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Friday, 14 March, 2014

Mush hAs A sPeciAl DAte toDAy ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt


ORMER president General (r) Pervez Musharraf is likely to be indicted in the high treason case against him today (Friday) if he decides to show up at the proceedings on the orders of the special court. On Thursday, the special court

AfghAn instAbility Affects PAkistAn: sArtAj ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said that a stable Afghanistan was pre-requisite for peace in the region. According to reports from the United Kingdom, Sartaj Aziz while addressing a function at International Institute of Strategic Studies in London said that Pakistan desires peace and prosperity in Afghanistan as instability in that country has affected Pakistan's internal situation. He said that Islamabad fully supports peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan for its economic development. The advisor is in London to participate in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting tomorrow (Friday). Talking to media, Aziz said that the government was making all efforts to resolve matters through dialogue, adding that no time-frame could be given for peace talks with the Taliban.

PAkistAn’s helP cruciAl for AfghAn success: us gen DunforD WASHINGTON

headed by Justice Faisal Arab adjourned until Friday the hearing of three petitions filed by Musharraf as his defence counsel was "ill because of food poisoning". Defence counsel Anwar Mansoor told the court that he would not be able to give arguments in the petitions due to food poisoning therefore the hearing of the case be adjourned for the day. Justice Faisal Arab remarked, “Defence counsels can give arguments on the petitions moved by the accused whenever they will and they will not be forced in this respect. However proceedings of the case will continue. The order for production of Pervez Musharraf in the court holds good.” In the petitions, Musharraf had

sought permission to travel abroad to attend to his ailing mother, adjournment of the case for an indefinite period, inclusion of other personalities in the investigation of the case who abetted him in the November 3, 2007 steps and against the appointment of prosecutor Akram Sheikh. INTEL AGENCY BRIEFS COURT: Officials of the Interior Ministry and an intelligence agency briefed the special court about life threats to Musharraf in a special in-camera session at the Sindh House. Sources said that the officials told the court that they had intimated the authorities concerned immediately after intercepting communications indicating a


conspiracy to assassinate the former president. They denied that the revelation was deliberately timed with Musharraf's scheduled appearance in court. SECURITY PLAN: Around 2,500 security personnel will be deployed on the former president’s route if he decides to go to court today. Sources said that the security agencies have planned three different security layers and three different routes for Musharraf, adding that around 200 scrutinized security personals will be deployed in the first security layer. They said the second layer would be comprise Rangers while the third layer would be of Islamabad police personnel.




The Supreme Court on Thursday resumed hearing of the missing persons’ case during which Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar informed the court that a witness, Imran Munir, had agreed to record his statements regarding the disappearance of Masood Janjua. During the hearing, an email by Imran Munir was read out by AAG in the court, according to which the witness mentioned that he did not wish to return to Pakistan. Moreover, Khokar notified the court that Munir had surrendered his passport while seeking asylum in Sri Lanka under

the UN charter. The attorney general further told the court that SP Potohar Division, Haroon Joya, was sent to Sri Lanka in order to record a statement. Imran Munir had said he would not provide his statement to anyone except the Supreme Court and suggested that the court could record his statement through a video link. The court inquired from Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar, the facility to record the statement via a video link was available and instructed him to verify and inform the court. The court subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case. Earlier on February 8, the commission of inquiry on enforced disappearances had informed the Supreme Court that the case of Masood Janjua did not fall within the domain of "enforced disappearance". The court had referred the case of Masood Janjua on October 12 last year, missing for a long time, to the commission headed by retired SC judge Javed Iqbal on the grounds that it had more time to deeply go into controversies. Amina, wife of Ma-

sood Janjua, insists that her husband is alive but detained in a safe house. Separately, the Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the ISI director general and interior secretary and sought a reply in a week over the disappearance of Muhammad Arif, a resident of Rawalpindi. A single member bench of the court comprising of Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi heard the case and issued notices. A resident of Rawalpindi, Parveen Bibi, filed a petition in the court through her counsel Zafar Hasan over the disappearance of her husband Muhammad Arif. The interior secretary and ISI DG have been made respondent in the case. In the petition she adopted the stance that her husband went missing four months back from Rawalpindi along with two other people. According to the petitioner, the two other persons have returned and they had said that they along with Arif had been kept in captivity by an intelligence agency. The court issued notices to the interior secretary and ISI DG and sought reply in a week.

PsM officiAls confess ‘Misusing’ rs 500M ISLAMABAD onLine

The Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) officials on Thursday told a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee that they wasted Rs 500 million from GP funds. A meeting of PAC, chaired by Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, reviewed auditory objections of PSM, ordering that this amount, embezzled during 2009-2010 should be refunded within one year in installments, while pin-pointing those guilty of this anomaly. Awami Muslim League lawmaker Sheikh Rashid Ahmed recommended the body to forward the issue to the National Accountability Bureau, but PTI legislator Arif Alvi opposed the notion, stressing for further investigation. During the session, Federal Secretary for National Food Security and Research Seerat Asghar refused to answer or comment over auditory objections of ministers of the Food Ministry, as the ministry had already been devolved to provinces. The committee decided to take the issue to the Law Ministry and Cabinet Division, while auditory authorities claimed of Rs 100 million plus worth of embezzlements during 2009-2010. During the proceedings, the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation Ltd (PASSCO) informed the committee that the wheat production was far better this time, while the current target for wheat output has been put at 25,000,000 tonnes; of which PASSCO would purchase 1.6 million tonnes. Serious irregularities in PASSCO affairs were also highlighted, including loss of Rs 41 crore which were handed by the committee to FIA for investigations, to be completed within a three-month span.


Most children in KP, FATA vaccinated against polio: FO ISLAMABAD


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The US cannot envision success in Afghanistan without cooperation from Pakistan, a top American commander based in Kabul has told lawmakers. "I find it difficult to envision success in the region without cooperation of Pakistan and without an effective relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan," General Joseph Dunford, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. "Over the past year I've been encouraged on a couple of fronts. One is I believe that Pakistan also recognises the existential threat of extremism to their own security, and they also recognise that it's not in their best interest to have anything other than a stable, secure and unified Afghanistan," he said. Dunford said that since August the heads of two states had met four times, which was very positive.

Pakistan has said unlike the perception, most of children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA areas have been inoculated against polio. Speaking at weekly Foreign Office press briefing on Thursday, FO spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said the federal and provincial governments are determined to eradicating polio from the country. She said immunisation of children against polio relates to Pakistan's future. She said Pakistan is aware of the World Health Organisation's concerns and recently in her visit to Pakistan, the head of WHO held very constructive meetings regarding the issue. She said despite the security concerns, WHO is keen to help Pakistan in overcoming the problem. The spokeswoman said a decree issued at a conference in Jeddah attended by clerics from across the world declared polio vaccine as halal and legitimate. She said polio vaccine being used in Pakistan was procured from Indonesia, a Muslim country. To a question, she said, “After GSP Plus status, there have been positive

trends about our trade relations with European Union.” Regarding EU Ambassador's comments, Tasnim Aslam said, “Pakistan expects from diplomatic community including him to abide by the norms of internationally recognised diplomatic behaviour, and not to comment on our internal matters.” She said Pakistan is implementing 27 international conventions to inculcate a culture of respect for human rights. Regarding Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, Tasnim Aslam refuted the impression that Pakistan is not serious in the project. She said Iran is well-aware of Pakistan's stance. On the question of mass deportation of Pakistanis from UK, she said Pakistan and European Union signed the Readmission Agreement, under which Pakistan is ready to accept illegal Pakistanis residing in EU and UK. She, however, rejected the notion if there are mass deportations of Pakistanis. Regarding the expected meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Barack Obama on the sidelines of International Security Summit in The Hague this month, the


spokesperson said no formal meetings have been scheduled bilaterally. On Afghan presidential elections, Tasnim Aslam said it is Afghan government's decision not to allow their refugees residing in Pakistan to participate in the elections. She said had Afghan government requested Pakistan would have extended all possible cooperation for polling in Pakistan. She said certain timelines were agreed between Pakistan and India on the sidelines of SAARC Business Conclave about granting NDMA status and the two sides will exchange status when the commitments are honored. To a question about the IAEA director general’s visit, the spokesperson said, “Yukiya Amano has expressed complete confidence in the safety and security of our nuclear installations.” She told the IAEA DG visited Chashma nuclear power plant on Wednesday and was impressed with security measures. She said, “Pakistan has long-standing cooperation with IAEA in the field of safety and all our nuclear facilities are under IAEA safeguard.”


The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday gave time until March 19 to the Punjab government for providing time frame on matters related to LB polls and making appropriate amendments in Local Government Act Punjab with reference to delimitations of constituencies. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said, “We want implementation of law to ensure their rights are given to people. The governments of Punjab and Sindh don’t want to conduct LB polls therefore they are set to seek maximum time. If government of Punjab is willing then it should let Election Commission (EC) carry out delimitations and give time frame for holding LB elections. If EC can carry out delimitation of constituencies for National Assembly (NA) then why it can not conduct LB polls.” Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said, “Devolving powers at grassroots level is more difficult than conducing LB polls and doing this is not acceptable to considerable extent to the incumbent governments.” PPP General Secretary Sardar Latif Khosa has neither appeared nor filed reply on behalf of his party during the course of hearing of the case. A three-member bench of SC headed by the CJP resumed the hearing of the case on Thursday.

Friday, 14 March, 2014

news Yousaf Shah and Irfan Siddiqui optimistic about peace talks progress PESHAWAR



Members of the Taliban peace committee reached North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Thursday to hold talks with the Taliban shura. Prof Ibrahim Khan, Abdul Hayee and Yousaf Shah arrived in Miranshah, headquarters of NWA, in a government helicopter. They were received by civil and military officials. Later, they left for an unidentified location to discuss the future talks strategy with the Taliban commanders. It is the second trip of the Taliban committee to NWA. Earlier, Prof Ibrahim and Yousaf Shah after two-day negotiations with Taliban returned to Akora Khattak on February 10. However, soon after their return from NWA, the talks ended in deadlock after terrorists exploded bombs at a Peshawar cinema, killed nine members of a family in Peshawar and slit throats of 23 FC men. Later, the two sides declared a ceasefire, enabling the committee members to resume dialogue process. Before leaving for NWA, Prof Ibrahim and Shah held a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad. Talking to media in Peshawar before leaving for NWA, Shah hoped that the nation would soon receive "good news" about the peace process. He said that members of the committee needed to adopt a cautious approach. "The venue of the meeting between the new government committee and the Taliban reps is yet to be decided," he said. The TTP negotiating team coordinator said the second round of talks is the ‘decision-making’ phase. “We will meet with the government committee after meeting with the Taliban leadership," he said. SIDDIQUI’S NEW PAKISTAN: Meanwhile in Islamabad, Irfan Siddiqui, adviser to Prime Minister on political affairs, said that a new round of talks has begun with Taliban. The first committee, he said, performed its responsibility amicably. Siddiqui said that the next course of action would be decided after the return of Taliban interlocutors from North Waziristan. He said that a new Pakistan was emerging due to the peace talks, which had led to a lull in violence in the country.



RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Karachi today (Friday)on a one-day visit to review the law and order situation of the city which is yet to see a day of peace ever since a targeted operation was launched by Rangers and the Karachi police department against organised crime syndicates operating under political patronage. Prime Minister Sharif will be accompanied by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He will chair a high-level law and order meeting, which will be attended by the chiefs of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and


briDe coMMits suiciDe over forceD MArriAge SAHIWAL Staff RepoRt

A teenager bride committed suicide on the first night of her wedding over forced marriage. Police said that 18-year-old Shehla d/o Talib Hussain, a resident of Chak 160/9-L, was forced to marry Ahmed, a resident of Chak 186/9-L. The disappointed girl committed suicide by hanging herself. The body was shifted to a hospital for autopsy. Separately, in Hussainabad Colony of Sahiwal Muhammad Ashraf shot injured Sonia Bano, 18, after she refused to enter in illicit relations with him. The injured girl was shifted to a hospital where her condition was said to be serious. The police arrested the culprit. Meanwhile, the police arrested two accused involved in the murder of a student named Kashif. Separate cases have been registered in all incidents and investigation was in progress.

intelligence officials. Sources said that Nawaz will be briefed about the ongoing targeted operation in the metropolis and the recent incidents of violence in Lyari that had claimed more than 17 lives on Wednesday. Sources said that a new strategy regarding the Karachi operation will also be discussed at the meeting. GOVT COMMITTED TO CONSULTATIONS: Separately, Prime Minister Sharif said that the government was fully committed to resolving the challenges facing the country through consultations. Talking to a 10-member delegation of the Pakistan Ulema Council led by its chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi on Thursday,

Nawaz said, “We believe in resolving issues through consultations as consultative process proves helpful in handling complex situations.” He stressed that the clerics should play their role in promoting Pakistan's positive image in the global community and pointed out that extremism could be eradicated from the society by following the true spirit of Islam. Nawaz assured the government's support to clerics in promoting peace and harmony in the country. Ashrafi lauded the premier's efforts to help Pakistan overcome various challenges. He assured Nawaz of full support and added that the premier's desire for peace and his political acumen reflected his sincerity for the country. The PUC chairman also expressed support for the government's foreign policy and its efforts to eradicate polio from the country.

ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government informed the Supreme Court that any Taliban incursion into Pakistani territory from the Afghan province of Nooristan to force the Kalash tribe in Chitral to convert to Islam was almost impossible because the Pakistan Army was regularly patrolling the border. In reply to a suo motu notice taken by the court on February 20, KP Advocate General Abdul Latif Yousufzai submitted a twopage report explaining that the army and other law enforcers were keeping a strict vigil through 16 checkposts from Arandu to Lutkoh areas. They were ready to counter any attempt by the Taliban,

the report said. Moreover, the border with Nooristan is inaccessible and presently snowbound. The Malakand commissioner visited Chitral District on February 21 and held a meeting with the Kalash community in Bumburet Valley, the report said, adding that the threat issued by the Taliban was nothing new. The video clip issuing warning to the Kalash to convert to Islam, which was cited by the local and international media, had not been circulated among the people of Chitral, the report claimed. It said the administration and the army had taken steps to heighten security in the area. On February 22, General Officer Commanding 17 Division General Javed Bukhari visited the Kalash Valley and reviewed security arrangements, the report said, adding that a unit of the army’s AK42 Regiment had been sent to the area. agencieS

Hunger devours one more Thari child COMMISSIONER SAYS 52,000 WHEAT BAGS DISTRIBUTED IN FAR-FLUNG AREAS OF THARPARKAR AS 30 MORE CHILDREN ARE ADMITTED TO HOSPITALS MITHI/KARACHI agencieS Another child died in a hospital in the drought-hit region of Thar increasing the death toll to 169 on Thursday, while 30 more children from the area were admitted to hospitals for various health issues. According to reports four children have died in the past three days. Relief supplies are pouring in the region but the far-flung villages of the desert district are still waiting for ration

supplies and migrating to other areas for sustenance. Drought and hunger have also hit other arid regions of Sindh, particularly in Khairpur and Sanghar districts. Rescue operation was facing delay due to rough terrain while rescue teams are yet to reach Kitaar, Jitrad, Kesrad and several other villages of Tharparkar. According to statistics, around 300 were undergoing treatment in local hospitals of the district. However, the health situation was getting better

in rural areas of Tharparkar while a decline in migration of locals was also reported due to the ongoing relief operation. Sindh government had earlier removed its Minister for Relief and Revenue Makhdoom Jamiluz Zaman, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Jam Khan Shoro and Relief Commissioner Lala Fazalur Rehman over Thar relief issue. According to sources, Zaman, Shoro and Lala have been removed from their posts for not coping with the relief issue efficiently in famine-hit Tharparkar. CM VISITS MITHI HOSPITAL: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Mithi Civil Hospital and enquired after the health of ailing children and reviewed the per-

formance of its staff and provision of facilities to patients. WHEAT BAGS: Meanwhile, Mirpurkhas Division Commissioner Sajid Abro said that 52,000 wheat bags were distributed in far-flung areas of Tharparkar in the last four days. He said 17 teams of livestock department were constantly looking after cattle and other animals day and night and vaccinating them against various diseases in drought-hit areas. NADRA CAMP OFFICES: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has also set up camp offices in Taluka Diplo, Noekot and in different union councils to provide free of cost computerized national identity cards to the area residents.


