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Khuzdar graves are of missing persons, admits minister
British immigration minister quits over cleaner
13 killed in Kashmore land dispute
More children dying in Afghan violence, says UN report
Expressing serious concern over the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan, provincial Health Minister Rahmat Saleh Baloch has claimed that all the decomposed and mutilated bodies found in Tootak area of Khuzdar district were of those who had been missing since long. “This is intolerable and a cause of serious consternation, especially among the youths losing all hopes fast,” a media report quoted the minister as saying. “This is a liability of wrong policies left out by the Musharraf regime for the hapless people of Balochistan to suffer, that is also providing space to the inimical hidden hands to pursue their nefarious designs,” he said. “Any attempt to subjugate the people with the barrel of the gun always fans hate,” said Baloch. The unearthing of 13 mutilated bodies had sent shockwaves in the country, even forcing the Supreme Court to intervene and summon the provincial government authorities... PAGE 02
Mark Harper, the British immigration minister, dramatically resigned from the government after discovering that the woman he had paid to clean his flat for the past six years was an illegal immigrant. Harper has been the face of the Coalition’s Immigration Bill reforms and was responsible for driving the government’s increasingly hard line on illegal migrants in recent months. Downing Street insisted that the Conservative MP had not “knowingly” employed an illegal immigrant and he denied having broken the law. However, Harper, 43, who was seen as one of the party’s brightest prospects, admitted that he should have checked the status of his South American cleaner “more thoroughly”. Government sources stressed that Harper would not face any investigation. Legal experts, however, suggested that his failure to keep copies of the cleaner’s documents could leave him... PAGE 04
Thirteen people, including two women, were killed and four others injured in a clash between two groups over land on Sunday. Police said two groups of Bugti clan, hailing from Baskat area at SindhBalochistan border near Tangwan, traded fire. Members of both groups used rocket launchers and sophisticated weapons against each other in the clash. As a result, 13 people were killed on the spot while four others sustained injuries who were moved to a hospital where they were said to be in a critical. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said it was an act of terrorism. The exchange of fire took place between terrorists and local people. Bugti said that armed men attacked a house near RD-238 as a result six people, including women and children, were killed. Later, the tribesmen chased the terrorists and exchange of fire took place between them near Jafarabad. A tribal man and two miscreants were... PAGE 03
The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 per cent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations has said. Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 per cent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12-year war for civilians, the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan said in a report. The rising civilian toll underscores mounting levels of violence in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have ramped up attacks to try to gain ground and shake the Afghan government’s confidence as international combat troops prepare to complete their withdrawal at the end of the year. The UN report also noted an ‘’alarming’’ new trend for 2013, the increasing numbers of civilians being harmed in fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces... PAGE 05
02 NEWS Two killed in aTTack on naTo conTainer in Sibi QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Two persons were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a NATO container in Sibi area of Balochistan. The motorcycleriding gunmen opened fire on a truck, which was travelling from Karachi to Chaman, killing two persons including the driver. The vehicle caught fire due to the gunfire. The attackers fled the scene after the attack.
bomb defuSed in PeShawar PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) on Sunday defused a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) planted in Peshawar’s Sirband area whereas at least three persons were killed in a clash between policemen and suspected dacoits in Dera Ismail Khan’s Panyala area. BDS Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik said that information was received of a suspicious item on the roadside in Sirband area of Peshawar near Chatochok in Pishtkara village. The disposal squad reached the site and recovered an explosive device which was concealed in a can of edible oil, added AIG Malik. He said that the IED, which was fitted with a remotecontrolled detonator and weighed five kilogrammes, was defused by the BDS personnel. Meanwhile, one person was killed and another 17 were injured in a traffic accident near Chamkani Mor in the suburbs of Peshawar. The mishap occurred when a vehicle carrying a wedding party turned over whereas the injured included six children and five women. The victims were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital where one person succumbed to his wounds. Another person was killed in an armed clash between two rival groups in Badbar area of Peshawar. Further details of the incident were not available but police sources said that the incident appeared to have been a result of a land feud. In another incident, at least three persons were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan district during a clash between policemen and suspected dacoits. The dead included a cop and two suspects. Additional contingents of security personnel were called in, as the exchange of gunfire continued till the filing of this report. Further details were not available.
un ready To mediaTe beTween india, PakiSTan MONITORING DESK The United Nations is available to mediate between Pakistan and India over Kashmir if the two sides request such assistance, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported citing a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “On Kashmir, (as with other conflicts around the world), our good offices are available if both sides (India and Pakistan) were to request that. And that remains the case today,” PTI quoted Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the UN SecretaryGeneral Farhan Haq as saying. Haq had been responding to a question on whether the UN chief would propose to India to sit down and talk with Pakistan to resolve the longstanding Kashmir issue.
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Khuzdar graves are of missing persons, admits minister RAHMAT SALEH SAYS ‘STATE WITHIN STATE’ RESPONSIBLE FOR MISSING PERSONS’ ISSUE SAYS ALMOST ENTIRE BALOCHISTAN IS POLIO-FREE EXCEPT PISHIN AND QILLA ABDULLAH DISTRICTS, WHICH ARE DOMINATED BY PAKHTUNS QUETTA
xPRESSING serious concern over the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan, provincial Health Minister Rahmat Saleh Baloch has claimed that all the decomposed and mutilated bodies found in Tootak area of Khuzdar district were of those who had
been missing since long. “This is intolerable and a cause of serious consternation, especially among the youths losing all hopes fast,” a media report quoted the minister as saying. “This is a liability of wrong policies left out by the Musharraf regime for the hapless people of Balochistan to suffer, that is also providing space to the inimical hidden hands to pursue their nefarious designs,” he said. “Any attempt to subjugate the people with the barrel of the gun always fans hate,” said Baloch. The unearthing of 13 mutilated bodies had sent shockwaves in the country, even forcing the Supreme Court to intervene and summon the provincial government authorities to disclose the factual position about the incident. On Feb 4, Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Syed Abdul Hameed Shah told the court that the bodies had been accidentally discovered by a shepherd on Jan 17 in Tootak area under heaps of stones and mud with vultures and crows hovering over them. Nasrullah Baloch, chairman of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, had claimed that three of the bodies had been identi-
fied as those from the list of missing persons, but this is for the first time that a member of the ruling National Party (NP) has conceded it. “This is like genocide of the Baloch people, which nobody likes to tolerate,” the Balochistan minister said. “The state within the state,” was a prompt reply when asked to identify those responsible for the missing persons’ issue. Baloch demanded immediate cessation of private militias being patronised by the powers that be. “The emotive issue of missing persons is like a python which swallows everything, no matter you sanction 200 development packages for the uplift of the Baloch people,” he deplored, pointing finger towards the ill-conceived policies of a previous coalition government of the BNP-A and MMA which approved a military operation in Balochistan during retired Gen Musharraf’s rule that eventually culminated in the abduction of over 750 student leaders. The minister said the slain Nawab Akbar Bugti had never announced disassociation of Balochistan from Pakistan, rather he had only raised his voice for complete access of the Baloch people to its resources – a demand which
Missing persons issue remains unresolved DHR CHAIRPERSON SAYS GOVT AND JUDICIAL FORUMS HAVE FAILED TO STOP ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES SAYS INCIDENTS OF CUSTODIAL KILLINGS ARE INCREASING ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
The issue of deaths, allegedly while in custody, refuses to be resolved despite judicial activism and the promulgation of laws; at least six bodies of missing persons have been handed over to their relatives over the past six months, a media report said on Sunday. Five of the six who died allegedly in the custody of intelligence agencies belonged to Punjab. One — Abdul Razzaq Baloch — was a resident of Karachi who went missing on March 24, 2012. His body was recovered on Aug 20 last year. According to a report prepared by the Defence of Human Rights (DHR), a non-governmental organisation working for the recovery of missing persons, the body of Baloch “was so deformed that the family was able to recognise it only by the shape of feet and clothes [sic]”. Those who went missing from Punjab included Mohammad Jamil, who disappeared on March 7, 2012, from district Wazirabad. He was dropped near his house in October last year in a critical health condition. He was admitted into Lahore’s Mayo Hospital but died on Oct 29. According to the report, the cause of his death was that he was “severely starved”. Faheem Ijaz Qamar, a resident of Gujranwala, went missing on Oct 12 last year. His body was recovered from the Sabzi Mandi area on Nov 1. Police conducted a postmortem and it was found that the cause of Qamar’s death was also that he had been “severely starved”. The report says that Mohammad Abbas, another resident of Gujranwala, was also found dead on Nov 30 last year, after having gone missing on June 10. His body was found near his house and no post-mortem was conducted. Kaleemullah, a resident of Rawalpindi, went missing on June 22 last year and was found dead in a Chakwal hospital on
Jan 4. Though the police conducted a post-mortem, no report was delivered to his relatives. Mohammad Nadeem, the sixth missing person who allegedly died in custody, went missing from Samundari on Nov 11, 2012. Police brought his body to his home on Jan 2 this year and then buried it in the presence of family members. No post-mortem was conducted, claims the DHR report. Amna Masood Janjua, chairperson of the DHR, said that the families of missing persons claimed that intelligence agencies’ officials picked up their loved ones alive and turned them into dead bodies. She said that the government and even judicial forums seem to have failed to stop enforced disappearances and that incidents of custodial killings are on the rise. “The PML-N government has promulgated laws to regulate the custody of suspects but the intelligence agencies are still following the old practice,” she observed. Senior lawyer Tariq Asad explained that last October, the government promulgated the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) in order to regulate the custody of suspects. This legislation empowered intelligence agencies to detain suspects for a certain period. “The PPO is the law of the land and due to the presence of this law the intelligence agencies were supposed to disclose the whereabouts of persons they had detained,” he said, “but these agencies appear reluctant to follow this law because of their high-handedness.” Accusing the superior judiciary of being lenient towards the intelligence agencies, he said that judicial restraint gave confidence to intelligence officials in continuing with their practice of detaining citizens on the grounds of mere suspicions. Referring to the case of 11 suspects who went missing from Adiala jail, Asad said that in January 2010 the Supreme Court disposed of this petition after military authorities admitted to having the men in their custody and informed the court that the suspects were subject to the Pakistan Army Act (PAA). “The court should have examined as to why these civilians came under the ambit of PAA, which it did not,” he remarked, adding that in order to stop enforced disappearances and custodial killings, the government has to force intelligence agencies to follow the law and the judiciary must not show any leniency. According to the report, Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid said that the issue of missing persons has deep roots and this is a chronic problem. “There was a dire need for the introduction of such laws as terrorism is not amongst conventional crimes and law enforcement agencies are facing problems in apprehending terrorists within the law,” he said.
was ultimately accepted under the 18th Amendment. He said the federal government should heal the wounds of the Baloch people by patronising them. He said things were gradually improving in the province and the legacy of the previous government of Nawab Aslam Raisani in the shape of rampant corruption in all the departments was being checked. Complete autonomy to the provincial government in running the affairs of the province with non-interference by the centre coupled with immediate recovery of missing persons and trial of those responsible for anti-state activities would remove uncertainty and help improve the law and order situation, he said. The minister said almost the entire Balochistan had become polio free except Pishin and Qilla Abdullah districts which were dominated by Pakhtuns.“We have to achieve the goal of having a polio-free country by 2015, otherwise free travel of our citizens at international airports will be hampered,” he said. The situation has improved since 46 cases of polio were reported in 2012 and the number drastically dropped to four last year.
altaf asKs army chief to taKe notice of ‘atrocities against mQm’
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has urged the army chief to take notice of what he terms ‘injustice and harassment’ that is taking place in Karachi. Speaking to party supporters in Karachi via telephone, the MQM chief said Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Zaheer ul Islam should take notice of atrocities being committed against workers from his party. He said police, rangers and other law enforcing agencies were involved in the killing of party activists. Altaf Hussain said that even during the 1992 operation in Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government was at the helm of affairs. He said that even in 1992, false allegations were leveled against the MQM and used as an excuse for conducting an operation against his party. Altaf Hussain said the army not only defends the land but also the people living in it. He demanded justice for the people of Karachi. The MQM chief said the people who migrated to Pakistan are also patriotic. He said he has tried repeatedly to contact PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari but to no avail. He also demanded of the former president to do justice with the Karachiites.
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sharia tops list of taliban demands OTHER DEMANDS INCLUDE RELEASE OF ALL PAKISTANI AND FOREIGN MILITANTS IMPRISONED IN JAILS, END TO DRONE STRIKES TALIBAN ALSO WANT INTRODUCTION OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ALL SCHOOLS PESHAWAR
N imposition of Sharia and release of jailed militants are part of a 15-point agenda finalized by the Taliban for peace talks with the Pakistan government. The Taliban ‘Shura’ or council, which
has been meeting in the restive northwest since Saturday under its deputy chief Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, also demanded the withdrawal of the army from tribal areas. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Professor Ibrahim Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami leader Yousuf Shah, members of the Taliban-nominated committee, are in Waziristan for a meeting with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. They are likely to convey the Taliban’s demands to state negotiators. The reports about the 15-point agenda could not be independently confirmed. According to reports, the agenda includes introduction of Sharia law in courts, halting US drone attacks and introduction of an Islamic system of education in public and private institutions. Other demands include release of Pakistani Taliban and foreign fighters from jail, restoration and compensation for property damaged in drone attacks, handing over control of tribal areas to local forces, withdrawal of the army from tribal areas and shutting down of check posts. The report said the agenda also states
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all criminal allegations against the Taliban should be dropped and prisoners from both sides released. “Equal rights for all, poor and rich, families of drone attack victims to be offered jobs, end interest-based system,
stop supporting the US in the war on terror, replace the democratic system of governance with the Islamic system and stop all relations with the US,” the reports quoted the agenda as saying.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commanders and the members of their nominated committee formed to holds talks with the government kept changing the venue of their meeting amid continued flights of unmanned US drones in the tribal area, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. The committee members had reached North Waziristan Agency in an army helicopter to apprise the TTP political shura of the demands put forth by the government’s committee. Sources, however, said that the shura and committee members had to change the venue several times due to the drone flights. MONITORING DESK
abdul aziz insists paKistan’s constitution is ‘un-islamic’ ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid cleric and disgruntled member of Taliban’s committee for peace talks, Abdul Aziz stands firm on his stance that constitution of Pakistan is “unIslamic” and challenged the clerics for debate over the issue. In a statement on Sunday, Abdul Aziz said that terming the 1973 Constitution as Islamic was the “biggest lie of the century”. He said that the constitution was drafted by Englishmen and its articles were based on their pattern. Aziz said the clerics who consider the constitution as Islamic can hold debate with him over the issue. The Lal Masjid cleric, who was nominated by the Taliban for representation in the committee to hold peace talks, separated himself from the talks demanding imposition of Sharia in the country before holding dialogues. So far the government and Taliban have made nine peace agreements but not a single contains demand of imposing Shariah in the country. INP
irfan siddiQui taKing part in peace talKs on reQuest: pervaiz rashid
PESHAWAR: A polio worker administers polio drops to a child during a special campaign launched by the provincial government on Sunday. INP
7 killed in attack on religious gathering in Karachi KARACHI STAFF REPORT
At least seven persons were killed and over 12 injured, including women, when armed men fired indiscriminately at a religious gathering in the Baldia Town area of the city on Sunday night. The incident occurred at the ‘Astana’ (meeting place) of retired police officer Tikka Khan, SSP Aamir
Farooqi said. “The Astana of the retired officer was used for religious gatherings where people came to seek blessings from a pir to find solutions for their problems,” Farooqi said. Rescue and police officials said seven persons died while the condition of some of the injured is critical. “We are treating 12 injured and the condition of at least three is very critical,” Aftab Channar, an official of
ephedrine case: musa gilani to be indicted on february 12 RAWALPINDI
Civil Hospital, told Pakistan Today. “Those killed include a young girl while the injured include women and children,” a rescue official said. He said the armed men, who were riding motorcycles, first threw grenades at Astana Meherban Shah and then opened fire. The banned Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP), who are holding talks with the government, said they had nothing to do with the
attack, a private TC channel reported. The TTP in the past has attacked shrines and other religious places where people come to see pirs. In recent weeks, there have been at least three such incidents where bodies were found with notes saying those who believe in pirs and go to shrines will meet the same fate. In one incident at a shrine in Gadap outside Karachi, six bodies were found, some of them with their heads severed.
