Imran Khan says he is not Taliban sympathiser PTI CHAIRMAN HOLDS NAWAZ SHARIF RESPONSIBLE FOR BANNU BOMBING PAGE 03
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TTP warns of attacks and ‘some serious talks’
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TTP courageously accepts responsibility of attack on security forces in Bannu Cantt that was carried out by one of the brave comrade of TTP and killed army personnel who were ready to subject cruelty on Muslims of Waziristan
India should tell Pakistan to set own house in order: Haqqani Former envoy says US and India must work together to identify links between Pakistani establishment and jihadis STORY ON PAGE 02
Monday, 20 January, 2014
Taliban execuTe 24 more in bannu TTP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY, WARNS OF MORE ‘REVENGE ATTACKS’ BANNU DPO AND ISPR CONFIRM DEATH OF 20 SECURITY OFFICIALS
PRESIDENT, FORMER PRESIDENT, PUNJAB CM, KP CM AND MQM CHIEF CONDEMN ATTACK PRIME MINISTER DECIDES TO CANCEL HIS VISIT TO DAVOS
However, reports from Bannu reveal that four civilians were also among those killed. Doctors believe condition of several injured was in danger. The nature of explosion has not been determined so far, but apparently it seems a suicide attack. The DPO added, “Investigation is in progress to find out a clue of owner and driver of the vehicle, loaded with explosive material. And after getting the clue, one could be in a better position to say some thing about nature of the explosion.” Soon after the explosion, the area was cordoned off and the security forces conducted a rescue operation. All roads, connecting Cantonments with rest of Bannu city and adjacent North Waziristan, were blocked for traffic. From the last several years, curfew is imposed on Saturday and Sunday for ensuring safe movement and shifting of security forces’ contingents from one to another place. The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, through spokesman Shahidullah
T least 24 people, including 20 security personnel, were killed and more than 50 injured in a car bombing in Cantonment area of Bannu on Sunday. Condition of several injured is said to be critical and officials feared that the death toll could rise. Officials said the high-intensity bombing occurred when the security personnel were boarding vehicles in connection with their deployment in North Waziristan. Bannu District Police Officer Iqbal Khan told Pakistan Today private vehicles were hired in this regard and the explosion was occurred in one of those vehicles. The DPO and Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Peshawar office confirmed 20 deaths in the explosion. The ISPR added that another 30 security officials were injured.
Shahid, claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the attack was meant to avenge the killing of Waliur Rahman who was killed in a US drone attack, couple of months back. The spokesman said they were planning more attacks in the future. ‘GRIEVED’: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has decided to cancel his visit to Davos, Switzerland in the wake of the Bannu attack. “Our nation is united against extremism and terrorism and the sacrifices rendered by our citizens and personnel of law enforcing agencies will not go in vain,” said the PM. Earlier, Nawaz strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred in Bannu. CONDEMNATIONS: President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers condemned attack on security forces convoy in Bannu. In his message, the president said that such cowardly attacks could never weaken the resolve of our law enforcing authorities and the nation, to continue pursuing their struggle against the scourge of militancy and terrorism. Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families of the martyred, the President prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls. He also called upon the authorities concerned to ensure that best medical assistance is provided to the injured. Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, KP CM Pervez Khattak, former president Asif Zardari, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain also condemned the attack.
New attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan deepen concerns of many: CBS SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYS ATTACKS SUGGEST TALIBAN ARE BECOMING BOLDER AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO FIGHT BACK IS GROWING ISLAMABAD INP
Two separate weekend Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan have deepened concerns over the terrorists making deeper inroads in the region, as the US-led Western forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, CBS said quoting senior Western officials. In the latest attack on Sunday, a bomb planted by the TTP terrorists ripped through a truck carrying paramilitary soldiers from a Pakistan Army compound in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) bordering Afghanistan. Sunday’s attack followed Fri-
day’s Taliban attack on a popular restaurant in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, which killed 21 people. The casualties included three Americans who were among 13 foreign nationals who were killed. The two attacks have come as security conditions in parts of Afghanistan appear to be deteriorating, more than a decade after a US-led invasion forced out the Taliban from ruling that country. Many analysts warn the US may be leaving Afghanistan too vulnerable, as it remains under the threat of the Taliban making considerable new advances. “Today, I am afraid conditions on the ground are worsening every day,” said one senior diplo-
mat in Islamabad who spoke to CBS News seeking anonymity. He said, for the US, the biggest emerging risk was to ensure a “fairly orderly drawdown” of the bulk of its troops from Afghanistan “without too much bloodshed.” His assessment echoed concerns from other western officials who in recent interviews, told CBS News that the Taliban may be positioning to take control of parts of Afghanistan as the US prepares to leave. A senior Pakistani security official who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity said, “The two attacks, especially the one in Kabul suggest that the Taliban are becoming bolder and their determination to fight back is growing.” Following Sunday’s attack, Pakistani officials warned that their country’s ability to negotiate with the Taliban appeared to be shrinking rapidly as the level of bloodshed increases.
Gunship helicopters kill 3 suspects in N Waziristan MIRANSHAH ONLINE
After Bannu blast which left 20 soldiers dead and over 30 wounded, shelling by Pakistan Army’s gunship helicopters in North Waziristan tribal region’s Mir Ali area killed three suspected militants on Sunday,
official sources said. Gunship helicopters targeted several suspected militant hideouts in different areas on Mir Ali tehsil. Hours earlier, twenty security personnel were killed while thirty other injured when a planted device ripped in a convoy, within the limits of
Bannu. Taliban has claimed responsibility of Sunday attack. A convoy of security forces, en route to Razmak from Bannu, was hit by an explosion, killing twenty security personnel. The blast also injured thirty others. The explosive device was planted in one of the vehicle of the convoy.
NISAR SLAMS BANNU ATTACK, SEEKS REPORT FROM FC IG INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS SECURITY POLICY INCLUDES BOTH OPTIONS; DIALOGUE PROCESS AND MILITARY OPERATION ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Sunday condemned the attack on security forces in Bannu and sought a report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa FC IG in this regard. In a statement, the minister condemned the bombing and expressed sympathies with the aggrieving families of those martyred in the attack. The minister said that the new internal security policy will be presented for debate at the special cabinet meeting on Monday. He said the policy includes both options; dialogue process and a military operation. Talking to reporters‚ Nisar said the security policy would be based on three sections: the first section will be clandestine and inaccessible to the public; the second section will concern the strategy of dealing with the Taliban and the third section will discuss a framework for national defence. A national counterterrorism authority, a joint intelligence directorate and rapid response teams will be formed under the policy for effective responses to intelligence reports. The Bomb Disposal Squad will also receive a boost with 65 more imported vehicles. The minister said everything mentioned in the policy would be put in place within a year. Nisar censured political point-scoring on the sensitive issue of dialogue with the Taliban. He informed reporters that the army will investigate the Bannu attack in which 20 security officers and four civilians were killed. High explosives were used in the bombing, which is yet to be ascertained as either a suicide attack or an explosion through a planted device. Nisar said the country was facing a difficult situation and blamed the government policies of the last 13 years in this regard. STAFF REPORT
TTP warn of attacks and ‘some serious talks’ TTP SPOKESMAN SAYS ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL PROMULGATION OF SHARIAH PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD INP
The banned terrorist outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday offered “serious” peace talks with the government with its spokesman saying at the same time that attacks would continue until promulgation of shariah in the country. Talking to media from an undisclosed location, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid alleged that the government was not sincere in dialogue process and statements of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan were confined to media. He said the attacks would continue until promulgation of shariah in the country. They said they believed in the utility of dialogue and had never refused negotiations. They said they rejected the dialogue earlier because, according to them, the government was neither sincere nor powerful enough. They said if the government wanted to create a peaceful and trustworthy environment, it would have to announce a ceasefire. In such a case, they could also review their activities. They said they condemn the blast at Peshawar Tableeghi Markaz as they do not attack the Muslims. They blamed the secret agencies for such acts to bring
PAYS RICH TRIBUTES TO HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD AND WALIUR REHMAN FOR BRINGING WAR TO‘EVERY HOME’OF COUNTRY a bad name to the TTP. They said SP Chaudhry Aslam met his fate and they were proud that a case was framed against the TTP for his murder. To a question, TTP leader Azam Tariq said the government considered propaganda over the media as part of its war but they believed in truth and facts and not the media. He said the government never made serious effort for talks with the TTP. Shahid said there was a war going on between them and the government. They rejected the dialogue because their chief [Hakimullah Mehsud] was killed to sabotage the dialogue and it proved that the government was not serious in talks. He also accepted responsibility for many other terror incidents, including those on CID Headquarters Karachi and Mehran airbase. He said the Bannu attack was launched by TTP Mehsud Wing to avenge TTP No 2 Waliur Rehman’s death. Rehman was killed in a drone attack last year. “TTP courageously accepts responsibility of attack on security forces in Bannu Cantt that was carried out by one of the brave comrade of TTP and killed army personnel who were ready to subject cruelty on Muslims of Waziristan,” said a statement issued by the TTP.
SAYS STATEMENTS OF CHAUDHRY NISAR ARE CONFINED TO MEDIA TTP courageously accepts responsibility of attack on security forces in Bannu Cantt that was carried out by one of the brave comrade of TTP and killed army personnel who were ready to subject cruelty on Muslims of Waziristan
The statement also paid tribute to Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman for what they called a leading role to bring the war to every nuke and corner of the country. “TTP wants to give clear-cut message to people of Pakistan that our war is for implementation of shariah and we will never give up principles of shariah,” the statement added.
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ALL OPTIONS OPEN TO ENSURE WRIT OF STATE: MINISTER ISLAMABAD: Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain on Sunday said that all options, including the use of force, are open to tackle with the people who are challenging the writ of the state. He said the government is striving to adopt the way of dialogue for peace, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday. APP
IF YOU DON’T CONSIDER TTP AS ENEMY, YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS: BILAWAL KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former interior minister Rehman Malik Sunday condemned the attack on FC personnel in Bannu, which claimed 22 lives. According to a condemnation message by the PPP media cell, Bilawal strongly condemned the coward attack on the nation’s brave soldiers of FC in Bannu resulting in martyrdom of 20 sons fighting to save their motherland from scourge of beastly terrorism. The PPP patron-in-chief said those who have refused to recognise TTP as the enemy and perpetuated the myth of ‘peace talks’ have blood on their hands. From mosques to schools, hospitals to churches, media houses to military cantonments, prisons to Tableeghi Marakaz, these beasts are attacking everything that protects and upholds the flag of Islam and Pakistan, he said, adding that the entire nation needs to rise up against these deadly antiIslam and anti-Pakistan elements and finish them off before they annihilate all of us. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of soldiers and prayed for the eternal peace for the souls of martyred soldiers. Meanwhile, former interior minister Rehman Malik also condemned the attack on FC personnel in Bannu. In his message on Twitter, Malik wrote, “I strongly condemn yet another act of terrorism on FC. This brave force is continuously sacrificing while fighting againt Talban in FATA.” INP
QURESHI SLAMS TTP ATTACK IN BANNU KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday condemned the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for carrying out a bombing on security forces in Bannu. Speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of PTI’s organising committee, Qureshi said that his party strongly condemned today’s attack on military convoy. “If Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, we condemn them,” he said. The government, he said, should take political parties into confidence about the progress made so far about peace talks. “[The] government’s non-serious policy has put the people and political leadership into a state of confusion,” he remarked. To a question, he said the PTI never supported imposing one’s agenda at gunpoint. INP
imran Khan says he is noT Taliban sympaThiser PTI CHAIRMAN HOLDS NAWAZ SHARIF RESPONSIBLE FOR BANNU BOMBING
CONDEMNS TTP FOR KILLING 24 AND INJURING 60 SECURITY PERSONNEL
foreign tours. Reacting over the recent attack on security forces convoy in Bannu which claimed lives of 22 security personnel, Imran questioned as to whom he should blame for this attack other than the government. “I would have given top priority to terrorism instead of foreign tours. I would have made my own delegation to trigger efforts to shun extremism,” he added. Imran said he was clueless as to how the government was planning to hold peace talks. He said he is a Pakistani and spoke for the nation and not a
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that he is a supporter of Pakistan, and not a Taliban sympathiser. He held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for Bannu bombing. The PTI chief was addressing a rally in Haripur as part of electioneering for by-election on PK-50 Haripur-II. He said that in May 2013 he had asked Nawaz for giving priority to peace but the premier remained busy in
EFFORTS TO BE MADE FOR PEACE IN FATA: KP GOVERNOR PESHAWAR
MQM CHIEF APPEALS TO PM, INTERIOR MINISTER AND HEADS OF ARMED FORCES TO PLAN STRATEGY TO CURB TERRORISM
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan on Sunday said that efforts and initiatives would be made for peace and development in FATA on priority. He was talking to members of National Assembly, Mohammad Nazir, from North Waziristan and Ghalib Khan from South Waziristan during a meeting at the Governor’s House in Peshawar. They remained with the governor for some time and held detailed discussions on a number of FATA related issues, including peace and development in FATA. The governor said that the consultation and their inputs would be given due weightage and assured them the FATA parliamentarians would be taken along in all matters and decisions about FATA. The governor praised the support from FATA lawmakers at the national front as well as in the affairs of FATA. He said that he himself and the government had always treated the elected representatives in high esteem and as a matter of principle they would always be taken on board while taking any decision about tribal areas. He hoped that the pace of progress would be further enhanced to the entire satisfaction of the people of FATA The MNAs assured the governor of their full support and backing in his endeavors and initiatives for peace and development in FATA. Meanwhile, Shaukatullah condemned the terrorist attack on the convoy of security forces in Bannu. In his condolence message, while expressing his deep sympathies with the aggrieving families, the governor assured that the incident would be thoroughly probed and the elements involved in the heinous crime will be brought to court of law and justice.
India should tell Pakistani leaders who make a litany of complaints over unsettled issues to instead look inwards and solve their own shortcomings and provide a functional government, former Pakistani envoy to the US Hussain Haqqani said. “Pakistan doesn’t need anymore
ideology in its governance but instead needs to become a functional government,” Haqqani, author of a book on Pakistani-US relations, said at a session of the Jaipur Literary Festival. “Anytime Pakistani leaders make complaints over unsettled issues, India should tell them to look inwards and solve their own issues - the sharply declining school enrollment, the falling level of exports which are just 10 percent of its GDP, its low tax collections and so on,” he said. Making Pakistan insecure is not a solution, he said, but noted that Pakistan must also realise that as a nuclear weapon state, its existence is not in danger. Pointing out that the two countries inhabited a sub-continent, Haqqani said India and Pakistan shared 5,000 years of common history and just 66 years as two nations after independence in 1947. Noting that he was one of the 95 percent of the Pakistani population born
spokesman or supporter of the Taliban as blamed by his political rivals. He condemned the TTP for its attack against a convoy of soldiers in Bannu that killed at least 23 security personnel and wounded 60 others. The PTI chief also expressed shock at the use of a private vehicle for transporting the soldiers without proper security checks. He said such a move also exposed the movement of troops in advance - in itself a breach of security. Imran said that such terror attacks by the TTP along with the federal government’s continuing inability to formulate a comprehensive counterterrorism policy, has made it difficult to actually commence a formal dialogue and give peace a chance. In the absence of political ownership and a political dimension of counterterrorism involving negotiations and dialogue backed by state power, even operations were not yielding success.
CONTINUED DEATHS MAY DEPRESS SECURITY FORCES: ALTAF KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday condemned the massive blast and the targeting of a convoy of security forces in the cantonment area in the Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The attack resulted in the death of 20 security personnel and four civilians. The MQM leader said that with the acceptance of responsibility of the blast by the TTP, it had become imperative for the government to rethink the strategy for dealing with terrorism. He said he had been crying hoarse and demanding the federal government and the heads of the armed forces to devise a concrete strategy as indecisiveness would result in civilian casualties besides losses to the armed forces. He said that a decision about holding the negotiations with the Taliban or following any other line of action should be taken without further delay and the nation should be informed about the decision. The MQM chief said if the killing of security personnel continued in the same manner, it could create a feeling of despondency in the forces. He offered heartfelt condolences to the grieving family members of the deceased and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. He appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and heads of the armed forces to plan a definite strategy for dealing with terrorism.
