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Friday, 21 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 19, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 235 16 Pages Lahore Edition




Suicide blast in Sibi; train tracks blown up in Naseerabad

CJP takes suo motu notice of Taliban threat to Kalash, Ismailis

An alleged suicide bomber blew himself up in Balochistan’s Sibi town on Thursday, police said whereas two women were killed in a gunfiring incident in Loralai area of the province. Unknown militants also blew up train tracks in Naseerabad district earlier during the day disrupting railway traffic between the province and other parts of the country. Deputy Superintendent Police Ali Nawaz said the suicide bomber, who blew himself up... PAGE 03

Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Thursday took suo motu notice of the Taliban’s warning to Ismailis and the Kalash tribe of Chitral Valley to convert to Islam. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on February 2, released a video announcing an armed jihad against the Ismaili Muslim sect and Kalash people. They were threatened to convert to Islam or face death. The CJ also issued summons to Attorney General Pakistan (AGP) and advocate... PAGE 02


Ukraine truce shattered, death toll tops 50 Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with proEU opponents. “Berkut” riot policemen, shown on television, fired bursts from automatic rifles on the run as they covered retreating colleagues fleeing past a nearby arts center. In other video, an opposition... PAGE 04


Friday, 21 February, 2014




LMoST all the federal ministries and departments have failed to meet the January 31 deadline to submit budgetary demands for the next fiscal year with the relevant standing committees of the National Assembly, Pakistan Today has learnt. However, it seems that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has no regard for the parliamentary oversight and input by lawmakers as none of the ministries have taken measures to fulfill their constitutional obligation. Meanwhile, the Information Technology (IT) Ministry is likely to be the first to submit its proposed Public Sector Development Projects (PSDP) demand of Rs 2813.341 million for FY-2014-15 on Friday (today) in the meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on IT. In January 29, 2013, the National Assembly passed an amendment moved by PML-N lawmaker Anusha Rehman Khan, but after taking the charge of the IT Ministry, she did not direct her ministry

IT MINISTRY ADDITIONAL SECRETARY SAYS MINISTRY WOULD SUBMIT BUDGETARY PROPOSALS TO COMMITTEE TODAY to meet the legal obligation. The amendment was aimed at enabling the lawmakers to scrutinize the PSDP demands and give recommendations to help parliament in preparing an error-free budget. The civil society and monitoring bodies have also reminded the government to fulfill its obligation, but to no avail. In a recent letter sent to NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) said that various federal ministries had submitted their PSDP budget proposals to the respective committees. It also said that through a key reform passed by the outgoing NA the committees had been empowered to scrutinize and suggest amendments in this regard. “This change in rules now means that each ministry is supposed to submit its budgetary proposals relating to the PSDP for the next financial year not later than January 31 to the committee concerned. The committees are required to make recommendations latest by March 1 on the budget back to the Ministry,” the letter said. IT Minister Anusha Rahman did not feel it necessary to respond to the questions raised by Pakistan Today.

Pakistan assures India of an early outcome in Mumbai attacks trial MALE: Pakistan on Thursday assured India that it is moving swiftly with the trial of seven persons accused of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and an outcome is expected in a “couple of months”. The assurance came during a 30-minute meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Sartaj Aziz, adviser to prime minister for national security and foreign affairs. During the meeting, India reiterated its long-standing demand to advance the trial of those charged for the attacks that left 166 people dead and over 300 injured. “In response to the demand, the Pakistani leader assured Khurshid that his government was moving expeditiously with the trial and an outcome was expected in a couple of months,” an official said. The two leaders met on the sidelines of a SAARC Foreign Ministers’ conference here. India last year handed over five key documents running into nearly 600 pages for use in the trial so that prosecutors could proceed against the accused. The documents include a certified copy of the Indian Supreme Court’s judgement on the case, depositions by two doctors who conducted the autopsy of nine slain terrorists and the chief investigating officer who probed the case. Various aspects of India-Pakistan ties, including Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) for Indian goods, cross-LoC trade, the visa regime and observations of the Judicial Commission for Prisoners were discussed during the meeting. Official sources said Khurshid and Aziz also discussed the issue of visas. The two envoys also discussed observations made by the India-Pakistan Judicial Commission for Prisoners after its members visited various jails in both countries. Salman Khurshid and Sartaj Aziz are also expected to meet at an international conference next month. INP

Later, IT Ministry Additional Secretary Azmat Ranjha said that the ministry had finalised its budgetary proposals and the same would be submitted to the committee on Friday (today). “Due to some unavoidable reasons, the standing committee could not meet last month. But we had prepared our budgetary proposals and demands for the next fiscal,” he asserted. Ranjha insisted that Anusha Rahman was concerned about meeting the January 31 deadline. “Under the prescribed rules, the budgetary proposals could be presented to the committees until end of February and we will meet this timeline. So no delay is committed,” he said, despite the fact that the amendment is self-explanatory and contradicts claims made by Ranjha. PSDP DemanDS: According to the official documents of the IT Mini s t r y available with Pakistan Today, the ministry has proposed Rs 2,813.341 million PSDP for FY-2014-15 for 24 ongoing and seven new projects. of the total demand, Rs 1,826.750 million have been

sought for sponsoring 24 ongoing projects as compared to last year’s allocation for the same head which was Rs 927.093 million. This year, the demand has been almost doubled as excessive amount of Rs 840.159 million have been demanded. According to documents, Rs 986.591 million have been sought for sponsoring seven new projects to be initiated in three departments of the ministry, including the project wing of PCB, Pakistan Software Export Board and Special Communication o rg a n i s a tion.

British groups write to Mamnoon for release of blasphemy convict LONDON ONLINE

Politicians and academics in Britain have called for the release of a mentally ill Briton Mohammad Asghar who was sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy. In an open letter published on Thursday, the group raised concerns about Mohammed Asg h a r ’ s well-being and urged the president of Pakistan to intervene. Signatories to the open letter, published in the Independent newspaper, include Labour’s shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan, Scottish human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, academics from the Muslim Institute, the Islamic Society of Britain and a host of charities. The letter is addressed to Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. The 70year-old retired grocery shop owner, who lived in Edinburgh for 30 years, had moved to Rawalpindi in 2010 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Shortly afterwards the father-of-


five was arrested for claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was convicted of blasphemy last month and his family immediately launched a campaign for him to be released from custody in order to receive medical help. Kate Higham, a case worker for Reprieve, the charity that is representing Asghar in Pakistan, said, “His family are very distressed at this situation and concerned about his treatment, but they are doing everything they can to make sure he receives what he needs.” The letter read that Asghar needed medical attention for his illness and should therefore be released from Adiala jail. “We respectfully urge you to consider using your discretionary powers as President to pardon Asghar and to allow him to be released from jail so that he can receive his treatment and be reunited with his loving family,” it added. The blasphemy complaint was brought against Asghar by a tenant with whom he was having a dispute. His family have appealed to the UK Government to do everything it can to make sure he is safe.

Zaka Ashraf’s sacking: IHC issues notices to PM, Najam Sethi ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ministry for InterProvincial Coordination and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi pertaining to the case of removal of Zaka Ashraf from the post of PCB chairman. A number of other PCB officials were also issued notices. Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi heard the petition filed by former test cricketer Ahmed Nawaz Khan against the sacking of Ashraf. The petitioner pleaded that it was illegal as Ashraf had no charges of corruption against him. The petitioner further pleaded the court to declare Sethi’s appointment notification void. INP

Three suspected Indian spies arrested while crossing border KASUR: Law enforcement agencies have arrested at least three persons suspected of spying for India on Thursday. According to sources, three alleged spies namely Kashif, Umair and Shah Zain were arrested from Kasur while trying to cross into India. Sources said that Indian currency, sensitive documents, maps and pictures have been recovered from their possession. It is suspected that they were undercover agents of Indian intelligence agencies. The forces shifted them to undisclosed location for further interrogation. STAFF REPORT

Imran summoned for hurling ‘insult’ at senators ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee for Rules and Procedures on Thursday summoned Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (INP) Chairman Imran Khan for hurling ‘insulting’ remarks at senators and army. Committee Chairman Tahir Hussain Mashhadi issued the notice while presiding over a meeting at the Parliament House. Senator Jafar Iqbal told the committee that he along with other senators had submitted a privilege motion against Imran Khan. He said that the PTI chief adopted a non-democratic behaviour by criticising the army and ‘insulting’ the senators. Mashhadi said a House member could not insult any lawmaker. He said the PTI chairman would be given a chance to appear before the committee in 10 days and present his version. INP

Anti-polio workers escape terrorist attack in Charsadda CHARSADDA: Unidentified terrorists on Thursday fired at lady health workers (LHWs) engaged in anti-polio campaign but they remained unhurt. Police said that terrorists riding motorcycles opened fire on the LHWs in Sherpao area, Tehsil Tangi of Charsadda, but they saved themselves by entering a nearby house. The attackers managed to escape after the incident. The LHWs were on their way to the Rural Health Centre (RHC) Sherpao to collect the polio vaccine. INP

Friday, 21 February, 2014



Army will do the talking now! ISLAMABAD




ERTURBED over the failure of peace talks and killing of hundreds of innocent countrymen and security personnel at the hands of the Taliban, the country’s top civil and military bosses have finally decided to teach Taliban a lesson. The decision was expressed in deadly airstrikes in the restive North Waziristan and Khyber agencies of the tribal areas in which at least 40 militants were eliminated. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that carrying on with peace talks with the Taliban amid terrorist attacks throughout the country would be injustice to the victims of such attacks. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the military leadership do not intend to carry on with dialogue amid terrorist attacks. The premier wanted to eradicate terrorism through dialogue with the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) and sincere efforts were put in that regard by forming a negotiating committee but the other side did not respond positively to the gestures,” he said. aIRSTRIKeS In nWa anD KHYBeR aGenCY: Amidst conflicting reports of casualties in airstrikes at scattered areas of North Waziristan, the security formally embarked on military action against militants in the early hours of Thursday. Sources said that after being convinced by the top military leadership, Prime Minister Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes in North Waziristan and Khyber agencies that killed at least 40 suspected militants. They said that high-level civil military consultations continued for three days which culminated on these strikes. Army chief General Raheel Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the prime minister over rapid devel-


TTP to cease fire on Sami’s call!

If they kill us, we’ll have to kill them too: Rashid ISLAMABAD: “If they (Taliban) strike once, we’ll strike twice,” said Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid in a statement on Thursday. The senator said that the process of dialogue and terrorism could not go hand-in-hand. He said that the doors were open for those who believed in peace and dialogue and shunned the path of violence. Those Taliban groups, who were willing for dialogue, should isolate themselves from those involved in terrorist activities and violence, the minister emphasised. The minister that they (Taliban) would be paid back in their own coin, adding that security forces had every right to defend themselves and mightily respond to terrorists, who were slitting the throats of their soldiers. He further said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also directed the security forces to give a befitting reply in their defence to the terrorists. APP

opments in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the premier was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according to the sources has been granted. on the first day of targeted actions, the security forces with help of jet fighters bombed suspected hideouts in different places of both North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The military action was initiated in reaction to execution of 23 Frontier Corps personnel who had been in custody of militants since June 2010. Though the government claims killing of around 40 militants, including foreigners, in the airstrikes in North Waziristan, local tribesmen both in Miranshah and Mi-


rali narrated another story. While officials say that at least six compounds of militants were bombed and 40 militants were killed in Assokhel, Khushhali Torikhel and Haiderkhel of Mirali region, tribesmen told Pakistan Today that besides three areas of Mirali, suspected hideouts of militants were also targeted in the Shawal mountainous region. According to officials, the first attack was made against militants’ compounds in Mirali whereas hideouts of Uzbeks, Turkmens and other foreigners were bombed in the second strike. The officials also confirmed destroying compounds of banned Taliban commander Abdul Razzaq near Mirali. However, tribesmen in Mirali and Miranshah claim that most of strikes

LAHORE: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has granted the authority to decide on ceasefire to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq. JUI-S Information Secretary Makhdom Muhammad Asim said Taliban had given authority to Haq to announce ceasefire. If an accord is reached with the government, Haq will announce ceasefire, added the JUI-S leader. On the other side, Taliban committee member Prof Ibrahim has confirmed that Taliban had authorised Haq to announce ceasefire on their behalf. Prof Ibrahim cited Taliban as saying that ceasefire should be declared simultaneously from both sides. Taliban also demanded that its men should not be killed in custody and their arrests be stopped forthwith. JUI-S leader said government had first demanded from the Taliban to announce ceasefire from their side. He said talks with Taliban should continue. He said Friday will be observed as ‘Day of Prayers’ in a hope to restore peace in the country. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif played his best role in peace talks. The TTP had offered on February 19 to observe a ceasefire to allow the resumption of stalled peace talks, provided security forces stop killing and arresting its members. The offer came a day after a four-member government negotiating committee suspended dialogue following a weekend claim by the TTP Mohmand chapter that it has executed 23 kidnapped paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) troops. The government negotiators had set a ceasefire as a precondition for another round of talks. STAFF REPORT

focused on unpopulated and mountainous regions. one tribal source said that five militants were killed and three others injured in airstrikes in Shawal. They said that no casualty was reported from Hassokhel, Haiderkhel and Khushhali Torikhel areas of Mirali regions. In Bara region of Khyber Agency adjacent to Peshawar, the security forces bombed dens of militants associated with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam at Sepah and Aka Khel. Three alleged militants were killed and four others were in-

jured in the attack. The officials also claimed destroying a depot of explosives in airstrikes. An official claimed that the forces had targeted hideouts of militants involved in the attack on Army Major Jehanzeb and bomb attacks on a cinema house in Peshawar. JUST In SeLF DeFenCe: Commenting on the military’s surgical strikes, the interior minister said that no operation had been conducted in FATA since September last year and the current strikes were being undertaken by the security forces in


Pakistan Thursday conveyed its strong protest and serious concern to the Afghanistan government on what the country claimed brutal murder of its 23 paramilitary personnel inside the Afghan territory. The protest was recorded by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Zarar Maqbool osmani in

Male, Maldives where the both diplomats were attending the SAARC Ministerial Meeting. Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said in a statement the adviser reminded the Afghan foreign minister that in the Trilateral Summit in Ankara recently, it was agreed that both sides would not only prevent the use of their territory against each other but also take action against militants engaged in hostile action. Aziz urged the Afghan government to take prompt action to appre-

hend and punish the perpetrators of the “heinous and inhumane crime.” The Afghan foreign minister promised to convey the message of concern to the relevant authorities in Afghanistan and revert shortly. on February 17, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban said that it executed 23 Frontier Corps (FC) personnel who have been held captive since 2010. In a written statement and subsequent video message, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Mohmand chapter said that the Pak-

istani soldiers were killed in retaliation for continued security operations against the Islamist extremists. During the weekly briefing earlier today, Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that the location of FC soldier’s deaths was being traced, after receiving the complete information about their whereabouts they will discuss the problem with Afghanistan. She also rejected the reports of sending Pakistani soldiers to Saudi Arabia. The spokesperson clarified that Pakistan was not sending the soldiers to Saudi Arabia nor does it have any deal with anyone related to it. Aslam said that the talks between Afghan Taliban and the government of Afghanistan in Dubai was an internal matter.

“self defence”. Nisar said that the government initiated dialogue process with sincerity and asked the political parties opposing the move as to why they had failed to launch a military operation against the militants during their terms in government. Nisar said that the committee nominated by the government to hold talks with Taliban representatives had told the prime minister they couldn’t continue the talks unless the militants renounced violence. SeCURInG THe CaPITaL: Clarifying media reports about security threats to the federal capital, Nisar said the threat level to Islamabad had slipped down as compared to previous years. However, he added, “Safe City Project would be launched in coming weeks in a bid to protect Islamabad.” The security forces would be equipped with modern weapons which are being imported from China, Nisar said. The minister said he can say with responsibility that Islamabad is safe and it is their effort to make the entire country secure. He said that a Rapid Response Force has been established in Islamabad and it has been deployed at the all entry and exit points of the federal capital. naCTa: The interior minister also said that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) would soon be established after approval of the cabinet and the Rapid Response Force would be replicated in the provinces. He further said that targeted operation is in progress in Karachi and Quetta against the militants. TaLIBan ReaCTIOn: Reacting to the airstrikes, chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand chapter Umar Khalid Khorasani said that every action has a reaction, referring to the aerial bombings. He also stated that the use of force cannot stop them and they are not afraid of any power, adding that their war is ideological.

