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NISAR LASHES OUT AT ONE-SIDED MEDIA TRIAL OF ARMED FORCES PAKISTAN INDIAVIOLATES LOC STEEL MILLS CEASEFIRE IN POONCH TO GET RS 18.5 BILLION INJECTION STORY ON PAGE 04
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Saturday, 26 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 25, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 297 16 Pages Lahore Edition
No more blackoutS after three yearS, Nawaz giveS hiS word Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced that the days of blackouts are numbered as the government is all set to rid the country of electricity load shedding in the next three years. STORY ON PAGE 03
Skipper returns with ‘Naya Pakistan’ slogan PTI chief says his party will hold rallies on May 11 against alleged poll rigging in last year’s election. The fiery cricketer-turnedpolitician also accused former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry of involvement in election ‘match-fixing’, saying PTI has neither accepted May 11 election results nor would it STORY ON PAGE 03 do so in future.
Six killed in bombing aimed at Karachi Shia worshippers PAGE 02
GILANI’S SON PLEADS FAMILY TO PAY RANSOM
SC says no law bars meeting of detainee with family PAGE 04
Saturday, 26 April 2014
sIx kIlled In bombInG aImed at karaChI shIa worshIPPers SINDH POLICE CHIEF SAYS BUS COMING FROM SHIA MOSQUE AFTER FRIDAY PRAYERS LIKELY TARGET OF RICKSHAW BOMB INFORMATION MINISTER SHARJEEL MEMON SAYS TERRORIST ATTACKS HAVE SPIKED AFTER TALIBAN ANNOUNCED END OF CEASEFIRE KARACHI STAFF REPORT
T least six people were killed and over 30 injured on Friday when a roadside bomb aimed at a bus carrying Shia worshippers exploded near a Shia mosque in Delhi Colony. "We suspect that a bus coming from a Shia mosque was the likely target," provincial police chief Iqbal Mehmood told reporters. Deputy Inspector General Khalique Shaikh said the bomb went off just after the bus drove past and that all those who were killed were civilians who happened to be nearby. "It seems that the bombing missed the target as the IED (improvised explosive device) went off minutes after the bus had passed through the scene," he said. "People in the bus suffered minor injuries and the windscreen and windows were shattered due to the impact." Pakistan has been grappling with a tide of sectarian violence, with Sunni Tal-
KARACHI: Security officials inspect the site of a bombing in which six people were killed and over 30 injured on Friday. INP
iban militants frequently attacking the minority Shias. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place after talks between the government and Taliban to end years of fighting which has killed tens of thousands of people. The tentative discussions have yielded no result and the militants ended a 40-day ceasefire last week. On Thursday a police officer known for his tough stance against the Taliban was killed in a suicide bombing in
IndIa vIolates loC CeasefIre In PoonCh MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistani border posts in Poonch district were targeted by Indian border troops’ firing and shelling on Friday in the latest violation of ceasefire on the Pak-India border. According to reports, Indian troops started heavy shelling on Pakistani posts early in the morning. Pakistani forces retaliated with full force to the gun fire, silencing the Indian guns. According to ISPR, there was no loss of life or injury in the incident. In December 2013, the Director Generals Military Operations of Pakistan and India has agreed on a bilateral ceasefire at the Line of Control (LOC). APP
PakIstan eleCted to two Un bodIes NEW YORK: Pakistan was elected to the key United Nations (UN) bodies at the elections held at the Economical and Social Council of the UN, held on April 23. It was elected by the approval to the Commission on Science and Technology and the Committee on Non-Governmental organisations for the term 2015-2018. The Commission on Science and Technology for Development provides the UN with legal advice on science and technology matters. On the other hand, the Committee on NonGovernmental organisations, considers applications of NGOs for consultative status to the UN. APP
Karachi. "The attacks have spiked after the end of the ceasefire. The entire country is under threat," Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said. "The federal government should now reconsider their reconciliation policy," he said. "The only difference is that before militants used to claim responsibility for attacks, but now they just remain silent." Memon said that three government vehicles were damaged in the attack. Five auto rickshaws, 10 vehicles and scores of
Pakistan Steel Mills to get Rs 18.5b injection GOVT AIMING FOR COMPREHENSIVE RESTRUCTURING PLAN TO REVIVE PSM FOR PRIVATISATION IN JUNE 2015 ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Friday approved Rs 18.5 billion cash injection for the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) for a comprehensive restructuring plan that aims to revive the PSM by early next year and a privatisation process that will start in June 2015. The plan has been prepared by the Privatisation Commission. It is to be completed before the entity is privatised next year. The money will be disbursed in
three tranches over the next six months to procure raw material for the PSM, which is currently at standstill. It will help the mill run at a capacity. The move is aimed at boosting the price of the mill before it goes under the hammer. Spelling out the restructuring plan, the privatisation commission chairman said that Rs12.5 billion out of Rs18.5 billion will be released immediately. Of this Rs9 billion will be used for the purchase of raw material, while Rs3 billion will be paid to National Bank of Pakistan for an additional Letter of Credit facility to purchase raw materials. The aim is to to
motorcycles were also destroyed as a result of the blast whereas the windows of several nearby buildings were left shattered. Ten kilograms of explosives were used in the explosion, sources in the bomb disposal unit said. Security personnel claimed to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning. The loud explosion was heard in adjoining areas of Clifton, Gizri and several phases of Defence Housing Authority.
achieve the production capacity of 30 per cent by August this year. Privatisation Commission chief Muhammad Zubair said the cashflow plan for PSM will be prepared next week in consultation with Ministry of Finance. Zubair said the strategy adopted over the past year was no longer feasible to improve PSM’s situation. Currently the PSM plant is running between three to six per cent of its installed capacity because sufficient raw material is not available owing to shortage of funds. A second tranche of Rs3 billion will be released in midSeptember, provided PSM achieves its initial goals. Out of this, Rs1 billion will be for enhancement of LC facility, which would help PSM in achieving 60 per cent production capacity by November 2014. In mid-December, after a second performance evaluation, the third tranche of Rs3 billion will be released. Out of this, Rs2 billion will be used for enhancement of LC facility. Zubair outlined that at the end of the restructuring, the PSM should be able to achieve 77 per cent production capacity and turn a profit of Rs230 million from January 2015 to June 2015. The privatisation commission chairman said that from June 2015 onwards, the PSM will be able to pick its non-salary expenses and by that time the government would be in a position to start its privatisation process.
GIlanI's son Pleads famIly to Pay ransom ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
In a video message, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Haider Raza Gilani has urged his family to pay his ransom so he can return home. “Why are you people not paying the ransom to the militants to get me released from their custody?” Gilani asks in the video that was sent to the former prime minister’s family, according to a security official, who requested anonymity. “Haider appeared haggard and had a full beard in the video sent to the former prime minister,” the security official said. “He was handcuffed and was sitting against a concrete wall. He looked very weak and requested his family to pay the money as soon as possible,” the security official added. The video message is the first contact that Gilani’s family has had with him since he was abducted nearly a year ago. Militants, allegedly part of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), abducted Haider Raza Gilani on May 9, 2013 and killed one of his aides while he was canvassing support for the Pakistan People’s Party in his home district of Multan. Gilani had been campaigning for a seat in the Punjab Assembly at the time he was abducted. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirmed that he had also seen the video, but claimed the TTP was not involved. “Haider claimed in that video that he had been abducted by militants that did not belong to the TTP,” he said, adding that this was new information that could help the ongoing investigation into the kidnapping. “The militants who abducted Haider were demanding Rs 2 billion earlier but have now asked for Rs 500 million,” said Nisar. “We had believed Haider was with the TTP and had asked for his release during the peace talks.”
mInIster In denIal aboUt mInorItIes’ PerseCUtIon ISLAMABAD APP
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Friday rejected the Human Rights Commission Pakistan (HRCP) Report-2013, saying the minorities were absolutely safe and enjoying equal constitutional rights in the country. Reacting to the report, he said that the HRCP should avoid distorting facts. “The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan ensures equal rights to minorities and the government is bound to fulfill its constitutional responsibility,” he added. He said the government was taking maximum measures to protect the rights of minorities and all possible steps were being taken to safeguard their sacred places across the country. “The terrorists are targeting the nation and there is no distinction of hitting minorities only,” he said, reminding that various terrorist activities had taken place in mosques, shrines and even religious gathering of Muslims also. The government has taken a number of steps to protect minority rights, including the establishment of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, special quota in government jobs, enhanced seats of minorities in parliament, celebration of religious days of minorities officially in country.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
no more blaCkoUts after 3 years, nawaz GIves hIs word PM SAYS POWER SHORTFALL HAS NEGATIVE IMPACT ON COUNTRY’S DEVELOPMENT
ORDERS PROVISION OF NATURAL GAS ACROSS BALOCHISTAN BY 2017
DERA MURAD JAMALI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif unveils the inauguration plaque of 404MW Uch-II Power Project on Friday. INP
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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced that the days of blackouts are numbered as the government is all set to rid the country of electricity load shedding in the next three years. Nawaz made the announcement after inaugurating the 404 megawatt Uch II power plant at Dera Murad Jamali that will contribute an aggregate of 990MW to the national grid. The
power plant has been constructed by French company GDF SUEZ. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration ceremony, Nawaz said Balochistan was neglected in the past but his government would take steps to mitigate the sense of deprivation of the Baloch. He said his government had planned a big development programme for Balochistan. He announced to install two separate power lines from Uch II Power Plant to Naseerabad and Sibi divisions of Balochistan. The PM said the power project was significant mainly
for two reasons -- firstly it would be based on an indigenous gas by substituting expensive liquid fuel thus saving foreign exchange and secondly it has been set up in Balochistan. He commended the French company for successful commissioning of the project, which he said was a valuable addition to the national grid. He said GDF Suez had been a reliable energy partner of Pakistan for many years and was also playing its role in the socioeconomic development of Balochistan. He invited the company to undertake more investment in en-
ergy projects. Nawaz said the electricity shortfall in the system had a very negative impact on the country’s development. He said new power projects were being constructed using conventional and renewable energy resources and technologies. He mentioned that the government's steps in this regard, including clearing of Rs 500 billion of circular debt and initiating the work on Neelum Jhelum project and Nandi Pur project, will add 959 MW and 425 MW to the national grid respectively. GAS IN BALOCHISTAN CITIES: He also announced that the government would ensure provision of gas to each and every city of Balochistan within three years. The PM directed Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to monitor the project and ensure its completion on time. This is the second power project to be inaugurated by Nawaz in a week. Earlier on April 21, he inaugurated commissioning of additional power units at the Guddu Thermal Power Plant. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the project would contribute to overcoming the energy shortage and would invite further foreign investment in Balochistan. He said the project will not only help in curtailing the present power shortages but also provide cheap electricity to the consumers and save precious foreign exchange in oil imports.
Skipper returns with ‘Naya Pakistan’ slogan PTI CHIEF ANNOUNCES PROTESTS ON MAY 11 FOR ‘TRUE DEMOCRACY’ IN COUNTRY
SAYS HIS PARTY HAS NOT ACCEPTED RESULTS OF MAY 11 ELECTIONS
HOLDS FORMER CJP IFTIKHAR CHAUDHRY GUILTY OF INVOLVEMENT IN ELECTION ‘MATCH-FIXING’
CRITICISES GEO NEWS FOR MALIGNING ISI, URGES PEMRA TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ‘FORIEGN-FUNDED’ TV CHANNELS
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said that his party would come out on the streets to stage protests for building a ‘Naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan). Speaking to party workers during a ceremony held to mark the 18th anniversary of the PTI’s foundation, Imran Khan vowed to stage protests for “true democracy” in the country on May 11 – the day Pakistanis observed historic first ever general elections on completion of tenure of a democratically elected government last year. It should also be mentioned that Allama Tahirul Qadri has also announced a countrywide protest on May 11. Qadri, with thousands of his followers, took to the streets in Islamabad in the run up to the historic May 11 polls demanding sweeping changes to the electoral system of the country. Reiterating his allegation of poll rigging against ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PTI chief demanded the authorities to take
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan addresses a gathering on the party’s 18th Foundation Day on Friday. INP
the alleged culprits behind fixing “punctures” to task. He said that his party has neither accepted the results of the May 11 polls nor will they accept it in the future. “People cast their votes to some people while others came out as victorious in the May 11 elections,” he alleged. Criticising Geo News and its senior anchorperson Hamid Mir, who was
wounded in an attack in Karachi last week, the PTI chief said that hurling allegations at Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) was shameful. He demanded that PEMRA [Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority] look into what, he alleged, was “foreign funding” to certain media houses. The cricketer-turned-politician
said that only a stronger army will ensure a stronger Pakistan, demanding legal proceedings for the alleged culprits of election rigging. “Those who rigged the May 11 polls should be brought to the book under Article 6 as well,” he said in an obvious reference to the high treason trial of former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf. Imran Khan also accused former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for poll rigging, saying he was also involved in “the match-fixing”. He claimed that his party’s struggle was for a fair democratic system in the country as under the prevailing system only the rich can afford to become parliamentarians. “The movement that started 18 years ago will build a new Pakistan,” said the PTI chief. He said that he as the chief of ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa never appointed any person on any key government post. Imran Khan vowed to continue his fight for basic rights of education and health for the downtrodden.
