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FOR MUSH, TIME IS OF ESSENCE!
CENTRE, PUNJAB GOVT AT ODDS OVER MINHAJ INCIDENT AFGHAN POLL IN PERIL OVER
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QADRI REJECTS JUDICIAL AFTER KILLING 8, LAHORE COMMISSION ON POLICE TAMPER WITH MEDICAL LAHORE MURDERS REPORTS OF INJURED Thursday, 19 June, 2014 Shaâ€™aban 20, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 351 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
STORIES ON PAGE 03
ABDULLAH'S FRAUD CLAIMS STORY ON PAGE 04
US droneS itS way into operation Zarb-e-aZb At least six suspected militants were killed in two US drone strikes early Wednesday in the Miranshah tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region where a comprehensive military operation launched by the Pakistani army against foreign and local terrorists is also under way, as Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif urged the Afghan government to destroy hideouts of Pakistani Taliban in Kunar and Nuristan provinces to stop them from getting support from across the border.
Curfew eased in NWA to allow civilians safe passage STORIES ON PAGE 02
BANNU: Residents of North Waziristan flee to safer areas after the military lifted the curfew on Wednesday to allow maximum number of people to escape the operation against Taliban and foreign terrorists. ONLINE
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
US drones its way into Operation Zarb-e-Azb TWO DRONE STRIKES KILL SIX SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN MIRANSHAH
FO SAYS DRONE STRIKES HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON GOVT’S EFFORTS TO BRING PEACE AND STABILITY TO TRIBAL REGIONS
T least six suspected militants were killed in two US drone strikes early Wednesday in the Miranshah tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region where a comprehensive military operation launched by the Pakistani army against foreign and local terrorists is also under way, as Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif urged the Afghan government to destroy hideouts of Pakistani Taliban in Kunar and Nuristan provinces to stop them from getting support from across the border. Intelligence sources in Peshawar said six missiles fired by the drones hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi village in Miranshah. The identities of those killed in the strikes have not yet been ascertained, the sources added. Wednesday’s is the third drone attack in a month, the earlier two successive US drone strikes killing at least 16 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif conveying Pakistan’s concerns over Taliban havens on the Afghan side of the border to Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai during a meeting at General Headquarters on Wednesday. INP
PaKistan COnDeMns DROne attaCK: Meanwhile in Islamabad, the Foreign Office condemned the two drone strikes, terming them a “violation of its
Twitter restores access to ‘blasphemous’ content in Pakistan Microblogging site says it had changed its May 18 decision after Pakistani govt failed to provide sufficient clarification islaMaBaD: Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision — to restrict access to the material from within Pakistan in order to comply with local laws — after the government failed to provide sufficient clarification. “On May 18, 2014, we made an initial decision to withhold content in Pakistan based on information provided to us by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority,” the Internet company said in a statement posted on the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse website. “We have re-examined the requests and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted. The content is now available again in Pakistan. “Chilling Effects is a collaboration between several US law schools which monitors attempts to suppress online content. Twitter works in partnership with the site to publicise requests to withhold its content. Most of the offending material concerned anti-Islam accounts, but the accounts of three US porn stars were also listed. Sana Saleem, a co-founder of the Bolo Bhi non-profit group that advocates free speech, said: “We’re very glad Twitter has reversed its decision and not gone the Facebook route. “There was significant pressure and so we’re very happy. We’ve also been talking with them.” Facebook earlier this month blocked the popular page of a liberal Pakistani band Laal at the request of the government, angering activists campaigning against censorship. Days later it reversed its decision. AGENCIES
41 devotees die at Sehwan Urs during past four days KaRaCHi: At least 41 devotees died at various places of Sehwan Sharif due to heat stroke and other reasons during the past four days while many others also fell unconscious in the extreme weather. The mercury rose to 50 degree Celsius in Sehwan Town and its surrounding areas on Wednesday killing at least 16 devotees due to heatstroke at various places on the eve of second day of 762nd annual Urs of Sufi saint of Hazrat Qalandar lal Shahbaz. Moreover, the bodies of six persons, aged between 30 to 65 years, who had died of heatstroke were found by Edhi volunteers and were not identified. In another incident, two more devotees drowned at Sapna lake. At least nine devotees died of heat stroke and two more had drowned in water of Indus River on Tuesday, the first day of annual Urs celebration of Hazrat Qalandar Lal Shahbaz. The bodies of the deceased were brought at Taluka Hospital Sehwan by volunteers and social activists. STAFF REPORT
sovereignty and territorial integrity”. “These strikes have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the re-
GEN SHARIF TELLS AFGHAN GOVT TO DESTROY TTP HAVENS ON THEIR SIDE OF BORDER
gion.” Wednesday’s strikes killed at least six people. On June 11, two successive drone strikes reportedly killed around 16 people and injured few others. There have been three drone strikes this year, killing around 20 people. The army launched its long-awaited major operation ‘Zarb-i-Azb’ in the tribal region a week after an attack on the airport in Karachi, deploying troops, tanks and jets to the area in the crackdown on the Taliban and other militants. A total of at least 187 suspected militants and eight soldiers have been reported killed since Saturday night when the operation was launched. During the operation, the army has reportedly so far resorted only to airstrikes, sending F-16 and Mirage fighter jets to pound suspected militant hideouts up in the mountains. The ground offensive is expected to start in the next week when land forces will try to comb through North Waziristan’s valleys and take over villages and buildings. Air raids have continued daily since Sunday killing scores of militants, according to Pakistani military sources.
DestROY ttP Havens: Meanwhile in Rawalpindi, General Raheel Sharif conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over havens of Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces to Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai during a meeting at the General Headquarters. “During the meeting, the ongoing operation in North Waziristan Agency and matters of mutual interest, including measures to improve security along Pakistan-Afghanistan border were discussed,” a short statement issued from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Sources said this is the first diplomatic contact by Pakistan Army with Afghanistan since a formal military operation in North Waziristan tribal region was launched on Sunday. The Afghan ambassador assured Gen Sharif that Afghanistan would extend full cooperation to Pakistan in its ongoing operation against militants in NWA region and that the message to destroy the hideouts would be conveyed to the top Afghan defence authorities.
Curfew eased in NWA to allow civilians safe passage SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYS CURFEW LIFTED TO LET PEOPLE FLEE AHEAD OF A MORE CONCERTED GROUND OPERATION PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The military eased a curfew in the main towns of North Waziristan on Wednesday to allow civilians to flee a major offensive against the Taliban, signalling a likely escalation in the campaign as the US hit the militants with drone strikes. Adding to the pressure on the insurgents, two US drone strikes hit compounds in the area early on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people have already fled the operation, which the military says has killed more than 200 militants, and a fresh exodus is under way. More than 1,000 vehicles arrived Wednesday in Bannu, just across the border in neighbouring KhyberPakhtunkhwa province, a traditional haven for those fleeing violence in restive North Waziristan. Registration points and camps have been set up to deal with the influx of people, officials said. The decision to allow more civilians to leave North Waziristan points to a new, more intense phase of the antimilitant drive, in which ground
forces will play a greater role. A senior security official said the curfew was lifted to let people flee ahead of a more concerted ground operation.”Miramshah and Mir Ali have already been cordoned off. Ground troops will move in after civilians move to safe places,” the official said. “First ground troops will enter in major towns and will
then move towards suburban areas after strengthening their positions.” “We will then go to the villages and to the mountains,” he added, saying the operation would continue until every militant had been eliminated. Civilian Casualties: The number and identity of those killed in the military operation cannot be verified, and some residents who have fled the area spoke of civilian casualties from aerial bombing before the offensive officially began on Sunday. Aziz-ur-Rehman, a 42-year-old
KHAJORI: Residents of Mirali who have fled the area in wake of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan register themselves at an army checkpost at Khajori. ONLINE
teacher at a school in Mir Ali, fled the town riding on the bonnet of a truck. “It’s like doomsday for people in Mir Ali, where death is everywhere since Saturday,” he said, accusing the military of killing numerous civilians. “They start the day with artillery shelling early in the morning. Gunship helicopters come for shelling during the day and jets strike at around 2:00-2:30 in the night.” He said the onslaught killed two children in his neighbourhood and left a third girl badly wounded. Rehman was one of around 9,000 people who arrived in Bannu on Wednesday, according to Arshad Khan, Director General of the FATA Disaster Management Authority. Many streamed into the town carrying possessions with them — quilts, buckets, mats, water coolers, even livestock and family pets. One family even brought three parrots in a cage. As they left North Waziristan and entered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, people were issued with ration packs containing biscuits, tea, sugar and milk. Further, thousands of people have also fled across the border into the Gorbaz district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, according to local officials there, and are being given food and aid.
For Musharraf, time is of essence! SC REJECTS GOVERNMENT’S PLEA FOR EARLY HEARING OF MUSHARRAF’S ECL CASE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday rejected the federal government’s plea for early hearing of case pertaining to the removal of former president Gen (r) Pervez Musahrraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has directed the Registrar Office to fix the date for hearing. The apex court constituted a five-member bench headed by Justice Saquib Nisar and comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Ijaz Afzal. The larger bench would resume the hearing of the petition on June 23. Earlier on Monday, a three-member SC bench headed by Justice Saquib Nisar, while hearing the petition filed by the federal government for early hearing of the plea, had remarked that every matter that was brought before the court was important however this matter would
INTERIOR SECRETARY TESTIFIES FIVE CHARGES WERE LEVELLED AGAINST MUSH FOLLOWING FIA’S INVESTIGATION
be sent to the CJP who would decide the matter. Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt had argued that the matter should be decided in the next two to three days. He had further argued that Musharraf had already filed a plea before the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking a decision review which could allow him to leave for abroad. Buying the argument, the court had ordered the case hearing within a week. It is pertinent to mention that the federal government on Saturday filed an appeal in SC against SHC’s decision to lift travel ban on Musharraf. The government in its appeal requested the apex court to suspend SHC’s decision regarding removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL. The court had also been asked to stop Musharraf from travelling abroad. On the other hand, a two-judge bench of the SHC comprising justices Mohammad Ali Mazhar and Shahnawaz on Thursday had issued a 44-page verdict ordering the federal government to remove Musharraf’s name from the ECL. The court had declared that the parties opposing its ruling could
move the SC in the next 15 days and made it clear that till then Musharraf could not leave the country. inteRiOR seCRetaRY testiFies: Meanwhile, the court constituted to try Musharraf for treason recorded the testimony of Interior Secretary Shahid Khan on Wednesday. The three-judge special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the SHC, has been hearing the treason case against the former army strongman. Khan told the court that he had been instructed by the federal government on June 26, 2013 to register the case against the former president. He added that the case was registered following investigations carried out by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The interior secretary said that five charges were levelled in the case in light of the FIA’s investigation. The special court had directed Khan to produce the original letter from the Prime Minister’s House in this regard, which the interior secretary failed to do, saying the letter could be in possession of the SC. Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing till June 24.
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
NEWS Qadri rejects judicial commission on lahore murders PAT chief repeats demand of resignation of Punjab CM Imran Khan visits Mihaj Secretariat, says PTI will support PAT in seeking justice laHORe: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Wednesday refused to appear before a judicial commission formed to probe into the killing of at least eight PAT supporters after they clashed with local police on Tuesday. Speaking to his followers through a video link from Canada, he said that they do not recognise this judicial commission and will not appear before it either. He reiterated his demand that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was responsible for the incident and should resign from his post. Qadri alleged that the inquiry commission was formed upon ‘fake’ FIR registered by the attackers and vowed not to accept it. “Our case is against the chief minister and his cabinet … we will bring the whole country along to get the FIR registered,” he said. The PAT chief also alleged that after the 16-hour-long ‘state terrorism,’ the provincial authorities made up the case of recovering weapons from his residence and Minhajul Quran Secretariat. Families of the deceased are being pressurised besides being offered millions of rupees, said the PAT chief, adding that leaders of his party’s student wing are seeking permission to keep arms for self-defence. He claimed that another injured has died in hospital, raising the total death toll to 11 from the incident. iMRan KHan DeManDs sHaHBaZ’s ResiGnatiOn: Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan assured his full support to the PAT and repeatedly demanded for Sharif’s resignation in a press conference outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat. The PTI chief had arrived in Lahore to condole with the families of the victims of Lahore police’s brutal action and to enquire after the health of those injured in the incident. At the press conference, Khan held the Punjab government responsible for the clash in Lahore that led to the deaths of PAT workers. He criticised the Punjab police and stated that the law enforcement force has violated the decision of the Lahore High Court to erect barriers outside the residence of Tahirul Qadri. The PTI chief further said that his party stands shoulder to shoulder with the PAT. QaDRi PROvOKeD PeOPle tO viOlenCe, saYs PeRvaiZ RasHiD: Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri provoked his followers to violence through tweets and press conferences, leading to an unfortunate incident in Lahore. Speaking in a private television programme, Rashid referred to a provocative tweet made by Qadri before Fajr prayers to his workers even before start of the police operation for removal of barriers outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat. The tweet said, “This is our first test. We will not bow our heads to them. It is only a matter of days. We will bring the revolution.” The minister said that Taliban had been using violence for acceptance of their demands and now Qadri is pursuing the same path and is provoking people to use violence to push for his demands. The minister said Taliban, PTI and Qadri have become strategic partners at a time when Pakistan is fighting for its security. STAFF REPORT
Centre, Punjab govt at odds over Minhaj incident NAWAZ SAYS HE WON’T LET ANYONE JEOPARDISE COUNTRY’S INTERNAL SECURITY AS GOVT FIGHTS TERRORISM AND ENDEAVOURS FOR ECONOMIC UPLIFT
SHAHBAZ SYMPATHISES WITH DR QADRI, PRESENTS HIMSELF CLEAN, ASSURES ARREST OF PERPETRATORS OF CLASH AT LAHORE’S MINHAJUL QURAN SECRETARIAT
CM, hiS CAbineT exPreSS grief Over lOSS Of liveS LAHORE: A Punjab cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed grief over the deaths of unarmed protesters who were gunned down by Lahore police during for “resisting an anti-encroachment” drive outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat. The cabinet ministers offered fateha for the departed souls and decided to send a ministerial delegation to Minhajul Quran Secretariat to commiserate with the leaders. Addressing the meeting, Sharif said the report of the judicial commission will be fully implemented, adding that no one will be allowed to tamper with the evidence of the incident. The CM said that he has never compromised on justice, adding that he did not even think of using force during his tenure as head of the province. The cabinet members told the CM that setting up of the judicial commission is a positive step, adding that it would help bring the facts before the nation. APP
HE brutal attack by Lahore Police at Minhajul Quran headquarters and killing of around eight supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has apparently brought the federal and Punjab governments at loggerheads. Informed sources told Pakistan Today that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been bypassed and all decisions were being taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s close aides led by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and others. “Sharp differences have emerged between the two governments over a host of issues. Shahbaz Sharif is supporting the views of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while Nawaz Sharif is siding with Khawaja Asif, Pervez Rasheed and Saad Rafique,” the sources said. Sources told Pakistan Today that Chaudhry Nisar and Shahbaz Sharif had been on the same page regarding the dif-
ferences which emerged between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government and the armed forces. It was none other than Shahbaz Sharif who had held three consecutive meetings with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to settle the matter, the sources added. According to sources, this fact was also evident by the tone and tenor used by Shahbaz during his Tuesday’s press conference over Lahore’s Minhaj clash. The tone was quite different from the language used in a press release issued by the media team of the prime minister on Wednesday, they added. “Shahbaz Sharif used very soft language and even offered to step down if his involvement was proved in directing the police to take action. However, the language used by the prime minister was strong and intimidating today [Wednesday],” a source said, adding that the fact was clear if anyone could read the transcript of both the PML-N leaders. sHaHBaZ aPPeaRs aPOlOGetiC: Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing a press conference, had stated
that his “heart was bleeding” and he will resign if the judicial commission formed to investigate the Lahore incident holds him responsible. The Punjab CM has also committed not to influence the registration of FIRs and they could even be registered against him. “I sympathise with Dr Tahirul Qadri and I assure him that those responsible will be punished without delay,” Shahbaz had said, adding that facts will be brought to the public regarding the incident and justice will be served. Shahbaz had also made it clear that the barriers were removed by the police and the permission for removal was not his responsibility. However, none of his pledges materialised on Wednesday – hinting that someone else was calling the shots in the Punjab government. PM CHOOses a steRn stanCe: On the contrary, in an official statement issued from Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday, the prime minister used a strong tone saying, “I will not allow anyone to jeopardise peace and internal security of the country. A high court tribunal
has been constituted to fix the responsibility of the massacre. Hopefully, the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” the prime minister maintained. Nawaz said that the state of Pakistan was fighting two wars simultaneously – on one side, war against terrorists was being fought while on the other, he said that he was striving to restructure the country’s dwindling economy. The premier said that the government will not allow anyone to put the internal security of the country at stake as the armed forces were battling with terrorism. PMl-n Denies RiFt: A PML-N senior leader, however, dispelled the impression that the PML-N governments in Centre and Punjab were not on the same page regarding the handling of the Minhaj incident. “There is absolutely no difference of opinion on the unfortunate incident that took place in Lahore on Tuesday. The entire PML-N leadership is analysing the matter very carefully and all steps are being taken after due consultation between the federal and Punjab governments,” said the PML-N leader.
