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Nawaz all set to leave for India today to attend Modiâ€™s oath-taking and have separate meetings with Indian president and premier as Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi accompany him
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Kaptaan is in for a longer innings
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief continued to cry foul against alleged rigging in last yearâ€™s general elections as a large number of PTI supporters gathered at the party rally in Faisalabad. While announcing that his party will stage its next rally in Sialkot on June 7, Imran Khan stressed that free, fair and transparent elections could only bring a positive change in the country.
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Monday, 26 May 2014
security forces on the top! SECURITY PERSONNEL CAPTURE HILL CONNECTING BAJAUR AGENCY WITH KUNAR PROVINCE OF AFGHANISTAN AS OVER 20,000 IDP FAMILIES RETURN TO TIRAH PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
MIDST reports of violence and clashes which left at least seven dead, including two soldiers, officials claimed to have captured a strategic mountainous top in Bajaur Agency on Sunday. The mountainous top, adjacent to
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At least eight Levies personnel were killed and another official was injured on Sunday when unidentified gunmen fired at a check post near Wadh Tehsil in Khuzdar. According to Levies sources, the unidentified terrorists targeted the check post on QuettaKarachi road, killing all the security personnel deployed there. The attackers managed to flee soon after the incident. Police and rescue teams reached the scene and shifted the injured to Khuzdar Civil Hospital. Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said that the area has been cordoned off as a search operation was underway to arrest the culprits. Khuzdar is one of the volatile districts in Balochistan where several pro- and anti-government groups operate.
Kaga Pass, connecting Bajaur Agency with Kunar province of Afghanistan, fell to security forces after deployment of security personnel with help of helicopters. Officials at Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency, confirmed the achievement and said three officials were injured in a gun battle with terrorists. However, reports revealed clashes between terrorists and security forces near Durand Line. According to
unconfirmed reports, two soldiers were killed and another five injured. Several terrorists were also killed in the clashes. Four of the terrorists were identified as Farhat, Zahir Shah, Shamsul Rahman and Tahir Mahmood. According to tribal sources and officials, the strategically important hill was the main route of terrorists. So far no official statement has been issued on the latest achievement, but it is believed that security forces have been able to cut supply line of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. IDPS RETURN TO TIRAH: In the meanwhile, a second batch of inter-
nally displaced persons (IDPs) has reached Tirah Valley has been completed with arrival of over 20,000 families to their native areas, a private news channel reported Sunday. Scores of people were displaced and had left their native villages in the wake of military operation against terrorist groups in the area. Government sources said that people from three tribes had returned in a process that started from May 7. The IDP families will be provided free ration for six months each, along with Rs 50,000. Rehabilitation work has also been started in the affected areas.
SETHI CALLS ON PM, BRIEFS ON PAK-INDIA CRICKET LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Sunday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and briefed him about the affairs of the board. Speaking to reporters, Sethi said, “Meeting with the premier was encouraging.” The PCB chairman also said he briefed the PM on the Pak-India cricket and developments in the restoration of the game between the two neighboring countries. “PM Nawaz agreed on the proposal for holding elections in the board at the earliest,” he said and added that the premier would give approval of the PCB constitution on his return from India. PM Nawaz, who is also patron-inchief of the PCB, assured full cooperation and provided guidelines to Sethi for the improvement of the game. A source said that the prime minister had asked Sethi for a briefing on the cricket relations with India. “Najam Sethi briefed him in detail about the existing relations and also about a MOU signed with the Indian
WASHINGTON INP United States President Barack Obama has put drone attacks in Pakistan on hold after Islamabad’s decision to step up its military actions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to a private news channel report, the cessation of drone strikes in Pakistan since the beginning of the year is due to a combination of the US president pushing for a more calibrated use of drone strikes, running out of “high value” al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas, very strong pushback from the Pakistani public and government who
are opposed to the drone strikes on the grounds that they violate Pakistan’s national sovereignty, and the fact that the Pakistani government is stepping up its own military operations against militants in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, where the majority of CIA drone strikes have taken place. Air strikes by Pakistani Air Force, for instance, killed approximately 60 people on Wednesday in North Waziristan. Indeed, the CIA drone program in Pakistan has stopped completely since the beginning of this year. This is a noteworthy development given the fact that there have been 370 drone strikes in Pakistan over the past decade that have killed somewhere between 2,080 to 3,428 people, most of whom were suspected militants, but also a smaller number of civilians. In Pakistan, there have also been no reported civilian casualties from CIA drone strikes during the past year,
BAJAUR: A three-day anti-polio drive in Bajaur Agency will start from Monday in which 227,300 children below the age of five would be vaccinated across the region. Talking to reporters during press briefing, Bajaur Agency Dr Zakir Hussain said that the health department in collaboration with the political administration has finalised all the arrangements for the drive. The health official said that 1,590 health workers and support staff would take part in the drive while special monitoring teams had also been formed to ensure the success of the campaign. "We have formed several teams comprising senior health officials for monitoring activities after local complaint against the efficiency of polio workers," he added. Dr Hussain said the health department on the directives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor has step up its efforts to eradicate anti-polio disease in the agency and all possible means are being used for the purpose. He said the administration and the security forces have made foolproof security arrangements for the health workers to avoid any unpleasant incident during the drive. He said that personnel of levies force, security officials of Bajaur scouts and volunteers of village defence committees will be deployed with every polio teams to protect them from any terror happening. To a question, Hussain said the people from all walks of life, including tribal elders, and religious elders are cooperating with the health department for the anti-polio activities as a result refusal cases in the region had been reduced in the past several drives. He said that the agency would soon be free of polio disease because no positive case had been detected in any part of the region in the past couple of years. APP
Govt says bulletproof cars only for foreiGn visitors
cricket board to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2022 with the first one expected to happen next year,” the source said. Pakistan is due to host four of six bilateral series. Nawaz Sharif, himself a known keen cricket enthusiast, on assuming power last year spoken publicly about
the need to use cricket to improve relations between the two nations. Zaheer Abbas, who is principal adviser to Sethi, said the meeting was a good sign. “Sethi is trying his level best to restore bilateral series and he has also established a good rapport with the Indian board officials,” he said.
‘OBAMA HOLDS BACK DRONES FOLLOWING ARMY ACTION IN NWA’ US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO ARTICULATE FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITIES
227,300 children to be vaccinated in bajaur
according to data collected by the New America Foundation. The report concluded that since the US president’s speech arguing for ending America’s endless war on terror, there has been a marked change in the CIA’s drone program in Pakistan, which has effectively ended. Yet there has been little real change in the similar drone program in Yemen. Meanwhile, President Obama will next week emphasise some key aspects of his administration's foreign policy vision, that in the words of an adviser is "interventionist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral." Obama will explain his foreign policy priorities and agenda in a commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. on Wednesday. The ongoing Syrian civil war and crisis in Ukraine will be among major subjects in Obama's address, which takes place in the backdrop of criticism of the administration's
approach to dealing with some hotbutton international issues. A news story explained that Obama would emphasize his determination to chart a middle course between isolationism and military intervention. The US, an official stresses, should be at the fulcrum of efforts to curb aggression by Russia and China, though not at the price of "fighting in eight or nine proxy wars". In an interview, Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin J Rhodes said "It's a case for interventionism but not overreach. We are leading, we are the only country that leads, but that leadership has to be in service of an international system." According to a report, Obama advisers say that with the US nearing the conclusion of the Afghan war, that follows up end to Iraq war, the president sees the US moving out of a period of war and entering a new one in which its global priorities are largely different.
ISLAMABAD: Talking about the recently bought bullet-proof cars, a government spokesman said the country’s premier civilian intelligence agency needed the cars to provide security to foreign dignitaries during their visits. The bullet-proof vehicles bought by the previous governments had to be replaced as their condition depleted over a period of time. Regarding exemption from taxes granted for the purchase of these security vehicles, it was explained that this was meant to minimise expenses from public exchequer and there was no violation of rules. He also said the financial discipline introduced by Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar needed to be praised because the discretionary funds of the PM and ministers have been abolished for the first time in the country’s history. The secret funds of the federal ministries were also abolished, he added. The government imposed a 40 percent cut in non-salary expenditure of the PM’s Office and 30 percent cut in the federal ministries in the current fiscal year. The prudent austerity measures have helped in curbing the fiscal deficit to 4 percent during July 2013 to April 2014 as compared to 5.5 percent in the corresponding period of the last financial year. INP
375,029 children to be vaccinated in haripur HARIPUR: A 12-day anti-measles drive continued on Sunday for sixth consecutive day. Children aged between six and 10 would be vaccinated in the campaign. According to health officials, as many as 180 camps have been setup in the district for measles vaccination of children. At least 375,029 children would be vaccinated during the campaign. While about 121 mobiles teams have been deputed and every union council divided in 12 blocks. Specials teams would be sent to schools for the vaccination of measles. APP
dear departed Mr. Arif Sarfraz, Brother-in-Law (Wife’s Brother) of Mr. Wasim Sajjad, Former President of Pakistan/Ex-Chairman Senate & Uncle of Barrister Omar Hassan Sajjad, Ex- Advisor, Ministry of Interior, passed away in London on May 23, 2014. He was 58 years old.
Monday, 26 May 2014
kaptaan is in for a lonGer inninGs PTI CHIEF CONTINUES TO CRY FOUL AGAINST ALLEGED RIGGING IN LAST YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS, SAYS HIS PARTY WILL STAGE ITS NEXT RALLY IN SIALKOT ON JUNE 7
IMRAN KHAN STRESSES THAT FREE, FAIR AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS CAN ONLY BRING A POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE COUNTRY
PTI CLAIMS DISTRICT GOVERNMENT ORGANISED NASEEBO LAL SHOW TO WOO CROWDS AWAY FROM RALLY
AKISTAN Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that free, fair and transparent elections can only bring a positive change, development and progress in the country. Addressing thousands of PTI enthusiasts in Faisalabad's Dhobi Ghaat area, the Kaptaan said his party with the help of the people would build “Naya Pakistan” where everyone would enjoy human rights and social justice. The PTI chairman said that no power could stop people to start a new era of development and progress in Pakistan. He accused the government of using state machinery to distract the people of Faisalabad from attending the public demonstration. "I want to tell the ruling elite that passion and ideology could not be hurdled by force or any other tactic," he added. The PTI chief said that a year has passed since the government took over the administrative charge but no positive change has been witnessed in the country. "Laptops are being distributed to buy young people. I want to ask youths if they are getting jobs," he asked. "I am the only politician who is given money to run the Shaukat Khanum Hospital." Instead of breaking the begging bowl, he said, the government broke all records of foreign loans in one year. He pledged that he would tax the rich after coming into power. The PTI chief said that money collected in the form of taxes would be spent on the people. "The biggest problem being faced by Pakistan is family-limited politics. This is not democracy, but monarchy," he contended. "I am talking about re-opening of four constituencies for a vote recount. Massive rigging has been carried out in every constituency we have opened so far," he revealed. Khan accused the PML-N government, Mir Shakilur Rehman and former chief justice Iftikhar
khan accepts sher’s challenGe ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday accepted the challenge of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader State Minister Abid Sher Ali to contest him in the next elections. Sources in the PTI said that Khan was ready to contest elections against Ali in any constituency in the country, including Ali’s constituency but only after putting Election Commission of Pakistan in order and introduction of reforms in the ECP body for fair and transparent polls. Khan also urged ECP members to step down for real reforms in the body so that real elections can be held in the country. ONLINE
imran needs schoolinG: saad LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan needed political training. Speaking to party workers on Sunday, he advised Imran Khan not to create disturbance in Punjab and focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the PML-N government was working round the clock to steer the country out of the energy crisis and other problems. He regretted that unfortunately the quality of health and education further deteriorated after PTI’s government in KP. The minister said the next elections would be held on performance basis, adding that Punjab could not be conquered through rallies and conspiracies. The minister said Pakistan wanted bilateral ties with India on equality basis. He added that Islamabad wanted to hold talks with New Delhi on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir. STAFF REPORT
sanaullah thinks pti is conspirinG aGainst proGress FAISALABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a public gathering at Dhobi Ghat ground. ONLINE
Chaudhry of rigging the elections and called for action under Article 6 of the Constitution against those involved. He announced that the PTI would stage its next rally in Sialkot on June 7. Addressing the rally, Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rashid said that it would be forbidden to sit in the assembly if rigging was proved even in one constituency. “If we have to save Pakistan, people need to hit the streets with Imran Khan,” said Rashid. He stated that Nawaz Sharif’s government was a “message of death to laborers”. “Pakistan is being ruled by a few families,” he said, adding that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had confessed his involvement in money laundering. He hinted at staging a decisive rally in Islamabad after the Eid ul Uzha. OF FREE CONCERTS: In the meanwhile, ‘free for all’ public concert featuring Naseebo Laal and Hans Raj Hans became a bone of contention between the government and PTI. The PTI claimed that it was but one of several ‘tactics’ that had been employed by the district
administration to woo crowds away from their rally. With the PTI having announced on May 11 its protest against polls rigging, supporters of the party insisted that the government was all out to hamper the turn-out at the Dhobi Ghaat public demonstration. However, upon his arrival at the protest venue, the PTI chairman said the government’s tactics would not affect the PTI protest. “The government thinks people are fools, they think people are not serious and they can distract them by arranging concerts, but what the government does not know is that their time is up,” said Khan. In the days leading up to the protest, Faisalabad saw PTI banners being put up everywhere. But the city woke up on Sunday to find it decorated with hundreds of posters and billboards of the Textile Park — a recently announced initiative of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Canal Road, Mall Road, Chenab Road and Bilal Road, which previously were decorated by the PTI banners, were decorated overnight with Textile Park banners hoisted
right above the PTI banners. Officials of PTI claim that their banners were being continuously taken down by government officials from various neighbourhoods, including Katchery Bazaar, Allied Mor, Chiniot Bazaar and areas surrounding the Motorway. However, what distressed the local party leadership more was the public concert also being held on Sunday at the Bohranwala Ground. Calling it the ‘Naseebo Laal democracy’, the concert was viewed by PTI leaders as another attempt to distract crowds from the jalsa. The government vehicles, a PTI leader claimed, were being used to advertise the concert throughout the weekend. Colourful banners advertising a free for all ‘musical night and laser light show’ were put up across the city next to the PTI banners. Responding to the allegations, Spokesman to Faisalabad DCO Riaz Anjum maintained that the government has worked with the PTI leadership regarding security arrangements. He denied that any hurdles were being created by the government.
