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Saturday, 22 February, 2014
Judges remind General he’s no longer in the army
ConspiraCy to eliminate Bilawal Bhutto foiled
SPECIAL COURT TURNS DOWN FORMER MILITARY RULER’S PLEA SEEKING TRANSFER OF HIGH TREASON TRIAL TO ARMY COURT SUMMONS FORMER ARMY CHIEF IN COURT ON MARCH 11 ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
oRMER general Pervez Musharraf’s efforts to stymie his trial on treason charges suffered a setback on Friday when the special court dismissed the former military ruler’s petition to transfer his case to a military court, and summoned him to appear before it on March 11. Musharraf’s lawyers had objected to the formation of the three-judge special court, saying the 70-year-old former army chief could only be tried by a military court under the Army Act. The special court asserted it has the mandate to try Gen (r) Musharraf and set the next hearing for March 4. “This application is dismissed,” said Justice Faisal Arab, the head of the threejudge bench. The bench ruled Musharraf was no longer in the army and can be tried by the
MUSHARRAF’S LAWYER ACCUSES JUDGES OF‘ACTING LIKE KILLERS FOR HIRE’ special court. The former president had filed three applications that challenged the appointment of the government prosecutor as well as the establishment and jurisdiction of the special court. He is the first military ruler to be charged with high treason charges for suspending the constitution, imposing an emergency and detaining judges of superior courts in 2007. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment or the death penalty. Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a key member of Musharraf’s legal team, claimed the court’s order was factually wrong because he was the army chief when he signed the proclamation declaring emergency.“He had signed the order as the army chief and not as president. The judges should have recused themselves as they are biased against Musharraf. They were dismissed by Musharraf and held agitations against him,” Kasuri told reporters outside the special court.
FAFEN terms voter turnout in 2013 polls encouraging for democracy ISLAMABAD APP
Presenting a detailed analysis report on general elections 2013, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Friday termed the increasing voters turnout an encouraging trend for strengthening democracy in the country. Chairman board of trusties of FAFEN, Zaheer Khatak along with Sarwar Bari, Sahabzada Saood and other members of the board, highlighted that overall voter turnout in May 11 polls in 266 constituencies was recorded as 54.7 per cent, a substantial increase as compare to the previous elections of 2008. Zaheer Khatak said that the urban constituencies registered a substantial increase in turnout by 17 per cent followed by majority urban and predominantly urban constituencies seeing an increase of 13.2 pc and 12.8 pc respectively. The predominantly rural constituencies witnessed an increase of 10.9 per cent while majority rural constituencies showed an increase of 10.6 pc. He said the
general elections 2013 had the most female candidates (161) compared to 75 and 61 female candidates contested in 2008 and 2002 elections respectively. The FAFEN recommended the steps to improve the participation of women voters in general elections. It also recommended the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to remove discrepancies in voter registration, finalisation of polling schemes and consolidation of result for making electoral process more effective. Khatak said that these steps would enhance the citizen’s trust in democratic process and can lead to efficient governance in the country. Giving reference of 1.5 million rejected votes in the May 11 polls, the FAFEN stressed on steps for avoiding number of rejected votes. The FAFEN has put forth these recommendations on the basis of findings compiled in its first detailed report titled “National Assembly Election Result Analysis” based on data gathered through citizen’s observation of General Elections 2013 and ECP official documents.
KARACHI: Activists of All Pakistan Muslim League hold a demonstration in support of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf outside Karachi Press Club. ONLINE
He claimed that facts and laws were “twisted” in this case. Khalid Ranjha, another lawyer representing Musharraf, accused the judges of acting like “rented killers” when the judgement was read out. Justice Arab took exception to the remark, but Ranjha said he would not retract the statement even if it meant going to prison. Justice Arab told Ranjha that he could file an appeal against the decision but should refrain from insulting the bench. “If you like to go outside the courtroom and say whatever you want
before the media,” he said. Though Musharraf appeared in court during the last hearing, it could not carry forward the proceedings as his lawyers had asked the court to first decide on their petitions challenging its mandate. After skipping all previous hearings of the treason trial, the general appeared for the first time in the special court on February 18. Musharraf admitted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi on January 2 after he developed heart problems. He is at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology since then.
SC reserves verdict on delimitation of constituencies JUSTICE AZMAT SAYS TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS ONLY POSSIBLE IF DELIMITATION PROCESS IS TRANSPARENT ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday reserved judgement on the appeal pleas against the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision about delimitation of constituencies. A three-member bench of the SC led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing. The CJP said, “How the elections will be held in transparent manner if the people have no trust on delimitation of constituencies. Court has authority to interfere if any institution oversteps its powers. If Election Commission (EC) is paralysed due to local bodies system then what should we do? If there are flaws in local bodies system then what should court do?” Justice Azmat Saeed asked, “How can the provincial government be permitted for carrying out delimitation of constituencies on its own. The country was dismembered while protecting one clause. Is it not that local bodies’ election match is a fixed match.” The CJP said, “The court’s job is to interpret the constitution and the powers enshrined therein. If the powers are not exercised in correct manner then the court is mandated
constitutionally to interfere in it. How can the elections be transparent if the institution which carries out delimitation of constituencies is partial?” Punjab AG Mustafa Ramday told the court he had obtained directives from the government. The government would legislate in line with the court’s guidelines. While praising the government assurances, the court directed the AG to file this assurance in writing. Attorney General (AG) Salman Butt said the powers for delimitation of constituencies in local bodies election rested with the provincial government. Amicus curiae Khawaja Harris said the Election Commission of Pakistan could conduct electoral process under its constitutional mandate where the law was silent. Farooq H Naek presented copy of Charter of Democracy in the court. Naek said giving autonomy to the provinces was motive of 18th Amendment. Therefore, Article 140-A was incorporated in the constitution and powers were delegated to the provinces to provide local bodies system, he added. The CJP said, “Constitution is a live document and its interpretation falls in mandate of court.” Justice Azmat said transparent elections were possible only if the process of delimitation was transparent. Later, Azhar Siddique, who had filed petition against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision, appeared in the court. The court while issuing notices to the parties concerned adjourned the hearing of the case until March 3.
KARACHI: Security agencies have reportedly thwarted a major terror plot in Maripur area of Karachi aimed at killing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari late on Thursday night. According to sources, two Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) members were arrested with a truck loaded with 120 kilogrammes of explosives. The terrorists namely Faridullah Mehsud and Ayub have confessed to their plan and said that they were tasked by the banned outfit’s leadership to kill Bilawal for announcing a jihad against TTP. Sources said that an explosives-laden truck was recovered from the possession of terrorists. Faridullah is also said to be the mastermind of the Abbas Town bombing last year in which at least 48 people were killed and more than 180 others were injured after a car bomb was detonated outside an Imambargah. STAFF REPORT
naB approves referenCes in rpps sCam ISLAMABAD: An executive board meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday decided to file three references two of which are related to the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) corruption case. The references were approved in RPPs case Piranghaib, Multan and Techno Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd Sahuwal, Sialkot for alleged corruption, corrupt practices and misuse of authority in awarding RPPs contracts. The accused are accused of concealing the facts while getting the approval of the competent forum, making post-bid changes, thus causing huge loss to the national exchequer. The board also approved the filing of reference in a case of illegal plot allotment. Raja Altaf and Raja Hanif are accused of fraud and forgery and misuse of authority and depriving complainant Ramazan Ali of Rs 9.8 million. APP
polio Cripples two more in nwa MIRANSHAH: Two new cases of polio virus were confirmed in North Waziristan on Friday. According to sources, both victims of polio were the residents of Miranshah area of North Waziristan. Pakistan has registered 19 cases this year, while 17 of them were confirmed in North Waziristan Agency. Officials said that North Waziristan Agency had recorded 44 polio cases, out of the 92 cases registered in 2013. Outlawed terror group, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have imposed a ban on antipolio campaign in North and South Waziristan since June 2012. ONLINE
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
army can take down anyone, any day!
ARMY CHIEF SAYS THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBT ABOUT ARMED FORCES’ CAPABILITY TO COUNTER ANY INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL THREAT ACKNOWLEDGES SECURITY PERSONNEL’S BRAVERY AND SACRIFICES IN WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
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day after the government suspended peace talks with the Taliban over the killing of 23 troops, Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday said the armed forces were “battle hardened” and capable of countering any internal or external threat. Gen Sharif made the remarks during a visit to the Frontier Corps headquarters in Peshawar. His visit came close on the heels of the execution of 23 Frontier Corps personnel by a Taliban faction. “Let there be no doubt that our armed forces are battle hardened and fully capable to counter any internal or external threat posed to the integrity and sovereignty of our beloved country,” Gen Sharif was quoted as saying by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Recounting the successes of security forces in operations against terrorists, he lauded the efforts and determination of troops and law enforcement personnel who had cleared militancy-hit areas with the help of the entire country. “We are fully prepared to confront any challenge in future as well,” he said. Appreciating the morale of the troops, Gen Sharif said the country had acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by them as part of a “national effort to eliminate the scourge of terrorism”. He assured the troops that these sacrifices will not go waste. The army chief’s remarks came a day after the air force carried out strikes on Taliban bases in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, killing at least 40 militants. The air strikes followed the government’s decision
afghanistan says pakistani soldiers not killed on its soil KABUL INP
Afghanistan on Friday rejected Pakistan’s charge that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorists had killed 23 FC personnel on its soil. A spokesman for the Afghan President’s office told the BBC Pashto service that there was no evidence that Pakistani soldiers have been killed on Afghan soil. He said Afghanistan itself was under terrorist attacks. He alleged that Pakistan was suffering because it harboured terrorists. The Pakistani Foreign office on Thursday said Foreign Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz met Afghan Foreign Minister Zarar Maqbool Usmani in Maldives and protested against the killing of 23 FC personnel in Afghanistan.
shia leader shot dead in Kohat KOHAT ONLINE
A Shia leader was shot dead in Kohat on Friday. According to Sadar SHo Iqbal, unidentified men shot dead Sher Mohammad Tori at Gari Nawaz Khan Chowk and fled the scene. Tori was also an administrator of an Imambargah and hailed for Kurram Agency. The dead body was shifted to a nearby hospital. The police registered an FIR and started investigation.
KARACHI: Activists of Sunni Ittehad Council stage a protest against Taliban and terrorism outside Karachi Press Club on Friday. ONLINE
to suspend a fledgling peace process with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan over the killing of the Frontier Corps personnel. NUCLEAR PRoGRAMME:
General Sharif also said that the country’s nuclear programme was pivotal to its defence. He made the statement during a visit to the headquarters of the Army Strategic Force
Command. The army chief was briefed on operational and security matters by the Commander Army Strategic Force Command, Lt Gen obaidullah.
Defiant Taliban want govt to cease fire first TTP SPOKESMAN SAYS MILITANTS READY FOR PEACE TALKS IN SPITE OF MILITARY’S AIRSTRIKES PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Friday said the militants were ready for peace talks in spite of the military’s airstrikes on terror havens in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency the other day. Speaking to reporters at an undisclosed location, Shahid said the war had been started by the government and it should also take the lead in announcing a ceasefire. Flanked by TTP political shura member
SAYS PAKISTAN’S CONSTITUTION DOES NOT CARRY SINGLE ISLAMIC CLAUSE Azam Tariq, Shahid said they were aiming to resolve issues through talks whereas the government was more focused on establishing its writ. He said the TTP was serious about the dialogue, adding that the TTP negotiators were more independent than those representing the government. “We have been fighting for 10 years,” the spokesperson said, adding that the government should immediately stop the military operation. Reiterating that Quran and Sunnah were a complete constitution, Shahid said the government wanted them to accept the con-
stitution through dialogue. He said this constitution did not have a single Islamic clause in it. He said that the Taliban still wished to engage in peace dialogue to solve the country’s problems. “We were ready to talk before and are ready now,” he said. The statement comes after the government decided to pull the plug on the peace talks as the prime minister and the army chief decided that “proceeding with the peace talks amid the bombings and slaughter of soldiers would be injustice to terror victims”. Following a wave of terrorist attacks on security forces, it has been decided that talks will only be held when bloodshed stops, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar quoted the premier as saying. At least 40 terrorists were killed and several others injured as military jets and gunship helicopters bombed their hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency, military sources said on Thursday.
Taliban rep seeks direct contact between army and terrorists PESHAWAR ONLINE
A member of the Taliban negotiating team said issues would never be resolved until the army and the Taliban come in direct contact. Talking to a private TV channel, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Professor Ibrahim said the army never delegates its authority to anyone,
adding that peace would be restored if the Pakistan Army and Taliban come in direct contact for a dialogue. Questioning the government’s authority, he also said the public representatives had no authority. Ibrahim said that the Taliban could be persuaded for a ceasefire with the government despite airstrikes against them in tribal areas. “operation is not the
solution. It will plunge the country into further turmoil,” he said. He said a unilateral ceasefire was impossible, but if the government gave its assurance, the committee could persuade the Taliban for ceasefire. on Wednesday, dozens of terrorists, most of them foreign mercenaries, were killed when air force jets pounded their hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber
Agency. The airstrikes set off speculations that the government has finally launched army operation in the tribal areas, but security officials said the attacks were ‘punitive strikes’. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan hoped that the deadlock in govtTaliban dialogues would end soon and the negotiations would soon be back on track.
paKistan, iran aGree on Joint aCtion aGainst militants QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Pakistan and Iran on Friday agreed on joint action against militant groups involved in cross-border terrorism in the countries. High level officials from both side met for a third day meeting to resolve conflicts that sparked up after five Iranian border guards were abducted by militants on February 6 , who then took them, across the border, to Pakistan. “Pakistan will strictly act if we get any information regarding the presence of kidnapped Iranian soldiers on our soil,” Chief Secretary Balochistan, Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad told reporters at a joint press conference in Quetta. The meeting also involved discussions on trade, fisheries and border issues. The chief secretary added that Pakistan and Iran have formed a joint committee of senior officials to keep a strict check on border violations and other issues relating to the Pakistan-Iran border. A Sunni- militant group, Jaish ul Adl had claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. The incident was followed by strong rebuke from Iran, who threatened to send troops in to Pakistan if it fails to recover the abductees. “It is important for us to address the issue of kidnapping of the border guards,” said Ali Asghar Shikari; deputy governor of SistanBalochistan during the joint press conference. “Some militant groups have vicious plans to disturb us,” he said.