After killing eight, Lahore Police tamper with medical reports of injured DOCTORS SAY POLICE WERE PRESSURISING THEM TO INCLUDE NAMES OF POLICE PERSONNEL INJURED IN MEDICAL RECORD EVEN THOUGH ALL OF THEM HAD BEEN DISCHARGED ON TUESDAY NIGHT
SHAHBAZ SHARIF TAKES NOTICE OF INCIDENT, SEEKS REPORT ON ALLEGED TAMPERING OF MEDICAL RECORD
MONITORING DESK Lahore police and Establishment Division officers have tampered with the medical reports of those injured in clashes between Dr Tahirul Qadri’s supporters and police the other day, a private news channel reported on Wednesday. According to the channel’s sources, doctors were being pressurised to change the medical reports of those with bullet injuries to those of physical violence. The channel claimed that an officer of the Establishment Division from Islamabad arrived in Lahore on Wednesday and was seen pressurising the medical superintendent of Jinnah Hospital to change the reports of those admitted after the clashes erupted. The Establishment Division official said that he was visiting a patient. However, along with DSP Aftab and suspended SP Model Town Tariq Aziz, he had taken over the medical superintendent’s office. Doctors, requesting anonymity, told the channel that they were asked by police to add names of police personnel injured in the incident as well. However, they said
File photo shows a policeman beating an injured worker of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek who was being shifted to the hospital by Rescue 1122 workers. The injured man reportedly died of his wounds at the hospital.
there was no police personnel currently admitted in the hospital, as they had been discharged at night. Furthermore, police stopped doctors from treating the 51 in-
jured and did not allow them to take their rounds in the ward. However, while speaking to the news channel, Jinnah Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Abdul Rauf
CCTV RECORDS SHOW POLICE PERSONNEL STEALING GOODS AND MONEY FROM SHOPS said that he was not present in his office when police officials came to the hospital. He added that injured police officials came for a medical check-up and special care is being provided to the injured. CM taKes ‘nOtiCe’: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, while taking notice of the incident, asked the health secretary and police officials for a report on the alleged tampering of medical reports. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the records of the injured cannot be tampered with and police went to collect the records as evidence for the case. He further added that Gullu Butt, who is responsible for smashing windscreens and windows of vehicles during the clash, is not a worker of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as claimed. POliCe CauGHt stealinG DuRinG ClasHes: While PAT protesters and the police were caught in a scuffle, other members of the police were caught on CCTV footage in an act of theft. The footage showed the policemen stealing money, fruits and canned goods from shops located in Model Town.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
afGHan election in Peril over abDullaH’s frauD claims AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL FRONTRUNNER ACCUSES RIVAL ASHRAF GHANI, OUTGOING PRESIDENT KARZAI AND EC OFFICIALS OF INVOLVEMENT IN VOTE FRAUD KABUL
FGHAN presidential election candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded on Wednesday a halt to vote-counting over fraud allegations, taking the country to the brink of a political crisis during its first democratic transition of power. Abdullah ramped up his complaints over alleged fraud in Saturday’s run-off election by accusing his opponent Ashraf Ghani, outgoing President Hamid Karzai and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of all being involved. A smooth election was seen as a key test of the 13-year international military and aid effort to develop Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. But Abdullah’s statement on Wednesday fuelled a growing dispute that could trigger instability as the bulk of US-led troops withdraw
from Afghanistan by the end of the year. “We suspend engagement with the (election) commission and we have asked our monitors to leave their offices,” Abdullah said. “We are asking for the counting process to be stopped immediately.” He added that “everybody knows… that unfortunately the president of Afghanistan was not impartial” and that some ballot boxes were stuffed with votes the day before the second-round election. The arguments erupted despite pleas from the United Nations (UN) and the United States for Abdullah and Ghani to give officials time to conduct the count and adjudicate on fraud complaints. Abdullah, a former resistance fighter and foreign minister, believes fraud denied him victory in the 2009 presidential race, and has often said that only ballot-rigging could stop him from winning this time. Counting the votes is due to take weeks, pitching Afghanistan into a pe-
CALLS FOR VOTE COUNTING PROCESS TO BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY riod of uncertainty as the Nato combat mission ends this year and the aid-dependent economy falters. The preliminary result is on July 2, before the official complaints period begins, and the final result is scheduled for July 22. Abdullah raised the prospect of the UN playing a role in breaking the impasse, but it is unlikely to embrace the suggestion. Karzai, Ghani and the IEC made no immediate response to Abdullah’s latest allegations. Ghani’s campaign team has been defending their candidate on Twitter since Abdullah first made fraud claims late Sunday. “We reject and condemn any vote of fraud,” Ghani’s camp said on Tuesday. “We let the respected Election Complaints Commission investigate and pursue all the complaints.” The two candidates went through to the run-off vote after coming top in the eight-man election on April 5, when Abdullah secured an easy win with 45 per cent against Ghani’s 31.6 per cent.
Saturday’s run-off was hailed a success by Afghan officials and international donor nations, despite more than 50 people killed in separate Taliban strikes on polling day. The IEC announced that the estimated turnout was more than seven million voters – above 50 per cent and in line with the first round – but the figure was greeted with some scepticism. “The exaggerated turnout … was not convincing for us,” Abdullah told reporters. He said in some volatile provinces, voter numbers were “not in proportion to the population of that area, let alone the security situation”. If the dispute deepens, ethnic friction is a concern as Abdullah’s support is based among the Tajik minority and other northern tribes, while Ghani is a Pashtun – Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group, which is strongest in the Taliban heartlands of the south and east. After the poll closed, the White House praised voters’ courage and called the elections “a significant step forward on Afghanistan’s democratic path.” Eleven voters in the western province of Herat had their fingers – which were dipped in ink to register their ballot – cut off by insurgents.
MQM’s female MNA shot, critically injured in Lahore attack OPP STAGES WALKOUT FROM NA OVER ATTACK ON TAHIRA ASIF LAHORE/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A female member of the National Assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Tahira Asif, was shot and injured on Wednesday. The lawmaker was rushed to Shaikh Zayed Hospital where doctors conducted a four-hour-long surgery to save her life. She is reportedly out of danger now and has been moved to a post-surgery ward. SP Iqbal Town told Pakistan Today that Tahira Asif had received two bullet wounds. He said that Tahira along with her daughter and driver was buying fruit from Allama Iqbal Town when two armed robbers on a motorcycle intercepted them. On resistance, the robbers opened fire, injuring Tahira Asif, he added. Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain issued a condemnation statement against the incident and ap-
pealed to the public to pray for the well being of the injured MNA. He also claimed that the attack on the MQM lawmaker had taken place according to a planned conspiracy and said that police was trying to portray the incident as a mugging attempt. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif taking notice of the incident sought a report from the Inspector General of Punjab Police. OPP WALKS OUT FROM NA: Members of opposition parties staged a walkout from the National Assembly in Islamabad against the attack on Tahira Asif. The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), a coalition party of the PML-N led government, had also joined the opposition’s walkout from the National Assembly. Condemning the firing incident, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said that it was difficult to understand that unknown persons opened fire on a female parliamentarian of the MQM in Iqbal Town who was visiting Lahore to condole the deaths of PAT workers. MQM MNA Asif Hasnain said that the condition of the female parliamentarian was critical as significant amount of blood had bled from the gun-
shot wounds. The incident was a targeted attack while the police officials were claiming that Tahira Asif was shot for resisting a robbery, according to Hasnain. Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that some hidden hands were trying to create difficulties for the government. He further alleged that the police officials were trying to change the medical reports of Tuesday’s incident of Lahore. “It was first time in my political history that the present government killed women in Lahore,” he alleged. Rasheed also demanded of the women rights organisations to come out for protests against the killings of women in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) tenure. Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said that the incident appeared to be a pre-planned scheme against democracy in the country. He said that around eight people lost their lives in the firing incident while unknown persons opened fire on a women parliamentarian in Lahore and such incidents should be condemned at all levels. “We should seriously think about the ongoing incidents which could be dangerous for the democracy in Pakistan,” the federal finance minister added.
Gunmen kill 7 of an iDP family in HanGu PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Two women were among seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) killed in Hangu when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them Wednesday. According to police, unidentified men trespassed into a house and killed the seven people. One woman was said to be injured. The victims were IDPs of the Ali Khel tribe in Orakzai Agency. The First Information Report (FIR) of the incident stated that the incident could be of sectarian nature. Ali Khel is a mixed Shia-Sunni tribe and its members are scattered across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It is also a pro-government and anti-Taliban tribe whose members have been targeted by militant groups in the past.
21 DeaD in niGeria football viewinG centre blast DAMATURU AGENCIES
At least 21 people were killed when an explosion ripped through a viewing centre showing World Cup football in Damaturu, northern Nigeria on Wednesday. “We received 21 dead bodies and 27 injured victims from the blast,” the source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital after the explosion in the NayiNama area of the city on Tuesday night. Local residents said the bomb appeared to have been hidden in a motorised rickshaw outside the venue, where crowds had gathered to watch tournament hosts Brazil play Mexico on large screens. The blast was the latest in a series at football viewing centres in Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram militants, who have been waging a deadly insurgency in the country’s north since 2009. Football is Nigeria’s national sport and has a fanatical following but recent blasts targeting fans in north eastern Adamawa and the central state of Plateau have seen the authorities close big screen venues on security grounds. The World Cup would normally have seen large crowds congregate to watch the matches, including those of Nigeria’s national team, the “Super Eagles”, but many fans have opted to stay at home for their own safety.
IRAQ APPEALS FOR US AIR STRIKES ON ADVANCING MILITANTS KERRY SAYS DRONE STRIKES ‘COULD BE USED’ TO THWART MILITANTS ADVANCE ON BAGHDAD IRAN’S ROUHANI SAYS IRAN ‘WILL DO EVERYTHING’TO PROTECT SHIA SHRINES IN IRAQI CITIES INDIA SAYS 40 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ABDUCTED IN MOSUL
Iraq asked the United States Wednesday to carry out air strikes on militants, who attacked the country’s main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north. The appeal came as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or alShaam (ISIS) were pressing a week-long offensive that has brought them close to the capital, and as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki pledging to face down “terrorism”. “Iraq has officially asked Washington to help under the security agreement (between the two countries), and to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups,” Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia. However, Zebari said “a military approach will not be enough. We acknowledge the need for drastic political
solutions.” The United States spent millions of dollars over several years training and arming a new Iraqi army after disbanding the Sunni-led force created by the late dictator Saddam Hussein. Washington has already deployed an aircraft carrier to the Gulf and sent marines to bolster security at its embassy in Baghdad, but President Barack Obama has insisted a return to combat in Iraq for US soldiers is not on the cards. However, Secretary of State John Kerry has said drone strikes could be used. Maliki vowed on television that “we will face terrorism and bring down the conspiracy,” adding that “we will teach (militants) a lesson and strike them.” He also said the country’s security forces, which wilted in the face of a major militant offensive that overran all of one province and chunks of three more in a matter of days last week, had suffered a
“setback” but had not been defeated. Maliki security spokesperson Lieutenant General Qassem Atta later said security forces would retake by Thursday morning full control of Tal Afar, a Shia dominant town in the north that lies along a strategic corridor to Syria. That would provide a base from which to launch operations to recapture Mosul. IRAN TO PROTECT SHRINES: With regional tensions rising, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic “will do everything” to protect Shia shrines in Iraqi cities against the militant assault. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, while the United Arab Emirates recalled its envoy to Baghdad, voicing concern over “exclusionary and sectarian policies.” The crisis, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, threatens to
break the country apart, while the assault on Baiji oil refinery Wednesday further spooked international oil markets. Brent crude for August delivery added three cents to $113.48 per barrel just after midday in London. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery picked up 34 cents to $106.73 a barrel. The attack on the refinery complex, in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad, was launched before dawn, officials said. Atta said Iraqi forces managed to kill 40 militants and repel the attack, but that some tanks containing refined products caught fire. The refinery was shut down and some employees evacuated on Tuesday due to a drop in demand caused by the militant drive. INDIANS ABDUCTED: Meanwhile, the Indian Foreign Ministry announced that 40 Indian construction workers had been abducted in Mosul, the first city to fall in the offensive.
