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Karachi Edition Sunday, 26 January, 2014 Rabi-ul-Awwal 24, 1435

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US, Pakistan seek stability amid Afghan doubts

Thousands flee North Waziristan after airstrikes

The United States and Pakistan resume talks next week after a three-year hiatus as they seek stability in often turbulent ties amid mutual concerns over Afghanistan’s future. Pakistan and the United States started a “strategic dialogue” in 2010 to work through their complicated relationship, but the talks were quickly frozen due to repeated crises — including over... PAGE 02

Thousands have fled North Waziristan region, which lies along the Pak-Afghan border, after airstrikes this week targeting suspected Taliban militant hideouts killed dozens of people, elders and officials said Saturday. The airstrikes took place as domestic pressure grew on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take tougher action against Taliban militants following a string of attacks... PAGE 03

Musharraf contacts two US hospitals regarding angiography Commandoes do not flee battlefield: Musharraf’s counsel STORIES ON PAGE 03


Nawaz, Zardari to open work at Thar project on 31st

Ogra scam: Nine including Aqeel Karim Dhedhi put on ECL

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Zardari would jointly lay the foundation stone of the mining and coal-based energy plants of Thar Block II on January 31. The project, he dubbed as the “life line” of the country’s energy security, would produce 660 MW of electricity in the first phase... PAGE 04

Nine accused facing corruption references for their alleged involvement in a massive Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) scam have been barred from travelling abroad, sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday. According to Ministry of Interior, those whose names have been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) include chief of AKD Securities Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, former MD Sui... PAGE 02


Sunday, 26 January, 2014




FGHAN President Hamid Karzai appeared to stiffen his resolve on Saturday not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the United States should leave Afghanistan unless it could restart peace talks with the Taliban. “In exchange for this agreement, we want peace for the people of Afghanistan. Otherwise, it’s better for them to leave and our country will find its own way,” Karzai told a news conference. The president said pressing ahead with talks with the Taliban, in power

from 1996-2001, was critical to ensure that Afghanistan was not left with a weak central government. “Starting peace talks is a condition because we want to be confident that after the signing of the security agreement, Afghanistan will not be divided into fiefdoms,” he said. Most diplomats now agree that Karzai is unlikely to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would allow for some form of US military presence in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, when most troops are due to leave. Along with reviving peace talks with the Taliban, Karzai is also demanding an end to all US military operations on Afghan homes and villages, including strikes by pilotless drones. The United States has threatened to pull all of its troops out unless a deal is signed in good time, but embassies are examining alternative solutions behind the scenes that would enable the NATOled mission to remain. Karzai’s defiant tone struck a chord with those in the West who have already decided that fur-

ther discussion with the Afghan president may be pointless and waiting for his successor to be elected is the best option. “The more people speak about it being signed after the election, the more irrelevant he becomes,” said one diplomat. “Sad as it is, we might have to bank on the next guy.” But representatives from some countries say this would not leave enough time for them to prepare for a post-2014 mission. Afghans are due to vote in a presidential election on April 5, but it could take weeks for Karzai’s successor to assume power if a run-off round is required. Karzai initially agreed to a text of the pact in November and an assembly of elders called on him to sign it. But he has since refused to sign. In his comments to reporters, the Afghan president also denounced the use of advertising - some paid for by the United States - that lobbies for signature of the BSA. “To harm the psyche and soul of the people of Afghanistan, there is serious propaganda going on,” said Karzai, referring to the advertisements

broadcast for weeks by local media but now taken off the air. “No pressure, no threat, no psycho-

logical war can force us to sign the BSA. If they want to leave, they should leave today. We will continue our living.”

US CONGRESS CUTS AFGHANISTAN AID WASHINGTON: As the US and NATO move towards drawdown of their troops from Afghanistan by end of the year, the American Congress has quietly cut development and military funding for Kabul. A report in The Washington Post said there has been no perceptible opposition from the Obama administration, to the Congressional move, which comes as uncertainty grows by the day over the fate of bilateral security agreement between Washington and Kabul. The lawmakers slashed Afghanistan development aid by half and barred US defence officials from embarking on major new infrastructure projects, as Capitol Hill finalised a massive US spending bill. The appropriations allocated $1.1 billion for assistance to Afghanistan, 50 percent of the $2.1 billion the administration had asked for. According to the newspaper, the Pentagon last year sought $2.6 billion worth of “critical” capabilities such as mobile strike vehicles for Afghan security forces, but agreed it could do with just 40 percent of that. The Obama administration had long hoped to bring the Afghan war to a dignified conclusion this year and viewed the president’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday as an opportunity to describe the end of America’s longest war as a foreign policy success, the Post reported. “But Washington’s appetite to remain engaged in Afghanistan appears to be eroding precipitously, in large part because of how poisonous its relationship with the country’s president has become.” APP

US, PAKISTAN SEEK STABILITY AMID AFGHAN DOUBTS SARTAJ AZIZ TO HOLD STRATEGIC DIALOGUE WITH JOHN KERRY IN WASHINGTON TOMORROW WASHINGTON AGENCIES The United States and Pakistan resume talks next week after a three-year hiatus as they seek stability in often turbulent ties amid mutual concerns over Afghanistan’s future. Pakistan and the United States started a “strategic dialogue” in 2010 to work through their complicated relationship, but the talks were quickly frozen due to repeated crises — including over the secret 2011 US raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Secretary of State John Kerry, who announced

a resumption of the talks during a visit to Islamabad in August, will hold the dialogue Monday in Washington with Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s national security adviser. A US official said that the talks would look at both security and economic cooperation and seek to build a “blueprint” for future ties. “Having seen the highs and lows of this relationship,” the official said on condition of anonymity, “both countries have put an

enormous amount of effort into assiduously putting this relationship on firmer grounding over the last year and a half”. The United States, which formed an uneasy partnership with Pakistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks, is seeking Islamabad’s assistance again as it pulls tens of thousands of troops from Afghanistan this year and Washington ends its longest-ever war. US President Barack Obama’s administration has grown

frustrated as Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds off on signing a security agreement that would allow a smaller number of troops from the United States and the rest of the NATO alliance to stay in a support role. “I think our analysis and Pakistan’s analysis are pretty much the same — that an abrupt termination in the NATO and American presence there would be destabilising, would incentivise Taliban and other militant groups and would demoralise significant elements of the population,” another US official said. Since sweeping to power last year, Sharif has notched down Pakistan’s often strident tone that had grated on US officials. In a meeting with Obama in October, Sharif pledged to work for better relations with Afghanistan and historic rival India. But whatever his intentions, Sharif may face limits in assisting the United States. Opposition supporters led by former cricketer

Imran Khan have blocked a key trucking route into Afghanistan. Pakistan has also been torn by internal violence. More than 400 Shia Muslims were killed in targeted attacks last year with extremists enjoying virtual impunity, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report. Sharif is seen in Washington “as potentially a strong partner because he has a strong political position, which was not the case with the previous government,” said Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. “But whether he will be considered a real strong partner will really depend on how much he can deliver in terms of improving and stabilising the conditions inside Pakistan and then helping the US stabilise the situation in Afghanistan,” Nawaz said. Nawaz said that Pakistan will likely be looking for a solution on joint operation of drones. The unmanned US aerial attacks on Pakistani territory are deeply

unpopular with the public and have become a major source of friction. Pakistan also has staunch critics in the US Congress, which recently voted to withhold $33 million in aid until the release of Shakil Afridi, a doctor imprisoned for helping the CIA track down Osama. In a new study, Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations said that Congress should keep the current level of about $400 million in annual defence assistance to Pakistan but link it to improvements in internal security instead of the Afghan war. Markey called for Pakistan’s integration into the US “rebalance” toward Asia, saying that the Obama administration’s professed new regional focus has led to feelings of abandonment in Islamabad. Among other ideas, Markey called for the United States to negotiate preferential access for goods from Pakistan, India and Afghanistan — a three-way deal that would help improve Islamabad’s relations with its neighbours.

Dhedhi, eight others put on ECL in OGRA scam ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Nine accused facing corruption references for their alleged involvement in a massive Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) scam have been barred from travelling abroad, sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday. According to Ministry of Interior, those whose names have been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) include chief of AKD Securities Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, former MD Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) Rashid Lone, former SSGC MD Azeem Iqbal Siddiqui, SSGC MD Zubair Siddiqui, GM SSGC Syed Arsalan, Deputy MD Yousaf J Ansari, Ogra official Jawwad Jamil, members SSGC & SNGPL BoD Mirza Mehmood.

Earlier on Friday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a reference against two former prime ministers of the PPP government — Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf — in the accountability court relating to the appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq as OGRA. Besides the reference against the two former prime ministers, the NAB also filed a supplementary reference in the accountability court against stockbroker Aqeel Karim Dhedhi and other co-accused in a mega corruption case of Rs 82 billion in OGRA. NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry signed the two references on Thursday and subsequently the references were filed on Friday following the approval of the NAB Executive Board for the two references in the multibillion OGRA scam.

After filing the references, the NAB also submitted a report to the Supreme Court on the multi-billion OGRA scam on the directives of the apex court. When contacted, NAB Spokesman Ramzan Sajid confirmed that both the references had been filed in the accountability court after the signature of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry. It may be noted that the NAB Executive Board gave its approval for filing the two references on Wednesday. In the reference on the appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq as OGRA chairman, the accused persons include former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, former minister for water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (Chairman Selection Committee), Shaukat Durrani, Member Technical for selection process, Javed Nazir, Member selection com-

mittee from OGRA, Sikandar Hayat Mekan, ex-senior joint secretary


Cabinet Division, and Tauqeer Sadiq (the beneficiary). The supplementary

reference in the OGRA corruption case was filed against the accused Tauqeer Sadiq, Mansoor Muzaffar, Mir Kamal Fareed Bijrani, Jawad Jamil, Dewan Zia ur Rehman Farooqi, Abdur Rashid Lone, Zohair Siddique, Azeem Iqbal Siddique, Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, Syed Arsalan Iqbal, Mirza Mehmood Ahmed and Yousaf J Ansari. The interim reference against the prime accused Tauqeer Sadiq in the multi-billion scam of Rs82 billion had already been filed in the accountability court in November 2012. According to the sources, the references against Gilani and Ashraf and the selection committee that recommended the name of Tauqeer Sadiq as the OGRA chairman comprised nine pages while the reference that was filed in the OGRA corruption case comprised seven pages.

Sunday, 26 January, 2014






HOUSANDS have fled North Waziristan region, which lies along the Pak-Afghan border, after airstrikes this week targeting suspected Taliban militant hideouts killed dozens of people, elders and officials said Saturday. The airstrikes took place as domestic

pressure grew on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take tougher action against Taliban militants following a string of attacks across the country in the past week. Military sources put the death toll at 40, all of them suspected to be militants. Tribal elders said between 15 and 24 people were killed. A Taliban source put the death toll at 27. Military sources said fighter jets were only targeting militant hideouts. Resi-

dents said the bombardment started overnight without any warning. Latifur Rehman, a provincial disaster management spokesman, said Saturday the strikes displaced 6,000 families, but half of them had gone back to their homes. Rehman said authorities were making arrangements to provide shelter and food to those affected. A tribal prominent elder, Gul Saleh Khan, said more than 70,000 people had left their homes. He said people were still fleeing to nearby towns, villages and cities. ‘’We were sleeping at our home when the army suddenly started the airstrikes just before midnight on Monday,’’ Khan said.

‘’We quickly moved to a farm field with women and children, and other people also spent that night under the sky.’’ Khan said he arrived in Peshawar with his family on Tuesday. Local resident Raham Nawaz said many had to leave their homes due to fears of a full-fledged military operation. ‘’The government should have issued a warning before dropping bombs in our villages,’’ Nawaz said. He said his family and other relatives were living at a school, miles away from their town of Mir Ali. Resident Salim Khan said people continued to flee Saturday. He urged the government to making public warnings

KP teachers agree to conduct anti-polio drive after govt talks PESHAWAR: Over 9,000 teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who had refused to take part in a polio-vaccination campaign citing low wages and security concerns as the reasons earlier, agreed to kick start the campaign scheduled for Sunday (today) following successful negotiations with the government on Saturday evening. All Pakistan Primary Teachers Association President Khalid Malik said that their talks with the district administration have been successful. He said the government has accepted their demands of granting Shuhda (martyred) Package for the teachers who have died during polio vaccination campaign. Under the compensation package, children of the deceased employees will be provided with jobs and women teachers would not be sent to sensitive areas. Malik said the teachers have agreed to call off the boycott and would participate in the polio drive starting from January 26. Earlier on Saturday, the teachers had said the government was forcing them to go on “suicide missions” which would prove disastrous for education as well. Following attacks on polio workers and killing of security personnel, the KP health authorities had requested the education department to help carry out the campaign through teachers, but they refused to get training for the vaccination and participate in the drive. STAFF REPORT

NA deputy secretary Moazzam Kalru kidnapped in Multan

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Relatives of the missing persons from Balochistan walk past Tehsil Kot Chattha during their long march on Saturday. ONLINE

Commandoes do not flee battlefield: Musharraf’s counsel KASURI SAYS MUSHARRAF ALONE IS BEING TARGETED UNDER ARTICLE 6 KARACHI INP

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf, on Saturday

ahead of such airstrikes. ‘’How we can go back to our homes when we don’t know what will happen tomorrow?’’ Khan asked. Angered over the increasing violence, people are pressuring the civilian government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to tackle the issue of militancy aggressively. Sharif has long supported a policy of negotiating with militants. The Taliban said earlier this week that they would be interested in peace talks but only if the government proved it was sincere and had enough ‘’power,’’ a reference to the perception that the army wields the real power in Pakistan.

said Musharraf was a commando and commandoes do not flee the battlefield. Talking to reporters after meeting the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders at the Nine Zero, Kasuri said that some people were giving contradictory statements about the former president. Some people say that he was not sick and he was trying to avoid his treason trial, others say that his medical report was prepared in collusion with the army. Kasuri said that Musharraf did not return to Pakistan under pressure, but he came back to safeguard the ideological

and geographic boundaries of the country. He also said Musharraf knew that many cases were registered against him. He said that political victimisation was started right after Musharraf’s return to the country, adding that he wanted to contest May 11 general elections from four constituencies but he was disqualified under a conspiracy. Kasuri said that Musharraf alone was being targeted under Article 6 and asserted that the action should be expanded to October 12, 1999 under the article so that action could be taken against all the involved ele-

ments. He said that he fervidly prayed for the peace in the country at Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum before coming to Nine Zero. On the occasion, MQM leader Nasreen Jalil said that Kasuri came to Nine Zero with the message of love. She said Pakistan never needed love, harmony, brotherhood and unity more than today. She said MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also emphasised this in his book ‘Falsafae-Muhabbat’. She thanked Kasuri for visiting Nine Zero and assured him of full cooperation on behalf of the MQM.

