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STORY ON PAGE 02 Friday, 24 January, 2014 Rabi-ul-Awwal 22, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 207 16 Pages Karachi Edition


Sit-ins over Shia massacre end after govt’s pledge

Counter-terror funds spent on luxury gifts: report

Six dead, eight injured in Peshawar car bombing

Shakil Afridi will not be released on America’s request, says FO

Unemployment in Pakistan set to increase in 2014: ILO report

Sit-in protests by Shias across the country on Thursday ended late in the night after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervez Rashid managed to convince the mourners in Quetta that the government would do everything in its power to rein in terrorists carrying... PAGE 02

Officials used a secret counter-terrorism fund to buy wedding gifts, luxury carpets and gold jewellery for relatives of ministers and visiting dignitaries, according to a report. The revelations cast a spotlight on high-level corruption in Pakistan as the impoverished but nuclear-armed country... PAGE 03

At least six people were killed and eight injured Thursday when a bomb exploded in a vehicle at a car workshop on the outskirts of Peshawar. According to SP Peshawar Rahim Shah, the blast completely destroyed the white Suzuki Alto parked inside the car workshop near Scheme Chowk area... PAGE 03

Alleged CIA collaborator Dr Shakil Afridi will not be released on the request of the United States, the Foreign Office said on Thursday, adding that the US aid is not related to Dr Afridi. A bill recently signed by US President Barack Obama proposes to withhold $33 million from assistance to Pakistan on account... PAGE 05

The Global Employment Trends report issued by the International Labour Organisation projected that Pakistan’s unemployment rate — 5.17% in 2013 — is set to rise slightly increase and then remain more or less the same for five more years due to the kind of political unrest plaguing the country... PAGE 05



Friday, 24 January, 2014

GOVERNMENT TO OWN EVERY INCH OF ITS SOIL, SAYS PERVAIZ RASHID ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said the government would ensure writ of the state on every inch of its soil. Talking to a private news channel, the minister said the government would make every effort to provide security to citizens as it was the first social contract between the state and its citizens. “We have framed a security policy within a span of six months which was non-existent in the past and it will be implemented very soon,” he said. Rashid said the government was not sitting idle, adding that the president issued an ordinance on Wednesday to effectively deal with law and order situation in the country. “The government believes in spirit of togetherness and evolved a consensus to move on a path of dialogue and negotiations,” he said. Rashid said the government was trying to address those issues which were not addressed by its predecessors during last 13 years. He said the armed forces and police rendered sacrifices to protect innocent citizens and added that the present government had purchased five vehicles to diffuse bombs. APP

MEDICAL BOARD COMPLETES MUSHARRAF’S HEALTH ASSESSMENT REPORT ISLAMABAD: The medical board – formed to review former president Pervez Musharraf’s health condition – has completed its assessment report. Musharraf has been skipping court hearings citing security and health issues and the special court on January 16 ordered the formation of a medical board to review his health condition. The sealed report will be submitted to the court today (Friday) and the special bench will issue appropriate order in the light of the information. Musharraf was accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts. The 70-year-old had fallen ill and taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being transported under heavy guard to the court. Lawyers representing the former military ruler have been requesting for Musharraf’s treatment abroad and the special court will decide – with the help of the medical report – if he should be allowed to leave the country or not. STAFF REPORT




HE government has decided “in principle” to launch a military operation against groups killing thousands of citizens for the last so many years, and the army will be coming up with a complete operational plan in a few weeks’ time, sources told Pakistan Today. Although the military operation was formally approved just before the airstrikes in North Waziristan and Tirah Valley, the government had stayed silent over the matter giving the impression that the army had acted on its own. “On Thursday, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and complained that although the government had given its consent to the airstrike, it had not owned the

decision in public. This, he said, was giving an impression that the army had acted unilaterally,” informed sources told Pakistan Today. They said that Prime Minister Sharif is expected to make a parliamentary announcement of the operation in the coming days. As General Raheel briefed the Prime Minister about the current security situation, Nawaz directed the army to come up with a complete operational plan, for which the army requested a few weeks of time. Officials at the meeting also discussed if the army should deal with possible reactionary attacks in the cities. Responsibilities of the interior, finance and information ministries toward the operation were also laid down. As army officials described the location and status of various safe havens, the prime minister told the army to come up

with a complete plan for the operation and then approach the government. He assured the army that they will be extended every possible assistance. Sources said that the civil and military leaderships also resolved to make more anti-terrorism laws to deal with the militants effectively. They also said that it was also concluded that the federal government, law enforcers and intelligence agencies would fully assist the Balochistan government for an effective action against the terrorists involved in killing of Shias. They added that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif assured the meeting that the armed forces were fully prepared to take action against the terrorists and no stone would be left unturned to help bring peace and normalcy in across the country. “ISI Director-General Lt General Za-



Sit-in protests by Shias across the country on Thursday ended late in the night after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervez Rashid managed to convince the mourners in Quetta that the government would do everything in its power to rein in terrorists carrying out genocide of Hazara Shias in Balochistan. Thousands of Shias in

various cities including Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Hyderabad had staged sit-in demonstrations since Wednesday night to voice anguish at the deadly suicide attack on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Mastung that claimed more than 25 lives. The people of the Hazara Shia community carried the coffins of the pilgrims killed in the Mastung bomb attack and continued their sit-in on Alamdar road in Quetta on the second consecutive day on Thursday. After the government’s assurance, they announced to bury the dead at 10am today (Friday). Earlier speaking to reporters, Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) leaders Abdul Hassan Hazara and Mirza Hussain Hazara said that sectarianism was being promoted through a planned conspiracy to push Balochistan into anarchy-like situa-

heerul Islam and Military Intelligence DG Maj Gen Sarfaraz Sattar briefed the meeting on the latest information and intelligence output on the offensive against the militants and the possible threats while Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem, CGS, and Maj General Amir Riaz, DG MO, briefed the meeting on the details of the military offensive,” the source added. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, ISI DG Lt General Zaheerul Islam, CGS Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem, MO DG Maj General Amir Riaz and MI DG Maj Gen Sarfaraz Sattar, the statement concluded.

tion. “If the authorities do not take notice of the sectarian killings immediately, the situation will further deteriorate,” they said. Official sources said Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had instructed the concerned authorities to plan an alternative and safe route for the pilgrims to visit Iran from Balochistan. “The senior officials have been asked to review the options whether Shia pilgrims of Balochistan be taken to Iran through the Karachi-Gwadar route or ferry service from Karachi and Gwadar ports to Bandar Abbas Port of Iran be started,” they said, adding that “the Quetta-Taftan route might be closed for the pilgrims” travelling due to high security risk. In Lahore, the Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) protesters held a sit-in on Mall Road. Following con-


sultations between the MWM and the administration, one track of Lahore’s Mall Road was opened for traffic whereas protests were underway on the other track. Meanwhile, large numbers of demonstrators protested against the Mastung attack in the Faizabad area of the federal capital. Members of civil society also staged a vigil outside the Press Club in Islamabad earlier on Wednesday night. Shia organisations also arranged protests at several locations of Karachi whereas the flow of traffic was blocked in Ancholi, Malir, Shah Faisal, Qayyumabad, Hino Chowk Flyover and Numaish Chowrangi areas. Sit-ins staged on different patches of the metropolis’ major artery Shahrah-e-Faisal had left residents of localities beyond the city’s airport almost stranded.

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the government said on Thursday that Maulana Samiul Haq, the head of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-iIslam, had not been given any “specific mission” regarding measures to address terrorism. Instead, he was asked in general to use his good offices and cooperation in this regard, the spokesman said in a statement issued here. Sami Ul Haq, who heads the Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania seminary and is often referred to as the “Father of the Taliban” for his close ties, had announced Wednesday he was detaching himself from the peace process with Pakistani Taliban militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in North Waziristan. Frustrated by what he claimed was lack of seriousness and response from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the cleric from Akora Khattak said in a statement that he had agreed to initiate the peace process following his meeting with the prime minister last month to prevent the loss of innocent lives. “The government does not seem serious and concerned. I had requested them to avoid a military operation and use of force but yesterday it started bombing in North Waziristan and tribal areas,”

said Haq in a statement. The government spokesman, however, denied today that any specific task was given to the cleric during the meeting. He also denied the impression by the cleric that the government did not pay heed to him. “Even three weeks after the meeting, he did not inform (the government) about any progress,” the spokesman said. Haq claims he sent a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and complains that multiple calls and efforts to reach the premier had gone unanswered. Sharif’s government announced its peace talks policy in September and began making preliminary contact with the Taliban’s leadership, but the initiative ended after a US drone strike killed then-TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud in November. The TTP have been waging a bloody campaign of gun and bomb attacks against the Pakistani state since 2007, often on military targets. The two high-profile attacks on Sunday and Monday left at least 39 dead, marking a bloody return for the militants after a period of relative quiet following Mehsud’s death and the installation of hardline militant commander Mullah Fazlullah as his replacement. STAFF REPORT

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FTER killing thousands of members of various state organs, as well as others, the banned terrorist outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has decided to extend its war by declaring the country’s media as “party” to the conflict. For the first time since its inception in 2005, the banned militant outfit has not only issued a fatwa against the media but has also prepared a media hit-list. The 29-page fatwa accuses at least 10 media outlets, including local and foreign television channels and radio stations, of siding with the “disbelievers”, against Muslims, in the “war on Islam” and inciting people against “the mujahideen” through propaganda as well as of propagating promiscuity and secularism. Penned by TTP Central Deputy Chief Shaikh Khalid Haqqani, the “historic decree” singles out the reporters of

five TV channels – Aaj, ARY, Express News, Geo and Samaa for being dealt with as per the TTP’s “jihad policy”. The edict also sanctions the killing of journalists affiliated with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Deewa Radio, Mashaal Radio, Azadi Radio and Radio Apky Dunya. The initial hit-list prepared by the TTP names nearly two dozen journalists and publishers. It includes the names of a number of media-group owners, the news heads of various television channels, prominent anchors, the editor of a leading English-language newspaper and even some field staff. Also, the cover page of the booklet displays the logos of large national and international media groups like the Voice of America (VoA), Fox News, Associated Press (AP), Pakistan Television, Geo, ARY, News 1, Samaa and BBC News. A sword is also shown falling on the logos displayed. The fatwa titles as ‘Right and Wrong: Historic Decree of the Shura of Mujahideen Ulema about Dajjali Media’. Basing their argument on verses 60-61 of Surah-e-Ahzaab of the holy Quran, the TTP blamed the media for playing a role against Islam and Muslims and promoting ideological anarchy through propagating ideas and deeds that go against Shariah. “Most of the journalists have these three traits in them. They insist to keep up with these (traits) instead of being repentant. So, the killing of the journalists with this character is justified in Shariah,” reads the 28-page fatwa the TTP’s “Umer Media” emailed to Pakistan Today. The Quranic verses, cited by the TTP, de-

clare the hypocrites and those sick at heart spreading bad news in Madina, the first stronghold of Islam after the advent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as condemned and punishable with death, if not reverted. The fatwa was issued by Shaikh Haqqani in response to a query by former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan who had asked the religious scholars’ views on the mediapersons who, he said, were siding with the West and secular forces in the current war. “[They] term mujahideen as terrorists and enemies of peace. Call crusaders (ISAF) as martyrs and Taliban as killed,” said Ehsan. The media, the spokesman informed the Shura, was defending blasphemy and democracy, promoting promiscuity among Muslims and launching propaganda against Islam. “Is this freedom (of expression) justified in Shariah?” asked Ehsan on November 5, 2012. In his detailed reply, Shaikh Haqqani gave the banned outfit a go-ahead to deal with stubborn reporters of the media outlets according to the TTP’s “jihad policy”. Others who are more detrimental should be taken action against categorically, the TTP deputy chief decreed. “They, however, should be warned first,” he advised the Taliban. The fatwa defines three major categories for journalists: “murjif,” “muqatil” and “Sa’ee bil fasad.” “Murjif is someone who engages in propaganda against Muslims during a war between Islam and disbelief. Muqatil is someone who incites disbelievers and their allies to act against Muslims while the third category includes those who corrupt Muslim society through


TALIBAN CLAIM MEDIA BIASED TOWARDS THEM Former Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has said that they had been asking the media to be impartial for a long time and it had continued to be unfair in the coverage of the insurgency in Pakistan. “We are not forcing it to change beliefs. We are simply asking the media to be fair in coverage,” he said. “Despite the tall claims of truth and nothing but the truth, the media has been acting as propagandists.” “The job of a journalist is to be fair and tell all sides of a story,” claimed Ehsan. “But we know of journalists who are completely one-sided propagandists. We even know of journalists who work as spies for the police and other departments.” According to TTP sources,

some people within the organisation had initially opposed targeting the media on “strategic grounds”. “But later on it was decided that the media was basically the institution driving this war and public opinion. When it is already defaming us, we really don’t have much to lose and may as well deal with the media as a party to this war,” said a member of the TTP media committee. “Even at this stage the media could mend its ways and become a neutral entity,” asserted Ehsan. “Otherwise, the media should not feel secure. A few barriers and security escorts will not help. If we can get inside military installations, media offices should not be too much of a challenge,” he threatened. NEWS DESK

different means such as replacing the Islamic ideology with secular ideologies.” “The media has continuously been lying about us and about our objectives,” Haqqani added. “It has attributed to us some attacks which we did not carry out and it continues to lie about our objectives.”

At the end of the decree, Muslim journalists have been warned against losing their mostvaluable faith in the pursuance of worldly gains like money and fame. The edict warned the Muslim mediapersons against acting like a dog that barks on every passerby.



At least six people were killed and eight injured Thursday when a bomb exploded in a vehicle at a car workshop on the outskirts of Peshawar. According to SP Peshawar Rahim Shah, the blast completely destroyed the white Suzuki Alto parked inside the car workshop near Scheme Chowk area of the provincial capital. Shah said bomb disposal experts estimated that around 25 to 30 kilogrammes of explosive material were

fitted inside the car when it exploded. Television footage showed that several vehicles were destroyed by the explosion and rescue workers and policemen searching through the rubble. The blast created a crater more than seven feet wide and two feet deep at the site of the explosion. SP Shah said that there was a possibility that the car was being fitted with an improvised explosive device and exploded prematurely. He, however, said that BDS experts were still carrying out their investigation. The injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital for emergency treatment. According to officials at the LRH, six bodies had been brought to the hospital. A spokesman for the government-run hospital said two of the injured were in critical condition. No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, which follows a recent surge in Taliban violence targeting the military.