PM, COAS, US ENVOY DISCUSS REGIONAL SECURITY SITUATION RAWALPINDI: US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins separately called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Friday. Besides matters of mutual interest, they discussed regional security situation, US drawdown and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. They also discussed post-Afghan election scenario and situation on the Pak-Afghan border. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and US Ambassador Richard Olson also attended the meeting. While the success of Afghan Presidential elections was noted with satisfaction, importance of stable and democratic Afghanistan was also emphasised for regional security. ONLINE
LG POLLS ONLY UNDER BIOMETRIC SYSTEM: KP GOVT PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government on Friday stuck to its initial demand to hold local government (LB) elections under a biometric system. In a letter written to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the PTI-led government argued that it could wait even six months if the need arose to introduce the biometric system in the province. The KPK government insisted that the LB polls would be conducted only under the biometric system. Earlier this month, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had said that it was ready to hold the LB polls and all arrangements, including the mostdelaying delimitation process, in this regard had been completed and it was only the matter of the ECP’s approval. The ECP had subsequently given a goahead to this report, announcing to hold LB election in the province before June 30. It had however, said that installation of biometric system across KPK would delay the LB polls, that is why it would only be taken up as a pilot project in the Ghazi area of the province. ONLINE
NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES: NA SPEAKER CONSTITUTES COMMITTEE ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has constituted a 10-member special committee to investigate the reported non-payment of taxes by members of parliament. According to a notification, the committee has been mandated to investigate the allegations of non-payment of taxes by the members and submit its report to the House within 90 days. This was done under Rule 244(B) of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly (2007) consequent to a motion adopted by the National Assembly on April 8. The committee comprises Pervaiz Malik, Omar Ayub Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mian Abdul Manan, Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, Shazia Mari, Asad Umar, Abdul Rashid Godil and Asiya Nasir. APP
Disgruntled PTI founding members say party has become a mafia CONFERENCE URGES LEADERSHIP TO FORM COMMISSION TO KEEP EYE ON CORRUPT MEMBERS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT A conference arranged by disgruntled founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Friday said the party has deviated from its core values and principles and was being run like a mafia without any institutional checks and balances. The
moot was convened by PTI founding member Akbar S Babar and attended by Zahid Hussein Mohmand, Dr Afzal, Naveed Khan, Mansoor Bangash, Dr Hafeezur Rehman, Hasan Shah and Khawaja Imtiaz. “Corruption is reeking and destroying the very foundations of the party and demands for transparent accountability continues to be stalled,” said a joint
declaration passed at the conference. Instead of reforming the decayed political system, the PTI is fast transforming into a conventional political party which has been hijacked by rental politicians and a corrupt central office mafia. An April 25 taskforce was announced to be at the central and provincial levels after a consultative process. The names of the members shall be announced as soon. To put back on its original ideology of change, the conference demanded that 7-9 member supreme
ideology council should be formed in consultation with the taskforce to review decisions taken by any committee at the provincial and central levels. The conference demanded that an independent accountability commission should be formed in consultation with the central taskforce to hold the corrupt in PTI accountable. The conference rejected the outcome of the intra-party elections and demanded that it should be declared null and void. Consequently, all the central and provincial office-bearers should be de-
notified immediately. The conference also demanded that the PTI election commission should be dissolved immediately and a fresh body should be formed within 30 days in consultation with the taskforce. The conference demanded that the membership of PTI office- bearers against whom serious allegations of corruption, misuse of authority, and manipulation of electoral and ticket allocation process exist should be suspended immediately.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
nIsar lashes oUt at one-sIded medIa trIal of armed forCes INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS FEDERAL GOVT CONSTITUTIONALLY BOUND TO PROTECT DIGNITY OF PAKISTAN ARMY, INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
NTERIOR Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Friday that a one-sided media trial against Pakistan’s armed forces and defence establishments should end. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Nisar said it was the federal government’s constitutional and legal responsibility to protect the dignity of the Pakistan Army and other intelligence agencies, adding that there should be no ambiguity or fallacy in that respect. The interior minister said Jang group
we were threatened dUrInG PPP's tenUre, says mIr’s wIfe KARACHI ONLINE
Wife of senior journalist Hamid Mir has said that the matter of threatening phone calls to her husband began at the end of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)'s term in the government. In a response issued through his wife to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar's statements, Mir said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had raised the matter of threatening phone calls in the National Assembly. Mir's wife said that on PPP leader Khurshid Shah's advice, the speaker of the assembly had constituted a committee led by opposition member Ahsan Iqbal. The committee's report is available in the record of the National Assembly, she added. Earlier, talking to journalists, Nisar said that former Islamabad police officials denied of any complaint lodged over attack on Mir's wife and children. However, Mir's wife said that the incident had taken place in Islamabad after which Geo News Islamabad's Admin Officer Younis Arain had lodged the complaint. She said Nisar had issued a statement in 2010 against the secret agencies’ harassment of Mir. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had also issued condemnation over the issue, she added. Mir's wife said phone numbers were sent to Islamabad IG through the National Assembly speaker. The security provided to Mir by the PPP-led government was withdrawn by Chaudhry Nisar, she said. She asked as to where the investigation has reached over the issue of bomb planted under Mir's car in Islamabad.
SAYS JANG GROUP SHOULD RETRACT ALLEGATIONS IN ‘GREATER NATIONAL INTEREST’
would have to retract its steps in the greater national interests of Pakistan, adding that the media trial over senior journalist Hamid Mir's attack would have to end otherwise anti-state elements would take advantage of the situation. The minister said he was personally trying to ensure that the situation would not be aggravated from either of the sides. The minister said the ISPR had strongly condemned the attack on Mir and also demanded for an independent commission to probe the incident, adding that a media trial would create further confusion. He said all forces and segments of society were on the same page over conduct-
SAYS GOVT WILL GO TO ANY EXTENT IN UNEARTHING PEOPLE BEHIND ATTACK ON JOURNALIST HAMID MIR ing a transparent investigation into the attack on Hamid Mir and to bring his perpetrators to justice. Nisar said an independent media as well as honourable and dignified armed forces were the needs of Pakistan. He advised both sides to remain patient and to avoid troublemakers. The interior minister said Mir’s family should come forward in case of any doubts over the Sindh police’s investigation and the commission set up to probe the attack and that alternate options could be considered. Nisar said Mir had mentioned the capital police in his statement which said that even they had not launched any investiga-
tion of the previous attack on him. He said that no untoward incident took place with Hamid Mir in Islamabad after PML-N assumed the government. He said the senior journalist neither lodged any complaint nor provided any numbers which might have been used for threatening him during the PML-N’s current government. He said that former police officials have denied any report over attack on Mir’s children. He said that if Hamid Mir or his family has any objection over Islamabad police then he would have them investigated. The interior minister further said that the government would go to any extent to unearth the culprits involved in the attack on the renowned journalist. Nisar further said that he is making efforts to cool down the situation and for that purpose everyone should take one step back. The minister said both freedom of media and prestigious defence institutions are pivotal for the country.
IHC, LHC dismiss petitions against Geo News ISLAMABAD/LAHORE ONLINE The Islamabad High Court (IHC) and Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed petitions against Geo News and the channel’s senior anchors on Friday. The IHC dismissed a petition calling for a treason case against Geo News and its senior anchors and cancelation of the channel’s license. The IHC stated that the petition was non-maintainable. The petition called for the
federation, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Geo management, Ansar Abbasi, Najam Sethi, Idrees Bakhtiar, Muneeb Farooq, Imtiaz Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Umar Cheema, Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain, Asma Shirazi and Amir Mir to become parties in the case. The petition filed by a local journalist maintained that Geo management, anchors, Amir Mir and private channel anchor Asma Shirazi disgraced the Army during a transmission and should be
GoverNmeNT belIeveS IN PeAce, NoT coNFroNTATIoN: rAShID ISLAMABAD: The present government does not believe in confrontation rather it is promoting an atmosphere of peace, harmony and reconciliation, said Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid while addressing the Rawalpindi/Islamabad Photo Journalist Association (RIPJA) Friday in Islamabad. Politics and journalism have entered into a new age where rule of law prevails. Gone are the days when independence of media used to be challenged. Now the State, political parties and the society have learnt from the past and have rectified their mistakes,” the minister emphasised. Rashid said that it was a good omen as those affected by the development of recent events are following the path of law and
Constitution – they have approached PEMRA and have filed a complaint which is commendable. Due to all these positive trends, Pakistan is being acknowledged as democratic and civilized state in the world, he added. The senator urged the photo journalist to portray softer image of Pakistan in this changing scenario. He also asked them to highlight the brighter side of the picture to help Pakistan to march on the road of peace, prosperity and harmony. Rashid said that the present government has created a unique culture of political tolerance by respecting a mandate of every political force in the country. He emphasized on the need of unity to solve the problems confronted by the State. APP
Flash floods kill more than 80 in north Afghanistan MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Flash floods in northern Afghanistan after two days of torrential rain have killed more than 80 people, officials said on Friday, with scores more missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers. Local officials said that 43 people died in Jowzjan province, 33 in Faryab province and six in Sar-e Pul province. The floodwaters swept through villages and fields, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses. "We have been able to recover 43 bodies," Jowz-
jan provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jowzjani said. "Rescue helicopters have evacuated some 200 people, but many people are still trapped on roofs of their homes and some are also missing." Faryab Governor Mohammadullah Batash said the death toll in the province, which borders Turkmenistan, was expected to rise. "We have a confirmed toll of 33 people dead and 2,152 houses destroyed, several districts have been badly affected," he said. "Rain is still continuing, which is hampering relief efforts." AGENCIES
tried for high-treason. The petition also called for the cancellation of Geo’s license. Meanwhile, the LHC also dismissed a petition against the Jang/Geo group filed by the anchor of a private news channel. During the proceedings, Justice Ejazul Hasan remarked that the petitioner had not read Article 6 of the Constitution which states that the petition should be submitted to the federal government. The Constitution outlines procedures for a treason
case, Justice Ejaz remarked. He further said that this court was not the appropriate forum for these charges. Justice Ejaz told the petitioner that he was not an affected party as the allegations had been levelled against the ISI in the case, adding that the Defence Minister and the federal government had already taken notice. Justice Ejaz further said that a judicial commission had been formed and its report should be waited for.
SC SAYS NO LAW BARS MEETING OF DETAINEE WITH FAMILY ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Friday ordered the Defence Ministry to arrange the meeting of a person reportedly in the custody of the security forces with his family members till May 13, saying the law does not prevent any detained citizen from meeting his family members. The apex court expressed grave concern over non-arranging of meeting of Tasif Malik with his family members. Justice Nasirul Mulk remarked: “Has the situation taken such a turn that meeting of
the family members cannot be arranged with the missing person? Law does not prevent any detained citizen from meeting his family members.” He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of the SC during the course of hearing. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Attique Shah, Colonel (r) Inamur Rahim, counsel for Abida Malik, wife of Tasif Malik, and Law Ministry Deputy Director Irfan appeared in the court. Attique Shah told the court that arranging such a meeting in the prevailing situation was impossible.
We will have to wait for some time in this respect. The court expressed its annoyance over this, remarking that the situation was not so adverse that meeting cannot be arranged. The deputy director of the Law Ministry objected to appearing of Colonel (r) Inamur Rahim as counsel in the SC and told the court that he was not a lawyer of the SC, therefore, he could not appear in this case. The court blocked Inamur Rahim from pursuing the case and allowed the petitioner to engage a new lawyer. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 13.
sIndh assembly aPProves resolUtIon aGaInst Geo KARACHI ONLINE
A resolution has been approved in the Sindh Assembly against Geo Television on Friday for leveling allegations on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The resolution was presented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the assembly (MPA) Khurram Sher Zaman. The resolution stated that the Geo News’ allegations on ISI were condemnable and no one had any right to level allegations on defense institutions of the country. They assembly have respect of freedom of expression but cannot tolerate accusations against country’s defense institutions at all.
GUn attaCk kIlls seven of a famIly In swabI SWABI INP
At least seven people were killed and six others wounded on Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a vehicle in Swabi's Yar Hussain region. The deceased and the injured in the attack all belonged to the same family. Station House Officer (SHO) Aijaz Khan confirmed the number of deaths in the incident. He added that these people were going from Swabi to Peshawar airport to bid farewell to a relative who was leaving for Saudi Arabia. The victims included women, children and also the relative who was leaving for Saudi Arabia. Police personnel and rescue teams immediately reached the site of the incident and began shifting the victims to a nearby hospital. In another incident in Swabi’s Kalu Khan area, three people including two brothers, died as a result of an old enmity between the two families when they opened fire on each other. SHO Kalu Khan Police Station Haroon Khan said that the incident was the result of an old enmity and three people died on the spot during the exchange of fire between the two groups.
INDIAN HACKERS ATTACK PAKISTANI GOVT WEBSITES ISLAMABAD ONLINE Indian hackers breached and defaced several Pakistani government websites on Friday as part of a campaign called Operation Pakistan (OpPakistan). “One minute silence for those who think that by hacking Indian sites they will get Kashmir,” hacktivists wrote on one of the websites. “Stop hacking Indian sites or expect us. It’s the last warning.” The hacktivists
targeted the National Portal of Pakistan (Pakistan.gov.pk), and the websites of the Cabinet Ministry (cabinet.gov.pk), the Pakistan Manpower Institute (pmi.gov.pk), Ministry of Defence (mod.gov.pk), the government’s Establishment Division (establishment.gov.pk), and the Ministry of Railways (railways.gov.pk), as per sources. At the time of writing, all of the aforementioned websites displayed “Server is Under Mainte-
nance & Thanks for visiting!” error message, which indicated that their administrators were working on restoring them. Prakhar Prasad, an independent security researcher from India, said that the attackers added a new page or a new entry with their defacement page through the website’s content management system or administration panel. The attacks come shortly after a Pakistani hacktivist defaced the official website of the Bangalore City Po-
lice. “Government of India! It’s time to pay for what you have done to our Kashmiri brothers. You killed them just because they supported and wanted to be part of Pakistan. You killed many innocent Kashmiris in the name of Mujahiddin. Your army imprisoned & killed many men and children who protested against their brutality and stood up for the freedom of Kashmir,” the hacker wrote on the defaced page at the time.
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
Special court reserves judgment over FIA’s investigation report MUSHARRAF’S LAWYER SEEKS PROVISION OF ALL DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE CASE ISLAMABAD
He special court hearing the treason case against former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday reserved its judgement related to the handing over of Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) investigation report to the defence lawyers and adjourned
the hearing until April 28. The three-judge court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, heard the case pertaining to treason charges against the former president. During the hearing, Musharraf’s lawyer Barrister Farogh Nasim said that the trial should be fair otherwise it should not take place at all. Nasim, in continuation of his arguments, demanded that along with the investigation report revealing the outcome of the investigation process, all the documents pertaining to the case should be also provided. The defence lawyer said that a secret act existed in the country but the investigation report did not fall under the
domain of the official act to justify the report’s classification. Justice Arab replied that if it were a case of classification then the media would not have broadcast the report. Nasim said that he had given references of the court orders and would also provide their summary. He also questioned the initiation of the trial under Article 6 of the Constitution and said that the process would be challenged. The defence counsel sought not only the investigations report but all documents pertaining to the case. Addressing the court, Nasim also expressed his reservations regarding the safety and preservation of the documents saying that it was common knowledge as to how records were maintained in Pakistan.
For Musharraf, Pakistan’s still comes first KARACHI: In a rare public address after being indicted in the high treason case, former president Pervez Musharraf said everyone should first think about Pakistan. He was addressing the participants of a rally taken out by All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) workers at Do Talwaar in Clifton area of Karachi on the telephone. Musharraf said Pakistan was passing through a tough phase, reiterating what he did was in favour of Pakistan and with the utmost of sincerity. “You are witnessing whatever is going on in courts,” he said, adding that it was a tough phase which he will endure with courage. Amid his address, participants of the rally kept chanting slogans in his favour. The ex-president thanked the party workers and other participants for attending the rally. INP
The court subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case until April 28 while reserving its judgment related to the handing over of the FIA report.
Nasim had earlier levelled allegation that the non-provision of the FIA report by the federal government was based on ‘mal-intention.