FAISALABAD: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that politics of protests (referring to PTI’s Faisalabad rally) was a conspiracy to bar the government from working for the country’s progress and development, especially in Punjab. In a statement on Sunday, the minister said that Faisalabad was a stronghold of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and “new arrivals” could not deceive people through fake pledges and verbal claims. “People are well aware of the real leadership and turncoats, they will not support the elements who wanted to destabilise the country through protests and halting the development process,” the Punjab law minister added. Sanaullah said that Rs 200 billion power projects with capacity of 270MW would be inaugurated for Faisalabad within a few days while opening of first turbine of Nandipur Power Project would be held on May 31. He urged the people to oppose the leaders who through politics of protests wanted to deprive them of basic amenities and using them for their political interests. INP
khairpur couple killed over marriaGe feud KHAIRPUR: Several men carrying sophisticated weapons gunned down a couple over matrimonial dispute on Sunday. Police said that two groups of Goraya tribe, hailing from Tando Masti Goth Sadiq Ali Shah in Khairpur District, had a marriage feud. Accused equipped with heavy weapons barged into house of opponent and opened indiscriminate fire at the residents. As a result of firing a couple identified as Shafi Muhammad and his wife Anwar Khatoon died on the spot. The assailants fled from the scene. The bodies were shifted to a hospital and later handed over to the heirs after medico-legal formalities. Police have registered a case against the accused and started raids for their arrest. INP
MQM GATHERS IN SOLIDARITY WITH BHAI FAROOQ SATTAR WARNS BRITISH PREMIER NOT TO RAISE DIFFICULTIES FOR ALTAF HUSSAIN IN LONDON
MQM LEADER HAIDER RIZVI CALLS FOR END TO CUSTODIAL KILLINGS OF PARTY WORKERS IN KARACHI WHILE GABOL SLAMS RULERS FOR IGNORING KARACHI
KARACHI STAFF REPORT The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday held a massive rally in Karachi to show solidarity with MQM Chairman Altaf Hussain, during which party leaders said it was unjust that Hussain's accounts were frozen despite his cooperation with British authorities in the money laundering issue and other matters. Delivering his speech in English near Tibet Centre in Karachi Senior party leader Farooq Sattar, requested British Prime Minister David Cameron not to increase difficulties for the person who rules the hearts of hundreds of thousands. He questioned why Hussain’s accounts had been seized without any accusation or proof. Members of National Assembly, Sindh Assembly
and MQM senators and office bearers addressed the rally which was attended by a large number of activists and supporters, including women and children. Commending the role of armed forces of Pakistan, MQM leader Haider Rizvi called for an end to custodial deaths of party workers in Karachi. Addressing a mammoth public meeting in Karachi to show solidarity with Hussain, Rizvi alleged that MQM workers are being killed extrajudicially in detention centers. “We want to know where our missing workers are. We appeal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to play his role to end the ongoing atrocities against MQM workers,” he said. “We condemn leveling of baseless allegations against Pakistan Army,” he said. The MQM leader accused the British government of suppressing Hussain’s voice. “We are ready to die for our leader. We had no identity. Altaf Hussain gave us
KARACHI: Activists of MQM gather at MA Jinnah Road to express solidarity with their leader Altaf Hussain. ONLINE
our identity,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui said that the British authorities should refrain from harassing Hussain. Addressing the rally, MQM leader Nabeel Gabol warned that rulers would be in trouble if the people of Karachi stopped paying taxes. “Karachi needs metro bus and water,” he said, lashing out at Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah for his lack of interest in problems of the people of
Karachi. “Why is Karachi being subjected to discrimination? Is Karachi not part of Pakistan?” he asked. “If Hussain is not a Pakistani national then Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar are not Pakistani nationals either,” Gabol claimed. Referring to ongoing money laundering investigation in London against the MQM chairman, Gabol said freezing Hussain’s bank account will not make any difference to the MQM.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Thai protesters test military’s resolve BANGKOK AGENCIES
HAILAND’S military tightened its grip on power on Sunday as it moved to quell growing protests, saying anyone violating its orders would be tried in military court. It also took its first steps to revitalise a battered economy, saying nearly a million farmers owned money under the previous government’s failed rice-subsidy scheme would be paid within a month.
The military overthrew the government on Thursday after months of debilitating and at times violent confrontation between the populist government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the royalist establishment. Critics say the coup will not end the conflict between the rival power networks: the Bangkok-based elite dominated by the military, old money families and the bureaucracy, and an upstart clique led by Yingluck’s brother and former telecommunication mogul Thaksin Shinawatra. The Shinawatras draw much of
their influence from the provinces. The military has detained numerous people including Yingluck and many of her ministers, party officials and supporters. Leaders of six months of anti-government protests against Yingluck have also been held. The military said they will be freed within a week. The military has thrown out the constitution, censored the media and dismissed the upper house Senate, Thailand’s last functioning legislature. On Sunday, it said anyone accused of insulting the monarchy or violating its or-
British deputy PM faces calls to quit LONDON APP
Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came under pressure on Sunday to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the centrist party took a pounding in local elections. Two prospective Lib Dem parliamentary candidates, staring at a much-reduced prospect of winning a seat in next year’s general election, have put their names to an online letter, signed by more than 200 party members, calling for Clegg to step aside. Clegg insisted he would not quit despite being down 307 seats to 427 in the English local authority seats voted for on Thursday, with two of the 161 councils still to declare. The unashamedly proEuropean Union party is expected to take another battering when the European Parliament election results are announced. Clegg has acknowledged they could lose all 11 of their MEPs.
A projected national share of the local councils vote suggested that in a Britain-wide election, the Liberals would have been fourth on 13 percent, having taken 23 percent in the 2010 general election. The anti-EU, anti-mass immigration United Kingdom Independence Party is now the chief beneficiary of protest votes, while many of the Lib Dems’ left-leaning voters are disgruntled at the current coalition with the Conservatives. The letter calling on Clegg to quit credits him with taking the Liberals into government for the first time in almost 80 years, but said the electorate had delivered a “stark message” about the party’s direction. “We consider it vital that at the 2015 general election the party should be led by someone who will receive a fair hearing about our achievements and ambitions for the future. It is clear to us that this person is not you,” the letter read. Lib Dem lawmaker John
Pugh, while falling short of calling on Clegg to go, described the local election defeats as “abysmal” and said they were “mostly due to national unpopularity”. “The high command is in danger of seeming like generals at the Somme, repeatedly sending others over the top while being safely ensconced in Westminster and claiming the carnage is all somehow sadly inevitable,” said Pugh. MP John Hemming said he would consider “whether any action is needed” when parliament returned on June 4 and said he was “not an enthusiastic fan of Nick’s leadership”. A leadership contest could be triggered if 75 local party associations formally demand one or a majority of the parliamentary party approves a no confidence motion. A Lib Dem spokesman said, “Now is a time to get our message across, and shout what we’re doing in government, and not get distorted by needless infighting.”
Ukraine voters seek leader to save nation KIEV AGENCIES
Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut. The election marks the culmination of a revolution that began in February when a proRussian president fled the country and spiraled into an existential crisis when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by declaring Moscow’s right to invade. The main candidates, including frontrunner Petro Poroshenko, a confectionery magnate, are promising closer ties with the West in defiance of Putin. “These are extremely important elections. We have to make sureUkraine becomes a truly independent country, a powerful independent state that nobody will be able to push around,” said pensioner Mihailo Belyk, 65, casting his ballot at a crowded polling station in a southeastern district of the capital Kiev. But in the Russian-speaking eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, where proMoscow fighters have proclaimed independent “people’s republics”, men with guns succeeded in blocking a vote that would imply their regions are still part of Ukraine. Nor was any vote held in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March. Ukrainian authorities said only about 20 percent of polling stations in the two restive
eastern regions were working. Just 16 percent of the 3.3 million people in Donetsk region would have access to a place to vote. No polls were open in the regional capital, a city of a million, where streets were largely empty with people afraid to venture outdoors. Putin, who branded eastern Ukraine “New Russia” last month, has made more accommodating noises of late, saying on Saturday he would respect the Ukrainian people’s will. He has announced the pullback of tens of thousands of troops massed on the frontier. But the absence of more than 15 percent of the electorate - both in the eastern regions and in Crimea - could give Moscow an excuse to raise doubts about the victor’s legitimacy and continue applying pressure on Kiev. In Donetsk, scores of armed separatists gathered outside the sprawling and guarded residence of Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man and owner of mines and factories across the Donbass coalfield, who has thrown his weight behind a united country. “We must guarantee the rights and security of people who live in the Donbass, who today are truly suffering from terrorists who want to turn the Donbass into Somalia,” frontrunner Poroshenko said after voting in the capital. European election monitors have largely pulled out of the Donetsk region for their own safety, citing a campaign of “terror” by the pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian electoral officials.
ders would face military court. Power now lies in the hands of army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his junta known as the National Council for Peace and Order, and their priorities appeared to be stamping out dissent and tending to the economy. An army spokesman warned against protests and told the media to be careful in its reporting too. “For those who use social media to provoke, please stop because it’s not good for anyone,” deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said in a televised statement.
PROTESTERS DEFY JUNTA BAN: More than 1,000 Thai anti-coup protesters marched across the capital Bangkok Sunday as opposition to a military takeover of the country gathered strength, despite junta warnings to end rallies. Protesters shouting “Get Out!” made their way across the city cheered by onlookers after a tense standoff with armed soldiers in the city’s retail heart as demonstrations swelled to the largest expression of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
india rolls out red carpet for sharif NAWAZ ALL SET TO LEAVE FOR INDIA TODAY TO ATTEND MODI’S OATH-TAKING, HAVE SEPARATE MEETINGS WITH INDIAN PRESIDENT AND PM AS SARTAJ AZIZ AND TARIQ FATEMI ACCOMPANY HIM
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NEW DELHI/AmRITSAR AGENCIES
fTer a 14-member Pakistani delegation arrived in India Sunday, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is all set to leave for New Delhi today to attend the swearing in ceremony of the new Indian Prime Minister Nardenra Modi. The members of the advance delegation from PM Nawaz Sharif’s office crossed over through Wagah yesterday and were taken to rajasansi Airport from where they took a flight to Delhi. Indian politicians have hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision to attend PM-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday (today) where Indian authorities have finalised preparations for his five-star welcome. The ball will be set rolling with a warm reception for world leaders on arrival at the ceremonial lounge of the Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi. Bookings have been made at all major five-star hotels in central Delhi for the VVIP guests. Nawaz will be staying at the Taj Mansingh. Indian President Pranab Mukerjee will also host a dinner for Nawaz. Nawaz and Modi will have a 30minute meeting on Tuesday. They are expected to discuss bilateral relations, including resumption of the composite dialogue. The PM will have a separate meeting with the Indian president. Adviser on foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on foreign Affairs Tariq fatemi will accompany the PM. Both the Bangladesh speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury — who is arriving at 12:20pm on Sunday and is the first guest to arrive for the ceremony — as well as the Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Kumar Koirala will stay at the ITC Maurya on Sardar Patel Marg. The adjacent
Taj Palace hotel will play host to Sri Lankan President Mahinda rajapaksa and his Maldives counterpart Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin ramgoolam will reside at the Oberoi hotel. Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, who arrived at 1pm on Sunday, is staying at Leela Palace. Apart from ensuring that hospitality remains top-notch, the external affairs ministry has also brought back former chief of protocol ruchira Kamboj for the duration of the ceremony. The security factors and the preference of the guests will be taken into account while deciding on where they will be put up, officials said. All the leaders will be spending a majority of their time at the rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday, and arrangements have been accordingly made. “…When heads of states or government get talking, planned schedules can go awry,” said an official. Protocol demands that presidents are given preference over prime ministers. Since presidents of three countries, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan, are attending the ceremony, the pecking order could be decided in alphabetical order. However, though there will be flexibility at the bilateral meeting, depending on the departure time of the guests. INDIA WELCOMES: Janata DalUnited (JD-U) leader KC Tyagi lauded Nawaz Sharif's decision and said, "We welcome Nawaz Sharif's visit to India. We also welcome Modi's changed policies," Indian media reported. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar also welcomed the news and said it will mark a new beginning in the relations between India and Pakistan. "It is very good news that Nawaz Sharif has accepted Modi's invitation.
‘pM Must clearly discuss KashMir issue with Modi’ KOT ADDU: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must hold clear talk with his Indian counterpart on Kashmir issue, a private news channel reported Sunday. Talking to media, Qureshi said prime minister should not hold a casual meeting with Modi; instead the meeting should discuss issues of the region. He said PTI could not be suppressed with lame tactics. AGENCIES
establishMent unhappy with pMl-n govt: fazl HUB: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chairman Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday that the establishment seems unhappy with the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government. Talking to reporters, Fazl said no steps had been taken for restoring peace in FATA and Balochistan. “Pakistan should not have great expectations from newly-elected Indian government,” he said. Answering a question about Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, the JUI-F leader said that some forces are backing Khan to protest against poll rigging after a year. INP
all is well on loc for now: indian arMy SRINAGAR: Indian Army’s Northern Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra said on Sunday that there have been no infiltration attempts by militants from Pakistan into the disputed Kashmir valley in this year, so far. “The situation on the Line of Control (LoC) is well under control. There is peace on the LoC. We are vigilant. We are aware and we are ready to face all the challenges that are coming in the next few months. No infiltration has taken place. We are prepared, our counter infiltration grid is well in place, the troops are well alert and ready to take on the challenge,” said Chachra. Chachra concluded his twoday trip to Kashmir on Sunday and visited Chinar Corps War Memorial to pay his tribute to those who laid down their lives while fighting. AGENCIES
Fishermen released from Pakistani jails will cross over to India at Wagah today Modi welcomes the gesture taken by India’s neighbours, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
KARACHI/NEW DELHI: In what can be seen as a good omen ahead of Indian PM-elect Narendra Modi’s inaugural ceremony, two neighboring countries of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, released Indian fishermen on Sunday as a goodwill measure. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the release of all Indian fishermen arrested by the Lankan Navy for poaching. Sri Lankan fisheries ministry officials, however, could not indicate the number of Indian fishermen currently in detention. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instructed that 151 Indian prisoners currently detained in Pakistani jails and 57 Indian fishing boats in Pakistan's custody should be released as a goodwill gesture before Sharif’s visit to India to attend Modi’s inaugural ceremony. Sources said that the 59 Indian prisoners freed from Malir Jail, Karachi and 92 from Nara Jail, Hyderabad on Sunday were sent in air-conditioned buses to Lahore, where Pakistani authorities will hand them over to Indian officials at the Wagah/Attari border on Monday. Malir Jail Superintendent Syed Nazir Hussain said that the Indian prisoners were released on written directives of the interior and foreign ministries. “Most of these prisoners are poor Indian fishermen who were arrested and brought here for trespassing into Pakistani territorial waters,” he said. The freed Indian fishermen expressed their gratitude to Pakistani authorities
This will mark a start of a new relationship between India and Pakistan," said Javadekar. Congress Party leader rashid Alvi said, "It is good news that he is visiting India. It is an opportunity to hold meeting with him and important issues
for providing them all necessary facilities, including good food and healthcare in prisons. “We were treated well and not as serious criminals,” one prisoner said. The freed prisoners said that they are happy over their release and appealed to the Indian government to release Pakistani fishermen present in Indian prisons. Fishermen from both countries are routinely arrested and their boats seized by maritime security forces in both countries when they accidentally trespass territorial waters jurisdictions. A non-government organisation (NGO) headed by Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid has borne the traveling and other expenses of the freed fishermen’s return home. “The government has cooperated completely in the release of prisoners,” said Zahid. Pakistan is releasing all those fishermen whose status as Indian nationals has been confirmed by Indian authorities. Handing over of the boats is also being coordinated with the Indian government. This is the first time in many years that any side has decided to release the confiscated boats of these fishermen and it is Pakistan that has decided to take the first step. MODI WELCOMES INDIAN FISHERMEN: Welcoming the goodwill gesture of India’s neighbors, Modi posted on microblogging website Twitter, “I welcome the step by Sri Lanka and Pakistan to release our
should be raised." Nawaz Sharif has accepted India's invitation to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Modi on Monday evening (May 26). India has invited leaders of all South Asian countries, including Prime Minister
BJP leader criticises Congress for raising Dawood’s issue Congress never tried to catch Dawood Ibrahim in 10 years, now raising questions: Jagdambika Pal NEW DELHI AGENCIES
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP from Domariyaganj, Jagdambika Pal on Sunday criticised Indian Congress for raising Dawood Ibrahim’s issue against the backdrop of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India for the PM-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Pal, who had served the Congress for the past 47 years till he turned a rebel in March this year, said that Congress in its 10 years
of tenure couldn’t bring Dawood Ibrahim back, but the party is raising questions now. “In 10 years Congress never tried to get Dawood Ibrahim, but it is raising the questions now,” Pal told a foreign news outfit. He further added that it is a huge achievement that Sharif has accepted the invitation to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. The Congress leader JP Agarwal on Saturday had said that Modi should have asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to get Dawood along with him in his oath-
taking ceremony. “Modi should have asked Nawaz Sharif to get Dawood Ibrahim along, as well as the Pakistani soldiers who beheaded our soldiers. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was making a lot of noise about the Congress having soft policies regarding Pakistan during their campaign,” said Agarwal. “Now, Modi is wavering from his own stands. He had held completely different views before getting elected. How come there is a sudden change of policies?” he asked.
