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hope for peace rekindled as sharif meets modi today

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulates India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi after the latter took oath of his office on Monday.

since they won independence in 1947, they have been often hostile neighbours. but on monday, a historic handshake between pakistan’s prime minister nawaz sharif and India's new prime minister, narendra modi, has led to hopes of a thaw in relations between the two countries. In 2008, relations between the two countries were further hampered when Islamist militants launched an attack on mumbai, India's financial hub, killing 166 people. but speaking on monday, sharif deemed his visit “a chance to reach out to each other” and “a great opportunity”. “both governments have a strong mandate. This could help in turning a new page in our relations,” prime minister sharif said, as he is scheduled to have a detailed meeting with India’s new leader today (Tuesday).

Hindu, Muslim mobs clash in Gujarat on eve of Modi’s inauguration



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N the backdrop of an attack on life of Hamid Mir – senior journalist and anchorperson – Geo TV network and Jang media group on Monday tendered apology to Pak-

IHC suspends PEMRA’s notifications to three private members iSlAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended a show-cause notification issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) against three of its private members for convening a meeting on May 20 related to ongoing media crisis. The petition was filed by three private members of PEMRA including advocate Israr Abbasid, Main Shams and Fareeha Iftikhar. Earlier, the regulatory body had issued show-cause notice to its private members after they announced the suspension of licences of the three television channels owned by the Geo TV network on May 20, 2014. The court also suspended the notification for the appointment of executive member PEMRA, Kalimuddin Tipu, who issued a statement after May 20 meeting that disowned the decision of private members saying that it had no legal authority. Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi also issued notices to secretary Information Ministry and Tipu and asked them to submit their reply on next date of hearing which will be fixed by registrar office later. The petitioner Advocate Abbasi had argued that being an officer of grade 20, Tipu could not be appointed as executive member PEMRA, which is a grade 21 post. He requested the court to restrain the ministry from interfering in PEMRA’s affairs. The petitioner further alleged that the government had violated procedures in the said appointments in order to raise the number people who were loyal to it in PEMRA’s board. STAFF REPORT

Pakistan has no future without free, fair polls, says Imran piNDi BhAtiAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that Pakistan had no future without free, fair and transparent elections. Addressing a public meeting in Pindi Bhatian, Kaptaan said that the PML-N carried out a massive rigging to secure votes in the last year’s general elections. “What had PML-N done barring a jangla (metro) bus to get more than 10 million votes,” he asked. “Our future cannot be changed without introducing electoral reforms,” he said, adding that time has come to lay the foundation of real democracy with transparent elections. “Millions of people attend the PTIs’ rally from Peshawar to Karachi and Quetta, but votes are cast to the PML-N,” he noted. The PTI supremo warned the government officials of attempts to rig the elections in Pindi Bhatian’s by-polls. ONLINE

istan’s armed forces and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for hurling allegations on ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam. In a published apology in English daily The News and Urdu newspaper Jang, the media group clarified that they were respectful of Pakistani forces and its leadership. “We have always appreciated their sacrifices to safeguard our borders and the security of our country,” said the apology letter. The media group clarified that the allegations were not hurled by the institution but by Hamid Mir himself and later repeated by his brother soon after the attack in Karachi. Mir had repeatedly held ISI or some

ing the version of armed forces with photo of DG ISPR televised repeatedly. The group apologised to the ISI, its

elements within its ranks for orchestrating the attack on his life. The senior anchorperson had said in his first media interaction that he was being threatened to leave the country by the same elements who he alleged were behind the attack. “After serious retrospection, editorial debates, feedback and engagement with all parties, directly and indirectly, we have concluded that our coverage immediately after the tragic and unnerving attack on Hamid Mir on April 19 was excessive, distressful and emotional.” The media giant accepted that the coverage of the incident was “misleading, disproportionate and inappropriate giving impression of a campaign,” although it followed current media practices includ-

chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, his family, Pakistan Army and large number of television viewers for causing “deep hurt.”

“After serious retrospection, editorial debates, feedback and engagement with all parties, directly and indirectly, we have concluded that our coverage immediately after the tragic and unnerving attack on Hamid Mir on April 19 was excessive, distressful and emotional.”

SC gives 24 hours for report on anti-judiciary banners

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The Supreme Court has disposed off Geo News’ petition against the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) ruling that the decision given in 2012 be implemented and a reply be filed by interior secretary and Intelligence Bureau Director General (DG) within 24 hours regarding display of banners against a SC judge. A two-member bench of the SC presided by Justice Jawaad Khawaja took up the case for hearing on Monday. Justice Khawaja ruled, “The country can be driven into a dangerous situation in future if banners and posters can be displayed by penetrating into red zone at Islamabad. A judge can refuse from hearing a case only if the party to the case is not only a close relative of the judge but also has close relations with him. I have no relations with Mir Shakilur Rehman therefore, I can

hear the case.” The court disposed off the petition filed by Geo on a reply given by PEMRA wherein it has said that the court’s orders are being implemented. At the inception of the hearing, Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam appeared in the court. Justice Jawad remarked, “Be it judiciary or any other institution, they all are institutions of the people. Has the government shown any interest that these institutions are being targeted through mudslinging and if it is doing something in this regard?” Hafiz Rehman recited a verse of Holy Quran that “respect and disgrace is in the hands of Almighty Allah.” Justice Jawad said, “I have faith in it. Perhaps some persons have no faith in it.” Justice Jawad said that the government should find out who had displayed the antijudiciary banners, when they were displayed and from where were they printed. He said that CCTV cameras are installed and the government should tell if it can do

something in this matter or not. He said that the IB should find out who had displayed the anti-judiciary banners. Justice Jawwad remarked “I am very sinful but one thing Allah has bestowed on me and it is faith. I have full faith on Almighty Allah. Certain people consider themselves greater than Allah. This is a delusion on their part.” Justice Jawwad questioned DG IB, saying, “You are the eyes and ears of federal government. You should tell who displayed these banners. Have you done anything in this respect?” The judge added that this was a matter concerning an institution and not a single person like him and directed the IB DG to produce results in this regard. The court ruled “We summoned IB DG and interior secretary and enquired from them if these banners and posters were in their knowledge. They did not give any satisfactory reply. They have been given time for 24 hours to tell us who has put to display these banners and when. If IB DG did not investigate this matter then it will be matter of serious concern. Application No 277 has been decided and this case will be fixed for hearing on May 28. Interior secretary and IB DG will file report.

11 indicted in OGRA scam iSlAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday indicted 11 accused, including former chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq, in a corruption case. According to reports, Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the case. The court sought evidence from prosecution at the next hearing. The accountability court hearing case of appointment of OGRA chairman has also summoned former prime ministers Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on June 4 for indictment. APP

Five bodies found in Mohmand Agency peShAWAR: Five bodies were recovered on Monday from Tehsil Pindiali of Mohmand Agency. The bodies were found from Tamanzai area of Tehsil Pindiali. They were shot dead. The bodies have been shifted to a nearby hospital for identification. Meanwhile, several tehsils in Mohmand Agency, including Pindiali, Safi, Halimzai and Baizai are under curfew due to a military operation. STAFF REPORT


lANDiKotAl: A health worker gives polio vaccine to a student in presence of a security official at a school in Khyber Agency on Monday. ONLINE



Pakistan launched a fresh polio vaccination drive in its restive tribal belt Monday, but officials warned that nearly 370,000 children are likely to miss out because of security problems. At the start of May, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global “public health emergency” after new polio cases began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries including Pakistan. Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal areas along the Afghan border are the epicentre of the country’s polio cases and the government has set up checkpoints to ensure anyone leaving the belt is immunised. A three-day vaccination drive began on Monday in four tribal areas, a senior government official in Peshawar, the region’s main city, told reporters, with more than 620,000 youngsters on course to receive polio drops. But the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, warned that children in three of the four targeted areas “would not be able to receive polio drops because of the militancy and opposition to the immunisation”.

Violence has badly hampered the campaign to stamp out polio in Pakistan, where militant groups with strongholds in tribal areas, including the Pakistani Taliban, see vaccination campaigns as a cover for espionage. “A total of 369,039 in three districts would not receive polio drops because of the law and order situation,” the official said. The three districts in question are North Waziristan, South Waziristan and Mohmand, the official said. Part of the fourth district, Khyber, would also be affected. Pakistan is one of only three countries where the crippling disease remains endemic, and is responsible for 80 percent of polio cases diagnosed around the world this year. Some 56 people including health workers and police officials providing security have been killed in militant attacks on polio vaccination teams in Pakistan since December 2012. There are also long-running rumours about polio drops causing infertility. Two senior health officials confirmed the latest drive and figures and told a foreign news agency that WHO and UNICEF was helping and providing logistic support in the polio campaign.

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NEWS Ahmadi doctor shot dead in Punjab Mehdi Ali, a 50-year-old heart surgeon based in the US, was attacked as he visited a cemetery in the town of Chenab Nagar


lAhoRe: A doctor from the minority Ahmadi community was shot dead on Monday in Chenab Nagar town of Punjab. Mehdi Ali, a 50-year-old heart surgeon based in the United States, was attacked as he visited a cemetery in the town of Chenab Nagar. “Two gunmen riding on a motorbike shot dead a cardiac surgeon, Dr Mehdi Ali outside the Ahmadi graveyard in Chenab Nagar,” local police official Ahmed Ali told reporters. He said the incident occurred early on Monday morning when the doctor was going to the graveyard with his family. “The assailants have fled the scene. We are looking into the incident. It seems to be a targeted attack,” Ali said. Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, confirmed the incident and said the doctor’s family escaped the attack unharmed. The doctor was in Pakistan on a short visit to do voluntary work at the Tahrir Cardiac Hospital, a private institution that he himself helped build a few years back. Human rights activist Munawar Shahid condemned Dr Ali’s killing and called for the immediate arrest of his murderers. Shahid said the continuing violence against the minority community was condemnable, adding that the govt should ensure protection to lives and property of Ahmadis living in Pakistan. STAFF REPORT

Hindu, Muslim mobs clash in Indian Gujarat AhMeDABAD: Indian police fired tear gas to break up clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs in Narendra Modi’s heartland of Gujarat on the eve of his swearing in as prime minister, officials said Monday. Angry crowds set fire to several shops and vehicles and pelted stones at each other during the clashes in western Gujarat state’s main city of Ahmedabad on Sunday night, police and fire officials said. Ahmedabad joint police Commissioner Manoj Shashidhar said officers fired tear gas to halt the violence which left four people injured. Shashidhar said an investigation was under way into the clashes which appear to have started when two cars from the different communities crashed in an accident during a marriage procession. AGENCIES




RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated on Monday that Islamabad and New Delhi should work together to ensure stability and security in the region. Shortly after arriving in India on a historic visit to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian PM-elect Narendra Modi, the Pakistani prime minister said during an interview that both the governments enjoy a strong mandate which could help in turning a new page in relations between the two countries. “Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued us for decades,” Sharif told Barkha Dutt of NDTV. Sharif termed his visit as a ‘great moment’ that offers a ‘great opportunity’ to improve relations. The Pakistani PM is among the six South Asian leaders who were invited to the oath ceremony. Sharif’s visit is being seen as a historic first for the regional rivals whose ties have been frosty since last year, when hostilities escalated after a series of ceasefire violations at the border.

Sharif likened India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s landslide election victory to his own win in 2013 general polls saying, “Both governments have a strong mandate. This could help in turning a new page in our relations.” He said he greatly respects BJP leader and former Indian PM Vajpayee. Sharif will meet newly sworn-in Indian PM Modi on Tuesday as part of a series of meetings with all eight world leaders who are in India. Indian officials see the meeting as an ice-breaker but the Pakistani leader described it as a chance to reach out to each other. “We should remove fears, mistrust and misgivings about each other,” Sharif told a private media outfit, adding, “Both countries should rid the region of instability and security that has plagued us for decades.” “I intend taking up threads from where Vajpayee and I left off in 1999,” said Sharif. In an interview with an Indian daily, Sharif invited Indian businessmen to invest in Pakistan’s energy sector. He said Pakistan is facing an acute shortage of energy and he would offer high returns to the Indian companies on their investment in this sector. Sharif said he is regarded as a friend of businessmen and Modi is also perceived as a businessfriendly person, adding that he has a model of development. According to Indian media reports, Sharif looks set to drive an agenda of trade and economics at his scheduled bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi today.

