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Thursday, 23 January, 2014

QUETTA: Hazara Shias hold a sit-in protest on Wednesday along with the dead bodies of victims of Tuesday’s bus bombing in Mastung. INP




HE families who lost their loved ones in the Mastung suicide bombing staged a sit-in on Alamdar Road in Quetta on Wednesday and refused to bury the dead bodies. Security forces place the death toll at 26 while according to members of the Hazara community 28 were killed in the blast. Some of the injured are reportedly in critical condition. The families took the dead bodies and assembled on Alamdar Road, which is predominantly a Hazara neighbourhood. The bodies were kept near the Nichari


Imambargah on Alamdar Road. There was a shutter-down strike in most parts of Quetta city on Wednesday to condemn the killings. Shops, markets, eateries and trading centres on Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road and adjoining areas remained closed. Traffic was thin on the roads. The strike was called by Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Balochistan Shia Conference and Majlis-e-Wahdat-ulMuslimeen (MWM). Protesting families raised slogans against law enforcement agencies for their failure to protect the lives of innocent people. Some protesters were carry-

ing placards which read “stop the genocide of Hazara community” and “targeted action is needed against terrorists”. As many as 26 dead bodies have been identified while two dead bodies are yet to be identified, said Bostan Ali, leader of HDP. Addressing a news conference, leader of MWM MPA Mohammed Raza said the protest will not end until representatives of the federal government promise us that a targeted operation will be conducted against terrorists. “We will not bury the dead bodies until a practical step is taken. No one can pacify us, the Hazara community,” he

said, adding that the “federal government should order a targeted operation to eliminate terrorists”. SIT-INS IN OTHER CITIES: The Shia community also held protest sit-ins in various major cities of the country. The workers of the Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen staged a protest sit-in at Faizabad in Islamabad and blocked Murree Road. Later, one side of the road was opened by the police. The MWM held a protest demonstration at Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi. A large number of people participated in the demonstration. They shouted slogans

against the government and demand strict action against the killer, besides providing protection to all sects throughout the country. Traffic remained suspended on the chorangi for many hours. The MWM also staged a sit-in in front of Governor House in Lahore. The Mall from Alhamra to Club Chowk was closed for traffic during the sit-in. A large number of workers of MWM also staged a protest demonstration in front of the Hyderabad Press Club. The protestors blocked the National Highways and demanded operation against the elements behind the extremist activity.


Billionaire software baron turned philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Tuesday that violence in Nigeria and Pakistan could set him back in his goal of eradicating polio by 2018. In 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - a charity that funds medical research and vaccination drives - made wiping out the crippling disease in the next six years its top priority. But the Microsoft founder, who has poured a large part of his personal fortune into the drive and encouraged fellow billionaires to contribute, said in an AFP interview that major challenges remain. India, once the country with the worst problem with polio - a mainly childhood disease that causes the wasting of the limbs - has just celebrated three years of freedom from polio. The disease remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan only. There are also reinfections in wartorn Somalia and Syria that threaten to break out into areas once free of the scourge. "Nigeria and Pakistan are going to be

tough. The Pakistan violence is evil," Gates said on Tuesday, complaining that local conspiracy theories have undermined innoculation drives. "The truth is the vaccine is to help kids. Spreading rumors and attacking the workers on this those people don´t have justice and truth on their side,” he said, "And so we may miss by a year or two if we can´t help out with that. The president, the religious leaders a lot of the supporters of that country are trying to get the truth out”. Just hours before Gates spoke, three polio workers were shot dead Karachi, forcing suspension of the vaccination campaign in the whole of Sindh. Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that Peshawar was the world´s "largest reservoir" of the disease. Opposition from the Pakistani Taliban to the immunisation and an insurgency in northern Nigeria have also hit hard. "This is really going to come down to Nigeria and Pakistan," Gates said. "Everyday we’re talking about what´s going well, what’s not, how we track the teams, where new approaches can help out so we’ve intensified the effort," he added. Last November the Global Polio Eradication Initiative said Nigeria had 51 of the 328 cases of the disease worldwide in 2013, compared to 121 out of 223 in 2012. But numbers are up in Pakistan. According to the WHO, Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year compared with 58 in 2012. The Gates Foundation spends more than $300 million a year on polio programs and the US Congress has also allocated extra money. "I think we have the money, got the will, what we need - on the ground – is to get the truth out," Gates said.

FORMER TTP SPOKESMAN SAYS MILITANT OUTFIT ‘IN PRINCIPLE’ NOT TARGETING POLIO WORKERS NEWS DESK The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has officially distanced itself from some of the recent attacks on polio vaccinators in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi, saying it has nothing to do with these killings. But at the same time there are some senior members in the organisation who have not ruled out the possibility of involvement of some “hard-liners” or “overzealous” members for such violent actions against the polio workers. In fact, there are still several hardliners within the banned militant organisation who openly justify action

against polio workers by describing the vaccination campaign as a ‘Jewish conspiracy’ or an ‘espionage campaign’. Talking to a local media outfit, former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the militant outfit was “in principle” not targeting polio workers. The statement is much in contrast to the situation either some prominent member or one of the affiliated militant outfits had openly claimed responsibility for such attacks or the TTP had decided to remain silent after such killings. “We have been holding detailed deliberations on the polio issue for some time and have been consulting trustworthy Muslim medical experts. Some of our doubts have been removed,” he said. For many years, a number of TTP and other clerics had been advocating conspiracy theories, claiming that polio vaccination was a “Jewish conspiracy to suppress Muslim population growth”. Some extremist elements have even justified killing polio workers while accus-

ing them of being “agents of the West”. According to some TTP insiders, the militant organisation is heading towards an official shift on a number of issues, including polio vaccination. “The leadership of the TTP has been looking at issues such as disability of children. From an Islamic point of view, you could say that we are no longer opposed to polio vaccinations. Of course we would like children to be protected. But we simply cannot allow vaccinators when we have the case of Shakil Afridi in front of us,” said Maulana Saleh Qassam, editor of TTP’s monthly magazine, who is also regarded within the organisation as a “religious scholar”. A number of other TTP clerics endorse his views. “We are not considering polio vaccination unIslamic. We do not consider it right to target polio workers unless we have concrete evidence of their involvement in spying or some other anti-Mujahideen activity,” said Maulvi Khalid Balti, a North Waziristan-based TTP cleric.

Sindh health secy says polio campaign shall resume, health workers refuse KARACHI: Sindh Health Secretary Iqbal Durrani on Wednesday said that a security plan has been made for the protection of polio workers in the province and the campaign will restart in the province on January 23 (today). However, polio workers have refuted his claim, saying the drive will not restart under any circumstances. A female polio worker, Saba Saeed, said that Rs 250 per day is not sufficient incentive for them to risk their lives. On January 21, four polio workers were killed and two injured in separate incidents in Karachi and Mansehra. Authorities had suspended the polio immunisation drive in District East and the Korangi District of Karachi after the attack. In Karachi’s Qayyumabad, assailants had opened fire on teams on the second day of a three-day polio campaign, killing two female polio workers along with a male colleague and injuring two others. In the Mansehra incident, a schoolteacher engaged in a polio vaccination campaign was gunned down in a remote village of Oghi Tehsil. In a third incident in Balochistan’s Panjgur district on the same day, armed men had snatched an official vehicle, mobile phones and polio vaccines from a polio team. According to police, the polio team was part of a door-to-door campaign to administer polio drops to children, when armed men took away their vehicle and other belongings at the Bantistan area. STAFF REPORT


Thursday, 23 January, 2014






T least 15 people, including 13 policemen and a child, were on Wednesday killed and a Spaniard cyclist injured in three separate attacks in the country's restive areas. Seven tribal policemen, escorting a Spanish cyclist, were killed and the tourist critically injured as militants tried to abduct him in Balochistan where a bus bomb killed 24 Shia pilgrims a day earlier. In another deadly attack, six policemen and a child were killed in a blast that targeted a security van en route to guard a polio immunisation team in Khyber Pakthunkhwa, that also witnessed a local Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader being shot dead. BALOCHISTAN ATTACK In the first attack, militants tried to abduct the Spanish tourist, travelling on a bicycle from Dalbandin area of Balochistan, triggering an exchange of gunfire between the militants and Levies personnel, the local tribal police. At least seven Levies (tribal police) men were killed during the clash while 10 others, including the


Spanish national, were injured. The kidnapping bid that occurred in Koshak area was foiled while all the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital in Mastung district. The Levies personnel were accompanying the Spaniard, said to be a cy-

MASTUNG: Spanish cyclist Francisco Javier is being given medical treatment at Nawab Ghous Bux Memorial Hospital after he suffered injuried during a failed kidnapping attempt. ONLINE

Maulana SaMIul Haq excuSeS HIMSelf froM TalIban TalkS ISLAMABAD: The chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Maulana Samiul Haq who had received the go ahead from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to initiate dialogue with the Taliban has excused himself from the process. Maulana Sami said he had informed the prime minister of receiving a positive response from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on January 2. He added that despite repeated contact, the prime minister did not convey the future course of action. The cleric said he had appealed to avoid a military operation and use of force but Tuesday’s strikes in North Waziristan, Tirah and tribal areas had led to his decision to not be part of the dialogue process. ONLINE

fazl expreSSeS concern over ‘InnocenTS’ kIlled In aIrSTrIkeS KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday expressed concern over ‘innocents’ being killed during security forces’ airstrikes in North Waziristan on Sunday. In a statement issued to the media, he said that his party was not in favour of a military offensive and vowed to oppose it in the future as well. “Killings of innocents and exodus of civilians after the airstrikes in North Waziristan is regrettable,” the statement quoted the JUI-F chief as saying. “What criteria are adopted to ascertain who is a terrorist and who is not,” he enquired. Assailing the government for its failure to come up with a clear stance on the issue, Fazl said that people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were being “sandwiched” from all directions. The JUI-F chief said that his party would not accept the policy of targeting civilian population in the name operations against Taliban militants. STAFF REPORT

cling tourist who was coming from PakIran border to Quetta when militants tried to abduct him. All foreigners travelling through the restive region are provided security escort. Balochistan Home Secretary Asad ur Rehman Gilani said: "The Spanish tourist is stable and doctors are providing medical treatment to him in a hospital". He said one Levies personnel was also killed in the incident. A Spanish embassy spokesman said the cyclist is safe and has been released from hospital. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack that came a day after an explosion ripped through a bus carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran in the restive Mastung district, killing 24 people. In March last year, two Czech women were abducted as they travelled through Balochistan from Iran. They remain missing. A Swiss couple were held captive by the Taliban for over eight months after being abducted in 2011 in Balochistan. They were found safely in March 2012. Meanwhile, security forces launched an operation in Darin Garh area of Mastung after the attack on the Spaniard. The home secretary said police, Levies and Frontier Corps personnel backed by two Army helicopters were engaged in an operation against the militants. Road linking Pakistan with neighbouring Iran gave a deserted look as result of operation by security forces. Passengers remained the worst sufferers as long queues of vehicles could be seen waiting, sources said. CHARSADDA POLICE ATTACK In the second attack, six policemen and a child were killed in a blast in Sard-

CHARSADDA: A policeman stands beside a police vehicle which was targeted with a bomb on Wednesday. INP

heri Bazar area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district that targeted a security van en route to guard a polio immunisation team, police said. Deputy Inspector General of Police Mardan Range Saeed Wazir said that the bomb, weighing four to five kilogrammes, was planted on a cycle. Nine others, including two policemen, were also injured in the explosion. BHAKKAR ATTACK In another incident in Punjab's Bhakkar district, the vehicle of a polio vaccination team came under attack. The


At least 36 of the 40 killed during the air strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday night and Tuesday were foreign fighters, security sources said on Wednesday. Thirty-three Uzbeks and three Germans were among those killed during the air strikes which also injured at least 15. Important commanders were also among those killed in the onslaught. These include Wali Mohammad, Asmat Shaheen, Maulvi Farhad Uzbek and Shaheen Betini.

The strikes appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to the militant bombings in Bannu and Rawalpindi. But security officials said the strikes were carried out on the basis of intelligence reports. Witnesses said the air attacks forced scores of families to flee to adjacent settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 32 KILLED IN TIRAH Meanwhile, security forces claim to have killed about 32 militants in the Tirah Valley as the fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in various parts of the mountainous region. Fighter jets pounded militant position in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kokikhel area of Tirah valley. Official sources claimed that five terrorist hideouts were destroyed and more bodies were also being retrieved from the rubble. Unconfirmed reports said that the chief of the Taliban in Orakzai Agency, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed in the strikes. The reports could not be independently verified. Neither the political administration nor militants have yet confirmed the reports. Reporters have no access to the strategic mountainous region so the exact number of casualties could be confirmed from independent sources.

attack left the windows of the vehicle shattered, injuring the driver of the vehicle and a lady health worker. CLERIC KILLED In the third deadly attack, unknown gunmen shot dead local JUI-F leader and religious scholar Qazi Abdul Aziz Athar in Khyber Pakthunkhwa’s Tank district. The JUI-F leader was on his way to market from his home when motorbike-borne armed assailants fired at him. The killers managed to flee from the scene. The incident is a target killing, police said.

Imran wakes up to reality, vows to support operation PTI chief says his party should be taken into confidence if govt wants to begin a military operation against Taliban terrorists ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said his party would stand by the army in case a military operation is to be launched to counter the terrorist threat. Speaking to reporters, Khan said the government had failed in its bid to hold talks with the Taliban, adding that his party should be taken into confidence if a military operation is to be launched. Khan, whose party has been a longstanding advocate of dialogue with the Taliban, said anti-state elements had triumphed which could have been prevented had the government sought cooperation from the people of the tribal areas. He said all political parties had given the government the mandate to begin talks with the Taliban, adding that although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif circled around the world and made international visits, no good came out of these. Khan said his party would stand by the army when times come to launch a military operation. The PTI chief’s statement came a day after at least 52 people were killed in air strikes in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The strikes appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to the militant bombings in Bannu and Rawalpindi. However, security officials have said the strikes were carried out on the basis of intelligence reports. STAFF REPORT

US think tank suggests establishing base in India to keep Pakistan threats in check NEW YORK INP

The US should discuss with India after its general elections the possibility of basing American military and intelligence operatives in the country to address threats posed by Pakistanbased terror groups in a postAfghanistan context, a US think-tank has said. A special report titled 'Reorienting US-Pakistan Strategy: From Af-Pak to Asia' by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) also recommends that the US should launch a new diplomatic dialogue with China, India and Pak-

istan to reduce prospects of regional tension and violence. "Starting with the national security adviser to the prime minister of India, senior US national security officials should begin to discuss options for significantly expanded counterterror cooperation with their Indian counterparts, up to and including the possibility of basing US military and intelligence operatives in India to address Pakistan-based terrorist threats in a post-Afghanistan context," the report's author, Daniel Markey, who is the CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, said. Markey acknowledged such con-


versations between Washington and New Delhi will be "politically sensitive" and so should begin only after the next Indian government is elected in the spring. "If diplomatic discussions make progress, the Pentagon should work with members of the US intelligence community to develop specific implementation plans for on-the-ground operations in India," he said. The basis for Markey's argument is that while Washington and Islamabad have found common cause in fighting against Pakistan's homegrown Taliban insurgents, Pakistan has been unwilling to tackle threats

posed by the Haqqani network forcing Washington to reconsider the wisdom of remaining heavily dependent on the US personnel and facilities now based in Afghanistan. "Over the long-run and perhaps much sooner if Washington is unable to negotiate a satisfactory bilateral security agreement with Kabul, maintaining a foothold in landlocked Afghanistan as a means to deal with Pakistan-based security threats is likely to be extraordinarily difficult and costly. In light of Pakistan's geographic location, India is the obvious US alternative to Afghanistan," he said.

