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Pakistan 71 taliban less shelling by the army’s gunship helicopters and fighter jets on wednesday killed at least 71 suspected militants and injured another 80 in several parts of north waziristan. Militant bases in Mosaki, zara Mela and esorti villages in Mir ali tehsil were targeted, while the operation was also carried out in parts of Miranshah. the pakistan army suffered four casualties in the offensive. story on page 02

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Thursday, 22 May 2014




HEllING by the army’s gunship helicopters and fighter jets on Wednesday killed at least 71 suspected militants and injured another 80, some critically, in

Army targeted tribesmen not militants: TTP Hafiz Gul Bahadur group reviews peace treaty with the govt MOHMAND AGENCY/ PESHAWAR: Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) commander Umar Khurrassani on Wednesday claimed that at least 39 local tribesmen including women and children were killed while 53 sustained injuries during the late night jet fighters’ bombing and helicopters shelling. The TTP commander added that 19 members of one family and nine of another, who were local tribesmen, were killed in the recent shelling. He rejected the ISPR’s claim that several militants were killed in the airstrikes, saying that civilian population was targeted in the bombing and shelling. GUL BAHADUR REVIEWS PEACE TREATY: Moreover, following massive airstrikes by Pakistani jet fighters in North Waziristan last night, Taliban militants met at an undisclosed location on Wednesday to reconsider a non-aggression treaty with the government. A spokesman for Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who leads hundreds of fighters in the area, condemned the airstrikes that, according to Pakistani military officials, killed at least 71 militants and injured 80 others last night. Ahmadullah Ahmadi said, “The group cannot remain silent over bombardment on people,” calling it a clear atrocity on the civilians. He said that the Shura (council) has convened this important meeting to assess the situation and hinted that the peace accord with the government might get revoked. The spokesman warned that the government would be responsible for any destruction in case it did not stop the military offensive. AGENCIES

FC camp attacked in Balochistan, civilian killed QUETTA: An owner of a roadside hotel was killed in an attack that targeted a Frontier Corps (FC) camp in Oshab, which is located near Turbat in Kech district of Balochistan. According to Turbat police, unidentified men opened fire at the FC camp. The armed men also attacked the camp with rockets and hand grenades. One of the rockets hit a roadside hotel and as a result Mohammed Hussain, the hotel’s owner, died on the spot. The attackers fled from the scene after FC personnel retaliated. Security forces have launched a search operation in the area. Kech is one of the highly sensitive areas in Balochistan where Baloch militants often target security forces. STAFF REPORT


several parts of North Waziristan tribal region while an army officer and three soldiers were martyred in the offensive. Sources said militant bases in Mosaki, Zara Mela and Esorti villages in Mir Ali tehsil were targeted, leaving scores dead and injured while the operation was also carried on parts of agency headquarters Miranshah. According to sources, more fatalities were expected as a result of the strikes. Sources added that shelling by gunship helicopters and jets

continued for an extended period in the area and mortar fire was also witnessed. The Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that around 60 militants, including some key commanders and foreign militants, were killed in the assault. Military sources also claimed that precision strikes carried out on the basis of intelligence reports killed militants involved in terrorist activities in Peshawar, Bajaur, Mohmand agencies and other areas. The huge operation came two days after the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist and the return of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif from Afghanistan. On April 17, the outlawed Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan had announced that it was not extending its ’40-day-ceasefire’, but

said it would keep the dialogue option open provided the government took steps indicating ‘clear progress’ on its two key demands. later the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) in which it was decided that the peace talks process with the Taliban would continue on a slow place based on a wait and see policy. The attacks on suspected militant hideouts carried out by security forces had been witnessed from time to time. After the end of ceasefire, the attacks by the suspected militants continued arbitrarily, specially targeting security forces. Terrorist attacks were often followed by retaliation from the armed forces in the form of airstrikes on various suspected

terrorist sanctuaries. The security forces had for the first time launched an attack on the militants’ hideouts in the mountainous Bobar area of South Waziristan tribal region on April 29, after a bomb blast had claimed lives of three security personnel, including an army officer. The Taliban infighting was another issue which hogged the spotlight and had also thrown the government and Taliban negotiations into a hiatus. Two factions of the TTP, the umbrella grouping for disparate militant groups, have been locked in bloody clashes since at least March. In the wake of these events the United States recently renewed pressure on the Pakistan government to act against safe havens of terrorists in its tribal areas.


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday that the country was prepared for any possible foreign aggression during the induction ceremony of a batch of F-16 fighter jets into the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)s Squadron Number 19 held in the ‘City of Eagles’. Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was the chief guest of the induction ceremony and was greeted upon his arrival at the ceremony by Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt. The inducted aircraft were purchased at a minimal price from Royal Jordanian Air Force after series of negotiations were held between concerned ministries and concerted efforts were made by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt. A contingent of Squadron Number 19 presented the general salute to the chief guest followed by the parade. Gen Raheel Sharif transferred the Squadron flag to

new commander and as per tradition of Pakistan Air Force. Newly inducted F-16s of Squadron Number 19 also presented a fly past. Following the guard of honour, the chief guest was given a briefing over the new fighter jets. The army chief congratulated the PAF over its acquisition of modern fighter jets and said the move had increased the

fighting capability of the air force. “Pakistan Army would extend full cooperation to PAF whenever needed,” Gen Raheel Sharif said while speaking on the occasion, adding that despite the challenges faced any foreign aggression would be countered. Squadron Number 19, “Sherdils”, was raised in 1958 at PAF Base Mauripur with 12 American origin F-86F Sabre aircraft.


A blast in the North Nazimabad Block B area of Karachi near Sachal Rangers Headquarters injured at least eight people on Wednesday. Rangers officials said that the bomb was planted in a motorcycle and two shops were destroyed in the explosion. No loss of life was reported. SSP Central Muqaddas Haider

confirmed that it was a planted bomb. According to initial details, a Rangers convoy was believed to be the target of the blast. Rescue teams reached the site of the explosion and the injured were taken to local hospitals for medical assistance. The bomb disposal squad was also summoned. Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Dr Sagheer Ahmed confirmed that no loss of life had occurred. He added that the people with

minor injuries were discharged after being provided with medical treatment. Rangers personnel and police cordoned off the area and further investigations are underway. This is not a first time there has been a blast in the same area. In November 2012, a suicide bomber had rammed an explosives-laden pickup truck into the gate of Sachal Rangers Headquarters, causing a huge blast that killed three Rangers personnel, while at least 26 people were injured.

Samiul Haq believes Taliban are patriots PESHAWAR: Despite the killing of over 50,000 innocent Pakistanis and security forces, Taliban interlocutor Maulana Samiul Haq has termed Taliban terrorists “patriots”. Addressing a gathering in Peshawar Wednesday, the JUIS chief said that Taliban were not traitors but were rather patriots and loyal with Pakistan. Haq, a nominated representative of Taliban for dialogue with the government, advised the army not to interfere in ‘internal issues’ adding that army’s duty was to protect country’s borders. He also “warned” the Army not to interfere in infighting in Taliban factions. Haq reiterated that military operation was not a solution to militancy in the country. He reiterated that peace could be restored in the country on the negotiation table, urging the government to take steps for success of dialogue process. The cleric, famously known as “father of Taliban”, said that Taliban were facing a “difficult time and pressure from the military”, advising them to keep their faith with Pakistan amid hard times. Maulana also said that Sharia could not be implemented on gunpoint and forcibly. He said that a Hindu extremist party had come to power in India, urging the Pakistan govt to review its policies towards India. ONLINE


A day before a special court begins recording the testimony of Pervez Musharraf’s treason trial, the retired general has requested the court that the charges be reframed in accordance to section 265-D through a second application. The second application stated that “The principal of fairness also requires that the charge be re-framed and read out to the accused in light of the new documents and evidence which has been disclosed to the accused by virtue of this court’s order dated May 8, 2014. The accused deserves to be treated in accordance with the law.” The old charge was framed without providing the accused with all the necessary and relevant documents on the basis of which he made his plea, his application


stated. He revealed that before imposing the emergency a written summary was floated to him by then prime minister Shaukat Aziz in consultation with then cabinet. He had affixed his signatures on the document strictly in terms of the constitution, he further revealed in the application. “It has now been about 6 1/2 years since 2007, and the applicant does not maintain any record in respect of the summary, nor was it his official duty to do so. The custody of the said record is and has been the responsibility of the federal government, especially since the applicant exited from presidency in 2008,” he held in the application. Musharraf also revealed in one of his applications that he had met the then governors, services chiefs, bureaucrats and politicians from July 1, 2007 till November 3, 2007. The application stated that, “It is


therefore most imperative that the protocol section of the President’s House in Islamabad be directed to submit all daily programs of the president from July 1, 2007 till November 3, 2007 before this court. Similarly, those persons meeting the president on these dates should also be made available to the court.” “A similar exercise is to be conducted with regard to the President’s Camp Office in Rawalpindi, adjacent to the army house, so also the army house,” the application further stated. Besides seeking names and present addresses of services chiefs, corps commanders, all four chief ministers and governors during his tenure, Musharraf informed the court that his successor former chief of army staff general Kayani took no steps to lift the emergency of November 3, 2007. “Therefore, this is also a fit case where the court may sum-

mon the relevant official record with regard to exit and induction of new army chiefs in 2007”, the application stated. He said that the witnesses who have been named in the application in question are under the control of the complainant and the federation of Pakistan. TRIAL DOCUMENTS INCOMPLETE: The former president had filed two applications on Wednesday stating that the documents provided to him by the Interior Ministry upon request are incomplete. After the special court accepted Musharraf’s plea for access to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s probe report and other relevant papers, the interior ministry handed over the documents to the former president’s legal team on May 14. Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Nasim said the documents provided to them were insufficient as the list of witnesses in the case were incomplete and notifications issued from the presidency were also missing. Nasim had stressed that these documents were necessary for him to build a strong argument for his client and that the prosecution was deliberating withholding the papers.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

NEWS Power tariff down by Rs 1.48 per unit! ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Wednesday approved a reduction in power tariff by Rs 1.48 per unit. A briefing was given to NEPRA authorities where it was told that 6.75 billion units of electricity had been produced at a cost of Rs 58 billion, while a loss of Rs 1.27 billion was incurred due to transmission losses. In April, the price of fuel was Rs 9.97 per unit while real fuel cost remained at Rs 8.49; hence a reduction in electricity prices be approved, it was requested. NEPRA approved power distribution companies’ request and gave a nod to reduction in prices. The new rate will be adjusted in the next month’s bill under fuel adjustment. However, the reduction will not be implemented on 50-unit domestic consumers and KESC. ONLINE

Ban on any media outfit unacceptable: senators ISLAMABAD: Senators from the treasury and opposition benches on Wednesday said that they will not accept any kind of ban on any news organisations in the presence of a democratic government. Commenting on the motion in Senate regarding the ongoing political situation in the country, Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Afrasiab Khattak said that the journalist community sacrificed lives along with members of political parties for the purpose of democracy in the country. The ANP leader said that the role of a free media is essential for democracy in the country. “The government should play its role to ensure freedom of expression in this regard,” he added. “Some elements are creating confusion among media organisations but the Parliament will not accept any kind of ban on any media organisations,” he said. Khattak said that the democratic system has been taking roots since the elections of 2008, which the opposition parties will support at all costs. He said that the government should take the Parliament into confidence regarding the dialogue process with the Taliban. PML-Q Senator Kamil Ali Agha said that the ban on any news organisation is not a solution of any problem. He said the government should take all the stakeholders on board and introduce a code of conduct for media organisations. Earlier, PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said on a point of order that the association of the Independent Power Projects (IPPs) has threatened the ministry of water and power through a letter that the government should paid their outstanding of Rs 300 billion otherwise it should be ready to face load shedding for 14 hours across the country. AGENCIES





ARENDRA Modi has invited the leaders of Pakistan and other neighbors to his inauguration as prime minister, a spokeswoman for his party said on Wednesday, in a bold step to embark on a policy of regional engagement. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be on the guest list of leaders from the eightmember South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) invited to attend Modi’s swearing in next Monday,

spokeswoman Nirmala Sitharaman said. “All the SAARC countries have been invited through the proper channels to be part of the swearing-in ceremony” Sitharaman said. It was not immediately clear if Sharif would accept. Analysts said the visit would be politically difficult. If the Pakistani prime minister were to attend the planned ceremony in the forecourt of the presidential mansion, it would be a first in the history of the nuclear-armed rival nations who have fought three wars since independence in 1947. Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi said it had not yet received an invitation, which must be issued formally by the Foreign Ministry. POLITICAL CAPITAL: The victorious Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has long advocated a tough stance on Pakistan and Modi is seen as an uncompromising hardliner on issues relating to national security. But his huge victory in the election also gives him the political capital to reach out to difficult neighbors

Tharoor hopes Sharif is served biryani! NEW DELHI: “If Nawaz Sharif does accept the invitation, let’s hope Narendra Modi will serve him chicken biryani!,” Indian Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said in an apparent jibe at the BJP’s prime minister-designate. The reference was obviously to Modi’s earlier attack on Congress accusing it of serving chicken biryani to visiting Pakistan premier Raja Pervez Ashraf in 2013 when he had visited India on a private visit in the midst of the controversy of alleged beheading of an Indian soldier. Addressing a rally in Baghpat in the last week of March, Modi had, alluding to the alleged incursions by the Pakistan Army and beheading of the Indian soldier in 2013, again said that while all this was happening, the Congress government was serving chicken biryani to the visiting Pakistan premier. AGENCIES

including Pakistan in a way his predecessor Manmohan Singh could not, weakened by a raft of graft scandals and public discontent at home. After his own election last year, Sharif’s administration had also suggested that the Indian prime minister be invited as to attend the ceremony, but Singh declined. Sharif is known to have faced resistance from hardliners at home, notably

within the armed forces, over his more dovish stance toward India. Indian television channel CNN-IBN cited unnamed sources said Sharif may not come for the ceremony and may send a representative. “Still, politically it’s a great move, as the largest country in the region, India should be reaching out to its neighbors,” C Raja Mohan, an influential foreign policy analyst said.