MULTAN: National Assembly Deputy Secretary Moazzam Kalru was kidnapped near the suburbs of Multan on Saturday. According to the police, Kalru was kidnapped from Multan’s Nawabpur area when he was en route by car to his farmhouse. Two days earlier, he had arrived from Islamabad. Police said the deputy speaker had taken a round of his farmhouse when four armed men on a motorcycle and in a car kidnapped him. Following the incident, police blocked the area and a search operation went underway. Police sources said Kalru’s cell phone activity was last detected in the vicinity of Multan’s Umerkot area. Meanwhile, CCO Multan Sultan Chaudhry inspected his area of residence and sought information from his relatives. Kalru’s uncle said that his family did not have personal enmity with anyone and that they were engaged in preparing for the upcoming local government (LG) elections. Police suspected that a small gang-war group was responsible for the abduction. Kalru was kidnapped from NA151 which is the same constituency from where former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider was kidnapped earlier last year. STAFF REPORT

Musharraf contacts two US hospitals regarding angiography ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Two hospitals in the United States were contacted regarding former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s angiography. The former military ruler’s medical report was also sent to both hospitals. Musharraf faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts. The 70-year-old had fallen ill and was taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being

transported under heavy guard to the court and is continuing his treatment there. Musharraf has been at AFIC for over three weeks now. It was reported on January 24 that Musharraf is unwilling to undergo angiography in Pakistan and wishes to go abroad for treatment as the cardiac support system in the country is not up to standard. The report stated that the former president should get an angiography as soon as possible. It had added that Musharraf’s health is such that a heart attack could be “lifethreatening”. On January 16, Musharraf’s US-based doctor, Dr Arjumand Hashmi – after reviewing the former president’s medical reports – had recommended that the former military ruler should be immediately sent abroad for treatment. Earlier on Saturday, advocate-on-record Zafar Abbas Naqvi sent a legal notice to Musharraf for not paying his legal fees. Naqvi has registered four cases in the Supreme Court on Musharraf’s behalf, all of them related to the November, 2007 emergency. He said that he was paid only Rs 47,000, adding that he sent a legal notice to the former military ruler but no progress was made. “I can also take the cases back if I am not paid,” he warned.

MUSHARRAF STUCK IN BLIND ALLEY: RASHID Info minister says southern Punjab is ‘fertile ground’ for Punjabi Taliban LAHORE: Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Saturday said former president Pervez Musharraf has taken refuge in hospital to avoid court appearance, but he is now stuck in a blind alley. Talking to reporters, the minister said if Musharraf remained in hospital he has to face ‘surgery’ and if he came out of the hospital, the court is ready to deal with him. “Musharraf has nothing weak in his body but he has weak ability to think, weak ability to make decisions and policies,” Rashid replied when asked if he has a weak heart. The minister said the time has passed when criminals and accused escaped from the country adding that now there is rule of law in the Pakistan and no criminal or accused would be allowed to flee abroad. On security situation, the minister said Pakistan has been facing internal challenges for its existence and survival. He said the government’s writ would be established on each and every inch of land of the


country. The senator said that the government would make sure protection of every citizen and their property at every cost. On query is government moving towards military operation against terrorists, the minister said that PML-N government will take every possible step to ensure protection to its citizens. He said the government would not tolerate those elements who spread violence and turmoil in the country. Earlier, addressing a ceremony here federal information minister said that Pakistan state has now started accepting its mistakes made in past. He said, “We should had given paint and brushes to our kids rather than guns and suicide jackets.” The senator said, “Earlier in 70s and

80s, southern Punjab was hub of our film industry, but now this region is famous with term of Punjabi Taliban.” Rashid said the PML-N government would provide every possible support for Pakistan cinema revival and to give boots to Pakistan Film Industry. He said new Pakistani films are making their place in the market by their quality work. He said cinema have been exempted from tax to boost its culture adding that entertainment tax on films was also withdrawn. On query, will government ban Indian films in Pakistan, the minister said cultural boundaries and barriers no more exist in the whole world adding that with quality work, Pakistan films can also make their place not only in the country but in the entire world. ONLINE

04 NEWS Nawaz, Zardari to open work at Thar project on 31st SINDH CM SAYS HIS GOVT HAS SPENT RS 20 BILLION ON PROJECT



MW of electricity in the first phase. He said this while addressing as chief guest at a conference on “Self Sufficiency in Energy”, organised by Dawood University of Engineering and Technology and the Energy Department of the Sindh government, at a hotel. Terming the ground breaking ceremony as a historic event to meet the gigantic challenge of energy crises, Sindh CM said realising the potential of Thar coal his government had spent over Rs 20 billion for the development of infra-



INDH Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Zardari would jointly lay the foundation stone of the mining and coal-based energy plants of Thar Block II on January 31. The project, he dubbed as the “life line” of the country’s energy security, would produce 660

Nine-year-old makes record by passing O-Level exam ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student has made a new world record by passing the O-Level examination of the University of Cambridge at the age of nine years. Rai Haris Manzoor of Rawalpindi was born on August 16, 2004. He passed the O-Level exam in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. It may be mentioned that Rai Haris studied in a private school till 2012. Afterwards, his parents withdrew him from the school and taught him at home. He completed the courses of seven classes in 17 months. Rai Manzoor Nasir, the father of the student, told Dawn that the normal age for passing the O-Level exam was 17 to 18 years. It means that 14 years of schooling is needed to pass the exam. “Haris also completed Nazra Quran and memorised Para No 30 of the holy book. His twin brother Rai Shabir is a student of class III,” he said. Haris said he studied for hours every day to make the world record. “I want to become a barrister London and am planning to do it from London in the next four years as three years are required to complete LLB (Hons) and one year to do Bar-at-Law,” he said. Previously, the record of the youngest O-Level student was with Sitara Brooj Akbar of Chiniot in Punjab. She passed the exam at the age of 11. Rai Manzoor, who is a government servant in Punjab, said after hearing the news about Sitara Akbar, he started teaching his son at home to enable him to make the world record. AGENCIES

At least 12 dead in violence in China’s restive Xinjiang region BEIJING: At least 12 people were killed in a number of violent incidents Xinjiang region of China, Chinese state media said on Saturday. Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday that two blasts in Uighur town of Xinhe Aksu killed one person and injured two on Friday. Another two were killed when a car exploded in Uighur. Officials in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan said another 11 ethnic Uighur men from Xinjiang were shot dead while crossing the border from China. Nine were killed by a Kyrgyz border guard unit, while two others were shot by a local hunter, officials added. The Munich-based World Uighur Congress has called for a “full, transparent and independent” investigation into the killings. According to a news portal run by the regional Communist Party, attackers threw explosives at police in Xinhe county which triggered a clash resulting in the police shooting dead six people. Xinjiang has been witnessing a number of clashes in recent months triggered by the resentment felt by minority Uighurs who state they are discriminated against by Chinese majority Han people. The govt has responded by cracking down on what it says is terrorism caused by radical Islamic separatists. ONLINE

structure, provision of water through LBOD after refining it through RO plants and construction of road via Badin and Thatta and other basic necessities. He added that work on airstrip in Islamkot and provision of machinery and fill fully other requirements was in full swing. The CM said that Tharparkar is most remote and difficult area to reach where there was dearth of basic amenities, resultantly no investor was interested in the development of Thar coal but after the continuous labour, hard work efforts and struggle of the Sindh government during last six consecutive years, not only national but foreign investment companies were working there and soon Thar coal would not only fulfil the energy requirements of the country but also energy could be exported. The CM said meeting the finances of developing Thar coal was a main hurdle


At least six policemen were killed and several people injured when police vehicles came under attack near the residence of Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) chief Afaq Ahmed in Karachi’s Landhi neighbourhood on Saturday night. TV reports suggest that the first attack occurred in Landhi Number 6 area when unidentified miscreants hurled a hand

ANOTHER THREE POLICEMEN KILLED IN FIRING ON POLICE VEHICLE grenade inside a police mobile positioned outside Afaq Ahmed’s house. Three policemen were killed in the incident. The MQM-H leader remained safe in the attack as he was not currently living at his Landhi residence. Later, another police mobile was attacked near Landhi Hospital when unidentified gunmen opened fire on it killing three police personnel on the spot. A passerby was also injured in the incident. Injured were shifted to Jin-

nah Hospital in reportedly critical condition. “At least six policemen were killed when unknown gunmen on motorcycles fired at their patrol vehicles with automatic weapons and threw a hand grenade at one vehicle,” senior police official Munir Shaikh said confirming the incidents. Shaikh said the police were investigating who was behind the attack, adding that nobody had claimed responsibility for the shootings. Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA Muhammad Kamran Farooqi came under attack when unknown gunmen opened fire on his car in North Karachi. Farooqi escaped the attack unhurt, however, his personal guard sustained wounds.


Three people were killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Panjgur area of Balochistan on Saturday. Sources said the action was ongoing since Friday, adding that during the search operation conducted in the area, security forces surrounded a compound from where armed men started shooting. The exchange of fire lasted several hours during which the armed men also attempted to escape. Three of the militants were killed in retaliatory fire from security forces personnel. Two Klashnikovs, a pistol and other ammunition were also re-

Twelve protesters dead in clashes on anniversary of Egypt uprising CAIRO: Twelve people were killed during anti-government marches on Saturday while thousands rallied in support of the army-led authorities, underlining Egypt’s volatile political fissures three years after the fall of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak. Security forces lobbed teargas and some fired automatic weapons in the air to try to prevent demonstrators opposed to the government reaching Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled the former air force commander. As police tried to calm Cairo’s politicallycharged streets, a car bomb exploded near a police camp in the Egyptian city of Suez, security sources said. The blast, which was followed by a fierce exchange of gunfire, suggested the

but Engro was first company which came forward with Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in which 51 percent finances were decided to be borne by Engro and 49 percent by the Sindh government. After developing the infrastructure investors got interested in Thar coal and presently three companies, including Chinese and British were working there. He said, “We are developing 10 blocks of Thar Coal and each block has the capacity of 40,000 to 50,000MW of electricity.” “We are rich in energy, it needs exploitation and huge finances also not only to fulfil our needs in Pakistan but it can be an international project and, God wiling, we will be able to even export some energy to other countries,” he said. Speaking at the conference, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that such forums were very critical to resolving issues and generate consensus.

authorities could be locked in a long-term battle with Islamist insurgents who are gaining momentum. But the growing violence has not dented the popularity of General Abdel Fattah alSisi, whose ouster of Islamist Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely-elected president, plunged the country into turmoil. Instead of commemorating Mubarak’s overthrow, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir to pledge their support for Sisi in an event stage-managed by the state. An army marching band played, while vendors sold t-shirts with the general’s image for five Egyptian pounds ($0.72). Huge banners and posters displayed Sisi in his trademark dark sunglasses at Saturday’s rally. Some women kissed posters. AGENCIES

covered from the compound. It was not clear whether there were any other men present at the compound or if the security forces took any men into custody, sources said. As part of joint search operation carried by the police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel across various areas of Mastung, at least 17 suspected terrorists were captured and presented before media. Colonel Muhammad Azam of Frontier Corps (FC) briefed reporters saying a massive search operation was carried out jointly at various areas of Mastung including Dareen Garh, Kanak, Babari, Kandhawa, Umerabad, Nawazan, Besham, Koshak, Dolai and Kali Nihal on the direction of the Balochistan provincial government. The colonel said that forces have surrounded the area with the help of check-posts installed at entry and exit points of the area. At least 350 FC personnel have participated in the operation that is being carried out with the help of 2 helicopters and armored vehicles among other weapons.

Sunday, 26 January, 2014

British expat leaves job after Singapore ‘poor people’ remark SINGAPORE: A Singapore-based British wealth adviser who set off a firestorm by publicly insulting Singaporeans who have to rely on public transport has “parted ways” with his former employer, the firm said Saturday. Porsche-driving Anton Casey, 39, who is married to a former Singapore beauty queen, has gone to Australia but has not said what his future plans are following the controversy. He holds permanent residency in Singapore, which he calls his adopted home, and claims to have received death threats after he referred to public transport users as “poor people” in a social network post. Casey’s employer Crossinvest (Asia) Pte Ltd said in a statement: “Those comments go against our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity.” “Accordingly, Crossinvest Asia and Mr Casey have parted ways with immediate effect,” it added in a Facebook post early Saturday. In a statement to the Straits Times newspaper on Friday, Casey, a Singapore permanent resident, said he had left for Australia “due to threats made towards my family”, asking for forgiveness. The Briton and his family, now in Perth, faced stinging verbal abuse from Internet users after Facebook posts insulting commuters in the wealthy city-state went viral. AGENCIES

Hollande ‘to split from Valerie Trierweiler’ PARIS: French President Francois Hollande is to formally announce his separation from his official partner, Valerie Trierweiler, say French media reports. It comes two weeks after a magazine published photos apparently showing he had been having an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Sources close to Hollande told French media the presidency would make an official announcement on Saturday. Trierweiler spent a week in hospital after the revelations. On Thursday she sacked her lawyer for saying she was seeking to end her relationship with Hollande “with the greatest possible dignity”. Trierweiler, who has continued to work as a journalist for the glossy magazine Paris-Match, is travelling to India on Sunday in support of the work of the French charity Action Against Hunger. For her part, Gayet has announced she is suing Closer magazine, which published the original reports, for breach of privacy. AGENCIES

‘Free IK’, demands Bilawal on twitter ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, patronin-chief of Pakistan People’s Party, on Saturday criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for addressing a public meeting from behind the fence bar in Peshawar. Bilawal made fun of the PTI chief on Twitter by saying that he wanted immediate release of Imran. He also shared a screenshot of Imran Khan standing behind iron bars of fence at Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. The PPP patron-in-chief tweeted, “I demand the immediate release of Imran Khan! Free IK (Imran Khan)...From IK (Imran Khan)? #whtswiththecage?” Imran Khan inaugurated a Cricket Talent Hunt programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the stadium. INP

Philippines, Muslim rebels clinch peace deal KUALA LAMPUR AGENCIES

The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group completed talks Saturday on a deal to end four decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people and helped foster religious extremism in Southeast Asia. The accord between Filipino negotiators and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front calls for Muslim self-rule in parts of the southern Philippines in exchange for the deactivation of the rebel force. Military presence in the proposed autonomous region would be restricted. Much now will depend on how the accord is enforced, in particular whether the 11,000-strong rebel forces are able to maintain security in areas


that would come under their control. At least four other smaller Muslim rebel groups are still fighting Manila’s rule in the southern Mindanao region, and could act as spoilers. Officials from both sides announced the conclusion of talks in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, which has brokered the years-long negotiations. The accord and three other pacts signed last year make up a final peace agreement that is to be signed in the Philippine capital, Manila, possibly next month, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. ‘’This will give the just and lasting peace that our brothers in Mindanao are seeking,’’ said Lacierda, referring to the volatile southern region and homeland of minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. Government negotiators, some

teary-eyed, embraced each other after the conclusion of the talks. Chief government negotiator Miriam Ferrer hailed the progress and said ‘’good luck to everyone on the next stage, the implementation stage’’. Saturday’s accord marks the most significant progress during 13 years of on-and-off negotiations with the Moro fighters to tame a tenacious insurgency that has left more than 120,000 people dead and derailed development in Muslim-populated southern regions that are among the most destitute in the Philippines. The United States and other Western governments have supported the talks, worried that rebel strongholds could become breeding grounds for Al Qaeda-linked extremists who have sought sanctuary in the region in the past.

