Saturday, 29 March, 2014 Jamadi-ul-Awwal 27, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 271 44 Pages Karachi Edition
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Khyber pakhtunkhwa government reshuﬄes cabinet
Foreigners escape taliban siege in Kabul, child killed
norway’s former pM Jens stoltenberg named new nato chief
india test-fires nuclear-capable prithvi-ii missile
shireen Mazari’s tongue caught between her teeth
In a major reshuffle, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday inducted new ministers, advisers and special assistants and changed portfolios of several of them. The government also changed the portfolio of health minister Shaukat Ali Yousufzai. He will now head the industries ministry. Shahraam Khan has been given the portfolio of a senior minister. A meeting... page 05
Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a US-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours on Friday, just eight days before Afghanistan holds a presidential election which the militant group has vowed to derail. Kabul is already on high alert and people across the country are on edge ahead of an April 5 vote the... page 04
Former Norwegian premier Jens Stoltenberg was named the next NATO chief on Friday, stepping in to take over from current secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a key moment in Europe. “Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General as from 1 October 2014, when Mr. Fogh Rasmussen’s term expires after 5 years and 2 months at... page 04
India on Friday test-fired its nuclearcapable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a military base in Odisha, an official said. The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Balasore District, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar. "It was a perfect launch. It met all mission... page 03
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reportedly decided to remove Shireen Mazari from the post of information secretary for using improper language and challenging the authority of party’s secretary general Jahangir Tareen through an e-mail. The PTI leadership has decided to bring a noncontroversial person for the post and Asad Omar and... page 03
Friday, 28 March, 2014
Watchdog urges us to revieW drone Policy UNHRC ADOPTS PAKISTAN-SPONSORED RESOLUTION ON DRONES GENEVA AGENCIES
UN human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to review its use of drones to kill suspected al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists abroad and reveal how it chose its targets. In its first report on Washington’s rights record since 2006, it also called for the prosecution of anyone who ordered or carried out killings, abductions and torture under a CIA programme at the time of President George W Bush, and to keep a promise to close the detention facility at Gitmo. US officials did not immediately comment on the findings of the UN Human Rights Committee, which is
MQM, PPP negotiations stalled after barbs KARACHI: The negotiation process between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has hit snags following confronting statements of the PPP leaders. According to sources, the MQM is now mulling to determine public opinion whether it should join the Sindh government or not. Former president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad, PPP Senator Rehman Malik and Syed Owais Muzaffar played vital role during the negotiation process. MQM sources said that the PPP invited MQM thrice in last 10 days to join the Sindh government, but confronting statements from some the PPP leaders have stalled the process. Sources said that the MQM had refrained from counter bashing on the directives of party head Altaf Hussain. They said statements from the PPP side showed they were under-pressure from within the party. Rehman Malik has reached Karachi again to clear the air between both the parties. INP
RESOLUTION CALLS FOR CONVENING INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON LEGALITY OF DRONES
made up of 18 independent experts. The Obama administration increased the number of drone strikes after taking office in 2009 but attacks have dropped off in the last year. It has been under pressure from affected governments, the UN and activists to rein in the strikes and do more to protect civilians. The United States should give more information on how it decided someone was enough of an “imminent threat” to be targeted in covert operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia and other countries, the report said. It should “revisit its position regarding legal justifications for the use of deadly force through drone attacks”, investigate any abuses and compensate victims’ families, the committee added in its conclusions.
The committee also called for more investigations into intelligence operations launched by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Separately, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution that urged member states to ensure that the use of drones comply with their obligations under international law, including the UN Charter, human rights law and international humanitarian law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality. According to a release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the resolution was sponsored by Pakistan and it was adopted with an overwhelming majority. The resolution further calls for con-
Excess equipment in Afghanistan won’t go to Pakistan, says US KABUL AGENCIES
The US military stationed in Afghanistan has refuted media reports of providing surplus armoured vehicles and military equipment to Pakistan. In a statement, it said that the US military "does not provide or intend to provide" any equipment from Afghanistan to Pakistan. General Joseph F. Dunford, US commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said that the US has an "unwavering" commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces. The media reports resulted from Dunford’s testimony earlier this month before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, where he said that the US was considering donating some of its 1,200 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles known as MRAPs in Afghanistan to the neighbouring Pakistan. The vehicles would be donated in "as is" condition and countries would have to pay to service and move the ve-
hicles out of Afghanistan, he told the Senate committee. He said the international forces were looking at ways to provide the MRAPs to partners, including "Afghanistan, Pakistan and other partners that have participated in operations with us." The Washington Post reported earlier this month the Pentagon may give Pakistan some of the $7 billion worth of armoured vehicles and other equipment it won’t been needing as the end to the Afghan war is near. The news story added that the officials of both countries were deliberating over the fate of the leftover military hardware US does not want to be shipped back to America. According to the figures provided by the US military, over the last 12 years, more than $53 billion in equipment and support, 160 aircraft, 100,000 vehicles, 500,000 weapons and 200,000 pieces of communications and night-vision equipment have been provided by the US to the Afghan National Security Forces while more equipment continues to be delivered.
OGRA CORRUPTION CASE: GILANI, RAJA EXEMPTED FROM APPEARANCE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT An accountability court on Friday accepted the exemption pleas for former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) corruption case. A judge of accountability court Muhammad Bashir heard the case
pertaining to the OGRA multi-billion scam. Accepting the pleas, the court exempted them from court appearance. During the proceedings, main accused Tauqir Sadiq along with Jawad Jamil, Mansoor Muzafar and Kamal Mari were produced before the court. Expressing displeasure over the nonappearance of co-accused Ziaur
Rehman, the court ordered to produce him during the next hearing or else arrest warrants will be issued. Zia’s counsel apprised the court that his client was undergoing treatment abroad, adding that he would return as soon as he recovers. The court ordered the counsel to present Zia’s medical certificate and adjourned the hearing until April 9.
vening an interactive panel discussion of experts on legality of armed drones as mentioned in the report of UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights Ben Emerson. The panel discussion is expected to take place at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council to be held in Geneva in September 2014. The statement further claimed that the resolution was adopted as result of Pakistan’s closely coordinated work with like-minded states to sensitise the international community on drones. According to the Foreign Office, the adoption of this resolution would further strengthen Pakistan’s principled position that the use of armed drones is the in violation of international law. In November, 2013 Pakistan had successfully included references on the use of drones in a UN General Assembly resolution that urged member states to comply with their obligations under international law.
stable afghanistan also good for Pakistan: ZalMai KABUL AGENCIES
One of the top three contenders in Afghanistan’s presidential race said on Thursday that he won’t challenge the results even if he loses and suspects fraud and also urged his opponents to do the same. “I will accept the results for the sake of Afghanistan even if I have a fear of fraud,” Zalmai Rassoul said in an interview with The Associated Press. A soft-spoken Rassoul warned that anything but a “clean and clear” election on April 5, when Afghans will pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai, will undermine the country’s nascent democracy. Rassoul’s opponents have raised suspicions that his close association with Karzai could lead the government to intervene to aid him. Rassoul responded that all three frontrunners have friends in the government and that his main rivals – Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s leading opponent in the fraud-tainted 2009 elections, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, an academic and former World Bank employee – have worked in Karzai’s administration. Still, he warned that Afghanistan’s stability is at risk if there is a repeat of the massive vote-tampering seen during the election five years ago that returned Karzai to power.
Friday, 28 March, 2014
MILITANCY THREATENS PAKISTAN’S GROWTH, IMF WARNS IMF REPORT SAYS PAKISTAN’S GROWTH IS FORECAST TO ACCELERATE TO ABOUT 3.7 PER CENT, AND WILL CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE IN THE MEDIUM TERM WASHINGTON
ment. The IMF warning came in its country report reviewing Pakistan's performance under a $6.7 billion bailout loan package. The Pakistani government is in talks with the country's Taliban faction to try to end the militants' bloody seven-year insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives. “For the fiscal year 2014-15,
HE International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday that Pakistan's key economic indicators were showing modest improvement but warned militancy and crime could threaten growth and invest-
growth is forecast to accelerate to about 3.7 per cent, and will continue to accelerate in the medium term,” the report said. “Security conditions in Pakistan remain difficult with significant terrorist activity, as well as sectarian violence and urban criminal activity, which could depress investment and growth.” The peace talks were a key campaign pledge for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before he was elected to office for a third time last year, but have so far made little progress. As well as the Taliban threat, Pakistan is also facing a rising tide of sectarian
bloodshed mainly targeting minority Shia Muslims, and rampant criminal violence in the economic capital Karachi. The report was prepared after the IMF team met Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and other officials in Dubai last month to discuss the economic performance, approval and release of the $550 million third instalment of the loan. The meeting was held outside Pakistan because of security worries, the fund said. The central State Bank of Pakistan spokesman Friday confirmed that $550 million had been transferred from the
TV anchor Raza Rumi targeted in Lahore, driver killed TV JOURNALIST HAD JUST LEFT OFFICE AFTER COMPLETING A SHOW WHEN HIS CAR WAS ATTACKED BY TWO GUNMEN ON A MOTORCYCLE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Unidentified gunmen attacked a TV anchor of a private news channel on Friday, fatally wounding his driver and injuring his security guard. Express News show “Khabar Se Agay” anchor Raza Rumi had just completed his show and had left the studio when two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed his vehicle near Raja Market in the New
Muslim Town area. Rumi told reporters that two gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on his car, critically injuring his driver who later succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. Rumi and his security guard were injured in the attack. Rumi said that although he had not received any direct threats but he was reportedly on the hit list of some extremist organisations. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also taken notice of the at-
nato oil tanker torched, driver killed in balochistan QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Armed militants torched a NATO oil tanker and killed its driver in Balochistan's Dhadar area on Friday, levies official said. A levies official, who requested anonymity, said that militants opened fire at the oil tanker in Bypass area of Dhadar. He said driver of the tanker was killed and one of his companions was injured in the attack. The militants escaped unhurt from the spot, he added. The levies official said that the tanker caught fire soon after the firing. “Roaring flames of fire could be seen from quite far away,” he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Militants have been targeting NATO supplies in Balochistan for last more than seven years. Most of the NATO supplies were attacked in Bolan, Khuzdar, Kalat, Naseerabad, Quetta, Killa Abdullah and other areas of the militancy-hit province which is also rife with a separatist insurgency and sectarian violence. So far no group has claimed the responsibility for these attacks.
tack. Lahore CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed said it was too early to say which group was behind the attack on the TV journalist, adding that the police had deployed personnel at the channel’s office when they approached them for security. Ahmed said 11 bullet shells were recovered from the crime scene. Earlier on March 19, 2014 a bomb was found outside Express News Peshawar bureau chief Jamshed Baghwan’s house in Murshadabad area of Peshawar. Friday’s attacks follow the deadly attack in January 2014, when three Express Media Group employees were killed in a gun attack in Karachi.
IMF to bring foreign exchange reserves $9.1 billion. The Washington-based lender also pointed to rising inflation in the current fiscal year. “Inflation is projected to hover around 10 per cent in the remainder of this fiscal year before easing to around 5-7 per cent in future years,” it said. Delays in implementing key reforms to address energy challenges, improve the business climate, broaden the tax base and improve tax administration, could also damage economic prospects, the report said.
india test-fires Prithvi-ii Missile NEW DELHI ONLINE
Last year, two gun and bomb attacks on the Karachi office of Express Media Group had injured at least four people.
Govt steps can lead to release of Gilani, Taseer sons, says Mohmand PROF IBRAHIM DENIES DEADLOCK IN DIALOGUE PROCESS
India on Friday test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a military base in Odisha, an official said. The indigenously-developed ballistic missile with a maximum range of 350 km was fired from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Balasore District, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar. "It was a perfect launch. It met all mission objectives," Test Range Director MVKV Prasad told IANS. The strategic forces command (SFC) of the Indian Army conducted the test as part of a regular training exercise, he said. Prithvi is India's first indigenously-built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. The battlefield missile, with flight duration of 483 seconds and a peak altitude of 43.5 km, can carry a 500-kg warhead. The missile has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring capabilities and reaches its target within a few metres of accuracy.
indian air force cargo Plane With five on board crashes NEW DELHI AGENCIES
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
A member of the government’s committee negotiating with Taliban on Friday said certain steps by the government can lead to the release of the abducted sons of ex-premier Yousaf Raza Gilani and late Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Without elaborating, Rustam Shah Mohmand said that soon officials would be informed of these steps. His statement came amidst reports that the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has refused to release the duo. Ali Haider Gilani and Shahbaz Taseer were abducted by the Taliban in May last year and August 2011, respectively. Taliban has sought the release of over 400 non-combatants from the
custody of security forces. Shah said the list of prisoners provided by the Taliban was being probed. Though the government has officially denied that any women or children are in custody, Taliban insists otherwise. Meanwhile, another committee member Professor Ibrahim Khan said that there was no deadlock in the dialogue process. Ibrahim said the Taliban and government had not refused
demands put forward by each side during direct talks held earlier this week. He added that confidence will increase if prisoners were released. According to Ibrahim, a meeting was to take place today between the Taliban and the government-appointed committee but no contact had been made so far. The Taliban committee member said they would try to make the ceasefire into permanent peace.
A C-130J Hercules cargo plane carrying five crew members crashed Friday outside a city in central India, an Air Force spokesman said. Group Captain Gerard Galway said the Air Force was looking into the accident that happened on the outskirts of Gwalior in the state of Madhya Pradesh. “Rescue operation is underway. We are trying to find out about the casualties,” he told AFP. However, India’s NDTV news network said all five on board had died in the accident. The plane was on a routine flight and had taken off from an airbase in the tourist city of Agra. India acquired six of the US-made heavy-lift military transport aircraft for around $1.1 billion in 2011. India had recently deployed one of these aircraft to take part in the search and rescue operation for the missing Malaysian MH370 flight.
MAZARI’S TONGUE CAUGHT BETWEEN HER TEETH SKIPPER REPORTEDLY MULLING REPLACING PARTY’S INFORMATION SECRETARY OVER LATTER’S OFFENSIVE E-MAILS TO JAHANGIR TAREEN LAHORE ONLINE The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reportedly decided to remove Shireen Mazari from the post of information secretary for using improper language and challenging the authority of
party’s secretary general Jahangir Tareen through an e-mail. The PTI leadership has decided to bring a non-controversial person for the post and Asad Omar and Shafqat Mehmood are being dubbed as the fittest men for the position. As per media reports, PTI Secretary General Office sent
an e-mail to PTI’s IT team for allocation of a separate e-mail account for Special Committee for Accountability and Discipline constituted by Imran Khan. Infuriated over the request, Mazari said in a counter e-mail that secretary general office was overshooting its powers and secretary general office should process it through information secretary. Harsh words are said to have been used in the e-mail. Tareen replied to Mazari’s e-mail saying, “Enough is enough.
