YOU JUST CAN’T GO ON KILLING PEOPLE, HOW ABOUT SOME TALKS FIRST! GOVT NEGOTIATORS TELL TALIBAN REPS THEIR SIDE MUST HALT ATTACKS AND ANNOUNCE CEASEFIRE OR DIALOGUE PROCESS WILL ‘BE AFFECTED’
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Rangers official escapes suicide blast but attack injures three Fazlullah, Shahidullah Shahid booked in cops’ bombing case
STORIES ON PAGE 03
SECURITY FOR KALASH TRIBE AFTER TALIBAN THREAT
SKIPPER GUILTY OF FOUL PLAY, GOVT TELLS SENATE
STORY ON PAGE 03
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Shahbaz accuses militaries of blocking Indo-Pak trade deal STORY ON PAGE 02
Team to recover kidnapped govt officials also abducted
Ankara Summit urges Afghan Taliban to join peace talks
The team that went for the recovery of two senior government officials, who were kidnapped a day earlier by unknown gunmen from Tump town in Balochistan’s Kech district, were also abducted on Friday. The recovery team was headed by Assistant Commissioner Dasht Naeem Ghichki and comprised two tehsildars and three Levies’ personnel... PAGE 02
The eighth Pakistan-TurkeyAfghanistan trilateral summit has asked the international community to contribute to the efforts aiming at supporting Afghan-led and Afghanowned processes, including those concentrating on further enhancing the Afghan National Security Forces. In a joint statement the leaders of the three countries... PAGE 04
Kidnapped anti-drone activist reappears, says was tortured PAGE 02
Pakistanis more eager for better ties with India: report
No moratorium on death penalty in Pakistan: minister
More Pakistanis than Indians favour cooperative relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, but both the people consider either state as the “least friendly” country, said a survey released by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT). The nationwide survey conducted by the PILDAT with the support... PAGE 02
The Senate was informed on Friday that there is no moratorium on death penalty in the country. Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that former president Asif Zardari did not implement the death penalties. He said execution of death sentences was delayed but the government was in the process of consultations... PAGE 02
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Shahbaz accuses militaries of blocking Indo-Pak trade deal PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER SAYS ‘IF WE REMAIN HOSTAGE TO OUR PAST THEN WE WILL GO NOWHERE’
UNjAb Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is also the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has warned the military establishments of both India and Pakistan not to block efforts to sweep aside trade barriers between the two distrustful neighbours, a report in The Guardian said on Friday. On Indian affairs Shahbaz Sharif is widely seen as the de facto Pakistani foreign minister, conducting diplomatic missions to Delhi on behalf of his brother Nawaz Sharif. but speaking to the Guardian he warned that distrustful “security agencies” in both Pakistan and India were one of the two main “blockages” holding back plans to liberalise trade, which the Sharifs believe will provide a desperately needed boost to Pakistan’s moribund economy. “Security agencies on both sides need to really understand that in today’s
SAYS ECONOMIC SECURITY GUARANTEES GENERAL SECURITY world, a security-led vision is obviously driven by economic security,” he said. “Unless you have economic security then you can’t have general security.” While the Sharif brothers, in common with most mainstream politicians in Pakistan, are impatient for a rapprochement with India, the military is far more wary. Pakistan’s powerful military has warned the Sharifs against making rapid concessions, particularly in the runup to India’s general election. The incumbent Congress party is struggling to hold off a strong challenge from the Hindu nationalist bharatiya janata party. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister, has long favoured better relations with Pakistan and may still travel across the frontier before the polls, which are due in April or May. At the same time jihadi organisations in Pakistan with considerable street power have noisily protested against any trade deals while much of the former Himalayan kingdom of Kashmir remains within India. but the brothers are determined to make progress. Sharif said disputes including Kashmir, cross-border water rights and the Siachen glacier – where soldiers from both sides are engaged in a gruelling, high-altitude stand-
Policemen targeted in Swabi, one killed SWABI: A police head constable was killed while two officials, including a Station House Officer (SHO), were injured when unidentified men opened fire on a police patrolling vehicle in Malik Abad Gadoon area of Sawabi. According to sources, SHO Muhammad Riaz Khan, Assistant Sub Inspector Ziaullah and constable Muhammad Wisal were patrolling the area when unknown assailants ambushed their vehicle near Gadoon graveyard. Wisal was killed on the spot while the SHO and ASI sustained injuries and were rushed to a hospital. APP
No moratorium on death penalty in Pakistan: minister ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that there is no moratorium on death penalty in the country. Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that former president Zardari did not implement the death penalties. He said execution of death sentences was delayed but the government was in the process of consultations to take a decision over the issue. ONLINE
Team to recover kidnapped govt officials also abducted QUETTA: The team that went for the recovery of two senior government officials, who were kidnapped a day earlier by unknown gunmen from Tump town in Balochistan’s Kech district, were also abducted on Friday. The recovery team was headed by Assistant Commissioner Dasht Naeem Ghichki and comprised two tehsildars and three Levies’ personnel. They were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Gomazai who then took them to a nearby mountain. The banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) had claimed responsibility for the first incident of kidnapping. Earlier on Thursday, the deputy commissioner and the assistant commissioner of Kechh district were returning after a meeting with Iranian border officials when they were intercepted by dozens of armed men. STAFF REPORT
off – would only be resolved through “dialogue and imaginative thinking”. “If we remain hostage to our past then we will go nowhere,” Sharif said in an interview at his residence in Lahore. “We have fought three wars and it brought nothing but devastation and destruction. It brought miseries on both sides. It added more poverty, more unemployment. It solved nothing.” This week India expressed its annoyance with the slow pace of reform in Pakistan when Anand Sharma, India’s commerce and industry minister, cancelled a trip to Pakistan due to coincide with the second trade show to be held by Indian companies in Lahore on Friday. Sharma said Pakistan had failed to enact tradeboosting measures that had been agreed upon, including the start of round-theclock truck passage at one of only two border crossings and the opening up to trade of hundreds of currently restricted items. Even though Pakistan and India share thousands of miles of border, common languages and many cultural traditions, trade is negligible. Few goods cross through the sleepy border crossing at Wagah border, which sits between Lahore and the Indian city of Amritsar – just a dozen miles from each. Some goods are traded via third countries such as the United Arab Emirates, a practice Sharif describes as “very, very expensive”. India also continues to press Pakistan to tackle militants targeting Indian-held
Kashmir, in particular Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Punjab-based jihadist group that was responsible for the devastating terrorist attacks on the city of Mumbai in 2008. Sharif said he told Singh during a meeting in Delhi in December that the matter was with Pakistan’s courts and “those who are found to be involved, there is no question they will be punished”. Many observers, conscious of LeT’s historic relationship with Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, are sceptical that anyone will ever be brought to book. Hafiz Saeed, founder of LeT, lives and preaches openly in Lahore despite a $10m US government bounty on his head. In recent weeks Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of jaish-e-Mohammed, a militant group that attacked the Indian parliament in 2001, has also taken up a greater public role, even addressing a public rally two weeks ago. but Sharif said India has its own hardline groups opposed to peace efforts, naming the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a rightwing Hindu nationalist organisation which he said regularly protested against Pakistan. Sharif said Islamabad had presented credible evidence of Indian involvement in the separatist insurgency raging in the troubled province of baluchistan. “both countries need to stop the blame game jointly resolve to move aside these roadblocks and move forward with a clear-cut agenda,” he said.
Kidnapped anti-drone activist reappears, says was tortured KAREEM KHAN’S LAWYER SAYS CLIENT WAS ‘TORTURED, BEATEN UP, QUESTIONED AND PUT IN A CELL’
ABDUCTORS WARNED KAREEM HE WOULD BE PICKED UP AGAIN IF HE SPOKE TO THE MEDIA
An anti-drone activist who was kidnapped from his home last week has been freed, his lawyer said Friday, adding he had been tortured and interrogated. Kareem Khan was picked up from his home on the outskirts of Islamabad on February 5 by around 20 men, some in police uniform, just days before he was due to testify before European parliamentarians about US drone attacks. He was bundled into a van blindfolded and pushed off onto the road in the early hours of Friday morning, in the Tarnol suburb of the capital Islamabad, his lawyer Shahzad Akber said. “He has been released,” Akber said. “His hands weren’t tied and he was able to remove his blindfold and took a taxi home after asking where he was.” Though Khan was not able to identify the men who had detained him, a court on Wednesday had ordered the government to produce him by February 20 or provide the reason for his detention. Khan had been staying in the outskirts of Islamabad with his wife, children and an uncle ahead of a trip to Europe
Pakistanis more eager for better ties with India: report According to the survey, 33 per cent Pakistanis think India ‘is a friendly’ country while only 11 per cent Indians said Pakistan was a friendly country ISLAMABAD: More Pakistanis than Indians favour cooperative relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, but both the people consider either state as the “least friendly” country, said a survey released by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT). The nation-wide survey conducted by the PILDAT with the support and assistance of Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to measure various trends in both the countries on democracy, trust of the people in various state institutions, their expectations of elected representatives, and impact of television and newspapers. According to the survey, 33 percent Pakistanis think India “is a friendly” country while only 11 percent Indians said Pakistan was a friendly country. When asked about China, 96 per cent responded it was the “friendliest” country to Pakistan while 77 per cent regarded Bangladesh as a friendly country. The “Views on State Democracy in South Asia: 2013” Pakistan Report was jointly launched by Danish Ambassador to Islamabad Jesper Moller Sorensen and PILDAT President Ahmed Bilal Mehboob at a local hotel where experts on the subject and parliamentarians expressed their views on it. The Indian report was released by the CSDS Director Sanjay Kumar. The Danish ambassador on the occasion also launched a $3.5 million programme for Pakistan on democratic development and good governance in joint collaboration with the PILDAT. In his remarks, the ambassador said democracy was heart of Danish assistance as it was pursuing a human rights approach to development because social and economic rights of the people could not be separated. “Our programme has a special focus on instilling democratic values in the youth through the Youth Parliament programme. Under this programme, young people from across the country are trained in the values of democracy. This creates understanding, respect and tolerance for other people’s opinions, besides being an innovative approach to engage youth in such an important process,” said the envoy, adding that it was needed to empower the people. APP
No point of talks with Taliban, says Shah he was supposed to make last week. Akber described Khan as “pretty shaken up, tortured, beaten up, questioned, put in a cell, and handcuffed”. “He was questioned about names and people in Waziristan. Many names he did not know about. He was questioned about his drone work, and was told to not speak to media otherwise they will come back for them.” Khan, who was also a drone investigator, was fighting a legal case in which he had named both the CIA’s former station chief and the Pakistani government for their roles in the US drone cam-
paign in the country’s tribal areas. Khan’s brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in their native North Waziristan in December 2009. Pakistan last month passed a new law allowing its security forces to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them. The law appeared to be an attempt to give legal cover to the cases of so-called “missing persons,” suspects who disappear into custody of the security services with no information given to their relatives.
SUKKUR: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior member Syed Khursheed Shah said there was no rationale in holding talks with the Taliban as they continued to mock the government with repeated attacks on security forces. Khursheed Shah was talking to reporters at Sukkur airport on Friday. He said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali had declared that any incident of terrorism would be deemed a bid to sabotage the peace dialogue. “Does the government still want to talk with militants even after such defiance,” he said. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have to take a decision now as a leader, whether to talk with the Taliban or fight them out. He said protection of the life and property of the people is the foremost responsibility of the government. ONLINE
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You just can’t go on killing people, how about some talks first! ISLAMABAD
GOVT NEGOTIATORS TELL TALIBAN REPS THEIR SIDE MUST HALT ATTACKS AND ANNOUNCE CEASEFIRE OR DIALOGUE PROCESS WILL ‘BE AFFECTED’
HE government negotiators on Friday told the Taliban representatives that their demands would only be considered if they announce a ceasefire. The meeting between the government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) interlocutors took place at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House. Maulana Samiul Haq and Yousuf Shah represented the Taliban without former Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz, who sources said had not been invited to the meeting. The meeting was immediately held following a suicide attack on a senior Rangers officer in Karachi in which luckily no one was killed except the bomber. The TTP had earlier claimed responsibility for Thursday’s bomb attack on a police van in Karachi, which left 13 police commandos
dead and scores injured. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had vowed that they would continue to carry out attacks until the government announced a ceasefire. Shahid also made a telephone call to Maulana Sami during Friday’s meeting in which he was informed about the government’s demand. Shahid told the Haq that he would convey the demand to the Taliban political shura and inform them about their decision in the next few days. Following Thursday’s attack, lawmakers also voiced their concern over the dialogue process, saying that acts of terrorism and talks
TTP SPOKESMAN SAYS WILL CONVEY GOVT’S DEMAND TO TALIBAN POLITICAL SHURA
could not go side by side. Sources privy to the dialogue process said that it was Irfan Siddiqui, the coordinator of the government’s committee, who told Haq and his associates that pressure was mounting on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and any future attack could cause an irreparable loss to the dialogue process. “As the ongoing terrorist activities are building further pressure on the military and political leadership of the country, the government’s negotiators on Friday frankly conveyed concerns of Nawaz Sharif to their counterparts representing TTP, saying that any
future attack may jeopardise the entire dialogue process,” sources said. “The government committee informed the Taliban committee that any further TTP attacks would not be tolerated,” they added. The government committee asked the TTP team to urge the Taliban to immediately halt attacks on civilians and security forces. They also urged the TTP to announce a ceasefire. “The TTP negotiators agreed to the concerns expressed by the government negotiators but asserted that the same situation could arise on killing of TTP insurgents either in Karachi, FATA or in Khyber
MAULANA SAMI SAYS HE IS HOPEFUL OF A CEASEFIRE ‘WITHIN 48 HOURS’ Pakhtunkhwa,” the sources said, adding that The TTP nominees presented figures pertaining to TTP members killed in Swabi, Peshawar and Karachi. The committee also assured their government counterparts that the Taliban would be urged to stop the attacks. The Taliban committee said the government committee’s concerns would be conveyed to the TTP and they were hopeful of a positive response. Samiul Haq said they did not allow a deadlock in talks and hoped that a ceasefire would be announced in 48 hours. Sami condemned the recent incidents of terrorism in Karachi and
alleged that foreign elements and anti-state elements wanted to foil peace negotiations. Sources added that initially the TTP team did not agree on issuing a joint statement, however, later they agreed only when the government committee agreed to include in the communiqué that use of (military) force against the TTP terrorists could also foil dialogue process. “Since it was a win-win situation, both the sides agreed on the joint communiqué. Hence, the TTP committee achieved a significant goal by adding in the joint communiqué that use of force from either side may jeopardize the dialogue process,” the sources added. Following the meeting, the committees formed by the government and Taliban also issued a joint statement. The joint statement emphasised that attacks from either side would be detrimental to peace talks.
Rangers official escapes suicide Security for Kalash tribe blast but attack injures three after Taliban threat SUICIDE BOMBER BLEW HIMSELF UP IN QAYYUMABAD AREA KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Three Rangers personnel were injured after a suicide bomber targeted a wing commander’s vehicle on Friday. A spokesman of Rangers said the Ghazi Rangers wing commander was on his way to Defence Housing Authority when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Qayyumabad area. The blast damaged the car of the Rangers commander but fortunately
Fazlullah, Shahidullah Shahid booked in cops’ bombing case KARAChI: An FIR has been registered against the banned Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah and its spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, as the banned outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack on a police bus in Razzaqabad area of Karachi that left 13 police commandos dead on Thursday. According to police, the case has been registered in Shah Lateef Town Police Station on the complaint of a policeman in which provisions of murder, attempt of murder and anti-terrorism are included. STAFF REPORT
the officer and security personnel remained safe in the attack. However, three personnel sustained injuries and were shifted to a hospital. According
KARAChI: Rangers inspect the scene of a suicide attack on one of their senior officers on friday. ONLINE
to SSP Korangi, vehicle of Rangers’ Sector Commander brigadier basit was targeted in the attack. Meanwhile, security officials arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area and started a search operation. body parts were found from the explosion site, indicating that it was a suicide attack. It is the 12th attack since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced talks on january 29 and said he wanted to “give peace another chance”. Friday’s attack came a day after a remote-controlled blast left 13 police commandos dead outside a police training centre in Razzaqabad area. The blast was claimed by banned terrorist outfit TTP. Meanwhile, Rangers arrested five workers of a banned terrorist outfit during a search operation in Sohrab Goth.
