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Say hello to your expat Saviour! NO SHOW BY SANA, TAUQEER BEFORE TRIBUNAL BECAUSE ‘QADRI WAS IN TOWN’
after finally reaching lahore on monday following an overly dramatic series of events, pakistan awami tehreek (pat) chief dr tahirul qadri vowed to ‘bring about a revolution in the country and avenge the killing of his supporters’. qadri landed in lahore after his flight was diverted from islamabad following pat-police clashes at islamabad’s benazir bhutto international airport (bbia) which left several policemen injured. pat chief’s supporters, armed with sticks and bricks, clashed with baton-wielding police at the airport where he had been due to arrive on an emirates flight on monday morning.
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Tuesday, 24 June, 2014 Sha’aban 25, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 356 16 Pages Lahore Edition
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Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
GENERAL GROUNDED! SC ACCEPTS GOVT’S PLEA, SUSPENDS SHC’S DECISION TO REMOVE MUSHARRAF’S NAME FROM ECL ISLAMABAD
he Supreme Court (SC) on Monday overruled the Sindh high Court (ShC)’s order to remove former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s name from the exit Control List (eCL), barring him from leaving the country.
A five-judge larger SC bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk accepted the government’s plea challenging the ShC’s ruling which ordered the removal of Musharraf’s name from the eCL. During the hearing, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Salman Butt said that Musharraf’s name was placed on eCL on April 5, 2013 while on May 20, 2014 the ShC had ordered his name’s removal from the list. he said that if SC did not suspend the ShC’s order then it would create problem for the government. When Justice Saqib enquired as to why the government was hesitating from putting Musharraf’s name on the eCL, the AGP said that by doing so, the government would have to face contempt of court charges and it would be better if SC could suspend the ShC orders.
Qadri should not put people’s lives at risk: defence minister ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that at a time when the armed forces are engaged in an operation against terrorists in North Waziristan, the lives of the masses should not be put at stake by resorting to protests. In a statement, Asif urged Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri to refrain from putting people’s life at risk by staging protest demonstrations, adding that terrorists should not be given an opportunity to target citizens. Asif said that the Chaudhry brothers of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) and the PAT chairman have no political future. he said it is high time the political parties alleviate the sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and not provide any opportunity to terrorists to carry out any act of terrorism. he alleged that Qadri does not like democracy and that most of Qadri’s demands are ridiculous, adding that these demands are being made to attract the attention of the media. INP
Qadri seeking martial law in country, says Nizami ISLAMABAD: Former caretaker federal minister for information and broadcasting and Pakistan Today editor Arif Nizami said on Monday that Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri’s real objective is imposition of martial law in the country. In an interview on Monday, Mr Nizami questioned that if Qadri really wanted to bring a revolution, why did he not tear up his Canadian passport before returning to Pakistan. he said that many opportunist people have come forward to take political advantage of Qadri’s return and are trying to achieve their political objectives. Mr Nizami said that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Pervaiz elahi is now criticising the government but when the PML-Q government was in power it had deported Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shahbaz Sharif on his return from Saudi Arabia right from the airport. he also asked for a justification for the killing of 50 people on May 12, 2007, in Karachi when the suspended former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry visited the city. Mr Nizami termed that the Model Town incident as tragic and said it happened due to the Punjab government’s utter mismanagement. INP
‘Don’t worry! PPP won’t join PAT’ KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said Monday that Pakistan People’s Party would not join Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in its movement against the government. Talking to journalist outside Sindh Assembly, Memon condemned the Monday’s moves of Dr Tahirul Qadri and the steps taken by the federal government to counter them. he regretted that Qadri kept the foreign plane grounded for hours. earlier, during the budget debate in Sindh Assembly the minister said every budget presented by PPP is made the target of criticism but it did not stop the people from casting their vote in PPP’s favor. he said Sindh government’s annual development program is in no way inferior to those of other provinces of Pakistan. STAFF REPORT
Moreover, the federal government maintained that Musharraf was the only accused in the treason case and there were other pending cases against him in courts, thus his name should not be removed from the eCL. The appeal stated that Musharraf should not be allowed to leave the country until cases against him were decided. The court accepted government’s plea, however it reminded the AGP that the court on April 8, 2013 had directed the government to make sure that Musharraf remained in the country until initiation of a criminal case against him for subverting the Constitution and the order was still valid. earlier, the former president had moved the ShC to remove his name so he may travel freely. The high court ruled that Musharraf’s name be re-
moved albeit the court suspended the operation of its order for 15 days during
No show by Sana, Tauqeer before tribunal because ‘Qadri was in town’ COUNSELS FOR FORMER LAW MINISTER AND FORMER PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO CM TELLS JUSTICE NAJFI THAT THEIR CLIENTS COULD NOT APPEAR IN MONDAY’S HEARING BECAUSE OF SECURITY SITUATION IN WAKE OF QADRI’S ARRIVAL IN LAHORE HEALTH SECY SAYS MOST PEOPLE HAD SUFFERED BULLET WOUNDS DURING CLASHES WITH POLICE OUTSIDE MINHAJUL QURAN SECRETARIAT LAHORE RANA HAIDER
Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and former principal secretary to the chief minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah did not appear before the judicial commission probing the Model Town incident on Monday, citing security reasons. Sanaullah’s lawyer told Justice Baqir Ali Najfi of the one-person enquiry commission that his client could not appear before him because of the volatile security situation in Lahore in the wake of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri’s arrival in the city. he said that
Sanaullah would appear before the commission when the security situation improves. A similar stance was adopted by Dr Tauqeer Shah’s lawyer, who said that his client would have no problem appearing before the tribunal on any other day. Meanwhile, the health secretary told Justice Najfi that most of the people had sustained bullet injuries in the clash with police personnel, adding that the injured included 25 police officers and personnel. The Punjab chief secretary said that a joint investigation team has been constituted to probe the issue and that cheques were being
PUNJAB LAW MINISTER SAYS QADRI HIJACKED PLANE, WANTED TO CREATE CHAOS, MADE PAKISTAN A LAUGHING STOCK IN THE WORLD LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan has said that workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) had intended to occupy Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) and thus the government had to divert PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s plane to Lahore. Talking to journalists on Monday, the provincial law minister said that followers of Dr Qadri had injured over 100 security personnel in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but they had not been arrested anywhere in Punjab. Mashood said PAT workers had also tortured policemen in Lahore while the Punjab government and its police handled the situation with patience. he said that Punjab Police deserved to be praised as
they demonstrated self-restraint despite being attacked by protestors. A LAUGHING STOCK: The minister said that Dr Qadri had made Pakistan a “laughing stock” across the world. he said there was no bar on Dr Qadri’s political workers on staging protests but demonstrating on strategic assets including airports and the Parliament were not tolerable. “Qadri sent messages on twitter to spread chaos in Pakistan. Those who do not want Pakistan to prosper now stand exposed before the nation,” Mashood added. he said that the government followed democratic values and thus Qadri was given space to let go of the “plane hijacking move” – a situation which was bringing a bad name to the country. The minister said that he also advised Qadri to inquire after the wounded policemen who were tortured by his followers.
‘Nawaz treating Qadri like Mush treated Nawaz’ Khursheed Shah says Shahbaz facilitated Qadri for long march during PPP’s tenure but now creating problems for him PPP leader can feel democracy threatened, advises Nawaz to become ‘a real democratic prime minister’
prepared for disbursement of Rs 3 million each to the bereaved families. The enquiry tribunal directed the chief secretary to appear in the next hearing along with a report containing details of high-level bureaucratic transfers made prior to the Model Town incident. The tribunal then summoned Rana Sanaullah and Tauqeer Shah for the next hearing to be held on June 26. Over 12 people, including women, were killed and scores others injured in a clash between police and PAT workers during an ‘anti-encroachment drive’ in Model Town last week.
‘Qadri made us look like idiots’
which time the government could appeal before the apex court.
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) backed Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah sounded alarm bells for democracy, saying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was afraid of rallies and protests despite having twothird majority in the assembly. Talking to journalists during his visit to PPP’s media cell in Karachi, Shah said that if prime mister was afraid of the current situation, then there could be a danger to democracy. The opposition leader said that Nawaz had got votes from 15 million people but he was afraid of the person who neither had a substantial public support nor a representation in the Parliament. “I ask Nawaz Sharif to come out of General Zia’s effects,” he said adding that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif facilitated Dr Qadri for a long march during PPP’s tenure but now was creating problems for him. “I had warned Nawaz Sharif several times to become a real democratic prime minister,” he said, adding that the democracy could be challenged if “a single drop of dictatorship was mixed in it”. Shah said that Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had treated Nawaz Sharif in the same manner like Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri was being treated by Nawaz as Sharif too was not allowed to join his father’s funeral. PPI
Plane diverted to ensure Qadri’s safety: minister ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that the government was committed to providing all security measures to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri and his plane was diverted to Lahore to ensure his safety. Talking to reporters, Rashid said that the plane was also diverted due to security threats and to avoid any untoward incident in the federal capital. He said, “The government wanted to ensure that Qadri arrives safely at his house and that was why he was advised and requested to fly via helicopter”. “We want to save Qadri’s life and also dispel the allegations he levelled against the government regarding his security,” said the minister. Rashid said that the PAT workers worsened the security situation in the twin cities, making it possible for terrorists to sabotage their rallies. “We tried to explain the situation to Qadri but some other people were instigating him,” said Rashid. The senator said that the PAT chairman was surrounded by those who had been part of General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s cabinet, which has raised the doubts that Qadri has arrived in Pakistan to give a new political life to the retired general’s allies. He alleged that Qadri had hijacked an international plane and made the passengers hostage as most of the passengers on board were PAT activists. APP
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
say hEllo to your Expat saviour! PAT CHIEF SAYS WILL LAUNCH MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTION ‘SOON‘, WILL AVENGE KILLING OF PAT WORKERS LAHOrE/ISLAMAbAD
FteR finally reaching Lahore on Monday following an overly dramatic series of events, Pakistan Awami tehreek (PAt) chief dr tahirul Qadri vowed to bring about a revolution in the country and avenge the killing of his supporters. Qadri landed in Lahore after his flight was diverted from Islamabad following PAt-police clashes at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) which left several policemen injured. PAt chief’s supporters, armed with sticks and bricks, clashed with baton-wielding police at the airport where he had been due to arrive on an emirates flight on Monday morning. A spokesman for Islamabad Police said more than 70 officers were wounded with several suffering broken bones and head injuries. Security was tight in Islamabad before his expected arrival, with the government deploying armed personnel at all entry and exit points of the capital and blocking roads to the airport with shipping containers. However, Qadri’s supporters, includ-
PAT WORKERS CLASH WITH POLICE IN ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI AS QADRI’S PLANE IS DIVERTED TO LAHORE FOR ‘SECURITY REASONS’ ing a large number of women, managed to breach police cordons to arrive at Islamabad airport overnight, chanting “Long live tahirul Qadri” and “Revolution, revolution, Islamic revolution”. FROM ISLAMABAD TO LAHORE: Police-PAt clash continued to draw blood as Qadri’s plane made rounds over the capital’s airport before leaving for Lahore. the plane was diverted to Lahore “to ensure the safety of the passengers and aircraft”, according to a civil aviation official. However, after reaching Lahore, for several hours Qadri remained adamant that this was not the place where he was supposed to be. the reformist cleric tested the patience of the provincial and federal governments when he refused to come out of the foreign flight carrying a huge delegation of PAt leaders also accompanying Qadri from Canada and dubai. Qadri insisted that he would go back to Islamabad where he was to be landed as per his initial plans to lead a march towards Gujrat. the 63-year-old also demanded protection from the military. But the government talking tough and not afraid of using strong arms tactics against Qadri and his supporters was not ready to yield to his demands, saying the security conditions did not allow it to
LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek supporters dance as they await the arrival of their leader Dr Tahirul Qadri at the Allama Iqbal International Airport after his flight was diverted from Islamabad on Monday morning. MURTAZA ALI
EmiratEs airlinEs imposEs lifEtimE ban on Qadri: rEport
MONITOrING DESK emirates Airlines has imposed a lifetime travel ban on Pakistan Awami tehreek (PAt) chief dr tahirul Qadri and is also considering initiating legal proceedings against him for keeping the aircraft ‘hostage’ for several hours at Lahore airport after the flight was diverted by the Pakistani government to Lahore from Islamabad over security concerns, a private news channel has reported. According to the channel, the airliner was forced to take the decision after Qadri refused to get off the aircraft in Lahore and also barred other passengers from disembarking until he negotiated a deal with the provincial authorities. the airliner believes that this act of Qadri was tantamount to hijacking therefore it was mulling legal options.
QADRI SAYS WILL REGISTER HIJACKING AND MURDER CASES AGAINST PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF, SHAHBAZ SHARIF let Qadri land in federal capital. However, the drop scene awaited by the people came about by evening when Qadri conveyed to the negotiating teams that he could leave the plane if received by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, being the representative of the federal government as he did not want to talk to somebody from the provincial government led by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Qadri’s wish was granted sooner than later as both Sarwar and PML-Q leader Pervaiz elahi met Qadri in the plane and brought him out with full protocol. dr Qadri said he agreed to come out of the plane because he considered Sarwar as his brother and not as representative of the government. In the meantime, PAt supporters in huge numbers gathered at the Lahore Airport to receive their spiritual leader. they breached the security with impunity and reached the premises of the airport. Huge police contingent along with the ASF tried to stop the crowd gathered on this occasion. Some clashes with police also took place while police kept its cool this time as the sentiments were high against the Punjab government and police. QADRI REACHES LAHORE’S JINNAH HOSPITAL: From Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, dr Qadri left for Jinnah Hospital to enquire about the health of the party workers who were injured in police firing during Model town tragedy on June 17. the Punjab governor and PML-Q leader elahi were accompanying the PAt chief along with a huge delegation of PAt leaders. A large number of party workers, including women, were present in the premises of Jinnah Hospital and surrounded the party chief to welcome him. Police officials were appointed at the route to Jinnah Hospital and Model town while CCPo Zulfiqar Hamid also accompanied Qadri’s convoy. Speaking to reporters at MS office at Jinnah Hospital, dr Qadri maintained that he would bring about a revolution in Pakistan. terming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif as “Hitler”,
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Awami Tehreek supporters torture a policeman as they tried to break the security cordon around Benazir International Airport on Monday to receive their leader Dr Tahirul Qadri. ONLINE
the controversial cleric said that PMLN government had written “new history of barbarism”. “I have first come to hospital to see my injured workers. the Model town tragedy is the worst example of statesponsored terrorism,” he said, lashing out at Shahbaz Sharif for the Model town incident, in which over 12 PAt’s workers were killed by the police. “Police opened straight fire on our workers, including women. the government hijacked my plane. But I have kept my promise of returning to Pakistan to lead the revolution.” Qadri said that thousands of supporters were present at the Islamabad airport and questioned that why their sentiments were hurt by diverting his flight to Lahore and asking him to exit the plane. He said that he was a Pakistani citizen and it was his right to land anywhere he wants. While demanding an explanation for diverting his flight to Lahore, Qadri said that it was not a right decision to divert his flight. Qadri said that he was determined to register case against prime minister for hijacking his plane as well as for the killing of the PAt workers. He also thanked the role played by media and support he got from other political parties. ARRIVAL AT MINHAJ: After leaving his mark at the Jinnah Hospital, Qadri arrived at Minhajul Quran Secretariat where apart from a large number of supporters, he was welcomed by huge posters of those who were killed at the hands of police brutality. the posters were prominently placed on the walls. Addressing a charged and mammoth
crowd during heavy downpour in the city after a day-long confrontation with the government, the Canada-based cleric said that the days of the present government were over. Speaking with full force, he used a very hostile and critical language against the Sharifs on this occasion, terming Shahbaz Sharif as “Qatil-e-Ala”. He said he would hold both Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif accountable for their alleged corruption and how they managed huge properties and businesses both inside and outside the country. Qadri said that the blood given by the innocents had already laid the foundation of revolution in the country. He said he would soon give the final call for revolution. THAT’S ALL FOLKS: Qadri in January last year drew thousands of people to a sit-in protest in Islamabad. He had led a sit-in protest lasting over four days while the previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government was in power, four months before it lost the May 2013 general election to Sharif’s party. the PAt chief had demanded the early dissolution of the PPP government and implementation of a caretaker setup backed by the military and judiciary in consultation with his party, PAt. But despite intense media interest, the protest had little long-term impact – Qadri ended his sit-in after talks with ministers and the election went ahead as planned. Qadri is the founding leader of Minhajul Quran International (MQI), an organisation with branches in more than 90 countries which allegedly works to promote peace and harmony between communities.