tAlibAn WArlorD escAPes suiciDe AttAck Driver killed, two suicide bombers gunned down by Mullah Abdur Rehman's men MIRANSHAH: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shura member Mullah Abdur Rehman on Thursday escaped a suicide attack, while his driver and two suicide bombers were killed in the attack. According to a statement of the TTP North Waziristan shura, two suicide bombers attacked Mullah Abdur Rehman near Sargardan Chowk in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. The Taliban commander narrowly escaped the attack with minor injuries. However, his driver was killed in the suicide attack. Rehman's two aides opened fire on the suicide attackers due to which both the attackers were also killed. The NWA shura confirmed that Rehman sustained injuries in the attack. The commander has been actively involved in fighting US forces in Afghanistan and is based in North Waziristan. agencieS

use Mother tongues for unity: nA boDy Resolution says mother tongues belong to all of Pakistan rather than just one particular area ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Thursday agreed it was high time that people should use their languages for unity and better understanding among each other. The committee meeting chaired by lawmaker Marvi Memon was of the opinion that Pakistani society was hub of ancient languages but unfortunately Pakistan since its inception, instead of recognising and celebrating linguistic diversity, started its journey by denying the distinct historical status of these languages. Diversity and recognition of these languages will be the path for nation building, which is acutely required, the committee said. The committee further discussed a working paper on the concept of the National Language Commission as envisioned by Nawaz Sharif in PML-N manifesto. app

WoMAn, 4 kiDs injureD in jAMruD blAst JAMRUD: A woman and four children were wounded in a blast outside their house in Khyber Agency on Thursday, officials said. According to Levis officials, the incident took place at Ghandi village near Jamrud, main town of Khyber Agency. A bomb was planted outside a house which when exploded caused damage to the house and injured a woman and her four kids. Security forces rushed to the scene soon after blast occurred and the injured were shifted to Jamrud Hospital. Staff RepoRt

Men bloW uP gAs PiPeline in DerA bugti QUETTA: Unidentified men blew up an eight-inch gas pipeline leading to the main gas plant from within its underground depth of gas source. The Thursday explosion took place in Dera Bugti’s Pirkoh’s gas reserve No 24, while the authorities have started repairs of the damaged pipe. onLine

us to uPgrADe PAkistAn c-130 fleet ISLAMABAD: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for a C-130 Fleet Upgrade Programme. It will facilitate the continued operation of the Pakistan's Air Force C-130 fleet for counter-terrorism flights, regional humanitarian operations, troop transport; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions within Pakistan and in the region. It said the proposed sale of equipment and logistical as well as training support will help improve the security of Pakistan. inp



tAlibAn negotiAtors reAch nWA


sc AccePts forMer Dg’s revieW Petition ISLAMABAD

counsel for Rao Shakeel, said his client had filed application that he had been declared involved in Haj corruption case due to court’s observation and the transparent trial being conducted under Article 10-A is being influenced. The subordinate court will give decision under the influence of the decision of the SC which will cause harm to him and the ends of justice will also not be met, he added.

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The Supreme Court (SC) has accepted review petition filed by former DG Rao Shakil accused in Haj corruption case and directed trial court to conduct his trial in transparent manner without being influenced by SC decision. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulkm took up the case for hearing on Thursday. Ali Zafar,

MAj gen AzAM tAkes chArge of kP fc PESHAWAR app Major General Tayyab Azam took over the Command of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Frontier Corps, replacing Major General Ghayur Mahmood, says a handout issued on Thursday. The change of command ceremony was held at the Frontier Corps Balahisar Headquarters.

WoMAn killeD for honour in sAnghAr SANGHAR inp A young woman was killed for honour and buried at Hindu's crematorium at Jhol, a town near Sanghar on Thursday. Sughra Brohi escaped from her home with Muhammad Ali in Hakim Marri village in Jhol police precicnts a week ago. The girl was brought back home after a panchayat decision. The relatives brought her back with assurance that she would not be killed, sources said. The relatives, however, killed the woman and buried her body at a crematorium in Jhol without funeral prayers, sources said. People brought the matter to the attention of local police. The SHO has posted two policemen at the grave and started investigation into the matter.

04 news AustrAliA to buy us Drones for borDer PAtrol SYDNEY agencieS Australia on Thursday announced it will buy unmanned surveillance drones from the US to protect its borders and commercial interests. The fleet, to be based in Adelaide, would provide the defence force "with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities", PM Tony Abbott said. The drones would also be used to protect energy resources, he added. The drones, which are still being tested by the US navy, can remain airborne for up to 33 hours. The number of drones to be bought is yet to be determined. "We do need to have a strong defence - national security is as important as economic security when it comes to the good government of our country," Abbott said. "Given that Australia has responsibility for something like 11 percent of the world's oceans, it's very important that we've got a very effective maritime surveillance capability." The MQ-4C Triton drones, which are unmanned aerial vehicles used for surveillance, can cruise at altitudes up to 55,000 feet.

PoPe MArks first yeAr in PrAyer VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election in prayer and quiet contemplation of the meaning of Lent, far from the adoring crowds and controversies of Rome. In keeping with Francis's tendency to eschew much of the pomp and ceremony associated with his role, the anniversary was not marked in any official way, with the exception a solitary tweet from the official Pontifex account. "Please pray for me," the 77-year-old wrote to his 12 million followers in nine languages, echoing an appeal he made in his first address to followers from the balcony of St Peter's Basilica exactly one year ago. Francis was spending the day on a pre-Easter spiritual retreat in the Castelli Romani, a picturesque area on the southeastern outskirts of Rome. agencieS

2 DeAD AMiD clAshes After turkish teen's DeAth ISTANBUL: Officials say two people have died amid clashes that erupted in Istanbul and other cities following the funeral of a teenager, who died nine months after being hit by a police teargas canister. The Istanbul Governor's office said a 22-year old man died in fighting between two groups of youths late on Wednesday, as police fired water cannons and tear gas to prevent crowds from reaching Istanbul's main square after the burial of 15-year old Berkin Elvan. In the southeastern city of Tunceli, the governor said a police officer died of a heart attack during clashes with anti-government protesters Wednesday. Officials denied reports that tear gas fired by police triggered the heart attack, insisting that the policeman had not been exposed to gas. Anti-government protests have flared since Berkin's death on Tuesday. agencieS

chinA rePorts 31 DeAD in MArch 1 tunnel blAst BEIJING: The death toll from a little-reported road explosion was disclosed on Thursday to be a much higher 31, nearly two weeks after the blast shook a highway tunnel in northwestern China. The city government of Jincheng in Shaanxi province said a team assembled by the State Council to investigate the blast met Thursday in the city to brief on the latest developments. It said another nine people were missing. The city statement came minutes after China concluded its annual meeting of its ceremonial congress in Beijing, raising questions if the case had been purposely given little attention to avoid disruption to the convention. The crash March 1 involved more than 40 vehicles, including those carrying hazardous materials, and a fire burned for three days. But the scant news coverage largely ceased on March 5, the day when China's ceremonial legislative body — the National People's Congress — opened in Beijing for its annual meeting. There is no official explanation for the lack of attention to the tunnel crash, but it would be consistent with China's heightened efforts to ensure social stability when the congress was in session by playing down what the authorities deem as negative news. Also, government officials were in Beijing for the congress, leaving a temporary leadership vacuum in local governments. Xinhua News Agency said two tankers loaded with the flammable methanol collided inside the Yanhou Tunnel on a highway in Shaanxi province, causing a blast and setting fire to coal trucks in the traffic. agencieS

Friday, 14 March, 2014

Malala is sorry! Malala Yusufzai apologises for using Prophet (PBUH)’s incomplete name in her book BIRMINGHAM onLine


ALALA Yusufzai has publicly apologised over using the incomplete name for the Prophet (PBUH) in her penned book, saying that she was not constrained over being refused the inauguration of her book.

Talking to a private TV channel, she also expressed her concerns at terrorism spilling over the Pakistan borders, making inroads into other nations, as people revert towards the process of employing terrorism for achieving their agendas, goals. She also regretted that her Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan were prime victims of terrorism, and while stressing for a

unified struggle against the menace of terrorism said that peace could only be achieved through dialogue and definitely not through war. She urged on Taliban to tender apologies to the kin of those who were targeted and those who were incidental causalities, also urging Taliban that they should also adopt the process of democracy to get their message across the board.

Indian diplomat in Us row wins indictment dismissal NEW DELHI agencieS

An Indian diplomat charged in New York with visa fraud and making false statements about her domestic worker has won a dismissal of her federal indictment, in a move that could help smooth over a dispute that has frayed US-India ties. Devyani Khobragade, who was India's deputy consul-general in New York, had diplomatic immunity when she sought on January 9 to dismiss the indictment, and thus could not be prosecuted, US District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday. New Delhi gave a cautious welcome to the news but it was far from clear if the matter had been fully resolved. US prosecutors could still seek a fresh indictment, while in India reports emerged that Khobragade's two children held

both US and Indian passports, in apparent violation of Indian rules. India is due to kick off a general election on April 7 and its major political parties have vied to outdo each other in condemning the U.S. over the Khobragade case, as they seek to match public anger over the row. Narendra Modi, the primeministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), brought up the diplomat's "ill-treatment" in a meeting with US ambassador to India Nancy Powell last month. Modi has topped several recent opinion polls as the most popular choice for prime minister. US prosecutors have accused Khobragade of making Sangeeta Richard, her housekeeper and nanny, work 100-hour weeks at a salary of just over $1 an hour, far below the legal minimum US wage of $7.25 an hour. They argued that the indict-

‘Malaysian plane did not keep flying for hours’ KUALA LAMPUR agencieS

Yet another conflicting storyline has emerged in the perplexing disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly six days ago. After search crews failed to find any trace of debris suggested by Chinese satellite photographs, Malaysian officials on Thursday said there was no evidence to back a newspaper report suggesting the plane may have kept flying for four hours after its last reported contact. The report from The Wall Street Journal said U.S. avia-

tion investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying on data automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet's engines. The account has raised questions among some U.S. officials about whether the plane had been steered off course "with the intention of using it later for another purpose," the newspaper reported, citing a "person familiar with the matter." The newspaper said it was unclear whether the aircraft had landed somewhere or had crashed.

Indian Air Force chief thinks women unfit to fly jets NEW DEHLI agencieS

From US and Russia to Turkey and Pakistan, countries around the globe have for long had women fighter pilots. Some even became "aces" with over five "kills", a few got killed in combat. Many nations, including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, also deploy women on warships. Women officers in the US even serve on ballistic missile submarines, and may be joined in the underwater nuclear arm by enlisted women sailors soon. In India, the converse remains true. The top civilian leadership and military brass are steadfast about their objection to deploying women in combat roles. So, women here cannot tear into the skies as fighter pilots, serve on

sea-faring warships or join the infantry, armoured corps or artillery. Leave alone the combat role, even their battle to get permanent commission in the "support arms" is still to be fully won. Women have been allowed to join the armed forces as officers since the early-1990s but they currently number just 2,960 of the 59,400 officers in the 1.3-million strong armed forces. The defence establishment has repeatedly thwarted their demand for permanent commission due to "operational, practical and cultural problems". The mental barriers are still up. Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, answering questions in Kanpur on Tuesday, said the capabilities of women "air warriors" in his force was never in doubt but biological and natural constraints precluded them from flying fighters.


ment should stand because Khobragade did not have diplomatic immunity either when she was arrested, or now that she has left the country. They can seek a fresh indictment but it is not yet clear if they will do so. "As the court indicated in its decision, and as Devyani Khobragade has conceded, there is currently no bar to a new indictment against her for her alleged criminal conduct, and we intend to proceed accordingly," said James Margolin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan. Scheindlin said Khobragade had immunity on January 9 when the indictment was issued, having the day before been named a counselor to India's mission to the United Nations. She also lifted Khobragade's bail and said open arrest warrants based on the indictment must be thrown out.

court uPholDs Delhi rAPists' DeAth sentences NEW DELHI agencieS

Four men convicted of raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi had their death sentences upheld on Thursday for a crime that caused a huge public backlash against an entrenched culture of violence against women in India. The victim, a trainee physiotherapist who was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus, became a symbol of the dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes. "The day the murderers of my daughter are hanged, we will feel we have got justice," the victim's mother said after the Delhi High Court confirmed the sentence of hanging handed down by a trial judge last September. "We hope, even in other such cases, justice will be done in the same fashion," the mother said. Indian law bars the press from identifying rape victims. Defence lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme Court, with one denouncing Thursday's decision as politically motivated. India holds a general election in April and May. "This is not a fair trial," AP Singh, representing two of the convicts, told reporters after the ruling by a panel of two female judges. "If the judgment had come after the elections, it would have been in our favour ... Clearly, the judges are under political pressure." Gym instructor Vinay Sharma, bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed Mukesh Singh were sentenced to death for their part in the gang rape and killing of the 23-year-old woman in December 2012. During the seven-month trial, a fifth defendant hanged himself in his cell. A sixth, who was under 18 at the time of the attack, was sentenced to three years' detention, the maximum allowed under juvenile law.