Sharif shares ‘emotional moment’ with Modi Shortly after taking oath as the 15th prime minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Monday and spoke about his emotional interaction with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who attended the grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. While tweeting about his interaction with the Pakistani PM, Modi said that Sharif had watched the visuals of him meeting his mother Hiraba on television in which she had offered him sweets. Sharif then told him that he goes to visit his mother once a week. “This time when he was eating with his Mother he saw visuals on TV of my Mother offering me sweets,” Modi tweeted. MONITORING DESK


Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist politician who won a landslide victory in India’s general election this month, was sworn in as the 15th prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, in a spectacular ceremony in Delhi on Monday. On a hot and dusty evening, with temperatures reaching 40C but with none of the rain that had been forecast, more than 4,000 guests watched Modi and his ministers swear their oaths of office before Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh will be home minister and Sushma Swaraj will be external affairs minister. She will be assisted by former Army chief General VK Singh as minister of state. Arun Jaitley will be finance minister and will also hold additional charge of defence. He will be assisted in the Defence Ministry by Rao Inderjit Singh as minister of state. BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman will be the new commerce minister with independent charge. BJP Rajya Sabha

WILL MEET PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AND OTHER HEADS OF STATES TODAY member Piyush Goel will be power and coal minister with independent charge. Party General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan will have independent charge of the high-profile Oil Ministry. Those assembled on the forecourt of the 340-room President’s Residence in the centre of the city included a tea seller from Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the prime minister of Pakistan, several of India’s richest businesspeople, hundreds of parliamentarians, representatives of various religious communities, the elite of the bureaucracy, and Bollywood film stars. They were guarded by 10,000 security personnel, Indian media reported. Wearing his trademark long-tailed shirt with a pen clipped into the top pocket of his waistcoat, Modi arrived shortly after 6pm and walked past lancers in white uniforms and black turbans to sit on a dais alongside his ministers to be. Fourteen minutes later, with no trace of the emotion he had shown last week when addressing parliament, the 63-year-old swore in Hindi to “uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India … and … do right to all manner of people in accordance with the constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill will”. Fifteen minutes later, a statement was posted on the revamped website of


the prime minister’s office, urging Indians to “dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development”. Modi has already signalled the pace with which he hopes to implement change, and his timetable over the coming days reflects the sense of urgency. Modi’s decision to invite regional leaders to the ceremony surprised many. Nawaz Sharif, elected prime minister of Pakistan for the third time last year, was among eight leaders of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) invited to attend. Analysts hailed a bold step to launch a policy of regional engagement. “It’s a great moment – a great opportunity. This is a chance to reach out to each other. Both governments [of India and Pakistan] have a strong mandate,” Sharif told NDTV, a local Indian channel. The invite had posed a dilemma for Sharif, who leads the conservative probusiness Pakistan Muslim League, as many in the country and elsewhere in the Muslim world see Modi as a hardliner who harbours sectarian prejudices. Sharif was the first premier of Pakistan to be present at an inauguration of an Indian prime minister. The pair shook hands at the end of the ceremony. Repeated attempts to improve relations between the two states, which both have nuclear arsenals and have fought four wars, have failed, though there have been incremental gains over the last decade. Modi and Sharif will meet on Tuesday (today).

In India, Karzai blames LeT for Indian consulate attack NeW Delhi: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday accused Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) – a Pakistan-based Kashmiri rebel group – of being behind last week’s attack by gunmen on an Indian diplomatic mission in the west of his war-torn country. On the eve of talks between India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, Karzai blamed the LeT for Friday’s attack on the consulate in Herat, the latest in a string of assaults on Indian targets in Afghanistan. “According to the information that we have available to us – one given to us by a Western intelligence agency – the perpetrators were of Lashkar-e-Taiba,” Karzai told India’s Headlines Today television channel. “The incident is condemned by the Afghan people as it is condemned by the people of India. This was a clear, clear attack by terrorists,” said Karzai who was in New Delhi to attend Modi’s inauguration ceremony. Although there were no casualties among Indian staff, at least two policemen were wounded when the heavily-armed attackers stormed a house close to the consulate and opened fire on the building in a predawn assault that was eventually repelled by security forces. Lashkar-eTaiba was also blamed for the 2008 attacks by Pakistani gunmen in Mumbai which killed 166 people and triggered a complete breakdown in ties between New Delhi and Islamabad. AGENCIES


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HE Afghan president refused to visit the Bagram military base when US President Barack Obama made a surprise visit there to meet troops on May 25. Similarly, the American president turned down a proposal for talks at Karzai’s palace in downtown Kabul. Air Force One flew all night to bring Obama from Washington, DC, to the airstrip of Kabul’s international airport in Bagram. Officially, the American

president had come to the US largest military base in Afghanistan to address troops ahead of the end of Afghan campaign. “I'm here on a single mission, and that is to thank you for your extraordinary service,” Obama said in a speech before some 32,800 American service personnel, practically all of the US contingent in Afghanistan, making their probably last tour of duty to the country. “Our combat mission [in Afghanistan] will be over,” Obama said, promising that “America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible

end.” White House officials also made an arrangement to organize a tete-a-tete between Barack Obama and the outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been stubbornly refusing to sign a security forces agreement throughout the last year of his term in office. The Obama administration needs this agreement to justify presence of reportedly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the longest military campaign in American history will be officially over. For Obama this could become the last attempt to talk Hamid Karzai into singing the security agreement, because on May 28, Afghan voters will choose between Abdullah Abdullah, the presidential candidate from National Coalition of Afghanistan, and independent candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff election for the next president of Afghanistan. But Hamid Karzai rejected the invitation to meet Barack Obama at Bagram


Airfield. “President Karzai said he would warmly welcome him if he comes to the palace, but in no way would he go [to] Bagram to meet him,” Karzai's chief of staff Abdul Karim Khurram told Reuters. An unspecified American official said on Sunday that Karzai was offered “the opportunity to come to Bagram, but we’re not surprised that it didn’t work on short notice.” Bagram Airfield is a mere 40km from Kabul. Instead of a face-to-face talk with Karzai, Obama had to consider himself satisfied with a 20-minute phone call to the Afghan president before his aircraft took off, the New York Times reported. In all, Obama spent less than four hours on the ground at Bagram, delivering his speech to troops, conducting an on-site briefing with the US and ISAF military commanders in Afghanistan, and visiting wounded service members in hospital.



The White House accidentally included the name of its top spy in Kabul on a list which eventually found its way to as many as 6,000 journalists on its official "press list". The leak came on Sunday as Obama flew to Bagram airbase in an unannounced visit. The CIA officer was identified as "Chief of Station" in Kabul on a list of names the president would meet. It was eventually mailed to the White House "press pool'' email distribution list, which includes as many as 6,000 recipients. The Washington Post said the White House originally issued its reporter, reporter who was traveling with the President as the "pool" reporter, with the list containing the error. The reporter was obliged to forward that list to the "press pool". A revised list deleting the CIA man's name was released after the White House realised the mistake. Major news organisations agreed not to publish the officer's name. The whereabouts of the CIA officer is unknown.





A long-standing Australian senator on Monday brought what he said could be a pipe bomb to the Australian national parliament to demonstrate his view that new security regulations are unsafe. Senator Bill Heffernan, a member of the ruling conservative Liberal Party, held up the pipe and what appeared to be some sticks of dynamite during a committee hearing in Canberra. "Clearly you can do what you bloody well like," said Heffernan, an outspoken former farmer who became a member of the national parliament in 1996. Heffernan said until now most people working in parliament felt safe, but that new rules being trialled put this at risk by allowing some people with passes, including politicians, and their belongings to no longer be scanned on entry. "I don't think it any longer is (safe) and to demonstrate that, this morning I brought through security in what could be a pipe bomb," he said placing the pipe on his desk, before pulling what were reportedly fake sticks of dynamite from a plastic shopping bag. Heffernan said when he was a child, people used a combination of ammonium nitrate, distillate and gelignite and a detonator to fell trees. "You would blow a tree the size of this building out of the ground," he said.

LAHORE: Freed Indian fishermen wave as they prepare to cross over to India at the Wahga border checkpost on Monday. ONLINE


An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India on Monday, killing at least 40 people, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was travelling at high speed and slammed on its brakes in an at-

tempt to stop, but plowed into the train sitting on the tracks near a railway station in Uttar Pradesh state, district magistrate Bharat Lal said. Six of the cars on the express train derailed. At least 40 people were killed and about 100 others were injured, senior police officer Amrendra Sainger said. Authorities were searching for the

station master, who disappeared after the accident in Sant Kabir Nagar, about 220 kilometres (140 miles) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. Rescuers worked to free people trapped under toppled cars and debris. The express train's driver and assistant driver were in critical condition, railway official Alok Kumar said. Trains were diverted to other tracks to avoid the wreckage.

Egyptians voted on Monday in an election expected to install army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters brushing aside concerns about political freedom and hailing him as the strong leader the country needs. Three years after the historic uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the vote is set to restore a pattern of rule by men from the military after Sisi toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Voters lined up to cast ballots at polling stations guarded by soldiers in face masks and armed with assault rifles. Sisi faces only one challenger in the two-day vote: the leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi. "We see Sisi as a real man. Egypt likes a strong man," said 64-year-old Saber Habib, clenching his fist to make his point as he waited to vote in the city of Suez, east of Cairo. "We want the country to move forward and for the people to have bread," said Habib, a contractor. Widely regarded as Egypt's de facto leader since he toppled Mursi after mass protests, Sisi, 59, faces manifold challenges including an economy in crisis and a campaign of Islamist violence that has spiralled since he overthrew Mursi. To the Islamists, he is the mastermind of a bloody coup that led to a crackdown that has killed hundreds of Mursi supporters and landed thousands more in jail. Secular dissidents who led the 2011 uprising against Mubarak have also been imprisoned. At the same time, several hundred members of the security forces have been killed in a campaign of violence by radical Islamists since last July. The last year has been the bloodiest period of internal strife in Egypt's modern history. The Brotherhood and its allies have called for a boycott, declaring it "the election of the presidency of blood".




Senate sub-committee on Monday asked the government to share technical and financial audit report of Rs 500 billion released by the Finance Ministry last year to pay off the country’s massive circular debt. Senator Sughra Imam, who proposed various amendments in privatisation ordinances 2013-14, told the sub-committee on Finance and Revenue on Monday that a number of members of the Nawaz Sharif cabinet had assured the Upper House of the parliament of making the

audit reports of the hefty amount available. However, despite a lapse of three months, the audit reports had not been shared with the parliament. Imam referred to statements made by ministers Khawaja Asif and Abid Sher Ali stating that an audit will be carried out. The committee, headed by Senator Muhammad Hamayun Khan Mandokhel, asked the government to provide the internal and external audit reports of the amount. Imam had raised the issue in the senate in December last year and had also questioned the release the sum as it was the largest such sum released in history. At the time, the chairman senate had referred the issue to the committee for fur-

ther deliberation. Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry claimed that no communication made in regard to preparing an audit report. In response to a question, a ministry official said that the internal audit report of the amount is available. The committee asked the ministry to provide the report in order to ensure parliamentary oversight. “We have to scrutinise whether the reimbursement was made transparently or not,” contested Imam. The committee also questioned the government’s move which it termed as “reckless prioritisation.” During legislative business, the committee also decided to issue notices to the Interior Ministry and the Board of Invest-


ment to seek a briefing on the current procedure to issue security clearance certificates to foreign companies. Imam said that oil and gas are national assets, and expressed fear that Israeli and Indian companies could intrude in the absence of a comprehensive mechanism. She further claimed that such companies had made an effort during the Shaukat Aziz era. However, Privatisation Secretary Ahmad Sukhera told the committee that the government wants to deregulate the economy to enhance investment opportunities. Replying to the lawmakers’ question, he said many things in the economy are debatable and the term national security

also needs to be defined. Imam said that the system needs to be strengthened as individuals leave, but institutions live on. She proposed an amendment in the privatisation ordinance 2013 to make it necessary for officials to file a disclosure of interest. She also suggested harsh penalties in case of mis-declaration by anyone involved in the process including advisors and consultants. Secretary privatisation division and an official of the law ministry welcomed the proposed amendment to ensure transparency in the process. They said while such laws already exist, after deliberations they will also include the proposed amendments accordingly.



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overnment departments and institutions will have to improve their efficiency at any cost for providing better services to the masses and such reforms will be introduced in them as would directly benefit the common man, said Punjab Chief min-

ister (Cm) Shahbaz Sharif while presiding over a high level meeting on monday which reviewed various proposals for capacity-building of government departments for providing better services to the citizens. the Lahore Division commissioner and Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general gave a detailed briefing to the meeting on the public sector management reforms and capac-

ity-building of government departments and institutions. Shahbaz said that there is a need to bring changes of fundamental nature in the system for extending better services to the citizens. He said that expectations of the people can be fulfilled only with renewed determination and a spirit of public service and benefiting from information technology is of paramount importance in this regard.