India should tell Pakistan to set own house in order: Haqqani FORMER ENVOY SAYS US AND INDIA MUST WORK TOGETHER TO IDENTIFY LINKS BETWEEN PAKISTANI ESTABLISHMENT AND JIHADIS
This is reflected in the daily killings going on unabated in Karachi while the Rangers’ Operation is ongoing. He demanded that the government either make clear its policy for fully implementing the APC mandate or call an APC to develop a new national consensus. The PTI chairman said this was the time to finally reject such conditionalities and the aid and extricate ourselves from the US so-called “war on terror”. The PTI chairman also criticised the fake cases against party activists in Punjab and Sindh and termed it political revenge. The PTI chief said the government should hand over the control of PESCO and distribution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, his party would lower the prices of electricity and curb power theft. He said that PTI would introduce an updated system to provide justice, employment, eradicate poverty besides improving law and order situation in the country.
asWJ leader gunned doWn MANDI BAHAUDDIN INP
A leader of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) was killed in a firing incident in the wee hours on Sunday. According to police sources, unidentified armed miscreants shot down ASWJ leader Hafiz Muhammed after barging into his house overnight. On hearing the news, a large number of activists of ASWJ gathered at his residence and demanded the police to arrest the murderers. The police lodged an FIR against the unknown miscreants and started a search operation.
paKisTan condemns Kabul aTTacK ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Kabul. Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam in a statement said reportedly, 21 civilians both foreigners and Afghans - have lost their lives, including a Pakistani working with the United Nations. “We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and offer best prayers for the speediest recovery of those injured,” she said. She also said, “We also reiterate our condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”
Sunanda’s death: Tarrar says she is a victim of conspiracy
after the Partition, and thus “did not need a raison d’etre” for his existence, Haqqani said schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot and critically injured by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan for advocating education for girls, was a role model for the country, and not Hafeez Saeed. He said the US and India must work together to nudge Pakistan towards a functional government as well as identify the links between its establishment and jihadis and exert pressure for these to be snapped to tackle the problem of terrorism. He contended that some causes for the dysfunction in the Pakistani polity stemmed out of its relations with the US and these had three consequences. “Pakistan became more belligerent in its relations with India, Pakistanis cherish their independence and did not like the idea of becoming a client state of the US, and thirdly, the country became too dependent on the US.”
NEW DELHI ONLINE
Peeved at being the focus of controversy surrounding Indian minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife, Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar claimed she had no role in his marital discord with Sunanda Pushkar and was a “victim of conspiracy”, Indian media reported on Sunday. Tarar, who changed her profile picture on Twitter to a burning candle following Pushkar’s death on Friday, said she met Tharoor twice — once in India in April and then in Dubai in June last year. “There were a lot of people present there,” the 45-year-old Lahore-based journalist said while speaking to a private TV channel on Sunday night. “When I wrote an article that mentioned him, his wife probably did not like that another woman whom she did not know praised
him so much. So she asked him to stop talking to me. Despite that, he (Tharoor) kept following me on Twitter. After this, she (Pushkar) had said to him to stop following me (Tarar) on Twitter,” she said. “I don’t know why she had a problem about me talking to her husband over phone or email. The discussion I had with him was something I could have talked about to anyone, anywhere in the world,” she said. “Have you googled? You will find that problems emerged in their marriage since May and June. I was not involved in their life. At that time, she didn’t know me nor was she blaming me for anything. Google their names and you will see what will appear. ‘Marriage is about to break’, ‘Trouble in paradise’,” Tarar, mother of a 13-yearold, told the TV channel about Tharoor and Pushkar. She said Pushkar first attacked
her after an interview she did with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. “She (Pushkar) tweeted asking why Abdullah spoke to a Pakistani journalist. ‘First Pakistan sends army and then sends journalist.’ She started fighting with me after,” Tarar said. The journalist claimed she was a “victim of conspiracy”. “Everything has happened to me. A Pakistani woman sitting here cannot spoil their marriage,” she said. Tarar said Pushkar was going through a lot of trouble in her personal life which did not relate to her. “She used to get upset when on Twitter. She had not been well for a long time. Some Indian minister also said she was seriously ill. Her husband and his office have said she had been on medication for the last three days,” she said.
Monday, 20 January, 2014
Four die as Indonesian plane crashes JAKARTA AGENCIES
A light aircraft crashed and burst into flames on a beach in eastern Indonesia on Sunday after being hit by lightning, killing all four people on board, an official and witness said. The Piper Seneca turboprop was flying from the eastern region of Papua to Tual city in the Maluku Islands when it was caught in a storm around midday. Witness Akib Hanubun told
BLASTS INJURES 30 ANTI-GOVT PROTESTORS IN THAILAND BANGKOK: Explosions wounded almost 30 people in central Bangkok on Sunday during a continuing “shutdown” protest aimed at ousting the Thai government, an emergency centre said. Twenty-eight people were taken to several hospitals across the city, according to the Erawan Emergency Centre. Protesters said the injuries were caused by two separate blasts at a rally. Anti-government protesters marched boldly through Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with one group entering a police compound, undeterred by Friday’s grenade explosion that wounded 35 demonstrators and killed one. The turmoil is the latest episode in an eightyear conflict pitting Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against poorer, mainly rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, the self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. AGENCIES
AFP the aircraft was pounded by fierce winds and rain before being hit by lightning and crashing near a village. “The plane’s left wing broke after it was struck by lightning,” the 47-year-old told AFP. “Then the plane appeared to tilt to one side before crashing to the ground loudly and bursting into flames.” He added that rescuers pulled out “four completely charred bodies from the wreckage. It was the most frightening
Syria crisis: US praises opposition move to attend peace talks WASHINGTON ONLINE
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said he has no plan of quitting, and the question is not up for discussion at next week’s peace talks. “If we wanted to surrender we would have surrendered from the start,” Assad told Russian MPs in Damascus, according to a Russian news agency. The government, opposition groups and Western diplomats will be participating in peace talks due next week in Switzerland next week. The main exiled opposition body Syrian National Council announced on Saturday that it would attend the talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed a decision by Syria’s main political opposition group to attend next week’s peace talks in Switzerland.
Ukraine protesters gear up for rally amid protest curbs KIEV AGENCIES
Pro-EU Ukrainian activists on Sunday prepared to take to the streets of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to defy controversial new curbs on rallies condemned by the West. President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a legislation that prohibits nearly all forms of protests in a move the opposition called a power grab and the West said was antidemocratic. The curbs are ex-
sight”. Transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan confirmed that all four people on board the aircraft were killed instantly. “They were the pilot, two engineers and a ground handler,” he said, adding he had no further details about the crash at this stage. The Piper Seneca is produced by US-based Piper Aircraft. The jet that crashed was operated by Intan Angkasa Air Service, according to Ervan.
pected to breathe new life into the protest movement against the 63-year-old leader who late last year ditched a key pact with the EU under pressure from Russia, resulting in huge protests in the country. At the height of the protests last month, tens of thousands took to the streets demanding the president’s resignation and early polls. But the opposition has so far been unable to overthrow Yanukovych who faces election early next year.
Responding to the SNC’s Saturday decision in Istanbul, Turkey, Kerry said in a statement: “This is a courageous vote in the interests of all the Syrian people who have suffered so horribly under the brutality of the Assad regime and a civil war without end.” Of the SNC delegates who voted at a conference in Istanbul, 58 were in favour, 14 were against, while one declined to vote. It is less than half of the 120-member coalition, as the other members stayed away in disapproval of the project. The aim of the talks, to be held in Montreux, is to start the process of setting up a transitional government to end the war in Syria. The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people. An approximate two million people have taken off from the country and some 6.5 million have been internally displaced.
Spying must not hurt US-German ties: Obama US PRESIDENT INDICATES US WIRETAPPING MERKEL’S MOBILE PHONE HAD BEEN MISTAKE BERLIN ONLINE
United States President Barack Obama has said he will not let controversial surveillance by US intelligence services dent Washington’s ties with Germany. Speaking to Germany’s
ZDF TV on Saturday, he indicated that US wiretapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone had been a mistake and would not happen again. “I don’t need and don’t want to harm that (US-German) relationship by a surveillance mechanism that
somehow would impede the kind of communication and trust that we have.” “As long as I’m president of the United States, the chancellor of Germany will not have to worry about this,” he added. But Obama also stressed the US intelligence services would continue to be concerned with what world governments’ intentions were. “There is no point in having an intelligence service if you are restricted to the things that you can read in the New York Times or Der Spiegel,”
RUSSIAN OLYMPICS TO WELCOME ALL REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION: PUTIN
ISRAEL TARGETS GAZA MILITANT AFTER PALESTINIAN ROCKET ATTACKS
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that athletes and visitors irrespective of their sexual orientation will be welcomed by Russia at next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In a televised interview, Putin told foreign reporters, “People have different sexual orientations. We will welcome all athletes and all guests of the Olympics.” Putin also downplayed the planned no-show at the games of several key Western leaders, saying there was no need to mix sports with politics. “Political ambitions related to how many came and where, they are absolutely inappropriate,” Putin told foreign reporters in a televised interview. “The Olympics is not a competition of politicians.” AGENCIES
Israel said it carried out an air strike on Sunday against a Gaza militant who it blamed for crossborder rocket attacks last week, and Palestinian medics said two people, including a 12-year-old, were wounded. The so-called “targeted attack” against a man the Israeli military identified as Ahmad Sa’ad, a senior Islamic Jihad operative, was a sign of growing Israeli impatience over a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip. The military said Sa’ad was personally responsible for the launching of five rockets at the Israeli southern city of Ashkelon on Thursday that were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Palestinian medics said Israeli aircraft attacked a motorbike in the northern Gaza Strip, and that a 24-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were wounded. They did not identify the two, but the Israeli military
said Sa’ad was hit in the strike. An Israeli military official said on Thursday that Gaza’s ruling Hamas Islamist movement should intervene to stop rocket attacks, which he blamed on smaller militant groups backed by Iran. After months of unusual quiet along the fence that separates southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, some 20 missile launches have been detected in the last month, the Israeli military said. In a statement on Sunday’s air strike, the military said it “targeted an integral component of the Gaza terrorist mechanism” and would not tolerate “aggression from the Hamas territory”. The military said Sa’ad was planning further rocket strikes soon against Israel. Earlier on Sunday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel, causing no casualties. Israel responded with air strikes on two sites in the territory. Hamas said two of its training camps were hit in the attacks, but no one was hurt.
Egypt’s Mursi to face trial on new charges FORMER PRESIDENT IS DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON JANUARY 28 CAIRO AGENCIES
Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi will face trial on charges of insulting the judiciary, a judicial source said on Sunday, a signal that Egyptian authorities have no intention of easing a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood. This is the fourth court case to face Mursi since he
was ousted by the army in July after mass protests against his one-year rule. Mursi and 25 others have been charged with insulting the judiciary, the source said. Egypt has been stepping up pressure on the Brotherhood, which it has labeled a terrorist organisation. It has arrested thousands of its leaders on accusations of violence. The Brotherhood, once Egypt’s best-organised politi-
cal and religious movement, which won five consecutive elections, denies any links to violence and accuses the army of staging a military coup. The former president is due to appear in court on January 28 over a mass jail break in 2011. He also faces charges in connection with the killing of protesters and collaborating with the Islamist Hamas group and with Hezbollah to carry out a terrorist conspir-
acy against Egypt. Egypt’s interim government is trying to push through a political plan that would lead to presidential and parliamentary elections this year, with army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen as a likely candidate. On Saturday, Egyptians passed a new constitution by a majority of 98.1 percent in a referendum boycotted by the Brotherhood.
30,000 displaced by deadly ﬂoods in Indonesian capital JAKARTA AGENCIES
More than 30,000 Indonesians have fled their homes in the capital due to flooding that has left five dead, officials said Sunday, with people using rubber dinghies and wading through waist-deep water to reach safer ground. Many parts of Jakarta were under murky, brown water after days of torrential rain produced the city’s first significant floods of the months-long rainy season. Buildings in some parts of the sprawling capital, which has a population of more than 10 million and is regularly afflicted by floods, were half submerged, with roads impassable in many areas.
“Yesterday the water was knee deep in my house,” Yulian Candra, who lives in west Jakarta, told news website Detik. “There has also been a power cut for the past two days.” The number of those forced to leave their homes jumped from less than 5,000 on Saturday to more than 30,000 on Sunday after heavy rain deluged Jakarta overnight. People waded through the floods clutching their belongings. Others used boats to make their way to evacuation centres, which are mainly housed in mosques in the Muslim-majority country, but also in government buildings and tents erected on the roadside.
Some motorcyclists, cyclists and cars ventured out despite the weather, spraying up water as they drove along roads where the floods were not yet too high.
The flooding was widespread across Jakarta, with the highest number of displaced in the south and west of the city and floodwaters reaching up to three metres (10 feet) in
some places. Five people have so far been killed in the past week due to flooding, disaster agency official Tri Budiarto said, adding that those killed
had either died by drowning or being electrocuted. Flooding is a perennial problem in Jakarta, the political and economic heart of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, a fast-growing, poorly planned city. “Floods continue to inundate several areas in Jakarta,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “So far, 30,784 people have been displaced in Jakarta.” Nugroho said there were also flooding in districts surrounding Jakarta, and other parts of Java island. However he said the floods were yet to reach the same level as last year, which were the worst in five years and saw downtown commercial districts inundated.
he said. “The truth of the matter is that by definition the job of intelligence is to find out: Well, what are folks thinking? What are they doing?” After the row broke out last year, German Chancellor Merkel accused the US of an intolerable violation of trust. The interview was broadcasted a day after the president ordered restrictions on the use of bulk data collected by US intelligence agencies, adding that civil liberties must be respected.
HOLLANDE SMILES AT ANOTHER PRETTY FACE AS GIRLFRIEND LEAVES HOSPITAL PARIS: Randy president François Hollande beams at another pretty face yesterday – as his girlfriend left the hospital where she was treated for “the blues”. France’s leader, 59, is accused of cheating on long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler, 48, with actress Julie Gayet, 41. The gossip magazine Closer published what it said were images of President Francois Hollande making a nocturnal visit to actress Julie Gayet’s apartment in Paris. Valerie, taken ill after it appeared she had been betrayed, was no longer on a ward last night - the Sunday People understands Hollande is pictured smiling warmly at a woman as he shakes her hand in Vigeois, south-west France, where he was opening a police station. AGENCIES
IRAQI ARMY BEGINS OPERATION IN RAMADI BAGHDAD: The Iraqi army on Sunday launched a key operation on the crisishit city of Ramadi, which been controlled by antigovernment fighters for weeks, officials said. While talking to state television, military spokesman Muhammed al-Askari said the troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city. A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the operation had begun. AGENCIES
98 PERCENT BACK NEW EGYPTIAN CONSTITUTION CAIRO: 98.1 percent of people have supported a proposed new Egyptian constitution in a referendum, officials say. Of the 53 million eligible voters, 38.6 % voted according to the election committee said. According to a foreign news agency, Election Commission head Nabil Salib called the vote an “unrivalled success” with “unprecedented turnout”. The new constitution will be replacing the one introduced by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi before he was ousted. The banned Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi comes from, boycotted the referendum adding that it was a “farce”. NEWS DESK
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No pressure from IMF on privatisation policy: Umar MINISTER SAYS ENTIRE PROCESS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT WITH COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY KARACHI
TATE Minister for Privatisation Zubair Umar on Sunday said the government was not under the International Monetary Fund’s pressure to privatise state-run institutions rather privatisation was the central part of the economic reform agenda of the government. He was speaking as the chief guest at 4th Global CEO Excellence Awards2014 held at a hotel. States and Frontier Regions Minister Lt General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro,
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and Global Media Links CEO Musadiq Aziz were also present. Zubair said that deregulation and privatisation had been the two main pillars of economic agenda of the PML-N since Nawaz Sharif came into power first time in early 90s. He said the present policy of privatisation has nothing to do with the concerned employees of these state-owned institutions as the government was very much keen to protect legitimate interests of the workers of these public sector organisations. Zubair, who is also chairman of the Privatisation Commission, said the entire process of privatisation would be carried out with complete transparency and public accountability while the needed information regarding the process would be made available on the Internet. He said the government would surely require guidance and constructive criticism from the business community in order to further improve and make more transparent the process of privatization.
ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN IN PUNJAB, FATA FROM TODAY ISLAMABAD INP
The three-day anti-polio campaign will start in Punjab and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) from today (Monday). Under the polio vaccination drive, 17 million children under the age of five will be administered anti-polio drops, while in FATA, .07 million kids will be immunised against the crippling disease. FATA Anti Polio Campaign In-charge Dr Sarfraz said on Sunday that 2,000 teams of Health Department employees have been constituted. He said that the immunisation could not be executed in North and South Waziristan agencies due to security issues. Resultantly, about 0.2 million children will remain deprived of the anti-polio drops in the region, he added. Punjab Health Department Spokesman said that arrangement to administer polio drops to the kids at government hospitals and health centers have been finalised. He said that 80,000 employees of the health department and lady health workers will be deployed and mobile teams will provide door-todoor service. He said the department has taken concrete steps for the monitoring of the anti-polio teams. The health departments officials have appealed to the parents to ensure that their all kids under the age of five years be administered anti-polio drops to root out the crippling disease from the country.
