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NAWAZ ORDERS ACTION AGAINST TAFTAN ATTACKERS
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Iran closes border with Pakistan STORY ON PAGE 04
PTI to initiate mega development projects in PK-39 STORY ON PAGE 03
This one’s for hakeemullah
Claiming responsibility for Sunday night’s terrorist attack at the Karachi airport, the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP called it a ‘revenge attack’ for their former leader Hakeemullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike last November.
At least seven still trapped in airport cold storage COAS pays accolades to Karachi’s martyrs STORIES ON PAGE 02
SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 4 SOLDIERS IN N-WAZIRISTAN
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014
‘This one’s for hakeemullah’: TTP LAHore
LAIMING responsibility for Sunday night’s terrorist attack at the Karachi airport, the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan TTP called it a “revenge attack” for their former leader Hakeemullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike last November. The attack left 19 people dead, including all 10 attackers. Security forces said the terrorists were mostly foreign, Uzbek and Chechen, and entered the facility from two different locations in groups of five. In his statement, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid promised more such attacks. "Pakistan used peace talks as a tool of war, it killed hundreds of innocent tribal women and children. This is our first attack to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud," he told a foreign news agency. "We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes. It's just the beginning, we have taken revenge for one, we have to take revenge for hundreds". NISAR cRItIcISeD: The attack came at an awkward time for the government, which has continued to advocate talks with the Taliban despite widespread opposition, especially since terrorist attacks did not end despite the TTP’s promise of ceasefire. Recent air strikes in North Waziristan, which saw the military kill scores of militants and take crucial hilltops along the Pak-Afghan border for the first time, were seen as manifestation of
policy differences between the civilian and military leadership, with the latter acting unilaterally in retaliation to continuing attacks on its personnel. But both were quick to rule out any disagreement. However, interior minister Ch Nisar has come under repeated criticism for his persistent pro-talks position, even as evidence of Taliban insincerity grew. He was further embarrassed when his claims of fool proof security for Islamabad were proved wrong by two high profile Taliban attacks in the capital. Now, the Karachi attack will put more pressure on the government’s protalks lobby, particularly Ch Nisar, who will have difficulty justifying any further negotiations. And he must also take responsibility for the airport security lapse. Sindh chief minister, Qaim Ali Shah, said Ch Nisar was not reachable during the attack, and questioned his priorities for provinces other than Punjab. Senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani went to the extent of asking for the interior minister’s resignation, saying that the Karachi attack was definitely an inside job, otherwise such a large cache of weapons would never have found its way inside the airport premises. Nuke SecuRIty/MeDIA BeLLIgeReNce: Security has been stepped up at all nuclear bases, military installations and sensitive government offices following the attack. The ease with which all 10 attackers entered the country’s biggest airport, carried a large number of weapons with them, and the level of sophistication of the attack, point at meticulously planned
and executed commando operation. And while intelligence agencies investigate the security failure, as well as possible inside help, the TTP’s promise of more attacks has led security forces to adopt a full alert posture for an indefinite period. But even as investigations continue, local electronic media outlets have begun accusing elements across the eastern border, particularly India’s intelligence agencies, mirroring India’s media hysteria following attacks on its territory. The Indian external affairs ministry,
however, condemned the attacks “in the strongest possible terms”. HuRtINg NAWAz’S INveStMeNt PLANS: In addition to the security lapse and further worsening of the insurgency, the attack is also likely to deliver a strong blow to one of the prime minister’s main priorities, attracting foreign investment. The country has already been in sporting isolation since the 2007 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Now, with the largest, and busiest, airport vulnerable to such blatant
iSlAMABAD: Fire erupts in a power transformer near Rescue 15 on Monday. INP
AT LEAST SEVEN STILL TRAPPED IN AIRPORT COLD STORAGE
attacks, foreign confidence will definitely be hurt. The equity market was visibly risk averse on Monday, with foreign component negligible. The international community has condemned the attack, but most countries remain skeptical about Islamabad’s ability to rein in militants, especially since the talks initiative has now effectively ended, and the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan later this year will create a security void that the Taliban will naturally use to their advantage.
COAS PAYS ACCOLADES TO KARACHI’S MARTYRS
TWO FC MEN FALL IN AWARAN BLAST, THREE INJURED: SOURCES QUettA: A paramilitary convoy was targeted in an explosion in Awaran on Monday, according to reports. At least two FC men were reported to have been martyred while three others were injured. According to reports, a Frontier Corps convoy was targeted with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Makshay area of Awaran, some 350 kilometres away from Quetta. The targeted vehicle was also reported to have been damaged. WEBD DESK
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif paid accolades to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting terrorists in a brazen late-night attack on the country's largest airport. Ten terrorists laced with automatic weapons, grenades, suicide jackets and rocket launchers breached the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi on Sunday night which resulted in 12 martyrs, including seven Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel, one ranger, one policeman and one employee each from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Pakistan International Airlines. According to details, 23 people were injured in the attack and ensuing operation, out of which three are in serious condition. INP
PM ORDERS ACTION AGAINST TAFTAN ATTACKERS
FOREIGN HAND CAN BE BEHIND AIRPORT ATTACK: RASHID monitoring desk
Taking notice of media reports that some people are stuck in the Karachi airport cold storage for more than 24 hours, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has direct Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to oversee the rescue operation. According to reports, at least seven employees of Gerry Dnata’s are caught in the storage, possibly after having taken refuge there during the airport attack. Families of those trapped say they received phone calls pleading for help. A rescue operation is underway.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that involvement of a foreign hand in Karachi Airport attack could not be ruled out. Condemning the terrorist attack at the airport during which 30 people, including 10 terrorists, were killed, the PML-N leader said that the Taliban terrorists launched the attack to paralyse Pakistan. He claimed that those who planned and funded the attack did not belong to Pakistan. Paying tributes to armed forces at a press conference on Monday, the minister said that terrorists will be dealt with the same fashion. The minister said that the Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport had started functioning after being cleared of militants.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the relevant authorities to take action against perpetrators of attack that killed 23 pilgrims returning from Iran in Taftan. He directed the FC inspector general to lead the operation against terrorists. The PM termed the task a big challenge for the law enforcers in Balochistan. Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has also condemned terrorist attack that also injured 18 people. INP
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AIRPORTS UNDER EXTREME VIGILANCE AS TERRORISTS’ REAL TARGET COMES INTO QUESTION SECURITY OFFICIALS SAY ATTACKERS WERE UZBEKS kArACHi
He federal government Monday rang alarm bells for the security forces saying they should stay “extremely vigilant” at the country’s airports. The warning came a day after at least 10 terrorists, who police sources said appeared to be foreigners, attacked and seized parts of the Karachi International Airport late Sunday night. Investigators are probing the incident that, according to official sources, left 19 people dead and 26 others wounded. Karachi police spokesman Inspector Atique Shaikh told Pakistan Today that those “martyred” in the assault included eight Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel, a paramilitary trooper from Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), a policeman, and “several” civilians.
STOCKS MARKET RETREATS ON FEAR OF MORE ATTACKS
PM’S ADVISOR SAYS TERRORISTS ENTERED AIRPORT FROM FOKKER AND INTERNATIONAL CARGO GATES
A gunman assigned to SSP east Pir Mohammad Shah got killed while trying to rescue a victim. “He was helping an injured man when a terrorist blew himself up close by, killing him at the spot”, the spokesman said. Among the injured are two police constables who, inspector Shaikh said, are now out of danger. In a statement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday, special assistant to prime minister on aviation, Shujaat Azeem, said on the night of 8th June at 11:10pm at least 10 terrorists attacked the Jinnah International Airport. “They entered from Fokker Gate and International Cargo Gate,” he added. The law enforcers in a joint operation, which according to DG Rangers lasted from 11:30pm to 4:30am, took back control of the airport by killing all the attackers. “According to information received so far, all terrorists (10) have been killed by law enforcement agencies,” said the
police spokesman. The law enforcers also displayed a huge cache of arms and ammunition they claimed to have recovered from the possession of the attackers. He said law enforcement forces entered the area using APCs to hunt the criminals down. “All possible counterterrorism techniques were quickly discussed, jobs assigned, back up called and the operation began to eliminate criminals and minimise the damage in the attack,” said Inspector Shaikh. Shujaat too was appreciative of the army jawans, Rangers, ASF, police and CAA personnel whose “timely action”, he said, ensured that the damage was kept to minimum. The PM’s advisor said the passengers and the country’s “valuable assets” at the airport were safe. Sunday’s attack, police believe, appeared to have been carried out by “foreigners”. The militants seemed “Uzbiks” by orgin, Inspector Shaikh told Pakistan Today.
Taliban will be given befiTTing resPonse: asif
ALL 10 TERRORISTS KILLED, SAYS POLICE SPOKESMAN
Monday saw equity investors at the country’s largest bourse, Karachi Stocks exchange, staying risk-averse. “Stocks closed lower on concerns for rising terrorist attacks in the country,” said Ahsan Mehanti, director at Arif Habib Corporation. KSe 100 index shed 36.5 points to close at 29,472.52 points. Led by second and third tier stocks, the day’s trading activity remained thin at 133 million shares compared to 208 million last Friday. Limited interest was shown by the risk-averse foreign investors that, besides other factors, made equity investors book profits in selected stocks across the board. Topline analyst Samar Iqbal said of 350 active companies, the share vlaue of 132 scrips set in the green zone while 196 in the red. Having been suspended since 11pm on Sunday, flights at the Karachi International Airport were resumed after 16 long hours at 4pm on Monday.
While the real target of the attackers still remains shrouded in mystery, Shujjat warned of more such terrorist activities at the country’s airports. “We need to keep extremely vigilant at all airports,” he warned. Pro-negotiations prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, the advisor said, lauded the containment and elimination of terrorists by the security forces. If security experts are to be believed, however, the terrorists’ target was Natorelated war equipment which passes through the airport. “Nato and US-owned assets and not the airport or aircraft were the real targets. It is an open secret that the place attacked is used as a cargo terminal,” opined an expert. He wondered why the terrorists would target a cargo terminal if they really wanted to cause damage to the airport. Asked about the current position, police spokesman Shaikh said search was going on as a routine procedure.
KARAChi: Relatives of missing Airport Security Force personnel wait for the updates after suspected militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport on Monday. PPI
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday that Tehreek-e-Taliban terrorists involved in the attack on Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi would be given a befitting response. He said that the attack is unpardonable and that the terrorists targeted national assets. He expressed the resolve that the terrorists would be defeated in their own havens, adding that the state will strongly respond to such acts. INP
woman killed, youTh drowns in ChinioT cHINIOt: A woman was shot dead over domestic dispute while a youth drowned in a river in separate incidents on Monday. According to the police, three accused, namely Shahzad, Zia and Tariq opened fire over a domestic dispute in Mohallah Aali Chiniot of Chiniot district, injuring a woman. The wounded woman, Shameem Bibi, was rushed to Allied Hospital Faisalabad in a critical condition, where she succumbed to her injuries. The police have registered a case against the culprits and started raids for their arrest. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Ghulam Yaseen of main Chiniot town was bathing in Chenab River when he went into deep water and drowned. After efforts of several hours, rescue divers found the body and handed it to the heirs. INP
bomb kills Two fC men in awaran QuettA: At least two paramilitary personnel were killed and three others injured on Monday when a roadside bomb hit a convoy in Awaran, about 350 kilometres from Quetta. FC sources said that an FC vehicle was on a routine patrol in Mashkay area of Awaran when terrorists targeted it through an improvised explosive device. They said the blast also damaged the vehicle carrying the FC personnel. The injured personnel were rushed to Quetta. FC personnel and local administration reached the spot and cordoned off the area as they initiated investigation into the incident. No arrests have so far been carried out in connection to the incident, the sources said. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. INP
PTI TO INITIATE MEGA DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN PK-39: QURESHI PesHAWAr aPP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is taking measures to provide basic facilities to the people of the provinces. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation from Rehmanabad, Kohat in the provincial assembly on Monday. The delegation, led by Subedar Haji Mohammad Hassan discussed problems of the area with him. The deputy speaker said that the provincial government had already issued directives for the inclusion of Lift Water Supply from Indus River
for provision of clean drinking water and road up-gradations projects worth millions of rupees in the annual development program (ADP for financial year 2014-15) for the provincial assembly constituency PK-39. He said that the KP chief minister has also issued directives in this regard. He expressed displeasure that irrigation work of Rs40 million, Communication and Works of Rs 40.5 million and public health engineering projects had not been tendered despite the allocation of Rs1.5 million. He directed the authorities concerned for the completion of the process before the end of the current month to avoid lapse of the funds allocated in this regard.