CJP takes suo motu notice of Taliban threat to Kalash, Ismailis ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Thursday took suo motu notice of the Taliban’s warning to Ismailis and the Kalash tribe of Chitral Valley to convert to Islam. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on February 2, released a video announcing an armed jihad against the Ismaili Muslim sect and Kalash people. They were threatened to convert to Islam or face death. The CJ also issued summons to Attorney General Pakistan (AGP) and advocate general Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (AG KP). The suo motu notice follows media reports regarding the threatening video. CJ Jillani remarked that Islam was a religion that preached peace and tolerance, adding that the threats by TTP to the groups contravenes with Article 9, 20 and 36 of the Constitution that ensure the security, freedom of religion and protection of minorities in Pakistan, respectively. The apex court said the hearing of the suo motu notice would be held along with the Peshawar church attack case. The CJ inquired from the AG the measure that had been taken by authorities for the protection of these communities after the threats were issued. The AG KP was directed by the court to collect the report from district police officer and Chitral commissioner and submit it in the court on February 24. STAFF REPORT

Suicide blast in Sibi; train tracks blown up in Naseerabad QUETTA STAFF REPORT

An alleged suicide bomber blew himself up in Balochistan’s Sibi town on Thursday, police said whereas two women were killed in a gunfiring incident in Loralai area of the province. Unknown militants also blew up train tracks in Naseerabad district earlier during the day disrupting railway traffic between the province and other parts of the country. Deputy Superintendent Police Ali Nawaz said the suicide bomber, who

blew himself up, wanted to enter into the Sibi festival hall. He said the bomber missed the target and detonated the explosives away from the main of gate. A large number of men and women were present in the festival hall when he blew himself up. Nawaz said fortunately all policemen and civilians were safe as the bomber missed the target. “The strength of blast blew body pieces of suicide bomber into the air,” he added. WOmen SHOT DeaD: Two women were killed and another injured in a firing incident in Balochistan’s Loralai town.

Muhammad Zafar, a police officer, said that two armed men on a motorcycle opened an indiscriminate fire on women in Loralai bazar. He said two women were killed on the spot whereas the assailants drove off the scene after carrying out the attack. The injured woman was rushed to Loralai hospital for treatment. Locals said that the women night have been targeted for their alleged involvement in immoral activities. Security and rescue teams reached the spot. Shops and markets in the locality shut down after the incident as panic prevailed among the people.


RaILWaY TRaCKS BLOWn UP: Railway tracks were damaged as a result of a powerful explosion in Balochistan’s insurgency-hit Naseerabad district disrupting the train services between the province and other parts of the country whereas two women were shot dead in Loralai area. Muhammad Hashim, a police official said that militants had planted explosive materials close to the railway track in Mangoli area of Naseerabad district. “Explosives were detonated and three feet railway track was damaged,” he said adding that, “Loud and powerful explosion was heard

far and wide.” Railway service between Balochistan and other parts of the country was suspended as result of powerful blast. The police official further said there was no human loss since the explosives were detonated at a deserted spot aimed at damaging the railway track only. Hashim also said the Quetta-bound Jaffar Express coming from Rawilpindi was stopped at Dera Allah Yar after the blast. He further said technical staff of railway was soon called to ensure immediate repair of railway track. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.


Friday, 21 February, 2014

Ukraine truce shattered, death toll tops 50 KIEV



RESH fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with proEU opponents. “Berkut” riot policemen, shown on television, fired bursts from automatic rifles on the run as they covered retreating colleagues fleeing past a nearby arts center. In other video, an opposition militant in a helmet fired from behind a tree. Other protesters used police riot shields for cover,

while some fell wounded as the protest camp became a killing zone. The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland were to report back in Brussels later in the day to EU colleagues, who will decide on possible targeted sanctions against those deemed responsible for the worst bloodshed in Ukraine’s 22 years of independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia criticized the European and U.S. measures, calling them “blackmail” that would only make matters worse. It also stepped up pressure on Yanukovich to crack down and restore order if he wanted more, desperately needed, loans - the Russian prime minister said it would not hand over cash to a leadership that let opponents walk over it “like a doormat”.

Visa issue resolved, says Shahzaib Bajwa’s brother WASHINGTON: The visa issue of Pakistani exchange student Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa has been resolved, according to his brother on Thursday. His brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, also said that the insurance company will pay the medical bills and Shahzaib will be treated in the US. Shahraiz stated that Shahzaib’s health has improved and he is showing signs of recovery. Shahzaib, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange programme at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, studying anthropology and sociology. On November 13, 2013, he and his friends were driving back to the university from Minneapolis when their car struck a deer, his brother Shahraiz had said. What was meant to be an academic semester abroad through a State Department-backed exchange programme has turned into a complex journey through US insurance, medical and visa regulations for the family from Faisalabad. The brother had earlier said that the insurance company was pressing the family to sign off on returning Shahzaib to Pakistan once his visa runs out at the end of the month, threatening not to pay evacuation costs if the family refuses. “My mother is not going to sign because that would be like killing her son with her own hand,” the brother had stated. AGENCIES

A Ukrainian presidential statement said dozens of police were wounded or killed during an opposition offensive hours after Yanukovich and opposition leaders had agreed on a truce. Witnesses said they saw snipers firing during the clashes. The Health Ministry said two police were among Thursday’s dead. That raised the total death toll since Tuesday to at least 51, including at least 12 police. Local media said more than 30 protesters were killed in Thursday’s flare-up. The country is the object of a geopolitical tug-ofwar between Moscow - which sees it as a market and a cultural ally and also fears protests spreading to Russia - and the West, which says Ukrainians should be free to choose economic rapprochement with the EU.


India’s Supreme Court on Thursday stopped the release of seven people convicted in the assassination of former premier Rajiv Gandhi. The apex court had on Tuesday commuted the death sentences of three of the convicts, citing inordinate delays by the federal authorities in acting on their mercy plea. After the decision, the Tamil Nadu government announced it was setting free all seven convicts. Gandhi was killed by the Sri Lankan Tamil guerrillas on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur after a suicide bomber set off explosives strapped around her body. “We are concerned with the procedural lapses and we will examine it,” Chief Justice P Sathasivam said while hearing a plea filed by the federal government. The court has restrained Tamil Nadu government from taking any further steps and gave March 6 as the date for the next hearing on the case. The politically-

loaded decision of the Tamil Nadu government, headed by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J. Jayalalithaa, sparked a storm in the country as it meant Gandhi’s killers would soon walk free. Jayalalithaa’s government had given three days, starting Wednesday, to the federal government to give their view before letting all seven walk free. The decision appeared aimed at pleasing the state’s voters, who sympathise with fellow Tamils living across the Palk Strait in Sri Lanka, with general elections due in April-May this year. However, the announcement caused a national outcry, with the federal government knocking on the doors of the apex court and calling it a blatant violation of law. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described it as an attack on the soul of India, a senior leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arun Jaitley, criticised institutional compassion for Gandhi’s killers. “The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on the soul of India. Release of the killers of a former PM of India, our great leader, and other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice. No government or party should be soft in our fight against terrorism,” Premier Singh said in a statement issued by his office.

Attack by Islamists in north-east Nigeria kills 60

US warns airlines about possible shoe bombs

KANO: An attack by scores of Boko Haram Islamists in the north-east Nigeria town of Bama has killed 60 people and caused massive destruction to public buildings, police told AFP on Thursday. Residents said gunmen stormed the town at roughly 4am (10am, Singapore time) on Wednesday, armed with heavy weapons and tossed explosives into various buildings, forcing residents to flee into the surrounding bush. “We are collating the figures and the death toll has risen to 60 from the Bama attack,” said Mr Lawal Tanko, the police commissioner in Borno state, which is the epicentre of Boko Haram’s four-and-half-year Islamist uprising. “The toll is likely to rise,” he said. “The attackers caused enormous destruction. They burnt down some of the major landmarks in the town including the local government secretariat,” and the palace of the area’s top cleric, Tanko added. AGENCIES

The US Department of Homeland Security has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner. Homeland Security said Wednesday it regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, but it declined to discuss specifics of a warning sent to airlines. “Our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by the latest intelligence and as always DHS continues to adjust security measures to fit an ever evolving threat environment,’’ the department said in a statement. A US intelligence official told The Associated Press that DHS released a notice to airlines reiterating that liquids, shoes and certain


US exit from Afghanistan could hamper drone programme: experts WASHINGTON AGENCIES

The possible withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan would hamper manhunts for Al Qaeda militants in neighbouring Pakistan, forcing Washington to find alternative bases for its drone flights, officials and experts say. The CIA’s drone war against Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt relies heavily on intelligence gathered by spies based in eastern Afghanistan and on the use of Jalalabad and other air bases in the area. But without US troops to guard CIA outposts and air fields, intelligence officers would not be able to meet sources on the ground in eastern Afghanistan, and Reaper aircraft would have to take off from more distant locations, undermining the tracking and targeting of terror suspects across the border in Pakistan. With Afghan President Hamid Karzai

refusing to sign a bilateral security accord that would allow US troops to stay in the country beyond 2014, officials are looking at the possibility of flying drones out of Central Asian countries if American forces are forced to exit. “The government is just starting to think about this and planning for it,” said a senior US defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “If you still want to put pressure on that region, you have to look at alternatives,” the official said, adding that “none of the options are ideal.” President Barack Obama’s administration has viewed the drone strikes as a crucial tactic that has weakened the core leadership of al Qaeda in Pakistan, despite intense criticism from human rights groups and some foreign governments. And Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has acknowledged the administration is looking at gaining access to other bases if the security pact falls through with Kabul.

cosmetics were of concern, all of which are covered under existing Transportation Security Administration security policies. The latest warning was focused on flights headed to the United States from abroad. The official said “something caused DHS concern, but it’s a very low threshold to trigger a warning like this.’’ The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. Earlier this month, Homeland Security warned airlines with flights to Russia to be on the lookout for explosive devices possibly hidden inside toothpaste. The Transportation Security Administration then banned passengers from bringing any liquids in their carry-on luggage on nonstop flights from the US to Russia. That warning became public just days before the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It is unclear if the latest warning, first reported Wednesday by NBC News, is related to the earlier threats to Russia-bound flights.

Guard dies preventing suicide bombing in Kabul KABUL: A bomber killed a guard in a suicide attack after a failed attempt to target a guest house used by foreigners in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, police said. The attacker on foot was prevented from entering the guest house, leading him to target a cultural centre next door, said police spokesman Hashmat Stanakzai. “The attacker was stopped by a guard at the entrance (of the cultural centre), but he set off his explosives, killing the guard and wounding four civilians,” he told AFP. Body parts of the bomber could be seen at the scene of the attack as police cordoned off the area, witnesses said. No one has claimed responsibility but in the past such strikes have been claimed by the Taliban. The attack is the latest in a series in the city. Last week two civilian contractors working for the NATO force in Afghanistan were killed in a car bomb attack claimed by the Taliban in the capital. An attack on a Lebanese restaurant on January 17th killed 21 people including 13 foreigners. AGENCIES

Afghan Taliban confirm Dadullah’s release PESHAWAR: While confirming the release of Mansoor Dadullah, the Afghan Taliban on Thursday urged Pakistan to release more members imprisoned in different jails. A Taliban spokesman said that Dadullah was still under treatment. During imprisonment he became a kidney patient and is being treated somewhere in Pakistan. He demanded the immediate release of Afghan Taliban members imprisoned in Pakistan. In December 2013, Pakistan announced to release several Afghan Taliban leaders, including Mansoor Dadullah. SHAMIM SHAHID

Al Jazeera journalists on trial in Cairo CAIRO: Al Jazeera journalists are due to appear in a Cairo prison court Thursday, charged along with 17 other defendants of having links to a terrorist organization and of spreading “false news.” Journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed have been in detention for more than 50 days. The Egyptian government has accused them of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a terrorist organization in December. The trial of journalists for the Qatar-based channel comes against the backdrop of strained relations between Cairo and Doha, which is a backer of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, ousted by the army in July, and of his Muslim Brotherhood. Prosecutors allege that the defendants, including award-winning Australian Peter Greste and EgyptianCanadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, manipulated footage and supported the Brotherhood, which was banned after Morsi was deposed. In all, 20 “Al Jazeera journalists” are on trial, but only eight of them are in custody. ONLINE

Razor cuts, thorn stitches: Somali woman recalls FGM horror HARGEYSA AGENCIES

Malko Jama, a recently widowed Somali mother of eight, still remembers undergoing genital mutilation three decades ago as vividly as if it were yesterday. “I was nine. A woman came to the house. They held me down and held my legs apart and she cut me with a razor and stitched me back up with acacia thorns,” Jama, 40, explains as she sits on the concrete floor of a neighbour’s house in Hargeisa. She recounts, “Now they have a more modern way for stitching girls back up but at the time they used thorns like pins.” Jama is one of countless women in the Horn of Africa region to have undergone female genital mutilation, a ritual and surgical procedure carried out without anaesthetic and designed to keep women pure. “She cut out the clitoris and the inner labia and then she cut out the flesh from the outer labia and sewed up the skin that was left,” Jama said as her neighbour’s


baby slept on a blanket on the floor. “When it was finished they took a big sheet and a cord and they bound my thighs together... so that I had to stay there with my legs together. They brought me small pieces of bread but refused to allow me water or tea. They said the body had to dry out.” In too much pain to move and tied up, for the first four days Jama had to urinate where she was sitting. “After seven days they removed the sheet and the cutter came to inspect me. She said I was completely closed up,” recalled Jama, who is now also a grandmother of three. “I later realised how lucky I had been because girls considered not to have closed up completely get some more flesh cut out and they get sewn up again,” she said, her face framed in a patterned veil. Vaginal inspection “As I grew up my periods weren’t coming properly and I had constant abdominal pain and back pain. When I used to tell my mother she would say: ‘Take these tablets. It’s normal. When you get married everything will be ok,’.”

Jama said she was 15 when she got married and 17 when she gave birth to her first child, even though sex did not involve full penetration — as her vagina was so tightly stitched up. “When they took me to my husband’s house the first thing my mother-in-law did was to open my legs and inspect me. My husband’s family wanted to start boiling scissors and cut me open because I was his bride,” she said. Her own family argued that another operation could harm the baby, so the two families eventually agreed she should not be opened up whilst still pregnant. “After two months of trying to penetrate me without succeeding my husband went into a depression,” Jama said of her marriage. She described her own lack of desire matter-of-factly: “Even in the first year of your marriage you’re not really interested in sex. There is a sensation but nothing very much,” she shrugged. Childbirth brought additional complications and entailed three cuts — the undoing of the existing stitches and a slit on either side of the vagina, again without any painkillers.


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RESIDENT Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said the deepening multifaceted strategic partnership between Pakistan and China heralds a new era of socio-economic progress and prosperity for the people of the two countries and entire region. The president also emphasised the need for more concerted and consistent efforts on both side for early implementation of the mutually agreed projects. He said that enhanced connectivity between China and Pakistan was of great importance to expand economic and trade cooperation, promoting economic integration, and fostering economic development of the two countries. This was stated by the president during his meeting with Premier Li Keqiang here at the Great Hall of Peoples, the press sec-


Supreme Court (SC) Justice Saqib Nisar on Thursday said the government is not discharging its obligations in missing persons’ case. A two-member bench of the SC took up for hearing missing persons’ case of Mansoor Mehdi and Dr Abid Sharif. He also remarked, “Intelligence agencies don’t even bother to try for their exoneration from the investigation and they merely write to us that this man is not in their custody.” He observed, “Protecting the citizens is responsibility of the state. If the institutions don’t get recover the missing persons despite having resources then it is their criminal negligence which cannot be overlooked.” He said, “Nine years have been elapsed and it is not known to any institution, including police that who picked up these persons and why and where they are now. As to why the government and intelligence agencies don’t make their position clear. If they were opposed to US or were Jihadi or they had enmity with someone then there would be some reasons behind their disappearance.” He observed that what has been written in Pervez Musharraf’s book about selling of missing persons to US may be merely a presumption and facts could be different from that. Justice Ejaz Afzal said, “Intelligence agencies have always refused first of all in respect of missing persons but when the court insisted on their production then the missing persons were found in their custody.” Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar, Amna Masood Janjua and Punjab law officer Razzaq A Mirza appeared in the court.

retary to the president was quoted as saying in a statement issued on Thursday. The two leaders held wide ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Welcoming the Pakistani president on his first state visit to China since assuming office, Premier Li said that Pakistan was an important country in the region and it has made significant contributions to peace, stability and development of the region and the world at large, adding that China highly values its time-tested ties with Pakistan. Mamnoon said that Pakistan-China allweather friendship was solidly anchored on convergence of strategic interests, high degree of mutual trust and were driven by an abiding interest in development and prosperity of each other as well as promotion of peace and stability in the region. Recalling his visit to Pakistan last year, Premier Li said that China was committed to consolidate its traditional friendship with Pakistan and deepen the strategic cooperation between the two countries, adding that China will continue to firmly support Pakistan in its efforts to uphold independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and achieving national stability and development. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the development of China-Pakistan relations and agreed that the relationship had outgrown its bilateral dimension to acquire regional and global significance. The two sides agreed that, as allweather strategic and cooperative partners, China and Pakistan would jointly strive for more friendly political relations, stronger economic bonds, deeper security cooperation and closer people-to-people contacts. The two leaders called for joint efforts to translate the high level of mutual trust

and cooperation that exists at the political plane into practical cooperation that was result-oriented and deliver prosperity to the people of both countries. EConoMiC CoRRiDoR: Commenting on Economic Corridor, the two leaders urged collective efforts on both side to ensure that the China-Pakistan Economic

Corridor starts to take practical shape soon and yields tangible benefits. Highlighting investment opportunities in Pakistan, the President said that Pakistan offers huge potential for trade and investment in diverse areas especially energy and infrastructure and invited Chinese investors to invest in these sectors and avail the in-


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his delegation met heads of different energy companies, financial institutions, development agencies and banks in Beijing on the third day of his visit to China and discussed various proposals for investment in coal, solar and hydle power projects in Punjab. The chief minister informed Chinese investors that solar power plant in south Punjab will start operating by the end of the current year. He said that in order to facilitate investors, Punjab government will initially make investment

in various energy projects. He said that there is a vast scope of setting up power plants operated with hydle, solar, wind and coal-fired energy and Punjab government is offering the best rate of profit to investors. He said that the projects to be started with Chinese cooperation will be executed with the same speed at which Metro Bus Project was completed in Lahore. Meanwhile, talking to media, the chief minister said that the agreement reached between China and Pakistan the other day in Beijing is of historic signif-

icance. He said that under the agreement China will make investment of billions of rupees in Pakistan and it will be the heaviest Chinese investment in Pakistan in the history of the country. He said that China has promised to invest 20 billion dollars in energy sector only to rid the people of Pakistan from load-shedding. shahBaZ MEEts ChinEsE PREMiER: Later, the chief minister attended a reception hosted by the Chinese prime minister. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister expressed gratitude to the Chinese prime minister for announcing to cooperate in the construction of motorway from Lahore to Multan. The Punjab chief minister’s visit has been greatly helpful in removing reservations of Chinese authorities and investors created during the tenure of the former government. The CM also informed the Chinese leadership and investors about the efforts made by the federal and provincial governments since coming into power for increasing electricity production.