Taliban threats to target the indigenous Kalash tribe and Ismaili Muslims have prompted authorities to put in place a four-tier security system in the northwestern Chitral Valley, a top police official said on Friday. “We have a four-tier security arrangement,” said Ghulam Hussain, police chief of the picturesque region in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province that is a popular tourist destination. The Pakistan Army is among security forces deployed in Chitral Valley, which is home to the polytheistic tribe. The Kalash claim descent from Alexander the Great and have maintained separate cultural traditions for centuries. The Taliban threat to target the Kalash and Ismaili Muslims was made in a 52-minute video that recently surfaced on a jihadi website. It was not clear when the video was made as it contains a reference to former army chief Pervez Musharraf’s “dream” to stand for elections from Chitral. Musharraf was barred from contesting polls by a court before last year’s general election in May. “I am not sure when this video was made but the Taliban had issued a similar video in 2011. We have put in place extensive security arrangements,” Hussain told PTI. Since the region is frequented by foreign tourists, security has always been on high alert. “It is fool-proof as we have snow-capped mountains on one side. The army is stationed at the bottom and the entry routes into the valley are secured through strict checking,” he said. Asked about the Taliban threat to Ismailis and NGOs in the area, Hussain said security is provided to prayer houses and charity organisations. Chitral Valley is the northern-most district of KhyberPakhtunkhwa. It is part of Malakand division that was once dominated by the moderate Ismailis.
Growing violence hampering peace dialogue, says Imran ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has said that the growing violence targeting civilians and security personnel is hampering the peace process and serving the purposes of Pakistan’s enemies. In a statement issued on Friday, Khan took a note of a video released by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan that announced an “armed struggle” against the Kalash and Ismaili Muslims. He condemned the video, saying that the peaceful Kalash tribe must be respected and protected by the state. The peaceful Kalash community’s way of life must be respected and the state must ensure their protection, demanded the PTI chief. He further said that forced conversions to Islam violate the principles of Quran and Sunnah. Khan also acknowledged the services of the Ismaili community for the development of Pakistan. ONLINE
The Taliban claimed 70 per cent of people in the area are Muslims while the rest are Ismailis and Kalash. The video warned the Kalash to convert to Islam. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also criticised charitable work done by the Aga Khan, the Ismailis’ spiritual leader, claiming schools and colleges run by the Aga Khan Foundation were “brainwashing” young men and women. The video further claimed the foundation’s schools and hospitals were “espionage tools” for foreign powers, and accused NGOs of creating an “Israel-like state” in Chitral.
SKIPPER GUILTY OF FOUL PLAY, GOVT TELLS SENATE LEADER OF THE HOUSE RAJA ZAFARUL HAQ SAYS PM, EX-ARMY CHIEF MISQUOTED BY PTI CHIEF ISLAMABAD APP
Leader of the House in Senate, Raja Zafarul Haq Friday said that the prime minister and the former army chief were misquoted in a statement by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan regarding success chances of a possible military operation against Taliban. The Upper House of parliament witnessed a heated debate on a recent TV interview of Imran Khan in which he had allegedly questioned the capability of the armed forces to take on militants. Khan in a TV interview on Tuesday night had stated that during a meeting the prime minister had quoted former army chief Gen (r) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as saying that there was a 40 per cent chance of success of a military operation against mil-
SAYS ARMY CHIEF HAD SAID THAT IF OPERATION WAS LAUNCHED, 40 PER CENT OF TERROR INCIDENTS COULD BE CONTAINED INSTANTLY
itants in the country’s tribal areas. “PTI Chairman Imran Khan misquoted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the former army chief while stating that there were 40 per cent chances of success if an operation is started against militants,” he informed the Senate in response to a point of order raised by Senator Raza Rabbani. He said: “I have obtained required information which suggests that the statement of Imran Khan has no reality and is totally baseless. The PTI chief could not understand what the former army chief had said.” Raja Zafarul Haq said that on the demand of Imran Khan before the All Parties Conference (APC), his meeting was arranged with PM Sharif, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the then COAS. In the meeting, he said, the former army chief had told the PTI chief that if an
operation was launched by the government against militants, then 40 per cent terrorism related activities could be controlled without delay. Haq recalled, at that time Kayani had also stated that the government should fully utilize the option of dialogue with militant groups. “We have full confidence in Pakistan Army which is capable to fight extremism and aggression against the country. Their determination cannot be questioned,” he added. The leader of the house acknowledged that besides soldiers, the officers of armed forces have also rendered valuable sacrifices in the war against terrorism. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan welcomed the statement of the leader of the House, saying the whole nation stands alongside Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism.
Earlier speaking on a point of order, Senators Raza Rabbani, Afrasiab Khattak, Farhatullah babar and Rehman Malik had demanded of the government to come out with a clear stance on the statement of Imran Khan. They mentioned the recent terrorist activities in Karachi and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and questioned, were the citizens left on Taliban’s mercy. The senators of Pakistan People’s Party and Awami National Party also criticized the PTI government in KP for its failure to ensure security of lives and properties of common people.
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ANKARA SUMMIT URGES AFGHAN TALIBAN TO JOIN PEACE TALKS ANKARA INP
HE eighth Pakistan-TurkeyAfghanistan trilateral summit has asked the international community to contribute to the efforts aiming at supporting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned processes, including those concentrating on further enhancing the Afghan National Security Forces. In a joint statement the leaders of the three countries, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and
ITALY'S PREMIER RESIGNS AFTER SACKING BY OWN PARTY ROME AGENCIES
Italy's president has accepted the resignation of Premier Enrico Letta after he was sacked by his own party in a backroom mutiny. President Giorgio Napolitano said he would start consulting political leaders later Friday with an aim of finding a new government that can win parliamentary approval and enact necessary economic and political reforms. The consultations are expected to last through Saturday. At their conclusion, Napolitano is widely expected to ask the brash, young mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to try to form a government. The 39-year-old Renzi engineered the stunning power play to knock Letta out of the premier's office and move in, accusing Letta of failing to lift Italy out of its economic and political doldrums.
PAKISTANI-ORIGIN NORWEGIAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISM OSLO INP
A 22-year-old Norwegian citizen from Pakistani origin is in a hospital in Oslo. He was arrested by the security police when he returned to Norway from Syria last Friday. This is the first time Norwegian authorities have charged a Norwegian with terrorist acts committed in Syria. The 22-year-old from Ostlandet does not have a criminal record in Norway, but is known to the security police (PST). Last fall, he was not identified as one of the most dangerous and active Islamists in Norway. Still, the PST followed him closely for the past year till before he travelled to Syria in September. The man is accused of terrorism and for participating in a terrorist organisation that has taken illegal steps towards accomplishing its goals. "I can confirm that we have charged a person that has returned to Norway from Syria. Besides the fact that he has been charged with a serious crime, we do not have any comments,” the PST said in statement. According to Norway Post, the man has allegedly been shot in the leg, but is not suffering from lifethreatening injuries. His shot-wounds are not the reason he returned to Norway and it is unclear whether the 22-year-old was hurt in warfare or under other circumstances, the security police said.
ASKS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT AFGHAN-LED RECONCILIATION PROCESSES Afghan President Hamid Karzai emphasised the pivotal importance of a political settlement within the framework of the Afghan Constitution, to ensure durable peace in Afghanistan and called upon the Afghan Taliban to join the peace process.
The joint statement reiterated the importance of the ongoing electoral process in Afghanistan in securing a smooth and successful political transition in the country, and underlined in this regard the necessity of a suitable security environment. It stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan as immediate neighbours and the need to taking practical steps in supporting the peace and reconciliation process and in promoting the necessary security environment during the Afghan presidential and provincial council elections.
Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal announces resignation
NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced his resignation Friday to protest the blocking of an anti-corruption bill, fewer than 50 days after taking power in the Indian capital. “My cabinet has decided that we are quitting. Here is my resignation letter,” Kejriwal told supporters of his fledgling Aam Aadmi (“Common Man”) Party in the capital, brandishing a white sheet of paper. “Straight after this, I am going to the Lieutenant Governor's office to hand in my resignation,” he added, as his followers cheered.
Kejriwal, who had been the head of a minority administration since taking power on December 28, said he would ask Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to immediately dissolve the Delhi assembly and organise fresh elections. Kejriwal's announcement came shortly after local legislators effectively shot down his efforts to bring in anti-corruption legislation, the key plank of his manifesto in December's state elections. Kejriwal's party won 28 seats in Delhi's 70 member assembly and came to power with the help of the Congress party, which governs at national level. But Congress decided not to back Kejriwal in Friday's vote, claiming the measure was unconstitutional. While his elevation to one of the most important political posts in India was initially widely welcomed as a muchneeded shock to the system, the former tax inspector has since come in for criticism over a series of stand-offs with the authorities.
China says 11 'terrorists' killed in new Xinjiang unrest BEIJING AGENCIES
Eleven "terrorists" were killed during an attack in China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit a part of the country with a large Muslim population. "The terrorists, riding motorbikes and cars, attacked a team of police who were gathering before the gate of a park
for routine patrol at around 4 p.m. in Wushi County in the Aksu Prefecture," Xinhua said in an English-language report. "Police said the terrorists had (an) unknown number of LNG cylinders in their car which they had attempted to use as suicide bombs. Several terrorists were shot dead at the scene," it added. Eight were killed by police and three died "by their own suicide bomb", Xinhua said.
The statement underlined the necessity of enhancing close coordination between the brotherly countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan for effective border management and reiterated the common resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It welcomed Pakistan’s decision to extend the stay of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan until December 31 2015, while calling upon the international community to assist the two countries in the timely and honorable return of Afghan refugees and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan, the statement took note of
the growing people-to-people contacts between Pakistan and Afghanistan and encouraged that every effort be made to further develop such contacts welcomed efforts of Pakistan and Afghanistan to build a broader relationship with strengthened trade and economic relations and acknowledged the development cooperation of Turkey and Pakistan in reconstruction and stabilisation of Afghanistan. The summit underscored that the international community should continue to support Afghanistan’s socio-economic development beyond 2014.
THREE STUDENTS INJURED OVER VALENTINE’S DAY CLASH IN PESHAWAR PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
At least three students were injured when two students groups clashed in Peshawar University over Valentine’s Day celebrations. According to authorities, Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF) members took out a rally in support of Valentine’s Day when the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) – advocating ‘Yaum e Haya’ in its place – clashed with it. The scuffle led to three persons getting injured, including a female student. IJT members torched four rooms of a hostel block belonging to the PSF student wing. Police were called in to control the situation. Upon their arrival, angry student pelted them with stones. 13 students were arrested by the authorities. Fire brigade was also called in to extinguish the fire and prevent further dam-
Pakistan meets criteria for cern ISLAMABAD
age. PSF is an affiliated group of Awami National Party (ANP) while IJT is the student
wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. The university administration has constituted an in-
quiry committee comprising a senior academician to investigate the incident.
BELGIUM GIVES MERCY KILLING RIGHT TO CHILD OF ANY AGE
European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Director Scientific Research Sergio Bertolucci has said that Pakistan fits the criteria to become an associate member of the organisation.Bertolucci lauded Pakistani engineers and scientists and said that “Pakistan has a first class pool of scientists and engineers, a requirement to become an associate member of CERN.” He added that Pakistan and CERN are working in close collaboration from quite some time and the work from Pakistan’s industries is favourable.
The Belgium Parliament has passed a bill, allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit. The law was backed by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice, the BBC reports. In the Netherlands, Belgium's northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if there is parental consent. The Belgian law states that any incurably sick child may request to end their suffering if “conscious”, and if equipped with “a capacity of discernment”. An emotional debate before the vote was interrupted by a man who shouted out “murderers” in French, before being removed from the house.
“It is not a question of imposing euthanasia on anyone... but of allowing a child not to agonise in pain,” said Socialist MP Karine Lalieux ahead of the vote. “The right to consider the question of life and death cannot be restricted to adults,” said liberal MP Daniel Bacquelaine. Addressing controversy over the decision not to set an age restriction for “discernment”, he said a child's “legal age isn't the same as mental age”. But opponents, largely members of centrist Christian-leaning parties, attacked the legislation for failing to set a minimum age for youngsters to be able to request euthanasia. In recent days, the Catholic Church staged “a day of fasting and prayer” in protest, and this week some 160 pediatricians petitioned lawmakers to postpone the vote on the grounds it was both ill-prepared and unnecessary. Thursday's vote went “a step too far”, Belgian bishops said in a joint statement.
VALENTINE'S DAY IN PAKISTAN BECOMES A FORM OF REBELLION FOR YOUNG LOVERS MONITORING DESK Outside the gates of the women-only Kinnaird College in Lahore, boys shyly approach, bearing roses and small tokens of affection. The girls, clad in a spectrum of reds, happily accept, even as they peer around nervously to see who is watching. “Feb. 14 is a very special day for me to celebrate love because it was on this day last year that I met my boyfriend,” said Sania Ehsan, 21, holding a basket full of chocolates and heart-shaped cookies to exchange with her Valentine. “I baked the cookies myself,” she added proudly, becoming nervous after spotting her boyfriend approaching from across the road. In a devout Muslim society where adultery is punishable by death and public displays of love are forbidden, the young are increasingly using Valentine’s Day as a form of rebellion — some call it a
silent revolution of sorts. Celebrating on this day is a direct challenge to the rigid Islamic groups that hold sway in the country and who deem such displays as immoral. “Every year that Feb. 14 is celebrated, it is done so as the Day of Shame,” said Abdul Muqeet, president of Punjab University Jamiat-eTalaba, the student wing of the conservative Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party. ”All over Pakistan, our organization holds protests, marches and distributes literature telling our youth how they are being manipulated toward this un-Islamic and immoral tradition.” According to Muqeet, Valentine’s Day has no relevance or place in a Pakistani society; it is only “vulgarity” and a challenge to the sacred system of family as conceived in Islam. “We cannot allow such acts as they will spoil the present and future generations,” he said. Despite such sentiments, across Pakistan, roadside
stalls sell buckets of red roses and teenagers hang red heart balloons from their scooters. Radio jockeys speak of “love in the air” and bakeries bake special delicacies including cupcakes intended “for your special love.” “Unofficially, it is celebrated at most universities,” said Rehman Afridi, 23, of Peshawar, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. “We as youngsters wait for this day, not only to show love but also to find out which new couples will be created on Valentine’s Day.” Even in the most conservative Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the morality police terrorize locals into strict obedience to conservative mores, the tradition is catching on among the young. Here, Valentine’s Day is celebrated like anywhere else in Pakistan — in a hush-hush manner. “While the mullahs go on with their conspiracy theories associated
with Valentine’s Day, nobody is actually listening to them,” said Asam Khan, 23, a student in Peshawar. “The restaurants and parks in Peshawar are full of couples — I have seen so many couples skip their classes and go to a restaurant or park to celebrate the day,” he added. “And then they come back to university just before classes are over so their families see that they are ‘actually’ coming back from the campus.” Some say this day is one that brings a fresh sense of freedom, empowerment and inspiration to Pakistan’s young. In Lahore, several young women sit patiently on the bench in the parking lot of their college, waiting for their valentines. An air of rebellion surrounds them. “We are free to make our own choices in life — whether that’s personal or professional,” said Amina Shaheed, 24, adamantly. “If I love someone, then my parents need to
know that I have every right to be with him. They can’t really stop me, can they? “Also, I think it is pretty oldfashioned to just think that girls who are in relationships have questionable characters and that they are not good for the society,” she added. “One has to move with the world — you can’t just live in a bubble of your own making.” Some, meanwhile, use the day for lightheartedness. One tradition is for men to don red, even though in some parts of the country, such as Peshawar, it is considered “unmanly”. “Our entire college campus is literally painted in red, with males wearing red even though it is considered girlish,” said Afridi. “I guess there will always be a group of losers like me who somehow always manage to be single when it matters the most, and who make fun of the boys in red — but it’s all in good fun.”