ECP says typing mistake in number of votes polled in NA-68

eT gives thumbs up for thumb print verification in nA-154

chief Imran Khan had alleged rigging in NA-68, a seat won by Prime Minister Sharif in the May 11 general elections and retained by his party in the by-elections held on Aug 22 last year. Khan had alleged that over 100 per cent votes were polled at polling station number 246 in NA-68 constituency. He claimed that over 8,000 votes were polled while the number of registered voters was around 1,500. Sharif won the 2013 polls from NA-68 with a huge margin. He secured 140,546 votes while his closest rival Noor Hayat Kalyar of PTI could bag only 45,463 votes followed by Syed Nusrat Ali Shah of PPP who secured 21,395 votes.

MULTAN: The election tribunal (ET) in Multan has accepted Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) General Secretary Jehangir Tareen’s request for thumb print verification of the votes cast in the NA154 constituency during the general elections last year. The election tribunal stated that the case together with all the material related to the elections including the tribunal boxes will be sent to National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) in the next three days. After the material is sent, investigation into the alleged rigging will begin and a report will be submitted to the tribunal within 10 days, the tribunal added. Back in time, Sadiq Baloch had outvoted Tareen in NA-154 during the elections. ONLINE


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday concluded its probe into allegations that polling for NA-68 (Sargodha) had been rigged. According to the probe, on a polling station number for the constituency, Nawaz Sharif secured 779 out of the total 1500 votes polled but these were written as 7879. Sources said that the probe suggested a huge difference between the

results given by the returning and presiding officers. The Election Commission of Pakistan has said that the differences in the numbers of votes was due to a typing mistake. ECP Additional Secretary Syed Sher Afghan said the difference in figures was due to the typist’s mistake, adding that the ECP did not need to call a meeting in this case. No more than the total number of registered votes were polled, he said, adding that no further probe was needed to be held in the matter. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)


Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that a commission was being worked out to ensure the implementation of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) laws. Talking to journalists at the Parliament House on Wednesday, the information minister said that Geo TV’s case was under PEMRA committee’s consideration and the government did not want to interfere in PEMRA’s affairs as it was an independent institution. The minister said that the government considered the opinion of PEMRA authority as valid and no minister should have the power

to influence the closure or opening of any transmission. He added that PEMRA has given its point of view on the matter and the committee’s decision will be final. To a question, the information minister said that PEMRA had asked for legal opinion on the matter of Defence Ministry’s complaint against Geo TV and it needed some time as all legal aspects had to be taken in view. The law Ministry has given its legal opinion in this regard, he added. REGULATING MEDIA’S CONDUCT: A commission on media’s code of conduct will be constituted after PEMRA recommendations, the minister said, adding that as the minister for information, it was his responsibility to meet all stakeholders in connection with the issues related to media. Rashid said that the premier has consti-

tuted a committee comprising all stakeholders and members of representative media organisations including PBA, APNS and CPNE to formulate a unanimous code of conduct regarding media. SHOW SOME COMPASSION: Moreover, the minister said that in the civilized world, apology meant that the person was accepting his mistake and making a pledge not to repeat it again and therefore he attached great importance to apology rendered regarding the transmission of a morning show and by the host Shaista Wahidi. KEEP ARMY AND POLITICS APART: Furthermore, the information minister said that Pakistan Army had no political agenda as a national institution. He urged media to unveil the faces who were trying to indulge army in politics. He said that those who spread hatred in the name of sectarianism, religion and through linguistics represented a “sick mentality”. The minister also reiterated that cable operators should not take law into their hands as nobody was above the law.


South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers, Transparency International said Wednesday. The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri lanka.

“South Asia now is the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption based on our studies,” said Srirak Plipat, the group’s regional director for Asia Pacific. All six countries have public bodies charged with stopping corruption, but “their hands are tied by political control over the staff appointments and budget,” the group said in a report. “The lack of political will on the part of the governments to make laws work means that government action to fight corruption is largely ineffective,” the re-

port added. The group urged the governments of the six countries to strengthen their anticorruption agencies and judiciary by ensuring that appointments, transfers and removal of the heads of the agencies are conducted independently. The report also said that political interference means that the agencies are selective in conducting investigations, and in most of South Asia are powerless because they need government approval before starting a probe.


In Nepal in 2013 the chief justice of the Supreme Court was appointed prime minister, which Transparency International said blurred the line between executive and judicial powers. Khil Raj Regmi did not resign from his judicial position, although he stopped hearing cases. In Bangladesh, the government has appointed 48 judges to the Supreme Court since 2009. Pakistan is discussing a right to information law but in Sri lanka this is non-existent, the report said. It said India has been making at-

tempts to dilute its right to information law, which currently is one of the strongest in the world. Plipat said Transparency International will monitor India’s newly elected government to see if it follows its promise of cleaning up graft. He said the Indian government should implement an Ombudsman Act that was passed by Parliament last year and also push other anti-corruption bills, including amending whistleblower laws to protect people in the private sector.

04 NEWS Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak sentenced to three-year imprisonment CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds. “The court orders Mohamed Hosni Mubarak to be sent to jail for three years,” said judge Osama Shaheen as Mubarak looked on from a cage flanked by his sons, who were sentenced to four years in jail on the same charges. The court fined Mubarak and his sons 21.197 million Egyptian pounds ($2.98 million) and ordered them to repay about 125 million Egyptian pounds of funds the court said they had stolen. AGENCIES

Thursday, 22 May 2014




he Supreme Court on Wednesday restored Najam Sethi as the country’s cricket chief, four days after he was ousted by a lower court, the latest twist in a legal saga dogging the game. The court suspended a ruling by the Islamabad high Court on Satur-

day that had removed Sethi, annulled all decisions made under his management and reinstated Zaka Ashraf to the post. The bench called all the parties involved for a hearing on May 27. Saturday’s ruling had thrown the appointment of new head coach Waqar Younis, batting coach Grant Flower and spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed, all made under Sethi, into doubt. Court orders and govern-


ment decrees have now seen the leadership of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) change hands between Sethi and Ashraf five times in the past year. The musical chairs have come at a time when cricket’s world governing body is undergoing major changes, leading many to fear Pakistan’s interests are not being properly represented. In February the government — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is PCB patron — installed an 11-member committee headed by Sethi to run the board temporarily. The aim was for the

committee to draw up changes to the PCB constitution to make it more democratic and hold elections for the post of chairman — and thereby bring an end to the battles in the courts. This plan was thrown into disarray by Saturday’s ruling but Wednesday’s supreme court order means all the decisions taken by Sethi are now valid. Sethi, a veteran journalist who also served as caretaker chief minister of Punjab before last year’s general election, insisted had no desire to run the PCB long-term. “I have no in-

terest to keep this post for a long time,” he said. “We have drafted a democratic constitution of the PCB which, as soon as endorsed by the government, will allow us to hold elections of the PCB.” Sethi has said he wants to hold elections for the board and chairman by June 9. The chairmanship has been a topic of controversy ever since the cricket board’s inception in 1948. The ruling political party of the day in the cricket-crazy country generally gives the post to one of its supporters.


Thursday, 22 May, 2014

Dar launches Fee Reimbursement Scheme for youth QUETTA



grams for the youth; fee reimbursement scheme being one of them.”

The ceremony was attended by Balochistan Governor Mohammad

EdErAL Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq dar on Wednesday launched Prime Minister’s Fee reimbursement Scheme for the youth of less-developed areas of the country. The finance minister, who was the chief guest at the scheme’s inaugural ceremony held at the Governor’s House, said, “realising youth as an asset of the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led government has launched six pro-

6 killed in Balochistan gun attack QUETTA: Six people, including a school teacher and two brothers, were shot dead in a gun attack on a house in Dasht Chot, about 40 kilometres off Turbat city on Wednesday. “Armed men barged into the house of Master Abdul Hameed Baloch and opened fire on him and his other relatives sleeping inside the house,” Balochistan Levies official Noor Khan told reporters. The incident took place at 4:30am and the armed men managed to escape after committing the crime. “The victims were from the same family and had no enmity with anyone,” Khan added, quoting the brother of the slain Master Baloch. Balochistan Levies personnel shifted the bodies to Civil Hospital Turbat where victims were identified as Master Baloch, his two nephews Naveed Lal Mohammed, Naseer Lal Mohammed, Rahim Baksh, Riaz and Mohammed Asif. “The victims were shot in the head and chest which resulted in instant death,” medics said. STAFF REPORT

Vehari road accident kills at least 10 VEHARI: At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in a head-on collision between two vehicles on Wednesday. Police said that the accident took place at Burewala Road near Adda Zaheer Nagar in Vehari where a passenger van collided head-on with a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction. As a result of the collision, five people were killed on the spot while more than 13 others sustained injuries. STAFF REPORT

Khan Achakzai, Balochistan Chief Minister dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Federal Minister for SAFrON Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for State for Higher Education Engr Balighur rehman, Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof dr Mokhtar Ahmed, Balochistan senior minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, provincial ministers, MPAs, senior officials and a large number of university students. dar said that to improve quality of education, government has planned to bear the expenses of the students in less-developed areas studying in masters, MPhil

Mazari lashes out at Geo for ‘distorting’ Mani’s statements ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari has expressed surprise at the “deliberate distortion” in the statements being cited and attributed to Ehsan Mani and in the PTI’s position on the cricketing rights to Geo TV Network. According to Mazari, Mani has emailed PTI chief Imran Khan, informing him about the alleged distortion of his statement by Geo and Jang group. The information secretary has pointed out that PTI’s questioning of the rights of Sri Lankan cricket series being given to Geo was based on wrongdoings that were committed in the process. Mazari pointed out that alleged wrongdoings saying, “Pakistan Cricket Board COO Subhan Ahmad was a member of the committee deciding on who should be given the series’ rights. This man was an employee of PCB reporting directly to the chairman, who at the time was also an employee of Geo/Jang group. He provided the inside information through leaks to assist Geo in getting the bid. His presence on the committee was itself a conflict of interest and unethical.” “Secondly, Geo never paid PCB in advance for these rights as per the agreement and yet they were allowed to air the Sri Lanka-Pakistan matches. Again this was a clear violation of the rules,” the PTI information secretary states. Moreover, Mazari said, “Geo defaulted on its payments after the series and their bank guarantee had to be encashed to recover the dues.” Mazari stated that PTI had been demanding an enquiry on allegations stated.


and Phd programmes. The minister noted that rs 1.20 billion has been earmarked for Fee reimbursement Scheme and as many as 33,440 students of 59 districts of the country would be the beneficiaries including 5,948 students from 32 districts of Balochistan. dar said the federal government was extending all-out support to the Balochistan government in its effort to overcome the economic crises and poor law and order situation. “We endorse the process of negotiations and want to bring the disgruntled Baloch into the mainstream,” he said

while lauding the endeavours of the Balochistan chief minister for creating conducive political environment in the province. Terming the progress of Balochistan as one of the top priorities of the premier, the finance minister said the incumbent government had launched various uplift schemes to bring prosperity in the province. “rs 162 billion have been allocated for Pak-China Economic Corridor Project while completion of Gadani Power Park Project and Gwadar-Khanjrab road Project will usher a new era of development in the region,” he said.