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
army tells Ismailis, kalash not to take taliban threat seriously
3G lIcenses wIll be auctIoned next month, vows Ishaq dar ISLAMABAD
n the wake of recent threats to ismaili community and Kalash tribe by Taliban, a grand peace jirga (conference) was held at Bumborat in Kalash Valley on Friday to address concerns of the communities. The meeting was presided over by Commandant Chitral Scouts Col naeem iqbal and was attended by
deputy Commissioner Chitral Muhammad Shoaib Jadoon, district Police Officer Ghulam Hussain and Major Murtaza as well as elites from Kalash, ismaili and Sunni Muslim communities. in a 50-minute long video released on Feb 2 on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) media wing’s website, the militants had announced an “armed struggle” against the Kalash and ismaili Muslims. The narrator warned the Kalash, who are thought to number
US judge rules surveillance of NY Muslims ‘constitutional’ NEW YORK: A federal district judge in the United States on Thursday ruled that the secret surveillance of mosques, business owned by Muslims and a Muslim student group by the new York Police department (nYPd) does not violate the US constitution. district Judge William Martini in newark, new Jersey, threw out a lawsuit filed by a group of new Jersey Muslims who claimed the nYPd illegally targeted them for undercover monitoring, solely for the reason of being Muslims. nYPd’s widespread program was first revealed in a series of articles that reported that the officers from the department had infiltrated Muslim organizations throughout the region, following the World Trade Centre attacks of September 11, 2001. The plaintiffs in the case are led by Syed Farhaj Hassan, a US Army reservist. The petitioners claim that the surveillance programme impaired their freedom of expression, threatened their careers and caused them to abandon religious services. Judge Martini gave a 10-page ruling, saying that city had convincingly argued that the surveillance programme was built on anti-terrorism intentions and did not seek to target Muslims. “While this surveillance program may have had adverse effects upon the Muslim community, the motive for the program was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but rather to find Muslim terrorists hiding among ordinary, law-abiding Muslims,” Martini wrote. Baher Azmy, of The Centre for Constitutional Rights , compared Martini’s ruling with the US Supreme Court’s ruling of 1944 that termed the imprisonment of Japanese- American during World War ii constitutional. Azmy’s organisation was among the petitioners of the lawsuit, along with another group ‘Muslim Advocates.’ “The decision gives legal sanctions to broad, undifferentiated racial and religious profiling,” he said, calling it a “dangerous” finding. He added that the plaintiffs would appeal against the decision. A spokesman for the city’s law department declined to comment. A similar federal lawsuit filed by new York Civil Liberties Union, against new York City in Brooklyn, remains pending. INP
ARY FOUNDER HAJI ABDUL RAZZAQ PASSES AWAY KARACHI: Founder of ARY Group Haji Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob passed away after a protracted illness on Friday, according to the group’s news website. The owner and chief executive officer of a prominent business group in Pakistan, which includes gold trading, communications and the television network, Haji Abdul Razzaq Yaqoob was born on May 7, 1944. Haji Abdul Razzaq was also a philanthropist and remained the head of the World Memon Organisation (WMO). STAFF REPORT
only 3,500, to convert to islam or face death. Addressing to the jirga, Col naeem iqbal said that Chitral Scouts, Police, border police, elite force and Pakistan Army have been deployed on all borders and are on a red alert to meet any challenge. He urged the locals to not take the threat seriously as the video released by the Taliban was not new and made in 2011. He said after the matter was projected in the media, prompting the Supreme Court of Pakistan taking a
suo motu notice. Following the media report regarding the Taliban’s threat to ismailis and the Kalash tribe, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took the notice on Thursday. The apex court said the hearing of the suo motu notice would be held along with the Peshawar church attack case. People belonging to Kalash tribe, Sunnis and ismaili Muslim community said that they were confident of the capability of the security forces and hoped that they will be protected by the LEAs.
Ukrainian parliament approves new charter, amnesty KIEV AGENCIES
in a day that could significantly shift Ukraine’s political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the country’s beleaguered president that calls for early elections, a new constitution and a new unity government. Russian officials immediately criticized the deal and protesters angry over police violence showed no sign of abandoning their sprawling camp in central Kiev. if it holds, the ambitious agreement could be a major breakthrough in a months-long crisis over Ukraine’s future, a standoff that worsened sharply this week and left scores dead and hundreds wounded in the worst violence the country has since seen it became independent in 1991. Within hours of the signing, Ukraine’s parliament voted to restore the 2004 constitution that limits presidential powers, clawing back some of the powers that President Viktor Yanukovych had pushed through after being elected in 2010. Although Yanukovych retains an apparent majority in parliament, his powers are now significantly reduced. Lawmakers also approved an amnesty for protesters involve in violence during a months-long standoff over Ukraine’s future
European foreign ministers spent two days and all night trying to negotiate an end to the months-long standoff, prompted when Yanukovych aborted a pact with the European Union in november in favor of close ties with Russia instead. The U.S., Russia and European Union are deeply concerned about the future of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West. The agreement signed Friday says presidential elections will be held no later than december, instead of March 2015 as scheduled. Many protesters say december is too late — they want Yanukovych out immediately. Ukrainian authorities also will now name a new government including opposition figures within 10 days. The deal says the government will not impose a state of emergency and both sides will refrain from violence. it says opposition protesters should hand over any weapons and withdraw from buildings they have occupied and protest camps around the country. it is far from clear that the thousands of protesters camped out in Kiev on Friday will pack up and go home. One by one, protesters took to a stage on independence Square to say they’re not happy and didn’t get what they wanted.
Masood Azhar’s address to rally in Muzaﬀarabad draws Indian ire
ndiA on Friday came slammed Pakistan for allegedly allowing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, blamed for the 2001 indian parliament attacks, to “spew venom” against it, Times of india reported. A statement by india’s Ministry of External Affairs said that it was a matter of concern how a globally banned “terrorist” could address anti-india rallies in Pakistan. india’s reaction came a day after Pakistan sought to play down a recent address by Azhar calling for jihad against india as a “onetime event”. “Our view about Masood Azhar is that he is a leader of a terrorist organisation… which is not only banned in india but banned by
the United nations Security Council, [and] also banned by the US and, more importantly, banned by Pakistan. And therefore, as far as we are concerned, once is one too many times,” the statement said. On January 26, Masood had addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad where he claimed thousands were ready to join the jihad. The rally was organised by the JeM, blamed for the attack on india’s parliament. The indian statement added that india “has zero tolerance for terrorists and it is obviously a matter of concern to it that a terrorist who is banned and who has been globally banned and proscribed is able to spew venom on india.”
STAFF REPORT The inadvertently leaked information regarding the government’s plan for auctioning 3G and 4G licenses was endorsed by the government on Friday. Ishaq Dar said in a press conference that by the end of March, the process of third generation spectrum auction will commence with countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar expected to take part. He stated that the government has approved the draft Information Memorandum prepared by their consultants. A high-level government source earlier said that the government had officially endorsed recommendations proposed by the auction consultants. The meeting consisted of finance minister and minister of state for information technology Anusha Rahman. The information was accidentally leaked by a photographer of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) when he inadvertently took a photograph of the proposal. Photography revealed that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will auction 50MHz of spectrum (30 MHz in 3G band and 20MHz in 4G band). The base price will be $295 million per 10 MHz for 3G and $210 million per 10 MHz for 4G.
bds defuses bomb on raIlway track In Punjab RAJANPUR INP The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) defused a 10-kilogramme bomb on a railway track near Kot Mithun in Punjab on Friday. The Khushal Khan Khattak Express train was due to pass over this track and was reportedly the target of the bomb. Passersby saw the explosive device and informed the authorities concerned. The BDS was called in to defuse the bomb which was reportedly a remote controlled device. The area was cordoned off and a search operation was conducted. The train was allowed to safely pass over the tracks after the bomb was defused.
PPP leaders to woo abIda today LAHORE STAFF REPORT A Pakistan People’s Party delegation will visit the residence of Syeda Abida Hussain to win her back in the party fold. There were rumours in the political circles that Abida is quitting PPP once again. Upon this PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari instructed PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo to intervene and remove her grievances. Wattoo and Tanvir Ashraf Kaira are likely to meet Abida at her Gulberg residence on Saturday (today) in an attempt to appease the PPP leader. During the 2013 elections, rumours ran riot that she was joining the PML-N.
Planned cuts to Afghan forces threaten stability, US report WASHINGTON AGENCIES
Taliban insurgents will increasingly threaten Afghan stability after international forces withdraw in december, and Kabul will need more troops than currently envisioned to provide basic security, according to a new independent strategy review. The assessment, conducted by the Centre for naval Analyses and obtained by journalists on Thursday, warned that plans to shrink the size of the Afghan national Security Force (AnSF) to 228,500 from the current 382,000 would put the US policy of preventing the country from becoming a safe haven for extremists “at
risk”. “We recommend that the international community establish a new plan to fund and sustain the AnSF at an end strength of about 373,400, with a proportionally-sized assistance mission [including advisers], through at least 2018,” said the report by the centre, part of a non-profit research and analysis group. The 378-page CnA report, requested in a law passed by Congress, will pressure the legislature to consider additional support for Afghan forces for several more years, even as the Pentagon is facing huge cuts to its own budget. The Centre for naval Analyses is part of non-profit research and analysis organisation CnA. The United States and nato are currently trying to finalise the
shape of any international military mission that would stay in Afghanistan after december to support to Afghan troops. A final decision has been thrown into doubt by President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States ahead of presidential elections in April. Washington has said it would have to withdraw all American forces if no deal is signed. Officials hope Afghan elections beginning on April 5 produce a victor willing to sign the accord. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the top Pentagon spokesman, told a news conference the department had received the CnA report but was not yet prepared to discuss its findings.
He acknowledged that Taliban rebels remained a threat. “We never take our eye off the Taliban insurgency or the threat they pose, not just to us and to our allies, but to the Afghan people,” Kirby said. Still, he said defence Secretary Chuck Hagel “is committed” to the finding of the nato summit in Chicago that calls for reducing the overall size of the AnSF, which is funded with support from the international community. The CnA report also found that Afghan security forces will continue to have gaps in critical military capabilities next year and beyond, including air support, logistics and intelligence gathering and analysis. “We therefore conclude that
international enabler support – to include advisers – will be essential to AnSF through at least 2018,” it said. The report also said a small group of alQaeda members would continue to be active in Afghanistan, having intermarried with local clans and forged ties with Afghan and Pakistani militants. Kirby acknowledged Afghan forces still need outside help, saying that is one reason the international alliance there has been pursuing a post-2014 mission to continue building the AnSF’s military capabilities. “it’s a commitment we made long ago,” he said. “it’s a commitment we’re trying to make now on the ground in Afghanistan to improve their capacity and capability.”
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
Court vows to reCover JanJua if government fails to do so DEFENCE MINISTRY GETS LAST CHANCE TO FILE AFFIDAVITS OF FORMER INTELLIGENCE AGENCY OFFICIALS ISLAMABAD
uPReMe Court Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on Friday said that the court would recover Masood Janjua if the federal and Punjab governments did not recover him. He also said the reasons given by the Defence Ministry in writing for not filing affidavits of its retired officers were inappropriate. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench dur-
ing the hearing of missing person case of Masood Janjua. While giving last chance to the Defence Ministry for filing affidavits of officials of intelligence agencies, including Col (r) Habibullah, Lt Gen (r) Shafqat Ahmad and Lt Gen (r) Nadim Taj, the court warned that if the affidavits were not filed then the court would issue order in this regard. The court also directed the Punjab government to assign duty of recording and presenting video and audio statement of Dr Munir Imran to a senior police officer and
file a report until March 13. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar presented urdu and english editions of former president Pervez Musharraf’s book which stated that 689 people were arrested during the former president’s tenure and 300 of among were sold out to a foreign country. Amna Masood Janjua said that Dr Imran Munir wrote on page 8 that Masood Januja was present in a cell next to that of him. The Rawalpindi CPO and SHO Raja Rashid were also present when these statements were being recorded, she said, adding that an FIR was registered in 2010 under the orders of the SC. Justice Khawaja said, “We fully realise your case. We have to see now what should
be our next step.” Amna said, “My husband has been dubbed as double agent in the news papers and this has pained me enormously.” Tariq Khokhar told defence ministry had filed a CMA which contains complete explanation about it. Justice Jawwad rejected the explanation given in CMA remarking this is not a reason in any way. If some one is culprit then arrest him. Amna said threats were being given to family of Dr Munir and he was ready to tell the whole incident to the court through video link. Justice Khawaja said, “We have not to do it and principal law officer of Punjab government will do it. Government of Punjab should provide video link.”
Amna said if the government provided protection to Dr Munir then there can be any talk. Justice Khawaja said, “No, what protection we can provide to anyone in Sri Lanka.” Punjab Advocate General Mustafa Ramday said, “We are ready to hold video conference of Dr Imran Munir. We can send Haroon Janjua.” The court said in its orders that Ramday has said that he was ready to send a police officer to Sri Lanka to record the statement of Dr Munir. The Police Department should make all arrangements in this respect so that the investigator could record statement of Dr Imran and include it in investigation. The hearing of the case was adjourned until March 13.
US SENTENCES PAKISTANI DRUG DEALER TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON Shiraz Malik has pleaded guilty to selling pharmaceuticals and highly regulated chemicals to customers in US, Europe, Mexico
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Iran Ali Raza Haghighian called on Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday. ONLINE
NOT KNOWING THE WORST THING FOR KIN OF SLAIN SOLDIERS NEWS DESK Are they dead or alive? That’s the question haunting relatives of a group of Frontier Corps soldiers who were captured four years ago. When the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on February 16 that they had executed 23 members of the Frontier Corps, families of the missing soldiers expected answers. Instead, their questions have multiplied. In total, 35 Frontier Corps troops were kidnapped in June 2010 in Mohmand tribal agency, a district of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas that has been a source of militant activity in recent years. The killings announced this week by the Mohmand branch of the TTP came in response to the alleged extrajudicial killings of militants in recent weeks, and amid efforts by Islamabad to negotiate an end to an insurgency that has left 40,000 dead since 2007. The Taliban has not revealed the identities of the 23 they claim to have killed, however, leaving relatives of the missing in despair. Mustafa, whose brother Anwar Shah was among the troops captured in 2010, said the family wants closure.
"Our family is in mourning. Our women and children are crying. If they are really dead, we ask the Taliban to hand over their bodies, even if they have to drop them from a helicopter on the road," Mustafa said. "At least if we get their bodies it will end our mourning." Dawood Khan's nephew, Rahim Khan, was also among the soldiers captured when TTP militants overran their checkpoint in Mohmand tribal agency on June 17, 2010. He says his nephew's kidnappers have twice contacted the family to set up a meeting. On both occasions the family declined. Khan has slammed the government for what he sees as its unwillingness to go after the militants and rescue the missing soldiers. "If a single spent [ammunition] cartridge is lost, the army launches an enquiry," Khan said. "But when 23 soldiers are missing for four years the government doesn't do anything. The government doesn't do anything and doesn't tell us what to do. We don't know where to go." The militants posted a video message in Pashto this week explaining their reasons for the executions, but the recording did not show the bodies of the soldiers. It was not immediately clear whether the fac-
tion acted with the approval of the TTP's central command. The Taliban, an umbrella organization of over a dozen militant groups, is fiercely divided and local commanders have often acted on their own.Feroz Khan, whose son Zahid Khan was captured during the 2010 operation, says his family is anxiously awaiting news of his fate. "Yesterday we rushed to the army offices and met with the colonel and he told us the army had no information about the killings," Khan said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has led the effort for a negotiated peace with the TTP since taking office in 2013, called the purported deaths a "heinous" crime and warned they would impact the reconciliation process that began between Islamabad and the militant group last month. Meanwhile, government peace negotiators pulled out of scheduled talks on February 17. Negotiators declared the meeting "purposeless" after the "sad and condemnable" killings. Niamatullah, whose brother Nasim who was among the abducted soldiers, reiterated the feeling of helplessness felt by the families of those missing in action. "If they were killed, we ask that they hand over their bodies," Niamatullah said. "If not, then we will continue our mourning."