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Aziz calls for bilateral ties with India on basis of mutual trust PM’S ADVISER SAYS NEW RELATIONSHIP ENTAILS FRESH AND CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH TO RESOLVING ALL INDO-PAK ISSUES, INCLUDING KASHMIR ISLAMABAD
DvISeR to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan looks forward to opening a new chapter in its bilateral relations with India based upon mutual trust and cooperation. “This would entail a fresh and constructive approach towards resolving all
our outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute,” the Foreign Office spokesperson quoted Sartaj Aziz who had addressed an OIC contact group on Kashmir held in Jeddah. “It is important to remind ourselves that despite decades of suffering and suppression by India, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have not given up their hope or struggle. The draconian laws put in place by the Indian government have not been able to extinguish
the flame of self-determination in the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Aziz told the meeting. On the status of elections held in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Aziz said as in the past, once again, India conducted elections in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in its efforts to convince the international community that the Kashmiris are participating in the political process. “However, the fact that the voter turnout was a mere 15 per cent in the valley is conveniently sidelined by the Indian media. An overwhelming majority of the Kashmiris in effect, rejected these elections and Pakistan maintains that elections are no substitute for a free and impartial plebiscite held under the UN
auspices,” Aziz said. He called upon on the international community to come forward to redeem its promise to the people of Kashmir. “Pakistan is committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. We will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir,” Aziz said. “Pakistan, therefore, stands ready to discuss all issues between our two counties, in a spirit of cooperation and sincerity, including the issues of Jammu and Kashmir,” Aziz concluded.
NA passes 23 demands for grants worth over Rs 103b ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Wednesday passed 23 demands for grants worth over Rs 103.32 billion pertaining to Cabinet Division and its attached departments. The cut motions moved by the opposition were rejected by the House. Winding up debate on cut motions, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed pointed out that the budget of Prime Minister’s House was over Rs 747 million when the PML-N assumed power last year. Speaking on a point raised by Naveed Qamar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar assured the House that the treasury and opposition members will be given equal development funds. He, however, said currently under a court order, there is ban on the release of funds to the members for any development scheme. The opposition members said allocations should be made for completion of pending gas and electricity schemes to prevent any loss to the national exchequer. ONLINE
More rain likely in upper Punjab LAHORE: More rain and thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds is expected at scattered places in upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore divisions), while hot and dry weather is expected in other parts of the country today (Thursday). According to local Met office, rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds occurred at scattered places in Rawalpindi and Gujranwala divisions, while weather remained hot and dry in other parts of the country during the last 24 hours. Rainfall during last 24 hours in mm: Murree 33, Kotli 26, Balakot 25, M.B Din 24, Abboattabad, Rawalakot 17, Islamabad 27, Chirat 14, Malamjabba 12, Chakwal 10, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) 05, Peshawar A.P 06, Peshawar 03, Garidupatta 02, Drosh, Mirkhani, Chitral, Risalpur 01. Some of the hottest places during last 24 hours; Turbat 50OC, Sibbi 49OC, Jacobabad, Bhakkar, Dadu 47OC, Sukkur, Rohri, Moenjodaro, Bannu, D.G.Khan, Noorpur Thal, Larkana 46OC, Bahawalnagar, Jehlum, Sh.Benazirabad, R.Y.Khan 45OC. In Lahore, the maximum temperature was recorded at 41OC on Wednesday. APP
BANNU: Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch distributes relief items among internally displaced persons belonging to North Waziristan on Wednesday. ONLINE
Shujaat woos Fazl to join anti-govt alliance ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday invited Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to join the antigovernment alliance the PML-Q is forging along with Pakistan Awami Tehreek of Dr Tahirul Qadri. The invitation to Fazl was extended by a PML-Q delegation comprising Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Ajmal Wazeer and other leaders. During the meeting, the Lahore incident was also discussed in length.
The PML-Q chief also sought Fazl’s support for the 10-point agenda agreed between his party and PAT to which Fazl sought some time
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Shujaat said that in order to garner support for the 10-point agenda, meetings would be held with
leaders of all political parties. Speaking about the Lahore incident, he said that he did not believe in any commission formed to investigate and determine responsibility and instead demanded the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Fazl said Tuesday’s episode of violence in Lahore was condemnable, and claimed that instead of punishing those responsible, the Punjab government was trying to cover up the incident. He said the country could not face chaos and unrest in a situation when its army is busy operation in tribal area and country is in a state of war.
Govt finalises new code of conduct for electronic media AMENDED DRAFT PROHIBITS AIRING OF CONTENT WHICH IS LIKELY TO INCITE, AID, ABET, GLAMORIZE OR JUSTIFY VIOLENCE, COMMISSION OF ANY CRIME, TERROR OR LEADS TO SERIOUS PUBLIC DISORDER ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
The government has finalised the draft of an amended code of conduct for the electronic media and it would be presented in parliament soon for legislation, Pakistan Today has learnt. Well-placed sources in the government confided in Pakistan Today that the new draft of the code of conduct had been prepared by Law Secretary Barrister Zafarullah in view of the recommendations of the committee headed by special assis-
tant to the prime minister, Irfan Siddiqui. The sources said that the Ministry of Information has been directed to take onboard all the stakeholders and the draft legislation would be shared with the media bodies soon, the sources said, adding that the draft had been tweaked in close coordination with Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and PeMRA’s Acting Chairman Pervez Rathore. Per the draft of the new code of conduct, no content would be aired by news channels which is likely to incite, aid, abet, glamorize or justify violence, com-
mission of any crime, terror or leads to serious public disorder. In contrast to the new proposed code, the code of conduct framed in year 2005 says that no programme shall be aired which promotes, aids or abets any offence which is cognizable under the applicable law. Moreover, the new code states that no content would be aired which amounts to intimidation, blackmail or false incrimination of any person or is defamatory as defined in the prevalent laws would be accounted for and action would be taken against the licensee. The clause falls under the head of fundamental principles which states that no content shall be aired which contains a call to arms against the Federation of Pakistan or anything against the integrity, security and defence of Pakistan. “No material would be aired which contains aspersions against the judiciary or armed
forces of Pakistan; or is against basic cultural values, morality and good manners; or is known to be false or there exist sufficient reasons to believe that the same may be false beyond a reasonable doubt.” This would result in a ban on the electronic media not to broadcast live any anti-government protest or torture by police as was the case of the police attack on Tehreek Minhajul Quran and Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers in Model Town on Tuesday. In order to prevent live coverage of army action against terrorists the way media aired footage during commando action against Karachi airport attackers, the draft law says that during any ongoing rescue or security operation, the licensee shall ensure that there is no live coverage of any ongoing security operation by the law enforcement agencies. While the licensee shall not air head money or bounty other than announced
by the competent authority; and the identity and number of victims shall not be revealed unless the same is warranted by the rescue or security agency in-charge of the operation. Moreover, any content which passes derogatory remarks or contains aspersions against the judiciary or armed forces of Pakistan; or about any religion, sect, community or uses visuals or words contemptuous of religious sects and ethnic groups or which promotes communal and sectarian attitudes or disharmony would also not be allowed to be broadcast. Any content containing anything indecent, obscene or pornographic would also not be allowed to broadcast that shall be deemed to be obscene if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it.
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf activists protest on Wednesday against the Lahore Police’s violence on Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s workers the other day in which eight people were killed and over 85 others were seriously injured. ONLINE
SC SEEKS REPORT OVER AGENT’S RECOVERY IN HAJ CORRUPTION CASE ISLAMABAD ONLINE
He Supreme Court (SC) has sought a detailed report from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general till July 2 over the arrest and recovery of commission agent Ahmad Faiz from Saudi Arabia for his alleged involvement in Haj corruption case.
Police stations soft target of terrorists: rePort ISLAMABAD ONLINE
After the launch of operation Zarbe-Azb, intelligence agencies have declared that 17 different police stations of Islamabad were soft target for terrorists and issued a secret letter to Interior Ministry for adopting unusual security measures. Keeping in view the letter of Intelligence agencies new security plan and implementation on it has been started. According to the new security plan in all the police stations along with SHO, reporting room and all the officers present and appointed in Police station will be bound to work by keeping weapon with them 24 hours. Two personnel in civil clothes will work in both shifts 24 hours and supervision of Police station will be ensured through hidden cameras.
A three-member SC bench led by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up the case for hearing Wednesday. The FIA DG and other officials appeared in the court where the DG presented certain important documents in sealed cover in the court saying, “The accused is in some other state. We cannot take direct action like that of Osama. Some progress has been achieved and more headway will also be made.”
“We have made contact with senior officials of Saudi Arabia. We expect that substantial positive progress is likely to be achieved in this regard. There are certain things which cannot be told in the open court,” the FIA DG said requesting the court for more time on the issue. Justice Khawaja remarked, “Four years have elapsed and the culprit is not being arrested. Progress report is not worth mentioning. We know it
that several nationals of Saudi Arabia have been deported while several have been brought back as well. Material related to investigation, documentary proof and parliamentary committee reports are available with regard to investigation of Ahmad Faiz wherein it has been said that proceedings be initiated against Ahmad Faiz.” The court however granted more time to the DG and adjourned the case till July 2.
PMI ARRANGES 146TH EVENT IN CAPITAL ISLAMABAD ONLINE The Project Management Institute (PMI) Islamabad Chapter arranged its 146th event in the capital on Wednesday evening, where Islamabad chapter members attended it with full zeal and fervour. PMI Islamabad Chapter focuses on project management education, member growth and corporate involvement. PMI reaches over 500,000 professionals in project, program and portfolio management around the world. PMI Islamabad Pakistan Chapter (IPC) is a great platform for interconnecting all PMI community members serving in different industries. IPC is continuously advancing the mission and objectives of PMI by promoting professional standards and practices in ICT.
Ongoing Professional development is a key benefit to all community members and non-members through different activities, meetings, educational programs, trainings and symposiums. PMI Islamabad Chapter has the honour to be the first chapter in placing Pakistan among the PMI global chapters and SIGs. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Muhammad Ali Daha, MNA and Member of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense Production said that effective project management is need of the hour and a key of success for both private and public sector enterprises. PTCL Executive Vice President Wajeeh Anwar shared a detailed presentation with a caption of “Project Management in Modern Telecom Era”, he also answered the queries of participants in light of his vast telecom experience of
two decades. Huawei Deputy Director Syed Naveed Zafar Zeeshan Jawaid, and IPC president also shared their views on the occasion. The Islamabad Chapter has been driven by officials actively engaged in public and private sector projects. Project Management (PM) as a discipline is increasingly recognized globally due to its vital importance and is making headway at the grass root level as a primary skill for the development and social projects. The growing awareness of project management has lead a number of organizations actively addressing planning and PM dimensions before launching themselves into medium to mega scale projects. The event concluded on sharing mementoes with chief guest, followed by lavish high tea.
PBc lawyers strike over lahore’s Minhaj clash RAWALPINDI ONLINE The lawyers’ fraternity of the whole country along with lawyers of Rawalpindi boycotted the courts and observed strike on the appeal of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) after the Lahore incident at Mihajul Quran Secretariat where as many as eight people lost their lives. Due to the boycott, hearing of the cases could not take place in special anti-terrorism courts along with subordinate courts. Special Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Pervaiz Ismail Yahya adjourned the hearing of Benazir Bhutto assassination case till June 28. Statements of five witnesses of prosecution were to be recorded but due to strike of lawyers no development in the case took place. Hearing of attack on NATO containers case has been adjourned till July 1 and case of Punjab Police Inspector Raja Saqlain assassination adjourned till June 26.
Pesa is with ZarB-e-aZB ISLAMABAD ONLINE All members of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) have extended full support to military operation Zarb-e-Azb. This was observed in a meeting of PESA, presided over by Lt Gen (r) Ali Kuli Khan and attended by Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim, Lt Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Brig Masudul Hassan and others. The former military strategists found it encouraging that all major political parties have declared their support for operation Zarb-e-Azb. PESA expects that TTP will realise that it was neither proper nor easy to force their interpretation of Sharia on 200 million people with power of weapons of mass destruction. PESA hopes that sanity prevails and TTP gives up fighting and return to a life of peace without any more bloodshed. It is also surprising that during the entire process of talks, Maulvi Fazallulah, leader of TTP, never himself said anything about peace nor did TTP put forward any of their main demands for ending their war against Pakistan, the meeting observed.
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ISLAMABAD: Men bathe in a stream in the suburbs of the federal capital on Wednesday. ONLINE
sasta BaZaars to Be estaBlished in raMadan ISLAMABAD: Sasta bazaars and fair price shops will be established at different places of the federal capital in the holy month of Ramadan. ICTA will set up four sasta bazaars and 40 fair price shops in the city and rural areas during Ramadan to provide people with essential food items at lower rates, reported PTV news. In this regard, district food department has started necessary preparations and arrangements to provide maximum relief to the consumers during the holy month. Sasta Bazaars would be established at Sector G-7, Bhara Kahu, Koral and Rawat. Food items including ghee, pulses and flour will be available at 10 to 15 per cent discount rates as compared to market rates at sasta bazaars and fair price shops. The administration will also maintain complain register at the bazaars about the rates and quality of food items. The magistrate deputed at the bazaars will take immediate action on these complaints and redress the grievances of consumers on the spot. A total of 18 price control committees headed by the magistrates will be activated to carry out daily price checking in the markets and sasta bazaars. A complaint cell about the rates and quality of food items will also be established in the administration and immediate action will be taken by the magistrates on these complaints. APP
who delegation visits coMstech secretariat ISLAMABAD: A three-member World Health Organization (WHO) delegation led by Dr Rameez Mahaini visited the COMSTECH Secretariat. The delegation explored and discussed possibilities for collaboration between COMSTECH and WHO in the field of Maternal and Child Health in the member states of OIC, said a press release issued Wednesday. COMSTECH and WHO (EMRO) have been collaborating since 2004 when they established a joint grant with focus to support research in EMR countries in the field of Biotechnology and Genomics. Already 60 research projects in eleven EMR member states of OIC have received US$ 784,900 under this joint grant. Participants from both sides had discussions to explore possibilities for further extending collaboration between them. Both sides showed their willingness and expressed keen interest to join hands for betterment of Maternal and Child Health in the region. Different options for collaboration were discussed including a joint research grant for researchers and utilization of training space and facilities available at COMSTECH Secretariat for holding different trainings, workshops etc on this important topic. APP
Peace and clerics: glove in hands Workshop on ulema’s role in promotion of tolerance and harmony starts at IIUI ISLAMABAD INP
one-day workshop titled “Role of Ulema in Promotion of Tolerance and Harmony” organised by Shariah Academy of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) kicked off on Wednesday. A large number of Islamic scholars hailing from different parts of the country attended the workshop. Renowned researchers and scholars delivered valuable lectures on various important topics such as moderation versus extremism and role of Islamic scholars in unity of Muslim world. Shariah Academy also organized an international moot on tolerance, its role in stability of the society few months back which was duly appreciated and attended by the renowned Islamic scholars of Muslim world. Inaugural ceremony of the workshop was attended by IIUI President Dr Ahmed Yousif AlDraiweesh as chief guest. DG of
the Academy Dr Tahir Mansoori, academy scholars, staff and Islamic scholars were also present in the ceremony. Two sessions having topics “differences in matters of Fiqh” and “problems, solution for differences in matters of Fiqh” were addressed by Dr. Tahir Hakeem Dean Faculty of Shariah and Law IIUI, Maulana Misbah ur Rehman, Dr. Ikram ul Haq, Dr. Asmat ullah and Dr. Habib ur Rehman. Scholars observed that guidance from Islamic history was necessary for adopting the way of moderation and avoiding extremism in matters of Fiqh. It was discussed that presence of tolerance and harmony in the attitudes of individuals associated with the matters of Fatwa and Ijtihad was also needed. Addressing the workshop, Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that Ulema are the precious asset of the society and they can play vital role in promotion of harmony and tolerance in society. He said tolerance and attitude of moderation are the solutions of
the prevailing problems being faced by Muslim world. Difference in opinion is possible but the way of handling such state is crucial and it must be dealt in accordance to the teachings of Islam instead of being violent and rigid, said President IIUI. He termed the workshop as a positive constructive step towards promotion of tolerance while he also stressed on Ulema to disseminate Islam’s message of peace and harmony. Dr. Tahir Mansoori while telling the objectives of workshop and discussing the topic said Islamic history possesses example of mutual tolerance in the matters of Fiqh. To be rigid and observe things with the glasses of extremism is not an appropriate attitude, he maintained. Question and answer sessions were also proved useful and constructive as participants took keen interest in various topics by raising questions and finding replies of vital queries. They were also provided with publications and books of Shariah Academy by the President IIUI.