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ATTOCK: Activists of Islami Jamiat Talba hold an anti-Valentine’s Day rally on 14th of February. ONLINE
SC turnS down AhSAn’S pleA in lpG quotA CASe LAWYER SAYS COURT HAS NO JURISDICTION TO OVERSEE INQUIRY OR TO INTERFERE IN FIA’S JURISDICTION ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HE Supreme Court on Friday turned down Aitzaz Ahsan’s plea to be an attorney in a review petition of JJVL LPG quota case and sought report from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) within a week. Resuming the hearing of a review plea, a larger bench comprising of Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman disallowed Ahsan’s application. Ahsan urged the bench to allow him to represent the JJVL in the review petition against a threemember bench’s verdict in the case. He argued that the current review petition was special in nature, saying that in Khawaja Asif’s petition he intentionally skipped to appear before the bench of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Substantiating his argument for non-appearance before Chaudhry, he said that he did not appear before the bench because he had led the lawyers’ movement and also represented Chaudhry in the court against his removal. He cited the NRO judgement, saying that Masood Chishti had filed a review petition wherein Kamal Azfar argued and then Babar Awan replaced him,
SIDDIQUE SAYS COURT DID NOT CONSIDER RELEVANT MATERIAL AND AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS adding that although the review was dismissed, the court allowed Awan to argue. During the course of hearing, Tariq Rahim advanced his arguments and claimed that the SC judgement in the instant matter was based on misreading of facts. He also claimed that it could be easily established with primary evidence that the court had illegally cancelled JJVL contract. Upon which, the bench directed him to file within a week a complete record of all applications filed in Khawaja Asif’s petition against cancellation of the contract. FIA Director Legal Zaheer Ahmed apprised the court that he had filed a report regarding the issue of submission of bid bond, royalty payment and acquisition clause before the court. To a question that why the inquiry was not finalised in the matter so far, Ahmed said that an initial report had been filed whereas final report could be submitted shortly. However, Ahsan raised objection, saying that the court had no jurisdiction to oversee the inquiry/investigation or to interfere in the jurisdiction of the FIA, adding that the probing officer should have completed the inquiry without fear and favour. Supporting the JJVL, he pleaded that JJVL had been co-operating with the Inquiry Committee, saying the FIA was dealing with the matter in a transparent manner. To which, Justice Khawaja said that the bench
had nothing to do with the interference in the course of inquiry, it was only asking about the current status of the inquiry. Khawaja Tariq Rahim and Azhar Siddique had filed two review petitions against the SC judgement. Siddique had contended in his petition that in contractual matters the court had no jurisdiction to decide the matter on original side. He alleged that the court did not consider the relevant material and documents available on record. He also said that a bid bond was submitted and the contract was awarded in transparent manner whereas acquisition clause was also a part of the implementation agreement. He submitted that no loss occurred to the national kitty in the matter, urging the court to hear the review petition as an appeal under Article 184(3). He also referred to the Article 10-A of the constitution, saying that the judgement had violated the concept of due process of law and a fair trial.
The United States said it would show flexibility over the visa of a comatose Pakistani exchange student whose family fears he would not survive a trip home. Relatives of Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, who was injured when a deer struck his car in November, say that the insurance company is pressing to return him to Pakistan from the Duluth, Minnesota, hospital where he is being treated. As supporters raised money and petitioned the United States to extend Bajwa’s visa, the State Department said it wanted to “ensure the student receives the best care.” “Our hearts go out to the injured student and his family during this difficult time,” State Department spokesman Mark Thornburg said. “His future treatment involves a number of factors that the family must weigh, and we are making every effort to offer as much flexibility as possible in maintaining his status while the family considers their options,” he said. The State Department, which sponsors the exchange program through which Bajwa was spending a semester at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, said that it arranged for his family to travel to the United States. The hospital, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, has provided $350,000 in care for free but has said that it cannot keep Bajwa beyond Feb. 28 because his visa will expire. His brother Shahraiz said that the insurance policy provides $100,000 in coverage, which would be put toward treatment in Pakistan. The brother said that the insurance company has warned that it would not provide for Bajwa’s transport home if the family did not agree to send him back. The elder Bajwa voiced fear that his brother would not find proper medical care in Pakistan, saying that for their mother to sign the insurance company’s papers would be like “killing her son with her own hand.” As of late Thursday, a fundraising drive on the online site gofundme.com had generated more than $70,000, nearly two thirds of the $100,000 goal. More than 5,000 people have signed a petition on change.org urging the United States to extend Bajwa’s visa “until he is back on his feet or at least stable enough to travel back to Pakistan without any risk to his life.” Shahzaib was attending Lahore University of Management Sciences, where a professor described him as a liberal activist who co-founded the school’s first feminist society. He was studying anthropology and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
With rising hate crimes, British Muslims say they’re becoming more insular: NYT POLICE SAY ANTI-MUSLIM EPISODES IN LONDON ROSE FROM 318 IN 2011 AND 336 IN 2012 TO 500 BY MID-NOVEMBER 2013 BIRMINGHAM INP
Alum Rock, a neighbourhood of Birmingham, looks the way Pakistan might, if Pakistan were under grey northern skies and British rule. The streets are lively but orderly, with shops that provide the largely South Asian
population with most of its needs. The huge Pak Supermarket, with its 10-kilogramme bags of spices and rice, is matched by the nearby Pak Pharmacy. Nearly every face is South Asian, and people wear a vibrant mixture of clothing, from Western styles to head scarves, knitted caps and full-face veils, or niqabs. But the Muslims of Alum Rock, Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook, who make up most of the more than 21 percent of Birmingham’s population who declare Islam as their religion, are newly uneasy, they say. The backlash from the killing of a white soldier, Lee Rigby, in London in May by two fanatical young British Muslims, combined with anxieties about the flow of jihadis between Britain and Syria and the sometimes harshly anti-immigrant
tone of leading British politicians have combined to create a new wariness among British Muslims, The New York Times in a report said on Friday. “It is a less comfortable country than it used to be,” said Sadruddin Ali, 35, born and raised here. Anti-Muslim hate crimes are up, the police and Muslim advocacy groups say. In response, many British Muslims say they are becoming more insular and more reluctant to leave their areas of Britain’s big cities, where they are among other Muslims and South Asians. To many Muslims and non-Muslims, that is a worrying trend in what is considered to be a generally tolerant country as it heads toward the 2015 general election. A divided Conservative Party has a populist, anti-immigration
party to its right in the UK Independence Party, and even the opposition Labour Party is supporting restrictions on benefits for immigrants. “There is more hostility and more aggression,” Ali said. He mentioned the firebombing of a nearby mosque after the Rigby killing, as well as the fatal stabbing in April of Muhammad Saleem, 82, as he left a local mosque. His attacker was a recent Ukrainian immigrant, who also placed three small bombs outside mosques. In June, a police officer and three other people were stabbed outside another Birmingham mosque. In other parts of Britain, Ali said, “I feel a bit intimidated and don’t feel welcome, to be honest.” When he travels, he is often pulled aside at the airport for special
questioning, he said, adding that this happened “even when I was clean-shaven.” Muhammad Naseem, chairman of the Central Mosque in Birmingham, one of Britain’s largest, is 89. Born under British colonialism, he served as a doctor in the British Army and came here in 1959. He said he understands why Muslims are uneasy and defensive these days. In London, anti-Muslim episodes rose from 318 in 2011 and 336 in 2012 to 500 by mid-November in 2013, the police reported. The Greater Manchester Police recorded 130 offenses in 2013 compared with 75 in 2012. The West Midlands Police force, which covers Birmingham, reported in response to a freedom of information act request that there were 26 anti-Islamic hate crimes in 2011, 21 in 2012 and 29 through October 2013.
IN SEARCH FOR QUEEN OF HEARTS: Policemen playing cards at a roadside in Rawalpindi. inP
SHUSH! LET THEM TALK! Petition ﬁled against government’s negotiations team dismissed being non-maintainable ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected petition filed against constitution of government negotiations team for holding talks with Taliban being non maintainable. The petition was filed by Shahid Orakzai. He had taken plea in the petition that elected representatives of public have not been made part of the government negotiations team formed for talks with Taliban. All the members of negotiating team were made respondents in the petition. He prayed that committee comprising elected representatives of people be composed for going into talks process with Taliban. A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi had reserved the judgment. The court declared the petition non maintainable and dismissed it remarking that the petitioner is not aggrieved party. Online
KARACHI COMPANY AWAITS MAINTENANCE, RULE OF LAW ISLAMABAD: The lack of maintenance work and rule of law in Karachi Company, one of the busiest commercial places in the federal capital, is creating troubles for traders and shoppers due to negligence of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Expressing concerns, the shopkeepers said that sewerage and drainage system in market is very poor and water keeps accumulating in ditches for many days after every rain. Moreover, most of the street lights installed at Karachi Company have gone dysfunctional and they have to install light bulbs at various places, the shopkeepers said. A group of traders including Daud Khan, Faisal Mehmood, Sakhawat Ali, Nawaz Irshad and others said that the CDA has abandoned Karachi Company and is not paying heed to their problems. They said that problems of sanitation, sewerage, street lights and others are getting severe with every passing day but the CDA higher officials do not bother to even visit the area to witness the derelict condition of the market. inP
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INTO MALPRACTICES IN PAKISTAN POST PAKISTAN POST RECRUITMENT RECORDS SHOW CLOSE RELATIVES OF EMPLOYEES OCCUPY DEPARTMENT’S 137 POSTS ISLAMABAD
EDERAL Secretary Communications Muhammad Arshad Bhatti has taken strong notice of irregularities found in the Pakistan Post ordered concrete steps to root out corruption in Pakistan Post and has ordered enquiry. It has been unearthed that 34 residential flats belonging to Pakistan
PAKISTAN POST’S 34 RESIDENTIAL FLATS ILLEGALLY RENTED ON EXORBITANT RATES
Post, worth millions of rupees had been rented out illegally to people on exorbitant rates. Moreover, fraud has also been detected in the use of four buses meant for Pakistan Post employees and their children. It has further been disclosed that the people occupying the said flats are relatives of Pakistan Post employees. Similarly, the recruitment records of the Pakistan Post show that on 137 posts, close relatives of the employees have been recruited and four
to five members of the same family are serving in the department and that too has been done with the connivance of the Postal Union office bearers. According to the records, millions of rupees have been paid in advance to developers in the name of house building for the employees but the developers have not yet furnished land ownership proofs nor is there any evidence of development work on the ground and poor employees are still waiting to own a house. The federal secretary communications has constituted a committee to conduct an enquiry and a case has also been sent to NAB to provide immediate relief to deserving employees. Pre-audit system is also being introduced in the Pakistan Post to block malpractices in the department.
MARYAM TO EMPOWER THE ‘SENSITIVE GENDER’ ISLAMABAD Online
Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Chairperson Maryam Nawaz has said PML-N government is fully committed to economic empowerment of women. She expressed these views while talking to US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Cathy Russell. During the meeting, matters of mutual interests, especially government’s initiatives to empower women, came under discussion. The chairperson apprised the visiting ambassador, “Government is focused on creating new job opportunities for the youth through the promotion of SMEs in the country. Prime Minister’s Small Business Loan
Scheme is a milestone in this regard.” The chairperson said, “Women constitute almost 52 percent of 190 million population of the country. There are 60 special seats reserved for women In Pakistan’s National Assembly, women are 25 percent of the workforce in the country.” Maryam added, “PML-N government is fully committed to economic empowerment of women. Government also wants to impart vocational training to women through Youth Skill Development Scheme. Women would be professionally trained in skills like cookery, bakery and would be provided a monthly stipend worth 3-5 thousand rupees, for a period of 6 months. The government will bear their fee. 800 million rupees have been allocated for this programme.”
The chairperson highlighted, “Government intends to promote entrepreneurial skills in women. Prime minister’s Youth Business Loan Scheme has reserved 50 percent loans for women. This scheme includes many women-specific trades like bakery and confectionary, catering and decoration services, Montessori school, beauty clinic, interior decoration, day care centre and boutique.” She added, “Besides the provision of business loans to the women, government is also focused on providing them technical through handholding programme.” Russell appreciated the efforts of the government for economic revival of the country by empowering and engaging the youth, especially women, and assured her country’s maximum support in this regard.
SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ARRIVES IN ISLAMABAD TODAY ISLAMABAD Online
Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud will reach Pakistan on a three-day visit on Saturday on the invitation of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. His Royal Highness would be leading a high level delegation including Minister of Economy and Planning Dr Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nizar Bin Obaid Madani and important businessmen. Crown prince’s visit is of special significance since it would be his first visit to Pakistan after assuming this position. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had visited Pakistan in 1998 as governor of Riyadh. During the visit, Salman Al-Saud will hold talks with the president and the prime minister on bilateral and international matters of mutual interest. Among other senior dignitaries, the minister for defence, the minister for finance, the speaker of the national assembly, the adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs and the chief of army staff would be calling on the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This visit will give a new impetus to the existing fraternal bonds between the two countries. It would provide a good opportunity to explore ways and means for further strengthening cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest particularly in expanding and enhancing investments and trade. In this context, the accompanying Saudi businessmen will meet their Pakistani counterpart. The two sides will also discuss ways to increase export of Pakistani manpower to Saudi Arabia and to facilitate the Pakistani community residing in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a large Pakistani community of approximately 1.5 million in Saudi Arabia which serves as a bridge between the two brotherly countries and plays a positive role in the development of Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan’s economy through annual remittances of over four billion dollars.