WASHINGTON: A Pakistani national was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment by a court in United States on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Shiraz Malik , 36, pleaded guilty in October last year for selling pharmaceuticals and highly regulated chemicals to customers in the US, Europe, Mexico, and other countries and conspiring to launder the profits of that activity. He used to operate through the internet. According to court documents, Malik operated out of Warsaw, Poland from June 2008 to September 2011. In September 2011, he was arrested at the Prague International Airport and was extradited from the Czech Republic to the US in June 2012. Malik took orders from customers via internet and coordinated with people in Pakistan to fill the orders, the Justice Department said. It alleged that the drugs were sent from Pakistan to the customers, and Malik emailed the tracking numbers, sent by accomplices, to buyers. Malik sold large quantities of ephedrine to customers in Mexico, the country of origin for most of the methamphetamine sold in the US, the Justice Department said. “Malik operated an international supermarket for illegal drugs,” said US Attorney Benjamin Wagner. “As the Internet allows everyone access to international markets, federal law enforcement officials will be vigilant in protecting this country from overseas predators who profit off the addiction of others,” he said. Wagner said the defendant supplied addictive drugs, including oxycontin and heroin, to other drug traffickers in America and around the world, and supplied materials needed to make methamphetamine to clandestine producers in Mexico and Africa. “Malik had never set foot in this country before he was arrested and extradited here on these charges,” the US Attorney said. ONLINE
ILLEGAL PAKISTANI IMMIGRANT COMMITS SUICIDE IN MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR: An illegal Pakistani immigrant staying in Malaysia committed suicide by jumping from a building on Friday fearing arrest. Immigration and police sources in Kuala Lumpur said that a Pakistani youth belonging to Narowal District of Punjab, illegally staying in Malaysia without legal documents, frightened of falling in hands of security authorities jumped from 14th floor of a building. He was shifted to hospital in critical condition but could not survive. Malaysian immigration officials have accelerated action against illegal foreign immigrants and more than 250, including several Pakistan nationals have been detained in two days. Meanwhile, leader of Pakistani community in Malaysia, Nisar Ali Khan Hazarvi, has requested the Malaysian authorities to stop harassing the foreign nationals. He is said to be in contact with the Pakistani High Commission for the respectful return of illegal immigrants to home. INP
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
PRAyER TImINgS FAJR
KARACHI: Activists of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party demand declaring Pashtu language as official language in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the eve of International Mother Language Day. ONLINE
RS 5M ALLOCATED FOR POOR PATIENTS AT EACH DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN SINDH HYDERABAD: Sindh Zakat Council Chairman Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi has said that Rs 5 million each is being provided from Zakat Fund to all district headquarters of the province for medical treatment of deserving and needy patients. Out of Rs 5 million each, the funds of Rs 2.5 million each have already been provided to all district hospitals of the province, he said while distributing cheque of Rs 5,000 each and wheal-chairs to needy and disabled persons here at Liaquat University Hospital City Branch on Friday. The visit of Chairman Sindh Zakat Council with Chairman District Zakat Committee Hyderabad Sher Muhammad Pirzada to Liaquat University Hospital City Branch was because of the directives of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah who took notice of a news item appeared in a section of the press. Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi informed that he has requested the Sindh Chief Minister for provision of more funds to all district hospitals so that the management of concerned hospitals could be able to provide medical treatment to deserving patients. APP
Desire for eDucateD sinDh BRINGS LAWMAKERS ON SAME PAGE MPs PASS UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION FOR 100 PER CENT ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOLS KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The lawmakers of the Sindh Assembly on Friday set aside their differences and joined hands to unanimously pass a unanimous resolution for 100 per cent enrollment and dramatically improved quality of education in Sindh. The resolution tiled “political charter” was moved by Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro following major political parties of Sindh pledged on Thursday to sign a charter to improve education. “We are committed to ensuring 100
per cent enrollment in the province so that every child between the age of five and 16 is in school, in keeping with Article 25-A of the constitution and Sindh Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013,” read the resolution. In the resolution, which was adopted with standing ovation, expressed firm commitment by leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and PML-Functional. “We are determined, notwithstanding our political and ideological difference to
support each other in making sure that our collective commitment to ensure 100 enrollment in Sindh is widely known and widely own with our parties and among our cadres. We may disagree on many, but we are united in the pursuit of 100% enrollment across the province.” The resolution further said, “We believe that Sindh cannot progress without literacy and numeracy. We are committed to dramatically improving the quality of education our children receive, particularly in reading Sindhi, Urdu and Mathematics. We promise to sustain our interest in education in Sindh. We will
come together through parliamentary and extra- parliamentary measures to re-visit the state of affairs and assess progress at least once every three months.” During his speech, Khuhro urged all the lawmakers to play their role for quality of the education ensuring 100 per cent enrollment in their constituencies. “Let put our differences aside and play role for our future generation. Out of a total 43000 schools in the province 38000 are working. Around 6 million children are currently out of the schools. It is high time please join hands for this noble cause,” he said.
CNG STATIONS WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON MONDAY KARACHI: CNG stations in the province will remain closed for 24 hours, from 8.00 am on Monday. Due to higher offtake, availability of the gas has decreased resulting in depletion of line pack and low pressure in the system. Thus, the suspension of gas supply to CNG stations becomes unavoidable to comply with the sectoral priority order for gas load management, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) explained in its communique to All Pakistan CNG Association, Sindh Zone here on Friday. The SSGC has warned that CNG stations found operative during the same period will face disconnection of gas supply. APP
KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khoro, Mehtab Akbar Rashidi and Nusrat Sehr Abbasi exchange views during the provincial assembly session on Friday. ONLINE
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
HYDERABAD: Peasants freed from bondage sit in the corridor of the local district court on Friday. INP
PPP SUPPORTS MILITARY OPERATION IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN: MEMON KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has stated that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supports military operation in North Waziristan. Talking to media outside the Sindh Assembly, Sharjeel Memon said terrorists had become a menace for the country, adding that action should be taken against them. He said the entire nation was with the army and the Pakistan air force. The minister further said that police had good coordination with Rangers and that reshuffle in police would be injustice. The minister lauded the services of the Sindh police saying it did a great job in maintaining law and order in the city. Memon appreciated the role of the police for foiling a terror plot and seizing an explosive filled truck from Mauripur area of the city. The minister said changes in the police department were possible but not in the case of Karachi. Commenting over PML-F’s joining the Sindh government, Memon said he did not know about it. STAFF REPORT
CS SEEKS AGF'S SUPPORT FOR PRESERVATION OF MOHATTA PALACE KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana has appreciated the philanthropic role of Aga Khan Foundation (AGF) in development of the social services, specifically in the fields of community development, education and health. He expressed these views while talking to Chief Executive Officer Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan, Salman Baig, who called on him on Friday. Baig visited the chief secretary on his invitation with the specific reference of seeking help of AGF for saving the historical Mohatta Palace from decaying. The Mohatta palace is located in Clifton area of the city, said an official statement. Salman Baig assured his best cooperation to take up the matter before higher authorities of AGF and lauded the efforts of Sindh government for preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Pakistan. Mohatta Palace had also been the residence of Fatima Jinnah till her death on July 8, 1967. Sajjad Hotiana informed the AGF representative that Towfiq A Chinoy, Trustee Mohatta Palace, has been nominated as the focal person for this purpose. Baig told that the Chairman AKCSP Akbar Pesnani has assigned the task him to meet the Chief Secretary and Chinoy to get better understanding in the matter. The chief secretary informed Salman Baig that a comprehensive meeting would be convened shortly. APP
Kati to impart vocational training to Bisp Beneficiaries KARACHI
ENAzIR Income Support Programme (BISP) and Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Friday to impart vocational training to the BISP beneficiaries and provide trained labor work force to the industry. The MoU signing ceremony was held in KATI Office Korangi Karachi.
Enver Baig, Chairman BISP, and Syed Farrukh Mazhar, President KATI, were also present in the ceremony. The basic objective of the MoU was to reduce poverty through job placement of successful trainees of BISP’s VTP, provide trained labor work force to the industry and minimise the shortage of skilled work force in different emerging trades and encouragement of females to earn a sustainable livelihood. KATI offered BISP to place the successful trainees of its Wasilla-e-Rozgar scheme in various trades under its
vocational training programme through public and private sector training institutes, enabling inculcation of skills to its beneficiaries (or their nominees) for earning their livelihood in the industries and commercial concerns . According to the MoU, the KATI will determine the employment needs of the market, while BISP would provide skills’ development training to beneficiaries, whose placement in job market will be ensured by the Association. The duration of the training would be six months and BISP will pay a
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FAHAD AZIZ CASE: SHC ORDERS TO INCLUDE PRIVATE DOCTORS IN MEDICAL BOARD KARACHI: In the light of objections raised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on the constitution of the eight-member medical board constituted to conduct a thorough medical examination of the party activist Fahaz Aziz, the Sindh High Court on Friday ordered that four senior private doctors be added to the panel. The party had objected that the medical board constituted previously comprised entirely of government doctors, adding that private doctors be included in the panel. The board was required to submit a detailed and comprehensive report regarding the state of health and injuries that the activist might have suffered during the alleged torture. Accepting the MQM's plea, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar ordered the addition of four senior doctors from the Agha Khan University Hospital to the board. The party has been alleging that Fahad Aziz was subjected to torture by the police following his arrest on February 8. STAFF REPORT
Stipend of Rs 6000/- to the beneficiaries or her nominees during on -job training (OJT). Syed Farukh Mazhar President Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) welcomed Chairman BISP and appreciated its initiative regarding industries, while assuring that KATI will cooperate and coordinate with BISP for job placement in industry. Chairman BISP thanked KATI members for cooperating with BISP and said that this initiative had been done with the approval of Prime Minister.
KARACHI: TV actors and their crew members look in shock following a grenade attack during the shooting of their play at MA Jinnah Road. ONLINE
TALIBAN ARE CRIMINALS, DIALOGUE SENSELESS: KHURSHID SHAH SUKKUR ONLINE
Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has said that the Taliban are criminals and the anti-state elements need to realise that writ of the government is intact. Talking to reporters at the airport, Khurshid Shah said that their soldiers were brutally martyred in broad day light and immediate steps were required
to be taken for controlling such incidents. The enemies and the anti-state elements needed to make realise that writ of the government was intact in the country and it could not be challenged so easily, he added. He said the Taliban were criminals. Islam is a religion of peace and preaches peace and tranquillity and there is no room for terrorism in Islam, he added. He said some criminal elements by portraying to be preachers of Islam
could not fool the people of this country. The manner in which they carry out their barbarism was unprecedented, Shah added. He said there seemed to be no direction of talks with the Taliban and the PM should make a firm decision in this regard. “I assure him that his (PM’s) chair is under no threat. He just needs to make a decision like a true leader and strengthen the state.” All the decisions for peace needed to be made with a consensus, he opined.
KARACHI: Rangers arrested at least 15 suspects during targeted operations in different areas of the city on Friday. According to the Rangers' spokesman, the suspects were arrested from Bhittaiabad, Bilal Colony, Baldia Town, Kalri, Baghdadi, Kalakot, Chakewara and Frontier Colony areas of the city. The arrested suspects were involved in several crimes including target killing, he said. Rangers also recovered 16 weapons and drugs from the suspects’ custody. It is to be mentioned here that the targeted operations are being carried out on daily basis across the city to eliminate criminals as the government decided to restore peace Meanwhile, police arrested as many as 63 suspects from different parts of the city. Sources said the suspects were held during raids in Sharafi Goth, Orangi Town and Clifton areas of the metropolis. The sources said the police carried out the raids following the killings of five people in the fresh wave of violence in the city. STAFF REPORT
TOXIC FOOD PUTS 11 OF A FAMILY ON BED KARACHI: At least 11 persons of a family, including women and children, fell sick after eating toxic food on Friday. Sources said a family hailing from Shireen Jinnah Colony of Karachi took dinner which was poisonous. Condition of the 11 family members including five children and women deteriorated after which they were rushed to Jinnah Hospital. In charge Jinnah Hospital Dr Seemi Jamali confirmed the incident and said the affected people were under treatment and their condition was out of danger. Meanwhile, police have collected the sample of food and sent it for laboratory examination. STAFF REPORT
Treason case Musharraf should face the justice
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
A Manufactured Crisis Iran’s real nuclear revolution
UShARRAF has dodged justice too long. he declined to attend 22 court proceedings on one pretext or another. First he raised the bogey of danger of a terrorist attack on him from several terrorist groups and people having animosity for him. Provided extraordinary security en route to court he suddenly directed his entourage to make a beeline for the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on the pretext of having developed some sort of heart ailment. Despite medical advice he declined to undergo the necessary angiography on the plea that he did not feel these tests were safe in a Pakistani hospital. he approached the court to allow him to go abroad for treatment. The request was rejected. Musharraf was morbidly afraid of being indicted in the treason case. his counsel took the plea that Musharraf could only be tried under the Army Act and in a military court. This they thought would provide him a way to wriggle out. Left with no excuse to remain absent from the court hearings, he finally put up an appearance on February 18. As his lawyers once again raised the issue of the jurisdiction of the court, the three-member bench deferred the indictment till the announcement of its decision on the issue. On Friday the special court announced its verdict. The bench maintained that the Army Act referred to in the plea has expired and cannot be applied to the accused who is also no more in military service. Musharraf has been ordered to present himself in court on March 11. The special court trying Musharraf has already shown enough judicial restraint. his alibi for missing the court hearings were not rejected offhand. The bench appointed a committee comprising senior military doctors of the AFIC to evaluate the health reports sent by the hospital. The court again ordered adequate security for Musharraf when he finally appeared at the hearing. When Musharraf ’s counsel called the verdict a bad decision, the court told him to file an appeal against it. Musharraf is being tried under Article 6 of the Constitution which is the supreme law of the land. he has full opportunity to defend himself. The courts in Pakistan are independent. Musharraf is in a position to hire the best counsel available in the country. Some of them have already appeared in the court to defend him. The only way in a country ruled by law is to seek the redressal of grievances through courts. Musharraf has ruled the country for nearly a decade. The former army chief now heads a political party. One expects him to set a good example by cooperating with the court.
