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Karachi Edition Sunday, 16 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 14, 1435

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Skipper turns gun on US, warns against military operation STORY ON PAGE 03

Musharraf summoned in Lal Masjid case on March 1





Saudi prince in town, Nawaz looks for improved ties STORY ON PAGE 02


Sunday, 16 February, 2014

In Naya Pakistan, Centre doesn’t need to know everything! ISLAMABAD



n an “unprecedented rush”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has “quietly” sanctioned an amount of Rs 27 million to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government as “feeding charges” for 4,500 policemen deployed for protection of volunteers observing duties for health immunisation campaigns but no public announcement has been made in this regard, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. Well placed sources and related documents have revealed that the amount was sanctioned “in haste” and the agreement was made within a span of few weeks. The amount would soon be transferred to KP government, they added. Observers, however, see the move as a bid to influence PTI leadership, helping it to soften its strong stance on nATO supplies’ blockade by dolling out heavy funds to the KP government. Concerned by the fast developments taking place, the federal government has approached WHO and UnICEF to express its concern and protest against direct contacts made by the world health bodies with the KP government and holding meetings with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership for assurance of provision of funds to the provincial government for running the immunisation drive and EPI Vaccination Campaign in KP in violation of PC-1 of the drive and against mutually agreed upon formula. Around 47 percent of KP children did not receive routine immunisation last year, according to the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013 owing to threats from terrorists. A polio drive was supposed to commence from January 26 in KP province but was postponed after attacks on polio workers in Karachi and Mansehra on January 21 which resulted in the death of four. Under Sehat ka Insaf, however, the children of Peshawar will be provided immunisation against nine paediatric diseases, not just the poliovirus. Under this campaign, more than 12,500 ‘insaf razakaars’ (health volunteers) will also distribute


Moreover, the Peshawar Police chief also health education material and hygiene kits. PESHAWAR POLICE CHIEF ASKS mentioned an account number for the receipt of the amount FOR FUNDS: termed as “feedDocuments ing charges”. As available with per the letter, the Pakistan Today account number have revealed was A/C C9-3 of that the Capital Under the NEAP, both the national Bank of City Police Chief campaigns needed to be Pakistan, Civil of Peshawar, in a memo written to launched separately and the four S e c r e t a r i a t Branch Code no the provincial provincial ministers, including (0986). police chief of WHO ASKP, had reYousafzai, had agreed to follow SURES COOPquested for proERATION: In vision of Rs this plan. However, later the KP its communiqué 27,000,000 to health minister retracted from sent on February help cover the 4 to Mohammad expenses for his version and the provincial Shehzad Arbab, breakfast and government got funds from former KP chief lunch of 4,500 secretary, Dr policemen who WHO and UNICEF directly, which nima Saeed, the would provide representative of security to the is also a violation of the rules. the office of the volunteers of Under the rules, no foreign WHO, expressed Sehat Ka Insaf for the 12-day donor agency can provide funds the agreement to provide “feeding anti-polio camto a provincial government and charges” to the paign. KP government Interestingly, rather only federal government for the security the Peshawar officials for the Police chief did could do so. polio drive, statnot bother to ing that the mention a date WHO officials in on the memo. Peshawar had Out of the been mandated amount, Rs 900,000 were sought for provision of to enter into contact with the KP governbreakfast to the 4,500 policemen at the rate ment for the provision of funds. However, the WHO representative of Rs 200 for each policeman for each day. Similarly, Rs 1,350,000 were meant for asked the KP chief secretary to meet four provision of lunch for 4,500 policemen at conditions, asking the officials concerned the rate of Rs 300 each day; hence taking to open an official bank account in Pakthe total amount to Rs 2,250,000. So, the istani rupees with at least two signatories; total amount was placed as Rs 27 million take full responsibility of the implementation of the activity; submission of the defor 12 days.

Musharraf summoned in Lal Masjid case on March 1 ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The additional session judge of Islamabad on Saturday summoned former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of former Lal Masjid prayer leader Ghazi Abdul Rasheed on March 1. On Saturday, Musharraf’s lawyer requested the court to exempt his client from appearing in the hearing. The request was granted but the lawyer was told to ensure Musharraf’s presence on March 1. Also, Akhtar Shah presented his papers to represent Musharraf in place of his former lawyer Ilyas Siddiqui. The court also instructed the police to submit a new challan of the Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case before the next hearing.

BLA frees abducted govt officials QUETTA STAFF REPORT

The abductors of the deputy commissioner of Kech and the Tump assistant commissioner released the two men on Saturday. Kech DC Abdul Hameed Abro and Tump AC Hussain Jan were abducted by militants on Thursday when they were returning after a meeting with border officials of Iran.


Outlawed Baloch separatist group Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the two district officials. The Dasht assistant commissioner, two tehsildars, Levies officials and some political and tribal leaders were also abducted in the kidnapping incident. The Levies men and political and tribal leaders were released on Friday night but the assistant

commissioner and tehsildars were still in captivity of kidnappers. Kech Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed Abro and Tamp Assistant Commissioner Hussain Jan after their release reached the Commissioner’s Office in Makran. Earlier, a team of government officials headed by Balochistan’s chief secretary and home secretary left for Kech to secure the release of the abducted officials.

tailed proposal and a formal request signed by the senior-most official of the nominated department/authority and timely submission of reports (both technical and financial) as stipulated in the agreement to be signed by the nominated department/authority and WHO. “Once the above are completed, WHO shall proceed to the next step. Meanwhile, we take this opportunity to assure our highest cooperation in this regard,” Dr nima concluded. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROTESTS: Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq has written the letter to protest with both the world heal monitors and funding organisations for directly providing funds to the provincial government bypassing the federal government. PM’s focal person opined that it had been agreed between both the donors and the federal government that the executing ministry would be federal government and the funds would be executed through the same. “For the sake of transparency and smooth disbursal of funds, it was agreed to utilise the funds through WHO and UnICEF as laid out in PC-1,” she said and added that if any new initiative had to be launched, it must have been through the federal task force on polio eradication. She added that it had been observed that the UnICEF and WHO had established direct contacts with the PTI leadership and meetings had been organised with the leadership of the same political party for launching the campaign in a specific district of Peshawar. “However, a new operational plan for launching a campaign by a specific district was designed and it was announced by a head of a specific political party on Friday, January 17,” she said adding that it was a violation of the PC-1 and the agreement between the polio eradication task force and both the organisations.

With an ambitious approach, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had launched Sehat Ka Insaf campaign last week, under which polio drops immunisation drive and EPI Vaccination Campaign would be run simultaneously. However, the federal government sources told Pakistan Today that this was a blatant violation of the national Emergency Action Plan (nEAP) agreed upon by all the four provinces in January this year in the federal capital which had also been attended by KP Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai. “Under the nEAP, both the campaigns needed to be launched separately and the four provincial ministers, including Yousafzai, had agreed to follow this plan. However, later the KP health minister retracted from his version and the provincial government got funds from WHO and UnICEF directly, which is also a violation of the rules. Under the rules, no foreign donor agency can provide funds to a provincial government and rather only federal government could do so,” the source added.

For the sake of transparency and smooth disbursal of funds, it was agreed to utilise the funds through WHO and UNICEF as laid out in PC-1. If any new initiative had to be launched, it must have been through the federal task force on polio eradication.


Saudi prince in town, Nawaz looks for improved ties ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud arrived in Islamabad on a three day visit to Pakistan on Saturday. He was received by Prime Minister nawaz Sharif at the airport. The crown prince had been invited to Pakistan by nawaz himself. Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud also serves as the deputy prime minister and minister for defence of the kingdom. 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.


TALKS AGENDA: The talks aim to strengthen 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. They are also expected to discuss ways to increase export of Pakistan’s labour force to Saudi Arabia and facilitate over 1.5 million Pakistanis currently residing in the Kingdom. The Afghan issue is also expected to figure during the talks.

Sunday, 16 February, 2014






RIME Minister nawaz Sharif has said that there is complete harmony between the government and the army led by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif about holding dialogue with Taliban, but hastened to add that continuing attacks by the Taliban have seriously


dented the process. Talking to journalists on board his special plane while returning from Istanbul on Saturday, the prime minister said it was his desire to end bloodshed and loss of innocent lives. “It would be a big achievement if the lives of the people are saved through the dialogue process,” he added. He said the government had formed the committee for dialogue with Taliban with sincerity, adding that after the meet-

Fatwa says constitution completely in line with Sharia Mufti Usmani says presence of 22 clauses proposed by religious scholars in 1973 Constitution make it ‘a perfect Islamic docement’ g

The federal government has obtained a fatwa (religious decree) declaring the Constitution of Pakistan completely in accordance with Islam from one of the country’s most prominent clerics, preempting any demand for the enforcement of Sharia the Taliban may voice during peace talks. “Our Constitution is a complete document. The presence of 22 clauses proposed by the then leading religious scholars in the 1973 Constitution make it a perfect Islamic document,” observed Rafi Usmani, president of Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi. In the threepage document which contained his recommendations, Usmani, who claims to be Pakistan’s grand mufti, condemned any move to create doubts regarding the Constitution. “Yes, when we talk about the implementation of Sharia laws, the government did a culpable negligence by not implementing these [22] clauses in letter and spirit,” Usmani had said after meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. However, those creating such confusions, he added, should know all sects had unanimously agreed to the 22 clauses. The interior minister met senior clerics from Darul Uloom Karachi, Jamia Farooqia, Jamia Binoria and Jamia al Rashid, along with other leading clerics in Karachi on Thursday night. To create confusion about sensitive documents and to damage national unity is a condemnable act, particularly at a time when Pakistan is facing worst kind of unrest, the clerics had said. NEWS DESK

ing of both the committees, the Taliban committee met the Taliban leadership in north Waziristan which gave a positive signal. “The government has expressed its dismay to the Taliban over repeated acts of terrorism,” he added. nawaz said the government was utilizing all options to restore peace, and stressed the need for expediting the talks. Asked about Imran Khan’s statement that there was possibility of 40 per cent

success in case of operation against Taliban, the prime minister said that there were different views about the operation’s success and these assessments continue to change with the passage of time. DRONES UNACCEPTABLE Earlier in an interview with a Turkish radio and television channel, nawaz said that drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas were unacceptable under any circumstances.


The strongest advocate for talks with terrorists, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday warned the government against suspending the peace process with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, saying the failure of talks will only lead to military operations. Talking to reporters, the PTI chief claimed that the pro-American lobby in Pakistan wanted a military operation in north Waziristan as per dictation given by their master. “Military operations have never been an option to deal with any issue. A majority of Pakistanis are in favour of peace talks with the Taliban,” he claimed. Khan suggested that the government should instead spend money in the tribal belt and reconcile with people. “If it launches (a military) operation, terrorism will not end at the end of the day. The

“We have made it clear to the Obama administration that these are not acceptable under any circumstances as this is a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. Highlighting the importance of a result-oriented peace process in Afghanistan, nawaz said peace in Afghanistan was vital for stability in Pakistan and the region, and hoped that peace process in Afghanistan would deliver positive results. The PM said there was unanimity of views at the trilateral summit in Ankara that they all had to strengthen hands of the Afghan government. He said the summit also agreed to ensure success of upcoming elections and a smooth transition from one government to another in Afghanistan.

Taliban are ‘sons of Pakistan’, declares clerics’ moot ULEMA AND MASHAIKH MOOT URGES GOVT, TALIBAN TO CEASE FIRE LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Leading Islamist clerics on Saturday urged both the government and Taliban militants to agree on a ceasefire, saying the use of force was not a solution to resolving issues. Reading a joint statement of the Ulema and Mashaikh Convention, Taliban talks committee leader Maulana Samiul Haq said that the restoration of peace was a prerequisite for stability‚ progress and prosperity in the country.


He said that Saturday’s convention was convened to take the clerics into confidence over the dialogue process. The joint statement read that the Taliban were “sons of Pakistan” therefore they should support peace process for the country’s sake. The statement said the convention agreed that peace in Pakistan could only be achieved through talks. It laid emphasis on the dialogue process and urged that the use of force should be avoided even if talks failed. The clerics also sought the Taliban’s support for the restoration of peace in the

Skipper turns gun on US, warns against military operation PTI CHIEF SAYS PRO-US LOBBY MAKING CASE FOR OPERATION IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN


SAYS POLITICAL PARTIES CRITICAL OF URGES CEASEFIRE PEACE TALKS SHOULD HAVE LAUNCHED BETWEEN GOVT OPERATION DURING THEIR TERM IN GOVT FORCES AND TALIBAN children of those killed in the operation will pick up guns and there will be more terrorism in the country,” he said. “And eventually there will be peace talks again,” he said. History showed military operations had never succeeded anywhere in Pakistan, he added. “Prime Minister nawaz Sharif told me that there are less than 40 per cent chances of success if we launch a military operation in north Waziristan,” he claimed. However, government officials denied that Sharif had quoted the army chief in Khan’s presence as saying that there are less than 40 per cent chances of success if a military operation is launched against militants. “Pakistan has been in this war for the last 10 years. The Pakistan People’s Party, Awami national Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which are critical of peace talks, should have launched a military operation during their previous government,” he said. Khan said that a ceasefire agreement be-

tween the government and Taliban should be made as early as possible. He said peace talks should be given a full chance to restore peace in the country, adding that the option of a military operation will always be at hand. “It is better that before giving signal to the military, we give complete chance to peace talks as history tells us that Pakistan never succeeded in any military operation,” he added. The PTI chief also revealed that there were groups within the Taliban which did not want peace in Pakistan, adding that anti-state elements were also active against peace talks. Condemning the recent acts of terrorism, Khan said Taliban should be given the responsibility of nabbing those involved in terrorist attacks. SETHI’S ’35 PUNCTURES’ Talking about the recent power tussle in the Pakistan Cricket Board, Khan said that najam Sethi was given the coveted position after he “fixed 35 punctures” in the May 2013 general elections.


country. The statement added that a ceasefire was necessary for successful talks and clerics appealed to the Taliban and government to announce a ceasefire. The statement read more such conventions were required in all four provinces. The statement said military operation and use of force would lead the country to an endless bloodshed. The convention urged the TTP not to talk with weapons, but speak the language of peace. It said some elements wanted to sabotage peace process, adding that sectarianism and other conspiracies of enemies should

be foiled by unity. The statement also said mistakes of former governments had dragged the country into proxy war of the US which resulted in relentless violence in Pakistan. It said the real jihad was to pull the country out of the West’s war. Earlier, addressing the convention, Samiul Haq said that operation against Taliban would not be the right decision and both sides should be aware of the conspiracies that were being hatched to foil the peace talks. He said that it was a huge responsibility and he was not capable enough to take it that was why he invited all others to take part in the peace talk process. Haq said that the religion does not allow torture, terror and extremism. “Saving one person’s life is equal to saving lives of all humans,” he asserted.