SNGPL to disconnect supply to govt defaulters LAHORE: SNGPL Managing Director Arif Hameed has issued orders to speed up the process of disconnecting government and non-government defaulting consumers in view of the orders given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take strict action against gas bill defaulters. In this regard SNGPL has disconnected the following 21 government consumers having cumulative gas bills default of Rs.82,742,940/. In this respect following 14 consumers of Islamabad and 7 consumers of Rawalpindi regions were disconnected: Islamabad Region Police Training Centre, Sihala (Rs. 41,401,430); M Block, Secretariat Building, Islamabad (Rs. 14,026,230), THQ Hospital, Murree (Rs. 3,432,720); Cadet College, Kashmir Point, Murree (Rs.1,526,750); Jamia-tul-Mohsinaat, Saidpur Road, Scheme-I, Islamabad (Rs. 818,230); TMO Murree (Rs. 604,270); Library, Kashmir Point, Murree (Rs.464,120); Jamia Masjid Masmoomia Kashmir Point Muree (Rs. 409,760); Rescue 15 Islamabad (Rs. 403,550); Holy Trinity Church, The Mall, Murree (Rs. 351,940); TMA Murree (Rs.297,270); Station Head Quarter BOQ, Murree (Rs. 181,510); Nazim Union Council (Rs. 133,590) and ASP Office Police Station, Murree (Rs.128,960). Rawalpindi Region Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi (Rs. 16,805,290); District & Session Judge Rawalpindi (Rs. 650,700); DDMEO Office Khadim Hussain Road, Rawalpindi (Rs. 273,590); Director (Excise), Rawalpindi (Rs. 242,280); Veterinary Hospital, Rawalpindi Cantt (Rs. 220,750); Jamia Masjid Dil Mohabbat, Bostan Town, Rawalpindi (Rs. 195,740) and Police Station, R A Bazar, Rawalpindi (Rs.174,270). PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Jamaatud Dawa supporters participate in a rally to express solidarity with the armed forces and Inter-Services Intelligence on Friday. INP
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Heavy military spending hurting India, Pakistan: US report WASHINGTON AGENCIES
Heavy military spending in India and Pakistan has been detrimental to the citizens of both countries, a US think-tank said while urging the two neighbours to reinvest in trade and confidence building. The Washington-based Atlantic Council warns that “Kashmir remains a potential global flashpoint that could escalate into a nuclear war very quickly.” The council’s report —-“India and Pakistan: The Opportunity Cost of Conflict” —- explains how high defence spending and low economic integration into South Asia’s regional economy have come at the expense of those living in poverty. Although many in the two countries now favour rapprochement, the report argues that “unless both sides begin a dialogue on economic and military relations, these issues will only worsen.” Authors Suhja Nawaz and Mohan Guruswamy point out that today Pakistan has a population of 200 million and India 1.2 billion. The United Nations Develop-
ment Programme’s human development indicators show that 21per cent of Pakistan’s population lives on under $1.25 a day. In India’s case, while this has come down from 41.6pc in 2005, but it has now become relatively obdurate at 22.6 pc. The report notes that this coincides with a period when India’s gross domestic product grew at an average of over 7.4 pc, while Pakistan’s economic condition deteriorated very clearly suggesting the need to maintain high levels of GDP growth to make a dent on poverty. Yet both countries’ defence spending continued to rise in real terms, especially in the period 1998-2010, with India’s defence expenditures growing in constant dollars from some $20 billion to over $45 billion and Pakistan’s from slightly below $5 billion to slightly more than $5 billion over this period. The share of this spending in the GDP of both countries has declined over this period, with India’s declining from under 5pc to under 3pc and Pakistan rising initially from below 3pc to over 3 pc in 1999 and 2000 to below 3 pc in 2010. In a foreword for the report, former
US Secretary of State George P Shultz notes that the cost of the military itself is substantial. “But the cost of arms and armies is only part of the problem. Here we have two countries full of competent people and many complementary capabilities,” he writes. “In this setting, trade should be booming, much to the benefit of people in both countries. Instead, trade is at a mere trickle.” For confidence building, the report suggests increased people-to-people contacts which, it argues, will eliminate old stereotypes that fuel fears of each other. It also encourages direct communications between the two militaries, through exchange visits and more transparency about their military plans and movements. Open borders for trade and tourism and joint investments in energy, water, and export industries would also help. Showing the inadequacy of military build-up for strengthening national security; the report points out: “Increased spending has not brought foolproof security to either country. Indeed, their threats
have changed much over the decades. Internal militancy and insurgencies continue to bedevil both states.” It notes that “the production of newer missiles and tactical nuclear weapons adds further volatility and danger to this mix. Unless both sides can begin a dialogue on economic and military relations, they will continue to feed their defence budgets, increasing the opportunity costs of such expenditures.” It recommends that India and Pakistan should reduce the proximity of their land forces by increasing the distance from borders of their respective forces. While India and Pakistan may still be far away from evolving open bor-
ders to allow people to move freely, they could have open borders for trade. A big bilateral trade then invests in the peace constituencies in both countries. Business relationships make nations more pragmatic and accommodating,” says the report. “India and Pakistan seriously need to invest efforts in expanding trade and investment to the fullest extent possible. An annual bilateral trade between India and Pakistan may result in a GDP trajectory that could be as much as 1.5 pc more than present,” it adds. “This will represent a fourfold increase in trade and both sides have much to gain in terms of lower prices and timely supplies,” the Atlantic Council argues.
Although many in the two countries now favour rapprochement, the report argues that ‘unless both sides begin a dialogue on economic and military relations, these issues will only worsen’.
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Dengue well unDer control, says salman ARMY SHOULD LAHORE: Chief Minister’s Special Advisor on Health Issues Khawaja Salman Rafiq has BE INCLUDED expressed satisfaction that owing to timely and effective steps taken by the provincial government, dengue situation is well under control in Punjab. Talking to a delegation of IN PEACE health volunteers Friday, he said government departments and the people would have to continue their efforts to defeat the menace in coming summer season. “We have to wage joint efforts to overcome breeding of dengue mosquito,” he added. He said dengue threat TALKS: JI CHIEF has subsided and presently no dengue patient is under treatment in any hospital or admitted to the High Dependency Unit. app
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Quake jolts parts of punjab LAHORE: A magnitude of 3.4 earthquake jolted several cities of Punjab on Friday morning, terrifying people who rushed out of their houses and offices. However, there were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was cantered about two kilometres northwest of Parachinar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and was 210 km below the surface area, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Nankana, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Hafizabad and other cities. INp
strategy on carDs to facilitate DisableD: malik LAHORE: The Punjab government is chalking out a comprehensive strategy to make disabled persons an active member of society, said MNA Pervez Malik at a wheelchair and tricycle distribution ceremony of Health & Care Foundation on Friday. Officials of the foundation, a large number of disabled persons and traders were also present on the ocassion. Malik, who is also honorary president of the Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD), said that all segments of society should come forward to play their role in the noble cause. Malik said that developed countries were paying special attention to disabled persons. Not only buildings have special ramps but facilities are also being provided at all public places, he added. app
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Ameer Sirajul Haq has said that army officials should be included in peace negotiating process with Taliban. Talking to a private TV channel on Friday, the JI ameer said that successful peace talks between the committees of the government and Taliban could not be held until inclusion of the army personnel in the committee. He said that the both negotiating committees have no empowerment. They were only working as messengers, adding that the government and army should give authority to the committees. He said that the failure of the talks will be a failure for the whole country.
PUNJAB GOVT INTRODUCING NEW COTTON SEEDS LAHORE INp
The Punjab government is considering introducing new cotton seeds with the help of Monsanto through which cotton production in the country would jump to 26 million bales from 13 million bales, said Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar while addressing agricultural scientists at Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad. Sarwar was presiding over a function organized at AARI, Faisalabad to celebrate Dr Norman E Borlaug’s 100th birth day and commemorating fifty years of Pakistan-USCooperation in Agriculture. The governor said that Dr Norman served humanity at large and greatly helped to alleviate hunger and poverty through development of input responsive semi dwarf wheat varieties. He informed that Pakistan is one of the top 10 producers of wheat in the world and added that Punjab government is striving to make “green revolution” as ever green in Punjab through sustainable development. Jeanie Borlaug Laube, BGRI chairperson and daughter of Dr Norman, acknowledged the talent of Pakistani agricultural scientists to bring green revolution in sixties. She stated that her father was great admirer of Pakistani scientists. He trained many Pakistani scientists and farmers at CIMMYT (Mexico) and with collaborative efforts and international co-operation, Pakistan increased wheat production considerably and achieved self sufficiency in wheat. Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javaid acknowledged the efforts and commitment of Dr Borlaug to increase wheat production in Pakistan.
NA BODY FOR REDUCING MIDDLE MAN’S ROLE IN SALE OF HAJ TICKETS LAHORE staff report
meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the chairmanship of MNA Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan at Allama Iqbal International Airport Friday and discussed the Umra fares, terms and conditions of wet and dry leased aircrafts, extension plan of Lahore airport and performance of Pakistan Baitul Mall. The committee was briefed by Pakistan Interna-
tional Airlines (PIA) marketing director about the Umra fares charged by PIA with effect from December, 2013. He informed the committee that PIA was the only airline presently offering sizable Umara capacity in the market other than limited capacity offered by other airlines. However the Committee was of the view that the role of middle man should be reduced on the sale of Umra and Hajj tickets. The committee was informed that IT wing of PIA was already working on this issue. The Committee decided to constitute a sub committee to look after the affairs of Umra
and Haj issues with effect from December13, 2013. The committee was briefed by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority director general regarding proposed extension of Allama Iqbal International Airport. He said that the actual plan for construction of said Airport was curtailed by the previous government, however, now it has been decided to implement its original plan by the extension of International wings for international air traffic and passengers. He added that Rs 6.5 billion will be spent on said extension and PC1 in this regard will be submitted to the concerned authorities for approval in near future.
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MUST FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY LAHORE: Social development is necessary for economic progress and the government is using all options to make the country strong on economically and socially, said Minister for Excise, Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman while talking to delegations of community leaders, doctors and paramedics on Friday. Rehman said that social uplift was not possible without proper control of population growth whereas poverty and ignorance were main hurdles to control population growth. He said the government was implementing a 3-tier strategy of sensitising population planning in the province through proactive advocacy campaigns, enhancement and improvement in the operational efficiency of service delivery outlets and active community participation in the population programmes. He urged the public representatives and ulema to come forward and to create awareness among general public against the menace of fatal diseases and brief people regarding proactive measures of critical diseases. app
SANAULLAH LAUDS MIR’S BRAVERY, CONDEMNS ISI’S DEFAMATION LAHORE oNLINe
ASS ON tracks: A donkey cart making its way on the railway tracks. NNI
national juDicial committee meets toDay ISLAMABAD: A meeting of National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) will be held in the Supreme Court Branch Registry, Lahore today (Saturday) under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. The meeting will review implementation status of project for installation of Unified Integrated Automation System for Superior Courts, request for posting of judicial officers in Ministry of Law Justice and Human Rights in relaxation of National Judicial Policy, mechanism to ensure issuance and execution of warrants/summons and framing of ADR rules for resolution of disputes. In the meeting the recommendations of International Judicial Conference 2014 will also be considered for implementation. The meeting will be attended by senior judges from across the country. INp
A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF GROWTH CM praises PML-N government for economic development at SAARC International Expo’s inaugural ceremony in city
saaD Doesn’t like being calleD a po LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique filed a petition in Lahore High Court (LHC) to get his name removed from the list of proclaimed offenders on Friday. A case under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) was registered against 100 persons including Khawaja Saad Rafique 10 years ago. The court summoned Rafique repeatedly for the case hearing but he failed to appear. After which the court declared the PML-N leader and existing railways minister as proclaimed offender. Anti-Terrorism Court Lahore turned down a plea of the prosecution for taking back charges against Saad Rafique. The prosecution has filed a petition in Lahore High Court challenging the decision of the ATC court. oNLINe
groom, two frienDs gasseD to Death GUJRANWALA INp
Three people died of suffocation due to gas leakage inside a house in Kamonki on Friday. According to police sources, two friends identified as Suleiman and Yousuf came to attend marriage of his friend Shafqat. As two friends along with groom Shafqat were sleeping at night, gas filled in the house due to leakage and as a result three friends died of suffocation on the spot. The police shifted the dead bodies to hospital and started investigation.
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UNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that due to tireless efforts of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, the economic indicators are improving and foreign exchange reserves have increased beyond ten billion dollars. The chief minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of SAARC International Exhibition at Expo Centre on Friday. He also visited various stalls set up at the exhibition. Addressing Pakistani investors, the chief minister stressed upon them to come forward for investment in energy
sector. He said that as many as 2500 megawatt more electricity will be generated during the next three years which will provide substantial relief to the masses. He said that foundation stone of coal power plants in Port Qasim and Sahiwal, with the cooperation of China, is being laid next month while the first turbine of Nandipur Power Project will start operating from May and add one hundred megawatt electricity to the system. The chief minister gave a special award to industrialist Mian Tariq Nisar on paying highest tax. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government was setting up a state-of-the-art Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park (garments zone) near Motorway with the cooperation of Chinese companies and
this zone is being established with consultation of industrialists. He said that experts belonging to private sectors are also on its board. Shahbaz said that Pakistan also needs new water reservoirs. He said that had due attention paid to Basha Diyamir Dam and Dasu Dam in the tenures of the previous governments, these projects just could have been completed as Pakistan had also received 20 billion dollars and the cost of the dam was 12 billion dollars and a period of eight years was required for its constructions. Shahbaz stressed the need for collective efforts for national reconstruction and expressed the hope that Pakistan will become a great country and regain its lost status in the comity of nations.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, terming Hamid Mir a “courageous journalist”, strongly condemned elements trying to create a rift between Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and media by their “provocative pro-active demeanour”. Talking to a private TV channel, he further deliberated that Armed Forces and media were important pillars of the State and any conflict between them would augur nothing less than damaging the federation’s fabric. “The judicial commission is probing the murder attempt on Hamid Mir and any statement prior to the findings would be premature,” he said.
08 COMMENT Towards crisis resolution
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Unite against imperialism! If not now, when?
