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RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday reiterated commitment of its government to protect the children of Pakistan from polio and eventually eradicating the disease from the country. He further said that Government of Pakistan had declared polio eradication a health emergency. The prime minister stated this while talking to the executive committee of National Task Force on Polio eradication, who called on him at the PM House. The prime minister said it was a matter of grave concern that there was a possibility of travel restrictions being imposed on Pakistanis since the virus from Pakistan has been found linked to polio cases in other countries. “Since it is a question of the prestige, image and honour of our country, we must redouble our efforts to eradicate Polio from

our country,” the PM added. The prime minister stressed the need to strictly implement the Polio eradication Action Plan with zero tolerance for inefficiency, negligence and under-performance in the anti-polio campaigns. He expressed his deep concern over the incidence of polio cases in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He expressed his resolve to take every measure possible to ensure that every child is reached with polio vaccine. It is the responsibility of the government to protect the health and well being of every child in the country and “we cannot be found wanting or be deterred on any account in performance of this noble task,” he added. About the situation in FATA, the PM said, “I am aware that a special civil-military co-ordination mechanism is in place. However, we need to ensure that challenges in North and South Waziristan, where a ban is clamped on polio campaigns by certain groups, are met with locally appropriate solutions and in ac-

cordance with local traditions and norms”. We need to find solutions in cooperation with the security forces, the tribal elders and local influentials to allow vaccination in the interest of their own children, he further stated. PM Sharif expressed his sadness at the incidents of violence including attacks on polio workers and police officials protecting them. The government cannot allow anyone to target those working to protect the health of children, he concluded. Nawaz Sharif showed his pleasure to the fact that religious leaders were now fully engaged with over 730 religious scholars from all schools of thought pledging support to the initiative. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Dr Altaf Bosan, PM’s Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell chief Ayesha Reza Farooq, PM’s focal person on polio eradication and other members of the executive committee of the task force were present.

PolIo vaccINaTIoN maNdaTory for PaKISTaNIS TravelINg To INdIa ISLAMABAD: The Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Tuesday necessitated travelers from Pakistan travelling to India to submit oral polio vaccination certificate four weeks before their journey to India. “Travelers from Pakistan to India after January 30 will require carrying their vaccination record as evidence of polio vaccination. They will be requested to show their record of vaccination for entry into India, and carry out throughout their stay in India” said the statement issued from Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Tuesday. The format of Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) certificate is available at the high commission’s official web site, the statement said. “The step was being taken to safeguard India’s polio-free status, attained after sustained efforts and investment,” the high commission had said, adding that it was applicable to all travelers from all countries where polio disease is endemic or where cases of polio are reported. ONlINE

Immunisers fall short of No proposal for setting up militants’ offices, Senate told immunity against terrorism ISLAMABAD APP


Unidentified men fired shots at a polio vaccination team Tuesday, killing two policemen and injuring another, in Dera Ismail Khan while the lady health workers remained safe.

According to the police, the policemen were providing cover to the polio team in Gandi Omar Khan area when they were attacked. The injured cop was shifted to a Dera Ismail Khan hospital where doctors stated his condition to be critical, while the deceased were shifted to another hospital for autopsy. World Health Organisation has declared Peshawar as epicentre of polio in the world while 35 polio cases have been reported across the country. There was no immediate claim of the responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban have repeatedly targeted health workers who

are found vaccinating against polio, accusing them of being spies. The resistance to polio vaccination by Taliban militants stiffened after the May 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in northern Pakistan as revelations surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency had used Dr Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, to run a fake vaccination campaign to gain access into Bin Laden’s hide out. Since then, Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks on the vaccination work and issued religious edicts claiming that the United States uses it as a disguise to run a spying network.

Nawaz discusses security, Taliban talks in high-level moot ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to discuss matters related to internal security and the names of persons to be included in the government and Taliban mediations. The meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Rashid Mehmood, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lt Gen Zaheer ul Islam, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Meanwhile, member of the Taliban’s mediating committee, Maulana Yousuf

Shah said on Tuesday that the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan had decided to maintain its existing team for the dialogue process with the government. Shah, after holding a telephonic conversation with Taliban

leaders, announced that the existing committee would remain intact. He further said that the Taliban were serious about talks and no demands were put forward from either sides as yet.


The Senate was informed Tuesday that there was no proposal under consideration about setting up of offices of banned organisations in the country. “The issue relates to news reports. The federal government has no proposal under consideration regarding setting up of offices by banned organisations. We have also not received any formal request in this regard,” Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rehman told the House in response to a Calling Attention Notice. The notice was moved to the House by the ANP senators who had expressed strong reservations over the statement of a PTI provincial minister in the KPK government. The members had contested that the banned outfits could not be allowed to set up regular offices like political parties when they do not recognise the country’s Constitution and writ of the State. Furthermore, they had stated that many among them were killers and proclaimed offenders and carry head money on them. The minister, in response, said that statements attributed to Imran Khan and the provincial minister are media reports while the government has not received anything formally from Imran Khan or the provincial government. “There is clarity in the stance and stand of the federal government and there is no such proposal under consideration,” he added. He assured the House of necessary action if any action is taken against the law and the Constitution. “The government cannot remain silent on such an act and shall move to stop it.”

TTP deny seeking office in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Tuesday said that the militants were observing complete ceasefire on their part and they have not made any demand for opening an office anywhere in Pakistan. According to a private TV channel, Shahid said that members of the government and Taliban negotiating committees are in contact for pushing the peace talks to a logical end. INP

‘KP govt ready to open TTP office in Peshawar’ PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Tuesday that his provincial government is ready to provide an office for the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP). Khattak told reporters that the KP government, which is led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was willing to make any other arrangements if needed for the peace process. “The federal government is heading in the right direction for peace talks,” he said. When asked, Khattak said he did not know if his name had been suggested as a member of the Taliban negotiations committee. The chief minister however said that the KP governor and representatives from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) should be included in the committee. Khattak said the KP government would take parliamentary party leaders into confidence if peace talks fail. STAFF REPORT

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HILe counsels for former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf cited Taliban-related security concerns for the former military ruler’s absence from high treason trial in the special court Tuesday, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand Agency said the militants would not target him during the ceasefire period. Apparently buying the counsels’ arguments, the three-member bench of the special court ordered the retired general to appear before it on Friday for his possible indictment. During the proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel Ahmed

Raza Kasuri pleaded that intelligence agencies had warned against a possible attack on his client. He read out the letter containing the threat reports. He said that Musharraf’s assassination plot had been made on the pattern of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer’s murder. He said that certain miscreants had penetrated into the security squad, therefore screening of the persons deployed on the security of Musharraf was much needed. Kasuri went on to saying that Musharraf will appear only after the court assures his security. He read out the letter issued by the Interior Ministry at the start of the hearing, demanding the court to take responsibility for Musharraf’s security, otherwise the judges of the three-member bench would be held


responsible in case of a mishap. Shaken over traces of contempt in the counsel’s language, Justice Faisal Arab asked Kasuri not to cross his professional limits. Prosecutor Akram Shaikh, in his counter arguments, said they would take the responsibility of Musharraf’s security after the court orders Musharraf’s detention. He took the plea that Musharraf’s security has been increased twofold and prayed that if the court allowed then Musharraf could be taken into preventive custody and presented before the court. The prosecutor said that Musharraf was a free man and had selected his own security. He prayed if the court permits to take the accused into custody then security screened by Military Intelligence and Inter-


Both the treasury and opposition senators have opposed the amendment in Civil Servant Act 2013, calling it a move by the government to allegedly pave way for the appointment of “a blue-eyed” in the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP). The controversy began after news surfaced that the government was considering appointing Rana Bhagwandas, former Supreme Court judge, as the head of the eCP. After developing consensus in the National Assembly (NA) over the Act’s amendment, it was sent to the Upper House of parliament. When the Civil Servant Amendment Act 2013 was presented in the Upper House, Senator Ghulam Ali said that no violation of rule should be made in the

legislation process, adding that this bill had been presented in parliament to pave the way for Rana Bhagwandas to be the next Chief election Commissioner (CeC). ANP Senator Zahid Khan said the incumbent government had appointed Fakhrudin G ebrahim the CeC, making the elections controversial. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and FATA are being neglected in share of vital government posts and merit-based appointments are not made, he said. Khan further said that chief of army staff used to be selected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa however this time, rules had been trampled. Appointments in courts, National Accountability Bureau and PSC had not been made on merit, he added. ANP Senator Haji Adeel said, “We do not have any personal enmity with Bhagwandas but we will not allow

his appointment through an illegal procedure.” Senators Abdul Haseeb, Saeed Iqbal and Abdul Raoof also opposed the bill advising that it be forwarded to the standing committee concerned. Leader of the Upper House Raja Zafar responded to the dissenting views of both the government and the opposition senators saying that he respected the viewpoints but if there were any drawbacks in the bill then these should be removed and then it should be sent to the concerned standing committee for further consideration. The bill was sent to the concerned standing committee for consideration.


A report by the United Nations Human Rights Council has called for independent investigations to be carried out into drone attacks after a series of strikes that result in unexpected civilian deaths in Afghanistan,Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. Most of the attacks involved USdrones. In a 21-page report, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, Ben emmerson, records a dramatic reduction in drone strikes in 2013 in Pakistan but increases in Afghanistan and, towards the end of the year, in Yemen. The decline in drone strikes in Pakistan comes after its government’s repeated calls for the US to reduce their number. Islamabad argued that the impact of drone strikes was counterproductive, turned opinion in the country against the US and undermined the Pakistani government. But emmerson noted a threefold increase in recorded civilian casualties from drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2013. He concluded that states have an

obligation to launch inquiries into cases in which civilians become caught up. His report said: “Having regard to the duty of states to protect civilians in armed conflict, the special rapporteur concluded that in any case in which there have been, or appear to have been, civilian casualties that were not anticipated when the attack was planned, the state responsible is under an obligation to conduct a prompt, independent and impartial fact-finding inquiry and to provide a detailed public explanation of the results. “This obligation would be triggered whenever there is a plausible indication from any apparently reliable source that unintended civilian casualties may have been sustained.” The proposal is likely to form the basis for a draft resolution to be debated by the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland. emmerson devoted a large part of the report to listing specific drone strikes involving civilians. He said he had identified 30 attacks out of a total of 37 brought to his attention in which civilians had been killed, suffered life-threatening injuries or been put at risk.

In Afghanistan, emmerson, who travelled widely for the report, said that up to the end of 2012 drone strikes “appeared to have inflicted significantly lower levels of civilians casualties than aerial attacks carried out by other air platforms. This is no longer the position.” In 2013, drone attacks accounted for 40% of the total number of civilian fatalities from air strikes. There were 45 civilian fatalities and 14 non-fatal injuries, a threefold increase compared with 2012. In Pakistan, he recorded “a marked drop” in civilian casualties since 2012. “Figures to the end of 2013 confirm that there has been a significant de-escalation in the number of recorded drone strikes in Pakistan,” he said. Strikes were down to 27 in 2013 from a peak of 128 in 2010, and for the first time in nine years there had been no civilian casualties reported. “At the time of writing, there have been no reported drone strikes during 2014, the longest pause since President Obama took office,” emmerson said. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which monitors media reports on drones strikes, reported last month that there had been no known drone strikes in Pakistan since 25 December. US officials say the lull was a response to requests by the Pakistani government, which has been trying to launch peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.


cII declares laws prohibiting underage marriage as un-Islamic ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that Pakistani laws prohibiting marriage of underage children are un-Islamic. At the end of its two-day session on Tuesday, the CII said there is no minimum age of marriage according to Islam. Islam does not forbid marriage of young children, the council said. However, the Rukhsati (consummation of marriage) is only allowed in the case that both husband and wife have reached puberty. The CII’s ruling comes a day after its chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani said laws regarding second marriage of a man in the presence of a first wife were against religious principles. “Sharia allows men to have more than one wife and we demanded that the government should amend the law,” he told reporters after a CII meeting. The laws require a man to have written approval from his existing wife or wives for another marriage. Sheerani urged the government to formulate Sharia-compliant laws related to nikah, divorce, adulthood and ‘will’. The CII is a constitutional recommendatory body that advises parliament in the law-making process, but cannot enact laws on its own. According to Pakistani laws, the minimum age for marriage is 18 years for a male and 16 years for a female. STAFF REPORT


Services Intelligence will be provided to him. He said that an armed contingent had reached AFIC after the surfacing of reports about security alert. The interior secretary had informed last night that number of security personnel will be increased from 1,100 to 2,200, he added. Moreover, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan told the court that about 1,600 security personnel have been deployed in the wake of possible appearance of Musharraf in court. However, not compromising on the former dictator’s security, Justice Arab said Musharraf’s arrest warrants could not be issued owing to security concerns. Meanwhile, a scene was created in the special court when Justice Arab ordered a lawyer of Musharraf to leave the court for using offensive language. Rana Aijaz was asked to leave the rostrum after he used offensive language. However, Aijaz refused to leave the court after which the special court called security officials. “You can issue my arrest orders but I will not leave the court,” Aijaz told Justice Arab. The court warned Aijaz to apologise for his comments otherwise contempt of court notice would be issued against him. Later, the security personnel took Aijaz out of the court and the hearing was adjourned. COMMANDO IS SAFE DURING CEASEFIRE: Meanwhile, the head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohamand Agency Umar Khorasani in a statement issued Tuesday said that the ceasefire agreement with the government will not be violated and no one, including former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, will be targeted.

disas-Thar: Two more infants die


Two more children died in the famine-hit Tharparkar district of Sindh on Tuesday, increasing the death toll to 131. As many as 56 people, including 21 children, are still under treatment at the civil hospital. On the other hand, Pakistan Army, other government organisations and NGOs are engaged in providing food and medical facilities to the drought-affected people. According to the ISPR‚ 110 tonnes of food items were distributed among the people of the area during the last three days. The army has also set up six medical camps at Mithi‚ Islamkot‚ Diplo Nangar Parker‚ Chahchard amd Kanser for providing speedy medical facilities to the misery-hit people. Army doctors

have so far extended medical facilities to 4,000 people so far, the ISPR said. Last week, officials were alarmed by media reports from Mithi, one of the least developed and most remote districts in southern Sindh, suggesting that more than 200 people had died because of famine and malnutrition. On Monday, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had said that the cause of the deaths would be confirmed by formal investigations but apparently pneumonia and malnutrition were among the major reasons. The Thar desert begins around 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Karachi and runs up to the border with India where it joins the Rajasthan desert. Poor health and communication infrastructure keeps the district disconnected from mainstream population.