04 NEWS Bangkok under emergency as pro-govt leader is wounded UDON THANI AGENCIES

A leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded on Wednesday in Thailand's northeast, a stronghold of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as a state of emergency began in the capital where protesters are trying to force her from power. The government issued the 60-day emergency decree late on Tuesday, handing security agencies wide powers to detain suspects, impose a curfew and limit gatherings in and around Bangkok. Officials said it was aimed at preventing an escalation of the protests that have gripped the capital for more than two months and brought parts of the centre to a halt. Bangkok appeared normal and people went about their business as usual. Police did not try to break up the protests, including one outside a complex where Yingluck was working. But highlighting the risk of the political deadlock turning violent, "red shirt" leader Kwanchai Praipana, who had warned of a nationwide "fight" if the military launched a coup, was wounded in the arm and leg in a drive-by shooting at his home in the north-eastern town of Udon Thani. Police said they believed it was politically motivated. Kwanchai Praipana leads thousands of pro-government supporters in Udon Thani province. On Tuesday, he told a foreign news agency that if the military attempted a coup: "I can assure you that, on behalf of the 20 provinces in the northeast,we will fight. The country will be set alight if the soldiers come out." So far the military, which has been involved in 18 actual or attempted coups in the past 81 years, has kept out of the fray. The police are charged with imposing the state of emergency, under orders from Yingluck to treat protesters against her government with patience.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014

NAB Approves refereNces AgAiNst gilANi, AshrAf ISLAMABAD



t seems as if luck is running out for both the prime ministers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, as the Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved two separate references against them in the multi-billion rupees Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) scam, setting alarm bells ringing for other PPP ministers accused of massive corrup-

tion during their five-year term. The first reference approved was regarding illegal appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq as the OGRA chairman. Sadiq happens to be the brother-in-law of the PPP’s former secretary general Jahangir Badr. The accused persons include former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (who was serving as the chairman of the selection committee for Tauqeer Sadiq’s appointment as the then minister for water and power), Shaukat Durrani, Member Technical for selection process, Javed Nazir, Member selection committee

from OGRA, Sikandar Hayat Mekan, former Cabinet Division senior joint secretary and Tauqeer Sadiq (beneficiary). The accused were involved in illegal appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq as the OGRA chief. Sadiq is accused of corruption of around Rs 83 billion, an amount which has been disputed largely. But the NAB investigators argue of having explicit evidence against the accused who had fled to Dubai via Afghanistan in connivance and support from the then interior minister Rehman Malik and other officials of the FIA. Later, he was brought back due to continued

Syria peace conference openS with riftS over aSSad MONTREUX AGENCIES

Syria's government and its enemies came face to face for the first time on Wednesday at a one-day peace conference in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war. There was immediate evidence of sharp differences, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that President Bashar alAssad must step down, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cautioned against outsiders meddling in Syria's affairs. Syria's foreign minister, speaking before the opposition, exchanged sharp words with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he spoke well beyond a 10minute limit that Ban had set as chairman. Walid alMoualem painted a graphic

picture of "terrorist" rebel atrocities supported by states present in the room and insisted Assad would not be forced out by foreigners. Ban had opened what will be a full day of speeches at Montreux on Lake Geneva from more than 40 delegations by citing human rights abuses by all the warring parties and calling for immediate access to humanitarian aid for areas under siege. "After nearly three painful years of conflict and suffering in Syria, today is a day of fragile but real hope," Ban said, urging both sides to reach a comprehensive settlement based on the U.N. Geneva Communique, under which world powers called in 2012 for a transitional government to oversee change in Syria. "Great challenges lie ahead but they are not insurmountable," he added. Western powers and Russia have sought to set aside

their own sharp differences over whether Assad must be forced to make way for an interim administration and have backed the conference as a way to stop the spread of communal and sectarian violence spreading across the region. The conference, which Ban hopes will be followed by further talks in Geneva, has raised no great expectations, particularly among Islamist rebels on Syria's frontlines who have branded Western-backed opposition leaders as traitors for even agreeing to be in the same room as Assad's delegates. Underlining the seemingly intractable positions, Syrian Foreign Minister Moualem had said on Tuesday that Assad's position was non-negotiable. "The subject of the president and the regime is a red line for us and the Syrian people and will not be touched," he was quoted as saying in Syrian media.

pressure from the Supreme Court. The meeting also approved a second reference on account of corruption in OGRA. The accused Tauqeer Sadiq, former member Gas Mansoor Muzaffar, Mir Kamal Fareed Bijarani, Jawad Jamil, Dewan Ziaur Rehman Farooqi, Abdur Rashid Lon, Zohair Siddique, Azeem Iqbal Siddique, Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, Syed Arsalan Iqbal, Mirza Mehmood Ahmed and Yousaf J Ansari are allegedly involved in the corrupt practices. The interim reference was already filed in the accountability court in November 2012.

naB gets a day to fix responsibility in ogra corruption case ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The Supreme Court (SC) has given one day’s time to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for fixing responsibility in the OGRA corruption case. A three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up the OGRA corruption case for hearing on Wednesday. Concerned over the delay, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked, “We have been hearing talks about holding the NAB executive board meetings since 2012. As per the court’s decision, investigations were to be completed within 45 days but no headway has been made even after lapse of 26 months to ascertain who is responsible”. He said the case is a matter of Rs 83 billion corruption and may run into trillions. He asked how much time more could the court have given. NAB Chairman Qamaruzaman Chaudhry ap-

peared in the court and held out assurance that the court’s orders will be complied with fully and requested one more day in this regard. In his response, he submitted that the NAB had convened the meeting of executive board and that one reference had been filed and the remaining matters have also been finalised. Only decision has yet to be made in this regard, he said. The court remarked, “Nothing has been done except sending a reference even after the lapse of such a long period”. NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha said that he had already told the court that matters have been finalised to a considerable extent and that it was only a matter of the orders of the chairman now. The court remarked, “The attorney general (AG) should give arguments to this effect that no court including the SC can give any order to the NAB and all the powers rest with the NAB chairman only.


US military leaders have proposed to President Barack Obama that Washington should either keep at least

10,000 troops in Afghanistan or pull out of the country completely by the end of this year, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. "The proposal is 10,000 or basically nothing, a pullout," the newspaper quoted an unnamed US official, who has been briefed on the plan, as saying. US officials said anything less than that would be too few to be able to protect the reduced retinue of diplomats, military and intelligence officials that remain in Afghanistan, according to the daily. About 37,500 American troops are currently stationed in

Afghanistan. The US and its NATO allies have been planning for months now to end the long Afghan mission, with Washington insisting that a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops, most of the Americans, must remain there. The figure 10,000 is the mid-point. Pentagon's proposal has already come under criticism by some officials in the White House National Security Council, including Vice President Joseph Biden, who question why the choice has to be 10,000 troops or zero, and nothing in between, according to the newspaper. The White House is in dispute with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

who refused to sign an agreement which would allow American presence in the country until 2024. Karzai wants to set out conditions for a continued American presence in Afghanistan in the bilateral security agreement negotiated late last year. Instead of responding to the Pentagon plan, the NYT said, the White House has focused on keeping pressure on the Afghan president to sign the controversial agreement, without which any talk of keeping American troops in Afghanistan is moot. "The president has not yet made decisions about final troop numbers," Caitlin Hayden, a spokes-

woman for the National Security Council (NSC), was quoted by the newspaper as saying. But absent a bilateral security agreement, she said, "Then we will initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no US or NATO presence in Afghanistan. That is not a future we are seeking, and we do not believe that it is in Afghanistan's interests." "The further this slips into 2014, however, the more likely such an outcome is," she added. Decisions have to be made soon, she said, about issues like base closings and force levels.

Israel kills Gaza militant blamed for rockets during Sharon funeral GAZA AGENCIES

Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral last week. Palestinian residents said the dead men belonged to Islamic Jihad, an armed faction that has sometimes defied efforts by the Gaza Strip's Hamas government to keep truces with Israel. Islamic Jihad claimed one man, Ahmed Al-Za'anin, as its own, without immediately commenting on the other's affiliation. But Israel's military, confirming the air strike in Beit Hanoun, said Za'anin was a former Islamic Jihad member who had joined the more secular Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP did not immediately respond. Za'anin had carried out numerous attacks, the military said, including the launch of rockets into southern Israel as Sharon was being buried there last week in a ceremony attended by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other foreign dignitaries. There were no casualties in that salvo. Za'anin and the second gunman, his relative, were sitting in a parked car when it was hit by the missile, locals said.

China activist lawyer Xu Zhiyong on trial BEIJING ONLINE

A prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong who protested against corruption has gone on trial in China on charges of "gathering crowds to disrupt public order". He is one of several activists from a transparency movement to be tried this week. Rights groups have criticised President Xi Jinping - who pledged to fight corruption over their trials. They come as a report says many members of China's elite have set up offshore companies in overseas tax havens. The trial of Xu Zhiyong, who was arrested in July 2013, began on Wednesday in Beijing. There was tight security outside the court, with police blocking journalists from approaching or filming outside. Mr Xu's lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, told the reporters that Mr Xu and his lawyers both viewed the court proceedings as illegal, and stayed silent during the trial in protest. Earlier, Mr Zhang told reporters that a fair trial looked "unlikely". He said that he had not been given the opportunity to defend Mr Xu in a fair court.

indiana's purdue University shooting leaves one dead, man in custody INDIANA AGENCIES

A man was shot to death at Indiana's Purdue University on Tuesday and a male suspect was taken into custody, police said, in an apparently targeted killing that follows a rash of shootings at U.S. schools this month. Cody Cousins, 23, fatally shot Andrew Boldt, 21, a teacher's assistant, at about

noon in a basement classroom of the university's electrical engineering building, according to Purdue University Police Chief John Cox. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, Cox said. "It's just a tragic situation," Cox said, adding that the shooter was taken into custody without a struggle

shortly after he exited the engineering building. Cousins is being held at Tippacanoe County jail, said Cox, who did not disclose a motive for the shooting during an afternoon press conference. University officials said the campus was considered safe, though the electrical engineering building remained closed. A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday

night on campus, and classes will be suspended Wednesday, officials said. Students are being offered counselling, officials said. Upon hearing of the shooting, campus officials immediately ordered issued text alerts to students, faculty and staff across campus, instructing them to take shelter as police searched the area. "We have drills and we always try to prepare for the


worst and hope for the best," university spokeswoman Liz Evans said. "This is definitely a tragic day for our campus." Indiana Governor Mike Pence called the shooting a "tragedy." "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community," Pence said in a statement, pledging state law enforcement assistance in the inves-

tigation. The frequency of shootings at schools and universities in the United States is fuelling the national debate over gun control. On Monday night, a student was shot and critically wounded outside an athletic centre at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Last week alone, two students were shot at a high school in Philadelphia, an-

other was shot at a high school in Albany, Georgia, and two students were shot at a middle school in New Mexico. Gun ownership laws in the United States have come under intense scrutiny since December 2012, when 20 young children and six educators were shot dead by a long gunman at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014

NEWS BANNU: Displaced tribesmen of North Waziristan arrive in Bannu on Wednesday after air strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday night and Tuesday. INP


MILITANTS SHOULD NOT BE CALLED ‘ESTRANGED BALOCH’: IG FC ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General (IGFC) Major General Ejaz Shahid has said that militants who attack the armed forces should not be called “estranged Balochs”. Speaking in the meeting of Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior, the IG FC said that the attackers of the armed forces are not estranged Balochs but militants. “Local administration and politicians are with us in the day and are with the militants in the night,” he said. He told the Senate that as many as 360 security forces’ personnel have been martyred during the last few years. The IG FC lamented over the situation of the forces, saying they are serving the country in very horrible conditions whereas the government is cutting their budget and does not compensate with the families whose sons die for the country. He further added that the forces recovered explosive material from some politicians and arrested them, but they get themselves freed from the courts. The chairman of the committee was of the view that the Indian intelligence agency RAW is involved in making the conditions of Balochistan worst. The committee also recommended not to cut the forces’ budget. ONLINE




He Supreme Court was on Wednesday informed that the federation had promulgated the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) (amended) 2014 to curb terrorism and crimes falling in the scheduled offence, and to


deal with missing persons’ cases. Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Salman Aslam Butt informed the three-member bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Iqbal Hamidur Rahman and Justice Musheer Alam that the president on Wednesday signed the ordinance, which would be published in the official gazette. The ordinance is designed to fight terrorism and lawlessness in Karachi and other restive parts of the country, and the missing persons’ issues, the court was told. The court, which resumed the hearing of 35 missing persons' case, observed that first of all it would examine the ordinance that what kind of

legal cover had been provided at this stage of the case and also directed the AGP to do the same. Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Latif Yousufzai, submitted his reply in compliance with the court's order of December, 10, 2013, which was rejected by the court. Justice Khawaja took exception to the failure of provincial government to produce missing persons before the court, warning that the court could summon the KP chief minister if the missing persons were not recovered. He said the court was serious on the matter of missing persons. It was a separate issue that whether the miss-

Govt unable or unwilling to stop terrorist attacks: HRW ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The Islamabad High Court has summoned Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday (January 24) for allegedly making contemptuous remarks about the judgment of court in reopening of CNG stations. A single member bench comprising Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the directive while hearing a contempt plea against the petroleum minister filed by Javed Akbar counsel for CNG stations owners. During the course of hearing, Justice Siddiqui remarked that the notice had been received by the ministry of petroleum, but no one had appeared before the court. To this, the deputy attorney general apprised the bench that he did not receive any direction from the ministry on the contempt notice issue. Justice Siddiqui observed that challenging the court order was a right of the minister, but he was not supposed to ridicule the court with such remarks. The court asked him to explain by January 24 his statement on the court’s judgement. At a press conference on January 11, Abbasi had said that there exists a serious gas crisis in the country since three weeks because of severe winter and resultant higher gas demand. He had also said that some CNG operators had filed a petition which "the Islamabad High Court had unfortunately accepted and ordered provision of gas to the CNG stations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad".

ing persons were terrorists or not, but the court was trying to ensure that they should not be deprived of the rights given under the Constitution, including that of a fair trial, Justice Khawaja maintained. He observed that the KP government was not serious about the missing persons. earlier, the federation had shown a lethargic attitude, which, had now legislated in this regard. He asked why the KP government denied fundamental rights to the missing persons. Are they not the citizens of Pakistan? Seeking a comprehensive reply from the KP government, the court adjourned the case until January 27.

The militant groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and some other banned outfits, are operating with “virtual impunity” in Pakistan as the country’s civilian and military institutions are either “unable” or “unwilling” to prevent terrorist attacks, says report of an international human rights organisation. “The militant groups such as the ostensibly banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Taliban affiliate, operate with virtual impunity across Pakistan as law enforcement officials either turn a blind eye or appear helpless to prevent attacks,” says Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its World Report 2014 released on Tuesday. In the 667-page report, its 24th annual review of human rights practices around the world, the HRW summarised major issues in more than 90 countries. The HRW report has come at a time when the militants have stepped up their attacks across the country and the media has reported that the militants have already carried out 25 major terrorist attacks in the first 20 days of 2014.

The report says that during the election campaign in April and May, at least 130 people were killed and over 500 were injured allegedly by the TTP and its affiliates, who had declared elections “un-Islamic” and warned voters to stay away from the rallies of the formerly ruling coalition parties. Numerous government installations and law enforcement personnel have been targeted by the Taliban. At least 22 polio vaccination workers were killed, and 14 wounded in 2012 and 2013 in attacks for which the Taliban claimed responsibility,



says the HRW. The human rights organisation says “a climate of fear impedes media coverage of militant groups and the Taliban and other armed groups regularly threaten media outlets over their coverage”. The report alleges that “security forces routinely violate basic rights” in the course of counter-terrorism operations with suspects frequently detained without charge or convicted without a fair trial. “Thousands of suspected members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other armed groups — who were rounded up in a crackdown in 2009 in Swat valley and tribal areas — remained in illegal military detention at time of writing; few had been prosecuted or produced before the courts”, alleges the report. The HRW report also mentions the security situation in the troubled Balochistan province, stating that “enforced disappearances and killings of suspected Baloch militants and opposition activists” continues in the province. “Violence against women and girls — including rape, honour killings, acid attacks, domestic violence and forced marriage — remains a serious problem in Pakistan,” says the report.