ECP ANNOUNCES RE-POLLING IN NA-19, KP-81 ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced to reconduct the polling on one National Assembly (NA) and one Provincial Assembly seat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). As per the announcement, polling will be re-conducted on the polling stations of NA-19 Haripur and KP-81 Swat. In the constituency of NA-19, polling will be conducted on January 29, while in KP-81 elections will be held on January 28. In constituency NA-19 candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Dr Amir Zaman had won the elections on May 11. Candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Omer Ayub had challenged his victory in Election Tribunal (ET). Approving the appeal of PML (N) candidate, the ET has ordered to conduct the polling on seven polling stations of the constituency. ONLINE
He said the government in its existence of past six to seven months had been lacking to sufficiently deliver to the concerned public according to its economic agenda. He said that more time would be required by the government for complete turnaround of the national situation owing to highly unsatisfactory state of economy. He said the government had entered into several agreements with prospective international investors to invest mainly in industrial technology, oil, and energy sectors of the country. He said the government had been working hard to improve its credibility and transparency on the economic and business fronts. Baloch reiterated resolve of the government to restore peace in Karachi so that business community would be able to do their necessary activities without any fear. He said the government surely required support of the businessman community in order to rescue the country from the present state of economic mess. He said the government of PML-N was working on an agenda to turn the coun-
try once again hub of economic activities. Meanwhile, both the ministers conferred 46 awards on top managers and heads of leading public, private, and multinational companies. The award winners included leadership of 16 multinational companies. He particularly greeted Global Media Links and Better Pakistan Forum for regularly holding such ceremonies of appreciation awards in order to celebrate and reward excellence of performance in business and corporate sectors. The awards were organised jointly by Global Media Links and Better Pakistan Forum. Another important feature of the event was holding of Business Leadership Summit whose two separate sessions were presided over by Mandhro and Siddiqui. This summit was addressed by leaders of a number of eminent organizations of the country as panelists of the forum. They shed light on modern and innovative trends and skills demonstrated in corporate, business, and industrial sector leadership the world over.
Syed Ali Gilani donates his property to trust ISLAMABAD APP
Veteran Hurriyet leader and chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir, Syed Ali Gilani, has donated his entire immovable property to an autonomous and independent trust. The announcement to this effect was made by Syed Ali Gilani at a meeting of his party at his residence in Srinagar, Kashmir Media Service reported. The property includes the residence of the veteran leader at Hyderpora, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet head office building and Millat Publications. The trust comprises eight persons who have been authorised to
use this property only for the purpose of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet. ”It is unfortunate that our leadership was always exempted from accountability and nobody dared to identify their mistakes or ask about their way of functioning. However, I want my people and my party to stay transparent in our dealings with the society,” Syed Ali Gilani said in a statement issued after the meeting. The trust will utilise its assets for promotion of fundamentals and mission of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, he said, adding that it is no more a private or individual property. Nobody has any claims to anything in these properties, he said. “I pray to Allah for acceptance
of my efforts and absolve me of shortcoming and weaknesses and give me the strength to stand by the pledge till my last breath, the veteran leader said. He also said the Tehreek-e-Hurriyet is not a mere political organisation but a religious organisation too and had emerged as a symbol of resistance in the political scenario of Occupied Kashmir. He reiterated his appeal to the people to boycott the forthcoming farcical elections for the so-called Kashmir Assembly and Indian Parliament in the territory as India portrayed these elections as the consent of people and alternative to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
Shahzain Bugti’s convoy barred at Doli Checkpost QuettA AGENCIES
A convoy of the Bugti tribe led by Shahzain Bugti has been sent back to Kashmor from Doli Checkpost due to security concerns. According to sources, Bugti, who is leading the convoy of his tribe returning to its area, insists
that he will go to Dera Bugti at any cost while the provincial government has directed him to delay his return to the area due to security concerns. Two convoys, one from Quetta, led by Mir Chakar Khan Bugti, while another from Sukkur, led by Shahzain Bugti, of the tribe had merged in Kashmor and spent their
night in Dera Allahyar. The sources said that security forces stopped the convoy at Doli Checkpost in night and sent it back to Kashmor due to security concerns. While talking to reporters, Bugti said that they would definitely go their native town. Meanwhile, the provincial government has also directed the tribesmen postpone their return.
MISCREANTS BLAST GAS PIPELINE IN DERA BUGTI DERA BUGTI: Unidentified miscreants blasted a gas pipeline with explosive material on Sunday suspending supply to plant. Source said that militants had planted a bomb with 24-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti which exploded damaging a portion of supply line. Destruction of gas pipeline disrupted supply from well No 15 to plant. PPL administration soon after the incident started repair on the devastated pipeline. INP
FINANCE MINISTER DIRECTS IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF WWF FUNDS ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has taken notice of media reports regarding employees of Worker Welfare Board in the provinces not being paid salaries for last two months due to lack of funds. The finance minister has taken notice of the matter and directed the finance secretary to release funds to the provinces against Workers Welfare Funds immediately and ensure that they are transferred to the provinces by Monday, January 20, 2014. STAFF REPORT
HEARING OF PETITION CHALLENGING APPOINTMENT OF BAITUL MAAL MD TOMORROW ISLAMABAD: The petition by Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, challenging appointment of the Pakistan Baitul Maal (PBM) managing director, will be heard by Justice Riaz Ahmed on Monday. Rashid contended that the PBM was among the 100 organisations identified and included in the June 12 judgment of the Supreme Court in Khawaja Muhammad Asif case who had sought transparent appointments of public sector heads. “According to that judgment, the PBM head is to be appointed through a process initiated by the Federal Commission for Selection of Heads of Public Sector Organisations through a transparent process”, he added. APP
NA STANDING COMMITTEES STILL WITHOUT CHAIRMEN ISLAMABAD: Six months of new government have been passed but process of electing the chairmen for standing committees of National Assembly (NA) is still incomplete. Per details said, four chairmen of standing committees and three of parliamentary committees have not been elected yet which has spread severe concern amongst parliamentary circles. These committees hold significant importance for the accountability of parliamentary affairs and ministries, while NA is also incomplete without the establishment of standing committees. Sources said that the standing committees of ministries including interprovincial, finance, planning & development and privatization, cabinet secretariat for rules and regulations are without chairmen. Parliamentary committees for National Commission of Human Rights, Chief Election Commissioner and National Commission on Women Status are also deprived of chairmen. Sources said three parliamentary committees including National Commission of Human Rights, chief election commissioner and National Commission on Women Status are even working without members. ONLINE
PM chairs meeting on Metro Bus Project for twin cities ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday chaired a high level meeting to discuss Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project. In the meeting, Nawaz was briefed about the project. He was apprised that thousands of people would take benefit from this project. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other officials attended the meeting. Shahbaz Sharif told the premier that this project will link Rawalpindi and Islamabad and provide international standard transport facilities to people.
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ISLAMABAD: A board of Jashn-e-Eid Miladun Nabi and national flag displayed at the entrance of newly constructed shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam (RA). online
ANTI-POLIO DRIVE IN CAPITAL’S RURAL AREAS FROM TODAY ISLAMABAD inP
The district health department has completed all arrangements for three-day anti-polio campaign going to be held in rural areas of the federal capital from today. According to Health Department officials, 385 teams have been formed to administer anti-polio vaccine drops to 127,249 children. In the rural areas, 32 fixed points and 17 transit points have been established, while 67 areas in-charges have also been deputed for monitoring of the anti-polio teams.
METRO BUS SERVICE PROJECT: TURKISH EXPERTS DUE IN PINDI ON 26TH RAWALPINDI inP
SECURITY BEEFED UP ON NISAR’S DIRECTIVES ISLAMABAD inP
Following the Interior Ministry’s warning of possible terror attacks and Bannu blast security across the country including Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been beefed up. Intelligence reports said that Taliban can target important po-
litical, religious personalities, sensitive locations, importation public installations and in the wake of attack on security forces in Bannu which left 22 martyred, the Interior Ministry has directed the authorities of all the four provinces, GB and AJK to further enhance the security arrangements. Additional contingents of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel have
IHC all set to Hear 400 Cases
been deployed besides increase in patrolling. The Interior Ministry through special monitoring cell established in the ministry was monitoring the security situation across the country and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was constantly in contact with the monitoring cell. He was being informed time to time about the security situation.
ComputerIsatIon of land reCord In fInal stages
Punjab Youth Festival: RAC organises competitions in Gujar Khan ISLAMABAD inP
The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) Sunday organised tehsil-level competitions of songs and poetry in Gujar Khan. More than 74 candidates participated in male and female categories separately organized in Government Sarwar Shaheed Boys College and Government College for Women. RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed and Farhat Hafeez distributed
A delegation of Turkish experts will visit the garrison city on January 26 to review Metro Bus Service project in Rawalpindi. According to reports, the project plan and drawing will be finalized after taking the recommendations of the Turkish experts. The provincial government has decided to start work on the project during next month. The project would be completed at the cost of Rs30 billion and luxury buses will be introduced on the route from Rawalpindi Saddar to Pak Secretariat Islamabad. The reports said that under the project plan, elevated track will be constructed from Saddar to Faizabad in Rawalpindi, while At-Grade Expressway will be built from Faizabad to Pak Secretariat in Islamabad.
prizes among position holders in girls colleges, while the resident director and Asif Satti distributed prizes among the winners in boys colleges. In female category of national songs and poetry competition, Kainaat, Aneela Abrar and Shahnila Gul got first, second and third position respectively and Anisha Iftikhar, Rubab Rashid and Rafia Nisar were also among the winners. Similarly, in male category, Moazzam Ali, Ans Mehmood and Haseeb Ullah Khan secured first, second and
third position respectively and Muneeb Tahir, Usman Butt and Mehmood Munir were also among the winners. Speaking about the benefits of Punjab Youth Festival, Waqar said that unique talent emerged through this festival. He said this is the vision of Chief Minister Punjab to provide opportunities to the youth so that they show their talent. Farhat Hafeez said that Punjab Youth Festival will become a great source to turn the youth towards positive activities.
RAWALPINDI: District Administration has announced that computerisation of land record in district is at its final stage and seven Aarazi Centers set up seven tehsils of Rawalpindi will be operational in a month. On Sunday, Rawalpindi District Service Centre In-charge Shahzad Ahmed made this announcement after the comedy drama ‘Ghat ge pande’ (process made easy) staged at Chungi 22 and Commercial Market by the Project Management unit of the Board of Revenue. He said the modern system is secure and simple, and nobody can tamper with the record, while Punjab government is all set to replace the centuries old complex and cruel ‘Patwari system’ with the modern computerized land record system for the benefit of the general public. In drama typical rural characters in the drama expose complexities and cruelties of the old Patwari system and exploitation of this system by influential landlords. The second part of the drama is informative in which modern and simple methods of land transfer and issuance of the fard has been explained in humors dialogues by innocent rural characters. online
POLICE DIRECTED TO ENHANCE PATROLLING IN MURREE ISLAMABAD online
Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi has constituted four single and two divisional benches for the hearing of 400 cases during this week starting on (today) Monday. Four single benches have been comprised on CJ Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan, Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi and Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui. In divisional benches, one bench will be comprised on CJ Anwar Khan Kasi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, while other on Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan and Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi. In High Court along with other cases, hearing of case against an anchorperson of a private TV channel regarding Independent Corporation will also take place. It is expected that barrister Aitzaz Ahsan will appear before the court in this case on behalf of his client.
RAWALPINDI: On alarming increase in theft and robberies, Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ishfaq Sarwar has directed the police to enhance security and patrolling in
Murree and Kotli Sattian. The provincial minister ordered to establish new police stations and check posts in the areas, besides increasing the number of personnel. He issued the directives dur-
ing a meeting in the commissioner office to review law and order situation. Ishfaq Sarwar said that Murree is the most famous tourist place in the country, therefore concrete steps be taken
for the security of the tourists and local residents and detail plan be prepared in this regard. He also directed to preserve the historical building of Murree Police Station, which was con-
structed in 1882. According to reports, establishment of a new police station at Gulehra Gali near Murree is under consideration to curb anti-social activities in the area. inP
Respect of road users top priority of ITP ISLAMABAD STAFF RePoRT
Assistant Inspector General of Police (Operations) Sultan Azam Temuir has directed traffic policemen to demonstrate decent attitude with road users and ensure equal application of law without discrimination to any
citizen. He made these directions while briefing the Zone InCharges of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) and other field staff. SSP (Traffic) Malik Matloob and other senior police officials were also present on the occasion. AIG (Operations) said that community policing is key to attain the desired objectives set by
ITP and urged all the policemen to have a decent attitude with road users for obtaining their support in maintaining exemplary traffic system in the city. He said that equal application of law should be ensured and road users should be acquainted with traffic laws through education and awareness campaign. He said that
Minister for Interior Nisar has directed to ensure smooth traffic flow and lane discipline the city. Following his directions, he said equal implementation of law will be ensured and disciplinary traffic system to be ensured in the city. He directed the policemen to take strict action against those public transporters involved in route vio-
lation. SSP (Traffic) Malik Matloob also stressed for obtaining public support and expediting the awareness campaign for effective traffic system in the city. AIG (Operations) Sultan Azam Temuri said performance of police officials would be reviewed on continuous basis and those performing well would be awarded.
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Murree: A boy enjoys green tea at a local market. online
ISLAMABAD POLICE JOIN SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CLOSE LIAISON WITH PUBLIC ISLAMABAD online
Islamabad police Sunday decided to use social media as communication tool for disseminating information to the public and getting recommendations from them to improve policing affairs. The decision to this effect was made in a meeting of Inspector Islamabad General of Police Sikandar Hayat with the members of Central Coordination Committee including Islamabad High Court Bar Counsel President Haroonur-Rasheed, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Shaban Khalid, Social Activist Samar Minnallah, Asad Ansari and Dr Pervaiz Ahsan. The participants agreed that social media has become an important tool for policing and it was decided to open new accounts of Islamabad police on social media. It was decided that Islamabad police would open its own Twitter account and Facebook page to be created to brief civil society about important incidents. For better image of police in young generation, it was decided that schools’ children would be invited at police stations to give them soft image of Islamabad Capital Territory Police. Policepeople friendly atmosphere was focused in the meeting and it was decided to highlight important cases through involvement of civil society. It was agreed to improve policing affairs especially ensuring friendly atmosphere for complainants and ensure end of typical ‘thana culture’ from police stations in Islamabad. Close liaison with media was stressed and it was agreed to ensure media cooperation in highlighting important issues.
AWP VOWS TO TRANSFORM COUNTRY’S POLITICAL STRUCTURE RAWALPINDI online
WAMI Workers Party (AWP) has vowed to transform the structures of political, economic and social power in Pakistan to grant genuine freedom to the long-suffering working classes, oppressed nationalities and women of the country. This was expressed on Sunday by political workers, trade unionists, students, residents of slum areas and ordinary citizens gathered at the Rawalpindi Press Club for the joint Rawalpindi-Islamabad conference of the party. During conference new office bearers were elected for the coming year and
party leaders delivered hardhitting speeches setting the tone for the AWP’s future struggle. Speaking on the occasion, the local AWP chapter’s newly elected president, Nazish Zahoor and secretary general Shehak Sattar said that a new generation of leftist political activists was emerging to replace the old cadre. AWP Punjab General Secretary Aasim Sajjad, said that the Pakistani state remains more committed to the interests of foreign powers such as the US, Saudi Arabia and China rather than the welfare of the Pakistani people. AWP central president Abid Hasan Minto said that leftists have been struggling
for genuine change in Pakistan since the creation of the country but have always been victimized by the establishment. He said that feudals fear the left because it demands an overhaul of land tenure relations in the countryside, capitalists fear the left because it struggles for the freedom of the working class, the military establishment fears the left because it calls for democracy and the supremacy of civilian institutions. The conference concluded with a cultural program featuring a stage play prepared by activists of the National Students Federation and a musical performance by newly elected AWP Information Secretary Ammar Rashid.
MEHFIL-E-MILAD HELD AT ROOTS MILLENNIUM SCHOOLS ISLAMABAD PReSS ReleASe
Millennials celebrated the birth anniversary of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) by organizing ‘Mehfil-e-Milad’ in all Roots Millennium Schools nationwide campuses. True stories from the life of our Prophet (SAW) were told to the students that gave them a moral lesson. Ten favorite foods of our Prophet (SAW) were shown to the children to create awareness in the little ones to use fruits and healthy drinks like milk, water and honey. The ‘Mehfil-e-Milad’ began with the recitation from the Holy Quran
followed by ‘Hamd’. Young students recited ‘Naats’ and took turns to narrate a wide range from the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Students expressed their immense love and deep affection for our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and renewed their pledge to truly follow ‘Seeratun-Nabi’ and spread the message of peace, tolerance, harmony and affection. ‘Durood-o-Salams’ were offered to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after each ‘Naat’. Everyone felt spiritually elevated and bonded together as they listened to the holy recitals. To achieve the overall effect of serenity and tranquility, the backdrop of the stage was fabulously decorated with
deep blue and white fresh flowers and sheer fabric, while the participants were beautifully clad in white and turquoise dresses. The ‘Mehfil-e-
Milad’ ended with an overwhelming and heart-rending ‘Dua’ for the prosperity of the country and for the unity of the Muslim Ummah.