SENA SILENT OVER SHARIF’S PRESENCE AT MODI SWEARING-IN NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena, a key ally of empowered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been vocal against Pakistan for "sponsoring" terrorism in India has chosen to remain mum over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif acceptance of the invite to attend Narendra Modi's inaugural ceremony on May 26. Shiv Sena’spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut declined to comment when asked about his party's reaction to Sharif’s decision to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Earlier this week, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackarey said the new government should adopt an aggressive "tit-for-tat" policy towards
Pakistan. Thackeray, who was in Delhi for a meeting of the NDA that chose Modi as its Parliamentary Party leader, had said India should teach Pakistan a "lesson" if it created trouble for the country. Uddhav had also said there was no change in the position of his party that India should not have cricketing ties with Pakistan as long as attacks against the country continued. In the past, Shiv Sena has stopped Pakistani cricketers from playing in Mumbai, forcing the matches to be shifted to other cities. Sena has 18 members in the new Lok Sabha and aspires for a few ministerial berths in the Modi government. ONLINE
fishermen. I welcome our fishermen brothers back home!” In March, Rajapaksa had ordered the release of arrested fishermen after India abstained from voting on an anti-Sri Lanka motion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. India was one of the 12 nations that abstained from voting on the UNHRC resolution, which prescribed an international probe into Sri Lanka’s alleged rights abuses. India had previously backed two similar resolutions against Sri Lanka moved by the United States. GOVT HOPES PAKISTANI FISHERMEN WILL BE RELEASED: In August 2013, Pakistan released around 337 Indian prisoners from jails. Later, on the occasion of Diwali, 15 Indian fishermen were released as a goodwill gesture. According to Indian activists, at present around 229 Indian fishermen and about 780 Indian boats are in Pakistan’s custody. Around 23 boats of Indian fishermen had been confiscated during the present fishing season. Pakistan has always declared that the issue of such prisoners is a humanitarian one and should be taken in that spirit. According to compiled figures, there are 521 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 168 fishermen as well as 150 boats. The government of Pakistan hopes that they too will be able to return to their loved ones in Pakistan soon. AGENCIES
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Modi's oath-taking ceremony scheduled on May, 26. The swearing-in ceremony, to be held at the forecourt of the historic rashtrapati Bhavan, is likely to be attended by as many as 3,000 guests, the report added.
Mirwaiz optiMistic about sharif’s visit to india SRINAGAR: In wake of Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif’s decision to attend Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony, All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that Hurriyet is ready to contribute positively to any sincere and serious effort to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Farooq said, “We expect that a sustained dialogue will start in near future between India and Pakistan,” adding that his party has always supported improvement in relations between the two countries as it feels that the Kashmir issue cannot be resolved till the trust and confidence of the two countries in each other is strengthened.” “Besides talking about other issues, we hope that they will talk on the core issue of Kashmir as well so that ways of resolving this issue are found in a time-bound manner,” he said. Calling for involvement of Kashmiri representatives in the composite dialogue process, the APHC chairman said, “Whenever India and Pakistan start a bilateral dialogue, they should include Kashmiri representatives to move forward.” Veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani said in his statement that “whoever comes to India, including the leaders of Pakistan, should discuss the Kashmir issue which would benefit larger political aspirations of the people of Kashmir. INP
KashMir’s ‘rage boy’ freed after 6 years of detention SRINAGAR: Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, who became famous as the face of youth anger in Kashmir during protests in 2008 and 2010, has been released after six years of detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Bhat was arrested in 2008 on charges of organising protests against the police. He has been charged 17 times under the PSA. Bhat has been at the helm of several protests against the army, US, Israel, Pope Benedict, Salman Rushdie and blasphemous cartoons, due to which he captured the attention of the media the world over. His sister’s murder in 1990 pushed him into participating in anti-India protests. According to his family members, shortly after his release, a police party from Rainawari Police Station appeared outside the prison to re-arrest him, but they managed to evade them and took him home. INP
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PM going to India on his own desire: Liaquat Baloch LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is attending the oath-taking ceremony of Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi to fulfil his own desire and he has bypassed the parliament and political parties in this regard, said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch while talking to journalists from Okara on Sunday. Baloch said the one-on-one meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India was impossible owing to such a large gathering of leaders from all over the world in India for the oathtaking ceremony. The JI leader said giving the title of ‘Baba-e-Qaum’ to the MQM chief Altaf Hussain by the party’s activists was an insult to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said the MQM leaders have lost their mind by giving this title to their leader. He said the Supreme Court can’t take notice of every move of the MQM, as according to him, the whole agenda of that party was against Pakistan. He said the nation will have to decide how to get rid of the MQM. INP
Smart and steady is how Shahbaz gets the work done! CM SAYS NO EFFORT WILL BE SPARED IN EARLY COMPLETION OF POWER PROJECTS LAHORE
akistan Muslim Leaguen (PML-n) government is working speedily on mega projects of public welfare and energy projects are being completed even before the stipulated period, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) shahbaz sharif while presiding over a high level meeting on sunday which reviewed mega projects of public welfare. Provincial minister for industry Muhammad shafiq, chief secretary, Board of Revenue senior member, ad-
ditional chief secretary, Planning and Development chairman, special assistant azmul Haq and officials concerned were present. shahbaz said that state-of-the-art industrial park to be set up in Faisalabad with the cooperation of a prominent Chinese group, Ruyi, is of key importance for the development of textile and garments sectors. He said that this project will generate thousands of job opportunities while a substantial increase will also be made in the export of textile products. He said that the Chinese group will also establish two coal-based power plants of 150 megawatts in the industrial park. He said that the Chinese group is making investment of billions of dollars in the Ruyi Masood industrial Park, spread over an area of more than 1000 acres. He further said that most modern coal power plants will be set up in Qadirabad sahiwal and an agreement has already be signed with a consortium
Three of a family burnt alive LAHORE: A woman and her two daughters were killed when fire broke out in a flat near Jail road in the wee hours of Sunday. Police said that Muhammad Azeem and his family were asleep in the flat when suddenly fire broke out. As a result, all four family members received burn injuries and were shifted to a hospital where Sonia, 33, and two daughters Fatima, 9, and three-yearsold Maryam expired. Police are investigating the incident. aPP
of prominent Chinese companies in this regard. He said that it is the first coalbased project of power generation and will be completed speedily and transparently while a high standard of construction will also be maintained. He said that the project will produce 1320 megawatts electricity. He said that production of 100 megawatts of electricity from nandipur project within a record period of seven months is a result of excellent team work. He said that the first turbine of nandipur power project will start production on May 31. shahbaz sharif said that nandipur power project remained pending for three years due to criminal negligence of former rulers while its machinery kept rusting at the karachi port. However, he said, immediately after coming into power, the PML-n government paid attention to this project of national importance and persuaded the Chinese company to resume work. He said that the work on
this project was restarted in september 2013 and it has been completed within a record period of seven months due to honesty, hard work and commitment. the CM further said that rapid progress is being made under the leadership of Prime Minister nawaz sharif towards solution of energy crisis and power generation projects are being completed speedily. He said that no effort will be spared in the early execution of energy projects and cooperation of China and other friendly countries in this regard is commendable. the CM appreciated the performance of Project Director Captain (r) Mehmood, engineers and staff of the Chinese company as well as Pakistani team regarding completion of nandipur power project within a record period of seven months and said that it is a big achievement. a detailed briefing was given to the meeting on various mega projects.
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Army has all-out support of PML-Q Shujaat says his party will defend Pakistan Army at all forums LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Sunday vowed that his party will defend Pakistan Army at all forums. Talking to journalists on the occasion of a protest rally held to express solidarity with Pakistan Army, Shujaat said that any statement against armed forces will be considered to be against national sovereignty. He criticised the sitting government for confrontation with state institutions and army. Shujaat said that in the ongoing circumstances it will be difficult for the sitting government to complete its constitutional term of five year. The PML-Q chief said that those talking about midterms polls should first make efforts to expose the rigging in general and by-elections. He said that sitting government which talks about changing the map of country should first bring change in the lifestyle of poor masses besides resolving problems faced by them. INP
Funds approved for flyover on GT Road Gujranwala LAHORE: Punjab government has approved funds for the construction of flyover on the GT Road in Gujranwala at a cost of Rs 3938.464 million. The approval was granted in the recent meeting of Provincial Development Working Party for current fiscal year 2013-14. Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi said on Sunday. He said that the government also approved construction of interchange at Airport Access Road at a cost of Rs 2985.675 million. Approval of the funds was part of efforts of the government to improve infrastructure facilities in the province, he said. He said the government was working on fast track development in the province under the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. aPP
Restriction on tobacco advertisement to be lifted in a puff of smoke? GLOBAL CIGARETTE MANUFACTURER PRESSING HARD FOR GRANT OF COMPLETE TOBACCO ADVERTISEMENT FREEDOM LAHORE
leading global cigarette manufacturer has declared the Ministry of national Health services, Regulations and Coordination (MnHsRC) ‘illegal,’ and is pressing hard for grant of complete tobacco advertisement freedom in the country. the development comes at a time when World no tobacco Day 2014, which is observed on May 31 each year, is right around the corner. it is also strange that for such claims being made in total disregard of the historic 2006 decision of the supreme Court in which it had ordered all executive authorities to implement all tobacco laws, which date back to 2002. While the world is opting for new measures to curtail tobacco consumption, in Pakistan, Phillip Morris international (PMi) is lobby-
ing for reversal of existing regulations governing tobacco advertisement. according to sources at the ministry of the nHsRC, PMi has filed a petition in the sindh High Court, pleading that the said ministry has no right whatsoever to regulate tobacco advertising in the country or to impose any such restrictions on tobacco promotion. the petition, which is aimed at reversal of the recent tobacco advertisement restrictions imposed by the Ministry of nHsRC through a statutory regulatory order that came into effect on May 31, 2014, terms them “irrational, unduly harsh and extremely unreasonable.” PMi claims that it has the right to advertise freely so that it ‘may conduct its business.’ the petition states: “the impugned notification, which has the effect of imposing a blanket ban on advertisement being irrational and unduly harsh, is clearly tantamount to an extremely unreasonable re-
striction on the very right of the petitioners to conduct their lawful business.” PMi has thus demanded immediate relief in the form of reversing all regulations on tobacco advertisement, which includes ban on advertising in print and electronic media, branding on garments, and outdoor display of posters and billboards. the tobacco company has not only pleaded that these regulations would cause “extreme prejudice as well as irreparable loss to its business,” but has refused to recognise the very authority of the ministry that has passed the restrictions in the first instance. sources said, the government has recently published a series of advertisements aimed at informing retailers and cigarette manufacturers of their legal obligations to comply with the tobacco marketing restrictions. these regulations will come into effect on World no tobacco Day to ensure that Pakistan has effective tobacco marketing restrictions in place and key priorities such as preserving the public health agenda are met. Pakistan is a signatory to WHO’s Framework Convention on tobacco Control
(FCtC), which in its article 13 states that each signatory must undertake a ‘comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.’ if the government gives into the pressure and allows the roll-back of tobacco advertisement restrictions, not only would Pakistan be undermining an international treaty, but in the future, would also open a Pandora’s box, granting complete freedom for tobacco promotion. When contacted, Dr Javaid a khan, chairman of the national alliance for tobacco Control said, “Pakistan cannot go against the FCtC as WHO and other international donor organisations would not cooperate with a government that allows tobacco industry to undermine and challenge the law, especially one which is in line with international trends and treaties which the country is a part of.” He, therefore, urged government, civil society and health professionals to take the matter to the supreme Court to stop the tactics of the tobacco industry. Dr Javed further stated that comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship is the first step for
tobacco control in any country. He urged the supreme Court to take notice and ask Philip Morris whether for them, their investments are more important than the lives of Pakistani citizens. “We will protest if tobacco industry is given a free hand to promote tobacco in Pakistan,” said Dr Javaid who, in 2006, had taken up the matter with the supreme Court, seeking directions for strict implementation of 2002 laws and resultant regulations. While globally there have been increasingly stringent restrictions, if not complete bans, on tobacco advertisement, companies in Pakistan are seeking judicial intervention so that they have an open canvas to pursue uninhibited marketing of cigarettes to the masses. it is time that the civil society, consumer rights groups, public health champions and anti-tobacco activists take notice and curtail any possible retraction of the tobacco advertisement regulatory regime in the country. in fact, they should become a party to this petition and put forward the point of view of consumers while advocating for the public health agenda.
‘Over 30pc mental patients without heirs in hospital’ LAHORE: Over 30 percent mentally ill patients in Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) are suffering due to apathy of their heirs. Punjab Institute of Mental Health DMS Dr Asfaq Pervez said, on Sunday, that patients suffering from mental illness belonging to allover the country including AJK, South and North Waziristan had been visiting this institute while in many cases the heirs after getting their patients admitted in the institute did not contact the management to inquire about their patients. This situation had created pathetic situation for the management, he added. Responding to a question about the facilities being provided to patients in the institute, the DMS said that hospital of 1400-bed providing all modes of treatment including electro convulsive therapy through psychiatrics. He said that hospital had a special medical healthcare centre to provide general medical care to mentally ill patients. It has round the clock emergency department and OPD facilities. aPP
CHILL OUT: Youth swim in the canal near Mughalpura to beat the heat. NNI
Police gets serious in its business! HEC chairman in hot water NINE CRIMINALS INCLUDING THREE PORTERS ARRESTED LAHORE aPP
the district police claimed to have arrested nine criminals including three porters and one top 20 proclaimed offender and recovered stolen property worth million of rupees during crackdown during last week. Misri shah police have smashed a robber gang and arrested its three members besides recovering six motorcycles,
10 mobile phones, two laptops and two pistols from their possession. During preliminary interrogation, the arrested accused had confessed to 18 incidents of robbery and other heinous crimes committed in various places of the city, said investigation incharge Hafiz aneeq. Baghbanpura police claimed to have arrested two during pushers, including a woman, and recovered one and half kg hashish from their possession. Cantonment sP sarfraz ahmad khan constituted a special police under the supervision of Baghbanpura DsP and other officials which conducted a raid and arrested Riaz and Bushra with narcotics. FOUR ARRESTED FOR STEALING PRECIOUS ITEMS
FROM AIRPORT: Police on sunday arrested four persons for stealing precious articles of the passengers while loading the luggage in the aircraft at the allama iqbal airport. according to a report by a private tV channel, a passenger going from Lahore to Dubai had filed an FiR in Cantt Police station about theft of 20 tolas of ornaments from his luggage. the police started the investigation and an employee abdul Rehman was interrogated. He confessed of stealing the ornaments along with three other colleagues identified as Maqsood naseem, ahmad saeed and abdul Jabbar. the police arrested all the accused and recovered the precious items from their custody.
Justice Faisal Zaman of Lahore High Court will hear contempt petition against Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman on today, filed by abdul Rauf through its counsel advocate ikramud Din. the petitioner had raised the issue that the respondent had not got published the judgment delivered by Justice syed Mansoor ali shah against the national testing services. the court had ordered the Higher Education Commission to ensure that the gist of court order be publically advertised so as to dispel the impression that the nts is a duly approved national testing body of the HEC. Furthermore, the HEC was directed to inti-
mate all the recognised universities and academic institutions that admissions/scholarships will not be dependent on the test conducted by nts after May 30, 2014. it is worth mentioning here that the honourable court had delivered the above said judgment on the petition of one syeda anam ilyas who had passed her M Phil (Chemistry) in the academic session 2009 -2011 from Government College University Lahore. in order to pursue her Ph D in Chemistry she applied for admission and was required to pass Graduate assessment test (Gat–subject) conducted by the nts. the grievance of the petitioner was restricted to the marks awarded to her in the Gat by the nts and during the course of hearing this grievance was redressed.