OF FAILED PLANNING AND ‘HIJACKER’ STEALING THE SHOW NEWS ANALYSIS MIAN AbrAr oted philosopher and statesman edmund Burke once said, “Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.” Finally, the three-day media hysteria regarding the so-called “revolution” by none other than dr tahirul Qadri is over, providing a respite for the entire nation who felt agitated and nervy over the marathon live coverage of the events which at times turned ugly. Actually, dr Qadri’s show was over around a week back when the powerful establishment of the country had sent direct messages to dr Qadri, Shaikh Rashid Ahmed and Chaudhrys of Gujrat to cancel their respective protest calls as the country could not afford any agitation on the eve of the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Shaikh Rashid was first to withdraw his train march and same was the case with Chaudhry brothers but dr Qadri could not follow the suite due to the situation developed following the Model town massacre which had left around a dozen people killed and over a hundred severely injured.
emotionalism among the Pakistan Awami tehreek (PAt) workers forced dr Qadri to continue with his planned homecoming as postponing his return may have badly affected his support hub besides sending a message of weakness to the PML-N government. the mishandling of Model town operation and the way the negotiators of tehreek Minhajul
the mishandling of the arrival of dr Qadri and diverting the emirates airplane to Lahore is another proof that Sharif family faces a lack of proper planning to face protest calls and even a politician like dr Qadri who suffers from credibility issue can shake the Prime Minister’s House. Ill planning and use of brute force in political matters by the
THE MISHANDLING OF THE ARRIVAL OF DR QADRI AND DIVERTING THE EMIRATES AIRPLANE TO LAHORE IS ANOTHER PROOF THAT SHARIF FAMILY FACES A LACK OF PROPER PLANNING TO FACE PROTEST CALLS AND EVEN A POLITICIAN LIKE DR QADRI WHO SUFFERS FROM CREDIBILITY ISSUE CAN SHAKE THE PRIME MINISTER’S HOUSE Quran were arrested has no parallel in country’s political history. the use of brutal force by the Punjab government and the subsequent announcement by Shahbaz Sharif that he was bypassed by likes of Rana Sanaullah & Company has left many questions unanswered about the ability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to handle crisis situations.
regime reflects that the worst has to come and any call by a credible politician like Imran Khan of Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf (PtI) can force the advisers of the prime minister to rock the boat. Moreover, diverting the emirates plane carrying dr Qadri and others has badly damaged the country’s image internationally. the poor planning is reflective
of the fact that the PML-N ministers thought that by erecting containers in across the twin cities, no PAt worker would be able to enter the airport. However, their failed and poor planning has badly damaged the credibility of the political administration as the PAt workers not only overpowered the police, they also crossed over all the containers to reach the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in such a huge number that they easily took over the premises. this all is a big slap at the performance of our law enforcers and the administration capabilities. Moreover, the inflexible attitude by the federal and Punjab governments is beyond comprehension. Following failure of the government, it was however opposition parties like MQM, PML-Q and even dr Qadri himself who showed magnanimity and came up with ideas to get the government out of the stalemate. It has established the fact that either the rulers lack badly the political wisdom or they are shaken by the tUQ ability to draw people on streets in such a huge number. Moreover, it was surprising and reflected huge credibility gap between dr Qadri and Sharif brothers that the PAt chairman, like a true “hijacker”, used Punjab governor as an abductee till his safe arrival at the PAt headquarters.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
You can run but cannot hide! TERRORISTS MAKE DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO FLEE NWA AS PAKISTAN ARMY’S FIGHTER JETS CONTINUE TO POUND THEM HARD IN COLLABORATION WITH GROUND TROOPS, KILLING AT LEAST 25 RAWALPINDI
T least 25 suspected terrorists were killed in airstrikes and by ground troops of Pakistan’s Armed Forces in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) as the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the cordoned area crossed 430,000 on Monday. “Eight terrorist hideouts around Mir Ali, NWA were de-
stroyed by jet aircrafts early morning,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). “15 terrorists were killed in the strikes. Tunnels were spotted in the targeted areas and 10 terrorists were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Spinwam and Mir Ali. Two soldiers also embraced martyrdom in exchange of fire,” the statement added. “While the operation Zarb-eAzb progresses as per plan, terror-
ists inside cordoned area are making desperate attempts to flee from the area. Several attempts by terrorists to flee from the cordoned off area have been foiled,” it said. Moreover, aerial surveillance, vigorous patrolling and cordon around the area housing terrorists continue as the military operation Zarb-e-Azb progresses as per plan, the statement added. As iDPs EvAcUATE: On IDPs’ situation, the Pakistan Army said that curfew was relaxed from 6am
AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS JAILED IN EGYPT, SUPPORTERS STUNNED THE THREE MEN HAD LOOKED UPBEAT AS THEY ENTERED THE COURTROOM IN HANDCUFFS, WAVING AT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAD EARLIER TOLD JOURNALISTS THEY EXPECTED THEM TO BE ACQUITTED CAIRO AGENCIES
Three al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a “terrorist organisation” by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s respect for media freedom. The three, who all deny the charge, include Australian Peter Greste, al Jazeera’s Kenya-based correspondent, and CanadianEgyptian national Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of al Jazeera English. The third defendant, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, received an additional three-year jail sentence on a separate charge involving possession of ammunition. There was a loud gasp in the courtroom as the verdicts were read out. Shaken and near tears, Greste’s brother Michael said: “This is terribly devastating. I am stunned, dumbstruck. I’ve no other words.” The three men had looked upbeat as they entered the courtroom in handcuffs, waving at family
members who had earlier told journalists they expected them to be acquitted. The three were detained in late December and charged with helping a “terrorist organisation” by publishing lies that harmed the national interest and supplying money, equipment and information to a group of 17 Egyptians. All three journalists have been held at Egypt’s notorious Tora Prison for six months, in a case that has drawn criticism from Western governments and human rights groups. The remaining 17 defendants faced charges of belonging to a “terrorist organisation”, an apparent reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been protesting against the
AS IDPS COUNT CROSSES 430,000, ARMY ENGINEERS DIVISION TASKED TO ASSIST CIVIL ADMINISTRATION AT BANNU, DERA ISMAEL KHAN FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF AFFAIRS
government since the army toppled president Mohamed Mursi in July. Two of the 17 were acquitted, including Anas Beltagi the son of a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who is now in jail. Four were also sentenced to seven years in jail and a further 11 were sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail. Western governments and rights groups have voiced concern over freedom of expression in Egypt since Mursi’s ouster and the crackdown has raised questions about Egypt’s democratic credentials three years after an uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power and raised hopes of greater freedoms.
to 4pm Monday to facilitate evacuation of leftover locals. “As many as 414,429 IDPs have been registered so far at Saidgai Checkpost. It is believed that remaining people will leave the area today.” For better management of IDPs at Bannu, Army Engineers Division has been tasked to assist the civil administration at Bannu and Dera Ismael Khan. Troops of the Engineers Division have already reached Bannu.
PML-Q, PAT WORKERS CLASH WITH POLICE CHAKWAL ONLINE
A convoy of more than 1,000 workers of Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) clashed with the police after it was forcibly stopped at Balkassar Interchange by Chakwal Police Monday. The clash left several men injured and vehicles damaged. The procession comprised political workers on more than 150 different variants of vehicles, chanting slogans in favour of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and against the government. The convoy had started its journey from the residence of PML-Q leader Hafiz Aamar Yasir from Talagang, which upon reaching Naka Kahout near Balkassar Interchange was interrupted by police obstacles. The procession was stopped and subjected to tear gas shelling in bid to discourage it from proceeding and dispersing the protestors. In retaliation, the political workers threw bricks and stones at police, injuring a police constable Ain Abbas among others. Also, a police vehicle No CHA-8001 and a vehicle of PML-Q leader Hafiz Aamar Yasir were also damaged.
The Army said that four relief goods delivery points have been established by its Engineers Division at Bannu, where food items, medical care and cash amount, as announced by the federal government, will be distributed by the concerned civil agency among IDPs of NWA. A field medical hospital by Army Medical Corps is also being established at Bannu to provide medical relief to the displaced people, it added.
KP PA PASSES BUDGET, FINANCE BILL 2014 PESHAWAR APP
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday passed the provincial budget for financial year 2014-15 and amended Finance Bill 2014. The House resumed proceedings on the demands for grants for different government departments and cut motions presented by the opposition legislators on them. The provincial assembly during the Saturday proceeding have passed only seven demands for grants for departments including provincial assembly, administration & establishment, department of finance, planning & development, information technology, revenue & estate and excise and taxation. In the morning session of the proceedings the op-
position was once again not showing any flexibility and kept demanding voting on their cut motions. The opposition legislators were critical of the performance of the department of home affairs, prisons and police and were demanding reforms in them. Speaker Asad Qaiser while exercising his powers under 148 of the proceedings of the house, announced the guillotining of all cut motions presented by the legislators paved way for presenting the remaining demands for grants one by one in the house for approval. The House in the second session of the day also approved the Finance Bill 2014 while including one amendment of the Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao of Qoumi Watan Party.
42 BIGWIGS, INCLUDING SHARIFS, SUMMONED IN MONEY LAUNDERING CASE ON SEPT 17 LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned 42 bigwigs, including the ones in the Sharif family, in money laundering case on September 17. Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan heard the miscellaneous petition being pursued by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafferi. The petitioner’s lawyer said that despite court orders and ad published in newspapers, only 16 people had contacted the court through their lawyers while others had ignored the orders. He demanded action against those who had not appeared in court in person or through lawyers and also requested earlier hearing of the case instead of September 17. The LHC after hearing arguments issued notices to 42 people including members of the Sharif family to appear in the court on next hearing. STAFF REPORT
SUDANESE WOMAN ON DEATH ROW FOR APOSTASY FREED KHARTOUM: The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man will walk free. Meriam Ibrahim is considered a Muslim (though she does not consider herself one) and was convicted of apostasy for marrying Christian Daniel Wani. Sudanese state media said Ibrahim will be released from prison, possibly as soon as Monday. “We heard it just now on the state radio. We really hope it’s true,” said one of her lawyers, Elshareef Ali Mohammed. AGENCIES
TOP MALAYSIAN COURT RULES WORD ‘ALLAH’ ONLY FOR MUSLIMS PUTRAJAYA AGENCIES
Malaysia’s highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word “Allah”, ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country. The divisive case, in which the Catholic Church challenged a government ban on its long-time use of the Arabic word to refer to God, came amid concern from minorities who feel their rights are under threat by rising Islamisation in the Southeast Asian nation.
The government had previously banned the use of “Allah” in the local Malay-language edition of the Church’s Herald newspaper, which had angered Muslims, who say Christians are overstepping religious boundaries. A seven-judge panel in the administrative capital Putrajaya ruled a lower court decision siding with the government stood. “It (the Court of Appeal) applied the correct test, and it is not open for us to interfere,” chief justice Arifin Zakaria said. Analysts termed the ruling a “vote-winner” for the government. S. Selvarajah, one of the church’s lawyers, said his team would explore
further ways to challenge the ban. “It’s a blanket ban. Non-Muslims cannot use the word. It has a major impact,” he told reporters. The Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew said the judgement “didn’t touch on the fundamental rights of minorities”. “We are greatly disappointed by this judgement,” he said. Outside the court, which was cordoned off, about a hundred Muslim activists cheered the news of the verdict. Earlier, they had shouted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” and waved banners that read “Uniting to defend the name of Allah”. “I’m very pleased and happy that we have won the case. I hope the
issue will be put to rest,” Ibrahim Ali, head of Muslim rights group Perkasa, said. “We must defend ‘Allah’ because this is our religious obligation. I hope other communities, including Christians, understand this.” DAngER Of cOnvERsiOn? The dispute first erupted in 2007 when the Home Ministry threatened to revoke the publishing permit of the Herald for using the Arabic word in its Malay-language edition. The Church launched a court case to challenge the directive, arguing “Allah” had been used for centuries in Malaylanguage Bibles and other literature to refer to “God” outside of Islam.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
AT LEAST 81 IRAQIS KILLED IN SUNNI REBEL ATTACK ON CONVOY IRAQI ARMY COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF TAL AFAR FLEES ISIS OFFENSIVE TO SEMIAUTONOMOUS REGION OF KURDISTAN BAGHDAD AGENCIES
uNNI militants brought their campaign against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki closer to Baghdad on Monday, attacking a police convoy just 20 miles from the centre of the capital and triggering a shootout that left at least 81 people dead. Rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham struck the convoy in Babil province on the main highway leading south from Baghdad. In the exchange of fire that followed, at least 71 prisoners in police custody, five policemen and five insurgents were killed, security officials said. In a gruesome sign of the Sunni-Shia hatred now fuelling the conflict, into its third week, the bodies of 15 Shia fighters were returned to the town of Basheer, 2 miles south of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. The fighters, which included one woman, were defending the Shia-dominated town from an ISIS assault when they were captured by rebels, strung up on electrical poles and lynched. Their bodies were kept hanging for days until they were taken down by Sunni tribal leaders and transported by tractor to Basheer on Monday. The brutality of the fighting underlined the de-
termination of Sunni insurgents to tighten their grip over areas in the north of the country where they now hold sway after driving out government forces. Nour al-Dine Kablan, an official in Mosul, said Monday that ISIS rebels were in control of most of the military airport in nearby Tal Afar. Rebels and government forces have been fighting for control of the city of 200,000 people, located 270 miles northwest of Baghdad, near Iraq's border with Syria. The Iraqi Army commander in charge of Tal Afar, Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Quraishi, fled the ISIS offensive to the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan. There, local TV stations have shown him posing with Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The retreat is widely seen as a personal humiliation for Maliki, who ordered Gen. Quraishi to Tal Afar to retake the city after dismissing the general's predecessor for poor performance in battle. The government's military spokesman, Gen. Qassim Atta, denied that Gen. Quraishi had fled Tal Afar, dismissing the news as "propaganda" at a news conference on Monday. In another notable setback for Maliki and his Shiite-dominated government, one of the few Sunni towns in the country that supports him surrendered to insurgents on Monday after days of fighting with ISIS-led militants. A delegation from Al Alam in northern Tikrit province, surrendered to insurgents and handed over government-issued weapons and vehicles to them, security officials said. "The truce came after the army abandoned us. We were surrounded," said a resident of the town, sounding a now-familiar scenario since ISIS insurgents attacked and took over Mosul, Iraq's second-
Senior AfghAn election officiAl reSignS Amid frAud AllegAtionS KABUL: A senior official of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) stepped down on Monday amid allegations that he organized a fraudulent run-off vote, charges he denied. Pressure has been mounting on the commission to suspend the head of the IEC secretariat, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil, after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah accused him of organizing vote fraud in the second-round run-off elections on June 14. "Today, for the sake of confidence building, ... I have resigned from my post in the presence of IEC leadership," Amarkhil told reporters. The election comes at a delicate time as most foreign troops leave the country by the end of the year, leaving behind a still strong Taliban insurgency and deepening economic crisis. Abdullah's party on Sunday aired what it said were the intercepted phone call recordings of Amarkhil that purports to show him talking to officials in several provinces ordering them to stuff ballot boxes. Amarkhil questioned the authenticity of the tape. "That was a fake and made-up tape to confuse public opinion... I reject it in the strongest terms," he said. "...I believe in elections and I believe in justice and I believe in democracy." IEC chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said the audio tapes had no connection to Amarkhil's resignation and the IEC did not ask him to resign. The run-off election pitted former anti-Taliban fighter Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after neither secured the 50 percent majority needed to win outright in the first round on April 5. AGENCIES
KERRY PROMISES ‘INTENSE AND SUSTAINED’ SUPPORT FOR IRAQ BAGHDAD: Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised "intense and sustained" US support for Iraq, but said the divided country would only survive if its leaders took urgent steps to bring it together. Hours before Kerry arrived in Baghdad, Sunni tribes who have joined a militant takeover of northern Iraq seized the only legal crossing point with Jordan, security sources said, leaving troops with no presence along the entire western frontier which includes some of the Middle East's most important trade routes. US President Barack Obama has offered up to 300 American advisers to Iraq but held off granting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite Muslim-led government's request for air strikes to counter the two-week advance by Sunni militants. Officials have meanwhile called for Iraqis to form an inclusive government. The insurgency has been fuelled largely by a sense of marginalisation and persecution among Iraq's Sunnis. "The support will be intense and sustained and if Iraq's leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective," Kerry told reporters in Baghdad. He said Maliki had "on multiple occasions affirmed his commitment to July 1" as the date to start the formation of a new government bringing in more Sunnis and Kurds to share power, a move Washington is keen to see. AGENCIES
largest city, two weeks ago. The truce with the rebels, who now occupy the president palace in Tikrit, called for the merger of the insurgents, able-
bodied residents and police into one military force, the town resident said, adding that the police were first required to ask ISIS for redemption.