Whatever organisational job is done by my office staff is done
with my permission.” Responding to this e-mail, Mazari said, “I am
not on your payroll. This is a political party and not a corporate business. Mind your own business and don’t interfere in my affairs.” Sources said Mazari had sent copies of this e-mail to Naeem ul Haq, Dr Arif Alvi, Saif Ullah Niazi, Ejaz Chaudhry, Andleeb Abbas and social media team who had nothing to do with this e-mail. Imran Khan while taking stern notice of this matter has decided to appoint an uncontroversial person as information secretary of party.
Friday, 28 March, 2014
foreigners escape taliban siege in kabul, one afghan child killed MILITANTS KEEP FOUR FOREIGNERS HOSTAGE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AT A GUESTHOUSE KABUL
ALIBAN gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a US-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours on Friday, just eight days before Afghanistan holds a presidential election which the militant group has vowed to derail.
Kabul is already on high alert and people across the country are on edge ahead of an April 5 vote the hardline Islamist movement denounces as a Western-backed sham. The siege of the walled compound, which is also home to a small church, lasted several hours before Afghan security forces killed the last remaining Taliban gunman holed up inside. At least one Afghan child was killed
russia criticises un resolution condemning crimea’s secession MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday a UN resolution declaring invalid Crimea’s Moscowbacked referendum on seceding from Ukraine was counterproductive and accused Western states of using blackmail and threats to drum up “yes” votes. The non-binding resolution passed with 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday, in a vote that Western nations said highlighted Russia’s isolation. “This counterproductive initiative only complicates efforts to resolve the domestic political crisis in Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It accused Western states of using the “the full force of the unspent potential of the Cold War-era propaganda machine” to whip up support for the resolution. “It is well-known what kind of shameless pressure, up to the point of political blackmail and economic threats, was brought to bear on a number of (UN) member states so they would vote ‘yes’,” the ministry said. Several Western diplomats, however, have said Russia’s UN envoy led an aggressive lobbying campaign against the resolution in what they said showed how seriously Moscow took the UN vote condemning a referendum that led to its annexation of Crimea. AGENCIES
sri lanka leader releases indian fishermen after un vote COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president ordered the release on Friday of 98 Indian fishermen detained for poaching as a “goodwill gesture” after New Delhi abstained in a vote on a UN resolution that approved an international inquiry into alleged war crimes on the island.India, Sri Lanka’s largest trade partner, backed two prior resolutions, but on Thursday unexpectedly took a neutral stand on the demand for a probe into actions by both Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil rebels during the 26-year conflict that ended in 2009. “The president ordered the release of all Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture,” Mohan Samaranayaka, a spokesman for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said. A total of 23 states voted in favour of the US-led resolution, 12 against and 12 abstained. Among those who voted against were China and Pakistan, while India withheld its vote over concerns that the investigation would be “intrusive”. Sri Lanka says poaching and illegal fishing by Indian fishermen depletes the catches of its own fishermen. The arrests have caused friction with India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu and become a regional issue in campaigning for an Indian general election that starts on April 7. AGENCIES
when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the building and insurgents forced their way in. There were no casualties among foreigners. A witness saw about 20 people being evacuated from the guesthouse in an upmarket residential area of Kabul, many looking frightened and shocked. “The fight is over. The five attackers are dead,” Qadam Shah Shaheem, commander of 111 Military Corps Kabul, said. “One detonated his car loaded with explosives, three others detonated explosives attached to their bodies inside the building, and one was
shot by security forces. All four foreigners are alive and safe now.” The country manager of an organization using the guesthouse said four people had been held hostage by the Taliban as their colleagues made frantic phone calls to establish if they were alive. “I can confirm it was attacked and that there are only four people (inside),” said Hajji Mohammad Sharif Osmani, country manager of Roots of Peace, a US-based group involved in demining and other projects in Afghanistan. “The rest of the guys are outside.”
Obama meets with Saudi king in effort to mend ties OFFICIAL SAYS US STILL WORRIED ABOUT PROPOSALS TO GIVE SYRIAN REBELS SHOULDER-FIRED ANTIAIRCRAFT MISSILES RIYADH AGENCIES
President Obama met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Friday in a bid to improve relations that have been seriously strained over the civil war in Syria, negotiations with Iran, and Saudi fears that the United States is pulling back from the region. Obama met with the king at his desert camp northeast of Riyadh. Secretary of State John Kerry and Susan E. Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, accompanied him to the meeting. The Obama administration’s relations with the Saudis have been seriously strained in recent months by differences over Syria. Saudi Arabia and other gulf states have favoured a greater effort to arm and train Syrian rebels who have taken up arms against President Bashar al-Assad. In February, the top American intelligence official told Congress that Assad’s hold on power had been strengthened after he agreed to get rid of his chemical weapons ar-
senal and the White House shelved plans for a military strike. Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Obama’s flight to Riyadh that efforts to strengthen the Syrian opposition, politically and militarily, would be one of the prin-
cipal topics of discussion on Friday. “There’s not a specific announcement forthcoming around additional assistance,” said Rhodes, who asserted that progress between Washington and Riyadh had already been made in coordinating “who we’re providing assistance to and what types of assistance we’re providing.” Rhodes, however, said the United States was still worried about proposals to give the Syrian rebels shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles known as manpads.
Malaysia Airlines: Search for crashed plane shifted after ‘new credible lead’ PERTH AGENCIES
The search for the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Friday shifted to a new area 1,100 km further north-east in the southern Indian Ocean following a “new credible lead” based on fresh radar data, Australian officials said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the search would now focus on an area 1,100 km further north-east in the southern Indian Ocean off the western Australian coast. It said the new information was based on analysis of radar data from Malaysia of the Boe-
ing 777-200 before contact was lost nearly three weeks ago. Malaysian officials have concluded that, based on satellite data, the jet flew into the sea somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. So far no trace of it has been found. Search efforts had until Friday morning been focusing on an area some 2,500 km to the south-west of Perth. The Beijing-bound jetliner - carrying 239 people, including five Indians, an Indo-Canadian and 154 Chinese nationals - had vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and crashed in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
Using satellite images, several nations have identified objects floating in the sea in that area, but there has been no confirmation as yet that any of them are from the plane. A statement from AMSA which is co-ordinating the search said the latest advice had come from the international investigation team in Malaysia. It said that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) had examined the advice “and determined that this is the most credible lead to where debris may be located”. It said that the new search area was about 1,850 km west of Perth and covered some 319,000 sq km.
norway’s former PM Jens stoltenberg named new nato chief BRUSSELS: Former Norwegian premier Jens Stoltenberg was named the next NATO chief on Friday, stepping in to take over from current secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a key moment in Europe. “Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General as from 1 October 2014, when Mr. Fogh Rasmussen’s term expires after 5 years and 2 months at the helm of the Alliance,” NATO said in a statement. An economist by training and a radical opponent of the defence alliance in his youth, Stoltenberg takes the helm of the 28nation transatlantic alliance as Europe worries over a Russian build-up on its eastern fringe after Moscow’s takeover of Crimea. “I’ve known Jens Stoltenberg for many years and I know he’s the right man to build on NATO’s record of strength & success,” Rasmussen, who hails from nearby Denmark, said on Twitter. Stoltenberg, who is 55, was the only candidate for the job. In almost a decade leading the government, Stoltenberg, who is the head of Norway’s Labour Party, became known as a consensus maker, giving him some of the right credentials to maintain good relations with Russia. Though he never had any particular fondness for defence or security matters, his time as premier of various governments left him with a strong international network and honed his skills as a cross-border negotiator. AGENCIES
gunmen disguised as indian troops spark gun battle SRINAGAR: Gunmen disguised as Indian soldiers opened fire on a car Friday in Indiancontrolled Kashmir, killing a passenger and triggering a fire fight with army troops, authorities said. At least three gunmen fired on the vehicle in the Dayalchak area, about 340 kilometres (210 miles) south of Srinagar, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Three passengers were wounded. The assailants sped away in the car, but army troops intercepted them about 30 kilometres (20 miles) away, the officer said. The ensuing gun battle lasted at least three hours. No other details were released. It was not clear who was behind the attack or why. The divided Kashmir region, claimed by both India and Pakistan, sees flares of violence as anti-India rebels step up demands for independence or incorporation into Pakistan. About 68,000 people have been killed since 1989 in an armed uprising and subsequent crackdown by Indian forces. While the rebellion has largely been suppressed, antiIndia resentment still runs deep. AGENCIES
turkey defends youtube ban ANKARA: Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has defended Turkey’s move to block access to YouTube, citing national security concerns. Turkey shut down access to the video-sharing website on Thursday, after an audio recording of a government security meeting was leaked. In the recording, senior officials appeared to be discussing a possible military intervention in Syria. Davutoglu said the telecommunications authority requested that YouTube take down the audio recording but the company did not remove it. Turkey last week also suspended access to Twitter, which has been a conduit for links to recordings that suggest government corruption. “Nothing is more important than Turkey’s security, the well-being of the people or the individual rights of our citizens,” Davutoglu said. The ban on Twitter drew international criticism as a restriction on free speech. AGENCIES
South Korea proposes aid for North if it halts nuclear arms programme SEOUL AGENCIES
South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed a broad range of economic aid for impoverished North Korea on Friday if it agrees to give up its nuclear program. It was not immediately clear how the North would respond to the proposal, made in a speech in Dresden, Germany, but it has repeatedly rejected the idea of abandoning its nuclear program, which it says is a necessary deterrent against US hostility. North and South Korea have been technically at war since the end of their 1950-53 civil conflict, as the fighting ended with
a mere truce, not a treaty. North Korea threatened nuclear strikes against the South and the United States last year after the United Nations tightened sanctions against it for conducting its third nuclear test. Park said the two Koreas must put confrontation behind them and start the work of preparing for unification, and offered to help develop the North’s economy, agriculture and social infrastructure. “In order for these efforts for us to become one again to bear results at an early time, North Korea must go on the road to denuclearization,” Park said. She also offered to help the North join the international financial system and proposed the establishment
of liaison offices on both sides to promote exchanges. Park’s proposal continues a series of policy initiatives by Park and her predecessor offering huge economic incentives in return for the North giving up its nuclear ambitions. Five countries including the South and the United States in 2005 also struck a deal with the North to provide economic aid in return for an agreement to end its nuclear arms program, which Pyongyang has since torn up. On Thursday, the North ridiculed Park in scathing commentary for her comments at a nuclear security summit earlier in the week in The Hague where she spoke about the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation posed by North Korea.
saturday, 29 March, 2014
BilAwAl’s leJ threAt clAim pits pml-n AgAinst ppp leAder HAMZA SHAHBAZ, RANA SANAULLAH WARN PPP’S YOUNG LEADER AGAINST INDULGING IN POLITICAL POINT-SCORING LAHORE NADEEM SYED
HERE the recent threat to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto brought the PML-N and PPP leadership face to face, it has also put a big question mark over the forthcoming visit of the PPP leader to Lahore and other parts of Punjab. Sources in the PPP disclosed that the decision whether Bilawal would travel to Lahore in April or not, would be taken at the party’s meeting in Larkana on the occasion of death anniversary of its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “The issue would be deliberated upon in Larkana, with all the bigwigs of the party in attendance. We will also see as to how the security of the PPP leaders could be ensured,” PPP leader Fawad Chaudhry told Pakistan Today.
PPP LEADER SAYS PML-N GOVT SHOULD CLEANSE PUNJAB OF TERRORIST OUTFIT INSTEAD OF GIVING ‘EXPLANATION’ It was learnt that the PPP leadership was not easy in entrusting the security of Bilawal and other leaders to Punjab Police completely, as the assassination of former governor Salman Taseer was carried out by his own security guard. Fawad made it clear there would not be any postponement of the PPP chairman’s visit on account of the recent threat, adding that the final date of his visit had not been finalised yet. Bilawal Bhutto has stirred a storm in the political quarters after revealing through Twitter that he received a threatening letter from Lashkar-eJangvi, a banned terror outfit based in Punjab. In his message, he said if anything happened to him, its onus would entirely be on the Punjab government. This statement has left bad taste in the mouth of PML-N leaders, though initially, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif responded quite sympathetically to the news, asking the Punjab IG to contact Bilawal and address his concerns. But later on, Hamza Shahbaz
left no stone unturned to negate the goodwill gesture. “I think Bilawal should think before issuing statements,” Hamza said, adding that political point-scoring over terrorism and Tharparkar drought “would be counterproductive”. Hamza Shahbaz said that although he prayed for Bilawal’s safety and long life, the young Bhutto should not indulge in politics over matters of national security. He also said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could also have done political pointscoring on the matter of Tharparkar deaths, but he chose to go and console with the people of Thar instead. Similarly, Punjab ministers Rana Sanaullah and Rana Mashood also made statements after Bilawal’s message on Twitter, reminding the PPP leader not to involve the Punjab government in his “point-scoring agendas”. Meanwhile, Hamza’s statement has created intense reaction both in Sindh
and in Punjab, with Fawad Chaudhary saying that Hamza Shahbaz and Rana Sanaullah issuing such statements when Bilawal is being threatened by LeJ, “sends the impression as if they speak for the banned outfit”. Fawad added that Rana Sanaullah had earlier admitted that there were 150 sleeping cells of LeJ in Punjab. “Instead of issuing statements, the Punjab government should go after these cells,” Fawad said. PPP leader Manzoor Wattoo too condemned the threat to Bilawal Bhutto asking the Punjab government to ensure foolproof security to the PPP chairsperson during his forthcoming visit to Punjab.
news 05 BAlochistAn government suspends 260 teAchers QUETTA STAFF REPORT The Balochistan Education Department has suspended 260 teachers for not performing their duties in different districts of the province. Secretary Education Ghulam Ali Baloch said on Friday that the suspended teachers belong to Dera Bugti, Loralai and Pishin districts of the province. "160 teachers from Loralai district have been suspended," Baloch said. He said the teachers remained absent from their duties for last few months and despite repeated warnings they were not coming to their schools to teach the students. "We have decided to ensure presence of teachers in government-run schools," Baloch said. Balochistan is lagging behind other provinces in terms of key social indicators and education is one of them. According to the Balochistan Education Department, there are more than 5000 ghost teachers and more than 3000 ghost schools across the province. "Our main effort is to remove concept of ghost teachers, once and for all," Ghulam Ali Baloch stated. He said most of the government-run schools were closed in the aftermath of unrest in Balochistan's troubled Dera Bugti district. The education department has put the female education ratio in Dera Bugti at only two per cent two years back. For the first time, the nationalist-led government in Balochistan has substantially increased the education budget. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch's government allocated 24 per cent of the budget for salaries and development of education sector in the province. Balochistan has been plagued by terrorism for more than a decade.
ogrA recommends cut in petroleum prices ISLAMABAD ONLINE The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has recommended cut in petroleum prices from April 1. According to reports, a summary in this regard has been forwarded to the Petroleum Ministry. OGRA recommended cut of Rs 1.72 per litre in petrol and will be sold at Rs 108.31 per litre. High octane prices will be decreased by Rs 4.64 per litre, kerosene oil Rs 5.61 per litre, high speed diesel Rs 2.90 per litre and light diesel Rs 5.16. The ministry will forward the summary to Finance Ministry which will give the approval after consultation with the prime minister. The recent depreciation of dollar by Rs 7.22 has resulted in the decrease of petroleum prices. The new prices are likely to be announced on March 31st.