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three-year study by the Pentagon has concluded that American intelligence agencies are “not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect when foreign powers are developing nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing arsenals, and calls for using some of the same techniques that the National Security Agency has developed against terrorists, the New York Times reported on Friday. The study, a 100-page report by the Defense Science Board (DSB), contends that

FORMER OFFICIAL SAYS MANY SIGNS OF NUCLEAR PROGRAMME COULD BE FOUND BY MONITORING OPEN SOURCES the detection abilities needed in cases like Iran, including finding “undeclared facilities and/or covert operations” are “either inadequate, or more often, do not exist”. The report did not name any specific countries that are under US surveillance because of their current or suspected weapons programs. But it is no secret that the United States spends enormous resources tracking Pakistan’s arsenal, along with those of Russia, China, India, North Korea and Israel. The report is circulating just two months before President Obama’s third nuclear security summit meeting, set for March in the Hague, an effort he began in order to lock down loose nuclear materials

and, eventually, reduce the number of countries that could build nuclear weapons. Obama’s efforts to sweep up the materials have largely been considered a success. But the report concluded that potential new nuclear states are “emerging in numbers not seen since the early days of the Cold War”, and that “monitoring for proliferation should be a top national security objective but one for which the nation is not yet organized or fully equipped to address”. The report confirmed what many outside experts have learned anecdotally:

while the most famous intelligence failure in the past decade involving nuclear weapons occurred in Iraq, where the CIA and others saw a programme that did not exist, the bigger concern may be that major nuclear programs were entirely missed. American officials first learned of a reactor in Syria, built with North Korean assistance, when the Israelis alerted them. (Israel destroyed the facility in 2007.) North Korea, early during the Obama administration, built a uranium enrichment facility that went undetected until the North showed it off to a


visiting professor from Stanford. “The lesson from this history is that we found these at the last moment, if we found them at all,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA expert on terrorism and nuclear proliferation who is now at the Brookings Institution. The Defense Science Board came to a similar conclusion. It said that in the future, satellite photographs and other reconnaissance will most likely be of limited use. Instead, it suggested that many of the cyber and big-data programmes developed by the NSA should be used to detect proliferation, a bet that the United States would be more likely to pick up evidence of scientists and engineers talking, emailing, or searching for nuclear-related technologies than it would be to see a weapons facility being built. A former senior intelligence official familiar with the report, which was commissioned by Ashton B Carter, the former deputy secretary of defense who resigned late last year, said the effort was to focus the government’s efforts on the global dimensions of the atomic threat. “One of the highest priorities of successive administrations is countering proliferation,” the official said. “But there’s little coherence on what agencies do to move that interest forward.” The former senior official said that many signs of a nuclear programme could be found by monitoring open sources, and that clues there are frequently overlooked. The report implicitly called into question whether administration officials should be so confident that they would detect if Iran ever violated the nuclear accord that began this week.

Gays, lesbians to staGe protest on india's republic day

CHAMAN: A motorcyclist passes by trucks carrying US and NATO military vehicles on Saturday. INP



KASHMORE: The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Bugti tribe cleared the National Highway on Saturday after an eight-day sit-in. The IDPs cleared the road but continued their sit-in, lead by Shahzain Bugti, in a cricket ground near the highway. The 8-day protest of the Bugti tribesmen had led to a complete gridlock at the highway. Shahzain Bugti announced to move the demonstration to the cricket ground after a meeting with National Assembly’s opposition leader Khursheed Shah who assured him that food, medical and residential facilities will be provided to the IDPs in the field. INP

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has said that it cannot be cowed down by threats and asked the government to show seriousness if it intends to hold dialogue. In a statement Saturday for the media released from an undisclosed location, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman and JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq tried to help initiate the dialogue process but both were disappointed by the government and disassociated themselves from the process. He said all the patriotic political leaders are perturbed as to what the government wants. He said former presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Zardari had dreamt of eliminating the Taliban, while former interior minister Rehman Malik and General (r) Kayani had repeatedly stated of breaking the back of Taliban but could not succeed.

Shahidullah Shahid said on one hand the government blames Taliban for refusing to hold talks, while on the other it threatens to launch a military operation. He observed that Taliban’s missing comrades’ dead bodies are being found from every nook and corner of the country while innocent people are being killed in the name of Taliban commanders in Mir Ali. He also said that leaders like Syed Munawar Hassan, Imran Khan and Fazlur Rehman are worried as the government is going against the APC mandate. He said it has become clear that the present government, like all previous governments, is under the pressure of the United States and army generals. Only slogans for dialogue have been raised but no practical step has been taken yet, he added. The TTP spokesman questioned as to why while some of their (TTP’s) actions are being termed as non-seriousness and asked whether killings of their ameer and bombing the innocent population could be termed as seriousness of the government. He said the government is busy making new laws every day to coerce Taliban and those having links with them. The TTP spokesman was of the view that if the government is serious to have dialogue, it will have to create an enabling atmosphere for it and that it should not expect talks with the TTP with hanging swords on their (Taliban) heads.


NEW DELHI: Hundreds of gay and lesbian Indians will take to the streets of New Delhi on Sunday, demanding equal rights and a reversal of the recent ban on gay sex as the country celebrates its Republic Day. Members of various rights groups and civil society activists will also join the protest march that will kick off in the heart of the city’s business district after the Republic Day celebrations wind up. “We want to ask the government if we are included in India’s current idea of a republic,” Mohnish Malhotra, one of the organisers of the parade, told AFP. “The government has failed in its constitutional duty to protect and advance gay rights,” he added. Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that a section of the penal code prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was an infringement of fundamental rights. But last month, India’s apex court ruled that the High Court had overstepped its authority and that a law passed in the 1860s during British colonial rule was still valid. Criminal prosecutions were rare when the law was previously in force, but police used it to harass people and demand bribes. The ruling was met with dismay by gay rights activists who called it a “Black Day” for India and criticised the government for leaving such an important issue in the hands of the courts rather than address it through legislation. Gay sex has long been a taboo subject in conservative India but in recent years the community has raised its profile through gay pride marches, magazines and events which have encouraged many to come out of the closet. Malhotra said the Republic Day presented an ideal opportunity for the community to “reclaim” their rights. The Republic Day is celebrated annually with a colourful military parade at the iconic India Gate in the capital, complete with missiles, tanks and march pasts by uniformed soldiers. The national holiday marks the day when the Indian Constitution came into force in 1950. AGENCIES

terror bid foiled in peshawar PESHAWAR: Security forces on Saturday foiled a major terror bid by arresting two suspected terrorists with a huge cache of arms in Peshawar, officials said. According to officials, security forces raided a house in Sorizai area of Peshawar on receiving a tip off and held two suspects hailing from Afghanistan. 12 landmines, several bombs, remote control devices and detonators were also recovered from the possession of the arrested. They have been shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation. ONLINE

11 killed in chitral accident CHITRAL: At least 11 people were killed and another four injured when a jeep plunged into a ravine in Chitral. The passenger jeep with 18 people on board was on its way to Chitral from Gokhir village in Shogram when it fell into the deep ravine. According to police, the jeep plunged into the ravine while taking a sharp turn. The injured have been shifted to district hospital where two of them are said to be in critical condition. ONLINE


Sunday, 26 January, 2014

PEN: Seeking to provide quality education to a million children by 2025


R. Omar Khayyam Sheikh is the Chief Executive of Progressive Education Network, a non-profit company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984. Mr. Omar Khayyam began his professional career as an investment banker, first at Merrill Lynch in New York, and then as a Limited Partner at The Lodestar Group, a merchant banking boutique firm. He sat on the boards of various companies and oversaw the businesses, arranged re-financings and developed M&A prospects. In 1994, he returned to Pakistan to establish Hadayat Sons, a familyowned firm that imports, distributes and retails construction related products. Hadayat Sons is the exclusive importer of Kohler Plumbing Products, GE Home Appliances and Life Fitness Gym Equipment. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University New York, where he was awarded the John Jay Scholarship and graduated with the Leonard Pullman Award for “academic excellence and service to the College.” His graduation thesis was on universalizing primary education in Pakistan. He also holds an Executive MBA from LUMS with a Silver Medal for Second Position in Class. He has had a long-term interest in primary education and brings private sector business experience and international fundraising exposure in addition to energy and vigor to this venture. 1. What inspired you to found progressive education netWork? Progressive Education Network was founded by 7 close friends; we have known each other for nearly three decades. Some of us are educationalists, bankers, professionals and businessmen. For years, we have pondered how best we could give back to our country. Without a doubt, the single most immediate and crucial need of our country is education reform. It is shameful that we have the world’s second largest population of children out of school; by some estimates the figure is as high as 7.5 million. Imagine the outcome when a large number of illiterate and unskilled people enter the workforce and they can’t find any jobs. High crime rate, high unemployment, depressed economic growth, so on and so forth,

we are staring at a bleak future if we don’t do something about it. What is the idea behind pen? The idea for PEN was to establish an institution that is transparent, non-person centric and which will address the core issues in the education sector. We studied several models fromaround the world, BRAC, The Citizens Foundation and CARE. In the end, we decided it was much more efficient to adopt public schools, through a public-private partnership, and build on the existing infrastructure, instead of building new schools from the ground up. We could then focus on what goes on inside the classroom, the teacher-student interaction and the quality of education. Moreover, the public school system is the largest school system in Pakistan and it caters to the low-income strata of our society. So it was a nobrainer that this is where you get the most bang for your buck. Whatever resources we put in, we want them to have a high impact. What are the programs at pen and hoW are they funded? We adopted our first batch of schools in 2010 with over 6,000 students. Most of us are based in Lahore so naturally we started with the public schools located here. Three years later, we now have nearly 11,000 students and our schools are spread across Pakistan, as in Lahore, Karachi, Gujrat and Muzzafargarh. We have set a target of providing education to 1 million children by the year 2025.Basically, when we adopt a school, we begin collecting baseline data, student-teacher ratio, condition of the schools’ infrastructure, student exam results, teachers’ credentials, students’ reading and arithmetic skills, etc. It can also include hiring additional teachers to reduce the studentteacher ratio, which is proven by research to positively impact the delivery of education, and teacher training to improve the teachers’ pedagogical skills. In terms of infrastructure, our goal is to provide basic amenities, such as clean and cold drinking water, proper washrooms, properly lit classrooms and furniture. We also hire ayas in each school who clean the school premises twice daily. Most importantly, our monitoring and evaluation teams visit schools every day; this has the outcome of drastically reducing irregularities, such as teacher

absenteeism and poor teacher performance in the classrooms. Computer education is something we’re passionate about in PEN. With help of our partner organizations, like Parbat Foundation, we have established 6 computer labs. We plan to establish a computer lab in more schools this year. I have seen how our students, who have never used a computer before, have learnt to use Ms Word in just a few months. Computer science is being taught as a subject in our Middle schools as we have provided computer instructors and syllabus break-up to these schools. We also regularly organize cocurricular activities sports, debates, and quiz contests. This might appear pretty basic stuff to your readers but you have to understand that the public school system is completely broken. If you randomly visit a public school, you will find dilapidated infrastructure, absent teachers and lagging student achievement. Since 2010, we have seen a gradual improvement in PEN adopted schools, student enrolment has increased by 34 percent, student test scores on average have improved by 13 percent in PEC exams.Our main focus is on primary education, this is because it is proven by research that strong reading, writing, and arithmetic skills at primary-level are the most critical factor in a

student’s academic career. Initially, PEN was funded by the founders and their close friends. We invested our own resources as ‘proof of concept’ to improve education delivery in public schools through a more inclusive approach. With the success of our effort in Lahore, we have expanded to other regions in the country with the help of major corporations, such as Servis Industries in Gujrat and National Group in Sheikhupura. We have a ‘Good Neighbor Program’ where companies and individuals work with us to improve public schools in the vicinity of their homes or plants or offices. As we expand our presence throughout Pakistan, we will inevitably have to rely on companies and high networth individuals to join hands with us to address education emergency in Pakistan. 2.What do you think is the best thing about your organization? Let us look at all of our primary stakeholders one by one.If you’d ask a student of a PEN school, what is the best thing you like about PEN, I’m sure they are likely to mention the improvement in their school’s infrastructure, furniture and proper washrooms. They might also mention the sports activities, quizzes and debating competitions. I have seen students get especially excited

during the inter-school cricket matches and quiz competitions. If you’d ask a teacher, they are likely to mention the teacher training program. Our teacher training program is very comprehensive, which is held during the summer and winter holidays. Our master trainers come from LUMS, GC and University of Education. All our training programs have a very high attendance rate which goes to show that public school teachers are eager to learn about classroom management, child psychology and improve their subject competency.The Education Department officials appreciate our approach; they welcome frequent updates and improvements in academics. 3. hoW has pen changed since its founding? We are constantly evolving and expanding. Our goal is to provide educate to 1 million children by 2025 all over Pakistan. This is, obviously, an enormous challenge. What we have going for us is that the organizational structure, initiatives and our model has a high multiplier effect. We are currently in the process of setting up a database management system that will help us track academic records of each student in our schools. You see this is a continual process and we are working on it. Recently, PEN was certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy as a non-profit that adheres to best practices in internal governance, financial management and program delivery. We are also in the process of getting ISO certification. We are audited by Deloitte, one of the Big 4 audit firms in the world, and our audit reports are posted online. These measures ensure that we remain true to our core values, especially transparency. In fact, we are embracing the emerging trend of radical transparency, where we share all information with our stakeholders. Nothing is confidential. This helps to keep us on track. 4.What are your longterm goals? We are driven primarily by our goal to provide quality education to a million children by the year 2025. 5.What are some of the challenges or barriers on your Way to achieving your goal? We have the Good Neighbour Program which allows companies and individuals to sponsor schools in the vicinity of their residence or place of business. Last year, we signed an

agreement with Servis Industries in Gujrat. We identified 10 public schools near their plant and gave a detailed presentation to their management, who agreed to fund PEN intervention in those schools. We expect to begin seeing positive results in the next few months. We are hoping that student results average will begin an upward trajectory with every board exams.Our greatest challenge is to continue to find corporations and individuals who will join hands with us to impart quality education to the under-privileged. Another challenge for us is to manage and operate schools in remote locations and evolve an effective mechanism for monitoring and evaluation. To be honest, one of our continuing challenges is to train public school teachers. Right now, we provide them training during the holidays and then follow it up with monitoring and evaluation. Whatever feedback we gather from our Academic team is then shared with the teachers. But old habits die hard. With a series of measures, including offering incentives, we are beginning to see change and we hope to continue our endeavors to this end. 6.What is the hardest decision the organization has had to make recently, and hoW did you evaluate the tradeoffs involved? As I mentioned earlier, we hire teachers for our adopted schools with a shortage of teachers. Now given our budget constraints, we cannot afford to pay large salaries, and still not have to compromise on the quality of the teachers. The quality of education cannot exceed the quality of teachers in any school system. In the end, we decided to offer good salaries while cutting back on our expenditure for infrastructural works. In this regard, we need help from donors who can join this noble cause. 7. What do you, personally, spend most of your time on? I am an avid reader and conduct a fair amount of research on educational initiatives around the world to learn what may work in our scenario. In addition, I have recently finished writing a booktitled: Strategies of Prophet Muhammad (S). It explores Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) brilliant strategies which led a small movement in Makkah to expand to one of the largest empires spanning several continents. On the week-ends I love to play golf and do a bit of travelling.