Eight Bangladesh militants to hang for 2001 bombing DHAKA AGENCIES
A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight militants to death on Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people during new year celebrations in the capital Dhaka. “The attack was carried out to destabilise the country and create panic, “Judge Ruhul Amin said as he delivered the verdict in a crowded court in Dhaka's old city. The head of the outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI) outfit, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was among the eight who were ordered hanged for targeting the celebrations in Dhaka's main park which they deemed unIslamic. The judge also sentenced six others to life in prison for setting off two bombs as thousands of revellers were celebrating the first
day of Bengali New Year on April 14, 2001. “It's a heinous attack and unprecedented in our history,” pros-
ecutor Abdullah Abu told reporters after the verdicts were announced. “We're happy with the eight
death sentenced, but not satisfied with the sentencing of six people who were given life terms. We'll appeal against the life sentences.” The HuJI chief, better known as Mufti Hannan, is already on death row having been convicted in 2008 for trying to assassinate the British high commissioner four years earlier in a grenade attack. A lawyer for the defendants, Faruque Ahmed, told AFP that he planned to appeal the verdicts which he said were politically motivated and designed to “make people happy in certain quarters”. Mufti Hannan, who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan's civil war, is also accused of having been behind a plot to assassinate the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she was leader of the opposition in 2004.
SYRIAN REBEL GROUPS SENDING CHILDREN INTO WAR: HRW CHILDREN SAY THEY HAD FOUGHT IN BATTLES, ACTED AS SNIPERS, MANNED CHECKPOINTS, TREATED THE WOUNDED ON BATTLEFIELDS, AND BROUGHT SUPPLIES TO FRONT LINES
BEIRUT: Militant groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising them a free education, a Human Rights Watch report said on Monday. The report said the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has made rapid territorial gains across the border in Iraq, had given children weapons training in Syria and told them to carry out suicide bombings. Citing personal accounts, the rights group also found evidence of children being mobilized by the more moderate Westernbacked Free Syrian Army, the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Islamic Front coalition and security forces in Kurdishcontrolled areas. “The horrors of Syria’s armed conflict are only made worse by throwing children into the front lines,” said Priyanka Motaparthy, the author of the report which drew on the accounts of 25 children. It said 14-year-old youths had been used in support roles for the fighting. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad monitoring group, said on Sunday that relatives of kidnapped students in Syria fear that ISIL will use the children to carry out car bombs or suicide attacks. Syria’s conflict started with peaceful demonstrations for
political change in 2011 but has descended into a civil war, pitting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against a myriad of opposition groups. Infighting among opposition combatants has complicated the conflict, which has stirred sectarian tensions across the Middle East and spilled over into neighboring countries. HRW said the number of children fighting in Syria was not known. The Violations Documenting Center, a Syrian monitoring group, had documented 194 deaths of “non-civilian” male children in the country since September 2011, the report said. “ALLAH CHOSE YOU”: The children said they had fought in battles, acted as snipers, manned checkpoints, treated the wounded on battlefields, and brought supplies to front lines, the report said. A 16year-old boy who gave his name as Majed said the Nusra Front recruited him and other boys in the southern city of Deraa near the Jordanian border. The group provided free schooling at a local mosque that included military training and commanders had asked children as well as adults to carry out suicide attacks, he said. “Sometimes the commanders would say, “Allah chose you,” and sometimes the fighters volunteered,” Majed said, according to the
report. Many children followed their relatives or friends into the armed groups, while others lived in battle zones without schooling or other options, HRW said. Others had taken part in protests or were angry with the government. All of the 25 interviewed were boys, but the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) police force and its armed wing had enlisted girls to guard checkpoints and conduct armed patrols in Kurdish-controlled areas, the report said. Human Rights Watch said some armed groups had taken steps to end the use of children in the conflict. The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said it was examining the allegations. “We take such allegations extremely seriously and are committed to ensuring that anyone responsible for the voluntary or involuntary recruitment of children is held to account,” it told Human Rights Watch in a letter. The Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel factions, told HRW it had investigated the accounts and found no evidence that its fighters included children. “We never arm a young man, or give him the opportunity to join the Front, including the Ahrar AlSham Islamic movement, except after a thorough check of his documents, to ascertain he’s over 18,” it told HRW. AGENCIES
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
You ask for fare? You get bullets!
ASR MAGHRIB ISHA
Rickshaw driver shot dead for overcharging in Okara, accused arrested OKARA: An accused gunned down a rickshaw driver for overcharging on Monday. A woman was also injured during the firing. Police said that accused Abdul Jabbar traveled belonged to village Kot Shaukat Sultan from Okara town. When the rickshaw reached the destination the driver demanded extra fare on which the culprit opened fire killing rickshaw driver Noor Muhammad and injuring a woman identified as Sonia Bibi. The body and injured were shifted to a local hospital for medico-legal formalities. The police arrested the accused along with the weapon and registering a case against him started investigation. INP
Misdeeds of govt to serve as mass political suicide for it: Mehmoodur Rasheed LAHORE: Misdeeds of the incumbent government in the centre and Punjab will serve as mass political suicide for it, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed while talking to various delegations which called on him at his office on Monday. He said that use of brutal forces against the political rivals can lead to dire consequences. The PTI leader said that his party will continue protest against the Lahore tragedy within and outside the Punjab Assembly. He said that the government instead of learning lessons from its blunders was making more mistakes which not in its favour. He said that the government can’t separate it of Minhaj-uj-Quran secretariat incident as it was the government’s responsibility to provide security to the masses. The opposition leader said peaceful protest is democratic right of political parties and masses and use of force to stop them from doing so is undemocratic and condemnable act. INP
Waqas Nazir assumes charge as Lahore DIG Operations LAHORE: Waqas Nazir assumed charge as the Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Lahore on Monday. Nazir belongs to the 28th Common of the Police Service of Pakistan. He has served as AIG Operations Punjab, DPO Dera Ghazi Khan, DPO Hafizabad, DPO Pakpattan and DPO Mansehra. sTaFF rePOrT
LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri inquires about the health of his injured party worker at the Jinnah Hospital. INP
Shahbaz vows to stand with IDPs CM ANNOUNCES RS 500 MILLION CHIEF MINISTER’S RELIEF FUND FOR DISPLACED PERSONS FROM TRIBAL AREAS LAHORE
HE Punjab government and the people of the province are with their brethren and sisters of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa who have been displaced in the war against terrorism and they will not be left alone in this moment of trial, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif on Monday. Shahbaz has set up Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the displaced persons of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and a sum of Rs 500 million has been deposited in the fund on behalf of the Punjab government. The Punjab chief minister, provincial ministers and assembly members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have donated their one month’s salary to the fund. The chief minister in his appeal to the people said that the nation is fully supporting ghazis and martyrs of Pak Army as well as the displaced persons with its prayers, life and property and all other belongings at this crucial hour. He said that philanthropists and
well-offs should come forward and donate generously towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund so that maximum assistance could be provided to the displaced persons. He said that the Punjab government will continue to extend full cooperation till the return of displaced persons to their homes and their complete rehabilitation while relief items will also be provided to them. The CM said that Pakistan is passing through the most critical phase of its history and is facing internal and external security challenges. He said that Pakistani nation is in a state of war and Pak Army is fighting against terrorists in the war for the survival and stability of the country. The CM further said that it is essential that the whole nation should unite on one platform to purge the country of the menace of terrorism. He said that the need for unity is more than ever now and the scourge of terrorism will have to be rooted out for making Pakistan a cradle of peace and harmony. He said that every segment of the society will have to play his role for bringing the country out of the quagmire of problems.
The CM said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N government is making sincere efforts for the progress and development of the country. He said that under these circumstances, politics of protest is totally unjustified and tantamount to creating hurdles in the journey towards progress and development. He said that amidst security threats, sit-ins, public meetings, rallies and agitation are totally against the interest of the country. He said that the elements engaged in protest politics should let the process of progress and development process go on uninterrupted in the interest of the nation instead of creating hurdles. He said that the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to steer the country out of crises and the day is not far off when Pakistan will become a haven of peace, energy crisis and terrorism will be eliminated, economic activities will accelerate and Pakistan will become a strong economic force. He said that solid economic policies of the government are yielding positive results and due to the steps taken by the government, foreign exchange reserves has increased while Pakistani currency has stabilised. SHAHBAZ KEEPS AN EYE ON QADRI: The Punjab CM kept monitoring the situation moment to moment after arrival of the aeroplane of Pak-
istan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri at the Lahore Airport. The chief minister was kept informed about the arrival of aeroplane of Qadri and his visit to the Jinnah Hospital. The CM also issued necessary instructions to provincial administration and senior officers of the police about handling the situation. Workers of the PAT were given a free hand at the airport and Jinnah Hospital whereas special security arrangements were made for Qadri. No untoward incident occurred at the airport and the Jinnah Hospital due to personal interest and strategy of the CM. The CM also appreciated the restraint and tolerance shown by police despite torture by workers of the PAT.
You are about to see a new Punjab! TEN DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES WORTH RS 7.936 BILLION FOR PUNJAB APPROVED LAHORE INP
Punjab government on Monday approved 10 development schemes of different development sectors with an estimated cost of Rs 7.936 billion. These schemes were approved in the 45th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2013-14 which was presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi, says Planning and Development spokesman. Members of the Planning and Development Board, provincial secre-
taries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting. According to Planning and Development spokesman, the approved development schemes included: Establishment of Public Private Partnership Cell in the Planning and Development department (Revised) at the cost of Rs 879.412 million, Water Resources Development (through Construction of 200 Mini Dams along with Command Area Development) of Potohar Region, Barani Areas of Punjab (Revised 400 Mini Dams) at the cost of Rs 1108.450 million, Establishment of Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot at the cost of Rs 1422.97 million, Widening / Improvement of Sialkot Eminabad Road km No 0/0 to 61/90 length 61.90 km District Sialkot and Gujranwala at the cost of Rs 1044.948 million, Widening / Improvement Sialkot Wazirabad Rasul Nagar Kot Harra Jalalpur Bhattian Road (Sec-
tion Qadirabad Road to Jalalpur Bhattian), km No 92.00 to 133.09, length 41.09 kms in District Hafizabad (Revised) at the cost of Rs 307.111 million, Construction of Bridge on Rainy Nullah Kahan Jhelum PD Khan Road in km 11-12 Tehsil and PD Khan District Jhelum at the cost of Rs 426.300 million, Widening / Improvement of Head Muhammad Wala to Karam Dad Qureshi Kot Addu Layyah Road Via M M Road along T P link canal length 47.10 km District Muzaffargarh at the cost of Rs 975.270 million, Construction of Khurarianwala By-Pass Road, length 17.38 km District Faisalabad. (Revised) at the cost of Rs 296.639m, Dualisation and Improvement of Rawat to Kallar Syedan Road km 0/0 to 19/0 length 19 km, District Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs 1002.263 million and W/I of Metalled Road from Rawalpindi to Ari Syedan Tehsil Kahuta District Rawalpindi length 15.26 km, District Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs 473.073m.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Navy is up for all challenges SANDILA SAYS PAKISTAN NAVY WELL EQUIPPED, FULLY CAPABLE TO DEFEND MARITIME FRONTIERS OF COUNTRY LAHORE
ESPITE host of internal and external challenges being faced by the nation, Pakistan Navy is well equipped, highly motivated and fully capable to defend the Maritime Frontiers of Pakistan, said Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila
while addressing the officers of 43rd PN Staff Course at the Pakistan Navy War College on the National Security Challenges to Pakistan on Monday. The chief of the naval staff reiterated that Pakistan cannot remain oblivious of evolving regional maritime environment. We are a peace loving nation and our maritime interests have to be safeguarded. We continue to collaborate with global and regional navies to counter piracy and
terrorism and this is evident from our participation in the CTF-150 and 151. Holding of multi-national exercises such as the AMAN series is another testimony to our commitment towards peace and stability in this region, he added. Advising the officers to maintain their focus on professional pursuits, the admiral said that solution to security challenges lies in identification of root causes of security threats and maintenance of operational readiness to seek permanent solution of the problem. On arrival the chief of the naval staff was received by Pakistan Navy War College Commandant Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem at Lahore.