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HE Crimean parliament voted on Tuesday that the Black Sea peninsula will declare itself an independent state if its residents agree to split off from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum. Crimea’s regional legislature today adopted a “declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.” The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favour of joining

Russia in the referendum. Western nations have said they will not recognise the vote as legitimate. But the move might be used as an attempt to ease tensions with Crimea existing as a self-proclaimed state without Russia moving quickly to incorporate it into its territory. After a brief war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, some leaders sin Georgia’s breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia also asked to join Russia, but their request was never granted. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s acting president on Tuesday called for the formation of a national guard and for the mobilisation of

reserves and volunteers into the country’s armed forces. Oleksandr Turchynov asked the national parliament to approve turning the country’s Interior Ministry troops into a National Guard “to defend the country and citizens against any criminals, against external and internal aggression.” Turchynov said that the mobilisation will include those who have previously served in the army and volunteers. Russian forces have strengthened their control over Ukraine’s Crimea region in the run-up to a referendum set for Sunday on whether to split off and become part of Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who will fly to Washington to meet with Barack Obama tomorrow, called on Western nations to defend Ukraine against a nation “that is armed to the teeth and that has nuclear weapons.”

Nation ready to fight if dialogue fails, says Khan LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the whole nation will be ready to fight if dialogue with Taliban failed, adding that the nation has to think how the postoperation problems will be solved. Addressing reporters at local hotel, Khan said the majority of Taliban desire negotiations adding that country’s ‘enemies’ don’t want dialogue to take place. The whole nation will be united and ready to fight if the dialogue process fails, he said, urging people to think how the

operation will solve the problems. Earlier, addressing Shaukat Khanum Social Responsibility awards, Imran Khan said that Pakistan’s economic growth was not possible without elimination of corruption. “Accountability should be equal for everybody,” he said adding that the PTI was introducing exemplary accountability system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). The PTI chief distributed shields among Shaukat Khanum Hospital’s donor companies and praised the spirit to help poor classes of society. Imran Khan said that he will meet the chief of army staff for acquiring land for a cancer hospital in DHA Karachi as well.

Search widens for missing Malaysian passenger jet KUALA LAMPUR AGENCIES

Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in locating traces of the plane more than three days after it vanished. Malaysia Airlines said in a statement the western coast of the country, near the Straits of Malacca, was “now the focus” of the hunt. That is on the other side of peninsular Malaysia from where flight 370 was reported missing, meaning if the plane went down there it would have had to fly over the country, presumably undetected. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the statement didn’t imply authorities believed the plane was off the western coast. “The search is on both sides,” he said. The Boeing 777 had 239 people on board when it vanished off radar screens early Saturday morning en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, triggering a massive international search effort. Authorities began their hunt at the point the plane was last known to be, a spot in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam. With no debris

found, they have systematically expanded their search to include areas where the plane could have in theory ended up given the amount of fuel it had on board. They have also said that the plane might have tried to turn back to Kuala Lumpur. On Sunday, Malaysia’s air force chief said there were indications on military radar that the jet may have done a U-turn. Vietnamese planes and ships are a major component of the international search and rescue effort. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnamese People’s Army, said authorities on land had also been ordered to search for the plane, which could have crashed into mountains or uninhabited jungle. He said that military units near the border with Laos and Cambodia had been instructed to search their regions also. “So far we have found no signs (of the plane) ... so we must widen our search on land,” he said. According to another news agency, China has deployed 10 satellites to help in the massive air and sea search for a missing Malaysian airliner, the People’s Liberation Army Daily said on Tuesday.

18 killed in Maoists attack in India RAIPUR: At least 18 people, including 15 security personnel and a villager, were killed Tuesday in a Maoist attack on CRPF and police men in a thickly forested part of Chhattisgarh, police said. Earlier reports said that at least 20 security personnel were killed in the attack in Sukma district, about 500 km south of Raipur in the Bastar region. According to the latest inputs, however, the toll among the security forces appears to be 15 — 11 from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and four from the state police. Their bodies have been recovered from the site. Besides, a villager was killed in the ambush. Police also claim to have found two more bodies which have not been identified as yet. An estimated 300 Maoist guerrillas ambushed and fired indiscriminately at 50-55 men from the CRPF and police patrol on a remote stretch of a forested road in Gheeram Ghati, a senior officer said. AGENCIES

Dar’s email account hacked LAHORE: The email account of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar was apparently hacked on Tuesday but he managed to regain access to it later in the day. In an email sent to a large number of people on his contacts list, the senator said that an email with the subject “Private” was not sent by him as someone had hacked into his account . STAFF REPORT


Jamshed Dasti, the whistle-blower who had pointed fingers at some of his fellow lawmakers for their alleged involvement in obnoxious activities in the Parliament Lodges, stands hopeless as his fellows members of the committee formed to probe the allegations, are all set to recommend penalty against him, terming his evidence as “insufficient”, Pakistan Today has learnt. The committee met Tuesday with PML-N lawmaker Sheikh Rohail Asghar in the chair. According to sources privy to the proceedings of the committee, not a single legislator appeared before the committee to record a statement approving allegations leveled by Dasti. “The committee was informed by an official that there were some non-Muslim workers living in the Parliament Lodges and they might be consuming liquor,” sources said adding that the Christians under the law were allowed to consume liquor – suggesting that the committee and officials were set to hush up the probe. Though there was no official word about the meeting, a member of the committee told Pakistan Today that the evidence put forth by Dasti was insufficient and held no grounds while the investigation into the matter also did

not approve the allegations leveled by Dasti. “However, there are some loopholes identified by the committee in the security and surveillance system of Parliament Lodges and we will finalise our proposals to fix the same in future deliberations,” the member said requesting not being named. The lawmaker said that the committee agreed in principle that it would provide another chance to Dasti to submit concrete and solid evidence to prove his allegations, failing which the committee would recommend the National Assembly to move against the accuser under the law. “Since the learned lawmaker has leveled serious allegations against fellow members of the Parliament, he would have to prove his claim. Since our families live there in Parliament Lodges, the vicinity is just like our own home. We can’t allow anyone to accuse our home for media projection. Either Dasti would have to prove his claims or he would have to face the music,” the lawmaker added. Another member of the committee however asserted that no such decision had been taken as the investigations were still in process. “This is a mere investigation going on. Today, we summoned Parliament Lodges director again and grilled him. We have not even started finalising our report. So the TV channels are reporting lies in this regard,” he maintained. Despite repeated attempts, Dasti was not available for comments.

British deputy speaker ‘sexually abused men in parliament’ LONDON AGENCIES

The former deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Commons sexually abused young men in parliament and at a Conservative party conference, a court heard on Monday. Nigel Evans, 56, had the “ability to make or break” the careers of those who wished to work in Westminster and he used his “powerful” influence to assault them, a jury heard. Evans denies nine charges dating from 2002 to 2013, involving seven men, including two of indecent assault, six of sexual assault and one of rape. He was often drunk when he acted, Preston Crown Court in northwest England was told. Prosecutor Mark Heywood said Evans assaulted the men despite a series of warnings from his colleagues to stop. “This behaviour did not happen once but has been repeated over time and despite repeated warnings given to him by others,” Heywood said. “It has also escalated in seriousness, no doubt because he believed that his position made it less than likely that someone would complain. “The prosecution alleges that he, on separate occasions over many years, has sexually assaulted young men, both in public situations and in private.

LAHORE: Beautiful flowers enhance the beauty of Jashn-e-Baharan at Defence Housing Authority.




“By the last of these, in early 2013, he raped one of the young men.” Evans was forced to resign as deputy speaker of the House of Commons, the lower house of parliament, in September after he was charged. One assault allegedly took place at a bar during the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in 2003. Evans, who was said to be heavily drunk, stood next to the complainant and “without warning or any kind of invitation” he put his right hand down the young man’s trousers, the prosecutor said. The complainant was aware that journalists were in the bar and “discreetly removed” Evans’s hand, but was “annoyed and embarrassed”, the court heard. Another alleged victim said he had wanted Evans to resign after he was assaulted at the lawmaker’s home. Meetings were held with senior officials of the Conservative Party and Evans was warned about his conduct as a general election was taking place the following year, in 2010. Yet, the prosecution alleges, he went on to commit further indecent assaults and allegedly raped a man last year, after the Conservatives had come to power in a coalition government. “So the prosecution allege, he not only abused young men, in some cases seriously, but he abused positions he held,” Heywood said. The trial continues.

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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said Pakistan is a committed nuclear non-proliferation state and all its nuclear power plants as well as research reactors are under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, fulfilling all global obligations adequately. Speaking to Director General IAEA Yukiyo Amino here at the PM House, he said Pakistan was actively expanding its power production potential by utilising nuclear technology to address country’s severe energy crisis. Premier Sharif said Pakistan, with the help of IAEA, was making use of nuclear technology in several areas including power production, medicine,

agriculture, food preservation and water management for the benefit of its people. Pakistan enjoys close cooperation of the IAEA since 1957, under the ‘Atoms for Peace’ initiative, said the PM, adding that the country values this cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Sharif appreciated the positive role played by the IAEA in the development of peaceful use of nuclear technology for human resource development in various scientific disciplines and establish-

ment of R&D facilities at different centers in the country. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was striving hard to meet the country’s power requirements, said Sharif. He said the PAEC has benefited significantly from IAEA’s program on Cancer Therapy and Control in member states. “Every year, a large number of its scientists and engineers benefit from IAEA sponsored activities and share

their knowledge and experience in specific fields while Pakistani experts render valuable services to other IAEA member states.” Prime Minister Sharif said that his government values its relationship with the IAEA and expressed hope for further strengthening the existing cooperation. DG IAEA Amino appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to use of nuclear energy for benefit of its people and extended his support for the cause.

NEWS 05 Two kIllEd, ThrEE INjurEd IN TurbAT fIrINg TURBAT: Two people were killed and three others were injured in an ambush in Turbat on Tuesday. Levies sources said that unknown armed men targeted five people with sophisticated weapons in Pedrak area of Kech Turbat district, leaving two men dead and three others injured. The assailants managed to escape from the scene. “Five people were on their way in Pedrak area when unidentified armed attackers riding motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on them,” Levies personnel said, adding that all five received multiple bullet wounds. Two of them succumbed to their injuries on the way to a hospital, they said. Levies personnel were investigating the incident. APP

Ex-PEMrA chIEf jAbbAr ArrEsTEd for IllEgAl APPoINTMENTs

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested former chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Dr Abdul Jabbar along with three other officers over illegal appointments, a private TV channel reported. The channel said that FIA Additional Director Hazrat Ali supervised the raid in which Jabbar and members of a three-member PEMRA committee, Safdar Rehman, Sardar Irfan Ashraf and Shehzad Nawaz Cheema, were arrested. The suspects, according to the channel’s sources, advertised for 18 positions in the electronic media watchdog but hired 60 personnel allegedly for personal financial gains.The FIA crime cell has broadened its probe following the arrests. A tussle between Dr Jabbar and in-office chairman Chaudhry Abdul Rasheed started in March last year when the federal government removed the former from the post of PEMRA chairman and appointed Rasheed in his place. MONITORING DESK

THARPARKAR: Thar residents migrate to other areas on Tuesday as dozens of children have died in the last three months because of famine caused by drought in the desert area. ONLINE

Rahul Gandhi compares BJP’s Modi to Hitler NEW DELHI AGENCIES

Rahul Gandhi, the heir to the dynasty that leads India’s ruling party, on Tuesday compared opposition leader Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler - his sharpest attack yet on a rival who is forecast to beat him in an upcoming general election. Modi, the pro-business candidate for prime minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has topped several opinion polls as the most popular choice to head the next government. He has electrified the campaign with promises of getting India out of its economic downturn and creating jobs for its burgeoning young population. But Modi’s rivals say the chief minister

of the western state of Gujarat is an autocrat who failed to stop religious riots in his state in 2002, in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. He has denied wrong doing and India’s Supreme Court did not find enough evidence to prosecute him. In a speech in Modi’s home state, Gandhi criticised the Hindu nationalist’s development record and contrasted him with the type of leader who had founded modern India. “There is another type of leader,” Gandhi said, after describing independence hero Mahatma Gandhi. “The biggest example is Hitler. Hitler, who believed that there was no need to learn from the people and who thought whatever happened in Germany was done

by Hitler and that the people had nothing to do with it.” India’s ruling Congress party has lost popularity after a decade in power marred by corruption. In recent weeks a string of leaders have compared Modi’s rise to the emergence of fascism in Europe. “These are the dialogues of the 1970s. They have no relevance in 2014,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, a senior BJP leader, in response to Gandhi’s references to Hitler. Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the anticorruption Aam Aadmi Party and a Modi opponent, tore into his economic model while in Gujarat last week. India’s election is due to start on April 7 and voting will span five weeks. The world’s largest democracy has 814 million registered voters, according to the election commission.