Officials used a secret counter-terrorism fund to buy wedding gifts, luxury carpets and gold jewellery for relatives of ministers and visiting dignitaries, according to a report. The revelations cast a spotlight on high-level corruption in Pakistan as the impoverished but nuclear-armed country battles a surge in Taliban violence. They concern the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior Ministry, formed in 2000 to coordinate between the country’s intelligence agencies and federal and provincial governments on national security matters. The US and other Western countries have poured billions of dollars into Pakistan since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 to help in its fight against Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants. The NCMC received some Rs 425 million ($4.3 million) from Pakistani government coffers from 2009-2013, according to files obtained by Umar Cheema, an investigative journalist for a local English daily. During that time the Interior Ministry was headed by Rehman Malik. WAtcheS, cArpetS, goLD, goAtS: Many of the documents deal with payments to intelligence sources, routine maintenance of vehicles and overtime for employees. But the files also include receipts for gifts for US and British embassy officials, as well as flowers and sweets for journalists. One receipt for Rs 70,000 is itemised as a “Pair of wrist watches for marriage of nephew of minister for interior”. The documents show that on a trip to Rome for an Interpol conference in November 2012, Malik took a necklace, wooden tables and a TouchMate tablet computer as gifts. The counter-terror fund was also used to buy three rugs as wedding gifts


for the son of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf early last year. A set of 21-carat gold jewellery worth $3,000 was bought for one unnamed individual, while another was the recipient of a $1,500 set. A handicrafts store in Islamabad was paid some $23,000 in December 2012 for carpets and crafts given to local officials and del-

THE COUNTER-TERROR FUND WAS ALSO USED TO BUY THREE RUGS AS WEDDING GIFTS FOR THE SON OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF EARLY LAST YEAR. A SET OF 21-CARAT GOLD JEWELLERY WORTH $3,000 WAS BOUGHT FOR ONE UNNAMED INDIVIDUAL, WHILE ANOTHER WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A $1,500 SET egations from the EU, Iran and India. Among the more bizarre items paid for from the fund was the $800 cost of four sacrificial goats, plus butchery costs, listed as “stabbing charges”, for the festival of Eid-ul-Azha. Alms to the poor and donations of sweets, flowers, and cash to a local Sufi saint were also made from the fund in 2012, the documents show. ‘You knoW hoW pAkIStAn WorkS’: The present government has ordered an audit of the Interior Ministry accounts from 2010-2013. Ministry spokesman Danyal Gilani

confirmed the audit was ongoing but declined to indicate a timeframe for its completion. The director general of the NCMC, Tariq Lodhi, did not respond to repeated attempts to seek comment. Upon coming to power in June last year, Sharif’s government abolished secret funds in 16 ministries in an effort to curb corruption and rein in spending. Malik, who as minister was famed for his expensive ties and purple hairdye, mounted a firm defence of his conduct on Twitter, denying he had used the fund and saying it was “never under the control of the minister”. Asked why some receipts contained hand-written instructions saying they were the minister’s directives, Malik said: “You know how Pakistan works. Just because it mentions me does not mean I personally authorised the payments.”In a tweet, he said using funds to entertain dignitaries and offer gifts was “routine for 15 yrs”. But Moinuddin Haider, who served as interior minister from 1999 to 2002, said the NCMC fund was not set up to pay for “gifts abroad”. “The purpose of these funds was to establish offices in the provinces, primarily to be spent on communications equipment and data analysis,” he said. Cheema, who won the Daniel Pearl journalism fellowship in 2008, said the affair was indicative of how officials had turned the national terror crisis, which has killed thousands of people across the country since 2007, to their own benefit. “This abuse clearly explains how our leaders convert a tragedy into an opportunity for personal gains,” he said. “If history is any guide it’s not going to be resolved nor will the abolition of secret funds lead to any corrective measures.” Ayesha Siddiqa, a security analyst, termed the use of the funds “sad”, but said a lack of clear counter-terrorism policy direction by successive governments was also to blame, as well as the way Pakistan’s bureaucracy works. “There is also this problem with the government where if a department gets funds you’re in a hurry to spend them, because if the funds lapse they will be deducted the next year and the department will be reprimanded,” she said.

04 NEWS MUSLIM COUPLE ARRESTED IN SWEDEN FOR ‘SMACKING SON WHEN HE REFUSED TO PRAY’ MONITORING DESK Thousands of Malaysians are backing a campaign for the release of a Muslim couple after they were arrested in Sweden for allegedly smacking their 12-year-old son’s hand when he refused to pray. Azizul Raheem Awalludin, who is the Stockholm director of the Malaysian tourist board, has been on remand for over a month with his teacher wife Shalwati Nurshal, and anger back home has erupted over both their detainment without charge, and that their four children were placed with nonMuslim foster parents. A Facebook page, Bring Shal and Family Home, has amassed more than 14,000 followers in five days as the Malaysian media reports that the oldest child, Aisyah, is uncomfortable about living in a house where non-halal food is served and a dog is kept. “Although they do not feed us non-halal food, we share the crockery and utensils used for non-halal food,” she said. “We have to fend for ourselves.

Stringent terror detention law paSSed ISLAMABAD AGENCIES


HE country has passed a new law allowing its security forces to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them. The measures came in an amendment to the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 signed by President Mamnoon Hussain and published on Wednesday. Under the new law, suspects can be tried in “special courts”

which are allowed to exclude the public from hearings and withhold details of proceedings. Security forces have also been granted powers to open fire on anyone they see committing or “likely to commit” any of a list of terror-related offences. The order comes as Pakistan grapples with a surge in militant violence, with at least 104 people killed in militant attacks in the past week, according to an AFP tally. The ordinance says the government may “authorize the detention of a person for a period... that shall not exceed ninety days if in

the opinion of the government such person is acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, security, defense of Pakistan”. It also allows the government and armed forces to withhold details of where anyone detained under the order is being held. Anyone facing charges under the ordinance must demonstrate his or her innocence to a court – reversing the usual legal burden of proof. The law also applies to suspects already in custody. This appears to be an attempt to give legal cover to the cases of socalled “missing persons,” suspects

who disappear into custody of the security services with no information given to their relatives. A campaign group formed by the relatives of the missing persons says as many as 2,000 people have disappeared from across the country, many from the restive Balochistan. The Supreme Court has pursued Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies, which are often seen as untouchable, demanding they explain the fate of missing persons. Itiaz Gul, a senior defence and security analyst and executive director at Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), voiced concern about the measures. “This ordinance is controversial because it has not been debated enough by the parliament and it is fraught with risks including serious implications for human rights,” he told AFP. “The right to shoot in defense as well as on suspicion is considered as a blank cheque to security forces.”


PML-N BAGS NA-69, PTI SECURES PK-50 BY-ELECTIONS LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) managed to secure by-elections in their respective provinces as the PML-N candidate bagged the NA-69 seat in Punjab while the PTI candidate won the PK-50 constituency of Haripur. In NA-69 the contest was between PMLN’s Aziz Malik and PTI’s Umar Aslam. The seat was won by Aziz with 67,312 votes. Meanwhile, PTI’s Akbar Ayub won PK-50 Haripur seat by defeating PML-N’s Qazi Asad. He secured 25,790 votes. STAFF REPORT

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Anwar Mansoor, counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday argued that the federal government means the prime minister and his cabinet and not an interior secretary or a specific minister. The three-member Special Court, led by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising of Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali, resumed hearing of high treason case against Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. During the course of proceedings, Mansoor cited

the Article 90 before the bench dealt with the government which said, “The executive authority of the federation shall be exercised in the name of the president by the federal government, consisting of the prime minister and the federal ministers, which shall act through the PM, who shall be the chief executive of the Federation.” He said Article 90 clearly elaborated that the federal government only comprised the PM and federal ministers, and the case should

be initiated by the government rather than a secretary. In the performance of his functions under the constitution, the PM may act either directly or through the federal ministers but not through the specific minister or a secretary he added. He also said that one individual alone could not use the powers after the 18th Amendment, but here no consent of the cabinet was seen at all, the letter writer to the former CJ had to be come through the government entirely not only through the executive. The executive action regarding formation of the Special Court was carum non-juice and the jurisdiction as he never consulted with the cabinet as well. Over that, Justice Faisal Arab enquired him that whether the secretaries were not subordinate to the PM, and where has the whole machinery gone. Mansoor replied that they were, but not directly.


Rejecting the Punjab government’s report in missing persons’ case, the Supreme Court has sought a reply from Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt within 24 hours. A three-member bench, led by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heard the case of Khawar Mehmood. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokar and Amina MAsood Janjua were also present. During the course of the hearing, the DPO presented a report that the government had formed a joint investigative team (JIT). Justice Khawaja remarked that maybe there was no need of the JIT. He asked where the Punjab advocate general was. He said that the constitution was of no importance to the

intelligence agencies. By reading newspapers it seems lawlessness prevails everywhere in the country. In the case, the prime minister and the Balochistan CM were quarters concerned. “… No one seems serious if work is going to be carried out in this manner than we would not be able to recover Khawar in the next 15 years,” he said. Police, under the Criminal Act, have the authority to carry on criminal proceedings against an intelligence officer for not cooperating in an investigation, Justice Khawaja remarked. He said that under Section 54 the police should investigate and recover Khawar Mehmood. The court gave 24 hours to Butt to ask the federal government if they were serious in recovery of Khawar or not. Later, the court adjourned the hearing until Friday.


A woman has been gang-raped by 12 men on the orders of a village council in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair. The council ordered the horrific penalty to be carried out in a village in West Bengal state on Tuesday night after the 20-year-old woman was discovered with a man from another

community, a senior officer said on Thursday. Police have arrested 12 people over the attack which was meted out after the woman’s parents said they could not pay the fine of 25,000 rupees ($459) imposed by the council for having the affair. ‘We have so far arrested 12 people in connection with the incident,’ district police superintendent C. Sudhakar said. The incident in India took place in Subalpur village, about 240 kilo-

metres west of state capital Kolkata, after the couple were discovered on Monday. ‘The head of the village council held an urgent meeting in the village square on Tuesday when the girl and her lover were called,’ Sudhakar said. ‘The girl and her lover were tied to two separate trees and fined 25,000 rupees each as a fine for having an affair,’ he said. ‘As the parents of the girl, who were also present at the meeting, ex-

pressed their inability to pay the fine, the head of the village council ordered that she should be raped by the villagers as punishment,’ he said. The man apparently involved with the girl was freed after he agreed to pay the fine within a week, he said. The woman was recovering from the attack in a hospital. The attack puts India’s record on sexual violence back into the spotlight after national outrage over the fatal

gang-rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012. The incident also echoes an attack on a woman in neighbouring Pakistan in 2002 on orders of a village council to avenge her 12-year-old brother’s alleged impropriety with a woman from a rival clan. Earlier this month, a Danish woman was allegedly gang-raped and robbed in the capital after she became lost on her way back to her hotel.


The Supreme Court on Thursday gave three months time to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to review the 221 CNG stations licenses whom licenses were issued during the PPP-led government tenure. A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja heard the case regarding issuing of illegal licenses to 250 CNG stations. At the outset of hearing, counsel for OGRA Iftikhar Gillani informed the bench that court should gave more time to OGRA to review the CNG stations licenses. He said that files of theses CNG stations were in the custody of Federal Investigation Agency and OGRA needs three months time to prepare the detailed report. The court accepted Iftikhar Gillani’s plea and awarded three months time to OGRA and directed FIA to support OGRA and adjourned the hearing.


A Chinese municipal official was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting more than $1 million in bribes, the official news agency reported on Thursday, highlighting the government’s efforts to crackdown on graft. Zhou Jianhua had chaired the standing committee of the People’s Congress of Xinyu city in the southern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua reported, citing the Jiangxi Higher People’s Court. It said Zhou had accepted 10.2 million yuan ($1.6 million), tens of thousands of U.S. and Hong Kong dollars as well as three gold bars and objects worth 236,000 yuan ($38,991). A higher court is currently handling a retrial of the case, Xinhua added. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made fighting pervasive graft a priority since taking office last March and has warned, like others before him, that corruption threatens the ruling Communist Party’s very survival.



Defence secretary says troops not being sent to Saudi Arabia or Egypt Syed says US has double standards regarding release of Shakil Afridi ISLAMABAD INP

Pakistan has told the United States in categorical terms that it would have strong reservations if any role was

given to India in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of USled NATO forces from the country. This information was given to the Standing Committee of the Senate on Defence by the Defence Secretary Lt General (r) Asif Yasin which met on Thursday with Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed in the chair. He said the US has been informed that peace and stability in Afghanistan were needed for Pakistan and the entire world while instability in Afghanistan would create problems for Pakistan more than any other country. He said there were 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and if the situation deteriorated after the

US withdrawal more refugees could enter Pakistan. The secretary said that under the international agreement Pakistan was bound to ensure smooth supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. He said blockade of NATO supplies was a political issue which was to be resolved by the federal and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments. Yasin said that if the US and Afghanistan did not reach an agreement it would be difficult for Washington to keep its forces in Afghanistan. The defence secretary said, “Pakistan itself will have to resolve the soft border issue with Afghanistan soon priority basis and for this we will have to first set our own


house in order.” He told the committee that there was no proposal under consideration to send the Pakistan Army to Saudi Arabia or Egypt. The committee condemned the demand by the US for the release of Dr Shakil Afridi and expressed its regrets over double standards of the US. It pointed out that despite close relations with Israel, the US refused to release its spies while on the other Pakistan is being pressurised for the handing over of Afridi. The secretary said Pakistan had adopted a principled and categorical stance that it would not handover Afridi. Syed said that the Pak-US relations were entering in a new

era and pointed out that Pakistani aid was being linked to the release of Afridi. He also said that the US was following double standards by refusing to give immunity to an Indian diplomat while it got CIA spy Raymond Davis released under the pretext of diplomatic immunity. The secretary said that during Pak-US defence consultation group meeting, he was informed that the US Defence Department was preparing a post-2014 roadmap. He said the US has been told that it was necessary to take Pakistan into confidence about situation after the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014. He said Pakistan also

told the US about increase in Indian defence budget pointing out that the increase in the Indian defence budget was equal to Pakistan’s annual defence budget. He said scrutiny of coalition support fund was right of the US and for some time its release was going on without any suspension. To a question, Yasin said that there has been reduction in drone attacks for the past some time. He said this was either due to Pakistani pressure or nonavailability of targets to the US. Earlier, the DHA officials briefed the committee about the land bought from the Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim.