MILITANTS BLOW UP GIRLS SCHOOL IN ORAKZAI AGENCY KALAYA: A government girls’ primary school was blown up by unknown miscreants in Kalaya area of Orakzai district on Wednesday. According to sources, militants planted explosive material in the school that went off with a big bag, destroying the building. No causalities were reported in the incident as the building was empty. INP

PM TO CONSULT HPC ABOUT APPOINTING 28 CORPORATION HEADS ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally decided for a shakeup in 58 autonomous institutions and corporations to make them efficient and profit-earning instead of depending on the federal government for billions of rupees worth subsidies that they are receiving for the last several years. According to sources, the prime minister has summoned the head of High Powered Commission Abdul Rauf Chaudhry for consultation on Sunday. It is expected that the viewpoint of the commission chief will be sought for withdrawing the power to appoint heads of 28 such institutions and then a decision will be taken to appoint competent and professional heads. In the light of the Supreme Court verdict, the prime minister had formed High Powered Commission under the Federal Tax Ombudsman Abdul Rauf Chaudhry for selection of the heads of the PIA, Pakistan Steel Mills and other corporations that were in loss. The commission shorted-listed the candidates after interviewing them and sent the summary to the prime minister. However, during this period, ministries of Industries and Petroleum wrote letters to the establishment secretary and the commission that under law, only they have the authority to appoint heads of the institutions working under them. After this the prime minister withdrew the power from the commission of appointment of heads of 28 corporations including the PIA, Steel Mills and OGDC and allowed the concerned ministries to proceed. After criticism in the media, the prime minister decided to seek the viewpoint of the commission and Sunday’s meeting is scheduled to take place in that context after which the prime minister will take important decisions regarding appointment of heads of corporations. INP




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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court(LHC) Complaint Cell Wednesday took notice of an acid attack on a woman by her husband for giving birth to a daughter in Jahanian. The Khanewal District and Sessions judge (DSJ) has been directed to look into the matter and submit a detailed report. The cell took notice of a press report which stated that a man threw acid on his wife for giving birth to a daughter in Jinnah Colony. The victim got severe burns and was shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) where her condition was declared critical while the accused managed to escape.Police registered a case and kicked off investigations. APP

TIME TO TEACH PROFESSOR A LESSON Maid torture case: Remand of accused extended by four days LAHORE: The judicial magistrate on Wednesday extended physical remand of Professor Salman who allegedly raped and tortured a 15-year-old house maid to death. Defence police produced the accused before Cantt judicial magistrate and prayed to extend the physical remand of Salman. Police took the stance that the investigation of the incident was to recover the murder tool from the accused. No reply of police allegations was submitted to the court by the accused. A 15-year-old maid, who was allegedly tortured and raped by her employer, died at the Services Hospital. Professor Salman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly torturing the maid. The accused had been sent on three-day physical remand by the judicial magistrate. INP

ENOUGH WITH THE KILLINGS MWM stages sit-in against Mastung incident LAHORE: Majlis Wahdat tul Muslimeen (MWM) staged a protest demonstration and sit-in against the incident of Mastung bus attack in front of Governor's House on Wednesday. MWM leader Allama Syed Imtiaz Kazmi, Allama Syed Ahmad Iqbal Rizvi and Syed Zain Zaidi led the protest demonstration in which a large number of people including women and children participated. The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against the incident. Addressing the protestors, the MWM leaders announced to continue their protest and urged the government to launch operation against terrorists. APP

HOME MADE KEVLAR: Students cover themselves with plastic sheets to prevent from getting wet in the rain. ONLINE



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HE aim of a mega coal-based power project of national importance is to generate 6000 megawatt electricity from coal in Punjab in next three to five years, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing a press conference to highlight the Punjab government initiatives for establishing coal-based power plants on Wednesday. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Chaudhary Muhammad Shafique, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Sher Ali Khan, chief secretary, Board of Revenue senior member, Energy additional chief secretary, secretaries concerned and senior officials were present on the occasion. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is facing two big problems electricity crisis and extremism. He said that provision of electricity and gas is of vital importance for strong economy. He said that when economy will flourish, the trends of extremism will reduce. He said that agriculture and industry will progress and new job opportunities will be created. The chief minister said that Punjab government has made planning of

initiating coal-based power plants in the province and has given practical shape to its steps for initiating coal-based power plants diligently. He said that coal will be transported from Karachi to Punjab by rail for these power plants. Shahbaz Sharif told that he visited coal power plants at various places in Indian East Punjab last month where Chinese companies are working on thousands megawatt plants. He said that more than 65 percent electricity is being generated from coal in China, 63 percent in India, 60 percent in Germany and 50 percent in America whereas less than one percent electricity is generated from coal in Pakistan while 65 percent from thermal and 35 percent from hydel. He said that ironically due to poor planning and strategy during last many decades, the low cost generation of electricity could not be made possible in Pakistan. The chief minister said that no proper work regarding generating electricity from hydel has been carried out

and only paper work was done. He said that Punjab government has started work on solar project of 100 megawatt in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and bids of this project will be received by mid of February. However, coal is the best option for generating electricity round the clock, he added. He said that unfortunately Pakistan is spending ten billion dollars on the import of oil for producing electricity for which country’s economy cannot afford. He said that the cost of electricity generated through imported oil has been fixed Rs 19 per unit while the cost of electricity generated through imported coal is Rs 9 per unit. He said that vast reserves of coal exist in Thar whereas 500 million tonne coal exists in Punjab. He said that Australian company has prepared a feasibility report about the project, however, the coal of Punjab is not of good quality. Shahbaz Sharif said that at present

these plants would be run through imported coal on short term basis, which will be later run by local coal. He said that the sites selected by Punjab government for generating electricity from coal are very important for the reason as the big centres using electricity are near to these places and the electricity to be produced by these plants can easily be added to national grid immediately. He said that these places are near to railway track and road and water is also available near these places. He said that the aim of this coalbased power project is to encourage and provide guidance to private sector and include it in government efforts being made for overcoming energy crisis. He said that the sites selected for launching coal-based power plants will be handed over to private sector through open, competitive and transparent process. He said that advertisements would be given in national and international media for this purpose.


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf thoroughly condemns the Taliban for the jeopardising the dialogue process and holds the

government responsible for taking the mandate and not doing anything about it for seven months, said the PTI’s Punjab leadership while endorsing the decisions taken by the core committee on the current situation especially the current wave of terrorism in press conference on Wednesday. President Ejaz Chaudhy, General Secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid, Secretary Information Andleeb Abbas, and Brigadier (R) Aslam Ghuman were also present on the occasion. “We hold that the lives of our people whether from the armed forces and police

or of all the innocent martyred in the last three days in Bannu, Rawalpindi, Mustang and Charsaddah have been lost due to a criminal negligence of the government in preparing a national security policy and implementing the agenda of APC” said the PTI President Ejaz Chaudhry. Ejaz said that military actions should be initiated against the militants only after exhausting the options of talks. He said that the government had done nothing in the last seven months letting both drones and Taliban to play havoc with the lives of innocent Pakistanis. He said that the


government unwillingness to share any information with the political leadership of this country showed that the government did not follow democratic rules and was taking decisions unilaterally with a very high cost being paid by the country and its people. Ejaz said that PTI demanded an immediate discussion in the parliament and in camera session so that to bring forth the facts on the ground. Dr Yasmin Rashid pointed out the PTI candidate Umar Aslam enjoyed a big lead in by-election in NA-69 Khushab. She

said that she would be taking a team of PTI leaders to Khushab after constant reports of massive government machinery being moved to prevent a PTI victory. She said that our candidate Umar Aslam had already filed complaints to ECP of this pre-poll rigging where development funds and transfers have taken place to repeat the rigging that was done before to win the seat in general elections. She appealed to media to highlight the issues and said that PTI would not let the government to succeed in its strong arm tactics.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS IN CHECK FOR PEACE TALKS TO SUCCEED Hafiz Saeed says government, TTP should show patience for successful peace talks LAHORE INP

GAS LEAK KILLS 4 Lahore: Four members of a family died on Wednesday due to suffocation caused by gas leakage in Shalimar area. According to Rescue 1122 officials, a family comprising husband, wife and their two kids died as gas filled in the room where they were sleeping. Gas leaked from the heater, commonly used by families to save them from cold. Police reached the spot and handed over the dead bodies to the relatives after completing legal formalities. oNlINe

Taliban, govt- two sides of the same coin Raja Riaz blames presence of pro-terrorist elements in provincial government LAHORE INP

Senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Raja Riaz has blamed that there were proterrorist elements in provincial government. Talking to journalists on Wednesday, Raja Riaz alleged that extremists in Punjab were in contact with Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and he can summon them on a single telephone call. Government hasn’t shown any interest to

take action against such elements otherwise it was not difficult for it to bring them to book, he added. The PPP leader said that it was misfortune of the masses that the country is being led by coward politicians who are themselves in catch 22 situation. Raja Riaz claimed that the prime minister and the interior minister will not take any action against Taliban despite repeated attacks on security personnel and civilians.

TWO-DAY EXHIBITION ON ENGLISH LITERATURE HISTORY BEGINS Lahore: A two-day art exhibition on the History of English Literature organised by Punjab University Department of English Language and Literature in collaboration with Kaneez Fatima Literary Society began on Wednesday. University College of Arts and Design former Principal Dr Rahat Naveed Masud was the chief guest on the inaugural day while Department of English Language and Literature Dr Amra Raza, faculty members, students and various artists also attended the event. The art exhibition depicted the five eras of history of literature English. The seven-year artwork like paintings, sketches, sculptures, clay crafts, jewellery etc of an artist Amir Maqsood were displayed beautifully. The artist tried to convey the message of peace through literature from his work. The exhibition will remain open on today. oNlINe

GOLD PLATED 3 KG GOLD LOOTED Lahore: Three dacoits looted gold ornaments and cash worth million of rupees from a house in Gumty bazaar Tibbi city on Wednesday. Police apprised that armed unidentified men entered the house of Mumtaz and held the dwellers at gun point. The dacoits looted three kilograms gold ornaments worth Rs 13 million, Rs 300,000 cash and fled from the scene. Police reached on the spot and launched investigation of the incident. APP

THREE CRIMINALS DOWN Lahore: Shera Kot police have arrested three criminals involved in a number of dacoities and recovered stolen property from them. During preliminary interrogation, the gangsters confessed to 25 incident of dacoity and robbery committed in different areas of Lahore, Gujrat, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura. A special police team led by Nawan Kot assistant superintendent of police conducted a raid and arrested Iqbal, a ring leader of inter-district dacoit gang and his two accomplices Muhammad Arif and Ali Arif. DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar announced cash and commendatory certificates for the raiding team. APP


Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has urged both government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to show patience for successful talks for the restoration of peace. Talking to a private TV channel on Wednesday, Hafiz Saeed said that ceasefire is vital for result oriented talks but government seems less serious and more showing-off when it comes to peace talks. He expressed dissatisfaction over the prevailing law and order situation in the country and said that the efforts to make peace talks meaningful are critical in larger interests of the country and general public. The JuD chief said that foreign powers which wanted to divide the nation are involved in terror activities. He clarified that there is no justification for attacking polio workers and said that militancy against Pakistan is part of ‘global conspiracy’ against the country. Following the recent attacks on security personnel, Pakistan security forces had pounded militant hideouts in North Waziristan on Tuesday, killing around 37 militants including the most wanted jailbreak mastermind Adnan Rasheed. Hafiz Saeed is termed as the mastermind of Mumbai attacks and is thus in the most wanted list of India and US, with US having a bounty over his head. Pakistani government has attempted to prosecute him a number of times in the recent years but he was acquitted on the basis of lack of evidence. Hafiz Saeed and other leaders of Difa-ePakistan often hold open processions throughout the country. Difa-e-Pakistan, literally ‘Defense of Pakistan’ insists its objective is to ‘defend’ the country.

08 COMMENT The scourge Will the Iran nuclear deal thrive or wither? The world has a narrow window of opportunity for a deal on Iran’s nuclear research of polio Thursday, 23 January, 2014

After terrorism, now the global epicentre of virus too


HErE is a widespread concern in the world health circles about Pakistan turning into a source of polio spread to polio-free countries. Taking note of this, Saudi Arabia declared polio vaccination for Pakistanis entering the kingdom mandatory way back in 2009. India has this year put ban on travelers from Pakistan who are not immunized as recommended by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Polio Eradication. There is a likelihood of other countries following the course in days to come. Warnings came this month first from WHO which declared Peshawar as the largest endemic polio virus reservoir in the world with more than 90 per cent of the current cases in the country genetically linked to the city. And on Tuesday Bill Gates, the billionaire software baron turned philanthropist, blamed violence in Nigeria and Pakistan as a setback for the goal of eradicating polio by 2018. India, once the country where polio was widespread, has complete three polio free years. The polio control campaign is facing problems only in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Here ignorant Islamic militants oppose anti-polio drive and attack polio vaccination teams. Somalia, another country bitten by the bug of militancy, is also encountering cases of reinfections that threaten to break out into areas once free of the scourge. In November last year, WHO confirmed that polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East. This coincided with the claims by the TTP that it had sent around a hundred fighters to Syria to fight the Asad regime. Administering polio vaccine is becoming increasingly dangerous for the teams of volunteers who are coming under regular attacks from the TTP militants. They fail to realize that their misconceived notions are responsible for consigning children to a debilitating disease for the rest of their lives. During the last two days alone they have attacked several polio teams, killing six policemen and a bystander in Charsadda, one polio worker in Mansehra and three in Karachi. This has led polio workers in Sindh to boycott the anti-polio campaign. Propaganda against immunisation was started in Pakistan by the current TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah in 2005, years before Shakil Afridi came to limelight. Fazullah claimed that it was a Western conspiracy to sterilize the Muslims. Over the years, this led to thousands of misled parents in Malakand Agency and the erstwhile NWFP refusing to get their children immunised. Despite Maulana Samiul Haq withdrawing a previous decree issued by him against polio vaccination and issuing a new one in its support, the mischief created by clerics of the sort continues to spread. Is this the lot the government considers ‘misled people’ and is keen to talk to? How long will it allow the TTP terrorists to turn the coming generations into a physically incapacitated lot dependent on crutches for a lifetime?

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HE nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers – P5+1 – is like a feeble baby delivered after an unusually long labour, with the parents holding breath to see if the newly arrived can survive the crucial early months. Though the official birth date was 24 November 2013, the deal came to life on 20 January, when Tehran stopped enriching uranium beyond 5 percent. US President Barack Obama, the lead midwife, has put the chance of the baby’s survival at no more than 50:50. Such caution is warranted. Groundbreaking international agreements such as the one in Geneva two months ago materialize only when the convergence of seemingly diverse interests of countries reaches critical mass. Such moments are rare in history. There was pressure on both sides to strike a deal because the window of opportunity, afforded by the election of the moderate Hassan rouhani as Iran’s president in June, was limited. And the clock was ticking on when Iran’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium would reach 250 kilograms, considered enough to make one atom bomb if the fissile material were enriched to weapons-grade 90 percent purity. During a crucial meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that if an agreement was not reached, hardliners would be in the driving seat in Tehran in six months – evidently referring to March elections for the Iranian parliament, a powerful body in the Islamic republic. regular elections to Iran’s parliament and presidency provide an opportunity for voters to shape the regime’s policies. The economic downturn wrought by the US-led sanctions on oil sales, financial transactions, airlines and transportation led the electorate to favor moderate, pragmatic rouhani. In Washington the Geneva Accord enabled Obama to show that the peaceful strategy of economic sanctions had worked, saving the world from the potentially catastrophic consequences of hot war with Iran.