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LHC SEEKS IT MINISTER'S REPLY ON 14TH LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply of minister for Information Technology in YouTube ban case and adjourned the hearing till March 14. The case was heard by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah. A government reply was filed in the court but it did not have the signature of the minister concerned, therefore the court ordered resubmission of the answer. The government lawyer told the court that ban on YouTube was imposed in the country following the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. However, the petitioner stated that Supreme Court had only ordered removal of blasphemous content from the website, instead of banning the whole video sharing website. INP

HOMECOMING PGMI alumni conference on April 11 LAHORE: To commemorate the completion of 40th anniversary of Post Graduate Medical Institute Lahore (PGMI), an alumni conference is going to begin in upcoming April 9. PGMI and LGH Principal Prof Anjum Habib Vohra said that a memorable alumni conference would be held at the PGMI on the occasion of its 40th foundation day, adding that a committee has been constituted, headed by Prof Tariq Feroz Khawaja in this regard. Other members of the committee are Prof Giasun Nabi Tayab, Prof Ahmad Sulman Waris, Prof Ihtishamud Din Qureshi, Prof Sadia Chiragh, Prof Muneeza Saeed and Prof Fouzia Farzana, he said. He said that the alumni conference would also be attended by all the old students who have been or presently working against important posts.Prof Anjum Habib further told that during conference, issues like various diseases and their treatment and role of the PGMI in medical education would be discussed. He said that the PGMI and Lahore General Hospital played leading role during drive against dengue extending full support to the Punjab Health department and other medical institutions in the struggle to curb the menace. He said that establishment of Ameerud Din Medical College has given a new distinction and importance to the role of the PGMI. ONLINE

REST IN PEACE Jhelum DCO Zulfiqar Bhatti killed in road accident SHEIKHUPURA: Jhelum District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zulfiqar Bhatti was killed and two others injured in road accident on Tuesday. The police said that the accident took place in village Lalkey of Sheikhupura, Saddar Police Station jurisdiction where car of the DCO collided head-on with another car due to over speeding. As a result of the accident, Zulfiqar Bhatti died on the spot while his two cousins sustained serious wounds who were shifted to the hospital for treatment. INP

CAA HOLDS AIRPORT EMERGENCY EXERCISE LAHORE: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) held a one-day airport emergency exercise at Allama Iqbal International Airport Tuesday. The full-scale emergency exercise was aimed at checking the adequacy of the airport emergency plan in real time and space, testing capabilities and effectiveness of fire fighting personnel and equipment, besides checking the performance of medical and paramedical staff in attending casualties and their disposal. APP

THIS IS NOT YOUR LAND: Families stand in open after Railways demolished their homes illegally constructed near Old Water Tank Colony. ONLINE

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He dream of progress and prosperity cannot be realised without economic security, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Greg Giokas to discuss matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations between Canada and Pakistan on Tuesday. Provincial minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed, Agriculture secretary, Punjab Investment Board chairman and other senior officers were present in the meeting. The chief minister said that Pakistan is facing different challenges including shortage of energy but the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to cope with these problems. He said that far-reaching reforms are being introduced in economic and social sectors while top priority is being given to rid the people of the problems of shortage of electricity and a

IN PML-N GOVERNMENT, INVESTORS TRUST LAHORE: The confidence of foreign investors is increasing due to the policies of Pakistan Muslim League-N government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and various companies of China and other countries have expressed willingness to invest in energy and other sectors in Pakistan, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting with a delegation of Shandong Ruyi Group of China to discuss investment in energy, mining and textile sectors in the province on Tuesday. The delegation included Ruyi Group Senior Vice President Jerry Liu, Executive President Arie Qiu, Vice President Ms. Li Aiying, Executive Director Zhang Liuzhang and Masood Textile Chief Executive Officer Shahid Nazir. provincial minister for Minerals Sher Ali Khan, minister for Industry Chaudhary Muhammad Shafique, chief secretary, Energy additional chief secretary, Punjab Investment Board chairman and other officers concerned were present in the meeting. STAFF REPORT

comprehensive roadmap is being implemented for this purpose. He said that several projects of power generation through traditional and alternative resources are being started with the cooperation of friendly countries. Referring to the Nandipur Power Project near Gujranwala, the chief minister said that this important project was kept pending for a long period during the tenure of former government but it has

now been revived and the first turbine of the Nandipur Power Project would start operating within next two months. He said that the Nandipur Power Project will be completed by the end of current year. He said that the government is working on different projects of power generation from coal, hydel, solar and other alternative resources. Shahbaz Sharif said that the present government has promoted corruption free


Prime minister’s decision to include bureaucrats in the official committee for talks with the Taliban has created confusion and uncertainty, said Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan in an interview with an Urdu periodical on Tuesday. He counseled the prime minister to personally lead the official team which should include political figures, and not give its control to the bureaucracy. He said if the government did not change its attitude, the talks would not succeed. Syed Munawar Hasan said that the rulers seemed to be moving one step forward and two steps backward so far as

the talks with the Taliban were concerned. He said that the government functionaries who were used to looking up to the rulers on each and every issue, could not play satisfactory role in the success of the talks. He said the government should take full advantage of the ceasefire by the Taliban and decide the matter at the earliest. Unfortunately, he said, the rulers sought Washington’s consent at every step whereas the US wanted to ensure that its interests won’t be hurt even after its withdrawal from the region. However, he said, it would be interest of the US itself to honourably withdraw from the region after its humiliating defeat at the hands of the Afghans and abandon the dream of ruling the world.


culture due to which a number of foreign companies are making investment in different sectors in Pakistan. He said that Canadian investors can also benefit from the vast investment opportunities in the country. Canadian High Commissioner Greg Giokas said that Canada wants to promote cooperation with Pakistan in energy and other sectors. He also invited Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to visit Canada.

Basharat raja finds PunjaB Chief Minister’s Mous fishy LAHORE: Punjab chief minister is setting new tradition of violating the Constitution and law by ignoring the role of the federal government and the Foreign Office through entering into accords/agreements and holding meetings with foreign private investment companies, which is harmful for the federation that is already confronted with grave challenges, said Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Punjab Senior Vice-President Muhammad Basharat Raja on Tuesday. He said that if the Foreign Office or the federal government has given special permit to the Punjab chief minister for entering into accords with private companies then the nation should be apprised in this regard because international accords were done under international laws and no province on its own could sign international agreements by ignoring the role of the federal government or the Foreign Office. He said that the biggest province was continuously challenging the authority of the federation through mysterious foreign tours of the Punjab chief minister and signing accords with private companies. He asked that what will be the future of such accords which were not protected and guaranteed by the federal governments of the two countries, as people also want to know whether the foreign companies which were entering into accords and MOUs with the Punjab government have the formal permission and guarantee of their respective countries? STAFF REPORT


Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

PUNJAB ASSEMBLY HAS A BONE TO PICK WITH BHAI LAHORE: Punjab Assembly has adopted a resolution against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain's remarks regarding 'military takeover.' The resolution was tabled by the Pakistan Tehreek e Inasf (PTI) Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed. The draft of the resolution stated that the assembly would continue to oppose such mindset. Earlier, Altaf Hussain had called upon the military to come forward for a takeover of the country in case the army and the government fail to come on the same page. "We will have to decide between saving Pakistan and democracy," Altaf Husain stressed in a statement issued from London. INP

WELCOME BACK! LAHORE: The Indian Border Security Force have handed over a Pakistani prisoner to Rangers at Wagha on Monday. Zeeshan Alam, a civilian who crossed the borders mistakenly, according to officials. Recently, Indian border authorities were scheduled to release 12 Pakistanis with Zeeshan one of them. But in last-minute change of plans, they released only 11 prisoners holding back Zeeshan. Finally, he was released on Monday afternoon. STAFF REPORT

the sit-in Continues LAHORE



OUNG Nurses Association (YNA) held a protest demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, against government’s policies, which caused deep restlessness among the nursing community in the province. earlier, the nurses from all public sector hospitals boycotted their duties, except in emergency wards, of all public sector hospitals of Lahore and gathered in front of the Lahore Press Club to protest against sacking of nurses as well as non-regularisation of their services in Punjab. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands. The traffic remained blocked during the protest, which caused great inconvenience to the motorists. A large contingent of police provided security

to the nurses during their protest, which continued for six hours. The nurses informed the media that Punjab Health department had been using delaying tactics to fulfill the

for a Better PunjaB LAHORE: Punjab government has approved 18 development schemes in various development sectors of public welfare with an estimated cost of Rs 22,240.926 million. The approval of development schemes was given in the 34th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan elahi. Planning and Development Provincial Secretary Arif Anwar Baloch, members of the Planning and Development Board, provincial secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting. The approved development schemes included, Punjab Work Place Literacy Project at the cost of Rs. 514.605 million, construction of 100 Bedded Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif General Hospital, Multan (Phase-I) (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 513.649 million, establishment of Model Cattle Market Sargodha Road Sheikhupura (Amended) at the cost of Rs. 265.029 million, water supply scheme based on Naroomi Dhan Spring Phase-II, Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan, District Jhelum at the cost of Rs. 357.412 million, Urban Water Supply Scheme Chakwal, based on Khai Dam, district Chakwal at the cost of Rs580.522 million, construction of Metro Bus Transit System for Lahore-Ferozepur Road Corridor, Package-IV: construction of MTS from MAO College to Texali Chowk (elevated) length-2.28 km. (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 3380.757 million, development and construction of bus depot on southern side (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 983.247 million, widening/improvement of Bosan Road from BZU to Adda Sahi Chawan length 21.00 km in District Multan at the cost of Rs. 408.572 million, widening / improvement of Sheikhupura Sargodha Road km No.37 to 49.56 to 61.3 and 71.60 to 83.30 length 20.90 Km in District Sheikhupura at the cost of Rs1081.098 million. INP

Khan’s politics based on cheap tactics, says Sanaullah LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Imran Khan should refrain from making political capital from the protest demonstration of nurses, said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan on Tuesday. He said that Imran Khan is a flop leader and he should admit this fact. He said that the Punjab government has taken unprecedented steps for the improvement of service structure of doctors and nurses. Rana Sanaullah Khan said that Imran Khan reaches every gathering without invitation only to live in politics and interferes in the matters of others. He said that Imran Khan has no solid agenda or political standing and tries to use every platform for selfprojection and promotion of his political interests. Rana Sanaullah said that politics of Imran Khan depends on protest rallies and sit-ins of others and he has no political vision and is trying to achieve his narrow political interests through ridiculous statements.


demands of job security to nurses. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and other leaders including Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Andleeb Abbas and Shaneela Ruet, Young Doctors

Association leaders Dr Amir Bandesha and Dr Zeeshan also joined the protest to express solidarity with the nurses and demanded fulfillment of rights of the nursing community in the province.


Out of sync

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

Kissingerian realpolitik The Crimean crisis

Both CII and the present government


He Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has taken another controversial decision which is likely to cause uproar among human rights bodies and organisations fighting for women’s rights. Talking to media on Tuesday maulana Shirani rubbished existing legal provisions to discourage polygamy to be against religious teachings. According to him, as Sharia allows men to have more than one wife the laws need to be amended. Last year the CII kicked up a controversy when it ruled out DNA tests as primary evidence in cases of rape. The CII’s view was challenged by well known Islamic scholar Javed Ghamidi who supported the tests as valid evidence. The CII has also declared the provisions of Women’s Protection Act 2006 as out of line with Islamic injunctions. Last year the Council first approved the draft of a resolution recommending amendments to the blasphemy law to discourage levelling false allegations. However, soon the hardliners in the CII joined hands to strike down the proposed resolution. The CII is a constitutional body formed to bring all existing laws in conformity with the injunctions of Islam. The constitution however empowers the President to appoint members of the CII from amongst persons having knowledge of Islam as enunciated in the Holy Quran and Sunnah, or having an understanding of the economic, political, legal and administrative problems of Pakistan. The President is authorised to appoint the Chairman of the CII also. The Council is envisioned as a think tank of scholars well versed both in the Islamic teachings and the major socio-economic-juridical issues facing the modern society. one expects it to be manned by outstanding figures specialising in their respective fields and well aware of the needs of the age they live in. Political exigencies on the part of successive governments have however led them to appoint people who share the primitive thinking of the Taliban and are unable to comprehend the complex issues the Pakistani state is called upon to deal with. The appointment of Shirani as CII Chairman, despite protests by civil society organisations, was described by media as an eid gift by former President Zardari to placate an alienated JUI-F chief Fazalur Rehman. Nawaz Sharif who is far less dependant on allies like JUI-F has given Shirani another three-year tenure presumably on account of shared ideological leanings. Unlike a theocracy where clerics interpret the will of God, Pakistan is a democracy where the final decision on law making lies with the Parliament. There being no priesthood in Islam, the parliament has to exercise the right of ijtehad in matters related to Islamic faith. There, however, seems to be no end to the country’s misery when the major party in parliament shares the views of the extremist fringe on crucial issues like the rights of women and minorities and economic matters like bank interest.

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R. Henry Kissinger , a man who is responsible for the millions of lives and assassination plots against several statesmen across the globe has sent advise from his retirement bed, about what to do and how to deal with the crisis that erupted in Ukraine over Crimea. The deadly crisis has claimed hundreds of lives so far, and caused hundred thousand refugees. Writing to the Washington Post, last week, once again Kissingerian realpolitik tried to play around the US foreign policy which is based on intervention and destruction for profit making while keeping democracy as the pretext. “Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities,” he argued. Kissingerian priorities are none other than plundering the sovereignty of nation and steeling their security while proffering the carrot of liberty. In the end neither liberty nor security will exist in the country. As in order to succeed with this well-planned strategy shadow leaders will become demons of democracy while continually having inside deals with the U.S. government. We do not have to dig deep into history to understand this reality. The examples of Saddam Hussain, who was executed after a sham trial and the case of muammar Gaddafi, who killed after surrendering in broad daylight, have given

enough factual reality to understand the painful truth. The Kissingerian “establishing priorities” prevails on the real experiences of history rather than a presumptuous lesson which will only guide you to nowhere. evidences of Kissinger’s “priorities” are to be seen all around the world, and many skulls still remained under the earth, while screaming for justice, and revenge. Perhaps, the colour of Kissinger’s recent argument is a bit different and his theory is articulated against his long-rooted enemy which prevailed under the mask of the cold war. However, his argument has given twilight to the obama administration, rather than what the honourable lady who served as the same position years later under the Bush Jr. administration did. Writing to the same paper, ms. Condoleezza Rice urged the U.S. to lead the crisis and manage the chaotic situation in Ukraine. True, as she says, “This is not 1968, and Russia is not the Soviet Union,” otherwise mr. edward Snowdon would never have made his journey to there and started exposing the truth of his motherland. That does not mean it will be a last milepost of that heroic gentleman who left behind all comforts and started the real struggle against the real enemy. Apparently he will never be nominated for a Nobel Prize, which one of the good talkers of our time: mr. Barack Hussain obama received unearned. The luck of the lottery is, most of the time, based on hypocritical political power and desires. “The events in Ukraine should be a wake-up call to those on both sides of the aisle who believe that the United States should eschew the responsibilities of leadership. If it is not heeded, dictators and extremists across the globe will be emboldened. And we will pay a price as our interests and our values are trampled in their wake,” the author of “No Higher Honour”, the book described and attempts to justify what has happened in the name of the War on Terror, has noted. Despite of all secrets of dominance,