HEC CHIEF APPOINTMENT: EFFORTS TO DEFAME CANDIDATES DISCLOSED ISLAMABAD: It has been disclosed that social, electronic and print media would be utilised to defame well-reputed internationally recognised personalities to create fuss over appointment of Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman. According to sources, services rendered by these personalities and their careers would also be defamed to effect appointment of chairman HEC and to benefit favorites. Moreover, Sources added that this campaign is being backed by an important HEC personality who has established a formal team for this purpose. Social circles and expected candidates appealed the chief ‘Search Committee’ and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take immediate notice of the situation so that all candidates should get equal chances for the transparent appointment of HEC chief. It is significant to mention that Islamabad High Court (IHC), on January 6, directed the federal government to appoint permanent/regular Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) till 12th February 2014 as prescribed under HEC Act in a transparent way. The single bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that office of chairman HEC is one of the important positions. Renowned educationist, Founder Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman filed a writ petition on 30th December 2013 in the IHC for the appointment of permanent and regular chairperson of HEC as per HEC Act without any further delay through a transparent and merit based mechanism. online
PARENTS PERTURBED OVER SUSPENSION OF FG SCHOOLS’BUS SERVICE ISLAMABAD: The Parents Association of School Students (PASS) has shown serious concern over the withdrawal of transport facility by the federal government educational institutions. The PASS reacted to the media reports that students of most of the educational institutions falling under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would not be able to avail their respective institutions’ bus service from the next month due to shortage of funds and urged the government to take steps to maintain the facility or restore the earlier policy of receiving fees as free education policy will cast the parents heavy. The parents association said previously the parents were paying Rs 500 per month as bus charges to the school management as transport fee but with the stoppage of bus service, they will have to pay at least Rs 3,000 for private pick and drop facility per student, which will put financial burden on the already economically pressed parents. Instead of regulating and improving insufficient transport facility the government is withdrawing the facility pushing the parents in state of uncertainty, which needs to be settled at the earliest, the PASS added. The PASS said the move to withdraw the transport facility will not only create hurdle in increasing enrolment of new students as per recent derive of the government but also hit already enrolled students. inP
Hazards of inaction
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Politics of vendetta The crux of Bangladesh problem
None should be allowed to challenge the state’s monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force
HE Bannu attack killing 22, mostly security personnel, is yet another instance of the barbarity of the TTP. The terrorist organisation’s spokesman has accepted responsibility for the dastardly attack. During the last seven months the government has done little other than indulging in empty talk about holding parleys with the Pakistani Taliban. The governments always has the option to choose an alternate course of action if the one being pursued fails to deliver. It is an indication of a government’s ineptness if it was to continue to follow a failed policy simply because it had not figured out an alternative. It is the height of incompetence if a ragtag network of terrorists were to play better cards than a government which controls powerful security agencies besides having the coercive machinery of the state at its disposal. While pursuing its policy of terror with a single mindedness of purpose, the TTP off and on drops a vague hint of the possibility of talks to confuse the government. After owning the killings in Bannu, the terrorist network has again declared that it might hold talks if the government displayed the required sincerity combined with an authority to conduct the talks. In other words the government has to shoot down the drones irrespective of the consequences, order the army to vacate the Tribal areas and release all the incarcerated terrorists before talks can begin. Then would come the next demand i.e., replacement of the constitution with TTP’s highly controversial Sharia. While the government has done little besides talking about parleys all these months, the TTP has escalated attacks on innocent citizens, children’s schools, volunteers administering polio vaccine and personnel of law enforcement agencies. During the last nineteen days of January there have been 42 attacks in KP alone claiming 46 lives. It has attacked two politicians, killing one, also a school boy who stood in the way of a suicide bomber sent to target a school. In Karachi the TTP attacked a DSNG, killing three workers of a news channel. It has threatened the media with more attacks in case it did not stop broadcasting news and projecting views not liked by the terrorist network. The government needs to urgently revise its policy of appeasement as it has harmed the country. It has to fight the terrorists on front foot. If the interior minister is unwilling to do the job due to ideological reasons, the government should look for a replacement. Once the US withdrawal begins from Afghanistan late this year it would become much more difficult to get rid of the TTP menace. The army leadership too has to realise the dangers of inaction. While securing the civilian population, it needs to move ahead to dismantle all the organisations acting as private armies. None should be allowed to challenge the state’s monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force.
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T was not a midnight knock. It was a blatant arrest in the broad daylight. Moudud Ahmed, former prime minister, was picked up by the police as soon as he stepped out of a hotel at Dhaka. His crime is that he is a top opposition leader belonging to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), headed by former Prime Minister Khalida Zia. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief of Awami League, hates both. The last time when Moudud was detained it was during the military rule of Gen Ershad. He too is at present detained and shares the same prison. He and his party, Jatiyo Sangshad, had refused to support the prime minister. No doubt, fortunes change. Rulers of today are the opponents of tomorrow. Yet what is seen in Bangladesh is the politics of vendetta. Khalida even had gone to the extent of eliminating Hasina when she was in the wilderness. Moudud and other detenus have dared to oppose the authoritarian rule of the prime minister. An autocratic ruler is bad enough. But it is worse when she or he does not want to give up power. This is the crux of Bangladesh problem. The opposition parties’ demand is to hold free and fair polls under a neutral authority. Instead, Hasina has held elections under her government,
having done away earlier with the constitutional provision to conduct the polls by a caretaker setup headed by the outgoing Chief Justice. The farce of elections, even before one vote was cast, returned as many as 154 members unopposed and 103 through the one sided polls a few days ago. Parliament in the country has strength of 300. Hasina’s victory makes little sense when the BNP and most of the parties boycotted the election and refuse to accept the new government. A survey by a daily newspaper shows that 77 per cent of people do not accept the verdict. The most disconcerting part is the unending violence. Dozens of people have died in boycotts and hartals. This is bound to affect the economy which has had a steady growth of six per cent for the last five years. There will be more unemployment, more poverty and more inflation. Neither Hasina nor Khalida are worried about the situation which is deteriorating day by day. The beneficiary is the Jamaate-Islami which, no doubt, is on the side of Khalida but targets own line to polarize the society and spread fundamentalism. Organised as the Jamaat is, it has contaminated the intelligentsia as well. Violence through its cadres is the Jamaat’s contribution. Unfortunately, India has openly come out on the side of Hasina. There is no doubt that she is secular and, like her father, Sheikh Mujibur-Rehman, founder of Bangladesh, she is staunchly pro-liberation. But her determination to retain power by hook or by crook has thrown all norms to the wind. New Delhi should have played a conciliatory role. Initially it did but it is now seen as partisan. The anti-India feeling is spreading and the Hindu population, nearly eight million is feeling the heat. If at all India had to show preference, it should support a person like Kamal Hussain, first foreign minister of Bangladesh and Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, to provide the third front. Khalida, otherwise pro-liberation, puts a question mark against her cre-
dentials when she voices protest against the hanging of Abdul Quadir Molla who had collaborated with Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh war. Those who committed the excesses on this count have to be punished by a regime which liberated the country, yet hanging a person beyond the age of 80 makes little sense. Pakistan cut a sorry figure when its National Assembly passes a unanimous resolution to hail Molla as a martyr. It indicates a biased mind. Instead of expressing remorse, the Pakistan establishment goes on behaving as if it is not sorry for all that it did. The country is pursuing a wrong policy on Bangladesh. The Pakistan nation proves again and again that it cannot come up to the expectations of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who advised Pakistan not to mix state with politics. Islamabad first trained Taliban to fight against Afghanistan and in Kashmir. Now those very Taliban are endangering the stability of Pakistan. Fundamentalism in Pakistan is increasing and even liberal voices are rare. When the lawyers shower flower petals on the accused for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer who wanted amendments to the blasphemy law, it shows the deepening of extremism in Pakistan. Taseer’s son, kidnapped two years ago, remains untraced and has been forgotten even by the media which is otherwise alive and kicking. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s efforts to make up with India and Afghanistan are a breath a fresh air. He has to reckon with the rightist forces, many in his own camp, on
one hand and the military on the other. Still he sent his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Nothing concrete seems to have come out of it, though. New Delhi is not willing to resume the composite dialogue, which is the only option to span the distance between the two countries. Nawaz Sharif would have accelerated the process of détente if he had pushed the punishment of the 26/11 perpetrators, the terrorists, who attacked Mumbai. Pakistan may underplay the retired Gen Pervez Musharraf ’s challenge that the army still ‘stands behind me’. But there has been no contradiction by the army chief or his publicity setup. This makes a mockery of the case of treason being heard by a law court. It means that the military continues to remain Pakistan’s third chamber. That the Pakistan army agreed to a solution of Kashmir, the main impediment, has come around is indeed a surprise. The army cannot afford to have an ex-general sentenced to death or life imprisonment. It seems that an honourable way like his bad health is sought to be found to send him out of the country. One plus point in the relationship between India and Pakistan is the acceptable agreement on Kashmir. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said in a press conference that the Kashmir problem had found a solution but ‘some other things’ came in the way before it was finalized. Why not renew the same solution?
‘Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to make up with India and Afghanistan are a breath a fresh air. He has to reckon with the rightist forces, many in his own camp, on one hand and the military on the other.’
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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Opposing privatisation Senator Raza Rabbani, is perhaps among few associated with PPP, who continue to enjoy some credibility. His recent outburst opposing proposed privatization of loss making state enterprises like Pakistan Steel Mills and PIAC would have made sense had he stood up, and prevented their plunder at hands of dubious men appointed to head these corporations. PSM and PIA are in their present state, not because of economic recession, or market forces, but a result of rape and abuse by political appointees of his party during their five year misrule. Why was he silent when Chairman PSM Moin appointed by PPP, allowed Riaz Laljee to plunder this state enterprise, putting at jeopardy jobs of thousands employed there. Where was Senator Rabbani, when cronies of Asif Zardari, men with very controversial backgrounds, with some of them having a history of financial irregularities, with likes of Obaid Jatoi, Ijaz Haroon, Nademm Yusafzai openly indulged in loot and systematic destruction of its routes, signing procurement contracts with a firm of ill-repute in Dubai, hiring in violation of merit surplus employees, including those with fake degrees, promoting incompetence to senior executive positions, resulting in escalation of losses to over Rs200 Billion, crippling into insolvency. It was under tenure of PPP that jobs were sold to highest bidders, simultaneously permanent regular employees were terminated just because of whims of MD. This was an airline whose fleet was deliberately reduced by criminals placed at helm, whose sole objective was to milk this cow, till it fell down. Rabbani Saheb you cannot “Run with Hares and Hunt with Hounds”. In any case there is nothing to worry about, because PML(N) appointed management following politics of reconciliation has started rehabilitating people like former MD Ijaz Haroon, facilitating rejoining airline after three years absence, during which he worked in foreign airline or looked after catering firm in Europe owned by him, which supplies PIA flights. Honest hardworking employees of PSM and PIA have nothing to worry in case man-
agement is handed to an independent management acquiring 26% shares, only crooks, most of them holding foreign nationalities will no longer be able to enjoy license to rob at will, lest they have blessings of PML(N). Rahat Siddiqi Karachi
Penny wise pound foolish policy If only Pakistan had continued to invest in state subsidized education as it was doing till 60s, this country could have avoided unregulated growth of madrassahs, few of them nurseries for brainwashing and recruiting innocent poor into joining ranks of terrorists with an agenda to destroy this country from within. There was a time when state invested in running government schools, colleges and universities of repute, which produced scientists like Professor Abdus Salam, or those involved in providing this country defensive nuclear deterrence and numerous doctors, engineers, sportsmen/ women, philosophers and economists of repute, who helped develop little infrastructure that we have today. These were schools and colleges like Central Model School Lahore, GC Lahore, DJ Science College Karachi etc, where talented students who could not afford to get educated in private schools and colleges got admitted on merit and went on to pay back to this country through knowledge acquired at state expense. Even missionary schools like St Anthony’s High School Lahore etc offered free quality education to members of their faith, while charging others an affordable fee like Rs25 per month till 70s. When state shied from its obligation and adopted “Penny wise Pound Foolish policy, by not offering subsidized quality education to abundance of talent, born in poor households, it deprived this country of valuable human resource. Nations like Japan, Germany etc, with hardly any natural resources have developed economically because of
their investment in human resources, research and development, simultaneously developing their technology for defense. Handing over education to private sector has deprived this country of its valuable human assets. It is the work of few scientists which today provide most effective defense deterrence in form of nuclear option, and not our conventional capability etc. Similarly if only we had invested 3% to 4% of our GDP on education, large majority of innocent poor forced to send their children to madrassahs located in proximity to their residence, they would have had option of providing education to their children in state subsidized schools and colleges. Instead we have lost over US$ 25 Billion because of menace of religious fanaticism that has destroyed our economy, our industry, security of citizens and this greed dominated corruption among paid servants of state. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
At what cost? Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was conferred with Honorary PhD Degree in Lahore the other day. All roads leading to the venue where Nawaz Sharif was to receive the degree were closed for public traffic as a part of protocol. A pregnant woman was on her way to hospital to give birth to her child. The rickshaw she was traveling in was stopped by Lahore traffic police resulting in the birth of a baby girl in the rickshaw. This has not happened for the first time in our country. Past records show that mothers have delivered babies in taxis, ambulances, rickshaws and on roadside due to road closures for VVIP's movement. Our politicians (read rulers) have so far not learnt any lessons from their past mistakes. I wonder how the girl will remember Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when she grows up? M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
WORLD VIEW 09
Monday, 20 January, 2014
Iran doesn’t need nukes to deter us WorlD PolitiCs revieW nikolas Gvosdev
After years of deadlocked negotiations and apparent inflexibility on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran to make substantive concessions on its development of nuclear technology, some of which might be used for weapons, Tehran has recently become much more accommodating. The framework agreement reached in November in Geneva, trading cessation of enrichment and dilution of existing stockpiles of enriched uranium for sanctions relief, will go into effect Jan. 20. Is this newfound willingness to negotiate simply a result of personnel changes, beginning with the election of Hassan Rouhani as president? Not entirely. After all, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and a significant portion of the Iranian political and clerical elite who had previously opposed making concessions now seem to quietly support the negotiating process—albeit with some attempts to spin the temporary agreement as a victory for Tehran. Shifts in the international environment suggest possible explanations for the apparent decision by Iran’s leaders to change tack. First, it is important to properly situate the nuclear program in Iranian politics. Mastering atomic technology is not an end in itself for Tehran but is directly tied to the larger objective of regime preservation. What appears to be occurring is a shift in the assessment of the utility of continuing to pursue nuclear objectives for meeting Iran’s security needs. In that regard, Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear technology and the perception among the U.S. and its allies of the government under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as unwilling to negotiate, recalcitrant and even potentially reckless helped to solidify and strengthen the sanctions regime against Iran. The European lifeline that helped Iran mitigate the impact of unilateral U.S. sanctions was increasingly cut back during Ahmadinejad’s time in office, while even Russia and China agreed to a series of binding U.N.-based restrictions. A renewed U.S. willingness to pursue punitive measures against other states continuing to trade with Iran also led a number of Iran’s Asian trading partners to cut back on their commerce with Tehran. The slow strangulation of economic sanctions has begun to bite—and a deteriorating domestic economy threatens the fundamental legitimacy of the regime. A willingness to talk and then to make concrete concessions, however, has opened up not only short-term sanctions relief but also put on the horizon potentially new lucrative contracts with Iran’s traditional Asian and European trading partners. In particular, getting sanctions lifted or significantly rolled back is the necessary precursor to bringing major new investment to a decrepit and deteriorating energy sector and ultimately to being able to trade more of that energy on global markets. Restoring Iran’s energy revenue streams could prove critical in future years both in shoring up the domestic bases of support for the regime but also in enabling the purchase of additional conventional defense equipment. In addition, there have been dramatic changes in the regional security environment. Ten years ago, the United States appeared to be entrenched in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Today, the military presence of the United States is receding; there was no extension of the status of forces agreement with Iraq to permit U.S. forces to stay beyond 2011, and the future of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan following the announced 2014 drawdown is now in doubt. Washington’s willingness to engage in further military actions in the region is also diminishing; setbacks in Libya eroded enthusiasm for undertaking a more difficult campaign in Syria, even after President Barack Obama’s “red line” concerning chemical weapons use was crossed. This is not to suggest that a U.S.-led military strike against Iran is completely off the table, but Tehran feels much less encircled than it did a decade ago. Israel’s difficulties in coping with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip also indicate it will not be so easy to quickly and cheaply dislodge the Islamic Republic. Ten years ago, the conventional wisdom was that only a credible nuclear program would deter U.S. military action. But the Syrian case suggests that strong conventional air defenses—along with war weariness in the United States—could also restrain Washington. Since weaponization is difficult and could still take years, compromising on the nuclear program to get sanctions rolled back or even lifted could be part of a strategy for Iran to gain access to more conventional weapons systems, particularly as countries like China develop more-robust antiaccess capabilities that hold the promise of being able to deter the United States from considering military interventions. Finally, there appears to be some horse trading between different Iranian factions. While Tehran has shown more willingness to talk about its nuclear program, it is plainly not interested in putting on the agenda its activities in the region, including its continued support for Syria and aid to substate proxies in Lebanon and Iraq. Iran’s current negotiating strategy on its nuclear program appears to be geared to delinking other issues from the talks, trading sanctions relief for verifiable steps on the nuclear issue alone. Indeed, while apparently blessing the talks in Geneva, the supreme leader several months ago suggested that Iran is “challenging the influence of America in the region and is extending its own influence.” Tehran has always sought to secure its regime from attack and to diminish U.S. influence in the region. For years, the nuclear program was seen as part and parcel of that strategy. Today, however, that calculus seems to have changed. Nikolas K. Gvosdev is the former editor of the National Interest and a frequent foreign policy commentator in both the print and broadcast media. He is currently on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College. The views expressed are his own and do not reflect those of the Navy or the U.S. government.