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Above and beyond these practical considerations hung an overarching reassessment of the region by Obama against the background of the three-yearlong turmoil in the Middle East, from Tunisia to Syria. That turbulence has made Iran appear “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world,” to borrow US President Jimmy Carter’s words from 37 years ago, referring to rule under the Shah. Obama had already quietly discontinued the program to subvert the Islamic republic authorized by President George W. Bush after the latter had listed it as one the three members of the “Axis of Evil” in January 2002. Furthermore, Obama and his aides realized that, given the Leviathan power of the Pentagon, it was easy to launch a war in the Greater Middle East but onerous to end it and manage unexpected consequences. Washington’s involvement in hot wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 has engendered widespread war weariness among Americans. The latest reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed support for the Geneva Accord by a 2 to 1 margin, with only 20 percent favoring military action against Iran if the deal fails. “This absolutely speaks to war fatigue where the American appetite for intervention – anywhere – is extremely low,” said Julia Clark of Ipsos, according to a reuters report. Those in the proGeneva Accord column understood that failure to reach a peaceful agreement with the Iranians would lead to military strikes by Israel with or without Pentagon involvement, which would escalate to regional war with calamitous consequences. Earlier, such considerations did not seem to count much with most US opinion-shapers. Burdened with the notion of the self-imposed “global responsibilities” of Washington, they goaded Obama to punish Syria’s President Bashar Assad for deploying chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war in August. Obama then floated the idea of getting congressional approval for military strikes. reflecting popular opinion, a large majority of US lawmakers were unwilling, and their resolve stiffened when the British Parliament gave thumbs down to a similar request by Prime Minister David Cameron. russian President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Assad, then proposed destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, providing Obama the opt-out he needed. In the game that all politicians play, each side stressed that it got the better of the other. Zarif said the threat of US military strikes was gone. Kerry disagreed. Zarif argued that the agreement explicitly recognized Iran’s right to enrich uranium. Kerry differed, though does so implicitly. As a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is entitled to nuclear power. The long-running dispute boils down to how and how much. The Geneva

Accord says that “a comprehensive agreement would involve a mutually defined enrichment program with practical limits and transparency” with the proviso that such an enrichment must be consistent with “the practical needs” of Iran. More specifically, each side had to cover itself against an attack by hardliners at home and in the region. In his nationally televised speech to the students of the Shaheed Beheshti University in December, rouhani said: “Nuclear energy is our absolute right, yes but the right to progress, development, improving people’s livelihood and welfare is also our definite right.” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei welcomed the deal and said the negotiators “deserved to be appreciated and thanked.” Earlier that month, Zarif had finished a four-day whirlwind tour of the capitals of Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to brief them on the accord and allay fears. Zarif also wrote in a Facebook post that he was ready for negotiations with Saudi Arabia whenever riyadh was ready and added that talks would be “beneficial for both countries, the region and the Muslim world.” Earlier, the Saudi cabinet had said, “If there is goodwill, this agreement could represent a preliminary step toward a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear program.” In his speech at the regional security conference in Manama, Bahrain, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reassured his audience from the Gulf monarchies of the Pentagon’s commitment to protect them. He referred to some 35,000 land, sea and air forces in and near the Persian Gulf. He added that the planned $580 million expansion plan for the combined headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet and the US Naval Forces Central Command in

Manama was on track. None of this pacifies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who wants nothing less than total shutdown of Iran’s nuclear program. Both sides stressed that it’s an interim deal for six months during which a comprehensive, permanent accord must be hammered out. However, there is a provision for the extension of this period. Of course, several things could go wrong and derail the accord – if, for instance, Iran “forgot” to declare a secret nuclear facility subsequently discovered by the US Central Intelligence Agency or Israel’s foreign or military intelligence, Mossad or Aman. Unsurprisingly, Netanyahu has charged his intelligence agents to focus on finding Iran’s clandestine uranium enrichment sites, its designs for making a nuclear bomb, and ballistic missiles program. This is one part of his dual-track policy. The other is appointment of a committee of Israeli nuclear experts to work with US counterparts to work out details of a permanent agreement with Iran. Another major sticking point could emerge from the provision in the agreement which requires the signatories and the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern. Controversial activities at the Parchin military site before autumn of 2003 will be examined, which could prove to be the proverbial Pandora’s box.

Another major sticking point could emerge from the provision in the agreement which requires the signatories and the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern. Controversial activities at the Parchin military site before autumn of 2003 will be examined, which could prove to be the proverbial Pandora’s box.

Dilip Hiro is the author of “Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia,” (Yale University Press, New Haven and London). His latest book is “A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East” (Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, Massachusetts, and London) Click here to read an excerpt.

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Defending motherland and constitution It is time for state to stand up, exert its writ, restore rule of law and supremacy of constitution in every nook and corner of Pakistan. The police, army, paramilitary forces and civil bureaucracy whose salaries are paid by national exchequer, funded by tax payer, are there to serve this country, protect lives of citizens and secure our borders from external enemies, be it another country or foreign funded groups, or those who challenge writ of constitution. For more than a decade innocent civilians have been killed and terrorized as if they were cannon fodder, by religious extremist calling themselves Taliban, or sectarian outfits and armed groups or mafias backed by political parties and land or drug mafia, while sitting government and security establishment have looked other way, failing to discharge their constitutional obligations. Some political and defense analysts of this country have been involved in debates that in order to protect state, constitution can be suspended, abrogated or subverted. It is this mindset which is responsible for justifying use of force to subvert constitution, forgetting that no institution raised and funded by state, or an armed private militia, has any moral or legal authority to assume unto themselves a role, which constitution forbids. It is such misplaced

concepts which allowed foreign terrorists to enter this country, in violation of all rules, when no sovereign country would allow unchecked entry or exit of foreign armed groups or mercenaries on their soil. Today we are reaping harvest of follies committed by power greedy self assumed guardians of state, who exploited religion to perpetuate their illegitimate rule. A state that fails to protect lives, property and individual rights of citizens has no right to collect taxes. Hopefully state has awakened from deep slumber, utilize full resources and fire power to crush those who have raised private militias, terrorizing citizens, collecting extortion from them and impose their distorted version of religion through use of force. As it is our soldiers, police and innocent citizens are dying by dozen every day, falling victim to acts of terrorism. MALIK TARIQ Lahore

Terrorists deserve no mercy Finally the Pakistan army has started operation against the terrorists. It is a welcome decision by Nawaz Sharif as he said the other day that extreme decisions will have to be taken. The nation has paid heavy price in the process of reaching such an extreme position. The Taliban had many a time taken


not serious the offer of talks, instead they considered it weakness on government’s part. But enough is enough. There was no letup in the acts of terror by the Taliban, which was taking precious lives of people and the uniformed personnel. In Bannu, the Taliban bombed an army compound and killed at least 20 troops. In their statement, the Taliban said they would be open to talks but only if they thought the government was sincere. He accused Islamabad and army of helping the US to target Mehsud. Islamabad vehemently denied the allegation and accused Washington of sabotaging the nascent peace talks (which actually have not started so far) while, as usually practised, blaming foreign elements instead of facing truth of TTP militants. The recent bloody attack has upheld another scenario that in case there is a stop to drones policy, which has been put as a pre-condition to peace talks, the Taliban will keep taking revenge from civilians and military personnel in the name of their expired fellows regardless targeted last year or years before last year. Here aroused clearly that as long as we have something to give, they will keep coming to get it. Over and over again. One way or another. Hope of putting an end to this has kind of faded away from my mind. The murder of civilians and security personnel at the hands of militant extremists has become a norm in Pakistan by now. So much blood is spilled over the course of a single day across this troubled land, yet, nothing changes. Enough is enough. HINA KHALIDA Rawalpindi


Thursday, 23 January, 2014

Why India and Pakistan have nukes hindu RAJA MENON


ANUFACTURING a nuclear weapon does not, as a senior Indian Minister in 1998 claimed, create credible deterrence. Deterrence is entirely a matter of perceptions, a mental effect that is created on the adversary that nuclear use will entail assured retaliatory holocaust. The possibility of nuclear use is thereby pre-empted. The Indian nuclear doctrine, in that sense, is well articulated — on paper. Since 1998, more than 15 years have passed and in the Indian sub-continent, nuclear arsenals have grown far beyond the small nuclear ambitions that were articulated then. Yet there is an increasing fund of world literature being published, pointing to structural and operational weaknesses in the Indian nuclear arsenal. The question is not whether India has built enough nuclear bombs. Hardly anyone questions this basic fact, but the ideational systems that will ensure the ‘massive’ retaliation promised in the doctrine are being increasingly questioned by scholars and analysts worldwide. Pakistani observers cannot help but be swayed and dangerously influenced by such literature, thereby inducing them to think the unthinkable. What does not help in encouraging sober thinking is the fact that since the end of the Second World War, South Asia has seen the largest number of shooting wars in the world. So the questions of nuclear use will not arise in the quiet peace of neighbourly relations, but in the stress of combat over the Line of Control or the international border.

The 1998 TesT Critics of the credibility of India’s nuclear arsenal begin with their doubts on the success of the thermo-nuclear test of 1998, which they claim was a ‘fizzle.’ There has been much toing-and-froing in technical journals, of the veracity, accuracy and interpretation of seismic readings. There has also been an occasional closed door briefing by select bomb makers — but surprisingly there has not been, to date, a clear unambiguous public statement from the right source about the country’s thermo-nuclear capacity being fielded in India’s nuclear arsenal. This is a matter of some negligence, considering that the only members of the scientific community who have spoken on this issue are deeply sceptical of the success of the thermo-nuclear test. The command and control of nuclear forces are another area of criticism, and not surprisingly so, since India is the only nuclear weapon country without a Chief of Defence Staff to act as the interface between the Prime Minister, the National Command Authority and the military who ‘own’ the weapons — at least most of it. In the guise of safety, India’s nuclear weapons are not only ‘de-mated’ and the core and ignition device separated from the warhead, but the separate components are under different departmental control. The actual reason for this bizarre arrangement is quite obvious. There is a petty turf war, and neither the Department of Atomic Energy nor the DRDO is willing to let go of the controlling part of the bomb, even if it means a cumbersome and unnecessary loss of control. Needless to say, between the military, the DAE and the DRDO, none of them has any hierarchical control over the other two.

Other critics have written to say that having opted for road or rail mobile launching arrangements, India does not have the robust transport, road and rail infrastructure to move the missiles, warheads and cores from safe storage to launch hideouts and dispersal points with confidence and alacrity. These weaknesses have led to critics stating that India’s nuclear capability is disaggregated and with weak institutional features. In the case of China, it is conceded that India feels more threatened by Chinese nuclear delivery than vice-versa. Yet, in the absence of the Agni long-range missiles, it is vaguely surmised that the Indian retaliatory capacity is based on air delivery weapons, which could mean anything — Mirages, Jaguars, Su 30s. The absence of the CDS results in even knowledgeable Indians conjecturing that the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) will completely bypass the military chain of command and operate directly under the PMO. This, of course, raises other more serious problems. In the case of deterrence with Pakistan, it is accepted that the doctrines of the two countries are mismatched. India intends to deter nuclear use by Pakistan while Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are meant to compensate for conventional arms asymmetry. At the same time, Pakistan relies on 20,000 LeT cadres as an extension of its armed forces to create terror strikes, to which the Indian answer is to punish the Pakistani state with conventional war. Thus arises the vague and elastic concept of a nuclear threshold. Yet, the Indian National Command Authority is ill designed to manage the inevitable South Asian transition from conventional war to a possible nuclear exchange — or the

frantic strategic signalling that is bound to occur as the threshold approaches. If, for instance, the threshold was to materialise as a result of an armoured incursion, the Indian NCA by its location, composition and infrastructure would be entirely unaware of the impending catastrophe. Hanging untethered to any commanding authority, civilian or military, would be the Integrated Defence Staff, a well-staffed organisation designed for the civilian-military interface, but currently without a head, nor with any links to the SFC. After much persuasion, there now exists a skeleton nuclear staff under the NSA, normally headed by the retired SFC. But while its Pakistani counterpart, the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), is highly active both on the domestic and international conference circuit, its Indian counterpart seems to be totally tongue tied, non-participatory and holed up at its desk. Foreign critics have noted the introduction of battlefield nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s arsenal and raised doubts of the likelihood of ‘massive’ retaliation in response to a small ‘warning’ shot by Islamabad. This is what the Indian doctrine promises. Life for the leaders of the strategic community would be easy if a doctrine, once written on paper, could be left unchanged for decades without reinforcement, to prove its validity. That unfortunately is not the case in a dynamic field where the stakes are the survival of nations. Even K. Subramanyam had warned that ‘massive’ retaliation was an outmoded concept and difficult to enforce without periodic reinforcement. So this article is inspired not because India is not continuing to arm itself with bombs and missiles. This piece is inspired by the

increasing clamour in international literature that India’s penchant for secrecy is illsuited to conveying the stabilising threat of nuclear deterrence. Against China where our capabilities are undeveloped, a certain amount of ambiguity is sensible, but against a country which is openly wedded to first use, and is introducing battlefield weapons, an untended 10-year-old piece of paper is inadequate. signalling, overdue Something needs to be done to reassure both the domestic and international audience that with high pressure terrorism lurking across the border, it is not just India’s strategic restraint that will keep the peace — as it did after Mumbai and the attack on Parliament. Nuclear signalling from the Indian government is hugely overdue, so much so that it will take some effort to restore stability to South Asian deterrence. The first target should be the Indian strategic community and there are enough discussions and conferences where officers from the SFC and nuclear staff could provide discrete assurances that things are not anarchic with India’s nuclear command and control. The strategic community in turn will carry the message abroad or to foreign observers that in the face of Indian official silence, they need not imagine the worst. The establishment needs to do more than arrogantly refer to the doctrine as being the sole answer to all questions. In deterrence, only perceptions matter and there is a disturbing build-up of literature indicating that the disbelief of others in our nuclear command and control is in urgent need of correction. Raja Menon is a strategic analyst.