HYDERABAD: Hindu children stand beside Hanuman’s broken statue after an incident of ransacking and desecration of Hanuman Temple in SITE Area. ONLINE
AstAnA to host first g-gloBAl internAtionAl summit of JournAlism ASTANA
Another 4 die in thArpArkAr MITHI INP Four more people died in the drought-hit Tharparkar district of Sindh on Friday. According to reports, a four-yearold child and three women died in Mithi, the headquarters of the eastern desert district, which has been stricken by severe drought where shortage of food is said to be one of the death causes. In recent days after media reports about deaths of children and women in hospitals, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had visited Tharparkar and announced Rs 1 billion for the drought-hit people. The people, however, are still suffering from hunger and disease as the announced ration supplies and other essentials are yet to reach most areas of the desert.
KP govt reshuﬄes cabinet NO JI LAWMAKER INDUCTED IN CABINET PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
In a major reshuffle, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday inducted new ministers, advisers and special assistants and changed portfolios of several of them. The government also changed the portfolio of health minister Shaukat Ali Yousufzai. He will now head the industries ministry. Shahraam Khan has been given the portfolio of a senior minister. A meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf core committee had approved the cabinet reshuffle a few days ago. With the induction of new ministers, the strength of cabinet has become 15, which also includes five advisors and six special assistants to
YOUSUFZAI GIVEN PORTFOLIO OF INDUSTRIES MINISTER the chief minister. No Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker has been given a portfolio in the cabinet. KP Information Minister Shah Farman told reporters that four advisors to the CM have been promoted to ministerial offices whereas Ikramullah Gandapur has been inducted in the cabinet. Two special assistants to the CM have been made advisers. Akbar Ayub Khan has also been made an adviser and another three lawmakers have been given the portfolios of special assistants. Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Qalandar Khan Lodhi, Ziaullah Afridi and Mian Jamsheeduddin have been made ministers. They were holding offices of advisers to the CM since June 2013. However, their portfolios would be announced later. Ikramullah Gandapur has also been inducted to the cabinet.
Gandapur was elected on a seat that fell vacant after the killing of his younger brother Israrullah Gandapur in a suicide attack on October 16, 2013. Both Amjad Afridi from Kohat and Shakil Khan from Malakand have been made advisers to the CM. They were earlier serving the KP government as special assistants. Malik Qasim Khan from Karak and Yaseen Khalil from Peshawar are also serving as advisers to the CM. Akbar Ayub is younger brother of former communications and works minister Yousuf Ayub Khan. Elected on a PTI ticket from Haripur, Yousaf had lost his office on the charges of producing a fake degree. Ishtiaq Umar from Peshawar and Mohibullah from Swat and Abdul Munaem from Shangla have been inducted in the cabinet as special assistants. Dr Meher Taj Roghani, Sardar Soran Singh and Arif Yousaf are already serving as special assistants.
The very first G-Global International Summit of Journalism will be held in Kazakhstan. The event will be held within the framework of the VII Astana Economic Forum. The International Summit of Journalism will be aimed at raising questions about the role of the journalism in the conditions of global crisis as well as innovations in media, existing and developing tools for journalistic work with vast and complex economic data and presentation of such complex information in ways that are both engaging and appealing to the audience. As noted by the organizers – the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, infocommunicative platform “G-Global”, Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association and “Success K” media agency – Summit is going to feature famous media personas, bloggers, international media holdings, academia and practitioners of the industry with vast experience in the field. The open dialogue platform will be become a basis for discussion of actual problems of the modern day journalism, especially one focused on economic and financial topics. In addition, current trends and developments in media, including technological innovations, will also be the focus of the discussion.
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PrAyer Timings FAJR
HYDERABAD: Members of Hindu community protests against an attack on Hanuman Mandir in the Site Area. INP
PPP COGNIZANT OF TEMPLE’S SECURITY: VALASAI KARACHI: Advisor to the Pakistan People’s Party patron-in-chief for minority affairs, Surendar Valasai, has said his party is fully committed to the protection of the worship places of minorities across the country and is fully cognizant of the issue of Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple in Karachi Clifton. In a press statement, Surendar Valasai said the PPP had always led the struggle for minority rights and it was the only political party where people from minority community enjoyed equal rights in its ranks and file. He said the PPP won't allow any damage or harm to the Clifton temple and its structure under any circumstances. However, he urged those criticising the issue to wait for the technical aspect of the development work and its impact on the temple structures. Surendar Valasai said Hindus, Christians, Dalits, Sikhs and other minorities living in Pakistan were not orphans as the PPP leadership had always stood for their rights and protection. He said an elected representatives belonging to the Hindu community including the PPP minority wing Sindh president Dr Lalchand Ukrani, ministers and MPAs had visited the said temple twice and will furnish their report to party leadership. Online
POLICE NAB 93 OUTLAWS, RECOVER WEAPONS KARACHI: The city police and CIA apprehended 93 outlaws in different raids and encounters while 18 weapons and drugs also recovered during the last 24 hours, said a statement on Friday. The police and CIA nabbed 24 absconders, five proclaimed offenders and 16 persons carrying illegal weapons in 107 raids conducted in different areas of the metropolis along with three encounters. Eight accused of murder, two of dacoity and robbery, two of kidnapping for ransom, seven drug peddlers and 29 involved in other crimes were also arrested, it said. APP
lawmakers condemn threats to Bilawal KARACHI
HE Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the threats by banned Lashkar-eJhangvi (LeJ) to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The assembly recommended that the government of Sindh should approach the federal government to take serious notice of the threats and necessary action for the protection of the PPP leader. While talking to media, the mover of the resolution, Dr Abdul Sattar Rajper of the PPP, alleged that the government of Punjab, especially Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, has been providing protection to militants. “Despite the ban, the leaders of militant organisations are holding different events with approval of the provincial government administration,” Rajper said. DestRuCtIon of temples: Earlier in the session, the issue regarding destruction of the Hindu temple in Clifton was raised by Pakistan the Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)
Government spares 30 commandoes for Bilawal KARACHI: A special security squad has been established for the patronin-chief of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, following the threats by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Sources told Online that the Sindh government had chalked out special security plan for PPP chief Bilawal under which 30 special commandoes will perform duties for his security while three bullet-proof vehicles have also been allotted in this regard. The Sindh government has taken steps after the LeJ threats to the PPP chief. It is significant to recall that earlier on Thursday Bilawal Bhutto claimed that he received threats from the banned Lashkar-eJhangvi. "Received threat letter from LEJ. Will hold Punjab govt responsible 4 LEJ attacks if Sharif cont 2 give them protection & refuse2 take action," Bilawal tweeted on Thursday. Online
MPA Khurram Sher Zaman. “Because of the underpass and flyover being constructed near Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazar in Clifton, the historical temple adjacent to it is under threat. If something happens to it, we may witness repercussions in India and other places where our mosques will no longer be safe,” he said, citing grievances shared by the Hindu community living in his constituency.
“I have contacted government officials and even builders, but all in vain,” the MPA added. The minister for parliamentary affairs, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, responded saying the construction was being carried out with the approval of the Sindh Building Control Authority. The minister for minorities’ affairs, Giyan Chand Essarani, assured the lawmaker that nothing would happen to the temple.
8 uplift schemes will complete By June: sharmila KARACHI: Special Assistant to Sindh chief minister for culture and tourism, Sharmila Faruqui, has expressed satisfaction over the pace of work being carried out on eight development projects of culture and tourism department. Presiding over a meeting on Friday regarding on-going development schemes, she said there would be no compromise on the quality of development work. She directed the concerned executive engineers to complete the schemes on time without any delay. She was informed that all eight schemes would be completed by June 2014. She also chaired another meeting regarding development schemes being carried out under the annual development programme (ADP) in her department. She took a brief on physical and financial progress of the schemes including establishment of open air theatre at Larkana, establishment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Museum at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Memorial Library, Larkana, establishment of Museum at Mithi, rehabilitation/renovation of Masoom Shah Minaro and Library at Sukkur, improvement of facilities at Keenjhar Lake Thatta, establishment of Motel at Nagarparker in Tharparker, construction of rest house/provision of tourists facilities at Haleji Lake Thatta, extension/repair and renovation of Shah Jehan mosque Thatta. The meeting was attended by DG Culture Manzoor Kanasro, MD Tourism Ghazanfar Ali, Executive Engineers of Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Thatta and Sukkur among others. APP
GOVERNMENT HAS LEFT CITIZENS AT THE MERCY OF CRIMINALS: MQM KARACHI: Expressing concerns over increasing crimes in the country including Karachi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain Friday said that people must take measures on self-help basis to protect their lives and properties. Talking to the coordination committee members in Pakistan and London via telephone, he said abduction for ransom, snatching, bank robberies and other criminal incidents were taking place under a well-planned conspiracy. “It seems that the government authorities have left citizens at the mercy of criminals”. “It is the fundamental right of a person to defend his home against threats. Our religion and the United Nations’ charter also give us this right. It is the primary duty of people to protect themselves by forming mohallah vigilance committees. I appeal to the people living in DHA, Clifton, KDA Scheme, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and other areas to form mohalla vigilance committees for the protection of their kids, homes and honour. They will have to come out for action,” Altaf said. The MQM chief expressed his sympathies and condolences with the families of the people who were killed by criminals and prayed for the speedy recovery of the people who were injured by them. inP
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COMMISSIONER PLEDGES ANTI-ENCROACHMENT DRIVE KARACHI
ARACHI Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has ordered removal of encroachment from industrial areas of Bin Qasim and Landhi with equal attention towards development work. In his address to the members of concerned trade and industrial associations
on Friday, the commissioner assured that removal of encroachments and providing security to them was among the priorities of the administration. He also assured that all development schemes approved for these industrial areas would also be expedited so as to turn all the industrial units fully functional and improve job opportunities for the people. Senior Director, Anti Encroachment Task Force, Bilal Manzar, Deputy
Commissioner - Malir, Kazi Jan Mohammad, SP - Malir, Dr Mujib, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Malir, Ghulam Haider, DSP – Malir city, Khalid Khan, Chief Engineer, Malir district, Rahim Baksh Shaikh and President, Landhi Trade and Industrial Area, Riaz Ahmad along with other industrialists were also present on the occasion. Shoaib Ahmad said that he was visiting the two areas on special directives of the
Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah to personally listen grievances of the relevant stakeholders. He in his on the spot directives sought removal of all movable and immovable encroachment beneath Quaidabad fly-over in 15 days time. The commissioner said carpeting of all major thoroughfares including those between Malir mandir and Steel Town, Dawood Chowrangi and Younus Textile,
General Tyre road, ISL road, Mehran Highway Hospital Chowrangi to Gul Ahmed Chowrangi will also be taken on urgent basis. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said special measures would be taken for cleanliness of all rain drains in the areas and directed DC - Malir to taken stern action against those involved in disposing off their industrial, domestic and dairy waste into these nullahs.
KARACHI: Sindh Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khoro talks to a fellow lawmaker during a session of the Sindh Assembly. INP
LAW AND ORDER VITAL FOR LASTING PEACE: JI KARACHI inP
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) central general secretary Liaquat Baloch has said that restoration of law and order in Karachi is imperative for restoration of lasting peace in entire the country. He said this while talking to a delegation of journalists and party officebearers on Friday. Speaking at the
occasion, Liaquat Baloch said the deliberations between the government and the Taliban would restore peace in the country. He said the splendid success of Tahafuz-e-Pakistan Convention was an open proof of love and affection of the Karachites towards Islam and Pakistan, adding that peace in Karachi was imperative for the future of the country. Liaquat Baloch demanded of the government to launch indiscriminate
Pakistani crew members will reach home on Monday KARACHI: The six Pakistani crew members of the recently released vessel MT Morning Glory are now expected to reach home on Monday, said Ansar Burney Trust International Director Shagufta Burney Advocate. Earlier it was expected that all 21 crew including six Pakistanis of MT Morning Glory would be released today (Thursday) from Libyan detention and handed over to the respective embassies including that of Pakistan in Tripoli after all had been cleared by the Libyan court at Tripoli. Shagufta Burney said due to a delay in release of six Pakistanis from Tripoli detention centre and holidays on Friday and Saturday, now crew
will be released and handed over to Pakistan embassy on Sunday and they will reach home on Monday. She thanked the Libyan attorney general's office and the Libyan government that the crew of MT Morning Glory comprising six Pakistanis, six Indians, three Sri Lankins, two Syrian, two Sudanese and two Eritrean will be released on Sunday. The six Pakistani crew of the vessel are Mirza Noman Baig (Captain), Ghufran Marghoob Ahmed (Chief Officer), Syed Muhammad Mehdi Shamsi (2nd officer), Syed Asif Hassan (3rd officer), Naik Zada (crew member) and Muhammad Irshad (crew member).Online
operation against criminal elements and arrest those hardened criminals who were released on parole in previous government. Commenting on the recent situation in Tharparkar, Baloch said the death of innocent people including children was an open proof of incompetence and negligence of the provincial government, adding that the corruption and nepotism of rulers had weakened the confidence of common men from democracy and parliament. Baloch said the basic rights of people were being snatched in the cover of Tahafuz-e-Pakistan Ordinance and national security policy, adding that the government should refrain itself from conducting any action against religious seminaries.
ku drivers end strike KARACHI Online
The drivers of the Karachi University ended their strike on Friday after successful negotiations with the university's registrar. Earlier this morning, thousands of the KU students faced inconvenience as they did not get the buses (points) due to the strike of drivers. Drivers and conductors of the university refused to drive the points the other day and went on a strike. They were protesting against the bad state of KU buses and said that any bad incident could occur due to dilapidated condition of uses. They demanded removal of chairman transport for being corrupt.