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he nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are back this Tuesday in Vienna. The stakes couldn’t be higher. It will be a long and winding road. hidden agendas on both sides badly want the talks to fail – and will spare no effort towards that goal. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei could be interpreted as a stony realist, when he said that the talks will go nowhere. It’s as if the Supreme Leader had read Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, a crucial book by Martha Gellhorn Prize winner Gareth Porter, which is being launched this week in New York. In the book, Porter thoroughly debunks the whole narrative of the Iran nuclear dossier as sold to the world by the George W Bush administration, assorted neocons and the Israeli Likud. And it gets much worse, in terms of prospects for a final deal to be reached this year. According to Porter, “the Obama administration has introduced the subject of ‘possible military dimensions’ into the nuclear negotiations. That means that the United States will be demanding an explanation for ‘evidence’ that the book shows was fabricated. That is a decision that could threaten the conclusion of a final agreement with Iran.” Meanwhile, on Tuesday last week, millions of people hit the streets in Tehran in a massive rally celebrating the 35 years of the Islamic revolution. how come? For all its economic mismanagement, Iran’s illiteracy rate has been reduced to near zero. Women are active, participative voters (try even raising the issue in the house of Saud’s paradise). There has been remarkable scientific progress, even under harsh sanctions. Pursuing a civilian nuclear program is a matter of national consensus. This piece – significantly, published by al-Arabiya, which is controlled by the house of Saud – at least tries not to sound entirely as cheap Arab propaganda, making a valid point about the real threat for the Islamic revolution coming from disaffected youth across Iran. Yet this is not the key point. The Islamic republic won’t disintegrate tomorrow. What’s much more crucial is to revisit the key reasons why the revolution happened 35 years ago, and why, when it comes to Iranian geopolitical independence, it remains somewhat popular. That may also shed light on why the West – and especially the United States – still refuses to normalize its relations with Iran. After all, what happened 35 years ago in Iran was never properly understood in the US in the first place. In geopolitical terms, this was the real “nuclear” revolution – one of the most far-reaching developments of what eric hobsbawm defined as “the short 20th century”. And perhaps this is what the Supreme Leader meant about the talks going nowhere; certainly the case as long as Washington, especially, refuses to abandon the reductionism of Iran as a bunch of fanatics. ThaT Kissinger oil shocK As early as the presidency of harry Truman, the US supported the Shah of Iran’s dictatorship, no holds barred. No wonder those days are sorely missed. In 1953, after the CIA coup against Mohammad Mossadegh, the Shah – who lived mostly in the French Riviera – was “invited” to rule as a CIA puppet (John F Kennedy had met him in wild parties in
the French Riviera and found him to be a dangerous megalomaniac). In return for re-establishing British “rights” to Persian oil, Washington self-attributed 55% for the concessions and the Brits got the rest. The CIA trained the Savak – the Shah’s secret police. It was the best of times. The Shah not only excelled in his role of gendarme of political/economic US interests in the Persian Gulf; as he did not share Arab hatred of Israel, Tel Aviv had access to Persian oil (that ended after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power). The Shah ruthlessly suppressed and persecuted every political party in Iran and even massacred Kurds (Saddam hussein was taking notes.) he started to take his own propaganda seriously, including believing in the myth of being a new King of Kings. he became the number one cheerleader of the 1973 OPeC oil shock, to which he got the green light from none other than henry Kissinger. In a nutshell, this was a follow-up of the 1972 “Nixon doctrine”, when it became clear the US defeat in Vietnam was all but a done deal. That’s when Tricky Dicky started to promote gatekeepers all over the “free world”. And no region was more crucial than the Persian Gulf. The Shah loved it. But he was always complaining that he didn’t have enough dough to buy all those weapons the industrial-military complex was offering him. So Kissinger – a David Rockefeller errand boy – squared the circle, with the rise of oil prices by Organization of the Petroleum exporting Countries, or OPeC. With this move, Kissinger instantly inflated the profits of US Big Oil – which at the time accounted for five of the Seven Sisters, and crucially boasted three that were Rockefeller-owned (exxon, Mobil and Socal). At the same time, since Japan and then West Germany and the rest of Western europe depended on Persian Gulf oil much more than the US did, Kissinger devised the perfect way to torpedo the devastating Japanese and German industrial and trade competition. You won’t find any of this on Kissinger’s turgidly ambitious tomes, or on any US corporate media files for that matter. But that explains much of the world born out of the “oil shock”. Like most US puppets – talk about hubris – the Shah never understood that he was just a puppet. his corporate
multinational economic model as applied to Iran had the predictable effects; much like today (even in europe and the US), a tiny minority consuming like there’s no tomorrow and a huge majority increasingly miserable, as the Shah bet on cash crops instead of an agrarian reform to guarantee the subsistence of millions of peasants – many of them illiterate, pious Shi’ites – who had been booted out of the countryside by American agribusiness, which dismissed them as a superfluous workforce. These miserable masses inflated Tehran and other Iranian big cities, turning into the mass base for Khomeini’s revolution. And the rest is history. noThing is inaccessible Then Jimmy Carter – that hick hamlet – when still campaigning for the presidency against Gerald Ford in 1976, admitted in a debate that the Shah was a torturer. Two years later, as president, Carter now considered him “an island of stability” and “a friend”. During the 1970s, it was “just” for Iran to carry out a nuclear program, among other motives to intimidate revolutionary Arab nationalism. Yet now, under an Islamic republic, a civilian nuclear program is an “existential threat”. The Shah’s banker was David Rockefeller, never tired of extolling the “patriotism” and “tolerance” of his client, not to mention his modernizing drive – everything duly parroted by US corporate media even as Amnesty International and the State Department itself had himalayas of documents proving the Shah was one of the top torturers of modern history. What mattered is that he brought excellent dividends for then Chase Manhattan. One never lost money underestimating the cluelessness of US corporate media. When the Islamic revolution started, US media as a whole told the world that the Shah was undefeatable; that Khomeini and his followers were a minority of religious fanatics; and that the real motive for the revolution was that the Shah was a Great Modernizer (the Rockefeller script), rejected by those same Muslim fanatics. It’s fair to say this script is still being peddled today. When the Shah fled Iran, the whole US media bought the fallacy of “going for a holiday”. When Khomeini boarded that Air France flight from Paris and arrived in Tehran in absolute triumph, no
wonder no one in the US had a clue what was going on. US media preferred to mock Khomeini’s “fanaticism” – which at the time paled compared with Pope John Paul II, who considered women to be an inferior species. The Iranian bourgeoisie – modern, social democrat, inheriting the political line of Mossadegh – managed to drive a lot of support from progressives in europe. At a time when Le Monde was still a very good newspaper and not the sub-American trash it is today, one just needed to read the dispatches by ace correspondent eric Rouleau to confirm it. Khomeini, for his part, had the charisma (and that spectral voice on cassette tapes), supported by the only political organization tolerated by the Shah, the roughly 160,000 mullahs, who duly mobilized those wretched masses rendered useless by American agribusiness interests. Yet, from the beginning, Khomeini negotiated with the bourgeoisie – as when he named Mehdi Bazargan as prime minister and Bani Sadr as president (a socialist and a Western-style modernizer). Only when the Shah system was totally eradicated did Khomeini go into overdrive to purge everyone but his religious followers – recreating, on a smaller scale, the Shah’s inferno, but in the name of Allah. Well, as Mao said, no revolution is a dinner party. As for Jimmy “hamlet” Carter, he never officially recognized Khomeini as the Iranian leader. Washington didn’t even try to talk to him. A whiff of geopolitical intelligence would have the Americans trying to share some tea when he was still exiled in Paris. But David Rockefeller and his parrot Kissinger would scream, so a cowed Carter retreated into his shell. After the Islamic revolution, Washington never returned the estimated US$60 billion the Shah, family and cronies stole from Iran. This catalogue of disinformation during the 1970s and 1980s is now mirrored by the disinformation of all these past few years about the Iranian nuclear program. No wonder most Americans – and plenty of europeans – remain clueless. When Khomeini died – and I vividly remember every newspaper in europe on June 5, 1989, sharing the front page between that and Deng Xiaoping ordering the Tiananmen massacre – the great philosopher Daryush Shayegan, a former professor at the University of Tehran, published a superb article in Liberation explaining the Big Picture, from the Shah’s “legacy” to Khomeini. Shayegan wrote that both men, the Shah and the Imam, committed the same fatal mistakes and “incarnated, each their own way, two typically Iranian traits: cultural schizophrenia and the dream of grandeur”. So the whole drama was about two juxtaposed Irans: Imperial Iran and “the suffering Iran of the blood of the Martyr”. Both expressed an impossible dream and, “like the 12th century mystical poet Ruzbehan from Shiraz would say, the same ‘dementia of the inaccessible’.” Today, 35 years after the Islamic revolution, what Iranians seek is hardly inaccessible: the end of Western sanctions and the end of sections of the West perennially treating the country as a bunch of religious “fanatics”. Russia, China, Turkey, Pakistan, other Asian nations, all Latin American nations, all African nations, all treat Iran as normal. Beyond the clash of “heroic flexibility” against American exceptionalism, if only the US establishment would finally get over it, and deal – realistically – with what happened in Tehran 35 years ago. Only then these talks in Vienna will go somewhere, and we may have a final nuclear deal in 2014. Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column originally appeared on Asia Times.
WORLD VIEW 09
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
Venezuela erupts in Violence slaTe
HE tremors have been building for years, but on Wednesday night Venezuela was convulsed in a wave of violence as the government of President Nicolas Maduro appeared to enforce a brutal crackdown on nationwide protests. Streets were filled with tear gas and the crackle of gunfire, as National Guard units and National Police came out in force. Bands of regime supporters—paramilitary gangs known as colectivos—swarmed neighborhoods and public squares on their motorcycles, firing live ammunition at anyone who remained in the open. Some stormed into apartment buildings in search of protesters. The crackdown extended from Caracas to Maracaibo, Maracay, Valencia, and nearly every major city across the South American country. As startling as the violence itself was the fact that the government gave no warning or explanation in advance. In a rambling national address earlier that day, President Maduro spoke of the need for peace—then praised the work of paramilitary thugs and promised to target members
of Popular Will, a leading opposition party. Its leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was spending his second night in a military prison, after surrendering himself to authorities on Tuesday to face trumped-up charges implicating him for the death of three Venezuelans at protests. Even if Lopez, one of the opposition’s best-known leaders, is imprisoned, Maduro isn’t acting like the man with the upper hand. In his remarks Wednesday, he seemed erratic and unsure of himself, which only fuels rumors that he may have diminishing control over the state and its security forces. The most focused target of the regime’s repression has been the Popular Will party. Lopez is being held in the Ramo Verde military prison, a small facility that sits on a mountainside about an hour outside of Caracas. The remote prison has held other high-value political prisoners during Chavez’s years in power. On Tuesday, security personnel raided the Popular Will party’s headquarters in search of their second in command, Carlos Vecchio. Vecchio, a lawyer and activist, has been forced to go into hiding, and on Wednesday President Maduro confirmed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. There were also un-
confirmed reports that a warrant would soon be released for David Smolansky, the next highest party leader. A senior member of the party confirmed Thursday morning that most of the party’s top leadership has either been detained or gone underground. That may be the key difference between Venezuela today and before: For all of the combative rhetoric and venom spewed by Hugo Chavez, the Comandante always kept a lid on widespread repression. The late strongman was expert at verbally provoking and demonizing his opponents, but the threshold for a large-scale crackdown was never crossed. Chavez would unsettle his enemies, entertain half measures, or defuse a situation by simply directing his abuse at a wholly new target. But Maduro has never possessed his predecessor’s confidence, communication, or political canny, and he inherited a government rife with factions. Since his narrow election last April, the fear has been that Chavismo’s odd blend of bravado and insecurity would swing wildly in his hands, especially as the country dire economic conditions worsened. Early Thursday morning, a senior adviser to a Popular Will party leader described the situation as “extremely fluid,” before express-
ing surprise at Maduro’s decision to ramp up the confrontation. “The government keeps upping the ante,” he said. The government is likely reacting to the wave of spontaneous protests that have broken out across the country since peaceful demonstrations devolved into violence on Feb. 12. Those protests had been called in part because of the country’s economic freefall. The oil-rich country has been racked by inflation of nearly 60 percent. Venezuelans have suffered shortages of basic foods, goods, and medicines for years now, but December and January saw new levels of scarcity. The government now admits that 1 in 4 basic goods is out of stock (which means, in truth, it’s much worse). The situation is so bad that three airlines now refuse to fly there: The government owes them too much money. But Wednesday night’s crackdown was perhaps the most violent encounter between the Venezuelan government and its people since protests and riots racked the country in 1989. Chacao, a wealth district of Caracas, saw intense fighting, with protesters throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at National Guard units who fired tear gas canisters and buckshot. San Cristobal city
saw some of the heaviest clashes, and President Maduro even threatened to have the mayor, also a member of the Popular Will party, thrown into prison. Perhaps most frightening are the gangs of paramilitary fighters who flood neighborhoods on the motorcycles and appear to act with impunity and government support. Venezuela now even has reports of torture. Chavistas have long raised the specter of civil war if political contests didn’t go their way. Chavez regularly implied there would be blood in the streets if he didn’t win this election or that referendum. It was extraordinary thing to say, especially since it was Chavez who had worked so hard to polarize the country in the first place. He once threatened, “If the oligarchy is allowed to return to power, I might end up letting the ... tanks out to defend the revolutionary government and the people.” When Chavez engaged in this type of loaded, high-stakes talk, it was part of his strategy. When Maduro does, it’s part of his weakness. William J. Dobson is Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor and the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.