Envoy: Pakistan resolved to implement IP gas pipeline
The Control of Narcotics Substances Court (CNSC) will indict Ali Musa Gilani, son of ex prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and Makhdoom Shahabuddin among 13 accused in Ephedrine Quota case on February 12. The CNSC Judge Akhtar Bahadar expressed his anguish over Ali Musa’s nonappearance in the court and warned his counsel that his bail will be cancelled if he failed to appear in the court. The judge ordered to provide the copies of final challans to the counsels of the accused. The case against Ali Musa Gilani, a former parliamentarian, was strengthened after Tauqir Khan became a state approver. According to the ANF, Khan was Ali’s front man and the mediator between health officials and Berlex and Danas, pharmaceutical companies in the Ephedrine case.
TEHRAN: Pakistani Ambassador to Iran Nour Muhammad Jadmani underlined the importance of Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project for the energy-hungry South Asian nation, and reiterated Islamabad’s determination to complete the construction of the rest of IP project on its soil. “Pakistani government is obliged to accomplish the project,” Jadmani said on Saturday. “We are still obliged to complete
the project. Despite what is released by foreign media on the gas pipeline. Although Pakistani government is facing problems, we are seeking advancement of the project,” he said. He further added that the two countries are willing to press ahead with accomplishment of the plan. Earlier this week, a Pakistani source said that talks on setting new timeframe for the completion of the much-awaited IP gas pipeline project had started in
Tehran after Islamabad sent a team of experts and officials to the Iranian capital to this end. Iran has already built 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its own soil and is waiting for the 700kilometer Pakistani side of the pipeline to be constructed. The IP pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs at a time when the country of over 180 million people is grappling with serious energy shortages. INP
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday said that Irfan Siddiqui, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Affairs partook in the dialogue process on his request. Talking in an interview, Rashid said that he had requested Siddiqui to participate in the dialogue process with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and represent the government. INP
fc Kills 6 terrorists in dera bugti QUETTA: Six terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with paramilitary Frontier Corps in Dera Bugti district of restive Balochistan on Sunday. Media reports said the FC personnel conducted a raid against the suspects after which eight people, children and women among them, were killed in an armed attack in Dera Bugti before dawn on Sunday. The FC spokesman said that huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the custody of the dead militants. ONLINE
13 Killed in Kashmore land dispute KASHMORE: Thirteen people, including two women, were killed and four others injured in a clash between two groups over land on Sunday. Police said two groups of Bugti clan, hailing from Baskat area at Sindh-Balochistan border near Tangwan, traded fire. Members of both groups used rocket launchers and sophisticated weapons against each other in the clash. As a result, 13 people were killed on the spot while four others sustained injuries who were moved to a hospital where they were said to be in a critical. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said it was an act of terrorism. The exchange of fire took place between terrorists and local people. Bugti said that armed men attacked a house near RD-238 as a result six people, including women and children, were killed. Later, the tribesmen chased the terrorists and exchange of fire took place between them near Jafarabad. A tribal man and two miscreants were killed in the shootout. Heavy contingent of police and Levies reached the scene and brought the situation under control and launched search operation. Panic gripped the area and residents were restricted to homes. A case has been registered against armed men of both groups and police have started raids for their arrest. INP
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afghan troops call on hamid Karzai to sign security deal With us
A Palestinian was critically wounded by an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Israel says the victim was responsible for launching rockets at southern Israel. The man, identified by Israel as Abdallah Kharti, a member of a small Gaza militant group called the Popular Resistance Committees, was hit by a missile while riding a motorcycle in Gaza city. “Kharti was involved in numerous incidents of rocket fire towards Israel,” the military said in a statement, adding that 33 rockets had been launched at Israel so far this year. Hospital officials in Gaza said he was in critical condition. The Islamist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, says it has been trying to prevent smaller militant groups from firing cross-border rockets, to stave off a broader escalation with Israel.
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AFGHAN ARMY OFFICIAL SAYS THEY WILL LOSE GROUND TO TALIBAN IF FOREIGN FORCES LEAVE COUNTRY WASHINGTON INP
HE Afghan army official fighting to contain the Taliban insurgency have called on the country’s President Hamid Karzai to sign a security agreement that would allow presence of a small number of American troops in
Afghanistan beyond the end of this year, The Washington Post has reported. The military has openly called on Karzai to sign the deal in the Afghan media, despite official orders to keep quiet on the issue. The Post quoted an Afghan general as saying that his call for the agreement signing in an interview with a Kabul television station last month led him to a forced leave by the country’s Defence Ministry which is expected to formally fire him soon. “If the international community leaves, there is no question that we will lose ground to the Taliban.” Col. Mohammad Dost told The Post. “It’s the biggest worry for every soldier now.”
KABUL The Obama administration is expected to announce a package of aid initiatives for Afghanistan on Monday. The announcement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) of three new development initiatives worth almost $300 million is part of a U.S. effort to ensure that Afghanistan, as its ‘war economy’ ends, won’t slide backwards into greater poverty or reverse gains made over the last 12 years in health, education and other areas. “The question is, what can we do now to make sure Afghanistan is as healthy, sustainable and feasible as possible going forward,” Larry Sampler, the agency’s chief official for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in an interview. The initiatives extend U.S. assistance for Afghanistan’s food sector; seek to help the Afghan government boost revenue and join the World Trade Organization within a year; and secure agreements between U.S. and Afghan universities to ensure young Afghans are trained for jobs. But how much outside help aid-reliant Afghanistan will receive in the years ahead remains in doubt, as uncertainty continues about a possible post-2014 NATO troop presence and as fiscal pressures in donor nations squeeze aid budgets. Last month, U.S. lawmakers halved civilian aid for Afghanistan, reflecting growing reluctance in Congress to continue generous aid levels there, concerns about waste and fraud, and frustration with the Afghan government itself.
NEW YORK AGENCIES
The United States’ Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced an expansion in government recognition of same-sex marriages in all federal courtrooms and prisons Monday, and ensured they receive the same benefits as heterosexual ones. The move, which Holder announced at a gay rights dinner gala in New York, marks a major gain for advocates of same-sex couples after the Supreme Court issued two rulings expanding gay marriage rights last year. “In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law,” Holder said. The policy memorandum will “formally instruct all (Justice) Department employees to give lawful samesex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law,” he continued. Under the new policy, same-sex couples will enjoy the privileges even in states that do not recognize their marriages, so long as they legally wed in another state. Among the key benefits the Justice Department will
now ensure are extended to same-sex couples are the compensation fund for the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as death and educational benefits for the surviving spouses of police officers and firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. Same-sex couples would also be held to the same legal standard as their heterosexual counterparts on matters such as how debts are handled in federal bankruptcy proceedings and visitation policies at federal prisons, as well as compassionate release or sentence reductions in certain cases of crisis involving their spouse. Advocates of gay rights immediately hailed the decision. “This landmark announcement will change the lives of countless committed gay and lesbian couples for the better. While the immediate effect of these policy decisions is that all married gay couples will be treated equally under the law, the long-term effects are more profound,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, whose gala was the site of Holder’s speech. “Today, our nation moves closer toward its ideals of equality and fairness for all,” he added. But conservatives have condemned the decision, suggesting President Barack Obama’s administration had chosen a liberal interpretation of the Supreme Court rulings.
UK immigration minister quits over cleaner MARK HARPER HAD BEEN THE FACE OF THE COALITION’S IMMIGRATION BILL REFORMS AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVING THE GOVERNMENT’S INCREASINGLY HARD LINE ON ILLEGAL MIGRANTS LONDON
ARK Harper, the British immigration minister, dramatically resigned from the government after discovering that the woman he had paid to clean his flat for the past six years was an illegal immigrant. Harper has been the face of the Coalition’s Immigration Bill reforms and was responsible for driving the government’s increasingly hard line on illegal migrants in recent months. Downing Street insisted that the Conservative MP had not “knowingly” employed an illegal immigrant and he denied having broken the law. However, Harper, 43, who was seen as one of the party’s brightest prospects, admitted that he should have checked the status of his South American cleaner “more thoroughly”. Government sources stressed that Harper would not face any investi-
not be paid their salaries without US support. Even if Congress assigns appropriate funding for Afghan forces in the event the agreement goes unsigned, oversight of its distribution would be impossible without US troops on the ground. The US has reportedly spent $50 billion on various aspects of the 352,000man Afghan security forces. Without the ongoing presence of the estimated 12,000 US and NATO troops called for by the agreement’s implementation, Afghan soldiers say that they would lose military resources as artillery training, logistical assistance, and aerial support from US jets and helicopters.
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“If the Americans leave, Afghanistan will be a lone sheep, left in the desert for the wolves to eat,” Capt. Abdul Zahir told the paper. The security agreement was reached between Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry this past November and was endorsed by the local jirga, council of prominent Afghans, days later. However, Karzai has refused to sign the deal himself, appearing content to leave the matter to his successor after presidential elections due on April 5. The agreement not only governs the presence of US troops in Afghanistan past 2014, but also ensures a steady supply of funding for the Afghan security forces. The Post also quoted Afghan soldiers saying they would
gation. Legal experts, however, suggested that his failure to keep copies of the cleaner’s documents could leave him open to a £5,000 fine. Colin Yeo, a barrister from Garden Court Chambers in London, likened the case to that of Baroness Scotland, the former Labour minister, who was fined £5,000 in 2009 for employing an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper and failing to keep copies of the documents. Harper has employed the woman since 2007 but conducted only one full check on her background at the time he hired her. While he considered making further investigations into her background when he was appointed a minister in 2010, and again when he became immigration minister two years later, he did not ask his officials formally to examine her status until last week. These checks concluded on Thursday that the cleaner did not have the necessary legal status of “indefinite leave to remain”, despite her providing Harper with
documents which stated that she did. The woman, who has not been named, is now subject to an investigation by immigration enforcement officers. Harper decided to quit immediately in an attempt to prevent a drawn-out scandal, and David Cameron thanked him for his “loyalty”. However, the loss of Harper under such circumstances will be acutely embarrassing for Prime Minister David Cameron, who has made cutting net migration and tackling illegal immigrants central to his mission as he seeks to fend off the threat from the UK Independence Party at the European elections in May.
A gunman opened fire on Sunday in a Russian Orthodox cathedral on the island of Sakhalin, off Russia’s eastern coast, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, officials said. The shooting happened as Russian security forces are on high alert due to concerns about possible attacks on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, thousands of kilometres (miles) to the west. There was no apparent link to the Games. The gunman was detained at the scene after the shooting at the main cathedral in the city of
there was no immediate word on a motive in the attack, which came six days after a moscow teenager killed a teacher and a policeman and held classmates hostage in the first major school shooting in russia
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on the island in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan, the federal Investigative Committee said. There was no immediate word on a motive in the attack, which came six days after a Moscow teenager killed a teacher and a policeman and held classmates hostage in the
first major school shooting in Russia. Most of the wounded in Sunday’s mid-afternoon attack were shot in the legs and their lives were not in danger, RIA cited the regional leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Tikhon, as saying. There have been a handful of shooting sprees in offices and public places in Russia in recent years, but they are relatively rare and state-run media tend to treat such attacks as a largely American phenomenon. The February 3 shooting at a Moscow school, in which a student used his father’s rifles, has led to calls for stiffer punishment for gun owners whose weapons are used in attacks.
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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked the government to take up with India and Afghanistan the issue of removing cellular towers near the border whose signals are spilling over into the country’s territory. The telecom regulator said that these signals emanate from mobile phone towers in India and Afghanistan located close to the borders. The PTA has written to the Interior Ministry and law enforcers to take up the matter with their counterparts in India and Afghanistan. “The matter should be taken up with the Indian and Afghan governments to ensure removal of towers along border areas,” the PTA said in an official letter. Some Indian and Afghan operators had set up towers in close proximity to the border. The sale of Indian and Afghan SIMs in Pakistan’s border areas has also been reported. Afghan SIMs have reportedly been used in kidnapping for ransom cases and other illegal activities, officials alleged. Since the SIMs of both countries are in use in border areas because of their signals spilling over into Pakistan territory, law enforcers are left with only the option of intercepting phone calls if any illegal activity is taking place.
ISLAMABAD: Activists of All Pakistan Muslim League protest in favour of former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf outside the press club on Sunday. INP
Ex-CJ’s decisions being challenged in apex court ISLAMABAD
number of petitions seeking review of the Supreme Court’s judgements delivered by benches headed by former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry are pouring in, a media report said on Sunday. The latest such petition is the plea filed by the PML-N government for review of the apex court’s Dec 5, 2013, verdict which laid down the criteria regarding the discretion to be exercised by the prime minister in distribution of development funds among parliamentarians. The judgement had come on a suo motu notice against doling out of Rs47 billion under the People’s Works Programme-II by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and had initially been praised widely. The latest petition is the fourth review plea that has been filed since the retirement of the former chief justice on Dec 11. The first review petition was filed by former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf against the July 31, 2009, judgement of holding the Nov 3, 2007 emergency as illegal. The petition has been rejected by a 14-judge bench lately.
A review petition moved by the Lahore High Court Bar Association on behalf of judges who had to leave offices as a result of the July 31, 2009 verdict is pending before the Supreme Court. So is another petition challenging the Dec 10, 2013, judgement in the 35 missing persons’ case in which the defence ministry has pleaded that holding the Pakistan Army responsible for enforced disappearances would demoralise the troops engaged in combating terrorism in Swat and Malakand. In the latest petition, the finance ministry has pleaded that the apex court has not correctly interpreted Articles 80 to 84 of the Constitution and specifically mentioned the provision in which the court suggested that prior approval of the National Assembly be sought before the government incurred supplementary expenditure. The petition has requested the court to enable the government to continue its work by employing the fiscal management system practised since the creation of Pakistan which is not only consistent with the constitutional provisions but has also proven its utility and worth. Seeking prior approval of the National Assembly for supplementary expenditures will gravely imperil the
working of the government and also unnecessarily consume the valuable time of the assembly because such needs occur regularly during the year and require immediate action, the petition argues. It says allocations made under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) are based on estimates and some projects, during the course of the financial year, do not progress as per the projections. Diversion of funds through re-appropriation/technical
supplementary grants is required from slow-moving projects to fast-track projects, otherwise utilisation of the PSDP funds would suffer. In case of disaster like floods, funds from the PSDP have to be diverted for emergency rehabilitation projects, which cannot be delayed, the petition says, adding that sometimes costs of projects are revised due to cost escalation, unforeseen events like delay in land acquisition, court cases, change in scope in accordance with the new facts found during implementation of projects like in the case of National Highway N-85, etc. Such projects need additional allocations in the course of the fiscal year, necessitating supplementary grants. The finding of the Supreme Court regarding the discretionary funds, if implemented, will cause serious governance problems, the petition says, explaining that expenditures are required to be approved by the prime minister before submission to the parliament. Besides, the development budget and block allocations are authorised by the prime minister at his discretion, the petition says, adding that such allocations are not made to individuals but for the relevant government departments to carry out development projects.
TrooPs dETAin frEEdom movEmEnT ACTivisTs in KAshmir SRINAGAR AGENCIES
About 200 separatist activists across Indianoccupied Kashmir were detained on Sunday by Indian troops in preparation to prevent demonstrations during a three-day strike marking the anniversaries of execution of separatists Mohammad Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Butt. About 200 activists were arrested while the leaders were put under house arrest, said an Indian police officer on condition of anonymity. According to Inspector General Abdul Gani Mir, a major part of the region was shut down under a curfew, main roads barricaded and wireless internet services were also suspended to prevent violent incidents.. Capital of Srinagar was also under a siege as shops remained closed and resident stayed indoors while police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the city streets. On February 9 of 1984, pro-independence leader Mohammad Maqbool Butt was hanged was hanged to death for killing an intelligence officer. In February 2013, Mohammad Afzal Guru was secretly executed by Indian authorities in connection with an attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001 that killed 14 people. The execution led to days of violent anti-India protests in the Muslim-majority region, where anti-India sentiment runs deep. Both the separatists were executed in the same New Delhi jail. Leaders of the freedom movement for Kashmir renewed demands recently that the two men’s remains, buried within the jail compound, be returned to the region for burial. ‘’The shutdown is called for pressing our demand for return of the mortal remains of our martyrs,’’ separatist leader Syed Ali Gillani said in a statement issued before he was detained at Srinagar’s airport Saturday after returning from New Delhi. Kashmir is divided between Hindudominated India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, but is claimed by both nations.