Pakistan People’s Party Patron-inChief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday announced a “Jihad” against the Taliban if the latter did not stop imposing their brand of Islam on the country. Speaking at the closing ceremony of Sindh Festival in Makli, Bilawal said that they knew the teachings of Islam more than the Taliban. “Dialogue is always an option but we have to have a position of strength. How do you talk from a position of weakness? You have to beat them on the battlefield. They are fighting us. It’s not only confined to north Waziristan. They are attacking us in Karachi. We want to eradicate the Taliban from Pakistan,” he said. He said that everybody should

admit that the TTP was an enemy driven by lust for blood. “Taliban have no interest in talks or peace,” Bilawal said, adding that it was surprising that some parties still insisted on holding talks with such deadly enemies. Every drop of blood being sacrificed by the people and the nation’s brave armed forces was creating unity and consensus that “beasts can never be lured through roses and they need to be responded to in the same language”, he added. The young PPP leader sympathised with the grieving families whose loved ones were killed by the TTP terrorists, saying that he shared their grief as he himself had lost his mother in the nation’s war for survival. Bilawal has been quite outspoken in his criticism of the Taliban, who are carrying out terrorist attacks, including bombings and suicide attacks, in the country almost on a daily basis now. The PPP leader urged an army offensive against the terrorists, saying terrorists could not stop him from speaking the truth.


Sunday, 16 February, 2014

Turkey tightens control over judiciary ANKARA



URKEy’S parliament has passed a bill tightening government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, with legislators violently scuffling over the contested reforms introduced amid a major corruption scandal. The bill would give the Justice Ministry greater sway over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSyK), an independent body responsible for appointing members of the judiciary. The legislation approved on Saturday also gives the justice minister the right to launch investigations into its members. The opposition says that the reform package is a “government manoeuvre” to limit fallout from a graft investigation that has ensnared top allies of Prime

Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The law is an apparent indicator of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s [AKP] attempt to cover the corruption investigation by redesigning the judiciary,” CHP legislator Aykan Aydemir told AFP news agency. The measures were passed on Saturday morning with 210 votes in favour and 28 against. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Ozcan yeniceri criticised the bill, saying it was aimed at “meeting the needs of the AK Party” to delay the graft investigation in which dozens of prominent business people, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and state officials were questioned. Parliament resumed debate of the bill on Friday despite an uproar from opposition parties and the international community who warned it threatened the independence of the judiciary in the country, which hopes to join the Eu-

Daniel Pearl’s murder convict attempts suicide in prison

ropean Union. Ilter Turan, political analyst at Bilgi University, told Al Jazeera that the bill is bound to generate criticism both locally and internationally. “The Turkish prime minister promised the European Union to observe the rules of the

EU as regards to democratic practises. So this is bound to generate negative responses among the opposition domestically and will put Turkey in a difficult position internationally,” said Turan. Violent scuffle: Fighting erupted with fists flying in the air between ruling party and opposition legislators as the bill was debated overnight into Saturday in a marathon 20-hour sitting. Ali Ihsan Kokturk, legislator from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), got a bloodied nose in the brawl, while ruling party legislator Bayram Ozcelik’s finger was broken. CHP had said on Thursday it would appeal the bill in the Constitutional Court if it was approved in parliament. The battle for control of the HSyK, the body which appoints senior members of the judiciary, lies at the heart of a feud between Erdogan and US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.


KARACHI: A British-Pakistani man convicted of the killing of US reporter Daniel Pearl attempted to commit suicide in prison on Saturday. “Omar Sheikh, a British-Pakistani, who is serving life imprisonment in Hyderabad prison, tried to hang himself with the exhaust of the prison cell late Friday,” senior police official Akram Naeem said. Pearl was working for the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002. British-born extremist Omar was arrested with three others and convicted in June 2002 of Pearl’s murder by an anti-terror court. Akram said Saturday that security officials saw Omar and rescued him quickly. “His condition is stable now and a case has been filed against him in the local police station,” he added. Prisoners who attempt to commit suicide can face additional punishment. Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi on January 23, 2002, while researching a story about Islamist militants. A graphic video showing his decapitation was delivered to the US consulate in the city nearly a month later. In January 2011, a report released by the Pearl project at Georgetown University following an investigation into his death made chilling revelations when it claimed that the wrong men were convicted for Pearl’s murder. The investigation, led by Pearl’s friend and former Wall Street Journal colleague Asra Nomani and a Georgetown University professor, claimed the reporter was murdered by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged brains behind the September 11 2001 attacks, not Omar Sheikh. Pearl’s body was found four months after he disappeared, cut into a dozen pieces, the head severed, the upper torso still clad in a light blue track suit that his kidnappers made him wear, the report said. Self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and is being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, awaiting trial by a US military tribunal. STAFF REPORT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s release of 65 detainees from a former American prison despite Washington’s objections is an effort to “cut a deal with Taliban and talk about moving over toward them”, political strategist Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Friday. “He’s crazy like a fox,” Morris told John Bachman on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV. “He knows we’re pulling out. He knows his troops won’t last five minutes

against the Taliban. He’ll get eaten alive for it, but he’s going to try.” The Afghan government released the prisoners on Thursday from the Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Air Base. Karzai had ordered the release several weeks ago, contending that the detainees were being held without cause. The jail is guarded by US troops, but Karzai’s government has authority over the handling of prisoners. The move roiled US military officials, who charged that some of those set free were directly involved in attacks that have killed or

wounded 32 US or coalition personnel and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians. Most US and international combat troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina denounced the move on Friday, saying that it posed an immediate threat to US, Afghan, and allied forces in the country. “Karzai is doing a lot of damage to his country and to the relationship between us and Afghanistan,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. In his Newsmax interview, Morris said that the release underscored the problems with President Barack Obama’s promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

Two killed as more storms batter Britain LONDON AGENCIES

Two people were killed and 32 people were rescued from a seaside restaurant on Friday as storms and strong winds battered Britain, adding more misery to areas already hit by widespread flooding and transport chaos. Gales of up to 80 miles (129 kilometres) per hour and heavy rain lashed southern England and Wales overnight, Britain’s Met Office said, while severe flood warnings remained in place for much of southern and central parts of Britain. More than 141,000 people have been left without power after high winds brought down power lines, the Energy Networks Association which represents energy companies said. A 49-year-old woman died in the central London district of Holborn late on Friday

after part of a building collapsed on the car she was driving, British police said. In the English Channel, an 85-year-old man died when a cruise ship carrying 1,084 passengers and crew was hit by a large wave during rough seas, the ship’s operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages said. The ship was heading to her home port of Tilbury, southeast England after a 42-night voyage. Emergency services rescued 32 diners from a beachfront restaurant in Milford on Sea, on England’s south coast, after the building was hit by a strong tidal surge and high winds. No-one was injured, police said. The Met Office said Friday’s weather was likely to be the last of the series of violent storms that have crossed the country in recent weeks, with the weather set to improve through the weekend. However, Britain’s Environment Agency said flooding risk would continue for at least another week.

It’s un-Islamic for women to consult male doctor alone, says Saudi cleric DUBAI: A top Saudi cleric has reportedly termed women’s visit to a male doctor alone as un-Islamic. Qays Al Mubarak, a member of the Council of Senior Ulema (Muslim scholars), commented that it was against Islam for the women to consult male doctors in the absence of a male guardian. According to the Gulf News, Mubarak’s remarks were made in the light of the recent death of a university student after paramedics were denied access to her campus since the girl’s male guardian was not present. The cleric also termed physical examination of women by male doctors not permissible in Islam unless the case was an urgent one. INP

Bahrain protest attracts tens of thousands, no clashes MANAMA: Tens of thousands of Bahrainis joined a peaceful demonstration on Saturday to mark the third anniversary of an abortive prodemocracy uprising led by majority Shia Muslims. The rally organized by the kingdom’s main opposition al-Wefaq movement was one of the biggest staged since 2011. Vast crowds of men, women and children took to the streets of the small Gulf Arab nation calling for democracy, political reform and the release of political prisoners, witnesses said. “We will not stop until we achieve our demands,” protesters shouted. “Shia and Sunnis, we all love this country.” Police could not be seen at the rally on Budaiya Highway, which links the capital Manama to the northwestern town of Budaiya, witnesses said. No clashes were reported. The Interior Ministry said a policeman had died after being wounded by a “terrorist” blast on Friday. Three other policemen were wounded the same day, while 26 people had been arrested. “Some villages saw rioting, vandalism and the targeting of policemen,” the ministry said, referring to Friday’s unrest. Bahrain, with Saudi help, crushed the demonstrations that began on February 14, 2011 inspired by Arab uprisings elsewhere, but has yet to resolve the conflict between majority Shias and the Sunniled monarchy they accuse of oppressing them. The ruling family has launched a third round of dialogue with its opponents, but no political agreement is in sight. AGENCIES

Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti DERA BUGTI: Unidentified miscreants blew up a gas pipeline in Dera Bugti area of Balochistan on Saturday. The miscreants exploded an eight-inch diameter gas pipeline in Zain Koh area, which suspended gas supply to several areas in the region. Sui gas field in Dera Bugti is the biggest natural gas field in Pakistan. The gas field was discovered in the late 1952 and the commercial exploitation of the field began in 1955. Repeated attacks on supply lines of natural gas from Sui gas field to rest of the country have become an order of the day. STAFF REPORT

Obama vows to put more pressure on Assad Thai protesters vow to continue with campaign CALIFORNIA AGENCIES

BANGKOK AGENCIES Anti-government protesters vowed on Saturday to maintain their campaign to unseat Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra despite dwindling numbers on the streets and a first tentative move by police against sites they are occupying in Bangkok. Riot police reclaimed a thoroughfare in the capital’s government district on Friday without resistance, but backed off from confrontation elsewhere in the city and made no move against the largest protest sites at intersections in the main shopping and business areas. “Our mission is still going on, which is to reform the country,” Ekkanat Promphan, the protesters’ spokesman, told reporters. “All protest site are still

occupied by us and we will still continue our activity during the weekend.” The protesters view Yingluck as a proxy for her elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a self-exiled former prime minister who clashed with the establishment before he was overthrown by the army in 2006. They are demanding that Yingluck makes way for an appointed “people’s council” to overhaul the political system and rid it of the influence of Thaksin, a telecoms billionaire they accused of using taxpayer money to buy votes with populist giveaways. The protests, which began in November, are the latest round in a bitter eight-year conflict broadly pitting the Bangkokbased middle-class and royalist establishment against the mostly rural supporters of the Shinawatras in the north and northeast.

As Syrian peace talks in Geneva appear to flounder, US President Barack Obama on Friday vowed to apply more pressure on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Obama’s remarks came as he hosted Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands retreat in Palm Springs, in southern California, to discuss issues that include the flood of Syrian refugees pouring into Jordan. Obama said that both leaders “recognise that we can’t just treat the symptoms” of the crisis, “we’re also going to have to solve the underlying problem — a regime led by Bashar Al Assad that has shown very little regard for the well-being of his people. We are going to need a political transition in that region,” Obama said. “We don’t expect to solve this any time in the short term so there are going to be some immediate steps that we have to take to help the humanitarian situation


there,” he said. “There will be some intermediate steps that we can take to apply more pressure to the Al Assad regime, and we’re going to be continuing to work with all the parties concerned to try to move forward on a diplomatic solution,” Obama said, without specifying what those steps may be. At the meeting Obama pledged $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) in loan guarantees to Jordan, as well as a renewal of a fiveyear memorandum of understanding. The current five-year package, currently worth $660 million a year, expires in September. The funds are aimed in part at helping Washington’s Middle East ally cope with the flood of Syrian refugees and its loss of natural gas from Egypt, White House officials said. King Abdullah said that the Syrian crisis and the rise of extremism are his country’s primary concerns. He also thanked the US for its “very generous support,” and emphasised that Jordan is an “oasis of stability” in the region. Jordan has borne the brunt of much of the humanitarian overflow — nearly

600,000 Syrian refugees have now crossed its borders, straining its infrastructure and finances. Obama has all but admitted that his policy of sparking a political transition in Syria that would lead to Al Assad’s exit is failing. But he also frequently notes that the US is the largest aid donor to Syrian refugees. Washington has so far donated $1.7 billion to the cause, according to the US Agency for International Development. A senior administration official said that the $1 billion guarantee will make it easier for Jordan to access capital markets and borrow money. “Our backing of principle and interest in the loan improves Jordan’s access to international capital markets,” said the official. “It’s a signal to the markets of the strong confidence of the United States in Jordan, of our partnership, and of our intention to be there as a partner for Jordan in the long term.” The meeting with the king of Jordan is the first of a trio of meetings between Obama and key Middle East leaders in the coming weeks.