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CAPITALâ€™S FUEL PUMPS LACK SECURITY MEASURES ISLAMABAD: A number of petrol pumps and CNG filling stations in the federal capital have inadequate fighting equipments, security arrangements as required under the shops and security act. Per reports, these petrol and CNG stations are also violating weight and measurement act and labour laws. A customer, who visited a petrol pump in Melody area to get fuel for his vehicle, pointed out that there was no proper safety and security arrangements in case of any untoward incident. He said proper safety equipment and security arrangements should be in place at each and every petrol filling station. There are also complaints of cleanliness condition and overcharging from customers by the owners of tuck shops, another customer informed this agency. He said the mechanism to check adulteration and measurement should be implemented in letter and spirit. When contacted an official of Islamabad Capital Administration (ICT) informed that surprise inspection of such petrol pumps and CNG filling stations in the city area is conducted on regular basis and heavy fines are imposed on the owners to ensure implementation of concerned laws. He said during the last week Shell Aabpara was fined Rs 20,000, PSO Melody, Rs.30,000, PSO Press Club, Rs 20,000, Caltex, Super Market, Rs 40,000 and Shell, Super Market, Rs 15,000. He said that the assistant commissioner (city) has also directed the petrol pumps and filling station owners to ensure all the arrangements failing which stern action would be taken against the violators. APP
RESIDENTS DEMAND METRES FOR CABS
HIGHER EDUCATION TO TAKE PAKISTAN HIGHER: AHSAN IQBAL ISLAMABAD Online
UTURE of Pakistan lies in education and particularly in a well established system of higher education said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal. He was addressing inauguration ceremony of Writing Resource Centre (NWRC) at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. Iqbal along with NUML Rector Maj Gen (r) Masood Hasan and Director General (DG) Brig Azam unveiled the plaque of the NWRC in a simple but graceful ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs US Embassy Peter Brennan, US Embassy Deputy Cultural Attache Ms Judith Ravin, US Embassy Regional English Language Office Director Fife Mac Duff, PIDE Vice Chancellor Dr Asad Zaman, Registrar Brig (r) Saeed Akhtar Malik, Director Planning and Coordination Brig (r) Dr Riasat Ali, other officials from US Embassy, HEC and directors of the university. Iqbal said that it was immense
pleasure to see that universities and institutions were putting their all efforts and resources for development of quality research and writing culture in Pakistan. He said that in all developed and civilized countries universities had contributed tremendously for achieving national development goals. Universities had a pivotal role in providing innovative research, creative ideas, intellectual leadership and solution leaders to the country, he added. He said NUML was centre of excellence for teaching and learning foreign languages and it was government policy to take instructions of foreign languages to school level to develop in students capacity of multi-
ISLAMABAD: Commuters of the federal capital Thursday demanded of the concerned civic authorities to force taxi cab drivers to install meters in their cars. The excuse of non-availability of Compress Natural Gas (CNG) is rapidly increasing among the taxi drivers, where the citizens are forced to pay an extra sum of money to reach at their respective destinations. Hundreds of people travel in taxies due to poor public transport system in the federal capital. A resident of sector G-7, Shahid Nazir said that five to six months back, taxi fares ranged between Rs 100 and Rs 150 inside the city but now they had doubled. "Taxi drivers demand more than double fare if you stop them in posh sectors like F-6 or F-8," said Maria Khan, a resident of Sector F-10, saying that it was also difficult to bargain with the cabbies for females. A commuter, Naeem Ali, said that people belong to far flung areas visiting twin cities were compelled to pay more fare as they do not know to bargain with the drivers. He said that taxi drivers were charging as much as they wanted with blaming of fuel prices. He said there was no fare list available in cabs. A senior official of the city administration said that there was no mechanism for fixing cab fares. He said that it is set by bargain, saying that if a passenger is good at bargaining, he will get a reasonable bargain from the cabbie. APP
lingual communication skills. He gave examples of developed countries where foreign languages are taught at school level. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Peter Brennan appreciated the setting up of NWRC at NUML. He said the centre represents the visible example of good results arising from partnership between Pakistan and his country in the field of higher education. He expressed the hope that the centre would help in promoting research activities at NUML. He assured NUML administration of continued cooperation in their pursuits of in the research areas. DG Brig Azam Jamal briefing about the NWRC said it has been
established with the assistance of US State Department under the University of North Texas-NUML Partnership Program sponsored by US Embassy in Islamabad, to support the development of research based writing projects for all members of NUML academic community. He said in NWRC approach for writing the research papers will be process oriented, student-cantered and student-driven. By working alongside the writer, the mentor/supervisor strives to help him/her become more independent, more careful and above all more ambitious on their work. This process oriented approach will revolutionize writing instructions at NUML. Registrar NUML Brig (r) Saeed Akhtar Malik while talking to the scribe, said that NWRC was the first of its kind in Pakistan and it would have 12 workstations with latest gadgetries/ one in all computers equipped with research data bases around the clock. In addition to this it had a video conferencing room available for various academic activities like synopsis presentation, defence proceeding of MPhil/PhD scholars, seminars, workshops and supervisor discussions with the students, he added. FOR THE ONES AT HOME TOO: A family buys red and white balloons on the eve of Valentineâ€™s Day. Online
CdA to ConstruCt nEw bypAss At b-17 ISLAMABAD Online
Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to construct a new bypass to ease traffic flow in Islamabad as per its master plan. This new bypass will start from GT Road sector B-17 and end at sector D-12. This will pass through behind sector E-11, E-10, E-9, E-10 and federal secretariat and reach Murree Road. This bypass will be named Margalla Avenue. Its length will be 30 kilometres and its design has been worked out. Margalla Avenue is passing through construction process in sector B-17 to sector D-12 and its length is 9 kilometre. CDA has failed to get possession of 3kilometre area of this avenue.
womAn, dAughtEr kidnAppEd RAWALPINDI Online
A woman was kidnapped along with her daughter in Nasirabad police precincts. Nawaz Khan told the police about the kidnapping of his wife and daughter. He nominated Dildar and Dost Muhammad in this incident.
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The Ankara Justifying unconstitutional decisions Has judiciary overstepped its powers? Summit No real goodwill from Karzai
o solid results were achieved at the Pakistan-Turkey-Afghanistan summit in Ankara as far as improvement in Pak Afghan relations is concerned. Mullah Fazlullah, responsible for hundreds of killings in Pakistan since taking over as TTP chief, would continue to enjoy Afghan hospitality with little hope of his being arrested or extradited to Pakistan. Similarly it would be vain to hope that Pakistan would put pressure on its Haqqani assets or the Afghan Taliban to enter into talks with the Karzai government whose tenure is scheduled to end in less than two months. In the absence of any concrete results it suited Nawaz Sharif to indulge in clichés like this being “a defining moment” in Afghanistan’s history and working to build together a “new chapter” in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. This he combined with exhortations which he knew to be unrealistic like calling on all Afghans to come together, make peace and rebuild their country. There were some concerns, he pointed out, and the purpose of the summit was to iron out such concerns. But were the two sides really “quite successful” in addressing them as Sharif claimed? Karazi, who is otherwise as straight as a corkscrew, was more forthcoming this time. When asked if the issue of alleged involvement of state and nonstate actors from both sides in terrorist activities in the two countries came under discussion he said, without blinking an eye, that it was discussed in detail, but they had not yet found any outcome. As far as the presence of Fazlullah was concerned, he maintained that it was a direct consequence of ‘inaction’ and violation of the Afghan territory by the Taliban and terrorists. However, he said that as the process of cooperation moved forward, the two sides would be better able to tackle this issue. Paraphrased into simple English, Pakistan will have to do more to wheedle out Fazlullah from Afghanistan. In other words Islamabad must cooperate during the Afghan elections to the satisfaction of Karzai to enable the next government in Kabul to decide what to do with Fazlullah. The summit’s theme this year was “A sustainable peace in the heart of Asia.” The main topics of the summit were security in Afghanistan after the NATo troop pullout, efforts to negotiate with the Taliban and measures to restore peace and promote reconciliation in the country and the region. The main benefit of the tripartite summitry, which started in 2007, is that it has brought Pakistan and Turkey closer, and that suits both countries. Gen raheel Sharif has discussed with the Turkish military leadership defence and security cooperation, and measures contributing to regional stability. While Sharif may succeed in seeking investment from Turkey, he could extract no extra goodwill from Karazai.
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or quite some time the media has been reporting that in response to the protestations of the legislators forming parliamentary committee on appointment of judges, the government is mulling over the proposition of reviving the powers of the committee as it enjoyed under the 18th amendment which were taken away under the 19th amendment, making it almost obligatory on it to endorse the recommendations of the judicial commission. The position taken by the detractors of this move is that it would amount to curbing the independence of the judiciary. Another view being propagated is that even if the ruling PML-N in connivance with the PPP is able to bring a constitutional amendment to oblige the legislators, the SC would still have a final say on its constitutionality. Since the questions raised are of considerable national importance, they merit an objective appraisal with a view to unravel the circumstances leading to the 19th amendment and the constitutionality of the SC objections to the clause of the 18th amendment on appointment of the judges. I think the constitution itself adequately answers these questions. Article 239(5-6) says: “No amendment of the
constitution shall be called in question in any court on any ground whatsoever. For the removal of doubt, it is declared that there is no limitation whatever on the power of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) to amend any of the provision of the constitution.” As is crystal clear, the judiciary cannot challenge any amendment in the constitution made by the parliament on any ground. The very fact that the SC challenged the clause of the 18th amendment regarding appointment of the judges and forced the government to bring in the 19th amendment itself constituted breach of the constitution. It actually tried to overlord the executive and the legislature. The appointment of the judges is an administrative matter and falls within the jurisdiction of the executive. Nowhere in the world the judiciary appoints its own judges. They are either appointed by the executive or the parliament as is the case in US and Australia. Another point to be noted is that the judiciary sat in a judgment of their own case in breach of the internationally recognised principles of jurisprudence. But unfortunately such was the intensity of the euphoria for the independence of judiciary that the media, the political parties in the opposition and lawyers supporting the then CJ hailed it as a move towards independence of the judiciary, not realising the fact that the judiciary in its enthusiasm for independence had gone beyond its constitutional powers. As per the constitution there is no limitation on the powers of the parliament to make any amendment in the constitution. This ouster clause actually debars the judiciary to meddle into the affairs of the parliament. The question of parliamentary ascendancy over other institutions of the state has also been settled by the constitution itself. While acknowledging the sovereignty of God over the entire universe, the constitution recognises the people of Pakistan as sovereign within the state of
Pakistan in conformity with the limits prescribed by Him and their right to exercise this sovereignty through their chosen representatives, which is the parliament. In that respect parliament is the mother of all the state institution that it has created through promulgation of the constitution, which can be amended by none other than the parliament itself. Logic and gumption therefore dictate that all the institutions of the state, including the judiciary need parliamentary oversight to ensure that the will of the people is implemented, the way it has been desired to be realised and no institution commits the indiscretion of transgressing its constitutional limits. The judiciary under former CJ was not an independent judiciary in the true sense. The lawyers’ movement that promised the emergence of a new dawn heralding independence of judiciary only proved to be a transition from one disaster to another. The dream for an independent judiciary went awry. The testimony to this fact came from a former and the most respected judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad raza who in an article published in the national dailies frankly admitted that the present judiciary was not independent and the conduct of the judges giving disparaging remarks during the hearing of the cases was also contrary to their code of conduct. He impliedly expressed concerns about corrupt judges, talking judges, judges with bias, petulance and prejudice and judges indulging in naked usurpation of the legislative function under the disguise of interpretation. The courts are not supposed to make laws or interpret them in breach of the recognised norms of interpretation or give them meaning to assuage the popular sentiments or act in violation of the constitution. Unfortunately, some of the decisions given by the SC smacked of all these abominations. It had cast itself in the role of legislators, encroached upon
the powers of the parliament in certain cases and shown an irresistible propensity to meddle into the affairs falling within the constitutional jurisdiction of the executive. Fixing the prices of commodities, interfering in the postings and transfers of the bureaucracy, restricting development expenditures and other budgetary allocations approved by the parliament and taking suo motu notice of everything under the sky in fact paralysed the functioning of the executive. Justifying the intervention of judiciary on the ground that the executive had failed to solve the problems of the people and they looked upon the judiciary to redress their grievances, was tantamount to reincarnation of the doctrine of necessity. An Islamabad-based constitutional lawyer Babar Sattar in his article referring to the indiscretions of the SC said, “There can be a legitimate debate on the need or scope of a ‘political question doctrine’ as part of our constitutional law that strikes the right balance between judicial activism and restraint. But to argue that that the judiciary intrudes into the province of the executive out of necessity when people look up to the ‘peoples’ court in utter helplessness, is just that another doctrine of necessity.” As is evident, the forcing of the 19th amendment on the parliament by the SC was wrong and unconstitutional. And if it has been realised to rectify that wrong and establish the ascendancy of the constitution, it should be appreciated and supported by all those who really believe in the independence of judiciary and the ascendancy of the constitution. The judiciary cannot and should not challenge any amendment in the constitution. Justifying unconstitutional court decisions does not serve the cause of the justice or independence of judiciary. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
The dangerous seduction of drones Deadly habits
ENIor obama administration officials say our government is sharply scaling back its drone strikes in Pakistan. That’s a step in the right direction. It would be even better if the entire U.S. program of targeted killings in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia were scrapped. By embracing drones as a primary foreign policy tool, President Barack obama has taken on the role of prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner. Without declaring a war there, U.S.
forces have hit Pakistan with more than 350 drones strikes since 2004. These U.S.engineered operations have left a death toll of somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500 people, including almost 200 children. Despite being billed as a weapon of precision, only 2 percent of those killed in these drone strikes have been highlevel Taliban or al–Qaeda operatives. Most have been either innocent people or low-level militants. Simply put, our drones have killed young men with scant ability — or intent — to attack Americans. And drones don’t just kill people, they terrorize entire communities with their constant buzzing and hovering overhead. A Stanford/NYU Law School study called Living Under Drones shows how the mere presence of drones disrupts community life. Parents grow too afraid to send their children to school or remain in their own homes. They’re afraid — with good reason — to attend community gatherings, or go to weddings or funerals. “Your government is terrifying 250,000 people in my province to get one or two individuals, who could easily be captured,” a young woman leader named Entisar Ali told me in Yemen during my trip there last year. “In your fight against
terrorism, you are terrorizing us.” By fueling anti-U.S. sentiment, drones also act as a recruiting tool for extremists. In Yemen, when the obama administration started drone attacks in 2009, there were perhaps 200 people who identified as members of extremist groups. Today, there are over 1,000. With every drone strike, more and more join the ranks of al-Qaeda to seek revenge. Worldwide, a decade of drone strikes hasn’t wiped out al-Qaeda. In fact, al-Qaeda has grown. It now has a larger presence in Syria and Iraq, as well as in several countries in North and West Africa. If other states were to claim this broad-based authority to kill people anywhere, anytime, using drones “the result would be chaos,” explained Philip Alston, a former UN Special rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions. Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair has called drones “dangerously seductive” because they make the government feel it has a strategy for combating terrorism yet really only move the focal point from one place to another and guarantee a perpetual state of war. Finally, drones are dangerous because they are fueling a new arms race.
As of today, only the United States, the UK, and Israel have used weaponized drones, but there is already a multi-billion-dollar arms race going on. Israel is the No. 1 drones exporter, followed by the United States and China. over 80 nations possess some form of drones, mostly for surveillance purposes. Between 10 and 15 nations are working on weaponizing their drones. Another factor fueling the proliferation of armed drones is a global push to make smaller weapons that can be tailored to fit smaller aircraft. This will make it easier for non-state actors like al-Qaeda to get their hands on these types of weapons. After 10 years of an unsuccessful policy of remote-control killing, it’s time to seek effective solutions that adhere to international law and promote democratic ideals. These include peace talks, alliance-building, treating terrorists as criminals who are arrested and tried, targeted development aid, and empowering women. The drone wars are making us less safe by simply creating new enemies abroad. Medea Benjamin is co-founder of www.codepink.org and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.