The India visit
Monday, 26 May, 2014
The idea of India Modi should keep that in mind
Should be the first of many steps required to bring peace in the region
ISPROVING skeptics in India who had predicted that Nawaz Sharif might not accept Modi’s invitation due to domestic constraints, the Pakistani premier is travelling to New Delhi today. The visit with the exception of the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Sirajul Haq, enjoys the support of practically all mainstream parties in the Parliament. Nawaz Sharif has all along supported improvement of ties with the neighbouring country. With Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan, as his traditional stronghold and leading a right of the centre, probusiness party, Sharif is in a position to press for friendly ties with India without being labelled anti-Pakistan. Like his Pakistani counterpart, Narendera Modi too believes that South Asia cannot get rid of poverty without peace in the region. Unlike the Congress administration which was devoid of the capacity to take bold decisions on account of bad economic performance and corruption scandals, Modi leads a strong government and is known as a go-getter. The decision to invite the prime minister of Pakistan has the support not only of BJP and extremist RSS, but of all political allies and opposition parties. There are pitfalls in the way. Despite efforts to improve relations made during the last few years, these have been marred by serious border incidents. Most of the decisions taken during talks between the Congress and PPP governments were not implemented. Pakistan’s desire to get dialogue on outstanding issues initiated remained unfulfilled. India complained that no movement had taken place on bringing to law those behind Mumbai attacks and Pakistan had yet not reciprocated by giving MFN status to India. Sharif is naturally keen to kickstart Pak-India dialogue on all outstanding issues. He can thus claim that he has ended the stalemate. Modi, on the other hand, is likely to call for cessation of what he considers covert operations prior to initiation of talks. Sharif can promise that only if he is able to take all stakeholders on board. Pakistan and India have a historic opportunity to break the gridlock in their relations. The visit by Nawaz Sharif, widely hailed by Indian media and politicians, has conveyed a positive message and can help put the peace process on rails. The relations between the two countries are however extremely fragile. Any bloody clash on the LoC or a major terrorist attack in India can undo whatever investment is being made in creating goodwill. All major powers that include China are keen to see peace in nuclear armed but poverty stricken South Asia. The issue between Pakistan and India cannot be resolved by war or by covert operations. The visit by Sharif should be followed on both sides by initiation of a comprehensive dialogue that begins by resolving easier issues while giving due time to tackling the more complex ones.
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did not want Narendera Modi to be India’s prime minister for ideological reason. His effort to polarise the country is not in the nation’s interest. But the voters’ choice is different. Modi has won the right to rule having won through fair and open election. And he is entitled to pursue his agenda which offers, to use his words, the ‘politics of development and not revenge’. Modi should, however, keep in mind the larger picture, the idea of India. The idea of India is neither territorial, nor ideological. It also has little to do with economics or politics. The idea, the ethos of this country and what we stood for during the freedom struggle, is democracy, pluralism and egalitarianism. Beginning with India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who stood for a socialistic pattern of society, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, believing in free market priorities, the idea has been mutilated by every party which has come to head government. The ethos has been pushed aside. The idealism has taken a back seat and even the youth is more interested in jobs than in harking back to a past
based on a value system. New rulers have, no doubt, come through a democratic process, but they have used the Lok Sabha election campaigns without bothering about the means or methods. One rough estimate is that Rs 5 lakh crores was spent on publicity by the different candidates, financed by people from the corporate sector. Consequently, there is little that the new Prime Minister or his colleagues can do because they are beholden to the money bags for the positions they occupy. Even otherwise, they are far from the ethos of the national struggle. I am not surprised that the new generation is blank about the sacrifices which the nation made to wrest itself free from an unwilling and barbaric Great Britain. How many remember that the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre represents sheer brutality of the British rulers and the defiance of the ordinary innocent Indians, our ancestors, and who had focused all their attention on independence? One friend of mine, an Indian settled in London, has rightly suggested that there should be a holiday to commemorate the memory of those who jumped into a well to save themselves, as well as others who refused to move even after the British-led soldiers had exhausted their last bullet. How does the new government clear the debt of their forefathers’ sacrifices? We cannot recover from the British authorities in London the money which they took from India through exploitation. But we can at least get the symbols of our heritage which are accumulating dust in the basement of the Victoria and Albert museums. I recall that when the Nehru Centre was opened (the money was spent by New Delhi), I asked the curator how long would it for the Indians to have access to the relics of the Raj. She said that only five per cent of what they
have had been put on exhibition after 35 years. The rest would have to wait. As India’s High Commissioner in London I took up the issue of returning the Kohinoor diamond to India. This priceless relic was once a part and parcel of the treasury of Mahraja Ranjit Singh and is thought to have originated from the Golconda mines in Hyderabad. The reply of top British officials from the foreign office was that the Kohinoor was now studded in their monarch’s crown. I pursued this issue in the Rajya Sabha when l was its member. I was shocked when the then foreign minister of the BJP government, Jaswant Singh, requested me not to press the matter because it would tell upon the relations between India and Great Britain. I am hoping against hope that the new government would rectify the mistake which I committed by keeping quiet. For the new rulers this is a golden opportunity to revive those prized values of innocence and decency with which India was associated long before the advent of colonial rule. How many remember the notorious Robert Clive, first Governor General of Bengal, and his successor, Warren Hastings, who exploited the country and used their illgotten wealth to invest in the UK? The 300,000 pounds that Clive exacted from the rich Bengalis was used to buy his membership of the House of Lords, as well as huge property. The famous Somerset House in London was built with Clive’s assets. When impeachment proceedings were launched against him, he was quoted as saying how astounded he was by his own “moderation.” Nevertheless, Clive was unable to live with his guilty conscience and committed suicide. Impeachment proceedings were also launched against his successor in India, Hastings. The most effective weapon the British had to conquer India was to di-
vide communities so that they could act as arbitrators and justify their rule on the grounds that they were trying to bring peace among people of different religions. In the Lok Sabha elections some political parties have encouraged cleavage between Hindus and Muslims. These political parties should remember that although democracy has taken roots in the West, there is more than one foreign government that would love to get its foothold in our country. We represent the rich pickings for one and all. Traditionally, we were known as the sonay ki chidiya (golden sparrow). To maintain unity of the country and strengthen the faith of the common man in our political process, we will have to go back to the ethos of our national movement: that is, all communities belonging to different religions and castes are equal in the eyes of the law and as laid down by the Indian constitution. I hope the Lokpal Bill, which is pending before parliament, will be passed soon by both the houses of parliament so that even those at the top have to show their accountability. There should be no vindictiveness or harassment of those who have lost. The top priority of the new government should be how to uplift the 30crore people who are still wallowing in poverty and hunger. One estimate is that the 30-crore people, equal to the entire population of Europe, go hungry to bed. This defeats the ideal of egalitarianism which was promised after independence. It’s up to the new rulers how they deliver it, but their steps should be seen as moving towards that direction. This process cannot tolerate corruption which l find at every tier of the government and political parties. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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Artificial insemination in buffalos Livestock, a major component of agriculture sector, contributes 55.1 percent to agriculture value added and 11.5 percent to national GDP. Almost 35-40 million of rural population is engaged with livestock and its related activities. Rapid increase in human population and less milk production are among the main issues faced by Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan has to import dry milk and other related products, which is seriously affecting the economy of the country. Therefore, it is need of the hour to improve the genetic potential of the existing dairy animals in order to meet future food demands. At present, Pakistan has 31.7 million buffalo population which contributes 68% of total milk produced in the country. Artificial insemination with frozen semen is the most viable biotechnology to increase milk production of buffalo population. Frozen semen helps to improve genetics, preserve endangered species and easy import of genetic material. In Pakistan, rate of natural breeding in buffalo is very high as compared to artificial insemination due to easy availability of buffalo bulls in neighbourhood, un-availability of pedigreed bulls and poor conception rate with frozen semen. Low conception rate in Nili-Ravi buffalo with frozen semen may be due to higher acrosomal damage, reduced sperm motility and more alterations in sperm membrane integrity during semen cryopreservation as extenders used for buffalo semen cryopreservation are not compatible with buffalo semen. It is believed that 50% sperm livability is dropped during semen cryopreservation due to osmotic stress, oxidative stress and cold-shock. Semen extenders used for buffalo semen cryopreservation ignore the osmolality requirements of buffalo semen. Preservation of buffalo semen in such an extender may expose spermatozoa to osmotic stress. Thus, along with other semen quality parameters, osmotic pressure of semen diluents can play key role during semen cryopreservation. Oxidants level is another factor that can affect semen quality. A lower oxidants concentration is advantageous for spermatozoa
physiological functions. Addition of antioxidants to semen reduces oxidative stress and improves post thaw semen quality. It is need of the hour to minimise sperm damages during cryopreservation by developing a suitable semen extender for buffalo semen cryopreservation. Keeping in view the above mentioned issues, a study to evaluate efficacy of different semen extenders, osmotic pressures and antioxidants on post thaw semen quality and pregnancy rates was conducted at UVAS. This study also supported earlier findings of the researchers that consideration of semen extender used along with its osmotic pressure and inclusion of butylated hydroxyl toluene improves post thaw semen quality. DR FAZAL WADOOD UVAS, Lahore
Educating women in Pakistan Despite millions being invested in education all year round, numerous still exist in Pakistan who do not believe in women being educated. The majority living in the rural areas feel that there is no point in educating their girls, since at the end all they are responsible for is looking after their households. The question that remains is: Who will change this school of thought? Girls in Pakistan have to face numerous social issues when deciding to study or pursue a career. One of the more frightening things is those living in rural areas, especially those in the North, don’t send their girls to school claiming that it is prohibited by Islam. This, I personally feel, is a severe misinterpretation on part of those who do not completely understand what Islam teaches us. Consequently, it is these very religiously illiterate people who give Islam a bad name. Whereas the truth is Islam has never forbidden either man or woman from acquiring knowledge, instead it has rather pushed us into getting ourselves educated, much like the first word of Quran: “Read” (Iqra). Though many tribes now feel a need to educate their girls; however, due to social pressures and the lack of funds they have not been able to fulfil their dreams so far. Those who do bypass societal stigmas and financial
downfalls are faced with the eventual problem of the non-existence of an educational institution for their higher studies. Though some do have the option to shift to other cities, but for these tradition bound people it is easier said than done. Despite that a few of the NGOs have established private schools, but either the folks around those parts do not trust NGOs, or the fee is too high for them which poor families simply cannot afford. According to the UN, as much as 4% of a nation’s GDP should be strictly set aside for educational purpose; however, Pakistan even today is barely sparing a mere 2.2%. I don’t know when we will finally be labelled as a developed nation. A truly shameful feeling it is. Therefore, I feel it is about time our governments decide to finally do something about our rising illiteracy situation. They need to set aside a higher percentage of our GDP, especially for female education. Since women are the building blocks of a society, I personally think their education is as important as that of men. At present, Pakistan’s total literacy rate is set at 58%, a staggering percentage if you ask. And only 45% of women in Pakistan are educated as compared to the 69% of the male population (2009). Even this percentage has been achieved over years of struggle and after spreading awareness regarding the importance of education. We have been forcefully pushed and funded by the UN and other foreign organisations in an attempt to improve our education system much like Greg Mortenson has very thoroughly explained in his book, “Three Cups of Tea”. Apart from that he has also explained in his book how a majority of girls in these regions are forced into quitting education because of what neighbours and far off acquaintances think of them. It is absolute injustice to women, just because they are dependent creatures does not give men the right to manipulate them in however way they want. Pakistan’s youth has potential to rise on the international front; therefore, it is more like our duty to educate them, to teach them right and wrong. And it will not be possible to do so until we truly believe in education. Henceforth, in order to ensure development of our nation, we need to believe in quality education, not only of men but of women also. SAMMIYA MUJTABA Sahiwal
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Monday, 26 May, 2014
SRAELIS who have met Narendra Modi, India’s newly elected prime minister-designate, gush about him and what he means for Israel. At a recent event at the Institute for National Security Studies, in Tel Aviv, he was described in glowing terms: “outgoing”; “assertive”; “extremely, extremely clever”; and “very direct, very Israeli.” Among the calls Modi received congratulating him on his win last week was one from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told his cabinet at their weekly meeting that Modi had replied by expressing the desire to “deepen and develop economic ties with the state of Israel.” When Modi, the head of the Hindu nationalist BJP party, is sworn in as prime minister, he will become the only Indian premier to have ever visited the Jewish state. He has close relationships with Israeli business leaders, and his landslide victory has left many anticipating the possibility of a great leap forward in IndianIsraeli relations—and with it, a billion new customers and allies. Israel’s relationship with India has long been a quiet affair, with a lot going on behind the scenes, but not much happening in public. Though India voted to recognize Israel in 1950, successive governments in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s avoided public ties with Jerusalem, partly to appease India’s large Muslim minority and partly out of a desire to avoid alienating Arab allies. India didn’t establish official relations with Israel until 1992, making it the last non-Arab, non-Muslim country in the world to do so. Despite this, commercial ties, technology sharing, space exploration, and mili-
Is Modi Israel’s new best friend? tary cooperation between the two countries have all grown vigorously in recent years. Bilateral trade has shot up from less than $200 million in 1992 to almost $4.4 billion in 2013 (not including weapons sales, which account for billions more). The growth in bilateral trade has been driven largely by precious stones and by defense spending. The exception is in Gujarat, the state where Narendra Modi has served as chief minister for the past 13 years. In Gujarat, Israeli industry was not only welcomed by Modi but actively pursued. Huge tenders for a semiconductor plant, a new port, and a desalination plant were awarded to Israeli bidders. Israeli agriculture, pharmaceutical, alternative energy, and information technology companies have flourished there. This isn’t incidental: Modi’s campaign was based on replicating his economic success in Gujarat on a national scale, and much of that success was tied up with Israel. In Gujarat, Modi emphasized privatization and small government. He opened financial and technological parks, brought in foreign investment, and cracked down on corruption. Under his administration, the state’s economy expanded by more than 10 percent annually. In 2010, in Modi’s third term in office, Forbes named Gujarat’s largest city, Ahmedabad, as the third-fastest growing city in the world. Modi’s career was nearly derailed in 2002 when riots broke out in Ahmedabad; an estimated 1,000 Muslims were killed by Hindu radicals during the violence. Modi’s government was accused of not
doing enough to stop the massacre, and while Modi was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Indian Supreme Court’s Special Investigation Team in 2009, he was banned from visiting the United States over his role in the violence—a circumstance that drove Modi to develop relationships with other foreign partners, particularly Israel and Japan, instead. In 2006, Modi accepted an invitation to visit Israel for an agricultural technology conference. The five-day trip sparked an ongoing relationship; Modi began encouraging partnerships with Israeli ministries
and advised his constituents to study Israeli agricultural and water-management systems. To his Israeli partners, Modi’s profile as an opponent of Muslim extremism—a perceived common enemy, particularly in the wake of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai—only made him more appealing. Modi’s BJP has often been supportive of Israel. Though diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Jerusalem were first officially established under the dominant Congress Party in 1992, it was during the last BJP coalition government, between 1999 and 2004, that the relationship blos-
The day the music died in the Arab world? Al JAzeerA Mark LeVine
As I write these lines, Moroccan revolutionary rapper L7a9ed (El Haqed, the "enraged one", whose real name is Mouad Belrhouat) is once again in jail, after being arrested on May 19 at a football match for allegedly scalping tickets and assaulting a police officer. L7a9ed has already spent over a year in prison for his anti-regime rap songs, most infamously "Klab Dawla" (Dogs of the State), prosecuted for assaulting a pro-regime activist and insulting the police. In our recent conversations, L7a9ed expressed growing concern that he'd soon return to prison, especially after the release of his new mixtape, Walou (Nothing). He previewed the album for me and other artists and activists during the 4th Arab Bloggers Meeting in Amman a few months back, a gathering which itself was dominated by the ongoing detention of bloggers, artists and social media figures from Egypt, Syria, and other Arab countries. It was clear upon first listen that fans who worried that L7a9ed might tone it down after his stint in jail (at a press conference upon his release he intimated that he would focus more on his studies and less on politics) could rest easy - or better, again be as "enraged" as L7a9ed - as one song after another excoriated the ongoing corruption, police brutality, inequality, lack of freedom, and particularly hopelessness, that characterises life in what for most Westerners remains one of the most "modern" and "moderate" Arab monarchy. As L7a9ed raps in the title track, "Walou", mixing defiance and despair: "Nothing satisfies us... We are so sick. No culture, no art, no creation... No , no way. We won't back down. It's my slogan. Choose my side or theirs... Put this in your head: Never give up your rights... This country is ours, not his [the king's]." A prosecutAble offense The lyrics represent a far cry from the "nothing" of the title. In a country where even substituting FC Barcelona for the king in the slogan "God, Country, Barca" is a prosecutable offense, such a direct attack on the king's majesty is not likely to go unanswered.