More children dying in Afghan violence, says UN report KABUL AGENCIES
The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 per cent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations has said. Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 per cent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12year war for civilians, the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan said in a report. The rising civilian
toll underscores mounting levels of violence in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have ramped up attacks to try to gain ground and shake the Afghan government’s confidence as international combat troops prepare to complete their withdrawal at the end of the year. The UN report also noted an ‘’alarming’’ new trend for 2013, the increasing numbers of civilians being harmed in fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. It recorded a total of 962 battles in which civilians were harmed last year, an average rate of nearly 20 such battles every week, and said civilian casualties caused
by such fighting rose by 43 per cent over the previous year. In terms of deaths and injuries, 2013 was also the worst year of the war for Afghan women and children, with most of the casualties caused by either stepping on or driving over roadside bombs or getting caught in fighting. “It is the awful reality that most women and children were killed and injured in their daily lives, at home, on their way to school, working in the fields or traveling to a social event,’’ said Georgette Gagnon, director of human rights for the UN mission, calling on all sides to work to protect civilians from harm.
UNAMA said 561 children were killed and 1,195 were wounded in 2013, a rise of 34 per cent in the combined number of casualties. Also last year, 235 women died and 511 were wounded, a rise of 36 percent in combined casualties. The breakdown for deaths and injuries for children in 2012 was not available. On Saturday, another child was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near a high school in the city of Jalalabad. Eight other people were wounded, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nengarhar province of which Jalalabad is the capital.
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SUPARCO to help eradicate encroachments from capital
ISLAMABAD: Gypsy children playing. INP
All set to launch transport service for women on 17th RTA SECRETARY PROJECT WOULD BE EXTENDED TO OTHER AREAS TO FACILITATE MORE WOMEN RAWALPINDI
HE first ever project with the name of Tabeer Ladies Transport Service will be launched on Feb 17 aimed at providing comfortable, safe
and prompt transport facilities to ladies in twin city routs of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. This project has been made self-reliant and all the expenditures would be met with the cooperation of sponsors. This was stated by the Secretary Regional Transport Authority, Rawalpindi Awais Manzoor Tarar. Awais Tarar said that Tabeer project has been designed according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for women empowerment and extending them transport facility. He said that 12 vans would ply on Route No 1 and 7.
The first route will start from Saddar to Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, while the next route would start from Sawan Camp Bus Stand. All the arrangements for the transport service have been finalized. The ladies van service will start from 7 am and will be closed on 7pm. No vehicle would be allowed to stop over more than five minutes at any bus stop, he added. The secretary RTA informed that this will be a pilot project and after examining its results, it would be extended to other areas to facilitate maximum number of ladies. He said only females would serve
as road hostess in Tabeer Ladies Transport Service and in case of any complaint of the passengers, immediate action would be taken for redressal. He said that vehicles up to 2008 model would be allowed to ply on these routes. He informed that Al-Abrar Associates, RTA and ZONG have joined hands to launch a Women Exclusive Van Service for commuting women of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Tarar said that working women and female students would avail the opportunity of comfortable journey with the provision of this facility.
Heritage sites to be used to educate young people UNESCO DG URGES PEOPLE TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THEIR HERITAGE ISLAMABAD APP
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), plans to use the World Heritage Sites of Pakistan as venue for educating young generation and teaching them about this long human history. “These sites are wonderful venue for school visits and teaching the youngsters about history of different cultures and this is what UNESCO says about world heritage,” said Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO during her recent visit to Taxila. The people of Pakistan should feel proud particularly the local people to have such unique and interesting sites, they have to continue protecting and preserving their heritage and also continue with the archaeological findings, she said in an interview. In a message to people of Pakistan, Bokova said, this is the side that shows the influences. There is no unique
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culture in the world and even there is no culture that is isolated. There exists a message about respect, dialogue and passing it on to the next generations. “It is very important to preserve the authenticity and we want to use our sites as venues to teach our young generation. Pakistan has extraordinary heritage inscribed on UNESCO’s list which is all about contribution of different civilizations.” “The uniqueness of the Taxila site is in different layers of cultures and civilizations as we see the influences of Buddhism, Hinduism and Greek culture also, every thing in a perspective, I believe this is so much needed today to talk about dialogue among cultures about the contribution of all these different civilizations that are here,” she said about the World Heritage Site, Taxila. “I am impressed by the diligent attitude of Pakistani people and authorities towards preservation of Gandhara culture and such interesting and unique sites. I have seen exposition of Gandhara culture in Paris, when it came there and visited five years ago and exposed this one of the important museum but here I have seen much more and one feels happy to be here,” Ms Bokova remarked. About UNESCO’s plans for promotion and protection of these sites, she said there is no culture which is isolated and it is important to preserve the authenticity
of any culture. For this reason, she said, We want to preserve the archaeological sites to educate the young generation about the historical value of this region through dialogue on culture. Taxila, one of the six World Heritage sites of Pakistan, is inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980 that comprises a vast complex of archaeological heritage, the site includes a Mesolithic cave, 4 settlement sites, a number of Buddhist monasteries of various periods and Muslim Mosques of the medieval period as well as presence of the Buddhist Stupa and monasteries at Taxila from 1st to 5th Century AD. To redress the issue of growing wild vegetation (bio-deterioration) at the sites of Sirkup and Sirsukh, Bhirmound, Dharmarajika and Giri causing deterioration to the structure, UNESCO Islamabad is working closely with the Department of Archaeology Punjab and Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) through capacity building and awareness raising of the staff on conservation methods against bio-deterioration for the protection of the sites. The museum carries the reflections connected to the chronology of Taxila, life of Gautam Buddha, glimpses of the artefacts, Buddha sculptures and historical belongings of the Buddhists made up of lead, silver and gold that date back to 3rd Century BC.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) would help eradicate the encroachments in federal Capital by digitalization and satellite imaging. SUPARCO will also facilitate future planning by using latest technology and techniques as well as it will minimize the human involvement especially during the award of new sectors. In this regard, Capital Development Authority (CDA) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SUPARCO, regarding satellite imaging to root out the encroachments from Islamabad by using overlay imaging technique, official sources at SUPARCO said. “To wipe out the encroachments from the city, CDA will utilize latest satellite imaging techniques available with SUPARCO to eradicate the encroachments from the city” he said. According to details, this satellite imaging would be taken in four different phases. As a first step, SUPARCO would provide the data of satellite images of last five years which is available with SUPARCO and by using overlay imaging technique, CDA would be able to identify the encroachments during occurred during last five years. In second phase, to check the ongoing encroachments, Islamabad will be divided into 34 parts and SUPARCO will take the satellite images of each part separately and then monitor it by its fresh satellite images after every 15 days and would identify the encroachments by matching the previous and fresh images taken through satellite, sources added. Thirdly, SUPARCO will take satellite image of every newly acquired area of Islamabad at the time of award, showing all the built up property indicating the number of houses in the area, he said. This image would be annexed with the award, to check the subsequent encroachments or increase in number of houses or built in property to make the process more transparent as well as to minimize the human involvement. As a fourth measure, the whole Islamabad will be digitalized and there will be a digital map of Islamabad, including the rural areas indicating each and every place including schools, hospitals, roads, dams, parks and shopping centres to keep check on the hap hazardous increase in housing and illegal possessions and help in future planning, he concluded. APP
PPAF disburses Rs 90 billion since inception ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has disbursed Rs 90 billion for microcredit in 5.6 million cases since commencement of operations in April 2000 to December 31, 2013. According to official data available, total funds available with PPAF as of December 31, 2013 are over Rs. 25 billion. These include Rs.18.0 billion for Microcredit while Rs. 7.6 billion are for grants. As of December 31, 2013, Rs. 17 billion (out of available 18 billion) have been deployed for access to microcredit, official sources said. The funds provided to PPAF for microcredit are used for on-lending to Partner Organizations (POs). The POs provide microcredit loans to individuals/communities following a demand driven approach, sources said. He said a significant portion of PPAF funding (around 75 percent) is provided for microcredit in the rural areas where most of the poor exist. “These loans are used mainly in agriculture, commerce and livestock sectors”. As of December 31, 2013 the number of active borrowers financed by POs is 900,000 of which 55 percent are women, reveals official data. Official sources said grant funds are provided to POs for small scale water and infrastructure schemes, health and education interventions, social mobilisation, livelihood enhancement and disaster management. According to official data, a total of Rs. 7.6 billion available with PPAF at present will be used for these activities for which commitments have already been made. Since April 2000 to December 31, 2013, PPAF has outreached 121 districts, 126 POs, 98,000 villages, while 121,500 community organisations and 348,000 Credit/Common interest groups were formed. APP
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IHC bans sheesha smoking in restaurants AC SAYS ADMINISTRATION IS MAKING EFFORTS TO ENSURE SHEESHA-FREE CAPITAL ISLAMABAD APP
he Islamabad High Court has dismissed the plea of a private restaurant seeking direction to bar the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICT) from prohibiting the running of sheesha smoking business. A single-member bench of IHC comprising Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted the proceedings of plea filed by an owner of private restaurant through his counsel Sardar Abdul Raziq against the assistant commissioner Islamabad.
Counsel for petitioner apprised the bench that assistant commissioner Islamabad was harassing and conducting raids on the restaurant of his client due to which the businesses affecting badly. To this, Assistant Commissioner Maryam Khan told the bench that smoking was prohibited at public places under the law and the administration was making efforts to ensure the sheesha smoking free capital. She said that the raids were being carried out to stop the sheesha smoking in restaurants and other public places of the capital. In response, Sardar Raziq counsel for petitioner said that according to law there is no restriction to run the business of sheesha smoking at restaurants or hotels. To this, Justice Siddiqui asked the petitioner’s counsel to produce the licence of running sheesha smoking business if the activity is allowed. However, the peti-
tioner failed to substantiate his arguments. After hear-
ing the arguments, the Judge dismissed the plea and observed
that there was no such law which permits the petitioner to run sheesha smoking business in Islamabad. A survey was also conducted on sheesha smoking after the decision of the High Court in which a senior citizen, Kashif Mahmood told the correspondent that most of the five star and other hotels, restaurants and cafes in Islamabad and other big cities were offering the deadly product in a variety of flavours. He pointed out that not only boys, but also teenage girls could also be seen smoking sheesha. The Narcotics Act is already enforced in the country but effective steps are needed for its implementation, he added. Another citizen, Ali Khan, opined that a large number of teenagers including school and college students are found using the smoke at restaurants and hotels across the country. Every day new cafes of the smoke are opening up in the country because of its
increasing demand by the younger generation, he added. He said it was a modern form of the “Hookah” in which hazardous and aromatic tobacco in flavours is used to attract the teenagers. Tanveer Ahmed, a student of O Level, said that almost 50 percent of students were becoming addict to Shisha smoking and it was becoming more popular in female students as well. Different kinds of flavours were being used to lure the youth towards smoking, he added. When contacted, Dr Imran said smokers inhale up to 150 times more tobacco in a single session than a cigarette. Sheesha causes lungs diseases, cancer and the flavoured smoking is many times more harmful to health than a simple cigarette smoking, he added. Dr Imran said the Shisha smoking had become a fashion symbol in the society but the smokers did not know that it kills the person gradually.
Eateries fined Rs 0.8m to improve food quality ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has imposed a fine of Rs 0.8 million as part of its measures to improve standard of eatables being served at hotels and bakeries in Islamabad. The ICT Food Inspectors imposed the fine after taking cognizance on sale of substandard food/eatable items besides unhygienic conditions. The ICT sources on Sunday said, in addition, seven bakeries, one Ghee Mills were completely sealed whereas 113 food outlets were partially sealed. Besides, 41 FIRs were lodged with respect to food adulteration. They said the administration has been checking regularly the standard of eatable items at hotels, bakeries, shops and other food outlets by paying surprise visits through teams in urban as well as rural areas. In addition, the sources said Capital Development Authority (CDA) under supervision of Director Health Services was carrying out such inspections in the urban areas too. Moreover, the Administration also enforces section 269 and 273 of PPC to keep check on hotels, bakeries, sweet shops and butcher shops. APP
Rs 720m released for model jail’s land ISLAMABAD: Women selling bangles at their roadside stall in Aabpara. ONLINe
Punjab govt releases funds for unmanned railway crossings OFFICIAL URGES OTHER PROVINCES TO COOPERATE IN REMOVING UNMANNED RAILWAY CROSSINGS ISLAMABAD APP
The Punjab government has released Rs 630 million for unmanned railway level crossings to curb incidents. There are 1993 unmanned railway level crossing and the Pakistan Railways is quite serious in providing gates at the vulnerable crossings with the cooperation of owing authorities and provincial governments, an official said. For the said purpose, minister for railways and general manager operation have conducted meetings with the chief ministers and chief secretaries of all the provinces to provide necessary funding from provincial resources for the up-gradation of unmanned level crossing, he added. He said that it is worth mentioning that in terms of Section 12 of the Railway Act 1890, the responsibility for up-gradation of un-
manned level crossing lies with the concerned provincial governments and road owing authorities. So the up-grading of the unmanned level crossing would be undertaken as soon as the funds are provided by the provincial governments. The Ministry of Railways would provide any technical input that may be necessary in this regard, he added. He said that other provinces should also cooperate to remove the unmanned railway level crossing across the country as soon as possible. Pakistan Railways parked 124 to 264 locomotives and 415 to 731 passengers’ coaches in 2008- 2014 due to non-availability of funds and spare parts, the official added. He said that the present government has taken several steps to improve the Pakistan Railways performance, adding that after the arrival of new locomotives more freight trains would be started.
Huts owners at Lake View Park fleecing visitors VISITORS COMPLAIN ABOUT OVERCHARGING AND SUBSTANDARD FOOD
OFFICIAL SAYS ADMIN TAKES ACTION AGAINST THOSE WHO OVERCHARGE OR SELL SUBSTANDARD FOOD
Rawal Lake View Park due to its beautiful look has become an attractive place for the visitors but the huts owners at park continue to fleece the visitors by selling soft drinks and other edibles on high rates. The rates of chips, biscuits, burgers, soft drinks, mineral water and other items were almost double as compared to open markets. The vendors take full benefit of the situation as the concerned authorities failed to control the quality and rates of the commodities. “The hut owners are charging Rs 30, just for a cup of tea and other items are too expensive there,” visitors claimed. They said that it was unfair that authorities had allowed these hut owners to fleece the visitors on their own, adding that they were charging double prices. A visitor, Adeel Khan, said that there was no check on the prices of food and other
items available in the resort. While, the families visiting the park complained that overcharging, sale of substandard food items and non-availability of quality products are the main cause of concern. A hut owner, Ghulam Hussain, said that they are paying high rents for huts in the park, so they are charging the prices to avoid losses. The people demanded of the authorities to take action against the violators and those fleecing the visitors. The visitors also complained of the high entry fee at public parks with enhanced parking fee being charged from visitors. When contacted, an official said that the park’s management regularly checks the quality and prices of edible items being sold in vicinity of city public parks. He said the administration takes stern action against those shopkeepers who were found involved in selling substandard items or overcharging. He said that the entry charges are nominal and it is essential for park’s maintenance.