Why Bashar assad Is stayIng mosCoW times Todd Wood
S Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Paris in an attempt to hammer out peace terms for the Syrian conflict, one could be forgiven for wondering if Russia would ever allow Syrian President Bashar Assad to be removed from power after his alleged use of chemical weapons on his own citizens. To answer this question, one must look to history. In fact, it is fascinating that the West could even believe it possible that Russia would allow regime change in Damascus. All one has to do is study the Russian Empire's past to realize Moscow would never allow Assad to be overthrown. Russia has coveted access to the Mediterranean Sea for centuries, since Ivan the Terrible's reign. It was said that the third Holy Roman Empire based in Moscow was destined to conquer the Ottoman Muslim capital and restore Christian rule to the ancient city. Successive tsars openly desired the militarily strategic Bosphorus, or Turkish Straits, from Peter the Great to Tsar Nicholas in World War I. In fact, secret Russian historical documents have recently been released that suggest the desire to conquer Constantinople was the real cause for the start of WWI. Russian control would allow the Russian navy freedom from the landlocked Black Sea and the access to the Mediterranean beyond. Today, the Islamic state of Turkey controls the straits of the Bosphorus and unfortunately for Russia, is also a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; hence Russian support of the current Assad regime in Syria. The Syrian port of Tartus has been used by Russian forces since the Soviet Union gained access to the facility in 1971. The deep-water port can handle Russian nuclear submarines and is extremely important to the Kremlin militarily and commercially. Access to Tartus allows Russia to resupply its vessels in the Mediterranean and prevents them from having to return to Black Sea facilities. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia forgave most of Syria's debt, built up from weapons purchases over several decades, in order to maintain access to Tartus for the Russian navy. Currently Russia is expanding the facility for larger ships and other operational capabilities. Although Russian manufacturing is slowly
returning, Russia still mainly produces very reliable and capable weapon systems. Syria is a major client and an important source of revenue for Russian arms manufacturers. Although the area is changing as the U.S. abandons long-term allies in the region, Syria still remains the sole vehicle for Russian influence in the Mediterranean. President Vladimir Putin and his administration understand how to practice realpolitik and work the international chessboard in Russia's favor. All you have to do is look to Putin's deft handling of the Syrian chemical weapons issue to see evidence of this fact. While U.S. President Barack Obama was wringing his hands regarding military force in Syria due to the chemical weapons issue, Kerry casually mentioned that force would not be used if Syria destroyed its weapons of mass destruction. Putin seized on this opportunity to forever prevent the use of American military power against Russia's protectorate. It was a fine example of geopolitical savvy. Russia continues to protect Assad ahead of the peace talks scheduled in Geneva and has even suggested bringing Syria's other benefactor, Iran, into the negotiations. The U.S. has been outmaneuvered. Russia also has a historical problem of Islamic terrorism from its early days of fighting the Ottoman Empire, which carries through to its present Chechen problem and beyond. The recent bombings in Volgograd prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics are evidence of this festering problem. The rise of Sunni extremist forces in Iraq and throughout the Middle East keeps the Kremlin up at night. Islamic terrorist attacks upend the Kremlin's carefullycrafted image of a stable Russia. Moscow desperately does not want to see the forces of al-Qaida take over in Syria, cutting off their access to a warm water port and possibly threatening other Russian interests in the region. The bottom line is that historical ambitions, commercial interests and security concerns will prevent Russia from ever allowing the Assad regime to be removed from power. In fact, expect Russia to use the current conflict and negotiations for peace to cement Russian goals in the region and to further the influence of Putin's resurgent Russian Empire. While the West stumbles from a lack of leadership, Russia will take advantage and Assad will remain in power for the foreseeable future.
Has Turkey become Pakistan on the Med? Commentary Michael Rubin
Is Turkey a state sponsor of terrorism? Admittedly, that is a provocative question. Long ago, the White House and State Department corrupted the list of state sponsors of terrorism by allowing subjective diplomatic considerations rather than objective facts to determine who was on the list. The George W. Bush administration, for example, knocked North Korea off the list not because it had ceased supporting terrorism—according to the Congressional Research Service, it was in neck-deep with both the Tamil Tigers and Hezbollah—but rather because Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wanted to entice North Korea to a deal which might benefit Bush’s legacy. Likewise, both Bush and Obama have kept Pakistan off the state sponsor of terrorism list despite that country’s support for the Taliban and protection of senior terrorists up to and including Osama bin Laden. Recent events in Turkey certainly put Turkey in the same category as Pakistan. Indeed, increasingly, it seems that Turkey has become Pakistan on the Med. Early on Tuesday morning, anti-terrorism police raided six different locations around Turkey in order to disrupt al-Qaeda operations, including depots of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) at Kilis, near the Syrian border. The raids led to the detention of approximately 25 people, some of whom have faced trial for al-Qaeda support, and others who have been active recruiting volunteers to fight with alQaeda and the Nusra Front inside Syria. A normal government would celebrate the eradication of al-Qaeda support cells on its territory. Not so, Turkey: By the afternoon, the Turkish government had relieved the officers who had carried out the raids, putting them on mandatory leave. Likewise, when police stopped two buses in Gaziantep apparently headed toward Syria and found ammunition and anti-aircraft weaponry,
the result was not prosecution of those on the buses but retaliation against the police officers who had carried out the raid. There have been reports in the Western press about how police stopped a truck apparently carrying weapons destined for the Nusra Front and other radical factions in Syria. The back story is interesting: after a local prosecutor ordered a search, the governor of Adana ordered police to stop their search and explained that the prime minister wanted the police search warrant canceled and the shipment to go through to Syria. When the Turkish government is knowingly allowing its territory to be used to support alQaeda-linked factions in Syria and when, indeed, it seems to be directly supplying such factions with arms, money, and material, then it has become a sponsor of terrorism as directly as Iran is with regard to Hezbollah, and Pakistan should be considered with regard to the Taliban. As a side note, several years ago I testified in the first full House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing dedicated to Turkey’s changing foreign policy. During the course of the hearing, Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia democratic and cochair of the Congressional Turkey Caucus, took umbrage toward all the witnesses, and made it clear that he did not see criticism of Turkey’s foreign-policy direction to be legitimate. He was wrong, but he was not alone. How unfortunate it is that rather than use its influence to keep Turkey from going so far off the rails, the men and women of the Congressional Turkey Caucus used their position to obfuscate and defend Turkey, even at the expense of American national security. It is tragic that they could have prevented real damage but, for the sake of some cocktails at the Turkish ambassador’s residence and some junkets to Istanbul, they chose not to do so. It should never be too late, however, for those who truly care about Turkey to demand real accountability for its actions, before it moves further down the path of Pakistan and terror sponsorship.
Todd Wood is аn author of historical fiction thrillers. During his time working in finance, he focused on emerging markets.
AFGHANISTAN: RECONSTRUCTION HAS MANY UNCERTAINTIES PeoPle's Daily After more than a year of wrangling, the United States and Afghanistan recently reached an agreement on the final language of a bilateral security agreement. However, Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a new request to postpone the signing of the agreement. The U.S. responded by threatening to withdraw its troops completely and cut off aid to Afghanistan unless Karzai signed the agreement as soon as possible. On the one hand Karzai believes the U.S. will not abandon Afghanistan, in a bid to fight for more rights; on the other hand he needs to rid himself of his tainted reputation as a 'traitor'. The probability is that both sides will sign the agreement, but if the U.S. starts to implement full withdrawal from Afghanistan, there will be an intensification of unrest in the country. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5 2014. In the current situation, whether the elections will be held on schedule, whether they will lead to unrest, and who will emerge victor, are all still open to question. The results of the election need to be recognized by the majority of the people, otherwise they will spark a further outbreak of civil unrest. With the U.S. withdrawal, the Afghan national army and police will gradually assume independent responsibility for security; their capacity will be tested to the full. The Afghan Taliban's strength has reduced greatly, it is less likely to stage a comeback, but its ability to derail the reconstruction of the country should not be underestimated. To seek greater political space after the US withdrawal, peace talks with moderate Taliban members are the most realistic choice - Taliban hardliners are inclined to bide their time until the "security vacuum" after the US withdrawal. It will be no easy matter to achieve lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, since peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban have not even started.
Monday, 20 January, 2014
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CHAMBERS DECRY DISCRIMINATORY POWER TARIFF RAWALPINDI staff rEpOrt
HE chambers of commerce and industry of Faisalabad, Islamabad and Rawalpindi have unanimously called for a uniform rate of electricity across the country to provide a level playing field and to ensure that no unfair and undue advantage is provided to any specific area or industry. In a joint statement on Sunday, they said that the power tariff was raised up to 62-74 percent from August 1, 2013, for industrial, commercial and bulk consumers, however, it was unfortunate that this increase had not been implemented in KP giving it undue advantage at the cost of rest of the country. They further explained that the consumers of entire country had been paying their share of fuel price adjustment (FPA) for the past five years. However, some industrialists of KP, using the judicial system, got stay orders against power tariff increase as well as the levy of FPA in KP. This situation had put the industry of the rest of the country at a serious disadvantage, he added. They said this discrepancy was creating restlessness among the industry in the rest of the country as it was unable to cope with unfair reduced cost of production by the manufacturers in KP. Giving an example, they said on average the difference of the electricity cost on a steel industry could be up to Rs 140 million annually. Such a huge difference could not be accounted for nor justified under any circumstances, he added. They said due to such discriminatory rates
in the country, many industries in regions of higher tariff had already been forced to shut down, and they feared if this trend continued, the effects would be devastating. The region had already lost thousands of jobs due to closure of plants, and hundreds of thousands more were facing threat of losing jobs and becoming unemployed which may result in another serious economic challenge for the country. They said the Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed the concerned court to decide the matter by December 17, 2013, but the notification of the decision was being delayed, which was proving harmful for the industry of the rest of the country. They were of the opinion that “justice delayed is justice denied”. This difference in power rates had already resulted in losses to the tune of Rs 48 billion to the Peshawar Electric Supply Company, which was already suffering from the menace of huge line losses, they added. These billions would lead to increase in the already dire situation of the circular debt problem and in turn will result in increased load shedding. The entire point of the rate increase was to take away the subsidy from the electricity, which was causing a huge loss to the economy. However, maintaining discriminatory power rates in different areas was a complete contradiction to that policy, he added. They appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to look into this matter of national importance and issue orders for ending the discriminatory policy of giving unfair advantage in power tariff to a specific area at the cost of the rest of the country and for ensuring fair treatment to all areas by imposing a fair and uniform power tariff throughout the country.
Billions of dollars being smuggled via airports: SBP KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Yaseen Anwar has said that billions of dollars are being illegally transferred from country through airports. Talking to media on Sunday, he said the reason behind devaluation of rupee in the country was illegal smuggling of dollars from the country and the smugglers were fleeing the country from both land and air ways. He said 70 to 80 branches of the banks were operative in the border areas but illegal money changers established on the borders of Chaman and Torkhum were transferring the foreign exchange. The SBP governor stated that the central bank was taking action to prevent money laundering and an agreement would also be signed between the State Bank and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) soon. However, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had already been signed between both the parties. Under this MoU, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would take action against elements involved in money laundering on the identification of State Bank, he concluded. ONLINE
Pak-Malaysia FTA to be reviewed next month: envoy
Government to formally inform Iran on non-implementation of gas pipeline project
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Pakistan and Malaysia will review the current free trade agreement next month to boost the bilateral trade volume, which is currently in Malaysia’s favour, says Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Hasrul Sani Mujtabar. He said this review would not only help Pakistan but also Malaysia to secure much better market access in certain areas by addressing tariffs and non-tariff measures while strengthening technical cooperation in specific industries. “I think it is very timely because Pakistan and Malaysia are looking to secure more markets for their respective export products and deepen the investment relationship,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama. The free trade agreement between Pakistan and Malaysia was signed in Kuala Lumpur in November 2007 - the first bilateral agreement between two member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Malaysia in 2012 was valued at RM 6.5 billion. Commodity products imported by Pakistan include products based on palm oil valued at RM4 billion, rubber (RM76.9 million), cocoa (RM33.8 million) and pepper (RM2.42 million). Pakistan is the fifth largest importer of Malaysian palm oil and palm oil products. Pakistan’s major exports to Malaysia include fish, potatoes, onion, rice, maize, cotton yarn, woven fabrics of synthetic staple fibre, bed linen, electrical apparatus for line telephones and parts and accessories. Dr Hasrul Sani has proposed to the Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities for the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to have a presence in Islamabad in order to communicate effectively with relevant agencies on palm oil trade and technical cooperation. “I hope economic ties between Pakistan and Malaysia will continue to prosper in the coming years for the benefit of Pakistanis and Malaysians,” he said. Meanwhile, the ambassador said his office in Islamabad would work closely with Tourism Malaysia to organise promotional campaigns for ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014’ by bringing in cultural groups to major cities including Lahore and Rawalpindi. Tourism Malaysia should be more proactive to promote tourism here amid increasing interest from Pakistanis, he said, adding that more than 70,000 Pakistanis visited Malaysia last year.
ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has decided to formally inform Iran that in the wake of threats of American sanctions, Pak-Iran gas pipeline project could not be proceeded further. Media reports said, a Pakistani delegation will visit Iran at the end of this month and will tell the Iranian authorities that this project is not implementable because it comes under American sanctions. Foreign office has also given the approval to deliver this message to Iran. Few days before it was noticed in the interministerial meeting in foreign office that Pakistan had remained unsuccessful in arranging funds for Pak-Iran gas pipeline project under the threat of US sanctions. ONLINE
‘90pc Afghan carpet weavers work in Pakistan’ KABUL: More than 90 percent of Afghan carpet weavers are active in Pakistan and their produced carpets are supplied to international markets under Pakistan’s name, officials at the Afghan Chambers of Commerce and Industries said. Considering the global popularity of Afghan carpets, the government must support the industry and provide opportunities for Afghans currently working in Pakistan, officials said. It comes as Afghanistan for the second time received the award for best carpets in the world at the Demotics International Exhibition, among 160 companies hailing from 60 countries. The natural colors, standard design and hand weaving are among the specialties of Afghan carpets. Officials of Tanveer Company talk about the specialties of the carpet, but representatives of the sector report existing problems in the sector. “This is a great achievement for Afghanistan, especially in the carpet weaving sector, because this is the second time that Afghanistan and its carpets receive the first prize among 160 families,” said Muhammad Daud Jabarkhail, Chairman of Tanveer Company. “We have our own problems in the sector, because currently, the carpet industry is facing many challenges and problems. The government must provide investment opportunities that are in Pakistan,” said Muhammad Qurban Haqjo, Chairman of the Board of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce. Annually, Pakistan exports 100 cubic meters of carpet in the market under the label of Afghanistan, according to carpet weavers. INp
FIXED LINE, WIRELESS SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY SIGN ISLAMABAD app
Fixed line services which used to be an innovative communication means since time voice started travelling on wire, have started showing positive trend as its penetration during 2012-13 moved ahead which is a healthy sign for the sector. The Local Loop (LL) segment has performed well as the total tele-density of both Fixed Local Loop (FLL) and Wireless Local Loop (WLL) services combined reached 3.6 percent at the end of 2012-13 while WLL segment has grown considerably over the past year while FLL subscribers have also risen slightly. If we look at previous statistics, fixed line subscriptions were slightly more than cellular back in 2001, but now the gap between the fixed line and cellular subscriptions is big as cellular subscriptions are close to 96 pc penetration in Pakistan while fixed line stands at only 16.5 pc. The main reason behind this was tremendous uptake of cellular mobile services around the globe.