the visible result of the “responsibilities of leadership” was shown to the world, when a former refugees’ shelter turned into a prison of the terror suspects, at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The argument that she tried to put forward is none other than the part of same song that she sang over the years, while millions of innocents sacrificed their lives for fake liberation. The crisis in Ukraine, or in actual term, the Russian intervention of Crimea, prevails in this real notion. However, it does not mean that mr. President Putin is trying to undermine what the people in general require. They need freedom to live. Certainly they should side neither with the U.S. nor Russia, but, historically, they do have genetic and cultural combinations with the Russians. Apparently, undeniable historical facts remain in the region which screaming for this unity. once in the series of battles, then due to famine, millions of people in their past generation vanquished. Perhaps they deserved nothing but bitterness of the tyrants and the traumatic memories of Gulags. We have passed some of the dirtiest chapters of mankind. Perhaps we are heading towards further inhuman treatments in many places such as Syria and Palestine. All these crises have a common tune and play the role of what the outsider needs rather than the needs of the people who are there. That is an open secret. Like mr. Kissinger’s famous political cohabitation with the Pakistan military dictator, Yahya Khan, who was responsible for killing of millions of people in Bangladesh in what was then, east Pakistan. The U.S. helped military Dictator Yahya Khan, who earned the gratitude of both U.S. and China by making possible a secret visit by Henry Kissinger to Beijing in 1971 for talks with mao and his associates. The crimes that occurred in Bangladesh shed more blood than Bosnia and to some extent it is comparable with what happened in Rwanda. What we are seeing is that, instead of helping people to win and keep their personal liberty, the U.S. instead engaged with the

ruling parties and helped them to corrupt the criminal justice system. Regime change is an idea to restore democracy where autocracy is in power. In recent history it has taken the form of direct military interventions, colour revolutions, and the famously named Arab Spring. But they deliberately ignored the situation of Arab Autumn period, and it led to more chaos than before. In the beginning the popular media pushed us to understand this as a healthy exercise, but in many of those nations whose regimes have changed there are more tense and tumultuous circumstances now than in the past. Perhaps the best example is Libya where the former leader was killed in cold blood. It was a war crime in broad daylight. The situations in many countries are similarly worse than before. The idea of regime change and the restoration of democracy has become a tool of destruction. The other side of the Crimean crisis is presented by Liz Wahl which gave rise to her unpleasant resignation. In spite of her employer, Liz Wahl, is letting everybody understand the cruelty of the disguised evils. It was a deliberately ‘attack’ rather than the expression of a couple of lies. Yet, as Rice said, cooking her piece in the Washington Post, “this is not 1968, and Russia is not the Soviet Union.” In these circumstances, most of cooperative media try to enlighten us, on their sincere ignorance. Those who opened up, realize their view point on most things is not the panacea but the knock to lid of Pandora’s Box. Nilantha Ilangamuwa, editor of the ‘Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives’, a bi-monthly magazine published by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), based in Hong Kong and the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) based in Denmark, where this piece appeared as the editorial of its latest issue. He also edits the Sri Lanka Guardian, an online newspaper based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The new Cold War heats up Over to you, Ukraine Gilbert Mercier


ome Western europeans say, jokingly, that at least winter is almost over, and if “Putin shuts off the gas,” they will not have to be cold for long. But as the Ukrainian crisis amplifies, european laughter will be short lived. If the european Union had not been a doormat for Washington’s neocons to wipe their feet on, the crisis in Ukraine would not have been engineered. What were the mockup eU leadership thinking, if anything at all? What can the eU gain from forcing the back of Russian President Vladimir Putin against the wall? Further, what can the eU offer to Ukraine at this juncture besides a belt-tightening austerity program similar to the Greek model? It might still be cold in europe, but the new cold war is heating up. Economic war on Russia europeans should be concerned about the implications of the economic sanctions being pushed by Washington on Putin’s Russia. Russia’s not so secret weapon in Ukraine’s crisis is gas, and it is an economic weapon that could be aimed both at an unruly West Ukraine and at the eU. In effect, 30 percent of the natural gas used by the eU is Russian, and 60 percent of it transits in a pipeline through Ukraine. Ukraine itself imports 60 percent of its gas from Russia. With the powerful gas supply issue, Russia can easily put the squeeze on the 28 eU members. While only 15 percent of gas used in France is Russian, in Baltic countries it is 100 percent. Something to think about before getting “tough” on Russia. meanwhile, Russia is under attack by the finance sector. on march 3, 2014, the ruble fell by 2 percent against the dollar, and $55 billion were lost in one day from the Russian stock exchange. The banksters

are pulling their money out of Russia. The value of Gazprom, Russia’s energy giant, whose exports to europe transit via Ukraine, fell by $12 billion. Some in Washington’s neocon think tanks are recommending drastic measure to punish Russia, such as: reject visas across the board for Russian citizens to visit Western countries; immediately put Ukraine under the umbrella of the North Atlantic Treaty organization (NATo); artificially drive down the price of oil, a prime source of revenue for Russia, by dumping on the global market some of the 700 million barrels from the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve. For some suits of the global corporate empire, regime change in Ukraine is a stepping stone to the real goal of removing Putin from power in Russia. Why regime change in Ukraine is casus belli for Russia Ukraine’s independence from Russia is recent: about 20 years. Before this, Ukraine was part of the Tzars’ empire for almost 300 years and then part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in the communist era post World War II as a Soviet Republic. In the context of the Soviet Union, Crimea, in majority (60 percent) an ethnic Russian area, was given to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. Further, in east Ukraine there is also a substantial ethnic Russian population (about 45 percent). Thus the affairs and policies in Kiev will always involve moscow. By comparison, US citizens should reflect on what would be their reactions if Russia or China were sponsoring a communist regime change, in let’s say mexico or Canada. F@#k the EU: an economic giant but political dwarf Germany is often described as “an


economic giant but political dwarf.” This complete lack of political backbone or even basic dignity appears to have spread to the rest of europe. The national spokespeople of global corporate imperialism let the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy on them without retaliation, and now the likes of Angela merkel, Francois Hollande, etc. (not that their names matter) are showing their subordination to Uncle Sam by letting Victoria Nulan, a United States official, insult them without demanding her resignation. ms. Nulan is the wife of top neocon Robert Kagan, the co-founder of Project for the New American Century, and she remains the Assistant Secretary of State for european and eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State. She summarized the eU’s lack of political will crudely but honestly when she said: “F@#k the eU.” F@#k the eU indeed, but mainly Ukraine’s population. If the crisis expands — and people like mr. Kagan and his powerful friends are pouring gasoline on the open flame — it could become a world war. Is Ukraine’s partition the only way to prevent World War III? In 2013, the world came very close to a major conflict over Syria. many have credited Russia and China with defusing the situation. A few months later, we are on the verge of another international crisis that is potentially more dangerous. In both cases, Syria and Ukraine, the destabilization was triggered and financed by the West. Russia reacted in each instance more strongly than expected. For example, Russia and Russian nationals are flexing their military and militia muscles in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. even if the west’s foreign policy acumen is low, it should have expected a forceful reaction from Vladimir Putin. Nobody can be so dumb or so oblivious of recent history like the

Cuban missile crisis of october 1962 or Czechoslovakia circa 1968. In the case of Ukraine, an involvement of BRICS, and especially its member with the biggest military might, China, to consider retaliations against the West including the threat of a fire sale of US Treasury Bonds, would avoid the crescendo of tensions and sanctions that might escalate to World War III. For Ukraine, it unfortunately appears that the only peaceful outcome is a partition (map above) of West from east plus Crimea. West Ukraine would become eU’s newest poor member, crippled with debt to the International monetary Fund (ImF), and perhaps with a far-right dominated government. The richer east Ukraine would be a Russian satellite state with all of the benefits and inconveniences. Generation of crises as attempts to prevent real revolutions The coup in Ukraine is as much about freedom and democracy as were the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and the sponsored attempt to topple Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. In this orwellian climate, news outlets become propaganda machines that present neo-Nazis in Ukraine and Jihadists in Syria as being revolutionaries. The crisis is not about Ukraine at all, but rather about putting the squeeze on Russia. It also serves as yet another distraction to switch people’s focus from one fabricated crisis to another, to prevent any sustained examination of the looming systemic failure of global capitalism. Nothing beats a fake revolution to preempt a real one. Gilbert Mercier is the Editor in Chief of News Junkie Post, where this essay originally appeared.


Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy

finAnciAl Times


Fethullah Gulen

RUST and stability are fundamental to a nation’s development and to how the world perceives it. There is inherent trust in a democratic and accountable government that respects the rule of law. Turkey painstakingly built this trust over the past decade. Until recently it was seen as an example of a country that prospered while maintaining a democratic government run by observant Muslim leaders. No longer. A small group within the government’s executive branch is holding to ransom the entire country’s progress. The support of a broad segment of the Turkish public is now being squandered, along with the opportunity to join the EU. Several recent actions of the Turkish government have drawn strong criticism

from the EU and other western countries – among them, a law that gives the justice minister powers to appoint and discipline judges and prosecutors; a bill to curb internet freedoms; and a draft law that would give Turkey’s intelligence agency powers akin to those claimed by dictatorial regimes. After decades of coups and political dysfunction, the ruling AK party’s attempt to end military interference in domestic politics was necessary. Democratic reforms towards that end were praised by the EU and supported by a majority of Turks, as evidenced in the 2010 constitutional referendum. But the dominance in politics that was once enjoyed by the military now appears to have been replaced by a hegemony of the executive. A dark shadow has been cast over achievements of the past decade – the result of insidious profiling of certain groups of Turkish citizens for their views, constant shuffling of civil servants for political convenience, and an unprecedented subjugation of the media, the judiciary and civil society. The only way for the Turkish government to restore trust at home and regain respect abroad is by renewing its commitment to universal human rights, the rule of law and accountable governance. This commitment must include a new, democratic constitution, drafted by civilians. Democracy does not conflict with Islamic principles of governance. Indeed, the ethical goals of Islam, such as protection of life and religious freedom, are best served

Pakistan launches its own aam aadmi Party Times of indiA As he plunges into a sea of worries — including waves of allegations, stormy collisions and flying ink — before poll-time, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has something to smile about. Apparently inspired by India's tryst with AAP, Pakistan has launched its own Aam Aadmi Party. While the party's registered under the same name with Pakistan's election commission, for Indian voters, all blearyeyed with the profusion of parties, personalities and symbols, the new AAP can be distinguished as P-AAP. No naughty suggestions there, just a simple way to tell the Indian and Pakistani AAPs AAP-part! Like its Indian sibling, the Pakistani Aam Aadmi Party aims to clean up its system, challenging politicians and bureaucracy. But will it adopt the jharoo or broom as its symbol too? Knowing how our stylish neighbours keep up appearances while Kejriwal's muffler-shrouded fashion sense has drawn flak, many assume the P-AAP's jharoo will be a zanier designer mop! And if P-AAP also gets a smattering of socialites to lead its impassioned social charge, onlookers eagerly anticipate lively P-AAP rallies with liveried staff holding those mops! But P-AAP isn't the only AAP sporting contradictions. The original AAP also has a split personality. On the one hand, it's symbolised by that most medieval of backbreaking instruments, the hand-held jharoo — not even a feather duster or a handy wipe, both involving standing up and stretching out. But, on the other hand — the hand not rocking the jhrdoo, that is — AAP spreads its message via cutting-edge technology and social media, leaving onlookers wondering just what's AAP? However, if we can sweep aside or mop up these confusions for a moment, with more aam aadmis shaping India's and Pakistan's politics peace and nonviolence can be hoped for. That's of khaas interest to aam aadmis in both countries.

in a democracy where citizens participate in government. We also need to embrace certain values that form the fabric of a thriving nation. One such value is respect for diversity of all kinds – religious, cultural, social and political. This does not mean compromising on our beliefs. On the contrary, accepting every person – regardless of colour or creed – as a dignified creature of God demonstrates respect for the free will God has given all human beings. The reductionist view of seeking political power in the name of a religion contradicts the spirit of Islam Freedom of thought and expression are indispensable ingredients of democracy. Turkey’s poor showing in rankings of transparency and media freedom is disappointing. Mature people welcome criticism – which, if true, helps us improve. But we should criticise misguided ideas and actions, rather than individuals, to avoid creating unnecessary tensions. The reductionist view of seeking political power in the name of a religion contradicts the spirit of Islam. When religion and politics are mixed, both suffer – religion most of all. Every segment of Turkish society has a right to be represented in government. But the Turkish state has long discriminated against citizens and public servants on the basis of their views. Democratic inclusion will encourage people to disclose personal beliefs without fear of persecution. Since the 1970s, participants in the Hizmet movement, who come from all

walks of life, have worked to provide equal opportunity for all, through educational institutions, relief organisations and other civil society projects. Their primary motivations are intrinsic, as they seek to find happiness in the happiness of others. Hizmet participants – and I consider myself one of them – are not political players and have no interest in the privileges of power. This is evident from their personal and financial commitment to humanitarian aid, education and dialogue, as well as their purposeful absence from political office. Apart from encouraging citizens to vote, I have never endorsed or opposed a political party or candidate, and will refrain from doing so in future. I trust the wisdom

of Turkish people and believe they will preserve democracy and hold the interests of the nation above partisan political concerns. I have spent the past 15 years in spiritual retreat and, irrespective of what happens in Turkey, I intend to continue to do so. I pray that Turkey sees its current troubles as an opportunity to advance democracy, freedom and the rule of law. And I believe that by renewing our commitment to fundamental democratic principles, we can re-establish trust and stability and revive the Turkish example that had become an inspiration for the region and the world. the writer is a muslim scholar and honorary chairman of the Journalists and writers foundation in istanbul.