The alleged perpetrators of the Shama Cinema blasts had taped hand grenades to their thighs before entering the cinema, SSP Peshawar Najeebullah said on Thursday. According to the SSP, one of the suspects is 15, while the other one is aged between 18 to 19 years of age. The suspects paid for their tickets and took up seats at the back of the main hall of the cinema. There were nearly 60 people were watching a film at the time. Half an hour into the film, the suspects took out the grenades, removed their pins, and threw them towards the people sitting in front, the SSP said. The police managed to apprehend one of the suspects, Hasan alias Israr, who was injured in the explosion and had

been under medical treatment since the attack. Hasan hails from Bara Qambar Khel in Khyber Agency and this was allegedly his first involvement in such an activity. On February 11, three explosions occurred inside the Shama Cinema in Peshawar at 3:40pm killing 13 people and injuring dozens. Security forces and the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) reached the scene shortly after the incident. Rescue teams reached the location and the injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital. It was the second attack on a cinema house in Peshawar this month. According to officials of the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) three Chinese hand grenades were used in the attack. After a similar attack at Picture House Cinema in Peshawar on February 3, law enforcement agencies had assessed security of cinema houses in the city and put out an advisory.


centives, being offered by the government for investment in Pakistan. He assured that Chinese nationals, working in Pakistan, were an asset and all out steps were being taken for their safety and protection, adding that the government has upgraded security of the project sites where Chinese nationals were working.

INDIA AND PAKISTAN IMPORTANT ALLIES IN AFGHANISTAN: USA Washington: The United States has said that India and Pakistan are important allies in its endeavour to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. “We appreciate Pakistan's efforts to further Afghan-led reconciliation. Pakistan is obviously an important partner in supporting a secure and stable Afghanistan, which is vital to the security of the region,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters. “But I would say the same thing about India that India is also an important partner in supporting a stable and secure region, including in Afghanistan,” Ms Harf said. She said that the USA would continue to work with the two South Asian neighbours on security issues in Afghanistan, particularly going longer into 2014. Asked about the security situation in Pakistan and the terrorist threat there, Harf said both the USA and the Pakistan governments are concerned about it. “Because its citizens, in fact, have been affected by it more than anyone. We have a constant dialogue with the Pakistani government on counter-terrorism efforts and building their capacity to fight this threat,” she said. ONLINE

EIGHT KILLED IN BALOCHISTAN AFTER ARMED CLASH QUEtta: Eight people were killed and two others were injured on Thursday in an armed clash between two armed groups in Balochistan's Kharan district, a security official said. The official, who requested not to be named, said that the two armed groups clashed in Baseema checkpost area of Kharan. He said seven men belonging to one group were killed, while one person from the other group died during the exchange of fire. "Both sides used heavy weapons," he said. Panic prevailed among the people of the area in the aftermath of the clash, he said. The official stated that law enforcers were being dispatched into the area to bring the situation under control. STAFF REPORT




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About to bloom: PHA workers carry huge flower models for displaying at Jillani Park in connection with Spring Festival. Online


PR administration was working for the installation of the latest signal system. He said it was his task to post honest and dedicated officers in the department and now it was a responsibility of these officers to work

hard for the betterment of the PR. saad said no new appointment had been made, however, a summary for the employment of a special force in the PR police to combat terrorism had been sent to the prime minister office




akisTan Railways (PR) Minister khawaja saad Rafique has sought support from the provincial governments for security of PR assets, including tracks and trains. Talking to the journalists after presiding over a meeting of train staff at PR Headquarters on Thursday, he said almost all terrorists involved in blasts at tracks and trains had been arrested. He said the PR was facing a shortage of funds and resources but it was working on self-reliance which would not be a burden on the government. To a question, the minister said the

for approval. Earlier, while addressing the meeting of train staff, he said it was a responsibility of police to ensure respect of passengers, adding police would take action against any passenger if found guilty. The minister ordered strict action against any person, including government officer, failing to provide identity card on demand. He directed all divisional officers to meet even a cleaner or a train manager to resolve issue. He said the PR police were being equipped with the latest weapons and directed the police to focus on terrorists instead of addicts. The minister said salaries of the PR policemen were less than the provincial police, however, a summary had been sent to the prime minister for raising the police staff salaries. PR General Manager Operations anjum Pervaiz, additional GM Traffic Javed anwar Boobak and other were also present.

Meera in the dock over ‘love affair’ Meera, Captain Naveed summoned on Feb 26 lAHoRE: The Lahore Session Court on Thursday summoned Pakistani actress Meera and her husband Captain Naveed on February 26, 2014 in the controversial video case. The actress, her husband and the SHO did not appear before the court. As per details, a plea has been submitted in the court that the actress undermined the Islamic values through her video. Petitioner Muhammad Shabir on January 29 submitted the petition in the court in which he demanded the court to summon the actress and asked her regarding the video scandal. It is to be mentioned here that the video sparked huge controversy when it was released on internet last month. Online

This survey is nothing more than a joke

Another day, another acid attack

He said according to the ground realities that the govt performance on these issues worsened with every passing day. This was the only govt in the history of Pakistan which in its first nine months in power established the record of securing maximum domestic and external debt, got currency notes worth Rs 24 crore printed every hour and pushed the people in the sea of unemployment and dearness, he added. Continuing, the PML spokesman stated that even on the front of the good governance the failures of the present govt were well-known, in the appointment of the chief election commissioner, holding of local bodies polls and removal of officials the courts orders were shattered into pieces.

lAHoRE: The Lahore High Court Complaint Cell Thursday took notice of an acid attack by a man on his two step-daughters. The cell directed the Kasur District and Sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a detailed report within a week. The notice was taken on a press report which stated that the accused, Aslam of New Abadi Pattoki, wanted to marry her step daughter Javaria with a dumb and deaf man, Imran, but the girl rejected the proposal. To which, the accused threw acid on Javaria when she was asleep with her 10year-old sister Malika. The police have registered a case against Aslam and his former wife Kulsoom Bibi on the report of Arshad Bibi, the mother of victims. Police later arrested the accused while raids were on for the arrest of his former wife. aPP


The Gallup survey regarding the govt performance merely ‘gup survey’, in nine months the federal government was not able to make headway on any national, people’s problem, said Pakistan Muslim

League (PML) spokesman on Thursday. The PML spokesman said that if there was any reduction in load shedding, price hike of essential and other articles and terrorism, obstacles in the quick and cheap dispensation of justice were removed, volume of foreign debt was cut, there was no increase in the prices of electricity, gas and petroleum products then the people would surely have believed the claims about improvement.



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iRsTRikEs in north Waziristan should be stopped immediately, said Jamaat-e-islami chief syed Munawar Hassan while talking to journalist on Thursday.

Munawaz Hassan stated that government should formally announce its decision if it has planned an operation against the Taliban. He said that the government committee should not have refused to hold dialogue. He said that efforts should be made for success of the peace talks. The government

Preparations in full swing for attempting two Guinness records Lahore aPP

The preparations for the attempt to make two Guinness World Records under the banner of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 on Thursday reached the climax in the provincial metropolitan. The enthusiastic Punjab Youth is quite excited to attempt the making of two mega world records at the Historic Punjab University grounds. On February 24, 2014 over 175,000 individuals will attempt to break the record of most people singing national anthem currently owned by india with 121,653 people. in another attempt, the Pakistani people will try to notch up the feat of most people waving national Flags on the same day and venue. There is great enthusiasm among people from all walks of life across the province and they are waiting for the grand event impatiently. The heads of all the leading educational institutions of the province are passionate to ensure the maximum

participation of students in this great national activity. Provincial Minister for sports and Education Rana Mashhood ahmad khan is quite upbeat about the two upcoming mega events. He said that keenness, courage and determination shown by the students in the bid of making Largest national Flag World Record event was very rare in the history. “With the grace of allah almighty, we will be able to achieve the target of 100 world records this year,” he expressed his anticipation. Minister informed that he received several congratulatory telephone calls after Pakistan made the Guinness World Record of Largest Human Flag. “all the heads of the top schools, colleges and universities of the province have enthusiastically promised in a meeting to bring their students to the maximum in the upcoming grand events,” he resolved. The minister said that vision of Punjab Chief Minister shahbaz sharif has put a new hope of life among the youngsters of the province.

should not approve military action even if peace talks fail, he added. He said that india is destabilising Pakistan by sitting in Balochistan and some other parts of the country, adding that india is providing weapons for militancy. He said that why has not the government taken notice of this issue.

It’s a sad day, we wont work Lawyers boycott court proceedings against Johar Town incident lAHoRE: The lawyers community on Thursday partially boycotted court proceedings to protest against murder of eight members of a family in Johar Town. The strike call was given by the Punjab Bar Council and the lawyers boycotted proceedings at sessions courts, civil courts and cantt courts. However, the court work continued as per routine at the Lahore High Court and lawyers appeared in cases before courts. aPP

Dismissed ASI arrested lAHoRE: CIA City police have arrested a dismissed ASI Saqib Meraj allegedly involved in blackmailing women. Police on a complaint of a citizen, Munawar, conducted a raid and arrested the accused. During interrogations, the accused confessed that he was dismissed over corruption from the Police department. aPP

REST IN PEACE! Father of former federal minister for finance Dr Salman Shah passed away on Thursday. His funeral ceremony will be held at the main mosque of DHA at 2pm today. Females have to gather at 52B, Street 2, Phase 5, DHA. Prayers for the departed soul will be held between Asr and Maghrib prayers.

IUB celebrates first anniversary Lahore Press release

imperial University on Bahriachowk was dazzling, melodious, and joyful

on Tuesday celebrating first anniversary of school of architecture, art and Design. Formally dressed Pakistani and international students, parents, guests, and faculty coloured the spa-

cious campus. school of Engineering and Technology, school of Computing and information sciences, and school of Business and Management sciences of the university put up stalls highlighting research projects and latest laboratory equipment. artwork of students of architecture, art and Design (saaD) was put up in studios, which was appreciated by the visitors as a display of learning process. The space was full to capacity with artistic stalls of crafts of Pakistan. Chief guest Lahore Chamber of Commerce and industries President Engineer sohail Lashari opened first art exhibition in newly finished gallery of the university. The exhibition contained work of the saaD teachers, along with paintings of national artists. students of the saaD presented mimes and sufiana kalaam and international students performed cultural dances that were warmly applauded by the audience.

Confused nation is a major threat to national solidarity ZAFAR SAYS IDENTITY CRISIS IN PAKISTAN MAJOR THREAT TO NATIONAL SOLIDARITY Lahore inP

Erosion of statehood and weakening of national solidarity is the most serious challenges being faced by the country today, these views were expressed at a seminar on the ‘Challenges Faced by Pakistan’, organised by Punjab University’s Pakistan study Centre. senator s M Zafar, Justice (R) Mian Mahboob ahmad, Lt Gen (R) naseer akhtar, PU Faculty of arts and Humanities Dean Professor Dr Massarrat abid, advisor to Vice Chancellor Col (R) ikramullah khan addressed the ceremony while a large number of students were present on the occasion. Lamenting the absence of truth from the society, senator s M Zafar further declared the identity crisis in Pakistan as a major

threat to national solidarity and emphasised Pakistanis to flourish national unity and take pride in their identity as one nation. speaking on the challenges confronted by Pakistan today, Dr Massarrat abid said that Quaid-i-azam wanted to build Pakistan as a strong and stable country. she said that Quaidi-azam had defined the role which the bureaucracy, the army, politicians will play for a strong and democratic Pakistan. she said the country could not achieve the cherished goal of the Quaid because these guidelines were ignored. she said the result was the lack of stability, weak institutions and dependence on individuals. Justice (R) Mahboob while delivering his keynote speech said weakening of statehood is the major challenge being faced by Pakistan which has resulted in the decline of state and society. He emphasised on inculcating the feelings of nationhood and national solidarity as a panacea for the major threats to the homeland. General (R) naseer akhtar termed corruption as the toughest challenge. He said that kashmir and Water Dispute between Pakistan and india were the major threat to peace making efforts between the two countries and ill effect of those disputes on the fabric of society and internal security of Pakistan.




PPP Punjab’s President Mian Manzoor ahmed Wattoo who presided over the meeting of divisional headquarters, district presidents, secretary generals and the heads of allied wings of Party here on Thursday decided to ask the office bearers to send nominations from each constituency of national assembly for the Punjab Council of the party by the end of this month. it will serve as the highest consultative body for the party at the province level. The council will meet after every three months for consultative purposes to suggest the ways and means to make the party reflective of the aspirations of the people. The participants of the meeting highly appreciated

the stand of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on terrorism which represented the sentiments of the people right across the country who wanted to get rid of the menace at the earliest by taking militants on their turf. The participants assured the party leadership that they would make the forthcoming visit of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari a big success being considered as a great breakthrough for the party in the province of Punjab. The office bearers were also asked to send the names of those dedicated ex-office bearers of the PPP and even those who were not now in the fold of the party, to the secretariat for arranging their meeting with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during his visit to the provincial capital of Punjab. PPP Punjab’s president, while emphasising the importance of re-organisation of the party at the union council and ward level said that it was critical for making the party as the credible political force of the country like it was in 1970. it was decided that office bearers would mount flags atop the buildings of the party offices, residences and other places as a part of preparations to welcome the patron-in chief.


a meeting of student’s society formation was held under the chairmanship of Virtual University of Pakistan Rector Prof Dr naveed a Malik. The meeting discussed various concerns

pertaining to the extracurricular activities among students. He urged all faculty members to plan extracurricular events in a manner that all students may participate equally. Dr naveed a Malik underlined that Virtual University of Pakistan aims at providing the very best courses to students across the country. He was of the view that the high rank of Virtual University’s OCW web site is the symbol of its international recognition. Virtual University has published all courses on its open courseware site, and thereby joined ranks with the top few universities of the world. Meeting was attended by Registrar Dr sadaqat Mehdi, QEC advisor Dr Muhammad nawaz, Dr Qanbar abbasi and other faculty members.

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Friday, 21 February, 2014

The Libyan bedlam General Hifter, the CIA and the unfinished coup

Dialogue is not their course of action


eTS pounded six terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan killing 35, according to an unofficial tally. IeD producing factories that have killed and maimed hundreds of security personnel and innocent civilians were also destroyed in the air attacks. Like the earlier targeted strikes last month, the attacks followed the killings of security personnel. This is likely to be interpreted as a significant shift in military policy after takeover by the new COAS. A message has thus been conveyed to the TTP that attacks on soldiers will henceforth not go unavenged. The army has also made it known that it not only possesses precise information about the whereabouts of the terrorists’ nests but also has the capacity to take them out without suffering casualties. The much awaited action would dispel a pall of gloom that had set in due to the government’s fascination with unproductive talks. The terrorist outfits are seen by people as bands of violent zealots who are out to destroy the state in pursuit of their madcap agenda. In its preference for talks, the PML-N government failed to see what was visible even to the common man: the TTP and similar outfits were putting up demands that negated the ideals of the country’s founding father and conflicted with the moderate Islam practised by the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis. The idea to convince them through arguments alone was a non-starter from day one. What happened after the APC resolution, adopted under the pressure of the PML-N and PTI, was simply massacre. The statistics given by a military spokesman are illustrative. During the period of five months 460 innocent people, including 308 civilians, 114 soldiers and 38 policemen, died in terrorist acts within the country. The figure for the injured in these attacks stood at 1,264, with 684 civilians, 531 military men and 49 policemen. The TTP and its affiliates have all along treated the offer of talks as a sign of weakness. Their being treated as stakeholders and thus provided recognition by the state added to their intransigence. The tendency was further strengthened by those politicians who invented lame excuses for every bloody attack the terrorists conducted. Sometime it was a drone attack, another time the presence of US troops in Afghanistan. The only way to drive sense into the militant leadership’s head is speaking to them from a position of strength. The army has employed a language that they understand. What is needed now is to promptly respond to their attacks through effective military action irrespective of whether they target security personnel or common civilians.