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CHAMAN: A health worker administers polio vaccine to a child crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan through Friendship Gate at Pak-Afghan border on Thursday. INP

Unemployment in Pakistan set to increase in 2014: ILO report ISLAMABAD: The Global Employment Trends report issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) projected that Pakistan’s unemployment rate — 5.17% in 2013 — is set to rise slightly increase and then remain more or less the same for five more years due to the kind of political unrest plaguing the country. For 2014, ILO claimed unemployment rate will likely rise to 5.29%. The report stated that in the fifth year of the global recession, growth across the world decelerated and unemployment started to increase again, leaving an accumulated total of some 197 million people without a job in 2012. Generally in South Asia, labour markets continued to suffer from high rates of informal, agricultural employment where jobs are poorly paid and unprotected. Domestic problems and political unrest in Pakistan dampened growth, whereas GDP grew in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. India’s unemployment report has also been predicted to stay constant at 3.8%. Compared to 2012′s numbers (5.04% for Pakistan and 3.58% for India), unemployment has increased in both countries. In South-East Asia and the Pacific, employment expanded by 1.6% in 2013 and is projected to outpace growth in the working age population in the coming years. PRODUCTIVITY: A separate World of Work report by the ILO stated that Pakistan was one of the countries in which the market situation and labour quality actually improved as compared to countries like India and Mexico. Pakistan made it to the lower-middle-economies list, with about 55% of its population earning below $2, 43% earning between $2 and $6 and the remaining earning between $6 and $20 per day. UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Pakistan’s future also relies partly on the overall scenario in the rest of South Asia where, because of the global slowdown, creating jobs should be difficult in 2014. The persistent uncertainty and political unrest implies that Pakistan’s economy may lag behind the progressoriented countries in South Asia. India is in the midst of tackling political hurdles and wavering investor sentiment in light of a high current and fiscal deficit. Bangladesh, on the other hand, has been relatively successful in creating jobs, particularly in the garments sector, which helped a large number of females secure jobs. AGENCIES




US strategy for Asia that does not contemplate Pakistan’s role is incomplete and a policy that views Pakistan in the context of Afghanistan is shortsighted, says a US think-tank, Council on Foreign Relations. A special report titled “Reorienting US Pakistan Strategy: From AfPak to Asia,” warns that focusing narrowly on security threats will “alienate Pakistanis and reinforce a dangerous hostility from Pakistan’s elected and uniformed leadership”. The report’s author, Daniel S Markey, argues that Pakistan is also “unusually well positioned to play a non-aligned role”, maintaining ties with both Washington and Beijing and reap the benefits of each relationship without having to pick sides. While highlighting the problems Pakistan faces today, the report insists that the country is not “doomed to a downward slide” as improvements in leadership and governance can enable it to play a more constructive role over time. It warns US policy-makers that a hostile or violently unstable Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Alleged CIA collaborator Dr Shakil Afridi will not be released on the request of the United States, the Foreign Office said on Thursday, adding that the US aid is not related to Dr Afridi. A bill recently signed by US President Barack Obama proposes to withhold $33 million from assistance to Pakistan on account of Dr Afridi’s detention. Speaking to media representatives at the weekly media briefing, FO spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said the matter of Dr Afridi was sub judice, adding that he would not be released over American pressure. Aslam added that Pakistan did not accept America’s demand of Dr Afridi’s release in exchange of aid. Dr Afridi had helped the CIA by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad a month before the US forces raid on a compound that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Then US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had also confirmed Afridi had worked for US intelligence by collecting DNA to verify Osama’s location. The doctor was convicted of treason under Pakistan’s tribal justice system in 2012 — not for working for the CIA, for which the court said it had no jurisdiction, but for alleged ties to militants. He was initially sentenced to 33 years in jail and given a fine, but a court in Peshawar overturned his sentence in August last year and ordered a retrial. Regarding the incident in Mastung during which a Spaniard was injured, Aslam said Spanish authorities had been in touch with Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and had expressed their gratitude over Pakistan’s efforts to protect Spanish citizens. Aslam also apprised reporters of Wednesday’s meeting between Foreign Secretary Abdul Basit and India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr T. C. Raghavan. She added that during the meeting, the matters of trans-LoC trade and bus services and truck drivers came under discussion. On the upcoming visit of the Indian trade minister Anand Sharma to Pakistan, Aslam said Pakistan was not aware of the dates. STAFF REPORT

PPP slams Hashwani’s allegations against Asif Zardari PPP spokesman says Hashwani is trying to prove himself ‘loyal to the king’

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would compromise the broader US agenda in Asia, whereas a cooperative, growing Pakistan would advance it. The report, however, notes that groups like the Pakistani Taliban now attack Pakistan’s state institutions and civilians in ways that were inconceivable in prior decades and that raise doubts about Islamabad’s capacity to maintain basic law and order. The report points that the current US strategy is interpreted in Islamabad “as part and parcel of an impending US abandonment of Pakistan, tilt towards India, and effort to contain China — all unwelcome developments”. The paper warns that such concerns are likely to exacerbate Islamabad’s sense of insecurity and widen existing rifts with Washington. To counter this, the report advocates a two-pronged approach: confront and quarantine the immediate threats it poses to regional security while integrating Pakistan into the broader US agenda in Asia. The paper urges the US administration to open a formal dialogue with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Pakistan issues and explore options for expanded counter-terror cooperation with India. It proposes that the United States restructure its military aid to Pakistan,


decoupling it from the war in Afghanistan and focusing it instead on Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism within its borders. The paper recommends that the United States create opportunities for Pakistan to develop relationships with its neighbours in Asia, particularly India. To encourage a trade agreement among India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the paper proposes preferential access to American markets on the condition that those countries reduce barriers to intraregional trade. It also recommends that the United States support the TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project and focus its civilian aid on other trade-related infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports. The report argues that more normal relations with India could enable Pakistan to act as a regional trade hub or even contribute to regional security. Another recommendation that could raise eyebrows in Islamabad urges the US to discuss with India, after its general elections, the possibility of basing American military and intelligence operatives in the country. This would allow the two countries to address threats posed by Pakistan-based terror groups in a postAfghanistan context, it argues.

LAHORE: Reacting to an interview of renowned businessman Sadruddin Hashwani, broadcast by a private TV channel, Imran Riaz, a Pakistan People’s Party spokesman, on Thursday said that “sycophancy has always been a time-tested tool for people to rise to and remain in high places”. There is an even more effective tool, which is to prove oneself more loyal than the king. In doing so, all one needs is to pretend to be an enemy of the king’s opponents, and vilify them as much as possible. In an otherwise nonpolitical setting, Hashwani suddenly burst into a tirade against former president Asif Zardari. To a casual viewer, it might have come across as a simple matter of personal or political expression. However, those with any interest in the political milieu and an eye for detail could easily see what Hashwani was trying to achieve. “Being against Zardari earns you the easiest brownie points with the establishment and the present rulers,” according to Riaz. “Zardari was not only one Hashwani pretended to have always been up and against. He blamed every ruler in Pakistan to have victimised him at one time or another, except the present rulers, of course,” he said. Riaz said, “Hashwani spoke ill of Asif Zardari in a way which not totally befitting to his own old-age and stature. It was tirade in bad taste, full of contradictions.” Riaz added, at one point Hashwani claimed that Zardari had once gotten a person released from the jail to get Hashwani killed. “In the same breath, he informs us that Zardari in his exile years sought favours from him.” “Hashwani also claimed that he had declined to fulfill those favours. Imagine, a person trying to get you killed, forces you to leave the country, and then the same person starts seeking your favour, and on return to Pakistan, offers you several major projects.” PRESS RELEASE

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ROTESTS against loss of lives in Tuesday’s Manstung blast continued in the city with traffic suspended in various areas leaving masses in suffering. According to media, Majlise-Wahdatul Muslimeen staged protest sit-ins at Numaish Chowrangi, NIPA Chowrangi, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Malir 15, Drig Road, Five Star Chowrangi, Ancholi, Abbas Town, Nazimabad and other areas. The early morning protests suspended traffic in various parts as employees and students faced troubles reaching schools and offices. Schools were also closed in various areas due to the protest. Meanwhile, a vehicle was torched near Colony Gate on the main Shahrah-eFaisal and another at Shafiq Mor near Buffer Zone. The protest also continued

in other cities of Sindh, and also in Punjab, including Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad in solidarity with the victim families who have been staging sit-in for the last 25 hours in Quetta along with dead bodies of their beloved ones. The protestors have refused to bury the dead until arrest of the culprits. Karachiites, including people from different sections of the society were generally sympathetic to the cause, however, demanded of the government to set-up designated protest points and protect them against relevant inconvenience as this (protests and sit-ins) had emerged to be a norm in the city that restrict mobility of the citizens. The protestors, largely peaceful, appeared to had literally taken over the Numaish area patch on Karachi’s main artery MA Jinnah Road, however, administration constantly engaged in dialogue and force with them prudently decided to divert the traffic flow towards New MA Jinnah Road running straight from Jail Road to Empress Market onwards. However, sit-ins staged on different patches of another major artery Shahrah-e-Faisal had left residents of localities beyond airport almost stranded. Shahrah-e-Pakistan which connects Karachi with other parts of the province through Super Highway was another affected area compelling people from parts of FB Area and Abul Ispahani Road to

Take your positions and stay alert!: Rangers DG, Karachi CC KARACHI OnlinE

Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani and Rangers Sindh Director General (DG) Major General Rizwan Akhtar Thursday directed to beef up security and take additional steps to ensure security around the city. According to media reports, they made these directions during their

visit to different areas of the port city to review security arrangements including SITE area. In a statement issued by the Rangers Sindh PRO, they also met the SITE association office bearers and issued order to beef up security. The corps commander and the Rangers DG also directed to take additional steps to ensure security in the surrounding areas of the metropolis.

remain indoor with all businesses almost closed. A Karachi administration official said that they were conscious of the associated risks particularly on Shahrah-ePakistan as Sohrab Goth, where situation usually remained volatile is also located. “We have taken notables of the area into confidence so as to avert any untoward incident,” said the official mentioning that sectarian clashes would be prevented at every cost. In reply to a question, he said leaders of Jamaat Wahadut Muslimeen are also being persuaded to call of the protest in the larger interest of people including women, children, daily wage earners, office goers and students. Meanwhile, Parents generally preferred not to send their children to schools while many of the schools also announced half day due to prevalent uncertainty. Traffic was comparatively thin during the rush hours, yet Karachiites managed to establish their resilience as hundreds could be witnessed moving towards their work places. Public buses with many of the commuters on their roof top, vans and rickshaws carrying passengers were there to defy the situation with the urge that terrorists and criminals must be boldly faced and peace be restored without any unnecessary delay. They were appreciative of the administration that managed to convince the protestors, who

on Friday night had also taken over part of University Road including portion running parallel to Expo Centre and Hassan Square, to join the larger congregations and thus restoring normal traffic flow. TRANSPORTERS KEEPING AWAY FROM SIT-INS: Karachi Transporters Action Committee (KTAC) President Mohammad Ashraf Bangalori on Thursday announced that public buses would not ply on routes affected by ongoing sit-ins staged in the city. He said the transporters for the security of their drivers, conductors, vehicles and above all commuters have decided that all public buses and vans plying on routes, affected by ongoing protest rallies, would be stopped for a while. In reply to a question, Bokhari said besides possibilities of protestors getting provoked under any pretext it is also difficult to get access to the areas covered under the designated route permits granted to vehicles by the government transport department. “This is all the more difficult for us to look for alternatives routes as growing cost of fuels has left this to be an unrealistic option,” he said. About a few buses plying on these risky routes, he said the drivers and respective owners may be doing it on their own risk the association would be of little help to them in case of any loss.

At least 55 suspects were rounded up during a series of targeted actions by Rangers during last 24 hours. According to Rangers spokesman, the raids were conducted in Jamali Goth, Shah Faisal Colony-1, Muslimabad, Bhittiabad, Khokharapar, Nusrat Bhutto Morr, Abidabad, Muhammadabad, Banaras, Kanwari Colony and Lyari areas. During the targeted actions, 55 alleged criminals including members of the banned outfits, extortionists and gangwar elements were arrested, and weapons including SMGs, rifles and mixed ammo were recovered, the spokesman added.

3 policemen injuRed in cRackeR attack KARACHI: At least three policemen were injured when miscreants hurled a cracker bomb at police mobile in Karachi on Thursday. Reports said a patrolling police mobile came under attack in Karachi’s Patel Para area near Lasbela Chowk where bike riders threw a cracker on a police vehicle and sped away, leaving three police personnel injured. Earlier, a cracker was hurled at Pirabad Police Station. Fortunately, the small bomb could not explode. STAFF REPORT

Additional CS for additional efforts for inmates KARACHI APP

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has urged the philanthropists to support the government in its efforts to rehabilitate prisoners completing their jail terms. Addressing a ceremony organised by Justice Help Line, held at Sindh Secretariat Thursday evening, for handing-over medicines for the prisoners, he also sought

coordination to meet healthcare and welfare needs of the prisoners. Mumtaz said paucity of funds is a harsh fact that is further aggravated due to number of inmates growing beyond the capacity of almost every jail. “These are facts with underlying reasons generally known and have to be addressed through coordinated efforts between the government and conscientious sections of the society,” he said. The additional secretary said that the government was not abdicating from its


responsibilities, however, does need support for people who are generally resource-less and pertain to marginalised sections. He also referred to need for coordinated efforts for rehabilitation of the prisoners released from juvenile and women sections of the jails. Mumtaz Shah appreciated, Justice Help Line President Nadeem Shaikh for supporting welfare programmes for prisoners at different jails in the province. He also appreciated

assistance provided by the NGO for providing needed medicines and drugs to the dispensaries run by Karachi Supreme Court Bar Council and Malir bars respectively. Nadeem Shaikh said his NGO was also actively involved in helping the Pakistani fishermen jailed in India and he would soon be visiting India to help early release of these people. The ceremony was also attended by DIG Jail, Muzaffar Alam, Atam Pakash, Iftikhar Soomro and other officials besides notables of the city.

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HE ongoing National Immunisation Days (NID) with major focus on administration of oral polio vaccines continued, with due zeal, on Thursday across Sindh, with the exception of Karachi. Expanded Programme of

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All exams of Karachi University (KU) scheduled for Thursday were postponed by the university. According to a KU spokesperson, new dates for the exams will be announced later, adding that meetings of the teaching and non-teaching selection board have also been postponed for an indefinite period.

Immunization (EPI) Sindh Deputy Manager Dr Dur-eYasmin Jamal said that sit-ins had little impact on the campaign in the province. “As for Karachi we have already called it off and planning to re-start it in next 10 to 15 days,” she said. The EPI official said 5.7 million children under five years of age, that do not include kids from Karachi, are targeted to be covered under

the current campaign. In reply to a question, she said special measures have been adopted for safety of workers engaged in identified high risk areas in interior Sindh. As for planning underway for Karachi, she said meaningful measures would be adopted for restoration of public confidence with equal care towards and the workers’ security.

bilawal deploRes inaction as teRRoRism plagues countRy KARACHI: Pakistan People Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has lamented inaction despite increasing violence and the latest spate of terrorist attacks in the country. On Thursday, the young PPP leader spoke his heart out in his messages on social networking website twitter. “We claim to be brave but don’t fight for our martyred soldiers. We claim sovereignty but don’t protect our civilians. We claim to have honour but can’t avenge the slaughter of our sisters. We claim paradise lies at feet our mothers but can’t protect them. We claim to be human but remain silent when children are massacred. We claim to be Pakistan but I don’t recognise the country we’ve become,” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted with hash tag Mastung, a reference to the latest suicide attack on a bus in Mastung area of Balochistan that killed 24 people.“Pakistan: the country where even the martyred dead protest because the living have failed them,” said Bilawal. OnlinE

SBCA rAzeS ShoPS Built on PArKing AreA in SAddAr KARACHI APP

The demolition team of Sindh Building control Authority (SBCA) demolished and sealed various illegal structures including shops raised on parking area in Saddar. The demolition activities were carried out on the directives of the SBCA Director General Manzoor Qadir, said a statement on Thursday.

The demolition team razed the shops which were built at the 2nd and 4th floors in the car parking area at plot no 19/2, PR-1 Preedy Quarters Saddar Town. The RCC roof and partition walls on 4th floor at plot no 69,SB-3, the partition walls at 7th floor in Ranchore Lane plot no 14/1,R.C-4, partition walls of 6th floor at plot no 65,H.V.I, Ranchore Lane, illegal construction in shop no 162 at Millat Nagar


were demolished. The team also demolished illegal shops raised at compulsory open space in ground floor at plot no 33C block-4, Clifton. The deputy and assistant building directors and demolition officers supervised the demolition activities. The personnel of SBCA Police force also accompanied the demolition teams to control law and order situation.