Go by the book
HE picture of the prime minister flanked by the COAS in Gwadar conveys the message that despite the ongoing tension between the government and the army differences are likely to be resolved soon. The remark by nawaz Sharif that the two would work jointly to overcome the challenges being faced by the country was reassuring. That the ‘two sides are on the same page to steer the country out of the crisis’ is however more of a desirable goal than actual reality. Days before Khawaja Asif was treated as an uninvited guest at the Kakul passing out parade, he too had insisted that civil and military leaders were on the same page over all matters including internal security. Differences between the civilian government and army are not unnatural at a time when the civilian authority is seeking to assert itself in areas of policymaking which have hitherto remained an exclusive domain of the army. Differences are normal provided they remain within manageable limits. To ensure this the government has to act patiently and strictly by the book. While the government reclaims its rightful turf it has to ensure that this is done without indulging in heroics. It has to rein in its overenthusiastic ministers who alternate between bangs and whimpers. It has to take army into confidence before taking decisions that affect the latter like the release of Taliban prisoners. The prime minster has to be seen as a neutral arbiter and should intervene well before things begin to spiral go out of control. That this has not happened has led to a perception of confrontation. Coming as he does in a period of uncertainty and tensions the arrival of US special envoy James Dobbins is being interpreted by many as having something to do with the situation. As usual the government ministries are divided over the matter. While the foreign office has tried to link it with the situation in Afghanistan, dispelling the perception that the envoy had a special agenda, a statement issued by the interior ministry suggests that Dobbins had conveyed US support for the Sharif government. Dobbins reportedly told Ch nisar that the US viewed the Sharif government as a reliable partner. It is time measures are taken by the government to resolve tensions with the army without abandoning the principled position that civilian supremacy has to be established in policy-making. Enough problems have been created by resorting to military solutions of complex social and political issues that could have been handled better through peaceful talks involving give and take wherever necessary. For this the government has to act in a way that it is widely seen to be capable of handling national issue and resolving conflicts in accordance with the constitution.
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n countless interviews, in personal letters, in face-to-face discussions, the questions I keep being asked are becoming very similar: “now that it is obvious that the West is ready and willing to destroy everything that stands in its way to the total domination of the planet, what can still be done?” Some say: ‘nothing’. There are plenty of discouraged, scared voices of people who have already fully given up, and come to the conclusion that the Empire is too powerful, too determined, and therefore, unstoppable. Others are praying. And there are also some, who are putting all their trust into those few brave ones that are ‘still fighting’. Hopelessness, fear and defeatism – this is how the Empire wants you to feel. Do not! Defeat is only purposefully encoded in the propaganda that is being spread by the West. In reality, nothing is lost. Actually, working all over the world, I am increasingly optimistic. People in the Middle East, in Africa, in many parts of Asia, are now waking up. People in Latin America woke up long time ago – they are alert, vigilant! These are actually truly breathtaking moments in our human history. But nothing is free. To save the world, we will still have to stand firm against neo-colonialism, and all that insane propaganda that is being constantly disseminated by the West. We will have to be determined and strong. If we are, this is not going to be the end, but the beginning! Of course if we just whine, everything will go to hell, and fall into the laps of the rulers of the world. I actually think, and I have said it and written it on so many occasions, that right now there is absolutely no reason for nihilism. Those dark days, some two decades ago, of disheartenment and gloom, are over. The era of the monsters like Reagan and Thatcher, the post-Reagan and post-Thatcher decades, of the Bush years, of the Yeltsin years, pre-Chavez years, preMorales years: Have all gone! This is a new reality, and in many parts of the planet, it is quite a beautiful one! Of course, most of the world is still extremely ugly, in pain and being governed by ruthless thugs, hypocrites, and even by mass murderers. Of course the West has not reformed itself, and it has never abandoned its ambition to dominate the planet. Of course there are millions of innocent people still dying, and the planet is being plundered by a bunch of degenerate morons belonging to the new religion called ‘market fundamentalism’… as this is being written. Of course the propaganda and brainwashing campaigns coming from north America and Europe are intensifying dangerously. Of course it is not ‘the end of history’, but ‘the end of democracy’ as we have always perceived it… Democracy has been totally kidnapped, perverted and humiliated by the most cynical manipulations from Washington, London and Paris. It has nothing to do with the ‘rule of the people’, nor about sticking some piece of paper into a carton box, in
order to legitimize an entirely illegitimate ‘multi-party’ (really multiparty?) regime. And of course, if there is no determined resistance, or defense of the basic values on which humanity is based, there will soon be nothing except absolute slavery, market fundamentalism, in brief a society much more appalling than Orwell or Huxley could ever envision. The good news is, that there is resistance! And there are people who are standing tall and fighting for the survival of mankind. But equally as important, or even more important, is the fact that now there are also several countries that are totally determined not to allow this neo-nazi European and north American system to choke the world. These countries are not ‘perfect’, as nothing on this earth is. But they are historically peaceful, even if dirtied by the relentless disinformation campaign carried out by the global mass media. And they are all, without exception, much more interested in the well-being of humankind, than in religious concepts attached to business doctrines or world domination. These countries – they all have different histories, economic and political systems, but all of them are fundamentally against Western neocolonialism and imperialism. needless to say, all of them have suffered greatly from it in the past, so they know what they are fighting against. I am talking about Cuba and Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, Uruguay, China, Russia, Eritrea, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Iran, and many other nations of our wonderful and diverse planet. Each and every one of them has been attacked in the past, by either Europe or the United States, or both. China, one of the oldest and greatest nations on earth, was tricked, occupied and divided; plundered… Barbaric French hordes ransacked its cultural treasures, while the British colonized its cities, and in fact entire areas. Symbolically, as recorded, the invaders even looted Chinese cultural treasures. As written in ‘The Telegraph’: there are Chinese artifacts, “1.5 million artifacts… in museums and collections across Europe and America, including the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.” The West has been meddling in the internal affairs of China, financing, training and even arming its ‘opposition’. The narrative over Tibet, as well as its mostly internationalist approach towards Africa (I have interviewed hundreds of African people on the ground, in twenty odd countries, and most of them were appalled by the Western anti-Chinese narrative), has been totally kidnapped by the propagandists in London and Washington. The country has been antagonized and provoked on various occasions, its neighbors pitched artificially against it, again and again. The outrageous provocative military actions of the US, Japan and South Korea against China and north Korea, are continuously bringing the world somewhere close to WWIII, as I have been told by most of the leading academics specializing in the region, including many of those from the West. Europe or the United States would never tolerate even one percent of what they are subjecting China, Russia and other countries to, with deadly regularity. WWII terminated the lives of twenty million Soviet citizens, who in the end defeated nazism and saved further hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from definite annihilation. While the Soviet Union supported most of the liberation struggles in the fight against Western colonialism, it never directly attacked Western Europe nor the United States. But it is Russia, not the US, UK
or France, which is constantly defined by Western propaganda as the aggressor! no facts are given, except for many pseudo-facts about the Ukrainian famine, which, this author is intending to re-visit from his previous essays, together with the other ‘main pillars of Western anti-Communist propaganda’ – the Chinese famine and Cambodian bloodletting (both triggered by imperialism – by the US and Japanese ones), but about these topics, a little bit later this year. Could all these vicious lies and manipulations be created precisely because Russia has always fought against Western imperialism? And what about the world? Just ask people from the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa: Many see both Russia and China as two giants, two heroes, not as ‘aggressors’. Iran: Is there any country (maybe except Cuba and Russia), which has suffered from Western terror more than this old cultural powerhouse? Iran has been battered relentlessly! The democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, a true patriot who introduced great social changes in his country, was overthrown in a CIA and MI6 arranged coup, in 1953. It is not even denied in the West. The new York Times in 2000, reported (“The C.I.A. In Iran”) on that fact, and called the operation a ‘success’, lamenting ‘mishaps’: “The Central Intelligence Agency’s secret history of its covert operation to overthrow Iran’s government in 1953 offers an inside look at how the agency stumbled into success, despite a series of mishaps that derailed its original plans.” The West then pampered and supported its brutal implant, the Shah; his torture chambers, rapes, political murders and disappearances. And it armed and conditioned Iraq, which was under its close ally – Saddam Hussein – who invaded Iran in 1987, triggering a beastly war that took between 500,000 and 1.5 million human lives (historians can still not agree on the exact numbers). Iran, naturally, has never attacked Europe or the United States, but we are told to fear its ‘potential nuclear capability’! Of course it did something much more ‘terrible’ in the eyes of the West; it dared to, under Mosaddegh, to nationalize its oil reserves. For that, millions of people had to die. I don’t know about others, but while looking back at our planet’s history, I’d feel calmer if Iran were to have nukes, than when I know for certain, that the UK, France or US, some of the most aggressive countries on earth, actually have them. And Cuba! Assassination plots against its President, the bombing of a passenger airliner, the bombing of restaurants and hotels, a direct invasion, an insane embargo, and even attempts to trigger drought and poison its crops, not to speak about the direct financing of the ‘dissidents’! The West, led mainly by the United States, did all that to Cuba. And it was done with absolute impunity. All this because Cuba has been fighting, for decades, against imperialism and colonialism in Africa, because it helped to liberate namibia and Angola, and tried to liberate the Congo; because it has been sending its doctors to the poorest parts of the world, because it has become a symbol of resistance against Western fascism… Are we all scared of Cuba? Hands up who is! I am serious. I can go on and on, about Venezuela and Bolivia, about Chile, even Brazil. But this time I just want to send a relatively short message: Just once, just for a few minutes, let us ‘censor’ our minds, to all the propaganda coming from the West. And let us, based on history and common sense, ask a very logical question: “Would it not be better to give a chance to those countries that are now standing against the Empire?”
We let Europe, the United States and their religious market fundamentalists rule the world, for many long centuries, and hundreds of millions of people vanished. Just let us have a glance at the map of the world, the way it looked at the very beginning of the 20th century. Are we getting the point? Everything colonized by Europe, all divided, messed up and enslaved. Let us try something else. Let us all join the fight against nazism and imperialism. Let us at least try! Slowly but surely, non-Western countries are joining hands: Russia and Latin America, China and Latin America (yes, it was China which bailed out and saved Cuba, when that traitorous alcoholic Yeltsin, was busy destroying his country and the world, while at the same time taking direct Western dictates). Russia and China are getting closer, while Russia declared that it would support and defend Iran, if necessary. Venezuela and Iran, despite their cultural and social differences, are now as close as possible, and so are countries like Brazil and China. The world is changing. new and powerful media has emerged, sheltering the world from the one-sided Western indoctrination, offering great alternatives: ‘TeleSur’ in Venezuela (for which we are laboring relentlessly and proudly!). Press TV. RT! And there is even CCTV of China, although it still has to shed its ‘shyness’. All this new and potent media is being read watched and relied on, by tens of millions of people starved of honest reporting and anti-imperialist stands! These media outlets are now standing tall and firm, alongside those several great opposition publications in the West (mainly in north America, very little in Europe) such as Counterpunch, Global Research, and Znet. Public disobedience and “Occupy Wall Street” will definitely not save the world. Whole countries, big and strong, will have to get involved. There should be no appeasement. If the Empire dares to put its destroyers and military bases near Russia, China, Iran or Venezuela, these countries should do the same. And they are doing it, and they will. The West is increasingly acting as a nazi entity, and one does not do ‘peaceful protests’ in front of the Reichstag, when flames are consuming the world, when millions are being murdered! Such protests will only be tolerated for as long as they are ineffective, but the moment when they truly become dangerous to the empire, they will be crushed. As they were! I also believe that internal opposition in Europe and the United States should stop being so picky, demanding purity and perfection from the countries that are fighting against their own nazi rulers, the system and the Empire. It’s not the time to be too fussy. Resistance forces are diverse, they are not always ideal and to everyone’s taste, but they are already saving millions of human lives. Let us first stop Western aggressions, imperialism and neo-colonialism, and only then, let us sort out our differences and determine the ideological way forward for the progressive forces on this planet. Until then, to the barricades, to the battleships and to the television stations and magazines! Of course we will win, but it will take some balls and ovaries, as they say in Latin America! Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His discussion with Noam Chomsky On Western Terrorism is now going to print. His critically acclaimed political novel Point of No Return is now re-edited and available.