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N Friday, Feb 14, 92 prisoners escaped from their prison in the Libyan town of Zliten. 19 of them were eventually recaptured, two of whom were wounded in clashes with the guards. It was just another daily episode highlighting the utter chaos which has engulfed Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Much of this is often reported with cliché explanations as in the country’s ‘security vacuum’, or Libya’s lack of a true national identity. Indeed, tribe and region seem to supersede any other affiliation, but it is hardly that simple. On that same Friday, Feb 14, Maj. Gen. Khalifa hifter announced a coup in Libya. “The national command of the Libyan Army is declaring a movement for a new road map” (to rescue the country), hifter declared through a video post. Oddly enough, little followed by way of a major military deployment in any part of the country. The country’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan described the attempted coup as “ridiculous”. Others in the military called it a “lie.” One of those who attended a meeting with hifter prior to the announcement told Al Jazeera that they simply attempted to enforce the national agenda of bringing order, not staging a coup. hifter’s efforts were a farce. It generated nothing but more attention to Libya’s fractious reality, following

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NATO’s war, branded a humanitarian intervention to prevent imminent massacres in Benghazi and elsewhere. “Libya is stable,” Zeidan told Reuters. “(The parliament) is doing its work, and so is the government.” But Zedian is not correct. his assessment is a clear contradiction to reality, where hundreds of militias rule the country with an iron fist. In fact, the prime minister was himself kidnapped by one militia last October. hours later, he was released by another militia. Although both, like the rest of the militias, are operating outside government confines, many are directly or loosely affiliated with government officials. In Libya, to have sway over a militia is to have influence over local, regional or national agendas. Unfortunate as it may be, this is the ‘new Libya.’ Some will find most convenient ways to explain the chaos: ‘east Libya is inherently unruly’, some would say; ‘it took a strong leader like Gaddafi to maintain the national cohesion of a country made of tribes, not citizens,’ others would opine. But the truth is oftentimes inconvenient and requires more than mere platitudes. Libya is in a state of chaos, not because of some intrinsic tendency to shun order. Libyans, like people all over the world, seek security and stability in their lives. however, other parties, Arab and western, are desperate to ensure that the ‘new Libya’ is consistent with their own interests, even if such interests are obtained at the expense of millions of people. The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick reported on the coup from Cairo. In his report, “In Libya, a Coup. Or Perhaps Not,” he drew similarities between Libya and egypt; in the case of egypt, the military succeeded in consolidating its powers starting on July 3, whereas in Libya a strong military institution never existed in the first place, even during Gaddafi’s rule. In order for hifter to stage a coup, he would need to rely on more than a weak and splintered military. Nonetheless, it is quite interesting

that the NYT chose to place hifter’s ‘ridiculous’ coup within an egyptian context, while there is a more immediate and far more relevant context at hand, one of which the newspaper and its veteran correspondents should know very well. It is no secret that hifter has had strong backing from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for nearly three decades. The man has been branded and rebranded throughout his colorful and sometimes mysterious history more times than one can summarize in a single article. he fought as an officer in the Chadian-Libyan conflict, and was captured alongside his entire unit of 600 men. During his time in prison, Chad experienced a regime change (both regimes were backed by French and US intelligence) and hifter and his men were released per US request to another African country, then a third. While some chose to return home, others knew well what would await them in Libya, for reasons explained by the Times on May 17, 1991. “For two years, United States officials have been shopping around for a home for about 350 Libyan soldiers who cannot return to their country because American intelligence officials had mobilized them into a commando force to overthrow Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader,” NYT reported. “Now, the Administration has given up trying to find another country that will accept the Libyans and has decided to bring them to the United States.” hifter was then relocated to a Virginia suburb in the early 1990’s and settled there. The news is murky about his exact activities living near Washington D.C., except for his ties to Libyan opposition forces, which of course, operated within a US agenda. In his thorough report, published in the Business Insider, Russ Baker traced much of hifter’s activities since his split from Gaddafi and adoption by the CIA. “A Congressional Research Service report of December 1996 named hifter as the head of the NFSL’s military wing, the Libyan National Army. After he joined

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Nuclear power plants near Karachi The priorities of our parliamentarians and their understanding of problems faced by their constituents often make people wonder whether they all live in the same province. however, one thing is certain which is that the welfare of people, and even serious threats to their lives are of no concern to very many of our parliamentarians. And the summary dismissal by Peoples Party parliamentarians of a request by MQM members to discuss the setting up of additional nuclear power plants dangerously close to Karachi, a city of nearly twenty million people, provided a proof about the attitude of our parliamentarians towards people, if a proof was in fact needed. According to Frontier Post report of February 15, Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPAs Syed Khalid Ahmed and Muhammad Moen Amir Pirzada presented the adjournment motions, saying that the already inaugurated nuclear plants being established forty kilometres from Karachi should be discussed as renowned scientists like Dr Pervez hoodbhai, Zia Mian and A h Nayar have expressed severe reservations in a column published in a section of the press. At this point, parliamentary affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro declared the motion to be against rules and regulations saying if the house started discussing newspaper columns, it would set a bad precedent. It did not matter to the Minister that it was not a question of discussing just any column but a matter that concerned the lives of nearly twenty million Pakistanis. The Speaker of the Sindh Assembly went even further and gave his ruling that being a non-issue, the motion could not be discussed. As a matter of fact, there should have been no need for the MQM MPAs to raise this issue in the Sindh Assembly because being a matter of serious public concern, there should have been an open public hearing in respect of these additional nuclear power plants near Karachi. however, according to a comprehensive report on the issue by Faiza Ilyas titled ‘Nuclear plant project okayed after secret eIA hearing’ published in a leading english daily (Dawn, Feb. 3), public hearing was skipped on the request of Pakistan Atomic energy Commission and a committee of experts, whose names were not disclosed, constituted by the Sindh environment Protection Agency conducted the environmental impact assessment, on the basis of which a no-objection certificate was issued. According to the report, a Sepa official claimed that the Pakistan environmental Protection Act had a provision to skip the public hearing of

an eIA if the case was of ‘national importance’ which would mean that the lives of twenty million people of Karachi were not regarded as of ‘national importance’. With vast potential for solar, wind power and coal-fired power stations in Sindh, some of which could start producing electricity much sooner than the atomic power plants, one fails to understand what was the rush to set up additional atomic power plants so near the largest city of Pakistan, also when the worldwide trend is to move away from the nuclear source for power generation because of its hazardous nature. We know about the Chernobyl disaster in Russia and also the recent Fukushima disaster the costs of which are likely to go up to a few hundred billion dollars apart from other grave consequences. It beats me as to why a country like ours which has been unable to handle disasters of much smaller magnitude, and has considerable difficulty even coping with heavy rains and medium-level floods, should go for additional nuclear power generation, especially with a plant of untested design and so near a big city, the possible mishaps at which it neither has the technical ability nor the finances to handle. S R H HASHMI Karachi

Wrong medicine I can see many tense faces with a feel of agony on the threat Pakistan received a few days back from a neighbouring country that if Pakistan couldn’t recover its security guards earlier kidnapped by terrorists allegedly operating from Pakistani soil, then our neighbour reserves the right to enter into Pakistan and take the appropriate measures to free its guards. Sure, no issue with protest by foreign office or anguish on street, no one can object to the same. But what about the slaughter (literal beheading) of 23 soldiers of Frontier Constabulary the other day, of which the responsibility has been proudly claimed by no one else but Taliban with whom the government has been pleading to declare a ceasefire. Shame doesn’t end at the slaughter of these soldiers, but the main issue is more troublesome — these soldiers were kidnapped by Taliban in June 2010. Pakistani public is justified to ask former and present federal and KP province governments and army itself: What have we been doing in the last three years to free these soldiers which would have been detained not in Somalia but in North Waziristan, a territory still part of Pakistan on present-day maps? If we don’t have any answers, then why get angry on threats being received from neighbours. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia


the exile group, the CRS report added, hifter began ‘preparing an army to march on Libya’. The NFSL, the CSR said, is in exile ‘with many of its members in the United States.” It took nearly 15 years for hifter to march on Libya. It also took a massive war that was purported to support a popular uprising. hifter, as Baker described, is the Libyan equivalent of Iraq’s Ahmed Chalabi, a discredited figure with strong allies in Washington D.C. Chalabi was sent to post-Saddam Iraq to lead the ‘democratization’ process. Instead, he helped set the stage of the calamity underway in that Arab country. It is no wonder why hifter’s return was a major source of controversy. Since the news of his CIA affiliation was no big secret, his return to Libya to join the rebels in March caused much confusion. Almost immediately, he was announced by a military spokesman as the rebels’ new commander, only for the announcement to be dismissed by the National Transitional Council as false. The NTC was largely a composition of mysterious characters that had little presence within Libya’s national consciousness. hifter found himself as the third man in the military ladder, which he accepted but apparently grudgingly so. Despite the coup failure, Libya will subsist on uncertainty. Arab and Western media speak of illegal shipments of weapons arriving into various Libyan airports. The militias are growing in size. The central government is growing irrelevant. Jail breaks are reported regularly. And Libyans find safety in holding on tighter to their tribal and clan affiliations. What future awaits Libya is hard to predict, but with western and Arab intelligence fingerprints found all over the Libyan bedlam, the future is uninviting. Ramzy Baroud is an internationallysyndicated columnist, a media consultant and the editor of His latest book is “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story” (Pluto Press, London).

Highlights of the SRO


he Civil Service of Pakistan (Composition and Cadre) Rules 2014 is a landmark SRO in the sense that it carries something for everyone. The very first and most important aspect is the formalisation of the change of nomenclature of the group from “DMG” to “PAS”. Another wonderful aspect of the new rules is that the president has been bound to act on the advice of FPSC. It will be mandatory on the president of Pakistan to make appointments only on the recommendations of FPSC. There has been much talk about the issue of encadrement of posts. It is important to fully comprehend the concept of encadrement before formulating opinions. All the posts in the federal secretariat have been allotted to various groups (like PAS, SG, and others). The allocation for PAS is: DS (25 per cent), JS (35 per cent), AS (65 per cent) and Federal Secretary (65 per cent). As for promotion to BS-20 and BS21, it is pertinent to add here that 65 per cent of the vacancies of JS have been reserved for SG/others and 100 per cent of vacancies of Sr JS have been reserved for SG/others on the same 33 per cent-66 per cent basis as explained above. Another important aspect of these rules is the induction of PCS officers into PAS. As the reader might already know about the long standing litigation going on in the SC between PCS and PAS about the distribution of vacancies, the present SRO is likely to put to rest all such litigation. The PCS lobby had asked for revival of induction of PCS officer as per the original 1954 Cadre Rules. In its original version the Cadre Rules 1954 only provided for induction against 20 per cent vacancies. The present SRO is however a step further to that in the sense that it provides for 30 per cent induction for PCS officers in BS-19 and that too through an open competitive process under FPSC. –Ed Note

Friday, 21 February, 2014

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Peter oBorne

ECENTLY, a friend of mine purchased a small quantity of Iranian saffron from a Birmingham merchant for £30 over the internet. This transaction was legal according to British and international law. It did not contravene any United Nations resolution. He transferred the funds via PayPal, the international payments firm. The money was paid in pounds sterling. What happened next was outrageous. PayPal sent him a menacing email informing him that he was in breach of US law, and asked him to sign a form admitting that he had behaved illegally. At this point my friend rang me in alarm. He is a British citizen, had done nothing wrong under British law, yet here he was being threatened by the United States as if he was a criminal. When I looked into the matter, I quickly discovered that my friend’s experience was the tip of an enormous iceberg. It is not just private individuals who are persecuted in this way by the United States. Private companies suffer from exactly this harassment, as do banks. Without protest, Britain has given away control over its trade with Iran to a department inside the US Treasury called the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). This body monitors US sanctions by pursuing foreign companies involved in trade with Iran. It has already persecuted major British banks, including RBS, HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds. In total, these banks have paid out more than a billion dollars in penalties, even though they have done

nothing wrong under British or international law. The most significant example is the British bank Standard Chartered, which specialises in doing business in the Middle East and Asia. It felt obliged to pay an incredible $667 million to OFAC and other agencies. In fact, Standard Chartered was blackmailed by the US authorities. The bank was given a choice between being cut out of all business with the US, or complying with its sanctions regime against Iran. I am certainly not saying that sanctions are wrong. Indeed, it is essential to stress that in Britain we do have our own sanctions against Iran, for instance against companies or state entities alleged to be involved in nuclear weaponry. But these have been agreed democratically, in the sense that they are open to scrutiny and criticism in and out of Parliament. In a system that relies on rule by consent, this gives them legitimacy. What is deeply troubling, however, is the presence of informal, secondary sanctions which the United States has inflicted against Iran by bullying British banks. These might as well be secret. Bankers never talk about them. Parliament has not debated, or even discussed, these sanctions. They haven’t been announced, let alone agreed, by any minister. They are not government policy. And yet the United States has enforced an informal banking boycott of Iran, unilaterally imposed on Britain and other foreign countries. The response of the Government is very troubling. In the normal course of events, one would expect ministers to defend very stoutly any company or individual prevented from going about their lawful busi-

ness by a foreign power. But neither Downing Street nor the Foreign Office have lifted a finger. It is important to stress that this supine approach is new. Contrary to legend, Margaret Thatcher stood up strongly against United States pressure. According to my colleague Charles Moore’s superb biography, the Reagan administration tried to stop a British company, John Brown, selling turbines to a Russian gas pipeline project that would supply much of mainland Europe. Mrs Thatcher probably disliked the idea as much as Reagan. But she was adamant that British companies should not be subject to American laws, so insisted that John Brown fight its corner. Her defiance worked. “Maggie Thatcher has made me realise that I have been wrong,” Reagan eventually acknowledged. A new agreement removed sanctions and allowed John Brown to sell to Moscow. But that was Thatcher. We are talking now about Messrs Cameron and Hague, who show no such determination to defend British interests against foreign threats. Indeed, by a perverse irony, it is actually easier for a US company to trade with Iran than a British one under the Coalition. This is because the bank of a US exporter to Iran can process payments without threat from OFAC, so long as the deal has OFAC approval. The bank of a British exporter will be persecuted, even though it has the approval of the British Treasury. Though most bankers refuse to talk about OFAC, one insider told me it operates like this. “OFAC tells the British bank that it will suffer consequences (for example, loss of a US banking licence, or blacklist-

ing) if it doesn’t agree to a settlement. The bank must agree to cooperate with the authorities by ceasing all business with Iran. It must then pay a penalty stretching to millions of dollars. It is also made to promise not to reveal the terms of the agreement or the process that led to it – even though the US authorities can do so if they wish. “This is like plea-bargaining. The case isn’t taken to court: presumably the banks judge that they will be penalised less if they settle with OFAC. And this threatening process creates an example for others, so it is no wonder that the rest of the banking industry falls into line.” So far as I can discover, it is impossible for any British bank to evade this US sanctions regime. Even if the contract with Iran is written under British law, and specifically outside the scope of US jurisdiction, that seems to be no protection to any company targeted by OFAC. Any bank that has an operation in the United States, or makes any transaction in US dollars, places itself within reach of punishment. The effect of this financial blockade is to ensure that the British banking industry cannot provide trade finance or money transmission services for entirely legal trade with Iran. Even medical or humanitarian goods can’t be paid for. Most banks are so terrified of the United States that they will close down the account of any customer who even has a connection with Iran. The flimsiest and most unproven suspicion is enough for banking facilities to be withdrawn. The boycott has been enforced by British banks, even though it is against British policy, because of American threats.