As international sport takes baby steps towards disentangling itself from jingoism - supporters of Formula One and the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams aren't always led by this - the cricket fan sometimes clings to what George Orwell called the "lunatic habit of identifying with larger power units, and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige". Patriotism should have no role in a sporting contest, even if that is what gives competition the edge, and attracts eyeballs to television. Thus if India lose to Pakistan it becomes a commentary on their political system, literary heritage, the charm of their beauty queens, the strength of their dams. And doubtless, it is the same in Pakistan. This way of judging a nation by the strength of its leg spinners or middleorder batsmen is not unique to Asia, but is at its perverse best, in an India-Pakistan encounter. The passion is often not so much for the game as for winning. After Pakistan lost to India in a World Cup match, a fan fired at his television set and then turned the gun on himself. Skipper Wasim Akram received death threats and the plane bringing the players home had to be diverted to Karachi when news got out that unhappy fans had gathered at Lahore airport with abusive banners and rotten eggs. Sporting contests give rise to passion, yet it is difficult to imagine an Australian being jailed in Sydney for supporting England during an Ashes Test, or a New Zealander being considered unpatriotic for supporting South Africa. Sedition chargeS It was irrational of the Meerut police to book a group of students from Jammu and Kashmir studying in a university there for sedition. Their crime? Cheering for Shahid Afridi and possibly Pakistan in the Asia Cup match which India lost. The Uttar Pradesh government dropped the charges, but that knee-jerk reaction says something for the times we live in and the psychology of those in power. In the 1980s it was possible for an Indian to cheer for an Imran Khan or Zaheer Abbas on the field of play without having the "Mind-Police" telling him that this was wrong. Things began to change in the mid-nineties, and for an Indian cricket watcher one of the most embarrassing

Controversy over Kashmiri students who Cheered for PaKistan and faCed sedition Charges, highlights Perversity in sPort. moments occurred during the World Cup in 1996, when the great Javed Miandad was booed off the field by the crowd in Bangalore - then the most civilised of venues. A couple of years later, Chennai restored some dignity by giving the victorious Pakistan Test team a standing ovation - a gesture that still brings a lump to the throat of the then captain Wasim Akram. Sachin Tendulkar was always a big hero in Pakistan, and I know a few Pakistan supporters in Sharjah who would pray for him thus: "Please let Tendulkar score a century - but Pakistan win." It was a way of reconciling hero-worship with patriotism. For decades now, India and Pakistan have seemed to be two countries separated by a common culture, common language, and common interest in cricket. Some of that is a legacy of the politics, some the result of commercial practices. "By 1996," wrote the historian Ramachandra Guha, a witness to the Miandad fiasco, "it seemed clear that cricket matches between India and Pakistan stoked rather than subdued nationalist passions. This might have worried the peace-mongers, but it was greatly to the liking of commercial sponsors." cricket and politicS The language of discourse in India-Pakistan cricket in recent years has been borrowed from the military. Thus, one of the more contentious issues between the neighbours, the LOC (Line of Control), has been the title of a television programme except that this LOC stands for "Love of Cricket". On either side of the border, politicians think they can earn their stripes by adopting aggressive postures towards the other. After the bomb blasts in Mumbai in

2008, relations dipped further and the most lucrative bilateral cricket series in the world has not had much play. Economics has had to take second place to politics. Thus, history, geography, economics, psychology have all played roles in kneading India-Pakistan relations into different shapes at different times. Sport does not exist in a vacuum, divorced from political realities, and this mix has affected cricket too. The first time I travelled to Pakistan to report a cricket series was in 1989, the year Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. The warmth and hospitality was wonderful. The ordinary citizen went out of his way to make the visitors feel embarrassingly comfortable. Yet even in the midst of all that warmth, there was the occasion in a Faislabad marketplace when a rabblerouser made a speech exhorting people to come to the stadium the next day, "to create trouble”. Indians have responded warmly when Pakistan visited too - from the time Imran Khan was given superstar status in 1979. In an election year, politicians get jumpy. There is no way that an Indian fan would be arrested for supporting England when these two countries play. You can appreciate the stroke-play of a David Warner without an ominous knock on your door. MiSguided patriotiSM But [Shahid] Afridi, who hit the winning runs for Pakistan in the latest encounter, is a different matter. And that is the saddest aspect of an India-Pakistan series. The sedition charges have been dropped, but the stench of misguided patriotism remains. Cricket is a sport and should not be expected to carry the baggage of unsorted relations. Unfortunately, it is made to take the shape of whatever emotions politicians pour into it. If the students deliberately set out to create trouble, then that needs to be investigated. It is not unheard of in India for people to encourage communal disharmony in order to shake things up. The majority of people in both countries want peace and harmony. But, there are fringe elements who realise that would marginalise them. India-Pakistan rhetoric validates their existence. We may be prejudging the issue here - but sporting fandom, like religion and marriage, is a private affair, and no one deserves to go to jail if the support is innocent and there are no deep designs.


Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

Is sBP moPPIng uP dollars from free markeT? govT kowTows To ‘vesTed inTeresTs’ pressure as rupee keeps upward rally KARACHI



HE state of affairs of the country’s volatile currency market is all but dubious as the spiraling rupee continued Tuesday its upward rally against the US dollar amid claims that the central bank has succumbed to pressure exerted on the federal government by “vested interests” to contain further appreciation of the local currency. The strengthening of the local currency helped the country’s largest sentiments-driven stocks market maintain Monday’s all-time high status with KSE 100-share index gaining 132.76 points to close at record 27,309.02 points. The day saw the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) notifying Rs 99.9521 as the interbank exchange rate for Wednesday (today) while the dollar changed hands at Rs 99.75 on the open market. According to currency dealers, the interbank and open market exchange rates stood at Rs 99.98 and Rs 99.90, respectively, till lunch time Tuesday. The stakeholders like importers and money exchangers have welcomed this dramatic rupee appreciation claiming, however, that a group of vested interests, led by banks, was pressuring the federal government and the central bank to contain the current rally. To this effect, according to well-placed sources, the SBP for last couple of days had been mopping up millions of dollars from the open market to appease such vested interests who want the current upward rally of the rupee on the pretext that the same would destroy the country’s exports. “The State Bank, on the behest of exporters, has been buying dollars from the free market. Otherwise the dollar would have come down to Rs 98 level,” the sources confided to Pakistan Today.

dollar Traded aT rs 99.98 on inTerbank and rs 99.75 in open markeT SBP spokesman Umar Siddiqui, however, replied in negative when approached. “I have no idea about any such development,” the spokesman said. The foreign exchange reserves of the State Bank, Umar added, were already improving on account of different bilateral and multilateral inflows the country would be receiving in the days to come. The central bank last Thursday reported its dollar reserves to have inched up by $ 50 million to $3.921 billion during the week that ended on Feb 28. Finance Minister Dar is reported to have said the country’s dollar holdings would swell up to $ 10 billion by the end of this month. This claim, if materialised, would further weaken the greenback against the rupee. “The current exchange rate is not artificial. Rather, a banks cartel backed by some influential politicians has been conspiring to make the rupee depreciate to a record level,” claimed Malik Bostan, president Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP). The money exchanger went on to claim that recently Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had convened a meeting in Islamabad of the bank executives in which the latter were warned against committing irregularities to influence the exchange rate in their favor. “The State Bank then started checking their NOP (net open position) to keep an eye on them,” he claimed. Also, Bostan claimed gold importers have been trying to manipulate the exchange rate. “Against 266 kilograms of monthly gold imports in 2012 at least 500 kilograms gold was imported in a single day during July 2013,” the ECAP chief claimed. The bankers, rejecting the impression outright, point a finger at the “speculators” who, they believe, have been calling the shots to manipulate the exchange rate. “The banks are not capable enough to manipulate

Tarin says panic selling by speculaTors improved supply of dollar the exchange rate. They operate in the limits defined by the State Bank,” contented former finance minister and a seasoned banker Shaukat Tarin. “This is the speculators’ game who are sitting outside the banks,” Tarin told Pakistan Today. Current trend on money market, Tarin said made the profit-crazy speculators go for panic selling of the US currency they were holding. “This improved the dollar’s supply and you see the result,” the former finance minister said. This improved supply of dollar almost doubled the daily turnover on the open market during the past three to four days. “The daily volume on the market rose from $ 15-$20 million to $ 25-$35 million. It is a phenomenal increase,” said Bostan. The ECAP president believes that if not interrupted by the under-pressure government the current rally would take the rupee-dollar parity to Rs 80 level within a month time. Asked if he deemed a strong rupee as beneficial for the ailing economy, Tarin replied in affirmative warning, however, that the value of the local currency must go in tandem with the country’s Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER). “The exchange rate must not be the enforced one rather it should be compatible to the Real Effective Exchange Rate,” the former finance minister viewed. The SBP website shows that the provisional REER stood at Rs 98.5724 in December 2013. Meanwhile, the country’s largest bourse also responded positively to the favoring rupeedollar parity and hit against the all-time high of 27,309.02 points. Ahsen Mehanti, a senior equity analyst and director at Arif Habib Corporation, said the stocks sustained rally to close at all time high partially on the back of strong rupee-dollar parity that, the analyst said, impacted the investors’ sentiments. Topline analyst Samar Iqbal also attributed the “strengthening Pak Rupee” as one of the major determinants for Tuesday’s record closing of the index.

MARCON concludes on an optimistic note LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The two-day international marketing congress MARCON 2014 ended on an optimistic note where the marketing practitioners concluded that the entrepreneurial spirit and the immense talent coupled with innovative marketing strategies can “Turn the Tide” for Pakistan and make it grow to become an important economic frontier in the region. The speakers deliberated that right skill sets need to be developed to meet the

challenges of the competitive domestic and world market. The deliberations on day 2 encompassed the fields of branding & marketing; digital marketing and the theme of Marcon “turning the tide”. The day started with the key note address by Dr Atta ur Rehman. The notable speakers of the day included Dr Ehsan ul Haque, Musharaf Hai, Khalid Alvi, Asanga Ranasinghe, Asif Jooma, and Khuram Rahat. Renowned industrialist and philanthropist Syed Babar Ali was the chief guest for the concluding session. Addressing the closing ses-

sion Chairman PTI and Shaukat Khannum Cancer Hospital, Imran Khan said Pakistan is brimming with talent and the energy of the youth of this country is what is going to take it forward. He said that it is the self belief that turns the tide against all odds saying that it was this spirit that won Pakistan the world cup and it was this spirit that made possible the Shaukat Khanum Hospital. He said Pakistan may be surrounded by difficulties but the potential and the spirit of the nation is immense and all it needs is the right leadership to turn the economic tide towards a prosperous country.

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ECC TO PURCHASE 8M TONNES OF WHEAT Extends ban on import of gold up to 31st ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet Tuesday decided to purchase 8 million tonnes of wheat from the farmers for the upcoming season. The ECC meeting was held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the Prime Minister’s Office. In his opening remarks, the finance minister said the government of PML-N, in line with its manifesto, introduced several structural reforms in the economic sector to overcome the challenges it confronted. He said today, thanks to Allah, all economic indicators were on the positive trend. Growth was moving up, inflation was going down, foreign exchange reserves were growing, value of rupee was appreciating and the stock market was moving up, he added. He said the economic scenario of the country was moving in the right direction and they would be able to contribute in prosperity of their people. The ECC approved the summary of ministry of national food security and research for fixing procurement target for the wheat crop 2013-14 as eight million tons. This includes 1.600 million tons of wheat to be procured by PASSCO. Punjab will procure 4.5 million tons, Sindh 1.3 million, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 0.450 million and Balochistan will procure 0.150 million tons wheat. The ECC also decided to extend the ban on the import of gold under SRO 760 up to 31st March, 2014. the finance minister directed the ministry of commerce to re-examine the issue holistically for submission of the matter before ECC in the next meeting. The finance minister also directed the commerce ministry to lift restrictions on the export of gem stones. The ECC also reviewed performance of large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector. INP

CORPORATE CORNER JWT celebrates 150 years of advertising

ISLAMABAD: Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital & Corporate Services Officer, PTCL (Right) and Nasir Naqvi, Chief Information Officer, Khushali Bank (Left) signing MoU for provision of Managed WAN Services. Walid Irshaid, President and CEO, PTCL and Ghalib Nishtar, President, Khushali Bank are also seen in the picture. PR

NEW YORK: In celebration of the agency’s150thanniversary, JWT today announced a year long program of innovative events and activations to highlight its pioneering spirit and rich history around the world. “JWT’s 150th is much more than just a birthday. This is a platform to galvanize our employees around our pioneering roots and spirit of inventiveness, and to share our mission with our clients and the world,” said Chairman and CEO Bob Jeffrey. J. Walter Thompson, the agency’s founder and the original ad man, paved the way for what is now known as modern advertising. Since the agency first opened its doors in 1864, Thompson’s vision as an innovator and pioneer has expanded into a global network of 10,000 employees, spanning 200 offices and 90 countries. PRESS RELEASE

emirates skyCargo honours local agents LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar and Anadolu Group Chairman Tuncay Ozilhan at the ground-breaking ceremony of Coca-Cola Headquarters in Pakistan. PR LAHORE: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, presented its top cargo agents with special achievement awards at dedicated events held recently in Lahore and Karachi. These awards recognized the important role of cargo agents and forwarders in contributing to the Emirates SkyCargo’s success during 2013. The Honourable Mr Obaid Al Kaabi, Second Secretary of the UAE Consulate, attended the Karachi ceremony and distributed awards with Mr

Khalid Bardan, Emirates Vice President for Pakistan and Mr Faisal Yaqoob,Emirates Cargo Managerfor Pakistan. “It has been a challenging yet rewarding year for Emirates SkyCargo. I am grateful for the continued support of all our cargo agents and would like to thank them for their contribution and for delivering such a consistently high-quality performance,” said Mr Bardan. PRESS RELEASE


Wednesday, 12 March, 2014





You need to work out some of this great energy -- so go have an adventure! It may be at work or out in the wild, but your amazing vigor is a sight to behold. Others are quite impressed!

Your closest allies are in disarray -- but you can bring them back together if you focus your energy. It's one of those days when you might spend more time on the phone than actually getting things done.

People are taking everything too seriously! You may have to take a step back and explain a joke to those who didn't get it -- but that just means that you get more face time with them.




You know you deserve that raise or gadget or vacation -so go for it! Confidence should come more easily to you, and it shouldn't be hard to ask. Getting what you deserve may be another thing, though.

Your heart is making life sweeter for almost everyone - so make the most of it! You can get a lot done as long as you're doing what you think is right. It may be time for a change of life!

Make a plan and stick to it as much as you can -- but too much rigidity may doom the enterprise entirely. Be firm, but not unyielding as all should end up more or less like you want it.




Your creative energy is just right for today's social requirements. You may spontaneously throw a party or find some other way to bring your people together. Have fun and keep people flowing.

It's not a great day for you to ask for special favors -- from almost anyone. That doesn't mean you can't get through the day, just that you are likely on your own for the most part.

Your creative side is fully active now -so make some art or surprise your sweetie with something spontaneous. You're as impressive as you've ever been, so make the most of it!







People are harder to deal with today -- they're way more obstinate than they have any right to be! It's a good time for you to hang back and let others take the heat. You can help clean up afterward.

You're going through a quick change of some kind -- but it's not scary or awkward! You love this kind of excitement, though those around you may have a hard time adjusting to the new you.

Your coworkers may cause you more grief than they seem to be worth. That doesn't mean it's time to rage-quit your job or to look for a new career path, but you should ask some deep questions.





How to play fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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Wednesday, 12 March, 2014




CHool children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts as their peers who aren't bullied, according to a new analysis. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, such as harassment over the Internet, was more closely linked to suicidal thoughts than in-person bullying. "We found that suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides are significantly related to bullying, a highly prevalent behavior among adolescents," Mitch van Geel told a foreign news agency in an email. Van Geel is the study's lead author from the Institute of Education and Child Studies at leiden University in the Netherlands. He said it's estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of children and teens are involved in bullying as the perpetrator, victim or both. "Thus efforts should continue to reduce bullying among children and adolescents, and to help those adolescents and children involved in bullying," he wrote.