‘russiA risks MAssive consequences in ukrAine’ BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Russia risks "massive" political and economic consequences if Moscow does not enter into "negotiations that achieve results" over the situation in Ukraine. In an address to Parliament, Merkel told lawmakers the only way out of the crisis is through diplomacy and assured them that "the use of the military is no option." But, she said, the European Union and other western nations would soon freeze bank accounts and implement travel restrictions if Russia refused to enter "negotiations that achieve results and aren't just a play for time." If Moscow does not begin to "deescalate" the situation then, Merkel said the 28 European Union nations, the United States and other trans-Atlantic partners were prepared to take even stronger measures that would hit Russia economically. "If Russia continues on its course of the past weeks that will not only be a great catastrophe for Ukraine..." Merkel said in the nationally televised address. "It will cause massive damage to Russia, both economically and politically." She said Russia's decision to deploy troops into Ukraine's strategic Crimean Peninsula was a clear breach of international law, and that Moscow was bullying its weaker neighbor with methods reminiscent of 19th century European power politics. She said western nations were "working on a political and diplomatic" path out of the crisis, including building a channel for talks directly between Kiev and Moscow, but said any question of Crimea breaking away from Ukraine was off the table. "Let me be absolutely clear so that there is no misunderstanding, the territorial integrity of Ukraine is not up for discussion," she said. Crimea plans to hold a referendum on Sunday that will ask residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia. agencieS

MAlDives rejects int'l criticisM of juDiciAry COLOMBO: The Maldives government has rejected international criticism of its judiciary after it sacked the country's top election officials amid a political crisis. A statement from the president's office said Wednesday that criticism from the United States, Australia and the United Nations amounted to undermining the Maldives' Constitution and the process of strengthening democracy. The Maldives' Supreme Court removed Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and handed him a six-moth jail term, suspended for three years, on charges of contempt of court. His deputy, Ahmed Fayaz, was fired without a jail term. The decision came after months of conflict between the Elections Commission and the judiciary, after Thowfeek spoke out against the controversial conduct of the Supreme Court during last year's presidential elections. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, a brother of the country's 30-year autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, defeated Mohamed Nasheed, who led the struggle for democracy and was elected president in the country's first multiparty election in 2008. The US, Australia and the UN criticised the Supreme Court's decision and questioned the Indian Ocean archipelago's commitment to democracy. agencieS

blAckout hits us cAPitol DoMe, other builDings WASHINGTON: The US Capitol building and other iconic Washington landmarks briefly went dark on Wednesday as powerful wind gusts also caused tens of thousands of people in the area to lose power. Winds were gusting at 76 kilometers per hour in the US capital, as temperatures were plummeted from a balmy high of 69 degrees Fahrenheit to an expected low of 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. The service said the strongest winds could gust up to 55 miles per hour, and anticipated "scattered tree and power line damage... Difficulty driving high-profile vehicles." The Capitol dome, where power was knocked out for about 30 minutes in a rarely seen event, was not the only building affected by the blast of colder air. "Lights flickering in Ft Belvoir area after big wind gusts. Praying dinner can finish cooking first if we are to lose power!" Rachel Morales wrote on Twitter. Elanit Jakabovics wrote, "Flickering here in West End and street lights out. Electricity NEVER goes out here. First flickers in years." The powerful winds brought more misery to the area after it had just started to emerge from a particularly cold and prolonged winter. app

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O ameliorate the problems of small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs), the government has decided that their sales tax refunds must be paid immediately. This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while addressing the Chief Commissioners at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Headquarters on Thursday. He directed FBR for sales tax refunds up to Rs 500,000 within three weeks and refunds from Rs 500,000 to Rs 1 million will be cleared by April 15, subject to verification and due process. He said that it would benefit around 26,000 clients of the total 36,000 refund cases and the remaining large sum claims would be processed through queue system separately. The minister said that FBR is one of the most impor-

nePra aPProves rs 2.24 increase in Power tariFF ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved on Thursday an increase of Rs 2.24 per unit in power tariff for all companies of WAPDA to be charged under monthly fuel adjustment. The increased tariff would be passed on to consumers in the coming month's electricity bills. The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) had requested NEPRA to allow the increase for the next billing month on account of higher generation cost during the month of January this year. On this, NEPRA approved the raise in power tariff up to Rs. 2.24 per unit. The increase, however, would not be applicable to consumers of the Karachi Electric, the power distribution company in the metropolis. AEGNCIES

Punjab cng stations reoPen today LAHORE: All CNG stations in five regions of Punjab ((Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Multan Sahiwal) will reopen on Friday (today) after a three-month gas suspension. The CNG stations will supply gas for 48 hours (Friday 6am to Sunday 6am) according to new gas load management plan issued by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited. Gas supply to Zone-II (Faisalabad, Sargodha, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur regions) will be restored on Tuesday for 48 hours. According to spokesman of SNGPL, this schedule would be followed till any further decision, and hoped that CNG supply would be increased to four days per week soon. STAFF REPORT

sm munir aPPointed tdaP chairman ISLAMABAD: SM Munir has been appointed as the chairman of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) on Thursday on the orders of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, says a notification. Munir has been the president of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI) as well as remained in top positions in business related bodies. He has been considered one of the close aides of the PM in business community. INP

tant organs of the government, as most of the expenditure of the government depends upon the revenue collection of this department. He said for the purpose of performing their duties well, the chief commissioners and other officers have been selected on merit and are being isolated from external pressures. He added, “In response we expect the chief commissioners to rise up to the challenges and give sterling performances.” The minister praised the FBR chairman and his team on their performance and announced that the revenue collection in first eight months of this year is Rs

1,348 billion as compared to Rs 1,145 billion in corresponding period of last year. He said that revenue collection witnessed 17.7 percent growth up to February 2014, which is reasonably good, adding that Pakistan's tax to GDP ratio currently stands at a meager 8.5 percent, and the government has decided to improve it. "While we appreciate the queue that has been established for sales tax refund, we will make this one time exception to facilitate the SME sector," he said. The finance minister instructed the chief commissioners for putting in more efforts in order to develop Pakistan

and make Pakistan prosperous in line with the vision of the prime minister. He said that there should not only be increase in the tax net, but all the leakages must be plugged. He said that corruption and malpractices would not be tolerated. The FBR chairman sought Dar’s approval for signing MoU regarding adjustment of sales tax on services against sales tax on supplied goods with the Sindh Revenue Board and Punjab Revenue Authority. With the minister’s approval, the MoUs were signed regarding adjustment of Sales Tax on services against sales tax on supplied goods with the Sindh Revenue Board and Punjab Revenue Authority. The agreements were signed by FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa, Punjab Revenue Authority Chairperson Iftikhar Qutub and Sindh Revenue Board Chairman Tashfeen Khalid Niaz. With the signing of these MoUs, a long outstanding issue regarding cross adjustment of sales tax on goods and services levied by the federal and provincial governments has been settled.


Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani on Thursday said the Pakistan Army attaches immense importance to the development of education sector and is actively involved in nation building projects in areas cleared by the army. He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of Model School Wana constructed by the Pakistan Army in

South Waziristan Agency, said a press release by ISPR. Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani said that concerted and dedicated efforts were being made to improve literacy rate in the tribal areas. The Pakistan Army set up schools and cadet colleges where students are groomed to incorporate qualities of good and productive human beings. Most of these schools and colleges were being constructed in the remote and far-flung areas to improve the

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A woman and her three daughters were allegedly tortured by a relative over a property dispute in Chak 4/WB, Vehari. According to Rescue 1122 and police sources, two brothers, Abdul Ghaffoor and Sardar Ali had a dispute over a family house. On Thursday, Ali along with his companions Muhammad Yousuf, Sajid Ali, Muhammad Tariq and Shoukat tried to occupy the disputed property. When women in the house resisted the accused tortured Shabeena, Rubina, Shahbaz and sister-in-law of Ali – Rasheedan. The accused allegedly broke limbs of Shabeena, Rubina and Shahbaz.

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A gang rape victim woman attempted to commit suicide by setting herself on fire after failure to get justice as the accused were released after being cleared in police investigation. Amna Bibi, 18-year-old resident of Bait Mir Hazar Khan, was raped by five accused on January 5. A case was registered in Bait Mir Hazar Khan Police Station and an accused Nadir Khan was also arrested. Police declared the accused innocent which disappointed the victim and she set herself on fire outside the police station. Amina was shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Jatoi and later referred to Nishtar Hospital Multan. Police said no evidence was found against the accused during the investigation. Meanwhile, the Punjab chief minister took notice of the suicide attempt incident and directed the authorities for providing best treatment facilities to the women and ordered the district police officer (DPO) to submit report within 24 hours.

standard of education of the so far underprivileged tribal people, he elaborated. The corps commander praised the efforts of the army engineers and political administration for facilitating the local community in spreading rays of knowledge in the area. Earlier on his arrival, he was received by Major General Akhtar Jamil Rao and Major General Nadeem Raza and was briefed about the ongoing developmental projects.

Govt’s efforts to bring Dr Aafia home meet another setback AAFIA’S LAWYER SAYS PAKISTAN DID NOT NEED TO BECOME PARTY TO MULTILATERAL TREATY FOR HER REPATRIATION ISLAMABAD: The government’s efforts to secure early repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui from the US suffered a setback after the Council of Europe rejected its request for accession to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, according to sources. In August last year the federal cabinet approved a proposal for the government to seek accession to the Council of Europe’s treaty on transfer of convicts. Subsequently, the Prime Minister’s Adviser for Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, wrote a letter to the council requesting accession to the convention. The council is Europe’s leading human rights organisation. It has 47 member states, 28 of them members of the European Union. When contacted, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam denied that Pakistan’s request had been rejected. “The Council of Europe has neither rejected nor accepted the request. The matter is still pending with the council for a consensus decision,” she added. Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s sister Fauzia has blamed the government for what she termed a fiasco. “I am disappointed… I had maintained that the Council of Europe had nothing to do with my sister,


who is detained in the US,” she remarked. In a letter sent to Aziz, Dr Aafia’s attorney, Tina M Foster, wrote, “Even now that the request (for accession to the convention) has been rejected, no alternative measures are being taken.” Pakistan did not need to become a party to a multilateral treaty in order to secure the repatriation of Aafia, the attorney said. The letter read that Pakistan and the US recently executed a bilateral agreement for the repatriation of Pakistani prisoners held in US custody in Afghanistan. Foster described Aafia’s transfer from Afghanistan to the US in 2008 as illegal. “As a Pakistani citizen, Dr Siddiqui was entitled to consular access by Pakistan officials while in Afghan police custody in July 2008. Instead, the United States transferred her from Afghan sovereign territory to the United States against her will, without the consent of the government of Pakistan and in contravention of international law. “Even if the US government had not acted illegally by transferring her to US jurisdiction, Pakistan can, and should, demand her immediate repatriation.” AGENCIES

NEWS 05 Former senator kills 2 brothers in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Former senator Abdul Rehman shot dead his two brothers over a property dispute in Peshawar on Thursday, a private TV channel reported. In initial statement to police, the former senator accused his brothers of opening fire on his residence in Chamkani. Rehman, a resident of Mohmand Agency, was reportedly at his house when his brothers exchanged harsh words with him. Sources said that it was actually his guard who allegedly fired at them. The deceased were identified as Abdul Wadood and Ishaq. Police arrested nine people, including the former senator, his son and two navy officials. STAFF REPORT

korean envoy calls on minister ISLAMABAD: Korean Ambassador, Hong Song on Thursday called on Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and discussed cooperation in the field of defence production. During the meeting, the minister praised the technological advancement of Korea. The Korean ambassador showed interest in investment in second shipyard in Pakistan. APP

kP govt Presents six bills in kP assembly PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Thursday presented six bills in the KP Assembly. The bills included the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Transplantation Regulatory Authority Bill 2014, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Surrender of Illegal Arms Bill 2014, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public-Private Partnership Bill 2014, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Journalists Welfare Endowment Fund Bill 2014 and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (Amendment) Bill 2014. All the bills were presented by Parliamentary Secretary Arif Yusuf Advocate on behalf of the KP chief minister. STAFF REPORT

kP governor meets khattak, gen khalid PESHAWAR: KP Governor Shaukatullah Khan in a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Corps Commander Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani reviewed the overall law and order situation in the province. They exchanged views on the prevailing situation from security point of view especially in back drop of the new developments, taking place in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. It was observed that maintenance of peace and ensuring normalisation is the common goal and no effort will be spared to ensure lasting stability. STAFF REPORT

Ptcl organises tree Plantation drive ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) organised ‘Eco-Hike and Tree Plantation Drive’ in the Margalla Hills to raise awareness about preservation and protection of environment. The event was held as part of PTCL’s ‘Go Green’ vision, which is a manifestation of the company’s corporate social responsibility policy, aimed at preserving the environment in a sustainable manner. The initiative emphasized the importance of keeping the surroundings clean and raised awareness in the community about environmental issues. More than 230 hikers including PTCL employees and students participated in the hike, which started at the base of Margalla hills on Trail 3 & 5 and culminated at the picturesque Pir Sohawa. The participants also collected litter along the trails, with an aim to raise awareness among the general public about the need to keep the environment clean. A tree plantation drive in collaboration with CDA was also launched at the occasion, where top brass of PTCL, led by Syed MazharHussain, CHRO PTCL, planted pine tree saplings. PRESS RELEASE

Name chaNge This is to certify that Farhat Nadeem, bearer of identity card number 35200-1428241-6, is hereby changing her name to Farhat Jamil. Any objections with respect to such change shall only be pertinent within three days of publishing of this notice. This notice shall fulfill any/all requirements of notification of such change under applicable law.

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President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday assured continued support and patronage of the federal government to the progress and prosperity of Balochistan and said measures were afoot to bring people of province into mainstream of national life. The President was talking to former speaker Balochistan Assembly Jamal Shah Kakar who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-


Sadr. Matters related to Balochistan were discussed during the meeting, a statement from the Presidency said. The President reaffirmed commitment of the government towards socioeconomic development of Balochistan. He said the present government accords priority to peace, stability and prosperity of the Province and all out efforts were being made to remove the sense of deprivation of the people of the province. Jamal Shah Kakar thanked the President for his keen interest in the welfare and development of Balochistan.

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No work until you catch the accused! ISLAMABAD APP

The legal community of Islamabad on Thursday continued their strike and demanded of the government to take action against police officials including Inspector General (IGP), Senior Superintendent (SSP) and Station House Officer Margalla. The decision was taken in the Joint General Body meeting of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association and District Bar Association to continue strike till March 15. Lawyers of district courts did not appear before the courts to show solidarity with the victims and to protest against the bomb blasts, which killed at least 11 people, including Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan. Spokesman of Bar Chaudhry Khalid Hussain in a statement demanded of the government to announce shifting of courts to a safer place till the given deadline, he added.


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He Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has said that there will be no compromise on the enforcement of the rule of law and the Constitution. Addressing at Pakistan Air Force College here on Thursday, the chief justice said Constitution is absolute power of the country and it assigns the Supreme Court a unique responsibility of maintaining harmony and balance between the three pillars of the State. He stated all state institutions should perform their functions harmoniously and within the limits prescribed by the Constitution maintaining the balance of trichotomy of power. He further stated that the Supreme Court had to enter political arena and to give an authoritative pronouncement when crises emerged, resulting in the abrogation or suspension of the constitution. The violation of the constitution is matter of past and will not be repeated again, he added. He noted, “Undoubtedly the judgment varied in keeping with the peculiar sociopolitical situation, prevalent at the relevant time. Thus even, when the Court grants validation for

the action, it always put a rider, limiting and minimizing the period of constitutional deviation.” He further said, “It made earnest efforts to restore the Constitution, rule of law and bring back the system of democratic and parliamentary dispensation in the country. I trust that this saga is over and the era of crises, political instability is now behind us. The Court, in the aftermath of victorious Restoration Movement, embarked on the task of ensuring full and complete adherence to the norms of constitution, supremacy of law and maintenance of rule of law in the society.” The chief justice further said the court had passed a restraining order against the emergency proclaimed on 3rd November, 2007, by General Pervez Musharraf. The court also declared the PCO to be in violation of the Constitution, he added. He said the restoration movement became triumphant and ushered in a new era of adherence to constitutionalism, rule of law and judicial independence in the country. “After restoration, the judiciary performed well, which embraced public confidence, in the administration of justice. Consequently, more and more cases are being instituted in Courts and people are coming to judiciary for the resolution of the disputes and redress of grievances,” he said.