PUNJAB’S INITIATIVE TO OVERCOME ENERGY CRISIS ATHER ALI KHAN In its bid to fulfill another electoral promise for serving the masses by reducing load-shedding of electricity, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has reserved six appropriate sites for establishing coal power generation plants in the province. Thus Government of Punjab has once again taken the lead in devising the strategy to overcome the acute energy crisis in the country by adopting practical measures and encouraging production of electricity in the province along with efforts to lower its cost of production. It is very unfortunate that during the past few decades, no concrete steps had been taken. Even any sound planning had also not been made to meet the future energy requirements of 180 million population of the country. Lack of vision at the part of our planners and deficiency of commitment among the executors has been the major reason of this situation that we are facing today. The prevailing energy crisis in Pakistan has not only decelerated our development but has also generated a number of socio-

economic problems like closure of industries, unemployment, disruption in supply of basic amenities of life and other such issues. The situation is so critical that shortfall of electricity rises up to 5000 Mega Watts in the summer season, thus aggravating the already miserable situation. More than 65 per cent of our total electricity is being produced through thermal generation. As a result of use of expansive furnace oil, the prices of electricity are always on the rise. This phenomenon, along with subsidies, inefficiencies and leakages in the power sector has resulted in intercorporate circular debt. Punjab is the major load center of country and consumes about 68% of entire national grid fed electricity. Protracted load-shedding has crippled civic life, agricultural production, industrial output and commercial activities in Punjab. In addition to law and order problem, it has also led to shut-down of cottage industry and shifting of enterprises leading to further unemployment. It is sad to note that power deficit has hampered economic growth leading to poverty and obscuring economic opportunities. High cost of power

generation results in consumer-end tariff which is not affordable for the majority of consumers. This has also adverse implications for competitiveness, as Pakistani producers cannot compete in the international market due to higher input costs. Government of Punjab has decided to earmark the sites for the establishment of coal based power generation plants. These sites would be offered to private sector through open, competitive and transparent process. The intention is to help private sector quickly install power plants thereby minimizing the power deficit. Private Sector would also be eligible to suggest other feasible sites, which would also be earmarked for the purpose, if found to be according to criteria. Given the prohibitive cost of oil, meeting energy needs, has become a challenge for both developed and developing countries. Every country is obliged to keep this subject on the top of its agenda. Pakistan is endowed with enormous reserves of coal in Thar, Lakhra and other places, but no serious effort had been made in the past to exploit these coal reserves and establish the coal-based


power plants. At the current growth rate, Pakistan will require 26,000MW by 2020 out of which around 10,000MW could be produced from coal. Primary objective of coal development projects is to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity to consumers using indigenous resources. Reliance on indigenous fuel and even imported coal-fired power plants will help save billions of dollars in foreign exchange, which are currently being spent on import of expensive RFO (Refined Furnace Oil). Pakistan is endowed with natural resources and minerals; if explored and utilized properly, it can become a selfreliant country and get rid of dependency syndrome. Weak economy, technical resource constraints coupled with flawed decisions of the inept governments in the past have brought the country to the present scenario. Pakistan’s power sector is at a development stage and needs massive investment; opportunities exist for foreign direct investment in energy sector. In the past, many a time it was suggested by experts to prepare a plan for gainful

exploitation of the huge coal reserves but some ‘vested interests’ were reported to have obstructed the plan. Government of Pakistan promulgated National Power Policy, 2013 to foster fast track development of electricity generation. The policy also provides guidelines for generating electricity from affordable energy resources. Power generation through coal has also been emphasized in the policy as this would rebalance the energy mix. All the federating units are expected to fast track energy projects in line with this Policy. Punjab has coal reserves which can potentially be used for power generation. Due to high sulphur and ash contents in Punjab’s coal, the choice of technology is limited; however, efforts are being made to harness the potential of these reserves. The coal available in Balochistan is quite suitable for power generation but its regularity and reliability of supply is not assured. The development of Thar coal is also likely to take some time. It is thus obvious that Punjab has to rely on imported coal to meet its growing power requirement.



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SHUTTER DOWN STRIKE observed in interior Sindh HYDERABAD



shutter-down strike was observed on Saturday in different towns of Sindh on the call of the Jeay Sindh Mutahidda Mahaz (JSMM) in protest against the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance and the statement regarding division of Sindh given by MQM chief Altaf Hussain. All the shops and business centres were closed in interior Sindh including the cities and towns of Larkana, Dadu, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Sehwan and Nawabshah while traffic on the roads remained thin. Shops and fuel stations were also closed in

COAST GUARDS SEIZE HUGE QUANTITY OF HASHISH KARACHI: The Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) seized large quantity of fine quality hashish from Naka Khari check post near Winder town (Lasbela disrict) of Balochistan. The PCG officials received information from intelligence sources about the smuggling of narcotics through RCD Highway. A special mobile patrolling team was constituted which carried out snap checking of the vehicles on the Highway in the area. A truck carrying coal approached the check post but stopped at short distance when driver observed the checking of vehicles going on. The driver and other person fled from the scene leaving the truck on the road side, said PCG release here on Saturday. During checking, the PCG officials recovered approximately 670 kilograms of fine quality of hashish from the truck. This was hidden in the specially made cavities of the vehicle and its estimated value in the local market is Rs 4,64,31000. The truck was coming from Quetta to Karachi. The truck and hashish has been taken into custody. Further investigations and legal process is being carried out by the PCG's special investigation team. APP

Naushero Feroze, Tando Mohammad Khan, Jamshoro, Mehar and other small towns of interior Sindh. However, a partial strike was observed in the second largest city of Sindh, Hyderabad, as business centres remained closed at Qasimabad, Hussainabad, Autobhan Road and Gull Centre, while the road traffic was also less than normal, besides traffic on Indus Highway and Super Highway was also hit by the strike causing great inconvenience to the citizens. The police arrested several workers of nationalist parties after a series of cracker blasts in interior Sindh and Karachi while around 13 SHOs were suspended over negligence. The strike call was given against the statements of the MQM chief Altaf Hussain who demanded the division of Sindh.


While the armed forces and civilians had suffered an irreparable loss at the hands of terrorist elements, certain political parties supporting the terrorists had not yet withdrawn their support to the militants, said Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain Saturday in a statement issued from the party's London Secretariat. The MQM chief made the statement in a veiled reference to the pro-dialogue parties like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N).

The ruling PML-N itself seems to have changed its mind from dialogue to the use of force only after recent deadly attacks by the Tehtreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on military and civilian installations killing army men, media persons, law enforcers, polio workers and civilians, the statement said. The PTI leaders, having been outspoken in the past, now seem to have decided to play safe on what a PTI provincial lawmaker said "sensitive" issue. "I can't comment on the MQM chief's statement until I go through it," said Muhammad Hafeezuddin, PTI's MPA in Sindh Assembly. He said given the "sensitive" nature of the issue of supporting talks with the Taliban, he would prefer to read the statement first and then comment. On the other hand, Altaf, unlike his past rhetoric, also was reluctant to name the perceivably pro-Taliban political

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parties against whom he wanted the federal government to make laws in the Parliament. The government, the MQM's selfexiled leader said, would have to undertake new legislation in the parliament against such political parties in order to make Pakistan a citadel of peace by eliminating these terrorists and their sympathisers. “We have already wasted considerable time in unnecessary discussions due to which the loss to life and property is increasing with each passing day. Hence, if the federal government and the armed forces take a decision to pull the country out of the prevailing crisis, it would be highly beneficial for the country.� Hussain said the country would suffer irreparable loss if the decision against handling terrorism by the federal government and the armed forces was delayed.


Two dead bodies were recovered on Saturday from Lasbela Pull in the metropolis, a private channel reported. According to the report, the victims had been kidnapped and subjected to torture before being shot dead. Meanwhile, Karachi Rangers arrested 22 suspects during a targeted operation in Karachi. More than 600 personnel of Rangers, including the anti-terrorism unit and lady soldiers, conducted an operation in SITE Metroville after sealing the entry and exit point of the area. As many as 22 suspects were held including members of a banned organisation. A large number of arms were also recovered from the arrested. Furthermore, heavy quantity of arms was also recovered from the suspects. On Friday night, two suspects were shot dead in a police encounter in Baghdadi area of Lyari. The suspects were affiliates of the Lyari gangs. Targeted operations are going on in Karachi on the directives of the federal government for controlling the crime rate and apprehending criminals involved in target killings, kidnappings, extortions, gang wars and terrorism.


Sunday, 26 January, 2014

NETHERLANDS WANTS MORE BUSINESS WITH PAKISTAN KARACHI: Dutch Ambassador Marcel de Vink has said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Netherlands have centred in the past 50 years on development cooperation. During a press briefing at a local hotel on “recent developments in bilateral trade, culture and human rights,” he said the main sectors among others were water management, good governance and education, adding now the focus was on trade instead of aid. The current trade was at about $ 800 million per year, roughly equally divided imports/exports, which was substantial, but Pakistan was the 6th largest country in the world with only a very small part of total Dutch trade, he commented. On the import side, Center for Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) works with Pakistan to make them more competitive, the ambassador said. They have had successes in automotive parts, surgical instruments, agriculture and have recently signed a MoU with Pakistani Business Support Organisations to jointly provide training and for capacity building, he added. Senior Experts Programme (PUM) carries out 40 short consultancy missions to Pakistani businesses per year. GSP+ expected to provide boost to imports from Pakistan, hopefully not only textiles, but also diversification into other product lines. The NL supported GSP+ from the beginning, and was pleased with the new status. Of course, this also entails responsibilities for Pakistan to keep pre-conditions and standards, he said. On the export side, their priority sectors were water, energy, logistics and agriculture, he averred, adding that last year they brought in a water expert mission and participated in the energy fair here. This year they would cooperate in the agriculture fair in Lahore. They were also looking to bring in a trade mission focusing on agriculture and water. Netherlands was also the 5th largest investor in Pakistan, he said. STAFF REPORT

ELECTION TRIBUNAL REJECTS PTI’S PETITION KARACHI: The Election Tribunal has rejected the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenging victory of MQM in NA-256 and demanding re-poll in the constituency. It may be recalled that PTI’s Zubair Khan had challenged the victory of MQM’s Iqbal Muhammad Ali after NADRA report that claimed thousands of votes could not be verified in the constituency. Talking to media, Zubair Khan said he would challenge Election Tribunal’s verdict in the Supreme Court. ONlINE

HYDERABAD: Policemen collect evidences from the site of cracker blast outside the GPO office. INP

iCAP lAunChes new eduCAtion sCheme, study PACks KARACHI



HE Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has launched its new “education scheme and chartered accountants: study packs.” This will prove another milestone and distinction of ICAP to revamp the study scheme of the Chartered Accountants aligned with latest developments of the modern world. While speaking at a seminar, ICAP President Naeem Akhtar Sheikh said on Saturday that said the ICAP had restructured

the Chartered Accountancy qualification by incorporating latest developments in curriculum and syllabus. The new structure would further equip the students to undertake the contemporary and forth coming challenges of business, finance and economy with more advanced knowledge and skills, he added. The new system had four tiers of CA qualification and each stage had stand-alone recognition. The computer-based examination of AFC and CAF stages were also being developed, he added. Specific Study Packs had been developed along with learning

outcomes and test bank, he said, adding this meticulously developed study material would assist students in preparing for the examination and facilitate the route to become resourceful business leaders. During the session, information was provided to the representative of RAETS (Registered Accounting Education Tutors). Moreover, other details covered in the session included new curriculum, examinations, exemptions and transition of the existing students into the new stream. The ceremony was attended by the ICAP council members, representatives of RAETs, Training firms and media personnel.

PROPERTY DISPUTE LEAVES 3 DEAD THATTA: As many as three persons were killed while another injured when armed men of two groups clashed over property on Saturday. Police said armed men belonging to two tribes hailing from Mawali Mori area of Thatta which were in enmity over a piece of a land exchanged hot words which led to firing. In cross firing, three persons were killed and another sustained serious wounds. Heavy firing and killing of three persons created panic and fear among the dwellers and they restricted themselves to homes. The police registered a case against armed men of both the groups and started raids for their arrest. INP

ATC RESERVES VERDICT IN WALI BABAR CASE SHIKARPUR: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday reserved its verdict over the jurisdiction of the court for hearing the Wali Babar’s murder case. During the proceedings of murder case, counsels of the accused said the case should be transferred to sessions court as it was not under the jurisdiction of ATC. However, the court reserved its verdict which would be announced on February 01. INP


A total of 345 postgraduates and graduates of Isra University Saturday received their degrees in the 11th academic convocation of the university. Isra University Chancellor Prof Dr Asadullah Kazi who presided over the convocation conferred degrees on postgraduates and graduates of the university in disciplines of medical sciences, dentistry, nursing vision sciences, physical therapy, management sciences, electronics, computer sciences, information technology, software engineering and telecommunications. Out of 345 recipients, 142 received degree for Bachelor in Medical Sciences, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy and vision sciences whereas and 45 received postgraduate degrees in different programmes of medical and allied medical sciences. In addition, 89 recipients received degree for Bachelor and 15 for Master in Business Administration, computer science, electronics, information technology, software engineering and telecommunications while eight MPhil degrees were awarded in management sciences.

Apart from that, one recipient also received the degree of PhD in Electronic Engineering. Prof Dr Asadullah Kazi also awarded gold and silver medals to outstanding students for securing positions in their relevant faculties and departments. According to details, Irrum Aftab, a graduate of MBBS programme received a gold medal in the faculty of medicine and allied medical sciences and she also received a silver medal in the division of basic sciences. Another graduate Quratul Ain Maqsood of BDS programme received gold medal in the faculty of dentistry and allied sciences while she also received silver medal in the division of basic sciences and AnushaRathi received a silver medal in clinical dental sciences. Besides, Muhammad Moizullah Khan, graduate of MBBS programme received a silver medal in the Division of Clinical Sciences; Dilshad Khatoon, graduate of BS (Nursing) programme received silver medal in the faculty of medicine and allied medical sciences, Suhail Wahab Khalil, graduate of BS (Vision Sciences) received silver medal in the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Medical Sciences and Mukhri Pasham Memon, graduate of DPT (Doctor of Physical Threapy) received silver medal in the Faculty of


Medicine and Allied Medical Sciences. In addition, Zainab Irfan, graduate of BS (Software Engineering) received gold medal in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology and also received a silver medal in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Syeda Ifra Naqvi, graduate of BBA programme received gold medal in the Faculty of Commerce,

Economics and Management Sciences and she also received silver medal in the Department of Management Sciences. Bilal Karim Mughal, graduate of BS (Telecommunication) programme received silver medal in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer. Besides faculty members and notables, parents and large numbers of students attended the convocation.


Sunday, 26 January, 2014

Govt committed Mobicash Making inroads to disinvesting IN THE ECOSYSTEM OF MOBILE PSEs, says Dar BANKING IN PAKISTAN

Directs PC to prepare summary for privatisation of Lakhra Project for approval by CCI

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar has reiterated that the government was committed to undertake the disinvestment of public sector entities (PSEs) in a transparent manner and shall fully protect the interests of the employees working in PSE’s. Disinvestment, he said, would be undertaken following due process and all legal formalities would be observed. He made these observations during a meeting with the Privatisation Commission at the finance ministry to review the progress in the disinvestment of PSEs. Privatisation Commission Chairman Muhammad Zubair briefed the finance minister on the status of various PSEs and the steps taken so far by the Privatisation Commission to disinvest them. The finance minister was informed that the Lakhra Coal Power Project had been cleared by Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) for disinvestment. The finance minister directed the Privatization Commission to initiate a summary for disinvestment of Lakhra Project for approval by the Council of Common interest (CCI) which is due to meet shortly. The meeting was attended by Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood, Advisor to the Ministry of Finance Rana Asad Amin, Secretary Privatization Commission Amjad Ali Khan and senior officials of the finance and Privatisation Commission. INP




HE Mobile Financial Services (MFS) markettoday stands miles from where it was in 2008 when the need of about 88% population for a formal stream of financial services in the country was not being met. The banking infrastructure was poor and offered little or no assistance especially to those who lived in remote areas. With no more than 10,000 bank branches that catered to a population of 180 million plus people, it does not come as a surprise that MFS built its way through over the counter transaction at the retail channels rapidly. The MFS industry banks on Pakistan’s incredible uptake of mobile services over the years with teledensity reaching a stellar 75% in 2013. Pakistan is now on its way to becoming a success story in the world in terms of adoption and usage of mobile banking services as well. At the moment there are six mobile financial services providers in the country who in the second quarter of 2013 only contributed a shocking

44.8 milliontransactions through mobile financial services with the through put of Rs. 173 billion. Mobilink and Waseela Microfinance Bank’s Mobicashis also contributing significantly to the MFS arena and has made its presence felt in the short span of one year of its existence through a multiplying retail network in the country. Mobicash has already become a force to be reckoned with its extensive retailer footprint and an overwhelming response rate for the over the counter (OTC) services. Unlike the trend in the market, Mobicash has consistently focused on increasing reach and accessibility to mobile financial services by building a robust network of over 25,000 retail partners in Pakistan to create the country’s fastest growing MFS retailer footprint for its customers. It is interesting to note that the Mobicash in a short span of time is the second largest in terms of the number of retailers in Pakistan. The question is; what does it do

to the MFS market to have an entrant like Mobicash? The entry of Mobicash is enabling an ecosystem of secure, reliable and trusted means of financial services which comes as the result of the brand equity that Mobilink brings as the largest telecom operator in the country. The entrance of Mobicash in the market adds to the possibilities of improving the economy, creating job opportunities and providing better access with trust to its consumers. The fast improving retail network will ensure the provision of MFS services to every nook and corner of the country and in-turn add significant share to the much needed financial services footprint in Pakistan. While speaking about the mobile financial services reach, Aniqa Sandhu, Head of Financial Services Mobilink, said, “Pakistan with an unbanked population of 85% is a vast market for MFS. We are far from saturation and the Mobicash team is filled with the vigor to take the reach

of mobile financial services to every part of our country. At this point in time, this is not about competition but about creating trust among the MFS users and increasing awareness of the products and services. While Mobicash has played the most aggressive part in this drive by creating the country’s second largest MFS network, it is imperative in the current scenario that the industry also works towards the mutual goal of providing inclusion to the under and unbanked and to encourage them to use proper means of transactions so that together we can play a positive role in the socio-economic growth of Pakistan.” Mobicash is currently offering both OTC and Mobile Wallets services. The biggest challenge for the industry right now is creating the trust in services other than OTC, especially within a population, 85% of which has never used a formal banking channel before. This requires a lot of commitment and a name that people can relate to and rely upon.