Once upon a time in the not too distant past, just being a rapper or a metalhead in the Arab and larger Muslim world could get you beaten by cops, jailed and even threatened with death by religious authorities. Underground scenes began to win more public and official acceptance during the last decade as both governments and "moderate" Islamist movements realised that policing the tastes of young people was not a productive way either to win their support or avoid alienating them completely. But the tolerance did not extend to more overtly political music, as evidenced most famously by the jailing of a then still largely unknown rapper, El General, at the start of the Tunisian revolution. As the revolutions grind on, young artists have become among their countries' most important public intellectuals. Whatever the gains of the protests, the reality is that their growing politicisation - of their music itself as well as their extracurricular political activities - has occurred in what remains a highly and in some ways increasingly restrictive environment. As a new report by the global anti-music censorship NGO Freemuse and the Egyptian Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression describes Egypt: "Artistic expression... is one of the most tightly controlled forms of expression, subject to numerous restrictions, both official, in the form of laws, regulations, and state institutions charged with implementing these codes, and social, in the form of constraints imposed by mainstream culture." While religious and sexual themes or provocative video clips can still get a song banned from the airwaves, political expression remains a crucial arena were governments attempt to use the law to silence oppositional voices - not just by keeping their music off the radio or TV, but by keeping them from performing and otherwise being a public presence. As Freemuse Executive Director Ole Reitov explained after the launch of the report at Cairo's Townhouse Rawabet Theatre on May 21, "The censorship practices in Egypt [are] a labyrinth where you know how to enter but do not know how to exit." lost in A lAbyrinth
Governments love labyrinths, never tiring of using well-worn laws to prosecute free speech even when such practices violate the language or spirit of the post 2010 constitutions guaranteeing freedom of expression. Physical violence is also routinely deployed on artists, just as it is upon ordinary citizens. Ramy Essam was tortured; L7a9ed has been brutally beaten by police, most recently during his latest arrest. Other artists have suffered worse fates, as epitomised by the assassination of Syrian singer Ibrahim Kashoush, whose throat was slit by Assad's forces in July 2011. More banal but ultimately quite effective, regimes keep music off state-controlled and allied radio and TV and make it very difficult to perform live. Ramy Essam's recent experience with security forces summarises precisely what artists like he and L7a9ed are up against as they attempt to continue writing relevant music at a time when counterrevolutionary governments seem secure in their power. Upon recognising him at a checkpoint new Suez, an officer walked up to him singing his song "Taty Taty" (Bow your head) and playing a video of him performing an anti-military song on iPad. After being taken to the local security headquarters, he was interrogated continuously for five hours. "Three officers asked me over and over about two things. First they asked about my international travel and awards, why these organisations chose me and how much they paid me, and why they support me to sing against my country. Second, they were very concerned about any possible collaboration between revolutionary groups and the Brotherhood and accused me of being a member of the Ikhwan... My activist friends called me after and explained that this is the way it goes the first time: They pretend to be kind to you, 'the soft hand system', as it's called. But they warned me that the gloves will be off next time; the second time will be horrible. They will beat and hit me from the beginning. 'You won't sit answering questions again,' I was told." internAtionAl support For now, the wide support shown to Essam and L7a9ed by local and international comrades and fans, as well as activists and
the media, have perhaps kept them from experiencing the harsh fate long term detention and torture, or worse - suffered by so many prodemocracy activists. Within days of L7a9ed's latest arrest, other political rappers and rock artists publicly came to his defense, with tweets, facebook posts and a media campaign lambasting the charges and the ongoing harassment against him. These supporters called on international artists like Alicia Keys, Robert Plant and Justin Timberlake, all of whom are scheduled to perform at the monarchy-sponsored Mawazine Festival in June, to speak out on his behalf. The media attention to their plights might give L7a9ed and Essam a modicum of protection compared with the average citizen, but the situation could change at any moment. Next time Essam is picked up he might be alone; cameras might not be surrounding L7a9ed. As we've learned time and time again, the judicial system remains aligned against activists (L7a9ed's pre-trial detention was extended for another week after prosecutors introduced an unsigned accusation at his hearing). Anything can happen in a jail cell, while a simple prison bus can suddenly become a death chamber. In this context, it's worth paying close attention to how the revolutionary artists of the Arab world fair in the coming period, as the revolutions either continue to become dormant or explode again into open conflict. However bad they might have it, for the average citizen of the Arab world, it's likely going to be much worse. Indeed, at the same time L7a9ed's trail was being postponed and his pre-trial detention extended, 11 members of the February 20 movement were sentenced to a year in prison. In Egypt, yet another activist was sentenced to two years imprisonment and security forces raided the offices of a leading human rights organisation and, according to witnesses, sexually harassed female employees. The revolution continues, indeed. Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lund University.
somed. India’s Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, of the BJP Party, visited Israel in 2000, and in 2003 Ariel Sharon became the first Israeli leader to visit India. According to a report in the International Business Times, Modi has suggested that he may make the first official state visit by a sitting prime minister to Israel during his term of office. His timing is impeccable: The Indian public seems especially well primed for a closer alliance with Israel as well. Surveys by the Israeli Foreign Ministry have found that Indian support for Israel is higher than in any other country polled, beating out even the United States. “Rural Indians see Israel as an agricultural superpower,” said Shimon Mercer-Wood, Southeast Asia desk officer at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “Urban India sees Israel as a leader of innovation and entrepreneurship.” In the last few months a string of cooperative anti-terror agreements was signed between the two countries; negotiations over a Free Trade Agreement are ongoing. One of the largest Indian business delegations ever to visit Israel will be attending the MIXiii conference in Tel Aviv this month. But Modi’s victory has the potential to send these efforts into overdrive. “Modi likes Israeli Chutzpah,” said a senior member of the AgileTree investment company who has dealt personally with him in Gujarat for years and asked to remain anonymous because of continuing business operations with both major parties. “If only a fraction of what happened in Gujarat will happen in India as a whole, the state of Israel will be one of the biggest beneficiaries.” Jeff Moskowitz is a journalist living in Jerusalem.
Modi and Sharif mean business, quite literally HindustAn times Vinod SharMa Audacious diplomacy! That's the description that best fits Narendra Modi's invite to Nawaz Sharif and the latter's acceptance of it to attend the Indian Premier's swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The PM-designate has done well in moving fast to woo the south Asian neighbour he so relentlessly bashed in his march to an unprecedented electoral victory. But one would desist from calling it a bold new beginning, given the torturous and hazardous hiatus that separated New Delhi and Islamabad. AB Vajpayee dared travel that distance in a bus across Wagah in 1999. But what followed was the Kargil War Sharif failed to prevent and had problems living down in his second tenure that ended in a coup. Yet Vajpayee's initiative was a historic first requiring replication in our frustrating quest for peace. Sharif's presence at Modi's swearing-in would match its symbolism, if not the substance of the Lahore Pact the Pakistani Army buried under Kargil's debris of destruction. Modi's rivals are recalling his poll-time rhetoric to question his overture to Pakistan. They needn't be blamed, for that's the nature of competitive politics. Cross-border terror was the BJP's cannon fodder to bolster religious-military nationalism with its communally divisive underpinnings. But big moments change men. It's good if Modi realises that he isn't the PM of Hindu India; that he's the Hindu PM of a country of multiple faiths, cultures and sub-nationalities. India is a collage of religious persuasions practised or predominant in our neighbourhood. The sub-continent boasts of Buddhist Sri Lanka and Bhutan, a Hindu Nepal and Muslim Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan. They are all on Modi's list of invitees as SAARC member-states. How then could India that embodies south Asia not be at peace with its near neighbours? More so when it has the economic potential to improve the lives of not just its own people but those of the wider south Asian citizenry? The idea apparently isn't lost on Modi, who prides himself in being business-friendly. That actually is his meeting ground with Sharif, who belongs to a leading industrial family of Pakistan. Like his Indian host, he too made his mark in politics as the CM of the industrious Pakistani province of Punjab. Sharif's, in fact, is a bigger gambit in identifying so early with the new-look Delhi controlled by a leader about whom questions abound back home. His aggressive rhetoric has earned Modi the image of an adventurist in Pakistan. There are as many questions about the 2002 Gujarat riots and his approach to Muslims. Modi would be PM before his scheduled May 27 meeting with Sharif. The interaction would be watched for its bilateral value. But of greater import for future dialogue would be their search for a personal chemistry of the kind Vajpayee cultivated with Sharif and even Gen Pervez Musharraf. Statecraft affords little room for compassion or generosity. But as he engages with his next-door guest, Modi, while forcefully putting across Indian concerns, would have to factor in Sharif's limitations in a relationship controlled at his end by the Pak army. Economies don't prosper in tensed up neighbourhoods. That presents a possibility of convergence of interests of the two leaders to help fulfil their promises of a quality life to their electorates. Towards that end, they need to build an equation of 'privately verifiable' trust.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
Dar reviews budgetary proposals of FBR for upcoming budget ISLAMABAD
high-level meeting was held on Sunday with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar in chair to review the budgetary proposals presented by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for the upcoming budget. FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa discussed various tax proposals in the consultative session. Tariq Bajwa said that the FBR was working with utmost efficiency under the directions of the finance minister to improve the system of tax collection by simplifying schemes, balancing controls and facilitation, encouraging sectoral
New budget to increase poverty: PEW ISLAMABAD ONlINe
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) Sunday said that taxation measures expected to be introduced in the upcoming budget will add to prevalent poverty in the country. There will be no significant growth in the GDP due to depressed economic situation as authorities continue to focus on short-term measures ignoring long-term strategies, it said. The budget of the fiscal year 2014-15 will be focused on mobilising revenue from the existing taxpayers with little effort to broaden the shrinking tax
IEP exhorts govt to hydro-power projects on war-footing ISLAMABAD: Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP) Rawalpindi-Islamabad Centre has urged the government to implement its ambitious hydro-power projects on war-footing to ensure provision of affordable electricity to the people. While addressing a select gathering of technical experts at the office IEP, Engr Hussain Ahmad Saddiqui emphasized that the private sector should also come forward to assist the govt to fulfill its stipulated targets in the energy sector. The available resources should be exploited on war-footing, giving priority to early completion of the on-going projects. He noted that currently only less than 12 percent of gross, or about 17 percent of exploitable resources, was being utilised. Pakistan’s total hydropower resources has been estimated at about 100,000 MW theoretical and 59,796 MW gross or technical. INP
base, PEW President said Dr Murtaza Mughal. Salaried class and corporate entities will be forced to pay additional Rs 250 billion to reduce the deficit as government would continue to prefer indirect taxation which was around 61 per cent of the whole collection, he said. Mughal said that manufacturing with 22 per cent share in GDP would be forced to pay more than 67 per cent of the total tax revenue collection while the retail sector with 18 per cent share in the GDP would continue to enjoy unannounced tax holiday. The government would continue to compromise on properly taxing services and agricultural sectors, while tax collection would decline in
majority of the provinces due to vested interests, he added. Mughal noted that simplification of regressive tax regime would continue to discourage investment in the next fiscal, companies would continue to cry for refunds in a discouraging environment. The revenue targets would remain unachievable due to absence of capacity, capability and will of all the stakeholders including the FBR as well as the ruling party. Energy crisis would continue to disturb masses and the production activity missing tax targets prompting government to cut public sector development expenditures as efforts to reduce non-development expanses has always failed.
US $ 670m FDI in nine months shows 6.1pc increase ISLAMABAD APP
The country has received Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of US $ 670 million during first nine months of current fiscal year 2013-14 as compared to US$ 631 million during same period of previous year. This shows an increase of 6.1 per cent with the corresponding period (July-March 2012-13). According to board of investment here on Sunday, numerous steps were being taken to increase FDI in the country which included offering of competitive incentives through investment policy to attract FDI. Moreover, Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Act, 2012, has been operationalised for industrial clusteralization in the country. The SEZ Act has attractive incentives and these are protected by Law. SEZ at Khairpur district has been approved. The investment policy, 2013 and FDI Strategy, 2013-17 has been implemented and come into effect. Investment Policy is focused on reducing
the cost of doing business, providing ease of doing business with creation of industrial clusters as Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The FDI Strategy 2013-17 has been designed to implement the policy provisions. The BOI further informed that the government was reviewing the existing concessionary regime and complex tax structure with aiming to simplify and rationalize the tariff structure for facilitation, growth of local/export oriented industry. The government in collaboration with Chinese government has also taken an initiative of Pak-China Economic Corridor which spreads from Khunjerab to Gwadar. This greater connectivity will promote the investment activities in the country and enhance regional trade with China, South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East countries. Furthermore, to improve the investment and business climate in the country, the BOI in consultation with stakeholders and provincial governments is working to simplify the procedures and reduce time/cost for ease of doing businesses.
competitiveness and efficiencies. The FBR was also working out a plan to reduce the discretionary powers of its officials to ensure transparency of the tax collection system, he added. Dar said that they wanted to take forward the reform process in the collection of different taxes. He emphasized that the reform process was now being undertaken after almost 30 years. In this exercise, their broad principle would be to tax the privileged and endowed and relieve the masses. The Minister said, we would like to incorporate the suggestions given by the business community in yesterday’s grand consultative process in the new budget as we acknowledge the contribution of
the business community in the development of the country. He directed FBR officials to suggest measures which could be helpful in solving the issue of major sales tax refunds and introduce new schemes to help people file their tax returns without difficulties and misrepresentation. Voluntary tax payment should be incentivized and facilitated, said the Minister. Dar further directed the tax officials to improve, simplify and consolidate various schemes so that the exports in the country could thrive and we could benefit from the GSP plus status recently awarded to Pakistan. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and FBR.