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‘A future without water’ Adnan Falak in his column ‘A future without water’ has drawn a picture of Pakistan as a country without water, the Himalaya glaciers having melted, where people facing power and water shortages line up for hours to purchase imported flour, rice, vegetables and water. He based this on the Asian Development outlook which says Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from
being classified as water scarce’, with less than 1,000 cubic meters available per person per year, and a storage capacity dangerously low at 30 days. He continues, with the population of our country soaring to 256 million by 2030 and doubling by 2050, we would be experiencing enormous water stress in coming years. The first casualty of this impending water scarcity will be our agriculture sector. Across Pakistan, hundreds of cities and thousands of small towns are driven by agricultural activity. Any disruption in agriculture would have deadly implications for our
economic viability and national security. In the end he has stressed better management of our water resources. I wish he had noticed that the copious flows of tributaries of the Indus, namely Kabul, Chictral, Swat, Kuram, Siren, Haro and Soan are not being stored to provide millions of acre feet (maf) of water for irrigation and thousands of megawatts of power. Can the country afford this neglect and still hope for a better future? ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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Saturday, 15 January, 2014
Taliban Talks won'T end 'exisTenTial ThreaT' ConverSation ClAUDE RAkiSiTS
Talks between the government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were initiated last week in a secret location in the country’s north-west. These talks have been greatly anticipated since last September’s All Parties Conference of political and military leaders approved negotiations. Unfortunately, talking to the TTP is not the way to fix the problem. In any case, the talks are bound to fail because of unbridgeable differences. These talks, which Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif foreshadowed in the election campaign last year, are meant to deal with a violent jihadist militancy. The violence has cost the lives of some 40,000 people – mainly civilians – since 2005. The gravity of the situation is such that the prime minister’s national security adviser, Sartaj Aziz, warned at a recent seminar in Washington that this militancy posed an “existential threat” to Pakistan. While this may be unnecessary hyperbole, it is nevertheless true that something needs to be done to try to stop the death and destruction that TTP terrorists are spreading indiscriminately across Pakistan. As far as the TTP is concerned, anyone who does not adhere to their brutal and medieval interpretation of Islam is fair game, be they Sunni, Shia, Sufi or Christian. Why the talks are DoomeD to Fail The government has made it clear from the outset that it wishes to discuss only the militant situation in the two tribal regions of South and North Waziristan, which are the heartland of the TTP. The TTP wants the negotiations to cover the whole country. The TTP is also demanding sharia law be imposed throughout Pakistan, and has declared the constitution and the democratic system of government to be un-Islamic. The government wants the talks to be held within the framework of the constitution. Further, the TTP wants Pakistan to break its ties with Washington immediately. Islamabad may have had its differences with America, but an end to that relationship is not going to happen – at least not for the moment. However, even if – and that’s a very big if – the Pakistani government and the TTP did manage to reach some sort of agreement, it is far from certain that the TTP negotiating team could sell the agreement to its many militant factions. These are divided by tribal affiliation, operational differences and competition for local domination. Not all militants support the talks. lessons From the Past Even if an agreement was reached, the likelihood that such an accord would stick is minimal. In the past, the government of Pakistan has cut many deals with militants, who have broken each of these. The most notorious of these agreements was made in the scenic Swat Valley in 2009. The TTP was meant to put down its weapons in return for the implementation of sharia law in that region. Instead, the TTP continued fighting and threatened the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. It took 35,000 troops to dislodge the TTP fighters. The local leader of the TTP in the Swat Valley then was Mullah Fazlullah. Fazlullah has been the overall leader of the TTP since late 2013, when a drone strike killed his predecessor. Why are they talking noW? Some suspect that the government is pursuing these talks only to give it the excuse it needs to begin a military operation against TTP forces holed up in North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions on the Afghan border. However, such an operation would be particularly difficult. The region has high ridges, deep ravines and virtually no infrastructure. This makes it a difficult environment for conducting successfully counterinsurgency operations. Also, as has happened in the past, TTP fighters will most likely flee across the border into Afghanistan once the army moves in. There they will be able to re-group to fight another day. Notwithstanding the difficulties in hunting down these TTP fighters, their continued presence provides friendly operational space for the Afghan Taliban and other ideological travellers. These forces are bent on retaking power in Kabul after the US troop withdrawal this year. This is another reason why the TTP’s capability needs to be seriously diminshed. It is generally acknowledged that the Pakistani government does not appear to have a civil-military plan in place to deal with the consequences of such a military operation, which would most likely displace hundreds of thousands of people. It must be hoped the government’s long-awaited counter-terrorism strategy will go some way to correcting this lack of planning. In the meantime, the Pakistani authorities have no other option but to confront the TTP militarily. Talking to these al-Qaeda-friendly terrorists and potentially conceding state authority to illegal non-state actors only encourages them to demand more and kill more civilians. In January alone, more than 100 people were killed. The only good news is that, except for the Islamic parties, there is no constituency of any significance for the TTP’s retrograde and brutal agenda of replacing the constitution with sharia law. This is likely to be why they resort to violence. Claude Rakisits is an honorary associate professor in strategic studies at Deakin University.
Could PakisTan beCome a sharia sTaTe? Cnn
HIREEN Mazari is a prominent Pakistani politician who many say is as feisty as she is conservative. In 2011, for example, Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported an incident at an Islamabad restaurant in which Mazari allegedly cursed out a Westerner after his chair bumped into hers. One of the printable portions of the polemic was “Who do you think you are, you bloody CIA agent?” These days, Mazari is strongly supporting Islamabad’s preliminary peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban (TTP). It’s a little ironic, because if these talks succeed, Mazari may no longer have the same kind of freedom to pick fights at restaurants – or even many freedoms at all. After all, the TTP vows to impose extreme forms of Sharia law throughout Pakistan – just as it once did in Swat, a region it briefly controlled in 2009. Girls’ schools were shuttered or blown up, and women were whipped. The region gained international notoriety when gunmen boarded a bus and shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. In reality, the current talks will likely go nowhere. The TTP’s demands – which go well beyond Sharia – are hopelessly unrealistic. They reportedly require Pakistan to sever all ties with Washington, and to withdraw all its troops from the tribal belt. And yet nowhere is precisely where Pakistani officials likely want this to go. If the talks fail, Pakistan’s powerful army – which has little pa-
tience for negotiations with those who have killed thousands of its soldiers – would be able to better marshal public support for a rumored offensive in North Waziristan. Islamabad could declare that the failure of diplomacy has given the state no choice but to use force. Such a pattern has been followed before. The Pakistani military, ever sensitive to public opinion, stormed into Swat in 2009 only after a widely circulated video of a woman getting flogged there shifted public opinion in favor of an operation. But an offensive in North Waziristan would do little to stop the TTP, whose presence extends across Pakistan and into its major cities. And it’s hard to overstate its clout. It kills soldiers and school kids and politicians and polio workers, yet rarely are there arrests and prosecutions. It taps into the masses’ deepest grievances, from corruption to class inequality (the TTP seized Swat in part by exploiting tensions between landless tenants and their wealthy landlords). It even holds sway over Pakistan’s freewheeling private media. After the TTP killed a number of Express News staff members last month, the television channel put a former TTP spokesman on the air – and Foreign Policy reports the anchor proceeded to promise him coverage if the organization stops killing journalists. Pakistan has waged military offensives against the TTP in other tribal areas before, but with little success. As the group’s spokesman bragged in a recent Newsweek Pakistan interview: “Another military op-
eration cannot harm the Tehreek-eTaliban. Our network has only expanded economically, military, and politically.” So, expect future desperate governments to pursue negotiations anew – and not as mere preludes to offensives. Ominously, in the coming years, talks may well succeed. For all the jokes in Pakistan about the TTP’s unrealistically rigid demands – “the Caliphate Cometh,” blared one local headline – the country could one day become something resembling a Sharia state. In fact, it’s already well on its way. In recent years, state and society in Pakistan have become increasingly ideologically conservative. Telecommunications officials routinely ban supposedly “immoral” products and content – from cell phone plans with cheap late-night minutes to gay rights websites. Provincial parliaments have passed resolutions banning concerts in educational institutions. Girls are beaten for not wearing the hijab. Movie theaters are routinely attacked. Young Pakistanis are especially conservative – quite noteworthy in a nation where two thirds of the population is under 30 and the median age is 21. In a recent poll, more than a third of Pakistani youth supported Sharia-style justice. Pakistani youth appear to defy the adage that young generations are more liberal than their parents, in part because younger Pakistanis started their educations after more hardline Islamist school curriculums were implemented in the late 1970s and 1980s. Many also came of age during Pakistan’s media liberal-
ization in the early 2000s, which sparked the proliferation of conservative – and wildly popular – private televisions channels. Fundamentalist ideologies are deeply entrenched across Pakistan. Dozens of jihadist organizations – some with alleged links to the Pakistani security establishment – exploit this extremism-rich environment. So long as such a climate endures (and it will for the foreseeable future), outfits such as the TTP can espouse, if not impose, their dangerous doctrines – from strict Sharia law to violent sectarianism. For now, all Pakistan can do is try to limit the damage, meaning neither talking to nor fighting militants. Instead, it means arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning them. One may argue that more robust law enforcement wouldn’t deter defiant terrorists. Perhaps, but one can’t know for sure until such a deterrent is actually attempted. Washington can help by restructuring its civilian assistance program to Pakistan (the current one ends this year) so that it focuses less on infrastructure projects (which are already heavily funded by other external donors) and more on police and legal reform. Until then, don’t expect the TTP to relent – especially with Mullah Fazlullah in charge. He’s the TTP’s new leader, and the commander who oversaw the group’s brief but brutal rule over Swat in 2009. Michael Kugelman is the senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Making up with Modi The US decision to reach out to prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi makes sense. Wall Street Journal SADANAND DHUME CONNECT
When US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Gujarat Chief Minister and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday, she ended a nine-year American boycott of the controversial politician. Critics may argue that the U.S. has jumped the gun, effectively endorsing Mr. Modi ahead of national elections due by May and abandoning a principled stand for human rights in favor of realpolitik. They are wrong. You can fault Washington for waiting until this close to an election to reach out to Mr. Modi. But the decision itself is eminently sensible. The long U.S. estrangement with Mr. Modi dates back 12 years. In 2002, the then-newly sworn in chief minister failed to control riots that broke out after a Muslim mob burnt alive 59 Hindu pilgrims in a train. About 1,000 people died in the violence, three-fourths of them Muslim. For many people, Mr. Modi became a symbol of criminal negligence at best and an abettor of violence at worst. He has always denied any wrongdoing. In 2005, ahead of a planned visit by Mr. Modi to address Indian-American hotel owners in Florida, the U.S. denied him a diplomatic visa. It also revoked his tourist visa under a rarely used law designed to punish violators of religious liberty. At the time, it seemed like an easy enough decision. Mr. Modi's party, the BJP, had been voted out of national power the previous year. The chief minister's own favorability ratings hovered in the low single digits. For much of India's liberal English language press, he was effectively Enemy No. 1. Under scrutiny, the most damning charge—that he allowed enraged Hindu mobs to retaliate against innocent Muslims after the train burning—collapsed for lack of evidence. Two years ago, an investigation ordered by the Supreme Court exonerated Mr. Modi. In December last year, another court upheld the investigation. As India's painfully slow investigative and legal processes churned their way toward conclusions, Mr. Modi scripted one of the most remarkable comebacks in modern Indian politics. His ticket to national political rebirth: The economy. On Mr. Modi's watch, Gujarat, long among India's better-run states, has become a standout performer. The state grew at a tigerish double-digit average for a decade and established a reputation as one of the few
places in India where government rolled out the red carpet for investors rather than the usual red tape. Mr. Modi's flagship investment summit, the biannual Vibrant Gujarat, attracts scores of global and Indian businesses and has spawned a clutch of imitators. On the national stage, the three-time chief minister is the only prominent politician to preach a message of international competitiveness, small government, moderate taxation and world-class infrastructure. U.S. investors in Gujarat include General Motors, Ford and the pharmaceuticals firm Abbott Laboratories. Some of America's closest allies such as Britain, Germany and Australia have already made up with Mr. Modi. And the international business community is rooting for the chief minister—widely regarded as an efficient administrator friendly to private enterprise—to restore India's stuttering economy to the high growth path many took for granted just a few years ago. Against this backdrop, the question isn't why Washington decided to make up with Mr. Modi, but why it took so long. More recently, Mr. Modi has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In December, Mr. Modi helped the BJP crush
the ruling Congress Party in four states in the populous Hindi heartland and form the government in three of them. A poll last month by Delhi's Center for the Study of Developing Societies shows 34% of Indians would like to see Mr. Modi as prime minister, more than twice as many as those who prefer his closest rival, Congress Party scion Rahul Gandhi. To be sure, polling in India remains as much crapshoot as science and a BJP victory is far from certain. But even if Mr. Modi ends up as leader of the opposition, the U.S. government will need to find a way to work with him. It also ought to build bridges with his legion of passionate supporters, many of whom are educated young professionals unburdened by traditional Indian left-wing antiAmericanism. It's too early to say whether the U.S. and Mr. Modi will overcome their awkward start. And the notion that Washington would back a candidate with whom its future ties remain uncertain is sheer fantasy. There were simply no excuses left for the U.S. to shun him. Mr Dhume is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a columnist for WSJ.com
Saturday, 15 February, 2014
DASTGIR BLAMES INDO-PAK FOREIGN MINISTRIES FOR STALEMATE IN TALKS INDIAN COMMERCE MINISTER CANCELS LAHORE VISIT TO INAUGURATE ‘INDIA SHOW’ LAHORE/NEW DELHI
OMMERCE Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has blamed the foreign ministries of India and Pakistan for the current stalemate in bilateral trade talks as they refuse to resume the composite dialogue. The minister, however, was optimistic that talks would resume soon and Pakistan would be able to deliver on the promise of removing all bans on Indian exports and open up the land route further. “When you are talking trade, you can go to a certain extent and then trade
talks hit a wall when other ministries get involved,” the minister said while talking to media persons at the ‘India Show’ jointly organised by the FICCI and the commerce ministry. When asked which ministry he had in mind, Khan said it were the foreign ministries which refused to resume the composite dialogue for improving relations between the two countries. The composite dialogue was suspended last January following violence at the Line of Control. “Today is Valentine’s Day. Instead of giving each other messages of love, the two foreign ministries are not even resuming the composite dialogue,” Khan said on a lighter note. But the minister categorically specified that there were no pre-conditions to resuming the trade dialogue. The Indian commerce ministry had written to the Pakistani government demanding that the country should specify by when it planned to offer it non-dis-
criminatory market access before talks could proceed further. It also said a timeline should be given for allowing trade of all goods through the Wagah border. The commerce ministry faced pressure from the foreign ministry which argued that there was no point in talking on trade till Pakistan delivers on the promises that it has made. Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had to cancel his visit to Lahore to inaugurate the ‘India Show’ as the foreign ministry was not keen on it. India and Pakistan started negotiations for liberalising bilateral trade in February 2012 following which both sides took a number of steps to open up their markets. Pakistan, which allowed only about 2,000 items to be exported from India, now allows more than 6,000 goods from the country. An export ban, however, continues on about 1,000 items, which it had promised to dismantle by December last year. Pakistan also needs to deliver on its promise for allowing Indian goods through the land route. At present, most items from India have to be exported along the sea-route via Mumbai and Karachi, which is very expensive. Khan also stressed on the need for a more liberal visa regime to boost trade. “We may keep talking about tariff and customs barriers, but till business people are allowed to travel freely to each other’s countries, they would not be able to see for themselves what opportunities they can exploit,” the minister said.