LCCI will supplement govt efforts aimed at revival of economy LAHORE ONlINe
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) will supplement all the Punjab government efforts aimed at revival of economic activities as business community is much impressed by the sterling efforts of Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Mian Shahbaz Sharif to make Punjab a hub of economic activities. This was stated by LCCI Acting President Mian Tariq Misbah in a letter written to Shahbaz Sharif on Monday. He said that in the recent past, energy crisis hollowed the foundations of indus-
trial sector and had cost the country around 4% of GDP growth but now the things are moving in right direction as the CM has focused on energy crisis and taken various initiatives to this regard. Misbah said that the business community of Lahore appreciates various projects initiated by the Punjab government to tackle the energy crisis in the province - 1000 MW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, 1320 MW Coal fired power plants in Sahiwal, 425 MW Nandipur power project and 300 MW power plant in the Faisalabad Textile Park. The LCCI acting president said that cost effective and efficient transportation system is the need of masses .The business community of the city
lauds the concrete efforts of the government to improve the transportation system in the province. He said that it is quite appreciable that the Metro Bus System is under construction in the city of Rawalpindi and there are also plans to launch it in Multan and Faisalabad. It would give modern transportation facility to the masses. Misbah said that human capital is the back bone of any society. The efforts of the government to improve education in the province are highly exemplary. Alongside empowering the youth of the province with latest information technology tools like laptops, the government has also launched ‘elearn.punjab’ to ensure free availability of books online.
LAHORE: A woman collects usable tomatoes from the rotten ones, thrown by a shopkeeper. ONlINe
Don’t forget your raincoats! MORE RAIN, THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN MOST PARTS OF COUNTRY LAHORE aPP
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast rain-thunderstorm in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moist currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country. The Westerly wave is also affecting upper parts of the country. Rain and thundershowers are expected at scattered areas in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, and in isolated places at isolated places at Sargodha, Multan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur divisions during the next 24 hours.
Hot and dry weather is likely in most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. However, rain and thundershowers are expected at scattered places in Hazara division. Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of Balochistan province during the next 24 hours while rain and thundershowers are likely at scattered places in the Kashmir valley and GilgitBaltistan during same time span. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the past 24 hours were Dadu 49C, Shaheed Benazirabad, Turbat 48C, Padidan 47C, Moenjodaro 46C, Sibbi, Larkana 45C and Sukkar 44C. The highest temperatures remained 38C in Islamabad, Lahore 38C, Karachi 36C, Peshawar 43C, Quetta 35C, Skardu 27C, Murree 26C, Muzaffarabad 38C, Gilgit 29C, Faisalabad 37C, Multan 39C and Hyderabad 41C. The rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was Murree 41mm, Islamabad 27mm, Rawalakot 17mm, Garhi Dupatta 16mm, Rawalpindi 16mm, Khanpur 11mm, Barkhan 10mm, Abbotabad 9mm, Mangla 5mm, Jhelum 4mm, Jacobabad 3mm, Kalam, Gujranwala 2mm and Balakot 1mm.
LAHORE 07 PAkISTAN’S EDucATION ExPENDITuRE AMONGST LOWEST fIvE IN WORLD LAHORE: Pakistan needs strong political will to meet education challenges and rapidly deploy new resources to achieve some quick wins, participants of a meeting organised by ILM-o-AGAHI agreed on Monday. The meeting was organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas. Many senior journalists, editors and news directors from mainstream newspapers and leading television channels participated in the meeting. The consensus reached during an editors’ meeting was that after the devolution of powers to provinces, a substantial amount of the allocated budget on education remains unspent. Earlier on Monday, a training workshop on education journalism was also organised and attended by more than 25 education reporters from various mainstream news organisations. According to Alif Ailaan, Pakistan currently has the world’s second highest number of out of school children at the primary level. Every 12th out of school child in the world is Pakistani. President of an NGO, AGAHI, Puruesh Chaudhary said that despite the government’s pre-election promise to raise the share of education allocation to 4 percent of the GDP, Pakistan still spends a meagre 1.9 percent on education. Due to such low expenditure, Pakistan ranks fifth amongst countries that spend the least on education. Senior journalist and lead trainer ILM-o-AGAHI Mubashir Zaidi said that Pakistani media lacks framework to appreciate quality journalism on education and sources of doing a good journalism story are also crucial but both journalists and policy makers should start using data on education to improve the state of education in Pakistan. “Teachers should encourage research and interaction with media to discuss the education challenges in Pakistan,” he said. sTaFF rePOrT
DEAR DEPARTED Shujaat Hasnain Qureshi, a senior member of the Punjab Club, passed away to his heavenly abode on Sunday, June 22 at his native village.
08 COMMENT PML-N shoots itself in the foot again Mess after mess
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Imploding Iraq IS there a solution to avoid it?
hE PML-N has again displayed total inefficacy in handling a situation politically. Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan awami Tehrik (PaT) was within its right to hold protest as long as it did not break any law. heavens would not have fallen if PaT had been allowed to march from Islamabad to Lahore. The government acted in a way that indicated a state of panic. It relied on extreme administrative measures to stop the party from holding the protest. It should have instead held talks with the PaT soon after the Model Town incident to bring the temperature down. Subsequently it should have held parleys to ensure that there was no untoward incident after Qadri’s arrival. It opted instead for measures reminiscent of dictatorial regimes, like blocking of roads in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, closure of the airport, arrests, baton charges and tear gassing by police and the weirdest of all, the diversion of the Emirates’ international flight from Islamabad to Lahore. That mediation by Governor Sindh brought to a peaceful end the hours-long standoff at Lahore airport indicates things could have been resolved through talks much earlier. The PML-N in fact created a crisis out of a nonevent. The brutal police attack on PaT office in Model Town, conducted without any provocation and which led to the killing of nine party workers put the government on the defensive while it created a wave of sympathy for the PaT. Unless the PML-N government learns to resolve political differences through talks, it might end up antagonising the entire opposition before long. Tahirul Qadri has declared that he has finally returned to Pakistan to take part in politics. he must have realised by now the futility of calls on army. What he is yet to understand is that real change can be brought only through elections, and not through any other method. What is more, parliamentary democracy requires give and take rather than an inflexible attitude.
Counter jihad Or not quite yet?
haT a hundred or so ulema have sanctified operation Zarb-e-Azb as official jihad is welcome, even though such steps should have preceded the move by a fair amount of time. Mian sb was away at the time, but surely the military remembers how the fatwa business was at the forefront of the expansion of the war on terror inside Pakistan. The lal masjid led the controversy almost a decade ago, when it declared haram Muslim burials for Pakistani soldiers fighting the Taliban. There was even considerable unrest within the forces; parents in the periphery, easy prey to local mullahs, refused to bury their fallen sons, soldiers on occasion refused to engage with ‘Muslim’ militants, etc. and it was some time, and many casualties, before the army could adjust in time to bolster its rank and file, and take the fight to the badlands. Since Zarb-e-Arb has been employed as the final solution, it is important for all arms of the state to move in coordination so the noose can be tightened around the TTP. and that is why the move on the part of the ulema is welcome. Long years of religious indoctrination, built specifically around a false jihad marketing narrative, is at the centre of this war over a controversial reading of shari’a. and the more the religious lobby also comes out in unison with the government, the more negative influences of lal masjid and the like can be countered and exposed. But such measures require immaculate coordination when it comes to execution. and some areas have become cause for concern. No doubt efforts to mobilise the clergy should have come sooner. So should the PM’s move to finally ban afghan SIMs, widely used by the Taliban in the tribal area. For a decade, they have been used for militant communication, extortion, threats, etc, yet the move to block them has only come now, which is strange. Unless the right moves are made at the right time, there is the risk of losing the initiative, which can prove counter-productive. The government must realise this as the war progresses.
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IChOLaS Kristof writing for The New York Times opposes USa intervention in Iraq. I completely support him when he says, “Our 2003 invasion of Iraq should be a warning that military force sometimes transforms a genuine problem into something worse.” I cannot however but disagree when he says, “Iraq has formally requested american military intervention, and my fear is that we will be inadvertently sucked into a civil war — an echo of what happened to the United States in Lebanon from 1982 to ’84 or Somalia from 1992 to ’94. Look, failing to intervene is a bad option in this case. But intervening is a worse one… Many Sunnis in Iraq dislike ISIS, but they have learned to loathe and distrust Maliki even more. The way out of the mess in Iraq is for the government to share power with Sunnis and Kurds, accept decentralisation and empower moderate Sunni tribes.” (June 18, 2014) I empathise with his fear for his country’s embroiling in another vortex. however, political deals for the devolution of central power, forced from outside, do not deliver, as history proves. In afghanistan, increasing influence of Taliban and attacks on NaTO and US forces make it strategically difficult for a complete withdrawal of the alien forces as proposed earlier. The afghan scenario today is reminiscent of Iraq. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 resulted in replacing the Sunnis with elite Shias. The cascading effect was a civil war. Ending 2011, US withdrew its forces without leaving any residual force to allow time for Iraq to stabilise with a lighter presence. The complete drawdown resulted owing to an impasse over the legal immunity of residual US troops in Iraq post 2011. Iraq has become a battleground for war be-
tween Shia and Sunni Muslims as viewed in afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan, all of which are battlegrounds of proxy wars. The existing religiogeographic dynamics cannot be overlooked. hezbollah and Iran combined with alawites of Syria have been aiming at reviving the Greater Iran, keeping in view their own schismatic ideology, the effects of which reflect in the current proxy war in Pakistan. The geographic link formed is hezbollah on one end, Syria and Iraq forming the centre with Iran at the other end, converging to solidify a unified religious school of thought. Back to Iraq now: Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has failed to reconcile with the country’s Sunnis and Kurdish populations. In power since 2006, he has faced increasing insurgencies, in particular from a splinter group of alQaeda named ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). The ISIS has pushed out Nouri al-Maliki from many cities of Iraq. It has come to a point where increasingly the ‘minus 1’ formula is being supported, not only by the US but also by the arab world. In a piece published by CNN, “There’s hope that a government bringing the Sunnis and Kurds into the political process would curb sympathies for ISIS by those who find themselves on the outside.” (June 19, 2014) according to a report by Reuters, “Saudi arabia gave an apparent warning to arch enemy Iran on Wednesday by saying outside powers should not intervene in the conflict in neighbouring Iraq. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal also said Iraq was facing a full-scale civil war with grave consequences for the wider region. his remarks coincided with an Iranian warning that Tehran would not hesitate to defend Shi’ite Muslim holy sites in Iraq against “killers and terrorists”, following advances by Sunni militants there.” (Published June 18, 2014) Iran, of course, fears a unified antiIranian Iraq, a potential threat to Iran herself. according to Kenneth M Pollack for a Brookings paper, “Senior Iraqi officials and political leaders from across the political spectrum grudgingly concede that no Iraqi can become prime minister without Tehran’s blessing. Indeed, Maliki’s re-election was engineered — much to his own chagrin — by the Iranians who forced him to partner with the Sadrists (and the Sadrists to partner with him), and then leaned on the Kurds to do the same, forcing Iraqiyya (and the americans) to accept the current, dysfunctional government that serves no one’s interests in Iraq except Tehran’s.” (November 15, 2011) What then are the options available for the US? First, it can look away. It has withdrawn from Iraq, claiming victory. The invasion that was undertaken to destroy weapons of mass destruction unearthed none. The aim to destroy presence of al-Qaeda revealed none, not at the
time of invasion anyways. So US can just look away, shrugging away any moral responsibility. Second, it can have american boots on ground. here, I will agree with Kristof that the US may in all probability get sucked into a civil war it helped create as a result of ‘bad intelligence’. “That does not mean we have no further responsibility towards Iraq. The current mess is a consequence of the invasion; it is possible to argue that foreign forces should not have gone into the country in the way that they did, but also that they should not have left while the country remained so unstable. This is partly the fault of Maliki, who failed to negotiate terms under which the americans would leave a small force in Iraq when they withdrew in 2011. Yet one of the striking things about ISIS is how small their numbers actually are, with some reports suggesting they took the city with a single battalion of between 500 and 800 fighters.”(Joan Smith June 15, 2014, in The Independent) Iran may have offered to be an ally of the US in Iraq; however, the US understands that the desired outcome of the current Iraqi situation by both US and Iran may be diametrically different. Whereas Iran will desire continuation of a Shi’ite government, the US would want the present political dispensation to develop a broader base, including the Iraqi Kurds and Sunnis. The US would ideally like Iran to play a positive role in negotiating a settlement between Nouri al-Maliki’s government and its opponents. Iran, on the other hand, would like to see US beat down the ISIS. however, should the Iraqi government make real efforts to woo the support of Kurds and the Sunnis, US can cooperate to bring better harmony by helping clobber an alliance between the existing governments with moderates in rebel ranks. The US can help coordinate the federal and KRG forces and, having occupied Iraq since 2003, US can offer invaluable logistical support. Does this bring us back to Kristof’s option of putting together a political deal with the stakeholders? This then brings me to my next question: how long can this last even if achieved? In the meanwhile, Obama has announced sending in around 300 troops back to Iraq. No, it’s not to help anyone but the “temporary relocation of some staff from the US Embassy in Baghdad to the US Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in amman,” according to the accompanying letter from the Press Secretary’s office. Tailpiece: Iraq may implode and the Middle East will go up in flames should it do so. The US, the only country that can help, can only do so in a limited capacity and that too is based on many ifs and buts. What is taking place on ground in Iraq, as I write, may well break Iraq up into three distinct states changing the face of Middle East. Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be contacted at: email@example.com and tweets at @yasmeen_9.