SAUDI ARABIA’S ARMS RUSH TO SYRIA How to deﬁne al Qaeda Press TV CAtheRine shAkdAm
The Geneva peace talks on Syria have drawn to a disappointing, although anticipated, close, with no resolution to be spoken of, other than the promises of further talks at some point in the future. Already Saudi Arabia has reverted to its rhetoric of war, intent on crushing the Syrian government. When Al Saud royals decided to sink their teeth into the colossus of the Levant, Syria, little did they realize that President Bashar Al Assad would oppose their hegemonic plans in the region with defiance and utmost stoicism. Three years into the war and Saudi Arabia has been forced to step out of the shadows and announced itself as the grand terror master, the driving force behind Al Qaeda and its Takfiri affiliates. If anything, Syria’s courage before enemy fire, its commitment to national sovereignty and the protection of its people against the onslaught of Zionism, have allowed the public to see through Saudi Arabia’s deception and recognize Syria’s war for what it is: the foreign invasion of an Arab land by Zionist-backed terror militias. Allegedly frustrated by Geneva’s failure, Saudi Arabia reportedly offered to supply the so-called Free Syrian Army with anti-aircraft missiles. The very idea that Takfiri militants could be given access to such weapons is simply too bloodchilling to imagine. Sources in Jordan have revealed that Al Saud ordered the transfer of anti-aircraft missiles in its Jordanian warehouses well before officials at Geneva even began to discuss the possibility of a truce, a clear sign that the Kingdom never intended for diplomacy to have a chance but rather worked at disrupting the talks to better justify its plan in Syria: heavy weaponry. As per reported by the Wall Street Journal, “Russian-made antitank guided missiles and Chinese man-portable air-defence systems are up for grabs, already waiting in warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.” Following months of lobbying and money flashing at US officials, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan - director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency – has managed to once again tip America’s narrative regarding Syria back to aggression. On January 30th, US sources revealed that US President Barack Obama met in Amman – Jordan capital – with Saudi intelligence officials to hash out the new terms of their “arrangement” in regards to Syria. Besides agreeing to the transfer of yet more anti-aircraft missiles and other heavy weaponry, the US also transferred an estimated $3 million to what are effectively Western-controlled Takfiri units in Syria, a de facto bank-rolling of al Qaeda. This Friday, President Obama promised an increasingly reticent Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, whose country has been in essence turned into a permanent military base against Syria and its allies, to pay up $1 billion in loan guarantees as well as the renewal of a memorandum of understanding that provides the kingdom with $600 million in US financial and military aid. In return King Abdullah II promised to look the other way while his kingdom has become ground zero against the last Arab line of defence
against Zionism in the Levant. On the same day, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the Defence Department was looking at a possible military deployment in Syria. “There’s an interest in coming up with other options in Syria moving forward,” he noted. Arab diplomats privy to such plans have already told the press that Saudi Arabia aims to tip the balance of power in Syria by challenging President Al Assad’s air power and heavy weaponry capacity on the ground. With Turkey and Jordan having become but pawns in Saudi Arabia’s chess game, Syria finds itself surrounded by enemies, its people pinned down by pro-Zionists. In a rather gawky attempt to distance itself from radical extremists, Syria's so-called opposition has attempted to sell its request for more weapons, men and money, as a last effort to bring peace to war-torn Syria. While western powers have been keen to paint the Syrian regime as difficult to deal with, alleging that when the opposition had shown flexibility and good faith, Damascus had met such efforts with inflexibility, Russia has evened out the situation, reminding the West of its own political inconsistency. “The only thing they want to talk about is the establishment of a transitional governing body,” stressed Sergey Lavrov, Russia Foreign Minister this Friday, adding “Only after that are they ready to discuss the urgent and most pressing problems, like terrorism … I am very worried about the systematic attempts to disrupt the political settlement in Syria, therefore forcing the [Syrian] government to slam the door.” Lavrov recalled that when western powers first floated the idea of peace talks, it was agreed that no mention would be made of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad departure, since he had been democratically elected by the people of Syria in accordance with the constitution. Instead, all parties agreed that they would discuss the creation of a transitional political body, the holding of free and fair elections, and a national dialogue prior to the implementations of a set of reforms in keeping with popular wishes. Irritated and frustrated at western double talks and political hypocrisy, Lavrov told reporters, “Now they are saying that to keep talking is senseless, because the government (of Syria) doesn't want to agree about the makeup of a transitional governing body. We are going in circles.” Echoing Lavrov’s unease, Syria Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad emphasized, “I deeply regret to say that this round did not achieve any progress … We came to the Geneva conference to implement Syria's declared position to reach a political solution. ... Unfortunately the other side came with another agenda, with an unrealistic agenda." And indeed, while Syrian officials came out to Geneva to defend their people’s interests by putting an effective end to terrorism, bloodshed and suffering, the so-called opposition and their western backers have sought only to precipitate the fall of Syria’s political legitimacy. Catherine Shakdam is a commentator and political risk consultant. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy Association, the Guardian and Majalla among many others.
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Financial Times Ahmed RAshid
An intense debate has broken out among western law enforcement officials, intelligence agencies and academics about who or what today constitutes al-Qaeda. It is an important debate because AQ – the network and the ideology – remains a potent force and still one of the greatest threats to global stability. The US intelligence chief James Clapper said last month that 7,000 foreign fighters have joined AQ affiliates and other groups in Syria to fight Bashar al-Assad’s regime. AQ now officially recognises branches of its network in seven new regions in Africa and the Middle East, while major European cities have become AQ recruiting centres for disaffected Muslim youth. None of these network branches or recruiting centres existed on September 11 2001, when President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to crush Al-Qaeda and to never allow failed states to emerge which could threaten the west or be taken over by AQ. Clearly we are on the cusp of failure as AlQaeda expands relentlessly across the Middle East and Africa, even as the US and other western powers announce their withdrawal from these regions. For me the personal shock is to see AQ in Iraq control Fallujah and Ramadi; for AQ to capture cities is something I could not have imagined since meeting my first AQ fighters in Afghanistan in the 1990s. The conflict in Syria has been “a game changer”, in the words of one British counterterrorism official. The Euphrates valley has become a new FATA, similar to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan where AQ and the Taliban still hang out. Syria has helped escalate the meltdown of Iraq where a thousand people are killed every month in sectarian war. It has become increasingly difficult for the US to actually define the enemy it calls AQ. Many groups who claim to be affiliated to AQ are actually just Islamic fundamentalist groups with local or regional agendas – not having the desire for global jihad and wanting to attack Washington that constitutes a true AQ group. Thus the desire to conduct global jihad must remain as a defining principle of who is AQ. However, many of these local groups such
as al-Shabaab in Somalia or the Pakistani Taliban, who control territory, are also training foreigners to carry out bomb attacks in their countries of origin. Such groups may have local political agendas, but satisfy AQ by keeping their interests global. AQ Arab fighters who used to train foreigners have been replaced with Pakistani or Somali trainers, fighters and ideological messengers who carry on as before. Thus local groups with local agendas, but who continue to train foreigners, must be termed affiliates of AQ. The continuation of the core AQ group in Pakistan is no longer dependent on the presence of Arab militants. Another defining principle is the capture of territory in order to eventually establish an AQrun caliphate or Islamic state whose borders will not be confined to any present day borders. Osama bin Laden virtually controlled Afghanistan, but he could not convince the then Taliban leadership to set up a caliphate. Today various Sunni groups fighting in Syria and Iraq want to set up a caliphate along the Euphrates river. Even though they are presently divided by acute infighting and AQ chief Ayman al-Zawahiri had formally disowned one group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, all these groups still want to carve out a new caliphate. Thus capturing and controlling territory for the eventual creation of a caliphate, rather than hit-and-run terrorist actions, remains a key benchmark of who constitutes AQ. Mr Zawahiri has recognised affiliates as part of the AQ network in seven regions including Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and west Africa. Katherine Zimmerman, who has authored a report on AQ for the American Enterprise Institute think-tank, concludes that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – which is capturing large parts of Yemen, defeating local armed forces and made three attempts to attack the US since 2009 – is the most important and consistent AQ affiliate. The group fulfils all the conditions of a modern definition of AQ. Such attempts at a parsed-down definition of AQ should not minimise the fact that many militants who aspire to become AQ fighters just join the wrong group which does not have an agenda to carry out global jihad. In Syria and Iraq such complications are multiplied because new splinter groups emerge every other day. Nevertheless, the break-up of Syria which is now ever more clearly on the cards and the civilsectarian war in Iraq constitute the biggest threats. It is here that AQ is sending both raw recruits from European university campuses and experienced fighters from Afghanistan and Kashmir. The 7,000 foreigners already there include an estimated 700 French, 300 Britons, 70 Americans and thousands of Arabs. AQ is being regenerated but the threat is not being taken seriously enough by western governments as they reduce their involvement in the Middle East. The writer has followed terrorist groups for three decades. His latest book is ‘Pakistan on the Brink: the Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West.’
10 BUSINESS Indian bank evinces interest in opening 2 branches in Pakistan NEW DELHI: The Indian government Friday said the state-owned bank, Punjab National Bank, has applied for opening branches in Pakistan and is awaiting approval from the competent authority. "Punjab National Bank has applied for opening of two branches in Pakistan, one each in Lahore and Karachi, but these branches have not been approved by the competent authority," Indian Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Indian parliament. No Indian bank has presence in Pakistan, he said. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had indicated to the Reserve Bank of India last month that Muslim Commercial Bank was also interested in opening a branch in India apart from two other Pakistani banks, Meena added. RBI has advised SBP this month that banks from Pakistan may apply as per the extant policy for the presence of foreign banks in India. In reply to another question, Meena said under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation, India is committed to allow foreign banks to open 12 branches in a year. INP
Eight oil and gas exploration licenses signed ISLAMABAD: The ministry of petroleum and natural resources Friday signed the Exploration Licenses (ELs) and Petroleum Concession Agreements (PCAs) in eight blocks with the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) for exploring oil and gas resources in the country. The total area of aforesaid blocks is 16,117.09 sq km and minimum firm work commitment is US $ 49.58 million. Apart from minimum work commitment, companies are obligated to spend a minimum of US $ 30,000/year in each block on social welfare schemes. The ministry has already signed 12 exploration license (EL)/Petroleum Concession Agreement (PCA) to explore hydrocarbon resources. APP
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
CHINA, PAKISTAN TO ACCELERATE ‘ECONOMIC CORRIDOR’ CONSTRUCTION BEIJING INP
hina and Pakistan have provided further details on their planned economic corridor project signalling the two nations' commitment for stronger ties. Leaders of the two states agreed to accelerate the building of economic corridor which will focus on energy cooperation, transportation infrastructure construction and industrial parks, Peoples Daily reported. During a meeting with visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday in Beijing, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasised the strategic significance of building an economic corridor. The two sides need to implement large-scale cooperation projects in electricity and new energy, promote the management of the port of Gwadar and advance connectivity schemes, Li noted. The economic corridor project was proposed during Li's visit to Pakistan in May 2013. For China, the project with Pakistan links China's strategy to develop its western region with Pakistan's focus on developing its economy, Ma Jiali, researcher with China Institute of Contemporary International relations, told
Chinese news agency Xinhua. Geographically, the economic corridor refers to the 2,000-kilometer road and rail link connecting Kashgar in west China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to the south western Pakistani port of Gwadar. However, the project is not confined to transportation infrastructure construction. In addition to road and railway construction, it includes energy cooperation and investment programmes. During President Mamnoon Hussain's visit to China, a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Wednesday for upgrading the section of the Karakoram Highway. Tang Mengsheng, director of the Pakistan Studies Center of Peking University, said the upgrading of Karakoram Highway plays a vital role in strengthening connectivity of the two sides. He believes road reconstruction will facilitate bilateral trade and investment, and provide convenience for the two countries' cooperation in more fields. In the energy sector, the MOU on co-establishing a national joint research center for small-scaled hydropower technology was signed between the two countries' ministries of science and technology.
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Beaconhouse organizes Learning Festival
stories on line with their children. Some were seen solving Maths, Science and General Knowledge quizes together. Mothers were given an opportunity to learn how to plan their house hold budget, using technology. Some children were seen taking photographs of their parents and giving them the print outs of the same. Yoga and aerobics sessions were organised for the students and parents to participate together. A large number of parents showed interest in the creative art and craft and pottery activities. PreSS releASe
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The Beaconhouse School System organised a 'Learning Festival' for its students, parents body and the larger community on Sunday, February 16, 2014. This event was simultaneously held in 39 branches of Beaconhouse in Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Sukkar and in three cities of the Southern Punjab. The parents of young children were invited to participate in a wide range of interesting and interactive activities, to engage in and bond with their children. The lively music, parents and students singing together, puppet shows, colourful environment, food courts and a very large turnout of the families, created a very festive look, which was enjoyed by all the participants. There were presentations and workshops by the renowned experts on 'Parenting in Early Years' and 'Parenting day to day', 'First Aid and Safety' and Health and Nutrition. Parents were interested in knowing about the healthy food options for growing age and prepared tasty snacks with the ' Little Chefs'. The parents explored options for using technology as a learning tool. They read
KARACHI: Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is the most valuable airline brand worldwide for the third consecutive year, according to The Brand Finance Global 500 report for 2014 that was released this week. The airline, now at the 234th position in the list, is also the most valuable brand in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year, and is currently valued at US $5.48 billion, an increase of 34 per cent over its 2013 value. PreSS releASe
KARACHI: Muhammad Ali Qureshi, Group CEO Giga Group (L), Faran Umer, CEO Emaar Giga Karachi Ltd. & Haji Anis Giga Group speaking with the media during the visit of Shaikh Noori Mutawalli Rouza-e-Rasool (SAW) on the invitation of Haji Ameen Giga of Giga Group. PR
Bank Alfalah launches ‘Rising Talent Initiative’ at Lahore Literary Festival LAHORE: Based on its progressive vision embodying ‘Care’, Bank Alfalah has launched a Rising Talent – Discovering the Potential of Pakistan platform to motivate, inspire and recognize young, upcoming talent in the country. This is an endeavor to provide meaningful opportunities to deserving upcoming talent, showcase emerging stories of optimism and ingenuity and hence help enhance Pakistan’s image at both a local and global level. As part of this initiative, the Bank is endorsing the Lahore Literary Festival, a platform which brings together a diverse range of talents under one ambit. True to its promise, Bank Alfalah has also introduced an innovative ‘Rising Talent Initiative’ at the Literary Festival this year. This is an opportunity for nascent writers and artists to express their imagination and flair through poetry, art, short stories and photography. Entries will be judged by an esteemed jury and winners will have their talents showcased by Bank Alfalah as ‘Emerging Artists of Pakistan.’ PreSS releASe
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Pak Oasis Managing Director Umer Abbas Jillani and Danish Ambassador Jesper Moller Sorensen cut the ribbon at the inauguration ceremony of a sub factory setup in collaboration with Grundfos (Denmark). STAFF PHOTO
Saturday, 22 Febuary, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
The day moves at a glacier's pace and you may get bored or impatient as you try to figure out what to do next. It's a good day to just let the world do its own thing and focus on personal business.
Your passionate nature is making life a new adventure today - for you and for those around you! You may be taking a romantic stand or maybe you're getting more politically involved.
Your emotions are all over the map right now, but that's okay -you don't mind wandering. As long as your closest friends and family don't worry, you should be just fine in the long run.
You're too focused on your emotional and spiritual sides to care much about mundane business dealings, so try not to sign anything or get involved in any legal wrangling. Save that for tomorrow.
Beware of plotters within your organization. That's not to say you are in serious danger, just that someone or some small group is trying to make a power play. It may actually be kind of amusing.
Your hackles rise when someone new starts speaking -- but try to check your innate skepticism for just a few moments. They've got a good idea buried beneath all the jargon or doublespeak.
Changes are coming -- so embrace them before the rest of the crowd gets a clue. If you resist, you're likely to waste a lot of time and energy. This should be positive in the long run.
People are coming your way -- things are great nearby you, and that could mean that you're a hot commodity. Now is a good time to rethink your value and to start to ask for what you're worth.