PM woos Turkish investors ISTANBUL INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while meeting here on Friday with the Chairmen/CEOs of leading Turkish business groups assured the government of Pakistan’s full support and maximum facilitation for investment in Pakistan. He urged them to become development partner of Pakistan. The prime minister informed the Turkish businessmen about measures taken by his government that resulted in increasing the GDP quarterly rate from 2.9 percent to 5 percent, about 17 percent rise in the Karachi Stock Exchange, increased foreign remittances and more business activities. “Our government plans to rise the GDP growth rate to above 6 percent and bringing more foreign investment in the energy, infrastructure, low cost housing, municipal services, agro-based industry, information technology, textiles etc,” said the prime minister. The Turkish companies which met with the prime minister included Mustafa Koc, Chairman Koc Group, Mr Oguz Carmikli, Vice-Chairman Nurol Group, Mr Hakan Ozman, CEO and Deputy Chairman of GAMA Holding, Mr Nehat Ozdemir, Chairman Limak Holding, Mr
Ibrahim Cecin, Chairman IC Holding, Mr Alp Yalcin Taskent, Chairman of STFA Mr Ahmet Albayrak, Chairman of Albayrak Group, Mr Ahmet Zorlu, Chairman of Zorlu Holdings, Mr Korhan Kurdoglu, President of ATA Holding, Mr Turgay Ciner, Chairman and CEO of Ciner Group, Koc group showed keen interest to invest in electrical appliances manufacturing, dairy development, and bus manufacturing. The finished products could then be exported from Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan would facilitate and encouraged them to have partnership with Pakistan private sector. In his meeting with M/s Limak group, Mr Nawaz Sharif said Turkish companies would be given all possible help for setting up power plants. The company said they had completed pre-requisites for investing in the wind energy, coal fired power plants in Gaddani Power Park and construction of highways on BOT basis. NOROL group said they had explored investment projects of Dasu Hydropower Project, Lahore-Karachi Motorway and coalbased projects and hydropower projects. The prime minister expected that the group would finalise the technical examination of these projects and assured that their investment would be protected.
CORPORATE CORNER Al Ghurair Giga shares joys of achievements with business partners, customers
smartphone shipments in 2013, according to the leading market research and analysts firms International Data Corporation (IDC), Strategy Analytics and Canalys. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Huawei retained its number three position worldwide in 2013, with the highest year-on-year increase among the leading vendors at 67.5 percent. Huawei captured 4.9 percent market share in 2013with smartphone shipments of 48.8 million units, up from 4 percent in 2012. In the report, global smartphone shipments increased by 38 percent in 2013, with over one billion smartphones sold in 2013. Huawei attained a year-on-year increase of 56.5 percent in Q4 2013 with smartphone shipments of 16.4 million units, up from 10.5 million units in Q4 2012. Huawei shipped 55.5 million mobile phone units in 2013, ranking number five with 3.0 percent global market share. PRESS RELEASE
been recognized by Fast Company as one of world’s most innovative companies, and one of China’s ten leading innovative companies. In its recently published 2014 rankings, which track leadership in innovation, Fast Company highlighted Haier’s “bold approach to innovating” through allowing employees to selforganize. The Fast Company citation recognizes Haier’s creation of a flat management structure, a “management revolution” that puts customer needs at the heart of the product development process. To drive entrepreneurial innovation among employees, Haier encourages staff to track evolving market trends and form autonomous project teams to address emerging opportunities. Haier refers to these self-organizing employee working groups as ZZJYT, a Chinese acronym that means ‘independent operation unit.’ PRESS RELEASE
Nikon annual photo contest and exhibition
NIT announces results for 1HFY14 KARACHI: National Investment Trust Limited (NITL), the first and largest Asset Management Company of Pakistan has declared results for all Funds under its management for the half year ended 31st December 2013. This was stated by Acting Managing Director – NIT, Mr. Manzoor Ahmed in a press release issued by NITL after its Board of Directors approved the half-yearly accounts of all Funds under its management. He further stated that as of 31st December 2013, NIT is managing 5 Funds with net assets under management of around Rs. 87 billion. PRESS RELEASE
ISLAMABAD: A memorable event was arranged by the Al Ghurair Giga Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, to celebrate its achievements over the previous year and share the joys of success with business partners and valued customers. Main feature of the Annual Dinner was the conferment of Performance Awards to authorized agents of the group in the real estate market of Pakistan. Haji Muhammad Rafiq Giga, (Vice Chairman AGGPPL) expressed his heartiest gratitude to the customers, business partners and the residents of the projects of group for their unrelenting support and confidence for making these initiatives a great success in Pakistan. He attributed these achievements to the marketing efforts of the business partners and staff that played the role of a bridge between the group and its customers and paved the way for these successes. PRESS RELEASE
AEO’s 25th Australian Education Roadshow
Huawei consumer business group ranked third in Global Smartphone Shipments in 2013 LAHORE: The massively anticipated Annual Nikon Photo Contest took place at the Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council and attracted hundreds of photography enthusiasts from the country. The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif along with top photographers from all over the country. It was a spectacular display of creativity which extended with a number of framed masterpieces on display from photographers who participated from all over the nation. Top 3 position holders were awarded with cash prizes. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, was ranked third in global
Fast Company names Haier among world’s most innovative companies LAHORE: Haier, the world's leading home appliance provider, has
ISLAMABAD: Australia being a hub of quality education, Provides everything a student dreams of from scenic beauty, wildlife safaris, and passion for sports; to most importantly universities that are ranked among the leading ones in the world. AEO Pakistan; Australian Education Specialists and IELTS Test Centre in Pakistan having a presence across the country, conducts Education Expos Nationwide twice a year providing a perfect opportunity to Pakistani students to seek comprehensive advice about “Studying in Australia”. PRESS RELEASE
Saturday, 15 February, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Try not to feel bad about going through the motions -- it's one of those days when your routines are the best way to get through the slog. You may need to focus on the small stuff so you can have big adventures later.
You're having a great time at work or with friends today -- your energy just seems to be in sync with your surroundings. Enjoy your time wherever you are and try to lift up those who need a boost.
You may have a difficult time dealing with a friend or family member who just can't hear what you're saying. This is a good time to regroup and try to think through strategies -things should get better soon.
Your communication style is dominant today. That could mean almost anything, but you should focus on work and business if you've got any unresolved issues in that sphere. If not, take your pick!
Your financial situation is in need of a little extra attention, so check over your accounts to make sure that you're on the right track. It's not as hard as you've feared.
You rack up some big new achievement that should leave you smiling and happy all day long -and maybe longer. It's one of those days when you feel that you can't do wrong. Go for it!
You are in the right place at the right time -- and your mental energy is perfect for seeing what needs to be done. Go to it meticulously and you should sweep up another big success!
Your secret life may be more interesting than your public persona today -- so indulge in whatever you do that's just for you. Your energy is great, and you may ponder opening up somewhat.
You have to deal with your anti-authoritarian streak before it gets you in trouble! It's a short-term situation, but it's one that could cause some heartbreak if you mouth off at the wrong time.
Try not to worry too much about the big picture or anything that has gone before -- you need to focus on the details of your future plans. You can make great progress without leaving your seat.
Work is rough today -- or your job search, maybe. You may feel disconnected from your career path, but that should offer you more freedom than worry. Let yourself flow in a new direction!
Your relationships are making life so much easier for you -- don't be afraid to call for help when you need it! Things are looking up in general, but it's the social realm that drives your progress.
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Saturday, 15 February, 2014
Seven brain myths busted T
HE brain is the most advanced piece of evolutionary hardware in the human arsenal. It’s so advanced, however, that we’re still trying to understand just how it works. Thankfully, some smart minds have built useful tools like functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. These help us better understand how living brains operate, clearing up a few long-held myths. 1. Right BRain vs. Left BRain Some people claim to be “rightbrained” because they tend to view life more creatively and subjectively. People deemed to be “left-brained,” meanwhile, are supposedly more analytical and likelier to use reason. A recent study, however, has completely debunked the rightbrain vs. left-brain myth. Scanning 1,011 brains over a twoyear period, research published in PLOS One found no proof that some people use one side of the brain more often than the other. 2. humans use OnLy 10 PeRcent Of theiR BRains On certain days, it may not feel like your brain is working at its full potential. But there’s no proof anywhere that suggests the
human brain only utilizes 10 percent of its mass. As the Smithsonian Institute puts it, “Brains are expensive—it takes a lot of energy to build brains during fetal and childhood development and maintain them in adults. Evolutionarily, it would make no sense to carry around surplus brain tissue.” While you technically don’t need all of your brain to function, you need quite a lot more than 10 percent. 3. ‘Why DiD i cOme in heRe?’ You may feel like you’re losing your mind when you walk into a room and forget why you went there in the first place. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame looked into this phenomenon and found that the brain compartmentalizes information so well that a doorway or a similar physical barrier can cue your brain that you’ve moved on to another task, so it’s time to file recent information away. While it can be annoying at times, this same phenomenon is beneficial, because it allows you to focus on one task at a time. 4. cOncentRatiOn makes fOR BetteR DecisiOns While you don’t want to make a big decision like buying a house at
Facebook widens gender options Facebook announced Thursday that it is now allowing users to select a custom gender for their Facebook profile. The new initiative was announced by the Facebook Diversity program. Previously, Facebook only allowed users to pick Male or Female. But they’ve now opened up the options to reflect the needs of the online transgender community. As of Thursday morning, users are now given an option for custom gender. Along with a menu that allows them to fully customize which pronouns Facebook refers to you as. The settings also allow users to toggle whether or not their gender change appears on their timeline. A user can also toggle what kinds of users can see their gender. This will open up a menu where you can select up to ten gender definitions. Among these are genders such as “cisgender,” “transgender” and “intersex,” as well as many other nuanced options. Beyond that, we are now allowing people to select a “neutral” pronoun on the site. For those not comfortable identifying as traditionally male or female, there is now an option to be referred to as “they/their/them.” ONLINE
Sesame Street brings its Flappy Bird parody app The children’s television programme Sesame Street is the latest group to launch their own version of Flappy Bird. Flappy Bert parodies the hit game, with players having to guide the Sesame Street character through various pipes. Earlier this week Flappy Bird was removed from sale after creator Dong Nguyen said the fame that had come with his success “ruins my simple life”. Since then numerous copycat versions of the game have been launched. Flappy Bird had been downloaded more than 50 million times, making it this year’s most popular mobile game so far. In an interview with Forbes, the “stressed” 29-year-old developer said: “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird.” He was making as much as $50,000 (£30,482) a day from advertising revenue. COURTESY BBC
the spur of the moment, sometimes forgetting about something for a while can make for better decision-making. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon used fMRIs on 27 people before having them think about difficult decisions, such as buying a car. During later memorization lessons, researchers say the subjects’ visual and prefrontal cortices—the parts of the brain responsible for decision-making
and learning—continued to process the decision while they were busy thinking about something else. 5. Listening tO mOzaRt makes yOu smaRteR Many new parents play Mozart CDs in the hope that the notes will unlock their child’s inner genius. One study in 1993 involved playing Mozart to 36 students who would go on to score an average of eight points
higher on an IQ test. Thus began the modern myth of “the Mozart effect.” The problem is that the effect only relates to spatialtemporal reasoning, a field of study in computer science. Years after the study, researchers were clear in stating that they never said Mozart’s music increased overall intelligence. While Mozart made some good tunes, he didn’t have the ability to unlock the secrets of the human brain.
6. humans aRe getting smaRteR This myth is up for debate. While our technologies are more sophisticated than ever, there’s fodder for the argument that humans aren’t evolving along with their smartphones. Gerald Crabtree, head of a genetics lab at Stanford University, argues that we have circumvented the natural selection process and that, because of technological and medical advances, humans are now dumber and more emotionally unstable than we were 3,000 years ago. When humans were constantly hunting and avoiding being someone else’s dinner, one mistake could mean death, and an unsuccessful person’s genes died with them. Those who made the smartest decisions lived the longest and were able to procreate. Life has become much more forgiving, and now all genes have a chance to spread. 7. sOmething eLse tO POnDeR Your brain is the only organ to recognize its own name, and as you read this, your brain is attempting to learn more about itself, yet another thing no other organ can do. Think about that for a while. COURTESY HEaLTHLINE NEwS
Violent video games leave teenagers ‘morally immature’, claims study Spending hours playing violent video games stunts teenagers’ emotional growth, a study has found. It is thought that regular exposure to violence and lack of contact with the outside world makes it harder for them to tell right from wrong. They also struggle to trust other people, and see the world from their perspective. Researchers from Brock University in Ontario found that those who spend more than three hours each day in front of the screen are particularly unlikely to have developed the ability to empathise. The Canadian researchers surveyed 109 boys and girls, aged 13 and 14, about whether they played video games, which games they liked, and how long they spent playing them. Their findings found that 88 per cent of teens said they played games, and more than half admitted to playing games every day. Violent games, including games where players have to kill, maim, decapitate or torture another human character, were among the most popular. The teenagers also filled in a questionnaire designed to
gauge their moral development. For example, they were asked how important it is to save the life of a friend. Previous studies have suggested that a person’s moral judgement goes through four phases as they grow from children and enter adulthood. By the age of 13 or 14, scientists claim young people should be entering the third stage, and be able to empathise with others and take their perspective into account.
The research found that this stage appeared to be delayed in teenagers who regularly played violent video games. It is also thought that teenagers who play games regularly did not spent enough time in the real world to learn to take other’s thoughts into consideration. Researcher Mirjana Bajovic said: ‘The present results indicate that some adolescents in the violent video game playing group, who spent three
or more hours a day playing violent video games, while assumingly detached from the outside world, are deprived of such opportunities. ‘Spending too much time within the virtual world of violence may prevent [gamers] from getting involved in different positive social experiences in real life, and in developing a positive sense of what is right and wrong.’ However, other games didn’t have an effect, suggesting that constant exposure to violence was also taking its toll on their development. Writing in the journal Educational Media International, the researchers added: ‘Exposure to violence in video games may influence the development of moral reasoning because violence is not only presented as acceptable but is also justified and rewarded.’ They concluded that rather than trying to enforce an ‘unrealistic’ ban on the games, parents and teachers should encourage teenagers to do charity work and take up extracurricular activities. COURTESY DaILY MaIL
11-year study finds mobile phones pose ‘no risk to health’ There is no link between mobile phones and any health problems, a decade-long report has concluded. The study also found no evidence that exposure to base station emissions during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood leukaemia. The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research programme was the UK’s largest research programme to look at the possible health risks associated with mobile phone technology. Professor David Coggon, Chairman of MTHR, said: ‘When the MTHR programme was first set up, there were many scientific uncertainties about possible health risks from mobile phones and related technology. ‘This independent programme is now complete, and despite exhaustive research, we have found no evidence of risks to health from the radio waves produced by mobile phones or their base stations. ‘Thanks to the research
conducted within the programme, we can now be much more confident about the safety of modern telecom-
munications systems.’ The £13.6 million, 11 year programme has been jointly funded by the UK government
and the telecommunications industry. Its findings support 2012 research which showed mobile and WiFi technology doesn’t cause cancer and causes no damage to health. After assessing health hazards from low-level electromagnetic fields generated by radio transmitters, researchers at the Norwegian Expert Committee found there is no scientific evidence that exposure poses a health risk. These electromagnetic fields are found around mobile phones, wireless phones and networks, mobile phone base stations, broadcasting transmitters and other communications equipment. The latest research also supports a 2011 study from Imperial College London which found that living close to a mobile phone mast does not increase a child’s chance of developing a brain tumour or a tumour of the central nervous system. ONLINE
Saturday, 15 February, 2014
Sidra Iqbal: First Pakistani nominated for the GR8 Women Awards 2014 NEWS DESK
AKISTANIS have yet another reason to beam with pride. The GR8 Women Awards has for the first time nominated a Pakistani woman to receive one of their prestigious trophies. Sidra Iqbal is one of 16 women from across the Middle East region to be recognized and celebrated this year. The GR8 Women Awards have been organized for the past 3 years by the Indian Television Academy and serve to not only recognize women for their achievements but also to increase awareness for the founder’s, Anu Ranjan’s charity, BETI. BETI is a foundation which helps women in trouble and provides them with
funds to overcome difficulties. Pakistan’s very own popular television host and journalist, Sidra Iqbal, will be honoured and recognized on 15th February’14 at the 4th Annual GR8 Women Awards in Dubai. Sidra is well-known for her million dollar smile, which combined with her impeccable clarity of speech and thought, make her the personality that she is. She was the first Pakistani to host the digital content of the star studded Bollywood extravaganza, IIFA twice in a row in Singapore and Macau, interviewing the A-list Super Stars of Indian Cinema. Sidra is one journalist who has been able to hold her own, whether it has been a hard core debate on
Don’t want to them just for the sake of being seen: Asin
counter terrorism and national security with policy makers, or light hearted chats with accomplished celebrities. Sidra Iqbal, for these achievements and so many more is receiving the coveted GR8
Glad that I am termed underrated: Randeep Hooda
Women Award in Journalism at Sofitel The Palm in Dubai. On this glamorous and momentous occasion, Sidra will be adorned in an outfit by Sania Maskatiya. Sidra Iqbal comments regarding receiving this great honor: “I am
most humbled to be recognized at this prestigious forum that celebrates dynamic women achievers from across the region. It’s a delightful feeling to be the first Pakistani GR8 Women Award recipient. Pakistan has a treasure of untold heart touching, inspiring stories and I feel it’s a tremendous opportunity to draw attention to the real Pakistan story.” Simi Garewal is also receiving an award this year while past winners include big names such as Sushmita Sen and Karishma Kapoor. Leading Bollywood and Indian television stars will be in attendance including, Shriya Saran and Kangana Ranaut. The awards will be aired live on Sony Entertainment.