Although, the current level of LL penetration is low, the LDI segment has shown considerable improvement over the last few years. However, the FLL and WLL segments are still being ruled by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been watchful of the developments in segment and making all possible efforts to raise the penetration of Local Loop services. According to PTA data, the tele-density of fixed and wireless local loop services stood at 3.6 percent as at the end of 201213 as compared to 3.3 percent at the end of 2011-12. After five years of continuous decline, the penetration of LL sector has reversed which is a healthy sign. The year 2012-13 can be termed as the best performing year for LL sector in the recent past while WLL sector is the main contributor behind this achievement as the penetration of WLL services has also increased to 1.87 percent during the period as compared to 1.7 percent in the previous year. Though it was low but FLL penetration also rose slightly to reach 1.69 percent
during the period. The company has contributed a lot to increase the tele-density of both the FLL & WLL segment since the company also holds 95 percent share in the FLL segment and 40 percent of the WLL segment. The dominance of PTCL in local loop sector is still very much intact and it performed well in the local loop sector during 2013. PTCL’s total local loop subscriber base stood at around 4.3 million. The share of the incumbent in the local loop subscriber base has also reached 73 percent. The incumbent still holds more than 95 percent share in the FLL segment of the overall local loop sector. As per latest figures, the subscriber base of local loop sector has reached 6.4 million during 2012-13 as compared to 5.87
million as of June 2012. The overall subscriber base has increased by 8.7 percent with 512,392 net additions over the last fiscal year. Sector-wise analysis showed that FLL subscriber base increased by just 1 percent over the last fiscal year and stood at 3,024,288 as compared to 2,985,633 as of last fiscal year. However, WLL sector performed remarkably well as it added 473,737 new subscribers to reach 3,346,572 subscribers as of June 2013 with growth of 16 percent. This huge addition of subscribers by WLL sector has brought a new lifeline to the local loop sector and hopefully, the growth pattern will be sustained in the years to come. The main operators who contributed in the remarkable performance of WLL sector in 2012-13 are PTCL, Wateen, Wi-Tribe and Telecard. Telecard is the sec-
ond biggest operator after PTCL with 763,330 subscribers and 30 percent growth in 2012-13. WorldCall has 582,007 subscribers from both of its fixed and wireless services at the end of June, 2013. However, the Company showed negative growth during the period. Wateen’s subscriber base has been improving since the Company was revamped in 2011 and the company almost doubled its subscribers in 2012-13. Wateen’s subscriber base increased to 519,148 at the end of 2012-13 as compared to 294,056 as of previous year showing 76 percent growth in the period under review. In the FLL sector, National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) is the second largest operator with 119,862 subscribers as of June, 2013 as compared to 116, 260 (Jun 2012), showing 3 percent growth over the last fiscal year. The year 2014 has already set in. We know the telecom sector is facing challenges of different nature, the paramount importance should be on innovative customer approach and elimination of traditional barriers to sustain what we have achieved in a decade.
Monday, 20 January, 2014
You have to direct your attention outward today -- otherwise, things may get weird or difficult. Your energy is best spent helping others instead of focusing on your own personal needs.
Take in a show of some kind -- music, art, performance or whatever floats your boat. Your great personal energy is perfect for absorbing culture, and it's past time to get started!
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Life is a little overwhelming today, but not so bad that you need to stay in bed. You may get some difficult news or you may even be bombarded with too much good news. You can bop along with whatever it is, though.
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Monday, 20 January, 2014
A WORLD WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS? THE RISK IS REAL: EXPERTS
UMANS face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say. Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains could be rolled back by mutating microbes that make illnesses more difficult and expensive to cure and carry a higher risk of death. Some say the threat to wellbeing is on the scale of global warming or terrorism -yet resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means -improper use of antibiotics. "It is a major public health problem," Patrice Courvalin, who heads the Antibacterial Agents Unit of France's Pasteur Institute, told a foreign news agency. "It is about more than not being able to treat a disease. It will erase much progress made in the last 20-30 years." Without antibiotics to tackle opportunistic bacteria that pose a particular risk for people who are very ill, major surgery, organ transplants or cancer and leukaemia treatment may become impossible, he explained. Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say "In some parts of the world, already we have run out of antibiotics," said Timothy Walsh, a professor of medical microbiology at Cardiff University. "In places in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, possibly Russia, Southeast Asia, central South America, we are at the
end game. There's nothing left. And unfortunately there is nothing in the pipeline either." Resistance to drugs emerges through changes in the bacterium's genetic code -altering the target on its surface to which
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antibiotics would normally bind, making the germ impenetrable or allowing it to destroy or "spit out" the antibiotic. The wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU Wash Your hair? It seems simple, right? Take a shower and wash your hair daily. Wrong! Washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but you would be surprised how many curlies are doing it wrong. Washing your hair incorrectly can lead to scalp irritation, dandruff, lice and other scalp issues. Certain hair types and textures only require washing once a week, where others work well washing 2 - 3 times a week. Sebaceous glands are to blame for making your hair feel dirty. These glands are connected to an individual hair follicle. They are responsible for secreting sebum, the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. This is why our hair can feel or look dirty.
Scientists have found the first clear evidence of caffeine’s memory-boosting effect, and shown that it lasts for at least 24 hours. Volunteers took part in a double-blind trial in which they were either given a 200mg caffeine pill or a placebo five minutes after studying a series of images. Tests a day later proved that the memory of those who took caffeine had been enhanced at a deep level. The amount of caffeine used was roughly equivalent to a double shot of strong espresso coffee. US lead researcher Dr Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said: “We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitiveenhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans. “We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours.” More than 100 participants took part in the study, none of whom were regular users of caffeinated products. Before being given the caffeine or placebo, they were asked to identify a series of pictured objects as either outdoor or indoor items. The next day, both groups were tested on their ability to recognise the images they had been shown earlier. Some of the images were the same as the ones they had seen, some were new, and some similar but not identical. Although all the volunteers correctly identified “new” and “old” pictures, those who had taken the caffeine pill were better able to spot “similar” images. Participants not dosed with caffeine were more likely to be fooled into thinking the similar pictures were the ones viewed the previous day. Recognising the difference between two similar but not identical items reflects a deep level of memory retention, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience. “If we used a standard recognition memory task without these tricky similar items, we would have found no effect of caffeine,” said Dr Yassa. “However, using these items requires the brain to make a more difficult discrimination – what we call pattern separation, which seems to be the process that is enhanced by caffeine in our case.” COURTesY THe IndePendenT
to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Instead, the drugs will indiscriminately damage other bacteria and give the resistant strain a competitive advantage -allowing it to dominate and spread.
At the base of the problem are doctors prescribing antibiotics wrongly or unnecessarily, and the ease with which medicines can be obtained without a script in some parts of the world, including Asia and Africa. As much as 70 percent of antibiotics are given for viral infections, against which they are wholly ineffective, the experts say. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says drug resistance "threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era". "Many infectious diseases risk becoming untreatable or uncontrollable," it states in a factsheet on antimicrobial resistance. Another worry for health planners today is the spread of a multi-drug resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae -- a common cause of infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract and bloodstream, and a frequent source of hospital outbreaks. In some parts of the world, only the carbapenem antibiotics class remains effective, but now signs are emerging of resistance even to this last line of defence. Antibiotics are thought to have saved hundreds of millions of lives since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in 1928. But even Fleming's own warnings of impending drug resistance went unheeded, and now scientists say people may start dying from infections like meningitis and septicaemia that are eminently curable today. "If we keep going like this, the vast majority of human bacterial pathogens will be multi-resistant to antibiotics," said Courvalin. The answer? Prudent drug use -- better and faster diagnosis to determine whether an infection is viral or bacterial and whether it is even susceptible to treatment. news desk
Now, let's talk about how often you should cleanse for each hair type. Thick hair or TighT curls and kinks: Shampooing can be the last thing on your mind, since you only need to wash your hair about once a week (and sometimes less)! Your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty. Daily washing is a bad idea because your hair would be way too dry. You have the luxury of waiting a number of days until you feel like it needs washing again. To refresh in between washes, try a dry shampoo or conditioner. MediuM curls, kinks and waves: You can afford to shampoo every few days. If you skip a day, no need to worry because your curls will look great with a little refreshing! Curls look great and the texture will work well with a small amount of oil in your hair. Low shampoos or a shampoo bar is great for you. Fine curls and waves: You have a fine hair texture; by the evening your hair seems oily and you use styling products daily. Your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every day. Your wave or fine hair will sparkle with daily washed hair. It’s not your style to have oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean. To avoid drying out your locks, make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner! Think about how much this is going to cut down on your bathroom time! Although curlies may have one of the hair types listed above we don’t all have the same exact hair types, porosity, water qualities and hair care needs. Wash and condition your hair based on how greasy or dry your hair feels use the above as guidelines. news desk
MINTY FRESH JEANS LAUNCHED! "Scratch-and-sniff" jeans may not seem the most obvious clothing item but that has not stopped designers from creating some. The mint-scented jeans are currently being shipped to around 30 countries, including the UK. Mr Svarc has also designed jeans coated with Teflon to deflect stains. Previously he has experimented with denim that changes colour with heat, jeans blended with stainless steel, and glow-inthe-dark jeans. "We designed 'scratch-and-sniff' jeans because we love fun and unique things. If I can make my customers smile, then I'm doing my job correctly," he said. "We love innovations and will continue to make unique and crazy fabrics of all kinds," he added. The "scratch-and-sniff" effect is created by coating the denim with a layer of microcapsules. The coating is put on the denim and baked into the jeans. Each of the capsules contains perfume that is released when it is scratched. COURTesY BBC
Archaeologists might have found bone of England's King Alfred the Great A team of archaeologists said last week they believed they might have found part of the remains of ninth-century monarch King Alfred the Great, one of the best-known and most important figures from early English history. Tests have shown that a pelvic bone found in a museum box is likely to have been either that of Alfred - the only English king to have the moniker "Great" - or his son King Edward the Elder. The bone was found among remains dug up at a medieval abbey in Winchester, southwest England, the capital of Alfred's kingdom. The remains were initially discovered in an excavation some 15 years ago but were not tested at the time, and were stored in a box at Winchester Museum until archaeologists
came upon them after a failed bid to find Alfred elsewhere. "The bone is likely to be one of them, I wouldn't like to say which one," Kate Tucker, a researcher in human osteology from the University of Winchester told reporters. The discovery comes less than a year after British archaeologists discovered the missing body of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle in 1485, under a council parking lot in the central English city of Leicester. Indeed, it was the worldwide interest in Richard's discovery last February that fuelled the search for Alfred, who ruled the AngloSaxon kingdom of Wessex, an area which covered much of southern England, from 871 until his death in 899. news desk
Monday, 20 January, 2014
I don’t regret not working with Juhi Chawla in the past
ctress Madhuri Dixit says there is no such word called difficult in her dictionary and she likes to conquer problems. the Bollywood diva, who will be seen next in ‘Gulaab Gang’, has done her own stunts in the movie. ‘Gulaab Gang’ directed by newcomer soumik sen, is based on Gulabi gang, a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists dressed in pink saris, fighting against the social injustice and operating in Bundelkhand region of UP. When asked if doing dance or action was difficult, she says, “I had a training in taekwondo hence it became little easy for me to do action. We had no body doubles, we all did the stunts and action on our own. even while dancing one ends up getting injured… so its ok. there is no such word called difficult (mushkil) in my dictionary.. I like to conquer.” Madhuri hopes the film does good business at the box-office. Madhuri and Juhi chawla are coming together for the first time on screen in a film. the two did get an offer to share screen space earlier but Juhi had refused the film. “I am happy we worked together in this film. I don’t regret about not working in the past. I hope to work with her again. I don’t think one should compare us or talk about comparison as we are playing two different roles in the film. I am the hero, she is
the villian… these two characters would be nothing without each other. I think we have got the best energy for this film,” she said. “she plays a sweet villain in the film… It is scary in a way. It is a very different role for her and I liked watching her on screen. It was wonderful working with her,” Madhuri said. the 46-year-old actress feels women need to be educated. “We need to educate women… education is the key. they should be respected, there should be gender equality,” she said. ‘Gulab Gang’, directed by sen and produced by Anubhav sinha, is slated to release on March 7, a day before the International Women’s Day. News Desk
Alia Bhatt turns singer for A R Rahman, croons ‘Sooha Saha’ in ‘Highway’ One movie old actress Alia Bhatt has turned singer at an early stage of her career. The ‘Student Of The Year’ actress has sung a song called ‘Sooha Saha’ which is composed by none other than Oscar winner A R Rahman for the upcoming film ‘Highway’. Alia Bhatt has surprised everyone with her melodious and soothing voice. ‘Sooha Saha’ is slow, soft song and Alia has pulled it off very well with perfect voice modulations. Alia tweeted a video of the making of her song ‘Sooha Saha’ which has her in the recording studio being trained by music maestro A R Rahman. She also confessed that she was nervous singing for the first time ever in her life. ‘Highway’ directed by Imtiaz, is a road movie starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda who traverse through six states of north India in the course of the film. It has music by A R Rahman. Director Imtiaz Ali earlier said the music maestro has got the soul of the story beautifully through his
tunes. One song from the film called ‘Maahi Ve’ is already out. It is soft romantic number written by Irshad Kamil and sung by Rahman in his inimitable soulful way. Rahman had earlier worked for Imtiaz’s ‘Rockstar’. ‘Highway’ will be released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures on February 21. ‘Highway’ is slated to release worldwide on February 21, 2014. News Desk
Actor Salman Khan who has been in the news almost daily from hugging arch rival Shah Rukh Khan to shedding a tear on a reality show, did not leave any stone unturned and made it right back to the top of our newsstand. Salman Khan who was hosting an award ceremony recently and promoting his film ‘ Jai Ho’ alongside got a lot of attention when he taught former adult film star Sunny Leone how to drape a saree at the event. According to a report, Salman gave Sunny a few tips on how to drape the nine yard outfit on stage. Apart from his interaction with Sunny, Salman made headlines for hugging SRK once again after their much publicized hug at an Iftar party last year. Salman also seems to have exchanged a war of words with singer Mithoon at the same event. Going by the news from this awards night, we can’t seem to wait for the TV premiere. News Desk
Recently Mahira has been offered the Yash Raj Film that casts Ranveer Singh as the co-star. It would remain a rumor or reality, no one knows only time will reveal this fact. Mahira had been in India for last couple of weeks for many purposes and it is proclaimed the two will probably perform a film together. Mahira Khan in her 16, made her first appearance as a VJ. She was seen on the screen in the ARY Digital Drama Neeyat firstly. Then she did Shoaib Mansoor’s mega hit movie Bol In the year 2011 and received appreciation for her acting. Along her acting Mahira Khan from time to time also gave her appearance on ramp. Fawad Afzal Khan and Mahira emerged as the beautiful talented actor and actress after the Humsafar serial got popularity locally and internationally. Chitchat flare up after it was perceived that Fawad Khan, the dashing deva of Pakistani drama industry would cast against the young Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt- the disco girl, the daughter of the famous film producer Mahesh Bhatt. News Desk
I am happy to be dating Lady Gaga: Taylor Kinney Actor Taylor Kinney says he is happy to be in a relationship with pop star Lady Gaga. The 32-year-old `The Vampire Diaries` actor, who has been dating Gaga since August 2011, feels that even though they are poles apart, it does not affect their relationship much, reported Daily Mirror. “I`m reserved. She`s not. For whatever reason, it works. It works and that`s that,” Kinney said. “My mum wants me to get married, and have children. She`s met Gaga, we`ve been dating a while, we`re in a committed relationship and I`m really happy in my relationship. I`m a very lucky guy,” he added. The actor thinks he would make a good father. “I do want to give Mom grandchildren,. I think I`d be a good dad, it would be a pleasure. I`d love it - and I`m in my 30s now,” he said. “I want to have tons of kids, actually. I think at least three. I really want to have a family and I really want to nurture my children,” he added. News Desk
It is very easy to nullify a marriage by getting a divorce: Abhay Deol almost four years, feels love can blossom either way, whether one gets married or not. “I might say let’s get married because I am not rigid, I live moment to moment. These are my views and it is person to person, one should not get influenced with what I am saying,” he said. “The only thing that is common in all of us is humanity,” he said adding that he doesn’t believe in morals defined by society, but has principles which he has set for himself and follows them. With Preeti too being a part of showbiz, Abhay feels there are pros and cons of being in the same profession. “I think for two people of the same pro-
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“I am not anti-marriage. I see marriage as a cultural phenomenon and not as a natural phenomenon. I don’t think signing on a piece of paper will make me more committed than I already am. Whether I am married or not, if I am with you I am committed. That won’t change,” Abhay told. “It is very easy to nullify a marriage by getting a divorce. The only sense marriage makes is to share property, your children inherit the name and all that...it is all legal reasons to get married and no reason for love,” he said. Abhay, who is in a relationship with former Miss Great Britain Preeti Desai for
fession to date have their own set of difficulties and good part. The easy part is as actors you know how the schedule...working hours are, there is a lot of travelling, so the understanding is there. But there is disadvantage also, the same reasons like travelling, long odd working hours work against it (relation) as well,” he said. Abhay and Preeti will be seen together in an upcoming film ‘One By Two’. According to him, in his relationship, there is trust and respect for each other. “Everyone has to invest in a relation. Like any other couple we do fight and then patch up as well...that’s the beauty of a relation,” he added. News Desk
Monday, 20 January, 2014
AustrAliA stroll to series win SYDNeY
S Brad Haddin observed the day before this match, winning is a habit and so is losing. On the evidence of an SCG contest that ended with Australia wrapping up their second consecutive ODI series victory over England in the minimum three matches, the hosts' predilection for the former is matched by their visitors' weakness for the latter. Though less dramatic and perhaps less demoralising than James Faulkner's Gabba heist had been, this defeat underlined England's rut and Australia's peak as well as any of the seven previous matches on the tour. Alastair Cook's side won the toss on a pitch favouring the side batting first and made a swift start, yet found themselves fatally slowed as much by their own lack of conviction as Australia's neat bowling and high class fielding. Australia's chase was not quite perfect, as no batsman made a hundred and wickets were lost to loose strokes, but the belief surging through the team was demonstrated by the jaunty run rate pursued throughout, and best exemplified by the sight of David Warner swinging a six down the ground the over after Aaron Finch's dismissal playing a similarly full-blooded stroke. Warner perished when a century beckoned, butShaun Marsh, Michael Clarke and Haddin had little trouble galloping to victory. They did so with a gaping 10 overs to spare, and could look proudly upon the fact they had done so without having any of Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey or Clint McKay in their XI. The only moment of unease arrived in late afternoon when Eoin Morgan's lone English rearguard was terminated. His dismissal to a low return catch by Daniel Christian required a replay for confirmation after Morgan stood his ground, provoking an angry response from Clarke.