Why 9/11 can happen again los aNgeles times GAry HArt And normAn AuGustine

In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the HartRudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures." We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives." We identified 50 ways to improve national security, none of which was implemented before 9/11. One recommendation — to create a single agency to deal with homeland security — was not acted on until a year and a half after those tragic attacks. One particularly consequential recommendation has been altogether ignored. Congress has failed to "review its structure systematically in light of likely 21st century security challenges," a critical step needed "to ensure both that important issues receive sufficient attention and oversight and the unnecessary duplication of effort by multiple committees is minimized." Put bluntly, congressional oversight of homeland security remains an organizational maze. Instead of doing what our group and the 9/11 Commission recommended, Congress has made matters worse. After the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, oversight was claimed by 79 committees and subcommittees, but that number has expanded to at least 108. No major company could function with that kind of structure, and neither can the third-largest federal department. As former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "When many voices speak, it's like no voice speaks." Virtually everyone who has examined the matter agrees about the need to streamline congressional supervision of homeland security. Since the

9/11 Commission made it a central recommendation, reports from think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution have concurred, as did the Sunnylands-Aspen Institute task force, a group of national security experts that met last year and included 9/11 Commission Chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. Because Congress has spurned this chorus of qualified counsel, the country remains unprepared to thwart some of the same kinds of terrorist attacks that we warned about in the pre-9/11 days. Amid concerns about a cyberattack on the power grid, airtraffic control system or financial sector, the seven congressional committees that claim jurisdiction over cyber security can't even agree on whether responsibility for the issue should reside in the Department of Homeland Security or elsewhere. There are other areas of vulnerability. For example, when you fly on a major airline from a major airport, you, your shoes, laptop and luggage are screened by the Transportation Security Administration. But there isn't necessarily such screening if you board a private jet at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, just a dozen miles from Manhattan, or any number of small airports across the United States. A potential hijacker could walk through the terminal straight to the plane. And as Adm. Thad Allen, a former

commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, notes, when a small boat enters one of the harbors adjoining our nation's cities, whether it be Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Galveston, Texas, or others, those responsible for national security can't readily determine to whom it is registered or what is in its hold. Nor are these means of carrying danger onto our shores the full extent of the problem. As former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, who headed a commission on weapons of mass destruction from 2008 to 2010, noted in the Sunnylands-Aspen report, the list of biohazards, including substances that could kill before we become aware that they are in our air or water, hasn't been prioritized. Unlike most stories about Congress not working well, this isn't a saga of left versus right, Republicans versus Democrats. Reports from across the political spectrum have described the status quo as "byzantine," "wasteful" and "dysfunctional." The reason for congressional inaction is as simple as it is sad. As noted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Business Executives for National Security task force, Congress has "protected prerogative and privilege at the expense of a rational, streamlined committee structure. The result is a Department of Homeland Security that is hamstrung by a system of congressional oversight that drains departmental energy and invites managerial circumvention." A refrain emerged after 9/11: Why hadn't the media, Congress and the president paid more attention to the warnings and recommendations of the Hart-Rudman report? To that question we would now add: Must the country suffer another devastating, potentially preventable attack before more of its turf-protecting elected representatives forgo "prerogative and privilege" for the sake of our nation's security? Gary Hart is a lawyer and former senator from Colorado; Norman Augustine, a retired aerospace executive, was undersecretary of the Army from 1975 to 1977.


The new AfPAk NatioNal iNterest Anno Bunnik

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.” In less than a decade, pro-Iranian forces have entrenched themselves in Damascus and seized near absolute power in neighbouring Baghdad and Beirut. The structural marginalization of the Sunnis in Iraq and Lebanon is splitting these communities, as evident from the rise of jihadi groups. This is the context of Syrian conflict. Three years after the Arab uprising the “Syrian revolution” is dead and to label it the “Syrian conflict” would not entirely be right either. Due to its entanglement with existing political and sectarian divisions in Iraq and Lebanon the war is no longer strictly confined to Syria: the region is witnessing the emergence of a single theatre of war in what we could call the SIL region—Syria, Iraq, Lebanon. Some would argue this is solely the consequence of a spillover of the Syrian conflict into neighbouring states but that is too simplistic. After all, the consequences of the war are totally different to its other neighbours Turkey, Jordan and Israel. They too feel the burden (notably Jordan, in terms of refugees) but their fate is far less dependent on developments in Aleppo and Damascus. The social fabric of society and the political alignments in Iraq and Lebanon, however, follow very similar fault lines as is the case in Syria. The SIL region faces a shared predicament: fragile state institutions, growing Sunni marginalization and, consequently, the rise of Al Qaeda-affiliated (or originated) groups that increasingly operate irrespective of national borders. As a result, domestic politics in all three countries is no isolated affair. The Iranian belt of influence stretches from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean Sea. But this position is increasingly under threat by jihadi groups such as Jabhat al Nusra (JN), the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) and Jabhat al Nusra in Lebanon (JNL). The majority of Sunnis still support moderate political parties, such as Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and the Iraqi Islamic Party, which operate within the democratic system but with little success. The longer those parties are shunned from the centers of power, the more attractive the jihadi alternative will become. The old adage holds here: if one cannot achieve participation through nonviolent means, violence becomes a credible and legitimate alternative to some. It should therefore come as no surprise that the opposition is becoming increasingly militarized. The violent response to the power grab of pro-Iranian forces over the state apparatus and its security forces is twofold: Shiite neighbourhoods and state institutions have become legitimate targets for the various jihadi groups. In addition to the surge in anti-Shia terrorism, the region is witnessing an increase in attacks on the Iraqi and Lebanese Armed Forces, which are perceived to be tools of Iran. In Lebanon, the radicalization of the Sunni citizenry (over a quarter of the population) can be traced back to Hezbollah’s gradual takeover of the Lebanese state. Through its omnipresent threat of violence and assassination of top Sunni figures, it has made itself the most powerful political party in Lebanese politics. Meanwhile opposition leader and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has not set foot in Lebanon in two years over fears of facing the same fate as his late father. With Hariri out of touch with his constituency, local hardliners, such as sheikh Assir in Sidon and Sheikh Houssam al-Sabbagh in Tripoli, seized the opportunity to present themselves as alternative resistance figures against Hezbollah. Hassan Nasrallah has de facto pushed Hariri out of politics and is now finding himself having to deal with Al Qaeda instead, as evident from the regular car bomb attacks in the Hezbollah strongholds South Beirut and Hermel. Like their “brothers” in Baghdad, Lebanese Shiites have now become one of the main victims of jihadi terrorism. Iraq’s political mess is strikingly similar. Nouri al-Maliki has championed Shia politics within the Iraqi political system and has increasingly marginalized the Sunni population whilst not shying away from sectarianism. Al-Maliki framed the battle with ISIS “a fierce confrontation between the supporters of Hussain and the supporters of Yazid,” a reference to the battle of Karbala in 680, a key event in Shia identity and tradition. Meanwhile, numerous pictures emerged on social media of Iraqi soldiers carrying Shia flags and symbols. Similar to Lebanese Sunni dilemma, Iraqi Sunnis are also forced to choose between mainstream political parties that have little influence and radical groups that offer violent resistance against the Shia-dominated state apparatus. For groups such as ISIS this provides fertile ground for mobilisation of new recruits. Al Maliki’s sectarianism reinforces their message that the Shiites have taken over the country. 2014 was not even a week old and ISIS has already engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in Syria, detonated a deadly car bomb in Beirut and attacked Iraqi-government troops in Ramadi and Fallujah. ISIS is more active and controls more land than Al Qaeda Central in over two decades. ISIS’ crossborder activities, and the emergence of a Jabhat al Nusra faction in Lebanon, are clear indicators of the rise of jihadi networks in the SIL region. The take-over of the Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese state by proIranian forces paints a complex and dark picture for the future. As the Sunnis continue to be shunned from decision-making, more and more young men will opt for the black flag of Al Qaeda instead. This is the shared predicament that Syria, Iraq and Lebanon face. Anno Bunnik is a PhD Fellow at the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation at Liverpool Hope University.


Friday, 21 February, 2014




S the government is actively pursuing its policies of economic reforms, it is expecting up to Rs 250 billion merely from selling stakes in banks and petroleum companies in the first phase of selling government's shares in companies. In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said around $1.9 billion would be generated through these sales via capital markets some for hard currency as global depository receipts listed on foreign exchanges. "We will have this process on the fast

track," he said and first on the block would be government stakes in petroleum companies and in lenders such as Habib Bank Ltd. HBL, KA -0.62%, Allied Bank Ltd ABL.KA -0.11% and United Bank Ltd. UBL.KA +0.15%. These asset sales could bolster the Karachi Stock Exchange which while soaring in recent months-still isn't taken seriously by many global investors because of its low volume of transactions and the resulting susceptibility to speculators. According to the Wall Street Journal, Pakistan's government expects to sell several stakes in companies this spring in moves aimed at dispelling concerns about the pace of economic reforms. The government also hopes to reap as

much as $5 billion from auctioning off thirdand fourth-generation mobile-phone licenses. Another plan is to split the loss-making flagship carrier, Pakistan International Airlines Corp. PIAA.KA +0.37%, into two companies ahead of selling a stake, he said. Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in June, inherited a troubled economy, plagued by an energy crisis and a deteriorating security situation. Since then, the government has taken steps to cut subsidies and eliminate debt in the electricity sector, reducing the blackouts. It also negotiated a $6.6 billion deal with the International Monetary Fund to stave off default. The report said the economy has since shown signs of reviving, though growth is barely

keeping up with the country's birthrate. The IMF this month acknowledged a tentative turnaround, especially in the large-scale manufacturing and services sectors. It raised its forecast for economic growth in the fiscal year ending June 30 to 3.1% from its previous estimate of 2.8%. The government is more optimistic, expecting growth of some 4.4%. "I am quite happy and satisfied that things are moving the way they should be. We are right on track," Ishaq Dar said. "We are pursuing and taking the most difficult decisions, a few of which are politically unpopular. But to fix the economy, those stabilizing measures as well as structural reforms were necessary."

Pakistan and China want speedy work on economic corridor

Pakistan's liquid foreign reserves reach around $8b

ISLAMABAD: China and Pakistan have urged the relevant offices on their sides to work on the Economic Corridor on a speedy basis. "The two sides should work together to ensure that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor starts to take practical shape soon and yields tangible benefits," said the joint statement issued at the conclusion of President Mamnoon Hussain's visit to China. However, Pakistan and China noted with satisfaction the progress made in establishing the institutional mechanisms that would support the Economic Corridor. The Joint Cooperation Committee on the Long-Term Plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has already been activated while the Working Groups on Planning, Transport Infrastructure and Energy have held successful inaugural sessions. During President Mamnoon's visit, the second session of the Joint Cooperation Committee was held. APP

ISLAMABAD: The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $7,994.2 million on February 14, 2014. Giving the break-up of the foreign reserves position a statement of the Central Bank on Thursday said that foreign reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan stood at $3,196.7 million while Net foreign reserves held by banks (other than SBP) were $4,797.5 million on February 14,2014. The SBP statement said that during the week ending Feb 14,2014, SBP's Liquid FX Reserves increased by $356 million to $3,197 million compared to $2,841 million in the previous week. The Central Bank attributed the increase in its reserves to US$406 million official inflows during the week; which include US$353 million received under Coalition Support Fund, US$53 million from multilateral and bilateral sources. APP

Textile exports up 7.6pc in 7 months ISLAMABAD APP

Exports of textile products from the country witnessed positive growth of 7.59 percent during the first seven months of the current fiscal year when compared to the corresponding period of last year. The overall textile exports from the country were recorded at $8.035b during JulyJanuary (2013-14) as compared to the exports of $7.468b during July-January (2012-13), according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The textile products that witnessed positive growth in trade included raw cotton, exports of which increased by 70.21 percent by surging from $90.506m last year to $154.047m during current year. The exports of cotton cloth increased from $1,528.455m last year to $1,644.974m during current year, showing an increase of 7.62 percent while the exports of cotton (carded or combed) increased by 460 percent, from $0.596m to $2.336 million. According to the data, the exports of yarn (other than cotton yarn) increased by 17.22 percent by going up from $25.988m to $30.462 million while the exports of knitwear increased by 6.82m by surging from $1,224.361m last year to $1,307.907m this year. Exports of bedwear increased from $1,032.092m to $1,236.805m, showing increase of 19.83 percent, exports of readymade garments increased from $1,026.202m to $1,104,729m, an increase of 7.65 while exports of art, silk and synthetic textile increased from $200.078m to $211.461m, showing increase of 5.69m.

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Executive of GFC Fans Mohammad Ilyas receives FPCCI Export Trophy Award from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PR

JS Bank recognized two years in a row for its CSR Activities by NFEH KARACHI: JS Bank has been recognized once again for its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts by the renowned National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with UNEP at the CSR 6th International Summit. JS Bank has been awarded in the category of Social Impact. The award recognizes the positive social impact JS Bank has had through its community programs in the areas of Health, Education, Sustainable Development and Relief Efforts across the country. The award marks the recognition of JS Bank's firm belief in giving back to the community at large. Amongst numerous NGO's and well renowned organizations who had submitted their nominations, JS Bank was selected through a judges' panel for being the best in overall "Social Impact" for the initiatives it has led across a broad range of segments. PRESS RELEASE

Gas curtailment, low gas pressure adversely impact KE’s generation capability KARACHI: According to a notification released by K- Electric (Formerly KESC), SSGC has come down to supply only 70 MMCFD gas to KE, which is very low against KE’s summer requirement. This curtailment of gas that has adversely impacted power generation is in complete violation of the Government’s Gas Allocation Policy under which power sector comes on second highest priority after residential consumers. Furthermore, pressure of the gas supplied to K-Electric power generation plants is low due to which various gas-fired plants at Korangi, SITE and Bin Qasim are not able to operate at their optimum capacity. Due to the prevalent dismal gas supply situation, KE’s generation capability is severely and adversely impacted. The electricity demand for Karachi is now increasing in view of the changing weather conditions and to meet this high demand KE requires stable and adequate supply of gas. PRESS RELEASE

Bank Alfalah announces Rising Talent Award at Fashion Pakistan Week KARACHI: As part of Bank Alfalah’s commitment to ‘Care’, it has recently launched a ‘Rising Talent – Discovering the Potential of Pakistan platform’, to provide opportunities for young talent in the country to nurture, evolve and grow. Such an endeavor is likely to play a pivotal role in boosting Pakistan’s image by showcasing emerging success stories at a local and global level. Under this umbrella, the Bank has announced that it will be introducing a first of its kind, ‘Rising Talent Award’ at the Fashion Pakistan Week 2014. The award will provide a prestigious platform for four young designers to showcase their talents at the Pakistan Fashion Week 6. The Bank will also provide a cash award of Rs500,000 for the most promising upcoming designer. FPC designers’ collections are available for viewing at and winners will be chosen through a transparent online voting process. Participating institutions include Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) and the Asian Institute of Fashion & Technology. Bank Alfalah’s Chief Executive Officer, Atif Bajwa said “Bank Alfalah has been supporting entrepreneurs and individuals that have been contributing to the economic growth of Pakistan. We are a country rich in talented and skillful human capital and emerging success stories must be brought to the forefront. Introducing this

collaborative recognition platform with FPC is a step in that very direction, which I am hopeful, will translate into a long-term, sustainable partnership to positively impact our fashion industry, economic growth and people.” PRESS RELEASE

PTCL introduces ‘Spring offer’ for new EVO customers ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest ICT service provider in the country, has announced one month complimentary internet usage for new EVO Wingle and EVO 3.1 customers. Applicable on both pre and postpaid packages purchased between 14th - 28th February 2014, the 'Spring Offer' enables EVO 3.1Mbps customers to save up to 38% on monthly charges for next six months in addition to the free usage period. For EVO Wingle the monthly charges post promo shall be Rs.1500 offering 30GB volume downloads. The offer enables customers to stream videos, web casts, play online games and a host of other applications at high-speeds of PTCL's nationwide EVO wireless broadband network. This offer rewards the loyal EVO customers and appreciates their support in making PTCL EVO the most popular wireless internet brand of the country. With the largest data network in addition to widest coverage, PTCL wireless broadband is empowering millions across Pakistan to reach out to the world, enabling convenient access to knowledge and information. PRESS RELEASE

Food enthusiasts come together to celebrate Karachi Eat Food Festival KARACHI: The Karachi Eat Food Festival will be organized on the 22nd and 23rd February, 2014 at Frere Hall, Karachi. During these two days, Frere Hall will be transformed into a foodie wonderland with enticing and delicious dishes, drinks and entertainment. Shan Foods (Pvt.) Ltd., a global food company is the lead sponsor while the event is being organized by Chapra Khan Omari Event Architecture. The Karachi Eat Food Festival aims to bring together the most creative and talented street vendors, celebrity chefs and food enthusiasts to celebrate the diversity of food that the city of Karachi has to offer. The idea behind Karachi Eat is to create a festival that will revive the community spirit that was so reminiscent of this great city of lights. People attending the event will be treated to food competitions for children and adults, music, live cooking demos hosted by celebrity chefs. PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khoro and former ambassador to US Sherry Rehman at a ceremony organised by Alif Ailaan on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO


Friday, 21 February, 2014





Your emotional side is working like crazy on getting you over this weird situation -- but you have to trust your heart. Follow its guidance and you can't go wrong, no matter what happens.