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The other ground zero The ground reality in Egypt, Syria

The political parties realign after spate of terror


HE air strike in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has led to a fresh lining up among the political parties which had so far opposed the use of force and favoured talks with the militants. The PML-N is having second thoughts about its one item strategy of talks, citing the latest attacks on army personnel, polio vaccination teams and the Shia pilgrims as a reason for the reappraisal. Shahbaz Sharif has hinted at the inevitability of the use of force in the days to come. A clear cut position however is yet to be taken by the party leadership. Nawaz Sharif’s spokesman has suddenly remembered that the prime minister had given no mandate to JUI-S chief Sami-ulHaq to hold talks with the militants. Why he failed to deny the cleric’s oft-repeated claim before is anybody’s guess. While security officials maintain that those killed in NWA air strike were Uzbek fighters, German militants and some of the top killers belonging to the TTP, Fazlur Rehman has expressed concerns over what he calls the ‘innocents’ killed. Did Fazl ever condemn the TTP for killing thousands of non-combatant civilians and army personnel performing their duties? Why didn’t he say a single word about 24 Hazaras who died in a Mastung blast despite LeJ having owned the attack? Fazlur Rehman who twice survived the attack by the militants has presumably taken the position to avoid any recurrence of incidents of the sort. Another possible motive is the hope that the stand might win back some of the extremists lost to Imran Khan in KP. Despite being a part of the PML-N led coalition at the centre Fazlur Rehman maintains that he has never been in favour of a military offensive and has vowed to oppose it in future as well. Will his party men who have joined the cabinet or are enjoying other important positions in the set up resign in case of a military operation? It is time politicians learn to give more importance to national interest than to their personal or party concerns. Samiul Haq, the self appointed mediator between the TTP and government, has publicly disassociated from the process. With ‘a plague on both houses’ type of attitude, he has blamed both the army and the TTP for getting involved in a war where “innocent citizens and soldiers are dying.” This reflects the confusion prevailing in the Defence of Pakistan Council where militant outfits operating under new nomenclatures are evenly balanced by elements supporting the army. Imran Khan has finally retracted from his uncompromising stand on talks, saying his party will stand by army in case of military operation. Will Khan call off the blockade of the NATO traffic now? After all, isn’t an enemy’s enemy a friend? And hasn’t an air force attack taken out more terrorists than drone attacks do in months?

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HE emerging western strategies dealing with extremism inflicted regions was the question raised in the previous article. The other related inquiry examined what is causing them to take a fresh look. First of all, after years of fighting, the threat from terrorists has not diminished and the economic reality has forced NATO’s thinking towards a new approach. Furthermore, emphasis on a military solution for more than a decade has led to a serious slip in perception, especially for the US. This is obviously undesirable as it allows other global powers, especially China and Russia, to make inroads in to what was traditionally a western sphere of influence. To deal with the emerging dangers, the new premise is on the lighter and agile presence around the globe. Moreover, the reliance is increasingly on the regional allies to lead the fighting, while NATO provides security and economic assistance. This is obvious in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, and Islamic Maghreb. The challenge is that both the West and its regional allies in the terror-afflicted regions are presently in a weakened economic and social condition. This is pushing the NATO states to develop and agree on new modus operandi, so the burden to protect against the risks does not fall only on the US. At the same time, the US remains concerned as European allies continue to shrink defence budgets. In this article, the focus is on examining the patterns transpiring in the extremism impacted regions. Additionally, to look at the gravest risks for which the West is preparing, and which are also reflected by the new strategies and tactics it’s adopting. European and American thought centres are deeply concerned about the dwindling Westphalian system in these

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parts of the world, and what would follow the Arab Spring. There is an anxiety that radicalisation may be spreading, and the danger of it reaching the helms of power is very real. At a deeper level, Western assessment involves examination of factors and elements posing a threat to the global systems and processes it put in place, and some will say are advantageous for it. To study the ground reality, some will argue the best approach is to study each nation with its own sets of peculiarities. On the other hand, one can say that this limits observing the broader patterns that can be generally applied. Without deciding in the favour of one or the other, it’s best to be just cognisant of this distinction. Egypt After years of struggle in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was finally able to narrowly form a government post elections. Many believe the Islamic organisation exploited the Arab Spring, inspired and led by liberal forces, in its own favour. Soon after Mursi government came in to power, it attempted to consolidate power and exhibited worrying behaviour related to its posture towards extremist groups, and also towards regional dynamics linked with Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel. After Mursi’s overthrow, what has followed appears to be an attempt to return to the politics of the past, with the secular military at its centre. This, however, is an untenable direction in the long-term with its own dreadful consequences involving the Egyptian military. Since the removal of Mursi, the military has cracked down against Muslim Brotherhood, which also supported Hamas in the West Bank. This may be causing the upsurge in militant activity and attacks in the Sinai. What happens in Egypt has serious repercussions for not only the security of Israel but also the Middle East Peace Process and the two-state solution. After coming to power, Mursi had not only attempted to build closer ties with Iran but also with Qatar and Turkey; the powers that have supported Hamas against Israeli blockade. This put his government in stark contrast to policies adopted under Mubarak that were in line with the interests of other Gulf powers, such as Saudi Arabia. Thus, what seems to be occurring is a repeat of the past politics, as oppose to a genuine movement towards the future, and this is likely to breed more extremism and perhaps erode the liberal nature of Egyptian army. Meanwhile, the new rulers will likely continue to exploit western worries to prolong their rule and gain economic

and security assistance. The decades long Muslim Brotherhood experiment to work within the system to attain power failed miserably, and this will only strengthen the voices of those proclaiming violent ways, with implications beyond Egypt. Syria In Syria, the threat is not only from extremists but also from the weapon of mass destruction falling in to the hands of extremists, whether Shiite or Sunni. The extremist groups came very close to acquiring deadly weapons and Israel acted unilaterally on few occasions to destroy the arms that could threaten its security. The peril posed by chemical weapons almost led to US/NATO military strike in Syria, and it was only after Russian diplomacy that the threat receded. While Russia, US and Western powers differed on military intervention and which side to support, they were united in preventing the proliferation of chemical weapons. Moreover, the inter-radical conflict in Syria has already spread, involving Lebanon more directly. Reportedly, even Taliban sent reinforcements to Syria. The liberal Free Syrian Army (FSA) is supported by the West and Gulf nations and is fighting Assad’s military and Sunni extremist groups. Meanwhile, the Shiite Hezbollah has the backing of Iran and indirectly Russia. Hezbollah desires to restore Assad and is fighting with FSA and AQ linked extremist groups such as al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). Although recently FSA, Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), and the Islamic Front together fought more extreme AQ linked ISIS, which reportedly has more foreign extremists. The emerging classification is between extremist groups with local base such as al-Nusra and the Islamic Front, and ISIS with more foreign extremists and possessing regional and global ambitions.

On the other hand, the Al Qaeda linked Sunni extremist groups are fighting both FSA and Hezbollah. Apparently, Hezbollah has state sponsors while the Sunni extremist groups have none. Will this trend continue for long is yet to be seen. This was one more reason why the Muslim Brotherhood backed Mursi regime in Egypt was considered dangerous under the regional circumstances. The moderate mainstream Islamist groups, such as Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan, are considered to carry sympathies for some extremists and militant groups although they have stayed away from direct involvement. During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, the jihadist had received assistance from Pakistan, Gulf States and the US. As long as the US, Russian and Chinese ties remain in the realm of cooperation and away from confrontation; the Sunni groups are unlikely to get overt support. This situation, however, can change if the balance of power swings completely in favour of Iran in the Arab world, and the direction of Arab Spring moves towards the Gulf States. Thus managing Saudi Arabia will become one of the top priorities for the West in the future. In the fifth article of this series, in addition to Egypt and Syria, the dynamics of Iraq will also be explored, and will be linked to the evolution of extremist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Moreover, the focus will also be on the response of the Gulf region to the changing Middle East and emerging western policies.

The challenge is that both the West and its regional allies in the terror-afflicted regions are presently in a weakened economic and social condition. This is pushing the NATO states to develop and agree on new modus operandi, so the burden to protect against the risks does not fall only on the US.

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TTP’s blunder under Fazlullah That the “violent” TTP has decided to extend its war by declaring the country’s media, intelligentsia, politicians, government figures and ulema associated with even the Deobandi school of thought as a ‘party’ to the conflict seems Fazlullah’s ‘well thought out intriguing’ blunder. This shows that he has a clear objective of opening an all out war not only against the government, its army, political hierarchy and civil society, but also against the entire Pakistani nation. At the same time it means that he considers that TTP has now reached a point where it finds itself capable and confident enough that it can engage every non-TTP entity declaring its enemy. That’s why we see a visibly tactical change in its modus operandi. No saner commander opens at a time all fronts from all sides. Even the barbarian Hakimullah never did so. Turning against and sending suicidal terror missions against media, anchorpersons, columnists, newspapers, TV houses, literary and religious figures has served no interest of TTP but of the not-so-willing Nawaz Sharif government and the-friendly Imran Khan’s PTI who have no announced to extend full backing to an all out

army operation if it is ordered. Never had it happened in the country before that the media and other stakeholders were demanding with one voice a strong, swift, massive and all out action against these criminals who have taken lives of thousands of people and security personnel. Such a blessing moment was long waited. That blessing time has arrived. Thanks to Fazlullah. He has helped the entire Pakistani nation to get united on one point, on a single pretext and for a common objective. That is to fight the menace of terror out, once and for all. The weapons and will we have are enough to wipe them out. But more than the weapons was the unity required, which thousands of columns and hundreds of appeals could not bring in. Now I feel no fear because before the deluge of people no one would be able to stand. For Nawaz Sharif and Gen Raheel Sharif, as well as for Imran Khan and everyone including media, judiciary and civil society, it is a great opportunity, for all times to come, to make a history as saviour of this nation. F Z KHAN Islamabad

Enough is enough We all know that anti-polio campaign is always,


administration-wise, the most difficult task wherein hundreds of thousands vaccinators are required to repeatedly visit each and every corner of the country including the low-income areas and slums. Obviously a country like Pakistan, government can’t employ such a large number of health workers for this task; means it has to be depending on volunteers to make these campaigns a success. But who are these volunteers —widows, single and married women with no source of income, jobless youth. And what they get in return —- merely 2 – 3 dollars a day. No, no they also get death and life threatening injuries working for a noble cause. These angels are risking their lives, leaving widows and orphans behind, only for the betterment of this country’ future generations. And what Taliban and their ideological supporters are giving them in return —- death. It’s just same as banging the head on a wall when you see what these evil forces of darkness are doing to Pakistan. Taliban are making sure Pakistan becomes an inhospitable place, so that they can enforce their version of Sharia on dead bodies. For how long we have to suffer; perhaps one day somewhere someone will take a stand and will say – enough is enough. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia


Friday, 24 January, 2014




J Hargrave was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. More than a dozen years later, his brother Jamie was chosen in a U.S. government lottery to attend a week of pre-trial hearings at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for the five men accused of plotting the attacks. These may rank among the most important legal proceedings in American history, but news of them made hardly a ripple. “It’s your obligation as journalists to report these proceedings at least a little bit,” Jamie pleaded at a news conference after the hearings. He was speaking to an audience of nine. Granted, these are only pre-trial hearings; the coverage may ramp up when the trials begin, probably in 2015. In the meantime, the filing and arguing of motions goes forth with all the drama of drying paint. But this legal wrangling is not the whole story of what’s happening at Guantánamo. And, five years after President Obama vowed to close the controversial prison within his first year in office, the whole story is vexingly hard to tell. It starts with access. Nobody gets anywhere near Gitmo, let alone the hearings, without permission from the U.S. military, and applying to visit Camp Justice, where the military commissions are held, entails paperwork in quintuplicate. Trial observers like me never see the inside of the prisons, and even journalists never get to talk to the detainees. Months elapse between sessions of the military commission, and attending in person

LATE ACTION HERO Telegraph, CalCuTTa It may not be entirely coincidental that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are seeing an increased spate of terror attacks. A vast network links the terror operatives in the two countries, where the non-state actors are looking forward to the drawdown at the end of 2014 as a step towards the fulfilment of their mission of establishing a larger Islamic state. The state authorities in both the countries are caught in a stupor when it comes to meeting the challenge. Despite the havoc the Taliban continue to wreak, the governments insist that talks are the only way to ensure peace. But like Afghanistan, Pakistan is finding it increasingly difficult to hold on to this avowed objective, especially now that the Taliban are showing less and less remorse in targeting the Pakistan military. Since September last year, army posts and personnel, including top officials, have taken a major brunt of the attacks. But the recent assaults — near the army headquarters in Rawalpindi and a convoy in distant North Waziristan that ended in the death of around 20 soldiers — seem to be proving the proverbial straw on the back of the camel. Pakistan has launched an unprecedented aerial assault in North Waziristan, allegedly killing scores of militants. What is startling is not the use of fighter jets that seem to contradict Pakistan’s principled stand in its battle against the use of drones by the United States of America, but the determination to take the fight to an area that so long had been allowed the freedom to grow into a nursery for jihadists. Since the ceasefire of 2007, Pakistan has tried its best to avoid a military strike in this area that has been favoured as much by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as the Haqqani network of the Afghanistan Taliban. No amount of cajoling by the US, a major aid-provider and Pakistan’s partner in the War on Terror, had made Pakistan change its mind. The North Waziristan operation could be a signal of larger changes in Pakistan. With the recently altered army hierarchy, it is possible that the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is now finding it easier to push through a much-needed change in policy. The sustained attack on the army may have also forced the military to reconsider promoting select jihadists to gain strategic depth in Afghanistan. But Pakistan will still have to answer to its people why the large-scale civilian deaths could not force it to act earlier.

generally means flying down to Gitmo on a military-organized plane for a whole week. You can’t exactly hop a shuttle and check things out. No wonder media bigshots avoid it. For outsiders, Guantánamo is weirdly wrapped in a cotton wad of nice. The military minders who shepherd visitors away from restricted areas are paragons of good manners. And since the waters of the bay and the skies above it are relentlessly azure blue, some visitors seem to have a hard time remembering what they came for. The hearings schedule is haphazard, and meanwhile there are pleasure boats to be rented and commemorative Tshirts to be bought (not to mention a Castro bobblehead from Radio GTMO, bearing the inscription “Rockin in Fidel’s Backyard”). Torture is Guantánamo’s Original Sin. It is both invisible and omnipresent. The U.S. government wants coverage of the 9/11 attacks, but not the waterboarding, sleep deprivation, prolonged standing and other forms of torture that the CIA applied to the defendants. It’s tricky, prosecuting the 9/11 case while trying to keep torture out of the public eye. “Torture is the thread running through all of this,” one of the detainees’ psychiatrists told me. “You can’t tell the story [of 9/11] without it.” The 9/11 defendants are not being tortured today, at least not in the way they once were. But we don’t know much about conditions in their prison. For years, even its name, “Camp Seven,” was a secret. Proceedings have now ground to a halt while the mental competency of one defendant, Ramzi bin alShibh, is evaluated. He kept interrupting the hearings last month with shouts of “This is

my life. This is torture. TOR! TURE!” We’re not sure what else he said. Visitors observe the hearings behind sound-proof glass, with an audio feed that runs 40 seconds behind. When something sensitive is said in the courtroom, the infamous “hockey light” on the judge’s bench lights up and the comment is bleeped out. Bin al-Shibh’s audio went fuzzy partway through. The degree of classification of banal matters is bewildering. A former camp commander issued a memo on exactly what material the defense lawyers were allowed to bring in to their clients. One thing that was not allowed to be brought in? The memo itself. Cheryl Bormann, a defense attorney for Walid bin Attash, one of the 9/11 defendants, was not allowed to bring him a copy of The Black Banners, a book about 9/11 by a former FBI agent in which her client is mentioned. But a guard was allowed to give another of the defendants a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. The defendant, Ammar al Baluchi, a conservative Muslim, reportedly returned it untouched to his lawyer. Yet somehow, despite the tight web of restrictions on information and the turgid legal motions being filed and re-filed, Courtroom #2 at Guantánamo Bay presents a tableau of high drama. First there are the defendants themselves, all dressed in loose white garments, some with camouflage jackets and keffiyehs, and all sporting thick beards. The beard of Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, rules the roost. It is dyed bright orange and fans out resplendently over his chest. Meanwhile, lining the wall alongside

the defendants are a phalanx of clean-shaven, close-cropped young U.S. soldiers. The legal teams also offer some strong personalities. Bormann wears a flowing black abaya out of respect for her conservative Muslim client. She speaks in a flat Illinois accent and seems to relish combat; she rarely addresses the judge as “your honor.” In the courtroom, Bormann makes a sharp contrast with chief prosecutor Mark Martins, a 6-foot4 brigadier general wearing an impressive display of ribbons and medals across the chest of his jet-black uniform. Martins was first in his class at West Point, a Rhodes scholar, and likes to invite journalists and trial observers to go running with him at 4:30 a.m. How to energize the broader public about these trials? The pop singer Esperanza Spalding has tried to do so in a song. In his new film “Camp X-Ray,” Peter Sattler imagines an emotional bond forming between a young female guard (played by ex-vampire Kristen Stewart) and a Yemeni detainee. It’s a far-fetched plot, but at least it allows a Guantánamo detainee to be portrayed on the big screen as a human being. In the week I spent at Guantánamo Bay in December, I heard the names of Orwell and Kafka repeatedly invoked to describe what we were seeing. Maybe it will take writers and artists to evoke it; we might need fiction to describe reality. Where are Dave Eggers, Gary Shteyngart and Ha Jin when you need them? Calling all writers! There’s something you need to see at Guantánamo Bay. Carroll Bogert is a deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch.