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ASI, 4 CoPS SACked over hArASSmeNT RAWALPINDI: Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Rawalpindi Mian Maqbool Ahmad has sacked one ASI and 4 four police men for indulging in road corruption and harassing the citizens. SSP Operations Rawalpindi paid a surprise visit to Taxila police station and found Muhammad Rafiq ASI, Muhammad Saghir head constable and Javed Iqbal, Yasir Abbas and Asghar Ali constables intercepting and harassing the citizens particularly car owners and vehicle drivers by besieging them illegally on the road. They were also found involved in corrupt practices. They were called to explain their position during hearing but their explanation was found unsatisfactory. online

UNDERPASSES DESIGN CHANGED IN METRO BUS PROJECT RAWALPINDI: NeSPAK has changed the designs of underpasses to be built near Benazir Bhutto hospital and sixth road fly overs in connection with metro bus project. Following the refusal from WASA for shifting 48 inch diameter pipeline coming from Rawal dam, decision has been taken to make changes in the design of pillars of underpasses. Now v-shaped pillars will be built over pipeline. Commissioner Rawalpindi division Zahid Saeed said underpasses will be built to facilitate metro bus commuters to cross Murree road. Tenders of Metro Bus project will be opened on March, 17. online

HEY THERE HABIBI! Pakistan's ambassador calls on UAE FM ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Arab emirates Asif Ali Khan Durrani called on Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed AlNahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab emirates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a message received here Thursday, Ambassador Durrani conveyed the best wishes and prayers of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the good health and long life of President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Ambassador Durrani, who had presented his credentials to Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al-Maktoum earlier this month, expressed the hope that bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries, which are based on a shared faith and common destiny, would be further strengthened. Ambassador Durrani also conveyed messages of good wishes from National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi to Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed. Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed welcomed the Ambassador to the UAe. While reciprocating the good wishes of the Pakistani leadership, he expressed the desire of further strengthening the already existing and long standing relations between the two fraternal countries. APP


Nawaz has just won so many hearts PM's move to visit PTI leader widely appreciated by his party ISLAMABAD


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leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf, Asma Ihsan has appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's move to visit PTI's chief residence in person for peace cause which proved that government also wanted to resolve the issue of terrorism on table. She said that government and opposition especially PTI stand over resolution of terrorism through peaceful talks,Radio Pakistan reported She maintained that use of force is not the solution of problem.

She expressed hope that negotiations would be proved fruitful. Senior journalist, Salman Ghani has termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI head Imran Khan's meeting as a very significant political development.


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Terrorism and NISP Staying the course

Positive step towards building national consensus


o what extent can the talks with the militants strategy succeeds remains to be seen. To seek TTP leadership’s response to the government’ move to appoint a new negotiations committee, the Taliban mediators have gone back to North Waziristan. In case the Taliban agree to interact with the new committee, which has no direct representation from the army, the talks will start. How long these continue and what is the outcome is anybody’s guess. If anything positive has emerged from the exercise so far it is an evolving consensus between the PmL-N and the PTI. Imran Khan, who once considered the PmL-N leadership root cause of all that was ailing the country, is now desirous to be on the same page with Nawaz Sharif to face future challenges. Imran has further agreed that if peace talks fail, the option of military operation would always be open. Recognizing the existence of ‘all kinds of differences and divides’, a more pragmatic Nawaz is agreeable to join hands with the PTI for achieving peace ’with full determination’. Despite looking somewhat tenuous this could form a good basis for a wider consensus in future on major national issues. What is needed is to include the PPP also in the consensus-building effort. The ongoing operation in Karachi planned by the interior ministry continues under the supervision of the chief minister. This would not have been possible without a level of understanding between the federal government and the PPP administration in Sindh. Sharif took the Sindh Cm along during his visit to the famine affected Thar where he announced huge federal aid of Rs one billion for the relief effort. He was received in mithi by PPP patron-inchief Bilawal Bhutto, who accompanied Sharif during the latter’s tour of the district hospital. The gesture has elicited a favourable response from not only the PmLN and PPP quarters but also from ANP and PmL-Q leaders. It was noted by them that building bridges was a good omen for democracy. Pakistan faces a host of serious but untackled problems that require national consensus. To start with there is the issue of water shortage in the country. Planning and Development minister Ahsan Iqbal has warned that Thar-like drought may hit half of the country if new water reservoirs were not built. There being a history of mutual suspicions between Punjab and other provinces, no major dam can be built without a consensus between the federal units. A consensus between mainstream parties is needed to stop the infringement of the parliament’s turf by other institutions. Both parties have firsthand knowledge of how small religious parties can make fantastic gains at their expense, only exploiting lack of consensus between mainstream parties. There is also a need for a consensus on national economy. It is for Sharif, who is required to play a key role in the process, to prove that he has the vision to fulfill the mission.

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ERRoRISm is the ultimate escalation of political violence with characteristics of ethnic, economic violence and religious extremism. Sometimes the lines between terrorism and political violence become so blurred that it becomes difficult to distinguish between them. Terrorists are an intangible and faceless entity striving to terrify the society, create anarchy and cause complete collapse of the state apparatus. They have a welter of convoluted motivations as individuals and as groups. An incisive look into the history of insurgencies, terrorism and the counter-terrorism strategies adopted by different nations and societies to tackle them, reveals that the strategies that laid greater reliance on military responses invariably proved counterproductive, leading to the prolongation of the conflict. The other lesson that emerges is that terrorism and other forms of political violence would not have surfaced if other non-violent avenues of reform and conflict resolution were available to the dissidents. Demonising the terrorist groups and denying them access to media also reinforces the motivation of the terrorist groups to raise their stakes and continue with their acts

aimed at perpetrating agony, pain and suffering on the society. The governments who refuse to talk to or negotiate with terrorists actually foreclose the opportunities for an early resolution of the problem. In view of the foregoing irrefutable realities, any anti-terrorism strategy or initiative devised to deal with the problem must give greater emphasis on resolving the conflict through dialogue if possible; envisage a befitting response to the narrative of the terrorists on ideological plank; strive for removing the causes of the conflict and an abiding commitment to eliminate the menace by all possible means including a military response that decimates the capabilities of the terrorists to carry out acts of terrorism. Viewed in the backdrop of the foregoing, the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) announced by the government provides a comprehensive strategy to deal with the scourge of terrorism, taking cue from the historic realities and conclusions drawn from the experience of other countries. The country has been mauled by the marauding terrorism for well over a decade in which more than 50,000 people both civilians and security personnel have been killed besides an economic loss in the vicinity of US$ 80-100 billion. The terrorists have spread their tentacles to the urban centres including Karachi and pose an existentialist threat to the country. The threat of terrorism aggravated over the years due to the unimaginative, directionless and reactive responses of the successive governments who exhibited criminal apathy in dealing with the menace on scientific lines through a well-thought out policy. The PmL-N government at the outset deserves unqualified accolades for drawing up the first ever national security policy which takes care of all aspects of the problem and their anticipated solutions with a pro-active thrust. It has three components: dialogue with all stakeholders; isolation of terrorists from their support

systems and enhancing deterrence and capacity of the security apparatus to neutralise the threats to internal security of the country. The policy aims to create a safe environment where life, property, civil liberties and socio-economic rights of the citizens are protected and the people of Pakistan are able to live and prosper in harmony, freedom, respect and dignity as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan. It also seeks to create a safe environment where life, property, civil liberties and socio-economic rights of the citizens are protected and they are able to live and prosper in harmony, freedom, respect and dignity as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. The policy unleashes a composite process based on dialogue with all sections of the society. It includes infrastructure development, rehabilitation of victims of terrorism, national reconciliation narrative, reintegration and legal reforms. In short the ultimate objective of the NISP is to resolve the conflict peacefully and manage disputes with hostile elements without compromising the rule of law. It would perhaps be pertinent to mention some of the steps that are envisaged to implement the NISP. For the first time 26 intelligence agencies operating at the federal and provincial level without any sort of coordination have been integrated and put under the command of National Counter Terrorism Agency (NACT) which will help government in taking preemptive steps in thwarting the planned terrorist attacks. A Rapid Response Force, trained to deal with situations created by terrorist acts, is being raised. Legal reforms are envisaged to make sure that the lacunas in the existing laws are removed and the terrorists do not get away taking advantage of those legal shortcomings. A plan is also in the offing to bring the seminaries, which have been the breeding nurseries for terrorists, into the national mainstream. And above all, the develop-

ment of a national narrative on extremism, sectarianism and militancy is also envisaged to firm up an ideological response to the narrative of the terrorists in consultation with religious scholars, intelligentsia, media and key stakeholders. This is utmost necessary and an imaginative thinking on the part of the government. The government has shown an unflinching faith in the dialogue strategy despite tremendous pressure from the opposition and hawkish elements within the intelligentsia and media in the backdrop of attack on Rangers in Karachi and beheading of 29 FC men by TTP, the mayhem at the Islamabad district courts on 3rd of march and attack on FC convoy in Kurram agency on 5th of march; the latest two claimed by Ahrar ul Hind and Ansar ul mujahideen, respectively. The government ostensibly wants to remain focused on resolving the conflict through dialogue with a view to see an early end to strife at a minimum cost. The detractors of this approach are in a denial mode of historic realities. The conflict ultimately would be resolved through dialogue and history is witness to this irrefutable reality. As the dialogue proceeds, the country might have to endure more attacks and hic-ups at the hands of the non-conformist terrorist groups who are outside the pale of the TTP authority. The TTP has denied connection with the latest attacks and expressed its desire to go ahead with the dialogue process with the government. But on their part they must identify the groups that are with them and those who are operating outside their umbrella so that the government knows the faces of the real enemies. The government needs unqualified support of all the stakeholders to deal effectively with the phenomenon of terrorism. The detractors of the government must be mindful of the fact that in case the dialogue fails to produce tangible results, there are other fallback options available to the government.

Childhoods our tomorrows Overlooked though

Prerna Kalbag


o matter how much we giftwrap our painfully veined, overhanging existence, the bowdlerized covering slips off sporadically when we least expect it; from the time when the bundled headlines goggle at us from behind our cups of morning coffee, to the moment when we stop at a traffic signal and spot hands reaching out like overextended vines to the car door handle. To the countless times when we walked past the screams that writhed from a cop station. To all those moments when we ignored the stink at the nearest railway platform and concentrated instead, sickeningly, to the colour of glittering evasive conversation. To all those times when we encountered the intangible frailty of childhood and knocked it around the gasping walls of our tangible nerve drums. When we forgot to pen down that eternal written utterance that describes childhood in the meekest way possible, ‘Children come in all shapes and sizes.’ For if there is an incisive way of describing the typical Indian childhood, this could be it. our children often best reflect our pungent ignorant chasm in a way nothing else can. They reflect our lethargic way of holding on to unfulfilled promises. They reflect our misery in the most guileless manner.

They reflect the unvarnished blemishes that rutted our past. But they also reflect our hope and our future. one has to only look around and find that the impressionistic existence of the Indian child is not limited within the blooming tinge of classroom chaos. It is not always encompassed within the boundless walls of nesting protection. It does not always hatch under the watch of superimposing maternity. That for some children the most inordinate tests do not concern the basic principles of arithmetic, but the exceedingly testing borderlines of survival. That India accounts for nearly 400,000 street children in the world. That 53% of Indian children face some form of sexual abuse. That not all parents nurture bodies and cultivate souls. That some cops abuse and some parents abandon. That for some children, the journey to a day’s end consists of sailing through a cluttered ocean of earnings and self-protection. That sometimes, acts and laws ignore the sea of juvenile vulnerability that chokes our streets with their mindless susceptibility but jump at the opportunity to protect a minor rapist. That the Right to Education Act might as well be a plastered chapter from an inundating fairytale. Philippe Ariès wrote in his book ‘Centuries of Childhood’ that childhood as a concept was contrived and created by society, a society consisting of adults in their incessant obsession to label all things around them. However one can’t disagree that childhood is a phase set apart by adulthood, not by the naivety of its members who are unable to entwine the meanings of their immediate reality, but by the sheer pliability and wetness of their minds, eager to absorb the prints before they are thrust and hardened to become gravelly adult concepts. one can’t deny that the earliest dimmed snapshots of our existence stay with us for the longest times; they often flicker in the depths of our thoughts and float through our actions. And for those who believe that children are people who are unable to orchestrate


their perceptions are clearly deprived of the mechanics of that world; a world where every essence and fragrance is noted and gushed down unswervingly. Perhaps because of the pristine pungency of that world that most adults can’t grasp, we still haven’t found a way to deal with our children. We stuff our lives and our streets and our schools and our homes with them but we forget to gape meaningfully at their enigmatic subsistence. We build them towers of playthings and wide open schools but only end up washing their colour by the lusterless knolls of our unquestionable teachings. We bind and fold them every time they fall but disregard the cracks that those falls sometimes cause. We rush at the opportunity to hold them up like embellished trophies but obliterate the fact that their wonders are not conquests that we might degrade by the utter worthlessness of forced display. For every child stifled by the tenuous walls of adult constructs, there are thousands more who are jostled forth, unprepared, into the adult battlefields. Scrambling with wretched adult conjectures such as marriage, legality, work permits, abuse and strife. For if India is the country with the highest birth rate it is also the country where one third of all child brides live. If India is a country where education for every child

below the age of fourteen is considered mandatory, it is also the country where child marriages are not always void. If India is country where childlessness is looked upon as no less than a venereal disease, it is also the country where children are overlooked probably every moment of their lives, irrespective of where they come from. Childhood is not a phase; it is not a transitory cognitive junction or an extension of our lives. But often childhood is our despicably failed efforts to look at our past and the frightening prospects of our immediate future. Childhood is the pervasive fragrance of our hopes and our tomorrows. Childhood is the wet slab of slate that absorbs the quintessence of every word scribbled over it. Childhood is perhaps, the shattered spring of glass that reflects our only optimism of reconstructing a world devastated by the ravaged manacles of our past.

Perhaps because of the pristine pungency of that world that most adults can’t grasp, we still haven’t found a way to deal with our children. We stuff our lives and our streets and our schools and our homes with them but we forget to gape meaningfully at their enigmatic subsistence.

The writer is an independent journalist based in Chennai, India. Words, art, feminism and people are some of the things she is passionate about. An odd soul, she often lives in her own world of oddities and quirks, but has a sensitive approach to things outside it. She corresponds at: and tweets at: @PrernaKalbag.


Friday, 14 March, 2014

Iran and Pakistan’s coming clash DiplOmat ZacharY KecK

rAN and Pakistan appear to be on a collision course that will in all likelihood leave relations severely strained in the years ahead. The most visible sign of strain in the bilateral relationship is also in many ways the least serious. Specifically, as my colleague Ankit noted, last month five Iranian border guards in Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan region were kidnapped by the Iran-based Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice). However, according to the Iranian government, they were then brought to Pakistan and are being held in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. In the immediate aftermath of the kidnappings, the Iranian government expressed indignation at the Pakistan government for its failure to do more to curb the tide of Sunni Islamists in the country. Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza rahmani-Fazli went so far as to threaten to send Iranian troops into Pakistan to secure the border guards’ release. This prompted Islamabad to respond by saying, “Iranian forces have no authority to cross our borders in violation of the international law. We must respect each other’s borders.” It also added, “The government of Pakistan regrets the suggestions of negligence on its part over the incident, especially when Pakistan’s active support against terrorists groups in the past is well-known and acknowledged by Iran.” Tensions have largely subsided since then, however, even though the five border guards remain in captivity. Last week an Iranian spokesperson said: “Based on the information available, all abducted Iranian border guards are in good health.” Other Iranian officials confirmed that they were engaged in talks with Pakistani officials to secure the border guards’ release, and Tehran has said it hopes to return them to their families in the near future. Still, tensions over the border region will continue to periodically spark crises between Pakistan and Iran for the indefinite future. A more serious flashpoint between Pakistan and Iran is taking place farther away in Syria. Specifically, numerous media outlets and private intelligence firms have confirmed that recent Pakistani-Saudi Arabian defense cooperation meetings have been aimed at reaching an agreement whereby riyadh would purchase military arms from Islamabad for Syrian opposition forces. According to the reports, Saudi funds will be used to purchase Chinese shoulderlaunched anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles—among other weapons—that will be smuggled into Syria via Jordan. Such a deal would place Pakistan and Iran closer to direct confrontation as Iranian troops and their Hezbollah allies have long been operating in Syria in an effort to shore up the Bashar al-Assad government. Should Pakistani supplied arms bring down an Iranian transport plane, for example, Tehran would be hard pressed not to retaliate against Pakistan in some fashion. Besides being a potentially far more dangerous flashpoint, the dispute over Syria is likely to persist for two reasons. First, the Syrian civil war is unlikely to subside anytime soon. Certainly, it looks to continue long after the dispute over the border guards has run its course. Additionally, the Pakistani-Iranian collision course in Syria is in many ways a microcosm of the larger problems over Pakistan’s support for Saudi Arabia and Iran’s reaction to it. As Saudi Arabia and Iran’s longstanding rivalry likely intensifies in the coming years, Tehran is almost certain to become more concerned about Islamabad’s ties with riyadh. This trianglular relationship is likely to have interesting implications for some of the world’s major powers, among them the United States, China and India. It’s one reason, among many, why Iran and China are likely to clash in the coming years and decades. One battleground where this trianglular relationship in general, and the Pakistani-Iranian rivalry in particular, is likely to play itself out in the near future is Afghanistan. The withdrawal of NATO combat forces this year is likely to prompt regional powers like Iran, Pakistan, India, China and russia to assert themselves in Kabul. Pakistan and Iran have nearly diametrically opposed interests in Afghanistan, which will make it a prime contender for the biggest flashpoint in the bilateral relationship in the coming years. And Saudi Arabia and India will also be right in the middle of this flashpoint. China might also find itself getting pulled in as well.