A new emotional state wells up within you -- from somewhere really deep! It could be romantic or it could be something more spiritual. In any case, take it seriously and follow its lead.

Do something positive for yourself today. You may need to deal with a minor health issue, kill a bad habit or walk away from a toxic relationship. You have the power to take control!




Try not to get too worked up over the weird issue that pops up midday -- it's the least meaningful problem you've got. In fact, the upheaval that comes today should give you a positive new perspective.

Something is going on deep within your mind -- and you may be more of a witness than a participant. That's okay, because you should be able to see that it's a positive process, albeit somewhat chaotic.

Dive deeper into your latest obsession. Things are getting intense, and you may find that you've got a new career path or life goal ahead of you now. That's perfect for your spiritual direction.




Depth is more important than ever right now, so make sure that you're getting more than you see on the surface. You should get more clues once you dig a little, and then things really get interesting.

Your animal magnetism is making life a lot more interesting for your latest romantic attachment. It could also make you a target for recruitment from a new employer or school.

You feel moodier than usual today -- which is likely an indicator that you need to spend time alone. Even the most extroverted people require occasional downtime, so shut the door for today.







Your objective judgment is easier than ever to access today, and others are delighted that you are willing to help mediate disputes. It shouldn't be hard to get all parties to agree to something.

Your emotions run deep today, so check in with yourself and make sure you're being honest. It could be time for a major change, but only if it feels absolutely right.

You're a bit out of sorts today, though your energy should put you in a generally good mood. Avoid any big decisions, if possible, and try to maintain a steady course through the day.





How to play fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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sudoku solution

1 hungarian-born composer, d. 1945 (6) 2 sawbones (7) 3 benefactor (5) 5 got thin (anag) (7) 6 ingenuous (5) 7 more elevated (6) 9 extraordinary (9) 13 name tag (anag) — colour (7) 14 african country, capital windhoek (7) 15 adhesive (6) 16 consume (6) 18 islamic holy men (5) 20 relating to a bone in the forearm (5)

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crossword solution

1 next to (6) 4 offensive odour (6) 8 repeat (5) 9 deficient (7) 10 invade in great numbers (7) 11 small bird that builds floating nests (5) 12 prime minister's official residence (6,3) 17 night (anag) (5) 19 bewilder (7) 21 watercourse (7) 22 having high moral character (5) 23 sycophant (3-3) 24 short trip with a mission (6)

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Friday, 21 February, 2014


‘Living drug’ kills leukemia in 88 percent of patients WASHINGTON



new approach to killing cancer cells that uses a patient’s own immune system has beaten back leukemia in 88 percent of adults, US researchers said. The report by scientists in New York offers more good news for the burgeoning field of cancer immunotherapy, which uses what some describe as a “living drug” that was hailed by Science magazine as the breakthrough of 2013. The latest trial, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, involved 16 people with a kind of blood cancer known as adult B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Some 1,400 people die of ALL in the United States each year, and while it is among the most treatable cancers, patients often become resistant to chemotherapy and eventually relapse. For this study, 14 of 16 adult patients achieved complete remission after their T cells were genetically engineered so that they could focus on eradicating cancer. The patients’ median age was 50, and they were all on the brink of death when they entered the trial, having relapsed or discovered that chemotherapy was no longer working. The longest remission

among them so far is about two years, and that patient is still going strong, said lead author Renier Brentjens, director of cellular therapeutics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Without this therapy, just 30 percent of relapsed patients would be ex-

A cat bite can land you in the hospital

Cat lovers might want to take extra caution the next time they tempt the wrath of their favourite pet feline. A new study produced by the Mayo Clinic has found that cat bites are potentially more serious than most individuals, and medical experts, previously thought. In fact, about 30 percent of people seeking medical treatment for a cat bite need hospitalization to treat the wound. The three-year study confirms what hand surgeons like Dr. Brian Carlsen have long suspected — that most people who suffer from serious cat bites simply assume the wounds will heal on their own. “Cat bite injuries to the hand can progress to serious infection,” reads an excerpt from the study. “The treatment of such infections often requires hospitalization, intravenous antibiotic therapy, and operative treatment … these findings should increase concern for a severe infection and warrant hospitalization and urgent consultation with a hand surgeon.” In most cases, a cat bite isn’t serious. Cats have smaller teeth than larger pets like dogs and rarely are able to tear the skin. However, a cat bite poses a threat almost like a needle injection. On the surface, the bite might not appear to pose a health risk, but the deep puncture wound may have left dangerous bacteria inside a person’s body. In January, Marie Joyce wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post detailing how a bite from her pet cat left her in the hospital for four days. And earlier this month, an Oregon man caught a case of bubonic plague after being bitten by a cat. “With cats, they can insert the bacteria quite deeply,” Carlsen said. And if the bite is located on one of the hand’s joints, the body’s immune system is less likely to be able to flush out or attack the source of infection. “On the hand, there are so many joints,” Carlsen said. “They don’t have any circulation, they are just petri dishes. The immune system doesn’t have access to them.” Bottom line: Carlsen says if you’ve been bitten by a cat and don’t see improvement in the wound in the first 24 hours, you should probably seek treatment. Beyond that, he says, caregivers also have a responsibility to do more than hand out a course of antibiotics. For example, in the Mayo Clinic study, 21 patients did not respond to antibiotic treatment. If a deep joint wound isn’t properly treated, it may end up needing costly surgery. “I was surprised to see how bad so many of them are,” Carlsen said. “We see many cases requiring multiple surgeries.” courtesy yAHoo NeWs

pected to respond to salvage chemotherapy. - ‘Re-educating’ T cells The process involves removing some of the patient’s T-cells and altering them with a gene to make them recognize a protein, known as CD19, on the cancer cells,

If you’re 60 and older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled, according to a new study. And the snag is that moderate exercise won’t protect you from the hidden hazards of prolonged sitting, the study reveals. It is the first to show sedentary behaviour is its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate vigorous physical activity. In fact, immobility is almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate exercise. If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day, the second one is 50 per cent more likely to be disabled, the study found. Dorothy Dunlop, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study, said: ‘This is the first time we’ve shown sedentary behaviour was related to increased disability regardless of the amount of moderate exercise. ‘Being sedentary is not just a synonym for inadequate physical activity.’ Prof Dunlop said she was surprised by the findings. ‘It means older adults need to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting, whether in front of the TV or at the computer, regardless of their participation in moderate or vigorous activity’ she said. The study focused on a sample of 2,286 adults aged 60 and older from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It compared people in similar health with the same amount of moderate vigorous activity. Moderate activity is walking briskly, as if you are late to an appointment. The participants wore accelerometers from 2002 to 2005 to measure their sedentary time and moderate vigorous physical activity, says a report in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. The accelerometer monitoring was an objective measure of seden-

so that they can attack them. Left to their own devices, T cells can attack other harmful invaders in the body but will allow cancer to grow uninterrupted. “Basically, what we do is re-educate the T cell in the laboratory with gene therapy to recognize and now kill tumor cells,” Brentjens said. After 15 years of work on the technology, known as tumortargeted chimeric antigen receptor–modified T cells, “it seems to really work in patients with this particular type of cancer,” Brentjens told a foreign news agency. Last year, his team reported the first promising results in five adult patients who achieved remission after the therapy. He estimated that between 60 and 80 people in the United States have since entered experimental trials of the new treatment, which is also being studied in Europe. - ‘Not a fluke’ In December 2013, experts from multiple US centers where trials are ongoing presented their findings at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting, including the University of Pennsylvania, which is also studying the approach in adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is enrolling pediatric patients in trials of T-cell therapy. Brentjens said other US

centers have shown similar remission rates in their studies so far, “demonstrating that this isn’t a fluke.” “This is a real phenomenon,” he told a foreign news agency. “This could be a paradigm shift in the way we approach cancer therapy.” Kanti Rai, chief of the CLL Research and Treatment Program at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, described the latest study as “a major service to all of us.” Rai, who was not involved in the research, noted that it has been a few years since scientists first reported on their initial success against CLL. “In the present report, we are told that equally dramatic and excellent results were obtained when a more frightening and fatal disease, such as adult ALL was the enemy,” said Rai. Researchers are still trying to figure out why it does not work in all patients. Efforts are also ongoing to identify cancerspecific receptor cells that could allow the technique to tackle other types of tumors. “The expansion to other kinds of cancers is next on the to-do list,” said Brentjens. In the meantime, the therapy remains expensive, costing around $100,000 per patient, a price tag experts believe will come down once pharmaceutical companies get more involved and the technique becomes more widespread.


tary behaviour because the older and heavier people are, the more they tend to overestimate their physical activity. Previous research suggested a relationship between sedentary behaviour and disability but it was based on self-reports and could not be verified. Because the study examines data at one point in time, it cannot determine that sedentary behaviour causes disability but ‘draws attention to a potential prob-

lem’ said Prof Dunlop. Studies with animals have shown immobility is a separate risk factor for negative effects on health. ‘This is the first piece of objective evidence that corroborates the animal data’ she added. There has been growing interest in the downsides of prolonged sitting, which could be both a marker for a sedentary lifestyle and an independent risk factor. Previous research found people who watch six hours of

Looks like trash: Cleaner in Italy throws artworks worth thousands in bin An Italian cleaner accidentally threw the contemporary pieces of art worth thousands of pounds in the bin. The cleaner, in southern Italy, was said to be ‘just doing her job’ when she thought two artworks, supposed to be part of an exhibition, were rubbish left behind by those setting up the show. Organisers of the exhibition said one of the pieces of art she threw away included pieces of cookies, which were scattered on the floor,

as part of an artistic arrangement. The cleaning company has said it will use its insurance to pay for the artworks, which have been valued at £8,220 (10,000 euros). It is not the first time a piece of contemporary art has been mistaken for rubbish. In 2001, bosses at London’s Eyesto’rm gallery had to rescue a work by artist Damien Hirst from a bin after cleaners threw it away mistaking it for rubbish. oNLINe


TV a day cut short their lifespan by five years compared with someone who watches no TV. People who sit for longer have bigger waist sizes, and higher levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides. The average adult spends 90 per cent of their leisure time sitting down and less than half of adults meet World Health Organization physical activity recommendations. courtesy DAILy MAIL

Friday, 21 February, 2014


Kareena, Bipasha ‘kiss’and make up! NEWS DESK



He inaugural show of one of Pakistan’s first virtual galleries, The Paint Bucket is due to be held on ýthe 22nd of February in Lahore. The Paint Bucket is fundamentally an Online Gallery, and the first of its kind in Pakistan.”The Gallery aspires to provide emerging artists with a platform for their ambitious projects and to give them an opportunity to be recognised in the international art community,” says Sehr Latif, the founder of The Paint Bucket. For the launch exhibitioný, The Paint Bucket has handpicked seven artists who have excelled in their respective fields ranging from painting to printmaking. The Paint Bucket plans for these seven artists to bring with them flavours of the various parts of Pakistan from which they originate.

Sehar says, “The Pakistani art scene is growing rapidly, and now its presence in the international arena is turning heads. More and more galleries, collectors and platforms are keen to acquire contemporary art from Pakistan. Keeping this in mind and ýseeing that there is hardly any opportunity for many young Pakistani artists to promote themselves on a virtual platform that is accessible to local as well as international audiences, The Paint Bucket Gallery feels that they can help by bridging this gap in a big way.” Pakistan is still new to virtual galleries, whereas the world has been holding online exhibitions, auctions and art fairs for quite a few years now and have been successfully promoting art globally. It is hoped that Paint Bucket folloýws in the same direction to provide young artists of Pakistan a platform to showcase and sell their art.

I thought my film career was over: Cate Blanchett

No one was ready to produce Highway: Imtiaz Ali

NEWS DESK Academy award-winning actor Cate Blanchett says Blue Jasmine came her way at the time when she thought her movie career was nearing its end. The 44-year-old Canadian actor was left stunned after learning that Woody Allen wanted her to star in Blue Jasmine, as she was convinced her movie career was over after leaving Hollywood to concentrate on theatre in Australia. “It was incredibly unexpected, I’ve been working in the Sydney theatre with my husband for the last six years, and I thought I didn’t have a film career to return to. Actor years are incredibly short, so it was a great surprise to get the call,” she said. The widely-acclaimed star has scored an Oscar nomination this year under the best actress category for her role in Blue Jasmine. The movie tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite (played by Cate Blanchett) falling into poverty and homelessness. The Australian star won the 2014 the Best Actress BAFTA for Blue Jasmine.


op star Miley Cyrus has sparked rumours that she might be dating Jared Leto after the duo developed a connection over their love for music. The 21-year-old singer, who parted ways with actor Liam Hemsworth last year, apparently stayed at Leto`s place some time ago, reported US

magazine. “(They) are hooking up. She stayed over at his house in LA in early February,” a source said. They both attended Clive Davis` Pre-Grammys gala on January 25 and were photographed talking to each other. Cyrus and Leto, 42, have reportedly “known each other for a while.” However, their bond has deepened over time.

arhan akhtar’s vocal skills have taken his repertoire to a new pitch and the actor is strengthening it even further. he has lent his voice to the music of his upcoming film Shaadi Ke Side/Effects, which includes two songs Yahaan Wahaan and ahista ahista, composed by Pritam. Written by Swanand Kirkire, Yahaan Wahaan is an upbeat melancholic number that plays out between Farhan’s and Vidya Balan’s characters Sid and Trisha at their most crucial moments in the film. Says the actor, “It’s a new kind of singing style for me, which made it challenging and exciting. I love the fact that it’s not a typical sad song and yet, Pritam has evoked those emotions with his chord progression and Swanand’s lyrics have given it a lot of heart.” Farhan recorded the song in one sitting, over a couple of hours in the presence of both Pritam and the film’s director, Saket Chaudhary, who says, “Both the songs are beautiful and emotional and they convey feelings that the character Sid would never be able to voice otherwise. Farhan’s singing has given the songs intimacy, pain and joy.” Yahaan Wahaan has already received rave reviews on the internet and Farhan will soon be performing this song live on part of the film’s narrative, Farhan, who plays a struggling musician, resorts to composing advertising jingles to keep his kitchen fires burning. NEWS DESK




Or Imtiaz Ali, it was homecoming of sorts. An alumnus of Hindu College, Imtiaz looked like just another student when he visited the Delhi University campus and interacted with students while promoting his upcoming film Highway. Greeted with loud cheers and a performance by Ibtida (dramatics society of Hindu College), the director had a word of wisdom for students of the college, “Always tell your own stories, not those of others. I have a lot of expectation from Hindu.” And we have a lot of expectations from his film, Highway. The director revealed that the film – despite being a labour of love – had a difficult birth.





T seems marriage has tamed Kareena Kapoor Khan. The pretty actress was spotted kissing and bonding with her one-time rival Bipasha Basu. It was an awards event where Kareena was accompanied by her husband Saif Ali Khan. According to a news report, there was a moment when Kareena shared the stage with Bipasha. At that time both the actresses stood at extreme ends on the dais whereas Saif, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit were in the middle. However, after some time they became warm towards each other and Bips was seen chatting with Bebo and Saif Ali Khan. In fact there were pictures of both the beauties kissing each other. Both the actresses have had a bitter past and had engaged in mudslinging after their film Ajnabee released in 2001. Their catfight got a lot of media attention, especially when Bebo called Bips Kaali Billi. There were also rumours about an affair between Bipasha and Saif Ali Khan. However, time has healed old wounds and everything seems to be fine between these beauties.

First inaugural show of The Paint Bucket Gallery on 22nd


Even tough the duo have developed a close connection, it is reported that Leto does not believe in dating. “Leto doesn`t do girlfriends,” a source said. The `Dallas Buyers Club` star has previously dated actress Cameron Diaz, with whom he got engaged in 2000. They ended their four-year relationship in 2003.