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Neglected parks in DHA The Dha parks were started with great gusto with major generals opening them. There were detailed directions on how to use these parks by the residents of the surrounding areas. as time has passed there are no watchmen guarding the parks at night or locking the park to avoid undesirable elements sitting around at night in the park as also littering the area with soft drinks and sometimes hard drink bottles, cigarette butts etc. There is no arrangement for the upkeep of jogging tracks that have become dusty due to lack of sprinkling water on the tracks. Even some patches of grassy lawns are drying due to lack of regular supply of water. It appears the system of contracting the upkeep of parks to contractors has resulted in deterioration of the once beautiful parks. The administration ought to look closely on the lack of proper management of such parks, typified by CC Block, Phase IV, Lahore. This was once a model park but now presents a deserted look. It is proposed to post watchmen and attendants to maintain the parks from which even flowers are gathered for sale to perfume manufacturers without any check whatsoever. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
tolerated and spared instead of being severely punished. There is no doubt that ultimate responsibility for securing lives and property of all citizens, irrespective of their caste, creed or status, lies squarely on the shoulder of every provincial government where innocent blood has been shed. a murder is murder, whether committed by bullet of TTP, Uzbek, target killers of Karachi criminal mafia, land mafia gang, or extremist sectarian hate groups killing Shias, Sunnis or members of other faith. While Sindh assembly has passed a unanimous resolution condemning murder of MNa Tahira asif, it has chosen in its wisdom to ignore targeted murders of scores of policemen and innocent citizens within its territorial jurisdiction, as if they were children of lesser gods. It is time that murder be considered a crime, irrespective of who fires the bullet or stones to death a women, or is killed by dogs of feudal waderas, or so called honour killings and declaration of Vani by panchayat, or revenge killings by goons of political parties. What we need is adoption of zero tolerance for crime by state, as is policy in countries like UK and a policy which our religion Islam emphasises upon. MALIK TARIQ Lahore
MNA Tahira Asif’s murder
Dual citizenship and present chaos
The unfortunate and brutal murder of MQM MNa Tahira asif must be condemned and so must the brutal murder of every citizen of Pakistan killed in every part of Pakistan. It is the lack of punishment and resolve by state to curb heinous crimes such as murder, rape, and paedophile crimes, which has led to the cultivation of this culture where criminals are
When I was a teenager, I went on a camping trip to “Fairy Meadows”, a hilltop near Gilgit, accessible by foot only. One morning some army commander came on an inspection tour of Fairy Meadows in a helicopter and while landing, the high wind from the helicopter tore down some of our tents. although the helicopter pilot apologised, the army commander never
did. The local motel keeper had arranged a big tea party for the army commander. While having tea the commander requested all the foreign campers to join him for tea, while only offering a piece of dry cake for the Pakistani campers. Similarly, on his way back he happily allowed some foreign campers to fly with him to Gilgit, but refused the Pakistani campers. This event has had a lasting impression on me. Westerners in Pakistan are considered to be better people than Pakistanis. This has been true since the British times. Even the government has allowed all duel citizens, people who have taken an oath of allegiance to their new countries, to work in government jobs and on important positions. Most of the parliamentarians and their families are dual citizens. I believe that it has been ingrained in the Pakistani society to always like Westerners more than Pakistanis. That is the reason why a British citizen is leading the organisation that commits crimes openly in Karachi, while a Canadian citizen is demanding the prime minister of Pakistan to step down. and the people of Pakistan are happily watching these foreigners dictate terms and blame our government for the very issues they are creating. I, for one, am fed up with all this and hope that this government will take a strong decision to declare all dual citizens and persons whose direct family are dual citizens from holding any important post in the government and from running for any election. This requirement should be included in the Constitution of Pakistan so that new governments cannot remove such requirements in the future. Countries, like the USa, ensure that all govt spending are done on USa made products and services. Why cannot in Pakistan we ensure that only true Pakistanis, with no allegiance to other nations, run the affairs of our nation? SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
WORLD VIEW 09
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
The battle for Iraq is a Saudi war on Iran Foreign Policy sIMOn HEndERsOn
E careful what you wish for" could have been, and perhaps should have been, Washington's advice to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that have been supporting Sunni jihadists against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus. The warning is even more appropriate today as the bloodthirsty fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) sweep through northwest Iraq, prompting hundreds of thousands of their Sunni coreligionists to flee and creating panic in Iraq's Shiite heartland around Baghdad, whose population senses, correctly, that it will be shown no mercy if the ISIS motorcades are not stopped. Such a setback for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been the dream of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for years. He has regarded Maliki as little more than an Iranian stooge, refusing to send an ambassador to Baghdad and instead encouraging his fellow rulers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman -- to take a similar standoff-ish approach. Although vulnerable to al Qaeda-types at home, these countries (particularly Kuwait and Qatar) have often turned a blind eye to their citizens funding radical groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the most active Islamist groups opposed to Assad in Syria. Currently on vacation in Morocco, King Abdullah has so far been silent on these developments. At 90-plus years old, he has shown no wish to join the Twitter generation, but the developments on the ground could well prompt him to cut short his stay and return home. He has no doubt realised that -with his policy of delivering a strategic setback to Iran by orchestrating the overthrow of Assad in Damascus showing little sign of any imminent success - events in Iraq offer a new opportunity. This perspective may well confuse many observers. In recent weeks, there has been a flurry of reports of an emerging -- albeit reluctant -- diplomatic rapprochement between the Saudi-led GCC and Iran, bolstered by the apparently
drunken visit to Tehran by the emir of Kuwait, and visits by trade delegations and commerce ministers in one direction or the other. This is despite evidence supporting the contrary view, including Saudi Arabia's first public display of Chinese missiles capable of hitting Tehran and the UAE's announcement of the introduction of military conscription for the country's youth. The merit, if such a word can be used, of the carnage in Iraq is that at least it offers clarity. There are tribal overlays and rival national identities at play, but the dominant tension is the religious difference between majority Sunni and minority Shiite Islam. This region-wide phenomenon is taken to extremes by the likes of ISIS, which also likely sees its action in Iraq as
countering Maliki's support for Assad. ISIS is a ruthless killing machine, taking Sunni contempt for Shiites to its logical, and bloody, extreme. The Saudi monarch may be more careful to avoid direct religious insults than many other of his brethren, but contempt for Shiites no doubt underpinned his WikilLeaked comment about "cutting off the head of the snake," meaning the clerical regime in Tehran. (Prejudice is an equal-opportunity avocation in the Middle East: Iraqi government officials have been known to ask Iraqis whether they are Sunni or Shiite before deciding how to treat them.) Despite the attempts of many, especially in Washington, to write him off, King Abdullah remains feisty, though helped occasionally by gasps of oxygen - as when President Barack Obama met
him in March and photos emerged of breathing tubes inserted in his nostrils. When Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi -- and, after his elder brother's recent stroke, the effective ruler of the UAE -- visited King Abdullah on June 4, the Saudi monarch was shown gesticulating with both hands. The subject under discussion was not revealed, but since Zayed was on his way to Cairo it was probably the election success of Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, considered a stabilising force by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Of course, Sisi gets extra points for being anti-Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose Islamist credentials are at odds with the inherited privileges of Arab monarchies. For the moment, Abdullah, Zayed, and Sisi are the three main leaders of the Arab world. Indeed, the future path of the Arab countries could well depend on these men (and whomever succeeds King Abdullah). For those confused by the divisions in the Arab world and who find the metric of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" to be of limited utility, it is important to note that the Sunni/Shiite divide coincides, at least approximately, with the division between the Arab and Persian worlds. In geopolitical terms, Iraq is at the nexus of these worlds -- majority Shiite but ethnically Arab. There is an additional and often confusing dimension, although one that's historically central to Saudi policy: A willingness to support radical Sunnis abroad while containing their activities at home. Hence Riyadh's arms-length support for Osama bin Laden when he was leading jihadists in Sovietcontrolled Afghanistan, and tolerance for jihadists in Chechnya, Bosnia, and Syria. When the revolt against Assad grew in 2011 -- and Riyadh's concern at Iran's nuclear program mounted -- Saudi intelligence reopened its playbook and started supporting the Sunni opposition, particularly its more radical elements, a strategy guided by its intelligence chief, former ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The operation's leadership changed in April, when Bandar resigned in apparent frustration over dealing with the cautious approach of the Obama administration, but Saudi support for jihadi fighters appears to be continuing. (The ISIS operation in Iraq
almost seems the sort of tactical surprise that Bandar could have dreamt up, but there is no actual evidence.) In the fast-moving battle that is now consuming northern Iraq, there are many variables. For Washington, the option of inaction has to be balanced by the fate of the estimated 20,000 American civilians still left in the country (even though the US military is long-departed). Qatar, the region's opportunist, is likely balancing its options of irritating its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, while trying not to poke the Iranian bear. There are no overt Qatari fingerprints yet visible and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, just celebrating his first full year in power after his father's abdication in 2013, may be chastened by the public scolding he received from the rest of the GCC after he was accused of interference in the domestic affairs of his brother rulers. Additionally, Doha may be cautious in risking Iran's ire by an adventure in Iraq. Having just given five Taliban leaders refuge as part of the Bowe Bergdahl swap, Qatar has effectively clearly stated where it lies in the Sunni-Shiite divide. There is a potentially important historical precedent to Saudi Arabia's current dilemma of rooting for ISIS but not wanting its advances to threaten the kingdom. In the 1920s, the religious fanatic Ikhwan fighters who were helping Ibn Saud to conquer Arabia were also threatening the British protectorates of Iraq and Transjordan. Ibn Saud, the father of the current Saudi king, gave carte blanche to the British to massacre the Ikhwan with machine-gun equipped biplanes, personally leading his own forces to finish the job, when the Ikhwan threatened him at the battle of Sabilla in 1929. It's hard to imagine such a neat ending to the chaos evolving in the Euphrates river valley. At this stage, a direct confrontation between Saudi and Iranian forces seems very unlikely, even though, as in Syria, the direct involvement of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps cannot be ruled out. What is clear that the Syrian civil war looks like it will be joined by an Iraqi civil war. ISIS already has a name for the territory, the al-Sham caliphate. Washington may need to find its own name for the new area, as well as a policy.
Why are there no Muslim philosophers? Al JAzeerA Hasan azad
"Why are there no Muslim philosophers?" Sudipta Kaviraj posed this question to me while I was studying some critical Western texts of philosophy in the fall of 2009 with him. Although this is a complicated question - which I do not take at face value, given that Kaviraj is himself an important postcolonial thinker - it does point to a significant failure of Muslim thinkers to engage their own intellectual tradition, together with the Western tradition of thought. At the same time, Kaviraj's question relates to another crucial question raised more recently by Hamid Dabashi: "Can non-Europeans think?" In his article, Dabashi highlights how non-European thought - Muslim thought for our present purposes - is cast by the academia. The problem now is not whether Muslims can or cannot think, but how their thought needs to be reshaped according to Western "styles" of thinking for it to be deemed "philosophy" by Western academics, and not something closer to mythology. On one level the question "Why are there no Muslim philosophers?" is an absurd one. Hamid Dabashi and Walter Mignolo, both major thinkers in their own right, mention the names of a number of Muslim philosophers (Souleymane
Bachir Diagne, Azmi Bishara, Sadeq Jalal Al-Azm, Fawwaz Traboulsi, Abdallah Laroui, Abdolkarim Soroush, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr). Wael Hallaq himself also a very important thinker - has added to that list in his own commentary on the relation of politics and knowledge (Muhammad Arkoun, M Abed alJabiri, Ali Harb, Hasan Hanafi, and Muhammad Shahrur). MusliM thought and Western acadeMia Lately, I have been pondering a set of questions. I posed them in a few academic forums, all with a decent Muslim representation, but I have yet to receive any satisfactory responses. My questions are: To what extent can Muslims think as Muslims within academia without being deemed too Muslim, and to what extent must their thought be made to conform to Western paradigms of thought? That is, in order to be accepted within the academia, the writings of Muslim academics must not be identifiable as Islamic thought, but just more expressions of "academic objectivity". Put differently, if the primary role of the academy is to inculcate obedience to the state, and if Muslims must make their thought conform to the strictures of the academy, are they then reproducing Western power/knowledge given that, as Michel Foucault has taught us, knowledge and power are intertwined? I would like to remind the reader that one of the major en-
deavours of the British in India (which was the exemplary colonial project) was to educate Indians according to modern, Western knowledge in order to create subjects that were more pliant and welcoming of British rule. One of the dreams of Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), who played a major role in introducing Western education to India, was that Indians would ultimately educate other Indians in Western subjects. This dream is now a reality to an extent that was perhaps never imagined by Macaulay and his peers. Indians - Muslims and otherwise - and non-Westerners the world over, are taught Western subjects by non-Westerners themselves. This is certainly also the case within the academy where, given the history of Orientalism, Islamic Studies is just another Western subject. I mentioned earlier that I have yet to receive any satisfactory responses to my questions. The fact is some of the responses I did receive have bordered on the hostile, which, looking back now, perhaps makes sense. The way I posed my initial question was whether Muslims within the academy are "house Muslims" or "field Muslims". I was of course drawing on Malcolm X's powerful metaphor of the "house negroes" versus "field negroes", and the role played by the former during the civil rights movement in the US in appeasing white author-
ities over the concerns of the African American population. Of course, I do not see "black" and "Muslim" as separate categories. They are very much intertwined. Malcolm X's autobiography resonates with me (a non-Black Muslim) more strongly than any other text of resistance of the last 50 years. Another, earlier text that has equal force is Frantz Fanon's inimitable Black Skin, White Masks. Yet, some of the responses I received insisted that my metaphor was unacceptable because of "the difference" between African American and Muslim experiences. I wonder if some of the hostility was due to my problematisation of the role of Muslims within the academy? I was bringing into question their very bread and butter, after all. My concern is with highlighting any inadvertent contribution to the post-9/11 racialised binary of "extremist" versus "moderate" that is being constructed by Euro-American discourse regarding Muslims the world over, and which has been writ large and wide. 'house MusliMs' As Euro-American public discourse seeks to identify and promote "moderate" Muslims over "extremists", I am asking how Muslim academics themselves contribute to this politicised geopolitical narrative by trying to identify "moderate Muslims and Islam" over other forms of Islam, which are more varied
and variegated than anyone could ever imagine. My argument is that by characterising Muslims according to such a "racialised binary", as critical race theorist David Tyrer describes it, Muslim academics are playing the role of "house Muslims". But the focus of the conversation I had unsuccessfully tried to initiate was repeatedly lost. One person suggested I was indulging in "pseudo-intellectualism", a charge that normally does not warrant a response, as it is often made to stop a discussion short without addressing the substantive question posed. She or he (the person chose to remain anonymous) argued that one of the advantages that Muslims had was they "refused" to think within colonial paradigms, and that is the advantage that Muslims still have. (It is not clear to me over whom Muslims have or had "the advantage"). My point is that through the implementation of Western education in the colonies, Western knowledge became knowledge itself. It replaced the countless ways of "knowing" that existed side-by-side in pre-modern times. Therefore, the idea that any of us can, and somehow do, think outside of Western education, is a fanciful one. The virtual pushback that I experienced (all the discussions were on online forums) reminds me how, by contrast, Muslims historically always made room for people to question and challenge
the status quo. The Islamic intellectual tradition has had a long history of reading things against the grain. The idea being, there is always more than one, or even a few, ways of reading texts or circumstances. Ibn Arabi (11651240), known as the "greatest teacher" by those who admire his work - and his influence has been enormous in the Muslim world was also, paradoxically, considered by many to be a heretic. He famously argued that Pharoah - the archetypal self-idolater of the Quranic and Biblical narratives - was a monotheist. Ghazali (1058-1111), another extremely influential figure in Islamic thought, contended that one should learn monotheism from Satan. A vital intellectual tradition has the ability to produce such paradoxical and intellectually challenging figures. Without such open and free intellectual discussion, no tradition can claim philosophical vibrancy. The status quo must always be open to re-examination. And the status quo for Muslims, as far as their larger contribution to the world of ideas, has been a pitiable one for too long. So why are there no Muslim philosophers? I submit this is a question that will trouble some of the best minds for many years to come. Hasan Azad is a doctoral candidate specialising in Islamic Studies at Columbia University.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
PAKISTAN TO RAISE RS 49.5B VIA 1ST SUKUK IN 15 MONTHS SUKUK WILL INJECT A MUCH-NEEDED LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR DOMESTIC ISLAMIC BANKING INDUSTRY KARACHI
HE State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will sell Rs 49.5 billion of Islamic bonds, the country’s first such issuance in 15 months, with pricing to be set on Wednesday. The sukuk will inject a much-needed
liquidity management tool for the domestic Islamic banking industry. The appetite for local currency sukuk has grown with Islamic banks posting double-digit asset growth, but the government has been unable to match demand, constraining the sector’s financing and investment capability. Since 2008, the central bank has sold 15 local currency sukuk, with the last one
CORPORATE CORNER Bank of Punjab, ZONG and Inov8 join hands for digitizing govt flows via branchless channel
being in March 2013, raising Rs.43 billion. The busiest year was 2012, when there were four sukuk raising a combined Rs 163.5 billion. Such instruments are highly sought
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MOBILE BROADBAND WILL HELP SPUR SOCIO-ECONOMIC GROWTH: PTA CHIEF ISLAMABAD APP
ISLAMABAD: Bank of Punjab, Zong and Inov8 signed an MOU to announce their partnership for digitizing government flows via the branchless channel. Branchless Banking is the provision of financial services through neighborhood retail shops whereby the financial services are offered to the unbanked population at their doorsteps. This is a first of its kind arrangement wherein service providers with existing market experience are coming together to provide the services which are aimed at poverty alleviation and financial inclusion of the under privileged masses. There are 2 areas to focus for successful implementation: i) The Technology ii) The Agent Network (distribution side). BoP has entered into an MoU with Zong and Inov8 as both organizations have local market presence, expertise and existing experience which they aim to bring together to build synergies for best service offering. Speaking at the occasion Naeemuddin Khan said “The Bank of Punjab is pleased to sign MoU with Zong and Inov8 Limited to extend financial services to the grass root level of the population. This initiative will not only bring prosperity to the region but also help the underprivileged to enjoy financial services at their doorstep.” “Mobile financial services has become an important characteristic for the Pakistani consumer and we at Zong look forward to fulfill each of our consumer’s needs through our vast portfolio of services. I am honored to enter into this MoU with The Bank of Punjab for getting Pakistan’s largest G2P payments program from the Government of Punjab through a competitive and transparent process and we see at it as a forerunner to the e-government implementation in the province of Punjab” Said Mr. Fan Yunjun, Chairman & CEO Zong. PRESS RELEASE
PFL organises Global Education Fair ISLAMABAD: PFL (Preparation for life) a leading Educational consultancy hosted Global Education Fair providing great opportunities to students to study in World’s Leading Universities. The event was attended by a large no of prospective students and their parents along with representatives of academia, general public and media professionals. The participants showed keen interest to Study abroad and were excited to meet and discuss with Representatives of leading International universities of Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Dubai. PRESS RELEASE
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by the country’s five full-fledged Islamic banks and 15 others offering Islamic finance services. The sukuk help them manage short-term liquidity needs and support their financing activity.