Robert Gates’ self-serving and duplicitous memoir CounterpunCh MELVIN A GOODMAN

Robert M Gates’s “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” is self-serving, duplicitous, arrogant, and even venal, but understanding this requires the kind of analysis that the mainstream media too often abhors. The mean-spirited and angry memoir indicates that Gates realized that he had become an outlier in the Obama administration–just as Vice President Dick Cheney had become an outlier in the Bush administration. In Gates’ last year as secretary of defense, President Obama was no longer taking Gates’ recommendations on Afghanistan, Libya, the raid against Osama bin Laden, the insubordination of General Stanley McChrystal, or the timing for ending “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Gates’ greatest anger is with Vice President Joe Biden for trying to coach the president on dealing with the military and for criticizing the ineptitude of the Bush administration on major policy issues. Gates is most resourceful in laundering his own credentials, referring to the fact that he “witnessed” the Iran-Contra disaster in 1986-1987. In fact, he had to withdraw from the confirmation process for director of central intelligence in 1987 because Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee David Boren told him that the committee simply didn’t believe his denials of any prior knowledge of Iran-Contra. Two of my former CIA colleagues, including Gates’ own deputy, Richard Kerr, had briefed him on the sale of missiles to Iran and the diversion of profits to the Contras. The “case officer” for Iran-Contra, Marine Colonel Oliver North, briefed Gates on the Swiss bank accounts where the money for the Contras had been kept. Senator Boren even called Lawrence Walsh, the independent counsel investigating Iran-Contra, to make sure that Gates would not be indicted. Walsh “doubted Gates’ veracity,” but said he would “probably not” be indicted. He warned Boren, however, that there were still troubling areas suggesting Gates had falsely denied knowledge of North’s Contra-support activities. Several years later, Gates was again nominated to be director of central intelligence, but survived a very contentious confirmation process that set a record at the time for the number of votes against confirmation. The opposition to Gates galvanized over his politicization of intelligence

regarding the Soviet Union, Central America, and Southwest Asia. This time around, the nominee, known for his incredible memory, testified 33 times that he had no recollection of facts regarding Iran-Contra. Once again, Gates’s effort to craft his own legacy falls victim to the huge gap between his rhetoric and his actions. Gates claimed to want a debate on defense spending, occasionally referring to wasteful and unnecessary weapons systems, but dodged the issue when appearing before Congress. He consistently lobbied the Congress for modernization of key systems, including nuclear systems, as well as for regional missile defense. Gates takes credit for introducing the idea of a regional missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic to “better defend the United States against Iranian ballistic missiles,” which made no strategic sense whatsoever. According to the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs), moreover, the number of weapons programs increased under Secretary Gates, and nearly all of the so-called savings in the defense budget were shifted to other programs as the defense budget increased in his last two years at the Pentagon. Gates contradicted himself over and over again. He asked the annual Navy

League convention in 2010 why the Navy needed eleven carrier battle groups, garnering headlines in the mainstream media. But he gave an emphatic “no” in congressional testimony on the possibility of eliminating even one carrier group. Gates may have been the first secretary of defense to acknowledge publicly that the United States was spending too much on the military and needed to spend more on diplomacy, but he gave a blunt “no” to the idea of transferring funds from the Defense Department to the State Department. He loved to cite the fact that there were more members of military bands than there were Foreign Service Officers, but he wasn’t willing to do anything about it. Gates disingenuously emphasized that defense spending did not contribute to the deficit and should not be part of any deficit-reduction program. He told the American Enterprise Institute in 2011 that “we’re not going to see a return to Cold War defense budgets.” Months before he announced his retirement, Gates told close colleagues that he was leaving Washington because he couldn’t “imagine being part of a smaller military that would go to fewer places and do fewer things.” The fact is that the United States currently is spending far more on defense than

it did during the worst days of the Cold War. Defense spending climbed from $350 billion to $680 billion during his five-year tenure as secretary of defense. Indeed, a return to Cold War spending would save the United States around $100 billion annually. The venal aspect of the memoir is reflected in the free pass that Gates gives to President George W. Bush and the excessive criticism he aims at President Obama and Vice President Biden. Gates cannot criticize the Bush family because he is a creation of Poppa Bush, who made Gates the director of central intelligence in 1991 and the director of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M in 1999, which led directly to Gates becoming president of the university in 2002. Bush Junior, of course, made Gates the secretary of defense in 2006. Gates does not even criticize the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, which is the most important factor in the acceleration of sectarian conflict throughout the region and the formation of a Shia alliance between Iran and Iraq that harms U.S. national security. In this way, Gates is able to apply whitewash to the legacy of George W. Bush as well as to himself. There is meanness in the gratuitous criticism of Vice President Biden, who voted against his confirmation as CIA director in 1991 and told President Obama that he was getting the “bum’s rush from the military” on Afghanistan. He labeled Biden “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” In fact, Gates and Biden were together on many issues, including U.S. policy in the wake of the Arab Spring and the Osama bin Laden raid. Gates even concludes his memoir with the view that “on issue after issue… the president, the vice president…and I were usually on the same page.” As is often the case with Gates, it is not easy to distinguish which version of his contradictory statements he actually believes. More significantly, it is Gates who has been wrong about so many intelligence and policy issues, including all of the central policy and intelligence issues of the 1980s dealing with Soviet-American relations and Mikhail Gorbachev. Gates’ greatest failure as secretary of defense was not mitigating the dangerous suspicion between the Obama White House and the Pentagon. Time and again, the Pentagon’s senior leaders, particularly Admiral Mike Mullen and Generals David Petraeus

and Stanley McChrystal, made public comments or leaked controversial statements that were designed to force greater military deployments to Afghanistan, when it was clear that the president was wisely looking for a way out. Gates’ unwillingness to accept that policy toward Afghanistan had changed in the White House led him to lead his own campaign to “win” a war that simply isn’t winnable. As a result of his frustration over Afghan decision-making, Gates makes the ugly assertion that President Obama does not have his heart in the Afghan war, which can only have a devastating impact on the troops to whom Gates has dedicated his book. Similarly, his charge that the president “can’t stand” Afghan President Hamid Karzai adds one more irritant to the conclusion of a status-of-forces agreement with Kabul. Gates’ defiance of the president included dragging his heels on ending the cynical policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and allowing senior general officers to campaign publicly for a significant expansion of U.S. forces long before any decision was actually made. In instructing one of his senior generals to tell a senior member of the National Security Council to “go to hell,” Gates was demeaning the Obama White House. There is no more important task in political governance than making sure that civilian control of the military is not compromised and the military remains subordinate to political authority. Unfortunately, President Obama initially demonstrated too much deference to the military, even retaining the Bush administration’s secretary of defense as his own, and appointing too many general officers to key civilian positions such as national security adviser and intelligence tsar. Gates’ memoir is a slap in the face of his former commander in chief. It also reflects a notable ignorance of the dangerous imbalance in civilian-military influence that is more threatening to the interests of the United States over the long-term than developments in a strategic backwater like Afghanistan. Melvin A Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the recently published National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (City Lights Publishers and a former CIA analyst and a professor of international relations at the National War College.


Thursday, 23 January, 2014

Heavy losses pressing govt to privatise PSEs: Dar ISLAMABAD



INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar has said the government is committed to the process of disinvestment of heavy losses making the Public Sector Entities (PSEs) which would be carried out transparently and in an efficient manner in the national interest.

He made these observations during a briefing on the progress made so far by the Privatisation Commission at the Finance Ministry on Wednesday. The minister said that the disinvestment of PSEs would be carried out preferably through strategic partnership and directed the commission to develop a strategy to balance the competing objectives of maximizing benefits to the country while ensuring the protection of rights of employees of PSEs.

Dar said that at present national and international capital markets are buoyant and the country must benefit from the present confidence of the investors in present government. During the meeting, the commission briefed the minister about the decisions taken by the commission recently. Privatisation Commission Chairman Zubair Umar assured the minister that all formalities would be adhered to and transparency would be its hallmark.

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar in a meeting to review the progress on privatisation. INP

Stocks end lower; rupee strengthens KARACHI: Pakistan’s main stock exchange closed lower on Wednesday with the benchmark 100-share index of the Karachi Stock Exchange falling 0.33 per cent, or 89.58 points, to 27,015.12. Led by some institutional profit-taking in index heavy-weights like Pakistan State Oil, Muslim Commercial Bank and others, the index lost 90 points. However, investor interest was seen in DG Khan Cement Co Ltd, Engro Corporation Ltd and Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd, among others, dealer Asad Siddiqui at Topline Securities said. Oil and Gas Development Co Ltd fell 2.4 per cent to 278.20 rupees and Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd was up 3.1 per cent to 30.30 rupees. The rupee ended at 105.39/105.45 against the dollar compared to Tuesday’s close of 105.45/105.49. Overnight rates in the money market rose to 10.00 per cent from Tuesday’s close of 9.50 per cent. STAFF REPORT

govt to improve ease of doing business BoL chairman says funds Being provided to oiL and gas expLoration companies to tap indigenous resources at higher pace ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The government is working to improve the country’s standing on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index from the current 110th position within next two years, Board of Investment (BoL) chairman Dr Miftah Ismail has said. He said that efforts are afoot to pull up investment-to-GDP ratio from the current 12-12.5 per cent to 20pc with initial thrust towards attracting more local investment. Despite adverse factors, return on foreign investment is higher at 17pc in Pakistan, he said, adding that the government would revamp systems and legal structures to improve ease of doing business. He said investment has started trickling down in the power sector but for every dollar invested job opportunities are limited. Ismail said the government is focused in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because of higher employment effect. “The SMEs also bring in intermediary technology which is easier to adapt to for semi-skilled workforce of the country.”

The BoI chairman said that in 1990s Pakistan had 20pc investment-to-GDP ratio, therefore, it is achievable if local investor is mobilised. He informed that against 17pc return on dollar investment in Pakistan a good hedge fund in US earns 5-8pc with difficulty. Pakistan’s stock market had been giving 25pc rate of return in dollar term for the last ten years, he added. “The government has taken measures to attract investment and is setting up special economic zones in all the provinces. All equipment needed to develop these zones, and plants and machinery imported by the industries working there will be duty free,” he added. In order to meet the energy crisis the government is working on many fronts. LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal at Port Qasim is coming up on fast track. Since the country needs around 6000mmcfd there is a shortfall of around 2000mmcfd for which the government has decided to allow more private sector companies to participate in LNG trade, he maintained. Similarly, he said, more funds are being provided to oil and gas exploration companies so that indigenous resources could also be tapped at higher pace to meet growing demand of gas and power. He further explained that the government is keen to explore domestic resources of gas because they are much cheaper than imported. Imported gas costs at around $15 per mmcfd as against $5-6 per mmcfd indigenous gas. It has been decided that gas explored with low BTU (British Thermal Unit) and that which could not be put into the system will be used by nearby power plants.

Deficit widens to $1.58b in first half, SBP data shows economist says current account surpLus in decemBer is positive deveLopment for foreign exchange markets KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Pakistan’s current account deficit widened to $1.58 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2014 as opposed to a deficit of $83 million in the corresponding period of fiscal 2013, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). However, December witnessed a current account surplus of $285 million. This was in contrast to a deficit of $572 million in November. Standard Chartered Bank Senior Economist

Sayem Ali said the current account surplus in December is a positive development for the foreign exchange markets. He added that the improvement has helped bring stability to the rupee-dollar exchange rate in recent weeks. “Tighter monetary policy and sharp depreciation of the rupee has led to a current account surplus (in December),” Ali noted, adding the current account surplus was primarily led by higher exports and remittances from overseas workers last months. Pakistan exported goods worth $2.3 billion in December as opposed to exports totalling $1.8 billion in the preceding month, reflecting a month-on-month increase of 27.8 percent. For the July-December period, however, exports increased to $12.5 billion, up 3.2 percent compared to the corresponding sixmonth period in fiscal 2013. Similarly, workers’ remittances increased to $1.3 billion in December from $1.1 billion in November, which shows a monthly rise of 22.6percent. Workers’ remittances in July-December increased to $7.8 billion, registering an increase of 9.4 percent over the corresponding

six-month period in the preceding fiscal year. “Lower interest payments also supported a lower current account deficit (in July-December),” he observed. The current account deficit in the last quarter (October-December) was $383 million as opposed to a deficit of $522 million in the corresponding three-months of fiscal 2013. Ali also expressed concerns over the Balance of Payment (BoP) outlook due to weak foreign exchange reserves held by the SBP, which stood at $3.4 billion on January 10. The reserves cover only one month of exports. They have decreased over 37 percent since the beginning of the current fiscal year due to loan repayments. The SBP forecasts that the country will have a current account deficit of $4 billion – or 1.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) − in the current fiscal year as opposed to $2.5 billion (1 percent of GDP) recorded in the preceding fiscal year. “This indicates that the rupee will remain under pressure in 2014 on a wider current account deficit and weak foreign investment inflows,” Ali said.

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CORPORATE CORNER Ufone & British Council Partner to provide a scholarship programme LAHORE: Ufone, an Etisalat Group company, has partnered with British Council for a scholarship programme with prizes worth Rs 5 Million; Rs.1 million each will be given to five lucky winners. Any student who has taken the IELTS through British Council and aims to take admission in a university is eligible for participation. All they need to do is to SMS their registration code through their Ufone number to 3242 and will be given a quiz. The quiz will comprise 10 questions and the top 10 scorers will be given topics which they will work on and then present to British Council. One winner will receive Rs.1 million for each cycle and this process will repeat five times for different test dates. Sobia Nadir, Senior Manager Segments at Ufone said, “We, at Ufone look to benefit the youth and this initiative is a prime example of this. It is also an honor for us that British Council has decided to choose Ufone for their very first Telecom partnership to provide scholarships to the youth of the country. We hope to see a large number of participants trying out their skills for this scholarship.” PRESS RELEASE

Mobilink introduces SMS Alerts for international roaming data usage LAHORE: Mobilink has introduced SMS alerts for its international roaming (IR) customers as a means to enhance Mobilink customers’ experience worldwide. The service will provide Mobilink IR customers with their Data usage details every four hours keeping them aware of their usage and managing their budget accordingly. Farid Ahmad, Vice President Marketing Mobilink said, “Mobilink is the operator of choice for the premium customers of Pakistan for the last two decades due to products and services that add value to their daily business and personal communication needs. Our SMS Alert is aimed at creating a better customer experience for our customers that frequently to other countries.” The SMS Alert service empowers frequent users of international roaming data services by giving them the option to monitor their IR Data usage via text alerts. Users can choose to temporarily unsubscribe. PRESS RELEASE

LAHORE: Wateen Telecom CEO Naeem Zamindar along with members of Wateen’s management hosted a lunch for journalists for briefing them about the future of data enabled services. PR


Thursday, 23 January, 2014





You easily resist the urge to go your own way or ignore those in need -- but you may find that your own needs start to become harder to ignore by the end of the day. There's nothing wrong with that!

If you want to re-commit yourself to eating right or exercising regularly (and that's a great idea), you should find a buddy. It's always easier to keep it up when someone else is watching out for you.

You're having tons of fun and finding new ways to enjoy yourself -- so make sure that you're spreading that good energy around! It doesn't diminish your own good time, and sets you up for good karma.




It's time to become more active -- things are pretty tough for you, but that doesn't mean that you can't find a few new ways to have fun or to get past this current batch of problems.

You can't quite take care of all your needs today, so reach out to the one person you know who can. Things are looking up, but you have to get past this weird patch before you can really take off!

It's far too easy to sweat the small stuff today -- so try to get some perspective. The little details that aren't lining up don't matter all that much in the long run, so do what you can to accept imperfection.




Get out in the world and soak up some artistic or natural beauty. You need inspiration, but fortunately it's easy enough to come by. Just a quick walk down the street could fill you up!

You should be finding a certain work or personal situation easing up today -- so much so that it makes you suspicious! It's legit, though, so try to just let it happen and move on to the next big thing.

The best thing you can do today is speak out -- your energy is strong, but you're more likely to win support by explaining than by pressuring. Keep the peace and all should go well for you.







You need to expose yourself to some culture today -- otherwise, things are sure to get weird. Your energy has been too focused on work or other serious business, and that has to change.

Your big brain is always a potent force of nature -- and today, it's firing off great ideas at a rapid clip! You can also dive deep into an issue that has been bothering you quite a bit lately.

Forgive and forget! It's time for you to let someone off the hook, possibly for a debt but maybe for something much more intense. Your energy is perfect for letting go and moving on.



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sudoku solution

2 insincerely charming (8) 3 dosh — a bloomer, perhaps? (5) 4 stop (7) 5 plucking sound (5) 6 wednesday? (7) 7 lear (anag) (4) 11 brief (8) 13 largest balearic island (7) 14 unprofessional (7) 16 music for nine instruments or voices (5) 17 expanse of grass (5) 18 farm outbuilding (4)


Thursday, 23 January, 2014



e know what you’re going to say. “Now you’re taking away my gum, too?!” After all, chewing gum seems like such a harmless, even smart—habit. You want something sweet? Pop a stick of gum for less than 5 calories. Stressed? Chew a couple sticks of gum. Feeling hungry? Chomp some gum while you think about your options. What’s not to like? Chewing gum before a meal is often recommended as a way to reduce hunger and eat less. But a recent study published in the journal eating Behaviours debunks this belief. The study showed gum chewing not only had no effect on calories consumed, but chewing mint-flavoured gum reduced the intake of healthy food (fruit) and increased the likelihood of eating junk food such as potato chips and candy. Researchers believe the minty flavour of the gum gave fruits and vegetables a bitter flavour. Try sipping a cup of green tea before a meal to curb your appetite instead, which can even help you lose weight.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU REACH FOR THAT NEXT STICK… It can trigger TMJ Chewing gum can lead to symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which includes jaw pain

Why the Pentagon Just saved BlackBerry BlackBerry has been on the ropes for years, struggling against younger, hipper phones like the Android and iPhone. In a huge bit of luck, the Department of Defence just threw the company a lifeline. Late last week, the Pentagon announced it would purchase 800,000 BlackBerry smartphones that will be the primary device supported on a new military network as part of a mobility push. That sent the Waterloo, Ontario company’s stock soaring on the Toronto stock exchange. Although unpopular with soldiers, Pentagon officials have said that BlackBerry phones have the security needed to transmit sensitive data. The purchase is part of a larger push to secure data in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks. Right now, the Pentagon is in the middle of a $5 billion plan to safeguard classified materials in an effort to prevent potential leakers from easily making off with data. COURTESY THE FISCAL TIMES

cat saves life of oWner Who suffered stroke When Erna Pratt, a resident in Missouri USA returned home from the hospital last month after being treated for a stroke, one of the first things she did was thank her cat, Trigger. Pratt says she was in her kitchen making toast on Nov. 20 when she began suffering stroke symptoms. She tried calling to her adult daughter, Mary, who was asleep in her room, but she couldn’t make her voice loud enough. So, she turned to her 13-year-old cat, who was meowing nearby, and said, “Mom needs help. Can you go wake Mary up?’” Trigger did as she was asked, meowing loudly as she ran down the hall. Thanks to Trigger, Pratt’s daughter called 911 and Pratt arrived at the hospital in enough time to be treated with a drug that can dissolve blot clots, dampening the effects of the massive stroke. “She literally saved my life,” Pratt, 75, said of her hero cat. COURTESY YAHOO!

associated with the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Ouch. “Overuse of any muscle and joint can lead to pain and problems,” says Don Atkins, DDS, a dentist in Long Beach, California. Many people end up with contracted muscles of the jaw, head, and neck, which can lead to headaches, earaches, or toothaches over time. eat an apple instead, which satisfies the urge to chew and reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease at the same time.