Liam Hemsworth dating Nina Dobrev
NEWS DESK Asin is tired of being part of 100-crore projects and insists that she will only do films where she is offered meaty roles. The 28-year-old actress worked with Bollywood Alisters including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn among others in her six year old career. Asin, who was last seen 2012 film ‘Khiladi 786′, wants to add performance-oriented roles in her resume.
“I have been very lucky in Bollywood that I have got the chance to work with established actors in such a short span of time. I am happy that most of films did good business and either set or broke records at the box-office. Asin is currently shooting her next project ‘All is Well’ with Abhishek Bachchan. The film is directed by ‘OMG – Oh My God’ helmer Umesh Shukla and will reunite Asin with Bachchan after ‘Bol Bachchan’.
LET’S KEEP IT BETWEEN THE LINES NEWS DESK
ATRINA looks like a doll in this one. Be it her flawless skin or well worked-out body, Katrina Kaif has always been known for her beauty. But the actress feels “there is more to beauty than just the physical appearance”. “I feel it is important not to get overly obsessed and overly carried away with just the physical aspect. There is more to beauty than just the physical appearance. You are also a
complete person and a woman should have an identity beyond just the way she looks,” “It is tough in a way. You are a human being at the end of the day and everyone has his or her good days and bad days,” she said. “I think the hardest thing is the hours spent in hair and make-up every day. It is time-consuming, but it can be fun when you are working with a new team,” said the 30-year-old. She also says that keeping skin healthy and hair shiny is a tough job.
Saif’s office boys arrested for stealing air conditioners The Khar Police has arrested Sunil Solanki (22) and Subhash Shahu (20) who were working as office boys at Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films Pvt. Ltd. for stealing air conditioners from the Bandra office of the production house. The two accused allegedly stole nine air conditioners from the office and sold them to a scrap dealer for just Rs 35,000. They have been arrested under section 379 of Indian Penal Code on Wednesday and given police custody till February 18. The office was under renovation and all the furniture was shifted to a godown in the basement of Saif’s residence. After the repairs the two boys were asked to move all the furniture back to Saif’s Hill Road office. Three days ago, the ACs were found missing and Saif’s assistant, Nazia Ali Khan, lodged a complaint with the Khar Police Station. During interrogation, the cops learnt that Sunil and Subhash were on leave. They picked them up and during questioning, the duo confessed to the theft. According to the cops, Subhash said that his sister was unwell and he needed money for her operation. He had asked for an advance but was refused. So he stole and sold off the ACs. The duo was working for the company for the past couple of years and earned around Rs 5000 a month. NEWS DESK
Depp’s fiancé Amber Heard hates the gym
NEWS DESK Actor Randeep Hooda has no qualms about being termed as an “underrated” actor. Randeep made his Bollywood debut in 2001 with ‘Monsoon Wedding’. Through his films like ‘Jism 2’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Risk’, ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’, ‘Jannat 2’ and ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster’, he managed to grab the eyeballs, but still seems to have not got his due in the industry. “I think it would be pompous to say I am an underrated actor,” said the actor jovially. “I don’t think it is for me to think and decide, it is for people to decide. But I am glad I am underrated than being overrated - that is something I would find hard to digest. But this is something that is good,” Randeep said. The actor, however, agrees that he is yet to reach a position where just his name would drive people to theatres. “I feel people look at movie trailers, music and then come to watch the film and because of the star. If ‘John Day’ was produced by some mega producer or studio and if they would have marketed it aggressively, then probably a lot more people would have come to see the film, if not all,” Randeep said.
NEWS DESK Miley Cyrus ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth stirred up dating rumors after he was seen hanging out with Nina Dobrev last weekend. “The Hunger Games” star Hemsworth and “The Vampire Diaries” starlet Dobrev were spotted at Corner Tavern in Edgewood near Atlanta on Feb. 7. “They were definitely acting couple-y,” eye witness said. “They were drinking beers and mostly standing and talking near the bar,” Anderson added. “They stayed around two to three hours and Nina left before Liam, and as she was leaving they gave each other a good night kiss. The kisses
You have to “keep at it”, says the actress, even doling out tips for this purpose. “Start with a good diet and healthy food. This is important for the body. You need to see that the products that you use are of the best quality,” said Katrina, who recently launched hair care range “6 Oil Nourish Hair care” by beauty brand L’Oréal Paris. The five must-haves in her daily routine are also equally practical and easy to follow. “Sun block, lip balm, a good shampoo and conditioner and a leave-in serum after you wash your hair, to apply,” she said. For someone, who is often seen in formal gowns and extravagant saris at public events, Katrina’s personal style statement is simple.
were on the lips publicly outside of the bar… and it was three sensual kisses on the lips.” “Nina was sitting on his lap and they were staring into each other’s eyes while talking,” Danielle Blair said. “She spent the whole time only talking to him.” Both have split from their longtime partners in the past year. Last September, Hemsworth and Cyrus called it quits after 15 months of engagement. While Miley seemed to take her heartbreak into her hit song “Wrecking Ball,” the breakup seems to have settled as their past history. Dobrev split from “Vampire” co-star Ian Somerhalder last May after their famed three-year romance.
‘The Rum Diary’ actress - who is engaged to Johnny Depp - hates working out indoors to keep her enviable figure in shape, preferring to spend her time out in nature. She said, ‘’I’m active. That’s the key. I’m not really one to go sit in a gym. I get claustrophobic, I guess. I’m lucky though. I live in Los Angeles, so I have a lot of time to be outside and be active. That’s what I do.’’ One of the other ways Amber may use to keep in shape is dancing - although she is ‘’dying’’ to live it up at a country night held at Los Angeles gay bar Oil Can Harry’s, but hasn’t made it yet. She added: ‘’I’m dying to go. I try to make plans with my gays to go and every week something happens and I can’t go.’’ Amber, 27, was also recently in Paris filming ‘3 Days to Kill’, where she picked up some of the local language. She explained: ‘’I can order some wine. The important stuff.’’ NEWS DESK
Saturday, 15 February, 2014
AUSTRALIA LOSE ROGERS AFTER
Johnson takes seven CENTURION
RONALDO STILL MY IDOL, SAYS BALE MADRID: The Welshman says his admiration for his team-mate has only grown since he joined Real Madrid and is hoping to win the Champions League this season. Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale says that Cristiano Ronaldo remains his idol, even after the duo started playing together. The Welshman has always been vocal in his admiration for the 28-year-old and sealed a €100 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer. And the former Tottenham man says his respect for the Portuguese has only grown since he started lining up alongside his team-mate. "He's a great team-mate and friend," he is quoted as saying by Marca. "He always gives me a lot of advice and helps me a lot. He was my idol before and is even more so now. Thanks to him, it's been much easier for me. "We can be a great pair on the field." Madrid are still in the hunt for three titles this season, having sealed a Copa del Rey final place in midweek and Bale wants to win every remaining game. "Of course, playing here is to do at the best club in the world, where you need to win titles and win every game. "We're working hard in every competition. Hopefully we can win the Champions League. It's wonderful to be able to win every game." agencieS
itchell Johnson continued to torment South Africa on the third morning in centurion, where he completed a seven-wicket haul and skittled the hosts for 206. As on the second day, AB de Villiers was the only batsman who seemed able to match it with Johnson but eventually he too succumbed, albeit to a slower ball rather than Johnson's pace, and fell short of a century. Australia were left with half an hour to bat before lunch and although they managed to extend their lead to 209 runs it came at the cost of opener chris Rogers, who played on for 1 when he tried to punch Dale Steyn through the off side. By the break, Australia were 18 for 1, with David Warner on 12 and Alex Doolan on 3, and while the South African bowlers had posed some threats with swing and bounce, they needed to dismiss Australia cheaply to have any hope in the match. South Africa's innings ended with Morne Morkel edging an excellent Johnson bouncer through to Brad haddin for a golden duck that gave Johnson figures of 7 for 68, his third haul of at least seven wickets in test cricket. Johnson claimed three of the four wickets that fell on the third day and he started with Robin Peterson, who also fell to an accurate bouncer that he fended to slip. that wicket seemed inevitable, for Johnson had nearly had Peterson in that fashion just before the rain arrived on the second afternoon. however, de Villiers did get some support from Vernon Philander during a 49-run partnership that ended only when the Australians chanced a review on a hunch that Nathan lyon might have pitched the ball in line from around the wicket. the umpire Richard illingworth had declined the appeal, presumably in doubt as to whether the ball could have pitched
in line from lyon's angle, and it seemed a reasonable question-mark. however,
Michael clarke punted on the review, hoping to break the nagging partnership, and
Scoreboard auSTralia 1ST inningS 4 cJl rogers c duminy b Morkel 12 da warner b Steyn 27 aJ doolan c Peterson b Mclaren Se Marsh c Smith b Philander 148 23 MJ clarke* c Philander b Steyn 100 SPd Smith c Petersen b Mclaren bJ haddin† lbw b Peterson 0 Mg Johnson b Peterson 33 19 rJ harris b Steyn 2 PM Siddle b Steyn 4 nM lyon not out exTraS: (b 4, lb 8, w 11, nb 2) 25 ToTal: (all out; 122 overs; 527 mins) 397 Fall oF wicKeTS: 1-15 (warner, 4.1 ov), 2-24 (rogers, 8.2 ov), 3-72 (doolan, 23.1 ov), 4-98 (clarke, 33.5 ov),5-331 (Smith, 103.3 ov), 6-332 (haddin, 104.1 ov), 7-348 (Marsh, 108.3 ov), 8-391 (harris, 119.3 ov),9-391 (Johnson, 120.1 ov), 10397 (Siddle, 121.6 ov) bowling: dw Steyn 29-6-78-4, Vd Philander 24-5-69-1, M Morkel 22-5-73-1, r Mclaren 20-4-72-2, rJ Peterson 15-049-2, JP duminy 12-1-44-0 SouTh aFrica 1ST inningS 10 gc Smith* c Marsh b Johnson 2 an Petersen c †haddin b Johnson 17 hM amla lbw b Siddle 3 F du Plessis c clarke b Johnson ab de Villiers† c warner b Johnson 91 25 JP duminy c Johnson b lyon r Mclaren b Johnson 8 10 rJ Peterson c clarke b Johnson Vd Philander lbw b lyon 15 dw Steyn not out 7 0 M Morkel c †haddin b Johnson exTraS: (b 14, lb 2, w 1, nb 1) 18 ToTal: (all out; 61.1 overs; 281 mins) 206 Fall oF wicKeTS: 1-11 (Smith, 1.4 ov), 2-15 (Petersen, 5.3 ov), 3-23 (du Plessis, 7.1 ov), 4-43 (amla, 12.6 ov),5-110 (duminy, 30.5 ov), 6-126 (Mclaren, 39.2 ov), 7-140 (Peterson, 45.1 ov), 8-189 (Philander, 57.2 ov),9-202 (de Villiers, 59.6 ov), 10-206 (Morkel, 61.1 ov) bowling: rJ harris 17-3-51-0, Mg Johnson 17.1-1-68-7, PM Siddle 13-1-33-1, nM lyon 14-0-38-2 auSTralia 2nd inningS 1 cJl rogers b Steyn 93 da warner not out 48 aJ doolan not out extras: (b 3, lb 1, w 1) 5 147 Total: (1 wicket; 34 overs) To baT: Se Marsh, MJ clarke*, SPd Smith, bJ haddin†, Mg Johnson, PM Siddle, rJ harris, nM lyon Fall oF wicKeTS: 1-1 (rogers, 1.1 ov) bowling: Vd Philander 7-1-13-0, dw Steyn 7-2-41-1, r Mclaren 7-0-33-0, M Morkel 5-1-16-0, rJ Peterson 5-0-30-0, JP duminy 3-0-10-0
replays showed lyon had drifted the ball in, pitched it in line and straightened it enough, and Philanders was gone for 15. that brought Dale Steyn to the crease and while he did not always look comfortable against Johnson, he gave de Villiers some support as he moved within reach of what looked a certain century. the class of de Villiers was on display when he lofted lyon over long-on for six and flicked Johnson over cover for four, but he fell for 91 when he misjudged a slower ball from Johnson and was well caught by Warner at mid-off.
SRI LANKA SEAL SERIES WITH LAST-BALL WIN CHITTAGONG agencieS
Mashrafe Mortaza's first tilt at captaincy started and finished by falling at the crease in 2009 and 2010. As a stopgap captain in place of Mushfiqur Rahim, he has made the most imaginative attempt by a Bangladeshi captain. With only 120 runs to defend, Mashrafe rotated his bowlers wisely, but in the end, Farhad Reza let him down. Sachitra Senanayake smacked the last ball from which two was required, off a short delivery. it was perhaps a cruel end for the bowler, as Farhad had bowled five good deliveries before that when he started off with nine required off the final over. it was a lucky break for Sri lanka, who have now won the series 2-0, and head to Dhaka for the ODi leg of the tour full of confidence. Senanayake and thisara Perera, who was unbeaten on 35, were there till the end, but were surprising with their lack of boundaries, particularly in the slog overs of a t20 chase. But they scampered the ones and twos, winning the game with a 27-run stand from 3.2 overs.