CORPORATE CORNER dubai islamic bank inaugurates new sabzi Mandi branch

KARACHI: Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited (DIBPL) inaugurated its New Sabzi Mandibranch in Karachi on 2nd January 2014. The New Sabzi Mandibranchwas inaugurated byMr. Wamiq Rizvi, COO DIBPL. Mr. Naveed Malik Distribution Head DIBPL, and members of the New Sabzi Mandi Association were also present at the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, COO DIBPL Mr. Wamiq Rizvisaid the inauguration of our branch at the New Sabzi Mandi Karachi shows Dubai Islamic Bank’s commitment to the long term prosperity of Pakistan by opening more branches to spread Islamic Banking nationwide.“Thisnew branchof DIB happens to be the only branch opened by any Islamic bank right in the middle of the New Sabzi Mandi Karachi, the largest wholesale market of fruits and vegetables in Asia. Besides, this new branch is, also the only branch in New Sebzi Mandi offering bank transfer (TT) services to any bank operating across the country. This unique feature of BIB’s New Sabzi Mandi branch will help cater to a significant number of businessmen, traders and commercial customers in this crucialarea”, Mr. Rizvi COO DIBPL said. PRESS RELEASE

of up to Rs. 10.0 Million with a 6.50% profit rate p.a., over Rs. 10.0 Million to Rs. 50.0 Million-the profit rate is 6.55 % p.a., over 50.0 Million to Rs. 100.0 Million-the profit rate is 6.60 % p.a., over Rs. 100.0 Million to Rs. 250.0 Million- the profit rate is 6.75% p.a., over Rs. 250.0 Million to Rs. 500.0 Million - the profit rate is 7.25% p.a. and over Rs. 500.0 Million – the profit rate is 7.50%. The notice deposits include a 7 Days’ Notice period with a 6.50 % profit rate p.a. and a 30 Days’ Notice period with an 6.50 % profit rate p.a. The Term Deposits include monthly and yearly tenors. The 1 month Tenor 6.50% at Maturity. The 3 months Tenor includes 6.50% profit at monthly intervals and 6.55% at Maturity. The 6 months Tenor includes monthly intervals of 6.55% profit, quarterly intervals of 6.59% profit and 6.75% at Maturity. The 1 year Tenor includes monthly intervals of 7.72% profit, quarterly intervals of 7.77% profit, six monthly intervals of 7.85% and 8.00% at Maturity. The 2 years Tenor includes monthly intervals of 7.86% profit, quarterly intervals of 7.93% profit, six monthly intervals of 8.01%, yearly intervals of 8.17% profit and 8.50% at Maturity. The 3 years Tenor includes monthly intervals of 7.59% profit, quarterly intervals of 7.64% profit, six monthly intervals of 7.72%, yearly intervals of 7.87% profit and 8.50% at Maturity. PRESS RELEASE

bok registered remarkable growth in 2013

shell Pakistan and daewoo Express have entered into a world-class partnership

soneri bank declares rates of profit for July – december, 2013 KARACHI: SONERI BANK LIMITED has declared its rates of profit for different types of PLS Deposits from July up to December, 2013. The Deposit category includes PLS Savings Account with a profit rate of 6.50% p.a., Soneri Sahara Account (Senior Citizens) with a profit rate of 7.75% p.a., PLS Soneri Savings Accounts with a Balance Threshold

lubricants partner of choice for leading fleet management companies like Agility Logistics, KKC Logistics, and now, Daewoo Express. Daewoo Express is the leading company with advanced and organized transport systems in Pakistan rendering transport facilities to the people of Pakistan over the last 15 years. Vehicle operators today are demanding more from their vehicles than ever before and breakdown of individual components can result in significant unscheduled downtime and high repair costs. By helping operators around the world adopt a pro-active approach to lubrication, Shell Lubricants is helping them reduce overheads and increase efficiency. At the signing ceremony, Shell Pakistan also pledged partnering with Daewoo for social investment and safety programs including free education for children of Daewoo Bus Service employees and safety trainings for Daewoo Express’s drivers. PRESS RELEASE

LAHORE: Shell Pakistan signed a contract with Daewoo Express for lubricants supply to the Daewoo fleet in Pakistan. The contract was signed by Chairman and Managing Director Shell Pakistan Limited and the CEO of Daewoo Express. Shell is the number one global lubricant supplier with a 70-year history of innovation. In Pakistan, Shell is the

LAHORE: The Bank of Khyber (BOK) has attained remarkable success for the period ended December 31, 2013. This includes crossing a milestone of 100 branch network. This was stated by Mr. Imran Samad, Acting Managing Director BOK while addressing the inaugural session of BOK Annual Business Conference-2014 in Lahore this morning. The conference was also attended by BOK Group Head Raast Islamic Banking Mr. Kamran Masood Khan, Group Head HRD Mr. Tariq Nasim, Group Head Operations Mr. Shabeer A. Sheikh, Group Head SAM & CAD Mr. Yaseen Chaudhry, Group Head Treasury & Investment Mr. Masood Wahidna, Bank’s Head Shariah Compliance Muhammad Asad, apart from Chief Managers, & Managers from all over the country. Mr. Imran Samad appreciated the efforts of branches in achieving the operational targets and advised the field staff to work more dedicatedly for obtaining these achievements during 2014. PRESS RELEASE


Sunday, 26 January, 2014





Get out there and take in a museum or a performance -- your energy demands cultural exposure, and there's just no denying it this time. You may have to create your own event.

You've got a lot going on in your head today -- so much so that it may get kind of confusing! Try not to read too much into the frenzy of ideas, as this is just your mind defragging itself.

This is a bad time to hang onto old ideas -- you need to look forward if you want to get anywhere. It's one of those days when you may be tempted to go it alone, but you need others by your side.




You need to deal with a service issue -- it may be a utility that's out of whack, or possibly your own service to someone else is in need of maintenance. Think it through and take care of business!

Your generosity is almost limitless today -- and you've got the energy to back it up! Try not to dip into your retirement fund, but the more you give, the better off you'll be in the future.

You are your own drill sergeant today -- and you may find that you start to resent how responsible you can be! Just tackle the important stuff and you can kick back and have fun soon.




Philosophical meanderings are good for the soul -- so your soul should be in excellent shape by the end of the day! Your mental energy is engaged with the biggest issues facing humanity.

Don't be too sure of yourself today -- cockiness is a serious risk for you. Things may get a little weird later in the day when you're tempted to make a bigger play than you can really afford.

You either make a new friend or take a current friendship to a new level today -- your energy is undeniable, and others are drawn to you. Romance may be in the air, but it's not your sole focus.







Nothing seems to be working out for you today -- but you still believe, don't you? If not, look elsewhere for inspiration, as you need to stick it out this time. Success is almost upon you!

You are feeling the social vibe today -- and you ought to be able to get your people to go along with you. It's a good time for you to throw a party or celebrate something small but wonderful.

Your supervisor at work (or teacher at school) doesn't seem to listen today -- so you may be better off keeping your opinions to yourself. This is short-lived, so take notes and get them at a better time.





How to play fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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Today’s soluTions

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chess solution


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sudoku solution

1 industrial action (3-2) 2 kind of lily (4) 3 plant with tuberous roots and showy coloured flower heads (6) 4 unexpected event (8) 5 sweet-smelling herb (7) 6 someone generating money for charity (4-6) 9 baffling jargon (5-5) 12 attack from a rapidly descending plane (4-4) 14 toy dog with long silky hair (4,3) 16 adelaide native? (6) 19 eighteen holes of golf (5) 20 measure of land (4)

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crossword solution

1 kind of antirrhinum (10) 7 lie (7) 8 the best (of the milk?) (5) 10 unpleasantly cold and humid (4) 11 alternative plant for generating electricity (4,4) 13 us state capital — old english car manufacturer (6) 15 completely (2,4) 17 vengeful (8) 18 official language of pakistan (4) 21 proportional relationship (5) 22 give in (to) (7) 23 plant swept along by the wind — wet elbe mud (anag) (10)

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Sunday, 26 January, 2014


Facebook has hit back at a controversial Princeton study that claimed it would 'die like a virus' and lose 80% of its users by 2015. Researchers at the social network say the study is fatally flawed - and turned it on Princeton to prove their point. Using the University's own method, it found Princeton would have no students by 2021. 'Like many of you, we were intrigued by a recent article by Princeton researchers predicting the imminent demise of Facebook,' they wrote. 'Of particular interest was the innovative use of Google search data to predict engagement trends, instead of studying the actual engagement trends. 'Using the same robust methodology featured in the paper, we attempted to find out more about this 'Princeton University' - and you won't believe what we found! 'In keeping with the scientific principle 'correlation equals causation,' our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely.' They also used the same logic to show the world will run out of air by 2060. 'We don’t really think Princeton or the world’s air supply is going anywhere soon,' they said. 'As data scientists, we wanted to give a fun reminder that not all research is created equal – and some methods of analysis lead to pretty crazy conclusions, they said in a blog post. NEwS dESk

CONGRESS STEALS MODI’S SLOGAN The Indian National Congress and its leader Rahul Ganshi have been subjected to ridicule thanks to the first ad of the Congress campaign being proven to have lifted a headline from a 2011 Narendra Modi campaign, which also said, "Main nahin hum." Just months before the crucial Lok Sabha (general) elections 2014 are to take place, the Congress party has launched a new advertisement campaign in which it featured its tag line as "Main nahin, hum" (Not I, We). In 2011, the opposition Bhartiya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had used same slogan “Main nahin, hum" during a camp in Gujarat. After watching Congress's ad, Modi sharply reacted to it by issuing a statement that they have


MarriaGe really DOeS Make yOu StrOnGer:

Husbands Have tougHer bones tHan tHeir single counterparts



T has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and better cancer survival rates. Now, a study has found that marriage is also good for a man's bones - but only if he marries after the age of 25. Researchers found that men in stable marriages or long-term relationships - who had not been divorced or separated previously - had stronger bones than men whose marriages had broken down. And those in stable relationships also had stronger bones than men who never married. But the age at which a man married was also a factor. Those who got hitched before the age of 25 had weaker bones than those who walked down the aisle later on. And the study, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, did not find the same link for women in long-term relationships. However, rather randomly, it did find that women with supportive partners had greater bone strength than those whose partners didn't appreciate them or were 'emotionally unsupportive'. Among men who first married prior to turning 25, the researchers found a significant reduction in spine bone strength for each year they were married before that age. 'Very early marriage was detrimental in men, likely because of the stresses of having to provide for a family,' said study co-author Dr. Arun Karlamangla, a professor of medicine. For instance, the authors said, those who marry young are likely to be less educated, leading to lower pay and more dif-



ficulty in making ends meet. This is the first time that marital histories and marital quality have been linked to bone health, said the study's senior author, Dr. Carolyn Crandall, a professor of medicine at UCLA. She said: 'There is very little known about the influence of social factors other than socioeconomic factors - on bone health. 'Good health depends not only on good health behaviours, such as maintaining a healthy diet and not smoking, but also on other social aspects of life, such as marital life stories and quality of relationships.' The researchers added the findings 'imply that we should not assume that marriage has the same health rewards for men and women'. 'Specifically, never marrying, and experiencing a divorce, widowhood, or separation are associated with poor bone health in men, whereas poor marital quality is associated with poor bone health in women.' The researchers used data from the Midlife in the United States study, which recruited participants between the ages 25 and 75 in 1995–96. Participants from that study were reinterviewed in 2004–05. The researchers also used bone-density scanners and looked at other factors factors that influence bone health, such as medications, health behaviors and menopause. The link between marriage and bone health were evident in the spine but not the hip, possibly due to differences in bone composition, the researchers said. COURTESY dAILY MAIL

Genetically-modified purple tomatoes heading for shops Genetically modified purple tomatoes may soon be available at the shelves as genetically modified purple tomatoes make their way to the United Kingdom for testing their purported health benefits. Developed in Britain, a large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first 1,200 litres of purple tomato juice ready for shipping. Their dark pigment gives tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries. The pigment which is known as anthocyanin is an antioxidant which could help fight cancer, according to studies based on animals. The tomatoes were developed at the John Innes Centre in Norwich where Professor Cathie Martin hopes the first delivery of large quantities of juice will allow researchers to examine its potential. "With these purple tomatoes you can get the same compounds that are present in blueberries and cranberries that give

them their health benefits - but you can apply them to foods that people actually eat in significant amounts and are reasonably affordable," she said. The tomatoes are part of a new generation of genetically modified plants de-

signed to appeal to consumers - the first types were aimed specifically at farmers as new tools in agriculture. The purple pigment is the result of the transmission of a gene from a snapdragon plant - the modification triggers a process within the tomato plant allowing the anthocyanin to develop. The first 1,200 litres are due to be shipped to Norwich shortly - and because all the seeds will have been removed, there is no genetic material to risk any contamination. Although the invention is British, Prof Martin says European Union restrictions on GM made her look for other options abroad to develop the technology. Canadian regulations are seen as more supportive of GM and that led to a deal with an Ontario company, New Energy Farms, which is now producing enough purple tomatoes in a 465 square metre (5,000sq ft) greenhouse to make 2,000 litres (440 gallons) of juice. COURTESY BBC

Working night shift can cause body chaos A new study conducted by the British researchers indicates that working night shift is strongly associated with body long-term damage and chaos. The researchers at the Sleep Research Centre in Surrey found that being awake causes a high scale, speed and severity of damage in body. They followed 22 people as their body was shifted from a normal pattern to that of a nightshift worker. The body analysis of participants uncovered a link between the night shift work and higher rates of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and cancer, according to the study published inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The night work disrupts the human body’s natural clock that has its own rhythm, tuned to sleep at night and be active during the day. "Blood tests indicated that normally 6% of genes with the instructions contained in DNA


were precisely timed to be more or less active at specific times of the day." The recent study demonstrated that the genetic fine-tuning was damaged in the volunteers who were working through the night. "Over 97% of rhythmic genes become out of sync with mistimed sleep and this really explains why we feel so bad during jet lag, or if we have to work irregular shifts," said one of the researchers at the University of Surrey, Dr Simon Archer. “Every tissue in the body had its own daily rhythm, but with shifts that was lost with the heart running to a different time to the kidneys running to a different time to the brain,” explained the fellow researcher Prof Derk-Jan Dijk. Negative side effects often show up after several years of shift work. These changes in rhythmic patterns of gene expression are likely to be related to some of those long-term health consequences, he elaborated. ONLINE

GOOGLE APOLOGIZES AFTER ONLINE SERVICES STUMBLE Google apologized after the Internet giant's widely used free email and an array of other services were disrupted by apparent software woes. "Earlier today, most Google users who use logged-in services like Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents found they were unable to access those services for approximately 25 minutes," Google engineering vice president Ben Treynor said in a blog post. "For about 10 percent of users, the problem persisted for as much as 30 minutes longer." Google did not disclose the full extent of the Gmail glitch but the brief outage was believed to have affected millions of people, including those using the service at work. Complaints were posted online from Europe, Canada, the United States and elsewhere. An online Google Apps tracking dashboard, which indicated that a dozen services -- including Gmail and its social network Google+ -- had experienced problems. "Whether the effect was brief or lasted the better part of an hour, please accept our apologies—we strive to make all of Google's services available and fast for you, all the time, and we missed the mark today," Treynor said. "The issue has been resolved, and we're now focused on correcting the bug that caused the outage, as well as putting more checks and monitors in place to ensure that this kind of problem doesn't happen again." Rival Yahoo, whose own Web-based email service experienced a massive outage in December, was quick to join a chorus on Twitter spreading word of the Gmail issue. Yahoo even tweeted a screen capture of a Google message apologizing for the problem. AGENCIES


sunday, 26 January, 2014


‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ to release on April 25 A


ctor Vijay raaz’s directorial debut ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ is all set to hit theatres on April 25. raaz, 50, best known for his memorable roles in Mira Nair’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’, ‘raghu romeo’ and ‘Delhi Belly’, is also starring in the film in a prominent role. the songs of the film are penned by poet-lyricist Gulzar, who also turns narrator for the 1948-set drama. Apart from raaz, the film’s cast include ‘oye Lucky Lucky oye’ actor Manu rishi, raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan. ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ is produced by Karan Arora of Picture thoughts Production.