Try to figure out what's going on -things may be weirder than you realize. It's especially important for you to figure out what's going on down deep in your subconscious. This is a turning point!
It's important to you that you appear fair, and today offers a challenge. Make sure that you're dealing with people in the right way -- and vice versa. Stand up for what you think is right!
You're slowing down a bit -- enough that you may find it easier to just sit back and let the day go by at its own pace. If you can get away with that, so much the better, but sometimes you've got to move.
You are feeling that you're in a bit over your head, but it's all illusory. Even that major threat that seems to be coming your way is nothing more than a creation of your inner doubts.
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Saturday, 22 February, 2014
GOOGLE UNVEILS SMARTPHONE WITH 3D SENSORS
Marriage Quality May influence Heart Disease risk
Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings. The device's sensors allow it make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real-time. Google said potential applications may include indoor mapping, helping the visually-impaired navigate unfamiliar indoor places unassisted and gaming. It has offered 200 prototypes to developers keen to make apps for it. Google said its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) unit developed the phone as part of a project called Project Tango with help from researchers at various institutions. "We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen," the firm said. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. "We're ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality," it added. Various firms, including Google, have been looking at developing niche technology. For its part, Google has already unveiled its Google Glass - the intelligent specs due to go on sale later this year. Earlier this year, the firm said it is also working on a "smart contact lens" that can help measure glucose levels in tears. Also in January, it bought DeepMind, a UK firm that specialises in artificial intelligence, for ÂŁ400m. According to DeepMind's website it builds "powerful general-purpose learning algorithms". Analysts say that firms have been looking at ways to help bring the advances made in technology to practical use in every day life in an attempt to attract more customers. "The focus is not just on the hardware or the device, but on what the gadget can actually do," Bryan Ma, associate vice president at research firm IDC told the BBC. "It is all about taking it to the next level of usage - be it augmented reality, help with basic healthcare or even just creating better maps." Mr Ma added that once fully developed such gadgets could have huge commercial applications as well - which would help drive demand not only among individual consumers but also businesses and corporate users. "There could be a lot of opportunity waiting to be exploited in this area," he said. Last year, Japanese firm Sony filed a patent for a "SmartWig", with healthcare cited as one of its potential uses along with the ability to help blind people navigate roads. It said the wig could use a combination of sensors to help collect information such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure of the wearer. nEwS dESk
NEPAL TO DEPLOY SECURITY ON MOUNT EVEREST Nepal has decided to deploy a team of security officials at Everest base camp, in a bid to avert brawls between climbers, officials say. Last April a fight erupted between European mountaineers and a group of Sherpas at 7,470m (24,508ft). Although that dispute was eventually resolved, officials say Everest's slopes are becoming more crowded. An office staffed by army and police will open in April at Everest base camp as the climbing season gets under way. :ast year's brawl between a group of European climbers and Sherpas raised concerns about the safety and security of climbers. The conflict which made headlines around the world - was allegedly over the fixing of ropes on the slope. Officials say the new office will also be able to help climbers in distress, clean the mountain and enforce climbing rules, the a foreign news agency reports. More than 3,000 people have scaled Mount Everest since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Straddling Nepal and China, the world's highest mountain has an altitude of 8,848m (29,029ft). COURTESY BBC
MBIvAleNT hearts may be at higher risk for heart disease, according to a new study of married couples with mixed feelings for one
another. "The most intriguing finding was that within a couple, only if both of them felt ambivalent towards their partner may have elevated heart disease risk," said Bert Uchino, a psychologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study. The health of both spouses "is interdependent - it isn't what one says or does; it's what both do within the relationship that matters" when it comes to heart health, Uchino told a foreign news agency. Past research has looked at the health effects of either positive or negative feelings within couples, Uchino and his colleagues write in the journal Psychological Science, but the reality of most relationships is more often mixed. To see what effect those feelings might have on the heart itself over time, the scientists recruited 136 long-married couples. Their average age was 63 and average marriage length was 36 years. The participants answered questionnaires to gauge their feelings about their spouse. each person had to rate, for example, how helpful or upsetting their spouse was during times when they needed support, advice or a favor. And the researchers translated the answers into "positivity" and "negativity" scores. Based on those categories, 30 percent of individuals were primarily
viewed by their spouses as "positive" and 70 percent were primarily viewed with an even mix of positive and negative feelings, which the researchers termed ambivalent. The scientists also measured participants' heart disease risk by using imaging to estimate the extent of the buildup of calcium in the walls of the arteries of the heart. Cholesterol and blood sugar levels were also measured and lifestyle factors like exercise and smoking were taken into account to further evaluate heart risk. The study team found that among couples where both spouses felt ambivalent toward the other, there was significantly more calcium buildup in the arteries. And only in those couples was the increased heart risk detected. The other lifestyle and health
measures did not explain the differences seen in the arteries, the researchers point out. So, for example, although one partner's health habits such as exercising regularly - can influence the other for good or ill, these factors did not account for the difference in heart disease risk seen in the participants. Feeling both positively and negatively toward a spouse may affect heart disease risk in large part as a result of the level of support that spouses offer based on relationship quality, the researchers said. And the effects likely hold true in any close relationship - not just among married people or romantic partners. "In a close relationship, such as a marriage, you spend lots of time with that person, interacting with them and making assumptions about
them," Uchino said. In an ambivalent relationship, he said, "you are less likely to approach that person to get support. And if your partner feels ambivalent towards you, they are less likely to ask for help." It's not just receiving assistance that's good for mental health: Offering others emotional support has also been shown to offer psychological benefits. But when one tries to support a spouse one isn't even sure one likes, the gesture may not be as beneficial for either person. In an ambivalent relationship, "couples don't benefit from support because they don't seek it as often, and when they do, they get poor support, which exacerbates the stress of whatever they are going through," said Uchino. nEwS dESk
INDONESIA ANNOUNCES WORLD'S BIGGEST MANTA RAY SANCTUARY
Indonesia on Friday became home to the world's biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometres, as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago. New legislation gives full protection to the creatures across all the waters surrounding Southeast Asia's biggest country, which for years has been the world's largest shark and ray fishery. Protection group Conservation International hailed the "bold" move and said it was influenced by a recent government-backed review that showed a single manta ray was worth one million dollars in tourism revenue over its lifetime. This compares to between $40 and $500 if caught and killed, the group said. Many foreign tourists come to Indonesia every year to dive in some of the world's most biodiverse waters and manta rays are a favourite sight. The gentle beasts have wingspans up to 25 feet (7.5 metres), which they flap to propel themselves gracefully through the water. "Indonesia now has the second-largest manta ray tourism industry in the world, with an estimated annual turnover of $15 million," said Agus Dermawan, a senior official from the ministry of ma-
rine affairs and fisheries. "Given the huge area of reefs and islands in our country, if managed properly, Indonesia could become the top manta tourism destination on the planet." Indonesia is one of the few places in the world where tourists can easily see both species of manta rays, the oceanic and reef varieties. The new legislation protects both. Taking tourists out to view rays and other creatures provides livelihoods for many people working in popular dive spots across Indonesia, such as Raja Ampat off the northwest tip of New Guinea island and around the resort island of Bali. In recent years their numbers of rays have declined rapidly, however, due to voracious demand in China for their body parts for use in traditional medicine. The new legislation protects manta rays within Indonesia's 5.8 million square kilometres (2.2 million square miles) of ocean, banning fishing of the rays and their export. It came a year after the local government in Raja Ampat announced the creation of a 46,000square-kilometre shark and ray sanctuary. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies both species of manta ray as vulnerable.nEwS dESk
locals rusH to try kerry's seoul snack sHop The owner of a tiny market restaurant in South Korean capital Seoul says business is booming after US Secretary of State John Kerry was seen eating a spicy local delicacy there last week, it's been reported. The top US diplomat made a surprise call at the 12-seater eatery after talks with President Park Geun-hye in South Korea's capital. Since then, the restaurant has been crowded with customers, the owner says. "I came here for a taste after I heard that Kerry stopped by," one customer says. In fact, it's been so packed the cafe has had to install extra seating outside, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports. Kerry paid 6,000 won (ÂŁ3.35) for tteokbokki, a rice cake with chilli sauce, apparently his first taste of the popular Korean snack. The owner said she wasn't sure if Kerry enjoyed tteokbokki's acquired taste, but was impressed by his staying power. "He must enjoy eating spicy food because he didn't even have a glass of water," she says. OnLInE
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
Working with AR Rahman was a dream come true: Zeb NEWS DESK
eb from famous Pop duo Zeb Haniya has achieved another milestone. Zeb has become the first Pakistaani singer to sing for AR Rahman for movie ‘Highway’. excerpts from the interview: You have play backed for movie Highway. How was the experience working with AR Rahman? Working with AR Rahman was an absolute pleasure and a secret wish I never dreamt would come true so soon. On our very first trip to Mumbai, thanks to our Coke Studio songs, Haniya and I made many new friends through whom we got to meet Imtiaz Ali. It was then that we shared our music with him and since then have been in touch with him. Last year on one of our trips to Mumbai we got a call from Imtiaz asking us if we would like to work with AR Rahman on a track for Highway. We agreed instantly. Haniya and I have
grown up loving and waiting for Rahman sahabs soundtracks. It feels a little unreal to be a part of one today. Are you doing any other Project with him? I certainly hope so but nothing yet. Currently your focus is more on live shows, private album or films? This year I have embarked on my solo musical career and a lot of the work coming my way is linked to playback and composing. Life in the studio is very different from live gigs and touring. The lifestyle, the mindset, the pace and sometimes even the kind of musicians one works with are different. There is loads to learn and get inspired by everyday. I am enjoying this shift and look forward to spending a lot more time in the studio than I have done in the past. Having said that I have a serious performers bug in me and would never want to give up on playing to a live audience with live musicians on stage. So I am hoping for a happy balance between
Dishkiyaoon: shilpa builds her abs for item song
NEWS DESK Shilpa Shetty was always sexy. but one assumes that post becoming a mother she would lose some of her curves. In her upcoming film Dishkiyaoon as a producer, she has done an item song along with Harman baweja, in which Shilpa has not just gone back to her original figure but has actually bettered it, as she now has abs for the first time. Talking to us, she said, “I have worked so hard for my abs. I always knew that I had a good body. For me, it was
never a big thing as the body was always there. but after having my son, I realised the value of it. To lose your body and get back to shape and actually have a benchmark for yourself or trying to become the old Shilpa Shetty was hard. And this is actually better than the old one. I never had abs before. I worked out like a dog, four times a week, for 45 minutes over a month-and-a-half, for this song.” Last time, she had come to loot only UP and bihar. Looks like this time she has her eyes on India.
both worlds for 2014. Do you also plan to do a movie someday? I mean as an actor? Have you been ever approached for any b’wood project? I have not been approached for any bollywood film and have not planned anything. However I do sometimes feel that I would never have been a singer if it hadn’t been for my love of acting. As a child I was the in-house entertainment for my family. I loved playing different characters on TV for them. One personality that I was really fascinated and taken by was Madam Noor Jahan. I remember one eid at the age of five or six I wrapped a dupatta around myself to make a sari and sang an entire ghazal( with all her gestures and expressions) in front of all my relatives. My parents started encouraging me to sing more post this performance and I was enrolled in the school choir. I love to observe people and imagine their lives and so acting has always been a part
Clint Eastwood gave me the best advice: Gary Oldman
of my personality that I also use in my singing. It comes in very handy while emoting for playback especially. I have acted quite a lot while in school and college. Last year I was offered a role in a film in Pakistan, which I have accepted. Any dream role? The actor you admire and wish to work with from bollywood? The list for both is too large! I’m quite an ardent fan of bollywood :) How do you see yourself as down ten years? Something must in to do list? To be completely honest. I am more of a dreamer than a planner and I have a lot of faith. I work hard and put my heart in whatever comes my way because I feel motivated and enthused this way. My experience has been that this mindset has made me far more receptive to many new opportunities that I could never have planned for. For now the plan is to really do my best and enjoy the wonderful projects that I have on hand.
Vidya balan ﬁnds shah Rukh Khan very charming
Actor-director Gary Oldman says Oscar-winner Clint eastwood gave him the best advice about filmmaking. The 55-year-old actor, who made his directorial debut with 1997 drama ‘Nil by Mouth’, credits eastwood for helping him become a successful filmmaker, reported Us magazine. “Clint eastwood gave me the best advice when I directed, ’Get more sleep than your actors’,” Oldman said. eastwood received the best director Academy Awards for ’Unforgiven’ and ‘Million Dollar baby’.
NEWS DESK Vidya balan unabashedly admits that she finds Shah Rukh Khan very charming. Says she, “Amongst the married men, Shah Rukh is so charming.” She adds, “He’s not been a co-star but there’s something about Shah Rukh. Also, he and my husband Siddharth Roy Kapur have the same initials and I get away with a lot because of that. When I went for the screening of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and he puts out his arms in the song Mitwa, for a minute I saw myself running to him! I remember I was young
when the television show Fauji released but I knew my sister and her friends were crazy about him. At that point, I was going through the I-don’t-like-boys phase, so I didn’t like him. I actually fell in love with him when I saw Dil Se and that’s not a film, a lot of people mention in context to SRK.” The actress is sure SRK knows about her liking for him. “Of course, he knows. I think he has read about it and he keeps saying, ‘Tum galat SRK ke saath chali gayi’, to which I say, ‘Par aap toh kahaan ghaas daal rahe the’. All of this is a joke,” she concludes laughing.
RAnbiR KApooR plAys himself in the
bhootnAth sequel O
k so everyone knows by now that Ranbir kapoor is making a special appearance in the Nitesh Tewari directed horror comedy Bhootnath Returns, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Anurag kashyap and National Awardwinning actress Usha Jadhav. But what has been kept strictly under wraps is that Ranbir kapoor will be playing a movie star in the film. Bhushan kumar, who is coproducing the film with Abhay Chopra, confirmed the news saying, “Yes, that’s true.