Uk assUres sUPPort to Pakistan in coUntering extreMisM ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton assured his country's full cooperation in countering extremism and terrorism from Pakistan during a meeting with Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday. The two discussed ways to counter the problem of extremism by using various tools, including mass media, sources told Dawn. Pakistan has sacrificed a lot in the war against terror and it must be duly recognised by the international community, said the information minister. Regarding the ongoing military operation against foreign and local militants in North Waziristan, Rashid informed the British envoy that the operation was supported by all democratic forces in the country. The minister said Pakistan's valiant security forces were highly capable of defeating terrorists operating in the tribal areas, adding that there was also a need to counter the extremist narrative by educating people. The minister said the World community must acknowledge the sacrifices, Pakistan rendered in the war against terrorism. He said Pakistan holds its relations with Britian in high esteem and that media can play an important role in strengthening this bilateral relationship. Barton assured the UK's full support in countering the extremist narrative and said the media could be used for the purpose of educating people at grass root level.
Presentation of Stage Pakistan held at NUML ISLAMABAD ONLINE English Access Microscholarship Program 2013-14 at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) hosted a presentation of the documentary film “Stage Pakistan” directed by Noman Khalid, which was attended by more than hundred students and people from different walks of life. The purpose of the event was to highlight important events of independence movement of Pakistan. Addressing the ceremony Nadeem
Ahmad Rao, Producer of Stage Pakistan, briefly described the Independence Movement and explained through exclusive video presentation about the efforts put in by all the activist of Pakistan Movement. In addition, he also described objective of the upcoming documentary film “Stage Pakistan”. He said, "The ultimate ambition of this documentary-film is to inform the rest of the world about the potential of Pakistan in the field of Agriculture, Education, Industry and Tourism”. Stage Pakistan Director Nauman
Khalid presented the concept of the upcoming documentary-film. He provided details regarding the efforts put in by the Stage Pakistan's Team in last four years. He also related Pakistan to the developed countries including United States of America, England, Turkey, China and United Arab Emirates. He said, "There are different misconceptions about Pakistan around the globe and this documentary film is meant to showcase the true image of Pakistan that will not only help to eliminate misconceptions but will
also exhibit potential of Pakistan." University of North Texas Assistant Professor Ryan Skinnel and Access Microscholarship Program Program Teacher Professor Athar Rasheed lauded the efforts of Stage Pakistan's team to portray Pakistan in a way never seen before. Independence Movement event was organised by the English Access Microscholarship Program 2013-14. It is a program that provides foundation of English language to talented 13-20 year old children that are from economically disadvantage class.
08 COMMENT Inadequate response The PML-N government is still playing ‘it’s-not-us’ game
He appointment of a Judicial Commissions to probe the Tuesday killings of PAT workers is widely being interpreted as a ploy to calm down the PAT workers rather than punish the culprits. The announcement has failed to satisfy even the legal community as the province-wide protest by lawyers at the call of the Punjab Bar Council would indicate. Two incidents on Monday and Tuesday have raised questions about the role of the government in the brutality committed on the PAT workers. The live video of a man reportedly close to the PML-N, who broke the windscreens and window panes of cars belonging to PAT workers under the supervision of the police, was shown by the private TV channels. There are rumours regarding pressure being exerted on doctors to change the medicolegal reports. The presence of a police officer on Tuesday in the concerned Medical Superintendent’s office in the latter’s absence was interpreted by the media as a move to change the reports. The government still fails to realise the seriousness of what it allowed to happen outside the PAT chief’s residence. It is free to bury its head in the sand but it will do so at great risk to itself. Nobody is likely to be satisfied by feigned ignorance on the part of the chief minister. It is difficult to believe that police would have shot to kill the protestors on its own. This could not have happened without encouragement, if not directives, from some of the higher-ups. To enjoy a modicum of credibility, the government has to make some heads roll. Unless it does so, the protests are likely to spread far and wide. It is understandable on the part of the opposition to condemn police high-handedness. While doing so the opposition parties must ensure that they do nothing that provides anyone an excuse to wind up the system. The baby must not be thrown out with the bath water.
Need for wartime planning And what lack of it can do
HILe the military push into NW, finally, is much appreciated, there are some questions that must be answered for the public to understand the complete picture. otherwise, there might be problems keepings hearts and minds on the right side ‘all the way’. one, the KPK government’s anger at being left out of the loop is understandable, but its allegation that the government has not prepared for the war’s spillover, especially large scale dislocation, is very serious. As argued repeatedly in this space, local problems are the most important to address. The people of Waziristan will bear the worst of the operation, and every step should be taken to ease their suffering. And lack of regard of this particular problem, especially after the SW experience of ’09, is unforgivable. even if the centre failed, as usual, and the KPK government was clueless about the operation, it should still have made contingency arrangements. There is a war going on after all. Two, what is the post-sweep vision? Will the military continue filling political vacuums that follow anti-insurgency operations or will the government play a proactive role for once? The army must not be left to handle an administrative black hole that the government is unable to fill. otherwise, like previous operations, its attention will remain divided, allowing militants to squeeze through agencies. Three, what of urban centres, especially across Punjab and Sindh, where the Taliban have spread? ominously, these are also areas where now estranged intelligence proxies, the Punjabi Taliban, are poised for blowback operations. And analysts have already begun questioning whether Zarb-e-Azb is really a fight-to-the-last-Talib or simply a cleanse-and-secure operation, meant to secure the tribal area and take control of the border. Surely, so long as the lashkars and jaishs, and their madrassas, remain, so will the insurgency, in one form or another. And four, are the government and military really on the same page, or are rumours of an ultimatum and a unilateral strike true? Without these answers, the government will show an undesirable degree of unpreparedness for what is without doubt an existential crisis.
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A crucial phase Terrorism cannot be wished away
eTTer late than never. The much awaited operation in North Waziristan has begun, 75 days later than it should have. To quote my article, “Non-stop” of Mar 6, 2014, “The precision strikes of the PAF disrupted the TTP’s administrative and operational deployment. More importantly, ‘actionable intelligence’ was available for these to be carried out, that knowledge is bound to have made the TTP nervous. No collateral damage was reported, confirming these targets were pure militant bases. TTP badly needs time and space to regroup after suffering the PAF’s precision strikes and relocate its hideouts to safer havens. The “snowline” at 8,000ft is preventing the militants from leaving the valleys and dispersing into the mountains before May. With aircraft/drones overhead this is not easy.” Using their proxies within Pakistani civil society to campaign for “ceasefire” and “peace talks”, the militants got the requisite time and space, roping in part of our irresponsible electronic media to do their dirty work of spreading propaganda. The government’s vacillation has only added to the casualties, both among our soldiers and civilian non-combatants. Azb was the Sword carried by our beloved Prophet (PBUH) at the Battle of Badr, operation Hazb-e-Azb was preceded by extensive precision air attacks carried out by the PAF. This took out a number of Uzbek and other foreign militants, including Abu Abdur rehman Almani, alleged mastermind of the recent terrorist attack on the Karachi airport. PAF air strikes, helicopter gunships, field artillery, etc are supporting the ground offensive. Possible exit points have
been blocked by using heli-borne SSG, supplemented by regular units where possible and necessary. one must not hold one’s breath expecting the Afghan Army to seal the border. In any case, the plight of the disintegrating Iraqi Army in the face of Sunni militant onslaught is a harbinger of things to come in Afghanistan post-2014. Asked during a panel discussion arranged by the US think tank Atlantic Council in Washington DC whether Pakistan Army ever planned going into North Waziristan, my answer “when good and ready” was met with scorn and disbelief. As our jawans spill their “blood and guts” establishing the writ of the State by clearing the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), east Turkistan Islamic Movement (eTIM) and Al-Qaeda elements, one hopes the sceptical will be good enough to acknowledge their sacrifice. operation Al-Mizan (2002-2006) was the first time the Pakistan Army went into FATA, “Zarb-e-Azb” is the 8th. Combat experience over a dozen of years is a great equaliser, the battle conduct of well-equipped, motivated and trained troops marks the transformation of this army, after the disastrous Al-Mizan, into a truly magnificent fighting force top down through all ranks, accelerated after Rah-e-Rast (Swat 2009) and Rah-e-Nijat (South Waziristan 2009). Facing this juggernaut, will Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Mullah Nazir manage to remain aloof from the TTP? Discretion will probably dictate they stay away. The sacrifices of our officers and jawans notwithstanding, without a dedicated Counter Terrorism Force (CTF) we will not be rid of terrorism in even 100 years. Instead of passively waiting for a “blowback”, the civilian law enforcement agencies (LeAs) need to take the initiative rooting out the militants from their urban hideouts. Army units being as a Quick reaction Force (QrF) should never be deployed in urban areas. The rangers have done excellent work in Karachi, simply beef them up and give them a freehand. Pervaiz rasheed “appealed to the whole nation to stand united behind the government and the Armed Forces in the war against terrorism.” What a hypocrite! To quote my article “Dangerous Games” of May 14, 2014: “A dozen plus of Mian Sahib’s close political aides seem afflicted with the “Masada Complex”, pushing the Sharifs into a stupid no-win confrontation with the army.” Mian Nawaz Sharif has a number of sincere, committed and capable leaders, there are quite a few others who are not. The PeMrA farce only goes to prove the PML-N government siding with Geo against the army. In any case the
PML-N government has set the ball rolling for its departure in 3-4 months by the brutal police firing in Lahore, killing 8 Tahirul Qadri supporters in cold blood. evoking memories of the shocking PML-N attack on the Supreme Court (SC) in 1998 was known PML-N worker Gullu Butt running riot and damaging over 20 vehicles and then celebrating by doing “bhangra”. The SP in-charge publicly embraced this “goonda” for doing a “good job”. When criminals function in the name of justice, justice becomes a crime. CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah blamed the Federal government for the Karachi airport attack. The octogenarian conveniently forgot that while it was an intelligence failure both at the federal and provincial levels, that the airport, logistics etc of the Uzbek terrorists were the prime responsibility of the Karachi Police and its intelligence arms directly answerable to the Sindh government. This public abdication of responsibility by the province’s chief minister gives sufficient reason to appoint a Lieutenant Governor and put Karachi in a state of emergency for a period of not less than two years. A Taliban-led insurrection in Karachi could quickly spread over the country. We should not wait to descend into anarchy like what’s happening in Libya, Syria and Iraq. KPK’s PTI-led government is the worst affected by terrorism. Shrugging off the mind games of PTI’s vociferously pro-Taliban, rustam Shah Mohmand, Imran Khan and PTI are now thankfully supporting the army action to rid this country of the menace of terrorism. PTI’s leader must recognise that real politicking in Pakistan consists of a mix of conservative thinking blended pragmatically with liberal ideas. The Pakistani electronic media has unfortunately become an inadvertent tool in the terrorists’ hands to successfully propagate their evil objectives, spreading venomous propaganda and creating fear and apprehension to demoralise the population and weaken their confidence in the existing system. Nowhere in the world is this much time and coverage given to terrorists as by our irresponsible electronic media. on the other hand, they target the army on any given reason. In “Fight or unite?” of May 8, 2014, I had said: “Given that the freedom of the media is a must for sustaining democracy, the media must not use this freedom as a license to tar and feather the army. Without their continuing sacrifices on a daily basis, the freedom that the media enjoys today would be lost, as would be the country. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine ‘media freedom’ under a Taliban-run country. We must remain within the parameters of good common sense and not cross fail-safe lines.” Appeasement is not an option, terrorism cannot be wished away. And certainly not by good faith and misplaced logic when your brutal antagonists pursue their living by your deaths. There is only one solution to the terrorism problem, and that is to eliminate it. Ikram Sehgal is a defence analyst and security expert.
A robust challenge to cynicism Will India evolve, along with the Indians?
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ore has been written about Indian Muslims than has ever been done for them. If they could convert six decades of Congress hypocrisy into cash, Indian Muslims would have been living like monarchs in fairy tales. The facts of their existence are even harsher. Very rarely has this acrid truth been distilled as neatly as Prime Minister Narendra Modi did with a single example during his powerful speech to the Lok Sabha during the debate on the president’s address. Three sentences were sufficient: “When I was young, I saw a Muslim mechanic repairing cycles [in his shop]. Today his third generation is doing the same thing. Why is their condition still so abysmal?” Why? Why are they trapped in a swamp? Why is the grandson not taking his business forward with the help of a degree of technical education? Why has this family skill-set become stagnant? Why has that shop, symbolic of a hundred thousand such establishments across India, remained a hole in the wall? Congress, which has risen to power on Muslim votes for decades, has no answers.
The consequences were spelt out with equal clarity: “If any organ of the body is not healthy, the body is not healthy...” A strong nation cannot have a weak limb. The prime minister knows that this limb must be strengthened. Poverty hobbles a nation and, as he said, the first duty of government is to destroy this curse wherever it exists, among the oppressed, tribals, Dalits, minorities or in any caste demographic. We cannot let an Indian child go to bed hungry. Why cannot we have a simple home with a toilet for every Indian family by 2022? Broadband in every village? electricity around the clock? A clean country, rid of garbage and filth that poisons life and nature, by 1919, as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary? These are not luxuries in the 21st century: they are bare necessities. every speech by a prime minister addresses many audiences, particularly in this age of multiple mass media. The most significant feature was the prime minister’s challenge to the cynicism of many in the political super-elite, who have acquired such a vested interest in failure that they seek to bury every dream before pregnancy. An India where 65% of the population is young will not accept this. Trust Indians, Modi said, and they will make it happen. History was witness to the power of Indians. Mahatma Gandhi turned the mightiest empire in history, that of the British, into jelly when he rescued Indian nationalism from the narrow confines of the political class and converted our freedom struggle into a mass movement. There has to be a mass movement again for freedom from hunger, homelessness, and indeed helplessness. Innovative politics is barren without innovative policy; and Modi will seek new ideas from the intellectual malls of our nationwide brainpower, as well as mine fresh options from the recesses of government thinking. This will require a critical mass of ideas, held together by radical
sinews. A hundred new “rurban” cities cannot be built with bricks designed a hundred years ago. Any grand vision is so easily punctured by slipshod shortcuts in implementation. The principal objective has been stated in the president’s speech: poverty alleviation, the template phrase that defined the approach of previous administrations, is not enough. The Modi government wants poverty elimination. Was everyone in that great hall of Parliament listening? The heavylidded languor of some MPs was evidence of the size of the task ahead. But closed eyes are less of a problem than closed minds; and the biggest hurdles will come from the obstinate who did not want to hear what they had just heard. one is not talking just of rahul Gandhi, who seems so disinterested in the very concept of Parliament that he did not know which language he wanted to take his oath in, and kept fiddling with his mobile phone during the PM’s speech. rahul Gandhi is going to be a problem for Congress, not for government. The larger reference is to those for whom a seat in Parliament is a source of personal gain rather than public service. The prime minister refused the camouflage of generalisations, of phrases like “criminalisation of politics” which seek to soothe public opinion without aiming to do anything specific about MPs facing criminal charges. The PM had a simple solution for the widespread belief that too many MPs have criminal records: the accused should demand a fast track verdict within a year. The innocent can remain in the House; the guilty could shift to less salubrious quarters. regressive aspects and elements of the status quo are being dismantled, piece by piece. This is an attempt at reformation, not a revolution; an effort to cleanse the temple of democracy, not to demolish it. This is neither going to be easy, nor quick. But the process has begun.