ISLAMABAD: The government has released Rs 720 million as cost of land to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) under a development project - building of model jail in Islamabad. Work is in progress on construction of boundary wall under PC-1 at a cost of Rs 13.433 million for which funds were released to Pakistan Works Department (PWD). According to Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control here on Sunday, the Building of Model Jail in Islamabad project has yet not been constructed, however, a following process in this regard has been initiated and completed. This included selection of site for Model Jail at Sector H-16, Islamabad which was recommended by a Committee under Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court (FST). Moreover, 720 kanals of land in CDA Sector H-16 has also been acquired and funds were released by Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) through Public Sector Development programme (PSDP). The PC-II regarding design of Model Jail was also approved amounting to Rs 2.464 million and subsequently, design competition was held last year wherein five consultant firms participated in the design competition but only three firms submitted financial bids. The bids are under evaluation process and PC-I of this project would be submitted on finalization of design. As per direction of Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court, an amount of Rs. 50 million as token allocation has been approved during current fiscal year, however, this amount would be released after the approval of PC-I for the said Jail from the competent forum. APP
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Forms of The plight of the president protest He has not adjusted himself to the institution
The call for strike is not one of them
HERE are different forms of protest that political parties can resort to in order the get their grievances redressed. To begin with they can press their demands in the assemblies and the Senate, failing which thy can hold protest rallies that do not disturb peace or can go for hunger strike. Shut down calls, particularly in cities like Karachi and Lahore, must be avoided as they have a highly negative impact on national economy besides causing problem for millions of people. A strike in Karachi which is the industrial hub of the country causes losses of billions of rupees per day. A perception has grown that whenever narrow party interests require putting pressure on the government, the MQM announces a strike in Karachi. The party may claim that it had only observed a day of mourning on Saturday and had not appealed for a shut down, but this would be sheer sophistry as it asked (read, allowed) the traders and transporters to resume business in the afternoon. The day of mourning had been announced to protest against the alleged extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of party workers. A day after the party has demanded the transfer of top police officers in the city maintaining that the police had brutally tortured one of its activists. Extrajudicial killings taking place anywhere in the country need to be strongly condemned. Similarly torturing people in police custody cannot be tolerated in any country practising democracy. MQM’s complaint needs to be looked into and if found genuine those responsible for torture should be duly punished in accordance with the law. The Sindh government has already suspended four police officers and ordered enquiry into the torture charges. There is a need on the part of MQM also to act as a responsible political party by avoiding fiery speeches or calls for strike whether direct or indirect. Karachi was on the brink of disaster before the start of the ongoing operation. In February 2013, the Supreme Court had issued a desperate call to the government to move or Karachi would be reduced to ashes. It was widely accepted that many among those involved in targeted killings and violence enjoyed the backing of the political parties, including MQM. Soon after the elections there were widespread calls for operation in Karachi. MQM chief Altaf Hussain went to the extreme of demanding that Karachi be handed over to the army. The ongoing police-cuRangers operation has partially improved the law and order situation though much more remains to be done. The LEAs are under immense pressure in Karachi where 79 policemen have been killed in just over five months. Despite this one expects the law enforcers to act strictly in accordance with the law. Equally important is that political parties avoid supporting criminals in their ranks.
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RESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee has been making speeches verging on politics from day one. He has been commenting on the problems confronting the nation as if he is presiding over the affairs of the country. His Republic Day broadcast beats them all and has naturally evoked some angry comments. Several political parties like the Communist Party of India (CPI) have characterized the speech as political. What President Mukherjee says is generally correct. For example, his remarks that populist anarchy is no substitute for governance or that there is a rising trend of hypocrisy in public life are correct. But he forgets that he is only a constitutional head and has to observe the decorum which the elected parliament and state legislatures expect from a person who occupies that position. No doubt, he finds politics a familiar turf but he left it when he was elected president. His grievance with Congress president Sonia Gandhi may be genuine. But that is between her and him. The nation is not concerned with what goes on in a political party. Mukherjee would have been a natural successor after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh steps down. Precisely this is the reason why a person who had wide contacts was kicked upstairs. Sonia Gandhi’s determination to make
her son, Rahul Gandhi, the prime minister came in the way of Mukherjee’s political ambitions. It was up to Mukherjee not to accept the post of President. But when he announced that he would not contest in the 2014 elections, it became clear that he was exasperated, waiting in the wings. Sonia Gandhi readily accepted the position because he had himself cleared the deck for Rahul Gandhi. Mukjerjee had taken it for granted that the key role he had portrayed as a firefighter during the troubled times that he could not be ignored for having served the dynasty relentlessly. Unfortunately, Mukherjee has not adjusted himself to the institution of president. He should refrain from making such remarks which he could do so as a politician. I have not liked the dharna by Aam Aadmi Party’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the demand of transferring two police officials who had reportedly insulted his Law Minister Somnath Bharti. But Kejriwal has set a bad precedent by letting his la minister off the hook. He should have left it to the state chief secretary to deal with the ‘defiance’ by the police officials. His defence is that he did not violate the constitution. It is a strange logic when he threw to the wind the very letter and the spirit of the constitution which has given all powers to the executive of which he is only a figure head. The chief minister’s defence that his dharna was not unconstitutional
does not wash. He does not realize that the middle class, his forte, wants an orderly administration and feels let down over the tactics like dharna by the state chief minister. But why should President Mukherjee comment on political matters is really beyond me. President Mukherjee’s comment that the “government is not a charity shop” is criticism of the promises that the government makes to draw the electoral support. All political parties do so. Mukherjee was in the cabinet of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she raised the slogan of Garibi Hatao. The Manmohan Singh government has doled out favours to the DMK to sustain its support. It is an open secret how the CBI case against Mulayam Singh Yadav was withdrawn to get his party’s support. Mukherjee was part of the government when there was a quid pro quo to save Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government from falling. If President Mukherjee felt so strongly, as his criticism indicates, why did he not speak out at that time? His opposition would have made a difference because he was a senior leader. For example, his recovery of tax retrospectively dried up foreign investment. As finance minister, he should have anticipated the adverse effect his decision would have on investment. Even today when reasons for stagnation are adumbrated, Mukherjee’s name is mentioned repeatedly. He lives in the luxury of
However correct President Mukherjee’s observations may be, he should introspect whether what he did as a cabinet minister was correct, not only legally but also morally. The ball is in his court.
Rashtrapati Bhavan while the nation is paying the price for his follies. Mukherjee was a minister when Mrs Gandhi had stopped sending any paper to the then President Giani Zail Singh who differed with her on Punjab. What Mrs Gandhi did was a violation of the constitution. I wish Mukherjee had raised his voice then. The office of president is an institution which should not be disfigured. Yet the political leaders do that. That Mukherjee should also be doing so is a sad commentary on his sagacity and those like him. Yet another example is, Mukherjee’s silence when Mrs Gandhi imposed the emergency in 1975. She delivered a severe blow to the institutions which her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, had fostered. Mukherjee was then a close collaborator of Sanjay Gandhi, an extra constitutional authority. The worst aspect of the emergency was that morality was banished from politics. There was fear which made the then president, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, to sign the proclamation even before the cabinet gave its approval. My experience is that a prime minister pays scant attention to a president. The constitution framers, who preferred parliamentary democracy to presidential form of government, have laid down what the president can do. But this has been nullified over the years because the Congress takes the president’s wishes for granted. By making political speeches, the occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan only aggravates the problem. There is a very thin line dividing the right and the wrong, moral and immoral. Institutions are ought to protect that line. It is easy to say from the pulpit that such and such thing is dangerous to the country. However correct President Mukherjee’s observations may be, he should introspect whether what he did as a cabinet minister was correct, not only legally but also morally. The ball is in his court. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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Karachi killings The alleged extra judicial killing of an MQM activist Salman Nooruddin must be condemned, but so must the brutal murder of Wali Babar and thousands of others who have fallen victims to target killings, extortion, kidnapping etc by goons of political criminal gangs. This cycle of violence started with body bags of political opponents emerging from all parts of Karachi and discovery of scores of torture cells in late 80s and 90s. Billions of rupees earned by organized criminal mafia, attracted others including terrorists affiliated with religious extremists and sectarian cum ethnic hate groups. Manner in which lawyers, prosecutors, eyewitnesses and policemen involved in murder of Wali Babar have been killed, should have evoked the state to establish its writ, which it has failed to so with all its might and power. Violence begets violence and state must be seen enforcing the rule of law, otherwise criminals, be they associated with TTP, political parties, land or drug mafia will continue to exert their hegemony. Criminals must be nabbed, wherever and whenever they appear, be it a wedding, birthday party or any other occasion. Those responsible for target killings of hundreds of policemen on duty must be made to pay for their sins. Law must take its course and not be blackmailed by threats of protests or shutdowns. It is strange that police investigation in murder or money laundering etc, by London Metropolitan police of a British national should be cause for protests in Pakistan. The British police have not spared son of former PM Tony Blair, while he was in office, for even a minor offense. In countries with Rule of Law, in words of T Roosevelt, “no man is above the law and no man is below it, nor do we ask any man’s permission, when we ask him to obey it”. RAHAT SIDDIQI Karachi
‘Dialogue of the deaf’ Reference Arif Nizami’s article ‘Dialogue of the deaf’. While negotiations are best way to resolve
issues, but takes two to tango. It is not possible to achieve results, if one side continues to target and kill at will, while asking other, to cease all operations against elements, whom constitution considers to be criminals, or even worse challenging writ of state. The unfortunate irony is that even in such times, few retired khakis and self-assumed defense analyst, in their enthusiasm to claim immunity for Musharraf, have taken recourse to arguments that to save state, constitution can be violated, as if being armed gives them such divine right. By a strange coincidence, Taliban have assumed unto themselves right to solely interpret Sharia, as they deem fit, even if such an interpretation contradicts that held by large majority of peaceful Muslims and ulema. The government nominated team headed by Irfan Siddiqui, a columnist of repute, seems to be unfamiliar with art of negotiations, for he got carried away after first meeting, giving a statement raising hopes and expectations, although real talks have not even begun. It would be far better, if both sides, remain aloof from media, especially government team. Any statement to be issued should be done by an official, not part of negotiating team. The Sharia practiced during life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) does not give right to any Muslim to kill their adversaries, just because of difference in opinion. Nowhere in Islam is it allowed to abduct innocent human beings for ransom, or indulge in unlawful trade to raise funds for warfare, nor is it allowed even in war to harm citizens, neither is it allowed to recruit child soldiers for warfare, or their brainwashing for carrying out suicide missions outside battle arena, targeting unarmed men, women and children. Islam teaches tolerance for dissent, right of women to marry their choice, prohibits murder or torture of prisoners of war. Religion and faith are between individuals and Almighty and society has right to intervene only when transgressions of what Holy Book prohibit are done openly, posing a threat to society and infringes upon rights of others, not when arms bearing men assume to themselves right to impose their will upon state, challenging its writ and weakening its Defense capability against external aggression, such as attacks on Kamra base etc. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Continuation of Zardari’s policies The choice of a commercial banker, a favourite of PPP, to head State Bank of Pakistan, which is supposed to be a regulatory monetary institution, is a cause of alarm. Take, for instance, the decision by MINISTRY OF FINANCE to give yet another waiver to politically powerful lobby of foreign used car smugglers, allowing them to regularise this illegitimacy by paying a nominal surcharge for all vehicles smuggled into country until 31 December, 2013. It does not end here, the former crony of AZ, appointed as MD PIAC in 2008, responsible for its plunder and financial collapse has been facilitated with full seniority after absence of three years, during which he served in Turkish Airline and ran a catering firm based in UK, supplying in-flight food services for all PIA flights in Europe. The Turkish rental power ship Karkey which was declared by none other than Supreme Court to have defrauded Pakistan national exchequer of $250 million was allowed to leave Karachi without paying single cent, on intervention of federal government. This government got votes with promises of good governance, transparency and loud claims to launch an accountability process, to bring back looted money, instead what has been initiated is a process to regularize all these heists. It continues to pursue policies of Musharraf and Zardari by preferring appointment of dual nationals to key public offices, whilst giving contracts for construction of airports, housing societies to individuals who have moved all their assets abroad, leading to a massive flight of capital and brain drain. In essence only faces have changed, not much in real terms, except the rhetoric. It seems that Pakistani citizens, holding no foreign nationality, in the eyes of our ruling elite, are not fit to hold either any public office, nor facilitated for business opportunities. How unfortunate for Quaid’s Pakistan that its destiny is in hands of those who have no confidence in investing their earning here, nor find this country suitable for their children to live in. ABRAR KHOSA Faisalabad
WORLD VIEW 09
Monday, 10 February, 2014
Karzai's cozy history with the Taliban los aNgeles times
F anyone is surprised that with each passing day Afghan President Hamid Karzai seems to veer more sharply away from the U.S. and toward the Taliban, it might be time to remember some history. Karzai himself was once asked to become a high-ranking member of the Taliban government. His every word and deed of late seems designed to appeal to the Taliban leadership and its backers in Pakistan, and to fracture the partnership between Afghanistan and the American people. In one recent display, he held a news conference for Afghan villagers who claimed U.S. bombing had killed a dozen neighbors on Jan. 15. They identified mourners in a photograph purportedly taken at a funeral the next day, Jan. 16. But it turned out the photo was from four years back. In fact, it has been featured on Taliban websites, according to the New York Times. Karzai was indulging in just the type of heavy-handed propaganda we've come to expect of the Taliban itself. He has also ordered the release without trial of three dozen suspected insurgents, some of whom U.S. officers have tied to specific attacks. And, by his refusal to sign a security pact with the United States, he seems to be actively ex-
pediting the departure from Afghanistan of all foreign forces. This behavior is not all born of current events. It is not some recently conceived hedging strategy pegged to the impending U.S. troop drawdown. Rather, it is entirely consistent with Karzai's own past. That past, presumably known to U.S. officials, has shaped his actions since the Taliban regime fell in 2001. I began noticing the pattern in 2003, when I lived in Kandahar, running a nonprofit founded by Karzai's older brother Qayum. Repeated, perplexing anomalies in Hamid Karzai's decision-making — his choices for filling certain positions, or the way he interacted with specific communities — were so egregious and inexplicable that I was driven to hunt for some underlying logic. I began asking family retainers, neighbors, tribal elders and former resistance commanders what Karzai's relationship with the Taliban had been when the religious militia swept into the city in 1994. The story I heard, with consistent details, took me aback. In those days, Kandahar, like most of Afghanistan, was in turmoil. Resistance fighters, who had helped drive the Soviet army out of Afghanistan in 1989, had not disarmed and gone back to tending their orchards. They had turned on one another. Neighborhoods were plowed up in pitched battles, while travelers on the roads were shaken
down at gunpoint for money or goods. "If you had five guys with guns, you were the mayor of your
street corner," a former bus driver named Hayatullah once told me. In this context, according to sev-
TWO AGENCIES ON A COLLISION COURSE HiNdu R K RAGHAVAN
The Central Bureau of Investigation’s decision to chargesheet a former Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) (whose rank is that of a DGP in the State Police cadre) and three serving officers of the same bureau in the sensational Ishrat Jahan case in Gujarat should shock us. It is a sad day for both the organisations whose support to the cause of national security and the upholding of the rule of law hardly needs overemphasising. Although their respective territories are demarcated, the two are now on a collision course. This is despite the fact that they need each other, and that whenever they have worked in harmony, they have achieved the near impossible. Since they have undoubtedly lent great stability to our polity, to do anything that would dent their image is a sacrilege. Need for balaNce I would like to make it clear that berating the CBI and IB as being handmaidens of the government is being unfair to the many dedicated officers who serve them. Even their most ardent supporters will admit that the two bureaus are not without their faults. Perhaps, they have much to hide — especially the CBI, which is always in the public eye and is under immense judicial scrutiny. On the contrary, the IB is a low profile outfit which, unlike the CBI, has no legal status or authority. I know that both have their detractors who are ready to throw the first stone at them at every conceivable opportunity. Some are only too delighted to be able to drive a wedge between them. We should not allow them to succeed. The Ishrat Jahan case provides these forces an opportunity to do this. This is why what has happened in the Ishrat Jahan case demands both responsible comments and a balanced perspective. There are some basic facts on which there can be no disagreement. No democracy can condone the killing of any of its innocent citizens by a state agency. And when the victim happens to be a woman, the crime gets compounded a million times. This is what is being alleged by the CBI. The four IB officers did not by themselves kill Ishrat Jahan.