A defence of Obama's Afghan war ambivalence aTlanTiC CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

Did President Obama betray the troops in Afghanistan? Conservative political commentators have been saying so for days. As evidence, they cite the newly released memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who complained that as of late 2010, the Commander in Chief “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” Here's how Charles Krauthammer reacted in a Washington Post piece (emphasis added): How can a commander in good conscience send troops on a mission he doesn’t believe in, a mission from which he knows some will never return? Even worse, Obama ordered a major escalation, expending much blood but not an ounce of his own political capital. Over the next four years, notes Gates with chagrin, Obama ignored the obligation of any commander to explain, support and try to rally the nation to the cause. And when he finally terminated the surge, he did so in the middle of the 2012 fighting season. Militarily incoherent — but politically convenient. It allowed Obama to campaign for reelection proclaiming that “the tide of war is receding.” One question remains, however. If he wasn’t committed to the mission, if he didn’t care about winning, why did Obama throw these soldiers into battle in the first place? Krauthammer's answer is that Barack Obama and the Democrats were never serious about the War in Afghanistan. They just used it as an excuse to make themselves appear tough on foreign policy while opposing the Iraq War and dinging Bush. They'd hardly be the first politicians to feign hawkish desires for political reasons. But there is a much more charitable explanation for Obama's actions. Perhaps what happened is that Obama entered office underestimating how difficult it would be to turn the War in Afghanistan around; maybe as it wore on, his gut began to tell him that it couldn't be won, but his military advisers told him that it could; maybe he made the defensible decision to trust his military advisers more than his gut, committing to the troop surge that they assured him would work. And he almost certainly wanted it to work, having ordered it, if only because then he'd have gotten significant credit for turning around and winning a war. The idea that Obama "didn't care" about winning is highly counterintuitive. At the same time, he knew it was possible that the surge wouldn't work. Maybe the war couldn't be won, and wanting to guard against an open-ended commit-

ment to a lost cause, he hedged his bets, telling his military advisers that they had a fixed amount of time to make the surge work, and it was their last chance to win the war. Perhaps he thought this approach had a chance of succeeding, and that even if it didn't succeed, it might help the U.S. military to appear as if it hadn't lost. Maybe he didn't "try to rally the nation to the cause" because neither the subjective optimism of the American people toward the war nor their emotional investment in it were going to have any impact on the military's success in theater. (There are less charitable alternatives too. Maybe he wanted more time to conduct drone strikes in Pakistan, and needed to extend the Afghan war to do so.) In my judgment, Obama made the wrong decision when he ordered the Afghan surge, and America would've been better served by ending its involvement sooner. Had that happened, Krauthammer would've written a column expressing outrage that a former community organizer with no military experience refused his military advisers a requested surge because he privileged his arrogant, ignorant gut feelings above their long experience and combat expertise. What Obama's hawkish critics really wanted, the only way they'd have been happy with his leadership, is if he was a true believer in the fashion of President Bush, whose earnest faith at every point of the Iraq War fiasco needlessly killed a lot more young Americans than Obama's burgeoning ambivalence and desire for withdrawal. "The truth is that Obama and his staffers should have been extremely skeptical of the military's judgment by 2011," Kevin Drum argues. "Nobody in the Pentagon wants to hear this, but by that time they had failed enough times that skepticism was really the only reasonable response from a new president." Forced to bet, a gradual loss of misplaced faith in the Pentagon sounds like a lot more plausible explanation for Obama's behavior than callous disregard for the troops that allowed him to benefit politically by sending them on a suicide mission. Again, he wouldn't be the first president to value politics and optics more than the lives of American troops, but in this case, the charitable explanation is more realistic. After all, it isn't as if ordering the Afghan surge somehow won him the support of a nation yearning to send more young people to war. And had Obama believed that the Afghan war could be won after ordering the surge, he would've benefitted politically by doubling down and winning it.

BANgkOk's sTATE Of EmERgENCy Wall STreeT Journal The cabinet of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declared a state of emergency in Bangkok Tuesday, giving the government new powers to maintain public order amid the opposition's attempt to overthrow her. The question now is whether the military will stand behind the elected government and support elections scheduled for Feb. 2 or seize power for itself. The latest round of antigovernment protests started on Jan. 13 with the stated intent of forcing Ms. Yingluck to hand power to a "people's council." While the numbers of protesters on the streets has fallen, those remaining are more radical. Violence by shadowy provocateurs has increased, including drive-by shootings and grenade attacks. Many of the government's foes are urban residents and middle or upper class, so their attempt to shut down central Bangkok has hurt their own interests. The government's supporters in the countryside also aren't happy, since a government rice-subsidy scheme has fallen behind on payments. Tourist arrivals are also down in what should be the high season, hurting the incomes of many Thais. This makes for a combustible mix. Hopes of compromise between the two main political camps—the aristocratic and business establishments on one side and the rural populists led by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the other—have dwindled as the leaders play to their respective galleries. The military is now the decisive factor. If it steps in, the conflict will be kicked down the road once more. But should the military stand by the government, it would set a valuable precedent that elected leaders should serve out their term, even when they are unpopular with large portions of the population. Without a firm commitment to the ballot box as the only legitimate way to change governments, Thailand will continue to lurch from one crisis to the next. Once the current opposition confronts that reality, its leaders will be forced to talk rather than keep hoping it can overthrow the government. And the ruling party, knowing it will someday be in opposition, will have reason to compromise on institutions to check its power. There have been few signs so far that Thailand's top brass understand this. But the generals did learn from the 2006 coup that backing an unpopular, unelected government nearly tore the military apart. By 2010 they had to deal with "watermelon soldiers" covertly helping the pro-Thaksin "red shirt" protesters; they were said to be green on the outside, red on the inside. If fears of a repeat keep the military in their barracks, Ms. Yingluck has a chance to face down Thailand's antidemocratic forces. No side in this dispute is especially virtuous, but there is still a chance the incentives will fall into the right alignment for an end to insurrections and coups. The state of emergency in Bangkok could still go either way.


Friday, 24 January, 2014

Food group exports increase 7.22pc , imports dip 6.98pc Data revealS exPortS oF vegetableS anD PluSeS IncreaSeD by 23.46 Percent ISLAMABAD



ood group exports from the country during first six months of current financial year increased by 7.22 percent where as imports of food group decreased by 6.98 percent. According to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), during the period from July-december, 2013 food commodities worth $2.132 billion exported as compared to the exports worth of $1.988 billion during last year. during the period under review rice exports registered 25.89 percent growth and by going up from $749.827 million during Julydecember 2012-13 to $943.945 million this year. Fish and fish preparations exports posted 15.81 percent increase to $181.656 million this year. Whereas during same period of last year the fish and fish preparations exports were recorded at $156.854 million. Meanwhile, the country's fresh fruits exports were also surged by 35.95 percent, exports of which were recorded at $205.458 million during July-december 2013-14 whereas during the same period last year the fruit exports were recorded at $151.132 million. The data revealed that exports of vegetables and leguminous vegetables (pluses) increased by 23.46 percent and 185.60 percent respectively. during the period under review vegetables exports increased from $65.554 million last year to 80.93 million this year. The leguminous vegetables (pluses) exports during July-december 2013-14 were recorded at 2.776 million as compared to that

of $972,000 last year. Similarly the exports of oil seeds, nuts and kernals also increased by 195 percent by going up from $16.357 million last year to $48.316 million this year, whereas meat and meat preparations exports increased from $119.369 million during the period July-december 2012-13 to $121.989 million during same period this year, thus showing an increase of 2.19 percent. The commodities which witnessed negative growth in their exports including wheat, exports of which decreased by 82.57 percent, spices exports decreased by 20.06 percent, sugar exports dipped by 24.7 percent while all other food items exports also decreased by 21.32 percent. on the other hand imports of food commodities in the country during first six months of current financial year went down by 6.98 percent. The imports of food group during the period under review were recorded at $2.011 billion as compared to that of $2.162 billion during same period of last year. Import of milk cream and milk food for infants decreased by 6.29 percent and recorded at $68.996 million during last six months as compared to that of $73.627 million last year. Meanwhile, tea and spices imports also decreased by 26.7 percent and 5.92 percent respectively. Tea imports went down from $182.743 million to $133.949 million during the period under review where as spices imports went down from $35.851 million to $33.729 million. Similarly the imports of palm oil declined by 11.47 percent, imports of which were recorded at $906.872 million this year as compared to that of $1.024 billion last year. The imports of soyabean oil decreased from $44.243 million last year to $32.192 million this year showing a negative growth of 27.24 percent.

India, Pakistan trade needs terror-free environment: Singh NEW DELHI: India is ready to forge ahead in boosting trade with Pakistan, but it has to be done in an environment free from terror and violence, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said here. In her valedictory address at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) 2nd Annual Conference, the foreign secretary also said that Pakistan's complaint about non-tariff barriers in India hampering bilateral trade "do not stand up to close scrutiny". Speaking on the subject, 'Normalising India-Pakistan Trade', the foreign secretary said "India remains ready to move ahead on the bilateral trade agenda. However it also needs to be understood that a necessary pre-requisite for dynamic economic activity between our two countries, is an environment free from terror and violence. Trade and terrorism are incompatible." "It is our hope that we can at some point reach this objective. The question is when? Time will tell." She said the "challenge is to create an environment where we can focus on the trade and the economic agenda, and work towards growing connectivity and linkages between our two economies". Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's emphasis on building "an economically vibrant and progressive South Asia, built on a strong foundation of normal, peaceful and friendly ties", she said that economic progress and friendly ties are interlinked. INP

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Mobilink becomes world’s fastest growing brand on Facebook ISLAMABAD: Mobilink has been certified as the World’s Fastest Growing Brand on Social Media in recognition of its exceptional engagement practices. The accolade has been given by Social Bakers which is the global provider of network statistics and analysis for the most commonly used social networks. This is the first time a Pakistani Brand has led the global charts of any social media ranking. Social Bakers has also marked Mobilink as the most socially devoted Pakistani for a second consecutive month on all social fronts. The achievement followed Mobilink’s fan base crossing the milestone of over 2.1 million Facebook fans and twitter followers growing to more than 89,000. This marks Mobilink as the leading telecom brand on social media with maximum likes on Facebook ( and the most followers on its twitter account ( Ali Murtaza, Director Marketing Mobilink said, “The overwhelming response of our growing fan base on the social media and our leading statistics are reflective of our focus on providing the best customer experience on all fronts. PRESS RELEASE

CORPORATE CORNER corporate pakistan unfolds trade potential of pakistan

LAHORE: “Corporate Pakistan-2013 exhibition would be a wonderful opportunity to reflect Pakistan as a potential country for business and would prove to be a catalyst for the ongoing diversification and development of country’s knowledge economy. Moreover, the Expo will present Pakistan to the business community an open, tolerant, affluent place to do trade,” said by Zia ul Mustafa, President ICAMP while addressing a press conference. The ICMA Pakistan is organizing mega Trade Exhibition and Business Professionals Conference under the title of “Corporate Pakistan” on 14th and 15th December, 2013 at Lahore. Mr. Zia ul Mustafa, President & Chief Executive said that we are fully resolved to present the true corporate face of Pakistan to the world and also to achieve national objectives such as to improve the corporate image of Pakistan, motivate the entrepreneurs for business growth, enhance the confidence of investors in Pakistan’s business market, encourage youth of Pakistan to explore new horizons. PRESS RELEASE

LAHORE: Photograph taken at the launch of the executive certificate in agribusiness management (ECAM) by LUMS in collaboration with Nestle Pakistan. (Sitting left to right) Waqar Ahmed Sheikh, head of corporate affairs Nestle Pakistan, Magdi Batato, managing director Nestle Pakistan, Dr Sohail Naqvi, LUMS vice chancellor and Dr Arif Nazir Butt, dean Suleman Dawood School of Business. PR

Lux launches star calendar 2014

on board which will be announced shortly. The services will be available at minimal charges on credit /debit cards and would be available on flights operated by Boeing 777 aircraft only. PRESS RELEASE

digital microwave oven introduced by dawlance caters to all cooking needs

LAHORE: The Lux Star Calendar 2014 is a Collectible Item for Pakistani audiences from the style and entertainment leader in the country. Through this activity, Lux further strengthens its ownership of being the “Soap of the Stars”. In this year’s Calendar edition, Lux pays tribute to the flourishing TV industry of Pakistan by featuring the top two names in the country today – the gorgeous Mehwish Hayat and heartthrob Fahad Mustafa. The brand also honors Pakistan’s rising fashion industry, by taking on board the dazzling models Rabia Butt and Emmad Irfani. The photoshoot was done by Guddu Shani, and brings to life the beauty, fragrance, and mesmerizing allure of Lux women and their dashing avid admirers, Lux men. Kamiar Rokni has lent his design genius to dress the stars in a gorgeous Lux palette. In the Calendar shoot, Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa are pictured in a world of floral splendor, surrounded by riots of precious flowers to bring alive to bring alive the Lux fragrance identity. She is radiant in an opulent setting, while her avid admirer Fahad cannot take his eyes off her – and that’s what makes her a true Lux woman. Rabia Butt and Emmad Irfani are pictured in a charming city setting, where Rabia truly embodies the Lux woman by bringing a touch of glamour to an otherwise every day scene. Emmad is mesmerized and cannot help but offer a token of attraction to Rabia. Lux commits to continuing on its journey of glamour, and will continue to bring exciting projects like this to the Pakistani audiences. PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI: Keeping up with its tradition of innovation, Pakistan’s No. 1 home appliances brand, Dawlance has introduced digital microwave oven model DW-391G. An elegant look & feel and advanced features set this microwave oven a class apart. What makes this particular oven more relevant for Pakistani markets is that it has simplified cooking of just about any meal to the press of a button. The DW-391G is packed with the most-wanted cooking features that would give Pakistani homemakers a reason to pamper their loved ones with a choice of recipes ranging from traditional Pakistani cuisines to delectable international recipes by the famous Chef Mehboob. PRESS RELEASE

pia starts phone, sms facility on Boeing 777 KARACHI: PIA has started Phone and SMS facility on board its Boeing 777 Aircraft for the convenience of its passengers. PIA spokesman said. The facility will be available on PIA flights operated with Boeing 777 aircraft. The airline also plans to provide email facility

ISLAMABAD: Famous Classical dancer Nighat Chaudhry performs during a musical evening organised by Islamabad Marriott Hotel in collaboration with Mausikaar Welfare trust at its elegant Crystal Ballroom. PR


Friday, 24 January, 2014





You are feeling an urgent need for downtime -- so make sure that you can get away by yourself for a while! It's easier than you think to deal with these feelings, but you need to take them seriously first.