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Thursday, 22 May, 2014

china’s generousness has dazzled shahbaz LAHORE STAFF REPORT


xISTING warmth in the economic cooperation of China with Pakistan reflects the confidence of China in Pakistani leadership, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif while talking to the local media in Shanghai on Wednesday. Shahbaz said that China is well aware of the fact that leadership in in Pakistan considers every penny of public money as a sacred trust. He said that the projects started with the cooperation of China in Punjab will be executed at the same speed at which metro bus, Nandipur power project, solar park and other projects of national importance are being completed. He said that speed, transparency and quality are the hallmark of development strategy

of the government and no compromise will be made in this regard. Replying to a question, the CM said that he has emphasised upon the heads of the Chinese companies working in energy sector in Punjab that there should not be any shortage in the provision of funds so that these projects could be completed within the timeframe. Similarly, he said, he has asked these companies to give necessary authority to their offices in Pakistan so that delay in decisions should not affect the pace of the project. Shahbaz said that these companies have agreed with this stance and he is confident that the ongoing development projects with the cooperation of China will be completed before the timeframe. Citing the example of the Nandipur power project, the CM said that the project which was kept pending for three

years due to indifference of the former government will be completed in six months before the stipulated period under the new schedule which will save Pakistan billions of rupees. The CM further

said that the authorities of Exim Bank have agreed to give required concession in the rate of profit and terms of payment for which he is grateful to the Chinese government. He said that apart from Pak-

Pakistan wants Sweden a little closer Westerberg says Sweden keen on enhancing ties with Pakistan LAHORE APP

Sweden is keen to enhance relations with Pakistan in the fields of trade, tourism, health and technical education, said Swedish Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg while addressing the business community at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday. Swedish parliamentarians’ delegation included Lars Johansson, Gunner Axen, Wiwi-Anne Johansson, Karin Nilsson and others. Per Westerberg said their first ever visit to Pakistan was enough to make the point that Sweden attached great importance to Pakistan. The Swedish speaker said Sweden considered Pakistan its closest friend and economic partner. He said the Swedish business community was aware of the huge economic potential that existed in Pakistan and had expressed its keenness for utilising that untapped potential. He said his country was ready to extend cooperation in the field of Hydle

electricity as Sweden was producing more than 60 per cent its electricity through hydle means. He said Sweden believed that Pakistan's economy was heading in a right direction under the present democratic set up. The speaker highlighted the need of regular parliamentary and trade exchanges between Pakistan and Swedish in order to enhance bilateral relations, therefore, a special attention should be given towards this particular area. On this occasion, LCCI president Engineer Sohail Lashari thanked the Swedish government for supporting Pakistan on the GSP Plus status. This has enhanced exports of Pakistan to the European Union and will definitely uplift economy of Pakistan in a number of ways, including creation of new job opportunities. He said the Pak-Swedish relations had immense potential to grow and the enhancement of trade, business, education exchange programmes, medical research and tourism could further augment out already friendly ties. “There should be exchange of students on regular basis as well as that of

medical scholars. We request the Swedish government to allocate a certain quota of scholarships for the Pakistani students in order to uplift the education standard in our country,” the LCCI president said. He added that the potential areas of cooperation and investment for Sweden in Pakistan are health care and life sciences, energy and environmental technology, information and communication technologies, business infrastructure and services and manufacturing and materials technology. He said Sweden and Pakistan should have tourism packages for each other as both countries have places which were heaven for tourists. Mountaineering, paragliding and polo are sports which are widely played in those areas. The culture and civilisation is worth witnessing. In fact, we have here in Pakistan the world's oldest civilisation. Harappa and Moenjodaro are places which have earned world fame for being the oldest civilisations in the world and are a striking tourist attraction, he added.

SWEDISH DELEGATION VISITS LAHORE MUSEUM: The delegation of Swedish parliamentarians visited the Lahore Museum and appreciated the relics, including Ghandara artifacts and coins on display. The delegation was accompanied by Punjab Minister for Education and Sports Rana Mashood Khan. The members of the delegation visited modern art gallery, Ghandara gallery, and other sections in the museum. They evinced keen interest in the antiquities, cultural heritage, Buddhist sculptures, Mughal and Pahari paintings on display. The delegation was also briefed about Indus Valley Civilisation and antiquities' collection on display in the museum. They exchanged views on cultural programmes and related projects between the two countries. Meanwhile, a trade delegation comprising Tetra Pak-Pakistan Managing Director Stefan Johanssan, Ericsson Pakistan Country Manager Ashley Gold, NAM Pakistan Ericsson Business Development head Fahad Bukhari were also present during the Swiss delegation's visit to Lahore Museum.


China friendship, this gesture also shows the confidence of the Chinese authorities in the Punjab government with regard to its track record in energy and other sectors during the last one year.

MehMoodur rasheed blaMes govt of creating divisions in Pakistan arMy LAHORE INP

Government after creating rift among the national institutions was now attempting to craft a division in Pakistan Army, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior leader and Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed while talking to journalists outside the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. Mehmoodur Rasheed said that government’s was following the strategy of ‘divide and rule’ which was against the national interests and masses as well. He said that NADRA, PEMRA and various other national institutions are already indulged in internal rifts over different issues and now the army was being made target. He appealed the ruling elite class to avoid making division in national institutions especially Pakistan Army. He said that those declaring Imran Khan as “Establishment Khan” should first look into their own past as who had introduced their chief into politics and who were involved in the creation of their party.

Punjab govt aPProves ten scheMes worth rs15 billion



Democracy and democratic institutions are strengthening in the country, said National Assembly Member Hamza Shahbaz Sharif during a meeting with the delegation comprising Swedish parliamentarians and traders. The Swedish delegation was led by Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg. Ministers, National and Punjab assembly members, Punjab chief secretary, provincial secretaries and prominent personalities from various walks of life were present on the occasion. A luncheon was also hosted in the honour of delegation. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said that education and democracy go together and promotion of education is the top priority of the Pakistna Muslim League-N (PML-N) government. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has brought educational revolution through setting up of Daanish schools, foreign tours of position holders, educational endowment fund and laptop scheme in the province. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is implementing a policy of good relations with all neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan. He said that the PML-N government has promoted the culture of political accommodation and tolerating difference of opinion. Establishment of government by other political parties in Balochistan and

The Punjab government on Wednesday approved 10 development schemes of different development Sectors with an estimated cost of Rs 15031.201 million. These schemes were approved in the 43rd meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi, said Planning and Development Spokesman. According to Planning and Development spokesman, the approved development schemes included: Upgradation of DHQ Hospital Sahiwal (Provision of Missing Specialties) as A Teaching Hospital, Sahiwal at the cost of Rs 3638.910 million, Engagement of Consultant for Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB) Assistance for Government of Punjab Interest Free Self Employment Scheme (PC-II) at the cost of Rs 4.500 million, Feasibility Study of A Pilot Project for Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) in Punjab for the Pilot Reach between Daudkhel to Attock (PC-II) at the cost of Rs 60.000 million, Lining of Bucherkahana Disty RD 66+500 to 225+475 Tail, Lahore at the cost of Rs 557.59 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-07) Construction of Interchange at Airport Access Road at the cost of Rs 2985.675 million and Construction of Flyover on GT Road in Gujranwala at the cost of Rs 3938.464 million among other.


Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa is best example of political accommodation, he added. Hamza Shahbaz said that Pakistan has learnt a lot from

development and promotion of trade in Sweden. He said that we want to strengthen contacts and relations with Sweden at people and public


representatives’ level. He also thanked the Swedish government to help achieve GSP Plus status for Pakistan.


Thursday, 22 May, 2014

Sarwar slams confrontational politics LAHORE: Politically mature people have rejected Imran Khan's politics of allegations and his Faisalabad rally will meet its logical end, said Punjab Labour Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Punjab President Raja Ashfaq Sarwar while talking to journalists outside the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. Sarwar said that the masses are fed up of confrontational politics and are siding with the PML-N led govt because of its good work and popularity. APP

change of father’s naMe I, Sufyan Shoukat, have passed the Secondary School Annual Examination of Matriculation under Roll No. 051690 from B.I.S.E. Lahore in 2008. My father’s name is Shoukat Ali wheras on certificate my father’s name has been mentioned as Muhammad Shoukat which is incorrect. I want to get changed my father’s name from Muhammad Shoukat to Shoukat Ali. If any person / organization / agency has any objection, then the same may be intimated in writing to the Secretary, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, 86-Mozang Road, Lahore within 15 days.

Amidst opposition protests, Punjab Assembly passes four bills LAHORE APP


HE Punjab Assembly on We d n e s d a y passed four bills amid rumpus by the opposition. The bills included Nawaz Sharif Engineering University Multan, Public-Private Partnership 2014 Bill, Mental Health 2014 Bill, and Punjab Industrial Relations Bill. The House also disposed of all amendments. Yesterday, when the session started with acting Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani in the chair, opposition legislators especially of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf started chanting slogans against what they claimed nonprovision of development funds to the opposition

members. Apparently well prepared opposition members took their seats and tried to interrupt Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, who just took the floor to start taking up official business. When they failed the members assembled before the dias of the speaker. Some tore copies of day's agenda and hurled it in the air. The speaker repeatedly ordered the protesting members to go back to their seats but they turned a deaf ear to his requests. Meanwhile, the law minister continued to table the bills one after another and the House passed all the four. The opposition members failing to woo the chair to give time for speech to press their de-

mand opted to walk out. Earlier, journalists covering the assembly proceedings staged a protest demonstration against life attempt on anchorperson Hamid Mir. They demanded for early arrest of culprits. Later, a government committee formed by the speaker brought them back to the House. Condemning attack on Hamid Mir, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said the government believed in freedom of expression and not in favour of ban of any TV channel. He said, banning a particular channel would be an act to quench freedom of expression and democracy. As the treasury completed official agenda, the speaker adjourned the House till Thursday morning (today).

‘Conspiracy being hatched to destabilise government’ LAHORE INP

Conspiracy is being hatched to destabilise the government, said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday while talking to journalists on Wednesday. Sanaullah said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was leading the conspiracy team. “Changing tactics daily is PTI’s habit,” he added. He said the real face of

Imran Khan would be brought before the public soon. He said Imran Khan wanted to spread chaos in the country and destablise democracy in the guise of protests. Sanaullah said the media played important role in strengthening of democracy and independence of judiciary. He said independence of the media and judiciary was vital for strengthening of democracy.

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Note: Last date for issue Tenders is 9-06-2014 & Opening date 12-06-2014.

NOTE:- In case of tenders amount being less than 5% of estimated amount, the lowest bidder will have to deposit Additional Performance Security in the shape of deposit at call from any schedule bank equal to the amount difference between estimated & quoted amount within 15 days otherwise it will be rejected. The cost of tender fee must be prepared in shape of CDR from any schedule bank of Okara City. IPL-6420

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‘RESEARCH ON AGRICULTURE IMPORTANT’ LAHORE: There is a need to focus on agriculture sector and do research in the field to cater to the needs of increasing population of the world and feed around 7 billion people,

said Punjab University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran while addressing inaugural session of 3-day International conference titled ‘Stress Biology and Biotechnology: Challenges and Management’ organised by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences. INP


Time to take out TTP

Thursday, 22 May, 2014

The army and the ISI Truths, half truths, and blatant lies

They won’t agree to peaceful solutions


HeRe are deep dissensions among the Taliban leading to infighting that has already taken toll of nearly 60 fighters. The TTP spokesman Shahidulah Shahid, who never missed an opportunity to talk to the media, has gone into hibernation. TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah remains holed up in eastern Afghanistan since he was forced to run for his life from Swat six years back. What is more he is considered an outsider by the Mehsuds who constitute the core group of the TTP. The negative factors have badly affected the performance of the terrorist umbrella organisation. This provides a golden opportunity to the army to put an end to the terrorist threat once for all. The confusion and demoralisation prevailing in the TTP ranks have reduced the frequency and the enormity of terrorist attacks. With South Waziristan turning into a battleground between two warring groups of the militants, the supply of suicide bombers has been drastically reduced. Unlike a highly energetic and colourful Hakimullah Mehsud who knew how to manipulate media, the new TTP chief remains an ineffective recluse. Deprived of his local FM channel, the erstwhile Mullah Radio has lost a facility that he once used to produce enormous effect. Suffering from a shortage of suicide bombers the TTP is now launching attacks through less effective conventional methods. The blast outside Rangers office in Karachi injured a few on Wednesday. There were more casualties in the attacks on Islamabad court and the fruit market in the twin cities. The government is however gradually improving the intelligence system and is often able to forewarn the administration about such attacks. Peace talks have become irrelevant now. They can only yield results after the bulk of the leadership and cadre of the TTP is taken out and the network is forced to sue for peace on terms dictated by the government. Initiation of talks with the TTP at this stage would amount to providing them a breathing space and an opportunity to overcome their shortcoming. The operation conducted in North Waziristan on Wednesday needs to be extended to all tribal areas wherever actionable intelligence about militant gatherings is available. There is also a need to coordinate with the next Afghan government and ISAF troops to finish off terrorist groups on both sides of the Durand Line. A hammer-and-anvil type operation is required to flush them out from their sanctuaries. It is only through joint actions of the sort that terrorists like Fazlullah and Khalid Omar Khorasani