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Saturday, 26 April, 2014
The real winner of The afghan war Daily Beast
or over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history. DynCorp, one of the largest corporations working in the government’s army of private contractors, has long been known for corruption scandals and a questionable performance record. But none of that seems to have discouraged the U.S. government from awarding the company new contracts. The State Department paid nearly $4 billion for projects to aid in Afghan reconstruction from 2002 to 2013. $2.5 billion of that went to DynCorp—69% of all the money awarded by the State Department over almost the entire duration of the war. The figures on DynCorp’s earnings come from a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAr), an auditing agency created by Congress to provide oversight on government spending in Afghanistan. According to the SIGAr report, 89% of State Department funding, $3.5 billion, went to supporting large, so-called "ruleof-law" projects, like training and equipping the Afghan police force. And that was DynCorp’s primary focus in Afghanistan, too—although the firm also handled jobs like providing bodyguards for Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai. “Dyncorp contracts dealt principally
with training and equipping the Afghan National Police and counternarcotics forces. DynCorp contracts included police trainers, construction of police infrastructure, and fielding police equipment and vehicles,” the SIGAr report states. The list of DynCorp’s job responsibilities, particularly in counter-narcotics and training the Afghan police force, gives a short rundown of some of the most difficult problems for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But for all the billions the company has received to resolve these problems, there has been precious little progress. In the case of narcotics, it’s actually gotten worse in recent years, with opium production reaching record highs in 2013. It might raise alarms that so much of the State Department’s budget was funneled directly into one entity. But DynCorp—which is owned by Cerberus Capital Management LP, a private equity firm based in New York—is used to relying on federal cash. With more than 96% of the company’s $3 billion in revenue coming from government contracts, DynCorp is basically a private subsidiary of Uncle Sam. By itself, that might not be so bad; there are plenty of private companies that bring in public funds. The real problem with DynCorp is the company’s well-documented history of corruption investigations and subpar performance. In July 2009, Forbes wrote that “Dyncorp has emerged as one of the big winners of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
which now generate 53% of Dyncorp’s $3.1 billion of annual revenue.” Not long after, the “big winner” was called out in 2010 by the inspector general for Iraq for being unable, along with the State Department, to account for $1 billion spent training the Iraqi police force. In 2011, the company was hit even harder in a joint report from Department of State and Department of Defense inspector generals citing failures that “placed the overall mission at risk by not providing the mentoring essential for developing the Afghan Government and Police Force.” And that’s not even mentioning the allegations that DynCorp employees procured child prostitutes to entertain Afghan officials. It’s a claim that the company and State Department have both denied, but was serious enough to prompt worried emails from an Afghan politician asking that the story be kept secret. The child prostitution story first publicly emerged through a diplomatic cable revealed by Wikileaks. The document describes “a May 2009 meeting” in which “interior minister Hanif Atmar expresse[d] deep concerns that lives could be in danger if news leaked that foreign police trainers working for US commercial contractor DynCorp hired ‘dancing boys’ to perform for them.” The “dancing boys” story went away without causing too many problems for DynCorp. But it wasn’t the first time the company had been implicated in a sexual abuse case; an earlier incident inspired the
Hollywood movie “The Whistleblower.” In that incident, a group of DynCorp employees working as peacekeepers in Bosnia were accused of sex trafficking by a colleague. The whistleblower, Kathryn Bolkovac, was fired by DynCorp after coming forward to them with her report. She then successfully sued the company in British court. Another DynCorp employee who worked in the Balkans during the same period as Bolkovac filed a separate lawsuit against the company. In his suit Ben Johnston claimed he “witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased.” More recently, in 2013, Dyncorp was found to have done a subpar job on a construction project for the Afghan National Army in Kunduz province. The company and the American government eventually reached an agreement after being investigated for the botched job in Afghanistan—an agreement that saw Dyncorp receive nearly $70 million despite the shoddy work. The head of SIGAr, John Sopko, said of the outcome: “That wasn’t a settlement, it was a mugging.” Whether America ought to be outsourcing its foreign policy to for-profit corporations is an issue that has been debated elsewhere—probably not enough, but we won’t get into it here. The immediate question is how a company with so many bad marks on its record keeps get-
ting bigger and bigger slices of the federal pie. DynCorp has emerged as one of the only big winners in Afghanistan. 87% of all contracts awarded by the State Department in Afghanistan went to only five companies, with DynCorp being the biggest of the five. The remaining 13% of contracts were split between another 766 recipients, who received on average less than a million dollars each—a relative pittance compared to the payout the top five received. That’s the kind of structure—with the vast bulk of contracts going to a small group of insider corporations—that can create accountability problems. When the same small group of big companies keeps getting the big contracts, it can threaten the competitive advantage that’s one of the rationales behind contracting out government work in the first place. In Dyncorp’s case, performance and accountability seem to have been no obstacle to keeping the work and paychecks flowing from the government. If this is the point in the story where you’re shaking your head at the strangeness and impenetrable stupidity of it all, this is the point where I tell you: Forget it, Jake. It’s Afghanistan. Jacob Siegel is a reporter and editor at The Daily Beast and an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an author and editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories From the Long War, the first anthology of fiction written by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
The appointment of the OBAMA STANDS WITH ABE Indian Army Chief triBune, ChanDigarh lt gen RaJ Kadyan (Retd)
In India nothing of significance ever happens without kicking up political dust. Thus far mercifully the defence forces had been kept out of such controversies. Going by some recent media debates, this convention seems passé. The appointment of the next Army Chief, who is to assume office on retirement of the present incumbent, Gen Bikram Singh, on July 31, 2014, has aroused unprecedented interest of political parties out to score brownie points against the opponents in the ongoing parliamentary elections. An Army Chief is appointed out of the Army Commanders. All the present Army Commanders, and their equivalent, the Vice Chief, have risen to that position through five selection boards. Since statistically only about 40 per cent get selected at each board, the Army Commanders form the top 1.024 per cent of their peers. An Army Commander's post is the highest operational command in our Army. The competence of all Army Commanders is therefore repeatedly established and no further selection is considered necessary. Each of them is capable of and fit for being appointed as the Army Chief. It is based on this premise that the senior-most Army Commander is elevated as the Chief. This convention has been followed almost without exception. Notably, seniority is decided not on a routine first-come principle; it is established on commissioning based on the merit list drawn after four years of training. The appointment of Army Chief is cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. The ACC comprises the Defence Minister, the Home Minister and the Prime Minister. Unlike a normal committee that sits together and deliberates, the ACC does not meet. Instead, the file moves to different members where it is vetted by the staff with inputs from other agencies such as the IB. The process normally takes two to three months. Besides, the appointment itself is announced two to three months in advance to enable the new incumbent to get a thorough briefing from all operational theatre commands and from different directorates at Army Headquarters. Considering the above constraints, it is only correct that timely action is taken to process and announce the appointment of the new Army Chief. Delay will not be in organisational interest. It is unfortunate that some parties are giving it a political colour. The appointment of the next Army Chief has no relation to the moral code of conduct imposed by the Election Commission. That code only forbids actions that can influence the voters. To assume that the appointment of the Army Chief would sway public opinion and impact voting pattern against or in favour of a particular political party is indeed incredulous. The code is not intended to bring the defence forces to a standstill. Some have equated the appointment of Vice Admiral Dhowan as the new Naval Chief, where the sen-
iority principle has been violated, to the case of the next Army Chief. There is absolutely no parallel. The vacancy of the Naval Chief occurred after Admiral Joshi resigned owning moral responsibility for the spate of accidents that have dogged the Navy in the recent past. Admiral Joshi's action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the defence forces and has been rightly applauded. The leadership responsibility in any organisation, more so in the defence forces, is at two levels: the direct responsibility and the supervisory responsibility. Admiral Joshi as the Chief had only supervisory functions and was not directly commanding the ships or units where mishaps occurred. His action was on moral and ethical grounds. Stretching the same principle, the degree of supervisory responsibility of the Flag officer-in-Command of the Western Naval Command, where most of the accidents occurred, was even higher. rightly, the FoC-inC Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha should also have put in his papers following in the footsteps of his Chief. Alternatively, the government could have and should have asked him to quit, which did not happen. His being denied the post of Naval Chief, therefore, makes logical sense. None of this is relevant in the context of the new Army Chief. The only relevant point from the Navy's case is the time taken to process the files and choose the next Chief. The chair of the Naval Chief had unforeseeably fallen vacant on February 26. Considering the urgency, even though all processing actions would have been speeded up, it has taken 50 days to name the new Chief. The Army's case being normal, it would take even longer. The new government will take charge only in the latter half of May and would not be in a position to arrive at a decision in time to permit smooth changeover of the baton. The present government is not only right but in fact is obliged to make the announcement before demitting office. The government must ensure that the Army has a timely and smooth changeover of its Chief. Even the appointment of Gen Bikram Singh was announced three months in advance. Interestingly, in 2004 the appointment of Vice Admiral Arun Prakash as the next Naval Chief was cleared by the outgoing NDA government on May 11, just two days before they conceded defeat. So why is all the political brouhaha being created in the case of the next Army Chief? According to the prevailing norms and convention, the senior-most Lt Gen must be elevated and well in time. Any off-the-perpendicular deviation, inspired by political or someone's familial preferences, must be eschewed as it will harm the institution of the Army. our country is unfortunately riven by religious and caste considerations. The defence forces have stood apart for their secularism, loyalty to the Constitution and for their apolitical character. This must remain so. The writer is a former Deputy Chief of the Army Staff.
Wall street Journal Full marks to President obama for removing any ambiguity about whether the U.S. is treaty-bound to defend Japan's Senkaku Islands against Chinese attack. "our commitment to Japan's security is absolute and Article Five covers all territories under Japan's administration, including the Senkaku Islands," he told a press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday. That helps undo the damage from a weak and uncoordinated U.S. response to China's imposition of an air defense zone over the islands last November. China's bellicose rhetoric and brinksmanship around the islands suggest that Beijing doesn't take the possibility of war with the U.S. seriously. Perhaps now it will. Earlier this month, the U.S. military showed it can saber-rattle too. Marine General John Wissler expressed confidence that his forces in Japan could quickly retake the Senkakus if China invaded. It's clear the general wasn't free-lancing. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave a somewhat more nuanced but equally tough warning in Beijing the same week. That threw the Chinese Foreign Ministry and its mouthpieces into a rage. Less noticed so far is a comment Mr. obama made to Japan's Yomiuri newspaper this week: "I commend Prime Minister Abe for his efforts to strengthen Japan's defense forces and to deepen the coordination between our militaries, including by reviewing existing limits on the exercise of collective self-defense." This puts the U.S. on record as supporting Mr. Abe's coming reinterpretation of the constitution to allow Japanese forces to defend allies. The change will attract opposition from pacifists at home, includ-
ing Mr. Abe's coalition partners. Mr. obama's comments also rebut wishful thinking in China's state media that the U.S. fears re-emerging Japanese militarism. In Beijing's view, Mr. Abe is alarming Asian neighbors who suffered under the Imperial Army in World War II. China's leaders may believe the anti-Japanese propaganda the Communist Party spouts to justify its rule. But the image of Mr. obama standing shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Abe should convince them it won't play abroad. The U.S. and others recognize the contributions Japan has made to the peace and prosperity of the region since the war. Japan can do even more by becoming a normal nation that contributes its military share to the democratic alliances that deter the rise of new tyrannies. It's true that Mr. Abe and other politicians alienate would-be friends with their visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals are honored along with other war dead. U.S. officials rebuke this practice by paying their respects at the national cemetery instead. But those who continue to hang a portrait on the Tiananmen Gate of Mao Zedong, the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century, could be more circumspect. A Chinese spokesman this week referred to the U.S.-Japan alliance as a relic of the Cold War. A few years ago he might have had a point, as the difficulty of relocating Marine bases on okinawa showed. But Beijing's desire to return to the days when neighboring countries paid tribute to the emperor has brought the alliance to the fore again. Presidential visits are mostly about symbolism, and Mr. obama's trip sent the needed message of solidarity with a democratic ally.
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
SECP BANS NDM TRANSACTIONS Pakistan’s 3G sPectrum auction below exPectation, says moody's COMMISSION RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF SHARES IN CDS TO PROTECT INVESTORS’ ASSETS
STOCK BROKERS ARE SAID TO HAVE BEEN MISUSING SECURITIES OF THEIR CLIENTS FOR PERSONAL GAINS KARACHI
OODY'S Investors Service says that the outcome of the 3G and 4G spectrum auctions held on 23 April in Pakistan are credit positive for Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink, B2 negative). "Mobilink was able to secure 10MHz of 3G spectrum in the 2100MHz frequency for $300.9 million, which is well below our earlier expectation of at least $400 million. In addition, it was only 2 percent above the base price set by the regulator -- the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)," says Yoshio Takahashi, a Moody's Assistant Vice President and Analyst. As of January 2014, Mobilink had 37.7 million customers, or a market share of 29%, according to PTA. Telenor Pakistan (unrated), Pakistan Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone, unrated), and CMPak Limited (Zong, unrated) had market shares of 26 percent, 19 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Telenor and Ufone each obtained 5MHz of 3G spectrum ($147.5 million) at the spectrum auction, while Zong obtained 10MHz of 3G spectrum
($306.9 million) and 10MHz of 4G spectrum ($210 million). While Mobilink's spectrum holding will therefore help it to maintain better network quality when compared to Telenor and Ufone, Zong's large spectrum holding, including 4G, could be a potential threat. Zong is a subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation (unrated), the parent of China Mobile Limited (Aa3 stable). China Mobile is the largest mobile operator in China by number of subscribers and has already launched 4G services in China. The launch of 3G services will allow Mobilink to sustain revenue and earnings growth as the increased data revenue will drive up the average revenue per user (ARPU). According to PTA, ARPU in Pakistan is $2.14 per month -- currently lower than neighbouring India ($2.56 per month) and Sri Lanka ($2.35 per month). "We expect Mobilink to benefit from the increased data revenues as subscribers shift to 3G services. The ongoing migration to 3G services will also be fuelled by the proliferation of more affordable s m a r t phones," adds Takahashi.
The regulators have partially banned share trading under the Negotiated Deal Market (NDM) transactions on the country’s bourses where the stock brokers are found to have been misusing the securities of their clients for personal gains. However, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is focusing more on protecting the investors’ shares. Sources in the Karachi Stocks Exchange (KSE) claim that the NDM transactions were taking a heavier toll on investors, especially smaller ones, in terms of a huge difference in the share prices that are set by the two parties under such off-market deals. The SECP, in a letter issued on April 3 to the managing directors of the three stock exchanges in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, said the stock brokers were using NDM transactions to transfer securities from the sub-accounts of their clients to their own house accounts or some other sub-account they control. This practice, the regulators said, had “become a vehicle to misappropriate the securities owned by the clients and to bypass the restrictions on unauthorized movement of securities in the CDS”. The commission already has restricted the movement of shares in the Central Depositary System (CDS) to protect the investors’ assets. Urging the need for implementing a suitable mechanism to prevent the anomaly, the SECP instructed the front regulators at all three bourses to disallow all transactions in the NDM be-
tween a broker’s proprietary account and a client of such broker. Also, the regulator directed that the NDM transactions be prohibited between the clients of the same broker. Having taken from April 14, the ban has also been communicated to the National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) and Central Depositary Company (CDC) the later being the one to have pinpointed the irregularity in its proposals to the stocks exchanges in September last year. Having highlighted the misuse of clients’ securities through NDM, CDC, however, gave a cold shoulder to the SECP’s repeated reminders that the company should swiftly finalize its consultation process with the bourses and submit its proposals to the Commission for further action. “Despite the lapse of considerable time and reminders, CDC failed to finalize and implement the subject proposal,” the apex regulator said in a letter it issued to CDC on April 3. The ban, however, did not set well with the brokers who raised different queries regarding the restriction. This made the SECP clarifying, on April 10, that the ban on NDM transactions only was applicable in cases where such transactions would result in intra broker transfers of securities namely from house account to sub-account or from sub-account to house account or between sucb-0acocunts under the control of the same broker. Increasing pressure exerted by, what the sources said, the “big fish” of stocks market has compelled the apex regulator to be flexible a little further. The SECP Friday has asked by April 30 the stocks
exchanges for their comprehensive proposals to decide the final fate of the restriction on all such off-market thus unregulated negotiated deals. The sources, however, claim that the anomaly also was causing financial losses to the investors, especially the retailers. Citing t deals through NDM transactions in the stakes of KAPCO and HUBCO as recent illustrations, the sources said there was a huge difference between the market price and underline price for the two off-market negotiated deals. The foreign shareholders of KAPCO, the sources recalled, had offloaded some 10-11 percent of its stakes in the scrip at an underline negotiated price of Rs 48 against the market price of Rs 64 per share. “The price difference is above 30 percent as against the regulatory cap of 5 percent,” they added. Similarly, the price difference under NDM transaction for HUBCO ranged between Rs 7 and Rs 8 per share, the sources said. The off-market share trading under NDM also is believed to be more secretive. “They share no detail with the investors. The negotiated share price is totally different from what appears on the trading screen,” claimed Yaqub Habib, a small investor at KSE. The retailer recalled how he had offloaded some 5000 of his KAPCO stakes when he had seen the screen showing the scrip priced at Rs 64 at time when its international shareholder was selling his holding. “The price never came down from Rs 58, however,” he lamented. All kinds of on- or off-market trading on the local bourses, he claimed, must be shown on the screen so transparency could be ensured. He said investors must be kept aware of all trading activities in the listed stocks. To this effect, the front and apex regulators are mulling over the recommendations of Market Development and New Product committees to introduce sending SMS alerts against each NDM transaction to the respective clients.