BUGTI FINDS FOREIGN HAND IN BALOCHISTAN UNREST
QuettA : Balochistan Home Minister Mir Safaraz Bugti on Monday said that a foreign hand was involved in terrorism in Balochistan. In a statement issued, Bugti said Balochistan has long border with neighbouring countries and terrorists have their training camps in mountainous areas. "There are 34 camps in a neighbouring country's mountainous areas where terrorists get training and later carry out sabotage acts and attacks on innocent people in Balochistan," he said. He said that the federal government was extending full cooperation to the provincial government to maintain peace. Security forces were playing an important role to curb terrorism in the province, he added. aPP
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Taliban TerrorisTs wanTed To desTroy all airCrafT: rePorT TEN TERRORISTS AMONG 28 KILLED IN GUNBATTLE
ISPR DG SAYS VITAL ASSETS AT AIRPORT SAFE
RANGERS DG SAYS DNA TESTS OF ‘UZBEK’ TERRORISTS TO BE CARRIED OUT
PM TO CHAIR EMERGENCY SECURITY MEETING THIS WEEK
report on the Karachi airport attack, which was presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, revealed that terrorists wanted to destroy all the aircraft at the airport. The findings of the report revealed that terrorists wanted to paralyse entire air traffic operations but the Airport Security Force (ASF) blocked their march towards Jinnah Terminal. It also disclosed that terrorists had entered the airport from two separate locations. He said the control of the airport had been handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem said the Karachi airport was made operational at 4pm. He moreover said that security was heightened at all the airports. earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered authorities to reopen the Karachi airport for public as soon as possible. He directed the CAA to facilitate the passengers in every possible manner. A PIA spokesperson told Radio Pakistan that 15-20 flights were disturbed due to the terrorist attack and these would be rescheduled to accommodate the passengers. Meanwhile, ISPR DG Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that the final clearance of the entire airport had been completed. Major General Asim Bajwa, said, “All vital assets are intact” after six-hour
SUCCESSFUL HAJ APPLICANTS DIRECTED TO SUBMIT PASSPORTS BY TUESDAY ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked 53,814 successful intending pilgrims of the Government Scheme to submit their machine readable passports by Tuesday through their respective banks for further process and action. The passports must be valid up to March 31, 2015. After receiving documents, the ministry would issue the Haj flight schedule and initiate the process of stamping of visas. Officials of the ministry said the government has brought down Haj expenses to Rs 250,000 per person. The excess amount received along with the applications will be refunded soon. Haj flight operation would start from August 27 and are scheduled to culminate by September 28. aPP
siege at Karachi airport. Area cleared. No damage to aircraft, fire visible in pics was not plane but a building, now extinguished. All vital assets intact," the military spokesman said in a tweet. He said all the terrorists were eliminated and weapons, ammunition, including RPGs, rockets were recovered. Bajwa said, “The Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif paid rich tribute to all shaheed and injured for their supreme sacrifice.” “Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif congratulated participating troops for a wellcoordinated, successful operation eliminating all terrorists,” he said in a tweet. Authorities said all 10 militants
port. One Rangers man was martyred while four others were injured. Fortunately no plane was damaged in the attack. He also said that DNA tests of the terrorists would be carried out for their identification and to ascertain if they were foreigners as they appeared to be Uzbek from appearance. The DG also said that an investigation was currently underway to confirm if the weapons recovered from the terrorists were Indian or not. Heavily-armed terrorists launched an assault on Pakistan’s busiest airports in Karachi, leaving at least 18 dead in a six-hour siege that the army quelled at dawn on Monday. explosions and gunfire rang out as
were killed and that the bodies of 18 victims, including security personnel and four airport workers, had been identified at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). Rangers DG Rizwan Akhtar told reporters at the airport that the operation started at 11:30pm on Sunday night and continued until 4am on Monday. "Seven terrorists were killed by the security forces while three blew themselves up," Rizwan Akhtar told the reporters. Furthermore, eight personnel of the Airport Security Force (ASF) sustained injuries during the late night operation to secure terminal one of the Karachi air-
BETTER SERVICE NEEDS BETTER LAWS: DAR isLAmABAd aPP
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said that changes were needed in the laws for the sake of expeditious delivery of services to people. Chairing a meeting of the Laws Review Committee at his chamber in the Parliament House, he said, "We have to bring in changes in the laws for the sake of expeditious delivery to the general public and to remove obstacles in this regard." He said that there was need to make administration capable of handling the new tasks and functions in
the national developments. The minister said while keeping in view the overall internal situation of the country and to improve performance of its administrative organs, the committee should review existing
laws diligently and formulate recommendations for consideration of the PM. earlier, the committee discussed in detail the civil laws which govern the civil service and administrative matters. The objective of the committee is to review the existing laws, rules and regulations in order to maximise efficiency of the civil service and to bring it in consonance with the modern day requirements. Science and Technology Minister Zahid Hamid, Special Assistant to PM Khawaja Zaheer, Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt and officials of the federal government also attended the meeting.
INDIAN STUDENTS SWEPT AWAY IN DAM RELEASE, 4 DEAD neW deLHi aGENCIES
Rescuers in boats were searching a Himalayan river Monday for dozens of students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found. The 25 students from the southern IT-city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs
Sunday evening at the banks of the Beas River when they were hit by the rush of water from the Larji hyropower station near the mountain resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. They had been part of a larger field trip of some 48 students spending 10 days near the mountain resort town of Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Some students at the river banks
managed to scramble to safety. "We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves," one student, identified only as Sumiran, told The Indian express newspaper. A Manali police officer, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said four bodies had been recovered Monday morning after a search
resumed with the dawn. But police said the search operation was challenged by a shortage of boats and divers. "Officials there are fearing the chances of finding survivors were slim," said Anurag Sharma, police director general in the state of Telangana where Hyderabad is located. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam´s engineer be
suspended while the incident is investigated. Telangana´s government on Monday sent police officials and parents of the missing to the search site, 530 kilometers (330 miles) north of New Delhi. Anxious friends and relatives gathered at Hyderabad´s Vigyan Jyothi Institute of engineering and Technology waiting for news of the missing.
the attackers, equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers, battled security forces in one of the most brazen attacks in years in Pakistan’s biggest city. Authorities said all 10 militants were killed and that the bodies of 18 victims, including security personnel and four airport workers, had been identified at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). According to reports, in the aftermath of the deadly gun and bomb attack at Karachi airport on Sunday night, the government is convening an emergency meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) to discuss the security situation and future of peace talks. While a date for the meeting has not yet been disclosed, it is learnt that the CCNS will convene this week at the PM House, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. The decision to convene a meeting was announced hours after the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a statement claimed responsibility for the airport attack. Talks to end the TTP's bloody seven-year insurgency have been underway since February but observers say that these are over now and the government is likely to give a befitting reply to the dastardly attack. Nawaz has pushed for a peaceful solution to the security crisis in the country, but critics point out that talks are merely a subterfuge being used by the Tehreeki-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to give them time to rearm and gain strength. In a previous CCNS meeting, it was decided that peace negotiations would be held only if militants agree to disarm otherwise force would be used against them. In recent weeks, the military has conducted several air attacks on militant hideouts in North Waziristan which the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said were retaliation to the killings of civilian and security forces personnel by terrorists in Fata, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi. Observers believe that after the airport attack and admission by the TTP, there is no more possibility of continuation of negotiations and an operation in FATA is imminent.
KARACHI AIRPORT ATTACK: 7 CARGO TERMINAL WORKERS MISSING kARAcHI: Seven workers of Karachi’s Quaid-e-Azam International Airport’s cargo terminal have gone missing on Monday after an operation was launched against terrorists who tried to lay siege to the airport. According to details, despite clearance of the airport by the security forces, there is no clue of seven workers of the cargo terminal. It is not known whether the missing people are employees of the national airliner or some contractor. These workers include Faizan, Nabeel, Fareed, Shezan, Sultan, Saif and Inayat. Families of the missing workers visited edhi morgue and Jinnah Hospital in search of their loved ones but to no avail. Security personnel have said that fire erupted around the offices of the cargo terminal during the attack and nobody could have entered the terminal. INP
IRAN CLOSES BORDER WITH PAKISTAN cHAgAI: Iran has closed its border with Pakistan for indefinite period following the incident of Taftan that claimed lives of 24 pilgrims and injuring 18 others. The district management of Chagai confirmed that Iran has closed its border with Pakistan for indefinite period. "Zero-Point gate on PakIran border in Taftan has been closed by the Iranian officials and all activities pertaining to travelling and trade through the border were suspended," Deputy Commissioner Chagai, Saifullah Khetran said. aPP
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suicide bomber kills four soldiers in n Waziristan MIRANSHAH Agencies
A suspected Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck into a military checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan on Monday, killing four soldiers, military officials said. One military source said seven soldiers were wounded. The assault, which took place in North Waziristan, came just hours after militants disguised as security forces stormed the country’s busiest airport in Karachi. “The death toll could increase,” a military official told Reuters. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the officials said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were responsible. Last week, a suspected suicide bomber attacked a security forces vehicle in Rawalpindi, home to army headquarters, killing five people including two officers. Sunday night’s attacks on the airport in Karachi and an increasing number of assaults on military outposts in the last few weeks have all but destroyed prospects for peace talks between the TTP and the government. In May, the armed forces launched their first major offensive in years against Taliban militants near the Afghan border after several rounds of government-led talks aimed at ending an insurgency failed. Disagreements over how to handle the insurgency have marred relations between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the army, which has been pushing for a major military offensive.
na condemns terrorist attacks in karachi, taftan OPPOSITION LEADER KHURSHEED SHAH TERMED THE INCIDENTS AS A‘NATIONAL SECURITY DISASTER’ ISLAMABAD inP
He National Assembly on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist incidents at Karachi’s airport and Taftan. Speaking on a point of order in the NA, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid paid trib-
ute to the Pakistan Army soldiers and security forces personnel for their bravery in the clearing operation at Quaide-Azam Airport, Karachi. He said Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan has gone to Karachi to get details of the incident and discuss measures with the security agencies to avoid recurrence of such incidents. He said Nisar will give a detailed statement in the House regarding these incidents. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said that it is the responsibility of the present government to provide security and protection to the life and property of the people. He termed the incidents as national
security disasters. Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir said that the nation has to be determined to fight the menace of terrorism. The minister said that the government would not compromise on its writ. Shah Mahmood Qureshi also strongly condemned the Karachi and Taftan terrorist incidents and demanded that the culprits involved in these incidents be brought to justice. Ameer Zaman extended full support and cooperation on behalf of his party to the government to tackle the menace of terrorism. earlier, the NA resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday afternoon
with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. The House also offered prayers for those who were martyred in the Karachi and Taftan terrorist incidents.
security beefed up at balochistan’s airports QUETTA APP
Following the deadly attack on Karachi’s Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, security of all airports in Balochistan has been beefed up on Monday. An official of the Quetta International Airport said that the airport’s security plan has been revised with additional deployment of the Airport Security Force personnel. He said that vehicles and pedestrians were only being allowed to enter the airport premises after checking. He said that the flights to and from Karachi were suspended while flight operations to other cities are continuing as scheduled. According to reports, additional security measures were put in place at and around Gwadar, Turbat and Zhob airports to avoid any untoward incident.
3 fc men fall in north Waziristan suicide attack PESHAWAR Agencies
Three soldiers were martyred while several others were injured in a suicide bombing in North Waziristan on Monday. According to sources, the Frontier Corps personnel were erecting a checkpost on main Datta Khel road when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into the checkpost, killing three FC men and injuring many others. Also on Monday, at least two FC men were reported to have been fallen while three others were injured in an explosion targeting a security forces' convoy in Awaran, 350 kilometres away from Quetta.
man killed, three injured FAISALABAD APP
A youth was killed when two rival groups exchanged fire in the Saddar police precincts on Monday. According to police, the two rival groups opened fire at each other in a swimming pool in Chak 225-RB Malkhanwala. Ali Hasan sustained serious bullet injuries and died on the spot, whereas three injured boys Abdul Ghaffar, Rashid and Asghar were shifted to a hospital for treatment. Police have started investigation.
KARACHI: Security officials inspecting weapons recovered from terrorists after operation at Karachi Airport on Monday. PPI
All 10 attackers dead, looked like Uzbeks, weapon seemed Indian-made: DG Rangers MONITORING DESK All 10 of the terrorists who stormed the Jinnah International Airport of Karachi on Sunday night have been killed, Director General of the Paramilitary Rangers Rizwan Akhtar told media men on Monday. Addressing the media representatives at the airport, Akhtar said that the security agencies responded swiftly to the
terror attack. The military operation started at 11:30pm on Sunday night and continued till 4:00am early morning, he said. "Seven terrorists were killed by the security forces while three blew themselves up," added Akhtar. The DG Rangers said that the DNA tests of the militants will be carried out to determine their identity as they appeared to be
Uzbek. He further said that the weapons recovered from the attackers looked Indian-made and examination is going on for confirmation. At least 28 people were killed, including 10 militants in a 6-hour military operation when heavilyarmed militants launched an attack on Jinnah International Airport.