YOU COULD DEVELOP GI PROBLEMS Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a GI disorder characterised by abdominal pain, cramping, and changes in bowel habits. “Chewing gum can contribute to IBS, as excess air can be swallowed, which contributes to abdominal pain and bloating,” says Patrick Takahashi, MD, chief of gastroenterology at St. Vincent Medical Centre, Los Angeles, California. In addition to swallowing air, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol can cause diarrhoea in otherwise healthy people. YOu’LL ROT YOuR TeeTh In an effort to avoid the laxative effect of artificially sweetened gum, switching to sugar-sweetened gum may sound logical, but it’s fraught with its own issues. “Sugar-sweetened gum bathes the teeth in sugar and is a source of tooth decay,” says Dr Atkins.

YOU’RE CHEWING A SHEEP BY-PRODUCT Lanolin, an ingredient found in skincare products, keeps chewing gum soft. It doesn’t sound too bad until you find out it’s a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep. Known as “wool fat,” lanolin is harvested by squeezing the sheep’s harvested wool between rollers. “In the amounts utilised in chewing gum, it hardly poses a threat to one’s health, although the thought of digesting it may be a bit unsavoury,” says Dr. Takahashi.

YOU’RE RELEASING MERCURY INTO YOUR SYSTEM Silver fillings known as amalgam dental fillings consist of a combination of mercury, silver, and tin. And research shows that chewing gum can release the mercury from the fillings into your system. The problem? high levels of mercury can cause neurological issues as well as chronic illnesses and mental disorders. Fortunately, the small amount released through dental fillings isn’t likely to harm you, says Dr. Takahashi, as it typically passes easily through your intestinal tract. That said, do you really want metal in your body? COURTESY YAHOO! SHINE

A smartphone app that could saves lives Everybody is taking selfies these days. President Obama, Darth Vader, and of course Miley. But a new smartphone accessory and app developed by Cornell University’s David Erickson can take a “cholesterol selfie.” Using a reader that looks much like common credit card readers used with smartphones, the smartCARD (Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics) can be utilised to read a person’s cholesterol levels. The smartCARD can receive a sample of the user’s blood, sweat, or saliva and then feed it to a reservoir located over the camera. Using the diffused light from the camera’s flash, the device takes a “cholesterol selfie”. At that point, the app kicks in and examines the colorimetric scale of the sample. App users will then get a report on their overall cholesterol levels. Cholesterol tests are normally performed at the doctor’s office or in the hospital because it is such a nuanced science. Cholesterol alone cannot tell a person whether or not their health is where it needs to be.

“When you come in for a visit, I want to screen you not just for cholesterol but for sugar, vitamins, this and that,” Sri Krishna Madan Mohan, a cardiologist at the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Ohio says. “It would be useful if this de-

vice were able to track four of these things at once.” Erickson and his team are also still working out the kinks of the app. The intent is to be able to distinguish between good and bad cholesterol. The good cholesterol in

GALAXY S5 TO FEATURE FINGERPRINT AND BETTER AIR GESTURES New reports detail potential features for Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. The device is said to pack fingerprint-reading technology instead of a rumoured iris scanner, but to also offer better “Air gestures” features than its predecessor. A Korean daily has learned that the Galaxy S5 may indeed include a fingerprint reader, which could be placed under the screen, allowing the user to press anywhere on the display to initiate fingerprint-based actions. An unnamed source familiar with the matter said that an iris scanner would not be intuitive and user-friendly, as such a feature may not be convenient to use in many instances such as movie theatres, in bed or

while driving. When it comes to software features, another source says that the Galaxy S5 will offer better hover technology than its predecessor, and therefore better Air Gestures support. The Galaxy S4 has various Air Gestures in place, which allow the user to control the handset without touching the display. These include turning on the screen while the display is in standby (Quick glance), scrolling through web pages (Air jump), moving to the next or previous item (Air browse), moving icons on the display (Air Move) and accepting calls by moving the hand over a sensor (Air call-accept). NEWS DESK


your body (hdl) helps prevent build up and blockages. If they can help the cholesterol selfie app distinguish the different types of cholesterol, then they may have truly developed something life saving. So why not just go to the doctor? Erickson says that the new technology could lower costs for consumers. “One of the challenges with deploying home diagnostics is that the cost of the machine to read the test strips can be expensive, difficult to use, and unfamiliar,” said Erickson. “What’s been transformative in the last few years is that now everybody is carrying around this incredibly powerful computer that they use all the time, are very familiar with, and have already paid for. By building simple systems that can use the features of the smartphone people are already carrying significantly lowers the cost to entry.” Erickson believes that the future of health monitoring will be related to smart phone technology. Cholesterol selfies are just the beginning. ONLINE

Thursday, 23 January, 2014



PAkiStAn’S 1St ever celebrity cAlendAr unveiled LAHORE



ux unveiled the first ever celebrity calendar of Pakistan amidst some of the biggest celebrities of Pakistan at the Lahore Grande, with a lavish and star-studded launch. The calendar, which is the first ever celebrity calendar of Pakistan, was eagerly being awaited since a while now and when it was finally unveiled at the event, it proved to be a visual treat for guests who fervently praised the imagery featured in it. People from all fields came and added colour to the event. Emmad Irfani, who has previously also been seen in Lux TV commercials, has been featured in the calendar along with supermodel Rabia Butt, both placed in a modern city setting. Actors Mehwish Hyatt and Fahad Mustafa on the

other hand, are seen placed in a more romantic setting. What is common in both settings however, is the touch of class and sophistication, which has been captured in a truly beautiful manner by ace photographers Guddu and Shaani. Renowned fashion designer Kamiar Rokni designed clothes exclusively for this shoot and they were truly a class apart from the usual designer wear. Pictures featured in the calendar, were also displayed in the form of an art gallery at the event. There was an exclusive live photo booth where pictures were taken of all guests and then developed and framed to be gifted to them, serving as a souvenir to remind them of the glamorous night they attended. Management of the event was handled by J&S, which made sure that it would be a night to remember, right

JiAh khAn deAth: Police SAy no evidence of murder, mother to move high court A week after Mumbai police charge sheeted actor Suraj Pancholi for allegedly abetting suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan, her mother is set to move the Bombay High Court seeking direction to police to consider the material given by her which indicated she was murdered. Rabiya Khan, mother of the BritishAmerican actor who was found dead at her Juhu home on June 3 last year, said police had not considered the material provided by her despite specific instructions from the High Court. Police had last week filed a 447page charge sheet in an Andheri court accusing Suraj of abettingJiah’s suicide on the basis of evidence gathered during the investigation, which did not indicate it was a case of murder. “There was no evidence to show that Jiah was killed. We have gone into the material given by her mother but have not found any evidence to support the theory that it was a case of murder,” a top police officer told media. Rabiya, however, is not convinced with the findings of the probe and would seek the help of the High Court to get the police to investigate the matter afresh from the angle of murder. “They (police) have not done a thorough probe. They have not properly probed the murder angle despite the high court’s direction,” she said. COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA

emrAAn hAShmi cAllS ASh ‘PlAStic’ on koffee With kArAn Mahesh Bhatt’s outspoken ways seem to have rubbed off on his usually reserved nephew Emraan Hashmi. The duo took on actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Imran Khan and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Karan Johar’s talk show and their take on the four were brutally candid. While Bhatt labelled Bhansali an “overrated filmmaker”, Emraan went on to say that Aishwarya Rai is “plastic”, Aamir is “boring” and then used the “overrated” adjective for Imran. When contacted, Bhatt retorted, “Does this nation have no sense of humour? Or is the nation awed by their non-existent greatness? Koffee with Karan is a lighthearted show on which you are asked frivolous questions which you are expected to answer honestly. People have an opinion about Emraan and me, ditto for us. But this is all in context of the show.” Mahesh added that he did not spare himself too. “When I was which director’s career should be put in the graveyard, I answered ‘Mahesh Bhatt’, since that’s where it had gone 15 years ago. I may have shown irreverence to some people but I have also demolished myself,” explained Bhatt. ONLINE

At 71, big b Still enJoyS dAncing Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says at 71 he finds dancing “incongruous”, but nevertheless, he enjoys it only if the retakes are within “tolerable limits”. Amitabh was last seen on the silver screen in Satyagraha and is currently shooting for his upcoming film Bhootnath Returns, a sequel to the 2008 horror comedy film Bhootnath. “It’s been a while, since I shook my body to dance on camera. Now at 71, it does seem incongruous. But truth be told, it’s exceedingly enjoyable, so long as the number of takes are within tolerable limits,” Big B posted on his blog ONLINE

down from the décor to the food. The ambience was created by inspiration taken from the calendar photo shoot itself and thus had a very baroque romantic feel to it. The live orchestra also added a unique touch. After guests had viewed the photo gallery, Lux officials, along with Kamiar Rokni, Emmad Irfani, Mehwish Hyatt and Lux Brand Manager Enshè Ahmed Manto, addressed the audience. Speaking to media specifically, Enshè said, “The basic point of the calendar is to add a touch of glamour to life. For this calendar, we used stars from both the TV and fashion industries, as we believe these are two of the biggest industries, which cannot be ignored. The fragrance value of Lux has been visualised through these pictures. The pictures show the Lux world where a

woman looks beautiful and stands out in even the most ordinary setting.” Hyatt then specially mentioned Guddu Shani who she felt had done a brilliant job in capturing the essence of the theme. Irfani, expressed his gratefulness to Lux for choosing to work with him the second time around. “Being featured in a Lux campaign for the second time, I can officially call myself the Lux boy. Working for Lux means that you are one of the most prominent faces in Pakistan.” Some of the celebrities spotted at the event included HSY, Khawar Riaz, Emmad Irfani, Kamiar Rokni, Fahad Hussayn, Yousaf Salahuddin, Babloo, Kuki, Amanat Ali, Nooray Bhatty, Mohsin Ali, xile Huma, Natasha Saigol and Goher Mumtaz. Amanat Ali, who was styled by Kuki stole some of the limelight.

Unlikely friendship explores humanity in film ‘Camp X-Ray’ starring Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Bay may be a hot button topic in the political field, but new film “Camp xRay” provides an intimate look at the lives of the military and the detainees, and actress Kristen Stewart explores an unconventional friendship in her latest role. In “Camp xRay,” which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival and is a contender in the festival’s u.S. drama competition, Kristen Stewart plays young military officer Amy Cole on the suicide watch team at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The u.S. prison is located in Cuba and has been condemned internationally for holding enemy combatants for years without trial. The role was a new direction for Stewart, 23, who is best known for being the lead in the teen vampire “Twilight” film franchise, but has been taking riskier choices, such as 2012’s “On the Road,” to break out of the “Twilight” spotlight. The actress said that while “people are a little bit afraid of doing movies about current issues,” writer-director Peter Sattler had created a character in Cole that reflected most young women today. “It’s a story about a girl who is really simple and really relatable, and just like probably most

girls across the entire country. She’s a really normal, simple-minded girl from Florida who wants to do the right thing and ultimately doesn’t feel like she is,” Stewart told a foreign news agency. While observing detainees every three minutes to make sure no one has harmed themselves, Cole bonds with detainee 417, otherwise known as Ali (played by Payman Maadi), who constantly asks for the final installment of the Harry Potter novels. The seemingly simple request generates laughs on the surface, but deeper down, unearths Ali’s own desperate search for how both Harry Potter and his own story will end. “When you involve people from very different backgrounds and differences of opinions, there’s something there that never goes away but you’re both human, even though you may be in a position where you’re pitted against each other,” Stewart said. AGENCIES

A year after his death, film explores Aaron Swartz’s online activism

Alia Bhatt will be a very big star, predicts Parineeti Chopra Who says two actresses don’t praise each other? Bollywood’s current favourite Parineeti Chopra is not only friends with her contemporary Alia Bhatt, but also feels that Alia has the potential to achieve the “big star” status. Earlier, Alia was heard praising Parineeti in an episode of Karan Johar’s chat show “Koffee With Karan Season 4”. She said Parineeti’s skills make her insecure in her skin and she sees competition in her. “Alia and I are good friends. In fact, she always tells me these things. So when she said this on the show, I felt good that she praised me. I even gave her a call and told her that she doesn’t need to feel insecure because I feel Alia will be a very big star,” Parineeti said in an interview here. “If I would not have been an actress, then as an audience I would have been an Alia Bhatt fan. But as an actress, I know she is very crafty, very good looking and has a great screen presence,” said the 25-year-old who made her debut in 2011 with “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”. NEWS DESK

PAUL WALKER’S BROTHER CODY CARRIES HIS LEGACY Since Paul Walker’s death, word has circulated around Hollywood about his younger brother Cody possibly taking his place by shooting the last half of the next Fast & Furiousinstallment. While we don’t know if Cody has officially signed up to take his older brother’s place in the action packed franchise, we do know that Cody has decided to carry on Paul’s legacy by assuming the role of brand manager at Paul’s charity Reach Out WorldWide. Cody Walker took to Instagram and Facebook on to announce his plans going forth with Reach Out WorldWide, and included a photo


of the three Walker brothers. The youngest Walker brother wrote via his handle @codywalkerroww: “It is with great honour that I have decided to join the ROWW team as Brand Manager. I look forward to working with like-minded individuals and partners to ensure ROWW continues to aid those in need in the years to come. As Paul would say ‘when you put good will out there, it’s amazing what can be accomplished.’ We can all make a difference in this world and I am honoured to join the ROWW team in fulfilling my brother’s legacy and ensure that the good my brother did lives on.” ONLINE

A year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, a new documentary brings to light the young computer prodigy’s earnest battle to bring online freedom of access to information for everyone. “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday and director Brian Knappenberger was joined by Swartz’s father Robert and two brothers, Noah and Ben, all of whom received a standing ovation. “It’s unbelievably hard for us, but Aaron is dead, there’s nothing we can do about that,” Swartz’s father told the audience, saying he hoped the film would raise awareness of Aaron’s activism and encourage others to fight on his behalf. AGENCIES


Thursday, 23 January, 2014



IRENDER Sehwag, who has been out of the Indian team since early 2013, has said he still has hopes of making a comeback into the national side. Sehwag’s last Test for India was against Australia in March 2013, while he last played an ODI in January 2013 against Pakistan. Sehwag’s recent form has also been poor. In 10 first-class matches this season, Sehwag scored 279 runs at an average of 19.92 with one fifty. The numbers include his Ranji Trophy performances for Delhi - 234 runs in seven matches at 19.50. “I am still practising [the big shots],” Sehwag told NDTV. “Everybody wants to play for India and the youngsters are playing well. They are good players and they are scoring runs but I am trying hard, I am working hard on my skills and cricket. Hopefully I will get one more chance before I retire. “From my point of view, yes, they are playing well and doing