Sunday, 16 February, 2014

Verdict reserved on Dr Shakeel Afridi’s appeal Peshawar commissioner will announce judgment on March 15

HYDERABAD: Unable to buy good fruit, children from a slum area pick spoiled oranges near a garbage dump. ONLINE

Displaced families put faith in peace talks PESHAWAR AGENCIES


or Zarmata Bibi, a grandmother from the volatile tribal areas, landmark peace talks between the government and the Taliban aimed at ending a seven-year insurgency couldn’t come soon enough. The 60-year-old has lost both a son and a granddaughter to the conflict, seen her home turned to rubble and was forced to flee in 2012, uncertain if she and her remaining family members would ever return. “I miss my home, I miss my relatives, I miss everything. Any move for peace means returning to normal life,” she told a foreign news agency from her temporary home in Hangu. Bibi is one of Pakistan’s around 750,000 “internally displaced people”(IDPs). They are domestic refugees whose stories rarely figure in the daily coverage of military operations and suicide bombings that have blighted the country ever since militants in the border areas rose up against the Islamabad government. While analysts are sceptical over the outcome of talks announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that began last week, the dialogue has ignited hopes for some refugees desperate for good news after years of hardship. Caught between the Taliban on the one side and military shelling on the other, many say peace talks are their best chance for some sort of lasting solution. “Hopelessness is a sin in Islam,” said Haji Namadar Khan, a 57-year-old from the Khyber tribal district who has been living in the Jalozai camp for refugees on the outskirts of Peshawar since 2009. “In the end, dialogue will be the only solution. I am hopeful the current peace process will lead to a solution.” HarsH weatHer and HardsHip The plight of Pakistan’s internal refugees came to national prominence when many were forced to flee the picturesque Swat Valley, just 125 kilometres from the capital Islamabad, in 2009 following an army operation against the Taliban. Fundraising drives at home and abroad provided them with food, shelter and provisions,

and after the conflict many displaced returned home. Though that battle is over in Swat, Pakistani troops are still fighting a home-grown insurgency that has raged since 2007 in the country’s semi-autonomous tribal belt that the United States sees as the global headquarters of al Qaeda. The worst-hit area is said to be Khyber, where the Pakistani Taliban and pro-government militias have clashed over the past year. According to an official report some 750,000 displaced people are living outside the refugee camps, often in rented houses or with friends and relatives in settled areas. An estimated 40,000 who are even less fortunate are forced to live in camps in Peshawar, Kurram tribal district and Hangu. In the camps, tents stretch for as far as the eye can see. There is no running electricity and limited water, and residents are exposed to the searing heat of summer, when temperatures can reach 50C before plunging below zero during the frigid winter. ‘i miss my friends’ The latest displacement started late last month, when some 1,500 families — about 13,000 people — left their villages in North Waziristan fearing an impending military offensive against Taliban insurgents. That threat failed to materialise. Arshad Khan, a senior official from the Fata disaster management authority, said the government is working on repatriating most families in March, with

compensation payments of 25,000 rupees ($250) for the displaced. For some, the move to hold talks with the Taliban has fuelled a deep longing to return. “I want to go back, I want to see my school and school fellows, I miss my cricket, I miss my friends,” said Tahir Khan, a 15-year-old from Khyber currently living in Peshawar. But others remain sceptical of peace efforts, citing the wide gulf between the two sides and past failures. The Taliban’s demands include the nationwide imposition of sharia law and an end to US drone strikes, conditions the government and army are unlikely to be able to meet. regional deals in the past have also failed, most notably in 2009 when a ceasefire between the two sides in the Swat valley broke out after the Taliban carried out public beheadings and flogged women. “I am not hopeful of these peace talks,” said Sakhiullah, a 47-year-old refugee who lost his sister during the conflict and is now living in a rented house in Jarma village of Kohat. “All such efforts in the past have failed. If I go back I will be killed either by the Taliban or a stray shell from the security forces,” he continued. “I fear, I will never return and will never see my village again. I have no hope of peace in the next few years.”

I miss my home, I miss my relatives, I miss everything. Any move for peace means returning to normal life. ZARMATA BIBI 60-YEAR-OLD DISPLACED WOMAN


Pakistan on Friday underscored the importance of dialogue as part of efforts to eliminate terrorism, saying that the process should be pursued in good faith to accomplish the objective. “Dialogue is not a tool of appeasement; it has to be pursued in good faith, as talks and terrorism do not go hand-in-hand,” Khan told a panel of the UN Alliance of Civilisation at

which he also outlined Pakistan’s strategy to combat the scourge. Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations, the Alliance of Civilisations seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide. The envoy said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has started a peace dialogue as it was a constitutional obligation to relieve people from fear, protect their life and honour, and ensure their safety and security.

“To achieve this objective, dialogue in different forms must be given a chance,” he said, while participating in a discussion on “Strengthening International Cooperation in Preventing Terrorism” held in the alliance’s Group of Friends. Khan pointed out that Pakistan had always called for a comprehensive approach to eliminate terrorism, comprising deterrence, development and dialogue. Deterrence was necessary to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat, he said. Development helped meet basic human needs, build community resilience, and prevent terrorism, he said, adding dialogue was equally important. “Those who are willing to renounce violence


should be brought back to national and societal mainstreams,” the Pakistani envoy told the group. “No religion, no faith, no philosophy sanctions violent extremism,” Khan said. “Criminality cannot be legitimised in the name of a religion or ideology. It is therefore our collective responsibility to delegitimize the skewed and vicious narratives of terrorists and put the full weight of our collective, global experience to work for peace and harmony within communities and nations and among nations.” In that endeavour, he called for banishing stereotyping, because conflation of terrorism, a vile crime against humanity, with Islam or any other religion, will be the most serious mistake of this century.

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Commissioner Tariq Jamil on Saturday reserved verdict on Dr Shakil Afridi’s appeal against his imprisonment. The judgment will be announced on March 15. Dr Afridi’s lawyers Latif Afridi, Samiullah Afridi, Qamar Nadeem and Ijaz Mohmand gave arguments in the commissioner’s court. Jamil is appellant judge of the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). The state was represented by additional and deputy advocate generals. Dr Afridi had appealed to the FCR tribunal to return the case to the Khyber Agency political agent for re-trial with assuring defence rights to him. However, the tribunal rejected the appeal and sent the case back to the commissioner’s court. Samiullah Afridi expressed satisfaction over the proceedings and hoped of a positive decision. “Whatever might be verdict but our arguments and point of view was listened with patience in the commissioner’s court,” the lawyer told Pakistan Today. He said that the political agent, without giving defence right to Dr Afridi, had issued the order and sentenced him to 33 years’ imprisonment. He said that according to the constitution and UN charter of human rights, every accused had the defence rights. On such grounds, the lawyer requested the court to ensure these rights to Dr Afridi. Afridi was apprehended on the charges of extending support to the CIA in tracking down al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden through a fake polio vaccination drive in May 2012. He was produced before the court of the Khyber Agency assistant political agent and was sentenced to 33 years rigorous imprisonment under the FCR. Later, he appealed to the Peshawar commissioner to set aside the judgement. The appeal was accepted by slain commissioner Muhammad Anees. STAFF REPORT

Government school blown up in Hangu; watchman injured PESHAWAR: Unknown assailants blew up a government high school in Hangu’s Tora Warai area on Saturday. According to police, explosive material was planted in three classrooms of the school which went off with a loud noise. The attack also left the school’s watchman injured. He was immediately shifted to a local hospital where his condition was reported as out of danger. As a result of the blasts, three rooms of the school were badly damaged. Following the explosion, police cordoned off the area and a search operation went underway. Hangu borders the northwestern tribal region of Orakzai, one of Pakistan’s seven lawless districts on the Afghan border considered to be the hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants. STAFF REPORT

Terrorists torch 2 NATO containers in Mastung MASTUNG: Terrorists on Saturday set ablaze two NATO containers in Mastung. Police said that unidentified gunmen opened fire on two Quetta-bound NATO containers near the DC office in Mastung. The containers were coming from Karachi. The attackers set the containers on fire and escaped from the scene. Security personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. INP


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BANNU: Tribesmen from Mamshkhel and Momandkhel tribes hold a demonstration against PESCO for disconnecting electricity supply to their areas. ONLINE

Deputy FM says Iran resolved to pursue fate of abducted border guards TEHRAN: The Iranian deputy foreign minister stressed Tehran’s firm will to root out terrorist groups alongside Iran-Pakistan border, saying the ministry has done its best to clarify the fate of the five Iranian border guards who were abducted in Sistan and Baluchistan province earlier this month. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi said necessary consultations for the release of the abducted Iranian border guards were underway. The Iranian official also stated that the results of the consultations will not be publicised until the issue is finalised. “We hope that the incident will result in the freedom of our loved ones as it was the case in previous incidents,” Qashqavi said. Earlier, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Abdollahi had said that Iran is planning to send a delegation to Islamabad soon to pursue the case of its abducted border guards. Last Saturday, the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl, a radical Sunni-Wahhabi movement, claimed responsibility for the abduction of 5 Iranian border guards in Southeastern Iran. The Iranian deputy FM underlined that the members of the terrorist group had crossed the border into Iran and returned to Pakistani soil after kidnapping Iran’s border guards. Abdollahi criticised the Pakistani government for failing to control the border and said, “Islamabad has to fulfill its commitments under the security agreement between the two countries”. The Jeish Al-Adl released a photo of the kidnapped border guards on its Tweeter page and claimed the responsibility for their abduction on February 8. Earlier, reports said that they had been transferred to Pakistan which has a long border with Iran in the Southeastern parts of the country. In the early hours of November 6, 2013, unknown assailants had killed the prosecutor of Zabol city in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Mousa Nouri, and his driver while they were on their way to work. Jeish Al-Adl had also killed 14 Iranian border guards two weeks before Nouri’s terror incident. ONLINE




HE former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Hoti has said that he formed an enquiry committee when he received reports of possible corruption in the weapons procurement deal that National

Accountability Bureau (NAB) is investigating. Hoti appeared before a three-member committee of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday in Peshawar, one day before his scheduled date of appearance. The committee consisting of NAB Director Farmanullah, Colonel Hussain Afridi and investigation officer Sub-Inspector Inayat Khan was told by Hoti that the enquiry he formed was headed by the then finance secretary Sahibzada Syed. The former minister further said the provincial government’s ongoing enquiry was stopped when NAB began its own investigation into the matter. He added he directed the chief secretary to make all records of the police department available to NAB whenever it required them. Hoti, who is currently an MNA, expressed his willingness to provide all

information the investigation officer wanted and also said he would make himself available whenever the investigation team requires his presence. According to the insider, Hoti told the committee that he arrived a day ahead of his scheduled summons because he was informed by the home and tribal affairs department to restrict his scheduled movements. NAB had summoned Hoti on February 14 while investigating a Rs 7 billion contract of procuring weapons and other equipment for the KP police department. Former inspector general of KP, Malik Naveed and a distant relative of Hoti, Raza Ali Khan are already behind bars in connection with the case, while Hoti’s former adviser Niaz Ali Shah was arrested on January 6 but he later paid Rs 20 million voluntarily, after which he was released.


All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said He said New Delhi should reciprocate the talk offer on Kashmir made by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “The process has to start and culminate with the resolution of Kashmir issue with active participation of people of Kashmir,” he said. He said that upcoming elections are purely an administrative matter and can never be projected as a referendum for the Kashmir issue. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in Srinagar, he said Hurriyet’s stand on elections was very

clear. “We have been saying that elections are a non-issue for us. It is purely an administrative issue, which can’t be projected as a referendum for


Kashmir issue, which is a known dispute in UN body,” KMS reported. “Kashmir issue is beyond elections as Hurriyet wants resolution of the basic problem through tripartite talks and the UN resolutions,” Mirwaiz said in reply to a query. He said the Kashmir issue could not be put on the backburner as peace would not prevail in South Asia unless the issue was resolved. “The situations that emerged in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan and in many middle-east countries have proved that genuine sentiments can’t be crushed through military might. The super powers accepted the disputed nature of many countries and ended up with a meaningful dialogue for conflict resolution,” he added. “The geo-political scenario is changing and conflicts are being resolved. NATO pull-out from Afghanistan is a case in point. We believe that New Delhi has to shun its military approach and start a result-oriented dialogue with Kashmiri leadership.”

US expresses concern over spike in terrorism in Pakistan WASHINGTON: The United States ,concerned over heightened terrorism in Pakistan, reiterated that the co-operation with Pakistan against terrorism would continue. US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf expressed concerned of the security situation in Pakistan, vowing US’s continued support against terrorists. “Broadly speaking, we’re still concerned about the terrorist threat in Pakistan, as is the Pakistani Government, because it’s Pakistanis themselves that have been affected the most by terrorism inside Pakistan. And so we’ll keep working with the government on helping them build their capacity to go after these guys,” Harf said. INP



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HYDERABAD: Activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement hold a demonstration rally in support of their demands in Hyderabad. Online

commissioner assures Fisherfork to resolve fishermen’s issues KARACHI aPP


ARACHI Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has assured the Fisherfork forum that their problems would be solved on priority basis in the light of the directives issued by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Chairing a meeting in his behalf here on Saturday, he said the fishermen were the symbol of Karachi as their ancestors had made the place their abode centuries back. The meeting discussed fishermen’s

issues including their access to Gizri Creek. He said the city administration would take all measures to resolve these problems and the hindrances blocking their means of livelihood. The Fisherfork representatives informed the meeting that years back a meeting of Fisherfork and Defence Housing Authority was held on the directives of the Chief Minister in which it was promised to set up a new jetty as an alternative to that one removed by the DHA but it was not fulfilled despite passage of many years and the fishermen felt difficulties in

JSSF protest against Rangers’ torture on varsity students TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN inP

Activists of Jiaye Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) Saturday held protest demonstration against the raids and torture of Rangers on the Sindh University students. A larger number of members of JSSF headed by Amjad Shah, Babu Jani Soomro, Gul Hassan Barroi and other staged protest

outside Tando Muhammad Khan Press Club. The protestors chanted slogans against paramilitary Rangers troops for launching crackdown and brutally torturing innocent students of Sindh University. They termed the action on educational institutions as attempt to further lower the literacy rate in Sindh and demanded strict action against the security personnel involved in such actions.

anchoring their boats and therefore were left starving. They said their second problem was that the fishermen sailing to the sea for trawling were being intercepted by different security agencies which issue should be resolved on permanent basis. Their third problem was the delay in issuance of NOC from different departments to DHA for construction of the jetty. Assistant Commissioner Aslam Khoso informed the meeting that contract to built the jetty was awarded to NESPAK but various security agencies were expressing their concerns in this regard.