Suicide blasts target Shia pilgrims near Pak-Iran border, 24 dead NEWS DESK Twin suicide blasts on late Sunday night killed at least 24 people and injured several others in Taftan, near the Pak-Iran border, a high official has confirmed. According to Home Secretary of Balochistan, Akbar Hussain Durrani, the blasts took
place when 10 buses carrying Shia pilgrims from Iran were parked outside the hotels. Durrani was talking to a Pakistani media channel. He said that the pilgrims had planned to stay at the hotels and continue their journey the next morning. The suicide bombing was followed by intense gunfire, he said while adding
that the death toll is expected to rise. Security personnel rushed to the site to control the situation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet. Shia pilgrims have been attacked several times by militants in parts of Balochistan. Presently, no militant organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Eight Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel were injured while one Rangers man was martyred in the attack. Four others were also reported to be injured. 18 victims, including the security troops and four airport workers have been identified by families. Banned militant outfit Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Worker dies in roof collapse SARGODHA: A man was killed and another injured as a roof collapsed in the city police precincts on Monday. According to Rescue 1122, Shabbir Ahmed and Zahid were working at an iron shop on Fatima Jinnah Road when its roof collapsed. As a result, Shabbir died on the spot while Zahid was injured. Rescue 1122officials shifted the injured to DHQ hospital. APP
06 LAHORE Lawyers torture ASI to release an accused Lahore: A group of lawyers on Monday tortured an assistant subinspector (ASI) to get released an accused involved in a fraud case in the Lahore High Court premises. Accused Shahzad Farooq approached the LHC for bail in a fraud case registered with the Qilla Gujar Singh Police Station against him and the matter was fixed before a single bench comprising Justice Alia Nelaam. As the proceedings started, ASI Amjad of Qilla Gujar Singh police told the court that the accused had deprived a woman of her car fraudulently and police had registered a case against him on an application by complainant. The court after reviewing the record cancelled the bail of the accused. The police immediately arrested the accused as he came out of the court. However, the accused’s lawyers attacked police and tortured ASI Amjad and managed to free the accused in handcuff. aPP
CM condoles death of Mehboob Ahmed Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of Mehboob Ahmed, brother of Justice Manzoor Ahmed of the Lahore High Court. In his condolence message, the chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. aPP
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Lahore: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique presides over a high-level meeting of Pakistan Railways. NNI
Shahbaz condemns ‘armed cowards’ attack on Karachi airport LAHORE
unjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack of terrorists on the jinnah International airport Karachi and paid tributes to the security forces over their successful operation against the saboteurs. The CM on Monday said that security forces have foiled the evil designs of terrorists by sacrificing their lives and safeguarded national assets
through their courage and bravery. He said the whole nation is proud of the security personnel who have achieved martyrdom. He said that the forces have set a noble example of courage and valour by laying down their lives in the line of duty and their sacrifices will never go waste. He said that attack on Karachi airport is highly deplorable. The CM also prayed for the early recovery of the injured security officials. SAJID MIR CALLS ON SHAHBAZ: jamiat ahle-Hadith ameer Senator Prof Sajid Mir called on Punjab Chief Min-
ister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday to discuss the overall situation of the country. The chief minister said that Pakistan is facing the challenge of extremism and terrorism however, the Pakistan Muslim League-n (PML-n) led government is determined to overcome all problems faced by the country. He said whole nation will have to unite on one platform to steer the country out of lawlessness. Shahbaz said that the cowardly act of terrorism at the Karachi airport is highly deplorable but the security officials have thwarted the nefarious designs of the ter-
rorists by laying down their lives. He said that sacrifices of security personnel will not go waste. The whole nation is paying tributes to security forces over their courage and bravery, he added. Shahbaz said that the ulema should promote the sentiments of religious tolerance, brotherhood and amity for creating a peaceful society. national assembly Member Hafiz abdul Karim and amin Suleman Mangla of Punjab baitul Mal were also present on the occasion.
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StAnD ALErt! Security beefed up at Lahore airport Lahore: The Karachi airport terrorist attack has jolted the whole aviation activity in the country, disturbing the flight schedule from major airports to domestic and international destinations. The incident has left thousands of passengers stranded at various airports. Most disturbed were passengers who were to take connecting flights either from coming abroad or leaving for foreign countries. In the meantime, the country’s international airports have been put on red alert. No one is being allowed to enter the airport vicinity without strict checking. Security personnel have already occupied all key positions including main gates, cargo terminals, passenger halls and ticketing points to keep a watch on passengers. Lahore Civil Aviation Authority (CAB) has asked people that only passengers with tickets for particular flights were allowed to enter the airport premises. The authority urged all other people including relatives not to accompany passengers to avoid inconvenience. Meanwhile, the ASF personnel have further tightened security at Allama Iqbal International airport. Every vehicle coming to the airport to drop passengers is being searched thoroughly. According to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesman Mashhood Tajwar, advised passengers to contact the PIA enquiry office before leaving for airport to catch their booked flights. aPP
JI calls for policy review after Karachi attacks LAHORE
TTaCKS at the sensitive places in the country are a matter of deep concern regarding security, said jamaat-e-Islami ameer Sirajul Haq in a statement issued from Mansoora on Monday. He urged the high ups in the federal government, the provincial gov-
ernments, all political parties besides the security institutions to sit together and work out an agreed formula for the country’s security, solidarity and for peace. He also underlined the need for making a foolproof security plan for the important, sensitive places all over the country to make them inaccessible for the enemy. He said that no agenda for development or progress could be successful without peace. He warned that if
the people in authority continued to follow the past policies blindly, the country would not be able to free itself from the menace of terrorism and turmoil for the next two decades. The jI chief said that peace could be restored in the country only if the rulers in Islamabad picked up courage and took every step that was in the country’s interest. He said the government should return to the path of dialogue by utilis-
ing all its energies in order to wipe out terrorism and lawlessness. Sirajul Haq expressed deep grief over the death of security personnel in the Karachi airport terrorist attack and offered full sympathies with their families. He said it was time to forget political expediencies, abandon leg pulling and think of the vital national interests as the 180 million people of Pakistan badly needed peace.
AnF continues to do well Force recovers narcotics, arrests 19 persons including four lady smugglers Lahore: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has recovered 47 kilogram heroin, 98 kg charas and 12.9 kg opium, while arrested 19 persons including four lady smugglers and seized six vehicles during various operations around the country. Karachi ANF arrested Bakhtiar Shah and recovered seven kilograms charas from his possession. The accused was travelling on a motorcycle near Mominabad Orangi Town. Rawalpindi ANF intercepted a Honda car near Chakwal Mor and recovered 17 kg heroin tactfully concealed in the secret cavities of the car. Two accused namely Kashif Siddique and a lady Dilraj were arrested on the spot. Peshawar ANF arrested Shahid Khan at Peshawar airport and recovered 1 kg heroin, tactfully concealed in his trolley bag. The accused was to traveling to Bahrain. Cases have been registered at respective ANF Police Stations and further investigation is under way. INP
Six gangsters taken down Lahore: Faisal Town police on Monday claimed to have arrested six gangsters including its ring leader involved in blackmailing and recovered cash and other valuables from them. On the directions of Lahore CCPO Chaudhary Shafique, DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar directed all the divisional SPs to launch an operation against these elements who blackmail innocent people. However, a police team led by Faisal Town SHO Rizwan Qadir raided at various places and arrested six members of a gang including its ring leader Shaukat Ali, allegedly involved in blackmailing of innocent people. The police also recovered cash, cheques of millions of rupees, cell-phones, gold ornament, a car, pistols and bullets from them. The Lahore CCPO has appreciated the efforts of the police team while DIG Operations announced prize for them. aPP
Lahore: Youngsters take a bath in the canal to beat the heat. INP
LCCI lauds Pak Armed Forces LAHORE aPP
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday paid rich tributes to Pakistan armed Forces for their successful operation against terrorists at the Karachi airport. LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that security forces have once again proved that they would not allow the anti-Pakistan elements to take hostage the innocent people. He said that their precious blood would not go waste and the whole nation stood united behind the armed forces and
would not hesitate in offering any sacrifice to eliminate the menace of terrorism. He said that by hindering the attack at the Karachi airport, the Pakistan armed Forces have made it clear to the world that they have all the abilities to confront any sort of challenge. He said that security forces and masses were ready to defend the honour of the country. Lashari stressed the need for exposing those who were helping the terrorists and all segment of society should play their role in this regard and urged the government to convene a roundtable of all the political parties and business community to make a consensus policy to cope with terrorism.
PPP FEELS FOR FARMERS WATTOO SAYS PPP TO STAND BY ‘KISAN ITTIHAD’ FOR RIGHTS OF FARMERS LAHORE INP
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) will stand by the ‘Kisan Ittihad’ for rights of farmers, said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo in a statement issued on Monday. Wattoo said that Pakistan can earn Rs 2 billion by export of rice but
the finance minister hasn’t mentioned in the federal budget 2014-15. He said that step-motherly attitude towards the farmers was not justified as they grow for the countrymen and the country also earns huge foreign exchange through export of agricultural yield. Wattoo said that due to lack of interest of the government and authorities concerned in facilitating the rice growers, India and Thailand have strengthened their position in the international market. He demanded of the government to raise the support price of rice (Irri) to Rs 1500 per 40 kg, basmati to Rs 3000 per 40kg and cotton to Rs 5000 per 40kg. The PPP leader warned that if
the government did not increase the support prices of the said agricultural products, the farmers will be forced to grow other crops and then the government had to spend a huge amount for importing the rice and cotton to meet the needs of country and it will be additional burden on the national exchequer. Wattoo said that being an agricultural country, economy of Pakistan mostly depends on agriculture yields and farmers should be facilitated to strengthen the economy and uplift the living standard of common man as livelihood of above 70 percent of the total population of the country is directly or indirectly related with agriculture sector.
PES to the rescue! PES provides service to victims of 607 accidents Lahore: Punjab Emergency Service (PES) on Monday provided services to the victims of 607 road accidents in Punjab during the last 24 hours. According to Rescue 1122, five persons were killed while 542 sustained serious injuries in these accidents. Almost 269 drivers, 13 juvenile drivers, 105 pedestrians and 390 passengers were among the victims of the accidents. The statistics show that 116 accidents were reported in the city which affected 130 persons placing the provincial capital at top of the list followed by 59 accidents in Faisalabad with 72 victims and Multan at third with 40 accidents and 44 victims. About, 475 motorcycles, 90 rickshaws, 52 cars, 34 vans, six buses, 14 trucks and 93 other vehicles and slow moving carts were involved in the accidents. aPP
LDA gets rid of bad fish Lahore: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has imposed major penalty of compulsory retirement upon Babar Javed Butt, dismissal from service upon Tahir Hussain, Patwari and forfeiture of three-year service of Asghar Ali, Patwari after charges of making bogus entries in possession registers of plots of M A Johar Town were proved against them. Meanwhile, Khurram Mukhtar Bhangu was appointed Land Acquisition Collector-II upon his joining the LDA, relieving Sajjad Ahmad Qureshi of the additional charge of the post. aPP
08 COMMENT A watershed moment
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
Letting Farzana die An issue of conscience, a problem of wrongly practised traditions
How the government handled the Karachi airport attack
he terrorists entering Quaid-eAzam International Airport would not have been possible without serious security lapses. That a group of TTP activists could force their entry carrying rocket launchers, SMGs and other weapons through the VIP entrance is highly worrisome. It is surprising that none in position of authority in the Defence Ministry and other related departments cared to review the security arrangements at an entry point reserved for Pakistani and foreign dignitaries. Karachi is under attack from all types of terrorists for the last many years. The city is known to be harbouring hundreds of terrorists and an operation is being conducted against them for the last many months. One had expected that under the circumstances Karachi airport would be provided fool proof security. The Airport Security Force personnel bore the brunt of the attack which caused the death of 11 ASF personnel. Along with the Rangers and Police, who lost one man each, the ASF fought the terrorists till the arrival of the army about an hour later. It was due to the combined efforts of civil and military forces that the terrorists failed to achieve their aims which included the destruction of all the airplanes present on the airport. This was a big price in human terms. The fact that terrorists could hold a part of the airport for five hours would be widely interpreted as the government’s failure to protect sensitive targets from militant groups. The attack could weaken business confidence which had begun to perk up after the elections. The prime minister’s efforts to attract foreign airlines back to Pakistan too could suffer a blow. Arguments had failed to persuade the government and the army that it was futile to differentiate between good and bad Taliban. Further that the terrorists could not be persuaded to join the mainstream till they were given a crushing defeat and left with no other option. The Karachi airport attack should lead the government to call off talks with the TTP which has brazenly owned it. There is a need, meanwhile, to fully concentrate on taking the fight to the TTP. Pakistan is currently trying to revive peace process with India. Anything that could sabotage the efforts being made by the prime minister should be avoided. The terrorists do not rely on weapons manufactured in Pakistan alone. They have freely used American, Chinese, Russian and Indian weapons. If the munition recovered from those who attacked the airport is of Indian origin, the best place to discuss the matter is the high level security meeting presided over by the prime minister rather than the electronic media.
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arzana did not die on 27th May, 2014, as claimed, for marrying a man of her choice and allegedly being stoned to death outside the Lahore High Court by her family. She has died over and over again. Farzana survived an attempted attack on her when her father, brother and some family members shot her, stuffed her in a sack and threw her in a canal near Hafizabad. Only she was called Saba Maqsood then. an 18year-old whose crime was that she wanted to marry a man she loved. an asian Human rights Commission report states, “In Pakistan, each year hundreds of women and girls are killed because of alleged relations with males, or for refusing to abide by their parents’ choice of husbands. In September 2003, a human rights organisation in Pakistan reported that at least 631 women and six girls died in ‘honour killing’ cases perpetrated by their own relatives during the first eight months of 2003. These figures were based only on newspaper reports, which fall far short of the total number of actual killings which are likely to be many times more. The male relatives who usually commit the murders are rarely sanctioned within their communities. It appears that any action by a female that is deemed to compromise the family reputation, whether real or merely suspected, is considered a valid reason to commit murder.” Each time a Farzana dies, the mindset that associates violation of family honour with the right of a woman to take a legally conscious decision of choosing a life partner, allowed to her by Islam, becomes stronger, either by direct action of
male members of the family or by a jirga. “In Sindh province the jirga system is particularly strong, so even where the families of victims lodge complaints with the police and motivate them to investigate cases, these cases do not usually end up in court due to high costs and long delays in getting justice. Therefore, victims’ families resort to the jirga, where the cases are mostly settled within a few days, usually by way of compensation and without any possibility of punishment for the perpetrators, under the Ordinance of Qisas (law of retribution) and Diyat (law of compensation). Under this Ordinance, if the guardian of the victim forgives the offender and the offender provides compensation, the offender can be released without any punishment. For this reason too, in many killings of women that are not actually ‘honour killings’, the perpetrators claim that the woman was an adulterer or otherwise, in order to avoid criminal proceedings and have a jirga decide the matter. On 23 april, 2004, in a significant decision, Justice rehmat Hussain Jaffery of the Sukkur Bench, High Court of Sindh, outlawed tribal jirgas as contrary to the Constitution. He also strictly banned efforts to organise or arrange any type of jirga, and bound law enforcement agencies to take several steps against them. In his judgement, Justice Jaffery stated that: “…Private persons have no authority to execute the decision of jirgas nor do the jirgas have the authority to execute their own decisions through their own sources. If such decisions are carried out and executed by killing persons, then the offence of murder will be committed and they will be liable for action as per the law… the jirgas have also usurped the powers of the executing authorities which are not permissible under the Constitution or the law.” (asian Human rights Commission) In an article updated by Max Fisher on June 2, 2014, “Take the case, from 2007, of a 13-year-old Pakistani girl who was gang-raped and then formally condemned by village elders for having sex outside of wedlock. Her family was pressured to murder her in an honour killing but refused, instead asking police to arrest her rapists. The police refused and the community members attacked the family for failing to take her life.