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He son of late Brig Mohammad Ahmad (later DG IB and author of “My Chief”, a biography of Field Marshal Ayub Khan) and one of my closest friends since childhood, Col (R) Salman Ahmad, has fought more battles than anyone else in Pakistan army’s history. Starting with Bedian in the 1965 war, this unsung hero participated extensively in counter guerrilla operations in former east Pakistan during 1971. His SSG Company supported our (44 Punjab now 4 Sindh) counter-insurgency operations in Balochistan in 1973. Subsequently in 1973 he trained Afghan dissidents in Peshawar under command of Brig (later Maj Gen and Governor) Nasirullah Khan Babar, then Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) and later PPP stalwart. Ahmad Shah Masoud, Haji Din Mohammad (presently Karzai’s Advisor), engineer Ayub (former Minister) and a whole host of Afghan dissidents belonging to Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, etc, factions were among his students. This clandestine outreach strategy was commissioned by none other than the President of Pakistan, late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The next time the PPP start fulminating about Ziaul Haq’s intervention in Afghanistan, they should kindly get their facts right. Neither the army nor the ISI started our Afghan adventurism, this was a deliberate state policy crafted by PPP’s founder. Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind, Indira Gandhi suffered the Sikh backlash of Sanjay Gandhi’s ill-advised sponsorship of Bhindranewala, Ms Benazir paid the price for her father’s interference in Afghanistan. Bi-

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lawal Bhutto Zardari needs a tutorial on his grandfather’s “vision thing”. After commanding 2 Commando in 1982-83, Salman transferred to the ISI to take charge of training and operations for Afghan Mujahideen from 1983 to 1985. Codenamed “Col Faizan”, from 1985 to 1990 he ran all ISI/CIA operations in the south of Afghanistan (including the area around Kandahar and Herat). He took Sandy Gall, Carlotta’s father, deep into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan to film the BBC documentary “Allah Against the Gunships”, depicting the Mujahideen fighting Soviet helicopter gunships with small arms (before the Stingers arrived). Late Col Sultan Amir Tarar (codenamed Col Imam) operated mostly in the north, the common perception that he discovered Mullah Umar is not true. As Ms Benazir’s Interior Minister in her second term as PM, Gen Babar tasked Sultan Amir, Consul General Kandahar in 1994-1995, to get Mullah Umar’s help in recovering Pakistani trucks hijacked by bandits on the road to Herat west of Kandahar. Mullah Umar rode the momentum of this success, uniting all Mujahideen factions and Afghan army defectors under Taliban aegis in the Kandahar area and eventually taking control of most of Afghanistan. Initially with the Taliban, Mujahideen leader Abdul Rasul Sayyaf later defected to the Northern Alliance; he was the one who invited Bin Laden back to Afghanistan. Having switched sides, five years later Bin Laden misused his Taliban sanctuary to commit 9/11, the most despicable of atrocities in modern history. Col Sultan Amir’s brutal murder by late TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud was shown on YouTube. earlier former ISI official Sqn Ldr (retd) Khalid

Khawaja was executed allegedly because of the telephonic misinformation fed to the Taliban by Hamid Mir that he was working for the CIA. Khalid Khawaja’s family members accused him of murder. eye scans aside, “voice recognition” is the most authentic identification in bio-metrics today. The faulty post-Afghan war policies were crafted by armchair strategists in the (then) ISI hierarchy having no experience whatsoever of the Afghan War. Having an ingrained inferiority complex for not having heard a shot being fired in anger, these “GT Road warriors” who rise to high rank invariably resent obtaining counsel from field veterans. Protesting this, Salman reverted to the army in 1990, retiring two years later. He repeated “I told you so” with great anguish over the years while Afghanistan went from bad to worse (and Pakistan spiralling downwards from worse to possibly “horrifying” post-2014). The wrong perception of ISI being “a state within a state” developed during the Afghan War when it was given a free hand, first under Lt Gen (later Gen) Akhtar Abdul Rahman and then Lt Gen Hamid Gul, to partner with the CIA in organising the Mujahideen bat-

tling the Soviets. This perception of intelligence agencies is similar all over the world because of the nature of their business, their personnel are seemingly untouchable. Most ISI personnel are on deputation from the army mostly with a very small percentage from the Navy and Air Force, the regular cadre of ISI officers are mostly in the junior ranks. Officers and men from the Pakistan army (mostly from the SSG) like Salman and Sultan Amir joined ISI in droves to help the Afghans wage their “fight for freedom”. Giving the ultimate sacrifice in the “Jehad”, many of our unsung heroes lie buried in unmarked graves in Afghanistan, lamented only by their immediate family and friends. The DG ISI in Mian Nawaz Sharif’s last tenure, Lt Gen Ziauddin, distanced himself from the army in support of the then PM, but when push came to shove on Oct 12, 1999 the ISI rank and file abandoned their own boss in support of the army chief. A not so well known fact, only Lt Gen Zahirul Islam has served an earlier ISI tenure before he became its DG, no other head of ISI has been in the ISI in any rank in its entire history. A motivated canard “floated” by vested interests is that the army and the ISI hierarchy are somehow at odds. Almost the entire ISI hierarchy being from the army, the army and the ISI remain in sync. This baseless mischief is totally wrong, a pathetic attempt to invent a “truth” from a blatant lie. The detractors contradict themselves by simultaneously accusing the ISI of engineering army take-overs (the so-called “hidden hands”). When the ill-intentioned motivated become desperate, they resort to such blatant misinformation. The army and the ISI have always been on the same page, and will always remain so.

Faulty post-Afghan war policies were crafted by arm-chair strategists in the (then) ISI hierarchy having no experience whatsoever of the Afghan War

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Entrapped in a venomous web Whoever thinks that by weaving a web of venom to entrap others will save him from getting poisoned needs to read the writing on the wall. Pakistanis are now entangled in the web of blasphemy wherein this poison is raining day and night. This venomous disease is now entrapping its makers -- no one can forget the unfortunate scenes of governor of Punjab being shot dead by on one else but his own security guard, and later the same guard being garlanded by the so-called protectors of the law -- lawyers of Rawalpindi. Just few weeks back, a human rights activist and lawyer, Rashid Rehman, who was representing a blasphemy victim in a court of law, was openly threatened by his fellow lawyers in the presence of presiding judge. Later Rehman was gunned down in his office. Lawyer who threatened Rehman and the judge who turned a blind eye are very much there in their chambers, doing roaring business. Blasphemy law may be a blessing for many in Pakistan -- if you can't professionally outdo your rival, use the blasphemy law to destroy his business, reputation, encroach property or simply eliminate him forever. A case is being registered against dozens of lawyers who abused a police officer in public: so what, but now this incident is being turned into a blasphemous case. A news channel is being blamed to be blasphemous for telecasting few reciting in a morning show considered offended by some groups.

Pakistan is fast becoming a laughing stock for the world; the snakes destined for minorities and rivals are now started biting the very hands milking them. Any other definition of a Banana Republic? MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Talibanisation increases with delayed justice When I was little, I had studied in my school that the Pakistan’s legal system was the third pillar of our governance. The legal system was established to provide justice to the common man and to stop the government or army from imposing illegal acts on the public. While growing up I witnessed the inhumane way the Pakistan court systems treated common man's problems. Legal proceedings in the court would only end when one of the disputing parties died. We have all witnessed the suo motu actions of the ex-CJ in the past few years. Although the ex-CJ utilised his authority to take suo motu actions against various people, including the government, it is interesting to note that it was only a very small percentage of the cases, all the rest are either still pending or thrown out of court after a few years. Interestingly, quick justice was provided only in the suo motu action of the CJ against the sitting PM of Pakistan, when


the CJ's son, Arsalan, was implicated in a case. The perfect example of the failure of the suo motu actions of the CJ can be explained by the case of Mukhtaran Mai. She was gang-raped by four villagers in Punjab. The FIR was registered after the CJ took suo motu action, and although the legal proceeding went on in the court for three years, the case was eventually thrown out of the court on the pretext that the initial FIR was registered incorrectly. Ironically, the FIR was registered on the suo motu notice of the CJ. I think it is a very good initiative of the PTI government, the KP CM and now of the KP Police, to have started the Conflict Resolution Centres, where a common person can resolve his dispute, without going to the courts or meeting a lawyer or judge. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar

Pakistani society We have started sounding so rebellious and combative that such attitudes might lead towards a dangerous society. Parents are always lambasting their children while children are becoming cynical. This society has really become victim of pessimism. We have started acting ravenous for attention, money, fame, materialistic stuff instead of acquiring ‘prowess’. We should be the spitting image of Prophet PBUH. This frivolous attitude is leading towards a destructive society. BISMA KHALID Lahore


Thursday, 22 May, 2014

Secretive UN agency responsible for wars ConverSation


Jacob Hamblin

HEN we agree to send our young men and women to war, we expect the reasons why to be made clear. At least some of us will want to subject that explanation to scrutiny at the time, and often even more so with hindsight. That’s why having access to historical documents is an important democratic right. The US sent hundreds of thousands of troops into the disastrous eight-year war in Iraq, propelled by Iraq’s supposed breaches of agreements under the NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) and guided by rules negotiated at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA, founded in 1957, was set up to champion the peaceful use of nuclear science (“atoms for peace”). The NPT, established in 1968, was intended to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons beyond the nuclear states of the US, USSR, UK, France and China by regulating the movement of uranium and other nuclear material and equipment across national borders. Not only has it failed to do so – Israel, India and Pakistan have acquired nuclear weapons since – but in

Iraq we had an example of IAEA rules, and the inspectors that ensure they are followed, being used to justify conventional wars. While this was evident in Iraq, the same game of nuclear brinkmanship is being played out now through negotiations dragged out over several decades between the political leadership of Iran and the IAEA’s various member nations. Yet, for all the IAEA’s demands of openness, peering into the organisation’s workings and history is like trying to prise open an impossibly stubborn black box. do as i say, noT as i do Why is it so difficult for researchers to obtain useful documentation from the IAEA archives? Perhaps there are reasons to remain opaque about ongoing discussions. However, if our elected officials are pushing Iran (or any country) on their nuclear programs, it is our responsibility to take a hard look at the history of the negotiations. That means reading through the detailed discussions at the IAEA, not just about Iran or Iraq, but about the whole nuclear industry. What technologies were originally considered dangerous, when the first nations signed on to the NPT? What attitudes about national sovereignty and

commercial development prevailed then? What concerns about an imperial, European- and US-dominated nuclear world were vented in these early discussions? This history is key to making informed contemporary decisions about fairness, good faith, promises made, and promises kept. Fortunately some of this documentation is available, scattered in national archives and private collections throughout the world. But you won’t find it at the IAEA in Vienna. conducTing a papEr chasE At a recent academic conference on the origins of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, a fellow panelist surprised me by noting how frustrated she’d felt in reading my pre-circulated paper. I braced for a withering critique but instead was complimented on how, while she’d searched in vain at the IAEA archives for even basic negotiating documents on nuclear safeguards, my paper cited meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors. I had found them in the UK National Archives, as at IAEA they are still under wraps. I have spent many years triangulating Cold War stories between the archives of governments, international agencies, personal papers, and independent bodies. Sometimes what is considered sensitive

in one country can be found in perfectly open, long-declassified documents in another. Why does the IAEA continue to guard secrets from decades past? The IAEA claims it is obliged to withhold documents until all of the countries mentioned in them agree to declassification. In practice, this guarantees permanent secrecy. I understood my colleague’s frustration, as I have also met a blank wall working in the IAEA archives. Years ago I discovered a trove of documents about Ronald Silow, a scientist who had, after working at a joint FAO-IAEA unit on agricultural applications of atomic energy, penned memos denouncing what he saw as the agency’s unethical behaviour. I found the documents in Rome, at the archives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. But when I looked into Silow’s story in the official history of the IAEA, I found only obscure references to him, his name unmentioned. When I searched the IAEA archives, the trail led nowhere: no documents related to his case were available. One document listing employees simply showed his name, crossed out. chEquErEd hisTory The IAEA is different from other agencies in the United Nations system.