WORLD VIEW 09
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
US needS Iran to Save Iraq
NAWAZ-MODI CAN TAKE TALKS FORWARD IF … IndIan ExprEss
BloomBErg Nothing demonstrates more vividly the mess Iraq has become than the prospect of Iran and the U.S. discussing whether they can cooperate to fix it. The U.S., after all, has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. As recently as 2011, the State Department accused Iran's al-Quds force of training and equipping Shiite insurgents in Iraq to kill U.S. soldiers. In neighboring Syria, the U.S. and Iran are backing opposite sides in President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to crush a Sunni rebellion. Indeed, the militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant now rampaging across much of Iraq operates on both sides of the border. And none of this takes into account the U.S.-Iranian conflicts over Iran's nuclear ambitions, or the risk of alarming moderate Sunnis in Iraq and U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia at the thought of U.S.-Iranian collusion. So no wonder U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said military cooperation is not currently being considered -- which didn’t stop Republican Senator John McCain from calling any cooperation with Iran "the height of folly." Yet if the last decade-plus of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan have taught the U.S. anything, it is that even its military might cannot stabilize fractured states if neighboring powers are working to prevent it. Ignoring that lesson would be the greater folly: The U.S. has vital interests at stake in Iraq and very limited options. The least bloody way to stabilize Iraq is for the U.S. to bring all sides -- Sunni tribal and political leaders, Shiites, Kurds -- together to fight ISIL with the promise that the government in Baghdad will offer more autonomy and power-sharing. This strategy is likely to succeed only with Iran's cooperation. The U.S. and Iran will not become friends or allies, but if they can work together on Iraq, they should. There is a precedent, albeit a brief one: The two countries shared intelligence to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan, their common foe at the time, in 2001. ISIL is their common foe now. Talking with Iran could also help the U.S. solve the problem that is Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is currently playing Iran and the U.S. against each other. Both the U.S. and Iran have called on Maliki to reach out to Sunnis and Kurds in order to isolate ISIL, but he is instead militarizing Shiites and relying on their numerical majority to prevail. Given Maliki's persecution and alienation of Sunnis over the past few years, any successful appeal across Iraq's sectarian divide would have to come from a new prime minister. The Iranian regime is in the best position to convince him of the wisdom of resignation. The bigger question isn't whether the U.S. should try to work with Iran, but whether it can. Events are moving so quickly that the chance for a political settlement may soon pass. ISIL is boasting of executing 1,700 Shiite soldiers in a transparent attempt to provoke the Shiite retaliation that would inflame moderate Sunnis and ignite a Syriastyle civil war. Hard-liners in Tehran may also prefer to replicate their success in propping up Assad in Syria, pouring gasoline on the fire rather than work with the Great Satan in Iraq. McCain's usual partner in foreignpolicy adventurism, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has it right. Working with Iran to stabilize Iraq, he said, is akin to the Allies working with Stalin to defeat Hitler in World War II. Then, as now, the U.S. had to prioritize threats and try to work with any willing partner to counter them -- even when that partner was an enemy.
Mani Shankar aiyar
was in Pakistan over the weekend on the invitation of my Cambridge college mate, former Pakistan foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri (2002-07), who has started the Regional Peace Institute in Islamabad, under whose aegis he has commenced a series of three “PakistanIndia bilaterals”, with part-funding from the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Bavaria. Our team was made up of academics, economists, social sector experts and media personalities rather than the usual suspects — politicians of the “has-been” or “never-will-be” hue, the sole exception (apart from me) being our former Congress foreign minister (2012-14), Salman Khurshid. Like Salman himself, most members were first-time visitors to Pakistan or new to track two exercises. They therefore brought fresh perspectives to bear on well-worn themes. The Pakistani team was, to some extent, similarly constituted, but significantly included two former directors-general of the ISI, Generals Asad Durrani and Ehsan ul-Haq, two former ministers, a phalanx of former Pakistan envoys to India, leading media personalities and a few academics. Besides our exhausting day-long deliberations, opportunities were provided by our hosts and High Commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan for interaction with a broad spectrum of former top armed services personnel, distinguished Pakistani diplomats, ministers and politicians, both defeated and in office (including Sartaj Aziz), and other well-wishers. Since the whole visit lasted under 36 hours, here are a few fleeting impressions. The attitude to the incoming Modi government may be summarised as a perplexed welcome. The Pakistanis are always better disposed to a non-Congress government for a number of complex reasons. First, the Muslim League-Congress rivalry in the run-up to Partition has left a deep and abiding anti-Congress streak in the Pakistani mindset. Second, while the BJP/Sangh Parivar’s Hindutva agenda sparks a certain element of concern and apprehension in Pakistan, subconsciously, the emergence of a Hindu India would finally validate the case for a Muslim Pakistan. The insistence on a secular state on our side of the border has left the Pakistan project incomplete and with little rationale. Third, the Morarji Desai government, in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the foreign minister, continues to be seen as
the only Indian government that treated Pakistanis as equals and did not involve itself in Pakistan’s internal affairs, even as General Zia ul-Haq hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The legacy of the Vajpayee government, in particular the great “emotional breakthrough” of his visiting the Shaheed Minar to signal his party’s definitive acceptance of Pakistan, quite overwhelms any recall of Vajpayee’s mobilising a million jawans along the Pakistan border for a whole year or the collapse of the Agra talks. As for Modi, he is seen as a “strong” leader who, unlike Congress prime ministers, is not beholden to even party opinion, leave alone public opinion. Such authoritarianism reverberates well in the Pakistani mind. At the same time, never before in my 35 years of frequent interaction with Pakistanis, and in the 35 visits (at least) that I have made to Pakistan since I returned from my diplomatic posting in Karachi 32 years ago, have I encountered such a broad spectrum of pessimism about Pakistan’s future. This perhaps has much to do with ordinary Pakistani citizens’ fury and helplessness at the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s terrorist attack on the Karachi airport on the eve of our visit, but it has much more to do with the widespread belief that the Nawaz Sharif government just does not have the will or ability to deal firmly with the Islamist menace to
PIVOT TO PERSIA ForEIgn polIcy TriTa ParSi
On New Year's Eve 1977, President Jimmy Carter famously toasted the Shah at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran and declared, "Iran ... is an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world." Less than two years later, Iran was in chaos as the revolution swept the country and brought down the 2,500-year-old monarchy. Carter has been mocked for his lack of foresight, but he wasn't wrong. He was just a few decades ahead of his time. Iraq is disintegrating. Syria is in flames. Pakistan is on the verge of becoming a failed state. The Taliban is making a comeback in Afghanistan. Libya is falling apart. The House of Saud is nervous about a potentially existential succession crisis. In this region, Iran looks like an island of stability. Meanwhile, the geopolitical enmity that has characterized relations between the United States and Iran for more than three decades has now been overtaken by events in Iraq and elsewhere. The United States seeks to reduce its footprint in the Middle East, choosing instead to focus its geopolitical energy on East Asia. And Washington's traditional allies in the Persian Gulf are funding Sunni jihadists and are anti-Shiite. In this context, the U.S.-Iran rivalry cannot be left on autopilot. News emerged on Monday that Washington and Tehran may cooperate militarily to stop the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) from advancing deeper into Iraq -- Iran's neighbor, where the United States has spent years, trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives. Iraq's Shiite government has been seen by some as a proxy of Iran that has often sided with Tehran against Washington. But the common interest between Iran and the United States is not merely tactical or temporary: With the region roiling as it is, the reality that Iran and the United States might end up on the same side is simply the new normal. While Washington may be struggling with the idea of a Persian pivot, Tehran can't seem to break from the idea that it can boost its regional position by adopting an antagonistic role against United States. Iranian officials
the internal security of their Islamic state. One participant frankly stated that the Nawaz government’s political base in the critical province of Punjab is founded on its links to Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat udDawah and, therefore, far from being able to tackle the terrorists, Nawaz depends on them for political survival. This is a view frequently heard in India but, to my ears, it was the first time I had heard it in Pakistani mainstream circles. Another friend, just about as mainline as you can get, warned that Pakistan was on the brink of an “implosion”. I personally find such pessimism exaggerated, but in the face of this build-up of internal security and domestic political pressure, it is unsurprising that many segments of Pakistani opinion, military or civil, political or non-political, mediabased or outside the media, are persuaded that a via media with India must be found in Pakistan’s own interest — even if there is far from unanimity on how this is to be found. Where there is a kind of subterranean unity is in the view that the ball lies in India’s court and it is for India under the new government to make the first move, the key being the dropping of “preconditions” to dialogue, particularly those relating to terror, and the assurance of peace being delivered with “honour”. There is little acknowledgement of how unrealistic this is in the face of the BJP’s
have told me that even if the nuclear issue is resolved, U.S.-Iran relations will remain a rivalry -- not a partnership. But when radical Sunni ISIS fighters streamed across the Syrian border into Iraq and, in a matter of days, took over several major cities, the new reality became stunningly clear: Iran and the United States need each other more than ever before. Neither can salvage stability in Iraq or Afghanistan without the other. For decades, Iran has tried to challenge U.S. hegemony in the Middle East by investing in Arab political opposition groups and backing Islamist movements like Hezbollah and Hamas with funding and support. But in the Sunni Arab world, this has yielded next to nothing for Tehran. Iran's policy toward the Arab world since the 1979 revolution has been based on an accurate prediction that the reigns of the pro-American autocrats would not be durable and that Tehran's long-term security was best assured by investing in Islamist movements that likely would take over. Iran's brand of political Islam and anti-Israeli rhetoric, reasoned Tehran, could be a unifying force, bridging the deep animus that characterized the Arab-Persian and the SunniShiite divides. Or so it thought. Instead, the Islamists who gained influence following the Arab Spring -- in Syria, Egypt, and Libya -- have largely shown allegiance to their financial benefactors in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf sheikhdoms rather than to their supposed ideological allies in Tehran. Meanwhile, Iran's support for the Assad regime in Syria has dissipated the extensive soft power Tehran used to enjoy in the Arab world. These days, Iranian officials privately acknowledge that their government is more popular in Latin America than it is in the Middle East. The government in Tehran may find a better partner in the current administration in Washington than it might expect. Whatever America's distaste for Iran's brand of repressive Shiite nationalism, President Barack Obama knows clearly that the real threat to the United States is not the brand of Islam emanating from its nominal enemy Iran, but the one sponsored, funded, and embraced by its formal ally Saudi Arabia -- particularly if the United States and Iran manage to resolve the nuclear issue in the next few weeks or months. Obama was asked about the dangers of Sunni extremism and Shiite extremism by Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg earlier this year. The Iranians, Obama said, "are
stated position, but the “window of opportunity” was projected as “six months”, after which, it was held, any dramatic breakthrough could be ruled out. Expectations of a breakthrough are, however, hedged in by what is seen as a bad beginning — not the invitation to the swearing-in, which is appreciated, but the briefing on the Modi-Nawaz talks by our foreign secretary, which the Pakistani media have portrayed as Sujata Singh indicating that Nawaz was given a wigging by Modi, to which he failed to adequately respond, and that Nawaz steering away from Kashmir and the Hurriyat amounted to what the BJP used to call “tushtikaran (appeasement)”. The morning after my return, I saw headlines about Defence Minister Arun Jaitley having stated in Srinagar that any violation of the Line of Control would jeopardise all progress in Indo-Pak relations. That is going to add fuel to the Pakistani suspicion that the Modi government may be interested in imposing a peace without honour on the northwest corner of our subcontinent but is not in a mood to initiate talks among sovereign equals. The silver lining hoped for is that since Modi’s core constituency comprises Gujarati businessmen (including Khojas, Bohras, Ismailis and Memons, the key Muslim business communities), the renamed version of the most favoured nation treatment treaty with Pakistan might furnish him with the excuse for the first bilateral prime ministerial visit by an Indian PM to Pakistan since Rajiv Gandhi went there in July 1989 and Vajpayee a decade later. But even if such a visit were to take place, it would not succeed unless Modi and Nawaz cease being in denial over the enormous progress made on the backchannel under Pervez Musharraf and Manmohan Singh, which, for the first time, has been made public by special envoy Satinder Lambah in a speech in Srinagar in May 2014, on the eve of his laying down office. Khurshid Kasuri and Natwar Singh’s forthcoming books, slated for publication around the same time in the next few weeks, will significantly augment public knowledge of the back-channel talks. That initiative sputtered over Musharraf’s troubles with his judiciary in 2007. But so long as Modi and Nawaz, the latter obsessed with preparing the gallows for Musharraf, engage in a conspiracy of denial over progress in 2004-07, further progress, if any, will be at snail’s pace. The writer is a Rajya Sabha MP from the Congress.
strategic, and they're not impulsive. They have a worldview, and they see their interests, and they respond to costs and benefits.... They are a large, powerful country that sees itself as an important player on the world stage, and I do not think has a suicide wish, and can respond to incentives." And on Sunni extremism? Obama's silence speaks volumes. The surge of activity from radical jihadi groups likely only underlines their danger -- and the difference between them and the government of Iran. Iran is understandably hesitant about reaching out to the United States. Iran's leadership has been burned by past efforts to explore areas of strategic and tactical collaboration with the United States. Tehran provided extensive military, intelligence, and political support to the U.S. military in 2001 during the campaign to oust the Taliban. Iran's help, according to President George W. Bush's special envoy to Afghanistan Amb. Jim Dobbins, was decisive. But once Iran's help was deemed no longer necessary, Bush included Tehran in the infamous Axis of Evil speech. Washington wasn't interested in a new relationship with the Iranians. Washington has paid for that mistake ever since. Both the chaos in Afghanistan and in Iraq could have been evaded had Washington recognized the stabilizing role Iran can play if it isn't treated as an outcast. In 2003, Iran offered to help stabilize Iraq and ensure that the government there would be nonsectarian. The Bush administration chose not to respond to that offer. But Iran, too, will pay a price if it clings to an outdated understanding of the regional and global strategic landscape. Contradictory messages have come out of Tehran, with officials telling Reuters that they are open to collaboration with the United States against ISIS, and then having their Foreign Ministry spokesperson strongly oppose U.S. military intervention. Similarly, the U.S. position seems to be shifting, from first denying any plans for talking to Iran about Iraq to signaling a desire to sit down with Tehran. Iran's key objective is to be recognized as a stabilizing force. But that is a role it ultimately cannot play if it simultaneously wishes to challenge the United States. Unlike in Afghanistan, any cooperation in Iraq will likely be more public. If Iran plays a constructive role, the world will notice. But changing old patterns require courage, strength, and political will. It remains to be seen if the leadership in Tehran can deliver those -- or if Washington will be receptive.