Her family’s legal battle for justice for her rapists made her case a national symbol of the fight over honour killings.” Marrying of choice and free will is the basic right of every Muslim woman and man. Yet women are targeted for ‘violating a family’s honour’. Pakistan however is not the only country in the world that has a high rate of honour killings. Other countries practicing this are India, alabania and also Brazil. South asia and Middle East are most ‘afflicted’ by the honour killings. rothna Begum, Middle East and north africa researcher for Human rights Watch (HrW), says, “Honour crimes tend to happen in places where there are inflexible and discriminatory attitudes about women’s roles, especially around their sexuality, and these are often applicable to women but not exclusively so, because sometimes men are targeted for honour crimes as well.” according to a report by radio Free Europe, “Experts say that honour killings are linked to patriarchal societies and the earliest historical evidence of them dates back to Babylon. They arise from the notion that women are the vessels of a family’s honour and are closely tied to values placed on marriage with virgin brides. Under this concept of honour, a family’s inability to guarantee a daughter’s virginity prior to marriage is a cause for shame and for ostracism by neighbours. But there are also economic factors at work. Thibault says that in societies that practice arranged marriages, unions are as much about ensuring the common interests of the two families as those of the betrothed. “These are marriages between families much more than between a man and a woman and marriages between families are to obtain a better economic situation, to get more farmland, to have a better social standing,” says Thibault. “If the marriage is threatened or broken off, the family no longer attains what it hoped for in terms of better social or economic status.” (Published June 07, 2014) Since most crimes of this nature are confined within the four walls of the house, governments and human rights organisations have no correct estimates of the ‘honour killings’ committed. For every one reported, there are so many that go unreported.
nothing will change unless peoples’ attitude towards such issues changes. Women need to be accepted as equal to men. Equality in terms of making choices, equality in terms of rights, and equality in terms of living lives freely. Education plays a huge role in changing attitudes. Education leads to enlightenment. International organisations like the United nations too have not been successful in enforcing curbs on such human rights violations. They lack the mechanism, sources and infrastructure to place effective curbs upon such happenings. The Un can place sanctions against the violating countries but this in turn ends up hurting people of the very country Un ironically tries to protect. Under Islamic law, punishment for crimes like murder and/or inflicting bodily injury takes two forms i.e., qisas, an equal punishment as inflicted, or diyat, which is basically paying to the legal heirs compensation for life lost or/and bodily injury inflicted. Generally speaking in a situation with two parties involved – one rich and well-connected and usually on the giving end, and the other neither rich nor well-connected and usually the one at the receiving end – it is easy to influence upon the weaker party to accept the offer by the stronger party. External factors that usually favour the stronger party generally prevail. Victims of a crime ‘forgive’ the accused under this law. This Ordinance is also misused to allow culprits of ‘honour killings’ go free by applying the same standards. There are two approaches to address the misuse of the law. The first supports the idea that murder and/or bodily hurt must be treated as a state offence and not as a private offence for the heirs to forgive. The other approach is to correct the loopholes in the justice system, not the ordinance itself. Till such time honour killings are effectively stopped from the land of the pure, every day Farzanas continue to die. no one knows their graves and no one cares. Yasmeen Aftab Ali a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be contacted at:email@example.com and tweets at @yasmeen_9
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Karachi airport attack If only we learn from our mistakes and follies, loss of precious human lives, dignity and honour of Pakistan, which has been seriously eroded by yet another TTP attack at Karachi airport, could have been avoided. It was in May 2011 that within a mile of a civil airport, a terrorist attack on Mehran Base in Karachi shocked this country. It is time we understand that security should be sole criterion when utilising space in proximity of sensitive installations, civil or military airports and not petty commercial or welfare oriented projects that may feed insatiable greed of few. Have we forgotten terrorist attack at Karachi airport when four terrorists stormed a Pn-aM B747 on ground in transit for Frankfurt in 1986 and entry point from where they entered fully armed? In 2012-2013 a scam was unearthed when it was exposed that for one full year, aircraft of nonscheduled airlines, mostly cargo or charter services, landed and utilised this airport and more than rs1.5 billion in landing and parking fees were pocketed by corrupt Caa officials and yet even after a year has elapsed, nobody has been held accountable nor revenue deposited. Thousands of irregular appointments without proper scrutiny, or security clearance were made in 2008- 2010 both in Caa and PIa, jeopardising national security interests. We should have plugged loopholes exposed when serious security breaches took place in recent past. Even today, marriage halls in close
proximity to Mehran and PaF Drigh road located within sensitive zone exist and are functioning. The Caa Pakistan, which should have functioned solely as a regulator. However, blatant conflict of interest becomes visible when it assumes the role of managing and owning various commercial ventures located at airport, which under no circumstances should have been under administrative control of a regulator. Unfortunately as it stands, security stands compromised at the altar of commercialism and profits to be made by real estate and land developers nexus. This trend must be reversed if national dignity is to be secured. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Our lesser self Last one month had been quite thrilling. a lot happened that narrates the same old story where the common man is clueless, ruling elite careless and society fearless. The excessive use of this suffix ‘less’ has actually made us less in every aspect be it socioeconomic, moral or political. The present day Pakistan brings up images of fuss and haphazardness. Increased disappointment, lesser faith and sense of insecurity have made people end up their own lives, cutting and throwing their children away, showing the inhumanity by kidnapping and raping children, recording their anger by climbing electricity polls or by putting themselves on fire and so on. While the authorities are enjoying the slumber, the party and its advisors are asked to put a condemning statement, and that’s all. This description explains the bigger part of lesser us. now we
are unable to come up with an effective idea of resolution, thus creating bigger miseries and making lives less comfortable. People call our less living a result of what happened in back 1980s, but I call it our failure of mishandling the daily situations we faced. We’ve told our demons they have the right to ride us fearlessly. “The closer you look, the lesser you see” is the approach to our problems. The leadership too tries to look closer but never gets the sense of what it created in last 67 years. Our leadership looks up at the death of hundreds of people a week but doesn’t see the killer because it’s bigger and our vision is less. We like lessening ourselves by shutting down our whole system just for some pipe-pipers to dump us deep down making us feel more-lesser. It’s our lesser self that make them feel superior, they rule us, exploit us and add up more to our misery. Their successful political careers are based upon the choices we make. They are careless about our less self and enjoy the showtime on our expense for every term. It’s our lesser self that fight with the whole world daily telling them we are not the terrorists or bad guys. Its lesser self who enjoys every moment of joy be it a cricket match or a rain in hot weather. Our lesser self has made us learn to live with little but still we need to make people know the value of our lesser self. Our lesser self knows the political gimmicks they play on us; in short our lesser self enjoys the blame game. I guess it is still not late that we must understand our lesser self as right and move on. It’s time to tell them our lesser life is only left with a piece of land which we are needed to protect before we become Pakistan-less. MARYAM NAZIR Rawalpindi
WORLD VIEW 09
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
IRAN AIMS TO WOO SAUDI ARABIA AND WEST FInancIal tImEs IbrahIM haMIdI
the election in Syria last week that secured Bashar al-Assad a third term as president has been denounced by the opposition and many western governments, who called the poll a sham and said it was rigged. Meanwhile Iran, the Syrian leader’s chief ally, is trumpeting the victory as its own. the vote comes after several months in which Mr Assad has strengthened his position. last month rebels retreated from homs in central Syria, returning control of the city to the regime. their departure, which was brokered by Iran, coincided with the resignation of lakhdar Brahimi as UN envoy after the failure of the Geneva process, which had tried to find common ground between the Syrian regime and the western-backed opposition. the election also follows significant military advances in which the regime, supported by hizbollah, regained territory it had previously lost; important cities in the north and northeast, such as Aleppo, remain in the hands of opposition fighters and al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel forces. But the regime aims to carve out a belt of territory stretching from the port cities of tartous and latakia, through homs in the centre of the country to the capital, Damascus. Iran had long feared the possibility that the Syrian regime might one day collapse – an outcome that Mr Assad’s “victory” makes less likely. tehran is now turning its mind to solutions that might command acceptance in the west, and which would shelter Iran from further losses on the Syrian battlefield. Mr Brahimi has told the UN Security Council of an Iranian proposal for a political settlement in Syria. the plan calls for a ceasefire and creation of a cabinet of “national unity”. Political groups based in Syria would be allowed to participate, but the opposition in exile – which was present in Geneva – would be excluded. the Syrian constitution would be “reviewed”, with a view to reducing the president’s powers. President hassan rouhani of Iran has gone into greater detail, saying through an envoy, that Syrian state institutions – including the army – should be preserved. the Sunni Muslim majority would be genuinely represented in the new political structure, while the rights of the minority Alawites would be protected. Mr rouhani suggested that Mr Assad could have a role in interim “confidence-building” measures, in return for ceasing to “deny” that his regime has committed atrocities. the proposal also grants Mr Assad and other top Alawite officials legal immunity, and the right to establish a new political party in postwar Syria. Iran believes all sides should stop searching for a political solution from above. Instead, it is suggesting reforms from below: local ceasefires making way for a new settlement, which would maintain the “Shia Crescent,” a strategic alliance that runs through Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad, and tehran. Iran’s diplomacy over Syria is reminiscent of the role that the Syrian regime played in lebanon after the 15-year civil war ended in 1990. the Islamic republic wants to seduce Saudi Arabia and the west with a grand deal on Syria. this would entail a Saudi-Iranian understanding over Syria, similar to the one reached by late Syrian president hafez al-Assad and Saudi Arabia over lebanon in the 1990s. like lebanon, this solution would be based on power sharing between the Alawite minority and Sunni majority. Mr Assad would remain as president but he would have to rule with a strong Sunni prime minister, presumably drawn from the domestic opposition, who would hold executive powers, held by the presidency itself since 1970. the speaker of the parliament would be a Kurd. Christians and Druze would also be represented. the sticking point is that Saudi leaders, like many Syrians and opposition leaders, are loath to see Mr Assad keep a role in government after a conflict that has seen 162,000 Syrians killed and 9.3m displaced. Iran wants to translate a military balance that currently favours its ally in Damascus into a lasting structure for sharing power. the Syria question will inevitably weigh on multilateral talks over Iran’s nuclear programme. the result may be a power-sharing formula where Saudi and Iranian interests meet, and sometimes overlap. The writer is head of Syrian affairs at the alHayat newspaper.
The collapse of The shimla accord IndIan ExprEss
hortly after the victory in the 1971 Bangladesh war, Indira Gandhi embarked on the more arduous task of restoring peace with India’s western neighbour. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, prime minister of what was earlier only the western wing of the larger Pakistan, needed a settlement a lot more acutely. Both sides knew, however, that their objectives were conflicting and therefore difficult to achieve. Gandhi wanted a final solution of the Kashmir issue once and for all. Bhutto aimed at getting back the 93,000 prisoners of war and 5,000 square kilometres of his country’s territory under Indian possession. Consequently, there were intense “preparatory” negotiations between Gandhi’s trusted aide, D.P. Dhar, and Aziz Ahmed, a hardline Pakistani foreign secretary so liked by Bhutto that he was made minister of state for both foreign affairs and defence, controlled by the Pakistani prime minister himself. only much later it became known that these conversations were preceded by “informal talks in london” between Gandhi’s principal aide, P.N. haksar, and two of Bhutto’s emissaries. Before the two prime ministers met at Shimla in the last week of June 1972, Dhar and Ahmed had agreed on two points: to convert the UN-sponsored Ceasefire line in Jammu and Kashmir into the line of Control to be “respected” by both sides, and settling all disputes through peaceful and bilateral means.
In Shimla, Pakistan was tersely told that while India would readily return all Pakistani territory it had captured during the war, nothing of the kind would be done in relation to the areas in Kashmir that had been won. As for the 93,000 PoWs, Gandhi told Bhutto, politely but firmly, that they could not be returned without the consent of Bangladesh, which had not yet been recognised by Pakistan, and was determined to put at least 195 Pakistani officers and men “on trial for war crimes”. (It was a year later that, as a result of a trilateral agreement between India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, the PoWs were sent home without anyone having to face a trial.) on recognising the loC in J&K as a permanent border between India and Pakistan and thus settling the Kashmir problem on the basis of status quo, Bhutto’s position was that no ruler of Pakistan could accept this and hope to “survive”. At the same time, he pleaded that he could not go back “empty handed”. of course, he promised to “forget the past and forge an entirely new relationship with India”. No wonder, the failure of the Shimla conference was announced on the evening of July 2. however, as often happens during India-Pakistan parleys, Bhutto suggested, after a dinner hosted for him by Gandhi, that the two of them should make a “last-ditch” effort to break the deadlock. Sometime around midnight, the two leaders confided to their respective top aides that an agreement had been reached, and while arrangements were being made for the signing cere-
mony, Gandhi told haksar and P.N. Dhar (not to be confused with D.P. Dhar, and Gandhi’s secretary from 1970 to 1977), that Bhutto had solemnly assured her he would “gradually” make the loC the permanent border, but he just could not put it in writing. the text of the agreement merely said the two sides would respect the loC “without prejudice to the recognised position of either side”. Both countries also committed themselves to “settle all their differences by peaceful means and through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon”. this did rule out third-party mediation or intervention. But where was the guarantee that Bhutto, even more slippery than an eel, would keep his word? After all, hadn’t the American movie mogul, Sam Goldwyn, said famously: “A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it is written on”? this might explain why P.N. Dhar demurred when Gandhi informed only haksar and him what had transpired. this visibly annoyed her. haksar signalled to him to leave the room. In any case, the agreement was signed in the wee hours of the morning but was still dated July 2. It is perhaps needless to add that Bhutto reneged on his solemn vow to Gandhi a lot earlier than some had anticipated, and from then onwards, all Pakistani governments — including that of General Zia-ul-haq have maintained that the promise attributed by India to Bhutto was never made. In 2005, P.N. Dhar wrote a series of articles revealing as much of what
had happened at Shimla as he could. he quoted Bhutto’s exact words to Gandhi: “Aap mujh par bharosa keejiye (please trust me)” and so on. Immediately, there was an avalanche of disdainful denials from across the border. one Pakistani writer, after praising Bhutto’s “diplomatic artistry”, wrote: “Face it Mr Dhar, even if we accept what you say, Mr Bhutto fooled your prime minister”. Doubtless, before and during the Shimla conference, Gandhi was under pressure from various foreign leaders, including leonid Brezhnev of the erstwhile Soviet Union, that Bhutto must not be sent back from Shimla “empty handed” because the resultant chaos in Pakistan could affect the whole region. Equally, some senior members of the Indian delegation were in the thrall of the “Versailles Syndrome” — never treat a defeated enemy as harshly as the Allied powers had treated Germany after WWI. Even so, many continue to wonder till today how India’s most clear-eyed and hard-headed prime minister was taken in by Bhutto’s sweet talk and false vows. In the late-1980s, I had taken this question to legendary spymaster and one of Gandhi’s most trusted advisers, r.N. Kao. he not only answered it candidly but also allowed me to quote him: “I am as surprised as you are. Before leaving for Shimla, she had asked me, ‘Can I trust Bhutto? People tell me that if I shake hands with him, I must immediately count my fingers’.” The writer is a Delhi-based political commentator.