LAHORE: Aiwan-e-Iqbal Chairman Mr Arif Nizami addresses the inaugural ceremony of a Persian language course in light of Allama Iqbal’s poetry at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Monday. Iranian Consul General Bani Asadi, Khana-eFarhang Director General Akbar Barkhurdari, Prof Dr Akram Ikram Shah and Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar are also seen in the picture. STAFF PHOTO

PIPFPD SEES HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT IN INDO-PAK TIES LAHORE PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's presence along with other SAARC countries leaders at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony will send a positive and strong message that only consistent dialogue processes can bring peace and prosperity in South Asia, said Pakistan-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) on Monday. “We hope that in the middle of hectic political activities the SAARC leaders will be able to interact with each other and address the challenges they are faced with. We take this opportunity to urge Indian and Pakistani leadership to resume the paused composite dialogue. The release of 151 Indian prisoners from Pakistan out of which 150 are fishworkers is an extremely significant positive step in the peace processes and this is what various fishworkers struggles and citizens groups have been working for since decades. We

urge both Indian and Pakistani governments to take ahead various positive processes like these and at this point as a reciprocal measure, release the fishworkers belonging to Pakistan who are in Indian jails along with their boats. Fishworkers have consistently raised demands for a ‘No Arrest Policy’ which would be a significant Confidence Building Measure and we appeal to the Government of India to take ahead the demand for a joint fishing zone and an Economic Co-operation Agreement by both countries that would aim at shared marine resources which will benefit both governments and fisher people in both areas,” PIPFPD Secretary Jarin Desai said. Desai said that these are efforts that strengthen people to people contact and we believe that peace processes must pertain to issues that concern the common people of the two countries. “We say all this in order to also point out that the recent expulsion of two Indian journalists from Pakistan, an act for which no reason was given is disappointing and

shocking since the journalists community has for decades been one of the strongest threads that has continued to enhance peace processes between the two countries. Intolerance in both countries has been on the rise and there is a need for the governments to not just talk of peace but engage with the issues that the common people in both countries are facing. Issues concerning soldiers on the border belonging to either of the two countries; the effects of militarization on people living in border areas; extensive procedures for visa and bizarre visa restrictions; the creation of borders in the middle of the sea and arresting fishermen; soldiers of both countries dying due to severe weather conditions in Siachen rather than bullets are just some of the many issues that need to be addressed. This is a crucial time in both countries and it is important to understand the fact that there is a need for genuine political will and commitment to working for the people of the two countries.”


He said that the Punjab government is fully utilising information technology for capacity- building of government departments and institutions. He said that performance audit of all departments and institutions is necessary for evaluating their efficiency on regular basis and the Punjab government will adopt an effective mechanism for monitoring the performance of officers and staff so that

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honest and hard working officials could be encouraged while those showing poor performance could be held accountable. He said that government departments and institutions will have to improve their efficiency at any cost for providing the best facilities to the citizens and evolve such a system which could help resolve people’s problems expeditiously. the Cm further said that the training system of government officers and staff should be modernised and basic reforms will have to be introduced in service delivery system so that people could be facilitated in the real sense. He further said that provincial departments will have to set targets for the next four years and devised a comprehensive mechanism for their achievement. He said that there is a need to simplify the matters related with the citizens so that government departments could better facilities to the masses. the Cm issued instructions for formation of sub-committees for formulating final recommendations for capacity-building of government departments and delivery of the best services and directed that the sub committees should submit proposals within the fixed period. the participants of the meeting gave various proposals for the capacity- building of government departments and institutions and extending the best facilities to the citizens. Provincial ministers rana Sanaullah, tanvir Aslam malik, Provincial Assembly member Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, chief secretary, additional chief secretary, Planning and Development chairman, secretaries concerned, experts from private sector and senior officers attended the meeting.

CDGL removes illegal structures LAHORE: City District Government Lahore (CDGL) during anti encroachments followup operation removed several illegal structures in various areas of nine constituent towns of the city. The administration of towns following directions of the DCO Dr Ahmad Javed Qazi participated in the follow-up operation and demolished illegally constructed shops, several pedestals and many other illegal structures at Guru Mangat Road, Bagrian, Township, Gulshan Ravi, Allama Iqbal Town, Darogha Wala, Mehmood Booti, Lakshmi Chowk and Bilal Gunj market. Anti-encroachment teams also lodged FIRs against encroachers in various police stations besides seizing 10 truckloads of different material. The administrations of towns have been directed by the DCO to monitor areas continuously where encroachments had been removed so that the encroachers could not reconstruct illegal structures again. APP

Shahid Afridi participates in SKMCHRC’s anti-tobacco poster contest

LAHORE PRESS RELEASE Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is organizing various activities on “World No Tobacco Day” to create awareness among the masses to prevent the incidence of cancer which is on the rise due to smoking. May 31st is observed as “World No Tobacco Day”. In this connection, SKMCH&RC organised an Anti-Tobacco Poster Competition 2014 in all the major educational institutions across Pakistan. Approximately 6000 posters were received in total. In this regard a prize distribution ceremony was held at the

Hospital today where the winners of this competition received shields and certificates from the chief guest, the famous cricket star Shahid Afridi. While talking to the audience on this occasion, Shahid Afridi appreciated the management of the Hospital for this effort to create awareness about the harms of tobacco use. He also congratulated the winners of the competition and praised their enthusiastic participation. In the end Dr. Faisal Sultan, CEO, SKMCH&RC, on this occasion thanked all the participants and their parents for their efforts for the cause and especially thanked Shahid Afridi for his time for the purpose.


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

Govt spending Rs102b on modern health facilities: Mujtaba LAHORE



ROvINCIAL government is spending Rs 102 billion on advanced health facilities including free medicines to the masses, said Punjab Minister for

Excise, Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman while talking to various delegations of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) workers at his Cooperative Store residence on Monday. Shuja said the government had increased the budget for the

provision of health services in Punjab. He said Rs 7 billion was being utilised for the provision of free treatment and medicines to the destitute in public hospitals. Besides, he said, the government is providing training facilities to doctors at postgraduate level.

Punjab Assembly passes bill amid opposition’s boycott LAHORE: Punjab Assembly passed the Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technol-

ogy, Rahim Yar Khan Bill 2014 on Monday during seventh sitting of 8th session, says Free and Fair

Election Network in its Daily Factsheet. The opposition members boycotted the proceedings alleging that the government was barring their representation in district coordination committees. A PTI lawmaker pointed out the quorum moments after the opposition leader announced boycott. However, the quorum was found complete on recount. In the absence of opposition lawmakers, the provincial minister for law introduced the bill which was immediately passed by

the treasury benches. The house took up 12 of the 23 starred questions (requiring oral as well as written replies) directed to the departments of Labour and Human Resource and Social Welfare. The members additionally asked 34 supplementary questions. The general discussion on health was deferred for a later sitting due to the boycott of opposition parties. The members raised eight points of order consuming 10 minutes of the proceedings. OnLinE


He said under the directions of the Punjab chief minister public sector hospitals were being modernised for the treatment of communicable and non communicable diseases including hepatitis. He said Rs 300 million had already been reserved for dialysis facilities to poor kidney patients.

"To achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the major focus is on protecting the health of people trough strengthening primary healthcare and disease preventive programmes and Rs 2 billion are being spent on it,� the minister added.


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

Ill-advised Between the devil and the deep blue sea The politics of agitation and protests

Was there ever really a Plan B?


mRAn Khan held a rally in Faisalabad, the second largest city of Punjab on sunday while the mQm held a rally in Karachi, the most populous city in the country. Both the parties enjoy a significant presence in Parliament. The PTI is also ruling KP while the mQm is the PPP’s coalition partner in sindh. It is odd under the circumstances for two parties which are part of the system to go for public protests. Democracy provides a number of forums for redressal of grievances which include Parliament, courts and media. It is unusual in any democracy for parties to take recourse to public gatherings when other options are available. This shows a lack of trust in the three important pillars of state. For Imran Khan this was the second public rally after the one in Islamabad within less than three weeks. The next is scheduled for sialkot in about two weeks. At sialkot Khan will presumably announce the venue and the timing for the next protest gathering as according to him the mass movement is to continue until his targets are achieved. At Islamabad rally Khan had put up nine demands while in Faisalabad he focused on two i.e., recounting of votes after the verification of thumb impressions in four national Assembly constituencies and the reconstitution of the election Commission after further strengthening it. The issue of recounting is a thorny one. As CJ Tassaduq Hussain Jillani put it during a hearing of PTI’s petition asking for the remedy, “If we start looking into this petition, there would be no end.” PmL-n minister saad Rafiq invited Khan to agree to a parliamentary fact-finding committee before which both the government and the PTI can submit evidence of rigging in elections in four constituencies each. The

It is also not clear if Khan would be agreeable to a new EC appointed by the government and opposition as required under the constitution. demand for the reconstitution of the election Commission too cannot be fulfilled unless the present election Commissioners volunteer to resign. Forcing them to resign through public pressure would not set a good tradition. It is also not clear if Khan would be agreeable to a new eC appointed by the government and opposition as required under the constitution. It would be more appropriate to resolve the two issues through consultations with other parliamentary parties rather than taking recourse to street power. one fails to understand the reason for holding of a rally in Karachi against the freezing of Altaf Hussain’s bank accounts in the UK. If the action has been taken without any proof against the mQm leader, as alleged by Farooq sattar, the best way for the party would be to seek legal remedy in London where courts are free. And if the party must protest, the right venue is 10 Downing street rather than Karachi’s Tibet Centre.

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want peace in Pakistan. so do most Pakistanis. There were prolonged efforts at peace talks between the government of Pakistan and Taliban. nothing much came out of it. Taliban to attack, innocent people were victims. These attacks were mostly claimed by outfits that were unheard of; broken away factions of Taliban. my question always was; what exactly is the government’s strategy to deal with Taliban if Plan A (Peace Talks) fail? What is Plan B? In my op-ed published on november 12, 2013, I had written, “The new TTP leader mullah Fazlullah nicknamed the “mullah Radio” was born Fazal Hayat to Biladar Khan, a Pukhtun of Babukarkhel clan of the Yusufzai tribe of swat District where much later, he worked as an operator of a manual chairlift on the river swat. He then joined the Jamia mazahir-ul-Uloom — a religious seminary run by maulana sufi mohammad. He married the daughter of maulana sufi. He has fought side by side the Taliban in Afghanistan with his father-in-law. Both were arrested by the Pakistani security forces. maulana sufi was sentenced for 10 years whereas Fazlullah got off lightly after 17 months and emerged as a popular Wahabi militant leader because of his activities in swat. He reorganised the Tnsm and raised a private army that he named the “shaheen Commando Force”. In the aftermath of the 2007 siege of Lal masjid, Fazlullah’s forces and Baitullah mehsud’s Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) formed an alliance. Fazlullah and his army henceforth reportedly received orders from mehsud. (Al Jazeera Feb 13, 2009) mullah Fazlul-

lah started an illegal local Fm channel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s swat Valley in 2006. He also had set up shari’a courts in swat and is known to be a hard core Islamist. Reports by a source point towards indications that there are deepening fissures within the ranks of Taliban that a sharp adversary can take advantage of. But then, a fumbling adversary may fail to do so. This brings me to the next question that needs some serious thinking by our lawmakers. With Taliban not willing to come to the table for talks, what is the Plan B? If there is a Plan B? Here we must take in consideration an important distinction. The difference between strategy and tactics; overlooked and often confused by many. The word strategy emerges from a Greek word that roughly translates into “general”. It may be defined as the plan to meet a goal or result and may include using various tactics. Whereas tactics may refer to a plan or procedure for promoting a desired end or result. The strategy answers the “what” part of the equation whereas tactics, on the other hand, are supposed to tell us “how we are supposed to reach the objectives. “A strategy may include two or more tactics to reach the goal. Therefore talking with Taliban aimed at achieving peace is one tactic out of many options. It is not the strategy itself.” so Plan B mow stands revealed. Voilà! It is military offensive. The Guardian (22 may 2014) reports, “on Wednesday fighter jets bombed areas in north Waziristan, which an army spokesman said killed scores of “hardcore terrorists including some of the important commanders and foreigners”. Army spokesmen made clear it was in response to attacks in the preceding weeks in the troubled western region and also the city of Karachi. Despite numerous meetings between government and TTP representatives the peace talks’ initiative appears to be going nowhere. Terrorist attacks have continued and the movement has been riven by factional infighting. Last week a video emerged of TTP leader mullah Fazlullah vowing the movement would continue its fight until Pakistan introduced strict shari’a law.” “The offensive targeted the matchis Camp near the capital of north Waziristan, an area set up to house Afghan refugees but now a hub for local and foreign militants,” a senior government of-

ficial of the region said.(may 23, 2014) Where do we go from here? The offensive will not, cannot remain restricted to north Waziristan alone. In my op-ed published on February 04, 2014 I had questioned, “If talks do not work out; is military operation the next step? Interesting questions again emerge; once these operations start will the Taliban shift to Afghanistan? How will the present and incoming government of Afghanistan look at this? Will the border areas be used as a hideout and launching pad for their attacks? How will these operations affect Pakistan in its role of bringing about a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan as expected by Us? needless to say, Pakistan has to face the issue of terrorism and take a proactive action aimed to end killings of innocent citizens. These questions are intricately linked with exit of American forces from Afghanistan. How will Pakistan secure peace within if Afghanistan does descend into civil war with drug barons and warlords running amok? This seems to be a likely outcome of post Us forces withdrawal in Afghanistan. Pakistan must be seen as a solution to the problem, not as a problem adding to the problem.” Peter R Neumann, writing for Policy Affairs in 2007 says, “The argument against negotiating with terrorists is simple: Democracies must never give in to violence, and terrorists must never be rewarded for using it. negotiations give legitimacy to terrorists and their methods and undermine actors who have pursued political change through peaceful means. Talks can destabilise the negotiating governments’ political systems, undercut international efforts to outlaw terrorism, and set a dangerous precedent. Yet in practice, democratic governments often negotiate with terrorists.” There are many instances to support neumann’s claim. Joshua Keating, writing for slate magazine states, “The British government maintained a secret back channel to the Irish Republican Army even after the IRA had launched a mortar attack on 10 Downing street that nearly eliminated the entire British cabinet in 1991. In 1988, the spanish government sat down with the separatist group Basque Homeland and Freedom (known by its Basque acronym eTA) only six months after

the group had killed 21 shoppers in a supermarket bombing.” (He quotes Peter R neumann here actually). Pakistan Today reports, “During a tense meeting, the army effectively declared it would override a crucial plank of the government’s strategy and take matters into its own hands. The army chief and other military officers in the room were clear on the military’s policy: the last man, the last bullet,” a government insider with first-hand knowledge of the meeting told a foreign news agency. Asked to sum up the message General Raheel sharif wanted to convey at the gathering, he added: “The time for talk is over.” The question is; will the terrorists restrict themselves to north Waziristan or escape to other areas to regroup in face of the military offensive? The answer is no to the first part and yes to the second part. even if the security forces reportedly took the caution of sealing off exit points from north Waziristan which they did; leaks would have led to many exits before the offensive happened. The fact remains; not every Taliban is in north Waziristan, cross border ingress and support has happened before and will happen again. With the heat turned on, attacks in other parts of Pakistan and lethal attacks for that matter will be launched to divert and deflect attention. There are good chances of the fire spreading. (As I was sending off this piece to my editor, I read the news about eight officials of the levies killed while three were reportedly injured by ‘namaloom afrad’ at a heavily armed check-post along Quetta-Karachi Highway in Wadh Tehsil of Khuzdar district). However, those who state that this is exactly why they supported peace talks need to be reminded that killings were being conducted during peace talks too; only, it was one sided and innocent blood that flowed. Pakistan is between devil and the deep blue sea- damned if it does and damned if it does not. Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be contacted at: and tweets at @yasmeen_9.

