after lunch with a skiddy delivery. Zaheer Khan was impressed with Shami, saying his ability to strike in clusters placed him above merely good bowlers. “he is a great prospect for India and has had some brilliant performances,” Zaheer said. “No doubt he is a match-winner. his quality to take wickets in bunches is what decides him from a good bowler to a really, really good bowler. Shami has got that quality, he has shown that quality in whatever little cricket he has played and with experience he is going to get better.” After the New Zealand openers, India had to deal with Kane Williamson, who had gone past fifty each time on this tour. India, however, found another individual spark to end this threat. Jadeja had failed to perform his containing role in the first innings, conceding 120 in 26 overs. he had fought with the bat, though, making an unbeaten 30 as the rest capitulated around him. Still, it was his energy in the field that made a vital impact. It is not easy to react so quickly at short midwicket, put in a dive and snap up a well-timed clip, but Jadeja did exactly that to dismiss Williamson. India had let New Zealand escape from 30 for 3 in the first innings, but Shami and Jadeja made sure that no such turnaround occurred this time. The batsmen may or may not achieve the target of 407, but they ensured India had finally woken up in New Zealand.
Lyon changes angle of attack JohAnnesburg: Nathan Lyon’s journey towards maturity as a spin bowler took another important step at the Wanderers as he gained confidence in bowling from over the wicket, having used the line from around the stumps almost exclusively during his successful Ashes series in Australia. While South Africa’s likely quartet of left-handers will be of interest to Lyon and his mentor John Davison, it was the angle of attack to batsmen he will spin the ball into that the 26-year-old spent most of his time honing on day one of the squad’s practice fixture. There were decent results too. After coaxing David Warner to miscue an attempt to hit over the top with his very first ball, Lyon defeated both Michael Clarke and Shane Watson from his new angle, which Davison had set out as a more sustainable “Plan A” than the line around the stumps that he so often pursued against England. “He hadn’t bowled a lot over the wicket to right-handers in the Ashes,” Davison said. “He was coming around the wicket a lot and got very comfortable doing that, so we’ve challenged him to be able to start over the wicket to the righthanders and try to get them bowled through the gate and bring first slip into play and bat pad. “Then he’s got the plan B to come around the wicket to them. We just want him to be adaptable and confident to do it and bowl different angles to different players, and therefore being able to bowl to different plans.” AGENCIES
SPORTS Sunday, 9 February, 2014
India needs another 320 runs in two days for victory
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eW Zealand have set India a target of 407 runs to win the first Test match at eden Park, Auckland. They who scored 87 for one, need another 320 runs to win the Test with nine wickets in hand. With two days remaining, time is not an issue, but the task ahead is gargantuan. To win, India would have to better their highest chase by one run. They will have to pull off the third highest successful chase in Tests. No team has chased more than 348 to win in New Zealand, but India have already knocked 87 off their target. Only four times a target in excess of 400 has been chased till date. The West Indies hold the incredible record of chasing 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in May 2003. South Africa scored 414 for four against Australia at Perth in 2008-09 to win the match. India are third in the list with the successful chase of 406 runs for four against the Caribbean side, but
it was way back in 1975-76. Australia was the first team to record victory while chasing a 400-plus score, when they scored 404 for three against england in 1948. India’s fast bowlers dismissed New Zealand for 105 in the second innings- the hosts’ fourth-lowest total against India in Tests. New Zealand were bowled out for 94 at Hamilton in 2002-03, which is their lowest total against the visitors. Four of the five lowest scores for New Zealand against India have come at home, with two of them being in Auckland. India had New Zealand tottering at 25 for 5 in their second innings. This was only the fifth time that India had their opposition five down for 25 or less in Tests. The last such instance was against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in September 2005. New Zealand made 503 in 121.4 overs in their first innings while they were bowled out for 105 in 41.2 overs in the second. The difference between New Zealand’s total in the first innings and the sec-
ond innings was 398 runs, which was the second-highest difference between their scores in two innings
of a Test, and the highest when they have scored more runs in the first innings. New Zealand’s highest
Mohammed Shami took three wickets.