Ranbir will be playing himself.” Reportedly, it was Rk’s close proximity with the Chopras that led him to agree to make a guest appearance in the sequel to the 2008 film Bhootnath, produced by Abhay’s father Ravi Chopra. “Ranbir has known Abhay since they were in school together,” says a source close to the family, pointing out that Ranbir also did the popular item number, Tai Tai phiss, for Nitesh’s earlier film Chillar Party. Ranbir has already shot his portions and, according to the source, they have
Shah Rukh Khan creates mayhem on flight
hah Rukh Khan is not only Bollywood’s badshah but also the king of his hearts. The star created a frenzy on a Mumbai bound flight from Malaysia when passengers were informed about his presence. The star-struck passengers went berserk as they all wanted to meet him, and created quite a mayhem in the flight. a says that King Khan was on his way back to Mumbai from Malaysia after performing as a part of ‘Temptation Reloaded’ tour. When he boarded the flight, the flight attendants announced the star’s presence. Everyone became crazy and started cheering and shouting his name. Some people also tried to approach him for autographs and pictures. as a result the staff found it difficult to control the crowd surrounding the star. Further to reports, quoting a passenger, the report further adds the staff of Malaysian airlines were very excited about his presence. The pilot too could not believe his luck as he was about to fly India’s most popular star. Once the pilot announced that SRK was on the flight, there was absolute mayhem. In fact it was so difficult to control the crowd that food was also served late. NEWS DESK
Naseeruddin Shah influenced by late Moin Akhtar
turned out “delightfully well”. He enters the film at a crucial stage and is significant to the plot. Shah Rukh khan, who is also doing a cameo, will start shooting for the film in the first week of March. The superstar, who played Juhi Chawla’s husband in the first film, will reprise his role as Aditya Sharma. Aman Siddiqui who played his son in Part 1 has been replaced by another child whose identity is being kept under wraps. “Shah Rukh’s story will be a continuation from where we left it six years ago,” says Bhushan. NEWS DESK
ndIan actor naseeruddin Shah will come to Pakistan on February 18, March 6 and 7 for performing at the national academy of Performing arts. Bollywood star naseeruddin Shah said that I want to come to Karachi last year but load of work didn’t allowed. I was busy so much that little time I came to Lahore but can’t get time to visit Karachi. But this time I spare special 10 days for visiting and performing in stage drama of national academy of Performing arts Karachi. naseeruddin Shah said that theater is my weakness. If someone asks me to pick one from film and theater I’ll go for theater. he said that I am influenced by Zia Mohiuddin, anwar Maqsood, Kamal Rizvi and special the Late Moin akhtar. I’m sad that today Moin akhtar is not with us. NEWS DESK
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
Broad 'not deeply involved' in Kp axe S
TuART Broad has said he did not have a major involvement in the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen despite his role as Twenty20 captain but believes that changes had to be made after a "disaster" of a tour in Australia which meant England "lost a lot of good men." No single reason has been given for Pietersen's departure with the ECB talking - through press releases - about "team ethics" and the need to back Alastair Cook, who has been rested from the one-day leg of the West Indies tour, as the Test and ODI captain but the topic was not off-limits at England's pre-departure press conference as they flew out to the West Indies. It has been reported that Broad wanted Pietersen in his side for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month but while he acknowledged the role Pietersen had played he was keen to talk about "moving forward." However, he did offer a hint that the environment behind the scenes had become difficult during the debilitating stay in Australia. "I was aware of discussions towards the end of the Australia tour but I was not deeply involved particularly,'' Broad said of the decision to end Pietersen's international career. "It was a decision made by guys that
have the English cricket team at their heart, and they want the team to improve. "The guys that made the decision are very keen for England cricket to move forward, there's no egos involved in making decisions like this. It's about improving performances on the field and atmospheres off it. All I can focus on is this trip now." The last time England were in the Caribbean was for the 2010 World Twenty20 when they secured their only piece of global silverware in a team captained by Paul Collingwood who has been appointed assistant coach for this trip and Bangladesh. Pietersen was Man of the Tournament in that event and Broad remembered the good times he had helped bring to English cricket. "There's no doubt Kev was a fantastic player for England, part of a hugely successful era," he said. "I have fond memories of KP from 2010 when he was the kingpin in helping us win that World Cup. But it's time for the guys in that changing room to realise they can be match-winners and can step up now." Broad admitted he did not spend much time with Pietersen in Australia but was also keen to mention others who suffered on the tour. "To be honest, I didn't see a lot of Kev in Australia. We crossed paths going to the middle," he said. "I'll repeat that KP has been a fantastic player for England - he's scored a lot of
BangladeSh are not panicKing: JurgenSen
Dhaka: The defeat to Sri Lanka in the ODI series will not make Bangladesh panic, according to their coach Shane Jurgensen, ahead of the Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Bangladesh collapsed in the first ODI and then conceded too many in the second, leaving the third game a dead rubber. "I think our [Bangladesh's] one-day form has been outstanding previous to this series," Jurgensen said. "Here we have lost two matches in a row. There seems to be a lot of people outside the group who are panicking but I am not panicking at all. We were in a good position in the last game, but we couldn't finish it off. It was the same in both games. "If we can tidy things up a little bit, we can get the result we want. It is a good thing that there is a quick turnaround, there isn't a big break between matches. All the boys are physically good too." Bangladesh have not lost an ODI series 3-0 since Pakistan's visit in December 2011 and this defeat to Sri Lanka is Jurgensen's first since taking over as coach in 2012. "We have a lot to play for tomorrow. We need to just come and play really good cricket," Jurgensen said. "I will highlight the positives. When you have a younger team and such things happen, confidence goes down quickly. "This is my first series loss on home soil. We are playing against a strong team like Sri Lanka but we haven't played our best cricket. It is still to come. We have to make sure we remain positive tomorrow." While Bangladesh have had problems with their batting and bowling in the past, what has been surprising is their poor fielding and through it their body language, which has been indifferent from several players. Jurgensen defended his players, saying they have been creating chances against Sri Lanka. "I think sometimes in these situations, people will over-analyse things. We have been creating chances. We haven't quite nailed it. The boys are copping a bit of flak at the moment. "We can't take any pressure. We are a good one-day team. We know what we have to do, but we have to come out and do it. No explanations for what we are doing, we have to look forward." Bangladesh might make changes to the XI, Jurgensen said, because of their workload in the next month. Their first match in the Asia Cup is on February 26, against India, and they would like to have Mashrafe Mortaza (swollen knee), Tamim Iqbal (neck strain) and Abdur Razzak (injured hamstring) fit. "The team has been pretty much the same as the New Zealand series," Jurgensen said. "We must stay calm at this stage. We need to have a holistic approach [to selection] because we have a couple of guys playing a lot of cricket. There might be a change or two. We want some guys to get out in the middle, at the same time we want to play the best team." AGENCIES
match-winning runs but a decision was taken by guys who are desperate for England to improve in the future not just over the next four or five months but going forward in to the next few years. "It was heartbreaking to go to Australia and lose 5-0 and we've lost a few good men in doing that - [Andy] Flower has stepped down and [Graeme] Swann retired and obviously [Jonathan Trott] Trotty went home and [Steve Finn] Finny. It's a winter that was a disaster, but as an England side we have to look forward now." The new era begins with three ODIs and three T20s in the Caribbean before England head to Bangladesh. Although the West Indies leg includes one-day matches, the squad is very much geared towards the 20-over campaign. The squad contains three uncapped players in Moeen Ali, Stephen Parry and Harry Gurney although the latter is only part of the one-day team. "We don't spend a lot of time together as a T20 side, so we've got to make use of these next three weeks," Broad said. "We are going to Bangladesh in three weeks' time with an opportunity to show something different. "When you've lost so many games over the last six months, it hurts, so we've just got to get back to winning to be honest. Twenty20 is about match-winners and taking the game by the scruff of the neck, so that's the challenge for this young group now."
KEEN TO BE PART OF 2015 WORLD CUP SQUAD: PRAVEEN
SPORTS DESK Praveen Kumar, the India fast bowler, expressed his disappointment at not being bought during the IPL auction, stating the tournament would have helped his chances of a comeback. The pace bowler last played for India in the Asia Cup in March 2012 but said he was aiming to play the 2015 World Cup. Since his exclusion from the Indian team, Praveen has struggled with fitness and disciplinary issues. He couldn't play a full domestic first-
class season in 2012-13 due to injury and his comeback was marred by a suspension, earned by an angry outburst against a player during a Corporate Trophy match in February 2013. He returned to play a few List A games and the 2013 IPL season but injuries kept him out of the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy. The bowler said he would go back to domestic cricket to try and fight his way back into the India side for the World Cup. "Frankly, I didn't expect to go unsold. I have done well at all levels, be it IPL, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy,
Deodhar Trophy or international cricket," Praveen told Times of India. "It's just that my shoulder injury took a long time to heal. "IPL is a great tournament and it would have given me the opportunity to make a comeback. I was disappointed, but I am prepared to work hard again. I reached this level by working hard and that's what I need to do again. "I will go back to the domestic circuit, prove myself again and make a comeback. Last time I missed out playing the World Cup narrowly.
BOLLINGER AGREES KENT DEAL SPORTS DESK Kent have signed Doug Bollinger as an overseas player for the 2014 season. Bollinger, the 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler, has enjoyed a good Sheffield Shield season, claiming 21 wickets at 25.47 to date. While he has been the recipient of lucrative IPL deals in the past, he was overlooked in the bidding for this year's tournament thereby rendering him more attractive to county sides. He endured an undistinguished spell as overseas player with Worcestershire in 2007 - his 16 Championship wickets cost 44.56 apiece - but has improved markedly since. In 12 Tests, between January 2009 and December 2010, he took 50 wickets at an average of 25.92 and his form in the 2013-14
season, when he bowled with impressive pace, was good enough to earn him a recall to the Australian squad as a stand-by player during the Ashes series. Meanwhile, Worcestershire are in talks with Junaid Khan with a view to him joining the club as a second overseas player for the T20 Blast. The club have already secured the services of spinner Saeed Ajmal and could well confirm the signing of Junaid, his Pakistan team-mate and a left-arm fast bowler, shortly. Junaid, 24, played for Lancashire in 2011, claiming 12 wickets in eight matches and conceding just six runs an over. With Pakistan players overlooked for the IPL and with few international commitments in the coming months, several are expected to sign for county sides in the coming weeks.
There's still time left for the World Cup and I am keen to be a part of the squad." Praveen, who was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008 to 2010 before a move to Kings XI Punjab in 2011, said he had recovered fully from the shoulder injury he had suffered during last year's IPL. "The shoulder is in good shape now. I don't have any pain and have been bowling well," he said. "People said I could have opted for surgery a bit earlier, but I followed the advice of the experts at the National Cricket Academy and got it done when they told me to go for it." When asked if fitness concerns prompted franchises to avoid buying him, Praveen said he could only prove he was "still useful". "I don't know. Only they can answer," he said. "Getting selected in any team is not in my hand. What I can do is to work hard again and prove that I am still useful. "I was keen to play Ranji Trophy this season. I have always enjoyed playing first-class cricket. It gives an opportunity to bowl long spells but unfortunately my surgery happened during the season."
Saturday, 22 February, 2014
LILLEE MAY WALK AWAY FROM CA d SPORTS DESK
harBhaJan, oJha muSt in teStS: ganguly SPORTS DESK Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said India need spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha in the team to win more Tests overseas, and attributed the losses in New Zealand to the spinners, not the fast bowlers. "I don't think pacers are a reason for India's defeat," Ganguly told PTI. "But it's our spin department where we're lacking. Dhoni has to think about his spin department. Jadeja has no variation. We also need to bring back Harbhajan Singh. He has good record overseas. Both of them [Harbhajan and Ojha] are a must especially in Test cricket." Jadeja failed to impress in the two Tests in New Zealand, with three wickets to his name in 89 overs at an average of 85.66. Ashwin, on the other hand, struggled in the five ODIs preceding the Tests, picking only one wicket in 44 overs at an average of 227. Ashwin has an outstanding home record in Tests, but hasn't fared too well overseas, taking nine wickets at 74.77. Ojha's last Test was the second Test against West Indies in Mumbai, where he took 10 wickets in a Man-of-the-Match performance, and was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series behind Ashwin. However, he did not get a game in the two-Test series in South Africa and was not picked for the subsequent New Zealand Tests. "I'm highly surprised at Ojha's exclusion," Ganguly said. "He has the ability to take five wickets. If you see his career, he got five wickets in Mumbai on the first day, in the same conditions where Ashwin got three. He has got the variety to take wickets." Harbhajan last played a Test against Australia in March 2013 and was dropped after the second Test of the fourmatch series. In the Ranji Trophy this season, he played six matches and picked up 23 wickets at an average of 26.60, including a five-for against Odisha. He also led Rest of India against Karnataka in the Irani Cup.
ENNIS Lillee may walk away from his fruitful work with Mitchell Johnson and other Australian pacemen due to a dispute over money with Cricket Australia. It's the second time the former fast bowler and respected coach has reached such an impasse with the governing body. CA's contract with Lillee expired in the new year and he has not had his preferred terms for a new deal met, meaning his ongoing work with the likes of Pat Cummins and James Faulkner is now up in the air. CA had rehired Craig McDermott as the Test bowling coach ahead of the home summer, while Ali de Winter mentors the bowlers in the limited-overs formats. Lillee has maintained contact with Cummins in particular, but does not want to be giving out his advice without significant recompense. "They [the young bowlers] are good and they do need direction. But at the moment I'm out of contract and as again with Cricket Australia, they're quibbling over an increase, so I don't know if I've got a contract," Lillee told SEN Radio. "Out of the goodness of my heart I am still in touch with him, he's a good lad and he's got a big future, but I'm over that, I've got other work to do. Not particularly Pat but then everyone comes on board and Cricket Australia think 'here he is, he'll just continue to do it anyway'. So I'm taking a stance." Responding to questions about contract negotiations with Lillee, a CA spokesperson said: "A number of our consultants come out of contract outside the
Australian summer, including Dennis Lillee. We are currently working through that recontracting process. Dennis is clearly a great asset to Australian cricket and we want to ensure he stays involved with the game." Lillee's appointment had come at a time when Australia's coaches were wracking their brains for a way to extract the best from Johnson, who missed the 2011-12 home summer due to a foot injury after losing much of his earlier confidence and enthusiasm for the game amid a mess of technical problems. Much of his rehabilitation took place in Perth under the guidance of Lillee. "Not only did I spend a lot of time with him, but most of the time John Inverarity was the guy who came down to most of the sessions I had with Mitch," Lillee said. "If I was a young fast bowler who got injured and lost his way and technique was all over the shop and the chairman was there, wouldn't that give you a fillip? "That gave him confidence that he was wanted, then he worked bloody hard at all the technical issues and all the fitness issues - he had to go through a very rigorous regime before I'd even touch him with the technical side. We showed him what to do, he did the work, so it's over to him and look at the result." Other pupils have included Faulkner, who has impressed many with his maturity at a young age and willingness to fight with ball and bat. Lillee's work to help add to Faulkner's pace and also grant him the ability to swing the ball back into righthanded batsmen has also been placed on hold. Australia's pace resources are a primary reason why the team's current suc-
cess over England and South Africa stands a strong chance of being sustained in future years. "He's working on improving his technique slightly, which will give him more pace and actually give him that one that comes back into the right-hander regularly at will," Lillee said. "He's close to it, but when you're playing a lot it's hard to put the time in that you need. But he's working on it, he's really convinced it's going to help, he's made some improvements and he will continue to. "I think it's fantastic at the moment that we've built up this battery of quicks, then also we've got so many reserves around at the moment that I think it's great for Australian cricket. It's no mistake that
we're doing well because the quicks have set the scene and bowled so well that the batsmen don't have to make that big a score, the quicks are doing the job. It's certainly the era of the fast bowlers at the moment in Australian cricket." Having worked with the national setup through Pace Australia in the 1990s, Lillee spent more than a decade without any formal responsibility to mentor the best young bowlers in the nation after falling out over remuneration. However, he was appointed as a pace bowling advisor to CA in January 2013, a move prompted partly by the return of his fellow West Australians and former team-mates Inverarity and Rod Marsh to the national setup as selectors.