But they did a lot to facilitate the crime committed by some Gujarat policemen. What drove them to carry out this barbaric act is anybody’s guess. According to press reports, the CBI charge sheet is silent on this. Now that the court concerned is to take cognisance of the CBI charge sheet, it would be extremely inappropriate for any of us to comment on the CBI’s controversial decision or any evidence adduced by it. I am happy that an aggrieved IB, true to its wont, has not gone to town with its point of view. All its entreaties to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the CBI for a review of its resolve to go ahead with the charges against the four IB men have been in vain. compliaNce with law Despite some occasional differences there is nothing here to suggest that the CBI’s action was motivated by its animus toward the IB. Also, in a court-monitored case, the investigating agency has no option to overlook the misdemeanour of another public organisation. Compliance with settled law overrides every other consideration, including the morale of the national security agencies. This is what has happened here. The judiciary was breathing down the CBI’s neck giving it little room for manoeuvre to accommodate the IB’s sensitivities. The pressure of human rights activists is another factor that would have weighed heavily on the CBI’s mind in making the move. In my view, this is one of the few occasions on which activists have been on the right course, and we must compliment them for their vigilance. From the IB’s point of view, the Ishrat investigation is a blow to its morale. Its long-term impact is incalculable. It is conceivable that few IB operatives will hereafter venture to go beyond their routine and stick their necks out in a questionable extralegal operation. This negativism will definitely spell doom for innovation and daring, the hallmarks of an outstanding intelligence officer. No amount of incentives will restore their zest for counterintelligence work. This is true even if one concedes that Rajinder Kumar and his three junior colleagues who stepped out of the routine and assisted the Gujarat Police in pursuing ter-
rorist elements were possibly overzealous and reckless. After all, what is the dividing line between unbridled enthusiasm and a conformity to the law? This is particularly so when the transgressors of the law and the perceived code of conduct are not guilty of looking for personal gain or aggrandisement. This is the tragedy of the whole episode. The law cannot possibly discriminate between those who have committed downright criminal acts and those who have abetted them, except in terms of severity of penalty. If during the trial, it is decisively proved that Rajinder Kumar and his three IB juniors were guilty not of personal illwill but were simply misguided and reckless, the court could take a lenient view while sentencing them. But this is only wishful thinking in the interests of an organisation that has done yeoman service to stabilise the security situation in the country. Neighbourhood threat In the final analysis, the lesson will not be lost on those in the neighbourhood. What is happening in Pakistan and Afghanistan is a matter of concern. The unabashed appeasement of the two Taliban groups through the opening up of a dialogue either openly or covertly (as in Afghanistan) is a warning that the Taliban will not be averse to training its guns on us through their affiliates. No less an expert than M.K. Narayanan, former DIB and National Security Adviser, had expressed concern over this. Therefore, the Ishrat prosecution has come at a wrong time. This is not fanciful. I would like to challenge anybody who disputes this unintended connection between a demoralised security agency and a terror outfit that has very recently received a boost by bringing two troubled Constitutional governments to their knees. We will have to keep our fingers crossed and do everything possible to restore the morale of India’s premier intelligence agency. The judiciary cannot also be impervious to this task of a delicate fusing of the rule of law and national security. R.K. Raghavan is a former Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau and former Director, CBI. He is co-author of Indian Mujahideen, Springer 2013.
eral witnesses, Karzai began holding meetings with many of the protoTaliban leaders, organizing them into a force that could gain control of Kandahar, and eventually the rest of the country. These meetings were taking place across the border in Quetta, Pakistan. And the Pakistani military intelligence agency, the ISI, which has long made use of Islamic extremism to further its policies, supported the project. In October 1994, the Taliban moved on Afghanistan. "I lived next to the bus station in Quetta," a former refugee named Shafiullah told me. "Busloads and busloads of them left for the border, army officers with them." The Taliban and their Pakistani advisors fought one battle just inside the line, where they captured a weapons cache, then another in the small town of Takhta Pul, halfway to Kandahar. Within a week they owned the city. One reason the assault went so easily was the work Karzai had done ahead of time. The strongest commander in Kandahar was a thick-bearded tribal elder named Mullah Naqib. For weeks before what amounted to the Taliban invasion, he and others told me, Karzai argued with him to stand his men down so the Taliban could come in. "He told me it was the best thing for Afghanistan," Mullah Naqib recalled in 2004. "He said the Americans supported this." Without Mullah Naqib's tribesmen, no fight-
ing force would last long against the ISI-supported Taliban. Once in power, the Taliban leadership asked Karzai to be their U.N. ambassador, a position he later said he turned down. My Kandahar sources disputed that claim. And as it turned out, the U.N. never recognized Taliban rule, so the Kabul government could not send an ambassador. According to information found by journalist Roy Gutman in the U.S. National Archives, however, Washington launched a diplomatic demarche to ambassador-designate Karzai in December 1996, requesting the extradition of Osama bin Laden. None of this is to say that Karzai personally shares the fundamentalist religious ideology espoused by the Taliban. I don't think he is driven by any ideology at all. However, he has repeatedly marched with the Taliban when it has seemed expedient. As he suggested to the Sunday Telegraph's Christina Lamb on Jan. 27, Karzai wants to matter. U.S. officials and Afghan citizens alike should not assume they will be rid of his influence after next April's presidential election. Sarah Chayes, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and a contributing writer to Opinion, lived in Afghanistan for most of the last decade and served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ghosts of Japan's past NatioNal Post RobeRt FulFoRd In the 1980s, on our first trip to Tokyo, my wife and I were exploring a quiet street near the Imperial Palace when we wandered into the most notorious building in Asia. This was the Yasukuni Shrine, a Shinto temple dedicated to Japan’s war dead, created in 1869. As we headed toward the core of the building we were steered away by a guard. “Only for Japanese,” he said. We soon figured out why foreigners aren’t welcome. Shame is involved, mixed uneasily with honour. Among the 2.5 million soldiers venerated by Yasukuni are war criminals, including Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, the sinister wartime boss of Japan. The generals who ran a vicious war against China are also treated with respect. China considers the temple an affront. Whenever an important Japanese prays there, China makes furious noises about insulting the memory of Japan’s victims. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit, the first in seven years by a Japanese leader, has ignited fresh outrage in Beijing. A Chinese spokesman said Abe was “beautifying aggression” and called war criminals remembered at Yasukuni “the Nazis of Asia.” At the moment China and Japan are quarrelling over several islands in the East China Sea, and China has aggressively declared that its air defence identification zone includes those islands. South Korea, recalling the years when it was occupied by Japan, considered Abe’s visit scandalous and sent a message of “lamentation and rage.” The Japanese revere their history but don’t want to look closely at it. So far as a foreigner can tell, they are stalled where the Germans were in the 1950s, burdened by an unexamined and unrepented past. Few articulate Japanese understand the depth of war crimes against China in the 1930s — and anyone who points this out is dismissed as an ignorant foreigner who knows nothing of Japan. While they know the horror and years of sacrifice that their country experienced in the 1940s, the Japanese have trouble accepting any of the blame. The labels on the monument to Hiroshima and a museum display on the fire-bombing of Tokyo do not explain why the Americans brought this living hell raining down on their homeland. An ignorant visitor might assume they did
it on a whim. Abe is one of those Japanese who believe that history has dealt them a bad hand and that the crimes their soldiers committed in the 1930s and 1940s were not so hideous as the world claims. Abe was briefly prime minister in 2006-2007, resigned during a wave of unpopularity, then came back to power again in 2012. As soon as he regained the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in 2012, he visited Yasukuni, drawing sharp criticism. A nationalist and a vocal patriot, he favours a more aggressive foreign policy and a military force capable of defending Japan, a program he calls “proactive pacifism.” He hopes to amend the “peace constitution” that the American occupation imposed on Japan in the 1940s. He considers the war crimes tribunals “victors’ justice” and believes Japan should abandon its “masochistic” guilt. His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, minister of munitions during the Second World War, was arrested as a suspected war criminal in 1945 but never charged. In December, when Abe was said to be planning a visit to Yasukuni, VicePresident Joe Biden reportedly spent an hour on the phone trying to dissuade him from intensifying already troubled JapanChina relations. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and many others advised him to stay away. But he went, because that’s what he wanted to do and what his faction of the LDP desired. More than half of those who voted for his administration said it mattered to them. It was also, perhaps, his way of proving his toughness. Perhaps he was goading China. Jeff Kingston, a historian at Temple University in Tokyo, commented: “Abe has provoked China, and China has reacted just as Abe wanted it to.” Kingston spoke of a “shrewd political calculus.” Like several prime ministers before him, Abe insisted he was acting purely as a private citizen. His cabinet secretary said that he should be allowed to enjoy freedom of religion in private. No one believed that, of course. There’s nothing more political than Yasukuni. Abe went there, he said, to express his love of peace. “I never intended to hurt the feelings of people in China and South Korea.” He began explaining to everyone who would listen. This week he was still explaining, keeping the story alive. Worse, an adviser in his office reported that he’s thinking of going back there every year.
Monday, 10 February, 2014
GSP PluS StatuS to booSt Pace oF econoMIc DeveloPMent In PakIStan
IMF InDIcateS PakIStan on track For $550M aID tranche Pakistan mission chief says Pakistani govt’s reform programme remains broadly on track g Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says country’s economic growth ‘encouraging’ g Says inﬂation for the entire ﬁscal year would remain within a single digit g
AkISTAN appears to be on track to receive a third loan tranche worth $550 million from the International Monetary Fund later this year as the country goes ahead with economic reforms, the IMF’s mission chief to Islamabad said on Sunday. “The IMF mission...is encouraged by the overall progress made in pushing ahead with policies to strengthen macroeconomic stability and reviving economic growth,” Jeffrey Franks told a joint news conference with Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Dubai. He was speaking after consultations between the IMF and Pakistan. They took place in Dubai because of security concerns after 21 people, including the IMF’s top representative in neighbouring Afghanistan, were killed in a kabul suicide attack last month. “The authorities’ reform program remains broadly on track with the government meeting all of the quantitative performance criteria by end-December 2013,” Franks said. He added that two exceptions were targets for the central bank’s net swap/forward positions and the ceiling on government borrowing from the central bank, but that authorities had reaffirmed their commitment to adopt corrective action. The IMF’s executive board is tentatively scheduled to consider in late March whether Pakistan will obtain the third tranche of its IMF loan program, Franks said. Last September, the IMF
saved Pakistan from possible default by agreeing to lend it $6.7 billion over three years. In return, Pakistan must make good on reforms such as a longstanding promise to privatize loss-making state companies. Franks said the IMF was not imposing privatization on Pakistan but was very supportive of the process. The IMF raised Pakistan’s gross domestic product growth forecast to 3.1 percent for the fiscal year 2013/14, which started in July, from the previous prediction of 2.8 percent, because of better performance in services and manufacturing. Franks said Pakistan was still in a very difficult economic situation but that the IMF saw signs of improvement as reforms in the electricity sector seem to be bearing fruit, with electricity shortages and unscheduled load-shedding declining. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar described the country’s economic growth as “encouraging”, adding that tax collection had risen 26 percent in January and that the IMF seemed to be more or less satisfied with the central bank’s net asset reserves. Decisive efforts to broaden the tax net through elimination of tax exemptions
and loopholes granted through statutory regulatory orders are critical to the future of Pakistan’s economy, the IMF also said. BOND ISSUE: The IMF and Pakistan differ on inflation expectations, with the Fund projecting a 10 percent rate in the current fiscal year. Dar said: “Based on the moderate rate of inflation of 7.9 percent during January 2014, we expect that inflation for the entire fiscal year would remain within a single digit.” The Washington-based body encouraged Pakistan’s central bank to be vigilant in coming months to guard against a rebound of inflation. It would like to see price growth in a 6-7 percent range on a sustainable basis, Franks said. Pakistan is “well on track” in the process of issuing a eurobond, and expects the process to be completed by the end of March, Dar said. He told reporters that he did not expect the cost of the issue to be over 6 percent, and that it should be around the “usual” benchmark price. “There is a huge demand for this bond and it may be followed by an Islamic bond or sukuk. I’m not sure because it depends on the interest - but so far we are very positive.”
ISLAMABAD: President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Engineer Suhail Lashari has said that the GSP Plus status will boost the pace of economic development in the country which is crucial. Talking to State radio, he said that the government policies have been devised in the best interest of the economy but the pace of putting them in action remains slow. Lashari said that tax reforms should be introduced with handsome incentives and cheaper things’ production should be made possible to expand the volume of exports. APP
eFFortS unDerway to enhance exPort oF GeMStoneS ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources (MPNR) has prepared a comprehensive strategy on mining, cutting, polishing and marketing of gemstones with a view to enhance export. Gemstones are considered as valuable minerals generally. High quality precious gemstones found in the country, including emerald, ruby sapphire and topaz etc. are most valuable. Constitutionally, minerals other than nuclear are a provincial subject. The federal government is mandated with geological surveys, national policies, plans formulation and coordination at national and international levels, official sources said. Geological Survey of Pakistan has made preliminary geological exploration on various gemstone occurrences in the country which are in process of production by the local people, sources added. APP
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WELL-TIMED 3G AUCTION CAN ADD BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO ECONOMY ISLAMABAD APP
It is a widely recognised reality that broadband infrastructure contributes towards economic growth of a country and significant amount of job creation. Pakistan without 3G services was left with aging copper media to cope with broadband needs of the country while WiMAX operators could not fill the gap while EvDO technology can be termed as smooth enough to entirely replace the fixed broadband technology. This whole proposition resulted into around 3 million broadband connections in last one decade against 129 million cellular subscriptions during the same duration. According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) data, the number of Broadband Internet users in Pakistan increased from less than 27,000 in 2005-06 to around 2.72 million subscribers and 30
percent growth during 2012-13. The penetration level remains low at 1.52 percent. However, the remarkable growth of wireless technologies is an encouraging sign for the sector as major player Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) invested a lot and it is currently leading the broadband market by a long margin with its EvDO services. With upcoming 3G spectrum auction a large population will be able to transition towards broadband services through highspeed wireless data networks. This is a trend that is followed in various markets as well. According to different reports, 3G broadband penetration has exceeded fixed line broadband in almost every market. A recent report by Plum Consulting anticipates that Pakistan is set to achieve at least 10 percent broadband penetration (or 20 million broadband connections) by 2018 if 3G is auctioned in 2014.
These estimates are based on low-demand forecast while with high-demand forecast, broadband penetration in Pakistan can go up to as high as 16 percent or 30 million broadband connections by 2018 if 3G is auctioned in 2014. With regard to positive impact on GDP, economic studies have proven the fact that there is a positive relationship between broadband penetration and GDP growth. This is true for both developed and developing markets. Different researches have established that impact of a ten percentage point increase in broadband penetration on the GDP growth rates range from 0.1-1.5 percentage points, with higher impacts found in lower income countries like Pakistan. If we carry a conservative estimate of 0.5 percent impact on the GDP and assume that impact will last for 3 years then Pakistan’s current GDP will increase by Rs 40 billion in one year after 3G auction, while
another Rs 105 billion increment after second year of 3G auction and Rs 210 billion during the third year of 3G auction. The estimates suggest next generation networks are expected to add Rs 380 billion to Rs 1,180 billion to national GDP during next few years till 2020. Not to mention, these figures exclude the auction money that Pakistan is going to generate through 3G. Regarding increased employment, same report and experts’ opinion indicate that over 900,000 new jobs will be created if 3G is auctioned right away. These jobs will span around various sectors including telecom, services, advertising, outsourcing and others. The increased taxes arise as a result of the general stimulus to economic activity i.e. they derive from taxes paid by all sectors of the economy, especially the data services. The estimates also suggest that government would be able to generate addition taxes of at least Rs 29 billion and at
most Rs 71 billion from various sectors after 3G auction. If we talk about socio-economic benefits, broadband is an enabler which will enhance the provision of education, health and government services in Pakistan by reducing delivery costs and improving service availability. A senior official at PTA said with access to broadband will entirely change the way we do our business, financial and private transactions, adding that the way “We interact with each other or the way we find our addresses, everything will be reshaped,” he said. Moreover, smartphones with increased computing abilities are going to lessen the efforts and hardships we come across in our daily routines. “From the way we pay our bills to the way we register our complaints with utility companies will all go digital,” the official added.
Monday, 10 February, 2014
Brevity is the soul of wit -- so be as witty as you can be today! Keep all your communications short and to the point and you are sure to blow past any competition you may have.
Now is a good time for you to speak out - your heart is as clear as ever, and you are sure to make your feelings known if you can find the bravery to get started. At least one person is glad for your openness.
You're in constant motion today -- so make sure that your people know what's what. Things may get a little weird, but you are more than capable of adjusting, and even enjoying the process!