At the auctions for the government’s last four sukuk, applications were received for more than double the amount of bonds being sold. Net investments by Pakistan’s Islamic banking industry declined by 17.7 per cent or Rs 76 billion in the 12-month period ending in March. This was mainly due to a lack of new government issuance of sukuk, the central bank said in its latest Islamic banking bulletin. The government has not indicated whether it would issue more local currency sukuk this year, although the finance ministry has said it was considering issuing dollar-denominated sukuk.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah on Monday said that priority was being given to use next-generation ICT services, particularly mobile broadband, to enable socio-economic development and spur growth. He was speaking at a Nokia conference titled - Connected Pakistan - 3G, 4G Perspectives" - which brought out excellent insights from various eco-system players on how to achieve further mobile broadband penetration. The event was well-attended by a cross-section of companies and organisations. The
chairman reiterated the government's resolve to support and develop the telecom sector with investor and consumer friendly policies and said, "there exists a strong demand for 3G as operators have started providing such services while consumers look excited about the new enabling technologies." He said the regulator was also committed to enabling the operators to take mobile broadband subscription base to a new high together with players such as Nokia and its advanced 3G and 4G mobile broadband services. Member Telecom at Ministry of Information Technology Mudassar Hussain highlighted that on the policy front, the government had invited industry and public consultants to be
partners in its decision making, and in this context a review of telecom policy was also in the offing. In his address, General Manager, Networks Nokia Pakistan, Danny Atme mentioned a study by Nokia which revealed that Pakistan scored low in mobile broadband infrastructure despite high use by subscribers. As per the study, the country scored 2.09 out of 10, ranking 25 out of the 26 developing telecom markets in mobile broadband connectivity. For measuring the score, the study entitled 'Connectivity Scorecard 2013' took into account key criteria such as consumer infrastructure and public sector usage and skills, to measure the level of mobile broadband connectivity in
PLAIN PACKAGING INCREASES ILLICIT TRADE AND COUNTERFEITING BY UZAIR YOUSAF uSTRALIA was the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging legislation, which standardized the packaging of tobacco products by requiring that brand names are only present in a standard font and excluding any other graphic or text elements by which manufacturers can express their brand identity. Since the implementation on December 01, 2012, it is interesting to analyze the experience of plain packaging in Australia and its effects. There are also discussions in other countries about introducing similar legislation of standardized packaging of tobacco products. A recent KPMG study, illicit tobacco in Australia, published in October 2013, found that consumption of tobacco has not decreased since the inception of plain packaging. This was the first time since 2009 that tobacco consumption in Australia did not decline year on year. The level of illicit consumption of tobacco also reached record levels, growing from 11.8 per cent to 13.3 per cent from June 2012 to June 2013, the key driver of this growth being a large increase in the consumption of illegal, branded cigarettes, primarily in the form of contraband. Consumption of counterfeit cigarettes has also increased. If all of this tobacco had been consumed in the legitimate market it would have represented an excise amount payable to Government of AuD 1.0bn at current excise rates. These results thus show that there is no credible evidence that the far reaching measure of plain packaging would actually work in terms of reducing smoking incidence, but moreover evidence now shows that such measures have serious downsides when it comes to illicit trade of cigarettes. The introduction of plain packaging would involve huge costs for governments in terms of lost taxes and extra investments in the fight against counterfeit tobacco products. Months after the Australian Government's plain packaging laws came into force, new data was published in The Australian, the respected national newspaper, which showed that tobacco sales increased by 59 million individual cigarettes or roll-your-own equivalents last year. This increase is modest - 0.3 per cent - but goes against a 15.6 per cent fall in tobacco sales over the previous four years. This evidence with the changing consensus opinion in Australia on plain packaging should, at the very least, prompt the other Governments to pause for thought before implementing similar futile legislation. Whilst the KPMG report does not evaluate why Australia has seen this increase in illicit tobacco con-
sumption, these results were to be expected since plain packaging means standardized packaging without any device marks, with only the brand name allowed in standard font, factual information concerning the product content and health warnings printed on the packs. All packaging will thus be made uniform which will make counterfeiting much easier. After all, it becomes simpler to reproduce the packaging, cheaper to produce counterfeit and more difficult to identify them (both for consumers and customs). It could not have been made easier for producers of counterfeit cigarettes! The KPMG report now provides factual evidence for this prediction. Currently there are discussions on taking health warnings and plain packaging even further. The industries most likely to be targeted next are alcoholic beverages and food products containing fat, sugar or salt, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated are prime candidates for stronger regulatory controls. According to a new report from WHO, soaring tobacco taxes, indoor bans, and bold health warnings on packages have not been enough to keep Europeans from their cigarettes. Although consumers are entitled to accurate and clear information in order to make informed choices, which are actually supported by industry, deprivation of intellectual property rights by plain packaging requirements not only are unjustified encroachments on those rights, but based on the recent KPMG report, they can also fail to have a public health benefit whilst resulting in unintended consequences. It should be noted that under the European Convention on Human Rights, a credible public health effect is a condition for limiting the exercise of intellectual property rights. Should plain packaging be extended to the food industry this will indeed have far-reaching impacts on owners of any intellectual property rights since plain packaging severely limits the possibility of right owners to use those rights. Obviously this has immediate effect on the attractiveness and appeal of the products offered. Can you imagine stepping into a store with a craving for chocolate and not being able to identify your favourite brand as you are walking down the aisle? The main justification for plain packaging in relation to tobacco products is that it will lead to a decrease in consumption. However, the recent KPMG report shows that the consumption of tobacco has not decreased in Australia. Would this be different for the consumption of drinks or food? We doubt it. Let's hope that that this new evidence will not be ignored so we can all enjoy informed consumer choice, including eating a KitKat every now and then.
Pakistan. He said the study showed mobile broadband users in Pakistan increasingly demand high-speed mobile broadband and significantly improved network coverage across the country. As the world's specialist in mobile broadband, they are committed to providing operators in Pakistan with our advanced 3G and 4G technologies, and comprehensive services to build and run the networks cost efficiently. The number of WCDMA subscriptions in Pakistan will overtake GSM subscriptions by 2019, and there will be 103.4 million WCDMA subscriptions by the end of 2019, representing about 58 per cent of the mobile market, according to Ovum forecasts.
Qadri’s arrival in Pakistan: KSE witnesses bullish trend
Bullish trend was witnessed in the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on Monday as the KSE benchmark 100index recovered 307 points closing at 28999.03. Due to political uncertainty in the country, particularly police action against the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Lahore, bears dominated KSE throughout last week and the stock market lost various psychological barriers. According to analyst Ahsan Mehanti at Arif Habib Corporation, stocks closed bullish amid cautious activity after PAT chief agreed to leave for his home following the assurance of Punjab governor about complete security. “Easing political noise, withdrawal of GIDC on cement sector, rising Net Interest Margins in banking sector on participation and higher international oil prices on Iraq crises played a catalyst role in positive close at KSE,” he added. On Monday, the turnover recorded 133,822,560 shares against 113,733,880 shares of the previous trading day. Trading value rose to Rs 6,656,697,075 against Rs 6,136,045,671 in the last session. Market capitalization recorded at Rs 6.846 trillion against Rs 6.785 trillion on Friday. The trading activities remained limited to 324 companies and out of them, 206 closed in green, 89 in red, while 29 remained unchanged. KSE 30-index recovered 226 points and closed at 19932.28 points.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
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You're a little worried about clutter -- or possibly a notable absence in your home furnishings. Whichever way the pendulum has swung, you need to help guide it back to balance.
Your social energy is off the charts today -- and your connection with those around you is sure to deepen. Make sure that you're really pushing yourself, or you could let this go to waste.
Catch up with email or whatever else is holding you back -- there's at least one person waiting on you for an answer or a question. You're likely to get them what they need soon.
It's a great day to host something fun for friends or colleagues. You're the perfect host, and your people are sure to have a great time. You may meet someone new who changes everything.
You may lavish attention on someone who never saw it coming -- but it turns into a win-win. Things are getting pretty crazy, and your over-the-top efforts make a real difference this time.
Your philosophical musings are actually getting you somewhere today, so keep them alive as long as possible. You should end up with a new perspective on something quite important.
Politeness rules! Your ability to treat everyone kindly and fairly helps you navigate even the toughest social challenges you face today. It's a great time for you to open up to someone at work.
You're facing down someone you see almost every day who has suddenly turned antagonistic. Try not to alienate them, but you do need to be firm about anything that's important to you.
Small details are quite important today -- so make sure that you're digging deeply and getting to the bottom of whatever you face. Things could start to improve dramatically tonight.
Your love life is stronger than ever now -- even if that seems far from the truth. Something is shifting into place that should make you much, much happier from here on out. Enjoy!
Your past mistakes come back to haunt you -- but it's nowhere near as bad as you'd feared! In fact, given all you've learned, you may be able to finally put all that behind you for the last time.
You're a thing of beauty today! It's a great time to get romantic attention, but you could also just enjoy the company of friends or even get noticed by headhunters. See and be seen!
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Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Sunbathing 'may be addictive' warning S
PENDING time basking in the sun's warming rays may have addictive properties, claim researchers in the US. Their study, published in the journal Cell, showed that sunlight led to the production of endorphins in the skin. The Harvard Medical School team said their experiments on mice showed repeated UV exposure led to addiction in the animals. Other scientists said describing it as "addiction" was a step too far. There have been previous suggestions that people can get addicted to the sun. A study of university students using tanning salons suggested around one in three met the definition for addiction. Other trials showed withdrawal symptoms could appear, including nausea, jitteriness and shaking, when enthusiastic tanners were given a drug used to treat addiction. Happy cHemical: Researchers at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School were exploring how such addiction might occur. Mice with a shaved back were exposed to the equivalent of half an hour of midday Florida sun every day for six weeks. They showed UV radiation led to the production of a protein in the skin called proopiomelanocortin. This is broken down into the pigment melanin, which gives you a tan, but the team showed pleasure chemicals, or endorphins, were also produced. The chemicals act on the same systems in the body as other opioids such as heroin and morphine. Giving the mice drugs to block opioids, which are used in rehab clinics, led to withdrawal symptoms including shaking and tremors. The mice then started to avoid the place where the drugs were being administered, which the researchers said was a
HARLEY-DAVIDSON INVITES PUBLIC TO TEST ELECTRIC MOTORBIKE
Iconic motorbike manufacturer HarleyDavidson has revealed its first electric motorcycle. The bike will not go on general sale, instead the firm will select customers from the US to ride it and provide feedback The bike - dubbed Project LiveWire - will travel down the US's Route 66 visiting more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships between now and the end of the year. Fans had a mixed reaction to the bike. "Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar - not an electric car," said Mark-Hans Richer, senior vice president at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "It's an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand." The bike can go 130 miles before it needs charging and will offer riders a top speed of 92mph (148km/h). Recharges will take between 30 minutes to an hour. COURTESY BBC
hallmark of addictive behaviour. But their experiments do not show the mice actively seeking out the UV light in the same manner as a drug addict. Dr David Fisher, one of the researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, told the BBC: "I would say at this stage, with reasonable confidence, that this pathway really does exist and is probably present in everybody. "People who may have no intention of using any drugs may just think they're going out to enjoy a great day outdoors and may be becoming addicted and exposing themselves and their children to UV in a fashion which could elevate their risk of developing skin cancer. "It sounds like a cruel joke to be addicted the most ubiquitous carcinogen in the world, it is plausible that there is an evolutionary advantage and we suspect that may relate to vitamin D." COURTESY BBC
CHINA'S TIANHE-2 TOPS SUPERCOMPUTER CHART AGAIN China has the world's most powerful supercomputer for the third time in a row as the country once again ups its presence in the global top 500. Tianhe-2 was top of the twiceyearly list that keeps tabs on supercomputer development and growth. Since the last list, China had 20% more supercomputers in the top 500, while US representation went down 15%. However, the US still dominates the chart with 233 computers making the latest tally. China had 76, up from 63 in the last count. This is almost as many as the UK (30), France (27) and Germany (23) combined.