MUNAF MYSTIFIED BY IPL EXCLUSION
aGRa: A Khyber Pakhtunkhwa delegation headed by Sports Minister Mehmood Khan poses for a photo in front of Taj Mahal in Agra. Sitting (L-R) Mehmood Khan, Syed Ali Nawaz Gilani,(standing) L-R, Amjad Aziz Malik, Shahid Shinwari and Naseem Javed Mufti. PR
GOVT SAYS IT CAN'T PROVIDE IPL SECURITY DURING POLLS SPORTS DESK The Indian home minister has informed the BCCI that the government cannot provide security to the IPL during the federal elections likely to be held in April and May. Two senior BCCI officials, secretary Sanjay Patel and vice-president Rajeev Shukla, met the Indian home minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, on Thursday to discuss security measures for the IPL. "Due to the general elections it would not be possible to spare the kind of force which is required," a home ministry spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "They have to look for an alternate venue (during elections)." Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, said the BCCI had been told it could bring back the tournament to India once the elections were completed. Biswal said a final schedule for the IPL would be
drawn up once the Indian Election Commission announced the dates of the polls. The Election Commission has not indicated when it will declare the dates, but Patel said that the BCCI was willing to wait to make the final schedule. "We want to host as many matches as possible in India as it is a domestic tournament," Patel said. "So once the elections dates are announced we can finalise where and when to host the tournament." That final decision is likely to be taken during the IPL Governing Council meeting and then ratified by BCCI working committee, both of which are scheduled on February 28 in Bhubaneswar. . At the last governing council meeting, held on the sidelines of the IPL players auction, it was decided that the tournament would be held in the window between April 9 and June 3. It was also announced then that South Africa would be the "preferred" venue after India.
Munaf Patel, the India fast bowler, has expressed his surprise at not being picked by any franchise in the IPL auctions. He has been dogged with injury problems in recent years, and has only played four Ranji matches since last year's IPL. In 2011, Munaf had been bought for $700,000 by Mumbai Indians but he played progressively fewer matches over the three seasons, picked for only four matches in 2013. "I am surprised too," he told the Mumbai Mirror about the lack of bids at the IPL auction. "But really I can't say with any conviction why none of the eight franchisees picked me. I played four Ranji matches this season and picked a ten-wicket haul against Services. I recently played an institutional tournament in Mumbai and picked a few wickets. I am fit and bowling at decent pace." Besides the IPL and the CLT20, Munaf has been restricted by injuries to a light workload in 2012, and a moderately busier one in 2013. "I am fit. I have played Ranji, office tournaments. I am going to play one-dayers and T20 for Baroda in coming months." Munaf, who is 12th in the list of IPL wickettakers, had set his base price at Rs 50 lakh (around $83,000). His most successful season was 2011 when, soon after being called the 'unsung hero of India's World Cup win', he bagged 22 wickets. He hasn't represented India in nearly three years, but he remains hopeful of making a comeback. "That's what I am aiming and trying for. My point is that cricket is the only thing I know and so why will I not take it seriously? This is my passion, bread and butter."
SPORTS Saturday, 22 February, 2014
fTeR two days in the first Test South Africa were all but out of the contest. After two days at St George's Park, they have turned the tables to leave Australia under considerable pressure. Hundreds from AB de Villiers and JP Duminy lifted them to a strong total, but the most significant advances South Africa made came in the final session when they claimed four wickets including two in Wayne Parnell's first over in Test cricket for four years. Australia's dominance of their recent Tests has been almost absolute and worthy of much admiration, but this was a situation they had not been in for some time: replying to a healthy first innings from the opposition. Australia had not conceded 400 in an innings since the Mohali last March - or spent as long in the field as the 150.4 overs here since Nottingham last July - and throughout their run of six consecutive, hefty victories their top order had remained vulnerable. Once again they stumbled. Chris Rogers survived a review for lbw in Dale Steyn's first over, but could not save himself with the DRS when Vernon Philander straightened one into his pads. However, it was Parnell's introduction in the 10th over that really stung Australia. His first ball angled across Alex Doolan and took a thin edge to de Villiers; the first nick off a seamer to have carried behind the wicket in the match on a slow pitch. Then, like London buses, there was another two balls later when Shaun Marsh lunged away from his body at a delivery shaping away from the left hander. Australia were 42 for 3, but David Warner, who had already leapt out of the blocks, and Michael Clarke responded with a flurry of boundaries. Clarke, though, was cut off for 19 when he drove early at Philander and gave a catch to short over and, again, Australia were four down for under 100. They have regularly fought back from such positions, but the difference this time is that the opposition have runs on the board. And it could have been ever better for South Africa. Morne Morkel produced a
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WITH TWIN HUNDREDS hostile spell, extracting more bounce from the pitch than any other quick, and produced a delivery which climbed at Warner when he was on 43. It took the shoulder of the bat and flew through to de Villiers, but the keeper was stood closer to compensate for the low bounce and the ball burst through the gloves above his head. As so often, it was edge-ofthe-seat batting from Warner as he moved to a 55-ball half-century. Then, to cap a dramatic session, Nathan Lyon survived an edge down the leg side when Graeme Smith was not convinced to review before being dropped by Duminy in the gully in the final over of the day. When South Africa resumed on 214 for
5 the match was still in Australia's favour after a series of poor shots from the middle order yesterday. The hosts desperately needed their last pair of specialist batsmen to form a substantial stand. That is exactly what they delivered as de Villiers and Duminy added 149 for the sixth wicket. De Villiers already had a world record to his name when he resumed on 51, having made it 12 consecutive Tests with at least a half-century and he converted that into his 19th Test hundred from 202 deliveries as he countered a slow pitch with elegant and, at times, powerful strokeplay. While de Villiers stood out, his class
and brilliance is in no doubt. But he needed some support, which was horribly lacking at Centurion Park. Duminy's innings was equally important from both a personal and team perspective. He is battling to cement a permanent spot in the side and came in for significant criticism for his first-innings shot at Centurion when he lofted Lyon to mid-off. He dominated the strike in the early overs the day, when play began 20 minutes early due the bad light yesterday, and gave South Africa a punchy start with four boundaries in the first four overs. Three of those came in one Mitchell Johnson over when he clipped two deliv-
SRI LANKA AIM FOR SWEEP WITHOUT BIG THREE transformed Sri Lanka's total to a formidable one. Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for Bangladesh in the second game but the innings went in vain. With the captaincy weighing on him, he needs to continue to lead from the front with his batting. Bangladesh do not have room to experiment but there are some form and fitness concerns. Once again Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness will be assessed on the morning of the match. Mahmudullah is under scrutiny and could be replaced by Naeem Islam. Sri Lanka are without Dilshan, who suffered a hand injury in the second ODI. He is returning home but hasn't been ruled out of the Asia Cup yet. Dilshan had failed in the first two ODIs and his absence is an opportunity to give someone else a chance. Lahiru Thirimanne will join the squad as a replacement. Sangakkara has also been rested for the final game. The pitch will be similar to those in the first two ODIs. Dew is likely to be an issue for the team bowling under lights so a large first-innings score is vital. Sri Lanka will be playing an ODI without one of Mahela Jayawardene, Dilshan and Sangakkara for the first time since 1999. Shakib Al Hasan has edged ahead of Tamim Iqbal to become Bangladesh's highest runscorer in ODIs.
The ODI series has been won by Sri Lanka after they took the second game in Mirpur by 61 runs, but for a 3-0 sweep they will have to win without Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka have not been without any of them in an ODI since Sangakkara made his debut in 2000. It gives a hurting Bangladesh an opportunity to salvage a victory and head into the Asia Cup with some confidence. Bangladesh's capitulation in the first two matches brought into focus some major concerns. Their top order has not fired collectively, and when the team has made a start, no one has made it count. The more capable middle order is having a poor time too, especially Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah. The bowling attack has blown hot and cold, particularly the seam bowlers. Offspinner Sohag Gazi has been mediocre in this series. The problems are many and the team has faced mental barriers in crucial times. There are expectations of this Bangladesh team but it comes from their improving record at home. They have failed against Sri Lanka, though, a consistently tough opponent for Bangladesh over the years. Sri Lanka won the ODI series, in addition to the Tests and Twenty20s, because they papered over their cracks. The openers Kusal Perera and Dilshan contributed little in the first two games, and Dinesh Chandimal's form is also a concern. Sangakkara produced another hundred in the second ODI, but with him being rested for the final game Sri Lanka will want more from Kithuruwan Vithanage
SoutH africa 1St inninGS aB de Villiers c & b Lyon 116 Jp duminy lbw b Lyon 123 Vd philander c & b clarke 6 Wd parnell c †Haddin b Lyon 10 dW Steyn not out 4 m morkel run out (Smith/†Haddin) 1 eXtraS: (b 4, lb 4, w 1) 9 totaL: (all out; 150.5 overs; 617 mins) 423 faLL of WicKetS: 1-10 (Smith, 4.6 ov), 2-11 (amla, 5.3 ov), 3-123 (du plessis, 43.1 ov), 4-181 (elgar, 69.3 ov), 5-200 (de Kock, 76.5 ov), 6-349 (de Villiers, 123.5 ov), 7-378 (philander, 136.3 ov), 8-413 (parnell, 147.6 ov), 9-420 (duminy, 149.4 ov), 10-423 (morkel, 150.5 ov) BoWLinG rJ Harris 27-6-63-1, mG Johnson 25-5-70-1, pm Siddle 34-996-0, nm Lyon 46-7-130-5, da Warner 3-0-10-0, Spd Smith 8-0-30-1, mJ clarke 7.5-2-16-1 auStraLia 1St inninGS cJL rogers lbw b philander 5 da Warner not out 65 aJ doolan c †de Villiers b parnell 8 Se marsh c †de Villiers b parnell 0 mJ clarke c elgar b philander 19 nm Lyon not out 12 eXtraS: (lb 3) 3 totaL: (4 wickets; 25 overs) 112 to Bat: Spd Smith, BJ Haddin†, mG Johnson, pm Siddle, rJ Harris faLL of WicKetS: 1-7 (rogers, 3.3 ov), 2-41 (doolan, 9.1 ov), 3-41 (marsh, 9.3 ov), 4-81 (clarke, 17.2 ov) BoWLinG dW Steyn 6-1-33-0, Vd philander 6-0-26-2, m morkel 7-031-0, Wd parnell 6-2-19-2] match details toss South africa, who chose to bat test debut Q de Kock (South africa) player of the match tba umpires HdpK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and rK illingworth (england) tV umpire aleem dar (pakistan) match referee rS mahanama (Sri Lanka) reserve umpire at Holdstock
and Ashan Priyanjan. Their bowling looks a little thin without the extra pace bowler, despite the presence of Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews in the attack.
Angelo Mathews hasn't scored an ODI century but he remains highly effective as a middle-order batsman. He made an unbeaten 56, his 17th ODI fifty, in the second ODI and
Bangladesh (possible) 1 Shamsur rahman, 2 anamul Haque (wk), 3 mominul Haque, 4 mushfiqur rahim (capt), 5 Shakib al Hasan, 6 nasir Hossain, 7 mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 arafat Sunny, 10 mashrafe mortaza/al-amin Hossain, 11 rubel Hossain Sri Lanka possible (possible) 1 Kusal perera, 2 Lahiru thirimanne, 3 dinesh chandimal, 4 ashan priyanjan, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 angelo mathews (capt), 7 thisara perera, 8 angelo perera 9 Sachitra Senanayake, 10 Lasith malinga, 11 ajantha mendis
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eries off his pads then pulled a third through midwicket. By Australia's recent high standards, their use of the new ball, which they took when play began, was disappointing. It was the confidence boost Duminy and South Africa needed. for the first time in seven innings Duminy passed fifty and in the knowledge that the ball would not be rearing at his throat - even from Johnson - had a far more confident presence at the crease. He employed the sweep regularly against Lyon (as did de Villiers) and was quick onto any error in length as fatigue started to play a part in causing Lyon to offer up the occasional short delivery. It was a sweep, in front of square, that raised his hundred, which Duminy greeted with understated but satisfied acknowledgement.
ABRAHAM DE VILLIERS SCRIPTS RARE WORLD RECORD S Pervez QaiSer South Africa batsman Abraham de Villiers became the first player in the history of Test cricket to score a fifty plus knock in 12 consecutive Tests after he made 116 off 232 balls with 14 fours and one six in the first innings on the second day of the second Test against Australia, at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth on Friday (February 21). The wicketkeeper-batsman went ahead of the record that he previously shared with three other players — West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards and former India opening partners Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Abraham de Villiers' incredible streak stretches all the way back to December 2012, when he scored a breathtaking 169 at the WACA Ground, Perth to help the Proteas clinch a series victory over Aystralia. Since then he has passed 50 in every Test he played.
ABRAHAM DE VILLIERS' PERFORMANCE IN LAST 12 TESTS: ScoreS ..................................opponent ......................................Venue ..................................SeaSon 4 & 169 .........................................Australia ..................................................Perth ..........................................2012-13 67 ...................................................New Zealand ........................................Cape Town ..............................2012-13 51 ....................................................New Zealand ........................................Port Elizabeth .........................2012-13 31 & 103* ....................................Pakistan ..................................................Johannesburg .........................2012-13 61 & 36 .........................................Pakistan ..................................................Cape Town ..............................2012-13 121 ...................................................Pakistan ..................................................Centurion .................................2012-13 19 & 90 ........................................Pakistan ..................................................Abu Dhabi .................................2013-14 164 ..................................................Pakistan ..................................................Dubai .........................................2013-14 13 &103 .........................................India ..........................................................Johannesburg .........................2013-14 74 ...................................................India ..........................................................Durban ......................................2013-14 91 & 48 .........................................Australia ..................................................Centurion .................................2013-14 116 ...................................................Australia ..................................................Port Elizabeth .........................2013-14
FIFTY PLUS SCORES IN MOST SUCCESSIVE TESTS:
BatSman .......................................................................teStS ...................................period Abraham de Villiers (South Africa) ...............................12 ..................................................2012-13 to 2013-14 Vivian Richards (West Indies) .........................................11 ...................................................1975-76 to 1976-77 Gautam Gambhir (India) ...................................................11 ...................................................2008-09 to 2009-10 Virender Sthwag (India) .....................................................11 ...................................................2009-10 to 2010-11 Abraham de Villiers (South Africa) ...............................11 ...................................................2012-13 to 2013-14 John Edrich (England) .........................................................10 .................................................1969 to 1970-71 Sachin Tendulkar (India) ...................................................10 .................................................2009-10 to 2010-11
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