You need to deal with some intense new emotional state -- which could be negative or positive. In either case, it's got quite an impact on your life, so make sure that you're on top of it.

You are feeling drawn toward service today -- which could mean volunteering, exploring spirituality or even diving into a new career. Make sure that you're being true to yourself as you move forward.




You should double-check everything you want to deal with today -- and especially if it involves signing any legal agreements! Your great energy ensures that you catch every little flaw.

You have to look at things more carefully today -- the surface reality is sure to lead you astray. Once you see what needs to happen, you should be able to correct your course with ease.

Your emotional side is driving you today -- and possibly driving you crazy! If you just sit back and let it call the shots, you are more likely to enjoy the ride, so don't resist unless disaster looms.




You need to deal with work or a job search today -- your energy is a bit diffuse, but you can focus on one project without too much trouble. Expect a bit of a slowdown as the day wears on.

You feel healed today -- though possibly from an injury you didn't even realize you had incurred! Your energy is amazing, and you should feel free to explore your new possibilities.

You need to deal with some psychic disruption going on pretty deep inside you -- but don't fear! You should be able to get to the bottom of it and learn some new tricks in the bargain.







You have to take some time for yourself today -otherwise, you may spin in circles without coming to an understanding of what's going on inside you. A moment's introspection is all you need.

You're feeling somewhat disconnected from society -- and that doesn't sit right with you. Make sure that you're doing something useful and getting others to do the same, if possible.

Your senses are a little dimmer and fuzzier than usual -- but it's not a bad sign! It actually means that your energy is turning within for a bit, so meditate or do what it takes to gain insight.





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Friday, 24 January, 2014


How to stay slim? TURN DOWN THE HEAT! t

URNINg the central heating down not only saves money but could keep you slim, say scientists. Evidence suggests that feeling the cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight, experts believe. Conversely, warm and cosy homes and offices may be contributing to expanding waistlines, it is claimed. The theory from Dutch scientists follows 10 years of research into the effects of mild degrees of cold on metabolism. It suggests that a more variable indoor temperature, one that more closely mirrors temperatures outside, may be beneficial. At least among young and middle-aged people, non-shivering heat production in response to feeling cold can account for up to 30 per cent of the body's energy budget, say the scientists. That means lower temperatures can significantly affect the number of calories burned up instead of being stored as fat. Lead researcher Dr Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, from Maastricht University Medical Centre, said: “Since most of us are exposed to indoor conditions 90 per cent of the time, it is worth exploring health aspects of ambient temperatures. ”What would it mean if we let our


bodies work again to control body temperature? We hypothesise that the thermal environment affects human health and more specifically that frequent mild cold exposure can significantly affect our energy expenditure over sustained time periods.“ One research group in Japan had shown a decrease in body fat after volunteers spent two hours a day at 17C for six weeks, said the Dutch scientists. The Maastricht team also found that people got accustomed to the cold over time. After six hours a day in the cold for a period of 10 days, levels of heat-generating brown fat in the body increased and people became more comfortable and shivered less. Writing in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, the researchers concluded:”Indoor temperature in most buildings is regulated to minimise the percentage of people dissatisfied. This results in relatively high indoor temperatures in wintertime. “This is evident in offices, in dwellings and is most pronounced in care centres and hospitals. By lack of exposure to a varied ambient temperature, whole populations may be prone to develop diseases like obesity. In addition, people become vulnerable to sudden changes in ambient temperature.” COURTESY THE InDEPEnDEnT

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If remembering your four digit PIN is confusing, things are about to get a lot worse. Researchers have unveiled a new, safer system using colours and symbols as well as numbers. They say it could cut ATM fraud dramatically. Called Tri-Pin, the idea came to inventor Glynn Reynolds after a friend was a victim of ATM fraud. 'Tri-pin is a very simple, but effective idea with a higher level of security than traditional PINs,' he said. The system would avoid many current practices used by fraudster to steal PIN numbers, such as 'shoulder surfing' to see which keys are being pressed. Because different keys would be pressed every time a withdrawal was made, it would be impossible to find a PIN without seeing the screen and keypad clearly. 'It looks like much like any other 10 digit keypad, but instead of each button having just a number, they also have a colour and a symbol/shape,' the firm says. A user chooses a PIN with a combination of numbers, colours and shapes/symbols: for example - 3, square, pink, flag. Each time that the user has to input their pin, the colours and symbols randomly change position on the keypad, so you’re never pressing the same sequence of keys. It could also be used to unlock smartphones, tablets and even doors, the firm says. 'The great thing about TRI-PIN is that it's a software solution, so if it was available on Apple/Android, all you need to do is update current devices rather than upgrade or change them,' said Reynolds. The first company to use TRI-PIN is Lunabee on there oneSafe app on iPhone, iPad and Mac. nEwS DESk

The "fastest ever" broadband speeds have been achieved in a test in London, raising hopes of more efficient data transfer via existing infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent and BT said speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were achieved during their joint test enough to send 44 uncompressed HD films a second. The test was conducted on a 410km (255-mile) link between the BT Tower in central London and Ipswich. However, it may be many years before consumers notice any effect. But the breakthrough is being seen as highly important for internet service providers (ISPs), as it means a greater amount of information can be sent through existing broadband infrastructure, reducing the need for costly upgrades Alcatel-Lucent told the BBC that the demand for higher bandwidth grew by around 35% every year, making the need for more efficient ways to transfer data a massively pressing issue for ISPs, particularly with the growing popularity of data-heavy online services, such as film-streaming websites. There are faster methods of transmitting data -such as the use of complex laser technology - but this is the first test to achieve such high speeds in "real world" conditions, outside testing labs. nEwS DESk

WHY YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T TEXT AND WALK It may help you keep in touch. But texting while walking could make you lose your balance. People who type text messages while walking develop a robot-like posture that puts them in danger of toppling over, a study found The scientists warned that text-walkers are also at risk of wandering in front of traffic and stumbling onto train tracks – and urged pedestrians to stop before type. The Australian researchers tracked the body movements of 26 young men and women as they tried to walk in a straight line. They walked the 30ft course three times – once without a mobile phone, once while reading a text message and once while typing a message. Their gait clearly changed when using their phone – with sending a text having a bigger impact than simply reading one. Texting caused people to

slow down, swerve off course and move their head from side to side. They also developed a distinctive posture as they strained to keep their eyes on the screen. University of Queensland researcher Siobhan Schabrun said: ‘We found that people walked with a posture that was robot-like. ‘To keep their eyes steady on the phone, they 'locked' their arms, trunk and head together, all in aid of keeping their phone in their field of vision, so there was less movement between each of their body segments. ‘We know from previous research that moving your body less puts you at greater risk of falling.’ Writing in the journal PLoS ONE , she added that the intense concentration put into writing a text and the side to side movement of the head may also affect balance. Dr Schabrun said that people need to be educated on the dangers of text-walking. COURTESY DAILY MAIL

MYSTERY ROCK APPEARS ON MARS, LOOKS LIKE A DONUT! A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before. A day earlier, NASA released a new colour image of the mysterious Mars rock found by Opportunity. After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously "appeared" a few feet in front of the six-wheeled rover a few days ago. The strange Mars rock was spotted on January 8 in a spot where, 13 days earlier, there was nothing. The rock, which scientists now call "Pinnacle Island," is white on the outside, red in the middle and appeared after Opportunity had just finished a short drive. "It looks like a jelly donut," said Steve Squyres, the rover's lead scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., during a recent NASA event marking Opportunity's 10th year on Mars. "And it appeared, it just plain appeared, at that spot and we haven't driven over that spot." COURTESY SPACE

Hare in Mandela's ear leaves South African government hopping mad South Africa's government is up in arms over a bronze rabbit crafted inside the ear of a large statue of former president Nelson Mandela unveiled last month. The government said it wanted the creature removed to "restore integrity" to the 9-metre (30 foot) bronze sculpture of the anti-apartheid hero, who died on December 5 aged 95. The statue, the world's biggest representing Mandela, was inaugurated at South Africa's government buildings 11 days after his death. Artists Ruhan Janse van Vuuren and Andre Prinsloo say they added the animal, its ears erect, as a personal stamp after the government stopped them from

engraving signatures on their 4.5 tonne statue, and as a nod to the tight deadline they faced. The Afrikaans word for rabbit, "haas," also means haste. "The rabbit is symbolic and represents the haste with which we had to make the stature," Prinsloo told the Afrikaans language Beeld newspaper. "The time factor was big and we worked very hard at times." The artists have since apologized. The hidden rabbit was only discovered last week by Beeld, a month after the sculpture was inaugurated on the lawn of the hilltop Union Buildings overlooking the capital Pretoria. nEwS DESk


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Friday, 24 January, 2014



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ATRINA has been roped in to endorse a new shampoo and make-up product for L’Oreal Paris. She is delighted to have been chosen as the brand ambassador and says that she believes in L’Oreal for its glamour and powerful message of “Because You’re Worth It”. “The stunning women that represent the brand across the globe are strong motivators. It is an incredible privilege to be joining this league of ladies. I’m looking forward to working with the L’Oreal Paris team in India and creating some new global beauty trends,” said an elated Katrina post the official announcement. Aishwarya who has been representing the cosmetic brand at Cannes for over a decade now greeted Katrina for joining the L’Oreal family and said, “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Katrina to the L’Oreal Paris family. I am sure she will enjoy representing team India as brand ambassador and I wish her all the very best.” “I am thrilled that Katrina Kaif joins our amazing roster of spokespeople. She exudes sheer glamour and is a beauty icon to millions across the globe. She has risen to the top through sheer hard work and is an inspiration to all. We are proud to welcome her into the L’Oreal Paris family and hope to have a fabulous association with her,” said Satyaki Ghosh, the official spokesperson of the company. For Katrina, year 2013

ended on a professional high. Dhoom 3, her latest release and the third installment of the action franchise from Yash Raj Films that stars Aamir Khan along with actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra has be-

KAreenA KApoor: my liFe is not very Filmy Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor is indeed a busy girl. Apart from being loaded with film assignments, commercial shoots and social commitments, the actress enjoys spending her time with her family. Recently at an ad shoot, Kareena revealed about the things that make her life spicy to which she replied, ‘’My life is just around my family and work. I don’t like to go too much at the Bollywood parties. I like to spend time with my husband Saif Ali Khan, mother (Babita), my sister Karisma and her two beautiful children. NEWS DESK

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come the most successful film at the Box Office. In year 2014, Katrina is looking forward to Fox Star Studios India‘s Bang Bang, in which she will co-star with Hrithik Roshan. Bang Bang is a re-make of the Tom

veenA mAliK And husbAnd to perForm umrAh Veena Malik and husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak are going for Umrah. The actress herself revealed the news on Twitter. She tweeted, “By the grace of Allah leaving for Umrah with my husband @Asadbashirr I’m extremely overwhelmed and thankful to Almighty!” Even Asad also shared his happiness on micro-blogging site, “ Me and my wife @iVeenaKhan

leaving for Umrah….today is the best day of our lives… Allah bless you all and us!!!” Veena also thought to apologise for her actions or words that might have hurt anybody before starting the journey. So, she tweeted, “My brothers and sisters today I want to say that if consciously or unconsciously any of my actions or words have hurt or upset you… NEWS DESK

TV host Piers Morgan says actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron have confirmed their relationship to him. Morgan has shared about the news about Penn and Theron’s relationship in his column for Event magazine. According to him, Penn gushed about his lady love at the Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills. “At 2 a.m., Sean came over and bear-hugged me. ‘Congrats on a great night,’ I said. ‘And congrats on Charlize too.’ He laughed, ‘She’s a keeper, that’s for sure... well, I’ll do my best to keep her anyway!’” Morgan recalls. Theron, 38, also praised her beau, 53. NEWS DESK

SRK SUFFERS MINOR INJURY DURING FILM SHOOT Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan was injured on Thursday in Mumbai during the shooting of a film he’s starring in, television reports said. Khan was busy shooting for his upcoming film Happy New Year when he sustained minor injuries. He was taken to the Nanavati Hospital soon afterwards. The shoot was taking place at a hotel in Mumbai’s Juhu area. Reports said a door crashed on Khan during the shoot following which he started bleeding and was rushed to the hospital. CNN-IBN quoted the Nanavati hospital’s casualty department as saying that Khan was in physiotherapy. “Shahrukh Khan had a minor accident on the sets while shooting. He has a minor injury and has got the necessary medical aid. He is absolutely fine now. Thank you for all your wishes!” an official statement from Shahrukh Khan’s office said. Meanwhile, reports said shooting of Farah Khan’s Happy New Year has been temporarily stopped. NEWS DESK

dAniel rAdcliFFe to stAr in ‘brooKlyn bridge’ ‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe is all set to star in ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, written and directed by Douglas McGrath. UK banner Goldcrest Films will finance, distribute and sell international rights of the movie which starts filming this August. “Having Daniel’s involvement is a massive coup for the film, not only is he perfect for the role, but he’s consistently proved himself to be one of the very few actors who is genuinely a massive draw for audiences of all ages,” said Degove, managing director of Goldcrest Films. NEWS DESK

rAnbir KApoor to do cAmeo in bhoothnAth returns Ranbir Kapoor is all set to do a cameo in megastar Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Bhootnath Returns’. Bachchan, 71, took to Twitter today to express his joy at sharing the screen space with the ‘Barfi!’ star. Bachchan tweeted with a picture. ‘Bhootnath Returns’ is a sequel to the 2008 horror-comedy film ‘Bhootnath’, which also starred Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan besides Bachchan as the friendly ghost. Bachchan also posted on the micro-blogging site that he attended the the premiere of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ in Mumbai along with South African actors Atandwa Kani and Terry Pheto. NEWS DESK

Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight And Day. Here’s wishing Kartina Kaif all the best. We are looking forward to seeing her walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 in May.