CORPORATE CORNER kasb bank efforts appreciated by Finance minister ishaq dar
silk bank declares first quarter operating profit of rs 258m
KARACHI: KASB Bank becomes the only local bank to be part of the US Dollar 2 Billion Eurobond issuance in the international capital markets. In a meeting held in Islamabad, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appreciated the efforts of the lead managers in launching Pakistan’s Eurobond and said that the bond was heavily oversubscribed due to the hard work and efforts of the lead managers. KASB Bank takes pride in the confidence shown in it by the Government of Pakistan and will continue its efforts in bringing the economy of Pakistan on the growth path. PRESS RELEASE
KARACHI: Silk Bank Board in its meeting approved the accounts for the 1st quarter year ending 2014. The Bank made a significant turnaround by declaring an operating profit of Rs. 258 million in the first quarter of 2014. The Bank’s Net Interest Income more than doubled, posting an impressive 109% increase over the same period last year. Equally remarkable was the bank’s ability to keep expenses flat to almost previous year’s levels. Profit After Tax was recorded at Rs. 66.84 Million for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014. The Bank’s balance sheet footing also highlighted an impressive growth of Rs. 4.5 billion over December 31, 2013. The management is confident that with the Tier 1 Capital of Rs 2.2 Billion raised by the Bank in 2013 and the growth in revenues and balance sheet this quarter, Silk Bank will reflect a strong revenue momentum and close 2014 on an even stronger footing. The expansion into Credit Cards and Emaan Islamic Banking has helped the Bank reach new markets and as these portfolios mature, they are expected to further improve the earnings in 2014. The Bank is also making headway in discussions with various strategic and non-strategic investors to improve MCR and CAR by June 30, 2014. PRESS RELEASE
PHd: a global innovator in communications planning and buying KARACHI: PHD is a media business that has been built on a culture of thought leadership, creativity and innovation.PHD offers complete innovative media solutions involving communication research, planning, and buying to the fast paced advertising atmosphere. It is known globally as an innovator in communications planning and buying across broadcast, print, digital, mobile, social and emerging media. PHD is one of the world’s fastest growing and most awarded media and communication agencies, with over 3,000 staff working in over 80 offices worldwide. PRESS RELEASE
Hbl posts 20% growth in profitability KARACHI: The Board of Directors of HBL in the meeting held on 25th April 2014 reviewed performance of the Group, and have approved financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The Board has declared first interim cash dividend of Rs. 2 per share for the year ending December 31, 2014. The profit after tax rose by 20 percent, resulting in earnings per share of Rs. 4.54 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as against Rs. 3.77 in corresponding period last year. Net Interest Income increased by 8.1 percent to Rs. 14.2 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as against Rs. 13.2 billion during corresponding period last year. PRESS RELEASE
icmaP organises ‘tree Plantation drive’ ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Branch Council of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan) has taken the initiative of establishing "Pine Park” at the Green Belt between Zero Point and G-9 with the help and permission of Capital Development Authority, Islamabad. This park spans at an area of One Kilometer in Length and 150 Feet Wide. First plantation drive in this regard was undertaken in four rounds in which students, faculty, staff and members of ICMA Pakistan enthusiastically took part along with their children and families. The participants were overwhelmed with emotions to take part in this historic drive. Many a dignitaries from business community including Mr. Imtiaz Hyder, Commissioner SCD, SECP, Mr. Arshad Minhas and Mr. Nazir A. Shaheen Executive Director SECP, Mr. Muhammad Siddique, Registrar of Companies, SECP and Mr. Basharat A. Mirza, Executive Director OGDC, a great number of ICMAP Members and students and people from other walks of life visited the place, planted the pines of their name and encouraged the efforts of Islamabad Branch Council (IBC) of ICMA Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE
samad rubber works seals deal with bss LAHORE: Samad Rubber Works (Pvt.) Ltd., manufacturers of Samad Bond and brand leaders in the field of adhesives, are proud to announce their contract for becoming the exclusive suppliers of STICKOO glue to Beaconhouse Group (Beaconhouse School System & Educators) having a student body of over 247,000 students in nine countries and is one of the largest school networks in the world. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Indian film director Ikram Akhtar, cricketer Muhammad Asif and Shahab Khanzada at the launch of Hujra Restaurant on Friday. STAFF PHOTO
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
It's just a little too easy to get frustrated today -- so make sure that you're not taking out that energy on other people. Try to find creative outlets for any negative emotions you may feel.
You don't have to worry about how others are going to take your concerns -- they are sure to hear you out and most likely offer great ideas for how to cope. Things are sure to get better if you speak up.
You want change to come -- and it may be on its way. The thing is, you're feeling impatient and you may push yourself harder than usual in an effort to make it come around sooner.
Try to avoid any minute details today -- your mental energy just isn't up for it right now. It's a good day for bigpicture planning or strategy sessions, if they can be arranged.
You're in a weird place that may seem more enticing than it really should -- but the exit door is wide open. Try not to get too wrapped up in hopes and dreams. Real life is more than enough!
People seem to be doing pretty much whatever they want today, which could drive you a little crazy if they're moving too slowly for your taste. Try to get them to see things your way, but with respect.
Your greatest strength -- and your greatest weakness -- is your ability to see both sides of almost any situation. Today highlights that quality and may end up creating quite a bit of confusion.
Your imagination is more powerful than you realize -- and on a day like today, you can bring your dreams to life with ease. Take action and make sure that you're keeping yourself on track.
You misplace something early today that might elude you until tonight or even later. Don't worry too much about it -- the harder you look, the less likely you are to just stumble upon it.
You make a major advance today -so much so that you may actually take a quantum leap in your love life or career path. Keep up this momentum! You're definitely on the right path.
You've overextended yourself in some way, and should find that you need to backtrack quickly in order to make things right, The good news is that it shouldn't take very much time!
Your help is in great demand today, so make sure that you're free with it. Your energy is at its best when used in the service of others, and you can get some serious satisfaction out of your efforts.
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Saturday, 26 April 2014
Physical activity Protects brain in alzheimer's: study
ODERATE physical activity may preserve the hippocampus - the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus. Dr J Carson Smith, a kinesiology researcher in the University of Maryland School of Public Health who conducted the study, said that while all of us will lose some brain volume as we age, those with an increased genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease typically show greater hippocampal atrophy over time. "The good news is that being physically active may offer protection from the neurodegeneration associated with genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease," Smith said. "We found that physical activity has the potential to preserve the volume of the hippocampus in those with increased risk for Alzheimer's dis-
ease, which means we can possibly delay cognitive decline and the onset of dementia symptoms in these individuals. "Physical activity interventions may be especially potent and important for this group," Smith added. Smith and colleagues, including Dr Stephen Rao from the Cleveland Clinic,
COMING SOON: WORLD'S FIRST SELF-CLEANING CAR
Japanese giant Nissan has developed the world’s first ‘self-cleaning car’ which it predicts will make car-washing ‘obsolete.’ Its UK engineers are testing innovative ‘nano-paint technology’ which repels dirt before it gets a chance to take hold on the paintwork. It is set to be an option on future models but is being tested in Britain on the new Sunderland-built Nissan Note which went on sale in October priced from £12,100 to £17,100. No price has yet been set but it is likely to be around £450 ($750) – or similar to a metallic paint option. A Nissan spokesman said: ‘The Nissan Note is first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete. ‘Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.’ Scientists have developed ‘superhydrophobic’ and ‘oleophobic’ paint, which repels water and oils. It has been applied to the all-new Nissan Note supermini to create what it calls ‘the world's first selfcleaning car’. Nissan says it is the first carmaker to apply the trade-marked technology called Ultra-Ever Dry® on automotive bodywork and will be testing it ‘in the real world’ over the coming months at its European Technical Centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire. VIA DAILY MAIL
tracked four groups of healthy older adults ages 65-89, who had normal cognitive abilities, over an 18-month period and measured the volume of their hippocampus (using structural magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI) at the beginning and end of that time period. The groups were classified both for
low or high Alzheimer's risk (based on the absence or presence of the apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 allele) and for low or high physical activity levels. Of all four groups studied, only those at high genetic risk for Alzheimer's who did not exercise experienced a decrease in hippocampal volume (3 per cent) over the 18-month period. All other groups, including those at high risk for Alzheimer's but who were physically active, maintained the volume of their hippocampus. "This is the first study to look at how physical activity may impact the loss of hippocampal volume in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease," said Dr Kirk Erickson, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. "This study has tremendous implications for how we may intervene, prior to the development of any dementia symptoms, in older adults who are at increased genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease," Erickson said. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. AGENCIES
Bubbles that can display images and pop a scent: SensaBubble should be fun!
FACEBOOK ACQUIRES FITNESS TRACKING MOBILE APP MOVES
Facebook Inc has acquired the maker of a mobile app that can track the distance consumers walk or run and measure the calories burned, giving the social networking company an entree into the nascent market for fitness and health monitoring technology. Facebook did not disclose the price it paid for ProtoGeo Oy, the 2-year-old Helsinki company that makes the Moves app. A Facebook spokesman said the price for ProtoGeo, which has fewer than 10 employees, was not anywhere near what the company had paid for other higher-profile acquisitions recently. Facebook has begun 2014 by going on a shopping spree, paying $19 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp in February and $2.3 billion for virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR a couple of weeks later. Fitness tracking is attracting the attention of large and small technology companies, with companies such as Fitbit and Jawbone selling electronic bracelets that measure the wearer's activities. In March, Google Inc announced a special version of its Android operating system aimed at smartwatches and other types of wearable computers. With the Moves app, Facebook can enter the market without developing its own wearable computing hardware. The app uses a smartphone's built-in sensors to track a person's physical activity, recognizing movements such as walking, cycling and running. Facebook said Moves, which would continue to operate as a separate app, fit into its recent strategy of offering a variety of standalone mobile apps, such as Instagram for photosharing, Facebook Messenger for messaging and WhatsApp. AGENCIES
ASTRONAUT SHARES INCREDIBLE SPACEWALK SELFIE Can virtual reality be finally integrated in a real-time environment? Researchers at University of Bristol say it's possible. With the help of a chrono-sensory mid-air display system dubbed as SensaBubble, computer-generated images can now be projected onto bubbles filled with opaque fog, making virtual images look like they are wafting in the air, although they only last until they burst. A brainchild of Human-Computer Interaction Professor Sriram Subramanian of the University of Bristol Interaction and Graphics group, the new technology produces single bubbles of specific sizes, which can be controlled and be tracked. Here's the fun part. The fog in the bubbles is scented optionally and when they pop, the particular smell relevant to the notification is released, slowly dispersing a longer-lasting perceptible trace. "We are interested in creating new and exciting experiences for people. Think about your laptop or phone - you can't put your finger through the screen," Subramanian said. SensaBubble can open opportunities in the
business, gaming, and education industries, while focusing on the human senses of sight and smell. For example, solving Math problems can now be a fun and interactive learning experience. "There's an iPhone game which involves bursting bubbles to learn maths - we could project numbers onto different bubbles, so the children would have to burst the right bubble," said Subramanian. He also noted a possible ambient notification system, wherein a bubble would float around carrying a projected number that shows how many unread emails are there in one's inbox. A person can even have the liberty of assigning a scent to a particular email to let him or her know which email came from whom. "The human sense of smell is powerful, but there are few research systems that explore and examine ways to use it. We have taken the first steps to explore how smell can be used to enhance and last longer in a visual object such as a soap bubble," Subramanian added. COURTESY TECH TIMES
NASA astronaur Rich Mastracchio has snapped the selfie to end all selfies. The NASA astronaut was out on a spacewalk with crew member Steve Swanson to replace a backup computer box on the International Space Station when he decided to take a photo. "The space suit makes it very difficult to get a good selfie. I tried several today," Mastracchio said of the photo. The spacewalk selfie comes only a day after NASA encouraged Earthbound Twitter followers to celebrate Earth Day with "#GlobalSelfies". UPI
Increased coﬀee consumption linked with 11% lower diabetes risk A large study of coffee consumption in the US and UK shows evidence that increased coffee consumption is associated with an 11% decrease in risk of type 2 diabetes. The study used data provided by healthcare professionals of women from the UK that took part in the Nurses' Health Study and from US men that took part in the Health Professionals Followup Study. Participants were monitored via a food frequency questionnaire every 4 years over a 20 year period for the NHS arm and over 16 years for the US arm. The study found that participants who increased their coffee consumption by more than one cup of coffee a day de-
creased their risk of type 2 diabetes over the next 4 years by 11%. By contrast, those that decreased their consumption of coffee by more than a cup of coffee per day showed a 17% increase risk of type 2 diabetes. The researchers also noted that participants which had a stable consumption of 3 cups of coffee per day had a 37% lower risk of diabetes than the healthcare professionals which maintained a coffee intake of less than 1 cup per day. Whilst the researchers made adjustments to take into account a number of other possible contributory factors, such as alcohol intake and presence of high blood pressure or high cholesterol, there
may have been other factors which could have lead to increased diabetes risk amongst those that decreased their coffee intake. If, for example, a percentage of participants swapped their coffee intake for energy drinks, this could have an effect on the risk profiles that was not taken into account by the study. So, whilst the research suggests that coffee may have a protective effect against type 2 diabetes over a relatively short term period of 4 years, more detailed research would be needed before it could be stated that coffee has protective qualities against the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. VIA DIABETES.CO.UK
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
ARTS SRIDEVI BRUSHES UP HER TAMIL SKILLS
Making a comeback truly with a bang, Sridevi was offered innumerable projects after the success of ‘English Vinglish’. But the actress has now chosen to do a film in her mother tongue Tamil and she will be soon seen with the popular South star Sudeep. Known for his villainous role in ‘Makkhi’, Sudeep, who is thrilled to share the screen with the actress, stated that the film has a lot of A-listers and Sridevi is surely one of them. He also revealed that he is eagerly looking forward for this association. The film in question is said to be fantasy adventure which is slated to go on floor in September. NEWS DESK
IRRFAN KHAN SHOOTS FOR JURASSIC PARK IN HAWAII Bollywood’s no.1 import to Hollywood Irrfan Khan is having the time of his life in Hawaii shooting for the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. A source close to Irrfan Khan says the actor has been shooting with the very beautiful Bryce Dallas Howard. “Bryce is the daughter of the very prolific American director Ron Howard and a rising star in her own right. She plays a stellar role along with Irrfan in Jurassic World. Irrfan and Bryce hit it off from the word go,” says the source from the location. Apparently, Bryce has a “voracious curiosity” for Bollywood. “Bryce and Irrfan have hit it off like a house on fire. He has been shooting some very difficult stunt scenes on a helicopter in Hawaii, and thereafter spending time between shots with Bryce,” adds the source. Interestingly, Bryce has gone to the same acting school as Natalie Portman. Irrfan earlier worked with Natalie in Mira Nair’s short film Kosher, Vegetarian. AGENCIES
SANJAY DUTT’S ADORABLE SON BITTEN BY ACTING BUG Sanjay Dutt’s son, Shahraan is all set to make his Bollywood debut in actor’s first home production Hasmukh Pigal Gaya. He will be part of the song, Kisi Ki Muskuraton Par Ho Nisar. Though the song is originally from Raj Kapoor's film Anari, it will be played twice in this film: once with Shahraan and debutant actor Armaan Ralhan who is OP Ralhan's grandson featuring in it, and then again with Amitabh Bachchan. Choreographer Ahmed Khan says, "The song reflects the changing moods of Mumbai. It shows a mother pushing a man away from her baby's pram; accordingly I needed a small baby for the song and Maanyata was more than happy to let us shoot with Shahraan. After all, it is Sanju's home production." AGENCIES