What will Modi's foreign policy be like? BBC Sumit GanGuly

Foreign policy issues did not enjoy much prominence in the Indian general election campaign, with Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi devoting almost all of his rallies and speeches to questions of governance and economic development. Only on a handful of occasions did he invoke either the People's Republic of China (PRC), Pakistan and Bangladesh. When he did so his rhetoric had been both bold and unyielding: he had criticised the Congress-led UPA regime for not responding with vigour to border clashes in Kashmir and had warned Beijing that India would robustly defend its territorial integrity. Beyond these issues he had also expressed his irritation with the government's efforts to stem illegal migration from Bangladesh. Apart from these highly emotive matters, his only other foray into the realm of foreign policy was an expression of admiration for Japan and the need to engage the country within the context of boosting India's economic diplomacy. At this stage, these statements and comments are all that is available about the likely directions of Mr Modi's foreign policy. Once he announces his choices for the positions of the National Security Adviser and the minister for external affairs it will be possible to make further inferences about his principal foreign policy priorities. At present, while a number of names are making the rounds in Delhi, no firm word about these selections is available. 'Economic diplomacy' Despite the paucity of adequate information about his foreign policy orientation, it is nevertheless possible to make some inferences about his possible proclivities. Given his interest in jumpstarting the economy, there is little or no question that economic diplomacy will be one of his key priorities. To that end he will, in all likelihood, seek to re-engage the states of South-East Asia and Japan. He will also, in all likelihood, encourage India's expanding business interests in Africa and boost them at the next G-20 summit. Furthermore, it is entirely reasonable to surmise that, within lim-

its, he will also attempt to entice foreign investment from major European states. What remains downright uncertain, however, is how he intends to deal with the United States. The question is far from trivial: the US is now embroiled in a range of trade disputes with India, bad feelings linger in both capitals thanks to the arrest and brief incarceration of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and above all, it is not evident to what extent US efforts to reach out to him have proven successful. What is known, however, is that Mr Modi had taken serious umbrage at the denial of a US visa in 2005 because of his conduct during the riots that had swept across his home state of Gujarat in 2002 in which more than 1,000 people, mainly Muslims died. Mr Modi has always denied any wrongdoing and has never been charged. Given the vital importance of the US to trade and investment matters it is possible to envisage that Mr Modi may well, in due course, overcome his pique and choose to work with the US. However, it is equally possible that he may decide that he need not be in any particular hurry to respond to American overtures.

ToughEr sTancE? What about relations with India's key neighbours like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who are hostile and nettlesome to varying degrees? On these matters it is possible to make a more forthright assessment. Though trade issues with the China will remain important, it is more than likely that he will adopt a tougher stance in border negotiations, ramp up defence spending and show less of a willingness to tolerate what India deems to be incursions along a poorly demarcated Himalayan border. His more tough-minded posture will hold much appeal for a significant segment of his constituency which feels that India needs to stand up to its quarrelsome and overbearing neighbours. In a markedly similar vein, it is also probable that he will serve notice on Pakistan if an attack on Indian soil can be traced to Islamabad. Many of those who have advised him on questions of foreign and security policy are known for their hawkish views on Pakistan. Furthermore, a substantial segment of the Indian populace, whether or not they are his supporters, have evinced a growing frus-

tration with India's seeming inability to respond to provocations and militant attacks. Will his actions match his rhetoric on the vexed question of illegal immigration from Bangladesh? He may well intend to adopt a stricter set of policies to curb such migration. However, thanks to India's federal system of governance he will quickly discover that his ability to implement a new set of policies remain at the mercy of local satraps who take their privileges seriously. Nowhere is this more likely than in the state of West Bengal, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not known for her willingness to pay heed to Delhi's policy preferences, let alone its diktat. While Mr Modi may well prefer to devote his energies and efforts to compelling questions of domestic politics, he will soon learn that the world has a way of intruding on his agenda. How he handles these matters will, in some important measures, test his mettle as a national, and potentially, as a regional leader. Sumit Ganguly is a professor of political science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Unlike the agencies devoted to food and agriculture, global health, or to science, education, and culture, the IAEA’s remit is to promote a single set of technologies – but its remit also hands it the position of both chief salesman and chief arbiter of controversies about peaceful and military uses. It is a hammer in search of nails, but is uncomfortable with historical facts about the quality of its workmanship. The agency has a long way to go to demonstrate it understands the need for transparency. The standards it has set since the 1960s are at the cornerstone of today’s major controversies, leading to years of deadly war and leaving countries riven by internal strife. Differences of interpretation of them make the positions of the US and Iran appear irreconcilable. We are in the ridiculous position of asking experts at the IAEA for guidance that may or may not lead to more young men and women being placed in harm’s way, simply to prevent dangerous material from falling in the wrong hands. The IAEA owes us access to its history. Jacob Hamblin does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

Another coup in Thailand Wall Street Journal General Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Thai army, is at pains to explain he did not stage a coup at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The imposition of martial law, he says, is merely an intervention to restore order and break the deadlock between the elected government and royalist protesters. Acting Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan remains officially in charge. That's laughable, as Gen. Prayuth showed when reporters asked about the status of the government. "And where is this government?" he joked. It's a telling quip. Mr. Niwatthamrong has not held true power since the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her ministers earlier this month. Now the army has given itself unlimited powers for an indefinite period. Sure sounds like a coup. Moreover, there is no public safety justification for the generals' action. Thailand may be wracked by political conflict, but it remains largely peaceful. Even when protesters derailed a general election in February, the troops stayed in their barracks. If there is a political vacuum in Bangkok, the army and other elite-controlled institutions created it. So why did Gen. Prayuth act now? One clue is the way Mr. Niwatthamrong has gone on calling for new elections later this year. The military and the aristocracy need to close off that possibility. Once elections are on hold, Thai elites, represented by the anti-democratic Democrat Party, can engage the elected Puea Thai party in talks to force it to accept "reforms" that will further neuter the power of future governments. If that fails, they can appoint a caretaker government to write a new constitution, as they did after the last coup in 2006. In other words, the protest movement led by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban over the last six months has succeeded. It demanded that the elected government be removed from power and institutional changes be carried out before new elections were held. The 2007 constitution was already bad enough. It created a partially appointed Senate and empowered nondemocratic institutions controlled by the aristocracy to threaten the elected government. But after Ms. Yingluck was elected in 2011, she proved it was possible for a populist government to sidestep these controls, at least for several years. With time she might have succeeded in neutralizing them. A series of missteps last year created an opening for Mr. Suthep's street movement. Thailand's elites realize their stranglehold on the country's resources is slipping away, so they want to impose more restrictions on an already rigged democracy. This will provoke a backlash from the government's "red shirt" supporters in the north, which would be disastrous for the country. In 2010, supporters of Ms. Yingluck's brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, occupied the center of Bangkok for months. Army snipers killed almost 100 unarmed protesters. Some of the red shirts say this time they are prepared for civil war. That danger scares everybody, but especially investors. First quarter GDP figures show the economy contracted by 0.6% year on year, largely because billions of dollars sit on the sidelines waiting to see if the impasse can be resolved. The only way forward for Thailand is to go back to the voters for a new mandate. Sooner or later the army and aristocracy will have to accept that the populist forces unleashed by the Shinawatra family are here to stay. If they persist in rigging the political system, the anger may become uncontrollable. Extremists on both sides have gained momentum, and closing down their television stations won't stop them. Statesmen are needed to find a compromise and prevent Thailand from sinking into mob rule.


Thursday, 22 May, 2014

FED on cement likely to be raised by Rs 100 in 2014-15 budget ISLAMABAD ONLINE

LAHORE: METRO Cash and Carry and P&G joined hands for provision of clean drinking water to communities affected by natural disasters in Pakistan. The agreement was signed by P&G Country Manager Faisal Sabzwari and METRO Cash and Carry Managing Director Bouzeneth Benaouda. STAFF PHOTO

The Federal Excise Duty (FED) on cement is likely to be jacked up by Rs 100 per metric ton by federal government in upcoming budget for the financial year 2014-15. A senior officer of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) told a private TV channel that the then government had curtailed the FED on cement from Rs 750 to Rs 500 in the fiscal 2011-12 and from Rs 500 to Rs 400 per metric ton in the financial year 2012-13. The government had promised with cement manufacturers that FED will be gradually slashed and phased out within three years. However, FBR sources said FED was likely to be increased by Rs 100 per metric ton to bring it back to the level of Rs 500 per metric tone again in the budget for the year 2014-15 in the wake of shortfall registered in collection of tax revenue.

PRA exempts money changers from sales tax LAHORE: In pursuance of directives of the federal government, the Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) has exempted foreign currency dealers and money changers services from sales tax. Sources said provincial tax authority has decided to grant exemption to currency dealers from provincial sales tax for two years to encourage foreign exchange inflows into the country. Sources said currency dealers and the government were piling pressure on PRA that the government was striving for encouraging remittances inflows and on the other hand sales tax on currency dealers was causing pressure on value of rupee and remittances inflow, therefore, it should be scrapped for some period. ONLINE


KARACHI: Bond Advertising wins PAS Awards for Best Original Local Campaign and Best Banking and Financial Services Campaign for Bank Al-Habib Apna Current Account. Picture shows Team Bond and Bank Al Habib (L-R) Samreen Sarwar, Najeeb Agrawalla, Fizza Shah, Seema Jaffer, Reem Ehteram, Siraj Siddiqui, Fayyaz Modi and Mansoor Ali Khan. PR

LAHORE: Brighto Paints Director Zain Khawaja in a group photograph with international bikers. STAFF PHOTO

McDonald’s, the world’s largest food services retailer with a huge presence of some 34,000 restaurants operating in 121 cities of the world, is all out to expand its retail network in Pakistan that the officials at food retailer rate as a “fantastic” consumer market of 200 million people. Having set up at least 31 restaurants in eight big cities of Pakistan, McDonald’s is now shifting its focus towards the second and third tier cities of the country. “Pakistan, to us, is an absolutely fantastic consumer market having a great depth of 200 million people,” Jamil Ahmed Mughal, director marketing and development at McDonald’s Pakistan, told Pakistan Today in an exclusive interview here. Stemming from the huge confidence the local consumers are posing in McDonald’s global-certified food quality standards, this perception has made the food retailer embark on an expansion plan in terms of retail networking. To this effect, Ahmed optimistically refers to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) his company has recently signed with Shell Pakistan with a view to enhance the former’s countrywide drive-through operations. “Our co-alliance with Shell is generic in nature aiming primarily at enhancing our retail network through reaching as many people as we can,” said the director, adding that the move would help the company create a distinction. “People generally choose to go to a

restaurant with a drive-through facility. Let’s say at a fuel station. Drive-through operation stands the major feature of this MoU,” said Ahmed who says his “100 percent Pakistani” company with a 2,200 skilled workforce also would be exploring options to establish new outlets at Shell’s facilities it would deem suitable. “We would see where we can get ourselves incorporated in Shell’s future locations,” he added. His company, Ahmed said, had already reached a similar understanding with another oil giant Caltex in the posh neighborhood of Defence Housing Authority. Operating in Pakistan since September 1998, the international food brand is also planning to tap its potential in new

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will himself hand over the 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licenses to the successful mobile companies at a special ceremony today (Thursday), with services expected to formally start from May 23. The successful mobile operators that won the 3G licenses include Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone. Zong was declared successful for both 3G and 4G licenses. The auction, held by the PTA last month, helped the government raise $902.82 million in the first auction for 3G services, while $210 million were raised for the 4G spectrum. Meanwhile, telcos, who had been testing 3G services in various parts of the country, informed their customers to expect a formal roll out of 3G services via their own individual service plans from May 23.

regions. “We are now going to the second and third tier cities like Gujrat, Sahiwal, Jehlam, Sukkur, Khairpur and so on,” said Ahmed. About McDonald’s investment portfolio in Pakistan, he said the same was unquantifiable as it varied from restaurant to restaurant depending on the size and location of the food outlet. “All I can say here is that we have invested tons of money. We are a 10 percent Pakistani company having created at least 2200 jobs,” said Ahmed. Massive investment, he said, was put in to train the company’s manpower in two dedicated training centers situated in Karachi and Lahore. Queried about the number of products, Ahmed said the food retailer was serving a wide range of food items to its customers of all ages. Law and order, Ahmed says, was everybody’s concern. “On our part, we are doing our best to closely monitoring our security.” The unavailability of construction material in local markets the McDonald’s director quoted as a biggest challenge his firm was facing in Pakistan. “We need material to produce products of a global standard,” Ahmed explained. Citing QSC (quality, service and cleanliness) as his primary focus, the McDonald’s official said his company was trying to excel in the three fields through adding more value to its ingredients and services. “We have automated our kitchens to make the latest food serving models like MFU (Made For You) a success story. Cutting the delivery time significantly, the MFU has improved the quality of (our) product,” Ahmed said.