THE US NEEDS AFGHANISTAN WashIngton post MIchael o’hanlon
how can anyone possibly argue that President obama’s plan to have all operational U.S. military forces out of Afghanistan by the end of his presidency is a mistake? By then, obama will have presided over eight years of military engagement there, on top of President Bush’s 7½. the effort will be far and away the United States’ longest war, whether one defines the endpoint as December’s termination of NAto’s combat operation or as the 2016 completion of the follow-on mission that will begin immediately thereafter. the problem with this way of thinking is in the premise. We should not think about Afghanistan, at this point, as a war to end but as a partnership to preserve. For that large majority of Americans tired of this war, and uninterested in further nation-building in the hindu Kush, the best motivator might not be the modest help in air power or intelligence that Afghan forces — already doing 95 percent of the fighting and dying in defense of their country — might need after 2016.
rather, the best argument is a more nationalistic one about U.S. national security. Without bases in Afghanistan, from where will we fly drones or stage commando raids to monitor, target and occasionally kill any al-Qaeda forces that take sanctuary in eastern Afghanistan or western Pakistan? talk of U.S.-Afghan partnership may sound bizarre to many American ears. to be sure, it has been an asymmetric partnership to date, with the United States and its allies pumping in billions of dollars, suffering thousands of fatalities and often being rewarded with seeming insolence from Afghan President hamid Karzai, as well as a culture of corruption within Afghanistan and an enduring resilience from the taliban. But we have been here before. the best analogy may be Korea. After three years of frustrating conflict in the early 1950s, we secured a mediocre outcome in the form of a cease-fire that left the North Korean regime intact. And our partner in the effort was a highly corrupt, nondemocratic South Korean state that did not hold elections until the 1980s. By comparison, for all
its flaws, Afghanistan is a better polity, with an electoral process underway that by later this summer will replace Karzai with a new leader in the country’s first-ever peaceful transfer of power via the ballot box. the two possible winners, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, are both superior in integrity and competence to most early leaders of the republic of Korea. yet for all of South Korea’s flaws, in 1953 we did not think of an exit strategy as the key metric of success. U.S. national security was the crucial goal, and U.S. forces settled down to a long, patient, generally nonviolent mission to attain this objective. Initially, we deployed more than 50,000 troops, and gradually reduced that to around 40,000 in the later Cold War decades. the figure is just under 30,000 today. In Afghanistan, thankfully, no one is clamoring for a force totaling anything close to these numbers. For all the taliban’s resilience, it is much weaker than the North Korean regime ever was, and any al-Qaeda targets that develop in years to come will likely be modest in size and number. But as
obama rightly observed in his West Point speech last month, terrorism still represents the most acute threat to U.S. security. While al-Qaeda affiliates in places such as Syria, Iraq, yemen and Nigeria are serious concerns, the terrorist syndicate’s potential to use sanctuaries in South Asia remains considerable. Affiliates such as the haqqani network in North Waziristan (and perhaps also the Pakistani group lashkar-e-taiba with its ambitions of provoking Indo-Pakistani war) remain serious worries. Against this threat, there is no alternative but to have bases in eastern and southern Afghanistan — certainly at least one, ideally two or three. these facilities can be located within 50 to 200 miles of the locations we need to monitor, within practical operational range of modern unmanned systems. the plausible alternatives are not realistic at all — to operate manned or unmanned aircraft from carriers in the Indian ocean, more than 500 miles away. For all our successes against alQaeda in recent years and the associated decline in the recent rate of drone strikes, there is no indication that this threat will simply disappear in 2016 to suit obama’s desire to have ended two wars on his watch in the White house. yes, retaining some 3,000 U.S. personnel in Afghanistan for five, 10 or even 20 years after 2016 could cost us some $5 billion a year and occasionally involve U.S. casualties. But that’s life in the age of terror. And compared with our recent mission costs of more than $100 billion a year and hundreds of fatalities, or the overall defense budget exceeding $500 billion annually, it is a bearable price compared with the possibility of alQaeda again mounting an attack from a South Asian sanctuary against the United States. Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and coauthor of “Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China relations in the 21st Century.”
10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER Zong awards winners of ‘circle usage promotion’
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
PakiStan PoSt ReceiveS RS 7,451.4m RemittanceS ISLAMABAD APP
lAHoRe: Zong, Pakistan’s fastest growing telecom network concluded the Zong circle usage promotion prize distribution by awarding the winners at a recently held press conference. The campaign began on 10th customers who activated the circle usage promotion. The awards included a Honda CRZ hybrid sports car, two Honda CBR500 bikes, three Honda CBR150 bikes and more than 30 other prizes. Speaking at the occasion, Babar Bajwa, Executive Director Marketing, Zong said, “While it is important to ensure our customers have the best service experience, it is also important that our valued customers are rewarded for their loyalty. Our customers are an important part of the Zong Family and are the reason for our success, this has helped Zong achieve the 3rd of customer base, alongside Zong has managed to surpass the milestone of 26 Million customers in a short span of time. Much to the customers delight, Zong recently became Pakistan’s first and only. Super 3G & 4G operator and as always we shall ensure our customers have the best pool of services with the most advanced technology in the country. After the recent success of our Circle Heavy Bike Campaign and the Circle Usage Promo, Zong has announced a promo where a lucky winner will win a Mercedes simply by buying a new Zong SIM or porting onto the Zong network and recharge Rs.200” The top management at Zong distributed the prizes to 5 lucky winners. The highlight of the occasion was when Mr. Muhammad Asif from Nawabshah was handed over the keys to Pakistan’s first Hybrid sports car, Honda CRZ. Mr. Naseer Ahmed Abbasi (Karachi) the keys for the Honda CBR500 bikes, while Mr Aazim Khan (Manshera), Mr.Malik Bilal (Gujrat) and Mr. Hazrat Hussain (Karachi) were awarded the Honda CBR150 bikes at the press conference. Zong Circle is designed especially for the youth of the nation and includes very affordable service charges, a fast internet connection and many other exciting add ons. The ‘Zong circle usage campaign’ was the last promotional campaign from Circle that builds upon several other successful promotions concluded in the past for the young Circle users. As a company which values its customers, Zong has always been at the forefront of bringing promotions that provide excitement for customers and reward them for their loyalty. Press releAse
akiSTan Post received foreign remittances amounting to US $ 64.9 million dollars equivalent to Rs 7,451.4 million during the first nine months, JulyMarch 2013-14, of current fiscal year. according to an economic survey, Pakistan Post also received an amount of Rs 35.5 million during the period July-Feb 2013-14 on account of terminal dues for imbalance of international mails received from and dispatched to other countries. Pakistan Post dispatched more volume of mail than it received for delivery. Thus it always remains net creditor. Pakistan Post is in process of implementing the Doha Postal Strategy approved by the 24th Congress of the Universal Postal Union to improve the inter-operatability of the international postal networks. Pakistan Post also earned commission amounting to Rs 806.8 million during the period July to March 2013-14 by collecting an amount of Rs 161,365.865 million through national Savings Schemes. Pakistan Post has been doing Saving Bank work as an agency function on behalf of the Ministry of Finance under the Government Savings Bank act 1873 on commission basis.
READYMADE GARMENTS EXPORTS FETCH US$ 1430.43M
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KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday injected Rs 17,500 million into market for four days during its open market operation (OMO). The bids received for the 4-day injection amounted to Rs 29,500 million and the rate of return will be 9.91 percent, said SBP press release. SBP RemIndS PuBlIC to exCHAnge deCImAl CoInS: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reminded general public to exchange decimal coins of paisa 1,2,5,10, 25 and 50 till last working day of September, 2014. The coins can be changed from the field offices of SBP's Banking Services Corporation (BSC) and commercial/microfinance banks branches by the above deadline, said an SBP press release on Monday. For awareness of general public, the SBP has advised the commercial/microfinance banks to display posters/banners at visible places of their branches for exchange of decimal coins. The federal government has already notified that coins of paisa 1,2,5,10,25 and 50 will cease to be legal tender from October 1, 2014. APP
Major Gainers ISLAMABAD APP
gWAdAR: A Chinese delegation led by Mr Zeng Qingsong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), China Overseas Port Holding Company (Pakistan) (Pvt) Ltd, accompanied by Mr Ma Renhong, President Guangdong Logistics Industry Association, Professor Chen Youwen and Ms Liang Yuxia, Dy Secretary General Guangdong Logistic Industry Association, met with members of Gwadar Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) at Mr Zeng Qingsong informed the participants that all efforts are in hand to make the Port operational. The Gwadar port will be the base to develop the GwadarKashgar Economic Corridor. Mr Ma Renhong said that a detail logistics plan is being chalked out for transportation of goods from Gwadar to China. He also said that they are planning transportation of certain items from Guandong to Gwadar by Road & Air besides through sea. He also showed interest to build an Expo Centre for marketing of Chinese goods at Gwadar. The members of GCCI said that all assistance will be extended to Chinese Investors. However they were of the opinion that locals be given their due share and locals public partnership be encouraged. They also emphasized to operationalize the port as many investors are waiting for it. They also suggested that for port operation initially trans-shipment be encouraged, as it will not require communication infra structure. The members also suggested that technical training be provide to the local youth and other investors. Press releAse
SBP injects Rs 17,500m into market
The first three quarters of this year have witnessed a reasonable boost in export of readymade garments which touched US$ 1430.43 million mark showing an increase of 9.36 per cent as compared to same period last year. The readymade garments area fetched US $ 1308.002 million in July-March 2012-13 while the exports also increased to 21.806 million dozens in various types of readymade garments this year from 19.971 million dozens last year. Textile Ministry sources on Monday said readymade garment industry has emerged as one of the important small scale industries in the country as its prod-
ucts have large demand both at home and abroad. The local requirements of readymade garments are almost met by this industry, they said and added garment industry is also a good source of providing employment opportunities to a large number of people at a very low capital investment. The sources said it mainly uses locally produced raw materials. Most of the manufacturing machines used by this industry are imported or locally made and assembled. They said production of garments by units depends on export orders directly or indirectly. These orders have somewhat risen in terms of value, but have been fluctuated widely in terms of quantity.
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HIGH 1410.00 1332.90 355.02 361.00 828.00
LOW 1320.01 1290.00 355.02 360.00 790.50
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Major Losers Bata (Pak) Island Textile Bhanero Tex. Shezan Inter Murree Brewery
3597.00 920.08 638.90 810.00 973.00
Volume Leaders Hascol PetroleXD Fauji Cement K-Electric Ltd. TRG Pakistan Ltd. Pak Petroleum
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Interbank Rates USD GBP JPY EURO
PKR 98.6099 PKR 165.7140 PKR 0.9621 PKR 134.3264
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014
‘Dear Boss, let the workers take a nap’: sleep expert
SWISS MAN BREAKS WORLD RECORD FOR 8,000M JUMP WITHOUT OXYGEN
UCL PROFESSOR ALSO PROPOSES TO LET EMPLOYEES SET THEIR OWN WORK TIMES
OSSES should allow staff to take naps at work to boost productivity and creativity, a leading academic has suggested, reports Daily Mail. Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, also proposed they should be allowed to set their own work times, arriving whenever they want. We have become obsessed with sleeping only during the night and fail to appreciate the benefits of an afternoon siesta, he told Cheltenham Science Festival. It’s best to give your brain downtime. I have a nap every afternoon,’ he said. ‘It’s only since the industrial revolution we have been obsessed with squeezing all our sleep into the night rather than having one or two sleeps through the day.’ The professor said a nap of between
30 and 90 minutes in the afternoon could help companies improve productivity. ‘If we want people to be more creative we need people to be able to do less,’ he said.