While previous studies have found links between bullying and suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides, less is known about whether the association differs between boys and girls. Also, fewer studies have examined the role of cyberbullying. For the new analysis, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the researchers searched databases for previous studies published on bullying. They found 34 studies that examined bullying and suicidal thoughts among 284,375 participants between nine and 21 years old. They also found nine studies that examined the relationship between bullying and suicide attempts among 70,102 participants of the same age. overall, participants who were bullied were more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves. They were also about two and a half times more likely to attempt killing themselves. In one study included in the analysis, for instance, researchers found that about 3 percent of students from New York State who were not bullied thought about or at-

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tempted suicide. That compared to 11 percent of students who were frequently bullied. The extra risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts tied to bullying was similar among participants of different age groups and among boys and girls. Suicidal thoughts were more strongly linked to cyberbullying than to traditional bullying, but the researchers caution that this finding is based on data from only a handful of studies. "At this point, this is speculative and more research is definitely needed on cyberbullying," van Geel wrote. It could be, however, that cyberbullying victims feel belittled in front of a wider audience and may relive the attacks because they are stored on the Internet, he added.

"I think it fits with a literature that's been around for some time that suggests the kids who are worse off are the kids who can't escape from bullying," William Copeland told a foreign news agency. Copeland, who was not involved with the new study, has researched bullying at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He cautioned that the studies included in the analysis can't prove bullying caused suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It could be, for example, that kids who attempt or think about suicide are more likely to be bullied. Copeland said there are an increasing number of school-based programs aimed at preventing bullying. "I don't think we know

CHECKING THE BLOOD PRESSURE IN BOTH ARMS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE Big dierence between the readings is an early sign of heart disease

Imagine the scene. Your car pulls on to a road and in the distance is a set of traffic lights. But that's okay because the car already knows and is showing on its display the optimum speed to adopt in order to cruise right through them before they change from green to red. However, it's not always possible to beat the lights -- without breaking the speed limits and other rules of the road -- so the system can also count down the time until the lights will change and use that time to automatically shut down the engine and then fire it up again five seconds before it's time to pull off again. Audi calls it the Audi Online Traffic Light Information System and it is yet another example of all the positive benefits the internet of things and machine-to-machine communication could bring to our lives. The company calculates that if the system went live only in Germany, it has the potential to cut CO2 emissions by up to 15% and could save as many as 900 million gallons of fuel. The system works by using a car's onboard internet connection to communicate with the traffic light network via the central traffic computer in a town or city and is currently being trailed in Las Vegas with 50 sets of traffic lights. Similar tests are also underway in Europe -- 25 Audi drivers are testing the system in Berlin where the cars can communicate with 1,000 sets of lights. A smaller study is also underway in the Italian city of Verona, where 60 sets of traffic lights have been adapted to talk to Audis. While Audi is making swift progress and is already analyzing a potential launch of the system in the US, it is by no means the only car maker involved in such tests. Volvo demonstrated its own take on the same technology in Sweden in June. Audi says that if the technology is signed off by regulators, it could be installed in all of its new cars now. COURTESY YAHOO

Taking the blood pressure of both arms rather than just one could help doctors spot hidden heart disease. A study found that when there was a big difference between the two readings, seemingly healthy people were 38 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or other potentially deadly cardiovascular problem. This suggests that something as inexpensive, quick and simple as taking an extra blood pressure reading could give patients valuable early warning of problems. They could then make changes to their lifestyle to improve their heart health. Heart disease and strokes claim more than 160,000 lives annually and every seven minutes someone in Britain dies from a heart attack. High blood pressure trebles the risk of heart attacks and strokes, can damage the kidneys and eyes, and is becoming increasingly linked to dementia. However, the symptoms often go unnoticed until it is too late. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in the US took blood pressure readings from both arms of nearly 3,400 outwardly healthy men and women aged 40-plus. Small differences in readings between the right and left arms are normal. In the study, systolic pressure, the higher of the two figures in a blood pressure reading, varied on average by about five points. But in 10 per cent of patients, there was a difference of ten points or more between arms. These men and women were 38 per cent more

likely to have a heart attack, including a fatal one, stroke or related problem during the next 13 years. It is thought that if there is a big difference between the two readings, the artery supplying the arm with the higher reading is likely to be clogged with fat. This is a sign that the arteries in the heart and brain are also becoming blocked, raising the odds of heart attacks and strokes, the American Journal of Medicine reports. Although guidelines tell British doctors to measure the blood pressure of both arms, many simply take a reading from the arm closest to them. The British Heart Foundation said that a big difference in blood pressure readings between arms should not be ignored. VIA dAILY MAIL

quite as much about targeting kids who have been bullied and preventing those suicidality behaviors," he added. Copeland said parents can ask their kids about how things are going and whether anyone is giving them problems at school or online to help the children open up about bullying. "Some people have the assumption that bullying is a part of growing up, that bullying is relatively harmless, or even that it may build character," van Geel wrote. "There are now meta-analyses that demonstrate that bullying is related to depression, psychosomatic problems and even suicide attempts, and thus we should conclude that bullying is definitely not harmless," he added. NEwS dESk

MAN ACCUSED OF USING DRONE TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO PRISON Police in Australia have arrested a man accused of using a drone to smuggle drugs into a prison. In a statement released Monday, Victoria police said that the unidentified suspect and a woman were found in a car Sunday afternoon with "what was believed to be a drone with four engines and a small quantity of drugs." The drone had been "hovering in the vicinity" of a prison near Melbourne, though it's not clear whether any drugs or other contraband were actually delivered. The 28-year-old suspect has been charged with drug possession and attempting to commit an indictable offense, and is due to appear in court next week. This isn't the first time that drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been used to smuggle contraband into jails. In November, police in Georgia USA arrested four people on charges of using a UAV to deliver tobacco to a prison yard, and in 2011, Russian police confiscated 700 grams of heroin that were to be delivered to a convict awaiting trial in jail. THE VERGE

GROOM DETAINED ON WAY TO HONEYMOON AFTER A FIGHT WITH BRIDE ON PLANE A groom on his honeymoon got into a drunken argument with his bride aboard a flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing on Grand Cayman islands, authorities said. The U.S. citizen was escorted from the flight after it landed by police and was being held in custody on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct, according to Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Raymond Christian. The bride remained aboard for the flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, he said. He did not name the bride or the groom involved in the incident other than to say the groom was a U.S. citizen. The removed passenger could face further charges under the international air law, according to Christian. AGENCIES


Wednesday, 12 March, 2014



Abhishek Bachchan to speak at London School of Economics

I thInk my actIng Is fake and yucky: drew Barrymore


T’S always an honour for a Bollywood actor to be invited to talk at top educational institutions across the world — Shah Rukh Khan addressed students at Harvard University last year, while in 2011, Amitabh Bachchan visited Oxford for a lecture. Now, the veteran star’s son, Abhishek Bachchan, is also set to travel to the London School of Economics for a similar reason. He has been invited as a keynote speaker at the university’s Economic Forum for India 2014 conference. A source says, “Abhishek will travel to London for the event that will take place on March 15. He will be talking about the entertainment industry.” The actor will address the audience at the function that will take place in the Holborn area of London. The forum will also have other influential speakers discuss the various facets of India. Bigwigs from the corporate sectors, too, will conduct an open dialogue on the economic and social challenges in India, as well as the opportunities that are emerging here. In addition to addressing the forum, Abhishek also remains actively involved in charitable activities. Joining the likes of singers Katy Perry and Norah Jones, he was the first official END7 campaign ambassador in India to help raise awareness about the global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Recently, he also played the part of a moderator at a charity auction that was organised to spread awareness about AIDS. Hollywood star Sharon Stone was the special guest at this event. AGENCIES



Salman Khan wants his children, but not the mother!

Will Smith to adapt 'Harlem Hellfighters' for film


ctor Will Smith has reportedly signed on to produce a film adaptation of the graphic novel " Harlem Hellfighters". the 45-year-old actor will team up with Sony Pictures to bring Max Brooks' upcoming novel, which is inspired by the true story of the all AfricanAmerican 369th Infantry regiment which fought in the US Army During World War I and II. Sony Pictures owns the rights to the graphic novel. So far there has been no indication as to whether Smith will also appear in the movie. "Harlem Hellfighters" writer Max is best known for writing the book "World War Z: An oral History of the Zombie War", which was later adapted into successful zombie horror "World War Z", which starred Brad Pitt. AGENCIES

No office space available for Zeba Ali

Meera hasn't given up on Captain Naveed? A

CCORDINg to reports received, the Pakistani controversial actress Meera has been drinking lately in an American hotel bar nowadays. Seems like she has not taken the breakup very well. Sources confirmed seeing her with her American friend in a hotel bar where she was spotted gulping down controversial liquor. Meera went to America to celebrate Valentines day with her husband Captain Naveed. But after the controversial video of Meera, her in-laws did not allow Captain Naveed to meet Meera. Due to this Captain Naveed rejected to meet his wife. After that Meera went underground in America. According to resources, Captain Naveed stayed in America for 15 days after Meera’s arrival. And now he is performing his duties

in Japan. While Meera stayed in a hotel with her friend and seen taking

prohibited drinks. Meera’s in-laws confirmed the whole situation. AGENCIES

Bollywood's bad boy Salman Khan adores kids and admits that he misses not having them. However, the thought of commitment with the mother surely gives him jitters. Report says that Salman admits that he misses not having his own kids. However, he quickly says that with the kid comes the mother and he does not want a mother. The star, who was in a jolly mood at an event in Delhi, said he would have been a grandfather by now if he committed and stuck with his first girlfriend. While the star admitted he is a bad boyfriend, he said that he is very good as a friend. He also shared some secrets of his six pack abs and opened his shirt to give Delhi babes a chance to ogle at him. AGENCIES

Shah Rukh Khan sings lungi dance for Rajinikanth LAhore: renowned film actress Zeba Begum elected as the chairperson of Punjab Film censor Board chairperson on october 1st, 2013 but till now she has not been provided with an official sitting place where she could resolve the matters prevailing in our Lollywood industry. According to media reports, Zeba Ali has been struggling to get an office of her own for the last six months, but her efforts have not borne fruit till now. She is widely regarded as one of the top stars in the 1960s and the early 1970s. She made her screen debut in chiragh Jalta raha in 1962. During a career that spanned almost three decades, Zeba appeared in numerous commercially successful as well as critically appreciated films, many of which featured her alongside actor and husband Mohammad Ali. She also starred in the 1966 film Arman which was produced by actor and producer Waheed Murad, Pakistan's first Platinum Jubilee film. StAff REpoRt

NEWS DESK Bollywood supestar Shah Rukh Khan said he is such a big fan of Rajinikanth that he decided to attend the audio launch of his film Kochadaiiyaan. Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone romance onscreen for the first time in Kochadaiiyaan. Rajinikanth plays the Pandyan king Kochadaiyaan Ranadhiran in Kochadaiiyaan. "I came here for three reasons. Firstly, like all of you, I am a big Rajinikanth fan," Shah Rukh told reporters at the launch. Reminiscing his earlier days, SRK said that many years ago when he landed in Mumbai, he went to see the shooting of a Hindi film starring Rajinikanth and learned an important lesson after ob-

serving the southern superstar. "I saw from far away that he was standing in front of a big mirror and practising throwing cigarette in his mouth.


The second main reason is friendship, said SRK. "I was in need of a lot of help during the making of Ra. One, and I would like to thank Rajini sir, Soundarya and Lata ma'am for helping me out overnight. I have come as a friend because whenever I came to Chennai or Tamil Nadu, all of you have given me so much of love," he added. Talking about the third reason, SRK said: "I came here as a seeker of knowledge because the films made here actually make our country the proudest. The films by K. Balachander sir, Shankar sir and so many others have taught so much in cinema." Shah Rukh, who recently paid tribute to Rajinikanth through the song Lungi Dance in Chennai Express, crooned a few lines of the song on stage for the superstar.

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Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

dhawan better off after south africa 'setback' s SPortS DeSK

HIkHAR Dhawan in South Africa: four Test innings, 76 runs, a highest of 29. Dhawan in New Zealand: four innings, 215 runs, a century that nearly won India a lost match and a 98 that put them in a winning position. Dhawan believes the two performances are related to each other. The "setback" in South Africa, he has told ESPNcricinfo, made him introspect and work further on his batting, which bore results in New Zealand. "From South Africa, when I didn't score that much, I analysed my game that as a batsman, or as an opener, what shots I have to play at the start or what shots I shouldn't play," Dhawan said. "Every pitch is different. We were playing in India a lot that time [just before going to South Africa]. Then when I went there, it was a setback. I wouldn't say a failure, but the setback helped me a lot to become a more mature player. "Then I realised, 'Okay on these kinds of tracks I need to play these kind of shots. And I have to leave bouncers [alone] at the start because the bounce is different, and it is hard to keep the ball down.' That's what I did and brought those things into my practice. When I went to New Zealand that practice became my instinct, and that's how I scored big runs there." It has now been a year since Dhawan's comeback into the Indian team resulted in a sensational debut-Test century. A late bloomer, the 28-year-old Dhawan has scored seven international centuries in this

period. Only his friend and now team-mate Virat kohli has scored more hundreds over the last 12 months. Time has simply flown for Dhawan. "One year is over already," Dhawan said. "It went so quickly. Good time always flies really fast. I celebrated on my own, the first anniversary with the Indian team. It's a great feeling. We won so many series, and of course we saw a bit of down time too. But that's how it is. You see ups

afgHanistan sign former Png coacH for new academy

SPortS DeSK Afghanistan have roped in the former Papua New Guinea coach, Peter Anderson, as the coach of the newly established National Cricket Academy in Kabul. Anderson, who has played 56 first-class matches for Queensland and South Australia, had served as the coach of PNG for the past two years during which he oversaw the development of the U-17, U-19, Women's and Men's national teams. "I am very excited to be involved in helping ACB on its journey to full Test Cricket status," Anderson said. "Afghanistan have some of the most talented, naturally gifted players in the world. Hopefully, I can help the players and coaches achieve their goals of more consistent cricket performances across all specific skills of cricket through my role as National Academy Coach." The new role will entail coaching coaches, talent identification, improving specific skills, cricket awareness and assisting teams in preparation for tournaments and broadly, Anderson said, "setting up a structure, so the Academy becomes an important part of the cricket pathway in Afghanistan, from school cricket, U-19, "A" Team all the way to the National Team." During his tenure, PNG rose from 19th to 16th in the world rankings. PNG also finished fourth in the recently concluded World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand as a result of which, they gained ODI status and ICC high performance funding for the next four years. Under Anderson's leadership, PNG also maintained their top ranking in the EAP (East Asia Pacific) region, winning all their regional tournaments. "We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson's caliber to head our new National Cricket Academy," Noor Mohammad Murad, the Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive, said. "He brings to us years of experience in the cricket world both in Australia and internationally."