MEPCO sets up 3 new grid stations MULTAN: The Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) has set up three new grid stations at a cost of Rs 550 million for the provision of electricity to new consumers with better voltage. According to MEPCO sources, it has recently completed 132 KV Sahiwal-3, Laal Sohanra and Khairpur Tamewali grid stations in collaboration with the World Bank at a cost of Rs 550 million. The MEPCO GSC dept has also started work on the construction of five new grid stations of 132 KV each. The 132 KV Baatti Bangla and Maan Kot grid stations are being built under the PM Package at a cost of Rs 150 million each while DG Khan-2 would cost Rs 200 million in collaboration with World Bank. Similarly, Meeranpur and Kameer grid stations are being built at a cost of Rs 200 million each. APP
Power shortfall reaches 2,900MW LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/MULTAN: Despite weekly holiday and claims of the government to reduce the load shedding, power short fall on Sunday reached 2900 MW. Sources in the NTDC said that the generation on Sunday was 12,700 MW whereas the demand was 15,600MW as a result of which the authorities had to resort to scheduled and unscheduled load shedding. There was between 10 to 12 hours of load shedding in Lahore and Multan on Sunday while the duration was 14 to 16 hours in rural areas as against the claims of the NTDC that the duration of load shedding is between 6 to 8 hours. Sources said the gap between the demand and supply would continue to increase with mercury going up and no increase in power generation from the hydel sources. INP
NGOs to get away with tax exemption ISLAMABAD: Under international pressure, the government has bowed to defer the decision to bring the local and international NGOs under the tax net. Sources in the FBR, however, said a new article will be added to the Finance Bill for the next financial year under which NGOs would be required to file returns detailing income and expenditure as well as sources of income. The sources said that European and other western countries had been pressing Pakistan not to tax the NGOs as they were carrying out activities for the social welfare of the neglected people. INP
PAKISTAN CAN GRAB UK MANGO MARKET SHARE ISLAMABAD APP
This year Pakistani mangoes have a chance to grab share in the United Kingdom market in the absence of Indian fruit, said Director Harvest Tradings Ahmad Jawad on Sunday. “The mango season has already started. It is the right time for our mangoes to grab the maximum share of the UK mango market worth 6.3 million pound in the light of recent EU ban on Indian fruit,” he said in a statement. He said, “We are well aware that the UK’s quarantine policies are getting stricter every year, and Pakistan faces serious damage to its exports if it fails to control fruit diseases including fruit flies.” Last year Pakistani mango exporters faced serious problems in the
United Kingdom, where the quarantine department disposed off almost all consignments from Pakistan because of the presence of fruit flies, he added. Jawad said the UK was taking action to overturn the EU ban on import of mangoes from India, which though was unlikely to be lifted before the end of this mango season. Regarding the situation of mango industry, he said high hopes for mango exports on a long term basis could only materialize if the fruit output could be enhanced considerably. The situation also underscores the need for removal of impediments to exports to increase competitiveness and gain greater access to the international market, he added. He said mango was a sensitive fruit and needed plenty of irrigation, while long periods in cold storage could impair its quality.
He said due to the energy crisis, farmers were generally unable to use their water pumps to irrigate fields in time while increasing irregularity of the traditional monsoon season and canal water had exacerbated the issue. As Pakistan cannot produce good quality mangoes in abundance for want of proper watering system, the issue of irrigation needs to be addressed on a war footing, he stressed. He said the government should work towards arranging proper extension services to help the farmers, including giving them subsidy for Global Gap certification for good agri practices. He said on the export front, there was an increasing demand from the consumers in world markets that mango should not be a carrier of fruit fly and fungus. This fruit should also receive “hot water treatment and
VHT facility”. Although hot water facility is available in Multan now, it needs to be extended to other mango growing areas of the country like Mirpurkhas, Sindh, he added. He also urged the Pakistan International Airlines to establish some mechanism for the rates of perishable items in order to boost exports. Currently freight is much higher than the cost of the prod-
uct, which adds to the cost of doing business for exporters, he added.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
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SUPER-CHARGING: BREAKTHROUGH IN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY COULD FULLY CHARGE A CELLPHONE IN MINUTES
AGENCIES The ability to discern pitch and to hear the difference between similar-sounding words relies on specialised cells within the inner ear, which can be damaged. For the first time, scientists have discovered what controls the cells’ development and pattering. They studied the development of these cells in chickens, which unlike humans, have the capacity to regrow sound-detecting cells after suffering hearing loss. Inside the cochlea are specialised cells, known as hair cells, which are tuned to different sound pitches based in part, on their locations along the cochlea’s spiral and the number and the length of their stereocilia, which are hair-like microscopic protrusions that give the cells their name. High-pitched sounds are detected by cells with shorter hair bundles, located closest to where sound enters the ear, while lower-pitched sounds are detected by cells with taller hair bundles located further in. This pattern progresses through the several thousand hair cells that are essential for hearing. Not every single hair cell in the cochlea responds to sounds – only the ones that are sensitive to specific frequencies respond. A study by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders says that if scientists understand what causes chickens’ cells to redevelop they could one day replicate the process in humans to reverse hearing loss. Pitch detection occurs within the cochlea, which is a small spiral structure within the inner ear. Inside the cochlea are specialised cells, known as hair cells, which are tuned to different sound pitches based in part on their locations along the cochlea’s spiral and the number and the length of their stereocilia, which are hair-like microscopic protrusions that give the cells their name. High-pitched sounds are detected by cells with shorter hair bundles, located closest to where sound enters the ear, while lower-pitched sounds are detected by cells with taller hair bundles located further in. This pattern progresses through the several thousand hair cells that are essential for hearing. Benjamin Thiede, lead author of the two papers, which are published in Nature Communications, explained: ‘When you hear different sounds, not every single hair cell in the cochlea is responding - only the ones that are sensitive to the specific sound frequencies.’ Until now, scientists have not understood what orchestrates the formation of this pattern of individually distinct hair cells. But now they have solved that mystery, demonstrating that two specific molecules - Bmp7 and retinoic acid - guide cells to acquire location-specific attributes. Bmp7 starts the initial patterning process and retinoic acid regulates how the cells’ hair bundles grow to different lengths. Dr Thiede found evidence that there are different levels of retinoic acid activity along the length of the cochlea, so he tried adding more retinoic acid in cells grown in a lab dish and found that they produced longer hair bundles.
obile phones that can be charged in minutes could soon be possible thanks to a radical new battery technology. Called supercapacitors, the material, in the form of a wafer, can turn phone casings, car chassis and even walls into quick charging batteries. Researchers at Vanderbilt say they have created the first working prototypes of the technology. HOW IT WORKS: The wafers consist of electrodes made from silicon that have been chemically treated so they have nanoscale pores on their inner surfaces and then coated with a protective ultrathin graphene-like layer of carbon. Sandwiched between the two electrodes is a polymer film that acts as a reservoir of charged ions, similar to the role of the electrolyte paste in a battery. When the electrodes are pressed together, the polymer oozes into the tiny pores in much the same way that melted cheese soaks into the nooks and crannies of artisan bread in a panini. When the polymer cools and solidifies, it forms an extremely strong me-
chanical bond. 'These devices demonstrate -for the first time as far as we can tell - that it is possible to create materials that can store and discharge significant amounts of electricity while they are subject to realistic static loads and dynamic
forces, such as vibrations or impacts,' said Cary Pint, one of the researchers. A side view of the structural supercapacitor shows the blue polymer electrolyte that glues the silicon electrodes together. it stores electricity by assembling electrically charged ions
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on the surface of a porous material, instead of storing it in chemical reactions the way batteries do. A side view of the structural supercapacitor shows the blue polymer electrolyte that glues the silicon electrodes together. it stores electricity by assembling electrically charged ions on the surface of a porous material, instead of storing it in chemical reactions the way batteries do. Supercapacitors store ten times less energy than current lithium-ion batteries, but they can last a thousand times longer - meaning they can be built into walls and chassis. 'battery performance metrics change when you’re putting energy storage into heavy materials that are already needed for structural integrity,' said Pint. 'Supercapacitors store ten times less energy than current lithium-ion batteries, but they can last a thousand times longer. 'That means they are better suited for structural applications. 'it doesn’t make sense to develop materials to build a home, car chassis, or aerospace vehicle if you have to replace them every few years because they go dead.'
NEWS DESK Younger siblings are more likely to take their own lives than their older brothers or sisters, a new study has today found. The study, carried out at Stockholm University, estimated that more than 20 per cent of suicides could be influenced by birth order and a mother's age at child birth. For each increase in a person's birth order, from eldest to youngest child, the suicide risk in adulthood went up 18 per cent, according to the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Study leader Mikael Rostila, of the university's Centre for Health Equity Studies, told Live Science: 'Our findings are important, since they highlight that birth order should be considered an early-life circumstance that determines mental health across the life course.' The report said: 'Recent studies have indicated that birth order is associated with suicide risk, with later-born children experiencing an increased risk of suicide. 'It has been estimated that more than 20 per cent of suicides might be attributable to the combined effects of
maternal age at child birth and birth order.' Researchers say they still do not understand why younger siblings may be at a higher risk of committing suicide. It means there is little information researchers can pass on to family's to help protect youngest siblings. The study also found that younger siblings were more likely to die from an accidents. It suggests those with a higher birth order are more impulsive or risk-prone, which could contribute to suicide, researchers said. It raises the possibility that younger brothers and sisters are more risk-prone or impulsive in general, which could contribute to suicide, the researchers said. Several past studies have found birth order has an affected on a person's health. A study in February found eldest siblings may have a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, linked to a metabolic patterns in the womb. But differences between families and parenting makes the affects difficult to judge. Another study of 1.7 million people carried out in Norway found that for each increase in birth order, suicide risk went up
46 per cent, according to results published in the journal last year. The new study replicated the findings from the research done in Norway. Rostila and his team examined births and deaths of everyone born in Sweden between 1931 and 1980. They then recorded deaths from 1981 to 2002. Their findings found the later a person's birth order was, the higher their risk for suicide was. 'Our findings are important, since they highlight that birth order should be considered an early-life circumstance that determines mental health across the life course' - Study leader Mikael Rostila And the team found the link between birth order and suicide remained even when other factors, including the age difference between siblings, the number of siblings, their marital status and socioeconomic status was taken into account. Another possibility is that the risk is linked to a biological explanation. Greater stress during later pregnancies could lead to the unborn child being exposed to higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which affects brain development.
Not all diamonds last forever and some can fade away in just a few seconds, according to new research. The finding contradicts Shirley Bassey’s 1971 James Bond theme song and the popular belief that diamonds last forever the word ‘diamond’ even means 'unbreakable' in ancient Greek. Scientists used an electron beam to prove that microscopic diamonds in treated coal only survive for seconds before they revert to a form of less exciting carbon. Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, discovered the effect of the nanodiamonds while they were working on ways to chemically reduce carbon from coal and make it soluble. Nanodiamonds are used in a variety of industrial processes and are increasingly being used in medical research to deliver chemotherapy and improve bone growth, for example. Chemists Ed Billups and Yanqiu Sun first noticed nanodiamonds forming among the shapeless, hydrogeninfused layers of graphite. They took close-up images of the coal with an electron microscope - which fires an electron beam at the point of interest - and found that the energy from the beam congealed clusters of hydrogenated carbon atoms, some of which took on the lattice-like structure of nanodiamonds. Dr Billups said: ‘The beam is very powerful. To knock hydrogen atoms off of something takes a tremendous amount of energy.’ Even without the kind of pressure needed to make diamonds that can be seen with the naked eye, the energy knocked loose hydrogen atoms to prompt a chain reaction between layers of graphite in the coal. This resulted in diamonds between two and 10 nanometers wide (up to 0.00001mm), according to the study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. The duo discovered that most of the diamonds faded away under the power of the electron beam and documented the changes in photos taken over 30 seconds.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
Mathira sizzles in Raga Boyz upcoming music video COURTESY HIPINPAKISTAN
AST we saw her shaking her booty with a 12 year old boy but this time around it is Raga Boyz’ lead vocalist Wali Hamid Ali Khan. Raga Boyz are now about to release their latest video for the song, Na Janey Kyoon Dil Mera from their album Raga Rocks. Their 40 sec teaser featuring Mathira has already created stir and people are eagerly waiting for its official release. Living singing legend Ustad Hamid Ali Khan’s three sons got together to form the band Raga Boyz back in 2006. Hailing from the great Patiala Gharana the Raga Boyz have proved their mettle by showing versatility in their performances – be it classical, Sufi, rock, fusion or metal they are experts at all music genres. Back in 2013, Raga Boyz exhibited their talent in a Tollywood film, Bangla Nache Bhangra. They were also invited as special judges on Indian popular singing show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs. So far, they have released eight videos of different songs but they have only
recently started playing the right cards by getting celebrities like Noor and Mathira on board. Coming back to Mathira, she masters the art of creating controversy with every appearance – be it a bold nude photo shoot or a wardrobe malfunction at fashion show are some to mention here. Starting her career from a latenight talk show, Mathira made her music debut with Jadugar, which was accused of being a copy of Romanian dance-pop act Ackent’s song. The controversial lady has also done a hot item number in Humayun Saeed’s Main Hoon Shahid Afridi. Other than that she also managed to grab eyeballs for her item number for Punjabi film Young Malang, produced by Rahulinder Singh Sidhu. For past few weeks, rumors about Mathira’s new music album were also doing the rounds but our sources have confirmed that she has been working only on a solo number, Chor Diya and has not decided to come up with full fledged album. To see which Mathira’s song received more popularity we have to wait for their release.
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KANYE WEST AND KIM KARDASHIAN MARRY IN ITALIAN WEDDING
Cannes Film Festival wraps up with winter sleep winning the palme d’Or NEWS DESK
If actress Sonakshi Sinha felt that her 2013 release "Lootera" deserved to win awards, actor-producer Akshay Kumar seconds that. The action star liked her performance in the period drama so much that he said it should have been appreciated with a National Award for it. Akshay, who has acted with the 26-year-old in movies like "Rowdy Rathore" and "Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!", says she was brilliant in "Lootera". "It is a pleasure working with Sonakshi. She is wonderful and talented. The last movie of her I saw was 'Lootera'. I think she was brilliant. She should've got a National Award (for it). It's something wonderful that I saw," Akshay, who will now be seen with her in the forthcoming film "Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty." The Vikramaditya Motwane directorial, which also featured Ranveer Singh in the lead, received a mixed response after it hit screens in July last year. It also got a few nominations at this year's awards. AGENCIES
NEWS DESK Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have married at a fortress in the Italian city of Florence. The E! network, which runs the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality TV series, confirmed the news. "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were married in a private ceremony in the presence of family and friends in Florence, Italy," publicist Ina Treciokas said. It is the first marriage for West, and the third for Kardashian. The rapper and reality TV star were joined by several hundred guests at the 16th-century Fort Belvedere. West proposed on Kardashian's birthday in October. The couple had arrived there by private jet after holding a series of parties in Paris. They'd spent Friday night celebrating at Versailles. West, 36, and Kardashian, 33, held a private
costume party at the chateau after they were told they would not be able to marry there in January. The celebrations included horses adorned with bright colours, riders wearing huge feathers in their hats, musketeers in wigs and drum rolls. It's thought the wedding could earn the couple up to $21 million (£12.5m) thanks to sponsors and through the sale of exclusive photos of the ceremony. The money will help repay the hire of Fort Belvedere, a Renaissance fortress which overlooks Florence and which is costing more than $400,000 (£237,000) for the day. Earlier on Friday, the couple had lunch in the Chateau de Wideville west of Paris, which is owned by designer Valentino. On Thursday night, Kim Kardashian celebrated her hen do with friends in Paris sporting a white Pierre Balmain mini-dress embellished with pearls.
‘FILMISTAAN’ ABOUT LOVE FOR BOLLYWOOD IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN Nitin Kakkar initially set out to do a film on Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories but ended up making ‘Filmistaan’ in which he explored Indo-Pak relations through the shared love that people from both sides of the border have for Bollywood. The film will hit theatres on June 6 post Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India to attend Prime Ministerelect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 26. The director, who started his journey from the small screen, says his film looks at the bitterness and love that people from both sides of the border inherited after Partition and whether there is hope to overcome this.