SHEEP GENOME SHOWS LINKS BETWEEN WOOL, HEALTH: STUDY
Scientists have mapped the entire genome of sheep, paving the way to improve the health of the humble farm animal for better meat and wool. After eight years of work on the entire genetic makeup of the species, the researchers also found the secrets of the sheep s digestive system and unique fat metabolism process that allows it to produce and maintain its thick coat. Sheep became a species distinct from goats and other ruminants about four million years ago, with a four-compartmented stomach that can convert rich plant materials into animal protein, according to the study. That digestive feature allows sheep to easily feed on a diet of low-quality grass and other plants. The study published in the journal Science was the culmination of a project involving 26 institutions from eight countries that is part of the International Sheep Genomics Consortium. Researchers hope their findings will help develop DNA tests to improve stock through accelerated breeding selection programs, and to further research to mitigate diseases affecting the animals. "Given the importance of wool production, we focused on which genes were likely to be involved in producing wool," said Brian Dalrymple, project leader at Australia s national science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. AGENCIES
‘Companies should allow naps in the afternoon. They should get rid of the habit of clocking in and clocking out. ‘Let people come in when they
want. If they want to work through the night, let them.’ Research published today by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy reveals many employers are failing to encourage staff to take proper breaks. One in five work through their lunch break every day, the research suggests. Of those who do manage to take a break, half ate at their desk. Only one in five go outside, according to the study of 2,000 people. Professor Hugh Piggins, of Manchester University’s circadian neurobiology lab, also said sleeping was vital for memory and learning. He said millions get too little sleep during the week and try to catch up at weekends. Research suggests the problem – dubbed ‘social jetlag’ – could be responsible for increased rates of cancer, dementia and diabetes. NEWS DESK
NOT SUCH A DIRTY RAT! STUDY SHOWS RODENTS ARE CAPABLE OF REGRET
It has become a byword for bad behaviour. But it seems the rat may not be as heartless as we think. Research shows that the rodents are capable of regret. U.S. scientists trained rats to play a game called Restaurant Row, in which four food dispensers were laid out in a circle. The ‘restaurants’ dispensed foods of different flavours and when a rat came near, a tone was played that signalled how long they would have to wait to be fed. The animals learnt which of the four sections had their favourite flavour and also knew that if they hung around too long by one dispenser, they would miss out on the food on offer elsewhere. During the study, some of the rats did not wait for a tasty treat, then discovered they would have to wait even longer for something less appealing at the next dispenser. In this case, they turned and looked back at the
missed opportunity, researchers found. The rodents were also more likely to wait longer at this second dispenser and then wolf down the food when it was dispensed. These, the University of Minnesota researchers say, are all features of regret. Scientists also found a brain region called the orbitofrontal cortex, that is active when humans feel regret, lit up when the rats looked back at what might have been. Regret was defined as the rats realising they had made a mistake – and that if they had chosen differently, they would have been better off. This differs from disappointment, in which while things are worse than we would like them to be, it is not our fault. The study, detailed in the journal Nature Neuroscience, is the first to show that an animal is capable of regret, an emotion once thought to be uniquely human. VIA MAIL ONLINE
A Swiss man set a new world record on Sunday when he leapt from a hot-air balloon from an altitude of 8,000 metres (26,200 feet) without oxygen, the ATS news agency reported. Remo Lang, 38, threw himself out of the balloon early in the morning and landed around 10 minutes later at Aarberg, in the Berne canton of Switzerland. Wearing a "wingsuit", his freefall lasted five minutes. Lang's team said he prepared himself for the jump by taking in oxygen from a tank intensively for half an hour before the stunt. AGENCIES
FASTING BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, NEW STUDY FINDS
A study found that fasting for two days or more can help to kick-start the immune system, especially if it has been damaged by ageing or cancer treatment. It encourages the body to replace old and damaged cells, U.S. researchers said. Valter Longo, longevity expert at the University of Southern California, said: ‘When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.’ His team found fasting for two to four days every six months forced the body into survival mode, using up stores of fat and sugar and breaking down old cells. ‘The body then sent a signal telling stem cells to regenerate and “rebuild the entire system”. 'With a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system,’ Professor Longo said. He went on to say: ‘It gives the “okay” for the stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating – and rebuild the entire system.’ VIA MAIL ONLINE
A LAPTOP PHABLET! ASUS LAUNCHES NEW 'FIVE-MODE' HYBRID DEVICE Leading Taiwanese tech firm Asus unveiled a hybrid device which combines a laptop, tablet and mobile phone this week in what it hailed as a "world first". The launch came the day before Computex -- Asia s biggest technology trade show -- opens its doors in the capital Taipei. Asus chief Jonney Shih showed off the Transformer Book V in front of a packed house of hundreds of industry leaders, experts and media from around the world. "In each of the modes, we offer an uncompromised experience, no matter whether for communication, productivity or entertainment," Shih said. In a further attempt by the company to diversify into the mobile market, the device has five modes -- as a laptop and detachable tablet running both Android and Windows operating systems, and as an Android phone. The five-inch phone docks into the tablet and promises speeds up to four times faster than 3G. As a laptop, one "hardware button" switches between the
two operating systems. Asus made its name making motherboards but is now the world s number three tablet seller, with a five percent share, and fifth in the PC rankings. The Transformer Book V was met with applause from the audience. "I like that it s a five-in-one -- it s a case of convenience, having everything in one device," said Antonin Lee of Taipei-based YouTube channel Techalook. But it also has its limitations, Lee said. "It s not for someone who wants a high-end smartphone or hardcore gamers who would need something more powerful -- it s more for the mid-range user. It s about convenience rather than performance." The Asus launch followed Taiwanese rival Acer’s announcement of its first smart wearable Friday, the
Liquid Leap wristband with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification and
music control, which will be sold together with its Liquid Jade smartphone. Acer will also unveil these new devices at Computex. Traditionally a PC-focused show, this year s Computex is reflecting the surging market for smart gadgets, with a new SmarTech area including sections devoted to wearables, intelligent vehicle systems and security. "In recent years technology has shifted drastically, especially in the field of the Internet of Things -- this year the hottest technology for Computex is IoT," said Walter Yeh, executive vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which co-organises the show. IoT sees everyday objects from home ap-
pliances to cars linked to the Internet and able to communicate with other devices, providing an extensive flow of personal data. A fifth of exhibitors will be from the IoT sector, said Yeh, with wearables making the biggest waves. "Wearable technology is this year’s fastest growing category with 59 exhibitors from abroad and Taiwan," he told a pre-show press conference Monday. There s also growing faith among Taiwanese firms, said Li Chang of the Taipei Computer Association, as exports of ICT products grew 8.6 percent year on year in the first four months of 2014. "We polled around 350 exhibitors and their confidence in the outlook for the industry is rising, and that s based on concrete export figures," Chang told a foreign news agency. Computex is set to attract 130,000 visitors over four days and will see the launch of 40 new products this year, with Microsoft, Intel and Ford among the leading global brands attending. AGENCIES
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
ARTS Game Of ThrOnes auThOr Offers TO Kill Off fans in new BOOK
Amitabh Performs Dangerous Stunts after 30 Years
Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is offering two lucky fans the chance to live - and die - in an upcoming instalment of the fantasy series. Martin has set up a new donation site in a bid to raise funds for a Santa Fe, New Mexico wolf sanctuary, and as part of the prize, fans will be able to read about their own gory deaths. The odd tribute will cost the winner a $20,000 donation. He or she will get to choose their "character's station in the world" and Martin promises a "grisly death". The full details and ways to donate are available at the Prizeo website. In a video announcing the initiative, the author also offers up a breakfast with him for $15,000 (ÂŁ9,400) and one of his signature hats for $7,500 (ÂŁ4,700). The fundraiser is the brainchild of Martin's wife, Parris MCBride, and all proceeds will benefit the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and Santa Fe charity The Food Depot of Santa Fe. BY WENN
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mitabh bachchan is a bundle of energy. the actor is involved in multiple projects and shows no sign of slowing down. however, sometimes his roles can get physically demanding in the true sense. For his upcoming tV serial Yudh, the actor performed some dangerous stunts using a body rig. Defying medical instructions he decided to do his own stunts. amitabh, famous as the 'angry young man' of bollywood in his younger days hasn't worn a body rig in 30 years. after the accident on the sets of Coolie in 1982 and the beating that his body took, the mega-star was forbidden from wearing the heavy body rigs required for cinematic stunts. the director, Ribhu Dasgupta had conveyed the use of a body rig to amitabh's team who in turn said the senior actor wouldn't wear the rig after the Coolie debacle. but bachchan senior, after realizing the importance of the scene, willingly complied to do the same. after all these years in the industry, amitabh bachchan continues to be a truly professional actor and still respects the craft.
Rumours were rife that actor Riteish Deshmukh is set to be a father as not only was his wife Genelia spotted with a baby bump at various events, but Riteish also went to the IIFA awards alone this year as his wife needed rest. Genelia was last spotted at Karan Johar's 42nd birthday bash, but thanks to a clever fashion choice the baby bump could not be spotted. Now, Ritiesh has officially confirmed that his wife is expecting their first child together. The couple who dated for 10 years, finally got married after facing opposition from their family in 2012. BY MOVIE TALKIES
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MICK JAGGER BACK TO DATING AFTER MOURNING GIRLFRIEND Amanda Seyfried,the 'Million Ways to Die in the West' actress, has impressed her co-star and writer Seth MacFarlane with her ''beautiful'' singing voice so he wrote a special medley for her to perform in the comedy sequel. Seth said: ''She's going to sing in 'Ted 2'. She has a beautiful voice.'' Amanda added: ''He wrote a nice medley, a Ted-ley, but I don't know if I'm up to speed yet.'' While Amanda is comfortable singing on camera, one thing she is relieved she won't have to do is master a Boston accent for the role. Asked during an interview to mimic one of the characters from 'Family Guy', another of Seth's creations, she said: ''I can't, I can't do a Boston accent.'' Seth exclaimed in response: ''You can't do a Boston accent? But you're starring in 'Ted 2'!'' ONLINE
Mick Jagger has sparked rumours he's dating again. The Rolling Stones rocker was photographed smiling and having fun with a mystery brunette on the balcony of a hotel room in Switzerland last
weekend. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''He's a single man and he's Mick and he's having some fun. No one has a clue who this girl is -- not even the security people.'' The 70-year-old singer was left devastated when his partner L'Wren Scott, 49, killed herself in her Manhattan apartment on March 17, but the new pictures with an attractive woman several decades younger than him suggest that he's starting to put the tragedy behind him. The pair reportedly met at a nightclub in Zurich, where the Rolling Stones were on tour, and spent last Saturday and Sunday enjoying each other's company, before emerging on the balcony on the final day looking disheveled as the brunette beauty attempted to steal a kiss from the rocker. An onlooker said: ''It was just nice to see Mick smiling again. Zurich is beautiful and he was obviously enjoying what the city has to offer.'' The Rolling Stones, also consisting of Keith Richards, 70, Ronnie Wood, 67, and Charlie Watts, 73, cancelled their gigs in Australia and New Zealand in March while Sir Mick grieved for L'Wren, whom he had been dating for 13 years. The band resumed their '14 On Fire' tour 12 days ago in Oslo, Norway, and were all set to perform at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland on Saturday. VIA BANG SHOWBIZ
Actress Shilpa Shetty recently turned producer with the film Dishkiyaoon. Now the word is that the actress has pledged to donate her eyes through a social organization. Commenting on her decision to donate her eyes, Shilpa stated that post her demise, it would give her immense satisfaction if her eyes could bring vision to someone else. Prior to Shilpa, her sister, Shamita Shetty had also donated her eyes through the same organization. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is also known to have donated her eyes . ONLINE
simOn COwell wanTs a dauGhTer Simon Cowell's friend Sinitta claims he is keen to have a daughter, a younger sister for his three-month-old son Eric. The 54-year-old music mogul and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed son Eric into the world in February, but his friend and former girlfriend Sinitta claims the 'X Factor' boss is already thinking of having more children. She said: ''Simon is such a doting father and is loving being a parent. He wants more children - I know he does. He'd love a daughter next.'' BY AGENCIES
Fault In Our Stars: Shailene Woodley Tries to Rewrite The Female Lead Shailene Woodley isn't just the lead actress in "The Fault In Our Stars." She's one of the book's original fans. Long before she landed the role of Hazel Grace, a bright 16-year-old facing cancer, she sent the novel's author, John Green, an impassioned, lengthy e-mail rallying for "The Fault In Our Stars" to become a movie. "I didn't say I needed to be Hazel," Woodley said at the movie's New York premiere on June 2. "I said I needed this movie to get made. Because I knew that it would change the lives of millions of people." If the movie version of "The Fault In Our Stars" is anything like the book, Woodley will soon be proven right. The adaptation, now in theatres, is faithful to its beloved source material, which chronicles the romance between two cancer patients with humour, intelligence and honesty. Author Green had already amassed a fan base when
"The Fault In Our Stars" was released as a novel in January 2012, one devoted enough to earn him the title of "The Teen Whisperer." But "The Fault In Our Stars" has stretched far beyond its intended young adult demographic, selling millions of copies and sticking to The New York Times Young Adult bestseller list for 78 weeks. Young adult books and sex: What we learned under the covers Time magazine didn't name it "The Best YA Novel of 2012"; it recognized it as the year's best book, period, the kind of endorsement Woodley could get behind. The 22-year-old actress, who is developing a reputation for pushing back against Hollywood's rules, recently explained to New York Magazine the impact she thinks "Fault In Our Stars" could have. "In 'Fault,' I am trying to rewrite what a female lead can look like," Woodley said. "You've never seen a
woman on the poster for a movie with a cannula in her nose." Although Woodley said she wasn't gunning for the role of Hazel when she wrote Green, the author remembers that exchange a bit differently. "The letter was extremely long, like 40 pages long, and ... I didn't technically know who Shailene Woodley was," he said. "So I just responded like, 'That's such a lovely e-mail! Thank you so much! But I am not a casting director.' And then when I saw her audition, of course I was horrified that I had not written her back and said, like, 'Please! Please! Be in our movie!'" Of course it's unlikely that Green, who calls Woodley "a gift" to the film, would have had to beg. Woodley, who's gone from ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" to high-profile projects like "The Descendants" and "Divergent" in the blink of an eye, was game for the
role, chopping off her long hair to accommodate the part. In the process, she gained something as well: "a deeper sense of gratitude" for life. "On this beautiful day, there's kids at home in bed hooked up to chemo machines," Woodley reflected
at the movie's June 2 premiere. "There's no way to justify it. So, really, it taught me a deeper sense of gratitude and a deeper sense of appreciation for these small palpable moments, because they're the only thing that we're guaranteed." VIA CNN