Demons of democracy Only when we can get rid of them, the country can move forward

Dr FariD a Malik


emons of democracy (siasat ke shaitan) are in total control of politics in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Where did they come from? Certainly the founding fathers of the country were not instrumental in producing them. Quaid-e-Azam, the first Governor General, and Liaquat Ali Khan, the founding prime minister, were both men of impeccable integrity and honesty and resisted demonisation of democracy in the motherland. Liaquat Ali, during his first visit to the UsA, was given a script to govern the first Islamic democracy of the world. Upon his refusal a plan was formulated to get rid of him. only demons were fit enough to derail the democratic order and then keep it derailed for all times to come. Today Pakistan has (some of) the

richest politicians, generals, bureaucrats and scientists in the world and, perhaps, the poorest, suffering nation. The situation is mind boggling. The demon producing factories seem to be running in full production while the nation sinks. Ayub Khan was handed over the task of first eliminating the entire political leadership of the country (Liaquat Ali, Abdur Rab nishtar, Hussain shaheed suharwardy, Khawaja nazimuddin, maulana Fazal-ul-Haq, Qayyum Khan, Wali Khan, maulana Bhashani, Gm syed, sattar Pirzada, Khan of Kalat, Akbar Bugti etc) and then replace them with demons (Chaudhry Zahoor elahi, Chaudhry muhammad Hussain, Yasin Wattoo, Anwar Bhinder, munim Khan, sheikh mujib-ur-Rehman, Aslam Khattak, Ayub Khorro, nawab Kalabagh, sharif-ud-Din Pirzada, Ghulam muhammed, Chaudhry muhammed Ali, muhammed Ali Bogra, Iskander mirza, muhammed shoaib, Gohar, Ayub, Habibullah, Khattak etc. Yahya Khan was unable to contain the demons and Quaid’s Pakistan was dismembered. Zia continued with the production of fresh demons (nawaz sharif, shahbaz sharif, manzoor Wattoo, Ijaz-ulHaq, Humayun Akhtar Khan, Chaudhry shujaat, Parvez elahi, Khawaja Asif, saad Rafiq, nisar Ali Khan, nawab Hoti, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Anwar saifullah, Irfan ullah marwat, saeed Qadir, Jam sadiq etc, this along with various organisations (mQm, TTP, LeJ, LeT, sunni Tehrik etc). After failing to deal with Zia’s demons, musharraf decided to create his own. Again, the list is long. some of them took refuge in ‘lotacracy’ and


entered the ranks of other political parties. only a fragmented PmL-Q remains under the Chaudhrys of Gujrat and assisted by journalist-turned-politician mushahid Hussain. once again the demons and their designers are not seeing eye to eye. Another demon producing exercise will be disastrous for the country and must be avoided. Like mujib, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) also emerged from the demons producing factory of Ayub Khan but he saw through their evil designs. He founded his Peoples Party (PPP) as an anti-establishment force and decided to challenge the first usurper and founder of Demon Dynasty. PPP took the country like a storm. ZAB was able to end khaki hegemony after the east Pakistan debacle in which the armed forces were defeated by a demon they themselves created: sheikh mujib-ur-Rehman. In the first free and fair elections of 1970, almost all the demons were politically annihilated. The reluctance of the khakis to hand over power to the elected representatives caused the breakup of Quaid’s Pakistan which could have been avoided. Later, ZAB picked up the pieces of what remained. Initial years of the first ZAB regime saw the rise of the democratic order and the demise of the demons. The unanimous 1973 constitution has kept Pakistan together despite two unholy onslaughts. except for the few Zia amendments, the document has been cleansed once again to move the country in the direction of constitutional democracy. By 1975 the demons were back.

First it was military action in Balochistan and then the dissolution of the first elected assembly, followed by elections. This time the demons were in total control on both sides. some of them were sitting with ZAB as ticket holders while others were leading the PnA movement. In the end the demons producing factory of Zia prevailed, whose products continue to haunt us till today. For Pakistan to move forward this process of producing demons has to end as it has totally failed. The country has to be cleansed of the demons and the khakis moved back to the barracks. Cleansing can start from 1985 when the party-less elections were held to produce new demons. It was during this period that the richest politicians, generals, bureaucrats, scientists emerged – siasat turned from khidmat to “munafah”. Before the next elections, following steps should be taken: mass cleansing of candidates to include scrutiny of growth of assets before and after 1985, loan and tax defaults, criminal charges, fool proof election commission to hold an honest ballot, formula for the retreat of the khakis to the barracks to put a permanent end to demonising democracy in the country and shutting down these factories. The task is daunting but it can be done. The sacrifices and struggle of the founding fathers and their children should not go in vain. Quaid’s Pakistan can still emerge from the ashes of these demons. Dr Farid A Malik is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Email:


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

India is trying to get serious about carrier air power wAr is BoriNg


THomas Newdick

INcE china’s aircraft carrier Liaoning began sea trials in summer 2011, naval and air power observers have been closely watching the development of Beijing’s once-secretive carrier program. Meanwhile, India—an established flattop operator—has also been making important progress deploying air power at sea. The first official deployment of India’s latest carrier, INS Vikramaditya, passed almost unnoticed by foreign media in early May. Adm. Robin Dhowan, who took over as boss of the Indian navy in April, told reporters that the carrier was “operationally deployed,” together with the Russian-supplied fighters that comprise the sharp end of the vessel’s capabilities. The former Russian navy carrier arrived in India earlier this year after a protracted refurbishment costing more than $2 billion. Vikramaditya represents just the first phase of a large-scale carrier program that New Delhi hopes will allow it to keep up with china. Both navies now plan to build at least two indigenous carriers to eventually replace their former Russian equipment. India’s largest and most costly warship to date, Vikramaditya is now sailing under a naval ensign with MiG-29K fighters flown by Indian pilots. The carrier is home-ported at Kadamba, close to Karwar in southwest India. The 45,000 ton-displacement Vikramaditya has had a troubled path to service. Built in Soviet times and originally named Baku, the carrier was meant to operate a mix of anti-submarine helicopters and short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing Yak-38 fighters. Baku entered service in 1988. With the demise of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin renamed the vessel Admiral Gorshkov … and withdrew her from service in the mid-1990s to save money. As long ago as December 1998, officials from Moscow and New Delhi

signed a memorandum of understanding to transfer the ship to India. The plan was for Russia to refurbish the vessel and convert her for use by non-STOVL carrier fighters, using the short-takeoff-but-arrested-recovery method. STOBAR meant that the carrier would be able to operate far more capable jet fighters. It also demanded the addition of restrainers for powering up aircraft on deck, a ski-jump at the bow for takeoff and arrester gear for landing. All these modifications should have taken two years. As of the summer of 2001, negotiations between the two parties were ongoing. The Indians were supposed to pay for the cost of modifications and refurbishment, but were increasingly alarmed at the poor condition of the ship. As the two parties squabbled over price, the carrier languished at Russia’s Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. At long last, the parties signed a contract in March 2004 that covered Baku’s purchase, overhaul and refit—all at a cost of $750 million. Development and production of MiG-29K fighters was also included. Delivery was scheduled for 2008. By the end of the 2000s, however, cost disputes were again on the agenda, and in March 2010 the contract had to be renegotiated, pushing up the price to $2.35 billion. Handover would now take place at the end of 2012. Trials of the remodeled carrier began in June 2012. Between June and September, the renamed Vikramaditya was at sea for just over 100 days with some Indian crew on board. Then the Russians announced further troubles, the trials having uncovered malfunctions relating to the steam boilers. Handover was postponed again, slipping to the end of 2013. In late 2012 and early 2013, Vikramaditya got a modified propulsion plant and underwent what officials described as “cosmetic repairs” at Sevmash. By the time Vikramaditya set sail for her final trials in the White Sea in the summer of 2013, the carrier was five years behind schedule.

After being officially handed over at Sevmash last November, Vikramaditya finally arrived in India this January. The first Indian-piloted MiG-29K trapped on the carrier on Feb. 7. As is, the Indian flattop still lacks onboard defensive weapons and is therefore unsuitable for any serious operations. The navy will add close-in weapons during the next refit. In the meantime, Vikramaditya has already participated in several war games with the Indian western fleet. Once fully equipped, Vikramaditya should go to sea with around 24 MiG29Ks plus six support helicopters. India’s ultimate goal is to replace the veteran STOVL carrier Viraat—the former British HMS Hermes, construction of which began during World War II. Delays with successor vessels have forced Viraat to soldier on far longer than planned. Depending on the availability of her Sea Harrier fighters—of which India is now the sole operator—Viraat might linger in service until 2020. Operational Sea Harriers, which have undergone an Israeli upgrade, now number no more than 10 aircraft. By the time Viraat is decommissioned, however, Dhowan expects that India’s indigenous aircraft carrier program will have finally produced a work-

Why many Egyptians will vote for Sisi Al JAzeerA Tawfik Hamid

General Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has won most of the votes of Egyptians who live overseas. And many feel he is likely to dominate the upcoming presidential election on May 26-27. There are a number of reasons why these Egyptians believe Sisi may be the right choice for the top job. First, many of Sisi's supporters feel that a man with a military and intelligence background is necessary to restore security and stability to Egypt. They justify this view by pointing to the fact that military leaders provided far better security and stability than the newly formed democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example. Second, some see Sisi as a political figure with a realistic programme, and one who does not give in to empty rhetoric and false promises. Many Egyptians still remember former President Mohamed Morsi's failure to deliver on his electoral promises to make significant improvements to the country during his first 100 days in office. They also remember the absurd promise made by Hamdeen Sabahi, the other candidate in the presidential race, to give each young man 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,400) if elected. Not only does the Egyptian treasury not have the extra funds to fulfil the task (an estimated cost of 300 billion pounds), but an equal distribution of such vast sums of money - if it were at all realistic would be rather irresponsible. Third, others see Sisi as a man with a strong loyalty to Egypt. His military background adds weight to this perception. There has been resurgence in nationalism and an increasing feeling that loyalty to the country is of the utmost importance. This is partly due to some Egyptians' perception that Morsi's own loyalties were divided between the Mus-

lim Brotherhood and the Egyptian people. Fourth, many Egyptians believe that Sisi is a sensible thinker - they look to the fact that he takes time to respond to questions and make decisions. He is seen as a man who will not be guided by raw emotions or politics and who will not make rash decisions that may be harmful to the country. Fifth, another factor that appears to be encouraging many Egyptians to choose Sisi is his previous position as the head of the Egyptian military. Sisi's successful military leadership gives hope to many Egyptians that he can lead the country as well. This, of course, is in contrast to Sabahi, who has shown no evidence whatsoever that he can lead an organisation as large and disciplined as the Egyptian military, much less a nation. Sixth, Sisi's timely intervention to remove Morsi from power in response to the will of millions of Egyptians who were unhappy with the direction their country was heading, earned him the reputation of "saviour of Egypt", protecting the nation from falling into the hands of another "Taliban". Seventh, many moderate Muslims are supporting Sisi because he has taken a clear stand against Islamist radicalism and has expressed a genuine desire to support a peaceful understanding of Islam. In fact, he is considered by many to be the first president who has clearly expressed such a position. His use of Quranic verses to encourage freedom of belief and his honest confrontation of the problem of radicalism, are giving hope to many that Egypt can progress and move forward. Eighth, another factor that encouraged Sisi supporters to choose him is their feeling that he never tried to buy votes by giving promises to the people. This put Sisi in a distinctly different position from Morsi who had promised Egyptians that he would bring $200bn to the country if he was elected in the 2012

presidential race. Similarly, supporters of Morsi such as Sheikh Yousef alQaradawi promised the Egyptians that Egypt will receive $20bn if they said yes to the Islamist constitution during Morsi's time. None of these promises has been fulfilled. The lack of such promises by Sisi actually worked for him in a positive manner as it made many see him as an ethical man who is not ready to buy people's support by giving them a "bribe" to buy their votes. Sabahi's promises to give 10,000 Egyptian pounds and a piece of land to every young man in the country put him in the same category as Morsi who tried to buy votes by giving specific financial promises to the voters. Ninth, Sisi's dignified handling of the conflict with the US administration after the June 30 revolution, and the fact that he was able to restore US support for the Egyptian military - while at the same time restarting relations with Russia - made many see him as a very astute, intelligent, rational and balanced political player who can lead the country down the right path. Gaining the support of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain just added more trust in his ability to maintain a balanced foreign policy. And finally, there are those who have gone so far as to compare Sisi to Mohamed Ali Pasha, founder of modern Egypt. Sisi appears to share the trifold creed of the pasha: a vision to create a modern state, a genuine love for his country and an ability to make serious decisions. Indeed, for overseas voters, Sisi appears to represent hope for the future of Egypt. Dr Tawfik Hamid is an Islamic political thinker and reformer. He has appeared on shows spanning the spectrum from CNN to Fox News, and his op-ed pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, VOA, France 24 and RT.