PIA joins hands with SKMCHRC KARACHI: PIA under its CSR program has joined hands with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre to help thousands of indigent cancer patients being treated by the hospital every year by permitting it to place its in-flight donation envelopes at domestic and international flights of PIA. In this regard an agreement was signed between SKMCH&RC and Pakistan International Airlines in an event held in Karachi. SKMCH&RC’sDirector Marketing Mr. Tariq Azam and PIA’s Director Food & Flight Services Mr. Amanullah Qureshi were the signing authorities from their respective organizations. According to agreement, PIA through an announcement on board will also persuade its passengers to donate on voluntary basis to their preferred charity via the relevant in-flight envelopes to be made available in the front seat pockets on PIA aircraft. This facility will be very beneficial for the impoverished cancer patients being treated at most modern hospital of the country. It will also help to raise funds for construction of Pakistan’s second Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital being built in Peshawar for the patients from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its vicinity. PRESS RELEASE

KEL shares its success story with investors at JS Global KARACHI PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI: Happilac ConsChem a division of Happilac Paints was presented the prestigious award of “Emerging Brand of the Year”. Mr Khawaja Fahad Khalid Sikka (Director, Happilac ConsChem Division), Mr. Habkook Gill (GM Sales) & Mr Shakeel Ahmed Khan (Manager Marketing & Export) participated in the event from Happilac ConsCHem division. Mr Khawaja Fahad Khalid Sikka (Director) received this significant award by Mr Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar (Governor Punjab). PR


McDonald’s reaching out to second, third tier cities of Pakistan ISMAIL DILAWAR

KARACHI: Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar presenting best architect award to Chairman KH Group of Companies Architect Kafeel Hussain. PR

Telcos set to be awarded spectrum licences today

JS Global Capital Limited (JSGCL) hosted a corporate access event at its premises yesterday, where JS Global CEO Mr. Kamran Nasir welcomed KElectric (KEL) Director Finance and Regulatory Affairs Mr. Muhammad Aamir Ghaziani and the investor community. On this occasion, Mr. Kamran Nasir briefed the investor community that JS Global was the first brokerage house that started coverage of KEL and congratulated Senior Executive Management of KEL on their performance. Mr. Aamir shared with the investor community the turnaround story of KEL, where the management has successfully turned around the power utility in to a profitable entity after decades of financial illness. Pivotal to the success have been major technical

overhauling, capacity expansion and efficiency improvement, in particular reduction in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses. At the same time KEL has also witnessed a general uptrend in cash recoveries from ordinary and industrial users. Mr. Aamir also shed light on the recent initiative by KEL, which involves initiating the unbundling of its core functions of power generation and transmission/distribution into separate entities.

Abacus Consulting sponsors SAP Forum Pakistan 2014 KARACHI: Abacus Consulting sponsored the SAP Forum Pakistan 2014 held on May 22, 2014 at the Movenpick Hotel, Karachi. The forum showcased the latest technological advancements and innovations designed for helping businesses run better and was attended by customers, prospects, partners and stakeholders of the SAP. Abacus Consulting is proud to be top tier partner of SAP with over 225 successful SAP implementations in this region. With its industry led approach and dedicated teams for each industry, Abacus has delivered excellence in different sectors and satisfied customer base across many sectors industries. On this occasion Asad Ali Khan, President Abacus Consulting said that the SAP Forum is an exceptional platform for everyone associated with the SAP world to come together and envision the future outlook of technology. He further said that Abacus has been a leading partner for companies engaged in the adoption of technology from SAP. PRESS RELEASE


Thursday, 22 May, 2014





Events might not make much sense at first, but once you start seeing them as rooted in karma, it all adds up. Past actions are just now starting to reverberate in your life and nearby.

You're feeling quite sympathetic toward someone new -- and it's likely mutual. This is the perfect time to get to know them better, and maybe to embark on some new project you both can profit from.

Creative energy is everywhere today -- it's hard to avoid coming up with new ideas or adding frills where none were welcome before. Enjoy it, but don't expect much serious progress.




You're feeling quite close to someone today -- or maybe a whole group! Your great social energy is quite a spectacle, actually, so you should find that you draw others into your orbit.

People are quite emotional today -- so don't be too surprised if they overreact to the tiniest bits of bad news. Try to lead by example, as you're unlikely to sway anyone's opinion directly.

Your eyes start to swim after spending just a few minutes going over the details of your latest project. That's not exactly typical, so you may want to step away and take a break for a day or two.




It's life's little pleasures that make you happier than your peers. Stop and smell the roses -- or whatever else presents itself. You can lift your mood in a heartbeat with the simplest of things.

A dream contains a message for you, so make sure that you're ready to receive it. These kinds of communications can be vague or ambiguous, but you should have a better grasp this time.

Your thoughtful mental energy is a tremendous help today, because there are so many odd details that need to be sorted out. You should start to see a pattern emerge by the end of the day.







Listen to your altruistic inner voice today -- it is almost certain to point you in the right direction. You may not quite understand your own motives, but the secret is that you don't have to.

Something you share with a friend or family member turns into a liability today -- so make sure that you're ready to negotiate. Your energy needs to be used for something different, anyway!

Other people are making life better -- so surround yourself with friends, family and anyone else who feels right. Your amazing personal energy ensures that they stick close by.



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Thursday, 22 May, 2014


using olive oil in salad Could keep your bp down: british study

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Drizzling your salad with olive oil won’t just make it tastier. It could also help keep your blood pressure down. The advice follows a British study that suggests that unsaturated fats found in olive oil make lettuce extra good for us. The researchers form King’s College London, say that when we eat the two types of food, a chemical reaction occurs in the stomach. This creates compounds called nitro fatty acids. These, in turn, react with an enzyme, to lower high blood pressure, experiments on mice showed. Often dubbed the ‘silent killer’ because the symptoms go unnoticed until late, high blood pressure trebles the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It can also damage the kidneys and eyes and is becoming increasingly linked to dementia. The finding, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that doing something as simple as tossing salad in olive oil could make a difference to health. The two key ingredients for the chemical reaction to occur are the unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts, avocados and oily fish and compounds called nitrites and nitrates found in high levels in many salad vegetables. Good sources of nitrates and nitrates include lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots and beetroot. Those who don’t fancy feasting on salad may eventually have another option. An American scientist who worked on the study with the British team is trying to create a pill that produces the benefits of nitro fatty acids, without the need to eat copious amounts of lettuce. King’s College London researcher Philip Eaton said the study could help explain why Mediterranean diet is good for the heart – despite followers eating large amounts of olive oil and other fats. He said: ‘The findings of our study help explain why previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, or nuts can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart failure and heart attacks.’ Dr Sanjay Thakkar, of the British Heart Foundation, which co-funded the research said: ‘This interesting study goes some way to explain why a Mediterranean diet appears to be good for your heart health. ‘The results showed a way in which a particular compound could combat high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. ‘However, more work is necessary as these experiments were conducted in mice and this compound could also be having its effect through other pathways.’ ONLINE

IRANIAN YOUNGSTERS ARRESTED FOR ‘VULGAR’ SONG TRIBUTE VIA BBC A group of Iranian fans who created a tribute to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy have been arrested. The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing to the song on the streets and rooftops of Tehran. Police chief Hossein Sajedinia said the "vulgar clip" had "hurt public chastity", the ISNA news agency said. Iran's state-run TV broadcast a programme on Tuesday, apparently showing the men and women confessing on camera. A subtitled edition of the TV clip, posted on YouTube, identified the detainees as "actors" who claimed they were tricked into making the Happy video for an audition. "They told me they are making a feature film and they had a permit for it," said one man in the video. "They said those things and they fooled me."


ICROSOFT has unveiled a new 'megatablet' it hopes will take on the iPad. Costing from $799 to $1949, the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's third attempt at a tablet, will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in previous models. Microsoft says it is also thinner and faster than before - but did not, as expected, also launch a smaller tablet. Microsoft announced the device at an event in New York, and it will go on sale in June. The Surface is an important part to new CEO Satya Nadella's mobilefocused strategy. Microsoft is trying to boost sales of Windows tablets and phones to stay relevant with consumers as computing habits change. At a presentation in New York, Nadella made it clear that Microsoft, which recently acquired Nokia's handset business, is committed fully to making its own devices, despite a lack of success for its phones and tablets so far.


Calls for doCtors to avoid shaking hands with patients

Babies of overweight and obese mothers are more likely to have oxygen-deprivation problems at birth, according to a new study. The heavier a woman is, the greater the risks to her newborn, researchers found. “Maternal obesity is associated with a number of complications during pregnancy and delivery, but the underlying mechanism is not fully understood,” said Dr. Marie Blomberg of Linkoping University in Sweden. She was not involved in the new study. To learn more, researchers analyzed data from a medical register of all live singleton, term births between 1992 and 2010 in Sweden, which included more than 1.7 million babies. The register had information on women’s height and weight early in pregnancy, as well as babies’ medical problems and socalled Apgar scores. The Apgar score assesses vitality using measures of heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, skin color and activity on a scale from zero to 10. There can be many reasons for a low Apgar score, but the most common reason is lack of oxygen, lead author Dr. Martina Persson told a foreign news agency. Persson worked on the study at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Less than one in 1,000 babies had an Apgar score

A controversial report has called for doctors to stop shaking patient's hands - and says the practice is an dangerous as smoking in public. The team claims that even though the handshake is a 'deeply established cultural custom,' it can spread disease between patients. 'Some parallels may be drawn between the proposal to remove the handshake from the health care setting and previous efforts to ban smoking from public places,' the UCLA team claim. 'In recent years there has been increasing recognition of the importance of hands as vectors for infection, leading to formal recommendations and policies regarding hand hygiene in hospitals and other health care facilities,' say the team, led by Mark Sklansky, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 'Health care workers’ hands become contaminated with pathogens from their patients, and, despite efforts to limit the spread of disease, cross-contamination of health care workers’ hands commonly occurs through routine patient and environmental contact,' the report states. It calls for the handshake to be replaced by a new gesture. 'Regulations to restrict the handshake from the health care setting, in conjunction with more robust hand hygiene programs, may help limit the spread of disease and thus could potentially decrease the clinical and economic burden associated with hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance. 'Effective development and implementation of such a handshake ban will likely require further study to confirm and describe the link between handshakes and the transmission of pathogens and disease; the promotion of an alternative, health-conscious gesture to substitute for the handshake; and widespread media and educational programs,' the team wrote. However, they conclude that a ban could help patients. 'Nevertheless, removing the handshake from the health care setting may ultimately become recognized as an important way to protect the health of patients and caregivers, rather than as a personal insult to whoever refuses another’s hand. VIA DAILY MAIL

between zero and 3 at five minutes after birth, and even fewer had that low a score at 10 minutes after birth. Compared to babies of normal-weight mothers, babies with overweight mothers were 32 percent more likely to have an Apgar score that low at 10 minutes. Babies of obese mothers were 57 percent more likely to have a low Apgar score, and those of severely obese mothers were 80 percent more likely. A newborn’s risk of seizures also increased with maternal weight. For instance, babies of severely obese mothers were twice as likely to have a seizure as those of mothers with a healthy weight. The increased risks were similar for meconium aspiration, which happens when the baby releases stool in the womb and inhales the stooltainted amniotic fluid. “Meconium release is a sign of fetal stress,” Persson said. “Meconium aspiration may give severe breathing problems in the newborn and is associated with birth asphyxia and low Apgar scores.” “Meconium aspiration and seizures could be serious in the immediate newborn period although still the majority of these children will be healthy,” Blomberg told the news agency. Researchers don’t know why these risks, which all relate


to lack of oxygen, go up for babies of overweight and obese women, Persson said. Obesity in pregnant women has been associated with metabolic changes and inflammation, which could affect the placenta and fetal environment in a way that leads to low oxygen levels and more fetal growth, she noted. Also, larger babies, often born to larger mothers, may be more likely to experience trauma during delivery, which could result in lack of oxygen, she said. “One must bear in mind that even though these conditions are potentially very dangerous for the baby, the absolute risks for the studied outcomes are low,” Persson said. Even with the most obese mothers, the risk of infants having a low Apgar score at five minutes was still only 0.24 percent, or less than three babies out of every 1,000. In addition to encouraging prospective mothers to strive for a healthy weight, doctors can closely monitor babies during labor and delivery, which likely reduces the risk of lack of oxygen at birth, she said. “Enjoy your pregnancy!” Persson said. “Try to eat healthy and be physically active. Seek support from your midwife in order to change bad eating habits and try not to gain too much weight during pregnancy.” AGENCIES