Just say no to 'Jewish state' press tV Jim W Dean

We are back to the nitty-gritty of the socalled Palestinian peace talks. The usual tools are again available to kill the talks at any time. Israel demands as preconditions what it knows their prisoners will never accept...their being holocausted from their conquered lands by accepting a “Jewish State.” No one has yet dared use that hterm. But I have no hesitation. We once had a free press in America, but it is now on its knees, literally bought and paid for. Americans once raised a stink over our land being bought by 'furriners', but rolled over on their heels when the national treasure of the country, our independent print, radio and television media, had their independence looted through the big corporate consolidation, courtesy of President reagan. And there is more than a little analogy to how the Palestinian Peace process gets looted every ten years or so. right off the bat you have the last country on the planet that should be acting as an intermediary, the US. If anyone has proven their inability to be a positive force for peace in the Mid East, it is the US. Our record on UN vetoes alone should make that a crib death. We have been the big brother bully for the Zionist Weapons of Mass Destruction programs and arsenals. We have funded them via above-the-table defense funding, which allowed Israel to divert their own monies into WMD. And of course, the under-the-table funding...our phony independent media could not find that on a dinner plate. Israel has had only one consistent goal in all the peace talks...not to make peace. And its penalty for doing this? There wasn't any. That's why America is the worst choice for a 'broker'. What is more of a biased deal-killer when the US State Department affirmed last Friday that the US recognizes Israel as a "Jewish state," but that it is not a precondition in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians? My first reaction was, “That's a joke right? That can't be something the 'broker' would say in the middle of negotiation, right? They have not totally lost their minds.” I recently wrote an article on the Ukraine called the Theater of the Absurd, but I could just have easily used it for this one, as these peace negotiations so often seem like a bad dream, a nightmare really. I want to note a few things left out of the coverage so far. The settlements have been widely covered, to where cab drivers are experts on that, so I am going to skip to the deal killer de jour...the demand to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” The flamethrowers should be brought out

for this on purely self-defense grounds. Israel is without a constitution. It has never legally stated what its borders were, as they preferred that to be an open question for purposes of expansion. Without being an officially acknowledged “Jewish state,” look at what horror they have done to nonJews, within and without their borders. This even includes what they did to the USS Liberty. If ever there were a rogue entity, it is Zionist Israel. The last thing in the world we would want to do is give Mr. Frankenstein a stamp of approval. No one with a record of war crimes and crimes against humanity has had such a winning lotto ticket just handed to them. It would acknowledge that all of their past crimes are justified and accepted. When I began my serious research on Israel for the public TV shows on the Jim Dean Journal in Atlanta, I went to the declassified archives to start. I did not have to search for very long. I found this gem below before I even finished the preface of Stephen Green's Taking Sides (1983). And I can't begin to tell you how many people I have shocked with it, including pro-Israel American military officers. In March, 1948, a Joint Chiefs of Staff paper on Force requirements for Palestine, anticipating the termination of the British Mandate, predicted that the Zionist strategy will seek to involve [the United States] in a continuously widening and deepening series of operations intended to secure maximum Zionist objectives... a) initial sovereignty over a portion of Palestine, b) acceptance by the great powers of the right to unlimited immigration, c) the extension of Zionist sovereignty over all of Palestine, d) the expansion of Eretz Israel into Transjordan and into portions of Lebanon and Syria, and e) the establishment of Zionist military and economic hegemony over the entire Mid East. The JCS paper added ominously: All stages of this program are equally sacred to the fanatical concepts of Zionist leaders. The program is openly admitted by the same leaders. We are talking here about a 'country' that was in violation of the Nuremberg precedent of 'waging an aggressive war', where a lot of people hanged, and a lot of Zionists deserved the same fate for the same reason. The post war UN, the British, and other colonial powers went along with dumping the Zionist Frankenstein onto the hapless people of the Holy Land. These were mostly atheist and communists who claimed “God gave us the land”. There was something about that

that j u s t n e v e r made sense to me. The unfortunate Palestinians were Neo-Holocausted early in the game by getting the "disappeared" treatment from grandma Golda Meir, who coined the phrase “people for a land without a people." Good gosh, talk about denial!!! And these Zionists have the gall to pretend they are due a “Jewish State?” I hear that the worst place for homeless Jews is in Israel. But we had not broken the human genome back in Golda's days, and even now, when it is no longer a new thing, its devastating impact on Bibi's attempted “Jewish State” fraud has, not surprisingly, not been addressed by our biased broker Mr. Kerry, so I will be happy to make up for his oversight. I now rollout my Jim Dean red line demand for the current pretend-a-Jews living in Israel to all submit to DNA tests, starting with all the members of the government, top military and intelligence people, to determine what their Semitic DNA percentages are compared to the current Palestinians. If the Zios lose, they agree to pack up and leave and go back to wherever they were really from. But I would understand if they were not allowed back into their old countries, as there is a big concern that has been in the news recently about terrorists returning to their former countries to create mayhem there. Dr. Eran Elhaik is a DNA and genome expert who published his barn burning genetic research paper in 2012, The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry. We helped spread its surprising discoveries to a general audience because we knew corporate media would not touch it with a ten-foot pole, and they did not.

Dr. Elhaik’s research shows that the dominant element in the genetic makeup of European Jews is Khazar. For Central European Jews it is 38%, while for East Europeans it is 30%. To that you can add his findings that in both groups their genome is mostly Western European. Surprise, surprise. And the way, Dr. Elhaik is Jewish, and an Israeli! He says in his conclusion: “We conclude that the genome of European Jews is a tapestry of ancient populations, including Judaized Khazars, Greco–roman Jews, Mesopotamian Jews and Judeans, and that their population structure was formed in the Caucasus and the banks of the Volga, with roots stretching to Canaan and the banks of the Jordan.” As for Semitic DNA in our 'Jewish State' Zionists...there is just a trace. How much? Well let me share mine with you. I finally got my DNA done last August to learn my own surprises. It came out 44% N. European, 36% Mediterranean, 19% SW Asian, and 2.7% Neanderthal. I would bet Bibi that I have more Neanderthal DNA than he has Semitic. I am still looking into that mysterious SW Asian portion, coming in from my father's Polish roots. But in honor of all my ancient ancestors, in gratitude for the incredible challenges they overcame for the rest of us to be here, I have begun collecting my missing inheritance. In just six months I have collected a million-year-old Acheulean hand axe, almost a dozen mid-Paleolithic ones, about 250 Aterian stone tools from N. Africa (they invented bow hunting), and most recently some Clactonian, Mousterian and Neanderthal tools from Britain. And frankly, I love them all. To hold these in my hands is a real thrill. It's a magical connection to the past. But that does not extend to my having an urge to gather an armed force to invade someone's land, based on my having a lot more in-country DNA than the Zios have. So I ask all of you, is it time to take this “Jewish-State” argument away from the pretend-a-Jews in Israel? No more negotiations until we see their DNA! Jim Dean is the managing editor of Veterans Today.


First the facts of the case. Senior journalist Siddharth Varadarajan posted the following on his Twitter and Facebook account: Four thugs recently beat up the caretaker of my flat in Delhi. The incident took place near our home, with the thugs saying, 'Tell your sahib to watch what he says on TV.' They also issued a threat to my wife, Prof Nandini Sundar, about her Chhattisgarh case. We don't know who they are, but it's clearly aimed to intimidate. The caretaker is recovering. While the police have been helpful and are reviewing neighborhood CCTV footage, I am making this incident public on the advice of friends who believe it may serve some deterrent value. What exactly these goons had taken offence to remained unclear, since he's virtually on TV every day. Varadarajan lives near Jorbagh, in the heart of the capital, barely 2 Kms away from the Prime Minister's residence. Neither Varadarajan, nor his wife was home when the thugs visited. The incident took place on February 23, near the Varadarajan home, where the caretaker was approached by four thugs who enquired about Varadarajan and his wife. "After confirming his identity, they punched both sides of his face and kicked him," Vardarajan said, but added that the caretaker is fine now, recovering from the shock.

"I racked my brain at the time but couldn't think of any issue that would have provoked this kind of goondaism. But then we are not exactly dealing with rational, civilised people here," he said in response to Outlook's query. On being asked whether he had ever received any threats before, Varadarajan said that his wife, Nandini Sundar, "has often been harassed on the ground in Chhattisgarh by Salwa Judum types but nothing has ever happened to me before." Sundar is a professor of sociology with the University of Delhi and has been fighting for the rights of tribals in Chhatisgarh and was one of the original petitioners against the illegal militia Salwa Judum set up by the Chhattisgarh government on the basis of which

it was eventually declared unconstitutional and banned by the Supreme Court in 2011. "The police in Chhatisgarh has often tried to link her to the Maoists through innuendo and disinformation. Once when they did this, I personally complained to the Chief Minister, after which the campaign eased off a bit. But again there is an effort by some in the Chhatisgarh police to discredit her ongoing PIL by claiming she is acting on behalf of Maoists etc," Varadarajan said. But he added that the police response in Delhi has been exemplary. "We don't know who to suspect quite frankly because there are no leads. But my flat's caretaker said they were 'political type' people," he said. While Varadarajan refused to speculate on who these goons may have been, the immediate conclusion on Twitter, Facebook and initial reports about the incident connected it with his being a "Modi critic". Varadarajan was the first non-dynastic professional Editor of The Hindu newspaper, for nearly two years, until he resigned in October last year. The new editor-in-chief, at that time, had criticised Varadarajan for not giving adequate page one coverage to the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rallies. Varadarajan is also the editor of Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy and recently reviewed Manoj Mitta's The Fiction of Fact Finding: Modi & Godhra for Outlook.


Friday, 14 March, 2014

(FroM ConForManCe to leaderShiP-evolving role oF CFoS)

ICAP holds AnnuAl CFo ConFerenCe 2014 LAHORE


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NSTITuTE of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has organised its annual CFO conference here at local hotel on Thursday. The conference titled 'from conformance to leadership-evolving role of CFOs' was attended by more than 600 professionals from the fraternity of finance and business. In contemporary business environment, the role of the chief financial officer (CFO) has advanced from the traditional role of providing financial insights and analysis to a stellar role of supporting and shaping strategies and guiding key business initiatives as a financial leader. ICAP President Naeem Akhtar Sheikh in his introductory remarks stated that ICAP's professionals constitute vital part of the industry and it was incumbent for the institute to cater to their needs and expectations. The CFO conference over the years has emerged as a resilient platform where professionals in business and industry meet to explore, confront and thrash out solutions to meet the challenges and issues of modern business era. He also discussed the emerging role of CFO as value integrators at large, expanding their influence beyond financial decisions to broader strategic choices about their business, citing the challenge to balance and achieve excellence in all the roles. He strongly supported the significance of governance in the system and training finance teams with modern technology. Further,

Lahore: ICAP President Naeem Akhter Sheikh presenting an award to Kamran Mirza at CFO Conference. Staff Photo

he pointed out few qualities that CFO must possess traits like patience, flexible, strategic-oriented and independent in thoughts. Kamran Y Mirza, EO Pakistan Business Council, emphasised the role of CFOs as a strategic partner to the CEOs. He said that transformational leadership would result in creating synergy and building strong teams. Further, he said the CFOs needed to apply vision, determination and above all a steady and methodological pace to reap the benefits across the organisation. To be effective, continuous education is a must. M Abdul Aleem, Secretary General (OICCI), highlighted how to create an enabling environment for growth in the Pakistani economy. Our resilient economy has absorbed multi-dimensional shocks over the years. He said the government had to have a national economic agenda to steer the country out of the crisis,

Trade delegation leaves for Brazil tomorrow Islamabad: A high-profile trade delegation of Pakistani businesspeople by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry will leave for Brazil on the 15th of March on a two weeks trip to explore the Brazilian market (7th largest economy in the world). This FCCI trade delegation will be headed by Jamil Ahmad, Chairman of International Affairs and Trade Delegation FCCI, and Commercial Advisor to the Embassy of Brazil in Pakistan. This delegation formulated by the FCCI, under its dynamic, President Eng Sohail Bin Rasheed, comprises 21 businesspeople from different sectors, like textiles, sugar, machinery, agriculture, poultry, paper & pulp, gems and jewellery, iron and steel, pharmaceuticals, food , IT, service sectors etc. PreSS releaSe

FBR sitting on 36,000 refund claims: KCCI KaRaCHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Abdullah Zaki Thursday warmly welcomed the finance ministry’s decision to settle refund claims of 26,000 cases by April 15 whose refund claims are less than Rs 1 million. Zaki pointed out that a total of 36,000 cases pertaining to refund claims were lying pending at Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), of which claims of 26,000 cases were less than Rs 1 million. Within one year of its rule, the PML-N government has shown that it has given the task of economic revival to intellectual policy-makers who are trying their best to effectively pull the country out of crisis under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the supervision of Finance Minister Dar. Staff rePort

for which a robust political will and commitment was needed. Panel discussion before the lunch was conducted by Susana Chiu, MH, FCPA Immediate past president, Hong Kong Institute of CPAs. The group discussed, “the role and expectations of a CFO – preparing accountants for finance leadership”. She spoke about the continuously evolving role of CFO’s in reshaping the finance functions and promoting business innovation within an organisation to streamline operations, altering dynamics of the business. The panelists included Syed Manzar Hasan, CFO, PEL Group, Roshan Mehri, CEO family office, House of Habib, Muhammad Nayyar Aqib, CFO, PARCO Pearl Gas , Khalid Hashmi – CFO, Company secretary, synethic products enterprises, Shahid Kazi – President IFI Consultants. Adnan Afaq – CEO and MD (PACRA), highlighted on the role

of credit rating agencies and CFOs Isfandyar Shaheen – Principal. Cohead growth equity, Cyan capital, highlighted the role of CFO in creating value through capital restructuring in the country. He further discussed the cost of financial distress and successfully leveraging capital market to raise funds. Panel discussion after lunch was conducted by Khalid Rehman, Secretary/COO, ICAP. Group of this panel discussed appropriate audit fee. This group focused on different sets of expectations between the industry and auditors aimed at indulging in a debate to arrive at consensus leading towards better audit in keeping with industry expectations and better compliance with auditing, accounting standard and laws. The panelists included Imran Afzal – Partner, Anjum Asim Shahid Rahman, Kamran Azim, COO, Kashf Foundation, Syed Muhammad Mansoor Ali Zaidi, CFO, Jotun, Zamanat Abbas – Director & CFO, Descon Engineering and Farrukh Rehman from A F Ferguson & co. Both panel discussions were followed by question and answer session. After the panel discussion Zeeshan Afzal, Group Head, strategic investments, Arif Habib Corporation limited, spoke on ROI-value vs profit. He focused on several core concerns like Is ROI always the best tool to gauge performance. Another prized speech was delivered by Naveed Abdul Hameed, Advisory Specialist, A F Ferguson & Co. He stated that business needed to look beyond the current reporting and to give all stakeholders clear, concise and holistic information of complete value creation.