Work gets complicated today -- so make sure that you're able to keep up with it all. Your energy is split between a million different tasks, but you can make incremental progress if you keep at it.
You're feeling a little cocky -- but that works out well for you! It turns out that someone has been waiting for you to impress them, and your selfconfidence makes that a virtual certainty.
You're thinking more quickly on your feet, and you should be able to avoid more than one tricky social situation by noticing it before it gets out of hand. Things should chill out tonight.
Once again, your dual nature pops up -- but this time, it's making life sweet! You can see both sides of every issue, and you can also find new ways to bring your people together. Have fun!
You need to take somewhat greater care today -- especially when it comes to work. Someone you think you know well is sure to surprise you, but if you're prepared, things should go quite well.
You should try to carve out some time for deep thought today, but make sure that you're not expecting to change the world. If you explore your philosophy, that may be its own reward.
Try to get rid of anything that's not useful or making life better for you. Things are complex enough without a lot of clutter making life harder. Be as ruthless as you can be today!
Are you looking for love? If so, expand your search -- right now, the least likely people can spark all sorts of emotions. Look for those with at least one solid connection, but don't overthink it.
While you may not be in your element, exactly, you do feel a surge of creative energy flowing through you. Make the most of it and find some positive aspect of the day to make even better.
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Monday, 10 February, 2014
ScientiStS uSe 3D Scanning to reveal the beSt way to holD a hamburger
CoupLeS WHo don’T SupporT eACH oTHer HAve‘THiCker ArTerieS’: STudY
Ordering a hamburger can often lead to a disaster. One bite and lashings of gherkins, sauce and salad will find themselves all over your face, hands and clothes. But now scientists have come up with the perfect way to hold a burger that could avoid this awkward scenario. The secret is all in using the pinkie. Instead of the traditional method of holding a burger using thumbs on the bottom and fingers on the top, scientists claim you should use both thumbs and pinkies to hold the bottom of the burger. The remaining three middle fingers should be used to hold the top of the bun in place. This divides the burger into equal parts meaning that it can be held uniformly. The study was organised by Japanese television show ‘Honma Dekka!?’ and involved a 3D scan of a burger to try and understand how the different elements worked together. ONLINE
SniFFinG iS ConTAGiouS! ScientiStS finD we copy each other juSt like when we yawn If you’ve ever found yourself with a seemingly inexplicable sniff, those around you may be the answer – because the act is just as contagious as yawning, scientists have claimed. Researchers examined the airflow in women’s noses as they watched the 2006 film Perfume: The Story Of A Murder, which has 28 on-screen sniffs in the first hour. The study found viewers unconsciously copied the behaviour, with a snuffle becoming significantly longer in the wake of one happening in the film. Simply hearing the sound triggered the biggest response. Writing in the journal Chemical Senses, lead scientist Anat Arzi, from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said: ‘Contagious behaviour can be triggered by seeing, hearing or even thinking about another person doing it.’ She added that the findings show humans still act on the most primitive instincts. ‘The value of such a response is clear, because it would direct awareness towards valuable information such as danger, food or a potential mate,’ she said. ‘If we hear someone sniffing without a visual target, this implies that there is something important in the air and we had better find out what it is.’ ONLINE
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RgUIng with a partner isn’t just upsetting - it’s also bad for your heart. People who think their partner is unsupportive are more likely to develop heart disease, a study has found. Scientists at the University of Utah found people who say their spouse is sometimes supportive but also sometimes upsetting have higher levels of artery calcification. This suggests their arteries are diseased and they are at greater risk of premature death. The findings showed that when both partners perceive the support they get from each other as ambivalent - that is, sometimes helpful and sometimes upsetting - each partner’s levels of coronary artery calcification tend to be particularly high. ‘There is a large body of research suggesting that our relationships are
predictors of mortality rates, especially from cardiovascular disease,’ said Bert Uchino, a psychological scientist at the University of Utah. ‘But most prior work has ignored the fact that many relationships are characterised by both positive and negative aspects - in other words, ambivalence.’ Dr Uchino and his colleagues were interested in exploring how this complexity in relationships predicts cardiovascular health. The researchers asked 136 older couples – with an average age of 63 to fill out questionnaires measuring their overall marriage quality, as well as their perceived levels of support from their spouse. Specifically, they indicated how helpful or upsetting their spouse was during times when they needed support, advice, or a favour. The researchers found that about 30 per cent of individuals viewed their partner as delivering positive support,
whereas 70 per cent viewed their partner as ambivalent - sometimes helpful and sometimes upsetting. Using a CT scanner to check for overall calcification in the participants’ coronary arteries, the researchers found that artery calcification levels were highest when both partners in the relationship viewed each other as ambivalent. When only one partner felt this way, the risk was significantly less. The effect was independent of gender, meaning that these associations were comparable for husbands and wives. given that the participants were married for an average of 36 years, one might predict that overall marital satisfaction would have a significant impact on cardiovascular disease risk but the researchers did not find that to be the case. It was the positive and negative aspects of lending support that were most significant in predicting cardiovascular health, suggesting
that these factors exert their effects independently of overall marital quality. It is not exactly clear why this is the case, but the researchers hypothesise that when both partners perceive each other as a source of ambivalence, it changes their behaviour toward one another. ‘The findings suggest that couples who have more ambivalent views of each other actively interact or process relationship information in ways that increase their stress or undermine the supportive potential in the relationship,’ said Dr Uchino. ‘This, in turn, may influence their cardiovascular disease risk.’ While Dr Uchino and his colleagues cannot be certain that mutual ambivalence causes higher levels of artery calcification, since the study didn’t follow participants over time, the results do provide the initial evidence necessary for further studies on relationship support and cardiovascular health. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
9 Go-To happy tricks that work every time Amy Spencer, author of the new book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, shares 9 things you can do—for free, and in ﬁve minutes or less—to feel instantly happier right now.
Moms-to-be are often reminded that they’re eating for two. It’s tempting to take this as an excuse to go for that extra scoop of the ice cream. (Believe me, I’ve been there.) But a solid body of research suggests that expectant mothers should be walking away with the opposite message: Pregnancy should be a time to doubledown on healthful eating if you want to avoid setting up your unborn child for a lifetime of wrestling with obesity. A study published in the journal Cell suggests women who consumed a lot of fatty foods in the third trimester may be setting their children up for a higher likelihood of becoming obese. What the scientists actually demonstrated is that the brains of mice pups are rewired by their mother’s diets, and that they are less capable of handling glucose and high-fat foods, because the brain’s neurons have been impaired. Their brains really were rewired to make it more difficult for their bodies to maintain a healthy weight. It is true that mice aren’t people, but additional research, headed by Harvard University’s Dr. David Ludwig and published last October in PLOS, suggests that the mice experiment might have implications in the human world, as well, and that high-fat diets during pregnancy can have a similar effect on human babies. Dr. Ludwig and his colleagues studied more than 40,000 mothers and their children and, controlling for genetics and environment compared how much weight they gained during pregnancy and how their children fared later in life. Those children born to mothers who gained more than 40 pounds - which is the current recommended upper limit for weight gain during pregnancy were at higher risk for being overweight or obese. ONLINE
1. Bring greenery inside. Clip some greenery from the outdoors and bring that in. Sure, peonies are nice, but so are small branches of an evergreen. Studies have found that gazing at greenery can help hospital patients heal faster, can lower crime and can enhance creativity, as it symbolizes abundance and calm. Yet another way to “go green” and get happy at the same time. 2. Freshen up what’s on your fridge. Overhaul the hub of your house by switching up what’s on that one simple surface. Clean off what’s been there for years, then pin it full of different postcards, photographs, drawings, lists, or memories-or clear it full of any stuff at all! 3. Play the most joyful song you can think of. It’s good for your soul and heart. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when participants listened to a joyful song, their blood vessels dilated by 26 percent, increasing cardiovascular health. And it may want to make you get up and dance, too. It’s a happiness tool you probably have at your fingertips right now (on your computer or your phone), so use it!
4. Play “closet roulette.” Reach back into the depths of your closet and pull out something you haven’t worn in ages, then work it into an outfit. You’ll either find you forgot how much you loved it (score!) or you’ll realize there’s no reason to waste precious closet space with it a single day more. 5. Kiss someone on a spot you love about them, and tell them why. A dimple you see when they naturally smile; a wrinkle that speaks of the ages you’ve known each other; hands that cook you dinners of sustenance; an arm that embraces you in love. Showing gratitude has one of the greatest impacts on our happiness. So actively appreciate someone you love today. 6. Open up your body language. Just as our happy thoughts affect our body language, we can employ “embodied cognition” so our body language can affect our thoughts. So uncross your arms to show the world you’re open to it, and when you walk, look up and set your sights on the world ahead of you and above you, where hopeful things happen. 7. Send a random text of kindness. Think of a friend who inspires
you or someone you haven’t seen in a year or a family member who is just all-around awesome. And send them a kind text, pronto. Like, “just thinking of you, and it’s making me smile.” Or, “feeling inspired by your go-get-’em attitude right now.” Or “You’re awesome, I miss you.” Imagine how good you’d feel if you got that message? We are stronger and happier for the healthy relationships that surround us, so nourish one right now! 8. Flip a coin to make the next de-
cision. Research shows that with too many options to choose from, we can get overwhelmed and find it difficult to choose at all. This can lead to either “choice paralysis”—where we freeze and make no decision—or to a lingering regret over the options we left behind. Lighten the pressure on your to do list of decisions, and make the choice fun for a minute. Plus, if you’re torn enough between two things, they must both be pretty darn good. 9. Live in your beautiful mess. That’s right, a day full of mess can be beautiful, too, because it’s your mess: dishes dirtied with a good meal, comforters crumpled from a long sleep, and sneakers in the hall after a day of family fun. COURTESY YAHOO SHINE
Monday, 10 February, 2014
WOODY ALLEN DENIES MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS
BOLLYWOOD ACTORS ARE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH TALLER ACTRESSES 5
’9”, Deepika Padukone towers over most leading men in the industry, even without heels. Shah Rukh Khan is about an inch shorter while her Cocktail co-star Saif Ali Khan is two inches shorter than the actress. And increasingly, most actors are getting used to being vertically challenged by the fairer sex. SRK says, good-humouredly, “There is definitely one advantage of pairing with Deepika. Between shoot breaks, she helps me pick clothes from the top racks.” Fivefoot-six-inch Aamir who romanced the tall Katrina Kaif (5’8”) in a recent release, cheekily said he loves romancing taller women. This wasn’t always the case. It is heard that one of the tallest actresses in the 80s, Zeenat Aman had diaries full of anecdotes about heroes who were propped with high-heeled shoes and even cushions to look taller. In particular, Rishi Kapoor and the late Rajesh Khanna, the shortest actors of their generations, had a tough time. Yesteryear actress Zaheeda, who loved high heels and huge bouffants, recalls a
hilarious time on the set of Anokhi Raat when she had to be literally cut to size by co-star Sanjeev Kumar. Apparently, he told her, “Don’t wear high heels... at least don’t pile that hair so high on your head. Flatten your hair. You look too tall.” The current crop of heroes are far more charitable. Shah Rukh has admitted that all his recent female leads have been taller than him. Salman Khan, who is about 5’7”, has had no qualms being paired with actresses like Sushmita Sen and Katrina Kaif. And so has Farhan Akhtar who worked with Sonam Kapoor and Deepika. Huma Qureshi, at 5’7” was seen with her 5’5” co-star Arshad Warsi in Dedh Ishqiya. In the 90s, actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta were of average height. But now, with the increase in the advent of models and beauty pageant winners in the industry, there has been a whole mass of tall Bollywood heroines. And clearly, more and more actors are getting comfortable working with actresses who tower over them. COURTESY TOI
WORLD’S LONGEST-SERVING SOAP STAR CLEARED OF SEX ASSAULTS British television actor William Roache, the world’s longest-serving soap opera star, was cleared by a jury today of raping and sexually assaulting teenage girls. The 81-yearold, who has played mild-mannered Ken Barlow in “Coronation Street” since the soap’s first episode in 1960, was found not guilty of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault. Roache had denied the claims, which involved five girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. The threeweek trial heard allegations that he had used his fame to assault teenage girls in his television studios in the 1960s and then force them to remain silent. Speaking outside court after the verdict, Roache thanked his five children, his colleagues and the private broadcaster ITV which he said had supported him throughout the case. “In these situations there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves,” he said. “Now if you’d excuse me I’d like to get back to work.” ITV took him off the show while legal proceedings against him were under way. Guinness World Records lists Roache as the longest serving soap actor in the world. NEWS DESK
I NOW HAVE TO LIVE UP TO BIGGER EXPECTATIONS: SONALEE KULKARNI Maharashtrian actress Sonalee Kulkarni, who had a good 2013 with Grand Masti and Zapatlela 2, is upbeat about her career. “Last year, it was a great high that I did two films that did well at the box office. I knew that Grand Masti was a massy entertainer and not everyone’s cup of tea. But, these kind of films reach a wider audience and I knew I was working with a good team. The extent of the film’s success was a huge surprise, especially since adult comedy is comparatively a newer genre in Bollywood. I’m happy to be getting good offers,” she says. On Zapatlela 2, she says, “Being part of the Marathi industry’s first 3D film was also extremely satisfying. I’m proud that I was part of this film, which is a sequel to one of the biggest hits, 20 years ago. The icing on the cake is that they’re planning to make another instalment of the film.” Meanwhile, Sonalee is gearing up for her new releases. “I now have to live up to bigger expectations. I’ve a few big budget films coming up in both Hindi and Marathi, one of which is a period film where I’m essaying one of the most misunderstood and controversial characters in Marathi history,” she reveals. COURTESY TOI
ELIZABETH OLSEN HATES SEX SCENES
Elizabeth Olsen finds sex scenes ‘’incredibly awkward.’’ The ‘In Secret’ star, who is dating 32-year-old model Boyd Holbrook, tried to create a safe environment with her co-star, Oscar Isaac, before filming intimate moments for the new movie, in which they play secret lovers in 1860’s Paris. The actress told E! News: ‘’It’s incredibly awkward. But you have to feel safe and you have to feel respected and you just provide that for each other. You create a safe environment. In those situations you’re just thinking about what’s the choreography her? It’s like a dance in a way. You get it done.’’ The ‘Kill Your Darlings’ star also had to wear corsets in the film alongside her co-star Jessica Lang but they weren’t as uncomfortable as she thought they would be. She said: ‘’The corsets are kind of fun. The most uncomfortable thing is figuring out how to sit in between scenes. Jessica [Lange] and I would just prop up our legs on a table and just be like this huge hoop scoop reclined. It’s not that uncomfortable.’’Elizabeth is set to turn 25 on February 16 and is planning a very artistic celebration. She said: ‘’My friends and my boyfriend are throwing me a painting party! We’re painting.’’ She added: ‘’I’m terrible. That’s why it sounds like fun.’’ NEWS DESK
Director Woody Allen has written an open letter in which he has denied allegations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The iconic filmmaker, whose adopted child recently spoke out claiming he had abused her at the age of seven, has penned an open letter in which he denies any wrongdoing and insists she has been ‘’exploited’’ by her mother Mia, reports contactmusic.com. He wrote in the New York Times: ‘’Of course, I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well being.’’ Allen also revealed while Farrow believes the allegations, he thinks she feels that way as a result of his ex-partner convincing her it happened. He said: “Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?’’ NEWS DESK
‘SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’ BEST OSCAR-WINNING FILM IN 64 YEARS? ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has advanced in the ABC News’ Oscar Bracket Challenge, edging out film ‘No Country for Old Men’. Only 48 votes separated the two Academy Award winning pictures after the first round of votes were tabulated, in order to find the best Oscar- winning movie in the past 64 years of Academy Awards. This means that ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ earning 3,058 votes has moved on to the next round of voting on Feb 9. In total, 32 films will advance to the second round. Other films in the second round include ‘Argo’, ‘The Kings Speech’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘All the King’s Men’. After six rounds of voting, a winner for the best Oscarwinning film will be declared. COURTESY ANI
Monday, 10 February, 2014
Whose arm is stronger? PAKISTAN FINALISE PROBABLES FOR INDOPAK ARM-WRESTLING LAHORE
he arm-wrestling team probables for Indo-Pak Games have been announced after 2-day trials here on Sunday. The IndoPak Games will be organised in connection with Punjab International Sports Festival. Around 12 male and female players have been short-listed after the trials which were participated by a large number of players from across the country.