The Fisherfork gave complete assurance that the fishermen would not involve in any kind of anti state and illegal activities and also help the security agencies in monitoring the elements involved in illegal activities. They said that the fishermen need platform to anchor 40 boats. The meeting was attended by the officials of the DHA, Pakistan Navy, Coast Guards, Karachi Port Trust, Fish Harbour Authority, FIA, Customs and other concerned agencies and Chairperson Pakistan Fisherfork forum Mohammed Ali Shah.

Officers in civvies not allowed to conduct raids: Hayat Four injured in two explosions in Orangi Town area



Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat imposed a ban on policemen to conduct raids without police uniform. According to details, the police chief has instructed the police to get name of police stations printed on the patrolling vehicles. He also directed all the police station to get number plates fixed on the vehicles.


Six more persons lost their lives in unabated incidents of violence across the city on Saturday. According to information gathered from police and rescue sources, two people were shot dead at Nagri Bus Stop, Super Highway. Police said the victims, in their late 20s, were shot in the head. In Korangi area of P&T Colony, two suspected dacoits were killed, while two passers-by injured in an encounter. Earlier, one


Munir Ahmed was gunned down in Ranchore Lines. Meanwhile, a Rangers DSR was shot and injured near Sohrab Goth. Meanwhile, at least four people were injured in two explosions that took place near Mominabad Police station in Orangi Town Saturday morning. According to initial reports, the first blast was caused by a cracker attack while the second was caused by detonating about 2kg of planted explosives. The blast victims were immediately moved to Abbasi Hospital.

46 criminals, 3 abscOnders Held


The district west zone police in their ongoing drive against criminals arrested 49 alleged criminals from different areas of the West zone during past 24 hours. According to a press release issued by DIG west office on Saturday, police conducted 31 raids and arrested perpetrates, absconders, and seized one motorcycle and two bikes were also impounded in pillion ridding case. Police also recovered arms and narcotics from the possession of arrested criminals. Meanwhile, Mominabad police arrested two alleged dacoits and recovered two TT pistols, one cell phones and looted cash. The accused identified namely as Suman Shah, son of Asad, Shahid, son of Anwer. Police have registered FIR against the accused.

cOuple drOwns in mirpur Jatlan canal MIRPUR JATLAN inP

A couple drowned when a man jumped into canal to save his wife who wanted to commit suicide on Saturday. Police said that in Mirpur Jatlan area of Sindh, a woman stated to be mother of six children, jumped into the canal after exchange of hot words with her husband over domestic disputes. The husband also jumped into canal to save his wife and both drowned. The rescue teams recovered the body of woman while search for body of the man was in progress.


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KARACHI: Security personnel collecting evidence from the site after a blast near Mominabad Police Station, Orangi Town. Online

51 prisoners from sindh to be moved to punjab jails

Panel aims to debunk the myth of harmful vaccines

KARACHI agenCies



T least 51 prisoners from different jails of Sindh including Karachi will be transferred to Punjab following terror threats to prisons. The prisoners will be shifted to jails of Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sahiwal. According to a private news channel, the decision was taken after Kot Lakhpat, Adiala and New Jail

Sahiwal were declared safe and secure. The lists of prisoners that will be moved to Punjab have been made. The transfer will take place in phases. The prisoners include target killers, members of banned outfits and militants involved in suicide bombings. The Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan Ordinance will also be applied to the transferred prisoners. Meanwhile, the trial of high-profile prisoners will also be held in jails. The IGs and heads of jails were informed about the decision.

Pakistani artists to spread message of peace in India HYDERABAD Online

A 16-member group of Pakistani dancers and artistes will perform in two Indian cities to spread the message of peace and harmony, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. The group will perform in various venues in national capital Delhi and capital of southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, as part of a programme called ‘India Pakistan culture connect: joint celebrations for union of hearts’ until Feb 19. Organisers said the programme aims to

promote mutual trust and understanding, develop a spirit of cooperation and promote peace between various sections of society in India and Pakistan. The programme showcases Indian classical dances such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi, Pakistani poetry by Karachi-based Tehrik-e-Niswan (Movement for Women) and plays based on social themes. Panel discussions on issues aimed at fostering amicable relations between the two countries will be held. Representatives of political parties, members of civil society, students, journalists and policy makers will take part in the panel discussions.

Pakistan has the highest global burden of childhood diseases and mortality and therefore, needs to utilise all the tools available to combat them, especially the most effective one — vaccines. These views were shared by Emory University associate professor of global health, epidemiology and paediatrics Dr Saad B Omer, while he was speaking at a panel discussion at the Aga Khan University (AKU), along with Pakistan Paediatric Association president Dr Iqbal Memon and AKU paediatrics and child health department chairperson Prof Dr Anita Zaidi. Dr Omer provided concrete statistical data to negate the theories about vaccines causing more harm than good to children. The discussion was on ‘Myths and Vaccines’ where frequently asked questions and common myths were discussed by the panel. Though vaccines are an effective way to combat disease and reduce child mortality rate, certain members of the general public are still reluctant to adopt them. The panel aimed to disprove the myths around vaccines and to spread awareness that the use of vaccines would help the most vulnerable members of our society,


the children. The myThs: The first myth to be tackled was that polio vaccine causes infertility, which was disproved immediately by a simple statement by Dr Memon, who revealed that since the introduction of the vaccine in 1994, the population of Pakistan has increased by 100 million. If vaccines were to render patients infertile, the population would certainly not have grown so dramatically, he argued. A fact that the panel kept repeating was that these vaccines, including those for polio, are commonly used in other Muslim countries as well, most notably in Saudi Arabia. “We need the public, the media and other doctors to spread awareness to people so that they are able to make informed decisions,” said Dr Zaidi. “Someone, somewhere is perpetuating these myths and is looking to cause mass hysteria,” claimed Dr Memon. “That person doesn’t want our children to beat these diseases. We need to wake up the people.” Dr Omer then talked about the negative side effects of vaccines. “All biomedical interventions have side effects but most are mild and temporary,” he explained. “There are a few severe side effects but they are so exceedingly rare that they do not even come into consideration.”

Another myth the panellists dispelled was that vaccine-preventable illnesses are just an unfortunate fact of life and that it is better to be immunised by contracting the disease rather than through vaccines. “There are complications that come with these diseases and they have much more severe and long-lasting consequences than if the child is immunised,” claimed Dr Memon. Dr Zaidi, agreeing with Dr Memon, said that people are unaware of the dangers of these diseases and stressed that they are potentially fatal illnesses that can also cause lifelong side effects. Another myth discussed during the session was that drug companies make huge profits from vaccines. This was countered by the panel explaining that pharmaceutical companies make minimal profits from the production of vaccines because their aim is to eradicate the disease rather than fight it in the long term. “Part of the millennium goals is to reduce child mortality by two-thirds and an effective and efficient way to do that is via vaccines,” explained Dr Zaidi.

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INANCE Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has said that GDP is going up and inflation is declining because of proactive measures undertaken by the present government during its less than one-year incumbency. Stability in the forex market is another factor, besides POL prices in international market are getting favourably settled. Briefing the members of Economic Advisory Council (EAC) regarding Pakistan’s economic indicators on Saturday, Dar said that these indicators have been positively registered by IMF in terms of upward surge in development sectors. The minister informed the meeting participants that 10% increase in overseas

Dar paintS rOSy picture Of ecOnOmy remittances has been registered up to the current month and revenue collection targets have registered 17.5% growth in 7 months and 21% in January 2014 as compared to same period last year. The government intends to positively enhance the reserves up to 16 billion US dollars by end of December 2014. The participants were further briefed that multilateral donors visiting Pakistan are keen to invest and contribute to strengthening of Pakistan’s economy through various ne-

gotiated financial instruments. By end of March 2014 a sizeable increase in forex reserves is anticipated with a projected figure of more than 10 billion dollars since forex inflows are adding up steadily. Dar expressed the hope that the second meeting shall mark re-activation of EAC, enabling the forum to provide an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with prominent professionals associated with the econ o m i c


development issues of Pakistan. Ministry of Finance wanted to benefit from their collective wisdom and was open to any suggestion which could add value. If we all put our heads together we can turn around Pakistan’s economy, he added. Ministry of Finance was ready to provide EAC members access and arrange meetings so that the latter can play a productive role in reshaping Pakistan’s economy. The FBR management informed the EAC participants regarding rationalization of its taxation-based concessionary regime , with a projected revenue collection target during 2013-14 touching Rs.2471 billion as against the previous year’s (2012-13) revenue collection of Rs.1946 billion. Presentation on oil and gas reserves in Pakistan was given to the participants, which evoked stimulating discussion and way forward.

EIB deputy chief promises investment in renewable, hydro-energy projects ISLAMABAD: European Investment Bank Vice President Magdalena Alverez Arza on Saturday said that her organisation would support renewable energy projects in Pakistan as the country is blessed with tremendous opportunities in renewable power generation sector which needs to be fully tapped. Talking to Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar during a meeting, Arza said that EIB is looking forward to Pakistan’s working on wind power projects to meet its enhanced energy needs. “Moreover, EIB has a structured mandate to support power projects through capacity building of Pakistan’s relevant stakeholders,” she added. Dar told the visiting delegation that the present government in Pakistan has developed a policy whereby local and overseas investors are fully protected, sovereign guarantees through well designed financial instruments are available and offer attractive returns to the overseas energy sector investors that can secure their investment related economic interests. The finance minister presented a snapshot of Pakistan’s economy to Arza stating that Pakistan has inherited a complex economic situation with macro-economic imbalances. INP

Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan chambers call for strong logistic connections ISTANBUL: The heads of the national chambers of Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan met in Istanbul to discuss further enhancement of economic cooperation among the three countries and integration of their economies. A joint declaration issued at the end of the forum said trade and economic relations in the region can be enhanced through strong logistic connections between the three countries, and these should in turn be extended to Central Asian countries and to the rest of South Asia. In December, Pakistan Railways and the Turkish Logistic Company signed an MoU on the establishment of an Istanbul-Islamabad containers train service. The delegates at the forum said the planned service could be branched out by overland links to Afghanistan via Chaman and Torkham. The Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement should be amended to accommodate the proposed links, they suggested. They called for arrangements for fast-track business visas between the three countries. Turkey hosted the eighth Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Summit around the theme of “Sustainable Peace in the Heart of Asia,” with the aim to strengthen multidimensional cooperation among the three countries in the fields as politics, security and economic development. INP

SIALKOT: A man manufactures a hockey stick at a sports goods factory. ONLINE

PAKISTAN, CHINA ALL SET TO DEVELOP GWADAR PORT MASTER PLAN Officials to take up matter during talks in Beijing tomorrow Setting up of oil city at port part of strategy to attract investment ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are set to make headway towards developing a master plan for Gwadar Port as part of an economic corridor that envisages investment of $12 billion by Beijing, media reports said on Saturday. Officials of the two countries will take up the matter during talks in Beijing on February 17, where Pakistan’s team will be led by Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, officials say. As part of the economic corridor that will turn Pakistan into a hub of regional cooperation, Gwadar Port will be connected through road, rail and fibre links to China to help enhance trade between the two countries. Oil and gas pipelines are also part of the economic corridor over the long run, which is expected to provide a muchneeded boost to economic activities in insurgency-hit Balochistan, according to the officials. Under the short-term plan, Islamabad and Beijing want to develop Gwadar Port, whose control had already been given to China, in a bid to attract investment in different sectors to make it a hub of economic activities. Under this plan, an oil city will be set up at the port to meet fuel needs. However, the United States and India are not pleased with the handing over of Gwadar Port to China, which will enhance its presence in the sea. The government is also looking to revive the abandoned Coastal Oil Refinery at Gwadar, a project that had been shelved by China in 2009-10 after operations of the port were handed over to the Singapore Port Authority. A global recession compounded the problems, providing another reason to shelve the project. The refinery, designed to have a maximum output of 60,000 barrels of oil per day, is part of China’s plan to invest $12 billion in multiple projects in Pakistan. AGENCIES


India, the second-largest exporter of overthe-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines, The New York Times said in a report on Saturday. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, arrived in India this week to express her growing unease with

the safety of Indian medicines because of “recent lapses in quality at a handful of pharmaceutical firms.” India’s pharmaceutical industry supplies 40 percent of over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs consumed in the United States, so the increased scrutiny could have profound implications for American consumers. FDA investigators are blitzing Indian drug plants, financing the inspections with some of the roughly $300 million in annual fees from generic drug makers collected as part of a 2012 law requiring increased


scrutiny of overseas plants. The agency inspected 160 Indian drug plants last year, three times as many as in 2009. The increased scrutiny has led to a flood of new penalties, including half of the warning letters the agency issued last year to drug makers. Dr. Hamburg was met by Indian officials and executives who, shocked by recent FDA export bans of generic versions of popular medicines — such as the acne drug Accutane, the pain drug Neurontin and the antibiotic Cipro — that the FDA determined were adulterated suspect she is

just protecting a domestic industry from cheaper imports. The FDA's increased enforcement has already cost Indian companies dearly — Ranbaxy, one of India’s biggest drug manufacturers, pleaded guilty to felony charges and paid a $500 million fine last year, the largest ever levied against a generic company. And many worry that worse is in store. “If I have to follow US standards in inspecting facilities supplying to the Indian market,” GN Singh, India’s top drug regulator, said in a recent interview with an Indian newspaper, “we will have to shut almost all of those.” India’s drug industry is one of the country’s most important economic engines, exporting $15 billion in products annually, and some of its factories are world-class, virtually undistinguishable from their counterparts in the West. But others suffer from serious quality control problems. The World Health Organization estimated that one in five drugs made in India are fakes. A 2010 survey of Delhi pharmacies found that 12 percent of sampled drugs were spurious.