Bangladesh save Test but SL take series Chittagong aGeNcIeS
Having arrived on the fifth day short of runs and confidence, Mominul Haque led Bangladesh to safety with a third Test hundred that showcased remarkable courage and a striking understanding of the dynamics of Test-match momentum, in only his 12th innings. Charged with simply surviving, Mominul chose to press Sri Lanka instead. After scoring a triple hundred and
Scoreboard SrI LaNKa 1st INNINGS 587 baNGLadeSH 1st INNINGS 426 SrI LaNKa 2nd INNINGS 305/4d baNGLadeSH 2nd INNINGS Tamim Iqbal b Vithanage 31 Shamsur rahman b Perera 45 Imrul Kayes lbw b Perera 25 Mominul Haque not out 100 192 Shakib al Hasan not out 43 115 eXTraS (b 12, lb 2, nb 13) 27 ToTaL (3 wickets; 84.4 overs) 271 dId NoT baT Mushfiqur rahim*†, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, al-amin Hossain, abdur razzak FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-71 (Tamim Iqbal, 29.4 ov), 2-81 (Shamsur rahman, 34.3 ov), 3-151 (Imrul Kayes, 53.5 ov) boWLING raS Lakmal 13-5-30-0, MdK Perera 28-7-55-2, baW Mendis 160-61-0, N Pradeep 9.4-1-33-0, KdK Vithanage 16-0-73-1, FdM Karunaratne 2-0-5-0 Match details Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to bat Series Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0 Player of the match Kc Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Player of the series Kc Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Umpires NJ Llong (england) and Pr reiffel (australia) TV umpire anisur rahman Match referee dc boon (australia) reserve umpire Sharfuddoula
century earlier in this match, Kumar Sangakkara said positivity at the crease had been the hallmarks of his success, and perhaps Mominul had taken note. Having begun the day with all wickets intact, Bangladesh were three down when Mominul scored the run that sent him to three figures. With less than an hour of scheduled play remaining, Angelo Mathews agreed to cut Sri Lanka’s losses, and hand Bangladesh their second consecutive draw in Chittagong against a top-eight team. The hosts will be pleased that despite Sangakkara’s deluge, they had unearthed considerable spirit after a putrid display in Dhaka. After two wickets had fallen in the morning, the afternoon session became the key to Bangladesh’s resistance, and Mominul, batting through, managed it sagely. Cutting at the wide balls, and consistently positive outside the off stump, Mominul leant heavily on hand-eye coordination for survival, and prompted more defensive fields from Sri Lanka in the process. By the end of the session, this had in turn inspired even more aggression in Mominul. Sri Lanka began the session full of spring and enthusiasm, and finished it relatively flat. Seven wickets in the final two hours is a difficult proposition against any opposition, even if the pitch offered appreciable turn. Having scored 10 from 39 balls, Mominul worked up an appetite for scoring with consecutive boundaries off Ajantha Mendis, and cut, swept and drove with a freedom that still gave heed to the match situation, because his judgement was razor-sharp. A fluid cover drive that threaded the packed offside field brought him his first fifty of the series, and at tea, his most recent 61 runs had come in 73 deliveries. After tea his advance was more measured. He would dart occasionally at the slow bowlers, often driving, sometimes making room to hit through off, but largely, he attacked only the poor balls. Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal served up few of those, but Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep gave away plenty. Part-time legspinner Kithuruwan Vithanage had begun the day strongly, but his accuracy tailed off as the day wore on, and perhaps Sri Lanka erred in keeping him on too long. Most of Mominul’s 11 boundaries came from errors in length, but the batsman also collected singles into the outfield efficiently, and Shakib-AlHasan, his partner for most of the innings, did the same. The period when Mominul approached his ton was the most tense of his innings. Pradeep found the consistent line outside off stump that had evaded him for most of the match, and beat both his edges in two gripping overs. Though clearly nervous, the batsman collected himself enough to score when Pradeep strayed slightly. The single off his hips towards deep square leg prompted a far more muted celebration than the other Bangladesh centurions had produced, and also marked the end of the match. Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
deficit between two innings of a Test is 497, against Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91. On that oc-
casion though, New Zealand made up for their ordinary show in the first innings (174) with huge score of 671 for four in their second. India’s fast bowlers took 17 wickets in this match. It was only the seventh instance of them taking 17 or more wickets in a Test. The last time India’s quicks notched so many wickets in a Test was against england at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 2011. MoST SUcceSSFUL rUN-cHaSeS IN TeSTS: Score Team opponent Venue Season 418-7 West Indies australia St John’s 2002-03 414-4 South africa australia Perth 2008-09 406-4 India West Indies Port of Spain 1975-76 404-3 australia england Leeds 1948 387-4 India england chennai 2008-09 MoST SUcceSSFUL rUN-cHaSeS IN NeW ZeaLaNd: Score Team opponent Venue Season 348-5 West Indies New Zealand auckland 1968-69 324-5 New Zealand Pakistan christchurch 1993-94 307-6 england New Zealand christchurch 1996-97 278-8 New Zealand Pakistan dunedin 1984-85 277-3 Pakistan New Zealand Wellington 2003-04 NeW ZeaLaNd’S LoWeST aGaINST INdIa IN TeSTS: Score overs Venue Season result 94 38.2 Hamilton 2002-03 New Zealand won 100 49.0 Wellington 1980-81 New Zealand won 101 61.4 auckland 1967-6 New Zealand lost 105 41.2 auckland 2013-14 Still in progress 124 65.3 Hyderabad 1988-89 New Zealand lost