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Thursday, 19 June, 2014
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karachi Marriott’s Dumpukht restaurant wins ‘Best pakistani restaurant’ award
KARACHI: The fine dining restaurant at Karachi Marriott Hotel, Dumpukht has won the award of “Best Pakistani Restaurant in Pakistan”. This award was presented to the General Manager Karachi Marriott Hotel Mr. Jan Verduyn at a award ceremony that was held at the Pool Marquee, Karachi Marriott Hotel. The event was managed by ROR (Rasm o Riwaj) in association with Financial Daily. TFD and ROR have given the country a platform where the Chefs and the restaurant will get ultimate recognition. The chief guest at the occasion was Sharjeel Inam Memon and the host of the event was the legendary actor SajidHasan. The award had the prestigious association of Hameed Haroon, President All Pakistan Newspaper Society. PReSS ReleASe
oMV Mehar Gas processing plant inaugurated by pM ISLAMABAD: Mehar Gas and Condensate Processing Facilities were inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on June 16 in Islamabad. The Mehar Processing Facilities are located in the very west of the Sindh Province of Pakistan. OMV is the operator of the Mehar concession and holds interest of 59.2%. Mehar (Phase 1) came on stream by year‐end 2013 and is expected to deliver a production of 4,300 boe/d net to OMV in 2014. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum, Jaap Huijskes, Executive Board Member of OMV, Erwin Kroell, SVP Middle East and Caspian Region, and Axel Welch, Austrian Ambassador, were also present at the inauguration ceremony. SPEC Energy DMCC is proud to be entrusted with OMV Mehar Gas and Condensate Processing Facilities Project as the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning (EPCC) Contractor. Mehar Gas Plant is yet another milestone achieved by SPEC as an EPCC and a flagship project for our organization. PReSS ReleASe
pakistani participation in italian exhibition KARACHI: Pakistani exporters of marble stone and granite will participate in Marmomacc which is world’s largest exclusive exhibition on Stone, Design & Technology. The exhibition is held every year in Verona, Italy; this year’s show being held from 24-27 September 2014. Over 1400 exhibitors from 56 countries of the world participate in Marmomacc and visited by over 57,000 commercial buyers from over 140 countries. Pakistan has enormous reserves of marble and granite of the finest quality in multiple varieties and colors. There are about 500 major players in the business of marble, granite and stones in Pakistan. Presently ten marble and granite exporters have confirmed their participation in Marmomacc; the number is likely to increase. PReSS ReleASe
RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his government’s commitment for the early realisation of CASA-1000 project which will see Pakistan import 1000 Megawatts (MW) of electricity in the country during a one-onone meeting the Tajik President emomali Rahmon. Nawaz, who was on a two day visit to Tajikistan on the invitation on Tajik President, was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising, the Minister for Water & Power, Minister for Textile Industry, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, and senior officials. Later in a joint statement, they affirmed their desire to increase bilateral security and defence cooperation, with Pakistan committing to provide assistance in developing Tajikistan’s defence capability. Pakistan would also provide training to the Tajik armed forces and security personnel. During the meeting the two leaders agreed to set a target of expanding bilateral trade to US $500 million over the next three years and to work towards a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA).
The two sides further agreed to convene the 5th session of the Joint Ministerial Commission in Islamabad during 2014 in order to promote a favorable environment for investors from both countries. They also agreed to establish a Joint Business Council (JBC). Underscoring the need for strengthening transit and transportation facilities and enhanced cooperation at the regional level, both sides noted that early finalisation of the Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan would provide a boost to trade and economic relations. It was further noted that
direct road links would impart more impetus to these efforts. Pakistan also undertook to provide easy access to Tajikistan to goods via its seaports in Karachi and Gwadar. Deliberating on regional and international issues, Nawaz and Rahmon affirmed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan would strengthen the prospects for regional peace and stability and expressed their support for an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. They also reiterated their commitment to utilize the Quadrilateral forums to reinforce efforts in support of peace, security and stability in the region.
In the presence of the two leaders, the following agreements and MoUs were signed: I. Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Formation of a Joint Working Group Combating the International Terrorism; II. Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan through the Ministry of Textile Industry and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan through the Ministry of Industries & New Technologies on Collaboration in Textiles Development; III. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Vocational Training between the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan; IV. Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Libraries, Capital Administration & Development Division, Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the National Library of Tajikistan; and V. Memorandum of Understanding between Tajik National University, Dushanbe and National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Textile policy to be announced in first week of July ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government is all set to announce textile policy for 2014-15 in first week of July this year an official of the ministry said. Textile Industry Federal Secretary Rukhsana Shah told that the textile policy 2014-15 would be announced in first week of July with main focus on infrastructure and human resources development. She said that other focus of the policy would be on compliance export also to be established export buying house and awareness and skilled development programme for the professionals. The secretary textile said that awareness and skill development programmes would be started to enhance the capacity of textile manpower to meet the standard of developed countries professions. Rukhsana Shah said the government would also establish more garments industrial units in different cities which would also help economic empowerment of women as most of them were associated with the sector. She said top priority of the government was to focus on value addition to enhance the trade volume and to earn more foreign exchange for the development and prosperity of the country. APP
No justiﬁcation in collecting billions for suspended project: apCNGa Islamabad Online
The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) questioned legal status of the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) imposed by the government on gas consuming sectors. The government has been collecting billions as GIDC from CNG and other gas consuming sectors citing to finance the construction of Pak-Iran gas pipeline while on the other hand top government functionaries had frequently said that the project was difficult to implement due to international pressure, it said. Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA said, how could the government collect billion of rupees from commercial sectors to support a stalled project without considering that GIDC had increased cost of doing business and triggered inflation. He said all the gas consuming sectors were paying Rs 100 as GIDC for consuming one million British Thermal Units (MMBTU) while the CNG sector was paying Rs 200 for the same which was discrimination. He said the government hiked GIDC to Rs 300 per mmbtu in the federal budget on
IHC aCCepts apCNGa’s petItIoN ISLAMABAD: A single bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has accepted petition of APCNGA against imposition of illegal sales tax by the Federal Board of Revenue. It set aside the decision of the govt to charge 32 percent sales tax from CNG sector. It has directed to charge 17 percent sales tax as per directed by the Supreme Court in December 2013. The FBR flouted the SC orders by making a formula which upward revised sales tax to 32 per cent. The govt is requested to reduce tax and end discrimination against the CNG sector. Online
all the sectors except domestic sector which was reversed to Rs 100 and Rs 150 after the strong opposition by the business community. However, the CNG sector was discriminated again as they were being forced to pay Rs 300 on consumption of one mmbtu which will have an impact on prices of the commodity, said Ghiyas Paracha.
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Thursday, 19 June, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Don't dismiss today's major issue - even if it seems kind of silly at first glance. You need to take it seriously if you want to keep it from growing out of control. It should be manageable now.
You and your friends are in perfect sync today -- so it's perfect for making plans or collaborating on new projects. Some may be confused by ambiguity, but you can clear it all up.
A career move is in the works -- so if you don't know anything about it, you'd better start looking quickly! This opportunity won't last forever, but you should be able to make the shift with ease.
Though your energy is terrific, it may be hard to keep your mind from wandering. Things are sure to get a little better in the afternoon, but one odd diversion may take you in a great new direction.
This is not a good time to open your wallet to help others with purchases or other financial needs. It's not that you're stingy, just that the timing is wrong for you to leap to the rescue.
You know better than most that everything changes -- not that you like every new thing that pops up along the way! Today brings a shift that may be more intriguing, as long as you can keep up with it.
Your routines are not helpful today -in fact, they may actually get in between you and your most important tasks. Try to just chill out and let things unfold on their own. React when appropriate.
Your sweetheart gets quite a bit sweeter -or that new crush says something that makes your heart skip a beat. It's a great time to focus on your love life, no matter how it was yesterday.
There is not enough coffee, tea or chocolate in the world to get you going this morning -- but that's okay! Sometimes you need some downtime so your brain can reorganize itself a little in the background.
Your ability to handle communication is enhanced today, especially when you're writing. It's a good time for you to jot down ideas or propose new projects to those in power. Make your case!
It's hard to keep track of spending today -so it may be best to cut it out entirely! Of course, some expenses are unavoidable, so focus on those to the exclusion of all else.
Focus on the needs of others today -- they are energizing you and leading you to be your best self. It's a great time for you to show the universe what you are capable of. Expect greatness!
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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Staring at ScreenS all day linked to changeS in eye SecretionS NEW YOrk
FFICE workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with the disease known as dry eye, according to a study from Japan. The protein MUC5AC, secreted by cells in the upper eyelid, makes up part of the normally occurring mucus layer, or “tear film,” that keeps the eye moist. But study participants with the most screen time had MUC5AC levels nearing those of people with diagnosed dry eye. “To understand patients' eye strain, which is one of major symptoms of dry eye disease, it is important that ophthalmologist pay attention to MUC5AC concentration in tears,” said Dr. Yuichi Uchino, an author of the new study. Uchino is an ophthalmologist at the School of Medicine at Keio University in Tokyo. “When we stare at computers, our blinking times decreased compared to reading a book at the table,” he said. People staring at screens also tend to open their
eyelids wider than while doing other tasks, and the extra exposed surface area in addition to infrequent blinking can accelerate tear evaporation and is associated with dry eye disease, he said. Dry eye may be chronic for some but can be managed with over the counter or prescription eye drops. The study team tested the tears from both eyes of 96 Japanese office workers, about two-thirds of them men, and measured how much of the total protein content of the tears was MUC5AC. Workers employed in jobs involving computer screens filled out questionnaires about their working hours and symptoms of any eye problems. Seven percent of men and 14 percent of women were diagnosed with ‘dry eye disease,’ meaning they reported symptoms of eye problems like irritation, burning or blurred vision and had poor quality or quantity of tear film, according to the tests. Overall, participants looked at screens for work for just over eight hours a day and had an average of about 6.8 nanograms of MUC5AC per milligram of protein in each eye. However, people who worked with computer screens for more than seven hours per
day had an average of 5.9 ng/mg of MUC5AC, compared to 9.6 ng/mg for people who spent fewer than five hours daily with screens. Similarly, people with definite dry eye disease had an average of 3.5 ng/mg of MUC5AC compared to 8.2 ng/mg for people without the disease. “Mucin is one of the most important components of the tear film,” said Dr. Yuichi Hori, who was not a part of the new study. “Mucins (like MUC5AC) function to hold water on the ocular surface of the epithelia that synthesize them, hence, they are major players in maintenance of the tear film on the ocular surface,” Hori said. He is chair of the department of
RESISTANT MOSQUITOES MAY FLY IN TO FIGHT DENGUE IN AUSTRALIA SYDNEY AGENCIES
Australian scientists want to fight dengue fever -- which is spread by mosquito bites -by releasing more of the buzzing, flying insects into the environment. The mosquitoes released would be resistant to dengue and expected to quickly infiltrate the insect population in the Queensland city of Townsville and stop the spread of the disease. Small-scale trials have already been conducted in communities in northern Aus-
Facebook has released a new instant messaging app that enables users to send photos or video to selected friends who can only see them if they send an image back. Slingshot, available for Apple and Android devices, is the second product to come out of the social networking website's Creative Labs ideas laboratory. "Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of friends," reads the Slingshot blurb on Apple's iTunes app store. "They won't be able to see your shot until they sling something back." Not unlike Snapchat, which Facebook tried but failed to acquire last year for $3 billion, Slingshot photos and video self-destruct after viewing -- although there's nothing stopping a recipient from using a smartphone's screenshot feature to copy a photo. "Photos and videos that don't stick around forever allow for sharing that's more expressive, raw and spontaneous," blogged the app's developers on Slingshot's dedicated www.sling.me website. "With Slingshot, we saw an opportunity to create something new and different: a
tralia, but coastal Townsville, with its population of 189,000, would be the first time an entire city had been targeted. Professor Scott O´Neill from Monash University, who will meet with the Townsville community on Monday, said he hoped to begin the city-wide trial by the end of the year if given support. "This will be the first-large scale trial of our method and we are committed to being open and responsive with the Townsville community about our research," he said. In the trials, mosquitoes infected with a
bacteria called Wolbachia were introduced in small numbers to communities in northern Australia. Research has shown that Wolbachia prevents mosquitoes from transmitting dengue. The idea is that over time the Wolbachia mosquitoes breed out the dengue-carrying ones. "The science has been very good and it´s looking very promising," O´Neill told ABC Radio. If the Townsville model is successful, O´Neill hopes the method could be used around the globe to combat the disease, which the World Health Organisation estimates may be infecting up to 50100 million people each year. "We could have a very sizeable impact on dengue fever around the world and hopefully one day contribute significantly to eliminating it," O´Neill told the ABC. Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection found in tropical and sub-tropical regions. There is no vaccine, so prevention focuses on mosquito control. "We´ve just had an outbreak in northern Queensland of over 170 dengue cases -- which is small on a global scale -- but still 170 cases too many," said Gary Eddiehausen, who is chair of the Townsville community group looking at the plan. "We now have an opportunity in Townsville to consider how we may be able to assist in reducing possible future dengue outbreaks in our own backyards -- and being part of something that reaches so much further." Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can pick up the virus from an infected human and transmit it to the next person it bites.
FACEBOOK SLINGS NEW PHOTO/VIDEO MESSAGING APP
space where you can share everyday moments with lots of people at once." Slingshot comes four months after Paper, the first app
out of Creative Labs, which seeks to give Facebook more of a magazine feeling for mobile device users.
Ophthalmology at Toho University Omori Medical Center in Tokyo. Concentration of the protein was also lower for people with symptoms of eye strain than for people without symptoms, according to the results published in JAMA Ophthalmology. People with dry eyes at work tend to be less productive and are more likely to be depressed, according to previous studies, Uchino said. Office workers who are worried about dry eye can make some simple changes to decrease their risk, Uchino said. “The exposed ocular surface area can be decreased by placing the terminal at a lower height, with the screen tilted upward,” Uchino said.