“For the longest time, I couldn’t make the film (Highway) as nobody was ready to produce it. Ultimately, I had to produce it myself.” Be it Socha Na Tha (2005), Jab We Met (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) or rockstar (2011) “My films are not meant to be a comment on love or the perception of love... these are just stories but they are termed as love stories, and I don’t grudge that,” Imtiaz added. Discussing the toughest part of shooting Alia Bhatt, randeep Hoodastarrer, the director said, “It was coming back to Delhi and shooting with the conveniences of food and other luxuries. We had become a little junglee. Coming back to civilization was tough and that’s something all of us felt. We really enjoyed being in the wild.”

aTrIna Kaif’s younger sister Isabelle Kaif is all set to make her acting debut with ‘Dr. Cabbie’, co produced by sister’s ex flame Salman Khan. While sister Katrina Kaif began her acting career in Bollywood with ‘Boom’, Isabelle will be starting with a Canadian film. But the film’s first look does have a Bollywood touch to it. The film, which is being shot in Toronto, will be produced under Salman Khan’s Being human (SKBh) Productions. The film is the story of an Indian unemployed immigrant doctor-turned-cab driver,who becomes a local hero when he converted his taxi into a mobile clinic. The movie is being directed by Canadian director JeanFrancois Poulliot. apart from Isabella, the cast also includes Vinay Virmani, adrianne Palicki, Kunal nayyar, Lillete Dubey, Mircea Monroe, rizwan Manji. however, Isabelle is not the leading lady of the film and is paired with second male lead, Kunal nayyar, who is famous with the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. NEWS DESK


Friday, 21 February, 2014



VEN as the whispers have started to get louder over Zaheer Khan's future in the Indian side, Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan fast bowling great, and former India bowling coach Eric Simons believe the left-arm quick still has a big role to play. In the four Tests since returning to the side in the South Africa tour, Zaheer has taken 16 wickets including a five-for in the second Test against New Zealand. However both South Africa and New Zealand batsmen raised big totals, capitalising on the inconsistency of the Indian bowling which lacked the intensity and importantly a bowling leader. "It is very rare that you make a comeback having played 90 Tests. So it is just not your bowling but also your reputation at stake," Akram told ESPNcricinfo. "But in the time left before he finally retires, Zaheer has the opportunity to contribute a lot still. Like Imran [Khan] did with myself and Waqar [Younis], Zak can stand at mid-on and mid-off and teach other bowlers skills like reverse swing, have a word with the young fast bowlers when things are not going well."

Shortening his run-up, how and when to use reverse swing, how to use angles and yorkers were some of the things Akram said Imran taught him during his formative years. "Talking, explaining fast bowling is an art. Just because one is a fast bowler does not always mean he can teach easily to others. So the more Zaheer talks to the others, he will learn and teach more. I used to just ask Imran 'kya karoon, kya karoon (what should I do)' for the first three years. And that is how I learned." Akram cited the example of the Wellington Test last week where Ishant Sharma went wicketless in the second innings - a match that Brendon McCullum turned on its head with a triple-century. "Dhoni cannot speak from behind the wickets. Ishant no doubt bowled well during the series, but no wicket for 160odd runs it means he had some psychological issues. So it is for Zak to take the initiative to figure out what Ishant's plan was and talk to him accordingly. If the pitch is flat, wickets are not coming, then how does one stop the runs are things that have to be spoken about. Other than taking wickets Zaheer's responsibility should help make one or two good fast bowlers before he exits cricket." Rahul Dravid, former India captain, told ESPN-

cricinfo earlier this week Zaheer's struggles were evident in both South Africa and New Zealand and the bowler needed to ask himself some tough questions. "I would hate to see Zaheer Khan end his career bowling 120-125 kph and limp away from international cricket," Dravid said. However Simons, who was the bowling coach when fellow South African Gary Kirsten was the Indian coach, pointed out that speed has never really been Zaheer's strength. "Zaheer is not a very physical bowler," Simons said. "Zaheer is lot more tactical in his approach, lot more skillful in the sense he has relied more on the swinging the ball and using the variations to be successful. And he will just end up relying more and more on those skills as time goes along." Simons also said that India could not afford to carry a fast-bowling pack who were more medium than fast. "The important thing in any bowling attack is the balance so you can't have three or four guys just bowling at 120-125 kph and try and swing the ball around. If he (Zaheer) is used more to complement the other chaps, who are bowling quicker then he becomes more effective. That will naturally become his role in future. Even Richard Hadlee became very effective in such a role."

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MOHAMMAD AKRAM PROPOSES ROTATION FOR PAKISTAN BOWLERS SPORTS DESK With Mohammad Irfan out of the squad after aggravating a hip injury, Pakistan's bowling coach Mohammad Akram has outlined a rotation policy for the major international contests ahead of the team. Akram, who was given a two-year contract, confirmed that Pakistan would focus on managing their bowlers' workloads to avoid injuries. Rotation is an unfamiliar concept for Pakistan, and teams over the last one-and-a-half years have been selected largely from first-choice players. During Akram's previous stint as bowling coach, he oversaw the international debuts of Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil and Asad Ali, but none of them has graduated to becoming a front-line bowler. Akram's influence on bowlers like Irfan and Junaid Khan has been evident, but Pakistan's bench strength is thin. "We have decided to focus on the Under-19 level to get a group ready right from the start," Akram said. "Meanwhile we have realised the need for a rotation policy and both captains [Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez] should accept and adapt the mechanism and implement it in the long run. "Irfan is a lethal bowler but it's not like we are overreliant on him. If you remember we won the (ODI) series in South Africa without him. So there are a lot of things we have discussed and we are thinking ahead now, and I can assure there is no sense of deprivation in the dressing room and from the captain." Irfan's fitness has been a talking point ever since he made his debut in 2010. His longest continuous streak in international cricket came in the UAE last year, when he bowled 65.5 overs in two Tests against South Africa, 13 in a tour game against UAE, and 48 overs in five ODIs against South Africa. During this time, he became an important member of the Pakistan attack. He was picked for the final T20 against South Africa in Dubai last year despite carrying niggles, and ended up injuring his hip. He recovered after three months of rehabilitation but aggravated his injury during a recent domestic T20 match. "His [Irfan's] fitness wasn't compromised at all. He was played rightly and was fit enough for the match but injuries are part and parcel of the game," Akram said. "It can't be avoided by the doctors and the bowling coach. What we can do is try and manage the bowlers' workloads." With Irfan out, Pakistan lack a strike bowler though Umar Gul, who had been out of contention for over nine months with a knee injury, is back in the side following his return for the ODIs against Sri Lanka in December. "Umar Gul's performance since his comeback has been outstanding and we need to have a senior like him in the team," Akram said. "He just returned from an injury and his still bit wary about taking a full workload, which is natural, especially after a knee injury.

Muttiah Muralitharan, the world's leading international wicket-taker, and former India opener Virender Sehwag, as well as Monty Panesar and prospective England opener Sam Robson are among the players named in the MCC squad for next month's Champion County match in Abu Dhabi. An MCC XI captained by Sehwag will play Durham, the 2013 Championship winners, in a fourday first-class match beginning on March 23 to herald the start of the English season. A T20 tournament featuring Lancashire, Sussex and Durham precedes the main fixture, in which Muralitharan will lead the side. Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and England allrounder Samit Patel are also included in the squad, along with Patel's Nottinghamshire team-mates Harry Gurney, the left-arm seamer recently called up by England, and former New Zealand international Andre Adams. As has been the case for the last few years, the Champion County match will be a day-night affair, using pink cricket balls; pink balls will also be used in the T20 fixtures. "I was delighted to be asked to play in this match, and being able to captain the MCC side makes it even more of a privilege," Sehwag said. "We're taking a very strong squad out to Abu Dhabi so I'm sure the standard of cricket on show will be very high. "It's also very exciting to be playing under lights with the pink ball. It's a big innovation for the game and I'm very keen to be involved in any initiative which aims to increase the appeal of cricket to a wider audience." John Stephenson, the MCC's head of cricket, said

he hoped the continued pioneering of the pink ball in day-night first-class cricket would soon lead to it being taken up at higher levels within the game. "MCC has had very positive results from these day-night Champion County matches, and has provided the game with invaluable insight into the possibilities of playing floodlit Test cricket," he said. "The evidence continues to mount and the club believes this will soon translate into day-night Test cricket, which will help to re-invigorate the five day international game in countries where attendances are low." The trip will also feature Lancashire playing 50over matches against an MCC Universities Combined XI and MCC Young Cricketers on March 22 and 23 respectively. MCC squad: Virender Sehwag (capt), Muttiah Muralitharan (captain T20 fixtures), Sam Robson, Luis Reece, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Samit Patel, Prassana Jayawardene, Ollie Rayner, Andre Adams, Harry Gurney, Kyle Hogg, Monty Panesar.

SPORTS DESK MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh because of a side strain. Virat Kohli will lead India in Dhoni's absence and Dinesh Karthik slots in as the replacement wicketkeeper. Dhoni suffered a grade-one strain to his left side during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington and will undergo rehabilitation for ten days. The Indian squad landed in Mumbai today after failing to win a single game in New Zealand. Kohli has led India in eight ODIs previously, when Dhoni was injured during a tri-series in the West Indies involving Sri Lanka and then rested from a tour of Zimbabwe in July and August 2013. India won seven of those matches. Karthik has not played for India since the tour of Zimbabwe last year either. India's first game in the Asia Cup is against Bangladesh on February 26. The tournament ends on March 8, and the ICC World Twenty20 begins on March 21, also in Bangladesh.


Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, has hailed the upset win over the West Indies as a mammoth and much-needed confidence booster ahead of the World Twenty20 in March. Simmons added that the fact that the win came in West Indies' back-yard made it even more important to his team but warned his charges not to rest on their laurels as they look to close out the series on Friday. "It's a big victory because we are in West Indies' hometown so to beat the world champions, it's going to give us a lot of confidence, especially going into the World T20s in March," Simmons said. "It's good for us to beat [ICC] Full Members and especially the better ones such as the West Indies." Simmons believes that while many West Indian players were still feeling the effects from the Nagico Super50 tournament, the time his team had to rest and acclimatise gave them a slight advantage. "I think we've had more time to prepare and we were sharper today and got accustomed to the conditions. We bowled a lot better than we've done in the past and we also fielded a lot better. Our


bowlers did the job and we came out on top." Simmons praised the disciplined bowling of Alex Cusack as well as Tim Murtagh and Kevin O'Brien, all who scalped two apiece, to restrict the West Indies to a paltry 116 off their allotted 20. He added that they had high hopes for left-arm spinner George Dockrell who also helped stymie the West Indians with a tidy 1 for 15 from his four overs. "He's been practising and working hard. He got his pace and his length well today and that's what helped our other bowlers get the wickets. It's nice to see him and Cusack back in form." In their chase, Ireland took it to the last over before making 117 for the loss of four wickets but Simmons admitted that the batting needed improving if they were to mount a serious challenge in Bangladesh. Simmons said that changes were forthcoming as he wanted to bolster his batting as he believes they have a good understanding of the Sabina pitch now. "I don't think the top couple of our batters batted as well as they could have. We did manage to end up batting smartly in the conditions though and it came down to a big partnership which is what you need in these circumstances, something around fifty or fifty-something," he continued.

Friday, 21 February, 2014

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bowed out of the Delray as a top seed as he was also ousted in the first round in 2010. "I struggled at times with the lights and my focus, but I'm not going to take anything away from (Johnson)," Haas said. "I hate to lose, but I'm happy for him." In other action, Australia's Lleyton Hewitt was also sent home early after he retired because of a right shoulder injury. He was trailing fellow countryman Marinko Matosevic 7-6. Fourth seed Anderson also advanced when opponent Ivo Karlovic was forced to retire early in the match, while sixth seed Feliciano Lopez overcame a one-set deficit to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-4 6-2. Marin Cilic easily knocked out Benjamin Becker 6-1 6-3.


AVID Ferrer led a Spanish charge into the quarter-finals of the Rio de Janeiro Open with victory over Federico Delbonis. The world number four and second seed eventually imposed himself on his Argentine opponent after an even opening to the match to post a 7-6(2) 6-1 win in one hour and 26 minutes. During the first set, Delbonis managed to save four set points before losing it on a tie-break but from then on in it was all about claycourt specialist Ferrer, who won six games in a row to seal victory. Ferrer, who won the tournament in Buenos Aires at the weekend, moves on to meet Thomaz Bellucci in the third round of action in Brazil after the local wildcard downed seventh seeded Juan Monaco 4-6 6-3 6-3. Ferrer's compatriots Tommy Robredo and Pablo Andujar also made it through after respective wins over Dusan Lajovic and Martin Klizan. Fourth seed Robredo eased to a 6-2 61 success over Serbian qualifier Lajovic while eighth seed Andujar was handed a walkover when Klizan pulled out of their match, citing a stomach problem. Rafael Nadal is the top seed at this ATP 500 event.

Meanwhile, a day after displaying dominant form at the Delray Beach Open, top seed Tommy Haas suffered an upset loss to unheralded American Steve Johnson 6-4 2-6 7-6 in the second round. Haas had opened the tournament with a breezy win over Wayne Odesnik on Tuesday but the 35-year-old could not repeat the feat against an aggressive young opponent who had to win two qualifying matches to make the tournament's main draw. Johnson banged out 13 aces and did not fold when Haas mounted a rally and claimed the second set.

In the decisive third, Johnson held firm and dominated the tie-breaker to gain a huge victory in his young career. "I've had a few wins I'll never forget, and this is one of them," Johnson said. "I played a good week in Dallas (Challenger) two weeks ago and I played two good matches in qualifiers (here)." The win marks the second time this season Johnson has defeated a top-20 opponent, after he took down Kevin Anderson, who was ranked 20th at the time, last month in Auckland. This is not the first time Haas has

rIo DE JANEIro oPEN rESultS SECoND rouND 2-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 7-6(2) 6-1 thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat 7-Juan Monaco (Argentina) 4-6 6-3 6-3 4-tommy robredo (Spain) beat Dusan lajovic (Serbia) 6-2 6-1 8-Pablo Andujar (Spain) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) wo Delray Beach International results Second round Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat 8-lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 76(2) 0-0 (Hewitt retired) Steve Johnson (u.S.) beat 1-tommy Haas (Germany) 6-4 2-6 7-6(2) 6-Feliciano lopez (Spain) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 4-6 6-4 6-2 4-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 1-0 (Karlovic retired) First round 7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Benjamin Becker (Germany) 6-1 6-3


BARCELONA CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD OVER SIGNING OF NEYMAR SPORTS DESK Barcelona have been charged by a Spanish court with committing tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar last year, a court spokesman has confirmed. "Judge Pablo Ruz has charged FC Barcelona with an infringement against the tax authority relating to the purchase of the Brazilian player," the spokesman said. Barca denied wrongdoing after local media reported on Wednesday that Spain's public prosecutor had asked Judge Ruz to lay fraud charges against the club. "The club's actions have, at all times, regarding that operation (to sign Neymar) and in line with the available information, been fully compliant with existing law," Barca said in a statement. The Spanish champions added they would be sending legal representatives to court "in the coming days" to defend their rights and interests. "At the same time (Barca) states its complete availability to collaborate with the justice authorities in this process, as it has been doing from the first moment, or in any other that might require its intervention."

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta stunned world number three Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to earn a surprise spot in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Pennetta, who narrowly avoided being dumped out in the first round of qualifying, reeled off eight consecutive games to turn an ominous 4-1 deficit in the opening set into a commanding position. Radwanska eventually brought the one-way traffic to a halt by breaking for 3-1 in the second set, but that proved the Pole’s final victorious game as Pennetta raced home for a 6-4 6-1 triumph. "It was the first time I've beaten her in six years - I thought I would never beat her again," said Pennetta. "But today I played really well. My idea of what I had to do was clear, and I tried to go for the points all the time. "I made a few mistakes in the beginning - I was down 4-1, but every game was a big fight - but I kept going and stayed aggressive and it worked in the end." And the seeds tumbled across the draw as Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro and Romania’s Sorana Cirstea claimed the scalps of third seed Petra Kvitova and fourth seed Sara Errani respectively. Defeat looked inevitable for Navarro when the Spaniard trailed 6-1 4-2, but she responded magnificently to force a deciding set, eventually sealing the

match 1-6 6-4 7-6(4). World number 27 Cirstea beat Errani 6-2 5-7 6-1. "Every single time against her I would come close but never get the win, but tonight I kept fighting and playing aggressive until the end," said Cirstea. "I never changed my game plan, no matter what the score was. I'm happy because I kept doing that until the end, and that's what gave me the win." Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic and eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the last eight with straight-set victories.

results from the Dubai Championships women's Singles round 2 matches Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat 3-Petra Kvitova (Czech republic) 1-6 6-4 7-6(4) Sorana Cirstea (romania) beat 4-Sara Errani (Italy) 6-2 5-7 6-1

Alize Cornet (France) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-3 6-4 5-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat lucie Safarova (Czech republic) 7-5 6-4 Venus williams (u.S.) beat Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 6-2 6-1 8-Caroline wozniacki (Denmark) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-4 6-4 Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat 2-Agnieszka radwanska (Poland) 64 6-1

results from the rio de Janeiro open women's Singles matches rouND 2 1-Klara Zakopalova (Czech republic) beat Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) 6-4 6-1 Nastassja Burnett (Italy) beat Alison Van uytvanck (Belgium) 06 6-3 6-2 Katarzyna Piter (Poland) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 57 6-3 6-1 3-Paula ormaechea (Argentina) beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 7-5 7-5 round 1 5-Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat Hsieh Su-wei (taiwan) 6-3 6-2 Anna-lena Friedsam (Germany) beat Nadiya Kichenok (ukraine) 6-2 6-3

KRISTOFF WINS SECOND OMAN STAGE AS HOWARD TAKES LEAD SPORTS DESK Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the second stage of the Tour of Oman as Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge) took the overall lead of the race.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the second stage of the Tour of Oman as Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge) took the overall lead of the race. Kristoff picked up his first victory of 2014 by winning a sprint finish after a 139km trek from Al Bustan to

Quriyat ahead of Howard and Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Cycling Team) who was third. With the peloton racing into a strong head wind, Kirstoff attacked early to avoid problems in the lead out and it paid dividends as he won by nearly a bike length. Howard's second successive second placed finish meant that he picked up more bonus seconds and he holds a two second advantage in GC ahead of Kirstoff, stage one winner Andre Griepel (Lotto Belisol ) and Preben Van Hecke ( Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) Defending champion and Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton and is 12 seconds down in GC. The riders observed a moment's silence before the start of the stage in memory of Belgian rider Kristof Goddaert, who died on Tuesday in a training accident.