TO PLAY MARILYN MONROE
ESSICA Chastain will play Marilyn Monroe in a biopic aimed at re-imagining the "inner, poetic and spiritual life" of the Hollywood icon. The two-time Oscar nominee is said to be close to a deal to star in Blonde, based on the Pulitzer prize final-making novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The project was first announced in 2010, when Naomi Watts was expected to star. Australian film-maker Andrew Dominik, best known for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, is still in line to direct. He described the project as a "really sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie … about an abandoned orphan who gets lost in the woods", in conversation with The Playlist blog at Cannes in 2012. Oates's 700-page novel, published in 2000, deals with many of Monroe's famous relationships, including US president John F Kennedy. Many of her paramours are unnamed, but are clearly identified by the actor's nicknames for
them and the context in which she discusses them. Hence, a male star of Some Like It Hot is labelled "C" (presumably Tony Curtis) and Monroe's husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur
BOLLYWOOD’S NEW BFFS – SONAKSHI SINHA, PRIYANKA CHOPRA Bollywood beauties have always been infamous for their cat-fights but our new age babes are setting a new trend. Gone are those days when actresses shared cold vibes with each other – now they let bygones be bygones and one such example was the camaraderie between Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha. Are they the new BFFs of Bollywood? Sonakshi and Priyanka seemed to be having a great time together at the 15th edition of IIFA awards at Tampa Bay, Florida. Even though both girls have been linked to Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor, there seemed to be absolutely no tension between the two. Songstress Priyanka Chopra was allegedly dating Shahid Kapoor during their ‘Kaminey’ days, while Sonakshi Sinha is rumoured to be more than just ‘good friends’ with her ‘R… Rajkumar’ co-star. But Sonakshi has denied these reports. Pictures of Priyanka and Sonakshi giggling together on stage are doing the rounds on Twitter. The duo was also snapped seated together at the IIFA press conference in Florida. Priyanka Chopra also posted a picture of hers with Sonakshi Sinha and captioned it ‘Gossip Girls.’ AGENCIES
Miller feature as "the ex-Athlete" and "the Playright" respectively. The book was previously adapted for a 2001 miniseries on the US CBS network. AGENCIES
Sana to play akShay kumar’S love intereSt
The Lollywood actress Sana reportedly has been cast in a Bollywood film with Akshay Kumar. The actress has already achieved recognition, having starred alongside Sunny Deol in Kafila and many other hit films in Lollywood. According to reports, "Sana has been approached by different directors from Bollywood for upcoming films and Sana will visit India very soon". Sana also acknowledged the report, saying, I have signed a film. We will start shooting in India. It's a thriller and comedy film and I am playing Akshay's love interest." The actress has not yet confirmed the name of the movie and also other details about the movie. AGENCIES
Shamoon turnS ‘Gidh’ for upcominG film
ANUSHKA TO ROMANCE SIDHARTH MALHOTRA ONSCREEN If all goes well, actors Sidharth Malhotra and Anushka Sharma will soon be sharing screen space in an upcoming film. The makers of this project — an Indian adaptation of the French film, Priceless (2006) — have apparently finalised their names for the lead roles. An industry insider reveals, "Film-maker Karan Johar has joined hands with an international studio headed by Siddharth Roy Kapur for this large-scale project. He (Karan) has come on board as
a co-producer." The currently untitled movie will be directed by Tarun Mansukhani. Incidentally, a report had claimed that the makers were considering roping in Alia Bhatt for the role that Anushka has now been approached for. "But they want to go ahead with Sidharth and Anushka now as they feel their pairing will give the film a fresh and young vibe. Although they both have agreed to do the film in principle, they are yet to sign any papers." NEWS DESK
Pakistan famous actor Shamoon Abbasi will start his new movie Gidh in May. Initially, Humayun Saeed was considered for the role but due to his busy schedule Shamoon replaced him. If reports are to be believed, the main female lead Ayesha Khan will also be replaced. Sharman Abbasi said,"I am also playing an important role in Gidh, my role is negative. We have recorded songs in voice of Rahet Fatah Ali Khan and Ali Azmat. We will start shooting in May. We will shoot this movie in Australia, Dubai and Pakistan. We will try to release Gidh on Eidul Adha." Other members of the team include Sara Loren, Hamza Abbasi, Saima Azhar. AGENCIES
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
Jolted teams seek winning momentum abu dhabi
inzamam backs waqar for Pakistan Sport deSk Pakistan batting great Inzamamul Haq has backed bowling great Waqar Younis for another stint as Pakistan's coach. Pakistan is looking for another coach after Dav Whatmore's tenure ended in February. Inzamam believes that Younis proved his credentials in his first stint as coach in 2010 and 2011. "Pakistan team benefited during Waqar's last tenure so I think he is the best choice as he knows the players and is familiar with our culture," Inzamam said. Haq, a former captain, also wanted to see a change in attitude from the players, seeing he wanted a stop to the axings of captains and coaches after one defeat. “I think it's about time we change the culture of changing captains and coaches after one defeat because we need to correct the wrongs and change is not the solution," said Inzamam. He suggested that the current ODI skipper Misbahul Haq continue his role, at least until the World Cup in Australia next year.
ataPattu to coach sri lanka on england tour Sport deSk Marvan Atapattu will lead Sri Lanka on a tour of England and Ireland next week with a major task of overcoming the inside knowledge of his predecessor as national coach, Paul Fabrace. Fabrace resigned as Sri Lanka coach on Tuesday, three successful months into a two-year contract, to return home to become the assistant to new England coach Peter Moores. Atapattu was confirmed as the interim coach on Friday by Sri Lanka Cricket. “That’s the biggest challenge for us. (Farbrace) had been working with Sri Lankan players for the last few months. He knows the inside out [sic] of our team,” chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said. “We were a very successful team. Our team management, Marvan, (Chaminda) Vaas, and Ruwan Kalpage have to do a lot of things to come out of this problem.” Atapattu has been the national team’s batting coach for three years and the assistant coach for 13 months, and was shortlisted with Farbrace for the head position at the end of last year. SLC appointed them only for the upcoming tour, which begins with a one-day international against Ireland on May 6, and the home series against South Africa in July. Atapattu retired from a 90-test career, including 16 centuries, in 2007.
WO teams jolted by recent defeats will be eager to get back the winning momentum. Royal Challengers Bangalore have just a day to shake off a stunning defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, for it was a game they weren't meant to lose. Any team needing 25 off 18 balls with seven wickets in hand would back itself to seal it, but a combination of nerves, intelligent death bowling from Vinay Kumar, and a blinder of an outfield catch from Chris Lynn turned the match on its head. It was Royal Challengers' first defeat in three games, but more importantly, it was the wake-up call they needed to ward off complacency. Chris Gayle's likely return will perk them up, but the opening position is not their worry, for they have managed well
without him. Yuvraj Singh has scores of 52*, 0 and 31 but he won't be very satisfied with his strike-rate. Virat Kohli cannot be expected to win them every game, which means the others around him have to be more consistent. Still, the Royal Challengers may not be as concerned about form as the Rajasthan Royals will be. The team succumbed to Glenn Maxwell defending 191 and against Chennai Super Kings, they failed to chase 141. They could not pin down Super Kings at 74 for 5, and despite restricting them to a middling total, the batsmen never really asserted themselves. It begs the question of whether Shane Watson should move up the order, with Abhishek Nayar struggling. If Watson can take control at the top, it relieves the pressure on the middle order. Varun Aaron had to endure negative press coming into this IPL, after he leaked 74 off only 7.5 overs in an
ODI against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Fortunately, he has managed to turn that around with economical spells. He took 1 for 9 off three overs against Delhi Daredevils and his best performance was 3 for 16 against Knight Riders. That he has managed to be penetrative without compromising on his pace is a bonus for Royal Challengers and himself. Rajat Bhatia joked that the Dubai pitch was slower than his bowling. The experienced medium-pacer has been hard to get at because of the pace he takes off the ball, forcing the batsmen to use extra muscle to clear the
long boundaries. He makes the batsmen play to his tunes and that explains his economy rate of 6.63. He was at his miserly best against Super Kings, giving away just 13 off four overs and picking up two wickets. Among current players, Shane Watson is the leading run-scorer in matches between Royals and Royal Challengers, with 210 runs. The record, though, is held by Rahul Dravid (323) who has retired. Virat Kohli has a below-par record against Royals, with only 158 runs at a below-par strike rate of 92 and an average of 17.55.
LANCASHIRE SIGN JUNAID KHAN AGAIN
SRINIVASAN'S ICC PRESENCE TO BE CHALLENGED Nagraj gollapudi agencies
The Cricket Association of Bihar, the plaintiff in the IPL case before the Supreme Court, is to take up before the court the matter of N Srinivasan representing the BCCI at the ICC. The matter is likely to be taken up on April 29, when the Supreme Court bench hearing the IPL case reassembles. Srinivasan, who has been replaced by the court as board president, was named the BCCI's representative to the ICC last September. However, that position could be changed given that he no longer holds a position on the board. The Supreme Court has so far not expressed an opinion on this specific issue. "We are going to press for barring Srinivasan from representing BCCI at the ICC. We have already made a prayer in front of the court," Nalini Chidambaram, one of the senior most lawyers on the CAB's legal team, told ESPNcricinfo. Despite the Supreme Court forcing him to step aside, Chidambaram said, Srinivasan's insistence that he was free to be part of ICC, was akin to "a man who is not fit to be a High Court judge but he wants to be a Supreme Court judge." Srinivasan's insistence that he was free to be part of ICC, was akin to "a man who is not fit to be a High Court judge but he wants to be a Supreme Court judge" Chidambaram explained that her client had made five prayers in the Bombay High Court last year when the CAB, represented by its secretary Aditya Verma, first approached the courts. The first plea was to set aside the BCCI-appointed two-judge panel to probe the corruption allegations that surfaced during last year's IPL. It was a shot in the arm for Verma when the Bombay High Court ruled in CAB's favour. But the High Court did not agree with his second prayer, that he wanted an independent panel to be appointed. The court instead wanted the BCCI to appoint another panel.
According to Chidambaram the other pleas were: Srinivasan should not represent India at ICC meetings, he should not be the BCCI president, terminate Chennai Super Kings franchise and he should also not be part of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, for which he is the president. "Those prayers were not pressed in the Bombay High Court. But we have renewed it now in the Supreme Court," Chidambaram said. Last month, after the Supreme Court passed an interim order asking Srinivasan to step aside, one of the immediate questions was whether he could attend the ICC meetings. Although the court had stated at the time it was an "internal matter," the answer was provided by Srinivasan when he attended the ICC's executive board meeting on April 9 and 10 in Dubai. Srinivasan's position in the ICC, as one of its directors, can be questioned under various ICC regulations in the light of the Supreme Court observations and orders around the BCCI's handling of the IPL 2013 corruption case. Yet there has been complete silence on the part of the ICC, as well as the other nine Full Members.
Lancashire have confirmed that Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to the county for limited-overs competitions. Junaid is expected to join the county in time for their first T20 match against Nottinghamshire on May 16. Junaid had earlier signed with Lancashire in 2011 and played four oneday games and eight T20s for the county. His performance in the Friends Life t20 in 2011, where he took 12 wickets in eight games, helped Lancashire qualify for finals day, where they were eliminated in a Super Over by Leicestershire. "We are delighted to be bringing Junaid back to Lancashire following his memorable spell with us in 2011," Lancashire's cricket director Mike Watkinson, said. "Following his time with us, he went on to become an established international with Pakistan and we are looking forward to him bringing that experience to Old Trafford as we aim to build on a good season in 2013." Junaid has played 46 ODIs since his debut in April 2011 taking 74 wickets at an average of 24.37 and an economy rate of just under five.
COULD NOT REFUSE ENGLAND: FARBRACE Sport deSk Paul Farbrace has said he understands the disappointment in Sri Lanka about his decision to leave after just a few months in the role of head coach and take up a job as Peter Moores' assistant in the new England set-up. Farbrace was confirmed as England assistant coach on Wednesday, having tendered his resignation to SLC the day before. He took up the Sri Lanka post in January after two years in charge of Yorkshire's 2nd XI and oversaw victorious campaigns at the Asia Cup and World T20 but was able to leave without the ECB paying any compensation due to a six-month probationary period written into his contract. His first major role with England will be to prepare them for Sri Lanka's arrival in May for Test, ODI and T20 series. Farbrace said he would expe-
rience "mixed feelings" about such a swift reunion with his former charges but said the opportunity to coach with his own country had been too good to turn down. "It doesn't look great from the outside, someone leaving a job after four months, and I understand from a Sri Lankan point of view that there is disappointment because it was a successful time," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I understand there will be that disappointment but as I went back to explain to them on Monday, the opportunity to work with my own team, my own country, and be working from home was an offer I couldn't really refuse. "The opportunity to work with your own national team is almost beyond your wildest dreams. It's a fantastic opportunity and a great time to be involved. There was some disappointment but most people in the room understood the situation. I like to think we finish on reasonably good terms.
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
sharaPova floors radwanska
EFENDING champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4 6-3 win over fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 27-year-old Sharapova needed just one hour, 32 minutes to see off Pavlyuchenkova to pick up her tenth straight win in Stuttgart, having won the 2012 and 2013 titles, and faces Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals. "I'm pleased to have won in two sets, but I am never really happy with my performance and always want to improve," said Sharapova. Her victory was in stark contrast to her struggles of Tuesday when she needed three tie-breaks and al-
RONALDO ONE OF TIME'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
SportS deSk In an article in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influencial People issue, Pele praised Cristiano, wishing he could’ve been his contemporary, but stressed that all allegiances are off in the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most influential athletes in sports today. I greatly respect his competitive mind-set on the field, and it’s no surprise that he is currently considered the best soccer player in the world. I had the opportunity to share his joy onstage at this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich. Cristiano never ceases to give his best for his national team. He reminds me a bit of my late friend and Portuguese soccer legend Eusébio. They have the same elegance and creativity. Back when I played, I would have loved having a teammate like Cristiano to play with up front. I would like to encourage him to keep up the hard work and to continue to fuel the passion for the sport among today’s youth. Also, I wish him the best this summer at the World Cup in Brazil. But if Portugal goes to the final against Brazil, I’m sorry, Cristiano, but I want Brazil to win. Cristiano was one of only five athletes named to the list, joining; Brooklyn Nets center, Jason Collins (the first openly gay current athlete in North American team sports), Super Bowlwinning Seattle Seahawk, Richard Sherman, World number one tennis player Serena Williams, and 17-year-old golfer Lydia Ko.
most three-and-a-half hours to defeat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in her first-round tie. Seeded sixth this year, Sharapova is aiming for a third straight title on the red clay of Stuttgart as the preparations for the French Open get fully underway. The four-time Grand Slam champion looked solid enough on serve, with just five double-faults to eight by her opponent and she had Pavlyuchenkova under constant pressure with her booming returns. Her opponent in the quarter-finals will be Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska who proved too good for Italian doubles specialist Roberta Vinci, winning 6-3 62. "Radwanska is the number three in the world and everyone knows she plays extremely well, but I love challenges like this," said Sharapova, who leads Radwanska 8-2 in previous meetings. "There are no secrets to our games, we know each other very well, but have not played each other for a while on clay. It will be interesting and
I'll have to improve in all areas." Second seeded Simona Halep squandered a 5-2 first set lead and three set points to lose 7-5 7-6 (74) to former US Open and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Former world number one and Stuttgart champion Jelena Jankovic booked her quarter-final berth as she beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 3-6 6-2 6-3, while Serb ninth seed Ana Ivanovic beat Germany's Julia Goerges 1-6 6-2 6-3. "At the end I missed the power in my game, but the positive thing is that I was able to play some good tennis despite all the travel," said 2011 Stuttgart champion Goerges, who had played in Germany's Fed Cup semi-final win in Australia last weekend. Ivanovic plays Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals. German Fourth seed Angelique Kerber, who also played Fed Cup in Australia at the weekend, went down 7-5 6-4 to Spanish claycourter Carla Suarez Navarro.