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Sunday, 16 February, 2014



Living in a weaLthy neighbourhood makes you shaLLow


CIEnTISTS have found that people who live in wealthy neighbourhoods are more likely to have materialistic values and poor spending habits. And they think that young people living in particularly rich urban areas are the worst offenders. Ryan Howell, Associate Professor of Psychology at the San Francisco State University, believes the reason for the link is because of ‘relative deprivation,’ which is the feeling someone gets when they believe they are less well-off than those around them. If someone is bombarded with images or reminders of wealth - such as an abundance of investment banks nearby or

neighbours driving luxury cars - they are likelier to feel a need to spend money they may not have to project an image of wealth they don't actually possess, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Consumer Culture. ‘People who live in more affluent areas are vulnerable to this implicit social comparison, where you start to see other people spending a lot of money,’ Dr Howell said. ‘Because you feel the need to live up to that standard, you end up impulsively buying material items, even though they don't actually make you happier.’ To conduct the study, researchers determined a neighbourhood’s socioeconomic status by looking at its per-capita income


WHERE YOU LIVE COULD AFFECT HOW BIG YOUR SHOPPING HABIT IS, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH and poverty rate as well as the number of financial institutions present. That information was compared with survey data measuring participants' materialistic values, as well as their views about money and spending and their savings habits. The researchers found that residents of wealthier neighbourhoods were more likely to be materialistic, spend compul-

sively and manage their money poorly than those living in poorer areas. The effect was particularly clear in younger people, who Howell said tend to be more materialistic in general. Those who lived in urban areas and those whose individual socioeconomic status was lower than their neighbourhood’s were found to be particularly materialistic. Conversely, someone with a high socioeconomic status was less susceptible to such behaviour, the study found. ‘We did find that individual socioeconomic status is negatively correlated with materialism, so the more money you have for yourself, the less materialistic you are,’ said Jia Wei Zhang, lead author of the

Children who watch three hours of TV a day could be left 'educationally stunted and prone to bullying', says research EARWAX MAY REVEAL CLUES ABOUT A PERSON’S IDENTITY AND HABITS, STUDY SHOWS

Researchers have revealed exactly what mobile phone users type most - and say that 'I love you' is the most popular three word sentence. The other mostly used three-word phrases, were Let me know, How are you,I don't know, Sorry about that and I miss you. The team at SwiftKey analysed web data along with anonymous data from their hugely popular alternative keyboard, which has been downloaded to more than 100 million devices, and also found phone users are extremely polite. The single most commonly used one word sentence in English is 'thanks' and the most popular two word phrase is 'thank you'. news desk


Men are 50 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women, according to new global statistics. Data published by Cancer Research UK shows more than 4.6 million men die from the disease every year across the globe - the equivalent of 126 men in every 100,000. This compares to about 3.5 million women who die from the disease each year – this represents 82 women per 100,000. The four biggest cancer killers worldwide are of the lung, liver, stomach and bowel. Together, they cause almost half of all cancer deaths worldwide. The figures, compiled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, also show more than 14 million people around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year. Men are almost a quarter more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than women. Nick Ormiston-Smith, head of statistics at Cancer Research UK, said: ‘The contrast in cancer death rates between the sexes may be down to more men being diagnosed with types of cancers that are harder to treat, such as cancers of the bladder, liver, lung and oesophagus. ‘Cancer is estimated to account for around 16 per cent of all deaths worldwide. ‘Age is the biggest risk factor for most cancers and, as global life expectancy increases, we'll see more people being diagnosed with the disease. ‘But lifestyle also plays an important role. ‘Worldwide, tobacco consumption has been responsible for an estimated 100 million deaths in the last century and, if current trends continue, it will kill a billion in the 21st century. ‘Smoking is by far the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world.’ Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘Global research efforts have dramatically improved survival and are giving more people than ever the best possible chance of beating the disease. news desk

study, who is now at the University of California, Berkeley. ‘But it doesn't fully negate the effect of a wealthy neighbourhood. Regardless of how much someone is worth in general, the richer their neighbourhood, the more likely they are to be materialistic, independent of their own socioeconomic status,’ he added. Dr Howell said that the next step is to explore whether there are ways to counter a neighbourhood’s effect on an individual's materialistic values. This could be done simply by making more people aware of the correlation, or through interventions developed to make people feel more grateful for their status. news desk

Toddlers who watch three hours of TV a day may end up educationally stunted, physically weak and prone to bullying, a study has revealed. Researchers have found that after two hours of viewing, every extra hour of TV has the potential to harm a child's development, both physically and socially. This includes poorer vocabulary, maths skills and attention in class, victimisation by classmates and poor physical prowess at nursery. The study looked at 1,997 boys and girls aged 29 months whose parents reported their television viewing behaviour as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. The researchers found that if a child watched up to two hours and 52 minutes of TV, they were unlikely to suffer any negative effects. Professor Linda Pagani, of the University of Montreal and the The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre, said: 'This study only looks at the most common form of screen time, which is in the home. 'However, it may be an underestimate because many child care settings use television as an activity during care giving. 'This is the first time ever that a stringently controlled associational birth cohort study has looked at and found a relationship be-

tween too much toddler screen time and kindergarten risks for poor motor skills and psychosocial difficulties, like victimisation by classmates. 'These findings suggest the need for better parental awareness and compliance with existing viewing recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Paediatrics. 'The AAP discourages watching television during infancy and recommends not more than two hours per day beyond age two. 'It seems that every extra hour beyond that has a remarkably negative influence.' The study was published in the journal Paediatric Research. Professor Pagani said that she decided to look into aspects of school readiness such as motor skills, which predict later physical activity and reading skills. She also looked at the likelihood of being picked on, which predicts social difficulties and skills linked to following instructions, which are in turn linked to attention systems that are regulated by the brain's frontal lobe development. She added: 'Because of kindergarten's power to predict future productivity, the identification of modifiable factors that foretell not being ready for the transition to formal schooling represents an important goal for a productive society. news desk

KNOCK TO UNLOCK - LG REPLACES PASSWORDS WITH SECRET SEQUENCE OF TAPS IN NEW PHONE If you're ever struggled to remember your password, or become frustrated with fingerprint recognition, LG may have the answer - a mobile phone you can knock to unlock. The Korean firm has launched the LG G Pro 2, a 5.9inch screen handset with 'Knock code'. This allows the handset to be unlocked simply by tapping a secret code anywhere on its body. LG said the system can recognise 86,367 different combinations. 'Knock Code is an example of LG bringing simpler, more convenient solutions to consumers’ mobile lives,' said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG. The handset is initially only available in Korea,


although it is believed the firm could unveil a version for the rest of the world within weeks. Knock Code allows owners to power on and unlock their G Pro 2 phone simply with two to eight taps. The knock pattern can be entered on any area of the screen - whether the display is turned on or off - using anywhere from two to eight taps. The handset also boasts an enhanced 13MP camera, 120FPS HD video recording capabilities and 4K recording along with a white screen 'flash' to improve the quality of selfies. OnLIne

It turns out clues about a person’s identity and ethnicity can come from a surprising source: earwax. Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia decided to analyze earwax as a possible source of personal information based on previous studies in which researchers analyzed underarm odours to unlock clues about a person’s identity. "Our previous research has shown that underarm odours can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation and health status," study author George Preti, an organic chemist at Monell, said in a press release. "We think it possible that earwax may contain similar information." For their study, Preti and his colleagues identified odour-producing compounds contained in earwax obtained from 16 healthy men. Eight of the men were Caucasian while the remainder of the men were of East Asian descent. Researchers then heated the earwax samples to prompt them to produce odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Though all of the men’s earwax samples tested positive for VOCs, Caucasian men had greater amounts of 11 out of the 12 VOCs tested compared to the men of East Asian origin. VIA FOX news


Sunday, 16 February, 2014


A cultural dose relieves Karachi Karachi STAFF rEpOrT


HE Sindh Festival 2014 was conceived as an antidote to anticulture! It is a celebration of the rich heritage that is Sindh, and indeed, Pakistan. It is in essence all of us. The Sindh Fashion Festival, a component of the Sindh Festival, held on February 12 and 13 at NAPA in Karachi was a treat for the senses. The event had two components, a two-day fashion extravaganza showcasing some of the country’s finest talent and a fashion

museum exhibit. Day 1 opened with a dance performance choreographed by the internationally acclaimed dancer Omar Rahim followed by the showing of bridal couture legend Bunto Kazmi’s incredible shawls, which truly are works of art. The shawls were worn over clothes made by the Pink Tree and complimented with jewellery by Amber Sami. This was followed by Fnk Asia’s collection depicting a young fresh Sindh and Amir Adnan’s collection for high achievers. Amir Adnan’s showstopper was the young and dynamic Shehryar Taseer who put the

entire project together. Nauman Arfeen’s collection, an ode to the black pheasant or kaala teetar drew inspiration from nature. Zaheer Abbas’ ajrak collection showed the versatility of Sindh’s traditional fabric and how ajrak could indeed go international. This was followed by a musical performance by Fuzon and Sherry. undoubtedly one of the country’s greatest designers, umar Sayeed did not disappoint. His beautifully crafted collection was a delight to view. The jewellery for this segment was provided by Feathers.

India’s openly gay director reflects on taboo themes in Bollywood


NDIAN filmmaker Onir knows what it’s like to be Bollywood’s only openly gay director. The man behind the critically-acclaimed “My Brother... Nikhil” has been insulted live on television and regularly receives abusive mails but says it’s still better than being “invisible”. Onir, who uses one name, first started making waves with his 2005 film based on the real life story of swimming champion Dominic D’Souza, the southern Indian state of Goa’s first reported case of HIV. After testing HIV positive in the late 1980s amid a climate of fear and ignorance, D’Souza was arrested by police and kept in forced isolation in a tuberculosis ward. The case of the man who had been a local hero but found himself shunned and criminalised because of his illness became a cause celebre in India, ending with his death in a Bombay hospital in 1992. Onir, 51, is the only high-profile Bollywood figure to publicly acknowledge his sexuality. But as a gay man he says he is far from alone in the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry. “There’s a lot of people from the creative community there who don’t speak (about being gay). Everybody knows, no-one speaks,” Onir told a foreign news agency in an interview in Paris. “In Mumbai I am the only openly gay filmmaker and

there are no actors. For me, however it has always been important... I am going to talk about it. I refuse to be invisible,” he said. The making of “My Brother... Nikhil”, his directorial debut, opened Onir’s eyes to the many difficulties of bringing taboo subjects to the screen in socially conservative India. The story reflected poorly on the Goan authorities and in order to get the film released, the director had to agree to a disclaimer stating that the story was fiction. He has since said that this was just a compromise. In 2012, Onir’s fourth movie “I Am”, made up of four short films, returned to the subject of same sex relationships alongside other taboos such as sperm donation and child abuse. The feature was named best Hindi film at India’s 2012 National Film Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. Critical plaudits, however, failed to translate into commercial success. “For me it was again a nasty discovery when I made my fourth film. After it won the national award as the best Hindi film I thought now I will get my film sold outside (India) and I’ll recover my money. “And all that happened is that the satellite channels refused to show the film. Commercially every door was closed.” It was a bitter pill for the

filmmaker who had turned to crowdfunding to make the movie. “If it’s the state I can fight the state, I can take them to court. I can fight the censors, but what do you do about this unspoken silent censorship from the satellite channels,” he said. Onir said the experience made it clear to him that there was little space on commercial channels for films that did not deal in what he called “idiotic and regressive” stereotypes such as women as sex objects. And he said he was less optimistic than others about Bollywood’s ability to reinvent itself. A raft of up-and-coming Bollywood directors were hailed at the Cannes film festival last year for their willingness to move away from hackneyed formats and tackle the issues affecting an increasingly urbanised India. But Onir said he believed the most interesting work being done in Indian cinema today came in the form of non-Hindi language films from regional directors, not by Bollywood. “When you look at most of the so called ‘new wave’ of (Hindi-language) filmmakers they are technically good. It’s good story telling, but not necessarily anything that really provokes,” he said. “They leave the audience in the comfort zone.... It’s almost become old fashioned to be provocative, not cool,” he added. AGENCIES

The evening closed with a fabulous performance by Akhtar Channar Zahri and the dance ensemble O2. The iconic Nabila is the creative genius behind the show and her teams from NPro and NGents have styled the models. Set design, construction, set-up and backstage by Production 021. The show, including all the dances was choreograped by Omar Rahim. The event was coordinated and managed by Tehmina Khaled of TakeII who used her PR skills to get this beautiful side of Sindh out for the world to see.