CLEAN CHUNDRIGAR ROAD DRIVE KARACHI sTAFF rePOrT
The State Bank of Pakistan and the Pakistan Banks’ Association have joined hands in a drive to clean up II Chundrigar Road of wallchalking, garbage and other waste. On the initiative of SBP Acting Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Sunday will be celebrated as “Clean Chundrigar Road-2014” day. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the State Bank of Pakistan wherein Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebaad Khan will be the chief guest. It will mark the beginning of a year-long campaign to clean Chundrigar Road. The 2.5 km road is divided into eight sections allocated to eight different banks: Bank Alfalah limited, National Bank of Pakistan, United Bank Limited, Bank Al
Habib, Habib Bank Limited, MCB Bank, Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited and JS Bank Limited will participate in the drive. Each bank will be responsible for cleanliness of the section assigned to it. The State Bank will be a part of the actual cleaning efforts and will offer assistance and play the coordinator role. Apart from the acting governor of SBP, deputy governors and senior officers of the State Bank, Commissioner Karachi, City District government officials and workers, representatives from commercial banks and other enterprises will join the campaign. The SBP museum will remain open on Saturday and Sunday during the programme. Moreover, a beautification campaign of the road and security enhancing drive has also been planned.
shc excuses from hearinG contempt plea KARACHI: A two-member bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has regretted to hear a contempt of court petition filed against the president of Pakistan, chief justice of Pakistan, and chairman Senate, speaker National Assembly and federal law minister. The SHC bench was led by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan. The petitioner, Amir Haji Gul Ahmad of Anjuman-eIslami Islah-e- Muashra took the plea in the petition that contempt of court proceedings were initiated forthwith against a common man and junior officers but on the other hand dilatory tactics were used for proceeding against the influential in this respect. If the influential were tried in the court on the pattern of era of Khulafa-e-Rashidin, the justice will be seen to have been done. The petitioner pleaded the court had maintained in its February, 17, 2014, order that the words “Allah ko hazir nazir jan kar kehta hoon ke jhoot boloon to mujh per lanat ho” had been incorporated in the constitution. Online
08 COMMENT Threat to Bilawal Must not be taken lightly
HILe the TTP has declared a ceasefire, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), one of the umbrella organisation’s components, has issued threat to PPP Chairman Bilawal BhuttoZardari. This is just one example of the duplicity that characterises the militant network. The organisation has now given a long list of the relatives of the militants who they want to be freed for being noncombatants. The TTP demands the release of two terrorists in return for Prof Ajmal Khan, the aged Vice Chancellor of Peshawar University. It has refused to hand over Salmaan Taseer and Ali Haider Gilani on the plea that they are relatives of the leaders of a party the TTP is at war with. Taseer and Gilani are not to be set free despite being noncombatants, how can the Taliban demand the release of their own relatives? What Bilawal Bhutto said in his tweet about the LeJ and the shelter provided to its leadership in Punjab is widely known. The leaders of the anti-Shia terrorist group have long used Punjab as a launching pad for attacks all over the country. It is time the network is not allowed to use the province as safe haven. The demand for action on Bilawal’s tweet by Sindh government and the Sindh Assembly Speaker indicates the sensitivity of the issue. Seven years back Benazir Bhutto died in a terrorist attack. Any attempt at Bilawal’s life would cause an unprecedented wave of resentment in Sindh with serious consequences for the
One expects Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take serious note of the threat to the young and upcoming politician who stands committed to the unity and integrity of the country. federation. routine instructions to the IGP to investigate the complaint are insufficient. The threat against the head of a mainstream political party must not be taken lightly. What is needed is action against the terrorist network. one expects Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take serious note of the threat to the young and upcoming politician who stands committed to the unity and integrity of the country. The first face to face meeting between the government peacemakers and the fivemember militants’ committee has failed to make any headway. The Taliban wanted written assurances that their demands would be accepted and refused to extend the ceasefire in case this was not done within the next few days. This amounts to dictation with a pointed gun in hand. It is unthinkable for a responsible state to yield to blackmail. The committee which was not in a position to make the commitment has returned to report back to the government. It appears that those who painted the Taliban as being keen for peace and aroused hopes about the prospects of talks were leading the nation up the garden path. The government has now to prepare itself to meet the situation after the termination of ceasefire.
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Why the EU can’t isolate Russia The $1 trillion dollar game-changer
erMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could teach US President Barack obama one or two things about how to establish a dialogue with russian President Vladimir Putin. As if obama would listen. He’d rather boost his constitutional law professor self, and pompously lecture an elite eurocrat audience in the glittering Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, like he did this Wednesday, on how Putin is the greatest threat to the US-administered global order since World War II. Well, it didn’t go that well; most eurocrats were busy taking selfies or twittering. Putin, meanwhile, met with the Ceo of German engineering and electrical conglomerate Siemens, Joe Kaeser, at his official residence outside Moscow. Siemens invested more than US$1.1 billion in russia over the past two years, and that, Kaeser said, is bound to continue. Angela was certainly taking notes. obama couldn’t behave otherwise. The constitutional law expert knows nothing about russia, in his (meager) political career never had to understand how russia works, and may even fear russia – surrounded as he is by a coterie of spectacularly mediocre aids. His Brussels rhetorical tour de force yielded absolutely nothing – apart from the threat that if Putin persisted in his “aggression” against eastern Ukraine or even NATo members-countries the president of the United States would unroll a much stiffer sanction package. What else is new, considering this by supreme CIA asset and former Pentagon head in the first obama administration,
Bob Gates, is what passes for political analysis in the US. The $1 trillion game-changer Demonized 24/7 by the sprawling Western propaganda machine as a ruthless aggressor, Putin and his Kremlin advisers just need to play Sun Tzu. The regime changers in Kiev are already mired in a vicious catfight.  And even Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Petrovych “Yats” Yatsenyuk has identified the gloomy times ahead, stressing that the signature of the economic part of the association agreement between Ukraine and the eU has been postponed – so there will be no “negative consequences” for industrialized eastern Ukraine. Translation: he knows this will be the kiss of death for Ukrainian industry, on top of it coupled with an imminent structural adjustment by the International Monetary Fund linked to the eU (maybe) bailing out a bankrupt Ukraine. Asia Times online’s Spengler coined a formulation: “A specter is haunting europe, and that is the specter of a russianChinese alliance at the expense of europe.” The alliance is already on – manifested in the G-20, the BrICS and the Shanghai Cooperation organization. There are military technology synergies on the horizon – the ultra-sophisticated S500 air defense system is to be unveiled by Moscow, and Beijing would absolutely love to have it. But for the real fireworks, just wait a few weeks, when Putin visits Beijing in May. That’s when he will sign the famous $1 trillion gas deal according to which Gazprom will supply China’s CNPC with 3.75 billion cubic feet of gas a day for 30 years, starting in 2018 (China’s current daily gas demand is around 16 billion cubic feet). Gazprom may still collect most of its profits from europe, but Asia is its privileged future. on the competition front, the hyper-hyped US shale “revolution” is a myth – as much as the notion the US will be suddenly increasing exports of gas to the rest of the world any time soon. Gazprom will use this mega-deal to boost investment in eastern Siberia – which sooner rather than later will be
configured as the privileged hub for gas shipments to both Japan and South Korea. That’s the ultimate (substantial) reason why Asia won’t “isolate” russia. ( See Asia will not ‘isolate’ russia, Asia Times online, March 25, 2014.) Not to mention the much-anticipated “thermonuclear” (for the petrodollar) possibility that russia and China will agree payment for the Gazprom-CNPC deal may be in yuan or rubles. That will be the dawn of a basket of currencies as the new international reserve currency – a key BrICS objective and the ultimate, incendiary, new (economic) fact on the ground. Time to invest in Pipelineistan even though its centrality pales compared to Asia, europe, of course, is not “expendable” for russia. There have been rumbles in Brussels by some poodles about canceling the South Stream pipeline – pumping russian gas underneath the Black Sea (and bypassing Ukraine) to Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Austria. The Bulgarian economy and energy Minister, Dragomir Stoynev, said no way. Same for the Czech republic, because it badly needs russian investment, and Hungary, which recently signed a nuclear energy deal with Moscow. The only other possibility for the eU would be Caspian gas, from Azerbaijan – following on the trail of the Zbig Brzezinski-negotiated Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, which was conceived expressly to bypass both russia and Iran. As if the eU would have the will, the speed and funds to spend billions of dollars to build yet another pipeline virtually tomorrow, and assuming Azerbaijan had
enough supply capacity (it doesn’t; other actors, like Kazakhstan or ultra-unreliable Turkmenistan, which prefers to sell its gas to China, would have to be part of the picture). Well, nobody ever lost money betting on the cluelessness of Brussels eurocrats. South Stream and other energy projects will create a lot of jobs and investment in many of the most troubled eU nations. extra sanctions? No less than 91% of Poland’s energy, and 86% of Hungary’s, come from russia. over 20% of the foreign lending of French banks is to russian companies. No less than 68 russian companies trade at the London Stock exchange. For the Club Med nations, russian tourism is now a lifeline (1 million went to Italy last year, for instance.) US Think Tankland is trying to fool American public opinion into believing what the obama administration should be applying is a replay of the “containment” policy of 19451989 to “limit the development of russia as a hegemonic power”. The “recipe”: weaponize everybody and his neighbor, from the Baltic nations to Azerbaijan, to “contain” russia. The New Cold War is on because, from the point of view of US so-called “elites”, it never really left. Meanwhile, Gazprom’s stock price is up. Buy now. You won’t regret it.
The Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister, Dragomir Stoynev, said no way. Same for the Czech Republic, because it badly needs Russian investment, and Hungary, which recently signed a nuclear energy deal with Moscow.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Egypt’s military solution The cycle of violence
ore of the same, it would seem, is heading your way if you are living in egypt. egypt’s now ex-defence minister, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah elSisi, is readying himself for power. He does so by way of caution and a puritanical script favouring austerity. “I cannot make miracles. rather, I propose hard work and self-denial.” Acknowledging limits should be a matter of course: “We must be truthful with ourselves: our country faces great challenges. our economy is weak. There are millions of youths who suffer from unemployment in egypt.” every strong man needs showmanship and a sense of role play. Muscle is otherwise a reality without sense, a statement of the gym rather than parliament. Sisi provides myth and a sense of assurance in the form of jogging with his troops, donning his fatigues and menacing his enemies with lashing rhetoric. He also uses his uniform to impress – the oldest trick in the trade of wooing electorates who fear into bed. “True, today is my last day in military uniform, but I will continue to fight every day for an egypt free of fear and terrorism.” A fit man with
a sharp tongue is a formidable man. Whether he is a person who will clean the stables is something else. They may not be up for cleaning in any case. “Key to his political skill,” observes robert Springborg1 of the United States Naval Postgraduate School, “has been his secrecy coupled with expert role playing that duped his opponents into thinking he was an unambitious professional officer”. In so doing, he also made a tilt in appeal “to the egyptian public as the man to lead them out of the post-Mubarak political morass” (BBC, Mar 26). The paradox of the Sisi formula, in so far as power yields any, lies in the realm of popularity and oppression. His popularity is exaggerated as the opponent of the Islamists – better him than the others. For him, the people are a religion, a subject of worship. “It wasn’t the army or political forces who ousted the last two regimes,” he insists, “it was you the people.” This is a gift to abstract, unmeasurable forces – the people often being the great fraud that political forces use to exact gains. Cleverly, he suggests that others not only can run, but might have a chance against his imposing prospects. “My entering the presidency race doesn’t not mean that others shouldn’t.” For all this talk about the “people” in action, Sisi has been at the helm of a repressive security and military apparatus that has done all but scotch any semblance of democracy. While President Mohammed Morsi bungled his attempt to give democracy a chance, the coup to oust him signalled exactly where Sisi would be heading. The Arab Spring froze and has remained in that state ever since, only warmed sporadically by the blood of protesters.
The biggest targets remain the Muslim Brotherhood, typified by such bloody moves as the sentencing to death of 529 members by a trial judge Said Youssef in the city of Minya. The trial took two sessions, with the right on the part of legal counsel to make their case curtailed. Memories are still fresh of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo last August2. In breaking them up, some 600 were killed in the initial violence, while hundreds died in the resulting violence. Government facilities, police stations, and churches were subsequently burned. Morsi’s base is being targeted with remorseless intensity – it cannot be allowed to flourish. roughly 16,000 members have been arrested over the past months. The leadership is being politically decapitated. The egyptian chief prosecutor has ordered two trials for 919 suspected Islamists for a range of charges, including murder. Again, Youssef has the brief to oversee them. How fitting, then, that US officials would express concern at such a move, given Washington’s endorsement of the putsch against Morsi to begin with. While a portion of the $1.3 billion in annual military aid for egypt was suspended, the pretext of support remains. egypt, good or bad, is indispensable to security policy in the Middle east. The Muslim Brotherhood has, in turn, engaged in a campaign that is part
civil, part incendiary. The base of protest is strong, but something of a minor insurgency is taking place against the authorities. Sisi is duly capitalising. Sisi is placing hopes that an electoral process will sanitise his military credentials. Such elections will be free, though not all are jumping on that band wagon with enthusiasm. Ahmed Shafik3, a former general and prime minister who was also runner-up in the last presidential bid, has few words of comfort. His comments are instructive, given that both he and Sisi are cut from the same military cloth. “I know very well they will fix all the ballot boxes.” The elections will be nothing but “a comedy show”. A change of suits will not mean a change of temper – a military man, when he wins, will return to the helm of the country. Backgrounds are hard to defy. This has been the nature of egypt’s political structure for decades –while the military can’t enter politics per se, they are more involved in politics than most civil societies would permit. Mubarak’s status quo will have been revived, and the prisons will continue to fill.
A change of suits will not mean a change of temper – a military man, when he wins, will return to the helm of the country.
Dr Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Email: email@example.com.