Emotional Dimitrov vows to come back stronger

Silva a solid Test opening option for Sri Lanka: Ford SPORTS DESK

SPORTS DESK An emotional Grigor Dimitrov vowed to come back stronger after failing to capitalise on his chances in a quarter-final defeat by top seed Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The Bulgarian held three set points in the third that would have given him a two-sets-toone lead, but he could not convert them as the Spanish world number one prevailed 3-6 7-6 (3) 7-6 (7) 6-2. “Of course I shed a few tears, but it should hurt,” the 22year-old told reporters. “It should hurt, and it does hurt. I can take a lot of things (out of his performance) but at the moment I’m just a bit all over the place. “I’m deeply disappointed. I’m not going to lie. But I have to take the positives and the negatives out of the match and just kind of move on.” In his first grand slam quarter-final, Dimitrov, who has been tipped for the top ever since he won junior Wimbledon in 2008, took the attack to the world number one and was rewarded with the first set. His flowing one-handed backhand held up well to the onslaught from the Nadal forehand but when the Spaniard levelled and then led by a break in the third set, it looked as if his chance had gone. But three doublefaults let Dimitrov back in to level at 4-4 and the Bulgarian looked like grabbing the set. But after shanking a return on his first set point at 6-5, Dimitrov pulled a forehand wide on the second one after a fine serve had given him the chance to close it out. “It hurts,” he said, again holding back tears. “I’m happy that I took the decision. Once you take decision, never look back. Same thing in life. You make mistakes, it’s in the past. “It’s just a tough shot. It’s a tough choice. I’m sure I could have done something different. But in a match, everything comes down to a split second, whether it’s in or out.” Dimitrov said he was looking forward to getting back on court sooner rather than later. “Coming to that first quarter-final for me was big, but I had expectations for myself, not to just go out there and play,” he said. “That, to me, is the biggest disappointment, the negative part of it. “But I want to get to that position again, quarters, semis, final, whatever it is, any big tournament. That’s my goal. That’s why I’m actually excited to get on court in the upcoming weeks.”

well, so all the best to them. What I can do is I can train hard. I can go out there and play first-class matches and play club-level tournaments and try to score runs. That I can control, but I can’t control other things like selection.” The batsman also hoped Delhi Daredevils, his IPL franchise over the previous six years, would buy him back in the forthcoming auction. Daredevils did not retain any of its players before the auction, the only franchise to do so, and will go into the auction with a full purse of Rs 600 million (approx US$9.6 million) and three right-to-match cards. “I am going to the auction in the IPL and anybody can buy me. If somebody will buy me and Gautam [Gambhir] is there, or some other international cricketer is there, I’ll get a chance to play along with them,” Sehwag said. “It’s a good opportunity for the franchises, they have the option of buying big players and we are available. I am hoping the same team will buy me. Let’s see what happens in the auction.”

Outgoing Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has expressed optimism about Sri Lanka’s future, after several key players contributed heavily in the Test series against Pakistan. Ford reserved highest praise for Kaushal Silva, who assumed the opening position Tillakaratne Dilshan left vacant, and also lauded the progress of the fast bowlers, who had been instrumental to the Test victory in Dubai. Silva has been a middle-order batsman in domestic cricket, but hit 307 runs at 51.16 in his first series as Test opener. He had hit 27 first-class hundreds before being granted an extended run in the side. “I am surprised that Silva hasn’t opened more because his natural makeup is that of an opener,” Ford said. “Everything he does, he just looks like a good Test match opener. I wasn’t sure of his mental strength, but coming on tour, I really got to know him a little bit. He showed that he is very tough mentally, which is fantastic, and he’s got a great technique for countering attacking bowling which is what you need in Test match cricket. With Dilshan retiring, it’s fantastic that Sri Lanka had such an able replacement waiting in the wings.” Sri Lanka’s fast bowling has perhaps been the most encouraging outcome of the series, as the three frontliners shared 29 wickets between them at an average of 29.72, on pitches that were largely unhelpful after the first four sessions. Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal also both bowled 130.3 overs each in the series - a remarkable achievement, considering Lakmal’s history of injury in particular. “The fast bowling is something the medical team has paid a lot of attention to, together with the fast bowling coaches. They’ve really tried to build up their work base and their strength, so that

they are able to bowl much longer spells at full intensity and come back later and bowl with good pace. That’s really pleasing to see, how they have come on. “As I mentioned earlier on in the tour, it has been a disappointment that they missed out on so much Test cricket in the past year. They would probably have been further down the line if they had played a bit more. The [upcoming] series in England would be a fantastic challenge and these young bowlers are really starting to show what it takes to perform on a tour like that.” Ford had come aboard with Sri Lanka at a time of upheaval, in which both the previous coach and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan were sacked. He suggested the team found direction during his two years in charge, and had also drawn good results from a diverse group of cricketers. “When I first took over it was tough times obviously - the coach changed quite suddenly, the captain had changed. We went to Aus-

tralia for an ODI triangular against very tough opposition and we lost the first few games. At that stage it was quite hard to really understand just where we were going but very quickly the character and fight of the group and the players within the group started to show and as soon as you see that determination and that character, you know you’ve got something to work with. “Together with some amazingly talented players it was very exciting. It has been a gradual process of the talent and the attitude of the group being slowly developed. The professionalism within the group, the communication, the work ethics, the understanding of taking on responsibility has all developed nicely. That’s why I feel there are some exciting things around the corner.” “Some of the player management was important. Working with individuals and understanding what makes them tick, looking after them in such a way that you can get the best out of them. That was one of my main focuses. Sometimes people might not necessarily agree, but we do have players in various stages of their career and have slightly different requirements in terms of their preparations. That was something, together with Mahela Jayawardene, brought in pretty early in my time and seems to have worked quite well with the guys just making sure that each and every one of them prepares in the way they are best suited to.” Ford departs for a three-year term with Surrey, which he begins in February. He cited family reasons in his decision not to renew a second term with Sri Lanka, despite the board’s request that he stay. “One of the main reasons I’m going to coach county cricket is that it is a seasonal thing, in terms of being able to organise my life with my family. It’s a lot easier than the hustle and bustle of international cricket; the schedules that are in place at the moment - you just don’t have any time at all.”

Edwards rEsponds to ‘Big thrEE’ criticism SPORTS DESK Wally Edwards, the Cricket Australia chairman and a key figure in the drafting of a proposal to centralise power in world cricket with India and England, has broken his usual silence to defend the plan in the face of heavy criticism from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). Through FICA’s chairman Paul Marsh, the world’s cricketers have voiced their strong opposition to the proposed revamp of the ICC’s structure, declaring that it would only serve to strengthen India, England and Australia while weakening the rest. Commonly preferring to work the back channels of cricket administration before speaking publicly, Edwards said he felt compelled to respond to FICA’s contention that the nations involved in drafting the proposal had defied their commitment to work in the best interests of the ICC by doing so. “Traditionally, CA does not comment on ICC discussions it is about to have - we talk to other ICC nations across the table rather than via the media,” Edwards said. “But we were today disappointed to see the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations question whether CA and others have met their fiduciary duties as ICC members. “Setting aside the fact that we are yet to discuss and vote, CA’s approach internationally is consistent with its approach at home where we have made significant strides improving the governance of Australian cricket. There will be a discussion in the next few days among the ICC’s full member nations about possible changes to how the ICC works. “CA’s view going into that discussion is that we need to continue to promote international cricket competitions including the primacy of Test cricket, we need to improve global cricket leadership and we support that members should be working to promote the interest of the game as their priority.” Edwards is the first chairman of the three nations tabling the proposal to speak publicly about it. Neither N Srinivasan of the BCCI nor Giles Clarke of the ECB have been prepared to talk about the proposal or its implications, preferring to wait until the raft of changes are voted on by the ICC executive board at their next meeting on January 28 and 29. FICA, which represents player associations in seven of the ICC’s ten full member countries, had declared itself “extremely concerned” with the leaked proposal, which would place the ICC largely in the control of the so-called “Big Three” nations. Marsh said players had a real fear the proposal would leave countries outside the Big Three to “wither on the vine”. “There are a myriad of issues with this proposal,” Marsh said. “First and foremost, as board directors of the ICC, the Chairmen of the BCCI, Cricket Australia and ECB owe fiduciary duties to the ICC that include putting the interests of the ICC ahead of those of their individual boards, a duty to remain loyal to the ICC and avoid conflicts of interests and to act in good faith to promote the success of the ICC. We seriously question whether all of these duties have been met. “The proposals relating to scheduling are disturbing.

RENEGADES HOLD NERVE TO WIN THRILLER Melbourne Renegades 6 for 155 (Bravo 47, Holland 2-19) beat Adelaide Strikers 7 for 154 (Neser 35*, Siddle 3-35, Muralitharan 2-16, Bravo 2-23) by 1 runs

SPORTS DESK A brilliant, nerveless all-round display from Dwayne Bravo secured the Melbourne Renegades a thrilling one-run win over the Adelaide Strikers. Both sides were playing only for pride with a finals berth out of reach, but neither was willing to concede defeat as the match came down to the final ball. Kane Richardson needed to find the boundary for an unlikely come-from-behind win. He could only strike a full-

length delivery from Bravo to long-on for two to leave his team one-run short of their opponents. The Renegades will want to re-sign Bravo for the next season after his impact in the last two games. Here, he top scored with a dazzling 47 from 33 balls to set up Renegades’ winning total of 6 for 155 before befuddling the Strikers with the ball, at one stage taking 2 for 4 from his first two overs before holding his nerve at the death. With the bat, Bravo was able to capitalise on an impressive opening stand of 63 between Daniel Harris and Michael Hill. Both men fell to the leftarm orthodox spin of Jon Holland, who bowled a superb spell to finish with 2 for 19 from four overs.


Bravo took his time to settle on a sluggish surface. Having scored just 8 from his first 12 balls, he fortuitously top-edged Shaun Tait for six over the 55m boundary square of the wicket. It was the first, and worst, of his four sixes. He creamed Michael Neser over cover, pulled Johan Botha over midwicket, and launched Tait again over the long-off fence to emphasise his skills. Bravo got good support from stand-in captain Ben Rohrer but both men fell to Tait in the 19th over. The Strikers chase got off to an electric start. Thanks to some power hitting from Alex Hales and Jono Dean, the home side raced to 1 for 48 from four overs. Rohrer turned to his trump card Muttiah Muralitharan and he turned the game with

a big spinning off-break. Dean was trapped plumb in front and Muralitharan and Bravo conceded just eight runs from the next 16 deliveries. The Strikers were never out of it. Nathan Reardon was Peter Siddle’s second victim and Travis Head was mesmerised by Muralitharan, but Hales held the key. Then Bravo returned in the 12th over. Hales sliced the first ball to Nathan Rimmington at backward point to fall for 32. Bravo then out-thought Botha, delivering two short balls before trapping the Strikers captain in front with a full off-cutter. Neser, though, fought on. His gutsy 35 not out gave the Strikers a strong chance. They needed 14 runs from the final over which became four from the last ball. But the applause was held for Bravo.


Thursday, 23 January, 2014

Vintage Federer ends murray’s hopes in four sets r

OGER Federer weathered a belated challenge from a gallant Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday to win 6-3 6-4 7-6(6) 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with great rival Rafa Nadal. Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times Grand Slam champion wobbled when serving out for the match at 5-4 in the third set and was dragged into a tie-break in an atmosphere of unrelenting tension at Rod Laver Arena. Battling fatigue, Murray saved two match-points to keep his bid for a third Grand Slam title alive but met ever stiffer resistance from the imperious Swiss who attacked his serve with abandon in the final set. Having saved a raft of break points, the 26-year-old crumbled at 4-3 to concede the decisive break and Federer made no mistake on his third match point, sealing the thriller with an ace

after three hours and 20 minutes. “Andy played well and put the pressure on me so I’m happy to get the win,” a relieved Federer said in a courtside interview after notching his 11th successive semi-final appearance at Melbourne Park. “I probably miss more break points than other guys but I keep my composure and keep the poker face and tonight it worked.” Having mowed down Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in his previous


match, the red-hot Swiss appeared set to do the same to Murray, who showed signs of his lack of match practice on the comeback from back surgery. Federer prised two break points in just the fourth game by rushing the net and volleying into the corner, and Murray, struggling to find his range, duly lost serve by clubbing a forehand long. Murray sent two of his rackets to be re-strung and though the Scot buoyed himself

with a couple of sizzling passing shots, Federer calmly served out the final game of the set to love, sealing it with a huge first serve. Serving in the opening game of the second, Murray fired himself up by winning a thrilling 23-shot rally, but was down a break again at 2-2 after blasting a forehand crosscourt just wide as Federer ratcheted up the pressure. Unable to get a look at Federer’s serve, and outplayed on the baseline, Murray slumped to a two-set deficit after losing a series of attritional rallies. Pushed to the wall, the Scot saved four break points in his first two service games of the third set, and winced with pain after reaching for a low ball, laying a hand on his lower back. The pressure finally told as Murray netted a forehand to be broken at 4-4, but Federer, inexplicably, wavered when serving for the match. Having not given up a single break point, Federer conceded two

Sports Houses – Phoenix, Griffin, Pegasus, and Dragon – the junior students displayed much zeal and fervor, in the various activities including ‘Zig Zag Race’, ‘Match the Color’, ‘Walker Boots Race’, and ‘Formula One Race’, while the crowd’s enthusiasm encouraged them further. PRESS RELEASE



with a pair of unforced errors, and Murray sealed the second after running the Swiss ragged. Dragged into a tiebreak, Federer showcased a brilliant defence to leap to a 5-2 lead and held two match-points when Murray floated a backhand long. The pressure reaching breaking point, Murray saved both, surviving the first with an epic 24-shot rally, before clobbering a forehand down the line to raise set point. Suddenly tentative, Federer fluffed a halfhearted forehand to concede the set, leaving Murray to punch his fists and roar. Under siege for 19 minutes in his next service game, Murray saved six break points and then another at 3-2 down. Federer was unrelenting, however, and had another three chances to break at 4-3. Murray saved the first two, but was beaten by a sumptuous drop-shot that he could only play back to the Swiss who pushed the volley into an open court.




20th National Bridge Championship commences today

Lee blazes SA to nine-wicket win South Africa Women 102 for 1 (Lee 53) beat Ireland Women 101 for 7 (Joyce 47, Shillington 25) by nine wickets SPORTS DESK

LAHORE: TNS hosted its Junior’s Sports Day 2013-2014 on Tuesday, January 21, at the K-block Football Ground, Phase V, DHA Lahore from 11 pm to 2 pm. The mega sports event included students from Nursery to year 3 from both the DHA and Gulberg branches of TNS, who competed with each other before a cheering crowd of parents, families, teachers and friends. The event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, chairperson of Beaconhouse, as chief guest, who highly commended the students’ dedication, spirit and hard work. Other guests in attendance included the former Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri, BPS Director Ali Kasuri, Fatima Kasuri and Gymboree Play and Music Director Sophia Kasuri. The sports day was declared open by the Sports Head at Beaconhouse Ian Darlington, followed by the Quranic recitation and the national anthem. A magnificent march past by the junior school led the school student council, amidst great applause from the spectators, was followed by the oath taking. As part of the different

LAHORE: Hush Puppies Pakistan Polo Cup 2014 concluded with a stunning final as Diamond Paints took the title beating HBP PLC Royal Residencia after an invigorating contest which ended 6 - 5.5 goals. Rajah Samiullah was declared man-of-the-match. The players and ponies jostled continuously throughout the match; the crowd were enthralled as the result went right to the wire. National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was the esteemed chief guest, Umer Group Senior Director Mian Shaheen, Firhaj Footwear Director Yousaf Salim, and others were present on the event. “This was an amazing collaboration by Hush Puppies Pakistan and fell in line with what Hush Puppies stands for,”said Natalie Chau after the match in an interview with the press. PRESS RELEASE

Lizelle Lee’s second consecutive fifty helped South Africa Women storm to a nine-wicket win over Ireland Women. Chasing 102, Lee smashed 53 off 52 balls to help South Africa finish the game with more than five overs to spare. A combined bowling performance kept Ireland to a below-par score. A more competitive score looked promising when Clare Shillington and Isobel Joyce came together to add 53 for the second wicket at more than seven an over. However, Shillington’s run out for 25 changed the complexion of the innings as Ireland lost three quick

wickets for nine runs. Joyce kept running out of partners before she fell in the 19th over for 47. Joyce and Shillington were the only two batsmen to pass double figures. Five bowlers took a wicket apiece. An aggressive opening stand of 83 in 11.5 overs between Lee and Trisha Chetty put South Africa on course for a big win. Lee followed up her fifty in the previous game, also against Ireland, with another one. She fell for 53, caught off Amy Kenealy with her team 19 short of the target. The early finish gave the South Africans a bit more time before their second game of the evening, against Pakistan.