Zameer Sultan and hafiz haider were selected in 65kg category, hamad Butt and Usman Butt in 75kg and Faisal Jatt and Saifur Rehman were chosen in over 75kg class. On women side, Ummata Saleem and Somia Khan got selected in 60kg category, Saadia Khalil and Seher Saleem in 70kg and Tayyaba Khan and Nadia Irshad were short listed in over 70kg class. According to Sports Board Punjab spokesman, the 14-day training camp of the arm wrestling probables will be organized in Lahore. The final 3-member male and female squads will be announced on February 23. The international competitions of Punjab Youth Festival will be held from February 26. In international competitions of Punjab Youth Festival, Pakistan will clash with India in arm wrestling, mat wrestling, bodybuilding, mud-wrestling,
Peterson does not mind being ‘underestimated’ SPORTS dESk The fast bowlers are snarling at each other from afar. The batsmen are talking up their packs and their own skills are against the opposing ones. But there are some people involved in the upcoming South Africa-Australia tussle who are quite happy to advertise their admiration for each other: Robin Peterson and Nathan Lyon. The two spinners can’t seem to get enough of talking each other up. On Thursday, Nathan Lyon called Robin Peterson a “world-class spinner”, and today Peterson returned the compliment. “I have always admired Nathan Lyon. he is a quality performer,” Peterson said. “Maybe the Ashes in england would have been different if they had picked him in the first two Tests.” Lyon was sidelined for fresh-faced Ashton Agar in those two matches, who proved more of a novelty value with the bat than consistent choice with the ball. Australia lost both and went back to Lyon for the next three games, of which they drew two. Peterson knows all too well what that feels like. After winning his place in the Test XI in Perth in November 2012, Peterson played South Africa’s next six matches but after a poor performance in Abu Dhabi last October, he was dropped for Imran Tahir. The legspinner had a similarly disappointing return against India in Johannesburg two matches later and that opened the door for Peterson again. It’s been an uncertain ride. Peterson was given a vote of confidence when he was named the only spinner in the squad to face Australia. Despite that, his name remains the one most dimly lit up in the South African XI. he accepts that as the fate of the South African tweaker, who is surrounded by spitting seamers. “I don’t think you ever get a vote of confidence as a spinner in South Africa,” he said. “When you
bowl behind No. 1 and 2 Test ranked bowlers in the world, I don’t think eyes are going to light up when Morne Morkel comes in, it will be the poor spinner who gets it.” But Peterson admitted that, like Lyon, if he is seen as a soft target, it allows him to sneak in under the radar where he can pose a threat of his own. “Sometimes the guys get underestimated and when they are underestimated, that’s when they are at their most dangerous,” he said. Australia have made no secret of their intention to go after Peterson, which does not worry him. They tried it in Perth, India tried in Durban and the result was wickets for Peterson. Should something similar happen in this series, Peterson hopes both he and Lyon can bank on a healthy haul. “I’m sure Nathan Lyon and myself would like to go unnoticed and pick up our two or three wickets each match but we also know at some point we’ll have to make an impact.” The second and third Tests will be played in Port elizabeth and Cape Town, two venues where spinners could play a bigger part than usual because of the nature of the pitches. St George’s Park may be slow and low while Cape Town has been the best venue for spinners in South Africa recently, with Saeed Ajmal claiming 10 wickets in a Test there last summer. Peterson predicts those are the two venues where he could come to the fore but has not ruled out Centurion as a place where he could perform too. “Sometimes the wicket looks green but there is a bit of moisture and there can be variation as well for spinners,” he said. Last Thursday, six days before the first Test, Australia had their first practice at SuperSport Park and noted the pitch was almost indistinguishable from the outfield in colour. Today, three days ahead of kickoff, it was there but it was still quite green.
male & female kabaddi, cricket, weightlifting and tug of war events. DIVISIONAL LEVEL CONTINUES: The Divisional level phase of Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 got underway throughout the province on Sunday. On the first day of the PYF Divisional level in all 1276 athletes participated in the different events and 226 were able to reach the second round. In Lahore Division out of 304 players 20 qualified for the next round while taking
part in various activities. In all 68 athletes reached the ground in Sargodha Division to show their sporting skills and from among them 17 were successful. A total of 43 players took part in the various events held in Sahiwal Division and 20 were the winners. A large number of 857 participants turned to the grounds in Bahawalpur Division to take part in different events and among them 168 reached the next round. In DG Khan Division, one out of 4 was the winner who competed in the events. Ameer Ali emerged victorious in wrestling contest on the first day of the divisional level, which is the fifth stage of the festival. The wrestlers of Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib districts of Lahore Division featured in the wrestling event held at sports hall of Punjab College of Commerce. In 65kg category, Danish Rasheed of
Lahore defeated M Umar of Sheikhupura while in 75kg class Shahbaz Masih downed hafiz Ali Zubair of Nankana Sahib. In open category competition, Ameer Ali of Lahore prevailed over Sheikhupura’s Abdur Razzaq to take the title. The secretary of Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) Arshad Sattar and Divisional Director Sports Malik Waqar distributed prizes among the prominent performers. The Gymnasium hall of Punjab University New Campus hosted the taekwondo competitions where Mohammad Zeeshan of Lahore was declared winner in 55kg category followed by Mohammad Shahbaz of Sheikhupura. The 65kg title went to Nankana Sahib’s Sarosh Anjum, who outpointed Lahore’s Atif Liaqat. Lahore’s Sufian Ali got first position in 75kg class while M Khalid of Kasur remained runners up.
Dhoni backs Jadeja counterattack ploy
When Rohit Sharma departed first ball after tea, India were 270 for 6 and the target of 407 was now appearing out of reach. Ravindra Jadeja walked in and drove his first ball for four. MS Dhoni began the next over with a driven boundary as well. Soon, it was raining boundaries and the partnership had surged to 54 in just over five overs. New Zealand were rattled but Jadeja mishit one to mid-on for 26, after having swung Trent Boult for a straight six two balls earlier. Could Jadeja and Dhoni have toned down their aggression? Dhoni said they would have, but only after getting another 25-30 quick runs. India needed 83 more when Jadeja fell, and the extra runs Dhoni and Jadeja were aiming for would have whittled the target down to a more manageable 50-odd. That wasn’t to be, but Dhoni said aggression was the way to go at that stage.
“It was important at that time as the momentum was with them,” Dhoni said. “The wicket was largely flat but the ball was still new and our approach was that we won’t let them get on top. The field was quite attacking and we said that if we play a few big shots, we will score a few runs quickly. Jadeja and I said let us take a bit of risk as we needed a lot of runs at the stage. And it paid off, we got some runs quickly. “Our target was if we got another 2530 runs, we would change gears. It was important we get runs. The lower order has not contributed much for us, especially Nos 9,10 and 11. It was difficult to leave too many runs for them. We did well to get those many runs in that phase, but it was 40 runs too many.” Dhoni said India wanted to put the pressure back on New Zealand, and that had he and Jadeja not attacked at that point, India would not have reached where they did. “It is always easy to say once the wicket fell, maybe that was one
shot too many but we got close to the target because of that five-seven over period where we got quick runs. “It was important also to put the opposition under a bit of pressure because those 25 (extra) runs, if Jadeja wouldn’t have got out, the opposition feel the pressure, as they have to get us out but at the same time they don’t want to give too many boundaries. That was the thinking behind it. To some extent it paid off, but if you are playing risky cricket, at times, you may get out, and that is what happened. “ Brendon McCullum admitted that New Zealand were caught unawares by the counterattack, and was relieved his side had been able to break the stand soon. “They put a lot of pressure back on us when Jadeja came out to bat with Dhoni and they played a brand of cricket that I certainly didn’t expect them to play at that point in time. That put us under a lot of pressure. Thankfully we absorbed that and through that tough situation.”
7th Mobilink Golf Tournament held in Karachi KARACHI: The 7th Mobilink Golf Tournament 2014 was held at the Karachi Golf Club, Karsaaz on Sunday. The tournament witnessed participation from distinguished customers and the top management of Mobilink. Mobilink’s Chief Commercial Officer, Bilal Munir Sheikh distributed the prizes among the winners and outstanding performers. The one day tourney in Karachi was first in the series of nationwide tournaments and attracted over 116 amateur golfers. The Mobilink Golf Tournament has been
of one of the premier amateur golf events of Pakistan over the last seven years, and continues to attract a diverse segment of the country’s corporate and business sector, making for a well competed event, providing healthy entertainment and promoting golf across Pakistan. Azfar Manzoor, Vice President Business Services, Mobilink highlighted, “Over the seven years our customers and golf enthusiasts have transformed this tournament into one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments of
Pakistan. I congratulate the winners of today’s tournament and thank our distinguished guests to making this year’s event a success.’’ Mobilink has always sought opportunities and fresh ideas to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle in the community. Now in its seventh edition, the 18-hole tournament has consistently attracted golfing enthusiasts from within the Mobilink customer base. The tournament will also be held in Lahore and Islamabad later this month. PRESS RELEASE
Monday, 10 February, 2014
Patron Trophy Player Ali Imran to lead the Federal Board Cricket Team LAHORE: Patron trophy player Ali Imran will lead the Federal Board Cricket team under the coaching of Syed Rafey Hashmi. Pakistan Inter board twenty twenty cricket tournament will commence from 10th February, 2014 at Peshawar. The upcoming talented cricketer is currently enrolled at Punjab College of Information and technology in discipline of PreEngineering. Qualified level 2 coach Syed Rafey Hasmhi will join the team as Head coach and M Noman Ayub will be the team manager. After 10 days camp under the technical expertise of Syed Rafey Hashmi, team has left Federal Capital to play the tournament. STAFF REPORT The team consists of following Ali Imran (C), Mohsin Ali (VC), Syed Khizar Shah, Taimoor Kiyani, Arslan Iqbal, Hammad Khan, Shumail Malik, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali Khan, Faizan Khan, Amir Shehzad, Syed Zohaib Basir, Sami Ullah Mehsud, Bilal Ahmed and Asif Bashir.
Tamim steps down as Bangladesh vice-captain Tamim Iqbal has resigned as Bangladesh’s vicecaptain to focus more on his batting. He informed the BCB through a letter to Akram Khan, the chairman of cricket operations committee. The board had appointed him as Mushfiqur Rahim’s deputy for the series against Sri Lanka four days before the Dhaka Test that started on January 27. He was given the same role on Saturday when Mashrafe Mortaza was named captain for the two-match Twenty20 series after Mushfiqur was rested due to a finger injury. “With such a long season coming up, I think it is in the best interest of the team that I focus on my batting,” Tamim said. “The role of the vice-captain has certain off-field duties, although it is not that visible on the field.” The two-match Test series against Sri Lanka has been Tamim’s second worst in terms of runs scored. He made 48 runs in the series, getting out playing a hook shot and a hoick in the two innings in Dhaka. There was expectation that he would bounce back in his hometown Chittagong but he missed a delivery that kept low in the first innings, and was bowled through the gate in the second innings. SPORTS DESK
Babar stars in Multan’s opening win Multan Tigers won their opening match of the tournament by beating Karachi Zebras by 49 runs in Rawalpindi. Put in to bat, Multan got a strong start with an opening stand of 59 in seven overs as Zeeshan Ashraf scored 40 off 21 with seven fours and a six. They lost two more wickets in the next three overs but a knock of 34 from Naved Yasin and a 10-ball 15 from Gulraiz Sadaf helped them score 37 in the last five overs to reach 140 for 7. Karachi were given a stable start with an 18-ball 32 from Fakhar Zaman but they lost four wickets in a span of 12 deliveries, of which three were taken by Zulfiqar Babar, to stutter to 42 for 4. They never recovered from there as only two more batsmen reached double figures and were eventually bundled for 91 with three overs to spare. Babar finished with 4 for 16 in his four overs. SPORTS DESK
Tourists confront fortress Centurion A SPORTS dESk
S Australia’s touring party wrestled with the changes to be forced by Shane Watson’s absence from the Test team, they also had cause to glance furtively at another obstacle looming in the distance. To win a three-match series, a strong result in the first encounter is close to non-negotiable, and over two decades the task of doing so against South Africa at SuperSport Park has proven near enough to impossible. In 18 Tests since its debut in a draw with england in 1995, Centurion has witnessed 14 victories for the hosts, three draws and only one defeat, to Nasser hussain’s tourists in 2000. That this lone loss was a result contrived by hansie Cronje for reasons other than “making a game of it” says much for how strong South Africa’s hold has been, bearing comparison with Australia’s supreme record at the Gabba over the same period. Much like Brisbane’s tendency to catch under-prepared touring teams on a surface offering pace, bounce and movement to Australia’s fast men, Centurion has been characterised by the dominance of South Africa’s quicks in the rarefied air of the highveld. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander would not choose to bowl anywhere else. There are few happy memories for Australia, either. The one Test match they have played at the ground was a dead rubber in 1997, after Mark Taylor’s team had won by a wide margin in Johannesburg and a breathlessly narrow one in Port elizabeth. Allan Donald and Brett Schulz dominated, Australia’s batsmen wilted, and Ian healy was suspended for throwing his bat in reaction to a questionable caught behind dismissal. On a tour where Michael Clarke’s team has already coped with plenty of adversity, whether it be through injury or poor weather, the challenge of overturning the hosts on their happiest of hunting grounds will be a tall one. The opening batsman Chris Rogers, likely to bear the brunt of South Africa’s pace barrage, has taken note of the ground’s history, but also of his team’s buoyant mood. “We haven’t really focused on that particular arena, but we’ve spoken about other things and we’ve still got a couple of meetings to go. So I’m sure we’ll talk about that,” he said. “I’ve heard these things as well, it will be a big challenge no doubt but one that I think we are ready for. “Something
we’ve really spoken about this whole trip so far - we’ve been flooded out of one place and conditions have been a bit difficult in others. But we’ve kept talking about how we’ve got to make the most of every opportunity and I think we are. And we’re still enjoying it, the guys are still having a laugh and having fun so I think that’s going to count.” Any residual feelings of comfort left by his strong conclusion to the Ashes have been kicked out of Rogers by a succession of white-knuckle net sessions. his chest guard has received a considerable pummelling, and first ball in centre-wicket practice at the Wanderers on Saturday a Mitchell Johnson throat ball singed the grille of his helmet. To this end the loss of Watson, a batsman capable of dominating the best attacks when he does not allow his front pad to become too prominent, will be felt most keenly. he had been slated to move down the order to No. 6, and his likely replacement would appear to be Phillip hughes. The inclu-
sion of hughes and the No. 3-elect Alex Doolan will make for a batting line-up markedly different from the one that stuttered against england. Moises henriques and a fresh-offthe-plane Shaun Marsh are the other options for Darren Lehmann and John Inverarity to consider, but neither has been exposed to the best of Australia’s bowling in training quite so much as Doolan or hughes. It would be a considerable departure from early tour planning were either to play, but then Watson has already forced one by his unavailability. “That throws a bit of a spanner in the works for us, he’s been an important player in our side of late, so that’s going to cause a few changes but we have to adapt,” Rogers said. “Obviously his batting is important to us, but then he can give us a few overs and he catches them at first slip. So that means he’s an integral part of our side. SOUTH AFRICA’S QUICKS AT CENTURION Dale Steyn, 6 Tests, 36 wickets at 17.61 Morne Morkel, 4 Tests, 17 wickets at 23.41 Vernon Philander, 2 Tests, 12 wickets at 13.66
SPORTS 15 Shoaib Shams wins Infotech Golf Title LAHORE: The 8th Infotech Golf Championship held at the par72, Royal Palm Golf Course over 18 holes concluded with much fanfare and the star of the championship turned out to be Shoaib Shams who was crowned the Infotech Champion 2014 after a brilliant display of accurate hitting and consistent all round application of golfing skills.By virtue of his gross score of 76,Shoaib managed to emerge as the front runner thus curbing the chances of champions like Sameer Iftikhar, Sardar Murad, Mohsen Zafar, Azfer Hassan and Raza Ali Khan. The run of play in this Infotech endorsed competition was fierce indeed and Naseer Akhter the spirit behind this stroke play tournament was pleased with the quality of play. The ultimate winner in gross section, Shoaib Shams carded three birdies on holes 11, 13 and 16 supplemented by eight regulation pars and in between he had to contend with seven bogies also which included three putts on four greens. As for the runner up in gross section, Sameer Iftikhar was also at his best but ultimately lost to Shoaib by one stroke. Others who produced good scores in gross section and missed out victory were Mohsen Zafar, Ayaz Saleem, Raza Ali Khan and Anas Ahmed, all bunched together at a score of gross 80. In the contest for net honors in handicap category 0-12, the forceful one turned out to be Rashid Akbar. He has a handicap of 9 and during the Infotech event he appeared really charged up and played like a mature champion. Noticeable were his drives off the tees on the par four’s and fives and his putting skills were equally superb. With a net round of 69, he was the top one in net section. Runners up slot went to Dr Nasrullah who had a round of net 70. Top performers in handicap category 13 -18 were Fareed Malik (winner gross), Abdul Islam (runner up gross), Umair Butt (winner net) and Haroon Ali Khan (runner up net). Nearest to the pin prize was claimed by Dr Mohsin and longest drive by Annas Ahmed. Sameer Iftikhar and Shoaib Shams shared the maximum birdies prize. At the conclusion of the championship the CEO of Infotech, Naseer Akhter awarded prizes to the winners in a grand prize distribution ceremony attended by Asad I A Khan, Parvez Qureshi, Max Babri, Gen M Tariq, and participating golfers. Naseer Akhter committed that such golf events will also be held at Islamabad and Karachi and Infotech will also support upcoming golf professionals. STAFF REPORT
Never regretting not enforcing follow-on: McCullum AuckLAnd AGENCIES
Brendon McCullum did not enforce the follow-on at eden Park and watched his batsmen crash to 105 in 41.2 overs in their second innings. he then saw India motor to 222 for 2 in their chase of 407. however, McCullum said that at no point did he second guess the choice he made, and was instead proud of the character New Zealand showed to absorb whatever India threw at them and secure a 40-run win. “You can’t regret any decision you make and you make that decision, you put some thought into it,” McCullum said. “Specially when it comes to the follow-on, you speak to your bowlers and your senior players. Some people have different theories but you try to garner as much majority as you can. Ultimately someone has got to make that decision and I guess that comes down to me. I made the decision and I never regretted it for a moment.” McCullum reasoned there was
no knowing how much India would have got had they been made to follow-on, and that New Zealand could have been handed a tricky chase. “There’s no guarantee we would have bowled out India for 100 in their second innings and I said right at the outset that we have got the bowlers to take 20 wickets. It was a matter of trying to give them the most amount of rest to do so and we may have won it more comfortably but I would hate to see us chase 150-200 on the last day on that wicket with (Ravindra) Jadeja coming in to play.” Neil Wagner had said after the end of day three that New Zealand would have taken a 400-plus target for India anytime, and McCullum agreed it was a daunting total, despite the hosts’ batting meltdown on the third day. “After we decided not to enforce the follow-on, we sort of hoped we would get a little more than a 100 in our second turn of bat. But that’s what we got. I still thought 400 was a very good score. I think there’s only three [four]
teams in the history of the game that have chased over 400.” Although history was behind New Zealand, India had batted themselves into a strong position. McCullum said he knew India would take the game deep and was happy that his bowlers were able to ride out the challenge. “It was still a lot of runs on the board but the
wicket was starting to play pretty well as well, so it was always going to be a tough ask and we knew that it was going to be a close contest towards the end. We also knew the quality of their batsmen and how they are capable of putting together big scores and big partnerships. At one stage, when they were sitting 220 for 2, we were starting to get
ourselves behind the eight-ball and it took something pretty special to get us out of that. “You always have to have that optimism right throughout. even at 220 for 2, I still felt that we weren’t that far away and that if we could get a couple of wickets leading into that new ball, I still felt confident that we were going to be ok. But then again, my confidence
doesn’t necessarily marry out with reality at times as well. “It was a matter of trying to work out the ebbs and flows of the game, when to push, when to pull, when to attack at times and defend at other times. Whilst we didn’t ram home the advantage we had in the second innings with the bat, I thought we showed a lot of heart and a lot of character to continue to bash away and keep fighting hard and get the result in the end. So I am immensely proud of all the boys. Neil Wagner in particular was outstanding.” Wagner sent back both Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. The pair had added 126 for the third wicket, and once that stand was broken, New Zealand kept striking, and made the second new ball count as well, which McCullum was counting on. “We knew that was going to be a big part in the game. We needed wickets leading into that second new ball but we knew that the second new ball would certainly be of assistance to us if we did manage to be able to bowl at their middle to lower order.”