“This film is an amalgamation of lot of observations. Actually, I was working on a movie that I wanted to base on Manto’s stories. That was to be my first film but that could not happen. “Then I created this character of Sunny Arora, a Bollywood fanatic and I realised that films would be a great tool to explore Indo-Pak relations in a contemporary manner. Nitin, whose grandparents were originally from Lahore, says he preferred telling his story from the human perspective. “I am looking at the issue from a human perspective without trying to make a political statement. It is a tribute not just to my grandparents
but to all the people who were uprooted during Partition. They left their homeland and could never return,” Nitin says. Starring Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, the film has travelled to various film festivals including Busan, Kerala and Mumbai. ‘Filmistaan’ was named the best feature film in Hindi at the 60th National Film Awards 2012. The story revolves around a Bollywood enthusiast, who after getting rejected in many auditions tags along with an international documentary crew to Rajasthan, only to get abducted by a terrorist group, who mistake him for an American crew member. AGENCIES
The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Saturday night after 11 days of films with a closing ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Palme d'Or went to Winter Sleep. Winter Sleep was the creation of filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The film is a meditation on marriage and is reminiscent of his earlier films, like Clouds of May. Ceylan dedicated his award "to the young people of Turkey who have lost their lives during the last year" and thanked everyone for sitting through such a long film (with a running time of 3 hours and 16 minutes). The runner up and winner of the Grand Prize was The Wonders, by Alice Rohrwacher, which is a coming of age story set in Italy. The Jury Prizes were awarded to Xavier Dolan for Mommy and Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language. Other awards went to Bennett Miller for Best Director (Foxcatcher), Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Best Screenplay (Leviathan), Julianne Moore for Best Actress (Maps to the Stars), Timothy Spall for Best Actor (Mr. Turner), and Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis for Camera d'Or (Party Girl).
sOCh tO make it big in india COURTESY HIPINPAKISTAN Our musicians have always received wide exposure and appreciation in India – Soch is next to add in the hit queue. Reportedly, Indian director Mohit Suri has included Soch’s song Awari in his romantic thriller Ek Villain. The band include lead singer Adnan Dhool, whose gritty vocals touch hearts, and Rabi Ahmed’s supports him on guitar. They came on front last year with their debut single Bundeya which was very well received in music circle. Their music has a sufi feel and with expertise in folk melodies and soft ballads they are trying to make a place in music lovers’ hearts. Soch band was planning to come up with their first solo album but before that Suri approached them to give music for his film. Earlier Pakistani singers Atif Aslam and Mustafa Zahid had also rendered their voices for Suri’s films. Ek Villain also features Zahid’s beautiful track Zaroorat which is expected to release online on May, 29. “Much like Mohit’s previous albums, Ek Villain is an outstanding ensemble of mood, instrument and sound. Its strength lies in its diversity and simplicity. The tracks are soaked in romance and carry immortal appeal and value,” stated Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures, said in an official statement.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
BRING IT ON: PAKISTAN IS READY TO BALANCE THE RECORD WITH INDIA Saeed Ajmal hurt by chucking allegations from Stuart Broad, Michael Vaughan cOUrTESY PaKPaSSiON.cOM
part from being a highly sought after player at domestic level in pakistan, Saeed ajmal‘s skills have also been in great demand around the world where he has made successful contributions on behalf of teams such as the adelaide Strikers, Barisal Burners in the BpL and most recently with the English County side Worcestershire. Faisalabad born ajmal continues to entertain world audiences with his bowling prowess and at 36 years of age shows no sign of slowing down in his drive to become one of the most successful spinners of modern times. In an exclusive interview with pakpassion.net ajmal speaks about his return to Worcestershire, what motivates him, responds to comments about his bowling action, whether he would want to captain pakistan, criticism from former players, his academy in Faisalabad and much more. ExcErpts from An intErviEw: pakpassion.net (pp): is the failure at the world t20 a distant memory now, or still something that you are disappointed about? Saeed ajmal (Sa): No you cannot brush aside a performance such as ours during the ICC World t20 2014. It was the first time that we hadn’t reached the semi-finals of the World t20 and that hurts, that hurts a lot. there were some positives from the tournament and we have to take those positives away and build on those and also as a unit look at where we went wrong, what didn’t go well and where we can improve. I’m sure come the next World t20 tournament pakistan will bounce back and perform much better than we did in Bangladesh. pp: what’s the problem saeed, why can’t pakistan defeat india in icc tournaments? Sa: I cannot put my finger on any particular reason for the record. It’s not as if we are under any extra pressure or we approach those matches any differently or are overawed by the occasion or the opponents. However rest assured we’ll be ready for them at the 2015 World Cup. I’m confident that we can set that record straight in adelaide. pp: You’ve played cricket all around the world but haven’t had the opportunity to show your skills at the indian premier League. is that frustrating for you or does it not bother you? Sa: the organisers and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should look at this situation and look to give pakistani cricketers a chance to play in the Indian premier League. there are former pakistani cricketers, umpires and coaches all present, the only thing missing are the players. Surely if the IpL classes itself as the best 20 over tournament in the world then it should allow the best players in the world to take part. anyway this is something for the authorities to sort out, but I hope there is a change of stance in the future as I would definitely like to have an opportunity to play in the IpL. pp: You’re back at worcestershire where you seem to be as popular as ever. How does county cricket compare with other competitions around the world? Sa: they are a great bunch of lads at Worcestershire and that’s why I signed with
them. the coaches are superb and very supportive and there are also two or three fellow Muslims in the team. It’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room and I always enjoy my time playing for them. If the atmosphere is good in the dressing room then that inspires you to do even better and try even harder. County cricket is very well organised and it continues to produce some wonderful talent for England. as far as I am concerned County cricket has helped me improve as a bowler and work on some areas of my bowling that I felt needed improvements. pp: How do UK based pakistani cricket fans compare with cricket fans back home in pakistan? Sa: pakistani cricket fans are unique wherever they are in the world. their passion is second to none and they want their team to win every single match and at times find it very difficult to accept that sometimes their team will lose. I love interacting with cricket fans and listening to what they have to say, they are what keep me going. recently I was with friends at a restaurant in Birmingham and word got out that I was in the restaurant. Slowly but surely, there was an endless flow of autograph hunters and people wanting to take pictures with me which meant we had to re-order our meals several times as the food kept on going cold. at one point the restaurant was just full of people wanting pictures and autographs! But in all seriousness, any cricketers who don’t appreciate their fans and the love of their fans don’t deserve any adulation or success. pp: what motivates you? Sa: My motivation is seeing the smiles and joy on the faces of my fellow
countrymen when pakistan wins. If I can contribute to that success, joy and happiness, then that makes me happy and proud. I’m fortunate to be in the privileged position of playing cricket for my country and being an ambassador for pakistan and that is motivation enough for me. When the people of pakistan smile after a victory, then I am happy too. Saeed ajmal's action has been recently questioned by a few cricketers; former and present © Getty Images Saeed ajmal’s action has been recently questioned by a few cricketers; former and present © Getty Images pp: shane warne recently on commentary suggested that you like wearing long-sleeve shirts whilst bowling. surely you must own some short-sleeve shirts too? Sa: (laughs) Shane Warne is known and respected all around the world and he should think twice before making such irresponsible remarks. there are a lot of spinners in international cricket including Sunil Narine who bowl in long sleeve shirts. In fact, by my estimation, nowadays 70-80% of spinners bowl in long-sleeved shirts. I have no idea why Warne singled me out for such an offensive remark. Broad’s dig hurt me the most. Former players will sit in the commentary box or wherever else and say some things for attention but you don’t expect such things from a fellow professional cricketer who is still playing cricket. It was disappointing to read Broad’s comments, but we are dealing with it and we hope to get an explanation from the ECB about Broad’s comments. I’ve played cricket all around the world and there have never been any objections to
my action and I have never been called for throwing. I think it was a disrespectful remark from Warne. Whether I want to bowl in short-sleeves or long-sleeves is my decision. I don’t tell Warne what to wear in the commentary box, therefore he shouldn’t interfere in what I wear on the cricket field. I think he should stick to commentating on cricketing matters not what someone is wearing. pp: michael vaughan recently tweeted a picture of you bowling with the comment, ‘You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing…. #justsaying’. Your thoughts on that tweet? Sa: Michael who?!?! Just saying. pp: stuart Broad replied to the aforementioned tweet by michael vaughan. what did you make of Broad’s reply and a subsequent tweet from him? Sa: Broad’s dig hurt me the most. Former players will sit in the commentary box or wherever else and say some things for attention but you don’t expect such things from a fellow professional cricketer who is still playing cricket. It was disappointing to read Broad’s comments, but we are dealing with it and we hope to get an explanation from the ECB about Broad’s comments. pp: were you surprised at mohammad Hafeez’s decision to step down as pakistan’s world t20 captain? Sa: I think he was just disappointed that he had not been able to get the best out of the team in Bangladesh and felt that someone else should take over and be given a chance in that role. there were absolutely no clues or hints that he was going to step down from the role while we were in Bangladesh. pp: You’ve been mentioned by some as someone who could take over as t20 captain. is captaincy something that you have thought about and would want to do before you retired? Sa: I’ve never really bothered about captaining any team. I like to play my cricket with a relaxed mindset and captaincy doesn’t allow you to do that in my opinion. I’m a happy man and always smiling, I don’t want the tension of captaincy and be frowning all the time. also my hair is black and I have no plans for my hair to turn grey quickly as captain. pp: Do you think the turmoil at Board level filters down to the players? Sa: You cannot turn a blind eye to it. all I will say on this matter is that whoever is the Chairman, whatever his background, whatever his political allegiances are, wherever he is from, he should work for the betterment of pakistan cricket and look to improve all aspects of pakistan cricket. pp: we are seeing a lot of innovation from batsmen in limited overs cricket. How can bowlers particularly spinners counteract these innovations from the batsmen? Sa: I urge and plead with the ICC to spare a thought for bowlers and implement some new rules to help spinners. We are getting hit around a lot these days and the game seems to be heavily in favour of the batsmen. But at the end of the day the batsman has the bat in his hand, he can use the bat in any way, whether it’s the edge, the back of the bat, the middle of the bat or the handle that he uses to hit the ball and we as bowlers do need to come up with some solutions to challenge the new ideas from batsmen. It’s
definitely a challenging time for bowlers and a time where we really need to think about what we can do in terms of new deliveries and techniques to make the batsmen’s life harder in the middle. I’m always trying new deliveries out in practice, with varying levels of success and always trying different angles within the bowling crease. there are still ways to innovate as a bowler but it’s really tough when the boundaries at some grounds are so small and the rules seem to be so stacked up in favour of batsmen. pp: there seems to be a continuing trend of former players sitting on television and continually criticising the current team. that must be very demoralising for you and your teammates? Sa: If we play poorly and underachieve, then the former pakistani players on television have every right to criticise our level of performance and to pinpoint mistakes, but those pundits should also praise the same players when they deserve some credit. It seems to be the case that some ex players are happy to criticise and humiliate players, but not so keen to commend those same players when they have turned in a good performance. We need support from these former players, not their continual criticism and not their continued personal attacks and finger pointing. Constructive criticism and analysis is a wonderful tool, it can help a cricketer improve, it can help a cricketer take on the board where he is going wrong, but neverending personal attacks and criticism is unnecessary and unhelpful. those very same players criticising some of today’s players know about the pressures of international cricket, they know how tough it is to be a pakistani international cricketer, so I would urge them to show some levels of tolerance and support the players. pp: what are the updates on your cricket academy in your home city of faisalabad? Sa: It was a project that was dear to my heart. I wanted to give my country and particularly Faisalabad something back. I’ve gained fame and appreciation because of playing cricket for my country and I felt that I needed to give something back in return. the academy was something that I planned many years ago and wanted to launch when the time was right. With the help of friends and support from the community in Faisalabad and with the help of the almighty, the project has started. Currently we have 210 underprivileged boys studying and learning cricket at the academy, all free of charge. We hope to increase the numbers in the coming months and years and also possibly provide the same opportunities to girls. the academy is open to all, irrespective of where you are from and may I take this opportunity to ask pakpassion’s readership to pray for the success of this venture. pp: How are the fingers, knees and the rest of the body holding up? Sa: I’m happy with my fitness at the moment. Yes I feel in good shape and I’m grateful to the almighty for this. You never know what’s around the corner and in professional sport it’s difficult to make any long term plans, but all being well, I plan to play cricket for another two to three years and then hang up my boots.
When is Pakistan to play with India? PCB waiting for ICC meet to announce details of MoU signed with BCCI finalising Indo-Pak cricket series Karachi AGENCIES The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for the annual executive board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take place in June before it expects the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to announce the details of the MOU signed between the two boards for a seven-year period. The PCB and its chairman, Najam Sethi have come under fire from various quarters, including former captain Javed Miandad, who have raised doubts over the authenticity
of the MOU the PCB claims to have signed with the BCCI for six bilateral series. (Read: India, Pakistan Plan to Play Six Cricket Series Between 2015-2023) "The MOU has been signed and the secretary of the Indian board, Sanjay Patel signed the document on behalf of the BCCI. But they will release details of the MOU after the ICC annual body meeting in June," a senior official of the board told PTI. As per the MOU, Pakistan and India will play six bilateral series starting from 2015 to 2022 and four of them will be hosted by Pakistan either at home or at neutral venues
depending on the security situation. The PCB is expecting to generate millions of dollars from these series. The PCB official explained that the MOU with India had been signed on condition that the PCB would not oppose the resolutions that have to be passed at the annual ICC meeting in June which would give legal cover to the recent governance and financial model changes recommended by the Big three, India, Australia and England. "That is our understanding with them once the resolutions are passed the details of the MOU would be confirmed by the Indians
themselves," he said. The official said once the resolutions are passed, agreements would also be signed with other boards for bilateral series in the calendar from 2015 to 2022. He also dispelled the impression that since there was a court case prevailing in India over the BCCI president's post, it would affect the MOU with Pakistan. "The MOU has been signed between the two boards and we are very hopeful that the first series will be hosted by us sometime in November-December next year," he added.
Monday, 26 May, 2014
AShRAf DENIES REPORTS Of bOOKIE APPROAChINg AfRIDI, UmAR Karachi AGENCIES
the former pCB chairman Zaka ashraf today dismissed reports about bookmakers making approaches to pakistani players, Shahid afridi and Umar akmal during the one-day series played against England in the UaE in 2012. the claim was made in a British newspaper and also partially confirmed by the present board Chairman, Najam Sethi at a recent press conference. But ashraf who is fighting a court battle to get himself reinstated as pCB chief said that he had no knowledge of an approach, to any pakistani player, by bookies, during the series between pakistan and England in the UaE in 2012. "No information was brought to my knowledge. I don`t think any such incident actually occurred there," ashraf told a local television channel, News One tV. pakistan whitewashed the English team in the test series in 2012, followed by a crushing 4-0 defeat in the ODI series. Mohsin Khan, the head coach and an integral part of the pakistan team management in 2012, declined to comment on the subject but ashraf, who was present in UaE during that series, also urged the present management of the pCB to initiate a probe into the matter. "Why controversies arise mostly during pakistan-England series? I think the pCB should hold a thorough inquiry into the latest allegation", concluded ashraf. But interestingly while ashraf expressed his ignorance about the UaE happenings another incident and a more worrying one that happened in his tenure has been highlighted by a cricket website, pakistanpassion.Net. according to the site, Umar akmal was also approached to under-perform in return for favors during the Hong Kong Sixes tournament in 2012 in Kowloon. AfriDi rEJEcts rEport BY UK nEwspApEr: pakistan's allrounder Shahid afridi has categorically rejected the reports issued in a UK newspaper which had alleged that a bookmaker had approached the cricketer during the greenshirts' tour of Britain in 2012, according to a daily newspaper report on Sunday. rejecting the report, afridi said that he was not approached by any one to rig the One Day Internationals between the English and pakistani teams. a report in the British tabloid newspaper, had alleged that pakistani cricketers Shahid afrisi and Umar akmal turned down proposals to rig the series between the two countries, which was won 4-0 by England, after they were approached by match-fixers on separate occasions. the Dailymail report had quoted afridi as saying “It happened during that period and the person got the appropriate reply from me.”