The 20th National Bridge Championship will commence today at the bridge tables of Lahore Gymkhana Card Room and for the next four days ,the environment will be filled with intelligent moves and a battle of bridge playing expertise between the champions of the country. This national event had somehow got merged with national bridge trials and as a result no national championship has been held since 1998.This was stated by Masud Mazhar, Secretary of the Pakistan Bridge Federation(PBF) who emphasized that the national body of bridge took note of this shortcoming and immediately decided to revive the National Bridge Championship. A total of 22 teams from all over Pakistan will be vying for the prestigious honors and also lucrative cash prizes on offer. Out of the 22 teams, eight teams are from Karachi, four from Islamabad, eight from the host city and two teams have a combination of players from Lahore and Karachi. The teams that stand out because of their past form are Deuce, Allana, Data Steel from Karachi and Giants from Lahore. And bridge champions of note who are likely to light up the championship are Sheikh Muqeet, Anwar Qizalbash, Tanvir Mazhar,Farhat Abbas(Deuce Team),Tahir Masud, Sarfraz Khan, A R Allana, Gulzar Bilal, Hassan Askari (Allana Team), Tariq Rashid, Rashid ul Ghazi, Pervaiz Mirza, Shakeel Chandna (Data Steel), Tahir Abbas, Hamid Zaman, Shauq Hussain, Masood Mazhar, Kamran Ibrahim, Azahar Ali(Giants Team).

3rd round of 2nd rahber cup begins LAHORE: The 3rd round of 2nd Rahber Cup T20 Club Cricket Tournament is starting from today. Mehran Cricket Club is disqualified from the tournament due to the violation of PCB and tournament’s code of conduct. Rahber Cup Tournament Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Tournament Committee President Majid Zaman, Secretary Wasif Zaman, memebers Shahbaz Ali, Abdul Hai and Abid Hussain also attend the meeting. The committee decided that Mehran Cricket Club who changed some players without permission of the tournament committee stands disqualified from the tournament. The committee also approved the draws of round 3 which is commencing today. PRESS RELEASE

AZARENKA BEATS HERSELF UP TO LOSE TITLE DEFENCE SPORTS DESK After two years in the spotlight as Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka was reduced to a spectator against Agnieszka Radwanska as she crashed out of the quarter-finals in a bout of self-flagellation on Wednesday. Though digging deep to prise a set from the enterprising Pole, the world number two’s title defence ended dismally, with a “bagel” the final flourish on the 6-1 5-7 6-0 score at Rod Laver Arena. As much as Radwanska beat her with guile and a quiet determination, a screaming, hair-pulling Azarenka lost a battle with herself, enraged that her power game could so spectacularly misfire. “The first set and the third set, I think there were just too many mistakes and too many easy mistakes on important moments,” the Belarusian said glumly

“She was getting to every ball. She guessed so many of my shots. But I felt like at one point I was being too predictable. “She definitely took advantage of that. She was solid from the baseline. She came in when she needed

to. She served well in the important moments. She was just doing everything a little bit better than me. I was just watching. I was like a spectator a little bit.” A picture of torment, Azarenka slumped to 5-0 down in the first set


before finally holding serve. She bashed her legs with her fists, letting out an angst-filled shriek to try to pump herself up, and she held her focus for long enough to break Radwanska’s serve at 6-5 and capture the second set. It was to be a brief rally as Radwanska knuckled down, defying the Belarusian with her hustle and infuriating her with a string of cheeky drop-shots and lobs. Composure lost, 24-year-old Azarenka needlessly cannoned a ball into the back of the court to lose most of the Rod Laver Arena crowd. Dejected Azarenka made ‘too many mistakes’ Victoria Azarenka admits she made too many mistakes and lacked focus during her quarter-… Although a deserved winner twice at Melbourne Park, local fans have struggled to embrace Azarenka, who was accused of gamesmanship last year for taking a prolonged medical time-out after blowing match-points in her semi-final

against Sloane Stephens. Sections of the terraces jeered as she shrieked in anguish, and mimicked her grunting as it grew in volume along with the match’s intensity. Azarenka agreed the tournament was a lost opportunity, with her nemesis Serena Williams and third seed Maria Sharapova already eliminated. With Radwanska having provided a blueprint in how to blunt the Belarusian’s power game, Azarenka said she would need to re-think her game, however difficult that might be. “There’s nothing else I can do right now. I can think about how I lost today, how disappointed I am today, what it is,” she said. “Think a little bit more on the court. Just try to figure out during play, not just kind of be in the clouds and watch the opponent play amazing. “Just have to do something, something different, even if it’s something that I don’t like to do.”

SPORTS Thursday, 23 January, 2014

NEW ZEALAND INNINGS MJ Guptill c Mohammed Shami b Raina 44 JD Ryder c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 20 KS Williamson st †Dhoni b Jadeja 77 LRPL Taylor c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 57 CJ Anderson c Dhawan b I Sharma 44 BB McCullum* c & b Mohammed Shami 0 L Ronchi† not out 18 NL McCullum b Kumar 1 KD Mills not out 2 EXTRAS (lb 1, w 7) 8 TOTAL (7 wickets; 42 overs; 168 mins) 271 DID NOT BAT TG Southee, MJ McClenaghan FALL OF WICKETS 1-25 (Ryder, 5.2 ov), 2-114 (Guptill, 20.5 ov), 3-174 (Williamson, 34.1 ov), 4-248 (Anderson, 38.5 ov), 5-250 (BB McCullum, 39.2 ov), 6-251 (Taylor, 39.4 ov), 7-252 (NL McCullum, 40.1 ov) BOWLING B Kumar 7-1-43-1, Mohammed Shami 7-0-55-3, I Sharma 6-046-1, RA Jadeja 8-0-46-1, V Kohli 2-0-12-0, R Ashwin 8-0-50-0, SK Raina 4-0-18-1 INDIA INNINGS 12 S Dhawan b Southee R Sharma c †Ronchi b Southee 20 Kohli c (AP Devcich) b Southee 78 Rahane c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 36


Dhoni*†c Williamson b Anderson 56 SK Raina c Southee b Mills 35 RA Jadeja b Anderson 12 Ashwin c Guptill b Southee 5 11 Kumar c McCullum b Anderson Mohammed Shami not out 1 I Sharma not out 1 EXTRAS (lb 3, w 7) 10 TOTAL (9 wickets; 41.3 overs; 191 mins) 277 FALL OF WICKETS 1-22 (Dhawan, 7.4 ov), 2-37 (RG Sharma, 9.5 ov), 3-127 (Rahane, 23.4 ov), 4-164 (Kohli, 29.4 ov), 5-226 (Raina, 36.1 ov), 6-257 (Dhoni, 39.1 ov), 7-259 (Jadeja, 39.4 ov), 8-265 (Ashwin, 40.3 ov), 9275 (Kumar, 41.1 ov) BOWLING KD Mills 9-1-50-1, MJ McClenaghan 8-1-45-1, TG Southee 9-0-72-4, NL McCullum 8-0-40-0, CJ Anderson 7.3-0-67-3 Match details Toss India, who chose to field Series New Zealand led the 5-match series 2-0 Player of the match Williamson (New Zealand) Umpires Gaffaney and Tucker (Australia) TV umpire GAV Baxter Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire DJ Walker



New Zealand pushed India off the No. 1 position in ODIs with another clinical performance although India’s middle order demanded that their bowlers stay at it till the end. Largely, though, the match followed the first ODI’s script. Jesse Ryder went bang bang for too brief a while, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored fifties to set up a final assault, Corey Anderson nearly blasted the fastest ODI fifty too, India had a big chase at hand and were kept alive by Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni but New Zealand kept producing timely wickets to pull India back every time they brought some semblance of parity to the chase. There was supreme synergy in New Zealand’s innings, cut down to 42 overs because of rain that arrived in the 34th over. When Martin Guptill took his time at the top, Jesse Ryder smacked 20 off 11, making sure New Zealand were under no pressure when the ball started gripping for spinners on a slow surface. Guptill overcame the slow start, and added 89 with Williamson in 15.3 overs. Williamson and Taylor then nicely set it up for big hitting, and when the rain arrived New Zealand had lost only two wickets, which meant they would get a big boost when the target would be readjusted. And then Anderson and Taylor went berserk in a 74-run partnership in 4.4 overs. During that period that proved to be the difference in the end, Anderson scored 44 off 17, holing out when he went for the fifty off the 17th, and Taylor took 26 off 11. That brutal hitting was in direct contrast to the delightful batting of Williamson, who played the most difficult shot to play on a slow pitch, the back-foot drive on the up, with ease. He didn’t play shots that left mouths agape, but found all the small gaps on the field. When he was set for a century - he was in the last game too - the rain arrived, and with only 8.4 overs to go on the comeback he perished trying to charge at Ravindra Jadeja in order to go over extra cover. This wasn’t exactly bad news for New Zealand. Williamson had batted superbly without violence, but now was some time for violence. And violence there was when Anderson and Taylor set themselves up to clear the short boundaries. Anderson hit a six over long-on, and two each over long-off and midwicket; Taylor preferred the gaps, hitting only seven fours and no sixes. India pulled New Zealand back with only 23 in the last 3.2 overs, but like in the first ODI it turned out to be too little and too late. Especially with the way the opening exchange went after India had been asked to chase 297 in 42 overs. Kyle Mills, playing in the absence of Adam Milne, and Mitchell McClenaghan were spot on at the top of India’s innings. They bowled with skill and accuracy, and with no loose balls available India had crawled to 21 for 0 with two reprieves when Tim Southee showed up in the eighth over. By now Shikhar Dhawan

had become desperate and was bowled to an ugly swipe. In Southee’s next, Rohit Sharma finally managed to get out, and the asking rate had already crossed eight. Kohli, though, seemed to be playing on a different plane from the moment he on-drove Southee past mid-on for four. This was an uncharacteristic innings, though. Usually Kohli manages to keep the risks to the minimum even when going at the kind of high strike rates he does. Here, with his team-mates stuck at the other ends and the asking rate shooting through the roof, he had to play lower-percentage cricket, premeditate a little, but somehow the shots kept coming off. In presence of Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli turned the lost match into a fight, but that man McClenaghan came back again to dismiss Rahane with a sharp bouncer. Dhoni promoted himself with 170 required in 18.2 overs, but soon saw Kohli get out to his aggression. Suresh Raina and Dhoni kept the chase going, but Brendon McCullum kept attacking, bowling out his main bowlers one by one. It paid dividends when Mills got Raina in his ninth over when most captains would have been worried about the fifth bowler’s three overs remaining out of the last six and the asking rate within the batsmen’s reach. The final blow, though, came with Anderson’s offcutter getting Dhoni to sky a catch with 40 required off 17. Further rain made sure India played only 41.3 overs in the chase, but by that time they had been well and truly beaten.

OPENERS SHOULD HAVE BATTED FOR LONGER: DHONI Hamilton: It is hard to fault an opening pair that has been so successful over the past several months but it was Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s slow start that pulled India down in their big chase in Hamilton, MS Dhoni has said. The pair consumed 7.4 overs and added only 22 after India were set a D/L target of 293 from 42 overs. The middle order, led by Virat Kohli and Dhoni, took the game close but New Zealand won by 15 runs in the end. “I thought once we got off to a start the openers should have carried on for a bit longer so that they could have played a few more shots, scored a few more runs and taken a bit of pressure off from the middle order,” Dhoni said. “But that was not the case. It does not always go as planned. I think the

middle order did quite well to reach close. “We got off to a good start in terms of not losing wickets. But if you are supposed to score 290odd when you are chasing and in the first ten you are 38-odd runs and two wickets down [India were 37 for 2], it becomes quite difficult for the middle order, specially on a wicket which became slightly two-paced with the drizzle. I felt as the game progressed it became more and more difficult. “I think the batters are getting some kind of a start but we are not able to convert those starts into 50s or 75s or big partnerships. I feel it is very crucial if they are playing outside [India] that once you get off to a good start it is important you make a big partnership.” Dhawan and Rohit have been opening since the Champions Trophy last June and average 52.32 as a pair, with 1308 runs from 26 innings, including six century partnerships. Three of those stands were put together in the home series against Australia in October, but their returns have tapered off since then. They added 17, 21 and 29 against West Indies at home, 14 and 10 in South Africa, and have managed 15 and 22 so far in New Zealand. Not only has their average dropped significantly over these past seven innings, their partnership run-rate has also dipped from an overall 5.25 to 3.87. Rohit, since his promotion from the middle order, has generally not found it easy to score quickly, barring the golden run he had in the home series against Australia. He made 3 off 23 in Napier and 20 off 34 in Hamilton following 18 off 43 in Johannesburg and 19 off 26 in Durban. While Dhawan’s strikerate is still in the early nineties, he too has had a lean run off late. Dhoni said some of his batsmen were under pressure to play to the reputations they had built, something which could apply to Dhawan. “What some of the batters are going through is a phase where first when you come in and play a few games you just play your natural game and then all of a sudden you have a reputation to carry on and that puts a bit of pressure on them.” The captain added that it was a passing phase and said they would be better placed in playing without inhibitions and going for their strokes. “With more and more games, they will realise what their particular game is, they will back themselves to play that game and slowly, they’ll change themselves and improve for better performance. They are going through a phase where they are thinking what their benchmark should be but it is important we enjoy cricket and play free-flowing cricket because most of the batsmen are free-flowing and they should play their shots, does not matter if it is the first ball or the last.” AGENCIES

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ulHaq Tuesday urged his team to challenge the Asheswinning Australia when they play them in their next Test series in the United Arab Emirates in October. Pakistan achieved their fastest run chase of 302 to beat Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday, levelling the series 1-1. Misbah said he hoped his team would further lift their game to challenge Australia. “Australia is a very professional team and against them you need to be focussed. You have to play with a lot of hard work because they come out with lots of plans, so I think it will be a a big challenge for us to play against

Australia,” said Misbah. Leading Pakistan since the 2010 spot-fixing controversy which led to bans for then captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, Misbah has now won 12 Tests out of 27, losing seven and drawing eight. Misbah said he hoped Australia would be up to the challenge when they faced Pakistan. “It would also be a challenge for them to face our spinners in these conditions,” said Misbah of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman, who spun then world number one Test team 3-0 in UAE in 2012. Misbah said his team would try to repeat the performance they gave against current world number one South Africa in October last year, drawing the two-match series 1-1. “I think we will try to play the way we played against South Africa, we must repeat the same performance against them and show the world that we can reach the top level,” said Misbah. “We have a young team and when you win matches like these you gain confidence and had there been another Test series close to this it would have benefitted us,” said Misbah, whose team next plays in the Asia Cup in

Bangladesh in February-March. “This team has been doing well and since we have more youngsters than seniors, problems like batting collapse are there but if these players play regularly then they will gain experience and get better and better.”

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