Policies made Pak lucrative place for investment: PM ISLAMABAD aGeNCIeS

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the government’s economic reforms and sustained efforts have placed Pakistan on development track and their policies have made Pakistan a lucrative place for the foreign investors. The primate minister said this while talking to a delegation of Chinese Company Gezhouba Group of Company led by its President Nie Kai in the PM house. The prime minister said that Pakistan provided ample investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure and other sectors of economy. The PM told that their government had investment-friendly policies and they would like the world-wide investors including Chinese to invest in Pakistan. Nie Kai, President of Chinese Company, which is working on Neelum-Jehlum power generation project, briefed the prime minister on the

progress of project and assured him that the project would be completed in its stipulated time. Nie Kai appreciated the investment policies of the government and told the prime minister that their company was interested in investment in Gadani Power Project, Dasu Power Generation Project, and cement industry. He said they were encouraged by the support and assistance provided by the government of Pakistan. The prime minister appreciated the investment plans by the company and said the government would provide all facilities to the investors. The PM said they had prioritised power sector and would welcome the private as well as international investors in the sector. The development in infrastructure is also one of our priority areas and the Chinese company may also consider investment in this sector, PM told Nei Kai. Defence Minister Kh Asif and SAPM Tariq Fatmi were also present in the meeting.

Country's 12,700 banks branch network insufficient: SBP governor KARACHI Staff rePort

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Acting Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra Thursday said financial exclusion was keeping a majority of Pakistanis from availing economic and business opportunities. Speaking at the Bank Alfalah Mobile Commerce Conference on Thursday, he said an estimated 2.5 billion adult people worldwide had no access to formal financial services. He said the country’s branch network of almost 12,700 was insufficient to serve the millions of un-banked masses. “Banks operating in Pakistan are hosting only 35 million customer accounts including 3.5 million accounts opened

by branchless banking providers. Despite phenomenal spread of banking business in Pakistan, we have a long way to go to achieve digital financial inclusion in the country.” Wathra further said that given the complexities and challenges of limited financial access in the country, SBP had adopted a multi-pronged and long-term strategy to address financial exclusion through structured policy and regulatory actions, and market-development interventions. He pointed out that Pakistan was amongst the pioneers of mobile/branchless banking in the developing world. “This could not have been possible without an effective and enabling regulatory regime, dynamic, innovative and always eager banking and telecom industry in the country,” he said.

Pepsi, Cinestar sign accord for beverage supply

KaraChI: PepsiCo International Pakistan & Afghanistan Business Unit Vice President and General Manager Jahanzeb Khan and Cinestar SMC Pvt Limited Managing Director Ali Chaudary signed an exclusive beverage supply agreement for the Cinestar Cinema across Pakistan. PepsiCo is the market leader in Pakistan with an LRB share of over 50% and has the distinction of being one of the largest PepsiCo market in the world. PepsiCo is a household name that offers a wide range of products like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7up, Miranda, Sting, Slice and Aquafina in Pakistan. The company enjoys a dominant market leadership position in CSD and Energy Categories and is a strong challenger in Juice Drinks and Water categories. PepsiCo snacks division has great brands like Cheetos, Kurkure and Lay’s. Cinestar Cinema has currently single largest screen in Pakistan and has also acquired exclusive rights for IMAX theaters across Pakistan. Cinestar plans to open first IMAX Theater in Lahore in May 2014 and will soon be opening in Karachi and Islamabad. IMAX technology will provide a new movie experience to Pakistani Consumers. As quoted by Romana Aziz Khan, Director Key Accounts and Capability, PepsiCo Pakistan. “Cinema Industry in Pakistan is rapidly increasing and PepsiCo International is pleased to partner with Cinestar and IMAX”. PreSS releaSe

Abacus Consulting sponsors Mobile Commerce Conference

KaraChI: Abacus Consulting is proud to sponsor the 7th International Mobile Commerce Conference 2014 in collaboration with its technology partner SAP (NYSE: SAP) for the fourth consecutive year in a row. The conference offered vivid insights into the development of mobile financial services in the region ushering the country into a new era of mobile solutions. During inaugural session, Carsten Kress, Senior Director Mobility, Strategic Industries for SAP gave a detailed presentation on the future of mobile money. He said that “It gives us immense pleasure to see how rapidly mobile banking has evolved in Pakistan. Mobile Commerce is helping the basic consumers in improving their lives by allowing them to avail financial solutions via their personal phones. The increasing popularity of mobile banking among the general public is a positive sign for the economic headway”. Abbas Ali Khan, Partner AbacusConsulting, expressed his opinion about the bright prospects of this field. He stated that “ The brisk advancement of mobile and branchless banking has been phenomenal in Pakistan but much more is yet to come from the mobile financial sector and with the State Bank of Pakistan paving way for competition in this field, mobile commerce will evolve exponentially in Pakistan. At Abacus Consulting, we aspire to promote mobile financial services and branchless banking interoperation in Pakistan and implementing branchless banking technology across the various countries of the world”. Ashraf Mehmood Wathra, Governor State Bank of Pakistan and recognized thought leaders from financial, telecom and utility sectors added to the prestige of this event. It is hoped that this event will provide enabling platform for mobile banking services in emerging markets. PreSS releaSe

PeShaWar: Bank of Khyber (BOK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government Industries Department joined hands for Rs 300 million for a solar energy development scheme ROSHNI. An MOU was signed this morning in Civil Secretariat where Additional Chief Secretary and BOK Board of Directors Chairman Khalid Pervez graced the ceremony along with other high ranking officers of BOK and the government. PR

PeShaWar: Telenor Pakistan has been awarded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre’s ‘Social Responsibility Award 2013’. Telenor Pakistan annually contributes to the cause of SKMT through SMS fundraising campaigns and volunteer activities with cancer patients and their attendants. Imran Khan, Chairman Board of Governors SKMT, is seen in the picture awarding Telenor Pakistan’s corporate responsibility team at a ceremony. Pr


Friday, 14 March, 2014





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Try not to push yourself too hard -- and definitely avoid the spotlight. It's a good day for manipulating things from the shadows; you may find it easier than usual to keep a low profile.

Something brings a smile to your face early in the day -- and nothing can wipe it off! Your great mood matches your terrific energy, so make sure that you're doing something fun to celebrate.







It's not an easy day for you -- but since when do you avoid a challenge? Step up and tackle the hardest stuff first, if only to get it out of the way. Others are impressed by your moxie.

You could stumble onto something new and fascinating today -- so keep your eyes open! It's a good time to grab new ideas from almost anywhere and apply them to your life. Things are getting better.

A supervisor or teacher throws a fit over something that seems laughably small to you. That doesn't mean you're in the right, but you should be able to see things clearly enough to adjust.





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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Today’s soluTions

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crossword solution

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chess solution


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sudoku solution

1 abscond (6) 4 habitual (6) 8 constructed (5) 9 aerial (7) 10 become airborne (4,3) 11 when expected (2,3) 12 fussy fault-finder (9) 17 root vegetable (5) 19 earthenware dish — rentier (anag) (7) 21 renounced (7) 22 one obsessed with a particular activity or interest (5) 23 put in a grave (6) 24 si unit of force (6)

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Friday, 14 March, 2014


bride calls off wedding on fight over biryani BANGALORE ONLINE An Indian bride called off her wedding following an argument with the groom's relatives over the wedding dinner, Indian media reported. According to Times of India, the arranged marriage was to take place last Sunday. The 20-year-old bride from Bangalore called off the wedding when the argument over the biryani revealed the true colours of the groom and his family. The wedding reception was underway when a quarrel erupted on serving chicken biryani by the bride’s side. The groom's family protested to the choice as they wanted mutton biryani. The quarrel turned intense. Seeing the situation, the bride shouted out

her decision that she was not going to marry the groom. "The wedding date was fixed about 20 days ago, I had not even seen

Antibiotics in eArly childhood increAses risks of AsthmA: study HELSINKI ONLINE

The use of antibiotics in early childhood could increase risks of allergy to cow's milk and asthma, said a latest doctoral dissertation published by the University of Tampere, Finland. The information of a cohort of Finnish children born from 1996 to 2004 collected from the national registry was used in the study. Among the children, more than 16,000 diagnosed with cow's milk allergy and 20,000 with asthma by the end of 2005 were identified as cases. For each case, one gender, birth date and birth hospital district-matched child was selected. Information on antibiotic purchases and other related factors was obtained from some other relevant national authorities. After comparative analysis, the result showed that the children who used antibiotics had a higher risk of developing asthma or cow's milk allergy in early childhood than those who did not use antibiotics.

him earlier. They hurried with the wedding as 'he' had to fly back to the Middle East at the earliest," the girl told Time of India.

Astronomers reveal ‘largest yellow star ever’ AGENCIES Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun. The yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A is also in the top-10 of the largest stars known and about one million times brighter than the sun, Olivier Chesneau, whose team made the discovery, said Wednesday. Despite its great distance of nearly 12,000 light-years from earth, the object can just about be seen with the naked eye. "The new observations also showed that this star has a very close binary partner, which was a real surprise," said Chesneau, of the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, in Nice, France. "The two stars are so close that they touch and the whole system resembles a gigantic peanut."

His team estimated the star is 50 percent larger than the famous red supergiant Betelgeuse. Yellow hypergiants are very rare, with only a dozen or so known in our galaxy. HR 5171 A has been getting bigger over the last 40 years, cooling as it grows, the astronomers said. Chesneau and an

Quitting smoking linked to improved mood AGENCIES Smokers who kick the habit appear to benefit from an improved mood, according to a new review of past studies. On average, quitting smoking was associated with improvements in mental health similar to taking an antidepressant drug, a team of UK researchers found. "The main message is that when people stop smoking, they feel better than they did when they were smoking," Dr. Paul Aveyard, one of the review's authors, told a foreign news agency. "People who quit smoking may feel grumpy, irritable and bad - those feelings are similar to feelings of stress and people conflate the two," Aveyard, from the University of Oxford, said. "For clinicians like myself, when we see people who smoke who also have mental health difficulties, there's often a feeling that we are depriving them of a way to deal with the stress," he said. "But in fact we are helping these people to get better." It is widely known that

It was not just the fight over biryani. The alliance itself seemed a recipe for disaster." “My family also had doubts about his moral character and that set me thinking. Finally, the biryani episode settled it and I knew I would not have been happy in the relationship," she added. She said she walked straight to a police station to save herself from being forced to enter an unhappy marriage. "My parents accompanied me and the police had promised this would not become public," she said. She expressed her disappointment over being identified by the media. "I have been let down by the police and fear social stigma," she said. "Right now, I have decided to go ahead with my studies and not think of marriage," she said.

quitting smoking has saved lives . But it's nearly impossible to prove that smoking causes specific health problems, or that quitting prevents them, because of other differences that exist between smokers and nonsmokers that could impact health and well-being. With that in mind, "the claim of this paper that quitting is as good as drugs needs more research," Dr. Prabhat Jha, of the University of Toronto Centre for Global Health Research in Canada, wrote in an email to a foreign news agency. Jha was not part of the new analysis.

For their review, the researchers examined data from 26 studies of smoking cessation. Some studies included smokers in the general public and others focused on people in psychiatric hospitals. Participants smoked an average of 20 cigarettes per day initially. All of the studies assessed participants' mental health before quitting smoking and about six months later, on average. Compared to people who continued to smoke, the studies showed drops in anxiety, depression and stress and improvements in psychological


international team used a Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) of the European Southern Observatory in Paranal, Chile. A technique called interferometry combines light collected from multiple individual telescopes to effectively create a giant telescope up to 140 metres (460 feet) in size.

quality of life among quitters. Other explanations related to mood improvements among quitters need to be considered, the researchers write in the British medical journal BMJ. For example, it's possible that life events improved people's mood, leading them to quit smoking. Still, there is "an entrenched belief in our culture that smoking ‘calms the nerves' and can help alleviate stressful situations," psychiatry researcher Benjamin Le Cook of the Cambridge Health Alliance in Somerville, Massachusetts told Reuters Health in an email. He said this message has met little resistance from public health, mental health and medical communities so far. The current review serves as a reminder that tobacco withdrawal symptoms like anxiety can easily be confused with mental health problems, said Brian Hitsman of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Both he and Le Cook were not involved in the review. "It's possible that the emotional withdrawal symptoms are interpreted as an acute worsening of psychiatric symptoms," Hitsman wrote in an email to the news agency. Aveyard and his colleagues conclude that people who smoke "can be reassured" that quitting is tied to improved mental health. "It's getting harder and harder to find any real benefits of smoking," Jha said.

Kids with family routines more emotionally, socially advanced

ONLINE Preschoolers who sing, tell stories and eat dinner with their families tend to be emotionally healthier and better adjusted socially than kids who don't have such routines, a recent study has found. Researchers examined the number of daily routines that more than 8,500 children practiced with their families. They found each ritual was linked to a 47 percent increase in the odds that children would have high so-called socialemotional health, which indicates good emotional and social skills. Social-emotional health "allows children to express their feelings, understand others' emotions and develop and sustain healthy relationships with peers and adults," said Dr. Elisa Muniz, the study's lead author and a pediatrician at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. Such development plays a key role in enabling kids to thrive in the classroom, researchers said. "There is strong scientific evidence that children who possess these abilities to a greater degree are more likely to succeed in school," Muniz said. The researchers used data from a long-term study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics to gather information about kids and their families as it relates to childhood development and readiness for school. . The study followed children from birth until they began kindergarten. The recent report used information about the children that had been collected when they were preschool-aged. Researchers examined how often children participated in five family routines: having dinner as a family at least five times a week; reading, storytelling or singing at least three times a week; and playing at least a few times a week. Kids' mothers also rated their child's socialemotional health using a 24-item survey. The children were an average of just over four years old. Muniz and colleagues found that about 17 percent of the children had high levels of socialemotional health, and that children who took part in more family routines were more likely to be socially and emotionally advanced. The exception was reading, which was not clearly linked to socialemotional health. For example, 11 percent of the children who had no family routines had high social-emotional health, compared to 25 percent of those whose families engaged in all five routines. Threequarters of the children participated in at least three family routines. The study was published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers said the results weren't surprising given how important ongoing nurturing interactions with caregivers are to young children's health and development. "When you are happy and secure, you are much more able to learn and interact in healthy ways," said Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital who was not involved in the study. "When (children) are unhappy, insecure or unsure of their environment, energy goes into dealing with that, and not into learning," she told the news agency. Family routines also help build skills that are crucial for success in academic and social settings, she noted. "The routines in the study can help with what we call 'executive function': skills like problemsolving, negotiation, planning and delayed gratification. Having good executive function skills is absolutely important for school success," said McCarthy. Parents can foster kids' social-emotional health in many ways, including practicing the routines in the study. Yet the goal - spending time together to foster communication and loving relationships can also be achieved through other activities that suit each family's schedule and interests, researchers said. These include taking family walks, making dinner together or having a family movie night."Every family is different, and every family knows best what will work for them," said McCarthy.