and downs both. It is a beautiful journey. I am happy that I have been contributing to my side. I want to keep doing that, I want to keep improving as a batsman, and keep winning matches and series for my side. "I had a bit of a lean patch too. That lean patch made me stronger, and made me realise the areas I had to improve on. Made me a more mature player. That's the best thing. It is a beautiful thing that I scored a lot of centuries and half-centuries. That's

every batsman's dream: to score a lot of centuries and become the main man for the team." Dhawan had to wait in the wings because two other Delhi batsmen formed one of India's most prolific opening partnerships of all time. He is philosophical about that phase, and also knows there can be no room for complacency. "I scored seven centuries in domestic cricket when I came to the Test side," Dhawan said. "I always believed it is a race that never ends. When Gautam bhai [Gambhir] and Viru bhai [Sehwag] were playing, I was playing in Ranji. I always used to believe this race never ends. I should just keep performing well, and then my time will come. Then god blessed me with [a place in the] Indian team. I just focus on my game, whatever is in my hand - my hard work, my dedication, my commitment to my team - that's all I do. And keep learning day by day." Not just at the top of the order, there has been a change of the batting guard through the whole Indian batting line-up. Dhawan is pleased with how the transition has gone ahead. "Every individual takes that responsibility," Dhawan said. "To be the main man. To take the responsibility to win the match for the team. We are youngsters, we are still learning a lot of cricket. "It doesn't happen overnight. You have to spend time out there and play a lot of matches to get experience. We have been doing well as a young unit. We won a lot of series, we lost a few too, but I personally feel we are doing really well. Out of these young players, there are going to be lots of future legends."

Bopara, Sammy and Samuels ďŹ ned for verbal showdown

briDgetown AGENCIES

England batsman Ravi Bopara and West Indians Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy have been fined for their verbal altercation during the first T20 in Barbados on Sunday. Bopara was slapped a heavier fine of 25% of his match fee while Sammy and Samuels were fined 20 and 10% respectively. The incident occurred during the 12th over of England's chase, when Bopara set off for a single.

Bopara made insulting comments towards the bowler Samuels who responded. Sammy, the West Indies captain, then stepped in to have a go at Bopara before the umpires Joel Wilson and Peter Nero intervened. All three pleaded guilty to the level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct to the match referee Andy Pycroft. The three players were found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the code, which states: "Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the (above) offence, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute".

Veteran Hogg unlikely for second t20 Durban AGENCIES

At some point over the next few weeks, Brad Hogg should become the oldest man to represent Australia in any format since Clarrie Grimmett. However, it seems Hogg will have to wait for his first international as a 43-year-old, with a tight hamstring likely to keep him on the sidelines for the second Twenty20 against South Africa in Durban on Wednesday. The first match in Port Elizabeth was washed out without a ball being bowled and rain may again play havoc with the teams' World T20 preparation, with Durban's forecast far from ideal. If play is possible on Wednesday the Australians are unlikely to have Hogg in their side, while the allrounder James Faulkner is also unavailable as he continues his recovery from a knee problem. Hogg has not played for Australia since the last World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 but the expected spinning conditions in Bangladesh for this year's tournament encouraged the selectors to take a punt on his experience. But a lengthy net session with spin coach Shane Warne and the rest of the slow bowlers in the squad in Cape Town has hurt his chances of playing in South Africa. "It's a weird one. I can do everything except bowl," Hogg told AAP. "Every time I plant that front leg down, I can't get over there. But I'm glad it's happened now and not over in Bangladesh. If it was a big game - you'd take the medications and definitely would (play). But I think we're taking a conservative approach at the moment so I'm right for the World Cup. "I was in awe of the king [Warne]. I wanted to make the most of the opportunity and I went for an hour and a half, which was probably too long." Whenever Hogg does take the field he will not only be the oldest man ever to play a T20 international, he will also be Australia's oldest cricketer since Grimmett last played a Test in Durban in 1936. Grimmett was 44 when he last represented Australia. If Hogg sits out of Wednesday's match as expected, it will leave the selectors with 13 men to choose from, with Faulkner being eased back ahead of the World T20. Faulkner picked up a knee injury during the one-day series against England in Australia in January but the team doctor Peter Brukner said he was hopeful Faulkner would be fit for Australia's first match at the World T20. "The plan's never really been for him to play any of the matches here," Brukner said. "We don't want to rush him; he had significant surgery five weeks ago. He's a young guy. We don't want to jeopardise his long-term prospects, so we're taking him along very slowly. "He's coming along very well. He bowled a little bit yesterday, did some running. We'll build him up over the next week or so, and the aim has always been to have him ready to play in Bangladesh."

WAQAR, MURALI TAKE ON COACHING ROLES WITH BENGAL SPortS DeSK Waqar Younis and Muttiah Muralitharan have been appointed pace and spin bowling consultants respectively for Bengal, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) confirmed after its working committee meeting on Monday. The two have signed three-year contracts with the CAB and will begin working with the players in a four-day camp starting March 15. Waqar and Murali were recommended by the former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Ranadeb Bose, the former Bengal seamer, will assist Waqar but Murali's assistant is yet to be appointed, after the former left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee ruled himself out. Ganguly will coach the batsmen and will be assisted by Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra, Goutam Shome (Jr) and Bengal Under-25 coach


Joydeep Mukherjee. "Everything has been passed. There's confusion over who would be the assistant spin coach,"

Ganguly was quoted in the Telegraph. "Nonetheless, it'll just be simple cricket coaching with Waqar and Murali and no rocket science. "The cricketers will be picked from a screening camp. The first phase, beginning from March 15, will consist of 200 players. It will be for 30-35 days under Waqar and Murali, but local coaches will hold the camp throughout the year. The batting clinic will be held separately. I will be available (after the World T20), so we can do it at an appropriate time." Waqar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, had coached Pakistan before stepping down in September 2011. He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as a bowling consultant for the 2013 IPL season. Muralitharan, the former Sri Lanka offspinner who's still actively playing in T20 leagues around the world, was appointed as Sri Lanka's spin consultant in February 2013 but only in an advisory capacity.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

sHaraPoVa beaten by qualifier at indian wells



USSIA'S Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after a shock loss to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi. Sharapova, who won the prestigious tournament in 2006 and again last year, was sent packing after a 6-3 4-6 7-5 defeat to Giorgi, a 22-year-old ranked 79th in the world. Giorgi has been making steady progress in the past year, reaching the fourth round at the US Open in September, but her win over the fifth-ranked Sharapova was the biggest of her career. Sharapova's loss came two days after Victoria Azarenka was also bundled out of the Californian event. "I did not play a good match at all," said Sharapova, who dropped serve eight times and committed 58 unforced errors. "(I've) never played against her, but she's someone that doesn't give you much rhythm. She's quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period

of time. "Sometimes they go off a bit. But, if I'm speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been." Giorgi will play her countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in the next round after she beat Australian Sam Stosur 6-4 3-6 6-1. China's Li Na, the top seed in the women's draw, had no problems booking her place in the fourth round, easily beating karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-4. Despite dishing up nine double-faults and having her own service broken twice, Li was far too strong and streetwise for Pliskova, wrapping up the win with an ace. "At least I could win the last point and stay in the tournament," Li said. "If you're a tennis player, you'll make double faults. At least I can improve my serve even more from here." Li is looking to win her first Indian

Wells title and continue her great start to the year after capturing the Australian Open. Her next opponent is Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak, who defeated Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-7(3-7) 6-0.

SportS 15 NATIONAL WOMEN HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP TO KICK OFF FROM MARCH 26 SPortS DeSK The 28th edition of National Women’s Hockey Championship will be played at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi from March 26 to April 4, 2014, in which two female hockey teams from Punjab will participate. The trials to select two teams of Punjab will be held on March 13, 2014 at 10:00 hours at National Hockey Stadium Lahore Pitch-II under the Chairmanship of Prof Dr Abida Tanweer. The players are hereby directed to please attend the trials on above mentioned date.

LAMBERT WANTS MORE FROM TONEV BNP PariBas OPeN results ThIrd rouNd 17-Sloane Stephens (u.S.) beat 11-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 7-6(3) 6-4 12-dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat 23-Ekaterina Makarova (russia) 6-4 7-5 Alisa Kleybanova (russia) beat Maria Teresa Torro (Spain) 6-1 6-3 8-Petra Kvitova (Czech republic) beat 27-Svetlana Kuznetsova

(russia) 6-3 2-6 6-0 Camila Giorgi (Italy) beat 4-Maria Sharapova (russia) 6-3 4-6 7-5 20-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat 16-Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6-4 3-6 6-1 Aleksandra Wozniak (Canada) beat 21-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (russia) 6-1 6-7(3) 6-0 1-Li Na (China) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech republic) 6-3 6-4

Australia, South Africa in four-Test talks SPortS DeSK

CALEY WILL BE HURTING: BUTCHER SPortS DeSK Terry Butcher knows the character of his former Inverness players well enough to appreciate their determination to bounce back from consecutive 5-0 defeats when he returns to the Highlands with Hibernian. But he has little idea about the team his successor John Hughes will pick given their rearranged Scottish Premiership game on Wednesday night comes just four days before Caley Thistle's first cup final. Butcher and assistant Maurice Malpas left Inverness in the semi-finals of the competition and Hughes set up Sunday's Celtic Park clash with Aberdeen when he led them to victory over Hearts. Given the progress the pair made at Inverness, it is fitting they return for the first time as opposition coaches in the biggest week of the club's history. And Butcher feels the Caley Thistle players will welcome the distraction of their meeting ahead of Sunday's momentous occasion, especially after their William Hill Scottish Cup thrashing by Dundee United. "They will be hurting after the Celtic game as well but they will always say it's in the past and they have to get on with it," the former England captain said. "They normally bounce back well from setbacks. I'm hoping they bounce back on Sunday rather than Wednesday. "But they are good characters, great pros, they have good resilience in the team there. They have players that can win games on their own. We know what we are up against. "Maurice and I signed the players so we know their characters very well, and they are fantastic guys. But we want to go up there and beat them. We are looking at top six." Hibs were seconds from drawing level with sixth-placed St Johnstone on Saturday until Motherwell striker John Sutton scrambled home to seal a 3-3 draw at Easter Road. "Our team is picked, it's quite easy to pick our team after Saturday," Butcher said. "But I don't know what John is going to do. I said to the players that I would guess what John is going to do but I don't know. "He has done ever so well to get Caley to the final. The semi-final was an epic match - lots of guts and character there and steel got them over the line. "But it's a great occasion for them to look forward to on Sunday, and I think as professional players you know you have got the game on the Wednesday. You just look forward to it, get on with the job, and then you can really concentrate on the match on Sunday.

Australia and South Africa are in talks to expand the size of their future Test series meetings from three matches to four, following the dramatic and high quality series completed at Newlands last week. As part of the range of FTP agreements being negotiated between ICC Full Member nations following the approval of a series of resolutions that will bring fundamental changes to the way the game is run, Cricket Australia's chairman Wally Edwards said there was a desire to recognise highly competitive match-ups by playing them over a longer duration. Australia's 2-1 victory remained in doubt until the final half-hour of the series following an encounter of many fluctuations. Edwards is strong in his desire to see such contests become more frequent in world cricket, not only among the presently strong nations but also those looking to improve. "We're talking to them at the moment about more," Ed-

wards told ESPNcricinfo during the Cape Town Test, during discussions with Cricket South Africa. "They deserve more, and you've got to recognise the quality of the cricket I think. I think it's not a bad stepping stone to have recognised quality by another Test or two. That principle might come out." Australia and South Africa have played Test series of three matches in every meeting but one since the latter's readmission to international cricket in 1992. The previous series in South Africa in 2011 was shortened to two matches, a decision CA expressed some disappointment about at the time. Under the commitments made by Australia and England to play each of the top eight nations at home and away over an eight-year period, the boards will also work to find additional windows for fixtures against lower-ranked nations, which had been increasingly marginalised in recent years. Edwards acknowledged that Australia may consequently return to the scheduling of international matches in the Northern Territory and Queensland during the winter months in order to better accommodate their new obligations. "Half the challenge is fitting this in," Edwards said. "But Test series have been getting quicker, more compressed because that's life. It's the way the world is, faster, closer and quicker. I think you always want a warm-up game or two, because one might be washed out, that's why you'd want two. [But] this has been a very good series." It is also believed that South Africa's future series with India may also be played over four Tests, rather than the two their most recent encounter was shrunk down to following a period of considerable doubt about the BCCI consenting to tour at all. That stand-off was emblematic of the troubles Edwards had witnessed at the ICC since his arrival on the executive board as a reform-minded CA chairman in 2012. He has spoken to ESPNcricinfo about the pathway from the rejection of the Woolf Report to the current resolutions, and about the difficulty of achieving meaningful change at the ICC following his successful campaign to streamline Australian cricket's governance and add independent voices to the CA board table.

SPortS DeSK Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert wants more from midfielder Aleksandar Tonev, who he has no doubt is a gifted player. The Bulgaria international has struggled to make an impact for Villa since joining them last summer from Lech Poznan. The 24-year-old has made 15 appearances in the Barclays Premier League so far, with only six of those being starts, and is yet to score a goal for the club. Lambert told the Birmingham Mail: "You're looking for more from Aleks. "But he's got all the attributes there and it's just about trying to get that together and that's why I've put him in and out. "He's got blistering speed, two great feet and you probably wouldn't know what his strongest foot actually is because of the way he can kick it with both. "He's taken longer to adjust but you always know that can happen."