The full list will be published on Monday at a conference in Leipzig, Germany. Power The top500 list is a widelyrecognised barometer of the state of worldwide supercomputing. It has been published twice yearly since 1993. All the computers are measured against the same criteria - a benchmark first devised in 1979 but since improved as computing has become ever more sophisticated. Such is the immense power of the supercomputers, their computational ability is measured in petaflop/s - quadrillions of calcula-
tions per second. The top performing computer, Tianhe-2, had its power measured at 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second). It has been just five years since IBM's Roadrunner became the first computer to break the 1 petaflop/s mark. That machine was shut down in 2013 due to excessive power consumption. The entire top 500 list of supercomputers combined offered 274 petaflop/s. Tianhe-2 is owned by the Chinese government and operated by the National University of Defence Technology. It is used as a "research and educational" tool. COURTESY BBC
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RUSSIAN SCHOOL BULLIES FORCE GIRL, 13, TO DRINK PUDDLE WATER 'FOR BEING TOO PRETTY'
A Russian schoolgirl was beaten up and forced to drink from a puddle by classmates who were 'jealous of her good looks'. Vlada Kholod, 13, was filmed being attacked by a gang of four girls at her school in Korkino in western Russia's Ural Mountains. She was beaten up and forced to lie on a dirty road, before being made to drink filthy water from a puddle for 'being too pretty'. Shockingly, the attack was videotaped by two schoolboys and later uploaded to the Russian social network, VKontakte. However, after teachers saw the video, Vlada's attackers were reportedly reprimanded and forced to apologise to their victim. The assault was carried out by Vlada's classmates, Olga Guseva, 16, Lyubov Goloborodko, 14, Sasha Rattsova, 15, and Ekatirina Streltsova, also 15. They claimed the schoolgirl had said something derogatory about one of their parents - and that they had needed to set an example 'that nobody should curse somebody else's parents'. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
'There were too many pebbles on the beach!': Holiday company reveals its most outrageous complaints
Drawings of mammoths, human footprints and other art carved on cave walls in southern France about 30,000 years ago have been added to Unesco's World Heritage list. The UN cultural agency said the Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc contains the best preserved figurative drawings in the world. The agency's World Heritage Committee said in a statement that it added the cave and other sites at a meeting in Doha, Qatar, yesterday. Experts have recorded more than 1,000 drawings from the walls of the cave, also known as the Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc. The images, among the oldest known human drawings, were unexpectedly discovered in the Ardeche region in 1994 by researcher Jean-Marie Chauvet. NEWS DESK
You may have had to complain about room service or cleanliness of the pool on holiday but what about the number of pebbles on the beach near your hotel? One distressed holidaymaker did just that after she claimed she had chipped her manicure while sunbathing on a trip to Mexico. Another woman complained that her holiday abroad was 'too hot', the food 'too spicy' and 'hardly anyone spoke English.' And it seems that some people believe their holiday company can control the weather. One couple demanded a full refund for their two-week trip honeymoon in the Maldives because it had rained one afternoon and they had been told it would be 'sunny day-inday-out.' Another angry thrill-seeker who had booked a trip to Universal Studios, Florida, requested a refund for his trip as one of the rides, the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster, had been too scary. The bizarre complaints were revealed by holiday company Opodo.co.uk. Its customer service team deals with over 500 calls a day
and some are stranger than others. One hungry air passenger asked whether he could pack a plate of his mum’s roast dinner in his hand lug-
gage, while a nervous customer flying to Bucharest asked how best to ward off vampires. And many travellers just couldn't
bear to be parted from their pets. A woman requested an upgrade for her cat from cargo to first-class, while a man who had booked a ticket to Brazil wanted to know whether he needed a passport for his pet python. He claimed he wanted to reunite the snake with its family in the Amazon. When it comes to holidaying abroad, not everyone is a seasoned traveller. When one customer's flight from the UK to Miami was cancelled, the man asked whether he could take the Eurostar to the American city instead. Another man tried to pay for his trip by posting his credit card to the company, complete with a self-addressed envelope. The company’s customer service staff are even asked to get involved in lover’s tiffs. One man thought he had booked a romantic trip for two to Rome, Italy, but instead landed in Rome, Georgia. He called the company to demand it help him get back his furious girlfriend who had dumped him for the mistake. COUTESY DAILY MAIL
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
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TO SHOW PAKISTANI SOAP OPERAS ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI
elected governments in New Delhi and Islamabad will attempt to salve fraught relations between two countries that have gone to war four times in 67 years. Kejriwal said the Indian public is deeply curious about life in Pakistan. "It is quite startling that post-independence the Indian viewer has never actually seen Pakistan visually," she said. "Test audiences were sort of stunned and excited when we revealed these places were in Pakistan because they felt so familiar to them." Although shows from Turkey and Egypt will be added to the line-up, the channel will initially only offer Pakistani shows including comedies, one-off television films and classic domestic dramas set around a household of characters. There is no shortage of such shows already made in India. But, Kejriwal says, like Brits in Hollywood, Pakistani television still enjoys a reputation for being slightly classier than the local fare. Despite hopes television may help to bring two estranged countries closer together, previous attempts at cultural dé-
OR decades soap opera fans in India with a taste for Pakistani drama serials had to rely on pirated recordings to get their fix of shows made in a country long regarded as a mortal enemy. But what was once just an occasional treat is about to turn into a flood with the launch on Monday of a channel that will show nothing but Pakistani dramas. Hatched by one of the India's biggest media giants Zindagi TV will make some of Pakistan's best shows available to households all over India. "It requires courage because of the fraught political situation but we think these shows will be liked a great deal," said Shailja Kejriwal, an executive from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel), which is spending almost £10m just on launching the channel. The broadcasting of Pakistani programmes for the first time on Indian television comes as hopes rise that newly
DANIEL RADCLIFFE LEADS WALK OF FAME FOR 2015
Pharrell Williams, Daniel Radcliffe and Melissa McCarthey will get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. The Walk of Fame Selection Committee has that announced 30 stars of stage, screen and music will be honoured with their very own stars along Los Angeles' Hollywood Boulevard in 2015, including the 'Happy' hitmaker and 'Harry Potter' star. The selection committee's chair Maureen Waltz said in a statement: ''We know that the new selections represent the best of the entertainment industry and will be a great addition to the Walk of Fame for both the Hollywood community and fans from around the world who visit Hollywood every year.'' The motion picture category of the Walk of Fame will welcome new inductees such as Jennifer Garner, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Christoph Waltz and 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies director Peter Jackson. NEWS DESK
tente have been scuppered by resurgence of tensions between the two. In 1999 a rare Indo-Pakistani co-production of a drama series had to be scrapped half-way through filming after the Kargil dispute. Hopes are rising of better relations as politicians and big business in both countries call for closer economic ties to fire up much needed growth. Subhash Chandra, the chairman of Zeel, is among the Mumbai-based tycoons who have lobbied for the current anaemic levels of trade between Pakistan and India to be greatly increased. In the last two years he has had two meetings with Nawaz Sharif, the industrialist elected prime minister of Pakistan last year who has long been a strong proponent of better relations with India. A more immediate question is whether Indians will be as enthusiastic about Pakistani television as Zeel hopes. Kitty Kaur, 57, who grew up in New Delhi listening to her father's stories about his home in Lahore that he had to leave during partition, said she thought Zindagi was a "wonderful idea".
"I don't have the courage to go to Lahore and see my home, but I would love to see contemporary Pakistan on television," she said. Rajan Tripathi, a Mumbai-based television critic, warned Indians will immediately turn against the channel if the two countries return to a war footing. "This may sound ridiculous but the sudden decision to reject anything and everything connected with Pakistan can never be ruled out," he said. The opening up of the vast Indian television
AMERICAN WINS MISS INDIA WORLDWIDE TITLE This year’s Miss India Worldwide competition, which was held in Abu Dhabi on Friday night, saw Miss India USA Monica Gill walk away with the title. Second place at the event in Al Raha Beach Resort went to Cynferth Turrian from Switzerland and third place to Priya D’Silva from Bahrain, with the pageant comprising rounds such as evening gown,
ethnic, the talent contest and a Q&A section. Monica was handed her crown by last year’s winner Nehal Bhogaita from Great Britain, who is profoundly deaf and was the first differently-abled contestant to triumph in the contest’s history. There were 40 contestants of Indian origin in total, all aged between 18 and 27, while the judging panel consisted of Bollywood actress
Neha Dhupia, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, actress Richa Chadda, actor Nikhil Dwivedi, fashion designer Rohit Verma, RJ Meghna from 101.6FM and Chairman for IFC, Dharmatma Singh. Among the prizes Monica received were cash and sponsored gifts including photo sessions, modelling assignments and recommendations to the Bollywood industry. NEWS DESK
BILAL LASHARI KEPT AWAY FROM WAAR’S PROFITS MONITORING DESK The record breaking revenue of one of the most popular Pakistani films in the recent times, Waar, has become a bone of contention between the investor and the director of the motion picture, media reports said on Monday. According to a media report, the investor has refused to give Bilal Lashari, the director of the film, his due share and, instead, deposited all the revenue in his personal account. Resultantly, Lashari filed a first information report (FIR) against Hasan Waqas Rana, the investor. With Shaan Shahid in the leading role, the 2013 film broke multiple records after a prolonged period of recession in Pakistani film industry. The storyline of the film revolved around the war against terrorism and its effects on Pakistan. In the FIR filed with the Kohsar
police, Lashari stated that he was a partner of the investor in the film but Rana deposited Rs 200 million in his account, refusing to share any part of the earnings with the director. Bilal Lashari said the film was made with a budget of Rs 60 million, while it did a staggering business worth Rs 250 million. As per the agreement, Hasan Waqas was to share
25 per cent of the profit with the director, he said. “Rana told me that the payments from the cinemas and companies have been delayed. However, I found out later that he wrote a letter to the dealers, asking them to transfer the revenue in a separate account. I got the letter and the details of payments transferred in his personal and com-
pany accounts,” Lashari told a local newspaper, alleging that the investor had changed his mind once the film began to generate good profits. “Waqas stopped receiving phone calls, thus I had to lodge an FIR against him along with all the proofs,” the filmmaker said, adding that he was planning to remake the classic 1979 film Maula Jatt but this attitude might discourage him from investing his energies in the field of showbiz. Hasan Waqas Rana told the newspaper that the film was to be completed in 45 days, as per the contract. However, Lashari took three years to make Waar, which increased the expenses manifolds. “I paid Lashari Rs15 million for his job but when the film was completed, he e-mailed me and threatened to delete the film if I do not share 25 per cent profits with him,” he said, adding he succumbed to the threat at that time.
market is also an enormous opportunity for Pakistan's media business. Indian soaps remain banned on Pakistani television. This year the handful of young Pakistanis who have had some success acting in Bollywood movies were dismissed as "cheap sell-outs" by veteran actor Shaan Shahid. Shahid's recent blockbuster – an action adventure film about a heroic retired army major who foils Indian terrorist plots – was a box-office hit in Pakistan.
BOB DYLAN MANUSCRIPT EXPECTED TO RAKE IN $2M AT ROCK 'N' ROLL AUCTION Legendary songwriter's lyrics to be joined by Elvis Presley's jumpsuits, a piano played by John Lennon and other memorabilia
Bob Dylan's lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" are expected to be the highlights of Sotheby's rock and roll auction next week, which will include memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. The handwritten, annotated manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone," considered one of the most influential songs in postwar music, could sell for as much as $2 million, while the lyrics for "A Hard Rain" have a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. Other top items in the June 24 sale in New York include one of Presley's flamboyant jumpsuits from his days performing in Las Vegas, a piano played by singers David Bowie, Elton John, John Lennon and Aerosmith, and an infamous contract signed by Jimi Hendrix. "A lot of this material is the soundtrack for a generation," Richard Austin, Sotheby's head of books and manuscripts, said about its first dedicated music history sale in more than a decade. The 150 lots in the sale, dubbed A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk, come from collectors and people who worked in the music industry. They range in price from an estimated $200-$300 up to $2 million for the Dylan manuscript. "Bob Dylan is probably the most studied rock performer of the last 40 years," said Austin. "Rock and roll was so intrinsically tied to the social change in the 60s and also to the generation that was coming up." The auction will include the smashed guitar played by the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in 1989, photographs, signed album covers, Grammy awards, original artwork, drawings and clothing worn by singers Michael Jackson, Sly Stone and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Presley's jumpsuit could bring in as much as $300,000 and the 1965 contract in which Hendrix agreed to play exclusively for PPX Enterprises for three years for the advance of $1 has a high pre-sale estimate of as much as $200,000. The settlement agreement to break the contract is also being auctioned for $40,000 to $50,000. "Elvis always is an icon, and there are quite a few items from Elvis, as well as punk material and posters from the 60s and 70s," said Austin. NEWS DESK
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Sangakkara finally leaveS hiS hallmark on england Having averaged only 30 in England before this tour, Kumar Sangakkara has ﬁnally restored his record SPORTS DESK
PCB TO TAKE ANOTHER CRACK AT AMIR BAN REDUCTION ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said the board will be pushing for a reduction in the five-year ban on young pace bowler Mohammad Amir at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Annual Conference to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday. An amended ICC anticorruption code is likely to be implemented to facilitate a quicker return to international cricket for players serving longterm bans. The idea behind the move is to help the player get ready to play competitive cricket as soon as the ban period is over rather than wait for the ban to end before he can start training. Talking to APP, a PCB official said chairman Najam Sethi has inquired the advice of legal representatives and he will try his level best to convince the ICC for a reduction in the young pacer's ban. “To have the opportunity to re-launch my career a few months ahead of the ban could make a huge difference to me. It is a massive boost for me to hear this good news,” Amir had said earlier this year when news of a possible amendment first broke. The ICC meeting will end on June 28. Other matters to be discussed in the ICC Annual Conference include amendments to the ICC's Memorandum and Articles of Association, as discussed and agreed by the ICC Board in Singapore on February 8, including the appointment of the new ICC Chairman. AGENCIES
UMAR AKMAL SHINES IN NEW ROLE AS BOWLER ShARjAh Pakistan Test star Umar Akmal, a dashing wicketkeeperbatsman, shone in a different role in the ongoing 40th Bukhatir League in Sharjah the other day. Akmal stunned everyone as an off spinner, bagging four wickets to steer Grand Midwest to a four-wicket win over United Bank Limited (UBL) and clinched his team a place in the semi-final. Akmal not only broke an 88-run partnership between Baber hussain and Amjad Ali for the second wicket, but pushed UBL from a commanding 97 for two to 124 for six and return with figures of 4 for 35. Speaking to Gulf News, umpire Ifthikar Ali, who officiated the game, said: “Akmal bowled his off spin deliveries with excellent line and length to take those wickets.” Mohammad Asif too bagged four wickets for 34 and with Akmal, they bowled out UBL for 172 in 44.5 overs. UAE all-rounder Ahmad Raza chipped in with 25 runs from 30 balls. Chasing the moderate total, Grand Midwest lost quick wickets including that of Umar Akmal but his brother Kamran rose to the challenge and hit 37 off 69 deliveries with the help of two sixes. Fresh from his four-wicket spell, Asif hit an unbeaten 21 off 25 balls while Tariq haroon cracked 41 from 33 balls with five sixes to guide their team past the target. Another star performer of the league was UAE player and Danube’s Vikranth Shetty, whose century went in vain as Phoenix Medicine secured a close two-wicket victory. AGENCIES
hEN Kumar Sangakkara arrived at the crease on day three, Liam Plunkett hurled a rocket at his chest. The headingley pitch had been misbehaving since the second afternoon, and this was one of its naughtiest moments. The game's fastest bowler was provoking it to mischief. In the first innings, Lahiru Thirimanne had got a similar delivery first-up, and he fended a catch to short leg. Given the abysmal series Thirimanne has had, maybe surviving the same ball does not mean much. But the one Sangakkara got was a brute all the same. The kind that makes kids want to become fast bowlers. Sangakkara deflected that one in front of short leg, but he knew the bowler had had the better of him. he looked down at the spot on the pitch that had caused him grief, then looked away, walking toward square leg, then back again. he shuffled his feet and took guard. The next legitimate ball was wide and full. he stretched out and cracked it through the covers as hard as he has hit any ball in the series. A hush hung over headingley for a moment, then lifted with a swell of appreciation. The Yorkshire crowd is partisan, urging England on, saving their loudest for the local lads, but they know cricketing excellence when they see it. When Sangakkara was dismissed - perhaps for the last time in England - the ground stood to their feet to clap him off the field. But few will have known Sangakkara's curious relationship with the cover drive when the clapped that first four. Many will also have been unaware of the batsman's troubles in England, before this tour. The cover drive has been Sangakkara's signature stroke for much of his career, because it is almost a marvel of engineering. The step forward is swift and precise. The still head and fast hands, practiced and mechanical. The back knee bends just enough to stabilise him, and the entire movement is set off by a checked flourish forged of control. The ball only ever goes in a slim arc between cover and extra cover. Mahela Jayawardene played a cover drive too on the third day, but his rendition of the stroke is languid and musical; more dependent on his mood, than the ball and the fielders, and capable of going almost anywhere in front of square.