The second component, which ran from February 12 to 15, was a stunning museum display featuring fashion by: Shamaeel Ansari, Sania Maskatiya, Nida Azwer,Ismail Fareed,Fnk Asia,Mahin Hussain,Aamina Mansoor,Adnan Pardesi,Wardha Saleem,unbeatable,Pink Tree,Amir Adnan,EB,Shahnamay and Arsalan Iqbal The display, which featured live models, had been put together by Ehtesham Ansari. The set up constructed by Ahmed Jung of Reactivate. Hair and Make-up for this component has been done by Angie Marshall.

Meera denies separation reports NEWS DESK Pakistani actress Meera has denied reports of separation from her husband Captain Naveed, terming them ‘rumours.’ Speaking to the media at the New York International airport, Meera said Naveed supported all her endeavours and that she was visiting the uS to raise funds for her hospital project. Meera added she would stay in the uS for a month and would also visit Los Angeles to record a commercial. Meera’s father-in-law, Raja Pervez told media yesterday that his son had returned to the uS without informing his actress wife. Mr Pervez said that he had

Jennifer Lawrence to present at the Oscars

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who bagged the best actress Oscar last year for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, has been named as the first presenter for the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards. The announcement was made by the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and came about an hour after voting for the 86th Academy Awards began, the Independent reported. The 23-year-old actress will help hand out award to the winner at the 2014 Oscars, which would be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and is slated to take place on March 2. AGENCIES


given an ultimatum to Naveed to either leave Meera or the family. He added that

Naveed had not received Meera at the New York airport despite her insistence.

Raja Pervez further said that his wife did not allow Meera to enter the house.

Not starting a family You have no power here! right now: Vidya Balan Passport request


quASHING rumours of her pregnancy, actress Vidya Balan has said that ‘right now’ she doesn’t see any possibility of starting a family. At an event to promote her forthcoming film ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ Friday, when asked when does she plan to start a family, Vidya said: “Inshallah one day I will be able to answer your question, but right now I don’t see any possibility.” Vidya married uTV Studios CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur in December 2012. Rumours of her pregnancy have been rife lately. However, she is currently totally focussed on promoting “Shaadi Ke Side Effects” in which she stars with Farhan Akhtar. The film hits theatres Feb 28. VIA TIMES OF INDIA

denied to King Khan

Shahrukh, who is all eager to promote his surprise release this year at the Cannes film festival, has been denied a passport to visit the country hosting the prestigious event. The movie is scheduled for an April release. In this bizarre situation, the producers have been left perplexed as to what can be done, when the festival is barely a few weeks away. They have even taken this matter to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Regional Passport officer, to obtain a new passport for Shahrukh. Even the authorities, it seems, are breaking their heads to find a way to get the performer a passport, at the earliest. However, why Shahrukh is being denied a passport, remains a mystery. NEWS DESK


Sunday, 16February, 2014



ajinKYa rahane's Maiden hundred in tests S PERvEz QaiSER Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden century in ninth innings of fifth Test match by making 118 in 158 balls with 17 fours and one six on the second day of the second Test match against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Saturday (Febraury 15). The right-hand batsman's previous highest score was 96 in 219 minutes off 157 balls with 11 fours and two sixes against South Africa at Durban in 2013-14. ** Ajinkya Rahane's hundred was only the sixth by an India batsman batting at No.7 outside the subcontinent. Mohammad Azharuddin (115) was the last Indian No. 7 batsman to do this, against South Africa at Cape Town in 1996-97. It was also the first hundred by an India batsman at No.7 since Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 100 against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in 2009. ** Shikhar Dhawan (98) fell just two runs short of what would have been his second consecutive hundred in this series. Rahul Dravid is the only India batsman to have scored hundreds in consecutive Test innings in New Zealand. Rahul Dravid hit back-to-back centuries at the Hamilton Test in 1998-89. Shikhar Dhawan also missed emulating Gautam Gambhir, who scored hundreds in consecutive Tests - in Napier and Wellington - in India's last tour to New Zealand. Including Shikhar Dhawan, four India openers have got out in the nineties in Tests in New Zealand. Navjot Singh Sidhu was the last batsman, he got out on 98 in Hamilton in 1993-94. ** The 120-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Mahedra Singh Dhoni was India's second-highest for the seventh wicket in New Zealand and only India's third for that wicket in the country. Sachin Tendulkar and Kiran More added 128 for the seventh wicket at Napier in 1990, which is the highest for India for that wicket in New Zealand. The last time India's seventh wicket pair shared a century stand in an away Test was against West Indies at Kingston in 2011 when Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina added 146 runs. ** India's last five wickets added 273 runs, which equals the fifth highest contribution in a Test innings outside the subcontinent. The highest that India's last five wickets have added in a Test outside the subcontinent is 312, against West Indies in 1970-71, when Dilip Sardesai scored 212 runs batting with the India's lower middle order and tail. ** After bowling out New Zealand 192 in the first innings, India made 438 in their first innings to take a 246-run lead. It was only the sixth time they have achieved a lead of 200 or more while batting second in Tests outside the subcontinent. The last such instance also came against New Zealand at Hamilton in 2009, when they led the hosts by 241 runs. Including the instances when India have ended up ahead by 200 or more batting first in Tests outside the subcontinent, this was only the 14th time that India have achieved a first-innings lead of 200 or more in such Tests. Of these games, India have won all the Tests in which they have batted second. On occasions when they have batted first, the opposition have managed to hold them to a draw in seven of the eight games.



S good as Mitchell Johnson was during the Ashes, he was never this good. South Africa are the world's No.1-ranked side, by a distance. They entered this match having lost only one of their past 19 Tests. Johnson not only dismantled them as a team, he almost dismembered them as individuals. He took a career-best 12 wickets as Australia cruised to a 281-run victory but just as important were the physical blows he landed. South Africa will not forget how intimidated they felt. As in the first innings, AB de Villiers was the only South African batsman who looked truly comfortable against Johnson. The rest were illequipped to handle his speed and bounce. He smashed Hashim Amla on the grille of the helmet first ball. He made Ryan McLaren bleed from the side of the head with an accurate bouncer. He jarred Vernon Philander on the fingers, then broke his bat. Those South Africans who merely lost their wickets were lucky. Johnson claimed 12 of them throughout the match, for 127 runs. He was the first Australian fast bowler since Bruce Reid in 1991 to take that many in a Test. Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle chipped in with two wickets each in the second innings and their contributions were valuable. But this was about Johnson. His pace was matched only by the speed of Alex Doolan's reactions at short-leg, where he took two of the most remarkable, reflexive catches under the helmet. South Africa's target of 482 never really looked anything more than a theoretical goal. Michael Clarke declared after 3.2 overs on the fourth morning because he had seen enough from the pitch to know that batting on it would be difficult. There were cracks, there was variable bounce, there was movement, there was danger. South Africa did not manage to see out the day; Australia's sixth consecutive Test victory was secured when Morne Morkel was run out an hour into the final session. Graeme Smith was left to ponder his decision at the toss, when he sent Australia in and in doing so, consigned his own men to batting last on a seriously tricky surface. Not that the pitch accounted for all the batsmen. Alviro Petersen edged behind in Johnson's first over of the innings because he


INDIA'S BIGGEST LEAD WHILE BATTING SECOND OUTSIDE SUB-CONTINENT Lead 283 runs 275 runs 265 runs 246 runs 241runs 205 runs

Opponent England Zimbabwe Australia New Zealand New Zealand Zimbabwe

Venue Nottingham Bulawayo Sydney Wellington Hamilton Harare

Season 2007 2005-06 1977-78 2013-14 2008-09 2005-06

Result India won India won India won Still in progress India won India won

HUNDRED BY INDIA'S NO.7 OUTSIDE SUB-CONTINENT Runs 129* 129 123 118 115 100*

Batsman Sundeep Patil Kapil Dev Dattu Phadkar Ajinkya Rahane M.Azharuddin Kapil Dev

Opponent England South Africa Australia New Zealand South Africa West Indies

Venue Manchester Port Elizabeth Adelaide Wellington Cape Town Port of Spain

Season 1982 1992-93 1947-48 2013-14 1996-97 1982-83


New Zealand took a risk when they prepared a grassy pitch at the Basin Reserve. The ploy could have backfired if they were put in to bat, and that is what happened. India racked up 438 with the pitch becoming better for batting on day two after New Zealand were dismissed for 192 on day one. BJ Watling said that a couple of strikes at crucial stages would have meant a much smaller deficit for the hosts, but also credited the Indian batsmen, particularly MS Dhoni for his aggressive half-century. "It is obviously not ideal. We got ourselves into


had to play at a well-directed ball angling across him. Smith himself departed in Johnson's second over to the first of Doolan's two outstanding takes. Clarke had placed Doolan in close, but slightly behind square and a touch deeper than usual, and Smith obligingly flicked the ball straight in that direction. Doolan's reflexes kicked in and he grasped the catch with the kind of split-second reaction that was the trademark of another short-leg from Launceston, David Boon. Smith had middled the ball but could only shake his head as he walked off with the score at 12 for 2. That brought Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis together and they steadied somewhat during a 37run partnership. Amla had done well to compose himself after being greeted first ball with a searing Johnson bumper that smashed into the grille of his helmet as he failed to get his bat up in time. Per-

AUSTRALIA 1st INNINGS 397 206 SOUTH AFRICA 1ST INNINGS AUSTRALIA 2ND INNINGS 44 SE Marsh c †de Villiers b Steyn 17 MJ Clarke not out EXTRAS: (b 3, lb 14, w 7) 24 290 TOTAL: (4 wickets dec; 72.2 overs; 315 mins) DID NOT BAT: SPD Smith, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, RJ Harris, NM Lyon FALL OF WICKETS: 1-1 (Rogers, 1.1 ov), 2-206 (Warner, 46.5 ov), 3-243 (Doolan, 57.1 ov), 4-290 (Marsh, 72.2 ov) BOWLING: VD Philander 11-2-28-0, DW Steyn 14.2-2-61-2, R McLaren 110-47-0, M Morkel 13-4-38-0, RJ Peterson 19-0-87-1, JP Duminy 4-0-12-1 SOUTH AFRICA 2ND INNINGS 1 AN Petersen c †Haddin b Johnson 4 GC Smith c Doolan b Johnson 35 HM Amla c Marsh b Harris F du Plessis lbw b Siddle 18 AB de Villiers c Smith b Johnson 48 JP Duminy c Doolan b Johnson 10 R McLaren c †Haddin b Johnson 6 21 RJ Peterson b Siddle 26 VD Philander not out DW Steyn c Clarke b Harris 3 1 M Morkel run out (Lyon/†Haddin) 27 EXTRAS: (b 10, lb 5, w 11, nb 1) TOTAL: (all out; 59.4 overs; 271 mins) 200 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-6 (Petersen, 1.5 ov), 2-12 (Smith, 3.4 ov), 3-49 (du Plessis, 16.5 ov), 4-97 (Amla, 29.4 ov), 5-128 (Duminy, 45.4 ov), 6-140 (McLaren, 49.3 ov), 7-151 (de Villiers, 51.6 ov), 8-165 (Peterson, 54.6 ov), 9-178 (Steyn, 57.3 ov), 10-200 (Morkel, 59.4 ov) BOWLING: RJ Harris 12.4-5-35-2, MG Johnson 16-3-59-5, PM Siddle 16-655-2, DA Warner 2-0-3-0, NM Lyon 13-1-33-0 MATCH DETAILS Toss South Africa, who chose to field Series Australia led the 3-match series 1-0 Test debut AJ Doolan (Australia) Player of the match MG Johnson (Australia) Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RK Illingworth (England) TV umpire IJ Gould (England) Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire AT Holdstock

haps du Plessis should have been grateful that he was done by a ball that stayed low, not one that rose sharply. Siddle came wide of the crease and angled the ball in, hitting a crack just outside off and skidding into the shins of du Plessis, who was lbw on review for 18. Amla and de Villiers looked reasonable for a while but Amla's solid resistance ended on 35 from 71 deliveries when he drove at a Harris delivery that just straightened enough to take the edge through to Shaun Marsh at first slip. JP Duminy stuck around for a while before he became the second of Doolan's victims, this catch even better than the first.

situations where if we had taken another wicket or two, we could have been chasing 100 or a 150," Watling said. "Obviously, it is a disappointing result in the end but we have still got three days to grind it out here and the track has definitely looked a lot better to bat on today. It wasn't swinging or seaming as much as it did on day one." Watling felt New Zealand had done alright and even come back strongly with the ball at one point, but the hosts had also let India get away in the end. India fell from 141 for 2 to 165 for 5, before MS Dhoni's counterattacking 68 and a partnership of 120 with Ajinkya Rahane pulled them in front, something Watling felt made the difference. "We went through patches. We didn't start too well and then we pulled it back nicely at times and asked a lot of questions. They had a couple of counterattacks at us and we didn't quite set it up as well as we would like to but all in all, I think we bowled reasonably well and we didn't quite get the rewards in the end. "Credit must go their batters. Dhawan obviously played really well at the top and got them off to a good start and Rahane's hundred was pretty good. He played very well. But Dhoni's counterattack hurt us and that partnership was probably the difference between an ok day and a good day for them. If we had taken a wicket there, we could have been right in the hunt." New Zealand had also been taken by surprise by a counter-attack from Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test in Auckland before closing out the game by 40 runs. Watling said New Zealand knew a repeat could be on the cards "We knew when Jadeja came out, he was definitely going to play his shots. For us, it was about hitting the right areas and we got him reasonably quickly. Dhoni again played really well. He played and missed a few times, things could be a little bit different but we knew that he was going to come at us hard and he obviously soaked it up before that new ball. But we were prepared for them coming at us." Both Watling and Rahane said the pitch had improved for the batsmen, although there was still something in it for the bowlers. Watling acknowledged the enormity of the task facing New Zealand with three days to go, but said there was still a "good attitude" in the dressing room. "It's going to be a huge challenge," Watling said. "We are going to have to bat a long time here to get ourselves back in the game. (Ishant) Sharma is bowling really well, so is Shami and Zaheer is an experienced bowler and he will hit some good areas too, so we got to soak it up in the morning for an hour and then bat for a long time.