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
Domingo eager to get going in new era
F the way to begin a journey of a thousand miles is with a single step then South African cricket has finally put its running shoes on. The appointment of the new Test captain, Hashim Amla, and announcement of the squads to tour Sri Lanka next month marks the beginning of a new era, and coach Russell Domingo is itching to get started. Domingo can hardly be blamed for his eagerness to get going. Although his tenure is not even a year old, it has been punctuated with elements of transition which began when Gary Kirsten left the coaching job last June. Then in the space of a summer Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith retired, leaving Domingo with a season sprinkled with sentiment but not altogether steeped in success. South Africa lost their first Test series in five years - to Australia at home - and slipped from their No. 1 ranking. Winter arrived before they had the chance to begin rebuilding, leaving Domingo’s plans paused for the last three months. Now, he can finally press play. “Those (Kirsten, Kallis and Smith) are three great servants to South African cricket and they are going to be hard to replace. But the game goes on,” Domingo told ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve now got to start trying to find some new icon players and some new heroes and we’ve got some of those in the group already.” Amla is one of them. AB de Villiers another. Dale Steyn a third. But the personality of the South African squad will change from what it was under Smith through the changing of the captaincy guard and the introduction of new players. Two fresh faces will appear in the travelling party to Sri Lanka - batsman Stiaan van Zyl and offspinner Dane Piedt, who are
World Wide Bridge concludes LAHORE: The World Wide Bridge Contest was held simultaneously at 244 bridge playing centres around the world with participation of 4,076 pairs and in Pakistan the centre of activity pivoted around the Lahore Gymkhana Club bridge tables, the Karachi Club Annexe and Rawalpindi/Islamabad Bridge playing arena. For the purposes of the competition the world was divided into eight zones and Pakistan was placed in Zone four which included Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka besides Pakistan. At stake was the overall world title, the zonal champions title and then there were the top positions at the national level and also the club level. According to the playing format the beauty of this form of play is that each pair competes against its opponents from all world centres and evaluation is made possible through the ECats System with results available as soon as the competition concludes and these results indicate the participating pairs standing at the club level, the national level, zone level and world level. And at the conclusion of the two days bridge pairs contest, it was the Rawalpindi/Islamabad pair of Arsalan Mansoor and Maj Hasnat who acheived the 67th position at the world level out of 4,076 pairs, with a percentage of 65.36 and match points of 86,689. In the race for top position at the world level, it was the South African pair of S Lombard and F Newman who emerged as the top pair with a percentage of 74.70 and 99076 match points. PRESS RELEASE
Barcelona ‘set to make Reus bid’ Barcelona want Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus as their major signing of the summer. Germany international Reus, who was ruled out of the World Cup with an ankle injury, has made a verbal agreement with La Blaugrana, Sport has reported. Reus has been chosen by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and president Josep Maria Bartomeu for a number of reasons, it’s said - he is cheaper than Sergio Aguero, only 25 years old, and versatile. He is also said to want to move to a league that is more competitive than Germany’s, in the wake of Bayern Munich’s domination of the division under Pep Guardiola. SPORTS DESK
both strong candidates to debut. Dean Elgar is expected to be the new opening batsman, Quinton de Kock, who forms part of a touring Test squad for the first time, may make an appearance at No. 7 and Wayne Parnell is the additional fast bowler in the squad. Those names reflect a lack of experience but for Domingo, also an opportunity to mould the side his way. “There are some fresh young players so it’s an exciting time for our team. It’s not going to be love and fresh air all the time. There are going to be some tough tours and some tough sessions for us but we’ve got the nucleus of a good side at the moment. As a coach, it’s always exciting to have a new direction to go in and you can leave your print on the team a bit easier with some new players coming in.” The first assignment with this new-look outfit will be tough because it will be played in the place South Africa last lost a Test series away from home - Sri Lanka, in 2006. But things will ease off after that with a one-off match against a Zimbabwean side that has played next to no cricket since last September and a three-Test home series against West Indies. By the end of those matches and a tour of Bangladesh next winter, South Africa will know how the Test side is shaping up for future contests such as England at home in the 2015-16 summer. Domingo does not have that much time with the one-day side. They need to have their blueprint for next year’s World Cup in place soon, which Domingo started working on last season. “That’s been going for the last two or three series. Our focus has been on trying to develop a style and a structure of play that we think will be suitable in Australia. So now we have to have a continuation of that process.” South Africa have not played an ODI
since December, when they hosted India. They won the series 2-0 with the third match a washout to end a three-month period in which they also beat Pakistan in a five-match series in the UAE. Although South Africa lost the return series at home, they won seven out of 10 completed matches between October and December and the ODI outfit stabilised from earlier in 2013, when they were booted out of the Champions Trophy at the semi-final stage and lost 4-1 in Sri Lanka. Returning to the scene of that shame will give Domingo a chance to see how far his fifty-over side has progressed. “Although we lost the series badly, there were crucial stages in some games where we were very much in the contest and then just didn’t execute our skills well enough. We learnt a lot from that tour and we’ll probably do a few things a little bit differently this time.” Steyn was rested for that limited-overs visit to Sri Lanka, Kallis, who had opted out of the Champions Trophy for personal reasons was not considered, and Amla was injured for the opening exchanges. South Africa flirted with four different opening combinations as a result of Amla’s unavailability and struggled with an out-of-form Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien in the middle order. Their bowlers sent down 55 wides in the five matches and they were lacking in the spin department. The results veered from the embarrassing - losing the first ODI by 180 runs and the last by 128 runs - to slightly promising like when they took the second match close to lose by 17 runs and then won the third by 56 runs. It was also the tour on which South Africa established a set batting line-up, to replace the floating one which had been in operation before. It is still in operation at the moment and is one of the things that should work better than it did last year.
Relieved Australian Tomic earns first win in five months SPORTS DESK After five months seemingly stuck in quicksand Bernard Tomic’s career took a step in the right direction with a morale-boosting victory on the lush Queen’s Club turf on Monday. The 21-year-old, once tipped to become Australia’s next flag bearer, had not won a main tour match since January but edged past American Tim Smyczek in the first round of the Aegon Championships - the traditional warmup for Wimbledon. Tomic’s lean run, not helped by hip surgery after a first-round retirement against Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open, has seen his ranking slide and with points to defend over the next month he is in danger of falling out of the world’s top 100. After opening-round defeats in Rome, Madrid, Nice and at the French Open, Tomic just looked relieved to be back on a surface that he enjoys playing on. “I’m happy because I should have lost that match,” said Tomic
who broke serve in the nick of time to win 6-4 3-6 7-5. “I thought I was going to lose. Very rarely are you going to get out of a match like that when the guy’s serving at 5-4 in the third set,” he told reporters. “It’s funny. You can play like crap for two sets and then find three or four points and win the
match.” Tomic reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year and made the quarter-finals at the All England Club in 2011, fuelling belief that he would start to deliver on a talent that so far has not been completely fulfilled. Controversy surrounding his coach and father John, who was
given a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a practice partner last year, and run-ins with the police at home for speeding in his Ferrari, have been unwelcome distractions. Tomic junior was also suspended from Australia’s Davis Cup team in 2012 because of concerns about his attitude. While other young guns such as Japan’s Kei Nishikori, Canada’s Milos Raonic and Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis have begun to threaten the top order, Tomic is being left behind. He is hopeful a good run on grass will spark him into life although his mood was hardly enthusiastic on Monday. “I felt bad today because I just wasn’t playing good and couldn’t find my timing, the courts were quick,” said Tomic who has been practising on grass for a week. “It’s not easy the first match on grass. It was a weird match. It was just good to get on there today and play 90 minutes and now I’ll move on to my next opponent.”
Steven Smith eyes limited-overs progress SPORTS DESK Over the past year, Steven Smith has grown to become an integral member of the Australia Test side, having played crucial roles in both the home Ashes and the series victory in South Africa. His limited-overs career with Australia hasn’t quite flourished though, having last held down a regular spot nearly three years ago. It is something he wants to change, especially with the World Cup at home next year. “I was pretty happy with
my performances in the Ryobi and the T20 last year. It is my ambition to play all three forms for Australia,” he said during Australia’s fitness camp in Brisbane. “Hopefully I can keep improving and learning my game in the short form.” He scored four half-centuries in eight innings for New South Wales in the Ryobi Cup last season, and played 10 matches for Rajasthan Royals in the recent IPL. “IPL was very good for that, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rajasthan, just
to keep learning, and learning how to pace my innings, keep getting in those same situations, if I do it once, I know that I can do it again.” One tournament in which Smith could get a look-in in the shorter formats is the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe starting late August. “I want to play all three forms for Australia, if I get an opportunity with a few guys potentially not going to Zimbabwe, if I get an opportunity to go there hopefully I can have a good series and really keep putting my foot forward.”
Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
Record-collector Nadal closes in on Federer’s hoard SPORTS DESK
Froome wins second stage of Dauphine Chris Froome of Team Sky has retained the yellow jersey in the Criterium du Dauphine, securing a second stage win ahead of Alberto Contador. Froome had already secured the yellow jersey in the first stage, a time-trial. Although Team Sky will be happy with Froome’s win, as the Tour de France grows ever closer they will be concerned by how early Richie Porte fell away during the second stage climb. Porte is expected to act as Froome’s right-hand man and primary supporter during Le Tour, with previous winner Bradley Wiggins not expected to play any part in the team. SPORTS DESK STAnDingS 1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 4:37:44” 2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +12” 3. Wilco Kelderman (netherlands / Belkin) +21” 4. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / garmin) +33” 5. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Lotto) +35” 6. Vincenzo nibali (italy / Astana) +50” 7. Haimar Zubeldia (Spain / Trek) +1:22” 8. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana) 9. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +1:31” 10. Tanel Kangert (Estonia / Astana) +1:35”
Dundee post for McCabe Dundee have appointed Gerry McCabe as their new assistant manager, the Dens Park outfit have announced. The 57-yearold former Clydebank, Hamilton and Clyde midfielder has quit a similar post at Queen of the South to link up with Dee boss Paul Hartley. McCabe, who was previously number two at Kilmarnock, Hibs, Plymouth, Dumbarton and Dunfermline, has penned a two-year deal. A statement on the Dundee website said: “Paul Hartley is particularly pleased to have secured Gerry’s services so early in the close season and has known him most of his footballing career.” SPORTS DESK
AC Milan sack Seedorf AC Milan have sacked coach Clarence Seedorf after just five months at the helm and appointed his former team-mate Filippo Inzaghi as his replacement, the Italian giants confirmed on Monday. Seedorf took charge at the San Siro in January following the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri and was under contract with the Rossoneri outfit for a further two years. The 38-year-old, who had no prior coaching experience, fell out with the Milani hierarchy in recent months. A statement from AC Milan read: “AC Milan announces it has dismissed coach Clarence Seedorf and has handed the reins of the first team to Filippo Inzaghi until June 30, 2016.” Under Seedorf, Milan won seven of their last nine matches but finished a disappointing eighth in Serie A and failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 16 years. SPORTS DESK
HEN Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that. Yet only two years later, a younger, fitter, hungrier rival by the name of Rafael Nadal is now threatening to topple the Swiss from his perch after hoisting his 14th major silverware at Roland Garros on Sunday. As the Spaniard has now contested the last three slam finals it is not inconceivable that by the time he returns to Paris next year to target a 10th Musketeers’ Cup, his name could be alongside Federer’s on the list of all-time leading title hoarders. As the first man to win nine times at the same grand slam tournament and with time still on his side, Nadal has shown no signs of relinquishing his hold at the French Open, where he owns an eye-popping 66-1 win-loss record. The tennis world may be obsessed with finding out just how many more trophies Nadal is capable of winning but the 28-
year-old did not seem to care a hoot about where he ended up in the pecking order. “Federer, well, he’s had 17 and I have had 14 grand slams... but I’m not
really worried. It’s not a source of motivation for me,” said the French Open champion, who has also won two Wimbledons, two US Open and an Australian
Pietersen ‘relieved’ at England exit SPORTS DESK As England prepare to start their summer of Test cricket on Thursday, Kevin Pietersen has said that he is relieved to be out of the England dressing-room, claiming the “environment was poor” during England’s shambolic Ashes winter. He also said that, contrary to some things that have been written, in particular the suggestion from England’s managing director Paul Downton that he was “disengaged”, his relationship with team-mates “was fine”. Pietersen was dropped for good by England’s selectors after the series, a decision which continues to divide the cricket public, but in his first ghosted column with
the Telegraph he said he, at least, had “moved on with my life”. “I am at peace with everything. It took only a couple of conversations with my family to start thinking this way because of how much I really did not enjoy the winter. “In fact, it has been a relief to be out of the dressing room because it was not a pleasant place in Australia. We were losing and in my opinion the environment was poor and I was not alone in thinking that. It is a view shared by a number of the players who have spoken their minds since coming back from the tour. Pietersen was highly critical of the ECB agreement to play back-to-back Ashes series to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup which
he argued added to an onerous schedule which proved too much for England’s exhausted players. “As soon as we arrived the Australian media turned the heat up on us. I have had that for years so it did not bother me. It was fun. But for other players you could sense it was a problem. The senior players were tired and it soon became a really long grind against an Australian side that had their backs up in their own country.” GILES SUFFERED FOR BACKING ME: Kevin Pietersen has suggested that Ashley Giles was not appointed as successor to Andy Flower to England because he suffered for being too supportive towards Pietersen’s England future. “I felt really sorry for Ashley when he missed out on the England head coach job. I spoke to him after [Moores was appointed to the role] and told him I thought he had it nailed. But sadly I think he was just too close to me for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s liking. “Instead they turned to Peter Moores. First and foremost I believe England should not have appointed someone who has done the job before. It was time for fresh ideas. But this time there is not a crop of senior players to resist his methods or with the personality to challenge him. They might say things behind his back but they will not take him on in front of others and that will give Peter a better chance of success.”