England's innings was otherwise characterised by a failure to convert starts into substantial scores, due in part to another exceptional fielding exhibition by Clarke's men. Glenn Maxwell took a sharp catch at point to end Cook's fluent 35, while Warner's run out of Ian Bell and Clarke's own catch to remove a becalmed Ben Stokes were truly outstanding. Xavier Doherty, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Maxwell all delivered useful spells, though it was more of a struggle for James Pattinson in his first international appearance since last year's Lord's Test. Straining for effect but lacking rhythm, his six overs cost 41. Australia's pursuit began with a lengthy delay while a sight screen issue was addressed, before Warner avoided being run out without facing a ball when Ravi Bopara's throw missed the stumps while the opener was still well short of his ground, having been called through for a
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swift single by Finch. This hiccup did not prevent the score from mounting quickly, as Warner in particular found ideal timing for the slowish pitch. Finch was no less proactive, but his tendency to drive balls at a catchable height was to cost him once more, Bopara claiming the chance at cover. Warner was not perturbed in the slightest by the wicket, crashing Tim Bresnan over long off for six the very next over, and proceeding on his merry way at a pace that quickly shrank the target. Marsh thus had time to get established, and their stand reaped a swift 78 before Warner shelled to cover while trying to repeat a boundary from the previous ball. Clarke kept the rate ticking at well above the requirement, gliding to a breezy 34 that was ended by perhaps the ball of the night - a Bopara inducker that perforated the captain's attempted drive. Haddin gained a promotion in the order
Appealing though another 5-0 sweep of England may sound, Australia's selectors and a few of their players are now turning their attention towards the lofty challenge to be posed in South Africa. On the eve of the announcement of the squad to face the world's No. 1 Test team it was revealed that none of Michael Clarke, his deputy Brad Haddin, nor opener David Warner would fly to Perth for the penultimate ODI. The Sydney-based trio will thus join Shane Watson in resting up ahead of the final match of the series in Adelaide on Australia Day, having accomplished the goal of besting England in the limitedovers matches in the quickest time possible. As was the case during the Tests, when rapid wins bought valuable rest time for the fast bowlers, Australia's victories have allowed for extra recuperative days ahead of South Africa. "I'm going to think about spending three days with my beautiful wife and not think about cricket at all," Clarke said when asked if he was now thinking about Graeme Smith's team. "And then I'll come back in Adelaide, meet the boys there and look forward to hopefully winning and having a 5-0 result. "But we've got plenty of time to worry about South Africa. After this one-day series we've got a four-day practice game over there and some time to make sure we're looking at the opposition. Right now our opposition's England, we want to win 5-0 here. "We have a goal to become a better one-day team and get back to being No. 1 in the world, and we're not there. We know we can certainly improve in all facets, I know throughout this series we've seen improvement which is a really positive sign for this team, and I think we've shown even with giving guys a rest, especially the Test boys, we've still been able to have success. "And I'm really confident in George, he's showed a lot of positive signs in regard to his leadership in the T20 format and certainly in the one day format, and I know he can take the guys to Perth and have success there."
through the injury-enforced absence of Bailey, and delighted the healthy and hearty crowd of 37,823 by closing in on the target with a series of brazen blows. Marsh, building confidence with every run, applied the final touch with a pleasant flick over midwicket. Cook had played with hitherto unseen freedom, even striking his first six of the tour, but his dismissal with the total at 50 in the ninth over allowed Clarke to exert greater pressure and limit the flow of runs. The over before his dismissal Cook had been given lbw, playing across a skidder from Doherty, who had been introduced early by Clarke. But his review showed the ball to be skimming over the top of the stumps.
Adil's best sets up Habib Bank win Seamer Ehsan Adil finished with 6 for 16 - his best figures in List A matches - to set up a six-wicket win for Habib Bank Limited against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in Lahore Sport DeSk
england inningS 35 an cook* c Maxwell b coulter-nile 29 ir bell run out (Warner) 15 ba Stokes c clarke b doherty gS balance c christian b coulter-nile 26 eJg Morgan c & b christian 54 21 rS bopara c †Haddin b Faulkner 4 Jc buttler† b christian 41 TT bresnan not out ScJ broad c †Haddin b coulter-nile 1 cJ Jordan c Finch b Faulkner 10 2 Jc Tredwell not out 5 extras: (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) Total: (9 wickets; 50 overs) 243 Fall of wickets 1-50 (cook, 8.4 ov), 2-70 (bell, 14.1 ov), 3-91 (Stokes, 22.4 ov), 4-121 (ballance, 28.3 ov),5-177 (bopara, 39.6 ov), 6-186 (Morgan, 41.3 ov), 7-195 (buttler, 43.2 ov), 8-198 (broad, 44.2 ov), 9-225 (Jordan, 48.4 ov) bowling: JP Faulkner 6-0-35-2, Jl Pattinson 6-0-41-0, nM coulter nile 10-0-47-3, XJ doherty 10-2-28-1, gJ Maxwell 90-38-0, dT christian 9-0-52-2 auSTralia inningS (TargeT: 244 runS FroM 50 overS) 22 aJ Finch c bopara b Jordan 71 da Warner c bell b Stokes 71 Se Marsh not out 34 MJ clarke*b bopara bJ Haddin† not out 35 extras: (b 2, lb 4, w 5) 11 244 Total: (3 wickets; 40 overs) did noT baT gJ Maxwell, dT christian, Jl Pattinson, JP Faulkner, nM coulter-nile, XJ doherty Fall oF WickeTS 1-43 (Finch, 6.6 ov), 2-121 (Warner, 20.2 ov), 3-172 (clarke, 28.4 ov) boWling: cJ Jordan 9-0-56-1, ScJ broad 8-0-61-0, TT bresnan 6-0-42-0, Jc Tredwell 9-0-42-0, rS bopara 5-0-14-1, ba Stokes 3-0-23-1
ZTBL, choosing to bat, lost wickets right from the start and barring a 57 from Yasir Hameed and 44 from Zohaib Khan, no other batsman could come up with a significant score. Eight of their players failed to reach double digits, as Adil ran through the line up to bundle the team out for 153 in 39.1 overs. Shahid Afridi, who had withdrawn from Pakistan's ongoing series against Sri Lanka, chipped in with three wickets for HBL. Afridi fell for a duck with the bat, but by then, HBL had all but secured the win, thanks to Bilal Shafayat's 40-ball 42, and Aftab Alam's 46 not out which included nine fours. Zohaib and Imran Khan shared four wickets for ZTBL, but HBL eventually completed the chase inside 22 overs. Water and Power Development Authority surprised Khan Research Laboratories in Faisalabad, inflicting a seven-wicket loss to the table-toppers. It was Faisalabad's only second loss in ten matches,
but they still maintain a two-point lead over second-placed National Bank. KRL, put into bat, struggled to put partnerships together - a 46-run stand for the sixth wicket being the best - and were bowled out for 157 in 44 overs. For WAPDA, Mohammad Fayaz was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-0-16-3. In response, WAPDA made a solid start, reaching 50 for the loss of one wicket. They lost two more by the time they progressed to 75, but unlike KRL's innings, they found two batsmen who stuck around in the middle. Mohammad Ayub, the WAPDA captain, hit an unbeaten 67 - off 102 balls - and along with wicketkeeper Kaleem Ahmed, added an unbeaten 86 runs for the fourth wicket that helped them overhaul the target in the 39th over. Left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti's third five-wicket haul in List A cricket helped United Bank Limited to a comprehensive seven-wicket win against State Bank of Pakistan in Karachi.
COOK MAY QUIT ONE-DAY CAPTAINCY Sport DeSk Alastair Cook has hinted that he will consider his future as England's one-day captain after the series in Australia and, for the first time, appeared to be wavering over his role in the Test side as well. Cook was powerless to stop Australia cantering to a 3-0 series lead in Sydney - their eighth consecutive loss of the tour - less than 48 hours after watching them snatch an incredible last-over finish in Brisbane, when England appeared to have finally secured an international win since leaving home. "I'm going to have a decision on that stuff after the next two games. We will sit down and talk about a lot of things. I think there will be some changes, English cricket needs a little bit of a change," he said. "The last two months we haven't played the cricket we are capable of and we have to look at the reasons why." On the eve of the one-day series, in Melbourne, Cook had struck a more upbeat note, having been given reassurances about his captaincy from Paul Downton, the new managing director of England, but when asked again about his leadership of both formats he seemed less sure.
"I don't really want to get dragged into my position," he said. "I don't know what I'll feel like when I get home. It's been two weeks since someone has asked me that question and a lot has happened. We have kept losing and I haven't been able to turn it around." Although this tour has been hugely difficult for Cook, both from a captaincy and batting point of view, this was the first one-day series he had led in since England reached the final of the Champions Trophy, where they lost to India, in June. Cook has been one-day captain since 2011, when he took over from Andrew Strauss a year before being elevated to the Test job. In that time has secured home series wins against Sri Lanka, India, West Indies and Australia and away successes in Pakistan and New Zealand. The prospect of a 100 sweep on this tour remains across the formats that Cook captains, which are then followed by three Twenty20 matches where Stuart Broad will lead. Cook said he still had the drive to see out the last two matches in Perth and Adelaide, however. "I've got a job to do, to try and turn it around and win one of these games. That's the task in hand. I'm competitive, I want to leave everything out on the pitch."
PAKISTAN BREEZE TO SIX-WICKET WIN Pakistan 65 for 4 (Abidi 28*, Tryon 2-8) beat South Africa 64 for 8 (Dar 2-3, Yousuf 2-17) by six wickets
Pakistan's bowlers, led by a stifling spell from Nida Dar, inflicted a heavy six-wicket defeat on South Africa in the first match of the PCB Qatar Women's T20 series in Doha, two days after they had been routed by the same team in the final of the ODI series. Pakistan chose to bowl and picked up the wicket of Trisha Chetty in the first over before removing the other opener, Lizelle Lee, in the fourth. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp prevented the fall of wickets for another five overs, but their run rate took a hit as only two boundaries were hit in that period. The situation, though, worsened once Sana Mir removed Kapp. From 34 for 2, South Africa slipped to 39 for 6, with Sadia Yousuf striking twice. Dar bowled her first three overs for just three runs, but picked up two wickets in her fourth over - a wicket maiden - to further dent South Africa and they could only manage 64 in their 20 overs. Pakistan were two down for 26 in the seventh over, but Qanita Jalil and Nain Abidi pushed them to within five runs of the target with a 34-run stand. Even though both were dismissed within five balls of each other, Pakistan were comfortable and completed the chase with 36 balls to spare.
Monday, 20 January, 2014
MADRID PILE PRESSURE ON BARCELONA AND ATLETICO MADrID
IvE games, five wins, 13 goals and none conceded. Real Madrid's superb start to 2014 has dispelled doubts from earlier this season: gone is the defensive disorganisation, so too the midfield imbalance and the lack of cohesion in attack, making way for a solid, structured and free-scoring side. The new year has brought with it a new Madrid - a team that looks increasingly ready to challenge for the biggest prizes. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has survived the early-season wobbles and criticism from press and fans to sculpt a strong side which has improved gradually but continually. On Saturday, Madrid beat Betis 5-0 in some style to build on their excellent recent results and move level - albeit provisionally - with Barcelona and Atletico at the top of La Liga. It started, as it does so often, with Cristiano Ronaldo: the Ballon d'Or winner opened the scoring with his latest golazo, a 30-yard missile fired into the top corner at incredible speed - 115 kilometres per hour to be precise. It was no wonder goalkeeper Stephan Andersen didn't even move. And the Dane was flat-footed again as Gareth Bale made it 2-0 with a fantastic free-kick. before Karim Benzema added another (his 100th Madrid goal) after a fine run and lay-off from the outstanding Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria struck a stunner of
his own with a sublime left-footed finish low into the corner from distance and substitute Alvaro Morata made it 5-0 in the closing seconds after Ronaldo's overhead kick fell into his path. appear in freefall and tougher tests lie ahead for this Madrid team, but the performance was emphatic enough to suggest Ancelotti's men look better equipped for the meetings with superior sides later on in the campaign - both in La Liga and in Europe. With the 500th win of his coaching ca-
reer, Ancelotti continues to make his mark on this Madrid - and they appear to be coming good just when it matters most. "We should be happy," the Italian said afterwards. "All of the players performed with great concentration - especially at the beginning. We'll sleep well tonight." With 20 games played, Madrid now have 50 points, the same as Barca and Atleti, with the Catalans in action at Levante on Sunday evening and Diego Simeone's side at home to Sevilla straight
afterwards. "Over to you, Messi" screamed Sport on their front page on Sunday, urging the Argentine to inspire his side and keep Madrid at bay in the race for the title. With los Blancos back on form and Neymar now sidelined, Leo's return is a big boost. Not so long ago, Madrid were six points off the pace and then, only last weekend, five back. But the draw between Barca and Atleti in the 19th round saw Ancelotti's side move right back into con-
tention. And their win on Saturday now means there is no margin for error at all at the top of the table. The return of Xabi Alonso in midfield has seen Real regain the balance they were lacking earlier on in the campaign, while Modric has gone from strength to strength alongside the Basque midfielder. "His work was excellent," Ancelotti said of the Croat after the game. Meanwhile, Modric's former Tottenham team-mate Bale was back among the goals after almost two months without scoring and Di Maria's recent problems now seem to have been forgotten as well. The Argentine produced a typically energetic performance, popping up in central midfield and on the flank and adding another great goal. Sulky and sullen just a couple of weeks ago, the former Benfica man is back on board and working for the team. And then there's the defence. Still missing the injured Raphael varane, Madrid's back line looks much more concentrated than in recent months and remains unpenetrated in 2014, with Pepe and Sergio Ramos forming an impressive partnership, Marcelo adding discipline to his game and Dani Carvajal improving in the right-back role. The spectacular football promised by Ancelotti at his unveiling may not be a reality in every game just yet, but recent results have shown this Madrid side are now extremely effective. And if the club can continue on the same path in the coming months, 2014 just may be their year.
serenA williAms sHown imperious djokoviC THE DOOR IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN MeLBoUrNe agencieS
Serena Williams followed her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open on Sunday by admitting that "the secret is out" over her condition. Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open. R a g i n g favourite to clinch her 18th Grand Slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park, the world number one was overhauled 4-6 6-3 6-3 in front of an astonished Rod Laver Arena crowd as the resurgent Ivanovic soared to her finest victory in years. Williams crashed out in a hail of 31 unforced errors and managed only three winners in the third set as the anticipated fightback the American has counted on throughout her career failed to materialise. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who talked up a serious tilt at a calendar Grand Slam before the tournament, said Williams had "blocked" her back during practice before her third round match against Daniela Hantuchova. PlaySeek Back 5 SecondsSeek Forward 5 Secondsvolume Upvolume DownMuteNext videoOpen Hotkey Menu "I guess the secret is out, but I obviously wasn't hitting the way I normally would hit and wasn't moving the way I normally would move and making a lot of errors that I normally would not make and I haven't made in a couple of years," she told reporters after her 25-match winning streak was snapped. "But it's okay. I feel like I know for a fact I can play so much better than what I did today, so with that, knowing that, I'm not disappointed or anything. "I just know that I can play 10 times better than what I did today. "I have just been on some -- the
strongest meds I can take, that are legal, which my body didn't handle it well because I haven't been taking anything. So I was like really kind of out of it for a few days." The back injury makes three straight Melbourne Park campaigns where Williams, the greatest player of her generation, has suffered untimely fitness problems to exit relatively early. She was knocked out last year in the quarter-finals by Sloane Stephens after rolling an ankle early in the tournament and stunned in the fourth round by Ekaterina Makarova in 2012, having suffered another foot injury in the leadup. Williams said she was unaware of the nature of the back injury but doubted it would affect her for too long. "At the end of the day it's not the end of the world, and I keep stressing that I feel like Ana played really well," she said. "I think she played a really good match. I don't want to sit here and make an excuse when she played such a great match. "I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots I missed I normally don't miss. I haven't missed since the '80s. I'm just not used to missing those shots. "She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors." Williams had never lost a set to Ivanovic, let alone a match, before Sunday and since last year's Australian Open was riding a 77-3 winning record. Pundits had talked of the American's 18th Grand Slam title being a formality -barring injury or illness -- and debated how soon the 31-year-old would reach Steffi Graf's total of 22 Grand Slam titles. With Williams gone, 20-year-old Stephens is the last American woman in the singles draw. It also leaves a cavernous hole in the top half of the draw, where 14th seeded Ivanovic and China's fourth seed Li Na are the hightestranked players. "I'm always disappointed when I lose, but it's always a good thing," Williams said. "I plan on getting better. I think it's almost good that I lost today because now I know what to work on, I know what to do when I get on the practice court.