'SUPER' BANANA TO FACE FIRST HUMAN TRIAL
SYDNEY: A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers have said. The project plans to have the special banana varieties -- enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A -- growing in Uganda by 2020. The bananas are now being sent to the United States, and it is expected that the six-week trial measuring how well they lift vitamin A levels in humans will begin soon. "Good science can make a massive difference here by enriching staple crops such as Ugandan bananas with pro-vitamin A and providing poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food," said project leader Professor James Dale. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) project, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes to see conclusive results by year end. "We know our science will work," Professor Dale said. "We made all the constructs, the genes that went into bananas, and put them into bananas here at QUT." Dale said the Highland or East African cooking banana was a staple food in East Africa, but had low levels of micronutrients, particularly pro-vitamin A and iron. "The consequences of vitamin A deficiency are dire with 650,000700,000 children world-wide dying ... each year and at least another 300,000 going blind," he said. Researchers decided that enriching the staple food was the best way to help ease the problem. While the modified banana looks the same on the outside, inside the flesh is more orange than a cream colour, but Dale said he did not expect this to be a problem. ONLINE
FOUR TOMATOES A DAY MAY REDUCE KIDNEY CANCER RISK: STUDY Women who eat more tomatoes or other lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk of developing kidney cancer, a study suggests. According to researchers, "the amount of lycopene in the diet of the women who consumed lycopene at the highest level in the study would be equal to eating four tomatoes daily," health news reported. Lycopene is an antioxidant that also gives tomato, watermelon, grapefruit and papaya its reddish colour. The researchers said amount of micronutrients including lycopene in the women's diets was estimated from the information they provided on questionnaires when they enrolled in the study. During the study period, 383 women were diagnosed with kidney cancer. The results showed that only lycopene was associated with a lower kidney cancer risk. Women who consumed the highest amount of lycopene had a 45 per cent lower risk of kidney cancer compared with those who ate the lowest amount, the study noted. "It is likely that the women received lycopene not just from tomatoes but also from tomato sauces and other fruits that contain lycopene," researchers commented. APP
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
AS THEY MAKE A COMEBACK, HERE’S WHAT THE POWERPUFF GIRLS ARE ALL ABOUT!
RoM 1998 to 2005, the ‘Powerpuff Girls’ were the Cartoon Network’s diminutive superheroes, who dished out plenty of wide eyed punishment to unsuspecting villains in Townsville. Now the series is set to return to the station in 2016, rebooted for a whole new generation. But if you’re unfamiliar with Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, or if you’d just forgotten about them here’s a brief history of the littlest heroes in town. The ‘Powerpuff Girls’ first kapowed their way on to the Cartoon Network in 1995 as part of their ‘World Premiere Toons series’. The show was created by Craig McCracken, who had first conceived the characters years earlier while studying at the California Institute of the Arts. McCracken had produced a short entitled 'Whoopass Stew', starring the crime fighting Whoopass Girls, which he’d submitted to the Cartoon Network. The station loved the concept but felt the name was a little inappropriate for younger viewers. Thus the Whoopass Girls became the 'Powerpuff Girls'. As the story goes, Professor Utonium, wishing to create ‘the perfect little girl’, mixed a concoction of sugar,
spice and everything nice. But his plan went awry when a mysterious substance called ‘Chemical X’ fell into the mixture. Instead of creating ‘the perfect little girl’ Professor Utonium was left with three girls with each one represent the three elements of sugar, spice and everything nice. But they also had the added bonus of superpowers, which would turn them into crime fighters. Blossom is the ‘everything nice’ of the three girls with long red hair and wearing pink as her signature colour. She’s the level headed leader of the trio and posses the ability to freeze objects with her breathe. The group's ‘spice’ is Buttercup, the serious ‘tough’ girl, who
NEW 'SCOOBY DOO' MOVIE IN THE MAKING
has short black hair, wears green and loves nothing more than fighting dirty. Then there’s the blonde Bubbles, the sugary Powerpuff, who’s a lot tougher than she looks, Bubbles can communicate with animals and understand foreign languages all while wearing baby blue and keeping her hair in pigtails. The debut of the ‘Powerpuff Girls’ on the Cartoon Network in 1998 was the highest rating premiere in the channel's history. By the time the millennium hit the show was drawing high ratings from a broad span of demographics, ranging from young children to adults. ‘Powerpuff Girls’ merchandise was also everywhere with t-shirts,
backpacks and badges worn by fans of all ages. In 2002 the girls hit the big screen with The Powerpuff Girls Movie which detailed the trio's backstory. However despite the positive reviews from critics, the movie failed to be a hit at the box office. By 2005 McCracken felt the series and run its course and The ‘Powerpuff Girls’ ended their run, leaving behind six seasons and 78 episodes. They returned in 2008 with a special to celebrate their 10th anniversary entitled 'The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!', which pleased fans but was sadly a one of. But then last year a new special aired featuring the girls looking slightly different thanks to CGI animation and no input from series creator Craig McCracken. Now the girls are set for a return in 2016 though it not certain how much a rebooted series will differ from the fans’ childhood memories. Let's hope the Cartoon Network can get that perfect mix of sugar, spice and everything nice (just right once again, to create a whole new generation of Powerpuff fans whilst making us old ones want to come back for more. COURTESY CONTACT MUSIC
KICK WILL BE SALMAN'S BIGGEST HIT EVER: ARBAAZ KHAN
Executives at Warner Brothers are reportedly developing a reboot of the live action comedy Scooby-Doo. More than a decade after the release of the 2002 film based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, movie bosses are in the early stages of creating a new adventure for the group of young sleuths and their beloved pet pooch, according to Deadline.com. Sources tell the site that producers are "starting from scratch" and have recruited filmmaker Randall Green to helm the project. The first live action film starred Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Isla Fisher as the mystery solving gang. NEWS DESK
PREITY ZINTA PLANNING TO SELL IPL STAKE, SHIFT TO US
Filmmaker Arbaaz Khan was blown away after watching the trailer of Kick and predicts that the film will turn out to his superstar brother Salman Khan's biggest hit. "The trailer of Kick is outstanding. After watching it I was blown away," Arbaaz said. "I am pretty sure that the film will be Salman's biggest hit, inshAllah," he added. Salman's last release was Jai Ho, which got mixed response at the box office. However, he
looks impressive in the promos of Kick packed with his different avatars, including a mask appearance and daredevil stunts on s bike and a cycle. The film is also important for producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who is making his directorial debut with it. Meanwhile, Arbaaz, 46, is looking forward to the film and is very much impressed with Salman's look and character in the film. "Right from the film's look to
the way it has been shot, the way his character is looking in the film, I personally feel this film will be a dhamaka. A big blockbuster is awaiting us," Arbaaz said. "Let’s see how much audience will appreciate it but I personally feel Kick should be a very big hit," he added. Slated to release this Eid, Kick also features Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. AGENCIES
RUPERT GRINT TO MAKE BROADWAY DEBUT
The 'Harry Potter' actor - who made his professional stage debut playing a drug dealer in 'Mojo' in London's West End last year - has joined the cast of 'It's only a Play', which officially opens in New York's theatre district on october 9. The 25-year-old actor will join previously-announced cast members Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock in the production, which will be staged at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The play is set at a Broadway producer's Manhattan townhouse during the opening-night party for a nervous playwright's newest work. Rupert will play acclaimed theatre director Frank Finger, while Matthew stars as the writer and Nathan is his bitter best friend, a resentful television actor who secretly wants his pal to fail. Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport are lead producers on the revival, which will be directed by Jack o'Brien. Rupert previously revealed starring in 'Mojo' had made him eager to work more in theatre. He said: ''It's opened my eyes; I've learned so much.'' BY BANG SHOWBIZ
MADONNA DATING 26-YEAR-OLD CHOREOGRAPHER
Madonna is dating a 26-year-old choreographer, according to a U.S. report. The pop icon, 55, was spotted on numerous dates with Dutch dancer Tim Steffens in January (14), but the Material Girl's representative brushed off reports of a romance. However, the pair stepped out together again this week to see new Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me in New York City, sparking fresh speculation about their relationship status. A source tells Eonline.com the pair met in Switzerland while Madonna was staying at the estate of fashion designer Valentino and the insider claims the romance "is not serious". Madonna previously dated professional dancer Brahim Zaibat for three years before calling off the relationship in December. BY WENN
RALPH LAUREN HONOURED BY HILLARY CLINTON FOR FASHION CAREER Preity Zinta recently made headlines when she filed a molestation case against her exboyfriend Ness Wadia. Preity and Ness are co-owners of IPL team Kings XI Punjab and buzz has it that the dimpled dame is now planning to sell her stake and settle in the US. If reports are to be believed then Zinta, who owns 23 percent in the IPL team, is keen to sell her stake and shift to Los Angeles, where she has bought a property. However, a confirmation on the same is still awaited from PeeZee, who is presently in the US. Last week, Preity filed a written complaint against Wadia at Marine Drive police station. She has accused the Bombay Dyeing scion of molesting her during an IPL match at Wankhede Stadium, on May 30. BY MOVIE TALKIES
Ralph Lauren was honoured for his five decades in fashion on Tuesday by Hillary Clinton. The designer was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at the National Museum of American History on a day which marked the 200th anniversary of the American flag, which has been a staple of the Ralph Lauren brand's iconography for years. Hillary said during the presentation: ''Now surely Ralph and his family ... could not have imagined, or maybe they could have when they landed in the Bronx, that their lives would be the embodiment of the American dream. ''In particular, Ralph, the youngest, would become synonymous with
American aspiration and style.'' Hillary wore her first-ever Ralph Lauren custom-designed outfit for the event, which included a cobalt-blue silk jacket. The pair first joined forces when the politician was First Lady in 1998 to raise funds for the Smithsonian in order to preserve the original 'StarSpangled Banner' flag that inspired the national anthem, along with other historic artefacts. The designer donated $13 million to help restore the flag and to support the programme. Hillary added: ''Ralph responded to the call. He didn't have to. But he understood because it was deep within him that part of being an American is giving back.'' BY AGENCIES
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
MesMeric ajMal does it again s SportS DeSk
Muralitharan joins australian coaching teaM
AEED Ajmal took six wickets for 13 runs in a magical 36-ball spell to give Worcestershire a 234-run victory over Leicestershire on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two game at Grace Road. The home batsmen had no answer to the mystery spin of the Pakistan star and crashed from 145 for 4 to 169 all out. It was Worcestershire's fourth win of the season and Leicestershire's fourth successive home defeat. Worcestershire are now second in the table one point behind Hampshire, while Leicestershire have not won a Championship game since September 2012. Even so the manner of their collapse in this game was extraordinary. Set a victory target of 404 they began the day on 20 without loss and took 19 runs off the first two overs from Jack Shantry and Charles Morris. The first nine overs of the day produced 50 runs and a flurry of boundaries, and it began to look as though Leicestershire might make a decent fist of it. But Angus Robson chopped a ball from Morris on to his stumps, Greg Smith and Ned Eckersley were both lbw to Shantry playing across the line and Josh Cobb was bowled by Joe Leach to leave Leicestershire at 98 for 4. All that was left for them then was a battle for survival. A partnership of
Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan announced Wednesday he will join the Australian coaching team for their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The world's leading Test wicket taker is already working with Australia's top spinner Nathan Lyon as part of Australia's National Cricket Centre Spin Programme, and has agreed to become more involved. His signing is a coup given his knowledge of the doosra delivery, which has long baffled the Australians, and with Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal among the game's most potent mystery spinners. “I know the Australian team is a very good side, but hopefully I can have a little bit of input to help them do well in the series against Pakistan,” said Muralitharan.
HOGAN 10 IN CRUSHING GLAMORGAN WIN
47 runs between Dan Redfern and Niall O'Brien suggested they could stretch the game out - but then Ajmal took centre stage. He had hardly been in the game for three and half days, claiming just one wicket for 46 runs in Leicestershire's first innings. But a fourth-day pitch that was at last offering some assistance, was right up his street. He had taken a career best 7 for 19 against Essex earlier in the season and almost matched it again. In less than hour after lunch he picked up the last six wickets to leave Leicestershire in a spin. O'Brien edged to slip, Redfern was bowled leg stump, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Richard Jones were both caught off bat and pad, Ben Raine top-edged a slog sweep and Charlie Shreck was trapped lbw. Ajmal finished with 6 for 19 to take his wicket-haul for Worcestershire to 44 in seven Championship games. They will miss him when he joins up with Pakistan for a tour of Sri Lanka in August. Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire director of cricket, said: "The plan is always to try and take a few wickets with our seam attack to provide a platform for Ajmal. In these sort of conditions he can be devastating.'' Ben Smith, Leicestershire's senior coach, said: "Ajmal's spell was brilliant and blew us away. But we would not have been in that position if we had taken a 150-run first innings lead as we should have done.''
ECB ban’s Naved Arif for life SportS DeSk
SportS DeSk Hogan, the Australian seamer, followed up his 5 for 58 in the first innings with 5 for 67 in the second to finish with match figures of 10 for 125. Glamorgan wrapped up victory just before the lunch interval as Kent were bowled out for 263. In the end it was a comprehensive victory and will give Glamorgan much confidence for the rest of the championship season. Glamorgan took a valuable haul of 24 points, to Kent's three, and maximum points helped the Welsh side move up the table from sixth to fourth. Kent's demise was hastened as early as the 10th ball of the day when they lost Darren Stevens, who had offered some fine resistance on the third evening with a half century. Stevens (60 off 57 balls) drove through the covers and was caught by Ben Wright to give Hogan his eighth wicket of the contest. Just three overs later, Sam Billings edged a swinging Graham Wagg ball which was caught behind by Mark Wallace.
Naved Arif runs in to bowl, Sussex v Surrey, County Championship Division One, Horsham, Naved Arif, the former Sussex player who was charged by the ECB with match-fixing, has been banned for life after he admitted breaching the board's Anti-Corruption Code. The ECB's decision breaks new ground in the fight against cricket corruption in England and Wales. It is the first time that the governing body has concluded that the outcome of a county match was fixed. "Mr Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Code, all of which related to corrupt activity in connection with the CB40 fixture between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011," the ECB said. "His admissions were made in tape-recorded interviews with the ECB's anti-corruption unit and via signed statements. In accordance with the provisions of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, Mr Arif has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket." Arif will now not be able to play, coach or participate in any form of cricket recognised by the ECB, the ICC or any other national board. He was playing for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League at the start of the English club season before a temporary suspension was imposed in April 2014. The ECB persisted with the investigation after two other lines of enquiry failed to bring results. The Sussex-Kent match in question was investigated by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACSU) but insufficient evidence was found for it to progress, before the ECB reopened the case in 2012. Sussex also found no evidence during its own internal investigation and an-
nounced the matter as closed. The county indicated that it would be making no comment on the outcome. David Collier, the ECB's chief executive, said: "Today's announcement sends out a very clear message that ECB has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and that it will root out and punish those who pose a threat to the game's integrity. "We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods." Arif, 32, represented Pakistan A in 2009 on a tour of Australia. He played for Sussex as an English-qualified player by virtue of a Danish wife. There is rich irony in the fact that he joined Sussex in 2011 on the same day as they signed the New Zealand Test batsman, Lou Vincent. Vincent and Arif were charged simultaneously with match-fixing by the ECB. Vincent was charged with 14 offences in relation to two matches in 2011, while Arif was charged with six offences. Vincent's charges relate not just to the Kent match, but a Sussex T20 contest against Lancashire in the same season. Arif's charges only concerned the Kent fixture. Arif played four Championship matches in 2011, but was more of a regular in the 40-over team and faced Kent on August 23 that year in a televised match that has been long under suspicion, despite being cleared by ICC. Arif made 11 off 29 balls as, from a position of considerable strength, Sussex failed to achieve their target of 217. He had earlier conceded 41 runs in six overs without taking a wicket.