Friday, 14 March, 2014

nadeem baig all praise for newcomers Karachi

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akistan film industry’s veteran actor nadeem Baig has shown great confidence on the new generation actors and directors. While praising the work of new lot he said, “the new comers are doing a great job and i can foresee that very soon Pakistan’s cinema industry will see its long lost boom again.” He said that the new generation actors and directors have proved themselves nationally and interna-

Kat’s worK begins at 4am

tionally, their work is being appreciated by leading minds of showbiz industry. He continued saying that the Pakistani drama has proved itself once again and one such proof of their achievement is that many actors who got fame through television are receiving amazing offers from other countries. He encouraged that the new bees are not jumping uninformed just for the sake of fun but are actually considering this profession seriously. He said it is overwhelming to see that they are getting education and training from Bollywood and Holly-

wood and practicing it in their own country. He said the success of Pakistani movies within and outside country has given a new standard to Lollywood. He said that there are many interesting projects in the pipeline and to get full benefit of the talent we need to use latest technology and equipment to bring back Pakistani viewers to cinema. He also reminisced his time and said, “i spent my era gracefully. Undoubtedly that was the golden era of our industry. i wish that Pakistani cinema again reach such heights.”

imran abbas to star in pre-independence film ‘raqs’ aGENciES


Muzaffar Ali has been trying to keep the lead cast of his film a well-guarded secret. But we have finally learnt that Imran Abbas Naqvi is all set to star in the movie opposite fashion stylist and costume designer Pernia Qureshi in Raqs. A period drama set in preIndependence India, which will be shot extensively in Lucknow from March 18 at the Qaiserbagh Baradari. According to sources, while Amitabh Bachchan and Zarina Wahab are likely to play cameos in the film, they will be shooting their bit in Mumbai. Imran, has featured in a Lollywood film, Anjuman, apart from acting in several TV shows in Pakistan. He is also acting opposite Bipasha Basu in Vikram Bhatt’s Creature 3D.



i want to get married, have Kids: chris evans

NEWS DESK Hollywood heartthrob Chris Evans says hitting night clubs for a party does not interest him much these days as he is now eager settle down and start a family of his own. The 32-year-old actor feels that having kids is the most essential thing in life, reported US magazine. “I want to get married, though I want children–to me that’s the ultimate thing. When you’re old and on your death bed, looking back at your life it’s not going to be the films you’ve made or what you’ve accomplished, it’s the relationships you have,” Evans said. ”You’re survived by things that matter–the people you love and those who love you back,” he added. The ‘Captain America’ star said he would rather spend his nights wrapped up on the sofa at home, than partying outside. ”In your twenties you think, ‘How will I ever not like going out?’. You have drinks, buddies, music–great! But in the last two or three years, I go to a club and I kind of wish I was home,” he said.

deepiKa ready to worK in 'any capacity' in Zoya's film

A lot of films that Katrina Kaif has done in the recent past — like Ek Tha Tiger (2011) and Dhoom:3 (2013) — have required her to work on her physical strength. And for the next few months, the actor will continue to hit the gym as she will be shooting some of her own stunts for her upcoming action film Bang Bang that is being directed by Siddharth Anand. But since her ongoing shooting schedule is hectic, Katrina hasn’t been able to make enough time for workouts. So, in order to accommodate some extra hours at the gym, she has been cutting down on her sleep. A source close to her reveals, "Her work usually begins at 6 am, as the director is shooting major portions in Delhi in broad daylight. Since the days are shorter right now, he has been starting early. But even then, Katrina’s work doesn’t end until late into the night. As a result, she hasn’t been able to concentrate on her workout routine." Within the first week of the shooting schedule, Katrina came up with a solution. "She figured that the only way she could make more time was by waking up earlier. So she has now started working out at 4 am, because, by the end of the day, she’s usually too exhausted and doesn’t want to physically exert herself any further. She keeps taking naps whenever she has a break during the shoot to make up for the lack of sleep," says the source.

Pakistan’s Top 100 Miracle Workers was launched in Karachi on Wednesday to celebrate 100 accomplished women across Pakistan. The core idea behind the movement, sponsored by global beauty brand Pond’s, was to consistently highlight accomplished Pakistani women who juggle with the demands of their professional careers, maintain a home and bring up children with grace and style day in and day out.

amitabh lends his voice to 3d film

Fan-Following scares sunny leone





Amitabh Bachchan will lend his voice for 'Arasuri Maa Ambe', directed by Shiv Sagar. The short film is based on the myths surrounding the Ambaji Temple. It is shot in 3D to add to the ambience of the story. According to sources, Big B's wife Jaya Bachchan and Prem Sagar, Shiv's father studied at FTII, Pune. Both the families go back a long way and are good friends. That was one of the reasons Bachchan decided to lend his support as well as his voice to the project. In the past too, he has given his voice as a moderator to several films.

It was indeed a sunny day in Jaipur when actress Sunny Leone flew in to promote her upcoming film and interact with her fans here. After a day full of events around the city, Sunny finally sat down for a chat. The Indo-Canadian actress told media persons that her fan-following in India at times gives her nightmares. Sharing her fears about overnight stardom, Sunny said, "Anybody would be flattered to know that he or she is admired and loved by people. But, at times, it gives me nightmares. Recognition and fame comes with a

The launch event, held at elegant Café Flo, unveiled the Top 10 Miracle Mentors, who were voted for via email and in a poll led by SUNDAY magazine. A Miracle Mentor is defined as one who has successfully juggled the twin challenges of motherhood and vocation, while looking polished and chic. The Miracle Mentors who were present at Café Flo spoke of how pleased they were to be a part of this new endeavor to showcase the women of Pakistan. Among the attendees were Atiqa Odho, Rukaiya Adamjee,

huge responsibility. And I fear whether I would be able to maintain the stardom, whether I would be able to fulfill the expectations my fans have from me. The way my fan-following has increased in a short span of time scares me," said Sunny. Sunny feels her upcoming film, Ragini MMS 2, will break new grounds in the genre of Bollywood horror films. "The way this film has been shot will set some new standards in the Indian market. American films are considered to be the best when it comes to horror. They still have the powerful lead but Ragini MMS 2 to a certain extent has tried to compete with them."


Vaneeza Ahmed, Shamaeel Ansari, Saeeda Mandviwalla, Tasneem Nakhoda, Anila Weldon, Chef Shai, distinguished guests, entrepreneurs, bloggers, key media and sponsors. Speaking of the event, Miracle Mentor Atiqa Odho said, “I am delighted to learn that such forums are being activated to support women's contribution and efforts in our society. I shall definitely help where ever I can as you know that I have a special place in my heart for brave, capable & empowered women who help carry Pakistan ahead in difficult times.”

Deepika Padukone, who went from being a ramp model to an actor, however, seems willing to walk the road less taken. She is apparently so impressed with the script of Zoya Akhtar’s next (about a dysfunctional Punjabi family that goes on a luxury cruise together), that she says she wants to come on board in any capacity, even in a non-acting role. When asked Deepika about it, she concedes that the storyline has floored her. “I love the script so much that I am ready to work in any capacity on the film, including an assistant director (AD),” she says, with a smile. “But I don’t know if I can manage that.” The film stars Deepika have alleged love interest, Ranveer Singh, besides Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar and Anil Kapoor. Has Deepika made her desire known to Zoya? “Not really… I’ve met her, but not talked about it,” says the actor, who has multiple big projects coming up this year.


Friday, 14 March, 2014

Radwanska sees off Jankovic to Reach semis s

LORGAT CLEARED OF FTP-RELATED CHARGE SPORTS DESK Haroon Lorgat, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, has been cleared of allegations that he had knowledge of the controversial statement about the ICC Board and the FTP by David Becker, the ICC's former legal head, and helped prepare it. Lorgat was also exonerated, by an independent adjudicator appointed by the ICC, of the charge that he had allegedly tried to bribe and threaten journalists. As a result, any restrictions on Lorgat's ability to act as CSA chief executive were removed. He can now resume acting as the board's representative on the ICC Chief Executive's Committee and deal with affairs involving the BCCI. "With this unsavoury matter now behind us I look forward to getting on with the real challenges that we need to deal with," Lorgat said. "It was a costly but necessary exercise once the allegations were made. I am pleased it is now behind us and I must thank my Board for their unequivocal support plus the many other people, including members of the public, who stood firm with me during this period." ICC president Alan Isaac said: "The ICC notes and accepts the decision of the independent adjudicator. We are pleased that the matter has been resolved and that all parties can now move on in a spirit of mutual cooperation, working together constructively for the good of cricket." CSA President Chris Nenzani said: "This is as clear as it gets and vindicates CSA and Mr. Lorgat's determination that the investigation be properly concluded following recent offers to drop the investigation. It is only fair and just for both CSA and to Mr. Lorgat that the process was properly concluded. "As we expected, all the allegations have been dismissed and the Board would like to reiterate its full trust and confidence in Mr. Lorgat as its Chief Executive. To date the Board has been satisfied and indeed impressed with the progress made under his leadership." In October 2013, Becker had suggested that the BCCI's flouting of the FTP could have legal implications and that it was "improper" to allow a member body to "blatantly disregard an ICC resolution". Becker revealed he resigned from his ICC post because of what he considered "questionable governance" at the ICC and listed three examples, all relating to the "dominance of BCCI President N Srinivasan". The ICC then commissioned an inquiry into Lorgat's alleged role in that statement but did not disclose who constituted the inquiry committee.


ECOND seed Agnieszka Radwanska booked her spot in the semi-finals at Indian Wells after a two-and-a-half hour slugfest with Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Radwanska looked to have regained control when she led 4-0 in the third set but only sealed the win by reeling off the last two games when Jankovic drew level at 4-4. Jankovic actually won two more points than Radwanksa overall but still finished behind in their floodlit thriller. "I should have finished it a little bit earlier in the third set, but she was really fighting until the last point," Radwanksa said. "I think I was just better in a couple of points today. I'm happy I could win this one." Radwanska's semi-final opponent on Friday is Romania's Simona Halep after she cruised into the next round with a 62 6-2 victory over Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua. Halep only needed an hour to wrap up a lopsided victory and is poised to become the first Romanian woman to break into the top five when the updated world rankings are

released on Monday. The only other Romanian woman to make the top 10 were Virginia Ruzici, who won the French Open in 1978 and made it up to number eight in the world, and Irina Spirlea, who climbed as high


SPORTS DESK Manchester City were left to concentrate on their title challenge as their Champions League campaign ended in defeat in Barcelona. In another clash overshadowed by refereeing contro-

versy, City had Pablo Zabaleta sent off as they were beaten 2-1 in the Nou Camp to go out 4-1 on aggregate at the last16 stage. City captain Vincent Kompany did briefly level the scores at 1-1 in the closing minutes but it proved mere consolation. For a spell when the score was still 0-0, particularly early in the second half, City troubled the Spanish champions but could not find the goal that would change the tie. Samir Nasri had a good chance in the first half while substitute Edin Dzeko brought a good save out of Victor Valdes with a header after coming on at the interval. But, in truth, Barca should have been in the lead long before Messi finally struck with a neat dink, after pouncing on a Joleon Lescott error, in the 67th minute. Lescott had been fortunate not to concede a penalty after felling Messi early in the match and City also breathed again when a Neymar goal was harshly disallowed for offside. City were on the wrong end of a decision from referee Stephane Lannoy themselves when Dzeko was denied a penalty after being clipped by Gerard Pique. Zabaleta was sent off for protesting in the arguments that followed. The result saw City eliminated from a second competition in the space of three days after Sunday's FA Cup loss to Wigan. Attention now turns to the Barclays Premier League, in which they trail Chelsea by nine points with three games in hand. Kompany said: "If anything, it should give us motivation. "The way we played against Wigan, the performance was completely different. "Only the winners get remembered, but it's only the third year ever for Manchester City in the Champions League. "I'm looking at this and I don't see why next year we should fear anyone." Kompany was proud of the efforts of his team-mates. He said: "I think I speak for the team in saying we've got nothing left in the tank." Zabaleta was frustrated about his dismissal for a second yellow card. He said: "It was very clear. I think Pique was behind and made the tackle on Edin Dzeko and the referee was only two metres away from that. "I don't know why I was sent off. I went to him to talk to him in a good way. I was a little bit angry to him because he didn't give a penalty but I have always been very respectful to him. "I am frustrated. I think it was a shocking decision." In further bad news for City, top scorer Sergio Aguero suffered another hamstring problem and will require a scan. Aguero said: "I felt a twinge in the leg early on after a challenge with Messi. "I carried on with it for the rest of the half but at half-time we decided not to risk it."

JOHNSON SUFFERS INFECTED TOE SPORTS DESK Australia's preparations for the World T20 could by hampered by an infected toe suffered by Mitchell Johnson. Although he returned home to rest after the Test series win in South Africa and did not stay on for the ongoing T20 series, Johnson may not travel to Bangladesh with the rest of the side ahead of the world T20. Johnson suffered a cut to the toe during the third Test in South Africa and that has led to an infection, which could mean a late arrival for the tournament. Australia begin their campaign in a week and a half, with their first match against Pakistan in Dhaka on March 23. "Mitch has been home in Perth recover-

as seven. "It means a lot," Halep said. "I'm now the best Romanian in history for rankings - but my goal is to win a Grand Slam, and then maybe I'll be the best, because Virginia won the French Open."

ing from the Test series against South Africa but has developed an infection as a result of a cut he had on his right big toe after the third Test," Justin Paolini, Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, said. "He is receiving treatment but his departure to Bangladesh for the World T20 may be delayed until we are happy that the infection has resolved and his toe fully recovered." Johnson is not the only player under a fitness cloud leading in to the tournament, with allrounder James Faulkner still on the recovery trail after suffering a knee injury in the ODI series against England in January. Faulkner is with the squad in South Africa but is not expected to play until the World T20.


BNP PariBas OPeN results Quarter-finals 2-agnieszka radwanska (Poland) beat 7-Jelena Jankovic (serbia) 7-5 26 6-4 6-simona Halep (romania) beat Casey Dellacqua (australia) 6-2 6-2


SPORTS DESK Opposing managers Uwe Rosler and Stuart Gray unsurprisingly had vastly differing views after a tale of two penalties saw Wigan Athletic edge past Sheffield Wednesday 1-0. Jordi Gomez scored the winning goal from the spot with three minutes left after James Perch had been tripped by Caolan Lavery. Gray graciously admitted he thought referee Andy Haines had been right to point to the spot, despite some of his players feeling Perch had gone to ground rather easily. But the Wednesday boss was fuming at the first-half incident that saw Wednesday awarded a penalty of their own, when Jacques Maghoma was felled in the area by Ali Al Habsi. Leon Best's spot-kick was subsequently saved by the Wigan goalkeeper - but Gray felt Al Habsi should not have been on the pitch in the first place. "It was definitely a red card, definitely," said Gray. "I was thinking we had a penalty, against a substitute goalkeeper, and I couldn't believe it when the yellow card came out. "Jacques Maghoma has got the ball, he's gone round the goalkeeper and he's wiped him out. "I was amazed when he only got a yellow, and then he pulls off a save that stops us from taking the lead. "We shouldn't be missing penalties, but I'm just disappointed because the game would definitely have changed had we been playing against 10 men." Despite Wigan rubbing salt into the wounds by clinching all three points with a late winner, Gray refused to blame Haines for pointing to the spot a second time. "I think theirs was a penalty, I looked straight away at the linesman," Gray added. "Young Caolan has clipped his heels and he's always going to go down. I've got no qualms or problems with that. "It's just the inconsistencies I just can't see the consistency. "Some get a red, some get a yellow. But if it's a professional foul, for me it's a straight red."