StAGE two rESult 1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, 3:12:01 2 leigh Howard (AuS) orica-GreenEdge, same time 3 tom Boonen (BEl) omega Pharma - Quick-Step, same time 4 robert Forster (GEr) unitedHealthcare, same time 5 Nacer Bouhanni (FrA) FDJ, same time General classification 1 leigh Howard (AuS) orica-GreenEdge, 7:15:20 2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, +2secs 3 Andre Greipel (GEr) lotto Belisol, same time 4 Preben van Hecke (BEl) topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, same time 5 tom Boonen (BEl) omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +8 6 Nicola ruffoni (ItA) Bardiani-CSF, same time 7 Paolo Colonna (ItA) Bardiani-CSF, same time



PAKISTAN CAN BE NUMBER ONE IF BATTING CLICKS, SAYS ZAHEER ABBAS Lahore: Former captain Zaheer Abbas said on Thursday that Pakistan could be the world's best team if they improve their batting, a frequent weakness in the recent past. Pakistan were bowled out for their lowest Test total of 49 by South Africa in Johannesburg during a 3-0 rout last year. They were also bundled out for 99 in the Dubai Test against the same opposition in October and were below par in the Champions Trophy in England, where they lost all three matches. Pakistan hired Australian Trent Woodhill for a brief three-week stint in June last year as batting coach and now have Zaheer Abbas as chief cricket consultant. The 66-year-old Abbas is helping the faltering batsmen in a four-day camp to prepare for next week's Asia Cup in Bangladesh. "I will do my best to help the batsmen overcome their problems and I am sure if our batting improves we can be the world's top team," he told reporters. Pakistan have failed to find a suitable opening pair in all three formats, and their shaky middle order relies heavily on the ageing Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul Haq. "What I have noticed is that they want to learn, which is a good thing, and I will try to help them play according to the situation," said Abbas, the only Asian batsman to score a hundred centuries in first-class cricket. Pakistan will wrap up the four-day training camp on Friday and fly out to Dhaka the next day, where they open their Asia Cup title defence with a match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. AGENCIES


KaraChI: Pakistan sealed a thrilling three-wicket victory in the first of three one-dayers in the Sindh government Pakistan-India Blind Cricket series on Wednesday at Southend Cricket Stadium in Karachi. Chasing a sizeable 419 in the 40-over match, Pakistan were 20 for 1, losing Zahid Mehmood cheaply to a brilliant direct throw from Ajay Reddy. After that, Anees Javed and Muhammad Zafar steadied the innings and took Pakistan past the 200-run mark, but another good fielding effort produced a wicket as Zafar was run out for 90. Javed, though, was irrepressible, unfurling one boundary after another and fell only after blasting his way to 163 off 91 balls. Nisar Ali then hit 74 off 47 balls to steer Pakistan to a three-wicket win in the 39th over. Javed was named Man of the Match for his whirlwind innings. Opting to bat first, centuries from Ketan Patel and Hatesh propelled India to 418 in 40 overs. After 26 overs, India had 290 runs on the board, but Patel perished after a 67-ball 126 and the run-rate went down quite noticeably. Hatesh, however, ensured the foundation built by Patel did not go to waste, slamming 109 in 79 balls. AGENCIES

SPORTS Friday, 21 February, 2014


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S Pervez QaiSer Kumar Sangakkara became only the fourth batsman to make 100 or more 50 plus scores in one day internationals. The left hand batsman from Matale achieved this feat by making 128 in 115 balls with 14 fours in the second match of the threematch series against Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Thursday (February 20). It was his 17th century in 341 innings of 364 one day internationals matches. Besides 17 hundreds, Kumar Sangakkara also scored 83 fifites in these matches. Kumar Sangakkara's 128 was the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman against Bangaldesh in Bangladesh and second highest ever after Sanath Jayasuriya's 130 at Karachi on June 30,2008. Upul Tharanga's unbeaten 118 off 126 balls with 18 fours at Dhaka on January 8,2010 was the previous highest for Sri Lanka against Bangaldesh in Bangladesh. India's Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of scoring the highest number of fifty plus scores in one day internationals. The master blaster scored 49 hundreds and 96 fifties, 145 fifty plus scores in 452 innings of 463 matches between 1989 and 2012. Australian Ricky Ponting made 112 fifty plus scores, 30 hundreds and 82 fifties in 365 innings of 375 one day internationals while South Africa Jacques Kallis played 103 fifty plus knocks, 17 hundreds and 86 fifties, in 311 innings of 325 one day internationals.

MoST 50+ ScoreS IN oNe daYerS: batsman M I N.o runs aVG H.S S/r 100 50 0 50+ Sachin Tendulkar (India) 463 452 41 18426 44.83 200* 86.23 49 96 20 145 ricky Ponting (australia) 375 365 39 13704 42.03 164 80.39 30 82 20 112 Jacques Kallis ( 325 311 53 11574 44.86 139 72.94 17 86 16 103 Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 364 341 37 12252 40.30 169 77.02 17 83 13 100 Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 445 433 18 13430 32.36 189 91.20 28 68 34 96



he opening day at St George's Park was less traumatic for South Africa than the four in Centurion as Dean elgar shone on his return to the side, but loose strokes in the evening session left them vulnerable. They avoided the sort of performance that could have handed the series to Australia on a plate - and which threatening to develop during a rough first half an hour only to slip as the light faded on an overcast day to close on 214 for 5. A third-wicket stand of 112 between elgar and Faf du Plessis provided the cornerstone of the innings. however they will rue the strokes played by elgar who, having fought for nearly five hours and 193 balls, tried to clear the in-field against Nathan Lyon and then debutant Quinton de Kock who became the latest batsman to fall to a Steven Smith full toss. AB de Villiers, the only batsman to counter Australia in the first Test, remained unbeaten 51 as he made it a world record of 12 consecutive Tests with at least a half century. South Africa have lengthened their batting order for this Test - elgar was in line for a recall and de Kock was called in when Alviro Petersen was ruled out ill - so they still have the chance to post something around 350 and challenge Australia with scoreboard pressure which has been rare in the last few months. The opening exchanges did not bode well for South Africa. The lead-up to the toss was chaotic with uncertainty over Vernon Philander's fitness to go alongside the three team changes. Some hasty scribbling eventually put Philander on the teamsheet, but it was perhaps no surprise that Graeme Smith departed early when he played around a full, swinging delivery from the probing Ryan harris on a muggy morning. In the next over, from Mitchell Johnson, hashim Amla was firstly beaten by a ball that swung in from outside off and then trapped lbw by another delivery that did the same but had been pitched straighter. It gave Johnson his 50th Test wicket since the beginning of the Ashes and few would have bet against him quickly adding No. 51, but that is not how the day unfolded. elgar was still on nought by the time

Smith and Amla departed. On his only previous appearance against Australia, on his debut in Perth, he bagged a pair and it took him 20 deliveries and 43 minutes for him to score his first run against this opposition. however, during that wait to open his account he had not appeared ruffled. his composure was further evident when he slog-swept Lyon for six to register his first boundary and he later deposited the offspinner straight down the ground. Between those grand shots there was good judge-

ment around off stump, the occasional punchy cover drive, plenty of nudges into the leg side and no little bravery as he was willing to take blows around the body from Johnson. There was also the occasional edge when he was 15 a combination of soft hands and the slow pitch meant a nick fell short of Brad haddin - but, by and large, he was in control as he brought up a 112ball half-century. Du Plessis played equally impressively and it was he who eased the early

SoUTH aFrIca 1ST INNINGS Gc Smith lbw b Harris 9 d elgar c Harris b Lyon 83 HM amla lbw b Johnson 0 F du Plessis c Smith b Lyon 55 ab de Villiers not out 51 Q de Kock c sub (Mc Henriques) b Smith 7 JP duminy not out 2 eXTraS (b 4, lb 2, w 1) 7 ToTaL (5 wickets; 83 overs) 214 To baT Wd Parnell, Vd Philander, dW Steyn, M Morkel FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-10 (Smith, 4.6 ov), 2-11 (amla, 5.3 ov), 3123 (du Plessis, 43.1 ov), 4-181 (elgar, 69.3 ov), 5-200 (de Kock, 76.5 ov) boWLING rJ Harris 18-5-36-1, MG Johnson 15-2-44-1, PM Siddle 22-7-610, NM Lyon 23-6-47-2, da Warner 1-0-2-0, SPd Smith 4-0-18-1 aUSTraLIa TeaM da Warner, cJL rogers, aJ doolan, Se Marsh, MJ clarke*, SPd Smith, bJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, rJ Harris, NM Lyon Match details Toss South africa, who chose to bat Test debut Q de Kock (South africa) Player of the match tba Umpires HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and rK Illingworth (england) TV umpire aleem dar (Pakistan) Match referee rS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) reserve umpire aT Holdstock

shackles imposed by Australia's bowlers with a brace of cover drives off Peter Siddle. he, too, used his feet against Lyon and shortly after lunch clipped him over deep midwicket for six. Two boundaries in three balls against Johnson, the second a well-controlled pull, took him to his fifty from 117 balls but he fell moments later to the curse of the drinks break when he prodded forward against Lyon and popped a catch to short leg. A soft dismissal which emphasised the absence of the ruthlessness with the bat that characterised South Africa's rise to No. 1 however, it had been a rare occasion of Australia having to work for a wicket: this was only the second century stand they have conceded since the beginning of the Ashes. The other belonged to Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root during the second innings in Adelaide. Their bowling rarely wavered and Johnson remained a threat despite the slowness of the pitch. Without Shane Watson's medium pace, the value of Lyon in keeping the scoring rate down and chipping key wickets was priceless for Michael Clarke. he continued to use harris and Johnson in short spells, and both were primed for late bursts before the light closed in. Moments earlier Smith had done his job when, in a first over the largely consisted of long hops and full tosses, de Kock came down the pitch to a one that did not land and heaved an ugly mow to mid-off. De Villiers reached his half-century from 124 balls - an indication of how hard the batsmen were made to work - when he pulled another half-tracker from Smith. That was enough for Clarke who, when told he could not use his quicks, was content to leave the field. South Africa know what will hit them in the morning.


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Kumar Sangakkara's 17th ODI hundred was everything Sri Lanka needed to win the ODI series with a game in hand. But since their opponents were always going to pose a threat to their 289-run total, they also needed Bangladesh's batsmen to come up with a string of needless dismissals to ensure the 2-0 win. having gone down by 61 runs in Mirpur, Bangladesh lost their first bilateral ODI series at home since December 2011. Since then, they have beaten West Indies 3-2 and New Zealand 3-0. Bangladesh's personnel hasn't changed much since those triumphs, but there was a marked difference in their approach, in this series, to the simplest tasks on the field. Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis took two wickets each, but the Sri Lankan bowlers merely had to bowl a good length, sometimes fuller, and the fielders grab the catches. The real work was done by the home batsmen. Shamsur Rahman dabbed at a wide one to be caught spectacularly at second slip in the first over, before Anamul haque and Mominul haque added 55 runs for the second wicket. That partnership ended when Mominul was brilliantly caught behind by Sangakkara, his most sublime work of the day, even surpassing his century. Anamul had attacked Malinga during his 46-ball 42, but his innings ended when he was lbw to an incoming delivery from Thisara Perera

in the 14th over. What should have been the most mature period of play actually turned out to be just the opposite. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al hasan swung at everything within their reach. Mushfiqur swung Perera off his hips to pick up a six and followed it up with two fours in the same over. Kithuruwan Vithanage then dropped Shakib, a difficult chance at midwicket. Shakib continued hitting out, slogging Mathews for a six and two more boundaries down the ground off successive deliveries before holing out to Ashan Priyanjan's offspin, caught at long-off. It was an ugly shot, completely unbecoming of a batsman who

had just become the country's highest runscorer in ODIs. Mushfiqur then called for a single, but sent Mahmudullah back halfway through his run; he was easily run out at the bowler's end. Nasir hossain hung around for a while before holing out at deep square-leg, ending Bangladesh's hopes at 153 for 5. Mushfiqur moved to 79 but there was no one left at the other end for a proper tilt at the chase. Bangladesh had another bad day as a fielding unit too. Nasir hossain put down a tough chance off Priyanjan at deep midwicket when the batsman was on 2. Sri Lanka were 67 for 3 at that point. Mahmudullah dropped a dolly off an Angelo

SrI LaNKa INNINGS MdKJ Perera c Shamsur rahman b rubel Hossain 8 TM dilshan c Mushfiqur rahim b rubel Hossain 8 Kc Sangakkara c Mahmudullah b arafat Sunny 128 Ld chandimal c Shamsur rahman b Sohag Gazi 9 SMa Priyanjan lbw b Shakib al Hasan 60 ad Mathews not out 56 NLTc Perera c Mahmudullah b rubel Hossain 0 KdK Vithanage not out 13 eXTraS (lb 3, w 4) 7 ToTaL (6 wickets; 50 overs) 289 dId NoT baT SMSM Senanayake, SL Malinga, baW Mendis FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-9 (MdKJ Perera, 1.5 ov), 2-38 (dilshan, 7.4 ov), 3-63 (chandimal, 12.4 ov), 4-177 (Priyanjan, 36.4 ov), 5-260 (Sangakkara, 46.2 ov), 6-262 (NLTc Perera, 47.2 ov) boWLING: Mashrafe Mortaza 8-0-52-0, rubel Hossain 10-0-763, Sohag Gazi 10-0-50-1, Shakib al Hasan 10-1-46-1, arafat Sunny 8-1-44-1, Mahmudullah 3-0-11-0, Mominul Haque 1-0-7-0 baNGLadeSH INNINGS anamul Haque lbw b NLTc Perera 42 Shamsur rahman c Senanayake b Malinga 0 Mominul Haque c Sangakkara b Senanayake 15 Mushfiqur rahim c Senanayake b Malinga 79 Shakib al Hasan c Senanayake b Priyanjan 24

Nasir Hossain c Vithanage b Mendis 22 Mahmudullah run out (MdKJ Perera/Priyanjan) 1 Sohag Gazi c †Sangakkara b NLTc Perera 7 Mashrafe Mortaza c NLTc Perera b Mendis 17 arafat Sunny not out 1 rubel Hossain c sub (aK Perera) b Senanayake 6 eXTraS (b 3, lb 3, w 7, nb 1) 14 ToTaL (all out; 43 overs) 228 FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-2 (Shamsur rahman, 0.4 ov), 2-57 (Mominul Haque, 12.2 ov), 3-63 (anamul Haque, 13.6 ov), 4-116 (Shakib al Hasan, 21.2 ov), 5-153 (Nasir Hossain, 28.3 ov), 6-155 (Mahmudullah, 29.3 ov), 7-170 (Sohag Gazi, 33.1 ov), 8-217 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 40.5 ov), 9-220 (Mushfiqur rahim, 41.6 ov), 10-228 (rubel Hossain, 42.6 ov) boWLING: SL Malinga 8-2-45-2, ad Mathews 8-1-44-0, SMSM Senanayake 8-0-33-2, NLTc Perera 6-0-40-2, baW Mendis 8-043-2, SMa Priyanjan 5-0-17-1 MaTcH deTaILS Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to bat Series Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 2-0 Player of the match Kc Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Umpires anisur rahman and rJ Tucker (australia) Match referee dc boon (australia) reserve umpire Mahfuzur rahman

Mathews scoop when he was on 39, at short fine-leg. Mominul haque, safe as house at other times, dropped Vithanage twice, once at deep midwicket and once in the covers, the second chance a regulation one. It was Priyanjan and Sangakkara who hauled the visitors out of trouble. Sangakkara in particular was brilliant in picking the right balls to find boundaries but got things ticking with well-timed ones and twos. They added 114 in 24 overs, both striking some sublime boundaries. After Priyanjan's dismissal, Sangakkara and Mathews swelled the total with an 83run stand in less than ten overs with the big hits coming from the captain's bat. San-

gakkara upped the run-rate with some timely boundaries, and Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal might have learned a lot from watching how he paced his innings. Perera was the first to go, giving Shamsur Rahman an easy catch at backward point in Rubel hossain's first over. Tillekaratne Dilshan continued to struggle, getting out to the same bowler after a topedged hoick went into mid-off's hands rather than over midwicket as intended. Dinesh Chandimal soon joined the openers in the dressing room, offering a simple catch to Shamsur at short midwicket. Sohag Gazi made the ball dip on him, but it wasn't an unplayable delivery.

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