Khawaja leads Queensland to record chase

SPORTS DESK Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 182 as Queensland pulled off the second-highest chase in Sheffield Shield history, stunning South Australia by chasing down their target of 471 with five wickets in hand. The Bulls had started the final day at 2 for 170, still needing another 301 to win, and the early loss of Nick Stevens for 25 hurt Queensland's dreams of achieving their goal. However, Khawaja had other ideas and combined with Peter Forrest for an 81-run stand that ended when Forrest was caught off the bowling of Daniel Worrall for 35. The Queensland captain James Hopes took up the challenge and joined with Khawaja for a 114-run partnership that pushed the Bulls to within 100 of their target when Hopes was caught off Gary Putland's bowling for 58. But with 163 needed off 36 overs in the final session, Khawaja started scoring more freely and struck 23 boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 182 and had important help from Chris Hartley, who made 48 not out as they reached their target with 8.4 overs remaining. The win was comfortably Queensland's highest ever chase and was second for all teams, only bettered by South Australia's 6 for 506 against Queensland in 1991-92.


Sunday, 16 February, 2014





AKISTAN regained the world record of making the largest human flag here at National Hockey Stadium on Saturday. A total of 29040 children gathered at the world’s largest National Hockey Stadium to break the Bangladesh record. In the last Punjab Youth Festival 2012, Pakistan created the record of largest human flag with the participation of more than 24,200 people later Bangladesh broke with the participation of 27,117 students and armymen. It was felt that due to consecutive rain and bad weather, it would be postponed but the passion and enthusiasm of the youth and organisers’ dedication made the impossible possible and helped the country regain the world record of the largest human flag. The moments were really remarkable when students broke the world record as they first thanked Allah Almighty for the successful attempt and then greeted each other on becoming world record holders.

Few had tears of joy in their eyes and many were dancing with gladness to celebrate this great achievement. Talking to media, the students gave credit of breaking the world record to Punjab Chief Minister Mian M Shahbaz Sharif, his team, their parents and the entire nation’s prayers. “We cannot express our feelings in words and we are happy that we helped the country in regaining the world record and earning goof name for it globally. We are committed to break more such records and winning laurels for the country.” Guinness adjudicator Leo and Maria Anataalia after counting through the line and rows of the formation declared the first Guinness World Record of largetest human flag for Pakistan. Leo said: “There has been a skilful display of determination shown by these students and officially it was an amazing world record for Pakistan.” Speaking on the occasion MNA and chief of the provincial steering committee Miann Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said that the lions of Punjab have taken the country’s

7th Mobilink Golf touRnaMent held

name above the Himalayas in such a difficult time when it was raining. “The Punjab government has established an endowment fund of Rs two billion for talented youngsters to follow their dream. It you want to be cricketer of a badminton player of repute, the government is there is support you,” he maintained. The Punjab Sports Board gathered around 35000 children from different schools of Lahore division to get the largest flag record back from Bangladesh which in fact broke Pakistan previous year’s record established at the same venue in 2012. PYF GIVES PROVINCE A NEW LIFE: Provincial Sports Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan Saturday said that the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 blew a new hope of life among the youth of the province. Talking to media men here during his visit to the stadium, along with Director Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar, to inspect the arrangements for grand human flag event, Mashhood said: “We will end the negative impression of Pakistan among the world community by hold-

ing youth festival on annual basis.” The youngsters welcomed them with loud clapping and slogans. The minister himself led the slogans for many minutes. He said that the attention was being given to healthy activities for youth besides education, energy, law and order, communication and health as per the vision of Punjab CM. “Last year, we set 26 world records and overseas Pakistanis living in America, Canada and England expressed through emails, letters and telephone calls that they are proud to be Pakistanis,” he revealed. Speaking on the occasion, the SBP DG said that the credit of great went to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, head of Punjab Youth Festival steering committee Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Provincial Sports Minister Rana Mashhood Khan. He expressed his determination to set 100 new world records in this festival like previous year they broke 26 world records. “The Pakistan youngsters have demonstrated great discipline and proved that they are at par with every nation of the world,” he concluded. Guinness adjudicator Leo and


LAHORE: The 7th Mobilink Golf Tournament 2014 was held at the Royal palm Golf Country Club, today. The tournament witnessed participation from distinguished customers and the top management of Mobilink. Prizes were distributed among the winners and outstanding performers. The one day tourney in Lahore was 2nd in the series of nationwide tournaments and attracted over 110 amateur golfers. The Mobilink Golf Tournament has been of one of the premier amateur golf events of Pakistan over the last seven years, and continues to attract a diverse segment of the country’s corporate and business sector, making for a well competed event, providing healthy entertainment and promoting golf across Pakistan. Azfar Manzoor, Vice President Business Service, Mobilink highlighted, “Over the seven years our customers and golf enthusiasts have transformed this tournament into one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments of Pakistan. I congratulate the winners and thank our distinguished guests for making this year’s event a success.’’ Mobilink has always sought opportunities and fresh ideas to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle in the community. Now in its seventh edition, the 18-hole tournament has consistently attracted golfing enthusiasts from within the Mobilink customer base. The tournament began in Karachi last week and the final leg will be played in Islamabad February 22, 2014. STAFF REPORT

Fifties from Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez helped Lahore Lions reach the final of the Faysal Bank T20 cup, as the team crushed Islamabad Leopards by 79 runs at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Lahore, batting first, were buoyed by an opening stand of 84 between Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad that gave the team a solid platform to build on. Jamshed fell for a 33-ball 60 having drilled eight fours and two sixes, but Lahore did not slow down, rallying behind a 57-run association for the second wicket between Shehzad and Hafeez. Shehzad hit 42 off 41 balls, while Hafeez contributed a more aggressive 51 with three fours and four sixes to eventually lift the team to a mammoth 188 for 4. Islamabad never really got going during the chase, and the fall of wickets at regular intervals prevented them from producing even one meaningful partnership. Only four batsmen reached double digits, as Aizaz Cheema, Hafeez, Adnan Rasool and Imran Ali each took two wickets to bundle the team out for 109 inside 19 overs.


Trinidad & Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo has dispelled notions that his team will be the favourites for the Nagico Super50 clash against Barbados at the Queen's Park Oval. Bravo believes that Barbados have proved their worth by with an unbeaten run this year, and that home advantage, while welcomed, would not sway the balance in T&T's favour. "I don't think we're favourites. Honestly I believe that we are the two best teams in the tournament and that's why we are in the finals but we definitely will not start as favourites because they beat us in the group stage," Bravo said. "As a team, we respect the Barbados team and we

expect a good final." Barbados had beaten T&T by 28 runs in Zone B and Bravo said that the team had learned from the mistakes of that game and were better prepared after their clinical seven-wicket win over Jamaica in the semi-final. "Our strength is our all-round ability and we have great batsmen with international experience, good medium-pacers and we can adjust to any situation," he said. "We may have a bit of an edge over them in the batting department but both teams have very good spinners also." Bravo pointed to Sunil Narine, Jason Mohammed as key players for his side and said the Barbadian duo of Ashley Nurse and Suliemann Benn were threats.


Maria Anataalia after counting through the line and rows of the formation declared the first Guinness World Record of largetest human flag for Pakistan. Leo said: “There has been a skilful display of determination shown by these students and officially it was an amazing world record for Pakistan.” Speaking on the occasion MNA and chief of the provincial steering committee Miann Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said that the lions of Punjab have taken the country’s name above the Himalayas in such a difficult time when it was raining. “The Punjab government has established an endowment fund of Rs two billion for talented youngsters to follow their dream. It you want to be cricketer of a badminton player of repute, the government is there is support you,” he maintained. The Punjab Sports Board gathered around 35000 children from different schools of Lahore division to get the largest flag record back from Bangladesh which in fact broke Pakistan previous year’s record established at the same venue in 2012.

Rahane shows his X-factoR Wellington AGENCIES

As Ajinkya Rahane sat down to address the end-of-day press conference after scoring his maiden Test century, a senior journalist, who has known him for years, walked up. He told Rahane he was going to ask the centurion a question in Marathi, Rahane's mother tongue. Rahane, to put it mildly, isn't the most eloquent man when he speaks English or Hindi, and the journalist told him he'd better give him a decent answer in Marathi. Rahane grinned sheepishly and nodded like a dutiful schoolboy. He is that sort of man, the sort who will give you a hurt look if you politely turn down his offer of tea at his house, the sort who will apologise if he couldn't pick up your call. "So sorry, but I was out with family." How, you wondered, would this almost meek boy survive in this team of superstars and superstar-size egos, when he first came into the side. He had a mountain of first-class runs backing him, of course, but did he have what goes around by the queer name of X-factor? Did he have that extra edge in his game and personality that separates top-class international players from the rest? Was he merely humble, or was he unable to assert himself, unable to absorb real pressure? After his first two Test tours to South Africa and New Zealand, we can safely conclude it must be the former. Underneath that seemingly soft exterior lurks a solid Test batsman, and he was on display at the Basin Reserve. Rahane walked in at 165 for 5 and left at 423 for 9. He didn't hunt down the opposition with the magnetic force of Virat Kohli. He didn't leave you marveling at his style and the beauty of his strokes like Rohit Sharma. He didn't make you feel the intensity of the effort he was putting in like Cheteshwar Pujara. He made a pretty cultured century under pressure, but he did it so unobtrusively you were actually shocked to look at the scoreboard once and find he was already on 90. And how expertly he had got there. His judgment of his off stump was superb. Anything not too wide or too close was left, barring a couple of edges that fortunately went through gaps in the cordon.


Sunday, 16 February, 2014

hooda's five-foR Gives india 40-Run win Dubai



NDIA Under-19s 262 for 7 (Sarfaraz 74, Samson 68) beat Pakistan Under19s 222 (Aslam 64*, Hooda 5-41) by 40 runs. The first marquee clash of the Under-19 World Cup went India's way in Dubai, thanks to their middle-order reliability and all-round ability. Sarfaraz Khan's 74 was crucial in getting India to a competitive 262, and if that wasn't enough, his four catches and a wicket, and Deepak Hooda's five-wicket haul ensured that Pakistan didn't have an inch of clawing back, despite a steady beginning to the chase. After losing both their warm-ups, India finally hit their straps when it mattered against their toughest opponents in the group. Despite the final victory margin of 40 runs, the defending champions were tested. Contrasting half-centuries by Sarfaraz and Sanju Samson rescued India from frittering away an aggressive start. Their stand of 119 was the difference between a below-par total and a competitive one on a second-day Dubai pitch that turned and required concentration from the batsmen. At 94 for 4 in the 20th over, India looked in danger of folding up for less than 262, until Samson and Sarfaraz began the rescue act. It was a partnership that played out in two gears. Both took their time to size up the conditions, assess the situation and act accordingly. Both paced their innings differently. While Samson dropped anchor and ensured one end remained steady, Sarfaraz was given the licence to look for boundaries. And Sarfaraz didn't restrain himself. He compulsively swept the spinners and was largely successful in finding the gaps. After remaining scoreless for his first 15 deliveries

and surviving a dropped chance at slip, he traded the bat for a broom. His first scoring shot was a sweep off the left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar and he continued finding spaces on the on side against all four spinners. He had a close call, though, when he miscued a slog that dropped in front of deep square leg. The long boundaries meant that the pair was kept busy with the singles. Samson had earlier infused life into the innings when he charged the legspinner Karamat Ali and launched him over long-on. From then on, he was content at grafting his way through, giving Sarfaraz the option to play his shots without worry. Following that six in the 24th over, Samson's next boundary came in the 38th, when he lofted Zia-ul-Haq over cover. Sarfaraz brought up his fifty with a six over long-on, off Zia. He had made up for his slow start, needing just 60 balls for his landmark. The batting Powerplay was a productive period for India, as both players used their feet against the spinners to loft inside out over the covers to take 36 runs off that block of overs. Pakistan finally had a breakthrough when Sarfaraz mis-hit Gohar over cover and was caught. Samson too was caught, off a top edge and when the pair had departed, India were at a more secure 229 for 6 after 45.1 overs. That helped India pass 250, which in these conditions could prove to be challenging as the tournament progresses. Some tight bowling by India's opening bowlers kept the Pakistan openers on a leash. Pakistan's first boundary came in the ninth over, off the left-arm seamer Chama Milind, and a few boundaries down the ground helped the openers, Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq, find their groove. They focused on building steadily, looking to set a foundation. Aslam looked comfortable

against the spinners and reached his fifty with a slogged four off Kuldeep Yadav. They took the score to 109 in the 24th over and appeared in a more favourable position. The offspinner Aamer Gani got the first breakthrough when Imam gave the charge and found Sarfaraz at long-off. Though the pace of the partnership wasn't electric, India looked desperate for a wicket and Sarfaraz's celebration was an indication of relief, having finally broken through. The biggest blow to Pakistan, though, was Aslam's departure. Having primed himself for batting through the innings, he set off from the non-striker's end for a risky single, turned back but couldn't beat Vijy Zol's throw from the off side. Suddenly, Pakistan had two new batsmen at the crease but were still very much in the game, with a required rate of 6.12. A series of mistakes contributed to Pakistan's slide. Hasan Raza stayed back to a delivery from Sarfaraz that kept low and was bowled. Two balls later, Kamran Ghulam was struggling to make his ground to the bowler's end and was run-out off a direct hit. Bizarrely, the bowler Sarfaraz had accidentally knocked off one bail with his arm before collecting the throw but to his luck, Hooda's throw knocked down the other bail and Ghulam was deemed run-out. Pakistan lacked a power hitter in the lower order to get them going with the asking rate. Hooda ran through the lower order as they looked to hit out. Pakistan had their moments in both innings where they took control. But they failed to sustain it long enough and Aslam conceded that his side should not have let the initiative slip in the chase. "We were in a very good position while we were chasing and we should never have lost the game from there," Aslam said.