SPORTS Monday, 10 February, 2014
New Zealand seamers deliver thrilling win AUCKLAND
he New Zealand seamers kept their wits against an Indian side that was hell-bent on achieving the tallest chase in the country and secured a thrilling 40-run win in Auckland. A fourth-innings century from Shikhar Dhawan, a solid 126-run stand between him and Virat Kohli and an unexpected counter from Ravindra Jadeja kept the game alive. But Neil Wagner, menacing in every spell he bowled, picked up four wickets, including Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni, to help New Zealand take a seesaw Test and hand India their 10th overseas defeat in 11 Tests. India had come within 139 runs of a record win with six wickets in hand when the second new ball was taken. What transpired in the next 16.3 overs was less of cricket and more of a boxing match, with both teams throwing punches and counterpunches to knock each other out. New Zealand jabbed first. Trent Boult trapped Ajinkya Rahane lbw with the first
delivery he bowled with the new ball and Tim Southee lured Rohit Sharma with a perfect outswinger in his first. Rahane had a reason to be peeved with the decision there was a thick inside edge involved - but within the space of seven balls, New Zealand had control of the match back after a long hard toil. however, India were not going down without a fight. Jadeja had not done much wrong in the Test and he continued in the same vein with the bat. The first ball he faced was punched down the ground with a shot that oozed class. he even held the pose for a considerable time, appreciating the shot. But that was the only classical shot he played before shifting into Twenty20 mode. Jadeja drove a length delivery from Southee over mid-on for his second boundary, then came the upper-cut in the same over for his third. In Southee’s next over, he charged down the pitch and flat-batted a length ball down the ground. The umpire was lucky that the ball flew past his left. he then launched Boult over long off for another six. MS Dhoni was playing shots of his
PCB shortlists applicants in coach hunt LAHORE STaFF rePorT The PCB’s coach committee, comprising former captains Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam and Wasim Akram, has made recommendations for the positions of head, batting and fielding coaches for the national side. There were no overseas applicants among the 25 that were received for the three posts. The committee has made two recommendations for each position as the board looks to find replacements for Dav Whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain in time for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In November 2013, the PCB had decided not to extend Whatmore’s contract as
coach. Mohammad Akram’s contract as Pakistan’s bowling coach has been extended by two years, beginning February 2014. His previous contract, with a one-year tenure, had ended in August 2013 and Akram has been working on a monthly basis since then, due to uncertainty in the PCB leadership. The PCB had advertised for the positions last month and constituted the coach committee to recommend names after evaluating the applications. The committee met at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore to select the probables and suggested the PCB take a final call on the selection. “I am happy that no foreigner has applied for the
job and it’s not surprising at all,” Akram said after the meeting. “We have been favouring foreign coaches in the past but it’s time to promote our own coaches who have been working for long. Our recommendations are merely on the basis of merit and according to cricket sense, which eventually will prove beneficial for the country in the longer run.” It has been learnt that Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis are among the contenders for head coach. Mohsin served as the interim coach for five months in 2011-12 and in this period Pakistan beat England 3-0 in the UAE. He was replaced by Whatmore in March 2012. Waqar was appointed coach of the national team in March 2010. Under his guidance, Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in West Indies and won the Test and ODI series in New Zealand. Waqar’s time as coach was checkered by the spot-fixing controversy and Zulqarnain Haider’s move to England after receiving death threats. In the past, Pakistan was coached by former players until Richard Pybus took over as the first foreign coach in 1999. Since then, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson, Whatmore and Fountain have served coaching roles.
own. he smashed four boundaries off Boult and the partnership between the two bulged to 54 in 34 balls, bringing the target down to 83. From what seemed like a boxer throwing blind jabs, upper cuts, hooks and crosses at an opponent while going down, India were managing to do some serious damage. Jadeja’s brief stay ended the way it had lasted as he failed to clear mid-on. In response, Dhoni shunned his aggression. Za-
heer Khan, though, threw the bat whenever the bowlers allowed him to free his arms and hit a six and a four in the point region. Wagner, in his first dig with the new ball, made Zaheer hop with a short of length delivery that the batsman could only edge to first slip. An over later, Dhoni chopped a slower bouncer from the same bowler on to the stumps, effectively ending the match. Boult just provided the final push that brought India crashing down.
Scoreboard NeW ZeaLaNd 1ST INNINGS INdIa 1ST INNINGS NeW ZeaLaNd 2Nd INNINGS INdIa 2Nd INNINGS M Vijay c †Watling b Southee S dhawan c †Watling b Wagner ca Pujara c †Watling b Southee V Kohli c †Watling b Wagner rG Sharma c †Watling b Southee aM rahane lbw b boult MS dhoni b Wagner ra Jadeja c Sodhi b boult Z Khan c Taylor b Wagner I Sharma c †Watling b boult Mohammed Shami not out extras (b 12, lb 7, w 2, nb 4) Total (all out; 96.3 overs; 430 mins)
503 202 105 13 115 23 67 19 18 39 26 17 4 0 25 366
Fall of wickets 1-36 (Vijay, 7.6 ov), 2-96 (Pujara, 29.2 ov), 3222 (Kohli, 60.3 ov), 4-248 (dhawan, 74.1 ov), 5-268 (rahane, 80.1 ov), 6-270 (rG Sharma, 81.1 ov), 7-324 (Jadeja, 86.5 ov), 8-349 (Khan, 93.5 ov), 9-362 (dhoni, 95.6 ov), 10-366 (I Sharma, 96.3 ov) bowling Ta boult 23.3-2-86-3, TG Southee 23-4-81-3, N Wagner 25-8-624, cJ anderson 7-1-22-0, IS Sodhi 15-2-78-0, KS Williamson 3-0-18-0 Match details Toss India, who chose to field Series New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0 Player of the match bb Mccullum (New Zealand) Umpires SJ davis (australia) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV umpire GaV baxter Match referee rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reserve umpire bF bowden
‘Mixed emotions’ for Dhoni after rollercoaster Test AUCKLAND aGeNcIeS
India were 301 runs behind New Zealand on the first innings. They rebounded from that position so well that at one stage they needed 185 to win with eight wickets remaining. To go down from that point left MS Dhoni with “mixed emotions” after a rollercoaster of a Test. he was proud of the way both his bowlers and batsmen had fought back in the second innings, but disappointed that India fell short by 40 runs in their chase of 407. “I think it is mixed emotions. The first innings we didn’t bowl well to start off,” Dhoni said. “The first session was good, but I think it was one of the best bowling performances if I see the second innings definitely in the last two-three years - especially on a wicket where there was not much assistance after the first session. I think the second innings by the bowlers really brought us back into the game, and gave us something where we could have said, yes, this is a big target, but we can look to chase it down.” India were 222 for 2 in the chase with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan going strong but Kohli tried to pull a wide one from Neil Wagner in the 61st over and fell for 67. While Dhoni said batsmen had to make the most of such situations, he added that the phase where India lost wickets to the second new ball hurt them more. “Our batsmen batted well in the second innings. Close to the 85th over, we lost a few wickets and we had a tough decision (Ajinkya Rahane’s) at the same
time which meant we were short of 3035 runs and that was the crucial phase. The second new ball would have moved for maybe five-six overs maximum. That was the period when if we would have not given our wickets, we would have got those 40 runs. So there were quite a few things that did not go our way.” Despite their efforts in the second innings, India had conceded too much ground in the first, when they won the toss in overcast conditions and let New Zealand pile on 503 from 30 for 3. Managing 202
after that only added to their woes. “Both departments we could have done better,” Dhoni said. “especially if you see the second innings bowling, there were hardly any shots played through the point region which meant we very tight, we were bowling close to the off stump area. Because of that, we used that same fielder in the short-cover position and we got a few catches there so I think yes, we gave away a few deliveries to score in the first innings because of which we were at the receiving end.
India’s 100th defeat in away tests S PERvEz QAiSER NDIA’S 40 runs defeat against New Zealand in the first Test match at eden Park, Auckland on Sunday (February 9) was their 100th in 233 Test matches away from home. It was also New Zealand’s 10th Test victory in 53 Test matches against India making them the third team against whom New Zealand have reached double figures in terms of matches won. New Zealand have won 11of 42 Test matches against West Indies and recorded 10 wins in 28 Test matches against Sri Lanka. ** For India, it was their 10th defeat in their last 11 away Tests, since the beginning of the tour to england in 2011. In the same period, they have a 11-2 win-loss record at home. ** New Zealand’s 40-run win was their first against India since 2002, when
they won by four wickets at hamilton. The margin of the result is the narrowest, in terms of runs, in Tests between these two teams - the previous closest result was 60 runs, when India beat New Zealand at Mumbai in 1969. ** After making 115, Shikhar Dhawan has become only the fourth Indian opener - after Mushtaq Ali,- 106 against West Indies at Kolkata in 1948-49, Sunil Gavaskar (four times) and Wasim Jaffer-100 against england at Nagpur in 2005-06, to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test. he is the second, after Sunil Gavaskar, do so in an overseas Test. Sunil Gavaskar achieved the feat four times, all in away Tests - 117* against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1970-71 , 102 against West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1975-76, 113 against Australia at Brisbane 1977-78 in and 221 against england at The Oval in 1979 . Shikhar Dhawan’s score was the
ninth-highest by an Indian batsman in the fourth innings. ** New Zealand’s win was fashioned by their fast bowlers, who took all 20 wickets in a Test for the second time in their last three matches - they’d also taken 20 in the innings victory against West Indies at Wellington last year. Overall in their Test history, New Zealand’s quick bowlers have taken 20 in a Test match only 12 times. In their last three Tests, New Zealand’s pace bowlers have taken 59 out of 60 wickets; the only wicket to have eluded them is that of West Indies No. 11 Tino Best, who was dismissed by the leg break Ish Sodhi in the first innings at hamilton. ** Neil Wagner’s match figures of 8 for 126 are his best in a Test; his previousbest was 7 for 116 against Bangladesh in Mirpur last year. ** Bradley-John Watling equalled
New Zealand’s record of most dismissals in a Test match by dismissing nine batsmen in this Test. Brendon McCullum also dismissed same number of batsmen against Pakistan at Napier in 2009-10. ** Bradley-John Watling also set a new record of most dismissals in an innings for New Zealand against India by holding six catches in India’s second innings. Roy hartford who dismissed five Indian batsmen at Wellington in 1967-68, held the previous record. It was also the second best performance by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in an innings. Ian Smith who took seven catches against Sri Lanka at hamilton in 1990-91, holds the record of most dismissals in an innings for New Zealand. ** Mahendra Singh Dhoni has led India to 11 defeats in 22 overseas Tests, the most by any Indian captain. Under him, India have lost 50% of their over-
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seas Tests, winning five and drawing six. The previous record for most overseas defeats for an Indian captain was 10, by Sourav Ganguly (in 28 Tests), Mohammad Azharuddin (27 Tests), and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (13 Tests).
MoST deFeaTS IN aWaY TeSTS: captain M W L d Success% Mahendra Singh dhoni 22 5 11 6 36.36 Sourav Ganguly 28 11 10 7 51.78 Masoor ali Khan Pataudi 13 3 10 - 23.07 Mohammed azharuddin 27 1 10 16 33.33 bishan Singh bedi 14 3 8 3 32.14
NeW ZeaLaNd’S SMaLLeST WINS IN TeSTS: Margin opponent Venue Season 7 runs australia Hobart 2011-12 27 runs West Indies auckland 2005-06 32 runs Pakistan dunedin 2009-10 34 runs Zimbabwe bulawayo 2011-12 40 runs South africa Port elizabeth 1961-62 40 runs India auckland 2013-14