Jury out on SolSkJaer: Martinez SPortS DeSK Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not know whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn out to be the right man to lead Saturday's opponents Cardiff out of danger. However, he does believe changing a manager mid-season without a clear strategy has very few long-term benefits. Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay in January with the Bluebirds just a point above the bottom three but they head to Goodison Park this weekend inside the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference. The former Manchester United striker had taken just seven points from his first nine matches, although they did secure a crucial win over bottom side Fulham last weekend. Martinez believes the evidence shows short-term thinking does not pay off. "It is difficult. It is very rare you get a real improvement for the long-term," he said. "In the short term they sometimes get a positive reaction but a change rarely affects things in a good way for the long term. "Sometimes we get those decisions. Overall you don't want to see those sort of changes and I personally don't believe the quick turnaround of a manager will give you long-term success unless you appoint

the right man. "It depends on every situation and every club has internal issues that they (should) know whether the decision will be right. "But if you ask me nothing gives you more success in the long term than good stability and working with a real strategy to improve." Martinez's most pressing issues are getting his side to bounce back from their FA Cup quarter-final exit at Arsenal last


weekend and deciding when injured captain Phil Jagielka will be ready to return. The Toffees boss has admitted he made a mistake in throwing Ross Barkley into January's Merseyside derby at Anfield just over three weeks after breaking a toe and he will not repeat the error by rushing back the midfielder's England team-mate. Jagielka has missed the past two matches with a hamstring problem and Martinez is content to allow the 31-year-

old to take his time coming back, especially with four matches in just 16 days starting this weekend. "Phil is recovering well. Now it's a matter of assessing him day-by-day and seeing how quickly he can get back into playing," the manager told evertontv. "Clearly it's important he is 100 per cent. I know he's a player who will at times put himself forward at only 90 per cent to help the team but with the amount of games we have - it's a nine-week period with 11 games - we need Phil and every player to be fully fit. "Whenever Phil is 100 per cent he'll be able to help the team but we need to protect him a little bit and make sure he's not rushed back into playing too early, which could risk a further period out." Midfielder Steven Pienaar's fitness will be looked at ahead of this weekend after limping off in the FA Cup quarterfinal defeat at Arsenal. "Stevie and a couple of others picked up knocks and bruises as you would expect from such a competitive and demanding game, but we're going to assess them over the next few days and we'll find the final extent. "At the minute there doesn't seem anything to worry about."

SPORTS Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

raiN threat lOOms large agaiN

PaKistaN WiNs the seCOND tWeNtY-20 WOrlD CuP iN 2009


S PERvEz QaiSER The second Twenty-20 World Cup was staged in England from June 5 to 21 2009. As before, the tournament featured 12 teams – the nine Test nations currently playing Test cricket along with Holland, Ireland and Scotland, three associate nations, which earned their places through a qualification tournament. The 12 participant teams were divided into four groups of three teams each. The top two teams from each group went through to the second stage of the tournament, Super Eights. The eight teams qualified for the Super Eights were divided into two groups of four teams each. The two top teams from each Super Eight group qualified for the semi-finals. Pakistan entered the final for the second successive time by defeating South Africa by seven runs in the first semi final at Nottingham on June 18 while Sri Lanka qualified for the final for the first time by beating West Indies by 57 runs in the second semi final at the same venue on June 19. Pakistan became the second team to win the Twenty-20 World Cup by beating Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final at Lord's on June 22. Sri Lanka who won the toss and elected to bat first lost their two wickets for two runa .Sanath Jayasuriya was able to stabalise the innings for Sri Lanka hitting 17 runs off 10 balls, however, Jayasuriya soon fell as he dragged a good length ball back on to the stumps. Mahela Jayawardene followed after edging a shot into the hands of Misbah-ul-Haq, leaving Sri Lanka on 32-4 in 5.3 overs. Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva added further runs, before the latter was caught by Saeed Ajmal playing a pull shot off the bowling of Umar Gul. Shahid Afridi soon after, took the wicket of Isuru Udana with a googly which drifted into the right-hander, knocking the off-stump. This brought in Angelo Mathews, who along with Kumar Sangakkara took the score from 70- 6 to 138-6, with 17 runs being scored off the last over bowled by Mohammad Aamer. Sri Lanka finished on 138-6 from 20 overs. Pakistan started off well with openers Kamran Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan adding 48 run for the first wicket, before Kamran Akmal was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara by the first delivery of Sanath Jayasuriya. Pakistan reached the target in 18.4 overs. Shahid Afridi was awarded the Man of the Match Tillakaratne Dilshan was declared Man of the Series for his 317 runs at an average of 63.40. As many as 7625 runs were scored for the loss of 337 wickets at an average of 22.62 off 999.4 overs in 27 matches in this tournament Sri Lanka are the only team who crossed 1000-run mark. They scored 1100 runs for the loss of 41 wickets at 26.82 off 139 overs in seven matches. West Indies who lost to Sri Lanka in the semi final, conceded the highest number of runs in this tournament. Their bowlers gave 1016 runs off 120 overs with an economy rate of 8.46. Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan scored the highest number of runs while Umar Gul of Pakistan claimed the highest number of wickets. Tillakaratne Dilshan, scored 317 runs at an average of 52.83 and a strike rate of 144.74 with three fifties in seven innings of as many matches. Umar Gul who claimed 13 wickets at an average of 12.15 and a economy rate of 6.44, also became the first bowler to take 25 or more wickets in Twenty-20 World Cup matches. No century was made in 54 innings. But 22 batsmen scored 31 half centuires. Tillakaratne Dilshan scored three fifties in seven innings Nine bowlers claimed four or more wickets in an innings. Umar Gul was the only bowler to take five wickts in an innings.

PlaYiNg reCOrD OF eaCh team:

No .Team ................Played .Won ..Lost ..Success% 1. ..Pakistan .............7 ..........5 .......2 .......71.42 2. ..Sri Lanka ...........7 ..........6 .......1 .......85.71 3. ..South Africa .......6 ..........5 .......1 .......83.33 4. ..West Indies ........6 ..........3 .......3 .......50.00 5 ....India ................5 ..........2 .......3 .......40.00 6. ..England .............5 ..........2 .......3 .......40.00 7. ..New Zealand ......5 ..........2 .......3 .......40.00 8. ..Ireland ..............5 ..........1 .......4 .......20.00 9. ..Netherlands ........2 ..........1 .......1 .......50.00 10. Australia ............2 ..........- ........2 .......00.00 11. Bangladesh ........2 ..........- ........2 .......00.00 12. Scotland ............2 ..........- ........2 .......00.00

SPORTS DESK The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to back the ICC revamp at the world governing body's board meeting next month to give it leverage with other countries, especially India. The PCB is aware, ESPNcricinfo understands, that a pragmatic approach will give it the benefits of bilateral tours it needs in its current situation, while not signing it will increase the sense of isolation. The PCB is the only Full Member to have not extended its support as yet to the governance, finance and FTP changes in the ICC, which were proposed by the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia in February. When the changes, which increase the power of those three boards within the ICC, were first proposed, four Full Members had come out against them: the PCB, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The proposals have since been revised and were approved by eight of the Full Members on



HERE is less than two weeks to go before both these sides play their first match at the World T20, and they are facing the possibility of going into the tournament without much practice in the shortest format. The first match of the series was washed out and the forecast does not look promising for the next two. That will leave both Australia and South Africa short of match-time ahead of a tournament neither have won, something which will concern South Africa more. Given the expectation thrust on them to bring home an ICC trophy, South Africa are doing all they can to refine their squad to ensure success. They need the time to have a trial run and experiment with some of the newer combinations they may have. Australia may have less reasons to worry, having come off three T20I wins. They would want to have the time to find room for the players they have recalled and to have another opportunity to dent their old foe ahead of a major tournament. Albie Morkel will make a long awaited return to the South African XI after being out in the cold since the end of the 2012 World T20. Albie had a strong domestic season after taking an extended break from the game to rejuvenate himself and seems to have found a new lease on his cricketing life. He will be expected to finish the innings fast and contribute as a fourth seamer. Albie is thought to be South Africa's trump card as they aim for an ICC trophy.

After three centuries in the Test matches David Warner may have thought his South African trip could not get any better. But he has since proposed to Candice Falzon and revealed that they were expecting their first child. Warner will hope the good times keep rolling in. With his usual aggressive, carefree style of batting, he has bullied South Africa's bowlers all summer and, if the weather allows him to, he will want to do it again, albeit in a different format. Dale Steyn was spotted strolling on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town on Monday, confirming his unavailability until the final match. South Africa are yet to play a match with their new combinations which include Albie Morkel and Beuran Hendricks. The team will want to field both of them before heading to Bangladesh. Rain has been sweeping across South Africa and Durban has not been spared. Although Wednesday morning is forecast to be clear, wet weather and strong winds are expected to arrive by the afternoon and continue into the evening, which could mean a curtailed affair. Despite the threat of a wet blanket, over 17,00 tickets have been sold for the match as the Durban public gear up for the last international of the summer. Stats and Trivia Warner and Shane Watson have each raised their bats to 10 half-centuries in T20 cricket, Australia's most number of fifties in the format. Contrastingly, South Africa have no players with 10 fifties, but JP Duminy (6) and AB de Villiers (4) have 10 between them.

soutH AFriCA: (possible): 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du plessis (capt), 4 Ab de Villiers, 5 Jp Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 and 9 Wayne parnell/Kyle Abbott/beuran Hendricks, 10 Morne Morkel 10, 11 imran tahir

AustrAliA: (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 shane Watson, 4 George bailey (capt), 5 Cameron White/brad Hodge, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 brad Haddin (wk), 8 Daniel Christian, 9 Mitchell starc, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 James Muirhead

Nadal ousted early, Murray and Federer progress at Indian Wells


BNP PariBas OPeN results Third round Tommy haas (Germany) beat 19-Kei nishikori (Japan) 7-6(3) 6-2 28-Alexandr dolgopolov (ukraine) beat 1-rafa nadal (Spain) 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) 17-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Evgeny donskoy (russia) 4-6 6-0 6-3 3-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat 29Andreas Seppi (italy) 6-0 6-2 10-Milos raonic (Canada) beat Alejandro Falla (Colombia) 6-4 6-3 13-Fabio Fognini (italy) beat 23-Gael Monfils (France) 6-2 3-6 7-5 7-roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 27-dmitry Tursunov (russia) 7-6(7) 7-6(2) 5-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech republic) 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

Rafa Nadal was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after a stunning upset at one of the world's biggest tournaments outside the four Grand Slams, while Andy Murray progressed despite being given a run for his money. Nadal blew a 4-2 lead in the deciding tiebreak after the Spaniard had fought his way back from 5-2 down in the deciding third set. "I wanted to play very well here. I had good success in this tournament in the past, a tournament I always feel good about," said Nadal, who will now turn his attention to the Sony Open in south Florida. "I'm going to keep working hard

to try to be ready to play better in Miami." Nadal beat Dolgopolov in the final of the inaugural Rio Open last month but the Ukrainian got his revenge on the world number one in the Californian desert. "I feel great, as after every win, of course. I beat the defending champion and the number one in the world," said Dolgopolov, whose next opponent is Fabio Fognini after the Italian saved two match points in a 6-2 3-6 7-5 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils. There were no other major surprises although Britain's Murray was forced to dig deep to see off promising Czech Jiri Vesely and avoid a similar fate. The Wimbledon champion won 6-7 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 but only after clawing back from the brink of defeat against the 20-year-old Vesely. Murray lost the opening set despite going up an early break but then struggled on serve against the left-handed Vesely, ranked 77th in the world. The Scotsman was broken six times in the match and trailed in both the second and third sets but fought back each time, reeling off four consecutive games to seal victory. "It was just one of those matches where there wasn't one period where I thought that the level of tennis from both of us was high at the same time," said Murray. Switzerland's former world number one Roger Federer also advanced after he was pushed all the way by Russia's Dmitry Tursunov before winning 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-2). Federer, who won his 78th career singles title in Dubai earlier this month, will play either German Tommy Haas or Japan's Kei Nishikori in the fourth round. "I feel like I'm in a good place," said Federer, a four-time champion at Indian Wells. "I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set.

PCB LIKELY TO BACK ICC REVAMP February 8. SLC and the PCB were the only two to vote against it at that meeting, and SLC extended its support to the revamp 10 days later. The PCB's previous chairman Zaka Ashraf believed the revamp was against the principle of "equality", and so the PCB, under, Ashraf objected to it. Current chairman Najam Sethi, though, who has been exchanging the reins of the PCB with Ashraf frequently over the past few months due tolegal and political reasons, said it was important to "safeguard" Pakistan's interests. "I don't think this is about principles, it is about safeguarding our own self-interests in the long run in world cricket," Sethi said. "We are the only ones now, left alone [against the revamp]. Whomever I have spoken to says they also initially opposed the changes but

later went with it because they were gaining a lot by supporting these changes." Sethi reportedly met with his Bangladesh and Sri Lanka counterparts, on the sidelines of Asia Cup, in Dhaka. The PCB is keen on negotiating bilateral series with India. "The fact is every country wants to play India because they say it brings them much needed revenues. It is a fact that not playing cricket with India is damaging for us," Sethi said. Ashraf, however, maintained that the revamp would be unjust to the other members. According to him, the PCB given Pakistan's commercial value to world cricket - was offered the chance to side with the 'Big Three' and benefit from the original proposals."The situation is very tricky," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo. "The PCB obviously will be the last country [to accept the revamp], but

that doesn't make any difference. The restructuring is still against the basic principle of equality and the 'Big Three' will be acting despotically. "The [revised] financial model is based on merely theory and a dummy model [by which no Full Member loses] is shown with a verbal assurance that they won't let the things slip. They promised that every board would get its fair share according to their commercial value. They also asked us to be the part of the scheme, to make it Big Four, as Pakistan holds a productive commercial value." The revamped ICC model is bound to fail in the long run, Ashraf said. "Their bid is to control things and that is what the whole idea was, but there is no indemnity if the structure collapses. And I am afraid the way cricket is being treated, the structure won't sustain itself in the long run and

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in the next three years board members, especially the supporters, will start realising this and things will start splitting." Pakistan have not hosted any Full Member at home since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore five years ago. Despite that, the PCB has been functioning rather well and that shows "the value" of Pakistan cricket, Ashraf said. "Pakistan, in last few years, despite being isolated are still standing tall and the PCB is not in debt as many boards are. No board is ready to help Pakistan at a crucial time to revive cricket in Pakistan. But Pakistan cricket is still going strong. "The world knows the value of Pakistan cricket and this is what keeps us going. Despite the isolation, cricket in Pakistan still a profitable product." Currently, Sethi is discussing the matter of the revamp with previous chairmen of the board, including Ashraf, seeking their advice on what he has termed a "crisis". It is understood that all of these former chiefs have suggested Pakistan remain in opposition to the revamp.

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