WORLD VIEW 09
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
The Obama paradox Continuity and change ... for the worse
arack Obama ran for office promising change; he delivered continuity. But then, continuity brought change – for the worse. In 2008, “change” meant whatever voters wanted it to mean. Like the candidate, the word was a rorschach inkblot. Many, probably most, Obama voters had no clear idea what kind of change they expected. all they knew was that, under George W. Bush, the country had veered dramatically off course. They thought Obama would fix that. Some voters did have more specific expectations. Some thought that Obama would wean the country off neoliberalism. With a financial and economic meltdown raging, the time was ripe. Some expected him to restore the rule of law at least to pre9/11 levels; many hoped and expected that Bush era war criminals would be brought to justice. Others thought that the Democratic Party would become more like what it had been before the clintons had had their way with it. The list goes on. Of course, nobody knew what “change” meant to Obama. Perhaps Obama didn’t know either. He could hardly have been more vague. On one point, though, everybody, except perhaps the candidate himself and his close advisors, agreed: Obama would transform the post9/11 Bush-cheney regime beyond recognition. They could not have been more wrong. Perhaps he had other ideas; perhaps he was overcome by what the ancient Greeks called akrasia, weakness of will. Perhaps there was never any there there. Obama’s most ardent supporters, the ones who stuck by him as it became clear that change wasn’t happening, blamed the republicans; many still do. corporate america gives them a nightly forum; they call it MSNBc. But they are fooling themselves. Even in the face of republican obstinacy and determination, the Obama administration didn’t have to be as Bush-cheney-like as it turned out to be. Still, the apologists have a point; republicans really are pieces of work, and they really have dedicated themselves to making sure that the Obama presidency would fail. Therefore Obama’s apologists are not exactly deluded. They just give their man – and his opponents — too much credit. Who knows what Obama really thinks about the issues of the day or how he understands the relation between his words and his intentions. all we can say for sure is that his words are noncommittal and vague; and that, for all practical purposes, he and his fellow Democrats are on the same page as the republicans. This is hardly surprising; they feed from the same trough. Their antagonism is tactical, not strategic or ideological. To be sure, racism shapes republican attitudes, along with other status anxieties and base ideological convictions. Democrats, on the whole, are nicer people. But ultimately what both parties want is to win the next election. For them, it is all about who gets to serve the one percent. This is bad news for the ninety-nine percent of us about whose interests and wellbeing they could care less. But that is the least of it. When our leaders, regardless of party, fix their gaze beyond our (increasingly policed and militarized) borders, the whole world suffers. Even so, one would expect that there would be a level of competence in the White House and throughout the foreign policy establishment commensurate with the tasks at hand. remarkably, this expectation has been confounded by Democratic and republican administrations for the past quarter century. When James Baker and Brent
Scowcroft left office, who would have guessed that they would outshine all who would follow in their wake? and, earlier still, who would have imagined that the days of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry kissinger would seem like a Golden age when giants walked upon the face of the earth! Barack Obama, like Bill clinton and George W. Bush before him, put a bunch of clueless stumblebums in charge of throwing america’s weight around in the world. Predictably, they keep getting in over their heads. In Bush’s case, the mess was so bad that not even his Poppy could straighten it out. Then the “change” President came along to continue his work. The empire’s victims have suffered enormously as a result, but so far the empire itself has survived unscathed. It is too big to fail. But, even so, there are limits. The Obama administration almost exceeded those limits twice. Vladimir Putin saved Obama both times. He saved him from being dragged into a potentially catastrophic war against Iran and he saved him from getting america bogged down in the on-going civil war in Syria. But america’s archenemy du jour is not likely to be similarly helpful when the geniuses at Foggy Bottom and in the National Security council focus their machinations on russia itself. Putin’s foreign policy establishment outclasses Obama’s by every measure. Should it be in their interest to stop helping Washington out, Obama’s luck will run out faster than in a New York (or Moscow) minute. Was it better under Bush and cheney? No. But the world has changed – partly in consequence of the policies Obama has continued. This is why, for the most part, those policies are even more toxic now than they were in the Bush-cheney days. In this sense, we did get change after all. But when the reckoning is made, we will likely find that we would have been better off with less than we got. Bush and cheney trampled due process and privacy rights in the name of security. When they were in charge, constitutional constraints were only a minor inconvenience that they felt free to ignore. This is how it has been for Obama too. But, in carrying on their work, Obama made the situation qualitatively worse. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have some idea how bad it was, and how much worse it became. We do not know how much, if any, terrorism Bush and cheney – or Obama — actually stopped. What we do know is that they increased the supply of potential terrorists many-fold. Invading foreign lands will do that; so will terrorizing civilian populations by unleashing murder and mayhem upon them. Obama notched the terror level up, even as he diminished the overall level of violence. His predecessors used assassins and drones too. But bombers and soldiers were more to their liking. For the most part, they did their foul deeds the old fashioned way. Obama, the peace candidate, kept their wars going; he even escalated them for a while – the better to repackage the occupations of Iraq and afghanistan. But his preference has always been to kill covertly – by making the most of assassins and drones. and so, he did change america’s military posture. From a moral point of view, he made it worse. Now terror is no longer only the last recourse of the powerless; it is also the first choice of a super-power equipped with a military juggernaut as large as the rest of the world’s combined. In taking up where Bush and cheney left off, the Nobel laureate let loose the
functional equivalent of an army of suicide bombers, casting large swathes of the Muslim world into a perpetual reign of terror. His drones are especially onerous. For one thing, they are even worse than suicide bombers because they terrorize civilian populations more efficiently. Ordinary people can avoid places suicide bombers are likely to target; no one can steer clear of those drones. and, from a moral point of view, killing with drones is plainly more reprehensible. Suicide bombers sacrifice their lives for their cause. When their workday is over, drone operators spend evenings at home with their families. Their superiors, the ones who order the killings, are even less involved. Obama decides whom to kill, his underlings decide where and when, and then their underlings push the buttons. The higher up the chain of command, the more pleased with themselves they seem to be. On environmental issues, Obama has made things worse just by continuing the do-nothing policies of his predecessors. Meanwhile, ecological changes already underway are rapidly ratcheting up the peril. His administration has made a few changes for the better: for example, on fuel emissions standards. But on the main causes of global warming, Obama has done nothing significant. Meanwhile, with each year that passes, points of no return approach and are exceeded. Then there is Obama’s penchant for enhancing the harm done by his predecessors’ policies through more effective implementation. One would think that when those policies target key Democratic constituencies, he would at least think twice. But all he does is talk an earful. For example, Obama has spoken out frequently in favor of immigration reform; yet his record on deportations is far worse than Bush’s. Organized labor has fared no better. In a similar vein, Obama has had nary a bad word to say about government transparency or the importance of a vigorous and adversarial press. To hear him speak, one would think that he is the whistleblower’s best friend. Yet, on this too, he has been worse than Bush and cheney or indeed any other president before him except perhaps richard Nixon. The man plods on. No doubt, on domestic issues, he has his reasons, good or ill. But on the diplomatic front, there seems to be no coherent thought behind what he does; he and his minions have no clue. This is why the world now seems even more perilous than it did when Obama took office. The problem is not just that the War on Terror, and its continuation under Obama, has been stupendously counter-productive; that it has conjured up terrorists faster than assassins and drones and “boots on the ground” can kill them. It is becoming just
as clear that the Bush-Obama wars have destabilized the entire region – from Libya to Pakistan, and lately, under Obama’s aegis, from the banks of the Tigris to the Mediterranean Sea. East africa and Muslim areas as far away as the Pacific Ocean have also felt the brunt, and are worse off for it. The Bush-Obama wars have also strengthened Iran’s role as a regional power. Whether or not this is a good thing, it is hardly what the United States and Israel had in mind. Of course, cluelessness is a twoedged sword. Latin america has benefited enormously from the fact that the United States is mired down in several Middle Eastern quagmires. While Bush and Obama were otherwise distracted, popular democratic movements in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia and Uruguay were able to flourish and even come to power. The governments of Brazil and argentina veered leftward as well. and, despite several attempts since 9/11 – the latest still underway – the United States has been unable to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela. america’s never-ending war against cuba has gotten nowhere either. South of the border, the 9/11 attacks – or rather the american reaction to them — were, so to speak, a godsend. It is now becoming clear that, in at least one respect, it has been the same for the rest of the world too. america’s counter-productive maneuverings throughout the Muslim world brought american and European plans to bring the EU right up to russia’s borders, and to encircle it with NaTO bases, to a temporary halt. That plan was proceeding apace in the clinton days. russia then was hardly in a position to resist – not with kleptocrats running the country, and with the vast majority of russians undergoing the hardships and social dislocations brought on by the restoration of a retrograde economic system. america’s and Europe’s (mainly Germany’s) success in dismembering Yugoslavia provided valuable lessons and also encouragement. With a new millennium dawning, it looked like full speed ahead. But then came 9/11 and priorities changed. Now, it seems they are changing back. Evidently, our foreign policy wallahs have come to believe that in addition to carrying on in the Middle East, central asia and the Indian subcontent, it is time to put russia back in the crosshairs as well. This too may be about oil, at least to some extent; but that is not the main thing. and it goes far beyond the exigencies of running a global empire or making the world safe – or safer – for Western capitalists.
Western capitalists don’t need a revival of eastern European fascism and anti-Semitism any more than the rest of us do. Neither do they – or we — need al Qaeda-like movements to flourish throughout the Middle East or central and southern asia. But that is where our leaders’ policies lead. Needless to say, it is not what they have in mind. But then what do they have in mind? Nothing remotely coherent, most likely; they know not what they do. Yet onward they go. With the old Soviet “satellites” currently ensconced in america’s and Europe’s ambit, all that is left is to bring the EU and NaTO into the old Soviet Union itself. The idea is ludicrous, and not just because russia now is far stronger than it was in the nineties. If the american empire were in competent hands, it wouldn’t be happening. Overthrowing recalcitrant governments is old hat for the empire’s stewards. Their timeworn method was perfected first in Latin america. after World War II, it was deployed around the world. The formula is simple: spend serious money stirring up chaos. Then, when the time is right, discreetly support coups d’état perpetrated by clients or friends. This is what they are doing right now – so far unsuccessfully – in Venezuela. But, until now, our leaders always had the good sense to confine their machinations to american spheres of influence or to peripheral areas that did not raise serious security concerns for other major powers. after World War II, no power was more major than the Soviet Union. Encouraging dissidents there and in Eastern Europe was acceptable. But no sane leader would actively encourage “regime change”; not with the possibility that a nuclear war would result. Eisenhower’s role in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 was exemplary in this respect. Post-1991 russia was still able to reduce the world to rubble. Therefore, even Bill clinton showed some restraint. circumstances emboldened him – but not to the point of recklessness. and he got away with it. It is unlikely that his First Lady had much to do with plans for enlarging the EU or for bringing NaTO up to russia’s borders. That doesn’t seem to have been on her to-do list when she was Obama’s Secretary of State either. But Hillary clinton is quick to jump on whatever bandwagon is passing by, and so she has lately taken up the cause. In her opening salvo, she famously likened Vladimir Putin to Hitler. a dumb remark; though, considering the source, that is only to be expected. Obama went beyond dumb. Speaking in Belgium after meeting with the leaders of the G7 (plus and now minus 1), he went out of his way to insult his (disinvited) russian counterpart, calling him a leader of a regional power whose actions betoken weakness. Obama calling Putin weak! How did he keep a straight face? But then how does he keep a straight face when he accuses Putin of violating international law? The man continues to amaze. Is reviving clinton-era policies towards russia his idea too? Or should we blame lesser eminences like John kerry or those dreadful “humanitarian interveners” Obama empowered? Whoever is at fault, putting russia’s security interests in jeopardy is the worst idea that has come along since George W. Bush left the White House in ignominy. It was for not being associated with
ideas like that that it used to be possible to argue that Obama really was the lesser evil in 2008, when he ran against John Mccain. Despite Mccain’s inclination of late to put his recklessness and bad judgment on display, it now looks like it was more of a tie. In any case, it is already plain that the americans and Europeans – and the Ukrainian nationalists whose “revolution” they encouraged – lost in at least one key respect; russia’s annexation of the crimea will hold. For all their faults, Putin and his crew so far outclass Obama and his that when they set their minds to it, they get their way, even when their hand is weaker. Fortunately, they are not only smarter; they are also wiser. They know when not to push their luck; and also, let us hope, how to deal with opponents who are as clueless as theirs are. This is why we will probably dodge the bullet this time too; the perils Obama et. al. let loose upon the world by setting their sights on Ukraine will probably stay contained. Unlike the United States, russia does have legitimate security interests in goings-on in the former Soviet republics. Obama and the others are therefore like little kids playing with matches. Fortunately, though, it seems that the russians also know how to resist egregious provocations. Because provoked they have been, and will continue to be. Obama could always decide to put a lid on it, but so far he has been doing just the opposite. In recent days, anti-russian animosity seems even to have overcome Washington’s gridlock. and where Democrats and republicans go, so go the mainstream media. The usual suspects are busily doing all they can to whip up a ruckus. Not since the build-up to the Iraq War has so much wrong-headed proregime propaganda spilled forth from their quarters. NPr has become especially unbearable. I, for one, can no longer keep it tuned in for background noise. If the russians were to stoop to Obama’s level by taking his bait, the consequences would be dire. and the prospects would be no better if they acquiesce. Team Obama gets its way so seldom than when they do it only encourages them. Therefore, if they are not stopped in their tracks, their provocations will continue and become increasingly dangerous. There are other former Soviet republics out there, after all; and we should not forget that Obama is still itching to “pivot towards asia.” In other words, he has china in his sights too. Too bad he doesn’t also have prudence in his head. How ironic – and pathetic — that our best hope for avoiding the consequences of Bush-Obama policies lies with a conservative russian strongman — a leader with autocratic inclinations, but also with political skills, a sense of history, and the wisdom not to act out foolishly. This is not how it is supposed to be in a democracy; it only shows how distant our democracy is from the ideal. But with inept and clueless leaders at the helm – and a political system too corrupt and degraded to provide the change voters want – this, for the time being, is where “hope” resides. ANDREW LEVINE is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, the author most recently of THE AMERICAN IDEOLOGY (Routledge) and POLITICAL KEY WORDS (Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the People. He was a Professor (philosophy) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Professor (philosophy) at the University of Maryland-College Park. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
SBP CoNCeRNeD ABout Govt'S ShoRteSt-teNuRe DeBt PRoFiLe D KARACHI
UBBING macro-economic indicators as favourable, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) expressed concern over the country’s debt profile whose composition, the central bank said, has witnessed a sharp shift towards the shortest tenor. "This exposes the government to increasing roll-over and interest-rate risks," the SBP observed in its Second Quarterly Report for FY14 on the state of economy issued Friday. Retaining its view to re-balance the country’s domestic debt towards long-term paper, the SBP said there was an improving trend in Q2-FY14, which has been maintained in Q3. The government mobilised Rs 105.6 billion through Pakistan Investment Bonds during the quarter. This, the regulator said, was the "highest amount raised" after four quarters. "This change in market sentiments can be traced to falling projected inflation, which means that the market does not expect further interest rate hikes," said the report. It said headline inflation reached an average of 8.9 percent in first half of FY14, from 8.3 percent in first half of FY13. The CPI inflation fell to 9.2 percent in December 2013, after entering double digits in November 2013; this downward trend is likely to persist. Also, the State Bank said, the government borrowing from commercial banks increased in the second quarter. "It mobilised Rs 188.1 billion from commercial banks during the quarter, against a net retirement of Rs 179.1 billion in the first quarter of the year," said the report adding, "government was not able to contain its borrowing from SBP within the limit agreed with the IMF." However, it said, with the bilateral inflows in February and March 2014, and other external inflows expected in second half of FY14, these targets should be easier going forward. According to the report, by the end of first half of FY14, there was a perceptible improvement in the country’s macro-economic indicators. Inflationary pressures have softened (post November); pressure on FX reserves and the PKR parity has eased in December 2013; LSM is showing improvement, which is supported by an increase in credit to the private sector; and as reported by the Ministry of Finance, the fiscal deficit as a percent of GDP declined in first half of FY14.