Thursday, 22 May, 2014

ARTS srK second richest actor in the World

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Bollywood King Shah Rukh Khan has emerged as the second richest actor in both Hollywood and Bollywood combined list. Wealth-X's Hollywood and Bollywood Rich List released on Wednesday puts comedian Jerry Seinfeld right on top of the rich list. With an estimated net worth of $820 million, the 60-year-old comedian emerged as the wealthiest actor. However, it was Shah Rukh Khan, who was the only Indian actor in the top 10 combined rich list of Bollywood and Hollywood stars. Khan was found to be richer than Hollywood giants like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood or Adam Sandler. COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA

lionel richie: michael JacKson hologram Was 'freaKy'

Lionel Richie was left ''uneasy'' by Michael Jackson's hologram performance. The 'Easy' hitmaker admits he was ''freaked out'' after seeing the virtual likeness of his late friend - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - perform at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (18.05.14) because it was so realistic. He said: ''It was freaky. I must tell you it freaked me out because it's Mike. I have to tell you it was brilliantly done, but it just made me a little uneasy because it was just... I keep waiting for him and then I realize that is him but it's not him. ''It's a little bit over the top for me.'' The 64-yearold crooner admitted he didn't enjoy the performance because it interfered with his own memories of the 'Thriller' star. Asked on 'Access Hollywood' if he would rather remember Michael the way he was, Lionel replied: ''Yeah, let me have Mike the way I... you know, it was...'' VIA CONTACT MUSIC


he latest remake of classic monster flick "Godzilla" stormed straight to the top of the global box office at the weekend, raising prospects of lucrative sequels to the Japanese dinosaur-like behemoth. The movie, in which "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston plays the tortured Japanese-speaking scientist battling to save humanity, scored a killer $93.2 million on its opening weekend in north America, and more than twice that globally. The latest incarnation of the 1954 classic, which also stars Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche as well as Britons Sally hawkins and Aaron TaylorJohnson, continues the original's exploration of the threat of nuclear disasters. The $160 million budget movie, in which Godzilla does battle with two giant and long-dormant creatures which feed

off radioactivity, pushed raunchy comedy "Neighbors" to a distant second place. "This has a potential to be Warner's newest tentpole franchise," said Jeff Bock of box office trackers exhibitor

Relations, using industry-speak for mega-budget blockbuster movies, crucial to studios' financial success. Warner Bros, which could use a new dependable franchise after the end of the harry

AISHWARYA STUNS AT CANNES’ RED CARPET Though she made a late entry at the Cannes Film Festival, this year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan more than made up for her late arrival at the French Riviera. The Bachchan bahu took to the Cannes red carpet on Sunday for the premiere of Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) and stunned all who saw her, with her golden avatar. The Bollywood diva wore a gold-embellished Roberto Cavalli gown, which hugged her curves perfectly, and she looked gorgeous in it. Her blown out voluminous hair and red pout made the look sheer perfection. As the gown was too glitzy, the former Miss World didn't adorn herself with any jewellery, except for a gold bangle. Meanwhile, it is reported that she will surprise her audiences in a never before seen avatar in her comeback film Jazbaa with some high octane scenes. VIA MOVIE TALKIES

Potter series, is already working on a sequel to "Godzilla" according to industry journal Variety, which said the film made nearly $200 million globally this weekend. Jon Jashni, head and chief creative officer of Legendary Pictures, the production company which works with Warner Bros, said the smash box office debut was important. "It's very validating," he told Variety. "You can't ask for a better situation when you have a group of people who were perhaps expecting to be let down, were impressed," Jashni added. "Our initial goal was to re-brand and re-establish the property ... Now, we're trying to take in all of the results of the weekend," he said, as box office figures were confirmed Monday. Screenwriter Max Borenstein defended the movie's decision to delay the moment when the star of the show appears on screen likening it to the tension built up in 1975 shark attack classic "Jaws."

Kanye West goes paranoid, annoys Wedding guests

Kanye West is annoying his wedding guests by constantly changing plans. The 'Bound 2' rapper is said to be growing increasingly ''paranoid'' about information leaks so has told different groups friends and family members different locations as to where he and Kim Kardashian will tie the knot, but then gives them different information hours later. A source told ''Everyone is annoyed and confused. The couple - who are flying friends and family out to Paris, France for a pre-wedding party on Friday (23.05.14), ahead of the big day, which is expected to be in Florence, Italy on Saturday (24.05.14) - are insisting on confiscating guests' mobile phones for security reasons, and though they will be issuing temporary handsets, this is said to be causing more unrest because their relatives won't even know which country they are in or be able to get in touch. VIA BANG SHOWBIZ

Jennifer set to release memoir in october

PENELOPE CRUZ ENJOYS SWIMMING WITH SHARKS VIA BANG SHOWBIZ Cruz thinks every woman should experience scuba diving with sharks at some point in their lives. The 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' actress - who has children Leo, three, and Luna, 11 months, with husband Javier Bardem - enjoys watching the sea creatures when she goes scuba diving, but insists she isn't ''crazy'' enough to get up close to the biggest and most dangerous of the species out of a contained environment. Asked what every woman should try at least once, she said: ''Scuba diving--with sharks. I've done it in the Caribbean and Brazil. I think they were lemon sharks or reef sharks. If I ever do it with a great white shark, it will be in a cage. I'm not crazy.'' While the 40-year-old beauty loves scuba diving, her favourite hol-


idays enjoy being lazy on a beach. She said: ''I like anytime I'm on the beach, in the sun, lying on the sand.'' And despite getting to travel the world with her work, Penelope still has a list of places she is desperate to visit. She said: ''I would love to visit Patagonia, and then I would go to the Amazon, because I've never been.'' The 'Nine' actress was left devastated when a ring she was given by her grandmother was stolen, as she had previously taken it everywhere with her and even insisted on wearing it while shooting movies. Asked the best gift she's been given, she told America's Marie Claire magazine: ''A ring my grandmother gave me. I had it for years, but it was stolen. I did many movies in which it was part of my character's costume.''

Jennifer Lopez will debut as an author with her upcoming memoir 'True Love', which will be released in October 2014. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the news was revealed by Celebra, a division of Penguin Group (USA), and the publisher of the book, whose hardcover edition will be published in English as well as Spanish simultaneously and will be presented like a personal diary with lessons and recollections. The 44-yearold star said that her book will highlight "one of her life's most defining periods" and writing it had been a deeply cathartic, personal and vulnerable experience. ONLINE

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Thursday, 22 May, 2014

for love of cricket

First-ever U16 cricket academy launched LAHORE APP


SPORTS DESK British number two Dan Evans will not feature at this year's French Open after suffering defeat in the first round of qualifying. The 23-year-old fell 6-2 6-1 to Portugal's Gastao Elias in the build-up to the year's second Grand Slam at Roland Garros in Paris. Evans was off-form throughout the encounter, dropping serve four times and putting in a performance that was littered with errors. There was better news for British tennis fans though when Davis Cup team-mate James Ward won through to the second round with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Radu Albot of Moldova. Ward now faces a tough assignment with American Ryan Harrison next up. Dan Cox, ranked 222nd in the world by the ATP, also scored a victory, the Lincoln-born player downing Israel's Amir Weintraub 6-2 6-1. Ward and Cox are bidding to join Andy Murray as Britain's representatives in the men's draw in Paris. They are both two more wins away from securing their places.

fa to impose worldwide bettinG ban

SPORTS DESK All professional players in English football will be banned from betting on any matches anywhere in the world from next season. The ruling was ratified at the Football Association's AGM on Wednesday and will apply to any player in the top eight tiers of the English league system, Press Association Sport understands. It replaces the current rules which only banned players from betting on competitions in which their club was involved. Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, Newcastle's Dan Gosling - who is to join Bournemouth next season - and Cameron Jerome, who played on loan at Crystal Palace from Stoke last season, are among those to have been found to have breached current betting regulations. Players will also be prohibited from passing on inside information to a third party who uses that information for betting.

HE first ever U16 cricket academy has been launched with 20 players living under one roof to learn cricket and to get education. "Salman Khan (SK) academy is a non-commercial cricket learning institution which has been setup to indentify talent at grassroots level and to groom it under a three year plan," said the President of the academy, Salman Khan said on Wednesday. The academy is functioning at Khayaban-e-Amin ground where boarding and lodging facilities are being provided free of cost to the players to learn cricket besides getting education to become good cricketers as well as useful citizens of the society, he added. "It is the first ever in-house academy for deserving and aspiring cricketers who have the passion to progress in the game and to serve their country by getting a place in the na-

tional and junior teams in due course of time," said Salman, himself a keen cricketer and captain of a veteran cricket team, Golden Eagles which has won tournaments including SPM Cup and Aamir Cables T20. He said he conceived the idea of setting up a cricket academy at early level while being a part of the veteran cricket. "I have finally established that veteran cricket is a form of entertainment and it is not serving cricket except helping the veteran cricketers to remain in touch with the game whereas there is dire need to support the grassroot cricket as there was not any institution or academy to groom and train the talented cricketers free of cost ," said Salman, a private business entrepreneur. He said before setting up the academy he concentrated on forming his own U16 team 'Golden Eagles' and his hard work eventually paid when all the members of his team were selected in the Lahore region team which is now a days playing Lahore inter district

cricket and recently beat strong Sialkot side in a pool match. "I am still funding these players who are full of talent and they are also part of my academy as well and I am confident that few of them will make their mark in the national junior time in years to come ," he added. Salman Khan said he would also be

‘We take corruption personally’ SPORTS DESK Ryan Harris bowled himself halfway to crippledom for Australia last summer, culminating in a Cape Town effort where he routinely charged in on a right knee that sported fragments of bone visible through the skin. Two months later, he confesses that surgery has allowed him to walk properly for the first time "in about two years" though it will likely cost him a place in the Test squad to face Pakistan. In that same Newlands Test match, Michael Clarke was battered by Morne Morkel and later revealed to have carried a fractured shoulder through the latter part of his unbeaten 161. Since then he has weathered plentiful criticism about a level of aggression on the field that suggests he wants to win a little too much, rather than too little. Little wonder then that Harris said he has taken cricket's current corruption storm personally, and that Clarke spoke with pained idealism that he hoped the game's followers did not now assume that every match now needed to be viewed through cynical eyes. Australia are presently the world's top Test and ODI team, and neither Harris nor Clarke want to contemplate the possibility that they are at the pinnacle of a rotten game. "I've been out there and done my best, my teammates have, it's just a very unfortunate thing that we're talking about corruption," Harris said. "Corruption in any sport I think is wrong and it damages the credibility of the sport. That's something that as players we take personally, because every time we go out as an Australian cricket team, and I know a lot of other

teams do as well, they go out to win." Clarke expressed no worry whatsoever that any of his Australia teammates, past or present, had dabbled in the kinds of fixes daubed across the pages of the world's press this week. "I'm extremely confident about the players that I've played with," Clarke said. "For this Australian team they all know very clearly that there is no room for corruption in our team. A big part of our job is to uphold the integrity of our sport and I think we do that well. "Everybody involved in the game is disappointed that things like this happen but I want to pay credit to the ICC and Cricket Australia for the work they put in to try and stop this, stamp it out of our game. Players have a big role to play as well, making sure that if you are approached or if something does come up, to go and speak to your captain, your team manager, the people at Cricket Australia. "I don't think we should be tarring all the players with the same brush as well. What we've seen of late it's a minority that we're dealing with in these type of issues. I'd be disappointed if the supporters and the fans of cricket think that this is happening a lot more than it is. I am very proud of what this current team has done and achieved and I think we are educated well on what is right and wrong." Australia's players, both international and domestic, have been the beneficiaries of comprehensive education on corruption issues down the years. Clarke made his debut for Australia in 2003, and has watched the growth of integrity procedures from their initial concentration on Test and

ODI players to the wider net now cast to ensure all those entering into the Sheffield Shield, limited overs and Big Bash League competitions were fully aware of what not to do and what to report. "What was I, 21, when I played my first ODI for Australia? And I think it probably started then in regards to international cricket," Clarke said. "But these days you get educated from a very young age. Once you come into the first-class system, even on a rookie contract, so for some guys it starts at 16 years of age. I think the educational process that Australian cricketers go through is extremely thorough - we know the differences between right and wrong and what is accepted and what isn't." More unsettling for payers traversing the world for domestic Twenty20 tournaments, in addition to their international commitments, is the realisation that they cannot always be sure the inexplicable run-out, the surprising dropped catch or the heedless wide may all have far more deliberate and sinister implications. Harris admitted that hindsight was now murkier than it once was. "It's a tough question ... you don't know," Harris said. "For me I've played to win and it's not until afterwards you find out that things have gone wrong or things are under suspicion. At the time I don't think of it, no one thinks of it." For Harris, Clarke and other honourable competitors, that uncertainty is every bit as uncomfortable as the physical ailments they have so often pushed through in pursuit of victory. Because if the game isn't pure, is it really worth such pain?