NATIONAL, FOREIGN PLAYERS TO COMPETE AT BAHRIA TOWN INT’L WOMEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP LAHORE: A press conference was held to mark the initiation of Bahria Town International Women Squash Championship at Safari Squash Court, Safari Club, Bahria Town Rawalpindi. Cdre. (Rtd.) Muhammad Ilyas VCE of Bahria Town, Group Capt. Amir Nawaz Honorary Sectary Pakistan Squash Federation and Mrs. Sitwat Baber Project In charge Bahria Town were the honorable chief guests at the occasion. They were accompanied by the participants, Bahria Town senior officials and a large number of distinguished guests. The championship is being organized by Safari Club which is a project of Bahria Town. Top seed local players including Pakistan no 1 Maria Toor and players from,China, , Sri Lanka, India and South Korea are participating in this championship. Tournament will be started from 21st February to 24th February 2014.The said Event has been approved by Pakistan Squash Federation and registered by Women Squash Association (based in England). Cdre. (Rtd.) M Ilyas expressed his excitement on this event and said that he is happy to see the participation from other countries. At the time when country sports are facing a challenging situation, this event would provide relief and would highlight Pakistan in the international sports arena. Apart from 5 star boarding and lodging Bahria Town also provided 50% of air ticket to foreign players.He extended a warm welcome to the international participants and wished them success in the championship. He put a strong emphasis on the fact that Bahria Town is doing its best to provide healthy entertainment not only to its residents but to all the citizens and this competition is another valuable addition to these endeavors. Mrs. Sitwat Baber briefed the guests about the efforts that were put in to bringing the international players to Pakistan and the measures that have been taken to make this event a success. She expressed her hope that this event would prove to be a benchmark in the history of great squash tournaments. Previously, Safari Club has conducted two successful women squash tournaments which were a huge success. Bahria Town International Women Squash Championship would prove to be another good addition to this franchise. PRESS RELEASE

Three wickets each from Chayank Gosain and Ross McLean helped Scotland Under-19s cruise to a sixwicket win against Papua New Guinea Under-19s in the opening Group A fixture at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Gosain, McLean, and two wickets from Mark Watt, made sure PNG were skittled for 108 and despite a stutter from the top order, Scotland completed the victory in the 30th over. PNG, who opted to bat, lost wickets at regular intervals, their biggest partnership being 26 for the fourth between Dogodo Bau and Hiri Hiri. Left-arm spinner Gosain dismissed the openers to reduce PNG to 10 for 2 and later 32 for 3, before Bau and Hiri took them past 50. But they were hurt by a lower-order collapse and lost the final seven wickets for 50 runs. Scotland suffered early woes too, slipping to 24 for 3, but Zander Muir and Nick Farrar put them on course. Farrar fell for a patient 26 before Muir, with an unbeaten 39, and Kyle Stirling took them home with a 33-run stand. Shadman Islam and Joyraz Sheik put on an unbroken 216-run partnership to steer Bangladesh Under-19s to a 10-wicket win over Afghanistan Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 213, Bangladesh got home with 45 balls remaining. The left-handed Shadman was the dominant partner in the stand, finishing on an unbeaten 126 from 142 balls with 14 fours and a six. Joyraz, meanwhile, struck 11 fours in a 114-ball 81 not out. None of the six bowlers

Afghanistan used was able to make a breakthrough. Sent in to bat, Afghanistan made a decent start, with Usman Ghani and Mohammad Mujtaba putting on 69 for the first wicket in 15.5 overs. But they lost wickets regularly after Ghani was run out for 27. Mujtaba, Hashmatullah Shaidi and Nasir Ahmadzai scored 40s, but none of them went on to make a substantial score. The spinners did most of the damage for Bangladesh, with offspinner Mosaddek Hossain taking three wickets and left-armer Rahatul Ferdous taking two. Matthew Short scored 96 to set up a 101run win for Australia Under-19s over Namibia Under19s at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Batting first, Australia lost Kelvin Smith early, but Short, his opening partner, put on 80 with Jaron Morgan and 100 with Ben McDermott to lay the platform for a solid total. When Short was bowled by Bredell Wessells for a 138-ball 96, Australia were 185 for 4 in 41.4 overs. Alex Gregory then struck a 21-ball 25 to help push their total to 242 for 7. Wessels finished with four wickets, and fellow medium-pacer JJ Smit took three. Namibia lost wickets at regular intervals and were never in the game. At 69 for 7, they were in danger of falling short of 100, but Wessells and Smit ensured that wouldn't happen, with a 35-run eighth-wicket partnership. Wessells was eventually last man out for a 56-ball 43, having taken Namibia's score to 141 in the company of Nos. 10 and 11. For Australia, seamers James Bazley and Matthew Fotia took three wickets each.


SPoRtS DeSK Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-1 to move into the last four of the Qatar Open. “I've had easy scores until now, but it doesn't mean I've had easy matches," Radwanska said. "I played great tennis, especially today, and Yanina was a tough opponent - every time we play I have to really push myself 100% to beat her. I think I just played really, really good tennis out there tonight.” Radwanska will face Simone Halep in the semi-finals after the Romanian came through her clash with fourth seed Sara Errani in impressive fashion, winning 62 6-0. "It was a difficult match. I couldn't prepare very well because I'm not 100% I have an injury - and I can't run very well on the court," Halep said. "But I was very strong mentally and just wanted to focus on every point. She's a great player and comes back very well and runs very well, so I knew it was important to just stay aggressive and finish the points, and the match, as soon as I could." Elsewhere, Jelena Jankovic knocked out third seed Petra Kvitova with a 6-1 6-3 victory while Angelique Kerber dropped just one game as she blew away Petra Cetkovska in straight sets. QATAR OPEN RESuLTS QuARTER-FINALS 2-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 6-2 6-1 7-Simona Halep (Romania) beat 4-Sara Errani (Italy) 6-2 6-0 5-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat 3-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 61 6-3 6-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) 6-1 6-0


SPORTS Sunday, 16 February, 2014


IndIa strIde towards rare wIn through rahane ton WEllingTOn


SPORTS DESK Mushfiqur Rahim will captain the Bangladesh team in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after missing the two Twenty20s due to a finger injury. The other major change in the 15-member squad is the inclusion of Arafat Sunny as replacement for another left-arm spinner, the injured Abdur Razzak. Razzak, the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs, injured his left hamstring during the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong two weeks ago, and still needs time to recover. Sunny made his T20 debut for Bangladesh in the first game against Sri Lanka in Chittagong, and picked up three wickets. He was the most successful spinner in last season's Dhaka Premier Division, the country's List-A competition, with 29 wickets at an average of 19.13. The onus of filling the void in the spin attack in the series will also rest on Shakib Al Hasan and Sohag Gazi. Anamul Haque, Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam have also retained their places in the team despite not being a part of Test plans. Anamul batted well in the first T20 while Naeem has been in good touch in domestic cricket, and had made two fifties in the ODIs against New Zealand last year. Shafiul Islam has recovered from a ligament tear in his ankle which he picked up ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand in October. He has replaced Ziaur Rahman, who has fallen out of favour with the selectors across all three formats. SqUad: Mushfiqur rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), anamul Haque, Shamsur rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, arafat Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, rubel Hossain, al-amin Hossain, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam.


or the first time on the tour, India began the day in ascendency, and they capitalised by making giant strides towards a series-levelling win, which if achieved will be their first overseas win since June 2011. At the centre of India's dominance, of a day during which they threatened to leave the door ajar, was Ajinkya rahane, who brought up his maiden Test century after enduring moments of drama with the notoriously unhelpful Zaheer Khan for company. When rahane came in to bat, India had lost two quick wickets to be five down and were still 27 behind, but he soothed nerves and exorcised the haunting memories of Trent Bridge 2011 during a full-ofintent partnership of 120 with MS Dhoni in 24.1 overs, which took India to their seventh-highest lead away from home. This was only the sixth away century by an Indian No. 7, but also it was a first century for someone who had spent years amassing close to 6000 first-class runs before he was even given a chance to score one for India. rahane's celebration betrayed no frustration or anger you would associate with a modern batsman who has had to wait for so long. His innings was equally level-headed. He could just as easily have become part of a collapse, and made Dhoni lament another big moment lost, which has happened way too often with India from home. Despite Ishant Sharma's annoying 40minute stay in the morning, despite Shikhar Dhawan's continuance of his charge, India had that familiar feeling of an impending collapse when they lost three wickets for 24 runs around the first-hour mark. It included the wicket of Dhawan two runs short of what would have been a third century to a clever scrambled-seam offcutter from Tim Southee. rohit Sharma had just dragged on a wide half-volley from debutant Jimmy Neesham. India needed something solid especially given how Virat Kohli was not looking his solid self on a day that he would have sensed domination around the corner. As Kohli played and missed a little in pursuit of that domination, rahane began a proper Test innings, not playing away from the body, happy to nurdle and deflect, and using soft hands when he did drive. The soft hands showed in how two edges didn't go to hand, either side of his half-century. New

Zealand, though, looked happy to give him the singles he could take, and play on India's patience. By the time the lead reached 36, Neil Wagner had frustrated Kohli so much with his dry bowling that the batsman gave short cover a simple catch. Wagner's figures in that spell then: 6-3-7-1. rahane was 33 off 71 then, and New Zealand would have been happy to let him score at that rate if they could go through the rest of the suspect batting. With Dhoni, they had another think coming. He came in and launched a calculated assault, hitting Wagner for four successive fours: drive through cover, pull through square leg, cut to point, loft over mid-off . This was a crucial phase because the new ball

at that time was only 12 overs away, and if New Zealand could have kept India quiet until then, they would have fancied restricting the lead to around 100. That initial attack, though, settled things down, and rahane could continue playing his natural game. And he did so beautifully. The on-drives and cover-drives were sights to behold. The acceleration began to happen without an apparent effort to do so. As rahane became a little more adventurous, New Zealand set back even more, and by the time the new ball was claimed, his half-century had been brought up and the lead approached 100. Dhoni managed to attack the new ball too, which was the best possible out-

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Scoreboard 192 NeW ZeaLaNd 1ST INNINGS INdIa 1ST INNINGS S dhawan c †Watling b Southee 98] 2 M Vijay c †Watling b Southee 19 ca Pujara lbw b boult I Sharma c †Watling b boult 26 V Kohli c rutherford b Wagner 38 rG Sharma b Neesham 0 118 aM rahane c boult b Southee 68 MS dhoni c †Watling b boult ra Jadeja c Fulton b Wagner 26 Z Khan c †Watling b Wagner 22 0 Mohammed Shami not out 21 eXTraS (b 8, lb 4, w 7, nb 2) 438 ToTaL (all out; 102.4 overs) (4.26 runs per over) FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-2 (Vijay, 1.6 ov), 2-89 (Pujara, 24.2 ov), 3141 (I Sharma, 36.6 ov), 4-162 (dhawan, 42.6 ov), 5-165 (rG Sharma, 45.1 ov), 6-228 (Kohli, 68.1 ov), 7-348 (dhoni, 92.2 ov), 8-385 (Jadeja, 96.3 ov), 9-423 (rahane, 101.1 ov), 10-438 (Khan, 102.4 ov) boWLING Ta boult 26-7-99-3, TG Southee 20-0-93-3, N Wagner 22.43-106-3, cJ anderson 16-2-66-0, JdS Neesham 18-2-62-1 NeW ZeaLaNd 2Nd INNINGS PG Fulton lbw b Khan 1 18 Hd rutherford not out KS Williamson not out 4 1 eXTraS (nb 1) ToTaL (1 wicket; 9 overs) 24 To baT TWM Latham, bb Mccullum*, cJ anderson, bJ Watling†, JdS Neesham, TG Southee, N Wagner, Ta boult FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-1 (Fulton, 1.3 ov) boWLING: I Sharma 3-0-9-0, Z Khan 3-2-7-1, Mohammed Shami 3-0-8-0 Match details Toss India, who chose to field Test debuts TWM Latham and JdS Neesham (New Zealand) Player of the match tba Umpires SJ davis (australia) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV umpire dJ Walker Match referee rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reserve umpire Wr Knights

come for India. It travelled faster, and both the batsmen cashed in. It all began with his lashing cut to the second delivery he took with that new ball, and by the time rahane hit Boult for back-to-back boundaries in the 89th over India had spent their longest in this series without losing a wicket to the new ball. Dhoni, though, had taken a blow to his hand, and Boult followed him there, drawing out a gloved catch down the leg side to end his innings 32 short of what could have been his first century outside Asia. rahane, though, kept his head even though all around him were losing theirs. ravindra Jadeja went bang-bang for his 26 off 16, Zaheer tried his best to get out and leave rahane in the 90s with the No. 11, and the umpires called a Wagner no-ball that didn't quite look like one after having missed quite a few earlier in the day. rahane enjoyed a slice of luck, too, when he tried to work the last ball of an over to leg from outside off, and the leading edge flew over gully. The shot, necessitated by Zaheer's presence at the other end, took him to 96, and the hundred came up without further drama. The drama for the day was not done yet as the struggling Peter Fulton padded up to Zaheer, and was trapped lbw. New Zealand ended the day needing 222 to make India bat again.

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