The report said improvement in the fiscal and external accounts in the second half of FY14 depends on the expected proceeds from the auction of 3G licenses and Coalition Support Fund (CSF) inflows. However, if expected official external inflows are realised in second half of FY14, the SBP’s FX reserves are likely to exceed the bank's initial projection for the full year. The report traced the recent comfort on the external side to an un-anticipated US$ 1.5 billion inflow into SBP’s reserves, which may have triggered market expectations that Pakistan may receive a facility to defer oil payments in Q4-FY14. “Along with dampening inflationary expectations for the remaining part of FY14, this has changed the market’s interest rate outlook. SBP projects average inflation in FY14 to be in the range of 8.5 to 9.5 percent.” It said due to decline in cotton production, the prospects of achieving the GDP growth target in FY14 could be undermined. However, LSM continues to post strong growth, which bodes well for the country’s overall economic growth. The rebound in LSM is supported by investments in alternate energy sources; improved power supply after the resolution of the circular debt; capacity enhancement in steel, paper, fertilizer, beverages, and rubber in past few years; and increased lending to private sector businesses, especially in fixed investment loans. The report said that because of a slowdown in spending and an increase in revenues, the fiscal deficit during first half of FY14 narrowed to 2.1 percent of GDP, compared to 2.7 percent in the same period last year, as reported by the Ministry of Finance. According to the report, the incidence of fiscal austerity fell on development spending both at the federal and the provincial level. This may be attributed to lack of external funding. “In our view, there is a need to rethink this avenue of fiscal consolidation within context of the long-term growth prospects of the economy,” the report said. The reduction in the budget deficit eased the pace of domestic debt accumulation during second quarter. This, along with the lumpy US$ 1.2 billion repayment to the IMF and favourable exchange rate movement during Q2-FY14, allowed for a marginal decline in the public debt stock during this period.
FBR freezes DJM Securities’ bank and CDC accounts KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) declared DJM Securities ‘tax defaulter’ and directed it to pay off Rs 2.19 billion tax at any cost, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources. A well-placed source in FBR said that DJM Securities, owned by stock broker Dawood Jan Muhammad had paid Rs 5 million tax in 2007. “When FBR inspected tax files of 2007 it was disclosed that the tax paid by DJM Securities is much less than the actual tax amount,” he added. “Reacting on this, FBR wrote a letter to DJM Securities on January 29, 2014, and identified that the amount of tax paid by the company is much less than the actual tax amount,” he said, adding, “DJM Securities had filed an appeal No. 138 in FBR which was rejected by FBR and retained the decision of Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue. FBR has now issued notices U/S 140 and U/S 138(2) (a) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 to seize bank and CDC accounts of DJM Securities immediately. “FBR highlighted mass scale manipulation in shares of DG Khan Cement and disclosed that the company earned Rs 6.86 billion,” he said, adding, “DG Khan Cement has shown business of shares worth Rs 1.29 million in its balance sheet but the information obtained by FBR from Central Depository Company (CDC) disclosed that DJM Securities has done business of Rs 1.52 million.” “Not only this, DJM Securities also tried to hide out income which the company earns from others sources but they failed in their plan,” he said, adding, “FBR has directed DJM Securities to pay off Rs 2.19 billion tax at any cost.”
Price of LNG from Qatar not yet negotiated: Abbasi ISLAMABAD INP
The National Assembly was assured on Friday that LNG would be imported from Qatar at the lowest possible price. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during question hour that the government was currently negotiating the procurement of LNG and the import was likely to commence towards the end of current year. The minister said the price of the LNG had not yet been negotiated. This will be negotiated in a transparent manner after the firming up of all the modalities of LNG procurement.
ECNEC approves Harpo, Dasu power projects ISLAMABAD: The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) Friday approved Dasu Hydro Power Project (Stage-I) at rationalised cost of Rs 486,093.3 million with FEC of Rs 218,547.5 million to be located at District Upper Kohistan, Khyber Puktunkhwa. Dasu Hydro Power Project is designed for 4320MW comprising of two stages - stage I and stage II (2160MW each) on Indus River. The Stage I of the proposed project envisages the construction of 2160MW Dasu Hydro Power project and acquisition of land including resettlement, construction of offices, colonies, project access roads and pre-construction activities. The stage I will be completed in a period of five years. Once complete, Dasu Power Project will generate electricity at a unit cost of Rs.2.14/kwh. The ECNEC meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar at Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. The ECNEC also constituted a committee comprising representatives from ministries of planning, development and reform, water and power, finance, WAPDA and government of KP to monitor the issues relating to land acquisition for ensuring propriety of the land cost. It was further decided that the ministry of water and power will confirm that NOC from the concerned EPA has been obtained. The ECNEC also approved 34.5MW Harpo Hydro Power Project at a modified cost of Rs 9.5 billion with FEC of Rs 6.1 billion. The location of the project is at Harpo Lungma, District Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, and the executing agency will be Water and Power Development Authority. It will be completed in four years. The AFD of France and Kfw of Germany will finance the project through a loan of 70 million Euros. The additional cost will be met from WAPDA’s own resources. The project cost includes construction of 132KV double circuit transmission lines from project site to Skardu. INP
Govt tightens rules on Islamic banking windows KARACHI: The State Bank has issued new rules for the operation of Islamic banking windows, aiming to strengthen their role in country. The new requirements come at a time when Pakistan is stepping up efforts to develop Islamic finance, prompting several banks to expand their operations in the sector. Banks will have to obtain written approval from the State Bank of Pakistan before opening each Islamic window, as well as providing the regulator with additional details on staffing, training and marketing arrangements. Islamic windows allow conventional lenders to offer Islamic financial services, provided client money was segregated from the rest of the bank. As of December, Pakistan’s full-fledged Islamic banks had a combined network of 767 branches while conventional banks had 441 Islamic branches and 96 sub-branches, the central bank said. Different approaches to the Islamic window format have emerged over the years: In Oman, windows are allowed only through standalone branches, while in 2011 Qatar banned Islamic windows outright. The rules could help consumers better distinguish Islamic financial products from conventional ones, improving the industry’s perception and overall uptake. Regulators in Pakistan hope to expand the industry’s branch network and bring Islamic banking’s market share to 15 percent of the system by 2018. AGENCIES
CORPORATE CORNER SHAREHOLDERS OF SONERI BANK LIMITED APPROVE 2013 ANNUAL ACCOUNTS
Bank’s operations. Total deposits as reported in the annual audited accounts, reflected a sound growth of 16.58 percent to close at Rs.140,579.91 million while the net advances at the end of the year 2013 amounted to Rs.97,179.03 million, which is up by 26.49 percent over 2012. Resultantly, the net assets closed at Rs.13,282.64 million thus translating into a growth of 7.71 percent from the 2012 level. The Chairman informed the shareholders that the Bank continued its focus on the core business area and managed to record appreciable growth in overall trade volumes handled during the year 2013. v
NBP HOLDS 65TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING KARACHI: The annual financial statements of Soneri Bank Limited for the year ended 31 December 2013 were approved by the shareholders of the Bank in its 22ndAGM held on Friday, 28 March 2014. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Alauddin Feerasta, Chairman of the Bank. Bank declared Rs.1,036.86 million after tax profit for the year ended 31 December 2013.During the year bank declared 10 percent bonus shares amounting to Rs.1,002.24 million increasing the paid up capital to Rs.10,023.28 million (net of discount), thus complying with the Minimum Capital Requirement of State Bank of Pakistan. The Chairman briefed the shareholders that the annual results reflect sound growth in all areas of
KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan held its 65th Annual General Meeting at a local hotel in Karachi on Friday 28th, 2014. The meeting was
well attended by the shareholders. The Chairman NBP, Mr. Muneer Kamal and President NBP Mr. Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf also attended the meeting. The bank’s performance during the year was highlighted in a presentation to the shareholders. The shareholders were informed that Central bank reduced its policy rate by average 200 bps from 2012 besides linking minimum profit rate on deposit with SBP repo rate thereby increasing the minimum deposit rate to 7% from 6 % last year. Calculation mechanism for profit payment was also changed. Due to these factors the bank’s interest margin like other banks remained under pressure. The impact on net interest margin was partially offset through volume increase especially in high yielding advance salary, agriculture financing and gold loans The bank posted operational profit (pre-provision profit) of Rs. 27.5 billion compared to Rs. 32.4 billion (restated) last year registering a decline of Rs. 4.9 billion mainly due to the above-mentioned factors. The bank’s pre-tax profitability decreased to Rs. 7.1 billion compared to Rs. 21.4 billion (restated) due to higher provision charge in overseas branches and lower net interest margins. Provision coverage is around 80%, which will strengthen the balance sheet and benefit the bank once recovery efforts yield results in years ahead. Administrative expenses were kept under strict check which increased by just 4%. P R E S S R E L E A S E
SAVE THE CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN ACHIEVES MAJOR MILESTONE
LAHORE: The five-day workshop on ‘Diarrhoea Control’ by Save the Children in Pakistan and Policy Strategic & Planning Unit (PSPU) (Govt. Punjab) concluded here on Friday. The Government of Punjab has committed to cooperate and coordinate in the 7 point agenda based diarrhoea control program to be launched by Save the Children in Punjab. Punjab Government has further advised the PSPU to consider recommendations given by Save the Children and provide optimum assistance and support in successful implementation of program in order to reduce diarrhoea related deaths in the province. PRESS RELEASE
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Your karmic balance is in need of a little readjustment, so make sure that you're doing good deeds, thinking good thoughts and generally trying to make your world a better place.
You feel incredibly advanced today -something just feels right to you, and there's no way for you to explain it to others who might still be stuck in old ways of thinking. They will catch up!
Try not to worry too much about today's big news -- it seems like it could affect how others see you, but in the long run you are sure to be just fine. Ride it out and wait for better times ahead.
Follow that hunch today -- it's likely to lead you in the right direction! You may find that things are rolling along well on their own, but when you tap into your intuitive side, life gets even better!
This is not a good day for you to deal with other people, especially where money is concerned. Take care of your own business for sure, but joint purchases or partnerships need to wait for a few more days.
Things change -- everyone knows that! It's how we deal with the changes that makes a difference, and today you need to be ready for almost anything. Your energy is better used for adaptation.
Someone in your life needs your help today -- but it's nothing scary or life-changing. They may just need fashion advice or assistance with choosing their next pet. Your energy is just right for this!
Today is all about art. It's a great time for creating new work if that's where your interests lie, but it's just as good for soaking up culture in all its forms. Your creative energy is magnificent!
You need a new metaphor -something that resonates with you on a deeper level. Search through your favorite books, but get ready for inspiration from random sources, too. A change is coming!
It's a great day to direct your energy outward into the universe -particularly toward those in need. Volunteering, charitable giving and plain old good deeds are perfect for your state of mind.
Your spiritual side is front and center today, so make sure that you're focusing at least some of your time on your inner life. That can lead almost anywhere, so be prepared for an interesting ride.
Today is all about transformation -- and any changes you make are likely to be quite positive! Things aren't set in stone, and you may find that your energy can realign the situation to your liking.
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Saturday, 29 March, 2014
REDUCES PRE-TERM BIRTHS, CHILDHOOD ASTHMA: STUDY
ANS on smoking in public and the workplace led to a 10 percent drop in premature births and in emergency asthma treatment for children, researchers said Friday. The evidence, based on the records of more than two million children, comes from 11 published investigations into the impact of local or national smoking bans in the United States, Canada and four European countries. Within a year of a ban being imposed, rates of preterm births and hospital treatment for childhood asthma each fell by more than a tenth, researchers found. Premature births are associated with a low birthweight and health problems for the child later in life. Previous research into the benefits of smoking bans have focused mainly on adults, but children are disproportionately affected by passive smoking because their developing lungs and immune systems are more easily irritated. A previous study in 2011, of 192 countries, found that children account for more than a quarter of the annual toll of 600,000 deaths attributed to secondhand smoking. The new investigation, published in The Lancet, covered more than 2.5 million births and 250,000 hospital admissions of children who suffered an asthma attack. The data was for the period 2008-2013. "Our research shows that smoking bans are an effective way to protect the health of our children," said
Jasper Been of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Population Health Sciences in Scotland. "These findings should help to accelerate the introduction of antismoking legislation in areas not currently protected." In a comment, smoking experts Sara Kalkhoran and Stanton Glantz at the University of California in San Francisco said the figures showed, among other things, that smoking bans pay for themselves. "Medical expenses for asthma exceeded $50 billion (36.5 billion euros) in the USA in 2007 and $20 billion in Europe in 2006," they said. "If asthma emergency department visits and admissions to hospital decreased by even 10 percent, the savings in the USA and Europe together would be $7 billion annually." A 2012 analysis found a 15 percent reduction in heart attacks and strokes and a 24 percent drop in hospital admissions for respiratory disease after anti-tobacco laws were passed. AGENCIES
New mothers should lose baby weight or face diabetes, heart risks: Canadian study Mothers who fail to lose their baby weight within a year of giving birth have a much higher risk of diabetes and heart trouble, according to a new study. The new research adds to the already established theory that not losing baby weight for several years after pregnancy carries long term risks like diabetes and heart disease. Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, decided to test the theory by tracking risk factors in the first 12 months after giving birth. The researchers followed more than 300 patients throughout their pregnancy and the year following birth. They found that three-quarters of the women lost at least some of their baby weight after a year and were found to have healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. But the quarter of the women studied that gained weight in that year showed a clear increase in risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The study provides direct evidence to support the theory that failure to lose 'baby weight' carries long-term implications for diabetes and heart disease risks. Study leader Doctor Ravi Retnakaran, an endocrinologist and Associate Professor at Toronto University, said: 'This finding helps us advise women about the importance of losing their excess pregnancy weight in the first year after delivery. 'With these results, we can say that failure to lose weight between three and 12 months postpartum will cause blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin action in the body to move in an unhealthy direction.' The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that the elevated risk factors seen 12 months after giving birth had not been present at three months after giving birth. Dr Retnakaran said: 'That means that the nine-month window leading up to one year after birth is a critical time for women to ensure that they are losing at least some of their pregnancy weight.' The study is the first to follow mothers' weight patterns for the first year after giving birth and check them against the full slate of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors. Lead author Simone Kew, of the Leadership Sinai Diabetes Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, said: 'These findings warrant further research, because doctors will want to know which interventions to suggest to women to help them maintain healthy weight patterns during this critical first year after delivery.' She said future research will include tracking weight against metabolic risk factors for two or three years. ONLINE
First case of 'WhatsAppitis' • • •
Doctors warn messaging apps could harm health as they discover ﬁrst case of 'WhatsAppitis' Patient complained of severe pain in both wrists day after a six hour messaging session Hi-tech injury follows 'Blackberry thumb' and 'Nintendoitis'
A Spanish doctor claims to have found the first case of 'WhatAppitis' - and warned users of the app it could harm their health. The unnamed patient complained of pain in both wrists one morning. After investigating the case, doctors found it was caused by six hours of replying to WhatsApp messages. The case, described by the doctor in the Lancet, said the 34 year old patient, who was 27 weeks pregnant, was suffering sudden pain in both wrists after waking up in the morning. Inés Fernandez-Guerrero, of Granada's General University hospital, wrote that the patient 'had no history of trauma and had not engaged in any excessive physical activity in previous days'. After talking to the patient, the cause became clear. 'The patient was on duty on Dec 24 (Christmas Eve), and the following day, she responded to messages that had been sent to her on her smartphone via WhatsApp instant messaging service.