Piggy Chops gets bruised by fans with razor blades Well you have read it right; Priyanka Chopra recently got stalked and bruised by her fans in London. Priyanka was in the city to launch the preview of her new single, I Can’t Make You Love Me. She also had to attend a press meet at the GUESS Store on Regent Street, London attended by hundreds of her fans and that’s where this incident happened. Post the event, Priyanka Chopra stated, “I have had a few stalkers, and a few people have cut me while shaking hands by hiding razor blades in their palms, but that doesn’t bother me.” The organisers did not predict such a huge turn out at the GUESS Store and so did not arrange for any security. But when they saw such a huge turn out and the frenzy of fans, Priyanka was advised to go out and stay in the store. Priyanka however wanted to interact with her fans and thus throwing caution to the winds went out to meet her fans where this incident took place. NEWS DESK

Arjun Rampal’s LAP in legal trouble

Government to incentivise film industry, says Pervaiz Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that the government is planning to give more incentives to the Pakistan film industry. Pervaiz Rashid said cinema industry has been given tax exemption and the government is planning to offer more incentives for cinema houses. Talking to representatives of film industry in Lahore‚ the information minister said that the prudent policies of the government will turn Pakistan into a social security and welfare state. While speaking to media in Lahore, he said every force will be used to establish writ of the government and the security of life and property of the people will be ensured at all costs. He said establishment of a tolerant and peaceful society is need of the hour. He said issues faced by the nation will be discussed in the forthcoming session of the National Assembly. NEWS DESK

It seems that the present times are not very conducive for Arjun Rampal, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. The latest is that the nightclub LAP, his ambitious venture in Delhi, has now run into legal problems. The India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) has now slapped him with a legal notice because he has apparently not cleared the outstanding rent of Rs 2 crores of LAP, which is stationed at ITDC’s Hotel Samrat, Delhi. Talking about the issue, Ateev Mathur (Arjun’s advocate) said that there were some issues pending of ITDC’s settlement of accounts w.r.t. LAP. He added that they are working on the same and were confident to resolve it amicably with ITDC. He also added that there could have been some errors in the accounting as well. NEWS DESK

Kristen stewart wants to shave off head and get it tattooed

Cannes to open with Yash Raj Films This will probably be the first ever International film by an Indian studio to open one of the five most important film festivals of the world. Produced by Yash Raj Films Entertainment, Nicole Kidman starrer GRACE OF MONACO, directed by the French director Olivier Dahan, will open the Festival de Cannes 2014. The world preview will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed ‘’the marriage of the century’’. Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, GRACE DE MONACO sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier. NEWS DESK

Kristen Stewart has revealed that she wants to shave off her head and get a tattoo, but added that she hasn’t yet decided on what design she wants. The ‘On The Road’ actress has to keep her long brunette locks for parts in movies, but if she had her way she’d sport lots of crazy hairstyles and colours, and has vowed to cut it all off one day. She said that if she wasn’t an actor, she would definitely do things to her hair, like cut it more and dye it more. At some point, she said that she wants to do a total boy cut, completely - “not a pretty, girly version like a straight up James Dean haircut”. She added that she is definitely going to shave her head and get it tattooed before she dies. NEWS DESK

Welcome Salman Khan’s family to Twitter This Khan family of Bollywood is known for its magnanimity and warm hospitality. Friends and well wishers of this Khandaan say that the door of their house remains open and anyone can dine with them even without an invite. Salman Khan, whose latest- ‘Jai Ho’- that released Friday, has an ocean of fan following. His family is one cohesive unit and has always stood by the superstar during the toughest of times. So, family means a lot to each member of this Bollywood pariwar. His sister, Arpita took to Salman’s Twitter account to welcome her sister-in-law (Seema Khan, wife of Sohail), her brother-in-law (Atul Agnihotri, husband of Alvira Khan) and nephew (Nirvan Khan, son of Sohail Khan) to the micro-blogging site. NEWS DESK

FILMFARE AWARDS: DEEPIKA, FARHAN WIN BEST ACTRESS, ACTOR AWARDS NEWS DESK Legendary athlete Milkha Singh’s biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was the big winner on Friday night at the 59th annual Filmfare awards. the inspiring film bagged maximum awards including Best film, best director award for rakeysh omprakash Mehra and the Best actor award for the multi-talented Farhan Akhtar who literally transformed himself to play Milkha Singh on the big screen. 2013 belonged to Deepika Padukone and there were no two opinions on who would take the best actress trophy home. Padukone won it for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon Ki rasleela ram leela’ . Veteran actress Supriya Pathak, who played Deepika’s mother in the film , won the Best supporting actress award. While Best supporting actor award went to Nawazuddin

Siddiqui for his endearing performance in ‘the Lunchbox’. the film, which was blatantly ignored by the jury while sending India’s entry to oscars in 2013, got the Filmfare nod on Friday night. ritesh Batra,the director of the film, won two direction awards for his film. the soulful music of ‘Aashiqui 2’ was adjudged as the best as it fetched its composers Jeet Gan-

guly, Mithoon and Ankit tiwari the Best Music award beating veterans like ShankarEhsan-Loy and Ar rahman who were nominated in the same category. Best Playback Singer (Male) went to Arijit Singh was ‘tum Hi Ho’ from ‘Aashiqui’ while Monali thakur got Best Playback Singer (Female) for ‘Sawaar Loon’ from ‘Lootera’. Southern superstar Dhanush was awarded the Best Debut (male ) award for his charismatic performance in ‘raanjhanaa’ while Vani Kapoor got the Best Debut (female) award for ‘Shuddh Desi romance’. Actress tanuja received the Lifetime Achievement award. Proud daughters Kajol and tanishaa cheered the loudest and the actress went up the stage to receive the award from Amitabh Bachchan. the show was hosted by Priyanka chopra and ranbir Kapoor and had performances by ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Katrina Kaif.



Sunday, 26 January, 2014

Siriwardene fifty gives SL first win of the tour Sri Lanka Women 148 for 7 (Siriwardene 52, Gayakwad 3-24, Dabir 2-23) beat India Women 147 for 3 (Raj 67, Kaur 40*) by three wickets

PYF is talk of the province




HE Punjab Youth Festival 2014 had a thrilling and stimulating day on Saturday throughout the province when 104,000 players of different ages and sects of society assembled at various venues to compete for the top honour but success was 24600’s beacon. In Wahga Town, 103 players took the honour out of the 582 winners and with this success they will now play in the next round of the festival. In hockey, Waleed Xi defeated Imran XI and in wrestling, Usman Pahlwan overpowered Waqas and Shoaib outclassed Hameed. In Aziz Bhatti Town, 404 players turned out for the competitions and luck favoured 28 players. Zohaib, Javed, Khurrum and Mansoor took the first four positions while the badminton event was taken by Ali Farooq and Akhtar Bashir won the bodybuilding contest and Arshad Ali was runner-up. In Ravi Town there was an influx of a large number of people where1313 players contested in various events and 46 won their titles with an opportunity to compete in the next round. Heroes and Tri Stars won their respective hockey matches while in wrestling, Bashir Ranja and Kalu Pahlwans won their bouts. In Data Ganj Bakhsh Town, 319 came for

competitions and 23 won their games. Rafiq Ali, Ahsan and Tariq Feroze won the bodybuilding competitions while Kaleen and Nazir lifted the weightlifting titles. In Samanabad Town, 319 took to the ground and win went to 23 players. Haseeb XI won over Hassan XI and Yasir XI overpowered Hanif XI in hard ball cricket. Dilbar Khan was the winner in weightlifting while Khurrum Butt was declared Mr Samanabad in bodybuilding. In Iqbal Town, 82 contested in various events and 25 came out smiling. In tug of war, Nazir Club beat Mushtaq Club while Younus XI prevailed over Akbar XI in cricket hard ball. In Nishtar Town, two players won from among 40 participants. Meanwhile in other tehsils of various districts of the province similar enthusiasm was seen. In Lahore division’s Sheikhupura, Kasur, and Nankana Sahib Districts where 26264 players figured in various events and 1791 were declared winners. In Rawalpindi division’s Chakwal, Attock, and Jehlum districts there were around 16520 participants and win went in favour of 1228. In Bhakkar, Khushab and Mianwali districts of Sargosha division, 18888 participants took to the grounds and 5907 won their respective matches. In Hafizabad, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin and Narowal districts of

Gujranwala division, 4708 took part in various events and 1338 were smiling. In Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chiniot districts of Faisalabad Division, a total of 4527 players came for competitions and 1647 won their games. In Okara and Pakpattan districts of Sahiwal division, 5529 mungled against each other and 896 came out thumping. In Vehari, Lodhran and Khanewal districts of Multan division, out of 6247 players, 2450 were the winners. In Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan Districts of Bahawalpur division, 6247 won out of 13401 participants while in Rajjanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh districts of Dera Ghazi Khan, 2463 participated in various competitions and 420 were adjudged winners. SADDIQUE WINS MINI MARATHON: Muhammad Saddique won the mini marathon race held in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 at Ravi Town in which round 1200 athletes participated. According to the results Muhammad Saddique won the first position followed by Muhammad Faisal and Zeeshan. MPA Ghazali Butt was the chief guest of the race which started from Jahangir Tomb and ended at Shahdara Sports Complex and he distributed shields among the winning

athletes. Addressing the gathering the chief guest said that Punjab Sports Festival was the best stage for the youth to show their skills. He said that CM Punjab was providing opportunities the youth to progress in every field. WOMEN ROCK LAHORE DIVISION ATHLETICS: A large number of male and female students took part in the Lahore Division’s athletics competition held in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival at Punjab Stadium on Saturday. Sajid Ali won the 800 meter boys race, Muhammad Bilal was second while Tauseef ur Rehman claimed the third position. In 1500 meter race Abbas Ali was the winner followed by Muhammad Ali and Ali Kamran. Shot Put event was won by Waleed Asif, Abdullah Saleem gained the second position and Muhammad Faisal was third. Nadeem Akhtar was victorious in the Javelin Throw, Sajid Ali remained second and Adeel Ahmad clinched the third place. Nabeela Amjad won the 100 meter race in the Sports Sector Secondary School Athletics event, Samina Akram claimed second position. In 200 meter race Nabeela Amjad was the winner while Kaneeza Fatima was second. Shazia Maqsood was victorious in the Long Jump followed by Fareeha. In Javelin Throw Noor Fatima was the winners and Uzma took the second place.

SPORTS DESK Sri Lanka Women turned their form around after being whitewashed in the ODI series, with a three-wicket win over India Women in the first of the three T20s, in Vizianagaram. Chasing 148, Sri Lanka reached the target off the penultimate ball with the help of their captain Shashikala Siriwardene’s fifty. Asked to bat, India’s openers started strong by putting on 71 in just over 10 overs when Anagha Deshpande was run out for 21. An in-form Mithali Raj was joined by Harmanpreet Kaur as they scored 67 in the next seven overs to take them close to 150. Raj fell for 67 off 47, which included nine fours and two sixes, but Kaur was unbeaten on 40 off 29. India could score only seven runs in the last two overs which kept them to 147 for 3. Sri Lanka started briskly but they lost their top three by the seventh over. At 43 for 3, Siriwardene held the innings together with a stand of 37 with Oshadi Ranasinghe, who scored 19 off 17. Sri Lanka wobbled further when Ekta Bisht took two wickets in the 14th over to put Sri Lanka at a precarious 94 for 6. Needing another 54 from 37, Sri Lanka were ushered home as Siriwardene scored 52 off 39 and though she was dismissed in the penultimate over, the visitors reached the target with a ball to spare.

Fakhar, Zeena Jaffar declared healthy babies LAHORE STAFF REPORT

A tehsil level healthy baby contest, in connection with Punjab Youth Festival 2014, was held at District Population Welfare Office, Ferozepur Road, Lahore on Saturday. The healthy babies of Nishtar Town, Aziz Bhatti Town and Allama Iqbal Town took part in the keenly-contested competition. Fakhar Ali was declared the well-built child of the Nishtar Town contest followed by Aleeza Azam. The top position of Aziz Bhatti Town contest went to Zeena Izhar while second position was taken by Mahnoor. Jaffar Abbas won the first position while Wali Muhammad remained runners up in the Iqbal Town healthy baby contest.