PATTINSON LOOKS OUT FOR HIS ‘NICHE’IN HOLLYWOOD Actor Robert Pattinson is looking to find a niche for himself in Hollywood. The actor, who rose to fame as Edward Cullen of the “Twilight” series, says that he is doing different films this year to decide his forte. “This year, I’m trying to see what my niche is,” Bang Showbiz quoted Pattinson as saying. The actor, who has been a part of films like “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Cosmopolis”, will be seen in “Maps to the Stars”, which he says is a “darkly comedic Hollywood satire ghost story”. Directed by David Cronenberg, “Maps To The Stars” also features Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Evan Bird. NEWS DESK

SARA LOREN TO ROMANCE TAAHA SHAH IN‘BARKHAA’ “Murder 3” fame actress Sara Loren is geared up for her next titled “Barkhaa” being produced under Zahara Productions. In the film, she is paired with “Luv Ka The End” and “Gippi” fame actor Taaha Shah. Talking about the film, the actress said it is a love story. “In life, we all fall in love and tend to change thereafter. Some people become good, while some become weird. The best thing about love is that it is effective. Where there is love, there is lot of stir and this story (‘Barkhaa’) is also like that,” Sara told reporters here Wednesday at the launch of the film. “This film narrates the story of a boy who falls in love with a girl and how his life changes after that and how the girl’s life changes because of his love,” she added. “Barkhaa”, being directed by Shadaab Mirza, will also see actors Priyanshu Chatterjee and Punit Issar in key roles. Slated to release later this year, the movie will go on floors Jan 27. NEWS DESK

PLAGIARISM SUIT AGAINST JAMES CAMERON FOR AVATAR QUASHED Oscar-winning director James Cameron has emerged clean in a plagiarism suit filed for his epic science-fiction ‘Avatar’. The suit, quashed by US district court Judge Roger Titus, was filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court by sci-fi writer Byrant Moore in December 2011 and wherein the writer claimed that the ‘Titanic’ helmer had used his screenplays and drawings to create ‘Avatar’, reported Variety. The court during trial found there was no ev-

idence to suggest that Cameron, 59, had access to Moore’s works or that Cameron used anything of Moore’s in creating the 2009 blockbuster. It was the third such case to be dismissed in the past year with separate claims brought by Gerald Marowski and by Eric Ryder dismissed on the basis Cameron independently created ‘Avatar’. “Sadly, a cottage industry has arisen of fortune hunting plaintiffs seeking to ‘strike it rich’ by claiming their


ideas were the basis for ‘Avatar’, said Cameron. “As I have previously stated, ‘Avatar’ was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades. Our film was also the product of team of some of the world’s most creative artists and designers, and it is an insult to all of them when these specious claims are made,” he added. Cameron last month announced that he is filming his next three ‘Avatar’ films in New Zealand. NEWS DESK


Friday, 24 January, 2014

Bolton stars on deBut TO KEEP AUSTRALIA ALIVE

Hobart Hurricanes 7 for 209 (Dunk 87, Gannon 3-42) beat Brisbane Heat 8 for 169 (Pomersbach 60, Boyce 3-21) by 40 runs



DUNK LEADS HURRICANES TO EASY WIN Hobart: Ben Dunk blasted Hobart above Brisbane in the Big Bash League table with a convincing victory at the Bellerive Oval. Dunk's 87 helped his side to a huge total that was easily defended with three wickets for Cameron Boyce. Hobart again enjoyed the Brisbane bowling, racking up the second-highest total of the competition one run shy of their own joint competition-leading score, also made against Brisbane. Dunk had eight balls to steady himself before unleashing a straight drive past Daniel Vettori and he was on his way. He found the boundary with regularity - seven fours and three sixes in total - but was outshone in the early stages by his opening partner Tim Paine who slugged 47 in 28 balls. The pair added 98 for the opening wicket before Paine was caught in the tenth over. Thereafter, Hobart never found another significant innings but Evan Gulbis swung 22 from 12 balls late in the piece to push his side over 200. Brisbane's response also came from the top of the order, Luke Pomersbach striking three sixes in 60 from 32 balls. But he was dismissed before the half-way stage of the chase and the damage done by Dimitri Mascarenhas and Boyce left the lower order with too much work to do and they never came close. Mascarenhas made the initial breakthrough having Craig Kieswetter caught behind and then bowled Joe Burns third ball for a duck. Boyce then took two wickets in seven balls to leave the Heat in an icy position. AGENCIES



ICOLE Bolton starred for Australia with 124 off 152 balls to become the highest scoring debutant for Australia in women's ODIs as the hosts kept their Ashes hopes alive. England's chance of sealing the Women's Urn in the second ODI slipped away in a middle-order collapse. They were bowled out for 240, well short of the 267-run target. Bolton's innings saw Australia post a highly competitive total of 266 after Meg Lanning won the toss and chose to bat. Bolton, replacing Elyse Villani as opener, was positive from the very beginning and dominated the strike, as, in stark contrast to their performance in the first ODI on Sunday, Australia raced to 39-0 in the space of 9 overs. England struck in the 10th over to remove Lanning, bowled by Danni Hazell for just 5, but they struggled to find the right line to the left-handed Bolton, often attempting to bowl round the wicket, with even Jenny Gunn failing to dry up the runs in her usual way. Bolton capitalised on their early indecisiveness, driving and pulling her way to a 65-ball half-century, as she built up a partnership with Jess Cameron, who also looked solid. Bolton could easily have been out on 5 edging to Gunn at third slip, but it was one of a number of chances missed in a shoddy day for England in the field that also saw several runout chances go begging. Bolton was dropped again, pulling a ball to Natalie Sciver at midwicket when on 28.

Cameron was also dropped, by Anya Shrubsole in the 31st over, hitting the ball straight to her at wide mid-off. Fortunately for England, Cameron was dismissed in the following over, mistiming a ball of Hazell's over midwicket where it was caught by Greenway and she went for 44. But the partnership was worth 95, taking Australia to 134 for 2 in 32 overs, and England were left ruing their missed opportunities. Bolton remained at the crease until the 43rd over, when Natalie Sciver, the pick of England's bowlers with 2 for 23, eventually removed her for 124, having her bowled as she attempted a reverse sweep. But Australia continued to accumulate runs even in the dying overs, as England failed to contain Alex Blackwell, who hit a speedy 56 off 47 balls as the wickets of Perry, out lbw for a first-ball duck to Kathryn Cross, Alyssa Healey, caught of the bowling of Sciver by Wyatt at deep-backward square leg for 4, and Jess Jonassen, stumped for 13, tumbled around her. Blackwell herself was not dismissed until the last over, as she drove straight into the hands of Brindle at cover. By this time the asking run rate for England was over 5 an over, a difficult ask. England's run-chase began disastrously after Holly Ferling, entrusted with the new ball for the first time in her career, struck immediately, clean bowling Charlotte Edwards for a first ball duck. Ellyse Perry, demoted to first-change, then struck in her first over as Lydia Greenway was given out lbw for 4. England fought back as opener Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor, batting at No. 4, added 84 in


the space of 16 overs. Erin Osborne, brought into the attack in the 14th over, went for 11 runs off her first over, including a glorious six over long-on by Knight, in an over which epitomised the temporary loss of control by Australia's bowlers. Knight went on to make 55 in 68 balls before being stumped coming out of her crease attempting to drive Julie Hunter. But Taylor and Arran Brindle continued to frustrate the Australian bowlers and Taylor's 13th ODI fifty came in the 29th over with a glorious straight drive. Ahead of the par score

Raj ton completes India's clean sweep

SPORTS DESK David Saker, the England bowling coach, has admitted his job could be in jeopardy as a result of England's wretched performance in Australia. Saker, who signed a new three-year contract in October, accepted he had to take some responsibility for the disappointing form of fast bowler Steven Finn and for the failure of the bowlers to close out the ODI in Brisbane where James Faulkner thrashed Australia to a miraculous victory. "I'll be the first to say that anyone on this tour should be worried about their job," Saker said. "We haven't performed well enough unfortunately and we're in the business of winning games of cricket. This has been a poor performance from everyone involved. "I've had pretty much a fairy tale run until this tour and it has been a reality check for me. It is something that everyone in our group has to think about. I'm sure they will review everyone's position and if they see fit to change me, well that is their position, but I'm very much committed to trying to change things around."

SPORTS DESK Mithali Raj marked her return as captain of the India Women's side with a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka Women. Raj hit an unbeaten century - her fifth in ODIs - in the third ODI in Visakhapatnam to set up a 95-run win. India batted first for the first time in the series and lost their openers before getting to fifty. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur then stabilised the innings with a 57-run stand for the third wicket. Even though India lost Harmanpreet and Vellaswami Vanitha in quick succession, Raj held up one end. She added 42 runs for the fifth wicket with Amita Sharma, before putting up an unbeaten stand of 81 for the sixth wicket in company of Jhulan Goswami to take India to 229 - the highest score by any team in this series. Raj, who remained unbeaten throughout the series, hit two sixes and eight fours in her 109-ball 104. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early in a stiff chase, but their second-wicket pair of Lasanthi Madushani and Chamari Atapattu resisted India's charge for 13.1 overs. That stand happened to be last bit of fight from Sri Lanka as they lost regular wickets to eventually crumble for 134 in 44 overs. Poonam Yadav bowled a stifling spell of 10-3-13-4.



The Punjab Youth Festival 2014 gathered pace and at the end of the sixth day of tehsil level around 82,880 athletes participated in different sporting events and 24,273 took top honour. In Lahore’s Aziz Bhatti Town, 307 participants were witnessed taking part in various events and 111 returned as winners. In arm-wrestling event, Akbar was victorious and Waseem was second. Husnain won the athletics event, Jamal won the badminton event while Ramzan won billiard event. In Gulberg Town, out of 48 qirat and naat participants, 11 were successful. Mohammad Bin won the qirat event while Shaheer won the naat event. In Iqbal Town, out of 84 players 14 remained successful. Shalamar Town involved 254 players and among them 43 returned home joyous. In wrestling, Sajid won the first position while Khurram won second. Data Gunj Bakhsh saw participation of 40 players and Anees XI won basketball match. Ravi Town saw the maximum participation of

players where 521 athletes showed their skills and 187 returned home as triumphant. In bodybuilding, Umar gained first position and Abid took the second position. In Samanabad Town, 74 players took part in different events and 10 were successful. Mazhar won the chess event. In Nishtar Town, out of 252 players, 126 were victorious. Azeem XI won the cricket hardball event. In tehsils of Chakwal, Attock and Jhelum districts of Rawalpindi Division, 3746 took part in various events and 274 had smiles on their faces. In tehsils of Bhakar, Khushab and Mianwali districts of Sargodha Division, out of 11747 participants, 3606 were triumphant. In tehsils of Hafizabad, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat and Narowal districts of Gujranwala Division, 4646 were seen in action and among them, 1742 remained successful. Tehsils of Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahaba districts of Lahore Division saw participation of 20559 athletes and 1276 were the winners. In Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot districts of Faisalabad Division, out of 3099 players, 963 were victorious. In Okara and Pakpattan districts of Sahiwal Division,

4931 players participated in various events and among them 1082 were declared winners. In tehsils of Lodhran, Vehari and Khanewal districts of Multan Division, out of 6238 participants, 2944 finished the day as victorious. The tehsils of Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan districts of Bahawalpur Division involved 4562 athletes and victory fell in the lap of 2022 players. In Rajanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh districts of DG Khan Division, out of 1292 players, 562 emerged as winners. SAMEER, HIJAB ADJUDGED HEALTHY BABIES: The tehsil level healthy baby contests of Punjab Youth Festival 2014 were held at District Population Welfare Office, Ferozepur Road, Lahore on Thursday. A large number of children belonging to Ravi and Gulberg Towns took part in the contests. Among the Gulberg Town kids contest, Sameer was declared winner while Rawail and Raana Asif grabbed second and third places respectively, whereas, the top position of Ravi Town competition went to Hijab followed by Khizer and Ayan. Rana Naveed Ali, who was the guest of honour on this occasion, distributed prizes among the prominent kids.


for most of the innings, for a time it looked as though England would cruise home. But Bolton returned to the fore and provided the turning point with a direct hit from midwicket to run out Taylor for 63. A flurry of wickets followed as Australia's spinners came into their own: Jonassen had Brindle lbw for 19 attempting a sweep and Erin Osborne removed Danni Wyatt, caught by Jonassen at mid-off attempting to hit over the top. Osborne's 50th ODI wicket followed in the 39th over, as Jenny Gunn was caught hitting out to Lanning at midwicket.


The 20th National Bridge Championship being hosted by Pakistan Bridge Federation commenced at the Lahore Gymkhana bridge tables at 1.30pm yesterday. First day of this four days championship was reserved for the pairs event and the competing pairs added up to a total of 46.At the end of the first segment of the pairs event the pair of Anwar KIzilbash and Abdul Muqeet looked dominant with a total of 71.55 match points. These two players enjoy a standing of eminence amongst the top bridge players of the country and their progress was in line with their skills and reputation. Anwar Kizilbash excelled during the 22 boards and equally adept was his partner Abdul Muqeet. Anwar Kizibash is a member of the well known and much feared Deuce Team and is in superb form having won all the ranking bridge tournaments in Karachi in 2013. In the second position is the pair of Basharat and Akbar Ali with 61.80 points followed by the pair of Abdul Khaliq and Shahid Rafique (61.19 points). Others in line are Javed Bokhari and Khursheed Khan(60.12),Farhat Abbas and Javed Rehman (60.12), Shakeel Chandna and Izzat Shah (59.74),Yasser Rahim and Khaled Mohiuddin (59.20),Ghalib Bandesha and Asad Maqbool (59.20), Saeed Akhtar and Uzair Kamal (58.87) and Shauq Hussain and Azher Hameed (57.03). The other pairs are too far behind in the race for top honors and in the remaining boards will not be able to make any headway or upset the leaders. The Pairs competition will conclude late in the night and from Friday (today) the Teams Champioship will start and continue for three days. Twenty two leading teams will be vying for championship honours.