'She held her mobile phone, that weighed 130 g, for at least 6 h. 'During this time she made continuous movements with both thumbs to send messages.' After examining the patient for signs of serious injury, 'The diagnosis for the bilateral wrist pain was WhatsAppitis,' the doctors wrote. The patient was given painkilling drugs and banned fro using her phone - although the patient admitted she did text friends on New Year's Eve. the doctors also warned the injury was just the latest in a string of hi-tech problems. 'A so-called Nintendinitis was first described in 1990,1 and since then several injuries associated with video games and new technologies have been reported. 'Initially reported in children, such cases are now seen in adults. 'Tenosynovitis caused by texting with mobile phones could well be an emerging disease. 'Physicians need to be mindful of these new disorders.' COURTESY DAILY MAIL
naSa holdS poll to decide new Space Suit The U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has initiated a poll, calling on all enthusiasts and fans to vote for the best design of the agency’s next generation spacesuit, with voting taking place online until April 15. The new suits are meant for future missions on planet surfaces, such as Mars, and are designed to be more mobile. Whereas previous NASA suits were big and bulky—suitable for missions in space with no gravity—the next generation suits will allow astronauts to more freely move about. The agency explained that the suit will be the first surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum, as well as containing the most advanced use of pact resistant composite structures. There are three different designs to choose from: Biomimicry, Technology, and Trends in Society. The designs, as NASA explains, are meant to be reflections of their namesake. Biomimicry, for example, is meant to draw “from an environment with many parallels to the harshness of space,” NASA said. “Technology” is meant to pay homage to previous spacesuit designs while looking to the future, while “Trends in Society” is based off what our future clothes may look like, adds the agency. VIA NASA WEBISTE
new York openS up a cupcake atm New Yorkers, who live in the city that famously never sleeps, now can satisfy their craving for cupcakes in any of those endless waking hours. A 24-hour vending machine that dispenses gourmet cupcakes opened for business this week on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and locals are lining up despite the wintry temperatures for a taste. "It's so fun," said Melissa Martelli, a schoolteacher and neighbourhood resident as she nibbled on a cinnamon sugar cupcake she bought from the machine. "You could just go in the store and wait on line, but it's just so cool." At a price of $4.25 apiece, the cupcake choices include chocolate, coconut, red velvet, vanilla and lemon meringue. AGENCIES
Facebook plans to connect to the remote world region with drones and lasers Facebook has ambitious plans to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access, using drones, satellites and lasers. The move was announced on the social media platform by founder Mark Zuckerberg. It will put it in direct competition with Google, which is planning to deliver net access via balloons. Both of the net giants want to extend their audiences, especially in the developing world. Details about Facebook's plan were scant but it will include a fleet of solar-powered drones as well as low-earth orbit and geosynchronous satellites. Invisible, infrared laser beams could also be used to boost the speed of the net connections. Last year Facebook and other technology companies launched internet.org to help bring net access to the huge swathes
of the globe that are still not connected. The social network has already teamed up with telecoms operators in the Philippines and Paraguay to double the number of people using the internet in that re-
gion. "We're going to continue building these partnerships, but connecting the whole world will require inventing new technology too," Mr Zuckerberg said in his post. To bring the project to fruition, Facebook has set up a Connectivity Lab that will include experts in aerospace and communication technology, from NASA's jet propulsion lab and its research centre. It has also hired a five-member team that worked at British firm Ascenta, which developed the Zephyr, which holds the record for the longestflying solar-powered unmanned aircraft. Earlier this month there were rumours that the social network was interested in buying dronemaker Titan but there was no mention of this in the announcement. COURTESY BBC
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
i still gEt anXious bEforE my film’s rElEasE, says sunny dEol
AGENCIES In Sanamjit Singh Talwar's film Dishkiyaoon, Sunny Deol is playing a Haryanvi character for the first time. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who turns producer with the film, was impressed with the actor's preparation for the role and his punctuality. She says, "Actors can get complacent after spending many years in the industry. Sunny is usually not the kind to do any homework, but he learnt Haryanvi lehza (diction) for this role." Says Sunny, "I have played Punjabi characters many times before and wanted to do something different. But I usually don't learn anything. I do whatever I can and leave the rest to the director." He says he still gets anxious on the day of his film's release. "But, there's not much I can do about it. Can I?" Shilpa is also feeling nervous this time around "because I have put in my money (laughs)". She adds, "Usually, there is more onus on the heroes because they carry the film on their shoulders. I just did my work and have left the rest to God." For Harman Baweja, it's going to be "nerve-racking". "It's a day when something dear to you is given to the world and everyone has an opinion on it. I am crossing my fingers, hands, legs and toes hoping that the film works," he says. Debutante Ayesha Khanna says she won't be able to sleep a wink the night before, and has decided to hop across theatres to gauge public reaction.
JEmima khan posts no-makE-up sElfiE to raisE monEy for charity J EMIMA Khan is the latest star to share a 'no makeup selfie' on Twitter. For almost a week now, women have been posting selfies without makeup on social media along with the hash-tag #NoMakeupSelfie, as a way of encouraging their followers to donate to Cancer Research UK and promoting breast cancer awareness. A number of stars have become involved in the campaign including pop star 'Corrie' actresses Michelle Keegan and Helen Flanagan, as well as pop star Cheryl Cole. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s former wife and a professional journalist Jemima Khan shared
her own 'no makeup selfie' with her Twitter followers on Tuesday morning, joking in a tweet that she was "always late to the party". She also encouraged others to get involved, retweeting a post from Cancer Research UK which said so far £8 million has been raised by the campaign, which can fund 10 clinical trials. Following this, she referenced the backlash the #NoMakeupSelfie campaign has received from some critics. Jemima also took the opportunity while she was on Twitter to silence any rumours that she and boyfriend Russell Brand, who she's been dating since 2013, had become engaged. AGENCIES
Katrina is shameless, says sonam
Sonam is suffering from a foot-in-the-mouth syndrome became evident when after all these controversies, Sonam referred to Katrina as shameless. In an interview with Anupama Chopra, Sonam expressed her desire to send a bouquet to Katrina. On being asked the reason behind it she said, "I don't know how she does that. You need a certain kind of commitment and a certain kind of shamelessness to do certain things. "Now whether she was referring to Katrina's bold avatar in 'Boom'or something else we don't know. But we are sure Sonam understands the importance of shedding off inhibitions when you are in Bollywood - the latest example being her pink bikini sequence. In the past too Sonam has given some really explicit poses for high end magazines. AGENCIES
Bollywood full of
mental patients, says Nargis Fakhri
Nargis Fakhri, who has flown to the US to do a film where she has a small role with Paul Feig, says she had a blast working with Ileana D'Cruz and Varun Dhawan because they had no egos and were child-like. However the actress says that she cannot deny that there are people in Bollywood who have "mental problems, like psychological issues." She added, "The industry can cause a lot of problems — self-esteem issues, people turn manipulative, people fake it. It's true because a human being is very fragile and unfortunately — and I am not saying everyone starts out like that. A lot of people tell me, hope you don't change. I think I have a better foundation maybe because of how I lived and what I have gone through and how my life was. But others get swept away and their mind starts playing tricks on them. It's just natural. It is not like they are bad people, it just happens and it is just the way it is. I learnt that people are going to be who they are, so let me just worry about myself and take care of myself, know who I am." AGENCIES
Zac Efron attackEd, punchEd in facE by a homElEss man Actor Zac Efron was allegedly punched in the face by a homeless man in an area of downtown LA. Efron, 26, and a man, he identified as his bodyguard were reportedly found by the police on March 24 fighting with several men under the Harbor Freeway, reported US daily. The actor is believed to have told the police that they were waiting in their car for a tow as it had run out of petrol. While waiting, they threw a bottle out of the window and it smashed on the pavement near a group of men who appeared to be homeless. The group, who thought it was being thrown at them, then confronted Efron and his bodyguard. The actor said the two of the homeless group attacked the bodyguard, and when Efron got out of the car he allegedly got punched in the mouth. “It was the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life,” Zac reportedly said after meeting the cops. No one was reportedly arrested as policed viewed the incident as “mutual combat.” REUTERS
tough timEs ahEad for X-mEn in days of futurE past
Music magic unleashed in Levi’s Music Latte 2014 The 2nd episode of Music Latte 2014, brought by Walnut Media in collaboration with Levi's®, is pure entertainment. In the latest installment one gets to see performances by hot favorite band SYMT and talented upcoming vocalist Mujeeb Mustafa. SYMT entertains the audience with their latest single, Gham Tere Sabhi with its meaningful lyrics crooned beautifully by lead vocalist Haroon Shahid. The band is famous for its quirky music but in this song they have deviated from forte and tried their hand in a soft song. In their new video, the band has introduced another debutante to watch out for, Mujeeb Mustafa. He performs an original number Dam Hamadam. The brilliance with which Mujeeb has performed the song deserves applause – his vocals are in complete ‘sur’ throughout. As an icon of youth culture, music has been subconsciously and consciously woven into the fabric of the Levi’s® brand for the last 100 years. Like the Levi’s® brand, great music is defined through originality, authenticity and youth spirit, values that
similarly are best reflected by the youth they represent. Levi’s® want to make sure that these values never die, so through supporting initiatives
such as Music Latte, Levi’s® is on a mission to support the bands and institutions that keep music alive, the world over. PRESS RELEASE Fox has just released a new trailer for XMen: Days of Future Past, due in US theaters May 23. The 2.3 minutes video echoes the dark and dramatic atmosphere of the first trailer, released in the fall. The action reinforces the film's premise: mutants must unite to avoid being wiped off the face of the planet by the Sentinels, the terrible robots programmed to destroy them. The director of the first films in the franchise, Bryan Singer returned to helm this blockbuster, in which the action shifts between the 1970s and an apocalyptic future. This split narrative will allow James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart to share the role of Professor X. AFP
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
India seal spot in semis MIRPUR
ndian fans have liked this movie so much they have watched it three times in a row. now they won't mind it in the semi-finals either. Forget whatever is happening with their administration in india, the cricket team has put in another big performance to become the first entrants into the World T20 semi-finals. Once again MS dhoni won the toss - the 15th consecutive time he's done it in completed matches - once again a nervous opposition self-combusted despite an early life to a top-order batsman, once again their spinners pulled things back, and once again the batsmen knocked off a sub-par total with ease. amit Mishra was the key man with the ball again, with three wickets, but R ashwin once again bowled the dirty overs, and had two wickets to show for this time. Bangladesh tried to go hard at india, taking 13 off the first over, and Tamim iqbal had been missed by Shikhar dhawan, before ashwin produced two wickets in his first two overs, for just three runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with Shakib al Hasan's scalp to make it 21 for 3 in the fifth over. all three had fallen to ordinary shots, leaving the pas-
Maradona prepared to help Pakistan ISLAMABAD SPorTS deSK A day after the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was compared to the Argentine Football federation in terms of ineptitude, the PFF sent an invitation to Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona to come to Pakistan to help Pakistani footballers, which he has accepted. PFA had sent the invitation following Maradona’s statement that the Argentine Football Federation was “similar to the PFA”, because both had no clue about what football was. PFA Marketing Consultant Naveed Haider has said that an invitation was sent to Maradona to come to Pakistan, which his
sionate home crowd shell-shocked. anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the ship with a 46-run stand, but at 67 for 4 in 11 overs, the ship had hardly left the harbour. anamul looked impressive for his 44 off 43, and Mahmudullah tried his best to provide the late impetus with an unbeaten 33 off 23, but Mishra's final over put paid to all hopes of a fight. The 20th over began at 131 for 5, but two Mishra deliveries later - a trademark stumping and a hole-out to long-off - Bangladesh had ceded control of the match again. india are the only team apart from nepal to have not conceded 140 in this tournament. and their record chasing such totals has been good: nine wins out of 10 before tonight. it wasn't about to go bad here. a familiar story unfolded when india came out to chase. dhawan looked ungainly and fell trying to force his way out of a rough patch, but Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli saw india through with a second successive century stand. Both went to their fifties. The only time they saw trouble was when Rohit put one in the air, but Sohag Gazi ruined anamul's catch by running back and into anamul at deep midwicket. it was yet another satisfactory evening for india even as manure has hit
the fan back home. MS dhoni, the man whose name has been drawn into court proceedings, promoted himself to have his first hit in this tournament, and finished the chase off in Kohli's company.
Scoreboard baNGLadeSH innings (20 overs maximum) 6 Tamim Iqbal c raina b ashwin 44 anamul Haque b Mishra 0 Shamsur rahman c Sharma b ashwin 1 Shakib al Hasan b Kumar 24 Mushfiqur rahim*† c Kohli b Mohammed Shami 16 Nasir Hossain st †dhoni b Mishra 33 Mahmudullah not out 0 Ziaur rahman c Jadeja b Mishra Mashrafe Mortaza not out 6 8 extras: (b 4, lb 2, w 2) Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 138 (6.90 runs per over) did not batSohag Gazi, al-amin Hossain Fall of wickets 1-20 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 2-20 (Shamsur rahman, 3.3 ov), 3-21 (Shakib al Hasan, 4.1 ov), 4-67 (Mushfiqur rahim, 10.6 ov), 5-82 (anamul Haque, 12.6 ov), 6-131 (Nasir Hossain, 19.1 ov), 7-131 (Ziaur rahman, 19.2 ov) bowling: b Kumar 3-0-21-1; r ashwin 4-0-15-2; Mohammed Shami 3-0-29-1; ra Jadeja 4-0-30-0; SK raina 2-0-11-0; a Mishra 4-0-26-3 INdIa innings (target: 139 runs from 20 overs) rG Sharma c Nasir Hossain b Mashrafe Mortaza 56 S dhawan b al-amin Hossain 1 V Kohli not out 57 22 MS dhoni*† not out extras: (w 4, nb 1) 5 Total: (2 wickets; 18.3 overs) 141 (7.62 runs per over) To batSK raina, Yuvraj Singh, r ashwin, ra Jadeja, a Mishra, b Kumar, Mohammed Shami Fall of wickets 1-13 (dhawan, 2.5 ov), 2-113 (Sharma, 15.2 ov) bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-23-1; Sohag Gazi 3-0-21-0; alamin Hossain v 4-0-38-1; Shakib al Hasan 4-0-26-0; Ziaur rahman 2.3-0-26-0; Mahmudullah 1-0-7-0
Nadal grinds out win, books place in semis
manager has confirmed. “The football start legend is willing to help the Pakistan football team,” he said. Maradona, who spearheaded Argentina to the 1986 FIFA World Cup, is the honourary sports ambassador for the Dubai Sports Council (DSC). He coached Dubai-based club Al Wasl for a year before he was fired in 2012. He was also Argentina’s coach in the 2010 FIFA World Cup where they were knocked out by Germany in the quarter-finals. So far it seems Maradona’s arrival would come through a collaboration between the PFF and TouchSky Sports. Maradona had previously said in his statement that Pakistan possessed a lot of talent but could never manage to play in the World Cup unfortunately.