ing vessel. But this ambitious project has already suffered delays. The first indigenous carrier, the 40,000-ton Vikrant, began construction in February 2009 at cochin shipyard. She’s scheduled for trials in 2017. India had once planned to field a second carrier battle group by 2015. But Vikrant is unlikely to enter service before late 2018. The second vessel in the class, known only as IAc 2, may adopt a conventional catapult arrangement like the U.S. Navy’s flattops. A switch from a ski-jump configuration to conventional takeoff and landing would permit the addition of important force-multipliers such as the E-2 Hawkeye for early warning and control—and perhaps also the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor. Another option is nuclear propulsion, which would make India the third operator of nuclear-powered carriers after the U.S. and France. India has a proud history of carrier air power, and its carrier air wing saw notable service during the 1971 war with Pakistan. Today, India’s premier carrier aircraft is the MiG-29K, produced by RAc MiG. The navy acquired an initial 12 single-seat MiG-29Ks and four two-seat MiG-29KUB models under a 2004 con-

tract, before signing for a further 29 MiG-29Ks in 2010. Deliveries of the second batch began in 2012. The first landing by the new jet on Vikramaditya occurred in July 2012 during trials in the Barents Sea. That landing involved a MiG-29KUB with RAc MiG test pilots in control. The first take-off from the ski-jump ramp followed shortly thereafter. Unlike Russia’s Su-33 carrier fighter, which china has copied as the J-15, the MiG-29K is a genuine multi-role warplane. Its armament includes both air-toair and precision air-to-ground stores, as well as an all-important “buddy” refueling pod to extend flight range. A mechanically scanned Zhuk-ME radar offers a multiple-target engagement capability with a reported detection range of 150 kilometers. Indian navy pilots also make use of the TopSight-I helmetmounted sight provided by Thales of France, and an Israeli-made jamming pod for self-defense. New Delhi has examined a range of other warplanes beside the MiG-29 with which to equip its burgeoning carrier air wing. The forthcoming Vikrant, too, should be equipped for STOBAR operations. Other carrier fighter options include the Dassault Rafale M, Saab Sea Gripen and Eurofighter Sea Typhoon. While the navalized Gripen and Typhoon remain strictly theoretical projects, the Rafale has flown in combat from France’s carrier—and India has already selected the land-based model for its air force. Official plans include the Light combat Aircraft-Navy, but this indigenous lightweight fighter has made painfully slow progress since its maiden flight in April 2012. Indeed, the test team managed just five sorties in the first year of flying. One apparent sticking point has been adapting the diminutive fighter for the rigors of STOBAR operations, which require beefed-up landing gear at a minimum. Nevertheless, Indian officials still hope the LcA-Navy will enter service in time to replace the Sea Harrier and serve alongside the MiG-29K on Vikrant.

Muslims and the NYPD New York Times New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, made the right decision last month when he said he would disband a unit used by his predecessor, Raymond Kelly, to spy on law-abiding Muslims as they worshiped or patronized businesses in their communities. Beyond proving useless for intelligence purposes, the Demographics Unit undermined the fight against terrorism by alienating Muslims who were understandably angry about being singled out, not for illegal conduct but because of their religious affiliation. This problem has yet to be fully resolved. As The Times’s Joseph Goldstein reported, the department is still running a program that singles out Muslims in a problematic way, this time to recruit them as informants. The department says the program, run by a squad of detectives euphemistically known as the Citywide Debriefing Team, has led to breaks in important cases. But the department has a long history of trampling on people’s rights during investigations of political activity, while making inflated claims about the value of its intelligence operations. Since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, this unit has been searching the city jails for immigrants, typically Muslims, whom it then tries to persuade to become informants. Historically, informants are asked to provide information about criminal enterprises they know something about or have been part of. This effort has sought to recruit Muslims regardless of what they know, based largely on origin or Muslim-sounding names. As a former police sergeant who worked with the squad said: “We are there to collect intelligence about criminal activity or terrorism. Why are we asking, ‘Are you

Muslim?’ ‘What mosque do you go to?’ What does that have to do with terrorism?” Some of those potential recruits have been hauled in for petty offenses or even noncriminal violations. In some cases they have been held in custody longer than necessary so that detectives can interrogate them about where they attend religious services, the names of relatives and where they spend their free time. The department insists that the subjects answered voluntarily. But since they were already in custody, many of them understandably feared further punishment if they failed to cooperate. The program has not yet been challenged in court. But the Federal District Court in Manhattan criticized a similar set of practices more than a decade ago, in a case brought on behalf of protesters who had been swept up in an antiwar demonstration in 2003 in New York City. As in the questioning of Muslims, the police in that case wandered far afield — asking those arrested about their political affiliations, their feelings about the president, their opinions about the war in Iraq. The police also held people in custody for extended periods, so that they could be made available to specific detectives who were not there at the time. The judge ridiculed the city for describing this obviously coercive arrangement as an innocuous “debriefing,” saying protesters had been subjected to “custodial interrogation” — which meant that steps needed to be taken to protect their rights. The Police Department is right to develop informants that would help them foil terrorist plots. But it would be counterproductive to do so in ways that violate the Constitution or make more people fear the police.


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014


ISLAMABAD: PTCL Commercial Central General Manager Awais Javed receives the Customer Services Appreciation Award at the first Service Punch 2014 conference. PR

PtCL receives customer service appreciation award ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has been awarded ‘Customer Service Appreciation’ award for best customer services in the telecom sector at "Service Punch -2014” conference. The awards ceremony, presented by Active8, in collaboration with and Pakistan Human Capital Forum, brought together a large number of CEO's, business heads, delegates and guests belonging to customer services and other industries. Pakistan’s leading ICT service provider, PTCL received service appreciation award as a recognition of the company’s track record of innovation and the pioneering role played in harnessing technology for providing better services to customers. The survey is the result of a comprehensive independent assessment conducted by Active8, which included 5000 respondents from a cross section of the society. The awards highlight, acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievements and aim at developing a culture of excellence in customer care. PTCL has been making relentless efforts to exceed customer expectations and shall continue to provide superior customer services while delivering quality and innovation. PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI Imran Shaikh (EVP & Head of Marketing JS Bank) receives the Brand of the Year Award on behalf of JS Bank from Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar. PR

JS bank wins brand of the Year award

KARACHI: JS Bank as part of its relentless commitment to continue providing the best possible customer services to its valuable clients has been at the forefront of technological advancements within the banking industry. JS Bank has been recognized for its efforts by being awarded the prestigious “Brand of the Year Award” in the category of “Online Internet Banking” for 2013. Imran Shaikh (EVP & Head of Marketing, JS Bank) received this significant award by Mr Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar (Governor Punjab) at a spectacular award event hosted in Karachi by the Brands Foundation. The organizer of this activity - Brands Foundation is the only non-profit public company in its area of services having exclusive affiliation with EFQM “European Foundation for Quality Management” and also the only business organization in Pakistan honored with the “Accredited Permanent Observer Status” at WIPO, the specialized agency of UNITED NATIONS. PRESS RELEASE

BEIJING: Group photograph at opening session of 43rd IAA World Congress. Sohail Kisat, President MCOM, Fatima Kisat, CEO MediAD, Faris Abouhammad, Chairman and World President IAA, Alamdar Kisat, Bharat Alvani, Regional IBC and Director Homecare Asia, Africa, Middle East and Turkey UNILEVER. PR



veR 42 million soccer balls worth Rs 17.473 million have been exported from Sialkot so far ahead of the FIFA football world cup 2014. Sources in Sialkot dry port said on Monday that adequate arrangements had been made for prompt clearance of export consignments at the dry port to facilitate timely delivery. Sialkot-made soccer ball "Brazuca" will be used in upcoming FIFA football world cup matches in Brazil after a gap of 32 years. The ball was produced by Forward Sports Sialkot for Adidas. The name Brazuca is an informal local term which means "Brazilian" or to describe the Brazilian way of life. Brazuca is a breakthrough inno-

vation featuring a revolutionary six panel design created for every player on the field. The ball features six identical panels alongside a unique surface that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field. The success story of Sialkot industries is based on the unmatched skill and craftsmanship of local workers. In 1980s, Sialkot gained international celebrity status when it produced the "Tango Ball" used in FIFA football world cup in 1982 which led further growth of soccer ball industry. All the major international brands like Adidas, Nike, Puma, Select, Litto, Umbro, Mitre, Micassa, Diadora, Wilsoms and Decathion are sourcing their supply of footballs from this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry of the country. Sialkot is the only city of Pak-

Pakistan's first ever Service Conference ‘Service Punch -2014’ held at Royal Palm

nessmen and manufacturers engaged in soccer ball industry to modernize the industry and as well as help in resolving problems confronting the industry, especially technology of mechanized ball that is threatening the hand-stitched soccer ball. The SIDC will have the facilities like making prototype balls for the industry, training of skilled workers for the industries in mould, rubber technologies, mechanized thermo laminated balls, provision of manufacturing facilities for SMes to secure their export orders for mechanized thermo laminated balls. The SIDC will also help develop machinery locally through reverse engineering and providing assistance in setting up mechanized thermo laminated balls production in individual industrial units engaged with sports goods sector of Sialkot would be available in the SIDC.

istan where 99 percent products are exported to various countries of the world. Sialkot based small and medium industries are earning foreign exchange of over US 1.6 billion dollars annually through exports and strengthening the national economy. Under the directives of federal government a project of "Sports Industries Development Centre" (SIDC) has been initiated costing more than Rs 435.637 million in Sialkot for modernising soccer ball industry. The SICD is fully equipped with latest machinery which has already started its trail production. The prime objective of setting up of SIDC was to help sports goods sector to adopt modern technology of mechanized "Thermo Lamination Balls" by providing the common facilities, technical advisory services, moulding machinery services and training. The SIDC will help busi-

Economic performance has impressed world financial institutions: Dar ISLAMABAD APP

LAHORE: Activ8 Private Limited in collaboration with Pakistan Human Capital Forum and Evenment held Pakistan's first ever Service Conference "Service Punch -2014" at Royal Palm which was attended by a large number of CEO's, business heads, delegates and guests belonging to customer services and other business backgrounds. The full day conference kicked off by Umer Saeed khan, CEO, Activ8 and Co-Founder of Pakistan Human Capital Forum to set the mood of understanding importance of service. Main highlight of the conference were key note speakers, Bouzeneth Benouda, Managing Director, Metro Habib & M/s Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director, Kashf Foundation. It focused on interesting themes on customer care in view of featured panelists from companies like Zong, Telenor, Warid, TRG, MCB, Bank Alfalah, Adamjee Insurance, Coca Cola Beverages, FINCA & LUMS. In the moderation of Suleman Anser Khan Head OD, Ufone and Fatima Asad-said Director HCM, Abacus Consulting who shared their expert and candid views with the audience sparking an interesting debate about changing the future of customer services in Pakistan over the next few years. The final moderator of the conference Adeel Anwar, Director OD, Warid & Co-Founder of Pakistan Human Capital Forum proposed strategies for creating customer care mindset, maximizing customer satisfaction, increasing profitability and building customer loyalty. The conference also brought the first ever Service Awards based on the survey conducted nationwide by<> for the best service providers across Pakistan within different service sectors where MCB, Standard Chartered, Nestle, McDonalds, Honda, TCS, Wi-Tribe, PC, LUMS & Shaukat Khanum Hospital topped within their respective industries. PRESS RELEASE

Lumia 630 Dual SIM now available in Pakistan KARACHI: The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM with Windows Phone 8.1 in now available in Pakistan. The first Dual SIM Lumia smartphone delivers an unrivalled affordable smartphone experience, with quad-core processing and a ClearBlack 4.5” LCD screen. Commenting on the occasion, Arif Shafique, Country General Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan & Afghanistan said: “With high-end technologies and apps, a seamless Windows Phone 8.1 experience and the first ever Dual SIM Lumia empowering people to connect on their terms, we think the Lumia 630 Dual SIM is undoubtedly the best smartphone in its affordable price range.” The Lumia 630 Dual SIM adds award-winning design and experiences found on high end Lumia smartphones to the leading personalization brought by Windows Phone 8.1. Users can now seamlessly switch between two SIM cards to manage their social life, clearly separate calls and messages to make it cheaper and easier to connect on their own terms. A quad-core Snapdragon processor delivers fast, uncompromised social experiences with Word Flow, Internet Explorer and social apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Instagram. PRESS RELEASE

Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar said that due to better economic performance, the international financial institutions, including World Bank and Asian Development Bank, were back in business with Pakistan after lapse of five to seven years. He was talking to Zakaria Usman, President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), who called on him to discuss issues related to the budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The finance minister said that the economy had performed much better as compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal year. The revenue collection was Rs 1,745 billion in July-April 2013-14 against Rs 1,509 in the corresponding period of last fiscal year registering an increase of 15.6 percent, he added. Similarly, he said, the budget deficit decreased to 4 percent as compared to 5.5 percent in the same period. Trade deficit was down by 2.5 percent and GDP growth rate 4.1 percent as compared to 3.4 percent in first half of the financial year, he added. The FPCCI president appreciated steps taken by the government in order to put the economy back on track and assured the minister that the business community was with the government in reforming the system. He informed the finance minister that he and his delegation had very useful meetings with the FBR officials. Proposals had been forwarded to the officials concerned for consideration in the next budget, he added. He also assured the finance minister that the business community would continue to work with the government for betterment and prosperity of the people.