CANTERS INTO QUARTERS MeLBoUrNe agencieS
Novak Djokovic offered his best impersonation of new coach Boris Becker both on and off the court in another flawless performance as he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The three-time defending champion crushed Italy's 15th seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3 6-0 6-2 to book his place in the last eight without losing a set. The Serb dropped just 10 points on his serve Becker's speciality - in the entire match and Fognini was left to resort to joking around in the third set in an attempt to distract the second seed. But the real fun came afterwards when the secondseeded Serb impersonated the service action, walk and mannerisms of Becker, as the German looked on from the stands. "I saw his face reactions," Djokovic told reporters. "The first impression, when I did all the serves, he was happy and was applauding. "When I said how he is today with his problems in the back and everything, he was not so happy about that. He was upset. But, no, it's all for good laughs. "It's actually the first time after a long time I've actually done Becker imitation. I don't know how I was. Was it OK? I'm going to gain few kilos and have to colour my hair in order to do the proper Becker imitation." If Djokovic saved the fun stuff for after the match, he was deadly serious during it as he ripped apart Fognini with ruthlessly efficient hitting. After breaking once to win the first set, Djokovic rattled off 14 of the next 15 points on his way to a 4-0 lead in the second. Fognini enjoyed the best year of his career in 2013 but was powerless against Djokovic, who admits he is happy with all parts of his game.
"I feel great about myself in this moment," the Serb said. "There is this confidence that I carry on obviously from many wins that I had in the last two months of the 2013 season and I started off this season in a good style. I'm trying to keep it up." Djokovic, who next plays either eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka or number 17 Tommy Robredo, said the hardest challenge had been keeping a straight face while Fognini did his comedy act, at one stage throwing his racket over the net towards the second seed. "It was funny," he said. "But you cannot get carried away too much. You can lose focus so easily on the court, really. Anything can distract you. "Tennis is such a mental game in the end of the day. It's very dynamic. Everything happens fast. In one or two points you can lose break and match can turn around. "That's why it's important to really stay within yourself and, you know, focus on what you can do."
SPORTS Monday, 20 January, 2014
Sri Lanka moving
SLOWLY TOWARDS Strong Lead SHARJAH
Scoreboard Sri Lanka 1St inningS 428/9d PakiStan 1St inningS khurram Manzoor c †HaPW Jayawardene b eranga 52 147 ahmed Shehzad b Herath 8 azhar ali c Mathews b Perera 17 Younis khan c †HaPW Jayawardene b Herath 63 Misbah-ul-Haq* c chandimal b Herath asad Shafiq lbw b eranga 18 Sarfraz ahmed† c †HaPW Jayawardene b Herath 5 abdur rehman c †HaPW Jayawardene b eranga 2 2 Mohammad talha lbw b eranga 0 Saeed ajmal not out Junaid khan c chandimal b Herath 16 extraS: (b 3, lb 6, w 1, nb 1) 11 totaL: (all out; 109.1 overs) 341 FaLL oF WicketS: 1-114 (khurram Manzoor, 48.3 ov), 2-149 (azhar ali, 57.6 ov), 3-189 (Younis khan, 69.6 ov),4-245 (ahmed Shehzad, 81.6 ov), 5-274 (asad Shafiq, 92.1 ov), 6-291 (Sarfraz ahmed, 95.3 ov),7-294 (abdur rehman, 96.3 ov), 8-300 (Mohammad talha, 98.6 ov), 9-325 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 107.1 ov),10-341 (Junaid khan, 109.1 ov)
boWLing: HMrkb Herath 38.1-8-125-5, raS Lakmal 23-4-61-0, Mdk Perera 17-1-71-1, rMS eranga 24-5-60-4, ad Mathews 7-315-0 Sri Lanka 2nd inningS 8 FdM karunaratne b Mohammad talha 36 Jk Silva b abdur rehman 8 kc Sangakkara c khurram Manzoor b abdur rehman dPMd Jayawardene c azhar ali b Saeed ajmal 46 Ld chandimal b Mohammad talha 13 ad Mathews* not out 14 6 HaPW Jayawardene† not out 2 extraS: (w 1, nb 1) totaL: (5 wickets; 71 overs) 133 to bat: Mdk Perera, HMrkb Herath, rMS eranga, raS Lakmal FaLL oF WicketS: 1-13 (karunaratne, 5.1 ov), 2-37 (Sangakkara, 17.3 ov), 3-66 (Silva, 27.6 ov), 4-89 (chandimal, 38.4 ov),5-127 (dPMd Jayawardene, 67.6 ov) boWLing: Junaid khan 15-5-25-0, Mohammad talha 16-2-36-2, abdur rehman 22-7-36-2, Saeed ajmal 18-5-36-1 Sri Lanka lead by 220 runs with 5 wickets remaining
f any thought lingered that Sri Lanka's designs for the match in Sharjah were aggressive, their batting in the third innings provided unequivocal proof they want nothing more than 1-0 from the series. By stumps, Sri Lanka had crawled to 133 for 5 from 71 overs and the barely-breathing run rate of 1.87 was their lowest for any Test innings since 1994, in which they batted at least 50 overs. Staggeringly, given the run rate, Sri Lanka seemed the only team capable of victory for large parts of the day but, having dismissed Mahela Jayawardene 15 minutes before stumps, Pakistan laid claim to hope, mild though it is. Sri Lanka are 220 ahead with five wickets in hand, but even if they only manage to set a target of 250, the umpires have already set a precedent of allowing the spinners to bowl wide outside the leg stump, which means Sri Lanka are capable of being as defensive in the field as they have been with the bat. Abdur Rehman provided the only notable excitement in the day, gleaning more from the surface in the middle session than any bowler had so far. In the afternoon, he delivered 13 overs from the Sharjah Cricket Club end, where spinners have preferred to bowl, but unlike Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner, Rangana Herath, he did not target the footmarks at the other end. Instead, Rehman worked off a tight off-stump line to the right-handers, flighting most, skidding some, top-spinning others, and generally beating the edge with more regularity than has so far been seen in the match. He was rewarded with the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, who capped a modest series by his standards by playing an inju-
dicious sweep that he failed to control. Sangakkara should, in fact, have been out playing the same shot to the same bowler in the first innings but the umpire did not spot the ball striking glove on that occasion. Rehman created his second dismissal all on his own. Kaushal Silva had been secure and confident on his way to 36, adapting to the variable bounce in the pitch by moving his feet with assurance. But he eventually pushed forward at a ball pitched on middle from Rehman, that ripped off the surface, beat his edge and took the outside of off stump. Rehman resorted to coming around the wicket later in the day, as Sri Lanka shelved any semblance of positive strokeplay. In the evening, though, Saeed Ajmal became the bigger threat, as Sri Lanka's inaction allowed Pakistan to persist with men around the bat. But in a match that should already be marketed as a cure for insomnia, the third session, when 33 overs yielded 45 runs, was the dullest by a distance. The cricket might have generated more interested had the runs been delivered via an IV drip. Leaving everything in the channel a foot and a half outside the off stump had been a hallmark of Jayawardene's hundred in the second Test and, though he was no longer hampered by a stitched up left-hand, he engaged the ploy once more on Sunday. A short ball or a pitched up delivery on leg stump sometimes drew pull or a sweep, but otherwise, he could not be stirred - not even by the prospect of hitting the half-century he had missed out on in the first innings. He paid the price for his passivity. With Jayawardene on 46 and having failed to score for 15 balls, Ajmal had one take a little more turn from the surface, with an inside edge deflecting to short leg. The bowling rarely troubled Angelo Mathews and, in turn, he sought not to tax
the scorers either. Almost everything Pakistan delivered was met with a dead bat and soft hands, and even when he drove or punched there was not enough conviction in his strokes to beat the field. Pakistan kept two slips to him, and the bowlers attempted various angles of attack, but ponderous scoring rates had not affected him so far in the series and they failed to irk him now. His first 50 balls brought him eight runs, before he was dropped on 9 - the third time in three innings. He did not offer an aggressive shot after that, going to stumps alongside Prasanna Jayawardene at 14 from 99 balls. In Pakistan's innings, Misbah-ul-Haq had resisted Shaminda Eranga's reverseswing and Herath's persistence to help carve 50 runs off the deficit, as Herath completed the first five-wicket haul for a spinner in the series. Eranga generated considerable movement to take two wickets in his first two overs, though his dismissal of Mohammad Talha was a further instance of the umpiring inconsistencies that have put Pakistan at a marked disadvantage in the game. The ball was projected to be clipping leg stump, but at least four such appeals had been turned down in Sri Lanka's first innings. Misbah's initial annoyance at Herath's leg-stump line solidified to disdain, as he attempted to swat the bowler over the legside boundary early in each over. He succeeded once and was foiled another time by Eranga, who leapt over the square-leg boundary line to catch the ball then toss it back before he hit the ground. He farmed the strike so effortlessly off both seamers and slow bowlers that Sri Lanka soon abandoned hope of dismissing him, and placed all nine fielders at the boundary for the first four balls of each over. But even when they came in, Misbah did not miss his chance to steal a single and keep himself on strike.
McCLENAGHAN, ANDERSON CRUSH INDIA NAPIER agencieS
This is new territory for Virat Kohli. He averages an astonishing 64 in chases, at an even less believable strike rate of 92, but he has now scored a second-innings century in a defeat, his first in 12. This will take getting used to, but there were other sights you better get used to. Corey Anderson scored 68 off 40 to take New Zealand to 292, and then took the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane to further his credentials as a limited-overs allrounder. Mitchell McClenaghan, too, reinforced a knack as clean as his side-parting of producing something special out of nowhere: with 70 required off eight overs and six wickets in hand and Adam Milne injured, McClenaghan took the wickets of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in one over, and Kohli in the next, to turn the game New Zealand's way. It had all gone awry for New Zealand after they had attacked India all day long. from 129 for 4, the two best chasers of our time, two of the best of all time, coolly added 95 in 14 overs. Even the exceptional New Zealand fielding had begun to falter: Kohli was missed by Jesse Ryder on 95. Milne, whose raw pace was fodder for some and fear for others, had walked off with a sore back. New Zealand were running out of options. The conferences got longer. That's when Brendon McCullum went to McClenaghan. Two balls later, when Dhoni came on strike, the field told you a short ball would
be tried. Against one of India's best against the short ball. This bouncer, though, was perfect. Skiddy, and headed for the helmet. Dhoni was beaten for the pace, and the tope edge went into the helmet and looped towards leg gully. Luke Ronchi, who had earlier helped Anderson along with 30 off 18, covered ground and dived to take the catch. With Jadeja came a slip and a short cover. He was a rabbit caught in the headlights, and duly edged through the third ball he faced. Kohli, already past the hundred, wasn't about to give up. He took 13 off the next five balls he faced. India were still in it. With 56 required off 35, though, McClenaghan got lucky. Kohli drove a low full toss to that man Ryder at short cover. Ryder didn't make a mistake this time. Kohli couldn't believe what had happened. Earlier in the night, he wore the same look, watching from the nonstriker's end, when Nathan McCullum flew at mid-off to send back Rahane, Anderson's second wicket on the night. Until then it had been Anderson's night. His assault came at a time when India had managed to pull New Zealand back every time they threatened to run away with aggressive cricket. from the moment Ryder hit a six in the first over, India kept producing timely wickets to slow things down. When Mohammed Shami got through Ryder, who scored 18 off 16 and threatened much more, the next 10 overs brought New Zealand just 28 runs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, though, rebuilt the innings with 121-run stand in 24.2 overs, both scoring fifties, but India somehow got Williamson just
before the Powerplay, slowing the hosts down again. When New Zealand would have looked for more than eight an over, the six overs leading into the 40th brought them just 32. This was when Brendon McCullum and Anderson began to open up. Twenty-seven came off the next two, but Dhoni produced a special catch - his 301st dismissal - standing up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar to send back Brendon McCullum. Anderson, though, unfurled a vicious assault hitting mammoth sixes over the leg side. Ishant Sharma was sent onto the roof, Mohammed Shami smoked into the smoking area in the parking lot. Almost every time he got a length he could get under, Anderson set up to hit a six over the leg side. If it was too wide to go to leg, Anderson showed he could go wide of mid-off too. In all, he hit four sixes and three fours. There was no respite: at the other end, Ronchi slog-swept Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes and a four in the 45th over. Thirty-nine came from the 44th and the 45th overs, after which India regrouped a little, but they had still conceded 75 in the last seven, and could have easily added 20 to that 293-run target, given New Zealand's fielding. It was all going to plan for New Zealand: Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Raina had fallen to short balls, and Rahane to an exceptional catch. It was now a matter of just one more wicket, but Kohli, batting for the first time in New Zealand, and Dhoni betrayed no signs of anxiety as they went about building their innings.
Scoreboard neW ZeaLand inningS (50 overS MaxiMuM) MJ guptill c ashwin b Mohammed Shami 8 Jd ryder b Mohammed Shami 18 kS Williamson c rahane b Jadeja 71 LrPL taylor c †dhoni b Mohammed Shami 55 bb Mccullum* c †dhoni b kumar 30 cJ anderson not out 68 L ronchi† c kumar b i Sharma 30 nL Mccullum c & b Mohammed Shami 2 tg Southee not out 3 extraS: (lb 1, w 6) 7 totaL: (7 wickets; 50 overs; 212 mins) 292 did not bat: aF Milne, MJ Mcclenaghan FaLL oF WicketS: 1-22 (ryder, 3.6 ov), 2-32 (guptill, 7.4 ov), 3-153 (Williamson, 32.6 ov), 4-171 (taylor, 36.2 ov), 5-213 (bb Mccullum, 41.4 ov), 6-279 (ronchi, 47.5 ov), 7-284 (nL Mccullum, 48.6 ov) boWLing: b kumar 10-0-38-1, Mohammed Shami 9-0-55-4, i Sharma 9-0-72-1, ra Jadeja 9-0-61-1, r ashwin 10-0-52-0, v kohli 3-0-13-0 india inningS (target: 293 runS FroM 50 overS) rg Sharma c Southee b Mcclenaghan 3 S dhawan c taylor b anderson 32 v kohli c ryder b Mcclenaghan 123 aM rahane c nL Mccullum b anderson 7
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Sk raina c Southee b Milne 18 MS dhoni*† c †ronchi b Mcclenaghan 40 ra Jadeja c †ronchi b Mcclenaghan 0 r ashwin c Southee b Williamson 12 b kumar run out (†ronchi/Williamson) 6 i Sharma b Southee 5 Mohammed Shami not out 7 extraS: (lb 3, w 12) 15 totaL: (all out; 48.4 overs; 224 mins) 268 FaLL oF WicketS: 1-15 (rg Sharma, 5.2 ov), 2-73 (dhawan, 18.1 ov), 3-84 (rahane, 20.6 ov), 4-129 (raina, 28.2 ov), 5-224 (dhoni, 42.3 ov), 6-224 (Jadeja, 42.6 ov), 7-237 (kohli, 44.2 ov), 8-244 (kumar, 45.1 ov), 9-259 (ashwin, 47.2 ov), 10-268 (i Sharma, 48.4 ov) boWLing: tg Southee 9.4-2-43-1, MJ Mcclenaghan 10-0-68-4, aF Milne 7.3-0-40-1, cJ anderson 10-0-51-2, nL Mccullum 100-54-0, kS Williamson 1.3-0-9-1 MatcH detaiLS toSS: india, who chose to field SerieS: new Zealand led the 5-match series 1-0 PLaYer oF tHe MatcH: cJ anderson (new Zealand) umpires rJ tucker (australia) and dJ Walker tv umpire cb gaffaney Match referee dc boon (australia) reserve umpire gav baxter