Open trophy. “I don’t really care that much about the records. I’ll still play with a lot of intensity. I’ll still be motivated. “I’ll follow my own path. Then when my career is over, we’ll count.” That path will initially lead him to Wimbledon, where he desperately wants to make amends for his shock first-round defeat last year to 135thranked Belgian Steve Darcis. The switch from clay to grass in just two weeks proved to be a challenge too for Nadal and his overworked knees in 2013, especially as he was on the way back from a seven-month injury break. Twelve months on an he is more optimistic about his return to the home of lawn tennis. “I want to try to play well again in Wimbledon,” said the Spaniard, who preserved his status as world number one by beating Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. “I’m healthy. That’s the most important thing.” “I hope my knee will have the positive feeling on grass, because I feel my knee is better than last year on the rest of the surfaces. “Grass always was a little bit harder for me after the injury. Last year I tried, but I was not ready to compete at Wimbledon.
Ancelotti silent over Suarez but confirms Morata departure Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has refused to comment on the club’s reported interest in Luis Suarez but confirmed Alvaro Morata is to leave. Real rejected an offer from Arsenal to take academy product Morata on loan last January, but Ancelotti has explained that the striker, who made just three league starts last season, is keen to find another club in pursuit of first-team football. “The player has decided to leave in search of more minutes and the club has agreed it,” said the Italian coach at the presentation of his new website. In addition to the Gunners, Italian champions Juventus and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are believed to be chasing Morata, but Real Madrid are keen to include a buy-back clause in any potential deal. Ancelotti appeared to confirm this by saying: “If he gets the chance to play it will be good for him to have those opportunities for a year.” And he admitted Real would search for a “young striker with the same profile as Morata” in the event the 21-year-old leaves the Spanish capital. However, Ancelotti gave away few hints about Madrid’s interest in Liverpool striker Suarez. SPORTS DESK
Why in-form France can’t win the World Cup? COURTESY EUROSPORTS If there’s one team which has everyone talking ahead of the World Cup finals, it’s France, who have enjoyed some very impressive warm-up results. Les Bleus have some very good players, of that there can be no doubt, but they don’t have many exceptional stars. You look at their squad and think they are a quarter-final team; France are probably at the same level as England. The loss of Franck Ribery was of course a big blow and will primarily be felt in the later stages, should France make it that far. The big matches are decided by the big players, and Ribery was key to how Deschamps laid out his team with his impressive work ethic. The key thing at the World Cup is to have staying power. How sharp are you after you’ve played five games? It’s
only the absolute best who have enough quality for six or seven games and I don’t think France have that. I question whether a very talented young team has the concentration and discipline to win the World Cup, and I wouldn’t be getting carried away by an 8-0 win over Jamaica, as impressive as their friendly victory was on Sunday night. They have exceptional young players such as Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane but, with Ribery out of the equation, the only genuine world-class star is probably Karim Benzema. Antoine Griezmann looks like he will come in for Ribery off the back of a tremendous season with Real Sociedad and he is in good form, which is vital. He weighs in with goals, which is nice from your wide men, but he is not at Ribery’s level and never will be. With Ecuador, Honduras and Switzer-
land in their group, and then, if they win it, possibly Iran, Nigeria or Bosnia and Herzegovina to come in the last-16, it looks as though France possibly have a clear run at the quarter-finals, and anything less would be a disappointment given their favourable draw. And they certainly have the talent to go further - you wouldn’t rule that out. But if they don’t get through the group, I’m sure something will happen. There will be a big story from behind the scenes. Four years ago, France went on strike before being knocked out in the first round in South Africa. Controversy always seems to follow France around – since Knysna alone we’ve had Laurent Blanc talking about racial quotas and now the storm over Samir Nasri’s exclusion – but Didier Deschamps has them on an even keel going into the tournament and that is important.
SPORTS Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
Sarfraz lashes out at PCB for Yonus demotion iSLaMaBaD
Younis expected to sign contract, says Moin Khan Karachi AGENCIES
His demotion to category B may have raised a few eyebrows in Pakistan cricket circles but veteran batsman Younis Khan is “expected” to sign on the dotted line as the PCB makes no “exceptions” for any individual, insists chief selector Moin Khan. “The players who are offered these contracts are expected to sign the contracts because the board can’t make exceptions for anyone,” Moin said. Some PCB officials have insisted that it was compulsory for players to sign the contracts. Asked if any player didn’t wish to sign and agrees to play without a central contract for Pakistan as Younis had indicated, Moin said, “I think this is a policy which only the board can best explain.” His comments came just hours after another senior board official, Zakir Khan had said it was mandatory for players to sign the contracts. Zakir said those not signing the contract could be sidelined from selection. Moin, Zakir and the head coach of the national cricket academy, Mohammad Akram were on the committee that finalised the list of 32 players who have
been given contracts in four categories. A source close to Younis said the senior batsman had just received his contract copy and was going through it. “But clearly he is not happy at his demotion and could forgo the monthly retainer fees and decide to just play for Pakistan with the match fees,” he said. Younis remains one of the most popular players on the Pakistan circuit and juniors have a lot of respect for him and some of them are also said to be surprised by his demotion. Justifying PCB’s move to demote Younis, Moin said players were categorised as per a new policy under which those who have played all the three formats were considered for the top category, before taking into consideration seniority and performance. Moin, meanwhile, said that players who don’t meet fitness targets given to them in the central contracts will be docked from their monthly retainers. The former captain said that players had been given specific targets to attain individual levels in their contracts which would be reviewed in September. “I can’t disclose names of those players who were given these targets or their details but if they don’t meet these targets they will be docked from their monthly retainer amounts,” he added.
India-Pakistan matches beneficial in every way: Khan Khan remains optimistic of his teams chances on winning The Pakistan international striker wants the games to be used as a hotbed to attract sponsors to the game in this part of the continent. Pakistan captain Muhammad Essa Khan believes that a greater number of IndiaPakistan matches will help in improving ties between the neighbouring countries. His jubilancy comes in the wake of the Indian and Pakistani Football Associations agreeing to hold bilateral friendlies in the subcontinent as a measure to help warm the national sides up before the Asian Games. Whilst improving ties was an important cornerstone for the organization of these ties, Essa hailed it as an opportunity to attract sponsors to the games as well. “It’s beneficial in every way. I still remember in 2005, we were playing against India in Quetta and we had a crowd of 100,000. People were lined up outside the stadium as well. So there is a market for these matches,” explained the 30 year-old KRL FC striker, to The Express Tribune in Pakistan. Khan was ecstatic when he explained, “We should play India every year because it will generate public interest in both countries. The emotion and spirit on both sides will prove this series a success.” So far, only two friendlies have been decided upon. Both will be held in the city of Bengaluru, on the 17th and 20th of August this year. Khan also expected his team to win the ties pointing to the fact that Pakistan’s tryst with the Blue Tigers in the South Asian Football Associations (SAFF) Championship, the last time these teams played each other, resulted in a Indian win only due to an own goal that was conceded. SPORTS DESK
oRMeR Test fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz termed Younus Khan’s demotion in B category as disgusting, shameful and highly regrettable treatment lend towards country’s only skipper till date to win T20 World Cup for Pakistan. “This is not only the insult of a great player a living legend like Younus, but it is also the insult of millions of Pakistanis. Such an attitude towards a great player is not acceptable. If Hafeez, Afridi and Juniad Khan could be included in A category, then why not Younus? it is true, he is just representing country in one format but it is not his fault. He has always expressed his desire and makes himself available for all the formats. PCB and its panel of selectors are consistently ignoring Younus from other two formats.
Younus still has lot of cricket left in him. I will request PCB Chairman Najam Sethi to look into this matter of grave importance and ensure Younus must get justice and persons responsible should be taken to task.” Talking to The Nation on Sunday, he said selectors have already wasted a world class bowler like Junaid Khan who could have been easily part of any international country in all the formats but here in Pakistan he was completely misused. “He was treated like an alien and keeping him in and out had badly hampered his potential and destroyed his abilities. He could have been by now the spearhead of Pakistan bowling and destroyed top orders of any given opponent. I still believe there is still time left and Juniad must be a regular part of Pakistani team in all the three formats of the game. I can assure, if given proper opportunities and confidence, he would soon lead Pakistan bowling and could
play major role in future victories of the country in the years to come.” Sarfraz said he had time and again requested the PCB to ensure a NADRA official should be present on the site during time of trials at junior levels and his presence would ensure no wrongdoing could take place as he can verify age on spot. “Now is the time PCB must shun old methods of verifying ages through doctors as that formula has failed long time ago. I will also request PCB chairman to order training camps for Fata U-19 players just like camps for Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad and Peshawar players are going to start today. It is grave injustice to Fata players and Pakistan could get lot of talent especially in fast bowling department from the region.” Sarfraz also questioned criteria of allotting contracts to players in different categories. “When players were invited to NCA for long training camp,
why they were not even considered for any category. There were some bright players, who deserved at least D category, but their names were not considered while on the other hand some player, who had long not being the part of any format of the national team were rewarded with central contracts, which is a grave injustice to the deserving players.” He said pool of wicket keepers must also be enhanced and that too on priority basis, relying on only two keepers is not a wise thing. “I have always pleaded to enhance pool of players and have always offered my services in any capacity. It is the PCB who should decide whether they want to benefit from my expertise or not. I want to give country number of fast bowlers. I had long requested PCB I wanted to start camp, but despite lapse of more than sufficient time, I am still waiting for the reply. this attitude needed to be changed,” Sarfraz concluded.
I always knew I’d make it to the World Cup: Suarez SPOrTS DeSK Uruguay’s Luis Suarez says that he never had any doubt that he would be fit for the World Cup after undergoing knee surgery at the end of the domestic season. “At no time did I feel pressured, at no
time have I felt sad because at no point did I think there was a chance of me missing the World Cup,” he told the Guardian. The Liverpool striker damaged a meniscus during a training session last month, and was advised by the team doctor to have the operation. Suarez has played down the severity of the injury. “of course there was the normal worry there always is when you undergo an operation…and an operation is always an operation,” he said. “At first I had to rest completely. I couldn’t put weight on it at all...If they had said to me that the extent of the injury was greater, I’d have been worried. But knowing the grade of the injury, I was confident.” Uruguay’s first World Cup match is against Costa Rica.
Australia humiliates India in last group match INDIA FINISHED THE GROUP STAGE WITH A WIN, A DRAW AND THREE LOSSES AFTER LOSING 4-0 TO DEFENDING CHAMPIONS AUSTRALIA IN THEIR LAST GROUP GAME OF THE 2014 HOCKEY WORLD CUP The hague AGENCIES
India suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss against defending champions Australia in their final group league encounter of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, here on Monday. (Highlights) Asserting their strength, Australia built up a four-goal lead in the initial 22 minutes, before the Indians
managed to re-group themselves and put up a stronger defence thereby denying the fancied rivals a chance of scoring any more goals. Kieran Govers opened the scoring with a field goal in the 27th minute. It was followed by three penalty corner strikes - two by Chris Ciriello and one by Jeremy Hayward. Australia topped Group A with maximum 15 points from five successive victories.
The Aussie players are on course to have another crack at the title as a present to their coach Ric Charlesworth, for whom this will be the last World Cup as he retires, later this year. India finished their five pool matches with four points, gained from a victory over Malaysia and a draw with Spain. India now await the result of the SpainMalaysia result later today to know whether they finish fourth or fifth in the group. Spain have two points from four matches, while Malaysia have lost all their four games. A draw or a Malaysian victory will help India finish in the fourth spot in the group, and then play-off for the seventh and eighth spots. A Spanish victory will relegate India to the fifth spot in the pool, making them play for the ninth and 10th positions. India managed to mouth a few raids, but the defence also regrouped and put up a stiffer challenge for the rival strikers. Australia on Monday opened the game by pressuring the Indian defence into conceding an early goal.
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Brazilian ambassador unveils Pak made FIFA soccer ball SIALKOT: Ambassador of Brazil in Pakistan Alfredo Leoni on Monday unveiled the official FIFA soccer ball Brazuca which was made in Pakistan at a colourful ceremony at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). Speaking on the occasion the Brazilian ambassador said the purpose of the visit to Sialkot was to promote commercial ties between Brazil and Pakistan. The Brazil Embassy in Pakistan has started issuing five year multiple entry visas to Pakistani business people. Brazil contributed 18 million in cash to flood victims of Pakistan over the last three years as it has enlarged its diplomacy and plays more active role in international relations, he added. In his address of welcome, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) president Dr Sarfraz Bashir said immense possibilities and huge potential of joint ventures and cooperation in various sectors existed between Pakistan and Brazil. The ceremony was also attended by a large number of business people and people from all walks of life. Brazuca is an informal local term which means Brazilian or to describe the Brazilian way of life. The sports industry achieved the distinction in 1982 when Tango, a ball also made in Sialkot, was used at the FIFA World Cup. The new ball features six identical panels along side a unique surface that will provide improved grip touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field. Sports enthusiasts and fans of soccer across the world will be watching and sharing something made in Pakistan in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. AGENCIES