World number one Rafael nadal battled back from a set down to overcome 12th seed Milos Raonic and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open. nadal was given a stern test by his big-hitting Canadian opponent, but the 13-time major winner came through and remains on course for a maiden title in Miami. The 27-year-old Spaniard was caught cold in the first set but stormed back to take the match to a decider, before eventually triumphing 4-6 6-2 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes. nadal saved a break point in his opening game before starting to impose himself on Raonic, who relied on his powerful serve to dig himself out of trouble on more than one occasion. The set went with serve until the 10th game, when Raonic capitalised.
at 5-4 ahead, the 23-year-old went on the offence with some stunning groundstrokes and nadal wilted under the pressure, double faulting at the crucial moment to lose the set. The left-hander came roaring back, however, and opened up a 4-0 lead before comfortably closing out the second set. inspired, nadal, a three-time runner-up in Miami, showed glimpses of his best form and Raonic had no answer to several fine forehand passes. Raonic saved a break point at the beginning of the third set, but nadal clinched the all-important break in the seventh game before going on to seal his place in the last four. He will face Tomas Berdych for a place in the showpiece match after the Czech seventh seed overcame alexandr dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7/3). dolgopolov, seeded 22nd here, had ended the challenge of australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the last round, but
the Ukrainian could not claim another surprise win. Berdych will move back into the world's top five as a result of his victory and will be looking to end a 16match losing streak when he faces nadal. in the women's action, Serena Williams rallied to beat Maria Sharapova for a 15th straight time and advance to the final. Williams was defending an enviable run against the Russian but found herself trailing 4-1 in the first set before winning five games in a row to take the first set 6-4. Williams then pulled away from a 3-3 tie in the second set to win 6-3 and go through. Williams will face second seed Li na in the final after the Chinese player saw off dominika Cibulkova in three sets. Li beat the Slovakian in the australian Open final in January and although Cibulkova gave a better account of herself in Miami, she still came out on the losing side as her 32-yearold opponent triumphed 7-5 2-6 6-3.
Saturday, 29 March, 2014
Bangladesh lifts ban on foreign country’s flag waving
anGLadESH on Friday lifted its ban on waving foreign countries flags during the ongoing T20 World Cup by its citizens. Talking on Calling attention notice (Can) put up by Mian abdul Manan in national assembly, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said that the ban imposed by the Bangladesh government earlier was against sportsmanship and sportsman spirit. The matter had been resolved after the international Cricket Council (iCC) intervened and pushed the Bangladesh government to revert its decision. now there is no bar on the local citizens of Bangladesh on waving Pakistani, any other team’s flag during the tournament, the minister added. He expressed the hope that in case Bangladesh gets ousted from the ongoing tournament, the Pakistani flag is waved by its citizens throughout the game.
Arsenal offer £2m for ‘Iranian Messi’
Serena powers way into final MIAMI aGeNcIeS
Serena Williams extended her dominance of Maria Sharapova, defeating the Russian 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final of the Miami hardcourt tournament for the ninth time. World number one Williams will be seeking her second straight Miami crown when she takes on australian Open champ Li na who booked her spot in the final of the combined WTa and aTP event by beating dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. The 32-year-old Williams is the top seed and Li is no. 2 but their head to head record is onesided in favour of Williams, who has won 10 of 11 career meetings and hasn't lost a match to Li in six years. "She brings some good game," Williams said of Li on Thursday. "She comes to the net, and i'm enjoying that right now." Sharapova, ranked fifth in the world and seeded fourth, seized the first break in each set against Williams, but couldn't build on that as she went down to the american for a 15th straight time. Williams leads their career head-to-head 16-2, and Sharapova's two victories in the rivalry
came back in 2004, when a precocious 17-year-old Sharapova beat Williams in the finals at Wimbledon and the WTa Championships. Sharapova gave herself plenty of chances to reverse
almost a decade of futility, breaking Williams once en route to a 4-1 lead in the opening set only for Williams to roar back, winning five straight games to take the set. "i knew that i could play
better," Williams said of keeping her composure in the face of the big deficit. "i knew i could pick it up a level." after breaking for a 2-0 lead in the second, Sharapova took a
Maradona: Messi going to Bayern 'would be the end of football' BARCELONA aGeNcIeS
diego Maradona has said he would not be surprised if Bayern Munich signed Lionel Messi and if they did it would be 'the end of football.' The argentine legend, who played for Barcelona and who managed Messi as argentina coach, said that Barca as a club had completely changed its identity in recent years and nothing could be ruled out. "i really believe that today Messi
could be wearing another shirt," Maradona told German paper Bild. "Before, the power of Barcelona's officials was so strong that they didn't even allow an advertisement on their shirt. But today they have Qatar airways. "if Barcelona allow advertising on their shirt why couldn't Messi play for Bayern?" Bayern Munich are looking to win their second consecutive treble of league, cup and European Cup, with the Bundesliga title wrapped up earlier this week. and the Bavarian
giants have already secure a precontract agreement to sign Borussia dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer though if manager Pep Guardiola was ever reunited with Messi at Bayern, Maradona says all other teams could give up straight away. "That would be the end of football," said Maradona, "Lewandowski and Messi added to the team they already have? Then everyone else would play for second place. in every competition, in every league”.
40-15 lead on her own serve, but Williams chipped away and gained the break to put the set back on serve. She broke Sharapova at love for a 4-3 lead, and broke her again to seal the victory after an hour and 37 minutes. For Sharapova it was another disappointing finish in Miami, where she has reached five finals but never lifted the trophy. "i was up in a lot of the games and didn't win them today," she said. "The first set i started off really well and i had more break points. She served her way out of trouble on those in the first set. Yeah, i was in it and then i was not." in Thursday's second semifinal, Li improved to 7-0 against 11th-ranked Cibulkova. World number two Li hit two aces but she won 46 of 79 first serve points in the two hour, 20 minute match. Li won despite hitting six double faults and taking just eight of 29 points on her second serve. Li is 3-0 against Cibulkova this year. She beat Cibulkova in the australian Open final in January to claim her second career Grand Slam title, and downed the Slovakian again at indian Wells earlier this month.
Arsenal have made an offer for highly-rated Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun – who has been dubbed the ‘Iranian Lionel Messi’. The 19-year-old, who has made a handful of first-team appearances for Rubin, is rated as one of the best young players in Russia at present. He has been linked with both AC Milan and Juventus recently, but Arsenal have been tracking him for a while, and have now made a move. According to reports, the Gunners have offered Rubin £2million for the striker, who was scouted playing for Iran’s Under-20 team last year. Azmoun told the Russian press at the time that Arsenal scouts had approached him, and that a transfer to the Emirates ‘would be a dream’. And it now seems that Arsene Wenger is ready to go all out to sign the player, with club officials believed to be locked in negotiations with Rubin to try and thrash out a move. A quick, skilful and agile striker, Azmoun only moved to Europe in 2013 from Iranian Pro League outfit Sepahan Isfahan. aGeNcIeS
Du Plessis, Chandimal suspended for one match each CHITTAGONG: South African and Sri Lankan captains Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Chandimal have been suspended for one match each, while their players have been fined, after both sides maintained slow over-rates during their ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Group 1 encounters at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong on Thursday. This was both captains’ second minor over-rate offences within a 12 month period in the same format, as South Africa was fined for being two overs short against New Zealand on Monday 24 March 2014, and Sri Lanka was short by one over against New Zealand in Pallekele on 21 November 2013. Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Du Plessis will miss his side’s match against England on 29 March. On Thursday, South Africa defeated the Netherlands by six runs while Sri Lanka lost to England by six wickets. aGeNcIeS
SPORTS Saturday, 29 March, 2014
Sammy destroys Australia in WI’s best chase MIRPUR
est Indian batting power ejected Australia from the previous World t20 in sri Lanka and has all but done so again after Darren sammy pulled off a remarkable heist in Mirpur. Chris Gayle gave West Indies a blazing start to their chase of 179 but they spluttered in the middle and Australia were firm favourites when George Bailey handed the ball to Mitchell starc with 31 still needed from the final two overs. sammy had other ideas. A half-volley was smashed over long-on for six, a flick was finessed to the fine-leg boundary and another four was slashed behind point, and starc's inability to land the ball in the right spots meant 19 runs had leaked from his over, leaving 12 required off the final six balls. Importantly, sammy was on strike, though his partner Dwayne Bravo had contributed plenty to the chase with 27 off 12 deliveries. two yorkers from James Faulkner gave Bailey reason to breathe easier, but sammy followed those with a six crunched over longoff from a full toss and another six down the ground to secure the six-wicket win with two balls to spare. sammy threw his arms up in the air to celebrate and well he might have, for his 34 off 13 balls was the reason West Indies managed the highest successful chase in their t20 international history. Australia were shattered by the loss, which left them winless from their first two games. even victories in their remaining matches against India and Bangladesh may well be inadequate to progress to the semi-finals. It has been a harsh lesson for a side who entered the tournament as favourites with five wins from their past five games - notably, all in faster, more familiar conditions. Here their batsmen again struggled against spin. Not that their total of 178 for 8 was unable to be defended; on the contrary, they must have felt confident at the change of innings, even more so after shane Watson sent down a maiden for the first over of the chase to Dwayne smith. After that, though, it was the Gayle show. His first ball was a pearler from starc, angling in and straightening past the outside edge, but that was about the only time Gayle looked troubled. Four fours followed later in that same
aUSTraLIa innings (20 overs maximum) aJ Finch b Samuels 16 da Warner b badree 20 Sr Watson st †ramdin b Narine 2 GJ Maxwell c bravo b badree 45 GJ bailey* c Sammy b Samuels 12 bJ Hodge b Narine 35 JP Faulkner c bravo b Santokie 13 bJ Haddin† not out 15 Ma Starc c russell b bravo 4 JM Muirhead not out 1 extras: (b 2, w 7, nb 6) 15 Total: (8 wickets; 20 overs) 178 (8.90 runs per over) did not batde bollinger Fall of wickets 1-33 (Finch, 3.4 ov), 2-41 (Warner, 4.5 ov), 3-41 (Watson, 5.4 ov), 4-77 (bailey, 9.3 ov), 5-100 (Maxwell, 11.3 ov), 6-152 (Hodge, 17.5 ov), 7-154 (Faulkner, 18.2 ov), 8-171 (Starc, 19.3 ov) bowling K Santokie 4-0-30-1 S badree 4-0-37-2 MN Samuels 2-0-20-2 SP Narine 4-1-19-2 dJG Sammy 1-0-16-0 dJ bravo 4-0-39-1 ad russell 1-0-15-0 WeST INdIeS innings (target: 179 runs from 20 overs) dr Smith c †Haddin b Starc 17 cH Gayle c Maxwell b Muirhead 53 26 LMP Simmons c Maxwell b bollinger 12 MN Samuels c †Haddin b Starc 27 dJ bravo not out dJG Sammy* not out 34 extras: (b 2, lb 6, w 2) 10 Total: (4 wickets; 19.4 overs) 179 (9.10 runs per over) did not batd ramdin†, ad russell, SP Narine, S badree, K Santokie Fall of wickets 1-50 (Smith, 4.6 ov), 2-101 (Gayle, 12.1 ov), 3-107 (Simmons, 13.5 ov), 4-130 (Samuels, 16.3 ov) bowling Sr Watson 2-1-11-0 Ma Starc 4-0-50-2 de bollinger 4-0-34-1 GJ Maxwell 3-0-28-0 JP Faulkner 3.4-0-27-0 JM Muirhead 3-0-21-1
over and the old Gayle magic was back. He clipped Doug Bollinger over square leg for six and continued to strike the ball cleanly in all directions, taking 40 from his first 14 deliveries. smith edged behind off starc for 17 but Gayle was the worry for Australia, and after his brisk start he settled down into a more run-a-ball mode, moving to his halfcentury from 31 balls. At times he was walking singles, such was the ease with he appeared to be taking things, but on 53 he sent a catch to deep midwicket off James Muirhead and the fate of the match looked as if it may have changed on that one stroke. the runs began to dry up, Lendl simmons was caught in the deep for 26 and Marlon samuels used up 15 balls for his 12 before he was brilliantly taken by Brad Haddin diving to his right off starc.
Aisam may not get Gold medal for visa for Davis Cup Fawad Alam LAHORE aGeNcIeS Pakistan may have to play their Davis Cup Asia Oceania tie next weekend against Philippines without their star doubles player Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. Qureshi has said he will not travel to Islamabad in order to get the visa for Philippines. He wants the Pakistan tennis federation to arrange the visa without having him make a personal appearance. The tie is to be held on April 4-6. Aisam's father Ehtesham said, “It is the duty of the federation to arrange Philippine visa for Aisam. He had returned last night from US and is very tired so the PTF should contact embassy and arrange visa for all the players.”
KARACHI aGeNcIeS A gold medal will be awarded to Fawad Alam for his outstanding performances in the Asia Cup Cricket Tournament on Monday. The medal was announced by Director Omar Associates Nadeem Omar for Fawad Alam's spectacular unbeaten knock of 114 against Sri
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Lanka in the final of Asia Cup. Left-handed Fawad, who was making a comeback in Pakistan team, scored a match winning 74 against Bangladesh which took Pakistan in Asia Cup. The medal will be presented to him at the prize distribution ceremony by Muhammad Zamir Khan after the final between Pakistan Cricket Club and Faisal Gymkhana staged at UBL Sports Complex Ground on March 31, organizers announced on Friday.