In many ways, the cover drive is a microcosm of Sangakkara's cricket - meticulously refined and supremely efficient - but on previous tours of England, it had sometimes been his undoing. In the 2011 tour, he was out to it in Southampton and at Lord's lunging at the ball when it had curved away from him. It has frustrated him in other parts of the world too, across all formats. In the last match at Lord's, England tempted him wide of off stump for a good ten overs, when he arrived in the first innings. But in that innings, Sangakkara was hell-bent on his raid for a hundred. he could not be drawn into the shot until he was past 30, and even then, he applied it economically. The stroke was a risk at headingley too, particularly against Plunkett, whose extra bounce had done Jayawardene in, when he drove outside off stump in the first innings. But for Sangakkara, the third day was no day for restraint. he was in the middle to move his team's cause forward, but also to make a mark. In all likelihood, this is his last outing in England. he was glad for his error-riddled 79 in the first innings, but when he came off the field, most people would not stop deriding the innings. Sangakkara has been a dream interview for several major English papers since he arrived in the country, but when a radio station spoke to him
before the second day, and led with "Wasn't the best innings you've ever played, yesterday, was it?", Sangakkara was audibly agitated: "That's the way it sometimes goes in cricket, the important thing is getting the runs." The reply was uncommonly brief. Over the next few minutes, one of the game's most eloquent speakers would not offer more than a six-second answer to any of the interviewer's stream of questions. On Sunday, the first ball from Plunkett elicited the only ugly moment from Sangakkara. From the very next ball, he was intent on reassuming dominance. he scored faster than any Sri Lanka batsman on the day, and sent four balls through the covers during his 55. The cover drive accounted for a higher percentage of his runs in this innings, than in any other this series. he has now scored as many 50plus scores on the trot as any batsman has ever managed, only, he has a triple ton and a couple of centuries among that string of scores. he has raised his average in England to 41.04, when it had languished at just over 30 before the tour, creating doubt over his greatness. his 342 runs is more than any Sri Lanka batsman has scored in a single series in England. On day three at headingley, he recovered from Plunkett's first ball, and his strange first innings. For many in the country, where his record has now
recovered too, that cool, calculated cover drive will be the enduring hallmark of the memory of his career. SRI LANKA AIM AT 225 TARGET: Sri Lanka believe a lead of around 225 could be the basis of a famous win at headingley, fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage said. The visitors close day three 106 runs ahead, with six second innings wickets in hand. "The next two wickets are very important for us to get a comfortable lead, of about 225 runs," Kalpage said. "Anything more than that is a plus for us. We have two great batsmen in the middle and Dinesh Chandimal to follow. In the last three days the game was pretty open, and the next two days will be very interesting." The pitch has also begun to take appreciable turn, as witnessed from Moeen Ali's dismissal of Lahiru Thirimanne, but Sri Lanka also used the medium pace and cutters from Angelo Mathews effectively on the third morning. "If you're a medium pace bowler, if you're not bowling in these conditions, you can't expect to bowl anywhere in the world. I think the pitch helped him. he bowled really well - a good line and length so he got the results. "It's a bowler friendly pitch compared to Lord's. Whenever a new bowler starts a spell, there is a chance. It's a difficult pitch to score on."
TEN-TEAM WORLD CUP A CONCERN FOR ASSOCIATES SPORTS DESK The Associate nations have expressed "pressing concern" over the 2019 World Cup being a 10-team event. According to their officials, it has potential to disrupt the radical plan devised by the ICC recently to help the top Associate nation qualify to play Test cricket in 2018. It is a "major strategic issue" for the Associates to discuss at their meeting on Tuesday, which kicks off the ICC's annual conference in Melbourne. According to the ICC's existing qualification process for the 2019 World Cup, the two lowest-ranked Full Members will have to play a qualifying tournament along with the Associates. Still, an Associate official said there was a "genuine risk" of those countries "abandoning" ODI cricket because there was such a "small chance" to qualify for the World Cup. Consequently, they might turn towards T20. The official feared how many Associates would actually be in a position to play Test cricket thereafter.
Effectively, the official pointed out, the Associates would play 50-over cricket only in tournaments such as the World Cricket League to just "go through the motions" since the opportunity to play in a global competition such as the World Cup would be limited. "Does not mean
that we are not going to try, but there is risk (and if that were to happen) the game would be poorer for that," the Associate official told ESPNcricinfo. "Everyone has talked about context for Test cricket and context for T20 cricket. But there is a growing issue, a major one, about context
for ODI cricket (among the Associates)." The Associates ESPNcricinfo spoke to acknowledged the ICC's role in uplifting the game in their countries. They agreed that the ICC has been trying to close the gap between the top-ranked Full Members and the lowest-ranked Full Members/the top Associates for a while now, and had put in place a talent acceleration programme for that. But to exclude the top Associates from the World Cup and not provide them competitive opportunities against Full Members would never lessen that divide, officials pointed out. According to a director of cricket with an Associate nation, the ICC may have now created a pathway to Test cricket but it was not going to have a lot of competitive teams vying for that spot if "all we are going to be doing is restrict them to the diet of T20 cricket." The Associates believed that if the incentive to play in the World Cup - which they felt was a sort of bridge they needed to cross to get to Test cricket - was cut down they would be forced to figure whether it
was indeed worth investing in ODIs. The dilemma was to financially prioritise parts of the game which "you are going to have the best opportunity to be successful in," an Associate official said. For that to happen it was important to take tough decisions, he added. Most of these decisions would be "driven by those forms of game which are going to help improve your ranking, help generate revenue and profile for the sport and therefore help generate government funding," the director said. A solution, Associate officials said, was possibly in their own hands. If, for example, more than one top-ranked Associate did well at next year's World Cup then it could open an avenue for debate about whether the ICC needed to revisit the number of the teams for the 2019 edition. But a realistic goal, the official said, was to provide more structured opportunities where top-performing Associates such as Afghanistan and Ireland get more opportunities frequently against the lowestranked Full Members who have large gaps in their schedules.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
USA GIVES PORTUGAL TOUGH TIME
2014 FiFa world cuptm matches schedule tue 24 Jun
. group d
09:00 pm costa rica
. group d
09:00 am italy
wed 25 Jun
. group c
01:00 am greece
. group c
01:00 am Japan
Vs 09:00 pm
. group F
Vs 09:00 am
cote d’i’ Voire
. group F
All times are in Pakistan Standard Time
SPORTS DESK ORTUGAL snatched a dramatic equaliser deep into injury time to force a 2-2 draw with the United States and keep their World Cup hopes flickering. Silvestre Varela headed in a cross from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus to grab a vital point. The last-gasp leveller deprived the United States of a famous win which would have seen them complete a remarkable qualification from Group G, which also includes Germany and Ghana. It also saved Ronaldo and Portugal from an embarrassing first round elimination from a group they were firmly expected to qualify from. The result leaves the United States and Germany level on four points in Group G, with Portugal and Ghana on one apiece. A draw between the Germans and Americans in the final round of matches on Thursday would see both teams advance. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann hailed his team's heroic display. "Obviously the last second is unfortunate but my guys were magnificent," he said. "We just have to get a result against Germany."
The USA were left cursing a late equaliser just seconds from the final whistle after a battling performance. Portugal winger Nani shot the Europeans into the lead on five minutes but Klinsmann's side rallied thereafter and dominated for long periods. They got their reward when Jermaine Jones equalised on 64 minutes with a rasping shot. Then nine minutes from time Dempsey chested in a shot to put the USA 21 up. It seemed as if that would be enough for victory but Portugal poured forward with one last desperate attack to score. In other games on Sunday, teenager Divock Origi fired Belgium into the last 16 with a 1-0 win against Russia in Group h. Algeria trounced South Korea 42 to notch a long-awaited first World Cup win in 32 years in the day's other game. Belgian substitute Origi pounced on 88 minutes to settle a drab encounter at the Maracana Stadium. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said Origi's match-winning contribution illustrated the depth and hunger in his squad. "I know people are not happy to be on the bench," said Wilmots. "But what is important is Belgium being able to rely upon totally devoted players when they are called upon. "For the last 20 minutes I had people dying to be
brought off the bench." The win saw Belgium guaranteed a place in the second round ahead of their final group game against South Korea. But the defeat leaves Fabio Capello's Russia facing a tense battle to qualify, with only one point from two games. "Of course I still believe. We have no other option than to go out and beat Algeria," Capello told reporters Algeria thrust themselves into pole position to qualify along with Belgium after thumping South Korea in Porto Alegre in Group h's other game. It was Algeria's first win at a World Cup since the 1982 finals in Spain. Islam Slimani, Rafik halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou effectively settled the contest before half-time as Algeria raced into a 3-0 lead. Son heung-Min gave Korea hope five minutes after half-time, but Yacine Brahimi made it 4-1 on 62 minutes. Koo Ja-Cheol added a consolation goal for Korea, who must now beat Belgium in their final match on Thursday to have any chance of making the last 16. ALGERIA UPSET SOUTh KOREA IN SIX-GOAL ThRILLER: Algeria ended their winless World Cup run in style as they hammered South Korea 4-2 to keep their dream of a place in the knockout stages very much alive.
The Desert Warriors attacked from the kick off and should have had a penalty inside 10 minutes when Sofiane Feghouli was felled in the area. But they didn't have too long to wait to celebrate as Slimani rampaged onto Carl Medjani's ball over the top, held off two defenders and clipped a neat finish beyond Jung Sung-ryong. It was a moment of pure ecstasy for the Algerians and just two minutes later they were propelled into dreamland as Fulham reject Rafik halliche rose highest to thump home a header from a left-wing corner. The South Koreans had no answer to the vibrant play of Vahid halilhodzic's side and it was three just seven minutes before the break when Slimani made the most of a long ball and coolly rolled it to Abdelmoumen Djabou to steer past the keeper. The Taeguk Warriors responded after the break and pulled one back through Sonheung Min's superb turn and shot before Yacine Brahimi restored the three-goal advantage with a low finish after exchanging a wonderful one-two. South Korea kept going and Koo Ja-cheol diverted home with 18 minutes left but Algeria held on to claim their first World Cup win since 1982 and become the first ever African side to score four goals in a finals match.
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AAMER SOHAIL SLAMS PCB’S GRADE SYSTEM FOR PLAYERS COURTESY PAKPASSION.COM am very concerned about the thought and rationale behind the award of central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The logical way of thinking behind such contracts is to have a primary aim of keeping players bound to the Board so that their full attention is focused towards playing for their country. A secondary goal is to ensure that they do not indulge in corruption and other activities that result due to financial pressures. Now there are many tried and tested formulae to achieve these aims. One way of assigning categories for contracts is by first examining how a player is to be utilized for the team in the coming year, and what sort of compensation he deserves based upon his previous record. For example, take Younis Khan, he used to play all three formats but only plays Test matches now. he was earning about PKR 7 Crores (USD 71,000) a year before but if he is now only supposed to play Test matches, then you need to ensure that he earns at least PKR 5 Crores (USD 51,000) so that he is adequately compensated for any income that he loses by not playing in all formats. This is one way of making the award of central contracts
more meaningful and fair to the players. If you look at the system of contracts as implemented by other Boards, you will note that the best levels (A and B) are awarded to about 20 or 22 players who are expected to represent the country in all formats of the game. In addition, you have another category which consists of a group of younger players who have performed in First Class cricket and are now knocking at the door of the international team. Each one of those players should be capable of stepping in should there be an injury to the regular or senior players. In our case, it appears that this lower category (D) also has players who are expected to play regularly in all formats of the game! This is totally baffling to me and does not make any sense to me. Why award Category D to players like Sohaib Maqsood and Bilawal Bhatti when you know that they will be playing in all 3 formats? This is absolute nonsense. Why aren’t youngsters who are at the brink of making an entry into the senior team not included in that Category? Or take the case of Mohammad Irfan, it seems that the management has no idea or are totally confused as to how to utilize him in the future which is why he has also been awarded Category D as well! If it is the
case that people who award these contracts don’t understand how this should be done then they should ask for advice! If the argument is that awarding Category D contracts to good players is for the sake of leaving room for improvement then my view is simply this – if you wish to improve these players, chuck them out of the team and let them improve themselves in domestic cricket and come back when they are ready to represent Pakistan at the highest level! As I stated before, there is a distinct lack of understanding of how they wish to utilize players. Take for example, how the rest of the world is encouraging good leg-spinners in their squads. What have we done? We have 3 left arm spinners in our contracted players list – none of which can really be a replacement for Saeed Ajmal. What if Ajmal gets injured, who will take 20 wickets in
a Test Match for you? It really boils down to the performance of one man and that is Najam Sethi. It appears that he is too busy playing political games in board rooms instead of looking after the welfare of players where we have the likes of poor Taufeeq Umar who averages around 40 in Test matches but is unable to get into any contracted category! If the idea was to replace Taufeeq with a better player then I would have expected a better player, possible someone with a much better average to replace him in Test matches to take his place but clearly that is not the case. It’s not as if some really extra-ordinary talent has been pulled out of thin air to replace Taufeeq. he has been pushed out of the team for no apparent reason and as a consequence you cannot offer him a contract and that is simply ridiculous. If the idea is for players to be selected or discarded based on computer based statistics alone, then why not get rid of selectors and just use some software to find your new talents and be done with it and save some money as well! The issue of corruption in Cricket The recent ban on Naved Arif by ECB is an interesting development but my opinion is simply that instead of
handing out life-bans to a few players to make headlines, it’s the ACSU itself that needs attention and has to be reformed. What it needs is a proper leader and not an ex policeman from Scotland Yard. There is someone who knows about this subject very well and has been speaking about it for a good many years and that person is Rashid Latif. I believe Rashid Latif should be appointed as head of the ACSU. Others in that organization can help him achieve his objectives, which is fine. Rashid has pretty much sacrificed his career and then devoted his life to bringing this issue to the limelight so, in my view, he is the obvious choice to lead the organization but, we all know the reason why the International Cricket Council (ICC) will never have him in that position! Najam Sethi’s handling of the future of International cricket in Pakistan, post Karachi airport attack Everyone knows that there is a security issue in Pakistan but some of the people simply like to play to the galleries without any regards to the situation on the ground which is really disgraceful. They start making statements without any idea as to what they are saying or who their audience is.
Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
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