Mani slams ‘Big Three’ proposal SPORTS DESK


HSAN Mani, the former ICC president, has delivered a stinging critique of the finance and governance draft proposal put forward by the boards of India, Australia and England, declaring the document should be subject to independent review. He charged the BCCI, CA and ECB with “completely undermining the integrity and standing of the ICC”. Describing the process by which the proposal was drawn up in secret and then presented to the other Full Member nations as an indicator of “serious weaknesses in ICC’s governance”, Mani raised numerous concerns about the proposal itself, particularly its financial modelling for the next eight years and assumptions about how much money an individual board or country is worth to the game as a revenue-raiser. He also implored the ICC’s executive board to look again towards the Woolf Report, the 2012 independent review of ICC governance that was largely ignored after the BCCI rejected its recommendations, many of which have been

contradicted by the new proposal. “The Paper raises serious governance issues including lack of transparency and conflict of interest,” Mani wrote in a 13-page statement about the proposal. “The authors of the Paper (BCCI, ECB and CA) benefit significantly in financial terms from their proposals and promote their own self-interests. “BCCI, ECB and CA say in the Paper that they will provide greater leadership and stability to the ICC and its Members. In return they ask the Members to hand over powers of the ICC Board to them. They do not demonstrate how they will do this in any meaningful way. They do, however, plan to make significant financial gains for themselves and completely control the workings of the ICC to the exclusion of the other members. “The Position Paper of the Working Group should be withdrawn and referred to an external independent panel to review and comment on. BCCI, CA and ECB should have no part in this process or subsequent discussion on this matter as they are clearly conflicted.” Mani, who served as ICC president from 2003 to 2006 after beginning

his involvement with cricket’s governing body in 1989, was aggrieved by the manner in which the proposal was drawn up by the BCCI, CA and ECB, and then sprung on the rest of the Full Members with the demand that it be voted on almost immediately. “The Directors, President, Chief Executive and management of the ICC have had no role and

input in, or knowledge of the preparation of the Paper even though it comes from a working group of the ICC Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee,” Mani wrote. “It also appears that some members of the F&CA Committee were not invited to join in the discussions leading to the Paper and were not even aware of the discussions taking place. “Full Members were summoned to a meeting in Dubai on 9 January 2014 and presented with this Paper. From all accounts it appears that the President and the Full Member directors of the ICC had no prior knowledge of the contents of the Paper and the President had no role in convening the meeting; he was ‘invited’ to the meeting by the BCCI, ECB and CA although it was a meeting of the F&CA working party of his Board. No Associate or Affiliate member director was invited to the meeting. “The Three Boards have completely undermined the integrity and standing of the ICC, its President and the Board of Directors in promoting their own agenda without due and proper discussion by the Board. Clearly, the right stan-


dard of Boardroom behaviour is not seen to be in place.” Looking closely at the new financial order suggested by the proposal, Mani took serious issue with the premise on which it has been based. “The [revenue distribution] proposal put forward in the Paper is fundamentally flawed,” he wrote. “It assumes that the members have proprietary interest in the money their countries’ economies generate for ICC events. The fact is that broadcasters buy cricket rights because it appeals to their customers, drives subscriptions and advertising revenues. “Similarly, sponsors use cricket to promote their goods and services. While the values are generally greater when the broadcaster’s country is playing, not all of this can be attributed to the individual country’s Board. The quality of the opposition has a great bearing on the value Boards receive for their media rights. A strong case could be made that the broadcast revenues for bilateral home and away series between two members should be pooled and shared equally. “While there would be a significant reduction in the value of the ICC Commercial Rights if India did not

participate in an event; it would not be a reduction of 80% of ICC revenues. The Indian broadcasters would still wish to broadcast ICC Events. There would be a relatively greater impact, than the values attributed to Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies in the Paper if these three countries did not participate in an ICC event. From discussions with broadcasters, if a World Cup was held without Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies ICC revenues for the event could be reduced by 30%40%.” Mani’s background in chartered accounting and corporate governance, via numerous board directorships, served him well at the ICC, when he took a major role in growing television revenue through his post as the head of the ICC’s Finance and Marketing Committee from 1996 to 2002. He is a known advocate for growing the game into new markets such as the United States and China. The proposal, which is believed to have undergone some minor adjustments since its draft version was reported on, has been lodged with ICC executive board members and will be debated and voted upon at their next meeting on January 28-29.


Sunday, 26 January, 2014

Png, Hong kong Seek firSt world CuP SPot a


thrilling last day of the group stage provided a jolt to the World Cup Qualifier standings: while Canada’s demise to Scotland was consistent with their overall form over the last few years, Netherlands’ failure against Kenya was shocking and could have seismic consequences for their semi-professional structure. Finishing outside the top six for Canada and Netherlands may result in a significant reduction in ICC development funding from the governing body’s high performance programme. Another ripple effect is the potential loss of sponsors due to the lack of exposure from not advancing to the World Cup, something each team had accomplished on three straight occasions. Thursday’s results also open up a strong possibility that there will be at least one and perhaps two first-time participants at the 14-team event in Australia and New Zealand next year. Each of the six teams advancing will now play three games in the Super Sixes phase beginning on Sunday. The three teams in Group A will play crossover games with the three that advanced from Group B. All teams carry forward points from the group stage that were gained against the other teams that have advanced with them to the Super Sixes. Here is a look at each of the remaining six teams’ chances of qualifying for the 2015 ICC World Cup. PaPua New GuiNea: The Barramundis look quite set to lock up their first ever World Cup berth and the first one for a team from the ICC’s East Asia-Pacific region. The catalyst for success has been opener Lega Siaka, who has two hundreds and a fifty to go along with a tournament average of 147. PNG carry four points forward from group play, the only team to do so. They also have the best net run rate of the six teams advancing at +1.983, including a massive +1.521 advantage over the next best team, Scotland. If they sweep their Super Six games against Scotland, UAE and Hong Kong, they’ll automatically clinch a World Cup berth. Even if they win two out of three, it will probably

still be enough considering the net-run-rate tiebreaker advantage they enter with. ScotlaNd: After a first-day loss to Hong Kong, Scotland rebounded impressively to go 3-1 in Group A, culminating in a 170-run stomping of Canada. Opener Calum MacLeod is the tournament’s leading scorer with 345 runs in four innings, including a pair of centuries. Of the four teams on two points entering the Super Sixes, Scotland enjoys the best net run rate with +0.462. That puts them +0.512 ahead of Hong Kong and +0.859 ahead of the UAE. At the very least they’ll need two wins to give themselves a chance of advancing to the final, while three wins would almost certainly clinch a spot. HoNG KoNG They were 3-0 in Group A before losing to the UAE on Thursday. Had that result been reversed, Hong Kong would have carried four points forward to the Super Sixes and restricted UAE to zero moving into the next stage. Instead, they essentially conceded what could have been a sizeable advantage on everyone except Papua New Guinea and now sit third on the Super Sixes table. They are sand-

wiched between Scotland and UAE on two points, with a net run rate of -0.050. Fast bowler Haseeb Amjad is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 13 at 12.92. UAE have also had excellent contributions from allrounder Irfan Ahmed with a century and two fifties, making him the team’s leading scorer with 265 runs at 132.50. Arguably, they match up better with Namibia, PNG and Kenya than Scotland do and are capable of producing the heavy wins needed to stay in the hunt to reach their first World Cup. uae: UAE would still have advanced into the Super Sixers had they lost to Hong Kong, but the 22-run victory ensured they moved into the next stage with points on the board and simultaneously diminished Hong Kong’s advantage. With both teams on two points each, that victory could prove crucial to their progress in the tournament. UAE’s net run rate is now -0.397, not an insurmountable difference to make up with Scotland and Hong Kong but not an easy one either. Khurram Khan, 42, has had a profitable tournament with the bat, notching three half-centuries in four innings. The

UAE captain must keep up that scoring pace in the Super Sixes to give his team the best chance of securing a World Cup berth. Namibia: Gerrie Snyman’s impact on the tournament cannot be understated. After a year out of the national team, he scored a run-a-ball 74 on his return in a 91run win over Netherlands in Namibia’s first match of the tournament. That result went a long way towards securing Namibia’s qualification for the second round, and preventing Netherlands from advancing further. On the flip side, Namibia’s final-day loss to PNG produced a double-whammy. Not only did it prevent them from carrying four points forward to the Super Sixes, but with PNG overhauling the target in 25 overs, Namibia’s net run rate plummeted and now sits at -1.125. They are significantly behind not only PNG but also the three other teams who carried two points forward and will need to register three convincing wins to have any chance of finishing among the top two and qualifying for the World Cup. KeNya: They may be on the wane, but for at least one day Kenya turned back the clock to the country’s golden era with an audacious chase on the final day of group play against Netherlands. With their backs to the wall, Kenya not only beat the pretournament favourites but won the race against time to reach the target of 266 with enough overs remaining to pass Netherlands on net run rate, keeping their World Cup qualification hopes alive while eliminating the Dutch from contention. Regardless of how the stage goes for them, Irfan Karim has shown Kenya is still capable of developing talent. The 21-yearold spearheaded the chase against the Netherlands with 108 while former captain Collins Obuya has played with more freedom since relinquishing the reins and currently is the highest scorer for the team in New Zealand with 215 runs including one century and a fifty. Kenya’s chances of finishing in the top two are remote with zero points carried forward from the group stage. They will need wins over Scotland, UAE and Hong Kong plus several favorable results in the other games in order to somehow finish in the top two.

LI BEATS CIBULKOVA TO CLAIM SECOND GRAND SLAM SPORTS DESK China’s Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday. Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old struggled on serve and battled an errant forehand in a tight first set, before finding her range in devastating fashion to become the oldest woman to win at Melbourne Park. Cibulkova gave up two match-points when the Slovakian pushed a backhand long and saved one of them when Li did likewise, but the 20th seed crumbled on the second to give the Chinese her second grand slam title after winning the 2011 French Open. Asia’s first grand slam singles winner, Li raised her arms in triumph and after shaking hands with her opponent, went straight to her section of the players’ box to embrace her coach Carlos Rodriguez and members of her entourage. “Finally I got her (the trophy), last two times was very close,” the beaming fourth seed said at the trophy ceremony. “Congrats to Dominika, she had a great tournament. Max my agent, makes me rich, thank you. Thanks for Carlos, who always believed I could do it. We worked so hard in the winter. “Thanks to my husband, now so famous in China, (my) hitting partner, fixes the drinks, fixes the racquets... You do a lot a lot of jobs. Thanks a lot, you are a nice guy. You were lucky to find me.” The pint-sized Cibulkova, who won plenty of admirers at Melbourne Park after

upsetting Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to the final, scrambled hard but was simply overpowered by Li’s crunching groundstrokes in the second set. “These were just the most fantastic two weeks of my life and I think I’m going to cry,” the 24-year-old said. “I would like to congratulate Li Na, she had a fantastic tournament, she deserves to be here as a winner.” After a nervous start for both players, Li was the first to settle and unleashed a blistering backhand down the line to gain a break point in the opening game against her feisty opponent, who promptly double-

faulted on the next point. Under pressure from the counterpunching Cibulkova, Li notched two double-faults in a row to be broken back in the sixth game and the Slovakian then held with a big serve to move 4-3 ahead. Li broke Cibulkova for a second time in the 11th game and had a set point on serve at 6-5 but the 20th seed survived to take the opener into a tiebreaker. The temperamental Chinese found her range in time to march to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak but Cibulkova marshalled her defences with aplomb, scrambling to chase down everything and pulled back to 5-3.


Li then blasted a huge return to earn three more set points but only needed one of them when Cibulkova netted a backhand. Once the first set was in the bag, Li appeared far more at ease and wound up a huge forehand down the line to bring up an early break point in the second and was soon 2-0 ahead when Cibulkova pushed long. Growing in confidence, Li began to swing at everything and broke Cibulkova again to lead 4-0 before completing an emphatic victory in her third attempt at Melbourne Park, the grand slam venue she has long described as her favourite.

Cibulkova Confident of winning grand Slam one day

SPORTS DESK Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova is confident she can win a grand slam title one day as her run to the Australian Open final showed she can adapt her game to all surfaces. The 24-year-old, the first Slovakian woman to reach a grand slam singles final, was beaten 7-6(3) 6-0 by China’s Li Na in the final on Saturday. But having taken Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska out en route, the 20th seed said she was knocking on the door. “I’m 24 years old and I have already played in a grand slam final,” she told reporters. “I feel like my game is there to challenge the biggest names and to beat them, so why not (win a grand slam)? “When you play a grand slam final, it’s a big step. I’m ready to take it. I was waiting for this for a long time. Now I want to do 100 percent to keep it up. “It changes the way you see yourself. Now I know I’m 100 percent sure I can do it. I get so much confidence from this tournament. “I don’t want to see it as a pressure. I want to keep going like that. I already did well before at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, so I can play on every surface.” Extended highlights: Li beats Cibulkova in final Enjoy the best of the action from the 2014 Australian Open women’s singles final, as Li … Cibulkova looked a little tight early on but after falling an early break down at 3-1, she levelled at 4-4. With Li making uncharacteristic mistakes on her forehand, Cibulkova saved a breakpoint to lead 5-4 and even when she was broken for 6-5, she hit right back to force a tiebreak. But former French Open champion Li, the fourth seed, lifted her game to win the tiebreak 7-3 and then eased through the second set to clinch the title. Cibulkova said Li’s greater weight of shot made the difference. “She was the one who was dictating the game,” she said. “My serve wasn’t really working, so she could push me from the first balls and I was under pressure all the time. “Sometimes I caught myself running one metre behind the baseline. That’s not how I play. This is why she was better.” Cibulkova said the disappointment of not making more history for her country was outweighed by her efforts over the past two weeks. “Maybe tomorrow morning I will be 100 percent proud of myself,” she said, with a smile. “But now it’s just maybe like 50 percent. “It was my first grand slam final and I’m just proud with the way I handled it. “I wanted to play my best tennis (but) it wasn’t easy against her because she was playing extremely well. So I’m quite happy.”


Sunday, 26 January, 2014


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nadal win may intensify ‘all-time greatest’ debate SPORTS DESK


AFA Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday’s Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish lefthander the third man to win all four Grand Slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, and also draw him level with Pete Sampras on 14 career Major titles. It would also leave him three behind Wawrinka’s compatriot Roger Federer, who Nadal beat in the semi-finals, and would no doubt generate another round of debate as to who can justifiably be called the greatest player of all time. “Is there one greatest player of all time?” Sampras replied when asked by reporters if Nadal or Federer could be labelled with that mantle. “I believe when you look at the history of the game, each decade has their player. “Certainly Roger has been the best player for the last 10 years. Rafa is up there

with him. (Novak) Djokovic is pushing. So it’s really hard to say. “Rafa has won all the Majors, he’s been number one. You could argue that he’s well up there. If he plays the next four or five years, he could have 17, 18 Majors. “Let’s just appreciate what we’re watching. It’s hard to compare the numbers and the eras where we all did our thing.” Both sides have a strong case in the Nadal v Federer debate. Fans of the Swiss suggest Nadal’s record is skewed by his claycourt dominance over the years, while the Spaniard’s supporters point to his 23-10 head-tohead record over Federer. If Nadal does beat Wawrinka, however, it is inevitable the question will be asked whether he can achieve what no man has done since Laver in 1969 and win a calendar Grand Slam. Few would bet against him winning his ninth French Open title in early June. He has lost just one match - to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 - at the claycourt Grand Slam since 2005. And the manner in which he accounted

for 17-times Grand Slam winner Federer, who had looked back to his fluid best at Melbourne Park after a dismal 2013, suggests he will be hard to beat at Wimbledon and the US Open. Nadal, who has played the tournament with strapping across his left hand due to a painful blister, is only focused on the challenge posed by the 28-year-old Wawrinka. “He’s playing better than ever ... he’s a player that is ready to win against everybody,” Nadal said. “If I don’t play my best tennis ... I don’t have (a) chance to beat him.” Nadal holds a 12-0 career record over Wawrinka but he has every reason to be concerned about the challenge from the quietly spoken Swiss, who has found a new level of consistency and seems confident he can reach the upper echelon of the men’s game. He pushed Djokovic to five-sets in both the Australian and US Open last year the latter was in his first Grand Slam semi-final - which capped off a year in which scored eight wins against top-10 opponents, the third-best total on the ATP

Tour. Wawrinka started 2014 by winning his fifth career title at Chennai and then beat world number two Djokovic, again in five sets, in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park, ending a 14-match losing streak to the Serb. He handily beat seventh Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals. “I saw him play against Novak. I saw him play against Berdych. He’s playing great,” Nadal said. “He’s serving unbelievable. He’s hitting the ball very strong from the baseline. “If I am not able to play my best, I think I will not have chances because he’s coming to this match with a lot of victories and playing great.” Wawrinka said his past record against Nadal had not entered his thoughts and he was heading into his first Grand Slam final with a lot of confidence. “The record is not what I’m looking (at). That’s what is it against Rafa (and) I don’t care about having lost 14 times. “But I (had) some good match last year against him, close ones ... (and) I have more confidence in myself. “I know that when I go on court I can beat almost everybody, even in the big stage.”