BANGLADESH IN DIRE NEED OF SPIRIT-LIFTING WIN SportS DeSk "I think if this were our second team, they would have played better cricket." This morose statement from the Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was echoed on the streets of Dhaka, with considerably more colour. The hosts might well deserve their fans' admonishment, after wilting in the face of a target of 106. A series that had looked set to come alive was gift-wrapped to India in a matter of an hour or so. The Mirpur pitch had sided itself with the bowlers and accuracy proved the most vital discipline as Suresh Raina's India defended one of the lowest totals ever. Mohit Sharma and Stuart Binny are practiced in finding a good length and sitting on it. A little nip away, a sharp jag in and some lazy shot-selection led to the hosts' undoing. If the conditions on the eve of the third ODI remain - decidedly grey clouds and sprinkles of rain in the afternoon - both teams' batsmen better prepare themselves for another stern examination. India's middle order does not portray the kind of solidity it normally does. The lack of a specialist finisher also poses greater responsibility on the
top order. Suresh Raina, perhaps wary of this, has assumed the mantle of the No. 5 batsman. But that has also led to his time at the crease being limited. The openers had one good game and one bad one, and Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to sink his teeth into limited-overs cricket. All is not rosy, but India have one more chance to emphasise their batting might. Sunday was scorching, yet people stood behind the lower-tier stands to catch a glimpse of the cricket - they literally stood through their team's eighth defeat in a row. Rain spattered across the ground on Tuesday, but they would not budge and witnessed an abject surrender. It is to these people Mushfiqur apologised, but they would prefer he deliver it with a consolation win on Thursday. When you repeat your lowest score in history, the top order would have to take a healthy portion of the blame. Bangladesh had replaced Mominul Haque, one of the few Bangladesh batsmen with a disposition to bat long, in favour of a debutant. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque contributed to their downfall more than the bowler who took their wickets. Flash has always been a trait of the hosts' batsmen,
but the time has come to display substance. On an inviting pitch, India's quicks rallied intelligently. Outright pace is an element that eludes the team, but they made up for it with their ability to move the ball. Stuart Binny's outrageous success would encourage both him and the management. They'll want to keep up the pack mentality they showed on Tuesday, especially if there is not as much help on offer. Team news: An optional training session for Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon drew an audience. Akram Khan, the chief of the cricket operations committee, exchanged pleasantries with the coaching staff. Habibul Bashar, former captain and current selector, followed the training session and accompanied the team to the dressing room. All signs pointed to change on the horizon, both in personnel and strategy. Shamsur Rahman and Mominul had long sessions in the nets. Bangladesh (possible) 1 Shamsur Rahman/Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Al-Amin Hossain
Thursday, 19 June, 2014
djokovic 'surprised' at no. 1 seeding NOVAK DJOKOVIC HAS EXCLUSIVELY TOLD EUROSPORT HE IS SURPRISED TO HAVE BEEN SEEDED FIRST AT WIMBELDON THIS YEAR
HE Serb is currently ranked second in the world, behind Rafael Nadal, but Wimbledon's seeding system does not correspond to the ATP's standings. Instead it takes into account grass court form in recent years, and with Djokovic winning in 2011, reaching the semi-finals in 2012 and then the final
Murray seeded third for WiMbledon SportS DeSk
last year, where he lost to Andy Murray, he was placed ahead of clay-court specialist Nadal. Last year the Spaniard was a shock victim of Steve Darcis in the first round at Wimbledon, while the year before he lost to Lukas Rosol in only the second round. Asked if he was surprised to be seeded No. 1, Djokovic told Eurosport at the launch of the new Peugeot 508: "A little bit to be honest. I appreciate the respect that I get from the Wimbledon tournament
MCILROY TO REPRESENT IRELAND AT RIO OLYMPICS
- I always tried to perform my best tennis in this tournament. "I dreamt to win, which happened in 2011. I had some success there, many semi-finals and finals, and it may have affected the decision. "It's a responsibility, an extra pressure if I can say it like that. It's all part of the sport, it's privilege and a responsibility I have to overcome as a top player. I have to deliver my best game in London." As for how he manages to get over his defeat to Nadal in
the final of Roland Garros and focus on Wimbledon, Djokovic said: "I am still in the process. "Mentally it's not the first nor the last match I lost in a big tournament. I faced this particular situation before: last year it was emotional v Nadal, it was a kind of similar this year. "I managed to reach the final in Wimbledon, I hope I can get that far this year. I am motivated as it's the biggest tournament in our sport."
SCHUMACHER COMA RECOVERY REPORTS 'ALMOST CERTAINLY FALSE'
Sport DeSk "This for me was a logical decision," McIlroy said. "It is a continuation of what I have always done. I played my junior, boys and amateur golf with Ireland. Just because I'm being paid to play this great game now doesn't mean I should change that. "I'm very happy with my decision and it means I can look forward to the Olympics in a couple if years time. I thought it was the right thing to do and the right timing." "I'm looking forward to being able to share stories and experiences with athletes from different sports (in the Olympic village)," he added. "You would go there feeling a little bit guilty as these athletes will be training for four years while we wouldn't be. I'm really looking forward to it, but as with everybody else, I have to qualify for it first." McIlroy has twice played for Ireland at the World Cup. "I see this as a continuation of what I have always done," he was reported as saying on Wednesday ahead of the Irish Open at the Fota Golf Club in Cork. "I have been thinking about it a lot. I don't know if it is because the World Cup is in Brazil and I was thinking a couple of years down the line. "I was thinking about all the times I have played for Ireland as a boy and everything. For me it is the right decision to play for Ireland."
SportS DeSk The 45-year-old was transferred from Grenoble university hospital, where he had been a coma since his accident last December, to a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne after he suffered brain injuries in his French skiing accident. Sabine Kehm, his manager said he was no longer in the artificial coma that the driver had been placed in since early January and would begin the “long process” of rehabilitation, but doctors have now dismissed reports about the driver being “no longer in a coma” as nothing new. Former Formula One physician,
Dr Gary Hartstein, said in his blog: “We are told, with what appears to be a bit of a triumphal air, that Michael is no longer in a coma. “This is not news. I cannot help but think that this is a highly cynical use of language, using the truth to convey an impression that is almost certainly false. “I cannot but think that if Michael had emerged at all from the minimally conscious state that Sabine so accurately described in April, we’d be told that Michael is leaving for rehab, that he is having problems expressing himself and will work hard to get better. Or that he’s having to learn to walk, read, write etc all over again. “But no, we’re told
what we already know, and pretty much told not to ever expect further updates. “This all leaves a very bad taste in my mouth and a huge space of sadness for Michael’s family.” Dr Martin Grond, a neurologist at Siegen hospital near Bonn, added that the reports about Schumacher’s medical condition did not provide adequate information “There is no word about his brain functions,” he told Spiegel Online in an interview. “Everything from a waking coma to a substantial recovery is possible in principle.” Meanwhile, German neurosurgeon Andreas Pingel told Focus magazine that on average only a quarter of patients who suffer serious brain damage manage a full recovery.
Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic in the final last year, is currently ranked number five in the world, but moves up to third for the championships in SW19, meaning he cannot meet any of the 'big three' until the semi-finals. World number one Djokovic is the top seed, with Rafa Nadal at two and Roger Federer four. Wimbledon is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that doesn't adhere to the world rankings, instead relying on a formula based on grass court form over the past couple of years. Therefore Stanislaw Wawrinka, ranked three in the world, slips to fifth seed, while Feliciano Lopez moves from his ranking of 25th to 19th seed. In the women's draw, Serena Williams is the top seed, with French Open champion Maria Sharapova at five, and Australian Open winner Li Na at two. men's singles 1. novak Djokovic, 2. Rafael nadal, 3. andy murray 4. Roger Federer, 5. stan wawrinka, 6. Tomas Berdych, 7. David Ferrer, 8. milos Raonic, 9. John isnerm, 10. Kei nishikori women's singles 1. serena williams, 2. li na, 3. simona Halep, 4. agnieszka Radwanska, 5. maria sharapova, 6. Petra Kvitova, 7. Jelena Jankovic, 8. Victoria azarenka, 9. angelique Kerber, 10. Dominika Cibulkova
FRANCE RECALL BONNEVAL, OUEDRAOGO AS BID TO AVOID SWEEP SportS DeSk France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has recalled versatile back Hugo Bonneval and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to the starting side for the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney, as Les Bleus bid to avoid a series sweep. Beaten 6-0 in Melbourne on Saturday, France have already lost the series 2-0, but have retained a strong side for the match at Sydney Football Stadium with the hope of ending a 24-year losing streak on Australian soil. Bonneval, who started at full-back in the first Test in Brisbane, replaces Maxime Medard on the wing, while Burkina Faso-born Ouedraogo starts openside flanker, relegating Yannick Nyanga to the bench. Captain Thierry Dusautoir, who played well at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium after being rested in Brisbane, retains the starting blindside flanker position. Team: 15-Brice Dulin, 14Yoann Huget, 13-Mathieu Bastareaud, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Hugo Bonneval, 10Remi Tales, 9-Morgan Parra, 8-Damien Chouly, 7-Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5-Yoann Maestri, 4Alexandre Flanquart, 3-Rabah Slimani, 2-Guilhem Guirado, 1-Alexandre Menini Reserves: 16-Christopher Tolofua, 17Vincent Debaty, 18-Nicolas Mas, 19-Bernard Le Roux, 20-Louis Picamoles, 21-Yannick Nyanga, 22-Maxime Machenaud, 23-Remi Lamerat
SPORTS Thursday, 19 June, 2014
NetherlaNds edge australia by 3-2
EMPHIS Depay scored a late clincher as Netherlands withstood Australia's unsettling challenge in a 3-2 comeback win Wednesday to move to the verge of qualifying for the knockout rounds of the World Cup. Netherlands followed up its 51 rout of defending champion
Spain with a closer-than-expected win against Australia, which is almost surely out of contention after two straight defeats. Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, who each scored twice against Spain, added to their tallies before and after Australia's goals. Substitute Depay scored in the winner in the 68th. After a quiet start the game burst into life on the 20th minute when Robben collected the ball
near halfway, sped through a gaping hole in the Australian midfield and shot powerfully past the outstretched left foot of Maty Ryan. But Australia equalized almost immediately, with Ryan McGowan sending a long, looping pass from the midfield to Tim Cahill, who volleyed over Jasper Cillessen onto the underside of the bar in one of the best goals of the tournament so far. Cahill, Australia's all-time leading scorer, ran to the corner
and punched the flag in celebration. Mark Bresciano and Matthew Spiranovic missed chances that could have given Australia a halftime lead. Just before the interval, Cahill needlessly clattered into the back of Bruno Martins Indi deep within the Dutch half. He got a yellow card, ensuring he can't play against Spain after also being booked in Australia's opening 3-1 loss to Chile. Martins Indi was helped off the field, and was replaced by Depay to start the second half. After the break, Netherlands changed its formation from a 5-32 system that worked so well against Spain to a more traditional Dutch 4-3-3 style to incorporate Depay, but it was Australia which took the surprise lead with a penalty after Daryl Janmaat handled the ball in the area. Mile Jedinak converted from the spot in the 54th to make it 2-1 but Van Persie leveled again four minutes later, collecting the ball in space on the edge of the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. Cahill came achingly close to giving Australia the lead when he met a cross from Mathew Leckie in the 68th, but could only chest it to the keeper. It only took a matter of seconds before Depay fired a swerving low shot to the right of Ryan from around 25 yards to secure the three points. Netherlands leads the Group B with six points ahead of Chile's match later Wednesday against Spain.
Netherlands' Arjen Robben (11) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. agencies
MEXICO HOLDS HOST BRAZIL TO 0-0 DRAW FORTALEZA agencies
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help Mexico hold Brazil to a pulsating 0-0 draw at the World Cup on Tuesday. The result leaves both teams with four points each after two games in Group A, ahead of their decisive final matches. Croatia and Cameroon meet on Wednesday for their second games after both opened with defeats. Ochoa’s first remarkable save prevented Neymar from scoring in the 26th minute. The Brazil striker’s powerful header looked set to fly just inside the post when the goalkeeper dived to his
right to push the ball wide. Ochoa also made three other difficult saves to keep the hosts from breaking the deadlock — a shot by Paulinho in the 44th, a second-half effort by Neymar from inside the area and a closerange header by Thiago Silva in the 86th minute which produced a remarkable block by the Mexico keeper. After that, there was still time for a thrilling end to the game in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. The referee dismissed Brazilian claims for a penalty after Marcelo seemed to have been grabbed in the 88th minute. Mexico then had two great chances, first with Andres Guardado’s shot over the crossbar in the 90th and
then with an effort by Raul Jimenez that was stopped by Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar in injury time. It was an evenly-balanced game at the Arena Castelao, with Mexico not allowing Brazil to take control. El Tri didn’t play defensively and created chances throughout the match, especially with long-range shots, while Brazil turned up the pressure in the second half. But there was no getting past Ochoa. He denied Paulinho just before halftime, blocking the midfielder’s shot after a loose ball inside the area, and then got his body in the way of Neymar’s drive from inside the area. In the 86th, he was there on cue to block Silva’s powerful header from point-blank range.
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russia draws 1-1 WITH SOUTH KOREA
SpORTS DESk Alexander Kerzhakov scored with one of his first touches after coming on as a substitute to earn Russia a 1-1 draw with South Korea on Tuesday in a World Cup match marked by the first big goalkeeping error of the tournament. Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev spilled Lee Keun-ho’s speculative long-range shot into his own net to gift South Korea a 68th-minute lead at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba in Group H. But Kerzhakov bailed his teammate out, turning in a shot from close range in the 74th — three minutes after coming on as a substitute — to rescue a point for Russia in a poor-quality match. Akinfeev stayed on the ground inside his own net, head in his hands, after making his blunder, clearly embarrassed after dropping what was a routine save from a shot from about 30 yards. He was consoled by a couple of teammates, who patted him on the back, but could soon join in the celebrations when Kerzhakov equalized soon after. The explosive six-minute spell that featured both goals was not in keeping with the rest of a fairly mundane game characterized by slow buildup play, poor passing and wayward finishing. A point leaves both teams behind Belgium, which beat Algeria 2-1 earlier Tuesday, but the group appears wide open based on the opening two fixtures. Having lost four of its last five games heading to Brazil, the South Koreans came into their eighth straight World Cup with concerns over their flimsy defense and a lack of goal threat. A 4-0 thrashing by Ghana in a warm-up in Miami last week highlighted those worrying deficiencies perfectly. Defensively, they weren’t too bad against Russia but there was no hiding their toothless attack going forward, with the experienced Park Chu-young starting as the lone striker but justifying fears that he has lost his way after three ineffective years with Arsenal in the English Premier League. He was substituted in the 56th. Russia, led by former England coach Fabio Capello, was just as lifeless in attack — at least until Kerzhakov and Alan Dzagoev came off the bench — and a dire first half was marked by the large contingent of Brazilian fans in the crowd doing slow hand clapping.