Bangladesh were tremendous in the field, particularly Mashrafe who didn't let the Sri lankan top-order settle as he kept using bowlers for just one over each from the start. Arafat Sunny gave just eight runs from his two overs and even picked up a wicket, as did Rubel hossain, Shakib Al hasan and Mahmudullah. Mashrafe himself snared two scalps. Kusal Perera and Dinesh chandimal fell by missing reverse-sweeps while tillekaratne Dilshan dragged one to the stumps. Mashrafe's two-wicket over, the tenth of the innings, turned the game towards Bangladesh. he removed Angelo Perera with a fast off-cutter, and then took out Angelo Mathews with one that went out, inducing an edge. Nuwan Kulasekara was run-out after he was turned back by the non-striker. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 37, but in the 17th over in which he had taken 11 runs, he found short third-man where tamim iqbal took a smart catch. When Bangladesh decided to bat first, Nuwan Kulasekara's two wickets went by unnoticed. tamim iqbal and Farhad Reza
went after him, faltered and gave catches. But the catches Kulasekara took, dispirited Bangladesh's aggression. lasith Malinga took three wickets, while Senanayake finished with 2 for 11. Sri lanka,however, started off with a dropped catch. Malinga could only touch the ball over his head at short fine-leg, off the third delivery of the opening over. But just like Shamsur Rahman had done the last time when a spinner opened the bowling in a twenty20 against Bangladesh, he dinked tillakaratne Dilshan's poor fifth delivery to midwicket, getting easily caught. tamim iqbal followed suit in the next over, holing out to third man, with his running flash outside off-stump making for poor shot selection . Sometimes, tamim
Scoreboard bangladeSh inningS Tamim iqbal c Mendis b Kulasekara 2 Shamsur rahman c †chandimal b dilshan 1 anamul haque† c MdKJ Perera b Senanayake 24 Shakib al hasan c Kulasekara b Senanayake 12 nasir hossain c chandimal b Mendis 8 Sabbir rahman c Kulasekara b Malinga 26 Mahmudullah run out (dilshan) 9 Farhad reza c chandimal b Kulasekara 9 Mashrafe Mortaza* b Malinga 17 arafat Sunny c chandimal b Malinga 5 rubel hossain not out 0 exTraS: (b 1, lb 3, w 3) 7 ToTal: (all out; 19.5 overs) 120 Fall oF wicKeTS: 1-3 (Shamsur rahman, 0.5 ov), 2-3 (Tamim iqbal, 1.2 ov), 3-35 (Shakib al hasan, 3.2 ov),4-41 (anamul haque, 5.3 ov), 5-47 (nasir hossain, 7.3 ov), 6-59 (Mahmudullah, 10.3 ov), 7-80 (Farhad reza, 14.5 ov),8-101 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 17.3 ov), 9-120 (arafat Sunny, 19.3 ov), 10120 (Sabbir rahman, 19.5 ov) bowling: TM dilshan 2-0-23-1, KMdn Kulasekara 4-0-32-2,
SMSM Senanayake 4-0-11-2, Sl Malinga 3.5-0-20-3, ad Mathews 2-0-9-0, baw Mendis 4-0-21-1 Sri lanKa inningS MdKJ Perera lbw b Shakib al hasan 21 TM dilshan b arafat Sunny 3 ld chandimal* lbw b Mahmudullah 3 Kc Sangakkara† c Tamim iqbal b rubel hossain 37 aK Perera b Mashrafe Mortaza 4 ad Mathews c †anamul haque b Mashrafe Mortaza 2 KMdn Kulasekara run out (Mahmudullah/†anamul haque)2 nlTc Perera not out 35 SMSM Senanayake not out 12 exTraS: (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 4 ToTal: (7 wickets; 19.6 overs) 123 To bat: baw Mendis, Sl MalingaFall of wickets 1-23 (MdKJ Perera, 3.4 ov), 2-25 (dilshan, 4.1 ov), 3-32 (chandimal, 6.6 ov), 4-42 (aK Perera, 9.1 ov),5-46 (Mathews, 9.6 ov), 6-50 (Kulasekara, 11.1 ov), 7-96 (Sangakkara, 16.4 ov) bowling: arafat Sunny 2-0-8-1, Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-29-2, rubel hossain 4-0-34-1, Shakib al hasan 2-0-8-1, Mahmudullah 4-0-16-1, nasir hossain 2-0-11-0, Farhad reza 1.6-0-16-0
goes back to his early days in international cricket when he could charge any bowler. But with so much knowledge of his batting being ferried around, some of these shots have become too predictable. Anamul haque ensured that the holiday crowd were given reasons to leave their seats when he banged two fours and two sixes off Dilshan's next over. Both sixes were through midwicket, as Anamul attacked confidently. Shakib was giving him good support at that stage, but it was brought to an end by a stunning catch. Kulasekara ran hard from mid-on as Shakib skied towards long-on, the fielding continually running until he caught up with the dipping ball. the impact of his dive took him close to the boundary, but he held
on and stayed within bounds. Kulasekara would also have a large say about the last Bangladesh wicket, when he dived in from deep cover to catch Sabbir Rahman's slice. exactly two overs later, Kusal Perera tried to better Kulasekara at deep midwicket, when he intercepted Anamul's slog sweep with a tremendous effort at the boundary. he was mid-air when he dived to his right. Only a small section of the crowd, adorn in the deep blue of Sri lanka, cheered heartily as the rest of the 15,000 remained largely grounded. Nasir hossain and Farhad Reza gave easy catches to cover, while Mahmudullah was a victim of poor calling from the debutant Sabbir Rahman who was the team's top-scorer with 26.
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INDIA SURGE THROUGH iMpressive ishant
Scoreboard new Zealand 1ST inningS 13 Pg Fulton lbw b i Sharma hd rutherford c Vijay b i Sharma 12 47 KS williamson c rg Sharma b Mohammed Shami 0 TwM latham c †dhoni b i Sharma bb Mccullum* c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 8 24 cJ anderson c Kohli b i Sharma 0 bJ watling† c rg Sharma b i Sharma JdS neesham c †dhoni b Mohammed Shami 33 Tg Southee c Vijay b i Sharma 32 n wagner not out 5 Ta boult c Pujara b Mohammed Shami 2 16 exTraS: (lb 2, w 8, nb 6) ToTal: (all out; 52.5 overs) 192 Fall oF wicKeTS: 1-23 (rutherford, 9.3 ov), 2-26 (Fulton, 11.2 ov), 3-26 (latham, 13.4 ov), 4-45 (Mccullum, 22.1 ov),584 (anderson, 33.4 ov), 6-86 (watling, 35.2 ov), 7-133 (williamson, 42.4 ov), 8-165 (neesham, 46.5 ov),9-184 (Southee, 51.3 ov), 10-192 (boult, 52.5 ov) bowling: Z Khan 17-3-57-0, Mohammed Shami 16.5-4-70-4, i Sharma 17-3-51-6, ra Jadeja 2-1-12-0 india 1ST inningS S dhawan not out 71 M Vijay c †watling b Southee 2 ca Pujara lbw b boult 19 3 i Sharma not out exTraS: (b 4, w 1) 5 ToTal: (2 wickets; 28 overs) 100 To baT: V Kohli, rg Sharma, aM rahane, MS dhoni*†, ra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Z KhanFall of wickets 1-2 (Vijay, 1.6 ov), 2-89 (Pujara, 24.2 ov) bowling: Ta boult 9-4-18-1, Tg Southee 7-0-20-1, n wagner 7-0-36-0, cJ anderson 3-0-14-0, JdS neesham 2-0-8-0
he much-maligned ishant Sharma continued to confound his critics by registering his personal best figures of 6 for 51 also the best figures by an indian quick not opening the bowling - to bowl New Zealand out for 192. Most crucial was his morning spell of 9-2-14-3 that helped india turn their morning around after the New Zealand openers had moved along to 23 without any incident. Despite New Zealand's lower-order counterattack from 86 for 6, the indian batsmen played stodgily to make sure that didn't translate into any sort of momentum for the hosts. india had to contend with the misfortune of having dismissed Kane Williamson twice off no-balls before eventually getting him for 47, but spare a thought for Brendon Mccullum too. he has been at the receiving end of MS Dhoni's form at the toss, but this is where he needed Dhoni to call wrong more than ever. he had been delivered the green pitch he wanted, but he had to defend the series lead without
the services of Ross taylor who is away for his child's birth. Dhoni, though, has now won 12 in a row in completed international matches. he has won every toss on this trip, but not a single match, and needed the best from his bowlers to correct that. they had the conditions to play with, which were even tougher than those on the first morning in Auckland. Almost every ball pitched up either swung or seamed or both. All you needed to do was bowl just short of halfvolley length and watch the ball trouble the batsmen. Strangely, though, the bowler who flies in the face of such strategies began the slide for New Zealand. hamish Rutherford, batting old-style in his new old-fashioned mo', and Peter Fulton had negotiated seven overs without looking in trouble. in the eighth over came on ishant, and he began to pitch short of a length. in his second, he bowled an accurate bouncer at Rutherford, who couldn't get out of the way in time. Fulton reprised his trademark dismissal: neither forward nor back, and plumb in front. Out walked debutant tom latham. eight balls later he had nicked ishant off, scoring exactly as many as taylor had in the first innings in Auckland. india's strategy until then had been clear: Zaheer was doing the holding job, bowling eight tight overs in his first spell for 18 runs to facilitate attack from the other end. however, now we were getting into the crucial partnership between Williamson and Mccullum, the duo that had rescued New Zealand from a similar start in Auckland. the two batted with similar purpose here, and Mohammed Shami soon replaced Zaheer. Despite a start here, Mccullum soon found out his luck hadn't changed much. he had added 19 with Williamson when he got a half-volley from Shami, but his manner of walking after hitting it in the air to mid-off suggested the ball still had time to stop in the pitch a little. Williamson, though, is going through a
prolonged spell of good fortune. in Auckland, he was dropped pretty early. here he got a beauty from Zaheer last ball before lunch, edged it, was caught, but discovered after tV replays that Zaheer had nothing behind the crease when he landed. Williamson was 15 then. By the time he reached 23, corey Anderson was fallen for 24 trying to counterattack and BJ Watling for a duck. When he reached 23, Williamson nearly made it 87 for 7 when he bat-padded ishant to short leg. Replays showed another act of overstepping, ishant had missed out on a sixth wicket, and New Zealand were on the cusp beginning a counterattack. the next 17.1 overs brought New Zealand 105 runs for four wickets. Williamson found freedom, debutant Jimmy Neesham struck 33 off 35, and tim Southee struck three sixes in his run-a-ball 32. Southee carried that over into his bowling, dismissing M Vijay with a vicious incutter in his first over. Shikhar Dhawan and cheteshwar Pujara, though, batted with discipline, and saw off the new ball. he covered Southee's swing towards him well, left trent Boult's away swing alone, and swayed out of Neil Wagner's bouncers. Once settled, Dhawan unfurled some sensational shots to run away with the initiative. his cuts from just outside off, the body arching away to make room, were almost outrageous. One particular over of Wagner, when he whipped, cut and upper-cut successive deliveries for four, four and six, would have been a small measure of retribution for that screamer from Wagner that turned the Auckland chase around. in all, Dhawan accelerated from 29 off 54 to 71 off 87. Just when it began to look easy for india, though, Boult came back and removed Pujara with a beautiful inswinger to suggest there was life in the pitch yet. however, the last act belonged, fittingly, to ishant, who negotiated 16 awkward deliveries to protect Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
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JAVED MIANDAD QUITS AS PCB DG
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad decided to resign from his position on Friday. In a letter addressed to the PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, Miandad said the moment had arrived that he must say adieu to the PCB. The legendary batsman further said that he prays for the success of Pakistan cricket team. Miandad, who coached Pakistan team for more than a couple of times, was appointed as the director general of the PCB in November 2008. He had quit his position for a brief period in January 2009, citing poor contractual terms, but soon was reappointed by the then PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Miandad has represented Pakistan in 124 test matches and 233 ODIs. SPorTS deSK
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LI SENT PACKING FROM DOHA DOHA: Top seed Li Na was ousted from the Qatar Open after being shocked 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4 by Petra Cetkovska in the third round in Doha. Prior to facing the Czech qualifier, Li had not lost this year following her successes at the WTA tournament in Shenzhen and at the Australian Open. In a largely evenlymatched encounter, new world number two Li laid the blame for her loss on her inability to win the big points - and the poor conditions which players have had to cope with. "She played well. I don't think I was playing so bad," Li said. "Maybe, sometimes the wrong choice made me lose a lot of important points. "It was cold. It's windy. The court is a little slower. When I think I can hit a winner the opponent always gets the ball back, so I always have to be ready for the next shot." Cetkovska, who has now beaten a top 10 player eight times, said: "It's an amazing victory. It's a little bit difficult to describe exactly what I feel at the moment. "Even though I was 3-1 down in the third set I could manage to make it and get through." The world number 139 next meets Angelique Kerber, who beat Klara Zakopalova 6-2 6-3. Meanwhile, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska walked through to the quarter-finals after her thirdround opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retired with a lower back injury with the scores 6-4 0-1 in the Pole's favour. Radwanska will now play Yanina Wickmayer for a place in the semi-finals. Petra Kvitova, seeded third, was pushed all the way by fellow Czech Lucie Safarova before the former Wimbledon champion closed out a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-2 victory. Kvitova had 15 aces on her way to setting up a last-eight meeting with Jelena Jankovic. "I served well, yes," said Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion. "I had one window when I did some double-faults, unfortunately. But with the aces I'm really glad." Fifth seed Jankovic sealed her progress with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 win over Alisa Kleybanova In Friday's other quarter-final, fourth-seeded Sara Errani faces seventh-seeded Simona Halep. agencieS
Dereck chisora is adamant he will knock out Kevin Johnson when the pair clash this weekend, prompting the American to make a unique vow. the heavyweights came face-to-face at thursday’s press conference ahead of their showdown at the copper Box Arena on Saturday night. British banger chisora goes into the fight with a lot on the line as he eyes a summer blockbuster with tyson Fury and has vowed to blast his way past the brash-talking Johnson on route to that goal. “i’ve watched a few of Johnson’s fights,” said chisora. “the way i fight and the way he fights is totally different. “i’m looking for a knockout so he can run and run but there’s going to be pressure on him. i’m going to go out there looking for him and i’m going to hurt him basically,” he said. “i’m not looking at anything expect Kevin Johnson right now. i’m not looking at any other fight in the future. All i’m focused on is beating Kevin Johnson,” added chisora. Johnson, who is no stranger to British shores having fought here before against Fury as well as in a Prizefighter tournament, was in fine form
as he confidently declared that chisora was an opponent and style he would be able to easily handle. “Fights like this are the ones i do the best in. Pressure fighter, a puncher, a brawler – these are the guys that get stopped, these are the guys i look the best against,” said Johnson. “So i definitely look forward to this fight because i capitalise on guys with this type of style. i couldn’t have asked for anything more with a guy with this sort of style, anything different then i might not be here today. But this one right here is definitely worth flying over for,” he said. the 34-year-old from New Jersey is a hardened veteran who has never been stopped in the ring and is certain it won’t be happening anytime soon. “i’ve been stopped once in my life and that was by my momma and ever since then nobody’s put me down,” Johnson joked. “My momma whopped my behind since i was seven-years-old. i got hit by lefts, rights, uppercuts, sticks, board, cat, dog, strap, bat, everything you name it but i’m still here. “i guess it made me the tough, strong, broad male that i am today and unless you whop me you ain’t putting me down. My momma’s a heavyweight man. My momma’s 6’1” 210 pounds. trust me, it was a hell of a nightmare.
LONDON: The Chelsea manager is taking his Premier League title rivals very seriously, arguing that their promising young players have grown up and been joined by experienced heads. Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal cannot use youth as an excuse for failure this season as they are now a "mature" team. The Gunners have gone eight years without winning a trophy as Arsene Wenger has prized youth development over spending large sums of money to acquire established talent. But the north Londoners now lie just one point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with 12 games left, and Mourinho interprets this as a sign that their talented youngsters have come of age. "Arsenal have spent many, many years working together, making these players grow up and achieve this maturity level," the Chelsea boss told the Daily Mail. "These guys, Jack Wilshere and Alex OxladeChamberlain, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs, they are not kids any more. They were kids but, in this moment, they are mature players. "The manager, with this group of players ... four, five or six years working with these players and then adding fantastic players like Mezut Ozil, Santi Cazorla or Per Mertesacker to the team, these last pieces of experience. I think they are a very good team." agencieS
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