Ben Stokes believes he revels in a confrontational atmosphere after being at the centre of a heated exchange with James Faulkner at the WACA. Stokes, who has been one of the few encouraging performers during an awful tour, played a key all-round role as England finally secured a victory on the trip, scoring 70 at No. 3 then claiming 4 for 38 to leave Australia well short. It was his third wicket that sealed the contest for England when he had Faulkner caught behind, and after Faulkner’s spectacular matchwinning effort in Brisbane there was understandable relief from the England players and none more so than Stokes who had suffered at the Gabba. He shouted in the direction of Faulkner as he walked off and the umpires stepped in to calm the situation although by Saturday afternoon there had been no indication that Stokes would suffer any punishment. “It was nothing worse than I’ve been getting all one-day series,’’ he said. “I’m always competitive and I’m always up for the fight. I always want to be involved. I want to try and influence the result for whatever team I’m playing for.’’ Despite his treatment by Faulkner in Brisbane, when Stokes bowled the penultimate over of the match and was taken for two sixes, he had no second thoughts about operating towards the end of the innings again and actually insisted to Alastair Cook that he wanted the job. “I think he knows that I want to that,’’ he said. “We chatted about it and I said: ‘Yeah, I want to bowl at the end’. I’ve done that role for Durham in the one-day stuff over the last few years. It’s not like I’m not used to it. “This time I’ve got wickets, last time I did that it didn’t go so well. It can go one way or the other. I really wanted to change the way that went and made sure we got over the line.”

GERRANS RECLAIMS TOUR DOWN UNDER LEAD ON PENULTIMATE STAGE SPORTS DESK Simon Gerrans edged towards victory at the Tour Down Under after reclaiming the overall lead on stage five. The Australian will now take a one-second lead over compatriot Cadel Evans into Sunday’s final stage as he seeks to become the first man to win the race three times. Gerrans, who won the race in 2006 and 2012, finished the 51.5-kilometre ride from McLaren Vale to Willunga in third, crossing the line behind Diego Ulissi of Lampre in second and stage winner Richie Porte of Team Sky. With former Tour de France winner Evans coming in sixth on the day, Gerrans toppled his fellow Australian from top spot on the general classification and is well-placed for overall victory ahead of Sunday’s final stage, which comprises eight laps of a 4.75km circuit around central Adelaide. Porte broke clear with 2km remaining of the Old Willunga Climb to claim his first victory of the race, the 2014 World Tour season curtain-raiser. Meanwhile Gerrans, along with Ulissi, managed to accelerate away from Evans near the end of the stage, with the Orica GreenEDGE rider reclaiming the lead that he ceded to Evans after the second stage.

“It’s not only a huge thrill, it’s a huge sigh of relief,” Gerrans said. “My whole team has put in such a huge effort to support me this week. “I’m so thrilled to have the lead back going into the last stage.” StaGe five reSult:

1. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky) 3:42:20” 2. Diego Ulissi (Italy / Lampre) +10” 3. Simon Gerrans (Australia / Orica) 4. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / Belkin) +14” 5. Daryl Impey (South Africa / Orica) 6. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 7. Nathan Haas (Australia / Garmin) 8. Egor Silin (Russia / Katusha) 9. Adam Hansen (Australia / Lotto) 10. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +21” General classification after Stage five: 1. Simon Gerrans (Australia / Orica) 18:02:19” 2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1” 3. Diego Ulissi (Italy / Lampre) +5” 4. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky) +10” 5. Nathan Haas (Australia / Garmin) +24” 6. Robert Gesink (Netherlands / Belkin) +30” 7. Daryl Impey (South Africa / Orica) +34” 8. Adam Hansen (Australia / Lotto) 9. Egor Silin (Russia / Katusha) 10. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +37”


SPORTS Sunday, 26 January, 2014


s Pervez Qaiser


India and New Zealand played out a thrilling tie in the third one-day international at eden Park, Auckland on Saturday (January 25). Chasing New Zealand’s stiff target of 315 largely built around opener martin Guptill’s 111, India came back from the dead to tie the game, riding on ravichandran Ashwin’s 46-ball 65 and ravindra Jadeja’s 45-ball unbeaten 66 to save themselves the blushes of another overseas series defeat in one day internationals. In the thrilling dying moments of the game, India needed 18 off Corey Anderson’s last over for a victory but Jadeja and last man Varun Aaron could get 17 to tie the game. The visitors needed just two runs off the last ball but ravindra Jadeja could manage just a single. It was seventh tied match involving India and 32nd overall in one day internantionals. The match between West Indies and Australia on February 11,1984 at melbourne was the first ‘tie’ match in instant cricket. Batting first West Indies scored 222 for five in 50 overs. In reply, Australia ended at 222 for nine in 50 overs. India played their first tied match against West Indies at Perth on December 6,1991. Batting first, India were bowled out for just 126 in 47.4 overs while West Indiers made 126 in in 41 overs to tie the match. It was also the second tie match at eden Park, Auckland and New Zealand’s sixth in one dayers. The first tie match at this ground was played between New Zealand and Pakistan on march 13,1994. The tie also ensured that India remained in the number one position in the ICC rankings in one dayers, having regained it on Friday following Australia’s defeat to england in the fourth one-dayer at Perth.. INDIA’S TIeD MATcheS IN ONe DAYeRS:


ormer Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan launched a scheme Saturday to scout talent in the troubled northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, hoping the game could bolster anti-terrorism efforts. Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in Australia in 1992, said he hoped finding new talent in the region could help Pakistan win the title once more. “This is the start to a campaign to unearth talent in the KPK (KhyberPakhtunkhwa), who will in turn bring another World Cup to Pakistan,” Khan said at the launch of the scheme. Khan’s political party — Tehreek-eInsaaf (movement for Justice) — emerged as the third biggest force in last year’s elections and formed a provincial government in the Khyber-Paktunkhwa province, plagued by frequent suicide bomb bombings by Taliban militants. His party faces the challenge of bringing peace to the province, with Khan a vocal advocate on holding talks with the Taliban. “I hope and pray that peace is restored in every part including FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) where a lot of cricket talent needs to be unearthed,” said Khan, who played 88 Tests and 175 one-day internationals for Pakistan during an illustrious career. Khan said he was himself unearthed by a talent hunt scheme. “Forty years ago I went to Lahore University ground and was selected as a 16-year-old boy,” said Khan. “When I launched the first scheme in Karachi 20 years ago we unearthed Shahid Afridi,” he added, describing the allrounder who still


plays limited overs cricket for Pakistan. Afridi, also present at the launch, said young Pakistani talent was needed to supplement people like Khan both in cricket and politics as well as to divert young people away from extremism. “It’s a healthy activity and will help divert the youth to constructive activities, so I request the youth to support Khan, both in cricket and politics,” said Afridi. Under the talent hunt scheme eight teams will be selected throughout KP province and selected players will be recommended to Pakistan’s national selectors.

India (126 in 47.4) v West Indies (126 in 41) at Perth 06-12-1991 India (248-5 in 50) v Zimbabwe (248 in 50) at Indore 18-11-1993 Zimbabwe (236-8 in 50) v India (236 in 49.5) at Paarl 27-01-1997 India (338 in 49.5) v England (338-8 in 50 at Bangalore 27-02-2011 India (280-5 in 50) v England (270-8 in 48.5) at Lord’s 11-09-2011 Sri Lanka (236-9 in 50) v India (236-9 in 50) at Adelaide 14-02-2012 New Zealand (314 in 50) v India (314-9 in 50) at Auckland 25-01-2014

Jadeja, Ashwin keep series alive with tie auckland




N a surreal night when New Zealand kept swinging between the spectacular and the silly, they just couldn’t conjure enough to close the deal against a resilient Indian lower middle order, which snuck a tie to keep the series alive. New Zealand had the game won when they brought together r Ashwin and ravindra Jadeja with India still needing 131 in less than 15 overs. After that they had opportunities to kill the game off, but dropped a catch, missed a stumping, and couldn’t hit the stumps. When it became really desperate, martin Guptill, who had scored a century earlier and taken a blinder earlier in the match, pulled off a sensational catch at the boundary to bring New Zealand right back. And then came the wides, another drop, another missed run-out. They just couldn’t put it past Jadeja, who with No. 11 for company, took 17 off the last over, bowled by Corey Anderson, who had taken five wickets. They might even have something to say to the umpires who denied them the wickets of Jadeja and Suresh raina, and twice wided them unfairly. India faced the brunt of poor judgement of wides once themselves. It was a difficult night to explain. New Zealand could have scored 350. They could have been bowled out for 289. They could have won by 50 runs. They could have easily lost. Hamish Bennett, with all the titanium in his reassembled back, made a superb return to international cricket with back-to-back maidens to Virat Kohli, and then the timely wickets of Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and figures of 2 for 41 in 10 overs. His last act of the night was to drop Jadeja in the 49th over, and with that a 21-run win. Ashwin dived to complete threes, Jadeja turned down singles, umpires forgot the wide law, didn’t hear edges, and in the final act of disbelief, Jadeja didn’t even try the second when two were required off the last ball.

Tim Southee took the fumbling New Zealand past 300 with 27, went for a few, took a swerving blinder off mS Dhoni’s bat in the outfield, but couldn’t quite get to another offering from Jadeja when India still needed 64. Luke ronchi played his part with 38 off 20, but missed a regulation stumping chance a ball after Southee had reprieved Jadeja. What of Bhuvneshwar Kumar then? He got the rampaging Jesse ryder out, kept India in it with just 48 off his nine overs, but when he had a chance to catch Southee at third man, he parried it for a six. Against a team that would turn a six into a catch later. India themselves missed at least four run-out opportunities during the 155-run second-wicket stand. raina dropped a sitter from Williamson, who scored his third fifty in three matches. When Williamson eventually fell, in the 33rd over with the score 189, he had set New Zealand up beautifully. This is about the time

NEW ZEALANd INNINGS MJ Guptill c rahane b Jadeja 111 Jd ryder b Kumar 20 KS Williamson b Mohammed Shami 65 CJ Anderson b Ashwin 8 LrPL Taylor run out (rahane) 17 BB McCullum c Ashwin b Aaron 0 L ronchi† c rahane b Jadeja 38 NL McCullum run out (Jadeja/dhawan) 1 TG Southee run out (†dhoni/Kohli) 27 MJ McClenaghan c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 3 HK Bennett not out 3 EXTrAS (lb 10, w 11) 21 ToTAL (all out; 50 overs; 203 mins) 314 FALL oF WICKETS 1-36 (ryder, 4.2 ov), 2-189 (Williamson, 32.5 ov), 3-198 (Anderson, 33.5 ov), 4-224 (Guptill, 37.2 ov), 5-230 (BB McCullum, 38.5 ov), 6-270 (Taylor, 42.4 ov), 7-280 (NL McCullum, 43.5 ov), 8-280 (ronchi, 43.6 ov), 9-288 (McClenaghan, 47.2 ov), 10-314 (Southee, 49.6 ov) BoWLING B Kumar 9-0-48-1, Mohammed Shami 10-0-84-2, Vr Aaron 7-0-521, rA Jadeja 10-0-47-2, r Ashwin 10-0-47-1, SK raina 4-0-26-0 INdIA INNINGS S dhawan c Guptill b Anderson 28 rG Sharma c Bennett b Anderson 39 V Kohli c †ronchi b Bennett 6

AM rahane c †ronchi b Anderson 3 SK raina c †ronchi b Southee 31 MS dhoni*† c Southee b Anderson 50 r Ashwin c Guptill b NL McCullum 65 rA Jadeja not out 66 B Kumar c NL McCullum b Bennett 4 Mohammed Shami c Williamson b Anderson 2 Vr Aaron not out 2 EXTrAS (b 1, lb 3, w 14) 18 ToTAL (9 wickets; 50 overs; 246 mins) 314 FALL oF WICKETS 1-64 (dhawan, 9.2 ov), 2-72 (Sharma, 13.1 ov), 374 (Kohli, 14.5 ov), 4-79 (rahane, 17.4 ov), 5-146 (raina, 27.4 ov), 6-184 (dhoni, 35.4 ov), 7-269 (Ashwin, 44.5 ov), 8-275 (Kumar, 45.4 ov), 9-286 (Mohammed Shami, 47.5 ov) BoWLING TG Southee 10-0-74-1, MJ McClenaghan 10-0-76-0, HK Bennett 102-41-2, CJ Anderson 10-1-63-5, KS Williamson 2-0-17-0, NL McCullum 8-0-39-1 Match details Toss India, who chose to field Series New Zealand led the 5-match series 2-0 Player of the match rA Jadeja (India) Umpires BF Bowden and rJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire dJ Walker Match referee dC Boon (Australia) reserve umpire GAV Baxter

when New Zealand have been going berserk this series. You can look back at the period harshly, but New Zealand looked to set a target that was India-proof and small-boundaries-proof. except that this time many of their shots resulted in wickets, the running went awry, and seven wickets fell for 90. There was no momentum to be carried into the second innings. New Zealand were underwhelming after the 35th over, but they also had that bonus of 25 runs thanks to the drop by Bhuvneshwar. India came with all the momentum, though. rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out attacking, and took India to 64 in nine overs. That’s when Bennett and Anderson intervened. Bennett took an over to warm up, but bowled serious pace and to his field. Anderson was wily with his bouncers and changes of pace. Twenty runs and four wickets, including Kohli’s, came in the next nine overs.

The game looked over then, but in a remarkable show of tenacity, for the first time in India’s oDI history, their Nos 6, 7 and 8 all scored half-centuries. Dhoni kept India alive with his, Ashwin made them dream, and Jadeja was the man standing. With Dhoni and Ashwin at least, there was no slogging involved. However, the 55ball 85-run partnership between Ashwin and Jadeja began to became a serious problem only after the 40th over when New Zealand were forced to go back to Nathan mcCullum after having attacked with the quicks for long. He should have had both the batsmen in successive deliveries, but you can’t take away from the stylish shots of Ashwin that made New Zealand desperate. In Nathan mcCullum’s next, when Ashwin went for a second six, Guptill intercepted it, took it over his shoulder and in the air space beyond the boundary, before leaving the ball,

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stepping out and coolly coming back to complete the catch. India still needed 46, and Bhuvneshwar was to soon get out to a sharp bouncer from Bennett. Now it was only Jadeja, who has so often been meek with the bat. So often a helpless part of batting collapses. Grudgingly respected for his bowling and still ridiculed for the mismatch between his three triple-centuries in ranji Trophy and his ability with the bat. In his redemption, he played calmly, kept pinging the short straight boundary, didn’t panic when he saw the asking rate climb when he refused singles. It was still New Zealand’s game to lose when the last over began with 18 required. Anderson had been the hero thus far, and he was given the responsibility of closing out the game after he and Bennett had troubled Jadeja with the bouncers. In this over, though, Jadeja was a step ahead of the game, and set himself back to pull the first one for four. The other tactic had been to cramp Jadeja when he backed away, but to the second delivery Jadeja shrewdly moved back in to earn a wide. With the second and third balls, he couldn’t do anything, but didn’t give the strike to No. 11 Varun Aaron, who has quite the penchant for ending up in these last-over situations with the bat. It was down to fours required off each of the balls left. The next ball Jadeja flicked off the rib for four. The difference here was he was expecting the short ball. The next one was even better: a flat six pulled over midwicket. Now with two required, New Zealand needed to cut their losses. They spread the leg-side field, put every one up on the off side, and Anderson bowled outside off. Jadeja failed to beat cover, finished the single comfortably, but for some reason didn’t go for the second. The second was not on, but you never know what fielders are liable to do under such pressure situations. Jadeja and Aaron had nothing to lose with the second, but they didn’t go for it. It was a difficult night to explain.

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