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Tuesday, 27 May, 2014





You feel extra-social today, and you should find that others feel the same way -- at least when you're around. You should be able to make some progress in an area that had once seemed totally impossible.

You're still riding that wave of good energy, so make sure that you are sharing your feelings with those around you. It's a great time to sneak away and do something fun together.

A new bill crosses your desk and makes you wonder how you're going to keep up with them all. Now is the time to get smart about your finances -- as boring as it is, it can save a lot of stress.




You've got a strong sense that you need to get back home -- whatever that means to you -- and it's pushing you in the right direction. Domestic issues are of paramount importance to you now.

How do you really feel about this big project? It may suit you perfectly, but try not to go it alone -- that kind of arrogance is sure to backfire. Take advice and listen to the group before making decisions.

Go in a little deeper and see if you can get your people to agree with a new level of scrutiny. It's a good time to ask big questions and ensure that the answers you're getting satisfy you.




It's way past time for you to step in and help your friends or family members cope with the latest big conflict that threatens to tear them apart. Your arbitration makes all the difference!

You're at one end of a spectrum today -- but someone close is almost certainly all the way over at the other end! That makes communication difficult, but this is ultimately a good thing for both of you.

If you start to panic today, remember this: there's nothing that happens today that you can't handle. Your energy may not be as tightly focused as usual, but you can still deal with anything.







A sense of duty is pushing you toward something bigger and better -- so follow it up! It may not be sexy, but your need to do what's right is sure to put you in the right place soon.

Your mind is always absorbing new information, but today it almost feels like it's coming in against your will. It's not such a bad thing, but you should watch out for overload.

Communication is everything today -- so even if you're not feeling up to it, make sure that you're pushing all the right buttons and checking in with folks you haven't heard from in a while.



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Tuesday, 27 May 2014



low calorie diet could help prevent an aggressive form of cancer from spreading around the body. Scientists have found that cutting calories reduces the likelihood of one type of breast cancer from migrating to other organs. They were looking at triple negative breast cancer - one of the most life threatening forms that is aggressive and least responsive to standard treatment. It affects about one in five women with the disease. One theory is that dieting may decrease chance of cancer spreading by strengthening the tissue surrounding the tumour. Many breast cancer patients are treated with hormonal therapy to block tumour growth and steroids to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy. But both treatments can alter the metabolism which in turn, can trigger weight gain, with the average woman gaining 10lb in the first year of treatment. Previous studies have shown that being overweight makes breast cancer


Murder detectives were Monday investigating the case of a young nurse whose corpse was sent by parcel post across Japan in a box that claimed to contain a doll. The body of Rika Okada was found in a storage lock-up in Tokyo. Investigators also found the 2-metre (6ft 6in) box in which it had been transported from the southern city of Osaka, reports said. The delivery service that ferried the package -marked with the Japanese word for 'doll' -400 kilometres (230 miles) to the capital had been paid in Okada's own name. The bill for the lock-up's short term rental had been settled using her credit card. The body of the 29-year-old, who had been missing since late March, had more than a dozen stab wounds, local media reported, but no defensive injuries on her hands or arms. Police in Osaka refused to confirm details, but reports said a woman who had been at elementary school with Okada had flown out of Tokyo earlier this month using the dead woman's passport. AgenCIeS

treatment less effective, and those who gain weight during treatment have worse cancer outcomes. 'That's why it's important to look at metabolism when treating women with cancer,' said study leader Dr Nicole Simone, from the department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. The study involved feeding one group of mice a third less than another group. 'We found that the diet turned on a programme that protected mice from metastatic disease,' explained Dr Simone. The study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found that in the dieting mice, cancer cells decreased their production of microRNAs 17 and 20 (miR 17/20). These are molecules that play a vital role in influencing the pathways responsible for many disease processes. ONLINE


Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency said Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases. In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, which pollutes more than the south, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. "This should serve as yet another wakeup call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change," WMO chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement. "If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat-trapping gases. Time is running out," he warned. Spring values in the north-

ern hemisphere had previously spiked over the 400 ppm level, but this was the first time the monthly mean concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere exceeded the threshold. The global annual average is set to exceed the 400 ppm level in 2015 or 2016, the agency added. The threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance, and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is responsible for the non-stop increase in heattrapping gases, the WMO underlined. CO2 stays locked in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, and its lifespan in the oceans is longer still. It is by far the most important greenhouse gas emitted by human activities and was responsible for 85 percent of the increase in radiative forcing, the warming effect on the climate, from 20022012. AgenCIeS

Experts have warned that the obsession with recording and sharing every moment could be having an adverse effect on our memories. One psychologist has claimed people are becoming increasingly unable to live in the moment. They say the phenomenon is 'kind of a loss'. Maryanne Garry, a psychology professor at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, is studying the effects of photography on our childhood memories. 'I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment,' she says. 'Then they've got a thousand photos, and then they just dump the photos somewhere and don't really look at them very much, 'cause it's too difficult to tag them and organize them. 'That seems to me to be a kind of loss. 'The devices are only going to capture so much.' From children’s birthdays to that long-awaited family holiday, we all want to remember those cherished moments with a photograph. But if you’re one of those people who can’t stop snapping, beware – you could end up forgetting it all in a flash. A previous study found that taking too many photos may prevent us from forming detailed memories. Researchers led a group of students around a museum and asked them to either photograph or try to remember certain works of art and historical exhibits. The next day, their memory was tested. It showed they were worse at recognising objects they had photographed than those they had only looked at. They were also poorer at recalling details of the objects they had taken pictures of. Dr Linda Henkel, who conducted the study at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said: ‘People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly. When people rely on technology to remember for them, it can have a negative impact on how well they remember their experiences.’ The study is published in the journal Psychological Science. VIA DAILY MAIL

CHANGING OPINION UNDER SOCIAL PRESSURE SHORT-LIVED: STUDY We all want to feel like we're free-thinking individuals, but there's nothing like the power of social pressure to sway an opinion. New research suggests that people do change their own personal judgments so that they fall in line with the group norm, but the change only seems to last about 3 days. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. "Our findings suggest that exposure to others' opinions does indeed change our own private opinions -- but it doesn't change them forever," says psychological scientist and study author Rongjun Yu of South China Normal University . "Just like working memory can hold about 7 items and a drug can be effective for certain amount of time, social influence seems to have a limited time window for effectiveness." The fact that personal judgments are swayed by the opinions' of others is a well-established phenomenon in psychology research.

But it's unclear whether oft-observed social conformity reflects public compliance, motivated by a desire to fit in with the group and avoid social rejection, or private acceptance, which leads to a genuine change in personal opinion that persists even when social influence is removed. Yu and colleagues Yi Huang and Keith Kendrick decided to investigate this question in the lab. They recruited Chinese college students to participate in a study exploring how "people perceive facial attractiveness." The students looked at 280 digital photographs of young adult Chinese women and were asked to rate the attractiveness of each face on an 8-point scale. After rating a face, they saw the purported average of 200 other students' ratings for that face. Importantly, the group average matched the participant's rating only 25% of the time. The rest of the time, the group average fell 1, 2, or 3 points above or below the participant's

rating. The students were brought back to the lab to rate the faces again after either 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, or 3 months has passed. The data showed that the group norm seemed to sway participant's own judgments when they re-rated the photos 1 and 3 days after the initial session. There was, however, no evidence for a social-conformity effect when the intervening period was longer (either 7 days or 3 months after the first session). According to the researchers, the fact that participants' opinions were swayed for up to 3 days suggests more than a superficial lab-based effect -- rather, group norms seem to have had a genuine, albeit brief, impact on participants' privately held opinions. These studies are notable, says Yu, because they were able to control for methodological issues that often arise in studies that use a test-retest format, such as the natural human tendencies to regress to the mean and to behave con-


sistently over time. The one question that Yu and colleagues still don't know the answer to is why the effect lasts for 3 days. They plan on investigating whether there

might be a neurological reason for the duration of the effect, and whether the effect can be manipulated to last for shorter or longer durations. VIA SCIenCe DAILY

Tuesday, 27 May, 2014



‘HumPty sHarma Ki dulHaniya’


A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday. FoxMarvel's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" debuted with $91 million beating last weekend's No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure "Godzilla," which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Days of Future Past" is the second-highest opener in the "X-Men" franchise after "X-Men: The Last Stand" debuted with $123 million in 2006. 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut with $140 million. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy "Blended" debuted at No. 3 with a lackluster $14.2 million. In the movie, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team for the third time following "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates." AGENCIES


Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman is reportedly planning to retire. The actor, 76, is apparently ready to call time on his 50 year showbiz career and live out his days at his sprawling Mississippi farm. Morgan severely damaged his arm in a car crash and lives in constant agony. "Morgan has some serious health issues, and it can be agony for him just to get through a working day on the set. Even a year ago, he admits the thought of retiring hadn't even crossed his mind, but it's front and center now. "He wants to live out his days in peace, away from the cameras. He tries to hide the pain that shoots up his arm, but you can see him grimacing. His farm is a haven where he can read, walk around and be alone with his thoughts. He still gets stacks of scripts to consider and remains one of the most in-demand narration and voice-over people in the business," a source said. NEWS DESK

ILMMAKER Karan Johar said that the Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol starrer superhit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ is the “pillar” of all love stories. In the Aditya Chopra directed romantic drama, Karan, 42, had played a cameo of a lovable, bespectacled sidekick of SRK. “I have a lot of memories of ‘DDLJ’. I started my career from there… It is and will be the largest part of my career. The film with its epic love story and innocence had set the barometer,” Karan told reporters here at the trailer launch of Bollywood film ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. “After this, a lot of love stories were made but nobody could touch that bar. It is the pillar of love stories,”

he added. aliabhatt-varun Karan Johar says that ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is an ode to ‘DDLJ’. Karan said that through ‘Humpty Sharma..’ he is paying tribute to ‘DDLJ’. “Our film (‘Humpty Sharma..) is an ode to ‘DDLJ’. One will see glimpses of ‘DDLJ’ but the love story is different from ‘DDLJ’. We have made this film with honesty, integrity (and) with an intention to entertain people,” he said. ‘Humpty Sharma…’ starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan is directed by newcomer Shashank Khaitan. Karan has always mentioned the 1995 romantic comedy as one of his favourite films in the genre of romance. NEWS DESK


Pamela anderson's raPe claims Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson's horrifying rape and molestation claims are reportedly being investigated by Canadian police. Reportedly, Anderson talked about it at a fundraiser in Cannes by saying that she was raped several times as a child growing up in Vancouver, and now, a UK magazine has reported that an investigator from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was preparing to interview her about her claims. In Canada, where Anderson was raised, there is no statute of limitations for rape so her alleged abusers could still face prosecution. While launching a charitable foundation that will raise money for animal and environmental causes, Anderson, 46, opened up to the Cannes audience about her history of being sexually abused. "I was molested from age six to 10 by my female babysitter," she sadly recalled, and added that when she was 12, a friend's 25-year-old brother raped her. Also, as a teen, Anderson revealed, her first boyfriend "decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six of his friends," she said. AGENCIES



ture maison “Meeras” which literally translate as heritage, opened in 1991. Nilofer has received numerous na-


Six months after moving to seemingly greener pastures, Sunil Grover, best known as Gutthi, is set to return to Kapil Sharma's comedy show, which propelled him to fame. Last November, he moved out of the show, citing creative differences. But his new show Mad In India, which launched in February and featured him as Chhutki, failed to impress and was pulled off air prematurely in May. Now, the latest is that Sunil is set to return to Kapil's show. Says a source, "Kapil wished Sunil luck when he decided to break away. Now, he is happy to have him back. However, if he returns as Gutthi or as another character, remains to be seen." NEWS DESK

We had reported how Kareena Kapoor Khan was amused to see husband Saif Ali Khan in drag for a song sequence in Humshakals. But it was Satish Shah who left the Begum in splits — unintentionally, though — when she went visiting the sets in London. A sequence required Shah to teach his subordinate officers Hindi film songs like Tera Naam Liya (Ram Lakhan). However, being British, they just couldn't get the words and pronunciation right. Bebo, who was sitting near the monitor, was so amused by the musical mess that she couldn't control her laughter. NEWS DESK



tional awards in the past; the Lux Style Award for Achievement in Fashion in 2003, a Lifetime Achievement Award

Pakistan’s most respected and experienced haute couturier, Nilofer Shahid, has been awarded0 with “Le grade de chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des lettres” in recognition for her contribution to the development of Art, Culture & Fashion Design. This prestigious award will be officially presented to Nilofer at a pristine ceremony to be held at The Governor House today. The Award will be conferred by H E Mr Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of the French Republic to Pakistan. Nilofer Shahid has been working relentlessly for the past 35 years in fashion with a passion and volcanic creativity; she has reinvented the classic vision of Haute couture garments and accessories with her highly researched collections. Her haute cou-


at the Indus Style Awards in 2006 and an award for one of the Top 7 Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan at the International Conference on Women Leadership in 2008, to name a few leading up-to this much coveted honour by the government of the French Republic. Nilofer Shahid, ambassadress of her country’s traditions has the distinction of being exhibited at world renowned venues, like the Louvre in Paris to Royal Albert Hall in UK, From Prague to Zurich, from Hollywood to the Middle East, from India to Central Asia. The award was confirmed by the Minister of Culture, Government of the French Republic in June 2013. On 27th May, under the patronage of the Governor of Punjab, Mohammad Sarwar a ceremony will be held at the Darbar Hall of the Governor House in Lahore. The citation will be read by the Ambassador of the French Republic.