KKR, Royals favourites in five-team race IPL scenarios - Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals are all but into the last four, along with Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings SPORTS DESK Sunrisers Hyderabad's win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 20 made one thing clear: teams with at least 16 points (Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab) are assured of a playoff spot. Super Kings' loss to Kolkata Knight Riders later that day, however, raised the bar for qualification to at least 14 points. In fact, with only nine games to go, there's still a possibility of five teams being tied on 14 points at the end of the league stage, fighting for two spots. ( Click here for the points table.) Delhi Daredevils are the only team definitely out of the tournament, and of the remaining nine league games, only their match against Kings XI will have no impact on who makes the top four. Here's what five teams

need to do to give themselves the best chance of securing the two available playoff spots. Rajasthan Royals (14 points, to play away games v Kings XI, Mumbai) Had Royals won their previous match against Mumbai Indians, they would have made the playoffs with 16 points. However, without Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Tambe and Steven Smith, Royals lost by 25 runs and must now win at least one of their remaining two matches. Defeat against Kings XI and Mumbai will leave them dependent on the results of matches not involving them. Kolkata Knight Riders (14 points, to play home games v RCB, Sunrisers) Knight Riders, on a five-match winning streak, are favourites to qualify for the playoffs. They need to win only one of their remaining two games and will enjoy home advantage at Eden Gardens. If

they lose both games, however, Knight Riders will be dependent on net run rate if Royal Challengers, Sunrisers or Mumbai make it to 14 points. Royal Challengers Bangalore (10 points, to play KKR away and CSK at home) Royal Challengers have to win their last two games to make it to 14 points and also need either Royals or Knight Riders (or both) to lose their remaining matches. A huge win at Eden Gardens is vital because such a result will erode Knight Riders' net run rate, while improving Royal Challengers'. If Royals and Knight Riders manage to win one game each, Royal Challengers are out. Sunrisers Hyderabad (10 points, to play away games v CSK, KKR) The equation for Sunrisers is similar to that of Royal Challengers, except their net run rate is slightly worse.


fielding his own team in the national level grade two tournaments and he has started the process with the Pakistan Cricket Board to enter his team. Highlighting the salient features of the academy, he said the players have been selected for a period of three years to learn the finer points of cricket under the supervision of top class domestic coaches. "We have abundance of talented players who are not able to learn cricket because of financial constraints and I have come forward to provide them a platform and to contribute in national duty," he asserted. He said the academy will function in its full capacity in few months and its strength will be increased to 35 players who will be replaced after every three years in order to induct new players. "By the time the players reach the age of 18 some of them will be playing in the national domestic tournaments and the most talented will be part of the Pak junior team," he said.

Gunners chairman wants more success

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick is confident manager Arsene Wenger can soon deliver more trophies to the Emirates Stadium following their FA Cup triumph. Press Association Sport understands the formal announcement of Wenger's contract extension is imminent, with the 64-year-old soon set to head off to the World Cup in his role as a pundit for French television. Keswick said: "I hope he will continue and there will be successes to come in the very near future. We have added one trophy, and we want more. "Anybody who does a job like that, for as long as he has, deserves every success that comes his way. He did it and I have never seen a man more delighted," Keswick added on the club's official website. Wenger has been promised up to a £100million transfer budget with which to bolster the squad in an attempt to bridge the seven-point gap on Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann is one reported target, with Carlos Vela potentially involved as Arsenal have a buy-back clause on the Mexican forward which could be used as leverage. SPORTS DESK


Thursday, 22 May, 2014

european Glory niGhts must return to anfield: rodGers


pakistan wins the first world cup in 1971


SPORTS DESK Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the club's history made regaining Champions League status a huge challenge. The Reds exceeded expectations by running Manchester City close in the title race, but their primary objective was to secure a return to European football's elite for the first time since 2009. While that was done with relative ease, Rodgers admits there was plenty of pressure on them to end their exile. "I left pre-season in a good moment, finished with a real team spirit and at that point we were clear we wanted to fight for a Champions League position," he told "It was a huge challenge, purely because of the size and greatness of the club. "It was five odd seasons since we had played at that level and the investment that goes in and what teams were spending to try to get in there, never mind stay in there, was obviously significant, so for us we knew it would be a big challenge." While their final finish was imperative, some of the performances the side put in were particularly significant and Liverpool's sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters - who will be working with England at the World Cup - believes it will signal the start of a "golden era". "They have had their best season for 24 years and my own belief is that it is the start of a golden era for the club," he told the Liverpool Echo. "They have established themselves as a team before the best and winning the league again will be just a matter of time." Rodgers said once the transfer window closed last summer the squad was able to focus fully on their task, but with a World Cup adding an extra complication to the summer transfer window this time around there are likely to be even more distractions before the end of August. While the list of names linked with a move to Liverpool continues to grow by the day, although Press Association Sport understands it is unlikely at this stage the Reds will revisit their January bid for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, speculation over which players are likely to leave Anfield has already focused on centreback Daniel Agger.


tournament in 1971.

HE move to have a competition at the world level in addition to the Olympic tournament was first initiated in 1969. India and Pakistan jointly made a proposal to this effect at a council meeting of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in Paris on March 30. The council appointed a commission of eight persons to study the proposal. It reported back to the council on October 26,1969 at Brussels with a recommendation that a 'World Cup' tournament be organised at intervals of every two years. This proposal was unanimously accepted and the same commission was asked to draft the corresponding plan. The commission's proposals in this connection were adopted by the council at a meeting in Brussels on April 12,1970. It was decided to hold the first ever World Cup

TROPHY: Originally, the World Cup design was conceived as a single piece in the form of a hockey stick to be fabricated in gold and silver. But later based a theme given by Lt General K.M.Azhar, then the president of Pakistan Hockey Federation, coupled with genius of its designer, Bashir Majid and skill of some of the most reputed artisans serving in the Corps of Electricals and Mechanical Engineers of Pakistan Army, the trophy took the beautiful shape that you now see. The gold and silver trophy stands on 120.85mm high blade base inlaid with ivory. FIRST CHAMPION: The inaugural match in the World Cup was played between host Spain and Japan on October 15,1971 at Barcelona. Pakistan became the first World Champion of the game beating Spain 1-0 in extra time. Khalid Mehmood

was the captain of winning team. India beat Kenya 2-1 to take the third spot. Ten countries participated in the first edition of the World Cup. As many as 67 goals were scored in 30 matches at an average of 2.23 goals per match. Pakistan 's penalty corner specialist Tanvir Dar topped the scoring list with eight goals. FINAL STANDING IN 1971: Country 1. Pakistan 2. Spain 3. India 4. Kenya 5. Holland 6. Germany 7. France 8. Australia 9. Japan 10. Argentina

P 6 6 6 7 6 7 6 6 5 5

W 4 3 5 3 4 3 3 1 2 -

D 1 1 1 1 -

L 1 2 1 4 2 4 3 4 2 5

GF 14 6 8 8 7 11 4 4 4 1

GA 9 4 3 7 5 8 7 9 4 11

Success% 75.00 58.33 83.33 42.85 57.14 42.85 50.00 25.00 50.00 00.00

QUIZ: 1. Name the only team to win the World Cup and finish second last in

MCCULLUM HAS ACTED ‘QUITE PROPERLY’: ICC The ICC has said it will "urgently investigate" the leaking of evidence in its match-fixing inquiries and has confirmed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is not under investigation and should be commended for his actions. Details of McCullum's statements to the ICC's anti-corruption investigators were leaked to the media earlier this week, including that he had turned down offers of up to $180,000 to underperform in matches. Testimony given by former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent on alleged fixing around the world has also found its way into media reports. Although the ICC's usual policy is not to comment on corruption investigations, the speculation has led the ICC's chief executive David Richardson to clarify that McCullum had done nothing wrong. Richardson also said the ICC "deeply regret" the fact that parts of McCullum's statements had been made public. "Obviously the ICC considers any leak of any kind of information to be an extremely serious matter," Richardson said, "particularly, as in this instance, when the nature of the information that has found its way to the media is highly confidential and has been provided in tightly controlled circumstances by individuals to the ACSU as part of ongoing investigations. "We are taking all steps available to us to urgently investigate how certain information in the form of statements has come to find its way into the media, so that we can provide reassurances to the stakeholders within the sport so that they can continue to place their trust in the hands of the ACSU and the

anti-corruption units of the respective member boards in protecting the integrity of the sport. "We wish to emphasise that Brendon McCullum is not under investigation in this matter. Whilst we have privately offered our full support to Brendon, we do so now publicly not only to confirm that, by assisting with the ACSU's enquiries, he has acted quite properly in accordance with his responsibilities as a professional cricketer, but also correct any misperception that he is somehow under suspicion. SPORTS DESK

the very next edition ? 2. When was the World Cup title decided on golden goal ? 3. How many teams took part in the first World Cup in 1971? 4. Which is the only city to have hosted the World Cup twice ? 5. In how many times India met Pakistan in the final? ANSWERS: 1. Pakistan. They won the World Cup in 1982 and finished 11th in 1986. 2. In 1998 final Holland beat Spain 32 via golden goal in extra time. 3. Ten 4. Kuala Lumpur in 1975 and 2002 5. Only once at Kuala Lumpur in 1975 TRIVIA: A total number of 24 countires have the distinction to play in the World Cup competitions. Pakistan, India, Holland, Germany and Spain are the only countries to play in every edition of the World Cup.

pardew patient in player pursuit

Newcastle are remaining patient over the pursuit of their early-summer targets amid mounting speculation. The Magpies are keen to do their business - or at least a significant proportion of it - as close as possible to the beginning of the transfer window to give manager Alan Pardew the maximum opportunity to work with his new-look squad before the start of the new campaign. However, they are taking their time as they attempt to strike the right deals after a second successive testing Barclays Premier League season. Pardew's interest in Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella is ongoing, but Press Association Sport understands the club are yet to table a formal bid for a player who has been in their sights for some time. SPORTS DESK

March ahead or march-out time for Sunrisers RAncHi AGENCIES When Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad meet in Ranchi on Thursday evening, they will have very different goals on their minds. Sunrisers need to win both their remaining games to have any chance of making it to the playoffs, and even then their chances are dependent on other results - they are near the bottom of the pile of the group of five hopefuls for the third and fourth spots. Super Kings, on the other hand, are already through to the playoffs but have a slightly different itch. With three losses in their last five games (after six straight wins), they seem to have gone off the boil. Their batsmen haven't put up enough runs, their bowlers have appeared toothless and they have dropped catches in the field. Basically, they haven't been their formidable self. Therein lies an opportunity for Sunrisers to exploit. Their bowling attack is one of the better ones in the league and their batting is finally coming together. Can they keep Super Kings down and take the fight to their last match in Kolkata?

Form guide Chennai Super Kings: LLWWL (completed games, most recent first) Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLLLW Where they stand Chennai Super Kings: Second, with 16

points from 12 games Sunrisers Hyderabad: Sixth, with 10 points from 12 games Previous encounter Super Kings weren't tested enough when they met Sunsrisers in Sharjah


last month. Given a middling target of 146 to chase, Super Kings' openers more or less sealed the contest with a rapid 85-run stand. Watch out for Bhuvneshwar Kumar's report card this IPL season has been top-notch. A+ for the number of wickets (he is the leading wicket-taker with 20 dismissals), A+ for his economy rate of 6.32, A+ for the kind of batsmen he has dismissed - Dwayne Smith, Virat Kohli, David Miller, JP Duminy, Ajinkya Rahne, etc, A+ for generating swing with the new ball and A+ for his death bowling. On top of that, he is an electric car compared to Dale Steyn's V-12 - he does the job silently and efficiently. This season, he has been one of the constants in an inconsistent team. The scorecard from the previous match doesn't tell the story of the Ranchi pitch. It afforded generous turn to the spinners right from the start and the batsmen struggled. A pitch like that takes the early sting out of Super Kings' batting and it would be interesting if a similar surface is laid out. Stats and trivia MS Dhoni's strike rate of 148.66 is the

best among the top five Super Kings batsmen. However, he has faced the fewest balls. He has been not out seven times in 12 innings. Mohit Sharma is two wickets behind Bhuvneshwar in the list of leading wicket-takers this season. He has not taken a wicket in his last two matches More than 48% of Naman Ojha's runs have come in sixes, which is the best ratio among the top ten six-hitters in the competition. Yuvraj Singh is second on the list with 47% of his runs in sixes Quotes "David Warner has been in great form in the middle order and we just wanted to try a different opening combination. The change worked and our partnership set the perfect tempo for the rest of the game." Shikhar Dhawan on Sunrisers' successful batting-order reshuffle in their previous game "Well, we didn't field well. We dropped a few catches, but that happens in cricket. But at the same time, we need to play really well in the next two games." Suresh Raina on Super Kings's two losses.


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