NADAL SAFELY INTO QUARTERFINALS Madrid agencies
World number one Rafael Nadal maintained his quest for a ninth Barcelona Open title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig on Thursday, racking up his 42nd win in 43 matches at the tournament. The 13-time Grand Slam champion has been far from happy with his form in recent weeks, but after a slow start had far too much for the world number 37 as he broke four times in total before sealing victory in an hour and 23 minutes. Nadal was happier with his performance against Dodig than in his second round outing against journeyman Albert Ramos on Wednesday. "I think from yesterday it is a step forward. I had a bit more intensity in my legs today and I can go away from the court a bit calmer," he told Spanish TV station Teledeporte. "In the second set I began to play pretty well, so I am happy to win because Dodig is always a difficult opponent. I felt pretty good throughout the match and now I have to prepare for another difficult game tomorrow." Nadal first broke the Dodig serve in the fifth game, but the Croatian immediately broke back to level at 3-3. However, the Spaniard then began to find his rhythm to roll off three straight games to close out the set. More was to follow in the second set as a series of penetrating ground stokes from Nadal forced Dodig onto the back foot in the fourth game to secure the break before serving out the match without any difficulties. Nadal's only loss in Barcelona came on his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003 when he was beaten by compatriot Alex Corretja in three sets in the second round. His winning streak is now at 41 in a row, with Nadal losing just three sets in that spell. Victory also took Nadal level with Arthur Ashe on 683 career wins with Boris Becker's mark of 713 now in his sights. Next up for Nadal in Barcelona is a meeting with fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro as the world number 20 overcame compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 to avenge his defeat in the Houston final just 11 days ago. Just one break in the eighth game was enough for Almagro to take the first set. Both men broke towards the start of the second set, but
again Almagro made his move again towards the end of the set as he broke once more to seal victory. There was to be no such joy for another Spaniard Tommy Robredo, though, as he succumbed to 12th seed Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5). Cilic will face Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarters as he eased to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev. Nishikori is making his first appearance of the season on clay in the Catalan capital and after struggling past Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets on Tuesday, he seemed more at ease as he equalled his best-ever run in Barcelona by reaching the last eight. Ninth seed Ernests Gulbis also secured his place with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Albert Montanes. The Latvian will face Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili in the last eight after he continued his fine week after shocking second seed David Ferrer on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Inigo Cervantes. Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber meets Colombian Santiago Giraldo in Friday's other quarterfinal.
GIGGS SAYS MANU APPOINTMENT HIS PROUDEST MOMENT
MANCHESTER: The Welshman took the reins on Wednesday after David Moyes' sacking and says leading the team out against Norwich will be the highlight of his glittering career. Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs insists Saturday's game against Norwich will represent the proudest moment of his illustrious career. The 40-year-old, who has enjoyed a glittering playing career at Old Trafford that has spanned three decades, is set to take charge of the team for the first time at the weekend following the sacking of David Moyes earlier this week. Giggs will take control of first team affairs until the end of the season and revealed at his first press conference that he has sought the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager under whom he has played for the overwhelming majority of his career. He said: "I have got to say it is the proudest moment of my life. I have supported Manchester United all my life, I have been a part of the club since I was 13. I am proud, I am happy, a little nervous and, just like playing, can't wait for the game on Saturday. "When Ed [Woodward] asked me to look after the team for the remaining four games, I had no hesitation in saying yes. "I can't wait for five thirty tomorrow when we walk out at Old Trafford. I know the place will be rocking." United sacked Moyes on Tuesday morning after a disappointing campaign that has seen the Premier League champions drop to seventh in the league table. The Red Devils cannot qualify for next year's Champions League and will finish the year trophyless - with the exception of the Community Shield - but Giggs believes he can still rely on the players at his disposal. agencies
MURINHO NOT INTERESTED IN MANU JOB
SportS deSk The Chelsea manager was heavily linked with the role following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, but he insists "no job would move me" from Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho has categorically ruled himself out of the running to take the vacant managerial position atManchester United. The Portuguese was considered one of the favourites to replace Sir Alex Ferguson last year, but David Moyes was chosen to take the position and Mourinho opted to return to former club Chelsea. Moyes's tenure proved short and unsuccessful, with the Scot leaving on Tuesday less than 12 months into a six-year contract and Mourinho has made it clear there is no chance he will leave Stamford Bridge for another job. At a press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea's match against Premier League leaders Liverpool, Mourinho said: "Of course not, I don't know how somebody can think about it. "I left Real Madrid to come specifically to Chelsea. I signed a four-year contract. I told Chelsea they never have to worry about me because I never want to leave. "So I'm here as long as they want me to stay. No job would move me from Chelsea." Manuel Pellegrini - manager of United's rivals Manchester City - has expressed sympathy for Moyes, pointing to the scale of the task the former Everton boss faced when replacing Ferguson.
SPORTS Saturday, 26 April, 2014
MCCULLUM, MOHIT KEEP MUMBAI INDIANS WINLESS Dubai
eeP your competition buried when they are down, say some. Chennai Super Kings, led by Mohit Sharma's best IPL figures and Brendon McCullum's second half-century in four matches, cemented their position near the top of the table with a crushing victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who are yet to register a win. Super Kings had been alternating between good bowling and good batting performances in their previous three matches. In their fourth one though, they were strong with both bat and ball. As Mumbai Indians eyed a late surge in the last five overs, they lost their set batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson, in quick succession, before Mohit cleaned up the middle order in just one over to end up with figures of 4 for 14. At the break, Mohit said it wouldn't be an easy chase for the Super Kings batsmen on the slow pitch. The way Dwayne Smith and McCullum played the first two overs suggested they had taken Mohit's advice seriously; only two runs came. However, with the words of their top performer ho-
MUMbai T20 innings (20 overs maximum) MeK Hussey b Hilfenhaus 1 aP Tare c raina b Sharma 23 cJ anderson run out (ashwin) 39 rG Sharma* c Smith b Hilfenhaus 50 Ka Pollard b Sharma 12 aT rayudu c raina b Sharma 1 cM Gautam† not out 7 Harbhajan Singh c Mccullum b Sharma 0 Z Khan not out 7 exTraS: (b 1) 1 ToTal: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 141 did NoT baT: PP ojha, Sl Malinga Fall oF WicKeTS: 1-11 (Hussey, 1.6 ov), 2-25 (Tare, 4.4 ov), 3109 (anderson, 15.2 ov), 4-123 (Sharma, 17.4 ov), 5-125 (rayudu, 18.1 ov), 6-127 (Pollard, 18.4 ov), 7-127 (Harbhajan Singh, 18.6 ov) boWliNG: ic Pandey 4-0-21-0, bW Hilfenhaus 4-0-39-2, r ashwin 4-0-20-0, MM Sharma 4-0-14-4, SK raina 3-0-32-0, ra Jadeja 1-0-14-0
cHeNNai T20 innings (target: 142 runs from 20 overs) dr Smith c anderson b ojha 29 bb Mccullum not out 71 SK raina st †Gautam b Harbhajan Singh 1 F du Plessis st †Gautam b Harbhajan Singh 20 MS dhoni*†not out 14 exTraS: (lb 4, w 2, nb 1) 7 ToTal: (3 wickets; 19 overs) 142 did NoT baT: M Manhas, ra Jadeja, r ashwin, bW Hilfenhaus, ic Pandey, MM Sharma Fall oF WicKeTS: 1-57 (Smith, 6.2 ov), 2-61 (raina, 7.4 ov), 3114 (du Plessis, 15.6 ov) boWliNG: PP ojha 4-1-25-1, Z Khan 4-0-31-0, Sl Malinga 4-022-0, cJ anderson 2-0-23-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-27-2, Ka Pollard 1-0-10-0 MaTcH deTailS ToSS: Mumbai T20, who chose to bat PlaYer oF THe MaTcH: MM Sharma (chennai T20) UMPireS: bF bowden (New Zealand) and M erasmus (South africa)
noured, Smith switched to his usual modus operandi, hitting three sixes in the next seven balls, all straight hits. Once the chase was set in motion though, it was McCullum who took the front seat, blitzing powerful boundaries through extra cover and midwicket off successive Zaheer Khan deliveries. The sight of his fellow countryman Corey Anderson seemed to charge him up even more as he used his incredible bat speed to power three boundaries through the cover region. With 51 runs in the Powerplay, Mumbai Indians'
only chance in the match was to somehow dismantle the strong batting order. They did get a sniff as Smith and Suresh Raina departed in successive overs. That was to have no effect on McCullum though, who, apart from giving respect to Lasith Malinga, kept on peppering the boundary regularly off other bowlers and brought up his half-century in 36 balls. Super Kings were almost level with Mumbai Indians' score at the 15-over stage, but they were in no mood to commit the same errors and cantered past the target with an over to spare.
FINCH GIVES SUNRISERS
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Sunrisers Hyderabad's batting eggs are all in their top-order basket. In their two previous games, the top three - Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner - had failed to fire, and so they lost. Today, all three batsmen came good and the upshot was a narrow victory that earned Sunrisers their first points of the season. Finch and Dhawan had an opening partnership of 56 in 6.2 overs, racking up Sunrisers' best Powerplay score in the process. There were no more wickets for Delhi Daredevils after Dhawan fell. Warner joined Finch for a 128-run stand in 13.4 overs with both batsmen making powerpacked half-centuries to post 184. Daredevils had themselves to blame for conceding so many because they dropped three catches. On 26, Dhawan cut Wayne Parnell straight to Manoj Tiwary at point and was reprieved. Parnell's anguish was evident because his previous three deliveries - all of them short - had been cut and heaved for four, six and four. Warner was dropped second ball - before he had scored - by the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off spinner Shahbaz Nadeem; he was on 31 when Tiwary put down a skier at point, off Parnell. Had those chances been taken, the likelihood of Sunrisers achieving their best ever IPL total was remote. Finch's innings had no such blemish. He did not shred the attack right from the start; in fact his first 35 balls brought him only 41 runs. The highlight of that period was a one-handed six over extra cover off
Scoreboard HYderabad T20 innings (20 overs maximum) S dhawan* c Pietersen b Nadeem 33 aJ Finch not out 88 da Warner not out 58 exTraS: (lb 3, w 2) 5 ToTal: (1 wicket; 20 overs) 184 did NoT baT: Kl rahul, dJG Sammy, Y Venugopal rao, KV Sharma, NV ojha†, dW Steyn, a Mishra, b Kumar Fall oF WicKeTS: 1-56 (dhawan, 6.2 ov) bowling: S Nadeem 4-0-24-1, Mohammed Shami 4-0-36-0, Wd Parnell 4-0-38-0, Jd Unadkat 4-0-43-0, JP duminy 2-0-19-0, lr Shukla 2-0-21-0 delHi T20 innings (target: 185 runs from 20 overs) Q de Kock c Finch b Sharma 48 M Vijay c Steyn b Sammy 52 KP Pietersen* c Sammy b Steyn 16 Kd Karthik† c rahul b Steyn 15 JP duminy not out 20 MK Tiwary not out 23 exTraS: (lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 6 ToTal: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 180 did NoT baT: lr Shukla, Wd Parnell, S Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Jd Unadkat Fall oF WicKeTS: 1-99 (de Kock, 11.2 ov), 2-103 (Vijay, 12.2 ov), 3-135 (Karthik, 16.4 ov), 4-135 (Pietersen, 16.5 ov) boWliNG: b Kumar 4-0-40-0, dW Steyn 4-0-33-2, Y Venugopal rao 1-0-9-0, KV Sharma 4-0-23-1, dJG Sammy 30-34-1, a Mishra 4-0-38-0 MaTcH deTailS ToSS: Hyderabad T20, who chose to bat PoiNTS: Hyderabad T20 2, delhi T20 0 PlaYer oF THe MaTcH: aJ Finch (Hyderabad T20) UMPireS: M erasmus (South africa) and S ravi (india) TV UMPire: bF bowden (New Zealand) MaTcH reFeree: GF labrooy (Sri lanka) reSerVe UMPire: K Srinivasan (india)
JP Duminy. Finch was off balance when he made contact but had the conviction to go through with the shot. He cut loose in the 16th over, with three consecutive boundaries off medium-pacer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, and passed 50 off his 37th delivery. He bettered that effort in the 18th over, punishing Jaydev Unadkat for four successive boundaries, and set Sunrisers on course for a formidable total. And just when Unadkat threatened to complete an efficient final over, Finch hit the final ball into the stands beyond midwicket, to finish with 88 off 53 balls. While Finch batted fluently right through, Warner converted a slow start into a punchy half-century. Soon after he was dropped second ball, he clouted Duminy over the straight boundary, but slowed down again. From 8 off 5 balls, Warner plodded to 18 off 27, until Parnell bowled him a leg-side full toss that he smashed for four. And then the boundaries flowed and Warner's touch was so good that he could switch-hit another full toss, from Mohammad Shami, for six over third man. Despite facing a daunting total, Delhi did not want for momentum. Their openers Quinton de Kock and M Vijay added 99 in 11.2 overs, scoring with ease off pace and spin alike. Dale Steyn had caused no problems in his first two overs either. Both openers fell in quick succession, though, leaving two brand new batsmen with the challenge of scoring 82 off 46 balls. Kevin Pietersen, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a hand injury, struggled. He scored only 5 off his first 13 balls as the asking-rate climbed over two a ball. Pietersen redressed that imbalance by heaving Darren Sammy over midwicket for six and then cutting his next ball - off Steyn - for four.
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