Friday, 24 January, 2014

BCCI puts ICC events on the lIne



HE BCCI today virtually served notice on any ICC Full Members opposed to a makeover of the ruling body, indicating that India's participation in ICC events was subject to approval of the radical draft proposal by the ICC's executive board. The proposal recommends a structural overhaul of the ICC and proposes bigger revenues and more executive decision-making powers to the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. The BCCI, in a three-point release following an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai, said the committee had formally approved the proposal, terming it as being "in the interests of cricket at large". The message as regards ICC events was then sent out to the other members, stating that the committee has "authorised the office bearers to enter into agreements with the ICC for participating in the ICC events and hosting ICC events, subject to the proposal being approved by the ICC board". The BCCI's working committee also cleared the way for its leading officer bearers to sign bilateral agreements with all other Full Member boards, including Pakistan. The draft proposal contained commitments from the ECB and Cricket Australia over legally-binding bilateral agreements with eight Full Members. The absence of such a guarantee from the BCCI in the draft document had raised apprehensions among smaller boards who subsist on tours from India. Such a commitment could not have been made by the BCCI without approval of the its working committee, a formality completed on Thursday. While the ECB and CA have

CIBULKOVA THRASHES RADWANSKA TO SET UP LI FINAL SPORTS DESK Dominika Cibulkova was almost lost for words after she became the first Slovakian woman to reach a Grand Slam final by beating fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2 at the Australian Open. The 20th seed dominated the semi-final from the start and when Radwanska's final shot hit the net, she threw her racket in the air and fell on her back in delight. The usually chatty 24-year-old, who will play China's Li Na in the final on Saturday at Melbourne Park, could barely describe her joy after one of the performances of her life. "I still can't believe I am in the final," she said in a courtside interview. "I can't believe this is happening." Radwanska went into the match as favourite having taken out the twice defending champion, Victoria Azarenka, in the previous round. But the Pole was completely overpowered and outplayed by Cibulkova, who ran down everything and slammed winners on both sides.

committed to undertake tours to the top eight countries, in principle, the BCCI's proposal covers all Test playing nations. "We have never said that it [the draft proposal] was set in stone or a 'take-it-orleave it' proposition," a BCCI official said. "It is clear that it is a draft and members can discuss it with their respective boards and it can be discussed in the ICC board meeting." The draft proposal will be presented to the ICC executive board during its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29. It is also understood that the draft proposal, put together by a working group of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs committee was open for discussion and amendments as long as the BCCI's central plank - redistribution of the ICC central revenue being proportionate to the income

generated through each member board was not diluted. The BCCI working committee was insistent on not yielding ground on the matter revenue distribution. The proposal recommends a maximum allotment of 21% of the ICC's revenues to the BCCI on the grounds that Indian cricket helps generate 80% of ICC's global revenues. The draft proposal, when handed out to the Full Member nations at a specially called board meeting in Dubai on January 9, did not however contain any supporting documentation for its current revenue distribution percentages or future estimates. The ICC's current broadcast deal expires after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but the new tender document for media rights cannot be floated

without the all the member boards signing the Members Participating Agreement. The BCCI has made that signature conditional to the re-organisation of the ICC, which automatically implies that no progress on the broadcast deal will be possible till this proposal is cleared. Cricket South Africa is the only board to have publicly opposed the proposal, and the Pakistan Cricket Board have made their opposition privately known. The West Indies Cricket Board is yet to make a statement, but was engaged in a teleconference over the week and has stated that it has "taken a position in the best interests of West Indies cricket". It is understood to be negotiating a deal with the Big Three. Cricket South Africa argued the idea was "fundamentally flawed" and "in breach of the ICC constitution", while New Zealand Cricket said it was wrong to jump to the conclusion that the proposal would be bad for cricket. FICA, which represents player associations in seven of the ICC's ten Full Member countries, declared itself "extremely concerned" with the proposal. One of the key governance changes proposed in the position paper, pertained to the creation of a proposed Executive Committee (ExCo) - a security-council style group with three permanent members, the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. While the Big Three will insist on being founding members of this committee, the possibility of enlarging it from the recommended four to more could be discussed. "It must be understood however that this another committee just like an F&CA committee that currently works under the IDI (ICC Development International), the ICC's commercial arm," the BCCI official said.

AUSTRALIA TO EXPEL ASHES JOURNALISTS SPORTS DESK Australia's tougher immigration laws are set to see three English tabloid journalists expelled and unable to cover the death throes of England's disastrous Ashes tour. John Etheridge from The Sun, one of English cricket journalism's most experienced operators, has been refused licence to stay, as has Dean Wilson from the Mirror and Paul Newman of the Daily Mail. Etheridge said that Cricket Australia had tried to negotiate on their behalf but that "all avenues have been exhausted". All three journalists were travelling on a visa which had been recommended by the Australian visa department. They are the only three members of England's travelling press pack who had opted to cover the entire tour, including the warm-up matches, and so had gone beyond 90 days. "We had hoped to stay long enough to see England win a match," Etheridge said. Newman tweeted disconsolately: "Cricket Australia and the ECB have done all they can to help us but I guess, in Australia particularly, rules are rules..."


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FULL COVERAGE OF THE ICC'S PROPOSED REVAMP SPORTS DESK A "working group position paper" from the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) proposed a structural overhaul of world cricket, which would give decision-making power and a larger share of revenues to the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia. The "position paper" also recommended changes in the ICC's revenue distribution models, administrative structures and the Future Tours Programme (FTP). The proposal created a stir in the cricket fraternity with arguments suggesting that the concentration of power in the hands of the three boards could impact the game significantly. JANuARy 17 News: Big Three could control revamped ICC News: FTP may become bilateral arrangement JANuARy 18 Video: ugra: Changes will create an oligarchy that will run cricket News: Big three eye bigger slice of ICC revenue pie Jarrod Kimber: Tell the administrators you're watching them JANuARy 19 News: No knowledge of draft proposals, says Associate representative JANuARy 20 News: NZC not worried over power takeover, says Snedden News: CSA demands ICC proposals withdrawn News: Boards silent on ICC revamp consequences Sambit Bal - Missing the fundamental point of sport JANuARy 21 News: Draft proposal could hit a snag News: BCCI working committee to discuss ICC draft Video: Who will stand up to the Big Three? JANuARy 22 News: Edwards responds to 'Big Three' criticism David Hopps: Giles Clarke on the verge of diplomatic triumph JANuARy 23 Russell Degnan: Cashing out the future of cricket News: BCCI puts ICC events on the line

BANGAR NAMED KINGS XI ASSISTANT COACH SPORTS DESK Former India allrounder Sanjay Bangar was named the assistant coach of the King's XI Punjab team ahead of the 2014 season of the IPL. Bangar retired from first-class cricket in 2013 and has since coached India A. He has previously been part of the Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders set-up as a player and of Kochi Tuskers as batting coach. "It will be interesting to have a new team this year and a great challenge and opportunity to train some of the young and inspiring cricketers," Bangar said. "I am looking forward to working with the team and am sure they will please the fans in season 7 with their exceptional performance."

INDIA BOWLERS NEED TO CURB MISTAKES UNDER PRESSURE In the last two ODIs, India's bowlers have shown a tendency to concede ground in a short burst. While New Zealand's bowlers have extracted help from the pitches, India have struggled and their only hope of saving the series is to avoid mistakes HAMiLTOn AGENCIES

India have already lost the No 1 ODI ranking following two defeats in Napier and Hamilton. One more defeat in Auckland will see them lose the series as well. The games at Napier and Hamilton must have felt almost like playing at home, seeing the bowlers go for so many. However, the batsmen, despite coming close, have been unable to mop up for the bowlers and that has been the crucial difference compared to playing in India. New Zealand's one-day pitches may have flattened out over the past decade but they are still nowhere close to the roads that Indian bowlers are used to back home. There is little the team can do if the bowlers are slammed for 320 in Rajkot, apart from hoping that the batsmen do not have a rare off day. But New Zealand have shown that there was something in Napier and Hamil-

ton for bowlers who were prepared to and knew how to squeeze out that help from the pitches. Napier had bounce and pace, Hamilton was a touch two-paced. India, though, went through periods where they conceded too much ground in a short burst. It was not as if they were poor throughout, but their attack has this tendency to suddenly lose it in unison, especially if a batsman starts going berserk. The new fielding restrictions have only exacerbated that tendency. Corey Anderson has gone after them in both games, and although India, by their standards, have done admirably to come back at the death, the damage he inflicted proved too costly. MS Dhoni knows his bowlers better than anybody else and has maintained right through that only four deep fielders are too little protection for their profligacy. But it has been over a year now since the new rules came in and the attack has to show signs of adapting, for there is no choice.


And those signs have to translate into something concrete, especially outside India where everything cannot be blamed on dead pitches. If they don't, in another year, Dhoni will be left with the same woes in the 2015 World Cup. Dhoni does feel that his bowlers have achieved some progress, particularly at the death. "To some extent, yes," Dhoni said after the Hamilton match. "To compare it to what was happening maybe six months back. Our death bowling seems to have improved a lot. What you are seeing close to 300 runs, you may see it as slightly expensive, but if we do not bowl as well as we are bowling in the last few overs, it may go in excess of 340. That puts some serious pressure on the batsmen. We have seen improvement." The captain thinks a lot more can be done, and pointed out a couple of things which may appear quite basic, but are seemingly beyond the reach of Dhoni's bowlers at the moment.

"There is still scope for improvement. If we cannot give easy boundaries, off something like a wide ball or something on the pads that goes through short fine for a boundary," Dhoni said. "Stuff like that really adds on. Especially the first ball of the over or the sixth ball of the over, if you don't concede boundaries in those two, it really helps. That is one area where we are conceding quite a few runs - the first ball or the last ball of the over. Either we are not starting well or we are not finishing that particular over well." Of the 61 boundaries India went for in Napier and Hamilton, 20 came off the first and last deliveries of overs. That is not an alarmingly high proportion, but you can see the point Dhoni is trying to make. His attack may probably not have the skills to extract as much out of New Zealand pitches as the home bowlers have. But if they can at least avoid the above mistakes under pressure, India might yet be able to salvage this series.

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HANE Warne has signed on as a specialist spin coach to help Australia's slow bowlers in the lead-up to this year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Cricket Australia has confirmed that Warne will join the T20 squad in South Africa in early March and he will support coach Darren Lehmann as what CA described as a "consultant providing specialist coaching to the spin bowlers". Spin is expected to play a key role in the World T20 given the conditions in Bangladesh and Australia's selection of young legspinner James Muirhead for their T20s against England is an indication that they may be prepared to gamble on raw talent for the tournament.Muirhead has played only three T20 games for the Melbourne Stars this year and a

total of five BBL games in his career. "We believe our national teams can really benefit from more specific skillbased coaching as and when it is needed," Lehmann said. "This will mean that from time to time we will enlist the support of experts in their craft to work with our players and share their experiences. "In the case of the ICC World Twenty 20, we believe spin bowling will be critical to success. There's no better person than Shane to help guide the spinners we select in that squad. He was a gifted cricketer and remains passionate about spin bowling and seeing our players be the best that they can be. We're thrilled to have him on board." Warne said: "I'm excited to be working with Australia's spinners in South Africa. I'm looking forward to helping them with some intense bowling prepa-


No 1 raNkiNg SPORTS DESK Australia began Wednesday second on the ICC's one-day international rankings. The players went for a spot of training, returned to their hotel in Perth, probably watched some television and by the end of the day they were No.1. India's loss to New Zealand in the second ODI in Hamilton was enough to drop MS Dhoni's men down from first to second on the rankings list and, by default, Australia will enter their fourth ODI in Perth occupying the top spot. Of course, if they lose to England at the WACA, it could be the shortest rule since Frank Forde spent a week as Australia's prime minister back in 1945. But their stated goal is to return to the top of the rankings in all three formats, and their victories in the first three matches of this series have allowed them to achieve that in the 50-over game - even if it is only temporarily. To retain their ranking, Australia will need to rely on a second string batting line-up with Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin all rested now that the series has been decided. For a period on Wednesday it even appeared that their stand-in captain George Bailey might miss a second consecutive game after picking up a hip flexor niggle during the win in Brisbane, which might have meant a captaincy debut for his nominated deputy Mitchell Johnson or a rushed flight to Perth for one of the resting men. However, on Thursday, Bailey was passed fit and will lead the Australians as they hope to continue towards another clean sweep over Alastair Cook's side. For Cook, it looms as serious challenge to lift his team given the series is now dead, and considering the way he responded to the loss in Sydney. After the game, a despondent Cook indicated that his time as ODI captain could be coming to an end, and that "English cricket needs a little bit of a change". Presumably he meant personnel, but a change in on-field results would be a good start. Victory in Perth would also prevent this England side from joining the 1993 and 2001 outfits as the only England teams ever to lose 10 consecutive matches across all formats. Against an Australian team missing four of their finest players, this could be England's best chance. It has been an up-and-down week for George Bailey, who on Monday was named Australia's One-Day International Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal night in Sydney, having earlier that day missed out on selection in Australia's Test squad to tour South Africa. But as befits a man of Bailey's maturity, he took his Test axing in his stride and concentrated instead on ensuring he recovered from his hip flexor injury in time for this ODI. Bailey decided against going out with the team to celebrate the series win on Sunday night or his personal award on Monday evening so that he could maximise his chances of recov-

ering. Now he wants to show the selectors that he still has plenty of runs in him. Ian Bell has made starts in all three ODIs so far in this series but is yet to go on and make a really big score. His scores of 41, 68 and 29 have shown that he is in decent touch but perhaps the most frustrating thing for Bell has been that in two of the three innings he has been run out. Perhaps Perth, where he played club cricket ten years ago, will be kinder to him. Australia confirmed their XI on Thursday, with four changes from the side that won in Sydney. Clarke, Haddin and Warner will all miss after being rested, while Xavier Doherty will also be left out on a surface expected to offer more to the fast men. Bailey will return from injury and Johnson from a rest, while the other two inclusions are

Steven Smith for his first ODI in more than a year and Matthew Wade, who is keen to prove that he still has plenty to offer at international level. The promotion of Ben Stokes to No.3 in the Sydney match did not work out for England but Perth was the site of his maiden Test century during the Ashes, so they may be inclined to give him another chance. James Tredwell might struggle to hold his place given the expected pace in the WACA pitch, although Boyd Rankin is unavailable due to a hamstring problem, so Chris Woakes could come in if Tredwell is left out. Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 George Bailey (capt), 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Daniel Christian, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 James Pattinson. England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Ben Stokes, 4 Gary Ballance, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 James Tredwell / Chris Woakes.

ration ahead of the World Twenty 20, where we'll specifically work on tactics and mindset." In announcing the T20 squad to play England earlier this week, national selector John Inverarity said as well as Muirhead and Glenn Maxwell, who were both in the group, Xavier Doherty had strong claims on a position for the World T20. He even indicated the veteran Brad Hogg, who turns 43 next month and is a contemporary of Warne's, could receive another recall after playing in the 2012 World T20. Australia will name their squad for the World T20 in mid-February, and that group will then convene in South Africa after the Test series for three matches in the first two weeks of March. Australia's first match in the World T20 will be in Mirpur against Pakistan on March 23.

SaNia Mirza iN Mixed doubleS SeMifiNal MELBOURNE: India’s Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau stormed into the semifinals of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Aisamul-Haq Qureshi and Julia Georges on Thursday. The sixth-seeded Sania and Tecau hardly broke a sweat as they prevailed over the unseeded Aisam-Julia combination 6-3, 64 in their quarterfinal clash that lasted just 63 minutes. The IndoRomanian duo will play the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden in the semifinals. The unseeded Australian pair stunned second seeds Katarina Srebotnik of Sloivakia and India’s Rohan Bopanna 7-5, 6-3 in another quarterfinal on Wednesday. Leander Paes and his Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova were to meet Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor in another quarterfinal tie later Thursday. AGENCIES


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Pakistan Under-19s 238 for 9 (Aslam 71) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 221 (Shaidi 82) by 17 runs SPORTS DESK Hashmatullah Shaidi contributed with bat and in the field to help Afghanistan Under-19s put in an improved performance against Pakistan Under-19s, in the second youth ODI in Lahore. However, it was not enough to prevent Afghanistan from falling to a 17-run loss in the 45-overs-a-side game and Pakistan from sealing the three-match series 2-0 with one to play. Afghanistan chose to bowl and Pakistan were anchored early on, once again, by captain Sami Aslam. Aslam scored 71 - his sixth score of over 70 in ten youth limited-overs games - off 86 balls, with six fours and three sixes. He eventually fell to the offspin of Shaidi, but had set the platform for Pakistan to push on to a commanding score - they were 199 for 4 after 40. However, left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman struck twice in the 41st over and mediumpacer Abdullah Adil did the same in the 42nd to ensure Pakistan were kept to 238 for 9. That Afghanistan got so close to their target was down to a half-century from Shaidi. Like Aslam, he anchored the innings, with 82 off 112 balls. Usman Ghani and captain Nasir Ahmadzai played the supporting roles with brisk 40s, ensuring Afghanistan were in the game till the last couple of overs. It wasn't enough in the end though. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.


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