SAMMY K OPEN FIRST FLAGSHIP STORE AT VOGUE TOWER ON 28TH After taking over Karachi, Sammy K is proud to announce, the launch of their first flagship store in Vogue Tower, Lahore on May 28. The chosen location gives a sense of excitement for coming to the fashion hub of Pakistan and being their largest and most loyal customer base. Catering to females who believe in simplicity, elegance and appreciate clothing which standout defining a statement, yet keeping the ladylike sophistication in mind. Sammy K’s Lahore store will showcase everyday wear, starting from kurta to trouser, including, semiformal/party wear and formal wear using the finniest and pure fabrics with hand embellishment, vibrant and subtle colours, floral prints and embroidery to represent the culmination of the season. Sammy K is pleased to deliver quality to masses at a nominal price. PRESS RELEASE

‘DIVIDED BY AISHWARYA, UNITED BY MODI’, TWITTERATTI CRACKS Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar may skip Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi, who are both at the swearing-in ceremony of BJP’s Narendra Modi in New Delhi, are the new target for Twitterati. The actors are now being targetted for their ‘Aishwarya Rai’ connection. Soon after Aishwarya Rai’s break up with Salman Khan in 2001, the former beauty queen started dating her ‘Kyun.. Ho Gaya Na’ co-star. Twitterati found this particular attendance at Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony a topic suitable for jokes. NEWS DESK


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

Can KKR stop



MuMbai: Kevon Cooper, the Rajasthan Royals allrounder, has been reported by the umpires for a suspect action while bowling certain deliveries, after his team's five-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians. It is the second time that Cooper's action has come under the scanner; in 2011, his action was reported during the Caribbean T20 league after which he had to take remedial measures at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Under the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, Cooper may request an official assessment from the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee, which comprises S Venkataraghavan, Javagal Srinath, AV Jayaprakash and Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary. However, pending any clearance by the committee, Cooper would be available to bowl for Royals in IPL 2015. Should he be reported a second time, he would be suspended from bowling for the remainder of that season. Cooper, who joined Royals in 2012, has picked up 39 wickets in 31 appearances over three season in the IPL. He picked up the wickets of Michael Hussey and Kieron Pollard at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, but Royals were edged out of the race for playoffs as Mumbai Indians chased down the 190-run target in 14.4 overs. AGENCIES

SRI LANKA'S TOUR OF PAKISTAN HANGS IN BALANCE KaRaCHi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already sent an official invitation to the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) for a short series but the probability of the tour taking place is 50-50 chance. "The chances that Sri Lankan board will accept our invitation is 50-50 to be honest. Because we know some of their leading players have reservations over playing in Pakistan at this time. "But the way we look at it even if they are willing to come for one match we will host them as it will be a breakthrough for us," a senior official of the board told PTI. No Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in which six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed while some of the visiting players also wounded. The PCB decided to send the invitation to the Sri Lankans last week after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain he will send his cricket team to Pakistan during a meeting on the sidelines of a summit in China. The PCB official said that they had been talks with the Sri Lankan board for a while now on the possibility of matches being held in Pakistan. "We have assured them fool proof security for the tour when it takes place and the reason we have kept the matches in Lahore is that the visiting team will be put up at the National cricket academy adjacent to the Gaddafi stadium and not at any hotel for security reasons," the official said. "We feel that top security can be provided to the Sri Lankan team at the NCA where all facilities are present in one place and there is virtually no distance to be covered to go to the stadium," he said. AGENCIES


O team this season have scored their runs as quickly as Kings XI Punjab. Their tournament run-rate, so far, is 9.03, which means they have scored nearly half a run more in every over than the second-best team on that list, Chennai Super Kings (8.35). No team this season has been as frugal with the ball as Kolkata Knight Riders. Their tournament economy rate, so far, is 7.63, which is a healthy distance ahead of Mumbai Indians' 7.93. The first Qualifier, then, will pit the top two teams in the tournament against each other, the best batting unit against the best bowling attack. Most of the time, it's overly simplistic to consider just half of the contest. It would be particularly simplistic in this case, considering Robin Uthappa, a Knight Riders batsman, is the tournament's highest run-getter, and Kings XI have taken the most wickets of any team this season. Even so, it's hard to look beyond Kings XI's batting line-up as the most decisive element of the game. Six times this season, they've scored 190 or more, and three of those scores came in successful chases. They are

yet to lose a game batting second. Batting first, they have failed to cross 150 only twice. Both those sub-150 scores, however, came against Knight Riders. Two matches is too small a sample size from which to draw conclusive evidence that Knight Riders know the formula to keep Glenn Maxwell and his mates quiet, but given the bowling attack at their disposal and the fact that they are playing at home, you could see it happening again. Consider, also, that Knight Riders finished second on the points table on the back of seven straight wins, and that most of their players have hit form coming into the knockouts. Kings XI, on the other hand, have tailed off somewhat despite their results remaining solid enough. They rotated their squad after sealing a top-two place, and some of their early-season form players - Maxwell and Sandeep Sharma, in particular - haven't had a great time of late. Given the low-intensity nature of their last few league games, though, Kings XI will welcome the spike in energy and intensity that comes with a knockout game. Before the first meeting between these two sides, Kings XI's batting had looked unstoppable, having scored 206, 193 (both of these in successful chases)

and 193 in their first three matches. And then, sent in to bat in Abu Dhabi, they struggled to 132 for nine, with Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla taking three wickets each. Knight Riders, however, were yet to sort out their batting, and they collapsed to 109 all out. By the time the sides faced each other again, Knight Riders' top order was beginning to find some form. Set a target of 150, after a Kings XI innings in which no one apart from Virender Sehwag made any serious contribution, Knight Riders won by nine wickets, after Robin Uthappa and



In the chaotic denouement of one of the most dramatic IPL matches of the season, Rahul Dravid stood up from his seat in the Rajasthan Royals dugout, pulled off his cap and flicked it into the ground. The emotional display from the Royals mentor, one of cricket's most stoic figures, perfectly encapsulated the frustration of watching his side let a game and a playoff spot slip away in improbable circumstances. "In terms of emotion, we thought we won the game at one stage," Dravid said after a gut-wrenching five-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians ended Royals' season. "Then we still had to bowl a ball and they hit the boundary so you can just imagine the emotions. There was sheer disappointment in their camp, joy in our camp and suddenly a ball later that's completely reversed. So for sheer emotion and

drama, I think this was probably one of the best games of cricket I've been involved in. It's just disappointing that I happened to be on the wrong side of the result." Mumbai needed to achieve a target of 190 in 14.3 overs to overtake Royals' net run rate and qualify for the playoffs. They had a brisk start but when Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed two balls into the 10th over, with the score 108 for 4, it left the side needing 82 off 31 balls. Dravid said that a couple of decent overs would have ensured that Royals secured a playoff berth. Instead, Mumbai scored 49 off the next 2.4 overs and entered the start of the 13th over requiring a slightly less daunting 33 runs off 15 deliveries. Corey Anderson was motoring away on 75 off 33 balls and eventually finished 95 not out. "At that stage if you bowl a couple of seven, eightrun overs or 10-run overs for that matter, the game quickly goes out of hand," Dravid said. "But they kept getting that 15, 16-run over. They just stayed in the game. It looked at the stage we got Rohit out, I think after that stage when Rayudu and Anderson batted, there was a period of about 12 to 15 balls where we suddenly gave 50 runs. That was the critical phase of the game where we thought we could've maybe bowled a couple of better overs there. The guys have tried their best and it's just not worked out for us in this tournament." Dravid said Royals' death bowling had cost them in all three losses at the end of the season, including two to Mumbai. He deflected away criticism over team selection during that stretch, when a win in any of the last three games would have clinched a playoff spot. When prompted to elaborate, Dravid said the team was battling its share of injures and rejected any notion that they had rested players to get them refreshed for the playoff stage when a spot seemed practically assured for the Royals. "We knew we needed about 16 points to qualify. It's not that we were trying to say, 'Oh we've already qualified.' We were not trying to be arrogant at that stage. Even today we made three changes in a mustwin game. The last game we made three changes. We tried to play the situation. Ajinkya Rahane was injured in that [first loss to Mumbai]. If you noticed he didn't field in the game before that."

GAYLE TO SEEK TREATMENT FOR BACK INJURY SPORTS DESK Chris Gayle has said he will seek treatment in Germany for an injured back to ensure he is fit for the home Tests against New Zealand. Gayle is eyeing a return to fitness for the first Test in Kingston, which begins on June 8. If he plays, it will be his 100th Test match. The opening batsman suffered the injury after the World T20 in March and missed a few games for his franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the start of IPL 2014. "It started at the end of the T20 World Cup. I thought initially it was a simple thing but I went back home for a couple of days," Gayle

told Indian Express. "Then I travelled back to Dubai to play in the IPL and when I started training I found it difficult. I could not bat properly and bending was a problem and sprinting between the wickets was a problem even though you guys don't see me running much. It was difficult but I tried my best." Gayle has been struggling with injuries in the recent past. He last played a Test against India in November 2013. A hamstring injury he suffered in the first ODI against India sidelined him from the rest of the series and West Indies' tour to New Zealand in December 2013. He made a return to the side for the limited-overs

matches against Ireland, but missed the ODIs against England in February this year due to lower back pain. If not for all this, Gayle said he would have played his 100th Test "a long time back". "It will mean a lot to me," he said. "I have been serving West Indies cricket for the last 13 years and going on to 14 years now, I am actually looking forward to this milestone. I have missed out on the last couple of months because of injury. I was supposed to get past this milestone a long time back but it didn't happen. As a cricketer these things happen and you pick injuries at crucial times.


Gautam Gambhir put on a third straight 50-plus opening partnership. Since the IPL moved back to India, Glenn Maxwell's form has tailed off. Seventeen batsmen have outscored him in the India leg, and even though his numbers here - 233 runs at an average of 29.12 and a strike rate of 180.62 - look ordinary only in comparison to the mindblowing stats he racked up in the UAE - 300 runs at 60.00 and a strike rate of over 200 they are propped up to a large extent by one innings, a 38-ball 90 against Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi.


SPORTS DESK Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been appointed Bangladesh's bowling coach until 2016. Streak will arrive in Dhaka in the first week of June and will form a new-look coaching partnership with head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who was appointed earlier this month. According to the BCB, Streak will work for 450 days across two years and will also be a consultant for the other teams under the board. According to his contract, he will be available three weeks before every series and will prolong his stay with the team before the 2015 World Cup. "I look forward to the challenge of working with the Tigers and thank BCB for the opportunity," Streak said in a statement released by the BCB. "It is exciting for me to be back into the international coaching arena again. It is my passion to coach at an elite level. "I hope I can bring my experience as a former player and coach to the Bangladeshi bowlers. I look forward to teaming up with the new coaching staff and mapping the future for this exciting team." Streak had been Zimbabwe's bowling coach between 2009 and 2013. He played six of his 65 Tests as well as 10 ODIs against Bangladesh, apart from a season of domestic cricket in the country in the 1990s.


Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

shaRapova blows away Ksenia to ReaCh Round two



ARIA Sharapova hurried into the second round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 demolition of fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak. The seventh seed and 2012 champion blew kisses to the crowd after she won 6-1 6-2 on the Philippe

Chatrier show court. Ninth seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat France's Virginie Razzano 7-5 6-0 and there were also wins for seeds Sabine Lisicki and Flavia Pennetta. Play got underway on day two more than an hour late due to light rain and Sharapova would have been relieved with her quick workout as further showers delayed the

start of the next match on the main showcourt, featuring second seed Novak Djokovic and Joao Sousa of Portugal. The women's warmup featured Sharapova in fetching pink and Pervak in what looked like army camouflage trousers and jacket. Once the match started, her fighting spirit proved insufficient to trouble Sharapova. Winner of the Stuttgart and Madrid claycourt titles, Sharapova went on the attack early, moving her left-handed compatriot around the court to break at the first opportunity. But a wild volley at the net, with the whole court open, allowed Pervak to break back before Sharapova finally emerged with a 4-1 lead and took the set in 27 minutes. Sharapova broke early in the second set and while Pervak kept defeat at bay in her final service game, she handed Sharapova victory when she hit a return of serve too long. Sharapova showed she had fully recovered from her thrashing by Ana Ivanovic in the third round in Rome, winning 92 percent of points on first serve.

Round one Results: 16-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Fiona Ferro (France) 6-1 7-5 Mona Barthel (Germany) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-4 6-0 7-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Ksenia Pervak (Russia) 6-1 6-2 12-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (Austria) 6-2 6-2




PCB Zone-I chairman and junior team selection committee chief selector Basit Ali has said the concerned doctor should be held responsible for any overage player managing to enter the junior team as he was the one who give clean chit to the player not the team management. Talking to a local daily newspaper, he said he has taken up this issue of grave importance with PCB chairman Najam Sethi and instead of punishing the team or player a person who issued clearance certificate to the player should be considered the real culprit. “I have decided to completely ban T20 cricket among U-16 and U-19 players. If anyone found guilty of violating orders, he would be banned for at least two years. It is because of T20 cricket at early age which is the main reason behind lack of backup. No other Test playing nation allowed their youngster to play T20 cricket. I had detected around 50 junior players who will play two practice matches and 24 players would be short-listed, who will be invited to NCA for three weeks camp. It is my grantee no injustice would be done with the players. The player who performs will get a chance. I have planned to provide country at least 4 to 6 players in next six years. If I managed to achieve the task I will consider it my success, if I failed to do so, I will get aside.” He said he had picked Azam Khan, son of Moin Khan, purely on merit. “He is the future of Pakistan. He is a class act. He has all the shots in the book. He is well built though a bit bulky, but he can reduce weight. It is very easy to criticise but the ground reality is quite different. Azam is selected in the team purely on merit. He is very good playing at pacers and would soon become the most valuable player for the national team just like Inzamam.” “My main focus is on U17 World Cup in 2016. I don't believe in short term policies. Pakistan U-17 team would depart to UK to play bilateral series in August and then the return leg would be held in September.

S PERvEz QaiSER The World Cup returned to Asia, this time to India. It was the last time an international hockey tournament was played on grass. Twelve teams featured in this edition played at Wankhede, BHA Stadium, Mumbai from December 29, 1981 to January 12, 1982. Soviet Union were the new entrants. The tournament saw experimental rules like the hit-in and pass-back to start and restart proceedings, eliminating the bully-off, long corner, sticks and roll-in. The all-conquering Pakistan joined Australia, the Netherlands and Germany in the semi-finals. At Buenos Aires in the previous World Cup, Pakistan had defeated Germany in the semis and Holland in the final to emerge tops. This time they met Holland in the semi-finals, while Australia and Germany contested the other semi-final. Pakistan went on to beat Holland 4-2, with goals from Hanif Khan, Kaleemullah, Hassan Sardar and Manzoor, Sr. Paul Litjens scored both goals for Holland. Germany beat Australia, who were unbeaten till then, 8-5 on penalties in the other semi-final after the teams were locked 3-3 at the end of extra-time. In the final, Pakistan proved too good for West Germany, winning 3-1. Hassan Sardar, Manzoor Jr and Kaleemullah scored for Pakistan while Heiner Dopp got Germany’s lone goal. It was the second consecutive World Cup that Pakistan ended up unbeaten. Australia defeated Holland 4-2 to win the third spot. India end up fifth by beating Sovite Union 5-1. A small consolation for India was that Rajinder Singh emerged top scorer with 12 goals. The tournament is best remembered for the opportunism and goal-poaching skills of Pakistani centre forward Hassan Sardar, who scored 10 goals. As many as 203 goals were scored in 42 matches at 4.83 goals per match.

Final standinG in 1981-82:

.......CouNtRy ........P ............W ...........D ...........L ..............GF ..............GA ............SuCCESS% 1. ...Pakistan ...........7 ............7 .............- .............- ...............38 ..............12 ..............100.00 2. ..Germany ..........7 ............4 .............1 .............2 ..............17 ................16 ..............64.28 3. ..Australia ..........7 ............6 .............- .............1 ...............20 ..............10 ..............85.71 4. ...Holland .............7 ............3 .............1 .............3 ..............21 ...............19 ..............50.00 5. ..India ..................7 ............5 .............- .............2 ..............29 ..............15 ..............71.42 6. ..Soviet union ...7 ............1 ..............3 ............3 ..............11 .................20 .............35.71 7. ..New Zealand ..7 ............3 .............- .............4 ..............18 ...............23 .............42.85 8. ..Poland ..............7 ............2 .............- .............5 ..............8 .................18 ..............28.57 9. ..England ............7 ............3 .............1 .............3 ..............10 ...............15 ..............50.00 10. Malaysia ...........7 ............1 ..............1 .............5 ..............11 .................20 .............21.42 11. ..Spain .................7 ............2 .............1 .............4 ..............11 .................14 ..............35.71 12. .Argentina .........7 ............1 ..............- .............6 ..............9 .................21 ..............14.28 tRIVIA: ** Pakistan is the only team to win two successive World Cup with out losing a single match. After winning the World Cup in 1978 with out losing a single matches, Pakistan went to win next World Cup in 1980-81 by winning all seven matches. ** Pakistan set a new record of most goals in a single World Cup by netted 38 goals in seven matches at Mumbai in 1981-82.

SPORTS DESK If having a broken heart was a viable excuse for withdrawing from a grand slam tournament, Caroline Wozniacki might be tempted to use it. The Dane's life has been turned upside down since golfer Rory McIlroy, like Wozniacki a former world No 1 in his sport, suddenly broke off their engagement last week. The two had been heading for the altar after McIlroy proposed at New Year in Sydney, but the Northern Irishman said he got cold feet while sorting out the wedding invitations. McIlroy appeared distraught at the split, but recovered sufficiently over four rounds at Wentworth to win the BMW PGA Championship title on Sunday. "Somebody asked me how I feel and the truth is I don't exactly know. I mean, I'm thrilled I've won obviously, but it's been a weird week," said the 25year-old. "When I got inside the ropes this week I used it like a release. I was on my own and doing what I do best, and that sort of gave me five hours of serenity." Doing what she does best may give Wozniacki some peace when she starts her opening match at Roland Garros against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Tuesday. But then, win or lose, that serenity will surely be shattered when the 13th seed has to satisfy the media's desire to dissect why her love lies bleeding. The 23-year-old has kept her counsel since the


JOKER DJOKOVIC SAILS THROUGH IN PARIS FIRST ROUND breakup, only turning to Twitter to report: "It's a hard time for me right now. Thanks for all the sweet messages!". One of those messages was from Serena Williams, the current No.1 and defending champion at Roland Garros. The American posted a photo on Instagram showing a dinner on Sunday night with Wozniacki and other friends - "With my gang having a blast" - hours after telling journalists that a breakup is far more painful than losing as a professional. "Oh, I would rather lose any day than break up. It's always hard," the 32-year-old said after winning her opening match in Paris. "It's definitely easier to take a loss because you always have next week. But at the end of the day when you really are young, you always have next year and you have the rest of your life.

SPORTS DESK Novak Djokovic distracted the Roland Garros crowd but kept his focus as he made light work of Portuguese Joao Sousa to reach the second round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win on Monday. The Serbian second seed clinked bottles with a ball boy he had invited to sit on his chair as the umpire was pondering whether to halt play again as light rain fell on Philippe Chatrier court. The match had been first interrupted by rain when Djokovic, looking to win the only grand slam title missing from his collection, was 4-1 up in the first set. It did not derail Djokovic, who barely blinked when he conceded a late break and hit 37 winners to set up a meeting with local favourite Jeremy Chardy.

RODGERS SIGNS NEW LONG-TERM DEAL WITH LIVERPOOL SPORTS DESK Manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting re-establishing Liverpool as one of Europe's leading clubs after committing his long-term future to Anfield. The Northern Irishman has signed the new deal, believed to take him through to 2018, which has been on the table since earlier in the season when the progress made under him began to transform into a title challenge. While the Reds ultimately came up just short in the battle with Manchester City, a return to the Champions League is an important milestone and Rodgers believes it can provide the base for something even bigger. "We'll now move into the next phase. We're into the Champions League. Our dream and goal is to win the Barclays Premier League - that's what we want to do," said the 41-yearold. "We've shown this season that we can compete for that. With some new

additions in the summer we believe that we can fight again. "The objective for me was to try to get Liverpool established again as one of the leading clubs in European and domestic football and we're on course for that. "We'll look to move forward again next season and over the coming sea-


sons." Rodgers had one year remaining on his current deal, with the option for a further 12-month extension, but developments this season guaranteed him new and improved terms. Talk of the new contract began three months ago but Rodgers put any negotiations on hold, knowing full well the

offer was there and he would accept it, in order to concentrate on the title runin. "It was very important for me (to wait until the season had finished)," he told "We were talking through the season but my focus was really on the team and the supporters. "I wanted to just make sure we could focus entirely on what we were doing and on the job in hand - any contract talk we would speak on afterwards. "There's still a lot of development in the club for me and it was always going to be straightforward once the season was finished because I love being at Liverpool. "It's a huge privilege for me to manage this club and to have been offered the opportunity to carry on with the work I have been doing over the last couple of years. "It leaves me hugely honoured. I'm absolutely delighted to be able to continue what has been a really exciting time for the club. "We've got a bunch of players now that are very hungry, who are very committed to helping Liverpool."

SPORTS Tuesday, 27 May, 2014




he management committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) currently led by Najam Sethi has decided to investigate alleged irregularities committed during the tenure of Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the board. The committee met on Monday and decided to investigate Ashraf’s tenure during which the board is said to have spent an amount of Rs 20 million. The committee moreover bestowed its trust on Sethi to launch and carry the probe. According to the internal audit report prepared by the current PCB management, there were several unaccounted ticket purchases during Pakistan’s 2012-13 tour of India and during the Champion’s Trophy in england in June last year. “Tickets worth of Rs 759,047 ($7,600 dollars) were bought by the PCB and there is no record of whom they were given to. Another Rs 2.5 million

($25,000) were spent during the Champions Trophy 2013 on tickets, again without records of the beneficiaries,” the report alleged. With international cricket teams refusing to play in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, the PCB has been hard pressed for income. however, it merits a mention here that the PCB chairman and his close aides have been availing PCB resources, including luxury vehicles, with little consideration for the Board’s weak financial situation. CONTEMPT OF COURT: On the other hand, Ashraf said that Sethi had committed contempt of court by returning in the role of the board’s chairman. he said that Monday’s meeting of the management committee was illegal, adding that the sport of cricket was being damaged simply because the government wanted to reward a particular individual. The management committee’s meeting had been convened over the latest sit-

uation prevailing in the backdrop of quick changes of the PCB chairman in the recent past and a case pending in the Supreme Court in this regard. Questions have been raised over Sethi’s chairmanship after a stay order issued by the Supreme Court last Wednesday against the Islamabad high Court (IhC) decision. Following the IhC decision, Zaka had resumed charge as chairman on May 17. But after the Supreme Court’s stay order on Wednesday, Zaka did not come to the office as Sethi rejoined it on Thursday, claiming he came after the Ministry for Interprovincial Coordination (IPC) had allowed him to do so, claiming the Supreme Court decision did not create any legal problems in his way to join it. But Sethi’s rivals claim that he is no more PCB chairman following the Supreme Court decision. They have also warned the IPC, Sethi and other stakeholders that a contempt of court may be filed if Sethi rejoins the PCB duty.

Wasim helped me with understanding a bowler’s mindset to the game, says Yusuf Pathan Back in the spotlight after his awe-inspiring knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, swashbuckling KKR batsman Yusuf Pathan attributed his success to team’s bowling coach Wasim Akram who has helped him understand the psyche of opposition bowlers. Yusuf, who smashed a scintillating 22-ball 72 to power Kolkata Knight Riders to finish second in the league table said he “never went out of business” and was just “a little unlucky” as all cricketers go through such phases in their career. He said the team’s bowling coach Akram’s advice was of great help to him to prepare mentally. “Wasim Bhai is a great inspiration and he has a lot of good advice from all his experience that any player can learn from. He has helped me with the mental preparation and understanding a bowler’s mindset to the game,” Pathan told PTI in an interview. Needing 161 in under 15 overs to book a second spot ahead of the playoffs, Yusuf struck four fours and seven sixes to take the Eden Gardens by storm and put KKR behind Kings XI Punjab. Yusuf, 31, described the effort as his best IPL knock. SPORTS DESK Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.


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