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HE World Cup came to South america for the first time. Fourteen nations participated in the fourth edition played at Campo del polo, Buenos aires from March 18 to april 1, 1978. From this World Cup, the tournament would be held every four years, in between the Olympic years and in the same year as the football World Cup. pakistan kept the flame of asian hockey burning brightly. In the pool matches, pakistan snuffed out Holland
3-1 and Spain 2-1. In the semi-finals, pakistan beat Germany by a solitary goal, scored in extra-time by Islahuddin. In the finals, pakistan defeated Holland 3-2 to lift the 4th World Cup. Despite paul Litjens’ blistering penalty corners (he scored a tournament-high 15 goals), pakistan remained the only undefeated team in the World Cup, and won their second world title. australia took the third spot by beating Germany 4-3. Defending champion, India ended up sixth in this World Cup. the fourth World Cup in Buenos aires started the
slide from grace for India. after being placed 3rd in the 1971 World Cup, 2nd in the 1973 World Cup and 1st in the 1975 World Cup, India would never again make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup competition. as many as 224 goals were scored in 55 matches at 4.07 goals per match. Holland's paul Litjens topped the goal scoring list with 15 goals.
FINAL STANDING IN 1978: Country P W D L GF GA Success% 1. Pakistan 8 8 - - 35 4 100.00 2. Holland 8 6 - 2 26 14 75.00 3. Australia 8 6 - 2 24 13 75.00
4. Germany 8 3 2 3 28 18 50.00 5. Spain 8 5 1 2 11 5 68.75 6. India 8 4 1 3 11 16 56.25 7. England 8 2 3 3 11 10 43.75 8. Argentina 8 2 2 4 12 18 37.50 9. Poland 8 4 - 4 17 25 50.00 10. Malaysia 8 2 2 4 9 11 37.50 11. Canada 8 2 2 4 14 19 37.50 12. Ireland 8 1 1 6 10 22 18.75 13. Italy 7 1 - 6 3 29 14.28 14. Belgium 7 1 2 4 13 20 28.57 TRIVIA: ** Pakistan was the first team to win the World Cup with out losing a single match. Islahuddin led Pakistan did the same in 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires. ** Holland's Paul Litjens set the record of most goals in a World Cup tournament by scoring 15 goals in eight matches in 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires.
Ninth straight loss for dismal Delhi
Kings XI punjab warmed up for the playoffs with a demolition of Delhi Daredevils, whose batting failure sent them crashing to a ninth successive defeat. Kevin pietersen made his only fifty of the season, but he had next to no support as Daredevils were dismissed for 115 with nearly two overs remaining in their innings. Glenn Maxwell got his first
duck of the tournament in the chase, but for a side that had made 190-plus six times this season, this target was easy meat. they took 13.5 overs to register their 11th win in 14 games. It was the bowling that Kings XI would have wanted to fire ahead of the qualifier against Kolkata Knight riders. the attack did not disappoint George Bailey, and all his five bowlers chipped in with wickets. Daredevils did have a promising partnership, between pietersen
and Dinesh Karthik, and the duo took them to 44 for 1 in the sixth over with a flurry of boundaries. the promise was cut short by parvinder awana, whose double-wicket maiden stalled Daredevils' progress. Karthik tried to turn one from off to leg, and the leading edge was snapped up at point. Kedar Jadhav tried to prevent the maiden with a charge down the pitch, but failed to clear midoff. pietersen kept soldiering on at the other end. He struggled to find his timing
initially, but soon did, and started piercing the off-side infield frequently. twice in an over, he opened the face to pick the gap with cover drives against Mitchell Johnson's pace. Speaking to the on-air commentators from the dugout after his dismissal, Karthik said it was a good batting pitch, but the rest of the Daredevils batsmen kept coming and going. Manoj tiwary was run out after a mix-up with his captain, and Jp Duminy mishit a slogsweep off the legspinner Karanveer Singh. pietersen was the sixth man to fall for 58 off 41, to a marginal leg-before decision off rishi Dhawan, with the ball arguably going down the leg side. the seventh wicket summed it up for Daredevils. Karanveer bowled a wide half-tracker, and Jimmy Neesham sliced a cut to backward point. the tail fell apart in no time to the left-arm spinner akshar patel. Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat worked up some pace and bounce, and reduced Kings XI to 16 for 2, the second wicket falling when Maxwell mishit a slog to pietersen at mid-off. that was to be it for Daredevils as Manan Vohra and David Miller added 96 in ten overs to finish the match. Vohra impressed with his uninhibited hitting again on his way to 47 off 38, and Miller went slightly quicker to end on an unbeaten 47 off 34. the match was played in overcast and very windy conditions, and the drizzle became heavier just as Vohra fell four runs short of victory. Daredevils' hopes had been washed away long before that. Kings XI Punjab 119 for 3 (Miller 47*, Vohra 47) beat Delhi Daredevils 115 (Pietersen 58, Awana 2-15) by seven wickets.
Wasim Akram wants India-Pakistan series to be revived SPOrTS DESK Pace legend Wasim Akram feels it is high time that the bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan are revived as the fans in sub-continent deserve to enjoy the historic rivalry which has produced some exhilarating action on the field. “I have always maintained that sports and politics should not be mixed. India-Pakistan matches have produced some of the best cricket in the world and it is very unfortunate that we have been denied this due to non-sporting reasons,” Akram told PTI ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s visit to India. Akram said inclusion of Pakistan players would add the sheen of Indian Premier League (IPL). Pakistani players have been barred from taking part in the IPL since the inaugural edition in 2008 due to the Mumbai terror attacks. “I am sure that a lot of the Pakistan players would have added value to the teams if they were allowed to play. Also, there is massive interest in IPL in Pakistan which would have only been far more if the participation of players was allowed,” said the bowling coach of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. When asked about Kolkata Knight Rider‘s (KKR) performance this year, which started with a series of losses before six wins on the trot, Akram said that new
combination of players takes time to deliver. “It was a new team and a new combination of players and at times it does take time for things to come together. The team is filled with talented players and it was just a matter of time before things started to click. “All the boys are getting along very well now and the results are showing,” said the former fast bowler who has taken 414 and 502 wickets for Pakistan in 104 tests and 356 ODIs respectively. He is also impressed with Gautam Gambhir‘s leadership skills and the way he bounced back to form. “Gautam is an exceptional leader and his results are there for all to see. It says a lot about his mental strength the way he has come back into form after the first few disappointments,” Akram said. “He is someone who is always thinking on his feet and definitely someone who leads from the front. He has a lot of experience at the international level,” he said. When asked if he feels that seniors like Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Zaheer deserve a place in India’s World Cup 2015 team, he did not offer any comment. “These are all exceptional players with a lot of experience especially having toured Australia a number of times in their career. “They have the knowledge of the conditions and
pitches and so will definitely have an edge over others but it is not my place to comment on whether they deserve to be selected,” Akram said. He also said that players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be key to India’s success in the tournament. “India will be one of the favourites going in as defending champions, they have a lot of talented young boys coming up and players who have already excelled at the international level. The likes of Dhoni and Virat will be very key to their success in the WC,” he said. He is also optimistic about Pakistan’s chances considering their experience of playing in Australia. “Pakistan too have a very good crop of players coming through and also a lot of experience. As a team, they have had a reasonable amount of success Down Under and I think they will do well in the tournament,” he said. When asked for his tips for Indian pacers to do well on the pitches of Australia and New Zealand, where the World Cup will be held, he said that they need to practice on similar pitches. “Try to practice on various pitches which are designed to replicate foreign pitches. Ensure that you train and work hard. The talent is definitely present and with right amount of hard work it will pay off,” he suggested.
SPORTS Monday, 26 May, 2014
‘we need to look in the Mirror’
sri lanka skittle england for 99 in huge win Chester-le-street
Disappointed at Delhi Daredevils' performance this season, JP Duminy has said his team will need to look in the mirror, identify their mistakes and improve so they can come back strong next season. Daredevils ended their campaign with their ninth defeat in a row as Kings XI Punjab thrashed them by seven wickets. "There are a lot of lessons to be learned," Duminy said. "No doubt, one of our poor seasons in terms of brand of cricket. So as much we want to forget it, I think we need to really look at ourselves in the mirror, take responsibility, and see where we can improve as players and how we can represent Delhi a lot better in the coming season." Asked what exactly went wrong for Daredevils, Duminy said, "On the whole we just didn't put it all together. When we batted well, we never bowled well and when we bowled well we didn't bat well. At times, we let ourselves down in the field as well. "Our skills needs to be improved dramatically if we want to compete in this tournament and that includes myself. You know, we can all improve in every area of our games. "We are professional cricketers who take pride in our performance, not only as individuals but also as a team. Even though we all come from different countries, when you cross that rope you are playing for the badge that you are wearing. Very disappointing this season has been, but we need to take out lesson from it."
N the eve of this one-day international, Sri Lanka's coach Marvan Atapattu talked of his belief that the team's fighting spirit would earn them a way back into the series. His charges proved him right in commanding fashion, skittling England for a paltry 99 to condemn them to their heaviest ODI defeat on home soil. Nuwan Kulasekara knocked off the top order and Sachithra Senanayake improved his career-best for the second match running to earn a crushing 157-run victory It required a reverse sweep from James Anderson to take England past their lowest ODI total - 86 against Australia, at Old Trafford in 2001 - and a six over deepbackward square leg from Eoin Morgan to avoid a record runs defeat. Alastair Cook, the injured captain who missed this match meaning Morgan was in charge, could well have been pondering what had changed in the three days since The Oval as he watched on from the balcony. Sri Lanka's batting performance was workmanlike in tricky conditions, having been put in. Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored with 88 - his first ODI fifty on English soil - and a sparky contribution from the recalled Ashan Priyanjan, who struck two sixes in a 33-ball 43 after being dropped on 5, revived a flagging innings in the final 10 overs. Still, a total of 256 did not suggest how one-sided the second half (or quarter) would be. England's top order was dismantled as Kulasekara took 3 for 1 in 11 deliveries while Lasith Malinga extracted Joe Root's off stump as the innings slumped to 29 for 4 - it was a score England remained on for 25 deliveries. Michael Carberry, who had been recalled in place of Cook, could not take his opportunity when he edged Kulasekara behind and in his next over Ian Bell nicked a cut shot which was well taken by a div-
ing Kumar Sangakkara away to his right. Kulasekara's third of his decisive opening burst came when he straightened one on Gary Ballance to win an lbw - Morgan confirmed to Ballance there was no point in reviewing. England were being outdone by what they would see as their own methods: a hint of seam and swing against batsman with uncertain footwork. England's bowlers had, in fact, not used the morning conditions well, failing to find consistency and, in all, offering 15 wides in Sri Lanka's innings. Losing four wickets inside seven overs did not quite condemn England with Morgan still at the crease, but the middle order could not form a recovery of any sorts. Ravi Bopara could not pick Sachithra Senanayake at The Oval and fell to him again here, flummoxed by a delivery that did not really do too much on its way to hitting off stump. Jos Buttler, who it is often said does not have enough time to build an innings, lobbed a catch into the covers from Angelo Mathews' first delivery, a strange dismissal where the ball appeared to stop in the surface. Hitting out at the end of an innings is one thing, but Chris Jordan could not ex-
pect to repair this damage and also fell to Senanayake. The offspinner had said Sri Lanka would find a way to overcome the cold and while his spinning fingers may have been a bit stiff they worked to impressive effect. Dilshan and Sangakkara had laid a foundation for Sri Lanka by adding 96 for the second wicket before the innings lost direction, including Mahela Jayawardene's run out from third man as he laboured for a third run, until a fifthwicket stand of 66 in nine overs between Mathews and the Priyanjan gave the innings some energy. Anderson was the only bowler to strike in the first half of the innings when he had Lahiru Thirimanne caught at second slip. Thirimanne's innings was a curious one: for the majority of his 37-ball stay he could barely get the ball off the square but, out of nowhere, picked up a length delivery from Harry Gurney and launched it over midwicket for the day's first six before nicking to James Tredwell in the slips. Dilshan was more confident, slotting two straight drives off Gurney's second over, and later collected another boundary when he perfectly bisected deep square
Sri Lanka 10 HdrL Thirimanne c Tredwell b Anderson 88 TM dilshan b Jordan 40 KC Sangakkara† c †buttler b Tredwell 2 dPMd Jayawardene run out (ballance/†buttler) 30 Ad Mathews* c bopara b Gurney SMA Priyanjan c Morgan b Anderson 43 14 Ld Chandimal c bopara b Gurney 0 KMdN Kulasekara c root b Gurney 2 SMSM Senanayake not out 7 KTGd Prasad not out 20 Extras (lb 5, w 15) 256 Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) did not batSL Malinga Fall of wickets 1-33 (Thirimanne, 8.6 ov), 2-129 (Sangakkara, 30.4 ov), 3-136 (Jayawardene, 32.5 ov), 4-159 (dilshan, 37.1 ov), 5-225 (Mathews, 46.2 ov), 6-236 (Priyanjan, 47.2 ov), 7-247 (Chandimal, 48.3 ov), 8-248 (Kulasekara, 48.5 ov) bowling JM Anderson 10-1-38-2, HF Gurney 10-0-59-3, CJ Jordan 100-56-1, rS bopara 9-0-40-0, JC Tredwell 10-0-57-1, JE root 1-0-1-0 England 6 MA Carberry c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara Ir bell c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 12 GS ballance lbw b Kulasekara 5 JE root b Malinga 0 EJG Morgan* c Chandimal b Prasad 40 rS bopara b Senanayake 7 JC buttler† c Senanayake b Mathews 4 1 CJ Jordan lbw b Senanayake JC Tredwell c Kulasekara b Senanayake 4 JM Anderson b Senanayake 7 HF Gurney not out 4 Extras (lb 3, w 5, nb 1) 9 99 Total (all out; 26.1 overs) Fall of wickets 1-19 (Carberry, 2.4 ov), 2-26 (bell, 4.4 ov), 3-27 (root, 5.2 ov), 4-29 (ballance, 6.2 ov), 5-46 (bopara, 14.6 ov), 6-55 (buttler, 17.1 ov), 7-63 (Jordan, 18.2 ov), 8-73 (Tredwell, 22.1 ov), 9-95 (Morgan, 25.2 ov), 10-99 (Anderson, 26.1 ov) bowling KMdN Kulasekara 6-3-15-3, SL Malinga 4-1-17-1, KTGd Prasad 6-0-36-1, SMSM Senanayake 7.1-1-13-4, Ad Mathews 2-0-9-1, TM dilshan 1-0-6-0 Match details Toss - England, who chose to field Series - 5-match series level 1-1 Player of the match - TM dilshan (Sri Lanka) Umpires - M Erasmus (South Africa) and rT robinson TV umpire - Cb Gaffaney (New Zealand) Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand) reserve umpire - MA Gough
leg and long leg with a pull off Jordan. Having passed 15,000 international runs during the innings - the fifth Sri Lankan to do so - he went to his half-century from 63 balls. He appeared set for his 18th ODI hundred before receiving an excellent delivery from Jordan which nipped back between bat and pad.
Morgan condeMns 'worst' england display Chester-le-street AGENCIES
Eoin Morgan was at a loss to explain England's humbling defeat at Chester-leStreet, terming it "one of the worst performances I've been a part of in an England shirt". Morgan was leading the side in the absence of Alastair Cook, who was ruled out on the morning of the game with a groin strain, and presided over England's heaviest ODI defeat on home soil and their sixthlowest all-out total anywhere. England had won four ODIs on the bounce before this match but now they go to Old Trafford with their tail between their legs. "It's as badly as we can bat," Morgan said. "It was one of the worst performances I've been a part of, in an England shirt. I can't explain why we played that badly. "It was a little bit tacky, and nipped around a small bit but we're good enough to negotiate that. It's a pitch we would have turned up at and said 'Yes, perfect, we'd love to play', especially against a side like Sri Lanka. But we've been outplayed." Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.