Friday, 14 March, 2014




OGER Federer and Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round. In a tournament full of surprises, Federer and Djokovic struck a blow for the old world order with Federer beating Germany's Tommy Haas 6-4 6-4 and Djokovic coming back to down Croatia's Marin Cilic 1-6 6-2 6-3. Federer and Djokivic are the only players ranked in the world's top 10 to reach the quarter-finals after Wawrinka and Murray joined the big-name casualties when they both crashed to lower-ranked opponents on another day of upsets in the Californian desert. Wawrinka suffered his first loss this year when his 13-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt as he was beaten 7-6(1) 4-6 6-1 by South African Kevin Anderson. "It wasn't really on my mind that he had won Australia," said Anderson, whose next opponent is Federer. "It feels great to beat somebody who obviously has just won a grand slam." Murray was blown away by Canada's Milos Raonic, one of the biggest servers in

men's tennis. Despite winning the first set, the Scotsman was unable to contain the raw power of Raonic, who triumphed 4-6 7-5 6-3 in a little over two hours. Raonic blasted 15 aces past his bewildered opponent, who is one of the best returners in the game, and won a staggering 83 percent of points when he landed his first serve. Murray did break Raonic's serve in the opening set and again in the deciding third to lead 2-1 but lost the next four games in a row against the 6ft 5in (1.96 metre) tall Canadian. "To get broken two consecutive times in that situation isn't good enough. I played poor tennis at that stage. I didn't make enough balls and I missed some really easy shots," Murray told reporters. "It's tough to win matches like that, because against him, he obviously wins a lot of free points with his serve. So over the course of the set, if you give up enough unforced errors on basic shots, then with the amount of free points he gets on his serve, that's going to add up to a negative result." Raonic's next opponent in the quarterfinals will be Ukrainian giant killer Alexandr Dolgopolov, who followed up his upset victory over Rafa Nadal on Monday with a comprehensive 6-2 6-4 drubbing of Italy's Fabio Fognini. "I think the most important thing is obviously my serve and the beauty of that is


nobody can affect me," Raonic said. Already a four-time champion at Indian Wells, Federer is now on a nine-match winning streak after taking the title in Dubai before heading to Indian Wells but said he was wary about Anderson, who has reached a career-high ranking of 18 after making the final of his last two tournaments. "I know how tough he is," Federer said. "He's the best here usually in the States, outdoors on the hard courts. That's when he's had his biggest success. "I'm aware that this is not going to be an easy match just because he's not ranked in the Top 10." Djokovic had won each of his previous

seven encounters with Cilic but his perfect record was in danger after he lost the opening set to the towering Croatian, winning just three points on return. But the Serbian quickly got his act together, and broke Cilic twice in the second set then once in the deciding third to safely advance to the last eight. John Isner kept American hopes alive with a 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco, while Latvia's Ernests Gulbis defeated Roberto Bautista of Spain 7-6(0) 4-6 6-2. A third Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, was sent packing by unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau, losing 6-3 7-6(4).


BNP PariBas OPeN results Fourth round 2-Novak Djokovic (serbia) beat 24Marin Cilic (Croatia) 1-6 6-2 6-3 17-Kevin anderson (south africa) beat 3-stanislas Wawrinka (switzerland) 76(1) 4-6 6-1 10-Milos raonic (Canada) beat 5-andy Murray (Britain) 4-6 7-5 6-3 7-roger Federer (switzerland) beat 11tommy Haas (Germany) 6-4 6-4 12-John isner (u.s.) beat 30-Fernando Verdasco (spain) 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 20-ernests Gulbis (latvia) beat roberto Bautista (spain) 7-6(0) 4-6 6-2 28-alexandr Dolgopolov (ukraine) beat 13-Fabio Fognini (italy) 6-2 6-4 Julien Benneteau (France) beat Feliciano lopez (spain) 6-3 7-6(4)

aRsenal dealt Ramsey Blow


SPORTS DESK Arsenal are still assessing the severity of record signing Mesut Ozil's hamstring injury. The Germany international a £42million buy from Real Madrid last summer - suffered the problem during Tuesday's 1-1 last-16 draw at Bayern Munich which saw Arsenal exit the Champions League. Speaking ahead of Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham, manager Arsene Wenger told "He's out. I don't know for how long but it is a hamstring injury. There are scans going on." In a further blow, given Jack Wilshere's absence with a broken foot, midfielder Aaron Ramsey's return from a thigh injury has been delayed. Wenger added: "We have had to defer his comeback to full training so he is not available. He is having difficulties in the final stages of his rehab. It looks to be short term." Left-backs Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal have a "good chance" of being available. Gibbs has a fitness test on Friday. Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom could be in contention for his debut after signing despite a back injury, while Yaya Sanogo is available. Wenger said: "Kallstrom joins the normal training group today and Sanogo too. "I will have to decide if Kallstrom is okay to be in the squad on Sunday. I will see how he looks. It is not impossible."

SPORTS DESK Birmingham manager Lee Clark was furious with match referee James Linington following his side's 33 draw at home to Burnley despite the Blues salvaging a point with a last-minute equaliser from on-loan Federico Macheda. Clark disclosed his displeasure with Linington of the Isle of Wight following a second-half incident concerning his captain Paul Robinson. Clarke revealed: "There was an incident involving (Burnley striker) Danny Ings and Paul Robinson. I thought it was a foul by Ings. "They scored from the resultant free kick. Paul remonstrated with the referee, who gave Paul a yellow card, but he mocked him about the scoreline at the time. This is totally unacceptable. "When my captain is fighting for the club and the

supporters are backing my team and when I am working as hard as I can to get the results to remain in the league, getting mocked by an official is something I am not going to accept. "I was furious and I lost my temper. "I am not questioning his performance. But he knows what he said and it is not acceptable in any walk of life. "There seemed to be a bit of an arrogance among the officials and that is not being accepted. "This was the only downside, and I have to flag it up. It is that it is not acceptable for an official to mock any player at any stage." Clark feels that the incident took the gloss off a tremendous fightback by his side after they trailed three times against second-placed Burnley to earn a valuable point. The Clarets increased their unbeaten run to seven games to maintain their second in the table position but they failed to produce the knock out punch.

spiReites land Bennett SPORTS DESK Chesterfield have signed Derby striker Mason Bennett on a month-long loan deal. The highly-rated teenager, a England Under19 international, will go straight into the Spireites squad for their game against fellow promotion hopefuls Oxford at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. The Blues remain top of Sky Bet League Two despite a recent dip in results which has seen Paul Cook's side win just one of their last five league matches. Following the 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night Cook bemoaned his side's "lack of a cutting edge" and the Chesterfield manager hopes that the arrival of Bennett


will reignite the Spireites' title challenge. Derby academy product Bennett became the club's youngest-ever player when he made his full debut in a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on October 22, 2011 at the age of 15 years and 99 days. He became the Rams' youngest goal scorer at the age of 16 years and 174 days when he netted in a 5-0 home victory over Tranmere in the FA Cup third round on January 5, 2013. Bennett has made more than 30 appearance in total for Derby - 14 of them this season, although just one of those has been a start. The 17-year-old has made just one appearance from the bench for the Championship club in the past two months.

Aaron Ramsey's return for Arsenal has been put on hold with the Welshman still not fully recovered from the thigh injury that has sidelined him since December. With a growing injury list manager Arsene Wenger had hoped Ramsey, Arsenal's star performer earlier in the season, would be fit for Sunday's vital north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur. "We have had to defer his comeback to full training a little so he is not available," Wenger said on Thursday. "He is having difficulties in the final stages of his rehab. It looks to be short-term." Record signing Mesut Ozil is also ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the Champions League defeat exit against Bayern Munich in midweek. Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are also long-term absentees, putting a huge strain on Arsenal's resources as they try and stay in the Premier League title race. "(Ozil) is out. I don't know for how long but it is a hamstring injury. There are scans going on," Wenger said. By the time third-placed Arsenal face Spurs on Sunday they could find themselves 10 points behind leaders Chelsea who are in action against Aston Villa on Saturday.

BARTRA TO SIGN NEW BARCELONA DEAL SPORTS DESK Marc Bartra will next week put pen to paper on a new contract that ties him to Barcelona until the summer of 2017. The club’s official website has confirmed that the defender’s new contract includes a release fee of €25m. Bartra made his Barca debut as a right back under Pep Guardiola in 2010, having come through the academy at La Masia following a short spell at Espanyol. He has featured more regularly in the first team this season under Tata Martino, to date making 20 appearances in all competitions.

SPORTS Friday, 14 March, 2014

‘Beating india will give us momentum’ SPORTS DESK

GO GREEN: Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez shows Pakistan cricket team’s new uniform for World T20. Agencies


Mohammad Irfan may require hip surgery


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan may head to Australia for a hip surgery if he fails to show enough progress from his ongoing rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, thereby putting his international return in doubt. "There are two fractures in his Ischium bone," Dr Sohail Saleem, the PCB doctor, told ESPNcricinfo. "Since he has an extraordinary build, his bones are bigger and that is why it is taking him more time to recover. He may be sent to Australia for a surgery if needed but at the moment he needs two to three weeks of rehabilitation before we decide if he still requires a surgery." Irfan, 31, who last played in the series against South Africa in the UAE in November, had suffered a hairline fracture on his hip during the second T20 of that series and was ruled out for six weeks. He missed the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and underwent an extensive rehabilitation. He returned to competitive cricket during the domestic Twenty20 Cup in Rawalpindi where he aggravated his injury and was immediately sent for a medical assessment. "We are following his case on a daily basis and we have to get him ready for international cricket," Saleem said. "We are assessing his progress and his reports will also be sent to Australia for a second opinion so I can't give a precise time but he will be fine and will be playing international cricket again."

S PERvEz QaiSER HE fourth Twenty-20 World Cup was played in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7, 2012. This was the first Twenty-20 World Cup held in an Asian country, the last three having being held in South Africa, England and the West Indies. The format has four groups of three teams in a preliminary round. India and England are in the same group and were joined by the runner up of the Twenty-20 World Cup Qualifier, Afghanistan. The champions of the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier, Ireland, are in a group with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are the other two groups. 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. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs in the first semi final at Colombo on October 4, 2012 to enter the final for the second time. In the second semi final at the same ground on October 5,2010, West Indies defeated Australia by 74 runs to qualify for the final for the first time. West Indies clinched the Twenty-20 World Cup with a comfortable 36-run victory over Sri Lanka, riding on Marlon Samuels‘ brilliant counter-attacking knock to win a major global title after over three decades. Batting first in front a 35,000 partisan crowd at Colombo on October 7, 2012, Marlon Samuels held his nerve as he smashed a heroic 78 off 56 balls with three fours and six sixes to steer West Indies to 137 for six in 20 overs and then the Caribbeans shot out out the hosts for 101 in 18.4 overs. It was the West Indies‘ first world title after a gap of 33 years having won the ODI World Cup back in 1979. They did triumph in the Champions Trophy in 2004, but that is not considered a World Cup. For Sri Lanka and Mahela Jayawardene, it was another case of ‘so-near-yet-so-far‘ having now lost four World Cup finals (two 50 overs and two T20s) across two categories. Marlon Samuels played one of the most memorable innings under pressure as he thumped five of his half a dozen of sixes off Twenty-20 specialist Lasith Malinga‘s bowl-


ing, making batting look easy on a pitch where almost every other batsmen struggled. While only 32 runs came off the first 10 overs, the Caribbeans, courtesy Marlon Samuels and skipper Darren Sammy (26 not out off 15 balls with three fours) managed 106 in the back 10. Defending a small but competitive total, Ravi Rampaul bowled a beauty to dismiss Tillekaratne Dilshan. The ball pitched in line and then moved a shade to knock back the off-stump. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara steadied the ship, adding 42 runs for the second wicket, although they were not able to give the bowlers a charge. The situation demanded a special innings from the Sri Lankan captain but he tried an ambitious reverse sweep off Sunil Narine, which gently lobbed to Sammy who took an easy catch at backward point, as the match decisively tilted in favour of the West Indies. Jayawardene managed 33. Marlon Samuels was awarded the man of the match while Shane Watson was declared man of the series. As many as 7448 runs were scored for the loss of 315 wickets at an average of 23.64 off 975.2 overs in 27 matches in this Twenty-20 World Cup at 7.63 runs per over. West Indies and Sri Lanka are the only two teams who crossed 900-run mark. West Indies scored 980 runs for the loss of 38 wickets at 25.78 off 119.3 overs in seven matches while Sri Lanka made 941 runs for the loss of 36 wickets at 26.13 off 121 overs in the same number of overs. Australia who lost to West Indies in the semi final, conceded the highest number of runs in this tournament. Their bowlers gave 954 runs off 120 overs with an economy rate of 7.95. Just one hundred by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and 34 fifties by 24 batsmen were scored while five bowlers on six occasion claimd a four-wicket haul.


PlaYing ReCoRd oF eaCH team:

......Team .................Played .....Won ......Lost .......Tied ..n/R ....success% 1. ...West indies ....7 ...............3 ............2 .............1 .........1 ..........57.14 2. ..sri Lanka .........7 ...............4 ............2 .............1 .........- ..........64.28 3. ..Pakistan ...........6 ...............4 ............2 .............- .........- ..........66.66 4. ..Australia ..........6 ...............4 ............2 .............- .........- ..........66.66 5. ..india ..................5 ...............4 ............1 ..............- .........- ..........80.00 6. ..england ............5 ...............2 ............3 .............- .........- ..........40.00 7. ..south Africa ...5 ...............2 ............3 .............- .........- ..........40.00 8. Zealand ..5 ...............1 .............2 .............2 ........- ..........40.00 9. ..ireland ..............2 ...............- .............1 ..............- .........1 ..........25.00 10. .Afghanistan ....2 ...............- .............2 .............- .........- ..........00.00 11. ..Bangladesh .....2 ...............- .............2 .............- .........- ..........00.00 12. .Zimbabwe .......2 ...............- .............2 .............- .........- ..........00.00

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Pakistan will depart for Bangladesh tomorrow with the exception of Shahid Afridi, who is undergoing a weeklong rehabilitation before joining the squad on March 17. Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez is happy that their opening World T20 game on March 21 is a high-pressure one against archrivals India. "Winning against India will give us a much-needed momentum," Hafeez said. "It's a pressure game wherever you play against them. You have pressure from the media, your nation and when you perform well against them it gets easy for you. It's a very important game for us. As a player, also as a captain, I am very happy that our first match is against India and from there we can take off." Pakistan, the 2009 World T20 champions and runners up in 2007, are coming off the Asia Cup where they lost in the final to Sri Lanka. Hafeez said it was important to carry forward that momentum. "You have to be positive in your thinking against all the teams and guard against complacency," he said. "Two things are very important in a big tournament - one is momentum which you have to carry, and we performed well in the Asia Cup. The second is luck and with the prayers of our countrymen, the luck factor will also be with us. "The approach is clear as we have to play hard cricket and there should be no fear of failure. In short-form cricket you can't recover if you make a mistake, and we will try not to commit mistakes." Hafeez confirmed that his squad was fully fit, quashing rumours that a few players were carrying injuries. Pakistan last played a T20 in December against Sri Lanka in the UAE but have played ample limited-overs cricket in the lead-up to the World T20. "We have one week with a couple of warm-up games to tune up the side and everyone is acquainted with the conditions in Bangladesh. Fitness might have been the concern during the Asia Cup but it happens when you play back-to-back matches. Everyone is fine. Afridi's is not that serious and he will be fit. He is going through rehab and as a captain I need a fit Afridi, that's why we have given him time." Pakistan's major strength is bowling but in the Asia Cup, they managed to take ten wickets only once in five games, against Afghanistan. Hafeez was aware that his strike bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan have suffered a dip in form. "The performance of the fast bowlers will be key for us because they have to play their roles with both the new and old ball," Hafeez said. "Mohammad Akram (bowling coach) is working hard with both of them in the nets, but in the end it's up to them to go out and deliver. We have to support them."

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